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Leopoldo López Is Not Venezuela’s Savior PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 June 2018 15:20
Leopoldo López Is Not Venezuela’s Savior
Despite US support, the revolutionary has only succeeded in pushing like-minded opposition leaders far, far away.
By Greg Grandin  the NATION
JULY 29, 2015
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Roberto Lovato has just published a great investigative essay in Foreign Policy on Leopoldo López, the jailed darling of Venezuela’s opposition. López is celebrated in the US press as a cross between Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. He is handsome, like King, and, like Gandhi, occasionally shirtless. Newsweek blushes over López’s “twinkling chocolate-colored eyes and high cheekbones.” He is, apparently, a “revolutionary who has it all”: an “attractive and supportive wife, two children who get along with each other and impossibly adorable Labrador puppies.” Everything except a revolution.
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Leopoldo López Is Not Venezuela’s Savior PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 June 2018 15:11
 
Despite US support, the revolutionary has only succeeded in pushing like-minded opposition leaders far, far away.
By Greg Grandin THE nation JULY 29, 2015
https://www.thenation.com/article/leopoldo-lopez-is-not-venezuelas-savior/
 
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Roberto Lovato has just published a great investigative essay in Foreign Policy on Leopoldo López, the jailed darling of Venezuela’s opposition. López is celebrated in the US press as a cross between Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. He is handsome, like King, and, like Gandhi, occasionally shirtless. Newsweek blushes over López’s “twinkling chocolate-colored eyes and high cheekbones.” He is, apparently, a “revolutionary who has it all”: an “attractive and supportive wife, two children who get along with each other and impossibly adorable Labrador puppies.” Everything except a revolution.
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Will it Be “The Economy, Stupid” in Mexico? PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 June 2018 10:53

 

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On the eve of historic elections, and five years after leaders of Mexico’s then most prominent political parties agreed on a “Pact for Mexico,” the Mexican economy is mired in a “trap of low investment and low growth,” and imperiled by liberalization of financial markets. These are the findings of a new CEPR report. With the left-leaning candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador far ahead in the polls, co-director Mark Weisbrot was interviewed about how the lackluster 
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As Trump tightens asylum rules, thousands of Venezuelans find a warm welcome in Miami PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 24 June 2018 12:08
 
 
Venezuelan citizens living in Miami line up last year to vote in a nonbinding referendum against the Venezuelan government. The vote was organized by groups seeking to undermine Venezuela’s unpopular president, Nicolás Maduro. (Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)
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Venezuelan citizens living in Miami line up last year to vote in a nonbinding referendum against the Venezuelan government. The vote was organized by groups seeking to undermine Venezuela’s unpopular president, Nicolás Maduro. (Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)

 Venezuelans seeking asylum in the United States are arriving to this city in soaring numbers — and receiving a far warmer welcome than the Central American migrants President Trump wants to block at the Mexican border.

Last year, 27,629 Venezuelans petitioned U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for asylum, an 88 percent increase from 2016 and up from 2,181 in 2014. So far this year, the number of Venezuelans who have applied — nearly all of them in Miami — is almost three times as great as any other nationality, according to the latest USCIS asylum data.

Unlike the Central Americans who wade illegally across the Rio Grande and turn themselves in to U.S. border guards, the Venezuelans typically land at the Miami airport with tourist and business visas.

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STERILIZING A "RED INFECTION" CONGRESS, THE CIA, AND GUATEMALA, 1954 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 24 June 2018 11:11

The destablization of Latin America ; the Guatemala example .  It is important to take into consideration the role of the US in destabilizing Latin America, along with the US role in the School of Americas;. the US obsession over the years with stamping he " red infection "cannot be ignored in the discussion of refugees. The three enclosed articles provide background of the US involvement in destabilizing Guatemala, in supporting dictators and in protecting corporate interests.

Joan Russow 

Global Compliance Research Project.

 

Trump and foreign policy entanglements: the cautionary tale of U.S. involvement in Guatemala

Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz (center facing camera) in 1951, before a U.S.-led overthrow (HO/AFP/Getty 

 

Congress, the CIA, and Guatemala, 1954

 

STERILIZING A "RED INFECTION"

CONGRESS, THE CIA, AND GUATEMALA, 1954

DAVID M. BARRETT

One of the paradoxes of legislative oversight of intelligence in the early Cold War period was that the United States Congress could give strong, if de facto, support of aggressive covert action while, with the exception of a few leaders, not really knowing which such policies were being carried out. Guatemala is a perfect example. Following its 1944 revolution, which brought democratically elected leftist governments to power, this Central American government faced an increasingly hostile neighbor to the north, the United States. Guatemala's treatment of US-based corporations, especially the United Fruit Company, in expropriating land and other assets, did nothing to improve relations. Elites in Guatemala helped persuade US journalists and members of Congress, not to mention the executive branch, that their government was veering further and further leftward toward Communism in the early 1950s.

 

Late in the Truman presidency, the US government aborted an attempt to support Guatemalans who aimed to overthrow President Jacobo Arbenz. Those at CIA Headquarters who were involved in the effort felt "grimly" about that "horrifying" turn of events, one Agency leader noted in his diary. But, not surprisingly, new administration leaders--President Dwight Eisenhower, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, and DCI Allen Dulles--also persuaded themselves that the Guatemalan government was "red." The CIA leader had help from the Board of National Estimates, which informed him on 22 April 1954 that "The Communists now effectively control the political life of Guatemala." 1 A deal made by Arbenz's government to purchase Soviet-made armaments from Czechoslovakia that spring only sealed the matter in the American leaders' minds.

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