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Friday, November 11, 2005

The new enemy

John Pilger examines the revolution sweeping Latin America. A rejection of American imperialism and exploitation is rumbling and the Bush administration is worried:

" The social movements are now a decisive force in every Latin American country - even in the state of fear that is the Colombia of Alvaro Uribe Velez, Bush's most loyal vassal. Last month, indigenous movements marched through every one of Colombia's 32 provinces demanding an end to "an evil as great at the gun": neo-liberalism. All over Latin America, Hugo Chavez is the modern Bolivar. People admire his political imagination and his courage. Only he has had the guts to describe the United States as a source of terrorism and Bush as Senor Peligro (Mr Danger).

"He is very different from Fidel Castro, whom he respects. Venezuela is an extraordinarily open society with an unfettered opposition - that is rich and still powerful. On the left, there are those who oppose the state, in principle, believe its reforms have reached their limit, and want power to flow directly from the community. They say so vigorously, yet they support Chavez. A fluent young anarchist, Marcel, showed me the clinic where the two Cuban doctors may have saved his girlfriend. (In a barter arrangement, Venezuela gives Cuba oil in exchange for doctors)."

The American Empire - irreparably battered in Iraq - is dying. Washington will still dictate policy for years to come, but the signs are encouraging. A fall is imminent and it can't come a day too soon.


Blogger ChrisWoznitza said...

Hi I´m Chris. Greatings from Germany Bottrop !!

Friday, November 11, 2005 10:08:00 am  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...


Methinks Hugo Chavez has the Latin allure of a Che Guevara.

While the US shouldn't be in Iraq or have dragged Auslralia in, as empires go America's appears to be good one.

When you compare the Soviet Empire (dewalled), Nazi's (not nice), more to the point the Japanese East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere (WWII) the American Empire comes out relatively clean.

With the prospect of a Chinese Co-Prosperity Sphere in Asia within the next 10 years I'm confident you will sleep relatively peacefully knowing America is there to watch over you.

Besides Bush will be gone and we may have another cuddly (Hilary) Clinton.

Friday, November 11, 2005 10:23:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

We must disagree about US empire. And its causing more enemies by the day, thankfully.
Hilary Clinton? Jeez, she'd be bombing Iran and Syria before lunchtime.

Friday, November 11, 2005 10:31:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Empire aside, Chavez is really fuelling a revolution in South America. It represents a large pupulartion, an abundance of culture and obviously, na abundance of natural resources.

Latin America deserves it's own prosperity without haivn to cowtow to the US. It would be wonderful to see this part of the world soar and do so without some malevolent force in the sahdows pulling the strings.

Friday, November 11, 2005 11:54:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

It's happening, virtually ignored in our media, and the US is worried, hence it's typical 'democratic' impulse to overthrow governments and cause chaos.

Friday, November 11, 2005 12:05:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Anty, why do you hate America so much? Did an American kid pick on you and steal your lunch money when you were in school?

If the human consequences weren't tragic, I'd be tempted to laugh at the support for this supposed utopian socialist revolution allegedly taking place in S.A....but like all socialist utopian revolutions, this will crash down in a cycle of fear, violence, poverty and repression.

Go read Human Rights Watch on the subect of Venezuela sometime. Then imagine if the regime were supported by the US, what your reaction would be.

Friday, November 11, 2005 1:30:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Perhaps I'll source the Human Rights Watch reports on the US, then Guantanamo, then the US torturing prisoners across the world and how about the CIA running 'black sites' across the world.
Yep, the US inspires hope in us all.

Friday, November 11, 2005 2:33:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Nice, Ant, duck an honest question. No wonder why you're thought of as a joke and a hypocrite - like a more sober version of Margo who can type.

Friday, November 11, 2005 2:56:00 pm  
Blogger smiths said...

hey shabadoo,
instead of trying to batter antony why dont you check your own sources,
have a look at the organisation, funding and history of human rights watch,
and if you still cant see why they would be having a 'special' go at venezuala then take off those strange coloured glasses for your own sake

Friday, November 11, 2005 3:07:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Smiths, since you're such an expert, care to enlighten the class?

Friday, November 11, 2005 3:26:00 pm  
Blogger Human said...

smiths - don't waste your time dabbadick. He does not dare click on any links provided.
Human Rights Watch has been comprimised by the CIA just like the PEACE CORPS was/is.
After being slaves by proxy to the U.S. for about a hundred years, they want Democracy? Maybe Superior can set Pilger straight?

Friday, November 11, 2005 3:55:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

"You people are all nuts."
--Homer Simpson

Friday, November 11, 2005 4:43:00 pm  
Blogger Ian Westmore said...

"The American Empire comes in relatively clean"

You must be joking!! The American Empire has invaded or destabilised another state nearly *200 times and been directly responsible for the deaths of at least 8 million foreigners, mostly civilians since, repeat since, 1945!

As for the Chinese, on the weekend the ABC is running the second part of a doco about the fleet the Ming Dynasty sent around the world back in the 1400s. For 30 years the biggest naval fleet in the then world, with more (and bigger) ships than the combined navies of Europe, voyaged to most of the world except Europe. They could have conquered all, but didn't. They got the tee-shirts, went home and stayed there.

* source:

Friday, November 11, 2005 7:17:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Addamo: "Empire aside, Chavez is really fuelling a revolution in South America."

Or perhaps the workers and peasants (and not just in Venezuela) leading a movement for justice can take some of the credit...

No, Shab, don't even other "googling". It ain't there, mate.

Friday, November 11, 2005 7:24:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

"If the human consequences weren't tragic, I'd be tempted to laugh at the support for this supposed utopian socialist revolution allegedly taking place in S.A....but like all socialist utopian revolutions, this will crash down in a cycle of fear, violence, poverty and repression."

Shab, loosten the straps on those blinkers mate, it's putting to much pressure on your brain.

Whe you look at all the bloodbaths, acts of genocide, overthrow of democratic leaders, assasination, maintaining of perverty in SA, more often then not, there are the hands of the US in a dark corner somewhere pulling the strings.

And if the there is any crashing down in a cycle of fear, violence, poverty and repression, it wil be because the US wishes it.

Read the book, "Confession of and Economic Hitman" by John Perkins and edumacate yourself about South America.

Saturday, November 12, 2005 1:50:00 am  

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