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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Tipping the balance

Ezequiel Adamovsky, Znet, November 10:

"It is in the front page of all major Argentine newspapers: "the Summit split up over FTAA" (Clarín); "The US fails to get support for FTAA" (Pagina/12). By all accounts, the Summit of the Americas ended up in total failure. After several weeks of intense debates before the actual Summit, the negotiators representing the countries of the Americas could not reach an agreement on a final statement. The drafts being debated were revealing of the main issues at stake: the FTAA, of course, but also the way in which the US relates to its neighbours in the region. Thus, for example, when the traditionally patronizing reference to the need to "fight poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean" showed up, the Venezuelan representative insisted on an addition pointing to the need to fight poverty "also in the US", which was of course unacceptable.

"The fiasco of the Summit for Bush's plans, the little "rebellion" of the "five musketeers" and the utter weakness of US diplomacy that all this revealed, may end up bringing about a reversion to a more "Clintonean" approach to Empire building, one in which local Aristocracies have more autonomy, resources and power to manage local discontents, and also one in which local economic elites get a bigger share.

"While these tensions in the making of Empire take place, let us hope that the common working men and women of the planet find a way to put an end to capitalism and to get rid of Empire in any shape or form."


Blogger Shabadoo said...

So essentially Chavez scuppered the Summit to be a prick and stick a thumb in the eye of the US? You know, only a few days ago, 4/5ths of the nations present voted to continue talking about the FTAA; Chavez' oil bribes can't be working that well...also, what of the whole fight between Chavez and Fox? I don't think your 'revolution' is exactly turning out the way you'd hoped...

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:44:00 am  
Blogger nick_yzf said...

Yes Shab, 4/5ths agreed to keep 'talking'. In other words the imperial "free trade", (in reality a corporate welfare agreement), was sent packing. I'd count that as a Chavez victory. Fox and Chavez are having a tiff over Chavez's labelling of Fox as a "puppydog of the empire", after Fox said that (Chavez) "blame[s] other countries for all their problems". Gee, the withdrawing of ambassadors, however will Chavez recover?
Yep, it would be great if the revolution was moving at a quicker pace, but hey, revolutions don't happen overnight. Unlike Bush and Fox's neo-liberal rhetoric, Venezuela has real runs on the board for fighting poverty. Apart from not so great economic figures, how did NAFTA improve the lives of Mexicans?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 12:24:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

More sweat shops is all it brought Mexico.

What didn't go unnoticed what how Bush ran away without having the guts to debate Chavez. What a hero.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 1:40:00 pm  
Blogger Davo said...

This is the same venezuela that has seen an increase in poverty inspite of the record new prices of oil, oil that is now controlled soley by that said chavez who nationalised it recently inspite of popular protest? Not to mention his inabiliy to hold new elections and the imprisonment of his political oppositions.

Must have spent all that money on arms or something. YOu know, like those arms from Russia,, or spain or Israel

Friday, November 18, 2005 6:56:00 pm  

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