Who rules the world–? Not the people’s representatives of the United States, for if they were, then “we” the people would be as well, thus legally, we would also be direct conspirators in the continued corruption, enslavement and death that is America’s continued legacy in all of Latin America. Despite the brief spread of democratic light south of our borders prior to the Obama regime, the rise of traditional stooges for the American financial and corporate elites peonage of the Latin American people and the criminal class that rules them subservient to the power of the Wall Street and Washington has, once again, destroyed the hopes of millions.
What pray tell has Obama and his entire administration done to support democracy and the well-being of Latin America? Perhaps, it was part of the plan all along; starve them, subject them to destitution, criminal gangs and corrupt rules and more will rush to our now totally porous borders. One North American cesspool united in misery and perpetually remaining under the boot heels of the total surveillance police state that I can assure is the progressive fascist elites goal. For we will then make reality of fiction; we will become Orwell’s Oceania. Hillary may well be the final nail in the coffin of America and our personal freedoms. All is going according to plan.
By James Petras
Amid raging corruption, social pathologies and outright political thuggery, a new gang of vassal regimes has taken-over Latin America. The new rulers are strictly recruited as the protégé’s of US financial and banking institutions. Hence the financial press refers to them as the “new managers” – of Wall Street.
The US financial media has once again provided a political cover for the vilest crimes committed by the ‘new managers’ as they launch their offensive against labor and in favor of the foreign and domestic financiers.
To understand the dynamics of the empire’s new vassal managers, we will proceed by identifying (1) the illicit power grab (2) the neoliberal policies they have pursued (3) the impact of their program on the class structure (4) their economic performance and future socio-political perspectives.
Vassals as Managers of Empire
Over the past decades, 100,000 citizens were murdered in Mexico and over 4 million peasants were dispossessed in Colombia. In both regimes over ten million acres of farmland and mining terrain were transferred to US and EU multinationals.
Hundreds of billions of illicit narco earnings were laundered by the Colombian and Mexican oligarchy to their US accounts via private banks.
The current political managers, Peña in Mexico and Santos in Colombia, are rapidly de-nationalizing strategic oil and energy sectors while savaging dynamic social movements – hundreds of students and teachers in Mexico and thousands of peasants and human rights activists in Colombia have been murdered.
The new wave of imperial vassals has seized power throughout most of Latin America with the direct and indirect intervention of the US. In 2009, Honduras President Manuel Zelaya was ousted by a military coup backed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Zelaya’s program of agrarian reform, regional integration (with Venezuela) and constitutional elections was abolished. Zelaya was replaced by a US vassal, Roberto Micheletti, who proceeded to murder several hundred landless rural workers and indigenous activists.
Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua: Hostile Media Coverage and Economic Sabotage
Political scientists could work out the correlation between the downright hostile media coverage and official measures by the U.S. and allied governments. (But they won’t)
Member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas are natural targets for the relentless psychological warfare of Western news media, because they form a resistance front to the foreign policy imperatives of the United States government and its allies. Right now, Venezuela is the most obvious example. Daily negative coverage in Western media reports invariably attack and blame the Venezuelan government for the country’s political and economic crisis. Similar coverage is applied to the governments of Evo Morales in Bolivia, Rafael Correa in Ecuador, Cuba’s revolutionary government led by Raul Castro and also to Nicaragua’s Sandinista government led by Daniel Ortega.
By contrast, the permanent economic sabotage, the attacks on democratic process and the cynical promotion of violence by the dysfunctional Venezuelan opposition gets a free pass. Likewise, U.S. and European news media have virtually nothing to report about Argentina’s abrupt plunge into crisis with 40 percent inflation and a dramatic increase in poverty after barely six months of Mauricio Macri’s corruption tainted government. Nor has coverage of the chronic complicity of the Mexican government in covering up the disappearance of of the 43 Ayotzinapa students or the mass murder of striking teachers in Oaxaca matched the hysteria applied by Western media to Venezuela over bogus human rights concerns.