Latin America & Caribbean

Bolivia

September 13, 2008
Bolivian President Evo Morales stated that he was expelling US ambassador Philip Goldberg for allegedly inciting violent opposition protests. The Bolivian leader did not offer specific evidence against Goldberg, but he has long accused the diplomat of conspiring with Bolivia’s conservative opposition. Meanwhile anti-Morales protests reached a crescendo this week ,with the sacking and burning…

Bolivia crisis

September 13, 2008
Bolivian President Evo Morales stated that he was expelling US ambassador Philip Goldberg for allegedly inciting violent opposition protests. The Bolivian leader did not offer specific evidence against Goldberg, but he has long accused the diplomat of conspiring with Bolivia’s conservative opposition. Meanwhile anti-Morales protests reached a crescendo this week ,with the sacking and burning…

Is Betancourt release the end of FARC?

July 5, 2008

The recent liberation of Ingrid Betancourt and other hostages from the FARC rebels in Colombia seems to put President Alvaro Uribe in the driver’s seat. Does this mean that the FARC can be wiped out militarily or is this a good time to negotiate a peaceful settlement after decades of civil war. The Real News…

McCain defends free trade with Colombia

July 3, 2008

Republican presidential nominee John McCain began a two-day visit to Colombia on Tuesday. McCain and his wife Cindy met President Alvaro Uribe at the Colombian leader’s official retreat. The Arizona senator was also accompanied by two of his top supporters, Senators Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman. McCain is a strong supporter of a proposed free…

Republican’s China-Cuba oil drilling story false?

June 26, 2008

With President Bush and the Republicans calling to lift the ban on offshore drilling of oil and gas, one claim from many Republicans in support of drilling suggests that China and Cuba are either already drilling or about to start, just 50 miles off the coast of Florida. But a report in McClatchy Newspapers says…

Divided kingdom in Panama

June 19, 2008

   

Hugo Chavez, Leader of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution, Dead at 58

June 12, 2008
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has declared that armed struggle in Latin America is essentially over. In the latest chapter of his complex mediation between left-wing guerrillas and the right-wing Colombian government, Chavez has asked the FARC guerrillas to lay down their arms and release all hostages "in exchange of nothing" – as a humanitarian gesture.…

McCain visits Columbia

June 12, 2008
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has declared that armed struggle in Latin America is essentially over. In the latest chapter of his complex mediation between left-wing guerrillas and the right-wing Colombian government, Chavez has asked the FARC guerrillas to lay down their arms and release all hostages "in exchange of nothing" – as a humanitarian gesture.…

Colombia: What did Interpol find in the laptops?

May 22, 2008

After the Colombian military illegally attacked a FARC camp in Ecuador in March with US assistance, the Uribe government claimed to have found laptops belonging to the rebels that they say show clear ties between the FARC, Venezuela and Ecuador. The Colombian government handed these laptops to Interpol for verification, but what did Interpol really…

The battle for control in Latin America

May 11, 2008
The United States first lost its influence in Latin America because of deals it made during the Cold War to prop up any dictatorship as long as it was anti-communist. Even Bill Clinton with his "free-trade" and drug eradication projects was not open to South American autonomy from Washington.