Posts Tagged ‘South America’

Jeremy Scahill, leading journalist on the Pentagon’s military contracting, discussed the “incredibly disappointing” Washington Post series on giant system of ‘top secret’ operations of the U.S. government with AntiWar Radio host Scott Horton at Pacifica. He discussed “preparing the battlefield” operations, the WaPo as a “dumping ground” for the C.I.A. and the ‘system intended to give cover to clandestine operators in the private sector acting on behalf of the government’.

Later, Mr. Horton discussed blowback in Somalia against foreign intervention in Somali society perpetuating the horror in the Horn of Africa, giving a great summary of the recent history that led to the current state of affairs in the territory from the Bush Administration’s invasion to the Obama Administration shipping in arms, but blocking food entry. He also discussed 9/11 as blowback for Washington’s enabling of Israel’s ‘war crimes’ (25:50):

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Last week, Joseph Shansky discussed the July 26 mobilization of 46 U.S. Navy and Marine warships to Costa Rica under the guise of the drug war and the coup in Honduras at AntiWar Radio with Scott Horton (10:33):

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News and views from around the web posted to the Wonderland Wire:

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A continent whose people have a rich, recent history of being victims of land-grabbing, environmental plundering and vicious union busting is being fought over with ‘soft power’.

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Kevin Carson on the cooperative economy of the Ecuadorean Andes.

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Prof. Chomsky delivers the 5th Annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture at Columbia University School for International Affairs for the Heyman Center for the Humanities. After paying homage to Edward Said stressing imperialism as central to our culture, Prof. Chomsky builds his case with telling quotes of American leaders rationalizing and denying genocide of indigenous ‘new worlders’ through U.S. terrorism in Latin America—Chile, Brazil, El Salvador, Panama, Nicaragua, Colombia—and the Middle East (1:03:46):

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The threat of military force, according to international law, in an act of war. The Venezuelan president is posturing, but the U.S. has mobilized forces and resources in Colombia—to which President Chávez claims to be reacting. Eva Golinger, a journalist and lawyer heavily focused on Venezuela, says the October 30th U.S-Colombia agreement “basically converting Colombia into one giant U.S. military base in South America” (4:49):

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Professor Noam Chomsky discusses his coming book—Hopes and Prospects, to be released 1 January 2010—the military coup against Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, his meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, mainstream media’s “narrow criticism” of state power, U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, and the meetings between world “leaders” and Iran with Matt Martin and listeners at KALW 91.7 FM in San Fransisco (52:11):

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A lecture given by Professor Noam Chomsky in Caracas, Venezuela 29 August 2009 (updated September 9) on the U.S. plundering of Latin America and the corporate State.

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Amnesty Int’l researcher’s findings on civilian conditions in the middle of Colomibian inner-conflict. (more…)

The Riz Khan Show discusses the referendum allowing Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez to remain in power. (more…)

al Jazeera investigates the promotion and use of pesticides in the banana industry. (more…)

TRNN interviews NYU history professor Sinclair Thompson on Bolivia’s new constitution. (more…)