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  •  This is an exceptional summary (9+ / 0-)

    ...of the remarkable events that have taken place over the past decade, severing the dark tendrils of US hegemony and political chaos from the emerging sovereign nations of the world. Chavez will be long honored as one of the great leaders in the move toward global freedom from US military coercion and violence.

    I especially liked the descriptions of this events, which ultimately saved South America from nation-destroying interventions by the United States:

    That the U.S. and Colombia’s Uribe had recently signed an agreement to set up 7 new U.S. military bases on Colombia’s territory, several of which were obviously targeted at Venezuela’s vast oil resources in its frontier provinces of Zulia and Tachira, added to the extreme tension. (The U.S. military base agreement was later ruled unconstitutional by Colombia’s Supreme Court.)  

    When President Uribe was held to be term-limited from running for re-election, his Defense Minister, Santos, ran in his stead and was elected.  (President Uribe has since admitted that, as president, he had had actual plans for military incursions into Venezuela, presumably with U.S. approval, but ran out of time to carry them out.)

    But, with Santos’s election – much to the world’s surprise (and undoubtedly to the U.S.’s dismay) -- a series of meetings between President Chavez and President Santos and their foreign ministers yielded a mending of their countries’ relations....

    Interestingly, Americans know little to nothing of the fact that South American has a sovereign Union, much like Europe, ever growing stronger. The OAS was a blight upon the Americas -- and its virtual eradication brings the world closer to peace:
    CELAC is the outgrowth of the decade-long push by Chavez and Maduro for deeper unity among the countries of the Americas, for a union which could act on the world stage with the power similar to that of the European Union.

    The Declaration of Caracas was effectively a “Declaration of Independence” against U.S. domination of the Americas via its conduit of control, the Organization of American States (OAS).

    The OAS was created primarily by the U.S. in 1948 to enforce its hegemony over its southern neighbors and isolate them from Soviet influence.  Recently, the U.S. has used the OAS to act as a brake on the independent policies of its socialist or left-leaning southern neighbors. CELAC may soon make the now almost moribund OAS even deader.

    If these ideas can take hold in Africa before AFRICOM destroys the entire continent and seizes its resources for the private corporations -- in order to prevent China from continuing its business relationship with the African nations -- there will be hope for all the world.

    I'm not as worried about Asia. They know exactly what the US is about.

    It may well be that, if elected, Nicolas Maduro, a staunch socialist, will be a major force for countering the imperialist aspirations of the U.S. capitalists and its global fellow-travelers, not only in the U.S.’s “back yard”, but as far afield as Africa and Asia.  

    Chavez and Maduro have already spoken publicly of the need for African-American unity and made official efforts in that direction, with visits by Chavez and a doubling of the number of Venezuelan embassies there.

    Such an African-Americas unity could further serve to throw U.S. imperialism under the bus. Chavez is no longer here, but Nicolas Maduro is an experienced and burly bus driver with an excellent sense of direction, as he has already well demonstrated.

    Thanks for such an excellent essay.



    Denial is a drug.

    by Pluto on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 04:37:32 PM PDT

    •  Thank You, Pluto, for Reading and Commenting.... (4+ / 0-)
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      Pluto, NY brit expat, JayRaye, mint julep

      so favorably!

      Convict Bush, Cheney and their torture cabal. Support universal health care,unions, WikiLeaks and Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

      by Justina on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 05:03:21 PM PDT

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