Saturday, February 7, 2015

Latin America Unites Behind Venezuela As US Destabalizaion Efforts Comtinue

The Monroe Doctrine At The End of the Line

The Union of South American Nations, UNASEUR, will investigate US efforts to topple Veneuela's Socialist government, according to the group's top executive.

Only last week, CELAC, a similar group representing Central American and Caribbean nations, voted unanimously to oppose ongoing efforts by the US government to destabilize Venezuela.

UNASEUR has become the primary forum for Latin American cooperation, supplanting the US-dominated OAS as what the US has long considered its back yard increasingly opposes US policy of imposing governments on Latin American peoples. Indeed, many see recent efforts by the Obama Administration to establish friendlier relations with Cuba as a reaction to dwindling US influence in the region, where even the tiny number of countries still considered US allies all publicly oppose US policy toward Cuba. President Obama wanted the rapprochement to occur now, some are saying, to salvage April's 2015 Summit of the Americas: The US has always frozen Cuba out of the summit, but at the last meeting in 2012 attendees voted not to have another summit without Cuban participation.

As I've written about before, UNASUER, initiated by former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, has largely supplanted the US dominated OAS, Organization of American States, as Latin American countries reject US meddling and US influence in the region declines.

Latin American government's criticisms of US meddling in Venezuela spiked in the wake of a bill passed by the US senate and house in December that imposes new economic sanctions on Venezuela. The bill, which the president has signed, provides for sanctions similar to those recently imposed Russia, targeting individuals. Unreported in the media, as far as I can tell, are amendments to the bill that increase funding by $150 million for USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy, arms of the state department that have already spent millions trying to topple Venezuela's Socialist government. Those efforts have included organizing and funding Venezuelan opposition groups, broadcasting anti government propaganda into Venezuela, and helping organize last year's violent anti-government protests. The sanctions bill passed by congress refers to those protests but inaccurately attribute the violence to the government. The US also backed a 2002 coup against Hugo Chavez that was overturned within two days by the mass mobilization of Chavez supporters in the capital Caracas.

The sanctions bill passed the senate and house on voice votes with no New Mexican legislator objecting or voicing opposition from the floor.

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