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US pulling 'imperialistic' aid from Ecuador

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and Bolivian President Evo Morales are seen here at a pro-union event. USAID’s departure from Ecuador marks the second time this year that the agency has been forced out of a South American country after Pres. Morales ousted it from Bolivia in May

From an article in the Christian Science Monitor:



New Yara acquisition in Latin America

Yara International ASA has entered into an agreement to acquire OFD Holding Inc. (OFD) from Omimex Resources Inc., for an enterprise value of USD 425 million. The acquired business comprises production facilities in Colombia and distribution companies across Latin America.

The main companies included in the transaction are Abocol (Colombia), Misti (Peru), Omagro (Mexico), Fertitec […]


Bolivian President Evo Morales Expels USAID

Union leader and Bolivian President Evo Morales sings his national anthem during the annual May Day march in La Paz on Wednesday. He announced during a speech that he was expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development from the country. Juan Karita/AP

Bolivian President Evo Morales expelled the U.S. Agency for International Development from […]


Evo Morales expulsa de Bolivia a agencia de EEUU

BOLIVIA: El presidente Evo Morales anunció el miércoles la expulsión de la Agencia de Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), a la que acusó de conspirar contra su gobierno, cuatro años después de haber echado al embajador de ese país y a la agencia antidroga DEA por las mismas razones.

El gobierno de […]


Bolivian president bluntly describes US diplomacy

Bolivian leader Evo Morales frequently invokes in his speeches the facts revealing the subversive role taken by the US Embassy in Bolivia. It put obstacles in the way of organizing the Bolivian national assembly and encouraged separatism in the five of Bolivia’s provinces which sit on important deposits of natural reserves and contribute 75-80% of […]


Some in Latin America fret about political costs of US aid

Ecuador President Rafael Correa has said that USAID-supported projects are designed to undermine administrations Washington dislikes. ‘It’s a recipe that’s been used repeatedly in Latin America against countries with progressive governments,’ Correa said, suggesting that USAID-backed programs had helped create the environment for an attempted coup in Venezuela in 2002. ‘They can’t beat us […]


The Bogota Solidarity Centre and Possible Intervention in Venezuela

From the Alliance for Global Justice:

The Solidarity Center office in Bogotá has received an unusually large two-year grant of $3 million for its operations in the Andean Region.

The scope and dimensions of the grant are not fully known, nor the exact programs to which it will be applied.

However, given the history […]


USAID Grants $3 Million to Solidarity Center’s Bogotá Office – Unionists Want to Know Why

From the Alliance for Global Justice:

The Solidarity Center has some good and helpful programs and some that are at least more or less benign. But these good programs can act to hide a more fundamental purpose to infiltrate and influence the labor movements of other countries and to provide a channel of interference in […]


USAID Reiterates Subversive Plans in Latin American Countries

The United States reiterated its willingness to finance rebel groups seeking to destabilize some countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), a mechanism of political, economic and social integration created in 2004.

According to Mark Feierstein, Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington […]


Costa Rica complains about alleged Nicaraguan aggression during OAS General Assembly

Costa Rica and Nicaragua have been bickering over the border area since October 2010, when Costa Rica complained about Nicaragua’s dredging of the San Juan river, a point that acts as a natural limit between the two countries. In January 2011, Nicaraguan troops occupied a border area called Isla Calero in an event Costa […]


Bolivia’s Morales hopes to build railway to Peru

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales (left) is shown meeting with China’s President Hu Jintao in August. Morales said after the visit that Chinese officials expressed interest in making the railway project a priority. It’s not immediately clear how much the railway would cost, or how much financial support China might provide. Credit: Xinhua photo by […]


US Subverting Latin America

US President John Kennedy Established USAID – the United States Agency for International Development – in November, 1962 as an organization charged with an essentially humanitarian mission of providing economic and other support to struggling countries around the world. The agency’s stated goals therefore include conflict prevention, the expansion of democracy, humanitarian assistance, and human […]


Ollanta Humala’s win is a promise to Peru’s poor

Ollanta Humala and wife Nadine Heredia Alarcón

The victory of left-populist candidate Ollanta Humala in Peru’s election is a “big fucking deal”, as Vice President Joe Biden famously whispered to Obama on national TV in another context. With respect to US influence in the hemisphere, this knocks out one of only two allies that […]


Leftist Humala claims narrow win in Peru election

Ollanta Humala's champions were the neglected — one in three Peruvians are poor and have gained little or nothing from a mining bonanza that turned its economy into Latin America's top performer the past decade.

Leftist military man Ollanta Humala declared victory Sunday night after unofficial results showed him narrowly winning a bitterly contested […]


Bolivian president Evo Morales: USAID works against our government

Bolivian President Evo Morales has been an elected union officer since 1988.

Wikileaks has released a confidential Feb. 19, 2008 cable in which the State Department reveals Morales’ concerns about USAID:

Bolivian President Evo Morales threatened to show USAID the door if it continues undermining his administration. As proof, Morales provided the example of […]