The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

AP: US sent Venezuelan youth to Cuba to “provoke unrest”

A program overseen by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) sent almost a dozen youth to Cuba from Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Peru, with the goal of rousing opposition against the Cuban government, an Associated Press (AP) investigation revealed earlier this week.

USAID initiated the program shortly after the inauguration of US President Barack […]


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 […]


The US and the Privatization of El Salvador

From Global Research:

‘Obama, don’t touch Central America,’ protesting privatization of public resources in El Salvador

The corporate-financier drive to privatize the Salvadoran economy has taken the form of the proposed Public-Private Partnership law which, if approved, would grant the government the right to sell off national resources, infrastructure and services to foreign multinationals. In […]


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 […]


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 […]


Cables detail Cargill’s maneuvering in a series of trouble spots

Excerpts from the Star-Tribune:

As one of the most global U.S. companies, Cargill knows well the land mines of international commerce.

A Cargill rice mill in Venezuela gets nationalized. Government security forces pay a midnight visit to a sugar mill in Syria. Iraq suspends a key trading permit when a big wheat shipment mysteriously vanishes. […]


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 […]


Peru’s Election Results Dishearten Investors

The election's impact on the Port of Callao is still unknown, though Humala has said he opposes private concessions of the docks. DP World and APM Terminals have brought foreign management to the port.

Peru’s benchmark stock index plunged 12.5% Monday. Investors rushed for the exits on fears that the country’s next president, populist […]


US expels Ecuador ambassador in tit-for-tat move

The United States on Thursday ordered the expulsion of Ecuador’s ambassador to Washington in a tit-for-tat move after the US envoy to Quito was told to leave over a leaked diplomatic cable.

Ecuador on Tuesday ordered US Ambassador Heather Hodges out of the country in a row over a leaked diplomatic cable which quoted her […]


Wikileaks: Cables point to US interference in Peru Election

Alejandro Toledo during his first presidency, in 2002, expanded the neoliberal model and crafted a free trade agreement that gave the U.S. unlimited mining rights in exchange for few concessions. He is likely to win the upcoming election and return to the presidency in 2011.

As an academically-trained free market economist, Alejandro Toledo is the […]


Latin American Oil to China and not to the United States

Venezuela oil field. China's increasingly tapping Latin America for natural resources that were historically available primarily to the United States.

After hundreds of billions of dollars of oil and gas deals around the world over the last few years, pointedly uncontested by the United States, China is not wasting any time in filling holes […]


Iran, Venezuela plan to build rival to Panama Canal

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

The recent border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is a sign of an ambitious plan by Venezuela, Iran and Nicaragua to create a “Nicaragua Canal” linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that would rival the existing Panama Canal.

Costa Rica says that [in November], […]