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 […]


Hapag-Lloyd introduces two new feeder services in Americas

Hapag-Lloyd is offering two new feeder services to Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago, effective this month.

The fortnightly Calypso service was scheduled to start with the 1,102-TEU Stadt Emden, voyage 1411, with an expected departure from Manzanillo, Panama, on May 4. The port rotation will be as follows: Manzanillo; Guanta, Venezeula; Point Lisas, Trinidad; and […]


ICTSI to spend $150 million developing Honduras port

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) plans to spend about $150 million in the next five years to develop the port in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, a senior company official said recently.

Last February, the Razon-led port operator was awarded a 30-year contract for design, financing, construction, maintenance, and operation of the Puerto Cortes facility, which […]


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 […]


China’s Panama Canal cargo loads rank second highest

‘The canal no longer solely depends on the world’s main economies,’ said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano.

A record amount of cargo crossed the Panama Canal over the past 12 months, largely fueled by economic growth in Latin America, the waterway’s top administrator said.

Nearly 334 million tonnes of cargo crossed the canal during fiscal […]


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 […]


Nicaragua canal bid to deflect from poverty: analysts

The Nicaragua Canal project was first conceptualized in the early 1800s and has been considered many times since then, sometimes stalemated by investors’ concerns about poverty and political instability.

Nicaragua plans to carve out a $30-billion alternative to the Panama Canal, in what analysts say is a large, financially untenable project, aimed primarily at […]


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 […]


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 […]


U.S. Allocates Funds for Destabilizing Ecuador, Writer Says

Many Ecuadorian organizations have received funds from the U.S. Department of State to destabilize the government of Rafael Correa, according to U.S. writer and researcher Eva Golinger.

Some of those groups are linked to the indigenous movement and receive the funds through agencies USAID (United States Agency for International Development) and the NED (National Endowment […]


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 […]