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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Colombia's proposed "dry canal" proposal with China has focused attention of how U.S. demands of free trade and privatization have impacted Latin American countries.
For 30 years, Washington has been shopping a trade-not-aid based economic diplomacy across Latin America and beyond. According to what is generally known as the “Washington consensus”, the US has [...]