Category Archives: The Coming Latin American War

Colombia’s Uribe takes dictation one last time

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Colombia: Uribe’s Farewell Spectacle español

Atilio A. Boron

Translation: Machetera and Manuel Talens

Álvaro Uribe, the empire’s unconditional pawn, took his leave from the Colombian presidency with a new provocation: the denunciation of FARC camps which he claimed to be established on Venezuelan territory.  Being neither dimwitted nor lazy, the U.S. State Department came out in unconditional support of the accusation put forth by Bogotá at the Organization of American States (OAS), encouraged by the supposed “resounding” proof presented by Uribe, denouncing the government of Hugo Chávez for allowing the FARC camps to be set up and for carrying out various military training programs for some 1,500 guerrillas on Venezuelan soil.  With amazing insolence, Philip Crowley, the State Department spokesperson declared that Venezuela’s response [in terminating diplomatic relations with Colombia] was “unfortunate” and “petulant” and threatened that “if Venezuela fails to cooperate in whatever follow-on steps are made, the United States and other countries will obviously take account of that.”  It must be remembered that since 2006, the United States has included Venezuela in the list of countries that are unwilling to cooperate in the struggle against terrorism.  Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela issued a declaration along the same lines, saying that Uribe’s denunciation was “very serious.”  Both statements cast a heavy shadow of doubt about the intellectual capabilities of both officials and, what’s worse, feed the suspicion that with their fondness for lies, the moral caliber of both is not all that different from that of Álvaro Uribe. Continue reading


Why are Marines disembarking in Costa Rica?

Why are Marines Disembarking in Costa Rica? español

Atilio Boron

Translation: Machetera

With votes secured from the official National Liberation Party (PLN), the Libertarian Movement, and Justo Orozco, the evangelical congressman from the Costa Rican Renovation party, on July 1st, the Costa Rican Congress authorized the entry into that country of 46 warships from the U.S. Navy, 200 helicopters and combat aircraft and 7,000 Marines. Continue reading

U.S. military makes itself at home in Costa Rica

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stands with U.S. Marines at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica March 5, 2010. Photo: U.S. State Department

Massive U.S. military presence in Costa Rica español

Eva Golinger

Translation: David Brookbank

This past July 1st, the Costa Rican Congress authorized the arrival of 46 U.S. battleships and 7 thousand U.S. troops to the coasts of Costa Rica to carry out military operations, anti-narcotics missions and supposed humanitarian actions in the region.

According to the Costa Rican media, the majority of the warships are frigates measuring 135 meters in length and capable of transporting SH-60 or HH-60B Blackhawks, as well as 200 Marines and 15 officers on each ship. Continue reading

El Salvador’s Funes moves his chips to the dark side

Torn between two Models – Funes follows Obama

By Diana Barahona –

[Español abajo]

Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, who was carried to power by the FMLN this past March but quickly jettisoned the party from his government, has obliquely recognized the results of yesterday’s electoral farce in neighboring Honduras.

During his presidential campaign Funes rejected any affinity for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Alternative for Latin America and instead insisted that his models were Brazilian President Inacio Lula da Silva and Barack Obama. But those models are bitterly split over Obama’s support for the June 28 coup in Honduras and its subsequent legitimation by sham elections carried out yesterday. The United States followed up on its commitment to recognize the elections no matter what, but Lula has resisted pressure to do the same. Continue reading

Atilio Boron on Obama’s prize

AkevittSkole2-374Consolation Prize (Amended)*- Español

By Atilio A. Boron

English translation: Machetera

In an astonishing decision, the Norwegian Nobel Committee put an end to seven months of searching among the 205 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize and conferred it upon Barack Obama.   Piedad Córdoba, the brave Colombian senator whose efforts in search of peace for her violence-ridden country largely deserved to be rewarded with the Nobel Prize was tossed to the wayside so that it might be granted to the American president. It is not a minor surprise to know that Obama’s nomination was submitted to the Norwegian Committee two months after his inauguration. What did he do in such a short period of time on behalf of the world peace? He delivered gentle speeches and made rather nebulous exhortations to end violent confrontations. The Colombian senator, on the other hand, has spent the last ten years in a tireless effort to put an end to armed struggle and to pacify her country. She put her own body and her actions on the line. But the Norwegian Committee did not share this appreciation and Piedad was once again passed over. A woman, black, leftist, and Latin American: too many flaws and defects for the cautious members of the Committee, always politically correct, forever sanctimonious, who only by mistake would it confer the prize upon a public figure whose struggles for peace were unacceptable to the empire. The Dalai Lama is acceptable; Piedad Córdoba is not. For him, the Prize; for her, the cold shoulder. Continue reading

Refried cold-war rhetoric on the Colombian menu

The translating factory has been idled this week while Machetera was chasing a very interesting story related to Otto Reich and the Honduran coup d’etat – more on that later.  But this morning, as she was checking to see where Waldo Mel Zelaya might be and whether Romeo Vasquez Velasquez had managed to kill him, as promised, she ran across this piece from Aporrea, picked up from Venezuelan TV.

First of all, not that one should judge a person by his picture (Machetera certainly never would) but doesn’t this guy just sort of ooze “little prickness?”


He is Álvaro Uribe’s foreign minister. Continue reading

The hopelessly compromised Oscar Arias


“Oscar Arias is not qualified to be a mediator in the Honduran situation.”

Interview with Costa Rican journalist Carlos Salazar, by Chevige González Marcó

Translation: Machetera

July 8, 2009

After yesterday’s meeting between the Secretary of State for the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton, and President Manuel Zelaya, the news raced round the world.  It had to do with the announcement that the Costa Rican president, Oscar Arias as “mediator” of a dialogue between the constitutional Honduran government and the putschists headed by the dictator Micheletti.

In Costa Rica, various political movements and analysts doubt that Arias is the best person to facilitate the dialogue.  YVKE Mundial interviewed Carlos Salazar, coordinating editor of the digital newspaper Nuestro País de San José, in order to understand the reasons for the lack of confidence in the role that the Costa Rican president might play. Continue reading