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Warship Watch. Royal Navy, Southcom commander land in Curaçao and Brazil

2019.02.05.HMS Mounts Bay at Curacao

The Royal Navy’s Mounts Bay docked in Curaçao, a small island just 50 miles away from Venezuela | Morning Star

By TONY SEED

(February 15, updated February 18, 22) – The Trump administration has stepped up threats of military aggression against Venezuela as part of its blackmail against the Venezuelan people and world opinion. The threat of military aggression is real, not merely an “option on the table.” In parallel, the U.S. is increasing its hostile military activities in the region, directed specifically against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its resistance to U.S. dictate. The newly-appointed commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Admiral Craig Faller visited the Caribbean island of Curaçao in the Dutch Antilles, February 13-14, within 50 miles of the Venezuelan coast, following discussions with the Joint Military Staff of Brazil on February 11-12. Continue reading

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The military threat against Venezuela is real, not an ‘option on the table’

Threats against the independence and sovereignty of Venezuela are real, not a mere policy “option.” Ongoing provocations and threats of military aggression by the US, Canada and others threaten to plunge the whole region into chaos and strike a serious blow against popular democracy around the world. The Lima Group is not welcome in Canada and it is important for Canadians to stand up and declare that the Government does not act in the name of Canadians and we demand that the Canadian government respect the independence and sovereignty of Venezuela.

Eduardo Correa Senior and James Patrick Jordan* examine the thread and military options that are on the table, and propose popular organization to defeat US interventionism in the Latin American nation.

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Warship Watch. Canada deploys two warships to West Africa

By TONY SEED

Canada has deployed two warships, HMCS Kingston and HMCS Shawinigan, to West Africa  – “to work with partners & allies to enhance maritime security + stability” in the Gulf of Guinea,” in the words of Vice Admiral Ron Lloyd. Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) stated the aim of “ West Africa today, is to work with African nations to build partner capacity, promote maritime security, and foster relationships in the region.” None of this has to do with the defence of Canada. Continue reading

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US military presence in Latin America and the Caribbean

For sovereignty and dignity – no gringo bases. no a bases gringas

By RAUL CAPOTE FERNANDEZ

The United States has some 800 military bases around the world, and 76 of these are in Latin America. Among the best known are 12 in Panama, 12 in Puerto Rico, nine in Colombia, and eight in Peru, with the greatest number concentrated in Central America and the Caribbean. Continue reading

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Bombardier debacle shows what it means  for Quebec to be ‘open for business’

By K.C. ADAMS

2011.01.29-HamiltonDayofAction-61crop3The U.S. warmongers of Boeing and the Pentagon have crushed Bombardier’s Canadian commercial jet production. While doing so, they also seized Brazil’s Embraer commercial jet production this past July. The anti-social pro-U.S. coup government of Brazil appears to have approved the Boeing takeover of Embraer. The former Brazilian governments of Presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff opposed the U.S. war profiteers gaining control of Embraer. However, Rousseff was removed from office via a parliamentary coup in 2016 and Lula was unjustly imprisoned and blocked from running again for office this year. The foreign seizure of both Embraer and Bombardier’s commercial jet sectors leaves Boeing and the Pentagon in face-to-face open combat for dominance with Airbus and its European backers. Continue reading

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Cultural genocide: National Museum of Brazil destroyed

(September 3) – Very sad news. The 200-year-old National Museum of Brazil has been virtually destroyed by fire.

The museum in Rio de Janeiro had 20 million items, including Egyptian and Greco-Roman artifacts and a 12,000-year-old human fossil, the oldest found in the Western Hemisphere, known as “Luzia”. Connected to the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the museum has expositions that include anthropology, archeology and paleontology, among others. Continue reading

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Haiti: The price of liberation

“Should I not let it be known to later generations that Alexander Petion is the true liberator of my country?” said Simon Bolivar, the Venezuelan leader who liberated South America from Spanish rule, to Alexandre Petion, the first president of Haiti. Continue reading

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Graphic details. The Brazil Coup d’état

Brazil’s Coup Government an All-White, All-Male Affair  

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Brazil: The people’s mandate ignored by new government

Dilma Rousseff was ousted as President of the country, but did not lose the right to hold public office | Laura Bécquer Paseiro

dilma-rousseff-4It took just 61 people to end the mandate of Dilma Rousseff, the first female President in the history of this South American giant, elected by 54 million Brazilians.

Thus, the parliamentary coup that had been in the works for months was complete and the severe limitations of bourgeois democracy were demonstrated. Brazil joined the list of countries in the region that have suffered these modern versions of the coup which, shrouded in supposed legality, obstruct and violate the sovereignty of peoples. Continue reading

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Dilma Rousseff responds to impeachment in letter

“Today, the Federal Senate has made a decision which shall go down as one of history’s great injustices…” DILMA ROUSSEFF

Dilma Rousseff | EFE

Dilma Rousseff | EFE

Today, the Federal Senate has made a decision which shall go down as one of history’s great injustices. The senators who voted for the impeachment have chosen to tear the Brazilian Constitution apart. They have decided to interrupt the mandate of a president who did not commit a responsibility crime. They have condemned an innocent person and executed a parliamentary coup. Continue reading

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Rousseff: Vote against impeachment, vote for democracy

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Statement by the Revolutionary Government of Cuba

The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba strongly rejects the parliamentary and judicial coup d’état perpetrated against President Dilma Rousseff

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The CIA in Latin America: From coups to torture and preemptive killings

By NIL NIKANDROV*

José Vicente Rangel

José Vicente Rangel

(Jan. 22) – The observations made by the Venezuelan journalist José Vicente Rangel are generally regarded as well informed and accurate. For the television program Los Confidenciales («Reliable Sources») he recently reported on the work of the supplemental staff at CIA stations in Latin America. According to Rangel, at least 500 reinforcements have arrived at the US Embassy and other US headquarters in South America in order to help the other operatives escalate their subversive and espionage activities.

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Brazil: Dilma Rousseff wins Round 1

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This day in history: US-backed military coup in Brazil

On the 50th anniversary, US archive posts new White House records on coup plotting against Brazilian President Joao Goulart. “The Kennedy White House was particularly upset about Goulart’s independent foreign policy positions … Goulart was deemed insufficiently supportive of U.S. efforts to ostracize Cuba at the Organization of American States.”

LBJ Library Photo by Yoichi Okamoto

LBJ Library Photo by Yoichi Okamoto

Washington, DC, (April 2, 2014) – ALMOST TWO YEARS before the April 1, 1964, military takeover in Brazil, President Kennedy and his top aides began seriously discussing the option of overthrowing Joao Goulart’s government, according to Presidential tape transcripts posted by the National Security Archive on the 50th anniversary of the coup d’tat. “What kind of liaison do we have with the military?” Kennedy asked top aides in July 1962. In March 1963, he instructed them: “We’ve got to do something about Brazil.” Continue reading

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Espionage: Harper Government turning Canada into rogue state

Governments Must Uphold Public Right, Not Monopoly Right! 

TML Weekly Information Project (Oct. 12) – THE HARPER GOVERNMENT is transforming Canada into a rogue state that goes around the world attacking sovereign nations militarily, economically and politically, overtly and covertly, as part of a hooligan gang of allies led by the U.S. Its actions are in defiance of the norms and laws governing international relations, precisely what it falsely accuses many other countries of doing. At every opportunity and in every venue at home and abroad the Harperites seek to divide people on any basis they can and incite conflict among peoples and nations in order to advance the narrow interests of the monopolies with which they are aligned, and block any organized opposition to imperialism and monopoly right. Continue reading

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U.S. global spying: subversion of Mexico, France

By TONY SEED

spyDer Spiegel: Fresh leak on US spying – NSA accessed Mexican president’s email (full text see below). Another disclosure from former CIA agent Edward Snowden has revealed that, as part of its global spy network against the nations and peoples of the world, the United States has been eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years – in particular former President Felipe Calderon, whose email messages have been targeted. According to the report, the spying into the email server of the “Mexican Presidencia domain” contained “diplomatic, economic and leadership communications” that allowed for “deep insight into policymaking and the political system.” An NSA division for “particularly difficult missions” called the “Tailored Access Operations” handled the operation.  The covert operation was carried out in conformity with an April 2013 list that enumerates the US’ surveillance priorities. That list, classified as “secret,” was authorized by the White House and “presidentially approved,” according to internal NSA documents, Der Siegel reports. Continue reading

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Internet address registries to break with U.S.

Wired, UK – ALL OF THE major internet organisations have pledged, at a summit in Uruguay, to free themselves of the influence of the US government.

The directors of ICANN, the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Architecture Board, the World Wide Web Consortium, the Internet Society and all five of the regional Internet address registries have vowed to break their associations with the US government. Continue reading

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Legacies: Lives lived / past progressive – Doctor Sócrates

Remembering Doctor Sócrates, who made the game beautiful

Corinthians fans held a banner that read “Socrates, rest in peace” before a match against Palmeiras in Brazil (Nacho Doce/Reuters)

Doctor Sócrates: his career in pictures

By TONY SEED, with files from AIN, Guardian

BRASILIA (December 8, 2011) — A MOMENT of silence was observed in all of Brazil’s soccer stadiums, accompanied by much applause, during the last day of the National Football Championship in memory of the former player and doctor Sócrates, who died during the early hours on December 4 at 57 years of age, as a result of an intestinal infection. Players on the Corinthians team from São Paulo dedicated their fifth title to him with their right fists raised, just as he celebrated his goals as the celebrated captain of the national team during the World Cups of Spain ‘82 and Mexico ‘86. Continue reading

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Why is Israel attending an OAS Summit?

By TONY SEED

(May 31, 2009) – ISRAEL, which is gradually losing the support it enjoyed in the EU and the U.S., is planning to develop an overt and covert presence in Latin America to counter Iran’s growing ties in the region. Readers may remember its unsavoury role in arming and training the bloody security forces of the Central American oligarchy during the 1970s and 1980s, which was exposed in the Contra scandal during the Reagan administration. Continue reading

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