It never ceases to amaze me how little attention North American’s pay to the CIA-backed gunboat diplomacy attacks on our South American neighbor’s Democracies.
“Another year, another South American coup!” Are we naive enough here to just think “those people are violent and unable to govern themselves peacefully…”?
Sorry, not so. It is our neo-liberals attacking people who want the best for themselves, so that our businesses can exploit them unencumbered by a government that has their People’s interests at heart.
The latest attack was on Ecuador. Remember last years Honduran Coup, where the US backed a right-wing ousting of an ELECTED leftist President? No worries, I will remind you below the fold.
Forgive me for taking it down to basics here, but I fear half of the US is not even aware what the acronym ALBA stands for. This coalition of self-determination, people’s power against US hegemony and imperialist exploitation is always our targets.
The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (Spanish: Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América, or ALBA) is an international cooperation organization based on the idea of social, political, and economic integration between the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. It is associated with socialist and social democratic governments and is an attempt at regional economic integration based on a vision of social welfare, bartering and mutual economic aid, rather than trade liberalization as with free trade agreements. ALBA nations are in the process of introducing a new regional currency, the SUCRE. It is intended to be the common virtual currency by 2010 and eventually a hard currency. On Tuesday, July 6, 2010, Venezuela and Ecuador conducted the first bilateral trade deal between two ALBA countries using the new trading currency, the Sucre, instead of the US dollar.
Members are Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Venezuala. Observer states of the organisation are Grenada, Haiti, Paraguay and Uruguay.