Category: Coups

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Justin Podur: Movements of Resistance in the Americas

  A proposed view of history Much of Latin America won independence from Spain in the 19th century.  All countries that were independent faced the same problem: the former imperial powers continued to control decisive military, financial, and propaganda might.  How could the newly decolonized (or, in the case of indigenous nations, never decolonized) countries Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Chomsky Talk

NOAM CHOMSKYBERKELEY, MECA, 3.21.02 NOAM CHOMSKY:  Unfortunately, I can’t see anybody out there but I assume there are people there.  I’m going to be talking–I’ll be talking primarily about West Asia, which overlaps pretty closely with what we call, here, the Middle East or the Near East.  Some of these remarks are going to be Read more…

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Tariq Ali: Letter to a Young Muslim

  Remember when you approached me after the big antiwar meeting in November 2001 (I think it was Glasgow) and asked whether I was a believer? I have not forgotten the shock you registered when I replied “no”, or the comment of your friend (“our parents warned us against you”), or the angry questions which Read more…

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Jean Bricmont: Why We Still Need To Be Anti-Imperialists

It seems evident, from the attitude of the capitalist world to Soviet Russia, of the Entente to the Central Empires, and of England to Ireland and India, that there is no depth of cruelty, perfidy or brutality from which the present holders of power will shrink when they feel themselves threatened. If, in order to Read more…

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Greg Palast: Opec Chief Warned Chavez About Coup

The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, had advance warning of last month’s coup attempt against him from the secretary general of Opec, Ali Rodriguez, allowing him to prepare an extraordinary plan which saved both his government and his life, an investigation has revealed. Mr Rodriguez, who is Venezuelan and a former leftwing guerrilla, telephoned Mr Chavez Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: Venezuela after the Coup Attempt

More and more details about the attempted coup against President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela are beginning to emerge, although much of it still remains shrouded in mystery. The perhaps biggest unsolved mystery is who were the snipers who started the shooting at the April 11 demonstrations, which resulted in 17 dead, and provided the justification Read more…

Heinz Dieterich steffan: Re-colonization of Latin America

[Translated for ZNet by José Luna] The rupture of diplomatic relations with Cuba, the coup d’état in Venezuela, the cancelling of peace negotiations in Colombia and the economic destruction in Argentina to annihilate MERCOSUR [trading treaty] show the dramatic advances of Latin America’s re-colonization. After two centuries, the annexationist essence of the Monroe doctrine has Read more…

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Kim Scipes: AFL-CIO and Venezuela: Return of Labor Imperialism, or a Mistaken Reaction?

There has been considerable debate and discussion recently on labor-related e-mail lists concerning possible AFL-CIO involvement in the recent attempted coup to overthrow President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. The AFL-CIO has been supporting the Confederation of Venezuelan Workers (CTV), the national labor center, and there have been concerns raised about the CTV’s national leadership’s possible Read more…

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Tim Wise: Anti-Semitism, Real and Imagined

Watching former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to Congress a few weeks ago, I must admit, I was almost sucked in. No, not by his distorted version of reality in the Occupied Territories, nor by his opportunistic and transparently disingenuous comparisons between Yasir Arafat and Osama bin Laden. Nor by his insistence that there Read more…

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David Barsamian: An interview with Charlotte Ryan

Barsamian Charlotte Ryan is the author of Prime Time Activism: Media Strategies for Grass Roots Organizing. She is also co-director of the Boston College Media Research and Action Project and part of the Department of Sociology. What is the Media Research and Action Project at Boston College? The Media Research Action Project works with grassroots Read more…

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