Monday, September 18, 2006


Who lost Latin America?

How to win friends and influence people. Just do whatever the Bush Administration isn't doing. All through Latin America, governments and movements that resent the United States are rising or have been strengthened by Bushco policy blunders. Venezuela, where a bungled coup attempt permanently alienated the Venezuelan people Hugo Chávez maintains a high level of support in Venezuela, according to a poll by Datanálisis. 58 per cent of respondents would vote for the incumbent head of state in this year’s election. Nicaragua, where misery has risen ever since the US dumped the country back into the hands of the oligarchy has led to a rejection of "pro-American" forces Former head of state Daniel Ortega is the clear frontrunner in Nicaragua’s presidential election, according to a poll by Zogby International and the University of Miami School of Communication. 34 per cent of respondents would vote for the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) member. Cuba, where dictatorship is--lamentably-- seen as preferable to US control Washington and the mainstream media have misread Cuban reality.... After desperate news flashes and punditry about the world-shaking importance of Fidel’s impending demise, little has really changed. Cubans on the island continue to complain about shortages, corruption, bureaucracy... Most of them also understand that the revolution has meant ... free housing, education, health care and social services. They will also continue to receive subsidized food and entertainment. ... Under Castro, Cuba opened 13 medical schools that produce more doctors abroad than the World Health Organization. Its athletes, artists and scientists have etched their accomplishments in the minds of people all over the world. When Pakistan was struck by an earthquake, Cuban, not U.S., doctors poured in to help, as they did in Honduras when Nature punished that country. And there are plenty of other places where Americans are getting less and less popular. Bolivia, Haiti, Mexico, Argentina, and probably more to come. When are we going to start asking "Who lost Latin America?"
Shhhhhhhh! That's the last thing I want is for the Bushies to realize they've lost South America. If there's a silver lining to the Iraq cloud, this is it.

And while I'm at it, thanks for all the Mexico and South America blogging. You guys are so good that I even learned how to "clear my cache" so I'd get your latest posts when I visit.

So, anyway, mum's da woid- let the sleeping dogs lie.
If there's a silver lining to the Iraq cloud, this is it.

Goodness, yes. Bush can't invade any other country right now -- he's up to his armpits in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ooops! Right! Ix-nay on the ip-off-tay.

Truthfully, I think the current GOP is so clueless that they wouldn't notice if they lost the Atlantic Seaboard.

And thanks for letting me know that the synopses of the press are helpful. When it's 1 in the morning and I have to be up in a few hours, it's easy to lose track of the fact that the samizdat by a handful of blogs is just about the only independent English language analysis people are likely to find.
I am a Sandanista. Well, at least I used to listen to The Clash a lot.

And I've read Gary Sick.

God bless democracy even if it does not match the interests of major US corporations.
I suppose when there is some doubt as to the answer....or when we want to know.
And here I thought you were a sandia-nista, Shrimplate.

(for the Spanish deprived, that's a "watermelonist")
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