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Hugo Chavez | Moscow Interview – Russia Today
October 20, 2010, 3:44 pm
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US Military Aggression Against Venezuela Escalating | Eva Golinger
December 25, 2009, 2:27 pm
Filed under: North America, South America

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20 December 2009

Source: Global Research

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez revealed today on his Sunday television and radio program, Aló Presidente, that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, have illegally entered Venezuela’s airspace during the past several days. “A few days ago, one of these military planes penetrated Venezuela as far as Fort Mara,” a Venezuelan military fort in the State of Zulia, bordering Colombia. The drone was seen by several Venezuelan soldiers who immediately reported the aerial violation to their superiors. President Chávez gave the order today to shoot down any drones detected in Venezuelan territory. Chávez also directly implicated Washington in this latest threat against regional stability by confirming that the drones were of US origen.

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Colombia: US Continues Mammoth Global Military Presence | Xinhua News Agency
August 14, 2009, 10:58 pm
Filed under: Central America, Global, North America, South America

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14 August 2009

Source: Centre for Research on Globalization

-After the U.S. military withdrawal from Panama in 1999, the Pentagon has been expanding the “cooperative security locations” in the region. The U.S. Southern Command also operates some 17 radar sites, mostly in Peru and Colombia. All of the above is in addition to existing U.S. bases in Latin America, including a missile tracking station on Ascension Island in the Caribbean, and Soto Cano in Palmerola, Honduras. Furthermore, the United States has Continue reading

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Honduras Coup: Template for a Hemispheric Assault on Democracy | Felipe Stuart Cournoyer
August 11, 2009, 11:17 am
Filed under: Central America, North America, South America

Supporters of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya protest outside the National Congress in Tegucigalpa, Wednesday, July 15, 2009.

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10 August 2009

Source: Socialist Voice

The people of Honduras have now suffered more than 40 days of military rule. The generals’ June 28 coup, crudely packaged in constitutional guise, ousted the country’s elected government and unleashed severe, targeted, and relentless repression.

The grassroots protests have matched the regime in endurance and outmatched it in political support within the country and internationally. Its scope and duration is unprecedented in Honduras history. Popular resistance is the main factor affecting the international forces attempting to shape the outcome of the governmental crisis. It weighs heavy on the minds of the coup’s authors and their international backers.

As Eva Golinger has convincingly documented1, the United States took part in conceiving, planning, and staging the coup. The U.S. ambassador in Tegucigalpa, Hugo Llorens, coordinates a team of high-ranking U.S. and Honduran military officials, and creatures from the old Bush administration, using the Soto Cano (Palmerola) U.S. air force base.

But when the army, machine guns blazing, assaulted President Zelaya’s house, kidnapped him, and dumped him in Costa Rica – still in pajamas – their actions forged unprecedented unity in Latin America and the Caribbean against the coup regime, and enraged hundreds of thousands within the country.

Latin American unity

In the first days after the coup, it appeared that the whole world denounced the Honduran generals and their civilian front men. ALBA – the nine-nation Bolivarian alliance initiated by Venezuela and Cuba – took the initiative in uniting Latin American governments around a common stand. Nicaragua’s capital, Managua, became the temporary capital of Our America. Many Latin American presidents knew only too-well that they could soon suffer Zelaya’s fate.

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Venezuela Presents Evidence Against Colombia’s Claims that Venezuela Gave Weapons to FARC | James Suggett
August 7, 2009, 10:37 am
Filed under: South America

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6 August 2009

Source:  Venzuelanalysis

On Wednesday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez presented evidence that Colombia’s accusations that his government provided grenade launchers to the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC), a Colombian guerrilla organization, are false.

In a press conference dedicated largely to the issue, Chavez said the three grenade launchers that Colombian soldiers said they found in possession of the FARC recently might be those that were stolen when the guerrillas raided a Venezuelan military post on the Colombian border in 1995.

Chavez, a former military officer trained in the use of grenade launchers, handed reporters a series of official documents and photos that Colombia sent to Venezuela in June. He pointed out a discrepancy between the documents, which said the weapons still contained grenades when they were found, and the photos of the weapons, which showed they had been fired and were no longer loaded with grenades.

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Colombia, Ecuador dispute deepens | Duroyan Fertl
August 7, 2009, 10:25 am
Filed under: South America

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1 August 2009

Source: Green Left Weekly

The frosty relations between Colombia and Ecuador got even frostier on July 6 when Colombian officials and lawyers accused members of Ecuador’s government of working for left-wing Colombian guerrillas.

The accusations arose after a video was released featuring Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) commander Jorge Briceno (who goes by the alias “Mono Jojoy”) claiming the guerrillas gave financial support to the 2006 election campaign of Ecuador’s left-wing President Rafael Correa.

Colombia’s prosecutor-general, Mario Iguaran, claimed that a former security minister in Correa’s government, Gustavo Larrea, and former Correa adviser Jose Chauvin were “emissaries” for the FARC.

Ecuadorian officials said the video is doctored. Correa called the footage a “sham” and demanded the FARC clarify whether they had funded his campaign in any way.

Correa has appointed a commission to investigate the claims and the origin of the video, which he claimed was part of a right-wing campaign “to Continue reading

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US War Plans Target Latin America | Federico Fuentes
August 7, 2009, 10:08 am
Filed under: Central America, South America

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1 August 2009

Source: Green Left Weekly

With the June 28 military coup in Honduras, the agreement for five United States military bases in Colombia and the intensification of a dirty propaganda campaign against Venezuela, “the big question is whether the US will look at launching a war that will undoubtedly spread throughout the region, or whether it will decide to postpone such a scenario and attempt to continue dealing regular blows.

“There is no other possible scenario.”

This is how Luis Bilbao, the director of the Venezuelan-based Latin American-wide magazine America XXI, described the situation in the region to Green Left Weekly.

ALBA

Bilbao has accompanied Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to various regional gatherings and has worked with the Chavez government to help build the Union of South American Nations (Unasur). He said recent US moves, which included assisting the Honduran coup, were the result of the Continue reading

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