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Author Topic: April 9, 2006: Will Peru be the next domino to fall?
M. Spector
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posted 21 January 2006 12:25 AM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Peru May Join Latin America's Populist Tilt to Left
In the latest sign of the populist wave coursing through Latin America, presidential candidate Ollanta Humala, a left-wing opponent of free trade and free-market policies, has surged to the top of the polls ahead of Peru's election in April, prompting fears that the region's commitment to market-based reforms is waning.

The former army officer's rapid rise reflects the emergence of a more radical and populist left in Latin America, particularly in the impoverished Andean region, which forms an arc stretching from Venezuela at the top of South America to Peru in the west. Mr. Humala, who led a short-lived coup against a democratically elected leader in 2000, has the vocal backing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who has cultivated close ties with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Like Mr. Chávez and Evo Morales, a former coca-leaf grower who won the presidency of Bolivia in December, Mr. Humala has campaigned on a promise to increase state control over the economy's key mining and oil sectors. And like his counterparts in Caracas and La Paz, Mr. Humala condemns globalization as a U.S.-led assault on the poor.

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posted 21 January 2006 12:45 AM      Profile for Cougyr     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Good question. One thing is sure: South Americans are looking for South American solutions, preferably without US intervention. How long the Whitehouse and Pentagon can restrain themselves is hard to tell.
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posted 21 January 2006 04:04 AM      Profile for TheStudent        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I really do hope that the Peruvians can get themselves a leftist government. And as to American military intervention, it is not practicable for two main reasons:
1) A massive sense of solidarity has been building as more and more countries in South American turn to the left.
2) There would be an absolutely massive guerilla resistance. The Andes and the tropical rain forests of the area would provide the perfect base for a resistance, as it has done for various rebel groups already.
As much as the neocon hawks would like to invade those countries turning left in South America, I think they realise that they would not win if they were to try.

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posted 22 January 2006 12:21 AM      Profile for radiorahim     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I found this paragraph interesting:

Peruvian government officials say Mr. Humala's campaign war chest is being secretly funded by Venezuela's Mr. Chávez, through diplomatic channels. One official said "over $1 million" has come into Mr. Humala's coffers through the Venezuelan Embassy. Mr. Humala has publicly denied receiving financial support from Mr. Chávez.

What's interesting is that the subversive National Endowment for Democracy (NED) lists its largest Peruvian grant in 2004 as going to the International Republican Institute ($300,000).

To promote greater understanding of the role of political parties in a democracy and of the basic practices of a successful political party. IRI will conduct a program to train party leaders and members in capacity building, effective ethical financial management and promote dialogue facilitation and consensus building between new regional authorities and the central government.

Assuming that its true that the Venezuelan government is funding the Peruvian left (and I don't assume that's true at all) why is that a bad thing but its okay for the U.S. government-funded NED to do the same thing?

Here's the list of 2004 NED grant recipients:

2004 NED grants

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Jacob Two-Two
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posted 22 January 2006 01:13 AM      Profile for Jacob Two-Two     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There's no problem with that at all. Fund away, Chavez. International co-operation and support is a vital element of a better world.
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posted 22 January 2006 01:17 AM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Originally posted by Cougyr:
Good question. One thing is sure: South Americans are looking for South American solutions, preferably without US intervention. How long the Whitehouse and Pentagon can restrain themselves is hard to tell.

I think they're pre-occupied with oil right now. A Salvador-like "option" would be out of the question for any move on Latin America in addition to the already present US-funded militaries in Colombia, El Salvador, Peru etc riding rough shod over human rights in those countries. I think US-funded mercenaries like the former Contras and Salvadoran/Honduran killers for hire are in Iraq and Afghanistan right now and being paid considerably less than American-based mercenaries. This article talks about one Peruvian mercenary who came home with a mystery illness and died prematurely last month. I think there are dangers associated with "DU" exposure to troops and civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the US government is hiring mercenaries from around the world, in part, because of a "recruiting problem" at home as well as not wanting to be responsible for "post traumatic stress disorders" associated with DU exposure.

Many of the Latin American mercenaries will already have intimate knowledge of what's required of them for their roles in Iraq and Afhanistan because they've been exposed to CIA training manuals for murder, torture and extortioncreated in the 1950's and 60's.


The Peruvian training camp is not the only one. In September, the Honduran Government ordered the expulsion of 105 Chilean mercenaries, who had entered the country as tourists or businessmen. Hired by the recruiting firm Your Solutions?another Triple Canopy subsidiary-the Chileans were attending a training camp led by US and Chilean personnel in Lepaterique, 16 miles northwest of the capital of Tegucigalpa.

The facilities being used, apparently without the knowledge of the Honduran government, were set up by the US Central Intelligence Agency in the 1980s. There, a combination of CIA personnel and members of Argentina's military intelligence trained both the "contra" mercenaries attacking Nicaragua and Honduran security forces. They were taught the methods of torture, "disappearance" and political repression developed under the Argentine dictatorship. Lepaterique became the headquarters of the infamous Battalion 316, which unleashed a wave of political killings, torture and imprisonment against opponents of the US-backed government of Honduras

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