Monday, May 12, 2008
When did the US "lose" Latin America? The US is promoting secessionist movements to break up countries it cannot control
When did the US "lose" Latin America?
Forrest Hylton: The US is promoting secessionist movements to break up countries it cannot control
Sunday May 11th, 2008
The United States first lost its influence in Latin America because of deals it made during the Cold War to prop up any dictatorship as long as it was anti-communist. Even Bill Clinton with his "free-trade" and drug eradication projects was not open to South American autonomy from Washington.
Forrest Hylton is the the author of Evil Hour in Colombia (Verso, 2006), and with Sinclair Thomson, co-author of Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics (Verso, 2007). He is a regular contributor to New Left Review and NACLA Report on the Americas.