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Friday, March 1, 2013

Latino America - Marathon of Foreign Policy Shame

I should begin by saying that as a child (probably 7th or 8th grade) I wondered why as a democracy the USA supported all these dictators and seemingly brutal governments in Latin and South America.  As a child my attention span was developing but there were many competing interests.  As an emerging adult I again have to say that my attention was largely diverted by the War in Vietnam and events here in Madison.

Again and again the documentation seems to suggest that intentional or unintentional acts and policies pursued by the USA has not had a "democratizing" or even benign impact on Latin and South America.  I have included what is publicly available but in all cases been able myself to see each video/film completely.

Much of what has awakened me has come in visual form.  I thought I would share the experience.  It will take you some time.  The experience is living and growing.  Marathons go on and on ... or so it seems.  This is just the start.


El Salvador - Guatemala : Water/Mining Life Conflicts

President Reagan's Legacy in perspective - Martha Gellhorn, The Face of War (pub. 1988), writing of WARS IN CENTRAL AMERICA "The President justifies his policies and action by declaring that the guerrillas of El Salvador and the Sandinista of Nicaragua are Communists" p313 and later p315 (1983) in "Rule By Terror" about El Salvador "the Church [Catholic] estimates 35-45,000 unarmed civilian dead since 1979." In just five years 1979-1983.

La Mesa Anti-mining Demonstration (link to RebelReporting.com blog, original production for WORT 89.9 Madison, Wisconsin, 3/3/2013)





Guatemala

http://wi1848forward.blogspot.com/2012/04/granito-when-groups-are-premeditated-in.html

It was presented at Wisconsin Film Festival.

Prequel
Doesn't seem to be available right now?!
Watch When the Mountains Tremble on PBS. See more from POV.



Honduras


http://wi1848forward.blogspot.com/2013/01/albasud-video-bajo-aguan-grito-por-la.html

El Salvador

Reagan's Legacy in perspective - Martha Gellhorn, The Face of War (pub. 1988), writing of WARS IN CENTRAL AMERICA "The President justifies his policies and action by declaring that the guerrillas of El Salvador and the Sandinista of Nicaragua are Communists" p313 and later p315 (1983) in "Rule By Terror" about El Salvador "the Church [Catholic] estimates 35-45,000 unarmed civilian dead since 1979." In just five years.



http://rebelreporting.com/2013/02/radio-victoria-and-a-token-from-home/

Chile



I saw it at the UW Union South in Madison, WI in the fall of 2012 sponsored in part by the WUD.

http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/03/18/movies/nostalgia-for-the-light-chile-documentary-review.html?_r=0

Columbia



I saw this in the summer of 2012 on UW Madison Campus.

Paraguay




PostScript

Reduce our military expenditures on weapons development (that the military does not want but congress(wo)men do), foreign interventions and other adventures to "subsidize" our corporate influence abroad. These would solve many problems and reflect a country that really cares about not just our citizens and children but people everywhere.
from   Obama vs Boehner and Military Cuts vs Humanity

DemocracyNow

3/7/2013


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