Skip to comments.Resurgent Communism In South America
Posted on 03/04/2011 10:05:13 AM PST by verdugo
Leftists Advance: Nation by Nation The Venezuelan people are not the only ones suffering under this resurgence of fanatical left-wing leaders.
The BBC reported in 2005 that 75 percent of South Americans were governed by leftist rulers, all of whom had risen to power in the preceding six years. And the trend has only accelerated since then, with some analysts using the term Pink Tide to describe the phenomenon that has enveloped Latin America.
Bolivia: With strong backing from Chavez, former coca farmer Evo Morales of the Movement for Socialism assumed power in 2006. His party now controls about two-thirds of both Parliamentary houses and has already redistributed over 60,000 acres of land. Foreign capital has nearly vanished. But incredibly, the government promises to intensify its efforts.
Ecuador: Radical leftist Rafael Correa, another proponent of Chavez 21st Century Socialism, became President in 2007. Socialism will continue, he boldly announced after being elected, ending his victory speech with communist mass-murderer Ernesto Che Guevaras famous words Hasta la victoria siempre (until victory always/forever).
Brazil: Latin Americas largest nation has been under the thumb of a charismatic radical left-wing President since 2003 though he does a better job of concealing his true intentions than other rulers in the region. A former labor leader who helped found the Workers Party, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has poured vast sums into wealth redistribution and various anti-poverty schemes. Though widely seen and presented as a moderate, he is far from it. In conjunction with communist despot Fidel Castro, Lula, as he is affectionately known, spawned a powerful socialist cabal that united leftist terrorists, social movements, and political parties in an astoundingly successful effort to conquer Latin America for the Left.
Nicaragua: Revolutionary Marxist and Sandinista Daniel Ortega re-assumed leadership in 2007, despite a long record of violent rule and accusations by his stepdaughter of systematic sexual abuse (he was never prosecuted owing to governmental immunity and the statute of limitations). In a bid to extend his power, Ortegas first act in 2010 unconstitutionally extended the terms of corrupt but supportive judicial officials under the guise of stability.
Other nations that have come under control of leftist leaders in the last dec-ade include Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean nations, and more. Many of the rulers came to power in questionable elections, with accusations of fraud running rampant. And in the few nations that have not already fallen to extremist left-wing governments, leftist forces often represent the main opposition parties. Examples of this include Peru, Colombia, and Costa Rica.
Supranational Integration In addition to the proliferation of left-wing regimes, a variety of new supranational governments are emerging that threaten to centralize the left-wing totalitarianism and impose it on the few remaining holdouts.
One of the most dangerous transnational leftist integration schemes is the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA), which includes Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Saint Vincent. The regional union is held together by disdain for the United States, capitalism, and liberty in general. It has already begun using a new transnational currency known as the SUCRE in commercial exchanges through the ALBA bank, and further integration is planned.
A broader regional government known as the Union of South American Nations includes every nation on the continent (except French Guiana, which is part of France). The Bank of the South, or BancoSur, is headquartered in Caracas, Venezuela, while the South American Parliament will likely be located in Bolivia. Currently led by socialist Ecuadorian President Correa, the scheme includes a military alliance called the South American Defense Council, a developing common market, and even plans to introduce a common currency. The integration process, modeled on the European Union, is expected to be completed in less than a decade.
Driving Force Socialisms present stature in the southern latitudes shouldnt have been altogether unexpected, as the poor and middle classes in those countries revolted against false promises made by power-hungry rightist politicians and governments that sold the people on a type of corrupt capitalism peddled as free-market capitalism. While purporting to support freedom and free markets, these leaders often engage in a type of crony capitalism instead of true liberalization-oriented reforms.
In nation after nation that was supposedly turning toward capitalism, the state provided absurd benefits to politically connected businesses or elites at the expense of the people (like selling state-owned enterprises or assets at fire-sale prices to the ruling elite, who then improperly reap massive profits and continue to run inefficient monopolies).
With promises of prosperity, leftist regimes have been able to dupe the peoples into voluntarily surrendering their freedom, property, and any legitimate chance at future prosperity.
But this phenomenon alone could not possibly account for the firm grip that statists now hold over the reins of power in Latin America. Other factors figure in.
According to acclaimed Brazilian writer and philosopher Professor Olavo de Carvalho, over a dozen current governments in Latin America are connected through a shadowy, powerful, and little-known organization called the Foro de São Paulo (São Paulo Forum FSP). The name refers to the Brazilian city where it was founded in 1990 by Castro, the Sandinistas, and Lula (the supposedly moderate president of Brazil). It is essentially a network comprised of over 100 leftist political parties, various social movements, and several guerrilla terrorist organizations such as the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) and the Chilean Movimiento de la Izquierda Revolucionaria (MIR), among others. In recent years, bad publicity has forced the FSP to discourage leftist terrorist groups from sending official representatives to meetings. But according to experts and various reports obtained by The New American, this is merely a public-relations gimmick.
President Lula, who led the FSP for many years, defended the group and its collaboration with the FARC and other terrorist groups, saying that 18 years ago, in almost every South American country, there were political currents which argued that the only possible way to achieve power was violent struggle, the AFP reported in a 2008 article. In 1990, we created the São Paulo Forum, where we invited the entire Latin American Left to participate.
Carvalho told The New American that the FSP is the strategic command of the communist and pro-communist movement in the continent. According to the groups founding declaration, the mission is to, among other objectives, renew leftist and socialist thought and to reaffirm its emancipating character. Eventually its aims grew to include Latin American integration as well. And this is exactly the trend that has taken hold in the region.
Attempts to contact a spokesman for the FSP were unsuccessful. But despite the claims of its defenders, critics argue that the FSP is much more sinister than simply a democratic leftist vehicle.
But how did this secretive group become so powerful? The Forum would never have accumulated so much power if its activities had been denounced from the outset, but during 16 years, big media and the establishment, in Latin America and in the U.S., refused to touch upon the subject, handing to the strategists of the communist revolution the protection of silence, said Carvalho, possibly the most important individual involved in exposing the FSP.
Another factor is the support of powerful converging interests that include everything from governments and monopolistic businesses to drug traffickers and criminal organizations. Legal parties cover up the activities of criminal groups, and these provide undercover financial resources to legal parties, explained Carvalho.
Another crucial factor in the Latin American leftist resurgence is the assistance of former Soviet officials and other international connections, according to Toby Westerman, editor of International News Analysis and author of Lies, Terror and the Rise of the Neo-Communist Empire Origins and Direction.
Westerman told The New American that a worldwide alliance including Communist China, Islamic fundamentalism, Iran, leftist Latin American rulers and guerrillas, and other forces were all collaborating in a war against the United States, united by their anti-human, anti-God ideology. [The Russians] are running the same game, just slightly different its more of a franchise operation than a central corporate operation, if you will. But if you take Russia out of it, the whole thing collapses.
Indeed, the Russians have been supplying advanced weaponry to regimes like Chavez. Russian National Security Council Chief Nikolai Patrushev actually attended the most recent ALBA summit last year. And China and Iran have both jumped on the bandwagon as well, cooperating with a variety of unsavory Latin American governments in myriad sectors and projects.
We are creating a new world, a balanced world. A new world order, a multipolar world, Chavez told reporters during a visit to Communist China, one of many. His new world order includes China, Iran, Japan, and a significantly weakened United States, he explained.
The Latin American leftists and the FSP have also received support from more mainstream Western European groups as well. The European Left (EL), a group that describes itself as an alliance of left socialist, communist, and red-green parties in the European Union, met in 2009 with representatives of the FSP and entered into a number of agreements for mutual assistance. To that end, the groups also developed a linking mechanism, efficient and stable, between the [FSP] Secretariat, its regional secretaries, and the Executive Board of the EL, according to a joint statement released by the EL.
So aside from any genuine discontent with false leaders on the so-called Right and the false image they have attached to free markets, there is a complex, interlocking network working in unison to advance what is essentially a new socialist revolution in Latin America. Hiding in the shadows, this network has had remarkable success in achieving its goals. And though the role of the U.S. government is hotly debated, U.S. policies are certainly not helping matters.
U.S. Involvement Nearly every expert interviewed by The New American for this story had a different take on how the United States factors into the leftist resurgence. One view is that the U.S. government is secretly waging war against the leftist advances at least the 21st Century Socialism faction. Bolivia and Ecuador, and more generally the regions burgeoning social movements and Left political forces, are as much targets of this counteroffensive as Venezuela, said William Robinson of the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program at the University of California. He claims the U.S. government is using a sophisticated combination of military threats and hostilities with psychological operations, disinformation campaigns, black propaganda, economic sabotage, diplomatic pressures and the mobilization of political opposition forces inside the country with the aim of provoking Chavez and other regimes into a crackdown that transforms the democratic socialist process into an authoritarian one.
But is the Yankee empire really waging a covert battle against the forces of communism and socialism in Latin America? Probably not, according to most analysts. One expert dismissed the notion as nonsense. If anything, the U.S. government has remained largely indifferent, he said. Others argue that the United States has, in fact, aided the revolution.
While the U.S. government has traditionally been perceived as opposed to leftist regimes in Latin America, the Obama administration took a different stance in Honduras, openly siding with Chavez, Castro, and the FARC in demanding the return to power of Honduras criminal leftist President Manuel Zelaya after he was ousted for flagrant constitutional violations.
There has also been indirect U.S. involvement in the region, and this may prove more important than overt actions such as intervening on Zelayas behalf. The United States is likely one of the largest financiers of the leftist movements in Latin America, whether intentionally or not. Half of Venezuelas oil is sold to the United States, for example, while Chavez uses his petrodollars to help finance the socialist revolution throughout the region.
And while the U.S. government stifles and blocks domestic oil exploration (forcing consumers to purchase it from leftist Latin American regimes or anti-American Middle Eastern governments), it is simultaneously helping finance Brazils government-owned oil firm Petrobras offshore exploration to the tune of billions of U.S. dollars. In addition, $1.8 billion in U.S. foreign aid flowed to regimes in Latin America and the Carribean just in 2005, including more than $50 million to Brazil.
Of course, no discussion of U.S. involvement in the region would be complete without mentioning the role of Plan Colombia and the Merida Initiative. Essentially, the United States unconstitutionally provides billions of dollars, weapons, training, and intelligence to partner nations in Latin America Mexico and Colombia in particular in a supposed effort to combat the drug trade. But the effect of this war has turned out to be a boon for certain well-connected, leftist narco-terrorist groups, especially the FARC, which had many of its competitors eliminated courtesy of the U.S. taxpayers.
Analysts interviewed by The New American for this story had varying opinions about the anti-drug aid, with some arguing that it is indispensable and others claiming it is counterproductive. But as the War on Drugs intensifies, supply inevitably diminishes and risk increases, thereby raising prices and making the trade more lucrative and by extension providing more funding for leftist Latin American guerrillas and terrorists to purchase weapons and spread their ideology. It also gives leftist leaders a rallying cry to unite their populations against foreign intervention and a scapegoat on which to pin the results of their disastrous policies.
Consequences The statist swing in Latin American governments has not delivered on promises of decreasing poverty or improving life for the common people. In fact, it has done the opposite.
Venezuela, despite its oil revenues, has been forced to start rationing water and electricity, even though the country has bountiful fresh water supplies and some of the largest known oil reserves in the world. And despite government efforts to boost domestic food production, the nation has been forced to import ever increasing amounts just to sustain itself. Chavez was also forced to devalue the Venezuelan currency in January. And if the nation continues on its current path, the devastation will only intensify.
Ecuador, Bolivia, and other leftist regimes find themselves in a similar situation. And Cuba, which has suffered under decades of communist authoritarianism, is the most extreme testament of the horrors wrought by central planning: It is one of the poorest nations on Earth (along with other communist states like North Korea).
All of these countries, especially Venezuela and Ecuador, are running their economies into the ground, University of Miamis Department of International Studies Chair Bruce Bagley told The New American, referring primarily to ALBA members. The state-run economies of Latin America in the past have proven disastrous and theyre going to prove disastrous now. So, I do see that socialism of the 21st century is on its last legs. But the expansive role of the state in Latin American economies, according to Bagley, will continue for a long time to come.
Outlook But there may still be hope. After electing hard-core socialist president Michelle Bachelet in 2006, Chilean voters in January rejected the radical Left and instead opted for the more moderate Sebastián Piñera, who represents what is considered a center-right party. In Panama, voters last year threw out committed leftist Martín Torrijos and replaced him with the supposedly more freedom-friendly Ricardo Martinelli.
A top Latin American executive with a Fortune 50 multinational firm spoke with The New American on condition of anonymity and explained that he remained optimistic about the future business climate in Latin America, citing Colombia as one example of a nation that has made progress and continues to move in a positive direction. Obviously, businesses are looking to invest in places with stable and reliable economies, he said, adding that this could potentially improve the political environment of the region.
There is also a large coalition of groups opposed to the FSP and the leftward march of the regions governments. The Union de Organizaciones Democraticas de America (UNOAmerica) is a Latin American umbrella group with around 200 member organizations. It exists to promote freedom and counter the FSP and its authoritarian allies in the region. And its president, Alejandro Peña Esclusa, remains optimistic about the future of freedom as well.
[The FSP] has built within it the seeds of its own destruction, Esclusa told The New American from the jungles of Colombia. Once they are in power, they are not able to create wealth, so eventually, the movement will be defeated. But even though it is destined to fail, in the meantime, it can destroy a lot.
But while some analysts think the resurgent Left will inevitably fail, others are not so optimistic. Brazilian Professor Carvalho thinks more drastic measures are required. The Forum can only be stopped if the legal political parties in its membership are taken to court for the criminal activities covered up and protected by the organization, he explained.
And the time for that might well be running out: When we present these facts to self-proclaimed right-wing leaders, to business leaders and even to high-ranking army officers, they chicken out and pretend they didnt see anything, Carvalho told The New American. Meanwhile, communist militants keep securing positions in the judiciary, so that as time goes by any lawsuit brought against this alliance of leftists and criminals becomes ever more unlikely to succeed.
The new President of Brazil is a huge leftist and former guerrilla. Her first official act as President was to call Hugo Chavez.....
SOURCE: New American, March 16, 2010
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Why not? Communism is resurgent right here in America, too, with the Ubama regime at the controls.
South America, Hell; it's here in the USA now!
My first act as President would be to FREE CUBA!
That’s the problem,...many Americans act as though it’s all relative. The political thinking of latin america is garbage....many of the people may very well be good people, but the culture of politics there is not worthy of an American vote ie if someone leaves those places, they should leave that failed thinking behind.
Communism— Islam— and Obamas union boyz seems a full house even here in what once was the United States of America.
That said it was a good read.
Pretty prevalant in Ohio too.
The rest of the story:
Resurgent Communism In South America and the northern half of the USA.
I believe Honduras broke ties with ALBA last year. Former Leftist President Manuel Zelaya—a Chavez disciple—pushed his country into the ALBA camp. When Zelaya created a constitutional crisis and violated federal law in 2009 the other branches of government ejected him with help from the army. Zelaya fled to Costa Rica with millions he took from the treasury. When his demands for reinstatement of Zelaya were ignored, Barack Obama did everything within diplomatic limits to destabilize the new government. Hopefully the House will investigate this matter. It would be interesting to subpoena cables between Washington, the U.S. Embassy and Venezuelan Embassy in Tegucigalpa.
“It would be interesting to subpoena cables between Washington, the U.S. Embassy and Venezuelan Embassy in Tegucigalpa.”
Has anyone checked WikiLeaks for those emails?
Obama, Chavez shake hands at Americas Summit:
From the Russian News and Information Agency:
July 27, 2006
"'I am determined to expand relations with Russia,' Chavez, known as an outspoken critic of what he calls the United States' unilateralism, told the Russian leader, adding that his determination stemmed from their shared vision of the global order.":
We are creating a new world, a balanced world. A new world order, a multipolar world, Chavez told reporters during a visit to Communist China, one of many. His new world order includes [RUSSIA], China, Iran,... and a significantly weakened United States, he explained.
Resurgent Communism in Latin America
by Alex Newman, March 16, 2010:
From the Sino-Russian Joint Statement of April 23, 1997:
"The two sides [China and Russia] shall, in the spirit of partnership, strive to promote the multipolarization of the world and the establishment of a new international order."
"Joint war games are a logical outcome of the Sino-Russian Friendship and Cooperation Treaty signed in 2001, and reflect the shared worldview and growing economic ties between the two Eastern Hemisphere giants."
Russia's Medvedev hails "comrade" Obama
Associated Foreign Press (AFP) ^ | April 2, 2009 | Anna Smolchenko
"Russia's Dmitry Medvedev hailed Barack Obama as "my new comrade" Thursday after their first face-to-face talks"
April 1, 2009:
"Obama, Medvedev pledge new era of relations":
Did Communism Fake Its Own Death in 1991?
American Thinker ^ | January 16, 2010 | Jason McNew
In a bizarre 1984 book [New Lies for Old], ex-KGB Major Anatoliy Golitsyn predicted the liberalization of the Soviet Bloc and claimed that it would be a strategic deception. ..."
"Golitsyn's argument was that beginning in about 1960, the Soviet Union embarked on a strategy of massive long-range strategic deception which would span several decades and result in the destruction of Western capitalism and the erection of a communist world government."
"Golitsyn published his second book, The Perestroika Deception, after the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991. This book contained further analysis of the liberalization, in addition to previously classified memoranda submitted by Golitsyn to the CIA. The two books must be read together to get a complete picture of Golitsyn's thesis."
None of them nor I ever swallowed the "fall of communism " lie. There are many people who didn't fall for it. But it's one here and one there. The media brainwashed 99%, STLL think "communism is dead".
In the world 20% of the population has conviction, and they fight against each other. The other 80% goes along with "whatever", wherever they are taken.
Keep up the posting. Keep up the good work.
Sister Lucia of Fatima in 1946 said that "the whole world would become communist"
: "While he was the pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Ludlow, Massachusetts, I spent some time with Fr. Manuel Rocha, the interpreter selected for Mr. William Thomas Walsh, who wrote perhaps the most popular book on Fatima. Fr. Rocha told me that one of the questions Mr. Walsh asked him to translate to Sister Lucia during a three hour interview on the afternoon of July 15, 1946, while she was still Sister Maria das Dores, a Dorothean Sister at Vilar near Porto, Portugal, was In your opinion, will every country, without exception, be overcome by communism? Her pale brown eyes staring into his, a little dimple on each cheek, she answered, Yes. "Fr. Rocha related to me that Mr. Walsh wanted to be positive about the answer and therefore repeated the question adding, And does that mean the United States of America too? Sister Lucia answered, Yes. [bolds from the original]
Far-fetched in 1946, not so far fetched today is it?
The Real Story Behind Rev. Wright's Controversial Black Liberation Theology Doctrine
Monday , May 5, 2008
[special Friday night edition--original airdate May 2, 2008]
(some key excerpts)
["(Jose) Diaz-Balart is the son of Rafael Diaz-Balart y Guitierrez (a former Cuban politician). He has three bothers, Rafael Diaz-Balart (a banker), Mario Diaz-Balart (a US Congressman) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (also a US Congressman). His aunt, Mirta Diaz-Balart, was Fidel Castro's first wife."
JOSE DIAZ-BALART, TELEMUNDO NETWORK: "Liberation theology in Nicaragua in the mid-1980's was a pro-Sandinista, pro-Marxist, anti-U.S., anti-Catholic Church movement. That's it. No ifs, ands, or buts. His church apparently supported, in the mid-'80s in Nicaragua, groups that supported the Sandinista dictatorships and that were opposed to the Contras whose reason for being was calling for elections. That's all I know. I was there.
I saw the churches in Nicaragua that he spoke of, and the churches were churches that talked about the need for violent revolution and I remember clearly one of the major churches in Managua where the Jesus Christ on the altar was not Jesus Christ, he was a Sandinista soldier, and the priests talked about the corruption of the West, talked about the need for revolution everywhere, and talked about 'the evil empire' which was the United States of America."
REV. BOB SCHENCK, NATIONAL CLERGY COUNCIL: "it's based in Marxism. At the core of his [Wright's] theology is really an anti-Christian understanding of God, and as part of a long history of individuals who actually advocate using violence in overthrowing those they perceive to be oppressing them, even acts of murder have been defended by followers of liberation theology. That's very, very dangerous."
SCHENCK: "I was actually the only person escorted to Dr. Wright. He asked to see me, and I simply welcomed him to Washington, and then I said Dr. Wright, I want to bring you a warning: your embrace of Marxist liberation theology. It is contrary to the Gospel, and you need, sir, to abandon it. And at that he dropped the handshake and made it clear that he was not in the mood to dialogue on that point."
Source: The Real Story Behind Rev. Wright's Controversial Black Liberation Theology Doctrine:
Obama's Church: Gospel of Hate
Kathy Shaidle, FrontPageMag.com
Monday, April 07, 2008
In March of 2007, FOX News host Sean Hannity had engaged Obamas pastor in a heated interview about his Churchs teachings. For many viewers, the ensuing shouting match was their first exposure to "Black Liberation Theology"...
Like the pro-communist Liberation Theology that swept Central America in the 1980s and was repeatedly condemned by Pope John Paul II, Black Liberation Theology combines warmed-over 1960s vintage Marxism with carefully distorted biblical passages. However, in contrast to traditional Marxism, it emphasizes race rather than class. The Christian notion of "salvation" in the afterlife is superseded by "liberation" on earth, courtesy of the establishment of a socialist utopia.
Catholics for Marx [Liberation Theology]
By Fr. Robert Sirico
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, June 03, 2004
In the days when the Superpowers were locked in a Cold War, Latin America seethed with revolution, and millions lived behind an iron curtain, a group of theologians concocted a novel idea within the history of Christianity. They proposed to combine the teachings of Jesus with the teachings of Marx as a way of justifying violent revolution to overthrow the economics of capitalism.
The Gospels were re-rendered not as doctrine impacting on the human soul but rather as windows into the historical dialectic of class struggle. These "liberation theologians" saw every biblical criticism of the rich as a mandate to expropriate the expropriating owners of capital, and every expression of compassion for the poor as a call for an uprising by the proletarian class of peasants and workers.
Obama, in his State of the Union Address last night, announced he will visit Brazil, Chile and El Salvador in March to forge new alliances for progress in the Americas.
New alliances for progress don’t ya’ know....
During an early year visit to the States, Archbishop Lefebvre dedicates the complex of Jesus and Mary in El Paso, Texas. In the afternoon of January 4, 200 children are confirmed. On January 6, four years after a visa had been denied to Archbishop Lefebvre due to pressure put on the government by the bishops of Mexico, our founder crosses the border for what turns out to be a triumphant tour of the country of the Cristeros [see The Angelus, Dec. 1993-Ed.].Followed continuously by the Mexican secret police, the Archbishop visits in the south of the country large areas of very poor Indians who, astonished, received an affirmative answer to their request for a truly Catholic bishop coming to support their fight for the Faith before the Communist clergy, sold to Liberation Theology. He is received like a conquering hero, walking among cheering crowds of thousands in villages festooned with ribbons, garlands, and the magnificent fragrant flowers of those latitudes. Some natives walk as much as 100 miles through mountains to bring their children to be confirmed and to be able to kiss the episcopal ring and receive the blessing of Marcel Lefebvre, "el hombre justo."(the just man). In Tlaxiaco, while the local diocesan bishop celebrates the New Mass for 25 people, thousands attend the solemn ceremonies presided by Archbishop Lefebvre.
ST. VINCENT OF LERINS (400-450 AD) CONFESSOR OF THE CHURCH
"What then should a Catholic do if some part of the Church were to separate itself from communion with the universal Faith? What other choice can he make but to prefer to the gangrenous and corrupted member the whole of the body that is sound. And if some new contagion were to try to poison no longer a small part of the Church, but all of the Church at the same time, then he will take the greatest care to attach himself to antiquity which, obviously, can no longer be seduced by any lying novelty." (Commonitorium)