During the last 15 years, North American imperialism had neglected Latin America because it was trying to dominate, destroy and plunder the Arab countries of the Middle East in order to control their oil reserves and profit from them. But for several years, he has come back with the help of national oligarchies who help him take back the reins of power. Thus the United States again benefit from the mineral, food and water reserves of Latin America. The presidency of Donald Trump is catastrophic in many ways.
1. “SOFT” COUPS OF STATE ARE MULTIPLIED
On the one hand, the North American government has never ceased to dominate and exploit Latin America, which it continues to consider its “backyard”. He never ceased to apply the statement of his 5th President James Monroe: “America for the Americans”, that is to say, the North, Central and South Americas for Americans … North.
Since 1970, the US government has launched a new application of this statement by appointing a government commission to serve the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). This commission guides diplomacy and interventions in Central and South America. The documents produced by this commission bear the name of the North American city where the latter resides: “Santa Fe”, California. We are currently in the 4th document of Santa Fe, which is realized little by little as expected.
This is where the military coups of the 1970s and 1980s came from, the assassination of presidents, the harassment and the economic embargo against Cuba, the construction of 34 military bases that surround the entire Latin-American continent, the murders of a dozen bishops, a hundred Catholic priests and Protestant pastors, as many nuns and thousands of Christians from the Church of the Poor.
With the arrival of progressive governments in the south of the continent, began the reverse march orchestrated by the United States government with the complicity of the European Union. It started in Honduras where the United States has a sophisticated military base that allows them to control all Central American and Caribbean countries. (The current electoral fraud aimed at confirming the power of a pro-American president is everywhere denounced).
Interventionism continued in Paraguay, which fails to escape a parliamentary coup d’etat. Then came the new governments of Argentina and Brazil. Now the same thing is happening in Ecuador …. not to mention, in addition to Cuba, the harassment of Venezuela and Bolivia. The recent US military maneuvers in the Brazilian Amazon with their friendly governments mark another step in this Latin American occupation, which strengthens the “Pacific Accord” between the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile.
Prospects are not very flattering, but resistance and Central American and Latin American integration continue to be active in all countries.
2. INDIGENOUS, BLACK AND POPULAR RESISTANCE
Since the beginning of the European invasion on the continent in 1492, the resistance of the American peoples has not ceased. Even within the United States, despite their near-extinction, indigenous peoples continue to resist and protest.
The American continent, called Abya Yala, has suffered the greatest planetary genocide of the last 5 centuries. During the first 50 years of the European invasion, two-thirds of its population, estimated at that time to some 100 million inhabitants, died because of wars or diseases originating in Europe. In the United States, Canada and Argentina, indigenous peoples have been almost totally destroyed.
In spite of this misfortune, these people, today minority, discriminated and marginalized, continue to exist. Moreover, they offer the world a new alternative society with a harmonious social coexistence and in communion with nature. They are about 40 million, that is to say one tenth of the total population. They have their continental articulation and have acquired a certain political, legal, cultural, medical and religious autonomy.
They are the majority in Guatemala and Bolivia. In the Amazon, there are many peoples in voluntary isolation … And we speak very little about the civilizations that flourished in this huge forest as big as Europe. In Bolivia, they have an indigenous president and work in interculturality so that their different peoples can live and coexist while respecting their identities.
Indigenous peoples are a great hope not only for Latin America but for our entire planet. More than ever, dialogue and exchange among all the indigenous peoples of the world is needed. Already, different countries, such as Bolivia and Ecuador have included in their Constitutions the utopias of the indigenous ‘Good Living’. With their contributions, we will be able to replace the dying capitalism that never stops killing us with hunger, wars, looting and materialism.
With black smuggling, some 50 million Africans have arrived in the Americas; as many have died in their capture in Africa and during travel in the “triangle of death”: Africa, Europe and the Americas! They bequeathed us their music, become hegemonic in Western countries.
Despite the racism promoted by mercantilist education, their cultures and religions remain alive in their various collective spaces. They actively participated in libertarian struggles across the continent. They also have their continental articulation and, in most countries, they are the protagonists of a joyous and fraternal coexistence.
The poor of the city and the countryside have been protesting and facing the domination of the Europeans and the wealthy landowners of each country. Their protests and uprisings bring new advances in national and continental coexistence. They resist the capitalist impositions that favor the massive consumption of drugs, a technology that makes us dizzy, a hallucinating consumerism, a constant media manipulation, dehumanizing beliefs …
Latin America is the great breeding ground of a new humanity … because we have understood that “if the life we live is not dignified, dignity consists in struggling to change it”. It is in this context that we continue to grow, despite all the limitations, because utopia and mysticism inhabit our hearts.
Source: Le Journal de Notre Amérique