Decolonizing Pan-Americanism

William Camacaro and Frederick Mills

Council on Hemispheric Affairs | July 29, 2021

“The reality is that we need not only a new system of human rights, but a new Inter-American system. We must understand that the Americas to the north and south of the Río Grande are different, and we must speak as blocs.”

Rafael Correa, April 12, 2015.

Summary

The concept of Pan-Americanism has been a contested space since the early nineteenth century between the Bolivarian project of uniting the newly independent states of Latin America against foreign interference, on the one hand, and Monroeism, which has sought to establish the Americas as a protectorate of the U.S., on the other.[1] The idea that the U.S. has the historic mission of leading a process of Pan-American unity against any European incursion contains the contradiction of introducing a new process of colonization, with all its multiple hierarchies of domination (race, class, gender, culture), but this time by Washington, in the name of regional autonomy and mutual assistance. Today we are witnessing a growing aversion to the Monroeist vision of Pan-Americanism as manifest in the deteriorating legitimacy of the Organization of American States (OAS) as an impartial association of the hemisphere’s countries. This deterioration is precisely due to Washington’s relentless opposition to Latin American independence and integration and its failure to adopt a policy based on recognition of the sovereign equality of nations.

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‘Let’s Keep Alive Bolivar’s Integration Dream’, AMLO Says

teleSUR | July 24, 2021

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (C), Mexico DF, Mexico, Jul. 24, 2021.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (C), Mexico DF, Mexico, Jul. 24, 2021. | Photo: Twitter/ @EduardomteleSUR

“Let’s say goodbye to impositions, interference, sanctions…Let’s apply the principles of non-intervention, self-determination of peoples, and peaceful solutions to disputes,” AMLO praised. 

Addressing the 21st Summit of Foreign Ministers from the Community of Latin American and the Caribbean States (CELAC) on Saturday, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) called for a new political and economic integration that observes the region’s history, reality, and particular identities.

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Pedro Castillo, new president of Peru (+ Video)

Congratulations President Pedro Castillo Terrones! We salute him from Cuba and wish him success in his management, wrote on Twitter the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel  

Granma | July 19, 2021

Pedro Castillo, President of Peru. Photo: Reuters

After a wait of more than 40 days since the completion of the second electoral round, the candidate of the Peru Libre party, the teacher Pedro Castillo Terrones, was officially proclaimed, on Monday night, as the new president of Peru.

Congratulations President Pedro Castillo Terrones! We salute him from Cuba and wish him success in his management, the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel, wrote on Twitter.

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Venezuela Receives First Batch of Cuban Vaccine Abdala

orinocotribune | June 24, 2021

Abdala vials to fight CODIV-19. The vaccine have shown an efficacy of 92.28%. File photo.

On a date laden with historic symbolism for Venezuelans, marking the bicentennial of the Battle of Carabobo, the first batch of the Cuban vaccine Abdala arrived in the Bolivarian Republic, a confirmation that cooperation between sister nations—in times of great difficulty and imperialist sieges—exists more than ever in the Latin American region. Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez made the announcement on a televised broadcast.

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Pedro Castillo wins presidential elections in Peru, Keiko Fujimori rejects the results

Tanya Wadhwa

Peoples Dispatch | June 10, 2021

Pedro Castillo of the left-wing Free Pery party won the second round of presidential elections held in Peru on June 6. Photo: José Cristobal / La Republica

Pedro Castillo of the left-wing Free Peru party has won the second round of presidential elections held in Peru on June 6. However, his rival, Keiko Fujimori of the far-right Popular Force party has refused to recognize the results. On June 9, Fujimori, at a press conference in Lima, announced that her party will request the National Jury of Elections (JNE) to annul the results from 802 polling stations nationwide, approximately 200,000 votes, due to alleged irregularities in the electoral process.

In the face of the attack and in defense of democracy, thousands of supporters of Castillo gathered at the Plaza San Martín in Lima to peacefully demand that the ONPE offer the final results of the elections as soon as possible. A candle march was also held outside the headquarters of the JNE.

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VENEZUELAN SOLIDARITY WITH COLOMBIAN PEOPLE 

Venezuela denounces international complicit silence on the massacre in Colombia

Blanco Narkys

Ultimas Noticias | May 18, 2021

“The cause of the massacred youth in Colombia is also a problem for Venezuela because we are brothers,” said the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, on Tuesday, referring to the protests taking place in Colombia.

During a working day dedicated to the National University Entrance System “Bicentennial 2021”, the head of state expressed solidarity with the Colombian youth, in the face of the massacre carried out by the Colombian police force.

“When we see how they are murdered, raped young women and denied the right to education is when one says that Venezuela must be defended,” he said.

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RESISTING IMPERIALISM 

The Blockade against Cuba and Venezuela: If They Touch One, We all Respond

Gabriela Cultelli

RESUMEN | March 29, 2021

Photo: Redlad.org

March is the month of women, and the slogan “If they touch one, they touch us all” or “If they touch one, we all respond” as the song says, is more valid today than ever, it resounds everywhere.

The time has come to raise the voice for Cuban and Venezuelan women, because the economic blockade and the restrictive measures that the United States is carrying out against these sisters is a particularly aggressive form of gender violence, fundamentally affecting the most vulnerable populations, and therefore women, girls, young women, adults, workers of yesterday, today, tomorrow, at home, in the factory, in the countryside and intellectuals; all of them.Read More »

ELECTION IN ECUADOR 

Campaign for run-off election begins in Ecuador, threats to obstruct election remain

Peoples DispatcMarch 19, 2021

Progressive candidate Andrés Arauzbegan his electoral campaign in the El Beaterio sector, in the south of the capital city Quito, with the promise to protect the environment. Photo: Andrés Arauz/Twitter

The election campaign for the second round of presidential election in Ecuador began on March 16. In the run-off on April 11, Andrés Arauz of the progressive Union for Hope alliance (UNES) will face off Guillermo Lasso of the right-wing Creating Opportunities  party (CREO) and Social Christian Party (PSC).

According to the schedule set by the National Electoral Council (CNE), the candidates will have until April 8 to promote their plans and proposals for the new government. This Sunday, on March 21, they will take part in an official and mandatory debate organized by the CNE in the city of Guayaquil.Read More »

REVOLUTIONARY ALLIANCE 

Cuba, Venezuela strengthen agri-food ties in face of sanctions

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Prensa Latina

Havana, Mar 9 (efe-epa).- Cuba and Venezuela agreed on Tuesday to promote food sovereignty by expanding bilateral cooperation to the field of agri-food, which the governments of the countries say is one of the areas most affected by sanctions imposed by the United States.

The agreements were signed within the framework of the XXI Cuba-Venezuela Intergovernmental Commission held in Havana, headed by the Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez and Cuban Vice Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas.

Among the planned actions are the exchange of knowledge, the planting of cereals, vegetables and tubers, and initiatives in the livestock and fish farming sectors.Read More »