2021 Latin America and the Caribbean in Review: The Pink Tide Rises Again

Roger D. Harris

Orinoco Tribune | January 01, 2022

US policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean continued in a seamless transition from Trump to Biden, but the terrain over which it operated shifted left. The balance between the US drive to dominate its “backyard” and its counterpart, the Bolivarian cause of regional independence and integration, continued to tip portside in 2021 with major popular electoral victories in Chile, Honduras, and Peru. These follow the previous year’s reversal of the coup in Bolivia. 

Central has been the struggle of the ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America) countries – particularly Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua – against the asphyxiating US blockade and other regime-change measures. Presidential candidate Biden pledged to review Trump’s policy of US sanctions against a third of humanity. The presumptive intention of the review was to ameliorate the human suffering caused by these unilateral coercive measures, considered illegal under international law. Following the review, Biden has instead tightened the screws, more effectively weaponizing the COVID crisis

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Latin America: Why the Elections in Chile, Brazil and Colombia are Crucial

Emir Sader

Orinoco Tribune | November 29, 2021

Latin America has become the epicenter of the greatest political struggles of the 21st century because it was the epicenter of neoliberalism in the world. It was the region with the most neoliberal and radical governments. Therefore, it became the region where the anti-neoliberal governments developed, thus becoming the fundamental scenario of the most important disputes in the world in the 21st century.

The first decade of the century in Latin America was marked by the emergence of anti-neoliberal governments, which implemented a set of measures that attacked the main factor affecting the continent: social inequalities. The second decade saw the resumption of the right-wing initiative, which re-established neoliberal governments in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Ecuador, either through coups d’état, as in Brazil and Bolivia, or through elections, as in Argentina and Ecuador.

Even at the end of that decade, in some of these countries -Argentina and Bolivia- anti-neoliberal governments were reestablished through democratic elections. Meanwhile, Mexico joined the group of anti-neoliberal governments and other countries such as Peru and Chile began to experience open political disputes.

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President Maduro Denounces Assassination Plans Devised by the White House Coming From Colombia and Brazil

Orinoco Tribune | July 04, 2021

President Nicolas Maduro. File photo.

On Friday, July 2, in a ceremony for the promotion of the personnel of the Honor Guard and the General Directorate of Military Counter Intelligence (DGCIM), president and commander-in-chief of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB), Nicolás Maduro, decried that the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Southern Command of the US Army (SOUTHCOM) would try to commit assassinations again to achieve their long-dreamt of ”regime change” in Venezuela. Here we reproduce the highlights of his criticisms.

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND INEQUALITY IN BRAZIL

Effect of socioeconomic inequalities and vulnerabilities on health-system preparedness and response to COVID-19 in Brazil: a comprehensive analysis

Rudi Rocha, PhD; Prof Rifat Atun, FRCP; Adriano Massuda, PhD; Beatriz Rache, MSc; Paula Spinola, MSc; Letícia Nunes, PhD; Miguel Lago, MSc & Prof Marcia C Castro, PhD

The Lancet | Open Access | Published: April 12, 2021 | DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00081-4

Summary

Background

COVID-19 spread rapidly in Brazil despite the country’s well established health and social protection systems. Understanding the relationships between health-system preparedness, responses to COVID-19, and the pattern of spread of the epidemic is particularly important in a country marked by wide inequalities in socioeconomic characteristics (eg, housing and employment status) and other health risks (age structure and burden of chronic disease).

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PEOPLE’S STRUGGLE IN BRAZIL 

Will Lula Make a Comeback? Global Imperialists and Resource Extractors Shudder at the Prospect

Alan Macleod

MintPress News | March 26, 2021

Brazil Lula Feature photo

BRASILIA, BRAZIL — Will the world’s sixth most populous country move away from fascism and towards a social democracy putting economic justice and anti-imperialism first once more?

That is the question on Brazilian minds right now, as earlier this month the Supreme Court dismissed all charges against former President Luis Inácio “Lula” da Silva. A colossal figure in domestic and world politics, Lula was falsely convicted of fraud in 2017, and spent more than 18 months in prison, becoming, in the words of renowned academic Noam Chomsky, “the world’s most prominent political prisoner.”Read More »

IMPERIALISM 

‘The Audacity of Being a US Servant’ or What Bachelet Does Not See in Colombia, Brazil and Chile but Sees in Venezuela (Alicia Castro)

Orinoco Tribune | March 13, 2021

Featured image: Being a US puppet. Photo courtesy of Global Times.

Alicia Castro, Argentine political leader and former ambassador of Argentina to Venezuela and the UK, responded sharply to the recent statement of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, against Venezuela.

In a post on her Twitter account, Castro pointed out: “What Bachelet does not see nor wish to see: The continuous and serious human rights violations in Colombia, in Brazil—an open-air cemetery, in Lenin Moreno’s Ecuador where the elections are in danger, in Honduras, in Paraguay, in Chile. The audacity of being a servant of the United States.”Read More »

LULA FREE!

With Lula’s conviction overturned, it is time to recover democracy in Brazil

Peoples Dispatch | March 11, 2021

Daniel Giovanaz, reporter with Brasil de Fato, talks to Peoples Dispatch about the overturning of all convictions in former Brazilian president Lula da Silva’s case. He talks about the case, the impact the convictions had on the Brazilian elections in 2018 and on Brazilian society, how the mainstream media’s coverage impacted the image of Lula and his party, and what this step could mean for the country’s future.Read More »

COVID-19 IN VENEZUELA 

Venezuela Identifies Brazil Covid-19 Variant as China Donates 500,000 Vaccines

Rachael Boothroyd

venezuelanalysis.com | March 06, 2021

Venezuela has received a 500,000 Sinopharm vaccine shipment donated by China. (MPPRE)
Venezuela has received a 500,000 Sinopharm vaccine shipment donated by China. (MPPRE)

Speaking on television on Wednesday, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said the outbreaks were located in the capital, the neighbouring state of Miranda and in the southern state of Bolivar.

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PUPPET OF IMPERIALISM 

Guaido Accused of Blocking Vaccines as Venezuela Sends Covid-19 Aid to Brazil

Paul Dobson

Venezuelanalysis.com | January 18, 2021

Cemetery workers in protective suits carry the coffin of a person who died of Covid-19 at Nossa Senhora Aparecida Cemetery in Manaus, Brazil. (E Barros / AP)
Cemetery workers in protective suits carry the coffin of a person who died of Covid-19 at Nossa Senhora Aparecida Cemetery in Manaus, Brazil. (E Barros / AP)
Mérida, January 18, 2021 (venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuela’s self-declared “Interim President” Juan Guaido has allegedly refused to use funds under his control to purchase additional Covid-19 vaccines for the country.

According to documents seen by Reuters, Guaido’s team turned down overtures from the Venezuelan Central Bank (BCV) to free up US $120 million worth of frozen assets in the UK. The BCV reportedly proposed bypassing the US blockade and purchasing UK-produced vaccines through the Gavi financing program, which looks to boost poorer countries’ vaccination programmes via the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX system.Read More »