[Marxism] Inflaming tensions

Marvin Gandall marvgandall at rogers.com
Mon Feb 2 08:26:34 MST 2004

A report in today’s Wall Street Journal blames growing instability and
anti-US sentiment in Latin America on an alliance between Cuban
president Fidel Castro and Venezuela’s populist leader, Cesar Chavez.

The two men are blamed for trying to undermine the “US's agenda in Latin
America”, notably the formation of a hemispheric free trade zone which
would exclude Cuba.

Currently at issue is $752 million allegedly owed by Cuba to Venezuela
for oil supplies, which the Journal describes as a “crucial subsidy” to
the Castro government, one which “represents a further threat to the
(Venezuelan state oil company)…the fourth-largest provider of oil to the
US.”  The campaign against the two states is being orchestrated by Otto
Reich, the Cuban exile who is the Bush administration’s special envoy
for hemispheric affairs.

Cuban and Venezuelan officials dismiss the US charges as propaganda, and
say the oil shipments should be seen in the context of the cooperation
agreement between the two countries in which Cuba provides medical and
education aid to the Venezuelan poor.

WSJ (sub only) report available on www.supportingfacts.com

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