[Marxism] Mercosur, Latin America, USA, Iraq (fwd)
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Sat Jul 10 17:24:02 MDT 2004
Re: Mercosur and Venezuela (From: Suresh <borhyaenid at yahoo.com Date: Fri, 9 Jul
2004 14:28:18 -0700 (PDT)
Sureshs note on the expansion of Mercosur points to a bigger development
happening in Latin America. All of Latin America is in one way or another
stepping away from the United States. Trading ties within Latin America are
being strengthened, and Latin American ties to Europe, China and Japan are also
Colmbias current President, Alvaro Uribe Velez, is usually thought of for
good reason as the Vicente Fox of South America. Yet, he is daily working at
building closer ties to Brazil and Venezuela. And in the current trade talks
with the USA, Colombia has suddenly taken on an aggressive tone, especially
rejecting US efforts to gain the right to patent genetic material found among
plants and animals in the Amazon basin.
Uribe Velez is certainly no friend of the working class and the oppressed in
Colombia or anwhere else but he is a leader of the national bourgeoisoisie of
Colombia which has been swinging away from its close reliance on the USA every
since the invasion of Iraq.
In fact, the US invasion and occupation of Iraq is causing a major rethinking
of relations with US imperialism among the ruling classes of all of the third
world. After all, if they could do it to Saddam Hussein, maybe they could do
it to Alvaro Uribe (Saddam used to be even more dependent on the USA than Uribe
has been since he came to power.)
Lulas diplomatic initiatives have been a key aspect of this change in Latin
America, but so too have European, Japanese, and Asian initiatives (normally
not reported in the US press. Inerestingly, here in Colombia, the British
embassy is often at odds with the US embassy despite the fact that in regards
to Iraq/Afghanistan Blain/Bush seem to be two heads with one body.
All the best, Anthony
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