[Marxism] The Latin American-US Realignment

Jose G. Perez elgusanorojo at bellsouth.net
Sat May 8 01:59:50 MDT 2004


>>And the closer Mexico gets to the US, the more it isolates Latin
America's left-leaning states, like Brazil, Argentina, and Cuba,
creating a bipolarity in the region, analysts say.<<

Inside México and throughout the region, everyone --left, right and
center-- is scratching their heads wondering just what in the world Fox
thinks he is doing with his "realignment." Mexico isn't "isolating" a
few left-leaning states, it is isolating itself from Latin America. The
last few days Fox's mouthpieces have been on TV explaining how Cuba's
deportation of a man Mexico claimed it wanted amounted to gross
interference in Mexico's internal affairs. 

The man is the one who supposedly bribed some opposition officials. The
problem for Fox is he says the government put him up to entrapping them,
and promised all sorts of things in exchange for the tapes. 

How it serves even Fox's narrow interests to keep the attention of the
region focused on the scandal by escalating tensions with Havana is what
no one can figure out.

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[mailto:marxism-bounces at lists.econ.utah.edu] On Behalf Of Tony Abdo
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Subject: [Marxism] The Latin American-US Realignment 


Mexico and Peru have clearly signalled that they are onboard any coming 
action that the US takes against Cuba and Venezuela.  This relaignment, 
discussed here in the article below, began in both Peru and Mexico
during 
the Clinton reign in office, as Clinton helped install both Fox and
Toledo 
into office.  Just as Blair lined up with Bush's wars in Afghanistan and

Iraq, Clinton's Latin American buddies are lining up with Bush in
support of 
attacking Cuba and Venezuela.

The lesson here for antiwar activists is... Voting Democratic Party does
not 
stop US initiated wars.  It just helps build international allies for
those 
same aggressions.
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Mexico-Cuba rift signals Latin realignment
By Ken Bensinger  May 5, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor

MEXICO CITY – Nearly a half-century ago, Mexico opened its arms to a
young 
Cuban lawyer, a political exile who came here and began making big
plans. 
And for decades, this nation always maintained a warm relationship with
that 
lawyer - Fidel Castro.
But Mexico brought all that to a sudden close Sunday, cutting off
relations 
with the bearded revolutionary's government and removing Mexico's
ambassador 
to Havana.

The diplomatic equivalent of a knockout punch, thrown a day after Mr.
Castro 
publicly questioned Mexico's sovereignty, was justified as a reaction to

alleged Cuban meddling in Mexican political affairs in the wake of a
bribery 
scandal here. But the move is only the latest in a string of events that

have caused increasing tension and have, in just three years, laid waste
to 
one of the world's strongest and oldest friendships.

That deterioration signals a significant change in the makeup of the 
alliances that define the hemisphere's political hegemony, paralleling
the 
tenure of Vicente Fox as president of Mexico. Mr. Fox, who took power
just a 
month before President Bush - and after 71 years of one-party rule - has

traded in the contrarian's role Mexico held for most of the 20th century
for 
a political agenda aligned with the United States and as a champion of 
democracy. And the closer Mexico gets to the US, the more it isolates
Latin 
America's left-leaning states, like Brazil, Argentina, and Cuba,
creating a 
bipolarity in the region, analysts say.

"The breakdown of relations [with Cuba] is simply a confirmation of the 
newfound influence that the US government has on Mexico," said Renato 
Davalos, a political columnist for the Mexico City newspaper, La
Jornada.

article continues...  http://csmonitor.com/2004/0505/p01s02-woam.html

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