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Argentina Trumps U.S. on New Immigration Laws*

Argentina Trumps U.S. on New Immigration Laws*

Argentina is tightening its immigration laws, according to a government bulletin, refusing entry to people with a criminal history and making it easier to deport foreigners that run afoul of the law.

Foreigners who commit “malicious” crimes will be expelled from the country under the reconfigured law, and will not be able to re-enter for at least eight years. In an earlier version of the law, deportees were kept out for five years. Those with a criminal history will be restricted from entering the country.

Citing “recent acts of organized crime,” the post noted a growing number of foreigners in the country’s corrections system, pointing out that in 2016 21.35% of the prison population was foreign-born.

According to Argentina’s Interior Ministry, between 2011-2015 over 75% of migrants to Argentina came from Peru, Paraguay and Bolivia.

Under a “Decree of Necessity and Emergency,” implemented without approval from the nation’s congress, deportation process times can be as short as two months.

“One has to distinguish between measures that have to do with security, and others that make Argentina an open country, that will always be in favour of diversity,” said  Argentine Vice President Gabriela Michetti on a radio news program.

Michetti attempted to distance the measures in Argentina from those taken by U.S. President Trump, who recently signed an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, and suspending admission for all refugees for 120 days.

Trump has also proposed constructing a wall along the Mexican border, in an attempt to stem the influx of undocumented immigrants.

The Center for Legal and Social Studies condemned the new Argentine law, arguing that it will make immigrant status more insecure, leaving them vulnerable to “police harassment, harder inception into school, harder access health services, with the constant threat of being arrested.”

Migrants without criminal records may also be affected by the decree. The Center for Legal and Social Studies told Telesur,

“The government wants to set up a false issue in order to remove from the public agenda more urgent and relevant issues and, at the same time, demonstrate a so-call commitment to crime prevention.”

Micetti claimed that Argentina remains pro-immigration, and that she was “against Trump’s recent statements about immigration in the United States and the wall.”

Anti-immigrant sentiment has not generally been prevalent in Latin America, as it has in the U.S. and Europe, although recent Venezuelan and Haitian migrants to Chile have made immigration a key campaign issue in Santiago’s upcoming presidential election.


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85% of Tampons, Pads and Other Feminine Care Products Contaminated with Monsanto’s Cancer-Causing, Endocrine-Disrupting Glyphosate*

85% of Tampons, Pads and Other Feminine Care Products Contaminated with Monsanto’s Cancer-Causing, Endocrine-Disrupting Glyphosate*

By Carolanne Wright

Typically we take for granted the safety of cotton products such as gauze, bandages, swabs, pads, wipes — and even feminine products, like tampons and sanitary pads. But a 2015 Argentinian study should give us pause for thought.

As it turns out, researchers from the University of La Plata found that a vast majority of these products contain glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s wildly popular Roundup herbicide and the same chemical that’s considered a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization.

If that’s not enough to get your attention, glyphosate is also associated with IQ loss/intellectual disability, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, obesity (both child and adult), diabetes, infertility and cardiovascular disease. Needless to say, this isn’t the kind of chemical you want absorbed by wounds, or worse, through the vagina.

“Chemicals absorbed through the vagina are easily and effectively distributed throughout the body, without being metabolized. For example, when estrogenic drugs are administered vaginally, the resulting systemic levels of the drug in the body can be 10-80 times higher than when the very same dose is given orally.” [source]

Not only did the research team find 85% of the cotton products tested positive for glyphosate, but also discovered that 62% of the samples contained AMPA (or aminomethylphosphonic acid) — an environmental metabolite of glyphosate, which is potentially 1,000 times more toxic once inside the body.

However, the numbers were higher for some of the products. Says lead researcher Dr. Damian Marino:

“Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for AMPA, which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze the figure was 100 percent.”

All the samples — gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine care products — were purchased in the La Plata area from local pharmacies and supermarkets.

“It might not be the most popular thing to discuss, but we probably should. I admit I chose this title on purpose to catch your attention, but now that I have it, have you ever considered that the majority of cotton (in the U.S. anyway) is genetically modified, and as such, it might be tainted with cancer-causing, endocrine-disrupting, infertility-promoting glyphosate?” [source]

Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, president of the congress, draws attention to the fact that most cotton production is now genetically modified, where Roundup “is sprayed when the bud is open and the glyphosate is condensed and goes straight into the product.”

In the U.S. alone, farmers sprayed an astonishing 2.6 billion pounds of the herbicide over agricultural land between 1992 and 2012. The chemical not only contaminates crops like cotton — but also the soil, air and waterways.

Gambling with Women’s Health

This isn’t the first time feminine care products have come under fire for unregulated safety issues. According to Women’s Voices for the Earth, health hazards include:

Tampons: Toxic ingredients: dioxins and furans (from the chlorine bleaching process), pesticide residues and unknown fragrance chemicals. Exposure concerns: cancer, reproductive harm, endocrine disruption and allergic rash.

Pads: Toxic ingredients: dioxins and furans, pesticide residues, unknown fragrance chemicals and adhesive chemicals such as methyldibromo glutaronitrile. Exposure concerns: cancer, reproductive harm and endocrine disruption. Studies link pad use to allergic rash.

Feminine Wipes: Toxic ingredients: methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, parabens, quaternium-15, dmdm Hydantoin and unknown fragrance chemicals. Exposure concerns: cancer and endocrine disruption, allergic rash.

Feminine Wash: Toxic ingredients: unknown fragrance chemicals, parabens, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, dmdm Hydantoin, d&c red no.33, ext d&c violet #2, and fd&c yellow #5. Exposure concerns: endocrine disruption, allergic rash, and asthma.

Douche: Toxic ingredients: unknown fragrance chemicals and the spermicide octoxynol-9. Studies link douche use to bacterial vaginosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical cancer, low-birth weight, preterm birth, HIV transmission, sexually transmitted diseases, ectopic pregnancy, chronic yeast infections, and infertility.

Feminine deodorant (sprays , powders and suppositories): Toxic ingredients: unknown fragrance chemicals, parabens, and benzethonium chloride. Exposure concerns: reproductive harm, endocrine disruption and allergic rash.

Feminine anti-itch creams: Toxic ingredients: may include unknown fragrance chemicals, parabens, methylisothiazolinone and an active ingredient, benzocaine, a mild anesthetic. Exposure concerns: endocrine disruption, allergic rash, and unresolved itch.

Thankfully, safer options are available in organic cotton and innovations like the silicone menstrual cup. Natural creams, soaps, wipes and washes are also a possibility. But until the toxicity of feminine care products becomes common knowledge, women around the world will continue to be put at serious risk.


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Monsanto Backs Out Of Seed Plant in Argentina after Protests*

Monsanto Backs Out Of Seed Plant in Argentina after Protests*

By Brandon Turbeville

In yet another victory against the multinational corporation Monsanto in Argentina, the company has now announced that it will dismantle its multi-million dollar GMO seed plant in Malvinas.

Monsanto made the decision to give up on its seed plant after three years worth of protests from local citizens and GMO-free campaigners from all over Argentina. In 2014, activists forced to Monsanto to stop the construction of the plant by using coordinated protest techniques at the construction site.

A spokesman for Monsanto told Argentinian media organizations that Monsanto was dismantling the plant and that “the plant was designed to treat 3.5 million hectares of maize; however, last year, only 2.5 million hectares were sown.”

“An investment of almost 1500 million makes no sense.”

The spokesman was also forced to admit that the protests, local pressure, and resistance by environmentalists, anti-GMO activists and local residents was indeed part of the reason the company decided to dismantle the plant. In addition, a number of lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto over the legality of the construction permit as well as environmental impacts

Sofia Gatica, one of the main activists and leaders of the protest blockade in Malvinas told InfOGM,

It’s been almost three years that Monsanto has not been able to put a brick or a wire at
the construction site… The company is leaving the field but does not yet recognize its defeat in this battle. We talked with those who have to dismantle what remains. We remain on alert and continue blocking, waiting to see what will happen. We want the site to now be devoted to organic and sustainable agriculture

This latest defeat for Monsanto comes on the heels of a decision by the Argentine government preventing Monsanto from forcing exporters to inspect cargo to determine whether or not farmers had paid the requisite royalties to use its GMO soybeans. Argentina has been showing growing signs as of late that it is becoming more willing to stand up to the multinational food corporation.


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Declassified Docs Detail U.S. Role in Dirty War Horrors of Argentina *

Declassified Docs Detail U.S. Role in Dirty War Horrors of Argentina *

Human rights activists and families of the disappeared under the 1976-1983 dictatorship in Argentina remember Dirty War victims

As Hillary Clinton attempts to seal Henry Kissinger’s endorsement, documents reveal how he undermined Jimmy Carter’s human rights agenda in Argentina.

In a much-awaited step toward uncovering the historical truth of the U.S.-backed Dirty War in Argentina in the 1970’s and 80’s, the United States has delivered over 1,000 pages of classified documents to the South American country. But critics argue that there are major gaps in the files, including the exclusion of CIA documents, that keep in the dark important details of the extent of human rights violations and the U.S. role in such abuses.

The Argentine government delivered the newly-declassified documents to journalists and human rights organizations on Monday after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented the files to President Mauricio Macri during a state visit last week.

The 1,078 pages from 14 U.S. government agencies and departments are the first in a series of public releases over the next 18 months of declassified documents related to Argentina’s last military dictatorship, including Argentine Country Files, White House staff files, correspondence cables, and other archives, according to a statement from the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The files include grisly descriptions of torture, rape, assassinations, and forced disappearances carried out by the military regime under General Jorge Rafael Videla, installed after the 1976 coup against left-wing President Isabel Peron.

The documents also detail Henry Kissinger’s applause of the Argentine dictatorship and its counterinsurgency strategy, including during a visit to General Videla during the 1978 World Cup. National Security staffer Robert Pastor wrote in 1978 that Kissinger’s “praise for the Argentine government in its campaign against terrorism was the music the Argentine government was longing to hear.”

Argentina’s so-called anti-terrorism policy was in reality a brutal crackdown on political dissidents, human rights defenders, academics, church leaders, students, and other opponents of the right-wing regime. It was also part of the regional U.S.-backed Operation Condor, a state terror operation that carried out assassinations and disappearances in support of Souty America’s right-wing dictatorships. In Argentina, up to 30,000 people were forcibly disappeared during the Dirty War.

The documents also detail how then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter raised concern over the human rights situation in Argentina, including in a letter to General Videla rather gently urging him to make progress with respect to human rights. At the time, Kissinger reportedly demonstrates a “desire to speak out against the Carter Administration’s human rights policy to Latin America,” according to a memo by National Security’s Pastor.

The further confirmation of Kissinger’s atrocious legacy in Latin America comes as U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton courts an endorsement from Kissinger, widely condemned as a war criminal by human rights groups.

However, despite the revealing details, the batch of documents is also lacking in key archives, the Argentine publication El Destape pointed out. The package does not include files from the CIA or the Defense Intelligence Agency, which specializes in military intelligence.

What’s more, although the documents were expected to cover the period of 1977 to 1982, the latest documents are dated 1981, which means that cables related to the 1982 Malvinas War between Argentina and Britain and the U.S. role in the conflict are not included.

The Macri administration hailed the release of the documents as the result of a “new foreign policy” that has steered the country to rekindle ties with the United States after former Presidents Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez championed anti-imperialist politics for 12 years. But the self-congratulatory government narrative ignores the fact that Argentine human rights organizations have demanded for years that the archives be released in a fight for historical truth that first bore fruit in 2002 with the release of over 4,500 U.S. documents. Furthermore, Macri has come under fire for undermining investigations into dictatorship-era crimes after his sweeping austerity campaign scrapped departments charged with gathering historical evidence in certain public institutions. The Argentine president has also been criticized over his indirect ties to the military regime, which proved to hugely benefit his family business, the Macri Society, also known as Socma.

U.S. President Obama described the move as a response to the U.S. “responsibility to confront the past with honesty and transparency.” Obama announced plans to release documents related to the Dirty War during a visit with Macri in Argentina in March, which coincided with the 40th anniversary of the 1976 military coup.

Obama’s visit was widely criticized by human rights activists over the insensitivity of the timing. Although he announced plans for the United States to “do its part” with respect to uncovering historical truth about the dictatorship period, he did not apologize for the United States’ involvement in human rights abuses and widespread forced disappearance.


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What a Narcissistic Lifestyle – A Dolphin Dies as a Result of Selfies*

What a Narcissistic Lifestyle – A Dolphin Dies as a Result of Selfies*

By Luke Miller   

A dolphin died after it was taken out of the ocean so beachgoers could pose with it for selfies.

The small Franciscana dolphin quickly gained a crowd on the beach resort at Santa Teresita in Argentina after someone picked it up. It unfortunately overheated and died due to being out of the water.

A rescued baby La Plata river dolphin

The beachgoers continued to pass around the deceased dolphin and it was later discarded in the sand.

The La Plata dolphin, otherwise also known as the Franciscana is found off the coasts of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay and is classed as a “vulnerable” species as there are an estimated 30,000 worldwide.

The Argentine Wildlife Foundation has issued a statement reminding the public of the mammal’s vulnerability in the hope it will prevent a repeat of this happening again in the future.

“The Franciscana, like other species, cannot remain for much time outside of the water, it has thick fatty skin which gives it heat and means that taking it out of the water rapidly causes it to dehydrate and die,” they said in a statement.

“This occasion serves to inform the public about the urgent necessity to return these dolphins to the sea as soon as possible if they find them on the shore.

“It is fundamental that people help to rescue these animals, because every Franciscana counts now.”

Let’s hope that this can serve as a reminder of how valuable life is, not just that of human beings and dolphins, but all species.


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Bayer and U.S. Govt. Knowingly Gave HIV to Thousands of Children*

Bayer and U.S. Govt. Knowingly Gave HIV to Thousands of Children*

What if a company that you thought you could trust, knowingly sold you a medicine for your child that they knew had the potential to give your child HIV? How would you react? What if a government agency that claims the responsibility for protecting you from such treachery, not only looked the other way, but was complicit in this exchange?

Everyone has heard of Bayer aspirin, it is a household name. Bayer AG also manufactures numerous other products, from pesticides to medicine for haemophiliacs called Factor 8.

In 1984 Bayer became aware that several batches of this Factor 8 contained HIV. They knew this because there was an outbreak of HIV among haemophiliac children, and this outbreak was traced back to Bayer.

Unable to sell their Factor 8 in the U.S., Bayer, with the FDA’s permission, (yes that’s right, the FDA allowed Bayer to potentially kill thousands) sold this HIV infected medicine to Argentina, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore after February 1984, according to the documents obtained by the NY Times. The documents showed how Cutter Biological, a division of Bayer, shipped more than 100,000 vials of unheated concentrate, worth more than $4 million, after it began selling the safer product.

The result of this sale of HIV tainted medication ended up infecting tens of thousands and killing thousands. Thousands of innocent children and adults have died at the hand of this corporation and no punitive action has been taken against them. The health department leaders in Argentina, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore were all imprisoned, while the US FDA continues down its hellish path.

When asked about the sale of the tainted Factor 8, Bayer responded,

”Decisions made nearly two decades ago were based on the best scientific information of the time and were consistent with the regulations in place.” This can be interpreted as Bayer asking the FDA for permission to murder children for profit and the FDA giving its approval. According to the NY Times, the Food and Drug Administration’s regulator of blood products, Dr. Harry M. Meyer Jr., asked that the issue be ”quietly solved without alerting the Congress, the medical community and the public.”

No one in the government nor Bayer have been charged with anything in regards to this matter. Bayer continues to sell its Factor 8 medication to this day.


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U.S. Agents Are Filling Key Posts in Argentina*

U.S. Agents Are Filling Key Posts in Argentina*

By Nil Nikandrov

In December 2015, Mauricio Macri became the new president of Argentina. Washington was euphoric over his victory. Naturally this festive mood also permeated the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, where Macri has always been seen as «their man». And there is ample evidence that he isn’t exactly trying to conceal his trusting relationship with those American envoys.

The clues include materials published by WikiLeaks, such as detailed reports by diplomats about their conversations with Macri, in which he in one case urged «the U.. to take a tougher public line with the Kirchners» and even predicted that Cristina Fernández de Kirchner would be forced out before the end of her presidential term.

As expected, Macri arrived at the presidential palace and began an overhaul of state agencies, «cleansing» the government and mass media of Kirshner supporters. He explained these measures by saying that during the 12 years under the «populists» Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández, the agencies of the executive branch of government had been filled with thousands of political appointees from the Front for Victory Party, a mix of Peronists, radicals, and socialists. These people are hostile to the neoliberal program Macri promised to introduce after taking office, and so he needs to get rid of them.

Kirshner supporters and representatives of Front for Victory and its allies dominate Argentina’s National Congress – in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. Congress will return to work in early March, after a lengthy break, and Macri will have to demonstrate a miraculous level of flexibility and willingness to compromise in order to garner parliamentary support for his program. Is Macri prepared for this? That’s extremely doubtful. That is exactly why political analysts think the president began to govern the country by relying on «emergency» decrees. Currently more than four dozen of those are in effect. Rulings were pushed through to raise the rates for gas and electricity. Restrictions were lifted on peso-dollar exchanges. Mass layoffs of workers became a common occurrence, with no regard for the laws that limit arbitrary actions by employers.

Anticipating public resistance, the president gave the police carte blanche to use force – including the use of rubber bullets – to suppress protests. Every day the Argentine media and bloggers publish more stories about the intimidation of demonstrators.

As promised, President Macri immediately began to halt the trials of war criminals. Under what was known as the Process of National Reorganization, the junta that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983 waged a war against its own citizens. As a result, more than 30,000 Argentines, mostly those espousing leftist ideologies, were killed. A shocking chapter in that dirty war was the practice of «seizing» newborn infants to be given to the families of military officers or politicians who supported the junta. Usually the mothers were killed. The search for those children is still underway, conducted by the Mothers (now Grandmothers) of the Plaza de Mayo association. However, Macri’s supporters deride what these women do. There have been accusations that the association’s work has a «confrontational mindset», plus threats of prosecution for «pleas to disobey the authorities».

From the first days of his presidency Macri has done all he can to express his gratitude to Grupo Clarín, the country’s largest media group, which provided him with a propaganda edge in his election campaign and acted as his primary financial backer. This is why all documents containing incriminating data on Grupo Clarín and its management were removed from government institutions by Macri’s personal order. In order to ensure Clarín’s dominance of the country’s media landscape, the functions of the federal agencies that oversee television and radio broadcasts are being reviewed, legal restrictions on media monopolies are being lifted, and various pretexts are being used to fire journalists who supported the policies of Cristina Fernández. The latest reprisal of this type was the dismissal of Victor Hugo Morales, a popular commentator who worked for Radio Continental. After his victory, Macri showed that journalist the door: the man has too much open admiration for Hugo Chávez and too much imprudently harsh criticism for the new agenda.

Argentines are particularly focused on the new roster of names staffing the country’s management agencies. It is not a secret that some government appointments were recommended to Macri by the US administration, and he approved them with no questions asked. That is precisely how Susana Malcorra became Argentina’s minister of foreign affairs. The Americans have had their eye on her ever since her days at IBM Argentina. Later her career included high-level positions at the United Nations, including a stint as Ban Ki-moon’s chief of staff. Malcorra always maintained a constructive working relationship with the U.S. Department of State, guiding American diplomats and intelligence agents into senior management and operational positions within the UN. Materials published by WikiLeaks provide copious evidence of Malcorra’s consistently positive responses to such approaches from the state Department

That is why Diosdado Cabello, who until recently headed the Venezuelan parliament, had this to say about her:

«She was here, I received her in my office, she is the CIA itself».

Venezuela’s leaders have sharply criticized statements made by Malcorra pertaining to the release of so-called political prisoners in Venezuela, whose provocative actions have caused the deaths of dozens of Venezuelans, including police officers and military servicemen.

Malcorra believes the world’s most important powers to be the U.S. and China. Her initial statements do not hold out much hope for progress in the relationship between Argentina and Russia – Russia always seems to take a back seat. Apparently Malcorra has wholeheartedly adopted Obama’s opinion that Russia is merely a regional power.

Almost all of Macri’s ministerial appointees have a very close relationship with the U.S. embassy. For example, Argentina’s Ministry of Security is headed by Patricia Bullrich. She was also recommended by Washington. Bullrich oversees the federal police, airport security, the National Gendarmerie (responsible for safeguarding the country’s borders as well as strategically important sites), and the Naval Prefecture (responsible for safeguarding the waterways). Bullrich will have to work actively with the U.S. when creating plans to establish a special service to combat drug trafficking, set up a system of radar stations, and beef up the border patrol.

Kirchner’s appointees are being systematically sacked from the security forces. Potentially disloyal police officers are being forced into retirement. According to the available information,

«friendly intelligence services» will help fill the staffing vacuum. As part of his fierce battle against the Kirchners’ legacy, Macri views collaboration with the CIA, NSA, and DEA as critically important.

Macri appointed Gustavo Arribas, an old friend whom he «trusts unconditionally» to head the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI). Silvia Majdalani, a former MP and a member of the Republican Proposal Party (PRO), has been appointed deputy director of that intelligence agency. She handled security issues in parliament, completed coursework at the National Intelligence School, and received further training abroad, including in the U.S. In the past, Majdalani has more than once found herself at the epicentre of some serious scandals. For example, as an «unrecognized daughter» she tried to use forged documents to claim the multimillion-dollar estate of a man who had left no heirs. She was sentenced to three years in prison for fraud and would have served the full term if she had not been amnestied. Clearly Argentina’s intelligence services are now in safe hands.

Marcos Molina Viamonte, a U.S. citizen, was tapped to head the Legal and Technical Secretariat of the Presidency of the Argentine Republic. The president ignored the protests of Argentine professionals working in that field, who reminded him that under the law only a citizen of Argentina can hold that position, that Viamonte’s appointment is a threat to national security, and that the NSA will certainly use him to further its own interests.

Laura Alonso will direct the Anti-Corruption Office, which is part of the Ministry of Justice. Although other members of Macri’s team do not advertise their «unofficial» ties to the U.S, Alonso speaks openly of hers. She is a member of the administrative council of the Argentine-North American Cultural Institute (ICANA). She has always been fixated on fighting corruption. This is why Alonso began working with the NGO Vital Voices, which is headquartered in the U.S. That NGO is dedicated to training a new generation of female leaders who can take charge of progressive, i.e., neoliberal, movements and ensure the promotion of «democratic values». In 2008, Hillary Clinton, who was then Secretary of State, presented Alonso with the Global Leadership award, thus guaranteeing her a very promising future.

In October 2015, in the thick of the Argentine election campaign, Alonso published a book, titled Circo Kirchner («The Kirchner Circus»), which resembled a comic book but included quotations from the speeches of Néstor and Cristina that were carefully selected to paint an unflattering picture. The book was advertised through every media outlet owned by Grupo Clarín, which was a sign that it had been written to order. In numerous interviews Alonso has stated that she is searching for information on the «illegal enrichment» of the Kirchners and has spoken of her plans to fight «that family» that «is having an adverse effect on the country».

The signals coming from President Macri and his team confirm their plans to politically «neutralize» Cristina Fernández, who has already announced her intention to return to politics in February in order to prevent the dismantling of the social and economic achievements of Kirchnerism. The dirtiest tactics will be used to compromise the former president. Horacio Verbitsky is an influential journalist who has warned of the very real prospect of trumped-up lawsuits being pursued against Cristina Fernández. Grupo Clarín has laid the groundwork, and its goal is to isolate the ex-president and split the ranks of her supporters.

The attacks on Cristina Fernández will be launched from the Anti-Corruption Office. Laura Alonso is ready for this mission.

Source *

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Washington Targets Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina*

By Jack Rasmus

After 9-11, the United States focused its most aggressive foreign policy on the Middle East – from Afghanistan to North Africa. But the deal recently worked out with Iran, the current back-door negotiations over Syria between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and the decision to subsidize, and now export, U.S. shale oil and gas production in a direct reversal of U.S. past policy toward Saudi Arabia – together signal a relative shift of U.S. policy away from the Middle East.

With a Middle East consolidation phase underway, U.S. policy has been shifting since 2013-14 to the more traditional focus that it had for decades: first, to check and contain China; second, to prevent Russia from economically integrating more deeply with Europe; and, third, to reassert more direct U.S. influence once again, as in previous decades, over the economies and governments in Latin America.

Following his re-election in 2012, Obama announced what was called a ‘pivot’ to Asia to contain and check China’s growing economic and political influence. In 2013-14, it was the U.S.-directed Ukraine coup – i.e. a pretext for sanctions on Russia designed to sever that country’s growing economic relations with Europe. But there is yet another U.S. policy shift underway that is perhaps not as evident as the refocus on China or the U.S. new ‘cold war’ offensive against Russia. It is the U.S. pivot toward Latin America, begun in 2014, targeting in particular the key countries and economies of South America – Venezuela, Brazil, and Argentina – for economic and political destabilization as a fundamental requisite for re-introduction of Neoliberal policies in that region.

Venezuela: Case Example of Destabilization 

Economic destabilization in its most recent phase has been underway in Venezuela since 2013. The collapse of world oil and commodity prices, a consequence in part of the United States vs. Saudi fight that erupted in 2014 over who controls the global price of oil, has caused the Venezuela currency, the Bolivar, to collapse. The United States raising its long term interest rates the past year has intensified that currency collapse. But U.S. government and banking forces have further fanned the flames of currency collapse by encouraging speculators, operating out of Colombia and the ‘DollarToday’ website, to ‘short’ the Bolivar and depress it still further. U.S. based media, in particular the arch-conservative CATO institute in Washington, has joined in the effort by consistently reporting exaggerated claims of currency decline, as high as 700 percent, to panic Venezuelans to further dump Bolivars for dollars, thus causing even more currency collapse. Meanwhile, multinational corporations in Venezuela continue to hoard more than US$11 billion in dollars, causing the dollar to rise and the Bolivar to fall even more. The consequence of all these forces contributing to collapse of the currency is a growing black market for dollars and shortages of key consumer and producer goods.

But all that’s just the beginning. Currency collapse in turn means escalating cost of imports and domestic inflation, and thus falling real incomes for small businesses and workers. The black market and dollar shortage due means inability to import critical goods like medicines and food. Rising cost of imports means lack of critical materials needed to continue production, which results in falling production, plant and business closures, and rising unemployment.

Currency collapse, inflation, and recession together result in capital flight from the country, which in turn exacerbates all the above again. A vicious cycle of general economic collapse thus ensues, for which the popular government is blamed but which it has fundamentally not caused.

As this scenario in Venezuela since 2014 has worsened, the United States has targeted Venezuela’s state owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, with legal suits. The Obama government in March 2015 also issued executive orders freezing assets of Venezuelan government and military representatives charged with alleged ‘human rights’ abuses. The United States then recently arrested Venezuelan businessmen in the United States, holding them without bail, no doubt to send a message to those who might still support the government. The U.S. government has also indicted Venezuelan government and military officials recently with charges of alleged drug conspiracy, including National Guard generals who have supported the Maduro government. This all raises impressions of government corruption with the public, while giving second thoughts to other would-be military and government supporters to ‘think twice’ about their continuing support and perhaps to consider ‘going over’ to the opposition in exchange for a ‘deal’ to drop the legal charges. The popular impression grows that the economic crisis, the inflation, the shortages, the layoffs must all be associated with the corruption, which is associated with the government. It is all classic U.S. destabilization strategy.

As all the above economic dislocation has occurred in Venezuela, money has flowed through countless unofficial channels to the opposition parties and their politicians, enabling them to capture earlier this month control of the national assembly. The leaders of the new assembly, according to media leaks, now have plans to reconstitute the Venezuelan Supreme Court to support their policies and to legally endorse their coming direct attack the Maduro government in 2016. It is clear the goal is to either remove Maduro and his government or to render it impossible to govern.

As Julio Borges, a possible next president of the national assembly, has declared publicly in recent days: if the Maduro government does not go along with the new policies of the Assembly, “it will have to be changed.” No doubt impeachment proceedings, to try to remove Maduro, will be soon on the agenda in Venezuela – just as it now is in Brazil. But for that, the Venezuelan Supreme Court must be changed, which makes it the immediate next front in the battle.

Argentina and Brazil: Harbinger of Neoliberal Things to Come

Should the new pro-U.S., pro-Business Venezuela National Assembly ever prevail over the Maduro government, the outcome economically would something like that now unfolding with the Mauricio Macri government in Argentina. Argentina’s Macri has already, within days of assuming the presidency, slashed taxes for big farmers and manufacturers, lifted currency controls and devalued the peso by 30 percent, allowed inflation to rise overnight by 25 percent, provided US$2 billion in dollar denominated bonds for Argentine exporters and speculators, re-opened discussions with U.S. hedge funds as a prelude to paying them excess interest the de Kirchner government previously denied, put thousands of government workers on notice of imminent layoffs, declared the new government’s intent to stack the supreme court in order to rubber stamp its new Neoliberal programs, and took steps to reverse Argentine’s recent media law. And that’s just the beginning.

Politically, the neoliberal vision will mean an overturning and restructuring of the current Supreme Court, possible changes to the existing Constitution, and attempts to remove the duly-elected president from office before his term by various means. Apart from plans to stack the judiciary, as in Argentina, Venezuela’s new business controlled National Assembly will likely follow their reactionary class compatriots in Brazil, and move to impeach Venezuela president, Maduro, and dismantle his popular government – just as they are attempting the same in Brazil with that country’s also recently re-elected president, Rousseff.

What happens in Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil in the weeks ahead, in 2016, is a harbinger of the intense economic and political class war in South America that is about to escalate to a higher stage in 2016.


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