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Reply-To: "pedro martori"
From: "pedro martori"
Subject: Americas Report for August
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Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2003 19:10:06 -0400
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Menges Constantine"
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2003 7:06 AM
Subject: Americas Report for August
Attached is a copy of the monthly Americas Report compiled by the Americas
Project at the Hudson Institute. This issue covers events in August 2003.
As of January 2003, pro-Castro populists have been elected to the
presidencies of Venezuela, Brazil, and Ecuador. These countries, with
Cuba, have a combined population of 223 million people.
The FARC and ELN, communist narco-guerillas supported by Castro since
1962, now control more than half of Colombia and seek to replace that
democratic government. In Bolivia, a pro-Castro leader of the cocaine
growers placed second in the June 30, 2002 presidential election and has
been seeking to destabilize that government.
This review will provide factual information about the international
actions of the Cuban regime, and the other pro-Castro leaders as the events
occur. It will also provide information about pro-democratic leaders and
groups who are seeking to preserve genuine political democracy in their
For previous issues of the Americas Reports for 2003 please email
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The Americas Report is public information, and may freely be cited,
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Highlights of the August issue include:
Continuing reports of the Cuban assistance programs in Venezuela indicate
that it is a front for a comprehensive system of communist infiltration
designed to maintain the Chavez régime.
A former Venezuelan military officer and confidant of Chavez in an
interview explains how the Bolivarian Circles from which President Chavez
draws his support is also a front organization for Colombian communist
Pro-democratic groups have delivered the signed petition necessary to
trigger a recall vote on President Chavez. Chavez at a rally of his
supporters says that he "will not bow to opponents' efforts to oust him
through the ballot box".
President Lula da Silva together with President Chavez of Venezuela
issued a joint statement calling trade relations between the developed world
and developing world as 'inhumane'.
President da Silva agreed to provide President Chavez a one billion dollar
credit line after expressing uncertainty whether Brazil will renew its
agreement with the IMF.
Together with other developing nations and China Brazil worked behind the
scenes prior to the WTO meetings in Cancun to draft proposals on the
agricultural trade. This is part of what President da Silva sees as the
development of a "Strategic Partnership with China".
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held a meeting with Ecuadorian President
Gutierrez and signed a series of agreements on Chinese energy exploration
"Argentina's Economy Minister, Roberto Lavagna points out that the
promotion of good relations with Venezuela and Cuba is based on the
disillusion that many Argentineans felt after the failure of the neoliberal
model, making them sympathize with Chavez and Castro."
FARC and ELN announced that they reject any peace talks, and their
intention to unify their military/terrorist operations in their ongoing
attacks against the democratic government of Colombia.
China has said that if Panama can correctly handle the Taiwan problem that
they can proceed with the normalization of relations. Panama is one of 27
nations in the world to give official diplomatic recognition to Taiwan.
US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, General Richard Myers visited the region both said they see
significant terrorist threats in Latin America.
"General Myers compared Venezuela to Iraq's neighbors that allow 'weapons
or fighters' to cross the border, complicating U.S.-led efforts to stabilize
the Middle Eastern country. 'The same applies for Colombia' and its
With all good wishes.
Constantine C. Menges, Ph.D.
The Hudson Institute
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