(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
Obama Bares Imperial
speak of peace, while covert enmity
Under the smile of safety wounds the world
aura around Nobel laureate Barack Obama is fading fast. As events are
he got the prize for his talk and appears not inclined to earn it. The US
administration is watering down all the expectations that Obama, as a
for presidency had roused. The entire world looked eagerly for the
that was promised by him and was belied. Irrespective of his speeches
in Prague and Cairo,
the administration is moving towards more confrontation and
had clearly stated that he would maintain the embargo on Cuba.
campaign, he accused the Bush administration of �losing Latin America�
allowing China, Europe, and �demagogues like Hugo Ch�vez� to
the vacuum�. He even raised the spectre of Iranian influence in the
pointing out that �just the other day Tehran
launched a joint bank with their windfall oil profits�. He endorsed the
administration's drive to transform Colombia's
relations with its Andean neighbours into the one Israel
has with most of the Middle East. He
that he would �support Colombia's
right to strike terrorists who seek safe-havens across its borders�.
he had become the president, he appears to be carrying out a series of
Obama had increased its efforts to regain its lost influence in Latin America. No efforts are let gone for
purpose. The recent victory of right-wing forces in Chile
elections had proved to be a
shot in its arm. Even the recent earthquake in Haiti
is used to further its
penetration in the region.
one of the poorest countries in the region was hit hard by the
earthquake with thousands of people dead, homes destroyed and millions
property lost. Many countries of the world and individuals have
immediately with aid. Cuba
is the first country to send in its doctors brigade while Venezuela announced that it is
owes to it. This is humanitarian assistance.
contrast, US is using this tragedy to further its imperialist designs
regain its control over the region. The US Air Force has taken over air
control functions as well as the management of Port au Prince airport.
words, the US
military regulates the flow of emergency aid and relief supplies which
being brought into the country in civilian planes. The US Air Force is
working under the instructions of Haitian Airport
officials have been displaced. The airport is run by the US
is using this control over the airport to regulate the landing of
material prioritising US planes and delaying the landing of those of
countries like China,
France etc. Various governments have complained that their aircraft
been able to land and deliver the human and technical resources and
the midst of the Haitian tragedy, thousands of US marines, 82nd
Division troops and other military forces have occupied Haitian
territory. On a
per capita basis there are more troops in Haiti
than in Afghanistan.
Three amphibious ships, one aircraft carrier, a guided-missile cruiser
guided missile frigate were sent to Haiti. This renewed US military presence in Haiti is sought to be used to establish
foothold in the country as well pursue America's
strategic and geopolitical objectives in the Caribbean basin, largely
against Cuba and Venezuela.
is intended to further their 'gains' in Honduras. It is a
played a covert role in the Honduras
coup against elected President Manuel Zelaya. The US had
initially denied the coup,
but was forced to acknowledge the coup due to popular pressure. It
follow the call of Latin America and
to cut all relations with the coup regime and instead retained
pushed client Costa Rican President Arias as the mediator in the
that were to be doomed and finally recognised the electoral process
by the military junta against the position of all Latin American
resorted to this move to check the growing influence of the ALBA, issue
notice to the Latin American governments that they cannot easily
by-pass the US
policy initiatives and that it is back in 'business'.
drive this point home more clearly, the Obama
administration had nearly completed an agreement with Colombia to grant the US
military access to Colombian
bases. The Uribe administration announced that it had nearly reached an
agreement on the terms of a decade-long lease to allow US military
use Colombian military bases. The reasons given, �to conduct anti-drug
trafficking and anti-terrorism operations� are superficial with the
intention being to train its guns on Venezuela. This lease
drawn widespread criticism both from Colombian congressmen across the
spectrum and also the countries in Latin America.
Fidel Castro called it as �seven daggers� pointed towards �the heart of
America� and termed it as �annexation of Colombia� due to many
conditions attached to them. This is one important event that had not
the attention it should have, because of the other events taking place
region like the coup in Honduras.
Pentagon expanded its base facilities in Panama,
Aruba, Curacao and Honduras.
together with the decision to add a nuclear powered aircraft carrier to
Fourth Fleet cruising off the Atlantic shore of Latin America
military intentions of the US and its desperation to regain its 'loss
presence' in this region.
should also be remembered that Obama administration
had not withdrawn the economic embargo imposed on Cuba
nor eased the sanctions. US,
along with its cronies Israel
and Palau voted
UN resolution demanding the lifting of the inhuman economic embargo on Cuba.
they have added Cuba
to the list of countries whose passengers have to undergo extensive
because it clubbed along with the countries termed as 'terror
still retains the Bush-era rhetoric of branding Cuba
and Venezuela as
sponsoring terrorism and Venezuela
being a 'danger to democracy in Latin America'.
Hillary Clinton even threatened to act against Latin American countries
continue with their economic ties with Iran.
from these moves, the US is aggressively pursuing
'covert operations' in the continent utilising the USAID and other
NGOs. Millions of dollars are spent by these organisations to flare
in countries like Cuba,
Venezuela and Bolivia.
Recently a CIA agent
working under the mask of one such organisation was caught in Cuba.
the role of USAID in funding opposition parties in Bolivia
and even encouraging them
in their secessionist activities is well documented. With the help of
reactionary intellectuals and monetary aid from the US,
a university - El Cato-CEDICE University - was started in Caracas
to ideologically corrupt students and egg them to organise measures to
measure actively pursued by the US is slowly
investing in companies that help weaken the economic power of the
countries. It has recently invested in private Brazilian gas production
companies like HRT and through them is trying to influence the
government of Brazil
to stop its gas purchase deals with Bolivia.
Through these measures its wants to wean away customers for the
products of the
countries that are standing up to it and thus bleed their economy to a
death. The design is that once the money from gas sale dries up, the
would be forced to go back on its social welfare programmes and thus
support of the people. The US
hopes that the subsequent unrest among the people would help its
usurp power and once again revert back to the neo-liberal policies.
administration is thus aggressively pursuing
policies of intervention in Latin America.
the recent developments show, Obama is not shy of flexing his military
to achieve the imperial objectives. He got the Congress to sanction
military budget and is actively supplying arms to his client regimes
and UAE, being glaring examples). The US wants to use this as one
means to come out of the present economic crisis in which it is
neck-deep. In this way it also wants to cut the growing influence of China and Russia among these
countries. The US
to weaken the evolving South-South unity and also deny a 'rallying
all the progressive forces in the world. To achieve this, Obama is
ditch the peace movement on whose shoulders he piggy rode for becoming
Let us not forget that it is under his administration that more drone
were carried out in Afghanistan
than under Bush.