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America's Backyard: The United States and Latin America from by Grace Livingstone

By Grace Livingstone

Utilizing newly-declassified files, Grace Livingstone unearths the U.S. function within the darkest sessions of Latin American historical past together with Pinochet's coup in Chile, the Contra battle in Nicaragua and the dying squads in El Salvador. She indicates how the U.S. management used the struggle on Terror as a brand new pretext for intervention and the way it attempted to destabilize leftwing governments and thrust back the 'pink tide' washing around the Americas.  America's yard additionally has chapters on medications, financial system and tradition. It explains why U.S. drug coverage has brought on frequent environmental harm, but didn't decrease the provision of cocaine and appears on the U.S. financial stake in Latin the US and the concepts of the massive businesses. at the present time Latin american citizens are not easy admire and an finish to the Washington Consensus. Will the White condominium pay attention?

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32 / THE COLD WAR CIA Plots to Assassinate Fidel Castro A US Senate committee investigated numerous CIA attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro. Below is an extract of the committee’s 1975 report: ‘ [We have found] concrete evidence of at least eight plots involving the CIA to assassinate Fidel Castro from 1960 to 1965. Although some of the assassination plots did not advance beyond the stage of planning and preparation, one plot, involving the use of underworld figures, reportedly twice progressed to the point of sending poison pills to Cuba and dispatching weapons to commit the deed.

Bosch was a moderate reformer who greatly admired Kennedy. He initially had the support of the Kennedy administration but US officials began to worry when he sought to restrict foreign capital, spoke up for the rights of the peasantry, tolerated left-wing groups and refused to sell off the assets of Trujillo, which now belonged to the state. Seven months after he took office, Bosch was ousted in a military coup. The US role in the coup was ambiguous. The historical record shows that staff in the US embassy in Santo Domingo knew the coup was coming, and that the military and labour attachés regarded Bosch as a communist sympathizer and approved of the coup.

So that this opposition may be heard and Castro’s base of popular support undermined, it is necessary to develop the means for mass communication to the Cuban people so that a powerful propaganda offensive can be initiated in the name of the declared opposition. The major tool proposed to be used for this purpose is a long and short wave gray broadcasting facility probably to be located on Swan Island … This will be supplemented by broadcasting from US commercial facilities paid for by private Cuban groups and by the clandestine distribution of written material inside the country.

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