Columbia’s new president could deal major blow to U.S. imperialism

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      ozoneman
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      Former leftist guerrilla Gustavo Petro won Sunday’s runoff vote in Colombia’s presidential election, marking the first time ever that the US-allied nation has voted for a leftist candidate. This election represents a historic shift for Colombia’s economic model – but perhaps an even bigger one for US strategic interests in the region.

      By Petro’s own account, “Real change is coming.” That is at least what he said in his victory speech. He has promised to turn the country in a greener direction by phasing out oil and coal. He also plans to enlarge pensions, institute universal healthcare and make university education free – to be paid for by taxes on the wealthy.

      He has also said that he wants to use import tariffs to protect local industry and negotiate trade agreements, a staunch move against the country’s neoliberal system of commerce. In general, his entire platform is aimed squarely against the neoliberal clientelism, and even the elite’s obvious relationship with drug cartels, that has plagued Colombia for generations. Any reasonable person would agree that shaking that up would be a positive development.

      But it’s difficult to say how it will play out in practice. He and his allies lack a majority in the country’s legislature, holding just 27% of the seats, as opposed to 57% held by conserative parties and another 9% held by the Green Party. He also faces challenges from the country’s conservative-stacked court system and its independent central bank. His domestic plans will more than likely be moderated by these pressures that back up the status quo.

      https://www.rt.com/news/557573-colombia-leftist-president-usa/

      That may be wishful thinking, but the U.S. has used Columbia to launch coup attempts on Venezuela.

      Imagine if Biden has his next Summit of the Americas and only Canada comes.

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      A Simple Game
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      Imagine if Biden has his next Summit of the Americas and only Canada comes.

      Imagine if Biden isn’t invited to the next Summit of the  Americas.

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        ozoneman
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        Yes, it’s moving in that direction, from Mexico on down.

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      GZeusH
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      The center of Imperialism in South America has moved one country south.  Lasso is making the Ecuadorians swallow the whole neo-con bowl of shit.

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      Hobbit709
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      The U.S. engineers a coup?

      I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      He talks about a “government of love,” or some such Obamaesque tripe. He ran on a social issue for Colombia–legalizing or decriminalizing drugs and ending the drug war, which is great, but if he doesn’t nationalize American corporate holdings in Colombia then we’ll know he’s been bought.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

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        JonLP
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        Especially the Soros stuff.

        He did talk about capitalism in Colombia so he sounded a bit like Elizabeth Warren but I think this is good news considering how right wing Colombia is.

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          Ohio Barbarian
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          The reaction from the State Dept. was interesting. They said they “look forward” to working with the new Colombian President, in stark contrast to them calling the Venezuelan and Bolivian elections rigged and the presidents elected “authoritarian.”

          I think it is potentially very good news, but I’ve seen too much not to see it through a lens of Empire-induced cynicism.

          Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

          The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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