Rice Demands Latin America Reform: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused the United States of seeking to impose a “global dictatorship”. “So, they’re going to try to monitor the Venezuelan government through the OAS, they must be joking!” he said, speaking in Caracas shortly before the conference opened on Sunday. “If there is any government that should be monitored by the OAS, it should be the US government,” he added.
Bush Pushes for Free Trade in OAS: A proposal to create a Free Trade Area of the Americas has stalled over the issue of agricultural subsidies. Mr Bush said the OAS charter guaranteed all people of the Americas “the right to democracy”.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called the Bush administration’s plan a ploy to justify US intervention in the region. “The times in which the OAS was an instrument of the government in Washington are gone,” he said.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez said OAS rules did not allow members to monitor the democratic processes of other states. Mexico has also expressed reservations. Brazil and other countries have been putting together an alternative proposal.
Bush at the OAS: A Profile in Imperialist Hypocrisy: The historical relationship between Washington and the lands to its south is one of exploitation and oppression stretching back more than a century. Since the Spanish-American War of 1898, the American government has constantly been “liberating” the nations of Latin America—either at the point of a US bayonet, as in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Central America, or through US-backed fascist-military coups—in order to better control their resources and subjugate their peoples.
The intentions this time around are no different. The US-backed initiative—dubbed by some the “democracy meter”—is aimed at providing a pseudo-legal and multilateral cover for Washington’s interventions in the hemisphere in general, and the ongoing campaign of provocation and aggression against Venezuela in particular.
The crusade for “democracy” in that country shares an essential feature with the one declared by the Bush administration in the Middle East: both regions boast some of the world’s richest oil reserves.