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Here's How Trump's Aggression and Xenophobia Is Sparking International Resistance to Decades of American Imperialism

In late spring of 2008, the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations published a report titled “U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality.” Timed to influence the foreign policy agenda of the next U.S. administration, the report asserted: “the era of the U.S. as the dominant influence in Latin America is over.” At the Summit of the Americas in April the following year, President Barack Obama appeared to be on the same page as the report’s authors, promising Latin American leaders a “new era” of “equal partnership” and “mutual respect.” Four years later, Obama’s second secretary of state, John Kerry, went a step further, solemnly declaring before his regional counterparts at the Organization of American States (OAS) that the “era of the Monroe Doctrine is over.” The speech—heralding the end of a nearly 200-year-old policy widely seen as a blank check for U.S. intervention in the region—was warmly applauded, and perhaps earned Kerry some forgiveness for having referred to Latin America as the U.S.’s “backyard” a few months earlier.

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'They're Not So Innocent': Trump Spews Yet Another Racist Attack - This Time at 'Alien Minors'

Proving his apologists wrong once again, President Donald Trump unleashed yet another racist attack against immigrants on Wednesday at a roundtable on immigration policy, smearing all children crossing the border without their parents as criminals.

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Leftist Caravan in Brazil Threatens Its Ruling Billionaire Class

Lula is like a man on fire. The former president, now age 72, does not seem to sleep. Since last August, Lula and his Workers’ Party (PT) have been traveling around Brazil with a "Lula for Brazil" Caravan. This bus caravan has gone to every state in this vast country, with Lula giving impassioned speeches in defense not only of democracy but of the gains made during the PT’s time in office. Hunger, for instance, declined dramatically as a result of Lula’s policies. In 2014, Brazil was removed from the UN hunger map. The government of the ‘soft coup’ that took power in 2016 has attempted to reverse the social democratic policies of the PT. Hunger has risen again. It is likely that Brazil will reappear in the next UN hunger map.

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The U.S. Has Treated Poor Countries Like Sh*tholes for Decades

The United States has never invaded Norway. It has never bombed Oslo. It has never rounded up Norwegians and thrown them in Guantanamo.

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Two Serious Threats Could Put Latin American Coffee Production Into Crisis Mode

Trouble could be brewing for the Latin American coffee industry, new research warns, as it faces losses in suitable farmland and declines in important bee species as a result of future climate change.

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Trump's Upside Down Approach to Empire

In the early months of the Trump administration, high-profile White House visits from foreign leaders from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East garnered headlines about the changing role of the United States in the world. In the context of political and economic upheaval around the globe, observers worry that, under Trump, the United States is abandoning the global leadership role it has played for decades. But the Trump administration’s response to various crises—Brexit, North Korea, Syria—paints a chaotic and often incoherent picture. Looking instead to a region long assumed to be firmly in the grasp of U.S. hegemony—Latin America—can help us understand the contours of the changes underway. It’s true that Latin America has generally been a low priority for the new president: he did recently move to roll back Obama-era changes in the relationship with Cuba, but while he made Mexico a central focus of his campaign, promising to build a border wall and tear up NAFTA, there has been little action on either front. Despite the relative disinterest in the region, however, White House visits by three Latin American heads of state—Argentina’s Mauricio Macri, Peru’s Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, and Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos—reveal three broad ways in which U.S empire is being reconfigured under Trump.

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VIDEO: CIA Director Mike Pompeo Hints U.S. Is Working with Mexico and Colombia to Push Regime Change in Venezuela

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has hinted that the U.S. is pushing for a new government in Venezuela, in collaboration with right-wing allies in the region.

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Environmental and Land Activist Killings Hit an All-Time High

Last year was the deadliest on record for environmental activists, according to new figures released by the UK NGO Global Witness.

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Venezuelan Opposition Spreads Lies About U.S. Journalists, Inciting Violence, Death Threats

Prominent members of the right-wing Venezuelan opposition, including professors and journalists, are spreading blatant lies about U.S. journalists, inciting violence and subjecting them to a torrent of extreme death threats.

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There Is an Epidemic of Assassinations Targeting Human Rights Defenders in Latin America

On October 18, human rights defenders José Ángel Flores and Silmer Dionisio were murdered after they left a meeting of peasant farmers in the Bajo Aguán region of Honduras. Both were organizers with the Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguán (MUCA), whose former president Johnny Rivas said “death squads chasing peasant families fighting for land rights" were behind the assassinations.

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