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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:12 PM

Obama victory a relief for Latin American left

Source: Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- From Caracas to Havana to La Paz, President Barack Obama's reelection victory was welcomed with a sigh of relief by many on Latin America's left, though others cautioned that the U.S. leader had not made the region a priority during his crisis-buffeted first term and was unlikely to do so in a second.

In Cuba, state-run news website CubaSi called the outcome a victory for the lesser of two evils, saying: "U.S. elections: the worst one did not win."

"The news of Barack Obama's triumph in yesterday's general elections in the United States was received with some relief and without great optimism," CubaSi wrote.

On the streets of Caracas, some said they worried that a Romney win would have brought a much harder line against leftist leaders such as their own President Hugo Chavez, and that they hoped another four-year term for Obama would bring relatively peaceful U.S.-Latin American ties.

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dipsydoodle Nov 2012 OP
Judi Lynn Nov 2012 #1
DeSwiss Nov 2012 #2
Blue_Tires Nov 2012 #3
geek tragedy Nov 2012 #4
agentS Nov 2012 #6
kelliekat44 Nov 2012 #5

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:24 PM

1. Look what happened in Honduras, with total US right-wing support for their coup.

There's no doubt whatsoever a right-wing President would turn his morbid gaze toward Latin America in no time at all, trying to bring back the good old days of Pinochet, the Argentinian military dictatorship, and Brazil's, not to mention an all out assault on Venezuela's progress, and Cuba.

The world can't afford batcrap crazies in power anywhere.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 06:14 PM

2. Well said. :-/ K&R - n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 06:38 PM

3. +1

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 06:40 PM

4. Certainly the man from Bain Capital who invested in Chinese slave labor camps

would have a sterling record at promoting democracy and workers' rights in Latin America.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:52 AM

6. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty certain that some of R-moneys FP aides

were people in the Reagan administration who helped coordinate Iran-Contra.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:06 PM

5. And if our leaders had real guts and sense we would be building bridges with Latin America now.

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