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Absolutely vile! While reading that Ecuador's Lenn Moreno followed Macri's move 3 days later,

it struck me that it sounded coordinated from Trump's administration. The last paragraph, which states Ivanka Trump met the coup leader, fascist creepoid Luis "Macho" Camacho, (sounds like a wrestling cretin) two months earlier absolutely nailed it, of course.


Here's a thread posted in 2007 about George W Bush and Donald Rumsfeld and their slick move to go behind the back of Bolivia's sitting President to his Air Force Generals and spirit away Bolivia's missiles once it was determined Evo Morales was going to win the election by a landslide after polls indicated he was far ahead of the right-wing candidate. Even before the beginning of Morales' presidency they were screwing him over:

How many DU'ers recall that Bush's Defense Department got to Bolivia's military
before Evo Morales could be sworn in, and refuse their sneaky removal of Bolivia's own missiles? Here's a report some of us discussed in 2006:

The Miami Herald
Jan. 19, 2006
Probe of destroyed missiles vowed

President-elect Evo Morales vowed to open a probe into the destruction of 28 of Bolivia's missiles by the United States and Bolivian Army officials.

Associated Press

LA PAZ, Bolivia - President-elect Evo Morales vowed on Wednesday to launch a thorough investigation into allegations that top military officials worked in tandem with the United States to destroy 28 Chinese shoulder-launched missiles owned by the Bolivian Army.

The decision to send the missiles to the United States for destruction last year prompted caretaker President Eduardo Rodríguez to fire Army chief Gen. Marcelo Antezana on Tuesday, and led to the resignation of Defense Minister Gonzalo Méndez.

It also came at a sensitive time for the United States, which is trying to improve strained relations with the leftist Morales, an open critic of American policies.

Morales said the investigation would be ''profound'' and that any evidence of wrongdoing would be met with ``drastic punishment.''

A State Department spokesman has said Bolivia requested U.S. help in removing the deteriorating Chinese-made surface-to-air missiles.

Antezana appeared on Bolivian television, saying Rodríguez made a ''bad interpretation'' of his role in the October destruction of the missiles, which led to accusations of treason by Morales, who was then campaigning for the presidency.

At the time, Morales revealed the destruction of the weapons and said the move left Bolivia with virtually no air defenses.


One more article at:

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Thank you, so much, peppertree, for finding this information. Very few US Americans will know about it, and right-wingers would approve of it, even though it's filthy meddling in the affairs of a sovereign nation.

So, so glad to find out this happened.

UN Report Calls for Reparations for Victims of Systemic Racist Police Violence

July 6, 2021

The UN high commissioner for human rights grounded her analysis in the long-overdue need to confront the legacies of enslavement, Marjorie Cohn reports.

By Marjorie Cohn

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on June 28 released a stunning 23-page report accompanied by a 95-page conference room paper for the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) documenting systemic racism and human rights violations by police forces against Africans and people of African descent throughout the world. The report considered more than 340 interviews and more than 100 written submissions from civil society organizations.

Bachelet grounded her analysis in “the long-overdue need to confront the legacies of enslavement, the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans and colonialism and to seek reparatory justice.” She took aim at “misconceptions that the abolition of slavery, the end of the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans and colonialism” and subsequent reforms have eliminated “the racially discriminatory structures built by those practices and created equal societies.”

The report finds:

“The dehumanization of people of African descent — a practice rooted in false social constructions of race created to justify enslavement, pervasive racial stereotypes and widely accepted harmful practices and traditions — has sustained and cultivated a tolerance for racial discrimination, inequality and violence, which continues to have a disproportionate impact on the enjoyment of their human rights.”

“Systemic racism needs a systemic response,” Bachelet wrote. “States should adopt a systemic approach to combating racial discrimination through the adoption and monitoring of whole-of-government and whole-of-society responses.” They should be designed “to dismantle systemic racism.”


Bolivia Arrests Two Ex-Army Generals Linked to the 2019 Coup

Published 4 July 2021

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Bolivia's Interior Minister Eduardo del Castillo Saturday confirmed the arrest of former Air Force Commander General Jorge G. Terceros and former Navy Commander Gonzalo Jarjuri for their alleged involvement in the 2019 coup.

The Prosecutor's Office issued search and arrest warrants against both officers, who were arrested at their houses in the Santa Cruz department.

Local media reported that they did not show resistance to comply with the Attorney General's Office's orders.

The ex-top officers were taken to the Special Forces to Fight against Crime (FELCC) headquarters, where they will stay until a hearing decides precautionary measures.



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Bolivia: two former commanders arrested for their role in the coup against Evo Morales

The News 24
Post published:July 5, 2021

The former commanders of the Bolivian Air Force and Navy were arrested for their alleged involvement in the government coup that forced former President Evo Morales to leave his post in November 2019. He is General Jorge Gonzalo Terceros Lara and the admiral Gonzalo Jarjuri Rada, who arrived in the early hours of Sunday at the airport in the city of El Alto to be transferred to the Special Force to Fight Crime (Felcc). The order was issued by the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) and executed by Bolivian police officers. With these two arrests there are already five high-ranking soldiers apprehended in the framework of the investigation into the “coup d’etat case”. The former Bolivian president had already sown doubts about the “dubious” behavior of the armed forces in 2019.

According to the Fides News agency, the former commander Terceros decided to testify this Sunday before the commission of prosecutors that is handling the case, while Jarjuri took advantage of the right to remain silent. After the declarations stage, both soldiers were transferred to the cells of the Felcc, where they will remain until the hearing of precautionary measures.

Bolivian Government Minister Eduardo del Castillo confirmed the arrests and promised to give more details in the coming days. For his part, César Terceros, brother of the former commander of the Air Force apprehended, said that judicial authorities appeared at his home in the city of Santa Cruz with an arrest warrant. “Four prosecutors arrived and told him that he was apprehended and prepare himself because they were going to transfer him to La Paz immediately.”, reported.

Third parties and seven other former military and police chiefs are implicated in the coup case initiated by the complaint of the former deputy of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), Lidia Patty, who also denounced the civic leader of the rich region of Santa Cruz, the right-wing Luis Fernando Camacho, who was the protagonist of the coup when he entered the Palacio del Quemado with a Bible in his hands in November 2019.


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Camacho's violent fascist racist anti-indigenous storm troopers

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'Satan, be gone!': Bolivian Christians claim credit for ousting Evo Morales

Tom Phillips in El Alto
Mon 27 Jan 2020 05.00 EST

The fast-growing religious right – both Catholic and Protestant – see the president’s exit as a first step in transforming the country, leaving many indigenous Bolivians horrified

Tom Phillips
Tom Phillips in El Alto
Mon 27 Jan 2020 05.00 EST

Some blame the defenestration of Evo Morales on a racist, rightwing coup. Others credit a popular revolt against a leader who had overstayed his welcome.

Luis Aruquipa Carlo, a hardline pastor from the de facto capital, La Paz, has other ideas.

“The glory is God’s,” proclaimed the evangelical leader who heads a conservative coalition of Bolivian churches called the National Christian Council.


Thank goodness you've shared this information, or we probably wouldn't have heard for years!

The article posted in the tweet you posted contains the missing facts we've needed all this time we've been getting either nothing at all, or the astonishingly disrespectful disinformation they've been putting out so many years to keep the citizenry completely unaware of what the tax dollars are really financing without our knowlege against ALL leftist leaders.

The article is one to keep for future reference. Near the beginning this part was included which I read well over a decade ago, and it's so good it has been written to keep it in public as often as humanly possible, concerning what has been considered a very benign and helpful US organization:

“A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA,” said Allen Weinstein, cofounder of the National Endowment for Democracy, an organization that funds pro-American groups worldwide.

So glad to see this pathetic episode was also mentioned:

Earlier in the year, the U.S. was similarly caught with its hand in the cookie jar, after two former Green Berets led an amphibious invasion on Venezuela with the goal of shooting their way to the presidential palace and installing Guaidó as dictator. The attempt failed spectacularly, and few of the heavily armed fighters managed to even make it to land, the event quickly being dubbed Donald Trump’s “Bay of Piglets.” Trying to defend themselves, the American mercenaries implicated a number of key figures, including Trump himself, as well as former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince. The coup plotters even claim they met at the Trump Doral resort in Miami. Then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put out a half-hearted denial, claiming only that “there was no U.S. government direct involvement” in the botched coup attempt.

It's tremendous seeing someone courageous has published this illumination of some of Trump's attempted South American foreign policy, done in the sneakiest, most underhanded way.

Thank you, so much for your post. ⭐️

In Rio de Janeiro, Indigenous people fight to undo centuries of erasure

Rio de Janeiro is home to Brazil’s fourth-largest Indigenous population in an urban area, but the presence and history of native people in the city has been relentlessly “erased” since colonization. Now, the Indigenous people are fighting to reclaim their heritage and their place in the city.

Mongabay Series: Amazon Conservation, Indigenous people in Brazilian cities, Indigenous Peoples and Conservation

  • Rio de Janeiro holds a special place in Brazil’s history, but many of its residents are unaware of the city’s Indigenous — from the names of iconic places like Ipanema and Maracanã, to the Indigenous slave labor that built some of its most recognizabheritagele structures.

  • Nearly 7,000 Indigenous people live in Rio, the fourth-biggest population among Brazilian cities; a unique interactive map by Mongabay shows how they’re spread across the city, as well as their living conditions and ethnic groups.

  • Despite their presence, and Rio’s famed diversity and laidback culture, Indigenous people in the city continue to face prejudice and a “silencing” of their traditions and culture that they attribute to centuries of efforts to erase them and make them invisible.

  • But Indigenous people are pushing back, agitating to get their rights on the political agenda, and working through academia to unearth the Indigenous history of the city that has long been hidden.

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Maracanã, Ipanema, the Lapa Arches, the Church of Our Lady of Glory of Outeiro … Millions of the visitors who flock to Brazil’s most famous city every year will be familiar with these places and with local expressions like carioca, the word for a native of Rio de Janeiro. But what most visitors, and even cariocas, don’t know is that all these places (and the word carioca) have an Indigenous root — whether through the slave labor that built them or from the Indigenous lands that they displaced.

    “Many people pass by Arcos da Lapa [the Lapa Arches] but they don’t imagine that that monument that is now a heritage, a symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro, was built by Indigenous slave labor,” says historian Ana Paula da Silva, who has a Ph.D. in social memory and is a researcher at the Program of Studies of Indigenous Peoples (Pro Índio) at Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ).

    The arches, in the bohemian Lapa neighborhood of old Rio, were built in the 17th and 18th centuries to support the Carioca aqueduct bringing water to the city center from the Carioca River. Today, Lapa is the beating heart of the city’s nightlife, and instead of water the aqueduct ferries a popular cable car to the uphill neighborhood of Santa Teresa — leaving those who toiled and died to build it largely forgotten, da Silva says.

    “Today we don’t have that memory, [or that] history in books, in the media, nobody tells this story,” she says. “There isn’t [even] any sign saying that [in the monument].”

    Image by Halley Pacheco de Oliveira via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).

    Lagoa do Boqueirão and Aqueduto da Carioca, by Leandro Joaquim (attributed). Image courtesy of Fundação Biblioteca Nacional.

  • Victims organization demand closure of ex-Colonia Dignidad tourist site

    by Javiera León Badaracco
    27 June, 2021

    Families of political prisoners that lost their lives at Colonia Dignidad demand the closure of the facility in respect of the victims’ dignity. Led by German immigrants, Colonia Dignidad was an infamous torture center during the Pinochet dictatorship. Rebranded in 2005, it now functions as a tourist site that sells Bavarian clichés.

    Victims’ organizations from Talca, Parral, Santiago, Concepción, Chillán, Valparaíso, Valdivia and Osorno, along with NGO Codepu and the Casa Memoria José Domingo Cañas foundation are demanding the Chilean and German governments shut down the Villa Baviera tourist site and turn it into a memorial.

    Villa Baviera is the predecessor of Colonia Dignidad, which was a concentration camp and sect run by German immigrants and religious fundamentalists in southern Chile. Members had to obey Paul Schäfer, a pedophile who was well-connected to the dictatorship. In underground cells at the camp, political prisoners were tortured and killed.

    The organizations received information only on Thursday that in 2019 already some experts presented proposals to Germany and Chile about how to turn Villa Baviera into a memorial site and commemorate the victims, Radio Cooperativa reported on Saturday.


    Peruvian coup plot against Pedro Castillo foiled after recording of former intelligence chief leaked

    SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2021

    FEARS of a coup against Peru’s Pedro Castillo have intensified after the discovery of an alleged bribery plot by a leading supporter of his rival Keiko Fujimori aimed at preventing him from becoming president.

    Plans to block the self-declared Marxist-Leninist from leading the Andean nation are alleged to be spearheaded by brutal former intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos.

    He led the violence and oppression that marked the regime of Ms Fujimori’s father Alberto, who ruled between 1990 and 2000.

    Mr Montesinos is serving a 25-year prison sentence for crimes committed during his time as chief of the National Intelligence Service, including bribing elected congressmen into leaving the opposition and joining the pro-Fujimori grouping.


    Australian judge says woman can be extradited to Chile

    PUBLISHED: 20:26 EDT, 23 June 2021 | UPDATED: 20:42 EDT, 23 June 2021

    SYDNEY (AP) - An Australian judge on Thursday dismissed a woman´s appeal against extradition to Chile, where she is wanted on kidnapping charges dating to Augusto Pinochet´s military dictatorship in the 1970s.

    Adriana Rivas had appealed against a Sydney magistrate´s decision in October that she could be extradited on allegations that she kidnapped seven people in 1976 and 1977, including Communist Party leader Victor Diaz.

    She was an assistant to Manuel Contreras, the head of the DINA secret police during Pinochet´s dictatorship. Rivas, 68, denies ever meeting the alleged victims, who have never been found.

    Federal Court Justice Wendy Abraham in Sydney ruled that Rivas could be extradited on the seven charges of aggravated kidnap. She can appeal the judgment before a full bench of the Federal Court.

    . . .

    In 2014, Rivas told Australia´s Special Broadcasting Service that she was innocent of the charges, but defended the use of torture in Chile at the time as necessary.

    "They had to break the people - it has happened all over the world, not only in Chile," she said.

    . . .

    FILE - In this April 2, 2019, file photo, members of the Chilean Australian community from the
    National Campaign for Truth and Justice in Chile are seen outside the Central Local Court in
    Sydney, Australia. An Australian judge, Thursday, June 24, 2021, has dismissed a woman's
    appeal against extradition to Chile where she is wanted on kidnapping charges dating to Augusto
    Pinochet's military dictatorship in the 1970s. (Dean Lewins/AAPImage via AP, File)


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    Rivas with her boss, deadly Manuel Contreras, head of Chilean secret police

    Adriana Rivas: Aide of Pinochet-era spy chief held in Australia
    Published20 February 2019

    Australian police have arrested a Chilean woman living in Sydney over her alleged involvement in a kidnapping during the military rule of Gen Augusto Pinochet in the South American country.

    Adriana Rivas worked as a secretary for the infamous chief of Chile's secret police force, Manuel Contreras.

    Contreras died in 2015 while serving a sentence of more than 500 years for human rights abuses.

    Some 3,000 Pinochet opponents were killed during the 1970s and 1980s.

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    'Best days of my life'
    Ms Rivas, who is now 66, worked for Manuel Contreras from 1973 to 1976 at the National Intelligence Directorate (Dina), the secret police force founded by Gen Pinochet to hunt down his political opponents.

    More than 40,000 people were politically persecuted during the Pinochet era, which lasted from 1973 to 1990.

    The National Intelligence Directorate was at the centre of Gen Pinochet's campaign to silence opposition to his rule after he seized power in a military coup in September 1973.

    Its agents abducted, tortured, killed and "disappeared" thousands of people before the agency was replaced by the equally brutal CNI, an army intelligence battalion.

    In a 2013 interview with Australian broadcaster SBS, Ms Rivas described her years at the Dina, as "the best of my life".

    . . .

    While Ms Rivas has denied taking part in any torture sessions, witnesses alleged in interviews given to documentary filmmaker Lissette Orozco that she was one of Dina's "most brutal torturers" who allegedly played a key role in the elite Lautaro Brigade, which was tasked with killing the leadership of Chile's underground Communist Party.


    Why Won't Biden Call Duque?

    An American Ally is Given the Cold Shoulder

    Blog Post by Elliott Abrams

    June 22, 2021 11:55 am (EST)

    U.S. support for Colombia goes back decades and has been bipartisan. The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a bipartisan group supporting foreign economic and development assistance, described “Plan Colombia” as “A Development Success Story:”

    Colombia is one of the strongest examples of the transformative effect of American engagement. U.S. security and economic assistance has helped the nation move from a cartel-ridden fragile state to a strategic ally and economic partner.

    Plan Colombia began in 2000 and was followed by “Peace Colombia” in the Obama administration. Colombia has been the top recipient of U.S. assistance in Latin America.

    The State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement says this about Colombia:

    Colombia is the world’s largest producer of cocaine and was the source of approximately 89 percent of the cocaine seized and subjected to laboratory analysis in the United States in 2019. After dramatic increases from 2012 to 2017 led to record high levels, coca cultivation and pure potential cocaine production stabilized in 2018 and 2019…. Colombia and the United States have collaborated effectively to confront transnational crime for nearly two decades. The United States has made a sustained investment in Colombian peace and security, representing one of the top foreign policy successes of the past half century…. With robust enabling support from INL, the Colombian government reported destroying more than 130,000 hectares of coca through forced eradication in 2020, a more than 37 percent increase over the 2019 forced eradication results and the most total eradication since 2012. Also in 2020, Colombian police and military forces seized or assisted in the seizure of a record 579.9 metric tons of cocaine HCl and cocaine base.

    All these facts are worth recalling today in a remarkable context: now five months in office, President Biden continues to refuse to speak to Colombia’s President Ivan Duque.


    "CFR" is "Council on Foreign Relations"

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    Elliot Abrams

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    ‘Someone is not being honest’: Elliott Abrams, Trump’s Venezuela envoy, trailed by mistrust

    A demonstrator sits behind Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special representative for Venezuela, as he testifies during the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on Venezuela on Wednesday. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)
    Isaac Stanley-Becker
    Feb. 14, 2019 at 6:02 a.m. CST

    The diplomat came before Congress and was told that he could not be trusted.

    “I have to say to you, and I’m sorry to say this, that as one who feels very strongly that we must begin from this point forward to rebuild a bipartisan foreign policy,” his questioner said, “that I’m afraid there’s too much in the record at this point for you to be able to effectively play that role.”

    The diplomat, Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams, answered, “I’m sorry you feel that way.”

    The exchange occurred in 1987 during congressional hearings on the Iran-contra affair, as lawmakers probed secret efforts by the Reagan administration to aid the Nicaraguan rebels. “Someone is not being honest with us,” Abrams was warned.
    The dialogue was replayed Wednesday — more than three decades later — in a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, when Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) told Abrams, who is now President Trump’s special envoy to Venezuela, that his word was no good.

    “I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful,” said Omar, a freshman Democrat who has been engulfed in controversy this week over her claim that members of Congress support Israel because they are beholden financially to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

    The confrontation with Omar proved the truism attributed to Mark Twain that “history doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.” The back-and-forth refocused a spotlight on controversies that have trailed Abrams, 71, during a half-century in public life. And it revealed the moral trade-offs involved in the hawkish role that he has advanced for the United States — a global posture that Trump once purported to reject but has increasingly embraced, including by maintaining that military intervention in Venezuela is “an option.”


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    Confirmed: Elliott Abrams’s Defense of Mass Murder Was Based on Lies
    The reporters who covered the El Mozote massacre were right all along.
    By Eric AltermanTwitterJANUARY 30, 2020

    From the moment he won the 1980 presidential election, Ronald Reagan began looking for somewhere to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union. Together with his advisers, he chose the Central American nation of El Salvador, where a civil war was raging between Marxist guerrillas and a military-led dictatorship.

    To remain in power, the junta relied on “death squads” to kill not only its opponents but anyone who might even think of supporting its opponents, including nuns, priests, and children. The government claimed the death squads were independent, but in truth, they were just regular government soldiers, often (but not always) out of uniform. In order to justify US involvement in the war, Reagan had to defend the junta in the media. “We are helping the forces that are supporting human rights in El Salvador,” Reagan lied in a 1981 news conference.

    Congress, at the time, was much closer to the concerns of the public than now, and war remained deeply unpopular. Many Americans were not only appalled by the junta’s willingness to murder US-based nuns and churchwomen; they also feared US involvement in another anti-guerrilla war in which the country had no clear national interest. The bumper sticker “El Salvador is Spanish for Vietnam” spoke for these Americans as few slogans manage to do.

    Although they had the country behind them, few Democrats were willing to risk taking the blame should El Salvador go communist, as Nicaragua appeared to be doing. To avoid responsibility, they devised a face-saving plan to demand that the Reagan administration undergo a process of “certification” to demonstrate that the Salvadorans were making progress in respecting human rights. In January 1982, just as the Reagan administration was preparing to make its very first certification, the White House found itself faced with reports of a massacre in the village of El Mozote, in the tiny, guerrilla-friendly canton of Morazan.

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    Mainstream reporters have rarely if ever sought to hold Abrams accountable for any of his actions. Both when then–Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wished to make Abrams his number two—until this was vetoed by Trump over Abrams’s past criticisms of the president—and more recently, when current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made him US special representative to Venezuela, where the United States is seeking to force the replacement the government of Nicholas Maduro—the reports almost always treat him as a sensible neoconservative Republican who represents the party’s pre-Trump center of gravity. When, early last year, Representative Ilhan Omar tentatively raised his awful human rights record at a hearing on the topic, Abrams, unsurprisingly, called Reagan’s policy in El Salvador “a fabulous achievement.” He enjoyed enthusiastic support from the likes of former undersecretary of state for political affairs and ambassador to NATO, now Harvard professor, Nicholas Burns and Washington Post columnist and CNN regular Max Boot, and few if any journalists made reference to his role as a cheerleader for genocide. (That Abrams is the son-in law of neocon godfather and longtime Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz and brother-in-law of his son and successor John Podhoretz is hardly irrelevant to his popularity in this self-seeking crowd.)


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    Public Serpent
    Iran-contra villain Elliot Abrams is back in action

    Elliot Abrams, war criminal. (Getty images)

    AUGUST 6, 2001

    . . .

    Calling George W. Bush and Jesse Helms ​“public servants” is like calling Iran-contra criminal Elliott Abrams an ​“outstanding diplomat” – which is precisely what White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer did when he announced Abrams’ appointment as senior director of the National Security Council’s Office for Democracy, Human Rights and International Operations. Fleischer conveyed Bush’s faith-based assertion that Abrams is ​“the best person to do the job,” which, happily for the appointee, does not require Senate confirmation.

    For those who don’t remember, Abrams was one of the most odious participants in a particularly shameful chapter of U.S. history.
    In the ​’80s, he was Ronald Reagan’s assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs and later the assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs. In that post, Abrams, in his own words, ​“supervised U.S. policy in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

    That policy included backing the contras – a surrogate army dedicated to overthrowing the democratically elected Sandinista government of Nicaragua. It also involved funding the military thugocracy of El Salvador and supervising its war against a popular leftist rebellion. In his role as public servant, Abrams found time to cover up the genocidal policies of the Guatemalan government and embrace the government of Honduras while it perpetrated serial human rights abuses through Battalion 3 – 16, a U.S.-trained ​“intelligence unit” turned death squad.

    Thick as thieves with Oliver North, Abrams helped evade congressional restrictions on aid to the contras. When Congress – spurred on by protests and embarrassing press disclosures – grew wary of the Central American wars, the Reaganites sought other avenues for funding them. Ever eager to serve, Abrams flew to London under the alias ​“Mr. Kenilworth” to solicit a $10 million contribution from the Sultan of Brunei.

    In the congressional investigations that followed disclosure of the Iran-contra conspiracies, Abrams was never held accountable for the human rights violations backed, hidden and funded by the Reagan administration. Instead Abrams was accused of withholding information from Congress, a Washington euphemism for bald-face lying. In 1991, he copped to two counts of withholding information from Congress (and was granted a Christmas Eve pardon a year later by President George Bush).


    (My bolding.)

    Biden Should Agree To Request From Rep. McGovern, To End US Sanctions Against Venezuela - OpEd

    June 18, 2021 CEPR

    Representative Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts and chair of the powerful House Rules Committee, released a letter on Monday calling for an end to “all secondary and sectoral sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the Trump Administration.”

    This refers to economic sanctions that killed tens of thousands of Venezuelans in just their first year (2017–18), and almost certainly tens of thousands more since then. McGovern’s letter cites estimates that more than 7 million people are “in need of humanitarian assistance,” and that poverty increased “from 48% in 2014 to 96% in 2019, with 80% in extreme poverty.”

    “There is no longer any way to hide the fact, which every economist knows, that the terrible suffering and death that Venezuela has experienced in recent years is overwhelmingly a result of economic collapse and deprivation caused by US sanctions,” said Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

    The International Monetary Fund estimates that Venezuela has lost more than 72 percent of its GDP per person since 2015. A collapse of this magnitude is practically unprecedented, even during some of the most destructive wars.

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