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‘Will they EVER leave Cuba alone? No.’ – exposure of recent USAID subversion attempts in Cuba from “The Anti-Empire Report #131” [Williamblum.org]

Posted in Costa Rica, Cuba, Peru, Torture, US Agency for International Development, US imperialism, USA, Venezuela on November 4, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By William Blum – Published August 11th, 2014

…The latest exposed plot to overthrow the Cuban government … Oh, pardon me, I mean the latest exposed plot to bring democracy to Cuba …

Our dear friends at the Agency For International Development (USAID), having done so well with their covert sub-contractor Alan Gross, now in his fifth year in Cuban custody … and their “Cuban Twitter” project, known as ZunZuneo, exposed in 2012, aimed at increasing the flow of information amongst the supposedly information-starved Cubans, which drew in subscribers unaware that the service was paid for by the US government … and now, the latest exposure, a project which sent about a dozen Venezuelan, Costa Rican and Peruvian young people to Cuba in hopes of stirring up a rebellion; the travelers worked clandestinely, using the cover of health and civic programs, or posing as tourists, going around the island, on a mission to “identify potential social-change actors” to turn into political activists. Can you believe that? Can you believe the magnitude of naiveté? Was it a conviction that American exceptionalism would somehow work its magic? Do they think the Cuban people are a bunch of children just waiting for a wise adult to come along and show them what to think and how to behave?

One of these latest USAID contracts was signed only days after Gross was detained, thus indicating little concern for the safety of their employees/agents. As part of the preparation of these individuals, USAID informed them: “Although there is never total certainty, trust that the authorities will not try to harm you physically, only frighten you. Remember that the Cuban government prefers to avoid negative media reports abroad, so a beaten foreigner is not convenient for them.” 5

It’s most ironic. The US government could not say as much about most of their allies, who frequently make use of physical abuse. Indeed, the statement could not be made in regard to almost any American police force. But it’s this Cuba that doesn’t beat or torture detainees that is the enemy to be reformed and punished without mercy … 55 years and counting…

Excerpted; full article link (with footnotes): http://williamblum.org/aer/read/131

Wikileaks Reveals U.S. Pressure to Undemocratically Force through FTA with Costa Rica [Prensa Latina]

Posted in Costa Rica, US imperialism, USA, Wikileaks on March 11, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

San Jose, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina)

The U.S. Embassy in San Jose put pressure to encourage the adoption of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the U.S. and Costa Rica, according to Wikileaks cables released today by the newspaper La Nación.

The FTA caused the rejection of many sectors of the Costa Rican population due to the asymmetries between the economies of both countries and also because it allowed the privatization of state sectors such as insurance and telecommunications.

Popular rejection forced the president to submit the issue to a referendum on October 7, 2007, in which the FTA was approved in a narrow margin.

As revealed by Wikileaks, "the United States is attributed [sic[ part of the Yes victory in the national referendum that approved the FTA."

After the consultation and during the complex legislative debate of the treaty’s implementation laws, Costa Rican President received a message of encouragement from the United States regarding the adoption of the legislation, said La Nación.

Wikileaks information proves U.S. interference, which was already evident at the time of discussion of the treaty, said Otton Solis, leader of the Citizens Action Party, one of the leading opponents to the FTA.

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US Drone to Honduras AA.FF. – “War on Drugs” pretext being used for increasing US militarization of Honduran coup regime [Inside Costa Rica]

Posted in "War on Drugs" pretext, Afghanistan, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA on January 12, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

December 28, 2010

TEGUCIGALPA – Honduras Air Force will fly drones similar to those the US has used at the war in Afghanistan which are fitted with cameras and landscape censors.

Soto Cano base (Palmerola), also home to 600 US soldiers, will fly the unmanned plane which The Herald claims will be used in anti-drug and natural disaster operations.

Last april, US Ambassador Hugo Llorens and President Profirio Lobo signed the “Merida Carcy” drug enforcement accord for which Washington transfered some four million USD to fund military training, border patrol and special AA.FF. special units, among other.

The program included two million USD for the new naval base in Gracias a Dios Department, on the border with Nicaragua.

Article link: http://www.insidecostarica.com/dailynews/2010/december/28/centralamerica10122802.htm

Arming Aid: Costa Rica, the US Military and the Ongoing “War” on Drugs [Upside Down World]

Posted in "War on Drugs" pretext, Connection to drugs and narcotics, Costa Rica, US imperialism, USA on August 22, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

…First, most of the [U.S.] ships that will dock and resupply in Costa Rica will not be on humanitarian missions.  They will likely be part of the 4th Naval Fleet, which President Bush reactivated in 2008 after 58 years of dormancy.  The fleet’s purpose is to project a US naval presence throughout the Caribbean and South American waters.  They will also likely be part of the militarization of the Drug War, which clearly correlates with increased violence against civilian populations.  Second, the “humanitarian mission” is literally a page straight out of the Pentagon’s counter-insurgency playbook, developed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and clearly documented in a recent counter-insurgency manual

August 17, 2010

by Jamie Way

The US will begin sending warships to Costa Rica as early as August 20 despite the fact that the Costa Rican Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging its constitutionality.  The court will hear the challenge to the Costa Rican legislative assembly’s decision to permit the US to move 46 warships (with the capacity to carry 7,000 troops and 200 helicopters) into Costa Rican territory.  While initially there were reports that the court’s agreement to do so would delay the arrival of US military personnel at least until they ruled, the US will begin to utilize the permission unabated.

After the Supreme Court agreed to hear the constitutionality challenge, there was some warranted confusion and differing interpretations of the Supreme Court’s jumbled declaration that, “This notice only affects pending judicial processes in which the application of the disputed is being challenged, and warns that the only thing that cannot be done under said process is to dictate sentence, or the act in which it has been applied to that in question in the sense that it has been.”

The US Embassy and the leader of Costa Rica’s Congress have conveniently interpreted “the act” to refer to the permission given (which has already occurred), rather than the arrival of ships.  This means, then, that the arrival of the ships will not be delayed by the Supreme Court’s agreement to hear the case, and will not be stopped unless it rules the permission unconstitutional.   Costa Rica’s United Social Christian Party has led the charge against the military presence, and says that each ship should be approved individually.  It insists that the current permission does not comply with Article 12 of the Costa Rican constitution, which states that military forces can only be formed for national defense or through continental agreement and must always be under civilian control.

Despite this challenge, the first US amphibious assault ship is scheduled to dock in Costa Rica on August 20 as part of Operation Continuing Promise 2010.  Although the permission was largely granted as way of receiving support for the so-called War on Drugs, this ship will be sent as a “humanitarian mission.”  Resembling a small aircraft carrier, the ship will transport 10 helicopters, two utility landing craft, and a crew of approximately 1,600 personnel.  According to one report, it will include 1,000 troops, 500 infantry marines, 150 doctors, 50 engineers and 100 volunteers.  The “humanitarian mission” will have the ship’s team performing surgeries, seeing patients, delivering supplies and apparently even giving out stuffed animals.  Unarmed marines will also be training Costa Rican police in emergency first response.

This US military presence has not only been challenged by multiple political parties, but has also generated a strong response at the grassroots level.  Due to Costa Rica’s pacifist tradition, (the country officially abolished its own military in 1949) many have not taken well to the idea of a foreign military presence.  Protests, concerts and a full on advertising campaign against US military presence have been launched by the grassroots.  President Laura Chinchilla even thought the controversy hot enough to come forth claiming that the country “will not permit the militarization of the drug war.”  She draws this fine line by claiming that, although the US will be allowed to send warships, they will be under police or coast guard control, rather than direct military control.

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Venezuelan President suspends trip to Cuba, fearing a Colombian military raid [Xinhua]

Posted in Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Hugo Chavez, Nicaragua, US imperialism, USA, Venezuela on July 26, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

July 26, 2010

CARACAS, July 25 (Xinhua) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez suspended on Sunday his trip to Cuba in fear of an imminent Colombian military raid to his country aided by the U.S. Forces.

During a massive meeting with his followers that was broadcast by state-run TV channel Venezolana de Television (VTV), Chavez said that if Venezuela is raided by Colombia his government will immediately stop the oil supply to the United States.

Chavez also announced to apply internal measure against the governors of the opposition to neutralize the support of anti- revolutionary sectors to the foreign forces. Chavez said these measures will also be applied to the media and civil organizations against his government.

“Let’s not be panic. We are threatened by the Yankee Empire,” Chavez said.  He also mentioned the U.S. bases established in Colombia and he added that the United States invent excuses to attack, invade, kidnap or kill the president of any country.

Chavez said that the United States invented the existence of massive destruction weapons in Iraq to invade it and that they also invaded Panama to kidnap the then President Manuel Antonio Noriega.

Chavez also said that the United States had deployed a naval fleet in case of an aggression against Venezuela to stop the reactions of Caribbean countries such as Cuba or Nicaragua.

Chavez also ordered Vice President Elias Jaua to investigate against Tachira’s governor Cesar Perez who has given declarations supporting Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

Chavez also said that he will watch over Zulia’s governor Pablo Perez who according to him has contact with the Colombian violent groups and added that states is an open flank for the empire to use it.

Chavez said that “the armed conflict is boosted by the Yankee empire, since long ago at the border with Colombia.  It is nothing new that paramilitaries enter Venezuela to rob, kill and kidnap,” Chavez said.

Chavez had planed to travel to Cuba, as he had been invited by Cuban leader Raul Castro to attend Monday’s celebration of the 57th Anniversary of Moncada Quarter Assault.

US and Colombia plan to attack Venezuela – leaked U.S. memo reveals “execution phase” underway, U.S. armed forces in Costa Rica to “support military operations” against Venezuela [Globalresearch.ca]

Posted in Colombia, Costa Rica, Hugo Chavez, US imperialism, USA, Venezuela on July 26, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Eva Golinger

July 26, 2010

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denounced this Saturday US plans to attack his country and overthrow his government.  During a ceremony celebrating the 227th birthday of Independence hero Simon Bolivar, Chavez read from a secret memo he had been sent from an unnamed source inside the United States.

“Old friend, I haven’t seen you in years.  As I said to you in my three prior letters, the idea remains the generation of a conflict on your western border”, read Chavez from the secret missive.

“The latest events confirm all, or almost all, of what those here discussed as well as other information that I have obtained from above”, the letter continued.

“The preparation phase in the international community, with the help of Colombia, is in plain execution”, manifested the text, referring to last Thursday’s session in the Organization of American States (OAS), during which the Colombia government accused Venezuela of harboring “terrorists” and “terrorist training camps” and gave the Chavez government a “30-day ultimatum” to allow for international intervention.

The letter continued with more details, “I told you before that the events wouldn’t begin before the 26th, but for some reason they have moved forward several actions that were supposed to be executed afterward”.

“In the United States, the execution phase is accelerating, together with a contention force, as they call it, towards Costa Rica with the pretext of fighting drug trafficking”.

On July 1, the Costan Rican government authorized 46 US war ships and 7,000 marines into their maritime and land territory.

The true objective of this military mobilization, said the letter, is to “support military operations” against Venezuela.

ASSASSINATION AND OVERTHROW

“There is an agreement between Colombia and the US with two objectives: one is Mauricio and the other is the overthrow of the government”, revealed the document. President Chavez explained that “Mauricio” is a pseudynom used in these communications.

“The military operation is going to happen”, warned the text, “and those from the north will do it, but not directly in Caracas”.

“They will hunt ‘Mauricio’ down outside Caracas, this is very important, I repeat, this is very important”.

President Chavez revealed that he had received similar letters from the same source alerting him to dangerous threats.  He received one right before the capture of more than 100 Colombian paramilitaries in the outskirts of Caracas that were part of an assassination plan against the Venezuelan head of state, and another in 2002, just days before the coup d’etat that briefly outsted him from power.  “The letter warned of snipers and the coup”, explained Chavez, “and it was right, the information was true, but we were unable to act to prevent it”.

US MILITARY EXPANSION

This information comes on the heels of the decision last Thursday to break relations between Colombia and Venezuela, made by President Chavez after Colombia’s “show” in the OAS.

“Uribe is capable of anything”, warned Chavez, announcing that the country was on maximum altert and the borders were being reinforced.

Last October, Colombia and the US signed a military agreement permitting the US to occupy seven Colombian bases and to use all Colombian territory as needed to complete missions.  One of the bases in the agreement, Palanquero, was cited in May 2009 US Air Force documents as necessary to “conduct full spectrum military operations” in South America and combat the threat of “anti-US governments” in the region.

Palanquero was also signaled as critical to the Pentagon’s Global Mobility Strategy, as outlined in the February 2009 White Paper: Air Mobility Command Global En Route Strategy, “USSOUTHCOM has identified Palanquero, Colombia (German Olano Airfield SKPQ), as a cooperative security location (CSL). From this location nearly half of the continent can be covered by a C-17 without refueling”.

The 2010 Pentagon budget included a $46 million USD request to improve the installations at Palanquero, in order to support the Command Combatant’s “Theater Posture Strategy” and “provide for a unique opportunity for full spectrum operations in a critical sub region of our hemisphere where security and stability is under constant threat from narcotics funded terrorist insurgencies, anti-US governments, endemic poverty and recurring natural disasters”.

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Coast Guard dispatching ships and personnel to Costa Rica to threaten Nicaragua [Online Journal / Wayne Madsen Report]

Posted in BP oil spill, Connection to drugs and narcotics, Costa Rica, Honduras, Israel, Nicaragua, Obama, US imperialism, USA, Zelaya coup on July 17, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Jul 8, 2010, 00:20

(WMR) — After conducting its successful coup d’etat in Honduras against President Manuel Zelaya, the imperialistic Barack Obama administration is now bent on ousting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega by massing a huge U.S. Coast Guard and Marine Corps presence in neighboring Costa Rica, a base of operations for Reagan administration-backed CIA operations in the 1980s in support of the Nicaraguan contras.

Costa Rican government officials, including President Laura Chinchilla, Vice President Luis Lieberman Ginsburg, Security Minister Jose Maria Tijerino, counter-narcotics Commissioner Mauricio Boraschi, and the Costa Rican Congress agreed to Operation Joint Patrol, which will see 7,000 US Marines, 46 mainly U.S. Coast Guard vessels, and 200 helicopters and 10 combat aircraft descend on Costa Rica, which does not have a military force, from July 1 to December 31.

At a time when the Coast Guard vessels could be used to assist in the clean-up of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, they will be used in an operation widely believed to be targeting the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, which incurred the ire of Israel and its Zionist ally in San Jose, Costa Rica, Vice President Lieberman, by severing relations with the Tel Aviv regime over the Israeli attack on the Gaza aid flotilla.

The official reason for Operation Joint Patrol is to combat drug trafficking but few in the Costa Rican opposition and in Nicaragua believe that to be the sole reason.  The Joint Patrol operation is being likened to Plan Colombia, which has targeted the governments of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa from Colombian territory.  The Costa Rican opposition has denounced Chinchilla’s government for militarizing Costa Rica.

It is also believed by WMR’s sources in Costa Rica that Costa Rican Vice President Lieberman, a noted Zionist, has arranged for Israeli special forces to enter Costa Rica in order to participate in operations directed against the government of Nicaragua.

Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist.  He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report (subscription required).

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