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Originally posted by InSpiteOf
So, how did forming The Golden Triangle, whose primary customer was US GI's, help keep the balance of power in America's favor?
How does supporting the Afghan opium trade help keep the balance of power in America's favor?
How does supporting groups like UNITA in Angola and RENAMO in Mozambique help America?
Originally posted by birchtree
4. I would love to talk with you on Iran, Chile, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan. You are talking vague about a huge expanse of time where we could go back and blame the Romans and Parthians, The Europeans after WWI-WWII or the Turks but don’t try to put all the current partitioning that caused the current situations all on the CIA. What are you talking about?
The Shah-The Royal Family- Baathists-Mubarrak-Mushariff-Osama-Sadat, I mean you are bringing up countries that have been involved in such a vast amounts of chaos that has led to today' s current events; It really is a ripple in the pond. I mean you might have to blame Catholicism from 1095 and Pope Urban the II. You need to narrow it down for me.
FAR worse leaders have been installed or supported by the CIA. Iran, Chile, Saudi arabia. egypt, pakistan..
pressure should be placed on the Allende government to prevent its consolidation and limit its ability to implement policies contrary to U.S. and hemispheric interests, such as Allende's total nationalization of several foreign corporations and the copper industry -Henry Kissinger
In 1971 Chile's newly elected Socialist president, Salvador Allende, confiscated the Chuquicamata mine from Anaconda. Anaconda lost two-thirds of its copper production. Two years later, a compensation of $250,000,000 was paid to Anaconda by the Chilean government.
S. Arabia to host Israel boycott event
Despite a promise made to Washington last November to drop its economic boycott of Israel, Saudi Arabia plans to host a major international conference next week aimed at promoting a continued trade embargo on the Jewish state, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
(Cairo, March 26, 2007) – Proposed constitutional amendments approved by the Egyptian parliament on March 21 effectively remove basic protections against violations of Egyptians’ rights to privacy, individual freedom, security of person and home and due process, Human Rights Watch said today..
Activists were protesting proposed changes to article 179 of the constitution that would have the effect of removing constitutional safeguards requiring the government to obtain judicial warrants before searching a citizen’s home, correspondence, telephone calls, and other communications, when the government deems activity being investigated is terrorist-related. In such cases the president would also be allowed to send cases to special “exceptional” courts or military tribunals, whose decisions may not be appealed, instead of the regular courts, thereby jeopardizing individuals’ fair trial rights. The amendments would also mean security forces would be authorized to exercise powers of arrest that could lead to arbitrary, and potentially indefinite, detentions.
Foreign companies currently operating in Pakistan include: Union Texas Pakistan (produces around 30 percent of oil and 10 percent of natural gas); British Gas; Lasmo; OMV; Gaz de France; Shell; Unocal.
Pipelines leading from the oil and gas deposits in Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, across Afghanistan, to Pakistan, and, eventually, to the enormous Indian market could provide Pakistan with a much-needed injection of cash in transport fees.
Originally posted by bobafett
I agree with those people who take the view that IF the USA is to be held up as a beacon, a blueprint for other nations, then the USA needs to be clean as a whistle, or no-one will take them seriously. If we tell people that using proxy soldiers, or using torture is bad, then we need to make sure we follow those rules too. If we tell people that democracy/democratic republicism is the best, least corrupt way, then we need to demonstrate that. The outcry in recent years over elections doesn't help this.
The way the CIA operates seems counter to this ideal many times. They constantly seem to stoop to the 'bad guys' level, and do the exact kind of things we are telling other countries are bad.
Please don't take me as anti-american, or an appeaser of venezula/other corrupt regimes. I am in the UK, and although our MI6 seems to get 'caught out' less, I'm sure the way they operate is just as bad most of the time, and we need to address that too.
Chavez urges reform for Venezuela
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has urged voters to approve constitutional changes in a referendum on Sunday.
Addressing tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in Caracas, he also threatened to stop oil supplies to the US if it tried to disrupt the vote.
Originally posted by US Monitor
reply to post by welivefortheson
I love how Chavez is now not allowing election officials to oversee the vote on Sunday and has vowed to cut off oil to the US if we question the results.
About 100 electoral observers from 39 countries in Latin America, Europe and the United States will be on hand, plus hundreds of Venezuelan observers, according to the National Electoral Council.