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Trump Team Revives Monroe Doctrine: 'The current administration's “America First” policy is a directive for the U.S. to meddle in the destiny of Central and South America.'…
For almost two centuries, instructed by the Monroe Doctrine, the United States has intervened across Latin America to protect U.S. economic and political interests, including through military interventions and support for rightwing dictatorships. /1
“They (United States) support repressive governments,” Mark Weisbrot, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, based in Washington, D.C., “The closest U.S. allies are some of the most repressive governments in the region: Colombia, Honduras, and Guatemala. /2
The U.S. helps to legitimize repressive right-wing governments, and in some cases when they (coup d'etat) steal an election, like in Honduras, Haiti, and now Bolivia, they generally do whatever they can to support the status quo. /3
In 2014, the U.S. used courts to block Argentina’s leftwing government from paying the country’s debts with bonds, which were restructured as part of the IMF’s response to the country’s economic crisis in 2001. This decision was lifted once the rightwing government took power. /4
In 2018, El Salvador announced it would be severing ties with Taiwan, and moving closer to China. In retaliation U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who along with Senator Cory Gardner, sought to stop U.S. funding to El Salvador, and remove that country from the Alliance for Prosperity. /5
GOP Senator Marco Rubio also blocked $6 million in funding for Guatemala’s anti-corruption commission, due to alleged “Russian meddling.” The U.S. Embassy & Guatemalan Public Prosecutor’s office jointly investigated but were unable to find any evidence to support the claims. /6
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