By Grace Livingstone
Utilizing newly-declassified records, Grace Livingstone unearths the U.S. function within the darkest classes of Latin American background together with Pinochet's coup in Chile, the Contra struggle in Nicaragua and the loss of life squads in El Salvador. She exhibits how the U.S. management used the battle on Terror as a brand new pretext for intervention and the way it attempted to destabilize leftwing governments and thrust back the 'pink tide' washing around the Americas. America's yard additionally has chapters on medications, economic climate and tradition. It explains why U.S. drug coverage has brought on frequent environmental harm, but didn't decrease the availability of cocaine and appears on the U.S. monetary stake in Latin the USA and the innovations of the massive organisations. this present day Latin americans are not easy admire and an finish to the Washington Consensus. Will the White condo hear?
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The Labour Code gave urban workers and rural workers on large plantations (although not on medium-sized farms) the right to join unions. United Fruit, which owned half a million hectares, making it the largest landowner in Guatemala, threatened to leave the country when the Labour Code was promulgated, and when labourers on banana plantations started strikes for higher wages the company began to lobby US politicians in earnest, warning of a communist threat in Guatemala. Defence minister Jacobo Arbenz was elected President in 1950, promising to raise living standards by tackling the inequality and backwardness of the economy.
They quoted verbatim from military training materials written in the 1960s, as part of Project X, and from a notorious CIA manual KUBARK: Counterintelligence Interrogation, written in 1963 (see box below). * Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense, from Werner E. Michel, Assistant to Secretary of Defense, ‘Improper Material in Spanish-Language Intelligence Training Manuals’, 10 March 1992. 42 / THE ALLIANCE FOR PROGRESS CIA’s Handbook for Torturers The 1963 manual KUBARK: Counterintelligence Interrogation (KUBARK is the CIA’s codename for itself) deals at length with the psychological aspects of interrogation.
A generation of young Latin Americans now began to question whether change could come through peaceful democratic means. The Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro, described by New York Times reporter Herbert Matthews as ‘a powerful six-footer, olive-skinned with a straggly beard’, toured the island of Cuba in an opentop jeep greeting cheering crowds before making his triumphant entrance to Havana aboard a tank on 8 January 1959. His guerrilla army had defeated the hated dictator Fulgencio Batista. Matthews had met Castro in his guerrilla encampment in the mountains two years earlier: The personality of the man is overpowering.
America's Backyard: The United States and Latin America from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Terror by Grace Livingstone