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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wikileaks and Latin America

  Bolivia's vice-president, Alvaro Garcia Linera, has made his personal website a "mirror" site for Wikileaks. Garcia Linera is an old-fashioned Trotskyite and one of the powers behind the Evo Morales throne, and he harbors a visceral hatred of the United States and a web of mysterious motivations and relations. He says the reason he has put up the Wikileaks mirror site is to illustrate how interventionist the U.S. government is in the region.
  From my reading of the cables related to Bolivia, I see something else: an intense desire to build some sort of relationship with Evo; a growing importance of the role of Brazil in maintaining stability and peace in a very volatile region, and a high degree of restraint on the part of American diplomats.
  (Note: I also see a substantial change in the nature and substance of U.S. policy in the region since President Obama took office. The Bush years were clearly different.)
  For Facebook users, Garcia Linera's FB page is here.

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