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Sunday, April 30, 2006
  Coup Season
Uh oh.

Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia have signed a historic trade agreement, in order to counteract what the United States' attempt to "annex" Latin America through the FTAA.

The deal, whose Spanish acronym- ALBA- means 'dawn', is definitely spicy. Said one [American] Political Analyst: ""According to any reasonable definition of the term, this is not a trade agreement. It's an attempt to pose a real counterweight to the U.S. role and agenda in Latin America."

And good for them, I say. But I'm worried. Latin American leaders who run contrary to the USA's agenda often find themselves the victims of unfortunate accidents. Like bombings, assasinations, CIA-backed coups and violent proxy wars. Castro himself has survived a few of these little love-taps from the US. I have seriously mixed feelings about Castro and Chavez, and Bolivian President Evo Morales has said some fairly inflammatory things since his election in January. Still, these guys are providing a real, if flawed, alternative to American-led free trade. I just hope they don't get offed for it.
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