Two examples on US imperialism in Latin America

Before Her Assassination, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Backing Honduran Coup

March 11, 2016

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is facing a new round of questions about her handling of the 2009 coup in Honduras that ousted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. Since the coup, Honduras has become one of the most violent places in the world. Last week, indigenous environmental activist Berta Cáceres was assassinated in her home. In an interview two years ago, Cáceres singled out Clinton for her role supporting the coup. «We’re coming out of a coup that we can’t put behind us. We can’t reverse it,» Cáceres said. «It just kept going. And after, there was the issue of the elections. The same Hillary Clinton, in her book, «Hard Choices,» practically said what was going to happen in Honduras. This demonstrates the meddling of North Americans in our country. The return of the president, Mel Zelaya, became a secondary issue. There were going to be elections in Honduras. And here she [Clinton] recognized that they didn’t permit Mel Zelaya’s return to the presidency.»

Read an interview here with

Greg Grandin
professor of Latin American history at New York University. His most recent book is titled Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman.

The Vulture: How Billionaire Rubio Backer Paul Singer Made Billions off Argentina Debt Crisis

March 11, 2016

Argentina has reached an agreement to pay U.S. hedge funds that have sought for 14 years to profit off the country’s debt. The hedge funds bought up Argentina’s debt for bargain prices after its financial crisis, then demanded full repayment. Former Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner had refused to pay the firms, calling them «vulture funds.» But under new right-wing President Mauricio Macri, Argentina has agreed to pay $4.65 billion to four hedge funds, including Elliott Management, run by billionaire Paul Singer. The deal would see the hedge funds take about 75 percent of what they demanded from Argentina—several times more than what they actually paid for the debt. Singer’s fund itself netted $2.4 billion—10 to 15 times its original investment.

Read an interview here with

Greg Palast
journalist and a Puffin Foundation fellow for investigative reporting. His recent article is called «Rubio’s Billionaire Wins Ransom from Argentina.» Palast is currently working on a film on Paul Singer. He’s also the author of several books, including Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps.

Both interviews from: democracynow.org

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