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They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America? Fidel Castro
Millions of people, mostly peasants, were killed by American proxy forces in Latin America during the Cold War. Counter-Intelligence IV: Necrophilous, Vimeo 2013
Our little region over here which never has bothered anybody. Henry Stimson
Fiscal policy constitutes a long-term shift of resources to the wealthy. The ‘staggering’ costs discussed by the federal auditors will be paid by the poor and the working class who have left out of the consumption binge that economists now blame for the clouds on the horizon, just as the taxpayer is called upon to bail out speculators hoping to profit from deregulation of the Savings and Loans institutions, and probably, before too long, the banks that reaped enormous profits by lending to the wealthy classes and neo-Nazi military rulers who took over much of Latin America with US backing from the early 1960s. Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy
The School of the Americas has been training over 60,000 officers from all over Latin America with one clear mission … ‘a huge plague of oppression across the continent [Chomsky] Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the Drug War Failure, 2002
Most of modern-day Chile, Bolivia and Peru united under Inca rule. Mankind: The Story of All of Us V, History 2012
In the Americas there are no iron tools or horses. No wheeled vehicles. Yet America’s people engineer great monuments. Mankind: The Story of All of Us VII: New World
1898 President McKinley orders US troops to invade Cuba; 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt orders the invasion of Honduras; 1912 President Taft orders the invasion of Nicaragua; 1914-1918 President Wilson invades Haiti, Cuba and Panama; 1924-26 President Coolidge invades Nicaragua and Honduras; 1954 Eisenhower approves the overthrow of the elected government of Guatemala; 1961 Kennedy approves the CIA invasion of Cuba; 1965 Johnson invades the Dominican Republic; 1973 Nixon approves the overthrow of the elected government of Chile; 1981 President Reagan approves the CIA secret war against Nicaragua; 1983 President Reagan orders the invasion of Granada. John Pilger, Nicaragua – A Nation’s Right to Survive, ITV 1983
By the 1970s most of Latin America was controlled by dictators, including those like Pinochet who were openly fascist. All of them were backed directly and indirectly by United States. John Pilger, War on Democracy, 2007
I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn’t study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people. Dan Quayle
South America: Soldiers who tortured and killed thousands did so with the blessing of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. Satanic Vatican
Some journalists claimed he’d fled to South America. According to some reports the Führer and Eva Braun went into hiding in Argentina, protected by loyal Nazis. Another more far-fetched theory claimed that he went even further south in a U-boat. Hunting Hitler, History 2015
Stalin’s reply was remarkable – he thought Hitler was still alive and living in Spain or Argentina. The British and US governments couldn’t confirm Hitler’s death either. ibid.
Many German U-boats sailed to the coast of South America and surrendered. ibid.
I am astonished each time I come to the US by the ignorance of a high percentage of the population, which knows almost nothing about Latin America or about the world. It’s quite blind and deaf to anything that may happen outside the frontiers of the US. Eduardo Galeano
A revolution is coming – a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough – but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability. Robert Kennedy, report to Senate of trip to South America 1966
Ordinary English labourers who simply wanted to earn a little land for themselves by the sweat of their brows ... This tale of two Americas ... I’m asking why the property-owning democracy developed in the north and not in the south. Niall Ferguson, Civilisation: Is the West History? III Property, Channel 4 2012
It was a new world. But it was to be the West’s world. ibid.
Real estate plus representation: this is the American dream. ibid.
The Spanish had got there first. ibid.
This is Machu Picchu: the legendary Lost City of the Incas. Well not so much lost, just never found by the Spaniards ... Machu Picchu is an extraordinary, mysterious place. It’s a sobering reminder that no civilisation is immortal no matter how powerful and mighty it may seem to itself. ibid.
Hundreds of lavishly decorated churches were built. ibid.
It’s the story of a South American general who also overthrew an Empire – Spain’s – but failed to create a United States of South America ... Venezuela’s favourite son – Simon Bolivar. ibid.
Why did capitalism and democracy do so badly in South America? ibid.
Liberation from Spain wasn’t quite the same as freedom in a North American sense. ibid.
Why did the new world need the ancient institution of slavery so badly? The answer had everything to do with manpower. ibid.
Historical records show that human sacrifice played a central role in Aztec culture. It is thought that they practised it on an unprecedented scale. Could the bodies at Zultepec have met the same fate? Or is there something even darker behind their demise? The Aztec Massacre, PBS 2008
The Spanish were the first Europeans in Mexico. They landed their ships on the Gold Coast in 1519 in search of new wealth. ibid.
The collapse of the Inca empire in the hands of the Spanish Conquistadors was a bloody affair. ibid.
In 1542 Orellana led an expedition deep into the heart of the Amazon. He was searching for El Dorado. The Kingdom of God Indians said lay in the heart of the jungle. For eight months he drifted through the rain forest. When he finally returned to Spain he brought with him spellbinding tales of an unknown civilisation. Horizon: The Secret of El Dorado, BBC 2002
Hidden beneath these trees Erickson had found a huge prehistoric settlement. And evidence that thousands of people had once gathered here for great ceremonies. These were the characteristics of civilisation. ibid.
At last it was clear just what the mysterious straight lines were: they were the remains of a vast network of raised roads and canals running between the settlements ... Finally it was clear to Erickson just what he was looking at: a society that had totally mastered its environment. ibid.
But if there really had been a great society here, what became of it? ibid.
Charcoal seems to hold the nutrients in the soil preventing them being washed away by the rains ... It sounds too good to be true but the Indians’ black earth could one day help to feed the world and help save the rain forest. ibid.
Lost in the mountains of Peru is the legendary city of gold, El Dorado. Built from the wealth of the Inca Empire it’s the treasure trove the Spanish never found. But does it really exist? Mystery Investigator: Olly Steeds: Lost City of Gold, Discovery 2010
If Machu Picchu a massive site can remain undiscovered until the dawn of the twentieth century, then why not a city of gold hidden somewhere in the Andes? ibid.
The doctrine that was taught was that if you wanted information, you used physical abuse, you use false imprisonment, you use threats to family members, you use virtually any method necessary to get what you want ... Torture and killing. Killing! Major Joseph Blair, Instructor at School of the Americas 1986-1889