Editor: I’m not sure that the conclusion Dangl draws is accurate; perhaps spying has allowed entrenchment of right-wing forces only provided with ‘left wing’ cover by the new ‘leftist’ Latin American leaders.
Is opposition to Washington a lot of bluster, for show? It seems particularly useful as a means of keeping right wing forces mobilized and ready, while major concessions for oil and gas to western corporations continue in Correa’s Ecuador and Morales’s Bolivia. RJ.
US Spying and Resistance in Latin America
What the Empire Didn’t Hear
by BENJAMIN DANGL
US imperialism spreads across Latin America through military bases and trade deals, corporate exploitation and debt. It also relies on a vast communications surveillance network, the recent uncovering of which laid bare Washington’s reach into the region’s streets and halls of power. Yet more than McDonald’s and bullets, an empire depends on fear, and fear of the empire is lacking these days in Latin America.
The controversy stirred up by Edward Snowden’s leaked documents reached the region on July 7th, when the first of a series of articles drawing from the leaks were published in the major Brazilian newspaper O Globo. The articles outlined how the US National Security Agency (NSA) had for years been spying on and indiscriminately collecting the emails and telephone records of millions of people in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Argentina, just as it had done in the US, Europe and elsewhere.
The rest of this article providing insight into an aspect of the geopolitical reality, which Snowden’s whistleblowing reveals, here.