Monday, May 31, 2010


James Carville has backed political candidates in Latin America identifying with Bill Clinton’s militaristic and free market approach to the region.

Carville is also a virtual kingmaker in Latin America, Mexico’s Ernesto Zedillo, Brazil’s Fernando Enrique Cardoso

Colombia, Carville has offered his consulting services to Juan Manuel Santos, a former Minister of Defense and member of the governing Social Party of National Unity or Party of the U. Santos is sullied as Minister of Defense, armed forces killed
civilians and passed off as rebels

Santos, a militarist, favored U.S. free trade agenda. Bill Clinton supported the Colombian elite to the hilt, Plan Colombia, $1.3 billion aid package which waived human rights conditions. out of office Bill met with Uribe personally.

Carville advised Honduran Manuel Zelaya but was not aware and would not have agreed with Zelaya’s post-election turn to the left

Argentina, Carville advised Peronist Daniel Scioli who is linked to Kirchner. Kirchner was a critic of neo-liberal economic. Scioli doesn’t fit

Carville also advised Domingo Cavallo. Cavallo, a supply-side economist commitment to free-market and huge profits to foreign investors. His first stint in charge of Argenine economy was 1991 to 1996. He linked the Argentine peso to the American dollar, which in the beginning eliminated inflation, encouraged foreign investment, and spurred middle-class to splurge on overseas spending. eventually made for exporters harder to sell, unemployment and deficits rose.

In his second stint, he froze bank deposits which lead to a huge devaluation and increased his country’s indebtedness and inflate commissions to banks in exchange for agreement to renegotiate bonds.

Panama, advised Ernesto Pérez Balladares, former CEO at Citibank. Strategy to sell off state industries and reduce labor laws. unions demanded an end to the privatization protests erupted, rubber bullets.

Ecuadoran President Jamil Mahuad, dollarizing currency. prompted Indians civil disobedience. In January, 2000, he was forced out.

Bolivian Gonzalo Sánchez de Losada “Goni.” In 2002 against Evo Morales. In Goni's prior term, pursuing partial privatization of state enterprises. After Goni’s win, he decides to ship gas through Chile, sparking riots. Goni crumbled, fled.

Carville's latest stint is as environmental gadfly of BP. Carville’s associates have had ties to BP. Stanley Greenberg, during Goni, BP was at the center of the gas transmission deal involving Chile.

In Colombia, energy loom large

BP is a key player in Colombia. It is thinking about commencing exploratory drilling in offshore Colombian oil blocs. Colombia needs to give BP the boot. Antanas Mockus, is no radical either but he would be the first Green Party president in the world.

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