Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Socialists Stop Spread of Success

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The United Nations and the Socialist International are waging war against Chile and its conservative president, Sebastián Piñera. Since mid-October, Chile’s capital, Santiago, and other cities across the country have been wracked by violent riots, with dozens of people killed, thousands injured (including hundreds of police and military personnel), thousands arrested, and an enormous amount of destruction of public infrastructure and private property, including train stations, businesses, shops, and supermarkets. The Piñera government declared a state of emergency and imposed curfews. President Piñera faces a National Congress that is stacked against him, as well as a hostile media, and leftist-controlled universities that serve as hotbeds for revolution.

The United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, has responded to the turmoil by sending a team of UN investigators to Chile to examine allegations of human rights abuse by the Chilean government. This move by the UN should have caused suspicion from the get-go. Why? Well, for one thing, Michelle Bachelet is herself a former president of Chile (two terms, 2006-2010 and 2014-2018) and a virulent opponent of President Piñera. That alone should lead any reasonable observer to suspect, at the very least, that her UN “investigation” is likely to be politically motivated. However, it goes much deeper than that. Bachelet, a hardcore Marxist, is an ardent admirer of the late communist dictator Fidel Castro, and, as one of her last acts as president of Chile, made a pilgrimage to Cuba to praise Fidel and meet with his designated successor and brother, Raúl Castro, the current communist dictator of Cuba. She is also a supporter of the Marxist regimes in Nicaragua and Venezuela. In the 1970s, Bachelet left Chile and moved to communist East Germany, then one of the most oppressive dictatorships in the Soviet bloc. Moreover, Bachelet is a longtime member of, and was elected president while the leader of, Chile’s ultra-left Socialist Party, which is a member of the Socialist International, the global cabal of more than 135 national political parties from all continents, including former communist parties that have rebranded themselves as socialist or social democrat.  The secretary-general of the Socialist International is Luis Ayala, a radical Chilean who is a close comrade of Bachelet in the Socialist Party. Bachelet was selected for the UN high commissioner post by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, a former president of the Socialist International. Although barely known in the United States (because it is seldom mentioned by our controlled “mainstream” media — and is even largely ignored by our alternative media), the Socialist International (SI) virtually runs the United Nations and many of its agencies, with Guterres being only the most obvious example of its influence.

Another SI/UN alum is former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, a former member of Chile’s Socialist Party and one of the Chileans often quoted in recent stories undermining President Piñera. He is also one of the few SI members named to the “Committee of Twelve Distinguished Members of the Socialist International.” In 2007, he was named as a UN special envoy on climate change, along with former SI vice president and UN functionary Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former prime minister of Norway. 

Bachelet, Guterres, Lagos, Brundtland, and other SI/UN comrades are welcomed as honored guests at the CFR and other globalist gatherings. Bachelet and Lagos are both members of the elite Club of Madrid, as well as Inter-American Dialogue, where both have served as co-chairs. 

The cause of Chile’s current “unrest,” according to the lords of the Fake News Media, was the government’s subway fare hike of 30 pesos, the equivalent of four U.S. cents. Anger over the fare increases, goes the standard line from media commentators, caused spontaneous, “student-led” flash mobs of hundreds of youths to jump the Metro turnstiles in protest, which then escalated to “youth-led” mobs setting buses and Metro stations on fire and looting stores, and then escalated still further and broadened into massive protests, supposedly motivated by “income inequality.”

This is the story we get from the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, CNN, PBS, and the rest of the Deep State media cartel. Most of these “news” reports take their cues on the issue from so-called experts at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Council of the Americas, Inter-American Dialogue, and similar globalist propaganda founts that posture as objective think tanks.

According to Amelia Cheatham, a “Special Assistant” at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), “The turmoil began on October 18 with student-led protests over a metro fare increase.” Her CFR blog post entitled “What’s Behind the Chile Protests?” states that “Political unrest is sweeping Chile, as impatience with inequality grows in what has been one of Latin America’s most prosperous and stable countries.”

President Piñera and other Latin American leaders paint a different picture. “We are at war against a powerful enemy, who is willing to use violence without any limits,” Piñera declared in a late-night televised statement on October 29. “We are very aware that [the perpetrators of riots] have a degree of organization, logistics, typical of a criminal organization,” he said. According to news reports from Chile, Cuban and Venezuelan nationals were arrested as instigators of the rioting. And Chile is not alone in this regard. On October 22, Argentina’s National Security Council met to consider the wave of violent protest that is sweeping across Latin America. Following the meeting, Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie pointed to Cuba and the Marxist dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela as the source of the orchestrated upheavals. “They intend to intervene in the political, institutional and social lives of our countries, threatening us like a Bolivarian hurricane that brings in its winds hunger, poverty, dictatorship, the loss of liberty and a prison sentence,” Faurie charged. “Bolivarian” refers to the political philosophy of Venezuela’s founding father, Simón Bolívar, which has been expropriated and hybridized by Hugo Chávez, Nicolás Maduro, and others of the communist-Left to advance their socialist agendas.

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This article appears in the December 9, 2019, issue of The New American. To download the issue and continue reading this story, or to subscribe, click here.

Argentina’s security minister, Patricia Bullrich, likewise condemned the tumults in Chile and Argentina as the work of foreign radicals, as did Argentine Senator Miguel Ángel Pichetto. Also, Ecuador’s interior minister, María Paula Romo, cited the arrest of 17 Venezuelan activists as part of the evidence indicating that the violence unfolding in Ecuador and Chile was following the plans of the latest São Paulo Forum (Foro de São Paulo, FSP), the “respectable” communist/terrorist organization founded by Fidel Castro and Nicaragua’s Sandinista regime. Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno claimed that Maduro is conspiring with former president Rafael Correa to coordinate a “coup” in Quito. He charges that Maduro and Correa have secretly injected “200 to 300” operatives disguised as Venezuelan migrants into Ecuador to organize dissent and overthrow his government. Similarly, Luis Almagro, the secretary-general of the Organization of American States, issued a statement on October 16, immediately prior to the violent Chilean outbreaks, declaring: “The recent currents of destabilization of the political systems of the hemisphere have their origins in the strategy of the Bolivarian and Cuban dictatorships, which seek to reposition themselves once again, not through a process of re-institutionalization and re-democratization, but through their old methodology of exporting polarization and bad practices, to essentially finance, support and promote political and social conflict.”

If you are unaware of these charges by high-level Latin American officials, don’t feel bad, you’re not alone. The U.S. media organizations have either completely censored out all of these statements, or dismissed them as political “scapegoatism.” Many news outlets, for instance, carried an October 31 story from the Washington Post entitled “Besieged South American leaders blame Venezuela’s Maduro for historic wave of unrest.” The article begins: “As the streets of South America convulse in the region’s worst bout of social unrest in years, a chorus of critics on the political right are decrying what they see as one inescapable link: The nefarious hand of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.” “But is Maduro really a Joker-like figure orchestrating increasingly violent protests from his lair in Caracas?” the WaPo piece continues, “Or is he just the perfect scapegoat to explain away the genuine anger now raging in multiple South American nations?” You already know the answer to the Post’s stacked rhetorical questions. According to the Post’s take on the matter, only right-wing nitwits would believe the comic-book-villain version of events that posits Maduro has a hand in the ongoing chaos. It mentions the fact that Maduro hosted the São Paulo Forum in Caracas in July, but discounts it as inconsequential, citing quotes from participants at the forum who denied the meeting had anything to do with the upheavals. By the same token, we suppose, the Post would simply accept as gospel a denial by Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán that his notorious Sinaloa Cartel has anything to do with the violence ripping through Mexico.

Over at Foreign Affairs, the flagship journal of the Council on Foreign Relations, Moises Naim of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Brian Winter, a vice president at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, co-authored an October 29 article reiterating the Maduro “scapegoat” thesis. Entitled “Why Latin America Was Primed to Explode,” it carries the subtitle, “Economic Malaise, More Than Foreign Meddling, Explains the Outpouring of Rage.”

“The rapid spread across social media of images of burning buildings and besieged riot police has inspired widespread talk of a conspiracy: specifically, that the protests throughout the hemisphere are being orchestrated from Venezuela and Cuba,” the duo write. They see “inequality and corruption” as the more likely causes, and go on to comment: “The focus on conspiracy theories, moreover, risks giving politicians and other elites a handy scapegoat.”

But what about video of Maduro gloating at the São Paulo Forum, telling his international audience that the chaos being experienced by his antagonists among the Latin American governments is going “exactly as we planned it”? Winter seems to be fuming mad that it may foil his scapegoat exculpation of Maduro and fuel “right-wing conspiracy theory.” In a tweet on October 21, Winter commented: “Amid Latin American turmoil, Maduro tells int’l audience: ‘We’re complying with the São Paulo Forum’s plan, it’s going exactly as we planned it,’ thus seeming to confirm every right-wing conspiracy theory of last few years, damn it, get ready to see this video 5000 times.”

In a follow-up tweet, Winter further explained: “‘Damn it’ because factors behind unrest go MUCH deeper than any stupid dictator, but it’s 2019 and social media video is king so buckle up.”

But is the Havana-Caracas-São Paulo Forum connection to the current tsunami of turmoil in Latin America all just “right-wing conspiracy theory”? Plenty of experts don’t think so, and a clear-eyed review of evidence from similar violent waves in the past would show that there is indeed good reason to believe there are strategically placed foreign communist elements — working together with domestic communists — that are fomenting the chaos and destruction. In a recent video interview with The New American’s Christian Gomez, Dr. Carlos Casanova, a Venezuelan lawyer and professor of philosophy of law at the Universidad Santo Tomás and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, detailed the extensive evidence showing that the Chilean riots, far from being “spontaneous” expressions of popular outrage, are instead very carefully planned upheavals coordinated by Chilean communists and their Cuban and Venezuelan counterparts. In the interview, entitled “Communist War on Chile,” Dr. Casanova, who previously was a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame in the United States, particularly pointed to Michelle Bachelet and Fernando Atria, a professor of law at the University of Chile, as key operatives in the Chilean mayhem. Like Bachelet, Professor Atria is a longtime Socialist Party activist, going back to the 1970-1973 communist Castroite regime of Salvador Allende, who remains a revered demigod of the Left worldwide. 

In a column carried by the Latin American Herald Tribune and many other news sources, exiled Cuban author/journalist/political analyst Carlos Alberto Montaner offered some sensible observations on the Chilean travails. “Chile, indeed, is a very successful society. It leads almost all the economic and social indexes of Latin America, including that of honesty (Transparency International). It has reduced poverty levels very noticeably. It has increased the individuals’ lifespans to be among the world’s highest, which demonstrates the quality of its public health services,” Montaner notes. He cites the well-documented statistics showing Chilean unemployment and inflation to be among the lowest in the world, while per capita income is among the highest. 

“In my opinion,” says Montaner, “it is quite clear that the communists wanted to destroy Chile. Why? Because Chile is a harmful example for them. It was a successful society in which they insisted on seeing only the alleged failures.”

“Who were the hooded individuals who committed these excesses against Chilean society?” Montaner asks. “First, I think there is a lot of sinister fun in the incendiary torch,” he answers, further commenting: “The mixture of youth hormones with political causes is tremendous, as was seen in Paris in 1968. But we must also take Nicolás Maduro and Diosdado Cabello [Venezuela’s ruling Socialist Party vice president] seriously when they indicate that they were the instigators, but the executors were the local communists. It was not a spontaneous explosion, but a thoughtful plan.”

The obvious, detailed planning behind the Chilean and regional riots, following communist tactics used for over a century in countries around the world, evinces a definite “thoughtful plan.”

As just one small example of the orchestration, we could cite the “spontaneous,” simultaneous eruptions all across Chile and Latin America of the chant: “El pueblo, unido, jamás será vencido!” (Spanish for “The people united will never be defeated,” a favorite of communist cadres in the United States as well.) It is a chant/song composed for Salvador Allende by Chilean communist musician/composer Sergio Ortega, and has been a staple of trained communist agitators masquerading as “protesters” for decades.

The attack on Chile and all of the non-communist countries of Latin America is scheduled to escalate. The riots have already caused Chile to cancel its planned hosting of the APEC trade summit and the UN Climate Summit, and Chilean radicals are demanding that President Piñera resign and that a Constitutional Assembly draft a new constitution for the nation. 

What we are witnessing is a not a popular uprising but a concerted coup effort by an alliance of communists and globalists at the UN, the Socialist International (SI), the São Paulo Forum, and organizations allied with the Council on Foreign Relations.

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