Argentina weeps

In the febrile atmosphere created by the UK government's decision to take the country into yet another illegal, disastrous war (in Syria), one can lose sight of how wide the agenda for global hegemony spreads.

Like other countries in Latin America, Argentina has had its dose of the Shock Doctrine leading to violent oppression, wealth extraction and unsustainable debt. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner served two terms as President during which she rolled back Structural Elite power in the country to benefit of the majority of Argentinians.

Elite owned media, with US and NGO backing, has fought constantly to undermine her government. Early this year, the suspicious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman was seized on by opponents hoping to implicate de Kirchner; however, as the story unfolded, signs that it was a false flag with Mossad cited as possible instigator or facilitator soon emerged.

Argentina has been also under constant threat from vulture funds. Argentina had entered an agreement with its creditors (in respect of debt incurred by the previous US sponsored regime) but these vulture funds bought up Argentinian debt for a few cents on the dollar and proceeded to pursue repayment in full through the US courts.

Now, following a dramatic reversal in the ruling party's electoral fortunes, the US backed neocons are back in business. The result is questionable with electoral fraud likely but incitement and lies in domestic and international media also played their part in the defeat of de Kirchner's political successor, Daniel Scioli, from the ruling Front for Victory Party (FPV – Frente para la Victoria). The Structural Elite can now look forward to the usual rewards from their vassal state under the Presidency of Mauricio Macri, a neoliberal multi-billionaire, not least the pay-off for the vulture funds. The rich get everyone's money while citizens are enslaved in debt.

Argentina: A Quiet Neoliberal Coup d’Etat in Latin America’s Southern Cone By Peter Koenig
Argentina’s general election 2015 ended on Sunday 22 November in a run-off – the first in Argentina’s history – between Daniel Scioli, the incumbent Governor of Buenos Aires Province, a Kirchnerite from the ruling Front for Victory Party (FPV – Frente para la Victoria), and Mauricio Macri, a neoliberal multi-billionaire and Mayor of Buenos Aires from the right-wing Cambiemos party. Against all odds, Macri won with 51.4% against Scioli’s 48.6% – a margin of 2.8%. A margin small enough no to raise many questions of fraud.
And here are the odds: Two days before the 25 October ballot The Guardian polls predicted an 8.5% lead for Scioli (38.41%) vs. Macri (30.07%). Nevertheless, the 25 October real election results reduced Scioli’s lead to a mere 2.4% (36.8% vs. 34.4%).

Meanwhile another Latin American success story is about to be challenged at the ballot box. Venezuela, under Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolas Madura, has achieved a remarkable turnaround in taking people out of poverty and providing health, education and greater democracy to huge swathes of the population. Venezuela has also been under constant attack.

Venezuela elections, a battle to defend Revolution By Gloria La Riva
Venezuela’s upcoming Dec. 6 elections for all 167 National Assembly seats could be critical for the future of the Bolivarian Revolution.
The Bolivarian Revolution is the process launched by Hugo Chávez in 1999. It includes great economic and social gains, a progressive Constitution and legislation, national control of Venezuela’s enormous oil reserves, and a declared goal of building socialism.

If the Bolivarian Revolution falls in Venezuela in the coming elections, Ecuador and Bolivia will be left exposed and vulnerable to the same reversal.

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