Editor’s Note

By: Amelia Gutierrez

These week our blogs were about government repression or McCarthyism. When a county forces and intimates the inhabitants to attempt any uprising. There are many examples of this in the world today. For example, Libia, Yemen, Iran, and Syria. The people of these countries are fighting to break down the walls of their government’s abuse. Some achieved a successful uprising like Yemen, while other continue to fight. Our bloggers wrote about the forceful government repression in Miami and how it was put to an end, another wrote on how Italy’s Prime Minister Berlusconi was accused of have sex with an underage prostitute, but how she was under his estate.

McCarthyism not only invaded the United States in a powerful way, but it influenced other countries as well such as Argentina, Guatemala, and Mexico. With indecisive decisions and raised suspicions of Argentina following McCarthyism actions, the United States become wary of the country. With the help of the United States, Guatemalan’s could rest easy to know that their country would not become a communist country. For Mexico, journalists as well the residents are being threatened. Any journalists in Mexico are being threatened to not report any news on Narco-violence related violence. At least 11 journalists have been killed, and the death toll continues to rise. The drug lords are controlling the government as well as anyone who steps foot in Mexico.

Read our blogs on government repression to learn more about these countries and many others.

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Published in: on April 21, 2011 at 12:50 am  Leave a Comment  

Mexican Political Repression remains Unspoken

by: Ana Milanes

Mexican union leader Juan Linares was recently released from Reclusorio del Norte prison, his release was a step forward for Mexican human rights. His two year arrest beginning in 2008 and ending in February 2011 was caused by Linares visiting a Federation of Labor Convention.

A total of 50 fellow union members greeted Linares as he stepped out of prison, his released is looked at as a push for rights to speak freely that Mexicans didn’t previously posses.

Political repression in Mexico is evident through the murders of journalists. In the last decade, 65 Mexican journalists have been killed. Certain newspapers closer to the United States border don’t report about the drug trafficking to avoid mafia interference.

President Felipe Calderon promised to make a security plan for journalists to protect their rights to speak out but results of the plan such as private television stations have been criticized by the media.

The outlook was good when the courts declared Linares’s arrest was illegal as it was made under false charges. However, this didn’t stop the threats and prosecution from the Mexican government. Juan Linares moved to Canada, one of the 40 counties supporting Los Mineros and other work unions.

Sources:
“Steelworkers Hail Liberation of Mexican Union Leader After Two Years as Political Prisoner.” Media Release. United Steel Workers, 25 Feb. 2011. Web. 4 Mar. 2011. .

Published in: on March 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

McCarthyism In Argentina

Pravda.ru. Retrieved March 10, 2011.

By: Viviana Garcia

McCarthyism has stretched far and wide. It has come to affect not only the history of the United States, but also that of certain countries in Latin America. Joseph McCarthy’s practice of accusing individuals the moment communist suspicions arise has become commonplace for countries such as Argentina, who felt the effects of this tradition. In 2004, diplomatic relations between the US and Argentina began to deteriorate. Washington said to have concerns regarding possible ties between Buenos Aires and the island of Cuba. President Bush had called for an urgent summit with the Argentine head of State. An article by Hernan Etchaleco on the Pravda.ru website, stated that the President felt the need to have a “clearer picture” on the Argentine position toward Cuba. In response to the request for a meeting, President Kirchner said he would “knock out” the US President.

The US claims that it has several reasons to further inquire about Argentina. Fidel Castro is said to have attended the inauguration of the Argentinian head of State. From that moment, diplomatic ties were restored with the island. During several trips to Cuba, Argentinian officials never meet with dissidents. One year prior, in 2003, Argentina voted against US proposals to negotiate Cuba’s liberation at a United Nations Human Rights Committee. According to the article, sources in Washington say that nations in South America such as, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba and Venezuela have become allies. Washington expresses its concern over the coming together of countries that have been known to sway to the left and express anti-free market policies.

Source:

Pravda.ru. (August 1, 2004). “US McCarthyism irritates Argentine government.” Retrieved March 8, 2011, from the Pravda.ru website: http://english.pravda.ru/world/americas/08-01-2004/4519-latinos-0/

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McCarthyism In Guatemala

By: Joeli Prieto

Jacobo Arbenz Guzman. Retrieved March 8, 2011 from http://en.valka.cz/viewtopic.php/t/85746

In 1954 the Guatemalan government received military gear from Czechoslovakia causing the U.S. ambassador to say, “Unless the Communist influences in Guatemala were counter acted, Guatemala would within six months fall completely under Communist control. The United States was prepared to prevent Guatemala from becoming a communist country.

Although President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman did recognize Communism as a valid party, Guatemala did not have any known Communist in a cabinet position.

In order to put an end to Arbenz Guzman, the CIA designed “Operation El Diablo”.

As a result of this operation, Arbenz accused the United States of messing with Guatemala’s internal affairs. Guatemala then turned to the Soviet Union for weapons.

On June 18, 1954 Colonel Carlos Castillo led 150 into Guatemala, backed by 500 supporters and American pilots. By June 27 Arbenz had fled Guatemala and his government had been overthrown.

Sources:

http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/wjhs/depts/socialst/Cohen/latinam/latin1.html. Modern World History B , Cold War in Latin America. Retrieved March 2, 2010

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Political Repression In Mexico

By: Ashley Williams

Recently In Mexico at least 11 journalists have been killed in relation to their reports on Narco-violence and drug related violence in Mexico, which continues to rise rapidly. Slowly press freedoms are dwindling under the government with restrictions on what they report. Few of the crimes have been solved despite creation of a special prosecutor for crimes against the media and nor other government measures. Many small newspapers in the most violent regions of Mexico no longer cover drug-related gang violence, because they have either been threatened or killed. (1)

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Due to this, corruption exists in the newsroom because salaries are lower, leaving reporters vulnerable to bribes, and most funding comes from the government advertising, leaving possible official influence on news coverage. The government looks at the media as the enemy by spotlighting the drug gangs and what they want, and the government has urged Mexican reporters to not magnify drug related gangs but crimes continue to increase. Mexican President Felipe Calderon has promised to push for legal reforms to protect journalists and create a security plan. (2) In response the government states “ the enemy is not the government, but organized crime.

Works Cited:
1) Boulder , C. (n.d.). Political corruption in Mexico . Retrieved March 3, 2011, from http://www.developmentinpractice.org/fr/content/political-corruption-mexico-impact-democratization

2)Petra , J. (2010 ). Political Corruption and the Rise of Mexico Narco-state. Retrieved March 7, 2011, from http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=20361

Published in: on March 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

“Tierra de Libertad”

By Nathaly Duran

Francisco Aruca a Cuban radio host, a Georgetown University graduate, left Cuba for being a Counterrevolutionary, today he lives in Miami as a “Moderate”. Aruca’s beliefs of ceasing the fighting against the island and of beginning dialog and free trading has made him an enemy of the Cuban exile.

In an interview for PBS Aruca denounces how he always felt pressure from a segment of the Cuban exile, ever since he open the Radio Station in1986, ” There is a segment of the exile community that I call the evil industry, which is very involved in preventing anything that resembles normalization with Cuba. Our offices have been bombed, the windows broken and so forth. So from day one up to this moment, we are feeling pressure for doing that business here. It goes with Miami”.

During this interview Aruca emphasizes on how Miami has become another cuba and how the Cuban exile has control over the main-stream media of the city, “I must confess that I do not believe very much whenever these Cuban exiles talk about freedom in Cuba or anywhere else, because they have used their power in Miami to accomplish everything except freedom for everybody in Miami” he continues ” They have violated some of the most important principles guaranteed by the Constitution, that is, the freedom of expression. Even today, if you analyze the “Nuevo Herald”, you will find that in their editorial pages they don’t have a single columnist that writes an opinion different from what the traditional exile position is.”

Sources:
PBS.(n.d.).”Saving Elián.” Retrieved March 7, 2011 from the PBS website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/elian/interviews/aruca.html

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