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MONROE DOCTRINE UNRAVELLED By Jesús Rojas

posted 30 May 2016, 17:44 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 30 May 2016, 17:49 ]

Jesus Rojas, a citizen and resident of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, has been an English teacher for over 10 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador- Instituto Pedagógico de Barquisimeto. (UPEL-IPB). 

His teaching experience has been in the rural area. Jesus describes his approach to teaching as eclectic. “I believe all of my students come to me with their own unique set of knowledge, skills, and talent. My goal as a teacher is to meet them where they are and help them be successful as they define it.” He has also been involved in teacher training 

His bi-cultural background and focus on community work in conformity with the communal councils that exist in his community. As a social worker he wants to use his professional knowledge and skills to help people make the most of their own abilities and empower them to be the best they can be.

He wants to assist people in solving their own problems as well as empowering them to develop skills so that they can do so themselves.
On August 5th, 1829, the Liberator, Simon Bolivar proclaimed. "The United States appears to be
destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of freedom"
Bolivar pointed out in this way the expansionist, interventionist and warmongering policy that has characterized the USA since it gained its  independence from British colonialism in 1776.

Already at that time the "imperial eagle" was raised as main objective the conquest and domination of the entire American continent. It was precisely Simon Bolivar who exposed the annexationist claims of the United States, which fiercely opposed the independence of Cuba and Puerto Rico.

These actions were carried out under the development of American capitalism and its constitution as an imperialist power. The purposes of US administrations were and still are to militarily dominate the continent, to seize the natural resources of the region, to maintain control over the means of land, river and sea transportation  and set line policies related to their interests for which they would use oligarchic regimes.

 These regimes are constituted by the nascent Latin American bourgeoisie of large landowners, military and conservative sectors of the church, which were characterized as puppets of the imperial eagle as well as the brutal application of violence, in some cases, and surreptitious manipulation in others.

With the implementation of policies such as the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), the US is seeking to leverage hegemonic control and appropriate the surplus sources of primary activities in Latin America.

Through this agreement the US seeks to institutionalize the instruments of  control of  police  and military in the region; accentuate the pillaging of natural resources (minerals) on the continent, in a racist way regulate migration flows; extend the free flow of capital, but prevent the free labour market; destroy the incipient industrial production chain in the countries of the region, privatize oil, water and biodiversity; maintain control of scientific investment in the region, among others.

The actions undertaken by this country to ensure its hegemony in the global economic order, have meant perverse effects at the political, diplomatic, military, economic and cultural levels among the countries of Latin America. Since the proclamation of the Monroe Doctrine, the United States has had as a main objective to control the new independent Latin American markets and close them to English merchants and European interests.

The imposition of this neo-mercantilist imperialism led to explosive social conditions and the re-emergence of nationalist and socialist alternatives; and the anti-terrorist military doctrine of Washington, with its threats of violent interventions and its active and direct military presence has served as a useful ideological weapon to impose such imperial aims.

In recent years Latin America has remained resistant to the will of Washington and has obtained a series of victories the background of which so far has not been fully identified by the US.

First, it can be mentioned Latin American organizations such as the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Besides that, Latin America currently has all the necessary requirements to solve internal problems without outside help and without the US, causing its strong indignation. An independence of this nature does not fit into the overall plans of Washington, which has to manoeuvre and invent various scenarios for each country in an attempt to somehow keep relations with its neighbours.

The resistance of countries like Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Brazil (despite the coup) to the capitalist imperialism that leads us to imagine an imperial structure with cracks that expose the weaknesses of the hegemony of the United States in the Global order  and ask ourselves  what will be  the actions of that country to maintain control within the capitalist system.

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