Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva embraces Iran Mahmoud

Ahmadinejad: It seems there are a growing number of significant

nations opposed to U.S. plans to clamp down on Iran.



La Jornada, Mexico

Iran, Latin America and the Blunders of Empire


"The U.S. push for another round of sanctions against Iran is part of a vast and risky scheme of destabilization aimed at 'regime change' in Iran … this persistent belligerence since the triumph of Iranian revolution in 1979 has enormous potential to inflame the Middle East and the world beyond.


By John Saxe-Fernández


Translated By Halszka Czarnocka


March 11, 2010


Mexico - La Jornada - Original Article (Spanish)

Foreign Minister Celso Amorín and Hillary Clinton in Brazil during her Latin American tour, just before Amorin delivered a sharp but pleasantly delivered rebuke to the U.S. on Iran sacntions, March 3.


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Hours before their meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her recent tour of Latin America, President Lula and Foreign Minister Celso Amorín of Brazil publicly expressed their conviction that it would be imprudent to "push Iran to the wall. … The prudent method is to establish negotiations." This expression of preventive (and cautious) diplomacy is another indication of the change in the global and hemispheric balance of power, which is occurring amid an economic, financial and large-scale strategic crisis, the management of which demands calm and an adherence to established international norms.


Lula and Itamaratí [the Ministry of Foreign Affairs] effectively softened the impact of an intense U.S. diplo-military and econo-financial campaign by the United States in Latin America and the rest of the world, pushing for another round of sanctions against Iran. Part of a vast and risky scheme of destabilization aimed at "regime change" in Iran, this persistent belligerence since the triumph of Iranian revolution in 1979 has enormous potential to inflame the Middle East and the world beyond.


Another ominous sign of imperial imprudence last week involved the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body created in 1989 to fight money laundering and the funding of terrorist groups. FATF listed Ecuador among the countries "at risk," due to its "strategic deficiencies" and supposed "weaknesses in the fight against money laundering and funding of terrorism."


Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño responded to this arbitrary singling out by saying that his country had passed the test and done "everything necessary … to fight drug trafficking, asset laundering, the laundering the cash from illegal businesses and, of course, as part of this, the financing of terrorism."


Patiño says that not only was it a, "grave error and an insult to the dignity and sovereignty [of Ecuador]," but also, as President Correa maintains, it was a decision connected to the relations his country has with Iran, which date from 1973 and continues with, "all the precautions needed in terms of financial issues." When the FATF was asked to explain its inaction in the face of Ecuador's misdeeds, it arrogantly argued that it was due to Ecuador’s "non-compliance" with its recommendations!  



Secretary of State Clinton and Brazil President Lula enjoy a light

Moment, before Lula and his foreign minister rebuked the U.S.

over added sanctions of Iran, March 3.



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The bankruptcy of U.S. diplomacy is obvious: an investigation of its own Government Accountability office (GAO) has shown that between 2003 and 2008, 29 firms that have Pentagon contracts worth over a billion dollars increased their use and creation of subsidiaries in tax havens by 26 percent (these tax havens include the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Switzerland, Dutch Antilles, Bermuda, Luxembourg etc.), in order to forego taxes, destabilize workers in the United States and avoid paying for worker medical insurance.


"It is very striking," says one political analysis, "that those great global shelters used to hide corporate wealth from the IRS have also been identified by police and other investigators as key money laundering locations for international drug trafficking." According to report number GAO-10-327, in 2008 those Pentagon contractors maintained almost 1,200 tax haven subsidiaries, without the White House, IMF or FATF making even a peep, although then-Senator Obama was well aware of the situation.


Given the proven close collaboration among CIA covert operations, drug and arms trafficking, subversive activities of the so-called "intelligence community" and the activities - and profits - of these contractors (military-industrial and security services), it is clumsy to attack Quito [Ecuador's capital] and other members of ALBA [Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America] with baseless accusations. It is a major blunder, in the face of legislative scrutiny and agencies like Interpol, to launch such an offensive just as this GAO report, published in January, 2010, points to a scandal similar to the Iran-Contra operation against the Sandinistas, but to the tenth power.



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