A good article at Venezuela Analysis on the threat to Latin America posed by the new US military bases in Colombia. Its author is Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuelan Ambassador to the United States, so it should be read in that light.
Of the agreement between the US and Colombia, Alvarez writes:
A number of public documents shed light on the agreement’s real objectives. In a document presented to the U.S. Congress in May 2009, the Air Force offers an alarming justification for expanding the use of the Palanquero Air Base in Colombia. “Palanquero provides an opportunity for conducting full spectrum operations throughout South America,” it says, which are “essential for supporting the U.S. mission in Colombia and throughout the United States Southern Command.”
The main revelation of this document is the clear allusion to the political objectives served by the Palanquero base. “Development of this CSL [Cooperative Security Location] provides a unique opportunity for full spectrum operations in a critical sub-region of our hemisphere where security and stability is under constant threat from narcotics funded terrorist insurgencies, anti-U.S. governments …”
Total support for Latin American sovereignty and against US intervention is a priority for anti-imperialists. The Latin America 2009 conference on Saturday 5 December at TUC Congress House in London is a key event that brings together the trade unions with the left and Latin American communities in Britain to organise solidarity work. As you would expect, there will be a focus this year on the threat of the Colombia-US military bases agreement as well as the ongoing Honduran coup crisis.