HILLARY’S GOOD FRIEND FROM NICARAGUA, DANIEL ORTEGA, GIVES HIS KILLING MACHINE FREE REIGN

Our memory has been jolted once again by a communist commando named Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua; several years ago when he, a Sandanista rebel, came out of the jungle and agree to a peace treaty, eventually winning the presidency of this Central American Country.  Ortega was a commander of the Sandinista uprising that swept to power in 1979, toppling the Somoza family dictatorship that had long ruled with U.S. backing. Ortega, once a mustachioed idol of the international left, led the country from 1979 to 1990, when he lost a reelection bid. Ortega modified his Marxist political stance, reached out to business leaders and Washington, and was again elected president in 2006. He is now serving his third consecutive term. Ortega won in a landslide election in 2016 amid an opposition boycott and allegations of fraud that the government denied.

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More than three months of political turmoil, demonstrations, looting and street battles have convulsed the Central American nation of Nicaragua.

President Daniel Ortega, the leader of the leftist Sandinista revolution who has long dominated the country’s political scene, has rejected opposition demands that he step down as leader of this country of 6 million.

Critics say Ortega, 72, has become an autocratic leaderwho has lost touch with the people and is intent on imposing a family dynasty in Nicaragua. His wife serves as vice president and other family members hold various key business and media posts. The opposition charges that Ortega has throttled dissenting voices, overseen mass repression in recent months, consolidated power in the legislative and judicial branches, and pushed for an end to presidential term limits that allowed him to run successfully for a third five-year term in 2016. Detractors say the one-time leftist icon has become a septuagenarian mirror-image of former dictator Anastasio Somoza, overthrown by Ortega and other Sandinista revolutionaries in 1979.

The U.S. administration of President Reagan viewed the emergence of the left-wing Sandinista government in Managua as a threat to Washington’s regional interests during the Cold War. U.S.-backed forces known as Contras fought the Sandinista government during much of the 1980s, resulting in more than 30,000 deaths. Reagan lauded the Contras as “freedom fighters,” despite allegations linking the CIA-backed forces to human rights abuses and drug trafficking.

By Major Garrett

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago — President Obama endured a 50-minute diatribe from socialist Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega that lashed out at a century of what he called terroristic U.S. aggression in Central America and included a rambling denunciation of the U.S.-imposed isolation of Cuba’s Communist government.

Obama sat mostly unmoved during the speech but at times jotted notes. The speech was part of the opening ceremonies at the fifth Summit of the Americas here.

Later, at a photo opportunity with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Obama held his tongue when asked what he thought about Ortega’s speech.

“It was 50 minutes long. That’s what I thought.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ignored two questions about Ortega’s speech, instead offering lengthy praise of a cultural performance of dance and song opening the summit.

“I thought the cultural performance was fascinating,” Clinton said. Asked again about the Ortega speech, Clinton said: “To have those first class Caribbean entertainers on all on one stage and to see how much was done in such a small amount of space, I was overwhelmed.”

A senior administration official declined to criticize Ortega, saying the president wanted to focus on the future.

A pro-government mob shoved, punched and scratched at Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes and other Catholic leaders as they tried to enter the Basilica San Sebastian. “Murderers!” people shouted. An auxiliary bishop was slashed on the arm with some sort of sharp object.

Student protesters say Nicaraguan forces “shooting to kill”

“There are sharpshooters located in different parts of the city. We ask the citizens to take shelter in their homes.” “We are being attacked by the National Police and paramilitaries armed with AK-47s and machine guns in our indigenous neighborhood of Monimbo,” said Alvaro Gomez, a resident. “We are resisting with homemade bombs and stones.”

Monimbo has been a center of resistance against the government of President Daniel Ortega since a wave of protests began April 18 over a since-aborted pension reform plan.  Since then, violence has claimed over 270 lives, most of them civilians, according to CENIDH.

Clinton’s track record in Latin America includes support for the 2009 coup in Honduras, intervention in Haiti, and free trade and militarization policies.

Latin America received scarce attention through the Democratic nomination race. But Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy track record — widely heralded as vital to securing her spot as the patry’s candidate given her experience — in the region is a telling sign of not only the disconnect between her promises and her policies in practice, but also of her hawkish approach to the countries south of the U.S. border.

OPINION:
Clinton and Wall Street’s Neoliberal War on Latin America

As historian Greg Grandin argued about Clinton’s foreign policy for Latin America in an article in The Nation, the impacts of her policies of ramping up free trade, border militarization, and the war on drugs have played a part in worsening insecurity and human rights conditions in several countries. “Beyond any one country or policy, these policies fed off of each other,” Grandin wrote, noting links between privatization, displacement, and violence.

As Clinton is set to make her presumptive nomination official at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia from July 25 to 28, teleSUR recaps how her foreign policy as Secretary of State had an impact on Latin America.

Backing Coup and Death Squads in Honduras

Hillary Clinton’s diplomatic role as then-Secretary of State in helping to secure the 2009 coup in Honduras has become well-known after the release of email transcripts and her 2014 book Hard Choices solidified the evidence.

In her autobiography “Hard Choices,” Clinton admits that she used her power to bring pro-U.S. “stability” to Central America, even if it meant doing away with democracy.

“We strategized on a plan to restore order in Honduras and ensure that free and fair elections could be held quickly and legitimately, which would render the question of Zelaya moot,” Clinton wrote. Those “free and fair” elections involved a media blackout, targeted assassinations of anti-coup leaders, and a generalized and grave deterioration of human rights ahead of the polls. No international institutions monitored the elections.

ANALYSIS:
Do Feminists Support Coups? Honduran Women on Hillary Clinton

Clinton’s actions toward the Central American country and the United States’ ongoing support of corrupt Honduran security forces — accused of operating death squads — shot into the spotlight again with the recent murder of well-known Honduran Indigenous leader Berta Caceres. The assassination, along with dozens of similar killings in recent years, epitomizes Honduras’ deadly criminalization of political dissenters fighting against the neoliberal policies and intense militarization rolled out in the wake of the coup.

Clinton has painted herself as a champion of women’s right, but feminists in Honduras have a starkly different view of how her policies affect women. In an interview in Buenos Aires over a year before her murder, Berta Caceres specifically singled out Clinton for her hand in the coup, arguing that it highlighted the extent of North American “meddling” in Honduras and support for the ongoing crisis.

What’s more, Clinton’s stance on Honduras hasn’t changed. Although her role in Honduras did not come up in Democratic debates with rival Bernie Sanders, in an interview with the editorial board of the New York Daily News, she defended her support for the coup and advocated a new “Plan Colombia for Central America.” Plan Colombia, a counternarcotics and counterinsurgency military aid package launched in 2000 by then-President Bill Clinton, is widely considered by human rights advocates to have been a disaster that spurred massacres, death squads, and exacerbated the civil war.

 

Seven years ago, in the middle of the night, soldiers burst into the bedroom of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. Still in his pajamas, the president was forced at gunpoint onto a waiting jet and flown to exile.

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among many officials around the world who condemned the ouster of the democratically elected leader as a coup. She called for “the full restoration of democratic order in Honduras.”

FLIP FLOP: Last month, the Democratic presidential front-runner appeared to hedge her position. She suggested that the Honduran soldiers had acted legally in their late-night raid because they were carrying out orders from the country’s supreme court.

“The national legislature in Honduras and the national judiciary actually followed the law in removing President Zelaya,” Clinton said in response to a question in an interview with the New York Daily News editorial board before the New York primary.

“Now, I didn’t like the way it looked or the way they did it, but they had a very strong argument that they had followed the constitution and the legal precedence,” she added.

MADURO TAKES ORDERS FROM CASTRO

 Maduro is seen in the middle

When you are challenged, so goes the saying, kill the challenger before he can do any more damage. Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and most recently Castro accepted the challenge. They soaked the earth with the blood of their adversaries. To them this was a beautiful thing; they all loved the color red.  One other color Maduro relishes is BLACK; black gold. Turning it into money is easy. This is the life blood of the dictator.

Venezuela ship millions of gallons of oil to the United States each year. To put the veritable squeeze on the Venezuelan killing machine is cut off the source of his power. Pull the switch, stop the oil from flowing. Trump can execute this inevitable and necessary step; doing so will put pressure on Castro’s puppet which hopefully ends in the overthrow of Maduro.

Fake elections aside, we remind you of the condoning of Chavez’s rise to power. None other than Jimmie Carter provided cover for Chavisimo’s ascension.  Carter has recently undergone nuclear radiation therapy for brain cancer which was probably caused from radiation burn during his time in a nuclear submarine most likely causing him to torpedo the democratic process.

From Carter’s lips,  “I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world..”

Times have changed for the worst in Caracas, armed military control the streets, bashing opposition with clubs and bullets, Hundreds are dead having clashed with Maduro’s Tonto Macoutes. The recent sham vote which enables Maduro to run the country unimpeded will only bring more civilian clashes leading to more murders. Totalitarianism is now the soup du jour in Venezuela.

But make no mistake about it, Castro still lives in Venezuela. Yes, Fidel etal took control of the voting booth, passport issuance and identification papers years ago. Castro’s Cubanistas control the vital elections to this day. No way for any opposition leader to win.

FROM THE ATLANTIC:

The Atlantic

It’s hard to pick the Venezuelan president’s greatest flaw. Which is more serious: his cruel indifference to the suffering of his people, or his brutal autocratic behavior? Which is more outrageous: his immense ignorance or the fact that he dances on television while his henchmen murder defenseless young protesters in the streets? The list of Nicolas Maduro’s failings is long, and Venezuelans know it; over 80 percent of them oppose him. And it’s not just Venezuelans. The rest of the world has also discovered—at last!—his despotic, corrupt, and inept character.

And yet … Maduro doesn’t really matter. He is simply a useful idiot, the puppet of those who really control Venezuela: the Cubans, the drug traffickers, and Hugo Chavez’s political heirs. Those three groups effectively function as criminal cartels, and have co-opted the armed forces into their service; this is how it is possible that every day we see men in uniform willing to massacre their own people in order to keep Venezuela’s criminal oligarchy in power.

CLINTON/OBAMA AXIS

Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, Iraq and Turkey are the center piece of the Clinton/Obama Axis. Venezuela ex Chavisimo hugoobama and his successor Maduro are the dictators that Obama has emulated since taking office, not to mention the ruthless Castro brothers. First step in the propaganda war is to get the press to debase your opposition while ignoring your illegal edicts. Second step involves the purging of the military elite, those who pose a threat to a coup d’etat.

Remember what happened in Egypt and almost happened in Turkey. With that behind you then the socialist war moves into the next step, this involves the justice system. By controlling justice the ruler no longer fears arrest; think Hillary Clinton. As we have seen during the past month, there is no justice when those guilty are not charged for crimes committed.  The IRS is another example of the ‘get  out of jail free pass card; liars both Koskinen and Lerner thumbed their noses at the freedom loving Patriots who are the only ones who stand in the way of a tyrannical takeover.

The only road block to a complete Socialist rule by force is one Donald J. Trump. As President he will no doubt appoint two, maybe three Supreme Court justices, those of the most conservative bent. A Hillary win will be a flashpoint to a civil war; all of our freedoms will disappear in a RPG flash.  A Hillary presidency will involve the taking away of our guns, the squashing of the conservative press and the roundup and arrest of staunch conservatives on Trumped up charges. To prevent this type of slow moving cabal we need to exercise our vote on November 8, 2016. Trump’s message to “make America Great again” are just not words, but we expect him to walk the walk.

Triggering our memory for a second we use as an example the 2009 Presidential succession crisis in Honduras. The United States, Obama/Clinton, weighed in on the side of Zelaya, who at the time was the president of Honduras. He sought to change the constitution through referendum so he could run again. This was patently illegal. The United States backed the socialist tyrant. Moving forward a new president was elected, sworn in and Hondurans lived happily ever after.

The point here is that the Obama administration backed a soon to be dictator, Zelaya, to hold unto power. Please click here for the complete history of the events which led to the “so called coup.” Of course it wasn’t, the people of Honduras did what they had to do. Right now this is playing out in Venezuela where Maduro is on the ropes, but is delaying a referendum vote before January 1, 2017. This move will enable him to hold onto power.