In 2002, the US backed a coup that overthrew the democratically elected Chávez government in Venezuela for two days. "Penetrating Chavez' Political Base," "Dividing Chavismo," protecting US vital interests, and "Isolating Chavez Internationally," are all the titles of related documents mentioned by Wikileaks. So, what benefit would that be to the US ?
In this episode of Economic Divide, we want to discuss the Free Trade Area of the Americas where all of the countries in the region would be subordinated to the United States and to its international monopoly by means of vertically organized neo-liberal "free" trade provisions featuring austerity, privatization, deregulation and repression.
We further are going to investigate the influence of the old Organization of American States (OAS) which many believe plays the role of enforcing the US interests through exclusion of other nations.
This edition of the program also highlights an increasing cooperation between the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), in a bid to confront the US' power in world trade.