Since the 1823 Monroe Doctrine, Latin America has been seen as the U.S's backyard, a perception largely disliked by Latin American nations, many of which reject U.S domination. Progressive Latin American governments who oppose U.S. intervention came into power beginning in 1998, leading to attempts from Washington to destabilize some and promote right-wing movements. Interestingly, domestic policies favored by Washington often diverge from its Latin American policy stance.
United States sanctions against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua are blatant examples of intervention in the affairs of other nations, which is illegal by international law, and of the violation of national sovereignty, namely the right of citizens to determine the destiny of their nation. Furthermore, U.S. sanctions and other interventionist policies have been thoroughly denounced not only by Latin Americans, but nations throughout the world.
The time has come to hold a funeral for the very idea of imposing U.S. will on other nations, and to establish a new doctrine of peacemaking, cooperation, demilitarization, and mutual respect.
Speakers at the funeral service will include the following:
- President James Monroe / Herbert "Chip" Tucker, Professor of English, UVA.
- Michelle Ellner, Latin America campaign coordinator of CODEPINK.
- David Swanson, Executive Director of World BEYOND War, author of The Monroe Doctrine at 200 and What to Replace it With.
- Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK and of Global Exchange.
- Ann Wright, former diplomat in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, and member of the CODEPINK Board of Directors.
Freedom of Speech Wall
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