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By Grace Livingstone

Utilizing newly-declassified records, Grace Livingstone finds the U.S. position within the darkest classes of Latin American background together with Pinochet's coup in Chile, the Contra struggle in Nicaragua and the demise squads in El Salvador. She exhibits how the U.S. management used the battle on Terror as a brand new pretext for intervention and the way it attempted to destabilize leftwing governments and chase away the 'pink tide' washing around the Americas.  America's yard additionally has chapters on medications, financial system and tradition. It explains why U.S. drug coverage has brought on frequent environmental harm, but didn't decrease the availability of cocaine and appears on the U.S. financial stake in Latin the US and the suggestions of the large firms. at the present time Latin americans are hard admire and an finish to the Washington Consensus. Will the White apartment pay attention?

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King, fleshed out a programme of covert and propaganda operations against the regime. Within weeks, the CIA began sabotaging sugar refineries and other targets. King also proposed the ‘elimination’ of Castro, setting in motion a series of bizarre assassination plans, from poison pens to drugged cigars – some of which, in the words of a US Senate committee, ‘strain the imagination’ (see box, overleaf). 32 / THE COLD WAR CIA Plots to Assassinate Fidel Castro A US Senate committee investigated numerous CIA attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro.

Schlesinger and S. Kinzer, Bitter Fruit: the Story of the American Coup in Guatemala, London, Sinclair Browne, p. 199. THE GUATEMALAN COUP AND THE CUBAN REVOLUTION / 29 The CIA transported the few hundred mercenaries to the Guatemalan border, where they launched the ‘invasion’ on 18 June 1954. CIA planes bombed Guatemala City and strategic sites, a campaign that was particularly effective because the US had refused to sell the Guatemalan government anti-aircraft equipment. A CIA radio station broadcast misinformation which unsettled the population and wore down the resolve of Guatemala’s military leaders, who, on 27 June, persuaded Arbenz to resign.

Cuba was a relatively advanced economy and the standard of living, in the cities at least, was higher than in most Latin American countries. The country had a well-educated middle class and active student and trade union movements. Batista had seized power in 1952, and as his regime became more corrupt and repressive, the opposition grew to include not only students and workers, but most of the middle class as well. Even the US government could see that its former protégé was losing his grip on power and in late 1958 it withdrew its support.

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