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HOLA - Hand Off Latin America - Solidarity with Latin America Struggles - Dec Meeting

A monthly meeting is coming up
We will be discussing an article by author who wrote the book "Open Veins Of Latin America
PART 3 Seven Years After - 18 pages
PART 3 Seven Years After - 18 pages
I posted some information about the meeting (today at 12:30) and the intended discussion on my Latin America (Venezuela) Solidarity blog for --> Sunday December 5 2010 <--

 http://zebra3report.tripod.com/JoeAnybodyVenezuel/

If your curious about what we are discussing or just want to brush up on some information about the dirty paws of American Imperialism in South America I recommend you reads the 18 page out-take that we are all looking at by the Open Veins in Latin America author.

I included a pdf file to the article. It really isn't formated well but you will certainly get the point and the information.

For info on HOLA or PCASC I included it on the link in my blog
We meet at The Waypost once a month:  http://www.thewaypost.com/

I will attach the pdf file "PART 3 - Seven Years After" to this post

homepage: homepage: http://zebra3report.tripod.com/JoeAnybodyVenezuel/


copy - paste of pdf file 05.Dec.2010 11:35

ben waiting

kilos of bread a day. The minimum monthly wage in Uruguay and Argentina is
the present equivalent of six kilos of coffee. In Brazil it is $60 a month but the
boias frias, migrant rural workers, get from
fifty cents to $1 a day on the coffee, soybean, and other export-crop
plantations.
The fodder consumed by Mexican cattle contains more protein than the diet
of
campesinos who tend them. The meat of these cattle is destined for a few
privileged mouths within the country and above all for the international
market.
Agriculture for export flourishes in Mexico beneath the shield of a generous
policy of credits and official facilities, while the amount of protein available
per inhabitant fell between 1970 and 1976, and in rural areas only one of
every
five Mexican kids has normal weight and height.17 In Guatemala rice, corn,
and
beans for internal consumption are left to the will of God, but, coffee, cotton,
and other export products absorb 87 percent of the credit. Of every ten
Guatemalan families who work at raising and harvesting coffee, the country's
chief source of foreign exchange, hardly one gets a minimally adequate
diet.18
In Brazil only 5 percent of agricultural credit goes for rice, beans, and manioc,
which constitute the basic diet of Brazilians; the rest goes for export
products.
The recent collapse of world sugar prices did not, as it once did, set off a
famine among Cuba's campesinos. In Cuba malnutrition no longer exists. On
the other hand the almost simultaneous rise of world coffee prices did
nothing
to ease the chronic poverty of Brazilian coffee workers, The rise in coffee
prices In 1976--a euphoria brought about by frosts that devastated Brazilian
crops-- "was not directly reflected in wages," as a high official of the Brazilian
Coffee Institute recognized.19
Actually export crops are not in themselves incompatible with the welfare
of the population, nor do they in themselves contradict an "inward" economic
development. Sugar sales abroad have in fact given Cuba leverage to create
a
new world in which all have access to the fruits of development, and
solidarity
is the axis of human relations.
So we know who is condemned to pay for the crisis of system-adjustment.
The prices of most of the products Latin America sells decline implacably in
relation to the prices of what it buys from countries that monopolize
technology, trade, investment, and credit. To make up the difference and
meet
the obligations to foreign capital, Latin America must cover in quantity what
it
loses in price. In this framework the southern dictatorships have cut workers'
wages in half and turned every production center into a forced labor camp.
The