A few months ago, in the best tradition of the Monroe Doctrine, the head of the Southern Command of the United States, General Laura Richardson, warned of the danger of extrahemispheric countries that appropriate the natural resources of Latin America. Without hiding anything, he reminded the House of Representatives of his country that the region gathers 60% of the world’s lithium and it is worried that it is in the hands of “our enemies.”
Now the general went a step further by referring to the “conflict in the field of information” and attacking prestigious media such as the multinational TeleSUR and the Russians Sputnik and RT in Spanish, which have – as he acknowledged – more than thirty million followers. . Although he was clearly concerned that they had successfully challenged the hegemony of the major Western media, the general disqualified their work on the grounds that they were “spreading disinformation and undermining democracies in the hemisphere.” It promises, at the same time, to correct that problem.
This is a well-known story. In the mid-1930s, American General Smedley D. Butler admitted to serving with honors for three decades in the army as a “gang member in the service of capitalism” halfway around the world, including Mexico , Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Honduras. He admitted that he could have given some suggestions to Al Capone, because if he, as a gangster, operated in three districts of a city, he himself, as a marine, operated in three continents.
Now this new gang wants to decide not only about our natural resources but also about what media has the right to see. Every time the United States announces that it will impose democracy, regime changes occur in clubs and sow dictatorships.
From the House of America, our solidarity goes out to TeleSUR and all the media that open the fissures of a mind.