Mexico and Venezuela: A Study in U.S. Bias



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You obviously haven't seen

You obviously haven't seen FOXNEWS, every moment they can they criticize everything Mexican.

Omot more than 1 year ago

Professor Tinker Salas'

Professor Tinker Salas' article albeit short has captured the essential political and ideological biases of the current as well as previous American governments towards Venezuela as well as other countries in Latin America such as Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and off-course Cuba that initiated the revolutionary break from imperial domination.

Professor Salas' article correctly identifies a few instances of US biases as it relates to the loss of lives in Mexico, a US satellite state as opposed to Venezuela, a state that has been embarking on fundamental changes within the socio-economic and socio-political structures to improve the lives of ordinary and poor Venezuelans. So, a student unfortunately is killed by a security officer in Venezuela and though his killer, the cop is arrested, the US government and media paints Maduro and his government as despots and totalitarians. However, later in the same week, an educator is killed by Mexican security forces and that death is ignored.

The politics is very clear. If you accept and follow the status quo and US orders and imperial dictates, you are a democracy and you defend freedom. However, if you challenge the status quo and pursue real freedom for the majority of your people as a country, you are dictators and totalitarians. There is nothing new here. The history of struggles of all peoples for change and real independence from imperialism and other forms of oppressive systems is and will always be fraught with these bourgeois biases. As such, our struggles for independence and sovereignty of our peoples should never dismay. We should redouble our resolve to keep fighting the battles to end misery, poverty, shantytowns and underdevelopment of our peoples that are attributable to imperialist and capitalist domination in our countries.

Finally, we should always remember the words of Archbishop Romero, a conservative archbishop from El Salvador who was shot and killed while saying mass by the US trained military in that country. The Archbishop once said; "When I fed the poor, they called me a saint. However, when I asked; why are they poor? They called me a communist." Think about it, if the guardians of wealth, power and imperialism called a conservative archbishop "a communist" for only asking why people are poor? Is it any surprise why they are so ruthless and criminal towards freedom fighters like Chavez, Maduro, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and others who actually change the structures and institutions that keep people poor and oppressed?

The struggle continues! Peace!

Bongoman more than 2 years ago

Good point Mr Salas. But the

Good point Mr Salas. But the article is short. You should have said more. This is much more sinister, with serioius consequences for citizens in Mexico and Venezuela, that this short treatment suggests. You could have talked about the forces, including the usual democracy promotion actors, working feverishly to prop up strong man leaders and weaken those who show solidarity with their own people. Yes, Others have told that story. But you stepped up to tell it too and pulled your punches.

Arby more than 2 years ago

That's funny. I see US news

That's funny. I see US news articles all the time about the missing 43 students in Mexico and Peña Nieto's various scandals. And Maduro losing popular support is not a depiction, it's a demonstrable fact. Opinion polls show him with 22% support. Does the US Government play favorites when it comes to human rights abuses? Of course, just like Venezuela is quick to condemn the US and Israel while turning a blind eye to Iran and the Assad regime. That's politics.

Gahan more than 2 years ago

I believe the point that Dr.

I believe the point that Dr. Salas is trying to communicate to his audience is that 43 human beings disappeared in a supposed democracy and to follow up on your point huge allegations of corruption for the first family yet Mexico is not declared to be an "unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security" of the US by President Obama. By the way, disappearances and thousands killed by drug gangs and the military in Mexico are not seen as a cause for " security concerns" for the US though 43 people murdered by the political opposition in Venezuela about half of whom are government supporters and security forces targeted. by the opposition is basis for the president of the US to prohibit eight officials of the state in Venezuela from traveling to the US and to freeze their assets in the US for violating the human rights of the demonstrators. Additionally,Venezuela is declared an "........extraordinary threat to the national security" of the US. It is very unusual that you cannot see the double standard that Dr. Salas is highlighting in US policy.

As it relates to the popularity of president Maduro as measured by polls, the political popularity of presidents including the US presidents oscillate periodically and so a given poll may have his popularity at 22% so what? To then make your leap to the conclusion that Maduro uses force because he is less popular is an assertion not a fact. Unfortunately, for your conclusion an assertion is not a fact in the absence of evidence. The violence that Venezuela has been experiencing lately is largely the result of the political opposition that has been targeting public infrastructure and security forces for destruction and death. That is not an assertion. That's a fact!

Finally, there is no evidence that Maduro and his government "turn a blind eye" to Iran and Syria. A simple element of diplomacy is that because Venezuela has diplomatic relations with those two countries does not mean that it agrees with everything it does. However, diplomacy requires that differences can be worked out without war and behind doors. After all, Venezuela has diplomatic relationship with the US bit it clearly does not agree with US foreign policy towards it as well as towards Iraq, Iran and the Palestians to name a few.


Bongo man more than 2 years ago

It also tells us about the

It also tells us about the natures of the governments of Mexico and Venezuela. Mexico allows relative freedom of expression, Venezuela does not. There have been many incidents during protests with enough evidence to point to criminal actions by protesters. Venezuela keeps blaming the U.S. for the protests, Mexico keeps blaming the country's problems.

Ingeniero David more than 2 years ago

there´s not relative freedom

there´s not relative freedom of expression in my country, there is a complete one. Nor country in the world allows violence during protest, neither ithe bolivarian republic of Venezuela. 18 victories in 19 different kinds of election shows the world who has people´s support.

hector barrios more than 2 years ago

Umm im American of Mexican

Umm im American of Mexican decent. My grandpa was poor in Mexico Guererro which is one of Mexicos poorest states. He told me that poor people even if its half the population are still happy. I see pictures of him and my other causins vacationing. He has a really nice house and a dog. This story tells a different point of view because overall they might have financial difficulties they still happy and probably the happiest in North America and Latin America and with corruption, and crime that is what it brings them down. I Cant wait to go to Mexico and see my causins and aunts. Viva Mexico!!!

Alex more than 2 years ago

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