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    Posted: 23-Jul-2008 at 23:00
I am just going to open this one up.
 
As this poster happens to be a US citizen, and also most favorably disposed toward the Anglosphere, he does not want to be assaulted by all the usual anti-Gringo/anti-Anglo hyperbole out there.  Make your points, and let's see where that goes.
 
Please, be adults.
 
 
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Ok. Don't be afraid.

From the Latin American point of view, all we want to do is to live free. Latinos in general don't trust much the U.S. simply because historical reasons. Too many invasions and interventions in the region has make us to be cautious with a superpower perceived as strong and unpredictable (to us). For a real hemispherical politic to develop, the U.S. should be patient and cautious in healing the events of the past. You should be aware that Latinos are afraid of the U.S. military power and the militaristic attitudes of the right wing.
 
In the economical plane, Latinos perceive that the U.S. don't care much about Latin America and that preffer to make business with Asia and help Africa, without much concern about what happens South of the Border. In short, relations between the U.S. and the South aren't really bad or unfriendly. The problem is mainly a lack of trust and indiference.
 
The U.S. could improve a lot its relations if approve the Free Trade Agreements and colaborate activelly with the economic development of the region. The way Latinos immigrants (including illegals) are treated in the U.S. is also important, because resonate through the hemisphere. For military alliances, it is better that the U.S. prettend a level of equality between theirs members, rather than installing military bases. Above all, the U.S. should be more patient and try to understand theirs neighbours at much as we understand them.
 
 
 
 


Edited by pinguin - 24-Jul-2008 at 02:42
"He who attempts to count the stars, not even knowing how to count the knots of the 'quipus'(counting string), ought to be held in derision."

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Originally posted by pinguin pinguin wrote:

 Above all, the U.S. should be more patient and try to understand theirs neighbours at much as we understand them.

  
 
I suspect they do!!!!
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So, all this understanding and patience is cool, I guess, but what about the GEOPOLITICS involved? 
 
What are the geopolitics of the Caribbean basin?
 
What are the geopolitics of Brazil's emergence as a regional power?
 
What are the geopolitics of hydrocarbon energy resources in the Hemisphere?
 
What are the implications of the involvement of outside powers (economically as well as politically) in Latin America?
 
How about in Anglo North America?
 
With the scramble for influence and resources in the Arctic, what about the same in the Antarctic?
 
As the US remains the greatest power in the Hemisphere, what might be the effects of all the above on the Monroe Doctrine?  Is it still a factor?
 
Let's discuss outside the feel-good, "let's all get along" view.
 
 
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It has been a month, but...no views on all this?
 
 
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