The U.S. reputation in Latin America continues to be soiled as a plan between the U.S. and Colombia to increase American access to Colombian military bases has erupted in a firestorm of Latin anger against the deal as a form of military imperialist expansion.

The Guardian:

South American leaders are due to square off tomorrow over a plan to increase US access to military bases in Colombia, a deal that has damaged Barack Obama’s attempt to mend relations with the region.

A diplomatic firestorm has been ignited, with a summit in Argentina pitting Colombia — which has sought closer co-operation with Washington — against its neighbours who fear the US presence will threaten leftist governments.

Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chávez, has led the denunciations, claiming US imperialist aggression was blowing “winds of war”. He has vowed to buy extra Russian tanks to defend his socialist revolution and told his cabinet to prepare for ruptured relations with Bogotá.

Read more

Wait, before you go…

If you're reading this, you probably already know that non-profit, independent journalism is under threat worldwide. Independent news sites are overshadowed by larger heavily funded mainstream media that inundate us with hype and noise that barely scratch the surface. We believe that our readers deserve to know the full story. Truthdig writers bravely dig beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that tells you what’s really happening and who’s rolling up their sleeves to do something about it.

Like you, we believe a well-informed public that doesn’t have blind faith in the status quo can help change the world. Your contribution of as little as $5 monthly or $35 annually will make you a groundbreaking member and lays the foundation of our work.

Support Truthdig