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Friday, February 17, 2012

Dominicans' dance with want - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

From one of CUNY's own: "But what are Dominicans fleeing from? In this
general election year this question focuses our attention on the
plight of this nation: it is now 49 years since the country was last
led by a truly independent politician, Juan Bosch, in 1963. This
extraordinary intellectual and man of unimpeachable character was duly
dispensed by Washington, in league with its local allies, for his
efforts to bring a popular democracy to a country that had been
brutally and dictatorially ruled by Trujillo for more than three
decades. Bosch's commitment to land reform, an anti-colonial foreign
policy, and openly democratic elections were simply too unpalatable
for the US fearful of a freedom-hungry Caribbean four years after the
Cuban Revolution; thus the country was once more invaded to "save
American lives." Henceforth, the Dominican Republic's trajectory
towards dependency and hopelessness was firmly set in motion."

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