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Venezuela is not a threat to US national security, just US dominance of Latin America.


The US is omnipresent in Venezuela – culturally, socially – as a model for a way of life. What we’ve seen in the last few years is a breaking from that tradition, from that orbit, seeking something different and actually privileging social programs to try to eradicate poverty.

Latin America scholar Miguel Tinker Salas places President Obama’s declaration of Venezuela as a threat to national security into a larger historical context of US diplomatic aggression towards the country, and explains why the real threat Venezuela poses is to American economic hegemony.

Miguel is author of the book Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know.

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Miguel Tinker Salas

Miguel Tinker Salas is Aramont Professor in Latin American History and Professor of History and Chicano/a Studies at Pomona College.


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