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The list of U.S. inva­sions, occu­pa­tions, coups and sanc­tions in Latin Amer­i­ca is a mile long. It is after all, our lit­tle region over here,” and our back­yard” accord­ing to pol­i­cy­mak­ers in Wash­ing­ton. Start­ing with the Mon­roe Doc­trine in 1823 the con­ti­nent and its peo­ple have been a lab­o­ra­to­ry for U.S. inter­ven­tion, a kind of piña­ta, a punch­ing bag. As the U.S. became a world pow­er tech­niques per­fect­ed in Latin Amer­i­ca were then glob­al­ized. Today, once again Wash­ing­ton turns its hege­mon­ic gaze south. The Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Advi­sor John Bolton denounces the troi­ka of tyran­ny”— Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua and the lead­ers of those coun­tries as the three stooges of social­ism.” Appar­ent­ly with no sense of shame or of his­to­ry Bolton declared, We’re not afraid to use the phrase Mon­roe Doc­trine’ in this administration.”