N.ree.K created a map with the locations of seven military bases in Colombia for the Winter 2010 issue of Presente.
The United States military is planning to use the seven Colombian bases for "full spectrum operations throughout South America” against threats not only from drug trade and guerrilla movements, but also from “anti-U.S. governments” in the region (according to a U.S. Air Force document about the bases). The Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) that U.S. and Colombian officials signed in the fall of 2009, is granting the U.S. access to the bases for 10 years. The agreement operates from the same failed military mindset that has given rise to the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC). The purpose of the bases and the purpose of the SOA/ WHINSEC are the same: to ensure U.S. control over the region through military means.
N.ree.K also created the Latin America Pulls Out infographic and the Legislative infographic for the Winter 2009 issue
The illustration of the blinded-by-the-lies Democrat donkey and the Republican elephant (instead of stars, they bear Pentagon symbols on their backs) was printed in the Fall 2008 issue of Presente to accompany a news blurb about the participation and the arrest of SOA Watch activists during the protests at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota and during the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. The activists called out the complicity of both parties in the continuing operation of the School of the Americas, militarism and U.S. intervention in Latin America.
While the paper was being delivered in September 2008, Democratic Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, did the bidding for the Pentagon in the conference committee between the U.S. House of the Representatives and the U.S. Senate. After being lobbied by the Pentagon, Senator Levin forced the removal of language from the Defense Authorization bill, which would have required the School of the Americas to lift the secrecy around who is being trained at the school.
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