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Beatrice Rangel: Easter Miracles in Latin America and the World

By Beatrice E. Rangel

As Christianity celebrated the resurrection of Christ this week, three miraculous developments made the world headlines. Curiously enough, these developments impact important angles of the post World War II geopolitical edifice affecting the relative power of several nations in three different corners of the world.

The highest attention grabbing of these three events was, of course, the framework agreed between 6 world powers and Iran to curtail that countryís development of a nuclear bomb.

Second comes the ALBA countries epiphany with respect to the Summit of the Americas; and in third place came the EU decision to entertain the idea of severely limiting relations between secrecy upholding banks and the rest of the international financial system.

Since 1979, Iran has been considered by Western powers as a rogue state. Balance of power considerations had it that Iraq, another rogue state, would keep Iran in check.

But for reasons that only history will eventually reveal, the administration of George W. Bush decided to invade Iraq and the balancing role had no player for many years.

Iran sponsored terrorism, laundered money, violated human rights, financed radical opponents of its rivals . . . and decided to start the process of manufacturing a nuclear bomb. And while a large part of the West had paid little or no attention to the countryís international behavior, going nuke was crossing the line.

Sanctions crossed the minds of western powers to make their debut in 2006 and the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1696. Ever since, the Iranian domestic situation went from bad to worse.

Iran's local currency depreciated 55% vis-ŗ-vis the dollar; oil production dropped from its 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) to 1 million bpd; inflation had a field day; and food scarcity began to disrupt daily life. Going nuclear became quite difficult.

Iran realized it had no other way out of its predicament than to negotiate with the West. Rouhaniís ascent to power facilitated negotiations, as he represents a moderate sector within the governing clergy. What will come next? Probably a brawl between the Shiite Iran and the Sunni Isis! And this seems to be a necessity to restore balance in the region. A miracle thus happened!!

The second event has been the decision by ALBA countries to switch their support to a counter Summit of the Americas that was to be held in Panama simultaneously to the US convened regional forum. The meeting is sponsored by the Foro de Sao Paulo and counted on the generous financial backing of Venezuela. Its script was a crude reenactment of the Anti-Summit held in Mar del Plata Argentina in 2005 when the US was abused and vilified by the Foro de Sao Paulo membership.

The plan for Panama was to make deliberations impossible through strong protests against the supposed U.S. military takeover of Venezuela supposedly being planned by the U.S. Southern Command. The Regional Committee to Unveil the Guarimba Crimes in Venezuela led by the Brazilian congressional members Luis Duran, Desiree Cabrera and Nairoby Olivera had prepared a film depicting the protesting Venezuelan students as gang members set out to bring down the human rights abiding government of President Maduro.

The latest snapshots of Venezuelan daily life depicting over ten mile long lines of consumers waiting to purchase rice, oil, beans, corn flour and soap must have rung a bell in the ALBA leadership. "This looks like Cuba," they must have thought, and if this is so, why is Cuba negotiating with the U.S.? Letís follow the Cuban line was the policy advised by reason. Yet another miracle!!!

Another Easter wonder has been the decision by the European Union to initiate in depth investigations into the Middle Age Principalities that give refuge to secrecy banking. Andorra, San Marino, Lichtenstein, and Monaco had -- up to the Bolivarian discovery of their wonders -- been picturesque enclaves from the past.

In years gone past, they rendered refuge for those escaping ruthless sovereigns. Today they render refuge to those trying to protect their fortunes from Western law enforcement and taxation agencies.

Today they harbor corruption, and corruption finances illicit businesses. And all make possible terrorist financing. These politically protected principalities have thus become a threat to the international financial system. The decision by the European Commission is yet another miracle if we consider that even former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepan was involved in the manipulation of bank accounts owned by Venezuelan officials.

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Beatrice Rangel is President & CEO of the AMLA Consulting Group, which provides growth and partnership opportunities in US and Hispanic markets. AMLA identifies the best potential partner for businesses which are eager to exploit the growing buying power of the US Hispanic market and for US Corporations seeking to find investment partners in Latin America. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Venezuela President Carlos Andres Perez as well as Chief Strategist for the Cisneros Group of Companies.

For her work throughout Latin America, Rangel has been honored with the Order of Merit of May from Argentina, the Condor of the Andes Order from Bolivia, the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by Chile, the Order of Boyaca from Colombia, and the National Order of Jose MatŪas Delgado from El Salvador.

You can follow her on twitter @BEPA2009 or contact her directly at BRangel@amlaconsulting.com.


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