Why they hate the US, part umpteen hundred and umpty-ump


When life is discovered on other planets, we already know how it’s gonna react to its first Earthling visitors…

If you ever wanna know why Latin Americans keep yelling “Yankee Go Home” or “Gringo maldito”, I think I’ve just found another clue, this time on Gadling:

An Air France flight from Paris to Mexico had to make an unscheduled stop in Martinique when US air traffic controllers notified the jet that it would not be receiving permission to fly over US airspace.

That’s right – the plane was not en route to the US, just passing over some of it, on its way to Mexico.

On board the plane was Colombian Journalist Hernando Calvo Ospina, who works for Le Monde Diplomatique.

What makes the whole incident even more interesting is that Air France had only sent its passenger manifest to the Mexicans, but now it is clear that Mexico shares this information with the United States.

Hernando Calvo Ospina has written articles about the United States involvement in Latin America, and is currently writing a book about he CIA. The exact reason for him being on the terrorist watch list is unknown, and we’ll probably never know what criteria are used for adding people to it.

I’ll bet the “exact reason” has something to do with him writing (a) for Le Monde Diplomatique, which is not only factually accurate but has all the goods on US interference in LatAm, and (b) a critical word about the CIA in anything, anywhere. They’re kind of itchy that way.

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