Britain & Latin America: A Changing Relationship; 1989, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p68-82, 15p
North American students of the subject habitually bemoan the lack of sustained attention devoted to Latin America by US administrations and Congress. The United States approach, they complain, tends to be episodic and reactive and United States policies to rest, in the words of one critic, ‘on either alarmism or do-goodism’. British Latin Americanists might wish that they had it so good. For most of the period since 1945 British policy towards Latin America has been understated almost to the point of inaudibility; apart from brief flurries of crisis-management, generally related to problems of post-imperial disengagement, Latin American issues have tended to languish towards the bottom of any list of British ministers' priorities. This is not to say that Britain has had no consistent policy towards Latin America, but in the higher reaches, at least, of both Conservative and Labour governments it has habitually been the consistency of more or less benign neglect. Nor is this altogether surprising. The UK does not have major strategic interests in Latin America and, in contrast with the United States, British governments do not perceive events in the region as capable of posing direct or indirect threats to national security (as opposed to their possible impact on the wider global balance of East-West power and influence). By comparison with the great themes which have preoccupied British policy-makers since 1945, relations with the countries of Latin America were bound to be at best a matter of secondary concern. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
New Republic; 3/7/55, Vol. 132 Issue 10, p12-14, 3p
POLITICAL parties, CITY council members, CIVIL rights, COMMUNISM, and HUMAN rights
The article presents information about the political career of politician Harvey Marshall Matusow. In 1946, Matusow joined the American Youth for Democracy and in 1947 he became a member of the Communist Party. Between this year and 1951, he sold books at the Jefferson School in New York, tended a switchboard at Communist Party County headquarters, worked for People's Songs Inc., became a charter member of the Labor Youth League and the Young Progressives of America, enrolled in the Civil Rights Congress, the American Labor Party and the Progressive Party, worked for the re-election of Communist Ben Davis as New York City councilman and joined the United Office Workers, one of the unions expelled by the CIO. In February 1950, Matusow became an informer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.