+Luis Rivas Takeda
"working democracies" ?before American government/conglomerate intervention, you have me at a disadvantage there! I'm not aware there was of any great measure, I say so out of lack of knowledge, I'm not being sarcastic! However, things are only 'slightly better' today in S America, in democratic terms, though still with considerable problems! Some of these problems can be attributed to IMF imposed conditions, but in large these rules have to be imposed to ensure governments adherence to sustainable proper economic discipline, which had previously been, and in many cases, is still lacking, (Argentina, default again!)and, it's the IMF's money!
I totally understand the view that the IMF are some scheming capitalist western body trying to manipulate world trade and finance for their advantage and to subjugate other countries. It's difficult sometimes, to dispel that notion, untangle the converging interests of conglomerate monetary gain, the striving for sustainable economic policy leading to better prosperity for all nations involved within the one model.
Cuba, has been, "left alone" and I don't say it with any satisfaction. America's policy would seem severe and disproportionate, but Cuba is a totalitarian imposed regime, all Castro had to do was establish free democratic elections.