WASHINGTONPOST – By Ishaan Tharoor – January 7, 2017: One of the more alarming narratives of the 2016 U.S. election campaign is that of the Kremlin’s apparent meddling. …[It appears that] the U.S. days of its worst behavior are long behind it, the United States does have a well-documented history of interfering and sometimes interrupting the workings of democracies elsewhere. It has occupied and intervened militarily in a whole swath of countries in the Caribbean and Latin America and fomented coups against democratically elected populists.
The most infamous episodes include the ousting of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953 — whose government was replaced by an authoritarian monarchy favorable to Washington — the removal and assassination of Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba in 1961, and the violent toppling of socialist Chilean President Salvador Allende, whose government was swept aside in 1973 by a military coup led by the ruthless Gen. Augusto Pinochet. …
Still, U.S. critics see the American hand in a range of more recent elections, from Honduras to Venezuela to Ukraine. And, in recent years, they have also bristled at perceived U.S. meddling in the politics of countries on Russia’s borders, most notably in Ukraine. Link: Read Complete Article