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Friday, May 04, 2007

The United States involvement with the Dominican Republic fundamentally altered the course of the state with the 1905 [[Roosevelt Corollary]] to the Monroe Doctrine, when the US assumed control over the Dominican Republic's customs and withholding 55% of all revenues to repay foreign creditors. A few years later, in 1916, the USA invaded and occupied the country for 8 years, during which they dispossessed 80% of the population of the land they occupied. As a military occupier, the USA created a local military force whose leader, a few years after the US withdrawal, would take over the country and rule it as an autocrat for until assassinated with help from the USA's CIA in 1961.

In 1965 the USA invaded again, staying only a year during which they placed a new president in power through elections which were widely viewed as unfair. This president would repeatedly be elected every 4 years until 1996, with the exception of the 1978 elections which the Carter administration in the USA refused to recognize. In 1996 a US-raised Dominican was elected, who promptly privatized many state-run industries. It would be impossible at this point to determine the extent of US interventions in the 10 years since.

But perhaps the main [[Dominican Republic]] article might mention more than a brief comment regarding the 1965 invasion if it really were attempting to be neutral.

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