Hurricanes are scary, we know. And this one is particularly dangerous. Junta in Spanish means “a military council that rules after a coup de etat.” The several Latin American countries seen in the cartoon were all under the rule of a military council at some point in the 20th century. Military councils are famously unstable and, much like a hurricane, have the potential to bring social and economic strife to a nation. This hurricane is pushing away the possibility of a positive relationship through the Progress Alliance with the United States. The progress alliance was a partnership initiated by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to promote economic and social development in Latin American nations.
"junta" The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military. Berkley Books, 2001. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. University of Mary Washington. 23 March 2012.
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