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  • How Guatemala's National Tragedy is Revealing the Future of Pan-American Relations

    06/06/2018 2:26:40 PM PDT · by fatez · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | June 6, 2018 | William F. Smith
    A seemingly odd fireman is fighting fires in Guatemala—Israel. Even before Guatemala’s Vulcan del Fuego resumed its restless sleep Sunday evening, Israel issued emergency aid from its embassy including $10,000 for medical purchases. The pyroclastic flow that erupted from Vulcan del Fuego slammed into the village of El Rodeo at the base of the volcano, killing at least 69. Due to the close proximity of the volcano to Guatemala City, some 1.7 million people have been affected. In response to the tragedy, President Jimmy Morales declared three days of national mourning.
  • 'Human tragedy' of Nicaragua violence claims 121 lives: Rights group

    06/06/2018 6:24:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.channelnewsasia.com ^ | 06/06/2018 | Staff
    MANAGUA: At least 121 people have been killed in a wave of protests since Apr 18 against President Daniel Ortega's government, Nicaragua's main human rights group said Tuesday (Jun 5), calling it a "human tragedy." The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) said another 1,300 people have been wounded in the protests, which have met with a violent crackdown from the government. "This is now a massacre, a human tragedy where the goal is to exterminate all those young people who think differently than or are critical of the government," the group's executive secretary, Marlin Sierra, told AFP. "It amounts...
  • It’s Time for a Coup in Venezuela

    06/06/2018 6:36:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | June 5, 2018, 5:22 PM | By José R. Cárdenas
    Now that Venezuelan autocrat Nicolás Maduro has engineered his re-election in what reasonable observers have decried as a sham vote, it’s impossible to say how long he will remain in office. But the United States and its allies should lay the groundwork for the remaining portions of the Venezuelan government not beholden to Maduro to take the choice out of his hands. Nearly two decades of creeping authoritarianism and large-scale economic mismanagement have taken a staggering toll on Venezuelans. Moreover, with reports of low voter turnout in an otherwise stage-managed electoral process and rising military dissension, clearly the Maduro regime...
  • Amid worsening violence, Nicaraguans say crisis has reached 'catastrophic' proportions

    06/06/2018 4:52:33 AM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    http://www.miamiherald.com/ ^ | 6/5/18 | KYRA GURNEY
    MANAGUA, NICARAGUA Nearly seven weeks after a violent crackdown on student protesters ignited a movement to oust the president of Nicaragua, daily life has become difficult and dangerous for a population increasingly in open rebellion against the government. At least 113 people have been killed, more than 1,000 injured and hundreds arrested since the political uprising began in mid-April, according to human rights groups. Dozens of others have disappeared. In what was until recently one of the safest countries in Latin America, families are now afraid to leave their homes after dark. Barricades set up by protesters block highways, public...
  • Links of terrorist Hezbollah with criminal gangs (converting to Islam to use them for terror)

    04/19/2018 12:26:13 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 10 replies
    The links of the terrorist group Hezbollah with criminal gangs in Colombia to obtain financing With the help of drug traffickers from the Oficina de Envigado, terrorists wash assets and receive money from drug trafficking in the Middle East and Africa 29 mar. 2018 GoogleTranslate: Thus, they are indoctrinated in Islam to convert them into so-called "lone wolves", individuals who carry out terrorist actions alone, without the support of a team. This generates alarm among the authorities, taking into account that in Colombia there are more than 40 thousand Muslims, and five mosques and 10 centers ... ( - Así,...
  • Trump's hidden gem: Mike Pence hits it out of the park in Latin America

    04/15/2018 7:46:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/15/2018 | Monica Showalter
    Unless you read the Spanish-language tweets, or read all the way to the bottom of U.S. news accounts about the Summit of the Americas, you'd never know what a kickass job Mike Pence did for the U.S. this week in Lima, Peru. He knocked it out of the park with his lead on Venezuela's moral odiousness and failed democracy and in so doing, brought the rest of the long-reluctant Latin states along with him, stating: “We want one message to be clear: We are with the people of Venezuela.” He openly met with Venezuela's opposition leaders who have been shut...
  • Why Trump skipping Latin America matters

    04/10/2018 8:58:22 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 19 replies
    Axios ^ | 4/10/18 | Dave Lawler
    The Summit of the Americas this Friday and Saturday in Peru was to be the centerpiece of President Trump's first visit to Latin America, and the first time he met many of the region's leaders. Now, Trump has suddenly announced he won't be attending after all — he's staying in D.C. to focus on Syria and sending Vice President Pence in his stead. Why it matters: Jason Marczak, director of the Atlantic Council's Latin America Center, says Trump's decision is a "significant blow" to the chances of improving relations with the region and with those leaders, many of whom are...
  • Efrain Rios Montt: Guatemala ex-leader tried for genocide dies

    04/01/2018 1:08:42 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1st April 2018 | BBC News
    Guatemala's former military leader Efrain Rios Montt, who briefly ruled the country in the 1980s, has died at the age of 91. In 2013, he became the first former head of state to face genocide charges in his own country. Gen Rios Montt was accused of ordering the killing of more than 1,700 ethnic Mayans during a civil war. The last several years of his life were spent fighting a legal battle against the allegations in court. Gen Rios Montt seized power during a 1982 coup d'etat, in the midst of a bloody civil war in the country between the...
  • Hizballah joins with Latin American drug cartels, creating major threat to Florida

    03/14/2018 12:00:14 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 10 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 03/14/2018 | Christine Douglass-Williams
    An Islamic paramilitary organization financed by Iran has infiltrated large swaths of South America, joined forces with drug cartels and created a major threat to Florida and the rest of the U.S., experts testified at a Congressional Field Hearing in Pensacola on Monday about Hezbollah’s gains in the Western Hemisphere. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, moderated the hearing at the National Naval Aviation Museum. He said transcripts of the experts’ testimony would be provided to the U.S. House Armed Services and Judiciary committees. “This hearing is about highlighting the importance of a stable Western Hemisphere and countering threats...
  • Tucker Carlson, California Turning Into A Third World Country - Poor Latin American Immigrants

    03/04/2018 5:54:15 AM PST · by blam · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3-4-2018 | Brennan Weiss
    Primetime Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson used a segment during his show Friday night to focus on a recent report that rated California last in terms of quality of life among the 50 US states. "How do you take a place that was as world famous as Eden and in 50 years, make it the worst place in America?" Carlson asked his guest, radio talk show host Ethan Bearman. When Bearman suggested that overpopulation might be one of the reasons for California's poor quality of life, Carlson interjected. "Hold on, where do the majority in the past 30 years —...
  • Perspective: Stop comparing Trump to South American dictators. He’s actually far worse.(hurl alert)

    02/20/2018 4:08:43 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 20th 2018 | Ernesto Semán
    It’s en vogue for enraged liberals to compare Trumpism to Argentine Peronism, wielding the analogy as a warning about the potential apocalypse that they fear is about to engulf us. Most recently it was Larry Summers, a member of the Democratic establishment for decades, who took to Twitter to declare: “I worry about the Argentinization of US government.” Summers sent the tweet after President Trump accused Democrats of treason and the media reported on the president’s childish wishes for a military parade. He employed a standard characterization of Peronism as an authoritarian movement, a familiar depiction that no doubt had...
  • Mexico had over 29,000 murders in 2017, still lower than some Latin American nations (edited)

    01/22/2018 4:35:07 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    CBC ^ | January 21, 2018 | The Associated Press
    Mexico posted its highest homicide rate in decades, with the government reporting Sunday there were 29,168 murders in 2017. The number is the highest since comparable records began being kept in 1997 and is also higher than the peak year of Mexico's drug war in 2011, when there were 27,213 murders. The Interior Department, which posted the number, reported the country's homicide rate was 20.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017, compared to 19.4 in 2011.
  • Exclusive — Ret. Lt. Gen. Flynn: Terror-Linked Nations ‘Cutting Deals’ with Mexican Cartels

    08/27/2016 6:07:29 AM PDT · by Lera · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Aug 2016 | Edwin Mora
    Full title :Exclusive — Ret. Lt. Gen. Flynn: Terror-Linked Nations ‘Cutting Deals’ with Mexican Cartels to Enter U.S. Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), tells Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM that countries that are known to support radical Islamic terrorism are "cutting deals" with Mexican cartels for access to human smuggling routes into the United States. Citing photos from the U.S. Border Patrol component of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency on Friday, Gen. Flynn also told Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle, host of Breitbart News Daily, that there are signs...
  • Surprisingly, support for capitalism in Latin America on rise despite leftist leaders

    10/30/2017 9:06:16 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 9 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 27 Oct, 2017 | ANDRÉS OPPENHEIMER
    This may come as a surprise, but support for the free market is reaching record highs in Latin America. And what’s even more amazing, capitalism is most popular in countries where leftist leaders lash out against it on a daily basis. In theory, this could pave the way for a golden era for foreign and domestic investors in the region. The startling information about the rise of pro-capitalist sentiment in Latin America is part of soon-to-be-released figures from Latinobarómetro, an annual regional survey. According to the data, the percentage of people in the region who agree with the premise that...
  • Gun Control Laws Have Failed Latin America

    08/24/2017 4:55:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 9 replies
    Von Mises Institute ^ | 8-23-17 | José Niño
    t’s no secret that Latin America is rife with violence. A recent ranking from the Citizen's Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice (CCSPJP) further illustrates this point with the top 10 most violent cities in the world being exclusively located in Latin America. Additionally, Latin America has the dishonor of having 43 of the 50 most violent urban centers located in the region. These shocking levels of violence can be attributed to several factors — corruption, failed drug war policies, and the lack of rule of law in the region.
  • VP Mike Pence: US not going to stand by while Venezuela 'crumbles'

    08/14/2017 7:33:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 14, 2017 | Veronica Stracqualursi
    Vice President Mike Pence, speaking from Colombia, emphasized today the U.S. has "many options" when it comes to dealing with the crisis in Venezuela. "What's appropriate is for the United States of America to make it clear that we have, as the president said, many options on Venezuela," Pence said in an interview with NBC News. "We're simply not going to tolerate seeing Venezuela collapse into dictatorship." "President Trump has made it clear - we’re simply not going to stand by while Venezuela crumbles," he continued. Venezuela has recently been rocked by violent protests and political unrest. In a controversial...
  • Venezuela crisis: Latin Americans condemn Trump over 'military response'

    08/12/2017 3:00:51 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12th August 2017 | BBC News
    The South American trading bloc Mercosur has condemned President Trump for saying he was considering military action in the Venezuela crisis. Argentina said dialogue and diplomacy were the only ways to promote democracy in Venezuela. Venezuela's foreign minister said Mr Trump's words had been hostile and disrespectful and risked destablising Latin America. Violent demonstrations since April have left more than 120 people dead. President Nicolas Maduro's new constituent assembly - which can rewrite the constitution and could override the opposition-controlled parliament - has been widely criticised as anti-democratic. Mercosur - which includes the region's largest economies Argentina and Brazil as...
  • Trump: 'I'm not going to rule out a military option' in Venezuela

    08/11/2017 5:42:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    CNBC ^ | August 11, 2017 | Jacob Pramuk and The Associated Press
    President Donald Trump on Friday said he would not rule out a "military option" in Venezuela as the ruling regime there consolidates power. "We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary," Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club on Friday. The president did not answer a question about whether American troops would lead a potential operation. "We don't talk about it. But a military operation, a military option, is certainly something we could pursue," he responded.....
  • Venezuela policy wins Trump unlikely friends in Latin America

    08/11/2017 8:26:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | August 11, 2017 | Patricia Mazzei
    In one of the most striking recent examples of Latin American unity, an emergency meeting held in Peru this week over how to handle Venezuela’s pressing political crisis drew 17 countries that denounced a “breakdown” of democracy. Foreign ministers flew to Lima from every corner of the Western Hemisphere — except the U.S. It wasn’t because the region had aligned itself against Washington. For once, Latin America’s biggest players came together to make the rarest of admissions: When it comes to Venezuela, they agree with President Donald Trump. At least for now. “What we have in Venezuela is a dictatorship,”...
  • Challenges of Latin America's Left Debated in Cuba

    05/12/2017 11:04:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    teleSUR English ^ | May 11, 2017
    Despite the success of socialist governments over the past two decades, conference attendees agreed that grave inequality continues to plague the region. Today's roundtable discussions focused on how to counter the oligarchs and imperialism who accompany the rise of far-right wing politicians. Cuban researchers emphasized how the academy can be used in a regional context to resist these anti-democratic forces. Despite the success of revolutionary and anti-neoliberal governments in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past two decades, conference attendees agreed that the region continues to be plagued by grave inequality. More than 175 million people remain in abject...