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  • Colombia Election Skunks The Media

    06/01/2010 5:22:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 580+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 1, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Elections: Loopy Green candidate Antanas Mockus was hailed in the press as Colombia's next president. But the voters had someone else in mind and stunned with Sunday's result. It exposed Mockus' rise as pure media hype. Where have we seen this movie before? The media hailed the vaguely leftwing Green Party candidate with his hip sunflower campaign theme as "The New Obama." They pointed to polls as proof he'd win the election, said he was a new kind of politician and voters were in a mood for "change." "Colombian election tilting toward a maverick," crowed the Global Post, in a...
  • Venezuela raids forex firms, arrests one man

    05/16/2010 12:01:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 600+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 15, 2010 | Deisy Buitrago
    Venezuelan authorities have raided four money-changing businesses and arrested one man in the start of a clampdown on what President Hugo Chavez calls capitalist speculators distorting the currency market. The Attorney General's office said on Saturday that the businesses were illegally selling dollars in violation of Venezuela's currency exchange rules. The raids came late on Friday shortly after Chavez promised action to prevent unregulated foreign exchange activities following the bolivar's crash against the dollar on a free-floating "parallel" market. "The bourgeoisie have gone crazy, they want money, money and more money," Chavez said ... Analysts have warned this strategy may...
  • Venezuela is Crumbling

    05/14/2010 7:11:51 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 44 replies · 1,403+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 14, 2010 | Jaime Daremblum
    Recent weeks have brought more depressing economic news from Venezuela, where populist leader Hugo Chávez seems intent on destroying not only democracy but also the last remaining vestiges of private enterprise. On April 21, the Latin Business Chronicle predicted that Venezuela would post the world’s highest inflation rate in 2010, ahead of even the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. On May 5, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean reported that foreign direct investment (FDI) in Venezuela dropped from $349 million in 2008 to negative $3.1 billion last year, “mainly as a result of nationalizations.” In...
  • Latin America Waits for Obama to Deliver

    05/10/2010 9:02:53 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies · 363+ views
    Real Clear World ^ | May 9, 2010 | Jaime Daremblum
    <p>In a recent interview with PBS host Charlie Rose, Sudanese-born businessman Mohamed Ibrahim said that Africans had great hopes for Barack Obama, but are still waiting for him to announce a new set of U.S. policies toward their continent.</p> <p>All of Obama's four immediate predecessors spearheaded at least one major initiative in the Western Hemisphere. Ronald Reagan established the Kissinger Commission on Central America and launched the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI). George H.W. Bush started the "Enterprise for the Americas Initiative" and spearheaded the NAFTA talks. Bill Clinton completed NAFTA, created the Summit of the Americas, supported enhanced trade preferences for CBI members, and began negotiations for a "Free Trade Area of the Americas." George W. Bush signed CAFTA with Central America and the Dominican Republic), plus single free-trade pacts with Chile, Peru, Colombia and Panama; he also introduced the anti-drug Mérida Initiative.</p>
  • Focus on the immigration issue continues south of the border (Arizona)

    05/07/2010 3:09:28 PM PDT · by AuntB · 26 replies · 411+ views
    National Assn of Former Border Patrol Officers ^ | May 5, 2010 | NAFBPO- Foreign News Report
    Wednesday, 5/5/10 El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 5/4/10 Central American legislators take hands-on action re U.S. immigration The “Presidents” of the Congresses of seven Central American countries plan to meet in Guatemala on May 13 & 14 to elaborate a proposal to be presented to the U.S. Senate. That document would seek to halt Arizona’s law against immigrants. Roberto Alejos, President of Guatemala’s Congress, added that “At the same time, we will set out (to the senators) the importance of approving an integral migratory reform.” The presidents of the congress of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua...
  • Nicaragua accused of helping Colombian drug lords to establish trafficking routes

    05/03/2010 12:56:51 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 371+ views
    Times Online ^ | 5/1/2010 | Hannah Strange
    The head of the Sandinista Government in Nicaragua protected one of the world’s top drug barons and helped him to establish trafficking routes through the country, a former high-ranking officer has claimed. During the 1980s Daniel Ortega, the revolutionary leader and current President, gave Pablo Escobar, the head of Colombia’s Medellín cartel, access to drug corridors as well as sanctuary and a military guard, according to the allegations. Cuba and Panama, then led by Fidel Castro and Manuel Noriega, are also said to have participated in the deal, with Panama acting as a financial and money-laundering centre and Cuba protecting...
  • Iran's Growing Influence In Latin America

    04/27/2010 1:33:46 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 222+ views
    SPERO Forum.com - SPERO News ^ | April 24, 2010 | Commentary, Analysis by Mark P. Sullivan
    SNIPPET: "President Chávez also announced during the visit that Venezuela is working on a preliminary plan for the construction of a “nuclear village” in Venezuela with Iranian assistance so that “the Venezuelan people can count in the future on this marvelous resource for peaceful purposes.” The transfer of Iranian nuclear technology from Iran would be a violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions - 1737 (2006), 1747 ( 2007), and 1803 (2008) - that imposed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear technology transfers. In late September 2009, comments by Venezuelan officials offered conflicting information about Iran’s support for Venezuela’s search for uranium deposits....
  • Hezbollah, Hamas Activities In Argentina, Brazil And Paraguay

    04/27/2010 1:06:57 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 452+ views
    EURASIA REVIEW.com ^ | April 23, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "In recent years, U.S. concerns have increased over activities of Hezbollah and the Sunni Muslim Palestinian group Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) in the tri-border area (TBA) of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, which has a large Muslim population. The TBA has long been used for arms and drug trafficking, contraband smuggling, document and currency fraud, money laundering, and the manufacture and movement of pirated goods." SNIPPET: "This article is an edited portion of a longer January 25, 2010 CRS report, Latin America: Terrorism Issues (PDF) prepared by Mark P. Sullivan, Specialist in Latin American Affairs for the Congressional Research Service...
  • Now Arizona Has More Than One War In Our Backyards MY OPINION: Hezbollah using drug routes

    04/27/2010 12:47:10 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 709+ views
    AZBIZ.com - Inside Tucson Business ^ | April 23, 2010 | Opinion by Lionel Waxman
    "Now Arizona has more than one war in our backyards MY OPINION: Hezbollah using drug routes" By Lionel Waxman, Inside Tucson Business Published on Friday, April 23rd, 2010 SNIPPET: "For years, I have been warning that the Mexican drug war will sweep over Southern Arizona if we don’t close the border. Well now the war is here. But today, I am writing to warn you of another war. It is using the drug routes but it isn’t connected to the cartels. Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Lebanese group, is on its way to involving Tubac, Tucson, Phoenix and other parts of Arizona...
  • Otto J. Reich: 21st Century Socialism - The attempt to destroy democracy in Latin America.

    04/23/2010 9:58:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 343+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 23, 2010 | Otto J. Reich
    21st Century SocialismThe attempt to destroy democracy in Latin America.  The Obama administration started out on the wrong foot in world affairs. It used techniques better suited for domestic political campaigns — popularity contests — in its foreign policy. In our own hemisphere, the result was confusion for our allies and our enemies alike. The overriding objective of U.S. policy — in Latin America and elsewhere — should be to advance U.S. national interests, not to curry favor with foreign leaders. If we can be liked while advancing our interests, so much the better. But when we try to befriend...
  • US Accuses Guinea-Bissau Military Officers of Drug Trafficking

    04/13/2010 12:25:59 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 503+ views
    VOA NEWS.com ^ | 09 April 2010 | Scott Stearns - Dakar, Senegal
    "US Accuses Guinea-Bissau Military Officers of Drug Trafficking Two top officers are named as major players in cocaine shipment from Latin America to Guinea-Bissau" SNIPPET: "Na Tchuto denied the allegations on Friday and said that he will cooperate with the United States government. He also said the charges of drug trafficking do not make sense because he was in Portugal on June 29, 2008 when the cocaine shipment from Venezuela arrived. Na Tchuto said he did not return to Guinea-Bissau until July. Na Tchuto also pointed out that he was not arrested by Interpol when he was in Gambia or...
  • The Bear in Caracas (Chavez SPACE PROGRAM!)

    04/07/2010 9:28:42 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 1 replies · 215+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 7, 2010 | aime Daremblum
    Beam me up, Hugo. As Venezuela sinks deeper into economic quicksand, President Hugo Chávez continues to mortgage his country’s future with weapons purchases and harebrained schemes. Last week, Russia’s Vladimir Putin visited the South American nation to promote greater bilateral cooperation on strategic issues, including energy and defense. According to Russian media outlets, Putin said that Moscow’s arms sales to Caracas “could exceed $5 billion.” It’s unclear how much of that $5 billion reflects previous agreements -- Chávez has already spent billions on Russian military equipment -- but we can safely say that the Venezuelan arms buildup is moving forward...
  • U.S. worries as Iran slips in backyard

    04/05/2010 10:03:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 249+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 4/1/2010 | UPI via Space Daily
    The United States is concerned about Iran's bridge-building with Latin American regimes as the confrontation with Tehran over its nuclear ambitions gets sharper. Washington's focus is primarily on Venezuela and Brazil at the moment; especially Brazil, which is emerging as a new energy power. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a center-leftist, seeks to transform Brazil into a diplomatic heavyweight on the world stage. Since Iran's firebrand President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was first elected in 2005, he has opened embassies in six Latin American states: Nicaragua, Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay. All told, Iran has 11 embassies in the...
  • Argentina demands turnover of Falklands

    04/03/2010 11:43:48 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 152 replies · 5,869+ views
    upi ^ | April 3, 2010
    BUENOS AIRES, - Argentina marked the anniversary of the 1982 Falklands war with a parade, and the country's president says Britain should turn over the islands . Argentina invaded the Falklands, claiming they were part of its sovereign territory, but a British counter-invasion defeated the Argentines, who lost 904 lives. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner delivered a national address on the anniversary Friday from Ushuaia, which was the hub of the Argentine military operations during the 1982 conflict, The Times of London reported. Under Argentine law it is the capital of the region that encompasses the islands, which Argentina calls...
  • Brazil to announce winner of huge jet fighter deal

    03/28/2010 12:29:24 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 901+ views
    haveeru.com.mv ^ | 3/26/2010 | haveeru.com.mv
    Brazil plans to announce in early April the winner of a multi-billion-dollar competition for modern fighter jets meant to cement its new role as Latin America's preeminent military power. The tender, though, has been marked by infighting between Brazil's air force and government, and fierce rivalry between the three nations vying to score the deal. The finalists now comprise France's Rafale made by Dassault, Sweden's Gripen NG by Saab, and the F/A-18 Super Hornet by US giant Boeing. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's stated preference for the ultra-sophisticated, semi-stealth Rafale jet annoyed the air force, which preferred the much...
  • Chilean President Piñera: "My government will do whatever it can to reestablish democracy in Cuba"

    03/23/2010 4:05:26 PM PDT · by WellyP · 15 replies · 533+ views
    The Real Cuba ^ | 22 March 2010 | The Real Cuba
    "Chile's President Sebastian Piñera said on Monday that his government "will do whatever it can" to help restore democracy and respect for human rights in Cuba. Piñera also expressed his "profound preoccupation" with the health of Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas who has been in a hunger strike for 27 days..."
  • Time to Update Monroe Doctrine

    03/10/2010 5:18:24 PM PST · by kathsua · 4 replies · 225+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 3/10/10 | Bert Chapman
    In 1823 President James Monroe issued a seminal foreign policy statement which has become known as the Monroe Doctrine. This stated that the United States would view any European involvement in Latin America as a threat to the United States to be resisted. At the time of its issuance, the U.S. did not have the military power to effectively enforce this so the Royal Navy served as the de facto enforcer of this policy until the U.S. gained requisite military strength around the turn of the 20th century. In 1904 President Theodore Roosevelt issued the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe...
  • Clinton: U.S. part of Latin drug trade

    03/06/2010 10:56:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 313+ views
    GUATEMALA CITY -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. is "part of the problem" in Central America's worsening drug trade, and is working to reduce demand at home while assisting neighbors in their fight against traffickers. "The United States under the Obama administration recognizes and accepts its share of responsibilities for the problems posed by drug trafficking in this region," Mrs. Clinton said today at a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Guatemala City, before meeting with regional presidents. "That's an admission that we have been willing to make this past year," she said, adding the...
  • The Cubanization of Venezuela-Castro works to keep Chávez in power and the cheap oil flowing.

    03/02/2010 3:32:33 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 4 replies · 235+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 8, 2010 | Jaime Daremblum
    The Cubanization of Venezuela began a long time ago, but it took another large step in early February, when Cuban general Ramiro Valdés arrived in Caracas to serve as a government consultant. Valdés, 77, has been one of the most brutal enforcers of the Castro regime, beginning in the 1960s when he was responsible for crushing popular protests over energy-use restrictions. He established Castro’s ruthless G2 intelligence service and is currently number three in the Cuban hierarchy. According to Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, Valdés and his retinue are there to help the South American country solve its dire electricity crisis....
  • Partisan Fallout of Immigration GOP Vote Share Drops as Foreign-Born % Grows

    02/19/2010 9:16:40 AM PST · by AuntB · 63 replies · 875+ views
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | Feb. 2010 | James G. Gimpel
    How has the growth of the immigrant population changed the political partisan leanings of the places where immigrants have settled? The answer to this question is of considerable interest to academic specialists, journalists, interest groups, and political parties engaged in the immigration policy debate. If the impact of mass immigration is politically neutral, there is no reason to be concerned that constituencies will change appreciably by the settlement and naturalization of new arrivals. In that case, immigration might have economic and cultural impacts that should be anticipated, but no one need be concerned about political shifts. On the other hand,...
  • America's bipartisan Latin folly

    02/02/2010 3:13:46 AM PST · by Scanian · 1 replies · 286+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 2, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    While pundits called President Obama on his failure to mention Israel and the Palestinian problem in last week's State of the Union Address, a far greater omission went ignored: Latin America. Aside from one fleeting reference (to Colombia and free trade), the closest Obama came geographically was a rhetorical jaunt to the Caribbean to note the disaster in Haiti. Mexico is battling a full-blown narco-insurgency right on our border. In Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez is constructing a vicious dictatorship. Argentina's stumbling toward a government crisis. While we were napping, Brazil became a great power. None of them warranted a subordinate...
  • Honduras apologizes after expelling Brazil consul

    01/30/2010 11:23:55 AM PST · by La Lydia · 5 replies · 289+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2010 | Freddy Cuevas
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Honduras' new government fired its top immigration official Friday after a Brazilian diplomat was denied entry into the country. The government offered apologies to Brazil after immigration officials gave "undignified treatment" to consul Francisca Francinette Melo when she arrived in Honduras earlier in the day. The interior and justice minister, Africo Madrid, said the Brazilian diplomat arrived on a flight from Miami but was denied entry and put on another flight back to the United States. He said Nelson Willy Mejia, the head of Honduras' immigration agency, was dismissed because of the incident. Madrid said the immigration...
  • How Hugo Chavez's revolution crumbled

    01/25/2010 10:25:09 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 33 replies · 1,383+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 25, 2010 | Jackson Diehl
    While the world has been preoccupied with the crisis in Haiti, Latin America has quietly passed through a tipping point in the ideological conflict that has polarized the region -- and paralyzed U.S. diplomacy -- for most of the past decade. The result boils down to this: Hugo Chávez's "socialism for the 21st century" has been defeated and is on its way to collapse. During the past two weeks, just before and after the earthquake outside Port-au-Prince, the following happened: Chávez was forced to devalue the Venezuelan currency, and impose and then revoke massive power cuts in the Venezuelan capital...
  • Zelaya Will Travel to Dominican Republic as "Distinguished Guest"

    01/22/2010 6:53:41 AM PST · by La Lydia · 7 replies · 250+ views
    Honduras Weekly ^ | January 20, 2010
    Deposed president Manuel Zelaya will be allowed to travel to the Dominican Republic under the status of "distinguished guest". During a visit yesterday to that country's capital of Santa Domingo, President-elect Porfirio Lobo announced that soon after he is inaugurated as Honduras' next president, he will provide a letter of safe passage for Mr. Zelaya, his family, and his closest advisers. An agreement facilitating the deal was signed by Mr. Lobo and Dominican president Leonel Fernández. The announcement helps lay to rest speculation about Mr. Zelaya's near-term plans following the change of power in Honduras on January 27. Mr. Zelaya...
  • While Washington Sleeps--Beijing expands its influence in Latin America.

    01/19/2010 9:02:16 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies · 606+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 25, 2010 | Jaime Daremblum
    While riding in a taxi in my native Costa Rica recently, I saw the country’s magnificent new national soccer stadium rising—it is scheduled to open later this year. The Chinese government bankrolled the $83 million stadium project after Costa Rica ended its diplomatic recognition of Taiwan and launched official relations with Beijing. Journalists have referred to the stadium as a “gift” from China to Costa Rica. And, as my cab driver told me, the rulers in Beijing sent hundreds of Chinese workers to do the construction work. The Costa Rican soccer stadium is a symbol of Beijing’s growing interest in...
  • Piñera wins presidency as Chile returns to the right

    01/17/2010 8:16:15 PM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 14 replies · 600+ views
    Financial Times ^ | January 17 2010 | Jude Webber
    Sebastián Piñera, a billionaire businessman, has defeated Chile’s ruling leftist coalition to return the right to power for the first time since the return of democracy after General Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in 1990.
  • Why Hugo Chavez's stock has dropped

    01/17/2010 5:34:44 AM PST · by La Lydia · 12 replies · 841+ views
    McClatchy News Service ^ | January 17, 2010 | Andres Oppenheimer
    A lot has been written about the economic impact of the maxi-devaluation announced Friday by Venezuela's authoritarian-populist President Hugo Chavez. But the measure's political impact may be just as important, if not more. With his drastic devaluation of the Venezuelan currency, Chavez can transform the dollars his government gets from oil exports into twice as many bolivares, the local currency. Once converted, the Chavez government's oil export income will increase from 47 billion to 94 billion bolivares, which it will be able to spend in social programs before September's crucial congressional election... But in the long run, this is a...
  • Eight of the world’s ten deadliest cities are in Latin America

    01/14/2010 8:02:41 AM PST · by AuntB · 21 replies · 1,313+ views
    M3 Report Wednesday, 1/13/10 La Razon (La Paz, Bolivia) 1/12/10 Phony document time Cloned passports and U.S. visas are being sold for between 7 and 10 thousand dollars in the Bolivian cities of Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. Some deals also include counterfeit departure stamps from the U.S. The Bolivian Consul in Miami, Milton Paniagua, revealed that some 140 Bolivians with this type of phony documentation have been detected and detained since the month of November. ———————————– El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 1/12/10 Eight of the ten deadliest cities of the world are in Latin America A Mexican organization called the “Consejo...
  • Drug Gangs, Iran Impact Latin America

    01/13/2010 10:55:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 239+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 01-13/2010 | Paul McLeary
    Security issues in Latin America have largely been on the back burner in American political and military circles for years, with continued U.S. funding for the Colombian military and the belligerence of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez only briefly engaging American consciousness. This has changed dramatically over the last few years with the explosion of drug cartels that threaten the stability of some countries, the growing influence of Iran and the hard-core anti-Americanism of the Venezuelan president. A report by Latin American analyst Sylvia Longmire looks at how the Mexican drug war is destabilizing the region, with smuggling and human trafficking...
  • How Chile Got Amazingly Rich: Free Trade (Capitalism/freedom)

    01/10/2010 7:41:21 AM PST · by yoe · 30 replies · 1,306+ views
    Benzinga ^ | January 6, 2010 | CarpeDiem
    <p>INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY -- Chile was formally invited to OECD's club of developed countries on Dec. 15 — a great affirmation for a once-poor nation that pulled itself up by trusting markets. One thing that stands out here is free trade.</p>
  • Conway: Islamic Terror Grows in Latin America

    12/24/2009 1:57:06 PM PST · by americanophile · 5 replies · 466+ views
    Newsmax ^ | December 23, 2009 | John Rossomando
    Most Americans usually do not think of Latin America in terms of Islamic terrorism, but counterterrorism expert and former FBI Special Agent James Conway tells Newsmax TV’s Kathleen Walter the region could be the nation’s “Achilles' Heel” in its struggle against terrorism. In recent years, these groups have established bases of operations throughout Latin America, which they have used to move people and materials. See Video: Terrorism expert James Conway talks about the Islamic terror threat in Latin America - Click Here Now “There is a growing presence of Islamic activism and fundraising in Latin America,” Conway told Newsmax. “There...
  • A Bad Neighbor Policy? The Obama administration loses ground in Latin America.

    12/14/2009 12:48:25 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 11 replies · 636+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/21/2009 | Jaime Daremblum
    Given the challenges that President Obama faces in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, China, and elsewhere, the fact that he has thus far neglected Latin America is hardly surprising or scandalous. Obama has committed several unforced errors in the Americas, however, most notably in Honduras, and his relatively weak performance has raised concerns about declining U.S. influence. Obama's Latin America policy has evolved through four stages. During stage one, Obama practiced what might be called Sally Field diplomacy ("You like me!"), marveling over his own popularity in the region while trying to make nice with both friendly and adversarial...
  • Chile Appears Set To Elect A Conservative [No More Socialism!]

    12/13/2009 10:31:57 AM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 670+ views
    LATimes ^ | December 13th 2009
    Chile Appears Set To Elect A Conservative Billionaire businessmen Sebastian Pinera is expected to win the most votes in an election to choose highly popular President Michelle Bachelet's successor. A runoff is likely. An election worker carries voting materials at a polling station ahead of general elections in Santiago. Conservative Sebastian Pinera is considered the frontrunner against former President Eduardo Frei. Incumbent President Michelle Bachelet cannot run because of term limits. (Carlos Espinoza / Associated Press / December 12, 2009) By Chris Kraul December 13, 2009 Reporting from Santiago, Chile - As Chileans vote today for the first time since...
  • 286 arrested in ICE's largest ever enforcement surge targeting criminal aliens

    12/11/2009 6:11:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies · 1,006+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | December 11, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: December 11, 2009 286 arrested in ICE's largest ever enforcement surge targeting criminal aliens 2 convicted rapists and armed robber among those captured in 3-day California operation LOS ANGELES - Nearly 300 foreign nationals with criminal records have been removed from the United States or are facing deportation following a three-day enforcement surge in California, making it the biggest operation targeting at large criminal aliens ever carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). During the operation, which concluded late Thursday, ICE officers located and arrested a total of 280 criminal aliens...
  • Clinton to Latin America: 'think twice' about Iran ties

    12/11/2009 10:37:58 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 508+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/11/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Latin American countries Friday to "think twice" about fostering ties with Iran because of its alleged support for terrorism. "I think if people want to flirt with Iran, they should take a look at what the consequences might well be for them. And we hope that they will think twice and we will support them if they do," the chief US diplomat said. During a question-and-answer session at the State Department's public policy forum on Latin America, Clinton said it was a "very bad idea for the countries involved" to...
  • Chavez: Venezuela acquires thousands of missiles

    12/07/2009 5:18:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1,326+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/7/09 | AP
    CARACAS, Venezuela – President Hugo Chavez said Monday that Venezuela has received thousands of Russian-made missiles and rocket launchers as part of his government's military preparations for a possible armed conflict with neighboring Colombia. "They are preparing a war against us," Chavez said during a televised address, repeating a charge he has been making for months. "Preparing is one of the best ways to neutralize it." Both Colombia and Washington deny having any plans to attack Venezuela, but Chavez argues they are plotting together a military offensive against Venezuela. Chavez says his government is acquiring more weapons as a precaution....
  • Iran clinching deals for a longer hold on Latin America

    12/07/2009 5:23:36 AM PST · by myknowledge · 1 replies · 216+ views
    UPI ^ | November 25, 2009
    LA PAZ, Bolivia, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Iran is clinching deals for trade and technical cooperation with Latin American countries with the aim of securing a foothold after the current tour of the region by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran has already fostered strong bilateral ties with Nicaragua and Venezuela, but Ahmadinejad's current tour of Brazil, Bolivia and Venezuela is producing a whole series of new contracts that encompass increased trade and economic cooperation, technical assistance in the energy and mining sectors and uranium prospecting. During his one-day visit to the Bolivian capital Tuesday Ahmadinejad and Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales signed...
  • Why We Care About Honduras: Three Powers Compared

    12/06/2009 11:47:17 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 678+ views
    Foreign Policy Association ^ | 12/06/2009 | Richard Basas
    Andres Oppenheimer of the Miami Herald wrote an intriguing piece recently on the splash effect of the coup, or crisis, or whatever term least offends someone of Honduras’ new leadership and recent election, and how the major powers in Latin America have tried unsuccessfully to remedy the situation. Oppenheimer argues that the US, Brazil and the OAS have all succeeded in failure in their own unique ways. Failure for the three comes as follows. For Brazil, its “hypocrisy” of recognizing Iran’s and Cuba’s undemocratic leadership, while criticizing Honduras’ recent elections. For the US, the “flip-flopping” that comes with a constant...
  • How Chile Got Rich

    12/04/2009 5:38:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies · 1,313+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 4, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Wealth: Chile is expected to win entry to OECD's club of developed countries by Dec. 15 — a great affirmation for a once-poor nation that pulled itself up by trusting markets. One thing that stands out here is free trade. At a summit of Latin American countries last week in Portugal, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet suddenly became the center of attention — and rightly so. She announced that her country was expected to win membership in the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, an exclusive club of the richest and most economically credible nations. Chile is the first country in...
  • Iran building terror network in South America

    12/03/2009 3:10:27 PM PST · by La Lydia · 3 replies · 600+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | December 3, 2009 | HILARY LEILA KRIEGER,
    The Argentinean prosecutor who ferreted out Iranian links to Argentina's largest terror attack warned Wednesday of Teheran's growing terror network in Latin America. "The Iranians are moving fast," assessed Alberto Nisman, who has secured Interpol backing for the arrest of several Iranians, including former president Hashemi Rafsanjani, for ordering the July 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community offices in Buenos Aires. "We see a much greater penetration than we did in 1994." He said that Iran, particularly through Lebanese proxy Hizbullah, has a growing presence in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, using techniques it honed in Argentina before the...
  • Darwin Was Wrong About Geology

    12/02/2009 7:13:55 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 148 replies · 2,561+ views
    CEH ^ | December 2, 2009
    Dec 2, 2009 — Field geologists have revisited a site Darwin visited on the voyage of the Beagle, and found that he incorrectly interpreted what he found.  A large field of erratic boulders in Tierra del Fuego that have become known as “Darwin’s Boulders” were deposited by a completely different process than he thought.  The modern team, publishing in the Geological Society of America’s December issue of the GSA Today,1 noted that “Darwin’s thinking was profoundly influenced by Lyell’s obsession with large-scale, slow, vertical movements of the crust, especially as manifested in his theory of submergence and ice rafting to...
  • Lobo leads Honduras presidential vote: exit polls

    11/29/2009 7:18:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 31 replies · 1,169+ views
    Reuters Via Yahoo News ^ | 11/29/2009 | Reuters Via Yahoo News
    Honduran opposition candidate Porfirio Lobo is leading in a presidential election that could ease a five-month crisis following the June coup against President Manuel Zelaya, media exit polls said on Sunday. Lobo, a conservative, won more than 55 percent of Sunday's vote and was well ahead of ruling Liberal Party candidate Elvin Santos, the HRN radio station said. A TV channel gave Lobo 51 percent. Lobo was seen as more likely than Santos to persuade foreign governments to recognize Sunday's election.
  • Former rebel leader is Uruguay's president-elect

    11/29/2009 5:12:57 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 8 replies · 563+ views
    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – A plain-talking former leader of leftist guerrillas who once sought power through kidnappings and bombings is now the president-elect of Uruguay. Jose Mujica won more than 50 percent of the votes cast in a run-off election Sunday, according to exit polls by the South American country's three leading pollsters, giving the center-left Broad Front coalition five more years in power.
  • Road ahead for deposed Honduran President Zelaya

    11/23/2009 10:21:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 628+ views
    The Star Online ^ | 11/24/2009 | Helen Popper
    Honduran lawmakers are due to decide on Dec. 2 whether to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya and let him finish his term until a newly elected leader takes office in January. Zelaya was exiled by soldiers in a June 28 coup but has been holed up in the Brazilian Embassy since sneaking back into Honduras in September. After he pulled out of a deal to decide his return, Zelaya's future looks even more uncertain. Here are some possible scenarios for Zelaya's prospects: CONGRESS VOTES TO REINSTATE ZELAYA Zelaya's opponents control the Honduran Congress, which voted to strip him of his...
  • Deserting the sinking ship and other news (Zelaya in Brazilian Embassy- Honduras)

    11/18/2009 6:02:16 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies · 370+ views
    La Griga's Blogicito ^ | Wednesday, November 18, 2009 | None Stated
    Zelayistas and journalists are deserting the sinking ship of the Brazilian Embassy. Yesterday, Salvadoran Padre Andrés Tamayo left. Deserters are escorted away by police and, I believe, are examined by doctors prior to release, which seems a wise move so that false accusations of ill effects from death rays, toxic gases, mind control radiation and whatever else they dream up cannot be claimed later. In one photo of a Zelaya follower telling a doctor about his symptoms, a Brazilian blogger notes with humor the skepticism in the face of a journalist (in the blue shirt) standing by watching. The fact...
  • Islamic militants boosting role in drug trade

    11/17/2009 10:01:44 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 4 replies · 518+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2009 | Claude Salhani
    The sea lanes of the South Atlantic have become a favored route for drug traffickers carrying narcotics from Latin America to West and North Africa, where al Qaeda-related groups are increasingly involved in transporting the drugs to Europe, intelligence officials and counternarcotics specialists say. A Middle Eastern intelligence official said his agency has picked up "very worrisome reports" of rapidly growing cooperation between Islamic militants operating in North and West Africa and drug lords in Latin America. With U.S. attention focused on the Caribbean and Africans lacking the means to police their shores, the vast sea lanes of the South...
  • Honduran Congress will rule on Zelaya after vote

    11/17/2009 2:24:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 423+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | 11/17/2009 | Freddie Cuevas
    Honduran lawmakers will not decide whether to restore ousted President Manuel Zelaya until after upcoming presidential elections, the congressional leader said Tuesday, a decision that could undermine international support for the vote. Congress will meet Dec. 2 — three days after the Nov. 29 election — to decide whether Zelaya should be returned the presidency to finish his constitutional term, which ends in January, congressional president Jose Alfredo Saavedra told local HRN radio station. Several Latin American countries have warned they will not recognize the outcome of the election unless Zelaya is restored beforehand. But the United States has not...
  • Honduras' ousted leader won't accept deal to resume presidency if he must endorse elections

    11/15/2009 1:32:46 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 777+ views
    The Record ^ | 11/15/2009 | Freddy Cuevas
    Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya insisted late Saturday that he will not accept any deal to restore him to office if it means he must recognize elections later this month. In a letter addressed to President Barack Obama, Zelaya also repeated his accusation that Washington reversed its stance on whether the Nov. 29 vote should be considered legitimate if he was not in office. "As the elected president of the Honduran people, I reaffirm my position that starting today, no matter what, I will not accept any agreement on returning to the presidency of the republic to cover up this...
  • Grenade fired at building with Honduran ballots

    11/13/2009 1:02:03 PM PST · by don-o · 18 replies · 1,394+ views
    AP - via Google ^ | October 13, 2009 | KATHIA MARTINEZ
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Assailants fired an anti-tank grenade toward the building housing ballots for the upcoming Honduran presidential elections, which are taking place under the shadow of a four-month crisis caused by a coup, police said Friday. The grenade overshot the target, exploding 550 yards (500 meters) from the building in the capital of Tegucigalpa, police spokesman Orlin Cerrato said. Residents in several neighborhoods heard the explosion Thursday night, but there were no damages. Police believe the building housing election material was the intended target because the surrounding buildings are mostly residential. They said the Russian-made, rocket-propelled grenade was likely...
  • Zelaya pulls out of Honduras unity deal

    11/07/2009 3:32:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 1,120+ views
    UPI.com ^ | 11/07/2009 | UPI
    Honduras, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says he has pulled out of a deal struck to end the country's political crisis. Speaking to local radio Friday, Zelaya said the deal with the interim government led by President Roberto Micheletti was off as far as he was concerned, The Wall Street Journal reported. "This deal is dead. The other side has failed to uphold their end," Zelaya reportedly said. Under the terms of the deal, a government of national unity would be created and the Honduran Congress would be allowed to determine if Zelaya could return to...