Archived posts from category ‘Americas’

31.05.12
Danger Room: Mexican Cartel Declares War on Cheetos

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN This post was first published on Tuesday. Sorry for the delay. Mexican drug cartels are not strictly drug cartels. One of their fastest growing markets is extortion of private citizens and businesses. Don’t pay, and you can be threatened — or worse. But largely, the cartels target small businesses and individuals, and stay away [...]

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15.05.12
Danger Room: Majority of Mexicans Want More U.S. Help in Drug War

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN This summer, Mexicans will go to the polls to choose their country’s next commander-in-chief. But the new president will also have to deal with ominous developments in the drug war and the fact that few Mexicans believe the government’s strategy is working. He or she will also have to negotiate with the [...]

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27.03.12
Danger Room: DEA: Wannabe Cartel Hit Squad Included Former U.S. Soldiers

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN A DEA sting operation targeting a cell of would-be cartel assassins ended in a violent warehouse showdown over the weekend. Among their ranks: one active-duty Army soldier, and one former G.I. According to a criminal complaint released yesterday in federal court (.pdf), the showdown occured around 12:30 p.m. Saturday as armed federal agents closed [...]

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01.03.12
Danger Room: Texas’s New Weapon Against Cartels: Armored Gunboats

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Don’t accuse Texas of being gun-shy. This morning, the Lone Star State commissioned the second out of six armored gunboats now being sent to the Rio Grande to fight Mexico’s drug traffickers. According to press reports, the Texas Department of Public Safety — state police who also oversee the Texas Rangers — [...]

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09.02.12
Danger Room: He Double-Crossed the Zeta Cartel… And Somehow Lived to Tell About It

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Two years ago, Antonio Pena Arguelles was handling millions in drug money and working as the intermediary between the violent Zetas cartel and senior Mexican politicians. On Tuesday, U.S. authorities seized him at his suburban San Antonio home, where Pena was allegedly hiding from his former employers. What brought him there, however, [...]

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06.02.12
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Venezuela The Venezuelan National Assembly reformed the country’s anti-terrorism law “to “help combat crimes such as money laundering, bomb threats and airplane hijackings,” in a move that has angered opposition and rights activists while prompting a rhetorical defense from the government. “[It is] a strong law against terrorism and those who finance [...]

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31.01.12
Danger Room: Cartel Assassin, Accused of Slaying 75, is Captured

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN In a cartel known for its bloodlust, he might be the biggest killer of all. Enrique Aurelio Elizondo Flores, variously called “El Arabe” (“The Arab”) or “The Raven,” has confessed to heading a cell of assassins responsible for the deaths of at least 75 people, according to the state investigative agency of Nuevo Leon [...]

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27.01.12
Danger Room: Mexico Launches New Offensive Against Cartel, Ratcheting Up Drug War

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Faced with the risk of losing half of Mexico to a network of marauding drug traffickers, the Mexican army is digging in for a major new offensive into the heart of Zetas country. According to Excelsior, the Mexican army is building a string of new bases across the Zetas cartel’s stomping grounds [...]

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24.01.12
China’s Latin America Mil Surge: Don’t Worry, It’s Mostly Hype

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN In October, China ordered the deployment of a 25,000-ton, 300-bed hospital ship dubbed the “Peace Ark” into the Caribbean Sea. The goal: provide humanitarian aid and put on a friendly face for China’s growing international ambitions. This “soft power” mission was similar to related and ongoing U.S. humanitarian missions conducted in the [...]

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18.01.12
Danger Room: Colombia’s Rebels Switch From Cocaine to Cattle

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, has seen more lucrative days. The-guerrilla-army-turned-drug-cartel has seen its homelands, its outposts and — most importantly — its cocaine revenue chipped away in recent years by record seizures of the drug and a military campaign backed by billions in American aid. The guerrillas’ solution? [...]

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17.01.12
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Iran Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited four countries in Latin America last week. The five-day trip — postponed from September because of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s cancer therapy — brought Ahmadinejad through Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador.  Although the trip was overshadowed by the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist last week [...]

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16.01.12
Cartoon Movement: Haiti: Tents Beyond Tents

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