Archived posts from category ‘Latin America Round-Up’

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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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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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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06.01.12
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Bolivia Bolivia is officially no longer party to the United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The reason: the treaty’s prohibition of the coca leaf, used in traditional Bolivian medicine. The reason the coca leaf is banned by the U.N.? It’s the raw material for cocaine, one of the world’s most lucrative illegal [...]

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28.12.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Mexico The Gulf coast city of Veracruz fired more than 800 police officers and 300 staff — the city’s entire municipal police force — in response to infiltration by the Zetas drug cartel. And until the city’s police force can be rebuilt, marines first deployed to the city in September to fight [...]

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14.12.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Mexico Zetas commander Raul Lucio Hernandez Lechuga, alias “Lucky,” was captured by Mexican marines, reported the Associated Press yesterday. ¬†”A founder” of the cartel, Hernandez was detained in eastern coastal Veracruz state, which has seen increased violence in recent months between the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel. Further north, across the Texas [...]

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05.12.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Mexico The Zetas cartel “dumped” the bodies of 26 people in the western metropolitan city of Guadalajara. The killings were the latest in a series of exchanges between Mexico’s criminal groups: high-profile, mass slayings of rivals, with bodies transported and abandoned in busy downtown areas. The killings follow the discovery of 16 [...]

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22.11.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Mexico No story has received as much in attention last week as the death of Mexico’s interior minister, Francisco Blake Mora, in a helicopter crash on the morning of Nov. 11. Effectively the vice president in a country without one, head of domestic affairs and CISEN, Mexico’s equivalent of the CIA, Blake [...]

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09.11.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Colombia Alfonso Cano, the top leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was killed by the Colombian military on Friday. According to media reports, Cano was hunted by commandos and shot three times after sustaining an injury during a bombing raid on a hideout in southwestern Cauca department. Cano’s death [...]

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24.10.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Chile A university boycott by thousands of Chilean students demanding education reforms has led to a shortage of military recruits, provoking the government to call up 57,000 18-year-olds for potential service in 2012. The military usually has more than enough volunteers to fulfill its needs, but as the boycott has shut the [...]

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17.10.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Central America Rains and mudslides created by a tropical depression swept into the region last week, killing 81 people from Nicaragua to southeastern Mexico. “The situation has got even worse, it’s still raining heavily in various parts of the country,” Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes said. El Salvador bore the brunt of the [...]

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10.10.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

Mexico
Thirty-six bodies were found in the eastern coastal city of Veracruz on Thursday, two days after the Mexican government announced a major military operation in the city. Marines found the bodies hidden in three homes during neighborhood searches, reported the Los Angeles Times.

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