Archived posts from category ‘Latin America’

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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13.03.12
Danger Room: Killing Drug Cartel Bosses Isn’t Working, Says Top U.S. General

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Mexico’s “decapitation” strategy of capturing or killing high-value drug cartel leaders with the help of U.S. advisers has a certain merit to it. After all, cartel bosses are seriously bad dudes who corrupt, bribe, kidnap and kill their way to power across swathes of territory across our border. The problem, according to [...]

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08.03.12
Danger Room: Don’t Freak Out, But Iran Is Helping Venezuela Build Drones

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Iran is planning to build drones for the Venezuelan military. Just so you know, it sounds worse than it is. That’s according to Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, chief of U.S. forces in South America. According to Fraser, who spoke to reporters in Washington on Wednesday, the drones are to be manufactured [...]

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29.02.12
Danger Room: Big Sis Can’t Quit the Drug War

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Three years ago, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the war on drugs “had not worked” — and admitted that the American appetite for narcotics “fuels the drug trade.” But now Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano would like to take that all back. It’s full steam ahead for the drug [...]

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22.02.12
Danger Room: Mexican Mayhem Fuels U.S. ‘Bodyguard’ Boom

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN On the surface, the drug war across the border boils down to a conflict between Mexico’s military and rival groups of cartels. This is true, but it leaves out Mexico’s other conflict — one fought against civilians through kidnapping, extortion and assassination. Little wonder that those who can afford it are now [...]

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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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