Archived posts with tag ‘Guatemala’

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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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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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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15.09.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Guatemala A former general and veteran of Guatemala’s civil war placed first — but did not secure a majority — in the first round of presidential elections Sunday. According to reports, Otto Perez Molina of the conservative Patriotic Party placed ahead of business executive Manuel Baldizon and is expected to beat him [...]

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16.05.11
Robert’s Latin America Round-Up

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Colombia and Venezuela Three years ago, Colombian soldiers raided a FARC camp one mile across the Ecuadorian border. The soldiers killed at least 20 rebel fighters including senior commander Raul Reyes and sparked a major diplomatic crisis. Then last Tuesday, the International Institute of Strategic Studies released a book analyzing a trove [...]

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