Category: Americas

United States/Terrorism: FBI arrests suspect over Pentagon bomb plot

International media reported that a US citizen was arrested on Wednesday in Framingham, Massachusetts, with the charge of plotting attacks on the Pentagon and on the US Capitol. Investigation revealed that 26-year-old Rezwan Ferdaus, the graduate of Northeastern University in physics, was planning to use a remote-controlled model airplane…

Bill Seeks to Designate Drug Cartels as Terrorists

A Texas congressman is seeking to designate seven of the top Mexican cartels as “foreign terrorist organizations,” a move he says would give law enforcement in the United States enhanced tools to combat the cartels.

CRIME WARS: GANGS, CARTELS AND U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY

As illustrated by the unprecedented violence in Mexico, drug trafficking groups have evolved to not only pose significant challenges to that country, but to governments and societies across the Western Hemisphere, including the United States. Crime Wars: Gangs, Cartels and U.S. National…

FARC attacks Trans-Caribbean gas pipeline

In what seems to be the first FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) attack against Venezuelan infrastructure, rebels belonging to the 59th Front of the country’s main rebel group used powerful explosives to blow up part of the Antonio Ricaurte…

Who Sold Libya Its Supermissiles?

Wired Magazine:  The U.S. government calls it the “one of the most lethal” weapons of its kind — an advanced, portable missile, designed to knock planes out of the sky. A variant of it just showed up in Moammar Gadhafi’s…

Ex-dictator “Baby Doc” makes surprise return to Haiti

(Reuters) – Exiled former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier returned unexpectedly to his Caribbean homeland on Sunday for the first time since he was driven from power by a popular uprising in 1986.

Colombia politics: Turning point?

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Colombia’s armed forces have handed the new president, Juan Manuel Santos, a big early win with a military operation that led to the death of the second-ranking commander of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia…