Category: South America

Venezuela Economic Minister Resigns

Event The economy minister and “vice-president for the productive economy”, Luis Salas, has resigned. Analysis Mr Salas, a sociologist who was a surprise appointment to the Ministry of the Economy after disastrous mid-term legislative elections for the government in December…

Venezuela protests escalate as students, security forces clash

(Reuters) – Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators faced off in streets blocked by burning barricades in several provincial cities on Thursday as protests escalated against President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government.

Chavez dirty tricks? Venezuela prints a confusing ballot

CSMonitor: Ballots are already printed for Sunday’s election in Venezuela, but the opposition candidate’s photo is shown in at least four places where, if marked, the vote will not be counted for his party.

Latin America economic risk from European debt

International financial markets are worried about a resurgence of the euro zone debt crisis, with eyes squarely on Spain and whether it could become the fourth country to require a financial rescue. While Latin America has thus far weathered Europe’s…

33 FARC members killed in raids

On Wednesday, Colombian Defence Minister, Juan Carlos Pinzon, informed that 33 FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) guerillas were killed and 10 others captured in the military operations in Arauca department. According to the report, Colombia army carried out air strikes targeting a rebels’ camp.

FARC bomb kills 11

Colombian media reported that 11 people were killed and some 70 others injured on Wednesday, after a bomb exploded in Tumaco, in the south-western department of Nariño. First elements of the investigation lead to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Indeed, General Rodolfo Palomino,…


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…

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…