Category: South America

Nose under the tent – Iranian missiles in Venezuela

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Rick Francona: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has agreed to permit Iran to deploy medium range ballistic missiles to his country. According to press reports, the Iranians will construct a missile base in Venezuela housing several versions of North Korean-made Scud…

Brazil/Organised Crime: Police claims to have regained control over Complexo do Alemão

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Over 2,600 Special Forces raided the Complexo do Alemão, a complex of 13 favela’s, were an estimated 600 gang members sought refuge after intensified police operations on Sunday. Police officials said that they met “little resistance” and claimed to have taken…

The Further Narco-Terrorist Ties of the Chávez Government

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By Douglas Farah The August arrest of major drug kingpin Walid Makled a Venezuelan financial stalwart of the Chávez government in Venezuela has not drawn a great deal of attention here. But it goes to the heart of the criminal-terrorist nexus…

Argentina politics: What next?

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FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Two days after the death of Néstor Kirchner, it is deeply uncertain who will fill the void left by the departure of the most important figure in Argentinian politics in the past decade. Key questions…

Colombia politics: Turning point?

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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…

Chávez aims to retain control of legislature

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Election Date: September 26, 2010 At stake: National Assembly Background A country deeply divided in followers and detractors of an eccentric president, Venezuela is also the fifth largest oil exporter in the world. A populist left-wing government has led the…

Argentina politics: Battle for power heats up

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FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Argentina’s opposition has been pressing on with a series of reforms, some aimed at limiting the power of the executive branch, particularly in the area of economic policymaking. Others are designed to boost opposition parties’…

Peru/Civil Unrest: Government freezes Cusco for 60 days

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Media reported that the Peruvian Government has declared a state of emergency for 60 days in the Echarate District ofCusco region on Sunday. The step was taken following the wave of violence reported there in recent days. Demonstrators from the regions of Cusco, Apurimac, Arequipa…

12 FARC terrorists killed in Tolim

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Colombia’s Defence Ministry stated that Colombian troops killed 12 Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) terrorists on Sunday in an attack in the mountainous central province of Tolima.