Category: South America

6 FARC rebels killed, 18 captured

The Colombian military officials announced that army troops killed six and captured 18 guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in central west of the country on Sunday.

Concern mounts in Spain over ETA presence in Venezuela

Madrid (Deutsche Presse)- Concern is mounting in Spain over allegations that Venezuela is protecting members of the militant Basque separatist group ETA who are living in the Latin American country.

Morales Faces First Workers Protests

LA PAZ, Bolivia (IPS) – Strikes and demonstrations against the Bolivian government’s wage policy have marked the end of a honeymoon period between workers and leftwing President Evo Morales.

Uribe will not run again

Election Date: May 30, 2010 At stake: Congress, President of Colombia Background Before 1964, two parties literally fought to the death for power in Colombia, starting what is now an embedded culture of violence in the South American country. The…

Venezuela’s Chavez rebuffs Pentagon report

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP)– President Hugo Chavez rebuffed a Pentagon report that found that an elite unit from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has a presence in Venezuela, warning that the United States could be looking for an excuse to attack his country.

Venezuela/China industry: Oil for money

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Venezuela’s cosy relations with China are paying off. In exchange for a long-term oil-supply contract, China’s development bank will lend Venezuela US$20bn, to be repaid over ten years. In addition, the Chinese oil company China…

Two alleged FARC guerrillas killed

The Ecuadorian armed forces have killed two suspected rebels belonging to Colombia’s FARC, during a gun fight, said news reports on Monday. Later, the Joint Command of Ecuador’s Armed Forces confirmed that its army was on patrol when the confrontation broke out…

Venezuela business: At the bottom of the heap

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Venezuela is becoming an increasingly more challenging place to do business. Tough operating conditions include weak contract rights and government interventionism, shortages of foreign exchange and a growing bureaucratic burden—not least because of the introduction…

Peru/Civil unrest: tense standoff in Lima as protest turns deadly

Following the death of six miners during clashes between police and Peruvian artisan miners – or “wildcats” –  protesting in Arequipaon Sunday, thousands of miners took to the streets on Monday blocking the main highway in the southern region of Arequipa.