Some articles I found interesting this morning

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Brazil

  • Brazil Fixated as ‘Human Bomb’ Revelations Rock Elections
    Sabrina Valle And Juan Pablo Spinetto
    Bloomberg
    BusinessWeek
    (Tags -> Corruption, Elections, Politics And Security : : English)
    So nervous are politicians and former Petrobras executives that they could get swept up in the scandal that Costa has been given a nickname in the Brazilian press: The Human Bomb

Chile

Colombia

  • As Colombia pursues peace, victims of the conflict struggle with forgiveness
    Jim Wyss
    The Miami Herald
    (Tags -> FARC Peace Talks, Victims : : English)
    For some, going to Cuba and facing their abusers has been cathartic. But others are demanding more contrition from the FARC

  • Plan de Acción Laboral Colombia Estados Unidos
    Sergio GÓmez Maseri
    El Tiempo (Colombia)
    (Tags -> Labor Rights, U.S. Policy : : Spanish)
    Colombia le dirá este martes a funcionarios de la administración de Barack Obama que el país ya cumplió con los compromisos adquiridos bajo el llamado Plan de Acción Laboral

  • Tráfico de drogas en el Meta y Casanare
    El Tiempo (Colombia)
    (Tags -> Narcotrafficking, Public Security : Casanare, Meta, Vichada : Spanish)
    Informes en poder la Policía y la Fiscalía señalan que buena parte de la droga que se mueve por los Llanos cruza la frontera y sale por Venezuela

Mexico

  • Mexico’s Antidrug Push Weighs on Iron-Ore Trade With China - WSJ - WSJ
    Chuin-wei Yap
    The Wall Street Journal
    (Tags -> Chinese Foreign Policy, Economy And Security, Extractive Industries, Narcotrafficking : : English)
    Mexico will likely export just 2 million metric tons of iron ore this year, in part because of a crackdown on cartel-linked shipments to China

  • Ratifica la SCJN: Ejército debe juzgar a narcomilitares
    Proceso (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Civil-Military Relations, Human Rights, Justice System : : Spanish)
    Por seis votos contra cuatro, el pleno de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) determinó que los militares acusados de narcotráfico y otros delitos federales deben ser juzgados por tribunales castrenses

  • Abduction, dirty cops are open secret in Mexico
    Carola Sole
    Agence France Presse
    Yahoo!
    (Tags -> Corruption, Human Rights, Public Security : Guerrero : English)
    In Guerrero, which has the highest homicide rate in Mexico — 63 per 100,000 residents last year — such stories have long been an open secret

Venezuela

Nice to see that the mayor who resisted all attempts to rename a Santiago, Chile neighborhood’s “September 11 Street” (see my photo from May 2013) has been arrested for human rights crimes committed during the Pinochet dictatorship.

Yikes. Here’s the evolution, over the past 10 years, of Venezuelans’ opinion of whether the country is in a “positive” or “negative” situation.

From the latest Datanálisis poll, available here.

Yikes. Here’s the evolution, over the past 10 years, of Venezuelans’ opinion of whether the country is in a “positive” or “negative” situation.

From the latest Datanálisis poll, available here.

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Monday, October 20, 2014

Brazil

Chile

Colombia

  • Reampliando el fuero militar
    Rodrigo Uprimny
    El Espectador (Colombia)
    (Tags -> Civil-Military Relations, Human Rights, Justice System : : Spanish)
    Esta ampliación del fuero militar es inconveniente para el país y para las propias Fuerzas Armadas

  • Proyecto que busca acabar el Inpec
    El Tiempo (Colombia)
    (Tags -> Corruption, Prisons, Public Security : : Spanish)
    Denuncias de corrupción, abusos contra los derechos humanos, supuesta complicidad de miembros de la guardia en delitos cometidos desde las cárceles y 62 sindicatos hacen parte de un dosier que investigan Fiscalía, Policía y Procuraduría

  • El daño de la filtración del ministro Pinzón
    Semana (Colombia)
    (Tags -> FARC Peace Talks, Politics And Security : : Spanish)
    Un comisionado de Paz tiene que relacionarse con gente al margen de la ley y su labor de exploración le implica una difícil dialéctica de cercanía y distancia con su contraparte

Cuba

  • Editorial: Cuba’s Impressive Role on Ebola
    The New York Times
    (Tags -> Cuban Foreign Policy, U.S. Policy : : English)
    Fidel Castro argued that the United States and Cuba must put aside their differences, if only temporarily, to combat a deadly scourge. He’s absolutely right

Mexico

  • Fuerzas federales asumen seguridad de 12 municipios de Guerrero y uno del Edomex
    Animal Politico (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Corruption, Organized Crime, Public Security : Guerrero, Mexico State : Spanish)
    La policía federal y el Ejercito mexicano tomaron el control de 12 municipios de Gurrero y uno del Estado de México debido a que se presume que poilícas están vInculados con el grupo criminal Guerreros Unidos

  • Video: Mexico Finds Many Corpses, but Not Lost 43
    Randal C. Archibold
    The New York Times
    (Tags -> Human Rights, Organized Crime, Public Security : Guerrero : English)
    The search has still not confirmed what happened to the missing students. Instead, it has turned up something just as chilling: a multitude of clandestine graves

  • Video: El Universal
    El Universal (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Paramilitarism, Public Security : Michoacan : Spanish)
    Integrantes de la Fuerza Rural lanzanla voz de alerta: cientos de autodefensas comienzan a reactivarse

Venezuela

  • Venezuela: Manifestantes chavistas y opositores reinician marchas
    EFE
    La Republica (Peru)
    (Tags -> Politics And Security : : Spanish)
    *Los venezolanos, divididos entre oficialistas y opositores, volvieron hoy a las calles de Caracas con banderas de paz, en una jornada en la que unos exigieron justicia para el diputado chavista asesinado y los otros por las víctimas de la inseguridad *

I just added a bunch of new updates to my timeline of Colombia’s peace process.

It’s huge, and I still have to fill in a lot from March to July, when it sort of got away from me. But I hope this resource can be helpful to people not just now, but decades from now. It’s becoming a remarkable record of what happened as Colombians tried to bring one of the world’s oldest conflicts to an end.

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Friday, October 17, 2014

Argentina, Chile

Bolivia, Western Hemisphere Regional

Brazil

Colombia, Ecuador

  • Espionaje electrónico desde Colombia contra Ecuador
    Agence France Presse
    El Tiempo (Colombia)
    (Tags -> Cybersecurity, Diplomatic Relations : : Spanish)
    El presidente de Ecuador, Rafael Correa, denunció este jueves ataques cibernéticos desde Colombia con el objetivo de extraer información del gobierno y de las Fuerzas Armadas

Mexico

  • Iguala, coartada para el Ejército
    Jorge Carrasco Araizaga
    Proceso (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Civil-Military Relations, Human Rights, Public Security : : Spanish)
    El Ejército tiene así todo el espacio para actuar como orden sin que sus mandos tengan que responder a nadie

  • Policías y narcotaxistas “blindan” Acapulco por marcha de Ayotzinapa
    Ezequiel Flores Contreras
    Proceso (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Human Rights, Politics And Security : Guerrero : Spanish)
    El gobierno estatal desplazó a Acapulco a cientos de policías estatales, así como a su grupo de choque conformado por ‘narcotaxistas’ de esta capital, para contener la marcha anunciada por normalistas y miembros del magisterio disidente

  • New graves found in Mexico in hunt for missing students
    BBC (UK)
    (Tags -> Human Rights, Public Security : Guerrero : English)
    More graves have been found near the southern Mexican town of Iguala, where 43 students went missing last month

Paraguay

  • El narcotráfico asesina al periodista Pablo Medina
    ABC Color (Paraguay)
    (Tags -> Narcotrafficking, Press Freedom, Public Security : Canindeyu : Spanish)
    Los principales sospechosos de haber ordenado el atentado son Avilio Manuel Espíndola Isasi, alias Baby, un supuesto “capanga” del jefe narco preso en el Brasil Líder Cabral Arias; y el intendente de Ypehû, Vilmar “Neneco” Acosta

Peru

  • Del repliegue al hostigamiento
    Gustavo Gorriti
    IDL Reporteros
    (Tags -> Public Security, Sendero Luminoso : VRAEM : Spanish)
    Todo indica que el repliegue senderista estuvo dedicado a cerrar brechas de inteligencia y vulnerabilidades operativas, empezando por el intento de entender cómo el Estado peruano había logrado pasar de la desorientación a la iniciativa

Venezuela

  • Venezuela Gets U.N. Seat; Turkey Is Denied
    Somini Sengupta
    The New York Times
    (Tags -> Diplomatic Relations, U.S. Policy, UN : : English)
    Despite objections by the United States, Venezuela secured a seat on Thursday at the global table of high power, the United Nations Security Council

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Brazil

  • Exclusive: Boeing eyes possible Chinook helicopter sale to Brazil| Reuters
    Andrea Shalal
    Reuters
    (Tags -> Arms Transfers, U.S. Policy : : English)
    Ties between the United States and Brazil are starting to recover from deep strains caused last year after documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden showed that Washington had spied on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

  • Brazil Vote Too Close to Call With Candidates Still Tied
    Raymond Colitt And Mario Sergio Lima
    Bloomberg
    BusinessWeek
    (Tags -> Elections, Politics And Security, Polls : : English)
    Neves has 45 percent support and Rousseff 43 percent, according to the Oct. 14-15 Datafolha poll of 9,081 people. The Oct. 12-14 Ibope poll of 3,010 people also shows Neves and Rousseff with 45 percent and 43 percent respectively

Central America Regional, Mexico

  • Se triplica cifra de niños migrantes asegurados
    Miriam Domínguez
    El Universal (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Migration : : Spanish)
    El fenómeno de los niños migrantes registró un nuevo repunte. De enero a agosto de este año 15 mil 795 menores fueron asegurados en México por el Instituto Nacional de Migración

  • Varados en la frontera sur
    Periodistas de a Pie
    Chiapas Paralelo (Chiapas, Mexico)
    (Tags -> Migration : Chiapas : Spanish)
    Escondidos e invisibles en un terreno hostil que no logra detenerlos, las y los migrantes encallados en la frontera sur tratan de encontrar las nuevas vías que los lleven al norte, en escenarios donde los riesgos y el costo se ven potenciados

Colombia

  • Fuero militar pasa primer debate de ocho
    El Espectador (Colombia)
    (Tags -> Civil-Military Relations, Human Rights, Justice System : : Spanish)
    Con la aprobación en primer debate en Senado del acto legislativo de reforma al fuero militar se reabre una de las más duras controversias que ha conocido el Congreso de la República

  • Preocupa la supuesta presencia del Eln en Bello
    Jorge Iván Posada
    El Colombiano (Medellin, Colombia)
    (Tags -> ELN, Public Security : Antioquia : Spanish)
    Varios de los habitantes del barrio le confirmaron a este medio que efectivamente, a mitad de año, hombres encapuchados y armados, rayaron varias paredes del barrio con la sigla de esa organización

  • Debate a falsos positivos
    El Espectador (Colombia)
    (Tags -> Human Rights : : Spanish)
    Representante Alirio Uribe, del Polo Democrático, presentará un listado de los generales que comandaron las unidades más señaladas de realizar ejecuciones extrajudiciales

Ecuador

  • Ecuador creará la Unidad Militar de Emergencias con ayuda de España
    EFE
    El Universo (Ecuador)
    (Tags -> Relations with Europe : : Spanish)
    España ayudará a Ecuador a crear una Unidad Militar de Emergencias a partir de la experiencia del contingente español, formado por 3.900 militares especializados en actuar ante incendios, sismos, inundaciones y otras catástrofes

Mexico

  • Un general y un coronel son investigados por la muerte de 22 sujetos en Tlatlaya
    Jesus Aranda
    La Jornada (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Civil-Military Relations, Human Rights, Justice System : Mexico State : Spanish)
    El general de brigada José Luis Sánchez León, ex comandante de la 22 Zona Militar, es investigado por la Procuraduría General de Justicia Militar sobre su presunta participación en la muerte de 22 personas el 30 de junio en el municipio de Tlatlaya

  • Video: In Mexico, a grim truth just below the surface
    Nick Miroff
    The Washington Post
    (Tags -> Corruption, Human Rights, Organized Crime, Public Security : Guerrero : English)
    Once more, many here are asking how the country can possibly tout its modernization efforts if it continues to be a place where gangsters casually kill and bury their victims, often with government complicity

Peru

  • Países de América se comprometen a luchar contra el narcotráfico
    Carlos Herrera
    La Republica (Peru)
    (Tags -> Defense Cooperation : : Spanish)
    Ministros de 34 países firmaron Declaratoria de Arequipa para enfrentar crimen organizado, minería ilegal y narcotráfico que ponen en peligro la institucionalidad democrática. Se apoyará medidas preventivas contra Ébola

  • Militar quedó con ambas piernas mutiladas por estallido de mina
    El Comercio (Peru)
    (Tags -> Landmines, Public Security : Amazonas : Spanish)
    La víctima, identificada como Irving Miguel Cayetano Mendez, de 37 años, cumplía la referida labor como parte los trabajos encargados a través del Tratado de Paz firmado tras el último conflicto bélico con Ecuador

Venezuela

  • Leopoldo López volvió a juicio y espera ser liberado
    EFE
    El Colombiano (Medellin, Colombia)
    (Tags -> Human Rights, Politics And Security : : Spanish)
    La defensa del opositor mostró confianza en la posibilidad de que López sea liberado este miércoles luego de que el tribunal que lleva su caso se pronuncie sobre la resolución de la Organización de Naciones Unidas
This sort of jumped out at me when I attended the defense ministers’ conference as an observer this week.

The remarkable overlap in these two maps says much about the state of U.S.-Latin American relations, and the state of diplomatic relations within Latin America, in 2014.

Of the countries that did not send a minister, most are currently governed by leaders who want to diminish the role that the United States has historically played in their, and the region’s, affairs. By extension, they have diminished their participation in regional organizations, like the OAS, the Summits of the Americas, and the CDMAs, in which the United States is a significant actor.

The South American defense ministers who sat out this week’s conference, for instance, rarely miss a meeting of the South American Defense Council, a unit of UNASUR, the decade-old Union of South American States. The United States is absent from those gatherings.

This sort of jumped out at me when I attended the defense ministers’ conference as an observer this week.

The remarkable overlap in these two maps says much about the state of U.S.-Latin American relations, and the state of diplomatic relations within Latin America, in 2014.

Of the countries that did not send a minister, most are currently governed by leaders who want to diminish the role that the United States has historically played in their, and the region’s, affairs. By extension, they have diminished their participation in regional organizations, like the OAS, the Summits of the Americas, and the CDMAs, in which the United States is a significant actor.

The South American defense ministers who sat out this week’s conference, for instance, rarely miss a meeting of the South American Defense Council, a unit of UNASUR, the decade-old Union of South American States. The United States is absent from those gatherings.

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Brazil

Central America Regional, Guatemala

  • U.S. should stump up billions to curb Central America migration: Perez
    Dave Graham And Sofia Menchu
    Reuters
    Yahoo!
    (Tags -> Migration, U.S. Policy : : English)
    During meetings in New York in September, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Central American officials he hoped Congress could approve about $300 million in funding, Morales said, noting the sum was “nothing” given the scale of the problem

Cuba

  • Still Pondering U.S.-Cuba Relations, Fidel Castro Responds
    The New York Times
    (Tags -> Fidel Castro, U.S. Policy : : English)
    On Tuesday, Mr. Castro dedicated a column to an editorial published in The Times on Sunday that called on the Obama administration to restore diplomatic ties with the Cuban government and end the counterproductive embargo

Mexico

  • Mexico prosecutor: Students not in 1st mass graves
    E. Eduardo Castillo And Christopher Sherman
    Associated Press
    (Tags -> Corruption, Human Rights, Public Security : Guerrero : English)
    Murillo Karam said that officials had yet to identify the masterminds or a motive in the attack, but that the collusion might have gone beyond just one town

  • Equipo argentino refuta a la PGR: no identifica aún cuerpos de fosas de Iguala
    Marcela Turati
    Proceso (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Human Rights, Justice System : Guerrero : Spanish)
    El Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense (EAAF) informó que aún no tiene sus propios resultados para descartar que los 28 cuerpos encontrados en las primeras cinco fosas de Iguala no corresponden a los estudiantes normalistas

Venezuela

  • A murder in Venezuela: Most foul
    The Economist (Uk)
    (Tags -> Politics And Security : : English)
    Speculation is now rife as to whether factions within the government are at odds over reining in the armed collectives, whose “social cleansing” activities are often combined with common crime and who may even have been involved in the Serra case
From The Economist. Yikes: Venezuela needs oil to be US$120 a barrel in order for its government budget to break even. Oil is nowhere near that.

From The Economist. Yikes: Venezuela needs oil to be US$120 a barrel in order for its government budget to break even. Oil is nowhere near that.

Hello from Arequipa, Peru. Today I’m an observer at the conference of defense ministers of the Americas. Peru’s president, Ollanta Humala, is talking. The gray hair in the foreground is U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Hello from Arequipa, Peru. Today I’m an observer at the conference of defense ministers of the Americas. Peru’s president, Ollanta Humala, is talking. The gray hair in the foreground is U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Friday, October 10, 2014

Bolivia

  • Bolivia’s election: Happily Evo after
    The Economist (Uk)
    (Tags -> Elections, Politics And Security : : English)
    Given Mr Morales’s facility for saying one thing and doing another, some doubt his vow to retire after a third term. He told El Deber, a newspaper, that when he steps down he will open a restaurant and work as a waiter

Colombia

  • Carta abierta a Antonio García, del Eln
    Álvaro Sierra Restrepo
    El Tiempo (Colombia)
    (Tags -> ELN Peace Talks, FARC Peace Talks : : Spanish)
    ¿Va el Ejército de Liberación Nacional a convertirse en el último obstáculo para la paz en Colombia? El tren está a punto de dejarlos

  • Colombia says rebel chief has been to Cuba for peace talks| Reuters
    HELEN MURPHY AND LUIS JAIME ACOSTA
    Reuters
    (Tags -> FARC Peace Talks : : English)
    If true, it suggests Londono is guiding talks from the front instead of staying in a remote jungle hideout, lending a more serious tone to the negotiations

  • Al fondo de las denuncias de Pinzón
    El Espectador (Colombia)
    (Tags -> FARC Peace Talks : : Spanish)
    Fuentes del alto gobierno manifestaron que los viajes de Timochenko a Cuba se habían producido con la autorización del Ejecutivo y precisaron que, si bien Rodrigo Londoño había estado allí, nunca participó activamente de la mesa de conversaciones

  • Gangs Can’t Stop Colombia’s Butterflies From Rescuing Women In Need : Goats and Soda : NPR
    Rich Preston
    National Public Radio
    (Tags -> Gender Perspective, Human Rights : Valle Del Cauca : English)
    By bus, by bike and by foot, they come to the aid of abused and displaced women in Colombia. And they’ve just won a $100,000 humanitarian prize for their efforts

Cuba

  • Cuban migration surges over land and by sea
    Michael Weissenstein And Christine Armario
    Associated Press
    (Tags -> Migration, U.S. Policy : : English)
    More than 22,000 Cubans showed up on the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada in the fiscal year that ended last month. That was nearly double the number in 2012

Mexico

  • These Politicians Want to Close the U.S.-Mexico Border Because of Ebola
    Reena Flores And Marina Koren
    National Journal
    (Tags -> Border Security, Ebola : U.S.-Mexico Border : English)
    Mexico has never seen a case of Ebola before. But for some politicians worried about a potential outbreak of the deadly virus on American soil, that doesn’t matter

  • Video: Johnson: ISIS hasn’t crossed border into U.S.
    Eric Bradner
    CNN
    (Tags -> Border Security, Terrorism : : English)
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson blasts Rep. Duncan Hunter’s suggestion that ISIS fighters have crossed the United States’ southern border to Texas

  • Massacre wasn’t first report of violence in Iguala, Mexico
    Tim Johnson
    McClatchy
    (Tags -> Corruption, Human Rights, Organized Crime, Politics And Security : Guerrero : English)
    Word on the street was that Mayor Jose Luis Abarca Velazquez was mobbed up, local police had become his enforcers and Iguala had slid into darkness

  • Iguala’s fugitive mayor a symbol of Mexico’s ills
    Tracy Wilkinson
    The Los Angeles Times
    (Tags -> Corruption, Human Rights, Politics And Security : : English)
    Abarca is the embodiment of so many things wrong in Mexico. He used his position of power to coddle the gangs, to enrich himself and to flout the law,

  • Mexico’s Deadly Narco-Politics
    Ioan Grillo
    The New York Times
    (Tags -> Corruption, Organized Crime, Politics And Security : : English)
    Drug cartels are taking over chunks of government apparatus, from local police forces to city and state governments. Sometimes, they control the officials; other times, cartel members themselves are the officials. I call it state capture

  • De cómo el Ejército dio con el primer plantío de hoja de coca en México
    IsaÍn Mandujano
    Proceso (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Crop Eradication, Narcotrafficking : Chiapas : Spanish)
    Estaba bajo la sombra de enormes árboles dentro de una parcela de la comunidad Segunda Sección de Medio Monte, municipio de Tuxtla Chico, a sólo 148 metros sobre el nivel del ma

  • Paciencia, pide Washington a mexicanos frente a la creciente violencia en el país
    David Brooks
    La Jornada (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Drug Policy, U.S. Policy : : Spanish)
    *William Brownfield, encargado de política exterior sobre la lucha antinarcóticos de Estados Unidos, afirmó que hay indicios positivos en México, y en resumen pidió paciencia *

  • Arrest of Suspected Drug Lord in Mexico Is Seen as Symbolic Amid Police Scandal
    Damien Cave
    The New York Times
    (Tags -> Narcotrafficking, Politics And Security, Public Security : : English)
    The timing of his arrest has raised suspicions among some in Mexico. President Enrique Peña Nieto is in the midst of the largest security scandal of his term

Peru

  • Bello: Divide and bribe
    The Economist (Uk)
    (Tags -> Corruption, Elections, Politics And Security : : English)
    Of the 25 outgoing regional presidents, 22 are being investigated for embezzlement. Three are in prison awaiting trial; a fourth is a fugitive

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Brazil, Colombia, Peru

  • Multinational anti-sub warfare exercise in Peru concludes
    Lt. J.g. Kristin R. Cronic
    Destroyer Squadron 40 Public Affairs
    U.S. Southern Command
    (Tags -> Exercises, U.S. Policy : : English)
    SIFOREX is a biennial Naval exercise that focuses on anti-submarine warfare (ASW) proficiency. Naval forces from Brazil, Colombia, Peru and the U.S participated

Chile, Colombia, Peru

  • Hagel to Attend Ministers’ Conference on South America Trip
    Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
    Defense Media Activity
    U.S. Department of Defense
    (Tags -> U.S. Policy : : English)
    Hagel’s final stop will be in Peru to attend the 11th Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas — the Western Hemisphere’s “premiere venue” for senior leaders to discuss regional defense issues

Colombia

  • 'Bacrim'
    Gustavo Duncan
    El Tiempo (Colombia)
    (Tags -> Criminal Bands, Public Security : : Spanish)
    Si por alguna razón han tenido éxito, al punto de quizá superar en número a las guerrillas, es por su capacidad de atender, así sea por la fuerza, las demandas básicas de gobierno de cientos de miles de colombianos

  • Peace will cost Colombia $44 billion over 10 years, senator says
    Reuters
    Yahoo!
    (Tags -> Economy And Security, FARC Peace Talks : : English)
    The estimate comes as the government is asking legislators to approve a package of tax reforms to raise an additional $26 billion between 2015 and 2018

  • Is Colombia’s 50-Year-Old Marxist Guerrilla Insurgency Finally Ending?
    Steven Cohen
    VICE
    (Tags -> FARC Peace Talks : : English)
    Peace is the word of the day in Colombia as the government closes in on a deal with FARC rebels, but what will the new order look like for the rural underclass?

  • Readout of the President’s Phone Call with President Santos of Colombia
    The White House
    (Tags -> FARC Peace Talks, U.S. Policy : : English)
    The President underscored continued strong U.S. support for the work done so far by the Colombian government to bring an end to the longest running conflict in the Americas

Cuba

  • US Official Downplays Cuba’s Invitation to Summit
    KATHIA MARTINEZ
    Associated Press
    ABC News
    (Tags -> Summit of the Americas, U.S. Policy : : English)
    Feeley said that if Castro does participate it will be important that he learn from the experience of other countries in the region where democracy has prospered

Guatemala

  • Capture of Guatemala Trafficker May Have Officials Trembling
    Steven Dudley
    InsightCrime
    (Tags -> Corruption, Extradition, Narcotrafficking, Politics And Security, U.S. Policy : : English)
    A powerful drug trafficker from Guatemala is in United States custody, a fact that may have the political elite scrambling to cover its tracks

Mexico

  • Pandillas, ejército del narco en EU
    José Luis Pardo y Alejandra S. Inzunza
    El Universal (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Border Security, Gangs, Narcotrafficking, U.S. Policy : U.S.-Mexico Border : Spanish)
    Cuando la droga cruza el Río Bravo, los traficantes pierden nombres y apellidos. “Son grupos independientes, varios grupos. Las pandillas ejecutan de este lado y son protectores de los narcos que les pagan”

  • Julia ha variado sus declaraciones: PGR
    Gustavo Castillo García
    La Jornada (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Civil-Military Relations, Human Rights, Justice System : : Spanish)
    Existen militares de alto rango que consideran que ningún miembro de las fuerzas armadas debe ser juzgado porque se abatió a presuntos delincuentes, y otros que consideran que la responsabilidad debería extenderse hasta los mandos

  • Video: BBC News
    BBC (UK)
    (Tags -> Human Rights : Guerrero : English)
    The disappearance and the circumstances surrounding it have caused shock in Mexico

  • In Case of Missing Students, Hillside Mass Graves Point to a Death March
    Randal C. Archibold
    The New York Times
    (Tags -> Human Rights, Organized Crime : Guerrero : English)
    Where are the other students? Why would the police want them killed? And if many of these bodies are not those of missing students, whose are they?

Nicaragua

  • Ejército y Granera son los más populares
    Miguel Carranza
    El Nuevo Diario (Nicaragua)
    (Tags -> Civil-Military Relations, Politics And Security, Polls : : Spanish)
    La encuesta, efectuada a nivel nacional a nicaragüenses mayores de 16 años, revela que el 85% de los entrevistados dijeron tener confianza en el Ejército de Nicaragua

Uruguay

  • Mujica congela el caso Guantánamo
    JUAN PABLO CORREA
    El Pais (Uruguay)
    (Tags -> Guantanamo, U.S. Policy : : Spanish)
    Inesperadamente, el presidente José Mujica reconoció que consultará a quien resulte electo en las elecciones respecto a la llegada de los cautivos de Guantánamo

Venezuela

  • 5 dead in Venezuela after tense police standoff
    FABIOLA SANCHEZ And JORGE RUEDA
    Associated Press
    (Tags -> Politics And Security, Public Security : Caracas : English)
    Police before dawn Tuesday raided a high-rise building occupied by presumed members of armed pro-government groups known as “collectives,” leading to a tense, eight-hour standoff

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Brazil

Colombia

Cuba, Western Hemisphere Regional

  • Summit missing a strong agenda
    Dan Restrepo
    Center for American Progress
    The Miami Herald
    (Tags -> Diplomatic Relations, Summit of the Americas, U.S. Policy : : English)
    The April 2015 Summit of the Americas is perilously close to failure because of a weak, nearly non-existent agenda

Ecuador

  • Compra de radares se cerraría a fin de mes
    Agence France Presse
    El Universo (Ecuador)
    (Tags -> Arms Transfers : : Spanish)
    Ecuador retomó la compra de radares –no se sabe cuántos– tras fracasar una negociación con China para adquirir cuatro de esos por $60 millones

  • Ecuador Frees Thousands Of Drug Mules
    SIMEON TEGEL
    GLOBALPOST
    NBC News
    (Tags -> Drug Policy, U.S. Policy : : English)
    Correa has called the previous law “barbaric” for conflating small time possession offenders with major traffickers

Mexico

  • Frontera norte, una ‘coladera’ de droga
    Alejandra S. Inzunza, José Luis Pardo
    El Universal (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Border Security, Narcotrafficking, U.S. Policy : U.S.-Mexico Border : Spanish)
    El estudio concluye que se decomisa menos de 2% de la droga que transita por México

  • Violence Highlights Power of Gang in Mexican Town
    Mark Stevenson
    Associated Press
    ABC News
    (Tags -> Corruption, Human Rights, Organized Crime, Public Security : Guerrero : English)
    The chief prosecutor for Guerrero state, Inaky Blanco, said suspects have testified that as many as 30 members of the local police force were members of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang

  • Acusan en EU a ‘El Chapo’ y ‘El Mayo’ de 12 asesinatos
    Proceso (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Extradition, Narcotrafficking, U.S. Policy : : Spanish)
    Esto no significa, de acuerdo con la versión, que la extradición de Guzmán de México a Estados Unidos sea inminente, y sólo apunta a que si ese fuera el caso, las acusaciones estarían listas

  • Mexican students recall clashes with police as massacre probed | Reuters
    DAVE GRAHAM
    Reuters
    (Tags -> Human Rights : Guerrero : English)
    Mexican police killed three trainee teachers, shot another in the head and another in the face, and herded dozens more into police trucks to what investigators fear was a massacre on a remote hillside

  • EU y OEA condenan caso Iguala; piden a México una investigación completa y transparente
    Animal Politico (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Human Rights, U.S. Policy : Guerrero : Spanish)
    En Iguala, la PGR encabezó su primera reunión del grupo que dirige las investigaciones por los normalistas desaparecidos. En el Senado, se creó un grupo de seguimiento

Venezuela

  • Robert Serra Murder Roils Venezuelan Politics
    David Smilde, Hugo Pérez Hernáiz
    Washington Office on Latin America
    Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
    (Tags -> Politics And Security : : English)
    Government sectors have placed the blame squarely on the opposition, suggesting Robert Serra’s murder was the work of fascist paramilitaries or hit men directed by Alvaro Uribe in Colombia and right wing sectors in Miami

Western Hemisphere Regional

Some articles I found interesting this morning

I just completed a big overhaul of my personal news and documents database. It’s now easy for me to spit out a daily update like this one, so I’m happy to share. Enjoy!

Brazil

  • Overlooked Opponent Faces Uphill Battle in Brazil
    ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON
    Associated Press
    ABC News
    (Tags -> Elections, Politics And Security : : English)
    The challenge for Neves, who was born into affluence and political power, will be to connect with Brazil’s poor, millions of whom have directly benefited from Rousseff’s policies

  • Video: Marina Silva blames Brazil’s ‘old politics’ for election defeat
    Joe Leahy
    The Financial Times (UK)
    (Tags -> Elections, Politics And Security : : English)
    Brazil’s two dominant parties, the ruling centre-left Workers’ party (PT) and the centrist, pro-business PSDB, used their superior television time and resources to cast her as an inconsistent adventurer and a covert friend of big business

Colombia

  • El Gobierno reduce protección de los líderes de víctimas
    Andrés Bermúdez Liévano
    La Silla Vacia (Colombia)
    (Tags -> Corruption, Human Rights Defenders : : Spanish)
    La meta es ahorrar unos 35 mil millones de pesos a lo largo del próximo año, o el equivalente a la mitad del déficit que tiene la entidad que tiene bajo su ala la protección de unas 7.500 personas

  • Las FARC y la cuestión agraria: de la revolución al pragmatismo
    Andrés Bernal Morales
    Razon Publica (Colombia)
    (Tags -> Economy And Security, Farc Peace Talks, Land Tenure : : Spanish)
    Ya no se trata de confiscar latifundios o eliminar la propiedad privada. Las FARC de hoy defienden los derechos del pequeño campesino pero también aceptan la globalización

Haiti

  • How Will Haiti Reckon with the Duvalier Years?
    Laurent Dubois
    The New Yorker
    (Tags -> Human Rights, Politics And Security, U.s. Policy : : English)
    How we remember Jean-Claude Duvalier is a question of how we should confront a haunting and traumatic history of political repression

Mexico

  • Exhuman 40 cadáveres en San Fernando, Tamaulipas
    Proceso (Mexico)
    (Tags -> Human Rights, Organized Crime, Public Security : Tamaulipas : Spanish)
    La relevancia San Fernando para los cárteles es que en ese municipio confluyen varias carreteras y brechas, las cuales se han convertido en estratégicas para el trasiego de drogas que se realiza desde Centroamérica

  • Parents in Mexico wait, and hope, as mass graves probed
    Tracy Wilkinson
    The Los Angeles Times
    (Tags -> Human Rights, Politics And Security : : English)
    Angry, desperate parents on Monday demanded the safe return of 43 missing university students, even as officials indicated that at least some were probably killed and dumped in mass graves

  • Inside the Mexican College Where 43 Students Vanished After a Violent Encounter With Police
    Melissa del Pozo
    VICE
    (Tags -> Human Rights, Politics And Security : Guerrero : English)
    VICE News visited the leftist college in Guerrero attended by students who are believed to have been massacred and buried in mass graves by corrupt cops working for a local drug cartel

Peru

  • 2 Peru Governor Candidates Win Despite Drug Probes
    Associated Press
    ABC News
    (Tags -> Corruption, Elections, Narcotrafficking, Politics And Security : : English)
    Hundreds of candidates suspected of ties to drug trafficking were on the ballot Sunday in what authorities called the Andean nation’s most violent campaign since 2000