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Central American insecurity fuels U.S. border crisis

By Roger Noriega The surge of illegal immigrants at the U.S. southwest border
should sound the alarm for the President and Congress to lead an
international rescue mission to confront murderous narco-traffickers
and street gangsters who threaten U.S. security along with the lives and
livelihood of millions of Central Americans. Read More-->

La inseguridad de Centro América intensifica la crisis en la frontera sur de Estados Unidos

By Roger NoriegaLa oleada de inmigrantes ilegales en la frontera suroeste de los Estados Unidos,  hizo sonar la alarma para el Presidente y el Congreso e impulsar una misión de rescate internacional para enfrentar a criminales, narcotraficantes y pandilleros que amenazan la seguridad de EE.UU., junto con las vidas y sustento de millones de centroamericanos. Read More-->

Dozing U.S. Diplomats Let Venezuelan Narco-General Slip Away

| July 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
Foreign Policy

BY ROGER F. NORIEGA

Although a retired Venezuelan general and confidante of President Nicolás Maduro just managed to evade U.S. extradition to face drug smuggling charges, the unsealed indictment in his case reveals that U.S. prosecutors have gatheredcompelling evidence of widespread criminality at the highest levels of the Maduro government. Dozing U.S. diplomats let Major General Hugo Carvajal slip away this past weekend, but the fact that Caracas pulled out the stops to keep him from facing U.S. justice has exposed a regime with a very guilty conscience.

U.S. diplomats were caught off-guard on Sunday when the Netherlands decided to recognize the dubious claims of “diplomatic immunity” by Carvajal, who was being held in Aruba since his arrest last Wednesday at the request of U.S. law enforcement authorities. In court proceedings last Friday, Aruban authorities dismissed Carvajal’s claims of immunity, arguing that he had never been accredited as Venezuela’s consul general on the island.

After the Dutch government ... Read More

Oficiales Venezolanos tienen Nexos con Narcotraficantes Colombianos

| July 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
The New York Times

Por WILLIAM NEUMAN

[Traducción por IASW]

El jefe de la inteligencia militar de Venezuela estaba en la nómina de un capo de la droga colombiano, invirtió su propio dinero en los envíos de drogas y coordinó personalmente el envío de miles de kilos de cocaína, de acuerdo con fiscales de Miami y Nueva York.

El representante de Interpol en Venezuela, por su parte, aceptó cientos de miles de dólares en sobornos de otro traficante, comentaron los fiscales de Miami.

Tres acusaciones federales que fueron hechas públicas la semana pasada abren una ventana para comprender los lazos entre militares venezolanos, funcionarios encargados de hacer cumplir la ley y narcotraficantes colombianos. Esta conexión, que funcionarios en Washington han advertido desde hace mucho tiempo ha sido rotundamente rechazada por las autoridades venezolanas.

Los casos salieron a la luz después de que la semana pasada autoridades de Aruba arrestaron al ex jefe de inteligencia militar, Hugo Carvajal, a petición ... Read More

Senador Bob Corker ha retirado su objeción al Acto para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos y la Sociedad Civil en Venezuela

| July 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
US Senate

El senador Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) decidió retirar su voto de objeción en relación a la Ley de Sanciones contra Venezuela después de que el gobierno de Maduro interrumpiera el proceso de extradición de un narcotraficante buscado por los Estados Unidos.

WASHINGTON – Tras los recientes intentos del gobierno venezolano de impedir la extradición del ex general venezolano Hugo Carvajal, quien es buscado por cargos de tráfico de drogas en los Estados Unidos, el senador Bob Corker, republicano y miembro de alto nivel del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, ha anunciado hoy que ha retirado su objeción a S.2142, Acto para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos y la Sociedad Civil en Venezuela de 2014.

“Un diálogo regional sigue siendo la mejor opción para ayudar a los venezolanos a encontrar una solución negociada, de manera democrática que se ocupe de violaciones sistemáticas a los derechos humanos. Pero la complicidad del gobierno venezolano ... Read More

Corker Releases Hold on Venezuela Sanctions Bill After Maduro Government Disrupts Extradition of Drug-Trafficker Wanted in the U.S.

| July 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
US Senate

 Following recent attempts by the Venezuelan government to prevent the extradition of former Venezuelan General Hugo Carvajal who is wanted on drug-trafficking charges in the United States, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced today that he has withdrawn his objection to S.2142, the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014.

“A regional dialogue remains the best option to help Venezuelans find a negotiated, democratic way forward that addresses systematic violations of human rights. But the Venezuelan government’s complicity with criminal activity that threatens its neighbors and the U.S. demands a firm response from our country and other nations,” said Corker.

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México: 55 mil 325 asesinatos

| July 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
Excelsior

POR MARTÍN MORENO

La violencia en el país ni disminuye ni se ha controlado: durante 19 meses del gobierno se han registrado 55 mil 325 asesinatos, a un ritmo de dos mil 900 homicidios cada mes. Alrededor de 700 a la semana. Cerca de cien diarios (fuente: Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública).

¿Dónde está el viraje?

Tan sólo en la estrategia discursiva. En el manejo mediático. Bajo un lema: si no hablo de ello, se olvidan del problema. La violencia sigue allí.

Y no son filias ni fobias ni es discurso incendiario de López Obrador.

Son las propias cifras del SESNSP.

¿Y qué dicen esas cifras? ¿Cuáles son los parámetros —y miedos— que hoy tienen los mexicanos en cuanto a la violencia?

Revisemos:

Las cifras oficiales apuntan a que, de diciembre de 2012 a junio de 2014, se ... Read More

Brazil Economists Cut 2014 Growth Call for Ninth Straight Week

| July 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
Bloomberg

By Matthew Malinowski

Brazil economists reduced their 2014 growth forecast for the ninth consecutive week, as policy makers seek to spur demand without further stoking above-target inflation.

Brazil’s gross domestic product will expand 0.90 percent this year, compared with the previous week’s forecast of 0.97 percent, according to the July 25 central bank survey of about 100 analysts published today. The economists’ growth forecast has dropped by nearly half since their 1.63 percent estimate from May 23.

President Dilma Rousseff is torn between the fastest annual inflation in 13 months and weakening growth as she campaigns for re-election. The central bank said on July 24 its strategy does not contemplate a lower key rate as above-target consumer prices will remain resistant. The next day, policy makers announced they would loosen deposit requirements to free up 45 billion reais ($20.2 billion) in consumer credit.

Policy makers on July 16 held the ... Read More

Venezuelan Officers Linked to Colombian Cocaine Traffickers

| July 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
The New York Times

BY WILLIAM NEUMAN

The head of Venezuelan military intelligence was on the payroll of a Colombian drug lord, invested his own money in drug shipments and personally coordinated the shipment of thousands of kilograms of cocaine, according to prosecutors in Miami and New York.

And Venezuela’s liaison with Interpol took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from another trafficker, the Miami prosecutors said.

Three federal indictments unsealed last week open a window onto accusations of ties between Venezuelan military and law enforcement officers and Colombian narcotics traffickers, a connection that officials in Washington have long warned about and that has been roundly dismissed by the authorities here.

The cases came to light after the authorities in Aruba last week arrested the former military intelligence chief, Hugo Carvajal, at the request of ... Read More

Argentina in last-ditch effort to avert default

| July 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
Yahoo News-01

By ALMUDENA CALATRAVA and LUIS ANDRES HENAO

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s government said Monday it will make another effort to reach a deal with US. creditors ahead of a looming deadline that risks sending the country into its second default in 13 years.

Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said an Argentine delegation would be in New York to meet with a court-appointed mediator Tuesday, just a day ahead of the deadline.

“Argentina’s position is to reach a dialogue that establishes fair, legal and sustainable conditions for negotiation with 100 percent of the bondholders,” Capitanich said at a news conference at the presidential palace.

But the mediator, Daniel A. Pollack, said in a statement that while the Argentines would meet him, they had not yet accepted his recommendation of face-to-face talks with the plaintiffs in the dispute, led by New York billionaire Paul Singer’s NML Capital Ltd.

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Aruba faced potentially ‘severe’ economic pressure over Venezuelan general

| July 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
The Miami Herald

Venezuela threatened to extend a flight boycott and sink Aruba’s tourism industry as it fought for the release of a former general who is wanted in the U.S. on drug charges, a State Department official said.

BOGOTA – As tensions rose in Aruba over the fate of a Venezuelan general wanted in Miami on drug charges, the island nation was worried that Venezuela was prepared to cut off air traffic for an extended period and sink its tourism industry, a senior U.S. State Department official said.

Former Venezuelan Gen. Hugo Carvajal went home Sunday after being detained four days in Aruba at the request of U.S. authorities. While an Aruban judge ruled that he could be held pending a U.S. extradition request, the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Sunday said Carvajal had diplomatic immunity, declared him “persona non grata” and sent him back to ... Read More

EEUU: Venezuela amenazó a Holanda por Carvajal

| July 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
El Nuevo Herald

BY POR LUIS ALONSO LUGO

WASHINGTON — Estados Unidos expresó el lunes su malestar ante lo que calificó como “reportes verosímiles” de que Venezuela amenazó a Aruba, Holanda y otros gobiernos para obtener la liberación de Hugo Carvajal Barrios.

“Esta no es la manera en que deben manejarse los asuntos relacionados al cumplimiento de las leyes”, dijo una portavoz del Departamento de Estado quien solicitó el anonimato para cumplir con las políticas de su despacho, sin precisar los reportes ni detallar en qué consistieron las amenazas.

La funcionaria agregó que su gobierno está profundamente decepcionado por la liberación de Carvajal, ya que estuvo justificada por alegatos de inmunidad que “van más allá de las normas internacionales establecidas” y aseguró que Washington solicitó la detención en cumplimiento pleno del tratado de extradiciones que suscribió con Holanda y Aruba.

The Associated Press solicitó una reacción a la embajada venezolana, sin obtenerla de inmediato.

Carvajal, el funcionario venezolano ... Read More

Venezuela traicionada–oportunidad perdida para desenmascarar al régimen

| July 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
By Roger Noriega

[Traducción por IASW]

La decisión Holandesa de liberar al poderoso general retirado venezolano Hugo Carvajal en Aruba, detenido el miércoles por solicitud de los Estados Unidos, es una le hizo un favor  a el narco estado en Caracas. Esto hará que sea más fácil para el gobierno de Obama el continuar ignorando al régimen corrupto y represivo en Venezuela.

Lo que sucede en Venezuela es importante para los EE.UU. Venezuela es el noveno exportador de petróleo más importante del mundo y con las mayores reservas de petróleo probadas. Esa nación de 30 millones de personas y una economía de $400 mil millones tiene una influencia desproporcionada en las Américas.

Su gobierno ha gastado miles de millones de dólares en armas rusas y alentado las actividades criminales de Irán y Hezbollah.

El arresto Carvajal pudo haber expuesto aun más la alianza del régimen con los narcotraficantes colombianos.

Si los fiscales federales hubieran podido juzgar a Carvajal en ... Read More

Japanese PM opens LatAm tour with Mexico energy deals

| July 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
Yahoo News-01

By Leticia Pineda

Mexico City (AFP) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck a series of energy deals with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the start of a five-country Latin American tour.

Abe, whose visit to the region comes on the heels of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s, met Pena Nieto at the presidential palace for talks that ended with the signing of a raft of deals.

The new agreements included one between Mexican state oil firm Pemex and Japan’s development bank, and another between Pemex and the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation.

With Japan on the lookout for new power sources after the Fukushima disaster forced the shutdown of its nuclear reactors, energy is high on the prime minister’s agenda for the trip.

Mexico is undergoing sweeping changes in its energy sector, with Congress poised to end struggling Pemex’s 75-year monopoly ... Read More

Netherlands Says Venezuelan Detained in Aruba Has Immunity

| July 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
Wall Street Journal WSJ-01 By JUAN FORERO And DAN MOLINSKI CARACAS—Authorities in Aruba on Sunday freed a powerful former Venezuelan general, wanted by the U.S. on drug-trafficking charges, from jail on the Caribbean island after a ruling that he is protected from prosecution by diplomatic immunity.

Hugo Carvajal, who had headed the Venezuelan military-intelligence service and had been named consul general in Aruba, was escorted to the airport and flew to Venezuela on Sunday night.

His release comes four days after Aruban authorities had detained him at the airport on an American warrant, generating angry accusations from Venezuela’s government that Mr. Carvajal had been “kidnapped” and warnings that tiny Aruba would suffer economic consequences for cooperating with the U.S.

“We were ready to do whatever it took to defend the dignity and honor of Venezuela,” President Nicolás Maduro said Sunday night, hailing Mr. Carvajal’s release as a diplomatic victory for the South American country.

“We rescued him through the political, diplomatic operation ... Read More

Argentina Resumes Negotiations to Avert Default

| July 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
Article originally appeared in the Associated Press

Argentina’s government is resuming negotiations in a dispute with US. creditors that risks sending the country into default this week.

Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said Monday that an Argentine delegation will travel to New York and meet a court-appointed mediator there on Tuesday.

Argentina will default for the second time in 13 years if it cannot reach a deal with the U.S. hedge funds over some $1.5 billion in unpaid debts before a July 30 deadline.

The creditors are hedge funds that bought Argentine bonds on the cheap and rejected Argentina’s restructuring offers following its record $100 billion default in 2001.

The looming default comes as Argentina’s economy struggles with a recession, a shortage of dollars and one of the world’s highest inflation rates.

 

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US Official Fume as Venezuelan General Slips Grasp

| July 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
Article originally appeared in the Associated Press

JOSHUA GOODMAN & DAVID McFADDEN

US officials are saying Venezuela may have used threats to obtain the freedom of a former general detained in Aruba at the request of the American government.

In a statement released Monday morning, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says there are credible reports that Venezuela threatened the governments of Aruba, the Netherlands and others to force the release of former military intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal.

Carvajal was arrested when he arrived to serve as Venezuela’s consul on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba. On Sunday, the Netherlands ruled that he was protected by diplomatic immunity.

Carvajal returned to Caracas Sunday night and received a hero’s welcome at the convention of the national socialist party. President Nicolas Maduro invited him onstage and called his return a great satisfaction.

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Why a drug bust means hope for Venezuela

| July 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
New York Post

The Netherlands’ decision to release powerful retired Venezuelan general Hugo Carvajal in Aruba, arrested Wednesday at the request of US law enforcement, is a boon to the narcostate in Caracas. It will make it easier for the Obama administration to continue ignoring the corrupt and repressive regime in Venezuela.

What happens in Venezuela matters here. It’s the world’s ninth-largest oil exporter, with the largest proven petroleum reserves of any country. And that nation of 30 million people and a $400 billion economy has disproportionate influence in the Americas.

Its government has spent billions of dollars on Russian arms and abetted the criminal activities of Iran and Hezbollah.

And the Carvajal arrest could’ve rip the veil off the regime’s alliance with Colombian narcotraffickers.

Were federal prosecutors lay out their case against Carvajal in a New York courtroom, they’d reveal the involvement of dozens of senior Venezuelan officials ... Read More

Correa impone polémica ley financiera para blindar a Ecuador ante crisis

| July 25th, 2014 | No Comments »
La Patilla

El presidente de Ecuador, Rafael Correa, impuso una polémica ley de control financiero, decidido a blindar a Ecuador de una crisis bancaria como la de 1999, que dejó pérdidas millonarias al Estado y aún traumatiza a los ecuatorianos. AFP

El Congreso -de mayoría oficialista- aprobó el jueves el Código Orgánico Monetario y Financiero, que crea una junta reguladora controlada por el Ejecutivo con amplios poderes para supervisar todo el sistema financiero, el mercado de valores, de cambios y de seguros.

El organismo corregirá la “dispersión de distintas entidades haciendo lo mismo. El sistema necesita regulación”, explicó el vicepresidente Jorge Glass en declaraciones al canal RTS el jueves.

Glass negó que la junta, que direccionará los créditos y tendrá facultades para el uso de un millonario fondo de liquidez de los bancos, permita al gobierno decidir a quién deben prestar los bancos, como aseguran los opositores.

Con el texto, aprobado con el voto de 91 ... Read More

Venezuelan General Detained on Drug Trafficking Charges

| July 25th, 2014 | No Comments »
IASW

Retired Venezuelan General Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios was arrested in Aruba on July 23, pursuant to a request by U.S. authorities under an indictment for drug smuggling.  According to sources familiar with the investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and federal prosecutors in New York and Miami have been preparing much more expansive cases against Carvajal, based on crimes committed in concert with other senior officials of the Venezuelan government.  The Venezuelan government is protesting Carvajal’s arrest, based on his supposed “diplomatic immunity” as consul general of Venezuela in Aruba; however, Aruban officials have stated publicly that such immunity was never granted. READ THE U.S. INDICTMENTS HERE & ... Read More

Unmasking the Venezuelan ‘narcostate’: The Case of Hugo Carvajal

| July 25th, 2014 | No Comments »
InterAmerican Security Watch

[Ed. Note: This week, retired Venezuelan Gen. Hugo Carvajal was detained in Aruba at the request of U.S. authorities.  Carvajal was the former head of Venezuelan military intelligence (DGIM) and a close confidante of the late Hugo Chávez. In 2008, he was designated by U.S Treasury as a “drug kingpin” for his ties to the Colombian narco-terrorist FARC.  That year also, the highly respected Colombian magazine Semana published an exposé of Carvajal that reported on his criminal associations with the FARC. The following article was translated by IASW.]

Hugo Carvajal: Hugo Chávez’s “Montesinos”

Semana Reveals the Scandalous Ties between Venezuelan General Hugo Carvajal, the FARC, and Drug Traffickers

Semana magazine (Bogotá)

February 2, 2008

There are very few people who have the luxury of having Hugo Chávez’s ear. Of that select group, one of the closest, most loyal, and who Chavez trusts the most is General Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios: the brains of Venezuelan intelligence.

The ... Read More

NORIEGA: La inseguridad de Centro América intensifica la crisis en la frontera sur de Estados Unidos

| July 25th, 2014 | No Comments »
Article Appeared in The Washington Times

La oleada de inmigrantes ilegales en la frontera suroeste de los Estados Unidos,  hizo sonar la alarma para el Presidente y el Congreso e impulsar una misión de rescate internacional para enfrentar a criminales, narcotraficantes y pandilleros que amenazan la seguridad de EE.UU., junto con las vidas y sustento de millones de centroamericanos.

El presidente Obama ha solicitado $3.7 mil millones en fondos de emergencia para hacer frente a la afluencia de inmigrantes ilegales a lo largo de la frontera de Estados Unidos con México. A pesar de que la suma es considerable, es evidente que los programas que están siendo ejecutados y planificados por la administración son medidas provisionales. Estas medidas no hacen nada para hacer frente al causante del problema a largo plazo: la creciente criminalidad  y la corrupción en Centroamérica, que en su mayoría son alimentadas por el tráfico ilegal de drogas provocado por la demanda de los ... Read More

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