Venezuelan President’s Claims of Helicopter Attack Contested

Venezuelan President’s Claims of Helicopter Attack Contested

CARACAS, Venezuela—President Nicolás Maduro said a helicopter dropped grenades on the Supreme Court on Tuesday in a terror attack, though opposition figures called his claims a diversion orchestrated to deflect from the government’s attempts to neuter state institutions outside its control. …

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE

 

 

When Organized Crime Connects to International Terror

When Organized Crime Connects to International Terror

In a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing held June 14, Rep. Mike McCaul, R.,TX, asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to comment on the troubling issue of connections between transnational criminal organizations and terrorist networks.

McCaul quoted Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as saying “…cartels share ties with terror networks…and they have the ability to sneak drugs and people, including potential terrorists and dirty bombs” into the U.S.

McCaul asked Tillerson if he agreed that these ties represent a real national security ...  

Police arrest 8 in deadly Colombia mall explosion

Police arrest 8 in deadly Colombia mall explosion

Right people were arrested in connection with the deadly explosion at an upscale mall in Colombia, the country’s National Police said. Three people were killed and 11 others injured on June 17 when an explosive device rocked a mall in the tourist district of Colombia’s capital Bogota.

Among those killed was a 23-year-old French national who was in the country to do social work at a school, officials said.

The blast, which came from a second-floor bathroom, was called a “cowardly terrorist ...  

Cuba should return its terrorists to US, terror victim’s son says

Cuba should return its terrorists to US, terror victim’s son says

They sought safety on the shores of Cuba from American justice. Now Joe Connor wants them back.

“Get these guys back, as a starting point for any further opening up of Cuba,” Connor insists.

An estimated 70 fugitives, including terrorists, murderers, bank robbers and hijackers, sought refuge in Cuba and remain protected to this day by the government. The notorious F.A.L.N. Puerto Rican terrorist group bomb maker Willie Morales, and convicted New Jersey State Trooper killer Joanne Chesimard, are among the most ...  

Urban Terrorism Returns to Colombia

Urban Terrorism Returns to Colombia

A terrorist attack on June 17 in the upscale Bogotá, Colombia, shopping mall Centro Andino left three dead and nine injured, one critically. The bombing marks the return of urban terrorism to Colombia’s capital city even while the ink is barely dry on the “peace” settlement President Juan Manuel Santos signed in Havana last year with the narcoterrorist group FARC. …

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE

 

In Venezuela, prisoners say abuse is so bad they are forced to eat pasta mixed with excrement

In Venezuela, prisoners say abuse is so bad they are forced to eat pasta mixed with excrement

CARACAS, Venezuela — The headquarters of the Venezuelan intelligence service is a vast pyramid-shaped edifice known as the Helicoide, a former shopping mall which now functions as an interrogation pen for political prisoners and protesters.

The 30-year-old economics student had heard enough about the infamous building to be terrified as he was led into a dank cell in early April — his eyes blindfolded, his wrists bound by his shoelaces.

“You’re going to die here,” a guard informed him, he later recalled.

The ...  

OAS chief offers to resign in exchange for Venezuela’s ‘freedom’

OAS chief offers to resign in exchange for Venezuela’s ‘freedom’

The head of the Organization of American States on Saturday said he would step down from his post in exchange for a laundry list of reforms in Venezuela that he said would bring “freedom” to the embattled South American nation.

In a video posted on Twitter and the OAS website, Secretary General Luis Almagro continued his harsh denunciation of the socialist country and said international silence on the issue was dangerous.

“Silence allowed the rise of Hitler and the genocide in Rwanda,” ...  

Colombia’s ELN rebels to release kidnapped Dutch journalists

Colombia’s ELN rebels to release kidnapped Dutch journalists

The leftist Colombian rebel group National Liberation Army (ELN) on Thursday claimed responsibility for kidnapping two Dutch journalists, promising to surrender them to authorities within days.

Dutch journalist Derk Johannes Bolt and cameraman Eugenio Ernest Marie Follender, who were searching for the biological mother of a Colombian child adopted by a Dutch couple, “are in good health and will be released,” the Marxist rebels said in a statement published on Twitter.

The two men were captured in El Tarra in the restive ...  

Mexican President Says Government Acquired Spyware but He Denies Misuse

Mexican President Says Government Acquired Spyware but He Denies Misuse

MEXICO CITY — Even as Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that his government had purchased sophisticated software that has been used to spy on its fiercest critics, he also threatened to investigate those who “have raised false accusations” against his administration.

That group would presumably include the victims themselves, including journalists and human rights lawyers, as well as the various media organizations that have reported on the spying.

At a press event, Mr. Peña Nieto ...  

U.S. bans fresh Brazil beef imports over safety concerns

U.S. bans fresh Brazil beef imports over safety concerns

The United States halted imports of fresh Brazilian beef on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said, after a high percentage of shipments failed to pass safety checks.

The USDA had “recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market,” after increasing tests on Brazilian beef in March, according to a statement.

The agency raised scrutiny on Brazilian beef and ready-to-eat products as a precaution following an investigation into corruption involving Brazil’s health inspectors that targeted meat ...  

Congressional letter calling for investigation on José Luis Merino

Congressional letter calling for investigation on José Luis Merino

 

Carta del Congreso de los Estados Unidos Sobre José Luis Merino

Carta del Congreso de los Estados Unidos Sobre José Luis Merino

[TRADUCCIÓN POR IASW]

Congreso de los Estados Unidos

Washington, DC 20515

19 de junio de 2017

El Honorable Steven T. Mnuchin

Secretario del Tesoro

Departamento del Tesoro

1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20220

 

Estimado Sr. Secretario:

Como usted sabe, combatir el crimen y la violencia en Centroamérica es una prioridad bipartidista entre los miembros del Congreso que ha asignado más de $1.4 mil millones de dólares para la región en los últimos dos años. Pero la ayuda externa por sí sola ...  

Brazil Carry Trade Beckons Investors Ignoring Political Risk

Brazil Carry Trade Beckons Investors Ignoring Political Risk

Investors scared off by Brazil’s political turmoil are returning to its currency, lured by the potential for Latin America’s second-highest carry return.

The selloff in the real immediately after fresh corruption allegations were leveled at President Michel Temer last month has now subsided, with one-month price swings falling below expected volatility levels based on options prices. Traders of forward contracts have cut their bets for depreciation to a 14-month low, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The optimism suggests investors largely expect ...  

Peru finance minister vows to resign if Congress votes against him

Peru finance minister vows to resign if Congress votes against him

Peru’s finance minister vowed on Monday to resign immediately if the opposition-controlled Congress did not renew its confidence in him in a vote he has formally requested, a pledge that opened the door to a more conciliatory departure of one of the president’s closest cabinet members.

Opposition lawmakers from across the political spectrum have called for Alfredo Thorne to step down since he appeared, in a leaked audio recording, to ask the comptroller to approve an airport contract in exchange for ...  

For Hire: 7,000 Former FARC Guerrillas

For Hire: 7,000 Former FARC Guerrillas

There are no guns in sight at a rebel camp in Guaviare, a state in south-central Colombia. Instead, some 500 former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, wear civilian clothes and pass the time playing soccer and volleyball, while they wait to be reintegrated into society. Several women among them—who while fighting were forced to use birth control and have abortions—­are pregnant or nursing newborns. Another first: The ex-­guerrillas are having to think about how they’ll ...  

Venezuela walks out of Americas summit in Mexico

Venezuela walks out of Americas summit in Mexico

Venezuela’s foreign minister walked out of a meeting of regional diplomats to discuss the South American country’s ongoing political crisis as a 17-year-old anti-government demonstrator was shot and killed Monday during clashes with security forces.

As she left the Organization of American States meeting being held in the Mexican resort of Cancun, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez claimed that more OAS members were considering following Venezuela’s example and withdrawing from the group, which has been putting pressure on her socialist government to ...  

Brazil Suspends Sales of Tear Gas to Venezuela

Brazil Suspends Sales of Tear Gas to Venezuela

The Brazilian government said it has suspended tear gas sales to Venezuela in response to its neighbor’s deadly repression of protests.

The decision comes after Venezuelan opposition last week published documents showing Rio de Janeiro-based security company Condor Tecnologias Não-Letais agreed to sell 78,000 gas canisters to the Venezuelan military despite the deaths of dozens of protesters.

“There’s a ban on tear gas to Venezuela” because of the country’s political crisis, said a Brazilian government official on Saturday, who asked not to ...  

A corruption scandal wrecked Brazil’s economy. Now, workers face the consequences.

A corruption scandal wrecked Brazil’s economy. Now, workers face the consequences.

Ricardo Coelho was a 50-year-old engineer at the peak of his career when he traded his calculator for a pair of eyebrow tweezers.

Once a top executive at the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, he found himself stranded with no prospects two years ago when the firm’s chief executive was arrested and jailed, triggering the loss of 100,000 jobs. With his savings dwindling, Coelho opened a hair removal salon, Eyebrow Design, in a mall on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.

“I had 27 ...  

Who bombed the Bogotá mall? Colombia offers reward in deadly blast

Who bombed the Bogotá mall? Colombia offers reward in deadly blast

Colombian authorities are offering a $34,000 reward for information about the deadly weekend bombing at a popular shopping center that killed three people and left nine injured in the nation’s capital.

After holding an emergency meeting with his security cabinet Sunday, President Juan Manuel Santos said authorities were working on three hypothesis about Saturday’s bombing, but he declined to provide details, saying it might risk the investigation.

The attack takes place as the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or ...  

How Dissidents Are Responding to Trump’s Change in Cuba Policy

How Dissidents Are Responding to Trump’s Change in Cuba Policy

The letter sent by Cuba’s main dissident group to President Donald Trump thanking him for his decision to prohibit U.S. trade with the military, security and intelligence services on the island—their tormentors—serves as a timely rebuke of President Barack Obama’s warm embrace of the Castro regime and those still defending it.

The letter was sent by Berta Soler on behalf of the group she leads, The Ladies in White. These brave, mostly Afro-Cuban women suffer constant harassment, beatings, and incarcerations at ...  

1 2 3 126

Subscribe to our newsletter!

Latest Tweets by @IASecurity

Videos Featuring Our Experts

Roger Noriega on the Crisis in Venezuela: The world's response | IN 60 SECONDS

Venezuelan crisis: A brief history by Roger Noriega | IN 60 SECONDS

WAC Philadelphia: Latin America’s Role in 2017 and Beyond, feat. José R. Cárdenas

Promo for CNN's AC360°: "Passports in the shadows", feat. Roger Noriega

Ambassador Roger Noriega on PBS NewsHour discussing U.S.-Mexico relations under Trump

José Cárdenas Interview with Opinion Journal: "Hungry in Venezuela"

Ambassador Noriega Analyzes President Obama’s visit to Cuba on PBS’ ‘Newshour’

About

During the last several decades, the United States has invested billions of dollars in trying to help the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean deliver better lives for their citizens. This has meant helping them increase internal security by combating the illicit growing and trafficking in narcotics and the activities of terrorist groups, as well as helping them to shore up their democratic and free market institutions.

Unfortunately, in recent years, continued progress in these areas has been threatened, not least by the elections of radical populist governments in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador. These governments have instituted retrograde agendas that include the propagation of class warfare, state domination of the economy, assaults on private property, anti-Americanism, support for such international pariahs as Iran, and lackluster support for regional counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics initiatives.

We are a group of concerned policy experts that fear the results of these destructive agendas for individual freedom, prosperity, and the well-being of the peoples of the region. Our goal is to inform American policymakers and American and international public opinion of the dangers of these radical populist regimes to inter-American security.