Posts Tagged ‘Roger Noriega’

Latin America the World’s Most Violent Region

| April 15th, 2014 | No Comments »
The Washington Free Beacon

BY DANIEL WISER

Latin America is now the world’s most violent region but is receiving less U.S. military and financial assistance, according to a recent report and other figures.

Latin America surpassed Africa as the region with the most murders per 100,000 people, according to the new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Several countries in the Western Hemisphere had murder rates that eclipsed 25 per 100,000 people in 2012, compared to the global average of about six.

The report said 30 percent of the homicides in the Americas could be attributed to a proliferation of organized crime and gang-related violence.

For example, Honduras had one of the world’s highest murder rates with 90.4 per 100,000 people. Mexican drug cartels and transnational criminal groups such as the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and 18th Street gangs have infiltrated the country in recent years.

Some of the violence is fueled by those groups’ drug smuggling operations into the United States. ... Read More

America’s Most Brutal Gang Could Be Big Winner In El Salvador’s Election

| March 7th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere, Roger Noriega, explains why Americans should care about the elections in El Salvador.

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Pressure to Punish Maduro Mounts

| March 1st, 2014 | No Comments »
The Washington Free Beacon

BY DANIEL WISER

Lawmakers are pressuring President Barack Obama to impose sanctions against Venezuelan officials involved in an ongoing crackdown against protesters in the socialist state.

At least 17 people have died, more than 250 have been injured, and 55 remain behind bars following protests this month against the rule of President Nicolas Maduro. Opposition leaders say the protesters were killed by intelligence agents, police, and government-affiliated militias known as “colectivos.”

Sens. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), and Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) introduced a resolution on Thursday that urged Obama to impose targeted sanctions such as visa bans and asset freezes on Venezuelan individuals accused of human rights abuses.

“With the Venezuelan people struggling and sacrificing for freedom, liberty, and human rights, they deserve to have their voices be heard, and they deserve the world’s leading defender of human rights to be on their side,” Rubio said in a statement.

The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western ... Read More

Las elecciones cruciales para el presidente de El Salvador en 2014

| March 1st, 2014 | No Comments »
AEI

Las elecciones presidenciales de El Salvador pone a la nación en una encrucijada. ¿Van a continuar por el camino de la revolución al estilo venezolano, o elegir un nuevo camino hacia la libre empresa y la libertad política? AEI Fellow Roger Noriega explica.

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El Salvador’s crucial 2014 presidential election

| February 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
AEI

El Salvador’s presidential election puts the nation at a crossroads. Will they continue down the path of Venezuelan-style revolution, or choose a new path towards free enterprise and political freedom? AEI Fellow Roger Noriega explains.

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El Salvador Could Be the Next Venezuela

| February 26th, 2014 | No Comments »
The Washington Free Beacon

BY DANIEL WISER

El Salvador could morph into another Venezuela if the current ruling party retains control in presidential runoff elections next month, a leading expert on the region tells the Washington Free Beacon.

Roger Noriega, former assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs in the George W. Bush administration, said in an interview that the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), which currently has control of the country, reportedly has ties to regional drug traffickers, violent gangs in the country, and Venezuela’s regime.

The FMLN’s Salvador Sanchez Ceren nearly won the elections outright earlier this month after garnering almost 49 percent of the vote. Norman Quijano of the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) finished in second with nearly 39 percent. The two will face off in a March 9 runoff election.

Noriega, now a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), said Sanchez Ceren represents the hardline, guerrilla faction of the leftist FMLN movement that emerged as a political ... Read More

El Salvador could become the next Venezuela

| February 26th, 2014 | No Comments »
The Washington Free Beacon

DANIEL WISER

El Salvador could morph into another Venezuela if the current ruling party retains control in presidential runoff elections next month, a leading expert on the region tells the Washington Free Beacon.

Roger Noriega, former assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs in the George W. Bush administration, said in an interview that the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), which currently has control of the country, reportedly has ties to regional drug traffickers, violent gangs in the country, and Venezuela’s regime.

The FMLN’s Salvador Sanchez Ceren nearly won the elections outright earlier this month after garnering almost 49 percent of the vote. Norman Quijano of the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) finished in second with nearly 39 percent. The two will face off in a March 9 runoff election.

Noriega, now a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), said Sanchez Ceren represents the hardline, guerrilla faction of the leftist FMLN movement that emergedas a political party ... Read More

El Salvador se podría convertir en la próxima Venezuela

| February 26th, 2014 | No Comments »
The Washington Free Beacon

De acuerdo a un destacado experto en asuntos latinoamericanos, El Salvador podría transformarse en otra Venezuela si el actual partido de gobierno alcanza la victoria en la segunda vuelta de elecciones presidenciales el próximo mes.

Roger Noriega, ex subsecretario de Estado para Asuntos del Hemisferio Occidental en el gobierno de George W. Bush , dijo en una entrevista que el Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN ), que actualmente tiene el control del país, tiene vínculos con los traficantes de drogas regionales, las pandillas violentas en el país, y el régimen de Venezuela.

El candidato del FMLN, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, estuvo a punto de ganar las elecciones a principios de este mes, luego de obtener casi el 49 por ciento de los votos. Norman Quijano del conservador Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA) terminó en segundo lugar con casi el 39 por ciento. Los dos se enfrentarán en una segunda vuelta el ... Read More

Hezbolá en las calles de Caracas?

| February 20th, 2014 | No Comments »
By Roger Noriega

Un hombre a quien el Departamento del Tesoro de EE.UU. ha designado como un operativo de la organización terrorista Hezbolá, aparentemente se ha trasladado de Siria a Venezuela en los últimos días en apoyo a la violenta represión del gobierno Venezolano contra los manifestantes estudiantiles . Ghazi Atef Nassereddine fue sancionado por el gobierno de los EE.UU. en 2008 por proporcionar apoyo logístico y financiero a Hezbolá.

Fuentes y documentos corroboran el papel de Nassereddine como representante de Hezbolá ante el régimen venezolano y como un colaborador cercano del presidente Nicolás Maduro. En los últimos años, se ha hecho pasar como un diplomático asignado a la embajada de Venezuela en Damasco, donde ha utilizado su posición para facilitar viajes y visas para muchas personas procedentes de Oriente Medio a Venezuela. Desde ese puesto, tuvo un acceso extraordinario a altos funcionarios de seguridad sirios que han hecho la guerra a los opositores ... Read More

Hezbollah in the streets of Caracas?

| February 20th, 2014 | No Comments »
AEI

A man whom the US Treasury Department has designated as an operative of the terrorist organization Hezbollah has relocated from the Syria war zone to Venezuela in recent days, apparently in support the government’s violent crackdown against student demonstrators. Ghazi Atef Nassereddine was sanctioned by the US government in 2008 for providing logistical and financial support to Hezbollah.

Sources and documents substantiate Nassereddine’s role as Hezbollah’s principal representative to the Venezuelan regime and a close collaborator of President Nicolás Maduro. In recent years, his official cover has been as a diplomat assigned to Venezuela’s embassy in Damascus, where he has used his position to facilitate travel for many persons from the Middle East to Venezuela. From that post, he had extraordinary access to senior Syrian security officials who have waged war on opponents of the Assad regime.

Two witnesses also have told me that Nassereddine worked personally to obtain Maduro’s approval of Hezbollah money ... Read More

Se ha acabado la fiesta para el régimen venezolano

| February 18th, 2014 | 5 Comments »
AEI

El presidente venezolano Nicolás Maduro está luchando una batalla perdida para salvar a su régimen, y el creciente malestar en las calles es sólo uno de sus problemas. En la medida en que los detalles sobre la quiebra de su gobierno se hacen públicos su base política continuará dividiéndose. Y mientras continúa siguiendo el consejo Cubano de usar la fuerza bruta contra las manifestaciones pacíficas, el ejército nacionalista no tolerará la creciente violencia. En cierto sentido, la condición de Maduro es terminal.

De acuerdo con una fuente en el Banco Central de Venezuela, las reservas internacionales del país se han reducido a $21 mil millones (menos de la mitad de las reservas con las que cuenta Colombia, una economía del mismo tamaño), de los cuales $12 mil millones son reservas de oro reclamadas por China como garantía por los más de $30 mil millones en préstamos realizados en los últimos años. ... Read More

Venezuelan ‘Security Situation is Absolutely Out of Control’

| February 17th, 2014 | No Comments »
The Washington Free Beacon

DANIEL WISER & ADAM KREDO

Observers say Venezuela’s security situation is spiraling “absolutely out of control” as socialist President Nicolas Maduro continues to crack down on pro-democracy protesters who have taken to the streets to demand that he resign.

Protests in Venezuela entered their sixth day on Monday with students and other demonstrators braving violent attacks from state police and pro-Maduro militias, according to former and current U.S. officials.

Maduro has even employed Iranian-style paramilitary Basij militias in a bid to quell the violence, according to Roger Noriega, a former United States ambassador and assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs.

“They’ve used it to control the population and pretend this is not the state [using violence], but a confrontation between protesters,” he explained. “The reality is in addition to those motorized forces, they have militias and hundreds of thousands of people with arms. The security situation is absolutely out of control.”

The Obama ... Read More

Fmr. Marxist Guerilla Leader to Be El Salvador’s Next President

| February 4th, 2014 | 2 Comments »
The Washington Free Beacon

BY DANIEL WISER

A former Marxist guerilla leader whose party reportedly has ties to Venezuela’s socialist government and drug traffickers is poised to be El Salvador’s next president.

Salvador Sanchez Ceren, a top leader of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) party, nearly garnered 50 percent of the votes in El Salvador’s presidential elections on Sunday. He appears set to win a runoff next month against Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) party leader Norman Quijano, who won almost 39 percent of Sunday’s vote.

Elliott Abrams, deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration and assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs under Ronald Reagan, said in an interview that Sanchez Ceren is from the “hardest-line elements of the FMLN.” He said Jose Luis Merino, Sanchez Ceren’s “right-hand man,” has ties to narcotics traffickers in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

While there is still a chance that Quijano could collect votes from the ... Read More

La economía de Argentina: De regreso al 2001?

| January 17th, 2014 | No Comments »
By Roger Noriega

[Traducción por IASW]

Las dificultades económicas de la Argentina están siendo una vez noticia debido a la caída significativa del precio de sus bonos y a causa de cifras económicas que no dejan de preocupar a argentinos y a inversores extranjeros. Como lo reportó el Wall Street Journal el 12 de enero, ” … [En Argentina ] el precio de los bonos ha caído significativamente desde la semana pasada debido a la depreciación del peso y a la disminución de reservas de divisas. Esto genera incertidumbre sobre la capacidad de Argentina para pagar sus deudas”.

Un analista de Prudential Fixed Economy le comentó al mismo diario que, “Las cosas están tomando un giro negativo en Argentina. El gobierno no ha sido capaz de controlar el peso.” Los dueños de bonos están alarmados por la debilidad del peso y que esto pueda conducir  a una mayor disminución de las reservas de divisas del ... Read More

Negligencia diplomática en Ecuador

| January 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
AEI

Por Roger F. Noriega y Felipe Trigos

En un artículo recientemente publicado por el presidente del Diálogo Interamericano, Michael Shifter, titulado, “EE.UU. está aprendiendo a vivir relaciones tensas con el Ecuador”, relata la turbulenta relación entre Estados Unidos y Ecuador desde la elección del presidente izquierdista Rafael Correa en el 2006. Shifter atribuye a la administración del presidente Obama la búsqueda de las relaciones diplomáticas y comerciales productivas con el impredecible presidente Rafael Correa. Shifter llega a la conclusión de que los diplomáticos estadounidenses han aceptado por fin que Correa no está interesado en una relación normal. Lo que plantea la pregunta: “¿ Por que les tomó tanto tiempo en darse cuenta?”

El autor reconoce que Correa ha sido el responsable de socavar la relación después de que expulsó a la embajadora de EE.UU. en Ecuador Header Hodges en 2011, al apoyar una demanda notoriamente falsa en contra de Chevron, al concederle asilo ... Read More

Las Reformas en México: Símbolos de modernidad y regresión

| December 17th, 2013 | No Comments »
The American

El Congreso de México ha presentado un plan de reforma energética que podría cambiar el panorama económico de México en las próximas décadas. Sus políticas fiscales populistas y el gasto excesivo, desafortunadamente, ponen en peligro el crecimiento y la estabilidad económica que México ha tenido en los últimos años .

Por Roger F. Noriega y Felipe Trigos

El Congreso mexicano ha superado las expectativas y ha presentado un paquete de reformas que podrían revitalizar el sector energético del país y aliviar las preocupaciones iniciales sobre la propuesta original presentada por el presidente Enrique Peña Nieto.

La noticia de la reforma energética representa el logro más importante en el marco del Pacto por México-un acuerdo entre los líderes de los tres partidos más importantes del país para trabajar en prioridades compartidas . Ese acuerdo también dio lugar a un plan de reforma fiscal que no alcanzó el objetivo fundamental de la modernización de la ... Read More

Venezuela Rebuffs John Kerry

| December 13th, 2013 | No Comments »
Commentary

BY BEN COHEN

As far as Secretary of State John Kerry is concerned, last Sunday’s municipal elections in Venezuela resulted in an uncomplicated endorsement of Nicolas Maduro’s regime. Interviewed by the Miami Herald, Kerry remarked that “there are some questions of irregularities,” before adding that “they [the elections] didn’t produce the kind of change that I think a number of people thought they might.”

Then came the inevitable attempt to revive the bilateral talks that were first held last June. These were unilaterally shut down by the Venezuelan government one month later, when Maduro, angered by the criticisms of Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, over his “crackdown on civil society,” declared a “zero-tolerance” policy “for gringo aggression against Venezuela.” But Kerry evidently thinks a further attempt to soothe chavista anxieties is warranted. As he told the Herald:

“We are ready and willing, and we are open to improving that relationship. Our hope is that the government ... Read More

Raul Castro Reaches Out to Obama, but Don’t Call It a Thaw

| December 11th, 2013 | No Comments »
The Daily Beast

BY ELI LAKE

Tuesday’s handshake between Obama and Castro comes after six months of quiet diplomacy between the United States and Cuba—and Castro signaling he’s ready for bigger talks.

Since the Cuban revolution, the island’s ties with the United States have been marred by espionage, near war, sabotage, and deep distrust. But since President Obama came to office in 2009, Cuban leader Raul Castro has signaled that he is interested in a new relationship, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Earlier this year, Castro agreed to host peace talks between Colombia and the FARC, a Marxist rebel group that until recently Cuba and its most important ally, Venezuela, had supported. Last week, Obama praised the Cuban-brokered talks during a state visit with Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, U.S. and Cuban officials have held midlevel discussions in Havana and Washington on a range of issues, including direct postal service, migration ... Read More

Anti-Drug Efforts Succeeding in Colombia

| December 5th, 2013 | No Comments »
The Washington Free Beacon

BY DANIEL WISER

Joint anti-drug efforts between the United States and Colombia have reduced cocaine production and violence and could serve as a model for other regional countries aiming to build better democracies, experts say.

For the joint initiative, known as “Plan Colombia,” the United States provides airplanes, helicopters, and special operations training and advice to Colombian forces. Lawmakers have appropriated more than $8 billion for the program between 2000 and 2012, according to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report.

Recent statistics suggest that money was well spent. Peru surpassed Colombia last year in farming of the coca plant, the source of raw materials for cocaine, for the first time in two decades, according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. The U.N. estimated that Colombia produced 270 fewer metric tons of cocaine last year compared to 2006.

Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno also said the U.S. partnership has helped cut off funding for the ... Read More

Venezuela al borde del caos

| November 28th, 2013 | No Comments »
New York Post

Venezuela está en una espiral de muerte que podría producir una crisis para los Estados Unidos. Un colapso económico inevitable, el liderazgo incompetente y la intromisión cubana pueden provocar un enfrentamiento entre rivales chavistas bien armados, dejando a la población civil atrapada en el fuego cruzado. Los diplomáticos estadounidenses, que han pasado años ignorando o minimizando las amenazas que emanan de Venezuela, deben actuar con urgencia para evitar que se desarrolle un escenario  similar al de Siria en nuestra puerta.

El difunto dictador Hugo Chávez dejó atrás un régimen ilegítimo, una sociedad polarizada, una economía frágil, una tasa de inflación del 50 por ciento, un tambaleante sector petrolero, un Estado hinchado y quebrado, niveles insostenibles de gasto social, escasez de alimentos, cortes de energía y delincuencia rampante. El desafortunado  sucesor de Chávez, Nicolás Maduro, reclamó lo que incluso él llamó una “victoria pírrica” en las disputadas elecciones de abril, y su ... Read More

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