As of April 16, we will no longer be updating this page. You can find Latin America-relevant news links on our new website, SecurityAssistance.org.


News Links

Results from 2 days starting with Monday, April 14, 2014. View results from 2 days earlier, perform a custom search, or do a quick search (if searching for a date, use YYYY-MM-DD format).

Subscribe to this page's RSS feed.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Location:Belize
Category:Exercises, U.S. Policy
Title:US, Belizean forces work closely together during humanitarian exercise
Author/Source:Kali Gradishar
U.S. Southern Command
Brief:While the main New Horizons mission involves civil engineer and medical readiness training amongst BDF, U.S. and Canadian members, there are also service members working behind the scenes.
Location:Brazil
Category:Economy And Security, Migration
Title:Immigrants Stir New Life Into São Paulo?s Gritty Old Center
Author/Source:Simon Romero
The New York Times
Brief:Reinforcing Sao Paulo?s status as Brazil?s premier global city, Asians, largely from China, Africans and Spanish-speaking Latin Americans are flowing in.
Location:Chile
Category:Natural Disasters
Title:After Fire, Picturesque Hills of Chilean Port City Are Left in Ruin
Author/Source:Pascale Bonnefoy
The New York Times
Brief:At least 2,500 homes were burned to the ground, leaving about 11,000 people homeless, government officials said.
Location:Colombia
Colombia Category:Public Security
Title:La otra Medellin, la que amanece cada dia encaramada a las lomas
Author/Source:EFE
El Tiempo (Colombia)
Brief:De 6.349 homicidios en 1991, paso a 924. Pero que no maten tanto no quiere decir que no esten.
Location:Colombia, Mexico
Category:Narcotrafficking
Colombia Category:Narcotrafficking
Title:Mexico Cartel Had Stake in 7 Tn Colombia Cocaine Load
Author/Source:Jeremy Mcdermott
Insight Crime
Brief:The fact that the Urabenos are working with the Mexicans to supply the European, as well the US market, shows ever deepening levels of cooperation.
Location:Ecuador
Category:Environment, Politics And Security
Title:"Yasunidos", los jovenes que desafian a Correa en la polemica por Yasuni
Author/Source:Paul Mena Erazo
BBC (UK)
Brief:El colectivo "Yasunidos" presento 756.291 firmas para pedir una convocatoria a consulta popular sobre la extraccion de crudo en los campos Ishpingo, Tiputini y Tambococha (ITT), en el Parque Yasuni.
Location:Mexico
Category:Drug Policy, U.S. Policy
Title:Mexico, US need to 'collaborate' on drug cartels
Author/Source:Jenny Cosgrave, Julia Chatterley
Cnbc
Brief:Mexican Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said it is a challenge to have a neighboring country like the U.S. that has a demand for illegal drugs, as it will always create "disruption".
Location:Mexico
Category:Drug Policy, U.S. Policy
Title:Sen. Klobuchar pressing Mexico on heroin cartels and sex rings
Author/Source:Allison Sherry
Star Tribune
Brief:In a series of meetings in Mexico City, Klobuchar is joining North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Cindy McCain, wife of Arizona Sen. John McCain, in urging the Mexican government to intensify its work on both sex trafficking and the illegal movement of he
Location:Mexico
Category:Kidnapping, Public Security
Title:Working Poor Kidnapped In Mexico
Author/Source:Dudley Althaus
Global Post
Business Insider
Brief:Ransom demands here in Morelos, a small state just south of the capital Mexico City that by some counts tops the nation in kidnappings, have ranged from $13,000 to as low as $250.
Location:Mexico
Category:Narcotrafficking, U.S. Policy
Title:The Narco of Narcos: Fugitive Mexican Drug Lord Rafael Caro Quintero
Author/Source:Malcolm Beith
Insight Crime
Brief:The release of Rafael Caro Quintero from a Mexican prison in August 2013 was a blow to US-Mexico relations, the reputation of the Mexican justice system, and the drug war.
Location:Mexico
Category:Public Security
Title:Mexico's drug violence down, but problems persist
Author/Source:Sandra Dibble
Ut San Diego
Brief:Among Mexico?s major municipalities, Tijuana saw the most significant surge in homicides in 2013, according to the report, which says they rose by 31 percent.
Location:Mexico
Category:Public Security
Title:Mexico's Self-Defense Militias Are Refusing to Lay Down Arms in Fight Against Cartel
Author/Source:Charbell Lucio
Vice
Brief:With road checkpoints and blockades against police and soldiers, community forces have avoided disarmament. But the government insists that it is imminent.
Location:Peru
Category:Public Security, U.S. Policy
Title:The Government of Peru Arrests Leaders of a Front Organization for the Shining Path
Author/Source:Jen Psaki
U.S. Department Of State
Brief:The United States congratulates the Government of Peru for last week?s arrests of at least 28 leaders and members of a front organization for the Shining Path terrorist group.
Location:Uruguay
Category:U.S. Policy
Title:Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Jose Mujica Cordano of Uruguay
Author/Source:The White House
Brief:President Obama will host President Jose Mujica Cordano of Uruguay at the White House on Monday, May 12.
Location:Venezuela
Category:Human Rights, Politics And Security, Public Security
Title:Who is Policing the Protests? A Perspective from Venezuela?s National Bolivarian Police
Author/Source:Rebecca Hanson
Venezuelan Politics And Human Rights
Brief:One student answered that because the protestors were ?armed and violent? they had to be confronted by a force that could use coercion; and since ?the police?s use of force is highly regulated,? this task falls to the National Guard.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Location: Entire Region
Category:Defense Budgets
Title:Colombia uno de los paises que mas aumento gasto militar en Latinoamerica
Author/Source:Caracol Radio
Brief:Paraguay, con un 33 %, Honduras (22 %), Nicaragua (18 %) y Colombia (13 %) son los paises que registraron mayores subidas en el ultimo ano en la region
Location: Entire Region
Category:Public Security
Title:Latin America Is World's Most Violent Region
Author/Source:David Luhnow
The Wall Street Journal
Brief:Just four Latin American nations--Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia--accounted for nearly 107,000 homicides in 2012, nearly one in every four global killings.
Location:Argentina
Category:Border Disputes
Title:UK Falklands military exercises 'provoke' Argentina
Author/Source:BBC (UK)
Brief:Argentina has accused the UK of provocation over plans to hold military exercises in the Falkland Islands
Location:Argentina
Category:Public Security
Title:Argentina se enfrenta a la barbarie
Author/Source:Francisco Peregil
El Pais
Brief:La inseguridad es para la mayoria de los argentinos el mayor problema del pais, por delante de la inflacion.
Location:Brazil
Category:Corruption, Politics And Security
Title:Pressure mounts on Brazil's Rousseff over Petrobras allegations
Author/Source:Financial Times
Brief:While she is still well ahead of her opponents, any revelations of corruption at Petrobras could harm her reputation as a clean and competent manager - she was chairman of Petrobras
Location:Brazil
Category:Economy And Security
Title:Inhuman Conditions & Fear of Eviction in Mare's Mac Laren Favela
Author/Source:Rio Watch
Brief:For most people it is difficult to imagine that there are still people living in wooden huts, particularly in Rio de Janeiro, a city that is receiving billions in investment for the World Cup and Olympics.
Location:Brazil
Category:Economy And Security
Title:Deep in Brazil's jungle, host city poses wild challenge for World Cup
Author/Source:Vincent Bevins
The Los Angeles Times
Brief:The city, which could easily retreat back into the jungle if not for government support, got another boost when it was selected as the only Amazonian site to be a host for the upcoming World Cup.
Location:Brazil
Category:Economy And Security, Politics And Security
Title:Grand Visions Fizzle in Brazil
Author/Source:Simon Romero
The New York Times
Brief:The World Cup projects are just a part of a bigger national problem casting a pall over Brazil's grand ambitions: an array of lavish projects conceived when economic growth was surging that now stand abandoned, stalled or wildly over budget.
Location:Brazil
Category:Economy And Security, Public Security
Title:Clashes as police evict squatters in Rio de Janeiro
Author/Source:BBC (UK)
Brief:A huge police operation to evict hundreds of families from abandoned buildings in Rio de Janeiro has ended with violent clashes and some injuries.
Location:Colombia
Colombia Category:Drug Policy, Drug Seizures
Title:Why You Should Never Believe A Newspaper On The Value Of A Cocaine Bust
Author/Source:Tim Worstall
The Financial Times
Brief:Note that this cocaine haul was intercepted in Colombia, not Holland. It had not undergone the value transformation that smuggling it produces.
Location:Colombia
Colombia Category:Drug Policy, U.S. Policy
Title:Fumigaciones y principio de precaucion
Author/Source:El Espectador
Brief:Las fumigaciones con glifosato deberian suspenderse por violar el principio de precaucion.
Location:Colombia
Colombia Category:FARC Talks, Human Rights, Justice System
Title:La locura de Ivan Marquez y Alvaro Uribe
Author/Source:Semana
Brief:Ninguno de los dos podra salir bien librado si el proceso de paz termina en una judicializacion generalizada.
Location:Colombia
Colombia Category:FARC Talks, Politics And Security
Title:Unas cuantas frases
Author/Source:Semana
Brief:Esta muy bien lo dicho por Sergio Jaramillo. Pues lo que hemos venido viendo de lo de La Habana es que los del gobierno, callados, solo hablan como reaccion al parloteo incesante de las Farc.
Location:Colombia
Category:Corruption, Justice System
Title:La justicia se pudrio: ¿quien la rescatara?
Author/Source:El Tiempo (Colombia)
Brief:Si no combatimos la corrupcion, empezando por los jueces contaminados, naufragaremos todos en la cloaca.
Location:Colombia
Category:Displacement, Public Security
Title:No cesa el desplazamiento en Guapi
Author/Source:El Tiempo (Colombia)
Brief:Los choques que se adelantan desde hace un mes en la zona han obligado a los labriegos y pescadores a abandonar sus vivienda.
Location:Colombia
Category:Economy And Security, Politics And Security
Title:Building peace in Colombia
Author/Source:The Miami Herald
Brief:Learning from the FNC's past successes and recognizing the value of this type of institution is critical to the future implementation of any effective peace process in Colombia.
Location:Colombia
Category:Human Rights Defenders, Land Tenure, Victims
Title:Asesinatos en los dias de las victimas
Author/Source:Semana (Colombia)
Brief:Cuatro lideres sociales, indigenas y campesinos fueron asesinados entre el 7 y el 10 de abril.
Location:Colombia
Category:Human Rights, Public Security
Title:Colombia: Humanitarian situation and ICRC activities
Author/Source:Icrc
Brief:It will be a year of transition towards something better, something that everyone is hoping for, but is also concerned about because it has yet to take shape.
Location:Colombia
Category:Human Rights, Public Security
Title:"Buenaventura concentra la maldad de toda Colombia"
Author/Source:Semana (Colombia)
Brief:El obispo Hector Epalza denuncio desde hace un ano las pavorosas 'casas de pique', pero no le creyeron. Hoy, a sus 74 anos, anda con escoltas y hace una descarnada radiografia del puerto.
Location:Colombia
Category:Land Tenure
Title:Restitucion: compleja herencia del conflicto armado
Author/Source:El Tiempo (Colombia)
Brief:Meta es el departamento que mayores solicitudes de restitucion tiene en el pais con 4.338, que cobijan 868.642 hectareas
Location:Colombia
Category:Public Security
Title:Vuelve temor por desmembrados en Buenaventura
Author/Source:El Tiempo (Colombia)
Brief:Varios cuerpos fueron hallados durante este fin de semana.
Location:Colombia, Mexico
Category:Narcotrafficking
Title:Los tentaculos del cartel de Sinaloa en Colombia
Author/Source:Semana
Brief:La captura del enviado del Chapo en Cali, la primera de ese estilo en Colombia, parece confirmar los temores.
Location:Cuba
Category:Human Rights, U.S. Policy
Title:Window opens on secret camp within Guantanamo
Author/Source:Ben Fox
Associated Press
Brief:The Camp 7 prison unit is so shrouded in secrecy that its location on the U.S. base in Cuba is classified and officials refuse to discuss it. Now, two separate but related events are forcing it into the limelight.
Location:Cuba
Category:U.S. Policy
Title:US contractor Alan Gross ends Cuba jail hunger strike
Author/Source:BBC (UK)
Brief:Alan Gross said he suspended his fast because his mother, 91, had asked him to end it, but added that "there will be further protests to come".
Location:Cuba, Venezuela
Category:Politics And Security
Title:La crisis golpea a los servicios de inteligencia de Venezuela
Author/Source:Antonio Maria Delgado
El Nuevo Herald
Brief:La falta de dinero esta impactando las costosas operaciones en el exterior del regimen de Nicolas Maduro.
Location:Mexico
Category:Economy And Security, Politics And Security
Title:The Mexican Government's Image Problem
Author/Source:Bloomberg
Brief:Pena Nieto enacted the most transformational fiscal, energy and telecommunications reforms the country has seen in decades during his first year in office. But he failed to sell change.
Location:Mexico
Category:Money Laundering, Narcotrafficking
Title:Mexico prepares first illegal drug financing blacklist
Author/Source:Reuters
Brief:Mexico is preparing to implement new regulations that will allow the government to identify individuals and businesses linked to drug trafficking and ban financial firms from doing business with them.
Location:Mexico
Category:Politics And Security
Title:Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto slumps in polls despite policy wins
Author/Source:Nick Miroff
The Washington Post
Brief:Pena Nieto and his team have made a strategic calculation to spend political capital and lose popularity at the outset of his term in hopes of reaping rewards later
Location:Nicaragua
Category:Justice System, Narcotrafficking
Title:Reducen condena a banda de Farinas
Author/Source:Confidencial
Brief:Rebajo la condena a la mitad a Henry Farinas, el empresario de clubes nocturnos, sobreviviente del atentado en Guatemala en que murio el cantautor Facundo Cabral.
Location:Peru
Category:Corruption, Human Rights, Politics And Security
Title:Peru State A Violent 'Mini-Dictatorship'
Author/Source:Frank Bajak
Associated Press
Brief:Nolasco had repeatedly warned that his home state, Ancash, was run by a criminal syndicate that plundered the treasury, killed people it couldn't buy or intimidate, wiretapped foes and used police as spies and journalists as character assassins.
Location:Peru
Category:Corruption, Justice System
Title:Un nombramiento obsceno, por Fernando Rospigliosi
Author/Source:El Comercio
Brief:Sobre el nombramiento del cuestionado Carlos Ramos Heredia como fiscal de la Nacion.
Location:Venezuela
Category:Civil-Military Relations, Politics And Security
Title:Venezuela's Agony: Weak President, Strong Generals, Riots and Cocaine
Author/Source:The Daily Beast
Brief:The Venezuelan military-omnipresent but largely faceless as it makes collective decisions behind closed doors-is becoming the most powerful force in a country where the civilian government of Nicolas Maduro is continuing to lose its grip.
Location:Venezuela
Category:Human Rights, Politics And Security
Title:Venezuela's military admits excesses during deadly protests
Author/Source:BBC (UK)
Brief:The military's strategic command chief, Vladimir Padrino, said they were investigating 97 officers and police staff for "cruelty and torture".
Location:Venezuela
Category:Politics And Security
Title:Dos meses de duras protestas en Venezuela
Author/Source:EFE
Confidencial
Brief:La ola de protestas en Venezuela cumplio este domingo dos meses con refriegas entre opositores y policias en Caracas.

Results from 2 days starting with Monday, April 14, 2014. View results from 2 days earlier, perform a custom search, or do a quick search (if searching for a date, use YYYY-MM-DD format).