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Latin America key center for Hezbollah’s global financial network (observations, opinion)

Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has established a criminal and financial network across the region, and while the US has taken steps to disrupt these resources in the past, more needs to be done.
csmonitor.com/Emanuele Ottolenghi
February 3, 2017 —This piece was submitted in response to Christopher Sabatini’s article considering the Islamist threat in Latin America. The views expressed are the author’s own.

In his inaugural address, President Trump pledged to eradicate radical Islamic terrorism “from the face of the earth.” A good place to start is Latin America.

For nearly four decades the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has relied on local expatriate communities to establish vast networks across the region. Over time, these networks have bought political influence among local elites, built alliances with organized crime, and offered financial services to both. As a result, today Latin America is a key center for Hezbollah’s increasingly sophisticated global financial network.

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The Trump administration should disrupt Hezbollah’s Latin American sources of revenue by targeting its operatives and their businesses with a sustained sanctions campaign, it should strengthen the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) efforts to try Hezbollah operatives involved in drug trafficking, and it should punish local elites who facilitate Hezbollah’s continuing presence in the region. Read Article

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Nicaragua: Russia constructing electronic intelligence facility

ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK freebeacon.com/Bill Gertz reported the Russian government is building an electronic intelligence-gathering facility in Nicaragua as part of Moscow’s efforts to increase military and intelligence activities in the Western Hemisphere. The signals intelligence site is part of a recent deal between Moscow and Managua involving the sale of 50 […]

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Detained ISIS operative confirms terrorist operating cells in Anapra Mexico

Freerepublic.com reported An ISIS operative arrested and criminally charged in Ohio this month has confirmed that the terrorist group has cells in Mexico, according to federal authorities. Judicial Watch has reported this for years, documenting it in a series of articles as part of an ongoing investigation on the connection between drug cartels, corruption and […]

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Declassified Documents Show CIA Involvement in Ecuador Since the 60s

Telesurtv.net reported the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), according to declassified documents and testimonies of previous agency officials, had a permanent operation to intervene in political and social decisions of Ecuador. Starting from the 60s, the CIA infiltrated governments, police, civilian groups, and NGOs to advance U.S. interests in the country, and continues to fight […]

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Ecuador: Websites reporting on ‘Hacking Team” victims of DDoS attacks

Rebeca Morla / panampost.com wrote: On Sunday, July 5, hackers infiltrated the Italian information-technology company Hacking Team (HT), which sells offensive intrusion and surveillance software to government clients all over the world. The data breach revealed 400 gigabytes worth of company documents, emails, and invoices — many of them billed to Latin-American governments, including Ecuador. […]

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Ecuador: Leaked Documents reveal President used public funds to delete critical online content of him

Ecuador’s President Used Millions Of Dollars Of Public Funds To Censor Critical Online Videos buzzfeed.com reported Exclusive: BuzzFeed News has seen leaked documents that reveal Rafael Correa used the intelligence budget to delete content critical of him and the first lady from YouTube, Facebook, and other sites. The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, used millions […]

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Latin America: Assange claims NSA eavesdrops on 98% of communications from South America

RT.com reported The US National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdrop on practically all communications from South American countries, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a Chilean media outlet on Tuesday. “Ninety-eight percent of Latin American communications are intercepted by the NSA while passing through the United States to the world,” Julian Assange said in an interview with […]

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Former CIA officer : “Ecuador’s coast is under attack from external parties”

Mr. Steele spoke at a national conference in Ecuador about Open Source Intelligence and made some recommendations to the intelligence community. The speech is titled: LA IMPORTANCIA DE LAS RELACIONES CIVICO – MILITARES EN EL PROCESO DE profesionalización DE LOS SERVICIOS DE INTELIGENCIA – The Importance of civic and military relations in the process of […]

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Ecuador: Leaked Documents show government is on client list of Hacking Team

panampost.com/Rebeca Morla reported on Sunday, July 5, hackers infiltrated the Italian information-technology company Hacking Team (HT), which sells offensive intrusion and surveillance software to government clients all over the world. The data breach revealed 400 gigabytes worth of company documents, emails, and invoices — many of them billed to Latin-American governments, including Ecuador. According to […]

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Ecuador: Yasunidos subject of government intelligence (Analysis)

Ecuadorreview.com/Plan V – Original text in Spanish: Plan V Analysis – Certain examples demonstrate the far reaching capacity of a State which uses its intelligence apparatus for purposes other than those for which it was designed. One such example is the monitoring by the Ecuadorian Government of citizens’ organizations such as the environmental collective Yasunídos, […]

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U.S. AID vows to stop destabilization attempts in Latin America

telesurtv.net reported… After numerous scandals involving its attempts to undermine governments, especially in Latin America, the self-declared “aid” organization is set to roll back its involvement in certain programs, but such roles look set to be continued by other State Department agencies. Self-proclaimed “pro-democracy” organization, the U.S. Agency for International Development, claims it will no longer […]

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Ecuador to Invest in Cyber Security Command Unit

elnuevoherald.com/AP reported Ecuador plans to invest eight million dollars to create a command of cyber defense unit for the country that he expects to be completely operable by mid 2015. General Luis Garzón, head of the joint command of the armed forces, said he expects the project to begin within 30 days. They are in […]

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Ecuador: Wikileaks Cables Show how U.S. worked against Correa

greenleft.org reported In the months leading up to Ecuador’s October 2006 presidential election, the US Embassy in Quito claimed to be impartial. Rather than supporting one particular candidate, then-US ambassador Linda Jewell said the embassy only wanted to help facilitate “a fair and transparent electoral process”. However, diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks show that behind […]

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Cuba targeting U.S. academics as spies per FBI report

freebeacon.com reported Cuba’s communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting leftist American academics and university professors as spies and influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week. Cuban intelligence services “have perfected the work of placing agents, that includes aggressively targeting U.S. universities under the assumption that a percentage of students will eventually […]

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U.S., Mexico Border: Islamic terrorist cells present in Ciudad Juarez

nationalreview.com reported Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack […]

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Wikileaks: A look at U.S. cables from embassy in Quito Ecuador

Greenleft.org.au reported since Ecuador’s president Lucio Gutierrez was ousted from power in 2005, relations between Ecuador and the United States have deteriorated with the Andean nation’s increasing rejection of US hegemony. The government of Rafael Correa, first elected president in 2006, has embraced regional integration, moving closer to its neighbours ― in particular Venezuela and […]

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Costa Rica to investigate U.S. programs in CR established to destabilize Cuba

appeal-democrat.com/AP reported Costa Rica’s director of intelligence and security says his government will investigate undercover U.S. programs based in the Central American country that were designed to destabilize the government in Cuba. Mariano Figueres says Costa Rica has found no records or information on a project overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development that […]

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Cuba: U.S. Rabbis Ask Obama to negotiate release of U.S. Jewish Contractor Detained since 2009

bbc.com reported a group of American rabbis have called on President Barack Obama to negotiate the release of a US Jewish contractor detained in Cuba since 2009. Some 300 rabbis sent a letter saying they were concerned about the health of 65-year-old Alan Gross. Mr Gross has served four years of a 15-year term for […]

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U.S. Organization Sent Young Latin Americans to Cuba for clandestine operations

bigstory.ap.org reported… young Latin Americans were sent to Cuba by a U.S. agency to work in clandestine operations. The operatives were directed to recruit Cubans for the purpose of anti-Cuban activism. The cover for the program was under the ruse of civic programs.Read Article

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Ecuador: Correa warns of danger from Fourth Generation Warfare emanating from U.S.

Plenglish.com reported that the most recent subversive actions against the People”s Revolution in Ecuador, denounced by President Rafael Correa, are part of the operations planned in secret documents of the Pentagon and other US federal agencies. As the president said, the US entities in charge of espionage and subversion use all instruments at their disposal […]

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Venezuela: More members ofintelligenceagency detained on murder charges during protests

theguardian.com reported that five more members of a Venezuelan national intelligence agency have been arrested on murder charges related to the shooting of two people during anti-government protests. The five agents of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (BNIS) were present at street clashes in Caracas on 12 February in which 24-year-old university student Bassil Da […]

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INTERPOL and Ecuador commit to continued collaboration

INTERPOL reported that Cooperation between Ecuador and INTERPOL’s global law enforcement network topped the agenda during a meeting today between the Deputy Minister of Interior of Ecuador, Javier Felipe Córdoba Unda and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble. The visit by the Ecuadorian delegation to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters covered a range of issues relating […]

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Ecuador: U.S. intelligence planning ouster of President Correa by Nil Nikandrov

Strategic-Culture.com (Nil NIKANDROV) wrote: Rafael Correa is one of those Latin American presidents which ruling circles in the U.S. consider uncontrollable and thus especially dangerous. To get rid of such politicians, Washington makes use of a wide arsenal of means, from interfering in election processes to physical elimination. After the strange death of Hugo Chavez, […]

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Semana reports that Colombia Military intercepted communications of FARC negotiations

dw.de reported that a Colombian magazine has reported that the military intercepted the communications of government officials negotiating with FARC rebels. Colombia’s Interior Ministry has announced a probe of the reported espionage. Responding to a magazine report on Tuesday, Interior Minister Aurelio Iragorri said it appeared that Colombia’s military had spied on its own government […]

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Brazil rejects Snowden’s request for political asylum

Brazil has reportedly rejected US fugitive Edward Snowden’s request for political asylum even as he offered to help investigate the alleged snoop-ops carried on the Brazilian soil. A Brazilian government spokesman said that there has not been any official request made by Snowden yet and without a formal request, asylum will not be considered. However, […]

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Snowden offers to help Brazil in regards to U.S. spying, in return for aslyum

nz.news.yahoo.com reported that Edward Snowden is offering to help Brazil’s inquiry into US spying – in return for asylum. In an open letter, the NSA whistleblower says he can help the country with its inquiries into alleged spying into its Government leaders. But he says he can’t speak freely until a country grants him asylum, […]

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Guyana: October 2013, U.S. oil search ship detained by Venezuela navy

prokerala.com reported that Guyana has said that the Venezuelan Navy entered its territorial waters and detained a US-operated ship. The Venezuelan actions in the disputed Essequibo region constituted “a serious threat to peace in the region”, Guyana said, adding that the ship belongs to Texas-based company Anadarko, which has been granted a contract to look […]

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Brazil spied on U.S, Russia, Iran, and Iraq

Globalpost.com reported that Brazil, which hotly denounced US surveillance of its leaders, itself spied on US officials as well as on Russia, Iran and Iraq a decade ago, the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper reported on Monday. The paper indicated it had access to a document from the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, ABIN, describing surveillance operations […]

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Brazil plans secure email service in wake of cyber spying

Brazil has confirmed plans to create a secure email service, following revelations of cyber-surveillance techniques used by the US and UK. President Dilma Rousseff posted a series of tweets over the weekend, saying the move was required to “prevent possible espionage”. Read Article

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Mercosur launches files on Internet of “Operation Condor”

pravda.ru reported that Mercosur has launched the first files on Operation Condor, “the Repressive Coordination of the Southern Cone” of the American continent, on the Internet. The public can now access this sinister Fascist plan to hold down the peoples of Latin America. Conducted by the Institute for Mercosur Human Rights Public Policy (Ippdh), based […]

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President of Brazil Speaks at the UN General Assembly

bb.co.uk on September 25, 2013 reported that President Dilma at the UN General Assembly in New York City, called upon the UN, a proposition to design international legislation to protect online security. Brazil discussed installing submarine cables between Brazil and other countries that would avoid data being monitored by the US. In addition, this would […]

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Ecuador bolsters security to combat spying

MOVING TO ECUADOR? THIS BOOK WILL HELP IN YOUR RESEARCH bnamericas.com reported that the Ecuadorian government is to strengthen security measures to combat spying on public officials, government news agency Andes reported security minister Homero Arellano as saying. “The plans are confidential but generally speaking, we are working on the encryption of communications, security protocols […]

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Confirmed: emails of government officials hacked in Ecuador

Ecuador said Tuesday it was considering taking legal actions against the “hacking” of private communications and e-mail accounts of high officials, including President Rafael Correa. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told local radio that “Yes, we are considering it. We have to see exactly what we can do, what types of legal actions to take in […]

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Le Reja, Argentina: Intelligence Officer Killed in Drug Raid

From lainformacion.com on July 10, 2013- According to Argentine media, an Argentine intelligence officer died in an anti-drug operation in the town of La Reja, in the province of Buenos Aires. Members of the Falcon Group of the Buenos Aires police conducted the raid which led to the death of a drug trafficker known as […]

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Brazil: Use of Scanners Along the Border to Combat Organized Crime

On June 3, 2013, Terra reported that President Dilma announced the use of mobile scanners to help combat organized crime along border areas. The modernized scanners will be able to detect drugs and weapons inside trucks, cars, as well as drugs hidden in tires. The federal government will spend R$30 million to border states to […]

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La Calera, Chile: Anti-narcotics Brigade Seized More than 116 Kilos of Cocaine

May 22, 2013- Impacto Diario reported that agents of the Chilean Anti-narcotics Brigade (Briant) seized 116 kilos 541 grams of cocaine in the city of La Calera. This success was part of Briant’s efforts to thwart a drug ring operating from Bolivia, although there has only been one arrest so far, the driver of the […]

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WikiLeaks reveals emails from Strafor regarding Venezuela

greenleft.org.au reported that WikiLeaks has published over 40,000 secret documents regarding Venezuela, which show the clear hand of US imperialism in efforts to topple popular and democratically elected leader Hugo Chavez. The documents, which date from July 2004 to December 2011 and which were published through WikiLeaks twitter account @wikileaks and which are now available […]

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Bolivia: U.S. scientific team scandal

strategic-culture.org reported the scandal over the «scientific team from the USA» broke out, despite attempts by the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia to kill it off. In June 2012, a team of team of specialists numbering 50 people came to the country, ostensibly to study the adverse effects of high altitude on humans and their capacity […]

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Documents indicate Venezuela spying on Jewish community

According to timesofisrael.com, Venezuela’s secret service, SEBIN, is spying on the country’s Jewish community, according to leaked documents said to be from the spy agency. Last week, Analisis24, a right-leaning Argentinean news website, released 50 documents attributed to the Venezuelan intelligence agency containing private information on prominent Venezuelan Jews, local Jewish organizations and Israeli diplomats […]

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Colombia: investigation indicates Ecuadorian opponent of Correa victim of kidnap attempts, ultimately deported to Ecuador

Investigation reports by Lasemana.com of Colombia….. ECUADOR INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS OPERATING IN COLOMBIA ILLEGALLY Lasemana.com reported …… an account of a plot involving intelligence agents from Ecuador in making attempts to kidnap Fernando Balda Flores, a citizen from Ecuador and known opponent of Rafael Correa. Mr Fernando Balda Flores is a politician worked in the political […]

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Ecuador: story of the ten accused subervsives and their alleged threat to national security

globalvoicesonline.org reported that Fadua Tapia, Cristina Campaña, Abigaíl Heras, Royce Gómez, Pablo Castro, Santiago Gallegos, Víctor Vinueza, Luis Merchán, Héctor Estupiñán y César Zambrano are the 10 from Luluncoto [es] who were detained on 3rd March 2012 in the Sol Rojo [Red Sun] [es] operative. Accused of wanting to threaten the security of the State […]

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Brazilian Federal Police Investigates Espionage Scheme in Brasília

On January 5, 2013, Diário Regional reported that the Brazilian Federal Police launched an investigation into an illicit spy network believed to be targeting numerous federal officials, including President Dilma Rousseff. Federal Deputy Miro Teixeira (PDT-RJ) was responsible for presenting documents that began the investigation. Federal Police currently are investigating the messages’ potential ties to […]

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The Ecuadorian Army: Neglecting a Porous Border While Policing the Interior

Maiah Jaskoski – Author ABSTRACT This article challenges two prominent explanations for military behavior: militaries, like other bureaucracies, will seek to maximize their budgets; and in the interest of maintaining professionalism, militaries will perform sovereignty missions—external defense and counterinsurgency—more intensively than policing functions. Running counter to these expectations, since 2000, Ecuador’s army has neglected its […]

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Medellin Colombia: Two passengers detained coming from Costa Rica, $80,000 in their stomachs

Elpais.com.co reported that in one embodiment little known Colombian drug authorities, two men were arrested at the airport in Medellin, while carrying on their small stomachs latex wrappers with a total of $ 80,000. “The money was not counterfeit and the two passengers on seperate flights from Costa Rica claimed they were businessmen. He explained […]

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Argentina: 100 kilos of coca leaves seized on new drug route from Bolivia

One person was arrested on Route 9, in access to the town of La Caldera, a distance of 25 kilometers from the capital, when he tried to enter the city almost 100 kilos of coca leaves premium bringing contraband from the neighboring Republic of Bolivia. Effective Operations Division, under the Directorate General of Dangerous Drugs, […]

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Mexico: new route in Oaxaca revealed for smuggling undocumented Central Americans

Fifteen undocumented Guatemalan origin were arrested while traveling in a van hidden stakes, whose driver upon seeing a patrol state police fled. The incident took place on the road linking the community to Cacalotepec Tamazulapan, off Linda Vista community in Ayutla Mixes, considered the new route of the smugglers to smuggle illegal immigrants from Central […]

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Bolivia: concerns about Paraguay’s intention to install U.S. bases on border

According to opinion.com.bo – Bolivia was engrossed verbally in recent months with its neighbors by versions on installing U.S. military bases in Paraguay, the arms of Chile, Peru’s military incursion and Brazilian drug trafficking and asylum an opposition senator, with little appearance Foreign Ministry, but with several partners in the country, according to the former […]

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Mexico develops super computer

The Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) plans to expand the processing cluster supercomputer Xiuhcoatl (fire serpent), which, since its opening, has yielded positive results for 23 of 49 projects have been completed. Xiuhcoatl , is the largest and fastest supercomputer in the country and the second largest in Latin America. However, with the […]

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Brazil moves 9,000 troops to shared borders with Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay

The Secretary of the Army of Brazil, Celso Amorim, said Tuesday the displacement of 9 thousand troops to the borders with Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay as part of an operation called Ágata5. Ágata5 operation is to “curb border crime such as drug trafficking and smuggling,” the Brazilian holder. While a professor at the Universidade Estadual […]

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Nicaragua determines Colombian cartels operate in Caribbean after multiple incidents

After extensive intelligence work, the police in Nicaragua have determined that its area of the Caribbean is used by narco-traffickers, particularly those belonging to Colombian cartels. Sucesos Critica reports that last month Nicaraguan officials disbanded a drug trafficking organization operating between Panama and Honduras. Authorities also combated gunfire in the Caribbean with other criminal groups. […]

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Examination of tattoos part of vetting process for U.S. Immigration

For many, a tattoo is a way to express yourself using your body as a canvas, but the type of art you choose to decorate their skin would prevent him from entering the United States.Immigration lawyers report an increase in the number of people whose visas have been denied because their tattoos are associated with […]

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Three suspected drug dealers arrested in Dominican Republic

Three suspected drug dealers were arrested in the Arroyo Hondo district and Los Girasoles in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. According to Hoy Digital, the suspects were identified as Nelson Alexander Hilario, José de los Santos Ferreras, and Tomás de la Cruz Soriano. The first two had 35 and 22 packages of cocaine, and the […]

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Drugs seized along Ayacucho route in Peru; Officials confirm new drug route

After two operations along routes to Ayachucho, Peru, officials admit this area is part of a new drug route in the country. After receiving intelligence, police were able to learn about and intercept a shipment of drugs travelling in the region, Info Region reports. The first operation occurred in the town of Rosario. Magno Huamán […]

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Tunnel between Sonora, Mexico and Arizona, USA used for weapons transport

The tunnel discovered on July 7, 2012 between Sonora, Mexico and Arizona, the United States has confirmed to have been used as a means of transporting weapons. According to Vanguardia, the tunnel was also used to transport money and drugs. This information was released after intensive intelligence work performed by the Mexican Army. The tunnel […]

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Head of Ndrangheta Italian mafia found in Bolivia

Alessandro Maria Maesano, head of the Italian Ndrangheta mafia wanted on multiple counts of narco-trafficking in Italy, was discovered in Santa Cruz, Bolivia after over a year of intelligence work. According to Los Tiempos, he had entered Bolivia via Chile with a false identity. The Ndrangheta is one of the largest mafias in Italy and […]

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Brazilian drones to help detect clandestine factories and airstrips in Bolivia

According to a report published by El Sol, Brazilian drones will be used to help detect narco-trafficking and drug production activity in Bolivia. The two countries share a 1,300 kilometer border through jungle terrain. Drones had been used in a two-day operation in Santa Cruz, in which 240 cocaine factories and a clandestine airstrip were […]

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Son of “El Chapo” captured in Zapopan, Mexico; Sinaloa Cartel takes hit

The son of  Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, was caught in the Colonia Jardines de la Patria neighborhood of Zapopan, Jalisco. Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, alias “El Gordo,” was arrested by special marine forces on June 21, 2012. El Gordo had been gaining increasing strength and power within the […]

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Bolivia denies persecution of ex-general’s family, sentenced in U.S. for drug trafficking

The Bolivian government denies it is persecuting the family of  René Sanabria, ex-general of the police. Sanabria was sentenced to 14 years in prison in the United States for intending to traffick drugs into the country. Sanabria had denied links to drug activity within the government, Hoy Bolivia reports.The Bolivian government says it is not […]

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Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay: Anti-terrorism agents investigate Arabs in tri-border area

Officials are investigating a group of suspicious Arabs in the tri-border area of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, ABC Color reports. Investigations began last year, when security agents began to suspect the Arabs of piracy, drug trafficking, and weapons trafficking. The proceeds of their activity were then transferred to banks in the Middle East. Argentine intelligence […]

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One of five Cuban agents convicted or espionage permitted to visit Cuba, returns to U.S.

Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cuban agents convicted of espionage in the United States, returned Friday to leave U.S. soil after a fortnight to visit the island, Cuban state television said. Gonzalez, who has served 13 years in prison and since late 2011 is on probation but required to remain in the U.S., had […]

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Chavez orders intelligence units to monitor police in states governed by opposition

President Hugo Chavez said Thursday night that the police officers responsible for estadales are the governorates of each entity and ordered the intelligence “put him much eye “thereto. “Beware gentlemen, who are leading the policemen who are under the control of governors or mayors of the opposition,” said Chavez in national radio and television during […]

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Chevron Using Espionage Against Lawyers in $18 Billion dollar verdictdict In Ecuador

Facing increased financial risk in Latin America, Chevron has launched a corporate espionage campaign designed to intimidate and track the whereabouts of the lead lawyers who recently won an $18 billion judgment for environmental damage against the oil giant in Ecuador’s courts, said the Amazon Defense Coalition. The purpose of the espionage campaign — being […]

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Ecuador: President of CONAIE states Chevron using violence, intimidation, espionage in recent days in oil case

Humberto Cholango, president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), expressed its solidarity with all the equipment that accompanies and leads the case against the company Chewron-Texaco and claims that the acts of violence, intimidation, espionage that have occurred in recent days will not stop their actions until justice is done in this […]

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Latinamericacurrentevents.com offering new open source intelligence media monitoring program

Latinamericacurrentevents.com has now completed three years as an open source media monitoring solution for organizations with a 100% focus on Latin America. In the next several months the website plans to be available ONLY via annual subscription. If your firm has any involvement with Latin America you will clearly benefit from a group of professionals […]

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Police in Ecuador and Mexico exchanging intelligence results in large bust

CONNECTIONS MADE BETWEEN ECUADOR – MEXICAN CARTELS – SHIPMENTS SENT FROM GUAYAQUIL IN LOADS OF AGRICULTURE PRODUCTS – DESTINATION BELGIUM. The undercover officers followed the steps you nine months. At that time, an agro-export company, based in Manabi, had reached a ‘record’ of exports. Last May, the commercial firm started exporting various agricultural products such […]

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Chile states to have excellent relationship with Peru, and denies spying allegation

The Chilean government described as “excellent” relationship with the Peruvian authorities and the press blamed Peruvian linking the arrest of a young Chilean in Peru with a suspected case of Chile denies spying. With the Peruvian authorities “have an excellent relationship and in all these cases we have worked very efficiently and quickly,” said Chilean […]

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Peru: Chilean detained and accused of espionage

Family members of Luis Gutierrez Maximiliano Seraina, Chilean arrested in Peru on charges of spying Air Base “El Pato” in the town of Talara, met in Valparaiso with the consul of Peru Dora Salazar. The detainee’s closest living in the port saw the possibility of facilitating travel to the town of Sullana, where he is […]

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Costa Rica and border with Nicaragua new drug route

The border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua has become the new drug route. They loaded buses and trucks traveling from south to north, in the strategic post of Peñas Blancas, billed as the first (or last) border between Colombia and the United States. That is, one point that connects the north and south America. The […]

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Open Source Media Monitor Latin America

Latinamericacurrentevents.com is an open source media monitor that exclusively covers Latin America. Ten years in development, the firm is skilled at following and locating news on any topic regarding Latin America. LACE has further developed an in house proprietary database of keywords and phrases used in much of the monitoring it conducts for clients. This […]

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U.S. government adds two more unmanned aircraft to monitor border with Mexico

U.S. authorities on Tuesday acquired a new unmanned aircraft for tasks of high-tech surveillance overflights and the Arizona border, looking for drug traffickers and illegal immigrants crossing from Mexico.The Predator drone-B is located in the Security Operations Center Air National Sierra Vista, a few miles north of the border with Mexico to southeastern Arizona, the […]

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Alleged Colombian paramilitaries seized in Venezuela

Four alleged Colombian paramilitaries Caracas belonging to the band “Los Rastrojos” were seized by officials of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) of Venezuela in the state of Tachira, which borders Colombia, reported the Venezuelan News Agency (VNA). Read Article

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Two clandestine oil connections off PEMEX pipeline discovered, Querétaro Mexico

In a span of 48 hours were located two clandestine connections off the pipeline of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in the municipality of San Juan del Rio, qualifying them a high risk, as it was connected to a gas pipeline branch LP. With this pair, add 25 shots that have been uncovered in the course of […]

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La Mariscal tourist district of Quito Ecuador, haven for counterfeit bills and adulterated liquor

Police in Quito have made a recent arrest in the Mariscal district which involved the sale of counterfeit U.S. bills and adulterated liquor which mimics in appearance expensive brands. There has been an influx of counterfeit $5.00, $10.00, and $20.00 denominations being sold for about half of the stated currency. Furthermore in many of the […]

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ALERT: Fraudulent emails sent regarding ACH denying payments, LINK claims to be Mexican newspaper website

Thousands of fraudulent emails as the one below are being sent claiming to be NACHA. A call to the organization produces a recording saying that the emails are fraudulent. They also warn not to click on the link as it is a trick and your computer may become infected with a virus. The example below […]

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Intelligence reports indicate Chavez may be sicker than he admits

Documents from the intelligence services of two countries suggests that cancers of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has spread to his bones and is more aggressive than the government reported. The reports, based on interviews with people who have had access to medical equipment Chavez, probably fed recent rumors that the man who led Venezuela since […]

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Institution reports that security in Colombia is deteriorating

Security and Democracy Centre also ensures that military forces reduce their operations. “The floor of ‘Alfonso Cano’ should not obscure the complex and paradoxical situation of security in Colombia , however, that continues to fall slowly murder, guerrilla actions increase, the operations of the armed forces and most reduced urban safety indicators are deteriorating. ” […]

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Colombia, Cofán Indigenous group threatened

In a case reminiscent of the movie Avatar, a tree symbolic to the Cofán people of southern Colombia is threatened by construction of a military base. The base is the latest in a string of incursions that have squeezed the Cofán into a smaller and smaller area in the Guamuez Valley region of Putumayo, near […]

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German company investigated for arms sales to Mexico

Notisistema.com reported a German prosecutor is investigating the company Heckler & Koch for allegedly corrupt Mexican and German authorities for selling weapons to Mexico. This morning we were raided the offices of the arms manufacturer to check for possible corruption. This is the second investigation in one year. Read Article

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Honduras, organized crime groups threatens attack of prison

Armed groups belonging to organized crime and drug trafficking, have threatened to attack the facilities of the National Penitentiary Marco Aurelio Soto (PNMAS) to try to free his cronies who are imprisoned in the jail, said yesterday the center’s director, Marvin Rajo. The police and military who protect modules are very high security alerts about […]

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Chilean pilots aquitted after flying near Peruvian air base, suspected of spying

Chilean pilots Hernan Alberto Robledo Jequier and Arnaldo Gilberto Roa, arrested on August 25 in Arequipa helicopter overflight near the air base of La Joya, were acquitted. As reported by the Bío-Bío radio, and Robledo Jequier Roa, who were investigated by the Attorney General for the alleged crime against national security, in the form of […]

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U.S. Intelligence group hopes to predict revolutions in Latin America

Some hedge funds already use Twitter and other social networks to ‘predict’ fluctuations in the stock market. Now a U.S. government agency is to use the social network to attempt to predict revolutions. Iarpa – the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity – hopes to be able to predict ‘unexpected’ events such as revolutions using a […]

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Latin American governments need to ‘friend’ social media and technology

A report by Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffer Carl Meacham on the growing adoption of new technologies and social media in Latin America and what it could mean for U.S. foreign policy. Read Report

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Argentina , couple detained for trafficking Peruvian and Bolivian babys

Formed a band dedicated to newborns buy Bolivian and Peruvian women without resources to deliver adoption in urban centers in the country. They used as a photo album catalog. The investigation is being presided by Judge Norberto Oyarbide. A baby-smuggling ring was broken in the last hours by La Federal Police, through multiple raids in […]

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Colombia’s Attorney issue 81 arrest warrants for politicians with links with paramilitaries

Colombian attorney aims to establish whether former officials and candidates in Antioquia, Córdoba and Chocó had link with the Elmer Cárdenas Bloc of the AUC, El Espectador reports. Read Article

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Over half a ton of cocaine seized in the Atrato River, Colombia

546 kilos of cocaine were hidden in false bottoms of two commercial vessels on the Atrato River, in the area of Tagachi in Chocó, The National Army reports. Apparently, the captures planned to take the drugs to Turbo, which would then be transported by sea to Central America and then to North America where it […]

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Colombia’s Ministry of Defense has a strategy to prevent child recruitment

Defense Minister, Juan Carlos Pinzón and senior military and police phased out a new strategy to prevent child recruitment by illegal group, El Espectador reports. This strategy is part of the Program for Humanitarian Attention to Demobilized peoples from the Ministry of Defense. So far this year (2011), more than 1,200 guerrilla fighters have demobilized, […]

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Ten suspected members of FARC’s clandestine party are capture

The one-year investigation led the Colombian police to locate 10 members of the main structure of the Clandestine Communist Party of the FARC, known as the PC3, Caracol News reports. The police say that these suspects are directly related to the infiltration of student protests in Bogotá, Barrancabermeja, Cali and Bucaramanga. Read Article

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Mexico, cartels compete in one upmanship in level of violence

The murders are increasingly chilling. They seek to intimidate and cause a greater impact. The concern is that citizenship is becoming insensitive to the cruelty of the narcos. The brutal murders in public that began 5 years ago have worsened as cartels try to match what the other in their quest to intimidate rivals, authorities […]

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Open Source Intelligence tool for Latin America plans release soon

Crowder Publications, the publisher of LatinAmericaCurrentEvents.com is scheduled to soon release an open source intelligence tool that focuses on Latin America.  “Crowder’s Black Book“,  will provide those conducting research concerning Latin America an intelligence instrument to augment research efforts in culling information from open sources.  It is suited for educational institutions, libraries, government agencies, NGOs […]

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FARC’s “Black Pearl” will not navigate in the Pacific Ocean

FARC’s Black Pearl could not make its first trip in the Colombian Pacific, El Colombiano reports. The narco-submarine was built out of fiberglass and steel and was able to navigate itself 4 to 5 feet under water and could carry up to four tons of cocaine. According to the anti-narcotics police, this is the second […]

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Two police officers in Cesar, Colombia are captured for having ties with Bacrim

Assistant superintendent Aníbal Domingo Castro Arjona and patrol officer Cristian Camilo Zambrano, active members of the Police force in Cesar, were captured in Casacara and La Gloria respectively, by agents of the same Institution, El Pais Vallenato reports. The Public Prosecutor (Fiscalia) asked the Second Penal Court of Valledupar for the orders of capture against […]

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Cyber-terrorism in Venezuela

A new way of social control is taking place in Venezuela. Cyber-terrorists are attacking civilians by using methods of extortion and death threats to people who are openly against the current government, Tal Cual Digital reports. These hackers steal e-mail accounts, twitter accounts, and personal identities. It has been already two months and the government […]

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Narco submarine (submersible) belonging to FARC found in Choco, Colombia

Colombian anti-narcotics police located and neutralized a modern submersible in the small town of Condoto, Choco, in Western Colombia, reports El Esperctador. The submersible, valued at 2 million US dollars, had a capacity to transport between 4 and 5 tons of cocaine. Anti-narcotics director, Carlos Enrique Rodriguez Gonzalez noted that the operation was achieved with […]

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LatinAmericaCurrentEvents.com announces new research/intelligence tool for Latin America

If you are involved in any type of business, organization, intelligence or research involving Latin America you will find LATINAMERICACURRENTEVENTS.COM’S soon to be released research tool to be invaluable in your work. Take your research and area expertise to the next level. Version one will shortly be made available to the public via an annual […]

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Russian spy used Central Bank of Chile to transfer funds to secret agent

The information appears in a report recently sent to the prosecutor Central Bank Toledo Christian south, who decided to work with the Brigade Investigating Money Laundering of the PDI, and the spy Alexei Ivanov Slav, code-named “Antares” – won an identity in the civil registry in the name of Andres Vilches Carvacho, which could set […]

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Colombia, DAS secret papers

key documents that compromise national security and strategic operations of undercover life have been sold to the guerrillas, drug traffickers and foreign governments. Much of the information in this organization with the true identities of its agents, the names and trades used as fronts, the missions assigned to them, the targets that spies, the names […]

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Colombia, Army locates 30 gas cylinders filled with explosives belonging to FARC

Escalating guerrilla terrorist had planned to perpetrate against oil and electricity infrastructure in Putumayo was unveiled by the Army, following the seizure of 30 cylinders filled with explosives and several launchers. In statements provided by the commander of Battalion No. 9 Special Energy based in La Hormiga, Colonel Leonardo Vargas Villegas, he realizes that the […]

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Venezuela, National Assembly Deputy claims mafia arms trafficking linked to government

The deputy said that about 90% of the number of homicides in the country are committed with firearms, thus confirming that arms proliferation must be eradicated. The National Assembly deputy, William Ojeda, claimed Sunday the indifference of the national executive against criminal boom and the criminal action that has made ​​Venezuela has the highest murder […]

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Panama takes steps to stop illegal border crossings with Costa Rica

The Governor of Chiriqui and the security sectors of the province ordered the closure of hundreds of illegal steps on the border of Panama with Costa Rica, to curb smuggling, trafficking in arms and persons, to give more security to the area, confirmed the governor of the province, Aixa Santamaría. Read Article

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Ecuador, Wikileaks cable discusses long term impact of melting glaciers

For years, Ecuador has experienced symptoms of climate change such as melting glaciers, but successive governments take adequate preventive measures to face on several fronts and actions in the medium and long terms. The aftermath that the country suffers from this global phenomenon are analyzed in the 151 251 Cable , the April 24, 2008 […]

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