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Venezuela: Military Base Attacked by Civilians, weapons stolen

axar.az/sputnik = The attack targeting the Paramacay military base in Venezuela was carried out by a group of civilians, the country’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said Sunday.

Earlier in the day, media reported that a group of people wearing military uniform attacked the military base. Vice President of the Venezuelan ruling United Socialist Party Diosdado Cabello said that the attack was of “terrorist” nature.

“This action was carried out by a group of civilian criminals wearing military uniform and by a defect leutenant,” Lopez said in the statement. Read Article

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Collapse of Venezuela and Impact on the Region (Analysis)

The Collapse of Venezuela and Its Impact on the Region Dr. R. Evan Ellis / armyupress.army.mil Interediate / Advanced Spanish Vocabulary – get the book In May 2017, as the number killed during pro – tests against the regime of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela climbed toward 40, and with more than 130 injured and over […]

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Venezuela accuses Sen Rubio, CIA in plotting overthrow of government

zerohedge.com/ CIA And Sen Marco Rubio Accused Of Plotting Regime Change In Venezuela Venezuela’s leftist dictator Nicolas Maduro plans to proceed with a vote to create a new constituent assembly to replace the country’s opposition-controlled Congress with a friendly constituent assembly, potentially enabling the embattled despot to redraft the country’s constitution and officially marginalize his […]

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Bogota Colombia: U.S. Marine Officers Robbed and Drugged with scopolamine

miamiherald.com/Carol Rosenberg reported three married U.S. Marine officers have found themselves under investigation for a night in February that went off the rails in Bogotá, involving allegations they went drinking with some local women, were slipped illicit drugs, robbed of U.S. property and landed in a local hospital emergency room. The men may have fallen […]

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U.S. Military along with other countries conducting exercises off coast of Venezuela

radiolaprimerisima.com / The United States Southern Command began a military exercise with the participation of 18 associated nations and about 2,500 soldiers on the island of Barbados, 1,078 kilometers from Venezuela. The military organization reported that the so-called Tradewinds 2017 is a “multinational exercise of security and response to maritime disasters in the Caribbean” with […]

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Ecuador: Comptroller reports some funds, donations for 2016 earthquake not used for victims

elcomercio.com reported the comptroller’s office determined that funds allocated for the earthquake victims (April 2016) were used for other purposes. The investigation revealed that in some instances money was used for unjustified expenditures. The Armed Forces was charged with the responsibility distributing donations. SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR – THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT IS […]

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Ecuador, Colombia border: Explosives, Ammunition found by task force in April

dialogo-americas.com / Explosives Found on Colombia-Ecuador Border The illegal importation of explosives and ammunition between Colombia and Ecuador is one of the main topics of the binational defense agenda. In a March 21st operation against drug trafficking, the Colombian Army’s Pegaso Task Force found an illegal cache of 600 homemade 81 mm cartridges in the […]

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U.S. Military to Install Shared temporary Military Base with Peru, Brazil, Colombia

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK theantimedia.org MILITARY EXERCISES NEAR VENEZUELA The involvement of the U.S. military in an upcoming multilateral military drill in South America has raised concerns over potential ulterior motives on the part of the U.S. The drill, dubbed “Operation: America United,” will involve the installation of a temporary military […]

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Survey Says: Mexico Second Deadliest Country in the World in 2016

Mexico was second deadliest country in 2016 By Elizabeth Roberts, CNN.com Mexico’s drug wars claimed 23,000 lives during 2016 — second only to Syria, where 50,000 people died as a result of the civil war. “This is all the more surprising, considering that the conflict deaths [in Mexico] are nearly all attributable to small arms,” […]

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Venezuela: Protesters Using Excrement Bombs Against Security Forces “Shit March”

By Girish Gupta and Christian Veron CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition protests on Wednesday may be the messiest in a six-week wave of unrest as demonstrators prepare to throw feces at security forces, adding to the customary rocks, petrol bombs and tear gas. The new tactic has been dubbed the “Poopootov” in a play on […]

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United States Southern Command Strategy 2018, LATIN AMERICA

United States Southern Command Strategy 2018 INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK 3 Commander United States Southern Command December 2008 The United States Southern Command ( USSOUTHCOM) Command Strategy for 2018 provides the vision for how we hope to become a mor e interagency oriented organization seeking to work with U.S. and internat […]

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U.S. Military in Costa Rica, what are they after?

Southern Command in Costa Rica: U.S. Occupation Disguised as Humanitarian Aid Santiago Navarro F. and Renata Bessi United States Southern Command says its role in Costa Rica is to fight drug trafficking and offer humanitarian aid. But hydroelectric projects and mineral speculation betray another aim. From the top of the great Talamaca mountain range in […]

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Ecuador’s equivalent to Pablo Escobar busted in Colombia

Pablo Escobar from Ecuador semana.com (machine translated) This is the incredible story of a man who went from being a boatman to becoming a megacapo who in two years exported 250 tons of drug and to which they have found him 20 million dollars in caletas. For several years now, the drug trade in Colombia […]

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Peru: Galapagos Tortoises seized in route to Lima on bus

Nearly three dozen Galapagos tortoises considered vulnerable to extinction will return to Ecuador after being rescued in Peru from alleged traffickers, the Galapagos National Park said. Peruvian wildlife authorities found 29 small tortoises—two of them dead—in a cardboard box on a bus on its way from northern Peru to Lima. Officials made the discovery while […]

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Caracas Venezuela: Violent clashes, protests, tensions growing

(CNN)Thousands of protesters clashed Saturday for a fifth consecutive day with security forces in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital. Officers in riot gear blocked a highway as marchers tried to advance, chanting “Liberty, Liberty!” Protesters tossed rocks and returned tear gas canisters used against them. The Venezuelan National Guard also used water tanks against the demonstrators […]

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Ecuador: Authorities Seize Cocaine Shipment Destined for Syria

Ecuadorian group to send cocaine to Syria eluniverso.com (machine translated) Unusual destinations for drug shipments have detected the police following several seizures of alkaloids in recent weeks. Interior Minister Diego Fuentes reported Friday through his Twitter account of the disarticulation of a narcodelictiva organization that tried to send drugs to Syria. “Disrupted organization of international […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Senior Citizen Shot, robbed of $10,000 near market

Elderly man shot in leg, subjects on motorcycles steal $ 10,000 in Cuenca, Ecuador – one suspect taken into custody after police search. elmercurio.com.ec (machine translated) reported an elderly man was the victim of an assault on Viracochabamba Avenue and Quillanan Street (near Mercado 12 de Abril) in Cuenca. Two men on a motorcycle approached […]

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Targeting of Civilian Aircrafts in South America

Forewarned War: The Targeting of Civilian Aircrafts in South America and the Inter-American Human Rights System Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK Abstract Throughout the War on Drugs, South American governments have fought a difficult and many times losing battle against drug trafficking. Lack of resources and policing capabilities have […]

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Ecuador: Fired General of Armed forces claims security breaches in vote count

panampost.com – Former Ecuadorian general Luis Castro Ayala warned of a lack of transparency and security breaches with regard to the vote count during the nation’s elections on February 19. According to Castro Ayala, the Ecuadorian Army was not involved in the chain of custody of the ballot boxes after the voting had concluded. He […]

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Ecuador: 219 people previously reported missing located during elections

eluniverso.com (machine translated) reported during the last two weeks, taking advantage of the electoral process that culminated on Sunday with presidential and legislative elections, the Dinased (National Directorate of Crimes against Life, Violent Deaths, Disappearances, Extortion and Kidnappings) carried out the Reencuentro operation, which Allowed to find 219 people who had been reported as missing, […]

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Ecuador: Military emphatically rejects rumors on social media of uprising

vistazo.com (machine translated)- feb. 20,2017 During this morning, pictures and messages from the military circulated on social networks, where they called for a mobilization against alleged electoral fraud. Faced with this, the Armed Forces issued a statement in which they “emphatically” reject such messages. “It is absolutely false that there is an alleged uprising by […]

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Ecuador: 102 national police fired for disciplinary acts in 2016

eltelegrafo.com.ec reported in 2016, the Ministry of the Interior separated 102 gendarmes from the institution for in disciplinary acts. In less than two months, there are three detainees. Writing Justice Police Néstor Leonardo GA, 34, was detained – before dawn on Sunday – after allegedly stealing a cellphone and a charger from a home, where […]

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Boliva: Two police detained in smuggling of foreing women for prostitution case

lahora.com.ec/EFE reported A Bolivian court ordered the arrest of two police officers accused of complicity in trafficking in foreigners for a case linked to a La Paz brothel denounced and demolished in September last year, the prosecutor’s office said. The police, imprisoned in pre-trial detention, are Jacinto FG and Freddy AM and face charges of […]

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U.S. Border: Woman detained after trying to bring in boatload of pot

cbp.gov / U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested a 31-year-old Phoenix woman Tuesday for an alleged attempt to smuggle close to $180,000 worth of marijuana into the United States. INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the presence of bundles […]

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Ecuador: Government requests release of kidnapped officers from illegal armed group

Prensa Latina reported tThe Government of Ecuador strongly requested today the immediate release of two sub-lieutenants kidnapped by an illegal armed group, which is identified as member of the Shuar Community. The illegal actions took place in an area of Morona Santiago province on January 21st, when officers Raul Pazmiño and Luis Rodriguez were taken, […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Woman lives in fear since robbery by thieves posing as police

Drama of a young woman to whom false police came into her house to steal Eluniverso.com (machine translated)reported while telling her experience, Michelle moves her hands with some anxiety. “After the robbery, I was not able to sleep well,” says the 22-year-old woman, who was caught by four men posing as police officers of the […]

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Tumaco Colombia: Half Ton of Cocaine seized, headed to Ecuador, final destination U.S.

rcnradio.com REPORTED in an articulated work of the Dijin Judicial Police and the basic criminal investigation unit of the Special Police District Tumaco, they managed to seize 486 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride, 03 shotguns, 01 bulletproof vest and the capture of one person. ….. At the scene, the 47-year-old Ricardo Ramirez captured the flagrante delicto, […]

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Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) operations in Latin America

americansecuritytoday.com By the FBI The tip came to an FBI agent in New Orleans from a source there involved with a violent Honduran street gang: A large shipment of cocaine ultimately bound for the U.S. was about to leave Costa Rica destined for Honduras. That information was relayed to FBI personnel at the Joint Interagency […]

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Ecuador: Record of 110 tons of illegal drugs seized in 2016

andes.info.ec reported a total of 110.40 tons of drugs seized this year police which is the highest figure in the country’s history regarding drug seizure, the Ministry of the Interior. Of this figure, 96.06 tons were seized for international traffic and 14.34 tons for domestic traffic. According to estimates by the authorities the total of […]

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Ecuador: Smugglers Adapt to the situation, using social media

SMUGGLERS USE ENGLISH-LANGUAGE WEBSITES TO SELL TO EXPATS Liam Higgins/cuencahighlife.com / When customs agents began slapping “government-approved” labels on imported liquor at the beginning of the year, they thought they had dealt the country’s booming bootlegging industry a fatal blow. They were wrong. Before the labels, liquor store owners were able to buy from smugglers […]

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Sarayaku, Ecuador: Military members detained by Indigenous group are released

telesurtv.net reported one Shuar Indigenous community attempted to take over a mining company by force, killing one police officer, injuring five, and abducting 11 officers. Eleven members of the Ecuadorean military were released after one Indigenous group abducted them as part of a violent conflict which broke out last week between members of the community […]

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State of Emergency declared in Morona province after death of police during attack on mine

STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED A police officer was killed and several others injured during a clash between authorities and members of the Shuar community in San Carlos Panantza parish, Morona Santiago Province. The Shuar were apparently trying to take back a mining camp. President Correa said, “this barbarism will not go unpunished, whatever the cost, […]

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Ecuador: President Correa Dismisses Military Command for second time in 2016

Telesurtv.net reported that Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa made changes in the military leadership Saturday by removing the joint command of the Armed Forces and the heads of the Navy and the Air Force, but retaining the Army commander. The Executive issued and signed several presidential decrees formalizing the changes from the coastal city of Milagro, […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: New Expat, Victim of Snatch and Grab, not impressed with police

This report is from an expat on her second day after arriving in Cuenca beginning her new life in Ecuador. The name of the victim is not used in this account. ————— My second day in Ecuador, in Cuenca last night walking across the bridge to Sofy Restaurant on Benigno Malo my iPhone was snatched […]

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Ambato Ecuador: Police remove street vendors in downtown area, confiscate goods, Merry Christmas

elcomercio.com reported – AMBATO, ECUADOR – CLASHES BETWEEN STREET VENDORS AND POLICE On the downtown streets of Ambato, street vendors and police clash in effort by police to remove 3,500 vendors. There were at least 100 police involved in the removal operation and much of the vendor’s stock of merchandise was confiscated. Police installed metal […]

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Nogales, Arizona: Man detained walking across border with 3 pounds meth in tortillas

NOGALES, Ariz.(UPI.com reported) — U.S. Customs agents in Arizona arrested a man found to be concealing nearly 3 pounds of meth in packages of tortillas. Customs and Border Protection said officers at the Port of Nogales searched a 62-year-old man using the pedestrian crossing when a narcotics-sniffing canine indicated the presence of drugs Friday. Read […]

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Ecuador: Two Foreginers detained transporting 15 kilos of pot in fire extinguishers

ALLEGED TRAFFICKERS ON INTER-PROVINCE BUS – Thought to be for local drug market consumption policiaecuador.gob.ec reported that two foreign nationals tried to evade police control of San Gerónimo carrying more than 15 kilos of marijuana. Tuesday morning, police servants Mobile Drug Enforcement Panel GEMA, detected the illegal substance when they registered a passenger bus. Subjects […]

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Ecuador: President opens investigation into offenses committed by military

President Correa Denounces Serious Offenses by the Military Quito, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina)(plenenglish.COM) reported Ecuador”s President Rafael Correa denounced the offenses committed by some military groups and announced opening an investigation on some members of the National Army. During a press conference, the President warned about an undergoing strategy that seeks to discredit the Act […]

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Russia makes inroads into Latin America

Ciccarillo, Simon Gaetano, “The Russia-Latin America Nexus: Realism in the 21st Century” (2016).Student Scholarship & CreativeW Recent Events in Latin America Within the past 15 years, the Russian government has made inroads to Latin America, highlighting the nature of the depth of the relationship between the two. Under the Putin and Medvedev Administrations, high-level visits […]

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Ecuador: Most Victims of Sextortion, married men via Facebook, Skype

FROM INTERPOL.INT – PURPLE NOTICES Applicant Country: Ecuador Date Posted: 08/03/2016 MODUS OPERANDI Type of crime: Extortions sexual mode using social networks / Payments being deposited to individuals in the Ivory Coast interpol.int provided following information – Date: July 26, 2016 Place: Quito, Carchi, Esmeraldas, Imbabura Country: Ecuador Circumstances: Through complaints in prosecution, related to […]

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U.S. Citizen wanted by F.B.I. for sex crimes captured in Cuenca, Ecuador

eltiempo.com.ec reported this afternoon the Police Administration of Azuay, in coordination with the Foreign Ministry, Migration and National Police arrested the US citizen RM Godwin, who is wanted by the justice of his country. The arrest took place abroad outside the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then transferred to Immigration for immediate […]

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Warden in Ecuador disciplined for Nazi stamp to mark prison visitors

Warden in Ecuador disciplined for Nazi stamp israelnationalnews.com reported Ecuador prison warden disciplined after it was found that guards used a Nazi-themed hand stamp to mark visitors. Ecuador’s Justice Ministry said a prison warden was disciplined for negligence after it was found that guards used a Nazi-themed hand stamp to mark visitors to the jail. […]

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Ecuador: Three Million dollars in U.S. Counterfeit bills confiscated by police

Police operation confiscated 3 million counterfeit dollars in Santo Domingo Gisela Guerrero Santo Domingo Eluniverso.com reported police located 3 million counterfeit U.S. dollars in a housing cooperative raided in Nueva República. In the house notes and the material used for printing it is stored. The operation was performed this morning. The soldiers, along with the […]

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Mexico Police Commissioner Fired regarding deaths by police of 22 suspects

nytimes.com reported President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico fired the commissioner of the country’s federal police force on Monday in response to a recent report that the police had summarily killed at least 22 suspects in a raid last year on a drug gang hide-out. The government has argued that the killings, at a remote […]

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Iran hopes to use Latin America in developing ballistic missile program

thetower.org reported the Iranian foreign minister’s visit to Latin America last week signaled the Islamic Republic’s intent to rebuild its missile program in the Western Hemisphere, Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an analysis on Monday. “Iran has long relied on Latin America to evade Western sanctions, […]

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Ecuador accused of war crime in case of missing Peruvian civilian during Cenepa conflict

larepublica.pe REPORTED Justice and truth for the disappearance of Peruvian businessman Jorge Vasquez Durand in Ecuador, sued his wife Maria Esther Gomero judges of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, on the first day of hearings this supranational body made in Mexico. The Peruvian citizen was arrested in Huaquillas on January 30, 1995, in the […]

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Peru: Investigation into alleged group of police carrying out illegal killings

bbc.com reported Peruvian officials say there are “strong indications” that a rogue group of officers within the country’s police force has carried out illegal killings. Deputy Public Order Minister Ruben Vargas said an investigation had identified at least 18 members of the force who were allegedly involved. The investigation suggests the group was behind the […]

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Colombia, Farc to sign peace deal

theguardian.com reported after four years of negotiating, the deal will be signed Wednesday evening in Havana, kicking off what promises to be a frenzied campaign to ratify it Colombia’s government and leftwing Farc rebels have reached a final and comprehensive peace deal to end the country’s 52-year war that has left more than 220,000 people […]

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Cusco Peru: Two women dressed in traditional costumes rob tourists (video)

Prima and Gina Montalvo were arrested by agents of Terna squad after he robbed a cell phone to an Irish tourist. Two women were arrested by agents of the squad Terna Police Cusco , after they are discovered in flagrante stealing the belongings of some Irish tourists. They were identified as Prima and Gina Montalvo, […]

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President Maduro threatens what will happen if there is coup attempt in Venezuelaey child’s play compared to similare event in Venezuela

Theguardian.com reported Venezuelan president warns rivals: ‘Did you see what happened in Turkey?’ Nicolás Maduro has said Erdoğan’s crackdown after the failed Turkish coup is child’s play compared to how he would handle a similar attempt Nicolás Maduro has said the purge Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has meted out on rivals after a failed […]

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Mexico: Commission finds police executed 22 in Michoacan

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK bbc.com reported Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said 22 people were executed by federal police during a confrontation on a ranch in the western state of Michoacan last year. The commission had investigated the clash, which took place at a ranch in the town of Tanhuato in May […]

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Ecuador and China sign co-operation military defense agreement

janes.com reported Ecuador has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China relating to defence industrial co-operation; the latest in a series of agreements between the countries aimed to strengthening military and industrial ties. The accord was signed in Ecuador on 16 August by Ecuadorian defence minister Ricardo Patino and Xu Zhanbin, China’s vice minister […]

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China Donates 10,000 modern version AK47s to Ecuador’s military

eluniverso.com reported ten thousand rifles with their ammunition and three patrol boats with heavy machine guns are the teams that make the war donation yesterday afternoon handed the Chinese ambassador to the country, Wang Yulin, the defense minister, Ricardo Patino, at Fort military Huancavilca. According to technicians of the ministry, the guns would be a […]

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US Invasions in Latin America and the Caribbean, look from telesurtv.net

US Invasions in Latin America and the Caribbean TELESURTV.NET reported: Since the 1800s, the United States has invaded countries across Latin America and the Caribbean in an effort to protect both economic and political interests. This violent, aggressive policy has led to tens of thousands of civilian deaths and decades-long dictatorships. In commemoration of the […]

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Ecuador: Army General no longer in charge of President’s security detail

lahora.com.ec reported Following a meeting in Carondelet, the President of the Assembly issued a statement responding to the General. The Army Commander Luis Castro Ayala, he no longer cares for the president, Rafael Correa. In the military promotion ceremony last Wednesday, where the officer requested the file of the Bill of Social Security of the […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Police threaten to strike during Olympics

telegraph.co.uk reported Police hit by Rio de Janeiro’s cash crisis have threatened to strike during the Olympics, warning tourists that they are at risk in the city as officers and firefighters are not being paid. Amid demonstrations across Rio, officers rolled out a banner reading “Welcome to hell” in the arrivals hall at the international […]

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Costa Rica: Panamanians sentenced for stealing cocaine, disguised as U.S. DEA agents

prensa.com reported Costa Rican courts sentenced three Panamanians who disguised themselves as Americans to steal cocaine in the border area drug agents, he said on Monday, May 9, the Office of Costa Rica. According to a statement from the Public Ministry, Panamanians wore jackets, caps and balaclava with false badges Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA, for […]

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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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Latin America Countries Increasingly Involved in export of weapons

elcomercio.pe/bbcmundo reported in Latin America are increasingly countries that want to stop being simple gun buyers to seek to be part of the controversial business of selling. In recent days, for example, Colombian media announced that a company owned by the state, Indumil, was looking to export manufactured bombs in Colombia to Middle East countries. […]

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U.S.: DHS transporting illegal immigrants from border to Phoenix, then releasing them

judicialwatch.org reported, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly transporting illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to Phoenix and releasing them without proper processing or issuing court appearance documents, Border Patrol sources tell Judicial Watch. The government classifies them as Other Than Mexican (OTM) and this week around 35 were transferred 116 miles north […]

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Ecuador and Drug Trafficking (2014 Report)

2014 thecija.org report on drug trafficking in Ecuador Key Points + In the five years since the United States withdrew its Forward Operating Location (FOL) from the Eloy Alfaro Air Base in Manta in 2009, there have been dramatic changes in the level of drug trafficking and counternarcotics efforts in Ecuador, and how the U.S.-led […]

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Venezuela: Military launches military exercises ordered by Maduro

President preparing for any scenario eldia.es reported Venezuela today launched a series of military exercises ordered by President Nicolas Maduro to prepare for an alleged coup or intervention of “foreign armies,” said the president. Maduro has stated on several occasions to be the victim of an “unconventional warfare” running, in his view, “the national and […]

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Colombia: Authorities seize 8 tons of cocaine on banana plantation

dailymail.co.uk reported: Colombian authorities say they’ve made the biggest cocaine seizure in the history of a country long plagued by traffic in the drug. The National Police agency said Sunday that 50 commandos backed by helicopters seized about 8 tons of cocaine on a banana plantation in the northwestern department of Antioquia. It said the […]

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Colombia: Police locate two narco-submarines

telegraph.co.uk reported Colombian police have in the past 48 hours found two home-made submarines in their waters, used by drug traffickers to move cocaine up to the United States. On Friday they announced the discovery of a 45-foot semi-submersible craft off the coast of Candelilla de la Mar, in the far south, close to the […]

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Brazil: Scandal of the Lunch Money Mafia

LATIMES.com reported – Police in Sao Paulo have begun forcibly removing young students who are occupying a number of schools and public buildings to protest a scheme that investigators say diverted funds from their public school lunch programs. Before sunrise in South America’s largest city, a wave of police vehicles blocked off roads downtown, and […]

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Routes of Illegal Arms, Explosives Trafficking in Northern Ecuador

Elcomercio.com reported a spark sufficed for the 208 sticks of dynamite being transported illegally in a private vehicle to explode and cause damage in about four blocks around. The material for military use circulated by the Pan American Highway, in Imbabura, heading Carchi. Army intelligence indicates that the cargo apparently was aimed at irregular armed […]

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Portoviejo Ecuador: Three men detained for allegedly selling cocaine in earthquake shelter

Three men were arrested in a police operation for allegedly selling drugs in a shelter. eldiario.ec reported – The Interior Ministry said the operation was carried out in Libertad 2 citadel, in Portoviejo. The police report states that the suspects used six nearby homes to shelters Coliseum California and the airport to keep the drug, […]

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Ecuador: Authorities seize 230 kilos of cocaine, belonged to Sinaloa cartel

wradio.com.co reported Colombian police, together with the Ecuadorian authorities seized 230 kilos of cocaine in the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador, in an operation that left two Ecuadoreans and Colombian captured. Dijin said: “The operation, coordinated from Bogota, allowed the National Police of Ecuador capture three people when a vehicle carrying 230 kilograms of cocaine.” […]

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U.S.: Former Border Patrol agent claims entrapped by FBI

TUCSON (CN) courthousenews.com reported – A former Border Patrol agent claims the FBI entrapped and indicted him on bogus charges of money laundering and bribery to try to rescue their undercover operation at a Southern Arizona port of entry, ruining his life and career. Seeking $5.5 million in damages, Lauro Tobias and his wife sued […]

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Mexico: Agents detaining indigenous Mexicans looking for Central American migrants

Mexico tortures migrants – and citizens – in effort to slow Central American surge Theguardian.com reported a growing number of indigenous Mexicans are being detained by agents looking for Central American migrants, amid a crackdown driven partly by aid from US The trend comes amid a crackdown on migrants driven in part by political pressure […]

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Unchecked Power Police and Military Raids in Low-Income and Immigrant Communities in Venezuela

HRW.ORG special report on Venezuela Summary Since July 2015, Venezuelan security forces have conducted more than 135 operations, including sweeps through low-income communities, as part of a program known as the “Operation to Liberate and Protect the People” (Operación de Liberación y Protección del Pueblo, OLP). Participating security forces have included the Bolivarian National Guard, […]

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Ecuador: 22 Soldiers Perish in Military Air Crash in Pastaza

abc.es reported a total of 22 soldiers were killed Tuesday when crashing the plane of the Ecuadorian army with overflying the province of Pastaza, in western Ecuador, as reported by the country ‘s president, Rafael Correa . “A plane crashed Army us in Pastaza. Was carrying 22 passengers (…) There are no survivors , “he […]

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Ecuador: President Correa Takes on Retired Officers, is a coup imminent? (Opinion)

Will A Military Coup Oust Ecuadorian President Correa? There is Sable Rattling in Quito as President Correa Takes on Retired Officers PANAMPOST.COM José Marulanda wrote (Opinion) Right now, the Venezuelan government is leading the country into the economic abyss; Mrs Kirchner is facing charges in Argentina for her disastrous economic policy; Brazil’s “Lula” Da Silva, […]

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Ecuador’s Defense Minister Steps Down

Quito (AFP)yahoo.com reported Ecuador’s Defense Minister Fernando Cordero resigned Tuesday, after top military brass were fired for criticizing military benefit cuts by President Rafael Correa. “I have decided to resign as defense minister,” Cordero told a briefing after the president slashed Armed Forces Social Security benefits, while insisting they were “guaranteed.” Read Article Speak Spanish […]

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Ecuador: Police seize 10 million in counterfeit dollars, two police officers detained

Authorities seize 10 million counterfeit dollars to the southeast of Quito / two cops detained eluniverso.com reported police seized more than 10 million fake dollars Rumiñahui sector Tuesday. The money was distributed in 21 packages. During the operation, the officers arrested seven people, including two police officers linked to the case of counterfeit dollars. Colonel […]

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Ecuador: Man from U.S. wanted in child obscenity investigation, arrested

cleveland.com reported — A man charged in an Eastlake child obscenity investigation was arrested in South America. marshals-fugitive-taskforce-logo.JPGU.S. Marshals and Eastlake police have tracked down and arrested a man in Ecuador who was wanted for pandering obscenity involving a minor and tampering evidence in connection with an August 2015 incident.U.S. Marshals Owen Newland, 29, was […]

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Colombia: Chief of Police under investigation, alleged creation of male prostitution ring

bbc.com reported Colombia’s prosecutor general, Alejandro Ordonez, says he will open a “disciplinary investigation” against the country’s chief of police, Gen Rodolfo Palomino. Mr Ordonez said Gen Palomino would be investigated over the alleged creation of a male prostitution ring. The general is also under investigation for alleged illicit enrichment and conducting illegal wiretaps. Gen […]

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Ibarra, Ecuador: Seven police detained Valentines day for drug trafficking

hoyenimbabura reported the afternoon of Monday, February 15 was held the hearing of flagrante delicto for indictments against seven soldiers who were captured by drug trafficking. The verdict was pre-trial detention for 30 days for the respective preliminary investigation. During that time we will proceed to survey depth investigation of the case. It was Sunday […]

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Peru: Man detained using Facebook to meet minor females to work as prostitutes

Suspect found in hotel with minor child…. used Facebook to locate girl. elcomercio.pe reported the Special Unit for Trafficking Police Chimbote in Ancash , detained a subject that would integrate a criminal organization dedicated to attracting children via the social network Facebook for the purpose of prostitution in the city of Trujillo. After intelligence work, […]

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Cotacachi Ecuador: Gang of armed home burglars detained

Six heavily armed men were arrested in the central park of Cotacachi, for the crime of theft at home. Police servers Tierra del Sol District performed the routine patrol in various sectors of the city, noticed the suspicious presence of a representative vehicle truck in which mobilized the now arrested. At 03h40 on Friday, the […]

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Analysis of Ecuador’s President dismissing military high command

By José Hernández on February 13, 2016 Analysis Rafael Correa has dismissed the military high command; cut short the career of ten generals; provoked protest from those in passive military service; and mobilized his supporters to take to the streets arguing that “coups will not happen” … all this for an administrative problem worth a […]

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Ecuador: Opposition protests after President fires Generals

RIGHTWINGERS protested across Ecuador on Wednesday following President Rafael Correa’s sacking of the country’s four top generals for issuing statements on “administrative matters.” Head of the joint chiefs of staff General Luis Garzon had condemned the government on Twitter for fining the army pension fund and “taking resources away from … soldiers and their families.” […]

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Ecuador: President fires much of military high command

The military chiefs are accused of overcharging the government for a land sale. telesurtv.net reported Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa announced he has dismissed the military high command, after the leader was accused of trying to manipulate soldiers. “With much pain I’ve had to dismiss the high command … We will not allow anyone to manipulate […]

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Ecuador deploys 700 troops to combat Zika virus

Telesurtv.net reported Ecuador’s government announced Thursday that hundreds of soldiers will work to kill infected mosquitos and teach communities how to prevent infection. Ecuador will send 700 troops to a coastal province to help the Health Ministry prevent the spread of the zika virus, which has already infected 22 Ecuadoreans and may have affected 67 […]

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Report: Lack of Cooperation between U.S./Mexican authorities to combat illegal arms smuggling

Theguardian.com reported efforts to combat illegal gunrunning from the United States to Mexico have stumbled in recent years, hampered by a lack of cooperation between US and Mexican officials, according to a report from a US federal watchdog agency obtained by Reuters. Blood, mud and lube: how El Chapo’s luck came up short in small […]

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Peru: Woman gets six years prison for resisting officer after ticket for illegal parking (Video)

What started out as a routine parking violation outside of Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport has now quickly turned into a local controversy. On Sunday, three days after the arrest of Scott Myers/panampost.com reported Silvana Buscaglia Zapler, the Superior Court of Justice in Callao, Peru, sentenced the woman to six years and eight months in […]

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Former Pastor on the run for alleged rape in U.S, trying to return from Ecuador

Active Warrant for former pastor Jacob Malone inquisitr.comWhen charges were brought against Jacob Malone, the former pastor hired a lawyer and took a flight to Ecuador. His reasons for leaving the United States are still unclear, but many suspect the trip was related to the sexual assault allegations. The Philly Voice reported that police believe […]

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Cenepa War, conflict between Ecuador/Peru 1995

Wikipedia – The Cenepa War (January 26 – February 28, 1995), also known as the Alto Cenepa War, was a brief and localized military conflict between Ecuador and Peru, fought over control of an area in Peruvian territory (i.e. in the eastern side of the Cordillera del Cóndor, Province of Condorcanqui, Región Amazonas, Republic of […]

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10 Leaders of Major Hacking Ring Producing Fake Official Documents Detained in Ecuador

elcomercio.com/Sara Ortiz reported A PhD was the most expensive, costing up to USD 10 000. and engineering degrees prices initiated from USD 1000. An alleged gang of hackers or cybercriminals have charged these prices to record a fake title in the computer system of the Secretariat National Higher Education (Senescyt). Lawyers, doctors, engineers, business managers, […]

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Mexico: Military Budget at unprecedented levels

telesurtv.net reported Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto spent more on the military budget in 2014 than any other previous Mexican government, Sin Embargo reported Tuesday. Analyzing the Swiss-based Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Military Expenditure Database, the Mexican news outlet revealed that Peña Nieto’s administration closed 2014 with a record military budget reaching US$8.66 billion, […]

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Bogota Colombia: Police detain members of gang using children age 2-10 distributing cocaine

This criminal organization was led by alias ‘German’, who also was engaged to collect extortion and arms trafficking in the localities of Kennedy, Tunjuelito, South San Cristobal, Puente Aranda and Bosa. The Head of the Narcotics Group Dijin greater Villarte Marcel Ricardo said that this action was seized drugs which were marketed by children and […]

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Bogota Colombia: Police nab individual trafficking Iridium 192, depleted uranium

rcnradio.com reported the National Police revealed that the Group attached units against nuclear, biological, chemical and radioactive threats Dijin identified a company in the town of Engativá in which it was stored radioactive material without authorization as Iridium 192 and depleted uranium. The soldiers moved to a house in that area of ​​the city and […]

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Bogota Colombia: Last 5 members of kidnap express group detained

rcnradio.com reported the Attorney General’s Office reported the capture of the last 5 members of the criminal organization known as ‘The Canaries’ “Los Canarios” who used to ride the millionaire(kidnap Express) committing capital. Bogota This was said Patricia Conejo Mery, director of the Specialized Police Organized Crime who said that these new arrests are now […]

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Chiclayo Peru: Cache of Illegal Fireworks Explodes (Video)

Two tonnes of illegal fireworks accidentally explode in Peru The Guardian.com reported ….Dozens take cover as a cache of illegal fireworks destined for Christmas celebrations suddenly detonates in Chiclayo on Thursday. Authorities had called journalists to cover the destruction of the confiscated fireworks when, without warning, the stockpile suddenly explodes into an impromptu pyrotechnic display, […]

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Wanted U.S. Teen detained with mother in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

theguardian.com reported that 18-year-old Ethan Couch and his mother had been missing since 10 December, when Couch broke his probation for killing four people while driving drunk “Crossing over to Mexico is not a difficult thing to do,” Anderson said, pointing out that US authorities do not check who is leaving the US and instead […]

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Caracas Venezuela: Group throws grenade at Military Police, killing Sergeant, injuring six

eldiario.ec reported a sergeant was killed and six others were injured by alleged criminals on Sunday night released a Granada against a group of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB, militarized police) in central Caracas, he reported the prosecution. “According to preliminary information, at about 22.30 local time (03.00 GMT Monday) several people descended from a […]

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Puerto Vallarta Mexico: Police unit ambushed, one officer dead

vallartadaily.com reported the Attorney General’s Office (FGE) confirmed that a unit of the Puerto Vallarta police department was ambushed killing one policeman and injuring another in an area that leads from the community El Colorado to El Veladero. FGE reported that the police officers were on regular patrol when they were attacked by an armed […]

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Argentina: 41 police officers killed in bus crash near Salta

The convoy of three buses with gendarmes officers was traveling near Salta By AP/telegraph.co.uk 14 Dec 2015 At least 41 police officers were killed Monday when a bus in a convoy in nothern Argentina went off the side of a bridge and fell 65 feet (20 meters). Rescuers work at the site of an accident […]

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Mexico’s Army in Deep Crisis

Three out of 10 fail confidence, honesty assessments elpais.com reported the Mexican Army is in deep crisis. The Tlatlaya case and the disappearance of the normal school of Ayotzinapa have questioned the efficiency of military security tasks. We now know that in their internal evaluations have not been as successful. In the last decade three […]

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Human Smuggling Ring Between South Asia, Ecuador, U.S. Dismantled

ministeriointerior.gob.ec reported sources reported that the investigations were conducted by the Unit Against the Crime of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants of the Directorate of Judicial Police (DNPJ) in coordination with the Attorney General. The operation took place after four months of investigation, the morning of Friday, December 11, simultaneously in Carchi, Guayas, […]

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