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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 the participation of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana , Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as military personnel from the US, Canada, France, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

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According to the chief of the United States Southern Command, Kurt W. Tidd, these military maneuvers ensure the security of the region. However, the military force has been accused of interventionist and threatening governments in the region, such as Venezuela.

In April, Kurt W. Tidd submitted a report to the Senate warning that Venezuela could be a “destabilizing” element for the region.

The official’s statements have been rejected by the Venezuelan government and join other actions of the United States to put pressure on Venezuela, including the sessions of the Organization of American States (OAS) in which they try to apply the Inter-American Charter to this country .

In addition, Venezuela’s declaration continues as a “threat to the national security of the United States,” which seeks to justify foreign intervention, as the Venezuelan Government has repeatedly said.

Military maneuvers are composed of two phases. Tradewinds Phase I that is in Barbados from June 6 to 12, and Phase II to be held in Trinidad and Tobago from June 13 to 17. Read Article

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Expert’s view on Iran’s export revolution to Latin America

Sofey Saidi, PhD, on Tehran’s efforts to “export revolution” in Latin America Iran’s increasing involvement in South American and Central American countries has worried some observers who fear that the country may be “exporting” fundamentalist religion in these regions. The 1979 Iranian Revolution was, according to many analysts, the birth of modern Islamic fundamentalism, an […]

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U.N. South America economy to contract 0.8 percent, Central America to expand

South America to contract 0.8% and Central America will expand 4.6% in 2016, says UN office mercopress.comLatin American and Caribbean economies will contract 0.4% on average in 2015 and will grow just 0.2% next year, as a result of the complex external scenario, according to new projections unveiled on Thursday by the UN Latin America […]

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Amapá, Brazil: National Event Addresses Crime and Border Security Concerns

Globo reported on August 7, 2013 that the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security of Amapá will host a national event between August 13 and August 15 in Oiapoque to present ENAFRON; a program designed to combat crimes in states along the border with fellow South American countries. The meeting […]

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Despite IACHR Ruling, Ecuador fails to apologize to Sarayaku Indians

The government of Ecuador must do more to protect the human rights of the indigenous people of Sarayaku if it is to fully comply with an international court ruling said Amnesty International. A year ago today the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) ruled that Ecuador must apologize, consult with and recompense the Sarayaku people […]

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Brazil: International Drug Traffickers Detained After Federal Police Operation

On June 4, 2013, Terra reported that the Federal Public Ministry in Rio de Janeiro, in conjunction with the Federal Police and the IRS, concluded a United Nations operations intended to combat a group of 15 suspects; Brazilians, Colombians, Spaniards, and Portuguese, accused of international drug trafficking and money laundering. One investigation included that of […]

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Brazil and Peru Meet To Strengthen Trade Relations

noticias.r7.com reported on May 24, 2013 that dozens of Brazilian companies discussed at the Business Roundtable Brazil-Peru meeting, strategies to increase future trade relations with Peru. Such measures include increasing Peruvian exports to Brazil. Brazilian ambassador; Lazary Texeira, stated that for long-term goals to be successful, Peruvian companies must be willing to invest and sell […]

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Mato Grosso Do Sul, Brazil: Governor of Paraguay Visits to Increase Border Security

acritica.net reported on May 21, 2013 that the soon to be new governor of Paraguay, Pedro Gonzales, will visit Brazil today; May 22, to discuss with the Governor of Mato Gross do Sul, André Puccinelli, issues of industry, commerce, and agriculture. Pedro Gonzales wants to create a free trade zone as well as increase job […]

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Brazil: Launch of Operation Ágata 7 to Patrol Entire Border

capitalnews.com.br reported on May 20, 2103, Operation Ágata 7; consisting of 25,000 militants to patrol the entire Brazilian border. Numerous government agencies such as the Federal Highway Police, Internal Revenue Service, and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, will work together in this operation to patrol and combat cross-border crimes such as arms and ammunition trafficking, drug […]

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OAS Report Reveals Global Source of Cocaine, Primary Source of Heroin in the Americas

Infobae.com reported on May 20, 2013 that the Organization of American State’s latest report on the drug problem in the Americas reveals that Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia, together, produce the entire world’s supply of cocaine. Recent Colombian successes in eradicating coca have diminished Colombian cocaine production, however, the amount of cocaine produced in Peru and […]

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Brazilian Banks Rank Most Powerful in South America

Terra reported on May 16, 2013, that according to Bloomberg Markets magazine, four Brazilian banks have emerged as the strongest in South America. Banks include Santander, Itaú, Bradesco and Banco do Brazil. According to Bruno Rocha; professor of Economics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil’s stability, accessibility to change, and its ability to […]

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Brazil and Bolivia Partnership to Increase Border Security

Terra reported on May 14, 2013, that Brazilian and Bolivian officials met in Santa Cruz to discuss border security concerns. Issues discussed included drug trafficking, human trafficking, and illegal immigrants traveling across the border. Bolivia has become a critical player to Brazil as 60% of the cocaine in Brazil comes from Bolivia. Bolivia is one […]

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Eurocopter sets sights on major expanision in South America

Eurocopter and regional subsidiaries have set sights on major business expansion in South America where Brazilian planemaker Embraer is rapidly branching from executive jets and light attack fighters into other civilian and military aircraft. Read Article

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Is There Democracy in Ecuador – video

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U.S. Strategic Communication Policy Toward the South American Andean Ridge

The United States Government and its people have a long relationship with the other Western Hemisphere nations. Over the centuries the strength of bilateral relations and the relations between the United States and various regions of the Americas have vacillated. Security issues, economic prosperity, and immigration are among the key aspects of those relationships. The […]

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Africa a “drug bridge” between Latin America and Europe, UN says

The United Nations International Narcotics control reported that Africa has become a hub for drug trafficking from Latin America to Europe. According to an El Mundo report, drugs from countries such as Colombia enter Africa through the west coast. At the same time, countries in eastern Africa often serve as transit areas for drugs heading […]

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Brazil: police in Rio de Janeiro join strike demanding wage increase

Brazil: Rio de Janeiro police joined the strike The Federal Police of Rio de Janeiro today joined the indefinite strike began yesterday in the rest of the country to demand a wage increase and the removal of its CEO, Leandro Daiello. President of the Union of the Federal Police in Rio de Janeiro, agent Telmo […]

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Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, 1530–1900, recorded interview with editor Dr. Joanne Pillsbury

Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, 1530-1900. THREE VOLUME SET [Hardcover] – Recorded interview with editor Dr. Joanne Pillsbury (Recording Time- 01:31:16 ) Recorded October 28, 2011. Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Press (2008) – Published in Collaboration with the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art. PURCHASE BOOK:Guide to […]

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Ten Most Dangerous Cities in Mexico

According to a study conducted by Citizens Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice, nearly twenty-five percent of the most dangerous cities in the world are in Mexico. 1. Ciudad Juarez 298 murders per 100,000 2. Chihuahua 131 murders per 100,000 3. Mazatlán 89 murders per 100,000 4. Culiacán 88 murders per 100,000 5. Tepic […]

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Domestic violence increases substantially in Huila, Colombia

In 2010 the 285 homicides recorded Huila, 3540 cases of interpersonal violence, domestic violence reports 2123 and 415 cases of sexual violence, figures reveal a worrying picture in the Department. This was revealed by the Institute of Legal Medicine in the report ‘Forensis 2010′, under which last year there were 17,459 homicides in the country, […]

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Growing presence of Hezballah in Latin America worries U.S. officials

The U.S. House of Representatives released a report this month focusing on Lebanese and Iranian terrorist groups, specifically Hezballah, that have established networks in South America at the Triple Frontier between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and in Venezuela, reports infobae.com. The Triple Frontier is already a haven for organized crime and trafficking, and the Islamist […]

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Former Peruvian military leader warns of growing Iranian presence in Latin America

“It appears that Iranian organizations provide support to other terrorist organizations” in South America, Peruvian ex-chief of staff says.The world needs to act to counter the growing presence of Iranian-supported terrorist organizations throughout South America, former chief of staff of the Peruvian Armed Forces, Gen. Francisco Contreras, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. Read Article

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Devastated Villa La Angostura, Argentina recovers from Puyehue eruption

The town of Villa La Angostura is slowly recovering its daily life and main source of income, tourism, after being declared a disaster zone in the wake of ash storms from Chilean volcano, Puyehue. Cronista.com reports that 67 hotels have reopened, 50% of sightseeing tours are available, 7 surrounding lakes are open and common tourist […]

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50 Paraguayans receive scholarships for postgraduate studies in Spain

The Carolina Foundation announced today it has awarded scholarships to 50 Paraguayans for postgraduate studies in Spanish universities, according to abc.com.py. The director of the foundation traveled to Asunción to meet with the students who will start taking classes in Spain in October or January. Since the start of the foundation in 2001, 13.5 thousand […]

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Injuries keep Argentine President from Mercosur Summit in Paraguay

President Cristina Kirchner will not be traveling to Paraguay today for the Mercosur Summit per medical advice discouraging flying after she tripped and hit her head at an institute opening last Wednesday. According to lanacion.com.ar, the Presidential Medical Unit issued a statement saying the president will not be traveling as a precaution, but that she […]

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Villa La Angostura, Argentina suffers $200 million deficit in response to Puyehue crisis

The Bureau of Agreements to the Sustainability of Villa La Angostura released a report documenting the socioeconomic and environmental impact volcano Puyehue is and will have on the town and solutions to overcome the current crisis, according to infobae.com. Villa La Angostura of Neuquén province is the Argentine town most heavily effected by the Chilean […]

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Quito, Ecuador: UNASUR to Invest USD 96 Billion in Infrastructure

According to Hoy.com.ec in Quito UNASUR’s Secretary General announced Thursday that the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) plans to invest USD 96 billion in infrastructure projects by 2022, for all its member countries. Maria Emma Mejia, the secretary, said that about 500 initiatives are being evaluated in the South American Council for Infrastructure and […]

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Peru, Humala Admits Peruvian FTA Prevents Regional Integration

Ecuadorenvivo.com reports that Peruvian president-elect Ollanta Humala told Argentinian president, Cristina Fernandez that he supported the Mercosur agreement. At the same time, he admitted that the free trade agreement (FTA) with other third world countries is an obstacle to other integration projects. The two presidents meet today, June 14th in the Olivos presidential residence in […]

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Chagas disease no longer for the poor

Roberto Briceño León, Venezuelan sociologist and consultant on parasitic diseases for the World Health Organization, gave a lecture entitled “Chagas Disease: from rural disease to urban epidemics” last week at the Second Conference for Strengthening the Teaching of Chagas Disease in Health Sciences. Per cuencarural.com, León explained that Chagas is no longer a disease that […]

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The Expansion of China in Latin America

•A study by Cepal states that China invested $15.251 billion USD in 2010, which was 9% of Latin American income making it the third investor in the region per opinon.eluniversal.com. •99% of Chinese investment was focused on Argentina and Brazil in 2010. •In 2011, China is planning to invest $22.74 billion dollars with Brazil receiving […]

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ALBA Leads ‘Collective Rejection’ of U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela

On Wednesday the Latin American nations that make up the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas (ALBA) joined regional voices in their “indignation and rejection” of the U.S. government’s decision to impose unilateral sanctions against Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). Read Article

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South America, Unasur aims to acquire teeth on regional arms control

Plans for the Union of South American Nations becoming more like its EU model advanced this week with talks on the pact’s structure and strategies for monitoring budgets including defense spending by member countries. Read Article

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Iranian missile base in Venezuela in the planning phase

Tehran also is one of the allies of Hugo Chávez. Omitting the mullahs now even build missile silos in his country.The FARC terrorists are not the only villain with by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez admitted. How “World Online” in last November reported that Chavez has with the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on October 19, 2010 […]

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Millions face high risk of massive Andes quake

Millions of people living near the Andes Mountains face a significantly higher risk of a giant earthquake than previously thought, and such a temblor could be more than 10 times stronger than anything the region has expected in the past. Read Article

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Who works the longest hours? Mexicans, says OECD Report

Mexico’s undeserved stereotype for indolence is finally being chipped away, with a new study released this week finding that Mexicans work longer days than anyone else in 29 industrialized nations studied. Read Article

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South America focus of INTERPOL operation to track down international fugitives

Hundreds of international fugitives wanted for serious offences including murder, rape, child sexual abuse, kidnapping and drug trafficking who are believed to be hiding in South America are the focus of an INTERPOL operation which is now appealing for the public’s assistance. Read Article

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TRANSLATINA, trailer from documentary about transvestites (graphic)

This is the trailer from the documentary ‘TRANSLATINA’ released in 2010. It documents the lives of transvestites – the trailer focuses on transvestites in Peru. WARNING: THE TRAILER SHOULD BE VIEWED BY MATURE AUDIENCES – GRAPHIC.

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South America reconsiders nuclear power as Japan crisis continues

As the nuclear crisis intensifies in Japan, thoughts have turned to the atomic power industries in other countries and to questions of safety. There are 439 nuclear reactors the world over, six of which can be found in Latin America. Argentina was the forerunner in this regard and currently has two plants in operation. A […]

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North Wales farmers heads to South America in search of ideas

FOR a young farmer used to the relative intimacy of the hills of North Wales, the sheer vastness of South America’s cattle ranches were an eye-popping sight. A greater surprise was the professionalism that underpinned much of the continent’s beef-rearing enterprises. Read Article

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Singapore to have first direct flight to South America

Beginning 28 March 2011, passengers will have access to direct connections from Changi Airport to Brazil as Singapore Airlines commences its three-times-a-week service to Sao Paolo via Barcelona. The launch of flights from Singapore to Sao Paolo marks Changi Airport’s first direct air link with South America. Read Article

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Mercosur cenbankers see heightened economic risks

Central bank chiefs from South American countries in the Mercosur customs union said on Friday there are heightened risks to the global economy in light of higher food prices and turmoil in Middle East, but indicated a broad regional slowdown was unlikely. Read Article

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New consumer class powering economic growth across South America

USHUAIA, ARGENTINA – Here at the end of the Earth, just 600 miles from Antarctica, tourists hike over glaciers and flock to rocky beaches to photograph penguins and 700-pound sea lions. Read Article

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INTERPOL-led operation in Americas nets fakes worth 200 million dollars(Video)

Fake goods worth more than USD 200 million have been seized and nearly 1,000 people arrested in a series of operations co-ordinated by INTERPOL across South America targeting organized criminal counterfeiting networks. Carried out under the auspices of Operation Jupiter in partnership with the World Customs Organization (WCO), the year-long operation throughout 2010 led to […]

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Wikileaks, Chinese find that Latin America is not like Africa

If Wikileaks documents are any indication, Chinese investors might have a big surprise in store as they continue their push into Latin America. In their effort to extract raw resources, the Chinese have fared relatively well in such areas of the globe as Africa. However, recently disclosed U.S. cables hint that Latin America may not […]

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South America, inflection point

SINCE last summer, when the Federal Reserve turned back on the liquidity taps, the flow has been largely to developing economies. Rather like financial bathtubs, popular emerging markets in South America, Asia and even Africa have been attracting vast amounts of frothy hot money, and developing world currencies have appreciated immensely. Read Article

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South American drug barons funding al-Qaida

Latin American drug barons have been exposed as a crucial source of funds for al-Qaida by paying them to ensure the safe passage of cocaine across North Africa and towards Europe. Islamist rebels familiar with the terrain of the Sahara have struck deals under which they provide armed security escorts for drug traffickers in return […]

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María Ester Gatti, Uruguayan Activist, Dies at 92

María Ester Gatti de Islas, a Uruguayan teacher who became a human rights activist while helping to find people lost to political repression in South America, died Sunday in Montevideo. She was 92. Read Article

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Venezuela ranks 76th in quality of democracy

The first Latin American country is Uruguay (21), while Chile and Costa Rica rank 28 and 29, respectively.

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Dry Spell Hurting South American Corn, Soy Crops, Cordonnier

Corn and soybean crops in Brazil and Argentina will be smaller than forecast by the U.S. government because dry weather delayed planting, said Michael Cordonnier, the president of forecaster Soybean & Corn Advisor Inc. Read Full Story

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