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U.S. Federal officials plan to collect social media information on all immigrants, includes permanent residents, naturalized citizens

BUZZFEED.COM / Federal officials are planning to collect social media information on all immigrants, including permanent residents and naturalized citizens, a move that has alarmed lawyers and privacy groups worried about how the information will be used.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the new rule in the Federal Register last week, saying it wants […]

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Son of Venezuelan President threatens to seize White House

(CNN.com )Nicolás Maduro Guerra, the son of the Venezuelan President, is threatening to seize the White House with rifles if President Donald Trump sends the US military to his nation.  The White House has condemned President Nicolás Maduro’s regime for human rights abuses. More than 120 people have died in anti-government protests since April. Read […]

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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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U.S. expat arrested in Ecuador for IRS charges, established gofundme account

In January of 2017, former U.S. expat in Ecuador, Daryl Giesking established a gofund.com page attempting to raise $50,000. On July 13, 2017, Daryl Giesking was sentence to 2.5 years in Federal prison for submitting fraudulent income tax returns. He had hired an enrolled IRS agent in 2008, to prepare his 2007 taxes. He received […]

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Colorado Man Arrested in Ecuador for Income Tax Refund Scheme, Sentenced to Prison

Justice.gov – Sought More than $1 Million in Bogus Refunds; Funds Received Spent on Precious Metals and Coins, a Truck, Jewelry and Luxury Travel A Loveland, Colorado businessman, who owned a delicatessen franchise in Fort Collins, Colorado, was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison today for conspiring to file fraudulent claims for tax refunds, […]

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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 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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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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Mexican Superstar Detained in Los Angeles after no show in court case

Mexican singer Luis Miguel Turns Himself In After CA Judge Orders Arrest INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK by Marissa Armas/nbcnews.com Acclaimed Mexican singer Luis Miguel turned himself in on Tuesday in Los Angeles after a California judge ordered for his arrest, NBC News has confirmed. A warrant was issued for Luis Miguel’s […]

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Several U.S. Companies Plan Expansion into Mexico Despite Trump Threats

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK panampost.com / Several US companies are planning expansion into Mexico despite warnings from President Donald Trump to impose taxes according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper said that Rexnord, a company dedicated to the manufacture of industrial bearings, […]

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Mexico: NAFTA Changes May Put U.S. Popcorn Exports at Risk

theguardian.com reported the head of Mexico’s largest cinema chain has said the impending renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) means the US popcorn industry is at risk. Alejandro Ramirez’s company, Cinepolis de Mexico – which is the fourth largest cinema chain in the world – buys around $10m of kernels from Kansas, […]

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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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U.S.,Mexico: Group charged in $100 million money laundering scheme

ICE.GOV – October 2016 6 charged for role in $100 million international money laundering scheme NEWARK, N.J. – Six individuals were charged with international money laundering and wire fraud as well as conspiracies to commit these same offenses Monday, following a multi-agency investigation, which included U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations and […]

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U.S.: Businessmen, foreign officials plead guilty bribery case involving Mexican Aviation Officers

12/28/2016 ICE.GOV 4 businessman, 2 foreign officials plead guilty in connection with bribes paid to Mexican aviation officials HOUSTON – Charges have been unsealed against six individuals, all of whom have pleaded guilty for their involvement in schemes to bribe Mexican officials to secure aircraft maintenance and repair contracts with government-owned and controlled entities. Two […]

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U.S.: Brazilian national arrested, 20 million dolalrs hidden in box spring, pyramid scheme

JUSTICE.GOV FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 5, 2017 Agents Seize Approximately $20 Million and Arrest Brazilian National in Scheme to Launder TelexFree Funds BOSTON –Approximately $20 million in cash hidden inside a box spring in a Westborough, Mass. apartment, was seized late yesterday, and a Brazilian man was arrested in connection with conspiring to launder […]

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Trump threatens remittances to Mexico

Mexico’s biggest cash cow is under threat from President Donald Trump. The country’s largest source of cash comes from Mexicans living in the United States. That is now under the microscope after Trump issued an executive order Wednesday to start building a wall on the border. During his campaign, Trump said multiple times that Mexico […]

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Mexico, U.S.: Battle Lines Drawn Regarding NAFTA Issues

FT.com/Jude Webber Mexico braced for confrontation with Trump team Enrique Peña Nieto vows to stand up to Nafta pressure from new US president Battle lines have been drawn as Mexico and the US kick off what promise to be tough negotiations on the future of the two-decades old North American Free Trade Agreement, which both […]

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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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U.S. Customs Border Protection Officer Busted in smuggling scheme

sandiegouniontribune.com/Kristina Davis reported to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Jose Luis Cota, the unauthorized immigrant women he fingerprinted and processed before their return to Mexico weren’t just detainees — they were potential customers, investigators say. It’s how Cota met one woman, who ended up tipping off authorities to his offers to help smuggle detainees […]

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U.S.: ICE Sends Convicted Child Rapist Back to Ecuador

ICE removes convicted child rapist to Ecuador ice.gov – NEWARK, N.J. – A citizen of Ecuador was removed from the United States Dec. 23, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Upon the man’s arrival in Ecuador, he was turned over to local authorities by ICE ERO officers. Manuel Fernando […]

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Large Numbers of Migrants flee Central America for the U.S. since Trump elected

reuters.com reported Central American countries warned on Thursday that large numbers of migrants have fled their poor, violent homes since Donald Trump’s surprise election win, hoping to reach the United States before he takes office next year. Trump won the Nov. 8 vote by taking a hard line on immigration, threatening to deport millions of […]

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Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2017

FEDERALREGISTER.GOV reported Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2017 A Presidential Document by the Executive Office of the President on 09/20/2016 Memorandum for the Secretary of State Pursuant to section 706(1) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-228) (FRAA), I hereby […]

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Mexico/U.S. border: couple missing for five days hiking found, drank urine to survive

latimes.com reported a Los Angeles couple who went missing during a visit to the desert wandered for five days, drinking their own urine to survive, before they were discovered by the U.S. Border Patrol, according to a friend of the couple. On Friday, the LAPD confirmed that Mariya Mitkova, 27, and Aaron Morganstein, 33, were […]

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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 bank lawsuit against Wells Fargo in cyber heist gets go ahead to move forward

Reuters.com/By Nathan Layne A lawsuit by an Ecuadorean bank alleging that Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) is liable for authorizing the transfer of $12 million stolen in a 2015 cyber heist can go forward, a U.S. judge ruled on Tuesday. The decision by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan was in response to Wells […]

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Chinese Mexican Businessman extradited from U.S. to Mexico

ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THE BOOK bbc.com reported Chinese-born Mexican businessman Zhenli Ye Gon, accused of producing and trafficking illegal drugs, has arrived at a high security jail in Mexico. He lost a nine-year battle against extradition from the United States. Zhenli Ye Gon fled to the US in 2007 and was arrested there, […]

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Wikileaks says U.S. asked Ecuador to cut Assange off from internet

mcclatchydc.com/Tim Johnson reported Wikileaks said Tuesday that Secretary of State John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, from publishing leaked emails that could disrupt peace negotiations with a guerrilla group in Colombia. Assange, who has been in refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London for more than four years, saw his access to […]

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Survey Says: Ecuador most empathetic country in the world

Ecuador was most empathetic country, followed by Saudi Arabia and Peru Denmark was 4th, followed by UAE, Korea, US, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Kuwait Lithuania is least empathetic, seven of the bottom 10 Eastern European dailymail.co.uk REPORTED: The United States is one of the most empathetic countries in the world, according to a new study – […]

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Confirmed Assange Internet Access taken down by Ecuador after release of Clinton emails

theguardian.com reported Group says access was shut down soon after the publication of Hillary Clinton’s speeches and it has ‘activated appropriate contingency plans’ Julian Assange’s internet was cut off by Ecuador, WikiLeaks has said, deflecting blame from the US and British governments, which have sparred with Assange for releasing sensitive material. Ecuador has reiterated its […]

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Where is Julian Assange? No one seems to know

Roger Stone ‏@RogerJStoneJr 16h16 hours ago Reports the Brits storm the Ecuadorian Embassy tonite while Kerry demands the UK revoke their diplomatic status so Assange can be seized Roger Stone ‏@RogerJStoneJr John Kerry has threatened the Ecuadorian President with “grave consequences for Equador” if Assange is not silenced ROGER STONE TWITTER ACCOUNT ———————————- FROM ELUNIVERSO.COM/AP […]

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U.S to spend $1.5 million in Mexico, Central America for wildlife preservation

dailycaller.com reported the U.S. will spend around $1.5 million on wildlife preservation in Mexico and Central America next year as part of the Wildlife Without Borders program. The two grants will fund wildlife conservation efforts that look at the whole region, not just a single country. The “existing protected areas within Central America alone are […]

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Mexico: Efforts to advise U.S. attorneys to keep Mexican nationals off death row

The Mexican government bankrolls a program to advise American attorneys on keeping Mexican nationals convicted of capital crimes off death row. ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK dailycaller.com reported the Marshall Project reports that the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program, created by Mexican officials in 2000, furnishes lawyers defending Mexican nationals in the U.S. […]

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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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Number of Africans, surge in Latin America trying to get to the U.S.

The number of Africans fleeing to the region en route to the United States has been increasing. telesurtv.net reported an increasing number of African refugees fleeing violence are travelling through various parts of Latin America to eventually reach U.S. with the hopes of building a new life. However, they are facing roadbloacks, complications and corruption […]

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Sunni Extremists entering U.S with help from alien smugglers in South America

ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK freebeacon.com/ Bill Gertz reported Sunni extremists are infiltrating the United States with the help of alien smugglers in South America and are crossing U.S. borders with ease, according to a U.S. South Command intelligence report. The Command’s J-2 intelligence directorate reported recently in internal channels that “special interest […]

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Mexico giving unvetted Africans pass to get to U.S. Border

breitbart.com reported hundreds of African asylum seekers have flooded Mexican border cities with the U.S. in an effort to get to California and Texas to obtain U.S. asylum — many of the unvetted migrants are from the terror hotbed of Somalia. Rather than having to hide along the way, the African migrants have been getting […]

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Mexico: Finance Minister Steps down after Trump’s visit

Mexican finance minister steps down in wake of Donald Trump’s visit THEGUARDIAN.COM reported Luis Videgaray was widely reported to have been a leading proponent of Trump’s trip, which was seen as something of a disaster for the Mexican president. President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico is replacing his finance minister, Luis Videgaray, as the country […]

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Mexico: Authorities discover unfinished tunnel going into Arizona

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK dossierpolitico.com reported México.- Federal Police agents discovered a tunnel in Sonora just over 31 meters in length crossing the border into Arizona, United States, the National Security (CNS) reported. The agency stressed that the action was achieved as part of the strategy of cooperation in crime prevention, in […]

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Surge of African immigrants arrive Mexico, seeking transit to U.S. for asylum

NYTIMES.COM reported Mexican immigration authorities say 424 migrants from African countries arrived at the southern state of Chiapas over two days last week. The National Immigration Institute said Tuesday that it has issued them 20-day transit visas that will allow the migrants to reach the U.S.-Mexico border, where they plan to request asylum. Officials call […]

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Woman from Ecuador falls to her death at Yellowstone National Park

abc.com/AP reported an Ecuadorian woman has fallen to her death at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park. Twenty-one-year-old Estefania Liset Mosquera Alcivar was a park concession worker from Quito, Ecuador. She fell into the canyon at Grandview Point around 3:15 a.m. Friday. Park officials say she fell while socializing with a small […]

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So far in 2016, 26,000 unaccompanied children apprehended at US-Mexican border

Central American child refugees continue to pour into the US csmonitor.com reported in the first six months of 2016, UNICEF said almost 26,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the US-Mexican border. Thousands of unaccompanied children continue to migrate from dangerous parts of Central America to the US southern border, according to a United Nations report […]

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A piece of Ecuador Culture exported to Harlem New York, ECUAVOLEY

wsj.com/Paolo Uggetti reported Ecuador didn’t send a volleyball team to the Summer Olympics in Rio this year. Nor did it send a beach volleyball team. As a country, Ecuador ranks 117th and 137th, respectively, in the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball rankings of the sport. It isn’t really a volleyball playing nation. But this is ecuavoley, […]

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Argentina: Declassified files show Kissinger jeopardized efforts to stop mass killings

theguardian.com reported newly declassified files show the former secretary of state jeopardized efforts to crackdown on bloodshed by Argentina’s 1976-83 military dictatorship Former secretary of state Henry Kissinger jeopardized US efforts to stop mass killings by Argentina’s 1976-83 military dictatorship by congratulating the country’s military leaders for “wiping out” terrorism, according to a large trove […]

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Little known involvement of the U.S. in Ecuador after border war with Peru

undallas.edu reported the documents she discovered, technical mission reports from the U.S. Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (OCIAA), shed light on the United States’ involvement in the rebuilding of El Oro, Ecuador, after a 1941 border war with Peru destroyed the province’s infrastructure…. Rankin, associate professor in the School of Arts and Humanities, […]

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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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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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Report: ISIS operating in Mexcio

thegatewaypundit.com/ Jim Hoft reported: Earlier this year a top ranking Homeland Security official acknowledged that Mexican drug cartels were helping ISIS sneak across the southern border to scope out targets for terrorist attacks. ISIS operative Shaykh Mahmood Omar Khabir has reportedly been training militants near the US border near Ciudad Juarez for the past year. […]

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Communist Propaganda In Ecuador in 1942, letter from J. Edgar Hoover

Communistic propaganda in Ecuador (May 18, 1942, pdf, 1MB) Forwards sample of Fourth International propaganda allegedly circulated in Ecuador by either by German or Spanish Legation. Source: Letter from J. Edgar Hoover to Adolf A. Berle, Jr., “Communistic propaganda in Ecuador,” Washington, D.C., May 18, 1942, Despatch no. CC-285, Record Group 59, 822.00B/61, NARA. Read, […]

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Latin America still risky for FCPA violations

insidecounsel.com reported as the world’s attention turns to the South American nation of Brazil this summer as it hosts the Olympics, those who follow the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) have long been watching the region. Spanish Vocabulary Intermediate/Advanced Level: A Guide To Enrich Your Spanish Vocabulary Even the Olympics themselves — […]

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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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Pakistan national arrested along U.S./Mexico border, held Ecuador passport

longroom.com/infowars.com reported customs and Border Protection agents arrested an illegal immigrant from Pakistan along the Texas border with Mexico, the agency recently revealed.On May 8, CBP picked up Javaid Muhammad who allegedly admitted to illegally crossing into the US, according to court records filed in McAllen, Texas. Muhammad had told the FBI he had never […]

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U.S. Officials predict that President Maduro not likely to complete his term

reuters.com/Matt Spetalnick roported the United States is increasingly concerned about the potential for an economic and political meltdown in Venezuela, spurred by fears of a debt default, growing street protests and deterioration of its oil sector, U.S. intelligence officials said on Friday. In a bleak assessment of Venezuela’s worsening crisis, the senior officials expressed doubt […]

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Ecuador’s Rafael Correa denounces U.S. media on bashing govts of Venezuela, Brazil

Telesurtv.net reported Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa denounced U.S. media bashing on the progressive governments of Venezuela and Brazil, Tuesday. In New York on a tour to promote tourism in Ecuador, Correa set the narrative straight on several attacks against left-wing South American governments. While the media has painted the Venezuelan National Assembly in a largely […]

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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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Emotional Moments when Cuban Migrants Reach Shore of Florida Keys, U.S. (Video)

A video posted on YouTube shows the moment when the rustic boat with 21 Cuban migrants reached shore. A group of Cuban boat people filmed their arrival at the coast of Florida last Friday, April 1, and published Monday recording on YouTube. Published by user Raydel Moreno, the video shows the moment when the rustic […]

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Ecuador: Students from University of Florida to establish spay and neuter program

UF students will help veterinary students in Ecuador start a program to help animals this summer. alligator.org reported Students in the College of Veterinary Medicine started volunteering in Ecuador in the 1990s through the veterinary division of UF’s Project HEAL (Health, Education, and Learning), which provides free animal care to residents of impoverished areas. This […]

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U.S. State Department reports Ecuador “major transit country” for drug trafficking

ECUADOR REJECTS FINDINGS Insightcrime.org/Lucia Bird reported Ecuadorian authorities have lashed out against the recently published US State Department’s drug report, suggesting its findings were politically motivated and baseless. The State Department’s 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report — which is part of annual compendium of drug trafficking trends around the world — noted the continuing […]

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Nobel Prize winner says US President Barack Obama should skip trip to Argentina

rt.com reported a former Argentine Nobel Prize winner says US President Barack Obama should skip or at least delay his intended visit to the country on March 24 because it coincides with the 40th anniversary of a coup that installed a Washington-backed military government. Adolfo Perez Esquivel says he is happy that the US president […]

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2700 cubans headed to U.S. through Mexico from Costa Rica since January 2016

EFE/nacion.com reported two more groups of Cubans arrived on Friday to Mexico from Costa Rica, bringing the number of migrants who have used this route since January, to reach the United States now exceeds 2,700 people. In Costa Rica, they would be about 2,200 of the nearly 8,000 that accumulated at the end of last […]

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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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Engineer sues company for sacking, after request made not to return to Mexico for safety reasons

ENGINEER ALLEGES BEING HELD BY LOS ZETAS AT GUNPOINT, FIRED AFTER REQUESTING HE NOT TRAVEL TO MEXICO GUIDETRAVEL.BIZ REPORTED a Chicago engineer is suing his former employer for allegedly firing him after he had a bad run-in with Los Zetas. A Chicago-based engineer claims his employers showed him the door after he plead with his […]

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Lima Peru: U. S. Citizen detained in kidnapping of daughter in custody dispute

Father of kidnapped girl: My daughter should return to the US, have custody Dustin William Kent, father of the child, justifies removal of small Adrianna from Peru and ensures that her daughter is American and was born in California. Dustin US citizen William Kent, father of the child who was kidnapped in San Borja , […]

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First Case of Zika contracted in U.S. sexually transmitted

First case of Zika virus contracted in US mainland, confirmed in Texas, is only second documented example of virus being passed through sexual contact theguardian.com reported officials in Texas have reported the first case of Zika contracted in the US mainland, and said that the virus was sexually transmitted. If confirmed, the case would be […]

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Mexico, U.S. Border: Increase in prices by human smugglers

npr.org It has gotten harder for undocumented migrants to sneak into the U.S. from Latin America. That has led to a rise in the price charged by human smugglers.

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U.S. Eases Trade, Travel Restrictions to Cuba

Rueters.com reported the United States on Tuesday announced changes to its sanctions on Cuba, lifting export payment and financing restrictions and facilitating airline travel in Washington’s latest move to ease the U.S. embargo on the Communist-ruled island. The amendments, which take effect on Wednesday, “will remove restrictions on payment and financing terms for authorized exports […]

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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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U.S. to expand refugee program for thousands fleeing violence in Central America

US to expand refugee admissions for Central Americans fleeing violence Theguardian.com reported John Kerry announces new effort to offer migrants ‘safe and legal alternative to dangerous journey’ in which they face threat of human smugglers. The US is to expand its refugee programme to help thousands of people fleeing violence in Central America avoid a […]

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Surge of Drugs from Mexico into U.S. across border

krgv.com reported one of Brownsville’s southmost property owners said he is fed up with all the drugs crossing on his land. Rusty Monsees said he is seeing an increase in activity from the river. He’s also getting more phone calls about the activity. Monsees has become the liaison between authorities and his neighbors. “The amount […]

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U.S. Federal Govt. opening shelters for Unaccompanied Minors from Latin America

npr.org / Several centers for migrant children have opened in Texas. Authorities expect more children and families escaping violence from Central America to make their way north to the U.S. this coming year. There are reports of a roundup that might be coming. Immigration agents could, as soon as next month, be rounding up mothers […]

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Surge of Minors into U.S. from Mexico on Texas Border, National Guard still deployed

theguardian.com reported Republican Texas governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday extended the deployment of National Guard troops at the Mexico border due to a spike in the number of unaccompanied minors entering the country. The order comes in the wake of US Border Patrol figures that show more than 10,000 unaccompanied children crossed into the US […]

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U.S. Border Patrol Agent detained transporting 110 lbs of cocaine in rental vehicle

copblock.org reported a criminal complaint filed in federal court shows Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers stopped agent Juan Pimentel, 47, on Nov. 18 near Marana, just north of Tucson. The complaint says Pimentel was driving a rental car and identified himself as a Border Patrol agent when he was pulled over. He consented to […]

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Two U.S. citizens indicted for smuggling sea turtle eggs from Mexico to U.S.

TURTLE EGGS WERE OBTAINED IN Nayarit, Mexico, Tried to enter U.S. via San Diego reuters.com reported a Southern California couple has been indicted in San Diego federal court on charges of smuggling sea turtle eggs into the United States from Mexico, officials said on Wednesday, a first for prosecutors in the border region. Jose Jimenez, […]

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U.S. to begin test of facial and eye scans of foreigners entering from Mexico on border

sbsun.com reported nearly half of the people living in the U.S. illegally are believed to have entered the country legally and stayed on expired visas. To combat the problem, the federal government on Thursday is launching one of its most ambitious efforts to track them. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin capturing facial and […]

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Sex Trafficking Network Dismantled between Mexico and New York City

Security Agencies Mexico and EU dismantles women trafficking network operating from Tlaxcala; arrested eight people. The Attorney General’s Office broke up an international network of sexual exploitation, composed of 9 people operating in different states and New York City in the United States. The agency reported that the Attorney General of the Republic, Arely Gómez […]

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U.S.: 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children illegally cross border in Oct.

theguardian.com reported nearly 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were caught illegally crossing the US border with Mexico in October, almost double the number from October 2014, according to US Customs and Border Protection data. Also, in the figures released Tuesday, the number of family members crossing together nearly tripled from October 2014 – from 2,162 to […]

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Cubans use easy entrance to Ecuador in route to the U.S.

QUITO, Ecuador— For many Cubans, the road to “freedom” starts high in the Andes mountains, 1,600 miles south of their island. Ecuador is one of just two countries on the American mainland that doesn’t ask Cubans for a visa upon arrival. And there are regular flights connecting Quito to Havana, which makes it about the […]

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Investigation Reveals: Priests Accused of Sex Abuse allowed to relocate to Parishes in South America

kgw.com/Global Post/Will Carless reported the Catholic Church has allowed priests accused of sexually abusing children in the United States and Europe to relocate to poor parishes in South America, a yearlong GlobalPost investigation has found. Reporters confronted five accused priests in as many countries: Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Peru. One priest who relocated to […]

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Families recall Ecuadorians lost in 9-11 attack on World Trade Center

Newsamerica.org reported….When Henry Fernández was young, his father went to Spain with the promise to return soon to Ecuador to give his family a better life. But he never returned. That experience had such a profound impact on him that as soon as he turned 16, he decided to leave his hometown of Biblián to […]

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U.S. expresses concern over increasing restrictions on freedom of expression in Ecuador

abcnews.go.com reported the U.S. State Department is expressing concern about what it calls increasing restrictions on freedom of expression and association in Ecuador. The statement also called on Correa’s government to uphold its international commitments to respect free expression and association as fundamental democratic rights. Correa issued a decree last month related to renewed activity […]

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Peru: Protesters protest planned arrival of 3,000 plus U.S. military personnel

sputnkiknews.com reported Peruvians marched in the capital city Lima to protest the planned arrival of more than 3,000 US military personnel and the continued US military intervention in the South American country, local media reported on Thursday. The march began from the Plaza San Martin in central Lima and moved to the US embassy. Demonstrators […]

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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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Hillary Clinton, State Department, and Chevron litigation with Ecuador: A timeline

courthousenews.com/ ADAM KLASFELD …This interactive feature from Courthouse News presents a timeline on how Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of the U.S. State Department coincided with diplomatic golden years for Chevron in decades-long litigation over oil pollution in Ecuador. January 1, 2009 Madam Secretary Six years into the Lago Agrio litigation, Chevron hits its peak […]

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Man wanted for murder in Texas, detained in Venezuela, extradited back to U.S.

officer.com reported a Houston man on the run for more than seven years has been taken into custody for the alleged murder of his pregnant girlfriend whose body was found in a shallow grave in Walker County in 2008. Neriah Louis Roberts was booked into the Walker County Jail on a charge of first-degree murder […]

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According to Report Ecuador behind some protests against Chevron in U.S.

HOTAIR.COM/Jazz Shaw wrote as you may recall, over the course of Ecuador’s attempted Chevron Shakedown, there have been sporadic protests in the streets wherever and whenever court actions were taking place. This included the hearings at the International Arbitration Tribunal, where people who were ostensibly environmental activists and “Friends of the Rain Forests” showed up […]

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Ecuador bans imports of poultry products from U.S., fear of bird flu

thepoultrysite.com reported Ecuador bans imports of all poultry products from the United States, reports the USDA. On 16 April 2015, Agrocalidad – Ecuador’s sanitary authority – suspended imports of US-origin live fowl, poultry meat and poultry products and eggs/egg products in response to APHIS reports of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the States of […]

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Ecuador: Blackberries, Raspberries may be headed to U.S. market

thepacker.com reported Fresh blackberries and raspberries from Ecuador will be given access to the U.S. market under a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA said it will consider comments on the proposal until June 23. Potential imports of blackberries raspberries from Ecuador aren’t expected to be heavy, according to the USDA. […]

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ISIS reportedly operating in Mexico near U.S. border

inquisitr.com reported the Islamic State (ISIS) reportedly is operating in northern Mexico, just minutes from the U.S. border and a few miles from El Paso, Texas. If this latest report from Judicial Watch is accurate, ISIS is working alongside drug cartels and human traffickers to penetrate the U.S. homeland from a dangerous, gang-controlled staging area […]

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Ecuador: President calls Obama’s actions contradictory

telesurtv.net reported, continuing tough legislation against Venezuela while normalizing relations with Cuba makes no sense, Rafael Correa said. The contradictory actions by U.S. President Barack Obama in Latin America are incoherent, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa told teleSUR, in an exclusive interview. In the wake of the Summit of the Americas that took place Friday and […]

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U.S. Deports Former El Salvador Defense Minister, accused of murder, torture

(Reuters) Reported, the United States on Wednesday deported Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, El Salvador’s former defense minister, accused of involvement in torture and killings 30 years ago during the Central American country’s bloody civil war, U.S. officials said. Vides Casanova was defense minister from 1983-89, a brutal period during the conflict between leftist rebels and […]

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Opposition in Ecuador asks U.S. for sanctions against the country

telesurtv.net reported President Correa said he considered calls for sanctions against Ecuador to be an affront to the country’s sovereignty and dignity. An opposition supporter who recently emerged after a year in hiding as a fugitive from justice told a private media station Friday that he intended to go to Washington in order to have […]

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Ecuador: President Correa asserts U.S. trying to destablilize the government

newsmax.com reported Ecuador’s leftist President Rafael Correa on Saturday accused the United States of trying to destabilize his government, by infiltrating it with spies. The 51-year-old economist trained in the US has faced opposition protests as he seeks constitutional changes that would allow him to seek re-election next year to another four-year term. “There has […]

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Ecuador: New declassified CIA documents reveal former president may have been murdered

telesurtv.net reported newly revealed documents show that the Ecuadorean military was part of Operation Condor. After reviewing declassified CIA documents, the Ecuador’s Attorney General Galo Chiriboga revealed Wednesday that former Ecuadorean President Jaime Roldos could have been murdered, a theory that has surrounded the 34-year old case. President Roldos was the first democratically elected president […]

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Ecuador: Wikileaks cables demonstrates how U.S. tried to control politics, economics

greenleft.org reported Ecuador’s pro-US neoliberal president Lucio Gutierrez was ousted in 2005. Since then, 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 in 2006, has broken from the neoliberal doctrines Washington has imposed on Latin America. It has […]

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Argentina agrees U.S. citizen can be extradited for murder charges

theguardian.com reported Argentina’s supreme court has ruled that an American who took refuge and started a new life in the South American country can be extradited to face charges that he killed his wife more than a decade ago, a court spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday. Kurt Sonnenfeld moved to Argentina in 2003, after prosecutors in […]

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U.S. investment company sues Ecuador over default of bonds in 2008

forbes.com/Nathan Vardi reported… GMO Trust, the Boston investment company co-founded by prominent investor Jeremy Grantham, has sued the Republic of Ecuador in Manhattan’s federal court over the default of Ecuador’s foreign bonds in 2008, setting the stage for a second big U.S. court fight between a large U.S. financial firm and a sovereign South American […]

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U.S. State Dept Under Clinton Lifted Ban on wealthy Ecuadorian woman

newsmax.com/N.Y. TimesThe State Department, while still under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, lifted a ban against a wealthy Ecuadorian woman after her family donated thousands of dollars to Democrat candidates, federal records show, so she could come to the United States and work for a company that raised money for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign. […]

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