Interamerican Watch Newsletter – Issue 104

Interamerican Watch Newsletter

Inter-American Watch

Thursday 21/07/2022

Analysis

 

In February, a jet carrying Iran’s minister of the interior, Ahmad Vahidi, landed at Pakistan’s Nur Khan air base and he was not arrested. He should have been. Vahidi, and four other senior Iranians, are wanted by INTERPOL for “aggravated murder and damages,” for their role in the July 18, 1994, bombing of the Argentine-Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA in Spanish) center in Buenos Aires.…Read more >>
Source: newsweek.com

Argentina

 

Today, the Argentine government finally appointed its ambassador to the regime of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. This is Oscar Laborde, akin to Chavismo, of communist origin, now a Peronist who has been accompanying Alberto Fernández to meetings with the leaders with whom they share ideological discourse.…Read more >>
Source: memo.com.ar

A survey by Synopsis Consultores reveals that seven out of ten people would vote for an opposition president in 2023. It also indicates that a new term for Cristina Kirchner would be “the worst” for the future of the country and that Horacio Rodríguez Larreta is the one with the greatest number of sympathies collected among those consulted.…Read more >>
Source: cronista.com

Bolivia

 

On his tour of Argentina, Morales recalled that former ministers warned that the transnationals were going to sue the state. However, he indicated that he ordered the nationalizations and sent letters to indicate that Bolivia was going to withdraw from ICSID.…Read more >>
Source: paginasiete.bo

Bolivia has faced several legal disputes due to the nationalizations that have been carried out since 2006 and that have cost the country more than 714 million dollars in favor of some twelve foreign firms affected by that policy promoted by then President Evo Morales.…Read more >>
Source: swissinfo.ch

Chile

 

President Gabriel Boric announced this Friday that his government will promote a new constituent process if the citizens reject the proposal for the new Constitution in the plebiscite on September 4.…Read more >>
Source: elpais.com

Ecuador

 

A confidential document from the Electric Corporation of Ecuador (CELEC EP) to which Infobae had access reveals that since 2012 the Chinese company Sinohydro, in charge of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric project in Ecuador, hid that the turbine distributors of the powerhouse of Central had about 8,000 cracks.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

Honduras

 

The government headed by Xiomara Castro de Zelaya rejected this Wednesday, July 20, the Engel List of corrupt figures drawn up by the United States Department of State, which included three current public officials..…Read more >>
Source: radiohrn.hn

The Cuban government agreed to send doctors to Honduras as part of the cooperation agreements on social assistance, education, health and air transport services signed by both nations this weekend.…Read more >>
Source: cibercuba.com

Interamerican Institute for Democracy

 

To present State terrorism as revolution, human rights violations as popular defense, the oppressed as subversives, political prisoners and those tortured as criminals, exiles as fugitives, the main transnational organized crime organization as XXI century socialism, the crimes from corruption to drug trafficking as political actions and conspiracy as the liberation of the peoples, are only part of the “counterfeit narrative” that the Cuban dictatorship has created and maintains with its dictatorships in Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua and the governments of Argentina and Mexico. These and other great lies are the support of dictatorships and in order to defeat them, it is urgent to promote and exercise the “narrative of truth”.…Read more >>
Source: intdemocratic.org

From the end of the 1980s, Latin America began a period that has already lasted thirty years of modifications to constitutional texts. In the process, the texts of Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela have changed. On each occasion, the rationale for the changes was the need to accommodate emerging groups and strip civil society of the anti-democratic straitjacket that impeded development. Thirty years later, the region is full of constitutional texts that have increased the power of the state, restricted the freedoms of civil society and offered a set of panaceas that public budgets are unable to provide.…Read more >>
Source: intdemocratic.org

Regional leaders were part this Thursday of the Constituent Process forum in Chile, organized by the Interamerican Institute for Democracy, in Miami, USA. During the event, the guests contributed their views on the proposal for a new Magna Carta in the plebiscite on September 4 in the Andean country.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

Latin America

 

After five years, the confession of the payment of bribes by the construction company Norberto Odebrecht to public officials and politicians in exchange for contracts has turned out to be a half-truth. That is the main conclusion of an analysis by journalists from nine countries, including Diario EL UNIVERSO, who examined what happened with the most emblematic case of corruption that has shaken Latin America.…Read more >>
Source: eluniverso.com

Nicaragua

 

Nicaragua has closed more than 770 NGOs since last June through a law that “undermines freedom of association and expression,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday.…Read more >>
Source: evtv.online

Opinion

 

“In Cuba there is the best democracy. What dictatorship?”, declared Evo Morales without reservations. There are two options: either Evo does not know (or does not want to know) what democracy is, or he does not know (or does not recognize) what has been happening in Cuba for more than 60 years. Let’s start with this last point. …Read more >>
Source: perfil.com

The most recent statements by Pope Francis on Cuba were very unfortunate for a world religious leader who should be concerned about human rights and in solidarity with the victims of oppression. No wonder Cuba’s dictatorship celebrated his words as a great propaganda victory.…Read more >>
Source: es-us.vida-estilo.yahoo.com

Peru

 

In the almost year of mandate that the president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, has been in office… The collection of clumsiness and indications of criminal conduct —or bordering on illegality— has served for everyone, even those who for a long time have wanted to cover up eyes, let’s have a clear idea, nothing mythical, of what happens in the Executive headquarters.…Read more >>
Source: washingtonpost.com

Regional Security

 

July 18 marks the twenty-eighth anniversary of the AMIA bombing, which killed eighty-five people and injured over 300 in a terrorist attack targeting Argentina and its Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994. As evidence uncovered by Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who died under suspicious circumstances, and the Red Notice warrants issued by the INTERPOL in 2007 demonstrate, the Islamic Republic of Iran and its surrogate Hezbollah were responsible for this suicide attack. The AMIA bombing, the deadliest terror attack in Argentinian history, remains a grim reminder of not only the threat posed by the Iranian regime—the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism—to Jewish communities globally, but also the impunity Tehran’s operatives , proxies, and accomplices continue to enjoy in Latin America and beyond.…Read more >>
Source: nationalinterest.org

Despite the strong condemnation and international isolation following the brutal invasion of Ukraine, the Russian regime maintains the support of its historical Latin American partners. The dictatorships of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua not only did not join the massive rejection of the attacks by Vladimir Putin’s troops against the Ukrainian civilian population, but also publicly support the Kremlin in its military incursion. This strong support responds to the great influence that Moscow has achieved in Latin America for decades.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

United States

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Emily Mendrala, would have close ties with the pro-Castro organization Puentes de Amor, which promotes the lifting of sanctions on the Cuban dictatorship…Read more >>
Source: americateve.com