Interamerican Watch Newsletter – Issue 107

Interamerican Watch Newsletter

Inter-American Watch

Tuesday 8/2/2022

Analysis

 

Last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., offered remarks during the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations nominations hearing for U.S. Ambassadorships in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rubio said the following….In Suriname, you have a president who is struggling to manage more than $1,000,000,000 in Chinese debt that his predecessor took on…In Trinidad and Tobago, the prime minister, unfortunately, continues to be a supporter of the Maduro regime and signing agreements to join the Belt and Road Initiative of the Communist Party…Nicaragua is a horrific disaster. I think it’s the second poorest country in the hemisphere.…Read more >>
Source: floridadaily.com

In January, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov threatened that Russia could send military assets to Cuba and Venezuela if talks with the West to avoid a war in Ukraine failed. Although Russia’s broader military threat may not be credible, it is a real, albeit limited, strategic threat to the Western Hemisphere. The strategic threat is not only the presence of Russia. Russia is sustaining a triangle of authoritarian regimes while dismantling democracies and promoting militarized authoritarianism. The support of the governments of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela to Russia during its invasion of Ukraine contributes to instability in Latin America. Russia has harnessed a coalition of anti-US regimes in the Western Hemisphere along with an informal alliance containing Iran, the Bolivarian Alliance (ALBA), and China.…Read more >>
Source: israelnoticias.com

Infobae accessed the “Top Secret” dossier of Israeli intelligence that describes how the attack on the diplomatic headquarters was organized and executed, causing 22 deaths and more than 200 injuries…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

Drug cartels in Latin America are now making more money from synthetic drugs like fentanyl than the illicit substances the continent is best known for, like cocaine and marijuana. …Read more >>
Source: dw.com

Argentina

 

With the presence of the ambassador of the Cuban regime in Argentina, Pedro Pablo Prada, the book “Neoliberalism and Resistance in Latin America” ​​was presented at the Patria Institute, a compilation of texts written by Sebastián Pasquariello and Juan Facundo Muciaccia.…Read more >>
Source: memo.com.ar

A few days ago, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner edited behind the scenes a theatrical video attacking the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, while still not explaining the facts that are imputed to her as head of an illicit association set up to defraud the State, the Argentine people , in billions…The evidence accumulated in several of the cases is overwhelming and the ban he alleges in the video to victimize himself, in any case, is self-imposed by the leaders he cites and who are corrupted in power, like Lula da Silva and Rafael Correa. Daniel Ortega and Nicolás Maduro were not his examples because in their countries the independent judges are imprisoned or in exile.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

According to the Mossad report, it is Muhammad Nur Al-Din Nuer Al-Din, a 24-year-old Lebanese who was recruited in the Triple Frontier. He drove the van from a parking lot to the Embassy gate…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

Colombia

 

Since the days of Pablo Escobar, back in the 1980s, the size of the cocaine business in Colombia has never been as large as it apparently is now. The information from the United Nations (UNODC) is worrying: in five years Colombia went from a potential production of 290 metric tons (mt) of pure cocaine hydrochloride to 1,200 mt……Read more >>
Source: elcolombiano.com

But beyond the triumphalism of the Colombian and regional left, there are alerts that may concern Ecuador. They are also recipes that were already applied in the country with the arrival, in 2007, of Correismo. Petro has promised to transform the Colombian Armed Forces, which are among the most powerful on the continent and have the highest credibility… The person in charge of executing the plan is Iván Velázquez, the defense minister appointed by Petro. His political past, being an anti-Uribe supporter and his questionable tenure at the Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), creates mistrust. For some analysts, his presence and the plan means dismantling one of the Armed Forces.…Read more >>
Source: lahora.com.ec

Cuba

 

Cuban journalist and activist Lázaro Yuri Valle Roca – detained since June 2021 – was sentenced to 5 years in prison for the crimes of “continuous enemy propaganda” for calling for free elections.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

Protests against the Cuban dictatorship continue to increase on the island, despite the repression of the forces of the Castro regime. In July there were 263 demonstrations, two of them massive, where people took to the streets to demand better living conditions, in a country that is going through a serious food, health, energy and inflation crisis. In the first half of the year alone, more than 1,700 protests were recorded.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

The Cuban regime knows that it has lost control of social networks. For this reason, it resorts to old practices to try to recover ground: it fines, harasses and persecutes critical tweeters who reside on the Island and mounts smear campaigns against those who do so from abroad.…Read more >>
Source: diariodecuba.com

Ecuador

 

Since 2021 there have been 7 massacres in prisons in various cities such as Guayaquil, Latacunga and Cuenca, which left more than 350 dead… Overcrowding, lack of state control and the power acquired by criminal groups are the factors that explain the violence in the prisons of Ecuador, where more than 350 murders have occurred in the last two years, according to the international organization Human Rights Watch (HRW).…Read more >>
Source: eluniverso.com

Spain

Pablo Iglesias wants to return next year to the platforms that saw him born professionally and politically: those of the Complutense University of Madrid. The former leader of United We Can has announced that he has finished his research at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and that he has applied for two places in the Faculties of Politics and Information Sciences. “Hopefully I’m lucky. I would love to teach again at the Complu”, he assured on his Twitter account…The two university degrees he is opting for are not by chance: Politics and Information Sciences, ideal for indoctrinating hundreds of people who later they could be part of both the political and journalistic elite. His sinister, from the left, plan is clear: train students, most of them young, in his radical political and social thoughts.…Read more >>
Source: periodistadigital.com

Guatemala

 

Guatemalan journalists protested this Saturday against the arrest of José Rubén Zamora, president of the newspaper El Periódico, critical of the ruling Alejandro Giammattei and Attorney General Consuelo Porras, sanctioned by the United States.…Read more >>
Source: swissinfo.ch

Zamora, who founded the newspaper in 1996 and from whose pages he has denounced corruption in the public administration and links to drug trafficking, declared a hunger strike this Saturday in protest at his capture and imprisonment.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

Interamerican Institute for Democracy

 

When 21st century socialism or Castrochavism takes power, it seeks to impose its dictatorial system as it did in Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador under Correa, but when it comes up against democratic institutions that prevent changes to the system, it must hand over the government and the dictatorial desire is defeated as in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay. The difference between the continuity of democracy or its supplanting by dictatorship, in addition to respect for the elements of democracy, lies in the “free press” that is essential to avoid and end organized crime dictatorships.…Read more >>
Source: intdemocratic.org

In these days adjacent to July 26, the work of Fidel Castro, it is appropriate to reflect on the individual who profoundly influenced a large sector of the Cuban people, to the extreme, who destroyed the Republic and has put the nation at risk.…Read more >>
Source: intdemocratic.org

Nicaragua

 

The dictator Daniel Ortega has raised the level of tensions in his diplomatic relations with the United States, after rejecting the entry of what would be the new US ambassador to Nicaragua, Hugo Rodríguez, a decision that analysts point out will have a response. The regime argues that Rodríguez issued “disrespectful and interfering” statements…Read more >>
Source: gaceta.es

Opinion

 

By Luis Almagro. More than six years ago we denounced at the OAS that Venezuela was suffering from a humanitarian crisis, we denounced systematic violations of human rights and crimes against humanity, the beginning of an incipient migration crisis, extrajudicial executions, torture, political prisoners, arbitrary disqualification of candidates. We were accused of liars, of radicals, of serving spurious interests, of acting against the union of the Latin American peoples, and a long etcetera.…Read more >>
Source: elnacional.com

For a half-century, the West has been trying to bring China into the coalition of the civilized. Beijing has responded by beefing up its military, murdering students in Tiananmen Square in 1989, and, more recently, snuffing out liberty in Hong Kong. Now it is rattling sabers at Taiwan. Closer to the U.S., Chinese expansionism is equally troubling. The Middle Kingdom now has a strong presence in the Western Hemisphere, where it actively supports antidemocratic regimes while posing as a benevolent sugar daddy.…Read more >>
Source: wsj.com

Peru

 

Relatives by affinity in the second degree of public officials, such as brothers-in-law, are prohibited from contracting with the State. Yenifer, Walter and David Paredes Navarro, brothers of the first lady Lilia Paredes Navarro, wife of President Pedro Castillo, cannot contract with public entities. The Special Team of Prosecutors against the Corruption of Power does not rule out that the brothers-in-law of the head of state, to circumvent the legal impediment, have resorted to other companies to participate in tenders.…Read more >>
Source: larepublica.pe

Regional Security

 

Venezuela would be getting ready for military exercises that would begin this month with the presence of China, Iran and Russia. Some moves that add to Tehran’s cooperation with Nicolás Maduro: his troops exhibited Iranian drones for the first time.…Read more >>
Source: elespectador.com