Interamerican Watch Newsletter – Issue 41

Interamerican Watch Newsletter

Inter-American Watch

Friday January 7th, 2022

 

The Americas

U.S. adversaries are becoming South American conquistadores

“Through networks of shell companies, courier systems and friendly relationships with adversarial nations like Venezuela and Nicaragua, Hezbollah is carrying out the money-laundering operation for a significant portion of the region’s illicit trade in drugs, weapons and human trafficking.
Washington Times: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/jan/4/us-adversaries-are-becoming-south-american-conquis/

Chile’s new president, Gabriel Boric: a victory for Iran?

What does this new government mean for Iran? Boric’s election represents an opportunity to elevate Iran’s presence and influence and protect its assets in this remote corner of Latin America, at a time when a rising tide of left-wing populism is once again seizing power across the region.
Infobae, in Spanish: https://www.infobae.com/america/opinion/2022/01/03/gabriel-boric-nuevo-presidente-de-chile-victoria-para-iran/

Mexico ablaze as Jalisco Cartel seeks criminal hegemony

Drone attacks in Michoacán, bodies hanging from bridges in Zacatecas, attacks with remotely detonated explosives in Guanajuato, massacres in Jalisco and Tamaulipas, remains scattered across streets in Baja California. These are some of the scenes seen in the last year blamed on the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).
Insight Crime: https://insightcrime.org/news/jalisco-cartel-sets-mexico-fire-seeks-criminal-hegemony/

Costa Rica’s cannabis policy points to a profitable future

The Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica approved legalization of medical cannabis in October 2021. Conservatives, including President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, opposed the legislation, fearing it would open the door to recreational legalization. Nevertheless, Alvarado signed the bill in November, establishing a foundation for economic opportunity.
MG Magazine: https://mgretailer.com/business/legal-politics/costa-ricas-cannabis-policy-points-to-a-profitable-future/

Peru

Peru is winning over miners with soft hand on conflicts, PM says

Mining companies in Peru are starting to get on board with a new soft-handed approach to resolving social conflicts that threaten some of the world’s biggest copper, zinc and silver operations, according to a top government official.
Mining Weekly: https://www.miningweekly.com/article/peru-is-winning-over-miners-with-soft-hand-on-conflicts-pm-says-2022-01-06/rep_id:3650

Castillo’s government “is responsible for the increase in terrorism in Peru”, says former minister if the Interior

Former Vice Minister of the Interior, Dardo López-Dolz, said Pedro Castillo government is the main responsible for the increase in terrorism, drug trafficking and crime in the country, which has led the United States Department of State to classify Peru as a destination in which its citizens “must reconsider their trip.”
Expreso, in Spanish: https://www.expreso.com.pe/politica/dardo-lopez-dolz-gobierno-es-responsable-de-incremento-de-terrorismo/

Ecuador

Historic drug seizure highlights the rise in drug trafficking in Ecuador

Ecuador reached a historic drug seizure with more than 210 tons seized, reported on Tuesday the general commander of the Police, Tannya Varela, who admitted that the levels of violence in the country are linked to drug trafficking.
Voice of America, in Spanish: https://www.vozdeamerica.com/a/decomiso-historico-droga-devela-aumento-narcotrafico/6384206.html

Government will consult more than 600 organizations to formulate anti-corruption policies

The Ecuadorian government plans to consult representatives of 500 civil society organizations and 140 public institutions on public policy to fight corruption. Among the organizations in civil society will be the media, the academia, unions, workers and businessmen, and political parties.
El Universo, in Spanish: https://www.eluniverso.com/noticias/politica/consulta-gobierno-politica-anticorrupcion-llegara-500-organizaciones-sociedad-civil-140-publicas-nota/

The Sucre reserves were used to illegally finance Venezuela and PDVSA

Central Bank reports reveal that the Sucre Reserve Fund, created with contributions from the Alba countries, was used for investments only in Venezuela. Furthermore, the only beneficiary company of a loan is Venezuelan. At least since 2018 there has been concern in the Central Bank of Ecuador (BCE) about the opaque situation of money entangled in the Sucre unitary compensation system.
Primicias, in Spanish: https://www.primicias.ec/noticias/en-exclusiva/reservas-sucre-comprar-bonos-pdvsa-venezuela/

Argentina

Argentina bonds fall on split between government and IMF

Argentina’s sovereign bonds fell on Thursday after its economy minister said it would be difficult to reach agreement with the International Monetary Fund on refinancing the nation’s $45 billion debt due to differences over its deficit.
Reuters/U.S. News and World Report: https://money.usnews.com/investing/news/articles/2022-01-06/argentina-bonds-fall-on-split-between-government-and-imf

Analysis: Argentine society is immersed in excessive and irrational violence

Every day, an act of violence strikes common Argentines: a father murdered in the middle of New Year’s celebration; a woman who set fire to the mattress of a homeless; a man turned murderer at the wheel of a car that runs over cyclists in Palermo … Thus, tragedies are added day by day where the only thing that changes is the name of the protagonists.
Infobae, in Spanish: https://www.infobae.com/opinion/2022/01/06/la-sociedad-argentina-esta-inmersa-en-una-violencia-desmedida-e-irracional/

Bolivia

Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Bolivia announces that it intends to fully renew electoral technology

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) already has Bs 30 million to renew the technological base of the biometric electoral roll, announced this Thursday the president of the state body, Óscar Hassenteufel. The task will be developed this year.
El Deber, in Spanish: https://eldeber.com.bo/pais/el-tse-ya-tiene-los-recursos-para-renovar-la-base-tecnologica-del-padron-pero-no-para-un-nuevo-regis_262648

Bolivia’s Foreign Minister: “With the U.S., we are not the closest, but we are building”

Foreign Minister Rogelio Mayta said that Bolivia and the United States (USA) are not the closest governments, and that they even had moments of certain tension; but that they are in a process of gradual construction of a relationship.
Nodal, in Spanish: https://www.nodal.am/2022/01/canciller-de-bolivia-rogelio-mayta-con-eeuu-no-somos-los-mas-cercanos-pero-estamos-construyendo/