Interamerican Watch Newsletter – Issue 81

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Inter-American Watch

Tuesday 5/3/2022

Argentina

Kirchnerism, businessmen and power: the links that sustain Judge Walter Bento
Bento is increasingly cornered in the federal courts: he will have to answer in the dock for leading an illicit association that collected bribes in exchange for benefits for prisoners for smuggling or drug trafficking, with revelations that grow day by day, even with international ramifications, as reported by LA NACION.…Read more >>
Source: lanacion.com.ar

Justice, that old obsession of Kirchnerism
The attack on the Judiciary already seems to be directly an axis of management of the national Government. Since the inauguration of Alberto Fernández and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, several milestones or concrete examples can easily be listed, such as the Judicial Reform, the Public Prosecutor’s Office Reform, the permanent public questioning of judges and prosecutors, the attempt to expand the Supreme Court and, now, different gadgets to hinder the reform of the Council of the Judiciary of the Nation.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

Bolivia

An NGO asked that Bolivia not participate in the Summit of the Americas
In a letter addressed to US President Joe Biden, the Secretary of State, the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, GHRL attached a list of political prisoners that includes journalists, judges, military, police officers, human rights activists and former president Jeanine Añez. In addition, they report that there are currently 8,436 applications for political asylum. Of these requests, 1,105 of them were made in the United States, the letter says.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

Colombia

The FARC and its links with drug trafficking: What was signed in the peace agreement?
Juan Camilo Restrepo, high commissioner for La Paz, expressed that “that sounded like a joke, that bordered on cynicism because today what the Colombian people are demanding is justice, truth, reparation and non-repetition, the Colombian people do not want that type Of jokes”. He also called for such comments not to be repeated. “It is no secret to anyone that for decades this organization was immersed in drug trafficking, there are files and convictions, but those of us who travel through the territory can attest that the FARC were immersed in drug trafficking.”…Read more >>
Source: wradio.com.co

Latin America

The Sao Paulo Forum supports Alberto Fernández in his whitewashing of Maduro’s tyranny
The Sao Paulo Forum has supported President Alberto Fernández in his initiative to launder the tyranny of Nicolás Maduro. In a statement, the leftist organization has supported the initiative of the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, to resume relations with Venezuela: «A centenary of prominent personalities from Latin America such as Ernesto Samper, Evo Morales Ayma, Fernando Lugo, Rafael Correa, Manuel Zelaya , José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Raúl Sendic, among many others, strongly supports the proposal made by the Argentine president, Alberto Fernández”, he asserted.…Read more >>
Source: gaceta.es

Ukraine war, rising prices lead to lower growth forecasts for Latin America
Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean will be lower than expected by 1.8 percent this year due to the war in Ukraine, a UN body has predicted. The UN body projects that the economies of South America will grow by 1.5 percent, Central America and Mexico by 2.3 percent, and the Caribbean (excluding Guyana) by 4.7 percent, ECLAC said…Read more >>
Source: batimes.com.ar

Nicaragua

Nicaragua is giving Putin a foothold at our doorstep. America must push back
With the harrowing images of razed cities and horrific atrocities taking place in Ukraine, it’s easy not to realize that brutal tyranny is taking place in our own hemisphere. Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo have once again turned Nicaragua into a ruthless dictatorship. Read more at: https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article260960262.html#storylink=cpy…Read more >>
Source: miamiherald.com

As the Cuban regime does, Daniel Ortega perfects a cruel repressive weapon: exile
On April 21, the Daniel Ortega regime released the Nicaraguan musician couple Salvador Espinoza and Xóchilt Tapia from jail, on the condition that he be found immediately in the country. The next day they both arrived in Germany with their little son, reported the Infobae site.…Read more >>
Source: diariodecuba.com

Daniel Ortega’s assault on the OAS will have an “economic cost” for Nicaragua
The aggression of the Daniel Ortega regime against the Organization of American States (OAS) is described as “an affront to the continent” that would have economic consequences for Nicaragua, former Central American diplomats and academics agree, consulted by CONFIDENCIAL.…Read more >>
Source: bloomberglinea.com

Peru

Castillo accused of systematically violating the Constitution
The ombudsman of Peru, Walter Gutiérrez, who presented his resignation on Wednesday, accused the president, Pedro Castillo, of violating the Constitution “systematically, stubbornly and willfully.”…Read more >>
Source: diariolasamericas.com

Pedro Castillo: 68% of Peruvians agree to advance the general elections, according to IEP
After the latest events that have taken place in the country due to the decisions of Pedro Castillo, many Peruvians agree that the presidential and congressional elections be brought forward. This was announced by the Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP) in a report for La República, where 68% of citizens want an advance of general elections. This is about two-thirds of citizens who share that position.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

Pedro Castillo accumulates 13 constitutional infractions
Since he assumed the Presidency of the Republic on July 28 of last year, the still president Pedro Castillo has committed a series of constitutional infractions. In the following lines we will detail, step by step, each of them.…Read more >>
Source: expreso.com.pe

Plan of the Constituent Assembly would have been hatched from abroad
The government of Pedro Castillo has proposed to impose the Constituent Assembly. The bill presented by a congresswoman from Peru Libre responds to a plan concocted from abroad. The Government does not yield in its political objectives and is going towards the election of a “plurinational constituent assembly”. The strikes called within the country and the criminal and violent actions of the community members in Cuajone have the purpose of blowing up the economy, encouraging chaos and creating conditions to politically justify going to a constituent process; spreading the great lie that a new constitutional text will put an end to poverty, injustice and inequalities in Peru.…Read more >>
Source: expreso.com.pe

Russia

China describes the relationship with Russia as a “new model” for the world
China stepped up its rhetorical support for Russia, challenging the United States and other nations that want Beijing to condemn Moscow for the war in Ukraine.…Read more >>
Source: bloomberglinea.com

Russia’s Struggle for Hearts and Minds in the Western Hemisphere
Misinformation, disinformation, and propaganda are important weapons for any country seeking to win friends and gain allies. This paradigm is certainly Russia’s case following its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. While much of the global narrative has gone against Russia, Moscow’s side of the story is finding an audience in Latin America, which should give U.S. policymakers cause for concern.…Read more >>
Source: theglobalamericans.org

Summit of the Americas

Top US diplomat: Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua won’t be invited to Summit of the Americas
The State Department’s top diplomat for the Western Hemisphere said he doesn’t expect to see representatives from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua at June’s Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles.…Read more >>
Source: thehill.com

Venezuela

A Chavista magistrate sanctioned by the US is the new president of the highest court in Venezuela
Gladys Gutiérrez has openly exercised her political militancy in favor of Chavismo. The highest court is considered an extension of the Maduro regime.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

The Paraguaná Cartel: Drug Trafficking and Political Power in Venezuela
The story of Martínez’s Paraguaná Cartel is emblematic of the deep synergy between politics and drug trafficking in Venezuela. His rise of him is a case study in how the interconnections between drug traffickers and local politicians, as well as security forces and national power players can form the basis of entire systems of criminal governance.…Read more >>
Source: insightcrime.org