Interamerican Watch Newsletter – Issue 90

Interamerican Watch Newsletter

Inter-American Watch

Thursday 6/2/2022

Bolivia

 

After the declarations of the former president, Evo Morales, in which he accuses passive service policemen of working for the Drug Control Administration (DEA), the deputy for the Citizen Community (CC), Alberto Astorga, maintained that the president of the six coca producing federations in the Chapare is frightened by their links with police chiefs linked to illicit activities. “Ever since Maximiliano Dávila, the former anti-drug chief, was investigated, Evo Morales already has nightmares with the DEA, he is clearly terrified and surely because of the drug ties he has had during his time as leader and president. You can see a terror towards this instance”, said Astorga.…Read more >>
Source: eldiario.net

Cuatro Cañadas promotes for the third consecutive day a blockade on the route that connects Santa Cruz de la Sierra with Trinidad. Before this protest, San Julián held the similar measure for five days. The Government insists on the political motivation behind these demands. Moreover, the institution’s management adviser, Efraín Suárez, assures that the blockades respond to a strategy promoted by Evo Morales. …Read more >>
Source: eldeber.com.bo

The president of the University Confederation of Bolivia, Max Mendoza, is 52 years old and is in prison. This chronic student who has been walking for more than three decades through the corridors of the Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS), in the city of Cochabamba, is accused of uneconomic behavior and usurpation of functions…. a leader faithful to the former president Evo Morales as his maximum reference in the university world. In a recent video recorded in Havana, Mendoza expresses his solidarity with Nicolás Maduro in his capacity as regional secretary of the Latin American and Caribbean Continental Organization of Students. At the end of his message he states: “Venezuela, Evo with you, Bolivia is by your side.” Even, Página Siete Digital affirmed that the controversial leader is affiliated with the official Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS).…Read more >>
Source: tn.com.ar

In the current month, Evo Morales also held meetings with councilors, directors of educational units and other authorities of Cochabamba. He also met with the ambassadors of China, Russia and Venezuela.…Read more >>
Source: eju.tv

Bolivia maintains the negative trend of several years regarding the rule of law, one of the basic conditions for peaceful coexistence and a political order that provides security and respect for human rights. According to the 2021 Rule of Law Index of the World Justice Project, Bolivia ranks 129th out of 139 countries evaluated, with a score of 0.39, on a scale from 0 to 1, where 1 indicates the highest adherence to the rule of law.…Read more >>
Source: fundacion-milenio.org

The latest known cases of drug trafficking in Bolivia involving police officers of different ranks and entire populations as protectors of this activity, the use of airfields and even narco-helicopters have once again put the debate on whether the country has become a “narco-state”.…Read more >>
Source: lostiempos.com

Chile

According to the results of the “Plaza Pública” survey, carried out by the Chilean public opinion research company, Cadem, in its publication number 437, corresponding to the fourth week of May, disapproval of the Gabriel Boric government increased by one 57%, that is, a rise of 7 points compared to the previous week. This being the highest level of rejection since he assumed the presidency on March 11 of the current year.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

Three recently published polls show that more than half of those consulted do not approve of the Chilean president’s management…Read more >>
Source: bloomberglinea.com

President Gabriel Boric of Chile is attempting to relaunch an administration that has plunged in popularity less than two months since he made headlines around the world for becoming the country’s youngest president and a possible symbol for a resurgent left wing in South America.…Read more >>
Source: apnews.com

The president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, will attend the Summit of the Americas in the city of Los Angeles, in the United States, and his government is managing the participation of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, despite the fact that the hosts do not consider them, he announced. this Monday the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonia Urrejola.…Read more >>
Source: telam.com.ar

Colombia

 

The entire continental machinery of the Sao Paulo Forum and the Puebla Group, plus their extra-regional allies (Progressive International and others), were preparing champagne and caviar to celebrate a victory by their candidate, Gustavo Petro, in the first Colombian round held last Sunday. However, the polls confirmed the historical ceiling of the left-wing candidate, located at 40%, while they catapulted an outsider, Rodolfo Hernández (28%), who could seriously complicate the plans of the Castro-Chavista entente… It happens that Hernández, whom some analysts have been quick to describe as the “Colombian Trump”, has managed to channel a large part of the anti-systemic discontent of the citizens, at least that of a broad band that seems to want an important change, but not the neo-communist experiment promoted by the Sao Paulo Forum… I was able to verify several of these practices in the city of Santa Marta, capital of the Department of Magdalena, where the Petrista regional chief set up an impressive clientelistic structure, which according to several testimonies forces companies public sector contractors to provide voter quotas for the left-wing front…In several areas of the country, the irregular armed forces that continue to operating (“dissidents” of the FARC, ELN, BACRIM) tried to discourage the vote of the populations that could vote for other options than Petrismo, and in fact there are several Colombian academic studies that certify the link between abstention and armed intimidation in various regions……Read more >>
Source: lostiempos.com

General Jorge Luis Vargas, director of the Colombian Police, demanded that the Venezuelan and Cuban regimes extradite the leaders of the National Liberation Army (ELN) terrorist group who are hiding in those territories.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

Colombia – Venezuela

 

The scandal involving Piedad Córdoba and her $68,000 in Honduras comes at a bad time for her political boss, Gustavo Petro, on the eve of Sunday’s election day in Colombia…Córdoba offered three different explanations as to the origin of the bundles of green tickets that he was carrying with him, and that he did not declare, before embarking on the flight to Panama and Colombia. That she had not realized, that if the payment of a consultancy or that if they belonged to a Colombian businessman based in the Central American country, to which she had traveled to meet with her political ally, President Xiomara Castro. The Prosecutor’s Office will determine in the first instance if it is an asset laundering plot… Beyond its latest scandal with international justice, Córdoba represents the thickest link in the chain that unites Chavismo and the Colombian radical left. .Córdoba weighs above all its close relationship with Colombian tycoon Alex Saab, alleged figurehead of Maduro and main international operator of the revolution…Read more >>
Source: lanacion.com.ar

The candidate Gustavo Petro is one of the most guarded people in Colombia. For this reason, no one has yet explained how three people who are involved in the investigation that today has the brother of former senator Piedad Córdoba behind bars sneaked into an event of the Historical Pact, with Petro included…. The Southern District Court of New York keeps sealed the indictment involving Álvaro Córdoba, Palacio and Jaramillo. But the woman seems to be the common thread of the investigation carried out by DEA agents and that Piedad Córdoba does not hesitate to describe as an entrapment.…Read more >>
Source: elnacional.com

Ecuador

 

The heads of the three organizations that affect the administration of justice are in a struggle whose explanation is the control of the National Court of Justice: the institution where cases and resources that could change sentences are resolved. The protagonists are: Iván Saquicela, president of the National Court of Justice, CNJ; Fausto Murillo, president of the Judicial Council, CJ, and Hernán Ulloa, president of the Council for Citizen Participation and Social Control, Cpccs.…Read more >>
Source: 4pelagatos.com

The votes of 81 legislators allowed the removal of the president of Congress, Guadalupe Llori. The motion called for her removal from her position after a commission presented a report alleging that Llori had failed to fulfill her duties. The dismissal of this legislator is one of the political movements promoted mainly by the correista caucus and its allies.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

Investigations carried out in Ecuador determined that its government carried out dishonest practices in the face of the 2014 elections. In it, it was determined that former President Rafael Correa and former Vice President Jorge Glas requested the director of the Hydrocarbon Regulation and Control Agency (ARCH), José Luis Cortázar, to eliminate the restrictions on the sale of explosives for miners and also to be lax with the rules for the sale of fuels in the provinces of its borders.…Read more >>
Source: semana.com

Carlos Pólit, former comptroller general of Ecuador during the government of Rafael Correa, has a deadline to reveal information to the United States, within the judicial process that the North American justice continues against him for bribery and money laundering. Polit was arrested in Miami a month ago. The investigation that is linked to the bribes of the construction company Odebrecht will be resolved in the Miami Federal Court.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

Interamerican Institute for Democracy

 

The hiring of Cuban doctors announced in recent weeks by Mexico would be a “lucrative business” in the context of “transnational organized crime”, with “accomplices such as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)”, concluded a forum held in Miami by the Inter-American Institute for Democracy (IID).…Read more >>
Source: diariolasamericas.com

El Nuevo Herald, part of Miami Herald Media Company, presented the documentary made by Naranja Media, producer of the Guatemalan digital media Republica…The documentary titled “The Journey to the Land of Flowers” is presented in Miami and shows how San Juan Sacatepéquez found the solution to stop emigration to the United States.. The event is promoted by the Interamerican Institute for Democracy..…Read more >>
Source: republica.gt

Apart from looting nations, there is one thing that the militants of 21st Century Socialism are experts at: building stories. For example, they called the inflation of housing prices a boom, or economic growth the simple fattening of the Bolivian state apparatus.…Read more >>
Source: intdemocratic.org

Latin America

 

Following the assassination of Paraguay’s Marcelo Pecci while honeymooning in Colombia, two other crimes have hit Latin American prosecutors in the last days of May. Honduran State Attorney’s Office has declared three days of mourning following Friday’s assassination of Special Environmental Prosecutor Karen Gabriela Almendarez Herrera from the city of Nacaome in the El Salvador-bordering department of Valle. Almendarez, aged 39, was murdered Friday in Nacaome’s El Chagüite neighborhood. She was shot while she was opening the gate to her home when returning from the gymnasium at night. According to uncorroborated sources, she was the sister of a high-ranking officer of the Honduran Armed Forces.…Read more >>
Source: en.mercopress.com

Mexico

 

He concluded that the president’s statements, his visit to the “golden triangle” and actions that supposedly benefit the Sinaloa Cartel “add opacity” to his alleged relationship with organized crime… In this regard, journalist Raymundo Riva Palacio pointed out in his recent column for Ejecentral that it is one of the most violent areas of the country, where even the military itself makes checkpoints with the aim of diverting motorists who seek to approach the famous territory that includes the birthplace of drug trafficker Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán It was. …Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

Nicaragua

 

Every May 30, Nicaragua celebrates Mother’s Day. But for four years that date is no longer passed with joy; not even this Monday, which was the first time that Nicaraguans experienced it as a national holiday. That joy and happiness with which this date was lived years ago, has been overshadowed since 2018 by the brutal massacre perpetrated by the Daniel Ortega regime during the massive peaceful protests.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) has issued a statement on Monday in which it expresses its “deep concern about the possible closure” of the Nicaraguan Academy of Language, after the Government of the Central American country, chaired by Daniel Ortega, ordered the Last Saturday the closure of the institution, along with 83 other local NGOs.…Read more >>
Source: elpais.com

The government of President Daniel Ortega, which has waged a crackdown on NGOs since 2018, will cancel 83 more NGOs this coming week, the largest number ever.…Read more >>
Source: vozdeamerica.com

Peru

 

The president has been in government for 10 months, but he has already been included in three investigations for alleged acts of corruption and one for plagiarism. …Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

The Prosecutor of the Nation of Peru, Pablo Sánchez, opened an investigation against President Pedro Castillo this Sunday for the alleged crimes of criminal organization, aggravated influence peddling and aggravated collusion.…Read more >>
Source: cnnespanol.cnn.com

Pedro Castillo has been ruining Peru economically and institutionally since he assumed the presidency on July 28, 2021, in full celebration of the Bicentennial of independence, although such “celebration” was overshadowed by the ruin caused by the covid-19 pandemic. 19 and the incessant political crisis caused by the polarization that came to power of a character linked to communist subversion… We spoke with Juan Sheput, who has been a congressman of the Republic (2016-2019) and Minister of Labor in two occasions (2005 and 2020)..…Read more >>
Source: gaceta.es

United States

 

Adán Casarrubias Salgado, alias “el Tomate”, one of the alleged leaders of the drug trafficking group known as Guerreros Unidos, linked to the Ayotzinapa case for the unsolved disappearance of 43 students in Mexico in 2014, is in US custody in the area of Chicago, where he faces charges that could land him in jail for life.…Read more >>
Source: univision.com

The Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin premiered a new podcast that tells the story of the newspaper El Universo, the media outlet that faced the persecution of former president Rafael Correa who sued an editorialist and the directors of the outlet for a opinion piece.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

Venezuela

The Islamic Republic of Iran exported its first shipment of vaccines against the covid-19 coronavirus to Venezuela on May 28… The information was released by the Minister of Health, Bahram Eynolahi, who explained that the shipment was sent after Venezuela’s request, reports the IRNA news agency. Since last year, Venezuela has received shipments of vaccines developed by Russia, China and Cuba, with which the vaccination day has been carried out, promoted by the National Executive.…Read more >>
Source: ultimasnoticias.com.ve

Venezuela’s fuel refineries are in a “dire” state, according to an expert in the field, so there is ample room for improvement. Iran will help repair the largest refinery in the South American country….President Nicolás Maduro this week accused the head of the Colombian government, Iván Duque, of promoting “attacks” against oil and electrical installations in Venezuela, while Iran accelerates its involvement in fuel refinery repairs in that country.…Read more >>
Source: vozdeamerica.com

The US Treasury Department on Tuesday renewed a license allowing US oil company Chevron to continue operating in Venezuela, as an exemption from sanctions on Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.…Read more >>
Source: vozdeamerica.com

A poll in Venezuela showed that Venezuelans want the next president to come out of the 2024 elections to be neither from “chavismo” nor from the opposition.…Read more >>
Source: diariolasamericas.com