Interamerican Watch Newsletter – Issue 98

Interamerican Watch Newsletter

Inter-American Watch

Thursday 30/06/2022

Analysis

 

Finally, XXI Century Socialism has returned “openly” to power in Latin America. The “openly” is very necessary because both in form and substance, the elements that make up this particular mode of socialism have never gone away since it appeared towards the end of the last century. But the truth is that there was a threat of falling between 2015 and 2016, with the pro-Chavista governments expelled from electoral power.…Read more >>
Source: gaceta.es

Coca production in Bolivia increased by 15 percent from 2019 to 2020, which represents the highest percentage compared to Peru where the leaf grew by 13 percent, while in Colombia the area occupied by the bush was reduced by 7 percent. The data is from the 2022 World Drug Report, released this week by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).…Read more >>
Source: eldeber.com.bo

The recent detention of a Venezuelan cargo plane in Argentina could be linked to attempts by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to attack Israelis abroad, according to independent Israeli intelligence analyst Ronen Solomon, who runs the Intelli Times blog. belongs to the Venezuelan state-owned Emtrasur cargo company, was detained on June 8 after landing in Buenos Aires. There were concerns linked to the aircraft’s past as an Iranian aircraft and due to Iranian crew members staffing the flight. Since the plane was detained, the case has expanded, with Argentinean Federal Judge Federico Villena ordering the plane to be seized and inspected for any documents or evidence that could help determine what the crew was doing in Buenos Aires.…Read more >>
Source: jpost.com

Argentina

 

In page number 20 of her indictment as alleged terrorist against the Iranian pilot Gholamreza Ghasemi and the rest of the crew that arrived aboard the Boeing registration YV3531, federal prosecutor Cecilia Incardona describes a set of irregular circumstances that lead her to wonder if the landing of the Emtrasur ship in Ezeiza could have been an act of preparation to provide goods or money that could be used in a terrorist attack ordered by the fundamentalist regime in Iran.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

The expertise on the cell phone of the pilot of the Venezuelan-Iranian plane held in Ezeiza, Gholamreza Ghasemi, yielded information that may be key to the investigation. Among the photos that the Iranian had saved on his phone were images of missiles, tanks, flags with legends against Israel and others that link him to the Al Quds Revolutionary Guard.…Read more >>
Source: clarin.com

Bolivia

After the murder of three police officers in the town of Porongo and the subsequent judicial determinations that favor the main defendants for this crime, the deputy for the Citizen Community (CC), Alberto Astorga, considered that the actions carried out by the government of the Movement to Socialism (MAS) against drug trafficking, have been a failure…“It can be seen that there is no frontal fight against drug trafficking and that is due to the Government itself and the Movement for Socialism, a total incompetence of the authorities and the ruling party,” he said.…Read more >>
Source: eldiario.net

Colombia

 

“Where is the tax going to fall? We are not going to do it for wage earners, we are not going to do it about those who eat and those who eat, that is, about the population, but about the four thousand largest fortunes in Colombia, and about those four thousand richest people, not about their productive companies, but about their unproductive assets: dividends, transfers abroad, tax havens”, he also assured when he was a candidate.…Read more >>
Source: semana.com

Mary Anastasia O’Grady, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal, through an editorial strongly criticized the president-elect, Gustavo Petro, and expressed her concern for the future of Colombia.…Read more >>
Source: semana.com

Cuba

 

Inflation in Cuba, at 70%, is one of the most serious on the planet and the second worst in Latin America, only behind Venezuela in the region and the seventh highest in the world, according to the weekly report given to Meet Steve Hanke, Professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University, reports DIARIO DE CUBA.…Read more >>
Source: diariolasamericas.com

Ecuador

 

In the Legislative of Ecuador, the congressmen hope to resolve the request of the Correísta caucus to remove President Guillermo Lasso and call early elections. In the midst of the debate that has received more than 70 legislators, some of them have assured that they have been intimidated into voting in favor of Lasso’s removal.…Read more >>
Source: infobae.com

The manager of BanEcuador in Morona Santiago, Marco Cobos, has been kidnapped by leaders of the CONAIE indigenous movement on the night of Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Macas, when he was part of a march for peace in that city.…Read more >>
Source: larepublica.ec

Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso survived an impeachment vote late Tuesday after a hard-left opposition party failed to rally other smaller groups in congress to oust him as his government moved to make concessions to defuse the political crisis. With only 80 of 137 lawmakers voting to remove Lasso, the impeachment attempt failed to clear the 92-vote hurdle needed to remove the president from office. Another 48 lawmakers rejected the motion, with nine abstaining after a session that lasted about 12 hours and included three voting attempts.…Read more >>
Source: bloomberg.com

Human Rights

 

The investigator of the NGO Human Rights Watch (HWR), Juan Pappier, condemned on his social networks the imprisonment of the Cuban opponent José Daniel Ferrer and demanded his immediate release after more than 20 days incommunicado in the Mar Verde prison.…Read more >>
Source: diariodecuba.com

Interamerican Institute for Democracy

 

Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Nicaragua’s magistrates and tribunals hand down sentences that are based on falsehood, violate human rights, willfully suppress the legal due-process, order undue detentions and condemn innocent people to many years of incarceration in order to generate fear in the population and subject it to the holders of power. These “crimes against humanity” perpetrated against innocent people who are in a “situation of defenselessness” are not the harmful effect of a “politicized justice” but that of “judicialized dictatorships” in which the pseudo-judicial branch is solely an instrument for repression and “State terrorism”.…Read more >>
Source: intdemocratic.org

In the early 1980s, Wade Davis, a Canadian anthropologist, spent several months investigating alleged cases of the undead in Haiti. His theories about the zombification of people divided the scientific community. But they also gave birth to a whole culture about zombies.…Read more >>
Source: intdemocratic.org

Recently, with the proclamation of Gustavo Petro, president-elect of Colombia, a young man from that country wrote on a social page about his frustration with politics and his deep disenchantment with politicians, an opinion that I largely share because most of the problems that the hemisphere suffers and the control exercised over public affairs by the champions of extremist proposals, are consequences of the legacy of corruption and injustice of men and women who chose public management as an instrument for their personal benefit and not to serve the citizenry. However, it is not prudent to reach the conclusion reached by our writer when he says, “Since everyone who is mounted in politics is already a liar and corrupt from birth.”…Read more >>
Source: intdemocratic.org

Latin America is going through crucial, dramatic moments for its democratic future, registering an alarming setback in its basic freedoms, attacks on judicial independence, which in many countries no longer exists. Freedom of the press is often cornered by international media and journalists who claim to fight for democracy on the one hand and on the other oxygenate criminal and totalitarian regimes such as those in Cuba, Venezuela and many others. It is time to unmask totalitarian systems and those that are on their way to becoming so, that must be our first task.…Read more >>
Source: intdemocratic.org

Nicaragua

 

The Union of Nicaraguan Political Prisoners and Prisoners (UPPN) and the International Human Rights Network (RIDH) carried out a report directed and prepared for the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) where they point out that political prisoners released are subjected to a “civil death” by the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo after regaining their freedom.…Read more >>
Source: articulo66.com

Peru

 

They denied it several times, but the lifting of the secrecy of the communications of their telephone numbers left them in evidence. The Prosecutor’s Office detected that the former Minister of Transport and Communications Juan Silva; former presidential secretary Bruno Pacheco; businessman Zamir Villaverde and his nephew Fray Vásquez Castillo maintained telephone contact with the head of state, Pedro Castillo.…Read more >>
Source: larepublica.pe

“(That) Two hundred years our families go out to the squares to ask for the electricity service, to ask for the rural electrification service, to ask for water for their towns, to ask for the opening of a carriageway, internet for schools,” he claimed. .…Read more >>
Source: expreso.com.pe

Regional Security

 

In the last decade, Venezuela has rapidly become a hub for Russian and Chinese cyber technologies in the Western Hemisphere. In an effort to expand its grip on power, the Maduro regime in Caracas has allowed the country to become a laboratory for digital surveillance and authoritarian social control. Moscow and Beijing can thus project their global ambitions in the Western Hemisphere by sending their cybersecurity knowledge and infrastructure to Venezuela. In other words, it is a win-win trade for forging an anti-US cyber partnership in Latin America. …Read more >>
Source: israelnoticias.com