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Latin America confronts state atrocities of bloody past | guardian.co.uk

Latin America is confronting past civil wars and dictatorships this week with a series of prosecutions and apologies that are shining a light on decades-old atrocities. Governments and courts in Guatemala, Argentina, Colombia and El Salvador moved to acknowledge and possibly punish state-sanctioned violence during cold war-era campaigns against leftwing insurgents. Human rights campaigners welcomed the initiatives but warned that ...

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Questions remain over military spending and arms acquisitions in Latin America | SIPRI

Rising military spending has minimal impact on health and education budgets (Stockholm, 24 January 2012) Off-budget spending and secrecy are limiting the democratic accountability of the military sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. This comes at a time when military spending is rising rapidly in the region. Nevertheless, transparency is improving and the increased military spending has not had ...

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Rural Colombia: The Potential for the Future | Council on Hemispheric Affairs

This analysis was prepared by Delphine Mechoulan, Guest Scholar for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs Expected to begin operating in 2014, the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Project Plant is located in Huila, a southwestern region of Colombia. It is one of the largest development projects in the country. The facility provides a prime example of how ambitious projects can destructively collide ...

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Spanish judge reopens Guantanamo torture probe | McClatchy

A Spanish judge on Friday re-launched an investigation into the alleged torture of detainees held at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, one day after a British authorities launched a probe into CIA renditions to Libya. The twin developments demonstrated that while the Obama administration has stuck to its promise not to investigate whether Bush administration officials acted ...

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Ahmadinejad in Latin America: What does the Iranian leader’s trip portend? | Washington Office on Latin America

This week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is visiting Latin America, starting this past Sunday in Venezuela and going on to Nicaragua, Cuba, Ecuador, and possibly Guatemala. Why is the trip taking place, and what does it portend? Should U.S. officials be concerned? Iran is facing increased international isolation, and President Ahmadinejad is using this trip to Latin America to look ...

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Obama’s State Department Takes Cues from Right-Wing Cubans on Venezuela | North American Congress on Latin America

One sign of just how much Obama’s State Department has become indistinguishable from that of the Bush era is that on Venezuela-related matters it now takes its cues from right-wing Cubans. Last week the State Department announced that it would declare Venezuela’s Consul General in Miami, Livia Acosta, persona non grata and that she had 72 hours to leave the ...

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US laundered millions for drug cartels | RT

The Mexican Drug War has so far yielded around 50,000 deaths and has become one of the biggest problems poised on North America during the last century. It might be a tremendous tally of lost lives, but just as impressive though is the amount of money that the US has invested in the war. Since attempting to cooperate in the ...

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War on Venezuela: Washington’s False Accusations Against The Chavez Government | Postcards from the Revolution

Obama’s reckless bandwagoning of aggression against Venezuela could lead to an unnecessary atrocity. As President Chavez said, Obama would be better off focusing on the troubles at home, rather than trying to create new ones abroad. For more on this story, visit: Postcards from the Revolution: War on Venezuela: Washington’s False Accusations Against The Chavez Government.

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