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In Honduras, a Mess Helped by the U.S. | NYTimes.com

IT’S time to acknowledge the foreign policy disaster that American support for the Porfirio Lobo administration in Honduras has become. Ever since the June 28, 2009, coup that deposed Honduras’s democratically elected president, José Manuel Zelaya, the country has been descending deeper into a human rights and security abyss. That abyss is in good part the State Department’s making. For ...

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Guatemala: Ex dictador to face genocide charges | Times Union

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The defense lawyer for former dictator Efrain Rios Montt said Friday that a judge violated due process when she issued unprecedented genocide charges against Rios Montt for conduct during Guatemala’s bloody civil war. Danilo Rodriguez Galvez said Judge Carol Patricia Flores was supposed to issue her decision only after hearing testimony on allegations that Rios Montt ...

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American Shame in Colombia: The US is Supporting Egregious Human Rights Abuses | Counterpunch

As Noam Chomsky has often cautioned, when considering foreign relations, and especially military intervention, states should always heed the primary Hippocratic oath – “First, do no harm.” The U.S. has certainly disregarded this admonition with reckless abandon in Latin America, and Colombia is the foremost example of this, at least at the present time. Human Rights Watch appears to concur ...

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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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