Joint declaration from UNASUR meeting

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 12:21

Last Friday, the 12 heads of state of UNASUR member countries met in Bariloche, Argentina for a special meeting convened to discuss the pending U.S.-Colombia military base agreement, among other topics. Many of the region's leaders took their turn speaking out against the agreement and the potential for an increased U.S. military presence in South America. However, the final declaration that all members signed did not officially condemn the proposal.

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What could be discussed at the UNASUR meeting in Argentina

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 08/27/2009 - 14:09

Presidents from 12 South American countries will gather tomorrow in Bariloche, Argentina for a meeting of UNASUR, the Union of South American Nations. The meeting was initially convened earlier this month in order to discuss the pending U.S.-Colombia military base agreement that is worrying many of the continent's leaders, and the topic is still going to be the main point of discussion and perhaps contention.

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Merida Funds Released: Mexican NGOs Speak Out

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 08/27/2009 - 13:55

This was originally posted by Vanessa Kritzer and Jennifer Johnson on the Latin America Working Group's blog. We were disappointed and troubled to learn last week that the U.S.

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Just the Facts is on Twitter!

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 08/27/2009 - 13:30

Just the Facts is now on Twitter! Follow us @justf_org to stay in the know about U.S. policy toward Latin America and security in the region. We'll post the following to our feed:

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State Department-sponsored "tech.del" in Mexico

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Wed, 08/26/2009 - 15:04

According to a recent post on DipNote, the State Department's blog, a "tech.del" sponsored by the State Department is currently visiting Mexico. The participants are representatives from U.S.

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OAS mission to Honduras fails to sway Micheletti

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Wed, 08/26/2009 - 11:51

The Organization of the American States mission concluded its two-day trip to Honduras yesterday unable to obtain backing of the San Jose Accord by the Micheletti regime and its supporters. Ousted President Manuel Zelaya has accepted the Accord in its entirety, but the de facto government remains opposed to two points in the Accord: one calling for the return of Manuel Zelaya to power and the other calling for a temporary political amnesty for both sides.

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Update on Honduras

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 08/25/2009 - 13:11

Almost two months ago, on Sunday, June 28th, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was removed from office by the Honduran military and put on a plane (in his pajamas) to Costa Rica. The world immediately condemned the coup, yet the de facto government led by interim president Roberto Micheletti still remains in power and President Zelaya remains outside of Honduras.

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Obama should explain the details of proposed U.S. military increase in Colombia

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 08/11/2009 - 14:22

Today's news media includes multiple stories highlighting yesterday's UNASUR meeting in Quito, Ecuador and the groups' overall opposition to the Colombia-United States agreement to increase U.S.

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Increased U.S. military presence in Colombia discussed at UNASUR meeting

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 08/10/2009 - 14:18

Today, South American leaders who are members of the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR, met in Quito, Ecuador, where the discussion centered on the proposed agreement between the United States and Colombia to increase the presence of the U.S. military at seven Colombian bases.

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Obama on human rights at the North American Leaders Summit in Mexico

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 08/10/2009 - 12:55

President Obama traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday for the North American Leaders Summit, a series of regular meetings that began during the Bush administration. During the Summit, Obama is meeting with both Mexican President Felipe Calderón and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss cooperation on issues that affect the three countries.

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