A season of arms purchases

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 09/08/2009 - 13:38

Brazil's announcement yesterday that it is negotiating a $2-4 billion purchase of French fighter aircraft is the latest in a series of arms purchases, most of them in South America, that have analysts worried about an arms race. Just in 2009, we have seen the following arms purchases announced:

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Calderon gives state of the union address

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 09/03/2009 - 12:25

On Wednesday, Mexican President Felipe Calderón gave his third state of the union address to the National Congress. One of the major topics he touched on was security and the fight against drug cartels. President Calderón pledged to continue his "full frontal attack ...

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Zelaya in Washington this week

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 09/01/2009 - 14:30

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is in Washington this week for a range of talks which include meetings with the Organization of American States (OAS) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Despite the failure of the OAS mission to convince the interim government in Honduras to sign the San Jose Accord last week, both the OAS and the U.S.

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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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