U.S. use of Colombian bases: more questions than answers

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Fri, 07/17/2009 - 12:07

This is cross-posted from the Center for International Policy's Colombia-focused website, "Plan Colombia and Beyond." This week, the United States is closing down its counter-drug operations at the Manta airbase on Ecuador's Pacific coast.


Honduras could lose up to $42.5 million in U.S. aid

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 09:50

Since the coup in Honduras on Sunday, the United States has been working closely with the Organization of American States and other governments to bring about a diplomatic and peaceful solution to the crisis in Honduras - basically, to reinstate President Manuel Zelaya as the President of Honduras as quickly as possible.


Responses to Sunday's coup in Honduras

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 06/29/2009 - 11:16

On Sunday, Honduran troops arrested President Manuel Zelaya, following orders from the country's Supreme Court, and placed him on a plane to Costa Rica in his pajamas. Zelaya was removed from office on the day Honduras prepared to vote in a non-binding referendum asking whether they support a constituent assembly to rewrite the constitution in order to allow him to run for another term after his current term ends in January 2010.


UNODC 2008 coca data for the Andean Region

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 06/23/2009 - 11:17

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimel recently released its annual reports on Coca Cultivation in the Andean Region - namely in Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia.


Mexico to surpass Colombia as the #1 recipient of U.S. aid in Latin America

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 14:01

One month ago, we posted an entry comparing the Senate and House versions of the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations bill.


U.S. partially terminates MCC assistance to Nicaragua

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 06/16/2009 - 07:52

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) announced on Friday that it is partially terminating assistance to Nicaragua - specifically, $65 million of the original $175 million compact.


Protests in Peru

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 06/11/2009 - 08:02

For two months, indigenous groups in Peru have staged protests against a series of legislative decrees that threaten their ancestral lands by allowing increased exploration and exploitation of gas and oil throughout the Amazon and encourage private property, which could break up indigenous communal landholdings.


Southcom, Drones, and Counternarcotics

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 06/08/2009 - 12:48

Over the past month, the United States Southern Command, in collaboration with the Salvadoran military and civil aviation officials, has been evaluating the suitability of using unmanned aircraft, or drones, for counternarcotics operations throughout Latin America.


Southcom's New Commander - Lt. Gen. Douglas Fraser

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Wed, 06/03/2009 - 14:53

Yesterday, Lieutenant General Douglas M. Fraser, USAF testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee for the consideration of his nomination to become general and Commander of U.S. Southern Command (Southcom). Lieutenant General Fraser would replace Admiral James Stavridis, who has led Southcom since 2006 and has recently been nominated to be the NATO Supreme Allied Commander. Lt. Gen.


A new era: El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 06/02/2009 - 13:57

Yesterday, Mauricio Funes was sworn in as President of El Salvador - marking the historic end of the conservative ARENA party's two-decade rule and the historic beginning of the leftist Farabundo Marti Liberation Front's (FMLN) first attempt at the presidency. After fighting U.S.-backed troops for over 12 years, the FMLN converted itself from a Marxist guerrilla-based group to a political party in 1992, after the signing of the peace accords.