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.


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.


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.


State Department spokesman Robert Wood on Mexico, Honduras and Colombia

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 08/06/2009 - 15:45

State Department spokesman Robert Wood had to answer a lot of questions about Latin America during today's daily press briefing. On aid to Mexico:


Senator Leahy places hold on $100 million in aid to Mexico

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 14:04

The Washington Post reported today that Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) blocked the release of $100 million in U.S. aid to Mexico after rejecting the State Department's report to Congress which praised Mexico's progress on human rights. According to the article, the State Department will rewrite the report and attempt to submit it after Congress reconvenes in September.


2007 Foreign Military Training Report shows significant increase in training recipients

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 12:57

Over the weekend, the State Department uploaded the long-overdue Foreign Military Training and DoD Engagement Activities of Interest for FY 2007 and 2008 report to its website. This document was supposedly released in January 2008, but it took a year and a half and a lot of pestering to get it posted to the website.


Mexico's Strategy Against Cartels

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 07/28/2009 - 09:41

Today's Washington Post headline, "New Strategy Urged in Mexico," warns that Mexican President "Calderón's U.S.-backed war against drug cartels is losing political support" due to a failed strategy of militarization.


Increased Military Presence in Michoacán, Mexico

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 14:41

Last week, 2,500 additional troops were deployed to Michoacán, a state in western Mexico, after twenty Federal Police were killed and eighteen wounded by organized crime groups between July 11 and July 15. This deployment brings the total number of troops in Michoacán to 5,500.


House version of FY2010 Defense Appropriations Bill allocates $160 million to Mexico for radios

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 14:34

The Washington Post reported yesterday that the House version of the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations bill allocates $160 million to help Mexico's police buy U.S.-made "first-responder" radios.


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.