A third term for President Uribe? The debate continues.

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Wed, 09/03/2008 - 12:41

On October 16th of last year, Adam Isacson wrote a piece on the blog Plan Colombia and Beyond about the potential of a third term for Uribe. At the time, the "Party of the 'U'" had promised to collect the 1.3 million signatures necessary for a petition to amend Colombia's constitution to allow Uribe to run for again in 2010.


Foreign Military Sales in 2007

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 14:18

Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Federation of American Scientists' Arms Sales Monitoring Program, we now have data about weapons and equipment that the U.S. government sold to the rest of the world through the Foreign Military Sales program in 2007.


The military's growing foreign aid role: a bibliography

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 08/26/2008 - 13:48

Over the past few years, Congress has acceded to several Defense Department requests to use its own budget to provide military assistance, something that it was not legally able to do on its own after 1961, when the Foreign Assistance Act became law.


Nicaragua's SAM-7 missiles

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 08/21/2008 - 08:25

Since the end of the Contra war in 1990, the United States has regularly prodded Nicaragua to destroy a large trove of shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles that the Sandinista government received from the Soviet Union in the 1980s.


One year of news

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 08/19/2008 - 15:19

A year ago today - August 19, 2007 - we took the first step in the top-to-bottom overhaul of the Just the Facts website. The justf.org domain came to life with a prototype of what is now the News Links page, with links to relevant media coverage organized by date, country and topic.


Growing citizen security concerns

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Fri, 08/15/2008 - 12:26

All over the region, concerns about citizen security are increasing.


U.S. arms sales increase - but as one of many vendors

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 08/11/2008 - 12:29

The latest yearbook of the Stockholm International Peace Research Initiative (SIPRI), published in June, notes a sharp increase in arms transfers to South America.


If H.H. Goes...

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Fri, 08/08/2008 - 13:55

In May, fifteen Colombian paramilitary leaders were extradited to the United States and charged for narco-trafficking, removing them from the Justice and Peace process in Colombia and making it very difficult for them to give testimony anytime soon about the atrocities they committed.


Colombia in the "coalition"?

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 08/07/2008 - 21:24
Afghan police training last year in Colombia. (From El Tiempo.)

2007 Defense Department counter-drug aid

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 08/05/2008 - 17:42

We have obtained and posted a report, required by this year's Defense Authorization law and released in March, detailing some of the Defense Department's counter-drug aid to Latin America and the rest of the world.