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.)
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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. 

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President Chávez warns the Fourth Fleet to steer clear of Venezuelan waters

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 08/05/2008 - 13:52

On Sunday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez warned the United States' Fourth Fleet to steer clear of Venezuelan waters. The U.S. Navy officially reestablished the Fourth Fleet on June 12 of this year. According to a U.S.

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Graphics of security assistance trends

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 07/31/2008 - 22:56

The graphics below depict overall U.S. military and police aid to Latin America and the Caribbean since 1997, including estimates for 2008 and the Bush administration's request for 2009. Each of the region's top five aid recipients during this period gets its own color: Colombia (blue), Mexico (red), Peru (yellow), Bolivia (green) and Ecuador (purple).

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It's official - Ecuador will not renew the United States's lease on the Manta air base

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Wed, 07/30/2008 - 11:58

Ecuador's non-renewal of the U.S. presence at its Manta air base is not breaking news. President Rafael Correa has promised to close the U.S. counter-drug "Forward Operating Location" since he began his campaign for president in 2006, and its potential closing has been in the news for months

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The feud continues between Venezuelan President Chávez and Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 15:38

The feud between Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos continues after Santos returned from a five day visit to Washington.

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Ecuador's Defense Minister, Gustavo Larrea, visits Washington

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Fri, 07/25/2008 - 13:15

Yesterday, Ecuador's Minister of Internal and External Security, Gustavo Larrea, was in Washington to meet with various members of Congress, the media, and to speak at an event hosted by CSIS and the Inter-American Dialogue. It seems that Larrea's visit was timed such that he could promote Ecuador's new Constitution, approved by the constituent assembly yesterday and up for referendum vote in September, and to make clear that while Ecuador hopes to maintain bilateral relations with the United States, it also will uphold its sovereignty. You can listen to Larrea's presentation at the CSIS and Dialogue event (in Spanish) here.

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U.S. relations, seen from Bolivia

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 14:44

Here is how the Bolivian government's press agency (Agencia Boliviana de Información, ABI) portrayed yesterday's visit to La Paz of Thomas Shannon, the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemishere Affairs. 

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Senate committee approves the 2009 foreign aid bill

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Tue, 07/22/2008 - 13:38

The Senate Appropriations Committee finished work last Thursday on its version of the 2009 State / Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, the U.S. government budget legislation that supplies most U.S. aid to Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Venezuela ranks high among Russia's top arms purchasers

Submitted by SAM LatinAmerica on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 15:11

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez heads to Russia today to buy more than $2 billion in arms. This is an increase in the $3 billion Venezuela spent in the previous three years, from 2005-2007. The U.S. has been worrying over Venezuela's military buildup, and actually stopped selling weapons to the country in 2006.

Speaking of arms, Chavez will visit Spain as part of his Russia trip where he said that he just wants to hug the King, referencing a previous incident where Spain's King Juan Carlos de Borbon told him to shut up.

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