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By: Patricia Rey Mallén
January 3, 2014
Tiny Bolivia, the poorest nation in South America, packs a punch -- or so says President Evo Morales, who welcomed the new year with an announcement: Bolivia is ready to pursue nuclear energy. Morales assured that the country has the necessary raw materials for the quest to be successful, and said nuclear power is a “right for every Bolivian.” “Nuclear energy is not a privilege for developed countries, and others have to be deprived of it,” he said, adding that Bolivia...
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By: Ernesto Talvi and Harold Trinkunas
November 1, 2013
Latin America and the Caribbean will celebrate at least . This is good news. It reflects a region that has by-and-large consolidated democracy, and where an entire generation has now grown up with the expectation that elections are the only legitimate way to select national leaders. However, this cycle of elections in Latin America is taking place at very different juncture than the ones that took place during the first decade of the 21st century, with important consequences for the...
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October 21, 2013
Early this year the Argentine prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, disclosed a 500-page document of evidence of Iran’s terrorist networks in Latin America. It included a number of countries, among which were Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, and Uruguay. Iran’s activities in some of these countries are carried out with the direct or indirect support from the local government. For example, in my , I described the role played by the...
By: Eduardo Szklarz
September 30, 2013
Illegal activities such as drug trafficking, money laundering and smuggling are financing the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah in Latin America, according to experts and authorities. Increasingly strong evidence shows the Lebanon-based Shiite militia sponsored by Iran maintains ties with drug cartels and receives contributions from organized crime groups. “The money is used to maintain a military structure and finance social activities among Shiite populations in Lebanon and the...
By: Roger F. Noriega & Felipe Trigos
July 31, 2013
At a time when several Latin American economies should be "firing on all cylinders" to sustain growth and development, their critical petroleum sectors are under performing Despite hopeful projections, the biggest energy companies in Latin America are controlled by the state and are hampered by government interference and short-term political agendas. Although these companies should be the engines of growth for their national economies, resource nationalism and popular gasoline...
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July 3, 2013
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid" - Gen. Eisenhower. The Iranians and their terrorist proxy Hezbollah has been building forward operating bases in the Tri-Border area of South America and Mexico for the last three decades. Venezuela's uranium deposits have been an important and rarely reported on component fueling Iran's efforts to win the hearts and minds of the people in Latin America and Mexico. Iranian Press Expose the Hispanic...
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By: Luis Fleischman
May 20, 2013
The late Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez was known for having started and spread what is called the Bolivarian revolution, a kind of anti-American, dictatorial type of socialism. His success in spreading his revolution and his influence in the region would not have been so successful without the support of the moderate-left countries of Latin America as well as the ALBA block made up of Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Bolivia. In my I pointed out the role that countries in the region have...
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By: Roger F. Noriega & José R. Cárdenas
December 11, 2012
While the Obama administration prepares a strategic pivot to Asia to help jumpstart the U.S. economy in its second term, there are equally promising economic opportunities in our own hemisphere. Moreover, our national security establishment also must confront threats to regional harmony. Practical initiatives by Washington may help the United States and its neighbors to find common ground for our collective prosperity and security. The stakes are high: This is home to three of the top four...
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By: Translation by Michal Laudahn
June 26, 2012
In the past six months, Iran has been making an offensive on all fronts - on the commercial, military, diplomatic and information fronts - with Latin America as the scene, and without minding the cost. Tehran considers the region as one of the points of principal support, in order to overcome their growing international isolation which it is experiencing as a consequence of its nuclear program, and it has decided to act on all levels, multiplying its presence in a region of the world which...
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By: Ilan Berman
June 21, 2012
On Wednesday, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad touched down in Brazil for his first state visit to the South American nation since 2009. The ostensible reason is to attend the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, a high-profile gathering of more than 100 heads of state taking place in Rio de Janeiro. But high on Ahmadinejad’s priority list is an important bit of diplomacy: reinvigorating the once-robust ties between Tehran and Brasilia. For Iran, Brazil is a potential...
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