Category Archives: South America

Latin America is Collapsing and Taking America With It

Long before the current scenes of thousands of migrants showing up in New Mexico or Arizona, the northward migration was fueled by a combination of Latin American instability and American greed for cheap labor going back over a century to the Mexican Revolution.

Venezuela’s spectacular collapse may be dominating the news cycle now, but a Latin American country usually implodes in a spectacular fashion every few years. Even now, there is political chaos in Nicaragua, with major protests demanding the ouster of Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega, and brewing scandals in Argentina, Brazil and Peru that could expand and tear any or all of the three countries apart.

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South America Is a Battlefield in the New Cold War

The political crisis in Venezuela has pitted the U.S. against a dictator who refuses to leave office. But the crisis has a broader significance: It shows that Latin America has again become an arena in which rival great powers struggle for influence and advantage. As the U.S. faces surging geopolitical rivalry around the world, its position is also coming under pressure in its own backyard.

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MSNBC’s Eddie Glaude Laughs At Murder Of White Farmers In South Africa

Speaking of Trump tweeting about the “large scale killing” of white farmers and the seizing of their lands in South Africa, Glaude said, “In this instance, [Trump’s] really trafficking in conspiracy theories to kind of in some ways feed red meat to his base.”

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Iran and Hezbollah’s Terror in Argentina

Iran’s activities in Latin America are a direct challenge to U.S. primacy in the Western Hemisphere. Iran, it seems, wants to replace the U.S. as the power ally of Latin American countries.

While Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and expansionist policies in the Middle East are well known, most of the Islamic Republic’s operations in Latin America appear to have been proceeding underway, below the radar, for several decades.

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A dangerous liaison: terrorists and organized crime in South America

South AmericaAbout 100 South Americans have fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and returned home. What’s to stop them from sneaking into the United States? In the U.S., the FBI monitors suspected terrorists. But are they effectively tracked in Choco forest in Colombia or business fronts in Bolivia?

Terrorist groups are closer to us than you might think. The most prominent and well-known in South America is Hezbollah. It works with drug cartels and local terrorists such as the FARC in Colombia. Now that Colombian citizens rejected a peace deal between the FARC and their government, there is a fear drug-trafficking will continue and connections with Hezbollah will remain. The U.S. needs to provide its regional allies with financial assistance, limited military aid, and intelligence to help disrupt these sorts of relationships before there’s another attack on U.S. soil.

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Iranian ‘Cultural Centers’ Established to Promote Shiite Islam Blossom in Latin America

Crowds of Shia Muslims at ground zero of the Iranian revolution: the city of Qom. Photo: Didier Bertrand. Source.

Iranian “cultural centers,” established across Latin America to enhance the Shiite country’s influence in the region, have proliferated in the last three years, while the Obama administration has been trying to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran.

“As the foremost state sponsor of terrorism, Iran’s involvement in the region and these cultural centers is a matter for concern, and its diplomatic, economic, and political engagement is closely monitored,” Gen. John Kelly, the commander of U.S. Southern Command (Southcom), told lawmakers last month, as the P5+1 powers approached a self-imposed deadline to draw up a framework for a nuclear deal with Iran.

Breitbart News found that the number of Iranian “cultural centers” in Latin America have more than doubled, from 36 in 2012 to more than 80 today…

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Iran has established 80-plus “cultural centers” across Latin America

In the 2015 Posture Statement to Congress, Southcom Commander Gen. John Kelly, the author, expressed concerns about Iran’s presence in Latin America.

“Iran has established more than 80 ‘cultural centers’ in a region with an extremely small Muslim population. The purported purpose of these centers is to improve Iran’s image, promote Shi’a Islam, and increase Iran’s political influence in the region,” candidly said Gen. Kelly who mentioned that 2015 is likely his last year in command. “As the foremost state sponsor of terrorism, Iran’s involvement in the region and these cultural centers is a matter for concern, and its diplomatic, economic, and political engagement is closely monitored.”

The General did not specifically say where in Latin America the 80 “cultural centers” are located.

There are nearly 40 countries in Latin American and the Caribbean, 33 of which reportedly fall under Southcom’s area of responsibility (AOR).

With 80 Iranian centers in the region, there could be at least one in every country that is part of Southcom’s AOR.

Gen. Kelly mentioned that, over the past 15 years, Iran has been seeking to foster closer ties with Latin American governments in an effort to increase its influence in the region and undermine U.S. sanctions, among other things, noting that those efforts have yielded mixed results.

“Iranian legislators visited Cuba, Ecuador, and Nicaragua to advocate for increased economic and diplomatic cooperation,” Gen. Kelly told lawmakers. “Iran’s outreach is predicated on circumventing sanctions and countering U.S. influence.”

Gen. Kelly also expressed concern over operations conducted in the region by the Iran-backed narco-terror group Hezbollah, based out of Lebanon…

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