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Getting the band back together: Putin’s victory march through Latin America

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua’s First Lady Rosario Murillo, right, in Managua, on July 11.  /AFP/Presidencia de Nicaragua/César Pérez

UNITED NATIONS — It’s been a momentous week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the major media focused on his trip to Brazil to accept the handover for the next FIFA World Cup football tournament in Russia as well as […]

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Going global: World Cup exhilaration and soaring national pride

U.S. fans in San Francisco watch the 2014 World Cup soccer match between the United States and Germany on June 26.  /Jeff Chiu/AP

NEW YORK — Finally some good global news! The World Cup in Brazil continues to captivate international audiences with a mix of amazing soccer and increasingly surprising results. Paradoxically, early in the tournament the powerhouse teams were nearly all knocked […]

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Israeli drone on security detail during World Cup in Brazil

Heron-1 drone

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has been assigned to help secure the World Cup games in Brazil. Israel’s leading defense contractor has supplied an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the FIFA World Cup games in Rio de Janeiro. […]

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Israeli defense firms find thriving market in South America

Elbit Systems' Hermes-450

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has sought to expand its defense market in South America. Israel has offered a range of new and surplus combat platforms to a range of countries in South America. This includes fighter-jets, unmanned […]

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Israeli military surveillance system monitors Brazil’s Carnival

Carnival float

Special to TEL AVIV — An Israeli defense major has demonstrated a military-origin surveillance system for crowd control. Elbit Systems introduced its GroundEye persistent surveillance ground system to help secure Brazil’s Carnival. The company, which regards Brazil as a […]

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Syria and other toxic hazes shadow UN General Assembly opening


John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Presidents, prime ministers, kings and potentates will be in New York for the 68th annual UN General Assembly. The ongoing Syrian crisis and the toxic haze of recent chemical weapons use, clouds the diplomatic […]

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Israel sets sights on Brazil as major defense client

The Israeli-made Heron drone is used by Brazilian police to catch drug smugglers.

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has deemed Brazil a potential major defense market. Israel’s Defense Ministry has urged local contractors to invest marketing efforts in Brazil. The ministry’s Sibat arms export agency has organized a pavilion for Brazil’s […]

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UN survey cites rise of the Global South

Brazil's economy is now bigger than Great Britain's.  /Felipe Dana/AP

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “The rise of the South is unprecedented in its speed and scale…when dozens of countries and billions of people move up the development ladder as they are doing today, it has a direct impact […]

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Brazil orders unmanned weapons system from Israeli firm

The Remax remote-controlled weapons station.

Special to TEL AVIV — An Israeli defense major has reported a weapons order from Brazil. Israel’s Elbit Systems said its Brazilian subsidiary was awarded a contract for a remote-controlled weapons station. Elbit said the subsidiary, Ares Aeroespacial e […]

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Israel’s defense industry cultivating ties in South, Central America

Guatemalan Navy Special Forces with Israeli-made Tavor assault rifles.

Special to LONDON — Israel has been selling weapons to several allies in South and Central America. Industry sources said Israel has maintained arms and training projects with several countries in South America over the last two years. They […]

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