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Emerging Peru-Colombia strategic bloc, bi-national integration counters Venezuela

Presidents Juan Manuel Santos  of Colombia and Ollanta Humala of Peru in Iquitos, Peru, on Sept. 30, 2014.

Special to By GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Peru and Colombia have, largely unnoticed by the world’s media, continued to quietly work toward an integration of their political, economic, and strategic structures. This growing closeness — albeit without a publicly-stated […]

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Popular mayor of Venezuela’s capital city arrested for plotting coup

Mayor Antonio Ledezma

Special to By Miles Yu, Under orders from President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan intelligence service agents on Feb. 19 stormed the office of Mayor Antonio Ledezma of the capital city Caracas and man-handled him in broad daylight without explanation […]

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China uses hard cash loans to surpass U.S. trade ties with Latin America


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Prospecting for new trading partners, pressing for political influence in a vast region increasingly ignored by the United States, and possessed by a near unquenchable thirst for natural resources,the People’s […]

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Miami FBI office seeks Hizbullah financier with Venezuela passport

Ghazi Nasr Al Din

Special to, Feb. 18, 2015 WASHINGTON — The United States is searching for an alleged financier of the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah. The FBI has been investigating an alleged financer of Hizbullah. The suspect was identified as Ghazi Nasr Al […]

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Venezuela’s Maduro in Beijing to beg for cash to save economy

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Jan. 7.   / VOA / Reuters

Special to President Nicholas Maduro arrived in Beijing this week with an urgent task. He is appealing to the Chinese government to deposit several more billion dollars into Venezuelan government’s bank account to save the economy. With the […]

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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]

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Venezuela’s leader goes on national TV, claims U.S. is out to get him

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Special to By Miles Yu, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro went on national TV on Oct.1 to announce his decision to expel three U.S. diplomats he charged were colluding with Venezuela’s domestic political opposition party. Maduro has, in recent weeks, […]

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Meanwhile in Venezuela, a Russian naval flotilla stages an anti-U.S. show of force

Russia’s Moskva missile cruiser.  /RIA Novosti/Vitaliy Ankov

Special to By Miles Yu, Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued another challenge to U.S. global military influence by dispatching a large naval flotilla to the vehemently anti-American regime in Venezuela. Thus far, a toughened stance toward the […]

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Pyongyang nights: A modest proposal for Edward Snowden


Special to By Donald Kirk, Edward Snowden seems to have considered just about every conceivable option for asylum. At least two countries, Venezuela and Nicaragua, whose leaders are deeply critical of U.S. foreign policy, are happy to accept […]

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Deathwatch for dictator a timebomb in Venezuela

A mural of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to Global Information System CARACAS — Venezuela’s ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (United Socialist Party: PSUV) has, since mid-December 2012, been working on devising a plan to initiate President-elect Hugo Chávez Frias’ new term in office without […]

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