Category Archives: South America

Argentina

Date: July 22nd 2013

Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman has produced a list of more than 100 Argentine politicians and officials who were victims of espionage. No country was directly accused of the espionage charges though it is suggested that the list is related to the recently released documents incriminating the US of mass espionage in the region. The US has advised ...

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Bolivia

Date: July 22nd 2013

The Venezuelan Parliament has approved a motion to incorporate Bolivia as a full member of Mercosur. The decision has cleared the way for Bolivia to become the sixth member of the South American trade bloc. Approval from the parliaments of other member countries is still necessary but the initial approval creates strong momentum for the possibility of Bolivia’s ...

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Brazil

Date: July 22nd 2013

The Brazilian government has reported that US Vice President Joe Biden has contacted Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff in an attempt to smooth over relations following the release of US spying documents. The conversation between President Rouseff and Vice President Biden included an apology regarding the matter and a brief explanation. Ultimately, the invitation for a Brazilian delegation to ...

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Chile

Date: July 22nd 2013

Chile’s governing conservative bloc has elected a new candidate to run against Former President Michele Bachelet in the country’s upcoming presidential election. Chilean Labour Minister Evelyn Matthei has been elected as the conservative party’s presidential candidate. Minister Matthei will be replacing the previous conservative candidate Pablo Longueira who resigned last week under claims of depression. The party is ...

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Colombia

Date: July 22nd 2013

A former US marine has allegedly been captured by Colombia’s major rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The US government has released a statement advising that the individual is in Colombia as a tourist and is not part of the US mission in Colombia. As such, the US ambassador to Colombia is requesting that they ...

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Paraguay

Date: July 22nd 2013

Mercosur official and Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro has released a statement advising that Paraguay will hold the rotating Mercosur Presidency in the first half of 2014 following Venezuela’s reign for the rest of the year. Mercosur has announced that Paraguay will be re-inducted as a full Mercosur member this upcoming August 15, once Paraguayan President-elect Horacio Cartes ...

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Perú

Date: July 22nd 2013

Peruvian officials have reportedly captured and burned more than three tonnes of narcotics including marijuana, opiates and cocaine. The operations are reported to have taken place in June and July of this year, and led to multiple arrests throughout the country. Despite this being the third massive drug burn for the country, Peruvian officials state that there are ...

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Uruguay

Date: July 22nd 2013

Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro is pushing for stronger talks between the European Union and Mercosur before year’s end when a large number of Uruguayan export tariff benefits expire. Minister Almagro states that the end of the benefits will constitute a large blow for many Uruguayan industries which will, in turn, affect both EU and Mercosur trade. Foreign ...

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Venezuela

Date: July 22nd 2013

Following a series of criticisms from a US diplomat regarding Venezuela’s human rights record, the Venezuelan government is ending talks with the United States to restore diplomatic relations between both countries. Washington’s UN ambassador-designate Samantha Power compared Venezuela to Cuba, Iran, and Russia by stating that they were guilty of “crackdowns on civil society”.  The Venezuelan foreign ministry ...

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