WASHINGTON – Conditions in earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince, Haiti, continue to improve day by day, but a tremendous need still exists, the commander of U.S. Southern Command said today.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - The tank landing ship (LST) “Almirante Saboia,” recently commissioned into the Brazilian Navy, will be on its way to Haiti in coming days. The Brazilian Navy has been prepared to deploy the ship since the beginning of the Brazilian aid effort for that country and was waiting for a decision regarding the cargo and the moment to transport it.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Viva Rio started helping in the recovery of Haiti right after the earthquake devastated most of the country on Jan. 12.
Brasilia - A total of R$ 135 million ($75 million dollars) will be used to send ten Rapid-Care Units (UPAs) and fifty Mobile Urgent Care Service (SAMU) ambulances, besides the building of Family Health teams and support for the Child’s Pastoral.
WASHINGTON – U.S. and international relief workers in Haiti are developing a 5,000-bed hospital in the capital of Port-au-Prince to increase medical capacity as the country struggles to recover two weeks after a devastating earthquake struck.
A French amphibious assault ship equipped with two landing craft, four helicopters and onboard operating rooms arrived off Haiti on Sunday and began to offload humanitarian aid.
Paris - The president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, today called on Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in the launch of a “Marshall Plan” to rebuild Haiti. The Latin American and Caribbean region “can and should play a greater role” in the launch of such a Plan, Moreno said in his address to the Second International Economic Forum - Latin America and the Caribbean 2010 held today in Paris.
Barcelona's French striker, Thierry Henry, donated €56,000 to the NGO Doctors Without Borders to help Haiti after last week’s earthquake on Jan. 12, the club announced Friday.
For over 5 years now Brazil has been the leader of the humanitarian aid efforts of MINUSTAH, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti.
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe thanked Ecuador Thursday for its cooperation in the battle against leftist FARC guerrillas in the border region, where separate military operations in recent days by the two countries have left 12 rebels dead.
In an interview published today by the daily O Globo, Brazilian Gen. Floriano Peixoto, commander of the UN peacekeeping force in Haiti, expressed appreciation for the work of US troops in aiding the victims of the January 12 earthquake."
Following a request from the United Nations to increase its peace forces in Haiti, Brazilian army officials claim they are prepared to send an additional 1,300 troops, which would double their presence.
Aid workers in Haiti say progress is being made in getting relief to those affected by last week's devastating earthquake but they stress that distribution of aid is still moving slow.
WASHINGTON - USS Carl Vinson is playing a pivotal role for operations in support of relief efforts in eathquake-striken Haiti.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in India Wednesday the port-clearing ship will help remove debris that has prevented larger ships with food and other vital supplies from making deliveries to help those affected by last week's powerful earthquake.
WASHINGTON - For the second straight day, military officials have characterized the security situation in Haiti as “relatively calm” amid the country’s struggle to recover in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake.
Port-au-Prince, 19 January (EFE).- Singer Ricky Martin traveled to Port-au-Prince today to visit the areas affected by last Tuesday’s earthquake, a catastrophe that he characterized as a “living nightmare,” the organization Habitat for Humanity International announced in a press release."
1/18/2010 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft flew non-stop from Pope Air Force Base, N.C., and delivered 14,500 meals ready to eat and 15,000 liters of water by air into a controlled drop zone of 900 x 1800 yards in Haiti.
Right-wing businessman Sebastián Piñera is Chile’s next president, after his rival from the governing party, Eduardo Frei, conceded defeat, putting an end to twenty years of center-left governments, in power since the end of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.
In another addition to the U.S. military’s efforts to provide disaster relief to victims of Haiti’s earthquake, 2,200 Marines arrived in Haiti, Monday, aboard the USS Bataan.
The cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 17 to support Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE, the joint U.S. military relief effort for earthquake victims.
“Relief for Haiti is happening right now”, USSOUTHCOM Commander, General Douglas Fraser, told reporters Friday, January 15, at a news conference held at SOUTHCOM headquarters. “We are asking the citizens of Haiti to remain calm; help is on the way”, General Fraser added, noting the swift deployment of U.S. humanitarian assistance to the country that was ravaged by a massive earthquake on Tuesday.
Paratroopers from the US army's 82nd Airborne division set up base at the airport in Haiti's quake-devastated capital Port au Prince on Friday and began shipping in heavy equipment.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrived off the coast of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 15 to commence humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Ricardo “Kaká,” a Brazilian forward and newly-signed player for Real Madrid, coming from Milan, declared that he feels “more comfortable playing in Spain,” in an interview with radio station Cadena SER.
Peruvian police dismantled a ring of military personnel that was selling armament to Colombia's leftist FARC guerrillas, La Republica newspaper reported.
USSOUTHCOM Commander, General Douglas Fraser, emphasized the humanitarian relief efforts that are underway to provide assistance to victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti Tuesday, during a news conference held January 14, 2010 at USSOUTHCOM headquarters.
U.S. military forces have mobilized to support international disaster relief efforts underway in Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake that ravaged the Caribbean nation. Current U.S. military efforts will focus on working with MUNUSTAH to provide search and rescue, disaster relief and security, if necessary.
Suriname and France signed an agreement on Tuesday to step up security cooperation on the border with French Guiana, Suriname Justice and Police Minister Chan Santokhi said.
NEW YORK(AFP) -- At least 22 United Nations employees died in the earthquake which rocked Haiti Tuesday, while 150 other are missing, reported this Thursday United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.
Four Brazilian members of the UN peacekeeping force in Haiti were killed in the massive earthquake which struck the impoverished nation, a military official said Wednesday.
Stunned Haitians are digging through the rubble of Port-au-Prince, where thousands are feared dead after a massive earthquake destroyed much of the capital.
Secretary Clinton (Jan. 12): "We are still gathering information about this catastrophic earthquake, the point of impact, its effect on the people of Haiti. The United States is offering our full assistance to Haiti and to others in the region. We will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance. And our prayers are with the people who have suffered, their families, and their loved ones."
Mexico has captured a kingpin accused of terrorizing his way to the top of a gang fighting for control of key U.S. drug routes — even ordering rivals dissolved in acid. Tuesday's arrest, announced by U.S. and Mexican officials, capped a series of victories in Mexico's U.S.-backed war on narcotics.
The Hubble Telescope has broken a new record by discovering the oldest galaxies yet observed, dating from 13 billion years ago, which is to say 600 to 800 million years after the Big Bang, NASA announced Tuesday.
For the fifth time in two years the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA) delivers its full International Noncommissioned Officer Academy (INCOA) Course in a mobile capacity. Deployed for 46 days to Bogota, Colombia, Master Sergeant Samuel Nuñez and Technical Sergeant Juan Marquez offered 220 hours of United States Air Force Enlisted Professional Military Education to 15 Colombian Senior Noncommissioned Officers. Among the participants was the first CMSgt of the Air Force equivalent, Tecnico Jefe de Comando Gonzalo Cuervo. In addition, the group of students included the first three females to ever participate in an enlisted leadership development program in the Colombian Air Force’s 90-year history.
CALDERIA, CHILE- The scenario paints a picture of insurgent control, oppression of the population, kidnappings, turmoil and death for the people of the “Republic of Morado.” Multinational stabilization forces are unable to control the insurgent attacks and request assistance from the United Nations.
Bogotá, 6 January (EFE).- Colombian president Álvaro Uribe said today that the FARC is a “killing and lying” group that is trying to justify the recent murder of the governor of El Caquetá, Luis Francisco Cuéllar, in statements written in Europe.
Bogotá, 5 January (EFE).- Six guerrillas belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), including the second-in-command of this organization’s Front 51, were killed today in combat in the east-central region of the country, military sources announced.
Argentine singer Sandro, a popular idol famous in Latin America, who died Monday, was mourned Wednesday by thousands of fans who came to file past his remains, in lines that had not stopped since the previous day, where he lay in repose in the Palace of the National Congress.
eynaldo Torres, left, a blind Colombian Soldier, ran in the Nov. 1 New York City Marathon with the help of Colombian Army Col. Luis Vargas, liaison officer at the U.S. Southern Command. Torres was left blind after suffering combat wounds from an improvised explosive device. He was among 11 Colombian Soldiers injured in combat operations against the FARC to run in the marathon, one of the largest in the world. Torres finished the 42 km race in 04:33:18. The winner was Meb Keflezighi of the U.S. with a time of 2:09:15.
Along with pride at being named the site of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro is proud of hosting international military tournaments. In 2011, the city will host the fifth Military World Games, which take place every four years.
Eight of the 32 teams participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup come from the Americas, which is home to some of the best players in the world, such as Brazil’s Kaká, Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Uruguay’s Diego Forlán. The International Federation of Association Football event, dating back to 1930, is played every four years.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner invites Argentines to rethink their country during the bicentennial. “The bicentennial will offer us a great opportunity to rethink our country, not looking back but looking forward, yet with a vision of those things we could have done better or where we went wrong so that we do not make the same mistakes again,” Fernández said during the official presentation of the bicentennial program in December 2009.
Argentina commemorates the 200th anniversary of its Revolution on May 25. The nation broke colonial ties with Spain in 1810. At that time, Argentines set up an autonomous local government called the Primera Junta (First Board), composed of intellectuals and military leaders. The country declared its independence on July 9, 1816. The first constitution was adopted in 1853.
About 150 million children under age 14 are forced to work
A worker operates a drill at the state-run Lithium pilot plant in Río Grande, Bolivia, where the largest salt flats in the world are found. Underneath the salt flats are the world’s largest reserves of lithium — a key mineral used in medicine and especially in rechargeable batteries used in items such as cell phones, laptops and electric cars. Bolivia has half the world’s known reserves of lithium, and officials estimate the reserves hold 100 million tons of lithium, reported news agency AFP.
The United States plans to reopen a radar base on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in a cooperative venture to fight narcotrafficking. The base in Nandayure in Guanacaste province has been closed since 1995, said Paul Trivelli, Civilian Deputy to the Commander at U.S. Southern Command, in an interview with Costa Rican daily La Nación in October.
Increasing numbers of African immigrants are arriving in Latin America as European countries tighten border controls. They are escaping violence and civil war, and arriving on cargo ships or commercial planes. “One night I went to the seaport,” Sierra Leone immigrant Ibrahim Abdoul Rahman (pictured here selling jewelry in Buenos Aires) told Reuters news agency. “I was thinking I was going to Europe. Later I found out I was in Argentina.”
Military forces in Latin America and the Caribbean have a variety of military institutions to educate their personnel about dealing with new challenges. As a follow-up to the previous edition, DIÁLOGO again presents a selection of military academic institutions, this time in the Andean region.
Night vision equipment, bulletproof vests and metal scanners were part of the equipment received by Belize as part of the U.S. government’s Mérida Initiative in January, reported Belizean newspaper The Guardian. The Mérida Initiative is a multiyear regional effort to strengthen the capacities of the governments in Central America, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti to fight organized narcotics trafficking organizations in the region. The equipment also included cameras, binoculars, metal detectors, video projectors, computers, flashlights and Global Positioning System receivers. This equipment will be distributed to more than 20 branches of the Belize Police Department and the Belize Central Prison, the newspaper reported.
A new fiber-optic cable is set to increase Guyana’s bandwidth capacity, reported the Web site Caribbean Net News. The cable is set to increase Internet capacity by 3,000 times and will bring national development opportunities including e-governance, e-health, e-learning and e-security, among others, said officials from the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Co., or GT&T.
Peru is working on a new approach to counter the violence from the remnants of the Shining Path guerrilla group. Rafael Rey, Peru’s minister of defense, told the news agency EFE that the approach includes new military intelligence and elite forces. It also includes a reward program that could pay $100,000 or more for information leading to the capture of Shining Path commanders. For 2010, Peru has assigned $191 million for action against the rebels in their main areas of operations, such as Ayacucho, Cuzco, Junín and Huancavelica, according to The Associated Press.
Navy boats were on display Dec. 1, in Isla Chapera, Panama, at the inauguration of Panama’s first naval base aimed at fighting regional drug traffic. The base is the first of 11 planned to cut maritime trafficking routes from South America to North America. The base will be operated by officers from the National Police, the National Naval Air Service and the National Border Service.
Salitre 2009, hosted by the Chilean Air Force, or FACh, helped build cooperative capability to respond to humanitarian crises and promote regional security. It was held Oct. 19-30 at the Cerro Moreno Air Base in Antofagasta, northern Chile. The exercise involved 60 airplanes and 400 participants from the United States, Brazil, Argentina and France, while Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico and Bolivia were observer countries.
Fifteen Colombian noncommissioned officers took a leadership course offered by the Inter-American Air Forces Academy in their home country late in 2009. It was the fifth time in two years that the International Noncommissioned Officer Academy course was presented outside its normal location at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
The trade in drugs, weapons and other forms of illicit trafficking is a direct threat to national security and undermines the stability of all countries in the Western Hemisphere. The networks established by illicit traffickers transcend national boundaries. Since no single country can fully tackle these problems alone, these threats require cooperation between partner nations. U.S. Southern Command is fully committed to working with partner nations to combat these threats to prosperity in the region.
The sound of bass drums, rainsticks, marimbas — an instrument similar to the xylophone — and long conical bongos known as “cununos” can be heard once more in Colombia, thanks to a Ministry of Culture plan to restore the musical heritage of Latin America’s second-biggest population of African descent after Brazil.
What can be done to eliminate the increasing violence caused by gangs in Central and South America? This book, compiled by Peruvian NGO Ciudad Nuestra, gathers the opinions and research of experts, who address reasons that drive youngsters to become gang members. It also considers the complexities of these groups and provides successful examples of eradication and prevention in Peru, the United States, Canada and South Africa.
Spanish director Ana Diez presents the drama of two young people who learn about love just as politics in Uruguay turn their world upside down. Xavi is separated from his first love Rosana when Marxist rebels begin plotting an overthrow of Uruguay’s dictatorship in 1973. After 30 years, they find each other in Spain.
Twisted and charred debris from a burnt-out Boeing 727 was found scattered in the Sahara Desert about 200 km north of Gao in Mali on Dec. 10. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, or UNODC, said the plane transported cocaine from Venezuela and landed on a makeshift airstrip in the West African country. Local officials said the cargo was unloaded and the plane crashed during takeoff, the Reuters news agency reported.
Insurgent fighting in war-torn Somalia has made violence a way of life in some places. That’s why the donation of seven ambulances is a heralded addition. Each ambulance was paid for by local and expatriate Somalis. Residents can simply call for the ambulances without charge, and the vehicles will be dispatched to the scene.
Boasting one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, a team of top scientists and a campus at which female and male students can mingle freely, Saudi Arabia’s new multibillion-dollar university aims to break both scientific and social barriers. Classrooms are integrated, women are allowed to drive on campus and, as the photo shows, they aren’t required to shroud themselves in the black abaya.
An Afghan worker stands in front of a United Nations guest house that was destroyed in Kabul. The U.N. and other aid agencies are trying to protect workers, who are increasingly targets of violence.
Two victims who found refuge at a halfway house in Manila reflect the problem of human trafficking in the Philippines. The Australian and Philippine governments have launched a project in Manila that aims to strengthen the Philippine criminal justice system in combating human trafficking. The $17 million project will provide training for police, judges and prosecutors in the Philippines, according to ABC Asia Pacific News Centre. The hope is to improve prevention of forced labor, illicit adoption, street begging, the harvesting of body organs and sexual exploitation. The program is already in place in other Southeast Asian countries, including Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand.
Latin America sets the standard for nuclear nonproliferation
The FARC in Colombia and the Taliban in Afghanistan fund violence through the drugs they once disdained
Colombia’s Extinction of Dominion over Assets Law Serves as a Model for Other Governments
Drug trafficking organizations follow the model of transnational businesses while developing criminal links and violence across the region
The arrests of Syrian Monzer al-Kassar in Spain in 2007 and Russian Viktor Bout in Thailand in 2008 shed light on how easy it is to smuggle weapons into Latin America.
Shared border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay becomes hotbed for forced prostitution
Organized criminal groups have become deeply involved in illicit trafficking of wildlife, precious stones and minerals, human organs and other contraband. This black market trade provides a source of profit in addition to the narcotrafficking and weapons trades.
The aftermath of Haiti’s devastating earthquake in January brought forth an unprecedented show of solidarity worldwide among governments, private sectors, nongovernmental organizations and the public.
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti, leaving a trail of death and destruction in its wake. The Haitian government estimates the death toll from the quake to be more than 200,000, while the International Red Cross says up to three million people have been affected.
Dialogo: Chile is commemorating this year the bicentennial of its independence. What will the Chilean Armed Forces contribute to these celebrations and what has been their historical contribution to the country?
Pacific Alliance countries Colombia, Perú and Chile combat illegal mining
Colombia: Land restitution amid the armed conflict
Colombian authorities melt firearms to keep them away from the FARC and the ELN
Honduras protects its Atlantic and Pacific coasts from drug trafficking
Argentine security forces capture alleged high-ranking member of Italian mafia
Medellín security initiatives lower homicides by organized crime
International security, intelligence leaders share ideals, enrich partnerships
Central American police partner with the FBI to fight MS-13 and M-18 gangs
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