Chile’s Investigative Police (PDI) dismantled an arm of the transnational criminal organization El Tren de Aragua, originally from Venezuela, which has been terrorizing South America with homicides, kidnappings, human trafficking for sexual exploitation, and extortion, among other crimes. Operation Clandestino, which extends to different cities in the north and center of the country, led to the March 24th arrest of five men and a woman from the criminal group, Chilean news site El Mostrador reported.
Chilean Army Captain Gustavo Schwerter, commander of the 8th Mountain Detachment Tucapel’s Andean Company, traveled on March 29, 2022 to the frozen North to participate in the Basic Military Mountaineering Course in Alaska.
A man advances with a machete toward a Colombian service member who during a patrol finds an illegal coca leaf plantation. A member of the LGBTQ community refuses to be searched by a uniformed male soldier. An indigenous man returns from a hunt to find his wife and child surrounded by camouflaged soldiers and threatens them with arrows. These are just some of the scenarios students of the Human Rights (HR) and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) course from the Sargento Inocencio Chincá Noncommissioned Officer Military School, in Tolemaida, Cundinamarca department, presented. In the audience was a group of representatives from U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Human Rights Office and their counterparts from partner nations. The presentation was part of preliminary activities to the III International Seminar on Human Rights and Operational Law, which took place April 28-29, 2022.
RT en Español is a Spanish-language subscription-based television channel of the Russian-based RT network, formally known as Russia Today. RT en Español was launched in 2009 and is also known as Actualidad RT, and now accounts for over 18 million followers on Facebook and 3.5 million on Twitter. Sputnik is a Russian state-owned news agency, news website platform, and radio broadcast service. It was established by the Russian state-owned news agency Rossiya Segodnya in November 2014. Sputnik News’ Spanish sibling is Sputnik Mundo and has hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook. Both accounts in Spanish, which were already popular before the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, have now more followers than their English-language RT counterparts.
FORT BENNING, Georgia – Senior noncommissioned officers (NCOs) from U.S. Army South, Colombia, Brazil, and Mexico gathered at Fort Benning, Georgia, to strengthen partnerships during the 16th iteration of the Programa Integral para Sub-Oficiales de Alta Jerarquía or PISAJ taking place April 25 to May 6.
U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) 7th Special Forces Group is training the Special Counterterrorism Command Unit (UCT) of the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Defense (MIDE), the MIDE said in a statement.
Nicaragua’s National Assembly, dominated by Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, approved reforms on March 31, 2022 that give the regime control over everything from administrative positions to academic programs in universities, Reuters reported.
Gender integration in the armed and security forces in the fields of education, recruitment, and development was among the topics of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Seminar, organized by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the Chilean Joint Peacekeeping Operations Center (CECOPAC) in Santiago, Chile, April 27-29.
Chilean authorities have discovered numerous marijuana plantations in the mountainous regions of central Chile. In the first two months of the year, authorities seized 82,906 plants and 1.2 tons of processed drugs, the Chilean Investigative Police (PDI) said in a March 11 report on Plan Cannabis 2022.
A Brazilian Federal Police (PF) operation, with the support of the Office of the Attorney General and the Homeland Security Investigations Agency of the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, dismantled a gang accused of operating an international ghost gun trafficking scheme. Authorities arrested three people in Brazil and three others were served arrest warrants in the United States on March 15th.
On April 1, the Brazilian Federal Police (PF) launched Operation Decontamination to dismantle a criminal group that was sending drugs by sea to Europe. PF officers, with the support of the Bahia Military Police, served 12 search and seizure warrants and eight preventive arrest warrants in several cities of Bahia and São Paulo states.
As German international media outlet DW noted, until just a few years ago, Chinese corporations were relatively unknown in Latin America, but their direct investments in the region have averaged about $10 billion per year since 2010, and this has a heavy damaging effect on the environment, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).