Catatumbo in Dispute

María Fernanda Barreto Mouth of the Catatumbo River with Lake Maracaibo (Photo: Alan Highton / Cordon Press) The beautiful and strategic Catatumbo River originates in Colombia in the department of Norte de Santander and runs 240 kilometers until it reaches the Venezuelan border. From there it enters the state of Zulia, and flows its last…

Colombia: A Threat to Latin America

Pueblo en Armas In Colombia, state terrorism has deepened and is open. Social leaders, indigenous people, peasants, teachers, settlers are assassinated every day. The rich in Colombia hold on to power and maintain their model of accumulation by means of discriminatory violence against activists and their organizations. According to data from Global Witness, a Human…

Southern Command and its “Maximum Pressure Plan” against Venezuela

Hernan Cano Craig Faller’s second visit to Colombia in less than three months is interpreted in Caracas as a new step towards destabilization in Venezuela. Two analysts consulted by Sputnik agree that the presence of the head of the US Southern Command seeks to generate greater pressure on the government of Nicolas Maduro. “He is…

In Nobody’s Backyard: Rejecting Geo-Political and Historical Fatalism

Gerald A. Perreira Except for the hum of US helicopters flying overhead, there was a deafening silence throughout the Caribbean region, during the recent Operation Tradewinds, Progressive and Pan-African forces did not utter a word, as soldiers from Guyana, Brazil, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago participated in this region-wide…

U.S., Colombia: NATO Partners Held Air Combat Exercise

Relampago VI occurred earlier this month. In 2017 NATO signed an Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme with Colombia and the country joined NATO’s Partners Across the Globe in 2018. In January Colombia’s Vice Foreign Minister for Multilateral Affairs Adriana Mejía and Vice Defence Minister for Strategy and Planning Jairo García met with NATO representatives to…

Senegal, Brazil Prepared for NATO Partnerships

The following excerpts are from the website of the U.S. National Guard concerning Senegalese troops being trained in Louisiana. Senegal has recently participated in the U.S. Africa Command-led African Lion multinational military exercise in Morocco and in the U.S./Ukraine-hosted 32-nation Sea Breeze war games in the Black Sea. Also participating in both was Brazil. In…

Evo Morales Denounces New U.S.-Led Operation Condor

Nan McCurdy and Nora McCurdy Bolivia’s ex-President Evo Morales. | Photo: Twitter/ @evoespueblo Plan follows precedent of 1970s state-sponsored assassination campaign targeting leftists. Operation Condor was a U.S.-directed secret intelligence program in the 1970s and early ’80s in six South American U.S.-backed dictatorships—Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay—that resulted in the torture and “disappearance”…