10 April 2013 – NSA
Banana Giant Fears National Security Archive “Media Campaign”
Company Says SEC Should Withhold Info on Illegal Transactions
Tagged: Colombia Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts
10 April 2013 – NSA
Leave a Reply
18 September, 2012 – Global Research - By Drone Wars UK
A new US Congress report on the proliferation of drones has confirmed a huge rise in the number of countries that now have military unmanned aerial systems. The US 012 report on the proliferation of UAVs. The report examines both the proliferation of UAVs, commonly known as drones, and examines US and multilateral controls on the export of drone technology.
5 March 2012 — williambowles.info
TUMEKE!: What Wikileaks reveals about New Zealand
What Wikileaks reveals about New Zealand. The latest Wikileaks leak from corporate security advisor Stratfor is delicious reading for how their masters of the universe god complex becomes our reality. The contempt many regard our passive …
Julie Lévesque: SOCIAL MEDIA “TACTICAL INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION” – Spying and Propaganda using Facebook, Twitter
A new study by the Mediterranean Council for Intelligence Studies’ (MCIS) 2012 Intelligence Studies Yearbook points to the use of social media as “the new cutting edge in open-source tactical intelligence collection”. IntelNews.org’s Joseph Fitsanakis, who co-authored the study, reports: Continue reading this...
Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Palestine, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey, among other states, have suffered from incursions by espionage or attacks from drones.
The extremely fast footwork is Cali Colombian Style Salsa. Colombian style salsa is all about dancing on point to every instrument, vocal and speed of a salsa, boogaloo or charanga song. It is not on 1, 2 or 3 count. This is an advanced level salsa — aka John Jairo ” Piña” Rodriguez- Cali, Colombia. Bailarin extremadamente agil, veloz y a tiempo. De Nuevo Calena 04. Orange County Salsa Festival 2009
Posted by: Karel Vereycken, Paris on 8:58am 30/9/07 Last Updated on Sunday, September 30, 2007 11:43
[In light of the alleged pullout of US troops from Iraq and in spite of its age, I thought this worth getting a wider exposure. Transferred from my original which can be found here]
“While greed may be good, war is better” – Forbes.com, comment on DynCorp’s financial profits on the stock markets.
3 December 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation
Iran and the Strategic Encirclement of Syria and Lebanon
02.12.2011 | 10:26 | Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA (Canada)
The encirclement of Syria and Lebanon has long been in the works. Since 2001, Washington and NATO have started the process of cordoning off Lebanon and Syria… While Washington is engaged in its naval build-up, the mainstream media networks controlled by the Saudis and Arab clients of the U.S. are focusing on the deployment of Russian naval vessels to Syria, which can be seen as a counter-move to NATO… France has sent its military trainers into Turkey and Lebanon to prepare conscripts against Syria… The so-called Free Syrian Army and other NATO-GCC front organizations are also using Turkish and Jordanian territory to stage raids into Syria… What the world is facing is a pathway towards possible military escalation that could go far beyond the boundaries of the Middle East and suck in Russia, China, and their allies…
22 August 2011 — Information Clearing House
The Strange Calm Over Tripoli?
By Franklin Lamb
Looking over the skyline of Tripoli at 7:30 a.m. 8/22/11 from the 26th floor of the Corinthia Hotel it seems that it’s just about over for the Qaddafi regime.
15 July 2011 — NACLA
NACLA subscribers should be getting the print edition of our Mexico Drug Crisis issue this week. But for those of you who have not yet subscribed, you can read the stories of four women traffickers and a 16-year-old hit man online for free.
11 July 2011 — IPS
• After decades of civil war, South Sudan ‘s independence Saturday marks it’s entrance as the newest country on the world’s stage. In an exclusive Q&A, Fikru Abebe, director of the Sudan Southern programme at Plan International, tells Miriam Gathigah that the country is in “a carnival mood with a lot of excitement and hope.” Continue reading this...
IPS Weekly 17 June 2011: THE WEEK from Bogota, Port-au-Prince, Washington, Freetown, New Delhi, San Salva
17 June 2011 — IPS
• On Friday, June 10, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed the long-awaited Victims and Land Restitution Law that will provide reparations to displaced victims of the country’s armed conflict between guerrillas, paramilitaries and government agents. In two exclusive Q&As, Helda Martínez interviews Liberal Party lawmaker Guillermo Rivera and human rights activist Marco Romero on the new law.
29 September, 2010 — National Security Archive
Ambassador Cited Accused Colombian General’s Reliance on Death Squads
“Systematic” Support of Paramilitaries “Pivotal to his Military Success”
Infamous General a “Not-So-Success” Story of U.S. Military Training
Washington, DC, September 29, 2010 – The U.S. ambassador to Colombia reported in 1998 that the “systematic arming and equipping of aggressive regional paramilitaries” was “pivotal” to the military success of Gen. Rito Alejo del Río Rojas, now on trial for murder and collaboration with paramilitary death squads while commander of a key army unit in northern Colombia.
The Secret “Biographic Note” from Ambassador Curtis Kamman is one of several documents published today by the National Security Archive pertaining to Del Río, whose trial resumes this month after years of impunity and delay. The documents are also the subject of an article published today in Spanish at VerdadAbierta.com, the leading online gateway for information on paramilitarism in Colombia. The article was also published in English today on the Web site of the National Security Archive.
“The collection is a unique and potentially valuable source of evidence in the case against Del Río, reflecting years of reports linking the senior army commander to paramilitarism,” said Michael Evans, director of the Archive’s Colombia Documentation Project. “As Del Río’s trial resumes, the court should examine the contemporaneous accounts of U.S. officials who were required by law to monitor and certify Colombia’s human rights performance.”
Other revelations include:
- The U.S. embassy takes a favorable view of Col. Carlos Alfonso Velásquez, who called for an investigation of Del Río’s ties to paramilitary groups, noting that his statements “add credibility to our human rights report.”
- A report on a conversation with Col. Velásquez, who told U.S. military officials that cooperation with paramilitaries “had gotten much worse under Del Río.”
- Documents reporting conspicuous increases in anti-paramilitary operations after Del Río’s transfer out of northern Colombia. The embassy said it was “more than coincidental that the recent anti-paramilitary actions have all taken place since the departure from northern Colombia of military personnel believed to favor paramilitaries.”
- The embassy notes a disturbing instance of possible military-paramilitary complicity in a paramilitary attack outside Bogotá just weeks after Del Río took command of the nearby military brigade.
- The shifting U.S. opinion about Del Río is clearly evident in two U.S. military reports from early 1998. In the first, Del Río, who attended the U.S. Army School of the Americas, is lauded as a U.S. military training “success story.” But a second, corrected, report from March 1998 lists Del Río instead as a “not-so-success” story, citing his alleged paramilitary ties.
Visit the Archive’s Web site or VerdadAbierta.com for more information about today’s posting.
THE NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVE is an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The Archive collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A tax-exempt public charity, the Archive receives no U.S. government funding; its budget is supported by publication royalties and donations from foundations and individuals.
9 August, 2010 — Interpress News Service
BURMA: Call for War Crimes Inquiry Foils U.N. Envoy’s Trip
BANGKOK, Aug 9 – When a U.N. human rights investigator for Burma called for an international inquiry to look into possible war crimes by the country?s military regime, he added significant weight to similar calls that had been made in other quarters.
Shark Slaughter Advances Into Red Sea
HURGHADA, Egypt, Aug 9 – Six Yemeni fishing boats captured in Egyptian territorial waters in June might have gone unnoticed if not for their unusual cargo — several kilometers of long lines and over 20 tons of dead sharks.
5 August, 2010 — The B u l l e t – Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 399
Uribe’s Parting Shot
Outgoing Colombian President, Álvaro Uribe, dropped a figurative bomb in the Andes on Thursday, July 22, just weeks before the scheduled inauguration of President-elect Juan Manuel Santos, Uribe’s former Defence Minister. At the behest of Bogotá, an extraordinary session of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) was convened to hear Colombia’s accusations that there are “1,500 guerrillas and dozens of encampments of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Venezuela,” both groups deemed to be “terrorist” organizations by Colombia and the United States.
In response, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez – flanked by visiting Argentine soccer sensation and leftist celebrity, Diego Maradona – announced on Venezuelan television that he had cut all diplomatic relations with Colombia.
The Venezuelan embassy in Bogotá was closed and Colombian diplomats in Caracas were given 72 hours to vacate the country. The Venezuelan armed forces, particularly those 20,000 troops stationed along the Colombian-Venezuelan border, were put on “maximum alert,” given the gravity of the accusations levelled against Venezuela by the Uribe government. Chávez accused Uribe of using the alleged guerrilla encampments as a pretext to bring the two countries to war.
21 July, 2010 — NACLA
The North American Congress on Latin America denounces the State Department’s decision to deny a visa to Colombian TV journalist Hollman Morris. Morris was slated to receive the Samuel Chavkin Award for Integrity in Latin American Journalism, given by NACLA in recognition of his brave and uncompromising coverage of the armed conflict in Colombia. NACLA originally planned to hold the Chavkin Award ceremony on June 8 but had to postpone it when it became clear that the U.S. Embassy was taking much longer than usual to renew Morris’s tourist visa. The government later denied Morris a student visa that would allow him to take up a prestigious Nieman Foundation fellowship to study at Harvard University.
The visa denial appears to be intended to punish Morris for his reporting on the Colombian peace and human rights movement. According to the “refusal worksheet” provided to Morris by the State Department, the visa was denied under section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which, as amended by section 411 of the USA Patriot Act, bars visas from being granted to any foreigner who has used his or her “position of prominence” to “endorse or espouse terrorist activity, or to persuade others to support terrorist activity or a terrorist organization.”
19 July, 2010 — Interpress News Service
INDIA: Amid Renewed Violence, Kashmir Journalists Become the News
Athar Parvaiz ? Asia Media Forum*
SRINAGAR, India, Jul 19 – Abdul Rehman stopped in his tracks when he did not see his usual newspapers strewn out on his lawn one morning this month. But little did he know that he would not see newspapers, whether out on the newsstands or delivered to subscribers like him, for three more days.
More Information to be Shared on AIDS Vaccine
VIENNA, Jul 18 – Scientists participating in the 18th International AIDS conference that opens in Vienna Sunday promise to share more information on vaccine research.
Venezuela – U.S. Research File The Interdependence Behind Bilateral Political Tensions: Economic Realities Affecting Venezuela – U.S. Relations By Felix Blossier
7 April, 2010 — Council on Hemispheric Affairs
In January 2006, the sixth gathering of the World Social Forum, during which Hugo Chávez as well as other left-leaning and socialist leaders fiercely criticized imperialist practices, was held in the Caracas Hilton Hotel. As James Surowiecki noted in an article for The New Yorker six months before the conference opened, a meeting sponsored by the Venezuelan Ministry of Finance took place at the same hotel. The aim of the aforementioned meeting was meant to promote American investments in Venezuela. How can one explain such a paradox? Are Venezuela and the United States only rhetorical political foes? Or, is there an underlying economic relationship between these two countries that renders them important trading partners?