SOUTHCOM Week in Review Ending 15 Dec 09

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Hot Topics

AR: Argentine ex-spy on trial in deaths of French nuns 12/10/09

BO: EVO MORALES WARNS OF THE DANGER OF US BASES IN COLOMBIA 12/11/09

BR: Brazil to name “Truth committee” to look into torture crimes under military rule 12/15/09

CL: Chilean president appeals for tranquil elections on Sunday 12/11/09

CL: Conservative leads in Chile election 12/14/09

CO: The FARC and the ‘Peace Community’ 12/13/09

CO: The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is still weakening… 12/14/09

CU: Cuba Detains a US Contractor 12/11/09

EC: Ecuador’s Rafael Correa: Copenhagen Climate Hero or Environmental Foe? 12/13/09

HT: Popular candidates kept off ballot in Haiti 12/11/09

PE: Venezuelan journalist asks for political asylum in Peru 12/10/09

SV: El Salvador diplomats plan for US immigration reform 12/13/09

VE: ELN members seek refuge in Venezuela, says Colombia 12/14/09

Below the Fold: Instability, Special Operations, Security Forces, Foreign Affairs, Crime

Instability

CO: If Venezuela Fears Colombian Attack It Admits FARC Presence, Bogota Says 12/12/09

CO: Colombian Guerrillas Kill Police Officer, Wound 6 Others 12/14/09

CO: GRIP Report Implicates Bulgaria in Weapons Trafficking 12/13/09

GT: Allegations of police killings in Guatemala must be investigated 12/15/09

HN: Honduras’ top anti-drug official killed 12/10/09

HT: Haiti’s child-slaves suffer in silence 12/10/09

Special Operations

CO: AFP agents’ war on cocaine 12/13/09

Security Forces

BR: Brazilian president committed to refurbishment of Armed Forces 12/15/09

CO: Nearly 2000 Militiamen Arrested in Colombia in ’09 12/14/09

EC: Ecuador: Report Says US Aided Attack on Rebels 12/10/09

GT: Guatemalan Security Forces Seize Thousands of Weapons 12/14/09

HT: More Colombian police headed to Haiti for UN mission 12/14/09

NI: Avilés Promotion Shows Military’s Strength 12/10/09

SV: El Salvador Arrests 60 alleged Gang Members 12/11/09

Foreign Affairs

AA: Venezuela’s Mercosur entry still uncertain 12/11/09

AR: Argentina’s Opposition Groups Join Forces to Take on Kirchners 12/11/09

AR: Farmers, gov’t lock horns again 12/14/09

CU: Cuba’s Casto hits out at US over Latin America policies 12/14/09

PE: Peru arms buying shows Chinese inroads into S. America 12/11/09

VE: Venezuela’s Chavez sees US ‘threat’ over Iran ties 12/13/09

Crime

AA: Officials: Zetas leader arrested in Matamoros 12/11/09

AA: Turkish police seize cocaine capsules in drug trafficker’s stomach 12/14/09

BR: Fuelling the war in Brazil 12/12/09

GT: Guatemala: Two MSICG Members Assassinated 12/13/09

PE: PERUVIAN PARLIAMENT INVESTIGATES POLICE DEATH SQUAD 12/11/09

VE: In Venezuela, Even Death May Not Bring Peace 12/10/09