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Mar 26, 2018 0 Comments

Venezuelan Vice President ‘One of Hezbollah’s Great Bagmen’ Media Appearances, Media Mentions

Edwin Mora’s latest from his column in Breitbart, titled “Venezuelan Vice President ‘One of Hezbollah’s Great Bagmen’,” details Hezbollah’s presence in the Western Hemisphere.

Mora’s article alludes to our recent Capitol Hill policy event, “The Crime-Terror Convergence: Countering Hezbollah’s Growing Empire in Latin America,” where several experts spoke on the expanding connections Hezbollah has been able to make due to the “permissive environment” in Venezuela.

Humire adds that Venezuela has “become a [Hezbollah] safe haven. It’s become a sanctuary. It’s become a support network. Hezbollah has relied on Venezuela for very much to increase their presence throughout the Western Hemisphere.”

To find more about Hezbollah in Latin American, click the link to read the full article, here.

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Mar 2, 2018 0 Comments

Mexico’s Elections Matter to the U.S. and China Media Appearances, Media Mentions

Authors: FERNANDO MENÉNDEZ

Fernando Menéndez remarks on Tillerson’s recent trip to Latin America, the upcoming election in Mexico, and the future of US-Mexican relations in his latest article for China-US Focus.

Tillerson’s trip highlighted a few important things. The “first is the upcoming election in Mexico which, contrary to the prevailing winds, may place a hostile, anti-U.S. demagogue at the head of the U.S.’s largest trade partner south of the border.”

This demagogue is “front-runner, former Mexico City mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as AMLO), an admirer of the Cuban and Venezuelan revolutions with a long history of demonstrated support for other leftist and populist causes. 

 Tillerson’s trip also stressed the “long-term issue [of] the growing presence and influence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the hemisphere via economic opportunities. President López Obrador may take a page from the populist playbook by opening a wider door to China as a counterweight to the U.S. in Mexico and raising tensions further.”

This election comes at a time when the relationship between the United States and Mexico is deteriorating, giving Mexico and China the opportunity to recalculate theirs.

 

Read the full article at China-US Focus, here.

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Feb 28, 2018 0 Comments

China Will ‘Increasingly Project’ Military Power in Latin America Media Appearances, Media Mentions

In response to our latest Dispatch, Breitbart columnist Edwin Mora discusses China’s increasing role in Latin America. The article echoes the report and notes the increasing security concern that Bejing’s actions in the region pose.

As well as ongoing economic influence, there has been a “steady increase in Chinese intelligence activities in Latin America, which likely seek to collect information on U.S. military technology and doctrine; conduct cyber warfare, and carry out corporate espionage.” 

This security concern is also noted by the U.S. military who have said, “The larger strategic challenge posed by China in this region is not yet a military one. It is an economic one, and a new approach may be required to compete effectively against China’s coordinated efforts in the Americas. Some of the most critical elements needed in this effort are not ones that [SOUTHCOM] can bring to bear.”

To read the full article click, here and check the latest Dispatch out, here.