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Venezuelan Vice President ‘One of Hezbollah’s Great Bagmen’

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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China Will ‘Increasingly Project’ Military Power in Latin America

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.