Category Archive: South America

Venezuela Crisis is Out of Control: Cycle of Violence will lead to more Tears

Venezuela Crisis is Out of Control: Cycle of Violence will lead to more Tears Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The original hope installed under Hugo Chavez who focused on… Continue reading

Haiti and the UN: Over 130 Sri Lankan Peacekeepers involved in Child Sex Ring and other Nations

Haiti and the UN: Over 130 Sri Lankan Peacekeepers involved in Child Sex Ring and other Nations Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The United Nations (UN) brought cholera to… Continue reading

Venezuela: In a Hole, and Still Digging

Venezuela: In a Hole, and Still Digging Phil Gunson Senior Analyst, Andes International Crisis Group Images of the bloodied face of Venezuelan opposition MP Juan Requesens, a vicious, diagonal gash across his left… Continue reading

Brazil and Deaths Reaching Nearly 100 since Military Police went on Strike in Vitoria

Brazil and Deaths Reaching Nearly 100 since Military Police went on Strike in Vitoria Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The crisis in Vitoria, just like beheadings in several prisons… Continue reading

Venezuela Is Falling off the Map

Venezuela Is Falling off the Map Phil Gunson Senior Analyst, Andes International Crisis Group Incoming U.S. President Donald Trump’s first foreign-policy surprise could pop up just a few hours’ flying time south of… Continue reading

Another Prison Massacre in Brazil

Another Prison Massacre in Brazil Boutros Hussein and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times The government of Brazil needs to formulate new policies to stem recent grim massacres inside prisons that are obviously out… Continue reading

Pacific Alliance and EFTA after Brexit for the United Kingdom

Pacific Alliance and EFTA after Brexit for the United Kingdom Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The exiting of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU) means that ample… Continue reading

Crisis-hit Venezuela’s Political Rivals Stumble Towards Talks

Crisis-hit Venezuela’s Political Rivals Stumble Towards Talks Phil Gunson Senior Analyst, Andes International Crisis Group High on the slopes of the mountain that separates Caracas from the Caribbean, three capital letters, vertically arranged,… Continue reading

Over 800 Killed in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew Devastates an Already Poor Infrastructure

Over 800 Killed in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew Devastates an Already Poor Infrastructure Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The death toll in Haiti is continuing to climb with latest… Continue reading

FARC Peace Deal with the Government of Colombia is Rejected by Voters: Enormous Apathy

FARC Peace Deal with the Government of Colombia is Rejected by Voters: Enormous Apathy Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The people of Colombia not only rejected the proposed peace… Continue reading

On the Verge of Peace: Colombia Reaches Final Agreement with the FARC

On the Verge of Peace: Colombia Reaches Final Agreement with the FARC International Crisis Group The comprehensive Colombia peace deal faces major challenges, including a 2 October plebiscite, disarmament and UN verification. But… Continue reading

Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela?

Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela? Phil Gunson – Senior Analyst, Andes International Crisis Group In recent weeks Nicolás Maduro appears to have taken a back seat to Venezuela’s top general, defence minister Vladimir Padrino López,… Continue reading

Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice

Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice International Crisis Group The full briefing is also available in: español OVERVIEW In December 2015, President Nicolás Maduro immediately recognised the opposition Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition’s resounding legislative election… Continue reading

Devastating Earthquake in Ecuador: Over 350 Dead and Many Buried Under Rubble

Devastating Earthquake in Ecuador: Over 350 Dead and Many Buried Under Rubble Kanako Itamae and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times The brutal 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador is now known to have killed… Continue reading

President Rousseff of Brazil is Making Matters Worse by Naming Lula Da Silva to be Chief-Of-Staff

President Rousseff of Brazil is Making Matters Worse by Naming Lula Da Silva to be Chief-Of-Staff Joachim de Villiers, Michiyo Tanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil… Continue reading

Venezuela on the Edge

Venezuela on the Edge International Crisis Group The 6 December parliamentary election in which the Venezuelan opposition won a landslide victory and a two-thirds legislative majority, combined with the ongoing economic meltdown, should… Continue reading

Brazil and World Health Organization: Growing Spread of Zika Virus throughout the Americas

Brazil and World Health Organization: Growing Spread of Zika Virus throughout the Americas Galina Zobova and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that the Zika virus will spread… Continue reading

Haiti Cancels Presidential Election: Endless Cycle of Corruption and Poverty

Haiti Cancels Presidential Election: Endless Cycle of Corruption and Poverty Olivier Lecourt, Michiyo Tanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The endless cycle of poverty and corruption continues to blight Haiti and… Continue reading

Regional Nations Opposed to Obama’s National Security Slant Aimed at Venezuela

Regional Nations Opposed to Obama’s National Security Slant Aimed at Venezuela Joachim de Villiers, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Obama was on the wrong side of history when… Continue reading

Disappeared: Justice Denied in Mexico’s Guerrero State

Disappeared: Justice Denied in Mexico’s Guerrero State International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS The Executive Summary is also available in: Spanish Horrific, unpunished human rights violations have blurred the lines between politics,… Continue reading

Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster

Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster International Crisis Group OVERVIEW The accelerating deterioration of Venezuela’s political crisis is cause for growing concern. The collapse in 2014 of an incipient dialogue between government and opposition ushered in… Continue reading

On Thinner Ice: The Final Phase of Colombia’s Peace Talks

On Thinner Ice: The Final Phase of Colombia’s Peace Talks International Crisis Group OVERVIEW The peace talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) enter their toughest stretch both… Continue reading

The New Silk Road and Latin America: Will They Ever Meet?

The New Silk Road and Latin America: Will They Ever Meet? Publication: China Brief By: Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga The Jamestown Foundation Chinese President Xi Jinping’s New Silk Road stretches over 8,000 miles from China… Continue reading

President Obama Condemned by Regional Nations over Venezuela

President Obama Condemned by Regional Nations over Venezuela Joachim de Villiers, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   President Obama was on the wrong side of history when America plugged… Continue reading

FARC and Government of Colombia to Remove Landmines Together

FARC and Government of Colombia to Remove Landmines Together Olivier LeCourt and Helmet Joachim Schmidt Modern Tokyo Times   The government of Colombia and FARC rebels are cementing the trust obtained between both… Continue reading

Mexico: Upheaval and Paralysis

Mexico: Upheaval and Paralysis By Mary Speck | @speckmary International Crisis Group “Mexico cannot go on like this”, President Enrique Peña Nieto said on 27 November, addressing the country from the National Assembly.… Continue reading

FARC is Putting Pressure on President Santos of Colombia

FARC is Putting Pressure on President Santos of Colombia Michiyo Tanabe and Helmet Joachim Schmidt Modern Tokyo Times FARC have announced a very important unilateral ceasefire thereby putting more pressure on President Juan… Continue reading

Guatemala, Rios Montt and Genocide: CIA and US should also be on Trial

Guatemala, Rios Montt and Genocide: CIA and US should also be on Trial Pierre Leblanc and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Guatemalan justice system sentenced Efrain Rios Montt of crimes against… Continue reading