01 Feb 2019

Twitter, Facebook Removed Thousands Of Fake Accounts Tied To Iran, Russia Before 2018 Mid-Terms

Both Twitter and Facebook have taken action to address malicious influence campaigns on their platforms. Twitter removed thousands of accounts that had actively tweeted on the 2018 U.S. midterm election, despite originating from countries such as Iran, Russia and Venezuela. Many of these accounts had already been suspended before the elections.

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24 Jan 2019

Venezuela crisis: Maduro cuts ties with US after it recognises opposition leader

The crisis in Venezuela has reached what could become its tipping point, with the opposition leader and head of the National Assembly Juan Guaido declaring himself president during a day of mass protests on Wednesday. Since this announcement, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, and Paraguay have

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21 Jan 2019

Venezuela crisis: Military could turn on Nicolás Maduro

The Venezuelan military has been increasingly sapped of capacity and political allegiance as the country’s political and economic crises drags on with no end in sight. Recently, a number of officers outside of the country have echoed international opinion in declaring President Maduro’s rule illegitimate, and several analysts argue that

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09 Jan 2019

Iranian navy vows to sail into America’s backyard this spring

Iran’s official new agency has announced that the Iranian navy will visit the western Atlantic Ocean for the first time this spring, including its recently commissioned home-built Sahand destroyer. The move responds to the regular US warship patrol of the Persian Gulf, where nearly 1/3 of all sea-traded oil passes,

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03 Jan 2019

Colombia Investigates a Possible Plot to Assassinate President, Official Says

“Colombia is investigating a possible plot to assassinate President Ivan Duque that may involve Venezuelan nationals arrested while carrying ‘weapons of war,’ according to a top official. Without providing evidence or any further details, Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes posted a 90-second video on Twitter Saturday night that said Colombia’s intelligence

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28 Dec 2018

Latin America grapples with migrant exodus that looks set to worsen in 2019

“About 3.3 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015 and the United Nations estimates about two million more, from a population of 32 million, could follow in 2019. Every day, about 5,000 Venezuelans leave home, according to the United Nations, in one of the biggest exodus of people in modern

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18 Dec 2018

Russia will struggle to use its Caribbean bomber base to threaten America

Russia’s movement of nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela generated a media buzz that included new fears of homeland vulnerability and frustration over Russian aggression and escalation. Aside from irritating the U.S., however, the deployment does not strengthen Russia’s position. The Russian Tu-160 bomber is can be easily intercepted by fourth generation

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28 Nov 2018

Defense Officials Warn of China and Russia Tampering in Caribbean

As the U.S. sends hospital ships and doctors to aid refugees from Venezuela, SecDef Mattis and outgoing Admiral Kurt Tidd has warned of China and Russia’s different response in the hemisphere. Tidd emphasized that “China is doing everything in its power to entice nations in this hemisphere to put on

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28 Nov 2018

Odds Of Venezuela Turning Around Economy Approaching Zero

The Venezuelan economy contracted by an estimated -10.6% in 2017 and -12.6% in 2018, according to forecasts by Fitch Solutions. In 2019, GDP is projected to shrink by -13.9%. Having looked to Russia and China for economic support in the midst of the crisis, Venezuela’s CITGO is now largely dominated

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26 Nov 2018

Venezuela Is Leaking Oil Everywhere and Making a Dangerous Mess

One side effect of the ongoing economic crisis in Venezuela is, increasingly, its decreasing capacity for maintaining its oil infrastructure and cleaning up leaks and spills. Corruption and minimal investment has resulted in crumbling infrastructure across the country that relies on oil sales for nearly half of its budget. The

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