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China Is Desperate To Secure Latin American Oil And Coal | SOURCE: Oil Price

State-controlled Chinese energy companies and miners are boosting their regional presence investing heavily in a wide range of operations, notably in Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Fiscally weak governments, resource-rich terrain, and a deep economic malaise exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic have created the ideal opportunity for Beijing to build greater regional influence. Moreover, former President Trump’s decision to ignore Latin America coupled with Washington’s crumbling regional hegemony is amplifying China’s ability to expand its regional footprint and influence.

SOURCE: Oil Price


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Colombia recycles terrorist conspiracy theory ahead of new protests | Source: Colombia reports

Defense Minister Diego Molano

Some intelligence indicates that FARC dissidents and the ELN continue with the intention of financing violent actions. They coined the same conspiracy during previous protests that started on April 28 after which armed civilians and the security forces subjected Colombia’s third largest city to multiple terror campaigns.

Source: Colombia reports


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  • Venezuela announced that it is to deploy more troops to the border with Colombia, which has seen heavy clashes between the army and Colombian irregular armed groups. The Venezuelan opposition has asked the UN to send a mission to the border and the request has also been extended to other international institutions.

SOURCE: MEHR NEWS


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  • COLOMBIA: Thousands of workers and students protested in Colombia against the social and economic policies of President Ivan Duque, despite restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

SOURCE: MERCOPRESS

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US Secretary of State Pompeo realized a trip to four Latin American Countries –Suriname, Guyana, Brazil and Colombia– which is interpreted of being another move to contain China, after his anti-China lobby in Europe and the Middle East. Some observers said it is also a US attempt to create governing problems for Venezuelan authorities.

SOURCE: BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE

 

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  • In 2019 there were almost 8,500 terrorist attacks, killing more than 20,300 people -5,460 perpetrators- according to the University of Maryland’s National Consortium. Afghanistan experienced 21 percent of all, and 41 percent of all people killed. Despite their peace talks with the United States, the Taliban was responsible for more terrorist attacks than any other group by a wide margin. Afghanistan endured the biggest chunk of assailants at 21 percent, followed by Yemen at 9 percent, Iraq at eight percent, India at 7 percent, Nigeria at 6 percent, and the Philippines at 5 percent. Pakistan and Somalia both stood at 4 percent, followed by Syria, Congo and Colombia at 3 percent and Nepal and Burkina Faso at 2 percent.

Aside from the Taliban, several of the perpetrator groups that increased terrorist violence in 2019 included Houthi extremists in Yemen (55 percent increase in attack), Boko Haram (43 percent increase); and the Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist – Chand (148 percent increase).

SOURCE: FOX NEWS JULY 10 https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-terrorist-attacks-peace-talks-2019