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El Salvador further polarised as court moves against Funes

On 10 February El Salvador’s supreme court (CSJ) announced that former president Mauricio Funes (2009-2014), of the ruling left-wing Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), will face a civil trial for illicit enrichment.

Santos wins major cash injection as US revamps Plan Colombia

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has received a massive vote of confidence from his US peer Barack Obama in his pursuit of a peace accord with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc). While attending a reception together in the White House to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia, the counter-narcotics and counter-insurgency initiative funded by the US to the tune of nearly US$10bn, Obama announced that his government would request US$450m from congress, with no strings attached, for ‘Peace Colombia’, a rechristened ‘Plan Colombia’ for a post-conflict era. This would mark a jump of more than 50% on Plan Colombia funding for 2016, but there is some concern that bipartisan backing might not endure beyond Obama.

Brazil: Bottoming out – or just falling?

Almost all the economic news from Brazil over the last month has been bad, as it becomes clear that these two years – 2015 and 2016 – will represent one of the worst economic recessions the country has experienced in the last century. The question is whether the country has reached the bottom of the slump, which would imply the scene might now be set for recovery, or whether worse is still to come.

Macri decides to move against drug trafficking

The escape and haphazard recapture of three criminals accused of drug trafficking from a maximum security prison in Argentina’s Buenos Aires province has acted as a catalyst for President Mauricio Macri to launch a new drive to try to tackle the spread of drug trafficking activity in Argentina. As with all the other undertakings that Macri has embarked on since coming to power in December 2015, the measures adopted by his government to improve national public security have been drastic – the declaration of a national security emergency; a shake-up of the federal security forces and the military command; and, most controversially, the adoption of a policy of shooting down any aircraft flying over Argentina’s national territory that is suspected of smuggling drugs. The big question is if all this will be enough to turn the tide.

Morales takes up the reins of power

Jimmy Morales and his small conservative Frente de Convergencia Nacional (FCN-Nación) assumed office last month for a four-year term. Elected on an anti-corruption pledge, with his victory stemming in large part from his perceived distance from a badly discredited political establishment, Morales promised to prioritise efforts to crack down on corruption and impunity. This pledge has already been tested over one of his choices of minister who was forced to step down after just 11 days in the post over alleged corruption. Meanwhile Morales’ shake-up of the military top brass – and in particular his removal of Alfredo Sosa Díaz, the head of the joint chiefs of staff - has been taken as a positive sign, given Sosa’s efforts to secure amnesty for ex-military officials accused of human rights violations committed during the 1960-1996 civil war.

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El Salvador further polarised as court moves against Funes

On 10 February El Salvador’s supreme court (CSJ) announced that former president Mauricio Funes (2009-2014), of the ruling left-wing Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), will face a civil trial for illicit enrichment.

Santos wins major cash injection as US revamps Plan Colombia

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has received a massive vote of confidence from his US peer Barack Obama in his pursuit of a peace accord with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc). While attending a reception together in the White House to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia, the counter-narcotics and counter-insurgency initiative funded by the US to the tune of nearly US$10bn, Obama announced that his government would request US$450m from congress, with no strings attached, for ‘Peace Colombia’, a rechristened ‘Plan Colombia’ for a post-conflict era. This would mark a jump of more than 50% on Plan Colombia funding for 2016, but there is some concern that bipartisan backing might not endure beyond Obama.

Brazil: Bottoming out – or just falling?

Almost all the economic news from Brazil over the last month has been bad, as it becomes clear that these two years – 2015 and 2016 – will represent one of the worst economic recessions the country has experienced in the last century. The question is whether the country has reached the bottom of the slump, which would imply the scene might now be set for recovery, or whether worse is still to come.

Macri decides to move against drug trafficking

The escape and haphazard recapture of three criminals accused of drug trafficking from a maximum security prison in Argentina’s Buenos Aires province has acted as a catalyst for President Mauricio Macri to launch a new drive to try to tackle the spread of drug trafficking activity in Argentina. As with all the other undertakings that Macri has embarked on since coming to power in December 2015, the measures adopted by his government to improve national public security have been drastic – the declaration of a national security emergency; a shake-up of the federal security forces and the military command; and, most controversially, the adoption of a policy of shooting down any aircraft flying over Argentina’s national territory that is suspected of smuggling drugs. The big question is if all this will be enough to turn the tide.

Morales takes up the reins of power

Jimmy Morales and his small conservative Frente de Convergencia Nacional (FCN-Nación) assumed office last month for a four-year term. Elected on an anti-corruption pledge, with his victory stemming in large part from his perceived distance from a badly discredited political establishment, Morales promised to prioritise efforts to crack down on corruption and impunity. This pledge has already been tested over one of his choices of minister who was forced to step down after just 11 days in the post over alleged corruption. Meanwhile Morales’ shake-up of the military top brass – and in particular his removal of Alfredo Sosa Díaz, the head of the joint chiefs of staff - has been taken as a positive sign, given Sosa’s efforts to secure amnesty for ex-military officials accused of human rights violations committed during the 1960-1996 civil war.

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17.02.2016





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Mabledon Place
Bloomsbury
London
WC1H 9BB
UK


Phone: +44 (0)203 695 2790+44 (0)203 695 2790

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You may contact us via our online contact form,
or write to us at:

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Intelligence Research Ltd.
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Mabledon Place
Bloomsbury
London
WC1H 9BB
UK


Phone: +44 (0)203 695 2790+44 (0)203 695 2790

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