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China and India jockey for their African positions

By Heather Bourbeau / November 30, 2018 / Comments Off on China and India jockey for their African positions

In recent years, the Western Indian Ocean region of Africa, which includes Mauritius, Seychelles and Maldives, has seen increased Indian and Chinese economic and military competition. With its geographic proximity, and historical and cultural ties, India has long had dominance in the region, but it is slowly losing out to China. While these island nations […]

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U.S. owes damages for Panama invasion, advocates claim

By Mark A. Bonta / November 21, 2018 / Comments Off on U.S. owes damages for Panama invasion, advocates claim

Twenty-nine years after the American invasion of Panama, 272 plaintiffs have finally found justice for destruction caused by the push to oust Manuel Noriega. The human-rights bureau of the Organization of American States — both the United States and Panama are members — found on October 5 that American attacks on Panamanian civilians and settlements […]

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Trump administration warns of China’s ‘imperial’ ambitions in Latin America

By Mark A. Bonta / November 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Trump administration warns of China’s ‘imperial’ ambitions in Latin America

According to United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Latin American countries should beware of China’s efforts to entrap them in debt through massive public-works projects. He recently told Latin American leaders that “When China comes calling it’s not always to the good of your citizens.” Pompeo’s predecessor, Rex Tillerson, had also warned that the […]

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Bolivia: Still searching for a path to the sea

By Mark A. Bonta / October 2, 2018 / Comments Off on Bolivia: Still searching for a path to the sea

For persistent Bolivia, all hope is not yet lost in the landlocked country’s relentless and legally mandated push for an access route to the sea that it lost long ago. In The Hague, the World Court recently supported Chile’s refusal to negotiate with Bolivia to cede a sliver of land that would connect it to […]

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