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Paraguay: Washington’s War against Growing Marxist Insurgency

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld (right) meets with Paraguayan Minister of Defense Roberto Gonzalez Segovia and other Paraguayan officials Aug. 17. Rumsfeld is touring parts of Latin America to discuss bilateral military cooperation in the region. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald, USAF. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.

Most likely, very few Americans are aware of the small, land-locked South American nation of Paraguay. A politically volatile country displaying immense levels of economic inequality, Paraguay has recently been wracked by a wave of mysterious violence. Experts say an obscure Marxist rebel group called the Paraguayan People’s Army (known in Spanish by the acronym E.P.P.) is responsible for the escalating attacks…

 
 

Settlements, cell phones, and red tape: challenges to Palestine’s mobile market

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In recent years, the Palestinian Authority has sought to improve mobile services, but progress has been slow. Segregation inherent in the establishment of settlements has created a wide spectrum of consequences, and the problems arising with mobile service illustrate how the system is rigged up with so much red tape…

 
 

Stratfor: Algerian Secret Services’ grip on power

Demonstrations in Algiers and Oran as protesters call for government to resign. source: Al Jazeera

On 27 February 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing 5 million emails – called the Global Intelligence Files – from the American global intelligence company Stratfor, which has been providing intelligence to private companies as well as the US government. Many of the emails discuss a figure seldom talked about in the media, General Mohammed Mediene – also known as Toufik – who is nonetheless a key actor in Algerian politics. The head of the powerful Algerian secret services, Mediene is one of the most secretive public figures in Algeria: there are only two official photos …

 
 

Copyright and media piracy in Bolivia – US aims to reshape cultural notions of intellectual property.

Copyright and media piracy in Bolivia – US aims to reshape cultural notions of intellectual property.

A decade of anti-piracy advocacy by international organizations and the creation of Bolivia’s National Intellectual Property Service (SENAPI) in 1999 has shown no change in piracy levels. In Bolivia, the US has pursued a dogmatic approach to spreading an intellectual property mindset closer to that already held in many parts of the West, by promoting the idea that media sold by illegal distributors is “wrong” and creating fear of being...

 
 

Stratfor’s investigation into Ethiopian airlines flight 409 crash

Stratfor’s investigation into Ethiopian airlines flight 409 crash

On 25 January, 2010, 5 minutes after taking off from Beirut, Ethiopian Airlines flight 409 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. On board were 82 passengers and 8 crew members en route to the capitol city of Ethiopia Addis Ababa; no survivors were found. Shortly afterwards, Lebanese Civil Aviations opened an investigation in to the crash. While the investigation was taking place, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said, “sabotage is ruled out...

 
 

Stratfor sources reveal Egypt, Sudan contingency plans to secure Nile water resources

Blue Nile River near Ethiopia's Lake Tana.

Hundreds of millions of people in the Nile basin area depend on the Nile’s water.  Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi (the ten “Nile basin countries”) all depend on this vital resource, but a 1929 treaty with the UK endowed Egypt with veto powers over upstream water-related projects in neighboring countries.  In 1997, the Nile Basin initiative was launched to negotiate...