Rising tension in Bolivia

Tension in Bolivia escalated over the weekend with the opposition calling for an army intervention.

After two weeks of political crisis in the country, Luis Fernando Camacho, an influential opposition leader from Santa Cruz, issues an ultimatum to President Evo Morales.

In front of a crowd, Camacho gave Morales 48 hours to resign from his presidency. Camacho set the deadline for today—Monday, at seven o'clock in the evening—local time.

Camacho, who blamed Morales for the deaths of two opposition protesters, did not specify the actions he plans to take.

In this note, the resignation of the head of the Organization of American States (OAS) mission that audits the elections further increases uncertainty in Bolivia.

All Bolivian opposition rejects the OAS audit, including former president Carlos Mesa, second in the elections.

They affirm that this is a distraction maneuver to keep Morales in power.

Cuba, Venezuela use drug trafficking as weapon, experts say

A group of experts state that the leftist regimes of Cuba and Venezuela are using drug trafficking to destabilize the region.

They say these twin "narco-states" sponsor cocaine trafficking with the goal of eradicating democracy on the continent.

Leonardo Coutinho, an expert on transnational crimes and security, says drug trafficking is a weapon of war directed primarily against the United States.

He explains that this was the method Fidel Castro used to conquer Hugo Chávez.

Then Chávez created the drug trafficking routes and now Nicolás Maduro continues to operate them.

All analysts agree that the fight against drugs, led by the U.S., should become the responsibility of the entire continent.

El Salvador cuts ties with Maduro

 

The government of El Salvador expels diplomatic personnel of Nicolás Maduro’s socialist regime.

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele said on Twitter on Saturday that he gave them 48 hours to leave the country.

Bukele based his decision on a recent UN report documenting and certifying Maduro's human rights violations against Venezuelans.

The communiqué recognizes the legitimacy of President-in-charge Juan Guaidó until free elections are held.

In retaliation, Maduro expels Salvadoran diplomats from Caracas and attacks the Salvadoran president with disqualifications.

Bukele, in response, points out that the diplomats Maduro had expelled are friends of his predecessor, the former leftist president Sánchez Cerén.

Bolsonaro: Oil spill along Brazilian coast could be intentional

President Jair Bolsonaro warns that the oil spill that has contaminated more than 300 beaches in northeastern Brazil could be intentional.

Bolsonaro says the 4,000 tons of crude oil that have already been cleaned up are only a small part of the spillage.

Meanwhile, the Federal Police are investigating a Greek-flagged ship, called Bouboulina, that is loaded with Venezuelan oil, as the alleged culprit of the spill.

Official sources estimate considerable environmental and economic losses, given that the beaches of the nine affected states attract large numbers of tourists.