Tensions Rise Between Bolivia and Chile after U.S. Military Carries Out Exercises on the Border

By: Ysol Delgado - Aug 15, 2016, 3:44 pm
The frontier crisis between Chile and Bolivia is worsened by exit to sea (Taringa)
The border crisis between Chile and Bolivia has worsened due to fights for access to the ocean. (Taringa)

President of Bolivia Evo Morales used his Twitter account this week to denounce the “joint military maneuvers between Chile and the USA” bordering his country.

The conflict and tension between the two countries has increased this year, mostly originating from Bolivia’s claim to a passage to the sea.

Morales has claimed Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca received poor treatment when he visited Chilean ports and the Silala River.

Joint military operations between the US and Chile in the Bolivia frontier. Is there something old invaders need to learn?

He then referred to the Global Peace Index 2016 presented by the Institute for Economics and Peace, where tranquility was measured in 163 countries. In that study, Chile was ranked as the most peaceful country in Latin America.

Based on those results, Evo tweetted again:

Is Chile the most peaceful or the most privatized of Latin America? Who owns education, health, mining, forests, water, sea, ports?

Morales’ complaint is based on the “maneuvers” that more than 1,000 US and Chile military performed in late July under the name, “Combined Joint Southern Star Exercise,” in which the Armed Forces of Chile carried out mock operations for UN peacekeeping.

Some of the activities were done in “hostile territory.” Various infiltration tasks, hostage rescue, parachute jumps, medical evacuations and night operations, among others, were also done. In 2007, it was the first time these activities were carried out as part of a plan to strengthen military ties and rapprochement between the US and Chile.

In June, Morales said that “the Chilean Army is under the control of the Armed Forces of the United States.” The Ministry of Defense of Chile said exercises will always be accompanied by American troops to ensure compliance with the law.

When the exercises were completed, the Chilean Agency for International Development Cooperation said Chile was planning to carry out a program of cooperation with Bolivia, which unfolds through technical assistance and human capital formation.

Source: Actualidad

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Ysol Delgado is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post from Mexico City. She specializes in public relations, digital marketing, and investigative journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @Ysolita.

Trump’s Plan to Defeat ISIS to Be Announced Monday

By: Amanda Blohm - Aug 15, 2016, 2:10 pm
Trump's plan will include a heavy vetting process for immigrants (Flickr)

Donald Trump is set to lay out his plan for defeating the Islamic terrorist group ISIS this Monday, August 15. The Republican presidential nominee has announced he believes the fight is an ideological one, comparing it to that of the Cold War. The plans will be laid out at an Ohio rally, where he will explain the measures the United States would take were he to become president. According to a senior Trump official, the plan includes the banning of individuals from countries with heavy terrorist activity and where the vetting process for visas is more difficult, as well as increasing cooperation with willing Middle Eastern allies. Additionally, Trump is expected to explain how the United States would abandon all nation-building or democracy-spreading plans in the Middle East. “We can’t always choose our friends, but we know that we have to fight our enemies," one Trump spokesperson said. "We are going to work with anyone in the Middle East who is in agreement with us that ISIS needs to be extinguished.” // The announcement comes after Trump said he wanted “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Since then, Trump has extended his plan by claiming he will ban anyone from a country that has ties to terrorism or high levels of terrorist activity. In addition to contradicting his “ideals” and searching for allies in the Middle East, Trump has also expressed his willingness to work with countries like China and Russia as part of his plan to get rid of ISIS. He has focused mainly on the possibility of working with Putin, stating that, if they both want ISIS gone, then they should work together. Read More: Food and Medicine Shortages Are a Deliberate Government Policy Read More: In Venezuela, Nazi-Like Tactics Prevent a Government Uprising Trump’s campaign has been dropping in the polls lately, with many high-ranking and prominent Republicans telling him to get his act together. Trump recently accused President Obama of being the founder of ISIS. Trump has stated the third piece in his new plan against ISIS and prevention against further terrorist attacks includes an increased vetting of individuals entering the United States through the development of a “test” that would question visa applicants on their support of US values, and help identify supporters of extremist ideologies. Trump’s senior campaign official said that, for example, many people “may have attitudes about women or attitudes about Christians or gays that can be considered oppressive, even violent.” Source: CNN.

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