Department Counselor Thomas Shannon has met twice with Maduro in Caracas in recent months; his meeting in Haiti in mid-June with accused narcotrafficker
Diosdado Cabello demoralized many in the internal opposition who concluded that Washington was making a pact with the worst elements of the regime.
In that month, Chevron, on its website, revealed clandestine video footage, apparently recorded by tiny cameras and microphones hidden in a pen--and taken by a duo including an ex-felon and narcotrafficker
as well as by a long-time employee of Chevron--indicating that the Ecuadorian Judge in Lago Agrio who presided over the case had already decided to rule against Chevron even before the case had officially closed.
But somehow the fact that Escobar was a narcotrafficker
made it OK.
Known as Commander Yair, he is named after the infamous Israeli mercenary who trained paramilitaries in the 1980s at the behest of the paramilitaries' prime sponsor at that time, a powerful narcotrafficker
of the Medellin Cartel named Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha (Duzan, 1994).
While the violent death of a narcotrafficker
might not seem that unusual, the straightforward photos provoke a visceral reaction.
George Bush I invaded Panama, burning down entire neighborhoods of the capital and killing hundreds of people, to collar a single two-bit narcotrafficker
Paco," a 27-year-old narcotrafficker
and bank robber, and "Roberto," a 29-year-old assailant, compared their criminal activity to that of the "authorities" during a 1996 interview with journalist Ramon Marques in the Reclusorio Oriente (East Penitentiary).
The Colombian authorities' arrest of Brazilian narcotrafficker
Luis Fernando da Costa in April 2001 at a FARC military camp confirmed extensive FARC involvement in the drug trade, and led to the recent U.
In some ways, the journalists union has accepted some of the rules the narcotraffickers
play by If it is known that a narcotrafficker
has a large stash of drugs in a house, the journalists union says we shouldn't report it.
In August, Leoncio Mareco, a Paraguayan associate of Brazilian narcotrafficker
, Ivan Mendes Mesquita, was convicted on drug trafficking and money laundering offenses and sentenced to 20 years in prison, and his wife to 10 years for money laundering.
Authorities alleged the cardinal was killed by narcotrafficker
Joaquin Guzman Loera, who mistook him for a member of a rival band led by Arellano Felix.
In the end, then, no matter what the enemy is called--insurgent, terrorist, narcotrafficker
, or narcoterrorist--successful counterinsurgency depends on a thorough understanding of the enemy and his real intentions.