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Sealanes: Nicaragua approves new Atlantic-Pacific canal

Nicarague Canal.mapOn Monday, the Nicaraguan government approved the route for the future canal that will cross the country and unite the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Continue reading

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Russia and Nicaragua to cooperate on construction of interoceanic canal

Russia and Nicaragua to cooperate on construction of interoceanic canal

Two ports, an airport, an oil pipeline, and other facilities are also to be built as part of the project, the cost of which is estimated at $40 billion. Source: AP

Yuri Paniyev, Russia Beyond the Headlines (May 14) – Moscow and Managua are to cooperate over the next few years on the construction of the so-called Interoceanic Grand Canal, a new alternative to the Panama Canal. Deeper, wider, and longer than its rival in Panama, the new canal will challenge U.S. control over the region, though experts are divided on its geopolitical benefits for Russia.
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Sea lanes: Nicaragua’s plan for an inter-oceanic canal

A proposed new canal wll traverse Nicaragua from the Pacific to the Caribbean Sea and thus the Gulf of Mexico, Venezuela and South America, and the Atlantic Ocean. The project has caused consternation in both Washington and Ottawa.

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Canada participates in Panamax 2010 with U.S. 4th Fleet

Remilitarization of the Panama Canal: U.S. leads 18-nation war exercise, including two warships from Canada, against ‘liberation brigade

By Timothy J. Gibbons, Florida Times-Union

(August 25, 2010) – FOR A ragtag sort of group, the Brigada de los Martis de la Liberacion seemed to have a decent amount of assets at its disposal. Continue reading

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‘Caribops’ sails again as ‘Op Caribbe’

By TONY SEED

Third in a series of seven articles on the occasion of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Latin America and the Caribbean

HALIFAX (13 August 2007) – SAY IT SLOWLY: “Op Caribe” or even “Op Caribbe.” Then say “Caribops.” It’s not the name of a Caribbean band. It’s the old name for the main program of naval operations and military intervention carried out by the Canadian Forces throughout the 1980s in the Caribbean Basin. Continue reading

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‘Partnership of the Americas’: Ceaseless exercises of the US navy and NATO fleets, ceaseless preparations for intervention

During the first day of PANAMAX 2005, a U.S.-led formation of ships heads to sea. PANAMAX is an exercise organized under the pretext of the “war on terrorism” to “develop a multinational response to threats against the Panama Canal.” The 2005 exercise involved 15 countries, including naval forces from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Peru and the U.S., along with observers from Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Mexico and Uruguay. The exercise was conducted Aug. 4-17, 2005 and consisted of scenario-driven surface, air, mine counter-measures and special operations events involving detection, monitoring and interdiction of vessels. U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO

By TONY SEED

Fifth in a series of seven articles on the occasion of Harper’s visit to Latin America and the Caribbean

HALIFAX (13 August 2007) – FOR THE IMPERIAL POWERS, warships are but floating bases to deliver the marines and firepower on board, secure the sources of raw materials and natural riches, dominate the oceans and sealanes of the world, and through the old gunboat policy put down the struggles of the peoples for independence and change. Continue reading

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Extension of Panama Canal project: More than an apple of discord

By NIDIA DIAZ, Granma International

Remilitarizing the Panama Canal. U.S. warship in Panama Canal, part of Panamax 2005 military exercises, in which the Canadian Forces also participated

HAVANA (May 12, 2006) – ON APRIL 24, Martín Torrijos, president of Panama, announced the official proposal for the extension of the Canal, consisting of the construction of a third lock with a view to the so-called Panamax boats, superior in depth to the current Panamax, transiting that inter-ocean route. From that point and even long before, voices have been raised to renege on that decision, approval of which is to go before Parliament and a national referendum.

Viability studies on the project were undertaken by the ACP (Panama Canal Authority) and its executive, while the president has made the green light conditional on – in the first place – the amplification being self-financing, meaning that the investment would have to be recouped from progressive increases in tolls and not via taxes on the population. Continue reading

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