Russia Expanding its Latin America Influence

Signs deal to help build nuclear reactor in Argentina
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner / AP

Russia is quietly expanding its influence in Latin America as the Obama administration disengages from the region, critics say.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a deal on Saturday with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to help build the third reactor of a nuclear power plant in the country, the New York Times reported.

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner to Skip AMIA Memorial

Kirchner skips ceremony for second year in a row
Cristina Fernandez Kirchner / AP

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner will reportedly skip the 19th anniversary memorial of the AMIA bombing on Thursday, in what analysts see as the latest troubling sign of the Argentine government’s increasing coziness with Tehran.

House Lawmakers Ask John Kerry to Reconsider Argentinian Aid

Bipartisan coalition criticizes Argentina for growing closer to Iran
Argentina, Iran

A bipartisan delegation of House lawmakers have petitioned Secretary of State John Kerry to reconsider the level of aid given to Argentina following revelations that the Latin American country has opened it doors to Iran.

Kirchner Opens Door to Latin America for Iran

Iranian agents have used free trade zones to proliferate
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner / AP

Argentina’s populist-socialist president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has allowed Iran to infiltrate its economic sector and potentially use the country as a terrorist launching pad, U.S. officials and multiple experts said on Tuesday.

Iran Moves to South America

Experts say Iran’s global terror network is growing
Friends and relatives of the victims of the 1994 AMIA bombing gather on the 12th anniversary / AP

Two separate reports released by the Argentine prosecutor in the 1994 AMIA bombing case and the U.S. State Department this week are the latest indication that Iran’s global terror network is on the rise, experts say.

State Changes Tune

Now ‘skeptical’ about Iran-Argentina ‘truth commission’
1994 Argentina Bombing / AP

The State Department said Tuesday it was “skeptical” that a newly formed Iranian-Argentine investigative commission would lead to a just resolution of the 1994 AMIA bombing, an apparent shift from the department’s more optimistic comments Monday.

Iran Can’t Handle the Truth

Argentina and Iran form ‘Truth Commission’ to examine 1994 bombing
Cristina Kirchner / AP

Argentina and Iran have formed an extrajudicial “Truth Commission” to probe the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which Iran and its client terror group Hezbollah have long been suspected of orchestrating.

Down in a Hole

Embattled Argentine president poses in Viet Cong tunnels used to kill Americans
President Kirchner / presidencia.gov.ar

Embattled Argentine President Cristina Kirchner cheerfully mugged for photos in the Cu Chi tunnels used by the Viet Cong to ambush United States troops during the Vietnam War and likened Ho Chi Minh to George Washington during a visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on Sunday.