Around town …

The Hudson Institute hosted an interesting conference yesterday, “Populism, Islamism, and “Indigenismo” vs. Democracy in Latin America.” Doug Farah discussed the dangers of the Bolivarian-Islamist narrative in the region.

A University of Tennessee professor has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for passing controlled technical data to Iran and China. Dr. J. Reece Roth, a plasma physics researcher and professor, is believed to be the first person in a university setting successfully prosecuted and sentenced for violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) for passing technical information to foreign nationals that was developed in the course of research.

While on the subject of export controls, the Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), published a summary of a new priorities discussion by the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG).

For your reading pleasure, the Export Law Blog has summarized some of the more notable civil penalty cases recently published by the Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act blog reminds readers that Honduras is not the only Western Hemisphere country with issues these days.  Turks and Caicos Islands have been under investigation by authorities in the United Kingdom for rampant corruption.  FCPA Blog pens that “the British government announced plans to suspend the territory’s political institutions and impose direct rule.”

A former executive of Philadelphia-based Nexus Technologies Inc. pleaded guilty this week in connection with his participation in a conspiracy to bribe Vietnamese government officials
in exchange for lucrative contracts to supply equipment and technology to Vietnamese government agencies, in violation of the FCPA.  It is the first FCPA case involving Vietnam.

In the export control world, the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to include an “initial list of end-users for India approved to receive exports, reexports and transfers of certain items under Authorization Validated End-User (VEU).” The change authorizes “one VEU in India and identify the respective eligible items for export and reexport to that VEU’s facilities.”

Over at the Cuban Triangle Blog, Phil Peters seems perplexed on the Honduras matter.  He states that he cannot understand “how the Honduran military’s resolution of this situation – putting troops in the streets, seizing broadcast media, grabbing the President in his pajamas and putting him on a plane to Costa Rica – has earned so much applause on the right in the United States.”  Maybe it is because, in part, it is likely the first time in the history of the region that a military has acted on direct orders from a democratic institution, and the courts, in support of the rule of law and not in response to a strongman seeking power by subverting democratic institutions.

Bruce Klinger at the Heritage Foundation discusses recently imposed economic sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by the Obama Administration.    Just in time for our Independence Day celebrations, North Korea announced this morning that it had launched several missiles.

Finally, Obama is the first post-American president.

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