Around Town …

  • Fausta’s Blog pens an item on Brazil’s ongoing relationship with the other state sponsor of terrorism.  Lula da Silva and Brazil remain one of the most important relationships for Iranian regime in the Americas.  The more we try to close the noose on Iran, the more Brazil comes to Iran’s aid.
  • While on the subject of Brazil, according to an annual report recently released by the U.S. Government Brazil made a modest yet healthy set of purchases of U.S. defense articles valued at $48,075,000.  Last week the Department of State published its 655 Report – Direct Commercial Sale Authorizations for FY2008.  Want to know what countries are buying U.S. defense articles? Take a look.
  • Over at Right Side News, George Friedman pens in an otherwise interesting article on economic sanctions only to ruin it with the worn out yarn that “the sanctions the United States placed on Cuba have dramatically diminished in importance … [i]ndeed, the U.S. embargo has provided the Castro regime with a useful domestic explanation for its economic failures.”  What is it about folks and a near obsession with the regime in Havana and travel to a state sponsor of terrorism?   Americans can travel freely to 99% of the world and, contrary to what pundits on the right and left will have you think, it is not and never has been about the sanctions.
  • Clif Burns over at the Export Law Blog pens on a fellow who was pleaded guilt in a Mobile, Alabama federal court yesterday for selling airplane parts to state sponsor of terrorism Iran.
  • The Whig Standard reports on a Canadian Space Summit this past weekend held at the Royal Military College where Canadian space industry experts opined, among other things, that “both the military and civilian space research programs in Canada are hobbled by the fact that the country needs to rely on rockets launched by India, China or Russia, over which the U. S. holds wide-ranging veto powers.”  Guess what else they said?  Indeed, the waved the export control talisman.  According to the article, “laws signed in the United States by former president Bill Clinton have put incredibly tight controls on other countries’ space programs.”  Here is an area where targeted reform may indeed be long overdue.
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