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Iranian Adventurism in North America

Iranian adventurism in the Western Hemisphere is real and has been on the uptick for decades. If there was ever a case for increased economic sanctions on places such as Venezuela or Cuba, this is just as good as any an issue to start with. The United States does a good job targeting these networks, but Congress should close a few loopholes.

If you’d like a quick overview of the subject, you can start with Yleem’s latest piece featured at the National InterestIran’s Tango With Latin America or this earlier one at The Hill, Failing Again to Connect the Dots on Iran. Several Congressional Committees have also held oversight hearings on the topic.

In the meantime, our cousins to the north, Canada, also have their share of Iranian issues and, this summer, the good folks at the Center for a Free Society published the first of what appears to be a series of papers on Iranian meddling in Canada.

Among other things, the authors do an excellent job explaining – in plain English – the importance of border security in the battle against radical Islam. It is also chock full of nuggets connecting Middle East actors to folks in the Americas and explaining how they spread their money around the region in banks located in Miami, Venezuela, Panama, Curacao, St. Lucia, and Lebanon.

I’ve embedded the reader for download below this post; but here are a few of their key findings:

  1. Iran is collaborating with Venezuela and Cuba to exploit the seams of the Canadian immigration system (JIP: ditto for the United States)
  2. From 2009 to 2011, Latin America was the largest prior embarkation region for improperly documented Iranians migrating to Canada who seek refugee status.
  3. Venezuelan authorities provided at least 173 passport, visas, and other documentation to Islamist extremists seeking to slip unnoticed into North America.
  4. Soft Power solidarity networks in Canada serve as a Trojan Horse for Iran and the Bolivarian Axis to establish cover for spies, saboteurs and other nefarious actors  (JIP: ditto for the United States).

Canada on Guard: Assessing the Immigration Security Threat of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba

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