Cuba’s New Dog, Same Leash

The Communist Party of Cuba this week rolled out the red carpet for Vietnam hardliner and general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong. It is clear from remarks made by Trong, Castro, and other officials that these people have no interest in slowing down efforts to expand socialism in their respective …

Honduran National Plotted to Attack A Miami Shopping Mall

Next week Vice President Mike Pence will preview the Trump administration’s policy for Latin America and the Caribbean. It is expected to be a significant re-orientation of how America engages in the region; a roadmap that put US national and security interest first. Building on his prior work with regional matters when he served in …

Tillerson Dusts Off the Monroe Doctrine, Russia and China Not Amused

One of the most bizarre things that Obama administration officials said, or did, on U.S. policy toward Latin America was believing that the era of the Monroe Doctrine was over. It was not as if the Secretary of State at the time, John Kerry, needed to say it to make it so. From Cuba to …

Communist Cuba Officials Fret Over Trump’s Cuba Internet Task Force

Still reeling from President Donald Trump’s decision to remove a majority of U.S. government personnel stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Communist Cuba Party officials are now up in arms over a January 26 Federal Register notice announcing the first meeting of President Trump’s Cuba Internet Task Force. The Task Force was included in National …

Lebanon Making Trouble, Again

Two interesting stories this week rooted in Lebanon: Lebanon’s internal intelligence agency appears to have been caught spying on thousands of people — including journalists and military personnel — in more than 20 countries, according to researchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Lookout, a mobile security company. You can read the rest at The …

Russia Inks Uranium One Nuclear Deal With Argentina

I’ve lost track of Argentina’s nuclear program, but eight years ago on this blog, we posted a brief item about former anti-American Argentine President Kirchner dabbling in revitalizing Argentina’s atomic sector: That Argentina would re-launch its nuclear program should come as no surprise.  What do you expect when megalomaniac Hugo Chavez announces he will start …

teleSUR TV U.S.A. Should Register As A Foreign Agent of Venezuela

“Leave Venezuela alone,” the man on the street told the reporter. In Spanish. I glanced over at the microphone vector and saw it was a teleSUR TV (teleSUR) employee doing the interview. I guarantee that interview was part of a story that portrayed the United States in a negative light. Never heard of teleSUR? Probably not, but if you’re interested …

Venezuelan Congressman Alleges Maduro Regime Meddling in Regional Elections in Latin America

Mexican politicians are up in arms over allegations that Cuba-backed Venezuela has been, or continues to meddle in various political campaigns that are sympathetic to the socialist cause in Latin America including Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador or AMLO. This is not a new allegation, but it has taken on a fever pitch because a …

Colombia Must Do Better. They Are Failing US Taxpayers.

For friends and colleagues who follow politics in Colombia and the Andean region, more bad news for the Colombian government, a country that used to be a reliable ally of the United States but increasingly keeps doing things with many bad actors in Latin America and the Caribbean. A genuine ally works to resolve problems …

@Bacardi Channels #MAGA!, @_HavanaClub #FakeCubanRum?

Is Bacardi channeling President Trump? “Pernod Ricard, a French company, continues to partner with the Cuban dictatorship to produce rum under a stolen name. That does not make the Pernod Ricard and Cuban government’s rum brand ‘real,’ or ‘authentic,’ it makes it an impostor.” #MAGA! #FakeCubanRum! Maybe a little #CovFefe? too? I sure hope so. That …

For Liberty to Flourish in Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, Others Must Leave

Trump administration officials last week announced targeted sanctions of four Venezuelan nationals for violations of human rights and corrupt behavior. This latest announcement brings the total number of sanctioned Venezuelan nationals to 44. That figure includes the regime’s two top leaders, Nicolas Maduro and Tareck El Aissami. The targeted sanctions approach started in 2015 during the Obama administration, but …

Hizbollah in Latin America Under the U.S. Microscope in 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions last Friday ordered a review of Obama-era DEA and FBI investigations of terrorist group Hizbollah. In a Department of Justice press release Session said: While I am hopeful that there were no barriers constructed by the last administration to allowing DEA agents to fully bring all appropriate cases under Project Cassandra, this …

Impunity In Exchange for Liberty in Venezuela is a Terrible Idea

Log this one under one of the odder stories of 2017 related to the crisis in Venezuela. According to The Miami Herald, a Venezuelan millionaire [Raúl Gorrín] declared persona non grata by the City of Miami for his alleged ties to the Maduro regime is trying to broker an exit strategy with the Trump administration for …

Senior Nicaraguan Election Official Sanctioned by the Trump Administration

The Trump administration has blacklisted Robert Jose Rivas, the president of Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council. The Council or Consejo Supremo Electoral is somewhat similar to the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC), but it has a lot more powers including maintaining a national voter registration list. Yesterday the Trump Administration launched a new sanctions regime targeting …

House IT Contractors’ Possible Connections to Hizbollah Must Be Investigated by the Congress in 2018

Luke Rosiak and the rest of the team at the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) have done an outstanding job exposing how three to four IT contractors comprised the security of House IT systems as well as stole information from servers from various Members of Congress and national security committees. I hope Congress is closely …

Hizbollah in Latin America, Old News Recast in Troubling New Light

In a potentially politically explosive special report published by POLITICO this weekend about terrorist group Hizbollah, there are several threads worth exploring. For our readers, we’ll hone in on a favorite topic for our readers and of this blog, the Latin America connections. If even half of what POLITICO reports is correct, Obama administration officials …

Communist Cuba Officials Remain in Denial

Officials with the Cuban government met at the Department of State this week for routine migration talks. Judging from the tone of the Cuban Foreign Ministry press statement about the meeting, it appears as if the session could’ve gone better. For example, The Cuban delegation expressed deep concern over the negative impact that the unilateral, …

Communist Cuba Propaganda Ministers Have a Ghoulish Sense of Humor

Cuban regime officials are working overtime to confuse American policymakers about what may or may not have happened U.S. government personnel posted at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. Cuban officials have issued non-denial denials. They’ve published denials and even held a symposium at Howard University in Washington, D.C. During high-level talks with American officials including Secretary …

Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions On Jamaica-based ISIS Recruiter

The Trump administration on Tuesday designated a Jamaican-based Islamic cleric for his ties to numerous terrorist attacks carried out in the United States and the United Kingdom. According to the Treasury Department, Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal influenced many terrorists involved in attacks in Ohio, New York, Texas, and Michigan. He also had a role or connection to the …

Russia May Be Helping Venezuela Undermine U.S. Sanctions With a Virtual Currency Scheme

The Cuba/Russia-backed Venezuela regime of Nicolas Maduro claims it is going to create a virtual currency to get around U.S. and E.U. economic sanctions. During his weekly Saturday evening television specials, that according to Reuters ran for five hours, Maduro said that “CriptoMoneda” is coming soon: Presidente Nicolás Maduro anunció la creación de “El Petro”, una …