Trump Re-Orientation of U.S. Cuba Policy Long Overdue, It Will Help U.S. Companies Make Informed Decisions

President Donald Trump’s re-orientation of policy, outlined primarily in his National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba (NSPM-5) was long overdue. NSPM-5, the U.S. Code, and the Cuban Assets Control Regulations will help you filter out the political noise. There is a lot of misinformation being disseminated about …

Lia Fowler: Colombia-US Engagement and the Danger of Peace Propaganda

The following Guest Dispatch was written by Ms. Lia Fowler, a journalist and former FBI Special Agent. Fowler is a columnist for Periodismo Sin Fronteras and writes for other publications in the U.S. and Latin America. Be sure to follow Lia on Twitter @lia_fowler. In the past two decades, many Latin American countries, including Venezuela, Bolivia, …

Trump Walking in Reagan’s Footsteps, Forges Path for Liberty by Putting U.S. Interests First

For decades Republican and Democratic presidents make perfunctory political pilgrimages to South Florida, Havana North, the political home of the Cuban Diaspora. With the exception, I think, of Jimmy Carter, every American President since John F. Kennedy has visited Miami to seek support from Americans of Cuban ancestry or, as President Donald Trump will do …

Is Lebanon Properly Safeguarding U.S. Defense Articles from Iran Proxy Hezbollah?

On December 22, 2016, I posted a short blog post on curious, albeit anonymous comments made by an Israeli defense ministry official who was expressing concern about U.S. defense articles falling into the wrong hands in Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon. Furtive statements have been made before. What I found it odd was the timing. On its own, I would’ve likely ignored the …

Treasury Secretary Tells Congress That Economic Sanctions ‘Really Work’

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin told Congress this week that he is devoting a considerable amount of effort on economic sanctions and enforcement. About half of his time, Mnuchin told Congress Wednesday, is dedicated to figuring out how to best use economic sanctions. In response to a question from Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) about the resources available for …

Vene Blogger: Persons Subject to U.S. Law Exporting Police Equipment to Venezuelan Regime

A blog post by a Venezuelan blogger outlines how, since 2009, various exporters of police equipment, including tear gas, have been supplying Venezuelan and Cuban security forces based mostly in Caracas. According to Alek Boyd’s research, he was able to document about $35 million in sales of arms, munitions as well as other law enforcement items …

Obama “Gave” Intelligence to Russia, via Communist Cuba

With all the hullabaloo over what President Trump may or may not have shared, verbally and legally, in the Oval Office with Russian officials, some perspective. In addition to prematurely removing Cuba from the state sponsors of terrorism list, President Obama issued an Executive Order that, in the view of some experts, recklessly ordered U.S. intelligence …