Proliferation of Nuclear Technology in Latin America Continues

Brazil and Argentina to Build a Nuclear Sub, Latin America’s First  On December 15, 2007 in the northeast Brazilian City of Natal, Latin America’s two leading nuclear power generating countries – Argentina and Brazil – made some history.   At Brazil’s space launch facility at Barriera do Inferno (e.g., Barrier of Hell), the two countries successfully launched a research …

Communist Party of Cuba Leadership Succession, not Transition, Complete

As expected yesterday and despite punditry to the contrary, the Communist Party of Cuba has formally replaced one dictator with another dictator to lead the island.   There was nothing historic except the passing of the leadership baton.  Judging from Raul Castro’s words, expect more of the same and, most assuredly, no transition to freedom, rule …

While Scores Remain in Power, Main War Criminal Steps Down in Cuba

A war criminal and human rights abuser announced this week that he would no longer serve as head of the Cuban Communist Party or serve any formal role in ruling the communist island nation.  Fidel Castro’s announcement should change nothing with regards to U.S. policy toward Cuba and we can expect more of the same from the …

Mexico’s Troubles, U.S. Interests

Falling short of his intended target, a man carrying an explosive device was killed and a handful of bystanders injured in an area near Mexico City’s tourist and commercial area of Zona Rosa.  Mexican authorities report that the suspect may be connected to one of several Mexican drug cartels, the Sinaloa Cartel, but it is …

An Iranian “Base” in Central America

A few weeks ago Iranian gunboats engaged in a dangerous exercise threatening U.S. warships in the Straits of Hormuz.   The incident generated headlines and stories for several days as well as fascinating, albeit grainy, video coverage of the encounters.  As Secretary of Defense Bob Gates commented, the encounters serve as “[a] reminder that there is a very unpredictable …

A Nuclear Weaponized Latin American State, Not An Option

 “Borders, drugs, thugs, financial crimes … and non-proliferation,” excerpted below, is under review for publication later this winter.  Please credit the author by linking to this site if you are interested in quoting or citing any of the aforementioned excerpts.  In in the meantime, please address any questions or comments to pobletejason@gmail.com. It sounds rather …

Approve Colombia FTA, Designate Venezuela a Terror Sanctuary

The Associated Press reports that Venezuela leader Hugo Chavez yesterday “urged Venezuela’s allies to form an “anti-imperialist” military alliance to defend Latin America from possible attacks by the United States … warning that Washington poses a threat to regional security, Chavez called on Nicaragua, Bolivia and communist-led Cuba to “put together a common defense strategy and …