Terrorist Group is a “Real Army,” a Venezuelan/Cuban Land Grab for the Bolivarian Union?

Seeking to legitimize himself after repeated political failures in recent months, Venezuela’s leader Hugo Chavez has launched the next phase in his political kabuki theatre to undermine U.S. interests in the region.  Over at the Human Events website Gustavo Coronel, a former Venezuelan Congressman, details Chavez’s latest effort in his war of attrition against Colombian democracy. The …

Cuba/Venezuela Wage De Facto War of Attrition on Colombian Democracy

A few weeks ago I wrote about the imminent release of hostages being held by FARC terrorists in the jungles of Colombia.  We now know for certain Venezuela’s leader Hugo Chavez sole purpose had nothing to with playing “peacemaker,” but rather seek to legitimize a terrorist group. During his State of the Union speech before the Venezuelan …

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A picture taken somewhere in the Middle East?  Guess again.  Mexico.  The Zapatista National Liberation Army (“EZLN”) recently hosted a women’s “encounter” or “meeting” at the jungle settlement camp in Chiapas.   I posted an image from their website since it is something rarely seen in our media yet such meetings and anti-American and anti-Western efforts are a common occurrence with …

Former Senior CIA Official: Cuba’s Transition Has Begun

The National Intelligence Officer (“NIO”) for Latin America from 1990-1994, Dr. Brian Latell, published an op-ed in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal that does a good job summarizing key recent events regarding the inevitable change in leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba.  His analysis builds upon some of the arguments advanced in his book, After …

South America’s Dangerous Political Charlatans Lose, Again

For several months family members, international observers such as the Red Cross, media, and others anxiously waited for the release of several hostages held by Latin America’s largest terrorist organization, the FARC-People’s Army.   As posted on December 28, 2007 on this blog, the leaders of this political stage-show were doing nothing more than a canard.   Yesterday, …

Proposed ACLU Repeal of Florida Anti-Terrorism Law Misguided

In a post-09.11.01 world Floridians, as expressed through their elected officials, felt restricting the use of taxpayer monies for academic travel to a terrorist country was warranted.  ACLU lawyers and a state entity that oversees public universities in Florida say that Florida voters, and the people they elected to represent them, are wrong and have asked an unelected federal …

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No Oscar for Hugo Chavez/Castro as their FARC hostage public relations side show ends for now, with a dud.  My prior posts on this subject can be found here. During the weekend Belarus’s President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to expel our Ambassador and ban trade in U.S. dollars if newly imposed sanctions were not removed by the Bush …