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 …

Exporting Bomb Parts to Iran Lands Singaporean National 40 Months in U.S. Prison

Extradited from Indonesia to the United States early last year, Lim Yong Nam, a Singaporean national, was sentenced last week in U.S. federal court to forty months prison for illegal exports of American-made dual-use products to Iran. Kim was part of a group that included at least ten persons and companies that were indicted by a grand …

Latin America Needs Reminding, Russian Meddling Not Welcome

Last week Russian officials bragged about it how Russia defense industries since 2001 have sold more than $10 billion in weapons systems to several nations in Latin America. Assuming that figure is correct, and considering the region, that is $10 billion too high. This week Newsweek reports that Russian defense agencies are targeting several South American …

Time to Designate WikiLeaks a Foreign Terrorist Organization, Or Create a New Targeting Category to Make It So

During a speech last week at a Washington, D.C. think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Director of Central Intelligence Mike Pompeo shot an excellent political broadside at WikiLeaks: It’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is, a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. …

Venezuela Falls Deeper in the Rabbit Hole

A once influential, regional oil-producing nation, Venezuela fell deeper in the political rabbit hole. Yesterday an illegitimate court, upon instructions from Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro, dissolved the legislature. Despite being a hopelessly deadlocked institution, it was the only thing that was left of an official opposition. Cuban dictator Raul Castro, Venezuela’s regional minder and Mad Hatter, is grinning …

New U.S. Economic Sanctions on Iran in the Legislative Pipeline

While the mainstream focused on healthcare reform this week, the Trump administration and both chambers of the U.S. Congress were busy moving new regulatory and legislative product on Iran. If you guessed sanctions, you’d be right. By way of follow up to new economic sanctions announced March 21, the Trump administration blacklisted yesterday several foreign entities …