Bolivia Opens An Anti-Imperialist Military Academy to Counter U.S. Influence

Close to sixty percent of the Bolivian people live at or below extreme poverty. You would think its left-wing ruler, Evo Morales, would focus all of his waking energies on reforms that could make a dent on that data point including lowering taxes, encouraging trade and foreign investment. Of course, that would be logical. Morales …

Around Town …

Fausta’s Blog pens an item on Brazil’s ongoing relationship with the other state sponsor of terrorism.  Lula da Silva and Brazil remain one of the most important relationships for Iranian regime in the Americas.  The more we try to close the noose on Iran, the more Brazil comes to Iran’s aid. While on the subject …

Nuclear Watchdog Inks South America Deals, U.S. Congress Should Scrutinize Closely

United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials inked various agreements with the governments of Ecuador, Venezuela, and Bolivia this week.  These agreements aim to increase cooperation and assistance for the development of civilian nuclear power programs in these countries.  Mohamed El Baradei, the IAEA Director General, was in Latin America for these meetings that also included …

U.S. Suspends Trade Preferences for Bolivia, While Ecuador Receives Limited Extension

In response to Bolivia’s repeated failures to cooperate in regional anti-drug efforts, the Bush Administration announced this week that it would suspend trade preferences for Bolivia.   The move will increase tariffs on Bolivian goods entering the U.S. effective October 31, 2008.  “Unfortunately, Bolivia has failed to cooperate with the United States on important efforts to …

Ecuador and Bolivia Do Not Deserve Preferential Trade Extension

A majority of Americans do not know that for approximately sixteen years many products from Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia, have been allowed to enter the U.S. market under lower or no tariff rates.  In exchange for the preferential trade treatment, these countries were supposed to cooperate extensively with the U.S. in various counternarcotics efforts throughout the …

Iran’s Western Hemisphere Strategy Reportedly Includes Central America TV Station

A colleague in South America sent me a news item that I wanted to pass along to my readers.  Folks who follow regional matters have known for some time that Iran has slowly been creeping its way into various pockets in the Americas.  Pick a leftist, rogue, and anti-American leader in the Western Hemisphere and …