Nominal Fees on Remittances to Latin America?

Mexico’s central bank claims that Mexico, in 2016, received more income from remittances that it did from oil production. Think about that for a minute. It generates more from Mexican nationals living abroad than it does from one of the world’s most valuable commodities! The figure is close to $30 billion. It is a safe …

There is Nothing New Under the Nicaraguan Sun

“The Russians are coming. The Russians are here. The Russians never left,” he told us. That is a what a good friend, recently retired from the US foreign service, shared with Yleem and I last year when Russia denied it was re-opening its Cold War-era SIGINT spy facilities in Cuba. “Of course they were not re-opening it,” …

Jamaica Needs Stronger Export Control Laws, Not Gun Control Laws

Be careful by what you read in the headlines, that is usually only part of the story. This is especially true in Latin America and the Caribbean. According to numerous mainstream media stories, several thousand “warheads,” about 3,000, have been seized by Jamaican Customs officials. Bullets, machinery, and other equipment were also among the cache …

New Imperialism in Honduras, Obama Style

A little over six months in the Obama Administration and his advisers have positioned the President as the quintessential “Ugly American” in Latin America.  Recent moves to punish Honduran democracy will hurt U.S. economic and strategic interests in Honduras and Central America.  It will also serve to further fuel a rabid anti-American populism whose sole …

Around the Hemisphere …

Mexico has started nuclear radiation detection operations at one of its busiest seaports.  A similar program was initiated in Jamaica earlier this year. For decades a majority of the leaders throughout the Western Hemisphere worked against U.S. policy toward Cuba.  Regional leaders criticize U.S.-Cuba sanctions as “inhumane,” among other things.  How times changed.  It seems as …

Obama Administration Racks Up Policy Failures in the Western Hemisphere

It is difficult for most of us who have never lived under the yoke of communism, or lived in fear of it, to make sense at what has transpired in Honduras during the past several months.   There is a lot more at stake in tiny Honduras than democracy and rule of law.  Regional stability …

Just Like in Iran and Cuba, Tweet Could Land Guatemalan in Jail

“If the Guatemalan authorities insist on prosecuting Anleu, cutting foreign assistance to the Colom Administration is fair game.” Freedom of expression is one of the hallmark of a modern and free society.  Rule of law is another.  In Guatemala, both of the core tenets of democracy are heading for a collision course if the socialist …