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 …

Philip Agee, 1932-2008 (KGB Codename: PONT) & the Tradition Continues

The CI Centre in Virginia reminds folks that notorious CIA defector Philip Agee passed away on 7 January 2008 in Havana, Cuba but that many media stories neglected to mention he was a spy for the Cuban intelligence service, working with the KGB. In the highly recommended book, “The Sword and the Shield:The Mitrokhin Archive …

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 …

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 …