EU Sanctions Map: The US Could Learn Something from Tiny Estonia

A few weeks ago the European Union (EU) published a web-based mapping and visualization tool of current EU and United Nations sanctions. Created by the government of Estonia, with a few clicks users will have a better sense whether additional research is needed for a proposed export of goods or services. Here is the introductory …

European ‘Refugee,’ Look East

Despite immense political pressure from globalist policy elites, mostly on the Left, Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, seems committed to calling out his political foes who lurk in the shadows of the NGO world. Orbán has a point or two, and western leaders should pay close attention to what he and colleagues in other European nations …

Radical Islamic Terrorists Attack EU, Again

Well, they are at it again. Adherents of radical Islamic jihad have attached the town of Brussels in Belgium. NATO headquarters is located here, as is the European Parliament. A live Reddit thread, at least as of 5:00 am (EST), includes posts from people on the scene stating that the airport, near the American Airlines counter, as …

As Most of Europe Dawdled, Russia Advanced

It was the United States that helped re-build Europe after World War II. It was the United States that stood firm during the Cold War. Indeed, Americans have provided Europe a great deal of money and, more importantly, national treasure, in defense of freedom. So why is it that the U.S. taxpayer, for example, remains true …

Economic Sanctions Are Tools, Not Policies

One of the more curious aspects about political Washington, DC is its predictability. This is true for just about every capital city anywhere in the world. Take the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight #17. Since 2008, the Russian bear has tested the United States and Europe. When Russian tanks and soldiers marched into Georgia, the hues and …

Calling St. James, Al-Andalus Rising …

It’s been amusing to see the media, as well as expert reaction, to a map purportedly created and disseminated by the group formerly known as ISIL: ISIL ISIS Islamic State has Spain in its crosshairs. See Al-Andalus rising, again? This is not new or news.  If this propaganda stunt is in fact something put out by the …

Clients and the Bash America Defense

If you’re a lawyer, and even if you’re in some other profession, at some point or another in your career, clients will push back on what appear to be very sensible recommendations. Just this week a colleague called me to discuss such a scenario. It involved a young European company with a business development person …

BNP Paribas Needs New Leadership, Vision … and a Few ‘Boy Scouts’

Access to the U.S. financial system is a privilege, not a right. France’s BNP Paribas, as well as French government officials, are learning that obvious lesson the hard way. It will be a costly process. In fines alone, the European banking giant faces at least $8 billion or more in fines for helping countries such as …

Lawsuit: BNP Paribas Used ‘Nazi’ Imagery in Training Video

Ever had a nagging noise coming from your car? You know the one. You know you should take the car to the mechanic, but you keep telling yourself, “it will go away on its own,” or, “I’ll get to it later.” Time passes, you get used to what now has become a rattle that you …

This Week in History

This week the world took time to remember two events of historical significance. The impacts of both of these events are still felt in the world today. One is a triumph of democracy over tyranny. The other is a triumph of tyranny over democracy. The first event was D-Day. Seventy years ago this week, allied …

Guest Dispatch: Mark Gage on the Situation in the Ukraine, NATO Needs to Step Up

The following Guest Dispatch is from Mark Gage, a friend of ours, as well as a professional colleague with an impressive career in public service. Among his many other accomplishments, Mark worked as Senior Professional Staff Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and, prior to that, as Senior Advisor at the Department of State on …

Global Anti-USA Movement Launches Anti-NSA Website

Reporter Glen Greenwald’s new website is national security voyeurism, part of an ongoing global anti-American campaign. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) called him a “thief,” while DNI James Clapper labeled him and others “accomplices” in Snowden’s crime. Rogers and Clapper were generous. These people are much worse. Greenwald and his team found a …

Arms Trade Politics in the UK

This Wednesday in the UK, the Committee on Arms Export Controls will hear from several government officials about the enforcement of export control laws. The session, something akin to a Congressional oversight hearing in the United States, is part of an ongoing effort to link the weapons trade to human rights and select issues around the …

Vive les Verts, Éteignez les lumières

Paris is starting to ration electricity. This is what they do in Communist Cuba to “conserve” electricity. French officials say they will be helping reduce the country’s carbon footprint. It is a colossal embarrassment and great example why governments will always be poor administrators. But, they are bragging. It is good to do says Environment Minister, …

Spain Raids Factory for Alleged EU-Iran Nuclear Sanctions Violations

The government of Spain raided a leading heavy machinery and equipment manufacturer in the Basque region of country for alleged violations of EU and Spain export control laws. Among other allegations, ONA Electro-erosion is accused of setting up a Turkish front company that was used to export to Iran at least seven Multi-Ton machines used …

Spain’s Left Unleashes the Political Dogs

After living high on the federal hog, Spain’s Left is upset. Very upset. They see it all slipping away and they are doing something very French, and irrational, taking to the streets to make their point. Spain’s conservative government announced yesterday a painful, $65 billion worth of spending cuts and tax hikes. It is their …

On Horses and Rivers, Pick a Good Horse

“It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river,” Abraham Lincoln I’ve turned away many potential clients, especially some that come seeking assistance in the middle of a tough legal or policy battle. Whether in business, law, politics, or just about anything important in life, pick your “horse” wisely and you’ll cross many …

EU, Take Me To Your Leader

Watching the European economic situation unfold the past few months makes me wonder if Cold War-era aliens have taken over the leadership of European Parliament. Did these folks learn anything over the course of those close to fifty years that state intervention and regulation of national economies is a sure way to destroy freedom? Talking …

Cameron, The Day He Put Britain First

The europhiles say the UK is isolated now because the PM Cameron placed UK interests above EU interests. Good riddance. “The Day He Put Britain First” cheered the mass-selling Daily Mail, after the British prime minister blocked Franco-German attempts to enshrine new budget rules into a modified EU treaty during an all-night summit in Brussels. …

The UK Parliament Has Seller’s Remorse

Seems like our cousins across the pond are having a slight case of buyer’s remorse over weapon sales to North African and Middle East governments. Some of this we can attribute to Europe’s anti-gun obsession. If they ascribed to our view that people kill, not weapons, maybe they would not worry so much about these …