Venezuela, and likely Bolivia, Belong on State Sponsors of Terror List

It should come as no surprise that Venezuela, and likely Bolivia, are supporting Iran’s nuclear ambitions by exporting uranium to the mullahs.  Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez has been supporting the Iranian regime during the past few years in a somewhat vain attempt to upset the regional power balance in Latin America against the United States. With the support …

Miami Federal Grand Jury Nabs More Iranian Arms Dealers

The Justice Department announced yesterday that that an Iranian national had been arrested and charged, along with ten other defendants, with participating in a conspiracy to export U.S.-made military aircraft parts to Iran.  The defendants in the illegal export conspiracy “conspired to and did export thirteen different types of aircraft parts designated as defense articles on …

Argentina Seizes Iranian Properties of Suspected Terrorists

The special unit in Argentina’s Ministry of Justice charged with tracking down and prosecuting the perpetrators of the 1992 and 1994 terrorist attacks in Argentina announced a property seizure yesterday.   This is the second time since October 2008 that property belonging to Iranian nationals have been seized and that will likely be used to compensate …

Sanctions, Keeping Things in Perspective

Including the state sponsors of terrorism, 13 countries are targeted with some form of country-based sanctions.   That is just 7% of all countries in the world. An informative website I enjoy reading on a regular basis posted a comment about recent U.S. Government enforcement actions against companies that violate U.S. sanctions laws on Cuba.  It made …

U.S./UAE Nuclear Deal Proponents and Opponents Missing One Element, Reform of U.S. Export Control Laws Missing

A proposed nuclear cooperation in the Middle East between the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could establish an interesting precedent that impact U.S. security and commercial concerns in the region and beyond.  The Bush Administration penned the U.S.-UAE 123 Agreement during its last month in office.  It is now up to the Obama Administration …

Congressman Markey: U.S.-UAE Nuclear Agreement, Reckless

The Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Sub-Committee on Energy and the Environment added his voice to a quiet but growing effort in the Congress to slow or block the implementation of the recently-signed U.S.-UAE nuclear cooperation agreement. “It’s time to turn the page on the Bush administration’s reckless policy of spreading nuclear technology …

Congress Set To Closely Review US-UAE Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

Yesterday the State Department announced the U.S. had signed a nuclear cooperation 123 agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).   123 Agreements refer to Section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.  The section sets terms for the U.S. for entering into nuclear cooperation with other states.  The Congress has the power to review these agreements …