Cuba: The Difference Between Succession and Transition

University of Miami’s Dr. Jaime Suchlicki and I co-authored a short piece about the difference between succession and transition in Communist Cuba. Earlier this week a client that happens to support President Obama’s rapprochement with the regime, calls me and reads the following excerpt: A normalization of relations with a military dictatorship in Cuba with General …

Terrorist threats in the Americas

The Washington Times ran my latest op-ed this week: “Terrorist threats in the Americas: Extremists are infiltrating the Western Hemisphere to strike the U.S.“: Hezbollah activities in the Americas are well documented and continue to expand in scope and sophistication. The terrorist group has been actively studying and operating in the Americas since the 1980s, but it …

Russia’s Latin America Play – Someone Needs to Tell Vladimir to Butt Out …

Downtown Fredericksburg, #Virginia@VisitFredVA on Saturday evening with good friends. @YleemPobletepic.twitter.com/JZgLPwbWpk — jasonpoblete (@JasonPoblete) March 23, 2014 Yleem and I shared an enjoyable evening with good friends yesterday in Fredericksburg, Virginia. There is a lot of history in Fredericksburg, some of it pre-dating what the region is most known for today, the scene of many pivotal Civil …

Why Venezuela Matters

By the time you read this post tomorrow, the situation in Venezuela will become increasingly worse. The results of bad economic policies, government restrictions on freedoms, violence, and corruption have ignited a nationwide protest against Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro. In order to get a better understanding of the situation in Venezuela click here. Notwithstanding the …

Rosa María Payá, Steely and Forceful voice for Cuba’s Youth, More

This part of the Cuba story, still being written, goes to show that the dark forces of leftist tyranny cannot destroy the seeds of freedom.  From the good folks over the Babalu blog: Although she was forced into the spotlight at a young age by the vicious murder of her father by the Castro dictatorship, Rosa …

Iran and Regional Adventurism, U.S. Should Address but not Make a Political Boogeyman

Readers of our blog know that we have been talking about Iranian meddling in the Americas since we started the DC Dispatches in 2007. Iran’s regional adventurism is a serious matter. Iran may be a small country in another part of the world, but its rulers have a forgotten that the great Persian empire is no more. …

South of the Border Win

The good guys won a big one this week south of the US-Mexico border. Mexican (and I’ll add US) authorities have captured a notorious thug, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (aka, Z-40) — a leader of the Mexican criminal syndicate Los Zetas. Thanks in great part to groups such as the Zetas, there are likely more …