Colombia Needs Another Approach, Land for Peace Not a Solution

Cuba sees political gold in this process. Land. We live on it. We grow our food and cultivate medicines from it. It is energy and mineral rich. A limited resource, land is the source of much conflict but also the key to future prosperity and stability. At least in theory. In Colombia, they’re fixing to …

Cuban Communist Party “Purges” Roles Under a Guise of Corruption Cleansing

According to a recent Miami Herald story, Cuba is cleaning up corruption within the government. Not sure if the Miami Herald is just plain gullible or, more likely, it is not interested in reporting the truth about how Communist Cuba works. The entire ruling system on that island is corrupt. From the grass roots to …

Cuba’s Communications Apartheid

The Obama Administration liberalized Cuba sanctions a few years ago. The regime responded, in kind, by arresting a U.S. citizen on a trumped up espionage charge. This post has nothing to do with the arrest of Alan Gross, but I mention it because it reflects the mindset of Cuba’s rulers. The only change they are …

Adios and Happy Trails

For folks who follow U.S. policy toward the Americas, this week we learned of a White House personnel change related and the Western Hemisphere.  Mr. Dan Restrepo was leaving and would be replaced by Mr. Ricardo Zuñiga, a career foreign service officer. The National Security Council staff includes individuals who cover different parts of the …

Obama’s Wonderful Latin America Journey Reinforces Failure, Fitting for this Administration

The Obama Administration had an opportunity to talk trade and economic growth during the President’s most recent trip to Latin America. Our ever salacious media delivered a suitable distraction: prostitutes. It is what we did not see that matters, right? The President’s national security staff prepared a series of well-orchestrated stops that reinforced the administration’s …

Iranian Regime TV Beamed in the Americas

Two European companies, Hispasat, and it appears another one with strong U.S. ties, Intelsat, are reportedly going to facilitate satellite broadcasts in Latin America for Iran, a state sponsor of terror. According to an article in Broadband TV News, “Iran has secured capacity on three satellites for distribution of its Spanish language TV channel … …

Israel’s Moshe Ya’alon: Iran brought terrorism to the Americas

With a very few notable exceptions, most DC-based Western Hemisphere policy experts, for years, have downplayed Iran’s influence in the Americas. This would include both Democratic and Republican policymakers and staff. Granted, after 09/11/01 there was a great deal of anecdotal information in the Latin American media about Iranian activities throughout the region. It has …