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 …

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 …