Honduran Congress: Not a Coup, Former President Broke and Ignored Laws

The Obama Administration yesterday was quick to call the events in Honduras a coup.  What has gone underreported, or not reported at all in the media or recognized by the Obama Administration, is that the democratically-elected Congress unanimously approved  the change in leadership and subsequent impeachment of the former Honduran President.  If this was a …

MCC Cancels U.S. Taxpayer-Funded Program to Nicaragua

The Millennium Challenge Corporation Board of Directors announced last week that it was going to “partially terminate MCC’s compact assistance to Nicaragua for activities previously suspended in December 2008.”   According to the MCC the “termination will result in a reduction of approximately $62 million from Nicaragua’s original $175 million compact with MCC.”  You can read …

Iran May Inherit U.S.-Taxpayer Built Military Facility in South America

Will the U.S. military facility in Manta, Ecuador go down in history as the Iranian intelligence base that U.S. taxpayers paid for?   That seems to be the possibility.  The folks at CNS News have written an article on the matter that is well-worth a read, “Ecuador Eye Military Ties As U.S. Prepares to Withdraw …

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 …

Focus on U.S. Interests, Not Those of the Cuban Regime

If Cuba has been able to purchase more than $1 billion in food from U.S. businesses during the past few years, why has the U.S. not frozen some of those funds entering the U.S. and place them in trust for these claimants?  Congressional supporters of state sponsor of terror Cuba introduced a bill in the Senate …

CT Blog: Is Removal of Cuba From “State Sponsors” List Inevitable? Sure, But What Is the Rush.

Removing the North Korean Stalinist regime from the state sponsors of terrorism list in return for empty promises on its nuclear program was a mistake.   The ObamaAdministration can learn a thing or two from the  Bush Administration’s mistake stemming from North Korea’s delisting. A cursory review of the statutory requirements that earned North Korea a place on the list, clearly indicate …

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 …

The New York Times and Terror Tourism

The Zapatistas and their leaders belong on the Department of the Treasury’s Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons watch list.

M.E. Times: Hezbollah in Latin America

The following article from today’s Middle East Times, “U.S. Officials: Hezbollah Gaining in Latin America” is worth a read.  “The United States is stepping up scrutiny of Iranian security and military personnel in the Lebanese communities of Latin America, even as its proxy, Hezbollah, gains new momentum and strength there, U.S. officials said. “Part of Hezbollah’s …

The Security and Prosperity Partnership, Your Tax Dollars At Work? Congressional Oversight Needed

A majority of American taxpayers do not know how their hard-earned tax dollars are spent by Washington, much less the specific programs and initiatives that are launched by policymakers in Washington, DC and around the world using U.S. monies.  If our government was more transparent, I suspect that more people would pay closer attention to these …

The OFAC Has Heart, Cubans Had Christmas in Cuba in Spite of the Cuban Regime

A few weeks ago the elves at the Export Law Blog (“ELB”) posted a special Christmas message, How the OFAC Stole Christmas.  For readers from outside of Washington, DC, the somewhat humorous post is a jab at U.S. laws and regulations restricting trade with state sponsor of terror Cuba.  Other than this annual Cuba post, ELB …

AP: Turkey Holds Iran Shipment to Venezuela

The Associated Press reports that “Turkey was holding a suspicious shipment bound for Venezuela from Iran because it contained lab equipment capable of producing explosives, a customs official said Tuesday.” “Experts from Turkey’s Atomic Institute determined there were no traces of radioactive material, but said the equipment was enough to set up an explosives lab,” …

U.S. Pressure on Senior Cuban Officials Should Increase

The seemingly never-ending obsession with U.S.-Cuba policy is reaching a fever pitch.  With Democratic control of both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue for the first time in decades, the pro-Castro camp is salivating at the thought of normalizing relations with the Communist government of the only designated state sponsor of terrorism in the Western Hemisphere.   They should be …

The Obama Administration and U.S.-Cuba Policy

U.S.-Cuba relations is one of the more contentious issues in the Western Hemisphere that the Obama Administration may tackle in the first year in power.  They already appointed Fidel Castro’s lawyer as the next White House Counsel.  With the appointment of New York Senator Hillary Clinton, well, you do the political math.  Just as engagement …

Russia Proposes Nuclear Reactor Plan to Chavez

The Russian military naval exercises in South America are somewhat of a nostalgic novelty item.  It is more annoying than serious a matter.  The nuclear cooperation chatter with anti-American leaders in the Western Hemisphere is quite another matter. At its core, the Russians are upset that the U.S. is working with the Czechs and Poles on a missile defense shield …

A Win For U.S. Taxpayers in Nicaragua, Nica Opposition Needs to Rally

Nicaragua’s newspaper La Prensa reports this morning that the U.S. has frozen a foreign assistance program to Nicaragua funded by U.S. taxpayers through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).  Kudos to the MCC CEO, Ambassador John Danilovich, for moving swiftly to protect U.S. taxpayer monies and, in the process, send a clear message to the Sandinistas that resorting …

Elhefnawy: The Next Wave of Nuclear Proliferation, Regional Considerations

While it barely generates the media attention that Iran or North Koreahas during the past few years, there are leaders in Latin America, South America to be exact, who have hinted that nuclear weaponization programs are a “right” of developing countries.   Despite public acts to the country such as signing on to key non-proliferation treaties or …

Sandinistas, Nothing Changed for Them

A new chapter in a once promising story for Central American democracy is being written in the streets of Managua. Faced with possible defeats at the ballot box, it appears as if elements of the Sandinista Party have devolved to their old, Cold War ways.   In an speech before a Joint Session of the …

Foreign Assistance to Nicaragua Needs to Be Reviewed and Likely Curtailed

It appears as if elements of the leftist Sandinista Party of Nicaragua are back to their old, Cold War ways. Sandinista supporters donning masks and wielding weapons attacked the opposition leader yesterday while he was on his way to greet opposition supporters.   The violence stems from alleged wide-spread electoral fraud during last week’s election …