Venezuelan Congressman Alleges Maduro Regime Meddling in Regional Elections in Latin America

Mexican politicians are up in arms over allegations that Cuba-backed Venezuela has been, or continues to meddle in various political campaigns that are sympathetic to the socialist cause in Latin America including Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador or AMLO. This is not a new allegation, but it has taken on a fever pitch because a …

Mexican Neo Nazis and New Socialists?

If you’re a student of World War II history, when you think Nazis and Latin America your mind should race to Argentina. To this day, Argentina has a significant anti-Semitism problem that is fueled by a small, but surprisingly influential group of old guard Nazi and anti-Jewish interests. The death of Alberto Nisman, the Jewish Argentine prosecutor …

Mexicoleaks Takes Aim at Capitalism, Free Markets?

An organization of Mexican civil society groups are gearing up for a seemingly innocent anti-corruption campaign when, in reality, they may end up hurting efforts to expand freedom, rule of law, and capitalism. This is not the first organization in the region, nor will it be the last, to dedicate itself to uncovering corruption. There are …

Texas Congressman’s Proposal Conditions US Foreign Assistance on Border Security

Congress must hold these nations accountable by restricting and conditioning assistance, as well as revisiting terms of several trade agreements or imposing penalties, yes tariffs (on trade, not people), on nations that refuse to take concrete steps to get a handle on migration issues. Truly comprehensive reform must include a foreign policy and national security component …

Mexico: Release US Marine Immediately or Should Face Political Consequences, Including an “Immigration Tax”

Mexico wants to play tough guy with the United States over the unlawful detaining of former U.S. Marine Andrew Tahmooressi. I’ve been watching Spanish-language news on this matter and it is clear they want to make political points on immigration and other issues. It is going to politically backfire. Mexico wants a lot from the …

Morning Musings

Juarezgate – if you have followed this blog since 2008, then you know that one of the ongoing threads is an effort to highlight certain global events that the mainstream media, as well as the politicians in this town, tend not to focus on at all. The Western Hemisphere is a great case in point. This …

Mexico and Other Nations Owe the United States

When a child is bullied, sooner or later, that child instinctively knows that he or she must put a stop to it or it will continue and escalate. Parents or school officials can do little to stop it. As soon as the child take a stand, generally, the bully moves on. The GOP needs to take …

U.S. and Mexican Authorities Tracking Down Stolen Radioactive Materiel

Someone, or some group, in Mexico has stolen a truck transporting an undetermined amount of cobalt-60 used in medical procedures. Every time an incident such as this one happens somewhere in the Americas, it should make you think. I doubt, however, that there will be much media coverage or attention about it. According to the International …

Nations spy on each other. Big deal. No Apology for Brazil’s President

Nations spy on each other. Big deal. In fact, societies have been doing so since before the creation of the modern nation-state. Someone in the Obama Administration should remind counterparts in Mexico and Brazil that without it, the world as we know it would cease to exist. According to numerous news accounts, Mexico and Brazil …

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 …

Defending Our Borders & Americans

The murder of a District Attorney and his wife in Texas barely registered with the mainstream news. The likely assassination (folks still calling it murder) of a law man should have the ABA tied in knots, screaming for justice. They are saying nothing right now. But this will change. The death of Texas District Attorney …

Criminals and Terrorists Kill, Not Guns

Just a few years ago, you could not get people in this town to focus on the pockets of instability throughout the Western Hemisphere. It is not top-ranked news but, as of late, it has become the issue du jour in some wonk circles.  Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan still dominate the headlines and think tank …

Six Americans Killed in Mexico this November; Washington Tone Deaf

Our NAFTA and long-time partner is struggling to contain an insurgency that threatens to redo the political and economic landscape of Mexico for decades to come.  A few days ago Texas Governor suggested that every option be put on the table to deal with this problem, including the military because we have the “same situation …

Congresswoman Myrick: Hezbollah on the Southern Border?

Based only on publicly available information, the answer to the headline question should be, very likely.  To that end, Representative Sue Myrick (R-North Carolina) yesterday released a video regarding new information about Hezbollah operating in Mexico and along the Southern US border. Earlier this summer Myrick also released a video about the letter she sent …

Yet Another Example Why I Cancelled My Subscription to the Post Years Ago

Of all the absurd things that The Washington Post could report about the Mexican drug cartel wars, today’s above the fold, front page piece on U.S. grenades would have to be it.  Resurrecting Cold War-era wounds about how communism was defeated, the Post even managed to make indirect pokes at Ronald Reagan and George H. …

Around Town …

The Australian newspaper reported earlier this week that the Australian government has blocked several shipments of controlled items including water pumps used to cool nuclear reactors.  Ominously titled “Kevin Rudd’s secret war on Iran,” the reporter who penned the article asks readers to contact them if they have had exports blocked by the government.  That …

Mexican Scapegoats: First the Addicts, Now the Guns

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) official testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about a new report on firearms trafficking to Mexico that states, in part, that “available evidence indicates a large proportion of the firearms fueling Mexican drug violence originated in the United States”.  The report makes a series of recommendations including better coordination amongst …

Mexican Death Squad Added to OFAC Watch List

The Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control, announced this week that “Los Zetas” has been added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) watch list, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act regulations (SDNTK).   The Zetas have evolved into one of Mexico’s most ruthless death squads.  Law enforcement officials suspect Zeta involvement in criminal acts …

Clinton Fuels Mexican Scapegoating Tactics

Let’s hope that they put U.S. taxpayer monies to good use.  America should not serve as a de facto halfway shelter for countries addicted to foreign assistance. In much the same manner that a drug addict blames everyone but themselves for their addictive behavior, Mexican government officials enjoy blaming Americans for their problems.  The bad economy, illegal immigration, …

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.