Latin America Needs Reminding, Russian Meddling Not Welcome

Last week Russian officials bragged about it how Russia defense industries since 2001 have sold more than $10 billion in weapons systems to several nations in Latin America. Assuming that figure is correct, and considering the region, that is $10 billion too high. This week Newsweek reports that Russian defense agencies are targeting several South American …

The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming

“When you understand what you see, you will no longer be children,” Whittaker Chambers, Witness. For those of us who are old enough to have come of political age during the Cold War, Russian meddling in U.S. political, economic, and global business is not news. They’ve been at it for more than 50 plus years, …

Russians Nabbed by DOJ in an Export Controls Violations Ring

A Brooklyn resident, a naturalized U.S. citizen, and two Russian nationals were arrested in last week for alleged violations of U.S. export control laws. If they are found guilty, they face as much as 25 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. The Justice Department announced last week that Alexey Barysheff of Brooklyn and two Russian …

US Congress Seeks to Expose Corruption in Nicaragua

On September 21, the House of Representatives approved passage H.R. 5708, the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017 that, if it becomes law, will prohibit loans by international financial institutions (“IFIs”) to the government of Nicaragua unless Nicaragua takes steps to ensure free, fair, and transparent elections as well as strengthen the rule of law. The left-wing …

Senator Grassley to Obama: Castro Thumbing Nose at US

The Cuban troops in Syria story is picking up even more political steam. As the week came to a close, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Senator Chuck Grassely (R-Iowa) published a letter that he sent President Obama on the matter: “Russia’s actions in Syria appear to be in direct contradiction to your statement of more than four years ago …

Economic Sanctions Are Tools, Not Policies

One of the more curious aspects about political Washington, DC is its predictability. This is true for just about every capital city anywhere in the world. Take the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight #17. Since 2008, the Russian bear has tested the United States and Europe. When Russian tanks and soldiers marched into Georgia, the hues and …

You’ll Need A Lot More than a BB Gun to Put Down a Charging Bear

Spend more time outside you said. Care for poor helpless animals you said. Guns are not progressive you said… pic.twitter.com/A6VcADM3Oe — Nikka (@Nikka_777) March 25, 2014 This week the U.S. Treasury Department announced a new traunch of economic sanctions that, among other things, should compel Russia to scale back adventurism in the Crimea and Ukraine.  A reporter had asked …