Russia Inks Uranium One Nuclear Deal With Argentina

I’ve lost track of Argentina’s nuclear program, but eight years ago on this blog, we posted a brief item about former anti-American Argentine President Kirchner dabbling in revitalizing Argentina’s atomic sector: That Argentina would re-launch its nuclear program should come as no surprise.  What do you expect when megalomaniac Hugo Chavez announces he will start …

Impunity In Exchange for Liberty in Venezuela is a Terrible Idea

Log this one under one of the odder stories of 2017 related to the crisis in Venezuela. According to The Miami Herald, a Venezuelan millionaire [Raúl Gorrín] declared persona non grata by the City of Miami for his alleged ties to the Maduro regime is trying to broker an exit strategy with the Trump administration for …

Senior Nicaraguan Election Official Sanctioned by the Trump Administration

The Trump administration has blacklisted Robert Jose Rivas, the president of Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council. The Council or Consejo Supremo Electoral is somewhat similar to the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC), but it has a lot more powers including maintaining a national voter registration list. Yesterday the Trump Administration launched a new sanctions regime targeting …

Communist Cuba Officials Remain in Denial

Officials with the Cuban government met at the Department of State this week for routine migration talks. Judging from the tone of the Cuban Foreign Ministry press statement about the meeting, it appears as if the session could’ve gone better. For example, The Cuban delegation expressed deep concern over the negative impact that the unilateral, …

Russia May Be Helping Venezuela Undermine U.S. Sanctions With a Virtual Currency Scheme

The Cuba/Russia-backed Venezuela regime of Nicolas Maduro claims it is going to create a virtual currency to get around U.S. and E.U. economic sanctions. During his weekly Saturday evening television specials, that according to Reuters ran for five hours, Maduro said that “CriptoMoneda” is coming soon: Presidente Nicolás Maduro anunció la creación de “El Petro”, una …

Guest Dispatch, Tsukerman: War Is Always Personal, Rest In Peace, Amina

The following op-ed was written by a lawyer and human rights advocate, Irina Tsukerman. An American of Ukrainian ancestry, about a year ago Irina traveled to Kiev to attend a conference hosted by the non-profit American Jewish Committee. Irina’s trip coincided with the 75th anniversary of the Babyn Yar massacre where the Nazis assassinated at close …

Regime Change Only Option for Venezuela

The Cuba-controlled dictatorial regime in Venezuela is running out of money. That is a good thing. Anemic as they are, U.S. economic sanctions are working, and they should be a great deal more robust. Last week the U.S.Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned ten (10) Venezuelan government officials including the cultural minister, the …

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 …

Response to Russia: Doomed to Fail Unless Immediate Action Taken

Thursday last week I moderated a panel on Capitol Hill with the Ambassadors from Ukraine, Czech Republic, Georgia and Lithuania titled: European Ambassadors to Discuss “Russian Aggression: Exploring the Implications of Putin’s Annexation of Crimea”. The discussion was co-hosted by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and the School of Theology and Religious Studies at …

Russia’s Latin America Play – Someone Needs to Tell Vladimir to Butt Out …

Downtown Fredericksburg, #Virginia@VisitFredVA on Saturday evening with good friends. @YleemPobletepic.twitter.com/JZgLPwbWpk — jasonpoblete (@JasonPoblete) March 23, 2014 Yleem and I shared an enjoyable evening with good friends yesterday in Fredericksburg, Virginia. There is a lot of history in Fredericksburg, some of it pre-dating what the region is most known for today, the scene of many pivotal Civil …

The Homer Simpsons of the Crimea Crisis

Washington, DC is digging out of yet another winter snow storm today. While they are at it, politicos might as well pick up a political shovel to also dig themselves out of the Ukraine political hole they keep digging. If this is the opening to some new Cold War, doubtful, or a prelude to the …

While Russia “Creates” the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, US Righteously Indignant

The United States is a day late and a dollar short, again. Without firing a shot, Russia has created the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. This Ukraine business is a significant strategic loss for the West and other lovers of freedom. The best the United States, and NATO allies will be able to do is impose sanctions …

Obama should Enforce US-Cuba Laws as Congress intended

The National Review Online ran a P2 (Jason and Yleem Poblete) piece today, “Call Cuba To Account: Obama should implement LIBERTAD as Congress intended“: This week marks the 18th anniversary of the downing of two U.S. civilian planes by the Cuban military over international waters. On February 24, 1996, Cessnas flown by members of the organization …

One Year Later, Russians Still Complaining About Magnitsky law

In a recent Pravda.ru editorial, numerous Russian leaders and thinkers took aim at a U.S. law that imposed economic sanctions on individuals believed to have been involved in the arrest, torture, and death of Sergei Magnitsky. The equivalent of a whistleblower, Magnitsky was a Russian lawyer who took on Russian corruption and paid the price. For …