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 …

US Congress Takes Aim at Hizbollah Terror Financing Networks, Iranian and Lebanese Politicos Rattled

The U.S. House of Representatives last week approved three bills that would give the Trump administration more economic tools in the global war against radical Islāmic terrorism. Frankly, some of these measures are not necessary. President Trump has the statutory and constitutional power to impose most of the proposed sanctions; however, if the Congress wants …

Breaking Up the D.C. Latin America Policy Cartel

It was Fourth of July recess week in Washington, D.C. this week. A good time of the year to catch up with colleagues, especially those working on Capitol Hill. One of the many meetings I had this week focused on recent developments in the Western Hemisphere, especially Latin America and the Caribbean. Frankly, some of the …

Exporting Bomb Parts to Iran Lands Singaporean National 40 Months in U.S. Prison

Extradited from Indonesia to the United States early last year, Lim Yong Nam, a Singaporean national, was sentenced last week in U.S. federal court to forty months prison for illegal exports of American-made dual-use products to Iran. Kim was part of a group that included at least ten persons and companies that were indicted by a grand …

Catch the Leakers, Hold Them Accountable

According to documents published yesterday by WikiLeaks, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has, possibly had, the capability to hack, exploit software vulnerabilities, and so much more. Why is that news? Taxpayers, I hope, expect that after they invest billions in intelligence that entities such as the CIA have the best tools at their disposal to do their …

Terrorist Group Using U.S. Armored Vehicles in Syria

For a few weeks now there have been reports on social media that Hizbullah, a terrorist organization under U.S. law, has been using U.S. M113 military armored personnel carriers (APCs) in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. The issue appears to have come to a head this week when senior U.S. and Israeli officials exchanged …

Iran + Cuba + Nanotechnology = High Probability for Trouble

What happens when a state sponsor of terrorism, Iran, announces high-tech collaboration with Cuba, a recently and likely erroneously de-listed state sponsor of terrorism? It’s a loaded question. You know the answer. Nothing good! According to the Iran’s Mehr news agency, Iran and Cuba plan closer collaboration on nanotechnology that includes building a new lab …