Lebanon Making Trouble, Again

Two interesting stories this week rooted in Lebanon: Lebanon’s internal intelligence agency appears to have been caught spying on thousands of people — including journalists and military personnel — in more than 20 countries, according to researchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Lookout, a mobile security company. You can read the rest at The …

Colombia Must Do Better. They Are Failing US Taxpayers.

For friends and colleagues who follow politics in Colombia and the Andean region, more bad news for the Colombian government, a country that used to be a reliable ally of the United States but increasingly keeps doing things with many bad actors in Latin America and the Caribbean. A genuine ally works to resolve problems …

For Liberty to Flourish in Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, Others Must Leave

Trump administration officials last week announced targeted sanctions of four Venezuelan nationals for violations of human rights and corrupt behavior. This latest announcement brings the total number of sanctioned Venezuelan nationals to 44. That figure includes the regime’s two top leaders, Nicolas Maduro and Tareck El Aissami. The targeted sanctions approach started in 2015 during the Obama administration, but …

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 …