Targeted Venezuela Sanctions, Better Late Than Never

President Obama has determined that the situation in Venezuela “constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States” and that additional economic sanctions must be imposed. The somewhat surprise move, in addition to starting to outline the national security threat that Venezuela poses to the Americas, starts to put in …

The U.S.-Cuba Policy Betrayal, Another ‘Neville Chamberlain’ Moment

A reporter asked me yesterday if I knew or had been tipped off about the December 17 announcement by the Obama Administration. She had read a December 16 post on this blog, the Cuba Policy Canard, where I discussed the very likely possibility that a significant Cuba announcement would happen, soon. Little did I know …

Iran Efforts to Circumvent U.S. Export Control Laws Pay Off, Eventually

Haaretz reported yesterday that the Iranian Air Force had fired up at least one U.S.-made Phantom fighter in the battle against radical Islamic terrorism. According to Haaretz: The Iranian Air Force is bombing Islamic State (ISIS) targets inside Iraqi territory. It is an intensification of Iran’s military involvement on the side of the Shia regime …

Encryption Export Controls, More to Come, and Likely Needed

It had been a while since I had seen a administrative fine imposed on a U.S. company for the unlawful of export of encryption technology. According to the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security press release posted earlier this week: Wind River Systems of Alameda, Calif., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, has agreed to …

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 …

BNP Paribas, Trading With the Enemy

Jail Time Seems Warranted for American Citizens Who May Have Participated in this Scheme My random thoughts on the recent BNP Paribas matter: French government officials are upset with the United States. What’s new, right? This time they’re cringing over a somewhat hefty fine imposed by the United States on BNP Paribas (BNPP), one of the …

Google Can Be Instrument For Good in Cuba – Help the Cuban People, Not the Regime

If Google wants to help advance the cause for freedom in Cuba, it should focus on changing hearts and minds in Havana, not U.S.  law or policy in Washington, DC. From what I read in the media about Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s recent visit to the island, as well as his blog post, it appears that …