teleSUR TV U.S.A. Should Register As A Foreign Agent of Venezuela

“Leave Venezuela alone,” the man on the street told the reporter. In Spanish. I glanced over at the microphone vector and saw it was a teleSUR TV (teleSUR) employee doing the interview. I guarantee that interview was part of a story that portrayed the United States in a negative light. Never heard of teleSUR? Probably not, but if you’re interested …

Venezuelan Congressman Alleges Maduro Regime Meddling in Regional Elections in Latin America

Mexican politicians are up in arms over allegations that Cuba-backed Venezuela has been, or continues to meddle in various political campaigns that are sympathetic to the socialist cause in Latin America including Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador or AMLO. This is not a new allegation, but it has taken on a fever pitch because a …

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 …

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 …

Canada Joins U.S. Efforts to Isolate Venezuela’s Socialist Regime

In an unusual move for Canada, the Canadian Foreign Minister announced this weekend that Canada would target with economic sanctions several Venezuela government officials. The Minister for Global Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, issued the following statement: “Canada will not stand by silently as the Government of Venezuela robs its people of their fundamental democratic rights. Today’s announcement …

Venezuela Needs Respect of Individual Rights, Private Property & Rule of Law, Not More Socialism

What an odd headline this morning from the Left’s favorite business newspaper, The Financial Times: “How to save Venezuela from the cost of sanctions“. The problem in #Venezuela, of the Left’s own making, is the Maduro-Castro regime, not economic sanctions. If the “global community” of fellow travelers truly wished to ease the suffering of the Venezuelan …

Venezuela Regime Propagandizes, Buys Adverstising, in U.S. Media

The #Venezuela regime suppresses the fundamental liberties of its people, yet it uses US media to spread propaganda. Wrong. Supporters of Liberty for Venezuela are, as a matter of policy, remains directed from Havana, banned from placing advertising in Venezuela papers or what is left of its television stations. There is no independent media in Venezuela. …

Left Wing Dictatorship Smothered Venezuela Democracy Yesterday

The political situation in Venezuela continues to go from bad to worse. If you’re in the camp that believes saving democratic institutions stood a chance in Venezuela, yesterday should serve as your last wake up call. Stop hitting the political snooze button. Democracy is dead in Venezuela. In my book, democracy has been dead in …

Venezuela Inks MOU with American Oil Drilling Company

For colleagues who follow matters in Venezuela, it seems as if the Venezuela regime is supposedly inking contracts with American companies. According to an article that appeared in the government-owned Telesur media outlet, officials with Horizontal Well Drillers and the government have signed an MOU worth close to $1.3 billion. In the overall scheme of things, it …

Vene Blogger: Persons Subject to U.S. Law Exporting Police Equipment to Venezuelan Regime

A blog post by a Venezuelan blogger outlines how, since 2009, various exporters of police equipment, including tear gas, have been supplying Venezuelan and Cuban security forces based mostly in Caracas. According to Alek Boyd’s research, he was able to document about $35 million in sales of arms, munitions as well as other law enforcement items …

Venezuela Falls Deeper in the Rabbit Hole

A once influential, regional oil-producing nation, Venezuela fell deeper in the political rabbit hole. Yesterday an illegitimate court, upon instructions from Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro, dissolved the legislature. Despite being a hopelessly deadlocked institution, it was the only thing that was left of an official opposition. Cuban dictator Raul Castro, Venezuela’s regional minder and Mad Hatter, is grinning …

US Sanctions Venezuelan Vice President, Tareck Al Aissami

In a surprise move that barely registered with the Washington, DC press corps, the Trump administration yesterday afternoon announced that it has imposed economic sanctions on various Venezuelan companies and persons, including Venezuela’s Vice President, Tareck Al Aissami. Although Al Aissami was officially designated under the drug kingpin sanctions program, I think there is a lot …

Socialism Sank Venezuela, Could Get Much Worse

I’m not sure why I keep subscribing and re-subscribing to the Washington Post. I’ve cancelled my subscription more than once. And it is stories like this one on Venezuela that push me to the edge of canceling it again. Leave it to them to find a twisted way fail to pinpoint for readers the reason: socialism. The …

Well-Known American Lawyer Murdered in Venezuela

Close to 25,000 people a year are murdered in Venezuela. Not only does this South American country have one of the highest murder rates of all of Latin America, but what is even more shocking is that overwhelming majority of these crimes become cold cases or, simply, ignored. There is also the longer term and negative …

Venezuelan Regime Keeps Going for Broke, And Will Lose

Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro took out a full page ad in the New York Times to denounce targeted U.S. economic sanctions against seven of his henchmen that have engaged in human rights abuses against political opposition leaders. You can read a little more about the sanctions in a prior post on this site: Targeted …

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 …

Iran’s Tango with Latin America

DC Dispatches Editor Yleem Poblete penned an op-ed for the National Interest on Iranian adventurism in the Western Hemisphere, particularly in Latin America. The core message: the United States needs to move beyond a “drugs and thugs,” or pure law enforcement mindset when addressing regional challenges: Networks have been uncovered operating in Latin America that …

Economic Sanctions on the Venezuelan Regime, Long Overdue

Yleem’s latest commentary piece on economic sanctions and Venezuela ran in today’s print edition of The Washington Times. If there was ever a classic specimen calling for targeted economic sanctions it would be the Venezuelan government. For some odd reason, and Yleem elaborates on a few reasons why, the Bush and Obama Administrations have resisted just …

Issues Trumped Partisan Politics in Arlington County Special Election

For the first time since the 1990s a Republican won a seat on the Arlington County Board. Attorney John Vihstadt won yesterday’s special election by a rather healthy margin. His secret? We’re tired in these parts of the County’s (controlled by the Arlington Democratic Party machine) tax and spend policies, especially on wasteful programs such as million …

Oliver Stone, Political Numskull

Oliver Stone is, at best, a political numskull. And, with his latest docudrama about Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, Stone has somehow managed to give conspiracy theorists a bad name. A few years ago, Stone produced a propaganda film praising Chavez and the Bolivarian anti-American movement. Up until a few days ago, I had no idea …