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 …