Around the Americas

Government of Peru Told by Hedge Fund, Pay Your Bills and forget about Peruvian laws to protect your interests. US Commerce Secretary Pritzker Goes to Cuba – an embargoed country – to ‘promote US trade’. Odd eh? Next stop, North Korea. Former Argentine Spy Chief allegedly linked to the murder of Iranian terrorist hunter and prosecutor may be hiding in …

And They Want to Be a State?

Global markets, media, and politicos will be closely watching Greece this week as it seeks to find a solution (i.e., another bailout) to its close to $400 billion headache. Yet right here in the Western Hemisphere, we have a mini-financial crisis in the making. In 2014, the Heritage Foundation called it America’s Greece. I think …

Whitewashing and Policy Laundering Cuban Terrorism, Part II

UPDATE: Late yesterday evening, 9 Apr, The Hill newspaper reported, State Department Wants Cuba Removed From Terrorist List. Despite evidence to the contrary, the Obama Administration appears to be moving forward with removing Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. According to various senior government sources in town, the announcement is expected today or early …

GAO: State Department Fails to Produce Reports on Iranian Adventurism in Latin America

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said last week that the Secretary of State needs to give Congress reports on Iranian activities in the Americas. The GAO report, Strategy to Counter Iran in the Western Hemisphere Has Gaps That State Department Should Address, details what appears to be an ongoing struggle between the Congress and Foggy Bottom to have the State …

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 …

Odds & Ends from South Florida

Welcome to this month’s odds and ends from sunny South Florida. This month’s column is an eclectic mix of news. Right off the bat, it was reported how the U.S. government recruited various students from Latin America to go to Cuba in order to create a “Cuban Spring.” This report makes me wonder why would …

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 …