Hizbollah in Latin America, Old News Recast in Troubling New Light

In a potentially politically explosive special report published by POLITICO this weekend about terrorist group Hizbollah, there are several threads worth exploring. For our readers, we’ll hone in on a favorite topic for our readers and of this blog, the Latin America connections. If even half of what POLITICO reports is correct, Obama administration officials …

Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions On Jamaica-based ISIS Recruiter

The Trump administration on Tuesday designated a Jamaican-based Islamic cleric for his ties to numerous terrorist attacks carried out in the United States and the United Kingdom. According to the Treasury Department, Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal influenced many terrorists involved in attacks in Ohio, New York, Texas, and Michigan. He also had a role or connection to the …

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 …

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 …