Russia Inks Uranium One Nuclear Deal With Argentina

I’ve lost track of Argentina’s nuclear program, but eight years ago on this blog, we posted a brief item about former anti-American Argentine President Kirchner dabbling in revitalizing Argentina’s atomic sector: That Argentina would re-launch its nuclear program should come as no surprise.  What do you expect when megalomaniac Hugo Chavez announces he will start …

Argentine Prosecutor’s Death May Warrant U.S. Economic Sanctions, More

Terrorism in Latin America. Que? Yes, it’s there. It is exists and it is fueled by the likes of Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and many others in the Americas and the Middle East. Yet media pays little, if any, attention to it. Equally bizarre is the curious ambivalence that reeks from pockets of the U.S. foreign policy establishment. If …

Day Before Congressional Testimony on Iran Terror, Argentine Prosecutor “Dies”

(Updated; 12:46PM) Supporters of freedom and rule of law lost a staunch supporter in Argentina this weekend. As reported in credible news outlets in Argentina and Israel, since not even the Argentine President has issued a statement, one of the Iranian regime’s biggest nemesis in the Western Hemisphere – prosecutor Alberto Nisman – was found …

Morning Musings

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Feinstein blasts critics of NSA phone program and details how al-Qaeda has metastasized, while “reform” advocates fear legislation being gutted. Be careful what you say in Washington, DC restaurants. Through years, some of my best political leads have come from politicos talking too loud at area eateries. According to the Washington Free …

U.S. and Mexican Authorities Tracking Down Stolen Radioactive Materiel

Someone, or some group, in Mexico has stolen a truck transporting an undetermined amount of cobalt-60 used in medical procedures. Every time an incident such as this one happens somewhere in the Americas, it should make you think. I doubt, however, that there will be much media coverage or attention about it. According to the International …

Iran and Regional Adventurism, U.S. Should Address but not Make a Political Boogeyman

Readers of our blog know that we have been talking about Iranian meddling in the Americas since we started the DC Dispatches in 2007. Iran’s regional adventurism is a serious matter. Iran may be a small country in another part of the world, but its rulers have a forgotten that the great Persian empire is no more. …

U.S. May Revisit Iranian Terror Activities in Latin America

For decades there have been thought leaders in the U.S. government, both in the Congress and the Executive branch, Democrats and Republicans, that have opposed the U.S. listing Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism. These are usually the same folks who also resist making any linkages whatsoever to Iran’s Latin American adventurism. Glad to …

Latin American Nuclear Powers Ink Cooperation Deal

Our Latin America Nuclear Problem Does the title of this blog post seem a little odd sounding, “Latin American” Nuclear Powers? A close friend was somewhat shocked when I told him earlier this week that Brazil and Argentina are the two more advanced nuclear powers in the Western Hemisphere. Mexico operates several reactors as well, but …

Argentina Goes Nuclear

That Argentina would re-launch its nuclear program should come as no surprise.  What do you expect when megalomaniac Hugo Chavez announces he will start a nuclear program with the help of Russia and Iran? According to AFP, Argentine President Christina Kirchner said yesterday that they would re-start old uranium enrichment facilities. Kirchner, a Chavez ally, …

Argentina Seizes Iranian Properties of Suspected Terrorists

The special unit in Argentina’s Ministry of Justice charged with tracking down and prosecuting the perpetrators of the 1992 and 1994 terrorist attacks in Argentina announced a property seizure yesterday.   This is the second time since October 2008 that property belonging to Iranian nationals have been seized and that will likely be used to compensate …

Suspected Hezbollah Operatives Nabbed in South America, Congress Should Approve Colombia FTA

Colombian officials announced last week that they had arrested suspected Hezbollah operatives in Colombia.  The capture of the three potential terrorists was part of an international anti-drug and anti-money laundering operation that had been ongoing for about two years called Operation Titan.  According to various news sources it was the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that made …

The South American Nuclear Genie

Faced with the possibility of decreasing crude oil prices, a crimp to his “petro-democracy” antics throughout the Americas, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez appears to be preparing a new political talisman to generate headlines and regional mischief: the nuclear power genie.  With Russia’s cooperation, Chavez says he will start a civilian nuclear power program.  If this announcement had been made …

Venezuelan Officials Keep Hinting Nuclear Ambitions, with Iranian Assistance

Last week two South American countries announced that they planned to build the region’s first nuclear-powered submarines.  It is not really clear why developing countries such as Brazil and Argentina would need such a device in peaceful South American waters, then nothing is ever really transparent with these two nuclear powers.   Fortunately build what they will, U.S. naval superiority can deal …

Proliferation of Nuclear Technology in Latin America Continues

Brazil and Argentina to Build a Nuclear Sub, Latin America’s First  On December 15, 2007 in the northeast Brazilian City of Natal, Latin America’s two leading nuclear power generating countries – Argentina and Brazil – made some history.   At Brazil’s space launch facility at Barriera do Inferno (e.g., Barrier of Hell), the two countries successfully launched a research …

In the news …

A picture taken somewhere in the Middle East?  Guess again.  Mexico.  The Zapatista National Liberation Army (“EZLN”) recently hosted a women’s “encounter” or “meeting” at the jungle settlement camp in Chiapas.   I posted an image from their website since it is something rarely seen in our media yet such meetings and anti-American and anti-Western efforts are a common occurrence with …