Iran’s Cozy Relationship With Bolivia Goes Nuclear, Regional Relations Keep Expanding

Iran continues to carefully expand its network in Latin America; what are we doing about it?  Publicly, very little. A region rich with strategic natural resources, poverty, and anti-American governments, the Iranian mullahs see opportunities to exploit and they have wasted no time in doing so. Working closely with countries of the Bolivarian Alternative for …

Around Town …

Last week, a virtual Obama issued a statement on export controls reform during an annual export controls federal government confab hosted by the Department of Commerce.  The praise flowed: “a strong first step” said the Business Roundtable, “undoubtedly welcome” penned Ars Technica, and the National Foreign Trade Council said the reform will be “significant,” to …

Around Town …

The Australian newspaper reported earlier this week that the Australian government has blocked several shipments of controlled items including water pumps used to cool nuclear reactors.  Ominously titled “Kevin Rudd’s secret war on Iran,” the reporter who penned the article asks readers to contact them if they have had exports blocked by the government.  That …

Around town …

The Asia Times reports on a midsummer tale of two Chinese spies and export controls. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei talks about a new start for non-proliferation. Clif Burns at the Export Law Blog penned an item on Syria sanctions relief.  While it may be good for some U.S. sectors seeking …

Venezuelan Officials: Drug Kingpins

According to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Republicans, “Venezuela’s cooperation on counternarcotics has deteriorated according to a report released today by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).  “The report, requested by U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar in February 2008, is an effort by Lugar to ensure that funding for United States Government policies designed to interdict narcotics …

Around the Hemisphere …

The Bolivarian Axis makes a move in Honduras to institutionalize leftist rule.  This is how it was done in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Nicaragua.  They will trample rule of law, minority rights, and slowly take control of the country.   A blogger claiming to be the son of an Honduran Senator states that during a Congressional …

In and About the Hemisphere …

Rule of law programs are one of the most critical components of reform in developing countries.  For anyone who thinks there is rule of law in Ecuador, take a look at this.  In 2004, Wall Street Journal’s Mary Anastasia O’Grady penned a good article on Ecuador and ROL that will give you a flavor of …