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 …

Nations spy on each other. Big deal. No Apology for Brazil’s President

Nations spy on each other. Big deal. In fact, societies have been doing so since before the creation of the modern nation-state. Someone in the Obama Administration should remind counterparts in Mexico and Brazil that without it, the world as we know it would cease to exist. According to numerous news accounts, Mexico and Brazil …

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. …

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 …

Iranian Regime Financing Projects in the Americas, Investors Need to Choose

For several years the Iranian regime has been expanding its diplomatic and economic presence in the Western Hemisphere.  It has done so with a great deal of assistance from Cuba – a State Department-designated state sponsor of terrorism – as well as Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, among others.  Even some of our better allies in the …

Around Town …

National security experts discuss how radical Muslims may be using Shari’ah to subvert U.S. law and interests. The Tech Apps Group blog most recent post, “Lessons Learned from Blackwater,” is worth a read.  “Like a broken record, I’m always saying that you had better get expert help in order to ensure you are following the export …

Brazil’s Rocket Envy Aside, Iran Ally Nets $50,000,000 Worth of Sensitive U.S. Technology

Gilberto Câmara, General Director of Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), earlier this summer said that putting humans in outer space was a “complete waste of money,” adding that the U.S. space program “only serves the purpose of maintaining what Eisenhower called the industrial military complex.”  Câmara’s barb was not the first, and certainly not the …