Around Town …

Fausta’s Blog pens an item on Brazil’s ongoing relationship with the other state sponsor of terrorism.  Lula da Silva and Brazil remain one of the most important relationships for Iranian regime in the Americas.  The more we try to close the noose on Iran, the more Brazil comes to Iran’s aid. While on the subject …

No Nukes? Then Allow IAEA Inspectors Full Access in Brazil

The day after the United Nations Security Council adopts a resolution on nuclear security, not only do the Iranians says that are building another nuclear reactor, but a neighbor in the Western Hemisphere says that Brazil should have nuclear weapons.  While this is not the first time Brazilian officials make such comments in public places, …

Around the Hemisphere …

The Obama Administration is considering a United Nations Security Council Resolution against the constitutional government of Honduras.  Foggy Bottom is allegedly also threatening to cut U.S. foreign aid to Honduras if they continue to refuse to cooperate with efforts to re-install the impeached president.   If all this pans out, the Obama Administration would be …

Elhefnawy: The Next Wave of Nuclear Proliferation, Regional Considerations

While it barely generates the media attention that Iran or North Koreahas during the past few years, there are leaders in Latin America, South America to be exact, who have hinted that nuclear weaponization programs are a “right” of developing countries.   Despite public acts to the country such as signing on to key non-proliferation treaties or …

Beware of Strangers Bearing (Nuclear) Gifts

Russia Offers Nuclear Technology To Brazil The Russian nuclear agency, Rosatom, is offering Brazil advanced uranium refining technology and new nuclear power plants. “We have a firm conviction that if modern technologies were used here, then natural uranium reserves in Brazil could be increased by many times, at least threefold but possibly five- or tenfold,” …

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 …

Brazil Wants to Build 50 Nuclear Power Plants, Nuclear Submarines, More?

Energy independence is a vital cornerstone of a nation’s economic security.   So, when Brazil’s Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao said recently that Brazil aspires to build an additional 50 to 60 nuclear power plants in the next fifty years, it should not raise any flags or be cause for concern, right?  Possibly. Non-proliferation is not an …