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 …

Mexicoleaks Takes Aim at Capitalism, Free Markets?

An organization of Mexican civil society groups are gearing up for a seemingly innocent anti-corruption campaign when, in reality, they may end up hurting efforts to expand freedom, rule of law, and capitalism. This is not the first organization in the region, nor will it be the last, to dedicate itself to uncovering corruption. There are …

Canadian Locked Up in Cuban Jail, Alan Gross Style

Through the years I’ve advised many companies and individuals about the legal rules and regulations, as well as the business risks, that go along with doing business in Cuba. Most of the time, they proceed with the transactions after securing the necessary licensing from the U.S. government. Yes, I’ve had many folks come back to me and say, …

Morning Musings

Senate says: CIA mislead on interrogation program, or so says unnamed officials who spoke to the Washington Post about a classified document. Seems like certain Senators still want an apology and are ready to re-hash the blame Bush strategy to boot. What about that investigation of Senate staffers who allegedly removed classified documents from a …

Morning Musings

The House and Senate agree on a Russia sanctions bill over the Ukraine matter, while Democratic Representative says Crimea annexation a good thing. Former President Jimmy Carter says he would pardon Edward Snowden if the law-breaker should ever be tried and convicted in a U.S. court. No surprise coming from the President whose CIA director, Stansfield Turner, …

Musings Around Town

Venezuela sent out the stormtroopers to crackdown on peaceful demonstrations, more civilians died. Meanwhile opposition leaders who spoke in various Washington, DC fora face charges of treason upon return to Cubazuela or Venecuba. That’s how Venezuela treats its Members of Congress. The war of words, not sanctions, is in full swing over the Ukraine. If only this much …

Musings Around Town

Good to see that the NSA has, finally, started to ‘unequivocally’ defend itself, contradicting months of spin by the private sector. This development may signal that Congressional oversight is closing in for a political kill next week. I’d like to know what tools the private sector have used in their business, against customer wishes and authorizations? We …