Lebanon Making Trouble, Again

Two interesting stories this week rooted in Lebanon: Lebanon’s internal intelligence agency appears to have been caught spying on thousands of people — including journalists and military personnel — in more than 20 countries, according to researchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Lookout, a mobile security company. You can read the rest at The …

Hizbollah in Latin America Under the U.S. Microscope in 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions last Friday ordered a review of Obama-era DEA and FBI investigations of terrorist group Hizbollah. In a Department of Justice press release Session said: While I am hopeful that there were no barriers constructed by the last administration to allowing DEA agents to fully bring all appropriate cases under Project Cassandra, this …

Hizbollah in Latin America, Old News Recast in Troubling New Light

In a potentially politically explosive special report published by POLITICO this weekend about terrorist group Hizbollah, there are several threads worth exploring. For our readers, we’ll hone in on a favorite topic for our readers and of this blog, the Latin America connections. If even half of what POLITICO reports is correct, Obama administration officials …

Regime Change Only Option for Venezuela

The Cuba-controlled dictatorial regime in Venezuela is running out of money. That is a good thing. Anemic as they are, U.S. economic sanctions are working, and they should be a great deal more robust. Last week the U.S.Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned ten (10) Venezuelan government officials including the cultural minister, the …

US Congress Takes Aim at Hizbollah Terror Financing Networks, Iranian and Lebanese Politicos Rattled

The U.S. House of Representatives last week approved three bills that would give the Trump administration more economic tools in the global war against radical Islāmic terrorism. Frankly, some of these measures are not necessary. President Trump has the statutory and constitutional power to impose most of the proposed sanctions; however, if the Congress wants …

Hizbollah in Latin America, Congress Should OK New Sanctions

On this blog, since at least 2008 (a few posts here, here, and here), we’ve published several posts about Hezbollah in Latin America and the threats posed by other radical terrorist groups in Latin America. I started studying the matter while I was attending graduate school at Georgetown University in the mid-1990s. At the time, it …

They Know Not What They Say or Do, But They Have the Right to Say It

There are many protests in this area. Pick an issue and, likely, someone or some group has “protested” on behalf of that cause in front of the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the National Mall, or the streets of Washington, DC. It brings out all types of people, some with very strong opinions. Do these protests …