Adios and Happy Trails

For folks who follow U.S. policy toward the Americas, this week we learned of a White House personnel change related and the Western Hemisphere.  Mr. Dan Restrepo was leaving and would be replaced by Mr. Ricardo Zuñiga, a career foreign service officer. The National Security Council staff includes individuals who cover different parts of the …

Around Town …

Seattle resident Yuri Montgomery (aka, Yuri Malinkovski) received a New Year’s present of sorts from Uncle Sam. He was slapped with a $340,000 civil penalty and was banned from exporting from the U.S. for 30 years. If he behaves for ten years, the government will only require an up front payment $17,500. The balance of …

Around Town …

The QRS-11 is back in the news this week.  QRS what?  In 2006, the Boeing corporation paid a $15 million fine and signed a consent decree with the U.S. government t stemming from the the unlicensed foreign sales of commercial airplanes carrying a small gyrochip with military applications, the QRS-11.  This time it was not …

Following Pelosi Model, Facts and Law An Inconvenience for Kerry and Berman on Honduras Matter

The Law Library of Congress – a non-partisan entity of the Library of Congress – has come under attack by high-ranking Congressional Democrats for a recent legal opinion on the situation in Honduras. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) are trying to politically …

Honduran Government to Brazil: Fish or Cut (the Zelaya) Bait

Kudos to the constitutional government of Honduras.  According to various news reports, the Brazilian government has been advised that it has ten days to decide what it intends to do with the ousted Honduran president that has sought shelter in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa or face expulsion of the Brazilian Ambassador from the country. …

In the News …

The Hill reports that House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) may be “pressing ahead with an overhaul of measures intended to safeguard the export of sensitive technologies.”  Interesting article as far as political statements, but little on substance.   Labeling export control laws a “Cold War relic” has become a cliché used as a …

Changes to U.S.-Cuba Sanctions Helps Cuban Troglodytes, Hurts U.S. Interests and Freedom

“Obama’s Latin America team, especially NSC officials, have zealously made de-Bushification a priority in Western Hemisphere Affairs…” The very targeted changes to U.S.-Cuba sanctions regulations announced late yesterday will allow for increased travel by Cuban-Americans to Cuba, more remittances, and travel by U.S. persons employed by telecommunications and agriculture companies.   The amendment to the …