Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions On Jamaica-based ISIS Recruiter

The Trump administration on Tuesday designated a Jamaican-based Islamic cleric for his ties to numerous terrorist attacks carried out in the United States and the United Kingdom. According to the Treasury Department, Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal influenced many terrorists involved in attacks in Ohio, New York, Texas, and Michigan. He also had a role or connection to the …

Breaking Up the D.C. Latin America Policy Cartel

It was Fourth of July recess week in Washington, D.C. this week. A good time of the year to catch up with colleagues, especially those working on Capitol Hill. One of the many meetings I had this week focused on recent developments in the Western Hemisphere, especially Latin America and the Caribbean. Frankly, some of the …

Latin America Needs Reminding, Russian Meddling Not Welcome

Last week Russian officials bragged about it how Russia defense industries since 2001 have sold more than $10 billion in weapons systems to several nations in Latin America. Assuming that figure is correct, and considering the region, that is $10 billion too high. This week Newsweek reports that Russian defense agencies are targeting several South American …

Iran Ally Sworn in As Venezuelan Vice President

Had enough news or spin on alleged Russia hacking? Well in other news this week, in Venezuela a Hezbollah ally, a supporter of terrorists in the Americas as well as the Middle East, a friend of Communist Cuba, and alleged drug dealer Tareck El Aissami was sworn in as Vice President of Venezuela. Hand-picked by …

US Official: Several Caribbean Mosques Affiliate With Radical Islamists

Yleem and I are huge fans of the Caribbean region. With the exception of police states Cuba and Venezuela, and maybe Nicaragua in the not too distant future, you have plenty of options including more than twenty sovereign states and a about a dozen dependent territories. Dependent territories are places such as Puerto Rico. The United …

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 …

Iran’s Tango with Latin America

DC Dispatches Editor Yleem Poblete penned an op-ed for the National Interest on Iranian adventurism in the Western Hemisphere, particularly in Latin America. The core message: the United States needs to move beyond a “drugs and thugs,” or pure law enforcement mindset when addressing regional challenges: Networks have been uncovered operating in Latin America that …