The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming

“When you understand what you see, you will no longer be children,” Whittaker Chambers, Witness. For those of us who are old enough to have come of political age during the Cold War, Russian meddling in U.S. political, economic, and global business is not news. They’ve been at it for more than 50 plus years, …

The Latest Democratic Party Boogeyman, It is Un-American

The author of a recent op-ed or New York Times blog post pens that Donald Trump “has attacked the C.I.A. and dismissed its conclusions” and that Trump “does not value their work and does not trust their conclusions.”  Of course, Vicki Divoll is wrong. Donald Trump has done no such thing and she, and those who …

The Bigger Picture

  The Russians had nothing to do with Hillary’s loss to Trump.  Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump because her campaign made some mistakes in terms of election strategy.  Her staff failed to adapt to the political terrain of 2016.  They assumed that they would get a turnout to near Obama’s level in 2008 and …

Russians Nabbed by DOJ in an Export Controls Violations Ring

A Brooklyn resident, a naturalized U.S. citizen, and two Russian nationals were arrested in last week for alleged violations of U.S. export control laws. If they are found guilty, they face as much as 25 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. The Justice Department announced last week that Alexey Barysheff of Brooklyn and two Russian …

US Congress Seeks to Expose Corruption in Nicaragua

On September 21, the House of Representatives approved passage H.R. 5708, the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017 that, if it becomes law, will prohibit loans by international financial institutions (“IFIs”) to the government of Nicaragua unless Nicaragua takes steps to ensure free, fair, and transparent elections as well as strengthen the rule of law. The left-wing …

There is Nothing New Under the Nicaraguan Sun

“The Russians are coming. The Russians are here. The Russians never left,” he told us. That is a what a good friend, recently retired from the US foreign service, shared with Yleem and I last year when Russia denied it was re-opening its Cold War-era SIGINT spy facilities in Cuba. “Of course they were not re-opening it,” …

Senator Grassley to Obama: Castro Thumbing Nose at US

The Cuban troops in Syria story is picking up even more political steam. As the week came to a close, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Senator Chuck Grassely (R-Iowa) published a letter that he sent President Obama on the matter: “Russia’s actions in Syria appear to be in direct contradiction to your statement of more than four years ago …