Left Wing Dictatorship Smothered Venezuela Democracy Yesterday

The political situation in Venezuela continues to go from bad to worse. If you’re in the camp that believes saving democratic institutions stood a chance in Venezuela, yesterday should serve as your last wake up call. Stop hitting the political snooze button. Democracy is dead in Venezuela. In my book, democracy has been dead in …

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 terrorists 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 …

Venezuela Inks MOU with American Oil Drilling Company

For colleagues who follow matters in Venezuela, it seems as if the Venezuela regime is supposedly inking contracts with American companies. According to an article that appeared in the government-owned Telesur media outlet, officials with Horizontal Well Drillers and the government have signed an MOU worth close to $1.3 billion. In the overall scheme of things, it …

Vene Blogger: Persons Subject to U.S. Law Exporting Police Equipment to Venezuelan Regime

A blog post by a Venezuelan blogger outlines how, since 2009, various exporters of police equipment, including tear gas, have been supplying Venezuelan and Cuban security forces based mostly in Caracas. According to Alek Boyd’s research, he was able to document about $35 million in sales of arms, munitions as well as other law enforcement items …

Venezuela Falls Deeper in the Rabbit Hole

A once influential, regional oil-producing nation, Venezuela fell deeper in the political rabbit hole. Yesterday an illegitimate court, upon instructions from Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro, dissolved the legislature. Despite being a hopelessly deadlocked institution, it was the only thing that was left of an official opposition. Cuban dictator Raul Castro, Venezuela’s regional minder and Mad Hatter, is grinning …

US Sanctions Venezuelan Vice President, Tareck Al Aissami

In a surprise move that barely registered with the Washington, DC press corps, the Trump administration yesterday afternoon announced that it has imposed economic sanctions on various Venezuelan companies and persons, including Venezuela’s Vice President, Tareck Al Aissami. Although Al Aissami was officially designated under the drug kingpin sanctions program, I think there is a lot …

Socialism Sank Venezuela, Could Get Much Worse

I’m not sure why I keep subscribing and re-subscribing to the Washington Post. I’ve cancelled my subscription more than once. And it is stories like this one on Venezuela that push me to the edge of canceling it again. Leave it to them to find a twisted way fail to pinpoint for readers the reason: socialism. The …