"What is lacking is not law or policy," said Jason Poblete, a Washington-based lawyer who has represented U.S. citizens held hostage abroad, including current and former hostages of the Iranian regime. "It's political will to make resolution of these cases a global priority among affected stakeholders." Read the entire story at The Washington Post.
From Susan Crabtree at Real Clear Politics, a closer look at Florida politics and the potential impact of different voter blocs in the state: "At the Coral Gables Public Library voting site, scenes have resembled makeshift fiestas with cars flying Trump flags and horns honking while Latin music plays in the background. The music group [...]
Yesterday at the Organization of American States (OAS), I met up with colleagues and friends from Nicaragua and the Nicaragua Diaspora from throughout the United States in Washington, D.C. They were in town to raise awareness about the ongoing crisis in Nicaragua with U.S. policymakers. I was not expecting to make remarks but addressed the [...]
The Cubans knew; now they have no clue. The Russians, the Chinese, or maybe even the North Koreans, heck, perhaps the Iranians. Just about rogue or rube has been roped in by reporters, policy experts, and conspiracy theorists to explain Havana syndrome's cause. Yet, the focus must remain on what is known, particularly Cuba and [...]
It's great to see U.S. officials continue to keep going the extra mile to secure the release of Americans of unlawfully imprisoned Americans. There are many examples, but I wrote this brief post to highlight one, American hostages in Syria. According to an exclusive report published this weekend in the Wall Street Journal, a high-ranking [...]
This is old news, but worth a few keystrokes of my day to bring it to you. This week Canadian officials announced targeted sanctions on Belarus over human rights abuses. It's easy for Canada to impose economic sanctions on Belarus. Canada runs a trade deficit with Belarus, and not a huge market for Canadian goods. [...]