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  • Kampala Attacks Targeted the Innocent

    In a terrible final note to the first African World Cup games, two coordinated suicide bombings in the Ugandan capital of Kampala killed more than 70 Ugandans and foreigners on July 11 as they were watching the championship game of the World Cup at a restaurant and a rugby club. … More

    Release of Cuban Political Prisoners Only Highlights Communist Repression

    The announcement that Cuba’s communist regime intends to free 52 political prisoners over the next few months raises serious questions that require honest answers by the Cuban government and by those anxious to bestow kudos upon Cuban President Raul Castro for these cosmetic and expedient gestures of leniency. How many … More

    Clinton’s Diplomatic Disconnect on Venezuela

    Secretary of State Clinton’s congratulatory message to Venezuela on its independence day reflects the State Department’s continued inability to craft a coherent strategy for Venezuela. The friendly message claims ingenuously: We [the U.S. and Venezuela] share a common history of emancipation and democratic aspiration. Yet, in reality, it is hard … More

    Hugo Chavez’s Socialism: Beg, Borrow or Steal

    Venezuela’s populist authoritarian President continues to battle a slumping economy, high inflation and faltering popular approval ratings. With the national oil company (PDVSA) the chief lifeline of his regime, Chavez will literally beg, borrow or steal to keep pumping oil. Chavez’s nationalization mania took off in earnest in 2007.   Last year, … More

    Hugo Chavez Stands in the Terrorist Vanguard

    While hosting Syria’s President-for-life Bashar al-Assad on June 25-26, Venezuela authoritarian populist and aspiring president-for-life Hugo Chavez was quick to promise ever-closer ties with Syria.  Assad’s Syria is the longest running country on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. Chavez described the Syrian leader’s visit as part of a “strategic … More

    The Day Chavez Stubbed His Toe in Honduras

    On June 28, 2009, Latin America’s populist authoritarian movement led by Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez suffered a major setback.  Vigilant Hondurans defended their representative institutions and Constitution by removing Manuel Zelaya from power. They did so after Zelaya attempted to alter Honduras’ strict, one-term limit on executive power and adopt … More

    Santos Victory in Colombia: A Vote for Stability, Security and Hope

    The impressive run-off electoral victory of Juan Manuel Santos demonstrates that Colombians place great confidence in the former finance and defense minister’s ability to guide their nation for the next four years. It was also a vote for continuity with the successful and popular policies of outgoing President Alvaro Uribe.  … More

    Secretary Clinton Falters in Ecuador

    Many feel Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went overboard while visiting Quito on June 8 and courting populist President Rafael Correa. Reported The New York Times, “Clinton woos a Leftist President, while Foreign Policy observed ‘Dearest Hillary’ charms Ecuador’s President Correa. Before the Secretary traveled to Quito, veteran diplomat Roger … More

    Is Brazil’s Leadership Helping Our Security?

    Last week the Obama Administration released its National Security Strategy for 2010.  The document waxed fulsome in praise of Brazil as an “emerging center of influence.”  It welcomed “Brazil’s leadership” which promises “to move beyond dated North-South divisions to pursue progress on bilateral, hemispheric, and global issues.” Brazil’s decision, along … More

    A Self-Inflicted Wound: Obama’s Vacillation on Iran

    The sham agreement signed on May 17 by Iran with Brazil and Turkey to swap low enriched uranium for fuel for the Tehran research reactor has been widely exposed as little more than Iranian effort to divide and confuse the international community and buy time for the construction of a … More