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  • Venezuela and Chavez: President Obama Should Read His Intelligence Brief

    In an interview with a popular Miami TV station, President Obama was asked yesterday about the danger Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez poses to U.S. security. The President responded: “My sense is that what Mr. Chavez has done over the last several years has not had a serious national security impact … More

    Radical Islamists and Hunger Stalk North Africa

    The ongoing crisis in Mali, a poor, landlocked country in northern Africa, continues to sow devastation and displacement. Mali’s current troubles began in earnest following the 2011 fall of Libyan tyrant Muammar Qadhafi. Armed mercenary fighters from Mali in Qadhafi’s employ, mostly ethnic Tuaregs (Berber nomadic tribes), returned to northern … More

    Winning Ugly: Peña Nieto and the Mexican Elections

    Four days after Mexico’s presidential and national elections, Mexico’s independent electoral institute ordered a swift recount of votes cast in 78,012 of its 143,132 polling stations. It swiftly confirmed that the candidate of the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI), Enrique Peña Nieto, scored a 6.6 percentage point advantage over the candidate … More

    Mexico: Elections That Truly Matter

    The Mexican elections that occurred on Sunday will be closely scrutinized and intensely analyzed after 49 million of Mexico’s 80 million registered voters went to the polls to select a president for a single six year-term (2012–2018), 128 senators, 500 deputies, and six governors, as well as the mayor of … More

    Ahmadinejad Embarrassed by Snubs as Iran Faces Diplomatic Isolation

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was embarrassed at a recent U.N. conference in Rio de Janeiro by perceived snubs by leaders of host country Brazil and other nations. Iran’s blowhard president, who has trumpeted his own role in fostering closer Iranian ties to Latin America, found himself relegated to the sidelines … More

    Cuban-American Leaders: "No Substitute for Freedom" in Cuba

    When it comes to dealing with the Castro dictatorship inCuba, there are several schools of thought. The one preferred by Washington liberals, idealists, and the architects of the Obama Administration’s Cuba policy holds that increased travel, remittances, and diplomatic engagement is softening hearts, opening Cuba, and loosening the regime’s unwavering … More

    WikiLeaks’s Assange, Ecuador’s Correa, and the Politics of Anti-Americanism

    On June 19, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, breached his bail conditions and secretly made his way to Ecuador’s embassy in London. There he made a request for political asylum. Assange was under house arrest and facing extradition to Sweden to stand trial for charges of sexual assault reportedly committed … More

    Obama Administration Should Stand Against Cuban Repression

    Valiant Cuban dissident and democracy activist Jorge Luis Garcia Perez (Antunez) delivered a message of solidarity from the island to The Heritage Foundation in May. On June 7, Antunez testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee via video conference from Cuba. On both occasions, he urged real solidarity with those … More

    South American Union’s Left Turn Is Bad News

    In a ceremony in Bogota on June 11, the position of Secretary General of UNASUR passed from Colombian Maria Emma Mejia to Venezuela’s Ali Rodriguez. An ex-Marxist guerrilla, former foreign and energy minister, and former Ambassador to Cuba, the anti-American Chavista will serve as General Secretary for the next year. … More

    Congress Wants to Know Why an American Is Hostage to Bolivian Injustice

    On May 12, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights will focus a spotlight on the case of Jacob Ostreicher, an American imprisoned without charge for almost a year in a Bolivian prison. The 53-year-old American from Brooklyn is being held for an investment opportunity … More