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    Vladimir Putin Disbands RIA Novosti, Tightens His Grip on Russian Media

    This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin disbanded the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency. A new agency—Russia Segodnya (Russia Today)—will be taking over its assets with the mission of improving the image of Russia internationally. It will be headed by a hard-line propagandist, TV anchor Dmitri Kiselev, leaving no doubt about … More

    Remembering the Liberation of Grenada, 30 Years Later

    On this day 30 years ago, the Reagan Administration launched the successful liberation of the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada. The military action was prompted by the coup and assassination of Grenada’s prime minister by Soviet- and Cuban-supported factions in his administration. A former British colony, Grenada had only recently … More

    U.S.-Brazil Relations: Where Do We Go from Here?

    In an unusual move, Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil, canceled a state visit to the U.S., citing her discontent with the Obama Administration’s response in the wake of National Security Agency (NSA) spying allegations. This embarrassing snub should force the White House to redress its foreign policy toward the region. … More

    Assad Has Friends Closer Than You Think

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has anti-American friends in the Western Hemisphere. In a move to exert his somewhat newly minted leadership status, Nicolas Maduro, the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s handpicked successor, sent a very colorful letter to President Obama pleading with him not to intervene in Syria. Laced with … More

    Snowden, Rafael Correa, and Ecuador

    The saga of former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor turned “whistleblower” Edward Snowden continues to attract global attention. If press reports prove accurate, Snowden’s final destination may be Ecuador, where asylum has been requested. Ecuador is a South American nation of 15.5 million with a dollarized economy. Leftist president Rafael … More

    “Russian Reset”: Time to Listen to the Critics

    In a well-reasoned broadside, The Washington Post’s editorial board blasted President Obama’s Russian policy and his Berlin speech this past Thursday. The editorial justly criticized the naiveté with which Obama reached out to Russian president Vladimir Putin with a badly thought out proposal to cut a third of the U.S. … More

    Human Rights: A Quiet Victory in the Americas

    In early June, the Organization of American States (OAS) elected three new members to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an OAS body, whose sole purpose is to promote and protect human rights in the region. The candidate from Ecuador, Erick Roberts Garcés, was not elected, and for that, … More

    Venezuela’s Bipolar Post-Chavez Regime Arrests American Filmmaker

    On April 25, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro announced the arrest of American Timothy Hallet Tracy. “The gringo who financed the violent groups,” Maduro said, “has been captured.” His justice minister claimed that Tracy was trained as a spy and was involved in an intricate plot aimed at fostering destabilizing violence. … More

    Congress Takes On U.N.’s Richard Falk over Boston Comments

    Outraged Members of Congress are circulating a letter demanding that the Obama Administration take action against U.N. Special Ambassador Richard Falk, the man who had the unmitigated gall to write that Americans brought the Boston bombings on themselves. Falk made similarly appalling statements after September 11, 2001, and it sadly … More

    Venezuela Presidential Election: Continuing the Chavez Decline

    Voters go to the polls on Sunday, April 14, to elect Venezuela’s next president. Snap elections followed the March 5 death of the authoritarian populist Hugo Chavez. It appears likely that voters will choose Nicolas Maduro, interim president, and Chavez’s handpicked successor, over opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. A dying Chavez … More