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13th April 2018 – Foreign Policy

Why Is Trump Going Soft on Hezbollah?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence is set to meet with regional leaders at the Summit of the Americas, where he should tell those assembled that it is time to launch a coordinated campaign against Hezbollah’s illicit empire in Latin America. (The Vice-President is stepping in for President Donald Trump, who abruptly cancelled his Latin America trip to oversee the U.S. response to Syria’s latest chemical attack outrage). But first, the White House has to show that it is prepared to take the lead by designating Hezbollah, a political and militant organization based in Lebanon, as a Transnational Criminal Organization under U.S. law. more...

25th March 2018 – CoinDesk

Crypto Investors Should Stay Away from Venezuela’s Petro

Yaya J. Fanusie

Venezuela has reportedly made the first state-backed cryptocurrency, the petro, available to the public. Crypto investors should just say no. more...

19th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Podcast: Hezbollah’s Narco-Terror Nexus in Latin America

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Iranian-backed Hezbollah is leveraging its growing global network to launder huge amounts of money, traffic weapons, and engage in a long list of illicit activities that are increasingly overlapping with the work of Latin American narcos. more...

11th December 2017 – The New York Times

Iranian Terror. Argentinian Cover Up. Justice at Last?

Mark Dubowitz, Toby Dershowitz

One morning last week, Argentines woke up to a political earthquake: A judge had charged a former president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, with “treason against the homeland,” punishable by up to 25 years in prison. more...

13th November 2017 – The Hill

Thanks to US pressure, Maduro’s reckoning is coming

On Thursday, the U.S. used its latest round of sanctions on 10 current and former government officials to emphasize its commitment to denouncing fraudulent elections in Venezuela as well as promoting the human rights of those suffering under Maduro’s corrupt regime. By continuing to name-and-shame those in the regime responsible for such crimes, the U.S. has a unique opportunity to both help support a return to democracy and protect the Venezuelan economy from total collapse. more...

2nd October 2017 – RealClearWorld

Argentine Probe Closes In

Toby Dershowitz

A 400-page report submitted Sept. 22 by Argentine police investigators to that nation’s courts found what many people instinctively knew: that special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered in January 2015, and that he did not commit suicide the day before he was to present evidence to the Argentine Congress that then-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner had attempted to cover up Iran’s role in the country’s largest terrorist attack in history. more...

27th September 2017 – The Washington Times

Latin America’s socialist-Islamist-narco-terrorist alliance

Clifford D. May

At the U.N. last week, President Trump had harsh words for the “socialist dictatorship” that has impoverished Venezuela. He railed against “Islamist extremism” and “radical Islamic terrorism,” the former a supremacist ideology, the latter a weapon being used to mass-murder Muslims, Christians Yazidis, Jews and Hindus. He took note, too, of the threat posed by “international criminal networks” that “traffic drugs, weapons, people.” more...

11th September 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu’s Latin America Trip: Another Chance To Talk About Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Netanyahu should prod Israel’s Latin American friends to combat the lawlessness and corruption that enable Hezbollah and Iran to thrive in the Western Hemisphere. more...

25th August 2017 – Entrevista por Jorge Sosa - El Cronista

Preocupación por el terrorismo: “La posibilidad de un ataque en Latinoamérica existe”

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Emanuele Ottolenghi, experto en seguridad, cuestiona la ideología del islamismo radical y advirte: "El terrorismo es un instrumento que el enemigo utiliza". Cinco claves del nuevo escenario internacional. more...

23rd August 2017 – Entrevista por Ramiro Pellet Lastra - La Nacion

Emanuele Ottolenghi: “En la era digital, la radicalización puede darse en dos meses”

Emanuele Ottolenghi

El investigador italiano apuntó contra los sitios web jihadistas y la influencia de figuras de autoridad como los imanes radicalizados more...

4th August 2017 – RealClearDefense

Iran’s Top Export to Latin America: Radical Islam

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Ayatollah Mohsen Araki, who openly calls for the “annihilation of Zionism” and has promoted friendly relations with the Taliban, arrived in São Paulo, Brazil and discussed how Muslims can fight “radical terrorism”. more...

3rd August 2017 – PJ Media

Misery Doesn’t Cause Revolution

Michael Ledeen

Misery doesn’t cause revolution, whatever you may have been taught. Not in Venezuela, not in Iran, not in North Korea. Certainly the citizens in those countries are miserable, but I don’t think that revolution is about to erupt in any of them. more...

2nd August 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

The U.S. Sanctions Venezuela’s President

Alex Entz

On Monday, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The designation came a day after a nationwide referendum where voters chose 545 representatives, from a government-vetted list of 6,000, who will form the controversial Constituent Assembly. more...

31st July 2017 – The Hill

How oil can break the back of Venezuelan despotism

Alex Entz

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15th July 2017 – The Hill

Venezuela is on fire, and US national security will get burned

Alex Entz

Maduro has already taken unconstitutional steps to amass power, claiming they will restore peace. more...

15th June 2017 – Foreign Policy

Fine Tuning the Cuba Embargo

This week, President Donald Trump will reportedly announce the re-imposition of certain economic sanctions on Cuba that were unwound during the recent diplomatic thaw between the United States and its southern neighbor. more...

11th June 2017 – The Hill

Hezbollah in Latin America is a threat the US cannot ignore

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The convergence of Iran-sponsored radical Islam with transnational organized crime in Latin America is a serious threat to the national security of the United States, especially in the tri-border area, or TBA, where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay converge. more...

17th May 2017 – The Washington Times

Border security and immigration made simple

Clifford D. May

The nation-state is a relatively new idea -- scholars generally trace it back to the 17th century. It has its flaws but has anyone come up with a better approach to world order? A nation-state enjoys sovereignty over its territory. Territories are separated by borders. Securing those borders may require barriers and controlled points of entry. more...

23rd March 2017 – Foreign Policy

In Venezuela’s Toxic Brew, Failed Narco-State Meets Iran-Backed Terrorism

John Hannah, Emanuele Ottolenghi

As if the political and economic chaos wracking Venezuela wasn’t worrying enough, a couple of recent stories underscore the potential national security threat brewing there. more...

16th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Ecuador, Iran, and Latin America’s Pink Tide

Ecuador will elect a new leader on April 2 to replace its left-wing, populist president Rafael Correa. Washington should pay close attention. Correa’s vice-president Lenin Moreno is a close second in the polls, but should he win, he will likely continue Correa’s economic populism and anti-Americanism, including, crucially, pursuing a strong relationship with Iran. more...

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