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Oct 12, 2011 0 Comments

Are Iran’s Terrorists Finding a Safe Haven in Latin America? Articles / Opinion Editorials


For some, the news that Iranian linked operatives came close to perpetrating another terrorist attack in this hemisphere came as a shock. For even more, the mention of Argentina as a secondary target and Mexican drug cartels as an intended conduit was not only shocking but also rather confusing.

Is Iran active south of the U.S. border? Are our southern neighbors at risk?

The answer to both these questions is a resounding, ”Yes!” Prior to the September 11 terror attacks in 2001, the largest terrorist attack on this side of the globe was carried out in Buenos Aires, Argentina when Iran’s proxy Hezbollah bombed the Israeli embassy and Jewish community center in 1992 and 1994…. Continue Reading »

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Aug 22, 2011 0 Comments

The Fall of Moammar Qadaffi Should Serve as a Lesson for Latin American Dictators Articles / Opinion Editorials


Moammar Qaddafi’s reign in Libya is no more. The colorful, brutal persona, often more a caricature than real life, has at long last been exited—but there will be no mourning the day after.

Crowds will not meet and chant and weep in grief, nor will they cherish the legacy left by a man who ruled his country with an iron fist. The legacy of Qaddafi is only sadness, violence, hate and corruption. A legacy of a man who overstayed his welcome, stole from his people, and ultimately fled his country like a common criminal.

Moreover, his children face either the ruthless retribution of the angry mob or the opportunity to listen in silence as the International Criminal Court in The Hague lays bare their myriad of human rights violations before a world audience.

No one will remember how this dictatorship started out. Maybe, once, Qaddafi cared for his country. Maybe, once, he had the welfare of the poor in mind. But “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”… Continue Reading »

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Jul 31, 2011 0 Comments

Is a Security Tax a Good Investment for the Central American Private Sector? Articles / Opinion Editorials


A little over a month ago the Central American Integration System held a conference in Guatemala focused on regional security.  At this conference, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, made the controversial statements “true security cannot be funded on the backs of the poor,” urging that “businesses and the rich in every country [within Central America] must pay their fair share of taxes,” to combat what the Pentagon has called the deadliest region in the world outside of active war zones.

The conference was part of a necessary effort by the Central American community to produce a joint security strategy, but the outcomes missed the target.  While promises of more cooperation and more cash were abundant, what was missing was an actual strategy.

A comprehensive regional security strategy must address the political, economic, and social dimensions fueling the security crisis.  Jumping directly into defense tactics and activities, such as enhanced police training and acquiring high-end technology, is putting the carriage before the horse…. Continue Reading »