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SFS Panel and Reception for Cuba: Off the List?

On Wednesday, February 25, SFS hosted a policy roundtable regarding the U.S. State Department’s sixth month review to determine whether Cuba should remain on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. The list currently includes Iran, Syria, Sudan, and Cuba. In an effort to normalize relations between Cuba and the United States, Cuba requested removal from  the list citing that it hampers normalization efforts.  Our panelists included former Assistant Director of FBI’s Office of International Operations, Thomas Fuentes, Associate at Vision Americas and former U.S. State Department official, José Cardenas, SFS senior fellow Fernando Menéndez, with VOA’s Foro Interamericano host, Patricia Dalmasy, as the moderator…. Continue Reading »

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SFS hosts Venezuelan Vice-Admiral Carratú for a discussion of current conflict within Maduro’s government

WASHINGTON, DC– On Wednesday, July 16, SFS hosted a policy roundtable concerning the growing conflict in Venezuela— not simply between the populist government and its civilians, but between the government and military factions as well—and how this increasingly important issue impacts the United States. Our three panelists were Armando Guzman, the host of Perspectiva Nacional on the Spanish-language channel Univision and a prominent journalist of the DC area; Adm. Mario Iván Carratú Molina, the ex-Vice Admiral of the Venezuelan Presidential Guard under President Pérez who currently resides in the United States under forced exile by the Venezuelan government; and Douglas Farah, a well-recognized defense consultant and Latin American security expert who has worked as a career investigative journalist and foreign correspondent for several news outlets.

The event began with an introduction from Mr. Guzman, who emphasized the global reach the recent protests in Venezuela had, saying that “not only the United States, but the entire world knows what is going on in Venezuela,” but there is little motivation or resource to affect change in the region. Mr. Guzman compared the tormented Venezuela of today to that which he visited years ago, reflecting that “the contrast is incredible from the last time I was there… there is no happiness… there is poverty and hunger… [Caracas] is converted into a capital of misery.” However, while the international community may be aware of the violence of the protests that started last spring, lesser known is the growing separatist attitude in the government and the armed forces, laying the groundwork for a larger and even more disastrous clash within the government itself.

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SFS Senior Advisor Dardo Lopez-Dolz comments on the crisis in Venezuela

Dardo Lopez-DolzThe former Vice Minister of Interior of Peru and current SFS senior advisor, Dardo López-Dolz, offers insightful commentary on the crisis in Venezuela. The first short opinion piece compares the “Declaration of Havana” to the Tripartite Pact in WWII, and summons the Peruvian government to get out of this shameful treaty that is repressing the Venezuelan people. 

 

CELAC and UNASUR, reinventions of the Tripartite Pact of WWII

on February 17, 2014 in Peru21.pe

As soon as the public learned of the atrocities committed by the Nicolás Maduro government against his own people in the face of the recent peaceful protests in Venezuela, it became clear why this Cuban patron needed to obtain a “Declaration of Havana,” which our own country (Peru) shamefully signed as well.

The Cuban intelligence G-2, confronted by the irrefutable reality of a popular, growing and incontrollable unrest in their puppet government of Venezuela, needed a document that gave them a blank check to disavow the right to life and liberty of Venezuelans, a document that implies the subsistence of freedom and democracy on our continent, one we (Peruvians) should have never signed as a country.

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SFS visits Toronto, Canada for 2nd annual Future of North America Forum

Toronto, Canada – The SFS Team returned to Canada for our Future of North America Forum series this past week.  In changing the venue from last year’s event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, this year we conducted the event at the historic Albany Club in downtown Toronto.
 
In addition to the forum, members of our SFS Team appeared in-studio on national television interviews at Sun News Network, Canadian Broadcasting Company, and China Central Television, while also conducting a radio interview on Toronto’s top radio talk show, CFRB Newstalk 1010 AM.
 
In continuing to explore how the U.S., Canada and Mexico can better work together for prosperity in an increasingly competitive global market, this year we took a look at two shared continental threats —  Energy and Immigration Security. Both are rising in importance throughout North America.
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SFS Executive Director Testifies In Congress on Iran’s Extending Influence in Latin America

WASHINGTON, D.C.– On Tuesday, July 9th, 2013, SFS Executive Director Mr. Joseph M. Humire testified in Congress at the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee hearing on “Threats to the Homeland: Iran’s Extending Influence in the Western Hemisphere,” and released the findings of his years long investigation at a press conference earlier that morning at the National Press Club.
 
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), sponsor of the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act, chaired the subcommittee hearing and remarked, “Iran’s willingness to conduct operations in the Western Hemisphere and on American soil is clear.”
 
The hearing was held in response to the June 26th release of the U.S. State Department’s declassified annex of a largely classified report on Iran’s influence in Latin America. The State Department’s conclusion contradicted Argentine Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s highly detailed 502-page report published in late May, which asserts Iran has systematically built a “clandestine intelligence network” throughout the region over the last thirty years “designed to sponsor, foster and execute terrorist attacks.”… Continue Reading »