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Jan 29, 2015 0 Comments

Ukraine Can’t Prosper While It’s Still Corrupt Articles / Opinion Editorials, Publications

Authors: J.D. GORDON

My recent visits to Ukraine, other countries formerly in the Soviet sphere, and their neighbors have convinced me that Kiev presides over a nation in terrible shape, at least compared to its former comrades.

Infrastructure is crumbling, buildings are dilapidated and old Soviet-style jalopies carefully navigate pothole-strewn streets. And that just refers to areas outside the eastern war zone along the Russian border. The misery index is high nationwide, and Ukrainians understandably want better lives.

Kiev’s attempts to join the E.U. and NATO were desperate moves meant to pull the country out of abject poverty, risking all to break free from a new Iron Curtain of Russian economic and military dominance…. Continue Reading »

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Jan 27, 2015 0 Comments

The Beginning of the End for Venezuela’s Al Capone Articles / Opinion Editorials, Publications


An economy crippled by inefficiency and streets flooded with crime have long marred Caracas and the rest of Venezuela. Over the years, corruption has paved the way for organized crime to overrun the Bolivarian Republic, and as the rule by law became the rule by men, one man has stood atop the racket: Diosdado Cabello Rondón.

Cabello is best known as the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, but has also earned his reputation as the “Al Capone” of Venezuela and one of the top kingpins in Latin America.

On Tuesday morning, Venezuelans awoke to a silver lining when US authorities announced they had secured a high-value informant to testify against Cabello: his bodyguard, Lieutenant Commander Leamsy Salazar. As Salazar begins to sing to US law enforcement, it is important for the public to know who his melody will be about…. Continue Reading »

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Jan 23, 2015 0 Comments

Iran’s Invisible Shadow in a Prosecutor’s Death Articles / Opinion Editorials, Publications


President Obama was clear in his message to Congress during this week’s State of the Union: “I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress [with Iran].” While the room applauded, the President’s praise echoed throughout Tehran, as the Ayatollahs realize they are inching closer to achieving international legitimacy. One major hurdle, however, stands in their way.

Iran is still considered one of the world’s leading state-sponsors of terror. One of their most atrocious acts took place 20 years ago in an attack on a Jewish cultural center in Argentina, known as AMIA, killing 85 and injuring hundreds more. The bombing in Buenos Aires is the largest Islamist terrorist attack in the Western Hemisphere prior to September 11th.

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