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Apr 20, 2015 0 Comments

Reconceptualizing Security in the Americas in the 21st Century Books / Reviews, Publications


SFS executive director Joseph Humire was recently published for his chapter in the book Reconceptualizing Security in the Americas in the 21st Century (Lexington Books, 2014). Humire’s chapter: Venezuela: Trends in Organized Crime, addresses and analyzes how the Venezuelan government uses state-power to fuel, broker and facilitate transnational organized crime. This specific chapter on Venezuela discusses how PDVSA has fueled… the Bolivarian Armed Forces have brokered… and the Venezuelan government, writ large, has been overrun… by organized crime. He discusses the role that Venezuelan government officials like Diosdado Cabello, Hugo Carvajal, Tareck El Aissami and many others have in fostering this trend. And the links they have made to extra-regional criminal groups and terrorist organizations.

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Apr 16, 2015 0 Comments

16 years later, ‘Paz Para Vieques’ still teaches powerful lesson Articles / Opinion Editorials, Publications

Authors: J.D. GORDON

Sunday, April 19th marks the 16th anniversary of the training accident that sparked our Navy’s worst defeat since Pearl Harbor.

Soaring over the eastern tip of Vieques Island, off Puerto Rico’s coast, a Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet dropped two 500-pound bombs near the hillside observation post over a mile from the target range, killing a local civilian guard named David Sanes Rodriguez.  The “Paz Para Vieques,” a.k.a. Peace for Vieques movement was born.  By 2003, the Navy was evicted from its Atlantic Fleet training facility and the following year pulled out of Puerto Rico entirely.

As the Navy’s senior spokesman in Puerto Rico from 1999-2001, based across the strait at Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, I had a ringside seat to see how it unfolded.  … Continue Reading »

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Apr 15, 2015 0 Comments

Obama’s Wrong: Cuba Belongs on the Terrorism List Articles / Opinion Editorials, Publications


After US President Barack Obama made his announcement regarding the new US policy on Cuba late last year, Havana’s eventual removal from the government’s list of states that sponsor terrorism became a fait accompli. What was a six-month review now appears to have been a foregone conclusion, ignoring the long record and mounting evidence that Cuba continues to support terrorists from not just in the region, but also from as far afield as the Middle East.

A little context. Cuba was first placed on the list on March 1, 1982, for offering “material and political support” to terrorists from Latin America to Africa. Throughout the Cold War, it was well known that Havana was a safe haven for terrorists from around the world, most notably the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA), an armed movement seeking independence from Spain.

Proponents of the president’s decision will point out that ETA is practically non-existent, and that the FARC is in a transition period, currently negotiating its status with the Colombian government in talks hosted by Havana itself. Moving past the Cold War means retiring policies that are no longer relevant, or so the White House would argue…. Continue Reading »