The $100 billion no-deal Iran deal

What passes for smart diplomacy these days: Foreign policy deals where the US gives in for nothing in exchange. I have posted here and at my blog on the easement of sanctions with Cuba, which was preceded by the release of American hostage Alan Gross in exchange for five cuban spies. Gross was on 60 … Continue reading The $100 billion no-deal Iran deal

Why bother covering up the Cartagena, Colombia, prostitution scandal?

Back in April of 2012, 11 Secret Service agents were placed on administrative leave amid allegations they brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms (prostitution is legal in Cartagena) while preparing for a visit by President Barack Obama to the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. I mentioned it in passing on a post … Continue reading Why bother covering up the Cartagena, Colombia, prostitution scandal?

Colombia: What the FARC really want

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz Colombia, the closest Western ally in South America, has been waging a war for half a century against narco-terrorist group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The FARC, which the U.S. considers to be a terrorist and drug trafficking organization, relies heavily on cocaine trafficking to finance its activities. Previous … Continue reading Colombia: What the FARC really want

Ringin’ in the New Year in yellow undies: A brief story by Fausta

By Fausta Rodriguez Wertz My friends at New York Latin Culture have been doing a countdown of New Year's traditions to celebrate the arrival of the new year around the world. Among the traditions, is wearing yellow underwear at the moment when New Year arrives. According to beliefs, doing so brings wealth and prosperity in … Continue reading Ringin’ in the New Year in yellow undies: A brief story by Fausta

Colombia: The controversy started by . . . Justin Bieber?

The Canadian kid goes to Bogota, Colombia, indulges in misbehavior, gets away with it, and now the locals want to, too:  Justin Bieber’s visit to Bogota opened doors for Colombian graffiti artists. Well, pardon my old-fogieness, but "graffiti artist" is an oxymoron. Vandalism is what comes to mind. But, when you're a celebrity who gets … Continue reading Colombia: The controversy started by . . . Justin Bieber?