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Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Iran in Latin Am & Colombia & Clinton Foundation

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Guess who is coming to dinner with Raul Castro!

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(My new American Thinker post)

As the world turns, we are watching some rather amazing things in year 8 of “hope and change”:

First, kids are killed in Aleppo and those lives don’t seem to matter to anyone, especially anyone at the Obama White House; 

Two, Russian planes are taking off from Iranian bases; 

Third, Cuban dissidents are in jail rather than doing the wave at a baseball game; and, 

Fourth, Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif is starting off his tour of Latin America with a stop in Havana. (By the way, Raul Castro will greet this visitor at the airport. Unlike President Obama, who was greeted by a low-level Cuban official, the Iranian visitor will get to shake hands with Raul.)   

Is this how we were supposed to be respected around the world? Or is this the smart foreign policy that we were promised?

Let’s take a look

Iran’s foreign minister kicked off a Latin American tour Sunday in Havana, saying the Iran nuclear deal has “removed obstacles” for closer ties between his country and the region.

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will visit Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Venezuela, reported the Tasnim News Agency.

Zarif said he plans to sign oil, energy and maritime transport agreements during his tour.

But the visit is raising concerns with a key Republican lawmaker.

“The timing of Zarif’s trip is significant as Iran could use many of these rogue regimes to circumvent remaining sanctions, undermine U.S. interests, and expand the drug trafficking network that helps finance its illicit activities,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) in a statement.

“Tehran’s classic playbook is to use cultural centers, new embassies or consulates, or cooperative agreements on various areas to act as façades aimed at expanding Iran’s radical extremist network.”

Save for Chile, the countries Zarif is visiting align with the region’s ideological left and tend to have difficult relations with the United States. 

So the Iran nuclear deal has removed obstacles for Iran to develop relations with anti-U.S. regimes in Latin America? Nobody told me that that was one of the objectives of the deal. I always understood that it was to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon rather turn it into an international power using its new found wealth to cut deal with cash starved regimes in Cuba and Venezuela.

Don’t you love this new smart foreign policy? I can’t wait to see Javad do the wave with Raul in Cuba! It will be fun to watch Raul in Cuba and Madero in Venezuela explain baseball to their new friend!    

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August 25, 2016 at 7:16 am

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The world on this Wednesday night

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We will look at the state of the 2016 race……….the daily stories of the The Clinton Foundation, access to The Secretary of State and more emails…….the polls are showing a little tightening but still favor Clinton…………Iran’s Finance Minister is touring Latin American with special stops in Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia, or the three anti-US regimes in the region…….is this our smart foreign policy?……………..and other stories…….

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Source: The world on this Wednesday night 08/24 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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August 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Brazil before the Olympics, Puerto Rico & Iran in Latin America with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

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Guest: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog……we will discuss the situation in Brazil weeks before the Olympics……..plus more unrest in Venezuela…….Iran in Latin America…….a GITMO terrorist is missing in Uruguay……Puerto Rico and the bonds deal……….and other stories of the week…. Click the link below to listen:

Source: Brazil before the Olympics plus other Latin America stories of the week 06/22 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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June 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Iran in Latin America plus Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico and Cuba

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January 24, 2016 at 11:00 am

Iran in Latin America plus Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico and Cuba

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