Posts Tagged ‘Roger Noriega’

“En El Salvador hay que aplicar las leyes para contrarrestar a las maras que están operando en las calles y desde las prisiones”

| March 26th, 2015 | No Comments »
elsalvador.com

Por Tomás Guevara

En su disertación frente a los titulares de ese comité de la Cámara Alta del legislativo estadounidense, Roger Noriega, quien es analista político e investigador del American Enterprise Institute (AEI), un centro de análisis conservador en Washington D.C., expuso que las problemáticas de la región centroamericana no se resolverían solo con el desembolso de dinero por parte de Estados Unidos.

En lo anterior coincidió con sus colegas William Kandal, Adolfo Franco, Eric Olson, con quienes formó parte del panel de testigos expertos en la región centroamericana sobre las migraciones de menores indocumentados desde El Salvador, Honduras y Guatemala y los alcances que tendría el Plan Alianza para la Prosperidad del Triángulo Norte.

En entrevista con El Diario de Hoy, luego de concluida la audiencia de más de una hora realizada en un salón del tercer piso del edificio Dirksen, Noriega acentúa que ... Read More

AEROTERROR: A regular flight from Caracas to Tehran carried more drugs and money than people

| March 26th, 2015 | No Comments »
Business Insider

By Linette Lopez

From 2007 to at least 2010, there was a flight from Caracas, Venezuela to Tehran, Iran that made a stop in Damascus, Syria.

Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly called it ‘Aeroterror.’ Only government officials with a special clearance were permitted to fly on it, and there were often very few passengers.

Instead, according to US government testimony and a report by Brazilian paper Veja, the plane was laden with drugs, weapons, and cash.

Since the mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman in January, Iran’s presence in South America has come into focus. Nisman died the day before he planned to testify that the Argentine government had covered up Iran’s involvement in a 1994 Buenos Aires terrorist attack. He had spent about a decade investigating Iran and Hezbollah’s growing presence in the Western hemisphere.

High-level Venezuelan defectors then started talking to Veja journalist Leonardo ... Read More

Roger Noriega: Centroamérica debe poner lo suyo

| March 26th, 2015 | No Comments »
Voz de America

Expertos en temas latinoamericanos señalaron en una audiencia del Senado estadounidense que los gobiernos centroamericanos deben poner de su parte para que el plan de la Alianza para la Prosperidad del Triángulo Norte sea exitoso y así disminuir la migración hacia EE.UU.

Roger Noriega, exsecretario de Estado asistente para el Hemisferio Occidental de EE.UU., dijo al panel de Comité de Seguridad Nacional y Asuntos Gubernamentales del Senado que los gobiernos centroamericanos deben poner mayores recursos para que el plan para la prosperidad rinda frutos.

“Creo que EE.UU. debe aceptar algo de la responsabilidad para remediar la inseguridad y violencia que es impulsada por la demanda estadounidense por drogas ilícitas”, dijo Noriega. “Sin embargo, este transformativo plan no funcionará a menos que los gobiernos centroamericanos comprometan sus propios recursos a este proyecto”.

El plan, hecho en conjunto con el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), busca aumentar ... Read More

Argentina’s Kirchner reeling from scandal

| February 19th, 2015 | No Comments »
AEI

BY ROGER F. NORIEGA AND FELIPE TRIGOS

Hundreds of thousands rallied yesterday in Buenos Aires demanding justice in the suspicious death of Alberto Nisman, the lead investigator in a 10-year-long inquiry into the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, which left 85 people murdered. Nisman was found dead in his home on January 18, hours before he was expected to accuse President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of obstructing the investigation into Iran’s culpability. Protesters demanded “justice” and “truth” and denounced the Kirchner government. Such popular unrest, the ongoing inquiry into Nisman’s death, and the discovery of a draft warrant for Kirchner’s arrest have triggered a crisis for Argentina’s government.

This week, Kirchner accused the United States and Israel of meddling in Argentina’s internal affairs. She did not give evidence to support this claim but appears to be resorting to a familiar appeal to nationalism in a desperate attempt to ... Read More

Obama’s gambit misunderstands Cuban reality

| February 12th, 2015 | No Comments »
AEI

Key Points

President Obama’s new push to normalize relations with Cuba neglects the Cuban dictatorship’s internal oppression, relentless hostility to US interests, and implacable opposition to change. The Obama administration has rushed to facilitate new travel and trade with Cuba, but the Castro regime controls virtually every aspect of the economy, benefits from cash remittances and tourism, and stifles the country’s potential growth. While the Obama administration struggles to justify its unilateral concessions and has yet to press for international help on Cuba, the Castro regime has rejected calls for change and is making new demands to put the administration on the defensive. For Obama to salvage his new Cuba approach, his team will have to develop and implement an actual strategy that measures up to his rhetoric without letting down American interests and ideals.

President Obama’s decision to normalize diplomatic relations with the Castro government after 54 years is certainly ... Read More

Venezuela’s political crisis grows more explosive

| February 5th, 2015 | No Comments »
The Miami Herald

As Venezuela drifts toward repression, the Obama administration has failed to “name and shame” human rights violators, as mandated by Congress last December. Robust U.S. action is more critical than ever, as authorities in Caracas last week approved the use of deadly force against Venezuelans protesting food shortages and fresh revelations on the criminality of regime leaders.

Career diplomats managing Venezuela policy have a record of favoring stability over freedom in that country. They fiercely resisted Congress’ call for sanctions against individuals using violence to quell student-led demonstrations last spring—giving regime gangs time to crush the unrest, leaving 44 dead, hundreds jailed, and thousands injured.

In the midst of the crackdown last March, Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobson told a U.S. Senate hearing that opposition leaders opposed human rights sanctions against the regime—an assertion she was forced to recant within days. In an effort to forestall Congressional action last July, the Administration revoked ... Read More

Remarks of Ambassador Roger F. Noriega on “Promoting Human Rights and Democratic Reforms in Cuba”

| January 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »
By Roger Noriega

Remarks of Ambassador Roger F. Noriega

Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Forum on “Promoting Human Rights and Democratic Reforms in Cuba”

At the Heritage Foundation, Friday, January 23, 2015

Those of us who are critics of President Obama’s new initiatives on Cuba do not oppose them because we hope he’s wrong, but because we know he’s wrong.

We know that the single biggest obstacle to economic and political freedom in Cuba for 55 years has been and still is the Castro regime. We know that a courageous, quiet, Christian, Oswaldo Payá, who sought a plebiscite under the rules of Castro’s own constitution, was killed when police ran his car off the road in southeastern Cuba in July 2012.

We know that an American aid worker, Alan Gross, who tried simply to offer Cuba’s small Jewish community Internet access on the island was held hostage for five years for his efforts. We know that while the Obama ... Read More

Obama should help Cubans, not Castro

| January 16th, 2015 | 1 Comment »
AEI

Touted as a historic shift in US-Cuba relations, ironically, the Obama administration’s latest initiatives serve to reinforce the status quo — legitimizing and benefiting a regime that has a 55-year track record of opposing change.

President Obama’s new Cuba policy is taking shape this week as his administration announced high-level talks on diplomatic recognition of the Castro regime and released new regulations to liberalize travel to and transactions with the island. Touted as a historic shift in US-Cuba relations, ironically, all of these initiatives serve to reinforce the status quo — legitimizing and benefiting a regime that has a 55-year track record of opposing change. Accepting that this is not what the president intended, he must get serious about engaging the 11 million people of Cuba rather than placating the regime that torments them.

The State Department has announced that Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson will travel ... Read More

“Obama debe ser muy agresivo aplicando las sanciones contra funcionarios de Venezuela”: Roger Noriega en NTN24

| December 12th, 2014 | No Comments »
NTN24

El exembajador de Estados Unidos ante la OEA, Roger Noriega, dijo en El Informativo de NTN24 que Estados Unidos está “comprometido con el Estado de Derecho y la democracia” de América Latina, por lo que el Gobierno de Barack Obama deberá ser drástico con las sanciones a los funcionarios del régimen venezolano que violaron los derechos humanos de los ciudadanos de este país. 

De click aquí para ver la entrevista.

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Colombian president doubles down on talks with narcoguerrillas

| December 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
AEI

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos is betting his presidency on unpopular peace talks with a guerrilla group notorious for terrorism and narcotrafficking. He moved quickly to renew the peace process with the Fuerzas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, after the group released of Brigadier General Rubén Darío Alzate and two other kidnap victims last Sunday.  Meanwhile, the incident appears to have galvanized negative attitudes toward the FARC, and the president and his peace initiative are losing popular support.

Santos was forced to suspend the Havana-based talks after Alzate and two companions were captured by guerrillas in the western province of Chocó on November 16th. Upon hearing of the kidnapping in mid-November, it was clear that Santos was concerned that the incident would undermine the FARC talks; he publicly questioned why Alzate violated military protocols while visiting a conflict zone.  In an emotional news conference after his release, Alzate offered his resignation, which ... Read More

Executive disorder

| November 21st, 2014 | 1 Comment »
AEI

If the president’s primary objective was fixing our broken immigration system, he should have been willing to wait until the Republican-led Congress takes power in a few weeks and challenged it to act on a series of practical reforms.

The executive order on immigration announced by President Obama on Thursday night has Republicans in Congress so mad they can’t think straight. But when they can, they will realize that the president cannot give effect to his words without their consent. Indeed, his speech will be remembered for making it harder to fix our immigration system so that it serves our economic interests, secures our borders, and offers recourse to millions of illegal aliens who are part of our communities.

The president has insisted more than a dozen times in the last several years that he has no legal authority to act unilaterally to suspend deportations. Last ... Read More

Republicans Should Signal Leadership, at Home and Abroad

| November 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
Roll Call

The 2014 midterm elections were a rejection of the policies of President Barack Obama. And the Republican takeover of the Senate is a repudiation of the gridlock in Congress symbolized by the bare-knuckles tactics of outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The new Republican Senate leadership should move swiftly to seize the high ground and signal it is ready to do the peoples’ business. Quick action on several international issues — the Keystone XL pipeline, trade promotion authority and long-delayed ambassadorial nominations — are bipartisan actions that Republicans should put on the table even before they take over in January.

Although opinion polls show voters favor Republican positions on the economy, foreign policy and security, the party’s brand needs burnishing. As Obama hints at a more confrontational tone that could undermine any hope of making Washington work, Republicans can rise above Obama’s blame game by working with Democrats on tangible initiatives to bolster America’s ... Read More

Mexico’s missing students generate unwanted attention on security

| November 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
AEI

BY ROGER F. NORIEGA AND FELIPE TRIGOS

Mexican authorities are scrambling to quell the furor caused by the disappearance of 43 college students in late September from Iguala, a municipality in the southern state of Guerrero. Once again, President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has been caught off-guard by a scandal that shows that Mexico has not out-grown its history of insecurity and corruption.

Many suspect that the students are the victims of drug-related violence that continues unabated in various parts of the country. According to local published reports, the mayor of Iguala, José Luis Abarca, suspected that some of the missing students had ties to the narco-trafficking organization, Los Rojos, and ordered that they be detained and turned over to members of Guerreros Unidos, a rival drug gang allegedly managed by Abarca’s wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda.

The state of Guerrero has seen high levels of criminality ... Read More

Close vote in Brazil reveals a deeply divided nation

| October 27th, 2014 | 1 Comment »
AEI

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff won a second four-year term yesterday, defeating challenger Aécio Neves by a margin of 51.6% to 48.4%. Rousseff waged one of the most negative campaigns in memory, conjuring fears that Neves would cut government anti-poverty programs rather than explaining how she plans to pull the world’s seventh largest economy out of recession.

The close result paints a picture of a deeply divided nation—politically, socially, and geographically. Rousseff last night pledged to initiate a dialogue and to be “a much better president than I have been until now.” Although Rousseff pledged during the campaign to replace her finance minister, her stout defense of the status quo gives little reason to expect that she will abandon her interventionist economic policies in a second term.

Sunday’s results were greeted with skittishness in the private sector, which had hoped that Neves’ free-market programs might jumpstart a flagging economy. For example, Brazil’s currency the real dipped to a nine-year low.

During ... Read More

Challenger makes strong start in sprint to runoff in Brazil

| October 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
AEI

Good news this week for Aécio Neves, the Social Democrat who is challenging Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff in the October 26th runoff election: Neves landed the endorsement of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) on Wednesday; and the first three polls published since the initial round of voting on October 5th show him leading Rousseff by two- to eight-point margins.

In the first round, Rousseff received 41.6% of the vote and Neves 33.5%; these top two candidates will square off in the second round. The PSB’s candidate, the former environmental minister and senator, Marina Silva, finished third, receiving about 21.3%. The 22 million votes cast for Silva is roughly the same number she received as the Green Party nominee in 2010—underscoring her personal appeal to a sizeable bloc of voters.

Silva’s support could be pivotal; according to pundits, in order to defeat Rousseff, Neves would have to capture the support of 70% of Silva’s voters. Although the ... Read More

In Brazil’s election, the surprises keep coming

| October 6th, 2014 | No Comments »
AEI

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff fell short of winning a majority in Sunday’s first round of voting and must face centrist, free-market candidate Aécio Neves in a run-off election on October 26. Rousseff won 41.6% of the votes cast, followed by Neves with 33.5% and environmentalist maverick Marina Silva with 21.3%.

Rousseff and her Workers’ Party focused their decidedly negative campaign on beating back a challenge by Silva, who had surged dramatically in the polls after assuming the Socialist Party nomination just six weeks ago. Neves had slipped badly in those same polls, so his strong second-place finish exceeded expectations and gives the Social Democrat some momentum heading into the three-week runoff campaign.

Silva took center stage in Brazil after a plane crash took the life of the Socialist Party nominee, Eduardo Campos. Silva’s humble roots and rejection of traditional political party politics rallied the support of millions of disaffected Brazilians. Reputable polls showed her ... Read More

Brazilians May Opt for Experience over Change in Election

| October 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »
Real Clear World-01

This week, Brazil’s stock index dipped sharply and the national currency, the real, slumped after polls showed incumbent Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff securing a lead in the run-up to Sunday’s first round of voting. This reaction by capital markets reflects misgivings about the continuation of statist policies that have dried up jobs, driven up debt and led the world’s seventh-largest economy into a recession.

Although Rousseff has recovered her lead over the 10 other candidates, she will likely fall short of obtaining an outright majority and will be forced into a run-off Oct. 26 against free-market maverick Marina Silva. And while most observers expect Rousseff to win re-election by challenging Silva’s lack of executive experience, the campaign has exposed profound popular doubts about the president’s own management of Brazil’s economy.

Taking over the Socialist Party nomination after the death of governor Eduardo Campos in an August plane crash, Silva appealed ... Read More

Mexico’s Energy Reform: So Far, So Good

| September 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »
Inside Sources

By Roger F. Noriega and Felipe Trigos

The enactment of the “secondary legislation” to implement Mexico’s energy reform is an impressive step forward.  That country’s economic future could be fundamentally transformed, if Mexico’s leaders follow through on a transparent, sustained effort to modernize the oil, gas, and electricity sectors and keep government spending and interference from undermining prosperity.

For the first time in 80 years, Mexico has opened the door to private investment in the energy sector, leaving behind years of anachronistic resource nationalism that has contributed to the decline of the state-owned oil company, Pemex, and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

Insufficient investment in exploration and infrastructure, over-taxation, political interference, union influence, and corruption all have contributed to the decline of Pemex.  From 2001 to 2013, oil production in Mexico fell more than 30 percent. Meanwhile, the CFE has lost almost a billion dollars in 2012 and 2013 for similar ... Read More

NORIEGA: La inseguridad de Centro América intensifica la crisis en la frontera sur de Estados Unidos

| July 25th, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Article Appeared in The Washington Times

La oleada de inmigrantes ilegales en la frontera suroeste de los Estados Unidos,  hizo sonar la alarma para el Presidente y el Congreso e impulsar una misión de rescate internacional para enfrentar a criminales, narcotraficantes y pandilleros que amenazan la seguridad de EE.UU., junto con las vidas y sustento de millones de centroamericanos.

El presidente Obama ha solicitado $3.7 mil millones en fondos de emergencia para hacer frente a la afluencia de inmigrantes ilegales a lo largo de la frontera de Estados Unidos con México. A pesar de que la suma es considerable, es evidente que los programas que están siendo ejecutados y planificados por la administración son medidas provisionales. Estas medidas no hacen nada para hacer frente al causante del problema a largo plazo: la creciente criminalidad  y la corrupción en Centroamérica, que en su mayoría son alimentadas por el tráfico ilegal de drogas provocado por la demanda de los ... Read More

NORIEGA: Central American insecurity fuels U.S. border crisis

| July 24th, 2014 | No Comments »
Article Appeared in The Washington Times

The surge of illegal immigrants at the U.S. southwest border
should sound the alarm for the President and Congress to lead an
international rescue mission to confront murderous narco-traffickers
and street gangsters who threaten U.S. security along with the lives and
livelihood of millions of Central Americans.

President Obama has requested $3.7 billion in emergency
funding to cope with the influx of illegal immigrants along the
 US-Mexico border. Notwithstanding that considerable sum, it is clear
that the programs currently being implemented and planned by the
administration are primarily stopgap measures. They do nothing to
address the long-term driver of the problem: the escalating
criminality and corruption in Central America—most of it fueled by
illegal drug trafficking driven by U.S. demand—that undermines
democratic institutions, rule of law, economic opportunity, and public
safety.

The immediate task is to staunch the current explosion of
illegal crossings, including thousands of unaccompanied minors.
Although the uptick in violence in their homelands contributes to
economic dislocation and fear, loose talk about a more permissive ... Read More

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