Posts Tagged ‘Roger Noriega’

Midterm elections in Mexico may not provide momentum for Peña Nieto

| May 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »

Midterm elections in Mexico on June 7 may reaffirm the ruling party’s hold on power, but may not produce new political momentum for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as he struggles to salvage his program of economic modernization and to quell persistent outbreaks of narco-related violence.

Voters will elect all of the 500 members the federal Chamber of Deputies, 9 of 31 governors, 16 delegates of the Federal District, and 640 state legislators.  These elections will serve to measure the strength of Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the political appeal of the opposition, made up mostly of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).  It also will gauge ​​the viability of the new National Regeneration Movement (Morena), founded by two-time leftist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who launched this party to challenge the PRD.

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Guatemalans protest corrupt status-quo

| May 18th, 2015 | No Comments »

On Saturday, 60,000 protesters took to the streets in 13 cities in Guatemala demanding the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina. Guatemala has been rocked by a corruption scandal involving several members of the Perez Molina administration, including former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who was forced to resign on May 8 due to her alleged involvement in a customs fraud scheme. Although President Perez Molina has denied any involvement in the scandal, nationwide demonstrations now entering their fourth week are calling for him to step down. Perez Molina’s four-year term ends next January, and elections are scheduled in September to choose his successor.

This political crisis started on April 16 when Álvaro Omar Franco, director of Guatemala’s Superintendent of Tax Administration (SAT), was arrested by authorities for being part of the multimillion-dollar conspiracy to skim customs revenue.

The scheme, known in Guatemala as La Linea (The Line), involved cutting deals with importers ... Read More

Brazen terrorism heating up Mexico’s drug war

| May 15th, 2015 | No Comments »

By Roger Noriega

On Wednesday, six persons were killed when their small plane was shot down by suspected narcotraffickers in Mexico’s northern state of Chihuahua—another brazen act of terrorism that suggests the drug war on our doorstep may be heating up. According to several eyewitnesses, the plane was hit by gunfire from numerous individuals on the ground. Sources say the attack was the result of a turf war between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Juarez Cartel, which has afflicted the area for years.

Just two weeks ago, the New Generation Cartel of Jalisco (CJNG) and the affiliated Los Cuinis syndicate mobilized more than 500 men in a coordinated attack in which seven soldiers died when their army helicopter was downed by narcotraffickers in an unprecedented use of force.

Although the Mexican government claims that its security strategy is working, levels of violence in the states of Tamaulipas, Guerrero, Michoacán, the eponymous state of Mexico, Chihuahua, Jalisco, and Sinaloa suggest ... Read More

EEUU ahora investiga operaciones de lavado de dinero en Venezuela

| May 13th, 2015 | No Comments »
El Nuevo Herald

Las agencias estadounidenses que investigan los vínculos de altos funcionarios del chavismo con el narcotráfico ahora se concentran en dirigentes de la banca venezolana que les han ayudado a lavar el dinero ilícito, dijeron fuentes cercanas a las investigaciones.

“Están en una etapa muy proactiva del proceso. Ya son varios ejecutivos de la banca venezolana que han indicado estar dispuestos a colaborar”, dijo una de las fuentes que habló bajo condición de anonimato.

Según las fuentes, el proceso cobró velocidad luego de que el gobierno de Estados Unidos comenzara a suspender las visas de los ejecutivos bancarios que estaban siendo investigados, lo que llevó a varios de ellos a mostrarse dispuestos a colaborar con las autoridades bajo temor de que sus activos en el exterior terminaran siendo congelados.

“La suspensión de las visas sorprendió a más de uno”, dijo otra de las fuentes. “Muchos de ... Read More

Noriega: EEUU tiene evidencia de nexo entre Cabello y el narcotráfico

| April 30th, 2015 | No Comments »
El Nuevo Herald

Por Antonio Maria Delgado

Las autoridades estadounidenses, que llevan años investigando los vínculos entre el chavismo y el narcotráfico, tienen amplia evidencia sobre la participación en la actividad ilícita del presidente de la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, y el actual gobernador del estado Aragua, Tarek El Aissami, afirmó el miércoles el ex subsecretario de Asuntos Hemisféricos del Departamento de Estado, Roger Noriega.

Noriega, quien fue de los pocos que brindó información detallada sobre los graves problemas de salud del fallecido presidente Hugo Chávez, agregó que las autoridades estadounidenses también están al tanto del papel de complicidad que ha estado jugando el gobernante venezolano Nicolás Maduro, quien ha utilizado fondos del narcotráfico para financiar sus campañas electorales.

“Mis fuentes establecen claramente que hay en este momento una serie de investigaciones substanciales, que vienen siendo realizadas desde hace algún tiempo, sobre los vínculos con el narcotráfico y altos funcionarios del gobierno venezolano, y ... Read More

EE.UU. tiene “pruebas” contra funcionarios venezolanos por lavado de dinero y narcotráfico: Exsubsecretario de Estado Roger Noriega

| April 29th, 2015 | No Comments »

En NTN24, el exsubsecretario de Estado de Estados Unidos para Asuntos Hemisféricos, Roger Noriega, aseguró que las autoridades de este país tienen evidencia suficiente que vincula a altos funcionarios del régimen venezolano con el lavado de dinero y narcotráfico.

Durante la Conferencia Anual sobre Latinoamérica que organiza la Universidad de Miami, aseguró que hay “testigos y documentos, que sostienen acusaciones de involucramiento de Diosdado Cabello”.

Además del presidente de la Asamblea Nacional, también estaría implicado el gobernador del estado de Aragua y el presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.

Noriega aseguró que “todos reconocen que estamos hablando de un gobierno criminal”.

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Former State Department Official says he expects White House to take steps to return Guantanamo

| April 29th, 2015 | No Comments »
The Miami Herald


Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roger Noriega says he thinks the United States will renew diplomatic relations with Cuba soon and that the president will take steps to end the lease on the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay before the end of his term.

But that doesn’t mean he agrees with President Barack Obama’s new policy of engagement with Cuba. “I sincerely pray that President Obama is right in this risky venture. I don’t think he is,” said Noriega, now a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

During a panel Tuesday on the new Cuba policy at the University of Miami Center for Hemispheric Policy’s 10th Latin America Conference, attitudes ranged from Noriega’s doubtful support for engagement to outright condemnation.

The new policy announced Dec. 17 by Cuba and the United States includes renewing ... Read More

Can Brazil overcome economic malaise and scandal?

| April 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »


Key Points

Brazil’s economic malaise and corruption scandals present significant challenges to President Dilma Rousseff’s ability to govern, just four months into her second four-year term. Latin America’s largest economy is rediscovering that stimulating growth and creating jobs requires controlling government spending, increasing trade, and attracting investment by adopting a host of free-market reforms. The United States and Brazil should jump-start efforts to improve their commercial and diplomatic relations to bolster economic development in a region crucial to both countries.

While US policymakers, commentators, and the media have been distracted recently by the “historic” normalization of US-Cuban relations, the rest of Latin America is beset by extraordinary challenges—not the least of which is the economic malaise and governance crisis in Brazil, South America’s most populous country and the world’s sixth-largest economy.

Sworn in for a second four-year term just over three ... Read More

Obama’s deceptions on Iran and Cuba

| April 14th, 2015 | No Comments »
From the Washington Post

By Marc A. Thiessen

Remember Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who as caught on tape boasting how the president had taken advantage of the “stupidity” of American voters to pass his health-care law?

Well it seems, Obama is applying the “Gruber Doctrine” once again — this time to foreign policy.

The Gruber Doctrine is based on the premise that, in the words of the now infamous MIT professor, “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” and that the “basic exploitation of the lack of . . . understanding of the American voter” is “really, really critical” for enacting your preferred policies.

That is precisely what Obama is doing when it comes to Iran and Cuba.

With Iran, the administration is once again relying on a “lack of transparency” to ram through its nuclear deal. Even Iran’s foreign minister dismissed the administration’s talking points describing the framework ... Read More

“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 »

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 »


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 »

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 »

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 »

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. 

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Colombian president doubles down on talks with narcoguerrillas

| December 4th, 2014 | No Comments »

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 »

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

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