Posts Tagged ‘Brazil’


International terror finance news: suggested reading

November 23, 2014
  • A plain account of Hamas’s $1 billion budget… more>>
  • Police arrest 9 Salafists who robbed churches in Germany to fund ISISmore>>
  • Hezbollah in South America gave C4 explosives to a Brazilian prison gang in exchange for protection of Lebanese inmates (h/t @RedQRedT)… more>>
  • Hamas recently smuggled $12 million from Syria to Turkey—money which is being held by the brother-in-law of Hamas leader Khaled Meshaalmore>>
  • Turkey’s cross-border smuggling with Iraq and Syria wouldn’t be so worrisome if it weren’t for Turkey’s porous northern border with EU member Bulgaria… more>>

Oil from and for the Americas

June 1, 2012

Growth in oil production from North Dakota to Argentina continues to tip the international balance of power away from the deserts of the Middle East back toward the Western Hemisphere.

NPR reports that “Production is rising fast in Canada, Colombia, Brazil and in the United States, which increased output by 1.7 million barrels in just six years” and that “More than half of all U.S. imports now come from countries in the Americas, while just 22 percent comes from the Persian Gulf.”

Notice that four of the biggest oil producers in the world in the list below are in North or Latin America:

  1. Saudi Arabia
  2. Russia
  3. United States
  4. China
  5. Iran
  6. Canada
  7. Mexico
  8. United Arab Emirates
  9. Brazil

If the West elects pro-energy politicians and gets out of the way of oil producers, OPEC’s days are blessedly numbered.


Iran pushing trade with Latin America

November 23, 2009

As if his overtures within the Muslim world weren’t unsettling enough, Ahmadinejad is coming to our half of the earth again to stir the pot.  This time he’s trying to promote uranium extraction with Venezuela and “business” with Brazil (including sharia banking no doubt).  From the LA Times this morning:

In Brazil, Ahmadinejad and Lula are expected to sign cooperation agreements in biotechnology, energy and agriculture. An Iranian deputy foreign minister told the official Brazilian news agency last month that Tehran hopes to expand trade with Brazil to $15 billion from $2 billion in the petrochemical, energy, agricultural and medical fields.

About 200 Iranian businessmen are traveling with Ahmadinejad, who is scheduled to address the Brazilian Congress and speak to students in Brasilia.

Venezuela’s ambassador to Tehran announced this month that new uranium deposits had been discovered in Venezuela and that his country and Iran “are now cooperating on a research and development project,” the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

“At this juncture, Iran and Venezuela have no nuclear cooperation,” said David Velasquez Caraballo, the envoy. “But in the future, such cooperation might be established.”

These trade initiatives could end up facilitating Iran’s nuclear program.

Does anybody else miss the Monroe Doctrine?