Arsht Center's Week-in-Review: Ignore Venezuela, Team-Up With Cuban Agents

Monday, February 24, 2014
Philanthropist Adrienne Arsht gave $5 million to the Atlantic Council last year in order to create a self-named center "dedicated to broadening awareness of the transformational political, economic, and social changes throughout Latin America."

She might want a refund.

As we all know, Venezuela was at the center of "transformational political, economic, and social changes" this last week. Yet, a look at the Arsht Center's Twitter-feed (image below) shows they have been too busy politicking throughout the U.S. to care.

Instead of focusing on Venezuela, they have taken their push-poll on the road, with the hopes of influencing decision-makers to (ironically) embrace the regime responsible for the beating, imprisonment and murder of young students in Venezuela.

This is part of the latest DC trend of using "think-tanks" as lobbying guises.

To add insult to injury, they have now teamed up with some of the Castro regime's biggest supporters and suspected agents-of-influence (a term we don't use lightly).

At The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, they teamed up with Alberto Coll, who pleaded guilty in 2005 for lying about trips to Cuba while at the Navy War College and has long been suspected by the FBI of being an agent-of-influence.

This week, they are being hosted at The Council on Foreign Relations by none other than Julia Sweig, head of Castro's U.S. fan club and also long-suspected by U.S. counter-intelligence officials of being an agent-of-influence.

And last week, the Arsht Center's push-poll got an "endorsement" from the official head of Castro's Interests Section in Washington, D.C., during a speech to National Press Club members.

And Venezuela? Bien gracias.

Check out the Arsht Center's profound Latin American "thinking" ("politicking") and "insight" ("insults") last week: