As the Summit of the Americas this week in Colombia was drawing to a close, President Obama touted more regional integration even as increasingly hostile Latin American leaders openly called for change in U.S. and regional policies. Analysts and officials throughout the hemisphere and across the political spectrum said the whole gathering reflected the U.S. government’s growing isolation and waning influence in the region.

 Across the political spectrum, amid growing violence and destruction, Latin American leaders assembled in Colombia for the "Summit of the Americas" urged President Obama to reconsider the U.S. government’s decades-old “war on drugs.” And domestically, pressure is growing as well.

 Over 70 years after Soviet forces secretly murdered approximately 22,000 Polish intellectuals and military officers in the Katyn Forest, the European Court of Human Rights has declared that atrocity to have been a “war crime.” However, unlike other “war crimes” of the Second World War, the calculated butchering of tens of thousands of Poles will have very little impact on a government that went to great lengths to avoid aiding the investigation: the Russian government will be required to pay 5,000 euros (approximately $6,500) to cover the court costs of the fifteen descendants of Katyn victims who brought the case before the court.

President Obama has expressed his concern over allegations that Secret Service agents on duty in Colombia ahead of his appearance at an international summit cavorted with prostitutes at the beachfront resort where they were staying. “If it turns out some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then, of course, I’ll be angry,” said the President during the summit in Cartagena April 14, “because my attitude with respect to Secret Service personnel is no different than what I expect out of my delegation sitting here.”

 
 

 JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly video news update for April 16-22, 2012.

Asia Bibi is a mother of five children and a devout Christian. She is also on death row — for “blasphemy.” And incredibly, she lives under a government that receives billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars every year: Pakistan, one of the top recipients of American foreign aid. Over the last 10 years, the Pakistani regime has raked in well over $20 billion from U.S. taxpayers.

 
 

On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling permitting the United Kingdom to extradite to the United States six men suspected by the U.S. of committing acts of terrorism.

 
 

Disregarding the concerns of many in his party and many of the citizens who elected him, Idaho Governor Butch Otter is headed back to China to continue courting the world’s largest communist regime and second largest economy.
 
 

The governments of the United States and the United Kingdom are permitting the sale of state of the art surveillance equipment to some of the world’s most notorious regimes. Concerned citizens in both nations worry that these devices will be employed by the buyers to monitor activists and those who dare speak out against governmental oppression.

 

JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly video news update for April 9-15, 2012.

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