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  • Top US senator unveils Iran central bank sanctions .

    11/19/2011 9:21:32 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies
    Iran Focus ^ | Thursday, 17 November 2011 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Looking to heap economic pressure on Iran over its suspect nuclear program, US senators on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at collapsing the country's central bank with tough new sanctions... The measure, crafted by Republican Senator Mark Kirk, would empower President Barack Obama to cut off any foreign financial institution that does business with Iran's central bank from the US economy and to freeze its US assets... "Without immediate and serious action, the Islamic Republic of Iran will have a nuclear weapons capability in the near future," Kirk said, adding: "We must act now or face the consequences...
  • Exclusive: U.S. to sanction Iran's petrochemical industry

    11/18/2011 7:52:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov.18, 2011 | Arshad Mohammed
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to sanction Iran's petrochemical industry, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, seeking to raise pressure on Tehran after fresh allegations it may be pursuing nuclear weapons. The sources said Washington wanted to send a strong signal after the U.N. nuclear watchdog issued a November 8 report saying Iran appeared to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and may still be secretly carrying out related research. The sources, who said the sanctions could be unveiled as early as Monday, said the Washington wanted to find a way to bar foreign companies...
  • Arab League suspends Syrian membership, calls for sanctions against Assad’s regime

    11/12/2011 5:52:26 AM PST · by Cardhu · 15 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | November 12 3011 | Al Arabiya and Agencies
    The Arab League voted to suspend SyriaÂ’s membership at its meeting on Saturday and said it would impose economic and political sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad as well as call for the withdrawal of Arab ambassadors from Damascus. The Arab foreign ministers meeting at the LeagueÂ’s headquarters in Cairo also called on the Syrian army to cease its involvement in the killing of civilians and invited the Syrian opposition for transition talks. Opponents of Assad were hoping that the Arab League would suspend SyriaÂ’s membership after Assad pressed ahead with a military crackdown on the unrest despite an...
  • Sanctions Imposed on 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists

    10/19/2011 11:04:51 AM PDT · by Stayfree · 1 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | Oct. 19, 2011 | CARRIE ANN CHERRY
    April Gallop alleged in her initial complaint that a plane did not hit the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, but that a bomb had been detonated instead, and members of the government knew about the attack in advance. The 2nd Circuit in Manhattan upheld a federal judge's dismissal of the case after finding that Gallop had "failed to present anything beyond vague and conclusory allegations of conspiracy." In the April 2011 ruling, the three-judge panel ordered Gallop and her attorneys to show cause as to why they should not be sanctioned for forcing the court "to consider, and the government...
  • Turkish PM announces additional sanctions on Israel

    09/06/2011 11:02:57 AM PDT · by americanophile · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | September 6, 2011 | Ivan Watson, Yesim Comert and Kevin Flower
    Istanbul (CNN) -- Turkey's fiery prime minister ratcheted up rapidly-escalating tensions with Israel on Tuesday, comparing Ankara's once-close ally in the Middle East to a "spoiled boy" and announcing additional sanctions would soon be imposed. "We are completely suspending all of these, trade relations, military relations, related with the defense industry," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, according to the semi-official Anatolian Agency. "All of these are completely suspended and other measures will follow this process." Asked to clarify whether this meant Turkey will halt more than $3 billion in bilateral trade, an official in the Turkish prime ministry, speaking on condition...
  • Iran offers 'full supervision' of nuclear program (Provided Sanctions are Lifted)

    09/06/2011 6:32:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 09/06/2011 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's nuclear chief on Monday proposed to allow the U.N. nuclear watchdog "full supervision" of its nuclear activities for five years provided that sanctions against Tehran are lifted, but the official did not give details of his offer. The United Nations has imposed four rounds of Security Council sanctions over Tehran's refusal to halt uranium enrichment, a technology that can be used to produce nuclear fuel or materials for an atomic bomb. Iran's nuclear program is already subject to routine IAEA inspections. IAEA cameras monitor Iran's nuclear activities. including its contentious uranium enrichment sites. Vice President Fereidoun...
  • EU to Adopt Ban on Syrian Oil Imports

    09/02/2011 1:03:47 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/9/11 | Elad Benari
    The European Union is expected to announce new sanctions against Syria on Friday, AFP reported. The new sanctions will include a ban on Syrian oil imports and will see the expansion of the EU’s list of people targeted by an assets freeze and travel ban. Four new businessmen accused of bankrolling the regime of President Bashar Assad will be added to the list, diplomats told the French news agency on Thursday. As well, three companies, including a bank, will see their assets in the EU frozen as punishment for the regime's deadly repression of protesters, the sources said on condition...
  • Iran Says Sanctions 'Have No Effect'

    07/05/2011 10:13:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/7/11 | Gavriel Queenan
    Iran's defense minister claimed Sunday his country's missile progress demonstrates UN sanctions are ineffective and won't stop Tehran's military initiatives, Gulf News reports. The statement by General Ahmad Vahidi comes during this year's 10-day "Great Prophet-6" war games, which analysts say is Iran's latest show of military might. Tehran, who are billing the war games as a 'sign of peace for the region,' claim they have demonstrated growing self-sufficiency in military and other technologies. Vahidi said Iran's missile program is "indigenous" and has no reliance on foreign countries to meet its defence requirements. Iran is under four sets of UN...
  • Report: US Stopped North Korean Ship

    06/13/2011 3:11:18 PM PDT · by Bean Counter
    <p>WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy forced a North Korean ship on its way to Myanmar to return home after a standoff two weeks ago, The New York Times reported Sunday. The Times said the U.S. suspected the North Korean cargo vessel, the M/V Light, was carrying missile technology to Myanmar.</p>
  • WH pressing UN to Rescind Taliban Sanctions

    06/02/2011 5:28:37 PM PDT · by Frankusa · 4 replies
    First, the spin, compliments of the Obama administration: The Office of Foreign Assets Control plans to withdraw the Taliban Sanctions Regulations issued under former President Bill Clinton, which banned all financial transactions with members of Taliban and placed an embargo on trade with areas of Afghanistan they controlled.... The agency says it is withdrawing the regulations because they were made redundant by the fall of the Taliban from power in Afghanistan and subsequent executive orders which more narrowly targeted individual members of the Taliban... Nice, benign spin, but here's the real deal: The 2012 Presidential campaign has already started, which...
  • Is China Neutralizing N.Korea Sanctions?

    05/22/2011 11:03:14 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    chosun ilbo ^ | May 23, 2011 13:41 KST | Staff
    Chinese aid is making up for a large portion of the losses the North is suffering from the South Korean and international sanctions. As long as China refuses to re-evaluate North Korea's security and political value, Beijing's assistance looks set to continue. Here, opposition party lawmakers and leftwing groups are now saying Seoul should lift its sanctions since they have no effect. Some even say Seoul must not let the North fall under Chinese economic control.
  • McCain applauds Obama sanctions against Syria (he praises Obama's "strong and principled action")

    05/18/2011 7:10:05 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 37 replies
    WASHINGTON -- Arizona Sen. John McCain joined three other senators Wednesday in supporting President Barack Obama's decision to impose sanctions on Syrian leader Bashar al Assad and other top Syrian officials. McCain signed the statement along with fellow Republicans Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida and Independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. "We applaud President Obama for imposing sanctions on Bashar al Assad and other top Syrian officials," the senators' statement said. "The President's strong and principled action today should send an unmistakable message that the United States stands in solidarity with the brave protesters in Syria...
  • EU to Impose Arms Embargo on Syria

    05/09/2011 3:58:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/5/11` | Elad Benari
    The European Union announced on Monday that it would be imposing an arms embargo on Syria, The Associated Press reported. In a statement, the EU said that it is banning shipments to Syria of “arms and equipment that could be used for internal repression.” The statement also noted that the EU will be prohibiting 13 Syrian “officials and associates of the Syrian regime” from traveling anywhere within the EU and would be freezing their assets. The 13 have been identified as being responsible for the violent repression against the civilian protests in the country. While the names of the officials...
  • Obama signs order for new sanctions on Syria

    04/29/2011 11:12:48 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 29, 2011
    WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday imposing new sanctions against Syria's intelligence agency and two relatives of President Bashar al-Assad in response to a crackdown on protests, senior U.S. officials said.
  • In shift, US considers sanctions against Syria's Assad regime

    04/25/2011 8:19:15 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 22 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 25th 2011 | Staff
    The Obama administration is drafting sanctions against Syrian government officials responsible for the escalating violence against protesters, the Wall Street Journal reported. After weeks of treading lightly as it weighed its support for the protesters with a desire to engage with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the White House seems to have come down on the side of the swelling ranks of protesters. Obama condemned the brutality of Syrian security forces after more than 100 protesters were killed in Friday's protests alone, as the total death toll climbed above 300 this weekend. The sanctions would freeze senior government officials' assets in...
  • Why is the Fed Bailing Out Qaddafi?

    04/06/2011 2:50:15 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies ^ | April 1, 2011
    Barack Obama recently issued an executive order imposing a wave of sanctions against Libya, not only freezing Libyan assets, but barring Americans from having business dealings with Libyan banks. So raise your hand if you knew that the United States has been extending billions of dollars in aid to Qaddafi and to the Central Bank of Libya, through a Libyan-owned subsidiary bank operating out of Bahrain. And raise your hand if you knew that, just a week or so after Obama’s executive order, the U.S. Treasury Department quietly issued an order exempting this and other Libyan-owned banks to continue operating...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Calls For Strike Against Iran

    03/18/2011 6:50:09 AM PDT · by Strategy · 45 replies
    Russia Today ^ | March 18, 2011
    If Tehran continues with its nuclear program, other nations should threaten it with military action, Benjamin Netanyahu has said. The sanctions imposed on Iran by the United Nations Security Council are not enough, the Israeli prime minister told CNN. He expressed concern that Iran may gain additional influence during the recent upheaval across the Middle East. Iran should know that "if it fails to cooperate, there will be credible military actions," Netanyahu said. He believes it is the only thing that could stop Tehran's nuclear program. According to the prime minister, such actions from the international community would knock out...
  • Obama Administration Prepares Sanctions on Libya, Officials Say

    02/25/2011 11:46:58 AM PST · by ColdOne · 33 replies ^ | February 25, 2011 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- The United States moved closer Friday to imposing new sanctions on Muammar al-Qaddafi's regime after hundreds of Americans were evacuated from Libya. Washington considered closing its embassy in Tripoli as fresh violence rocked the country, sources told The Associated Press. The Obama administration could impose travel bans, freeze assets and take other steps against Qaddafi loyalists as early as Friday, officials said. They said closing the embassy also was an option, though the announcement of any punitive steps depended on the safety of Americans and other foreigners remaining in the Arab country. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity...
  • NCAA specifically targets Lane Kiffin in UT investigation

    02/23/2011 4:50:38 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    KnoxNews: GoVolsXtra ^ | 2/23/11 | Austin Ward
    The disastrous Lane Kiffin Era has been officially recognized by the NCAA. It doesn't appear Hurricane Lane will be causing much more damage at Tennessee though. The Vols finally received their long-anticipated Notice of Allegations on Tuesday, and when released publicly for the first time by the athletic department on Wednesday, the broken rules all had a similar theme. The 16 impermissible phone calls, impermissible contact with recruits and the use of an intern to make contact with a high school staff all happened under Kiffin's watch - and the NCAA specifically targeted him with charges of failure to monitor...
  • Point Man on U.S. Sanctions to Depart

    01/23/2011 10:22:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    wsj ^ | 1/24/11 | JAY SOLOMON
    ISTANBUL—The point man for the Obama administration's financial wars on Iran, North Korea and al Qaeda, Stuart Levey, has decided to leave his senior U.S. Treasury Department post at what is turning out to be a particularly critical time. Mr. Levey's departure will leave President Barack Obama without the principal architect of Washington's economic-sanctions campaign against Tehran, just as that campaign is likely to be ramped up following the breakdown of talks among Iran, the U.S. and a bloc of global powers on Saturday. The negotiations, held in Turkey, were aimed at curtailing Iran's nuclear program. With no date set...