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  • What the hell is this American plane owned by the Bank of Utah doing in IRAN?

    04/18/2014 10:10:47 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | Eric Owens
    On Tuesday morning, a plane owned in trust by the Bank of Utah showed up in a very visible area of the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran. What was it doing there exactly? Nobody knows, reports The New York Times. Under President Barack Obama, the United States has eased some of the long-standing punitive economic sanctions against Iran. Still, very little American — or European — economic activity is allowed inside the religious theocracy. The Bank of Utah is certainly no Wells Fargo. The Ogden-based community bank has all of 13 branches including...
  • Russia and China forge closer ties, as EU explores sanctions

    04/17/2014 1:07:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.04.14 @ 09:29 | Andrew Rettman
    Russia is rolling out two major projects—a gas pipeline and a Crimea deep water port—with China, as EU countries and the US weigh options on economic sanctions. Russia’s ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, told EUobserver on Wednesday (16 April) that work on the “Power of Siberia” pipeline and the Chinese construction of a 25-meter-deep port in Crimea are proceeding as normal despite the Ukraine crisis. Describing the pipeline as a “mega-project”, he said it will pump 60 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year from the Kovykta and Tchayandinskoe gas fields to Russia’s far east, with a branch...
  • EU’s Crimea sanctions modeled on occupied Palestinian territories

    04/15/2014 10:56:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 15/04/2014 - 17:03
    The Commission is close to finalizing proposals for economic and trade sanctions regarding Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula occupied by Russia. A final decision by member states is expected soon, diplomats told EurActiv. At their meeting held yesterday (14 April), EU ministers said they were looking forward to the Commission’s evaluation of the legal consequences of the annexation of Crimea by Russia, and to the related proposals for economic, trade and financial restrictions regarding the peninsula. According to EU diplomats, Crimea is “occupied territory” comparable to the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since June 1967. …
  • Kremlin Chief Of Staff supports namesake who was denied sneakers in US shop

    04/05/2014 6:03:07 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/06/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 05. /ITAR-TASS/. Kremlin presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov wrote a letter to his namesake who had been denied the right to buy sneakers in an American online shop because of the U.S. sanctions against Russian officials. US imposes sanctions on 20 Russian officials “Dear namesake and fellow citizen! I was surprised to find out that the sanctions imposed by the U.S. administration, including against me, have created certain inconveniencies for you. Your parcel was delayed and the U.S. Post showed that it could place ignorance and corporate zeal above elementary logic. We may face such farce again...
  • Exclusive: Boeing says gets U.S. license to sell spare parts to Iran

    04/04/2014 2:11:29 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 4, 2014 | Andrea Shalal and Tim Hepher
    WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - Boeing Co , the world's biggest airplane maker, on Friday said it had received a license from the U.S. Treasury Department to export certain spare parts for commercial aircraft to Iran under a temporary sanctions relief deal that began in January.
  • Rand Paul: America Partly To Blame For Pearl Harbor, World War II

    03/31/2014 8:24:21 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 128 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 03/31/2014 | Caleb Howe
    At the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin this weekend highlighted a video of Rand Paul speaking in 2012 about sanctions on Iran. In it, Paul disparages the notion of use of force, and for some reason claims the United States was partly to blame for World War II! “There are times when sanctions have made it worse. I mean, there are times .. leading up to World War II we cut off trade with Japan. That probably caused Japan to react angrily. We also had a blockade on Germany after World War I, which may have encouraged them … some of...
  • House Passes Ukraine Aid/Russian Sanctions 385-23; Senate 98-2

    03/27/2014 9:10:30 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 6 replies
    Senate.Gov ^ | 03-27-2014
    All 25 'no' votes in the House and Senate were from Republicans. House: ---- NAYS 23 ---http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll114.xml Amash Bentivolio Broun (GA) Campbell DesJarlais Duncan (TN) Gohmert Graves (GA) Graves (MO) Griffin (AR) Kingston Massie McAllister Mulvaney Rice (SC) Rohrabacher Rooney Sanford Stockman Weber (TX) Westmoreland Yoho Young (AK) Senate: ---- NAYS 2 --- Heller (NV) Paul (KY)
  • Swiss and Germans out of sanctions against Russia

    03/27/2014 5:37:02 AM PDT · by varmintman · 6 replies
    Apparently, not much interest in sanctions out there... http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2516431/pg1
  • Merkel not ready to back economic sanctions against Russia

    03/26/2014 11:41:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    RT ^ | March 27, 2014 | RT
    The West has not yet reached a stage where it will be ready to impose economic sanctions on Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, stressing that she hopes for a political solution to the stalemate over Ukraine crisis. The chancellor said she is “not interested in escalation” of tensions with Russia, speaking after Wednesday meeting with the South Korean president in Berlin. “On the contrary, I am working on de-escalation of the situation,” she added, as cited by Itar-Tass. Merkel believes that the West “has not reached a stage that implies the imposition of economic sanctions” against Russia, advocated by...
  • BRICS rejects sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

    03/25/2014 3:18:23 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    PressTV ^ | 3-25-2014 | PressTV
    The group of five major emerging national economies known as the BRICS has rejected the Western sanctions against Russia and the “hostile language” being directed at the country over the crisis in Ukraine. “The escalation of hostile language, sanctions and counter-sanctions, and force does not contribute to a sustainable and peaceful solution, according to international law, including the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter,” foreign ministers of the BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - said in a statement issued on Monday.
  • Reid says GOP may have helped Russia annex Crimea

    03/24/2014 2:23:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 82 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 24, 2014 4:31 PM EDT | Bradley Klapper
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Republicans may have helped Russia annex Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in a surprisingly sharp attack ahead of a test vote on a bill authorizing more U.S. sanctions on Russia and $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine. […] Reid’s charge comes despite widespread support among Republicans and Democrats in Congress for providing Ukraine with much-needed economic assistance and hitting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government with sanctions. …
  • Russia retaliates with sanctions on 13 Canadians

    03/24/2014 9:36:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3-24-14 | Steve Gutterman
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia announced on Monday that it was barring 13 Canadian officials, lawmakers and public figures in retaliation for sanctions imposed by Canada over Russia's annexation of Crimea. The Canadians prohibited from entering Russia include aides to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, members of parliament and the head of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Paul Grod, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "This step was taken in response to unacceptable actions by the Canadian side which have done serious damage to bilateral relations," the ministry said, adding that Canada "chose to ignore the free expression of will of...
  • Deflating Russia Can Be Done

    03/23/2014 12:52:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Maarch 23, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    resident Obama has ramped up his second round of economic and financial sanctions on Russia, and on Vladimir Putin in particular. Some of this is already working. But if anybody believes it will be easy to financially deflate Russia, they better think again. Russia holds $132 billion of U.S. Treasury securities. That's a big number, and it could be sold in the event of financial warfare. That won't kill the United States. But it will undoubtedly cause interest rates to rise. Would Putin spend it all? Who knows? His central bank just spent $50 billion to defend a sinking ruble,...
  • Marching as to War

    03/22/2014 5:14:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Sweeping through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania this week, Joe Biden reassured all three that the United States' commitment to Article Five of the NATO treaty remains "solemn" and "iron clad." Article Five commits us to war if the territory of any of these tiny Baltic nations is violated by Russia. From World War II to the end of the Cold War, all three were Soviet republics. All three were on the other side of the Yalta line agreed to by FDR, and on the other side of the NATO red line, the Elbe River in Germany. No president would have...
  • Buffoon Bluffery; What are Sanctions Really About?

    03/21/2014 2:24:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Today, the US imposed more meaningless sanctions on Russia. Of course Russia responded in kind. In Europe, where far more is to be lost than gained from sanctions, bickering amongst suggests no meaningful escalations in sanctions. Here is a roundup of recent actions, counteractions, threats and counter-threats. Meaningless Additional US Sanctions The Financial Times reports US imposes sanctions on 20 more Russians. The US has announced sanctions on 20 more senior Russian individuals over Moscow’s takeover of Crimea and also singled out a bank which does business with the targeted individuals. Moscow responded by banning nine American officials from entry...
  • President Putin mocks US sanctions, vows not to retaliate

    03/21/2014 11:07:32 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    RT ^ | 3-21-2014 | RT
    Vladimir Putin has mocked US sanctions imposed on Russia, saying he will open an account at US-sanctioned Rossiya Bank. During a meeting with the country's senior security officials he added that he won’t introduce a visa regime with Ukraine. Putin treated with irony the recent sanctions imposed on certain Russian lawmakers. “Yes, these are those so-called ‘polite people in camouflage with guns’,” ironically said Putin hinting at Western accusations that Russian soldiers have taken bases in Crimea. “Look at them, typical Moskals [pejorative term for Russians – ED.],” he added, pointing at US sanctioned prominent businessmen Arkady and Boris Rotenberg,...
  • Putin intends to open account in US sanctioned Bank Rossiya

    03/21/2014 5:42:26 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/21/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to open an account in Russian bank Rossiya which came under US sanctions. Putin has made a statement at a meeting of the Russian Security Council after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s report on introduction of US sanctions against Russia. “As far as I understand, this is a middle-size bank,” Putin noted. “I do not have an account there, but I will compulsorily open an account there on Monday,” he pledged. Putin also took with humour imposing of sanctions against concrete Russian citizens, state officials, some of which participated in the...
  • Putin to get salary through bank Rossiya that fell under US sanctions

    03/21/2014 5:37:51 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    MOSCOW, March 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian bank Rossiya ('Russia') that came under Western sanctions is not related to events in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters on Friday. He instructed the Central Bank of Russia to give all necessary aid to this bank. Sanctions against bank Rossiya The US added to the black list another 20 Russian officials on 20 March. In addition, the USA included in the list the only legal entity – bank ‘Russia’ controlled by Yury Kovalchuk, arresting US-based assets of this crediting organization. On Friday, international payment systems Visa and MasterCard suddenly stopped service of cards...
  • Moscow puzzled by some of names on US sanctions list - Putin spokesman

    03/20/2014 12:40:02 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 3-20-14 | Interfax
    Moscow is studying Washington's list of individuals against whom sanctions were imposed, and already puzzled by some of the names, Russian President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said. "One can say straight away that we are extremely bewildered by the presence of some names on the list," Peskov said. "So far I cannot say what the reaction is of other people on the US list but Ivanov perceived the news with humor," the president's press secretary said. Ivanov spent 20-odd years serving in the KGB's First Main Directorate and later in the Russian External Intelligence Service, Peskov recalled. "As a result...
  • Mistral manufacturers in France hint that anti-Russian sanctions undesirable (Could Bankrupt NCNS)

    03/20/2014 9:39:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    The western countries' sanctions against Russia that the EU and US officials are currently discussing as part of retaliation for Crimea' accession to Russia may threaten the interests of European business companies. Officials of the French companies DCNS and STX have already voiced concern about the likely collapse of the deal to deliver Mistral-class helicopter-carriers to the Russian Federation. Paris may give up the contract for building Mistral-class amphibious assault ships for Russia as part of the western countries' economic sanctions against the Russian Federation, a move that may lay off 600 workers, engaged in the project. Le Figaro also...
  • Russian mockery sanctions against Obama

    03/20/2014 9:26:38 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 20 replies
    http://nedoblog.ru/ ^ | 20 March 2014
    Our company implements the following sanctaions against US President Barak Obama and US Congress members: Barak Obama is not allowed to use toilet in our office. US Congressmen are not allowed to visit our canteen and our toilet. Barak Obama is not allowed to take bananas from the fridge. Our company implements sanctions against: - Barak Obama - John McCain - John Kerry - Catherine Ashton and Angela Merkel (sorry, dear). They cannot enter our office! SANCTIONS Barak Obama is not allowed to approach me closer than 40 meters
  • John McCain among Americans banned from Russia (Russian Sanctions List Released)

    03/20/2014 9:17:13 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 72 replies
    ITV ^ | 3-20-2014 | ITV News
    Former US presidential candidate Senator John McCain and Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner are among the nine Americans banned from Russia under sanctions imposed by Moscow. Russia announced sanctions against US officials in retaliation against US visa bans and asset freezes. White House Correspondent for CQ Roll Call Steven Dennis tweeted the full list of Americans who have been banned by Russia:
  • Ukraine-Related Designations (new Obama Sanctions List Released)

    03/20/2014 9:08:50 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Treasury.Gov ^ | 3-20-2014 | US Treasury
    OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL Specially Designated Nationals List Update -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following individuals have been added to OFAC's SDN List: BUSHMIN, Evgeni Viktorovich (a.k.a. BUSHMIN, Evgeny; a.k.a. BUSHMIN, Yevgeny); DOB 10 Oct 1958; POB Lopatino, Sergachiisky Region, Russia; Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation; Chairman of the Council of the Federation Budget and Financial Markets Committee (individual) [UKRAINE2]. DZHABAROV, Vladimir Michailovich; DOB 29 Sep 1952; First Deputy Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2]. FURSENKO, Andrei Alexandrovich (a.k.a. FURSENKO, Andrei; a.k.a. FURSENKO, Andrey); DOB 17 Jul...
  • Obama imposes new sanctions on Russian officials, signs order authorizing broader measures

    03/20/2014 8:36:11 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 74 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/20/14 | AP
    President Obama announced Thursday that he is imposing sanctions on additional senior Russian officials and others over the country's annexation of Crimea, warning that broader economic sanctions could be in store if Russia does not stand down. The president, speaking on the South Lawn of the White House, voiced concern that Russian military positioning could point to "further incursions" into southern and eastern Ukraine. He also issued an executive order giving the U.S. authority to impose sanctions on "key sectors of the Russian economy."
  • Humiliation Nation(s)

    03/20/2014 6:37:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    What is it about Western leaders from Neville Chamberlain to George W. Bush who want to find good in men of bad character? Acting as if he were endowed by special insight bestowed upon no one else, President George W. Bush declared in 2001 that he had looked Vladimir Putin in the eye and "was able to get a sense of his soul." According to the Daily Caller.com, in a 2010 interview with talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, Bush, who was promoting his book "Decision Points," was asked about his ability to see into the souls of men. The former...
  • The Evil Empire Strikes Again

    03/19/2014 5:10:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Two things are clear in the crisis over Russia's effective seizure of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula: Vladimir Putin scored a knockout in the first round and economic sanctions will not change what has become a fait accompli. Certainly not the restrained sanctions President Obama announced on Monday that were tantamount to a tap on the wrist in response to a brazen military takeover of a key province in a neighboring country. Obama had repeatedly warned that there would be very heavy costs imposed on Russia if Putin pursued his bid to annex Crimea. But the penalties that he...
  • Sanctions Against Russia Symbolic of a Hollow Culture

    03/19/2014 4:50:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- There are fewer things more pathetic than watching someone take a running dive off a high board only to end in a spectacular belly flop and still think that they're scoring a perfect 10. That's U.S. President Barack Obama right now on the issue of sanctions against Russia. It's a worrying attitude that increasingly permeates Western culture. Europe and America supported a coup d'état against a democratically elected government and president in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, which in turn led to Russia backing a democratic vote March 16 in Crimea -- the southeast corner of the country...
  • Senior Russian Diplomat: Moscow May Change Stance In Iranian Nuke Talks

    03/19/2014 2:09:45 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 90 replies
    CBSDC/AP ^ | 19 Mar 14 | Unknown
    A senior Russian diplomat says Moscow may change its stance in the Iranian nuclear talks amid tensions with the West. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted Wednesday as saying by the Interfax news agency that Russia didn’t want to use the Iranian nuclear talks to “raise stakes,” but may have to do so in response to the actions by the United States and the European Union. The statement is the most serious threat of retaliation by Moscow after the U.S. and the EU announced sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis.
  • Russian lawmakers ask President Obama to impose sanctions on them all

    03/18/2014 11:59:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 66 replies
    RussiaToday ^ | 3-18-2014 | RT
    The State Duma has passed a motion suggesting that the US and EU extend the freshly introduced sanctions to all Russian MPs rather than a limited group of officials, defying western pressure just hours before Russia and Crimea signed a federation treaty. The motion was supported by a unanimous vote on Tuesday morning. It was prepared the day before by all four parliamentary parties after representatives of the United States and the European Union said they were slapping sanctions, such as visa bans and asset freezes, on a number of Russian officials who are seen as “key ideologists and architects”...
  • Russia Not Planning Sanctions Against Western Officials, Rogozin Says

    03/18/2014 11:54:38 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 4 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 03-18-2014 | Natalya Krainova
    Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin denied Tuesday that Russia was contemplating sanctions against U.S. and European officials to retaliate for banking and travel restrictions imposed on officials involved in staging Sunday's referendum in Crimea, in which voters overwhelmingly voted for joining Russia. The Foreign Ministry, however, said in a statement that Russia would retaliate in response to the sanctions, which targeted more than a dozen Russian and Ukrainian officials. Rogozin told journalists that the Russian government was not considering imposing sanctions against the U.S. and the European Union because it does not view the asset freezes and travel bans seriously.
  • U.S. warns Russia: More sanctions coming due to Ukraine crisis

    03/18/2014 11:26:46 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 03-18-2014 | Tom Watkins
    It's time for the United States and its European allies to raise or fold. Russian President Vladimir Putin clearly called their bluff on Tuesday, announcing steps for his country to annex the Crimean Peninsula from neighboring Ukraine. President Barack Obama and European allies had warned such a move would bring tougher sanctions and diplomatic isolation, but there was little immediate response Tuesday to Putin's bold pronouncement in the Russian parliament. The White House announced that Obama invited leaders of the G7 industrial powers to meet next week on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands to discuss...
  • Obama's Sanctions Target Putin's Rivals.

    03/18/2014 8:02:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Patriots Billboard ^ | 3/17/14 | PatriotsBillboard
    Exclusive: U.S. Sanctions Actually Target Putin’s Domestic Rivals B. Christopher Agee 3-17-14 While the move was sold as a clear message to Russian officials responsible for the current Ukraine crisis, the end result seems to bear little resemblance to that goal… Barack Obama announced a series of sanctions against officials in Russia who he claims have played a role in the continued unrest in the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine. The move came one day after a majority voters in the region supported a referendum to unite with Russia. In a statement Monday, Obama said the U.S. would not recognize the...
  • Russian Deputy PM Laughs at Obama’s Sanctions

    03/17/2014 2:44:23 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 57 replies
    ABC News ^ | Kirit Radia | Kirit Radia
    MOSCOW – Russia’s deputy prime minister laughed off President Obama’s sanction against him today asking “Comrade @BarackObama” if “some prankster” came up with the list. The Obama administration hit 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials with sanctions today as punishment for Russia’s support of Crimea’s referendum. Among them: aides to President Vladimir Putin, a top government official, senior lawmakers, Crimean officials, the ousted president of Ukraine, and a Ukrainian politician and businessman allegedly tied to violence against protesters in Kiev. It remains to be seen whether the sanctions will dissuade Russia from annexing Crimea, but one an early clue that they...
  • Obama announces (most comprehensive since end of the Cold War) sanctions on Russian officials

    03/17/2014 9:25:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/17/14 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine. The sanctions are the most comprehensive since the end of the Cold War. Obama said he was moving to "increase the cost" to Russia, and he warned that more people could face financial punishment.
  • Obama imposes sanctions on Russian officials, ousted Ukrainian president

    03/17/2014 9:02:48 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 105 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 17, 2014
    KIEV, Ukraine— Obama on Monday imposed sanctions on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials blamed for Russia's military incursion into Crimea, including two top aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The sanctions were the most visible sign of U.S. anger at Russia's attempt to absorb the Crimea region of southern Ukraine, reflecting the deepest plunge in U.S.-Russian relations since the Cold War. The sanctions came in an executive order signed by Obama a day after a Crimea referendum on Sunday aimed at allowing Russia to annex the autonomous region, a vote that the United States says was illegal and would never...
  • Russia May Retaliate Sanctions By Demanding Payment For Exports In Gold

    03/13/2014 2:59:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    goldcore.com ^ | 3/13/14 | Mark O’Byrne
    DAILY PRICE REPORT Today’s AM fix was USD 1371.00, EUR 982.30 and GBP 821.70 per ounce. Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1355.75, EUR 977.47 and GBP 817.01 per ounce.Gold rose $20.10 or 1.5% yesterday to $1,367.10/oz. Silver surged 47 cents or 2.2% to $21.28/oz.Putin and a Gold BarGold extended gains to a third session today, reaching fresh six month highs as investors hedged geopolitical risks and Chinese economic slowdown fears. Gold hit $1,375.20, its highest since September 10 and has gained 14% so far this year on global geopolitical and macroeconomic risk.A significant bond default in China and a weak...
  • Reston Man Pleads Guilt on Felony Trade Charges

    03/09/2014 12:38:11 AM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    RESTON NOW.com ^ | March 7, 2014 at 9:30 am | by Karen Goff
    SNIPPET: "A Reston man who federal officials said sold $250,000 worth of machinery parts from American manufacturers to Iranian companies pleaded guilty to felony charges in U.S. Federal Court in Alexandria on Thursday. Vahid Hosseini, 62, ran a business called Sabern Industries from his home in Reston, FBI officials said."
  • The Futility of Sanctions on Russia

    03/09/2014 8:30:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    In 1980, after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, President Jimmy Carter came up with a way to retaliate: stopping grain sales to Moscow. The boycott, said Commerce Secretary Philip Klutznick, would prove to the world that "aggression is costly" and induce the Soviets to "halt their aggression." The Soviets did halt their aggression and pull out of Afghanistan. But that didn't happen until nine years later, and it had nothing to do with the grain embargo. American farmers suffered because their prices dropped, but the Kremlin managed to buy grain elsewhere. So the following year, President Ronald Reagan lifted the...
  • Ukraine standoff intensifies, Russia says sanctions will 'boomerang'

    03/07/2014 2:21:49 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 52 replies
    reuters ^ | March 7, 2014 | BY STEVE GUTTERMAN AND ANDREW OSBORN
    (Reuters) - Russia said any U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula. In a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned against "hasty and reckless steps" that could harm Russian-American relations, the foreign ministry said on Friday. "Sanctions...would inevitably hit the United States like a boomerang," it added.
  • Putin mocks the West and threatens to turn off gas supplies

    03/07/2014 1:55:18 PM PST · by dynachrome · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3-7-14 | Damien McElroy
    Vladimir Putin has mocked diplomatic efforts to end the Ukraine crisis as Russia threatened to disrupt European gas supplies by cutting off sales to Kiev over its unpaid debts. The Russian president said through his official spokesman that, despite deep disagreements with the West, he did not want a confrontation over Ukraine to spiral into a “new cold war”. Nevertheless Dmitry Peskov ridiculed Western demands for direct talks between the Kremlin and the new Kiev government, claiming that the loss of credibility involved “puts a smile on our face”. The remarks were broadcast during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic...
  • Crimea votes to join Russia, Obama orders sanctions

    03/07/2014 12:13:04 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 43 replies
    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Crimea's parliament voted on Thursday to join Russia, and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum in 10 days, in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian region that drew a sharp riposte from U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama ordered sanctions on those responsible for Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine, including bans on travel to the United States and freezing of their U.S. assets. He echoed European Union leaders and the pro-Western government in Ukraine in declaring that the proposed referendum would violate international law. .....
  • Obama approves sanctions on individuals 'destabilizing Ukraine'

    03/06/2014 11:18:19 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 3/6/14 | Meghashyam Mali
    President Obama on Thursday signed an executive order readying sanctions and visa restrictions on individuals the administration said were responsible for “destabilizing Ukraine.” “The President has signed an Executive Order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; contributing to the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine; or purporting to assert governmental authority over any part of Ukraine without authorization from the Ukrainian government in Kyiv,” said the White House in a statement.
  • Crimea threatens secession; U.S. imposes sanctions

    03/06/2014 10:40:53 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    Detroit Free Press - USA Today | March 6, 2014
    Obama places restrictions and sanctions on anyone "threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine."
  • Russia prepares bill on foreign asset freeze in reply to sanctions – Senator

    03/05/2014 10:19:17 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    RT ^ | 3-5-2014 | RT
    A top Russian lawmaker has revealed he is working on a bill that would freeze the assets of European and American companies operating in Russia in reply to Western economic sanctions. The chairman of the upper house committee for constitutional law, Andrey Klishas, is sure that Russia must have an enough leverage to deal with the threat of sanctions coming from foreign countries.A team of lawyers are currently preparing a separate federal bill that would allow the Russian president and government to confiscate foreign owned property in Russia, including assets belonging to private companies, the senator told the RIA Novosti...
  • Israeli Apartheid’ – the new form of anti-Semitism

    03/02/2014 9:44:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-2-14 | John Duffy
    Israel’s policies cannot be compared to the racist internal policies of Apartheid South Africa. The Afrikaans word “apartheid” means “the state of being apart.” As well, apartheid was a system of racial segregation, through legislation, by the National Party of South Africa between 1948-1994. Under this system of governing, political representation for non-whites in South Africa ceased in 1970. Furthermore, in that same year, non-whites were denied citizenship. This racist policy forced the majority of non-white people to live in, and become members of, 10 tribally-based bantustans, or “homelands.” The white-led minority, represented by the National Party, also segregated education,...
  • Chicken Kiev or, Where Are Champions of Palestinians or "Indegenous" People Now?

    03/03/2014 7:39:41 PM PST · by JBGUSA · 3 replies
    My Own Writing | 3/3/2014 | jbgusa
    This post is about the rank hypocrisy we see in the West. And self-destructive hypocrisy. We don't criticize our enemies. Instead, we try to force the surrender of our allies. Thus the title, Chicken Kiev. The immediate setting is of course the Ukraine but this has happened before. During the 1970's through 1990's college campuses and other fashionable places were full of anti-apartheid movements. Since 2005 this has been replaced by anti-Israel "BDS" movement. At various times similar groups have championed more obscure causes such as rights of American Indians. The facts in these various situations are confusing and somewhat...
  • Sen. Schumer: BDS Is New Modern Anti-Semitism

    03/04/2014 3:40:26 PM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 3-3-14 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Schumer at AIPAC 2014NY Senator Charles Schumer railed Monday against the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, saying that the movement is a modern form of anti-Semitism. “It is very suspicious that those who boycott Israel don’t want to boycott anywhere else in the world,” Sen. Schumer told AIPAC. “I believe that those who call for boycotts of Israel without calling for boycotts of other neighboring nations are practicing, whether they know it or not, whether they admit it or not, a modern form of what we call anti-Semitism.” “The word that describes all of these acts is a very simple one:...
  • European Union imposes sanctions against Ukraine

    02/20/2014 12:54:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 20, 2014 3:43 PM EST | Juergen Baetz
    The European Union voted on Thursday to impose sanctions against those held responsible for the violence in Ukraine. The sanctions, unanimously approved by EU foreign ministers at an emergency meeting, include a travel ban to the 28-nation bloc and the freezing of assets held in EU countries. The sanctions will target “those responsible for human rights violations, violence and use of excessive force” in Ukraine, the EU said in a statement. It said the bloc will soon establish a list of those who will be affected by the sanctions. …
  • Iranian TV Mocks Obama Over Sanctions Threat

    02/13/2014 8:37:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 2/14/2014, 6:13 AM | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama declared this week that he would come down “like a ton of bricks” on firms that violate the sanctions that have been placed on Iran, but the Iranians do not appear to be threatened by the comments. In fact, a host on an Iranian television program mocked Obama’s threat on Thursday, and suggested that the American president take “one brick and knock it against his head.” […] Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali, Khamenei recently threatened the United States, suggesting that the Americans “exercise self-restraint,” after Secretary of State John Kerry said the military option was still...
  • Iranian Warships Headed To US Represent Threat To Israel

    02/12/2014 10:35:35 AM PST · by IsraelBeach · 40 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | February 12, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    Iranian Warships Headed To US Represent Threat To IsraelBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem — February 12, 2014 ... Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the graduation ceremony for the IDF Ground Forces officer training course and made the following remarks: "Today, Iran is marking 35 years since the Islamic Revolution and this 'celebration' has been marked by repeated calls for Israel's destruction. The desire to cut the Jewish People off from its homeland did not pass from the world with the establishment of the state. What has changed is our ability to oppose those who seek our lives and...