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  • US suspends Hong Kong import rights

    06/30/2020 9:51:36 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 9 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 30 Jun, 2020 | Sarah Zheng
    The United States warned further measures were on the table to revoke its preferential treatment for Hong Kong, as Beijing imposed a controversial national security law on the city... The sweeping law would heighten the risk that sensitive US tech exports to the city – including metal alloys, high-powered computers and lasers – would be diverted for use by the Chinese military or the Chinese Ministry of State Security, Ross said... The US was Hong Kong’s second-largest trading partner in 2019, with trade worth HK$516 billion (US$67 billion), official data showed... “Further actions to eliminate differential treatment are also being...
  • China vows "countermeasures" as U.S. bans military exports to Hong Kong over new security law

    06/30/2020 4:57:00 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | 30 June 2020 | CBS/AFP
    China said Tuesday it will retaliate after the U.S. announced it was ending the export of sensitive military items to Hong Kong in response to Beijing imposing a controversial national security law on the semi-autonomous city. China's rubber-stamp parliament formally passed the sweeping law for Hong Kong on Tuesday, which critics and many western governments fear will smother the global financial hub's freedoms and hollow out its autonomy... The State Department will end the export of all items on its controlled list to Hong Kong, which includes products ranging from advanced ammunition to military hardware that already require approval from...
  • Syria devalues currency (44%) amid chaos ahead of new US sanctions

    06/18/2020 5:35:02 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 17, 2020 | ALBERT AJI Associated Press
    Syria devalued its currency by 44% on Wednesday, announcing a new official exchange rate for the pound amid chaos in the market, hours before new U.S. sanctions aimed at cutting off revenue for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government took effect. The sanctions, known as the U.S. Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, are the toughest set of measures to be imposed on Syria yet, preventing anyone around the world from doing business with Syrian officials or state institutions or from participating in the country’s reconstruction... Syria’s already troubled economy has sharply deteriorated, prices have soared and the national currency, the Syrian...
  • China Threatens 'Severe Consequences' for Tom Cotton, Dan Crenshaw, Missouri AG

    05/24/2020 1:20:55 AM PDT · by Nateman · 67 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 14, 2020 4:20 PM EST | Tyler O'Neil
    The Chinese Communist Party has threatened that American politicians seeking to hold China accountable for the coronavirus pandemic will face “severe consequences,” including targeted economic sanctions. An article in the Communist Party’s propaganda outlet, the Global Times, names many Republicans by name, including Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.), along with Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas). It also names the attorneys general of Missouri and Mississippi, the two states that filed lawsuits against China.
  • The Railroading of Michael Flynn

    05/23/2020 6:20:17 AM PDT · by billorites · 21 replies
    Commentary ^ | June 2020 | Eli Lake
    In their final encounter during the transition following the 2016 election, Donald Trump’s incoming national-security adviser surprised Barack Obama’s outgoing national-security adviser. Susan Rice writes in her memoir that the Michael Flynn she was dealing with had nothing in common with the firebrand she had watched leading a “lock her up” chant against Hillary Clinton at the Republican National Convention a few months earlier. Flynn, a retired general and the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was respectful and subdued, eager for her advice. When Rice extended her hand and wished him the best of luck, Flynn asked her...
  • Trump’s coronavirus economic recovery playbook includes payroll tax cut, he says

    05/14/2020 5:31:03 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies
    Fox Business ^ | May 14 2020 | Brittany De Lea
    As the U.S. works to recover from the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump is preparing a “stronger” playbook than his 2017 policy platform to return the U.S. economy to its former strength, he says, which could include a payroll tax cut. During an interview with FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo on Thursday, Trump said he liked the idea of a payroll tax cut because it provides a benefit to both businesses and workers. “That’s one of the taxes that I want to see cut,” Trump said. “And by the way, we’ve already given – we’ve given the largest...
  • Iran Regime's Apologists Make an Unconvincing Case for Lifting Sanctions to Stop Coronavirus

    03/21/2020 6:01:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2020 | Hanif Jazayeri
    Iran’s regime has launched a massive new campaign claiming its failure to handle the coronavirus crisis is due to sanctions imposed by the United States. There’s not an iota of truth to this claim, and it’s by no means a widely held view. Still, several U.S. lawmakers are backing up similar talking points by the regime’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Zarif on Tuesday claimed “unlawful US sanctions” are draining Iran's economic resources, impairing his regime’s ability to fight COVID-19.The next day Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted: “As a caring nation, we must lift any sanctions hurting Iran’s ability to address this crisis,...
  • Iran warns coronavirus could kill 'millions' inside its borders

    03/18/2020 9:58:12 AM PDT · by kevcol · 69 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 17, 2020 | Bradford Betz
    In announcing the new warning, Iranian state TV journalist Dr. Afruz Eslami warned that if people fail to follow any guidance, it could collapse Iran's already-strained medical system. If the "medical facilities are not sufficient, there will be 4 million cases, and 3.5 million people will die," she said. . . Late Monday night, angry crowds stormed the courtyards of the Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad and the Fatima Masumeh shrine in Qom. Many people visit the shrine in Qom 24 hours a day, seven days a week, touching and kissing the shrine.
  • Michael Rubin: Reza Zarrab case is Erdogan's nightmare

    09/11/2017 6:23:21 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 11 Sep 2017, 09:53 | ANF News Desk
    Michael Rubin, academic and former staff advisor for Iran and Iraq at the Pentagon, spoke to ANF English service on the inclusion of one of Erdoğan’s former ministers, Zafer Çağlayan, in the case file of Reza Zarrab, its influence on Zarrab’s case and Washington-Ankara relations, and Erdoğan’s planned visit to the U.S. in mid-September. Rubin remarked that the arrest warrant issued for Zafer Çağlayan could be a sign that Zarrab is talking to prosecutors and giving evidence. He said: “That's Erdogan's nightmare, because if Zarrab is talking, then Zarrab is also likely talking about Erdogan's dealings. And the thing with...
  • Turkey shocked over banker's arrest in New York

    03/29/2017 2:57:05 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 29, 2017 | Barin Kayaoglu
    A high-ranking official from Turkey’s second-largest state-owned bank was arrested in New York City March 27. On the orders of the acting US attorney for the Southern District of New York, Joon H. Kim, FBI agents arrested Mehmet Hakan Atilla, Halkbank’s vice president for international banking, for violating the US-led sanctions against Iran. The press release from Kim’s office accused Atilla with participating “in a years-long scheme to violate American sanctions laws by helping Reza Zarrab, a major gold trader, use U.S. financial institutions to engage in prohibited financial transactions that illegally funneled millions of dollars to Iran.” Zarrab, a Turkish citizen...
  • Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Iran

    03/12/2020 11:01:41 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 9 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | 3/12/20 | President Donald J Trump
    On March 15, 1995, by Executive Order 12957, the President declared a national emergency with respect to Iran to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of the Government of Iran.  On May 6, 1995, the President issued Executive Order 12959, imposing more comprehensive sanctions on Iran to further respond to this threat.  On August 19, 1997, the President issued Executive Order 13059, consolidating and clarifying those previous orders.  The President took additional steps pursuant to this national emergency in Executive Order 13553...
  • Donald Trump throws coronavirus travel ban into MORE chaos by saying Americans will NOT be allowed back into the country if they test positive and quarantine will be 'enforced' despite Pence insisting all US citizens can come home

    03/12/2020 10:00:06 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 147 replies
    DM ^ | 3/12/2020 | smith
    President Trump raised fresh questions surrounding his response to the coronavirus on Thursday by saying that Americans in Europe will be tested for coronavirus before they are allowed to board flights and that they will not be allowed to come home if they test positive. The shocking announcement came after his decision to halt all travel from Europe to the US for 30 days starting from Friday at midnight. During a press conference with the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office, Trump said: 'We are not putting them on planes if they test positive. It is going...
  • Virus May Appear to Iranians to Be Divine Justice; CoVid-19 could bring down the regime in Iran. Really.

    03/04/2020 12:48:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 03/04/2020 | Michael Ledeen
    The virus could bring down the regime in Iran. Really. And it would be entirely in keeping with the country’s traditions. The Iranian people are used to being lied to, and the virus is only the most recent example. As of March 4, there are almost 3,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in Iran, and the tempo of spread is increasing. The holy city of Qom is the hardest-hit, and demonstrations have been widespread, having reached medical centers. Twitter had several videos of people passing out in streets and stores, and there were reports of high-ranking officials diagnosed with the...
  • Trump Threatens Further Sanctions for Venezuelan and Russian Oil Industries.....

    02/29/2020 7:57:14 AM PST · by caww · 5 replies
    .theepochtimes ^ | 2/29/2020 | ALAN MCDONNELL
    President Donald Trump said this week that the United States is preparing to impose further sanctions on the Venezuelan oil industry—one of the chief sources of income for President Nicolás Maduro‘s authoritarian regime as it continues to cling to power. The news came less than a week after the Trump administration announced sanctions against Geneva-based but Russian-controlled oil brokerage Rosneft Trading S.A., which U.S. officials say has been helping the Venezuelan regime to skirt the American oil embargo by acting as an intermediary to supply Venezuelan oil to third parties in Asia. “You’ll be seeing something on that in the...
  • Venezuela: The Kidnapping of a Nation

    02/24/2020 5:28:31 AM PST · by The Houston Courant · 9 replies
    The Houston Courant ^ | February 21, 2020 | C. Montiel
    Venezuela, a nation that was once the richest country in Latin America and a paradigm of democracy in the region, now bears the ravages of authoritarian socialism. An abundance of photographs, videos, and statistics appearing in the media reveal a modern-day genocide, however stubbornly many of those same media refuse to use the term. We can clearly see that government violence as well as a dearth of food and medication are killing Venezuelans; even the country’s own data show deaths from maternal mortality, infant mortality, and malaria rising rapidly. Nearly a fifth of children are reportedly malnourished and nearly four-fifths...
  • Global Terror-Finance Watchdog Set to Sanction Iran. Blacklist would broaden U.S. effort to isolate Tehran financially and potentially further strain the Iranian economy

    02/21/2020 6:37:55 AM PST · by karpov
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 20, 2020 | Benoit Faucon and Ian Talley
    A global terror-finance watchdog agency is set to blacklist Iran, broadening a U.S. effort to isolate Tehran financially and potentially straining the already sanctions-battered Iranian economy. Iran’s blacklisting by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force is expected to take place Friday and comes after European governments decided to join the U.S., according to American and allied officials. The task force’s decision will place financial transactions with Iran under additional scrutiny and escalate the pressure on the dwindling number of banks and businesses still dealing with the Islamic Republic to cut their ties. The blacklisting marks a step forward in the...
  • Barr announces sweeping new sanctions, 'significant escalation' against left-wing sanctuary cities

    02/10/2020 3:14:14 PM PST · by JewishRighter · 119 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 10, 2020 | Fox News
    Charging that so-called "sanctuary" cities that protect illegal immigrants are jeopardizing domestic security, Attorney General Bill Barr announced a slew of additional sanctions that he called a "significant escalation" against left-wing local and state governments that obstruct the "lawful functioning of our nation's immigration system."
  • Cruz: Twitter should obey sanctions, ban Iran leaders

    02/09/2020 6:10:17 PM PST · by conservative98 · 10 replies
    Axios ^ | February 7, 2020 | Margaret Harding McGill
    Four US Senators, including Ted Cruz, penned a letter on February 6 to Jack Dorsey asking him to ban Iranian leadership from using Twitter as part of the US sanctions against Iran. Republican senators led by Ted Cruz in a letter Thursday suggested Twitter may be violating U.S. sanctions by letting Iranian leaders maintain accounts, which they asked company CEO Jack Dorsey to ban. The big picture: Twitter has become a major political target for Cruz and other Republicans, who claim the company and other Silicon Valley giants are biased against conservatives and the Trump administration. "While the First Amendment...
  • There Is A Revolt Against Democrats Coming In America – Latest Poll Shows Black Approval Of Trump 42%

    02/03/2020 8:27:13 AM PST · by USA Conservative · 44 replies
    Conservative US ^ | 02.03.2020 | Natalie D.
    President Trump wasn’t called a racist until he ran against Hillary. That’s how liberals operate. Play the race card every time. They’ve done it for decades. Fortunately, minorities aren’t falling for it as much as they used to. The black people no longer think they are victims – but free men – to do and achieve as they can. Just like all should be able to do. In November, two polls found that President Trump’s approval rating among black likely voters had reached 34%. An Emerson poll found that Trump has a 34.5% approval rating among black likely voters and...
  • Trump reinvented tariffs and it worked

    02/01/2020 10:54:03 AM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/29/2020 | Jason Orestes
    Tariffs were once a mainstay in U.S. trade policy. Constituting the main source of federal revenue from 1790-1914, and at one point providing over 90% of government income, they were a pivotal component of U.S. fiscal and foreign policy. Their main motivation in those times: protect U.S. industry from foreign opposition. It wasn’t until colossal industrial growth coupled with the introduction of the income tax rendered them less critical to the government balance sheet, and their use declined. Post-World War II, tariffs took on the negative connotation you see today. The West largely eschewed them in favor of free trade...