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  • U.S. SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA WON’T BE LIFTED UNTIL CRIMEA IS RETURNED TO UKRAINE: REX TILLERSON

    04/26/2017 9:39:08 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 104 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | April 24, 2017 | GRAHAM LANKTREE
    The United States will not lift sanctions on Russia until President Vladimir Putin hands Crimea back to Ukraine, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said late Sunday. During a phone call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Tillerson said the sanctions—which have crippled Russia’s economy and pushed down the value of the ruble—will “ remain in place until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine.” He also said that Moscow must honor the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine that was outlined in the Minsk agreements, according to a State Department official.
  • Trump Admin Unloads Block of 271 Sanctions on Assad Regime for Chemical Weapons Attack

    04/25/2017 5:27:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/24/2017 | penny star
    The U.S. Treasury announced on Monday that it is putting into place 271 new sanctions in Syria following a chemical weapons attack on April 4 that killed dozens of people, including many children. Treasury said in a press release that the sanctions are “in response to the attack on innocent civilians in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, by the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” calling the move one of the largest blocks of sanctions in the history of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
  • Trump administration sanctions Iran prison torture industry

    04/15/2017 12:36:33 AM PDT · by blueplum · 14 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | 14 April 2017 | Adam Kredo
    The Trump administration is leveling new economic sanctions against senior Iranian officials and its prison system for widespread human rights abuses, including the systematic torture of those being held in these facilities, according to White House officials familiar with the matter. The latest sanctions target the Tehran Prisons Organization and Sohrab Suleimani, a senior official in the prison system and the brother of Qassem Soleimani, a senior Iranian military figure responsible for operating Iran's rogue activities in Syria and elsewhere.
  • Firm behind "Dossier" Joined Lobbying Effort to Kill Pro-Whistleblower Sanctions on Kremlin

    04/04/2017 9:15:46 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    Senator Chuck Grassley ^ | March 31, 2017
    WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is asking whether a suspected former Russian intelligence officer-turned U.S. lobbyist and the firm behind the unsubstantiated anti-Trump dossier should have registered as foreign agents for their efforts to bring down a U.S. law on behalf of the Kremlin. According to a complaint filed with the Justice Department, Fusion GPS, which was also involved in the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, was involved in the pro-Russia campaign to kill the Global Magnitsky Act around the same time. In 2012, President Obama signed into...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dem Super-Lobbyist Podesta Got $170K To End US Sanctions On Russian Bank

    03/07/2017 4:59:08 AM PST · by kevcol · 17 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | March 6, 2017 | Richard Pollock
    Democrat super-lobbyist Tony Podesta was paid $170,000 over a six-month period last year to represent Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, seeking to end one of the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against that country, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned. Podesta, founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. His firm received more than $24 million in fees in 2016, much of it coming from foreign governments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
  • Russia’s Largest Bank Paid Podesta Group to Lobby Against U.S. Sanctions During 2016 Election

    03/16/2017 1:04:38 PM PDT · by GregNH · 43 replies
    MintPress News ^ | 3/13/2017 | Whitney Webb
    “The New York office of Sberbank CIB indeed hired Podesta Group. Engagement of external consultants is part of standard business practices for us,” Sberbank told TASS on Thursday. The Podesta Group charged Sberbank 20,000 dollars per month, plus expenses, from March through Sept. 2016 in their bid to end U.S. sanctions. The efforts were allegedly just part of a larger under-the-radar effort to remove sanctions on both Sberbank and Russia’s second-largest bank, VTB Capital.
  • U.S. Signed Secret Document to Lift U.N. Sanctions on Iranian Banks [same day Tehran released..]

    09/29/2016 5:26:44 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    U.S. Signed Secret Document to Lift U.N. Sanctions on Iranian Banks Administration backed measures on the same day Tehran released four American citizens from prison By Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee Sept. 29, 2016 8:02 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS WASHINGTON—The Obama administration agreed to back the lifting of United Nations sanctions on two Iranian state banks blacklisted for financing Iran’s ballistic-missile program on the same day in January that Tehran released four American citizens from prison, according to U.S. officials and congressional staff briefed on the deliberations. The U.N. sanctions on the two banks weren’t initially to be lifted...
  • BREAKING – IRAN SURRENDERS After Trump Makes Shock Announcement

    02/27/2017 4:27:15 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 37 replies
    Tea Party ^ | 2/25/2017 | Angry Patriot Movement Staff
    President Trump and Iran are inches apart, nose to nose, in a massive staring contest, and Iran just blinked. After Trump put the terror nation on warning telling them they were “playing with fire,” Iran has seemingly done a complete turnaround from the bravado one its generals displayed earlier in the week. Reuters is now reporting that Iran is now complying with the terms of the deal it struck with Obama last year and only has roughly half of the stockpile of uranium it is entitled to have. The terror nation’s heavy water storage is also below its allotted levels,...
  • Hang on a minute. Isn't Trump right? We SHOULD try to be pals with Putin?

    02/15/2017 6:32:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2017 | Stephen Glover
    Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump's enemies are already scenting blood. They hope they have got him on the run over the resignation of Michael Flynn as his National Security Adviser. Flynn was forced to stand down for secretly discussing sanctions against Russia with the country's ambassador to America in the weeks before Trump took office – and then trying to cover up his foolish and possibly illegal behaviour. It is being suggested that Flynn's goose was cooked by the FBI and CIA, who had tapped these phone-calls, and gleefully leaked transcripts of them. Was this pay-back...
  • The Full Text of General Flynn’s Resignation Letter

    02/13/2017 9:55:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 78 replies
    February 13, 2017
    The Full Text of General Flynn’s Resignation Letter February 13, 2017 In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors. These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisors and foreign leaders. Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude. Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized...
  • The Flynn Incident

    02/13/2017 11:32:27 AM PST · by FR_addict · 29 replies
    self | Feb 13, 2017 | self
    -- Where was a the media's outrage when Ted Kennedy attempted to undermine President Reagan by allying with Russia? In 1983, Kennedy sent John Tunney, a close confidant to Russia, to meet with Russian counterparts and layout Kennedy’s quid pro quo plan to take down President Reagan in the coming election. A memorandum explaining this plan was discovered in 1991, when Boris Yeltsin, the Russian President at the time, opened up the Soviet archives. Here is the history of the incident: “Ted Kennedy's Soviet Gambit” http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/27/ted-kennedy-soviet-union-ronald-reagan-opinions-columnists-peter-robinson.html The translated memorandum begins: From: V. Chebrikov, Chairman of the Committee [for State Security,...
  • Stop the Logan Act Nonsense – Respect General Flynn

    02/13/2017 8:22:51 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Robert Charles
    Across the weekend news programs, accusatory individuals spread words like criminal violation, felony, need to resign, and congressional investigation, freely as jam on bread. Yet they all know, for an absolute fact, this is a lot of whooped-up nonsense. Follow me, you will be truly amazed – they know. They know – or should know – that the Logan Act dates to 1799, when a state legislator with no ties to any administration tried to assert himself as personal negotiator for final peace with France. The anti-Jefferson Federalists did not like this private initiative, so passed the Logan Act to...
  • Transcripts don’t show Flynn made any promise to lift sanctions.

    02/13/2017 7:09:37 AM PST · by hotsteppa · 66 replies
    Twitter ^ | Byron York
    'Transcripts don’t show Flynn made any promise to lift sanctions. Rather show Flynn making more general comments about relations improving.'
  • Now Kremlin weighs into Michael Flynn furore

    02/13/2017 7:27:56 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 34 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 13, 2017 | Garth Davies
    Now Kremlin weighs into Michael Flynn furore saying Trump's National Security Adviser DIDN'T discuss lifting Russian sanctions in call with ambassador Flynn is currently being investigated by the FBI for his December phone call He allegedly promised an easing of sanctions imposed by Obama that same day If proved, he was illegally speaking to a foreign nation as a private citizen Flynn denied claims, but later said he 'couldn't be certain' the topic wasn't raised If Flynn did make the promise, he could face a fine or jail under the Logan Act The Kremlin has weighed in on the Michael...
  • Trump, Bannon Said To Weigh Firing Mike Flynn Over Russian Phone Calls Scandal

    02/13/2017 7:16:33 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 37 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/13/17 | Tyler Durden
    Top White House aide and policy adviser, Stephen Miller, sidestepped repeated chances during Sunday news shows to publicly defend embattled National Security Adviser Michael Flynn following reports that he engaged in conversations with Russian diplomat(s) about U.S. sanctions before Trump’s inauguration. The uncertainty came as Trump was dealing with North Korea’s apparent first missile launch of the year and his presidency, along with visits this week from the leaders of Israel and Canada. Pressed repeatedly, Stephen Miller said it wasn’t up to him to say whether the president retains confidence in Flynn. “It’s not for me to tell you what’s...
  • Amazon Discloses Iranian Transactions That May Have Violated US Sanctions, (trunc)

    02/11/2017 6:32:28 AM PST · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-11-17 | Tyler Durden
    In a 10-K filed on Friday afternoon, Amazon disclosed that certain transactions and business ties with Iran may have violated U.S. sanctions, warning that it may be penalized after a regulatory review of the activities. In the "Other Contingencies" section of its 10-K, Jeff Bezos' company had determined that, between January 2012 and December 2016 it had "processed and delivered orders of consumer products for certain individuals and entities located outside Iran covered by the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act or other United States sanctions and export control laws. The consumer products included books, music, other media,...
  • Iranian VP: Those who threaten us will lose

    02/06/2017 11:12:03 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/2/17 | Elad Benari
    Iranian officials continue to threaten the United States, following the Trump administration’s announcement of new sanctions against the Islamic Republic. On Monday, Iran’s Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said that the “ultimate losers” are those who result to the language of force in dealing with Iran. Speaking upon his arrival at the country’s Abadan airport and quoted by the IRNA news agency, Jahangiri said Iran is never intimidated by threats, adding that governments or individuals who address Iran with the language of force will be the final losers. “The Islamic Republic of Iran always welcomes interaction but those rude who employ...
  • UC Riverside Student Leaders Vote To Ban Sabra Hummus [More for the BDS efforrt

    02/03/2017 7:41:00 PM PST · by markomalley · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/3/17 | Jason Chulack
    The Associated Students of University of California – Riverside voted on Wednesday night to remove Sabra Hummus from all campus dining services, The Highlander reports. Student leaders voted 13-0-1 in favor of the resolution to kick Sabra Hummus off campus. Sabra’s joint owner, the Strauss Group, is the largest food products company in Israel and has financially supported the Israeli military, according to the New York Times. Students who supported the measure were “troubled” by funds that could potentially go to Israeli settlements by purchasing Sabra Hummus in their campus cafeteria. UC Riverside said in a statement released on Thursday:...
  • Paul Ryan to Trump: Don't dismantle Iran nuke deal, enforce it

    02/05/2017 8:14:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    JTA via INN ^ | 02/05/17 15:36
    It makes more sense to rigorously enforce the Iran nuclear deal than to dismantle it, said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, signaling diminishing support for pulling the United States out of the deal. Ryan, speaking on “Meet the Press” in an interview to be broadcast in full on Sunday, said the removal of sanctions under the nuclear rollback for sanctions relief deal reached in 2015 between Iran and six major world powers, meant it would be too hard to reconstitute the sanctions. “A lot of that toothpaste is already out of the tube,”...
  • Iran Bans Travel of US Wrestlers in Response to Trump Order

    02/03/2017 12:18:52 PM PST · by PROCON · 25 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | NASSER KARIMI
    Iran on Friday banned U.S. wrestlers from an important international tournament this month in response to President Donald Trump's executive order forbidding visas for Iranians, the official IRNA news agency reported. A senior Iranian cleric vowed, meanwhile, that his country would continue its missile program despite threats from the Trump administration that it was preparing to levy new sanctions.