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  • Venezuela’s Food Chain Is Breaking, and Millions Go Hungry

    10/03/2020 4:12:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/01/20 | John Otis
    Ana Nuńez, a 62-year-old retired municipal worker in western Venezuela, says her meals often consist of just a few corn-flour pancakes, known as arepas. Even when she has money to buy groceries in the city of Maracaibo’s teeming flea market, she said that “instead of quality food they sell garbage, like animal hides and rotten cheese.” A widespread scarcity of gasoline is the latest blow to domestic food production in Venezuela, preventing goods from getting to market and farmers from filling up their tractors. Food production in this oil-rich nation, led by its socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, had already been...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Biden-Linked AI Firm and U.S. Social Media Giants Sponsored Beijing Tech Conference Alongside Chinese Military Proxies

    08/11/2020 12:09:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The National Pulse ^ | August 11, 2020 | Natalie Winters
    The annual conference is hosted by Great Wall Club (GWC), a group comprised of executives from Chinese companies such as Tencent and their Silicon Valley counterparts. This collaboration, however, poses a national security threat and runs the risk of intellectual property theft and espionage per the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Tencent, for example, has been characterized by the U.S. State Department as a “tool of the Chinese government” with “no meaningful ability to tell the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ‘no’ if officials decide to ask for their assistance,”and is among the bevy of Chinese companies banned or on track...
  • Canadian Senators, Rights Advocates Call for Sanctions Against Chinese Officials for Forced Organ Harvesting and Other Atrocities

    07/24/2020 9:11:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 07/24/2020 | BY JUSTINA WHEALE
    Two senators and two prominent rights advocates are calling on the Canadian government to apply Magnitsky sanctions against Chinese officials for forced organ harvesting and other human rights atrocities in China.Conservative senators Thanh Hai Ngo and Leo Housakos, along with former Liberal cabinet minister David Kilgour and prominent rights lawyer David Matas, sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging Magnitsky sanctions to help end the “gruesome and systematic forced organ harvesting perpetrated by China” that is “longstanding, substantial and has been taking place on a large scale.” The letter notes the groups most targeted for illegal organ...
  • Essentra Fze Admits to North Korean Sanctions and Fraud Violations, Agrees to Pay Fine

    07/16/2020 5:57:07 PM PDT · by ransomnote ^ | July 16, 2020 | DOH
    Essentra FZE Company Limited (Essentra FZE), a global supplier of cigarette products that is incorporated in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has agreed to pay a $665,112 fine and enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and defrauding the United States in connection with evading sanctions on North Korea.  Today’s public filing against Essentra FZE is the first ever Department of Justice corporate enforcement action for violations of these regulations.  Essentra FZE has also entered into a settlement agreement with the Treasury Department’s Office of...
  • China Sanctions US Officials, Including Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

    07/13/2020 9:15:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 07/13/2020 | Zachary Steiber
    The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on Monday sanctioned four American officials and a U.S. entity, days after the U.S. punished CCP officials linked to the persecution of Muslim minorities in China. Chinese officials said they were sanctioning Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), and Sam Brownback, the ambassador at large for international religious freedom. The U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China was also included. “The Communist Party of #China has banned me from entering the country. I guess they don’t like me?” Rubio said in a social media statement. Smith, Cruz, and Brownback didn’t immediately...
  • Ex-U.N. Officer Pleads Guilty to Bribes

    08/08/2005 9:17:25 PM PDT · by dila813 · 15 replies · 524+ views
    Yahoo & AP ^ | August 8, 2005 | Nick Wadhams and Edith M. Lederer
    AFP/File Photo: The UN-appointed panel probing the scandal-tainted oil-for-food program for Iraq, headed by Paul Volcker, seen... Slideshow: Oil-for-Food Corruption Probe Video AP Video By NICK WADHAMS and EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writers 39 minutes ago NEW YORK - A formerUnited Nations procurement officer pleaded guilty Monday to soliciting a bribe under the oil-for-food program, making him the first U.N. official to face criminal charges in connection with the scandal-tainted operation. Alexander Yakovlev, a Russian, also pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of wire fraud and money laundering for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...