Tag Archive for Sanctions

Treasury Department Announces Counterterrorism Sanctions Over al-Qaeda and ISIL Activities in Syria

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Both al-Qaeda and ISIL, the latter formerly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq, have been trying to capitalize on unrest in Syria to develop a foothold there, with al-Qaeda also looking to use Syria as a base from which to strike external Western targets. The U.S. Treasury Department on May 14, 2014, announced counterterrorism sanctions against two individuals connected with al-Qaeda or the Islamic State of Iraq and

NEWSLINK: Vladimir Putin’s long—and very dangerous—game

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[“Vladimir Putin’s long—and very dangerous—game” – American Enterprise Institute – Leon Aron 5.1.14] AEI examines the unfolding crisis in Ukraine, blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for manufacturing crises there to bolster himself politically at home, in the face of Russian economic shortcomings. It is suggested that Western sanctions focus not just on deterring Russia from further interference in Ukraine, but be directed against negative developments

TREASURY DEPARTMENT: Announcement Of Additional Treasury Sanctions On Russian Government Officials And Entities

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(Treasury Department press release – 4/28/2014) Sanctions Target Seven Russian Government Officials, Including Members of the Russian Leadership’s Inner Circle, and 17 Entities WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated seven Russian government officials, including two key members of the Russian leadership’s inner circle, and 17 entities pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13661. E.O. 13661 authorizes sanctions on, among others, officials of

Stratfor: The U.S. Opts for Ineffective Sanctions on Russia

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(stratfor.com – George Friedman – April 29, 2014) The United States announced new sanctions on seven Russian government officials April 28. A long-used tactic, sanctions can yield unpredictable effects or have no effect at all, depending upon how they are crafted. It is commonly assumed that sanctions are applied when a target country’s actions are deemed unacceptable. The sanctioning nation presumably chooses sanctions to avoid war

UKRAINE: Pulse of Ukraine – Headlines & Newslinks – Sunday 3.23.14

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:: VIDEO: Romney critical of Obama “naivete” and “bad judgment” over Ukraine, Russia and Crimea; video, links, article – SCW 3.25.14 :: NATO: ‘Sizable’ Russian Force At Ukraine Border – AFP/Defense News 3.23.14 :: Russia ‘may be preparing to invade Ukraine.’ White House says Russia may be poised to invade as Ukraine warns prospect of war continues to grow – Irish Times 3.23.14 :: Visa

VIDEO: Ukraine and the Economy – Ukraine Conflict: What Does it Mean For the U.S.?

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In this USA Today video, some of the potential economic repercussions of unfolding events in Ukraine are examined. Some relevant factors include Ukraine being a crossroads and energy hub between Russia and Europe, Ukraine’s status as a corn and wheat exporter, Ukrainian national debt, the ripple effects of sanctions between major global economies and the impact on oil and gasoline prices. Ukraine is an important

Treasury Targets Money Exchange House Operator for Supporting the Taliban

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(Treasury Targets Money Exchange House Operator for Supporting the Taliban – Treasury Department Press Release – February 26, 2103 – http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1863.aspx) Action Targets Financing Linked to a Designated Hawala and the Taliban Narcotics Trade WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated Mullah Ahmed Shah Noorzai (Ahmed Shah) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and their supporters. Ahmed Shah owns

Treasury Department Designates Militant Groups in the DRC

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(Department of Treasury – 1/3/2013) Sanctions Target Rebel Groups for Using Violence Against Children and Contributing to the Ongoing Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated two militant groups fomenting violence and instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This action against Mouvement du 23 Mars (M23) and the Forces Démocratiques de