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U.S. Updates Export Control Entity List

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Monday, 25 July 2011 19:38

The Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security announced today the addition of six persons to the Entity List (Supplement No. 4 to Part 744 of the Export Administration Regulations).

Persons added to the Entity List have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. These persons will be listed under the following two destinations on the Entity List: Hong Kong and Lebanon.

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Obama Administration Announces New Strategy to Combat Transnational Crime

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Monday, 25 July 2011 00:00

The Justice Department announced today a new Obama Administration "Strategy to Combat Transnational Crime." 

In a prepared statement, the White House National Security Staff released a background sheet detailing that the new strategy "will apply all elements of national power to protect citizens and U.S. national security interests from the convergence of 21st century transnational criminal threats. This Strategy is organized around a single unifying principle: to build, balance, and integrate the tools of American power to combat transnational organized crime and related threats to national security—and to urge our foreign partners to do the same."

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US Publishes Proposed Revisions to Export Control Rules

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Friday, 15 July 2011 20:12

On Friday, July 15, 2011, the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a much anticipated set of proposed revisions to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

This is part of the Obama Administration's effort started in August 2009 to conduct a broad-based review of the U.S. trade security system.

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US Government Report on Iran Sanctions, Communications Technology

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Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report that it recently completed for the U.S. Congress outlining the steps taken by federal agencies to develop procedures for a procurement ban against companies that sell Iran technology to disrupt communications.

According to the GAO, as of June 24, 2011, "the U.S. government had identified no entities subject to this ban. Moreover, based on our review of credible open source information, we did not identify any firms that export technologies to the Iranian government for monitoring, filtering, and disrupting information and communications flows. There are several possible reasons for the difficulty in identifying any such firms, including (1) the competitive and proprietary nature of the communication industry limits information, if any, reported in open sources and (2) the lack of a clear distinction between technology exported to Iran to disrupt the free flow of information versus technology exported to Iran to support necessary and acceptable filtering and monitoring of communication. In addition, Iran's growing capacity to develop its own monitoring, filtering, and disrupting technology suggests it is relying less on non-Iranian technology to monitor and filter internal communications.

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U.S. Updates Economic Sanctions Regulations

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011 18:23

The Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") is removing from the Code of Federal Regulations the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and Bosnian Serb-Controlled Areas of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sanctions Regulations, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) Kosovo Sanctions Regulations, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) Milosevic Sanctions Regulations. For more information, visit the OFAC website

 

U.S. Imposes New Economic Sanctions on Iranian Entities

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Friday, 24 June 2011 13:56

Yesterday, the U.S. Government announced that it was imposing economic sanctions on various Iranian business entities including an Iranian port operator and airline. These particular designations will be of interest to companies engaged in global trade especially international shipping. 

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USG Announces New Export Control License Exception, Strategic Trade Authorization

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Friday, 17 June 2011 10:23

Yesterday, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced a new license exception to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) that "authorizes the export, reexport, and transfer (in- country) of specified items to destinations that pose relatively low risk that those items will be used for a purpose that license requirements are designed to prevent."

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OFAC Updates SDN List, Western Balkans

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Thursday, 09 June 2011 12:42

In this morning's Federal Register, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published the following notice updating the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list involving the "Blocking Property of Persons Who Threaten International Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans." The notice is available here.

 

Cuba Petroleum Sanctions Bill Introduced in the US Congress

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Saturday, 28 May 2011 18:53

Right before the Memorial Day break, a group of bipartisan legislators in the U.S. Congress introduced the Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Act (H.R. 2047). If enacted, penalties would be imposed against companies and individuals assisting Cuba in the development of its petroleum industry as well as offshore oil drilling in waters close to the Florida Keys.

According to Committee documents, the bill was not available for review yet, The legislation would deny U.S. visas to any individuals investing more than $1 million in Cuba's petroleum sector. It would also make it illegal for any U.S. citizen to help the Cuban government explore for drilling opportunities in Cuban waters.

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Countries Not Cooperating with U.S. Anti-Terrorism Efforts

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Saturday, 28 May 2011 18:34

Every year the President determines and certifies to the Congress what countries are not cooperating fully with United States antiterrorism efforts.

The certifications are made pursuant to Sec. 2781 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and, if a foreign country is listed, no U.S. defense articles or defense services may be sold or licensed to that country.

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