Around town …

Jennifer Rubin pens on Obama’s non-proliferation fetish.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a final rule to amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to implement the 2008 Australia Group (AG) intersessional decisions, which were recommended at the Intersessional Implementation Meeting held at The Hague on October 8-9, 2008.  In part, the final rule amends the EAR to reflect changes to the AG “Control List of Dual-Use Chemical Manufacturing Facilities and Equipment and Related Technology and Software” affecting valves and toxic gas monitoring systems.

On Honduras, O’Grady writes in today’s Wall Street Journal:  “Hondurans had the courage to push back. Now Chávez-supported agitators are trying to stir up violence. Yesterday afternoon airline service was suspended in Tegucigalpa when Mr. Zelaya tried to return to the country and his plane was not permitted to land. There were reports of violence between his backers and troops.”

Meanwhile, the former Costan Rican Ambassador to the United States, Amb. Jaime Daremblum, pens at the Weekly Standard that it was the former president of Honduras that started the Honduran “imbroglio when he ignored a Supreme Court ruling and tried to use thuggish mob tactics to impose his will on the Honduran political system.”  Indeed.

Staged photos by Zelaya supporters in Honduras? And a hat tip to Plumb Bob.

Over at the Export Law Blog, Clif Burns writes that a D.C. Circuit appeals court has reversed “a lower court ruling that had dismissed a case filed by Del Monte against the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (”OFAC”) alleging that OFAC was taking too long to process a license application Del Monte had filed to export agricultural commodities to Iran.”

The Obama Administration “has given his administration until Oct. 1 to scrutinize existing national space policy as part of a sweeping review that could culminate in a new strategy governing American civil and military space activities.”

Russians send military to combat piracy off Africa’s eastern coast.  Sent by a reader this weekend, the Volokh Conspiracy has a good maritime anti-piracy post chain that is worth a review.

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