Around town …

The Asia Times reports on a midsummer tale of two Chinese spies and export controls.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei talks about a new start for non-proliferation.

Clif Burns at the Export Law Blog penned an item on Syria sanctions relief.  While it may be good for some U.S. sectors seeking to increase exports to the region, at what cost?

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) is amending the Persons Contributing to the Conflict in Cote d’Ivoire Sanctions Regulations.

The Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security has published an item on the annual Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection posted a graphic, How Cargo Flows Securely to the United States, that is worth a look.

For colleagues following Iran meddling in the Western Hemisphere, seems like the radical clerics have made a loan to Bolivian strongman Evo Morales to use as he “sees fit.”  No strings attached?  Seems like yet another down payment for much-coveted Bolivian uranium mining rights.

Finally, Fausta updates on the Venezuelan-owned MANPADs that some how ended up in the hands of the Colombian terrorist group, the FARC.

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