Around Town …

  • The Europeans seem to be coming around on Iran, finally.  Maybe.  The AFP reports that the French foreign minister said yesterday that the “defiant attitude adopted by the Iranian government now leaves us no other choice: we have to seek new sanctions.”  We shall see.
  • According to the Balkan Business News, the Bulgarian Parliament has approved an export control law for military and dual-use items.
  • How nuclear gauges reached Iran.  It is a common template – Iran using third countries to secure sensitive technologies for its nuclear programs.  The following AP Enterprise story was published in late February, but still worth a read by small and medium size companies who export potentially dual-use technologies.
  • How long will it take before an Iranian regime official says, if Microsoft’s Bill Gates can have a nuclear reactor, even a tiny one, so should we?
  • Good news for the Humvee spare parts business.  The U.S. Army plans to refurbish Humvees, not purchase new ones.
  • Bolton:  What the President Can Learn from the Google/China case.
  • The Charge d’ Affaires of our Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan announced the first of two seminars to combat the illegal drug trade.  “Recently, we have seen the mutual benefits of our cooperation in combating narcotic trafficking. …  We hope to continue our cooperation in the fields of counter-narcotics, export control and related border security programs,” she said.
  • Reuter’s John Kemp pens in his recent piece, China’s Export Dominance Must Force US Rethink, that China’s “powerful Commerce Minister Chen Denming pointed out recently, exports of a wide range of technology products are still tightly controlled.”  Kemp contextualizes U.S. export control laws as “stifling.”  When it comes to China, one would hope so.
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