Around Town …

  • Republicans won control this week of 1/3 control of the federal political branches.  The new Congress is months from being sworn in, but opinionsalreadyaplenty what all this will mean in the foreign affairs and national security law and public policy arena.
  • Word around town is that State Department/DDTC will publish something soon on the dual-nationals issue.
  • The Venezuelan regime of Hugo Chavez continues expropriation madness.  This week, the largest shopping mall in Caracas.  Meanwhile, Venezuela’s largest privately-owned steel producer decides to fight in court.
  • While on the subject of expropriation, we have noted numerous “expropriation” of original works posted on this website.  Expropriators, you’re on notice.
  • Nuclear proliferation concerns increased this week; of all places, Bolivia.  Turns out Iran will open a bank in La Paz and plans to sell nuclear technology to the Bolivians.  In return the Iranian mullahs get more access to yet another Latin American nation; as well as its lithium and uranium.
  • A freight forwarder as well as several oil companies have agreed to agree pay US $156 million in fines to settle Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) allegations.
  • The Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), updated specially designated nationals (SDNs) terrorist watch lists this week.
  • Clif Burns pens on Sudan revival meetings as sanctioned activities.  I would not mind expanding this reasoning by OFAC to certain travel-related activities to state sponsor of terrorism Cuba.
  • Not so sweet. A honey importer – a Taiwanese national – was sentenced this week to 30 months in prison for conspiring to evade US import duties.
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