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The Return of UN Sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 Share The Trump Administration has always understood that the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East comes from Islamic Republic of Iran, whose violent efforts to spread […]

The Case of the Missing Email

Today’s episode of Mr. Watchlist’s DesigNation is about the OFAC designation of the Chinese state-owned company Union Development Group, and why the State Department press release, which is available on their website, did not go out by email. And my friends tell me they didn’t get Treasury’s PR in their […]

I won my bet – times 2!

My guess was that today’s Global Magnitsky designations were for corruption – I guessed well. Here’s the State Department press release for the sanctioned entity: Sanctions on Nabah Ltd. Owned or Controlled by Corrupt Businessman Ashraf Al-Cardinal PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 Share Today, […]

Welcome to the family, Serbia!

U.S. Welcomes Serbia’s Intention to Designate Hizballah as a Terrorist Organization PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 Share Serbia’s announcement that it will designate Hizballah as a terrorist organization in its entirety is another significant step limiting this Iranian backed terrorist group’s ability to operate […]

Nigeria-related Visa restrictions

Imposing Visa Restrictions on Nigerians Responsible for Undermining the Democratic Process PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 Share The United States is a steadfast supporter of Nigerian democracy. We commend all those Nigerians who participated in elections throughout 2019 and have worked to strengthen Nigerian democratic institutions […]

Mr. Watchlist’s DesigNation: Episode 14

This episode’s a bit different – it’s about balancing incentives and coercive measures. It was effective in terminating the Myanmar sanctions, and bringing about the JCPOA, whether you like that or not. But recent stuff coming out the State Department seems to have forgotten about all that… at least the […]