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The OFAC Book of Why: Zimbabwe Sanctions

Executive Order 13288 of March 7, 2003 sanctioned people who were undermining democratic processes in Zimbabwe. This was superseded on November 23, 2005 by another Executive Order (which, interestingly, is not identified in the sanctions flyer with a number) which added immediate family members and those who assist the listed […]

HMT Afghanistan changes for March 22, 2013

This change is in response to Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 261/2013. It adds: OBAIDULLAH, Ahmed Shah, Noorzai Title: Haji/Maulavi/Maulawi/Mullah DOB: (1) 01/01/1985. (2) –/–/1981. POB: Quetta, Pakistan a.k.a: (1) NOORZAI, Ahmed Shah (2) SHAH, Ahmad (3) SHAH, Ahmed (4) SHAH, Mohammed Passport Details: NC5140251 (Pakistan). Issued on 23 October […]

SECO updates its Libyan sanctions

My German is non-existent, and Google Translate did not do a good job with this one. However, it appears that one person was removed from the list (Translate said he was exempt from sanctions) and a number (unspecified) have been changed. The Watchlists page have been updated. Links: FINMA news […]

Evil Thought of the Day: March 22, 2013

What’s to prevent a country with blocked cargo vessels with changing the IMO number? If you changed the name (which Iran did with the IRISL vessels), changed the flagging (Iran has even changed the flagging without actually working with the country in question) and changed the IMO number (I assume […]