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    The Biden administration removed sanctions on companies owned by an Italian restauranteur that the Trump administration had mistakenly blacklisted while cracking down on Venezuelan oil. The removals were announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. “It was a mistake,” Alessandro Bazzoni, the restaurant owner, told Reuters on Thursday. “They resolved the problem. I shouldn’t be involved anymore… thankfully it was all resolved in a couple of months.” On Jan. 19, its last day in office, the Trump administration blacklisted several individuals and companies accused of being part of a network that helped Venezuela circumvent U.S. sanctions on its oil industry. (RELATED: US Targets Widespread Network Working To Evade Sanctions On Venezuelan Oil Industry) An Italian national called Alessandro Bazzoni was one of the sanctioned individuals.  The U.S. then placed two entities belonging to Bazzoni — A.M.G. S.A.S. Di Alessandro Bazzoni & C., and a graphic designing firm called Serigraphiclab — on the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) ’s Specially Designated Nationals And Blocked Persons List, The Hill reported. As part of a crackdown on blacklisted Venezuelan crude, former President Donald Trump’s Treasury Department...
    Republican politician and activist Laura Loomer, who ran for Congress in Florida in 2020 and has filed to do so again in 2022, has reportedly been banned from the payment processing platform Stripe. Loomer says that the ban occurred just hours after she briefed Republican lawmakers in Florida on corporate censorship, specifically raising the issue of payment processor blacklisting. In a comment on the free speech platform Gab, Loomer said “One of the amendments I told FL lawmakers that they need to add to the legislation is penalties for payment processors ie like Stripe banning people. Within minutes after announcing my speech, Stripe payment processing RETALIATED and BANNED ME.” Stripe’s ban on Loomer severely limits her ability to receive donations, as she is also banned from PayPal and Venmo, as well as crowdfunding platform GoFundMe. She has also been banned from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as Uber and Lyft. Stripe also banned President Trump from using its platform in January this year, while he was still President. Despite this, the Republican National Committee continues to use Stripe as...
    Former President Donald Trump’s weekend statement blistering His Fraudulency Joe Biden’s jaw-dropping (and avoidable) border mismanagement and crisis brought two thoughts to my mind. The first was how perfect the statement is. It’s a beautiful piece of work that exposes the Biden administration as the feckless, heartless liars and lunatics they truly are. Secondly, I thought about how Twitter-less Trump is so much more effective than Twittering Trump. Imagine living in a 2021 world where, all things being the same, Trump was not blacklisted from Twitter; where he’s still former-President Trump, but able to pop off three or four times a day on Twitter, commenting in real time on Biden’s mounting disasters and pratfalls. Does anyone truly believe those tweets would be as effective as this weekend’s statement? Does anyone honestly believe it wasn’t better for Trump to wait until Biden’s border disaster was beyond dispute before he swooped in with a thoughtfully written and brutal critique? On the basic merits of decency and Americanism I am, of course, horrified that the Silicon Valley Nazis blacklisted a former American president...
    By Karen Freifeld and Alexandra Alper (Reuters) - Chinese companies targeted by a sweeping investment ban imposed by former President Donald Trump are considering suing the U.S. government after a federal judge on Friday suspended a similar blacklisting for Beijing-based smartphone maker Xiaomi. Lawyers familiar with the matter said some of the banned Chinese companies are in talks with law firms including Steptoe & Johnson and Hogan Lovells, emboldened by U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras' preliminary order halting Xiaomi's inclusion on a U.S. list of alleged Communist Chinese military companies that are subject to an investment ban. The Trump administration's move to blacklist Xiaomi Corp, which knocked $10 billion off its market share and sent its shares down 9.5 percent in January, would have forced investors to completely divest their stakes in the company. "Companies are reaching out to lawyers to challenge the listings and the grounds for the listings," said Wendy Wysong, managing partner of the Hong Kong office of Steptoe & Johnson, a worldwide law firm headquartered in Washington. Wysong and a person familiar with Hogan Lovells, another...
    The Justice Department announced Friday that 34-year-old Jessica Johanna Oseguera Gonzalez, the daughter of cartel boss Nemesio Ruben Oseguera Cervantes, aka "El Mencho," pleaded guilty to engaging in financial dealings with six Mexican businesses that are blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC).  Oseguera Gonzalez, a dual American citizen who lived in Guadalajara, Mexico, was originally arrested in Feb. 2020 in Washington, D.C. She was involved with six businesses that authorities say provide support to the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion: J&P Advertising, JJGON, Las Flores Cabanas, Mizu Sushi Lounge, Tequila Onze Black, and Operadora Los Famosos GANGSTER BUSTED IN MEXICAN CARTEL MASSACRE OF MORMON MOMS AND KIDS "The businesses are alleged to provide financial support to, and are subject to the control of, the [Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion]," the Department of Justice explained last year. "As a result, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them." 34-year-old Jessica Johanna Oseguera Gonzalez pleaded guilty to charges of dealing with companies blacklisted by the Treasury Friday.  (DEA) Oseguera Gonzalez faces up to 30 years in prison at her sentencing hearing in June. ...
    The famous (well, I guess they’re infamous now) Looney Tunes were very much about teaching children moral and civil behavior. Bugs Bunny taught kids that keeping cool and using your brains was the best way to navigate life. Daffy Duck taught us that losing your temper always ends in disaster. Elmer Fudd taught us that violence doesn’t solve anything. Yosemite Sam taught us bullies eventually meet their match. Wile E. Coyote taught us the price of obsession. Porky the Pig taught us the virtue of earnestness. Foghorn Leghorn taught us the sin of bluster and ego and feuds. No one ever walked out of a Looney Tunes cartoon wanting to be Daffy or Wile or Elmer or Yosemite or Foghorn. No, you walked out wanting to be Bugs Bunny or Speedy Gonzalez or the Road Runner. Why? Because they were the cool ones, the smart ones, the crafty ones who prevailed. And let me further assure you that no one ever walked out of a Looney Tunes cartoon wanting to be Pepé Le Pew, which is why the blacklisting and...
    Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of Google-owned YouTube, said on Thursday that former President Donald Trump’s account on the platform will remain blacklisted until the “risk of violence has decreased,” adding that Trump’s channel could be permanently banned if he continues to violate the site’s policies after being unsuspended in the future. Wojcicki said that the decision to suspend Trump’s YouTube account was made after the Capitol Hill riot on January 6, when the company reviewed the president’s account and found content that it believed was in violation of the site’s “incitement to violence” policy. Her comments came during an Atlantic Council event. “As a result, we removed those videos very quickly, and when we see a violation of our policy, we suspend the channel for seven days,” said Wojcicki during an Atlantic Council forum on Thursday. “Now, it’s a minimum of seven days,” added the YouTube CEO. “The channel remains suspended due to the risk of incitement to violence.” LIVE—A #ACFrontPage event with @YouTube CEO @SusanWojcicki on #disinformation and internet policy https://t.co/leDqJi1KoO — Atlantic Council (@AtlanticCouncil) March 4, 2021 “Given just...
    LONDON (Reuters) - A British chain of holiday parks was until recently using an "undesirable guest list" to stop people with Irish surnames from making bookings, an anti-discrimination watchdog said on Tuesday. The list used internally at Pontins and obtained by the i newspaper included surnames commonly found in Ireland and within the Irish diaspora in Britain, such as Doherty, Gallagher, Murphy, Nolan, O'Brien and O'Connell. The list was aimed at stopping Gypsies and Irish Travellers from staying at Pontins facilities, according to a whistleblower who contacted the Equality and Human Rights Commission. "It is hard not to draw comparisons with an ‘undesirable guests’ list and the signs displayed in hotel windows 50 years ago, explicitly barring Irish people and Black people," said Alastair Pringle, the commission's executive director. "Banning people from services based on their race is discrimination and is unlawful. To say that such policies are outdated is an understatement." The whistleblower told the i that while working in the booking department at Pontins, which runs six holiday parks in England and Wales, he was instructed to refuse...
    ACTRESS Katherine Heigl spoke about being blacklisted from Hollywood after colleagues referred to her as “difficult” to work with. Heigl claimed her mental health took a massive hit when she received backlash , “scaring” her family and friends during her anxious episodes. 5Katherine Heigl has been dubbed as a 'diva' by colleaguesCredit: 2017 Star Max 5Heigl's co-stars have alleged that she is 'difficult' to work withCredit: Getty Images - Getty What did Katherine Heigl say about being blacklisted from Hollywood? Katherine Heigl, 42, has been dubbed as a diva and “unprofessional” to work with by industry colleagues who claim the star is “always mad.” Heigl spoke about the claims to the Washington Post and cleared her name, saying: “I may have said a couple of things you didn't like, but then that escalated to 'she's ungrateful,' then that escalated to 'she's difficult,' and that escalated to 'she's unprofessional,'" Adding: "What is your definition of difficult? Somebody with an opinion that you don't like? Now, I'm 42, and that s** pisses me off." 5Heigl withdrew her name from an Emmy award...
    Amazon Web Services (AWS) boss Andy Jassy — who is ultimately responsible for blacking Parler — will take over as the CEO of Amazon when Jeff Bezos steps down from the role. Jassy will become the new CEO of Amazon later this year. The incoming CEO is currently the head of AWS, which banned Parler from the internet last month under the guise of having concern for the public’s safety. AWS booted Parler offline earlier this year, claiming that users on the social media platform might “incite violence,” a narrative being used by several big tech companies to justify taking action against political dissenters, including former President Donald Trump and his allies. Parler reacted by filing an antitrust lawsuit against Amazon, alleging that the tech giant kicked the social media platform off its web hosting service, not out of concern for the public safety, but rather due to being “motivated by political animus.” While big tech companies and Democrat lawmakers focus on Parler as the sole platform on which pro-Trump protesters organize, FBI affidavits say otherwise. A criminal complaint filed a few weeks ago...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Screenwriter Walter Bernstein, among the last survivors of Hollywood’s anti-Communist blacklist whose Oscar-nominated script for “The Front” drew upon his years of being unable to work under his own name, died Saturday. He was 101. The cause was pneumonia, according to his wife, the literary agent Gloria Loomis. A World War II correspondent for the military who also had been published in The New Yorker, Bernstein was at the start of what seemed a promising film career when the Cold War and anti-Communist paranoia led to his being blacklisted in 1950, a fate which ruined the lives of many of his peers and led some to suicide. Job offers to Bernstein were rescinded and onetime friends stopped speaking to him. FBI agents looked through his trash, showed up at his door and followed him outside. “I was starting to look around when I left my house, looking over my shoulder when I walked down the street, bracing myself for the inevitable encounter,” he wrote in his memoir “Inside Out,” published in 1996. “Even expecting it, I...
    Steve Forbes, the head of Forbes Media, slapped down the editor of his magazine for warning companies that hire officials who worked in the Trump administration would be blacklisted.  Steve Forbes said he valued the diversity of opinion at his company while taking a swipe at social media platforms that removed President Trump after last week’s rioting at the United States Capitol. ‘Unlike Twitter, media giants, and Big Tech companies, we believe in diversity of opinion,’ Steve Forbes told Fox News on Wednesday. Steve Forbes was invited on to the program to comment about an op-ed published by one of his employees, Randall Lane, the chief content officer for Forbes magazine. Steve Forbes was alluding to the decision last week by Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other media platforms to remove President Trump from their services in the wake of his mob's ransacking of the Capitol on January 6.  Steve Forbes (left), the head of Forbes Media, said on Wednesday that he didn't agree with an op-ed written by Forbes magazine's chief content officer, Randall Lane (right), warning American companies...
    Former California Sen. Barbara Boxer has registered as a foreign agent for Hikvision USA, the American subsidiary of a Chinese surveillance company that has been blacklisted by the U.S. government. Boxer, a Democrat, registered the work through Mercury Public Affairs, the prominent lobbying firm that she joined as a consultant early last year. Boxer’s registration form, filed through the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, says she will be “providing strategic counsel” to Hikvision, which produces surveillance equipment for the Chinese government and Chinese military. The Trump administration has cracked down on investments in firms linked to the Chinese government, including Hikvision and Huawei. The Commerce Department added Hikvision to a trade blacklist on Oct. 8, 2019, for “repression, mass arbitrary detention and high-technology surveillance” of Muslim Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang province. Chinese President Xi Jinping (Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images) Hikvision, in which the Chinese government holds a 42% stake, also produces many of the cameras used to monitor U.S. military bases, streets and homes, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal on...
    Parler is hitting back at Amazon with a lawsuit after the tech giant booted the social media platform off its web hosting service on Sunday. The lawsuit alleged that Amazon’s decision to drop Parler was “motivated by political animus.” Parler filed a lawsuit on Monday accusing Amazon of violating antitrust laws when it removed the social media site from the web. The lawsuit explains that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has signed a multi-year deal with Twitter, as well as Parler, “a conservative microblogging alternative and competitor to Twitter.” “When Twitter announced two evenings ago that it was permanently banning President Trump from its platform, conservative users began to flee Twitter en masse for Parler,” the suit reads. “The exodus was so large that the next day, yesterday, Parler became the number one free app downloaded from Apple’s App Store.” The lawsuit goes on to note that while AWS claimed it was booting Parler due to concerns it may “incite violence,” one of Twitter’s top trends on Friday night was “Hang Mike Pence,” and AWS “has no plans nor has it made any threats to suspend...
    Nine platforms controlled by the Big Tech Masters of the Universe have blacklisted or restricted President Donald Trump. Twitter, Google, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Pinterest, Shopify, Reddit, TikTok, Twitch, and Discord have all either banned or restricted President Trump from their platforms. The severity of action taken against Trump varies by platform. 1. Twitter On Friday, Twitter permanently banned the account of the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Additional bannings include his campaign account and the campaign’s digital director.     2 & 3. Facebook and Instagram On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg announced that the Facebook and Instagram platforms would be backlisting President Trump “indefinitely.” “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” said Zuckerberg. “Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”   4. Snapchat Snapchat suspended President Trump’s account indefinitely on Wednesday. “We can confirm that earlier on Wednesday we locked President...
    The Shanghai office of a Chinese artificial intelligence company called SenseTime is home to an inky map of an imagined landscape. Painted by a prominent contemporary artist named Qiu Zhijie, Map of Artificial Intelligence traces milestones of AI’s development in a geographical allegory. AI is SenseTime’s golden goose—and also why the U.S. blacklisted it, along with seven other Chinese tech enterprises, in October 2019. SenseTime and the seven other firms were added to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Entity List for being part of “China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance.” But that has not steered American money away from these companies, which have been snapping up contracts offered by the Chinese government to track and identify its own citizens in invasive manners. AI-powered surveillance in China has come a long way. It was only a few years ago when state media regularly aired reports showing rooms full of police officers, each hunched over a screen, watching footage recorded by security cameras to track suspects from pickpockets, to white-collar criminals, to meth kingpins.
    Last week, the US Department of Commerce put Chinese drone maker DJI on its Entity List, limiting how it can work with US companies. The news startled DJI’s huge American user base, including companies that rely on DJI for entire fleets of commercial drones. But it’s likely less onerous than it initially sounded — even if, like many Trump administration decisions, it comes with a dose of uncertainty. The Trump administration has repeatedly used sanctions to crack down on Chinese tech giants, sometimes on nebulous or disputed grounds. It banned US companies from dealing with Huawei and ZTE, and it’s pursued confusing, legally ambiguous bans on the Chinese social apps WeChat and TikTok. While the Entity List is primarily meant for restricting companies that threaten national security, DJI is being censured for enabling “wide-scale human rights abuses within China,” following reports that it provided surveillance drones for Chinese detention camps. Banning DJI would devastate the US drone industry — but that’s seemingly not happening Completely banning DJI drones would be a catastrophic blow to the industry — but early indications...
    Devotion, a horror videogame created by Taiwanese studio Red Candle Games which was blacklisted and banned soon after its release in February 2019 because it ostensibly contained an insult to Chinese dictator Xi Jinping, was again yanked from digital store shelves before anyone had a chance to buy it. Devotion is an eerie game in which the players explore a haunted apartment complex in 1980s Taiwan. The few reviewers given a chance to play it have given it high marks, praising its unnerving atmosphere and engrossing plot. The game offers an unsettling but relatively non-violent experience, somewhat like popular horror films Insidious or The Conjuring.  The previous game from Red Candle, Detention, is also well-regarded and was adapted into a movie in 2019. Devotion was highly anticipated as the next project from the up-and-coming Taiwanese game studio, but then someone noticed a piece of paper pinned to a wall inside the game that compared Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh and called him a “moron.” The Chinese Communist Party’s rotund leader is extremely sensitive to comparisons with the famous cartoon...
    “Several Penguin Random House Canada employees confronted management about the company’s decision to publish a new book by controversial Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson at an emotional town hall Monday,” reports the far-left Vice News, “and dozens more have filed anonymous complaints, according to four workers[.]” Peterson’s newest book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, a sequel to his 2018 cultural blockbuster 12 Rules for Life, is set to hit bookstores in March. It somehow gets worse… One person told Vice, “people were crying in the meeting about how Jordan Peterson has affected their lives” and that person “discussed how Peterson had radicalized their father and another talked about how publishing the book will negatively affect their non-binary friend.” People were “crying.” They were crying during a work meeting. Crying. Non-binary? What does that even mean? You know what, I don’t want to know. Don’t tell me. I just know it’s stupid. The richest, most privileged generation in the history of the world, spoiled babies who carry access to the world’s knowledge, access to almost every book ever written and...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper joined the growing list of media elites and Democrats (but I repeat myself) calling for Trump staffers to be blacklisted. Tapper is using a blacklist threat to try and convince Trump staffers to stop contesting the disputed 2020 election. He’s not even hiding it. “I truly sympathize with those dealing with losing — it’s not easy,” the far-left CNNLOL anchor tweeted Monday, adding, “but at a certain point one has to think not only about what’s best for the nation (peaceful transfer of power) but how any future employers might see your character defined during adversity.” Joseph McCarthy couldn’t have said it better. Although the Trump campaign is coming forward with eyewitness accounts in the form of sworn statements alleging widespread vote fraud, although the Trump campaign is legally entitled to recounts in a number of swing states, the venal Tapper is still threatening them — telling them if they don’t give up their legal rights to legally contest a whisker-close election, they deserve to be blacklisted. In other words, Gee, that’s a nice career you got...
    Yellowstone National Park authorities reportedly banned an Idaho man from the park after he was found allegedly attempting to fry chickens in a hot springs area. Park rangers were alerted Aug. 7 of hikers heading toward Shoshone Geyser Basin, the park’s largest geyser region, with cooking pots, New York Post reported. Two whole chickens in a burlap sack were found sitting in a hot spring upon further investigation, according to East Idaho News. A cooking pot was also found near the scene. The unnamed man was issued a $1,200 fine and ordered to serve 2 years of probation, East Idaho News reported. He is banned from the park for the 2-year period. (RELATED: 72-Year-Old Woman Attacked By Bison At Yellowstone National Park) Man banned from Yellowstone for trying to fry chickens in hot spring https://t.co/XYFbQPs9jF pic.twitter.com/6N7BsG41vO — New York Post (@nypost) November 5, 2020 The Idaho man is not the first person to attempt to cook food in a geyser, the report continued. A Seattle television show host in 2001, dug a hole at the park to demonstrate how...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday blacklisted Iraj Masjedi, Iran's Ambassador to Iraq, saying he has for years overseen the training and support of Iraqi militia groups which are responsible for attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. "In his current capacity, Masjedi has exploited his position as the Iranian regime’s ambassador in Iraq to obfuscate financial transfers conducted for the benefit of the IRGC-QF," Treasury said in a statement, referring to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Lisa Lambert; Editing by Chris Reese) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Iran, United States, Iraq, Middle East
    She's a member of Hollywood royalty who's been in the spotlight since age four. But Drew Barrymore wasn't afraid to discuss some of the darker periods of her very public life in an interview with The Sun over the weekend, in which she reflected on 'how lucky' she is. Of her new gig as host of a daytime talk show, the 45-year-old Ever After star said, 'I don’t know how I ended up here but I will never lose sight of how lucky I am. New gig: Drew Barrymore wasn't afraid to discuss some of the darker periods of her very public life in an interview over the weekend, in which she reflected on 'how lucky' she is 'Being blacklisted at 12, I appreciate every job I have.' The blacklisting Drew was referring to came as the wild-child star was addicted at an incredibly premature age to cocaine and marijuana.   RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Zac Efron is set to join the remake of Stephen King's... Drew Barrymore saved her iconic red cowboy...
    BARCELONA have pulled the plug on Luis Suarez's move to Atletico Madrid, according to reports. After Ronald Koeman told the striker, 33, that he was no longer wanted at the Camp Nou, he began a frantic search for a new team. 1Luis Suarez may end up staying put at BarcelonaCredit: EPA However, it has not gone to plan for Suarez with a switch to Juventus ended due to passport delays. That brought LaLiga rivals Atletico into view, a deal that would involve Barcelona terminating the plaeyer's contract. On Tuesday morning, Spanish outlet AS reported that club president Josep Maria Bartomeu had dramatically forbidden the move. The Blaugrana chief, 57, is said to have decided that Atleti are too big a competitor for Suarez to join. As part of the Uruguayan's agreement to terminate his deal, a number of blacklisted clubs have been named that he cannot join. And Bartomeu has reportedly added Atletico to the list, meaning the two teams must find a formal agreement for the transfer. More to follow
    By Julie Zhu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and China Mobile Communications Group Co Ltd [CHNMC.UL] are considering investing 3 billion yuan ($443 million) in Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co Ltd, three people with knowledge of the matter said. Dahua, China's second-largest surveillance equipment maker, is among Chinese tech firms that Washington last year placed on a blacklist of companies it said helped Beijing monitor and detain Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. Those blacklisted cannot buy U.S. technology without U.S. government approval. E-commerce leader Alibaba and top telecommunications group China Mobile plan to jointly invest in Shenzhen-listed Dahua - which has a market capitalisation of $10.3 billion - via a private share placement in coming weeks, the people said. China Mobile is also negotiating a three-year business agreement with Dahua worth 40 billion yuan, said two of the people, who declined to be identified as the plans are private. The agreement would give China Mobile use of Dahua's big data and cloud computing services, video surveillance equipment and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, they said. The business agreement...
    The United States sanctioned two companies based in the United Arab Emirates for their work with Iran’s Mahan Air. Parthia Cargo and Delta Parts Supply FZC both provided material support to the airline, including “key parts and logistics services,” the U.S. Treasury Department said in a Wednesday news release announcing the sanctions. The department also sanctioned Amin Mahdavi, the Iranian CEO of Parthia who lives in the UAE. “The Iranian regime uses Mahan Air as a tool to spread its destabilizing agenda around the world, including to the corrupt regimes in Syria and Venezuela, as well as terrorist groups throughout the Middle East,” said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. “The United States will continue to take action against those supporting this airline.” While Mahan Air conducts civilian flights, it is blacklisted by the U.S. government for its ties to Iran’s Quds Force. The Quds Force is an elite tactical unit that is responsible for special operations in foreign countries, including support for Iranian proxy groups such as Kata’ib Hezbollah in Iraq, the Houthi movement in Yemen, and...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on two UAE-based companies, accusing them of providing support to U.S.-blacklisted Mahan Air. In a statement, the U.S. Treasury Department said it blacklisted UAE-based Parthia Cargo and Delta Parts Supply FZC for providing key parts and logistics services for Iranian airline Mahan Air. It also imposed sanctions on Amin Mahdavi, an Iranian national based in the United Arab Emirates, for owning or controlling Parthia Cargo, it said. (Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Tim Ahmann) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    An American Airlines customer received a rude awakening when he attempted to board his plane and learned he was barred from all future flights for previously refusing to wear a mask on board.  Hide The would-be passenger said he had to catch a flight from Dallas to Los Angeles for a speaking engagement. Because this is 2020, he filmed his exchange with airport employees at the check-in desk. The video was uploaded to the r/PublicFreakout subreddit on Wednesday night, where it has since received 62,000 upvotes.  Hide “So I’m here at American Airlines, where my ticket still shows active in the app,” says the man, who is wearing a Trump/Pence mask pushed below his nose. “It wouldn’t let me check in, so I called American Airlines, and they said that I’d have to check in at the gate. So here I am at the gate for American Airlines, and the guy behind the counter that you just heard says that my ticket was voided.” Several employees check the computer in an attempt to get to the bottom of the customer’s...
    Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed ambivalence about the success of a controversial Chinese company labeled a national security threat during a high-stakes appearance before Congress. "We also know that customers have a lot of choices and that our products face fierce competition," Cook told House lawmakers Wednesday. "Companies like Samsung, LG, Huawei, and Google have built successful businesses with different approaches. We're OK with that. Our goal is the best, not the most." Cook's opening statement largely echoed his written prepared remarks. Federal agencies were banned last August from purchasing telecommunications products, surveillance equipment, or any other products or services from Huawei and four other Chinese companies after they were linked to the Chinese Communist Party and identified as possible platforms for data theft or Chinese government spying. The Trump administration is working on extending the prohibition to any company doing business with Huawei, with the new regulations expected to be implemented next month. Cook appeared virtually alongside fellow tech titan CEOs Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Sundar Pichai of Google and Alphabet on Wednesday as...
    The Mets will be adding catcher Bruce Maxwell on a minor league deal, sources told Newsweek. The two sides have agreed on a deal, but the contract is pending a physical and a negative COVID-19 test result.  Before this season, Maxwell was the only Major League Baseball player to take a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. He has not appeared in a major league game or been signed to an MLB franchise since 2018. He played in the Mexican League in 2019 and the Dominican Winter League last offseason. Maxwell told ESPN earlier this month that he felt blacklisted from MLB. “I got pushed out of the game because I took a knee during the national anthem,” Maxwell said in early July. MORE: Did Donald Trump lie about throwing Yankees first pitch? In 2018, Maxwell pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after a 2017 incident with a delivery person. Police accused Maxwell of pointing his gun at the delivery person. He was initially arrested on a felony aggravated assault charge, but that was later reduced. When asked whether he was out of baseball because of the...
    Men’s Health is looking to get podcaster Joe Rogan blacklisted because he’s “putting lives in danger.” Oh, I’m sure Men’s Health would deny that all day long: Harrumph, harrumph, harrumph; we’re not looking to blacklist or cancel anyone, we’re just publishing an op-ed that disagrees with him, harrumph, harrumph, harrumph… Gimme a break. We all know how this bullshit of “safetyism” works on the fascist left. You fascists accuse someone you disagree with of making you or POC’s or whoever feel “unsafe,” and suddenly expression that speech become “violence” and that physical act of violent speech must be blacklisted and canceled. Meanwhile, according to the left, the terrorists in Black Lives Matter and Antifa who are burning, looting marauding, and toppling are not committing violence. Their actual violence is speech. So why is Men’s Health jumping on a stool, throwing its skirt over its own head and screaming Eeek!? Well, Rogan dared to invite on a guest who is not fully onboard with all this anti-science trans nonsense – you know this baloney about how a male can magically become...
    Italian American model, actor, and politician Antonio Sabato Jr. said he plans to open a conservative movie studio after claiming he had been blacklisted in Hollywood for his political beliefs. "We are putting together a plan to create a conservative movie studio for all patriots to do projects that Hollywood would never do," Sabato tweeted on Thursday. "No more blacklisting and no more injustice from the socialist's elites." Sabato, who starred in movies in television shows such as General Hospital during his career, is an outspoken supporter of President Trump. Sabato said earlier this year he feels he has been "blacklisted" by major Hollywood movie producers and studios after voicing support for Trump. “I had to sell everything,” Sabato told Variety in March. “I had to pay all my debts. I was blacklisted. All my representatives left me, from agents to managers to commercial agents. I literally had to move, find a new job to survive and take care of my kids. It’s been terrible. It’s mind-blowing. It’s a disgrace." Conservatives that work in the...
    Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. announced on Twitter his plans to create a "conservative movie studio" alternative to the liberal socialist entertainment establishment. Sabato first revealed his plans on Twitter on Thursday. "We are putting together a plan to create a conservative movie studio for all patriots to do projects that Hollywood would never do," he tweeted. We are putting together a plan to create a conservative movie studio for all patriots to do projects that Hollywood… https://t.co/vzKaRrrhue — Antonio Sabáto Jr
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and six Gulf countries on Wednesday imposed sanctions on six targets, accusing them of being affiliated with Islamic State, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement. The Treasury said the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) - which also include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - blacklisted three entities and an individual in Turkey and Syria. The Treasury accused money services businesses, which include al Haram Exchange, Tawasul Company, and al-Khalidi Exchange, of having "played a vital role in transferring funds to support Syria-based ISIS fighters and ... provided hundreds of thousands of dollars of liquidity to ISIS leadership." Abd-al-Rahman ‘Ali Husayn al-Ahmad al-Rawi, selected by ISIS in 2017 to serve as a senior financial facilitator, was also blacklisted, the Treasury said, accusing him of being one of a few that have provided Islamic State "significant financial facilitation" into and out of Syria. The TFTC also blacklisted Afghanistan-based Nejaat Social Welfare Organization and its director, Sayed Habib Ahmad Khan, accusing the organization of being used as a cover...
    Nicole Beharie from ‘Sleepy Hole’. Sketch/Kurtzman Orci Paper Merchandise/20th Century Fox Television/Kobal/ShutterstockGetting trustworthy about her previous. Nicole Beharie is opening up about her time because the lead, Abbie Mills, on Sleepy Hole, revealing that what occurred is “actually attention-grabbing,” particularly within the local weather we’re in now. “We had plenty of issues occur that paralleled the conversations which might be taking place on this second,” Beharie, 35, informed the Los Angeles Instances in a brand new interview. Shocking TV Exits The actress, who’s now selling Miss Juneteenth, exited the present in 2016. Three years later, she revealed that she left as a result of she was battling an autoimmune situation. “My co-star and I have been each sick on the similar time however I don’t imagine that we have been handled equally,” she informed the San Diego Tribune in one other interview. “He was allowed to return to England for a month [to recover while] I used to be given Episode 9 to shoot alone. I pushed by it after which by the top of that episode I used...
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