April 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Internet and social media helped fuel last year's "Arab Spring" pro-democracy uprisings. Now, the Obama administration wants to prevent companies from using the same technology to help repressive regimes in Syria and Iran target dissidents. Taking aim at what it called "digital guns for hire," the administration unveiled new sanctions against major telecom firms in those countries as well as the governments themselves for recording cellphone calls, monitoring Internet traffic and employing other technological tools to "facilitate grave human rights abuses.
June 17, 2010 |
The Obama administration Wednesday added several dozen Iranian individuals and organizations to its sanctions blacklist, its first steps to intensify pressure after new international sanctions were adopted last week by the United Nations Security Council. The penalties are aimed at entities tied to Iran's nuclear and missile program, including a bank, numerous front companies and energy and insurance concerns, and two individuals and several groups tied to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
January 4, 2010
USC announced Sunday it had placed the following sanctions on its basketball program because of rules violations relating to the recruiting of former player O.J. Mayo by school "booster" Rodney Guillory: Vacate all 21 of its victories from the one season Mayo played for the Trojans, in 2007-08. Return an undisclosed amount of money it received from its participation in the 2008 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Will not play in the 2010 Pacific 10 Conference postseason tournament or NCAA tournament.
August 4, 2012 |
A federal judge Friday rejected a motion by Apple Inc. to sanction rival Samsung Electronics Co. for leaking blocked evidence to the media in connection with the patent infringement trial involving the two companies. But U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh said there could be more investigation into Samsung's actions after the trial, according to Reuters, and added: "I will not let any theatrics or any sideshows distract us from what we are here to do. " Apple is seeking more than $2.5 billion in damages, alleging that Samsung copied the look and function of its mobile devices, including the iPhone.
January 13, 1986 |
The Norwegian government today announced its support for economic sanctions against Libya, giving the strongest endorsement yet of the plan from any European nation but stopping short of agreeing to apply them. Foreign Ministry spokesman Per Paust stressed that Norway is not likely to actually apply the U.S.-proposed sanctions except in concert with its European neighbors. The endorsement was nevertheless the strongest statement yet in favor of the sanctions from any European nation.
March 2, 2011 |
International sanctions imposed on Moammar Kadafi and his regime will have little direct effect on his ability to raise money or rally his army against a rising insurgency, U.S. officials acknowledged Tuesday. But U.S. and allied leaders are counting on the measures having an important indirect effect by convincing those around Kadafi, if not the leader himself, that they face a bleak future in a world determined to see his four decades in power come to an end. The sanctions, imposed by the United States, European allies and the United Nations, freeze Kadafi's assets, forbid travel and arms sales, and set in motion investigations that could lead to war crimes charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1995
The use of economic sanctions against a government--whether Cuba, Haiti or Iraq--inevitably means punishing people who have little control over their own government. What is painfully absent from your editorial (March 7) and the Clinton Administration's campaign to maintain economic sanctions against Iraq is any effort to mitigate the devastating impact that the 5-year-old sanctions are having on more than 4 million people. Recent reports have documented that the widespread destruction from the Gulf War bombing, combined with the prohibition on importing irrigation pipes, seeds, fertilizers and pesticides, have dramatically reduced the productivity of Iraq's historic fertile lands.
May 18, 2011 |
The Obama administration imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad and six other officials for human-rights abuses for cracking down on pro-democracy protesters, the White House announced Wednesday. The sanctions come a day before Obama is to address the nation on U.S. policy in the Middle East, where a wave of protests have deposed at least two governments and rattled leaders in several others in the region. The demonstrations have led to a civil war in Libya and fierce repression in Syria.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2001
Robert L. Borosage makes a compelling case that the government of Myanmar treats its own citizens abysmally ("Myanmar Is an Easy Case to Make for Sanctions," Commentary, Jan. 11). Where he wanders from reality is in his characterization of the U.S. business community's response. Borosage's claim that "the business lobby has fought against any action" to sanction Myanmar's leaders is simply not the case. The U.S. has already imposed a wide variety of sanctions against Myanmar. What industry groups such as the National Assn.