Video PlayerClose WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Thursday that an Iranian businessman was sentenced to 46 months in prison for violating U.S. sanctions against Iran. In a press release, the DOJ alleged that Behzad Pourghannad had participated in exporting carbon fiber from the United States to Iran between 2008 and 2013. "Behzad Pourghannad conspired to circumvent U.S. export controls on carbon fiber, a substance with numerous military and aerospace applications," said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman for the Southern District of New York. Pourghannad and two others had shipments of carbon fiber shipped to a third country under labels of other materials to evade U.S. customs, according to the press release. Pourghannad was arrested in Germany in May 2017 and extradited to the United States in July this year. He pleaded guilty in a U.S. court in August. Due to U.S. sanctions on Iran, a permission from the U.S. Department of Treasury must be … [Read more...] about Iranian businessman imprisoned in U.S. for exporting carbon fiber to Iran
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'What the Sabarimala majority verdict has done is to elevate the principle of equality over all others, including the right to worship, and declared that this will be the litmus test of all practices, and re-emphasise that practices that are ultra vires will be junked,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy. IMAGE: 'When a man can enter, a woman can also go. What applies to a man, applies to a woman also,' the Supreme Court said in July 2018. Photograph: E V Deepak/Reuters The Sabarimala verdict brings a new dawn As a child growing up in a conservative society in Chennai, there were many practices, most of them orthodox, even unconstitutional by today's liberal standards, that intrigued me. But nothing stood out more than the practice that drove my father into the kitchen three days every month. Appa was an awful cook, as much as my Amma was a terrific one, so the sudden crash in culinary standards was unbearable. Tadka that was burnt, sambar that ran like rasam, overcooked rice... The deprivation … [Read more...] about Sabarimala verdict brings a new dawn
Boochani arrived in Auckland on Thursday night, ending his long detention in Australia's offshore processing system. His passage from Papua New Guinea was secured after accepting an invitation to speak at a Christchurch writers' festival this month. After labelling Australia a dictatorship on Friday, the author and journalist said he'd seek an extension to his New Zealand stay. Immigration New Zealand insist under the terms of his current visa, he must depart within one month. Boochani has vowed not to return to PNG. "I will never go back to that place," he told The Guardian. A recognised UN convention refugee accepted for settlement in the US, he is yet to decide on his long-term plans. "In the next couple of weeks I will look at the possibilities and I will make a decision to seek asylum here or go to America," he later told the ABC. Boochani announced his exit on Thursday night, tweeting that it was "So exciting to get freedom after more than six years". He was welcomed by … [Read more...] about Boochani lands in NZ, uncertain on future
Email By political reporter Jackson Gothe-Snape Updated February 12, 2019 23:48:06 Photo: The Government says the final group of children on Nauru are set to be transferred. (AP: Jason Oxenham) Related Story: Security fears prompt Labor to revise proposed asylum seeker medical evacuation laws Related Story: Morrison's government the first to lose a vote on its own legislation in decades Map: Australia Asylum seekers diagnosed by doctors as needing medical attention in Australia haven't yet been placed on planes. Key points:The lower house of Parliament approved a law expanding medical access for asylum seekersThe Government did not support the law, triggering a historic defeatThe amended bill still needs to pass the Senate then come into law for new medical transfers to happen That's despite a bill passing the House of Representatives, against the Government's will, on Tuesday expanding medical transfers for people on Manus Island and Nauru.This is why and what happens … [Read more...] about What now for asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island in need of medical evacuation?
Video PlayerClose GAZA, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian trader Hashim Harb is facing a growing shortage of goods at his clothing store in Gaza City after Israel banned the entry of goods into the coastal enclave recently to further tighten its decade-long blockade. Harb complained that he had run out of several clothes in his shop as all clothing imports have been banned by the Israeli authorities for nearly two weeks. On July 9, Israel closed the Gaza Strip's main cargo crossing for export and import as part of the measures against Hamas, the Islamic movement that runs the besieged Palestinian enclave. Only food supplies and medicines are allowed into Gaza through the terminal. The Israeli government also decided to reduce the area allowed for fishing in the sea of Gaza to 3 nautical miles. The Israeli decision came in response to the arson kites and helium balloons flying from Gaza into Israel, which caused large fire and losses in the Israeli territory. The sanctions came … [Read more...] about Feature: Gaza economy on verge of collapse as Israel tightens blockade