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Oil Tankers’ Tracking Signals Are Vanishing in the Strait of Hormuz

Oil tanker owners are finding a way to reduce the risks of navigating the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important — and lately most dangerous — energy chokepoint: vanish from global tracking systems. Copying from Iran’s own playbook, at least 20 ships turned off their transponders while passing through… Read More

EU mulls adding Saudi Arabia to money-laundering gray list

The European Union is preparing an overhaul of its listing of countries that pose money-laundering risks, an EU confidential document shows, a review that could allow Saudi Arabia to be moved to a new gray list after having been briefly blacklisted. The EU executive added the oil-rich kingdom in February… Read More

Going Dark and Fake Voyages: The Tricks Used to Dodge Trade Sanctions

As the U.S. looks to enforce sanctions aimed at halting trade with states such as Iran and Venezuela, there’s increased scrutiny on the tricks being used to keep commodities flowing to and from blacklisted countries. Ships… Read More
24th June 2019
Saudi Arabia has been granted full membership of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global body dedicated to fighting illicit money flows, Saudi Arabia’s monetary authority said on Friday. The kingdom had been previously denied membership after not meeting criteria in anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing, and its… Read More
18th June 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a U.S. list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts’ findings that a Saudi-led coalition has been using under-age fighters in Yemen’s civil war, according to four people familiar with the matter. The decision, which… Read More
14th June 2019
AP — The U.S. Education Department has opened investigations into foreign funding at Georgetown University and Texas A&M University as part of a broader push to monitor international money flowing to American colleges. Both universities are being ordered to disclose years of financial records amid concerns they have not fully… Read More
9th April 2019
Qatar said on Monday it had filed lawsuits against three banks, accusing them of using what it called overseas currency manipulation to sabotage its economy in the wake of an Arab boycott against the country in 2017. The cases, filed in London and New York, name Luxembourg-based Banque Havilland, the… Read More
7th March 2019
The 28 member states of the European Union all backed a decision on Thursday to reject a proposal from the EU executive to add Saudi Arabia to a blacklist of countries suspected of being lax on terrorist financing and money laundering. The decision comes after pressure from Riyadh and other… Read More
4th March 2019
European Union member states unanimously rejected on Friday a proposal to blacklist Saudi Arabia and four U.S. territories for lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, sources told Reuters. Saudi Arabia, a major importer of EU weapons and goods, had lobbied against being branded a “high-risk” country, as had… Read More
28th February 2019
The adoption of a European Union money-laundering blacklist, which includes Saudi Arabia as well as Puerto Rico and three other U.S. territories, could be blocked by EU governments under a procedure launched on Thursday, two EU diplomats told Reuters. Some governments opposed adopting the provisional list on Thursday, triggering a… Read More
21st February 2019
AP — Britain’s top diplomat has urged Germany to relax its ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia because they are affecting U.K. sales of weapons to — and by extension its influence with — the oil-rich kingdom. The German weekly Der Spiegel reported Wednesday that British Foreign Minister Jeremy… Read More
15th February 2019
The European Commission on Tuesday adopted a list of countries it says has weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes, and urged banks to increase customer due diligence (CDD) checks on customers and firms from the blacklisted states. The list was established after an ‘in-depth’ analysis, the Commission explained, and… Read More
11th February 2019
A former sales boss at a London firm has pleaded guilty over allegations he made corrupt offers to influence officials in Saudi Arabia to award the company contracts worth billions. British national David Lufkin, who worked as Global Head of Sales for Petrofac International Limited, is now awaiting sentencing… Read More