By Diálogo October 09, 2020 The United States on September 21 slapped new sanctions against the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro for his role in supporting the Tehran regime’s weapons program.“Our actions today are a warning that should be heard worldwide: No matter who you are, if you violate the U.N. arms embargo on Iran, you risk sanctions,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a news conference announcing the restoration of sanctions on Iran.The Maduro regime denounced the sanctions and said they would fail to prevent both countries from maintaining free economic and commercial relations.“Venezuela rejects and denounces before the international community a new aggression on the part of the U.S. government, which announced, without any basis whatsoever, alleged unilateral sanctions […] as part of a sustained campaign of aggressions against […] Iran [and] Venezuela,” the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Sanctions against Maduro, which were not detailed, come at a time when Venezuela’s ties to Iran have been strengthening and are suspected of extending to the military sector.In mid-August, Colombian President Iván Duque, relying on international intelligence, accused Maduro of looking into buying medium and long-range missiles from Iran. “The information is that [the missiles] still haven’t arrived, but there are instructions from [Venezuela’s Defense Minister Vladimir] Padrino,” Duque said at a virtual event.Maduro mocked the claim during a broadcast, and said that buying missiles from Iran would be “a good idea […] given the great relations we have with Iran.”The Tehran regime has been coming to the rescue of the oil-starved country delivering 1.5 million barrels of fuel to Venezuela in May. In late April, Iran flew in components, technicians, and equipment through Iranian state-owned and U.S.-sanctioned Mahan Air to help resume production at Venezuelan refineries.More recently, relations have extended to the retail grocery industry with the opening in Caracas of a supermarket by an Iranian military-owned conglomerate with ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, according to the Wall Street Journal.The new sanctions, which targeted 27 Iranian entities and people in the nuclear, missile, and conventional arms sector, were “futile” the Iranian Defense Ministry said in a statement.The U.S. government is imposing sanctions against the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, its Defense Industries Organization, senior officials of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, as well as key producers and suppliers of military-grade, dual-use goods, for Iran’s ballistic missile program.“The efforts today are to continue to reduce that risk that they [Iran] will have the wealth and resources to foment terror throughout the region and indeed throughout the world,” Pompeo said.
The statue of a slave trader toppled by anti-racism protesters was on Thursday fished out of the harbor in the English city of Bristol, as another historical monument was set to be taken down.Authorities in the seaside town of Bournemouth will later remove a statue of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout movement who also supported the Nazis.Demonstrators in Bristol pulled down the statue to Edward Colston on Sunday and threw it into the water, as part of a protest sparked by the death in US police custody of African American George Floyd. Topics : The city council said it was retrieved early on Thursday morning and “is being taken to a secure location before later forming part of our museums collection”.Colston was a top official in the Royal African Company in the late 17th century, which sent into slavery hundreds of thousands of people from West Africa to the Caribbean and the Americas. Born into a wealthy Bristol family, he was also an MP and philanthropist, funding schools, churches and almshouses across the city.The destruction of his statue drew condemnation from the government but reignited calls across the country to remove other historical monuments. ‘Learning the truth’In Bournemouth, the council said it wanted to “create time” for debate on Baden-Powell’s legacy and “minimise the risk of any public disorder” that could be provoked by leaving his statue on the quay.The University of Liverpool meanwhile has said it would rename a building named after former prime minister William Gladstone because of his links to the slave trade.And on Tuesday, authorities in east London removed a statue of Robert Milligan, whose family owned sugar plantations in Jamaica, from the Docklands district.Colston’s name remains on many streets and buildings in Bristol, but his legacy has long been controversial.The city council had already decided to relabel his statue before it was torn down, but talks on what exactly to write had become deadlocked.Mayor Marvin Rees has announced a new commission to research Bristol’s past.”The only way we can work together on our future is by learning the truth of our beginnings, embracing the facts, and sharing those stories with others,” he said.He confirmed the statue would be put on display alongside placards from the Black Lives Matter protest, and said the public would be asked what should replace it.The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has also announced a review of landmarks and monuments, to look at whether they could better reflect the city’s diversity.
RelatedPosts Aribo sets Rangers goal target Injury blow for Aribo, Leon Balogun Leon Balogun salutes Rangers fans Benedict Ugwu, Coach of Rangers International FC of Enugu, says the club is not afraid of any side in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.Ugwu stated this in Enugu on Wednesday while speaking to newsmen on the team’s preparation for the competition.News Agency of Nigeria reports that Rangers will face Mauritania’s FC Nouadhibou and two Egyptian sides, Pyramids FC and Al Masry SC in group A.Ugwu said that any team that had passed through the qualifying stage should not be seen as underdogs.“As a matter of fact, we are a good side and we are preparing for the matches; to have progressed beyond the group stage, we are not pushovers.“We are not afraid of any of team, this is the only cup that is eluding Nigeria, and we have no other target than to win it.“With God on our side, it is achievable, we are going to be well prepared for the task ahead,” he said.According to the coach, the players are highly and regularly motivated to ensure optimal performance at both domestic and continental levels.Ugwu commended Enugu State Government for its support to the team, saying, “ our intention is to make the state and the country proud”.“We thank God that our players are injury-free the domestic league will sharpen them before the continental outing in the first week of December.“At the moment, we have no major injury worries, and I hope such will be the case throughout the season,” Ugwu said.Tags: Benedict UgwuCAF Confederation CupRangers FC
The Overwatch League has announced automotive giant Toyota as a brand-marketing partner for the league’s inaugural season. Credit: Blizzard EsportsThe news may not come as a surprise to many, with Toyota adverts already featuring on the broadcasts alongside Intel and OMEN, two previously confirmed sponsors of the league.Toyota is a “North American Launch Partner” for the Overwatch League and the deal will see future collaborations including behind-the-scenes exclusive branded content to fans. In addition, Toyota will have additional broadcast integrations and a vehicle present at the Los Angeles-based Blizzard Arena. “Toyota is excited to be a launch partner of the Overwatch League,” said Steven Curtis, Vice President, Media & Engagement Marketing for Toyota Motor North America. “We love the passion of esports fans, and the goal of our partnership is to help take the Overwatch League and the fan experience to the next level.”“We’re thrilled to welcome Toyota to the Overwatch League,” said Pete Vlastelica, President and CEO of Blizzard Entertainment’s MLG division. “When we were building the league, our desire was to create a premium experience for players and fans, and partners like Toyota are helping us do just that.”The first week of the Overwatch League exceeded many expectations, with the opening night seeing over 400,000 concurrent viewers on the English broadcast. Last nights games attracted around 150,000 concurrent on the same stream so the initial hype has calmed down a touch, but it’s still bringing impressive viewership nonetheless. According to Blizzard statistics, the opening weekend drew more than 10 million viewers worldwide. Esports Insider says: We knew Toyota was a partner but it’s good to see it being officially announced – and to hear that there’ll be future collaborations. Congratulations to both parties on the deal as we watch the OWL’s continued development.