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Monday, April 23, 2012
U.S. President Announces New Measures Against Syria and Iran
Washington, Apr 23.- U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Monday a plan to impose new sanctions against foreign entities, mainly in Iran and Syria, for the use of technologies to confront opposition groups. The president stressed that these measures will allow the application of sanctions and visa bans on those who, at the discretion of Washington, commit what it is considered human rights violations or abuse of the use of information technology and the Internet, referring Syria and Iran.
The new strategy announced by Obama during a speech at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in this city, includes the creation of the Board of Prevention of Atrocities.
The decree is aimed at companies and individuals who help Tehran and Damascus, but the list of countries and entities under the eyes of the White House may be expanded.
The measure recognizes that social networks and mobile phones helped organize the recent unrest in the Middle East, but considers that they are also used by the security services of countries like Syria and Iran, to carry out surveillance of dissidents and to block access to Internet. United States closed its embassy in Syria, pulled out all its diplomats, and advised its citizens not to travel or leave the territory in the Middle East.
The Obama administration has criticized what it described as an escalation of Syrian military violence against civilians and tried to condemn President Bashar al-Assad in the Security Council of United Nations. (Prensa Latina).