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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Danziger: Hold The Phones!

Trump’s sudden reversal on ZTE — a Chinese phone firm that violated sanctions — is very mysterious. (But he rescued ZTE two days after China made a jumbo loan to a Trump project.)

May 15, 2018
Iran sactions prayers political cartoon

Cartoon: In Iran, As Sanctions Are Lifted, Prayers Are Answered

In Iran, As Sanctions Are Lifted, Prayers Are Answered

January 18, 2016
World News, Politics, United Nations, Nuclear, Talks, Iran, John Kerry, Deadline, Sanctions, Middle East, Lusanne

Iran Talks Grind Into Overtime As Top Diplomats Leave

As members of the United Nations Security Council leave Lausanne and the chance of a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration frets over what to do before Congress reconvenes.

April 1, 2015
World News, Top News, Politics, Israel, Two-State Solution, Aid, United Nations, Sanctions, Palestine, Diplomacy, Security Resolcution

Obama’s Next Move May Be Lifting US Protection Of Israel At UN

The Obama administration may force Israel’s hand to accept a two-state solution by abandoning its policy of protecting Israel at the U.N. and back a Security Council resolution instead.

April 1, 2015
Top News, World News, Politics, United Nations, Nuclear, Talks, Iran, John Kerry, Deadline, Sanctions, Middle East, Lusanne

Negotiations On Iran’s Nuclear Program Seem Headed Toward Overtime

“Foreign ministers from Iran, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia, and China have struggled with a series of tough issues this week, notably what restrictions will remain on Iran’s research and development, and how quickly United Nations sanctions will be lifted.”

March 31, 2015
Top News, Nuclear Deals, Iran, John Kerry, Obama, Sanctions, U.N., Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Rick Santorum, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Tom Cotton

What Would The 2016 Republican Hopefuls Do With An Iran Deal?

All of the prospective Republican candidates for 2016 agree they would undermine President Obama’s nuclear deal between Iran and the U.S.

March 27, 2015
Photo: President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office. (Pete Souza via Wikimedia Commons)

Obama Won’t Meet Netanyahu During Israeli Leader’s March Visit

Find out why President Obama won’t see Benjamin Netanyahu when he comes to Washington.

January 22, 2015
US President Barack Obama answers questions at a press conference in the East Room of the White House on January 16, 2015, in Washington, DC

Obama Urges Congress To Hold Off On Iran Sanctions, Threatens Veto

President Obama warned Congress not to jeopardize a nuclear deal with Iran.

January 16, 2015
North Korean Falgs. Photo: Keith Martin via Flickr

Obama Orders New Sanctions Against North Korea In Wake Of Sony Hack

Find out how Washington hopes to increase pressure on North Korean leaders.

January 2, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow, on December 18, 2014

European Leaders Warn Against Too Much Economic Pain On Russia

European resolve to punish Russia appears to be cracking.

December 19, 2014
The worsening economic outlook presents a serious challenge for President Vladimir Putin, whose social compact with Russians has been based on years of economic stability and relative prosperity (AFP Photo/Alexander Nemenov)

Ruble Plunges To New Depths Despite Massive Interest Rate Hike

Falling oil prices and Western sanctions are crippling the Russian economy.

December 16, 2014
US President Barack Obama speaks in New Jersey on December 15, 2014 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

Obama Will Sign Russia Sanctions Bill: White House

President Obama is going ahead with tough new sanctions on Russia.

December 16, 2014

Republicans Push For More Iran Sanctions As Talks Are Extended

Get the latest on the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

November 24, 2014

Obama Will Lift Sanctions If Russia ‘Changes Course’ On Ukraine

Get the latest on the unstable situation in Ukraine.

September 25, 2014

United States Hits Russia’s Largest Bank, Energy Sector With Sanctions

By Paul Handley Washington (AFP) — The United States hit Russia’s top bank and leading energy and technology companies with sanctions Friday, restricting access to finance and technology to punish Moscow’s support for Ukraine’s separatist rebels. In its latest round of sanctions, Washington slapped tight controls on business dealings with for Sberbank, pipeline giant Transneft, […]

September 12, 2014

EU Steps Up Russia Sanctions As ‘1,000 Troops’ Remain In Ukraine

Kiev (AFP) – The European Union has agreed to slap a new round of sanctions on Russia on Friday despite a fragile ceasefire in Ukraine, where NATO said Moscow still had 1,000 troops on the ground. Diplomatic sources in Brussels said EU member states decided Thursday to go ahead and implement the threatened punitive measures […]

September 11, 2014

EU Readying For A Fresh Round Of Sanctions Against Russia

dpa MOSCOW and MILAN — The European Union was mulling tougher sanctions against Russia on Friday, following reports that Moscow had sent hundreds of regular troops to eastern Ukraine to support the separatist militias there. EU leaders could task experts with drawing up new sanctions at a summit this Saturday in Brussels, diplomats said. Many […]

August 29, 2014

United States Steps Up Sanctions On Iran Over Nuclear Program

Washington (AFP) — The United States imposed new sanctions Friday on networks linked to Iran, stepping up pressure over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. The Treasury Department said the sanctions target individuals and entities under Iran-related authorities that are involved in Iran’s missile and nuclear programs, efforts to evade international sanctions, and support for terrorism. The […]

August 29, 2014

The New Russian Economy

August 29, 2014

JPMorgan ‘Targeted By Russian Hackers’

New York (AFP) — Hackers believed to be from Russia broke into the computer systems of JPMorgan Chase and a second U.S. bank earlier this month, sparking a federal investigation, U.S. media reported Wednesday. Bloomberg said two people familiar with the probe confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was examining the case to see […]

August 28, 2014

‘Just Say Nyet’ Campaign Aims To Get Congress To Ban Seafood From Russia

By Marianne Levine, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — U.S. economic sanctions against Russia over Ukraine may wind up helping the Alaskan fishing industry. At least that’s the hope of those promoting “Just Say Nyet,” a petition intended to get Congress to ban Russian seafood imports. Organizers cite Russia’s possible involvement in the downing of a […]

August 8, 2014
Putin Clinton

What Happens To U.S. Exports Already Bound For Russia?

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture and its plant health inspection service has halted all certification of almonds and other commodities bound for Russia “effective immediately.” The move Thursday, confirmed by California almond growers, followed Russia’s imposition of a one-year ban on a wide range of agriculture […]

August 8, 2014

U.S. Imposes Travel Restrictions On Venezuelan Officials

By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — The U.S. State Department Wednesday imposed travel and visa restrictions on Venezuelan government officials accused of human rights violations during widespread protests that have left more than 40 dead. “With this step we underscore our commitment to holding accountable individuals who commit human rights abuses,” State […]

July 30, 2014

U.S. Slaps Sanctions On Russian Energy, Arms And Finance

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the United States will join the European Union in slapping new sanctions on Russia’s energy sector, arms industry and financial institutions. The broader economic measures will hurt Moscow’s ability to secure dollar financing for its banks, in the toughest attack yet on its economy since it […]

July 29, 2014

EU Readies New Russia Sanctions As Fighting Blocks MH17 Probe

Brussels (AFP) – The EU was set to approve punishing sanctions against Russia Tuesday over its role in the Ukraine crisis, as fighting in the strife-torn east again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17. For the third day running, an unarmed team of Dutch and Australian police ditched plans […]

July 29, 2014