Yellen Would Assume Vast Policy Portfolio as Treasury Secretary

From trade and sanctions to tax policy and financial regulation, the former Fed chair will be at the center of the new administration’s agenda.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporate-taxes, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #federal-budget-us, #national-debt-us, #presidential-transition-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #treasury-department, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yellen-janet-l

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Iran Accelerates Nuclear Program, but Offers Path Back From Confrontation

The government in Tehran has put uranium into its newest centrifuges. At the same time, Iran’s foreign minister appears to offer a return to commitments that would prohibit exactly that.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #uranium

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Biden Wants to Rejoin Iran Nuclear Deal, but It Won’t Be Easy

President Trump is applying more sanctions on Iran that would be hard to reverse. Tehran, facing elections in June, has its own demands.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us, #rouhani-hassan, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump Sought Options for Attacking Iran to Stop Its Growing Nuclear Program

The president was dissuaded from moving ahead with a strike by advisers who warned that it could escalate into a broader conflict in his last weeks in office.

#defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #iraq, #israel, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-weapons, #pence-mike, #pompeo-mike, #stockpiling, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #uranium

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Biden’s China Policy? A Balancing Act for a Toxic Relationship

As president, Joe Biden will face deep dilemmas, and a lot of unfinished business, stemming from President Trump’s multiyear onslaught against China.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #factories-and-manufacturing, #intellectual-property, #presidential-election-of-2020, #quantum-computing, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations

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Syria Seeks Return of Refugees, but They Fear Leader’s Wrath

President Bashar al-Assad said the millions of citizens who fled during the war have been blocked from coming back. But he left out the main reason they are staying away: Mr. al-Assad himself.

#assad-bashar-al, #damascus-syria, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #lebanon, #middle-east, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #turkey, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Trump Still Has 70 Days to Wreak Havoc Around the World

Biden wants to undo the chaos Trump has inflicted from the Middle East to China and beyond. It won’t be easy.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #international-trade-and-world-market, #muslim-brotherhood-egypt, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Lebanese Politician Allied With Hezbollah

The action continued the administration’s efforts to dial up pressure against Tehran before the end of President Trump’s term.

#beirut-lebanon, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hezbollah, #pompeo-mike, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Venezuelan-American Vote, From a First-Timer

Our vote could play a key role in November. We need to see beyond the bluster, and look at the way Trump has treated our community in the U.S.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #florida, #maduro-nicolas, #miami-fla, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #venezuelan-americans

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Turkish Bank Case Showed Erdogan’s Influence With Trump

New details of the Justice Department’s handling of the accusations against Halkbank reveal how Turkey’s leader pressured the president, prompting concern from top White House aides.

#attorneys-general, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #barr-william-p, #berman-geoffrey-s, #bolton-john-r, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fines-penalties, #gulen-fethullah, #halkbank, #international-relations, #iran, #justice-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #new-york-state, #rosenstein-rod-j, #syria, #trump-donald-j, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whitaker-matthew-g, #zarrab-reza-1983

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A Biden Win Could Renew a Democratic Split on Trade

Democrats have been unified by their desire to oust President Trump. But if that happens, deep divisions on the issue of trade are likely to reappear.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #commerce-department, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #federal-trade-commission, #international-trade-and-world-market, #national-security-council, #north-american-free-trade-agreement, #organized-labor, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trans-pacific-partnership, #united-states-international-relations, #world-trade-organization

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Iran’s Oil Sector

The Trump administration is trying to fortify its campaign of maximum pressure against Iran from being reversed by a potential Biden administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #mnuchin-steven-t, #nuclear-weapons, #office-of-foreign-assets-control-united-states-treasury, #presidential-election-of-2020, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #venezuela

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Will Cuba Tip Florida to Trump?

Sixty-two years after the revolution, America’s relations with its neighbor to the south loom large.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #castro-raul, #cuba, #cuban-americans, #democratic-party, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #florida, #miami-fla, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. Issues Sanctions on Russian Center Involved in Potentially Deadly Cyberattacks

The penalties were aimed at a Russian research center that developed tools used in a cyberattack on a Saudi petrochemical plant, which took out the safety controls used to prevent an explosion.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #schneider-electric-sa, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Qaeda Financier Who Trades in Gems

The action shows that the U.S. government remains concerned about how extremist groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State continue to creatively raise and distribute money around the world.

#al-qaeda, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #finances, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #talib-ahmed-luqman, #terrorism, #treasury-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

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State Dept. to Remove Sudan From List of Terrorist States

The move clears the way for the African nation to seek international assistance and potentially to normalize relations with Israel, which officials said could happen within days.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #arab-league, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hamdok-abdalla, #hezbollah, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #sudan, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump’s Sanctions on International Court May Do Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Critics say the administration has targeted a human rights lawyer with economic penalties meant for warlords, dictators and authoritarian governments.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #assad-bashar-al, #bensouda-fatou, #bolton-john-r, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-criminal-court, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Navalny Poisoning: E.U. Preparing Sanctions on Putin Allies

Six high-ranking Russian officials who are believed to be involved in the attack on the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny face asset freezes and bans on travel to the bloc.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

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E.U. Agrees to Penalize Lukashenko, but Gives Him Time to Back Down

Foreign ministers of the bloc, which had imposed sanctions on other Belarus officials, agreed to apply them to the country’s president, pressuring him to call new elections.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government

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U.S. Issues Additional Sanctions Against Iranian Banks

The penalties, which could effectively lock Iran out of the global financial system, were the latest sign that the Trump administration plans to maintain its maximum pressure campaign against the country.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Belarus and Turkey Top a Thorny Agenda at E.U. Summit

The delay in punishing Belarus for the crackdown that followed its flawed elections had been a huge embarrassment for the bloc.

#belarus, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #hungary, #poland, #turkey

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Hong Kong Is China, Like It or Not

After months of chaos in the city, something had to be done, and the Chinese government did it.

#china, #constitutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deng-xiaoping, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #extradition, #fugitives, #heritage-foundation, #hong-kong, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lam-carrie-1957, #law-and-legislation, #macau, #national-peoples-congress-china, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #taiwan, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Putin Wants a Truce in Cyberspace — While Denying Russian Interference

With an eye to a possible Biden presidency, the Russian leader called for a “reboot” on information security but offered no concessions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #moscow-russia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #prigozhin-yevgeny-v, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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E.U. Failure to Impose Sanctions on Belarus Lays Bare Its Weakness

E.U. foreign policy moves require unanimous support from the member nations — a rule that continually undercuts the bloc’s bold ambitions for global influence.

#belarus, #borrell-fontelles-josep, #cyprus, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #greece, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana, #turkey, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Trump Administration Adds to American Travel Restrictions in Cuba

Among other measures, Americans will no longer be able to import Cuban cigars or stay in hotels owned by the Cuban government.

#cuba, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #florida, #presidential-election-of-2020, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Trying to Hammer Iran With U.N. Sanctions, U.S. Issues More of Its Own

The Trump administration targeted Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs after the U.N. refused to enforce international penalties that the U.S. said it had triggered over the weekend.

#arms-trade, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #maduro-nicolas, #nuclear-weapons, #pompeo-mike, #security-council-un, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Needs a Tutorial on How International Agreements Work

The administration is arguing that it is still a party to the Iran deal that it left with great fanfare in 2018.

#bolton-john-r, #defense-and-military-forces, #elections, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #general-assembly-un, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. Prepares to Reimpose U.N. Sanctions on Iran Over Objections of World Powers

The full range of the sanctions are expected to be announced Saturday evening in Washington, but it is unclear how effective they will be.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #general-assembly-un, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #rouhani-hassan, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump Is Wrong about TikTok. China’s Plans Are Much More Sinister.

The West still doesn’t understand the scale of Beijing’s soft-power ambitions.

#5g-wireless-communications, #australia, #beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #blacklisting, #chiang-kai-shek, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #computers-and-the-internet, #confucius-institutes, #darwin-australia, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #india, #indian-ocean, #kenya, #kiribati, #maldives, #mao-zedong, #military-bases-and-installations, #mobile-applications, #myanmar, #pakistan, #panama-canal-and-canal-zone, #propaganda, #solomon-islands, #sri-lanka, #the-art-of-war-book, #the-romance-of-the-three-kingdoms-book, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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U.S. Prosecutors’ Bid to ‘Bury’ Evidence Draws Judge’s Wrath

In an unusual opinion, a federal judge criticized the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan for its handling of a high-stakes Iranian sanctions case.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #justice-department, #manhattan-nyc, #nathan-alison-j, #nejad-ali-sadr-hashemi, #prosecutorial-misconduct, #strauss-audrey-attorney, #united-states-attorneys, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Can Biden Fix What Trump Broke?

E.U. leaders are still learning to navigate a world ever more dangerous for them, while relations with the United States grow more and more awkward.

#balkan-states, #baltic-sea, #belarus, #berlin-germany, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #group-of-seven, #johnson-boris, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trudeau-justin, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Support the Brave Protesters of Belarus

America and Europe must make clear that they stand behind the Belarusian people’s demand for fair elections.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #kolesnikova-maria, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #poisoning-and-poisons, #politics-and-government

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U.S. May Ban Cotton From Xinjiang Region of China Over Rights Concerns

The potential move, which could come as soon as Tuesday, comes amid reports of the use of forced labor in Xinjiang, where China has carried out a crackdown against mostly Muslim minorities.

#china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #textiles, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xinjiang-china

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Waves of Russian and Emirati Flights Fuel Libyan War, U.N. Finds

A confidential report sent to the Security Council details extensive breaches of the international arms embargo on Libya by eight countries since the beginning of the year.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #united-nations, #wagner-group

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America, Don’t Try to Out-China China

Beijing’s nationalism will be self-defeating in the long term. Washington should just let that run its course.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #international-relations, #japan, #ministry-of-state-security-of-the-peoples-republic-of-china, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wang-yi, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping, #yang-jiechi

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Hamas and Israel Agree to Ease Hostilities Amid Coronavirus

With the coronavirus spreading fast in Gaza, the sides agreed to stop bombarding each other, and Israel said it would resume fuel supplies. A cash infusion from Qatar helped seal the deal.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-light-and-power, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #haniya-ismail, #palestinians

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R.N.C. Skims Over Trump’s ‘Unfinished Business’ in Foreign Policy

From Iran to North Korea, President Trump has failed to achieve many of his stated foreign policy goals. He is asking for a second term to get them done.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #china, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #iran, #israel, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-convention, #russia, #syria, #targeted-killings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Three Trump Supporters Have a New Target: Germany

The United States needs allies. Punishing Berlin over a Russian gas pipeline is a needless provocation.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #germany, #international-trade-and-world-market, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #pompeo-mike, #united-states-international-relations

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Iran to Allow U.N. Inspections of Previously Blocked Nuclear Sites

The reversal comes amid a United Nations Security Council split over whether to restore international sanctions against Iran’s economy — and demolish a 2015 accord that limits its nuclear program.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #rouhani-hassan, #security-council-un, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Sanctions 24 Chinese Companies Over Role in South China Sea

The Trump administration moved to cut off two dozen Chinese companies from the American market on Wednesday, saying they had contributed to China’s controversial island-building campaign.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporations, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #united-states-international-relations, #visas

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Security Council Leader Rejects U.S. Demand for U.N. Sanctions on Iran

The setback elicited an angry reaction from the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who accused her counterparts of standing with terrorists.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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German Town Fears Ruin by U.S. Effort to Stop Russian Pipeline

Three U.S. senators and the Trump administration want to halt Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline by imposing sanctions on a Baltic port that is supplying the project.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #energy-and-power, #germany, #natural-gas, #pipelines, #russia, #united-states-international-relations

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Instead of Isolating Iran, U.S. Finds Itself on the Outside Over Nuclear Deal

Allies and adversaries alike have refused to recognize the Trump administration’s demand for sanctions, potentially weakening American authority worldwide.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #pompeo-mike, #security-council-un, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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North Korea’s Leader Admits His Economic Goals Have Failed

Kim Jong-un plans to hold a rare Workers’ Party congress in January to chart a new course after the country was hammered by sanctions, floods and the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-relations, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #united-nations, #workersparty-of-korea

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U.S. Heads to United Nations to Demand ‘Snapback’ of Sanctions Against Iran

Without European support, it is not clear how the United States alone would enforce U.N. sanctions to punish Iran for violating the 2015 nuclear deal that world powers are trying to save.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-commission, #european-union, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #pompeo-mike, #security-council-un, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Dictatorship in Belarus Is Shaken

It seems that those living under Aleksandr Lukashenko’s rule won’t abide him forever.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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U.N. Security Council Rejects U.S. Proposal to Extend Arms Embargo on Iran

The defeat underscored America’s deepening global isolation, but for the Trump administration, the vote could open a separate path to try to inflict maximum damage on Iran.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #pompeo-mike, #security-council-un, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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In Diplomatic Doubleheader, U.S. Seizes Iranian Fuel From Ships Headed to Venezuela

The high-seas handover blocked two diplomatic adversaries from evading American economic sanctions. Iran denied it was its fuel.

#defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #justice-department, #maduro-nicolas, #security-council-un, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #venezuela

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North Korea, Fighting to Hold Back Virus and Floods, Says No Thanks to Outside Aid

The country has reported extensive flood damage. But its leader, Kim Jong-un, says that humanitarian aid might bring in Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #floods, #humanitarian-aid, #international-relations, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #shortages

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We’re All Hong Kongers Now

China wants to swallow up Hong Kong’s remaining freedoms. But it can’t be allowed to arrest, on American soil, a U.S. citizen.

#apple-inc, #communist-party-of-china, #computers-and-the-internet, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #freedom-of-assembly, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #fugitives, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #lam-carrie-1957, #law-and-legislation, #national-basketball-assn, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-hong-kong, #xi-jinping

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