Putin’s Tough Talk

Russian troops massed on the border of Ukraine, a dissident gravely ill, new sanctions. What’s it all mean?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-relations, #navalny-aleksei-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #solarwinds, #zelensky-volodymyr

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Putin Warns of a Russian ‘Red Line’ the West Will Regret Crossing

In a state-of-the nation speech, President Vladimir Putin warned of a “fast and tough” response to security threats, in a message seemingly aimed at President Biden and delivered amid large protests.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

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The Clock Is Ticking for Biden on Iran

The United States must quickly decide on lifting sanctions and come up with a credible road map for reviving the Iran nuclear deal.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #malley-robert, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Russia, a Military Buildup That Can’t be Missed

Russia’s massing of tanks and infantry along its southwestern border with Ukraine was meant to send a message, analysts say.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #federal-security-service, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peskov-dmitri-s, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #shoigu-sergei-k, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #zelensky-volodymyr

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How to Defeat Myanmar’s Military After the Coup

Elected legislators deposed in the February coup have a plan for building a new federal democratic union. We need help.

#committee-representing-the-pyidaungsu-hluttaw-c-r-p-h, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #myanmar, #tatmadaw-myanmar

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Biden Sanctions on Russian Debt Called a ‘First Salvo’ That Send a Message

The curbs on U.S. banks’ purchases of some bonds apply to a small portion of the market but could signal a sharper aim at Russia’s access to global capital.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #central-bank-of-russia, #credit-and-debt, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Iran Talks Resume, Gingerly, After Attack on Nuclear Site

Another round of Vienna talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear accord is considered to be positive despite an apparent Israeli attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium

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U.S. Imposes Stiff Sanctions on Russia, Blaming It for Major Hacking Operation

Following years of wrist slaps under President Donald J. Trump, the new measures are designed to have a noticeable impact on the Russian economy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-investments, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #sovereign-wealth-funds, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. Imposes Stiff Sanctions on Russia, Blaming It for Major Hacking Operation

Following years of wrist slaps under President Donald J. Trump, the new measures are designed to have a noticeable impact on the Russian economy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-investments, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #sovereign-wealth-funds, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden Administration to Impose Tough Sanctions on Russia

Administration officials were determined to draft a response that would impose real costs on Moscow, as many previous rounds of sanctions have been shrugged off.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #elections, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #solarwinds, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran Has Failed

A return to the nuclear deal is the first step out of the morass.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #peace-process, #united-states-international-relations

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Iran Nuclear Talks Start on Positive Note in Vienna

Working groups on sanctions and uranium enrichment are making progress, diplomats said. The indirect negotiations between Tehran and Washington are set to resume next week.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states

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Iran and U.S. Agree on Path Back to Nuclear Deal

In indirect talks in Vienna, the U.S. and Iran agreed to try to synchronize Washington’s lifting of sanctions and Iran’s limiting of uranium enrichment.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #brussels-belgium, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #malley-robert, #nuclear-weapons, #rouhani-hassan, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium

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The Iran Nuclear Talks Explained

Talks in Vienna starting Tuesday will try to bring both the United States and Iran back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. It won’t be easy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #european-union, #international-relations, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #nuclear-energy, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #rouhani-hassan, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium, #zarif-mohammad-javad

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Reversing Trump, Biden Repeals Sanctions on Human Rights Prosecutor

The move revokes an executive order that put the United States at odds with many of its European allies.

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U.S. and Iran Agree to Indirect Talks on Returning to Nuclear Deal

The two countries will negotiate through intermediaries next week in Vienna to try to bring both back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Japan Is Finding It Harder to Stay Quiet on China’s Abuse of Uyghurs

Public awareness of the issue is growing in the country, spurred in part by the work of Uyghur activists, and that is increasing pressure on the government to take action.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #japan, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

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China’s Overhaul of Hong Kong Elections Gives Security Bodies a Key Role

New rules give the bodies power to investigate all potential candidates, meaning opposition politicians face steep odds of even being allowed to run.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #elections, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #m-hong-kong-museum, #national-peoples-congress-china, #politics-and-government, #television-broadcasts-tvb

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How Will We Win the Second Cold War?

Biden has a chance to turn China’s strengths into weaknesses.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cold-war-era, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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How China’s Outrage Machine Kicked Up a Storm Over H&M

The Communist Party’s youth wing and official news outlets used grabby memes and hashtags to start a tsunami of nationalist fury over Xinjiang cotton.

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What is Going on with China, Cotton and All of These Clothing Brands?

A user’s guide to the latest cross-border social media fashion crisis.

#burberry, #china, #consumer-behavior, #e-commerce, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #hugo-boss-ag, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #luxury-goods-and-services, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #textiles, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #your-feed-fashion

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An Alliance of Autocracies? China Wants to Lead a New World Order.

As President Biden predicts a struggle between democracies and their opponents, Beijing is eager to champion the other side.

#china, #cold-war-era, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-parliament, #european-union, #international-relations, #iran, #middle-east, #saudi-arabia, #turkey, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xinjiang-china

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How Sanctions Hurt Iranian Women

The decimation of the economy since the U.S. left the nuclear deal is crippling the people who have been working for reform.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #iranian-rial-currency, #pompeo-mike, #united-states-international-relations, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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China, With $400 Billion Iran Deal, Could Deepen Influence in Mideast

The countries signed a sweeping pact on Saturday that calls for heavy Chinese investments in Iran over 25 years in exchange for oil — a step that could ease Iran’s international isolation.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #united-states-international-relations

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Israel’s Shadow War With Iran Moves Out to Sea

Israel and Iran have fought a clandestine war across the Middle East for years, mainly by land and air. Now ships are under attack in the Mediterranean and Red Seas.

#defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hezbollah, #iran, #israel, #mediterranean-sea, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #persian-gulf, #politics-and-government, #red-sea, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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H&M Faces a Boycott in China Over Statement on Uyghurs

The Swedish retailer is the latest fashion business to come under pressure from Chinese consumers after a perceived misstep.

#china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #politics-and-government, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group

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How Illicit Oil Is Smuggled Into North Korea With China’s Help

New satellite images obtained by The New York Times show that China has allowed tankers to use its infrastructure and territorial waters to deliver oil to North Korea.

#china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #north-korea, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #satellites, #security-council-un, #ships-and-shipping, #smuggling, #united-nations, #united-states, #your-feed-visual-investigations

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North Korea Launches Missile Test as Tensions Rise With U.S.

The test was the first by Pyongyang since President Biden took office and came after it accused the United States and South Korea of raising “a stink” on the Korean Peninsula.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. Joins Allies to Punish Chinese Officials for Human Rights Abuses

The sanctions come days after the Biden administration’s heated encounter with Chinese officials in Alaska, and will most likely widen tensions between Washington and Beijing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #treasury-department, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #zhao-lijian

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What We Learned From Our Investigation into Covert Oil Deliveries to North Korea

We uncovered how one ship helped North Korea get oil despite sanctions. Here are five takeaways from the investigation.

#center-for-advanced-defense-studies, #china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #ships-and-shipping, #smuggling, #united-nations

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A Tanker and a Maze of Companies: One Way Illicit Oil Reaches North Korea

We spent months reviewing ship-tracking data, corporate records and satellite imagery to uncover one way North Korea evades strict international sanctions.

#china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #taiwan, #united-nations

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The U.S.-China Talks: A Meeting of Friends and Foes

What, exactly, are the political stakes? We asked our correspondent David Sanger for a rundown.

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Mr. Biden, Enough With the Tough Talk on China

Modest measures can reverse the dangerous decay in relations.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #peace-corps, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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North Korea Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Malaysia Over U.S. Extradition

The extradition is part of Washington’s efforts to crack down on what it has called widespread sanctions-evading activities by North Korean businessmen and diplomats around the world.

#defectors-political, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #extradition, #malaysia, #north-korea, #nuclear-tests, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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Liberals Grow Impatient With Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

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Liberals Grow Impatient With President Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

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North Korean Threat Forces Biden Into Balancing Act With China

Washington’s recent attempts to communicate with Pyongyang were rebuffed, leaving American officials to appeal to countries in the region to help pressure North Korea.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kim-jong-un, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #south-korea, #united-states-indo-pacific-command, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. Punishes 24 Chinese Officials on Eve of First Talks Under Biden

Setting a confrontational tone ahead of meetings in Alaska, the United States punished Chinese officials involved in eroding democracy in Hong Kong.

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Europe Struggles to Defend Itself Against a Weaponized Dollar

Despite warm words from Biden, U.S. secondary sanctions against Iran, Russia and others punish European companies and prompt new calls for strategic autonomy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #borrell-fontelles-josep, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #euro-currency, #europe, #european-union, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #us-dollar-currency

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How President Biden Can Support Myanmar

Economic sanctions and an arms embargo can help pressure the Burmese military to restore democracy in Myanmar.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Sanctions Are Reimposed on Israeli Billionaire Granted Relief Under Trump

The Biden administration moved to reverse an action that had benefited Dan Gertler, who has been accused of corruption over mining deals in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #corruption-institutional, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gertler-dan-1973, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mines-and-mining, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Administration Announces First Sanctions on Russia in Navalny Case

The action came as the administration declassified an intelligence finding that the F.S.B., one of Russia’s leading intelligence agencies, was responsible for the poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #european-union, #federal-security-service, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Accuses Russian Intelligence of Poisoning Navalny

The Biden administration announced its first sanctions against the Russian government for the attack and the imprisonment of Aleksei A. Navalny.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #federal-security-service, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations

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Iran’s Judo Ban, Sparked by Order to Avoid Israeli, Is Overturned

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said there was “no legal basis” to bar Iran from competitions for ordering an athlete not to compete against an Israeli opponent.

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Myanmar’s Military Deploys Digital Arsenal of Repression in Crackdown

The generals who staged a coup last month use surveillance drones, iPhone cracking devices and hacking software, some of it from Western countries that bar sales of such technology to Myanmar.

#arms-trade, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Iran Rejects Nuclear Deal Talks With U.S. Proposed by Europe

The rejection came days after President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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In Confronting Saudi Arabia, Biden Tiptoes With a Close Ally

The U.S. has accused Saudi Arabia’s crown prince of ordering the killing of the dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi but is wary of causing a break with an important Arab partner.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations

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Will Anything Stop Putin’s Pet Project?

Nord Stream 2, a direct pipeline from Russia to Germany, isn’t going away. Neither is the clamor to cancel it.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #energy-and-power, #european-union, #germany, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #pipelines, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states

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Having Won Syria’s War, al-Assad Is Mired in Economic Woes

After a decade of war, the biggest threat now to President Bashar al-Assad is an economic crisis. But at a recent meeting, he had no concrete solutions to his country’s extreme distress.

#assad-bashar-al, #bread, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #damascus-syria, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #hair, #international-trade-and-world-market, #israel, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-food-program

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Iran Curbs Nuclear Inspectors, but Appears to Leave Space for a Deal

The new limits appeared to be lighter than the country had threatened, giving Western nations three months to see if they can revive the 2015 nuclear agreement.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #grossi-rafael, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zarif-mohammad-javad

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