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Forget sanctions, reining in North Korea will need a whole new approach

The Conversation Global | Posted 02.13.2017 | Politics
The Conversation Global

Onlookers watch news of another North Korean ballistic missile test in Seoul, South Korea. Kim Hong-Ji Lully Miura, University of Tokyo North Korea ...

Shouldn't We Be Asking About Donald Trump's Involvement With 'The Mike Flynn Russia Phone Call?'

Richard Greene | Posted 02.13.2017 | Politics
Richard Greene

Instead of focusing on Michael Flynn or if he lied to Mike Pence or Donald Trump, shouldn't we be asking Donald Trump if he told his National Security Advisor appointee to speak to or reassure the Russians about President Obama's sanctions?

Mike Pence: Future Of Russia Sanctions Remains Uncertain

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.05.2017 | Politics

Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration is “very troubled by the increased hostilities over the past week in eastern Ukraine,” but...

Civil Lawsuit On Behalf Of Sudanese Victims Brought Against BNP Paribas In U.S. Federal District Court

Eric Reeves | Posted 01.21.2017 | World
Eric Reeves

The civil suit brought yesterday on behalf of victims of atrocity crimes for which the NIF/NCP regime in Khartoum is responsible marks a moment of ext...

Sudan Sanctions: Obama, You've Been Played, Advantage Bashir

Esther Sprague | Posted 01.16.2017 | World
Esther Sprague

Dear President Obama, Last week, I and twenty-five Sudanese and activists from around the world asked you not to lift sanctions on Sudan. On Friday,...

The Final Betrayal of Sudan: Obama administration's lifting of economic sanctions; UN Ambassador Samantha Power justifying the move, claiming a "sea change" of improvement in humanitarian access

Eric Reeves | Posted 01.14.2017 | Women
Eric Reeves

The moral hypocrisy, the mendacity, and the sheer foolishness of the Obama administration's claim that there has been a "sea change" of improvement in...

2017: The Beginning of the Era of Disruption

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.01.2017 | World
Daniel Wagner

In this era of dramatic, rampant, and incessant political change, predictions about the future can no longer be based either on conventional wisdom or...

Kremlin Vows 'Appropriate' Retaliation To U.S. Sanctions

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 12.29.2016 | Politics

The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia would harm relations between Mos...

How a Trump Economic Miscalculation Could Hammer His Pal Putin's Economy

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 12.26.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Donald Trump. Stock Photo. Donald Trump's munchkins would have us believe that the new American president is going to usher in a p...

The Senate Vote To Extend Iran Sanctions Is A Symbolic Move That Could Antagonize Tehran

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 12.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to extend U.S. sanctions on Iran for 10 years. Lawmakers hailed the 99-0 vote as a critical st...

U.S., China Agree On New North Korea U.N. Sanctions

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 11.23.2016 | World

The United States and China have agreed on new U.N. sanctions to impose on North Korea over the nuclear test it conducted in September, but Russia is ...

America's Feel-Good Sanctions Policy Toward North Korea

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.28.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Dealing with North Korea brings to mind Sisyphus, the mythological Greek king condemned for eternity to roll a stone up a hill, only to watch it roll back down.

U.S. Sanctions Kim Jong Un For Human Rights Abuses

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.06.2016 | World

WASHINGTON, July 6 (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday sanctioned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the first time, citing "notorious abuses ...

The Right To Boycott; And It's Right To Boycott

Donna Nevel | Posted 06.17.2016 | Education
Donna Nevel

This past week, hundreds of New Yorkers from different communities and organizations stood strong for justice and protested Governor Cuomo's unconstit...

Sanctions Against North Korea Hurt the People Rather Than the Government

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.15.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

North Korea has completed its first Korean Workers' Party congress in 36 years. The ruling elite appeared to be getting along fine despite international sanctions. Washington needs to find a new approach toward the North.

China Must Confront Its North Korea Problem

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Great powers usually have client states. Although a sign of influence, the latter often are more trouble than they are worth. North Korea increasingly appears that way for Beijing.

Burma on Road to Democracy: How Far How Fast?

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.23.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

A half century of military dictatorship has officially ended in Burma, or Myanmar. The cost has been high, with brutal war and systematic repression finally giving way to nominal civilian rule. Yet taking the final steps toward democracy may be as difficult as making the transition so far.

Stuck in the Ukrainian Conundrum: U.S. and Europe Need to Drop Sanctions and Negotiate a Way Out

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Many Ukrainians expect America and Europe to save them. Suggest that they are living a fantasy gets you tarred as a blatant fool and Russian stooge. Yet Ukraine shouldn't waste time posing as a fairy tale maiden in distress waiting for rescue by the Western knight in shining armor. Kiev risks ending up as a failed state.

As Crimea Passes Two Years as Part of Russia, Time to Negotiate Away Sanctions

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.06.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Rather than reflexively continue sanctions, the Western states should rethink their policy toward Russia. Vladimir Putin isn't a nice guy, but that hardly sets him apart. Russian democracy may be an oxymoron, but then, lack of civil and political rights never stopped Washington from backing Egypt, aiding Pakistan, or embracing Saudi Arabia.

Russia Is Not Nine Feet Tall

Dr. Ariel Cohen | Posted 11.03.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Cohen

As Russia has boycotted the global Nuclear Security summit hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, March 31-April 1, 2016, questions arise...

New North Korea UN Resolution Is Tough: Can It Be Enforced

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 03.02.2016 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Instead of spending some $4 billion on its weapons programs, Pyongyang could have provided 40 years of humanitarian assistance to its impoverished citizens, South Korea's Ambassador Oh Joon told reporters.

Putin Sanctions Must Remain...He's on the Ropes

Diane M. Francis | Posted 02.12.2017 | World
Diane M. Francis

The recent backroom bi-laterals talks between the United States and Russia about Ukraine have caused anxiety in the region, raised hopes that sanctions could be lifted, and elevated Russian President Vladimir Putin's status to super power level.

Ignoring North Korea Is Foolish: Time to Try Engagement

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.09.2017 | World
Doug Bandow

Under the Obama administration, U.S. policy toward North Korea largely has devolved into the president sitting in the Oval Office, closing his eyes, and hoping the nuclear monsters will go away. Alas, it hasn't worked.

U.S. Should Engage Rather Than Isolate North Korea

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.29.2017 | World
Doug Bandow

Under the Obama administration, U.S. policy toward North Korea largely has devolved into the president sitting in the Oval Office, closing his eyes, and hoping the nuclear monsters will go away. Alas, it hasn't worked.

Investing in Iran From a Human Rights Perspective

Amol Mehra | Posted 01.22.2017 | Politics
Amol Mehra

Ensuring corporate accountability in practice is more difficult, but fortunately the U.S. already has a blueprint from which to build a human rights reporting and monitoring framework for eventual investment in Iran.