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Secretary Clinton's Bold Stroke

Sarah Stephens | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

Diana Nyad, America's most celebrated long-distance swimmer, tried and tried to cross the Florida Straits. On her fifth attempt, at age 64, she made it. If she runs for the presidency in 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could echo if not exceed the scope of Ms. Nyad's achievement.

Marching on Moscow

Conn Hallinan | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Conn Hallinan

So why are the United States, the European Union (EU), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) all on the road to the Russian capital? And exactly what are they hoping to achieve?

For the First Time in Years, Members of Congress Push Back Against Obama Administration's Failed Latin America Policy

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

In an election year in which there is nothing for politicians to gain from standing up to the bullies of the recently merged anti-Cuba and anti-Venezuela lobbies, this is significant. But even more striking were some of the points that the letter made about U.S. policy in the region.

Democrats Express Opposition To Venezuela Sanctions

AP | By BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen Democratic members of Congress are voicing opposition to authorizing unilateral U.S. sanctions against Venezuela ahead of...

Nets' Oligarch Owner Leaves His Political Party, Rejoins Board of a Russian State Corp

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

Mr. Prokhorov and his political prospects remain unclear, which means the Kremlin can focus on using Mikhail Prokhorov's other talents, like diplomacy or business-savvy or New York residency.

Radio and TV Martí: Jammed in Cuba, Slammed by the U.S. Court of Appeals

Sarah Stephens | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

Last week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a finding against the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the agency operating Radio and TV Mart...

Iran Says OPEC Needs to Make Room for Its Oil

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Daniel J. Graeber

Iran is serious about achieving a position on the international stage that's reflective of its reserve potential, the country's oil minister, Bijan Zanganeh, told an international energy summit in Moscow.


John Friedman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
John Friedman

Global social media condemnation of the situation will not solve this problem and save these young women from a fate that can only be described as horrific.

Has Putin Been Manipulating Energy Prices?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The crafting of Putin's new Euro-Asian vision -- in effect a new "Greater Russia" assembled from the remnants of the old Soviet Union in Central Asia and Europe -- has been greased by a pipeline delivery system under the Kremlin's control.

Angela Driving

Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Russia: Sanctions Are Not a Solution!

Elena Ulansky | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Elena Ulansky

If America's goal is to force Putin to change his foreign policy, i.e. specially to direct Russian speaking Ukrainians to halt the violent actions they have taken; then West has to focus on what the benefit to Putin is if he does reverse his policy towards Ukraine.

Russia's Economy Is Already In Recession, According To The IMF

AP | By NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 06.30.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — The International Monetary Fund estimates that Russia's economy has already entered recession as fears of broad economic sanctions wei...

Ukraine Still Lives in a Man's World, Bans All Single Russian Men From Entry

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

Unlike the bloodless annexation of Crimea earlier this spring, a Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine may lead to a full-blown war between the countries, which neither Kyiv nor Moscow can afford to wage.

The Future of Ukraine -- Civil war?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Elena Ulansky

The West has not given defensive arms to Ukraine. Instead, it imposed meaningless sanctions and despite its rhetoric it appears to be leaving Ukraine to its own devices to deal with the pro-Russian secession movement.

April Showers Hit Markets: Bring an Umbrella to Trade

Terry Connelly | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Forces at work from Tokyo to Kiev have been roiling the U.S. stock market for a couple of week. But the financial sushi that is now on the menu in Japan, and Russia's "Crimea of the Century" are only part of the story.

U.S. to Arm Ukraine? Is Senator McCain Correct?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Elena Ulansky

No one can pretend to read Putin's mind but one thing is a fact by now: economic sanctions so far have had little impact on Russian leader. Threatening more sanctions if Russia were to invade is not likely to prevent an invasion anymore than it did in Crimea.

"Consequences" for Russia's Aggression

David L. Phillips | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

Sanctions should not be seen as an instrument to punish Russia. However, a credible threat of sanctions can adjust Russia's approach.

Breathless in North Korea

Christine Ahn | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Christine Ahn

While repression in North Korea is widely recognized, less understood is why North Korea is such a militarized nation.

Sanctions Could Come In Like A Wrecking Ball For Miley Cyrus

Reuters | Jussi Rosendahl | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

HELSINKI, April 3 (Reuters) - Finnish concerts by American pop stars Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake have come under the cloud of U.S. sanctions a...

The Specter of Space Station Sanctions: MAD

Marco Cáceres | Posted 06.02.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

The dilemma for the West is how to really punish Russia and make it suffer without inflicting similar pain and suffering on itself.

In Cuba Policy Debate, Theories Don't Cut It

Mauricio Claver-Carone | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Mauricio Claver-Carone

It's time for those who theorize that closer business ties to Cuba will trigger economic and political reform, and want to scuttle U.S. sanctions, to face some inconvenient truths.

Update: U.S. Government Suspends Consideration of Funding for Yamal LNG

Doug Norlen | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Doug Norlen

Ex-Im Bank first announced Yamal as a pending project in November 2013, the same month that the Kremlin-backed Ukranian government used violence against tens of thousands of demonstrators, and many years after Russia's use of gas exports as a geopolitical weapon began. Ex-Im Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg needs speak out on this issue, and let the public know exactly where Ex-Im Bank stands.

Ukraine Crisis Hurts Obama's Ratings

AP | CONNIE CASS and JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign policy used to stand out as a not-so-bleak spot in the public's waning assessment of Barack Obama. Not anymore. He's getti...

Will the U.S. Fund Russian Gas Exports?

Doug Norlen | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Doug Norlen

Given Russia's use of natural gas exports to bully Ukraine and Western Europe in the current crisis, sanctions should be expanded to include companies working in Russia's oil and gas export sector.

No Sanctions Will Stop Russia-Crimea Reunion

Elena Ulansky | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Elena Ulansky

The annexation of Crimea by Russia is a fact. Neither the threat of sanctions prior to the Crimean referendum, nor the first actual sanctions after Putin signed the treaty accepting Crimea into the Russia, had any effect. These new sanctions announced Thursday are equally meaningless.