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At AIPAC, Brad Sherman Reflects Congressional Divide On Iran Sanctions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Addressing an audience Sunday at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) showed signs of the increasi...

Jessica Schulberg

Lindsey Graham Threatens to Cut UN Funding and Derail Iran Negotiations

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Speaking to the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference Sunday morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) threatene...

Europe's Dilemma - Putin's Blessing in Disguise

Elena Ulansky | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

The negative yielding bonds show how weak the European economy and psychological capacity of Europe is to stand up to Putin. The problem for Germany now is not Russia but how to deal with Greece and the weakening economies of European countries.

Venezuela Authorizes Use of Lethal Weapons on Protest Control

Raul Stolk | Posted 01.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Raul Stolk

In Venezuela the armed forces are not allowed to enforce public order. The only component of the military that may act in certain civil defense roles is the National Guard, yet the new resolution does not distinguish. But that is just one small detail.

Beware the Blowback From Russia Sanctions

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Jonathan Marshall

It's worth remembering, with the centenniary of World War I just past, that economic collapse and social disruption are more likely to sow the seeds of extremism and conflict than to make the world safe for democracy.

What's Not to Understand? Children Were Raped.

Phu Nguyen | Posted 03.18.2015 | Sports
Phu Nguyen

I'm writing this to make a point that I feel can't ever become redundant. I seem to keep having to argue a very necessary objective regarding the PSU/Paterno scandal and the NCAA sanctions. I suppose I'll keep reiterating as often as possible until people who don't get it, do.

Parallels in Myanmar and Cuba Policy

Erin Murphy | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Erin Murphy

This seems like a laundry list of "gives," but these are in fact incremental steps -- particularly given that the embargo remains in force -- that will improve the everyday lives of Cubans and their families abroad and begin to thaw relations between the two countries.

U.S. Is Trying To Sanction Progress in Venezuela/Latin America

Dan Kovalik | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

President Obama is poised to sign a bill sanctioning Venezuela over alleged concern for human rights in that country. Thousands of Venezuelans have responded to this news by marching in protest of these sanctions.

The Global Consequences of Western Sanctions to Change Russian Policy Towards Ukraine

Elena Ulansky | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

Are western sanctions over Russia's support of Eastern Ukraine separatists, the declining price of oil, and the sharp decline of the ruble causing significant enough pressure on the Russian economy to change Putin's stance on the Ukraine?

I Won't Be Coming Home for Christmas: The Christmas Experience in Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.05.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While it doesn't even come close to mom's egg and sausage Christmas brunch, I try to pick up a few seasonal items in my prison's commissary. Is it depressing? Yes. Does it hurt? Yes. But it is all that I have.

Will Russia's Eastern Game Plan Work?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

Russia's projected growth of the economy in 2015 will not surpass 1% by even the most optimistic projections. What does Russian leadership do to mend this sinking boat?

Crumbling of Oil Prices Make Russia and China Closer

Elena Ulansky | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

As the price of oil crumbles, declining over 25% since June, the consequences on the Russian economy have been drastic. What American and European sanctions (brought as a result of the annexation of Crimea) and the Ukraine crisis failed to do to the Russian economy, the declining price of oil has done.

Vladimir Putin's Military Is Buzzing Europe Because Sanctions Are Working

John A. Tures | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

It's unrealistic to expect Putin to be overthrown by sanctions. But if he didn't care so much about them, why would he try to rattle the West's nerves.

Fiji's Post-Election Democracy: How Robust?

East-West Center | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
East-West Center

By Gerard A. Finin It would be easy to look skeptically at Fiji's recent national election - the Pacific island nation's first since a military coup ...

The Flawed Logic of Russian Sanctions (and Why They Might Be Useful Anyway)

Kimberly Marten | Posted 11.28.2014 | World
Kimberly Marten

Western sanctions are harming the Russian economy, but that doesn't mean they will achieve anything the West wants in Ukraine.

The Artichoke and The Soccer Ball: Russia Gains Advantage

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

The sanctions on Russia aren't working, and can't work. The plight of French farmers shows how the sanctions can be self-destructive, and the news from UEFA are a signal that Russia is still a trusted partner and an ideological ally of the European Union.

A Russia Problem, Not a Putin Problem

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Carnegie Corporation of New York

It may remain true that there is much the two countries could do together, particularly over the long term. But shared interests will not be enough to bring the two countries together again. For the problem in relations is grounded in each country's sense of itself and its role in the world.

Why Sanctions Against Russia Might Backfire

Kimberly Marten | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Kimberly Marten

The lesson from the past decade around the world is that the United States and its allies cannot control the internal politics of foreign countries. When they try, they often end up with a worse situation than they faced originally.

Real Punishment: Get Rid of Russia's Black Markets in Western Europe

Andrew Chrismer | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Andrew Chrismer

A sanctions scheme designed to target and limit activity among the shadiest comrades within Russia could inadvertently increase their business opportunities in the well-established black markets operating throughout Europe.

Putin's Achilles' Heel: Tighter Energy Sector Sanctions

David Koranyi | Posted 10.19.2014 | World
David Koranyi

The EU and the United States need to adopt extended, better defined, and more comprehensive energy technology sanctions with urgency, especially if Putin decides to invade Eastern Ukraine under the pretext of humanitarian assistance.

Why Russia Could Invade Ukraine

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The crisis in Ukraine continues to get worse against a backdrop of conflicting signals. Pro-Russian separatists have called for a ceasefire but Ukrainian forces continue to pound them in Donetsk.

New Level of Sanctions, or From Russia With Love

Evgeniya Melnikova | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Evgeniya Melnikova

These days, authorities in Russia are seriously considering the prospect of imposing an airspace ban against all European airlines that fly above the country, using Trans Siberian air route.

Officials: EU Adopts Tough New Sanctions Against Russia

AP | JULIE PACE and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG | Posted 09.28.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tu...

John Kerry Accidentally Sanctions Self

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.21.2014 | Comedy
Peter Van Buren

"I'm still not sure exactly what happened," said gaffe-prone, beleaguered Secretary of State John Kerry, "but I'm told I agreed to sanctions on myself."

Secretary Clinton's Bold Stroke

Sarah Stephens | Posted 08.11.2014 | 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.