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The United States, BNP Paribas and French Sovereignty

Salim Lamrani | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

By meekly complying to Washington's injunctions France has renounced its independence and permanently tarnished its image on the international scene.

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.

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.

The U.S. Cuba Embargo: Making Diplomacy Impossible

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 02.10.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

Instead of seeking a superficial fix, the United States needs to lift its trade embargo on Cuba or at least remove the country from the state terrorism list. The time has come to normalize economic ties, improve political relations, and allow financial transactions to function regularly.

No Man Is an Island (Fidel Castro Turns 87)

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 10.13.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

Unlike Mao in China and Stalin in the Soviet Union, Fidel Castro seems comfortable with his planned succession

Time to End the Cuban Embargo

David Mager | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
David Mager

Fifty-three years later, it's time to admit that we screwed up with the Bay of Pigs invasion and that the embargo we erected out of our embarrassment has not worked.

Life Under Sanctions

John Feffer | Posted 06.17.2013 | World
John Feffer

If you want the people of Iran to rise up against their leaders, why give the leadership an easy target to blame for the economic conditions that adversely affect the standard of living of average people?

The Embargo: Both Sides Are Still Living Out the Cold War

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.14.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Year after year the issue of the U.S. embargo against Cuba is presented in the United Nations. Year after year, the majority of countries votes against this fossil of the Cold War.

We Can Free Cuba Now

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 07.24.2012 | Latino Voices
Fernando Espuelas

Fifty-two years after U.S. policy first sought to break the communist dictatorship with an economic embargo, the Castro regime is still in power, lording over the Cuban people, enjoying trade and diplomatic relationships with countries across the globe.

How Sanctions Against Iran Could Backfire

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 05.14.2012 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

It is no secret that Iran is developing its nuclear capacity in a clandestine and deceptive manner. Yet ironically it is our reaction to Iranian intransigence that is more likely to lead to an Iranian bomb. And it's not for the reasons that many have cited.

The U.N., the U.S. Embargo, and the 20-Year Rout

Sarah Stephens | Posted 12.22.2011 | Latino Voices
Sarah Stephens

This will be the twentieth year the General Assembly has considered a resolution condemning the U.S. embargo. In every previous year, the resolution has been adopted in a rout.

As Sanctions Ratchet Up, Iranian Americans Bear Increasing Burdens

Jamal Abdi | Posted 08.10.2011 | World
Jamal Abdi

It is more important than ever for Americans, particularly Americans of Iranian descent, to evaluate the unintended impact the Iran sanctions coming out of Congress are having here in the U.S.

The Domino Effect: Is Iran Next?

Haggai Carmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Haggai Carmon

The brutal force used by the government in Iran may succeed this time, but the brewing discontent of the Iranian lower and middle classes will always erupt again.

Haiti's Political and Economic Earthquake "Made in the USA"

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Michael Johnson

(updated below - Update II - Update III) This morning, as political and financial leaders from around the world convene at the World Economic Forum, ...

Embargoes

Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Stephens

While the United States likes to impose embargoes, it doesn't really like being subject to them. So it's worth spending a moment considering what happens when the sanctions shoe is on the other foot.

Cuba United Nations Vote Today: US Should Abstain

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Increasing numbers of national security leaders of the likes of Brent Scowcroft and George Shultz have said that the US embargo of Cuba makes no sense and harms American interests.

Howard Berman/Richard Lugar Bipartisan Team Call for End to Cuba Travel Ban

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

It is a remarkable but true fact that the US government cannot stop regular Americans from traveling to North Korea, Burma, Iran, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Congo, or any other complicated place in the world, except Cuba.

Former Sec. of State George Shultz: Quote Me - End the US-Cuba Embargo

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Former Reagan Administration Secretary of Treasury and Secretary of State George Shultz thinks that the US embargo against Cuba should "simply be lifted."

Cuba's Soft Power: Exporting Doctors Rather Than Revolution

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

I would have encouraged Cuba's foreign minister to say that the embargo was an anachronism of the Cold War, has not achieved the goals the US had for it, and harmed both Cuban and US interests.

iTablet Beta Tester Breaks Embargo

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Gerald Sindell

Recently I was given just 24 hours to explore a first production build of the Apple iTablet -- and here are my first impressions and discoveries.

U.S. Seeking Tougher Sanctions Against Iran

The New York Times | MARK LANDLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Obama administration is scrambling to assemble a package of harsher economic sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program that could include a ...

Signs of Seduction and Change Sprout on Cuban Bodies

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Dying your hair blue, getting a tattoo or attaching a ring to your navel is no longer seen as an ideological debility. Signs have begun to sprout on bodies, of seduction and change.

Cuba at a Crossroads

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Bruno Sanz

TO THE HONORABLE BARACK OBAMA, 44TH PRESIDENT OF...

Cheap Grace

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

In area after area for Obama, much goodwill can be garnered simply by embracing common sense. Call it cheap grace. A good place to start would be with changing our preposterous policy towards Cuba.

As Cuba's Regime Turns 50, How About Some Common Sense -- Finally?

David Paul Appell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Paul Appell

The brothers Castro have outfoxed ten U.S. presidents, thanks partly to the embargo put in place by John Kennedy in 1961, before Barack Obama was born. Chances are they won't outlast an eleventh.