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

Dan Kovalik | Posted 12.18.2014 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 11.13.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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.

Marching on Moscow

Conn Hallinan | Posted 08.05.2014 | 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 08.03.2014 | 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 07.27.2014 | 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.

#TakeBackOurMoney

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.