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Following Fresh US Sanctions over Syria Ties, Putin Warns Of Global “Chaos” If West Hits Syria Again

    Following Fresh US Sanctions over Syria Ties, Putin Warns Of Global “Chaos” If West Hits Syria Again

Shortly after U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley revealed that Russia would be slapped with a third round of sanctions on Monday for “enabling the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons in civil war,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said that further attacks on Syria by Western forces, “in violation of the U.N. Charter,” would send international relations into “chaos.” In…

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As US-Turkey Relations Simmer, Reza Zarrab’s Strange Case Adds Fuel to the Fire

    As US-Turkey Relations Simmer, Reza Zarrab’s Strange Case Adds Fuel to the Fire

ANKARA, TURKEY — There is currently a case making its way through the U.S. federal courts that is playing a significant role in increasing tension between Washington and Ankara. Federal prosecutors in New York recently announced they would seek a 15- to 20-year prison sentence for Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish national who was formerly…

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Venezuela Hits Back Following New Sanctions over Alleged Funding of WMD and Terrorism

    Venezuela Hits Back Following New Sanctions over Alleged Funding of WMD and Terrorism

Venezuelan authorities hit back at their counterparts in Panama and Switzerland this week after they approved new measures targeting Caracas. Panama’s Economic and Finance Ministry announced this past March 27 that a warning was being issued to the Central American country’s banks advising them to limit and “diligently” supervise financial transactions involving 55 top Venezuelan officials as well…

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UN Independent Expert: Venezuela Should Take US to the International Court of Justice

    UN Independent Expert: Venezuela Should Take US to the International Court of Justice

Alfred de Zayas, a UN Independent Expert for the promotion of an international democratic and equitable order, told Venezuela’s newspaper Últimas Noticias that “it is time” for Venezuela to ask the International Criminal Court “for an investigation into the crimes against humanity committed by the United States for imposing sanctions against it.”   Why do…

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Historically Anti-Apartheid New Zealand Confronts Risks of BDS and Standing Up to Israel

  Historically Anti-Apartheid New Zealand Confronts Risks of BDS and Standing Up to Israel

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — If we were to truly honor the late, great Stephen Hawking, perhaps it would pay to remind ourselves of the principles the acclaimed physicist really stood for. One of those principles was Hawking’s commitment to the boycott of Israel in response to Israel’s longstanding policy of egregiously violating the rights of millions…

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US Imposes Sanctions Against Venezuela’s Petro Cryptocurrency

  US Imposes Sanctions Against Venezuela’s Petro Cryptocurrency

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced fresh sanctions against Venezuela’s fledgling Petro cryptocurrency, which was launched specifically to help stabilize the Latin American nation’s economy. The blockade, due to be signed and implemented today, restricts the use of Petros in U.S. financial transactions, McClatchy reports. Trump and other critics have claimed the Petro, backed by Venezuela’s oil reserves – the largest in the world – is unreliable. Yet in presales alone, Venezuela has already made…

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Scream Loudly and Carry a Nuclear Arsenal: The Dangers of Trump’s “Nuclear Diplomacy”

  Scream Loudly and Carry a Nuclear Arsenal: The Dangers of Trump’s “Nuclear Diplomacy”

WASHINGTON  -– To the surprise of many, it was announced earlier this week that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) had agreed to consider ending its nuclear and ballistic missile program, while also being open to talks with the United States to resolve the inflamed tensions between the two nations. According to South Korean National…

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Amnesty International Winks at Trump’s Economic Attack on Venezuela

  Amnesty International Winks at Trump’s Economic Attack on Venezuela

Amnesty International told me that it “does not take a position on the current application” of U.S. economic sanctions that Trump’s administration imposed on Venezuela in August “but rather emphasizes the urgent need to address the serious crisis of the right to health and food which Venezuela is facing. In terms of human rights, it…

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The EU Council formally prolonged sanctions against Russia

  The EU Council formally prolonged sanctions against Russia

The EU Council formally prolonged sanctions against Russia. It was reported on Monday by news agency Tass referring to the press

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US prepare anti-China sanctions

  US prepare anti-China sanctions

The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is developing a package of economic sanctions against Chinese companies and entrepreneurs who

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