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“It’s Not Enough” – US Senate Proposes New Bill To Ban Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

    “It’s Not Enough” – US Senate Proposes New Bill To Ban Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

After the Senate killed a proposal by Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) on Thursday to block $300 million in U.S. arms sales to Bahrain — a key Saudi coalition ally in the Yemen war — Senators proposed another bill that would suspend all U.S. weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and block the refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing Yemen. Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee,…

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Venezuela Calls on UN to Break US Blockade and Supply Medical Equipment

    Venezuela Calls on UN to Break US Blockade and Supply Medical Equipment

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has requested international assistance from the United Nations (UN) and, in particular, the UN Development Program (UNDP), to “break” the US-led economic blockade against the country and help supply vital medical equipment. His call came at a gathering of health sector leaders and activists from the Humanised Childbirth Program in Caracas…

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Nations the World Over Disapprove of US Foreign Policy, Except for Israel

    Nations the World Over Disapprove of US Foreign Policy, Except for Israel

Last week, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn the US embargo against Cuba. A total of 189 member-nations said Cuba did not deserve this embargo, which began in 1961 and has continued unabated to this day. Only two countries – the United States and Israel – voted against the motion. No country abstained. Cuba’s…

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As Venezuela Prepares to Dump Dollar, Caracas Moves to Repatriate Gold from Bank of England

    As Venezuela Prepares to Dump Dollar, Caracas Moves to Repatriate Gold from Bank of England

Venezuela is looking to repatriate 14 tonnes of gold from the Bank of England as US-led sanctions target their international assets, Reuters has reported. The move, which will bring around US $550 million of international reserves back under Caracas’ control, was initiated two months ago by the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV), according to an unnamed official…

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Tehran Slams Renewed “Cruel” Sanctions as US Split With EU Allies Remains Apparent

  Tehran Slams Renewed “Cruel” Sanctions as US Split With EU Allies Remains Apparent

On Monday, Washington re-imposed sanctions against Iran. Touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as the “strongest we’ve ever imposed,” the renewed sanctions expand the restrictions in effect prior to the 2015 nuclear deal. As the United States launches direct attacks on Iran’s economy through these increased sanctions, Iran is resisting by vowing to continue selling…

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The Long-term Consequences of Trump’s Campaign Against Iran

  The Long-term Consequences of Trump’s Campaign Against Iran

The next step in the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran comes this Sunday, Nov. 4, when the most severe sanctions will be imposed on the Islamic Republic. Crucially, they apply not only to Iran but to anyone who continues to do business with it. It’s not yet clear how disruptive this move will…

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US Sanctions Cost Venezuela $6B Since August 2017, Sparking Humanitarian Catastrophe

  US Sanctions Cost Venezuela $6B Since August 2017, Sparking Humanitarian Catastrophe

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — United States sanctions against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela have cost the Latin American nation $6 billion since August of 2017, leaving the fate of healthcare and access to basic goods in jeopardy for millions of already struggling Venezuelans. As recently as early October, an anonymous source from the Trump administration told…

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US Sanctions on Russia and China Are About More Than Total War

  US Sanctions on Russia and China Are About More Than Total War

A crucial Pentagon report on the US defense industrial base and “supply chain resiliency” bluntly accuses China of “military expansion” and “a strategy of economic aggression,” mostly because Beijing is the only source for “a number of chemical products used in munitions and missiles.” Russia is mentioned only once, but in a crucial paragraph: as a –…

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Denounced by UN on Humanitarian Grounds, US Sanctions Amount to ‘Psychological and Economic Warfare,’ Rouhani Says

  Denounced by UN on Humanitarian Grounds, US Sanctions Amount to ‘Psychological and Economic Warfare,’ Rouhani Says

Ahead of the United States’ newest round of sanctions targeting his country, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday accused the Trump administration of “psychological and economic warfare” and of working toward regime change in Iran. Speaking at Tehran University, Rouhani expressed outrage amid rising tensions following President Donald Trump’s breach of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran,…

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Trump Is Trying to Square a Globalized World Through Capitalism. It Won’t Work.

  Trump Is Trying to Square a Globalized World Through Capitalism. It Won’t Work.

Trump is trying to square a globalized world through a national-based American capitalism. It won’t work. Former President Teddy Roosevelt (1901-09) described the essence of US foreign policy as “speaking softly while carrying a big stick”. Under the incumbent president, Donald Trump, it seems to be all about “speaking loudly”. What Trump is carrying in…

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