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‘Violation of International Law on Every Level’: Cubans React to New Sanctions from Washington

  • RT Published on Apr 18, 2019
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    The US is targeting Cuba with additional sanctions, including restricting travel to the island nation, limiting remittances, and sanctioning additional entities, White House national security adviser John Bolton said.

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April 19, 2019 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Iran: US Sanctions Are “Economic Terrorism”

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Reuters Confirms That Bolton Torpedoed the Hanoi Summit

  • Reuters Confirms That Bolton Torpedoed the Hanoi Summit
    by , http://www.unz.com/
    An explosive report by Reuters confirms that John Bolton sabotaged the denuclearization talks between Kim Jong un and Donald Trump in Hanoi in February. According to a March 29 exclusive by journalists Lesley Wroughton and David Brunnstrom:

    “Donald Trump handed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a piece of paper” demanding that Kim surrender all of his “nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the United States.” Trump also added a number of unrelated demands including “fully dismantling” all “chemical and biological warfare program(s)…. and ballistic missiles, launchers, and associated facilities.” Trump surprised Kim by demanding complete, unilateral disarmament in exchange for a flimsy promise to lift economic sanctions sometime in the future. Naturally, Kim rejected the offer.

    Here’s more from the same article:

    “The document appeared to represent Bolton’s long-held and hardline “Libya model” of denuclearization that North Korea has rejected repeatedly….North Koreans rejected Bolton’s repeated demands for it to follow a denuclearization model under which components of Libya’s nuclear program were shipped to the United States in 2004.

    Seven years after a denuclearization agreement was reached between the United States and Libya’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi, the United States took part in a NATO-led military operation against his government and he was overthrown by rebels and killed” (“Exclusive: With a piece of paper, Trump called on Kim to hand over nuclear weapons”, Reuters)

    Bolton presented Kim with an offer he knew Kim would reject, the same offer that led to the destruction of Libya and the savage murder of Gaddafi. Bolton wanted the talks to fail so he could push for tougher sanctions that would pave the way for regime change. That was his goal. Kim’s nuclear weapons were never the target, they were merely the pretext for intensifying the economic strangulation, the relentless belligerence and the threats of war.

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April 3, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Iran Warns Israel of ‘Crushing Response’ to Any Naval Intervention

  • Iran Warns Israel of ‘Crushing Response’ to Any Naval Intervention
    by https://www.timesofisrael.com/
    After Netanyahu alleges maritime oil smuggling, Tehran defense minister vows to respond with force to any attempt to curtail exports

    Iran’s defense minister warned Wednesday that the Islamic Republic would give a “crushing response” if Israel followed through on a threat by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stymie Iranian oil shipments.

    Defense minister Amir Hatami was responding to a speech last week in which Netanyahu warned that Israel’s navy might intervene if Iran was illegally exporting petroleum and bypassing American economic sanctions, the IRNA news agency reported.

    “If they have such an intention, this issue will be regarded as international piracy,” Hatami said.

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March 15, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Local Journalists Slam Western Mainstream Media Coverage of Venezuela Developments

  • PressTV Published on Feb 22, 2019
    There has been fierce criticism online and within Venezuela of the mainstream media outlets’ coverage of developments in the country. Local journalists say some outlets are fueling Washington’s war against Venezuela.

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February 25, 2019 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bolton’s Plan: Starve Venezuela

  • RonPaulLibertyReport Streamed live on Feb 5, 2019
    US “humanitarian” aid to Venezuela is being weaponized – routed through the US-backed opposition to feed its supporters. Meanwhile, backers of the Venezuelan government will face draconian sanctions designed to starve them into accepting the US-appointed president. If it does not work, Bolton and the neocons are fomenting civil war in the country.

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February 8, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bolton’s Plan: Starve Venezuela

Defying US, Europe Launches Payment Channel with Iran — Bypassing US Sanctions

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‘Hands Off Venezuela’: Maduro Slams Trump in English After US Sanctions Country’s Oil Giant

  • RT Published on Jan 29, 2019
    Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro addressed Donald Trump in English to demand that Washington keep its “hands off” the country, after the US imposed sanctions on its state oil company in recognition of Juan Guaido as president.

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January 30, 2019 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Comments Off on ‘Hands Off Venezuela’: Maduro Slams Trump in English After US Sanctions Country’s Oil Giant

‘Consider the Danger’: US Ambassador Threatens to Sanction German Nord Stream 2 Companies

  • RT Published on Jan 14, 2019
    A US ambassador has reportedly threatened to punish German contributors involved in the multinational Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, and has tried to fan the ‘Russia scare’ to make his point. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9m7s

Nordstream 1 in black, Nordstream 2 in red

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January 16, 2019 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , | Comments Off on ‘Consider the Danger’: US Ambassador Threatens to Sanction German Nord Stream 2 Companies

Response to US Global Bullying: Iran, India Ditch Dollar to Continue Trading Oil Despite Sanctions

  • Response to US Global Bullying: Iran, India Ditch Dollar to Continue Trading Oil Despite Sanctions
    by Darius Shahtahmasebi, https://www.rt.com/
    In an effort to circumvent US-imposed sanctions, India and Iran have reportedly ditched the US dollar and are trading oil in rupees. The reason becomes clear after considering the dynamics at play in the region.

    In mid-February last year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited India, and the two countries signed nine agreements signalling a strengthening of ties. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared to celebrate the growing relationship, stating that it was “a matter of great pleasure” for India that an Iranian president came to India “after a gap of 10 years.”

    Fast-forward a few months later, and then-UN ambassador Nikki Haley was bluntly telling India that they should rethink their relationship with Tehran.

    Donald Trump’s decision to rip up the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last year, also known as the Iranian nuclear accord, was a particularly significant blow to Iran-India relations. At the time the JCPOA was formulated, Indian officials believed the deal to be the “best deal available.” After the JCPOA’s implementation in 2016, exports of Iranian oil to India increased by more than 110 percent.

    Maybe the issue isn’t always that Washington wants to contain its rivals in the Middle East and Asia, but perhaps there is a chance that it also wants to keep a lid on its so-called allies as well. Right now, India is the third largest oil consumer in the world, and is expected to become the largest by the year 2040. As its domestic reserves are not meeting the needs of its rapidly expanding economy, India has been importing 80 percent of its oil supply from overseas, including and especially Iran.

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January 16, 2019 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Response to US Global Bullying: Iran, India Ditch Dollar to Continue Trading Oil Despite Sanctions

EU Will Soon Establish Alternative Payment Channel Allowing Iran to Bypass US Sanctions – Mogherini

  • EU Will Soon Establish Alternative Payment Channel Allowing Iran to Bypass US Sanctions – Mogherini
    by https://www.rt.com/
    Brussels will create an alternative payment channel to facilitate financial transactions between the European Union and Iran in the near future to bypass US sanctions, the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has announced.

    “I will expect this instrument to be established in the coming weeks before the end of the year as a way to protect and promote legitimate business,”
     EU’s foreign policy chief told reporters on Monday.


    The 28-nation bloc has been considering ways to continue doing business with Tehran and bypass US economic restrictions after Washington pulled out from the Iran nuclear deal and reimposed economic sanctions.

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December 11, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , | Comments Off on EU Will Soon Establish Alternative Payment Channel Allowing Iran to Bypass US Sanctions – Mogherini

EU Still Seeking Ways Around US Sanctions on Iran

  • RT America Published on Dec 10, 2018
    The European Union plans to create an alternative payment channel to facilitate transactions with Iran in the near future to bypass US sanctions, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has announced. RT America’s Dan Cohen has the details.

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December 11, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , | Comments Off on EU Still Seeking Ways Around US Sanctions on Iran

When the U.S. Want to Sanction States, They Call Them « Terrorists »

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  • When the U.S. Want to Sanction States, They Call Them « Terrorists »
    by Thierry Meyssan, http://www.voltairenet.org/en
    The new unilateral sanctions by the United States against Iran, Russia and Syria add to the previous actions concerning the same three targets. They now form the most unforgiving embargo in History. The way in which they have been organised is illegal according to the definition of the Charter of the United Nations – these are weapons of war, designed for killing.

    For his visit to Moscow on 8 November, ambassador James Jeffrey was tasked with explaining the current US obsession with the expansion of Persian influence in the Arab world (Saudi Arabia, Bahrein, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen). Washington now wishes to formulate this question in geo-strategic rather than religious terms (Chiites/Sunni), while Teheran is organising its national defence around forward posts composed of Chiite Arabs.

    Moscow then considered the possibility of negotiating on Teheran’s behalf for the easing of unilateral US sanctions, in exchange for its military withdrawal from Syria. President Vladimir Putin confirmed his proposition, not only for his US opposite number, but also for the Israëli Prime Minister, during their meeting in Paris on 11 November for the celebrations marking the centenary of the end of the First World War .

    He attempted to convince the Westerners that Russia alone in Syria was preferable to the Irano-Russian tandem. However, he could not guarantee that Iran would have sufficient authority over Hezbollah – as both Washington and Tel-Aviv pretend – to be able to order it to withdraw also.

    Washington’s only answer, nine days later, was to announce the eleventh series of unilateral sanctions against Russia since the beginning of August. This was accompanied by a ridiculous speech according to which Russia and Iran had together organised a vast plot aimed at maintaining President Assad in power and expanding Persian control in the Arab world.

    This rhetoric, which we believed had been abandoned, assimilates three states (the Russian Federation, the Syrian Arab Republic and the Islamic Republic of Iran) as machines in the service of three men (Bachar el-Assad, Ali Khamenei and Vladimir Putin) who are united by the same hatred of their respective peoples. It ignores the massive popular support they enjoy, while the United States are profoundly torn apart.

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December 1, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on When the U.S. Want to Sanction States, They Call Them « Terrorists »

China Warns Trade War With US Could Escalate Into ‘Great Depression & World War’

  • China Warns Trade War With US Could Escalate Into ‘Great Depression & World War’
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    Washington is considering sanctions against companies and officials linked to China’s alleged crackdown on the country’s minority Muslims.

    Speaking to Reuters before heading to join Chinese President Xi Jinping’s delegation at this week’s G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Cui Tiankai said China was going to the Argentinean capital hoping for a deal to ease a damaging trade war with the United States.

    Mentioning the two countries’ shared responsibility to cooperate in the interests of the global economy, Cui warned about dire consequences if US hawks try to drive a wedge between the world’s two largest economies.

    He drew parallels to the tariff wars the industrial countries fought during the 1930s, resulting in a collapse of global trade and stoking tensions in the run-up to World War Two.

    ‘The lessons of history are still there. In the last century, we had two world wars, and in between them, the Great Depression. I don’t think anybody should really try to have a repetition of history’, he observed.

    Cui Tiankai said China wanted to avoid a trade war and hoped to resolve the impasse caused by US President Donald Trump’s demands for large-scale concessions from Beijing to correct a towering trade deficit with China.

    Cui said he did not believe Beijing was seriously considering using its massive US Treasury debt holdings as a trade war weapon, citing concerns that such a move would destabilize financial markets. China is the largest foreign holder of US Treasury debt, with about $15.97 trillion of total public Treasury debt outstanding.

    The US-Chinese trade war broke out in July when President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on some Chinese imports in order to fix the US-Chinese $500 billion trade deficit.

    Since then, the two sides have exchanged several rounds of import duties on each other in spite of numerous attempts to resolve the conflict via dialogue.

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November 29, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , | Comments Off on China Warns Trade War With US Could Escalate Into ‘Great Depression & World War’

Russia and China Ditching Dollar for National Currencies Payment System to Avoid Sanctions

  • Russia and China Ditching Dollar for National Currencies Payment System to Avoid Sanctions
    by https://www.rt.com/
    Moscow and Beijing are drafting a pact to increase the use of the ruble and the yuan in bilateral and international trade. The countries aim to cut reliance on the US dollar to avoid sanctions targeting financial transactions.

    The plan is to launch a new cross-border system for direct payments in national currencies. Discussions are underway to allow the use of China’s UnionPay credit card in Russia and Russia’s Mir card in China, according to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who visited China this month.

    “No one currency should dominate the market, because this makes all of us dependent on the economic situation in the country that issues this reserve currency, even when we are talking about a strong economy such as the United States,”
     Medvedev said.


    He added that US sanctions have pushed Moscow and Beijing to think about the use of their domestic currencies in settlements, something that “we should have done ten years ago.”

    “Trading for rubles is our absolute priority, which, by the way, should eventually turn the ruble from a convertible currency into a reserve currency,”
    the Russian prime minister said.


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November 24, 2018 Posted by | Economics | , , , , , | Comments Off on Russia and China Ditching Dollar for National Currencies Payment System to Avoid Sanctions