U.S. Spreads Misery Across the Globe Imposing Sanctions on a Third of Humanity

Monday, 2 January 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

By Jeremy Kuzmarov

Zimbabweans march against sanctions in Harare, October 25, 2019. [Source: voanews.com]

…Yet There is Almost No Opposition or Outcry—Even When Sanctions are Increasingly Having a Boomerang Effect

The U.S. may try piously to defend sanctions as a ‘response to foreign tyranny,’ but they are really a pretext to steal foreign bank accounts and cripple commercial rivals of U.S. corporations.

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Modi ignores West’s sanctions on Russia

Saturday, 17 December 2022 — Indian Punchline

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (L) met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Moscow, November 8, 2022 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday marks a new stage in the bilateral relationship between the two time-tested friends, both contextually and from a long-term perspective.

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EU cracks the whip (gently) on Iran

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell (L) with Iran’s Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian, Tehran, July 27, 2022. (File photo)

The European Union has returned to the ritual of sanctioning Iran to leverage its foreign and security policies. The highlight of the EU Foreign Affairs Council ministerial meeting in Brussels on Monday was the imposition of sanctions against Iran over a range of issues.

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Watch: Lift the criminal sanctions on Syria NOW! Please watch, share and write to your MP, media/government

Sunday, 11 December 2022 — UK Column

While all the focus is on the plight of Ukrainians facing a winter without energy, everyone seems to have forgotten that Syria has been living under western Sanctions for eleven years.

Vanessa Beeley explains the impact of sanctions on the people of Syria and appeals for everyone to assist in raising awareness, and having them lifted.

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New U.S. Sanctions are Designed to Hit Nicaragua’s Poorest Citizens

Friday, 4 November 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

By John Perry

[Source: afgj.salsalabs.org]

Mainstream media ridiculously claim that Nicaragua is a threat to U.S. national security when it has one of the lowest levels of defense spending in the world

The Biden administration has announced new sanctions which are intended to hit the poorest Nicaraguans—both in their pockets and in the public services on which they depend.

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Biden Sanctions Nicaragua (Again)

Thursday, 27 October 2022 — MintPress News

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On Monday, President Joe Biden announced new sanctions on Nicaragua’s state-owned mining enterprises. Revenue from these mining operations funds Nicaragua’s social welfare programs. The move comes less than 2 weeks before President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista party is expected to secure major victories in local elections.

Last year, days before Ortega’s re-election, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Nicaragua to intimidate voters into abandoning the Sandinista party. Twitter and Facebook also banned dozens of Nicaraguan activists, influencers, and journalists under the guise of removing botnets.

Is the Death of an Innocent Woman Being Exploited to Advance the Goal of Regime Change in Iran?

Tuesday, 11 October 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

By Elizabeth Sigrun

Mahsa Amini's brutal death may be moment of reckoning for Iran | Iran | The Guardian[Source: theguardian.com]

It certainly looks to be that way—though many liberals and self-proclaimed feminists remain oblivious.

In an era increasingly awash with political instability, the latest protests in Iran are yet another manifestation of the plague of Western imperialism. The sudden death of Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini and the unclear circumstances surrounding her death have precipitated a remarkable global response condemning the Iranian government as well as purporting to champion the rights of Iranian women in defiance of Islamic fundamentalism.

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Europe’s Economic Hara-Kiri

Sunday, 25 September 2022 — Peoples Democracy

Prabhat Patnaik

THE cessation of natural gas supplies from Russia to Europe in retaliation against Western sanctions imposed on Russia because of the Ukraine war, is threatening Europe not only with a winter with inadequate heating that will take a big toll in terms of lives among poor people, but also with large-scale closures of enterprises; such closures would push up the unemployment rate, and significantly increase poverty and destitution among the workers.

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Europe, more than Putin, must shoulder the blame for the energy crisis

The same arrogant, self-righteous posturing from the West that fuelled the Ukraine war is now plunging Europe into recession

Middle East Eye – 14 September 2022

Outraged western leaders are threatening a price cap on imports of Russian natural gas after Moscow cut supplies to Europe this month, deepening an already dire energy and cost-of-living crisis. In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Europe will “freeze” this winter unless there is a change of tack.

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India’s energy diplomacy blossoms, finally

Wednesday, 7 September 2022 — Indian Punchline

M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

Indian Oil Corporation’s Numaligarh Refinery, Assam (File photo)

To be sure, energy security has surged as the key to a country’s strategic autonomy and independence, as world events testify, currently within the matrix of “food-fertiliser-fuel” sufficiency where the global supply chains are disrupted. Europe’s missteps on this front, upon the advice of the US to atrophy and sever the continent’s seven decades-long economic links with Russia, is proving to be a Himalayan blunder that threatens the western economies with recession and brewing political turmoil.

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Sanctions war isn’t going as planned – The Economist

Saturday, 27 August 2022 — RT (The source may or may not be available due to Western censorship)

The expected knockout blow from anti-Russia restrictions “has not materialized,” the UK magazine reports

The harsh sanctions imposed on Russia by the West over the conflict in Ukraine have so far been unable to deliver the desired result, The Economist magazine has acknowledged, adding that the strategy has “flaws.”

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Ukraine grain deal is a feel-good event. But road to peace is long and winding

Sunday, 24 July 2022 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

Combines work on a wheat field near the village of Talniki in Siberia (File photo). For the first time since the days of the tsars, Russia has emerged in recent years as the world’s largest wheat exporter

The agreements signed in Istanbul on Friday regarding the export of grain out of Ukraine and Russia catch the headlines as a major development from the angle of global food security, which it surely is. Between around 22 million tonnes of grain from last year’s harvest now trapped inside Ukraine due to the war, and an estimated 41 million tonnes from Russia’s 2022/23 wheat exports, around 60 million tonnes, are reaching the world grain market.

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Russia teaches Europe ABC of gas trade

Wednesday, 20 July 2022 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

Gazprom’s Nord Stream gas pipeline, Lubmin, Germany

The unthinkable is happening for the second time in five months: Russian gas giant Gazprom writes to German gas companies announcing force majeure effective from June 14, exonerating it from any compensation for shortfalls since then.

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Cuba is Not a Sponsor of Terror!

Tuesday, 19 July 2022 — Code Pink

A crucial policy of the Trump administration remains, and that is Cuba’s presence on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list.  It is critical to Cuba’s ability to pursue economic, trade and humanitarian activities that it be removed immediately from the list – a power well within Biden’s authority.  Please sign our petition to the White House calling for Cuba to be removed from the list.

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Ukraine peace talks in the cards?

Saturday, 16 July 2022 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

A goods yard in Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave that has become increasingly isolated since the start of Ukraine war

Finance ministers are the pangolins in the world of international diplomacy, solitary animals and predatory, unlike foreign ministers who are like glowworms, mesmerising and gorgeous animals that create light through their tail. While the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attending G20 foreign ministers meeting in Bali a week ago staged a dramatic walkout when Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov rose to speak, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen simply sat through the speech by Russian minister Anton Siluanov at the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs that began in Bali on Friday.

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India to boost Sakhalin-1 oil output

Sunday, 10 July 2022 — Indian Punchline

Sakhalin-1 oil and gas development project is located off the coast of Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East (File photo)

After Sakhalin-2, Moscow also plans to nationalise Sakhalin-1 oil and gas development project by ousting US and Japanese shareholders. But Moscow will make an exception for India so that OVL which holds 20% stake will remain & continue to work. Moscow grapevine is that while Rosneft will continue to hold controlling share, more Indian companies may be inducted to replace US & Japan and thereby also ensure a sales market in India.

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Extortions against Russia hit Latin America

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 — Opciones

images/authors/2022/04/lrNI6Y_06-04-2022_14.04.04.000000.jpg Hedelberto López Blanch

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The enormous pressures exerted by the United States on Latin American nations to join the Russophobic policy it has imposed on the planet by controlling the main media outlets may exacerbate these problems.

One of the most affected is Ecuador, because if in 2021, 20% of the bananas it exported were destined for Russia (some 85 million boxes), now it has nowhere to put them and they will go to waste with the consequent monetary loss.

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