British government reimposes welfare benefits sanctions as pandemic continues and unemployment rockets

6 July 2020 — WSWS

By Simon Whelan

In March, the Johnson government announced that those receiving welfare benefits including Universal Credit (UC) would not be sanctioned as they normally would if they failed to look for work or otherwise fulfilled their benefit conditionality.

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The US is alone in its ‘trade war’ on China

1 July 2020 — New Eastern Outlook

Salman Rafi Sheikh

With everyday passing, it is becoming clear that the US-China trade deal will eventually unravel, paving the way for a long-term standoff, even if not a full-fledged ‘cold war’, between the two super powers. As recent remarks made by the US National Security Advisor (NSA), Robert O’Brien, showed, the US is planning ‘more steps’ to ‘correct’ its relations with China. The series of steps, to quote him, “are just the start as America corrects 40 years of a one-sided, unfair relationship with China that has severely affected our nation’s economic and, recently, political well-being. Just like the tariffs that were imposed by the President on unfair trade practices early in his Administration, there is more to come.”

Dark Clouds of Military Tension Over the Korean Peninsula, North Korea Waited, Disappointed and Now Angry

19 June 2020 — Global Research

In 2012, a young man educated in the West took over the power in Pyongyang; he has decided to transform North Korea into an ordinary country where people can live decent life.

His name is Kim Jong-un. He has given everything to achieve his objectives. He met three times Moon Jae-in, president of South Korea and three times Donald Trump, president of the U.S.

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The Corona Pandemic and Trump’s Trade War against China: America’s Dependence on “Made in China”

15 June 2020 — Global Research

Potential Disruption of the US Economy

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

Introduction

The US has been threatening China with trade sanctions for several years. At the outset of the Trump administration in January 2017, Washington not only envisaged punitive trade measures, it also called for “an investigation into China’s trade practices” focussing on alleged  violations of U.S. intellectual property rights.

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US and EU provoke food crisis in Syria

12 June 2020 — Voltaire Network

The International Coalition having abandoned all hope of destroying the Syrian Arab Republic by force, the United States and the European Union are now seeking to achieve the same result by making people hungry.

The siege of Syria has begun. Economic sanctions have been severely tightened and will be further squeezed in mid-June. Any person or entity that trades with Syria will be harshly penalized by the United States and the European Union (Caesar Law).

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Beijing sees Trump’s hand and won’t fold

30 May, 2020 — Asia Times

With Sinophobic hysteria reaching new heights in US, China’s counter play is a massive new economic plan

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump in a file image. Image: Youtube

Stranger things have happened.

Everyone was expecting US President Donald Trump to go nuclear by de facto sanctioning China to death over Hong Kong. In an environment where Twitter and the President of the United States are now engaged in open warfare, the rule is that there are no rules anymore.

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Iran surges in Venezuela in defiance of US sanctions

25 May 2020 — Indian Punchline

By M.K. Bhadrakumar

Iranian oil tanker Clavel crossing the Gibraltar stretch heading for Venezuela, May 20, 2020

Escorted by the Venezuelan navy and air force, an Iranian oil tanker named Fortune has entered that country’s waters on Sunday, amidst intense speculation whether the US would interfere with the delivery. The US has imposed oil sanctions against Venezuela and Iran and had said it is monitoring the Iranian tanker.

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The Persian Rug Weaver Strikes in the US’s ‘Backyard’ Through Venezuela

26 May 2020 — Internationalist 360°

Elijah J. Magnier

https://i0.wp.com/ejmagnier.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/EYvaYQmWsAArYTK.jpeg?w=684&ssl=1Iranian tankers were 2200 km from the US coast when the Iranian-flagged “Fortune”, followed by “Forest”, entered Venezuelan waters, challenging the US embargo and the US’s threats. The Islamic Republic was broadcasting loud and clear a strong message.

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Pompeo and the capricious virus By M.K. Bhadrakumar

3 May 2020 — Indian Punchline

Sanitising the shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh against the coronavirus in the holy city of Qom, Iran, February 25, 2020. File photo

Iran has delivered a devastating blow to the ego of the Trump administration, puncturing it beyond repair, by its announcement Sunday that mosques will start reopening in low-risk areas of the country from May 5.

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United States Imposed Economic Sanctions: The Big Heist

10 March 2020 — MROnline

End Deadly U.S. Sanctions

by

Since the start of the great recession in 2008 the U.S. has become increasingly dependent on the use of unilateral economic sanctions to achieve its policy objectives against its declared targets. Presently, sanctions impact one-third of humanity in 39 countries. Economic sanctions not only cause untold death and devastation to a given country by denying it access to U.S.-dominated markets—which restricts its ability to generate wealth, stabilize its currency against price fluctuations and provide critical services and resources for its people—but economic sanctions also serve to justify and conceal theft, through asset freezes and seizures, at a rate only previously accomplished through invasion and occupation.

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