What levers of power will Washington and the EU agree to in punishing Russia for formally annexing the Crimea? Will they induce real pain? Or will they enact face saving measures and then go on with business as usual? Is this the end game for Putin and the West? Or is this just the opening gambit? What powers or levers can Putin utilize to fight back against the EU and Washington?
And where is the Ukraine in all this?
Genuine questions that I do not have the answers to.
The Obama administration appears to be making tentative gestures that acknowledge value of the diplomatic overture by Iran’s new President Mohammed Rouhani. (Image)
Former President George W. Bush and the hacks that wrote his speeches gave us the dreaded axis of evil, three nations devoted to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Iran, North Korea, and another, I can’t recall, deserved elimination. Oh, that’s right. The third member of the evil trinity was Iraq. That nation escaped the axis after an exorcism by invasion that featured death and destruction on an epic scale.
The two signs last Friday and Saturday in the form of proposed easing of sanctions against Iran and Syria. Read More
United States and European Union sanctions against Iran prevent much needed medical care for the Iranian people. Those with cancer, for example, have lost the option of treatment through chemotherapy while hemophiliacs are at high risk for any surgery due to a denial of essential pharmaceuticals. There are 85,000 new cases of cancer every year in Iran. Those with cancer and the newly diagnosed will have to do without effective treatments. A large percentage of them will die sooner than anticipated as a result. (Image: Fergal of Calldagh)
The Iranian medical community is unable to get required medicines due to financial restrictions in the sanctions regime. The restrictions effectively blocks pharmaceutical purchases by Iranian medical facilities. No ticket, no laundry is the policy of big and little pharma throughout the world. As a result, right now — as you read this — innocent Iranians are dying, sentenced to death by the U.S.-E.U. sanctions.
Who on earth would initiate and sustain such a policy? Read More