sanctions

The Evidence on Whether the Anti-Russian Sanctions Are Succeeding: Highlights from Putin’s Year-in-Review’s ‘Meeting on economic issues’ And Evidence Confirming This in the International Exchange-Rate Data

Eric Zuesse Given that The West’s sanctions against Russia are intended to harm Russia’s economy, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s January 17th year-in-review “Meeting on economic issues” is the first credible major indication (other than the international exchange-rates of the various national currencies, which will be discussed at the end here) regarding the success or failure […]

Review of Russia without Blinders

Russia without Blinders: From the Conflict in Ukraine to a Turning Point in World Politics [Original title: La Russie Sans Oeilleres: Du conflit en Ukraine au tournant geopolitique mondial] edited by Maxime Vivas, Aymeric Monville and Jean-Pierre Page. (Paris, France: Editions Delga, 2022.) Today the conflict in Ukraine advances every day and intensifies with Russian destruction of the Ukrainian […]

Honored in Cuba and condemned by Washington, Ana Belén Montes walks free from federal prison

“I obeyed my conscience rather than the law,” ex-Defense Intelligence Agency analyst Ana Belén Montes declared on her way into a federal prison. Accused of spying for Cuba, she is a hero on the besieged island, where she foiled countless US destabilization operations. On January 8, 2023 the US has to release a federal prisoner who is known as one its most notable opponents of treatment of Cuba since its revolution. She is Ana Belén Montes, and she will be […]

Prosecution in Saab case threatens to undermine the principle of diplomatic immunity

While US attorneys twisted the Vienna Conventions to fit their case against Alex Saab, a bizarre exchange highlighted the judge’s apparent bias and confusion about U.S. Venezuela policy. MIAMI, FLORIDA – The trial of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab continued on December 20, when U.S. District Judge Robert Scola heard closing arguments in an evidentiary hearing concerned with whether or not the concept of diplomatic immunity applied to his case. The diplomat was arrested on June 12, 2020, while en route […]

How the Washington Post Hides the U.S. Government’s Guilt

Eric Zuesse On December 21st, the Washington Post headlined “No conclusive evidence Russia is behind Nord Stream attack”, but actually — despite the headline’s suggesting to the contrary — reported zero evidence that Russia is behind the Nord Stream attack, no evidence at all, not even inconclusive evidence. Furthermore, their ‘news’-report refused to say anything […]

US Sanctions are killing Syrians and are a human rights violation

Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political commentator Damascus is now bitterly cold and is soon to be blanketed with snow. About 12 million Syrians are facing a deadly winter without heating fuel, gasoline for transportation, and dark houses each evening without electricity. Aleppo, Homs, and Hama are also extremely cold all winter.  Imagine being ill and […]

Juicio en Estados Unidos al diplomático venezolano Alex Saab revela espionaje diplomático

Reportando desde la corte federal donde Estados Unidos está procesando al diplomático venezolano Alex Saab, The Grayzone descubre actos perturbadores de espionaje diplomático. La defensa de Saab insiste que está encarclado por violar el bloqueo económico de Washington. Luego del arresto del diplomático venezolano Alex Saab en junio de 2020, las autoridades de Cabo Verde abrieron comunicaciones oficiales del gobierno de Venezuela destinadas a Irán, incluyendo una carta sellada que el presidente venezolano Nicolás Maduro le envió al Líder Supremo […]

US trial of Venezuela’s Alex Saab exposes diplomatic espionage

Reporting from inside the federal courtroom where the US is prosecuting Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab, The Grayzone learns of disturbing acts of diplomatic espionage. Saab’s advocates insist he is imprisoned for violating Washington’s economic blockade. Authorities in Cape Verde, opened official government communications which Venezuela intended for Iran, including a sealed letter sent by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, following the arrest of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab in June of 2020. The revelations came […]