Sanctions

EU Sanctions: Necessary, Effective and Timely

David Lidington | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
David Lidington

This week the European Union imposed further sanctions on Russia. This decision followed months of destabilisation of Ukraine by Russia, and months of political and diplomatic efforts to restore peace and stability.

Russia Threatens To Force Western Airlines Into Bankruptcy

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics

Russia has threatened to block Western flights over its airspace if the European Union brings in more sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, in a step tha...

What Does the World Say to the KGB Agent?

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK
Andrea Chalupa

When my grandfather was a young man in Donbas, he was summoned to the local office of the NKVD--the Soviet secret police and the predecessor of the KG...

Oakley Review Shows Need for a Full Enquiry Into Benefit Sanctions

Nick Stephenson | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Leaving aside how horribly low UK benefit payments are, when people can have their income removed and be thrown into penury for missing a single meeting (regardless of the reason), for applying for 34 jobs in a week rather than 35, not to mention the fraudulent activities of some jobcentre staff, the value basis of the system has been subverted and justifies its abolition.

Tougher Sanctions On Russia For Flouting Deal To Defuse Ukraine Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK

New sanctions to be enforced on Russia over Ukraine have been agreed by the G7, who accused Moscow of flouting the deal struck to defuse the crisis. ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Let Them Buy Lamborghinis

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Friday 21 March 2014... 1) LET THEM BUY LAMBORGHINIS The Mirror wins the best headline award for it...

EU Leaders Add 12 More Senior Moscow Figures To Sanctions List

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK

EU leaders have added 12 more individuals to its sanction list, following talks in Brussels last night. Senior figures from Moscow have been slappe...

Russia Isn't Taking This Crisis Very Seriously At All

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK

It might be the most serious geopolitical crisis in a decade, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with it. The jokes keep on flowing from the ...

Putin Blasts 'Double-Standards' Of West Over Crimea

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK

Vladimir Putin has launched a blistering offensive on the West's "baffling, primitive, and blatant" posturing over Crimea, quipping that it is "better...

The Time Is Now to Move Away From Russian Gas

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

When countries set out their cases for energy independence, the main reason is generally cited as the need to ease reliance on oil and gas from unfriendly places. President Barack Obama's 'All of the Above' energy strategy for example, a plan that has seen this US administration extract more fossil fuels than any other, is very much predicated on the need to lessen oil imports from Iran and Saudi Arabia.

68,000 Wrongly Sanctioned Shows the Benefit System Is Broken

Nick Stephenson | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who want to suggest solutions to the sanctions issue - one of the biggest facing unemployed people in the UK - need to acknowledge that the system that implements it is broken and delivers far more misery and poverty than justice.

Claimants to Be Locked Out of Appeals as Government Denies Access to Justice

Nick Stephenson | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

A secret internal document from the Department for Work and Pensions shows that the coalition is planning to charge claimants for appealing against benefit sanctions.

Yulia Tymoshenko Likely To Be Released

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK

The Ukrainian parliament has voted in favour of stripping a law that could allow for the release of country's former Prime Minister. Yulia Tymoshenko,...

Ukraine Crisis: 'Peace Deal' Announced By President Yanukovych

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK

UPDATE: According to the BBC, the Ukrainian parliament has voted to amend the law that could lead to release of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshe...

Ukraine Protests Force EU To Impose Sanctions On Officials In Kiev

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK

WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOW The European Union has moved to impose sanctions on Ukraine following an escalation in the violence between riot...

There Is a Serious Problem With Diversity in the Legal System

Sarosh Zaiwalla | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Sarosh Zaiwalla

For many years the legal profession has been transforming the demographic of its workforce to accommodate students from different backgrounds and creeds, but more still needs be done to ensure that more black and minority ethnic (BME) individuals break through the 'glass ceiling'.

RBS To Pay £61 Million To In Fines To US For Breaking Sanctions

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Royal Bank of Scotland has agreed to pay 100 million US dollars (£61 million) in fines to settle sanctions-busting allegations with American authorit...

Where Will the Geneva Deal With Iran Lead?

Gary Kent | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The British hero of the diplomatic breakthrough with Iran was seen by many as the European Union's foreign affairs and security supremo, Cathy Ashton, who had been derided by some as a lightweight...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Curb Benefit Tourism. Even If It Doesn't Really Exist.

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 27 November 2013... 1) CURB BENEFIT TOURISM. EVEN IF IT DOESN'T REALLY EXIST Every serious study I...

45% Rise in Sanction Referrals Leaves More Jobseekers at Risk

Nick Stephenson | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

A big rise in the number of referrals for sanctions by jobcentres and other advisors means more jobseekers are at risk of destitution and stress...

Shocking Jobseeker's Story - Are Blank Agreements a New Way to Increase Sanctions?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The story below was sent to UnemployedNet by a jobseeker who was unhappy with the service she received from her local jobcentre. She was made to sign a blank jobseeker's agreement in a session with others who were also made to do the same thing.

The Wider Implications of the Iranian Sanctions in Europe

Sarosh Zaiwalla | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK
Sarosh Zaiwalla

London: It seems that the European Union may have met its biggest obstacle; its own law courts which are ultimately dismantling sanction on Iran's banks and potentially others in the future. What could this mean?

USA Must Not Abandon Forgotten Allies in Burma

Nang Seng | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics
Nang Seng

Whenever people learn I am from Burma, the first thing they say is something like, 'isn't it all getting better there now?' Perhaps it is for some, but I am an ethnic Kachin woman, and so my answer is no, it is getting much much worse.

Iran: So Did the Sanctions Work After All?

Robin Lustig | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

This is probably not something that I should mention in polite company, but do you think the presidential election results in Iran last weekend just might have proved that international sanctions do work after all?

Europe's Last Dictator

Charlotte Eagar | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics
Charlotte Eagar

Don't get me wrong - the EU does know this isn't right. We've had sanctions against Belarus for the last few years. But the irony is that the sanctions aren't working - not just on Belarus, but on our own companies.