Obama Announces New Sanctions Against Russia, But It’s Still Not A “New Cold War”

Obama also says lethal aid to Kiev is not on the table. Joshua Roberts / Reuters WASHINGTON — President Obama announced new sanctions against Russia on Tuesday in retaliation for Moscow’s role in arming the separatists in eastern Ukraine who shot down a civilian aircraft earlier this month, killing nearly 300 people. Obama announced sanctions against major players in Russia’s energy, defense, and finance sectors, which, according to a Treasury Department list, include major state-owned banks like Bank of Moscow, the Russia Agricultural Bank, and VTB

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President Obama Tightens the Screws on Russia With New Sanctions (Video)
President Obama Tightens the Screws on Russia With New Sanctions (Video) President Obama Tightens the Screws on Russia With New Sanctions (Video)

CNN screen shot It has been 12 days since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over east Ukraine, and Tuesday, previous rumblings that the airborne incident would lead to further strain between the U.S. and Russia came to fruition. In a White House appearance that afternoon, President Obama announced new sanctions against Russia, warned that “the cost on Russia will continue to grow” and accused the Kremlin of thwarting investigations into the MH17 crash while emphasizing that the U.S

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Where Are The Guns The U.S. Gave To Afghanistan?

Special Inspector General’s report says the Pentagon gave hundreds of thousands of rifles, machine guns, and other small arms to the Afghan police and army. But now the military can’t track who has them. An Afghan soldier near Kabul, Feb

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Obama Tells Young Africans “You’ve Got To Update” Africa’s Treatment Of Women

“If you’re a strong man, you should not feel threatened by strong women,” the president said. WASHINGTON — President Obama told a crowd of 500 young Africans Monday that Africa needs to abandon some of its past to create a future more accessible to women. “If you try to duplicate traditions, that were based on entirely different economy and an entirely different society, an entirely different expectation, well, that’s going to break down.

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Human Rights First and HRC Foundation Release Joint Report on Human Rights for LGBT Africans

Human Rights Defenders LGBT Washington, D.C.  –In advance of President Barack Obama’s upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit with nearly 50 African heads of state, today Human Rights First and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, released a joint  report  that provides brief country-specific overviews on the status of LGBT people in each of the continent’s 54 nations.   Heads of state from 32 of the 37 nations in Africa that criminalize LGBT relationships have been invited to the summit.  Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan—both of whom signed draconian anti-LGBT laws earlier this year—are scheduled to attend.  The death penalty is allowed as a form of punishment in some Nigerian states, and leaders from two other nations that allow it in all or some parts of their country—Mauritania and Somalia—are also expected to participate.

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The Increasing Irrelevance of Corporate Nationality

By Robert Reich “You shouldn’t get to call yourself an American company only when you want a handout from the American taxpayers,” President Obama said Thursday. Related Entries July 28, 2014 Republican Lawmakers on Strike July 28, 2014 Trapped in Qatar: Workers Say They Haven’t Been Paid in a Year (Video)

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Obama To Issue Series Of Executive Actions Tackling Methane Leaks From Pipelines

CREDIT: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais President Obama will announce a series of executive actions on Tuesday designed to tackle the increasing problem of methane leaks from natural gas pipelines, which are significantly contributing to global warming, according to a White House press call. White House Director of Energy and Climate Change Dan Utech told reporters on Monday that the actions would be part of President Obama’s strategy to cut methane emissions , a key directive under his Climate Action Plan announced last summer. Under the plan, Obama vowed to combat climate change despite inaction from Congress by using his executive powers to curb greenhouse gas emissions

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Africa: Why Obama Launched Mandela Fellows to Lift Africa

[allAfrica]Washington, DC -When President Obama told young African leaders on Monday that their fellowship program was being renamed to honor Nelson Mandela, it was an emotional moment for Richard Stengel, one of a number of high-level administration officials in the audience. Two decades ago, Stengel worked with Mandela on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom .

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Obama’s ‘Economic Patriotism’ Won’t Win Until Firms Do

President Obama’s criticism of businesses that move abroad to more affordable tax bases may have value. But is that the fault of businesses or a federal tax system that is out of step with tax systems overseas?

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Obama Names Rabbi David Saperstein As U.S. Ambassador For Religious Freedom #war…

Obama Names Rabbi David Saperstein As U.S. Ambassador For Religious Freedom #warcrimes #bias #freepalestine #gazaunderattack Obama Names First Non-Christian Ambassador For Religious Freedom www.huffingtonpost.com WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama on Monday (July 28) said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998.

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