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The humanitarian cost of international sanctions: the Venezuelan case
Americas, U.S, Venezuela

The humanitarian cost of international sanctions: the Venezuelan case

Venezuelan protesters against the US government. Photo REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini The recent demonstrations in Cuba reopen an important discussion in international relations: the use of trade sanctions as a form of foreign policy. the president of the USA, Joe Biden, announced its support for the Cuban people, but did not give indications of changing the current embargo policy. Despite the history and symbolism of Cuba in the context of the Cold War, we must remember that this is a more common policy., as seen in the case of Venezuela. The duration of sanctions and embargoes applied to Cuba and Venezuela are clear signs of their failure as an action that seeks to change the behavior of another government. Like this, in addition to not having an effective political result, implies a cost...
Chronicle of the announced death… or the afghan tragedy
Afghanistan, Americas, Asia, U.S

Chronicle of the announced death… or the afghan tragedy

President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani in 2019 (REUTERS NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE - RC142B0FF7F0) Yesterday, 25/06, the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, acompanhado do seu Primeiro-Ministro e Presidente do Alto Conselho para a Reconciliação Nacional – e antagonista político – Abdullah Abdullah, encontraram-se na Casa Branca, com o Presidente Joe Biden para estabelecer um roteiro para o país após a partida das tropas americanas, fixadas para o dia 11 of September, data fatídica da tragédia do “World Trade Center”, by the way. Diante da convulsão político-social que se prenuncia com a partida do contingente americano, a porta-voz da Casa Branca, Jen Psaki, reafirmou o compromisso dos EUA com a governabilidade do país. Em comunicado, ela afirmou que “os Estados Unidos estão comprometidos em a...
World Defense Spending Continues to Grow, despite the pandemic
Americas, U.S

World Defense Spending Continues to Grow, despite the pandemic

President Biden has just sent his Defense budget proposal to the US Congress for 2022[1]. The document proposes a budget of US$ 752,9 billion, an increase of about 1,5% in relation to the expenses foreseen for the current year. In perfect alignment with the Defense Strategy[2] from the country, released on 2018, in which the war on terror lost importance and competition between states became the main concern of US national security, the budget proposal intends to provide the armed forces with the necessary resources to counteract the threats posed by China and Russia. Containing China received special priority. The initiative called “Pacific Deterrence Initiative”, or Pacific Deterrent Initiative, rec...
The Empire Strikes Back: G7, USA, RPC, etc
Americas, Asia, China, U.S, International Organizations, European Union

The Empire Strikes Back: G7, USA, RPC, etc

In the second episode of George Lukas' mega-hit, the "Star Wars", under the leadership of the villain Darth Vader, the Empire relentlessly seeks to destroy Luke's band of friends across the galaxy.. - Han Solo, the princess Leia, among others. Luke had been trained by Master Yoda to use the Force. When Vader Finally Captures His Friends, Luke must decide whether to complete his training and become a Jedi Knight or confront Vader and save them. The final duel begins, and in front of wounded Luke, Vader says both can unite and rule the Galaxy. Luke refuses to join his father's killer, but Vader reveals that he is, actually, Anakin Skywalker, your father. Luke refuses to believe and, hopeless, throw yourself into the abyss. in the fall, he holds onto a small....
Clash of Civilizations: the USA, a RPC, the campaign “Stop Asian hate” and the alligator…
Americas, Asia, China, U.S

Clash of Civilizations: the USA, a RPC, the campaign “Stop Asian hate” and the alligator…

Protestants at the Stop Asian Hate national demonstration, in 27/03/2021 (Photo the Axel Koester) On the last day 17/03, a white man entered a massage parlor area in Atlanta, us United States, and killed eight people, six of them women of Chinese and Korean descent. No UK, in early March, a Chinese teacher of 37 years old he was beaten by four white men who cursed him for "Chinese virus". The increase in prejudice and hatred against the Asian community can be attributed to the spread of “fake news” that has been circulating since the beginning of the pandemic, attributing to Asians the proliferation of the virus, identifying them as the only ones responsible for the disease, what, as we know, originated in Wuhan, and China. To combat the spread of prejudice in the USA, a group ...
Trump's return to the presidency in 2024
Americas, U.S

Trump's return to the presidency in 2024

President Donald Trump in August 2019; Manchester, New Hampshire. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) former US president, Donald Trump, is back to the political game. Everything indicates that he is here to stay and possibly regain the US presidency in 2024. The distance to the next presidential elections is great, but it is already possible to foresee that Trump will be victorious in those elections. Trump has just launched his online store again, on the Republican Party platform, WinRed. Everyday products are sold, like caps, t-shirts and mugs. In addition to the traditional “Make America Great Again” message (Make America Big Again), a new slogan shows the strategy that will be followed: “Don’t Blame Me I Voted for Trump” (do not blame me, ...
End(?) of the war in Afghanistan
Afghanistan, Americas, Asia, U.S, International Organizations, OTAN

End(?) of the war in Afghanistan

Sefa Karacan / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Today's Estadão replicates a New York Times article that President Joe Biden declared yesterday, 14/04, the end of the presence of US troops in Afghanistan, ending the twenty-year engagement of the United States in the struggle for peace in the country and dismantling the Taliban militancy, that has already cost them more than US $ 800 billions and the life of 2.218 military. According to the announcement, the latter 2,5 thousand American soldiers will leave Afghanistan until the day 11 of September, symbolic date, by the way, when the 20th anniversary of the invasion ordered by George W is celebrated. Bush. Biden said that “I am the fourth president to lead the presence of troops in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two democrats ... I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth ...
The arrogance of the West and the rise of China
Americas, Asia, China, U.S, Europe, International Organizations, European Union

The arrogance of the West and the rise of China

Do Mulligan progress, comes the word progress indicates progress, changing something for the better from the past. Even though the idea is old, the contours it presents today were forged in the Enlightenment, achieving its "automaticity" with the Industrial Revolution. Like this, today we get used to the idea that today we are in a better condition than yesterday and that we will continue to move forward. In itself the proposal is not unreasonable, but carries the risk of becoming arrogant, believing that today we live at the best (for a more philosophical reading of this perspective, I recommend the reading of A Rebelião das Massas, by Jose de Ortega Y Gasset). Especially due to the technologies, we have concrete evidence that we are at the moment of greatest advance in the history of Humanity....
Brazilian interests in the United States threatened by the Bolsonaro government's environmental policy
Americas, Brazil, U.S

Brazilian interests in the United States threatened by the Bolsonaro government's environmental policy

Amazon rainforest (Pirititi area) (Felipe Werneck / Ibama via AP) On the return of the United States to the international climate agenda, Biden invited 40 world leaders, including the Brazilian president, for a virtual meeting during Earth Day celebrations on the days 22 e 23 of April, a milestone for COP26 to be held in Glasgow in November. One of its goals is to ensure the commitment of the main economies of the world to reduce the emissions of this decade and to maintain the limit of heating of 1,5 degrees Celsius. There is still no confirmation about the presence of President Bolsonaro at this event. The importance of the international environmental agenda for the Biden administration is evident, Among other things, by the political weight of his special envoy to the climate, the former secretary of es....
The geopolitical board: EUA x RPC < Middle East
Americas, Asia, China, U.S, Middle East

The geopolitical board: EUA x RPC < Oriente Médio

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in 2016 (AP Photo / Ebrahim Noroozi). The article that Estadão published on the day 28/03 - “China will invest US $ in Iran 400 bi in exchange for oil ”- raises another important theme in the dispute between Chinese and Americans for world hegemony. This time the Middle East is the focus, particularly sensitive region of the planet, as we know. According to the article, the agreement that was signed by the Chinese Chancellor, Wang Yi, and its Iranian counterpart, Javad zarif, during Wang’s recent visit to Tehran, provides for Chinese investments in “a dozen sectors, including banks, telecommunications, ports, railways, health and information technology ... China has agreed to invest US $ 400 billion (R$ 2,3 trillions) no Irã du ...