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Robbie Gramer, Justin Lynch, Colum Lynch, Jefcoate O’Donnell April 14, 2019
After four months of nationwide protests, the Sudanese military ousted President Omar al-Bashir, ending three decades of dictatorial rule. The dethronement of al-Bashir, under house arrest due to his 2009 indictment by the International Criminal Court for the Darfur genocide, leaves a power vacuum. Defense Minister Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, under US sanctions for his role in the Darfur genocide, failed...
Edward Wong and Eric Schmitt April 13, 2019
As part of the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign, the US president announced that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a powerful branch of the Iranian military, would be designated as a terrorist organization. This classification would impose sanctions on IRGC members as well as individuals and organizations connected to the group. The decision, opposed by Trump’s national...
Hisham Al-Omeisy April 9, 2019
The war in Yemen, which has entered its fifth year, has contributed to a growing humanitarian crisis alongside the hostilities between pro-government and Saudi-led forces and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels. A third group “seeking to re-establish an independent southern state” is allied with the pro-government side. As Hisham Al-Omeisy notes for the Guardian, nearly 80 percent of the country’s...
Matthias Gebauer, Konstantin von Hammerstein, Christiane Hoffmann and Marcel Rosenbach April 3, 2019
Even the strongest organizations have disagreements over dues and approaches to problems, and this is true of NATO. NATO expects members to contribute 2 percent of GDP for NATO, but Europe’s economies are struggling. Germany spends less than 1.5 percent, attributed to lingering resistance to militarism that contributed to World War II. Meanwhile, members like Turkey and Italy drift in closer ties...
Timothy Gardner March 29, 2019
The US Department of Energy has approved authorizations for companies to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, reports Timothy Gardner for Reuters. The companies requested anonymity, and the ultimate plan is to build two nuclear power plants. “Perry’s approvals, known as Part 810 authorizations, allow companies to do preliminary work on nuclear power ahead of any deal but not ship equipment...
Eli Lake March 27, 2019
Venezuela is in crisis with corruption, food shortages and power outages. The international community remains divided over a remedy. The United States supports new leadership, represented by Juan Guaido, president of the National Assembly, after a disputed election. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov describes such support as a US-led coup and supports the Nicolas Maduro regime, in power...
Colum Lynch March 25, 2019
Since the start of this year, the Trump administration has gradually lifted key sanctions placed on North Korea after its maximum-pressure campaign received criticism from relief agencies and international organizations for denying life-saving supplies for the impoverished nation. These lifted restrictions include a freeze on the inflow of medical supplies and relief workers into Pyongyang. Many...