Five EU countries to ban economic activity in Occupied Territories

France has warned its citizens against taking part in any economic activity in the occupied Palestinian territories, saying this may entail legal risks because the Jewish settlements are illegal under international law.

The warning is part of a joint act … Read the rest

Obama ready to end US embargo against Cuba?

At the end of last week, Uruguayan President Jose Mujica passed along a message from US President Barack Obama to Cuban leader Raul Castro, in which Obama demonstrated willingness to hold a dialogue aimed at cancelling the US embargo against … Read the rest

‘Sanctions against Russia a stupid idea’

Moscow’s actions in the Crimea are comprehensible, former German chancellor, Helmut Schmidt said, criticizing the Western reaction to the peninsula’s reunification with Russia.

President Vladimir Putin’s approach to the Crimean issue is “completely understandable,” Schmidt wrote in Die Zeit newspaper … Read the rest

Swiss decide against Russian sanctions

The Swiss federal government on Wednesday decided not to impose sanctions against Russia for its seizure of Crimea, claiming it wanted to find a “balance” between international law and Switzerland’s interests.

“The position of our country is independent of the … Read the rest

German economist warns sanctions against Russia could harm EU

Economic sanctions against Russia would cause serious damage to Germany’s switch to alternative energy sources, the head of the German Economic Research Institute, Hans-Werner Sinn, said in an interview published in Germany’s Passauer Neue Presse on Friday.

Germany cannot afford … Read the rest

Bob threatens US, British firms

robertmugabeZimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Sunday threatened “tit-for-tat” actions against Western countries that have imposed sanctions on his rule, suggesting US and British firms could be targeted.

“They should not continue to harass us,” said the 89-year-old veteran leader whose … Read the rest

UN: Lifting Zim sanctions a matter for individual states

United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the lifting of targeted sanctions against Zimbabwe is a matter for individual member states.

He was responding to a question during a brief press encounter with journalists at the UN Headquarters in … Read the rest

SADC call on international community to end Zim sanctions

The SADC summit in Malawi has called on the international community to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe. The regional summit in Lilongwe says the July 31 elections in Zimbabwe were free and peaceful. SADC Chair Joyce Banda has commended Zimbabwe for … Read the rest

Zim to supply Iran with uranium

Zimbabwe has breached international sanctions with an agreement to supply Iran with uranium to fuel its nuclear programme.

Zimbabwean Deputy Mining Minister Gift Chimanikire said: “I have seen [a memorandum of understanding] to export uranium to the Iranians.”

The agreement, … Read the rest

US men accused of illegally lobbying for Mugabe

Federal prosecutors announced charges Tuesday against two Chicago men who they accuse of illegally lobbying US lawmakers to lift sanctions against longtime Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and members of his regime in exchange for a promise of $3.4-million.

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US unlikely to lift Zim sanctions

The United States (US) has reiterated its long held position that any easing or lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe would happen only in the context of a credible election.

At the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement … Read the rest

Zim’s Reserve Bank governer and the oil deal

Zimbabwean Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono accepted £104000, paid into the accounts of his children, from a company that sold fuel to the Mugabe regime.

Six separate payments were made to three Gono children while they were studying in Australia, … Read the rest