US sanctioned Myanmar military over human rights abuses

The United States has imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military and police commanders and two army units, accusing them of “ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya and widespread human rights abuses.   The Myanmar crackdown on Muslim-majority Rohingya has driven more than 700,000 people into neighbouring Bangladesh   “Burmese security forces have engaged in violent campaigns against ethnic minority communities across Burma, including ethnic cleansing, massacres, sexual assault, extrajudicial killings, and other serious human rights abuses,” Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said on Friday. “Treasury is sanctioning units and leaders overseeing this horrific…

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Donald Trump might prevent another war in this century

President George W. Bush, who was committed to improving U.S.-Russian ties after he met President Vladimir Putin and got “a sense of his soul,” was forced to confront Russia as it invaded Georgia 10 years ago this week. President Barack Obama also attempted to “reset” ties with Russia, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014 required him as well to address Russian aggression. The intentions of both U.S. presidents to improve U.S.-Russian ties were ultimately dashed by Russia’s geopolitical ambitions and willingness to go to war to block the Western integration…

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