Daily Archives: January 18, 2016

Český komunista po návratu z Donbasu: Rusy jsem neviděl. Ukrajina se zajatci zachází jako wehrmacht

Cesta dvou komunistických poslanců Stanislava Mackovíka a Zdeňka Ondráčka do separatistické Doněcké republiky popudila ukrajinskou diplomacii. A ačkoli o ní média na Donbasu informovala jako o “parlamentní delegaci”, ruce pryč od ní dává Sněmovna i komunistická strana. Podle Mackovíka šlo o soukromou cestu, kterou si poslanci zařizovali sami. “Rusko v tom roli nehrálo, nikdo nás nezval,” říká Mackovík v rozhovoru pro Aktuálně.cz.

USA | Non-stop sanctions

On Saturday, the United States and five other global powers lifted sanctions on Iran after a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog saying Tehran had fulfilled its commitments to cut back its nuclear program.
The removal of sanctions gives Iran access to funds ranging from $50 to $100 billion, according to senior U.S. administration officials.
The U.S. says Iran has removed two-thirds of its centrifuges to enrich uranium, shipped out more than 98 percent of its enriched uranium stockpile and will be subjected to unprecedented inspections and access to its nuclear program.
It looked like the nuclear deal would have a good impact on U.S.-Iran relations. The long and difficult diplomatic process to negotiate the Iran nuclear deal opened channels of communication for the first time in decades and new opportunities for the two nations to engage on other key matters, said senior administration officials. “After the nuclear deal was completed, the discussions between our governments accelerated,” said Obama, securing the U.S. detainees release as part of a prisoner swap on Saturday.
The historic engagement also led to the release of five Americans unjustly detained by Iran. The former detainees include Jason Rezaian, a journalist for The Washington Post; Saeed Abedini, an Idaho pastor held for more than three years; former Marine sergeant Amir Hekmati of Michigan held for more than four years; Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, and student Matthew Trevithick.
In exchange, the U.S. granted clemency to six Iranian-Americans and one Iranian awaiting trial on charges they violated U.S. trade sanctions against Iran.
But…
The same day the United States imposed sanctions on 11 companies and individuals for supplying Iran’s ballistic missile program.
“The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated 11 entities and individuals involved in procurement on behalf of Iran’s ballistic missile program. OFAC sanctioned Mabrooka Trading Co LLC (Mabrooka Trading) – based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – and its China- and UAE-based network that have been involved in procuring goods for Iran’s ballistic missile program. This network obfuscated the end user of sensitive goods for missile proliferation by using front companies in third countries to deceive foreign suppliers. Also designated today are five Iranian individuals who have worked to procure ballistic missile components for Iran. This action is consistent with the U.S. government’s commitment to continue targeting those who assist in Iran’s efforts to procure items for its ballistic missile program”, – press release informs. https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl0322.aspx
The announcement of the new sanctions came hours after three Americans detained by Iran boarded a Swiss plane departing Tehran.

Ukraine | Ukrainian miners strike

January was marked with miners strikes in Western Ukraine.

The employees of mine Stepova started a protest action demanding the reimbursement of their salaries. On January 4, the workers of  mine “Velykomostivska” and mine “Lisova” supported their colleagues and initiated strikes in their mines. These three mines belong to State Enterprise “Lvivvugilliya”. The miners insist that their salaries for November and December 2015 should be reimbursed immediately.