World View: Obama Administration Imposes New Sanctions on Hizbollah

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  • Obama administration imposes new sanctions on Hizbollah over Syria
  • Japan recalls S. Korean ambassador in dispute over islands

Obama administration imposes new sanctions on Hizbollah over Syria

Hizbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah speaks to enthusiastic supporters (EPA)
Hizbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah speaks to enthusiastic supporters (EPA)



Under intense political pressure to do more to stanch the flow of blood in Syria, especially from the use of tanks, artillery and bombers against unarmed civilian neighborhoods by the Bashar al-Assad regime, the Obama administration has announced new sanctions on the Hizbollah terrorist group. Readers may recall that in 2006 Israel fought a war against Hizbollah in Lebanon, and that Hizbollah receives weapons and funding from Iran. The reason given for the new sanctions is that Hizbollah has been providing operational and logistical support to the al-Assad regime. However, the sanctions simply add Hizbollah to a U.S. blacklist, so they're purely symbolic and will not satisfy those who are asking the U.S. to supply weapons to the Syrian opposition. CNN

Japan recalls S. Korean ambassador in dispute over islands

Japanese nationalism has surged following the visit by South Korea's president Lee Myung Bak to a group of disputed islands (Takeshima islands in Japan, Dokdo islands in South Korea) in the Sea of Japan. The islands have been in dispute since Korea broke free of Japanese colonial rule at the end of World War II. However, both sides have been relatively careful about inflaming the issue until now. Japan has formally protested the visit, and has temporarily recalled its South Korean ambassador for consultations, and to discuss appropriate measures in response. Japan also has island disputes with Russia and China. And this is all in the context of China's island disputes with just about everyone. Japan Times and Hankyoreh Media (Korea)


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