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Ruble Rubble? Sanctions Just Part Of Russian Economic Worries

"If you're standing at the ATM and it is not giving you your money, you don't care where something is going wrong..."

An ATM in Moscow
An ATM in Moscow
Nadezhda Petrova

MOSCOW “Sanctions don’t worry me. On the contrary, I am proud of them. I consider them a type of political ‘Oscar’ from America, in the category of ‘Best Male Supporting Actor.’ ” So declared Vladislav Surkov, one of President Vladimir Putin’s advisors, the day after the United States, European Union and Canada announced sanctions against Russia.

It’s true the sanctions pose little real threat. Just a handful of private individuals have been forbidden to enter the EU and U.S. and have had their assets frozen. It’s not likely to have a significant effect on the Russian economy, and those people on the blacklist can revel in the attention they are getting.

The rest of Russia’s citizens should evaluate the economic situation and risks for themselves and their savings. Because even if the sanctions are toothless now, that’s no guarantee they will remain so.

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End Of Roe v. Wade, The World Is Watching

As the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights, many fear an imminent threat to abortion rights in the U.S. But in other countries, the global fight for sexual and reproductive rights is going in different directions.

"Don't abort my right" At 2019 pro-choice march In Toulouse, France.

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Hannah Steinkopf-Frank and Sophia Constantino

PARIS — Nearly 50 years after it ensured the right to abortion to Americans, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, meaning that millions of women in the U.S. may lose their constitutional right to abortion.

The groundbreaking decision is likely to set off a range of restrictions on abortion access in multiple states in the U.S., half of which are expected to implement new bans on the procedure. Thirteen have already passed "trigger laws" that will automatically make abortion illegal.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the ruling "a tragic error" and urged individual states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

In a country divided on such a polarizing topic, the decision is likely to cause major shifts in American law and undoubtedly spark outrage among the country’s pro-choice groups. Yet the impact of such a momentous shift, like others in the United States, is also likely to reverberate around the world — and perhaps, eventually, back again in the 50 States.

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