The Trump administration’s announcement this week of plans to impose new sanctions targeting Iranian leaders and organizations—including the Supreme Leader and his office, military commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif—will have little practical effect, according to sanctions experts. Senior Iranian officials and their organizations are very unlikely to use international financial institutions or hold substantial assets abroad, and those are the major pathways through which the United States exerts coercive economic pressure. In other words, the new sanctions are more symbolic than effective. This is not a bad thing. Symbolism is useful in international affairs, especially between adversarial countries like Iran and the United States, which lack formal diplomatic relations and need to find other ways to communicate. Intermediaries can be one option, symbolic measures another.Story Continued Below The problem with these … [Read more...] about What Trump Really Just Told the Iranians: He’s Out of Ideas.
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Vietnam, New Zealand networking event discusses CPTPP The Vietnam Trade Office partnered with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the ASEAN-New Zealand Business Council to run the Vietnam-New Zealand Free Trade Breakfast last week, discussing various trade issues. The event gathered representatives from enterprises in Wellington and Auckland doing business in or have business transactions with Vietnam together with local trade promotion agencies. It provided an opportunity to network and hear directly from key figures in Vietnam and New Zealand to gain a better understanding of the benefits of the two countries’ trade relations, particularly as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is about to enter into force. Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand Ta Van Thong gave the attendees an overview of Vietnam’s economy, its CPTPP commitments relating to the domestic business environment, and support … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 21/12
How might leaders and organizations ensure their teams are capable of responding in the event of a disaster? Steven Spear Published 9:30 am CST, Thursday, December 20, 2018 Photo: Thomas Barwick | Getty Images Photo: Thomas Barwick | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Thomas Barwick | Getty Images Preempt Crises by Aggressively Seeking Solutions Before Problems Occur 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Before jumping to how we handle crises and potential catastrophes, let's first consider more routine situations. Think about when you were last in a meeting, hammering out a new plan or strategy for your organization. Did team members keep pressing to get "the right … [Read more...] about Preempt Crises by Aggressively Seeking Solutions Before Problems Occur
For adolescents blessed with willowy good looks, the fashion world offers the prospect of glamour, celebrity, and wealth. But this, for many, is what the beginning of a modeling career can actually look like: On her first test shoot as a 15-year-old, Dasha Alexander said, a photographer held a camera in one hand and digitally penetrated her with his other — a move, he explained, that would make the pictures more “raw” and “sensual.”When Coco Rocha refused to get naked on set as a 16-year-old, she said, the photographer replaced her with a girl who was younger and more obedient. Months later, a famous photographer simulated an orgasm as he took Rocha’s picture.By the time Lenka Chubuklieva was 17, she said, an agent had repeatedly groped her, a photographer had thrown her on a bed and kissed her, and another photographer had masturbated in front of her and threatened to ruin her family in Ukraine if she told anyone.“If people really understood … [Read more...] about The fashion world promises glamour and wealth. Instead, many find harassment and assault.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Andres Picon Globe Correspondent December 19, 2018 Ioannis N. Miaoulis, the president and director of the Museum of Science, Boston, plans to leave after 16 years, the institution announced Tuesday. Miaoulis, a former dean of the Tufts University School of Engineering and longtime advocate of science education, oversaw the largest capital campaign in the museum’s 188-year history and the launch of record-breaking exhibits inspired by the Star Wars movie franchise and the Pixar movie studio.Museum officials said chief operating officer Wayne Bouchard will serve as acting president and director when Miaoulis, 57, departs Jan. 31. No successor has been chosen; the museum said it will launch a search next year. Advertisement Miaoulis said in a statement that he began thinking about leaving the museum at a celebration marking his 15th anniversary as … [Read more...] about Ioannis Miaoulis, longtime Museum of Science president and director, to step down in January