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Less than three months after the U.S. announced it will ease travel to Cuba, home rental site Airbnb is listing properties in the island nation. The average price for a room or home in Havana is currently $43. The company says it’s starting out with more than 1,000 listings.

A look at the offerings Thursday morning found everything from “beautiful colonial rooms for rent in the heart of Havana” for $27 a night to a “a holiday sanctuary” chalet on the outskirts of Havana that can accommodate 10 guests for $1000. It includes a pool.

Airbnb Starts Listing Homes In Cuba; Average Rate Is $43 A Night

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Iran does not have a nuclear bomb. Israel has about 400 nuclear bombs … Israel, during the last 50-60 years, has not given even one inspection to the IAEA.
—  Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former nuclear negotiator for Iran and ambassador to Germany. Watch his interview on Democracy Now! today.

The U.S. wants to slap sanctions on cybercriminals. President Obama issued an executive order Wednesday creating the nation’s first sanctions program to combat “malicious” cyberattacks and cyberspying.

President Obama said cyberthreats pose one of “the most serious economic and national security challenge” to the U.S., and that the executive order offers a “targeted tool” for countering that threat.

The sanctions would apply to individuals and groups involved in cyberattacks that harm or compromise critical infrastructure, steal trade secrets and hobble computer systems, among other things.

U.S. Creates First Sanctions Program Against Cybercriminals

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On the Iran deal

peonyandbee replied to your photoJoyful Iranians dance into the night after nuclear breakthrough:

Saw footage of this last night. I have so many mixed emotions about this whole thing.

I have mixed emotions too, for three reasons: First, this isn’t finalized yet. The negotiators have made significant progress and agreed on the general shape of the deal, but the details have yet to be decided and the deal has yet to be confirmed by all parties involved. So I’m cautious about getting too excited yet.

Second, I’m a bit surprised and impressed that President Obama—who in so many ways has continued and expanded on his predecessor’s hawkish foreign policy—has effectively pursued a deal which looks likely to avoid war and remove sanctions on Iran.

And, to be clear, both of those potential outcomes are very good things. War with Iran would be beyond disastrous, and the heavy sanctions our government has imposed on Iran for years have been far more hurtful to the average Iranian than their leaders. (As I reported back in 2012, as least one Iranian child died from preventable causes because sanctions made it impossible to get him hemophilia medicines.) This is what always happens when sanctions are applied to nations in which citizens have little control over their government: The poor are deprived while the wealthy and well-connected get all the black market imports they want.

But third, I’m incredibly frustrated with those who appear to oppose this deal entirely because Obama supports it. (The alternative motive is that they oppose it because they really want to go to war, but I suppose I hope that petty political reactionism is a more common motivation than sheer blood lust.) I don’t think anyone can make the case that I’m an uncritical cheerleader for the president, particularly where foreign policy is concerned, but from what I know so far this seems to be a case where credit is due: Diplomacy is good. Not going to war is good. Not making life more difficult and expensive for the average Iranian is good. And if this deal successfully shuts down calls for war, I won’t be dancing in the streets too only because I’m not really a dancer.

«Вашим санкциям “труба”, г-н Рейган!». В 1980–1982 США ввели против СССР серию экономических санкций.

“Pipe to your sanctions, Mr. Reagan”. (in Russian “pipe” and “failed” can be the same word). In 1980-1982 the United States imposed a series of economic sanctions against the Soviet Union.

Here’s how President Obama is punishing North Korea for hacking Sony 

North Korea is getting sanctioned — and that’s just the beginning.

In an executive order, President Barack Obama has authorized the Treasury to impose additional sanctions on North Korea as “the first aspect” of a response to North Korea’s alleged hacking of Sony, which the White House views as part of “ongoing provocative, destabilizing and repressive actions and policies,” according to a statement.

Will these sanctions have any effect?