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From Pyongyang to Putin: An 'Illicit Activities Initiative' to punish his pals

Word on the street is that the U.S. government is preparing a plan, in conjunction with the European Union, to target the pocketbooks of Putin's cronies, along the lines of the "illicit activities initiative" that successfully hit the bank accounts of North Korea's leaders a few years ago. That program involved about 15 countries and scores of law enforcement offices. James Mates of ITV News tweets, "EU believed to have drawn up list of 120-130 Russian officials to be targeted with sanctions, incl heads of Gazprom + Rosneft."

I sure hope so.

The London Review of Books describes Putin as a counter-revolutionary. Seems right to me.

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Rebecca's War Dog of the Week: Her great new war dog book is now on sale!

I love dogs, so knew I would enjoy Rebecca's book, but I was surprised also by how much I learned from it. This book actually offers a novel perspective on war. It isn't yet in bookstores, but you can pre-order it now. Make room in your heart for this.