It's been a busy week in the world of Sanctions, and there has been so much activity, that we thought it only right and proper that we devote some space to the topic, to show which countries have been doing the finger-wagging, and which are the ones whose citizens are going to be starving.
The US, always an enthusiastic sanctioner, has placed further sanctions on North Korea and Iran, whilst introducing some new trade sanctions on China - might as well. Further Mexico sanctions are also possible next week. Several others are under consideration.
Pyongyang and Tehran both threatened to retaliate with their own sanctions, but, in the resulting confusion, ended up imposing sanctions on each other.
Asian countries have also been sanction-busy. India has imposed sanctions on Pakistan, with Pakistan returning the favor. Japan, being a very inward-looking country, has sanctioned itself. Details are unavailable, but it's bound to have been painful.
China, meanwhile, has imposed so many sanctions upon its tiny neighbor, Taiwan, it remains to be seen as to whether or not the island will be able to withstand the weight.
In Europe, sanctioning has been fairly quiet this week, with only Russia imposing sanctions on the Ukraine for the simple reason that the Russians didn't want to appear as if they had gone soft.
If there is any more 'sanction action', we'll keep you posted.