Nation-states – Creative Room 4 Talk Thu, 23 Jun 2022 18:51:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nation-states – Creative Room 4 Talk 32 32 Vice President Harris’ remarks during a meeting with state attorneys general on protecting access to reproductive health care Thu, 23 Jun 2022 17:59:36 +0000

Vice President’s Ceremonial Office
Eisenhower Executive Office Building

12:47 p.m. EDT

THE VICE-PRESIDENT: Good morning. I welcome these extraordinary national leaders, the attorneys general, who have gathered this afternoon to discuss, I believe, one of the most pressing issues with respect to one of the core responsibilities of attorneys general , which is to be concerned with the safety, health and well-being of the people of their state and, by extension, of their country.

I also want to mention that we – the President, myself, many of us – are deeply concerned and troubled by today’s Supreme Court decision. This, I believe, defies common sense and the Constitution of the United States.

I was in Buffalo. I attended one of the funerals. We saw the massacre of 19 babies and their teachers in Uvalde. We can continue on the list by explaining why, again, this is making the headlines, so to speak, of the concern of the American people about what we can and what we have a responsibility to do in terms of reasonable gun safety laws.

And it is for this reason that I believe today’s Supreme Court decision defies logic in terms of what we know we are capable of doing with reasonable gun safety laws to ensure the safety and well-being of the people of our nation.

And on the subject at hand: as a former Attorney General, I know the work of these extraordinary leaders, and it is the work of being charged with a great responsibility – the responsibility to protect some of our rights. and the most fundamental freedoms.

It is the responsibility to enforce civil rights protections. It is the responsibility to protect consumers. It is the responsibility as a legal director, which each of them has a responsibility to be, to concern themselves with ensuring that the laws passed in their state are consistent with their state constitutions and the states constitution. United States, and to ensure that the application is conducted in a fair and equitable manner in terms of the treatment of laws and the application of laws in their State.

And so, I thank them for being here today. We’re going to talk specifically about an extension of their responsibilities, which has to do with the responsibility to be concerned with the priority of ensuring the health, safety and well-being of women in their condition and–and the protection of their reproductive rights and freedoms.

And so, I asked these attorneys general to meet with us, knowing that they have a central role to play in defending women’s reproductive freedom and their rights to make decisions about their own bodies.

As reproductive rights are restricted in our country and potentially by the Supreme Court soon, I think we believe and we have started preliminary discussions about how attorneys general – state attorneys general have the power – can have the power , at the very least, issue guidelines to ensure that people in their state know their rights; that they have the power to assess and possibly challenge the constitutionality of laws that are passed in their states; and to convene legal organizations, non-profit law firms around what the legal community in their state can do, has the capacity to do, to offer pro bono services, to offer services to people who will be affected by the laws that are being passed in their states.

And, of course, for the attorneys general who have criminal prosecution jurisdiction in their states and, therefore, law enforcement – because many of them are the primary law enforcement officials in their State – the ability to direct law enforcement resources in a way that, again, is actually effective in ensuring the safety and well-being of the people of their state.

So that’s the conversation we’re going to have. I think it is very important to point out that in 43 states in our country, the people elect their attorney general.

And so I urge the people of our country to know the power they have to impact how the laws of their state are enforced by paying attention to who their Attorney General is and where they stand on this important issue in terms of upholding the principles, spirit, and ideals of the United States Constitution in a manner that concerns the equal treatment of all.

And so, with that, thank you again to all of you, these extraordinary leaders, for coming together today. And I look forward to our discussion. And we will now begin our discussion. So, thanks to the press for being here. And I wish you a good day.

END 12:52 p.m. EDT

Attitude to Shellfish in Lobster Country: Oyster Boom in Maine | Maine News Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:47:00 +0000

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine is producing more oysters than ever due to the growing number of shellfish farms that have started off its coast in recent years.

The state’s 2021 oyster harvest was the largest and most valuable in its history, according to recent data from the Maine Department of Marine Resources. The state’s shipment of oysters, the vast majority of which come from farms, rose more than 50% last year to more than 6 million pounds.

Maine’s growing oyster farming activity has made the state a bigger player in the national industry that farms the prized shellfish, which were valued at more than $187 million in 2020. The growth has also raised questions from the from members of other marine industries as to whether the oyster business is growing too fast.

Maine oysters were worth more than $10 million on the docks last year, a decade after they were worth less than $1.3 million. They are now the fourth most valuable marine resource in the state, where lobster is still by far the most important seafood.

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The presence of more farms has drawn criticism from some lobster fishermen, who fear losing access to productive fishing grounds. The state needs a comprehensive plan for the future of shellfish farming or it will lose its coast, said Crystal Canney, executive director of the Protect Maine’s Fishing Heritage Foundation.

“We’re seeing people treat this like a Wild West gold rush, and that’s irresponsible,” she said.

On the other hand, the growth of oysters is great news for a state trying to diversify maritime industries, said Dan Devereaux, one of the owners of Mere Point Oyster Company in Brunswick.

“As Mainers, we take advantage of the fact that we’re here and seafood is so coveted out of state,” he said.

The growth of Maine oysters is occurring at a time when the national oyster industry is diversifying. A decade ago, about 60% of the value of American oysters came from Washington and Louisiana, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Now those states account for 27% of the value, and industries have grown in states like Texas, Virginia, Massachusetts and California, according to NOAA data.

Maine’s harvest was less than 1% of the country’s oyster value in 2011 and it was 3% in 2020. Oyster farms, which typically raise oysters in cages in coastal waters, have grown in Maine at that time. There were less than 600 acres of shellfish farm leases in Maine in 2010 and there are now about 1,000 acres, according to state records.

The state remains a relatively small producer in the national oyster industry, but Maine oysters tend to be more valuable than those elsewhere, said Sebastian Belle, executive director of the Maine Aquaculture Association. Maine oyster farmers are typically paid 10 to 15 percent more than those in other states, he said.

“The demand for Maine oysters is incredibly strong, and has been for about 10 years, but it seems to be getting stronger and stronger,” Belle said.

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Statement from HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months to 5 years old Sat, 18 Jun 2022 19:53:59 +0000

In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation to make children 6 months to 5 years old eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra released a statement on this major step to protect our youngest children in the country during the pandemic. The CDC’s recommendation follows the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) clearance of Moderna’s vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years old and Pfizer’s vaccine for children 6 months to 4 years old.

“Thanks to the FDA and CDC’s rigorous, comprehensive, and independent review of the data, and their strict commitment to following the science, we are reaching another major milestone in our efforts to protect more children, their families, and our communities as we work to end the pandemic. We are tracking data and science to ensure that all Americans are eligible for and have access to COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to prevent serious illness and save lives. Based on the actions of the CDC and the FDA, we now know that vaccination for our children 6 months to 5 years old is safe and effective and we are ready to vaccinate millions of children.

“We are working with states, localities, pediatricians’ offices, children’s hospitals, pharmacies and other trusted health care providers to ensure equitable access to the vaccine for our country’s youngest children. We know that many families are trying to decide what is right for them, and we encourage anyone looking for additional information to speak with a doctor or health care provider to get the facts.COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect you and your loved ones from serious illness, hospitalization and death. Now we have another opportunity to get ahead of this pandemic and protect our country’s youngest children, and the Biden-Harris administration will continue to work every day to protect as many people as possible from COVID-19.”

World Cup Hosts: All time list of countries, cities, stadiums and venues in tournament history Thu, 16 Jun 2022 21:12:03 +0000

With the 2022 World Cup drawing closer and the 2026 World Cup scheduled for the United States, Mexico and Canada, it’s time to take a look back at the previous World Cup hosts.

Since the tournament’s origins in 1930, when Uruguay hosted 16 countries in the inaugural FIFA World Cup, the tournament has been held every four years, interrupted just once. Since 1950, the tournament has crowned football’s highest honor in every four-year cycle like clockwork.

Brazil have won the most World Cups with five, hosting the tournament twice. No nation has staged more than two tournaments and all five major continents have staged at least one World Cup.

The Sporting News brings you a look back at all the previous World Cups, a full list of the most important stadiums and performances from the host countries.

MORE: A comprehensive look at the 2026 World Cup venues in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Previous World Cup hosts

The first World Cup was held in 1930 in Uruguay, and has been held every four years since, interrupted only once in an eight-year period due to World War II. It has been running continuously since 1950, spanning the globe to crown the best footballing nation in each cycle.

The first Multi-Nation World Cup was held in 2002, with the event being shared between Japan and South Korea. The 2026 World Cup held in the United States, Mexico and Canada will be the second such event.

Year Host Continent Rooms
1930 Uruguay South America 3
1934 Italy Europe 8
1938 France Europe ten
1942 canceled
1948 canceled
1950 Brazil South America 6
1954 Swiss Europe 6
1958 Sweden Europe 12
1962 Chile South America 4
1966 England Europe 8
1970 Mexico North America 5
1974 West Germany Europe 9
1978 Argentina South America 6
1982 Spain Europe 17
1986 Mexico North America 12
1990 Italy Europe 12
1994 United States North America 9
1998 France Europe ten
2002 Japan
South Korea
Asia 20
2006 Germany Europe 12
2010 South Africa Africa ten
2014 Brazil South America 12
2018 Russia Europe 12
2022 Qatar Asia 8
2026 United States
North America 16

World Cup hosts and venue distribution

The World Cup has been the unmissable event in world football since its inception in 1930, when Uruguay were the inaugural event at three stadiums in Monteviedo.

Since then, 17 different nations have hosted World Cup matches, with Qatar set to become the 18th later this year and Canada the 19th in 2026.

Mexico was the first country to repeat itself as World Cup hosts when it hosted the tournament for the second time in 1986, and the Estadio Azteca became the first stadium to host two Cup finals of the world. It remains today one of only two venues across the world to have staged multiple World Cup finals, alongside Brazil’s famed Maracana, although the Rose Bowl could join that list if awarded a second World Cup final in 2026.

The Estadio Azteca has also hosted the most World Cup matches, with 19 World Cup matches on this hallowed ground. He will be added to this number at the 2026 World Cup.

Breakdown of World Cup venues

Year Host Rooms Opening game Final most games
1930 Uruguay 3 Monteviedo
(Estadio Pocitos)
(Estadio Centenary)
10 – Monteviedo
(Estadio Centenary)
1934 Italy 8 Eight simultaneous
opening games
(National Stadium)
Four sites tied
with three games
1938 France ten Paris
(Princes Park)
(Olympic Stadium)
Two rooms tied
with three games
1950 Brazil 6 Rio de Janeiro
(Estadio do Maracana)
Rio de Janeiro
(Estadio do Maracana)
6-Rio de Janeiro
(Estadio do Maracana)
1954 Swiss 6 Geneva
(Charmilles Stadium)
(Wankdorf Stadium)
6 – Basel
(Saint-Jacques Stadium)
1958 Sweden 12 Solna
(Rasunda Stadium)
(Rasunda Stadium)
8 – Solna
(Rasunda Stadium)
1962 Chile 4 Four simultaneous
opening games
(National Stadium)
(National Stadium)
1966 England 8 London
(Wembley Stadium)
(Wembley Stadium)
10 – London
(Wembley Stadium)
1970 Mexico 5 Mexico City
(Azteca Stadium)
Mexico City
(Azteca Stadium)
10 – Mexico City
(Azteca Stadium)
1974 West Germany 9 West Berlin
(Olympic Stadium)
(Olympic Stadium)
Four sites tied
with five games
1978 Argentina 6 Mar del Plata
(Estadio Jose Minella)
Buenos Aires
(Monumental Stadium)
9-Buenos Aires
(Monumental Stadium)
1982 Spain 17 Barcelona
(Camp Nou)
(Santiago Bernabéu)
Two rooms tied
with four games
1986 Mexico 12 Mexico City
(Azteca Stadium)
Mexico City
(Azteca Stadium)
9 – Mexico City
(Azteca Stadium)
1990 Italy 12 Milano
(San Siro)
(Olympic Stadium)
Two rooms tied
with six matches
1994 United States 9 Chicago
(Soldiers Field)
Los Angeles
8-Los Angeles
1998 France ten Paris
(Stade de France)
(Princes Park)
Two rooms tied
with seven games
2002 Japan
South Korea
20 Seoul
(Sangam Stadium)
(Nissan Stadium)
Four sites tied
with four games
2006 Germany 12 Munich
(Allianz Arena)
(Olympic Stadium)
Four sites tied
with six games
2010 South Africa ten Johannesburg
(FNB Stadium)
(FNB Stadium)
Two rooms tied
with seven matches
2014 Brazil 12 Sao Paulo
(Neo Quimica Arena)
Rio de Janeiro
(Estadio do Maracana)
Two rooms tied
with seven games
2018 Russia 12 Moscow
(Luzhniki Stadium)
(Luzhniki Stadium)
Two rooms tied
with seven games
2022 Qatar 8 Doha
(Al Thumama Stadium)
(Iconic stadium of Lusail)
10 – Lusail
(Iconic stadium of Lusail)
2026 United States

World Cup hosts by continent

European nations have hosted the most World Cups, but in recent years FIFA has clearly made an effort to broadcast the tournament.

If the 2026 World Cup takes place in the United States, Canada and Mexico, the last five World Cups will have taken place on five different continents.

Continent world cups Last
Europe 9 2018 (Russia)
South America 5 2014 (Brazil)
North America 4 1994 (United States)**
Asia 2 2002 (Japan and Sask.)*
Africa 1 2010 (South Africa)

* Scheduled to host the 2022 World Cup
** Scheduled to host the 2026 World Cup

How does the host usually behave at the World Cup?

There is a clear advantage on the pitch when a host country participates in a FIFA World Cup.

Six times in history, a host country has won the tournament on aggregate, with the host reaching the final two other times.

Additionally, 10 times a nation’s performance at their host World Cup is recorded as their best ever result at a World Cup. Although this hasn’t happened recently, the performance still shows a marked increase from the host. For example, while Russia’s run to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup was technically not the nation’s best World Cup performance (they finished fourth at the 1966 World Cup), it still represented a notable outperformance of where the nation was expected to finish.

Below is a table showing the result of each host country in a FIFA World Cup.

Year Host Stage reached Defeated by
1930 Uruguay Final won*
1934 Italy Final won*
1938 France Quarter-finals Italy
1950 Brazil Final Uruguay
1954 Swiss Quarter-finals* Austria
1958 Sweden Final* Brazil
1962 Chile Third place (won)* Brazil
1966 England Final won*
1970 Mexico Quarterfinal* Italy
1974 West Germany Final won*
1978 Argentina Final won*
1982 Spain 2nd group stage West Germany
1986 Mexico Quarter-finals* West Germany
1990 Italy Third place (won) Argentina
1994 UNITED STATES Round of 16 Brazil
1998 France Final won*
2002 Japan
South Korea
Round of 16*
Third place (lost)*
Germany & Turkey
2006 Germany Third place (won) Italy
2010 South Africa Group stage Uruguay
2014 Brazil Third place (lost) Germany & Netherlands
2018 Russia Quarter-finals Croatia
2022 Qatar ??

* Best national result in a World Cup tournament

Fantasy Gaming: Why FIFS’ Amrit Mathur Thinks Fantasy Sports Isn’t Gambling Wed, 15 Jun 2022 06:13:50 +0000

It is important to distinguish fantasy sports from online gambling. Technically, fantasy sports are digital sports engagement platforms based on legitimate and vetted sporting events broadcast live in accordance with their respective sports bodies Illustration: Samaeer Pawar
Why Fantasy Gambling Isn't Gambling, by Amrit Mathur
Jhere are over 13 million users playing on over 200 platforms – a phrase one would have often heard while reading articles or indulging in conversations centered around fantasy sports. However, whether fantasy sports qualify as games of “skill” or “chance” is a matter of ambiguity that influences the legal status of fantasy sports platforms within the broader spectrum of online games. line. To clear things up, it can be confidently established that fantasy sports platforms are also recognized by the Supreme Court, having reaffirmed rulings from three different high courts that struck down laws banning fantasy sports under the pretense of gambling. chance or bets. Article 19(1)(g) provides protection for fantasy sports as a legitimate commercial activity.

India has made significant inroads in establishing fantasy sports to become the largest fantasy sports market in the world, surpassing the 50+ year old US fantasy sports market. Fantasy sports companies have started to get noticed, for example, by sponsoring the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Indian Olympic team in 2020 and the Commonwealth Games in 2022. Therefore, if all stakeholders manage to building consensus and making a determined effort, this burgeoning sector promises to emerge as an exemplary model on the global stage as the ‘Atmanirbhar’ initiative in Digital India, literally. This is an opportunity for India to stand out on a global platform and display its soft power.

It is important to distinguish fantasy sports from online gambling. Technically, Fantasy Sports are digital sports engagement platforms based on legitimate and approved sports events broadcast live in accordance with their respective sports bodies. User participation is only possible in real time simultaneously with a sporting event in progress, unlike online gambling which is accessible ad hoc and has a totally different framework where one plays and “bets” on the basis of the “coincidence of chance”. In fantasy sports, victory is a sum of the participant’s intelligence, his ability to analyze the reality of the field and the conscience of the sport, and not simple trials and errors that could lead to victory or the loss.

Over the years, fantasy sports platforms have gained popularity among Indians by bringing global sports within reach of people through digital smartphone penetration and low data rates. While cricket served as the backbone for the establishment of fantasy sports, it also revealed the untapped potential of other underserved sports such as volleyball, football, kabaddi and hockey, thus branching out to create new audiences for the Indian sports ecosystem.

The expertise involved in this segment is not limited to playing fans, but extends to a whole range of skilled professionals working behind the scenes to build these platforms programmed and protected by layers of security. Fantasy sports engage users in a sport and its players, improving sports engagement and amplifying the reach and appreciation of sports nationwide. The digital nature of fantasy sports platforms empowers the growth of multi-sport ecosystems, which could create enormous value in a country with a population of 130 crore, fostering a sports culture across social strata. In fact, it propels the development of future-ready skills in areas such as digital, AI/ML (artificial intelligence/machine learning), cloud and analytics, triggering a ripple effect on the growth of auxiliary sectors. Moreover, the fantasy sports industry is a shining example of the booming Indian startup ecosystem. It is a beacon of hope for sports fans across nation states. It attracted investment (including foreign direct investment), accelerating economic growth. As a result, the industry is driving more entrepreneurs to consider fantasy sports as a scalable business proposition.

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Added to this is the evolving nature of the sports fan in India. Today, the fan has become much more engaged and from a consumer of sports content to an active participant via fantasy sports platforms. The Indian sports fan now has her skin in the game and is therefore engaged and part of the sport far beyond watching matches. The vigor of sports fans to participate in fantasy sports online with a winning spirit has also driven them to sharpen their knowledge of different sports, to be able to participate on a larger scale. This led to deeper active engagement which studies show has led to 60% of fantasy sports users watching more sports than before. This is also why leagues and events find fantasy sports platforms as the right partners to increase their engagement with fans.

With this evolving ecosystem and fanbase, this industry continues to grow vigorously. According to a report by PwC, it is estimated that it will bring in revenue of ₹13,500 crore to the state treasury in three successive financial years. Also, the industry has attracted over ₹10,000 crore in FDI so far and is expected to attract ₹15,000 crore in the next three years, adding significant value to the economy.

Why Fantasy Gambling Isn't Gambling, by Amrit MathurBeyond its contributions to the economy, the fantasy sports sector has also created a myriad of job opportunities for some skilled sectors in India, ranging from software engineers and data scientists to developers and IT professionals. cybersecurity. It also hosts creative talent departments such as graphic and motion designers and creative content writers. The industry is expected to create up to 10,000 to 15,000 direct employment opportunities for these skilled workers. It is clearly an effective tool for the cognitive development and training of enthusiastic young professionals.

Despite several hurdles the fantasy sports industry has overcome, it continues to face legal scrutiny in many states, where it is misinterpreted and associated with activities such as gambling, betting and labeled as a warning sign of addiction. The Madras High Court rejected this request in the absence of data or research to support the allegations. Many don’t understand that since fantasy sports are based on real-time games, they cannot be played in the absence of live sporting events. Given the industry’s tremendous growth so far as well as what it is about to achieve, it is imperative to identify fantasy sports as a separate and independent category. Securing consistent political support would not only bolster this sunny segment of India’s startup sector, but also broaden the sports ecosystem as a whole. The government’s appointment of a new task force for the AVGC sector (animation, visual effects, games and comics) in the latest budget paves the way for new development and career opportunities for young people.

To conclude, the need of the hour is a combination of accurate regulatory policies, rational GST assessment, to help the fantasy sports industry thrive and prosper to serve the growing socio-economic ecosystem of suppliers. services, fans and sport in general.

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EU zealots undermine Britain’s place in the Commonwealth Mon, 13 Jun 2022 14:46:00 +0000

Predictably, the government’s policy of sending illegal immigrants to Rwanda for processing has met a first stumbling block: legal challenges have drastically reduced the number of people on the first flight (which was due to leave on Tuesday ) to nearly single digits.

People are perfectly entitled to question the UK-Rwanda partnership on ethical grounds. Some consider the policy ‘extreme’ – and admittedly taking asylum seekers thousands of miles to a ‘third country’ they don’t know is arguably a radical course of action . Yet the most vocal critics are usually the same people who refuse to recognize the need for a streamlined, security-focused and cohesive-enhancing asylum system in nature. The “safe and legal pathways” they tend to propose essentially call for the dismantling of our national borders in the name of maximizing “global welfare”.

But what was particularly telling was the degree of sneer from the liberal left at another member of the Commonwealth. Rwanda has made considerable socio-economic and socio-political progress since the civil war of 1994 which degenerated into veritable genocide. Empowering women has been central to Rwanda’s growth and development. In addition to having the highest rate of women in parliament in the world, Rwanda’s women leaders in the public and private sectors are integral to the country’s goals of becoming a middle-income and high-income country by 2035 and 2050 respectively. .

It is true that Rwanda – like many countries in the world – is not an oasis of liberal democracy. But neither is it the post-apocalyptic hell presented by many opponents of the UK-Rwanda migration partnership. As a relatively new member of the Commonwealth, the degree to which he has been vilified by left-liberal quarters of British politics and media has been grossly unfair.

Ambitious members of the Commonwealth who are on the path to greater social and economic development are too often seen as uncivilized backwaters by those who remain bitter about the impressive level of international respect that Britain continues to command in the world. post-Brexit world. Eurocentric and pro-Brussels fanatics tend to treat emerging African nations as impoverished “third world” outbacks with little or no potential. If such people were successful in foreign policy, Britain would remain locked in an ossified and ineffective bloc, unable to exercise soft power or build strategically meaningful international relations in line with the national interest.

Liberal left bigotry – underpinned by a particularly destructive form of European fanaticism – threatens to undermine Britain’s post-Brexit efforts to cultivate vital security ties in largely non-European associations such as the Commonwealth. Britain today must establish diplomatic relations with the ambitious nation states of Africa in a spirit of partnership and mutual respect. Given the dynamism and human potential of African economies with steadily growing middle classes, stronger strategic engagement with the continent is essential for Britain.

In the words of Rwanda’s High Commissioner to the UK, Johnston Busingye, his country’s criticisms are “outdated” – Rwanda is a vibrant and progressive member of the international community in its own right.

It should be treated as such.

Biden rushes to expand coalition against Russia but meets resistance Sat, 11 Jun 2022 20:24:11 +0000

WASHINGTON — Even before the war in Ukraine began, an international alliance to rally the world against a Russian invasion came together so quickly that President Biden later amazed to the “purpose and unity found in a few months that had taken us years to accomplish”.

Now, as the conflict enters its fourth month, US officials face the disappointing reality that the powerful coalition of nations – stretching from North America to Europe and Asia of the East – may not be enough to break the impending stalemate in Ukraine.

With growing urgency, the Biden administration is trying to coax or cajole countries perceived by Washington to be neutral in the conflict — including India, Brazil, Israel and Arab Gulf states — into joining. to the campaign of economic sanctions, military support and diplomatic pressure to further isolate Russia and bring the war to a decisive end. So far, few if any of them have been willing, despite their partnerships with the United States on other major security issues.