NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
20th November, 1935 : The economic sanctions imposed on Italy by the League of Nations, and agreed to by 50 states, took effect from yesterday. The next step the League has to consider is the imposition of an oil embargo, which could cripple Italy’s capacity to fight the war in Abyssinia. Sanctions-fighting regulations are now in force in Italy. Friday is to be a meatless day in restaurants and butchers’ shops will close. Registered letters are being opened to ensure that not more than 50 lire is sent out of the country. But the sanction-busters are at work. Last week an arms consignment of 29 wagons from Czechoslovakia arrived in Vienna and was sent on to Italy.