The sanctions are bad because they hinder progress, not because of the genders of some affected parties.
edit: This is all in the HN title. The article focuses on a few women, but doesn't make a thing out of their gender.
It's a cause I care about so I'm willing to be link-baity to get more attention.
But I definitely agree with you.
Don't even get me started on the stories I hear from my friend at Western Union. It's very hard to do business with a country where there is simple no rule of law as we know it. The sanctions are likely a symptom of that, not the cause.
The issue is that the sanctions hurt regular people way more than the government.
The government is a dictatorship that has been in power since 1989, there are protests against the government almost every year, usually ending in a few deaths.
I'm not sure if fraud has anything to do with it, but I can see that it may be an issue.
I lived in Syria for some time and it is impossible there to buy/use online services (hosting, apps, payment processing etc ..) or to use most Google services.
The funny part is that those same guys who brag about giving open access to knowledge and technology they themselves blocking it from the people who need it most.
Those same guys are forced by US laws (ie at gunpoint) to block these countries. The alternative would be bypassing these laws, going to jail and shutting down these companies. And they don't "brag", they just encourage open access and practice it as much as they possibly and legally can, no need to be so negative here. If you want to be mad at someone, be so at the US gov, not at these law abiding companies, just saying.