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  • China uses intimidation tactics at U.N. to silence critics

    10/08/2015 2:36:30 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | Sui-lee Wee, Reuters
    GENEVA – In a cafe lounge at the United Nations complex in Geneva, a Tibetan fugitive was waiting his turn earlier this year to tell diplomats his story of being imprisoned and tortured back home in China. The 43-year-old Buddhist monk, Golog Jigme, had broken out of a Chinese detention center in 2012, eventually fleeing to Switzerland. But his Chinese government pursuers had not given up.
  • This European country has the talent for tech innovation [How they educate their children]

    10/05/2015 8:07:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/05/2015
    When you think of tech innovation, places like Silicon Valley and Boston spring to mind. But flying under the world's radar is Switzerland, where inventions like a solar plane that just completed the longest solo-flight ever without fuel are born. And while Europe was busy debating bitcoin's future, Switzerland already opened up the region's first bitcoin ATM earlier this year. The country has managed to maintain its No. 1 ranking on the Global Innovation Index for four years in a row. Switzerland's résumé is definitely impressive: The country boasts the second-highest number of patents per person — second to Japan....
  • Switzerland Suspends Sales of VW Models

    09/26/2015 6:36:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Local ^ | 26 Sep 2015
    Swiss authorities said on Friday they had temporarily banned the sale of new Volkswagen brand diesel-engine models potentially equipped with software capable of tricking environmental tests. Some 180,000 vehicles made by Volkswagen's Audi, Seat, Skoda and VW brands between 2009 and 2014 could be affected by the scandal, the Federal Roads Office said in a statement. Models equipped with diesel engines of the type 1,2TDI, 1,6TDI and 2.0TDI may be fitted with software capable of tricking environmental tests, the government agency said. It stressed that only cars designed to meet Eur05 emission standards were affected and not the Eur06 engines....
  • Tosatti: The election of Jorge Bergoglio by the Martini-led "Mafia"

    09/25/2015 2:09:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 24, 2015 | Marco Tosatti
    The election of Jorge Bergoglio was the fruit of secret meetings that cardinals and bishops, organized by Carlo Maria Martini, held for years at St. Gall in Switzerland. This is what is claimed by Jürgen Mettepenningen and Karim Schelkens, the authors of a just published biography of the Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, who refer to the group of cardinals and bishops as the “Mafia-club”. Danneels, according to the authors, had worked for years in preparation for the election of Pope Francis, which happened in 2013. He himself, however, in a video recorded during the presentation of the book admits that...
  • How Much K Street Blood Money Is Bob Corker Getting For Iran Deal?

    09/10/2015 6:19:40 PM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies ^ | 10 Sep 15 | George Rasley
    Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker, author of the treasonous Corker – Cardin bill to facilitate President Obama’s nuclear weapons treaty with Islamist Iran, has made another inexplicable betrayal of American military superiority and indeed the future of America itself. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which Corker authored, requires the Administration transmit to Congress all documents related to the JCPOA —including side agreements—prior to a 60-day review period and subsequent vote. There’s no doubt that Obama has not complied with the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, indeed Senator Corker said “there’s no question that two of the...
  • Swiss rail firm launches separate trains for Chinese tourists after complaints from locals

    08/30/2015 9:52:23 AM PDT · by DFG · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 08/30/2015 | CHRIS KITCHING
    Chinese tourists are being given separate train services to travel to the top of a picturesque Swiss mountain after they were accused of poor behaviour. Locals and other visitors to Mount Rigi have complained to the railway operator, accusing Asian tourists of crowding train corridors to snap photos and even spitting inside the carriages. Tensions between tourists from Asia and visitors from Switzerland have worsened as the mountain, near Lucerne, has become a massive draw for Chinese holidaymakers, a newspaper claimed.
  • Family wins back stolen Nazi loot

    04/15/2005 7:32:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 516+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 4-15-05 | ROBERT MATAS
    VANCOUVER -- Austrian businessmen Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer and Otto Pick transferred ownership of their sugar refinery to a Swiss bank for safekeeping shortly before fleeing the Nazis in March, 1938. Months later, the bank actively co-operated in the sale of the Jewish businessmen's shares in the sugar refinery to a Nazi purchaser at a small fraction of their value and without the businessmen's consent. After 67 years, the theft of the sugar refinery, which provided 20 per cent of Austria's sugar before the war, had become a piece of family folklore only vaguely remembered by some of the descendants. But in...
  • Hillary Clinton’s curious relationship with major Swiss bank draws attention

    07/30/2015 9:51:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The State Department (which Hillary Clinton used to run and where she still holds significant influence) has been very clear about one thing. There is no relationship between donations to the Clinton Foundation and actions taken by the Secretary of State during her tenure there. Period. Full stop. End of discussion. Perish the thought. You’re all just a bunch of Clinton haters who are trying to stop the ongoing charity work of these wonderful people. And yet for some strange reason we keep seeing stories like this. Hillary hadn’t even finished unpacking her things in her new office at...
  • Israel hits back at Swiss envoy's 'ugly act' in showing Netanyahu bird droppings cartoon

    08/28/2015 4:00:01 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/28/2015 22:17
    The Swiss ambassador to Iran's display of a cartoon depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being defecated upon by two doves was condemned as "an ugly act" by the Foreign Ministry late Friday. Switzerland expressed regret earlier Friday after Ambassador Giulio Haas showed the cartoon at an event promoting Iranian business opportunities. Haas spoke to hundreds of Swiss and Iranian business people at a Zurich hotel on Thursday. The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) said the "questionable cartoon" was used without its knowledge. "The FDFA regrets the use of this cartoon and considers it tasteless," it said in a...
  • Bishop Faces Three Years in Jail for Defending Marriage (cites Leviticus)[Switzerland]

    08/15/2015 2:50:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Stream ^ | August 12, 2015 | DEACON KEITH FOURNIER
    In the politically charged language of the present, Bishop Vitus Huonder is a “conservative” if not an “extremist.” In fact, he is simply a faithful Catholic Christian. And for that he’s being threatened with three years in jail. It’s happening in Switzerland, but the conflict epitomizes a wider phenomenon of anti-Christian secularists on both sides of the Atlantic using the courts to target Christians for simply standing up for biblical truth.In 2011, Huonder, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Chur in Switzerland, supported parents being able to opt out of having children as young as four subjected to...
  • Genetically engineered pigs: Advance looks promising [For Transplants]

    08/14/2015 9:17:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies ^ | August 14, 2015 | by Nancy Owano
    A domestic pig on an organic farm in Solothurn, Switzerland. Image: Wikimedia Commons --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stories of people waiting for organ transplants that could save their lives are well known. The numbers, though, are not encouraging. The US Department of Health and Human Services has some data: 122,407 people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list of candidates). The agency said that the gap between supply and demand continues to widen. The total number of donors from January through May this year was 5,975. On average, 22 people die each day while waiting for a transplant. Here is another statistic:...
  • Swiss Bishop Apologizes for Calling Homosexual Acts 'Abomination'

    08/14/2015 7:28:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    Under heavy public pressure, a Swiss Catholic bishop has issued a public apology for a statement in which he referred to homosexual activity as an abomination and cited Old Testament passages saying that offenders should be put to death. Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur sent a 3-page letter to clerics in which he said it had been a “mistake” to make his comments—which he had delivered at a forum in Germany—“on a theological and academic level.” He said that he should have shown a draft of his talk to colleagues, who would have warned him on the likely outcry. The...
  • Switzerland Lifts Sanctions Against Iran

    08/12/2015 2:51:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 8/13/2015, 12:12 AM | Elad Benari
    Switzerland will on Thursday officially lift sanctions against Iran that had been suspended since January 2014, the government announced on Wednesday, according to Reuters. “The Federal Council (government) wishes today’s steps to be seen as a sign of its support for the implementation of the nuclear agreement and its interest in deepening bilateral relations with Iran,” said a statement quoted by the news agency. […] Switzerland will also introduce a new exemption clause that lets Berne implement UN Security Council resolutions on Iran, according to Reuters. The government said Switzerland wished to “promote a broad political and economic exchange with...
  • Swiss Gay Group Files Criminal Complaint Against Catholic Bishop for Old Testament Speech

    08/10/2015 6:15:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 8/10/15 | Felicity Capon
    A gay rights group has filed a criminal complaint against a Roman Catholic bishop after he quoted Bible verses calling for gay people to be killed and said the passage made clear what Church policy was on homosexuality. Vitus Huonder, the Catholic Bishop of the city of Chur in eastern Switzerland, made the speech on 31 July, during a debate on marriage and family organised by the German Catholic Forum in Fulda, Germany. According to Swiss media reports, Huonder, 73, read out a passage from Leviticus 20:13: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman,...
  • Catholic Bishop in ‘Death to Gays’ Storm

    08/04/2015 7:45:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Swiss Info ^ | 8/3/15
    Vitus Huonder, the controversial Catholic bishop of Chur in eastern Switzerland, has once again attracted criticism for quoting homophobic Bible passages and denouncing non-traditional family models. At the “Joy in Faith” forum in the German city of Fulda, he quoted a passage from the Bible which said homosexuals should be punished by death. In his 50-minute address on Friday, titled “Marriage – a gift, sacrament and order”, Huonder quoted various passages backing up his views. He also slammed gender theory, divorce, sex education and gay marriage. Regarding homosexuality, the 73-year-old bishop quoted two verses from the book of Leviticus, including...
  • Swiss bank's donations to Clinton Foundation increased after Hillary intervention in IRS dispute

    07/30/2015 4:11:55 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 30, 2015
    Donations to the Clinton Foundation by Swiss bank UBS increased tenfold after Hillary Clinton intervened to settle a dispute with the IRS early in her tenure as secretary of state, according to a published report. According to the Wall Street Journal, total donations by UBS to the foundation grew from less than $60,000 at the end of 2008 to approximately $600,000 by the end of 2014. The Journal reports that the bank also lent $32 million through entrepreneurship and inner-city loan programs it launched in association with the foundation, while paying former President Bill Clinton $1.5 million to participate in...
  • Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo and Matternet start drone tests

    07/08/2015 6:45:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Swiss Post ^ | July 7, 2015
    Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo and Matternet are jointly testing the commercial use of logistics drones. The three companies are investigating specific uses of drone technology and examining the cost-effectiveness of these business ideas. They will be carrying out drone tests in July 2015 for this purpose. The widespread use of drones is not expected within the next five years. The focus is primarily on their use in exceptional cases or the transport of special items. In spring 2015, Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo (the air freight division of Swiss International Air Lines) and Matternet (a logistics drone manufacturer based in California)...
  • Millionaires control 41% of world's wealth, expected to take more

    06/16/2015 8:36:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    CNBC's Inside Wealth ^ | June 15, 2015 | Robert Frank
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Millionaires are expected to control nearly half of the world's personal wealth by 2019, according to a new study, suggesting that the wealth gap will continue to widen. The Global Wealth report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) said the number of millionaires in the world grew to 17 million in 2014, up from 15 million in 2013. The world's millionaires now control 41 percent of the $164 trillion in global private wealth, up from 40 percent in 2013. The report said millionaires are expected to control 46 percent of the world's wealth in 2019. The growing fortunes of the...
  • The Swiss Difference: A Gun Culture That Works

    05/31/2015 6:32:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 34 replies
    December 20, 2012 | Helena Bachmann
    Even as the gun-control debate rises again in the U.S. in the aftermath of the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the gun-loving Swiss are not about to lay down their arms. Guns are ubiquitous in this neutral nation, with sharpshooting considered a fun and wholesome recreational activity for people of all ages. Even though Switzerland has not been involved in an armed conflict since a standoff between Catholics and Protestants in 1847, the Swiss are very serious not only about their right to own weapons but also to carry them around in public. Because of this general acceptance and...
  • Swiss Euthanasia Group Under Fire After Painful Assisted Suicide Death

    01/09/2007 4:39:00 PM PST · by wagglebee · 46 replies · 974+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/9/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Zurich, Switzerland ( -- A Swiss euthanasia group that says it has coordinated the deaths of more than 600 people at its clinics there is coming under fire after a German woman apparently suffered tremendous pain when she died at one of its facilities. The SonntagsZeitung newspaper in Zurich reported Sunday that a 43 year-old German woman with the initial A.H. screamed in pain for over four minutes before her death. The Dignitas group gave her a lethal cocktail last November that eventually took her life. Friends who accompanied her to her death told the newspaper the woman cried out,...
  • Switzerland shooting: Several killed in Swiss canton of Aargau, police say

    05/10/2015 1:35:32 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 26 replies
    Several people have been killed in a shooting in the Swiss canton of Aargau, police say.
  • BREAKING THROUGH WITH INTIMACY [ charistmatic caucus]

    05/06/2015 10:56:23 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Intimacy is the key to your breaking through in your days ahead . So persevere as Daniel and Gabriel for I will send My angels of My Presence as Michael (AS GOD) as you spend time in mine . . . DANIEL 10:12-21 12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael,...
  • Swiss Weekly Calls Temperature Rise A “Propaganda Trick”

    05/01/2015 12:49:52 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies ^ | 05/01/15 | P Gosselin
    At the print edition of Swiss news weekly “Weltwoche”, science journalist Markus Schär writes that not only has the global temperature trend suspiciously been tampered with, but so have the datasets of the Swiss Meteorological Service:
  • Lessons from a happy place: Limited government and low taxes make Switzerland improbably successful

    04/28/2015 7:09:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/28/2015 | Richard Rahn
    Geneva, Switzerland — What is the happiest place? Last week in its annual “World Happiness Report,” the United Nations reported that Switzerland was No. 1. The United States ranked No. 15, and the African country of Togo came in last, at number 158. Switzerland is arguably the world’s most successful country — and most improbably so. It is landlocked and without much in the way of natural resources. It has four official languages, many different religious groups, and is surrounded by warring neighbors. Yet, it has remained an island of peace and prosperity. The last armed conflict on Swiss territory...
  • Feeling glum? Move to Switzerland! Swiss nation is the happiest on Earth, with America 15th

    04/24/2015 11:12:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies ^ | 4/24/2015 | John Hall
    Switzerland is the world's happiest nation thanks to healthy GDP figures, strong social bonds and an increasing life expectancy, a new study of global wellbeing has revealed. The list is dominated by European nations, particularly those in Scandinavia, and measures a country's population by factors contributing to its citizens' contentment, rather than wealth. Britons are happier now than they were two years ago, the study found, but still ranks in at a relatively lowly 21st place. And despite often mocking its northern neighbour as an inferior nation, the United States is a full 10 places below Canada, ranking at 10th...
  • Robot that bought MDMA, passport and baseball cap released by authorities

    04/20/2015 9:45:07 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 6 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 17 April 2015
    The Random Darknet Shopper was let go after being held by police for three months. A robot given $100 a week in bitcoins to buy whatever it wanted from the deep web, has purchased a Hungarian passport, a baseball cap fixed with a hidden camera, fake Diesel jeans, a stash can, 200 Chesterfield cigarettes and 10 yellow pills containing 90mg of MDMA each.
  • Swiss-Born Man Sent to Country He Doesn't Know

    Over the protests of his family, Swiss authorities have forced the extradition to Tunisia of a 24-year-old man born in Switzerland who is a Tunisian citizen but has never been to the North African country, according to a media report. The man, identified as Medhi, was put on a plane to Tunis after his residential C permit was revoked in January because of repeated criminal convictions, 20 Minutes newspaper reported online. Mehdi, who was born and raised in the canton of Vaud has a record for theft, damaging property, fighting and driving without a permit, the daily said. But because...
  • Pope Francis praises Iran deal in Easter peace wish

    04/05/2015 5:10:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/05/2015
    VATICAN CITY – In an Easter peace wish, Pope Francis on Sunday praised the framework nuclear agreement with Iran as an opportunity to make the world safer, while expressing deep worry about bloodshed in Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa. Cautious hope ran through Francis' "Urbi et Orbi" Easter message, a kind of papal commentary on the state of the world's affairs, which he delivered from the central balcony of St. Peter's Square. He had just celebrated Mass in rain-whipped St. Peter's Square for tens of thousands of people, who huddled under umbrellas or braved the downpour...
  • Iran Accuses US off lying About NuKe Deal

    04/02/2015 3:12:32 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 63 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/2/15 | Adam Kredo
    HT Drudge LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Just hours after the announcement of what the United States characterized as a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the country’s leading negotiator lashed out at the Obama administration for lying about the details of a tentative framework.
  • The Ghastly Shadow of Munich

    04/02/2015 5:14:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | April 2, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Western capitulation to Adolf Hitler in the 1938 Munich Agreement is cited as classic appeasement that destroyed Czechoslovakia, backfired on France and Britain, and led to World War II. All of that is true. But there was much more that caused the Munich debacle than simple Western naiveté. The full tragedy of that ill-fated agreement should warn us on the eve of the Obama's administration's gullible agreement with Iran on nuclear proliferation. Fable one is the idea that most people saw right through the Munich folly. True, Europeans knew that Hitler had never once told the truth and...
  • Iran, EU hint at breakthrough in nuclear talks

    04/02/2015 10:20:50 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/2 | Elise Labott and Jethro Mullen
    Significant agreements regarding Iran's nuclear program have been reached, according to tweets by officials ahead of a planned joint statement. "Found solution," Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted. "Solutions on key parameters" reached, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Twitter. The European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, tweeted, "Good news," regarding the talks.
  • France Walks Out of Iran Nuclear Talks, Will Return When ‘Useful’

    04/02/2015 7:16:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 04/02/2015 | Hana Levi Julian
    France has left the US-led nuclear talks with Iran in Lausanne, saying it will return when it is 'useful.' French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is leaving the marathon negotiations that have gone into overtime led by the United States between world powers and Tehran over Iran’s nuclear technology activities. A French official told France 24 today (Wednesday, April 1) that Fabius was leaving the talks and would return from France when it was “useful.” Speaking at a joint news conference with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, French President Francois Hollande said it would be better to have no deal...
  • Experts: Iran Housing Nuke Materials in North Korea, Syria

    03/31/2015 11:36:50 AM PDT · by detective · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 31, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A top State Department official on Monday dismissed reports that Iran may be hiding key nuclear-related assets in North Korea and implied that she was unaware of the possibility, despite the publication this weekend of several articles by top analysts expressing alarm at the extent of nuclear cooperation between Tehran and Pyongyang.
  • Flashback: Obama: Iran Only Wants ‘Defensive’ Nukes

    03/31/2015 11:27:00 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/31/15 12:41pm | Joel Gehrke
    If President Obama seems less worried than Israel that Iran will obtain nuclear weapons as a result of his administration’s negotiations with the regime, maybe that’s because he’s less worried than Israel about Iran having nuclear weapons. “I think Iran is like North Korea,” Obama told David Brooks when he was running for president in 2007. “They see nuclear arms in defensive terms, as a way to prevent regime change.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disagrees. “The ideology of Iran’s revolutionary regime is deeply rooted in militant Islam, and that’s why this regime will always be an enemy of America,”...
  • Netanyahu catches Obama in Iran-nuclear flip-flop

    03/31/2015 10:40:05 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 31 Mar 2015 | Herb Keinon
    PM points out elements "apparently" in nuclear deal that Obama said last year are things that Iran does not need in order to have a peaceful program. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election flip flop on a two state solution, which he later walked-back, will pale in comparison to a US presidential zig-zag if Netanyahu reported accurately to the Knesset on Tuesday on what will be in the nuclear accord being negotiated in Lausanne. SNIP It was US President Barack Obama who said that each of those elements was not needed for a peaceful program. Obama, during a question-and answer...
  • Pakistani defense chief due in Riyadh, airlifts troops for Saudi Yemen war. Landings imminent.

    03/30/2015 11:39:49 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 25 replies
    DEBKAFile ^ | March 30, 2015 | Special Report
    The US-led world powers and Iran Monday, March 30, entered the last tense hours for a nuclear deal as though Lausanne was on a different planet from the Middle East, where the Yemen war, in which Iran is deeply involved, abruptly scooped up a power outside the region, Pakistan. A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Monday reaffirmed Pakistan’s “firm commitment to supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia.” Among those attending were Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Defense Minister...
  • 'The US Will Let Iran Spread Terror and Go Nuclear'

    03/29/2015 11:07:01 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30 Mar 2015 | Ari Yashar
    As reports continue to indicate a deal will be reached between the US and world powers on one side, and Iran on the other, regarding the Islamic regime's nuclear program, and just a day or so before the deadline set for a provisional deal passes on Tuesday, a senior Israeli security source appraised that Iran will get a free pass to go nuclear and keep spreading terrorism. Speaking to Walla! on Sunday, the source said, "even while according to the deal the dimensions of the nuclear project won't be disclosed, we appraise that under pressure America will approve the (UN)...
  • Arab Leaders Agree on Joint Military Force

    03/29/2015 11:34:22 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 29, 2015 | By David D. Kirkpatrick
    CAIRO — The Arab states said on Sunday that they had agreed to form a combined military force to counter both Iranian influence and Islamist extremism, a gesture many analysts attributed in large part to their drive for more independence from Washington. The agreement came as American and other Western diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland, were racing to beat a self-imposed deadline of Tuesday to reach a deal with Iran that would restrict its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions. In response, Saudi Arabia and other American allies in the region have made clear that they are...
  • Pro-Hassan Rouhani Iranian editor defects while covering nuclear talks in Lausanne

    03/29/2015 8:42:18 AM PDT · by married21 · 12 replies ^ | 5:21PM GMT 27 Mar 2015 | Ahmed Vahdat and Richard Spencer
    A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West. Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA). He then appeared on an opposition television channel based in London to say he no longer saw any “sense” in his profession as a journalist as he could only write what he was told. “There are a...
  • Kerry cancels trip in honour of Ted Kennedy as Iran talks intensify

    03/29/2015 8:29:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 3/29/15 | Louis Charbonneau, John Irish, Parisa Hafezi
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled plans to fly to Boston for a ceremony in honour of his late friend Edward Kennedy as talks on Iran's nuclear programme intensified in Switzerland, with two days left to a deadline. Kerry's spokeswoman said on Sunday he regretted missing the dedication ceremony for an institute named after the U.S. senator, who was a mentor to him. Officials close to the talks said the French and German foreign ministers, Laurent Fabius and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, were considering delaying a planned joint trip to Kazakhstan in order to focus on clearing...
  • Iran deal worse than Israel feared, Netanyahu says

    03/29/2015 3:51:35 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 39 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 29, 2015, 12:57 pm | Jonathan Beck
    PM warns of ‘Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis'; officials say Tehran has agreed to ship out all enriched uranium to Russia Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday against the emerging nuclear deal with Iran, as Iranian and Western officials in Lausanne, Switzerland were rushing to reach a framework agreement by an end-of-month deadline. “After the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis, Iran is maneuvering from the south to take over the entire Middle East,” Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting, one of the last for his outgoing government. “The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is dangerous for mankind and must be stopped.” Netanyahu told ministers that he had spoken with...
  • Reporter says John Kerry answered ‘Allah willing’ – in Arabic- when asked if nuke deal...

    03/28/2015 4:26:23 PM PDT · by blueyon · 73 replies ^ | 3/28/15 | Michael Dorstewitz
    ""Reporter says John Kerry answered ‘Allah willing’ – in Arabic- when asked if nuke deal would happen"" Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly responded in a most unusual way to a reporter’s question Friday whether a nuclear arms deal could be reached with Iran before the March 31 deadline. “Allah willing,” Kerry replied — in Arabic, according to Laura Rozen, a reporter covering the Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the Washington, D.C.-based online publication, Al-Monitor. As news reached the public Friday that a deal may be forthcoming, Rozen tweeted:
  • Iranian Dissidents Criticize Obama’s Nuclear Diplomacy

    03/27/2015 6:12:52 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 17, 2015
    Claim White House ignoring human rights, working with murderous regime A group of Iranian dissidents and political prisoners have lashed out at the Obama administration, lambasting its ongoing diplomacy with Iran, according to two open letters sent to the White House in recent days. In each letter, the dissidents—most of whom are currently political prisoners in Iran—criticize the White House for ignoring the issues of human rights and democracy in Iran as they push to finalize a deal with a regime that the dissidents says is murderous and untrustworthy. Iranian reformers and those seeking a change in the country’s leadership...
  • Defecting Iranian Journalist: U.S. at Nuclear Talks ‘to Speak on Iran’s Behalf’

    03/29/2015 3:04:27 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Mar 2015 | Jordan Schachtel
    An Iranian journalist who defected from his country while covering its ongoing nuclear talks has revealed startling information regarding America’s position at the negotiating table. Amir Hossein Motaghi, who reportedly was employed at Iran’s state-run Iran Student Correspondents Association, told a London-based Iranian opposition channel that the U.S. was shilling for Iran in the ongoing negotiations over the regime’s nuclear weapons program. “The US negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” Mottaghi told Irane Farda, according to UK’s The Telegraph. Motaghi had previously worked...
  • Pro-Hassan Rouhani Iranian editor defects while covering nuclear talks in Lausanne

    03/29/2015 1:21:07 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 21 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 27 March 2015 | Ahmed Vahdat and Richard Spencer
    A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West. Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA). He then appeared on an opposition television channel based in London to say he no longer saw any “sense” in his profession as a journalist as he could only write what he was told. “There are a...
  • Iranian Defector: 'U.S. Negotiating Team Mainly There to Speak on Iran’s Behalf'

    03/28/2015 3:22:51 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 38 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5:01 PM, Mar 28, 2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    An Iranian journalist writing about the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran has defected. In an interview Amir Hossein Motaghi, has some harsh words for his native Iran. He also has a damning indictment of America's role in the nuclear negotiations. “The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal," Motaghi told a TV station after just defecting from the Iranian delegation while abroad for the nuclear talks. The P 5 + 1 is made up of United States, United Kingdom, Russia,...
  • Pro-Rouhani Defector Blasts US Negotiators as Iran Apologists

    03/28/2015 5:31:56 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 6 replies
    A media aide to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani covering the P5+1 nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, is seeking asylum in the West and has blasted the U.S. negotiating team as apologists for Iran, reports the Telegraph
  • Iranian Nuke Negotiator Aide Defects In Switzerland

    03/28/2015 7:00:54 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 48 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 3/28/2015 | sundance
    Brave guy. The entire leftist world will be out to assassinate him. An aide working for the Nuclear Negotiation team has defected in Switzerland. The aide immediately tells the authorities about his direct knowledge that Secretary Kerry and the U.S. Negotiation team are actually working to assist Iran. I’ll bet you a donut this was the substance of the courier letter from Rouhani to Obama yesterday. WH says Pres Obama has received contents of letter from Iran Pres Rouhani., but WH choosing not to disclose contents or response.
  • Iran Nuclear Talks 'Enter Endgame' In Switzerland [Israel Sold Out!]

    03/28/2015 3:56:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    BBCNews ^ | March 28, 2015
    Iran Nuclear Talks 'Enter Endgame' In Switzerland How close is a final nuclear deal on Iran? Talks on Iran's nuclear programme have entered their "endgame", Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said. Negotiators from six world powers are attempting to strike a deal with Iran to restrict its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. The parties have set a deadline of the end of March to reach an agreement.
  • Odds of reaching nuke deal over 50%, Russia says

    03/28/2015 1:13:25 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 28, 2015, 8:47 pm
    Israeli minister warns of ‘worrying directions’ as negotiations intensify ahead of Tuesday deadline The chances of agreeing a nuclear deal with Iran are “more than 50/50,” Russia’s chief negotiator in six-party talks in Switzerland told Russian news agency RIA Novosti Saturday. “I think that the chances are more than 50/50,” Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying in Lausanne ahead of a Tuesday deadline to agree the outlines of a nuclear deal. Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program grew frantic on Saturday amid signs of discord, with the French and German foreign ministers joining US Secretary of State John Kerry in talks...