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  • Deputy Secretary Of State: Iran Needs Nuclear Deal 'More Than We Do' (Audio)

    07/02/2015 4:28:54 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    NPR ^ | July 02, 2015 5:32 PM ET
    NPR's Rachel Martin interviews Tony Blinken, the U.S. deputy secretary of state and the former deputy national security advisor for President Obama, about the latest on the negotiations with Iran.
  • Mika Asks Blinken: At What Point Does the U.S. Look ‘Desperate’ To Make Iran Deal? (MSNBC Video)

    07/02/2015 4:12:03 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 2, 2015 8:34 am | David Rutz
    MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski asked Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken at what point going into overtime to make a nuclear deal with Iran starts to look “desperate” Thursday on Morning Joe. Nuclear talks were predictably extended to July 7 when Iran and world powers were unable to come to a full agreement at the original June 30 deadline. “Overtime, these talks still going, obviously a lot of back-and-forth now,” said NBC reporter Ayman Mohyeldin. “Now it’s been extended for at least another week. What’s the latest in terms of the talks from the U.S. position? Is there anything else...
  • Iran Talks Finale in Vienna: $225K for Hotels and Vehicles (before deadline extension)

    07/02/2015 10:46:44 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    The Iran nuclear talks deadline was recently extended for a week until July 7 according to the Associated Press. This extension could conceivably raise the already enormous financial cost of the diplomatic home-stretch effort even higher. Even before the extension was granted, contracts for vehicles and hotels in Vienna for Secretary of State John Kerry and US diplomats totaled $224,503. The first contract posted is for vehicles and drivers required for the stay with ABC V.I.P. Sightseeing in Austria for $93,394: The second is for hotel rooms for Kerry's delegation in the Hotel Imperial in Vienna for $131,109: Few details...
  • Nuclear Experts: Iran Failed to Properly Convert its Uranium Stockpile, Violating JPOA

    07/01/2015 7:24:15 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    The Tower ^ | 07.01.15 5:40 pm
    The process by which Iran reduced its stock of low enriched uranium prior to the June 30 negotiating deadline violated the terms of the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), the agreement it signed with the West in November 2013, according to an analysis (.pdf) published today by the Institute for Science and International Security. The institute’s analysis was performed in response to an Associated Press report that, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran had fulfilled its obligations under the JPOA to reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium. Iran has met a key commitment under a preliminary nuclear...
  • The 36-Year Project to Whitewash Iran

    07/01/2015 3:43:08 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    The Iranian regime is still holding American hostages. These include the Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent, Jason Rezaian, and Amir Hekmati, an Iranian-American U.S. Marine sentenced to death in 2012 on bogus spying charges and still languishing in the mullahs’ hellish prisons. American flags are burned, and cries of “Death to America!” still ring out at Friday prayers across Iran. The Tehran regime continues to arm and fund Hezbollah, and Iranian forces and proxies now encircle the Arab lands. And the mullahs have in the intervening years raced to develop nuclear weapons. Their centrifuges still churn in defiance of five United...
  • How World War III became possible

    07/01/2015 3:07:23 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 68 replies
    Vox (Vox.com) ^ | June 29, 2015 | Max Fisher
    It was in August 2014 that the real danger began, and that we heard the first warnings of war. That month, unmarked Russian troops covertly invaded eastern Ukraine, where the separatist conflict had grown out of its control. The Russian air force began harassing the neighboring Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which are members of NATO. The US pledged that it would uphold its commitment to defend those countries as if they were American soil, and later staged military exercises a few hundred yards from Russia's border.Both sides came to believe that the other had more drastic intentions....
  • The Islamic State of Iran - like ISIS. Just much bigger. (Israel releases video to mark deadline)

    06/30/2015 10:32:49 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | Today, 10:00 AM | IsraeliPM
    The Islamic State of Iran - like ISIS. Just much bigger.
  • State Department Throws Free Beacon Reporter Out of Iran Nuke Talks Briefing

    06/29/2015 2:43:07 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 29, 2015 | 3:24 PM EDT | P.J. Gladnick
    Arrest that reporter for attempting to commit blatant act of flagrant journalism! The Washington Free Beacon today carried a report from Adam Kredo about the State Department removing him from a briefing on the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria. He was even threatened with arrest by security. Here is how the State Department of "most transparent administration in history" dealt with Kredo: VIENNA—Officials with the Department of State threatened to call security Monday on a Washington Free Beacon reporter who was attempting to report on a briefing held by senior Obama administration figures in Vienna on the eve of...
  • John Kerry on crutches while shaking hands w/Zarif, Iranian negotiator (photo at link)

    06/29/2015 12:31:43 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1:52 PM - 28 Jun 2015 | Ana Navarro
    John Kerry on crutches while shaking hands w/Zarif, Iranian negotiator. Hmmm...Not the best symbolism... ”
  • Egypt’s Top Prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, Is Killed by Roadside Bomb

    06/29/2015 8:41:58 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2 hours ago
    AIRO — Egypt’s top prosecutor died on Monday of wounds he sustained when a powerful bomb detonated next to his car as he was driving to work, state news media reported. The prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, is the most senior Egyptian official to be killed since insurgents began a wave of violent attacks against the military-backed government nearly two years ago. At least seven other people, including two bystanders, were hurt in the attack, which incinerated several cars, in a residential area of the capital’s Heliopolis neighborhood. Gen. Osama Bedeir, the head of Cairo security, said the explosive device was planted...
  • On eve of Iran deal, US retreats on inspections of nuclear past, speeds up sanctions relief

    06/29/2015 8:32:33 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | June 29, 2015, 12:34 PM (IDT)
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday, June 28: “We are seeing a clear retreat from the red lines that the world powers set recently and publicly." Addressing the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem and later the Knesset, he added: “There is no reason to rush to sign this bad agreement which is getting worse every day.” Netanyahu was referring to three major concessions approved by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry in the final stage of negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear accord with Iran. They are outlined here by debkafile: 1. After barring International Atomic Energy Agency...
  • Moniz, Kerry awaiting final verdict by Obama (on whether he'll accept Iran terms)

    06/29/2015 8:21:39 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    MNA ^ | 4 hours ago
    VIENNA, Jun. 29 (MNA) – US Secretaries of Energy and State have wrapped up their gist of nuclear negotiations along with difference points with Iran, awaiting a final verdict by president Obama. Mehr News International correspondent in Vienna reported that John Kerry had been residing in Vienna thanks to a fractured femoral bone. But Mr. Kerry would not be off the working desk; rather, he and Mr. Ernest Moniz await a final decision by president Obama. During Vienna 8 (8th round of talks held in Austrian capital) held in last November, Barack Obama issued a last-minute directive mandating extension of...
  • Obama’s secret message to Iran ahead of Vienna talks

    06/29/2015 8:14:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    MNA ^ | 6 hours ago
    TEHRAN, Jun. 29 (MNA) – An Iranian MP revealed that Barack Obama has sent a secret message to Iranian authorities just a few days ahead of recent nuclear negotiations in Vienna. Iranian daily Hamshahri reported on its Monday issue that US President Barack Obama has sent another secret message to Iranian authorities through leaders of one of Iran’s neighboring countries. The newspaper has quoted Tehran’s representative and Parliament Board member Mehrdad Bazrpash as saying that the message has been delivered in recent days by the leader of Iran’s neighbor and highlighted that the letter has been on nuclear issue. While...
  • Nuke talks to miss target; Iran foreign minister heads home (June 30 deadline missed)

    06/28/2015 6:56:45 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    AP ^ | Jun. 28, 2015 9:07 AM EDT | MATTHEW LEE and GEORGE JAHN
    VIENNA (AP) — A senior U.S. official acknowledged Sunday that Iran nuclear talks will go past their June 30 target date, as Iran's foreign minister prepared to head home Sunday for consultations before returning to push for a breakthrough. Iranian media said Mohammed Javad Zarif's trip was planned in advance. Still, the fact that he was leaving the talks so close to the Tuesday deadline reflected his need to get instructions on how to proceed on issues where the sides remain apart — among them how much access Tehran should give to U.N. experts monitoring his country's compliance to any...
  • The Robert E. Lee Problem (Get the eraser ready)

    06/26/2015 12:41:56 PM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 26, 2015 | David Brooks
    The debate about the Charleston Bible study shooting has morphed into a debate about the Confederate battle flag and other symbols of the Confederacy. This is not a trivial sideshow. Racism is not just a personal prejudice and an evolutionary byproduct. It resurfaces year after year because it’s been woven by historical events into the fabric of American culture. That culture is transmitted through the generations by the things we honor or don’t honor, by the symbols and names we celebrate and don’t celebrate. If we want to reduce racism we have to elevate the symbols that signify the struggle...
  • Zarif to join N-talks on Saturday (3 days before deadline)

    06/26/2015 9:56:28 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    MNA ^ | Thu 25 June 2015 - 12:38
    TEHRAN, Jun.25 (MNA) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will depart for Vienna on Saturday, June 27th, to attend the nuclear talks. US Secretary of State John Kerry will also fly to Vienna on Friday to take part in the nuclear talks ahead of a self-imposed June 30 deadline Iran’s Deputy FMs Seyed Abbas Araghchi and Majid Takht Ravanchi have hold meetings with 5+1on drafting a final agreement on Wednesday. The deadline for Iran and 5+1 to finish writing the text of the final agreement is June 30. However, Iran has announced recurrently that its goal is achieving a...
  • Kerry off to Vienna for Iran nuke talks as deadline looms (on crutches)

    06/26/2015 9:38:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    AP ^ | Jun. 26, 2015 8:51 AM EDT | By MATTHEW LEE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With next week's deadline for an Iran nuclear deal fast approaching, Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the talks in Vienna, Austria, on Friday, this time leaning on crutches. On his first overseas trip since breaking his leg earlier this month, Kerry left Washington amid mounting debate over the wisdom of an agreement with Iran. Critics of the emerging deal accuse the Obama administration and its partners of conceding too much in the talks. U.S. officials insist their positions remain unchanged and that Iran must agree to their demands by Tuesday's deadline. Kerry used a...
  • U.S. Delegation to P5+1 Negotiations With Iran in Vienna, Austria (Zero sends 19 member delegation)

    06/25/2015 9:30:33 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    State.gov ^ | June 25, 2015
    In the context of the EU-coordinated P5+1 negotiations with Iran, Secretary Kerry will be joined in Vienna, Austria, on June 26 and onwards by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, and the U.S. negotiating team. The full U.S. delegation list for Vienna follows: The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State The Honorable Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy The Honorable Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Robert Malley, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, National Security Council Jonathan Finer,...
  • War ‘Inevitable’ Between US, China: Russian, Chinese Media

    06/25/2015 1:40:53 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    ibtimes.com ^ | June 24 2015 | Sounak Mukhopadhyay
    Chinese and Russian media have started suggesting the possibility of a China-U.S. war. While the national news agency in China calls it “inevitable,” a Russian news agency listed a number of indications that it said “proved’ the two nations were heading toward a military conflict.
  • Kerry to Rejoin Iran Nuke Talks in Vienna (Injury is no obstacle to surrender!)

    06/24/2015 3:04:11 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 24, 2015, 5:04 PM ET | MATTHEW LEE
    Secretary of State John Kerry is rejoining the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna as negotiators race to meet a June 30 deadline to complete an agreement. The State Department said in a one-sentence statement on Wednesday that Kerry would leave for the Austrian capital on Friday. It will be his first overseas trip since breaking his leg in a bicycle accident earlier this month after a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva.
  • World powers offering Iran nuclear reactors as part of deal (The Insanity Continues!)

    06/24/2015 12:52:37 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 24, 2015, 1:03 pm | George Jahn
    VIENNA - The United States and other nations negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran are ready to offer high-tech reactors and other state-of-the-art equipment to Tehran if it agrees to crimp programs that can make atomic arms, according to a confidential document obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The draft document — one of several technical appendices meant to accompany the main text of any deal — has dozens of bracketed text areas where disagreements remain. Technical cooperation is the least controversial issue at the talks, and the number of brackets suggest the sides have a ways to go not...
  • PM Netanyahu Meets with NFL Hall of Famers (Robert Kraft brings 20 players to fight Iran deal)

    06/24/2015 12:18:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    PMO ^ | 6/22/15
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today, met with a delegation of former National Football League players and NFL Hall of Fame members (see list below), led by NFL Champion New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Prime Minister Netanyahu told the players, who wore their famous Hall of Fame Gold Jackets and many of whom are on their first visit to Israel, about the many challenges Israel faces, especially Iran's efforts to achieve nuclear weapons. "Iran is one yard away from the goal line. If they get nukes, the preeminent terrorist regime of our day will be armed with nuclear weapons. That's...
  • Pentagon Rushing to Open Space-War Center To Counter China, Russia

    06/23/2015 6:22:27 PM PDT · by familyop · 20 replies
    Defense One ^ | 23JUN15 | Marcus Weisgerber, Patrick Tucker
    The Pentagon and intelligence community are developing war plans and an operations center to fend off Chinese and Russian attacks on U.S. military and government satellites. The ops center, to be opened within six months, will receive data from satellites belonging to all government agencies, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said Tuesday at the GEOINT symposium, an annual intelligence conference sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. [...] The center will help the military and government coordinate their preparations for and responses to any attack, said Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson, a spokeswoman for Work. The hope is that it...
  • Dear Pope Francis: Here Are Five Times Weapons of War That Saved Christians

    06/23/2015 11:20:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/23/2015 | David Harsanyi
    This week, Pope Francis informed an audience in Turin that gun manufacturers—and those invested in the weapons industries—were hypocrites if they called themselves Christians. Francis, who earlier this year accused weapons makers of participating in an “industry of death,” explained: “It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?” Well, not really. This piece comes with customary caveat that English-speaking media tends to tweak the translation of the Pope’s messages just enough to mislead or strip it of proper context—or sometimes, miss...
  • Netanyahu says potential Iran nuclear deal is 'terrible' (Video)

    06/23/2015 7:31:18 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Tuesday June 23, 2015
    The anticipated nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is a "terrible deal," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday. "This deal is getting worse by the day, and it should not be signed," Netanyahu said during an address to Jewish Agency leaders in Tel Aviv. "It has been said, better no deal than a bad deal, better no deal than a terrible deal." During a meeting with Netanyahu on Sunday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said it was unclear whether an international deal could be reached on Iran's nuclear program by a June 30 deadline. Fabius had said...
  • What This Cruel War Was Over: The meaning of the Confederate flag is best discerned [tr]

    06/23/2015 6:33:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 22, 2015 | Ta-Nehisi Coates
    This afternoon, in announcing her support for removing the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley asserted that killer Dylann Roof had a “a sick and twisted view of the flag” which did not reflect “the people in our state who respect and in many ways revere it.” If the governor meant that very few of the flag’s supporters believe in mass murder, she is surely right. But on the question of whose view of the Confederate Flag is more twisted, she is almost certainly wrong. Roof’s belief that black life had no purpose beyond subjugation...
  • N-talks progress below expectations (Iran plays down deadline 8 days away)

    06/22/2015 6:40:11 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Mehr News Agency ^ | Mon 22 June 2015 - 16:36
    TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) – Iranian top negotiator Seyed Abbas Araghchi said intensive meetings to draft comprehensive agreement is underway at different levels with representatives of the 5+1. Speaking to IRIB in Vienna prior to his flight to Luxembourg, Iranian deputy FM described the process of drafting as complicated and one which bears various technical, legal and political dimensions. "It needs to be fully scrutinized first at expert and then at deputy levels," Araghchi underlined. He said Iran's negotiating team headed by Foreign Minister Zarif is scheduled to meet with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini as well as French...
  • US rebuffs Israel’s last-ditch bid for nuclear constraints in Iran accord

    06/21/2015 2:56:57 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | June 21, 2015, 7:52 PM (IDT)
    Israel’s National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen was invited to join two top US officials for dinner in Washington on June 15 to try and make Israel’s case for amending the disastrous nuclear accord taking shape in Vienna between the six world powers and Iran, before it was too late. This meeting is reported here by debkafile for the first time. It was hosted by US National Security Adviser Susan Rice and senior US nuclear negotiator Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman. The occasion was arranged by CIA Director John Brennan at the end of his visit to Jerusalem in the first...
  • Donald Trump declares war on lying, street-hustlers of Congress

    06/19/2015 5:36:13 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 59 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6-16-2015 | Charles Hurt
    Finally, a serious and truly experienced contender. Donald Trump and his $9 billion just made the biggest splash of the 2016 presidential race. By the time the seas stop sloshing back and forth, there may not be a drop of water left over for anybody else to float a rowboat. Of course, what you heard from Washington and the elite political set in both parties Tuesday was snickering and laughing and scoffing. All the old jokes about The Donald's cheesy style. His crazy orange combover. His penchant for grand statements spoken bluntly with and exclamation point that is often dotted...
  • Women 'Forbidden' From Attending U.S. vs. Iran Volleyball Game

    06/19/2015 10:54:33 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 9:54 AM | Ali Arouzi
    TEHRAN — Women have been "forbidden" from watching Iran play the U.S. volleyball team on Friday night despite the government signaling it would loosen restrictions on females attending sports events. Earlier this month, Iran's Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi announced that a limited number of women — mainly members of players' families — would be allowed at upcoming men's volleyball matches. In an interview with The Associated Press, Molaverdi said women could also now watch live basketball, handball and tennis. However, women would not be allowed to attend soccer, swimming and wrestling. Hardliners objected angrily to...
  • The Left Rejects Painful Truths: Left-Right Differences, Part IV

    06/16/2015 7:09:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Dennis Prager
    Here's a difference between Left and Right that is rarely noted despite the fact that it is at least as important as any other and even explains many of the other differences. At the core of left-wing thought is a rejection of painful realities, the rejection of what the French call les faits de la vie: the facts of life. Conservatives, on the other hand, are all too aware of these painful realities of life and base many of their positions on them. One such example was the subject of my first column on Left-Right differences: whether people are basically...
  • Senator: 'Breathtaking' how far the US has moved in Iran talks

    06/15/2015 1:43:04 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/15/15 12:11 PM EDT | Martin Matishak
    The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is sounding the alarm about the nuclear talks with Iran, warning the United States has made "breathtaking" concessions that risk creating a "bad deal." In a letter sent Monday, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) warned President Obama he must be willing to walk away from the negotiating table. "It is breathtaking to see how far from your original goals and statements the P5+1 have come during negotiations with Iran,” Corker (R-Tenn.) said in the letter, referring to a group that includes the U.S., the United Kingdom, China, France, and Russia plus Germany. Corker...
  • Rudy Giuliani: “The ayatollah must go” (16 minute video)

    06/14/2015 11:52:13 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jun 13, 2015 | Iranncr
    FRANCE, Paris: Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was a Republican candidate in the 2008 US presidential elections, spoke at a major Iran Freedom rally in Villepinte on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The event was held at Parc des Expositions exhibition center. Giuliani said: "The ayatollah must go. He and Rouhani and Ahmadinejad and all of the rest of them should be put on trial for crimes against humanity for the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people they have killed, and it is about time we stop ignoring it. Where is our decency and morality? We have...
  • Is there anything Obama’s not giving away in his Iran nuclear deal?

    06/14/2015 5:07:24 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 13, 2015 | 8:00pm | Post Editorial Board
    By lifting sanctions on Iran, President Obama’s nuclear deal will open the floodgates for Tehran’s funding of terrorism. So says Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. On a visit to Israel Tuesday, Dempsey warned of Iran’s rulers, “I think that they’ll invest in their [terror] surrogates. I think they will invest in additional military capability.” Oops: The official Obama line is that Tehran will spend its windfall rebuilding its economy. Nice that someone from the administration is willing to tell the truth. Oops again: Obama’s former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael...
  • Suicide Rates of Female Military Veterans Called 'Staggering'

    06/13/2015 7:04:39 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 63 replies
    Military.com ^ | June 8, 2015 | Alan Zarembo
    New government research shows that female military veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women, a startling finding that experts say poses disturbing questions about the backgrounds and experiences of women who serve in the armed forces. Their suicide rate is so high that it approaches that of male veterans, a finding that surprised researchers because men generally are far more likely than women to commit suicide. "It's staggering," said Dr. Matthew Miller, an epidemiologist and suicide expert at Northeastern University who was not involved in the research. "We have to come to grips with why...
  • State Dept Struggles to Explain Massive Nuke Concessions To Iran (7 minute video)

    06/13/2015 11:01:23 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 12, 2015 3:39 pm | Andrew Kugle
    State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke claimed Friday that the “goal posts haven’t moved” in Iran negotiations as he struggled to explain the administration’s latest concessions. The United States is in negotiations with Iran in regards to their nuclear program. During Friday’s press briefing, Rathke struggled to define what concessions or conditions were required for the Iranians to meet for a nuclear deal to be achieved. Associated Press reporter Matt Lee pressed Rathke to clarify what the United States objectives are for the negotiations.
  • Kerry leaves hospital, plans for a ‘last slog’ in Iran talks

    06/13/2015 10:55:48 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday left the hospital where he has been recovering from a broken leg after a bicycling accident, and said he expects to join the Iran nuclear talks for their “last slog” at the end of June. Kerry, who is 71, emerged from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston shortly before 5 p.m., walking gingerly on two crutches. He wore what appeared to be white running shoes instead of his normal wingtips, and he looked pale after spending almost two weeks in the hospital. But he seemed in good humor as he joked that he was...
  • The Dollar Joins the Currency Wars

    06/12/2015 8:13:51 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski
    Project Syndicate ^ | MAY 1, 2015 | Nouriel Roubini
    NEW YORK – In a world of weak domestic demand in many advanced economies and emerging markets, policymakers have been tempted to boost economic growth and employment by going for export led-growth. This requires a weak currency and conventional and unconventional monetary policies to bring about the required depreciation. Since the beginning of the year, more than 20 central banks around the world have eased monetary policy, following the lead of the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan. In the eurozone, countries on the periphery needed currency weakness to reduce their external deficits and jump-start growth. But the...
  • Obama Looks at Adding Bases and Troops in Iraq, to Fight ISIS

    06/11/2015 10:50:45 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | JUNE 11, 2015 | PETER BAKER, HELENE COOPER and MICHAEL R. GORDON
    President Obama is open to expanding the American military footprint in Iraq with a network of bases and possibly hundreds of additional troops to support Iraqi security forces in their fight against the Islamic State, White House officials said on Thursday. As Iraqi forces struggle on the battlefield, aides said Mr. Obama would consider establishing a series of outposts where American advisers would work with Iraqi troops and local tribesmen. The bases would be run by Iraqis, and Americans would still not engage in ground combat, but they would play a more active role closer to the front lines.
  • Iran issues warning over Yemen air strikes

    06/10/2015 5:20:46 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Iran has told the UN Security Council that Saudi-led air strikes have twice hit close to its embassy in Yemen and warned of "serious consequences" if more such bombings occur. Iran's ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo said in a letter released today that the embassy in Sanaa suffered severe damage during air strikes on May 25 and that this followed a similar attack on April 20. "I would like to warn that a repetition of similar air strikes close to my country's diplomatic representation in the future can have serious consequences, including for the safety and security of...
  • The Battle of Midway Ruined the War Against ISIS

    06/10/2015 8:11:38 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 88 replies
    The Fiscal Times via Yahoo! Finance ^ | June 9, 2015 5:30 AM | Andrew L. Peek
    ... First, the history. Although by 1944 the war’s outcome was never in doubt, if all efforts failed the Soviet Army would eventually have crushed the Reich by itself. Victory at that point was a national and industrial effort, and would belong to the countries with the most steel plants and masses of citizens under arms. Midway was different. It was not a national effort but instead a battle of individuals, a rickety shootout by a few highly trained people under extremely confused conditions, and — incredibly — the underdog won. There’s no reason the United States, with a second-string...
  • Obama Lambasted for Ruling Out Military Option on Iran

    06/07/2015 7:39:28 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/7/2015, 4:09 PM | Hillel Fendel
    In his recent interview with prominent Israeli TV interviewer Ilana Dayan, Obama said, "A military solution will not fix [the threat of Iran's nuclearization], even if the United States participates. It would temporarily slow down an Iranian nuclear program, but it will not eliminate it." The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) announced that it was "shocked and deeply critical" of Obama's words. The ZOA declared that this statement by Obama "contradicts his repeated commitments since before becoming president that 'all options are on the table' in seeking to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power." Obama told Dayan, "I can,...
  • Marie Harf: "I Have Talked To All The Nuclear Experts," Don't Worry About Iran's Nuclear Stockpile

    06/05/2015 2:24:10 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 92 replies
    RCP ^ | June 4, 2015
    State Dept. Spokesperson explains that Iran will meet the standards for nuclear materials possession it agreed to in November 2013, according to Joint Plan of Action (JPOA). MARIE HARF: A lot of nuclear experts have now started chiming in online as well. And I, to be clear, tweeted the exact same things I said in the briefing yesterday, so we can go back through that and I'm sure people have follow-ups... This type of stockpile, under the JPOA and exceptions, can go up and down, it is variable as long as at the end of the time period, in this...
  • WATCH: 'Fox & Friends' Looks Back at Marie Harf's Media Flubs

    06/05/2015 2:22:18 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 27, 2015
    Acting State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf is being promoted to Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications to Secretary of State John Kerry. Harf will focus on negotiations between the U.S. and Iran on nuclear weapons. “Fox and Friends” this morning took a look back at her history of flubs in the media. Harf said on MSNBC’s “Hardball” in February, “We need in the longer term […] to go after the root causes that [lead] people to join these [terror] groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs … What makes these 17-year-old kids pick up an AK-47 instead of try to...
  • Isis declares war on Israel: Islamic State affiliate in Gaza Strip threatens 'worse is coming'

    06/04/2015 4:28:55 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 06/04/15 | Arij Limam , Orlando Crowcroft
    An Islamic State-affiliated jihadi group in Gaza has declared war on Israel after claiming responsibility for two rocket attacks over the past two weeks. A group calling itself the Sheikh Omar Hadeed Brigade in Quds claims that it fired a rocket on 26 May which landed near the Israeli city of Ashdod as well as another on June 3 that also hit the city. Israel responded with air strikes in Gaza on Thursday. The first rocket was widely believed to have been fired by Islamic Jihad and the IS-affiliated Omar Brigade claim – which came in a statement on June...
  • Depressing: Marie Harf spends five minutes defending Iran’s enrichment of uranium (Video)

    06/04/2015 2:56:47 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5:21 pm on June 4, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Painful truth: The really awful thing about speaking for this State Dept is all the spin one must do on behalf of the govt of Iran Frum wrote that yesterday. More than 24 hours later, Harf’s still shilling for our partners in peace in Tehran. To understand what this is about, re-read yesterday’s post about the growing alarm among western diplomats that Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium has been increasing despite their promises to freeze it at a certain level. There may be an innocent-ish explanation for that related to the process of converting uranium into fuel rods; there may...
  • Israeli defense minister: Iranian nuclear agreement is ‘a very bad one’ (Washington Post interview)

    06/04/2015 12:34:32 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 2 | Lally Weymouth
    Q: Regarding the proposed Iran agreement, what are your major concerns? A: We consider the deal a very bad one. There is no doubt that the Iranians’ intention and all of their activities in the last 20 years were in order to reach a military nuclear capability. The deal is going to allow Iran to actually become a military nuclear threshold state. No facilities are going to be shut down, including underground facilities. No centrifuges will be destroyed. They will be able to go on with their research and development to have in the near future — whether it be...
  • Ukraine's Poroshenko warns of 'full-scale' Russia invasion

    06/04/2015 6:27:53 AM PDT · by Freeport · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2015-06-04 | Tom Burridge
    President Petro Poroshenko has told MPs the military must prepare to defend against a possible "full-scale invasion" from Russia, amid a surge of violence in eastern Ukraine. Russia has denied that its military is involved in Ukraine, but Mr Poroshenko said 9,000 of its troops were deployed. Clashes involving tanks took place in two areas west of Donetsk on Wednesday. There was a "colossal threat" that large-scale fighting would resume, the president told parliament in Kiev. The outbreak of violence, in the government-held towns of Maryinka and Krasnohorivka, was the worst since a ceasefire was signed in Minsk in February....
  • Need Movie Help: mentioned on Fox and Friends 2 mornings ago

    06/03/2015 5:00:08 PM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 20 replies
    6/3/2015 | me
    A couple mornings ago someone was interviewing 2 guys and one of the guys referenced a movie from the 1940's about our guys coming back from war and when they did, they discovered the gov't was taking guns(?), ammo(?); I can't remember exactly but the premise was the gov't taking over and the soldiers took things into their own hands. Anyone have any ideas? I know this is just vague enough to drive all of you nuts too!!
  • PM Netanyahu Meets with Canadian Foreign Minister Robert Nicholson (Israel has "no better friend")

    06/03/2015 8:18:37 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    PMO ^ | Today
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Canadian Foreign Minister Robert Nicholson and told him at the start of their meeting: "Rob, welcome to Jerusalem. Our friendship, the friendship between Canada and Israel, is a model of the partnership between two democracies, exemplary democracies. Israel values the support, unstinting, unfaltering, of Canada in an international environment that is often marked by cynicism and double talk. Canada, led by Prime Minister Harper, is always stalwart and tells the truth. And we think that this is a refreshing wind in an increasingly hostile environment, hostile to the truth. As an example, a national...