There’s a reason Iran’s foreign minister has been smiling—he finally got the world’s great powers to sign a deal that lets Iran enrich uranium.
For years the United States has pressed other countries to support and enforce U.N. Security Council resolutions that demand Iran stop all of its enrichment activities and enter negotiations. On Sunday morning in Geneva, U.S. negotiators signed an interim agreement that would tolerate “a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution” for Iran, according to the text of the deal.The agreement signed in Geneva says Iran and six world powers will negotiate over the next six months “would involve a mutually defined enrichment program with practical limits and transparency measures to ensure the peaceful nature of the program.
Once again the Obama administration pulls the United States away from the path to war, but that’s not the same as peace.
Forget “apocalypse now” for now. The diplomatic agreement Iran reached in the wee hours of Sunday morning with the United States, Britain, Russia, China, Germany and France (yes, even reluctant France) stops Tehran’s rush toward the potential production of nuclear weapons. It makes it difficult—if not impossible—for Israel to start a war to try to eliminate that threat, and in return, it offers only very modest relief from the draconian sanctions crippling the Iranian economy.
In four years, China’s Great Famine killed more than 45 million people. The forgotten survivors of a forgotten genocide tell their story.
Between 1958 and 1962, Mao Zedong embarked on a mad and brutal scheme to transform the Chinese economy through forced collectivization—the so-called Great Leap Forward. Historian Frank Dikötter called the ensuing disaster one of the “most deadly mass killings in human history,” estimating that over 45 million Chinese died as a result. And yet few people outside of China are aware of Mao’s greatest crime.For his new book Forgotten Voices of Mao’s Great Famine (Yale University Press), historian Zhou Xun travelled through the Chinese countryside collecting first-hand accounts from the forgotten victims of a forgotten genocide.
Father Alec Reid, the priest who worked to broker peace in Northern Ireland but failed to save two soldiers from a mob, dead at 82.
Father Alec Reid, who has died aged 82, was a Redemptorist priest who played a pivotal role in the early stages of the peace process in Northern Ireland when he acted as an intermediary between the IRA and the Irish government.For almost 40 years Father Alec Reid lived and worshipped at the Clonard Monastery off the Falls Road in West Belfast. As feuds between Unionists and Nationalists raged on his doorstep, he worked behind the scenes to broker peace and offer comfort to those affected by the violence.
Six world powers reached a deal on Sunday morning in Geneva to lift some sanctions on Iran.
Iran reached an interim agreement Saturday with the United States and five other great powers. The deal would begin lifting some financial sanctions on Iran in exchange for a cap on Iran’s overall production of nuclear fuel. This not-so-grand bargain is meant to create trust for continued negotiations to finally end Iran's quest for a nuclear weapon. What Did The West Get? In the deal Iran will have to cap the total amount of low enriched uranium it produces.
In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron asks British blokes to fess up about their fantasies—for the good of the children.
In Britain, browsing internet porn is about to get a whole lot more complicated.As of next year those who like to have an occasional self-fiddle while watching a saucy movie—that is, every male human being aged 13 and upwards—will effectively have to ask for permission from his Internet Service Provider (ISP).Access to porn will be automatically blocked in the vast majority of British households—nine out of ten, the government estimates—meaning people who want to see this stuff will have to email or phone up their ISP and say: “Please turn off my filters.
From an attack on an El Salvador group tracking down disappeared children from the country’s civil war to Daniel Ortega’s recent power grab, are Central America’s old, bloody faultlines reemerging?
The attack was swift and violent. It was a few hours before dawn in San Salvador when three armed men broke into the headquarters of Probúsqueda—an El Salvador civic group dedicated to tracking down disappeared children—and went to work. Holding three employees at gunpoint, the raiders rifled drawers, plundered computer files and set the offices of the non-profit on fire.This was no random act of vandalism. The smell of gasoline still laced the air when the forensic teams arrived on the scene hours later.
As Russia plays war games on imaginary NATO targets and Putin pumps billions into the army, the country’s Eastern bloc neighbors are growing increasingly concerned about the return of Kremlin’s military muscle.
Last Good Friday, two Russian Tu-22M3 bombers, escorted by four Su-27 fighter aircraft, simulated an aerial assault on two military targets in Sweden— the first near the capital Stockholm and the second in a southern part of the country. This was then followed in September by Zapad-13 (“Zapad” means “West”), Russia’s biannual military exercise, which this year was jointly held with Belarusian forces variously in Belarus, along the borders of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and in Kaliningrad, Russia’s non-contiguous seaport territory that lies between Poland and Lithuania.
The crack-smoking antics of Toronto’s mayor may be tame compared to the alleged crimes of his closest aides and friends.
The remarkable number of his associates with criminal records has to make you wonder if Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been involved in something more than just smoking a little crack and pot.There is 35-year-old Alessandro Lisi, his close friend and sometimes driver, who is presently contesting drug charges, as well as an extortion charge arising from his alleged attempt to recover a video of Ford smoking crack.There is also 45-year-old Fabio Basso and his sister, 52-year-old Elena Johnson, lifelong friends with drug convictions who reside in the reputed crack house where the video was allegedly made.
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With sectarian violence ravaging the Central African Republic, fears of genocide are reverberating and Western powers are getting involved. This powerful photo dives into the crisis.
She is a true inspiration. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has released a video statement for the first time since being shot by the Taliban last October. 'God has given me this new life,' Malala says, and in return, she is launching the Malala Fund, created to help educate children all over the world.