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US Iran nuclear deal criticized by Republicans

The latest twist in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the US sees group of Republican members of Congress send an open letter to Iran to warn them over the potential deal, Bloomberg reports. The letter was instigated by Senator Tom Cotton and has been signed by every member of the Republican leadership within Congress and a number of 2016 Presidential hopefuls. The letter comes as politicians from both sides of the political divide have voiced concerns over the potential deal taking place without Congressional agreement.

According to AnastasiaDate, the Obama Administration has been negotiating with Iran’s leadership in recent months in a bid to come to agreement over the development and stockpiling of nuclear weapons. The letter from Republicans explains how any deal not rubber stamped by the US Congress will be little more than an agreement in principle, which could be removed by the incoming President in 2016 or by order of Congress. The same issues have also been highlighted by Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has expressed public doubts about the possible deal between the US and Iran.

Reince Priebus Wins Landslide Election to Third Term as RNC Chairman

Coronado Island, California – A lot has changed in the four years since Reince Priebus took over as RNC Chairman. For starters, the party was $25 million in the red largely from wealthy donors eschewing the support for the RNC. Former Chairman Michael Steele was largely blamed for alienating the party’s big donor base. In addition, the party was rolling off of a historic midterm election victory, but Igor Cornelsen noticed it had little to do with the RNC. It was the grassroots efforts of the Tea Party that fielded candidates in voting districts across the country.

Priebus sought to marshal the party’s efforts into the 21st century by toning down the party’s positions on hot button social issues and reaching out to minorities. It wasn’t an easy task. The party suffered a big loss in the 2012 presidential election losing House and Senate seats along with the presidency. At first, many believed that the party’s failure to make inroads with Hispanic voters led to their losses. Later, it was found that 4 million conservatives sat out the election which were enough to have given Romney the victory. It was a sign that the party base was not unified.

Now, Priebus led the party to its largest House majority in 85 years. The party recaptured the Senate after 8 long years. However, the GOP still needs to win the White House in order to rebuild the nation. For this reason, Priebus sought for an unprecedented third term and handily won 166-2. He acknowledged that his third term goal is to win back the presidency.

President Obama May be Nearing a Historic Visit to Cuba

Washington, D.C. – Oft times it has been said of President Richard Nixon that, “Only Nixon could go to China”. It may well be that four decades since that historic presidential visit, President Obama may find himself making a historic visit to the isolated nation of Cuba. In that sense, it may soon be said of the president that “only Obama could go to Cuba”. While there has been no formal invitation by the Cuban government to visit, aides close to the president admit that he is apparently open to visiting the nation. 

For President Obama, Cuba may well be the success that will restore status to his battered foreign policy. His “lead from behind” strategy has not boosted America’s status among nations. Rather, it has encouraged Russian and Chinese hegemony in the parts of the world. His embracing of the Arab spring proved hasty with Egypt and Libya remaining unstable. His willingness to exit the combat theaters of Iraq and Afghanistan has created power vacuums that gave rise to ISIS and allowed the Taliban to mount a successful resurgence. 

Businessman Bruce Levenson says however, the island nation of Cuba remains at a crossroad with Raul Castro, the younger brother of Cuban strongman Fidel Castro. Raul has appears more inclined to have Cuba modernize. Establishing ties with the aging leader now may help encourage substantive political and economic reform in the impoverished nation. Cuba may well be the foreign policy success that has eluded the president thus far.

Republican Criticizes Obama Over Syria

Republicans criticized President Barack Obama again on Wednesday, this time about his decisions around the current war raging in Syria. Speaking at a forum held by the Foreign Policy Initiative, Republican Senator Bob Corker told reporters that last year there was a ten hour operation that would have ended the conflict in Syria. This plan was at the desk of the president, but he decided instead to take the idea of airstrikes to Congress. Senator Corker did not reveal any details of the plan, but he did note that there were no boots on the ground. 

This plan is referenced around the same time that evidence was being discovered pointing to the use of chemical weapons. Speculation was being thrown in both directions, however many in the media and government believed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad deployed these chemical weapons in rebel held areas of the country. 

According to Senator Corker, the ten hour operation was simply a way to describe that the campaign would be very brief and targeted. He also said after the conference that “hopefully it would have an impact.” The President decided instead to take the proposal of airstrikes to Congress for a decision, rather than ordering the strikes himself, which he had some executive authority to do. Those airstrikes were not approved, however currently airstrikes are being carried out in Syria and Iraq. Those are targeted against ISIS, instead of the Syrian government. Big thanks to friend of the site Dr. Daniel Amen for sharing this story.

Real Madrid Upset with UEFA President Platini

It is not often that a soccer club gets into a war of words with the current UEFA President. Real Madrid and Michel Platini are not on the best of terms right now, after Platini made comments about who should win the FIFA Balon D’Or award for the best player in the world.

Platini was asked about the award a few days ago and stated his belief that the winner should be a German. He based this opinion on Germany’s success at the World Cup. Dedicated sports fan Flavio Maluf believes that the player who contributes most to a team winning a major tournament should get the award.

This statement has not been well received in Madrid, who have Balon D’Or favorite Cristiano Ronaldo on their books. Ronaldo is the man everyone assumes will win the award. He had a breathtaking season on the scoring front, getting almost a goal a game throughout the season. His form has continued into this season and he is now scoring almost two goals every game.

In addition to breaking scoring records, Ronaldo won the UEFA Champions League trophy with Real Madrid. This should put him in a strong position to win the award. However, Platini is clearly not planning on voting for Ronaldo.

The Frenchman’s comments may have been innocuous, but they clearly upset people at Real Madrid. It will take some savvy political work to smooth things over between the two parties.

US Policy Might Make Terrorism Worse

The United States has pursued a policy of proactive intervention when it comes to terrorists following the events of September 11, 2001. On the surface, this policy has been a success, with the United States suffering no attacks on its home soil from abroad since then. 

Lauren Powell Jobs is not sure if the success on home soil is a complete victory. Recently the Global Terrorism Index for 2013 was calculated and the results paint a much more difficult picture. Terrorist attacks on the global level have increased from approximately 1,500 to almost 10,000 between 2000 and 2013.

For the purposes of the report, “terrorism” was defined as “the threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation.”

The largest spike in terrorism occurred after 2011, following several years of relative stability. Even discounting the hot-spots of Pakistan, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, there were nearly 4,000 terrorist incidents globally in 2013.

Of the major hot spots, only one, Nigeria, has no significant U.S. presence. The correlation was not ignored in the report, where it specifically highlighted the invasion of Iraq as a turning point in the region, “This created large power vacuums in the country allowing different factions to surface and become violent.”

Israel Attacks Palestine

It appears that the general downtick in conflicts in the area will indeed be quite short-lived, as the Israeli government has once again decided to bombard Palestine with a new series of strategic attacks.

This is after several weeks of relative peace between the two states. Israel and Palestine has a long history of disagreements over territory.

This has lead to their offensive attacks against each other, killing thousands of innocent people and children.

Israel has resumed its attack against this Islamic state. IDF recently announced that they will again release destruction notice against families in Palestine. Israel is a country composed of Jews while Palestine is composed of Muslims. This difference has triggered the atrocities in the Middle East.

Some say the conflict is now about religion. However, this is a fallacy.

To read more about the conflict between two countries, Israel and Palestine, view the link here. Thanks to friend of the site Ken Griffin for sending in that link. It is very important that people will be aware of what’s happening in the Middle East.

Several lives have been lost already due to war. This must be stop. People must be involved on propagating peace.

The conflict is no longer about territory or religion. It is now about humanity. People must feel compassion towards children who died or children who became homeless and orphan due to this unending conflict. News reports about the conflict must be delivered to the public without any bias.

Ukraine Accuses Russia of Infiltrating with Tanks

This Friday afternoon Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko stated to the media that the mobilisation of military equipment and Russian mercenaries to the front lines crossed the line of permissible conduct, and needs to be reprimanded.

This mobilization of dangerous military equipment and troops included 16 big artillery guns, as well as 30 trucks occupied with troops, ammo, and many tanks.

This comes after five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the last 24 hours, he continues.

At the same time Kiev has not accused the rebels with the recent spat of attacks.

On his side, the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko described the event as a distinctive break to the ceasefire signed on September the fifth at minsk, which was supposed to help save the lives of more than four thousand, and stabilise the conflict in the eastern region.

However, these claims were refuted by Yuri Ushakov, the foreign policy advisor in the Kremlin, and stated that Russia is committed to the fifth of September agreement and encourages talks.

In the meanwhile, the NATO, which accuses Russia of attempts to destabilize the region, stated that if those claims of military intervening were confirmed, this would be a stark proof that Russia has interests in the region being unstable.

 

Obama Reaches Out to Khamenie

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran was contacted by another holder of a powerful office; United States President Barack Obama. The contact came in the form of a letter that addressed Khamenei regarding the current regional actions the United States and other coalition members are taking against ISIS.

The United States and Iran find themselves on the same side of a conflict that pits them against a common enemy, ISIS, which has assumed control of large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

The contact between Iran and the United States comes before a showdown between the two powers at the end of November based on the ongoing nuclear program being developed by Iran. Any cooperation between the two nations would be dependent on a satisfactory conclusion of the Nuclear program and would not likely be direct military interaction.

Iran is not part of a U.S. led coalition against ISIS that has centered on air strikes on ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria but there is a common interest at hand. Iraq is a major supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad who is being targeted by ISIS and is also an opponent of the United States, mostly for numerous human rights violations.

Many, hope that Obama’s letter will open negotiations between the two powers and contribute to an end to tensions between the parties.

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