The U.N. nuclear watchdog planned a major report on Iran that might have revealed more of its suspected atomic bomb research, but held off as Tehran’s relations with the outside world thawed, sources familiar with the matter said.
Such a report – to have been prepared last year – would almost certainly have angered Iran and complicated efforts to settle a decade-old dispute over its atomic aspirations, moves which accelerated after pragmatic President Hassan Rouhani took office in August.
According to the sources, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has apparently dropped the idea of a new report, at least for the time being. Read more…
To the World Leaders who have responsibility as the guardian of democracy on earth:
The children of Adam are the limbs of one body – That share an origin in their creation
When one limb passes its days in pain – The. other limbs cannot remain easy
You who feel no pain at the suffering of others – It is not fitting for you to be called human
It is a scene of unimaginable desolation – a crowd of men, women and children stretching as far as the eye can see into the war-devastated landscape of Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. This was the queue for aid at a UNRWA distribution point in the capital, Damascus, on 31 January. The UN relief agency has distributed more than 7,000 food parcels in the Palestinian camp, home to about 160,000 people, since 18 January. The UN has reported infant malnutrition in the community, which has been reduced to eating animal feed. As of this week, all aid distributions have been suspended because of security concerns. Read more…
Well, the contact actually goes well beyond 1993, in fact Al-Qaeda and also the IRI are the US-made babies. They both were introduced to the world by Jimmy Carter in 1979. They were in service to US to do its dirty job against communism during the cold war. US delivered military aids to Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to fight against the Soviet Union invasion and provided logistic and strategic support to the IRI to take over the government in Iran to create a green belt under the USSR. …….. the full editor’s view is posted below this article. [DID]
In a revelation missing from the official investigations of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the FBI placed a human source in direct contact with Osama bin Laden in 1993 and ascertained that the al Qaeda leader was looking to finance terrorist attacks in the United States, according to court testimony in a little-noticed employment dispute case.
“It was the only source I know in the bureau where we had a source right in al Qaeda, directly involved,” Edward J. Curran, a former top official in the FBI’s Los Angeles office, told the court in support of a discrimination lawsuit filed against the bureau by his former agent Bassem Youssef. Read more…
Defining what precisely is meant by grand strategy and how al Qaeda, in particular, views grand strategy is vital for our national security. In fact, grand strategy is intertwined with every policy debate over al Qaeda that is currently ongoing in Washington, D.C.
The questions of what is al Qaeda, and who is al Qaeda have been debated since 2001. More recently, questions have arisen about affiliates and what is their relationship with al Qaeda. Is there any command and control between al Qaeda and its affiliates? What is the proper way to deal with these groups? And can we actually win against them? This talk will seek to add to this debate by offering answers to the questions of what al Qaeda is and what the group hopes to achieve.
WHAT IS GRAND STRATEGY?
We must begin by defining “grand strategy” and by defending the existence of this concept. Grand strategy is the highest level strategy that an organization or country possesses for dealing with a specific problem. Read more…
Superstar Jolie has received wide recognition for her humanitarian work. In 2001 on her motives for joining UNHCR she said: “We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering. I honestly want to help. I don’t believe I feel differently from other people. I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us.” You Go Angelina [DID]
Actress and U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to Lebanon to draw attention to the challenges facing thousands of Syrian refugee children and to highlight the massive displacement Syria’s three-year conflict has created, officials said Monday.
During a three-day visit, Jolie visited unaccompanied children living in the eastern Bekaa Valley, where much of the poorest Syrian refugees in Lebanon reside, as the United Nations Refugee Agency Special Envoy. The 3,500 children are those who were orphaned, or separated from their families as they fled into Lebanon.
They form part of the nearly one-third of all Syrians who have been displaced from their homes since an uprising against the President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. About 2.5 million Syrians have become refugees; and another 4.2 million are displaced within Syria, the U.N. estimates — some one-third of the country’s pre-war population. Read more…
Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders expressed hope Sunday that Iran’s nuclear negotiations with world powers could lead to the restoration of trust between Tehran and the West.
“I hope relationships that are based on trust will be revived with the nuclear negotiations and when a clear, final agreement is reached,” Reynders said in a press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Reynders had earlier met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate elected last year on vows to engage the West diplomatically in order to secure the lifting of crippling international sanctions.
Reynders is the third foreign minister from the European Union to visit Iran in the past two months, following in the footsteps of Italy’s Emma Bonino and Sweden’s Carl Bildt. Read more…
Prosecutors Sunday accused deposed president Mohamed Morsi of leaking state secrets to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as part of a plot to destabilize Egypt, at the second hearing of his trial for espionage.
The trial, one of three that are under way against Morsi, is part of a relentless government crackdown targeting him and his Muslim Brotherhood movement since his ouster by the army in July.
Prosecutors accuse Morsi and 35 others, including leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, of conspiring with foreign powers, Palestinian militant movement Hamas and Shiite Iran to destabilize Egypt. Read more…
Parliament in Ukraine has named its speaker as interim president.
Oleksandr Turchynov takes charge following the dismissal of President Viktor Yanukovych on Saturday. Mr Turchynov told MPs they had until Tuesday to form a new unity government.
Yulia Tymoshenko, who was freed from jail on Saturday, has ruled out becoming prime minister again.
Her release was one of the conditions of the EU-Ukraine trade pact that Mr Yanukovych rejected last year.
The move triggered the protests that led to the current crisis.
The health ministry says 88 people, mostly protesters, are now known to have been killed in clashes since 18 February. Read more…
The flaring of global hots spots such as Ukraine and Syria dramatically illustrates the dwindling influence of President Obama in foreign affairs and the staying power of his perennial rival, Russian President Vladimir Putin, analysts say.
The deadly clashes between anti-government demonstrators and security forces in the heart of Kiev this week erupted after the Ukrainian government shrugged off a series of private and public appeals by the Obama administration for democratic reforms and restraint, and most recently the threat of sanctions. The unrest also spiraled within days of the collapse of Syrian peace talks in the Obama administration’s effort to find a resolution to that 3-year-old civil war.
The Iranian Navy, it seems, is coming. As Iran begins to enjoy the fruits of sanctions relief as a result of the interim deal hammered out with the so-called P5+1 powers
last fall, it has begun to make good on its long-standing promise, often dismissed as geopolitical bluster, to deploy naval vessels to the Atlantic. On Tuesday, January 21, two warships of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy were formally dispatched to the Atlantic — a first for the Islamic Republic. The ships, the helicopter carrier Kharg and the destroyer Sabalan, will steam some 23,000 miles during the three month deployment with around 400 personnel, including 30 naval cadets.
Some three weeks later, on February 8, the commander of Iran’s Northern Navy Fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, confirmed the mission when he claimed the vessels had already begun the journey to the Atlantic via waters near South Africa. “Iran’s military fleet is approaching the United States’ maritime borders, and this move has a message,” Haddad said. Read more…
The real talks on Iran have now begun. This is the significance of the first meeting, in Vienna this week, between Iran and six world powers led by the United States.
What went before, an interim framework agreement that caused a great deal of controversy, is no longer the bogeyman. That was a false bogeyman since it was merely a way of freezing Iran’s nuclear work in place so talks could be held, and yes, it left Iran with almost all of its nuclear capacity.
The genuine bogeyman now includes big questions with big consequences—how many centrifuges will Iran have to enrich uranium, ostensibly for civilian reactor use but also possibly to make bombs; Read more…