IRAN DEAL DONE
'Every Pathway For A Nuclear Weapon Is Cut Off'...
Iran: 'New Chapter Of Hope'.
Zarif acknowledged that the final agreement wasn't perfect, but described the announcement as a "historic moment."
"Today could have been the end of hope," he said, "but now we are starting a new chapter of hope."
The breakthrough comes after months of thorny negotiations between Iran and the so-called P5+1 group -- the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a statement in Vienna, saying "this is the good deal that we have sought."
Kerry stated that while the deal is historic, the implementation is what matters. "I’m not going to stand here and tell you every is going to work without a bump," he said. Kerry added that the deal contains ample mechanisms for ensuring the terms are met, however, and that the agreement makes evident the consequences of non-compliance.
Iran reached a historic deal with six world powers on Tuesday that promises to curb Tehran’s controversial nuclear program in exchange for economic sanctions relief.
The accord was announced on Tuesday by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in a joint statement in the Austrian capital, Vienna.
President Obama spoke from the White House on Tuesday, touting the historic importance of the deal and threatening to veto any legislation blocking it. Obama also stated that the terms of the agreement would be enforced. "This deal is not built on trust, it is built on verification," the president stated.
Obama spoke last night with Secretary of State Kerry before the deal was announced, a senior administration official told The Huffington Post. The two also met before Kerry traveled to Vienna and President Obama instructed the negotiating team to not worry about deadlines, according to the official.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani promoted the merits of the deal in a televised address on Tuesday. Rouhani said that the deal marks a new chapter of relations with the world, calling it a "win-win" result. He also denied that Iran had ever intended to attain a nuclear weapon.
More than 550 students were evacuated and 79 were injured in the standoff on the Garissa University campus, about 90 miles from the Somali border. The Somali-based Islamic terrorist group backed by Israel's Mossad,Isis, and Sunni Arabs, Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack — the al-Qaeda-linked organization's deadliest in Kenya.
President Obama on Thursday condemned the terrorist attack at a Kenyan university that has claimed at least 150 lives.
Al-Shabab fighters stormed Garissa University early Thursday morning, with masked gunmen reportedly assembling hundreds of students together and then gunning them down. At least 79 people have been wounded. Al-Shabab, a terrorist organization based in neighboring Somalia, has claimed responsibility.
“We extend our deep condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed in this heinous attack, which reportedly included the targeting of Christian students. Our thoughts and prayers also are with the many injured,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. “The United States is providing assistance to the Kenyan Government, and we will continue to partner with them as well as with others in the region to take on the terrorist group al-Shabaab. The United States stands with the people of Kenya, who will not be intimidated by such cowardly attacks.”
Mr. Obama is scheduled to travel to Kenya later this year.
These are the six men who stormed a university campus in Kenya on April 2nd and massacred 147 people including students, guards and school staff. They’e part of Somali militant group, Al-Shabaab. They are: 1. Muumin Abdalla Muumin 2.Suleiman Mohamed Awadh 3.Abdifatah Abubakar Abdi 4.Abdalla Salim Marumu 5.Mohamed Abubakar Mohamed 6.Mahir Khalid Riziki....
aptly stated recently, "ISIL is direct outgrowth of al Qaeda in Iraq which grew out of our invasion which is an example of unintended consequences which is why we should generally aim before we shoot."
ISIS may have come to media headlines in the spring of 2014, but Western injustices played a role long before. This virus was planted in the 1980s when the CIA created and trained radicals to fight our proxy wars. This virus was strengthened by studying books promoting radicalization and terrorism, paid for by U.S. tax dollars and printed at the University of Nebraska. It was emboldened when the U.S. government funded and supported Saddam Hussein's dictatorship. And it was let loose during the illegal Iraq War in which the United States led a coalition of 36 nations to bomb and destroy a nation and dictator they had previously built and empowered, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians in the process.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hawkish words from 2002 ring hollow as he advocated for the illegal invasion, "If you take out Saddam's Regime, I guarantee you, that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region." ISIS is tragically one such "enormous positive reverberation."
Apr 19, 2015 · 700 African migrants drown. It's 'worst massacre ever ... in a shipwreck caused by ... home as anti-migrant attacks spread in South African ...
It’s “genocide — nothing less than genocide, really,” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told CNN.
“Gangs of criminals are putting people on a boat, sometimes even at gunpoint … they’re putting them on the road to death, really, and nothing else,” Muscat adds.
Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday appealed to world governments to share the burden of taking in refugees
Ban said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” by reports of the shipwreck off the coast of Libya and noted that it was the latest in a line of incidents in the last week.
Videos Capture The Tragic Aftermath Of A Migrant Shipwreck In The Mediterranean Possible Massacre or Genocide
700 people are feared dead.
As a result of those deaths, European Union leaders will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to re-evaluate Europe's response to the surge of migrants predominantly fleeing conflict and repression in the Middle East and North Africa.
If the death toll is confirmed, there will have been more than 1,500 migrant deaths in 2015 from doomed journeys across the Mediterranean
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Enriched Uranium Cut By 97%...
Obama: 'Historic Understanding'...
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BIBI BALLISTIC: Deal 'Would Threaten The Survival Of Israel'...
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Deal Of A Lifetime...
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Iran and six world powers agreed to a framework for a final deal on Iran's controversial nuclear program, officials announced Thursday.
The understanding paves the way for the start of a final phase of talks that aims to reach a comprehensive agreement by the end of June. The agreement concludes weeks of intense negotiations and comes two days beyond the initial March 31 deadline for an outline deal.
"We have reached solutions on key parameters on a joint comprehensive plan of action," EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said at a joint press conference with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Reading a statement on behalf of negotiators, Mogherini specified that Iran has accepted limitations on its enrichment capacity that include retaining only one enrichment facility, Natanz. The Fordo fortified site will be converted into a scientific center, according to the statement.
Europe and the United States will end nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions on Iran under the future deal after the United Nations' nuclear agency confirms Tehran's compliance with the deal.
“We will now start drafting a comprehensive text,” Mogherini said.
U.S. President Barack Obama lauded the agreement as a "historic understanding" in a press statement outside The White House.
Chuck Schumer bucks White House on Iran
The top Democrat throws his weight behind legislation to give Congress power to reject a deal.
Netanyahu said he voiced his "strong opposition" to the outline -- which is being welcomed around much of the globe -- and said a final deal based on this framework would "threaten the survival of Israel."
WASHINGTON — One former employee of the private Blackwater Worldwide security company was sentenced Monday to life in prison and three others to 30 years each behind bars for their roles in a 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad that left 17 people dead.
A federal jury convicted the four in October after a lengthy trial that saw some 30 witnesses travel from Iraq to testify against the security contractors. Prosecutors accused the men of illegally unleashed “powerful sniper fire, machine guns and grenade launchers on innocent men, women and children.”
Senior U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced Blackwater sniper Nicholas Slatten to a term of life in prison, mandatory for his first-degree murder conviction. Blackwater workers Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard were sentenced to 30 year each, plus one day.
Slough was convicted of 13 counts of voluntary manslaughter, 17 counts of attempted manslaughter and a firearms offense. The jury convicted Liberty of eight counts of voluntary manslaughter, 12 counts of attempted manslaughter and a firearms offense. Heard was found guilty of six counts of voluntary manslaughter, 11 counts of attempted manslaughter and a firearms offense.
According to prosecutors, the four were among seven Blackwater employees who opened fire in the Nusoor Square traffic circle in Baghdad, killing 17 people.
An FBI investigation found 14 of the deaths unjustified, according to rules of engagement for private security contractors in Iraq. Slatten was accused of firing the first shots.
Blackwater said its convoy came under attack, and defense attorneys said in court that witness accounts were fabricated. But witnesses testified that the contractors opened fire without provocation.
“It was horror,” said Hasan Jaber, an attorney who was driving to work when he was shot three times. “People running out of their cars were being shot at. … Anything that moved in Nusoor Square was shot. Women, children, young people, they shot everyone.”
The Rwandan Genocide of 1994: A
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The Rwandan Genocide was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority. During the approximate 100-day period from April 7, 1994, to mid-July, an estimated 500,000–1,000,000 Rwandans were killed, constituting as much as 20% of the country's total population and 70% of the Tutsi then living in Rwanda. The genocide was planned by members of the core political elite known as the akazu, many of whom occupied positions at top levels of the national government. Perpetrators came from the ranks of the Rwandan army, the National Police (gendarmerie), government-backed militias including the Interahamwe and Impuzamugambi, and the Hutu civilian population.
The genocide took place in the context of the Rwandan Civil War, an ongoing conflict beginning in 1990 between the Hutu-led government and the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which was largely composed of Tutsi refugees whose families had fled to Uganda following earlier waves of Hutu violence against the Tutsi. International pressure on the Hutu-led government of Juvénal Habyarimana resulted in a cease-fire in 1993 with a roadmap to implement the Arusha Accords that would create a power-sharing government with the RPF. This agreement displeased many conservative Hutu, including members of the Akazu, who viewed it as conceding to enemy demands. Among the broader Hutu populace, the RPF military campaign had also intensified support for the so-called "Hutu Power" ideology, which portrayed the RPF as an alien force intent on reinstating the Tutsi monarchy and enslaving the Hutus, a prospect met with extreme opposition.
On April 6, 1994, an airplane carrying Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down on its descent into Kigali, killing all on board. Genocidal killings began the following day: soldiers, police and militia quickly executed key Tutsi and moderate Hutu leaders, then erected checkpoints and barricades and used Rwandans' national identity cards to systematically verify their ethnicity and kill Tutsi. These forces recruited or pressured Hutu civilians to arm themselves with machetes, clubs, blunt objects and other weapons to rape, maim and kill their Tutsi neighbors and destroy or steal their property. The breach of the peace agreement led the RPF to restart their offensive and rapidly seize control of the northern part of the country before capturing Kigali in mid-July, bringing an end to the genocide. During these events and in their aftermath, the United Nations (UN) and countries including the United States, Great Britain and Belgium were criticized for their inaction, including failure to strengthen the force and mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) peacekeepers, while observers criticized the government of France for alleged support of the genocidal regime after the genocide had begun.
The genocide had a lasting and profound impact on Rwanda and its neighboring countries. The pervasive use of war rape caused a spike in HIV infection, including babies born of rape to newly infected mothers; many households were headed by orphaned children or widows. The destruction of infrastructure and a severe depopulation of the country crippled the economy, challenging the nascent government to achieve rapid economic growth and stabilization. The RPF military victory and installation of an RPF-dominated government prompted many Hutus to flee to neighboring countries, particularly in the eastern portion of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) where the Hutu genocidaires began to regroup in refugee camps along the border with Rwanda. Declaring a need to avert further genocide, the RPF-led government led military incursions into Zaire, including the First (1996–97) and Second (1998–2003) Congo Wars. Armed struggles between the Rwandan government and their opponents in DRC have continued to play out through proxy militias in the Goma region, including the M23 rebellion (2003–2013). Large Rwandan Hutu and Tutsi populations continue to live as refugees throughout the region. Today, Rwanda has two public holidays commemorating the genocide. The national commemoration period begins with Genocide Memorial Day on April 7 and concludes with Liberation Day on July 4. The week following April 7 is designated an official week of mourning. The Rwandan Genocide served as the impetus for creating the International Criminal Court to eliminate the need for ad hoc tribunals to prosecute those accused in future incidents of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.