Sara Flounders: Will Iran’s Landmark Nuclear Deal be Torpedoed by Corporate Interests?
Weeks after Iran signed a landmark deal with the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, more signs emerge that some members of the Congress are already preparing to torpedo it. Several key senators have asked intelligence officials to examine whether a new set of sanctions would derail the nuclear talks with Iran.
The request was made by the chairmen of the Senate’s banking, intelligence, and armed services committees, and the reply should be ready in less than a week. The senators have also asked intelligence officials to provide briefings to the chamber — once every 45 days starting on February first — on whether Iran is complying with the deal. Some members of Congress are pushing for a new list of sanctions against Iran. But the White House is calling on senators to hold off. It says new sanctions against Iran would make Washington appear to be acting in bad faith in its nuclear outreach to Tehran.
Press TV spoke with Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center, to learn more.
A Pakistani political party chaired by Imran Khan has vowed to continue a blockade established as part of a protest against CIA drone strikes, despite a warning from the United States that aid could be cut off if it is not halted.
Protests spearheaded by the political party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), have been blockading a NATO supply route to Afghanistan since November 23. They pushed the US to suspend military shipments on the route last week because the officials were afraid they endangered drivers.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the country’s new army chief, Gen. Tahaeel Sharif. The issue of drone protests was one of the subjects discussed.
According to the Associated Press, unnamed defense officials told the news organization that Hagel “warned Pakistani leaders today that if they don’t resolve protests stalling some military shipments across the border with Afghanistan, it could be difficult to maintain political support in Washington for an aid program that has sent billions of dollars to Islamabad.”
"Nelson Mandela" by Melanie Cervates
“I had no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steady accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities and a thousand unremembered moments produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people. There was no particular day on which I said, Henceforth I will devote myself to the liberation of my people; instead, I simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise.”
Shaming White Liberals: Bratton - de Blasio Stop-and-Frisk Protest at The Nation Gala
Protest against Bill Bratton’s record on Stop-And-Frisk and against Bill de Blasio for picking him as NYPD commish ; at The Nation Magazine Gala at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, NYC.
Bill Bratton is the architect of Stop-And-Frisk, a police policy that has been shown to be a state-sponsored program of racism that targets minorities.
Watch as activists jeer Mark Green, Phil Donahue, Ana Oliveira, Gail Brewer, and Lewis Black for standing by Bill de Blasio’s pick of Bratton as NYPD commish. Bill de Blasio, and possibly Bill Bratton, sneaked in through the freight entrance at the back of the building, avoiding protesters.
By Stephen Gowans
It seemed almost inevitable that on the new day Western newspapers were filled with encomia to the recently deceased South African national liberation hero Nelson Mandela that another southern African hero of national liberation, Robert Mugabe, should be vilified. “Nearly 90, Mugabe still driving Zimbabwe’s economy into the ground,” complained Geoffrey York of Canada’s Globe and Mail.
Mandela and Mugabe are key figures in the liberation of black southern Africa from white rule. So why does the West overflow with hosannas for Mandela and continue to revile Mugabe? Why is Mandela the good national liberation leader and Mugabe the bad?