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    Sorry, too depressing?

    Why humanity’s luck may be running out

    I was on a whistle-stop tour of five Dutch cities last week when I found myself thinking: this is peak humanity. No people anywhere have ever lived better. Most town centres were gorgeous, having avoided any destruction for centuries. Cyclists puttered past café terraces. The only hassle was torn-up streets, as perfectly good infrastructure was being renovated. The knee-jerk retort would be that I was watching out-of-touch elitists party while ordinary people sink. In fact, the historically egalitarian Netherlands has become still more equal in income distribution since the 1990s. Nor is the typical Dutch person uniquely blessed. Even in the extremely unequal US, median household income is a respectable $59,039.

    Viewed historically, and contrary to popular belief, most westerners today live pretty well. We’ve had 72 years of peace and prosperity (also known as “elite failure”). However, as this month’s events suggest, our lucky run probably won’t last. I’m not going around with a sandwich board saying, “The end of the world is nigh”, but now’s a good moment to short human futures.

    Just looking at the threats we know of, the number of natural disasters has risen more than fourfold since 1970, says The Economist. The recent floods and hurricanes, from India to Houston, are the new normal. Climate change will worsen but, anyway, is only one of several burgeoning natural crises. The Stockholm Resilience Centre says we have also already crossed “core boundaries” on the biosphere: human-induced changes to ecosystems are now the fastest ever. That matters even to non-tree-huggers, because when one species goes extinct, others that depend on it follow. Ecosystems decay, some kinds of nutrition get scarce and humanity risks losing its “safe operating space”. But boring science doesn’t make news.

    It’s conventional at this point to call for “sustainability” but, frankly, it isn’t going to happen. Humanity almost certainly won’t go green on time. The Paris accord – even if it holds – isn’t nearly enough. Recall the “iron law of climate politics”, formulated by Roger Pielke Jr of the University of Colorado: in any choice between pursuing economic growth or cutting emissions, growth wins. Sure, renewable energy is the future but we will also burn all remaining fossil fuels. The Dutch have protected themselves from floods but Houston and Dhaka won’t.

    Meanwhile, by 2050 we will probably have added nearly three billion humans, mostly in poor, hot countries. For comparison: in 1960 the entire global population was just three billion. Dutch geographer Ewald Engelen quotes an estimate that “we’ll need more food in the next 40 years than all harvests in history combined”. We may well produce it but it won’t reach most Malians or Ethiopians, so more of them will head north.

    Our best bet to cool the planet may well be the “nuclear winter” that’s hypothesised to follow nuclear war. Last week we belatedly discovered that Soviet officer Sergei Petrov had died. He’s the man who decided in 1983 not to launch nuclear missiles despite an alarm showing (wrongly) that the US had just attacked. Petrov later told the BBC it was lucky that he, with his civilian education, happened to be on shift. His colleagues, he explained, were “all professional soldiers” trained to obey orders.

    In fact, Petrov was just one of several officials who saved the world from nuclear war, says Dan Plesch of London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies. “We are only still here because human beings on a number of recorded occasions refused to follow nuclear alert and launch procedures.” And those are just the occasions we found out about. People worry about Donald Trump’s little fingers on the button (quite possibly for eight years) but, in fact, these decisions are often made in minutes by Dilberts in cubicles.

    The US statesman Dean Acheson, looking back on the Cuban crisis of 1962, once said the only reason it didn’t end in nuclear war was “plain dumb luck”. That has become a broadly shared scholarly view, says Benoît Pelopidas of Sciences Po in Paris.

    Now there are more nuclear states than ever, almost all building up their arsenals, including adding “mini-nukes”. Plesch remarks: “The idea that someone can say, ‘Here’s a nuclear weapon that is only 300 tons of TNT equivalent’ produces certain temptations.”

    Taunting a vain, temperamental, nuclear-armed ruler isn’t what they teach you in hostage negotiations 101, but it’s what North Korea’s president Kim Jong Un is now doing. Given the participants, this stand-off is probably more dangerous than the Cuban crisis. It could climax fast. US intelligence thinks Kim will be able to hit Los Angeles with nukes within months. And if Trump pulls out of the Iranian nuclear deal by October 15, the Iranian-Saudi-Israeli nuclear race could run concurrently. None of this necessarily means Armageddon, says Plesch. You could see millions killed in the Koreas while Brits bicker on about Brexit. Still, the present may well be remembered as a doomed golden age. Future historians trawling through the remains of our civilisation (mostly Facebook posts) will wonder why we spent it so angry.

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    I just read on a gossip site that French President Macron flew to St Martin and St Barths to make sure recovery operations were being done properly. Naturally I checked because of that big ocean and all and sure enough:

    European leaders arrive in Irma-struck Caribbean as aid effort ramps up
    CNN Digital Expansion 2017. Ben Westcott
    By Hilary Clarke and Ben Westcott, CNN
    Updated 12:26 AM ET, Wed September 13, 2017

    (CNN)French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in the Caribbean on Tuesday pledging to rebuild the French territories ravaged by Hurricane Irma, amid mounting criticism that European nations and the US had neglected their responsibilities in the region.

    But as European politicians also fly out to their overseas territories and promise reconstruction, the administrative complexities of these tiny islands makes a coordinated response difficult, aid officials and experts say.

    Hurricane Irma arrived last week with Category 5 strength at a patchwork of independent island nations and territories in various forms of association with France, the Netherlands, the US and the UK.

    Irma killed at least 38 people in the Caribbean, including 10 in Cuba and the rest on the other smaller islands, notably Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, the British territory of Anguilla, the US Virgin Islands and the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten which is half-French and half-Dutch.


    Speaking in Guadeloupe, Macron promised to rebuild the French territories flattened by Irma, namely St. Martin and St. Barts.

    "I am here to talk about reconstruction," he said. "When such a thing happens, life is never the same again. I want to rebuild not just a new life but also a better life."

    A woman walks down a street in St. Martin on Tuesday.

    King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visited St. Maarten on Monday, and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson touched down in Barbados later Tuesday to oversee relief efforts.

    Although there has been criticism of the respective governments' response in France and in the Netherlands, whose territory St. Maarten saw looting and violence, it is the UK government that has come under the most fire.

    UK criticized for response to Irma

    Johnson arrived in Anguilla Tuesday to offer his support to islanders there and in the British Virgin islands, all of which suffered major devastation from the storms.

    "Seen for myself #Irma damage on Anguilla & extraordinary efforts of local people supported by UK response to recover & get back to normality," he tweeted.

    Seen for myself #Irma damage on Anguilla & extraordinary efforts of local people supported by UK response to recover & get back to normality

    — Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 13, 2017

    Speaking in the UK Parliament, Alan Duncan, secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, said more than half a million British nationals -- both residents and visitors -- were caught up in Irma.

    "I am rather dismayed by the sweeping criticism ... they are unsupported by the facts. For instance, the French don't deploy in advance specifically for hurricanes, what they do is have troops permanently based there because the nature of French overseas territories' government is different from ours. Our overseas territories are self-governing. The French govern directly. And therefore they have soldiers there all the time," Duncan said.

    The UK has had a naval vessel, Mounts Bay, preloaded with disaster relief supplies in the Caribbean since July, and within a couple of days had restored electricity at Anguilla's hospital and cleared the airport runway before repositioning to the British Virgin Islands.

    Duncan said the Royal Air Force was transporting supplies all the time and 997 military personnel were now in the Caribbean. Another Royal Navy ship, HMS Ocean, has left Gibraltar and will be active in the Caribbean in about 10 days, he said.

    A photo from last Wednesday shows destroyed houses in Anguilla.

    But there has been loud criticism in the media and from the islanders themselves.

    "All over the island, Anguillans are saying that the response has been really sorely lacking. We are feeling very much like the step-child," Josephine Gumbs-Connor, an Anguillan lawyer, told CNN on Monday.

    Alasdair Pinkerton, a senior lecturer in geography and geopolitics at the Royal Holloway University of London, said Britain's overseas model made it difficult for Britain to respond quickly to crises like Hurricane Irma.

    "We struggle to respond to tragedies in our own country, let alone those Britain has a responsibility for 2,500 miles away," he said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    That's very rare unless you consider sex selective abortion murder
    I will search for stats but no, it is not very rare. It is what MJ says. Killed at birth. No need to go into high tech abortion selective murder, which it is also done.
    Starry starry night

  4. #7039

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJ2004 View Post
    Sorry, too depressing?

    Yes, it is. But it does not sound farfetched.
    (Said Mr. Little Dark Cloud...)
    Starry starry night

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    Anti-Theresa May rebels advised by plotters who ousted Iain Duncan Smith
    Discontented Tories told ‘patience is key’ and reminded that it took a month to depose IDS after weak conference speech

    Anushka Asthana and Rajeev Syal
    Friday 6 October 2017 02.25 EDT

    Theresa May came under further pressure on Thursday, with a group of rebel MPs seeking advice on a potential challenge from those involved in the last successful coup against a Tory leader and a former party chairman urging her to call a leadership election.

    The critics have been told by those who organised against Iain Duncan Smith in 2003 that “patience is key” if they hope to oust the prime minister after this week’s accident-prone conference speech.

    They were reminded that it took a month-long plot to depose Duncan Smith after an unsuccessful conference in which he was seen as delivering a weak leadership speech, best known for its remark “the quiet man is here to stay and he’s turning up the volume”.

    Late on Thursday night, Grant Shapps, who chaired the party between 2012 and 2015, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I think she should call a leadership election. The writing is on the wall.”

    And in a further blow to May, a high-profile donor also called on her to quit.

    The group of rebels have long been critical of May but have been spurred into action after her conference speech was marred by mishaps. A prankster handed her a mocked-up P45, she struggled to deliver her remarks because of an incessant cough, and problems with the backdrop.

    Although the numbers ready to act against May now could amount to 30 MPs, the group falls well short of the 48 needed to trigger a formal contest by writing letters to the chair of the party’s 1922 committee of backbenchers. As a result, no move to confront the prime minister is expected this weekend, with one senior MP claiming it would simply expose the lack of numbers involved.

    Sources said that May’s chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, and chief whip, Gavin Williamson, were calling MPs to shore up support as she retreated to her constituency for local engagements.

    However, there was pressure for May from elsewhere in the party. One Conservative donor, Charlie Mullins, of Pimlico Plumbers, broke ranks to claim that it was time for her to go. He told the Guardian that if it were a boxing match the fight would have been stopped. “She needs to chuck the towel in,” he said.

    “She has been put in a position where she is being bullied, she is being intimidated, they are making her life hell. These are Conservative people who are destroying this woman and it needs to stop,” he said, claiming that Boris Johnson was causing particular harm.

    One plotter claimed Mullins’ intervention was key, because the withdrawal of support from donors had been critical in the downfall of Duncan Smith.

    His remarks came after Ed Vaizey became the first former minister to speak out against May since the shambolic speech. He said it was “increasingly difficult to see a way forward” and was worried about his party.

    The Cameron loyalist, who was sacked by May after serving as a culture minister for six years, told the BBC: “I think there will be quite a few people who will now be pretty firmly of the view that she should resign.”

    Plotters indicated they were trying to gain support from across different wings of the party, ranging from ardent Brexiters to passionate remainers, and so rebels were not coalescing around any particular successor.

    However, they have faced a backlash from party colleagues, many of whom are more angry with Johnson, and have been rallying around May.

    Notably, the prime minister received support from influential figures from the 1922 committee with its vice-chairman, Charles Walker, saying she was doing an “outstanding job in very, very difficult circumstances”.

    Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, treasurer of the so-called “men in grey suits” whose support for the party leader is critical, described a “mood of goodwill”. However, he conceded that May needed to demonstrate leadership and vision.

    A second donor, John Griffin – who founded the minicab company Addison Lee – said the prime minister should remain in place but agreed with others about the foreign secretary. “Boris has been a naughty boy and needs a smacked bum,” he said.

    Others questioned the motives of those attacking the prime minister. Margot James, the minister for small business, hit out at “former ministers who feel embittered” for causing trouble.

    “They are fomenting discontent but they are a small minority and I’m pretty confident sensible colleagues will give them a wide berth,” she said, arguing that May was a “woman of great principle and work ethic”. Although James admitted there was an “unfortunate sequence of events” at the speech in Manchester on Wednesday, she stressed that the prime minister had delivered it and “reset the policy agenda”.

    The Brexit secretary, David Davis, told the Guardian: “I think she showed her courage. It was an unlucky break but anyone can get an unlucky break – the difference between a good and a bad leader is that a good leader gets back up again, and that is what she did.”

    Others were less convinced, arguing that David Cameron’s advisers would always take great care to ensure he was rested for his conference speech, asking why May had carried out almost 30 interviews over the four days in Manchester before she spoke.

    One agreed with Vaizey that May’s speech had “moved the dial” within the party, making some MPs who had wanted to keep her in place until 2019 think she ought to go sooner. The MP suggested that some critics could confront May with a list of names.

    But he also conceded that the level of support among those who wanted to oust May was still not large enough for a formal move, saying “no-one wants to do a Geoff Hoon” – in reference to a botched coup attempt against Labour’s Gordon Brown in 2010.

    Others said they too felt May’s time had run out. Anna Soubry said she had made her argument “in the early hours of 9 June” that May should go, adding “sadly I don’t think much has changed since then”.

    This article was corrected on 6 October 2017. Margot James said she was confident sensible colleagues would avoid the rebel MPs, not Theresa May.
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    Russian police arrest hundreds in protests on Putin's birthday
    By Matthew Chance, Emma Burrows and Angela Dewan, CNN

    St. Petersburg, Russia (CNN)Russian police arrested 290 protesters in 26 cities as marches took place against President Vladimir Putin on the leader's 65th birthday, according to independent monitoring group OVD.

    Thousands attended the marches on Saturday, held by supporters of Putin's only real political opponent, activist Alexei Navalny, who is serving a 20-day jail term for organizing an unauthorized public meeting.
    It is very difficult to legally organize protests in Russia, where public assembly laws have been tightened several times since Putin's current presidential term began in 2012.

    Navalny, 41, has said he intends to run for president in the next election, despite carrying an embezzlement conviction that prevents him from doing so. He claims that conviction was bogus and politically motivated to block his presidential bid.

    Navalny has been jailed three times this year.
    Putin is widely expected to run in the March vote. He has served as either Prime Minister or President of the country since 1999.

    'We don't have freedom of speech'

    Protesters on Saturday called for him to retire and for Navalny to be released from jail.
    Dozens of protesters detained have since been released. The highest number of arrests were in Putin's birthplace of St. Petersburg, where 68 people were taken into police custody, according to OVD.

    "I'm not satisfied with the current situation in the country. I'm not happy with the authorities. We practically don't have freedom of speech. We have strict censorship on television, and the only contender opposed to Putin isn't allowed in any way to take part in the elections," one woman at the St. Petersburg rally told CNN.

    A man at the rally said that it was very unlikely that Navalny would actually be allowed to run in the next vote.
    "But there is a chance to change everything in Russian political life," he said.
    Navalny has throngs of supporters, largely because of his anti-corruption campaigning, which has thrived online.
    He has been running an unofficial election campaign across the country.

    Meanwhile in Charlottesville...
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    Liberia’s Women Warn Male Presidential Candidates: Keep the Peace

    MONROVIA, Liberia — On the eve of a presidential election that will almost certainly return male rule to Liberia after 12 years, women delivered a warning.

    By the hundreds they came on Monday, streaming through the mud and gathering on a grassy field in the Airfield Junction neighborhood, across the street from the residence of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first democratically elected female president in Africa, the most patriarchal of places. They wore white T-shirts and danced in front of a big sign.

    “Don’t Touch Our Peace,” it said.

    In a rare move on a continent where strongmen leaders cling to power for decades, Mrs. Sirleaf is stepping down at the end of her constitutionally mandated term and the women are giving the country back to the men. Only one woman is at the top of a ticket in Tuesday’s election, and she is not expected to win.

    But across Monrovia, there is a palpable unease about whether the new president can build on one certain accomplishment of Mrs. Sirleaf: keeping the country out of war.

    “We’re giving the country back to them, and we don’t know what they’re going to do with it,” said Ansahta Garnett, a women’s activist who joined other women rallying for peace on Monday. The message on her shirt added emphasis: “Remember our past.”

    There is no question that Mrs. Sirleaf is running on reserves when it comes to her political capital after 12 years, during which government corruption has continued unabated, the health system has remained in shambles and unemployment among young men remains high.

    But she has brought back electricity and running water throughout much of the country, built the roads that have enabled Liberians to travel freely from their villages to the cities, and allowed a level of freedom to criticize her leadership that is seldom seen in other African countries.

    Most critically, she has kept the peace.

    This country, founded by freed American slaves, has never done anything by half measures.

    Not disease: The 2014 Ebola epidemic killed 5,000 people in Liberia, more than anywhere else, entering the urban, densely populated capital of Monrovia and laying waste to the country’s health system.

    Not war: The Liberian civil war, begun in 1989, lasted 14 years, killed more than 200,000 people across four countries and introduced the world to child soldiers, a “Butt Naked Brigade” and fighters clad in Halloween fright masks and white wedding gowns.

    And certainly not redemption: When the war finally ended, the pendulum swung so far that it imploded centuries of male domination on the African continent. In 2005, Liberian women, fed up with the widespread rape and indiscriminate killing that was a calling cards of the civil war, staged a democratic coup, using means both fair and foul to put in place Mrs. Sirleaf as president.

    Now, near the end of her tenure, the women say ominous signs are cropping up. Last week, the male-dominated Liberian Senate moved to amend the rape law that was passed after the civil war, which had made rape a non-bailable offense.

    If the new Senate amendment is passed by the House of Representatives, which is also male-dominated, men accused of rape will be able to get out of jail on bail.

    “It’s almost like they’re going to reverse everything we’ve done,” Ms. Garnett said, referring to the rape amendment.

    The issue is deeply felt here, since some estimates put the number of women who have been raped in Liberia at around 70 percent, a legacy of the civil war and a military coup that preceded it. Even before she was elected president, in 2005, Mrs. Sirleaf and a few female lawyers, seeking to stigmatize rape of underage girls, had asked the legislature to prescribe sentences for rapists. The farthest the legislators would go was seven years.

    Still, the women took that as a step forward, and since then there have been more prosecutions for rape — something that almost never happened before. But that has also prompted complaints from many men that the country’s slow judicial system meant they were sitting in jail for months before their cases came up.

    There are 20 candidates vying to replace Mrs. Sirleaf. The male contenders include Joseph Boakai, her estranged vice president; George Weah, a former soccer player; Charles Brumskine, a lawyer; and Alexander Cummings, a former Coca-Cola executive.

    Then there are Prince Johnson, a former warlord who videotaped himself ordering his forces to cut off the ears of the former president Samuel Doe while Mr. Johnson sipped a beer; Benoni Urey, a former ally of Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president who is serving a 50-year sentence in a British prison after being convicted of war crimes; and George Dweh, another former warlord with six children, named Georgetta, George, George, Georgina, George Jr. and Georgecee.

    Election rules dictate that if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote plus one, the top two will go to a runoff, to be held in November.

    Some of the male contenders have tried to reach out to their would-be female constituency. Mr. Cummings, the former Coca-Cola executive, said last week that if he were elected and the House passed the new rape law, he would veto it.

    He has given scholarship money to the organization representing the women who work in market stalls and largely run the Liberian economy, and has portrayed himself as cleareyed on which sex does the actual work in Liberia and which one is goofing off or fighting.

    “I’m a man, so I can say this,” Mr. Cummings told a market women’s group last Thursday. “If you give a woman a dollar, she will spend it well. If you give some of us a dollar, we will spend it on girlfriend business.”

    Mr. Weah, the former soccer player at the top of the Congress for Democratic Change ticket, chose a woman for his running mate. But that woman, Jewel Howard Taylor, is the ex-wife of Mr. Taylor, the main instigator of the 14-year civil war, and she has vowed to put his old “agenda back on the table.”

    Julius Dolo, the communications director for the Women’s Situation Room, which was established in 2011 to resolve disputes over presidential election results, said on Monday that the organization had gone to Mr. Weah’s party headquarters asking party leaders to pledge to accept the election results without resorting to violence and were refused.

    One of the biggest stumbling blocks for women this year is that they are split over who should be president. Back in 2005, when Mrs. Sirleaf, a Harvard-educated global bureaucrat, was on the ballot, the women of Liberia united behind her.

    Market women left their stalls to travel across the country, urging other market women to register and vote. Women even resorted to a slew of underhanded tactics.

    They stole their sons’ voter ID cards to stop them from voting for Mr. Weah, who was running against Mrs. Sirleaf. They went to bars in the Monrovia suburbs and sweet-talked young men into giving up their voter ID cards in exchange for cold bottles of Club Beer.

    Bernice Freeman, another women’s activist, took advantage of helpful poll workers who were allowing pregnant women and nursing mothers to cut to the front of poll lines, and passed the same baby to a succession of female voters at one polling station. Others, she advised to “act pregnant.”

    These days, Ms. Freeman remains a thorn in the side of the men. Just a couple of weeks ago, when news reached her that a local man was threatening his wife with a knife, she appeared on the couple’s doorstep with other female activists, took away the man’s knife and marched him to the local police precinct.

    He was not arrested, the activists recounted.

    She and other female activists have been distributing copies of the documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” across Liberia as a reminder to men that if they act up again and take the country back to war, the women who harassed, demonstrated and organized for peace — and then got Mrs. Sirleaf elected president — will galvanize again.

    On Sunday night, Ms. Freeman spent the night on a plastic mattress in the field across from the president’s house. The next morning, she was up and dancing with around 1,500 other women.

    On a makeshift stage, a mostly girl band, the Liberia Crusaders for Peace, was singing “Liberia will rise again.” Two women wearing sashes that said “Miss Tourism Liberia 2017” were dancing with the other women, in a circle, raising white handkerchiefs meant to represent peace.

    The lead singer, Janet Cole, delivered a warning, her voice ringing clear above the music so she could be heard by the stream of cars that slowed down on Tubman Boulevard to watch the women.

    “Remember,” she said, “when elephant and baboon fight, only the ground can suffer.”
    Meet again we do, old foe...

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    I've always felt that women have to define for themselves what "feminism" is, and that they have to do it within the confines of their culture. When you're faced with a situation like this outsiders coming in and trying to dictate solutions aren't helpful.

    I am worried about what will happen when Mrs. Sirleaf steps down and one of these "manly men" takes over.
    "For the person that we know in the daytime, we don't need to light a lamp to see his face at night." Ghanaian Proverb

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    A tweetstorm on orange's decision re the Iran deal today:

    Richard Nephew‏ @RichardMNephew 6m6 minutes ago
    To JCPOA opponents and skeptics: Congratulations. You have gotten what you wanted all along. 1/

    I will continue to fight for the JCPOA as the best solution to a tough problem 2/

    but in recognition that today’s announcement did deep damage to the JCPOA and its chances of success. 3/

    It may be that JCPOA advocates succeed, though it has been a long shot since Trump was elected. 4/

    Assuming your course of action is continued to be pursued... 5/

    You now own -- along with your allies in this effort and the Trump Administration itself -- the consequences. All of them. 6/

    If you succeed in getting a better deal or solution to the problem out of this, well, good. Your risk -- our risk--will find reward. 7/

    If you fail, which I believe is far more than likely, you must take your share of the responsibility. 8/

    And before you complain that, if you fail, it is only because you started off with a weak position due to the JCPOA, save it. 9/

    First, no policy maker starts with a clean table. For Iran, we had to deal with the legacy of Iraq WMD. 10/

    We had to push sanctions with an NIE that said Iran had no active nuclear weapons program. 11/

    We had to deal with high oil prices, a global economy in recession, and a lot of sniping here at home. 12/

    And from allies and partners abroad whom you consulted with frequently. 13/

    So, no, you don't get the benefit of a poor start. That's life and that's your responsibility now. 14/

    Second, to have decided this made sense, you had to have convinced yourself and convinced others... 15/

    That you had a way of getting at least no worse than the JCPOA achieved and probably much better. 16/

    And many of you have promised exactly that for nearly four years. 17/

    You wanted this. You sought it. You succeeded. So, congratulations. But put down the laphroig and get to work. 18/

    Because now you need to prevent Iranian nuclear restart and weapons possession... 19/

    and solve all the rest of the problems with Iran that you threw at the JPOA and JCPOA with smug glee for the last four years... 20/

    While avoiding getting a lot of people killed. 21/

    That is what you have promised. We are owed a "better deal." That is what we -- and certainly I -- will hold you to. Good luck. 22/22

    Richard Nephew
    Senior Research Scholar @ColumbiaUEnergy; NR Senior Fellow @BrookingsInst; fmr US negotiator w/Iran; fmr USG (‘03-’15): White House; State; DOE

    JCPOA - Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action The agreement between the P5+1+EU and Iran

    laphroig - A single Malt Scotch Whiskey that runs about $50 per bottle
    "For the person that we know in the daytime, we don't need to light a lamp to see his face at night." Ghanaian Proverb

  10. #7045

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    Jim Sciutto‏Verified account

    WH tells CNN Trump IS designating IRGC terror org under "Treasury Dept authorities". BUT State Dept is not designating IRGC For. Terror Org.

    Richard Nephew‏ @RichardMNephew 7m7 minutes ago
    More Richard Nephew Retweeted Jim Sciutto
    Correct. They are different authorities. The text of the Treasury finding is very important. IRGC sanctioned because it provides...1/

    support to the IRGC Qods Force, which was designated for providing support for terrorism years ago. This is NOT a designation of...2/

    IRGC as a terrorist group itself, probably because the lawyers and IC folks wouldn't sign off on such a determination due to lack of...3/

    sufficient evidence to make such a finding stick. May seem like a technical point, but it is impt and materially different. 4/4
    "For the person that we know in the daytime, we don't need to light a lamp to see his face at night." Ghanaian Proverb

  11. #7046

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    Reuters U.S. News‏Verified account @ReutersUS 27m27 minutes ago
    JUST IN: France, Germany, Britain say in joint statement that preservation of nuclear deal 'is in our joint national interest'
    "For the person that we know in the daytime, we don't need to light a lamp to see his face at night." Ghanaian Proverb

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    ‘Panama Papers’ Reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia Killed in Car Bombing


    Journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed Monday afternoon by a car bombing in Malta, The Malta Times reported. Caruana Galizia reportedly filed a police report 15 days ago that she was being threatened; and on Monday a powerful explosive device blew her car into several pieces. Described recently by Politico as a “one-woman WikiLeaks,” Caruana Galizia led the so-called “Panama Papers” investigation that, among other revelations, unearthed corruption in Malta’s government. She also recently reported that Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, and two of his closest aides, were connected to the sale of Maltese passports and Azerbaijan government payments.
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    It is becoming an extreme profession. I really do wonder what the mortality rate is, compared to extreme sport athletes.
    Starry starry night

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