What a joke. Only nuclear weapons in the hands of devout Mullahs are no joke.
IAEA chief Yukiya Amano won’t testify on Iran deal? That’s his job. That’s why the IAEA, “Atoms for Peace, exists. Set up in 1957 as the “world’s centre for cooperation in the nuclear field, the Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.” Isn’t that what the Senate is trying to do – insure that a brutal Islamic state that has threatened annihilation to its neighbors, does not get access to nuclear bombs?
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano taled to the BBC about the IAEA-Iran nuclear pact. In an interview with BBC’s Bethany Bell on 15 July 2015, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano spoke about the Iran nuclear pact and “clarifying outstanding issues regarding the Iran’s nuclear program”. He spoke with CNN as well.
But he won’t talk to members of Congress? Afraid to lie under oath? Afraid of being challenged? Afraid of the truth coming out?
The lapdog enemedia is pumping out pro-Iran propaganda. Perhaps Amano would squirm under oath though I find it difficult to believe that this tool has any ethics.
The US funds the UN upwards of 25%. They are in bed with nuclear Obama.
Senator: ‘IAEA chief declined to testify on Iran deal’ TOI, July 30, 2015,
Republican Senator Bob Corker says IAEA chief Yukiya Amano turned down an invitation to testify before the Foreign Relations Committee about the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers reached earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon reports.
The nuclear watchdog agency is key to verifying Iran’s adherence to the deal and monitoring its nuclear facilities. Amano said earlier this week that Tehran would be able to provide its own soil samples from nuclear sites for inspection.
Iran has refused to give IAEA experts access to people, documents and sites allegedly linked to the suspected weapons work for nearly a decade. But in its quest for an end to nuclear-related sanctions, it agreed earlier this month to work with the agency, and Amano has said he expects to be able to deliver a report by December on Iran’s alleged nuclear site at Parchin.
El Salvador has been brought to its knees by gang violence, and the groups have infiltrated the U.S., too.
One of El Salvador’s former guerrilla leaders, who years ago traded olive drab for Irish tweeds and took up residence at Oxford University, can tell you exactly why his homeland is being torn apart right now by gang violence.
He can also tell you what that means to those of us who live under the delusion that the carnage in the streets of San Salvador this month—expected to get much worse this weekend—is not just a local problem in a faraway land.
Central America’s savagery is terrorism, pure and simple, says Joaquín Villalobos, and in many respects it is more horrible than the Middle Eastern brand. “Islamic terrorism decapitates and crucifies in its territories,” says Villalobos in a column for the Madrid daily El País. “In Latin America the criminals hang, decapitate, burn, chop up, and play soccer with the heads of their victims. In both cases terrorism is the method used to maintain authority.”
And Central America’s brand of terror is just around the corner from communities all over the United States, whether in the barrios of Los Angeles or at a derelict shopping mall next to a posh neighborhood on Long Island, as chronicled by Sarah Garland in her 2009 book The Gangs in Garden City.
The Salvadoran pandillas or maras, as the gangs are called, are in Washington State and in suburban Maryland on the fringes of Washington, D.C. Indeed, the FBI’s “National Gang Report—2013” (PDF), the most recent that’s been published, shows the two main Salvadoran groups, MS-13 and Barrio 18, are in just about every corner of this country. And, like other gangs, according to the FBI, they have infiltrated the U.S. military to get training and expand their influence. The feds also say that gang members show up on college campuses.
In fact, the Salvadoran gangs have roots almost as deep in the United States as they do in El Salvador itself. They started to grow in the 1980s, as hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans fled the civil war there, arriving in the U.S. to live, often without documents, on the margins of society. An estimated 40 percent of the population eventually “went north,” legally or illegally, to live and work.
Central America’s brand of terror is just around the corner from communities all over the United States.
El Salvador’s economy became dependent on the money sent back, but instead of going into the development of the country, most of the remittances went to buy imported consumer goods and the cash wound up in the hands of the very rich, who, in turn, spend it for their own protection and invest it abroad. Villalobos, the erstwhile revolutionary turned specialist in conflict resolution, concludes, “Exporting poor people has become the most lucrative business for the local oligarchs.”
Many of the immigrants’ and refugees’ children in the United States, often without documents and without futures, joined gangs on the streets and did time in prison, the graduate schools of violent crime. Then theywere deported back to their home country with all their newly acquired contacts and skills. Eventually, hardened and brutalized, tattooed with the indelible badges of their criminal tribe, some of them came back again to the United States in a truly vicious circle of worsening violence. It was a blending of the gang culture that existed in Los Angeles with the phenomenal violence that El Salvador experienced during the war from 1980 to 1989, waged by right wing death squads and guerrilla assassins, as well as by soldiers in the field.
The kind of gang violence that grew up in El Salvador is now endemic in Guatemala and Honduras, as well, and it is localized terrorism as extreme as anything seen on the planet. Those three little countries rank among the five countries with the highest murder rates in the world.
The photographer and filmmaker Christian Poveda in his 2009 documentary La Vida Loca recorded the gang culture of cruelty and desperation in stunning detail. Soon after the film’s release, Poveda himself was murdered execution-style with four bullets in the head.
Over the last few days, the terror in El Salvador has brought virtually all of the country to a standstill: The slaughter of several bus and minibus drivers—five on Monday alone—has provoked a nationwide strike. Despite new waves of arrests, and the gangs’ hatred of each other, MS-13 and Barrio 18 are clearly out to show how powerless the central government really is.
In 2013, left-wing President Mauricio Funes negotiated a truce between MS-13 and Barrio 18 that dramatically reduced the country’s murder rate, but it ratified the power of the gangs in Salvadoran society, leaving them able to continue their protection rackets, their rapes, their drug dealing, and other crimes. By 2014, the murder rate was going up again, and Funes had to admit the truce had been a failure.
The government of his successor, former guerrilla fighter Salvador Sánchez Cerén, has said it is ready to put the army back in the streets to protect transport and combat the gangs.
A new round of Central American wars, and tragedies, may be about to begin.
White House: Yeah, We’re OK with Planned Parenthood Harvesting Baby Parts
The White House said on Thursday that U.S. President Barack Obama would oppose any efforts by Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, a health organization that performs abortions at its clinics.
Republicans in Congress have threatened to pull federal funding from Planned Parenthood after a group that opposes abortions released videos that suggest the health organization profits off supplying aborted fetal tissue for medical research.
The press is still in full spin mode here, as you can see. The videos don’t “suggest” anything–they’re quite clear.
This also sadly proves that the ideological progressive agenda, especially on the abortion issue, won’t be held in check by the boundaries of human decency. The leader of the free world is willing to give a publicly funded organization a pass on harvesting fetuses for parts to dismember and sell in order to keep the insane pro-abortion lobby happy. Let that sink in.
In the Obama era, the pro-aborts have abandoned the “safe, legal and rare” pretense they used to use to dupe the public. As this episode proves, there are virtually no limits to how far they will go and any attempts to rein them in are portrayed as draconian restrictions on women’s health care.
Defenders of Planned Parenthood will have you believe that pap smears, mammograms and access to birth control will virtually disappear should the organization not receive taxpayer dollars. Like all things about Planned Parenthood, it’s a lie. Also, as many have pointed out, Obama’s “signature legislative achievement” is supposed to have all of that covered.
So, as Dr. Carson and so many others have pointed out, if Obamacare is so wonderful, why do we need to spend money on the abortion ghouls at Planned Parenthood?
Ask as many liberals as you can that question, if only to watch their heads explode.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference on the second anniversary of his election, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, June 13, 2015. Rouhani said a final nuclear deal is “within reach” as Iran and world powers face a June 30 deadline for an agreement. Rouhani said Iran will allow inspections of its nuclear facilities but vowed that the Islamic republic won’t allow its state “secrets” to be jeopardized under the cover of international inspections. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
More genocidal lies from the jihadi-in-chief —
Iran: Obama Admin Lying About Nuclear Deal for ‘Domestic Consumption’ By Adam Kredo, Free Beacon, July 30, 2015
U.S. downplays Iranian victory to ‘soothe’ fear over deal
Senior Iranian officials are accusing the Obama administration of lying about the details of the recent nuclear accord in order to soothe fears among U.S. lawmakers and Americans about the implications of the deal, which will release billions of dollars to the Islamic Republic while temporarily freezing its nuclear program, according to reports from Iran’s state-controlled media.
As Secretary of State John Kerry and other senior Obama administration figures launch a full-court press to convince Congress to approve the deal, Iranian leaders are dismissing the rhetoric as “aimed at domestic consumption.”
Kerry and other top administration officials have been defending the deal on Capitol Hill in recent days, claiming that it will rein in the Islamic Republic’s contested nuclear program and fix its nuclear “breakout” period, the time required for it to obtain the amount of highly enriched uranium necessary for a nuclear weapon, at one year.
Critics have noted that the deal provides Iran with billions of dollars in sanctions relief that could be spent on terrorism and lifts bans on Iran’s export of weapons and construction of ballistic missiles.
When addressing claims this week by the administration that the deal shuts down Tehran’s nuclear infrastructure, Iranian officials scoffed and said that the Obama administration is misleading the public in order to sell the deal.
Hamid Baeidinejad, an official in the Iranian foreign ministry and one of the country’s nuclear negotiators, scoffed on Wednesday at the Obama administration’s comments, saying that they were meant to placate an American domestic audience.
“The remarks by the western officials are ambiguous comments which are merely uttered for domestic use and therefore we should say that there is no ambiguity in this (nuclear) agreement,” the Fars news agency quoted Baeidinejad saying in an interview with state-controlled radio.
Baeidinejad said that the Obama administration is misleading Americans about the deal in order to “calm opponents in the Congress and Zionist lobbies to soothe the internal conditions prevailing over debates on the nuclear agreement in that country,” Fars, which is also run by the Iranian state, reported.
As Congress spends 60 days reviewing the deal, which it may reject, the Iranian parliament is undertaking the same task.
During a meeting on Wednesday with Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran urged world powers to keep its commitments under the deal.
These includes lifting sanctions on the nearly $100 billion dollar financial empire of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and agreeing to bar American inspectors from all Iranian nuclear sites.
“The Iranian government is standing strong on the path of (implementing) the agreement and we will remain committed to our undertakings as long as the other side remains loyal to its obligations,” Rouhani was quoted as saying during a meeting in Tehran with Fabius, who served as a key negotiator for the French.
Rouhani said the agreement could help Iran become a key player on the international stage.
“This agreement is not against any country and our cooperation and consultations to settle the regional problems, including fight against terrorism, humanitarian aids, and materialization of nations’ demands can prove it,” Rouhani was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, Fabius was met at the airport by Iranian protestors who accused him of serving as an Israeli spy.
“The protesters chanted slogans such as ‘Aids, A French Gift to Iran’, ‘We Neither Forgive nor Forget’, ‘Fabius, Servant of the US, Spy of Israel’ and ‘No Welcome to Aids Lord,’” according to Fars.
This Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee concerning the Obama administration’s controversial arrangement to lift economic and other sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran in exchange for concessions in their nuclear program, a deal in which Kerry was ostensibly the chief negotiator.
One point of contention has been certain “secret side deals” contained in the agreement with Iran. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), said he had learned from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that there in fact were two “side deals” between Iran and the IAEA. On Wednesday, he stated that Kerry “confirmed that there were in fact side dealsand he himself had not seen the agreement.”
Yet after Thursday’s hearing, Kerry said “there are no side deals.”
This was in conflict with statements made by National Security Adviser Susan Rice (the Benghazi Sunday news show serial liar). As reported byThe Hill,Rice admitted on Wednesday that thereareundisclosed “side deals” between Iran and the IAEA as Republicans alleged, but dismissed the idea that they were “secret.”
As they’ve been doing for some time, at the Senate hearing, Republican critics repeatedly suggested the administration’s negotiating team gave in to pressure from the Iranians and systematically capitulated to their demands.
“I believe you’ve been fleeced,” Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) told Kerry, claiming the deal opens a path for Iran to develop a nuclear bomb.
For the thousandth time:I am sick to death of Republican leaders refusing to acknowledge this criminal administration’s malicious intent, serial sabotage, and treasonous agenda. The longer Republicans mischaracterize the Obama administration’s actions as bungling, incompetent, inept, lacking leadership, weak, or out-of-touch, the more it appears that they arein collusionwith the organized crime syndicate currently occupying the White House.
Barack Hussein Obama intends to make use of Iran in waging a proxy war against the nation of Israel which, as an Islamist (or at least an Islamist sympathizer), Obama loathes. Iran of course will be more than happy to serve in that role, once they have established a viable nuclear arsenal.
Earlier, INN featured one of my columnswhich included information provided by intelligence sources indicating that Obama was also attempting to enroll both China and Russia in this proxy war. In this instance, Israel’s recent discovery of enough oil and gas reserves in its territorial waters to put the Arab Muslim nations out of business factored largely, but given Obama’s Islamist affinities and his Hitlerian bent, he already had enough reason to wish Israel “wiped off the map,” as the Iranians have promised to do time and again.
Since 2012, it has been known that Obama’s pit bull, Iranian-born Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, had engaged in secret talks with Iran, essentially brokering the nuke deal ahead of formal negotiations. In November of 2013, theTimes of Israelcalled the 2013 Geneva negotiations between Western powers and Iran a “facade,” because the terms of the deal had already been negotiated by Jarrett.
So, which is it? Are the majority of Republican leaders pants-pissing morons, or are they essentially Obama’s co-conspirators, merely offering ineffectual token opposition to the administration in order to save face with voters? Weakness, stupidity, or complicity are the only possibilities, and I don’t believe they are all that stupid or that weak. When nuclear war breaks out between Iran and Israel, do they plan to stand alongside their Democrat colleagues, shaking their heads and claiming what a horrible shame it all is, when in fact it is they who helped bring it about?
Further, has this been the case concerning every treasonous act or unconstitutional measure that Obama and his cronies have taken, from engaging in criminal machinations in order to get Obamacare passed, to using federal agencies to persecute private citizens, to planting Islamist operatives in the Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon, to ignoring jihadi cells training within our borders, to arming Mexican drug cartels and Muslim terrorists, and orchestrating the 2014 illegal alien tsunami?
Have Republican leaders ignored or misrepresented all of these because they, like Obama, support parting America out like a clinically-dead trauma patient with an organ donor card?
The UK government has warned of potentially damaging effects of coronal mass ejections, solar flares and other severe space weather, in a new report published by the Cabinet Office.
“Solar activity can produce x-rays, high-energy particles and coronal mass ejections of plasma. Where such activity is directed towards Earth there is the potential to cause wide-ranging impacts. These include power loss, aviation disruption, communication loss, and disturbance to (or loss of) satellite systems,” says the report, called Space Weather Preparedness Strategy.
Noting that “public awareness of space weather remains low,” the report outlines the main threats from solar flares, which are powerful bursts of energy that originate near the surface of the sun due to magnetic activity, and coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which are their bigger, but less intense cousins.
While these events are caused by the sun’s activity, “there is no clear pattern on when these eruptions happen. The sun has an approximately 11 year cycle of activity, with the current cycle peaking in early 2014.”
As its model for the worst case scenario, the report has chosen the 1859 Carrington Event, which combined flares and CMES, and created spectacular auroras for those observing from Earth. According to the paper, such an event has a 1 percent annual chance of reoccurring, while a 2013 study by Lloyd’s of London estimated the damage from such an event today at up to $2.6 trillion, just in the United States alone.
While “impacts are difficult to predict and are best assumptions” the report says that a similar occurrence would cause:
– Localised power outages;
– Disruption of satellite operations, including to Global Navigation Satellite System outages (GPS) and SATCOM disturbances;
– Disruption to High Frequency communications;
– Increased radiation to aircrew and passengers in flight, particularly over polar regions; and
– Further disturbances to small-part electronic systems.
The electrical grid and satellite networks would have just hours to prepare for the impact, though authors say that “due to degradation in the satellite capability available to forecasters” any forecast could be off.
“Generally speaking, the faster the ejection, the greater the potential impacts. The Carrington Event, for example, travelled to Earth in as little as 18 hours. It is therefore likely that our reasonable worst case scenario would only allow us 12 hours from observation to impact,” warn the authors.
The authors admit that even with awareness of the incoming geomagnetic storms, there is a limit as to what those on the surface of the planet can do to mitigate their effects, but note that “the advancement of technology and the increases in interdependence of some systems means that infrastructure has become more vulnerable to its impacts in last few decades.”
The report does promise that UK power lines and mobile phones would still work in case of hostile solar weather, though it notes that the US would be more vulnerable, both due to the nature of its extensive power network and the reliance of its communication systems on GPS, which may be taken out.
“The GB power grid network is highly meshed and has a great deal of built in redundancy. This potentially makes it less susceptible to space weather effects than power grids in some other countries. Over recent years a more resilient design for new transformers has been used to provide further mitigation,” says the paper, while pointing out that “this resilience is not the result of planning for this risk but good fortune.”
The onus on finding long-term solutions is placed on engineers and manufacturers.
“Development of new infrastructure, such as future rail projects, will need to consider all impacts of space weather alongside other resilience issues. Other areas such as aviation and satellites will need to consider space weather impacts on new air and space craft,” say the authors.
According to the report, the role of the government will be providing “clear and concise” communication to avoid spreading panic during a solar storm. The UK population will be told that “you can plan for the effects of severe space weather in the same way as for any other natural hazard,” and that “the risk to health [from radiation exposure] has been judged as minimal” and that plane “passengers need not seek medical advice.”