Originally posted on Beyond the Cusp:
The initial volley of the final confrontation escalated when Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu accepted United States Speaker of the House Boehner’s invitation to address a joint session of Congress pertaining to the situation with Iran and their nuclear weapons program along with updating the Congress on the situation as best as could be described of the state of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran presumably to prevent their attaining nuclear weapons. The necessity for this address to Congress and the over the top reaction from the White House was due to the simple fact that the President and his Administration refused to brief the respective members of the Congress on the state and intents of the President in the negotiations with Iran. This pressed the Congress to find an alternative means to gain this information. It probably was in the mind, even if just subliminally, of Speaker Boehner when he chose…
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Originally posted on BBC Watch:
On March 28th an article appeared on the BBC News website’s Middle East page under the headline “Iran nuclear talks ‘enter endgame’ in Switzerland“. Relating to the apparently imminent prospect of a framework deal between the P5+1 and Iran concerning the latter’s nuclear programme, the report is remarkably economical with regard to the content and efficacy of the deal itself, framing the issue in very generalized terms.
“After meeting Mr Steinmeier and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Mr Zarif said: “I think we can in fact make the necessary progress to be able to resolve all the issues and start writing them down in a text that will become the final agreement.”
He has already met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Lausanne.
Mr Fabius added a note of caution, saying: “We have moved forward on certain points, but on others not enough.” […]
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Many Israelis seem to think that if Iran does acquire nuclear weapons, if Israel could just offer up a more friendly face, the current U.S. Administration would, in a crisis, come to their help. They could not be more wrong.
Many Israelis seem to be counting on some deeply wished-for love from the current U.S. Administration. What they may not want to see is that their unrequited love for the U.S. runs far deeper than any disagreement with Israel’s current prime minister. Just ask Syria, ask Iraq, ask Yemen, ask Libya, ask Saudi Arabia, ask Kuwait, ask Egypt. The current U.S. Administration does not even send weapons; it sends meals-ready-to-eat. Israel and the rest of us in the region — as Iran has already encircled all the oil fields and is now taking over Iraq — have no more to look forward to than that.
Originally posted on PA Pundits - International:
Today’s music video is Chanson D’Amour and the song is performed here by the American group The Manhattan Transfer.
This video was posted to You Tube by Alexandre Eiffel
The featured song for today has an interesting history, both with this band and also for the original.
The Manhattan Transfer are an American outfit with a rich history. Their first formation was a popular band with a local following. When the band wanted to move in the direction more into R&B, original member Tim Hauser was more inclined to move into Jazz oriented music. He reformed Manhattan Transfer as a four piece unit, and again, they had a good local following. Their first LP in this format sold relatively well, and included a minor hit, Operator. Their second album was titled Coming Out, and that album included this song featured today.
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Originally posted on Peace and Freedom:
Sunni Arab allies have been meeting to determine how to bet fight the Iranian backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
By Ali al-Mujahed and Hugh Naylor
The Washington Post
SANAA, Yemen — The first three days of airstrikes by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia have destroyed Yemen’s fleet of fighter aircraft and crippled military command centers, dealing a blow to Houthi insurgents, a senior defense official in Riyadh said.
In a statement published Saturday evening by the Saudi Press Agency, Brig. Gen. Ahmed bin Hasan Asiri said that rebels “are no longer possessing” jet fighters. The coalition air raids also destroyed most of the groups’ arsenal of ground-to-ground ballistic missiles and command-and-control centers, he said.
Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmed bin Hasan Asiri
Analysts say that the attacks are part of strategy to eliminate the air defenses, weapons arsenals and communication lines of the Shiite insurgents so as to ease the…
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Originally posted on Deepak verma:
March 29, 2015 at 02:40PM
By Deepak verma