Iran’s Rouhani: Tactical Shift at the UN

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will be attending the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York this week.

Based on the latest developments, all signs point to a tactical shift by Rouhani, in which his messages and tone will be quite different this year.

In the previous sessions of the UN General Assembly, Rouhani and his team adopted a diplomatic tone in order to have the UN Security Council lift sanctions against Iran. He praised the success of the nuclear agreement, its contribution to peace and its prevention of more tension and potential conflagration in the region. Iran’s objective was achieved: a few months later, when all four rounds of the Security Council sanctions were removed, billions of dollars and billions of cover-up stories arrived, all cost-free gifts from the U.S.

After achieving these goals for Iran’s ruling politicians, Rouhani’s message this year will switch to blaming the U.S. for all sorts of injurious shortcomings in the nuclear agreement, which Iran, incidentally, still has not signed.

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Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

The pollsters suggested yesterday that Hillary Clinton was almost certain to win the Presidency, as Reuters gave her a 95% chance, and the Huffington Post put it at 98 per cent. Nate Silver, the guru famed for predicting Barack Obama’s victories, was positively restrained in suggesting she only had a 71.4% chance of success. But Donald Trump has confounded them all by duly being elected the next President of the United States.

The tide began to turn soon after the results started to emerge, as the Republican billionaire’s scooped up the key swing states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio early this morning. The president-elect struck a tone of conciliation in his victory speech after his combative campaign, declaring: “Now it’s time for Americans to bind the wounds of division…it’s time for all Americans to come together as a united people”. He said that he was “reaching out” to voters who didn’t back him for their “guidance and help”. “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer”, he added. Make sure to follow our liveblog for the latest updates as America digests the results.

The reaction to Trump’s election has been passionate. Nigel Farage told the Telegraph that it will represent a “massive result” for Britain, and that “there will be some celebrations I expect”. “I know most of his team very well, many of them are my friends,” he added. As the British government prepares to deal with the Trump administration next year, it’s worth nothing that the Ukip leader is now the most Trumpophile British politician around. Don’t forget that just months ago MPs debated whether to ban the next President from Britain. Meanwhile, panicked Americans have been researching how to emigrate online in response to the news, although they may be reassured by President Obama, who told Americans last night that “no matter what happens, the sun will rise in the morning”.

The prospect of a Trump presidency has sent markets into free fall, as the Mexican peso hit a record low. Yen and gold rushed higher as investors went running to safe haven assets while the London futures market fell by more than 4% and US stock markets tumbled by more than 5% in after-hours trading. You can follow more of the markets reaction on our liveblog.

As the implications of America’s decision becomes clear, read on in this briefing for our best analysis and post-election commentary. We’ve taken a look at what the first 100 days of his presidency could entail. One thing is certain: the last 24 hours have been ‘yuge’ for the world.

A Month of Islam and Multiculturalism in Britain: August 2016

August 1. Nearly 900 Syrians in Britain were arrested in 2015 for crimes including rape and child abuse, police statistics revealed. The British government has pledged to resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK by the end of 2020. “The government seems not to have vetted those it has invited into the country,” said MEP Ray Finch. The disclosure came after Northumbria Police and the BBC were accused of covering up allegations that a gang of Syrians sexually assaulted two teenage girls in a park in Newcastle.

August 1. Male refugees settling in Britain must receive formal training on how to treat women, a senior Labour MP said. Thangam Debbonaire, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees, called for a “refugee integration strategy” so that men “understand what is expected of them.” She said it could help prevent sexual harassment and issues “including genital mutilation.”

August 2. Jane Collins, MEP for the UK Independence Party (UKIP), launched a petition calling for the BBC to stop using the term “honor killing.” The petition says the term “cultural murder” should be used instead. It states:

“To use the term ‘honor killing’ when describing the murder of a family member — overwhelmingly females — due to the perpetrators’ belief that they have brought ‘shame’ on a family normalizes murder for cultural reasons and sets it apart from other killings when there should be no distinction.

“Murder is murder, whether it be for cultural excuses or others. The term ‘honor killing’ is a euphemism for a brutal murder based on cultural beliefs which have no place in Britain or anywhere else in the world.”

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