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Republicans Criticize Deal to Free Iranian Prisoners

Republicans Criticize Deal to Free Iranian Prisoners | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"The fact is that we shouldn’t have to trade anything to get our citizens back home," Chris Christie said
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The simple fact is that diplomacy worked and I hate to think what would have happened if one of these blustering idiots had been at the helm instead of Obama and his Secretary of State, Kerry. Iran and the U.S. should be friends; we had a long history of friendship before we overthrew their government and supported a dictator. So, please let's keep rational and caring people in the White House. My question for the election is who is most capable of negotiating with others. So far, my answer is Sanders. I honestly think he's the only one whose ego won't get in the way. 

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Iraq offers to mediate between Saudi and Iran, fearing for IS campaign

Iraq offers to mediate between Saudi and Iran, fearing for IS campaign | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Iraq dispatched its foreign minister to Tehran on Wednesday with an offer to mediate in an escalating feud between Saudi Arabia and Iran, reflecting Baghdad's fears that new sectarian conflict could unravel its campaign against Islamic State.
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I seem to be pushing controversy lately. So here's one: Who is our bigger problem, Iran or Saudi Arabia? Both are basically Islamic theocracies. Both are incredibly repressive. Both want hegemony in the Middle East. One is Shia and the other is Sunni, so their enmity is built in. Russia, Turkey, and even Iraq want to intervene and reduce the growing enmity. Meanwhile, the Saudi foreign minister avoided the American Secretary of State when all this was happening. The Iranian government was, however, quite willing to talk with him. Both countries produce oil, which means they are facing increasing economic pressure. Both are involved in proxy wars. Saudi theology is actually the more rabid in many cases and there are direct links to terrorism. However, for years the Saudis have been supportive of US goals and they worked with us on the price of oil, if only to achieve stability for themselves. We have trained their military, especially their air force, and sold them lots of equipment. Still, I'm going to say that we need to have good relationships with Iran and that we should tell them both that it is their decision to make how to go forward. Let's stay neutral is my recommendation. Were I the President I wouldn't dance with either of them. 

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These 5 Facts Explain Bashar Assad's Hold in Syria

These 5 Facts Explain Bashar Assad's Hold in Syria | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Syrian dictator remains in power—and he's not likely to go anywhere
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Actually, these are all reasons why diplomacy and reaching out to Russia and Iran to find an agreeable solution should have been the first step for the U.S. and our allies. Assad cannot stay in power without being propped up, which means that the power brokers in that part of the world would happily replace him and opposes IS if the U.S. would give them the reins. The real fallacy of the American position is that we are supporting Turkey in its brutal suppression of the Kurds because we're afraid of Russia and Iran ending up battling over Syria without us. I have news for Washington, we should happily watch those two countries compete in Syria; they would get rid of Assad, stop IS, and still end up angry at each other. WIN, WIN, WIN for us.

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Houthis clash with Saudi forces on Yemen border, dozens killed

Houthis clash with Saudi forces on Yemen border, dozens killed | Upsetment | Scoop.it
ADEN (Reuters) - Dozens of Houthi fighters were killed in clashes with Saudi forces on Yemen's northern border, Riyadh said on Thursday, while air strikes and artillery fire rocked the southern city of
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Of all the plagues God created in the Bible, the worst was clearly mankind. What an abominable species we can be. Of all the curses God created, the worst was clearly religion; oh the killing that is justified in the name of faith. And of all the madness of religious based barbarism the worst is clearly that of sect against sect. This proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia has all the insanity of a Mad Comic Book but sadly none of the humor.

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Iran Holocaust cartoon contest draws 839 entries

Iran Holocaust cartoon contest draws 839 entries | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Over 300 artists, including from France, Turkey and Brazil, turn in works for competition derided by UNESCO
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While I abhor the denial of the Holocaust and the suffering of millions of Jews, Gypsies, and others, I would be more outraged by the denial of the right of humorists to share their work in this competition just as I abhor efforts by Muslims to suppress cartoons about the Prophet. If we cannot respect the right to laughter, then we are truly in a sorry state.

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Iran, six powers entrenched as clock ticks to nuclear deadline

By Parisa Hafezi, John Irish and Louis Charbonneau LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran and major powers were struggling on Monday to reach a preliminary nuclear accord as "gloom" set in, with both sides sticking to their positions a day before a self-imposed deadline. For days Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China have been trying to break an impasse in negotiations aimed at stopping Tehran having the capacity to develop a nuclear bomb, in exchange for an easing
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I wonder if anybody from the U.S. team has consulted an anthropologist. The Iranian bargaining technique is typically to wait for the last moment to make a demand. The response should be, okay, but in return we will and then add a major concession that has been made on the opposing side. They want the deal to work more than we do' their economy is suffering and sees no prospect of improving. They are fighting wars (by proxy) all over the place and need the economic wherewithal. My guess is good bargaining is what's called for here.

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Republicans Warn Iran -- and Obama -- That Deal Won't Last

Republicans Warn Iran -- and Obama -- That Deal Won't Last | Upsetment | Scoop.it
47 Republican senators have written an open letter to Iran's leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they sign won’t last after Obama leaves office.
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So much for believing in separation of powers. So much for the old truism that politics stops at the water's edge. In deed, I consider this letter close to treason. Worse, it is well passed the criterion for stupidity. Iran has to be engaged and has to be part of the effort for stability in the Middle East; that by the way because of the GOP's darling little George W. who didn't understand his daddy's decision to leave Saddam in power. Jesus, how dumb do the GOP get to be before Americans figure it out?

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The Bibi Bump Backfires

The Bibi Bump Backfires | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Even before U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress, Democrats, unlike Republicans and Independents, were…
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As a kid, I brought my nickles and dimes to Sunday school to help plant trees in Israel. The Israel I supported was probably never a real place, a place of dancing, kibbutz idealism, and a welcoming spirit for the dispossessed of the world. Today, I would more gladly send my contributions to help the Palestinians, a people in real need. Sadly, they are poorly served by the world and by their own political leadership. But one thing has remained simple and (IMHO) realistic from those childhood days until now, it it the crucial role of Iran as a balance in the Middle East. The U.S. in its search for hegemony in the world has time and again refused to recognize the importance and especially the independence of regional powers, indeed even the legitimate interests of other world powers. The real issue cannot be what Israel wants but finding a common ground with Iran. Alliance is a better form of peace than a balance of power can ever be.

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Congress Moves Against Obama on New Iran Sanctions

Congress Moves Against Obama on New Iran Sanctions | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Lawmakers have completed a new bipartisan bill on Iran sanctions. The White House claims it is intended to derail the Geneva talks.
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Again proving that when it comes to a clash between good foreign policy and playing politics, in the U.S. Senate the fools gold of politics will always win. They have learned nothing since the League of Nations or the foolishness of forcing Mr. Obama to keep Guantanamo open. So we will never rebuild a relationship with Iran, which was squandered away by our government's propensity for supporting tyranny and working to overthrow populist leaders.

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When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes

When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In an exclusive interview, a top Iranian official says that Khomeini personally stopped him from building Iran's WMD program.
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Can I prove that this piece is more accurate than the espionage community's assessments? No. On the other hand,  I have no reason to believe that the N.S.A., C.I.A., DOD Intelligence, etc. get much right. Perhaps the real problem is a mindset in Washington that cannot allow us to have real peace. Is Cuba our mortal enemy? Is Iran? After all those years, Nixon managed to go to China. Other than North Korea, which is a madman's fiefdom, do we really have enemies? Competitors of course, but real enemies?

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Exclusive: Iran seeks give and take on Islamic State militants, nuclear program

Exclusive: Iran seeks give and take on Islamic State militants, nuclear program | Upsetment | Scoop.it
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program in exchange,
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This is the time for big boy diplomacy not big stick rhetoric. It is long past time that the U.S. recognize Iran as a major player even if we don't like their theocratic theory of government.

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Iranian parliament pursuing lawsuit against CIA for 1953 coup

Iranian parliament pursuing lawsuit against CIA for 1953 coup | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A week after declassified CIA documents came to light verifying that the U.S.
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Just another example of how badly the CIA has served America. There has never been a good reason for trying to run the world from Langley, Virginia.

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This Map Explains the Saudi-Iran Proxy War

This Map Explains the Saudi-Iran Proxy War | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This Map Explains the Saudi-Iran Proxy War « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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The conflict in the Middle East between Iran and Saudi Arabia is pretty confusing. I hope this map will help you understand. 

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Iran's supreme leader bans negotiations with the United States

Iran's supreme leader bans negotiations with the United States | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States, putting the brakes on moderates hoping to end Iran's isolation after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers in July. Khamenei, the highest authority in the Islamic Republic, already said last month there would be no more talks with the United States after the nuclear deal, but has not previously declared an outright ban.
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In case you don't know the history. Iran historically (say 1950s) had a tripartite process of governance in which the religious leadership, the civil leadership, and a monarch shared power. Without all three legs, there has always been a lack of moderation, be it the Shah's tyranny or the theocracy that preceded today's two-legged stool of a system. Can Iran develop a meaningful balance between mosque and state? That is the question that is most crucial. The best approach for U.S., having destabilized Iran years ago, is to treat the Iranian government with respect which includes a willingness to hear what the Supreme Leader is saying even while we reach out to the civil government.

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Why the Gulf States No Longer Trust America

Why the Gulf States No Longer Trust America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Arab Gulf leaders meeting with President Barack Obama at Camp David this week are expected to seek big security guarantees from the United States. Some…
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It is time that the United States stops trying to be the policeman of the world. It is not for us to provide security, especially not for theocracies and dictatorships. Neither is it up to the U.S. to stop terrorism. It is appropriate for us to help nations that are under attack and those facing not military style attack from within but rather barbaric attacks on civilians. But we have long since failed at being the beat cop. Besides which, the promise and possibility of democracy in the region will be greater if these countries must find loyalty among their own citizenry. Even as Tehran has expanded its disruptive role, it has been loosening the theocracy at home and reaching out to the U.S.. Why? Because it needs the support of its people. I am not saying disengage but rather engage more intelligently. By the way, did you listen to last night's It Matters Radio? We were discussing the Arab world and Islam. You can go to the show website and catch the podcast. www.itmattersradio.com

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Iran Is Winning the War for Dominance of the Middle East

Iran Is Winning the War for Dominance of the Middle East | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Tehran and Riyadh are engaged in a naked struggle for power in the region -- individual rights and good governance be damned.
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It is imperative that the United States and its European allies find a middle ground or we will assuredly give Iran the fodder it needs to gain popular support in its struggle with Saudi Arabia, a struggle that is now being fought in Yemen but which may yet engulf the entire Middle East.

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Netanyahu: Israeli Cabinet United In Opposition To Iran Nuclear Deal

Netanyahu: Israeli Cabinet United In Opposition To Iran Nuclear Deal | Upsetment | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he and his Cabinet are united in "strongly opposing" a framework deal on curbing Iran's nuclear program.

Iran and six world powers announced a set of understandings on s...
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Of course one of his predecessors has praised the agreement. It is to Netanyahu's liking that the Arab world disintegrate and a stronger Iran will work towards creating a new balance of power in that region. If Iran and Saudi Arabia (with Egypt) can work towards a mutual respect between governments, there may be real stability for the Middle East. How will that impact Israel? We can hope for moderation especially as the governments of Jordan and Egypt want to avoid conflict with the Jewish state, conflict from which they will be the first to suffer.

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Khamenei condemns Republican letter on Iran, bemoans U.S. 'tricks'

Khamenei condemns Republican letter on Iran, bemoans U.S. 'tricks' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By Sam Wilkin DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader hit out on Thursday at a letter by U.S. Republican senators threatening to undo any nuclear deal between Washington and Tehran, saying he was worried because the United States was known for "backstabbing", Mehr news agency reported. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the ultimate authority on all Iranian matters of state, added at a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani and senior clerics that whenever negotiators made progress, the Americans became "ha
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"The clerical Supreme Leader said the letter was "a sign of the decay of political ethics in the American system", and he described as risible long-standing U.S. accusations of Iranian involvement in terrorism." The GOP once again proving that they are not fit to govern. Thanks a lot, especially to the two idiots from my state of AZ, McCain and Flake.

 

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Netanyahu’s hard line on Iran: A four-point reality check | Al Jazeera America

Netanyahu’s hard line on Iran: A four-point reality check | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Analysis: Some of the Israeli prime minister's core arguments for scrapping negotiations with Iran are questionable
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He said little of consequence and probably hurt himself in the eyes of the world and the Israeli voters. Of course, the far right of the GOP will insist it was a stunning achievement. Reality, they are more committed to bringing the day of Armageddon than an era of world peace.

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Congress in Netanyahu snub to Obama

Congress in Netanyahu snub to Obama | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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This is a stupid and politically motivated act. Netanyahu is a loose cannon and we need a working relationship with Iran. Sure a few Jewish voters will move to the GOP side because of this, but in the long run it will alienate everyone who wants fairness for the Palestinians, which includes most American Jews.

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U.S. condemns Iran's hanging of alleged rape victim

U.S. condemns Iran's hanging of alleged rape victim | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Despite vast social media campaign, Reyhaneh Jabbari is hanged in Iran today for the self-defense killing of her rapist. Her Tehran execution is widely condemned by human rights organizations and the State Department
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This has the makings of a novel. Was he actually trying to rape her? Was he an espionage agent? What damning information did she have about him and the Iranian government? Did she have to be hanged for political or spy related reasons? Yep, I can imagine the novel; who will write it?

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Iran Says It’s Under Attack by ISIS

Iran Says It’s Under Attack by ISIS | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Suicide bombs. Captured soldiers. Guerrilla attacks. Iran claims it’s under assault by Sunni militants like ISIS. Now Tehran is making mass arrests to try to stop the onslaught.
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If Iran, Turkey, and some of the Sunni states join together to fight ISIS, this may be the beginning of real peace among Islamic nations. Now, can they accept Israeli help and will Israel be smart enough to offer it? An alliance to fight madness might just help fight the underlying madness of the region.

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KBucketeer's curator insight, October 10, 2014 3:50 AM

They have been after the Sunnis in Iran ever since they came into power.  Just another reason for cracking down on their own people.

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Iran Supplied Weapons To Iraqi Kurdish Forces

Iran Supplied Weapons To Iraqi Kurdish Forces | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Iran has supplied weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces, Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said Tuesday at a joint press conference with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Z...
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Having destabilized the region by invading Iraq, it is in paramount that the U.S. recognize the role of Iran as a major power in the Middle East. This is a good first step for us all. The Kurds deserve support. Even the Turks are relatively okay with their emergence from the miasma that is Iraq. Now if the U.S. can get out of its own way.

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