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New developments imperil Iran nuclear talks
Nov 19th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Israel, Saudi cooperation

complicates chance of deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has staked his presidency on the success of the Geneva negotiations.

WITH NEGOTIATIONS SET to resume in Geneva on Wednesday over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, ominous developments mostly behind the scenes have enormously complicated any chances of a settlement.
Israel’s prime minister continues to insist that no deal is better than a bad one, and has gone even further to assert he will not feel bound to abide by it.
Reports have surfaced about unprecedented cooperation between Israel and Saudi Arabia over contingency plans to attack Iran.
And a semi-official Iranian source on Monday accused the French of sabotaging the talks.
The outlook for some sort of binding deal this week is bleak, at best.


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US foreign policy stalled on many fronts

INITIATIVES THREATENED BY DOMESTIC, FOREIGN OPPOSITION
Top of the agenda American foreign policy initiatives are, at best, stalled. At worst, they are threatened by opposition both at home and abroad.`
To anyone following these different threads, it is quite apparent that American foreign policy is embattled on many fronts.
It is emblematic of the problems the US faces in trying to influence events all over the world in the face of its declining willingness to go to the mat over issues of vital national interest.
It remains to be seen if any of these stalled initiatives can be turned around.


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BOMBSHELL: Saudi Arabia could get nukes before Iran

BBC REPORTS ATOMIC WEAPONS READY FOR SHIPPING FROM PAKISTAN
In a stunning development that could change the balance of terror in the Middle East – and the world – it was reported that Saudi Arabia might be able to get atomic weapons before Iran.
While this development has drawn little attention in the U.S., it has received considerable play abroad, especially in Israel.
A Saudi Arabia with immediate access to atomic weapons would enormously complicate the delicate balance of terror in the Middle East and the world. It is a game changer, and deserves far more attention.


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GENEVA TALKS: More than just about Iran, Syria

‘ARC OF INSTABILITY’ POSES GLOBAL THREAT, HUMANITARIAN CRISES
The two sets of vital international talks under way in Geneva may seem to have little in common, but that is a misperception.
Their commonality is that their model of governance is obsolete.
It is the same story, repeated over and over again in an ARC OF INSTABILITY stretching around the southern and eastern edges of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Geneva conferences are too narrow in their scope. Some imagination is needed to start work on a global solution.
It’s not just about weapons of mass destruction. It’s about massive destruction of modern nation states with global implications for our interconnected societies. The world must wake up.


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IRAN: Historic gambit at start of Geneva talks

BUT MAIN PLAYER – ISRAEL – IS ABSENT AND WORRIED
The Iranian government on Tuesday presented an historic proposal to end the decade-long standoff over its nuclear weapons ambitions.
But as the West engages with the rogue regime in Iran, it cannot ignore the interests of the nation with the most at stake.
The Israelis have to be heard because they have the means – and the will – to do something about it if they perceive the talks are a waste of time.
The question is, how much time will they wait?


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If Putin plan works, there’s no punishment for Assad

SYRIAN LEADER MUST PAY A PRICE FOR GASSING HIS OWN PEOPLE
A central point seems to have been overlooked by almost everyone.
If Syria agrees to Putin’s plan to surrender its chemical weapons, and that’s the end of it, Bashar al-Assad will go unpunished for gassing his own people.
This is unconscionable.
The two crucial questions that desperately need answers are these: WHEN will negotiations be abandoned as a delaying tactic, and HOW will Assad be punished for what he has already done?
It is time for clear and precise answers to these vital questions. Everything else depends on them.

Due to my need for Atonement and travel time, posting will be limited for the next few days.


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