Forget the mad spinning. Here it is, in a nutshell, what it really takes for Iran and the P5+1 to clinch a game-changing nuclear deal before the new July 7 deadline.
Iran and the P5+1 agreed in Lausanne on a “comprehensive plan of action,” taking into account delicate constitutional considerations in both the US and Iran. A crucial part of the plan is the mechanism to get rid of sanctions. Lausanne – and now Vienna – is not a treaty; it’s an action plan. There will be a declaration when a deal is reached. But there won’t be a signing ceremony.
The next important step is what happens at the UN Security Council (UNSC). All the concerned parties at the UNSC will endorse a declaration, and a resolution - which is still being negotiated – will render null and void all previous sanctions resolutions.
One notable consequence of the Ukraine conflict and the ongoing confrontational stand-off between the West and Russia is the dramatic surge in military spending among several European countries.
However, this unprecedented militarisation of economies across Europe portends a disastrous Greek-style future of crippling debt for these same countries. Those most at risk from a future hangover of military overspend in the years ahead include the Baltic states, Poland and the Scandinavian countries.
This outcome may indeed explain why Washington and its closest NATO allies have embarked on what appears to be a reckless geopolitical confrontation with Russia. The tensions being stoked from the alleged Russian threat – mainly by Washington – are in turn leading to lucrative weapons sales for the Pentagon and its military-industrial complex.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg recentlyassured that the US-led military alliance “would not get dragged into an arms race with Russia”. But that’s exactly what appears to be underway, at least for the eastern European and Scandinavian members or partners of NATO.
Andrew Napolitano: Hillary Clinton Armed Terrorists and Lied to Congress about It
Judge Andrew Napolitano, in a new editorial, presents his conclusion that Hillary Clinton, as US Secretary of State, violated United States law by providing weapons to terrorists and then denying it to Congress. Napolitano’s conclusion is based in part on a review of State Department and congressional emails and an interview with arms dealer Marc Turi.
The Tunisia Massacre and the Irish-ISIS Connection
“The murder of three Irish citizens at a tourist resort in north Africa has brought Islamic terrorism much closer to home,” Cormac O’Keeffe observes in the Irish Examiner. “Until now we have looked on in shock, and revulsion, at terror attacks targeting other Europeans, either across the Middle East and North Africa, or on European soil. However, with the slaughter on the beaches of Tunisia of Lorna Carty, and Laurence and Martina Hayes, this is a landmark moment for this country.”
California Über Alles: Gov. Jerry Brown's Onerous Vaccination Mandates
The 1979 Dead Kennedys song “California Über Alles” could be updated today to say that California Governor Jerry Brown’s secret police “have come for your unvaccinated niece.” On Tuesday, the once-again governor of California signed into law some of the most onerous vaccination mandates in America.
Turkey May Invade Syria, But to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be planning to invade northern Syria to prevent Kurds from forming their own state there.
Guess How Many 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels Have Been Trained With Congress-Approved $500 Million?
Nope, it's not a trick question. The number is zero.