Obama calls for ‘practical conversation’ between Iran, Arab states / Obama: Don’t blame Iran for every problem
US President Barack Obama this past week called on America’s Arab allies to begin a “practical conversation” with Iran to reduce sectarian divisions and address shared threats from terrorism.
20. Juli 2015 – NWRI – Vier kurdische Frauen und junge Mädchen wurden in Bukan (westliche Provinz Aserbeidschan im Nordwesten des Iran) zu Opfern von Säureattacken von seiten der Frauenfeinde, die im Iran herrschen.
Diese Verbrechen wurden am Dienstag, dem 14. Juli, auf dem Kurdistan Boulevard der Stadt Bukan verübt. Eine Frau und drei junge Mädchen machten dort einen Spaziergang, als sie zum Ziel dieser kriminellen Angriffe und dabei schwer verletzt wurden. Eines der Opfer, Susane Ismail Neshad, eine 24 Jahre alte Collegestudentin für Bauwesen, wurde sehr stark am Rücken verletzt.
by Jonathan Spyer – The Jerusalem Post – July 18, 2015 – Originally published under the title, “Opening the ‘Gates of Evil’.” – The response in the Arabic-speaking world to the conclusion of a deal between the P5+1 countries and the Islamic Republic of Iran over the latter’s nuclear program has divided along familiar lines.Among pro-Iranian elements, such as President Bashar Assad of Syria and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, the news of the deal has, predictably, been met with jubilation. Assad described the agreement as a “historic achievement” and a “great victory.”Sunni Arab concerns have focused less on the terms of the deal than on its strategic implications.Among Sunni elements opposed to the advance of Iran, concerns have focused less on the nuclear elements of the deal – that is, whether it will effectively halt Iran’s march toward the bomb. Instead, attention has centered on the deal’s implications for Iran’s push for hegemony in the Middle East, and its interference in and subversion of regional states as part of this effort.An editorial by Salman Aldosary, in the Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, summed up these concerns in the following passage:
پیاوه ئێرانیهكه ئاوای پێ گوتم (Iran-Kurd relations) (Xendan 16.07) http://dlvr.it/BYwzJ2
The more than $100 billion in sanctions relief is just one reason Tehran agreed to the nuclear deal. Its readmission into an obscure financial network is the real prize. – By Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz – July 17, 2015 – FOREIGN POLICY :
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, did not enter into Tuesday’s historic deal with six world powers to reset relations with the West. It was the promise of more than $100 billion in sanctions relief, rather, that greased the wheels of the recently completed diplomacy in Vienna. And though the windfall of cash will certainly strengthen its position, the real prize for Iran was regaining access to a little-known, but ubiquitous banking system that has been off-limits to the country since March 2012. SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, is the electronic bloodstream of the global financial system. It is a member-owned cooperative comprising the most powerful financial institutions in the world, which allows more than 10,800 financial companies worldwide to communicate securely. It’s hard to find a bank that doesn’t use SWIFT to communicate with other banks — unless, of course, you’ve lived in Iran for the past few years.
MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY (II) : KHAMENEI VS. ROUHANI: PROJECTING VERY DIFFERENT VIEWS ON THE NUCLEAR DEAL
PolicyWatch 2454 – July 16, 2015 – By Mehdi Khalaji – The Supreme Leader’s initial reaction has sent discouraging signals about Iran’s willingness to comply with its commitments in the long term.
As expected, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s reaction to the nuclear deal was utterly different from that of President Hassan Rouhani. Right after the agreement was announced on July 14, Rouhani appeared on state television and praised the outcome. Yet when he and other officials visited Khamenei’s home a few hours later, the Supreme Leader did not say anything about the deal apart from a few lines thanking the negotiators. This reticence signaled to hardliners that they should increase their attacks on the agreement.
MESOP TODAYS COMMENTARY BY AL JAZEERA : The Iran Nuclear Deal: A Monumental Mistake by the Obama Administration or a New Beginning?
Al Jazeera Center for Studies – 16 July 2015 – The nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5+1, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom, will be scrutinized by diplomats, military experts and politicians for months and years to come. Statesmen and politicians will interpret the deal differently and each will vie to use the argument which suites the audience and the domestic base she/he represents. However, the psychological, economic, political, and military implications of the deal on the United States, Europe and many Middle Eastern countries will be monumental. The deal will impact the balance of power in the Middle East, change the dynamics of the energy markets in Europe, and will cause a political rift and will ignite a fierce security debate between Democrats and Republicans in the United States. Furthermore, the deal will bring the subject of regime change to the political forefront in the US and will raise a serious question on whether the use of force is the only mechanism to be used to change the behavior of states in order to achieve favorable outcomes.
#Kurdish Islamist Hizbullah sees Iran-US deal as very positive. Their discourse is completely opposite of IS
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Top US official: ‘Anytime, anyplace access’ to Iranian facilities was rhetorical flourish
The US pledge three months ago for “anytime, anyplace access” to Iran’s nuclear facilities was more of a rhetorical flourish than anything else, US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Thursday. “I think this is one of those circumstances where we have all been rhetorical from time to time,” Sherman said in a conference call with Israeli diplomatic reporters. “That phrase, anytime, anywhere, is something that became popular rhetoric, but I think people understood that if the IAEA felt it had to have access, and had a justification for that access, that it would be guaranteed, and that is what happened.”
July 15, 2015 – Knowing when Iran has violated the agreement is one thing; ensuring that there is a price for every transgression, no matter how small, is another.
The nuclear deal with Iran will certainly be debated intensely as Congress reviews the agreement over the next 60 days. It is a complex deal with many parts. For the administration, it has blocked the Iranian pathway to a bomb for at least the next fifteen years — and that claim has a great deal of merit given the limitations on the numbers of centrifuges, the far-reaching reduction of Iran’s stockpile of low enriched uranium, the removal and redesign of the core of the heavy water reactor at Arak, and Iran’s forswearing of reprocessing capabilities for this period of time.