Blog Posts - Diplomacy



PAKISTAN - Reality-Based U.S. Relationship

Very insightful, especially the U.S. "see the world as divided between allies and enemies.""Can U.S., Pakistan move forward in building a 'reality-based relationship'?" PBS Newshour 11/29/2013ExcerptsHARI SREENIVASAN (Newshour):  Now to one of t...
by Mage Soapbox on Dec 2, 2013

10 Provisions In The Nuclear Deal With Iran

During this week’s multilateral diplomatic talks between United States, Iran, France, Germany, United Kingdom, China, and Russia, the countries have reached an agreement partially suspending Iran’s nuclear weapons program in exchange for...
by List of X on Nov 25, 2013

Judging success in negotiations

Over the weekend, negotiators in Geneva achieved what many are calling an historic agreement with the Iranian government. What was achieved is an interim agreement, effective for the next six months, that essentially freezes Iranian nuclear developme...
by Mediation's Place on Nov 25, 2013

IRAN - Nuclear Program Talks Update

"Margaret Warner from Geneva:  Is this a done deal?" PBS Newshour 11/24/2013ExcerptHari Sreenivasan (Newshour):  Joining us now from Geneva, Switzerland is the NewsHour’s chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner.  She has been rep...
by Mage Soapbox on Nov 25, 2013

U.S./Iran Nuclear Deal

The Iranians and the Obama administration have reached a historic deal that allows the lifting of sanctions against the Persian nation ($7-$8 billion dollars worth) in return for a nuclear freeze. But U.S. critics are already tearing down this promis...
by Sparking the Left on Nov 25, 2013

OPINION - U.S. Power and Foreign Policy in the Middle East

"Reflections On American Power And Foreign Policy" by George Brent Mickum, The Public Record 11/18/2013ExcerptThe deteriorating political landscape in the Middle East stands as a monument to the Bush and Obama Administrations.  While the United...
by Mage Soapbox on Nov 21, 2013

IRAN - National Security Advisor Rice on Iran & Afghanistan Negotiations, and Syria

"National Security Advisor Rice:  'Now is not the time for new sanctions' on Iran" PBS Newshour 11/19/2013ExcerptJUDY WOODRUFF (Newshour):  As the U.S. negotiating team readies for the next round of talks in Geneva over Iran's nuclear progr...
by Mage Soapbox on Nov 20, 2013

I Warned You People! Nature HATES Us!

Predator Press [LOBO] ONCE AGAIN Illinois has been leveled to the ground, and I alone am left to pick up the lazy, worthless pieces.  Well just once I would like to be one of those lazy, worthless pieces ... but God, in His Infinite Wisdom,...
by Predator Press on Nov 18, 2013

IRAN - U.S. Congress Should Not Step Up Pressure During Negotiations

"As negotiators ready for Iran talks, Obama asks Congress not to step up pressure" PBS Newshour 11/14/2013ExcerptSUMMARY:  President Obama urged Congress to hold off on imposing new sanctions on Iran while negotiations over that nation's nuclear...
by Mage Soapbox on Nov 15, 2013

ISRAEL - Tensions Anew, Israeli-Palestinian Talks, Iran

"Efforts for Israeli-Palestinian talks complicated by tensions" (Part-1) PBS Newshour 11/13/2013 JUDY WOODRUFF (Newshour):  Tensions have been mounting between the U.S. and Israel over the Iran nuclear talks and recent stumbling blocks in peac...
by Mage Soapbox on Nov 14, 2013

IRAN - Nuclear Talks Fail, But Hope Persists

"Iran nuclear talks fall short of deal, but Kerry reassures 'this is not a race'" (Part-1) PBS Newshour 11/11/2013 GWEN IFILL (Newshour):  Despite initial signs of hope, an interim deal over Iran's nuclear program wasn't reached in Geneva this...
by Mage Soapbox on Nov 12, 2013

EGYPT - Morsi Trial and U.S. Diplomacy

"Ousted Egyptian president Morsi strikes defiant tone on first day in court" (Part-1) PBS Newshour 11/4/2013 Excerpt GWEN IFILL (Newshour):  Egypt's first democratically elected president, now on trial for inciting murder, was defiant during...
by Mage Soapbox on Nov 5, 2013

SYRIA - Destruction of Chemical Weapon-Making Facilities and Diplomacy

"Syria completes 'functional destruction' of chemical weapon-making facilities" (Part-1) PBS Newshour 10/31/2013 Excerpt SUMMARY:  The Syrian government met a milestone Thursday as the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons conf...
by Mage Soapbox on Nov 1, 2013

IRAQ - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Requests More U.S. Military Aid

"Lawmakers doubt if more U.S. military aid is solution to Iraq's terror threats" PBS Newshour 10/31/2013 Excerpt SUMMARY:  During his visit to Washington, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki asked for more U.S. military aid to fight a resurg...
by Mage Soapbox on Nov 1, 2013

The More Said the Better

Dr. Simmi Gurwara How often does it happen that we desperately want to eat the words that we have spoken publicly in the first place? Quite often is my guesstimate. In the heat of the moment we overstep the fine line that leads to remorse or repair o...
by hastakshep on Oct 30, 2013

AMERICA - Is Spying on Friends Acceptable? EU View

"Uproar over U.S. surveillance scope raises question of what spying is acceptable" PBS Newshour 10/28/2013 Excerpt SUMMARY:  European governments lodged new complaints about U.S. surveillance after learning of new disclosures that the NSA tra...
by Mage Soapbox on Oct 29, 2013

SPYING - More Fallout From Traitor Snowden's Actions

"Fallout from NSA leaks threaten trust at home, damage relationships abroad" PBS Newshour 10/25/2013 Excerpt SUMMARY:  The controversy unleashed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden began in June when The Guardian newspaper first reported...
by Mage Soapbox on Oct 28, 2013

DIPLOMACY - The 'Outrage Theater' About U.S. Spying on Friends

First, lets be realistic all nations spy on each other.  Been that way for ages.  The only thing that happened here is we (U.S.) got outed by traitor Edward Snowden. "Will fallout of 'spying on friends' allegations help change U.S. surveil...
by Mage Soapbox on Oct 25, 2013

The Philippines doing its best Psycho T imitation! (Video)

It isn't everyday that the sports and news worlds collide to provide the perfect analogy, but in the case of the Philippines-China and Tyler Hansbrough-Metta World Peace it has happened!  Neither of the events came close to reaching the le...
by The Political Commentator on Oct 24, 2013

The Philippines doing its best Psycho T imitation! (Video)

It isn't everyday that the sports and news worlds collide to provide the perfect analogy, but in the case of the Philippines-China and Tyler Hansbrough-Metta World Peace it has happened!  Neither of the events came close to reaching the le...
by The Political Commentator on Oct 24, 2013


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