Relations stirred in light of Iran nuclear deal

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Israel accused Iran of “deception and self-delusion” in what has been called the most significant development between the United States and the Iran in the last 34 years.

Barack Obama said that “Diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure, a future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear programme is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon. While today’s announcement is just a first step, it achieves a great deal. For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear programme.”

The deal commits Iran to stop uranium enrichment above five per cent, limit existing stockpiles of enriched uranium, stop further development of the Arak reactor and allow increased inspections of its nuclear sites.

In turn, the six world super powers – the U.S, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany (P5+1) – are committed to relieve economic sanctions on Iran.

The compromise reached in Geneva may only be for six months but it has significantly reshuffled alliances in the middle east and inevitably caused controversy. The United States have called it a “great deal”, a standpoint that contradicts that of their Israeli allies who are calling it a “historic mistake”.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told his cabinet: “Today the world has become a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world has taken a significant step toward attaining the most dangerous weapon in the world”.

Remaining highly critical of negations between Iran and U.S, the Israeli embassy in Dublin reiterated today that, “The agreement that was signed between Iran and the P5+1 is a bad agreement and a mistake. Iran received the deal it wanted, and the West received a very bad and dangerous deal. There is no such thing as a half solution in a matter like this; the example of North Korea shows that when extremist regimes get a soft deal like this it does not produce stability in the long-term but merely buys the regime time to further its ambitions.”

With such a strong reaction from the Israeli side,  it can’t but highlight the fact that Israel refuses to acknowledge publicly that it has nuclear weapons. The U.S government also officially does not acknowledge the existence of such a program.

Lilah Gaafar

50 years of JFK conspiracy theories


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THIS Friday will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of American President John F. Kennedy.

Half a century later, following a man being charged with the crime, suspicions are still at large amongst people today, with numerous conspiracies circulating as coverage of the event rises in conjunction with the anniversary.

With trust at a historic low in the U.S. today following questioning of the legitimacy of the moon landings, along with a whole host of conspiracies in relation to 9/11, looking at the most popular conspiracies offer some reasoning as to why suspicions continue to exist.

Lyndon Baines Johnson, who was sworn in as President following the killing, being responsible for the assassination is one the most popular ideas.

American woman Madeleine Brown claimed to have an affair with Johnson and also claimed she had attended a party with ex-Vice President Richard Nixon, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, and numerous others the night before the shooting.

Brown claims Johnson that night whispered into her ear: ‘After tomorrow, those Kennedys will never embarrass me again. That’s no threat. That’s a promise.’

Another conspiracy popular amongst Americans is that the military industrial complex did it.

The claim is that Kennedy was going to pull American troops out of Vietnam when the military wanted to pour more people in, and the appointment of a new president could make this possible.

The Chicago, Miami and New Orleans mob or mafia have all been linked with the killing, also.

The CIA being responsible for the assassination is one of the most wide spread conspiracies.

With Kennedy supposedly very fed up with the shenanigans of the CIA, including trying to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro, they reportedly felt that Kennedy was going to disband them. And as a result of that, ordered the killing.

The whole truth of this case may never be released or known.

Did one man act alone or was this attack part of something larger?

Although a long closed case that is no longer being investigated, one thing is for sure; suspicions will continue to exist and possibly rise as the fatal day is remembered in light of the anniversary.

[Vox Populi by Stephen Mooney]

Ann-Marie Donelan