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Why there is still no Iran nuke deal in Vienna, by Pepe Escobar

Consider this a back to back special on the ongoing Iranian Nuclear negotiations. If you have not already read Pepe’s last piece, then please do here for some background.

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Source: Asia Times

VIENNA – As the Iran-P5+1 negotiation hit the crucial stage on Monday night, and the technical teams pushed for a clean text to be released on Tuesday – albeit unsuccessfully – the top sticking point turned out to be the conventional arms embargo imposed on Iran by the UNSC, a senior European diplomat told Asia Times.

BRICS members Russia and China had a coordinated position; “yes” to the end of the embargo. The US and the UK voted “no.” And, crucially, France was wavering.

If this was a decision solely in the hands of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, the vote would be “no.” But arguably if the final decision rests with President Francois Hollande, it would be a “yes.” There is nothing the French weapons industry would like better than to add Tehran to its still meager list of customers for Rafales and Mistrals.

Turning to the Big Picture, Iranian diplomats were stressing that, “all nuclear-related sanctions should be removed. That was agreed upon in Lausanne.” This means the conventional arms embargo – imposed by the UN in 2007, and tied up in the nuclear sanctions – should also go.

So what was reported by Asia Times early this week continued to apply; there are severe cracks within the P5+1 on several key issues — thus their need to spend more time negotiating amongst themselves than with Iran.

That’s the key reason for a new deadline extension — to Thursday, July 9. And even that may not be the end of the road.

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Iran nuke deal — what’s behind the new Vienna deadline, by Pepe Escobar

Unparalleled insight from one of the most well known geopolitical analysts around, Pepe is absolutely a pleasure to read!

This is the closest you will get to the negotiating table.

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Source: Asia Times

VIENNA – The decision mechanism at the UN Security Council (UNSC) is the main sticking point preventing a nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 being reached this Tuesday, a top Iranian official told Asia Times.

This is directly related to “the credibility of the UNSC at stake,” after “so many imposed resolutions” considered as unjust and illegal by Tehran.

Iranian diplomats insist on a “fundamental shift” at the UNSC; “The Iranian file should not have been sent to the UNSC in the first place,” says another official. And here Iranian diplomats open a complex discussion on two fronts; the politicization of the IAEA, and the UNSC being used to arbitrate on an eminently technical dossier.

So it’s no wonder that for Iran, the removal of past UN resolutions is considered “only as a starting point.”

Iran has floated the idea of a UN resolution revoking all previous sanctions immediately after the announcement of a deal in Vienna. Iranian negotiator Abbas Araghchi had advanced on Iranian TV the idea that a deal — including the annexes — could be endorsed by the UNSC as early as this week.

That’s extremely unlikely; the US Senate would go ballistic — as in US sovereignty being seriously compromised. This does not prevent the fact that the extremely sensitive text of a UN resolution erasing all previous sanctions is being discussed at the negotiating table in Vienna.

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The Triumph of Thierry Meyssan, by Paul Matthews

«When, on September 6, 2006, President Bush admitted to the existence of the secret torture program of the CIA, he defended the practice, arguing that it had yielded information that saved lives. It was based on the false reports of the CIA and he was unaware that it manufactured evidence instead of searching for it. From that point, the Atlanticist media descended into barbarism and debated the merits of torture by presenting it as a necessary evil». The Congressional report on torture confirms that Al Qaeda was not involved in the attacks of September 11 – Thierry Meyssan : 15 Decembre 2014 (Cf. infra).

Quién puede pensar en  él? c. 1814-1823 Francisco de Goya y Lucientes Sepia wash and Indian ink,Museo del Prado, Madrid
Quién puede pensar en él? c. 1814-1823 Francisco de Goya y Lucientes Sepia wash and Indian ink,Museo del Prado, Madrid

The founding chairman of the Voltaire Network multilingual website has finally come into his own. In two articles in 2009 [1] and 2014 [2] he highlights the rôle of a certain “US academic”, Martin Seligman, relating to the real nature of the Camp Delta «conditioning» and detention centre at Guantánamo Naval Base. All of which has to be seen in the light of the recently published US Congressional report on the secret CIA torture programme and concerning a vast criminal operation, known officially as «Extraordinary Rendition» ie the system for kidnapping and sequestering people from all over the world put in place by the CIA and the US Navy during the presidential terms of office of both William Jefferson Clinton and George Walker Bush.

Some would use the word apotheosis after the years the French author and investigative journalist spent in the wilderness after publishing 11 Septembre : l’Effroyable Imposture (9/11 : The Big Lie) and a companion volume Pentagate. English-language editions of both now republished by USA Books.  Here is the man who has courageously defended in public the governments of Muammar Gaddafi  and of Bashar Assad during a so-called Arab Spring [3] and whose website helps expose numerous scandals including Operazione Gladio [4].

Rightly observing that «real-time information has been paradoxically transformed into a show in which the truth is incidental» [5] he is anticipated by Karl Marx (alienation theory and commodity fetishism) and Guy Debord (Society of Spectacle). But in an existence crucified increasingly by money worship, Mother Nature’s commodification is yielding an abundance of stigmata inconceivible before the twenty-first century.

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Conversation: Life of African-Russians In the Russian Federation

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When we think of multicultural society we always think of USA, and naturally during Cold War Era of Soviet Union one could not see black people from Africa located inside Russia. In other words maybe just some African delegations, but as Russian population none. However as USSR fell apart, and as Russia also turned to capitalist system things have changed in last years and as you are about to see many more people have come to become naturalized Russians. These people today live in Russia and work on positions from mayors, to policemen, army-men and anything else that comes to ones mind.

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They are now sucesfully incorporated in all branches of society, so they work in public transport:

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One Russian town has recently elected an African mayor:

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This was the new Russian mayor during his campaign:

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Orthodox church has also become un-orthodox in it’s composition:

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Locals come to holy mass held by African priests:

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Group of young naturalized Russians taking a photo before “whitey” town sign.

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After hard work many enjoy their time in traditional Russian food and drinks:

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Cossacks have also strengthen their ranks:

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Communist Russian party also has new members:

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Soldier ranks also have new members from Mozambican Army which are in Russia for training

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Police in Siberia also became more colorful:

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Many have learned how to play traditional Russian Balalaika instrument:

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Ice baths that Russians enjoy are also loved by African-Russians:

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Now it’s proven Lenin also had it’s African-Russian twin:

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They enjoy Russian cos-plays and history re-enactments:

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All in all happy bunch! Don’t you think? :)

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

 

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Quote of the hour, by Paul Craig Roberts

Sometimes a well stated, even though it might be obvious, fact can really jolt you back down to reality.

Russia is doing all it can to avoid a war which seems more and more likely with each passing month. No matter what they do they will always be at fault. It is very hard to maneuver when the opposing power wants war at all costs. It is even more difficult when the behaviour of the offending nation is ungentlemanly.

The Russians are constantly under attack, 24/7. According to the mainstream media, they can never get anything right. They are not only led by an evil demonic Putin but are so under privileged that the so-called sanctions will soon form bread queues vis a visa the 1990’s.

When heads of state compare Putin to Hitler, and others directly hold him responsible on absolutely no evidence then what can you do?[1]

Recently, President Obama said that Russia “…doesn’t make anything” and that “Immigrants aren’t rushing to Moscow in search of opportunity. ” [2] Such language is unbefitting of a head of State. This is not someone who seeks peace, he seeks war.

The United States is on a march to war by any means and it will not drag but take its willing European ruling elite to war. War after all means money and the US has promised much riches in Russia. Everyone will get a share of the spoils.

This of course is a delusional project doomed to failure.  But just because it is delusional to us does not mean it is not perfectly sane to the US and its concubines in Europe.

Paul Craig Roberts very eloquently captures the point in his latest piece on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Kiev’s military assault on eastern and southern Ukraine is not going to stop because Europeans finally see the light and object.  Europeans not only stood aside for 13 years while Washington bombed civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen, and organized outside forces to attack Syrians, while isolating Iran for military attack, but also actively participated in the attacks.  Europe has stood aside while Israel has massacred Palestinians on numerous occasions. For Russia to rely on Europe’s moral conscience is to rely on something that does not exist.

(Paul Craig Roberts, The ongoing Crisis in Ukraine)[3]

The Russians should (begrudgingly), if they have not already, start their march to war, psychologically at least.

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[1] http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/25/world/europe/hillary-clinton-vladimir-putin-mh17/

[2] http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/03/us-ukraine-crisis-obama-idUSKBN0G30Q920140803

[3] http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/20/the-ongoing-crisis-in-ukraine/

 

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