Can the US Salvage a Deal with Iran?
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A promising deal for Iran to curtail its nuclear development failed to materialize over the weekend at a meeting with six foreign ministers in Geneva. New talks are scheduled, but the blame game continues, and diplomatic failure could be a prelude to war. Also, the race to provide typhoon relief aid to the Philippines. We hear how digital maps that did not exist before typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines are now helping relief efforts on the ground.
Banner image: Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a news conference after nuclear talks in Geneva November 10, 2013. Photo: Denis Balibouse/Reuters
The Race to Provide Typhoon Relief Aid to the Philippines ()
In the Philippines, the estimated death toll from Typhoon Haiyan has been reduced from 10,000 to roughly 2,000, but the humanitarian crisis is enormous and aid groups are facing major challenges. We get updates from Margaret Aguirre, who's in Santa Monica with the International Medical Corps, and Steven Rood, the Asia Foundation's representative for the Philippines, who joins us from Manila.
Can the US Salvage a Deal with Iran? ()
Diplomacy over Iran's nuclear program is not dead yet, but when talks resume next week foreign ministers will be replaced by lesser officials. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Mohammad Zarif have each blamed the other for the failure of an anticipated agreement over the weekend. But France — and especially Israel — helped scuttle a deal, with hawks in both parties in Congress happy to see a delay. We hear what's at stake for the many parties involved, with the prospect of military action if diplomacy fails.
- Jay Solomon: Wall Street Journal, @WSJSolomon
- Thomas Erdbrink: New York Times, @ThomasErdbrink
- Michael Rubin: American Enterprise Institute, @mrubin1971
- Barbara Slavin: Atlantic Council, @barbaraslavin1
- Daryl Kimball: Arms Control Association, @armscontrolnow
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Mapping Technology Helping Relief Efforts in Philippines ()
Humanitarian Open Street Map is a sort of Wikipedia of mapping, which allows more than a million users to contribute. Now it's helping the Red Cross to determine where things were before Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines so relief workers can make crucial decisions. Since Saturday, some 400 volunteers have been making almost a million additions to free, online maps of areas in and around the Philippines. That's according to Robinson Meyer of The Atlantic.
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