Iran Deal Nuclear Deal Officially Takes Effect
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The Obama White House says UN inspectors have confirmed that, today, Iran suspended its most advanced enrichment of nuclear fuel. In exchange, some international sanctions will be lifted. After decades of mistrust, what are the prospects of a permanent settlement in the next six months? Also, upheaval after Iran's last minute invitation to the Syria peace talks, and net neutrality and civil rights.
Banner image: Tero Varjoranta, IAEA Deputy Director General for Safeguards, speaks with journalist on January 20, 2014 at the Agency's headquarters in Vienna. Photo: Dean Calma / IAEA
Upheaval after Iran's Last Minute Invite to Syria Peace Talks ()
The much-awaited Syrian peace conference is scheduled to begin on Wednesday in Switzerland. But UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon may have thrown a wrench into the machinery yesterday by inviting Iran to attend at the last minute. Patrick McDonnell is Beirut Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times.
The Nuclear Deal with Iran Gets Underway ()
Iran announced today that it's begun suspending its most advanced nuclear enrichment, which could produce fuel for atomic bombs. UN inspectors agree. In response, Western nations will relax economic sanctions and begin six months of negotiations to make a permanent deal. It could mark the beginning of the end of Iran's diplomatic isolation, but hardliners on both sides call it a sham. Is Iran still hiding efforts to produce an atomic bomb? Are the Western powers, China and Russia just trying to maintain their monopoly on nuclear weaponry?
- Thomas Erdbrink: New York Times, @ThomasErdbrink
- Jon Wolfsthal: Monterey Institute of International Studies, @CNSWolfsthal
- Robin Wright: US Institute of Peace, @wrightr
- Cliff May: Foundation for Defense of Democracies, @CliffMay
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Is the Digital Divide Set to Grow? ()
Last week, a federal court ruled against the Federal Communication Commission's policy of net neutrality, which means some content providers may have to pay more than others to get on the Internet. But the court left open the prospect that it could be restored by the FCC. Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange.org, says the civil rights group has already made its case to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
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