Correction: United Nations-NKorea Story
On the brink of Congressional contemplation over the issue, Syria submitted to an appeasement. After discussions with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the Russian Foreign Minister, Syria agreed to sign the international chemical weapons treaty, according to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in a New York Times report. The United Nations already began the process of organizing the logistical steps towards destroying Syrias chemical weapons after the passage of the U.N. Security Council resolution on Sept. 26. In addition, Iran has made efforts to resolve the international sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union, which are a result of Irans nuclear program. Strong sanctions are currently active by the U.S. including boycotting the Central Bank of Iran, according to Reuters . Sam Houston State University political science professor Masoud Kazemzadeh, Ph.D., is an expert on the Middle East and North Africa and a native Iranian. He said there have been several sanctions on Iran regarding nuclear weapon development. There have been four United Nation Security Council resolutions that impose sanctions on Iran, Kazemzadeh said. All of those four resolutions explicitly said Iran cannot enrich uranium in Iran, its called zero enrichment. The conjoined sanctions levied by the US and the European Union have plummeted Irans oil exports, which are nationally owned, according to Reuters.
Good News: The United States Still Isn’t a Failed State
In the New York concert deaths, the medical examiner found lethal mixtures of MDMA and methylone, a synthetic stimulant, the DEA said. “It’s exactly the same phenomenon that occurred with ecstasy a decade ago,” said Dr. Charles Grob, a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine and an expert on MDMA. “Ecstasy had terrible reliability and it’s the same with Molly. Though it’s being marketed as pure MDMA, it’s a hoax.” Overdose symptoms can include rapid heart beat, overheating, excessive sweating, shivering and involuntary twitching. Grob said references in pop culture can fan misconceptions. Miley Cyrus admitted in July that a lyric in her new dance anthem “We Can’t Stop” was a reference to Molly. Last year at a Miami concert, Madonna, the mother of a teenager, asked: “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” She later said she was referring to a friend. The illusion that MDMA is somehow less harmful has been branded with Molly, according to Anna. “I have definitely heard that people think that it’s pure. I have some friends that are like ‘I only want to do Molly.
The United States currently ranks a solidly not-failed 159th out of 178 states on the Fund’s annual index , which orders countries based on how they score across 12 indicators , and it would take a big hit to push America into failed territory. The shutdown, depending on how long it goes on, could cause the United States to at least rise a few spots in next year’s rankings (the higher the ranking, the more instability). Congress’s inability to agree on a spending plan has consequences for several indicators of “failedness” where the U.S. has already not been faring too well of late, Krista Hendry, executive director of the Fund, told FP. It’s a demonstration of an increasingly factionalized elite, it leads directly to a deterioration of public services, and it doesn’t exactly do the economy any favors, or strengthen perceptions about the legitimacy of the state. But hey, we have a lot going for us! General rule of law holds — federal courts are still hearing cases, and prison guards are still on the job. Essential services have been preserved; mail, for instance, is still being delivered. Our federalized system means states are still capable of running their own schools and hospitals without federal aid. “We still have air-traffic controllers in the towers, we still have military that are on call and as ready as they were yesterday. Essential services are all still going to function,” said Failed States Index Co-Director J.J. Messner.
1 about North Korea at the United Nations, The Associated Press misidentified the North Korean speaker. The diplomat who spoke is deputy permanent representative Ri Tong Il, not Sang Beom Lim, who is a South Korean diplomat. A corrected version on of the story is below: NKorea spurns SKorea nuke disarmament deal NKorea spurns SKorea’s offer of development aid for nuclear disarmament By PETER JAMES SPIELMANN Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) North Korea on Tuesday spurned South Korea’s offer of development aid in exchange for giving up its nuclear weapons, saying “this can never, ever, be a political bargaining chip.” North Korea’s deputy permanent representative, Ri Tong Il, was speaking in the “right of reply” session at the end of the annual General Assembly speeches, when countries unleash their most outspoken diplomats to counter arguments made by other countries in their high-level speeches. He spoke a few hours after North Korea’s vice foreign minister, Pak Kil Yon, blamed the “hostile policy” of the United States for continuing tension on the divided Korean Peninsula. Pak told the U.N. General Assembly the United States is aiming at military domination of Northeast Asia and has designated North Korea as “its first attack target.” Pak also contended that the United States was abusing the power of the U.N. Security Council, and that a January resolution that tightened sanctions on the North for a long-range rocket launch was unfair. Pak did not mention the subsequent nuclear test explosion that was also condemned by the council and deepened concern over the North’s weapons programs. Ri said later, in the “right of reply” session, that North Korea “and its people have been living with nuclear weapons and bombs over their heads for decades.” Under these “provocations” North Korea had no option other than to obtain nuclear weapon itself as a deterrent, he said. Ri unequivocally rejected a South Korean offer of economic aid conditional on the verifiable nuclear disarmament of North Korea, also known at the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK, saying the nuclear umbrella was needed to protect the North from South Korea and the United States. “This is again provocation against the strategy policy of the DPRK,” he said. “This can never, ever, be a political bargaining chip. This is a policy under the security environment of the DPRK for safeguarding peace and security, and thereby to ensure the environment for peaceful economic development. So this is an absolute guarantee for economic development.” The AP Join the Discussion You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer.
“An Attack on the Governance and the Constitutional Order of the United States”
But what has to be resisted is any idea that this is government or politics as usual. It is an attack on the governance and the constitutional order of the United States. Right on. But it should be recognized that this “attack on the governance and the constitutional order of the United States” — with Republicans using blackmail to extort powers that the American people have given, in recent elections, to the other major political party– is only the latest in what has virtually been a war against the constitutional order of the United States that has been waged from the right for more than a decade. So how far back does this right-wing war against the American democracy go? I don’t believe the chronicle need go all the way back to Nixon’s crimes in Watergate, which nonetheless struck a blow against the fundamental idea that we are a nation of laws and not of men. Nor would I include the transgressions of Reagan and Co. in the Iran Contra scandal (compounded subsequently by the pardons issued by Bush the First giving a free pass to those in the Reagan administration who’d been convicted of law-breaking), even though these events demonstrated a frightening willingness –that may have been an early symptom of the power grabs to come– to run roughshod over the law and the separation of powers. Perhaps the best place to begin the chronicle of this war on “the governance and constitutional order of the United States” is with the relentless effort by the Republicans, in the age of Gingrich, from the beginning of the Clinton presidency, to find a way to bring that president down, launching one bogus investigation after another until at last they found evidence of marital infidelity, which they proceeded to inflate into a “high crime and misdemeanor” they could use to impeach the President of the United States. Without doubt, however, the history of this war against the American democracy would focus hard on the presidency of George W. Bush. With enough impeachable offenses to fill a book –as several responsible observers demonstrated during that era with books like Elizabeth de la Vega’s UNITED STATES v. GEORGE W. BUSH ET AL.– the Republicans gave us with Bush the most lawless presidency in the history of the nation.