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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani's speech at the UN: A clear and calm rebuttal of Trump's hostile messageIran's President Hassan Rouhani's speech at the UN: A clear and calm rebuttal of Trump's hostile message
The speech was concise and at times deeply poetic.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has addressed the General Assembly in a short speech that primarily covered Iran's foreign policy outlook, its specifically goals for peace and an unambiguous warning against anyone who seeks to undermine the 2013 JCPOA (aka the Iran nuclear deal).
President Rouhani used the word 'moderation' throughout the speech. He characterised Iran's history, contemporary outlook and policy positions as quintessentially moderate.
After paying tribute to Iranian voters who recently re-elected him as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, he then set out to define Iran's definition of moderation in the following way.
"Moderation is the inclination as well as the chosen path of the great Iranian people. Moderation seeks neither isolation nor hegemony. It implies neither indifference nor intransigence. The path of moderation is the path of peace, but a just a inclusive peace; not peace for one nation and war and turmoil for others. Moderation is freedom and democracy, but in an inclusive and comprehensive manner, not purporting to promote freedom in one place while supporting dictators elsewhere. Moderation is the synergy of ideas and not the dance of swords. Finally, the path of moderation nurtures beauty. Deadly weapons exports are not beautiful, rather peace is beautiful.
We in Iran strive to promote peace....we never condone tyranny and always defend the voiceless. We never threaten anyone but we do not tolerate threats from anyone. Our discourse is one of dignity and respect. We are unmoved by threats and intimidation. We believe in dialogue and negotiation based on equal footing and mutual respect".
Source: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani's speech at the ...
In one of the most secluded places in the world - Easter Island - the rongorongo writing was invented a few hundred years ago. Attempts to read it are currently being made. Among the few people who have taken up this challenge is a Polish researcher, Dr. Rafał Wieczorek.
25 artefacts with rongorongo inscriptions have been preserved to our time. Rongorongo is a system of glyphs known only from Easter Island - none of the other Polynesian peoples have invented writing.
"There is a lot of evidence that Easter Island is one of the few places in the world where writing was invented independently of other recording systems. Why it was created in such an isolated location, remains a mystery" - told PAP Dr. Rafał Wieczorek from the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw.
Deciphering the glyphs is the more difficult that only a few people in the world are working on it, non of them "full time". For all involved it is a side project. "In order to move things forward, it is necessary to set up a research team that would focus on just that" - believes the researcher.
Dr. Wieczorek specialises in astrobiology, but many years ago he joined the international group, whose goal is to attempt to decipher rongorongo. The researcher admits that he devotes more and more time to this passion - he is also the author of several articles on rongorongo published in scientific journals.
Despite many question marks, investigators of the mysterious writing established several facts. First and foremost, it is known that rongorongo was used by the aristocracy living on the island - it was not a commonly used writing. Sentences were read in the reverse bustrofedon system - the medium had to be rotated while reading. How could this be determined even though the writing still has not been deciphered? "Sequences of characters are repeating on a few tablets. In some cases they go to the next line of text, and in others, they continue in one line" - said Wieczorek.
Hillary Clinton sycophant and flaming garbage pile of a human being, Peter Daou, is having another of his many Twitter meltdowns over the hilarious reaction to his new website, Verrit. After Hillary Clinton tweeted an endorsement of the new site the other night, Berniecrat Twitter went on a hilarious attack spree to mock and ridicule Daou and the site. Daou seems to think this is because people are 'afraid' of Hillary, but the truth is that people probably would leave him alone if he'd stop bashing Bernie Sanders and Bernie Sanders supporters at every opportunity. In fact, on the same day that Clinton tweeted her support for Verrit, the site had run an inflammatory article that blamed Bernie Sanders for Clinton's inability to beat Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
Given the timing, the move is obviously a calculated ploy to sell more copies of Clinton's forthcoming sh*t pile of a book, What Happened, which leaked excerpts show contains plenty of the expected Bernie-bashing from Clinton herself, or at least her ghostwriter.
Source: Hillary worshiper Peter Daou having Twitter tantrum over criticism of his new website Verrit
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that gives the US broad new powers to sanction individuals, companies and financial institutions that facilitate trade with North Korea.
"I am announcing a new executive order to sign that significantly expands authorities to target individuals, companies, financial institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea," Trump said.
"Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind," he told reporters.
Source: Trump signs new executive order to target foreign banks doing business with North Korea
At least 21 children and five adults died as the building collapsed during Tuesday's earthquake.
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Trump: PBOC has told Chinese banks to stop doing business with North Korea
Pepe Escobar: Unmasking his new doctrine, Trump vows carnage for "wicked" N. Korea, Iran and VenezuelaPepe Escobar: Unmasking his new doctrine, Trump vows carnage for "wicked" N. Korea, Iran and Venezuela
This was no "deeply philosophical address". And hardly a show of "principled realism" - as spun by the White House. President Trump at the UN was "American carnage," to borrow a phrase previously deployed by his nativist speechwriter Stephen Miller.
One should allow the enormity of what just happened to sink in, slowly. The president of the United States, facing the bloated bureaucracy that passes for the "international community," threatened to "wipe off the map" the whole of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (25 million people). And may do the same to however many millions of South Koreans who perish as collateral damage be damned.
Multiple attempts have been made to connect Trump's threats to the madman theory cooked up by "Tricky Dicky" Nixon in cahoots with Henry Kissinger, according to which the USSR must always be under the impression the then-US president was crazy enough to, literally, go nuclear. But the DPRK will not be much impressed with this madman remix.
That leaves, on the table, a way more terrifying upgrade of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Trump repeatedly invoked Truman in his speech). Frantic gaming will now be in effect in both Moscow and Beijing: Russia and China have their own stability / connectivity strategy under development to contain Pyongyang.
Source: Pepe Escobar: Unmasking his new doctrine, Trump vows carnage for "wicked" N. Korea, Iran and Venezuela
As I watched coverage of Harvey’s flood damage in Houston, Irma’s wreckage in the Caribbean, the devastating record monsoons in South Asia, and the fresh nightmares of Hurricane Maria, I thought back to another place: Charlottesville, where racists openly rallied to their cause—and were later defended by the president. To explain why, let me point […]
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Exclusive: The PBS 10-part Vietnam War series offers valuable insights into the horrific conflict but still treads lightly on U.S. leaders’ guilt as they lied and connived to start and extend the slaughter, as war correspondent Don North describes. By Don North Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen observed in his 2016 book, Nothing Ever Dies, […]
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