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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East. The European Union called it a "sign of hope for the entire world," while Israel called it an "historic surrender." Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations will be lifted in return for Iran agreeing long-term curbs on a nuclear program that the West has suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb. read more

Friday, May 15, 2015

A jury in Boston voted Friday to execute Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, refuting his lawyers' argument that he was pulled into the plot by his radicalized Muslim older brother and overcoming Massachusetts' popular opposition to the death penalty. After he is formally sentenced by O'Toole, Tsarnaev will likely end up at the U.S. Bureau of Prison's death row in Terra Haute, Indiana, where he is expected to embark on an appeals process that could last years before he is finally killed by lethal injection. At 21, he will become the youngest person on federal death row.


The Stonewall police officer who arrested Sandra Bland allegedly threatened her with his Taser while she was still in the car

Correct according to the attorney (as stated). www.chicagotribune.com

are due to be released by the Waller County Sheriff's Office in the coming days.

Officials called Monday for a thorough investigation into the death of Sandra Bland, whose body was found in her Texas cell a week ago, and released three hours of videotape of the jail corridor.

Done. www.latimes.com

A local district attorney says that the probe into Sandra Bland's death after a traffic stop is being treated "like a murder investigation," despite preliminary information indicating that she committed suicide.

Correct. "The probe into the jail cell death of Sandra Bland will be treated as a murder investigation, a Texas district attorney said Monday." (same link as below)

Attorney Elton Mathis said that it was too early to treat Bland's death as a suicide

Correct. www.nbcnews.com

So what part of what Northguy said are you saying he made up? Perhaps if you could be more specific? Right now he's looking well informed.

1) If Iran complies sanctions are lifted.
Benefit? No different than before. Status quo maintained.
Iran benefits, of course, so "before" must mean before the sanctions were imposed I presume. However I think they will benefit more without the cost of a nuclear program and with increased communication and relations with other nations. The United States benefits by having better communications and defusing the hard-liners in Iran.

2) If Iran doesn't comply, red tape has been added to addressing the issue (ie. restoring sanctions now will take longer to be put in motion if at all).
Benefit? Iran.
There is a "kill switch" on sanctions. We have a controlling vote (actually anyone of this group can vote and put the sanctions back in place). That single vote immediately puts all sanctions back in place.

3) Military option to enforce compliance? Seems to be off the table for good.
Benefit? Iran. They can now do what they have been doing and know that no country will physically try to stop them.
We always have the option of military action, and should Iran be found in non-compliance, actual justification (even if folks don't like it) will be apparent. This actually forces Iran into a position of needing to comply even more than previously.

4) Inspectors will only be from countries that have already demonstrated sympathies with Iran (eg. have diplomatic relations).
Benefit: Iran. Countries like Russia and China haven't seemed to be all that concerned with Iran's nuclear ambitions, and indeed have supplied Iran in this matter with materials and funding to help in its goals.
The inspectors from from the IAEA Section B division, of which (I believe) we participate. The general statement you offer is based on the assumption that some members may be sympathetic and can control the outcome. I would like to see a list of the Inspectors and the countries they come from to know why you made this statement. It seems contrary to what I've found and read, and more of an appeal to confirm a bias your are promoting.

All offered IMHO, of course.

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