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Giving Peace A Chance——Breakthrough On Iranian Deal Emerging

Iran says enough progress has been made at nuclear talks to start working toward a draft accord that would end the 12-year standoff over its nuclear work……..Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made this assessment after meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, with Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister who has expressed reservations about a potential agreement. A Russian negotiator said chances of reaching a preliminary deal before a March 31 deadline were “significantly” better than 50-50.

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Welfare Nation Alert: Disability Fund To Run Out Of Cash In Two Years

The bigger problem is the black line: it shows that after peaking at $215 billion in 2008, the fund now has only $60 billion left as of the end of 2014, having burnt through nearly three quarters of its assets in 6 years.

The biggest problem: unless the pace of cash burn slows down dramatically in the immediate future, the Disability Insurance trust fund will do something it has never done before in its history: its assets will go negative.

Neocon Calls To Bomb Iran——The Vile Bile Of Wannabe War Criminals John Bolton And Joshua Muravchik

But beyond the hypocrisy and, arguably, the criminality of these propaganda pieces, there is also the neocon record of miscalculation. Remember how the invasion of Iraq was supposed to end with Iraqis tossing rose petals at the American soldiers instead of planting “improvised explosive devices” – and how the new Iraq was to become a model pluralistic democracy?

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Giving Peace A Chance——Breakthrough On Iranian Deal Emerging

Iran says enough progress has been made at nuclear talks to start working toward a draft accord that would end the 12-year standoff over its nuclear work……..Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made this assessment after meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, with Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister who has expressed reservations about a potential agreement. A Russian negotiator said chances of reaching a preliminary deal before a March 31 deadline were “significantly” better than 50-50.