Could we actually have peace with Iran?

On Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iran's Foreign Minister, for the first substantive talks in a generation. Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been strong since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and no secretary of state has met with an Iranian counterpart since 2007. And, for almost three decades, relations have been strained further by economic sanctions imposed on Iran over their nuclear program.

Thursday's meeting followed recent statements by Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, who pledged to resolve his nation's nuclear standoff with the West. Those statements, and Thursday's meeting, point to a possible end to ongoing Western hostility towards Iran. Secretary Kerry said that the talks with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif were “very constructive,” but said more meetings would be needed to “find a way to answer the questions that people have about Iran's nuclear program.”

Iranian President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif both stressed that Iran has no intention of developing a nuclear weapon, and only wants the right to develop nuclear energy for “peaceful, civilian uses.” However, the United States and Israel still question Iran's motives. After the meeting, Secretary Kerry told reporters, “Needless to say, one meeting and a change in tone, which was welcome, doesn't answer those questions yet, and there is a lot of work left to be done.”

But, the meeting marks the first real progress towards peace with Iran in three decades. Once again, discussion, diplomacy, and economic sanctions are proving to be more effective than military threats. The people of Iran are suffering under those sanctions, and it would be monumental for them – and for the world – if we were finally able to resolve these long-standing international tensions.


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DAnneMarc 7 years 51 weeks ago
Quote Palindromedary:Was Gary Webb assassinated and made to look like a suicide...with TWO gunshot wounds to the head?

Palindromedary ~ Of course not. Lot's of people can't shoot straight. It's actually very hard to hit your own brain--especially if it's real small like right wingers. Now if he unloaded all six bullets, and then reloaded... and fired off a few more, then I would be suspicious.

Sorry for the sarcasm buddy. To really answer your question, of course he was murdered. In fact, it was one of those "setting an example" murders. You know, where the evidence is so preposterous that it shows how powerful the murderers are that they have total control over the authorities, who don't even suspect foul play from the word go. You know, like when an engine and transmission end up 100 yards down the street from a car explosion and the police immediately announce that it was impact with a tree that caused it.

Personally, I think that Webb's murder simply lends more credibility to the theory that he worked on; that is, that crack is and always has been federally pushed for nefarious purposes. How is any other conclusion possible? Two different shots to the head and an "at the scene suicide declaration" are meant to discourage any other such journalistic probes into crack cocaine drug trafficking. There must actually be far more to this conspiracy than meets the eye. Frankly, I think my theory nailed it. At least I believe that it is the tip of the iceberg if nothing else.

Thanks for the heads up on RT and FSTV. I suspected as much. They are two good reasons to consider getting The Dish. Thank goodness for youtube.

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Palindromedary 7 years 51 weeks ago

DAnneMarc: Of course you can always watch Breaking the Set on the internet:
I can usually get today's show by doing a YouTube search on Breaking the Set and then selecting "today" in the filters. Here's today's Breaking the Set show:

Published on Sep 30, 2013

Abby Martin Breaks the Set on the NSA's Six Degrees of Implication, Israel Apartheid State, Seymour Hersh on Media Lapdogs and Bin Laden's Mythical Death, Erasing Memories and other Weird Science Innovations.

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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin remarks on the latest NSA revelation, showing how the agency compiles charts on not only you, but your connections to friends, and friends of friends. Abby then speaks with Miko Peled, Israel peace activist and grandson of one of Israel's founding fathers about his book, 'The General's Son' which dispels the myths and misconceptions about the Jewish State, and the true nature of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Abby then gives props to world renowned journalist Seymour Hersh, for calling out the abysmal failure of the corporate media in the US, saying that the MSM should fire 90 percent of its reporters and that "not one word" of the bin laden death narrative is true. BTS wraps up the show highlighting a few of the most breakthrough scientific discoveries including freezing light, memory erasing genes and 3D printers in space.

Max Keiser is another interesting show on the economy.

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DAnneMarc 7 years 51 weeks ago

Palindromedary ~ Thanks for those links. I'll have to check out that show. Unfortunitely it will have to be tomorrow. It's getting late and I want to be alert when I see it. Good night and thanks again!

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