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European Union officials have confirmed that Iran nuclear talks have restarted in Vienna on Monday after a five-month hiatus . Earlier this month Tehran officials said they planned to rejoin talks for a restored Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal with the West, which includes indirect talks with the US via European mediators.
It’s the first time Iran has come to the table since recently elected Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi took power in August. But Reuters and others are noting that with Western powers “increasingly frustrated” it remains that “hopes of a breakthrough appear slim” . Via Reuters Already the Iranian side’s 40-strong delegation is being pressed by Western officials over whether they are stilling or serious – given talks haven’t been held since June, when the 6th round of talks wrapped up with little to no progress, resulting in widespread accusations Tehran is stalling in order to covertly build-up its nuclear and uranium enrichment capabilities.
US envoy for the negotiations Robert Malley highlighted in a weekend statement that the clock is ticking for the Islamic Republic to show that it’s serious: ” If Iran thinks it can use this time to build more leverage and then come back and say they want something better, it simply won’t work . We and our partners won’t go for it,” he said in a BBC interview.
Both sides currently see the other’s demands as “unreasonable” – meaning there’s sharp disagreement upon even re-entering dialogue. Iran’s unwavering position has been the immediate dropping of all Trump-era sanctions, given it was the US that unilaterally exited the 2015 JCPOA deal in the first place: “To ensure any forthcoming agreement is ironclad, the West needs to pay a price for having failed to uphold its part of the bargain . As in any business, a deal is a deal, and breaking it has consequences,” Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani said in defiant column in the Financial Times on Sunday. The Iranian economy and infrastructure has been reeling throughout the COVID pandemic, which critics say is largely the fault of the US-led sanctions regimen. […]
One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
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