Iran Nuclear Talks Explained: The Players, The Issues and The Latest -...
Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Switzerland early Thursday, where teams negotiating over Iran's nuclear program are reconvening after talks last week broke up without an agreement. WHAT THEY ARE NEGOTIATING The U. S. , China, Russia, Germany, France and Britain — dubbed the P5+1 — are trying reach a deal with Iran that would restrict Tehran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions. While Iran has consistently said that it does not want nuclear weapons, other nations, such as Israel and the U. S. , worry that Tehran wants the option of building a bomb at the time of their choosing. The main worry is that Tehran will develop the capacity to enrich uranium on an industrial scale — the fuel required for nuclear weapons — build more reactors, and be in a position to build a nuclear warhead in a short period of time. Iran wants the lifting of economic sanctions and an accepted nuclear program. A major stumbling block in this latest round of talks is that Iran is pressing world powers to lift U. N. sanctions immediately, including some relief from sanctions and removal of restrictions on its research and development programs.
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The Paradox of Good Friday - ChristianToday
It was the best of times, It was the worst of times . It was the season of Light. With these immortally paradoxical lines Charles Dickens introduces his epic novel A Tale of Two Cities. The contradictory sentiments they invoke point at the coexistent extremes of life in so-called 'enlightened' eighteenth-century London and Paris, at a time just before the French Revolution. They make for an apt description of another time in history, too. one where Light and Darkness, hope and despair smashed into each other, and the world was changed forever. If ever there was a paradoxical moment in time, it was three o'clock on that first Good Friday afternoon outside the city of Jerusalem, atop a hill that had been given the nickname 'the Place of the Skull'. It was the middle of the day, and yet it became the middle of the night. It was humanity's darkest hour, and yet divine love never shone brighter. A man screamed out to God, asking why he had been abandoned, and at the same time the curtain in the Temple was ripped open, welcoming the world into the very presence of God. The death and distress of the one offered life and hope to the many. To the world, it looked like utter defeat, but in fact it was God's greatest victory. In this picture of abject weakness, the power of God is revealed.
Noam Chomsky on Institutional Stupidity - Philosophy Now
Noam Chomsky on Institutional Stupidity In January Noam Chomsky received the Philosophy Now Award for fighting stupidity. Rick Lewis’s Introduction: Welcome to the 4th Philosophy Now Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. I’m delighted to say that we’re giving this year’s award to Professor Noam Chomsky. Generally it is easier to spot when other people are being stupid and harder to notice when we ourselves are being stupid, in the sense of relying on unexamined assumptions, entrenched mental habits or poor reasoning. One of the world’s best-known intellectuals, he first gained fame for his work as a linguist, and in particular for his theory that we have an in-born or ‘innate’ grammar that underlies all of the world’s natural languages. He has gone on to do important original work on many other topics, including machine translation, logic, philosophy, and the nature of the media. We want to give the Against Stupidity Award to Noam Chomsky not for his activism, for Philosophy Now does not take positions on political issues, nor for his fascinating early work on innate grammar, but mainly for his work on the structure of the... Chomsky followed this up with related work such as his 1991 book Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda.