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Strong Consensus on JCPOA in Brussels

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And in the current era, Norwegian-Americans are doing well. But perhaps not as well as Norwegian-Norwegians who, with a boost from their careful stewardship of natural wealth such as North Sea crude and hydropower, enjoy high levels of income and health status, and other scores of quality of life.Edgar Ray Killen — the Klansman who orchestrated one of the nation’s most notorious mass killings, the slayings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964 — has died.Europe’s pre-eminent leader for more than 12 years, Merkel’s star is waning as she pays for her 2015 decision to leave German borders open to over a million refugees, a move that cost her Christian Democrats votes and fueled the rise of the far-right.

comment policy before posting your viewpoints“This has been a long and careful process,” said Ambassador Robert Tuttle, who has led the search for a new site. “We looked at all our options, including renovation of our current building on Grosvenor Square. In the end, we realized that the goal of a modern, secure and environmentally sustainable Embassy could best be met by constructing a new facility. I’m excited about America playing a role in the regeneration of the South Bank of London.”

Work requirements in welfare reform were a successful recognition that work is valuable for individuals, families, and societies. Encouraging people not to work but to become dependent on government reduces economic mobility and can reduce a person’s lifetime income. Encouraging healthy people to work more, which will likely result in higher future earnings, should not be controversial but rather common sense. 

Iran’s judicial system is notoriously repressive, and the country remains one of the world’s leading executioners. According to the European Union, which placed its own sanctions on the judiciary chief in 2012, Larijani has “personally signed off on numerous death penalty sentences.”
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The Guardian view on Germany's coalition deal: Merkel in the balance

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.  (Reuters)

 “Oh, my God. Oh, my God Jesus,” Desulme said. “I don’t know how much worse it can get.”

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Facebook Twitter Pinterest Rex Tillerson. Trump confirmed on Twitter late on Thursday night that the trip was off. “Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars,” he wrote just before midnight local time. “Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!”

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David Goodman said that “the history of this country has a shadow over it because this case and many others like it have never been resolved to bring justice to these families and especially black citizens who were murdered and killed because of white supremacy and racism. That’s what Edgar Ray Killen’s life was about in an important way, and we’re still dealing today with white nationalism.”

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Continue reading the main story In June 2016, Mr. Hood, the Mississippi attorney general, announced an end to the active federal and state investigations into the killings of the civil rights workers, saying there was no likelihood of additional convictions. Mr. Gordon, the judge in the murder trial, had died a month earlier.

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“Norwegian immigrants did so poorly in the United States that about 70 percent of them returned & stayed in Norway,” Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration-policy analyst with the Cato Institute, wrote Thursday on Twitter. “Return rates are not always a sign of failure but their low wages, despite observable characteristics, and poor 2nd generation assimilation indicate otherwise here.” (You can find the historical data on migrants who returned to their home countries here.)

“Strong consensus in Brussels today,” Zarif said in a Twitter post after the meeting, Tasnim News Agency reported. Iran is complying with the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and the Iranian people have every right to all its dividends, he added. The top diplomat reiterated that any move that undermines the accord is unacceptable and that the “E3 and EU [are] fully aware that Iran’s continued compliance [is] conditioned on full compliance by the US.” The European officials who attended the meeting also underlined support for preserving the Iran nuclear deal. European Union foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, insisted that the nuclear agreement “is working” and that it is vital to preserve it. “The deal is working, it is delivering on its main goal which means keeping the Iranian nuclear program in check and under close surveillance,” Mogherini said.

The whiff of controversy has long surrounded WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but, according to a new report, he just reeks.solidarity income tax surcharge introduced in 1991 to help rebuild eastern Germany will be phased out. What is also striking is the narrow scope in refugee matters. To start with, asylum is discussed under immigration. Family reunification for refugees will be possible in principle at some point, but with restrictions.

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research followed the Medicaid recipients. It found that many of them found work or increased the hours they worked in order to obtain health insurance. 

“We were chosen ’cause we had good figures. We were the right height,” she said.

Erin Cunningham in Istanbul contributed to this report.

Critics weigh in on Germany’s coalition talks ‘breakthrough’ Germany’s prospective deal for Chancellor Angela Merkel to head another grand coalition has been slammed by industry leaders as “expensive.” Asylum advocates say it hands hard-liners a “triumph” over human rights. (12.01.2018)  Everything now hangs on two tests within the SPD. The first, on January 21, is an extraordinary party conference in Bonn to consider the joint programme. The second, if Mr Schulz wins in Bonn, is a referendum among the SPD’s 450,000 members. Much will depend on whether the document agreed this week is felt by rank-and-file SPD members to contain enough of its own demands to overcome the widespread feeling last year that the party would be better off in opposition than to be the junior party in a Merkel-led coalition for the third time. The absence from the programme of a big signature SPD pledge, at a time when industrial militancy over wages is growing in Germany, will test Mr Schulz’s authority.

Mr. Killen was sentenced to five months in prison in the case, which was prosecuted by Marcus D. Gordon, the Neshoba County district attorney at the time and later the judge who presided over the murder trial.

“You could actually feel, physically feel, the sort of love and the noise coming at you. It was the most extraordinary feeling. And they were mad about her. They were so happy,” Glennconner said.Jérémie Zimmermann, a friend and former colleague, wrote in 2012 that “unless the people around him force him to shower, he might not change his clothes for days.”

The newly built U.S. Embassy can be seen from across the River Thames in Nine Elms in London. (Peter Nicholls/Reuters) The lease on the old embassy was bought by Qatari Diar Real Estate, a wing of the Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund that plans to turn the building into residences and a hotel. The Qatari state has long bought up land in major Western cities and they already own West London landmarks like the Harrods department store. Theodore Karasik, a senior adviser with Washington-based Gulf State Analytics, said Qatar and other sovereign wealth funds often buy assets overseas in an attempt to influence bilateral relations.

“Of course it was. It was like a production. It was like making a film,” she said.

In addition, the president singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from that country must be left out of any deal, these people said.“There were two narrow side streets by the embassy,” Tuttle said in a phone call. “They are very slim, and if someone came down there with a truck, a la the Oklahoma City bombing, it would not only blow up half the embassy and kill half the people in it but it would also kill half the people in nearby residences.”

This is an initial agreement conditioned on the approval of the United States Congress and local planning authorities. The existing Embassy building will be offered for sale almost immediately. However, it is still possible that the Embassy will remain at the current location if for whatever reason the site acquisition and acceptable planning consent do not materialize. The global real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield is advising the Overseas Buildings Operations Bureau (OBO), which directs the State Department’s worldwide facilities program, on this project.

Strong Consensus on JCPOA in Brussels

Strong Consensus on JCPOA in Brussels
Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past eventsIn a rare interview for the documentary “The Coronation” on the Smithsonian Channel, Her Majesty discussed the “disadvantages” of wearing one.

An Infratest Dimap poll for broadcaster ARD published last week showed Merkel’s personal approval had dropped 2 percentage points from a month earlier to 52 percent.

Heather Stewart Political editor, and David Smith in Washington”It’s not meant for traveling in at all. I mean it’s only sprung on leather. Not very comfortable. It can only go at walking pace. The horses couldn’t possibly go any faster. It’s so heavy,” the Queen said.

Many Medicaid enrollees working part-time face impediments to finding full-time work.  Among adult Medicaid enrollees who work part-time, many cite economic reasons such as inability to find full-time work (10%) or slack business conditions (11%) as the reason they work part-time versus full-time. Other major reasons are attendance at school (14%) or other family obligations (14%).

Research shows that Medicaid expansion has not negatively affected labor market participation, and some research indicates that Medicaid coverage supports work. A comprehensive review of research on the ACA Medicaid expansion found that there is no significant negative effect of the ACA Medicaid expansion on employment rates and other measures of employment and employee behavior (such as transitions from employment to non-employment, the rate of job switches, transitions from full- to part-time employment, labor force participation, and usual hours worked per week). In addition, focus groups, state studies, and anecdotal reports highlight examples of Medicaid coverage supporting work and helping enrollees transition into new careers. For example, individuals have reported that receiving medication for conditions like asthma or rheumatoid arthritis through Medicaid is critical in supporting their ability to work.  Addressing barriers to work requires adequate funding and supports.  While TANF spending on work activities and supports is critiqued by some as too low, it exceeds estimates of state Medicaid program spending to implement a work requirement.

pointed out on Twitter Thursday night: “I have nothing against Norwegians or Norway but this shows that the ‘loser immigrants’ from yesterday’s ‘shit holes’ tend to turn into excellent, rich Americans after a few generations while their countries improve substantially.”Asked about Trump’s cancellation, a Downing Street spokesman repeated the government’s longstanding position that “an invitation has been extended and accepted, but no date has been set”.Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, was rough for the White House. But this week has been worse still, and the damage has been almost entirely inflicted by the president himself.
First Steps Toward Embassy Relocation - US Embassy & Consulates in the United Kingdom

First Steps Toward Embassy Relocation – US Embassy & Consulates in the United Kingdom

Remember how their GDP, adjusted for population, use to be half that of the U.S.? Now the chart has almost flipped.

The 91-year-old monarch noted the Imperial State Crown, which she wore during her coronation ceremony on June 2, 1953, is so heavy “your neck would break off.” 

“Human rights violations — we couldn’t be more focused,” he said. “We have as many sanctions on Iran today as we have on any other country in the process. And we’ll continue to look at things.”The British foreign minister, Boris Johnson, said that so far no-one has come up with a better alternative. “We greatly value the JCPOA, the nuclear deal with Iran, we think it is a considerable diplomatic accomplishment,” Johnson said, stressing that “Iran is in compliance with this agreement according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Europe wanted to protect the deal “against every possible undermining decision”. Iran and P5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France, and Germany), also known as E3+3, concluded the historic accord in July 2015 and implemented it in January 2016. Under the agreement, certain limits have been put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related bans against Tehran. In all of its reports since coming into force of the JCPOA, the IAEA has verified the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran as well as the Islamic Republic’s commitment to the nuclear deal. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump was to decide on Friday whether to waive nuclear sanctions on Iran or effectively end the US participation in the nuclear agreement. Western media reported early on Friday that Trump had decided to extend Iran’s sanctions relief. In October, Trump said he would not certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement that was negotiated under the previous administration because Tehran was “in violation of the spirit” of the accord. The Trump administration asked the US Congress to come up with a solution to address “many flaws” in the deal, such as existing sunset provisions and exclusion of Iran’s ballistic missile program.   US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week that Trump would be inclined to authorize another sanctions waiver if he felt that real progress was being made toward the changes he demanded in October.

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