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Is Iran profiting off the nuclear deal?

Posted by Tip Staff - November 21, 2016


After violating its limits on stockpiling “heavy water”—a component that can be combined with uranium to produce weapons-grade plutonium—Iran is reportedly selling its surplus to Oman, essentially turning a profit from the Iran nuclear deal. This was the second instance of noncompliance since the agreement’s implementation in January.
“They’re actually making money off of violating the agreement…isn’t that an incentive?" Matt Lee of the Associated Press asked State Department spokesman John Kirby on Thursday. Kirby punted back saying that heavy water is hard to sell. “It’s not easily done.”
When pressed again today about Iran’s apparent ability to find a buyer, Kirby insisted that monetary gain was not in the deal’s original intent.

Hospitals on the rebel-held eastern side of Aleppo are no longer able to provide medical care for the estimated 250,000 remaining residents after continued damage from bombings by Syrian government forces, The New York Times reported Monday.
It is uncertain whether any of the hospitals will be able to reopen, leaving eastern Aleppo residents dependent on small clinics. According to the World Health Organization, “residents no longer have access to trauma care, major surgeries, and other consultations for serious health conditions.”
“We no longer have hospitals to operate in,” eastern Aleppo’s last neurosurgeon, identified only as Dr. Omar due to safety concerns, told the Times. “You can’t imagine what it’s like living in Aleppo right now. It feels like we are living in hell. Our neighborhoods are in flames, and bombs are raining down from the sky. We urgently call on the international community to send help.”
The Syrian government has implemented a scorched-earth military plan in order to force primarily Sunni residents to flee areas that the government seeks to control. Hanin Ghaddar, a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, described this tactic in September as “moving from ‘starve or surrender’ to ‘war or surrender’ tactics in order to eliminate any Sunni presence around Damascus as soon as possible.” The tactic involves denying food and medical care to residents of targeted areas until surrender.

A major United Nations committee passed an Israeli-sponsored resolution on Friday by 123-30 that promoted entrepreneurship as a means to boost national development.
The resolution passed despite opposition from Arab countries, who represented most of the states that voted against. It calls on nations to recognize “the importance of improved regulatory environments and policy initiatives that promote entrepreneurship, including social entrepreneurship, and foster micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises,” and points out that private businesses “can help to alleviate poverty and catalyse social transformation by strengthening the productive capacities of vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities, and [produce] goods and services accessible to them.”
Encouraging entrepreneurship, according to the resolution, can aid in supporting sustainable development by spurring innovation and economic growth. Entrepreneurs can be agents of change by promoting new approaches to solve problems such global warming, as the safe production of food, education, and the provision of health services.
The resolution will now be sent to the General Assembly for a final vote.
Coldplay’s Chris Martin surprised many when he touched down in Tel Aviv and, with his unexpected arrival, kick-started the rumor mill that a local concert may be on the horizon. According to Hebrew media, the British singer-songwriter arrived in Tel Aviv yesterday for one of two reasons: some gossip columnists say he’s in town for a private visit, others say he came for advance talks with local producers. Over the years, concert promoters have tried time and again to secure a Coldplay concert in Israel. Some reports say the band has been offered as much as $5 million for a one night show. The rock band has a huge following in Israel. (via Israel21c)

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