Tag: United States

China climate deal sets stage for US political warfare

At least, that’s the way US Secretary of State John Kerry is describing the plan to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions by 26%-28% below 2005 levels by 2025 and halt the growth of Chinese emissions by 2030.   “Our announcement can inject momentum into the global climate negotiations, which resume in less than three weeks […]

Nearly 70 Percent of UN Member States Officially Recognize Palestine, US Not Among Them

On Thursday October 30, 2014, Sweden became the 135th of 193 members of the United Nations (U.N.) to officially recognize Palestine as an independent state, raising the percentage of U.N. Member State recognition to nearly 70 percent.   According to the Washington Post, “the act sparked a tetchy diplomatic incident with Israel.” No surprise here. […]

U.S., Iran holding secret talks to renew diplomatic ties, Times reports

Iranian and American officials have held secret talks to discuss renewing diplomatic relations if a deal is reached on Iran’s nuclear program and sanctions are lifted, the Times reported early on Monday.   According to the report, the two nations are discussing the possibility of opening a U.S. trade office in Teheran. This would be […]

US, France Say Iran Can Have Nuclear Program, Not Bomb

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he and his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, agree that Iran has a right to a peaceful nuclear program but “not a track to a bomb.”   Kerry and Fabius met in Paris where they discussed ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran and other issues, ahead of Kerry’s trilateral meeting […]

Bilateral talks failed, we’re going to UN

“No other solution has been proposed by the United States” to achieve peace and the establishment of a Palestinian state, senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Wassel Abu Yusef told AFP. “The US administration is pushing to resume bilateral negotiations, even while it’s clear that these have failed throughout the last few years.” The last […]

Iran agrees to ship uranium to Russia as part of nuclear deal

The agreement, however, does not address an alternative way for the Islamic Republic to obtain a nuclear bomb – the use of the heavy water produced at Iran’s Arak plant to produce plutonium. Despite that, an American official involved in the talks was optimistic about the proposed agreement, saying that “if the Iran-Russia deal works, […]

Still No Word From IRS

The Alliance Defending Freedom’s invitation to pastors to exercise their First Amendment rights by speaking truth to power — and offering political advice and counsel to their flocks from their pulpits — has taken on a life of its own. Sunday, October 7 was designated by the ADF as Pulpit Freedom Sunday, during which it […]

Israeli Settlement Plan ‘Flies in the Face’ of Peace

Jerusalem that is home to numerous holy sites is an “unfortunate” step that “flies in the face” of the government’s stated goal of fostering an environment for peace, the U.S. said Monday.   Jerusalem’s Planning and Building Committee on Monday approved the construction of 500 more housing units despite Washington’s strong disapproval of Prime Minister […]

U.S. Supreme Court closely divided on Jerusalem passport case

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Monday as it considered whether Congress overstepped its authority in passing a law designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports.   Congress passed the law in 2002 but the government has never enforced it. Seeking to remain […]

Southern Baptists, LGBT activists happily coexist, but for how long?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) When Southern Baptists convened a national conference here this week to discuss issues of human sexuality, bringing conservative evangelicals and LGBT Christian activists into the same ballroom was a recipe ripe for potential fireworks.   Perhaps the most shocking thing was how few fireworks there were.   The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty […]