Yukiya Amano, head of the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA), said that Iran has again failed to provide explanations about suspected atomic bomb research as a deadline looms for a comprehensive deal between Iran and six world powers to end the long-running controversy.
As one of the conditions to end economic sanctions, the P5+1 said Iran must stop stonewalling the IAEA’s 12-year-old investigation into allegations that Iran may have worked on designing an atomic bomb.
Amano made clear that the IAEA agency is still far from satisfied.
He said: “We are not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”
He was referring to two steps that Iran had agreed to carry out by late August, by providing information to the IAEA concerning allegations of explosives tests and other activity that could be used to develop nuclear bombs.
“I call upon Iran to increase its cooperation with the agency and to provide timely access to all relevant information, documentation, sites, material and personnel,” Amano said.
Iran denies any intention of seeking atomic weapons, saying its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity.
Iranian and six world powers negotiators are gathering in Vienna this week for what’s expected to be a final push toward a deal over Iran’s nuclear program.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry will join the negotiators in Vienna at least on Thursday afternoon Nov 20 1014. Kerry met last week with Minster Jawad Zarif in Oman.
Iran wants the United States and its allies to lift its economic sanctions. The country also wants to continue enriching uranium for a non-military program.
The six states, France, China, Russia, Germany, the United States and Britain, want Iran to scale back its uranium enrichment activity to deny it any capability to quickly produce an atomic bomb if it wanted to. France has consistently been more opposed to nuclear concessions than the other five world countries negotiators. Iran says its nuclear program is entirely peaceful and wants them to lift sanctions.
Secretary Kerry who held earlier on Wednesday consulting meetings with officials in London will fly tomorrow (Thursday) to Paris where he will hold separate meetings with foreign ministers of France.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said after the meeting with Secretary Kerry that he is not optimistic that world powers and Iran would clinch a full nuclear deal by November 24 but that there may be a way of extending the self-imposed deadline.
He said: “I think if we make some significant movement we may be able to find a way of extending the deadline to allow us to get to the final deal if we’re making a good progress in the right direction.”
This is a video I was working on awhile ago that I decided to just publish. It still has some glitches in it but I think the message is important and even if it’s not perfect … Chelli Stanley
A Palestinian bus driver Yusuf Hasan al-Ramouni, 32, from al-Tur in East Jerusalem was found hanged to death at the so-called “Har Hotzvim” bus terminal northwest of the occupied Jerusalem late Sunday.
Palestinians woke up Monday Nov. 17 2014 on a new tragedy, the young quite bus driver al-Ramouni was found hanged to death in his vehicle.
The Israeli jewish criminal gang decided to kill the driver, who has worked over the past years on the transfer of Israelis from their homes to their work. Al-Ramouni was working with the Israeli Egged bus company.
The driver’s body was found by his supervisor hanging inside his vehicle in a bus depot in “Har Hotzvim”, an industrial zone in north Jerusalem, at the start of the route he was supposed to have driven late on Sunday.
His death comes after months of tension in East Jerusalem in which dozens of Palestinians were killed and hundreds were injured.
In July 2014, a Palestinian teenager was burned to death by Jewish assailants as a revenge attack for the abduction and killing of three Jewish colonists by Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli police tries to cover the crime. He claimed in a statement that there was “no suspicion of criminal activity” and that al-Ramouni appeared to be a suicide.
The victim’s brother, Osama al-Ramouni said the family did not accept the verdict of suicide, saying his body “had bruises on it,” suggesting he had been “tortured” before his death.
“My brother had children and was a happy man. It is impossible that he killed himself,” he told AFP.
“He had no problems that would make him do it,” he said, adding that a post-mortem would “reveal everything.”
“We reject the suicide theory. We all know it was settlers who killed him,” he said.
Medical expert, speaking on the condition of anonymity said that al-Ramouni’s death did not appear to be a suicide.
After an autopsy it was found that the man’s first vertebra was not dislocated, which usually happens in the cases of suicide by hanging, the expert said.
He added that postmortem lividity, or livor mortis, was found on the buttocks of the body and not the lower limbs, which indicates that al-Ramouni was not dangled.
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RAMALLAH, October 23, 2014 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Thursday denied the director of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) and the former General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists Aidan White, entry to the Palestinian Territories through Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport, according to a local source.
Ghassan Abdullah, head of the Educational Studies Institute, a local Palestinian educational center, said he received a phone call from White saying he was stopped at the airport and denied entry to Palestine due to the recent motion passed by the United Kingdom’s House of Representatives, in which it called on the government to recognize an independent state of Palestine.
White was due to give a number of lectures to media undergraduates in a set of Palestinian universities.
On October 13, an overwhelming majority of British members of Parliament favored a motion that calls for the recognition of Palestine as an official state in a contribution for peace, a move that was faced with wide criticism in Israel as that could lead to more international isolation for Israel.
Aidan White was born in Ireland and educated in the United Kingdom where he learned his trade as a journalist. He joined the International Federation of Journalists as General Secretary from The Guardian in 1987. Today he campaigns for the rights of journalists and has written extensively on the social and professional conditions of journalism. His most recent publications include Journalism, Civil Liberties and the War on Terror and Making a World of Difference: Global Unions at Work.
He has promoted industry co-operation on safety and security issues and is a founder of the International News Safety institute. Under his leadership the IFJ has grown into the largest organisation of journalists in the world with a range of projects and solidarity programmes that cover the globe. The IFJ represents more that 500,000 journalists in 117 countries. Source: IFJ Website
Der Ottakringer Brunnenmarkt wurde im Rahmen der ORF Votingshow “9 Plätze, 9 Schätze” zum schönsten Platz Wiens gewählt und muss sich nun am 25. Oktober in einer Live-Show gegen die beliebtesten Plätze der anderen Bundesländer behaupten.
Aus diesem Anlass machen Bürgermeister Michael Häupl, Stadträtin Ulli Sima, Stadtrat Christian Oxonitsch und Bezirksvorsteher Franz Prokop Heute, am 21.10. um 16:30 Uhr einen Rundgang durch den beliebten Wiener Markt, Treffpunkt ist beim Staud-Stand am Yppenplatz. Bürgermeister Michael Häupl: “Dieser Markt steht für den Aufschwung, den die ganze Gegend in den letzten Jahren genommen hat. Die Kulinarik im Mittelpunkt, dahinter jedoch die Philosophie eines modernen, offenen und erfolgreichen Metropolenmanagements. Beliebtes bewahren und mit Neuem ergänzen. Die steigende Beliebtheit der Wohngegend und die vielen Besucher des Markts zeigen die Richtigkeit unseres Weges.”
Auch Bezirksvorsteher Franz Prokop zeigt sich begeistert: “Dieses Voting ist eine weitere Bestätigung, dass die erfolgreiche Sanierung des Brunnenviertels die absolut richtige Entscheidung war. Ich wünsche unserem Brunnenmarkt bei der großen Bundesfinalshow von “9 Plätze, 9 Schätze” am 25. Oktober 2014 alles Gute und bitte alle OttakringerInnen, ihre Stimme für unseren Brunnenmarkt abzugeben”.
Hintergrund: Der Brunnenmarkt ist mit seinen rund 170 Ständen ein reiner Straßenmarkt, dessen Wurzeln in der Thaliastraße bis zum Jahr 1830 zurückreichen. Bis vor wenigen Jahren bot sich in dem gesamten Grätzel um den Markt ein wenig ansprechendes Bild: Verfallende Häuser, verwaiste Geschäftslokale und eine schwindende Besucherfrequenz prägten das Brunnenviertel. Bezirksvorsteher Franz Prokop: “Die Modernisierung des Brunnenmarktes war ein wichtiger Impuls und stellt eine Aufwertung für ganz Ottakring dar.”
Der Aufwertungsprozess begann mit der Etablierung von SOHO in Ottakring, einem heute weit über die Grenzen Ottakrings bekannten Kunst- und Kulturfestival, des weiteren haben die Kulturinitiative Grundsteingasse, die Brunnenpassage der Caritas und ein sehr aktiver Einkaufsstraßenverein der Kaufleute Brunnenviertel zur Entwicklung des Marktes beigetragen. Im Jahr 2004 startete die Bezirksvorstehung einen Revitalisierungsprozess unter Einbindung der Gewerbetreibenden und der AnrainerInnen. Gemeinsam wurde die Sanierung des Brunnenmarktes geplant und Verbesserungen für das gesamte Gebiet initiiert.
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السفير المصري يدعو إلى جمع شمل أبناء الجاليات العربية تحت لواء رابطة الثقافة في النمسا
السفير شمعة: مصر تجاوزت عثرتها وعادت لتؤدي دورها العربي والإقليمي بقوة
المركز الثقافي المصري ورابطة الثقافة العربية يحتفلان في ذكرى نصر السادس من أكتوبر
توقيع مذكرة تضامن مع المركز الثقافي المصري تطالب بالإبقاء على الصرح العلمي والأكاديمي جسرا بين الثقافات في النمسا
Statement by the Spokesperson on the Israeli decision for settlement expansion: We condemn the recent Israeli decisions to approve a plan for new settlement activity in Givat Hamatos and to allow for further settlement expansion in the neighbourhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem. This represents a further highly detrimental step that undermines prospects for a two state solution and calls into question Israel’s commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.
The parties’ commitment to a negotiated solution will only be credible if they refrain from unilateral actions that change the situation on the ground and threaten the viability of the two – state solution.
We call on the Government of Israel to urgently reverse its decisions and put an end to its settlement policy in East Jerusalem and in the West Bank. The EU will not recognise any changes to the pre – 1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties. We stress that the future development of relations between the EU and Israel will depend on the latter’s engagement towards a lasting peace based on a two – state solution.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry used a basement to enter Palias Coburg Hotel in Vienna to meet with the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the High Representative of the EU Catherine Ashton, as part of the comprehensive nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Kerry arrived in Vienna coming from Paris, France together with dozens of American journalists among them at least 10 from the CNN. The US journalists were banned from meeting or having contacts with other journalists in Vienna.
Iran and the six major countries, U.S, France, Germany, China, Russia and started a new round of nuclear negotiation on Tuesday Oct. 14 2014, in Vienna, aiming to reach a draft of a final agreement over Iran’s nuclear program before a November 24 deadline.
The new talks are focused on curbing Iran’s atomic activities in exchange for a lifting of sanctions imposed on Iran’s economy since years.
The power countries want Iran to scale back its uranium enrichment activity to deny it any capability to quickly produce an atomic bomb, if it decided on such a course. Iran says its nuclear program is entirely peaceful and wants them to lift sanctions.
On April 9th, 2014, Iran’s foreign minister Zarif stated that his country and six world powers are reached “50 to 60 percent agreement” on the shape of a nuclear deal meant to crimp any potential Iranian attempt to build nuclear arms in exchange for an end to crippling.
Yesterday, Zarif said there was “general agreement” but that “numerous questions still need to be resolved.” He warned of “numerous” gaps in troubled nuclear talks with world powers. Iran wants to end the sanctions on its economic.
Russia’s Lavrov said Tuesday in Paris that the November deadline was not “sacred”.
“We aspire to get a result by that date but I am convinced by the principle that it is not artificially-set deadlines but the essence of the deal, the quality of the deal (that counts),” Lavrov said, according to Interfax.
Last November, the two sides agreed an interim deal and set a July 20 target to agree a lasting accord, but after several rounds of intensive negotiations the deadline was extended to November 24.
A US State Department official said Wednesday that world powers and Iran were not discussing extending the November 24 deadline for reaching an accord over Tehran’s nuclear program, adding there was still time to strike a deal.
→ Continue reading: Kerry Enters a Basement to Meet with Iranian Minister in Vienna