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Why the White House Won't Pursue GOP Senators' Iran Letter As Logan Act Violation - The Daily Banter. The open letter that 47 Republican senators wrote to the leaders of Iran was the hot topic at the White House on Monday, drawing strong words of condemnation from Press Secretary Josh Earnest at the daily briefing, and shortly thereafter, a stinging assessment from President Obama that echoed some of what Earnest had said.

Why the White House Won't Pursue GOP Senators' Iran Letter As Logan Act Violation - The Daily Banter

However, one of the most intriguing subplots surrounding the letter, the possibility that it violated the Logan Act, is likely to be left in the holster by the Obama administration. The Error in the Senators’ Letter to the Leaders of Iran. By Jack Goldsmith Monday, March 9, 2015 at 5:55 AM Please like our Facebook page and follow Lawfare on Twitter: Josh Rogin reports that a “group of 47 Republican senators has written an open letter to Iran’s leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they sign with President Barack Obama’s administration won’t last after Obama leaves office.”

The Error in the Senators’ Letter to the Leaders of Iran

Approaches to Foreign Policy. Neither a cold-blooded realist nor a bleeding-heart idealist, Barack Obama has a split personality when it comes to foreign policy.

Approaches to Foreign Policy

So do most U.S. presidents, of course, and the ideas that inspire this one have a long history at the core of the American political tradition. In the past, such ideas have served the country well. But the conflicting impulses influencing how this young leader thinks about the world threaten to tear his presidency apart -- and, in the worst scenario, turn him into a new Jimmy Carter. Obama's long deliberation over the war in Afghanistan is a case study in presidential schizophrenia: After 94 days of internal discussion and debate, he ended up splitting the difference -- rushing in more troops as his generals wanted, while calling for their departure to begin in July 2011 as his liberal base demanded.

Democracies of Bread. The author of Day of Honey discusses ancient Iraqi cooking, the Middle East’s dependence on imported wheat, and the link between bread and civilian uprisings.

Democracies of Bread

In the summer of 2003, Annia Ciezadlo married Mohamad Bazzi, who was then the Middle East bureau chief at Newsday. They moved from New York to Baghdad, where they lived on and off for fifteen months. As reporters and newlyweds living in Iraq a mere seven months into the U.S. invasion, and two years after September 11, 2001, they faced mounting violence and insecurity. Design For a Better World! Study Reveals Earth is Moving Towards an Extinction 'Danger' Zone. Geometry of Thinking for Sustainable Global Governance. 24th October 2009 | Draft Cognitive Implication of Synergetics Produced in relation to The Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2010, organized by The Buckminster Fuller Institute, in support of the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems.

Geometry of Thinking for Sustainable Global Governance

IntroductionSystems as polyhedraChallenge to comprehension"Uprightness" and global geometryMatrix representation of psychological types and their styles of categorizationEpistemological "body odour"Self-reflexivity in global modellingIntegrating disagreement and dissentRequisite variety of perspectivesSelf-reflexivity through a "shadowy" dualKeys to global governance "embedded" in synergetics as a meta-modelImplications for a "meta-model"Cognitive engagement with globalityChallenge of cognitive geometryExistential and experiential engagement with globalityGeometry as a metaphorical magic mirror of thinkingThe secret within "Bucky's Ball"?

Conclusion Introduction Systems as polyhedra. Foreign affairs: 23 new books I wish Obama and Romney would read - 'The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolution,' by Marwan Bishara. The Danger The Planet Faces Because Human Instinct Overpowers Human Reason  The numbers are in. 2014 was the hottest year on Earth ever recorded (records go back to 1888).

The Danger The Planet Faces Because Human Instinct Overpowers Human Reason 

December finished it off as the hottest month ever. 6 of the months last year, in fact, hold that record. The last time a 'coldest month ever' was recorded, was 1916. Things are heating up. But not just heating up. That's only part of the story. To make it clear, this is bad news. Transgressing a boundary increases the risk that human activities could inadvertently drive the Earth System into a much less hospitable state, damaging efforts to reduce poverty and leading to a deterioration of human wellbeing in many parts of the world, including wealthy countries. But here is my question; did you notice any of those changes? You woke up each day last year and went about your business as any human does, compelled by deep and ancient instincts to do the things necessary to get yourself safely to bed at night. Human Pressure on Earth Has Reached Extinction Danger Critical Level. First proposed by a group of Earth system and environmental scientists, planetary boundaries is an Earth system framework designed to define “safe operating space for humanity.”

Human Pressure on Earth Has Reached Extinction Danger Critical Level

According to Wikipedia, this framework was designed for governments at all levels, international organizations, the scientific community, private sector and civil society, and is based on research that has shown that human activities have become the main driver of global environmental change since the Industrial Revolution. Once these planetary boundaries have been transgressed, there is a risk of “irreversible and abrupt environmental change” according to the authors of the original report.

Damn Interesting. Today’s Headlines and Commentary. Yesterday, in what many have termed an unprecedented move, 47 Republican senators released an open letter to the “leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” making note that any deal without the expressed support of Congress would only be an executive agreement, which could be reversed by the next president.

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

The White House expressed outrage over the letter, with President Obama calling Republicans in Congress and hardliners in Tehran “an unusual coalition.” However, Democrats were not the only dissenters. Prominent Senate Republicans such as Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) also voiced concern. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan. A strong defense of the skeptical paradigm.

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

Sagan is a generally good writer, and in this now-classic book he penned a strong and usually compelling defense of the skeptical paradigm. The book is replete with good examples, and has several chapters well worth reading for those who are either budding skeptics, or are interested in learning about how to think critically and scientifically. The man, to be sure, understood science and was a solid critical thinker.

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