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N. bodies on United Nation Conventions that Pakistan has ratified,” said one activist named Abdullah. Advocates say humanitarian organizations are needed in the restive area to educate people on their rights. “We really need initiatives from aid agencies through which we can make people aware of their rights and to make them demand their basic needs from the government,” said Shabaan Ali, who runs a non-governmental organization to help empower his tribesmen.
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We are willing to accept the obligations, not obligations that Israel had not accepted, but obligations that other countries around there, and then some, the NPT, the safeguards, the additional protocol, all other international instruments that prohibit development of nuclear weapons. Because we don't want to develop nuclear weapons. So those that prohibit development of nuclear weapons have no sunset clause, no sunset clause. Iran will no be free from the obligation not to develop nuclear weapons in ten years, in 20 years, in 50 years. These are permanent undertakings that Iran undertook when it signed and ratified the NPT, when it will ratify, if we have disagreement, the additional protocol and other international instrument. So people are simply engaged in what amounts to demagoguery. We are not about to be free to develop nuclear weapons any time in in in the future.
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And it could cause undue hardship to U.S diplomatic effort to form coalitions to fight the mentioned groups. First, such a designation is not legally and logically sound and it could set bad precedents: Despite politically motivated claims, the IRGC is not a terrorist organization in the legal and proper sense of the term. Rather, it is the official conventional armed forces of a sovereign nation. It has all the characteristics of a regular army. For instance, it derives its authority from the Iranian constitution. It has a well-defined command structure and a ratified code of conduct that it is held accountable to according to Iranian law. Its members wear a uniform and have a fixed distinctive and recognizable emblem. Nearly half the Iranian male population does its military service in the IRGC. And it operates in accordance with the Geneva Conventions and the laws and customs of war.
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Tillerson, Kelly to visit “It would be delusional to consider or present ... a traditional agenda for an ambassador because I am not going — in the event that I am ratified — under normal conditions,” Gutierrez said. “On the contrary, there are extraordinary conditions.” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are expected in Mexico City on February 23 for meetings with Mexican officials. Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said this week that the talks aim to promote a respectful, close relationship between the two governments.
TIME - Top Stories
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This tug of war reached a crisis point last fall. During Montenegros parliamentary elections on Oct. 16, the government announced that it had foiled a Russian-linked plot to seize power in Montenegro, assassinate the then-Prime Minister, Milo ukanovi , and install a leader who would keep the country out of NATO. Russia has denied any involvement in the alleged plot, and the opposition in Montenegro has questioned whether any attempt at a couptat took place. As it continues to investigate the conspiracy , Montenegro is pushing ahead with its bid to join NATO. Out of the alliances 28 members, 24 have already ratified Montenegros membership. But the vote is now stalled in the U.S. Senate, and a senior U.S. official told TIME this week that the White House currently has no plans to endorse Montenegros membership.
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The repeated claim by western journalists and politicians that Crimea's move towards secession was illegal is quickly nullified by the fact that the western-backed mob's occupation of, and setting fire to federal buildings, injuring and killing police , before pushing out democratically elected Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych at gunpoint a transition admittedly brokered by the United States meant that the government in Kiev was not legal or constitutional (according the Ukraine's own legally ratified constitution) either. The argument could then be made that the government in Kiev was dissolved under duress, and so any claims of legality or otherwise coming out of Kiev, Washington, or Brussels lack real context, and thus lack real merit too. It should be clear to any reasonable observer or mainstream media journalist or pundit looking at the totality of the situation, that Russia did not oust an elected leader, nor did it push the Ukraine towards civil collapse and into a violent civil war it was the US and its NATO member state partners.
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SOME of Scotland and Britain's most famous foods and brands are at risk by a new EU free trade agreement which is expected to be ratified next week.
Politico
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Instead, he seems intent on careening down a path that leads to more nuclear weapons on the planet and a greater likelihood of nuclear war.” Former Rep. John Tierney, a Massachusetts Democrat who now runs the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, also condemned the notion that the treaty that was signed by President Barack Obama and Putin and ratified by the U.S. Senate, was harmful to American interests. “The New START agreement is one of history’s more important arms control treaties, Tierney said. It caps the number of strategic nuclear warheads the United States and Russia can deploy and facilitates nuclear transparency between both superpowers. Without this treaty, Russia would have no limits on its nuclear weapons program and, accordingly, American national security would be severely weakened.” By denouncing New START, he added, President Trump is playing a dangerous game that puts U.S.-Russia relations and the American people at risk.”
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When the 13th amendment was ratified into law on December 6, 1865, it abolished slavery, with one key caveat: except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted. More than 150 years later, that exception has proven much more than a mere footnote to history. More African-American men are incarcerated , or on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850, and the United States, which accounts for 5% of the worlds population, counts nearly a quarter of the world's incarcerated people. To understand how we got from there to here, look no further than Ava DuVernays Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary 13th . Released just a month before the presidential election last fall and nominated for an Oscar at this months Academy Awards, the film draws a line from the ratification of its titular amendment to mass incarceration today, making pit stops at significant moments in history, from the depiction of black men as a threat to white women in The Birth of a Nation in 1917 to the thinly-veiled racist appeals of President Reagans Southern strategy in the early 80s.
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There are almost 15,000 nuclear weapons worldwide despite previous treaties. Trump, like JFK, should pursue a complete ban on nuclear testing by supporting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (National Archives photo) Ike and JFK's efforts got a limited test ban, but still needed was the comprehensive ban which the Senate could now approve. President Ronald Reagan was another advocate for outlawing nuclear testing. It was Reagan who said, "I am committed to the ultimate attainment of a total ban on nuclear testing." Reagan sought the ratification of treaties that placed further limitations on testing, slowly building the way toward a complete ban. Barack Obama also supported the CTBT, but was unable to work with Republicans on getting the treaty ratified. Trump has the chance to complete the mission of these former presidents and get this treaty.
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In September last year the US (perhaps more accurately president Obama as Congressional approval was never sought on the carbon cut plan) had pledged under the Paris Agreement that it would reduce emissions between 26% and 28% compared with its 2005 levels by 2025. With China also coming on board with the carbon emission cuts, the Climate Agreement received the much needed shot in the arm when two of the world's largest polluters ratified the agreement. Whether US commitments under the agreement would ever be implemented (partly or wholly due to its unpopularity and/or its legality), was already in question nationally but with impending future action to withdraw formally that question will now be moot. Climate experts have argued that despite the Paris Agreement's national collective pledges to reduce emissions; these targets still won't limit the rise of global temperature to below 2 degrees.
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S.-based Momentive employees,” Reiber stated. “The company’s offer that is on the table today would accomplish this goal while continuing to provide some of the highest paid jobs in the area. Since the negotiation process began, we have bargained in good faith and welcome the opportunity to work toward a ratified agreement that meets the needs of both parties.” At the same time, Momentive lawyers sued the union, asking a judge to restrict picketing activity they said is “endangering the safety and welfare of members of the public.” Saratoga County Supreme Court Justice Thomas Nolan ended Friday’s hearing by declining the company’s request to sign a temporary restraining order, and scheduling further testimony on Feb. 22. It seems unlikely there will be a resumption of talks before the court case is decided, and so the picketers are pacing and waiting.
The Iran Project
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S. ships in the Persian Gulf; and cyberattacks. The missile launches are particularly troubling because they exploit a loophole allowed by the Obama administration in U.N. Security Council resolution 2231 , which ratified the nuclear deal . Previously Iran was under a U.N. ban for conducting tests of ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, but the resolution changed the language so that Iran was merelycalled on” to comply. Though the United States, Britain and France have taken the position that the missile tests are “ not consistent with ” the resolution, Russia has sided with Iran, making U.N. enforcement action impossible. If the response to the latest launch is limited to sanctions, the Trump administration will deserve credit for not rushing to measures that could provoke an escalation it is not prepared for. As it is, the response looked ragged: The U.
Washingtons Blog
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While Britain and France added reservations to the treaty, other nations ratified it as it is written. The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee produced a statement interpreting the treaty, but not actually modifying the treaty. Japan did the same. That committee statement interprets the existence of a loophole for defensive war. The pact itself does not contain it and would not have been created, signed, or ratified had it done so. The actual text of the treaty is superior to the United Nations Charter in not containing two loopholes, one for defensive wars and the other for UN-authorized wars. And contrary to what Koplow claims, but consistent with the facts of the matter that he relates, the Kellogg-Briand Pact is still law. That this makes numerous recent wars illegal is not so significant, as most if not all of those wars fail to fit into the UN Charter's loopholes.
Oxford Mail
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THE prospect of a new gravel extraction pit being created near Wallingford is now more likely after county council leaders ratified Oxfordshire's minerals plan.
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Georgia has reached one of the most important milestones of its foreign policy,” she told VOA's Georgian Service. “Euro integration will no longer be regarded as Georgia's one-way effort, and politicians in Europe should not be surprised when Georgia makes a call for membership.” Russia has openly expressed concern over Georgia's EU and NATO aspirations, describing the country as part of its backyard. Georgia, which has been seeking European integration since becoming the 41st Member State of the Council of Europe in April 1999, has drafted EU-style legislation to abolish the death penalty, comply with European conventions and battle corruption and organized crime. The latest public opinion poll by Caucasus Research and Resources Center showed that 56 percent of Georgians identify as European. The visa liberalization, once fully ratified, will allow Georgians to travel freely through all EU member and non-member countries, along with Schengen candidate countries.
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