29 Mar

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective



John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner says Iran has ‘no intention’ of adhering to a nuclear deal. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

Boehner: Iran has ‘no intention’ of keeping its word on nuclear deal

  • Speaker slams Obama, says Iran has ‘never kept their word about anything’

  • Promises new sanctions will ‘come quickly’ if no agreement reached

Iran has “no intention” of keeping its word on an agreement being negotiated in Switzerland over its nuclear programme, House speaker John Boehner said on Sunday.

The top Republican’s comments came as negotiations in Lausanne approached the 31 March deadline for the drafting of a framework for a deal, under intense criticism from Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.

Speaking on CNN, Boehner said he had serious doubts about the talks.

“We’ve got a regime that’s never quite kept their word about anything,” he said. “I just don’t understand why we would sign an agreement with a group of people who have no intention of keeping their word.”

If there was no agreement, Boehner said he would move “very” quickly to impose new sanctions on Iran.

“The sanctions are going to come and they are going to come quickly,” he said.

Boehner deepened a rift with President Barack Obama when he invited………………


The Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, announced the plans for a joint military force on the last day of the summit.

The Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, announced the plans for a joint military force on the last day of the summit. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Arab leaders agree to form joint military force to combat jihadis in region

Leaders at Arab League summit also agree that Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen will continue until Shia Houthi rebels ‘withdraw and surrender their weapons’

Arab leaders have agreed to form a joint military force, the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, announced on Sunday on the second and final day of the Arab League summit.

“The Arab leaders have decided to agree on the principle of a joint Arab military force,” Sisi said.

The decision was primarily aimed at fighting jihadis who have overrun swaths of Iraq and Syria and won a foothold in Libya, the Arab League chief, Nabil al-Arabi, said.

Arabi told the meeting on Sunday that the region was threatened by a destructive force that threatened “ethnic and religious diversity”, an apparent reference to Islamic State.

The summit also agreed that Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen would continue until Shia Houthi rebels “withdraw and surrender their weapons”.

A Saudi-led coalition began bombing Yemen on Thursday, saying it was targeting the Houthi movement and its allies, which include forces loyal to Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh…………………..

Hadi loyalists are defiant after Houthi rebels take over Yemen – video


Carly fiorina

Carly Fiorina says she will very likely run for president. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Ex-HP chief Carly Fiorina says chance of presidential run ‘higher than 90%’

Former technology CEO says her business experience has provided ‘deep understanding of how the economy actually works’

The former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina said on Sunday there was a “higher than 90%” chance she would run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Fiorina, who would be the first – and likely only – woman to enter the Republican race, told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace there was a “very high” chance she would run.

She told Fox she was making sure she had the right team in place and the right support but expected to make an announcement in late April or early May.

Fiorina batted off suggestions she was pitching for the vice-presidential role, telling Wallace she would answer that question when he asked it of the other, male candidates.

“I come from a world outside of politics where track records and accomplishments count – words don’t,” said Fiorina. “If I run for president, it’s because I can win the job and it’s because I can do the job.”


Other News & Analysis


Para, Brazil. February 11, 2012. Aerials south of Santarem and along the road BR163. Rainforest in the Tapaj s River,

Carol Anne Duffy’s Parliament poem: Rain. Forest. Fire. Ash. / Chainsaw. Cattle. Cocaine. Cash. Photograph: Daniel Beltra for Greenpeace

Keep it in the ground: a poem by Carol Ann Duffy

The poet laureate’s Parliament poem on pollution and climate change accompanied the launch of the Guardian’s Keep it in the ground campaign


Then in the writers’ wood,

every bird with a name in the world

crowded the leafless trees,

took its turn to whistle or croak.

An owl grieved in an oak.

A magpie mocked. A rook

cursed from a sycamore.
The cormorant spoke:

Stinking seas

below ill winds. Nothing swims.

A vast plastic soup, thousand miles

wide as long, of petroleum crap.

A bird of paradise wept in a willow.

The jewel of a hummingbird shrilled

on the air.

A stork shawled itself like a widow.

The gull said:

Where coral was red, now white, dead

under stunned waters.

The language of fish

cut out at the root.

Mute oceans. Oil like a gag

on the Gulf of Mexico.

A woodpecker heckled.

A vulture picked at its own breast.

Thrice from the cockerel, as ever.

The macaw squawked:

Nouns I know –

Rain. Forest. Fire. Ash.

Chainsaw. Cattle. Cocaine. Cash.

Squatters. Ranchers. Loggers. Looters.

Barons. Shooters.

A hawk swore.

A nightingale opened its throat

in a garbled quote.

A worm turned in the blackbird’s beak.

This from the crane:

What I saw – slow thaw

in permafrost broken terrain

of mud and lakes

peat broth seepage melt

methane breath.

A bat hung like a suicide.

Only a rasp of wings from the raven.

A heron was stone a robin blood

in the written wood.

So snow and darkness slowly fell

the eagle, history, in silhouette,

with the golden plover,

and the albatross

telling of Arctic ice

as the cold, hard moon calved from the earth.

• Parliament features in Carol Anne Duffy’s The Bees anthology




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