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7/06/2015

Notations On Our World: On #IranTalks (the Latest)

The drama around the Iran Talks continues in earnest.      Earlier, our team released this from Israel on the @DailyOutsider Twitter Feed:


There has also been some interesting news coming out of Iran on this question. Jamaran, the offical website of the Khomeini family, has been underscoring how Europe is ready to "sweep in" by reporting on over 100 French companies ready to "sweep into Iran" as the spokesman for the Iranian Interior Ministry has said that the Government has no plans to hold any sanctioned national celebrations.   It has also been striking how the Islamic Republic News Network has been running ads every 15 minutes over the past 36 hours about how the people are behind the negotiators and the confidence they have in that the Iranian negotiators will not give away the "store".

What was also another interesting note was a program that aired on VOA Farsi.  The program "Last Page",  reports on all the transgressions of the Islamic Republic over the past 36 years.    The latest program was on the Iran Nuclear Program and the progression that has ultimately led to the current round of negotations.   It was chilling how it depicted statements by Ayatollah Khameini on the peaceful intentions of Iran's nuclear program with similiar statements by Pakistani Leaders until they actually acquired the bomb through the A.Q. Khan network.  

As we went to press with this early edition of "Notations", we reviewed reports on the Foreign Ministers converging on Vienna.     If the deal is in fact signed, the real work begins the day after as ever so epitomized by the View of Israel.


7/05/2015

Notations For the Week-End: On #Greece & #Iran

It has been a busy Week-End on the international scene and our team has been on the "Prowl" assessing some pressing issues before us:  #Greece & #Iran.     Our team has been monitoring the results of the Greek Referednum as indications are that the Greeks have heeded the call of the Greek Prime Minister to vote No.    The Greek Prime Minister has noted that he will be on a plane if the results go the way that they are--and we will have an update on it early On Monday California Time here in #Outsiders on it.    

The Greek Economy is weakeaning by the hour and Greek Banks and capital markets continue to be closed.   They are supposed to be opening on Tuesday--but it is questionable.    The Greek Government is asking for a new bailout that is subject to a mandate by European Parliaments--this is as the Greek Finance Minister just called what had happened to Greece terrorism.       As we went to press, the no vote is at 64% and the margin continues to spread--a profound challenge for Germany and the IMF.    The question is whether Greece will leave the Euro?    Will Russia Help?  What about China?    This is a China has been opposed and this in the China Daily underscored the official position of China on it:

China is opposed to 'Grexit'  

Beyond Greece, there is Iran.    The Foreign Minister of Iran issued this that was shared widely on what we have deemed here @ #Outsiders the "Social Grid" over the Week-end:



He underscored Iran's commitment to deal with the menace of Daesh/IS especially as the war continues with no clear end in sight.    We reviewed reports of new airstrikes by US-Led coalition in Iraq and as Assad forces supported by Hezbollah have launched fresh attacks on the outskirts of Damascus.    In the meantime the campaign to derail the negotations continue in earnest.     The Israeli Prime Minister came out earlier this morning underscoring how the deal is a sell-out.    We also reviewed reports that a number of the International Atomic Energy Officials (as reported by the Islamic Republic News Agency) are being dispatched to Tehran to discuss the on-going military concerns.      Despite some of the optimism, the same Islamic Republic News Agency also quoted John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, stating that they are prepared to walk away if there is no progress on a deal.   

Challenging Times.....

7/02/2015

Notations On Our World: On #America; #Greece, Iran & Other Thoughts

It is eve of 4th of July Week-End in the United States as Americans celebrate the day that America declared independence.   It is going to be a day of  community events and family barbeque traditionsi which will culminate in the beautiful display of fireworks that would light the skies of America throughout Saturday Night. 

As we prepare to go "dark" throughout #Outsiders over the 4th of July Week-End, our team will continue with on-going key initiatives we have commented on.    We will continue to assess the progress of the Iran Talks as the July 7 deadline looms.    Earlier this morning, we reviewed comments by the Chinese Foreign Minister noting his optimism about the enactment of a deal.  We also just received an update here at our Virtual Studios as we went to press that Foreign Minister Fabius of France is headed to Vienna later on in the Week-End to help facilitate a deal.   Our team is viewing all these developments as very hopeful as the weekend looms.    We also found quite encouraging interesting comments by Iran's Judiciary Head that the Green Movement leaders, Mr. Mousavi and Mr. Karoubi, may be released--especially as we reviewed a very interesting encouraging letter by the current gadflay and thorn in the side of the conservative Majlis, Ali Motahari, who spoke up once again for their release in an open letter.    

Within the broader Middle East, we also have been assessing the situation on the ground in the especially in the aftermath of the horrific assassination of the Prosecutor General of Egypt and the horrific attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia which we have commented on in our "Notations" series.   There is a war that is going on in the Sinai and we reviewed reports of anti-aircraft missles being deployed by Daesh/IS militants battling Egyptian forces.   There is speculation that the missiles. This is as Assad continues to lose ground to the vast array of forces aligned against him over the ensuing weeks.     We also found quite an interesting comment being raised in a recent +Al Monitor article on the question being posed on whether Turkey will invade Syria or not.    This is as Jordan's role continues to be evolving as well in the midst of the inferno engulfing the Middle East Right now.

Beyond the wars, there is also the economic wars as well.    The United States just announced the latest job numbers.    The figure 223,000 seems to be a solid number--but as analysts have noted in the +New York Times and the +BBC, it is a lot weaker than it seems.    The rate of participation is the lowest since 1977.   People have simply stopped looking for work.    Wages have also stagnated--all worrying signs for the future health of the economy.    This is as Greece is on the edge of the abyss as the referendum looms.  As we went to press, IMF came out with a report noting that Greece will need an additional 50 Billion Euros thru 2018--with an implicit attack on the Greek Government for failure to enact reforms.    Although some have said that Greece itself may not "matter", the domino effect is what needs to be thought of especially as the challenges in Puerto Rico with its' $ 74 Billion Dollars in debt presents the same challenge in America's  backyard.   This is why we're quite excited as we begin a new project here at #Outsiders on EB5 program in the United States that has the opportunity to help navigate some of the very minefields before us and the possibilities it represents to help Educate & Empower both potential investors and the opportunities it represents as we continue our on-going work in Outsiders.   Although there are resources at hand virtually on the EB5 program, as we discuss the current state, we also will be assessing the proposed reforms which we hope and believe Congress will enact to spruce up Economic Activity in lieu of the perceived weakness evident today.   We will also be continuing our development work on the current US political scene as we assess the state of the campaigns.  As we went to press, we received reports here at our Virtual Studios that Hillary Clinton raised $ 45 Million Dollars (shattering the record by the Obama Re-Election Campaign).    It will quite interesting to see how other perceived top-tier candidates fare.   

We leave all with this from W.E.B DuBois as we wish all in the United States a Happy and Safe 4th of July and all a safe and enjoyable week-end and remembering the admonition of Junipero Serra, the founder of the California Missions, as he noted to us all:  "Always Forward":

“Believe in life!
Always human beings will progress
to greater, broader, and fuller life.” 

~ W.E.B. Du Bois



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