News Round Up - Iran, Jobs and Intimidation

Posted by Andrew |

  • Andrew Yang wants to create jobs. Specifically, 100,000 U.S. jobs by 2025. It’s an ambitious goal, but one that Yang believes is completely attainable just by getting recent college graduates to work at startups rather than take positions in finance, consulting, and law. But not just any startups: Yang wants to recruit young talent to ignite entrepreneurial sparks in such economically depressed areas as Detroit; Providence, Rhode Island; and New Orleans.

  • The Obama administration is investigating whether Iran supplied the Libyan government of Moammar Gaddafi with hundreds of special artillery shells for chemical weapons that Libya kept secret for decades, U.S. officials said. The shells, which Libya filled with highly toxic mustard agent, were uncovered in recent weeks by revolutionary fighters at two sites in central Libya. Both are under heavy guard and round-the-clock surveillance by drones, U.S. and Libyan officials said.

  • Palestine solidarity activists and human rights lawyers are decrying a Congressional bill that would investigate whether organizations involved in last summer's thwarted flotilla to Gaza should be designated as "terrorist" groups. Critics of the House of Representatives bill see it as the latest in a decades-long effort to intimidate Palestine solidarity activists in the United States.

  • The president of the Kuwait Investment Office has said the Gulf country could invest in the European Union's expanded EFSF rescue fund, although it will depend on the conditions of investing, which are not yet clear, Reuters has reported.

  • ** Unbelievable. John Bolton confirming his irrelevance in the world by arguing that we should undertake regime change in Syria and Iran... but not under Obama, because he is not up for it. The arrogance of this man is astounding, especially considering all the "regime changes" under his administration's watch are utter failures.**

    While we should have long since been pursuing regime change against the Assad family tyranny, the unhappy reality today is that ousting Assad—or even aiding the dissidents with U.S. military force—is not something we should entrust to Barack Obama. The stakes are too high, the opposition too formidable, and the risks too great to allow him to exercise the commander-in-chief responsibilities in a possible confrontation with Iran

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