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  • Commissar Volpi's Credibility --- Judicial Agreement With Manelli Family Burst

    02/22/2015 8:55:44 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | 2/21/15 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Rome) Father Fidenzio Volpi, with the approval of Pope Francis in July 2013, has surprised again and again as Apostolic Commissioner of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, although rarely in a positive way. The Apostolic Commissioner has changed his mind and withdrew his signature on the agreement with the family of FFI Founder Father Stefano Maria Manelli. This past February 12 Commissioner Volpi and the family Manelli had agreed following a mediation in civil matters (mediazione civile). The blog Le pagine di Don Camillo, who first reported on the agreement, falsely wrote about a "patteggiamento", a specialized institution of...
  • DOJ forces online grocer Peapod to make website accessible to disabled

    11/18/2014 1:12:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 17, 2014 | Lydia Wheeler
    The Justice Department reached an agreement Monday with Peapod, a popular Internet grocer, to settle claims that the company’s website discriminated against people with disabilities.The agreement forces Peapod LLC and parent company Ahold USA to update www.peapod.com so assistive technologies like text-to-speech and Braille displays function with the site.The DOJ hailed the action as ensuring that anti-discrimination laws under the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to Internet businesses as well as brick and mortar stores.“This agreement ensures that people with disabilities will have an equal opportunity to independently and conveniently shop online for groceries,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita...
  • Boehner, Republicans Blast Surprise Obama-China Climate Deal

    11/12/2014 12:38:58 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 56 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 12, 2014 | AFP
    House Speaker John Boehner warned that President Barack Obama was waging a "crusade" against affordable energy after the United States and China reached agreement Wednesday on curbing greenhouse gas emissions. "This announcement is yet another sign that the president intends to double down on his job-crushing policies no matter how devastating the impact for America's heartland and the country as a whole," Boehner said after Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping inked a landmark agreement at a summit in Beijing. "It is the latest example of the president's crusade against affordable, reliable energy that is already hurting jobs and...
  • Peres Reveals: I Reached an Agreement With Abbas 3 Years Ago

    05/06/2014 3:22:32 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/5/14 | Ido ben Porat and Elad Benari
    President Shimon Peres revealed on Monday that three years ago he reached a peace agreement with Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Speaking to Channel 2 News in a special interview on the occasion of Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day), Peres said that his contacts with Abbas were made on behalf of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, but that at the last minute, Netanyahu changed his mind and the agreement fell through. .....
  • Tibi: Abbas Will Never Concede

    01/04/2014 10:06:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/1/14 | Elad Benari
    MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra’am-Ta’al), who was an adviser to former Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Yasser Arafat and keeps in close contact with his successor Mahmoud Abbas, is accusing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of doing “everything he can” to prevent a peace agreement with the PA. “Netanyahu is not saying anything new. He is doing everything, absolutely everything, so that an agreement won’t happen. So why should anyone wonder why the Palestinian leadership is skeptical? It is closer to appealing to the UN institutions than to signing an agreement,”.... Tibi, who boasted that he speaks to Abbas “a lot”, also told...
  • 'Tell Obama: No, We Can't' Deputy Defense Minister says Israel will not sign an interim agreement

    12/05/2013 11:00:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    inn ^ | 12/5/13 | Hezki Ezra, Gil Ronen and Arutz Sheva Staff
    As US Secretary of State John Kerry was making his way to Jerusalem, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud / Yisrael Beytenu) said Thursday that Israel will not sign an interim agreement that will put Israeli lives in danger. "Secretary Kerry is coming to Israel again. We cannot count how many times he came already. We welcome him to Israel but we should tell him very clearly – we will not sign an interim agreement that will put the lives of Israelis in danger. "We saw what happened in Geneva. A bad accord was signed in Geneva. We will not...
  • The New York Times endorsed a (Hussein) secretive trade agreement that the public can’t read

    11/13/2013 4:16:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/08/13 | Andrea Peterson
    The Obama administration is secretly negotiating a treaty that could have significant effects on domestic law. Officially, it's a "free trade" treaty among Pacific rim countries, but a section of the draft agreement leaked in 2011 suggested that it will require signers, including the United States, to make significant changes to copyright law and enforcement measures. **SNIP** Now, as Maira Sutton at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) notes, the New York Times editorial board has endorsed the TPP. While the editorial acknowledges that some are "worried about provisions on intellectual property that could restrict the availability of generic medicines and...
  • U.S., Russia reach agreement on seizure of Syrian chemical weapons arsenal

    09/14/2013 4:31:28 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/13/2013 | Anne Gearan, Colum Lynch and Karen DeYoung
    GENEVA — The United States and Russia agreed Saturday on an outline for the identification and seizure of Syrian chemical weapons and said Syria must turn over an accounting of its arsenal within a week. Kerry said that the first international inspection of Syrian chemical weapons will take place by November, with destruction to begin soon after and be complete by the middle of next year. “There are timelines in here and it’s an ambitious goal,” Kerry said at a press conference with Lavrov in the hotel where negotiations took place. A written framework agreement released Saturday said it should...
  • Feds Halt New Highways In Imperial County, Citing Air Pollution

    08/11/2012 12:13:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    KPBS.org ^ | August 10, 2012 | Adrian Florido
    SAN DIEGO — In a rare move, the federal government has put a stop to new highway projects in California's Imperial County as punishment for the county’s poor air quality. Effective Aug. 9, the Federal Highway Administration is withholding federal funding for new highways in the county. The county will also not be allowed to move forward on projects still being designed. Two years ago the Environmental Protection Agency told Imperial County it had 24 months to adopt new rules to improve air quality. Dust, pesticide use, the burning of agricultural fields and off-road vehicles make the air there among...
  • Ulpana Residents, Government Sign Agreement

    06/19/2012 3:50:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/6/12 | Elad Benari
    Residents of the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El, whose homes were ordered to be demolished by the Supreme Court, agreed on Tuesday evening to leave their homes willingly and non-violently. In return, the government will keep its promise to built 300 new homes in Beit El. The agreement between the residents and the government was signed after ten days of negotiations between government representatives and representatives from Beit El, including the town’s rabbi, Rav Zalman Baruch Melamed, and its mayor Moshe Rosenbaum. ..... The agreement also stipulates that the homes on the disputed land will be moved to a new...
  • Gas boom may stop at coast of Maryland

    04/27/2012 7:39:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 26, 2012 | Ben Wolfgang
    Cove Point in Southern Maryland has become the latest flash point in the fight between the fossil fuels industry and its longtime foes in the environmental movement. Citing a unique Carter-era agreement, the Sierra Club says it will veto plans by energy giant Dominion to build the first natural gas liquefaction and export facility on the East Coast, a site that would handle booming supplies from the Marcellus Shale and other vast deposits for shipment to Asia and elsewhere. The 1970s legal settlement, the Sierra Club argues, gives it the authority to halt any project that would “change the footprint”...
  • Egypt Says Gas Agreement 'Suspended, Not Cancelled'

    04/22/2012 9:45:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    nn ^ | 4/22/12 | Elad Benari
    Gas Pipeline Gas Pipeline Reuters A senior official in the Egyptian army said on Sunday the agreement of supply of gas between Egypt and Israel was not cancelled but only suspended. According to a report on Army Radio, the official said that the suspension came about following a dispute regarding the transfer of funds. Earlier, Channel 2 News reported that Egypt had informed Israel that it is unilaterally cancelling the agreement. The announcement was made to EMG, the firm that receives the gas from Egypt. Egypt’s natural gas company declared, according to the Army Radio report, that the gas agreement...
  • Obama worshipers fell all over themselves when he offered food to N Korea. Wonder how they feel now?

    04/14/2012 8:14:53 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 15 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 14, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    In researching Island Turtle’s article on the folly of President Obama’s agreement to buy the same horse twice (actually the third or fourth time is more accurate) with his 240 kilotons of food, for 8 months of good behavior (until the election) by Kim Jong-un, I was bowled over by the obsequious praise of The One by NY Times readers. It took only two weeks for young Kim to announce he was breaking the deal and 6 weeks to launch the rocket which ended in failure. And it now appears he will detonate a nuclear weapon to add an exclamation...
  • L.A. NFL stadium agreement approved by City Council on 12-0 vote ($1.2-billion NFL stadium)

    08/09/2011 3:33:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/9/11 | David Zahniser
    The plan to build a $1.2-billion NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles took a big leap forward Tuesday when the City Council approved the overall framework for financing the project. On a 12-0 vote, the council voted for a nonbinding agreement with stadium developer Anschutz Entertainment Group that allows for the demolition and relocation of a section of the Los Angeles Convention Center. That, in turn, would make room for a 72,000-seat stadium just south of Staples Center, which would open in 2016 with the planned name of Farmers Field. “Today, in moving this forward, we don’t lose one bit...
  • Landmark US-Mexico trucking agreement resolves 15-year conflict

    07/06/2011 5:34:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    cs monitor ^ | 7/6/11 | Howard LaFranchi,
    After years of wrangling, US and Mexican officials signed an agreement Wednesday that allows trucks from each nation to travel on the other country’s highways – a key provision of NAFTA. Washington The United States and Mexico on Wednesday signed an agreement aimed at resolving a cross-border trucking dispute. The longstanding disagreement had come to symbolize growing resistance, especially in the US Congress, to free-trade provisions with America’s southern neighbor. The accord, signed in Mexico City by US and Mexican transportation officials, would end a 15-year-old controversy that on the US side featured fears of unsafe Mexican trucks barreling along...
  • US, Mexico sign cross-border trucking agreement (Has NAFTA SHAFT'd Ya Today? Just Wait!)

    07/06/2011 3:05:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/6/11 | Jonathan M. Katz - ap
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. and Mexican officials signed an agreement Wednesday allowing each country's trucks to traverse the other's highways, implementing a key provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement after nearly two decades of bickering. Transportation secretaries Ray LaHood and Dionisio Perez-Jacome signed the three-year memorandum, which is based on an agreement announced in March by Presidents Barack Obama and Felipe Calderon. NAFTA, signed in 1994, had called for Mexican trucks to have unrestricted access to highways in border states by 1995 and full access to all U.S. highways by January 2000. Canadian trucks have no limits...
  • The Elusive 90% Solution. Which issues do 90% of the public agree on?

    03/13/2011 8:53:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Pew Research ^ | 03/13/2011
    These days there appears to be almost nothing that all, or nearly all, Americans can agree on. But this week, fully 90% of the public said that they were hearing mostly bad news about gas prices. That might seem like a no-brainer given the recent surge in gas prices. But reaching the 90% threshold is a rare occurrence in public opinion surveys. In part, this reflects the tendency of polling organizations to focus on current issues about which there are often considerable differences of opinion. Nonetheless, even on issues where one would expect to find near-total agreement, the public's...
  • Senate leaders reach agreement on filibusters (chance to offer amendments if GOP shuts up)

    01/27/2011 12:55:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 102 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/27/11 | Jim Abrams - ap
    WASHINGTON – Senate leaders said Thursday they have agreed that minority Republicans would filibuster fewer bills and nominations in exchange for a promise by the Democratic majority to give them more chances to offer amendments. The gentleman's agreement announced by Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell was part of a package of measures to make the Senate a more workable and less contentious place. It also included support of a resolution, to be voted on later in the day, to end the practice of one senator being able to secretly block votes and a rules change that...
  • Cummings wants agreement between Issa and White House

    01/03/2011 1:37:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/3/11 | Michael O'Brien
    The Democrat set to face off against Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on the House Oversight panel suggested brokering an agreement between Issa and the Obama administration on the public release of sensitive information to congressional investigators. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the incoming ranking member of the committee, said it might be possible to negotiate a compromise that would avoid exposing national security secrets or other privileged information. "I think that Mr. Issa and I should sit down and try to figure this out. Make sure the country isn't being threatened," Cummings said on Monday during an appearance on MSNBC.
  • Harley, union reach proposed labor agreement

    09/03/2010 7:52:11 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 23 replies · 1+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 9-3-10 | ap
    MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson Motor Co. and its union leaders reached a proposed labor agreement today that could keep manufacturing operations and hundreds of jobs in Wisconsin. The proposal still needs to be ratified by union workers and approved by the motorcycle company's board. Workers are expected to vote on the contract Sept. 13. Harley previously had said labor costs at its operations in Milwaukee and Tomahawk, Wis., were too high. The company threatened to move production to the Kansas City area or another U.S. city if Wisconsin workers wouldn't agree to certain labor concessions. The company declined to reveal the...
  • Essay:John Wall divorce agreement

    07/15/2010 7:45:21 PM PDT · by Signalman · 3 replies
    conservapedia ^ | unk. | John J. Wall
    Divorce agreement “ Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al: We have stuck together since the late 1950's, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has run its course. Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go...
  • Senate Republicans Find New START Agreement Problematic

    06/23/2010 4:25:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    the weekly standard ^ | 6/23/10 | Fred Barnes
    Ratification of the new nuclear arms treaty with the Russians may not be as easy as the White House, Senate Democrats, and the media appear to expect. The pact, called the New START agreement, faces early trouble in the Senate – serious trouble. Republicans, led by Senator John Kyl of Arizona, have balked at proceeding with consideration of the treaty until the Obama administration turns over the full record of negotiations with the Russians and follows through on its promise to fund modernization of the American nuclear arsenal.
  • I Feel Like I’m Taking Crazy Pills: EU’s Latest ACTA Proposal Outlaws the Internet

    03/20/2010 8:27:28 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies · 390+ views
    Citizen Media Law Project ^ | March 19th, 2010 | by Andrew Moshirnia
    the EU has proposed to add third-party CRIMINAL liability to the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement (ACTA). This essentially outlaws the entire Internet.... Background: Third party civil liability for copyright infringement is an emerging, but still controversial, doctrine as applied to the Internet. A site may be liable if it has incited and/or facilitated the violation of copyright, see Grokster. The limits of this doctrine are still being tested: it is not clear what level of hosting or facilitating actually triggers liability. For an example of this endemic uncertainty, the § 512 of the DMCA creates a safe harbor for ISPs, provided...
  • China says no to International Carbon Tax

    12/23/2009 8:10:45 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 3 replies · 364+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 12/23/09 | Alaphiah
    There were 192 countries represented in Copenhagen to discuss Climate Change or the effects of man’s CO2 output as it increases the Earth’s temperature. One country, China, stop the whole process from moving forward. Delegates were there for two weeks Dec. 7 through Dec. 18, 2009 and save for China no one, not one single delegate mentioned an exit strategy. An exit strategy you say? What is a global warming exit strategy? An exit strategy is simply this: If scientific evident continues to show beyond a shadow of a doubt that CO2 emissions are not inextricably linked to the earth’s...
  • Obama wins Noble Prize for Science of Climate Change in Copenhagen

    12/22/2009 7:55:26 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 3 replies · 246+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 12/22/09 | alaphiah
    I was surprised that I didn’t see the Nobel Prize headline that’s above coming out of Denmark. After grading himself a B+ and after much self congratulations claiming an unprecedented breakthrough I would think the Nobel committee would be all giddy about the prospect of awarding the Nobel Prize for Science to president Soetoro for his aspirations to reduce green house gases. After all he’s done just as much for Climate Change as he’s done for peace! Didn’t Soetoro say that he was awarding the peace prize for his aspirations rather than his accomplishments? Well there you go!
  • Can Obama Sign A Climate Treaty Without Congress?

    12/19/2009 12:07:21 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 96 replies · 4,131+ views
    motherjones.com ^ | Fri Dec. 18, 2009 12:01 AM PST | By Kate Sheppard
    Why some environmentalists believe the president has the power to sidestep the Senate and commit the US to a global pact. In 1997, in the Japanese city of Kyoto, the Clinton administration agreed to a groundbreaking treaty to combat global warming. And that's when the trouble started. The Senate had unanimously refused to approve the Kyoto Protocol, and in the end the Clinton administration didn't even submit it for a vote in the upper chamber. This made the US both the world's biggest polluter and, ultimately, the only industrialized nation to reject the accord. Now, as world leaders attempt to...
  • Honduras leader 'close to deal'

    10/29/2009 10:43:13 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies · 509+ views
    BBC News UK ^ | 05:34 GMT, Friday, 30 October 2009 | None Stated
    The interim leader of Honduras says he is ready to sign a deal to resolve its crisis which could include the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Roberto Micheletti said the agreement would create a power-sharing government and require both sides to recognise the result of November's presidential poll. Mr Zelaya has not yet commented on the deal, which would require the approval of Congress and the Supreme Court.
  • Russia, Jordan sign nuclear cooperation agreement

    05/23/2009 6:29:40 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 5 replies · 383+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 5/23/09
    Russia and Jordan have signed a nuclear energy cooperation agreement, according to media reports in Moscow over the weekend. According to terms of the deal, Russia will provide the Hashemite Kingdom with power plants, nuclear research facilities, and training centers.
  • Congressional Democrats near agreement on budget

    04/24/2009 10:47:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 471+ views
    ap ^ | 4/24/09 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's Democratic allies in Congress have agreed to let his signature $400 tax cut for most workers expire after next year but are moving to give him a better chance at passing his health care bill
  • Editorial: Collaboration on road issues

    10/21/2008 9:06:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 370+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 21, 2008 | The Dallas Morning News
    Savor the occasional cause for optimism that top leaders can value teamwork over turf in the contentious area of transportation financing. Take the years of squabbling over how Texas can scrape up billions of dollars to catch up with road-building needs. Suddenly, there's positive movement, first from Gov. Rick Perry last week. He told this newspaper's transportation writer, Michael Lindenberger, that he would not use his veto to obstruct a move by lawmakers to index the lagging motor-fuels tax to inflation. "If it is the will of the people, and of the Legislature, I suspect I would go along with...
  • Poll results: The American people and Barack Obama agree on nothing

    10/08/2008 8:04:46 AM PDT · by thinkingIsPresuppositional · 18 replies · 1,376+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | October 07, 2008 | Christopher Cook
    By Christopher CookAmericans and Obama disagree not just some of the time, not just half of the time, but—apparently—all of the time. Earlier today, I was exhorted to take the Barack Obama Test. I was told that this test has enjoyed tremendous traffic, that it has gotten great response (as well as some hate response), and that it has changed many minds. Excited to know these details, I went to take the test myself. I expected to find a series of question that one answers, followed by an effective statement regarding the degree to which Barack Obama dis/agrees with...
  • Iraq reaches oil agreement with China

    09/02/2008 1:12:02 PM PDT · by BGHater · 28 replies · 381+ views
    Reuters ^ | 28 Aug 2008
    Iraq and China have agreed on the terms of a $3 billion oil service contract, the Iraqi oil minister said Wednesday, announcing his country's first major oil contract with a foreign company since the fall of Saddam Hussein. The oil minister, Hussain al- Shahristani, warned that time was running out for big Western oil companies, which have pressed for years for Iraqi contracts, to seal even short-term deals that had been expected to mark their return to Iraq, which has the world's third-largest oil reserves after Saudi Arabia and Iran. Iraq and the Chinese state-run oil company, CNPC, have agreed...
  • U.S., Iraq Make Progress on Status of Forces Agreement

    08/21/2008 5:33:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 79+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2008 – Washington and Baghdad are close to reaching a status of forces agreement, but negotiations on the deal to determine the future U.S. military role in Iraq are ongoing, a Defense Department official said today. “We’ve made good progress on it; we are close,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. “There are still some issues to work out, but … it’s very premature at this point to say that we have an agreement.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a surprise one-day visit to Baghdad today, said the discussion about the status of forces is possible only...
  • New Agreement on the Trans-Texas Corridor

    05/30/2008 6:03:05 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 205+ views
    KTRE.com ^ | May 29, 2008 | KTRE
    Here is the full press release issued Thursday afternoon by State Representative Wayne Christian: Today State Representative Wayne Christian (R-Center), President of the Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC), announces an agreement on vital issues regarding the Trans-Texas Corridor. The Transportation Commission adopted a minute order today reaffirming five statutory requirements proposed by the members of the TCC and issuing two new protections for future transportation infrastructure development.  The minute order is a response to a February 4 letter from the Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC), the conservative caucus of the Texas Legislature.  Rep. Christian, along with thirty-three of his colleagues in the State House, signed it...
  • The Shift Toward an Israeli-Syrian Agreement

    05/01/2008 4:43:32 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 1 replies · 41+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/1/08 | George Friedman and Peter Zeihan
    Israel and Syria's geopolitical interests diverge less than it might appear. By itself, Syria poses no conventional threat to Israel. Syria is dangerous only in the context of a coalition with Egypt. In 1973, fighting on two fronts, the Syrians were a threat. With Egypt neutralized now and behind the buffer in the Sinai, Syria poses no threat. As for unconventional weapons, the Israelis indicated with their bombing of the Syrian research facility in September 2007 that they know full well how — and are perfectly willing unilaterally — to take that option off Damascus’ table. Since neither side wants...
  • U.S., Iraq Negotiating Security Agreements

    04/13/2008 1:29:56 PM PDT · by BGHater · 1 replies · 38+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 11 Apr 2008 | Karen DeYoung
    The Bush administration is negotiating two accords with the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to replace the U.N. mandate for a multinational military presence there that expires at the end of this year. The first is a "status of forces agreement," or SOFA, defining and protecting the legal status of U.S. military personnel and property in Iraq. Negotiated and signed under executive authority, it is a binding commitment but does not require congressional approval. Among aspects unique to the proposed SOFA, Senate Democrats said, are that it would allow U.S. forces to unilaterally initiate military operations and to...
  • New Agreement to Help Balance Active Army, National Guard

    10/11/2007 4:25:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 145+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2007 – A new agreement between the active Army and Army National Guard represents a big step toward achieving the force structure balance Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. calls critical to the Army’s transformation. Senior Army leaders signed a memo of understanding Oct. 9 during the Association of the U.S. Army convention here to firm up a plan to rebalance force structure and resources between the active and reserve components. Under the plan, the Army National Guard will have 112 brigades: 28 brigade combat teams, 46 multifunctional brigades and 38 functional brigades. It...
  • Agreement reached on greenhouse gas curb

    08/31/2007 7:28:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 418+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/07 | William J. Kole - ap
    VIENNA, Austria - Negotiators from 158 countries reached basic agreement Friday on rough targets aimed at getting some of the world's biggest polluters to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. A weeklong U.N. climate conference concluded that industrialized countries should strive to cut emissions by 25 percent to 40 percent of their 1990 levels by 2020. Experts said that target would serve as a loose guide for a major international climate summit to be held in December in Bali, Indonesia. "We have reached broad agreement on the main issues," said Leon Charles, a negotiator from Grenada...
  • Maternity hospital agreement reached

    04/02/2007 6:25:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 163+ views
    AN NASIRIYAH — In an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust and cooperation, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Provincial Reconstruction and Development Council (PRDC), and the Iraq Ministry of Health (MoH) signed a partnering agreement March 28 to build Al Musayib Maternity Hospital (MMH) in Iraq’s Babil Province. “The partnering agreement is based on an essential interest in the successful and timely completion of a fully operational 50-bed maternity and pediatric hospital for the MoH,” said Robin Parks, project manager for GRS. “The main goal of the project is to reinforce support to...
  • Agreement on burial of James Brown

    02/20/2007 1:22:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 252+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/20/07 | Katrina . Goggins - ap
    COLUMBIA, S.C. - The six adult children of singer James Brown have agreed with his partner, Tomi Rae Hynie, on where the entertainer will be buried, an attorney for the woman said Tuesday. Hynie's attorney, Robert Rosen, said the resting place is being kept confidential at the request of Brown's children. Rosen said the burial may take place in the "next few days." Brown died Christmas Day at age 73. His body is being kept in a confidential location, said Charles Reid, manager of the C.A. Reid Funeral Home in Augusta, Ga., which handled Brown's funeral. He said he checked...
  • Bush welcomes North Korea agreement

    02/13/2007 11:02:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,574+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/13/07 | Anne Gearan - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration called a deal to begin dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program a breakthrough, but the North's history of broken promises kept the celebrations to a minimum. There was worry, too, that accommodation of North Korea would encourage brinksmanship by Iran or other would-be nuclear states. The bargain among six nations gives North Korea energy, food and other aid in exchange for shuttering its main nuclear reactor. It does not expressly require the North to give up existing weapons or testing now, and the agreement does not spell out how negotiators will resolve issues that have...
  • US, Iraqis in 'broad strategic agreement': Gates

    12/22/2006 7:53:24 AM PST · by TexKat · 10 replies · 419+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/22/06 | Jim Mannion
    BAGHDAD (AFP) - US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the United States and the Iraqi government are in "broad strategic agreement" on how to bring security to Baghdad, and that their generals would work up a specific plan. Winding up a three-day visit for a first-hand assessment of the situation, Gates said he would report to President George W. Bush as early as this weekend on his findings and impressions. As Gates spoke outside the US military headquarters at "Camp Victory," the crackle of gunfire and the roar of the US military aircraft could be heard in the distance. "This...
  • Will you take my hand, or spit on it? ZOT it!

    11/08/2006 2:53:58 PM PST · by landeraepi · 139 replies · 3,110+ views
    11/8/06 | Joshua Lander
    Full disclosure, I'm a democrat, so get over it. I'm not here to insult you, and I'm certainly not here to gloat. I'm not here to trade barbs, undermine Free Republic, or infiltrate your ranks. I'll be honest ? I disagree with most FReepers on almost every issue. So, why am I posting a new thread? Because I ? we ? need you. We at Democratic Underground and Daily Kos, and all of the lefty blogs you love to hate, and who love to hate you. We need you to acknowledge that if there's one thing we're learning about our...
  • America Supports You: DoD, Operation Homefront Sign Agreement

    10/13/2006 5:17:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 213+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 13, 2006 -- Operation Homefront and the Department of Defense formally agreed to cooperate on their joint mission to support military members and their families during a reception here yesterday evening. Allison Barber (left) and Meredith Leyva, founder of Operation Homefront, sign a memorandum of understanding between the America Supports You member group and the Department of Defense on Oct. 12. Photo by William D. Moss  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Operation Homefront, a grassroots group headed by military spouses, is a member of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program, which highlights efforts to...
  • Feds finally release info on 'superstate'

    07/26/2006 3:54:18 AM PDT · by Trupolitik · 108 replies · 2,743+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 26, 2006 | WND Staff
    After missing a deadline, the U.S. Department of Commerce finally has granted a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain complete disclosure of a congressionally unauthorized plan to implement a trilateral agreement with Mexico and Canada that critics say could lead to a EU-style alliance in North America. The plan is being implemented through an office within the Department of Commerce called the "Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America," under the direction of Geri Word, who is listed as working in the agency's North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, office.As WorldNetDaily previously reported, the White House has established...
  • Meet Robert Pastor: Father of the North American Union

    07/26/2006 2:39:27 AM PDT · by Trupolitik · 108 replies · 10,054+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Jul 25, 2006 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Robert Pastor intends to give away U.S. sovereignty to a newly forming North American Union exactly as he gave away the Panama Canal to Panama during Jimmy Carter’s presidency.As we are taught in grade school, George Washington is the Father of our nation. If the North American Union comes into existence as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) asserts, then we all better get prepared for a new hero. Robert Pastor is the person most likely to be proclaimed the father of the North American Union, a designation consistent with his decades-long history of viewing U.S. national interests through the...
  • ATOMIC REACTION

    03/15/2006 8:06:51 PM PST · by Irreverent · 23 replies · 836+ views
    TIMES OF INDIA | 16 MARCH 2006 | TNN
    India-US nuke deal takes a Russian spin TIMES NEWS NETWORK Washington/New Delhi/ Mumbai: Within 24 hours of Russia’s decision to supply 60 tonnes of enriched uranium to two atomic power plants at Tarapur, the Bush administration on Wednesday cautioned the Putin government against the move, saying Washington would prefer Moscow to wait till New Delhi honoured its obligations under the Indo-US nuclear deal. However, dismissing US reservations and defending the offer made by Russia — a member of the 45-country Nuclear Suppliers’ Group — India said the move did not violate NSG guidelines. “Russia has approached NSG under the Safety...
  • Letting India in the Club?

    03/13/2006 4:25:28 AM PST · by Irreverent · 7 replies · 679+ views
    NYTIMES ^ | March 8, 2006 | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    India is a country that had me at hello. Call me biased, but I have a soft spot for countries of one billion people, speaking a hundred different languages and practicing a variety of religions, whose people hold regular free and fair elections and, despite massive poverty, still produce generations of doctors and engineers who help to make the world a more productive and peaceful place. Sure, as today's bombings in India illustrate, it has its problems — but it is not Iraq. It is a beacon of tolerance and stability.
  • UN gets first international agreement on corruption

    12/14/2005 9:13:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 230+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/14/05 | AFP
    VIENNA (AFP) - The United Nations gains a new weapon in its fight against corruption with the entry into force of the first legally binding international agreement against such crime. "The world will have a powerful new tool to control corruption on a scale that has never existed before," Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said in a statement. The "Convention Against Corruption" adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in October 2003, has been signed by 140 countries after a conference in Merida, Mexico, and ratified by 38. The notion that...
  • U.S. Near Agreement to Join Climate Talks

    12/09/2005 10:32:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 460+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/9/05 | Charles J. Hanley - ap
    MONTREAL - After two contentious weeks, the United States neared agreement with an array of other countries late Friday to join in global talks about possible new steps to combat climate change, the chief U.S. negotiator said. "We're getting very close. I'm quite confident we will have a successful outcome," Harlan Watson told The Associated Press as the U.N. climate conference entered its final hours. Any agreement would probably be only a small step forward, however, by a Bush administration that for days resisted Canadian and other efforts to draw it into multilateral talks on mandatory reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions...