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IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS COMPETITION:

Once upon a time the marketing geniuses masquerading as the diplomats negotiating with Iran called themselves the P5+1

As time, passed, they sought integral balance and thus renamed themselves the E3+3

It's been some years now and I cannot say that the latest iteration bodes well. The sides have included new division in their negotiating equation and have become the E3/EU+3

Do the "E" and "3" cancel each other out in the new order so that we are simply left with "U" Can anybody help me solve this new riddle? Best answer wins a surprise from Almaty. 

Perhaps the new moniker explains this: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-04-05/iran-nuclear-talks-stall-as-contradictions-among-powers-emerge
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"The problem with such people is that they run themselves out of jobs..." http://bit.ly/14NybKW

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"Corruption in the US does not (often) take the form of briefcases full of cash being left in an office. It’s an ugly combination of intellectual capture, of mutual backscratching, and “don’t rock the boat,” of accepting norms of discourse, behavior, and action, that circumscribe the range of possible actions."
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IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS COMPETITION:

Once upon a time the marketing geniuses masquerading as the diplomats negotiating with Iran called themselves the P5+1

As time, passed, they sought integral balance and thus renamed themselves the E3+3

It's been some years now and I cannot say that the latest iteration bodes well. The sides have included new division in their negotiating equation and have become the E3/EU+3

Do the "E" and "3" cancel each other out in the new order so that we are simply left with "U"

Perhaps the new moniker explains this: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-04-05/iran-nuclear-talks-stall-as-contradictions-among-powers-emerge
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Iran Spy Data Need Checks as Amano Prepares New Term, Blix Says

By Jonathan Tirone
     March 7 (Bloomberg) -- Intelligence information given to
United Nations monitors showing possible military dimensions to
Iran’s nuclear work should be double-checked, said Hans Blix,
the former director-general of the UN atomic group.
     The International Atomic Energy Agency’s board of governors
yesterday endorsed its current leader, Japan’s Yukiya Amano, for
a second four-year term. The appointment, which needs
ratification by the agency’s full membership in September, may
shape the way Iran’s decade-long investigation is carried out.
     “The IAEA must not be the prolonged arm of intelligence
agencies,” Blix said in a March 4 interview in Dubai. “I don’t
think you can possibly have a decent relationship with the
country you inspect if they see that the inspectors contain
people that come from intelligence or maybe even collect
information about suitable targets.”
     The Vienna-based IAEA is pressing Iran to give greater
access to people, places and documents to clear up allegations
of atomic-bomb work made by anonymous intelligence agencies.
While the IAEA calls the information “credible,” the Islamic
Republic says inspectors are using forged documents to raise
international pressure against a peaceful nuclear program.
     “We have to work on the Iran nuclear issues,” Amano said
at a briefing in the Austrian capital late yesterday. “I need
cooperation from Iran, and through this cooperation I have to
produce concrete results. That is the way to ensure a peaceful
solution.”

                         No Blank Check

     Iran, whose nuclear scientists have been targets of
assassinations and whose infrastructure has been subject to
sabotage, says that while it’s willing to work with monitors, it
won’t do so at the expense of national security.
     “We are committed to continue our dialogue with the
IAEA,” Iran’s agency envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh told reporters
yesterday in Vienna. “At the same time, we cannot write a blank
check because of our national security. No country would give a
blank check. There should be a criteria, a framework.”
     Soltanieh criticized Amano for elevating concern over his
country’s atomic work by publicizing intelligence information
that hasn’t been authenticated. Amano’s decision to publish
unsourced intelligence, a break in policy from his predecessor,
Nobel Peace Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, drew U.S. praise.
     A February 2010 U.S. State Department cable called Amano’s
first Iran report “sharper in tone” than those produced by
ElBaradei, adding that the document “creates a positive
precedent for how he intends to run safeguards investigations.”

                        Data Exaggerated?

     “Also, unlike in the previous director-general’s reports,
the IAEA does not mention the need for member states to provide
original documentation to Iran,” according to the cable. Citing
U.S. government policy, a State Department spokeswoman declined
to comment.
     The IAEA subsequently released an overview of the
intelligence it called credible in a November 2011 report.
ElBaradei wrote in his 2011 biography, “The Age of Deception”
(Metropolitan Books), that the IAEA didn’t make the information
public during his tenure because it couldn’t be authenticated.
     “It may be that they are exaggerating it,” Blix said,
referring to the intelligence shared with the IAEA. “There’s
also a danger in telling us without revealing the actual
sources. One has to be very careful about that.”
     Blix, who led the IAEA for 16 years until 1997 and was in
charge of the UN’s Iraq nuclear-monitoring and verification
group from 2000 to 2003, called the IAEA’s focus on the Parchin
military complex a “sideshow.” Even if the alleged blast
chamber was found at the site, “it doesn’t take us much
further” in terms of measuring Iranian intentions.
     The Persian Gulf country is “ready to cooperate with the
agency and the director-general, but we hope the course of
action will be changed,” Soltanieh said. “These reports
provoke member states. They should be purely technical.”
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And what are the foreign-policy elements to the bubble? Attracting heavy industry from overseas? Suppressing world gas prices at Russia's expense? It is similar to the 1985 strategy that saw Saudi increase oil production. lower prices by a third and drive the Soviets off the peninsula. It is higher risk, of course, because it takes place on domestic shores and risks other scarce resources, namely water. But is there any wonder why policymakers haven't lined up to conflate the shale bubble?
It’s been a little more than a year since I launched the present series of posts on the end of America’s global empire and the future of democracy in the wake of this nation’s imperial age. Over the next few posts I plan on wrapping that theme up and moving on. However traumatic the decline and fall of the American empire turns out to be, after all, it’s just one part of the broader trajectory that this blog seeks to explore, and other parts of t...
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"Resolving the current impasse will require statesmanship of a high order from both sides."
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