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Current Affairs discussion

From: Dyutiman D.
Sent on: Sunday, September 27, 2009 10:15 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Prague Spring, NYC Chapter!

What: Current affairs

When: October 6,[masked]:30 PM

60 Wall Street Atrium
60 Wall St
New York, NY 10005

Current Affairs discussion:
(a) Iran and the NPT,
(b) Tyre wars with China

Iran and the NPT
Last week Iran announced the presence of a previously undeclared "pilot" nuclear facility. As reported by the New York Times the United States was already aware of the program, and the possibility of the United States going public with the information prompted the Iranian disclosure. Other circulating rumors indicate that Iran might have already tested some key components of building a bomb. From the excitement in the media it seems that the issue is coming to a head. The conclusion of the Times article however gives us pause. The Chinese, one administration official said, were more skeptical, and said they wanted to look at the intelligence, and to see what international inspectors said when they investigated. The lessons of the Iraq war still lingered. ?They don?t want to buy a pig in a poke,? the senior administration official said.

Glenn Greenwald picks it up at Salon. The question according to Greenwald is not whether Iran harbors nuclear ambitions but whether sufficient (or any) evidence has been submitted regarding Iran violating any of its treaty obligations. The Washington Independent investigates this in greater detail while James Acton reports a possible clause that might have been violated (although Iranian legislature did not ratify said clause).

Our discussion will focus on possible treaty obligations and violations by Iran. Related to the subject is the wider issue of the viability of the NPT.

Historical note: Iran signed the NPT in 1974 under the regime of the U.S. backed king, the Iranian revolution brought the Islamic government in power in 1979.

Tyre Wars with China

If we have time, we will also be discussing the war that has been launched against Chinese tyres. An interesting article can be found here. The basic synopsis is that the actions of the Obama administration was unnecessary, provocative and while (maybe) legal does not serve any economic interest. What do you think?

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