cue the lightning bolts

the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16

12.22.2009

failure is an orphan

1. "hijack" comment, fabricated failure of Copenhagen are really "farcical"

BEIJING, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- When an individual British politician claimed the Copenhagen climate change conference was "hijacked" by some countries, presented "a farcical picture" and failed, he actually has put himself at an arrogant, arbitrary and "farcical" disadvantage.

The politician, in an article in Monday's Guardian newspaper, alleged the Copenhagen talks from Dec. 7 to 19 were characterized by "a chaotic process dogged by procedural games," displayed "a farcical picture to the public," and eventually fell flat due to the "hijack" by China and several other developing countries.

These comments are utterly unfounded, unreasonable and unfair.

Contrary to the claim of "hijacking" the conference, China has shown great sincerity and broken its back to push forward the talks and help strike a deal, best exemplified by Premier Wen Jiabao's attendance and speech at the meeting.

As a matter of fact, China has all along exerted arduous and unremitting efforts in saving energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and combating climate change.

read more @ chinaview


2. Brazil blasts US performance at Copenhagen


RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday criticized Washington's weak performance at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen.

The United States is not doing much for the planet, Lula commented in his weekly radio program.

The United States did not ratify the Kyoto Protocol and the country only set a goal to reduce its carbon emissions by 4 percent compared with 1990 levels, which is too little, he said.

Everybody knows that developed countries started polluting the atmosphere long before Brazil, China, India, and other countries, said Lula.

read more @ chinaview



3. South Africa blasts Copenhagen failure


South Africa says Copenhagen's failure to produce a legally binding climate change agreement was unacceptable, joining a global chorus of condemnation even though it helped draft the final accord.

South Africa's environment minister Buyelwa Sonjica and her two top climate change negotiators said Tuesday that part of the blame rested with the way the host guided the conference. In their first media briefing since returning from talks in the Danish capital that ended Saturday, the trio described an atmosphere of distrust and suspicion that Denmark was plotting to force its own position on other nations.

In the end, South African negotiator Joanne Yawitch said, the Danes unveiled a draft at the 11th hour that Yawitch said was "seriously problematic." She said negotiators edited late into the night and came up with a document South Africa found more balanced, but that she felt substantive changes were unwelcome.

read more @ taiwan news


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