On Friday, September 27, 2013, before Rouhani’s departure from New York, the Iranian president and American President Barack Obama held a telephone conversation. The call was the first direct communication between an Iranian and a US president since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979. 3, 2013 at 9:45 AM TEHRAN, Oct. 3 (UPI) — Iran is willing to consider a memorandum of understanding for direct flights to the United States, a national aviation director in Iran said. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on legislators in the Islamic republic this week to review the prospects for direct flights between the United States and Iran. He has moved to engage his adversaries since winning Iranian elections this year by running as a moderate. Civil aviation director Hamid Reza Pahlavani said the government was ready to sign a preliminary agreement on the agenda, the semiofficial Fars News Agency reported Thursday. A parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy in Tehran said the measure would not only help Iranian expatriates travel home but improve ties with the United States, Fars reported. Rouhani spoke by phone with U.S. President Barack last week as the Iranian president was returning home from the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York, Fars said.
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authorities is becoming a growing embarrassment for President Barack Obama. Asked by a journalist about the affair, he smiled fleetingly. “I myself would prefer not to deal with these issues. It’s like shearing a piglet: there’s a lot of squealing, but there’s little wool,” Putin told a news conference in Finland. Snowden, who worked as a systems administrator at a U.S. National Security Agency facility in Hawaii, is facing espionage charges from the United States after leaking details about secret U.S. surveillance programs to the news media. Putin’s refusal to hand back Snowden risked deepening a rift with the United States that has also drawn in China and threatens relations between countries that may be essential in settling global conflicts including the Syrian war. Republican lawmakers in Washington on Tuesday seized on the Snowden saga to portray Obama as an ineffective foreign leader. Washington has gone to great lengths to try to ensure Snowden has nowhere to go to seek refuge. But Putin said Russia had no extradition treaty with the United States and suggested Moscow would expel Snowden only if he were a criminal. “He has not crossed the state’s border, and therefore does not need a visa.
The second operation was carried out in Libya to capture a senior member of Al-Qaeda in Africa.This covert operation was carried out by the U.S. military commandos, with the help of the CIA and FBI officials, in Tripoli. The target of this operation was the capture of Nazih Abdul Hameed al-Ruqai alias Abu Ans__ a prominent leader of Al-Qaeda in Africa.Nazih Abdul Hameed al Ruqai alias Abu Ans is the man responsible for the 1998 bombings of the United States Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. Nazih Abdul Hameed al-Ruqai, was on the most wanted list of the FBI. There was a reward money of $5 million, on his capture. Both these operations were approved by President Obama. The raid to capture the senior leader of Al-Shabaab was called off, as soon as it was confirmed that the person the U.S. Navy Seals were after was not present in his house. Some members, though, Al-Shabaab were killed in the raid, but it was called off in time to avoid any damage to the person and properties of innocent civilians. The Press Secretary of Pentagon, George Little, in a statement to the press said that Nazih Hameed aRuqai alias Abu Ans has been captured. Though he was, for obvious reasons, reluctant to provide details about whereabouts of the dreaded terrorist and where he was presently detained.
Edward Snowden, for example, has recently expressed a desire for refuge in the country . Estonia was the second-ranked country on the list (down from first last year ), followed by Germany and the U.S., both of which received a score of 17 on Freedom House’s scale of 1-to-100, which assigned points for higher rates of violations of Internet freedom. Australia, France, Japan, Hungary, Italy, and the UK round out the top ten. U.S. stature slips Despite its relatively high ranking, the U.S. showed a significant decline in overall Internet freedom as a result of the revelations of its surveillance capabilities and their impact on the global Internet, Freedom House explained. “While there is no evidence that the NSA surveillance programs were abused to suppress political speech, they have drawn strong condemnations at home and abroad for their wide-reaching infringements on privacy,” the report says. “Since many large technology companieswith millions of users around the worldare based in the United States, the NSA was able to collect information on foreigners without having to go through the legal channels of the countries in which the targeted users were located.” However prevalent this trend may be in the U.S., it is also a sign of a much broader movement among international governments of all kinds. In 35 out of the 60 countries examined, Freedom House marked increases in the sophistication of communications monitoring technology, the scope of the people monitored, and the enactment of laws enabling the government to spy on its citizens. Russia, for example, has increased its surveillance capabilities significantly since the Arab Spring began in late 2010, going as far as legalizing the government’s wiretapping of opposing political parties, the report says. The report also included the caveat that the problem is likely more common than its research reflects. “There is a strong suspicion that many of the remaining 25 countries’ governments have also stepped up their surveillance activities, though some may be better than others at covering their tracks,” the report says. Most restrictive noted India showed the largest decline in Internet freedom since last year’s report, as a result of “deliberate interruptions of mobile and Internet service to limit unrest, excessive blocks on content during rioting in northeastern states, and an uptick in the filing of criminal charges against ordinary users for posts on social-media sites,” the report says.
U.S. surveillance erodes its leadership in Internet freedom
From 2004 through2008, Lew served on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service and chaired its Management, Administration, and Governance Committee. As OMB Director from 1998 to 2001, Lew led the Administration budget team and served as a member of the National Security Council. During his tenure at OMB, the U.S. budget operated at a surplus for three consecutive years. Earlier, Lew served as OMB’s Deputy Director and was a member of the negotiating team that reached a bipartisan agreement to balance the budget. As Special Assistant to President Clinton from 1993 to 1994, Mr. Lew helped design Americorps, the national service program. Lew began his career in Washington in 1973 as a legislative aide. From 1979 to 1987, he was a principal domestic policy advisor to House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr, when he served the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee as Assistant Director and then Executive Director. He was the Speaker’s liaison to the Greenspan Commission, which negotiated a bipartisan solution to extend the solvency of Social Security in 1983, and he was responsible for domestic and economic issues, including Medicare, budget, tax, trade, appropriations, and energy issues.