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LOA Today – 02.09.17

Continuing our ongoing discussion of Think And Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill, this week we talk about Chapter 9: Persistence. While we don’t mention it in the show, one of the most interesting pieces of the chapter is the end where Hill talks about the persistence of Mohammad, the prophet of Islam. This example may not be popular among some folks today, showing just how much society has moved away from the concepts that built America.

How The Military Excluded The White House From International Syria Negotiations

The NYT laments today that international negotiations about the situation in Syria now continue without any U.S. participation: Russia, Iran and Turkey Meet for Syria Talks, Excluding U.S. Russia, Iran and Turkey met in Moscow on Tuesday to work toward a political accord to end Syria’s nearly six-year war, leaving the United States on the sidelines as the countries sought …

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Expat Files – 08.28.16

#1- Latins are perpetually happy. Does that magic rub off on us too? How long does it take? Can even perpetually sour Expats “south of the border” expect an instant personality makeover? Today we discuss those conundrums

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US seizure of USD 2 billion in Iranian assets highway robbery: Zarif

Iran says the deduction of around USD two billion in frozen Iranian assets recently authorized by a US court ruling is “highway robbery,” vowing that the Islamic Republic will retrieve the sum. According to Press TV, last Wednesday, the US Supreme Court ruled that the money had to be turned over to the American families of the people killed in …

Is Saudi Arabia Now the Israel of the Gulf? – Robert Naiman

I came to Iran this week to participate in a peace boat sailing from Iran to protest the Saudi bombing and blockade of Yemen. Unfortunately, I had to withdraw from the boat trip for logistical reasons; my frequent collaborator Tighe Barry of CodePink still plans to be on the boat, which as of this writing was expected to leave Monday morning local time. So instead …