In its second quarterly report since President Donald Trump announced in May that the United States would quit the accord and reimpose sanctions, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran had stayed within caps on the level to which it can enrich uranium, its stock of enriched uranium and other items. In its last report in May, the IAEA had said Iran could do more to cooperate with inspectors and thereby "enhance confidence", but stopped short of saying the Islamic Republic had given it cause for concern. Thursday's report to member states seen by Reuters contained similar language. It said the Vienna-based UN nuclear watchdog was able to carry out all so-called complementary access inspections needed to verify Iran's compliance with the deal. "Timely and proactive cooperation by Iran in providing such access facilitates implementation of the Additional Protocol and enhances confidence," said the report, which was distributed to IAEA member states. "The production rate (of … [Read more...] about Iran is complying with nuclear deal restrictions -IAEA report
In this file photo taken on Aug 27, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after a phone conversation with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto. (Photo: AFP/ MANDEL NGAN) The president has attacked US social media giants in the past days for allegedly censoring conservative voices, an unfounded claim widely believed by his followers. "Google search results for 'Trump News' shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media," the president tweeted on Tuesday. "In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal?" According to Trump, "96% of results on 'Trump News' are from National Left-Wing Media," which he describes as "very dangerous". "Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation - will be … [Read more...] about Trump says Google is ‘rigged’ with bad news about him
VietNamNet Bridge - The new academic year has begun, but some parents and students have been on tenterhooks as they still cannot buy textbooks. Textbooks will be replaced as a part of the education renovation program Nguyen Van Tung, deputy editor-in-chief of the Vietnam Education Publishing House, admitted the lack of textbooks in some localities, blaming it on the sharp increase in the number of students. In addition, textbooks will be replaced as a part of the education renovation program, so local book and school teaching aid companies have lowered the number of printed copies they ordered to avoid too much inventory. This has affected the publishing house’s printing and distribution plan. In preparing for the new academic year 2018-2019, the publishing house set up its printing and distribution plan based on the numbers of textbooks ordered by the companies, and on the distribution situation in previous years. To date, the publishing house has released 108.8 million … [Read more...] about Is publishing monopoly is to blame for shortage of textbooks?
Monsanto’s controversial present is very much tethered to its dark past. And nowhere is this manifest more than in Vietnam, a country that has borne the brunt of the toxic defoliant it produced and is now facing the growing threat of its infamous weedkillers. Vietnam has embraced a very perplexing relationship with Monsanto, crystalized in the unfortunate irony of allowing the former Agent Orange maker and current producer of the controversial genetically modified organisms (GMOs) back into the country, for all practical purposes, with a clean chit. While Monsanto has repeatedly and consistently denied responsibility for the deaths and other forms of suffering, lasting generations, that have been caused by Agent Orange, there is evidence that the company knew that dioxin, a key ingredient, was toxic. Now, with glyphostate, the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup that the biotech giant plugs for use along with its GMO seeds, fears about causing cancer in humans have risen … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, Monsanto is guilty until proven innocent
At the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM 51) in Singapore earlier this month, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan announced that ASEAN and China have successfully adopted a single draft negotiating text on the Code of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (COC). This adoption, only achieved after years of negotiation between them, is among the significant positive developments in the situation, according to a Vietnamese Foreign Ministry official, who asked to remain unnamed. Speaking to VnExpress, the official said that compared to previous meetings AMM 51 also saw all ASEAN members finally agree on noting their concerns on the land reclamations and activities in the troubled waters. These activities have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and could undermine peace, security and stability in the region, ASEAN members noted in their joint communique. They also agreed to maintain ASEAN's central role in the region. "This shows the interest of ASEAN members … [Read more...] about South China Sea is ‘on low boil,’ analysts warn