United States, China, And Leaders Of G-20 Countries Announce Historic Progress Toward A Global Phase Down Of Hfcs

The United States Needs to Stay Out of Syria

Sam Clovis (R) — OPPOSED U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker (R) — SKEPTICAL KENTUCKY Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) — UNDECIDED “I have not received the classified briefings,” Grimes said in a statement provided by her campaign, “but I have been clear all along on the fact that the regimes actions are reprehensible and must be addressed. We need to listen to our military leaders and make sure there is an exit plan with any action involving our armed forces to avoid sending them into an open-ended conflict. I am continuing to monitor the situation closely, and strongly support Kentuckians having a say through our elected officials in Congress.” Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) — UNDECIDED “He hasnt announced anything new,” said McConnell spokesman Don Stewart. “He is considering the information and getting briefings on the administrations plans.” Matt Bevin (R) — OPPOSED LOUISIANA Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) — UNDECIDED “Using military force in Syria is a serious matter, and the President is correct to seek Congressional approval,” said Landrieu in a statement. “I will carefully examine the facts this week as Congress debates what the appropriate action is.” Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) — UNDECIDED “He is still undecided at this point,” Bill Cummins, a Cassidy spokesman, told The Huffington Post. “He returned to Washington over the weekend and thinks there are a lot of unanswered questions.” Retired Air Force Officer Rob Maness (R) — OPPOSED Rob Maness (@RobManess) September 4, 2013 MICHIGAN Rep. Gary Peters (D) — UNDECIDED Former Michigan Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land (R) — OPPOSED MINNESOTA Sen. Al Franken (D) — IN FAVOR “There is no question that there was a massive chemical attack there,” said Franken.

United States and Kiribati Sign Maritime Boundary Treaty

Two statements on HFCs were released today, one in the context of the G20 Leaders Declaration and one bilaterally with China. First, G-20 leaders expressed their support for initiatives that are complementary to efforts under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including using the expertise and institutions of the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs, while retaining HFCs within the scope of the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol for accounting and reporting of emissions. This was agreed by the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey,the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union, as well as Ethiopia, Spain, Senegal, Brunei, Kazakhstan, and Singapore. The G-20 agreement on HFCs reads as follows: We also support complementary initiatives, through multilateral approaches that include using the expertise and the institutions of the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), based on the examination of economically viable and technically feasible alternatives. We will continue to include HFCs within the scope of UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol for accounting and reporting of emissions. Second, building on their June 8 accord on HFCs in Sunnylands, President Obama and President Xi agreed at their bilateral meeting as a next step on HFCs to establish a contact group under the Montreal Protocol to consider issues related to cost-effectiveness, financial and technology support, safety, environmental benefits, and an amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The agreement between President Obama and President Xi on HFCs reads as follows: We reaffirm our announcement on June 8, 2013 that the United States and China agreed to work together and with other countries through multilateral approaches that include using the expertise and institutions of the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs, while continuing to include HFCs within the scope of UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol provisions for accounting and reporting of emissions. We emphasize the importance of the Montreal Protocol, including as a next step through the establishment of an open-ended contact group to consider all relevant issues, including financial and technology support to Article 5 developing countries, cost effectiveness, safety of substitutes, environmental benefits and an amendment. We reiterate our firm commitment to work together and with other countries to agree on a multilateral solution. Background: HFCs are potent greenhouse gases used in refrigerators, air conditioners, and industrial applications. While they do not deplete the ozone layer, many are highly potent greenhouse gases whose use is growing rapidly as replacements for ozone-depleting substances being phased out under the Montreal Protocol. Left unabated, HFC emissions could grow to nearly 20 percent of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, a serious climate mitigation concern. The Montreal Protocol was established in 1987 to protect the ozone layer.

The US Government must act swiftly and decisively now to warn Maliki against any attacks, secure the release of 7 residents who were taken hostage on September 1st by the Iraqi Forces, and condemn the Maliki Government for last Sunday’s massacre. Emboldened by the utter absence of a firm reaction by the US government and President Obama to the massacre of 52 unarmed residents of Camp Ashraf last Sunday, Maliki and his Iranian cohorts intend to continue with their initial plan of exterminating all Camp Ashraf residents and execute the survivors. The plan’s next phase is to massacre the residents of Camp Liberty. The Maliki Government has viewed the US Government’s inexplicable and cowardly silence and inaction since last Sunday as a green light for “finishing the job” at camps Ashraf and Liberty. Since 2004, US Administrations, time after time, have given their written commitments to protect the unarmed and defenseless residents of Camp Ashraf who were given the “Protected Persons” status under the Fourth Geneva Convention by the United States. The Iraqi Government has given an ultimatum to the residents of Camp Ashraf until tomorrow. The US government is undoubtedly aware of Iraq’s plan for the impending massacre and, therefore, its refusal to act would make it complicit in any further bloodshed. The families of the residents of Camp Ashraf hold the United States Government directly responsible for any harm done to their loved ones. As many Members of Congress have said over the past week, any US aid to Iraq must be cut off immediately until and unless Iraq adheres to its international commitments and until all the perpetrators of massacre at Camp Ashraf are identified and brought to justice. Since January 2011, some 3000 residents of Camp Ashraf, all political refugees, have been transferred to Camp Liberty to be re-settled in third countries. Some 100 residents remained behind according to a quadripartite agreement between the US, the UN, Iraq, and the residents to oversee the properties of the residents.

Cox/Getty Images It was only a matter of time before it happened, and it was ugly. That “it” was the end to the United States’ 12-match winning streak that transcended friendlies, World Cup qualifiers and the CONCACAF . Everyone knew that heading into the 3-1 loss that the Yanks were facing a side out for revenge, and that the odds were stacked against them, even more so when Michael Bradley was a late scratch due to an ankle injury. Michael Bradley walking on crutches with his left ankle wrapped. Not looking good for Tuesday vs. Mexico Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) September 7, 2013 Now that the defeat is over and done with, it is time to look at the positives, yes there actually are some, that manager Jurgen Klinsmann can take into the match that matters on Tuesday against Mexico at Crew Stadium in Columbus. The first thing to remember about Friday’s defeat is that the Yanks had zero time to prepare for the Bradley injury. Yes, Geoff Cameron is a decent option to replace Bradley in the defensive midfield, but he, and his midfield partner Jermaine Jones, were clearly thrown off in the first 10 minutes when Costa Rica delivered an expected onslaught of pressure that resulted in the first two goals of the match. With Bradley’s status unknown and Cameron out due to a yellow card suspension on Tuesday, Klinsmann will be forced to rely on Kyle Beckerman, a player who gets a ton of flack from the American supporters. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images In all honesty, Beckerman is a solid replacement in the defensive midfield of the 4-2-3-1 formation. The Real Salt Lake player has been one of the best players in Major League Soccer over the last few seasons and he was a stabilizing force during the Gold Cup matches. While close to no one will agree with this statement, the United States will be fine with Beckerman. When Will the United States Clinch Their World Cup Berth? Tuesday vs. Mexico 0% Total votes: 0 Utilizing his depth in the midfield and inserting Beckerman into the fold will not be the main lineup issue the United States manager has to deal with on Tuesday thanks to the boneheadedness of Jozy Altidore, who will be on a yellow card suspension as well because of a late yellow against the Ticos. As for Bradley himself, everyone needs to calm down a bit, it is not like he suffered a Stuart Holden-like injury that will keep him out for an entire year. The crux of the American midfield suffered an ankle injury, and he should be back in the fold by the Jamaica match on October 11 at the latest. Having depth at other positions will also help Klinsmann and his decisions for the Mexico match as he will have to replace Altidore and center-back Matt Besler because of suspension. The truth is, Klinsmann will call in Clarence Goodson to the squad, and Goodson will deliver another impressive, yet underrated performance for the Yanks, just like he did all summer. My guess is that Clarence Goodson will almost surely have to be added to the #usmnt roster Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) September 7, 2013 For those of you calling for John Brooks to and be officially cap-tied to the United States, keep dreaming, Goodson is a much more reliable option at this stage in qualifying. Up front, there are a plethora of options that the U.S. manager can choose from. He can either pick Aron Johannsson or Eddie Johnson from the bench and move them into a starting role, or he can start Landon Donovan or Clint Dempsey at that position. The depth situation will figure itself out in due time, and this is why American fans should be extremely grateful that this is the deepest American squad we have seen in history. But, the most important thing to take out of the loss to Costa Rica is that this is a perfect teaching moment for Klinsmann. The Yanks needed to be knocked off of their high horse before qualifying ended, and with three matches remaining in the Hex, the loss could not have happened at a more perfect time. If you look at the final three matches of qualifying, the Stars and Stripes will host Mexico on Tuesday and then welcome Jamaica to Sporting Park on October 11. Both of those matches are very winnable given the lackluster form of the opposing sides and the blistering home form the Yanks have been in this calendar year. The #USMNT has nine points from three Hex home games and four points from four Hex road games.

United States: Yanks Need Not Panic After Loss to Costa Rica

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Majuro,September 6, 2013-This afternoon, the United States and the Republic of Kiribati signed a boundary treaty delimiting the waters between their two countries. The boundary treaty was signed on behalf of the United States by Ambassador Frankie A. Reed and, for the Republic of Kiribati, by President Anote Tong. The treaty was signed in Majuro, Marshall Islands, in connection with the Pacific Islands Forum. During the signing ceremony Ambassador Reed said, This maritime boundary treaty with Kiribati further highlights that the U.S. is a pacific nation. We look forward to deepening our already strong relationship with Kiribati here at the Forum and in November, during the 70thanniversary of the Battle of Tarawa. She added, The negotiations leading up to this important moment were extremely cordial, productive, and efficient, and the U.S. team extends its appreciation to Kiribatis representatives for the manner in which the two negotiating teams were able to work together in a spirit of collaboration. It was truly a pleasure to work together with Kiribati on this important endeavor. President Tong said, The signing of this Maritime Boundary Delimitation Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and my country signify the vital importance of clearly establishing the national limits of jurisdictions under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This also marks the final maritime treaty to be signed by Kiribati with herneighboringstates. I am immensely proud of this milestone that my country has taken in finalizing her maritime jurisdiction to enhance her management and governance over its ocean resources. President Tong noted that the signing was a result of collaborative and tireless works amongst several agencies within Kiribati as well as the international partners including the SOPAC Division of SPC, Forum Fisheries Agencies, Geoscience of Australia, Australian Attorney Generals office, University of Sydney, UNEP Arendal and Commonwealth Secretariat, with funding from AUSAID. The treaty is a significant accomplishment for both countries and signifies the collaborative spirit and friendly relations between the United States and Kiribati. It represents the first treaty to delimit a maritime boundary that the United States has signed since 2000 and reflects the United States growing effort to address unsettled maritime boundaries with its neighbors. Using three separate boundary lines, the treaty will divide the maritime space between the U.S. islands of Palmyra Atoll, Kingman Reef, Jarvis Island and Baker Island and the Kiribati Line and Phoenix island groups. The treaty, with appropriate technical adjustments, formalizes boundaries that had been informally adhered to by the two countries previously on the basis of the principle of equidistance, such that the lines are equal in distance from each country. The three boundaries, taken together, approximate 1,260 nautical miles in length and form the second longest among all U.S.

United States Bears Legal, Moral Responsibility to Act Immediately to Stop Imminent Massacre at Camp Ashraf

The United States is $17 trillion in debt and still winding down from the questionable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. America invests almost $700 billion per year on the military. The problem is a big chunk of the defense budget doesn’t make us any safer; it simply gives us a dominant presence on foreign soil. Who are we as a country to impose our will on other nations? Who died and made us king? What makes the United States government believe they know better than other governments? It’s no wonder so many people around the world hate us and resent our intrusion. The United States is undisputedly the most militarily powerful nation in the world and even our worst enemies admit it. There’s no need to prove we can drop bombs on people. The United States doesn’t lack credibility; what we lack is the discipline to stop intervening in other country’s problems. No one elected us the policemen of the world, and it’s time we stop sticking our nose in everyone’s business. We have major, unprecedented problems at home that need immediate attention from the president and Congress, instead of diverting their focus to Syria. To reach any kind of solution on Syria, President Obama needs to engage the international community that set the “Red Line” and reach agreement on how to address it as a coalition.