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The West needs to be genuine if they're to negotiate with Iran over the nuclear issue

TEHRAN – Iran’s former chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rohani has said that Tehran’s nuclear issue can be resolved if world powers enter negotiations seriously.  Rohani, the current director of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council, told reporters on Friday that the issues between Iran and the West, whether nuclear or otherwise, must be resolved through dialogue.   “Iran has always said that it is ready to hold serious negotiations,” Rohani said.  Commenting on unilateral sanctions against Iran, Rohani said, “When the West is increasing pressure and at the same time is talking about negotiations, then negotiations mean surrender.” “If negotiations are serious and based on mutual understanding, there is no need to such tough actions,” he added.  Rohani emphasized that if the West is seeking to make the Iranian nation surrender, it will never achieve its goal. The only solution is that they seriously come up for negotiations, he added.

Oscar Pistorius Arrested for 'killing' girlfriend

I feel sorry for South African athlete Oscar Pistorius. 'Accidentally' shooting his girlfriend on Valentine's Day.He thought the girlfriend was a robber yet she was coming to surprise him! Police in Pretoria have arrested the paraolympian who participated in last year's London Olympics. It's is believed that police in South Africa have denied him bail.

Watanzania tujifunze nini na mdahalo wa urais Kenya?

Nicodemus Minde, Nairobi Wananchi wa Kenya na Kenya kwa ujumla walionyesha uimara wa demokrasia na utawala wa kikatiba walipofanya mdahalo wa urais mapema wiki hii. Kenya ni nchi ambayo imepiga hatua kubwa sana kwenye misingi ya demokrasia, utawala bora na ujenzi wa maadili ya sheria. Kwanzia miaka ya 90 wakati wa mchakato wa uundwaji wa sera ya vyama vingi kutokana na vuguvugu la baada ya Vita Baridi vya dunia, Kenya imeonyesha ukakamavu na ustawi wa mifumo ya asasi na utaasisi. Hata hivyo, juhudi zao hazikuja kwa urahisi. Jasho, damu na hata machozi vilitawala msukumo wao. Viongozi kama Kenneth Matiba, Hayati Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, Martin Shikuku, Raila Odinga, Paul Muite na wengine wengi walijitolea ili kuifanya Kenya kupata uhuru kwa awamu ya pili (second liberation). Wakenya waliendelea kupigana ilikuuondoa kihalali utawala wa kibabe wa rais Daniel Moi. 
Walipigana kuleta mabadiliko ya kimfumo hususan kuleta sheria mpya ya nchi (katiba). Vipingamizi na vizuizi lukuki vilikuja ka…

Full text of Pope's declaration

Dear Brothers,
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.

However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well …

Pope Benedict XVI to resign: Ill heath cited as cause

Via Internet sources The Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict XVI will step down on February 28.  Pope Benedict was one of the oldest pontiffs to be elected head of the Catholic Church in 2005 aged 85. It’s been almost 600 years since a Pope resigned.  Pope Gregory XII stepped down in 1415 to end the “Western Schism”. When two claimants declared themselves Pope (one in Avignon and the other in Pisa), Gregory resigned and thus helped keep the Roman Catholic Church united.

Prior to this, Pope Celestine V changed the rules and made it possible for Bishops of Rome to resign. He then decided to make good use of his own solemn decree, and lived out his life as an aged hermit. Interestingly, another of the few Popes to resign was also called Benedict. Benedict IX resigned in 1045, selling the position to his godfather so he could marry.  Gregory VI, the man who purchased the papacy from Benedict IX, resigned the following year.
Pope Benedict said he "had to recognise my incapa…

Iran Revolution Anniversary Reflections

Via Reuters
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday Tehran would not negotiate about its disputed nuclear program under pressure, but would talk to its adversaries if they stopped "pointing the gun". In a speech to mark the 34th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, he struck a more conciliatory tone than Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who on February 7 rebuffed a U.S. call for direct negotiations between the two countries. Ahmadinejad does not have the authority to authorize talks over the nuclear program, which lies with Khamenei. Iran has already agreed to a new round of talks with world powers, but not direct U.S. talks, in Kazakhstan on February 26. 
"You cannot point a gun at the Iranian nation and then expect them to have negotiations with you," Ahmadinejad told a crowd gathered in the capital Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square. His speech was carried live on state television. "Talks should not be used as a lever to impose one…