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Senators highlight key concerns over Iran Nuclear Offer

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Senators on Current Geneva Offer: “In short, the American people will facilitate the payment of $20 billion in hard currency to the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism and in return accept a more advanced and dangerous Iranian nuclear infrastructure.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators  Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) sent a letter to President Obama highlighting their specific concerns with the current proposal being negotiated in Geneva with regard to Iran’s illicit nuclear program.

“Over the last few weeks, we were assured that the Administration was pursuing an interim step agreement with Iran that would 1) freeze and set back Iran’s nuclear program, and 2) not provide any significant sanctions relief to Iran,” the Senators wrote.  “Those assurances appear inconsistent with reports of what the Administration actually offered Iran in Geneva last week.”
In the letter, the Senators expressed their concern that under the current proposal, the United States would provide Iran with up to $20 billion in sanctions relief and, in exchange, Iran would not be required to freeze or set back its nuclear program, nor would it be required to cease its sponsorship of terrorism, development of ballistic missiles or abuse of human rights.

“In short, the American people will facilitate the payment of $20 billion in hard currency to the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism and in return accept a more advanced and dangerous Iranian nuclear infrastructure,” the Senators wrote.

Specifically, the Senators urged the President to reject any Iranian proposal that: 1) allows Iran to continue enriching uranium at any level; 2) allows Iran to continue working on the Arak heavy water reactor; 3) allows Iran to maintain its current level of installed centrifuges or to continue centrifuge manufacturing; and 4) accepts Iran’s refusal to provide the IAEA with access to information, facilities and individuals related to its past work on the weaponization of a nuclear device.

A copy of the letter sent to the President can be found below.

November 15, 2013
President Barack Obama
The White House
Washington, DC
Dear Mr. President:
Over the last few weeks, we were assured that the Administration was pursuing an interim step agreement with Iran that would 1) freeze and set back Iran’s nuclear program, and 2) not provide any significant sanctions relief to Iran.  Those assurances appear inconsistent with reports of what the Administration actually offered Iran in Geneva last week.

Under the proposal reportedly on the table in Geneva, the United States would provide Iran with significant sanctions relief – valued at up to $20 billion – and, in exchange, Iran would not be required to dismantle a single centrifuge, close a single facility or ship outside its borders a single kilogram of enriched uranium.  Furthermore, the accord would allow Iran to continue working on a plutonium reactor, enriching uranium, manufacturing centrifuges, testing ballistic missiles, sponsoring terrorism and abusing the rights of its people.  In short, the American people will facilitate the payment of $20 billion in hard currency to the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism and in return accept a more advanced and dangerous Iranian nuclear infrastructure.
Specifically, our concerns include but are not limited to:

The Arak Heavy Water Reactor. How can an agreement allow Iran to continue any work on its Arak heavy water reactor – work that is strictly prohibited by multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions?  Once operational, this reactor could produce enough plutonium for two nuclear weapons each year, giving Iran a second path to a nuclear weapon.  Due to construction delays, the Arak reactor is currently not scheduled to come online until the middle of next year – meaning Iran is not making any concession whatsoever by agreeing not to activate the reactor in the next six months.  In short, accepting work on the Arak heavy water reactor during the next six months will in no way slow Iran’s path to plutonium production.

The Enrichment of Uranium. No agreement should cede to Iran the right to enrich uranium nor allow Iran to continue enrichment at any level – Iran must suspend enrichment as required by United Nations Security Council resolutions.  Based on Iran’s current rate of production, 9,000 IR-1 centrifuges would produce 1,380kg of 3.5% enriched uranium over a six-month period – roughly the amount needed to produce one nuclear weapon.  Iran is also reportedly demanding that the United States and our partners acknowledge its right to enrich under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a “right” that Administration officials previously testified to Congress does not exist.  In short, if allowed to continue enrichment at low levels during the next six months, Iran will have another bomb’s worth of enriched uranium and will claim implicit recognition of a “right to enrich.”

The Centrifuges. No agreement should allow Iran to maintain its current number of installed centrifuges, nor should any agreement allow Iran to continue the manufacturing of centrifuges. I f Iran is allowed to keep all of its installed centrifuges and simply promise not to use them all – or not to install more – nothing will have been done to shrink Iran’s nuclear breakout capability.
According to the Institute for Science and International Security, thousands of currently installed centrifuges must be disabled or removed to set back Iran’s breakout timeline.  Furthermore, without requiring Iran to declare its manufacturing facilities and allow international inspections at those sites, Iran could manufacture 3,000 new centrifuges over a six-month period – and have them ready to install in a matter of weeks.  In short, if Iran is permitted to keep its installed centrifuges and manufacture more for the next six months, Iran will improve its nuclear breakout capability.

The Money Transfer. Under the proposal reportedly discussed in Geneva, the United States would waive or suspend sanctions on precious metals (valued at $9.6 billion over six months), petrochemicals (valued at $5-6 billion over six months) and the automotive sector (valued at more than $1 billion over six months) – and repatriate $3 billion in overseas-held funds back to Iran.  But without any third-party monitoring or financial controls, these funds may be used to finance terrorism, develop ballistic missiles or brutalize the Iranian people.  In short, this proposal hands over $20 billion in hard currency to the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism.
Cooperation with the IAEA.  Despite Iran’s supposed agreement on November 11, 2013 to provide greater transparency about its nuclear activities to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), after years of engagement, Iran continues to refuse to provide key answers regarding its past work on the weaponization of a nuclear device as well as provide access to facilities and individuals involved in that work.  This is not a side issue to be relegated purely to discussions between Iran and the IAEA.  In short, this issue goes to the heart of Iran’s history of deception and must be part of any serious negotiation.

Mr. President, the United States cannot allow Iran to advance its nuclear infrastructure while undermining the sanctions pressure we worked so hard to build.  Once our sanctions pressure is forfeited, the chances for diplomacy to succeed will diminish.  Rather than forfeiting our diplomatic leverage, we should increase it by intensifying sanctions until Iran suspends its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in accordance with multiple Security Council resolutions.  We intend to work with our colleagues to continue to increase pressure on Iran until they comply with all of their international obligations and abandon any effort to retain enrichment and reprocessing capabilities.

Time and again, you promised the American people that you are committed to preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.  To achieve that goal, we urge you to reject any proposal that: 1) allows Iran to continue enriching uranium at any level; 2) allows Iran to continue working on the Arak heavy water reactor; 3) allows Iran to maintain its current level of installed centrifuges or to continue centrifuge manufacturing;  and 4) accepts Iran’s refusal to provide the IAEA with access to information, facilities and individuals related to its past work on the weaponization of a nuclear device.

Sincerely,

Jesse White joins various Religious Organizations to show support for National Donor Sabbath

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Two sisters affected by donation featured in radio PSA also in attendance

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White joined with Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Sikh faith leaders to show religious support for organ/tissue donation and recognize National Donor Sabbath, an interfaith campaign aimed at educating religious communities about donation.

“People often cite religious beliefs as a reason for not signing up for the state’s organ and tissue donor registry,” White said. “The faiths represented here show how many different religions support this lifesaving act.”

During the weekend of November 15-17, faith communities in Illinois and across the country recognize National Donor Sabbath. Faith leaders and congregations participate in services and events to increase awareness of this vital program. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, nearly all major religious groups support organ and tissue donation including Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam and Judaism.

Currently, more than 118,000 people are waiting for organs nationally. In Illinois, there are approximately 5,000 people on the waiting list. Sadly, about 300 people die each year because organs are not available.

“So many people are touched by donation,” White said. “Many people are recipients or part of a donor family and can openly discuss their experience with donation during this time.”

White’s office produced a 60-second public service announcement on Donor Sabbath that was distributed to radio stations statewide. The PSA features two sisters, Gillian and Grace Irons. Nine-year-old Gillian received the lifesaving kidney she was in need of at 3 years old. Now her sister 4-year-old Grace needs a kidney and Gillian hopes the generosity of a donor will improve her sister’s health. The girls attended the press conference with their parents.


Faith leaders attending the event at the James R. Thompson Center included:

  • Kye-Ile Hong is pastor of the Cosmopolitan United Methodist Church in Chicago. As a Christian, Hong fully supports organ and tissue donation, regarding it as an act of love in line with the example that Jesus set with his life.
  • Reverend John Nicholas Kalomas is senior priest at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church and chaplain of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship and the Hellenic Student Association of Loyola University. Kalomas encourages organ/tissue donation in his church.
  • Shiva Singh Khalsa is a Sikh minister and President and CEO of the Spirit Rising Foundation. His religious views support organ donation as being a selfless act.
  • Kevin Marzalik, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago, is representing Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, who was unable to attend. The Archdiocese of Chicago and Cardinal Francis George fully endorses the organ and tissue donation program, as Catholicism deems it one of the highest expressions of compassion and giving.
  • Imam Matthew L. Ramadan is deputy executive director of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. As an Islamic leader, Ramadan believes organ donation is in line with Muslim ideology.
  • Hyeonseong Sunim is pastor of Bultasa Buddhist Temple of Chicago, affiliated with the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. As a Buddhist, Hyeonsong believes in saving the lives of others and encourages both blood and organ donation.
  • Apostle Carl White, Jr. is founder and Senior Pastor of Victory Christian International Ministries, Inc. located in Markham, Illinois.  As a Christian, advocates for building healthy communities in every aspect of life including organ and tissue donation.
  • Rabbi Michael R. Zedek of Emanuel Congregation of Chicago is a senior rabbi, scholar, teacher and civic activist. As a rabbi, he has approved of organ/tissue donation for countless parishioners.

For more information on organ/tissue donation or to register to become as a donor visit LifeGoesOn.com, call the Secretary of State Organ/Tissue Donor Program at 1-800-210-2106, or visit a Driver Services facility.

Harold Washington Legacy Committee to hold Wreath-Laying Ceremony

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All invited to remember Chicago’s first black mayor

By Chinta Strausberg

At  11:01 a.m., Monday, November 25, 2013,the Harold Washington Legacy Committee, is holding a wreath laying ceremony in honor of the late Mayor Harold Washington at the Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 E. 67th St., Chicago, IL where he was buried 26-years ago.
The gravesite ceremony will include a gun salute, a color guard ceremony from several high schools, and a host of “ Harold’s friends and supporters.
It has been 26-years since Mayor Washington, Chicago’s first African American mayor, left a Fourth Ward townhouse ground breaking ceremony and within a half-hour fell ill at his City Hall desk. He was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at the age of 65, and Chicago politics has never been the same since.
“It is good that the Chicago community has not forgotten the man, the moment and the movement though he passed away 26-years ago. We still remember him and his legacy to the city of Chicago, and we’re hoping that people will come out to celebrate that legacy,” said Robert Starks, a board member of the Harold Washington Legacy Committee and professor emeritus of the Northeastern Illinois University.
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.


State Representative Mitchell to hold Community Meeting on Affordable Care Act

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Illinois State Representative Christian Mitchell (D-26th) will hold a Community Meeting to inform the public of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

The Community Meeting will be held November 21, at Baker College Prep High School, 2710 East 89th Street, in Chicago, from 4:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Come out to hear important information and receive district updates. There will also be representatives onsite to provide information for enrollment into the plan.

For more information, contact State Representative Mitchell’s Constituent Service Office at 773.924.1755 or e-mail: mitchelldistrict26@att.net.

The Lira Ensemble returns to the Near Western Suburbs with a Holiday Concert of Polish Music & Dance

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The highly praised Lira Ensemble, which specializes in Polish music, song and dance, returns to Near Western Suburbs of Chicago after years of absence, with a holiday concert entitled “Polish Carols, Song & Dance”featuring the Lira Singers, Lira Dancers and Lira Orchestra:


Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 3pm

at Dominican University Performing Arts Center

7900 West Division Street in River Forest

Tickets: www.events.dom.edu – Box Office: 708-488-5000

or call Lira at 773-508-7040 or 1-800-547-5472


The concert features Polish carols of various styles, and also popular Polish holiday music. This concert offers the rare opportunity to hear Polish carols played by an orchestra. The Lira Ensemble will also perform works by Polish master composers such as Frederic Chopin, Stanislaw Moniuszko, and Witold Lutoslawski, one of the most respected Polish composers of the 20th century.


The entire second act is devoted to Polish folk song and dance from various regions, presented in colorful, authentic folk outfits. Some American carols and folk songs are also in the program.


The Chicago Tribune is among the many metropolitan newspapers that have given high praise to the Lira company. The Tribune wrote: “the Lira Ensemble is booming…trying to bring Polish song and dance into American life, a cultural gift from people who emigrated to this country from Poland.”


Guest star at both concerts is 14-year-old Daniel Szefer – a piano prodigy who will perform music of Frederic Chopin including the Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Brillante. Despite his young age, Daniel has already performed around the US and has won first or second prizes at prestigious piano competitions.


The concerts will be conducted by Lira resident conductor Mina Zikri who was born in Cairo, Egypt and came to the United States in 1999. In addition to his duties with Lira, he is a guest conductor for the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Egypt and is founder and music director of the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra of Chicago. Mr. Zikri, who is also a violinist, performed with the Lira Symphony for 5 years and has been a member of Daniel Barenboim’s West Eastern Divan orchestra since 1999.


Lucyna Migala of WCEV/1450am, who is artistic director and general manager of the Lira Ensemble, will narrate the concerts in English, demonstrating some Polish holiday traditions and will offer a bit of the history and tradition behind the music and dance performed.


The Lira company is artist-in-residence at Loyola University Chicago and is the nation’s only professional performing arts company specializing in Polish music, song and dance. The mission of the company is to bring the best of Polish culture into American life.


The concert is sponsored by the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Chicago and by the Lira Society-Group 816 of the Polish Women’s Alliance of America. This event is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


The work of the Lira Ensemble is also supported by grants from the Alphawood Foundation, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Richard H. Dreihaus Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Chicago Community Foundation and the Arts Work Fund.


Theater doors open at 2:30pm for the concert. Lira recordings will be available for purchase in the lobby.


Tickets for “Polish Carols, Song & Dance” are very reasonably priced so that families can attend – from $48 to $58, with discounts for groups of 20 or more and half price tickets for children under age 16 in all price ranges. All seats are reserved.


Tickets can be ordered at www.events.dom.edu, by calling the DUPAC Box Office at 708-488-5000, or by calling the Lira Ensemble at 773-508-7040 or 1-800-547-5472.

“Dear___, ARE YOU MISSING YOUR CALLING?”

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Author and Inspirational Speaker releases new book “Dear_____, Are You missing Your Calling?”

Via the book, Sheila L. Agnew invites readers to the most important event of their lives


Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Independent Author, Peer Coach and Inspirational Speaker, Sheila L. Agnew released her second non-fiction book, Dear ______, Are You Missing Your Calling? In the book, Sheila uses the invitation as a metaphor to encourage readers to chronicle their most significant and important life events whether joyful or painful to help develop a clear path and direction for understanding our true callings and purposes.

She says “addressing the pain helps eliminate our fears and clears the way for placing our attention on a ‘now focus,’ which is a step closer to accepting the invitation. Some accept with an RSVP and others send regrets, I cannot come!”

Reverend Dr. Augustus T. Curry of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA says, “This book is an inspiration even for experienced pastors. You can pick it up five years from now and it will still be relevant.”

Stephanie Barnett of Upper Marlboro, MD says, “I accept the invitation and place this book on the level of Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life.”


About The Author
Sheila L. Agnew, formerly owned a successful event management and decorating company in Chicago and Columbus, OH prior to writing her first book, All About the Vets, A Sharing of Life Experiences for Women of Honor (2007), which received rave reviews for inspiring and encouraging women to pursue their dreams and passions in spite of age. She is currently the Chapter Director of Over 40 Females Atlanta where she resides and continues to create opportunities for mature women to have a voice through her blogs, workshops, seminars and speaking platforms. She writes a daily inspiration blog, Our Season, and has received numerous recognitions for entrepreneurship and creativity. For more about Sheila, visit www.sheilaagnew.com or email sheila.agnew4@gmail.com for bookings.

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Bookcover and author, Sheila L. Agnew
Photo credit: D.E. Phillips


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