Four In The Afternoon: So THIS is January…

1 HONEYMOON OVER Well, despite the fact we all knew it was coming, Prairie January has arrived. And it sucks.

2 WELCOMED BACK Harper announced today that he will heading back to China next month for only the second time since he has been in office. Initially a sharp critic of the Chinese government, unsurprisingly this position has swayed as Canada seeks energy resource investment and the establishment of MORE trade agreements. More here.

3 WISHING WELL Canadian skier Sarah Burke and Olympic favourite remains in critical condition following a superpipe accident in Salt Lake city this week.

4 ANYONE SURPRISED? US officials deny any involvement in the death of a Iranian nuclear scientist yesterday. This murder comes on the back of months of Western complaints about Iran’s nuclear programme. Another one of those US ‘foreign policy-related convenient coincidences’ we have become so accustomed to?

4 thoughts on “Four In The Afternoon: So THIS is January…”

  1. Had anyone forgot what normal Jan feels like? At least we get one more reprieve (Fri-Sun 0-0-0) this Sunday before it settles in.

  2. Just change the dates,countries and President.

    “Kennedy encountered problems with the Israeli government regarding the production of nuclear materials in Dimona. After the existence of a nuclear plant was initially denied by the Israeli government, David Ben-Gurion stated in a speech to the Israeli Knesset on December 21, 1960, that the purpose of the nuclear plant at Beersheba was for “research in problems of arid zones and desert flora and fauna”.[132] When Ben-Gurion met with Kennedy in New York, he claimed that Dimona was being developed to provide nuclear power for desalinization and other peaceful purposes “for the time being”.[132] Kennedy was skeptical, and stated in a May 1963 letter to Ben-Gurion that Amercian support to Israel could be in jeopardy if reliable information on the Israeli nuclear program was not forthcoming. Ben-Gurion repeated previous reassurances that Dimona was being developed for peaceful purposes. The Israeli government resisted American pressure to open its nuclear facilities to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections. A science attache at the embassy in Tel Aviv concluded that parts of the Dimona facility had been shut down temporarily to mislead American scientists when they visited. According to Seymour Hersh, the Israelis set up false control rooms to show the Americans. Israeli lobbyist Abe Feinberg stated, “It was part of my job to tip them off that Kennedy was insisting on [an inspection].”[133] Rodger Davies, the director of the State Department’s Office of Near Eastern Affairs, concluded in March 1965 that Israel was developing nuclear weapons. He reported that Israel’s target date for achieving nuclear capability was 1968–69.[134] On May 1, 1968, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Katzenbach told President Johnson that Dimona was producing enough plutonium to produce two bombs a year. The State Department argued that if Israel wanted arms, it should accept international supervision of its nuclear program.[133] Dimona was never placed under IAEA safeguards. Attempts to write Israeli adherence to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) into contracts for the supply of U.S. weapons continued throughout 1968.”

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