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The US isn’t budging on Iran sanctions

But the EU really wishes they would.

The US and the EU have been clashing on a lot of things recently. Today, it's been confirmed Iran is definitely still one of them.

What it means: Ever since 1979, the US has been imposing 'sanctions' on Iran – which basically means banning any kind of business exchange or trade with them. It started with just a few products and sectors, and became more and more comprehensive over the years, with other world powers (including the EU) joining in.

But back in 2015, six world powers struck a deal which said sanctions would be lifted if Iran stopped producing nuclear weapons. Almost immediately, companies from all over the world invested in Iran - French company Total started building a gas field, Norwegian firm Saga Energy launched solar power companies, Airbus started selling planes to IranAir, Siemens began constructing railways... the works.

Under Trump's administration, the US has said they're pulling out of this deal, reimposing sanctions on Iran. They say they want to create 'unprecedented financial pressure' on the country to entirely stop its nuclear production, and pull out of conflicts in other Middle Eastern countries.

The EU really doesn't agree with this idea, and is worried that EU companies will feel pressure to pull out so as not to be in the US' bad books themselves.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?