March 27, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Star Forward Yoeli Childs Declares For NBA Draft Furthermore, Childs also stated on his Twitter account that the program’s retired head coach, Dave Rose, led “with class and passion.” He also confirmed Rose taught him many valuable lessons “through his compassion, hard work and service.” Brad James Childs, who averaged 21.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game during his recently-completed junior campaign, has foregone his senior year of eligibility. He confirmed on his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon that he will sign with an agent and declare for the 2019 NBA Draft on June 20. Written by This is the third consecutive season that the Cougars have seen their leading scorer depart from the program. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Wednesday, more big news emerged from the BYU men’s basketball program as star forward Yoeli Childs announced he was declaring for the NBA Draft. Childs confirmed that he is grateful for what his coaches and teammates did for him over the course of the past three seasons at BYU. Tags: agent/BYU Men’s Basketball/Dave Rose/leading scorer/NBA Draft/Yoeli Childs
Home » News » Marketing » Interview: Industry leader backs Boomin despite previous run-ins with Bruce brothers previous nextMarketingInterview: Industry leader backs Boomin despite previous run-ins with Bruce brothersIain White’s dislike of Purplebricks means agents may be surprised he’s backing Boomin but says it’s industry’s big chance to challenge portalsNigel Lewis27th November 20200624 Views Leading industry consultant Iain White (pictured) says he is backing Boomin despite previous run-ins with its founders, Michael and Kenny Bruce, when they ran Purplebricks.White tells The Negotiator that his 30 years’ experience as a senior director and board member of several well-known agencies, and long track record of questioning the leading property portals, has convinced him that Boomin is the best chance agents have to weaken Rightmove and Zoopla, particularly as he believes that OnTheMarket has run its course.White says he has met the Bruce brothers and was given the chance to scrutinise their offering in detail, despite his vociferous criticism of Purplebricks in the past.Challenged on whether he has a commercial link to it, White says: “I am not employed by them but I am acting as a liaison in the capacity as a representative of my consultancy between them and the many agents who I work with, most of whom have chosen to sign up with Boomin, some following discussions with me, and some of their own accord.“I feel strongly that the current portal space is not in the best interests of estate agents or the consumer, but I know that the many people who know of my opposition to Purplebricks will be surprised by me backing Boomin.”White says he met the Bruce brothers recently because his clients kept asking about the venture, and he went to find out what the ‘million-dollar’ catch was but couldn’t find one and, after being shown the contracts agents are signing, including their data usage provisions, became a convert.Not a patsy“I am not a patsy or a puppet of Boomin, but I felt compelled to back the solution and become a channel through which agents can air their worries and issues about it,” he adds.White says he wants agents to decide whether to go with the platform or not based on the facts rather than on the opinions of ‘keyboard warriors’ who spread disinformation.“I wouldn’t put my name behind it and risk my reputation if I didn’t believe it offers a genuine alternative to the big portals and creates a much more positive environment for estate agents and a better experience for home buyers and sellers,” he says.“If agents stay with Boomin after the free period and start paying it will – if it succeeds and it may not – have done enough to either change or reduce the other portals’ ability to charge such high fees by moving enough customers’ eye balls to make it a viable proposition,“This could shift the one-sided relationship agents have with portals and in particular Rightmove, on fee negotiations.“If it fails then after the two-year free period agents will be released, and even if they have started paying, they will also be free exit too – as Boomin has no long-term tie that the portals have traditionally insisted on.”Kenny Bruce MBE Boomin Iain White Purplebricks Michael Bruce November 27, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
Six illegal workers have been arrested during a UK Border Agency (UKBA) raid on Honeytop Speciality Foods in Dunstable.Acting on intelligence, UKBA officers, along with police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, raided the Woodside Industrial Estate during the night shift and found six staff who had no right to be in the UK.Three of the illegal workers a Pakistani man, an Indian woman and a Ghanaian man had overstayed their visas. The others two Indian men and an Iranian man had entered the UK illegally. They all face deportation.Honeytop now faces a potential fine of up to £10,000 per illegal worker unless it can prove correct pre-employment checks were carried out. A Honeytop spokesman said: “We do not knowingly employ people illegally, and thoroughly screen all potential employees to ensure they are entitled to work before we take them on.” He added that it was co-operating fully with the investigation.
26-year-old rapper Travis Scott has had a big year in 2018. In addition to releasing his Grammy-nominated third album, Astroworld, and dominating the charts with its lead single, “Sicko Mode”, Scott hit the road for a number of high-profile performances in support of the album as part of his Wish You Were Here Tour.Now, Travis Scott has announced an extensive second leg to his Astroworld tour, featuring 28 new dates scheduled for early 2019. The 2019 leg of the tour will begin on January 25th in Vancouver and continue consistently through the first three months of 2019 before wrapping on March 24th in Charlotte, NC.Related: Travis Scott Welcomes John Mayer & Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker For SNL Performance [Watch]Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday, December 20th at 10 a.m. local time here. See below for a full list of dates and venues.Travis Scott Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour – Leg Two1/25 – Vancouver, B.C. – Rogers Arena1/27 – Portland, OR – Moda Center1/29 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome2/4 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center2/6 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena2/8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum2/11 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center2/13 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center2/17 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center2/18 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center2/20 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse2/22 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum2/24 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center2/26 – State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center2/28 – Buffalo, NY – Key Bank Center3/2 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden3/3 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center3/5 – Monreal, QC – Bell Centre3/7 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena3/9 – Hartford, CT – XL Center3/12 – Washington, D.C. – Capitol One Arena3/14 – Jacksonville, FL – Veterans Memorial3/15 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center3/17 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena3/20 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena3/22 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena3/24 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum CenterView Tour Dates
2018 was a high time for Grateful Dead fans in New York City. In addition to hosting numerous outdoor performances from Dead & Company and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, New Yorkers were introduced to a new Dead-themed tribute band this year by the name of High Time. The five-piece rock band began hosting concerts at Union Pool in the north Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg starting back in March and have expanded to a few smaller markets outside the city in the months since. The band has played the small but fun Brooklyn venue seven more times since their debut back in the spring, more often than not to a sold-out crowd of local Deadheads.High Time’s show on Sunday acted as their last NYC gig of 2018, and they closed out their inaugural year with a thrilling two-set performance of Dead favorites, in addition to a notable debut from one of the jam scene’s newest tribute bands.High Time focuses primarily on the early, primal years of the Grateful Dead live catalogue (1965-1974) and they make sure to create a set and setting fitting for the band’s LSD-friendly era. Colorfully psychedelic liquid light projections covered nearly every inch of the performance room, including the stage, making for an environment similar to that of Ken Kesey‘s original Acid Tests of the mid-1960s.Rather than coming out with an instrumental jam as some Dead shows tend to do, High Time started Sunday’s performance with the familiar opening guitar riff of “China Cat Sunflower”. The room immediately filled with an abundance of dance-fueling energy as they played the popular song from Aoxomoxoa right into “I Know You Rider” for a thrilling start to the night. Up next was “Jack Straw”, with both guitarists Michael O’Neill and Jake Rabinbach (Francis and The Lights) sharing a slightly embarrassed smile when they both missed their singing cues heading into the song’s first verse. It’s that kind of on-stage looseness which has helped the band gain such a strong local following of like-minded spirits within their first year performing Dead songs. “Brown Eyed Women” came next with a great solo from Rabinbach, followed by “Ramble On Rose”. The opening set took a wild turn as the band then tore right into “Truckin”, which heard the audience saying fare thee well to 2018 with the packed room all yelling out the lyrics of “What a long strange trip it’s been!” The song also featured some dreamy slide guitar work from Rabinbach during the outro solo, keeping the adrenaline going as they transitioned into “The Other One” and further continuing into “Morning Dew”. The set would come to a climactic close with another jam-filled song from Grateful Dead’s 1967 debut album, “Viola Lee Blues”.Set two was about as head-y as any Deadhead could imagine for a final show of the year. The band returned to start the second half of the show with “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo”, which transitioned into “Playing in the Band”, sung by drummer Adam Kriney. The lengthy solo for the Bob Weir solo tune featured some really fun stand-alone interplay between Kriney and bassist Jake Vest. The jam quickly took a fun but dark turn when pianist Kevin Uehlinger (Ice Pedal Flowers) launched the venue into orbit with a mini “Space” section courtesy of his keyboards. Taking the audience into space was right where the band had in mind as they then continued the jam into Robert Hunter‘s lyrical masterpiece, “Dark Star”. The band then brought their audience back down to earth with O’Neill diving into the opening chords of “Eyes of the World”, before revisiting “Playing In The Band” for its reprise.“If you stay late, you get to hear the hits!” Rabinbach told a still-packed venue as the clock passed 11 p.m. He held true to his word as a quartet of Dead “hits” would begin with their live debut of “St. Stephen”, and charging into “The Eleven”, “Turn On Your Lovelight”, and “Scarlett Begonias” all consecutively to close out the set. The band never even got the chance to leave the stage to rest before the encore. They instead went right into one final song of the night with “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad”. Photos from Sunday night’s show can be seen in the gallery below.High Time is scheduled to start 2019 with a concert at Garcia’s at The Cap early next year on January 30th. Tickets for the show can be purchased here.Setlist: High Time | Union Pool | Brooklyn, NY | 12/16/2018Set One: China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Jack Straw, Brown Eyed Women, Ramble On Rose, Truckin > The Other One* > Morning Dew (Bonnie Dobson cover), Viola Lee Blues (Noah Lewis cover)Set Two: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo > Playing in the Band (Bob Weir cover) > Space > Dark Star, Eyes of the World > Playing in the Band II, St. Stephen**, The Eleven > Turn On Your Love Light, Scarlett BegoniasEncore: Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (Woody Guthrie cover)*Drum solo** Live debut Load remaining images
Read Full Story The Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) at Harvard University announced the selection of 46 ALI Fellows to take part in its intensive, multi-disciplinary program.ALI taps the experience of a socially conscious generation of accomplished leaders and provides them with tools to address complex challenges. These challenges often have multifaceted political and technical dimensions that cannot be solved with a single approach. ALI Fellows participate in a core course, intensive deep dives on social issues (health, environment, and education), and field experiences, culminating in a capstone event where they present their plan to make a lasting difference in the world.Following the program year, fellows join the ALI Coalition, a group dedicated to ongoing social impact. “At ALI, leaders find their calling. As successful as they were in their primary career, they narrowed their focus to the challenges of their profession. ALI provides these leaders the time to rediscover what they were interested in earlier in their career and find sophisticated ways to impact positive change within these areas,” says Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Chair and Director of the Advanced Leadership Initiative and Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor at Harvard Business School.This year, ALI welcomes its ninth cohort of fellows, bringing to the program extensive experience in law, medicine, technology, finance, manufacturing, government, the military, social enterprise, and more. Seventeen ALI Fellows are international, and many others have had significant professional experience abroad.
Russell, McCollum debate new JNC system and judicial independence Senior Editor I n what was billed as a debate, Bar President Terry Russell joked that the biggest difference between him and “opponent” Bill McCollum is he graduated from the Florida State University law school while McCollum went to the University of Florida.McCollum, an Orlando lawyer and former U.S. representative who unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate last year, and Russell had a good-natured discussion July 27 before the Tallahassee Federalist Society on the independence of the judiciary and recent changes in state law that give the governor a greater say in state judicial appointments.Both offered ringing endorsements on the bedrock importance of an independent judiciary, saying it more than anything else is responsible for protecting freedom and making the U.S. the envy of the world.About the only area of disagreement was over the recently enacted changes to the judicial nominating commission appointment process which gives the governor substantially expanded powers while reducing the Bar’s role and over whether state trial judges should be elected. (Under the old JNC process, the Bar appointed three lawyers, the governor appointed three members either lawyers or nonlawyers and those six picked an additional three nonlawyer members. Under the new law, the governor directly appoints five members, two of whom must be lawyers. He also appoints the other four members, based on Bar nominations of three lawyers for each vacancy. The governor can reject the Bar nomination lists as many times as he wants.)McCollum said he had no real problem with the older system, but the change is beneficial because it increases the governor’s powers. He also favors electing trial judges. Russell said he didn’t like the new JNC system and would prefer that all judges be appointed.The JNC change, McCollum said, strengthens the governor’s powers, and the state needs a strong governor.“The change is a law that was done by the legislature and is appropriate for strengthening the governor,” he said. “You still have The Florida Bar actively participating.”McCollum said it would be unlikely for a governor to only appoint judges from his or her own party, but if it happened, “the accountability issue is the next ballot box. You are the only reason he won’t do that, or if he doesn’t do that, you have the right to go to the ballot box next time.”While he supports appointment of state appellate judges and all federal judges, because it’s hard for voters to know much about them, McCollum said it’s important to continue electing state trial judges.“I think the confidence of the people is important. If you took away the voting power of the people, you would be taking away confidence in the court system,” McCollum said. He conceded there have been problems with elections and it can be difficult for voters in urban areas to be familiar with their large number of trial judges.Russell noted when the country was formed, all judges, state and federal, were appointed. But he conceded changing to an appointive system is unlikely anytime soon.“The bottom line is the election of judges is putting square pegs into a round hole,” he said. “There are evils in the election process. I don’t know if they can be solved, they just have to be lived with.”On the JNC appointments, Russell said, “We are still involved, but not enough. The nominating process will continue to work, but not as well as it did.”Giving the governor more authority over JNC appointments removes checks and balances that have been a strength of the system, he said. “I believe this governor is acting in good faith and will appoint good members of the JNCs,” Russell added. “That’s not the point. We restrain the executive and legislative branches. . . to strengthen the system itself.”Russell added he is “alarmed when I see efforts being made by executive branches of government all over this nation to tamper with the judicial selection process in a way not intended to improve it but rather toward demeaning it, to make judges accountable to popular sentiment, when we know in fact that they cannot be.”Both said judicial independence is fundamental to American democracy.“We are the greatest nation in the world and the greatest free nation,” McCollum said. “The reason is the independent judiciary.”He added that the founding fathers made a deliberate decision to create a government with checks and balances between the three branches.“Our system is unique in the world, and when you look at places that are not succeeding as well, you look at countries that do not have independent judiciaries,” he said, adding when people don’t have faith in the courts, crime and unrest are rampant.Russell said, in preparing for his appearance, he went back to reread the writings of the founding fathers, including the Federalist Papers.“If they were here today, they would be the loudest proponents for a completely independent judiciary, period, don’t talk to me about it,” Russell said. “This nation is entrusted to a very carefully crafted separation of powers. Look around, it has worked so magnificently.. . . The court system is designed to protect the least among us in order to protect us.”Both were dubious about the possibility of public financing of judicial races, saying it might require a constitutional amendment. McCollum said a better alternative would be to have bar associations play a larger role in educating the public about the qualifications and records of candidates.The two were asked about how much politics should influence judicial appointments and, for federal judgeships, the required Senate confirmation. “I don’t think we have to take all the politics out of selection in order to have an independent judiciary,” McCollum said. “What you want to take out of the system. . . is the potential for imposing on those who are chosen any kind of constraint that they have to abide by the wishes of the person who appointed them.”“Ideally, a president or governor would select individuals for the bench who reflect the mainstream of society,” Russell said. “I believe there are considerations that every president and every governor has, and they are inherently political. But the bottom line is if we can pick people in the mainstream of American society. . . I think we have accomplished a lot.” August 15, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Russell, McCollum debate new JNC system and judicial independence
USSC to hear IOTA case July 1, 2002 Regular News USSC to hear IOTA case The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to determine the constitutionality of the nation’s interest on lawyer trust account programs once and for all.Acting June 10, the Court accepted cert in the Washington State IOLTA case ( Washington Legal Foundation v. Legal Foundation of Washington, No. 01-1325). The San Francisco-based U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last November that the state of Washington’s IOLTA program does not violate the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, reasoning that while the plaintiffs “have the right to control the accrued interest generated in theory, as a practical matter, that right will never come to fruition on its own because without IOLTA there is no interest.”That decision is at odds with a similar case decided in October 2001 by a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that found the Texas IOLTA program’s use of pooled interest from lawyers’ trust accounts amounts to an unconstitutional taking without just compensation, in violation of the Fifth Amendment. (WLF v. Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation ).In that case the majority said, “In reality, the linchpin for this case has already been inserted by the Supreme Court: Interest income generated by funds held in IOLTA accounts is the ‘private property’ of the owner of the principal. And, because the state has permanently appropriated [the appellant’s] interest income against his will, instead of merely regulating its use, there is a per se taking.” Petition for en banc review of the Texas case was denied by the Fifth Circuit May 31, and lawyers for the Texas agency plan to file a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, which may consolidate both cases, according to the ABA.In 1998, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Philips v. WLF, found that clients have a protected property interest in funds created by pooled IOLTA accounts. The Supreme Court, however, took no view as to whether the funds had been “taken” by the state or if any “just compensation” was due the respondent. It left those issues for the lower courts to decide.The WLF is a Washington, D.C., based organization that has battled IOLTA programs across the country in the courts for many years.
View image | gettyimages.com Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the sandstorm swirls around the historic framework that President Obama and our allies have hammered out with Iran to rein in its nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions, it’s become clear to me that if you want war, you’ll bash the deal. If you want peace, you’ll support it like your life depends on it—even if you live thousands of miles away from the Middle East.Unfortunately, the jingoism, the saber rattling and the cynical pandering aimed at us here by Republicans and even Democrats in Congress, all to help Israel’s right-wing hawk, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, in his efforts to scuttle the negotiations, are only going to intensify before June 30 when the deal has to be finalized.Israel will not accept an agreement which allows a country that vows to annihilate us to develop nuclear weapons, period.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) April 3, 2015 Both historic achievements were achieved by Democratic presidents, Jimmy Carter with the former, and Bill Clinton with the latter. Here, the framework is the handiwork of two top Democrats, President Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry, who also ran for president but lost to George W. Bush. He took us into what former CIA spy Valerie Plame recently reminded us was “the biggest, most tragic U.S. foreign policy debacle ever.” Iran is a regime that openly calls for Israel’s destruction and openly and actively works towards that end.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) April 3, 2015 View image | gettyimages.com View image | gettyimages.com As a Long Islander, it pains me to watch Democratic Congressman Steve Israel vying with Tea Party Republican Lee Zeldin to be Bibi’s BFF on LI. (I guess Reps. Peter King and Kathleen Rice are chopped liver.) Seeing U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York’s elder Democratic leader, sidling up to his Republican Senate colleagues, some of whom signed that ignominiously unconstitutional letter penned by Arkansas’ junior Sen. Tom Cotton to undermine our negotiations, is appalling. Fortunately, New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, is sticking with the president…so far.It’s truly heartening to hear that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi opposes legislation empowering Congress to review the White House’s accord with Iran. She rightly said the proposal by Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, would blow up the agreement as the talks are in their final stages. Now, Pelosi’s a Democrat, of course, but what does it say when her view shares common ground with a Republican hardliner like John Bolton, President Bush’s bellicose UN ambassador who’s now ensconced at the right-wing think tank the American Enterprise Institute?“I don’t think it’s so important that the Senate actually gets a shot at this,” said Bolton, according to Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank who heard him speak recently at an AEI event in DC. Bolton noted that at least 90 percent of international agreements since World War II have not been subject to Senate ratification. Clearly those pushing for Congressional oversight here are looking for cover to scuttle the deal. Bolton is not one of them. His approach is different.In late March, The New York Times ran Bolton’s op-ed, headlined “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.” This screed came from a man who, as W’s under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, told the BBC, “We are confident that Saddam Hussein has hidden weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq. We know how that worked out, but unfortunately our country will be paying the bill for that overconfidence for years to come—while our bridges, roads and tunnels will continue to crumble, to say the least.To stop Iran’s bomb, bomb Iran http://t.co/l1EWMyzcV6 pic.twitter.com/DQD5YFjy4E— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) March 26, 2015If Iran is such a threat, why would Turkey’s pro-government paper, The Daily Sabah, be so sanguine? Its lead editorial recently said: “Iran remains one of the few stable countries in the Middle East, and by extension, a valuable partner for regional powers seeing to restore peace and stability.”Turkey’s border with Iran is essentially what it’s been since 1639 after the Persian and Ottoman empires stopped slugging it out. If any pro-Western country would have a stake in preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, wouldn’t it be its NATO-belonging neighbor? Yet the rhetoric from Istanbul is far less radioactive than the vitriol coming from Jerusalem—and Israel has had a nuclear weapons program since the late 1950s, thanks to French support.When that secret came out, no politician at the time called for sanctions against France or Israel, as far as I can recall. The United States and our allies have tacitly accepted the presence of nuclear weapons in Israel as the status quo. Hypocrisy may help the diplomats keep a straight face, but it’s hard to see how it furthers the cause of peace. Why don’t they ’fess up, tell us how many centrifuges Israel has, and put this bargaining chip on the table, too? It might go a long way to changing the equation. Certainly it might improve our own reputation for posterity’s sake—after all, we dropped the nuclear bomb, not once, but twice. Dear Judy, No one is crediting you with starting the Iraq war. We know you were notactually on the team that took…Posted by Valerie Plame Wilson on Monday, April 6, 2015 The alternative to this bad deal is standing firm, increasing the pressure on Iran until a good deal is achieved.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) April 3, 2015My connection to the issue is a little less tenuous than many of the commentators’. I’d been to Iran as a young college student while the Shah was in power, and later I got to meet the freed American hostages at a special reception that Mayor Ed Koch held for them after a ticker-tape parade in New York City.It’s going to take a lot of clear-headed people rising above the maelstrom to keep their eyes on the prize: a more peaceful world.“The framework is surprisingly comprehensive and offers the best potential for preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” The New York Times said in its editorial headlined “Israel’s Unworkable Demands on Iran.”Related: Long Island Iranian-Americans React to Us-Iran Nuke DealReading the increasingly rancid editorials in the Daily News praising Bibi at Obama’s expense and attacking the president’s deal, I wonder if that wily Republican casino-owning mega-mogul Sheldon Adelson, who already pulls the strings of Israel’s most pro-Bibi newspaper, has bought my favorite city tabloid under the cover of darkness. Or maybe he’s just annexed the editorial board.Now that Bibi has won his re-election, his American supporters are going all out to torpedo the framework. If this deal survives their propaganda campaign, it will rank with the Camp David peace agreement between Israel and Egypt and the Dayton Accords that ended hostilities among Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia. Meanwhile, with bipartisan support in Congress, we give billions of dollars to Israel, while whining about its apartheid policies against the Palestinians; and billions to the junta in Egypt while standing by idly as its repressive regime cracks down on its people.So, thanks to the negotiators in Switzerland, here’s a framework that doesn’t add to our deficit. Instead, it reduces the threat of war and encourages Iran’s middle class to go shopping.And I know firsthand how Iranians like American goods. Or at least they did when I was traveling through Iran in 1975.Coming back overland from India, there was no way around Iran. And so it was that I found myself leaving Afghanistan one hot afternoon and entering a building at the Iranian border. Mounted on a wall at the far end of the customs area was a billboard-sized poster that displayed the king, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, standing on top of a mountain peak looking like a corporate executive in his business suit, clouds swirling behind him as he gazed into the future. It was a little too Mussolini-ish to my taste, but it dwarfed anything the Afghan side had.A few days later I was running low on cash in Tehran when I was told of a money-making scheme that would only cost me a pair of Levis, if I had any to spare. Fortunately, I did. I started to walk down a prominent boulevard downtown in the business district, holding my arm out to the street with a used pair of blue jeans draped over them. I’d been doing this for about a minute when suddenly a silver Mercedes-Benz swerved to the curb. The driver, a middle-aged Iranian man with a black mustache, rolled down the window and offered me 50 bucks for them. I gave him the jeans and he sped off. He never even looked at the waist size. Was that American imperialism?By the time I’d taken a bus to the Turkish border, I was eager to put Iran behind me. I’d had enough conversations about the Shah with Iranians where it’d gotten to the point I had to pretend I was Canadian just to avoid having to defend our foreign policy—a policy I felt unfairly saddled with. I knew the Shah was disliked (if not despised), that the CIA had helped to overthrow Iran’s popular Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq in 1953 after he’d nationalized the British-owned oil industry, and that the Shah continued to hold power through his hated U.S.-trained secret police, the SAVAK. I felt the country was ready to blow apart because the Shah’s fruits of westernization weren’t shared widely enough.At a large roadside restaurant near Tabriz where my Turkey-bound bus had stopped for dinner, I was seated with Iranian students my age who insisted on practicing their “American English” and laughed at everything I said. All of a sudden an argument erupted between a customer and a cashier about 20 feet away from us. Everyone in the restaurant stood up to watch them. The next thing I knew, the two men had gone out the front entrance with a swarm of people all shouting and battling each other. I wanted to follow but my companions anxiously grabbed my sleeves, refusing to translate. A minute later, if that long, the fracas in the street ended, and everyone streamed back inside. I was told that the customer had complained that he was overcharged.I didn’t think I’d ever have anything to do with Iran again, but I was wrong. In January 1981, Mayor Edward Koch threw a ticker-tape parade for the Iranian hostages. It was a big deal. They didn’t all show up—they’d only been free a couple of weeks since Inauguration Day when they were allowed to leave Iran—but after the parade they were invited to a special reception at City Hall. I was a lowly gopher for the New York Post back then, but I was sent to assist in the coverage, and soon wound up with nothing to do but socialize. So before the afternoon was over I was shaking hands gladly with Barry Rosen, the former press attaché at the embassy, and schmoozing with Moorhead Kennedy, one of the State Department’s economists based there. Liquor and good cheer were flowing in equal measures. It was a great day of jubilation, dimmed by my nagging thought that it didn’t have to happen.If only Jimmy Carter hadn’t let the Shah into the United States for cancer treatment in October 1979, maybe these Americans might never have been held hostage for even one day in Tehran, let alone 444. In the lead-up to the 1980 election, suburban Americans had been tying yellow ribbons around their trees for months to honor the hostages’ ordeal. On April 11, 1980, Carter bowed to increasing pressure to do something, anything, because the tough sanctions he’d imposed weren’t weakening the new regime’s resistance. And so he approved a rescue mission which became a fiasco. Three helicopters malfunctioned, and another helicopter crashed into a C-130 transport plane, killing eight servicemen. Carter’s popularity was around 20 percent, and he was up for re-election in November.The Republicans had nominated Reagan, a former California governor, Bedtime for Bonzo comedy movie star and 20 Mule Team Borax cleanser TV spokesman. Reagan’s advisors were worried that the besieged incumbent, himself a former governor of Georgia and a peanut farmer, might pull off what they called an “October Surprise,” and turn what had become an albatross around his neck into a laurel wreath if he got Iran to release the hostages before Election Day. Stories have since come out that Reagan’s operatives may have worked behind the scenes overseas to undermine Carter’s negotiations with Iran and prolong the crisis to the Republican nominee’s advantage. From what we later learned about Reagan’s illegal Iran-Contra affair, it’s certainly plausible.But hindsight only works in reverse. All I know as we await this fragile framework’s fate is that it offers the best hope in decades for a decent outcome between our countries that could benefit the world, Israel included. No one’s saying Iran is utopia. But Iranians are fighting ISIS too, aren’t they? Certainly the best thing we could do for those who don’t hold a grudge against the Great Satan is to let them have a chance to buy our stuff, play our music and wear our clothes.Lift the sanctions and be smart. Don’t buy the bullshit.Spencer Rumsey is the globe-trotting Senior Editor of the Long Island Press and author of its blog “Rumsey Punch.” To send him fanmail or inquire about his time in Nepal, Paris, or The Doors concert at the Philadelphia Arena in 1968, check out his extended bio below and write him at [email protected]
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