Q&A: Texas Border Towns Hope NAFTA Can Be Saved, Revamped

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Will the United States pull out of the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico? Negotiators are working to rewrite the pact that President Donald Trump has called a job-killing "disaster." They met recently in Mexico City but couldn't reach a deal amid fears that Trump will withdraw from the agreement. Trump has also complicated matters by threatening to tax Mexican and Canadian steel and aluminum if he can't get the NAFTA deal he wants. The Associated Press spoke with Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, who represents a south Texas district that has a big stake in strong trade ties to Mexico.


Guess who's the only British person on Time's person of the year shortlist

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Nigel Farage, the former leader of the Ukip party and prominent Leave campaigner in the Brexit referendum in June, has been shortlisted for Time magazine's person of the year award. Farage is one of the 11 contenders named by the U.S. publication alongside U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Beyoncé and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "As head of the U.K. Independence Party, Farage was a face of the successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, positioning the referendum as the start of a global populist wave against the political establishment," the magazine said. The other contenders are U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, residents of Flint, Michigan, who blew the whistle on lead-poisoned water and Russia's CRISPR scientists, who have developed technology that can edit DNA. Last year's winner was German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


Fidel Castro-Supported Lung Cancer Vaccine To Be Tested In U.S. Clinical Trials

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Researchers Take First Steps Toward A Preventative Alzheimer's Pill FDA has approved an IND to conduct clinical trials with the Cuba-manufactured vaccine for non-small cell lung cancer. Today's death of Cuba's 90-year-old former totalitarian leader, Fidel Castro, is generating reflection of some of the positive aspects of science and healthcare to emerge under a Communist regime. But as the New York Times' Anthony DePalma wrote this morning, "His legacy in Cuba and elsewhere has been a mixed record of social progress and abject poverty, of racial equality and political persecution, of medical advances and a degree of misery comparable to the conditions that existed in Cuba when he entered Havana as a victorious guerrilla commander in 1959." One of those medical advances is a lung cancer vaccine called CIMAvax that is about to undergo clinical trials testing at Roswell Park Institute in Buffalo, New York. The immunotherapeutic isn't a vaccine in the conventional sense where the immune system is harnessed to attack the cancer itself.


Iran: 1988 Massacre Photo Exhibition Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

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NCRI - Washington, DC; September 5, 2016 – This week, the United States Congress reconvenes just as Iranian-Americans commemorate anniversary of the 1988 massacre of some 30,000 political prisoners in the hands of Iran's clerical rulers. Organization of Iranian-American Communities (OIAC-US) will sponsor a 4-day photo exhibition in the United States House of Representatives to underscore this crime against humanity; ordered and committed by past & present Iranian government officials. The photo exhibition will feature images from multiple known mass gravesites, the tragic details therein, and chronicles the facts for the general public, members of Congress, their staff, and the media. This year's event bears particular significance following the recent release of an audio recording in which the now deceased Grand Ayatollah Ali Montazeri chastises members of the "death commission" for carrying out the massacres. ""In my opinion, the greatest crime committed during the Islamic Republic, for which history will condemn us, has been committed by you," Montazeri is recorded as saying on the July 1988 tape to a group of senior judicial and intelligence figures, including a domestic spymaster, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, who now serves as justice minister in the government of President Hassan Rouhani.""


Trump administration announces closure of Washington PLO office

Al Jazeera

The United States announced the closure of the Palestinian mission in Washington, DC, in what Palestinian leaders described as "a declaration of war" on peace efforts by the administration of President Donald Trump. In a statement on Monday, the US State Department said the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) office "has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel". "We have permitted the PLO office to conduct operations that support the objective of achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between Israelis and the Palestinians since the expiration of a previous waiver in November 2017," the statement said. It added the PLO leadership "has condemned a US peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the US government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise". In response, the Palestinian Authority (PA) said the move would allow Israel to continue "their policies against the Palestinian people and land".