Former U.N. ambassador on Iran’s “charm offensive,” panel discussion on global persecution of Christians
Today’s news and a special report on Iran’s “charm offensive,” which critics say is just a stalling tactic to buy time to continue its pursuit of nuclear weaponry, plus: a panel discussion on the rise of Christian persecution around the world, and more.
Day Eight: As the government shutdown entered its second week, both the White House and Congress hold steady, repeating talking points: Republicans insisting on relief from Obamacare, and the White House demanding Republicans give up their negotiating leverage before agreeing to negotiate.
Shutdown fallout: Catholic military chaplains find their chapel doors locked, due to the budget impasse.
Taliban victim speaks: A gripping new memoir from a courageous Pakistani teenager who refused to be intimidated by Islamist terrorists is getting glowing reviews.
Syria: U-N trucks are making their way across the Syrian countryside, as inspectors track down and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.
Business/economy: Stocks extended their losses for a second session yesterday. The Dow and S&P 500 are at their lowest levels in nearly a month, as traders continued to keep an eye on developments in Washington.
Kinder, gentler Iran?
A special report on what critics call the new Iranian president’s “charm offensive” to fend off Western sanctions and pressure while continuing to pursue nuclear weapons. Our Kent Covington spoke with the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, who said: “We’ve got 10 years of evidence, 10 years of negotiations by the United States, either directly or indirectly through the Europeans. And I think the pattern that Iran follows is very clear. … They use negotiations as a tactic to gain both legitimacy and to buy time for them to make progress toward their objective.”
The global assault on Christians
We bring you a portion of a panel discussion with Paul Marshall, Nina Shea and Lela Gilbert, co-authors of Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians (Thos. Nelson, 2013). Read an excerpt from the book.