Reuters – Parisa Hafezi / Talks on reviving 2015 Iran nuclear deal to resume Nov. 29
- Talks on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will resume on Nov. 29, the country’s top nuclear negotiator said on Wednesday, as Western concerns over Tehran’s nuclear advances grow.
- “We agreed to start the negotiations aiming at removal of unlawful & inhumane sanctions on 29 November in Vienna,” Ali Bagheri Kani wrote in a tweet later confirmed in U.S. and EU statements.
- Tehran and six powers started to discuss ways to salvage the nuclear pact in April. It has eroded since 2018, when then-U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from it and reimposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to breach mandated limits on uranium enrichment the following year.
- Negotiations have been on hold since the June election of hardline Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who is expected to take a tough approach when they resume in Vienna.
- Bourse and Bazaar – Esfandyar Batmanghelidj / For Iran, the JCPOA is worth restoring, even if Trump returns
The Washington Post – Sean Sullivan, Michael Scherer and David Weigel / Biden urges swift action as Democrats scramble to deflect voter anger
- President Biden urged Democrats on Wednesday to swiftly pass his domestic agenda after an off-year electoral wipeout highlighted the fragile state of the party’s electoral majorities in the House and Senate. But a new round of bitter recriminations threatened to dash Democratic hopes of quickly moving past the stinging defeats.
- From Virginia’s Tidewater region to the Philadelphia suburbs to Long Island, voters on Tuesday issued an unmistakable repudiation of the Democratic Party that was wider and deeper than even some of its more pessimistic tacticians were anticipating.
- Scrambling to make sense of the election results, White House officials and Democratic congressional leaders said they concluded that voters were unhappy with their incomplete push to spend trillions of dollars on public works, the social safety net and combating climate change. These Democrats said there is now a clear incentive to accelerate their work.
- Addressing reporters on Wednesday, Biden effectively argued that the party’s problems boil down to its execution, not its vision. He did not accept blame for the election results, even as some in his party held him culpable.
- The Atlantic – David A. Graham / The Virginia results aren´t the victory Trump thinks they are
Climate Home News – Chloé Farand / Donor nations commit $1.7bn to help indigenous people protect forests
- An alliance of governments and private funders has committed to provide $1.7 billion to support indigenous people advance their land rights by 2025, in recognition of their critical role in conserving forests.
- The UK, Norway, Germany, US, and the Netherlands, along with 17 private and philanthropic organisations earmarked a $1.7bn pot for indigenous and local communities to help them preserve forests. This came with a promise to include them in the decision-making and design of climate programmes and finance instruments.
- It is one of a handful of funding initiatives for forest protection announced at Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow. Twelve donor countries pledged a total of $12 billion in public funds, with private co-financing worth $7.2bn.
- The funding supports a pact signed by more than 100 countries to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030.
- Carbon Brief – Deborah McGregor / Guest post: an indigenous peoples’ approach to climate justice
Financial Times – James Shotter / Warsaw plans more judicial reforms as EU dispute rages on
- Poland is planning a further overhaul of its Supreme Court and other parts of its judicial system amid a smouldering stand-off with Brussels over the rule of law.
- Warsaw and Brussels have been at loggerheads for the last five years over changes introduced by Poland’s conservative-nationalist ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) that give politicians sweeping powers over the judiciary.
- The dispute has come to a head in recent weeks, with Poland’s constitutional tribunal ruling that parts of EU law are not compatible with the Polish constitution, and the EU’s top court imposing record daily fines of €1m on Warsaw for ignoring an order to suspend some of its contentious judicial changes.
- Polish officials have pledged to scrap by the end of this year a controversial disciplinary chamber for judges that has been one of the main flashpoints in the row.
- Euractiv – Thijs Reuten and Tineke Strik / Why the Commission should ignore Poland’s ‘false compromise’
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