» By no means should the above figures be taken as the final word on the devastating earthquakes that rocked the Iranian northwest, sadly. When following natural disasters like this, it’s important to remember that the full cost in human lives and suffering is rarely if ever able to be quantified so quickly.
We never talked about him going back to Iran or anything like that. He was just speaking full-fledged Farsi and the representative came back and denied our sale. I would say if you’re trying to buy an iPhone, don’t tell them anything about Iran.Atlanta resident Zack Jafarzadeh • Commenting on a recent trip to the Apple Store in Atlanta’s Perimeter Mall, when a friend wanted to purchase a new iPhone. Jafarzadeh’s story came to light after another Apple Store customer, University of Georgia student Sahar Sabet, contacted her local news station after being denied a new iPad for the same reason, citing State Department regulations and the fractured relations between the two countries. (She later got an apology after calling customer service.) Apple has not commented on the policy, or the story, at this time, though two Islamic-American groups have condemned the practice. source (via • follow)
» The reports come less than 24 hours after news broke that six-nation negotiations with Iran, over the country’s nuclear ambitions, broke down yesterday. During the discussions, Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili continually insisted that the international community lift sanctions and respect his country’s right to enrich uranium. “We had an intense and tough exchange of views,” said EU spokesman Michael Mann, “They responded to our package of proposals from Baghdad but, in doing so, brought up lots of questions.”
We agreed that we need to see a cessation of the violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil war.President Barack Obama • Following a two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin — the first since Putin’s return to the presidency — prior to the beginning of a G20 summit in Mexico. The two discussed a wide range of issues that their respective nations have clashed over in the past, including missile defense systems in Europe and Iran’s nuclear ambitions, with Putin telling reporters that, “From my perspective, we’ve been able to find many commonalities pertaining to all of those issues.” source (via • follow)