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Iran Sanctions To Be Lifted, US Hostages Reportedly Released Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and three other American hostages reportedly have been released in a prisoner swap, according to the semiofficial Mehr and Fars news agencies. Rezaian has been held since July 2014.

There was no official confirmation from the United States. All four of the men held in Iranian jails were dual citizens.

In other developments, once the International Atomic Energy Agency has issued its final report concerning Iran’s nuclear program, international sanctions against Iran will be lifted, says Tehran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to Reuters.

First Female Leader Elected In Taiwan
Taiwanese opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen won the island’s presidential election Saturday to become its first female leader, telling China she wanted stable relations but would defend her country’s sovereignty and dignity.

Pre-election polls showed the results were somewhat of a foregone conclusion, but they signify a setback for the Chinese government, who had formed a working relationship with outgoing president, KMT politician Ma Ying-jeou. Ma supported maintaining the status quo in terms of unification with China, while Tsai represents a party that leans toward independence. That might complicate US-China relations as Washington is bound to support Taiwan if it is threatened.

“Both sides have a responsibility to do their utmost to find mutually acceptable ways to interact with respect and reciprocity and ensure no provocation and no surprises,” Tsai said, according to Reuters.

“We want to stress that we always uphold the ‘One China'(policy), oppose Taiwan independence, oppose two Chinas. No matter what changes take place on the island, this position will never change and has not changed,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei before the results were confirmed.

Does Trauma Experienced By Immigrants Spur Entrepreneurialism?The current political debate about what is the appropriate level of immigration and who should and should not be allowed into the country overlooks a key fact that should inform the discussion, writes Eric Weiner in the Wall Street Journal.

Foreign-born residents may account for only 13 percent of the U.S. population but they hold nearly a third of all patents and a quarter of all Nobel Prizes awarded to Americans. Research suggests there might be a reason that is rooted in the experiences which inspired an immigrant to flee or relocate.

Several studies have uncovered what is known as “schema violations” in intellectual development. In short, he writes, a schema violation occurs when our world is turned upside-down, when temporal and spatial cues are off-kilter.

The question the findings raise is whether being uprooted from the familiar results in immigrants seeing the world in a different way and, in turn, in a way that enables them to surpass the merely talented.

A look through history indicates this is not a new phenomena.

“In ancient Athens, foreigners known as metics (today we’d call them resident aliens) contributed mightily to the city-state’s brilliance. Renaissance Florence recruited the best and brightest from the crumbling Byzantine Empire. Even when the ‘extra cultural influx’ arrives uninvited, as it did in India during the British Raj, creativity sometimes results. The intermingling of cultures sparked the ‘Bengal Renaissance’ of the late 19th century,” he reports.

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