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MIDDLE EAST - Cease-Fire Fails, Latest in the Un-Ending War

"Hopes for Mideast cease-fire dashed as Israel resumes airstrikes on Gaza" (Part-1) PBS NewsHour 7/15/2014GWEN IFILL (NewsHour):  Hopes of a potential stop to the violence gripping the Middle East were dashed today as aerial bombardment from bot...
by Mage Soapbox on Jul 17, 2014

AMERICA - Sgt. Bergdahl / POW Swap

"Sorting Murky Issues on the POW Swap" by Robert Farley, with Eugene Kiely, FactCheck.org 6/6/2014A lot of gray area surrounds the political rhetoric about the White House’s decision to swap Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban figures detained at G...
by Mage Soapbox on Jun 10, 2014

#USA: Opposition to Proposed Amb. to Norway Growing in Senate

[world politics news]Opposition to Pres. Obama's nomination of Long Island Businessman and Democratic Party Donor George Tsunis as US ambassador to Norway is growing in both parties. Tsunis had a disastrous Sen. confirmation hearing in January.
by World Politics News on Jun 6, 2014

USA: Opposition to Proposed Amb. to Norway Growing in Senate

[world politics news]Opposition to Pres. Obama's nomination of Long Island Businessman and Democratic Party Donor George Tsunis as US ambassador to Norway is growing in both parties. Tsunis had a disastrous Sen. confirmation hearing in January.
by World Politics News on Jun 6, 2014

FOREIGN POLICY - Secretary of State John Kerry Interview 5/29/2014

"Kerry defends Obama foreign policy, vows not to give up on Middle East peace" PBS NewsHour 5/29/2014ExcerptSUMMARY:  Secretary of State John Kerry weighs in on the U.S. response to the crisis in Ukraine, a terror resurgence in North Africa, the...
by Mage Soapbox on Jun 2, 2014

SOUTH ASIA - India/Pakistan Meeting

It's a start....."Leaders of Pakistan and India address Mumbai attack in historic meeting" PBS NewsHour 5/27/2014JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  India’s new prime minister made headlines this week by inviting the leader of its contentious neighbor,...
by Mage Soapbox on Jun 2, 2014

MIDDLE EAST - Pope Francis' Visit

I too believe Palestine IS a sovereign nation."Pope Francis performs ‘balancing act’ of agendas on Middle East visit" (Part-1) PBS NewsHour 5/26/2014ExcerptJEFFREY BROWN (NewsHour):  Nicholas Casey, is the Middle East correspondent for The W...
by Mage Soapbox on May 27, 2014

Rise Of Terrorist Group Boko Haram Now Being Blamed On Global Warming

It’s amazing what makes it into the news these days. The Guardian has a long piece this weekend about how global warming, er, I mean climate change, is behind the rise of the terrorist group Boko Haram. The group is…Read more →...
by The Lonely Conservative on May 11, 2014

MIDDLE EAST - Peace Talks Reality Check

The war that never ends......"Kerry:  Mideast peace talks need ‘reality check’" by Anne Gearan and William Booth, Washington Post 4/4/2014The Obama administration is reassessing a year-long effort to broker peace between Israel and the Pale...
by Mage Soapbox on Apr 4, 2014

Ask General Kang: If my foreign policy is a failure, do I have to admit it?

Hell no! If you can’t blame the failures of your policy on some flunky (or opposition party, if you’re unlucky enough to be ruling in a “democracy”) then what kind of leader are you? The best option is to say … Continue...
by The Skwib on Apr 3, 2014

SAUDI ARABIA - President Obama's Diplomatic Visit

I totally agree with the highlighted comment below.  We (U.S.) should have done this a long time ago.  Of course the West fiddles as the Middle East spins more out of control, and we are going to pay the price in the future."In visit to Sau...
by Mage Soapbox on Mar 31, 2014

VATICAN - Pope Francis and President Obama

"President Obama and Pope Francis discuss social issues, inequality concerns during first meeting" (Part-1) PBS NewsHour 3/27/2014GWEN IFILL (NewsHour):  President Obama’s meeting with the pope today focused international attention on two of t...
by Mage Soapbox on Mar 28, 2014

Victims of conflict

Last night I had a chance to hear Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd discussing their new book A Sliver of Light, which recounts their two year ordeal of imprisonment in Iran. You might be more familiar with them the way they were usually char...
by Mediation's Place on Mar 26, 2014

JAPAN - Dismantling World's Nuclear Arsenal, Update

Live and learn.  I was not aware that Japan had any weapons-grade plutonium, given their experience with being on the receiving end of such weapons."Japan surrenders part of its nuclear stockpile for disposal" PBS NewsHour 3/24/2014ExcerptGWEN I...
by Mage Soapbox on Mar 25, 2014

Future LOBOnian-American Diplomatic Relations in Question

Predator Press [LOBO] I remember "coming to" vaguely. -A balding man, typing with one finger, is asking me questions I am answering on autopilot.  He fills out forms -replete with scan-friendly magnetic bar codes- in handwri...
by Predator Press on Mar 15, 2014

#GERMANY

#Merkel Says Frmr Chancellor Schroeder's Comparison of Crimea with Kosovo "Shameful" [world politics news]...
by World Politics News on Mar 14, 2014

#GERMANY

#Merkel Warns Russia of Massive Damage Over Ukraine Crisis [world politics news]...
by World Politics News on Mar 13, 2014

UKRAINE - Feasible U.S. Response

IMHO the answer to this question is NO.  This is the beginning of a new 'Cold War' that goes beyond the Ukraine."Can U.S. balance deterrence and diplomacy in responding to Russia’s move in Ukraine?" PBS NewsHour 3/12/2014ExcerptSUMMARY: ...
by Mage Soapbox on Mar 13, 2014

UKRAINE - Could Germany Influence Putin?

"German influence on Russia could be key in Ukraine dispute" PBS NewsHour 3/8/2014ExcerptHARI SREENIVASAN (NewsHour):  It’s been a week now since Russian forces occupied Crimea, an area that’s been part of Ukraine for the last 60 years. ...
by Mage Soapbox on Mar 11, 2014

#SAUDIARABIA

Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Iraqi Branch of al-Qaeda Declared Terrorist Groups [world politics news]...
by World Politics News on Mar 7, 2014


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