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  • Netanyahu, US envoy trade jabs over ‘two-standards’ of law in West Bank

    01/18/2016 10:22:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies ^ | 1/18/16 | HERB KEINON
    The Prime Minister’s Office dismissed as “unacceptable and wrong” uncharacteristically sharp public criticism of Israel’s legal standards leveled Monday by US envoy Dan Shapiro, who said at times there seemed to be one standard of law in the West Bank for Israelis, and another for Palestinians. “As Israel's devoted friend, and its most stalwart partner, we believe that Israel must develop stronger and more credible responses to questions about the rule of law in the West Bank,” Shapiro said during an address at the annual Institute for Strategic Studies (INSS) Conference in Tel Aviv. Noting that the recent indictments in...
  • Envoy: European Jews 'Bankrupted' by Security Costs

    03/13/2015 4:07:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 3/13/15 | staff
    Many Jewish bodies in Europe are being bankrupted by the growing need for security measures, the State Department's special envoy on anti-Semitism said on Friday, according to AFP. Jewish communities in Europe are on edge after being targeted by Islamist gunmen in recent attacks in France and Denmark. But even before that, many said they were victims of a growing tide of anti-Semitic crime, with the number of Jews leaving France for Israel nearly doubling between 2013 and 2014. "Every Jewish community in western Europe certainly needs security support. Many of them are being bankrupted by the money they have...
  • Kerry names LGBT envoy (QIA kicked to the curb)

    02/24/2015 3:02:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/23/15 | Lydia Wheeler
    The State Department has appointed its first special envoy to promote LGBT rights globally. Randy Berry, a senior U.S. Foreign Service officer will oversee the governments efforts to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world. Secretary of State John Kerry said that too often, in too many countries, LGBT people are threatened, jailed and prosecuted. Thats why were working to overturn laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in countries around the world, he said in a statement. Its why were building our capacity to respond rapidly to violence against LGBT persons, and its...
  • US envoy to Mideast resigns after collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

    06/27/2014 3:00:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies ^ | 6/27/14 | staff
    US Middle East peace envoy Martin Indyk has resigned following the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. A US official who spoke on condition of anonymity did not provide a reason for Indyk's departure, which had been widely expected after the two sides failed to meet their goal of reaching a comprehensive peace agreement this spring. Indyk will return to the Washington-based Brookings Institution think tank, the official said. US Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed on Friday that Indyk was leaving his post as top US envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Kerry praised Indyk and thanked him for his...
  • US envoy in Sudan forced to resign after accepting Islam (should this surprise us?)

    02/12/2014 5:17:00 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | 06 February 2014 | World Bulletin / News Desk
    The US charge daffaires in Khartoum, Joseph D Stafford, resigned from his post after he converted to Islam, Sudanese local media sources said. Stafford told the foreign ministry that his resignation was made for "personal reasons" but Sudanese sources claimed that the envoy was forced to resign after he turned to Islam. Sources said that Stafford has recorded visits to the headquarters of Ansar al-Sunnah in Sudan and established a close relationship with a number of Sudanese clerics through these visits. The U.S. State Department has not made any statement to confirm or deny the news on Joseph Stafford. After...
  • Senate Panel Passes Religious Freedom Envoy Bill Opposed by Administration

    12/19/2013 10:49:28 AM PST · by gooblah · 1 replies
    CNSnews ^ | December 19 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( What a difference a year makes. Amid growing awareness of the plight of religious minorities in Arab spring countries and other parts of the Islamic world, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday passed legislation creating a special envoy post to focus on the issue.
  • Envoy Sent to London: Berlin Denies Rift with UK over WWI Centenary

    08/20/2013 1:44:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 19, 2013 06:33 PM | Friederike Heine
    The German Foreign Ministry on Monday denied allegations that it was attempting to influence Britains plans to commemorate the 2014 centenary of the outbreak of World War I. A spokesman for the ministry confirmed reports that it had sent an envoy to London in early August to discuss the centenary ceremonies. But he added: There was no intervention of any kind in how our friends and partners intend to shape their commemoration of World War I. The Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday that the visit by Andreas Meitzner, a German diplomat tasked with coordinating European commemoration plans for the centenary,...
  • Arab Students Chase British Envoy From Ramallah College

    03/05/2013 2:22:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/3/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Scores of violent Arab students forced the British consul general to make a hasty departure from a university in Ramallah on Tuesday, according to witness reports. Consul General Sir Vincent Fean had travelled to Bir Zeit University near Ramallah to deliver a lecture on Britain's policy in the Middle East and the prospects for peace but was turned away by vehement Arab demonstrators, the Maan news agency reported. Video footage showed protesters banging on his car and shouting: "Get out of Bir Zeit!" Although Fean was hurriedly escorted back to his car and escaped unscathed, the protesters manage to break...
  • U.N. envoy to Middle East acknowledges quiet engagements with Hamas

    11/25/2012 10:33:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    mcclatchy ^ | 11/25/12 | Sheera Frenkel
    JERUSALEM The United Nations envoy to the Middle East acknowledged in an interview with McClatchy Sunday that he has maintained quiet contacts with the Islamist group Hamas for years, despite the international communitys official policy to isolate the group. Robert Serry described his offices contacts with Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, as quiet engagements and said his office was working now, in the wake of a cease-fire agreement that ended eight days of Israeli bombardment of Gaza, hoping to help the parties get to a more durable solution. Because we are on the ground we...
  • Busted! State Department Scrubs Damning Memo From Website Following Deadly 9-11 Consulate Attacks

    09/15/2012 6:53:03 PM PDT · by Fred · 132 replies
    GateWay Pundit ^ | 091512 | Jim Hoft
    On Wednesday September 12, 2012 blogger Speak With Authority discovered that five days before 9-11, the US State Department sent out a memo announcing no credible security threats against the United States on the anniversary of 9-11. The Overseas Security Advisory Council, who posted the memo, is part of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security under the U.S. Department of State. The OSAC memo said: Terrorism and Important Dates Global 9/6/2012 OSAC currently has no credible information to suggest that al-Qaida or any other terrorist group is plotting any kind of attack overseas to coincide with the upcoming anniversary of September...
  • Libya attack: Obama vows justice for killed US envoy

    09/12/2012 3:02:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 105 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/12/12 | BBC
    US President Barack Obama has vowed to bring to justice those who killed the US ambassador to Libya during protests against a film that mocks Islam. But he told reporters that the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi would not break the bonds between the US and the new Libyan government. His election rival Mitt Romney criticised his handling of the crisis. Ambassador J Christopher Stevens reportedly died of smoke inhalation after a crowd stormed the consulate. Three other Americans were also killed and the consulate set ablaze, in what the White House described as a "complex" attack. Unconfirmed...
  • Despite Photo, State Dept. Says U.S. Envoy Didn't Bow to Statue of Dictator

    09/05/2012 9:35:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/5/12 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( The Obama administrations new ambassador to Azerbaijan raised eyebrows this week with a gesture interpreted by some as paying homage to the countrys late dictator a one-time KGB general installed by military coup who oversaw an autocratic regime before handing power to his son. The new U.S. envoy to Azerbaijan, Richard Morningstar, has honored memory of national leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev, the Azeri news site News.Az reported. The newly appointed ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the United States in Azerbaijan visited the monument to great leader in the park in front of the Heydar Aliyevs Palace....
  • Egypt: Israeli Ambassador Welcome Any Time

    11/22/2011 9:20:20 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/11/11 | Gil Ronen
    Diplomatic sources in Cairo said the Egyptian government is willing to receive the new Israeli ambassador whenever Israel wishes to send them. The matter is not dependent on diplomatic or security conditions, Cairo daily Al Ahram quoted them as saying Wednesday. The sources said that that the timing for the arrival of a new ambassador is up to Israel and that the Egyptian government will not intervene in the matter. The outgoing Israeli ambassador, Yitzchak Levanon who has been in Israel since shortly after a mob stormed the Cairo embassy two months ago returned to Cairo Sunday for...
  • New U.S. envoy in Israel to clear obstacles for Obamas second term

    08/04/2011 8:45:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 8/4/11 | Akiva Eldar
    Dan Shapiro, the new American ambassador to Israel, submitted his credentials to President Shimon Peres on Wednesday. That same day, he submitted a declaration of support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: In an interview with Channel 2 television, he downplayed the lack of trust between Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama and the latter's rage and sense of insult over Netanyahu's appearance before Congress in May, treating their serial disputes as routine disagreements between friends. Shapiro noted that he was present at all the many meetings between Obama and Netanyahu. So who are we to cast doubt on a videotaped
  • Israeli envoy denounces Spanish 'hatred'

    07/16/2011 10:22:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Israel's ambassador in Spain, Raphael Schutz, who is about to leave his post, denounced the "anti-Semitism and hatred that exist in Spanish society" in a message on the embassy website Saturday. Schutz, who served in the post for a total of four years, referred to his time in Spain as "not very pleasant." (Snip) ''I also take with me the hatred and the anti-Semitism that still exist in Spanish society, and which I experienced personally," he wrote. The outgoing ambassador cited Israel's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2008-9 and the lethal flotilla raid in 2010 as especially difficult periods.
  • Hugo Chavez dares Obama to cut diplomatic relations after rejecting envoy

    12/29/2010 10:31:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 3+ views
    Hotair ^ | 12/28/2010 | Ed Morrisey
    Hugo Chavez went on national television to dare Barack Obama to cut diplomatic relations with Venezuela after Chavez rejected Obama’s choice to replace Ambassador Patrick Duddy, who left in July. Chavez objected to comments made by nominee Larry Palmer that suggested that Chavez was sheltering Colombian rebels and Palmer’s criticism of the actions of the legislature, which gave Chavez 18 months of rule by decree in order to ignore the new National Assembly taking office next month, one with enough opposition to block Chavez’ proposals: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dared the United States to expel his ambassador or cut off...
  • Fox News outs Obama Muslim Envoy as Supporter of Jihad

    02/22/2010 10:41:28 AM PST · by pabianice · 90 replies · 3,634+ views
    Fox News Channel | 2/22/10
    Fox has unearthed tapes of Obama Muslim Envoy Rashad Hussain telling audiences that Muslim Sharia Law should be imposed world-wide. Hussain and Obama first denied any such remarks. Then Hussain said the remarks were from his daughter. Then the White House denied any such remarks could be attributed to anyone in the White House. Today Fox reported that Hussain/The White House tried to go back and scrub these remarks from the record. Today Fox aired the tapes, proving that Hussain is a radical Muslim who encourages the adoption of Sharia Law as a goal of global Jihad. Awaiting the next...
  • President's Envoy to Islamic Conference Admits Having Made Controversial '04 Remarks

    02/19/2010 7:28:41 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 5 replies · 406+ views
    abcnews ^ | 02/19/10 | tapper
    Presented with a transcript of his remarks at a 2004 conference, Rashad Hussain, President Obama's nominee to be special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, issued a statement Friday evening acknowledging having criticized the U.S. government's case against Sami Al-Arian, who pleaded guilty in 2006 to conspiracy to aid Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Originally, the White House claimed that Hussain denied having made the comments, attributing them instead to Al-Arian's daughter, Laila. But Politico's Josh Gerstein obtained an audiotape of the remarks, in which Hussain said that Al-Arians case was one of many politically motivated persecutions." On Friday evening,...
  • U.S. to return envoy to Syria after five-year absence

    02/16/2010 4:50:01 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 3 replies · 226+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 16, 2010 | Ross Colvin
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took a major step toward improving strained ties with Syria on Tuesday, announcing his intention to reappoint a U.S. ambassador to Damascus after a five-year absence. The White House said Obama had nominated career diplomat Robert Ford to the post. The nomination must still be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The United States withdrew its ambassador from Damascus in 2005 after the assassination in Beirut of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. Syria's foes in Lebanon accused Damascus of involvement, a charge Syria denied.
  • New Obama Envoy [to Muslim World] Has History Of Engagement With U.S. Muslim Brotherhood

    02/15/2010 5:22:05 AM PST · by BIOCHEMKY · 64 replies · 2,534+ views
    Rashad Hussein, White House official and President Obamas newly appointed Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference, has a history of participation in events connected with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood as well as support for Brotherhood causes, once having called prosecution of the U.S. leader of a Palestinian terrorist organization one of many politically motivated persecutions. Mr. Hussains official biography states: Rashad Hussain is presently Deputy Associate Counsel to President Obama. His work at the White House focuses on national security, new media, and science and technology issues. Mr. Hussain has also worked with the National Security Staff in...
  • Obama names U.S. envoy to Muslim world body

    02/13/2010 10:05:02 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 922+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/13/10 | Regan E. Doherty
    DOHA (Reuters) U.S. President Barack Obama said on Saturday he was naming a special envoy to a top Islamic body to further Washington's cooperation with the Muslim world. Obama told a U.S.-Islamic World Forum in the Qatari capital Doha in a recorded video message that he was naming White House official Rashad Hussain as special envoy to the 56-member Organization of the Islamic Conference. "As an accomplished lawyer and a close and trusted member of my White House staff, Rashad has played a key role in developing the partnerships I called for in Cairo," Obama said. In a speech...
  • Brazil minimizes visit of top envoy from the Obama administration

    12/14/2009 10:13:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 282+ views
    Mercopress ^ | 12/14/09 | UTC
    Brazil and Bolivia reacted strongly to the US message to Latinamerica about flirting with the Iran regime. Brazil is minimizing the Monday visit of a top US Department official and Bolivia said that it is sovereign and practices a dialogue culture with all countries. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week warned Latinamerican countries to think twice about strategic alliances with Iran, which she described as the worlds leading promoter and exporter of terrorism. Last month Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinejad was on an official tour of Brazil, Bolivia and Venezuela. The US and Israel are fearful of the Teheran...
  • US envoy criticizes coverage of Obama China visit

    11/20/2009 10:29:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 488+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/20/09 | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
    BEIJING Washington's ambassador to Beijing hit out Friday at negative U.S. media coverage of President Barack Obama's visit to China, saying it failed to take into account important progress on many issues. Although producing no breakthroughs on key issues, Obama's first state visit to the Asian giant that ended Wednesday was heralded by both sides as a success. The trip was the top news story in China, drawing strong interest from the Chinese public who, surveys suggest, are largely positive in their view of the American president.
  • Is US Envoy Mitchell Interfering in Knesset Policy?

    11/11/2009 7:55:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 232+ views
    INN ^ | 11/11/09 | Maayana Miskin
    ( MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) has been engaged in a battle to honor former MK Rabbi Meir Kahane, who was murdered in New York City in 1990, by giving a memorial speech from the Knesset podium. On Wednesday, it was revealed that Ben-Ari's struggle has drawn opposition from well beyond the Knesset, and that U.S. envoy George Mitchell has taken an interest in the matter. Arutz Sheva quotes unnamed sources that said that Mitchell reportedly sent a message via the American embassy asking Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin if he planned to approve Ben-Ari's request to speak about Kahane in...
  • Abortion debate dogs envoy to Vatican - St. John's professor would rather talk social justice.

    11/08/2009 8:22:13 PM PST · by Saije · 9 replies · 549+ views
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | 11/8/2009 | Kevin Diaz
    As the son of Cuban immigrants, Miguel Diaz was drawn to Barack Obama for his ability to cross cultures and engage people from different backgrounds. Now, plucked from the relative obscurity of central Minnesota to be President Obama's envoy to the Vatican, the St. John's University theologian finds himself in the vortex of an unwelcome battle over what it means to be a Catholic in the service of a president who supports abortion rights. All sides say the debate was inevitable, no matter whom Obama sent to the Holy See. But for Diaz, the swirling debate seems as confining as...
  • Obamas envoys at risk of becoming a flop

    10/23/2009 12:12:03 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 665+ views
    FT ^ | 10/22/09 | Daniel Dombey
    Obama’s envoys at risk of becoming a flop By Daniel Dombey in Washington Published: October 22 2009 23:53 | Last updated: October 22 2009 23:53 The  Obama administration’s policy of appointing special envoys to sort out the world’s biggest problems could turn out to be a spectacular flop. Just look at this week’s news from Kabul. President Hamid Karzai’s decision to agree to a run-off election was a rare moment of success for Washington’s effort to get to grips with Afghanistan’s raging insurgency and the country’s recalcitrant government. But who was the US official standing at the podium next to Mr...
  • N. Korea: Senators Want Envoys For Jailed Journalists (9 Dems: Boxer, Feinstein, Klobuchar ,...)

    06/22/2009 4:43:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 675+ views
    AP (via KCRA) ^ | 06/19/09
    Senators Want Envoys For Jailed Journalists Carmichael Native Laura Ling Jailed In North Korea POSTED: 7:16 am PDT June 19, 2009 UPDATED: 7:41 am PDT June 19, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO -- California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and seven Senate colleagues want the White House to consider sending "high-level envoys" to North Korea to try to free two American journalists.
  • (Mexico's UN) Envoy criticizes flu 'discrimination' of Mexicans

    05/08/2009 12:27:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 406+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/8/09 | Frank Jordans - ap
    GENEVA Nations need common rules for responding to flu outbreaks to prevent discrimination and unfair trade restrictions, Mexico's U.N. envoy said Friday, complaining that Mexican citizens and exports were being unfairly singled out. Some countries have "developed some attitudes which I will straightforward qualify as discriminatory against Mexicans," Luis Alfonso De Alba said. The World Health Organization is looking into the measures countries take in combatting the outbreak and the justifications they give, but WHO has no plans to make the findings public, said spokesman Gregory Hartl.
  • French envoy warns on Pakistan nukes

    05/07/2009 11:49:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 641+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/7/09 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) France's special envoy to Pakistan painted a grim picture Thursday of a country collapsing under pressure from Islamist rebels which could one day seize control of its nuclear arsenal. "Today the Taliban are making progress not just in Afghanistan but in the Pakistani interior itself, and at the end of this road there's a stock of nuclear weapons," Pierre Lellouche told Europe 1 radio. Lellouche is President Nicolas Sarkozy's representative dealing with the conflicts in Afghanistan, where French forces form part of a NATO force, and in Pakistan, where the government is struggling to deal with the...
  • America's N.Korea Envoy Lying Low

    04/14/2009 5:36:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 351+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 04/14/09
    America's N.Korea Envoy Lying Low Diplomats in Korea are grumbling that the U.S. special envoy on North Korea Stephen Bosworth has been conspicuous by absence in the 10 days since North Korea launched a long-range rocket. Bosworth, a part-time government employee, has not been seen in public since he resumed his duties as dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University following a press interview he gave in Washington on April 3, two days before the North launched the rocket. Since then, he has not spoken to South Korea's chief nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac, ostensibly his counterpart. "We know that...
  • Iran says no `talks' with US envoy at conference

    04/01/2009 11:35:46 AM PDT · by RS_Rider · 6 replies · 270+ views
    Associated Press Writers ^ | 04-01-2009 | NASSER KARIMI and BRIAN MURPHY
    TEHRAN, Iran Iran dismissed American government reports that senior U.S. and Iran envoys had a cordial and promising face-to-face exchange at an international conference, saying Wednesday that no "talks" took place. The competing accounts of Tuesday's encounter in the Netherlands appeared to reflect the different approaches to overtures to end the United States' and Iran's nearly 30-year diplomat standoff. Washington has seemed eager to build on President Barack Obama's surprise video message last month to seek engagement with Iran's ruling clerics. Iran has in public, at least been far cooler to making immediate contacts, but...
  • Obama envoy Holbrooke once served on AIG's board

    03/19/2009 4:07:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 866+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/19/09 | Richard Lardner - ap
    WASHINGTON Obama administration special envoy Richard Holbooke was on the American International Group Inc. board of directors in early 2008 when the insurance company locked in the bonuses now stoking national outrage. Holbrooke, a veteran diplomat who is now the administration's point man on Pakistan and Afghanistan, served on the board between 2001 and mid-2008. During that period, AIG undertook the aggressive investment strategies that led to a near-collapse and forced a multibillion-dollar federal bailout. President Barack Obama has insisted his administration was not responsible for AIG's financial woes, and a White House spokesman said Thursday that Holbrooke was...
  • Obama picks retired Air Force pilot, close friend, Africa expert as Sudan envoy

    03/17/2009 6:59:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1,118+ views
    Newsday ^ | 3/17/09 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) A senior administration official says President Barack Obama has chosen retired Air Force Gen. J. Scott Gration to be a special envoy to war-wracked Sudan. Gration is a close personal friend of Obama and has considerable experience on African issues.
  • U.S. envoy warns of setbacks ahead in Mideast talks

    01/30/2009 1:56:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 335+ views ^ | 1-30-09 | Adam Entous
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's Middle East envoy said on Friday that the new administration's push for Israeli-Palestinian peace after the war in the Gaza Strip faced big hurdles and he warned of setbacks ahead. The sombre assessment by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell followed two days of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders on shoring up a shaky ceasefire that ended Israel's 22-day offensive against Gaza's Hamas Islamist rulers. In the talks, Israel has balked at fully reopening Gaza's border crossings to allow reconstruction. Washington supports Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his power struggle with Iranian-backed Hamas...
  • Chinese envoy attacked in Taiwan

    10/21/2008 8:07:25 PM PDT · by traumer · 13 replies · 576+ views Pro-independence protesters in Taiwan have jostled a Chinese envoy to the ground and attacked his car. The attack on Vice Chairman Zhang Mingqing of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, in the city of Tainan, was shown on television news broadcasts.
  • Blair's Plane Almost Shot Down in Israel

    05/24/2008 2:05:19 PM PDT · by Yaelle · 19 replies · 260+ views
    JERUSALEM, May 23 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair had a close call Thursday when two Israeli jets threatened to shoot down his plane, officials said. Blair, now a special Middle East envoy, was en route to Bethlehem from Egypt when his private jet was spotted entering Israeli airspace. When controllers could get no response from the pilot and fearing a terrorist attack, they scrambled fighter jets to intercept the aircraft, the Times of London reported Friday. The pilot identified himself after the fighter jets got in position to fire and the interceptors peeled off and returned to...
  • South Africa shields Robert Mugabe at UN

    04/29/2008 8:15:49 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 5 replies · 74+ views
    Times Online ^ | 4/30/08
    South Africa led efforts to block the dispatch of a UN envoy to Zimbabwe yesterday as the UN Security Council met on the election stand-off for the first time. Diplomats said that South African opposition to a UN mission meant that the next step would probably be a public meeting of the 15-nation Security Council on Zimbabwe under Britains presidency in May. Britain and other Western nations have been pushing for a greater UN role in resolving the month-old election crisis, since Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, raised it at a UN summit on Africa this month. The Security Council...
  • Blair accused of 'stabbing Hillary Clinton in the back' after supporting Republicans (British PM)

    01/19/2008 10:51:01 PM PST · by Stoat · 29 replies · 734+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | January 20, 2008
    Blair accused of 'stabbing Hillary Clinton in the back' after supporting RepublicansLast updated at 00:56am on 20th January 2008 Former allies: Bill Clinton and Tony Blair Tony Blair was accused of betrayal last night as he waded into the American Presidential campaign to support George Bush's Republican world view. As the former PM recommended Mr Bush's policies to 400 millionaire bankers in Las Vegas, former ally Bill Clinton was campaigning in Nevada for his wife Hillary, who hopes to be the Democratic candidate for the White House and is an arch Bush critic. In a move liable to...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 4 November 2007

    11/04/2007 4:46:14 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 611 replies · 1,878+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 4 November 2007 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, November 4th, 2007 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Former President George H.W. Bush. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., Mark Penn, chief strategist for Sen. Hillary Clinton campaign.THIS WEEK (ABC): Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Mideast peace envoy and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Chris Dodd, D-Conn., Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
  • At Jerusalem hotel, Blair joins intriguing guest list, including believers, spies, generals

    11/01/2007 8:30:03 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 12 replies · 80+ views
    International Herald Trib ^ | Thursday, November 1, 2007
    At Jerusalem hotel, Blair joins intriguing guest list, including believers, spies, generals The Associated Press Thursday, November 1, 2007 JERUSALEM: Tony Blair is not the first outsider to try changing the Middle East from the elegant corridors and intrigue-steeped courtyards of one Jerusalem hotel on the line dividing Arab and Jew. For a century and a quarter before the former British prime minister set up his offices in a large suite of rooms at the American Colony this summer, the Jerusalem institution has been drawing pilgrims and spies, diplomats, generals and journalists. They have come for redemption, information, or for...
  • Ripken Will Be Special U.S. Sports Envoy

    08/13/2007 2:02:54 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 9 replies · 420+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 8/13/2007 | Matthew Lee
    WASHINGTON - Sports, not politics, will be Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.'s emphasis in his new role as a special envoy for the State Department. "This isn't a political statement for me, necessarily," Ripken said Monday after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice formally announced his appointment. "This is about the kids and planning baseball and using baseball for good reasons." Ripken, who set the Major League record for consecutive games played 2,632 games in a row, earning him the nickname "Iron Man" said he was ready for the task, which will take him first to China...
  • Blair: 'Sense of possibility' in Mideast

    07/24/2007 5:47:17 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 9 replies · 333+ views
    Ynet ^ | 11:34 , 07.24.07 | Ronny Sofer and AP
    Blair: 'Sense of possibility' in Mideast Quartet envoy says he has come to region 'to listen, learn and reflect' during two days of meetings with Israeli, Palestinian leaders, but adds he already senses a willingness by sides to make progress. Opposition leader Netanyahu warns him against Iran, its branches in Middle East Ronny Sofer and AP Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, making his first public comments as the international community's Mideast peace envoy, urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders Tuesday to take advantage of a new "sense of possibility" in the region. Blair, who arrived in Israel on Monday, said...
  • A road map for Mr. Blair

    07/02/2007 8:07:41 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 260+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7-2-07 | SHLOMO AVINERI
    A road map for Mr. Blair By SHLOMO AVINERI The appointment of the former British prime minister as the Quartet's representative for the Middle East peace process has already put Tony Blair in the crossfire of regional politics. Many Arab commentators have voiced their dissatisfaction with the appointment of a person identified with President Bush's policies in Iraq; some Israelis have expressed a mild unease, given Blair's insistence on an early cease-fire in last year's Lebanon war; and there are rumblings from Brussels that Blair may take some of the limelight from the EU's Javier Solana. On top of all...
  • Tony Blairs first steps as Middle East Quartets envoy - establish ties with Hamas representatives.

    06/28/2007 6:45:02 PM PDT · by Jack_1 · 4 replies · 251+ views
    Shortly after the former British prime minister stepped into his new job, he assured Russia and the Europeans that he did not mean to adhere to the US-Israeli boycott of Hamas. One of his first tasks would be to establish ties with Hamas representatives in Gaza and Damascus.Concern was also voiced in Washington over the new British prime minister Gordon Browns appointment of David Miliband as foreign secretary. One US official remarked that if Brown, Miliband and Blair and their advisers coordinated Middle East policies, then Washington and Jerusalem had plenty to worry them.
  • Bush creates Muslim envoy post

    06/27/2007 8:13:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 36 replies · 794+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-27-07 | HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
    Amid growing criticism that his administration hasn't focused enough on engagement in the Middle East, US President George W. Bush on Wednesday announced that he would appoint an envoy to an organization of Muslim states and endorsed British Prime Minister Tony Blair as the new Quartet representative. Blair was appointed on Wednesday. Bush, speaking at the rededication of the Islamic Center of Washington, said the creation of an American envoy posting to the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference was "an opportunity for Americans to demonstrate to Muslim communities our interest in respectful dialogue and continued friendship." Bush's latest effort...
  • Blair as Middle East Envoy

    06/27/2007 12:01:54 PM PDT · by Englishman · 3 replies · 215+ views
    I am just wondering, but a question to all end times prophecy student, wouldn't it be strange if Blair was to broker a 7 year peace deal?
  • Blair becomes Middle East envoy

    06/27/2007 9:54:08 AM PDT · by bnelson44 · 10 replies · 546+ views
    BBC ^ | 6/27/07
    Tony Blair is to become a Middle East envoy working on behalf of the US, Russia, the UN and the EU. The announcement comes just hours after he stood down as UK prime minister and shortly before he is expected to quit as a Member of Parliament. Earlier, Mr Blair said a "solution" to problems in the Middle East was possible but that this would require "huge intensity and work".
  • US considers [Tony] Blair for Palestine envoy: report

    06/22/2007 1:48:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 318+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 21, 2007
    The White House is pushing for British Prime Minister Tony Blair to be made a special envoy to work on forming a Palestinian state in the unstable Middle East after he steps down, reports said Thursday. US newspapers cited unnamed officials as saying that the administration of President George W. Bush was laying the groundwork for Blair to be appointed as an envoy for Palestinian state-building, although Bush's spokeswoman refused to confirm the report Thursday. If Blair accepted the job, he would represent the diplomatic Quartet for the Middle East, comprising the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the...
  • US 'wants Blair' for Mid-East job (envoy .. quartet of the US, European Union, UN and Russia)

    06/21/2007 11:02:05 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies · 405+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 21 June 2007, 00:26 GMT 01:26 UK | BBC Staff
    US 'wants Blair' for Mid-East job Tony Blair steps down as UK prime minister on 27 June Tony Blair has spoken to President Bush and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about becoming a Middle East envoy, a White House official says.Two senior US administration sources told the BBC that the PM's aides have indicated he is interested in the role. The president would reportedly like him to be an envoy for the quartet of the US, European Union, UN and Russia. The PM's official spokesman said there was lots of speculation over Mr Blair's future, much of it...
  • Blair set to clinch job as worlds man in the Middle East

    06/25/2007 11:40:39 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 3 replies · 355+ views
    The Times ^ | June 26, 2007 | Tom Baldwin, Greg Hurst and Philip Webster
    Tony Blairs nomination for the post of international envoy in the Middle East is likely to be confirmed as early as today despite grumbles from Europe and last-minute wrangles over his job description. Sources in London and Washington indicated yesterday that the announcement will be made if agreement is reached between the so-called Quartet of powers America, Europe, Russia and the United Nations which oversee the Middle East peace process. Mr Blairs nomination has been pushed by Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, and to a lesser extent the White House, in behind-the-scenes negotiations over...