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  • Ukraine’s ‘Jew Register’ Either a Hoax or a Crude Extortion Scheme [John F. Kerry Hoaxed]

    04/17/2014 3:09:42 PM PDT · by The Bat Ladys Husband · 38 replies
    Time ^ | 04/17/2014 | The Bat Ladys Husband
    A few anti-Semitic fliers in eastern Ukraine made global news after the U.S. Secretary of State spoke out against them. But on the evidence on display in Donetsk, the Jews of eastern Ukraine are in little danger
  • How the U.S. Put Latin America Up for Grabs

    04/05/2014 1:52:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | April 5, 2014 | Cliff May
    TAMARINDO, COSTA RICA – I’m not about to pretend that spending a few days in this rather funky little surfing village on the Pacific has given me great insights into Latin America’s current political, economic and social reality. On the other hand, if one keeps an open mind -- and a not excessively open mouth -- one generally learns something. Based on the evidence I’ve been able to gather, Costa Ricans – or Ticans as they refer to themselves – deserve the reputation they enjoy as friendly, good-natured and peaceable. The national slogan here is pura vida, literally "pure life,"...
  • Obama’s pathetic response to Putin’s invasion of Crimea

    03/20/2014 11:06:19 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 67 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 20, 2014 | By Charles Krauthammer
    Early in the Ukraine crisis, when the Europeans were working on bringing Ukraine into the EU system and Vladimir Putin was countering with threats and bribes, one British analyst lamented that “we went to a knife fight with a baguette.” That was three months ago. Life overtakes parody. During the Ukrainian prime minister’s visit to Washington last week, his government urgently requested military assistance. The Pentagon refused. It offered instead military ration kits. Putin mobilizes thousands of troops, artillery and attack helicopters on Ukraine’s borders and Washington counters with baguettes, American-style. One thing we can say for sure in these...
  • John Kerry likens Crimea 'fervor' to WWII build-up

    03/18/2014 10:18:22 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 40 replies
    NDTV ^ | 4-19-14 | AFP
    US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia on Tuesday against any military incursion into eastern Ukraine and likened the "nationalistic fervor" fueled by the Crimea crisis to the build-up before World War II. Any moves by Russia to march into eastern Ukraine "would be as egregious as any step that I can think of that would be taken by a country in today's world, particularly by a country like Russia, where so much is at stake," Kerry said. (SNIP) Kerry said comments from Putin about what was happening in Crimea "just didn't jive with reality or with what's happening...
  • Kerry: I’m approaching the Keystone XL pipeline with a totally blank slate

    03/13/2014 6:23:11 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 59 replies
    Hotair ^ | March 13 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    During a hearing on the State Department’s 2015 budget, Ms. Landrieu, a Democrat who has been a strong pipeline proponent and faces a tough re-election fight this year, pressed Mr. Kerry to approve the project, which would carry crude from Canada’s oil sands and from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale Formation to Gulf Coast refineries. Ms. Landrieu, the new chairwoman of the Senate Energy Committee, said, “Canada is our closest, strongest trading partner,” and “a majority of American people” support Keystone. “It is hard for me to understand why there are still questions about whether building this pipeline is in our...
  • Peace deal reached before haredi protest (Kerry vs. Israel)

    03/02/2014 5:00:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 2, 2014 10:31 AM | Benji Lovitt
    In an unexpected turn of events just hours before the massive haredi demonstration to protest the “draft bill”, a peace deal with the Palestinians was reached when Israeli negotiators offered the neighborhoods of Mea Shearim, Sanhedria and Geula as the future Palestinian capital. In a formal statement from the American State Department, Secretary John Kerry said, “Everyone said a deal couldn’t be reached but I knew they were wrong. In fact, the Israelis couldn’t make this concession quickly enough. It was almost as if they were asking the other side to take the land.” …
  • (Effin') Kerry to Uganda: Repeal anti-gay law — or else

    02/24/2014 4:02:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/24/14 | Julian Pecquet
    Secretary of State John Kerry demanded Monday that Uganda “repeal” its new anti-gay law and warned that the State Department has begun a “review” of U.S. assistance to the impoverished East African nation. “This is a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights,” Kerry said in a statement. “Ultimately, the only answer is repeal of this law.” President Yoweri Museveni signed into law on Monday legislation enacting tough prison sentences for homosexual acts, which were already illegal in Uganda. Kerry threatened to cut the more than $400 million the country receives in...
  • Merkel backs Kerry’s US Middle East peace bid

    02/23/2014 7:15:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies ^ | 23 Feb 2014 09:06 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will fully support efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry to relaunch the Middle East peace process during her upcoming visit to Israel. “We need, as soon as possible, a stable two-country solution, with a Jewish state of Israel and at the same time a state for the Palestinians,” Merkel said in her weekly podcast. …
  • After 50 years, ADL head Abe Foxman to retire next year

    02/12/2014 10:10:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 02.11.14, 01:08
    Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League and its public face for decades, has announced that he is to step down in July 2015. The date coincides with his fiftieth anniversary with the influential American Jewish organization. […] Foxman has been a vocal supporter of equal rights, with the ADL frequently issuing statements condemning any form of racism or discrimination. […] Earlier this month, Foxman also took on an Israeli politician who accused Secretary of State John Kerry of being anti-Semitic. …
  • Obama Lauds Kerry's Peace Efforts Amid Israeli Criticism

    02/06/2014 5:39:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    inn ^ | 2/6/14 | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed his appreciation towards his Secretary of State’s peace efforts in the Middle East. Speaking at an interfaith breakfast in Washington, D.C., Obama said, “I want to take this opportunity to thank Secretary Kerry for his extraordinary passion and principled diplomacy that he’s brought to the cause of peace in the Middle East. Thank you, John.” “As we support Israelis and Palestinians as they engage in direct talks, we’ve made clear that lasting peace will require freedom of worship and access to holy sites for all faiths,” he added. The expression of support for...
  • ‘John Kerry is Living in a World of His Own’ (claims no Israelis killed by terrorism last year)

    02/06/2014 1:55:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 2/6/2014, 11:05 AM | Maayana Miskin and Ari Soffer
    United States Secretary of State John Kerry has triggered an uproar in Israel yet again with remarks to the foreign press, this time for a claim that no Israelis were murdered by Palestinian terrorists in 2013. […] In fact, several Israelis were murdered in terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria in 2013. The widow of one of them—31-year-old Evyatar Borovsky—expressed hurt at Kerry’s remarks. […] “The Americans are supposed to be our best friends, but are actually working against us and putting our backs to the wall,” she accused. Kerry is “living on a planet of his own,” she said....
  • Kerry on Israeli Critics: I’ve Been Threatened by Real Bullets

    02/05/2014 6:07:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    INN ^ | 2/6/2014, 2:14 AM | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that he was unfazed by criticism in Israel over his peace efforts, saying that he was “threatened by real bullets” so words do not intimidate him. In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Kerry was asked to respond to the Israeli ministers who criticized him earlier in the week after he threatened Israel with boycotts if peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA) fail. […] Referring to his service in Vietnam, he added, “And, you know, words—I have to tell you, my friend, I’ve been, attacked before by people using real bullets,...
  • Kerry: “Energy Policy” Will Solve Climate Change and Create “The Mother of All Markets”

    02/03/2014 8:40:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 3, 2014 - 10:45 AM | Susan Jones
    Just as computer technology greatly expanded Americans’ wealth in the 1990s, the clean energy market could do the same thing in the years ahead, Secretary of State John Kerry told the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday. He touted climate change as a societal challenge and an economic opportunity. […] “The energy market that we are staring at—that is the solution to the climate change,” Kerry continued. “Energy policy is the solution to climate change. That market, my friends, is a $6-trillion market today with 4 to 5 billion users today, and it will grow to some 9 billion...
  • Minister Says Kerry is a ‘Biased Intermediary’ (Israel’s communication minister)

    02/03/2014 5:41:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 2/3/2014, 12:32 PM | Ari Yashar
    Communications Minister Gilad Erdan harshly criticized US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday, accusing Kerry of not being a fair intermediary in the peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA). […] “Currently, threats are still heard against citizens of Israel and they try to terrorize us. When we hear John Kerry and the American State Department, we think they are wrong in their analysis of what’s happening in the Middle East,” emphasized Erdan. “It would be expected from someone who’s supposed to be a fair and objective intermediary to also tell the Palestinian side about the price they will...
  • John Kerry Threatens Israel With Boycotts if Talks Fail

    02/01/2014 11:03:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    INN ^ | 2/1/2014, 6:51 PM | Ari Yashar
    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday threatened Israel that a failure in the peace talks would lead to global boycotts and delegitimization of the Jewish state. The warning comes as no surprise to those familiar with reports earlier in the month, which revealed that Kerry is orchestrating the European boycotts against Israel. Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon responded to Kerry’s threats of boycotts, saying “we respect Secretary of State Kerry, but will not hold talks with a gun to our head. Friends don’t put ultimatums on the security of the state of Israel.” …
  • Netanyahu: I Will Not Evict Israelis from the Jordan Valley

    01/24/2014 5:31:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 1/24/2014, 8:58 PM | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made it clear on Friday that he will not evict any Israeli communities in the Jordan Valley as part of a future agreement with the Palestinian Authority (PA). “I have said it before and I repeat it today: I’m not going to evict a single community, I am not going to uproot any Israeli from his home,” Netanyahu said at a press conference following his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. […] The issue of the Jordan Valley has become a point of contention...
  • Kerry: Military Option Still On if Iran Doesn’t Keep Agreement

    01/23/2014 10:43:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 1/24/2014, 12:12 AM | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended on Thursday the nuclear deal that was reached between Iran and six world powers, but said that the military option was still on the table if Iran fails to live up to its part of the agreement. “I am absolutely certain without a reasonable doubt that Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, all countries in the region are safer today from the threat of the Iranian nuclear weapon than they were before the agreement that we made,” Kerry told Al Arabiya in an exclusive interview from Geneva. If Iran does not execute the commitments it...
  • ‘Messianic’ Kerry Calls for ‘Reconciliation Among Peoples’ at the Vatican

    01/14/2014 11:52:48 AM PST · by AU72 · 23 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | January 14, 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    As the State Department was lashing out at Israel’s defense minister for saying the secretary of State has a “messianic” complex, John Kerry was at the Vatican calling for the need to forge “reconciliation among peoples, to bring religions together, to bring people together, and to make peace.” “Secretary of State John Kerry – who has come to us determined and is acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling – cannot teach me a single thing about the conflict with the Palestinians,” newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth quoted Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon as saying behind closed doors. “The only...
  • Sec. Kerry: U.S. deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act

    01/13/2014 2:49:33 PM PST · by xzins · 95 replies
    Secretary Kerry: U.S. deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act Deep Concern with Nigeria’s Enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC January 13, 2014 The United States is deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act. Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians. Moreover, it is inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations and undermines the democratic reforms and human rights protections enshrined in its 1999 Constitution. People everywhere deserve...
  • Officials: Kerry Way Out of His League in Talks

    01/08/2014 10:07:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 52 replies
    inn ^ | 1/8/14 | David Lev
    After weeks of diplomatic activity, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected in the coming days to present what is expected to be at least a temporary agreement or framework for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but senior Israeli officials are already dismissing the plan as “unsophisticated” and “unusable.” The officials, quoted in Yisrael Hayom, said that Kerry had been rushing hither and fro in and attempt to hammer out details of what is expected to be the framework of what he would like to see implemented in order to pave the way for a final-status agreement....
  • Report: Kerry is Behind European Boycotts

    01/07/2014 10:18:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    INN ^ | 1/7/2014, 6:54 PM | Ari Yashar
    Governmental sources report that US Secretary of State John Kerry is behind the European boycott threats on Israeli products and companies operating in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The EU published its guidelines last July, boycotting Israeli companies operating over the 1949 Armistice lines. At the moment, Kerry is making sure the threats stay in check, but as soon as the peace talks fail he intends to open the floodgates and spur on full-blown international boycotts on Israel, reports Galei Tzahal (IDF Radio). …
  • Kerry Mocked in New Nationalist Campaign (Israel)

    01/05/2014 8:21:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 1/6/2014, 5:46 AM | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is being mocked in a new video, part of a campaign by nationalists warning against Kerry’s plans to impose an agreement with the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Israel. The campaign is being co-sponsored by the Yisrael Sheli (My Israel) movement, along with the Yesha Council and the Binyamin Regional Council. The video which was produced as part of the campaign mocks Kerry for his “creative” but useless solutions to Israel’s security problems. Kerry is presented as running a company called “John Kerry Solutions Ltd.”, the motto of which is, “We don’t have good solutions,...
  • Raytheon benefits from surge in US arms exports

    01/05/2014 9:02:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | December 22, 2013 | Bryan Bender
    … Since 2009, when President Obama took office, the United States has led a surge in global arms deals, accounting for nearly a third of the roughly $30 billion in weapons transfers completed last year, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. […] Top administration officials credit a coordinated effort by the White House and active participation by Secretary of State John F. Kerry with helping American companies ink more weapons contracts. Officials also are lowering regulatory barriers to companies looking to export arms. […] One of the biggest beneficiaries has been Waltham-based Raytheon Co., the largest employer in...
  • America: After a bumpy 2013, a wary world watches

    12/30/2013 11:31:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2013 1:30 PM EST | Kristen Gelineau
    To many around the world, it made little sense: The world’s most powerful government, so mired in dysfunction that it couldn’t operate. The world’s defender of individual freedoms, accused of spying on its citizens and friends. The world’s military giant planning, then balking at, an armed response to the suspected use of deadly chemical weapons. Former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright once dubbed the United States “the indispensable nation.” But as the world watched America shamble through its string of crises in 2013, the notion of the U.S. as an unflappable leader began to seem ever more quaint. Instead,...
  • Palestinian Authority Report Predicts: 3rd Intifada in 2014

    12/29/2013 6:47:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 12/29/2013, 11:59 AM | Maayana Miskin
    A report compiled by security sources in the Palestinian Authority indicates a high chance for an “intifada” terror war in 2014. The PA report was published by Kol Yisrael (Voice of Israel) radio. […] United States Secretary of State John Kerry has used threats of a “third Intifada” to pressure Israeli leaders to accept America’s proposals regarding an Israel-PA diplomatic deal. …
  • U.S. Didn’t Abandon Robert Levinson, Secretary of State Kerry Says

    12/14/2013 12:43:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 14, 2013 1:03pm | Benjamin Bell
    Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking exclusively to ABC’s Martha Raddatz for “This Week,” insisted that the United States had not abandoned former FBI agent Robert Levinson—the 65-year-old American who went missing in Iran seven years ago—and said he was personally involved in the effort to locate him. This week, Levinson’s family said he was working for a rogue CIA operation when he disappeared and accused the government of betraying him. Kerry rejected this narrative in his interview with Raddatz. …
  • Kerry returns to Vietnam, now as top US diplomat

    12/14/2013 9:09:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2013 9:05 AM EST | Matthew Lee
    John Kerry first set foot in Vietnam 44 years ago, a young U.S. Navy officer fighting in a war that would come to profoundly influence his political career and foreign policy thinking. He returned again Saturday, this time as America’s top diplomat, offering security assurances and working to promote democratic and economic reforms in the communist country. In his 14th trip to the Southeast Asian nation since the war’s end, the U.S. secretary of state was trying to bolster the remarkable rapprochement that he had encouraged and helped to engineer as a senator in the 1990s. …
  • Poll: 87.5% of Israelis Don't Believe in Current Peace Talks

    12/06/2013 1:03:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/13 | Elad Benari
    An overwhelming majority of Israeli Jews believe that the current negotiations with the Palestinian Authority will not lead to a peace agreement, a new poll by the Israel Hayom daily newspaper has found. The poll, conducted by New Wave Research and released Friday, found that 87.5% of Israeli Jews do not believe that the talks will result in a peace agreement. 6% of Israeli Jews said they think the peace talks will lead to a deal, while 6.5% said they were not sure. The poll was released hours before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on his latest visit to...
  • Kerry says two century US LatAm policy over (declares Monroe Doctrine dead)

    11/18/2013 4:58:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    AFP (Google) ^ | 11/18/2013
    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday declared that a nearly 200-year-old policy which had governed Washington's relations with Latin America was finally dead. Known as the Monroe Doctrine after it was adopted in 1823 by former US president James Monroe, the policy had stated that any efforts by European countries to colonize land in North or South America would be views as aggressive acts and could require US intervention. “The doctrine that bears (Monroe’s) name asserted our authority to step in and oppose the influence of European powers in Latin America,” Kerry told an audience at the Organization...
  • Kerry cancels stop in Philippines because of storm

    10/10/2013 12:21:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 10, 2013 3:17 AM EDT | Matthew Lee
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that he has canceled a scheduled trip to the Philippines due to the threat posed by tropical storm Nari. Forecasters say the storm could strike the northern Philippines as a typhoon as early as Friday, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. …
  • US signs treaty to regulate global arms trading

    09/25/2013 9:05:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 103 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 25, 2013 11:40 AM EDT | Matthew Lee
    The United States, the world’s largest arms dealer, has joined more than 90 other nations in signing a treaty that regulates global arms trading, but there is strong resistance in the Senate, which must ratify it. Secretary of State John Kerry, who signed the Arms Trade Treaty on Wednesday, said it was a “significant step” in keeping the world safe and preventing terrorists and others from obtaining conventional weapons. … Addressing U.S. critics of the treaty, the former senator said fears that it would undermine Americans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms are not grounded in reality. For one,...
  • US flatters ‘oldest ally’ France after shock UK vote on Syria

    08/31/2013 8:06:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    AFP via France 24 ^ | 31/08/2013 | Sam Ball
    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday welcomed French support for possible military action against the Syrian regime, describing the country as America’s “oldest ally”. After the US’ traditional ally Great Britain ruled itself out of any military strikes against the Assad regime in a parliamentary vote Thursday, Washington has looked in danger of becoming internationally isolated in its efforts to push for a military intervention. However, French President François Hollande reaffirmed his country’s support for military action on Friday, telling French daily Le Monde that he supported taking “firm” punitive action in response to the Assad regime’s alleged...
  • Kerry backpedals on controversial comment on Egypt

    08/03/2013 12:08:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 2, 2013 3:58 PM EDT | Deb Riechmann
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry backed away Friday from his candid comments that seemed to signal American support for the Egyptian military coup and the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. The U.S. has tried hard not to appear as if it is taking sides in the crisis. But when Kerry said Thursday in Pakistan that the Egyptian military was “restoring democracy” in leading the July 3 coup, it left the impression that the U.S. backed the military action. Kerry moved quickly to defuse the flap, saying on Friday that all parties—the military as well as pro-Morsi demonstrators—needed to work...
  • Kerry: The Egyptian Army ‘Saved Democracy’

    08/02/2013 12:12:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 8/2/2013, 5:45 AM | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that the Egyptian army, which deposed President Mohammed Morsi, had intervened at the request of millions to protect democracy and had restored it, AFP reported. Kerry made the remarks in a interview in Pakistan, where he earlier congratulated the new government on an historic transition of democratic power in a country long dominated by the military. …
  • Israeli newspaper slams John Kerry: ‘Clueless U.S. mediator’

    07/09/2013 7:30:02 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 47 replies ^ | July 9, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Israeli media doesn’t have a favorable impression of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his push toward peace in the Middle East, opening one opinion page posting with this title: “Clueless U.S. mediator.” Ynet News’ Hagai Segal’s angle: Why is Mr. Kerry trying too hard to facilitate a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, when Egypt and Syria are in utter chaos? Even The New York Times wonders this question, Ynet said. And his work to bring about this deal is only “placing American foreign policy in a ridiculous light,” the...
  • Jerusalem Official on Housing Push: ‘I Forgot Kerry was Here’

    06/30/2013 6:07:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 6/30/2013, 10:47 AM | Maayana Miskin
    Jerusalem Deputy Mayor David Hadari submitted a “routine” proposal last week regarding details of a plan to market of 900 new housing units in the Har Homa neighborhood of Jerusalem—and immediately made headlines over “building a settlement in East Jerusalem.” Hadari joked about the situation in a post to Facebook on Sunday. “I forgot one thing… that American Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting,” he wrote. …
  • Kerry Extends Diplomacy – Possible Sign of Progress

    06/29/2013 4:15:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/6/13
    US Secretary of State John Kerry extended for a third day on Saturday his shuttle diplomacy between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, raising speculation of progress in reviving long dormant "peace talks." In a sign of Kerry's desire to keep negotiating, AFP reported, he paid a rare visit to Jerusalem during Shabbat – the sabbath day. Kerry arrived just before sundown to see Peres, with aides warning that the two would have been obliged to cancel a photo opportunity after the sabbath began at around 7:15 pm. Peres, realising that they were cutting it close, quipped that the sabbath began at...
  • Abbas tells Kerry Israeli goodwill gestures insignificant, says PA official

    06/29/2013 7:32:26 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 12 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 6/29/2013 | YIFA YAAKOV
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday told US Secretary of State John Kerry, currently visiting the Middle East, that Israel’s goodwill gestures were too insufficient for the resumption of peace talks, the Chinese news agency reported early Saturday. Kerry, currently on his fifth Middle East visit in three months, is shuttling between Amman and Jerusalem, meeting Abbas and Netanyahu in his latest effort to restart negotiations. No concrete progress has been reported from his efforts. >>SNIP<< The official reportedly said Israel would have to freeze settlement building and accept a two-state solution with pre-1967 borders for talks between the...
  • Kerry: US Wants No Confrontation With Russia

    06/25/2013 1:15:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    AP ^ | Jun. 25, 2013 | Deb Riechmann
    JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that the United States is not looking for a confrontation with Russia, where admitted NSA leaker Edward Snowden is believed to be hiding. Speaking at a news conference in Saudi Arabia, Kerry said it's true that the United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russia but called on Moscow to comply with common law practices between countries where fugitives are concerned...
  • John Kerry: Taliban Qatar office may close if Afghan peace talks fail

    06/23/2013 12:35:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    global post ^ | 6/23/13 | Daniel DeFraia
    US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Saturday that if peace talks with the Taliban don't get "back on track" the group's new office in Qatar could be closed. Negotiations with the militant group that had been set for Thursday in the Gulf were considered the best chance to bring all parties to the table, but the peace process stalled after Kabul voiced its opposition, saying it thought the Taliban office could be used as a government in exile. "We need to see if we can get back on track ... I don't know whether that's possible or not,"...
  • Nigeria bombs Islamists, U.S. sounds alarm

    05/17/2013 4:21:26 PM PDT · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 60 replies
    Reurters via Yahoo! News ^ | May 17, 2013 | Lanre Ola
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian warplanes struck militant camps in the northeast on Friday in a major push against an Islamist insurgency, drawing a sharp warning from the United States to respect human rights and not harm civilians.
  • AWFUL… John Kerry Compares Boston Marathon Victims to Mavi Marmara Thugs

    04/22/2013 3:43:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 22, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Nine people were killed aboard the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara after IDF troops encountered violent resistance by “peace activists” when they boarded the ship. The so-called “peace activists” were armed with an assortment of weapons. They threw stun grenades and beat the Israeli soldiers with pipes and chains. The ship failed to comply to Israeli commands before it was boarded. The terrorists planned the surprise attack on the Israeli troops in advance. This weekend Secretary of State John Kerry compared the Boston Marathon victims to the dead Mavi Maramara terrorists. Israel National News reported, via Israel Matsav: Speaking at Istanbul, Turkey,...
  • John Kerry On Benghazi: "We Got A Lot More Important Things To Move On To"

    04/18/2013 10:53:43 AM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 32 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 17, 2013 | RCP
    "I don't think anybody lied to anybody. And let's find out exactly, together, what happened, because we need -- we got a lot more important things to move on to and get done. (House Foreign Affairs Committee, April 17, 2013)"
  • Kerry “Not Aware” of State Dept. Impeding Congressional Probe Into Benghazi

    04/17/2013 9:15:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 17, 2013 | Susan Jones
    Secretary of State John Kerry reminded the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday that he was “on the other side of the podium” when U.S. interests came under attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, and he said if the State Department is trying to impede the committee’s investigation into embassy security, he’s “not aware” of it. “There’s certainly no position by me to delay anything,” Kerry said, “and I was not aware that—you know, if there’s anything that is appropriate to turn over.” Kerry said he wants to check “historical precedent” regarding investigative and FBI documents relating to the terror...
  • Kerry won’t recognize Maduro yet; urges recount

    04/17/2013 9:04:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 17, 2013 11:43 AM EDT | Bradley Klapper
    The Obama administration is refusing to recognize Venezuelan President-elect Nicolás Maduro and says a recount of this week’s election should occur. Testifying before Congress, Secretary of State John Kerry backed the call by opposition leader Henrique Capriles for the vote count of Sunday’s presidential election to be re-examined. …
  • Kerry: All you gun toters are scaring Japanese students, or something

    04/15/2013 2:55:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 15, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    If you have felt disappointed because Secretary of State John Kerry hasn’t yet joined most of his Obama administration colleagues to offer an ignorant opinion on the gun debate, well, this post is for you. While on a trip to Asia ostensibly to deal with the crisis on the Korean peninsula, Kerry took time out to poll his hosts on their views of gun control: (VIDEO-AT-LINK) It’s difficult to know where to start with this nonsense. First, as we have repeatedly pointed out, gun deaths have declined each year since the expiration of the nonsensical “assault weapons” ban in 2007,...
  • Kerry Welcomes Chinese Investment in America's Infrastructure

    04/15/2013 12:16:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 14, 2013 | David Halper
    Secretary of State John Kerry told the press in Beijing that he discussed with Chinese government officials investing in America's infrastructure. Kerry called the security concerns "very, very few; very, very little." "We welcome Chinese investment in the United States. And a very, very small percentage of investment is subject to a process where we have a security evaluation because of the nature of the business or the particular location. But it’s very, very few; very, very little. And obviously, there are sometimes concerns when there’s a state ownership of a particular business because that raises a different set of...
  • U.S., China agree to cooperate on Korea crisis

    04/13/2013 7:59:52 PM PDT · by Corporate Democrat · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 13, 2013 | Anne Gearan
    BEIJING — Secretary of State John F. Kerry lobbied China on Saturday to lean harder on its Marxist ally North Korea, suggesting that Washington might reverse certain military moves in the region if the North gives up its nuclear weapons ambitions. Kerry argued that the North’s escalating belligerence threatens the entire Pacific region, including China’s interests. He won a modest restatement of the shared goal of a ­non-nuclear Korean Peninsula and a public call from China’s foreign policy chief, Yang Jiechi, for a way out of the tension “peacefully, through dialogue.” That was a clear warning to North Korea that...
  • Israel Signaling: Palestinian Authority Demands are Unrealistic

    04/09/2013 8:44:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 4/9/2013, 10:04 AM | Gil Ronen
    Israeli officials’ leaks to the press indicate that Israel seeks to downplay the chances of renewed negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA), even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attempts to get the talks restarted. … The sources said that the PA’s demand to get a map of the final borders Israel wants to attain is unacceptable, and added that Israel will no grant the PA any far reaching concessions in return for resumption of negotiations. …
  • Kerry struggles to get Turkey to mend Israel ties

    04/07/2013 3:53:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2013 2:22 PM EDT | Bradley Klapper
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry struggled Sunday to convince Turkey’s leaders they should promptly restore full diplomatic ties with Israel, two American allies counted on by President Barack Obama to help calm the turbulent Middle East. But Turkey demanded that Israel first end all commercial restrictions against the Palestinians before the once-close partners could end their estrangement, which stems from an Israeli raid in 2010 on a flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip. Eight Turks and a Turkish-American died. Obama revived the rapprochement during a visit to Israel last month, and Kerry aimed to firm that up in Istanbul,...