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  • Ukraine rebels pull back from independence demands at cease-fire talks

    09/01/2014 9:05:35 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 02, 2014 | Associated Press
    Ukraine rebels pull back from independence demands at cease-fire talks MOSCOW – Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy -- a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. The insurgents' platform, released at the start of Monday's negotiations in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, represented a significant change in their vision for the future of Ukraine's eastern, mainly Russian-speaking region. It remains unclear, however, whether the talks can reach a compromise amid the brutal fighting that has continued in eastern...
  • Security Council Urges Return to Ceasefire Talks

    08/20/2014 4:46:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/8/14
    The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinian Arabs to return to the negotiating table to quickly agree on a lasting truce in Gaza. In a unanimously adopted statement quoted by AFP, the 15-member council "offered full support to the Egyptian initiative and called upon the parties to resume negotiations to urgently reach a sustainable and lasting ceasefire." The statement drafted by France was agreed after negotiations in Cairo teetered on the verge of collapse amid a fresh flare-up of violence. The measure fell short of a full resolution, but diplomats signaled they would be ready...
  • Germany to mediate Ukraine conflict as US warns Russia (U.S./John Kerry NOT Invited)

    07/02/2014 1:02:55 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Deutche Welle ^ | 7-2-2014 | bk/jr (AFP, Reuters, dpa)
    Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is hoping to establish a new ceasefire between Kyiv and pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine, as he hosts Ukrainian, Russian, and French diplomats in Berlin on Wednesday. A German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius had been invited to the afternoon meeting. Lavrov reportedly welcomed the initiative.
  • PA Planned to Torpedo Talks Weeks in Advance (Made a monkey out of Kerry)

    05/06/2014 10:21:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 5/7/14 | Ari Yashar
    National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen has sent protest letters in the last two weeks to the White House as well as various other Western governments, in which he argues that the Palestinian Authority (PA) planned the failure of peace talks. In the letter, Cohen states that the PA deceived US Secretary of State John Kerry regarding its intentions in the talks. Haaretz published the letter on Wednesday, after having received a copy on April 22. A 65-page document submitted to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas by PA Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat on March 9 is attached to the letter. The date places the document...
  • Exclusive: Putin Halts All Talks With White House

    04/25/2014 12:58:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 114 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 4/25/14 | Josh Rogin
    As new U.S. sanctions against Russia loom, the Kremlin has shut down—at least for now—intensive high level communications between top U.S. and Russian officials. Since the invasion of Crimea, President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have had regular phone calls in an often half-hearted attempt to deescalate the ongoing crisis inside Ukraine. But as the U.S. and EU prepare to unveil new sanctions against Russia, Putin has decided the interactions should stop. The Kremlin has ended high-level contact with the Obama administration, according to diplomatic officials and sources close to the Russian leadership. The move signals an end to...
  • Peace Talks Suspended, Six-hour cabinet meeting decides to response to PA-Hamas unity by suspending

    04/24/2014 9:12:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | 4/24/14 | Hezki Ezra, Ari Yashar
    During a six-hour security cabinet meeting on Thursday, ministers decided to respond to the Palestinian Authority's (PA) unity deal with Hamas, reached on Wednesday, by suspending the peace talks ahead of their April 29 deadline. Further, it was decided to implement various sanctions on the PA, such as financial sanctions, and the cutting of diplomatic contact including that of the peace talks. Sanctions were taken against the PA earlier in the month in response to its breach of talk conditions by applying to join 15 international conventions. Those sanctions put a near end to diplomatic contact, but not concerning the...
  • Israel 'gave US the finger' in peace talks, MK says

    04/08/2014 1:24:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 4/8/14 | Marissa Newman
    Rather than make bold decisions conducive to peace, the government continues to “give the US the finger” with regard to talks with the Palestinians, Meretz MK Zahava Gal-on charged on Tuesday, reacting to statements by Secretary of State John Kerry that ascribed much of the blame for the present impasse to Israel. Kerry’s statements “are further proof that the extreme rightist… coalition has no interests in reaching an agreement, but rather is dragging out the negotiations and endangering Israel’s existential interests,” she said. “Instead of making courageous decisions, this bad government continued to give the US the finger,” she added....
  • Obama setting Israel up to take the fall for his failed peace talks

    03/23/2014 10:56:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/24/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Jennifer Rubin's analysis of President Hussein Obama is spot-on.. This past week, Abbas came to visit Obama at the White House. In advance of his trip, Obama made no statements expressing displeasure with the Palestinian Authority’s intransigence and its continued demonization of Israel. Just before the meeting Obama told the assembled press corps: I have to commend President Abbas.  He has been somebody who has consistently renounced violence, has consistently sought a diplomatic and peaceful solution that allows for two states, side by side, in peace and security; a state that allows for the dignity and sovereignty of the...
  • US to release Pollard in exchange for 'talks' continuing (hostage negotiations)

    03/23/2014 11:20:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/23/14 | Carl In Jerusalem
    If any of you had any doubt that Jonathan Pollard is anything other than a hostage being held by the United States, this should dispel them: The US is reportedly considering releasing Pollard as an incentive for Israel to go through with the release of 'Israeli Arab' terrorists at the end of this week in order to keep the 'peace talks' going. The talks, which began last summer, were supposed to have concluded at the beginning of April with a framework for negotiations, to be written by Secretary of State John Kerry. But PA chief Mahmoud Abbas has made it...
  • Lois Lerner Talks to DOJ

    03/07/2014 4:40:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies ^ | 3/7/14 | Carol Platt Liebau
    Lois Lerner has answered questions for the DOJ investigation into the IRS targeting scandal, but continues to invoke her Fifth Amendment rights before the congressional committee. It's an interesting decision, albeit not without precedent. Either Lerner feels that the committee is doing nothing but setting "perjury traps" for her, or else she's assured that the DOJ "investigation" is little more than an exercise in making the scandal disappear, and thus is helping the department craft a narrative designed to do just that. Or both. There are, of course, a number of good reasons for objective observers to suspect that Lerner's...
  • Netanyahu vows tough line for White House talks

    03/02/2014 11:11:04 PM PST · by kingattax · 14 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 3-2-14 | JOSEF FEDERMAN
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister headed to Washington on Sunday for a high-stakes meeting with President Barack Obama about U.S.-led Mideast peace efforts, vowing to maintain a tough line in the face of heavy international pressure to begin making concessions to the Palestinians. Benjamin Netanyahu's defiant tone set the stage for what could be a difficult meeting Monday with Obama. But with the clock ticking toward an April target date for a preliminary agreement, the Israeli leader could soon be forced to begin laying out a clearer vision for a future peace deal with the Palestinians. Shortly before takeoff,...
  • Obama: US won't be able to defend Israel if peace talks fail

    03/02/2014 5:47:53 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 182 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 2, 2014 | Adiv Sterman
    Ahead of meeting with Netanyahu, president says unprecedented ‘aggressive settlement construction’ detrimental to peace process Israel can expect to face international isolation and possible sanctions from countries and companies across the world if Benjamin Netanyahu fails to endorse a framework agreement with the Palestinians, US President Barack Obama cautioned on Sunday ahead of a meeting with the Israeli prime minister. In an interview with Bloomberg, Obama stressed that time was running out for Israel to achieve a peace deal, and added that he believed Netanyahu had the capacity to rally Israel’s citizens behind an agreement. But if Netanyahu “does not...
  • US Gave Iran Antiquity to Resume Talks

    12/01/2013 12:48:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    inn ^ | 12/1/13 | Tova Dvorin
    The key to renewed US-Iran relations: an ancient chalice, according to the LA Times. An ancient Persian chalice, hewn from silver and featuring a mythical winged creature, had been seized by US Customs officials in 2003. After sitting for over a decade in a Queens, NY warehouse, diplomats decided to use the anitquity as a bargaining chip for talks - as a gesture of friendship to Iran from the US.
  • Report: London is mediating indirect secret talks between US and Hezbollah

    11/27/2013 5:55:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/27/13 | Ariel Ben Solomon
    The US and Hezbollah are in secret indirect talks managed by London dealing with the fight against al-Qaida, regional stability and other Lebanese political issues. Senior British diplomatic sources, quoted in a report in Kuwait newspaper al-Rai on Wednesday, said British diplomats are holding discussions with leaders of the Lebanese organization and transferring the information to the Americans. The discussions “are aimed at keeping tabs on the changes in the region and the world, and prepare for the upcoming return of Iran to the international community,” according to diplomatic sources in Washington. Because the US, unlike the UK, recognizes both...
  • On Fox News Sunday, AP´s Julie Pace Revels in Sitting on ´Secret Iran Talks´ Story

    11/26/2013 10:10:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 11/26/13 | Tom Blumer
    On Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace yesterday (full video here), the Associated Press’s Julie Pace twice demonstrated why hanging the “Administration’s Press” moniker on the self-described “essential global news network” is more than justified. My previous post (at BizzyBlog; at NewsBusters) dealt with Pace´s blind acceptance of unsupported assertions about the reason for the Obama administration´s delay of 2015 Obamacare enrollment until November 15, 2014 and her willingness to parrot long-discredited talking points about why the website initially crashed. Before that, she bragged about how her organization, which didn´t exactly have a track record of sitting on news...
  • ‘Geneva talks a facade, US-Iran worked secretly on deal for past year’

    11/17/2013 10:48:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 11/17/13 | Stuart Winer
    The Geneva negotiations between the so-called P5+1 powers and Iran are a mere “facade,” because the terms of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program have been negotiated in talks between a top adviser to President Barack Obama and a leading Iranian nuclear official that have continued in secret for more than a year, Israeli television reported Sunday. Despite ostensible full coordination between the US and Israel over strategies for thwarting Iran’s nuclear weapons drive, the administration did not keep Israel fully informed on those talks, Channel 10 news reported, but Jerusalem nonetheless has a pretty clear picture of what has
  • Flurry of Vatican-Russian Orthodox Talks Precede Putin Visit to Pope Francis

    11/12/2013 7:01:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/12/13 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has met with the foreign minister of the Russian Orthodox Church ahead of a Nov. 25 visit to the Vatican by President Vladimir Putin. The Vatican released no details of Tuesday’s meeting with Metropolitan Hilarion, in Rome for a Catholic-Orthodox conference on family values. Simultaneously in Moscow, a top Italian cardinal involved in Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, Cardinal Angelo Scola, met with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.
  • Senate Dems reject formal talks with House to end shutdown

    10/01/2013 9:08:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/1/13 | Ramsey Cox
    Senate Democrats on Tuesday rejected negotiating with the House on government funding, leaving no clear path for ending the federal shutdown that began overnight. The Senate voted 54-46 to table a House request for a conference committee on a continuing resolution (CR), marking the third time that Democrats have voted down legislation from the lower chamber since Monday. "The government is closed," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said. "All over America federal employees are getting furloughs this morning … because of the irrationality that is going on in the other side of the Capitol." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
  • Israeli-Palestinian talks said to be stuck over land swaps

    09/28/2013 11:20:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 9/29/13 | Gavriel Fiske
    The US-brokered peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reportedly reached an impasse due to an Israeli refusal to discuss land-swap and border issues, an Israeli newspaper reported Sunday. According to an unnamed, senior foreign diplomat with knowledge of the discussions, during the latest round of talks, the Israeli team of Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Netanyahu adviser Yitzhak Molcho made it clear to the Palestinians that Israel intends to keep some of the settlement blocs inside Israel as part of a final agreement, but refused to name which areas or discuss possible compensation to the Palestinians for...
  • PA: Talks could Collapse over Housing

    08/13/2013 6:39:23 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/8/13 | Gil Ronen
    Middle East peace talks could "collapse" due to continuing Israeli settlement expansion, a senior Palestinian Authority (PA) official warned Tuesday, on the eve of the scheduled resumption of the fragile process. "Settlement expansion goes against the U.S. administration's pledges and threatens to cause the negotiations' collapse," Yasser Abed Rabbo told AFP. The comments came after Israeli authorities approved the construction of a total of more than 2,000 homes in Jerusalem and the Biblical Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria, in the days leading up to Wednesday's scheduled new round of direct talks between the Israel and the PA. .......
  • BART Workers Strike After Failed Contract Talks [San Francisco transit workers strike]

    07/01/2013 6:56:56 AM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | July 1, 2013
    AN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Bay Area Rapid Transit workers walked off the job early Monday morning after last-minute negotiations failed to produce a new contract agreement. The strike ensured a nightmarish commute to start the week, leaving about 400,000 BART riders to find another way to get work. The unions were seeking a 5 percent annual raise over the next three years. BART spokesman Rick Rice said the transit agency had rolled out several offers over the course of negotiations, including an 8 percent salary raise over the next four years. But the unions dismissed the proposals as “surface...
  • WH: Talks with Taliban 'Only Way to Ensure Peace and Stability of Afghanistan'

    06/21/2013 12:54:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/21/13 | Fred Lucas
    ( – Negotiating between the Taliban – the organization that once sheltered al Qaeda when it ruled Afghanistan – and the current Afghan government is the only way to achieve peace in the country after a 12-year war, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. “Whether it’s through this process or another, we will continue to pursue reconciliation and so will the Afghan government, because that is ultimately the only course to pursue for the long-term stability of the country,” Carney said when asked about the Taliban political office.
  • North Korea rejects South Korea's calls for talks

    04/14/2013 12:11:31 PM PDT · by mulder1 · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/14/13 | Fox News
    North Korea rejects South Korea calls for talks
  • Liberals fret over Obama-GOP talks

    03/10/2013 3:20:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/07/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other liberals in Congress are ratcheting up pressure on President Obama to back away from a proposal to curb the growth of Social Security benefits. Sanders and other liberals are concerned Obama may strike a deficit-reduction deal with Republicans that would reduce Social Security benefits by adopting a less generous way of adjusting benefits for inflation. Obama has previously said he would consider using a formula known as chain-Consumer Price Index that would lower the growth of entitlements by slowing benefit increases for inflation. Sanders and other liberals are worried Obama will renew that offer...
  • Kerry: Obama Remains Willing to Hold Bilateral Talks With Iran’s ‘Elected’ Government(Vomir Alerte')

    02/27/2013 7:43:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/27/13 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – Describing Iran as a country with an “elected” government and a “remarkable history,” Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday reiterated President Obama’s willingness to hold bilateral talks with the regime. “It’s a matter of public record that he personally communicated to the supreme leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] that he was prepared to engage and to discuss these issues,” Kerry told a news conference with his French counterpart in Paris. Responding to a reporter’s question about negotiating with a “terrorist” regime, Kerry pointed out that “Iran is a country with a government that was elected and that sits...
  • Boehner: No progress in fiscal cliff talks

    11/29/2012 11:38:08 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 1:38 PM EST 11.29.12 | Tom Cohen
    Washington (CNN) - After two years of endless debate and a national election, Democrats and Republicans on Thursday found themselves right where they started -- blaming each other for stagnant negotiations on taxes and government spending. This time, they face an imminent deadline of automatic tax increases and spending cuts in 33 days -- the looming fiscal cliff at the end of the year that economists fear could cause another recession. After meeting separately with President Barack Obama's point man on the talks, top congressional Democrats and Republicans said the failure to move forward was the other side's fault. House...
  • White House: Iran has 'Limited Window' for Talks

    08/30/2012 12:57:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/8/12 | Gil Ronen
    The White House said on Thursday that Iran has a limited window of time to accept the West's conditions regarding its nuclear weapons program. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters the U.S. is "closely studying" the UN International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) quarterly report on Iran, "but broadly speaking it is not surprising that Iran is continuing to violate its obligations." "As the report illustrates," he added, "we are in a position to closely observe Iran's program." Carney said the US has told Iran that "The window of opportunity to resolve this remains open ... but it will...
  • Abbas: Free Terrorists, Allow Weapons Imports – Then We’ll Talk

    06/10/2012 3:35:57 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/6/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has added to his pre-negotiations demands. After telling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to choose “between peace and settlements,” he has reiterated his demand for a full construction freeze, but has added demands that Israel release terrorists and add arms to the PA police force. “We recently told them that if Israel accepted to free prisoners and allow us to re-arm the police then we would again sit at the same table as Netanyahu,” Abbas said at a press conference in France. Abbas also defended his demand for a complete construction freeze, saying it was not...
  • Michelle Obama talks about the President's former drug use (kind of): VIDEO

    05/30/2012 11:13:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    EW ^ | 5/30/12 | Erin Strecker
    First Lady Michelle Obama may have ostensibly been on The Daily Show last night to talk about her new book on healthy eating and vegetables, but Jon Stewart only wanted to talk about the other green stuff—namely, the President’s former drug use, which has resurfaced in the news recently. In the two-segment interview, the First Lady was charming, but clearly was going to stay entirely on-message, touting the President’s record with regard to ending the war in Iraq, health care, and childhood education. Watch part one of the interview, where Obama discusses the famed White House Garden and “vegetable feasts”...
  • What Iran's Rulers Want

    05/24/2012 9:22:48 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 9 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/24/2012 | Clifford D. May
    It’s no longer possible to pretend we don’t know the intentions of Iran’s rulers. They are telling us — candidly, clearly, and repeatedly. Most recently last Sunday: Addressing a gathering in Tehran, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, vowed the “full annihilation of the Zionist regime of Israel to the end.” A few days earlier, José Maria Aznar, former prime minister of Spain, during a presentation at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a respected Israeli think tank, recalled a “private discussion” in Tehran in October of 2000 with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who...
  • Iran Touts 'New Initiatives' for Nuclear Talks

    04/11/2012 11:08:14 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/4/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Iran said Wednesday it will present "new initiatives" at upcoming nuclear talks with the so-called P5+1 in Istanbul on April 15. Iranian state media reported that Tehran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili would present new proposals, but did not give specifics. Jalili also warned that what he called attempts to us the “language of force” against Iran would be “useless” and would "backfire." He added that Iran believes the talks should be based on “mutual cooperation.” Representatives from the P5+1 – the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany – have made it clear they expect Iran...
  • Mideast officials: Obama in secret talks with Iran Asking Tehran to guarantee it won't hit U.S. if

    03/29/2012 7:44:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    wnd ^ | 3/29/12 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – President Obama has been engaged in secret, back-channel talks with Iran in which he informed Tehran’s leaders he is completely opposed to any Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to informed Middle Eastern officials. The officials told WND the behind-the-scenes talks aim to secure a guarantee from Iran that it will not retaliate against the U.S. in the event of any Israeli military strike, the officials said. It was unclear what, if anything, Obama offered Iran in exchange for a pledge against targeting U.S. installations, including in the Gulf. The State Department did not immediately return a...
  • Israel-PLO Talks End in Amman, Jordan Mulls Sanctions?

    01/25/2012 3:47:48 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/1/12 | Chana Yaar
    The final “exploratory” meeting between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization ended Wednesday in Amman with no progress, official said. PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat and Israeli attorney Yitzchak Mocho made little headway in their fifth meeting, the last before the January 26 deadline set by the Quartet of peacekeeping nations to break the impasse and relaunch direct talks for a final status agreement between the two sides. "Israel has not advanced one step towards resuming negotiations,” a PLO representative told the AFP news agency. Nevertheless, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh characterized the talks as “serious” despite the disagreements on both...
  • Erekat: Freeze Construction or Talks End

    01/14/2012 3:34:58 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat vowed to terminate exploratory talks between Jerusalem and Ramallah after January 26 if Israel does not freeze construction in the disputed territories. "The Amman talks are intended to obtain a colony freeze and the use of the 1967 lines as a reference for any future talks, and will be given a chance to succeed until January 26," Erakat told AFP. His comments come after two rounds of meetings between the two sides' respective team leaders in Amman, Jordan under the auspices of the Hashemite monarchy and Quartet for Middle East Peace. The Quartet - comprised...
  • No Results in Israel-PA Meeting

    01/09/2012 2:37:52 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/1/12
    A meeting in Jordan between Israeli and PA negotiators in Jordan ended Monday night with no new breakthroughs reported. Israeli negotiator Yitzchak Molcho met with PA negotiator Saeb Erekat in Amman. The meeting was hosted by the Quartet and Jordan. This was the second meeting between the two since talks were revived several weeks ago. Another meeting is set to take place over the weekend...
  • States imperilled by warming rebel at climate talks ("We have a right to live!")

    12/10/2011 6:57:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Star ^ | 12/10/11 | Nina Chestney and Jon Herskovitz
    States imperilled by warming rebel at climate talksBy Nina Chestney and Jon Herskovitz Saturday, December 10, 2011 **SNIP** The U.N. negotiators regrouped in 2010 in Cancun, where a more modest programme of action and a set of voluntary pledges to curb carbon emissions were drawn up. Scientists say those promises are not yet enough to limit global warming to the two degrees Celsius judged necessary to stave off the most devastating effects of climate change. U.N. reports released in the last month show time is running out. A warming planet has already intensified droughts and floods, increased crop failures and...
  • US and N Korea to resume nuclear talks

    10/19/2011 2:06:26 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 7 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | October 19th 2011 | Agencies
    The US has announced it will resume bilateral talks with North Korea on the reclusive nation's nuclear programme and appointed a new envoy to the communist state. Mark Toner, the state department spokesman, said on Wednesday the talks between US officials and a North Korean delegation would take place on Monday and Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting comes nearly three months after US and North Korean officials met in New York, ending a long break in direct engagement with Pyongyang. In an interview with the Russian state news agency Itar-Tass published on Wednesday, Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader,...
  • Obama talks Middle East, education with rabbis

    09/23/2011 10:15:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    JTA ^ | 9/23/11 | Ron Kampeas
    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama discussed the Middle East and education policy in a pre-Rosh Hashanah call with rabbis. Close to 900 rabbis listened in on Obama's call Thursday afternoon, which was arranged by the Reform movement's Religious Action Center. Obama has made such calls since 2009, the first year of his presidency. He fielded two questions, one about what the changes of the Arab Spring mean for Israel, the other about funding for schools. Obama said the United States was committed to Israel. He noted close U.S.-Israel cooperation and his efforts to isolate Iran as long as it advances...
  • Joe Biden Talks Solyndra (praises)

    09/20/2011 10:45:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/21/11 | farmersretreat
    This video was uploaded from an Android phone.
  • Upon Returning from Vacation, Obama Talks About How Hard He’s Working

    08/29/2011 3:59:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    National Revue Online ^ | 8/29/11 | Jim Geraghty
    Back to work! President Obama said today that next week he will unveil “a series of steps that Congress can take immediately” to help grow the economy and create jobs, his two top priorities. “That’s our urgent mission,” Obama said as he nominated economist Alan Krueger to head his Council of Economic Advisers. “That’s what I’m fighting for every single day.” I’m fighting for it every day, the president said, upon ending his nine-day vacation. I’m sure the caddies of the nation thank him. Obama and aides are working on a major speech for next week centered on the nation’s...
  • Turkey Tells Assad: Stop Killing Civilians

    08/10/2011 12:43:52 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/8/11 | Elad Benari
    Turkey demanded on Tuesday that the Syrian government stop the killing of civilians, Reuters reported. Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, made the demands during talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus. He later told reporters in Ankara that his country will be watching developments in Syria in the days ahead. “Developments in the coming days will be critical, for both Syria and Turkey,” Davutoglu was quoted by Reuters as saying. “Turkey’s main and first aim is for the bloodshed to be stopped, and (for) an end to civilian deaths.” Davutoglu said he had clearly stated Turkey’s expectations in his...
  • Talks between US, NKorea end

    07/29/2011 12:32:15 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, July 29, 2011 2:40 PM EDT | ANITA SNOW
    NEW YORK (AP) — Two days of exploratory talks between the U.S. and North Korea have ended, and North Korea's top envoy is describing them as "constructive and businesslike." Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, emerged from the meeting Friday afternoon following two days of discussions with U.S. Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, the Obama administration's top envoy on North Korean affairs.
  • Geithner: Never Thought Debt Talks Would Come 'This Close to The Edge'

    07/24/2011 7:33:52 PM PDT · by Son House · 63 replies · 1+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | July 24, 2011 |
    <p>Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Sunday that he did not initially think lawmakers would bring the debt-ceiling negotiations "this close to the edge," appearing taken aback by the lingering distance between the two sides with an Aug. 2 deadline looming.</p>
  • Libya says Gadhafi government held talks with US

    07/18/2011 2:05:00 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Monday, July 18, 2011 4:28 PM EDT | PAUL SCHEMM
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The Libyan government spokesman said Monday that representatives of Moammar Gadhafi's embattled government held face-to-face talks with U.S. officials on repairing ties between the nations. A U.S. State Department official confirmed the meeting took place but said it was only to deliver the message that Gadhafi must step down and no future meetings were planned. The meeting came after Friday's decision by the United States and more than 30 other nations meeting in Istanbul to recognize the eastern-based rebels fighting Gadhafi's government as the country's legitimate representatives, added the official, who spoke on the condition of...
  • Biden warns GOP on debt ceiling talks (failed Gaffemaster simply can't shut up)

    06/26/2011 10:20:04 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Salon ^ | 6/26/11 | KEN THOMAS
    Biden warns GOP on debt ceiling talksVP says middle class will not "carry the whole burden" of deficit reduction By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 10:08 ET Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday the Obama administration wouldn't let middle class Americans "carry the whole burden" to break a deadlock over the national debt limit, warning that the Republican approach would only benefit the wealthy. Addressing Ohio Democrats, Biden said there had been great progress in talks with Republican lawmakers on a deficit-reduction plan agreement. But he insisted that his party wouldn't agree to cuts that would undermine...
  • Debt ceiling: Key Republican bolts debt ceiling talks (RATS demand tax increases)

    06/23/2011 10:19:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/23/11 | Jeanne Sahadi
    Debt ceiling: Key Republican bolts debt ceiling talksJeanne Sahadi, On Thursday June 23, 2011, 12:22 pm The bipartisan debt ceiling negotiations led by Vice President Joe Biden were thrown into question Thursday when a key Republican lawmaker pulled out of the talks. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said in a statement the group had made progress in identifying "trillions" in spending cuts, but that Democrats "continue to insist that any deal must include tax increases." Taxes have been a central roadblock from the beginning: Democrats say they are a necessary part of any debt-reduction plan, and Republicans say they will...
  • Obama lambasted Pakistan over Taliban talks - '08 - VIDEO

    06/20/2011 12:39:59 AM PDT · by Frankusa · 1 replies
    The Obama administration is currently engaged in peace negotiations with the Taliban despite the fact that Barack Obama - during a Presidential debate in October of 2008 - excoriated the Pakistani government for conducting peace talks with the Taliban. "We have to change our policies with Pakistan," said Obama in '08. "We can't coddle a dictator, give him billions of dollars, and then he's making peace treaties with the Taliban..."VIDEO
  • Obama Talks, Israel Builds

    05/19/2011 9:44:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 1+ views
    inn ^ | 5/19/11 | Elad Benari
    The objections subcommittee of Jerusalem’s regional planning and building commission confirmed on Thursday the commission’s earlier approval of a development plan for the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev. The approval was given followed a hearing, in which the neighborhood administration and residents expressed their opposition to some aspects of the development plan. They claimed that going through with the construction would add to traffic congestion, among other considerations.
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    04/24/2011 6:03:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/24/11 | SHERIFTV
    Transcript from Obama speech at Stivers today: If Iran decided to shut down the petroleum-rich Strait of Hormuz tomorrow, they believe oil would skyrocket to $300-a-barrel in minutes, a price that one speculator predicted would result in $12-a-gallon gas. $12 a gallon.
  • US In Secret Talks With Taliban

    02/19/2011 9:03:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    business insider ^ | 2/19/11 | John Ellis
    The Obama Administration has entered into direct, secret talks with senior Afghan Taliban leaders, several people briefed about the talks told me last week. The discussions are continuing; they are of an exploratory nature and do not yet amount to a peace negotiation. That may take some time: the first secret talks between the United States and representatives of North Vietnam took place in 1968; the Paris Peace Accords, intended to end direct U.S. military involvement in the war, were not agreed on until 1973. When asked for comment on the talks, a White House spokesman said that the remarks...