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  • Israel hosts face-to-face talks

    04/07/2008 5:29:38 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 105+ views
    BBC ^ | 7 April 2008 | Staff
    The first round in seven weeks of talks between Israel's prime minister and the Palestinian leader has ended with pledges to continue meeting regularly. Mahmoud Abbas broke off peace talks with Ehud Olmert last month after about 120 Palestinians, many civilians, died in an Israeli operation in Gaza. Both sides are under domestic as well as international pressure to achieve a peace deal in the coming months. At the Jerusalem meeting, each side voiced concern at the other's actions. The Palestinians say Israel is damaging the chances of peace by building on occupied land, carrying out raids against Palestinian towns...
  • U.S. May Relent on Hamas Role in Talks

    03/19/2008 9:54:16 AM PDT · by Alouette · 9 replies · 273+ views
    NY Times ^ | Mar. 19, 2008 | Helene Cooper
    WASHINGTON —After ruling out talks with Hamas, the militant Islamist group, the Bush administration is using Egypt as an intermediary to open a channel between Israel and representatives of the group, in what some diplomats say could be a softening of the American stance. While administration officials still say they do not plan to deal directly with Hamas, the United States has given tacit support to an attempt by Egyptian officials to mediate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, which controls Gaza. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discussed the mediation attempt with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Foreign Minister...
  • Washington and Tehran: Negotiating Over What?

    10/15/2007 9:30:20 PM PDT · by humint · 8 replies · 168+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | 15/10/2007 | Tariq Alhomayed
    US Democratic candidates, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, have expressed their intention to engage in “unconditional negotiations” with Iran, should either of them attain the presidency. The question is: Negotiate over what? Are the conflicts in the Middle East a result of a crisis in Washington-Tehran relations; or rather, does it revolve around Iran’s expansion ambitions and its interference in the internal affairs of Arab states for over 20 years? Is the Washington-Tehran crisis a result of the absence of dialogue, or is it by reason of Iran’s aspirations to destabilize the region? Iran occupies the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE)...
  • Syria Refuses Peace Talks With Israel (US Air Strike?)

    09/24/2007 4:19:55 PM PDT · by blam · 54 replies · 248+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 9-24-2007 | UPI
    Syria refuses peace talks with Israel DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Senior Syrian officials said Monday the U.S. airstrike on a Syrian nuclear facility Sept. 6 has ruined all chances of peace with Israel. The announcement came after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said earlier Monday there would be no war with Syria, the Jerusalem Post reported. Olmert said ongoing tension with Syria in the past few weeks would not turn into armed conflict, and while Syria's troops are "on alert," Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal said Syria would not initiate an attack, Ynetnews reported. Regarding talks with Palestinian...
  • Negotiators praise Iraqi talks

    09/04/2007 5:19:56 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 1 replies · 211+ views
    Yahoo News-AP ^ | September 4, 2007 | Karl Ritter
    Iraqi Sunni and Shiite delegates made progress at secret peace talks in Finland, negotiators said Tuesday, cautioning that their Northern Ireland-inspired agreement would have to be endorsed by top leaders in Baghdad to have any chance of succeeding. Organizers said the four-day meeting at an undisclosed location in Finland brought together high-level delegates from the feuding groups to study lessons learned from successful peacemaking efforts in South Africa and Northern Ireland. The talks ended Monday with all parties agreeing on a list of principles to start negotiations to end sectarian violence. "And at the end of our discussions, we had...
  • Hat in Hand

    08/01/2007 10:02:41 PM PDT · by humint · 3 replies · 239+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 8/1/2007 | Daniel M. Zucker
    After a hiatus of 28 years, the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran finally held an openly acknowledged dialogue[1]. Actually to date there have been two such meetings, both held in Baghdad, (May 28, 2007 and July 24, 2007) and both specifically dealt with the security situation in Iraq, and were ostensibly limited to that subject alone. Although newsworthy because of their unusual occurrence within the last 28 years, these meetings and any future follow-ups should be reviewed for their significance, efficacy, and political repercussions. The following essay is a first attempt to do such. Before continuing, it...
  • NKorea military wants talks with US

    07/12/2007 8:48:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 476+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/12/07 | AP
    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea's military proposed Friday holding direct talks with U.S. forces, an unusual plea amid recent progress on the nuclear standoff between the two countries. The North's Korean Peoples Army proposed the talks, also be attended by a U.N. representative, "for the purpose of discussing the issues related to ensuring the peace and security on the Korean peninsula," the chief of the North Korean military's mission at the truce village of Panmunjom said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. "It is easy to miss a chance, but difficult to get it,"...
  • Appeasing Evil

    05/16/2007 4:12:34 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 357+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 16 May 2007 | Staff
    WMD: Iran's flouting of international law and human decency is getting a little monotonous. Despite repeated efforts to curb Tehran's nuclear program, it continues not just unabated but at an accelerated pace. Iran's latest snub to the civilized world was summarized in the New York Times Tuesday: "Inspectors for the International Atomic Energy Agency have concluded that Iran appears to have solved most of its technological problems and is now beginning to enrich uranium on a far larger scale than before, according to the agency's top officials." Imagine that. Iran improves its ability to enrich uranium in defiance of "strict"...
  • U.S., Iran to hold rare talks; subject is Iraq

    05/13/2007 11:11:06 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 20 replies · 737+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 14 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Louise Roug,
    The U.S. and Iran will hold rare meetings within the next few weeks in Baghdad to discuss the insurgency in Iraq, officials from the two nations said Sunday. The talks, to be conducted between the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad and Iranian officials, would be the highest-level negotiations acknowledged between the two countries in recent years. The announcement suggested a new willingness on the part of the Bush administration to reach out to a longtime foe.
  • Bush joke kicks off Korea talks [North Korean generals recalling a joke about the US president]

    05/08/2007 11:13:21 AM PDT · by bedolido · 16 replies · 1,433+ views
    english.aljazeera.net ^ | 5-8-2007 | Staff Writer
    Rare talks between military leaders from North and South Korea have got off to an unusual start with one of the North Korean generals recalling an internet joke about the US president. Tuesday's meeting at the border village of Panmunjom was intended to discuss the restoration of rail links after more than half a century. Both sides had previously agreed to a test-run across the heavily-fortified border on May 17th, but the North's military must first give its consent. "Have you heard the one about..." Kim Young-chol, left, gets things off to a light-hearted start
  • Legitimizing Iran

    05/01/2007 4:52:24 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 424+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 1 May 2007 | Staff
    War On Terror: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she might talk with Iran this week at a Mideast conference on Iraq. This would end a 28-year break in direct contact with Iran's rogue regime. It's a bad idea. We understand that Rice is keen on stabilizing Iraq. She understands a sad-but-true reality: Iraq's Shiite-led government sees Iran as every bit of an ally as the U.S.
  • Iran's leader proposes talks with Bush

    04/23/2007 4:59:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 492+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/23/07 | Nasser Karimi - ap
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's hard-line president proposed Monday to hold public talks with President Bush on a wide range of issues, without saying whether that included international suspicions of the Iranian nuclear program or allegations of Iranian meddling in Iraq. "Last year, I announced readiness for a televised debate over global issues with his excellency Mr. Bush. And now we announce that I am ready to negotiate with him about bilateral issues as well as regional and international issues," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying on the Web site of Al-Alam, Iran's state-run Arabic satellite television channel. The Iranian leader...
  • Russia slams missile shield, wants talks with U.S.

    03/27/2007 7:29:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 609+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/27/07 | Louis Charbonneau
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday U.S. plans to deploy a missile shield in central Europe would undermine global non-proliferation efforts and demanded serious discussions on the issue with Washington. "These plans will effectively remove the possibility of dealing with the threat to the nuclear non-proliferation regime with diplomatic means," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov wrote in the German newspaper Handelsblatt. The United States wants to deploy a radar system in the Czech Republic and 10 interceptor missiles in Poland by 2011-12. It says the system would counter threats from so-called "rogue states" like Iran and North Korea. Tehran...
  • Bush: Meeting with Foes Won't Confer Legitimacy

    03/01/2007 8:24:41 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 1 replies · 125+ views
    www.scrappleface.com ^ | March 1, 2007 | by Scott Ott
    (2007-03-01) — President George Bush, under fire from conservatives for allowing U.S. emissaries to participate in high-level talks about Iraq with diplomats from Iran and Syria, today sought to downplay the idea that such meetings will confer legitimacy on U.S. foes, as his administration has previously asserted. “Until now, we refused this kind of get-together with Iran and Syria,” said President Bush, “because it would show other radical states that spitting in the face of the United Nations is an effective strategy for getting what you want.” However, the president noted, “since we’ve been following the U.N. plan with Iran,...
  • No bilateral talks with Iran, Syria: White House

    02/28/2007 11:10:57 PM PST · by familyop · 6 replies · 430+ views
    A US marine secures a position in the Iraqi-Syrian border town of Kusaiybah, in western Iraq, in 2005. The White House Wednesday again rejected bilateral talks with Iran and Syria despite agreeing to participate with the two countries in an international security conference on Iraq on March 10.(AFP/File/Patrick Baz) WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House Wednesday again rejected bilateral talks with Iran and Syria despite agreeing to participate with the two countries in an international security conference on Iraq on March 10. "There will not be bilateral talks between the United States and Iran, or the United States and Syria,...
  • Edwards: Lack Of Iran Talks A Mistake

    02/18/2007 4:12:22 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 489+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-18-2007 | Todd Dvorak
    Edwards: Lack of Iran Talks a Mistake Sunday February 18, 2007 11:46 PM By TODD DVORAK Associated Press Writer DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards criticized the Bush administration on Sunday for failing to engage directly with Iran to resolve problems with the Iraq war and Iran's effort to develop nuclear weapons. ``It's a huge strategic mistake not to be dealing directly with Iran,'' Edwards told the Associated Press in an interview before a campaign event in Dubuque. ``What we should be doing with Iran, both on the Iraq issue and the nuclear issue, is being much...
  • Day after nuclear deal, Koreas say to resume talks

    02/13/2007 11:37:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 274+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/13/07 | Lee Jin-joo
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea said on Wednesday they had agreed to resume ministerial talks, a day after a breakthrough energy-for-arms deal at six-party talks on the North's nuclear programs in Beijing. The dialogue between the two Koreas -- still technically at war -- collapsed in acrimony after Pyongyang tested a volley of missiles last July. The South's Unification Ministry said delegates would meet in the North Korean border city of Kaesong on Thursday to discuss when to open new talks. North Korea's state-run news agency said Pyongyang agreed to the proposal for renewed contact between the two...
  • N. Korea talks resume on positive note (Chinese distribute draft agreement)

    02/08/2007 2:10:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 349+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/07 | Burt Herman - ap
    BEIJING - Talks on North Korea's nuclear programs resumed on a positive note Thursday, with the Chinese hosts distributing a draft agreement and the North agreeing in principle to initial steps to disarm. Envoys from six nations are trying to agree on steps to implement a September 2005 deal in which North Korea pledged to disarm in exchange for aid and security guarantees. The 2005 deal — the only one to emerge since negotiations began in 2003 — was a broad statement of principles that did not outline any concrete steps for dismantling North Korea's nuclear program. The main U.S....
  • U.S.: NKorea not serious in nuke talks

    12/21/2006 5:51:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 301+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/21/06 | Alexa Olesen - ap
    BEIJING - The U.S. envoy to six-party talks on dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program said Friday that there were no signs of a breakthrough and accused the communist state of not being serious about the negotiations. Asked if there were any indications of a breakthrough ahead of the last day of talks Friday, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said, "No, I am not aware of any." After four days of negotiations in the wake of North Korea's Oct. 9 nuclear test, the North has refused to get into substantive discussions on its atomic weapons, envoys said. Instead,...
  • US senator [Democrat Bill Nelson] meets Syrian president for talks

    12/13/2006 11:47:37 AM PST · by jdm · 62 replies · 720+ views
    Reuters via yNet ^ | Dec 13, 2006
    US Senator Bill Nelson met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday, a week after a US bipartisan panel recommended the Bush administration engage Syria to help stabilize Iraq. Nelson, a Democrat, was named to the Senate Intelligence Committee this week and said he was on a fact-finding mission to the region. He left later for Amman, Jordan.
  • Report: Israel and Iran holding secret talks

    12/05/2006 10:04:12 PM PST · by Biscuit85 · 17 replies · 885+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec. 6, 2006
    While Iran continues to deny that Israel has the right to exist, Iranian and Israeli representatives are holding clandestine talks in Europe to settle an old Israeli debt, Ha'aretz reported Wednesday. Iran is still owed hundreds of millions of dollars for oil it supplied to Israel in the years before the Islamic Revolution in 1979, and representatives of the two countries, now sworn enemies, are holding contacts meant to settle the debt, according to the report in Haaretz. The report was attributed to anonymous Israeli and Swiss officials involved in the negotiations. Two mediation processes involving different parts of the...
  • Iraqi president to hold talks with Iranian leader

    11/20/2006 2:01:37 PM PST · by MadIvan · 6 replies · 381+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | November 20, 2006 | Steve Negus, Gareth Smyth and Daniel Dombey
    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani will travel to Iran this weekend for talks with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, but his spokesman denied reports that a three-way summit including Syria’s Bashar al-Assad was planned.British government sources and news agencies had said yesterday that Iran was keen to host three-way talks, but Iraqi sources said there were no plans for such a meeting. “President Jalal Talabani has plans to go to Tehran this weekend to meet with President Ahmedinijad. There is no talk of a trilateral summit,” said presidential spokesman Hiwa Osman. “President Talabani looks forward to meeting President al-Assad in Baghdad...
  • Gates: U.S. should talk to Iran

    11/11/2006 2:33:27 PM PST · by MadIvan · 100 replies · 1,904+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | November 11, 2006 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Gates, President Bush's choice to lead the Pentagon, has argued that the United States should be talking with Iran instead of shunning it.He has said that U.S. spy agencies misled the president on whether Saddam Hussein harbored weapons of mass destruction — but he also thinks the nation should never launch another pre-emptive military strike without "unambiguous" intelligence. Gates, a former CIA director, has expressed his beliefs during three decades of experience at the spy agency, the White House and at the helm of Texas A&M University. It's a trail of words that senators will pore...
  • North Korea wants to talk (Yeah, sure...)

    10/10/2006 2:01:05 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 10 replies · 540+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 10 October 2006 | Gerard McManus
    A NORTH Korean official said Pyongyang is willing to return to international arms talks and abandon its atomic program if the US takes "corresponding measures," reports suggest. "The nuclear test is an expression of our intention to face the United States across the negotiating table," the unnamed official said, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. "What we want is security of the (North), including guaranteeing our system." Yonhap didn't say how or where it contacted the official, or why no name was given. The official didn't elaborate on what the corresponding measures would be. But one of them is...
  • Thai Army Chief Agrees To Talks With Muslim Rebels

    10/05/2006 1:41:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies · 552+ views
    AP) BANGKOK, Thailand The military has agreed to hold talks with Muslim rebels involved in a bloody insurgency in southern Thailand, the powerful army chief said Thursday, reversing a policy of the elected government deposed in a coup last month. Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin, who led the bloodless Sept. 19 coup against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, said that officials from certain rebel factions had contacted a top army officer and requested talks. He did not indicate if any date had been set. "I have agreed to the talks," Sondhi said. "I stress that these will be talks, not negotiations." Wan...
  • Russians 'In N Korea Test Talks'

    10/05/2006 11:16:05 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 307+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-4-2006
    Russians 'in N Korea test talks' Mr Lavrov said North Korea must be persuaded back to talks Russia says it is in direct contact with North Korea to try to prevent it from carrying out its plan to test a nuclear weapon. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was talking to the North Korean leadership in an attempt to dissuade it from conducting a test. It comes two days after North Korea said it would test a nuclear weapon. The announcement drew warnings from the international community to North Korea not to take such a step. The secretive communist...
  • Northern Command Chief Talks of 9-11 Experiences, State of Defense Today

    09/11/2006 4:43:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 223+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2006 – One result of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was the establishment of U.S. Northern Command to deal with threats aimed at the United States, the organization’s commander said here today. During an interview at the Pentagon’s Radio Day event, Navy Adm. Timothy Keating spoke his personal experiences during the attack and about his command. Keating, who is also the commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command, was the Navy’s director of operations in the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. “I was in the operations update when the news hit of the first plane...
  • Blair wins commitment for Mideast talks

    09/10/2006 3:24:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 293+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/10/06 | Sarah El Deeb - ap
    RAMALLAH, West Bank - Prodded by Britain's visiting leader, the Israeli prime minister and Palestinian president said Sunday they are ready to resume contacts without conditions — a small step that many people hope could lead to resuming peace talks. British Prime Minister Tony Blair also tried to draw Hamas into peace efforts, but the militant Islamic group that controls the Palestinian government rejected his condition that it first renounce violence and recognize Israel. Despite Hamas' tough stance, the readiness of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to meet was the first sign of movement in...
  • Government's talks to continue with contractor in Cunningham case ('As the cauldron bubbles')

    08/21/2006 4:22:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 257+ views
    WASHINGTON The investigation stemming from the bribery conviction of former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., will continue well past the November midterm elections under a federal court schedule set Monday. The development came at a status hearing for defense contractor Mitchell Wade, who is cooperating with federal prosecutors after pleading guilty in February to bribing Cunningham in exchange for government contracts. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina agreed to delay sentencing proceedings against Wade and set the next status hearing in his case for March 12. That will allow Wade's cooperation to continue in the investigation, which still has several unresolved...
  • EU Set To Host Iran Nuclear Talks

    07/10/2006 8:30:48 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 341+ views
    BBC ^ | 7-11-2006 | Emma Jane Kirby
    EU set to host Iran nuclear talks By Emma Jane Kirby BBC News, Brussels Ali Larijani has ruled out a swift Iranian response Iran's top nuclear negotiator and the EU's foreign policy chief are meeting to try to diffuse a row over Tehran's contested nuclear plans. The EU presented Iran with a package of incentives designed to make it suspend controversial uranium enrichment. So far Iran has failed to give a response to the offer. Iran says it needs nuclear power for electricity but some countries fear it could be covertly trying to develop nuclear weapons. The talks in Brussels...
  • North Korea seeks talks over missile test

    06/20/2006 10:34:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 615+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/20/06 | Burt Herman - ap
    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea hinted Wednesday that it would halt any plans to test a long-range missile if the U.S. agreed to direct talks, as a former South Korean president scrapped plans to visit the North because of its apparent moves toward a launch. Tensions in the region have soared following intelligence reports that the North has fueled a ballistic missile believed capable of reaching U.S. territory. The U.S. and Japan have said they could consider sanctions against the impoverished country if it goes ahead. On Wednesday, a spokesman for former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung cited the...
  • Iranians at odds over talks with 'the Great Satan'

    06/03/2006 11:48:27 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 7 replies · 608+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | June 4, 2006 | Kay Biouki and Colin Freeman
    From the "Down with America" slogans outside to the "Den of Spies" exhibition within, a visit to the former United States embassy in Teheran has long been one of the more off-beat museum experiences.Visitors to the building - defunct since the hostage crisis of 1979 - can peruse yellowing diplomatic codebooks, ancient paper-shredding machines and other evidence of "American espionage". Now, however, after more than a quarter of a century as a monument to diplomatic deadlock, the compound is once again the staging ground for a battle over the country's destiny. Last week, Washington performed a diplomatic U-turn and offered...
  • Rice talks offer forces mullahs into corner

    06/03/2006 5:15:13 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 796+ views
    Times Online ^ | 6/4/06 | Sarah Baxter
    THE American secretary of state Condoleezza Rice has offered to sit down in person with Iranian officials if it will help Iran to suspend its nuclear enrichment work. Holding out the prospect of the highest level face-to-face contact since the 1979 Islamic revolution which overthrew the Shah, she said: “I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the ministers meet at some point.” Charles Kupchan, an expert on Iran at the Council on Foreign Relations, said: “It’s a big deal for the secretary of state to say we’ll talk to you. There has been a big changing of the guard in...
  • Iran says 'Yes, but...' on talks

    06/01/2006 3:34:47 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 6 replies · 450+ views
    The Times ^ | June 2, 2006 | Richard Beeston
    Tehran agrees to discussions on nuclear programme, but not to conditions set by foreign ministersWORLD powers last night agreed a package of incentives to be offered to Iran in exchange for Tehran agreeing to stop part of its controversial nuclear programme. Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary, said that the six world powers would stop UN Security Council action if Iran suspended uranium enrichment. There would be “significant benefits” for Iran if it did so, she said. If Tehran rejects the offer, as it says that it will, Iran will be referred to the Security Council, where it could face the...
  • Hamas Rejects Abbas Call For Peace Talks With Israel

    05/27/2006 6:41:18 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 355+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-28-2006 | Harry de Quetteville
    Hamas rejects Abbas call for peace talks with Israel By Harry de Quetteville in Ramallah (Filed: 28/05/2006) Hamas, the radical Islamic group that won January's election, yesterday rejected a deadline issued by the Palestinians' moderate president, Mahmoud Abbas, to choose between violence or peace talks with Israel. At the same time, a Hamas militia involved in factional clashes with Palestinian police in Gaza that have left 10 dead, was sent back onto the streets, only a day after it was withdrawn. Mahmoud Abbas: Deadline Its return seems to signal the end of a short-lived effort to defuse tensions between Hamas,...
  • Iran says rejects Iraq talks with U.S. for now [Iran continues to waffle.]

    05/26/2006 12:59:45 PM PDT · by familyop · 4 replies · 259+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | 26MAY06 | Mariam Karouny and Omar al-Ibadi
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iran has ruled out for now proposed talks with the United States over the future of Iraq because of Washington's "negative" attitude, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Friday. "We had decided to have direct talks on the issue of Iraq with Americans," Mottaki, visiting Baghdad, said at a joint news conference with his Iraqi counterpart, Hoshiyar Zebari. "Unfortunately, the American side tried to use this decision as propaganda and they raised some other issues. They tried to create a negative atmosphere and that's why the decision which was taken for the time being is suspended,"...
  • Putin talks babies, avoids tangle with US in speech (Offers couples cash - 'Put-out for Putin')

    05/10/2006 12:54:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 420+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/10/06 | Richard Balmforth
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin offered couples cash to have more children to halt a dramatic decline in population and called for a stronger army in a key speech on Wednesday in which he shrugged off sharp attacks by Washington. Putin, defying predictions he would focus on foreign policy, zeroed in on Russia's dwindling population -- an issue with huge implications for the economy -- which is falling by 700,000 people every year. In his annual speech to the nation, the president, who in July hosts leaders of the G8 group of rich democracies, responded only obliquely to stinging...
  • Lesson 23: Moral Theology (Part 2) BY FATHER ROBERT ALTIER

    05/04/2006 12:10:57 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 6 replies · 120+ views
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 23: Moral Theology (Part 2) Moralists emphasize that there are two fundamental norms of morality to which all other things can be reduced. One of these norms is said to be objective, and the other is subjective. The objective norm of morality is law in all of its ramifications, and the subjective norm of morality is the conscience. We have to look very carefully at those two points. What do we mean when we talk about law? The definition given by Saint Thomas Aquinas is that law is “an ordinance of reason...
  • Lesson 22: Moral Theology (Part 1) BY FATHER ROBERT ALTIER

    05/03/2006 11:08:23 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 7 replies · 155+ views
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 22: Moral Theology (Part 1) Throughout the previous lessons we have been looking at the basics of the Faith, but now we have to look at the implications of that, how to put it into practice. In his letter in the New Testament, Saint James says, Faith without works is dead. It is not just enough to have faith. Jesus said, Not everyone who cries out “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven. Well, they would not be calling Him “Lord” if they did not have some faith. In fact, Saint...
  • Lesson 21: Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders BY FATHER ROBERT ALTIER

    05/03/2006 12:41:21 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 11 replies · 252+ views
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 21: Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders In this lesson, we are going to look at the last two of the sacraments that have not been covered yet: Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders. These two sacraments look to the spiritual welfare of Christians. Matrimony is that sacrament in which a baptized man and a baptized woman enter into a permanent communion of life and love by mutual agreement for the generation and the education of children, and in which they receive God’s grace to help them to grow in holiness and to fulfill...
  • Lesson 20: Confession (Part 2) BY FATHER ROBERT ALTIER

    05/02/2006 7:38:26 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 594+ views
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 20: Confession (Part 2) We will continue on with the issues regarding confession. The primary issue which we have not addressed yet is the “why” question. Why do we need to confess our sins? In this vein, people will usually say that they should be able to just lie on their bed and talk to God, and that they do not really need to confess their sins to a priest. Well, first of all, the reason why we need to confess our sins is because God, Who made us human, treats us...
  • Lesson 19: Confession (Part 1) BY FATHER ALTIER

    05/02/2006 6:22:04 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 435+ views
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 19: Confession (Part 1) [Class begins with a greeting by Father and the recitation of the Hail Mary.] We will spend this entire lesson talking about the sacrament of confession or reconciliation or penance; whatever title you might want to call it by, it all comes down to the same thing anyway. We will look at some of the general points with regard to confession and then talk more practically about it so you can understand some of the workings of what happens and hopefully take away any fear that might be...
  • Lesson 18: The Eucharist (Part 2)BY FATHER ROBERT ALTIER

    05/01/2006 12:50:28 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 6 replies · 240+ views
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 18: The Eucharist (Part 2) If you want to trace some of these things through the Scriptures, the place to begin is in Genesis 14. There you will find a man by the name of Melchizedek. That is the only place where he is mentioned. He comes out of nowhere and offers sacrifice and blesses Abraham, and Abraham gives him one-tenth of everything he has taken as booty in his defeat of the five kings. The only other place in the Old Testament that Melchizedek is ever mentioned is in Psalm 110....
  • Lesson 17: The Eucharist (Part 1) BY FATHER ROBERT ALTIER

    05/01/2006 11:28:12 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 7 replies · 248+ views
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 17: The Eucharist (Part 1) (Class begins with a greeting by Father and the recitation of the Our Father.] We have come to what is perhaps the most important of all the lessons because it builds and fulfills everything we have talked about so far. The focus of this lesson is the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the Lord, and when we consider it from that perspective, this is absolutely central. When we talked about Jesus, we talked about all the objective things regarding Who He is and His Person, but now we...
  • Lesson 16: Baptism, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick

    04/30/2006 11:21:29 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 286+ views
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 16: Baptism, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick The first sacrament we will consider is baptism because it is by baptism that a person becomes a member of the Church and participates in the divine life of Jesus Christ. Baptism is the sacrament of spiritual regeneration conferred by the application of water while consecrating the person to the Holy Trinity. Baptism, then, confers with it a spiritual regeneration, divine adoption, the beginning of eternal life, and conformity to Jesus Christ in His death and resurrection. By baptism we become children of God...

    04/30/2006 4:13:29 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 6 replies · 326+ views
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 15: An Introduction to the Sacraments [Class begins with a greeting by Father and the recitation of the Hail Mary.] We are going to begin our coverage of the sacraments, which will take us through the next several lessons. This is critically important because the whole life of the Church takes place in and through the sacraments. So we have to ask, first of all, what is a sacrament? Anyone raised Catholic will remember that a sacrament is an outward sign of an interior reality instituted by Christ in order to give...
  • Lesson 14: Grace and the Divine Life (Part 2)

    04/29/2006 12:18:22 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 4 replies · 594+ views
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 14: Grace and the Divine Life (Part 2) We will just pick up where we left off, and that is to talk about predestination. We have to ask the question: What is predestination? Predestination means the ordination of God by which certain people are led efficaciously to the attainment of eternal, supernatural salvation. This includes two acts on the part of God: first, the act of the intellect by which God knows who will be saved and the precise means by which they will be saved; and second, the act of the...
  • Lesson 13: Grace and the Divine Life (Part 1)

    04/28/2006 9:26:04 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 6 replies · 215+ views
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 13: Grace and the Divine Life (Part 1) [Class begins with a greeting by Father and the recitation of the Hail Mary.] In this lesson, we have a lot to cover. We are going to talk about grace, which is one of those absolute mysteries, but grace is also one of those things where there has been a lot of study. There are over a hundred different distinctions with regard to grace. We are not going to make all of the distinctions, but grace is one of the areas that the Church...
  • Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 12: Divine Revelation (Part 2)

    04/27/2006 11:15:36 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 4 replies · 217+ views
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 12: Divine Revelation (Part 2) Picking up where we left off, one of the difficulties in translating Scripture is that the oldest-surviving complete Hebrew manuscript of the Old Testament is from the 10th century AD. Those are known as the Masoretic manuscripts. Remember that some of the Old Testament works were first written in the 10th century BC, so we are talking about 20 centuries in between. That is a long time and a lot of copies, obviously. When we are talking about the Old Testament, at least the Pentateuch, which is...
  • Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 11: Divine Revelation (Part 1)

    04/26/2006 10:13:52 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 4 replies · 256+ views
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 11: Divine Revelation (Part 1) [The class begins with a greeting by Father and the recitation of the Our Father.] In this lesson, we are going to cover the topic of divine revelation, which is critically important. Naturally, when we think of divine revelation, we think of Sacred Scripture. So the first question we ask is: Who do the Scriptures reveal? If we are talking about revelation, the question is: Who or what is being revealed by this revelation? Of course, what we have in Sacred Scripture is the revelation of God...