An iftar dinner which usually signifies end of fasting and starting of eating time for Muslims during the Holy Month of Ramadan was chosen by the US Sec. of State John Kerry as the kick-off event for a Mideast Peace Negotiations in Washington on Monday night. Two sides represented by very experienced negotiators and political players Tzipi Livni and Saeb Erekat helped by the Ambassador Martin Indyk, former US Ambassador to Israel, will start working on procedural elements of the negotiations process. This as I wrote previously here comes as a result of a very engaged shuffle diplomacy effort by the Secretary Kerry over the last few weeks waking hopes that final peace could be achieved. Continue reading
A women who broke every possible barrier in the world of journalism eventually becoming the Dean of the White House Press Corps died at age of 92. Helen Thomas was well known in the world of journalism and out of it as a relentless and fearless questioner of Presidents starting with President-elect Kennedy in 1960’s to Obama in late 2000’s. For many years she finished every presidential press conference with “Thank you, Mr. President”. Continue reading
Experienced foreign affair maverick and politician who learned how to tackle many serious issues over the last few decades as US Senator John Kerry finally opened doors for continuation of MidEast Peace Process between Israel and Palestine. According to latest media reports Palestinians and Israelis will finally sit and open new round of negotiations, despite world wide scepticism regarding possible deal. Peace process is stalled over the last two years due to unwillingness from both sides to reach compromise on key issues: Israeli settlements and Palestinian 1967 border requests. Continue reading
As this year is coming to it’s end and US President Barack Obama is getting ready to officially start his second term, focus is on his battle with GOP on fiscal cliff, and departure of his once upon a time biggest enemy Hillary Clinton. As she decided to retire from official politics and pursue different path in her career public is slowly getting more and more interested in her successor Sen. John Kerry. Kerry is lucky this time, more than he ever been because GOP worked for him and cleared a path to become new Secretary of State. First of all they mounted extensive media campaign in which he was proclaimed as one of the best candidates to replace Clinton, and ferociously attacked his opponent Susan Rice. Continue reading
One of the biggest questions following Barack Obama's victory over Mitt Romney on Tuesday night is why Obama got second chance/four more years in White House? Many would say because of this or that, and many will come with partisan answers theories or like that happen on Fox News Channel with some unbelievable explanations why numbers don't up or who won or not. On the other side you'll find people like Donald Trump who issued revolutionary calls to US public based on final election results or President himself as the owner of most RT'ed tweet in the history of this social network. Answer on this question is multilayered, complex and controversial but here are some of my thoughts on that.
SURREY – In exactly two weeks Surrey, BC’s second largest municipal centre and one of the rare communities which didn’t stop their development in recession times, will be centre of financial and economical world. Several hundred businessmen, community leaders, politicians and journalists will together for one day event in effort to discuss current situation, probably to predict future events or just to sent message to world of politics how to fight with current problems. Feature conversation on Fourth Surrey Regional Economic Summit will be hour and fifteen minutes long conversation with two former US presidents Bill Clinton and G.W. Bush. Continue reading
SURREY/SARAJEVO – Bosnia and Herzegovina will follow stands of European Union and other major political players in late in September on United Nations General Assembly regarding Palestinian request for membership and seat in General Assembly. This is only and probably the best result of meetings held between Bosnian leadership and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas who’s in three day official visit to Sarajevo. As it was expected Bosnian Presidency expressed different views on this issue stating extremely polarized opinions regarding Palestinian-Israeli dispute and future of two states in Middle East, seat at UN and future relations between Bosnia,Palestine and Israel. Continue reading