The one man who has been able to keep the Netanyahu-Abbas square-off from imploding, Secretary of State John Kerry, is signaling that there is not much more the United States can do on its own.
It is clear than that whatever is decided between the United States, Russia and the Ukraine, the most important ingredient is to put Ukraine on the road to stable economic development.
The common characteristics and stark differences between Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority's President Abbas might just explain why the current peace negotiations are stuck and not likely to lead to any breakthrough as long as they remain in power.
There are times these days when Secretary of State John Kerry seems like Don Quixote, tilting at windmills in trying to teach Russian President Vladimir Putin diplomatic manners and get right-wing Israeli leaders to accept a peace deal with the badly split Palestinians.
If Israel continues to rely on military and intelligence cooperation with Washington, in order to keep the Jewish state safe from terrorists and other threats, then Jonathan Pollard's case has already compromised the safety and security of Israelis.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is about to turn to the UN to ask for membership in some 15 organizations Palestinians have access to since they received non-member status at the UN in 2012. This might create a huge problem.
Reviewers are wondering about the film's title, pointing out that the titular 'Winter Soldier' doesn't figure as prominently as the title might suggest. Au contraire. I'll explain what the 'Winter Soldier' of the title really means.
The John Kerry-inspired Palestinian Economic Initiative has already come in for sharp criticism because of what seems to be a not-so-hidden agenda to force Palestine's dependence on Israel under the rubric of peace building through economic interdependence.
The remarks about Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Law made by Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana at a recent conference on human rights organized by the Vatican are a welcome intervention in a debate that has become dangerously overheated.
Now should be the time when Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama aggressively propose confidence-building measures, not mete out more military muster. This will get us nowhere fast.
I didn't join the chorus ridiculing the U.S. for the hypocrisy of its new romance with international law following the Russian occupation of Crimea. But the hypocrisy charge has gotten good play.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 20 2014 How unusua...
Last Saturday, Israeli soldiers came to the home of Shadi Sidr and demanded he remove the Palestinian flag from his roof. Shadi is a Palestinian who lives in the H2 area of Hebron and the flag offended his neighbors, the Israeli settlers in the Beit Hadassah settlement.
Registered nurses from coast to coast are stepping up the challenge to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline with a demand that Secretary of State John Kerry provide proof that Keystone will not harm the health and safety of Americans prior to any final decision on the project.
The Senate-CIA fight is jaw-dropping but Mary and David disagree if it's about oversight and/or Bush-Cheney 'torture.' Then: Is Obama a 'weak joke'(MM)? Were Ike, LBJ after Soviets invaded Hungry, Czechoslovakia (DC)? Was W while looking into Putin's soulful eyes (MG)?
Whether for good or for ill, however, and despite whatever attempts Western powers have made to influence the outcome, the change of government is ultimately the responsibility of Ukrainians, not the Obama administration.