Jimmy Carter: "I am convinced that the United States can still shape the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before a change in presidents, but time is very short. The simple but vital step this administration must take before its term expires on Jan. 20 is to grant American diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine, as 137 countries have already done, and help it achieve full United Nations membership."
"Back in 1978, during my administration, Israel’s prime minister, Menachem Begin, and Egypt’s president, Anwar Sadat, signed the Camp David Accords. That agreement was based on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, which was passed in the aftermath of the 1967 war. The key words of that resolution were “the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war and the need to work for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East in which every state in the area can live in security,” and the “withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict.” (Barack Obama could, at least have SOME legacy...)
Egypt (the biggest Sunni nation) joins Russia and Iran (Shia power-center) in support of Syria. Saudi Arabia and Gulf monarchies cut oil to Egypt.
"Turkish forces are in Syria to end Assad's rule", Turkish (Sunni) President Erdogan
(This is an extreme position, which I suppose is for purpose of negotiating-down. Turkey just failed to sustain the surrogate-army of various moderate-rebel-oil-pirates in Syria. This is a declaration of a previously covert war. What is to be bargained? NATO seems to have edged closer to Russia on Syria, and the EU gives Turkey the cold-shoulder. Will Turkey ramp up tensions against Greece/Cyprus now?) Thanks Eleni, for Turkey/Greece/Cyprus stories
Hmmm, it says that Turkey is staging to send 3000 refugees to Greece every-single-day...
"The Other Human" Greek soup kitchen feeds poor people in Greece, refugees and Greeks, alike.
Our donations make food and give it to people without NGO overhead.
DAPL war ramps up, as State of North Dakota tries to get the blockade to work, to freeze and starve out the Water Protectors before reinforcements arrive, to sever supply lines to "the enemy" (our people).
North Dakota officials on Tuesday moved to block supplies from reaching oil pipeline protesters at a camp near the construction site, threatening to use hefty fines to keep demonstrators from receiving food, building materials and even portable bathrooms.
Officers will stop vehicles they believe are headed to the camp and inform drivers they are committing an infraction and could be fined $1,000.
2000 US veterans are headed to North Dakota, to reinforce the Water Protectors. Another chance for us to support resistance at a crucial moment.
Think about where we are in human history. We just edged over peak-everything-except-pollution-and-population. Wile-E-Coyote looks down.
The Limits to Growth projections from 1972 remain remarkably accurate.
"Fertility Rates Keep Dropping, and It's Going to Hit the Economy Hard" (That's not a bug, it's a feature, guys.)