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Netanyahu's half-apology to Israel's Arabs can't fix the real problem: His policy - National - Israel News | Haaretz

Netanyahu’s half-apology to Israel’s Arabs can’t fix the real problem: His policy | Haaretz.

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Obama and the end of the war in Afghanistan

“The Longest war in American history is coming to a responsible cosnclusion”, said US president Barack Obama in a statement on Afghanistan. The statement was released after a ceremony in Kabul marking the end of the NATO combat operations there. A milestone for the US, according to Obama.

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Obama's strategy against ISIL

US President Barack Obama announced a campaign of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria to “degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL”. He contemplates helping the opposition groups fighting in Syria against the ISIL fighters but not to the Syrian regime that also fights the extremists, because he thinks Al Assad has lost his legitimacy.

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Obama and Guantanamo, again

In a statement after signing the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014”, US president Obama called again for the closing of Guantanamo “impeded” by the Congress. A promise from 2008 not accomplished.

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Iran, the US and Israel

Iran and six world powers reached a deal on Tehran’s Uranium enrichment program. Obama praised the agreement as a first step that “achieves a great deal” in a peaceful way through diplomacy. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considers the deal “a historic mistake” that endangers his country.

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Too late

President Obama will stop the NSA spying on allies, the head of US Senate’s Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, said in a statement after the scandal prompted by the news that the US spy agency intercepted German Chancellor’s Angela Merkel cell phone from 2002 along with 34 other world leaders. Too late. With this statement they admit it’s true. The trust is completely broken. The damage done.

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Sharif urges Obama to end drone strikes in Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged US President Barack Obama to end drone strikes in Pakistan during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday.
“I brought up the issue of drones in our meeting, emphasizing the need for an end to such strikes,” said Sharif.

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The mountain gave birth to an expensive mouse

A mountain had gone into labour and was groaning terribly. Such rumours excited great fears all over the world. In the end, however, the mountain gave birth to a mouse, the end of the US Government shutdown, but after loosing a lot of money (an estimated $20 billion) and leaving a lot of people exhausted.

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Five years blogging!

Five years blogging from this spot! Since my first post about the US presidential campaign, the first one for Obama, to this day, hundreds of stories have found a place in this blog. Comments, links, selected news about topics I considered interesting and I hope my readers and followers too.

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Obama calls Rouhani. First direct talks between US and Iran presidents since 1979

US President Obama announced that he spoke with iranian President Rouhani to discuss the “ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program”. It’s the first direct contact between a US President and an Iranian counterpart since 1979.

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