The President and Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, walked around a golden statue of a sitting Buddha on a tour led by the Abbot of the monastery wearing saffron robes. The complex is a sprawling display of buildings with colourful spires, gardens and waterfalls. Thais viewed his trip to Wat Pho as an act of respect. The sprawling complex was built on the site of a centuries-old temple along the banks of the Chao Phraya river near the Grand Palace. It is in the quiet, historic old quarter of Bangkok, outside the skyscraper-and-traffic clogged downtown.
Let me explain how we landed on the edge of an energy crisis. Back in 2003 the European Union issued a Directive aimed at battling climate change. It set very challenging targets for the reduction of CO2 across the whole of the EU and allocated these targets to individual countries. These targets have key milestones that must be achieved by 2020 and 2030. Governments across Europe recognised that in order to meet these targets the burden of reducing CO2 would need to fall largely on electricity generation as the other major sectors that emit large quantities of CO2, households and
The latest Gaza war is only a few days old, but already one conclusion can be drawn: missile defense works. This is only the latest vindication for the vision of Ronald Reagan who is emerging as a consensus pick for one of the all-time great U.S. presidents. For it was Ronald Reagan who made missile defense a major priority for the U.S. and our allies. His 1983 speech on the subject was widely derided as “Star Wars” because he envisioned that some missile would be intercepted in space. For years critics claimed
OUR Rice is better than your Rice. That’s the argument Democrats are aggressively making against Republicans. (Snip) Ambitious to be secretary of state, Susan Rice wanted to prove she had the gravitas for the job and help out the White House. So the ambassador to the United Nations agreed to a National Security Council request to go on all five Sunday shows to talk about the attack on the American consulate in Libya. “She saw this as a great opportunity to go out and close the stature gap,” said one administration official.
Kaiser Permanente - one of the nation´s largest HMOs - will lay off 530 employees in Southern California this weekend, including some in the Inland Empire, a company official has confirmed. Kaiser Permanente said the layoffs – covering less than one percent of its staffing – will be spread across its 65,700 employee workforce in offices and hospitals from Kern County to the Mexican border. The HMO serves nearly 3.5 million members in Southern California. A company spokeswoman could not provide exact layoff locations
Fresh clashes erupted in the West Bank on Sunday as Palestinian youths threw rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with teargas. But anger in the West Bank has not only been directed at Israel: many also blame the Palestinian Authority for failing to take action over the Gaza offensive and for co-operating with the Israeli security forces against protesters. Hazem Abu Helal was arrested after joining a protest at the Bet El checkpoint near Ramallah (Snip) Abu Helal was detained not by the Israeli army but by Palestinian security forces, who took him to a Ramallah police station for questioning.
Sen. John McCain paid a visit to CBS’ Face the Nation this weekend, to discuss the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, particularly through the lens of the White House response to the situation. Asked why the president’s administration would be unwilling to immediately connect the incident to terrorism, McCain pointed to the administration’s misleading narrative. “If the administration misled people, if the administration was reluctant to say that this was a work of terrorists, if in fact it was, why would they be so reluctant to say that?” Bob Schieffer asked.
Over the past couple of weeks, a lot of people have had a lot of advice for the Republican Party. Compromise more. Compromise less. Appeal to Hispanics. Stick to conservative fundamentals. Nominate better candidates. Improve your ground game. Etc. Some of this advice is good, and some of it is probably not so good. But I´d like to congratulate Charlotte Allen for possibly the worst advice ever offered to a party in defeat. This is truly — um, hold on. Sorry. Revise and extend. What I meant was that this is the best advice ever offered to a party in defeat.
Earlier this year, up north, I celebrated a modest victory in my battle against Canada’s “human rights” commissions, and wrote en passant: After Hosni Mubarak was “re-elected” with 97.1 per cent of the vote, he was said to be furious with his officials for stealing too much of the election and making him look like one of those crude ham-fisted dictator-for-life types like Saddam and Kim Il-Sung. So next time round his officials arranged for him to “win” with a mere 96.3 per cent of the vote.
Despite the fact that Jeffrey Goldberg believes that Israel “has no strategic sense” it seems to be winning the war not only in Gaza but across the whole region. David Goldman notes that at no point in the last 50 years has Israel been so secure from conventional invasion. Indeed, gone are the days when the Syrian Army could launch a 5 division attack supported by 188 artillery batteries in the Golan. The era when Egypt could mount an attack with 100,000 men, 1,350 tanks and 2,000 artillery pieces is nothing but memory. All around Israel’s edges, countries are falling apart.
Confused about the history 0f the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? My friend Steven Crowder has put together a brief video that tells that story in about three minutes … and includes Charles Bronson. Well, sort of.
Election officials missed a deadline Sunday to report results of a two-day recount in GOP Rep. Allen West´s race to remain in Congress, apparently sealing unofficial results giving the win to Democrat Patrick Murphy. St. Lucie County did not meet a noon cutoff to finish processing 37,379 ballots cast early in the District 18 congressional election. Under Florida law, previously submitted results favoring Murphy will be certified unless an emergency exemption is granted by the state. "They did this recount because they weren´t confident in the outcome," said West campaign manager Tim Edson. "Now, because they missed the deadline,
This is not going to end well for the F.B.I. We are now entering the second phase of the David Petraeus scandal. The first phase began on Nov. 9 when Petraeus revealed that he had had an affair and resigned as C.I.A. director. For the next week, the press scrambled to keep abreast of every head-spinning new plot twist. General Petraeus slept with whom? Jill Kelley did what? Petraeus’s biographer/mistress titled her book what? Phase 1 of any big national scandal ends when the New York tabloids stop writing their laugh-out-loud cover headlines
In the United States, we have a tradition of honoring our losses with calls to action. This element of our American character — learning and growing from crises — provides opportunities for us to demonstrate leadership to our fellow citizens here at home and to others abroad. The losses from Hurricane Sandy are tragic, heart-wrenching and devastating. Like so many others in New Jersey, we find it hard to put into words the sincere and deep sorrow we have felt over the personal, emotional and economic toll taken on so many New Jerseyans from Cape May to High Point,
Once upon a better time there were five brothers named Sullivan who lived by the city sea. And then along came Sandy. Now Eddie, Brian, Michael, Thomas and Danny Sullivan have been displaced by the killer hurricane that rearranged the furniture of the City of New York. A sixth Sullivan brother, Tim, serves as a colonel in the 101st Airborne in Afghanistan, and a seventh, Russ Jr., is a retired Secret Service agent living in Maryland.(Snip)Thomas Sullivan, 41, has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Hamas has once again apparently been caught faking an image of a dead Palestinian child--this time using a child likely killed by its own rocket fire and claiming that an Israeli attack was responsible. CNN´s Sara Sidner ran a full report on the child´s death, strongly implying that an Israeli bomb had been responsible. The dead child was paraded before the cameras during the visit of Egyptian prime minister Hisham Kandil, who kissed the dead child in the presence of Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh. But even the New York Times was suspicious.
“There is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America.” ~Barack Obama We are now only two weeks past the 2012 election. Since then, every state in the country has residents who have submitted petitions for secession to the White House from the Union. Seven as of this writing have reached the 25,000 signers required for an official White House response.
After a day of silence, finally word from the union whose strikes last week prompted Hostess to announce it would liquidate the company. The union wasn´t just giving the media the cold shoulder. Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn told CNBC this morning that the union had stopped returning his calls a month ago. But this afternoon, the union had a lot to say. This from Frank Hurt, president of the 80,000-worker Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union:
Iran has expanded its enrichment capacity and is enriching uranium at a pace that would bring it to what Israel has declared an unacceptable red line in just over seven months, according to a report by the UN nuclear watchdog. The International Atomic Energy Agency also found that Iranian technicians had removed the fuel rods from the country´s only functioning nuclear power station at Bushehr, suggesting the new reactor has serious problems. Iran did not tell IAEA inspectors what those problems were. The IAEA quarterly report on Iran's nuclear programme was released just days before the expected launch of a new diplomatic initiative
A deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff” should include entitlement reforms as well as new revenues — but not higher tax rates — Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said in the GOP’s weekly address. Republicans have warmed to the idea of new revenues since President Obama’s reelection, but lawmakers are still divided over whether to raise tax rates on the wealthy or find money elsewhere. “Tax reform that eliminates wasteful tax preferences to generate revenue will help bring fairness and efficiency to our tax system. This approach makes more sense than raising tax rates—which will harm
PARIS — Reporters Without Borders has condemned Israeli missile attacks on two media centers in Gaza that wounded six Palestinian journalists Sunday and damaged the equipment of foreign media outlets. The attacks on the two high-rise buildings damaged offices of the Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, and a Lebanese-based broadcaster, Al Quds TV, seen as sympathetic to the Islamists. Germany´s public broadcaster ARD; Russia Today, a state TV network that broadcasts in English; and Sky News Arabia said they lost equipment in the attacks.
The IAF hit the home of Ihya Abia, Hamas´s chief rocket launching unit on Sunday. Abia, a senior Hamas official was killed. He was responsible for the majority of rockets fired at Israel in the past days.
VIENNA - Austria´s three strongest right-wing parties could form a coalition government after an election next year, the leader of the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) told Oesterreich newspaper. Austria is currently governed by a grand coalition led by the Social Democrats (SPO) with the conservative People´s Party (OVP) as the junior party, but the coalition has been falling out of favor as euroscepticism gains ground. (Snip) "Our declared goal is to win the most votes. This is the only way we can send this unholy red-black-green coalition and the EU sects home,"
TRACI TAPANI is not your usual C.E.O. For the last 19 years, she and her sister have been co-presidents of Wyoming Machine, a sheet metal company they inherited from their father in Stacy, Minn. I met Tapani at a meeting convened by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to discuss one of its biggest challenges today: finding the skilled workers that employers need to run local businesses. I’ll let Tapani take it from here:
Rep. Luis Gutierrez had just returned from taping a segment on “The O´Reilly Factor,” forming half of an ideological odd couple with Bill O´Reilly if there ever was one. He was preparing a House floor speech declaring, “The Republican Party really met Latinos on Election Day.” And he was telling me on the phone that, when it´s all over, “Chicago is going to see a lot more of Luis Gutierrez.” It´s that kind of moment for the Chicago Democrat. For nearly two decades, the onetime Northwest Side alderman has been an oft-lonely voice in the Washington wilderness on immigration reform.