World Palestinians Israeli-Palestinian Conflict West Bank Gaza Strip Obada Nawawra was talking to friends at a restaurant in Bethlehem. Outside the window, the terraced hills around the ancient West Bank city rolled into the distance. It was early June, and most restaurants were closed for Ramadan; aside from a table of tourists, the large place was nearly empty. As the conversation shifted to the subject of the Palestinian Authority (PA)—the semi-autonomous government based in the Israeli-occupied West Bank—the idle waiters edged closer to Nawawra’s table.The 25-year-old was staking out a historically mainstream position: The PA is an important institution for keeping peace in Palestinian enclaves. “Without the authority,” he said, there would be lawlessness—“more crime and drugs.” A boyish-looking waiter was incredulous: “How is the authority good? Before it, was there more crime? Another waiter, a woman who looked to be in her … [Read more...] about Middle East Peace? Can Young Palestinians’ Rejection of the PA Lead to a Binational State With Israel?
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POLITICS 05/23/2018 11:00 am ET Updated 1 hour ago The civil liberties group says Ohio's map is so heavily gerrymandered, it violates the Constitution. By Sam Levine The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Ohio to strike down the state’s congressional map, saying it was intentionally drawn to so egregiously benefit Republicans that it violates the Constitution. Since 2012, Republicans have consistently won the same 12 of Ohio’s 16 congressional seats, while winning between 51 and 59 percent of the state’s popular vote. The suit alleges that Republicans maintain this remarkable advantage because they controlled the redistricting process in 2011 and worked in secret to draw a map to guarantee just that outcome each year. The suit was filed Wednesday in federal court on behalf of 16 voters in each of the state’s congressional districts, the Ohio chapter of the League of Women Voters and the A. Philip Randolph Institute, a labor and civil … [Read more...] about The ACLU Is Suing To Strike Down Ohio’s Congressional Map
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByAlan Rappeport Oct. 2, 2018 WASHINGTON — President Trump has long wielded the word “Nafta” like an epithet, deriding the North American Free Trade Agreement as the worst trade deal in history. So when he renamed it the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement — or U.S.M.C.A. — this week, he may have short-circuited attempts to criticize the new deal. Why? Because the name itself is really hard to say. Even Mr. Trump, who bills himself as a master brander, appeared to grasp that U.S.M.C.A. was not as smooth as Nafta, saying on Monday that people would make use of the new moniker “99 percent” of the time. At an event in Philadelphia on Tuesday he poked fun at the name, arguing that it had to be changed because Nafta was so bad for the country. … [Read more...] about What’s in a Name Change? For Those Saying U.S.M.C.A., a Mouthful
The U.S.-led coalition and its local allies, namely the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), are closing in on “the last group of remaining [Islamic State] fighters in Syria,” a spokesman for the alliance told Pentagon reporters on Tuesday. His comments came on the same day that the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) warned that ISIS is regrouping to mount a “second resurgence” in Iraq and Syria.Although the U.S.-led coalition and its local partners have decimated ISIS’s physical caliphate in the Middle East, the Trump administration has acknowledged that the jihadist group still controls pockets of territory mainly in Syria and remains a menace. On Tuesday, Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS, told reporters that, in Iraq, alliance-assisted local forces are “pursuing ISIS remnants in the few spaces” the terrorist group “offers some resistance — where ISIS has hidden tunnels, weapons … [Read more...] about Pentagon: U.S-Led Coalition Surrounded ‘Last Pocket’ of Islamic State Resistance
This article explores the due diligence of United Kingdom continental shelf (“UKCS”) oil and gas assets from a buyer’s perspective. Good management, organisation, communication, clarity and common sense are the key to a successful due diligence exercise. The scope of the due diligence review will depend on a number of factors, including whether the buyer has any knowledge of or a current participating interest in the target asset, whether the asset is in the exploration or production phase or is an operated asset, the size of the deal and any cost and time restraints. Whether a buyer requires a red flag due diligence report or a comprehensive report on the asset, care must be taken to ensure that no stone is left unturned during the course of the review. Failure to do so may result in undesirable consequences.PreparationBefore embarking on an extensive review of the documentation provided by the seller, the buyer should seek to determine the scope of the due diligence … [Read more...] about Caveat Emptor: Due Diligence of the United Kingdom Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Assets