Israel-Palestine: Political solution only way to end ‘senseless’ cycles of violence |

Ambassadors met in person in New York as a fragile cessation of hostilities continues to hold, following 11 days of deadly conflict this month which engulfed the Occupied Palestinian Territory and several cities across Israel. 

“These recent events have made clear once again the costs of perpetual conflict and lost hope”, said Mr Wennesland, officially the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.  

He spoke via teleconference from Jerusalem, and shortly after the UN and partners announced a $95 million flash appeal to support people in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. 

Political and humanitarian response 

Mr Wennesland stressed the need for the sides to return to the negotiating table, though warning against a “business as usual” approach. 


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East Windsor Casino Money Removed from Budget Execution Bill | Politic and government

“The governor said ‘no,’” Osten said, adding that the ruling parties in the House, Senate, and governor’s office “sort of have veto authority” when crafting a budget implementer. Compensation for East Windsor was to come from the Mashantucket Pequot/Mohegan Fund, grants that are distributed annually to each of the state’s 169 towns.

The grant program was initially designed to provide money to towns — and not the General Fund — which Osten said she believes is what Gov. Ned Lamont’s office is planning. He added that the massive, multibillion-dollar budget would hardly be impacted by $3 million per year, and that the state would pay nothing if the East Windsor property sold within the year.

“Why would a sitting governor of a state kill a project that was going to create 2,000 jobs in construction and 2,000 jobs when (the casino) is functioning, and then when the town is hurt

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The Company Eric Adams Keeps

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Heading into Memorial Day weekend, a poll had just shown Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams with his largest lead of the contest, and the mayoral candidates were spread out across the city, trying to catch up. Scott Stringer was down at One Police Plaza for a press conference on cutting bureaucratic bloat in the NYPD; Kathryn Garcia was in front of Moynihan Train Hall, rolling out a detailed plan for infrastructure projects in every borough. Maya Wiley was in Morningside Heights, pushing for the State Legislature to give victims of sexual abuse more time to sue, and Andrew Yang was in Tribeca, unveiling a proposal to help low-income seniors stay in their homes.

And Adams was in a park in Inwood, talking about dirt bikes.

By his side was Adriano Espaillat, the uptown U.S. representative and someone whose endorsement is one of the

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History helps us understand the body politic – The Oxford Eagle

Editor’s note. This is the first in a two-part series. The second can be found here..

In the beginning they were immigrants or pilgrims, fleeing an old world that no longer suited and seeking a new one. In time they became colonists, developing neighborhoods of the New World. As the complexity of shaping their new world grew, involvement with the Old World became more and more difficult to endure. And so, they became patriots, determined to have a life that suited their philosophy of independence, willing to fight for rights they considered natural. Finally, fitfully, with fragile steps, they became Americans, free of the encumbrances imposed by a foreign power which neither understood nor cared to understand what they considered of penultimate value: individual freedom.

Oh, that it had ended there, the pilgrim-colonist-patriot standing proud and strong as an American. Sadly, the drama had one more act to be

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Reflecting on the Body Politic, part 2 – The Oxford Eagle

Editor’s note: This is the conclusion of a two-part column on this topic. The first installment can be found here.

Since the middle of the last century, residents of the White House have spent more and more time in the last year of their terms either seeking reelection or seeking the election of their choice of successor, who unsurprisingly usually is in the president’s party. In the last week or two of a campaign, a president spends more hours in speeches and rallies for his party’s nominees than he does in the White House.  If the presidency is a daylong job every day of every week of every year, it must be asked what duties is he shunning? What is he overlooking in terms of the well-being of the whole country while he is stumping the country working for victory for his party colleagues? If he is seriously considering taking

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Trump Endorses Lisa Murkowski’s Top Primary Challenger Kelly Tshibaka For 2022

President Trump on Friday endorsed RINO Senator Lisa Murkowski’s top primary challenger Kelly Tshibaka for 2022.

Recall, Trump promised to travel to Alaska to campaign against dead weight RINO Lisa Murkowski.

“I will not be endorsing, under any circumstances, the failed candidate from the great State of Alaska, Lisa Murkowski. She represents her state badly and her country even worse. I do not know where other people will be next year, but I know where I will be — in Alaska campaigning against a disloyal and very bad Senator,” Trump said in a statement to The Hill earlier this year. “Her vote to advance radical left democrat Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior is yet another example of Murkowski not standing up for Alaska.”

On Friday Trump said Murkowski has to go.

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New book catalogs how Trump worked to weaken American democracy, and to deliberately spread COVID-19

On February 26, 2020, Donald Trump uttered a phrase that, even in that moment, was both twisted and ridiculous. Speaking of the number of Americans who had tested positive for COVID-19, he said , “You have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.” When Trump said this, it was clear that the disease was already circulating within the population, that the number infected was far above 15, and that the only direction things were moving was toward disaster.

A portion of that statement forms the title of author Jonathan Vankin’s new book Close to Zero. Books about Trump’s time in the White House have become common enough that it seems impossible to pass through a bookstore without coming across a stack offering to detail the chaos of dealing with Mr. Coke button on the Resolute Desk. If you … Read the rest

Top Virologists Admit Lying to American Public for Months on Likely Wuhan Lab Leak Theory Because They Didn’t Want to be Associated with President Trump

Alina Chan is a biologist at the Silver lab at the Harvard School of Medicine.

Chan is one of 18 scientists who finally admitted in the journal of Science last month that the Wuhan coronvirus likely originated in a Wuhan, China virology lab.

Chan says liberal scientists lied to the American public for months about their beliefs on the origination of the virus. They did this because they didn’t want to be associated with President Trump — who was right about the virus all along.

These people are disgusting!

Chan was one of 18 scientists who published a letter in the journal Science last month calling for a more in-depth investigation into the virus’s origin that takes into account theories about both natural occurrence and laboratory spillovers. The letter helped kick-start a new round of calls to investigate the “lab leak hypothesis,” including demands from President Joe Biden and several

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Drought is impacting every aspect of life in the Western United States, and it's going to get worse

A wave of dangerous heat has settled in across much of the western United States. In addition to straining electrical grids—even in states that didn’t deliberately isolate themselves from their neighbors—as huge areas grapple with triple-digit temperatures, the hot, dry, windy conditions represents an increased fire risk. The prolonged heat, high evaporation, and low rainfall are also exacerbating a severe and ongoing drought that is gripping many regions in the West. 

As horrible as the last few fire seasons have been in California, conditions are in place to make 2021 worse than anything that has come before. Those conditions extend well beyond the borders of the Golden State, and this is a phenomenon that extends well beyond a bad week or even a bad year. Across the West, the flow of water in streams and rivers is at record lows. So is the level of water stored in lakes and … Read the rest

MUST SEE: Rep. Paul Gosar DESTROYS Serial Liar Chris Wray — Demands Answers on Government Official’s “Execution” of Veteran Ashli Babbitt (Video)

FBI Chris Wray is a serial liar.

It is now clear that the FBI ran operatives leading the Jan. 6 protests and storming of the US Capitol.
On Tuesday Rep. Paul Gosar grilled Wray on the execution of Ashli Babbitt by a government official.
Wray had no answers and lied through his teeth.

Rep. Paul Gosar: That is disturbing. The Capitol Police officer who did this shooting of Ashli Babbitt appeared to be hiding, lying in wait gave no warning before killing her. Question again, why is that officer who executed Ashli Babbitt been named when police officers around the country are routinely identified after a shooting.

FBI Chief Wray: I won’t comment on that case. It’s not something we’ve been directly involved in so I can’t agree or disagree with your characterization.

Rep. Gosar: Do you approve of lethal force against unarmed citizens especially 110 pound women with no

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