January 12th, 2009

Chris Keeley

From: Eugene Bird

From: Eugene Bird
Date: Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 10:53 AM
Subject: [Fwd: An inside story of how the US magnified Palestinian suffering]

An inside story of how the US magnified Palestinian suffering

The covert push to empower Fatah failed. And isolating Hamas just made things worse. But it's not too late to change course.

By Norman H. Olsen and Matthew N. Olsen

from the January 12, 2009 edition

Cherryfield, Maine; and Washington - A million and a half Palestinians are learning the hard way that democracy isn't so good if you vote the wrong way. In 2006, they elected Hamas when the US and Israel wanted them to support the more-moderate Fatah. As a result, having long ago lost their homes and property, Gazans have endured three years of embargo, crippling shortages of food and basic necessities, and total economic collapse.

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Chris Keeley

Body of a Somali Pirate, Carrying $153,000 of a Ransom, Washes Ashore

Body of a Somali Pirate, Carrying $153,000 of a Ransom, Washes Ashore

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The body of a Somali pirate who drowned just after receiving part of a ransom washed ashore with more than $150,000 in cash, a resident of Xarardheere, a coastal town, said Sunday.

Five pirates drowned Friday when their small boat capsized after they received a reported $3 million ransom for releasing a Saudi oil tanker. Omar Abdi Hassan, the resident, said that one of the bodies had been found on a beach near Xarardheere and that his relatives were searching for the other four pirates.

“One of them was discovered, and they are still looking for the other ones,” he said. “He had $153,000 in a plastic bag in his pocket.”

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Rx obama

Rx to Obama
Real Change Now in the Middle East
Thursday, January 15th
 10:00am to 12:30pm Panel
12:30pm to 2:00pm Lunch
2456 Rayburn Building
Southwest of the Capitol between South Capital Street and First Street
Interested to know what the Middle East wants from the United States under the Obama Administration?
Join us in discussing foreign policy options in the Middle East with diplomats, scholars, activists, and analysts, as well as a synopsis of the November CNIF Political Pilgrimage to the region.
Dr. Sara Roy: A senior research scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Author of  "The Gaza Strip: The Political Economy of De-development".
Jonathan Kuttab: Member of the Bar Association in New York, Israel, and Palestine. Head of the legal committee that negotiated the Israeli Palestinian disengagement in 1994.
Ambassador (Ret) Edward Peck: Former Chief of Mission in Iraq and Mauritania, Deputy Director of Reagan's Cabinet Task Force on Terrorism.
Ambassador (Ret) Robert Keeley: He had a 34-year career in the Foreign Service of the United States. Former Ambassador to Greece, Zimbabwe, and Mauritius. CNIF Chairman.
Mark Perry: Military, intelligence and foreign affairs analyst and writer
Eugene Bird: Career diplomat, twenty-five year veteran of Middle Eastern Affairs, and CNI/CNIF president.
We will conclude with a short documentary of CNIF's recent delegation
Sponsored by the Council for the National Interest.
The Public is Welcome. Lunch will be provided.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 13 @ 5:00pm
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