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Qatar’s Amir Completes a Year: Guest Note by Mike Holtzman

This is a guest note by Mike Holtzman.  Holtzman served in the US State Department under Colin Powell, as Director of Public Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations, and as an advisor to Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Bid.   Today marks the first anniversary of the ascension of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as Amir of the State of Qatar. While it has been a year of rapid growth and development for the tiny, oil-rich nation. it also has been…

Guest Note: If the Two-State Solution Fails?

This is a guest note by Edward Delman, content coordinator at AtlanticLIVE, the events division of The Atlantic. The latest iteration of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has collapsed, arguably with the biggest of whimpers. After weeks of delays in prisoner releases, moves to join international organizations, the announcement of further settlement construction, and a potential reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, the negotiations have been called off due to an Israeli government that was unwilling to budge from its established line, according to U.S. officials….

President Obama Honors Lost Korean Students

President Obama makes symbolic gesture honoring memory of the many students lost in the tragic Sewol Ferry incident. He gives a high school in Korea a beautiful Magnolia tree from the South Lawn of the White House where President Andrew Jackson planted a tree in memory of his wife, Rachel, who died two weeks after. This from New York Times White House correspondent Mark Landler‘s pool report: In memory of the hundreds of students and teachers who lost their lives…

Escalating Tension in Ukraine

Here are my thoughts on the tense drama escalating in Kiev, Ukraine.  Appeared last night on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.

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