Netanyahu, Obama and the Geopolitics of Speeches

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By George Friedman

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting the United States this week to speak to Congress on March 3. The Obama administration is upset that Speaker of the House John Boehner invited Netanyahu without consulting with the White House and charged Boehner with political grandstanding. Netanyahu said he was coming to warn the United States of the threat of Iran. Israeli critics of Netanyahu charged that this was a play for public approval to improve his position in Israel’s general election March 17. Boehner denied any political intent beyond getting to hear Netanyahu’s views. The Obama administration claimed that the speech threatens the fabric of U.S.-Israeli relations.

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Pokojnik od kojeg profitiraju nedostojni

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Majice, zastave i posteri sa likom Neslona Mandele su sveprisutni, ne samo oko stadiona u Johanesburgu. Svi političari šire poruku tolerancije, ali ta dokumentarna sapunica nema veze sa realnošću, piše nemačka štampa.

Juče je bio Svetski dan ljudskih prava i nebo nad Johanesburgom se otvorilo, piše Mitelbajeriše cajtung, povodom ceremonije u čast Nelsona Mandele. „To je verovatno bila najradosnija komemoracija ikada. Južnoafrički narod je slavio, ponosan što je iznedrio ovakvu veličinu. Mandela nas je učio da je praštanje važnije od osvete. Oslobodio je crnu većinu od represije, ali je istovremeno oslobodio tlačitelje njihovog tereta. Tata je bio prorok humanosti“, piše list. Continue reading

Syria, America and Putin’s Bluff

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By George Friedman

In recent weeks I’ve written about U.S. President Barack Obama’s bluff on Syria and the tightrope he is now walking on military intervention. There is another bluff going on that has to be understood, this one from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin is bluffing that Russia has emerged as a major world power. In reality, Russia is merely a regional power, but mainly because its periphery is in shambles. He has tried to project a strength that that he doesn’t have, and he has done it well. For him, Syria poses a problem because the United States is about to call his bluff, and he is not holding strong cards. To understand his game we need to start with the recent G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. Continue reading

Obama Praises Future Scientists at White House Science Fair: Scientific American

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white house science fairThe President rides a bike-powered water filtration system at the White House Science Fair.Image: White House Blog/Becky Fried

WASHINGTON—With the third annual White House Science Fair as his backdrop, Pres. Barack Obama announced plans Monday to recruit one million new science, technology, engineering and math mentors from the private and public sectors to inspire many more students to pursue advanced educations and careers in those fields.

Saying he is taking an “all-hands-on-deck approach” to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, Obama said that in addition to recruiting an “army of new teachers in these subject areas,” the country needs “to give the millions of Americans who work in science and technology not only the kind of respect they deserve but also new ways to engage young people.”

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