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In a press conference at the United Nations, with United States Journalists, President Vladimir Putin addressed his concerns regarding the US and their role in the middle east and ISIS. Although the film footage of the press conference has been banned, Live leaks released a copy of the press conference to the public. The words of Putin are transcribed below word for word.

The press and mainstream news is avoiding this information. It is a scathing , diplomatic account of Russia’s position on the politic behavior and actions in the middle east regarding Syria and ISIS, as well as a reprimand to our press who have failed to do their job.

Putin’s complete oration to the US Journalists:

First point. I never said that I view the US as a threat to our national security. President Obama, as you said, views Russia as a threat, but I don’t feel the…

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Fifa crisis: Palestinians press to show Israel red card – BBC News.

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By Kevin Connolly BBC News, Jerusalem
Media caption The Palestinian Football Association has requested a Fifa vote on 29 May

The football bureaucrats of the world were probably expecting to make global headlines as they gathered for the Fifa Congress in Zurich.

But the news so far has been bigger – and worse – than they can possibly have imagined. 

The US investigation into corruption at the highest levels of the world’s most popular game will have far-reaching implications for how the game is run – and who runs it. 

As news of arrests at the top of Fifa began to sink in, the organisation said it was planning to go ahead as scheduled with the election of its president – which was expected to result once again in a kind of coronation for Sepp Blatter, the great survivor of world sports administration.

But there’s another item on the agenda too – one that may still be troubling delegates far into the future when Mr Blatter is eventually gone and the corruption story has played itself out.

The Palestinian delegation wants Fifa to suspend Israel from world football.


This is not just about sport of course.

The Palestinians are pursuing a strategy they call “internationalisation” – which means bringing their grievances against Israel into as many international arenas as possible. And arenas don’t come any bigger than Fifa.

Head of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA), Jibril Rajoub, at a news conference in Ramallah (25 May 2015)
The Palestinian FA wants to “end the suffering and the humiliation of the Palestinian footballers”

The issue has been raised in previous years but some sort of deal was worked out to prevent the issue from coming to a vote.

This time the head of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA), Jibril Rajoub, says nothing will persuade him to remove the request from Fifa’s formal agenda. There won’t be any backroom deals – there will be a vote.

“I am going to end the suffering and the humiliation of the Palestinian footballers,” he told me. “It is our right.”

The Palestinians believe their case is strong.

They complain about how police and army checkpoints which restrict freedom of movement around the occupied Palestinian Territory of the West Bank hamper the ability of players and officials to get to games.

The point is illustrated in a video presentation in which a middle-aged Palestinian called Farouq Assi is captured on the cameras of a human rights activist blindfolded, handcuffed and in custody at an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank.

A photograph purportedly showing Palestinian football referee Farouq Assi blindfolded, handcuffed and in custody at an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank
The detention of football referee Farouq Assi provoked Palestinian outrage

It’s not a rare event. It’s in the presentation because Mr Assi is a football referee and he was on his way to take charge of a game in Jericho when he was detained. The match was abandoned.

Palestinian territory is divided into two parts – Gaza and the West Bank. Israel controls all movement into and out of the West Bank through a series of checkpoints and it maintains strict controls at its crossing with Gaza through which players and officials have to travel to play West Bank teams.

Bringing politics into football

Israeli sports officials argue they have no control over the policies applied at those checkpoints by Israeli security and intelligence agencies.

Mr Blatter made a trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories ahead of the Fifa Congress in what appears to have been a failed attempt to stop the issue from being pushed to a vote.

Not long after he left an incident at an Israeli-controlled border crossing with Jordan illustrated the problem.

Palestinian children hold up red cards at a protest during a visit to the West Bank by Fifa president Sepp Blatter (19 May 2015)
Suspension would mean Israeli teams would not be able to take part in the Champions League and Euro 2016

The Palestinian national team was leaving through the checkpoint on its way to play an overseas fixture – it flies through Amman in Jordan, a short drive across the desert rather than from Israel’s main airport in Tel Aviv.

As they were leaving there were reports that one of their players, Sameh Maarabe, had been arrested by Israeli officials.

Israel explained later that Maarabe had been convicted last year of using an overseas trip to smuggle money and messages back into the West Bank on behalf of the militant group Hamas.

To Palestinians that’s a story about the harassment of a footballer – to Israelis it’s about issuing a warning about re-offending to someone who has a criminal record and who happens to be a footballer.

Beitar Jerusalem supporters hold up a banner saying "Beitar Pure Forever" at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem (26 January 2013)
Beitar Jerusalem has often attracted criticism for the racism of its nationalist fans

There are other grievances too – including the presence on Occupied Palestinian Territory of teams from Jewish settlements which are allowed to play in the Israeli league.

But Israel feels it has a positive story to tell about sport.

There are Arab players in the Israeli national team and at most top-flight clubs – although there is an exception in that Beitar Jerusalem has often attracted criticism for the racism of its nationalist fans.

Czech Republic's Tomas Hubschmann (R) vies with Israel's Yossi Benayoun during a friendly match in Hartberg (26 May 2012)
Israeli footballer Yossi Benayoun says the dispute has “nothing to do with sport”

Former English Premier League star Yossi Benayoun, who’s arguably Israel’s best-ever player, told me: “Sport is one of the only things that brings people together. In my experience I played with Muslims, Christians and any other religion and it’s the same in Israel – during my time in the national team we always played with Arab players and it was the same for them.

“I hope it doesn’t come to this decision, because it’s nothing to do with sport.”

Two-thirds majority

For now the Israeli sports authorities have left their argument at that, but not everyone in Israel has been so diplomatic.

The well-connected Israeli legal campaign group Shurat HaDin, for example, has drawn attention to Jibril Rajoub’s membership of the central committee of the Fatah movement, which has an armed wing.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Israel Football Association president Ofer Eini (19 May 2015)
Fifa president Sepp Blatter (left) insists Israel has not breached Fifa’s statutes

It has found several militaristic quotes from Mr Rajoub talking about the Palestinian conflict with Israel and has written to Fifa demanding that he should be expelled, instead of the Israel Football Association (IFA).

Their letter is an illustration of the fear inside football that giving in to one expulsion request is bound to trigger others – what if Ukraine should demand the suspension of Russia over the annexation of Crimea for example, when the Russians are scheduled to host the next World Cup?

Within the world of sport there’s always a tendency to keep difficult issues at bay by arguing that sport and politics don’t mix – but of course in extreme cases they do.

Ahli Al-Khalil's coach, Stefano Cusin, looks at his players during a training session on 24 April 2015 in the West Bank town of Hebron
Israel’s FA says it is doing what it can to resolve problems faced by Palestinian football teams

Both apartheid-era South Africa and the now-vanished Yugoslavia led by Slobodan Milosevic were expelled from international bodies – the Palestinian chances of success at Fifa will depend on persuading enough delegates that their case matches those precedents.

Israel for now seems confident – partly because Sepp Blatter has clarified that the rules for suspension require a 75% majority, and partly because, in the words of the Israeli expert on international law Alan Baker, this is “a familiar grievance in a new forum”.

The dramatic arrests which overshadowed the start of the Fifa Congress may have shifted the spotlight from the Palestinian case for now but this is an issue that won’t go away.

Whatever happens to the proposal in 2015, there is nothing to stop the Palestinians from putting it back on football’s agenda in the future.

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When the Western World Cares.

Muhammadu Buhari Nigeria President Inauguration
Afolabi Sotunde—Reuters Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari rides in a motorcade while inspecting the guard of honour before his inauguration at Eagle Square in Abuja, Nigeria on May 29, 2015. 

Madeleine Albright is a former Secretary of State, and Johnnie Carson is a former assistant secretary of state for African affairs.

What happens in Nigeria will have a profound impact on the future of sub-Saharan Africa and the world

This week, something unprecedented is happening in Africa’s most populous country, where groundbreaking political change is underway. Nigeria’s incumbent president will step down and a new president from another political party, Muhammadu Buhari, will be sworn in.

The March election that brought Mr. Buhari to office was a political triumph for Nigeria and a positive step for the future of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa. Few expected that the election would be peaceful or credible, but the Nigerian people demanded nothing less.

As one of us witnessed first-hand while serving on a National Democratic Institute election observer delegation, people across Nigeria waited in lines that stretched for hours simply to have their voices heard through the ballot box. Thousands were willing to risk the threat of election violence to volunteer as citizen observers, and the outcome was seen as legitimate thanks in large measure to the work of the Independent National Electoral Commission, which oversaw the rapid release of election results. A coalition of 400 civic organizations conducted a parallel vote tabulation that protected the integrity of the process and promoted confidence in the official results; other groups conducted a large-scale, and effective anti-violence campaign.

The election was not perfect, far from it. Although it confirmed the eventual outcome of the elections, the parallel vote tabulation exposed serious vote count manipulation in one of the six geopolitical zones of the country. Pockets of serious violence and fraud did occur, especially in Nigeria’s politically critical, oil-producing southern states. Yet overall, the 2015 election was the most successful democratic exercise in the country’s history, building on the progress made in 2011 after a series of seriously flawed elections in the country.

Now President-elect Buhari’s challenge will be to deliver for his people—because years of experience have taught us that while successful elections are necessary, they are not by themselves sufficient for a country to achieve real long-term economic and social progress. Put another way: People like to vote, but they also like to eat.

After campaigning as the anti-corruption, pro-security candidate, Buhari now has a big job to do if he is to capitalize on the new momentum for change. To succeed, he will need the support of the international community—which must stay engaged in helping Nigeria along the path of progress.

The stakes could not be greater, both for Nigeria and the world. With a population of roughly 180 million people and an economy expected to reach $1 trillion by 2030, the country is already a regional political and economic powerhouse—and it is increasingly a global one as well. By 2050, Nigeria’s population is expected to surpass that of the United States, and its total population is projected to reach 900 million by the end of this century. This means that what happens in Nigeria will have a profound impact on the future of sub-Saharan Africa and the world.

To put the country on a road to better governance, increased security, and greater prosperity, President Buhari will need to bring Nigeria’s vast resources together to tackle a series of deep-seated, interconnected challenges—and he will need the support of the United States and its partners to do so.

His first order of business should be dealing with the country’s rampant corruption, a poison in any democracy. Buhari campaigned on a promise to address alleged multibillion dollar corruption scandals, which stem largely from mismanagement of the country’s oil reserves. These kinds of scandals weaken Nigeria’s legitimacy both domestically and abroad. Its oil reserves are tremendous, but if mismanaged they threaten to undermine the country’s political authority. Corruption must be addressed at the institutional level by strengthening institutions such as the electoral commission, National Assembly, political parties and civil society—all of which have an important role in addressing corruption. Another priority will be improving the transparency of government bodies, such as the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation. The international community should also support the recovery of stolen assets, which belong in the hands of the Nigerian people.

See the Nigerian Town Bama Freed From Boko Haram

Nigerian troops patrol in Bama, in the country's northeast on March 25, 2015.
An aerial view of Bama, a northeastern town in Nigeria on March 25, 2015.
Nigerian troops celebrate after taking over Bama from Boko Haram about a week earlier on March 25, 2015.
Three young men, who were discovered while entering Bama, sit blindfolded in the back of a pick-up truck before being taken for interrogation by the Nigerian army in Bama on March 25, 2015.

Nichole Sobecki—AFP/Getty Images

Nigerian troops patrol in Bama, in the country’s northeast on March 25, 2015.
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A second key challenge is security. The depraved and vile extremism of Boko Haram continues to pose a serious danger in northeastern Nigeria and the region, with thousands killed by its attacks and scores of young girls remaining kidnapped and enslaved. Recent efforts to push Boko Haram back, including through a new regional force, have made some progress, but far more needs to be done. Meanwhile, sectarian violence—spurred by religious and ethnic tensions —is a concern across the country. In the Niger Delta, violent organized crime and the threat of renewed militancy are ever present. President Buhari will need to push through critical security-sector reforms and focus on increasing military professionalism and Nigerians’ access to justice in the courts, but the administration will also need to address the deeper socioeconomic roots of these threats.

To do so, President Buhari must tackle a third challenge by taking measures to get Nigeria’s slowing economy back on track. Given the falling price of oil, Nigeria’s economy needs to become more sustainable and diversified through investments in infrastructure. The country has vast unmet energy needs, and lack of power is one of the most serious impediments to growing Nigeria’s economy. Nigeria’s agricultural sector also must be modernized and transformed, so that the country can reduce its reliance on imported food, feed its exploding population, and give its farmers a stake in the future. For stability and enduring prosperity, it will also be important to close the development gap between the country’s northern and southern regions, and between its urban and rural areas.

Given the chaos and uncertainty of today’s world, it is important that we take note of Nigeria’s progress and celebrate it, as Secretary of State John Kerry will do when he leads the U.S. delegation to the inauguration. But it is equally vital that all of us—whether in government, the private sector, or civil society—do everything possible to ensure that these democratic gains are channeled toward the kind of institutional change that lasts far beyond Election Day. Through robust engagement with Nigeria’s new government, including direct talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Buhari, the international community can help it meet these challenges. Investing in Nigeria’s future can make a huge difference for the country, and set an example for the world. It is an opportunity we cannot miss.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategic advisory firm, and Chair of the National Democratic Institute. Johnnie Carson, a former assistant secretary of state for African affairs, serves on the board of the NDI and co-chaired its recent election observer mission in Nigeria. He also serves as a Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group.

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Why Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPads (And Why You Shouldn’t Either).

Steve Jobs wouldn’t, and for good reason too.

In a Sunday article, New York Times reporter Nick Bilton said he once assumingly asked Jobs, “So your kids must love the iPad?”

Jobs responded: “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

Especially in Silicon Valley, there is actually a trend of tech execs and engineers who shield their kids from technology. They even send their kids to non-tech schools like the Waldorf School in Los Altos, where computers aren’t found anywhere because they only focus on hands-on learning.

There is a quote that was highlighted in The Times by Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and a father of five. He explains what drives those who work in tech to keep it from their kids.

“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules… That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”

If our current addictions to our iPhones and other tech is any indication, we may be setting up our children for incomplete, handicapped lives devoid of imagination, creativity and wonder when we hook them onto technology at an early age. We were the last generation to play outside precisely because we didn’t have smartphones and laptops. We learned from movement, hands-on interaction, and we absorbed information through books and socialization with other humans as opposed to a Google search.

Learning in different ways has helped us become more well-rounded individuals — so, should we be more worried that we are robbing our children of the ability to Snapchat and play “Candy Crush” all day if we don’t hand them a smartphone, or should we more worried that we would be robbing them of a healthier, less dependent development if we do hand them a smartphone? I think Steve Jobs had it right in regard to his kids.

So the next time you think about how you will raise your kids, you may want to (highly) consider not giving them whatever fancy tech we’ll have while they are growing up. Play outside with them and surround them with nature; they might hate you, but they will absolutely thank you for it later, because I’m willing to bet that’s exactly how many of us feel about it now that we are older.

Source : 26 January 2015.