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In response to yesterday’s post, a smart note from a reader that jibes with what I have been told by people on the ground in the region:
It would be worthwhile to point out that anyone who actually believes Israel’s public demagoguery about not talking to Hamas is a fool; Israel and Hamas speak and even negotiate through back channels (including through the U.S. diplomatic service) all the time. Just because the political bigheads aren’t shaking hands on rostrums doesn’t mean they don’t actually communicate.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Number of free condoms handed out by the Brazilian government in advance of Carnival this year:
The best way to measure happiness is simply to ask people how happy they are.
Following three weeks of clashes between protesters and government forces that killed at least 17 people, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro announced a two-day extension of Carnival. “Happiness will conquer the embittered,” he said during an appearance at a recreation center.
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”