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by Fran on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 02:13:29 PM EST
World's Happiest Places - Forbes.com

Where in the world do people feel most content with their lives?

According to a new report released by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), a Paris-based group of 30 countries with democratic governments that provides economic and social statistics and data, happiness levels are highest in northern European countries.

Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands rated at the top of the list, ranking first, second and third, respectively. Outside Europe, New Zealand and Canada landed at Nos. 8 and 6, respectively. The U.S. did not crack the top 10. Switzerland placed seventh and Belgium placed tenth.

by Fran on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 02:15:50 PM EST
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Reserved Relations with Israel: Obama's New Middle East Diplomacy - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

The Obama Administration is hoping to revive the peace process in the Middle East. Part of the strategy is to distance Washington from Israel.

The members of the leading pro-Israel lobby in the US were visibly moved as they listened to Vice President Joe Biden's speech last Tuesday. It was music to the ears of the 6,500 delegates of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee who had gathered in the Washington Convention Center.

Israeli President Shimon Peres meets with US President Barack Obama on May 5. "With all the change you will hear about, there is one endure
ng, essential principle that will not change; and that is our commitment to the peace and security of the state of Israel," he told his audience.

The delegates not only applauded Biden, they cheered him as loud as they could.

Yet, in the America of President Barack Obama no one can be certain of avoiding change. That's something the AIPAC members would have realized as they watched the evening news a short time later. At almost exactly the same time that Biden was giving his speech another member of the Obama administration was making a memorable appearance before the United Nations in New York. Her name was Rose Gottemoeller.

by Fran on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 02:27:58 PM EST
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King Abdullah of Jordan's ultimatum: peace now or it's war next year - Times Online

America is putting the final touches to a hugely ambitious peace plan for the Middle East, aimed at ending more than 60 years of conflict between Israel and the Arabs, according to Jordan's King Abdullah, who is helping to bring the parties together.

The Obama Administration is pushing for a comprehensive peace agreement that would include settling Israel's conflict with the Palestinians and its territorial disputes with Syria and Lebanon, King Abdullah II told The Times. Failure to reach agreement at this critical juncture would draw the world into a new Middle East war next year. "If we delay our peace negotiations, then there is going to be another conflict between Arabs or Muslims and Israel in the next 12-18 months," the King said.

Details of the plan are likely to be thrashed out in a series of diplomatic moves this month. Chief among them is President Obama's meeting with Binyamin Netanyahu, the right-wing Israeli Prime Minister, in Washington a week today. The initiative could form the centrepiece for Mr Obama's much-anticipated address to the Muslim world in Cairo on June 4. A peace conference could then take place involving all the parties as early as July or August. Such an ambitious project has not been attempted since 1991, when George Bush senior's Administration assembled all the parties for a peace conference in Madrid.

[Murdoch Alert]
by Fran on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 02:31:09 PM EST
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Up to 700 militants killed in Pakistan offensive - Asia, World - The Independent

Pakistani planes bombed suspected militant positions in a stronghold close to the capital today, pressing ahead with a fierce offensive the government claimed had killed 700 insurgents and had the Taliban on the run.

The United Nations said 360,600 refugees had fled Swat and neighboring Dir and Buner districts since operations began last week. That figure is on top of some 500,000 people registered as displaced due to past offensives -- a major humanitarian challenge for the weak government that could test public support for the offensive.

by Fran on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 02:29:13 PM EST
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Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Iran releases jailed US journalist

Iran has released an American-born journalist jailed for spying for the United States after a court reduced her sentence.

Roxana Saberi was sentenced to eight years in prison last month, but Monday's ruling saw that cut to a two-year suspended sentence.

"I'm okay. I don't want to make any comments but I am okay," she said shortly after walking out Of Tehran's Evin prison. She was then then driven away by her father.

Barack Obama, the US president, welcomed what he called a "humanitarian gesture" by Iran.

by Fran on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 02:32:07 PM EST
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The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buitler
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 04:25:08 PM EST
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back feeling better for now.

OK OK.  I'll get to work or we're all fucked.  Fine!

Have already announced my intentions on a Sac Bee blog (other bloggers are wishing the "Doctor" well). Will post relevant pieces to ET as things develop.  Am considering approaching my Austrian Governator to help me push my plans through.  The "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Science/Technology Plan for Economic Revitalization"?  For a guy who has a "stupid complex", I might make it work.  Any suggestions?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 05:56:53 PM EST
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