Posted: Thu, 10/17/2013 - 14:06 |
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Secretary of State John Kerry next week in Rome "to discuss ongoing final status negotiations with the Palestinians, along with Iran, Syria and other issues of mutual concern," the State Department announced this afternoon.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is apparently not on Kerry's schedule but the secretary will be meeting in Paris with representatives of the Arab League's Arab Peace Initiative Follow-up Committee to update them on Israeli-Palestinian talks.
Posted: Thu, 10/17/2013 - 12:37 |
John Boehner and the Republicans ran up the white flag and the government began reopening this morning as experts began assessing the damage from the GOP's disastrous shutdown strategy.
Standard & Poors said it cost the national economy $24 billion. Economists report the shutdown will affect unemployment (up), business earnings and hiring plans (down), borrowing costs (up), consumer confidence and international economic standing (down).
Yesterday in this space, I discussed three surefire ways to shut down a conversation with the parent of a child who has a disability. Of course, talking about disability can be one of the trickiest, most awkward-moment-producing topics around. Differences raise fear and anxiety for all of us and that limits the chances for meaningful dialogue. But I hope that with increased disability awareness education, like my post of yesterday and this one, we can create more productive conversations. Try any one or all of these three topics!
Don’t go to this exhibition in a hurry; and don’t go with children; but if you have the slightest interest in mathematics or Jewish history of the twentieth century, then go. Seeing “Transcending Tradition: Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture” at the Center for Jewish History is like reading a short illustrated book mounted on plywood, but your patience will be rewarded. Where does the interest lie for the non-mathematician? In the characters of the people whose histories it tells; and for the glimpses of people at work on fundamental problems.
Posted: Wed, 10/16/2013 - 16:13 |
The two men most responsible for the shutdown debacle ran up the white flag today. Both come out of this big losers in stature and influence.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has spent weeks pressing for the shutdown showdown; after failing to get his Senate colleagues to follow his lead, he turned to his fellow Tea Party followers and ultra-conservatives in the House. And they followed him toward the cliff, putting partisan politics above the national interest.
Forget religion and politics, sex and money: talking about disability can be one of the trickiest, most awkward-moment-producing topics around. As a parent of a child with a disability, I’ve participated in more than my share of unproductive conversations based in other people’s projections of my experience.