Kerry made what at best can be called an optimistic message to the press regarding the advancement of peace accomplished by his efforts during this trip to the Middle East. He indicated that the talks were fruitful and that the distance between the two parties had been lessened leaving but a narrow difference remaining to be bridged in order for talks to resume. He expressed a general feeling of pleasure over what had transpired and reiterated that he felt that the talks had been fruitful. The real question is what the average person should take from Secretary of State Kerry’s politispeak and what the reality is regarding any near term resumption of the peace talks. The other mentions of this week’s activities were pretty much duplicates of the longstanding positions the major players had long before Secretary Kerry arrived last week. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu still holds that he is…
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The Guardian tries to answers a number of questions I’ve been asking myself:
Why do whistleblowers go to Ecuador?
The country sheltering Julian Assange is now waiting to welcome Edward Snowden. What is the appeal of Ecuador (apart from the gorgeous scenery and idyllic climate)
Ecuador the country? Yes, that Ecuador, the little democratic republic nestled between Colombia and Peru, known for its snow-capped mountains, dense rainforest and rich history spanning the ancient Incas and independence via colonial struggle and coups.
Oh. I was thinking of the Julian Assange place. That’s also them. Ecuador has been sheltering the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its embassy in London for more than a year.
And what’s the latest? They could be about to get their hands on another whistleblower.
That Edward Snowden bloke? Yes, him. Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño Aroca…
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I’ve wanted to make a soy candle for quite a while. This weekend I picked up some soy that can be microwaved (in case this doesn’t go as planned) and some blueberry muffin scent. I’m pretty excited about this Make Something Mondays 🙂
Things You Will Need:
Not pictured: Pot, water, tongs
Heat up your water. A little less than half of your pot should have water in it. It doesn’t have to boil but it should be close to.
Add some soy to your mason jar.
Using the tongs, pick up your mason jar and put it in the water.
After about 10 mins it will start to melt.
* You might have to add more soy wax to the jar.
When the wax is fully melted take it out of the…
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