Netanyahu seeks to rally Israelis around him in anti-Obama assault | Reuters

The Obama administration made a shameful, underhanded move,” Netanyahu said after the vote. It was some of the sharpest criticism he has voiced against Obama, who got off on the wrong foot with Israelis when he skipped their country during a Middle East visit after first taking office in 2009.In a further display of anger, Netanyahu summoned the U.S. ambassador to meet him during a day of reprimands delivered at the Foreign Ministry to envoys of the 10 countries with embassies in Israel among the 14 that backed the resolution.

Netanyahu, who is vying with the ultranationalist Jewish Home Party in his governing coalition for right-wing voters, also took aim at what has become a favorite target – an Israeli media he has been painting as left-wing and unpatriotic.

“Leftist political parties and TV commentators have been rubbing their hands in glee over the anti-Israeli decision at the United Nations, almost like the Palestinian Authority and Hamas,” Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page.

But more trouble for the Israeli leader could be ahead at a planned 70-nation, French-hosted conference on Middle East peace due to convene in Paris on Jan. 15, five days before Obama hands over to Trump.”(Netanyahu) fears there is a U.S.-French move brewing before January 20th, possibly a declarative step at the French peace convention,” said an Israeli official who attended an Israeli security cabinet session on Sunday.

Source: Netanyahu seeks to rally Israelis around him in anti-Obama assault | Reuters

Former US ambassador to Israel criticizes Netanyahu′s ′nasty′ UN reaction | News | DW.COM | 26.12.2016

Israel has also vowed to reassess its relationship with the United Nations.Kurtzer maintained that the past eight years, the relationship between Israel and the United States “is on very strong ground” despite a number of disagreements between the two countries.”But none of these differences accounts for the nasty language that’s being used,” Kurtzer said. “I think we have to find a way to get beyond this and try and deal with some of these differing views more privately.”

Source: Former US ambassador to Israel criticizes Netanyahu′s ′nasty′ UN reaction | News | DW.COM | 26.12.2016

Mavis Staples on Her Kennedy Center Honor and Fist-Bumping James Taylor – The New York Times “I am really disheartened. I’m about to relive the ’60s. I’ve seen some of it already. I can turn on the news and I can swear I’m back in the ’60s. The way things are going, every day it’s something. I feel like all of this is happening because of the way Mr. Trump is. He’s bringing it on. I’m going to have to start writing songs again. I’m so sorry that we, as black people, don’t have a leader like Dr. Martin Luther King — someone to take charge. We have to do it through our songs and our actions. And try to stay nonviolent.

 

I am really disheartened. I’m about to relive the ’60s. I’ve seen some of it already. I can turn on the news and I can swear I’m back in the ’60s. The way things are going, every day it’s something. I feel like all of this is happening because of the way Mr. Trump is. He’s bringing it on. I’m going to have to start writing songs again. I’m so sorry that we, as black people, don’t have a leader like Dr. Martin Luther King — someone to take charge. We have to do it through our songs and our actions. And try to stay nonviolent.

These Ballerinas from Cairo are Reclaiming their City in a Series of Breathtaking Photographs – The Ladies FingerThe Ladies Finger

These Ballerinas from Cairo are Reclaiming their City in a Series of Breathtaking PhotographsDecember 26, 2016By Soyra GuneYou could argue, as Cairoscene does, that ballet in some aspects is very similar to the city of Cairo.Two directors cum photographers, Mohamed Taher and Ahmed Fathy have taken to the streets of Cairo to create a new image of the city by taking scenic photographs of ballerinas against urban backdrops and posting these images on their Instagram page, Ballerinas of Cairo.

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 51 ( Dec 19-25)

Going to be a strange year with Egypt and others trying to figure out what the Trumpeter is going to do next before figuring out – they are on their own and must find their own way to leadership.

Nervana

Top Headlines

  • Death toll of Cairo’s church bombing rises to 28
  • Egypt defends its decision to withdraw anti-settlement resolution at the UN
  • ‘Sinai Province’ admits its former leader was killed by the Egyptian army
  • Egypt confirms Al Jazeera producer’s arrest fo “provoking sedition”
  • Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji is released from prison pending final verdict
  • Split in the Muslim Brotherhood deepens with creation of new advisory council

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Under the Tree #merrychristmas #poetry

penned in moon dust

gifts

as a child I would dream

of ribbons and bows

imagine the contents

things hidden, unseen

now I crinkle the paper

of my inner thoughts

so much more in the meaning

than the things that Ive bought

impoverished  the soul

for those fearing to live

take your pallet and walk

only Jesus could give

There is nothing incorrect

in such love for a world

for the lost He was born

offering nothing untoward

so this year I want Jesus

under my tree

Christ soon is coming

to save you and save me

*

hope is revived

for unto us a child is born

all is well

I wish each of you the hope of peace. It is not an offering that a world leader can make – the cost is too high.

Merry Christmas to all!

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