<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shai-franklin/putting-the-arab-back-int_b_5609502.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">Putting the 'Arab' Back Into Mideast Peace</a>

Putting the 'Arab' Back Into Mideast Peace

Israel and the Arab world share a rare and brief window of opportunity — even of necessity — for salvaging a two-state solution to the Palestinian issue. The Arab Peace Initiative (API) offers a regional peace when Israel concludes a permanent agreement with the Palestinians. As hostilities and recrimination sweep the Israeli-Palestinian landscape and the wider region, activating the API is both possible and urgent.

There will never be a perfect moment.

The Arab League’s 2002 launch of the API coincided with a wave of Palestinian suicide bombings inside Israel, followed by a major Israeli offensive …read more

Source: World News


<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/22/obamacare-fake-identities_n_5611455.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business class="colorbox">Undercover Investigators Got Obamacare Coverage Using Fake Identities</a>

Undercover Investigators Got Obamacare Coverage Using Fake Identities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover investigators were able to get subsidized health care under fake names in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is still paying premiums for the policies, even as the Obama administration attempts to verify phony documentation.

The agency’s findings are contained in testimony to be delivered at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing Wednesday. An advance copy was provided to The Associated …read more

Source: Business


<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fernando-espuelas/western-media-has-it-wron_b_5611541.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">Western Media Has It Wrong - Israel is Fighting a Just War in Gaza</a>

Western Media Has It Wrong - Israel is Fighting a Just War in Gaza

Imagine terrorists targeting Miami. Now think of thousands of missiles raining down on Miami and neighboring cities every year — for more than a decade. What would America do? Is there the slightest doubt that the president would order a strike to destroy the missiles? Absolutely not. One missile hitting the homeland would rightly spark an overwhelming American military response.

Yet this is the reality that Israel faces every day – contrary to the proliferation of anti-Israel media reports in the U.S. and Europe. The jihadist group Hamas, categorized as a terrorist organization by both the <a class="colorbox" href="http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/45323.pdf" …read more

Source: World News


‘Panic in a Suitcase,’ by Yelena Akhtiorskaya

By Ron Charles

In the midst of so much gloom, a little happy news out of Ukraine: Yelena Akhtiorskaya can’t resolve the separatist crisis or repel Vladimir Putin, but this 28-year-old writer from Odessa subordinates the violence of nations for a moment and offers the balm of laughter. Her first novel, “Panic in a Suitcase,” is equal parts borscht stew and Borscht Belt — an immigration comedy that can’t tell whether it’s leaving or coming to America.

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Source: Entertainment


Secrets to Capital Fringe Festival success: Keep the liquor handy

By Rebecca Ritzel

Sex, beer and Edgar Allan Poe. Two weeks into the Capital Fringe Festival, some themes are emerging that separate the shows that sell out from those that merely play to half a house, or a smattering of actors’ roommates. Selling out at Fringe has proven to be a stairway to greater things in the D.C. theater scene. Sometimes new companies jell and begin to perform year-round; sometimes troupes reunite to perform their shows at other festivals around the country. So what are this year’s hot tickets? At total of 69 performances have sold out thus far. Of the roughly total …read more

Source: Entertainment


<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pen-american-center/in-ethiopia-protecting-yourself-online-is-a-crime_b_5611017.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">In Ethiopia, Protecting Yourself Online Is a Crime</a>

In Ethiopia, Protecting Yourself Online Is a Crime

This post was written by PEN America’s Freedom to Write Fellow Deji Olukotun.

Six Ethiopian bloggers were formally charged with terrorism in Ethiopia’s Lideta High Court last week, a move provoking deep concern for hackers and human rights activists in Ethiopia and around the world. Three journalists were also charged and a seventh blogger, Soleyana Gebremicheal, was charged in absentia.

The seven members of the Zone 9 blogger collective, who sprung to international attention upon their arrest last April, stand accused of associating with outlawed political groups and of attending a digital security training, among other …read more

Source: World News


<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/22/mascot-wedding-walk_n_5610794.html?utm_hp_ref=sports&ir=Sports class="colorbox">University Of Miami Mascot Walks Bride Down The Aisle After Her Dad's Death</a>

University Of Miami Mascot Walks Bride Down The Aisle After Her Dad's Death

Most brides-to-be can’t wait to walk down the aisle, but for Jennifer Urs Sullivan, it was the one moment she was dreading most.

Six months before Sullivan got engaged, her father Walter died unexpectedly of a heart attack. “We lost him in October of 2012. It hit me really hard because I wasn’t expecting it,” Sullivan told Local 10 News in Miami.

“I couldn’t imagine walking down the aisle without him and it was something, every time I thought about it I broke down,” she said.

Since Sullivan and her father shared …read more

Source: Sports


<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/22/105-year-old-throws-first-pitch_n_5610088.html?utm_hp_ref=sports&ir=Sports class="colorbox">105-Year-Old Thrill-Seeker Shines On The Pitcher's Mound At Padres Game</a>

105-Year-Old Thrill-Seeker Shines On The Pitcher's Mound At Padres Game

Move over, Tim Lincecum. This woman has a mean windup.

Agnes McKee of Oceanside, California, turned 105 years old last week, U-T San Diego reported. To celebrate, she threw out the ceremonial first pitch at San Diego’s Petco Park on Sunday — becoming the oldest person to ever do so at a Padres game, according to MLB.com.

Though she pitched in front of a stadium full of screaming baseball fans, McKee told MLB.com she didn’t feel nervous.

“It’s an exciting time,” she told the outlet. “<a class="colorbox" …read more

Source: Sports


<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/22/disabled-brother-triathlon-idaho-photos_n_5610510.html?utm_hp_ref=sports&ir=Sports class="colorbox">Boy Carries His Younger Brother Through Triathlon, Wins At Life</a>

Boy Carries His Younger Brother Through Triathlon, Wins At Life

For 8-year-old Noah Aldrich, his 6-year-old sibling, Lucas, is more than a brother; he’s a best friend.

And to say they go everywhere together doesn’t even scratch the surface.

Earlier this month, Noah completed a mini-triathlon in Boise, Idaho, all while alternately pushing and pulling Lucas, who, as a result of a rare genetic condition, cannot walk, talk or eat on his own.

For the course’s 1-mile run, Noah pushed his brother in a jogging stroller. He pulled the same stroller behind his bike for the 3-mile ride, and he completed …read more

Source: Sports


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