Tag: Talks

The Obama Doctrine: The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world

“We want to work to help achieve statehood and dignity for the Palestinians, but I was hoping that my speech could trigger a discussion, could create space for Muslims to address the real problems they are confronting—problems of governance, and the fact that some currents of Islam have not gone through a reformation that would help people adapt their religious doctrines to modernity. My thought was, I would communicate that the U.S. is not standing in the way of this progress, that we would help, in whatever way possible, to advance the goals of a practical, successful Arab agenda that provided a better life for ordinary people.” …more: theatlantic.

Iran Offers to Mediate Talks Between Republicans and Obama

He said that his nation was the “logical choice” to jumpstart negotiations between Obama and the Republican s because “it has become clear that both sides currently talk more to Iran than to each other.”

He invited Obama and the Republicans to meet in Tehran to hash out their differences and called on world powers to force the two bitter foes to the bargaining table, adding, “It is time to stop the madness.”…more THE NEW YORKER ·

The Blame Game: Karen Armstrong Talks About ‘Fields of Blood’

…. But the incident was explained roughly to me during an interview.) If we speak in order to wound, we

Karen Armstrongwill make matters worse: in my research I have found that when a fundamentalist group is attacked, it invariably becomes more extreme. My problem with some current critics of Islam is that their criticism is neither accurate, fair, nor well-informed. I am sure they do not intend this, but in the 1930s and ’40s in Europe, we learned how dangerous and ultimately destructive this kind of discourse could be. MORE  /artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.