“While Jewish turnout in elections often exceeds 70%, Arab participation has hovered at around 50%.
United List candidates … campaign to defend the interests of Israel’s Arab citizens, who make up about one-fifth of the country’s 7.8 million people.
United List recently has been focusing less on who will be Israel’s next leader than on how to defend the interests of Israeli Arabs. It calls for increasing the minimum wage and creating jobs through public-works projects in Arab communities with high unemployment. The issue of Israeli police tactics in Arab cities and towns has taken center stage.” #MinorityRights
“The European Commission on Friday cleared Etihad Airways to buy 49% of Italy’s Alitalia, after the United Arab Emirates-based airline agreed to give up airport slots on the route between Rome and Belgrade.”
Secretary of State John Kerry with Foreign Ministers from P5 + 1
“The deadline for an Iran nuclear deal has been extended to the end of June after talks in Vienna failed to reach a comprehensive agreement.
UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said good progress had been made, but it was “not possible to get an agreement by the [original] deadline”. Six world powers want Iran to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions. The six countries – the US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany – have been in negotiations with Iran to finalize a preliminary deal reached last year in Geneva. Speaking after the Vienna talks had ended, Mr Hammond said that negotiations would resume in December, and would be extended until 30 June 2015. Iran would be allowed to continue accessing $700m (£450m) per month in frozen assets during that period. Diplomats expect to reach a political agreement by 1 March, with the full technical details of the agreement confirmed by 1 July. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is to give a national address at 18:00 GMT, Iranian news agencies reported.”
“For Dubai, geography is destiny.
It sits within easy reach of three regions —
the Indian subcontinent and
— each with a $2 trillion-a-year economy
Dubai faces increased competition from a crop of imitators.
Last year, Oman opened a deep-water port at Duqm that will try to draw business away from Jebel Ali.
Istanbul is marketing itself as an alternative logistics and financial hub, with Turkish Airlines now flying to more worldwide destinations than any other carrier.
Qatar Airways Ltd. is also challenging Emirates for business travelers, while Doha is promoting itself as a financial center.
“It is not just about physical infrastructure,” he says.
Much of Dubai’s success, he says, is due to what he calls “software” — people and systems that, for example, ensure a ship at port can be turned around quickly or a legal dispute resolved fast and fairly. In this regard, Al Shaibani says, Dubai has a decades-long head start.
So far, Dubai’s “if you build it, they will come” strategy seems to be working. The city is packed with tourists. More people visit the Dubai Mall each year than Niagara Falls, the Eiffel Tower and Disney World combined.”
“হরতাল ও নৈরাজ্যবিরোধী বিক্ষোভ মিছিল হলেও স্লোগান দেওয়া হয় চাকরিচ্যুতদের চাকরিতে পুনর্বহাল, চুক্তিভিত্তিক কর্মচারীদের নিয়মিতকরণসহ নানা দাবিতে। পরে সভাপতি মো. শাহাজাহান মিয়ার সভাপতিত্বে সমাবেশে বক্তব্য রাখেন সাধারণ সম্পাদক মো. হুমায়ুন কবীর, হাবিবুর রহমান, চট্টগ্রাম আঞ্চলিক পরিষদের সাধারণ সম্পাদক আবুল কালাম মজুমদার, খন্দকার কামরুল হাসান, দুলাল কান্তি পাল, সিরাজুল ইসলাম প্রমুখ।”
In Middle East, regional dominance and Shiite-Sunni conflict is giving rise to and encouraging militants and extremists.Saudi Arabia and it’s allies and Iran and it’s allies are in opposite groups, with Saudi Arabia being Sunni dominant and Iran being Shiite dominant.
Because of power conflict and interest in regional dominance, both sides are encouraging groups of opposing militants and extremists.
But does “Islam”, a word derived from “Salam”, which literally means “peace”, really encourage or even approve such conflicts?
Suicide and collateral damage are forbidden in Islam and the person who commits suicide is destined to go to hell.
Prophet Muhammad declared unity of humanity in his last sermon, “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action.” 
In the age of globalization, it’s the mutual economic relationship and mutual economic engagement, not military engagement, that brings prosperity.