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Judge ruled last March that Hillary Clinton must testify in eMail case, involving Susan Rice as well – New developments

A judge ordered Hillary Clinton to testify at a deposition for a lawsuit related to her use of a private email server for involving official business while working as secretary of State under President Barack Obama. She was ordered to answer questions from lawyers for the conservative advocacy group Judicial Watch. However, the judge barred Judicial Watch’s lawyers from questioning Clinton and her former chief of staff at State, Cheryl Mills, about the preparation of talking points for then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice’s Sept. 16, 2012, media appearances. However, on June 2, attorneys for Clinton and Mills attended a telehearing with the D.C. Circuit. Judges heard arguments regarding a petition to reverse Lamberth's March 2 ruling that Clinton and Mills be required to give in-person depositions to Judicial Watch. No ruling was made on the petition. Judicial Watch attorney Ramona Cotca argued that by proceeding with the depositions, Clinton and Mills might help clarify where the State Department can broaden its search. The latest news below are a new episode in this political drama.

Susan Rice Admits Under Oath She Emailed with Hillary Clinton on Clinton’s Non-Government Email System and Received Emails Related Susan Riceto Government Business on Her Own Personal Email Account

  • Said she ‘does not recall’ who gave her key Benghazi Talking Points she used on TV, ‘does not recall’ being in any meetings regarding Benghazi in five days following attack, and ‘does not recall’ communicating with anyone in Clinton’s office about Benghazi Talking Points.

Washington DC, Aug.6.– former Obama National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, admitted in written responses given under oath that she emailed with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Clinton’s non-government email account and that she received emails related to government business on her own personal email account. Rice’s 2019 sworn written answers are available here.

The State Department objected to all questions, instructions and definitions posed to Rice in Judicial Watch’s court-ordered deposition as she “does not recall” almost everything else, including conversations with Clinton.

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US economy suffers worst quarter since the second world war as GDP shrinks by 32.9%

Drop in quarterly gross domestic product comes as 1.43m people file for unemployment benefits, a second week of increases, amid Covid-19 pandemic. Compared to 2008 recession, US GDP shrank 8.4%."

Jul.30.– The US economy shrank by an annual rate of 32.9% between April and June, its sharpest contraction since the second world war, government figures revealed on Thursday, as more signs emerged of the coronavirus pandemic’s heavy toll on the country’s economy.

The record-setting quarterly fall in economic growth compared to the same time last year came as another 1.43 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, a second week of rises after a four-month decline.

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La Democracia Participativa en Acción

El Observatorio Internacional de la Democracia Participativa (OIDP) es una red internacional abierta a todas las ciudades, organizaciones y centros de investigación con interés en conocer, intercambiar y aplicar experiencias sobre democracia participativa en el ámbito local. Sus objetivos son: Ser el centro de referencia a nivel mundial en el ámbito de la democracia participativa.

  • Crear sinergias entre ciudades, organizaciones y centros de investigación para que reflexionen sobre la calidad democrática a nivel global.
  • Producir y mejorar el conocimiento existente en el campo de la democracia participativa local.
  • Intercambiar experiencias sobre innovaciones democráticas entre todas las regiones del mundo.
  • Recomendar políticas a las administraciones públicas del mundo, preferentemente locales.

Ponencia magistral del coordinador del Observaorio Internaional de la Democracia Participativa en un foro sobre los retos de la participación ciudadana

 El Foro Internacional sobre los retos de la participación ciudadana fue organizado por el IECM.

Ciudad de México, Jul.24.– Los días 29 y 30 de junio de 2020 el Instituto Electoral de la Ciudad de México (IECM) organizó un Foro Internacional virtual: "Retos de la participación ciudadana, en esquemas innovadores y ante contextos extraordinario"

Ante la emergencia sanitaria mundial actual, derivada de la pandemia por el COVID-19, el sistema democrático local, nacional e internacional debe ser rediseñado para que la ciudadanía tenga acceso a los procesos políticos y de toma de decisiones, a efecto de garantizar su derecho humano fundamental a votar y ser votada, y con ello evitar poner en riesgo los sistemas democráticos, producto del aplazamiento y cancelación de comicios a causa de la pandemia, como se ha advertido en diversas naciones, señaló el Consejero del Instituto Electoral de la Ciudad de México (IECM) Bernardo Valle Monroy.

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Foro político de alto nivel de las Naciones Unidas sobre el desarrollo sostenible

Este Foro Político se celebró en línea del 7 al 16 de julio de 2020, bajo el auspicio del Consejo Económico y Social."

Naciones Unidas, Jul.22.– El tema de este año fue "Acción acelerada y vías de transformación: realización del decenio de la acción y la actuación para el desarrollo sostenible". A la luz de la actual crisis de COVID-19, todos los eventos se celebraron virtualmente en lugar de en la ciudad de Nueva York, como estaba previsto.

El Presidente de CGLU, Mohamed Boudra, intervino en la apertura oficial del FPAN el 7 de julio en nombre de las organizaciones no-miembros de los Estados representados. La delegación de los gobiernos locales y regionales estaba compuesta por más de 100 delegados, de los cuales 40 son representantes políticos. Puede ver la transmisión completa en directo en el siguiente video:

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Netanyahu's annexation stumble

The window of opportunity for understanding in the Middle East was opened by President Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, which envisions Israel incorporating hundreds of Jewish settlements alongside and within an independent Palestinian state in exchange for some other border territories. However, Netanyahu’s rushed push for annexation so far has deepened the chasm in Israel's relations with its neighbors. Gulf Arab officials and observers accuse Mr. Netanyahu of jeopardizing a careful and unprecedented thawing of ties that Gulf leaders pursued with Israel at the expense of their own domestic politics.

The Real chance of promoting an Arab-Israeli Peace Plan
by Gerardo E. Martínez-Solanas

The Palestinian Authority, from the time of Arafat to the present day, has lost the opportunity to establish an independent State due to the intransigent way it has refused to include the recognition of the State of Israel in a Peace Treaty and to accept –while it was still possible to do so– the West Bank borders established after the 1967 six-days war.

In fact, since the time of the partition sanctioned by the United Nations, the Palestinians and neighboring Arab states refused to accept the existence of the State of Israel and attacked once and again since the 1948 war through several other subsequent wars with the intention to erase the Jewish state from the map. However, the Israelis won every one of those wars, sometimes fighting on three fronts. 

These wars of aggression against the Jewish state have provoked in the population of Israel a feeling of extreme urgency that prompts them to establish secure borders that guarantee their safety and survival. Even during times of truce between wars, Israel has been subjected to constant harassment at its borders and repeated missile bombardments of its populations from Gaza, Lebanon and Syria. This violence has only served to exacerbate Jewish extremism, which is now reflected in its own rulers.

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