Notations On Our World (Special Mid-Week Edition): On #Jerusalem; #TIMEPOY ; @Disney; Jeff Flake & Other Thoughts….
As we went to press, President Trump was scheduled to make a statement advising that the United States will hereby recognize Jerusalem as the United Capital of Israel. Some in Israel have noted that there is not much to panic over it yet based on reporting we reviewed here at #Outsiders as the entire Arab and Muslim World have been vocal in noting that it is wrong. The President’s apparent statement forthcoming notes that the move will “take years” — but it goes against Key European Countries, the Pope, Russia along with key regional players including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran. The President’s apparent justification is that he is “accepting the realities”. The problem, as we see it, is that Israel has continued to expand settlements, confiscate Palestinian Lands and have the West Bank under Military Occupation to impose the “reality” that the President states is at hand. The official Twitter Account of Ayatollah Khameini, Iran’s Supreme Guide, said:
It is out of despair & debility that they want to declare #AlQuds as capital of the Zionist regime. On issue of #Palestine their hands are tied & they can’t achieve their goals. Victory belongs to Islamic Ummah. Palestine will be free, Palestinian nation will achieve victory.
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) December 6, 2017
What our team found especially poignant was this courtesy of Shahed Amanullah:
“Should there not, at the very least, be a modicum of humility in Washington DC… to consider that actually, they have no right to dictate that an occupied territory in the Arab world is the occupying power’s capital?” asks @hahellyer https://t.co/YCBTA1vCFr
— Shahed Amanullah (@shahed) December 6, 2017
This, in our view, is lost in the blind adherence to whatever the Government of Israel says as it continues to blame the Palestinians when it is clear that there is a Occupying and an Occupied Power and any semblance of the United States playing an honest broker for what is for all intent and purpose a dead peace process has been decimated as a result of the decision by the President not withstanding his and his handlers on it captured in this hard hitting article in the National in the UAE. 300,000 Stateless Palestinians who are currently living in the most despicable of conditions in Occupied East Jerusalem will also be affected in a major way that Israel will be forced to address. This is as the State Department has advised US Embassies to tighten security. As the World is witness to this dynamic, we see Israel striking Syria and ostenibly Iranian Targets which may present another flash point in the ever changing dynamics of the Middle East.
As the formal Presidential Statement was forthcoming, our team was assessing another breaking story: Time’s “Person of the Year” :
We join in commending all the slience breakers who have had the courage to speak up to transform us all as America and the World will be better for it — as they had the courage to show us all the way to a better way to live for us all. Please enjoy this the team at Time tweeted out early this morning on the history of the Person of the Year:
— TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2017
We also do find it interesting that Donald Trump, the President of China, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Kim Jung Un and Colin Kaepernick were named as runner-ups. Colin Kapepernick was the recipient of the Mohammad Ali Legacy Award and we here at the Daily Outsider congratulate him on it. There was a rebuttal to Donald Trump, though, as Time noted that, “…No Donald, we said that the women you abused were going to win the award!…” The Parent company of Time Magazine is in the process of being bought out by Meredith Corporation with backing from the Equity Arm of the Koch Brothers.
As we have been witness to history yet again this AM, we wanted to also report on this courtesy of the DealBook blog by the New York Times as it appears increasingly likely that the Entertainment assets of Fox is due to be sold to Disney with apparently James Murdoch eventually succeeding Bob Iger as Disney CEO as Bob Iger has postponed his own retirement as Disney also deals with its’ own challenges. We received this Daily from Deal Book which we hereby note for all:
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A Disney deal could split the Murdochs as an operating team. If The Walt Disney Company reaches an agreement to buy big parts of 21st Century Fox, it could represent more than a breakup of the kingdom that Rupert Murdoch built over decades. It could also lead separate his family as a team of operators working in the family business. What we know: Disney is in advanced discussions to buy the 20th Century Fox movie and television studios, cable channels like FX and Nat Geo, a stake in the British broadcaster Sky, the Star India cable and media empire, and a stake in Hulu. What would happen to Mr. Murdoch’s sons This is where it gets interesting. If there’s a deal, James Murdoch, who’s currently Fox’s C.E.O., could become a senior executive at Disney, with a portfolio that would likely include oversight of Sky and Star. Several news reports have said that James Murdoch could eventually succeed Bob Iger as Disney’s C.E.O., though they cautioned that there’s no formal agreement. His brother, Lachlan, would stay to oversee what remains of Fox, which would include Fox News Channel, the FS1 sports channel and the company’s broadcast network. The WSJ has more on the dynamic between the brothers and their father, who remains deeply involved in the management of Fox: At times, James has felt like a C.E.O. in title only, according to some people who know him. These people say James was never keen about the setup, is ready for a new chapter in his career and has sometimes been on a different page from his father and brother. But the FT, citing an unidentified person close to the family, said that a split of the Murdoch men would be “a very amiable separation.” What’s next: A deal could be announced as soon as next week. But Comcast is still in talks with Fox as well — even though that deal could be more problematic from a regulatory perspective, given that AT&T’s similar transaction with Time Warner has been sued by the Justice Department. Critics’ corner • “Even if it wins the Fox assets, buying a C.E.O. as part of the package might be too cute even for Disney.” (Lex) • Peter Csathy, a media consultant, says that if Disney locks up a deal with Fox, it would have plenty of exclusive content for its forthcoming video streaming services. (Variety) This is as we are witness to profound changes in healthcare with the pending CVS/AETNA merger and as we saw reporting of UnitedHealthCare buying a Doctors’ Group.
The Political Landscape, in the meantime, continues to be in a state of Flux as ever here in the United States. There is also the upcoming election in Alabama as President Trump came down in favor of Roy Moore and as the Republican Political Operation geared up in support of #RoyMoore. Senator Jeff Flake sent out this yesterday incurring the wrath of Steve Bannon — as Steve Bannon also went after Mitt Romney hard incurring a rebuke from the Governor of Utah over Twitter for Mr. Bannon:
Although Ben Sasse, the Senator from Nebraska, called it a “bad idea” — he subsequently sent out a Tweet saying that if the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee throw its’ support (that it withdrew) behind Roy Moore he would stop supporting it. This is as our team is continuing to assess the state of the Tax Cut legislation — as it appears that the House is rejecting compromises that secured the votes of Senator Flake and Senator Collins, and the state of the Children Health Program that has run out of money that we understand will result in 1.3 Million Children losing access to healthcare if it is not resolved soon.
Back in our Backyard of Southern California, though, we are witness to horrific scenes yet again as fires rage on in Ventura County and the City of Los Angeles. The Fire in Los Angeles is near the Getty Center — what in our view is one of the Seven “modern wonders” of our World as the fires in Ventura County are currently out of Control.
Truly Challenging times….
Originally published at www.thedailyoutsider.com on December 6, 2017.