National Press Club

Palestinians won't abandon drive for full UN membership, says chief U.S. representative

December 7, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

Palestinians will push for full membership as a state in the United Nations while continuing their non-violent protests of the wall Israel built, said Maen Rashid Areikat, chief representative of the Delegation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in the United States, at a Dec. 6 Newsmaker.

Areikat lamented what he called U.S. pressure on other countries to delay UN membership.

Areikat acknowledged the continuing struggle between Hamas and Fatah in representing the Palestinians. But he said that is an "internal" affair unrelated to Israel.

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Mid-Atlantic wind transmission project gaining momentum, developers claim

December 1, 2011 | By Terry Hill | terry@terryhillcommunications.com

Supporters of a massive East Coast offshore wind energy transmission project laid out an optimistic timetable for the effort at a Nov. 30 Newsmaker.

They said a major announcement about the permitting process could come from the Interior Department soon. Still, the project will face many months, possibly years, of review by federal and state agencies before actual construction can begin.

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Grandson tells of journalist's exposing Soviet-caused Ukraine famine

November 30, 2011 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

The grandson of Gareth Jones, a Welsh journalist who exposed the Soviet Union's man-made "Holomodor", a famine that killed six to 10 million people in the now former Soviet republic of Ukraine and neighboring areas in 1932-33, presented a behind-the-scenes look at his grandfather's reporting on the tragedy at a Nov. 21 Newsmaker.

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Postmaster General: Post Office needs to cut $20 billion to survive

November 21, 2011 | By Robert Webb | rewebb@aol.com

The survival of the U.S. Postal Service depends on Congress giving it the latitude to cut its costs by $20 billion, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said at a Nov. 21 National Press Club luncheon.

Donahoe said the system "lost more than $5 billion" in the most recent fiscal year and could go broke without congressional action.

He said the organization needs to achieve $20 billion in savings by 2015, a move that would require closing as many as 3,500 low-perfoming post offices and possibly ending Saturday delivery.

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Economic ties build foundation to address security concerns, Russians tell Nov. 18 Newsmaker

November 21, 2011 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

The United States and Russia must develop a strong economic relationship in order to address nuclear and terrorism issues, according to two Russian businessmen and a retired general who spoke at a Nov. 18 Newsmaker.

Retired Gen. Victor Yesin, former chief of staff of the Strategic Nuclear Missiles Department of the Soviet Ministry of Defense, said the United States and Russia "must have strong economic ties, because without that, we cannot have strong political ties."

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Former Mexican governor upbeat for July presidential elections

November 17, 2011 | By Tejinder Singh | tejindersinghdc@gmail.com

The former governor of the State of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto said Tuesday he was ready to compete "with anyone," in the upcoming Mexican presidential elections.

Peña Nieto said as president he would push for the country's economic growth. Calling it a mutually dependent equation, Peña Nieto said security comes with economic growth and in turn, secure environs promote more economic prosperity.

“If we really want to pay attention to security, education and health, we need to grow first," he said.

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Saudi prince criticizes Obama over Palestinian UN bid

November 17, 2011 | By Peter J. Hickman | PJHIckman@hotmail.com

Saudi Arabian Prince Turki al-Faisal al-Saudi criticized President Obama for not backing the Palestinian bid for UN recognition and said it would lead to frustration in the Middle East.

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Communities must help returning veterans and their families, Camp Better America founders say

November 17, 2011 | By Keith M. Hill | khill@bna.com

Communities should make an organized effort to connect with military veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, Kathleen Gagg, co-founder of Camp Better America, said at a Press Club Newsmaker Nov. 15.

Col. David Sutherland, special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Warrior and Family Support at the Department of Defense, said that a holistic, partner-centric approach is needed to provide veterans and their families with education, adequate employment, and access to health care.

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'Ink on paper' sells to hundreds at wildly successful 34th NPC Book Fair

November 16, 2011 | By Dena Bunis | denabunis@gmail.com

Move over Kindle. The turnout for Tuesday’s 34th annual Book & Authors Night proved that ink on paper is alive and well in Washington, D.C.

Hundreds of people carrying green and white shopping bags filled with cookbooks, children’s picture books, political works and biographies worked their way through the tables, stopping to talk to the authors who signed their books.

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Documentary chronicles Afghan war through eyes of a young boy

November 13, 2011 | By Peter J. Hickman | PJHIckman@hotmail.com

A documentary chronicling a boy's journey from childhood to adolescence in war-torn Afghanistan "represents the potential for Afghanistan's future," Anglo-American filmmaker Phil Grabsky told a Nov. 10 Newsmaker.

Grabsky in his documentary film "The Boy Mir" follows a young boy for nearly a decade beginning in 2002 to the present. As Afghanistan convulses with war, Mir grows from an impish boy of 8 to an old-beyond-his-years teenager.

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