A Wall Street Journal review of donations to the Clinton Foundation in 2014 showed the charity received money from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, as well as from Canada’s foreign affairs department, which is promoting the Keystone XL pipeline.
The foundation had agreed to stop raising money from foreign governments in 2009, after Mrs. Clinton became secretary of state. That step was in deference to Obama administration concerns about the propriety of taking money from other nations while Mrs. Clinton served as America’s top diplomat, according to WSJ.
Mrs. Clinton left the State Department in early 2013, and the foundation later dropped the ban.
More than 10 civilians and soldiers have been killed in rocket fire deep inside Ukrainian government-held territory on the eve of peace talks. The eastern headquarters of Ukraine’s military in Kramatorsk was hit as well as residential areas.
According to the BBC, urgent talks on ending the deadly conflict in Ukraine have begun on February 11th in the Belarusian capital Minsk, after a week of EU diplomacy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands with Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko.
Russia has been accused of arming and reinforcing pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine – a claim it denies.
Brokering the ceasefire bid are German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.
The talks are set to focus on securing a ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons and creating a demilitarised zone.
Hard Choices gives some insights into Hillary Clinton’s views of Israel and Palestine.
Clinton states she has generally agreed with the idea of a two-state solution based on 1967 borders with equitable land swaps, a Jerusalem divided between Israel and a future Palestinian state, security arrangements, and an end to settlement building by Israel in the Palestinian territories.
Clinton also claims that she told ther Israeli government “…(W)e were approaching the day when Palestinians would make up a majority of the combined population of Israel and the Palestinian territories, and most of those Palestinians would be relegated to second-class citizenship and unable to vote.”
She seems to point out that the only solutions would be a “single-state” solution (where everyone had the same rights) or a two-state solution.
“As long as Israel insisted on holding on to the territories, it would become increasingly difficult and eventually impossible to maintain its status as both a democracy and a Jewish state. Sooner or later, Israelis would have to choose one or the other or let the Palestinians have a state of their own.”
She also mentions what she thinks life is like for Palestinians in the West Bank:
“… [I]n the West Bank, I got my first glimpse of life under occupation for Palestinians, who were denied the dignity and self-determination that Americans take for granted.”