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AT&T And Starz Ink New Carriage Deal, ‘Power’ Still On

Just hours after the FCC signed off on the $49 billion merger of DirectV and AT&T, the latter reached a deal with the premium cabler. After some contentious and public remarks from 50 Cent and other divisions over a new agreement, Starz and AT&T late last night came to terms on a new multiyear carriage deal. “AT&T and Starz have reached an agreement to continue our long-standing relationship,” said a joint statement from both companies.

This successful return to the negotiating table and agreement, thereby ensures that millions of AT&T U-Verse subscribers will not lose access to Starz shows like 50 Cent’s Power and Outlander, among others. No specific details of the deal were disclosed by either side. However, sources tell me, as with the 2012 deal between the two this contract is multiyear and beneficial to both parties – which is obviously why the both signed on the dotted line.

Related50 Cent Calls AT&T “Racist”, Urges ‘Power’ Fans To Switch Cable Provider

After negotiations between Starz and AT&T broke down a week ago, it looked like Curtis Jackson’s series and other shows would become unavailable to millions of AT&T customers – prompting the hip-hop superstar’s July 17 online rant and accusations of racism. With last night’s deal, of course, that’s all water under the corporate bridge

 

 

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Knives Are Out for Those Who Challenge Militarization of the Korean Peninsula
When we began our project, we knew the landmines in the DMZ would be nothing compared to the explosions of anger from those who oppose any contact with North Korea. No surprise that the knives have been attempting to slice away at the remarkable worldwide publicity our trip to both North and South Korea created.

By Ann Wright, Retired U.S. Army Colonel

When we began our project “Women Cross the DMZ,” we knew the landmines in the DMZ would be nothing compared to the explosions of anger, vitriol and hate from those who oppose any contact with North Korea. Some U.S. and South Korean government officials, academics, media talking heads and paid bloggers would have their knives out for any group that dared challenge the dangerous status quo on the Korean peninsula.  No surprise that the knives have been attempting to slice away at the remarkable worldwide publicity our trip to both North and South Korea created.

The latest slice and dice article, “How North Korea’s Marchers for Peace Became Fellow Travelers,” by Thor Halvorssen and Alex Gladstein of the “Human Rights Foundation,” was published July 7, 2015 in Foreign Policy. Halvorssen and the “Human Rights Foundation” are reportedly associated with an Islamophobic and anti-LGBT agenda.

The authors’ goal seems to be to intimidate any group working for peace and reconciliation in Korea by using the issue of North Korean human rights violations to scare off groups from contact with North Korea. For these detractors, peace and reconciliation in various parts of the world might mean they will be out of issues and jobs as their livelihood quite possibly is made from undercutting attempts to resolve contentious and dangerous issues.

In the lengthy article, their fixation on virtually every word, written or spoken, made by members of the delegation, centered on two themes: the only possible result of visiting North Korea is to give legitimacy to the government, and if you don’t hammer the North Korean government on human rights issues on your first visit, you have lost all credibility. It seems apparent that the authors have never been involved in the delicate art of diplomacy. As a diplomat in the State Department for 16 years, I learned that if your goal is to foster dialogue you must first build some level of familiarity and trust before you can go on to difficult issues.

Of course, Halvorssen and Gladstein’s commentary is not unique. In every international challenge, whether it deals with Iran, Cuba or North Korea, a cottage industry of writers emerges to make their fame and fortune on a confrontational approach to the governments. Some of the “think tanks” and organizations they represent are bankrolled by a handful of ideological billionaires or corporations in the weapons industry that benefit from fueling the status quo, continued sanctions, and a military approach to problems that only have political solutions. […]

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Braves’ mentality amid struggles

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Hulk Hogan Fired from WWE After Racist Remarks Go Public

The sports entertainment company fires top wrestling legend Terry Bollea after recordings emerge showing him going off on racist rants.

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Royals infielders Infante, Escobar make unimaginable defensive play

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Sonia condoles former minister Handique's death

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday condoled the death of former union minister B.K. Handique, saying his journey in public life was “remarkable”.


Gandhi in a message said Handique was a valued member of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance governments and the void created by his death would be hard to fill.

Handique, a Congress leader from Assam, died at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital on Sunday. He was 80.

A contemporary of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, he represented the Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency for six consecutive times since 1991. He held several portfolios in the union government.

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3Novices:Sonia condoles former minister Handique’s death

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday condoled the death of former union minister B.K. Handique, saying his journey in public life was “remarkable”. Gandhi in a message said Handique was a valued member of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance governments and the void created by his death would be hard to fill. Handique, a Congress leader from Assam, died at…

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Indy Winner’s Weekend: Kyle Busch, crew chief recap technique

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Lebanon's Hezbollah leader says Iran will not abandon support after nuclear deal

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese Hezbollah group believes it can still count on Iran’s support following Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Saturday.
In his first public remarks since the agreement was reached this month in Vienna, Nasrallah said he was sure Tehran would confound critics who say it would end support to Hezbollah.
“We deal with every trust and complete assurance over this Nasrallah said in ceremony to honor sons and daughters of fallen Hezbollah fighters.
"Iran’s relationship with its allies is based on ideological grounds and come before the political interests,” Nasrallah said.
U.S. sanctions against three Hezbollah military leaders whom Washington said were involved in operations in Syria would have no impact on the group, Nasrallah said.
“We have no investment accounts..these measures will not change things either way,” Nasrallah said.
The three leaders - Mustafa Badr Al Din, Ibrahim Aqil, and Fu'ad Shukr - were named for their role in coordinating or participating in the group’s support for Assad’s government in Syria’s civil war, the U.S Treasury said.
It also included a businessman in Lebanon who was sanctioned for procuring weapons for Hezbollah and shipping them to Syria.
The new sanctions following the nuclear deal and Washington’s continued designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist group showed that U.S. policies have not changed toward it, he said.
“The United States is the Great Satan before and after the deal,” he said.
Nasrallah said the targeting of Lebanese businessmen was meant to undermine Lebanon’s economy and said monetary authorities should not cave into U.S. Treasury efforts to blacklist local businessmen.
The Treasury said it had taken action in June against Hezbollah front companies.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have said they are troubled by support from Iran for regional proxy groups such as Hezbollah.
Nasrallah said his group was proud of Tehran’s financial backing, which allowed it to stand up to Israel and U.S. policies in the region.
“The support we get from Iran is enough,” Nasrallah said.
Hezbollah’s support has been crucial to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the four-year-long Syrian conflict.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Obama kicks off Africa visit, hails Kenya's growth and potential

Obama kicks off Africa visit, hails Kenya’s growth and potential

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 25 (UPI) — In his first public remarks during his visit to Kenya, President Barack Obama praised Africa’s growth and potential, announcing more than $ 1 billion in financial commitments from government and private companies for global entrepreneurship. Obama, speaking at the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, said half the money will be used to back young and…

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What Does the Deflategate Ruling Imply For Tom Brady’s Legacy?

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Lebanon's Hezbollah leader says Iran will not abandon support after nuclear deal

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese Hezbollah group believes it can still count on Iran’s support following Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Saturday.
In his first public remarks since the agreement was reached this month in Vienna, Nasrallah said he was sure Tehran would confound critics who say it would end support to Hezbollah.
“We deal with every trust and complete assurance over this Nasrallah said in ceremony to honour sons and daughters of fallen Hezbollah fighters.
"Iran’s relationship with its allies is based on ideological grounds and come before the political interests,” Nasrallah said.
U.S. sanctions against three Hezbollah military leaders whom Washington said were involved in operations in Syria would have no impact on the group, Nasrallah said.
“We have no investment accounts..these measures will not change things either way,” Nasrallah said.
The three leaders - Mustafa Badr Al Din, Ibrahim Aqil, and Fu'ad Shukr - were named for their role in coordinating or participating in the group’s support for Assad’s government in Syria’s civil war, the U.S Treasury said.
It also included a businessman in Lebanon who was sanctioned for procuring weapons for Hezbollah and shipping them to Syria.
The new sanctions following the nuclear deal and Washington’s continued designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist group showed that U.S. policies have not changed towards it, he said.
“The United States is the Great Satan before and after the deal,” he said.
Nasrallah said the targeting of Lebanese businessmen was meant to undermine Lebanon’s economy and said monetary authorities should not cave into U.S. Treasury efforts to blacklist local businessmen.
The Treasury said it had taken action in June against Hezbollah front companies.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have said they are troubled by support from Iran for regional proxy groups such as Hezbollah.
Nasrallah said his group was proud of Tehran’s financial backing, which allowed it to stand up to Israel and U.S. policies in the region.
“The support we get from Iran is enough,” Nasrallah said.
Hezbollah’s support has been crucial to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the four-year-long Syrian conflict.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Pentagon Chief Makes Unannounced Visit to Iraqi Kurds in Erbil

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter made an unannounced stop in the Kurdish regional capital of Erbil, Iraq Friday on the final leg of his week-long Middle East tour.

The Kurds have emerged as a critical ally in the effort to defeat Islamic State fighters, who declared a self-styled caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.

Carter is scheduled to meet with Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani at the Kurdish “White House” in Erbil before making some brief public remarks.

“The most effective ground forces, both in Syria and Iraq today, are in fact the Kurds,” U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford, the incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee at his July 9 confirmation hearing.

Republicans in Congress have called on the Obama administration to increase arms to the Kurds directly, instead of going through the central Iraqi government in Baghdad. Administration officials have said weapons deliveries continue to be funneled through Baghdad, but the process has been accelerated.

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Iraq’s minority Kurds, who historically have resisted control by Arab-dominated governments in Baghdad, are independently developing oil reserves they say may total 45 billion barrels – equivalent to almost a third of Iraq’s deposits, according to BP Plc data.

The Kurds have long operated a separate military force, which last year occupied the long-disputed, oil-rich territory around Kirkuk as the Iraqi army fled from Islamist militants.

The Kurds are now bypassing the Baghdad government and independently selling crude oil exported from their region as they take greater steps toward autonomy.

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Premier League 2015-sixteen Preview: Breaking down each staff this season

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