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ON THE LINE: Resumption of Mideast Talksi
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August 09, 2013 3:00 AM
US Secretary of State John Kerry's intense shuttle diplomacy has once again brought both Israelis and the Palestinians to the negotiating table, with a commitment to stay there for at least nine months. What can be done differently this time to get beyond the past stalemates and achieve desirable results? "On the Line" discusses. GUESTS Hussein Ibish: Senior Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine. Edwin Black: Human Rights Investigative Reporter; Author, "IBM and the Holocaust". Walid Phares: Advisor, Anti-Terrorism Caucus, US House of Representatives; Author, “The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East”.

ON THE LINE: Resumption of Mideast Talks

Published August 08, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry's intense shuttle diplomacy has once again brought both Israelis and the Palestinians to the negotiating table, with a commitment to stay there for at least nine months. What can be done differently this time to get beyond the past stalemates and achieve desirable results? "On the Line" discusses. GUESTS Hussein Ibish: Senior Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine. Edwin Black: Human Rights Investigative Reporter; Author, "IBM and the Holocaust". Walid Phares: Advisor, Anti-Terrorism Caucus, US House of Representatives; Author, “The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East”.

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#HongKong Democracy
As Hong Kong prepares to mark the 18th anniversary of the territory’s return to Chinese sovereignty, protestors are once again planning to take to the streets in the name of democracy, echoing the cries of last fall’s Umbrella Revolution. Adding to the tensions, the Hong Kong government’s electoral proposals, which were designed to lay out a framework for the election of the city’s next leader in 2017, have collapsed. This week’s HashtagVOA looks at the vast political gulf between pro-democracy and pro-establishment camps in Hong Kong.  

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James Tien: Hong Kong Legislative Councilor (Liberal Party)
Chip Tsao: Columnist, Broadcaster
Lawrence Ma: Silent Majority for Hong Kong
Michael Lipin: VOA   
Raymond Yam: VOA