According to Bloomberg News: "Rival Palestinian factions agreed to form a unity government and hold new general elections, developments that if carried through will complicate efforts to revive U.S.-mediated peace talks with Israel. Fatah, headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and based in the West Bank, and Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, will form a joint government within five weeks and hold elections within six months, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said today in the Gaza Strip, where reconciliation talks were held. A Fatah-Hamas unity administration formed in 2006 collapsed a year later after a violent clash between their forces in Gaza. Several other reunification pacts since have failed because of disputes over the details and implementation." I visited Israel and Palestine in 2007 as an Ambassador for Peace for finding out the facts. Both countries are far apart from even starting to talk. Due to pressure from the U.S. Government, they will talk, but due to the united force of both factions of Palestine, they will be tougher to talk to now than before. Hopefully, the U.S. gets success in their mission to bring peace in the most hostile (Palestinians and Israelis) holy place (Jerusalem) in the world.
Also, in a report from Bloomberg Radio, "Marianne Williamson, 61, is the best-selling author of 13 books on spirituality and a renowned New Age guru, although she hates that term. She wants to channel some of her 220,000 Twitter followers and 456,000 Facebook likes - and millions of readers - into a constituency that will vote for her. She's out to replace Democratic Representative Henry Waxman, who's retiring after 20 terms, in California's 33rd U.S. congressional district." If she wins, then it may be the start of a new world.
Ras Baraka has a lead over his competitor Shavar Jeffries by about 15 to 20 points. However, the lead means nothing. Still, for the first time, there is a chance of people power winning over political power. There is a chance of the middle and poor working class to be benefited by a leader. There is a chance that someone may really work for the people and make Newark a people's place, rather than giving benefits to a few. I do not have any problem with Shavar Jeffries, but I don't see any hope to change the city for the benefit of people at large under him. I do not want to see the same old way of running the city business.
There should be a department for citizens' service, which includes one person always simplifying the process, and putting out easy forms. At least one person answering to local businesses, especially guiding smaller businesses, to grab city business. Also, the city should have an easier process for smaller businesses to get paid immediately. At least one person can guide citizens in applying for different forms, from birth certificates to permits for home improvements and burglar alarms, and how to make a police complaint. The election is the only time we can express our ideas and they will listen. Maybe a couple of our ideas can go through and become law or make the process of dealing with city hall easier.
In 2005 and 2006, I mentioned in my editorial that in 10 years, we would see protests in the streets. If the leaders do not change the system, then one day people will change the leaders. My prediction is only a year and a half away, but I still believe that if the system stays the same, then we will see things like the Occupy Wall Street Protests in September 2011. Right now, people are not united. They are naïve, and can be brainwashed by huge slogans and better oratorship. But this is the time we all should wake up and make sure that the politicians don't think that they can do anything and twist people to do whatever they want.
Have a wonderful week. I'll talk to you next week.