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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu seemed to be selling peace with the Palestinians today in a speech to AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby. Also, the US and Russia exchange incendiary rhetoric on Ukraine, and the most celebrated "selfie" of all time. 

Banner image: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu speaking at AIPAC on March 3, 2014.

US and Russia Exchange Incendiary Rhetoric on Ukraine 7 MIN, 44 SEC

Rhetoric escalated today over the crisis in Ukraine. In Moscow, Vladimir Putin denied that Russian troops had occupied Crimea and accused the US of "interference." In Kiev, Secretary of State John Kerry seemed astonished by Putin's remarks. "The contrast really could not be clearer. Determined Ukrainians, demonstrating strength through unity, and a Russian government, out of excuses, hiding its hand behind falsehoods, intimidation and provocations." Andrew Weiss is Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment, where he oversees research in Washington and Moscow on Russia and Eurasia.

Andrew S. Weiss, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (@andrewsweiss)

Organization for security and Co-operation in Europe on Ukraine crisis

Obama Gives Netanyahu a Countdown to the Peace Process 35 MIN, 39 SEC

Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to be selling peace with the Palestinians today in a speech to AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobby. This, after President Obama publicly questioned Netanyahu's commitment to the peace process and despite opposition from within Netanyahu's political party. At the same time, the Israeli Prime Minister continues to insist that peace depends on the Palestinians recognizing Israel as "the Jewish State." And, as promised, Netanyahu left no room for compromise when it came to Iran's nuclear program. We get a progress report on the peace process, US-Israeli relations and the complicating factor of Iran's nuclear program.


Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic (@JeffreyGoldberg)
Dennis Ross, Washington Institute for Near East Policy (@washinstitute)
Khaled Elgindy, Brookings Institution (@elgindy_)
Gail Russell Chaddock, Christian Science Monitor (@RussellChaddock)

Chaddock on pro-Israel lobby pressing for new US sanctions on Iran
Elgindy's 'The Arab Awakening: America and the Transformation of the Middle East'
Goldberg on Obama's assertion that time for peace is running out
Ross' 'The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace'

The Missing Peace

Dennis Ross

Ellen's Oscar Selfie and Samsung's Marketing Coup 7 MIN, 30 SEC

Sunday's Oscars were not just another awards ceremony for Korean conglomerate Samsung. Not only did it pay $18 million for five minutes worth of ads, it got an enormous bonus from product placement when Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres gathered Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep for a selfie snapped by Bradley Cooper using a Samsung smartphone. How extemporaneous was it? We ask Philip Elmer-DeWitt, senior editor at Fortune magazine, and editor of its blog, Apple.20.

Philip Elmer-Dewitt, Fortune magazine (@philped)

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