The Heptapods came to give humans gifts, to share their technologies, so that humans, 3,000 years in the future, could return the favor and help them in their time of need. They came to help elevate humans to a higher moral level, a level of cosmic alliance and friendship that makes current bickering and destructive competitive behavior seem ridiculous red ants endlessly fighting black ants to no real gain. What is needed is what in game theory is called a “more than zero sum gain,” Banks explains to her teenage daughter: It’s when both parties have their needs and desires satisfied..

Willie Nelson’s performance of Georgia on My Mind, one of Charles’s best known tunes, brought the audience to its feet. Laughter also broke out when Nelson was described as a longtime chess adversary of Charles. After being beaten yet again, Nelson finally realised Charles’s secret, and he recalled asking him, “Next time we play, can we turn the lights on?”.

After failing last year to win recognition of full statehood for the Palestinians at the United Nations, Abbas is looking for a less ambitious status upgrade at the world body that would make it a state like the Vatican. Status is that of an entity. If Abbas gets his way, that would change to state..

The others are sent for surgery.”This is a very bad Iraqi habit, shooting into the air at weddings” says one of the four doctors on duty, Dr Osama.”Saddam used to ban it, and you’d be imprisoned two or three months if you broke this law.”Also in the first hour two young women, Patients 4 and 11, are brought in one with a black eye and the other a suspected stab wound to the leg. Both appear to be victims of domestic violence, but neither says so.At 1800, a woman of about 80 (Patient 12) is admitted with stomach pains, accompanied by her daughter and another elderly woman. The two companions are very concerned about getting home by themselves after dark.They earnestly request to use our satellite phone to call male relatives in Karada to pick them up.

Netanyahu said a long term peace would only be possible by rolling back Hamas, which is “seeking to extinguish the Jewish state completely.””We need to defeat those people, roll them back or peace is not going to be possible. Because as far as Hamas is concerned, they couldn’t care less if you come with a two state solution, a three state solution or a four state solution; they want a no state solution, no Jewish state,” Netanyahu said.Areikat said he would like to see “an immediate cease fire, an engagement, and then moving to deal with the root cause of the issue which is ending the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian people.” He said that is the reason for the ongoing violence, rather than the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli and one Palestinian teen that preceded the rocket fire.While Dermer agreed there will have to be political talks to advance the peace process, he disagreed with Areikat’s assessment of the situation.”This has nothing to do with the occupation,” he said. “These talking points are nine years old.