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DEPOK, Saco- Indonesia.COM -- Artis komedi yang jadi pemandu acara televisi terkenal Tukul Arwana (49) memilih berbisnis properti di luar profesinya tersebut. Ia membeli tanah dan rumah untuk kemudian dijadikannya tempat kos dan rumah kontrakan. Kini ratusan "pintu" telah dimiliki oleh lelaki bernama asli Tukul Riyanto ini. 

"Tanah itu enggak pernah habis, nambah terus nilainya, jangka panjang. Dulu saya beli satu setengah juta (rupiah) per meter, sekarang harganya enam juta," cerita Tukul di Depok, Jawa Barat, akhir minggu yang baru lalu.

Tukul mengaku menggunakan uang hasil "ngamen"-nya sebagai artis komedi dan pemandu acara ternama sebagai modal awal bisnis tersebut. "Memang, modal awalnya besar. Tapi, alhamdulillah, sekarang hasilnya sudah bisa buat cash flow," tutur Tukul berbumbu kata-kata dalam bahasa Inggris ala dia.

Namun, dalam berbisnis properti, pembawa acara bincang bincang di layar kaca, Bukan 4 Mata, ini pernah merasakan hal yang tidak enak. "Beli rumah, sudah beli, sayapnya (bagian sampingnya) kepotong (karena tak termasuk dalam luas tanah yang dibelinya)," kisahnya mencontohkan.

Tukul menganjurkan agar orang-orang berhati-hati dalam membeli tanah dan rumah. "Pokoknya, tempat itu jangan sampai banjir, repot. Surat-surat juga perlu diperhatikan," ujar Tukul, yang selalu meminta restu sang istri, Susi, dalam membeli rumah dan tanah.

Tukul mengincar tanah di pinggir Jakarta, termasuk di perumahan. Baginya, wilayah itu lama-lama akan menjadi ramai dan memiliki nilai investasi yang semakin mahal.

Editor :Liwon Maulana
Sumber:Kompas.com
Tukul Arwana Sedang Nikmati Manis Bisnis Properti

saco-indonesia.com, Peningkatan aktivitas vulkanik Gunung Kelud telah membuat statusnya dinaikkan menjadi waspada (level II) pada Minggu (2/2) kemarin . Masyarakat telah diimbau untuk tidak panik dan cemas dengan hal ini.

Kepala Pusat Data Informasi dan Humas BNPB Sutopo Purwo Nugroho juga mengatakan, pemberitaan media yang intensif dan berlebihan mengenai peningkatan aktivitas gunung berapi seringkali justru telah menyebabkan dampak negatif di masyarakat. Akibatnya, obyek-obyek wisata, hotel, pertanian dan aktivitas ekonomi yang berada di luar daerah berbahaya menjadi sepi.

"Hal ini telah terjadi di Gunung Bromo, Ijen, Dieng, Tangkubanparahu, Papandayan, dan lainnya. Bahkan aktivitas wisata dan hotel-hotel di Kabanjahe saat ini pun telah sepi dari pengunjung karena masyarakat jadi takut berkunjung padahal lokasinya jauh dan aman dari Gunung Sinabung," ujarnya, Senin (3/2).

Sutopo juga telah menjelaskan, Gunung berapi bersifat slow in set. Artinya tidak akan tiba-tiba meletus. Ada tanda-tandanya sehingga status gunung punya tahapan yaitu dari normal kemudian menjadi waspada, siaga, dan awas sesuai ancamannya.

Saat ini dari 127 gunung berapi aktif di Indonesia, ada 1 gunung yang berstatus Awas (level IV) yaitu Gunung Sinabung sejak 24 november 2013. "Ada 3 gunung yang status Siaga (level III) yaitu Karangetang, Lokon dan Rokatenda. Ada 19 gunung status Waspada (level II) yaitu Kelud, Raung, Ibu, Lewotobi Perempuan, Ijen, Gamkonora, Soputan, Sangeangapi, Papandayan, Dieng, Seulewah Agam, Gamalama, Bromo, Semeru, Talang, Anak Krakatau, Marapi, Dukono, dan Kerinci. Lainnya berstatus normal," jelas Sutopo.

Dia juga menambahkan, makna dari status waspada adalah ada kenaikan aktivitas di atas level normal, apapun jenis gejala diperhitungkan. Tidak kritis. "Yang diperlukan adalah sosialisasi, kajian bahaya, pengecekan sarana, dan piket terbatas," tukasnya.

Sedangkan makna status siaga, lanjut Sutopo, adalah semua data telah menunjukkan bahwa aktivitas dapat segera berlanjut ke letusan atau menuju pada keadaan yang dapat menimbulkan bencana. "Kondisinya kritis sehingga perlu sosialisasi di wilayah terancam, penyiapan sarana darurat, koordinasi harian, dan piket penuh," pungkasnya.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

19 GUNUNG BERAPI STATUS WASPADA

saco-indonesia.com, Polda Metro Jaya telah berencana akan menutup Jalan Thamrin menuju Harmoni, Jakarta Pusat. Penutupan tersebut telah dilakukan terkait dalam Simulasi Sistem Pengamanan Pemilihan Umum 2014.

Awalnya, penutupan akan dilakukan mulai pukul 07.00 WIB. Kendati demikian hingga pukul 08.15 WIB jalan tersebut belum ditutup.

Petugas TMC Polda Metro Jaya, Brigadir Tata, juga menjelaskan, rencana penutupan jalan tersebut akan dilakukan bila kondisi lalu lintas padat. Penutupan yang dimaksud, lanjut dia, bukan permanen, melainkan buka-tutup.

“Tutupnya situasional, kalau kondisi kendaraan terlalu padat hingga menghalangi pelaksanaan simulasi maka akan diberlakukan sistem buka-tutup,” jelas Tata saat, Jumat (7/2/2014).

Selain itu, sistem contra flow juga akan diberlakukan dalam kondisi tertentu. Antisipasi lainnya kendaraan menuju Harmoni juga akan dialihkan melalui jalur alternatif seperti Jalan Imam Bonjol, Jakarta Pusat.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

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Kami Mencuci Sofa Anda dengan cara yang Berbeda dengan Jasa Cuci Sofa lainnya, Kami telah memberikan Layanan yang mana Sofa atau Spring Bed Anda tidak akan luntur atau berbulu-bulu setelah di cuci, Keawetan Kain Sofa atau Kain Spring Bed Anda juga akan selalu kami Jaga. Selain itu Kami juga membersihkan Sofa Anda dengan Deterjen yang berkualitas, sehingga tidak akan merusak serat kain anda, dan di samping itu kuman-kuman yang mengendap di sofa Anda juga akan ikut terbasmi.

Kami juga Menerapkan Sistem yang Unggul dalam Pencucian Sofa Anda, Team Kami juga akan selalu memberikan Layanan dan Service yang terbaik atau Bisa langsung datang ke Office Offline kami.

Kami juga memberikan harga yang relatif murah jika di bandingkan dengan kualitas yang di hasilkan, Anda juga bisa membandingkan langsung Antara Kualitas kerja dan Pelayanan kami dengan Jasa Cuci Sofa lainnya.

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KEUNGGULAN JASA CUCI SOFA

Jakarta, Saco-Indonesia.com, Polri menelusuri keterkaitan bom bunuh diri di Mapolres Poso, Sulawesi Tengah dengan jaringan teroris Santoso. Demikian dikatakan Kepala Biro Penerangan Masyarakat Polri, Brigjen Pol Boy Rafli Amar.

Boy mengatakan, meski kelompok Santoso berada di balik aksi tersebut, namun Santoso sendiri masih buron bersama 20 DPO lainnya. 

Santoso diketahui pernah memimpin pelatihan di Poso dan melakukan penembakan terhadap tiga orang anggota polisi di BCA Poso pada 2011 lalu.

Boy menambahkan, polisi juga memfokuskan pencarian para DPO tersebut, termasuk Santoso untuk pengungkapan bom bunuh diri di Mapolres Poso.

Editor:Liwon Maulana

Sumber:Elshinta.com

Polri Tengah Mengejar Santoso dan 20 DPO Teroris

Mr. Haroche was a founder of Liberty Travel, which grew from a two-man operation to the largest leisure travel operation in the United States.

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Late in April, after Native American actors walked off in disgust from the set of Adam Sandler’s latest film, a western sendup that its distributor, Netflix, has defended as being equally offensive to all, a glow of pride spread through several Native American communities.

Tantoo Cardinal, a Canadian indigenous actress who played Black Shawl in “Dances With Wolves,” recalled thinking to herself, “It’s come.” Larry Sellers, who starred as Cloud Dancing in the 1990s television show “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” thought, “It’s about time.” Jesse Wente, who is Ojibwe and directs film programming at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, found himself encouraged and surprised. There are so few film roles for indigenous actors, he said, that walking off the set of a major production showed real mettle.

But what didn’t surprise Mr. Wente was the content of the script. According to the actors who walked off the set, the film, titled “The Ridiculous Six,” included a Native American woman who passes out and is revived after white men douse her with alcohol, and another woman squatting to urinate while lighting a peace pipe. “There’s enough history at this point to have set some expectations around these sort of Hollywood depictions,” Mr. Wente said.

The walkout prompted a rhetorical “What do you expect from an Adam Sandler film?,” and a Netflix spokesman said that in the movie, blacks, Mexicans and whites were lampooned as well. But Native American actors and critics said a broader issue was at stake. While mainstream portrayals of native peoples have, Mr. Wente said, become “incrementally better” over the decades, he and others say, they remain far from accurate and reflect a lack of opportunities for Native American performers. What’s more, as Native Americans hunger for representation on screen, critics say the absence of three-dimensional portrayals has very real off-screen consequences.

“Our people are still healing from historical trauma,” said Loren Anthony, one of the actors who walked out. “Our youth are still trying to figure out who they are, where they fit in this society. Kids are killing themselves. They’re not proud of who they are.” They also don’t, he added, see themselves on prime time television or the big screen. Netflix noted while about five people walked off the “The Ridiculous Six” set, 100 or so Native American actors and extras stayed.

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But in interviews, nearly a dozen Native American actors and film industry experts said that Mr. Sandler’s humor perpetuated decades-old negative stereotypes. Mr. Anthony said such depictions helped feed the despondency many Native Americans feel, with deadly results: Native Americans have the highest suicide rate out of all the country’s ethnicities.

The on-screen problem is twofold, Mr. Anthony and others said: There’s a paucity of roles for Native Americans — according to the Screen Actors Guild in 2008 they accounted for 0.3 percent of all on-screen parts (those figures have yet to be updated), compared to about 2 percent of the general population — and Native American actors are often perceived in a narrow way.

In his Peabody Award-winning documentary “Reel Injun,” the Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond explored Hollywood depictions of Native Americans over the years, and found they fell into a few stereotypical categories: the Noble Savage, the Drunk Indian, the Mystic, the Indian Princess, the backward tribal people futilely fighting John Wayne and manifest destiny. While the 1990 film “Dances With Wolves” won praise for depicting Native Americans as fully fleshed out human beings, not all indigenous people embraced it. It was still told, critics said, from the colonialists’ point of view. In an interview, John Trudell, a Santee Sioux writer, actor (“Thunderheart”) and the former chairman of the American Indian Movement, described the film as “a story of two white people.”

“God bless ‘Dances with Wolves,’ ” Michael Horse, who played Deputy Hawk in “Twin Peaks,” said sarcastically. “Even ‘Avatar.’ Someone’s got to come save the tribal people.”

Dan Spilo, a partner at Industry Entertainment who represents Adam Beach, one of today’s most prominent Native American actors, said while typecasting dogs many minorities, it is especially intractable when it comes to Native Americans. Casting directors, he said, rarely cast them as police officers, doctors or lawyers. “There’s the belief that the Native American character should be on reservations or riding a horse,” he said.

“We don’t see ourselves,” Mr. Horse said. “We’re still an antiquated culture to them, and to the rest of the world.”

Ms. Cardinal said she was once turned down for the role of the wife of a child-abusing cop because the filmmakers felt that casting her would somehow be “too political.”

Another sore point is the long run of white actors playing American Indians, among them Burt Lancaster, Rock Hudson, Audrey Hepburn and, more recently, Johnny Depp, whose depiction of Tonto in the 2013 film “Lone Ranger,” was viewed as racist by detractors. There are, of course, exceptions. The former A&E series “Longmire,” which, as it happens, will now be on Netflix, was roundly praised for its depiction of life on a Northern Cheyenne reservation, with Lou Diamond Phillips, who is of Cherokee descent, playing a Northern Cheyenne man.

Others also point to the success of Mr. Beach, who played a Mohawk detective in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and landed a starring role in the forthcoming D C Comics picture “Suicide Squad.” Mr. Beach said he had come across insulting scripts backed by people who don’t see anything wrong with them.

“I’d rather starve than do something that is offensive to my ancestral roots,” Mr. Beach said. “But I think there will always be attempts to drawn on the weakness of native people’s struggles. The savage Indian will always be the savage Indian. The white man will always be smarter and more cunning. The cavalry will always win.”

The solution, Mr. Wente, Mr. Trudell and others said, lies in getting more stories written by and starring Native Americans. But Mr. Wente noted that while independent indigenous film has blossomed in the last two decades, mainstream depictions have yet to catch up. “You have to stop expecting for Hollywood to correct it, because there seems to be no ability or desire to correct it,” Mr. Wente said.

There have been calls to boycott Netflix but, writing for Indian Country Today Media Network, which first broke news of the walk off, the filmmaker Brian Young noted that the distributor also offered a number of films by or about Native Americans.

The furor around “The Ridiculous Six” may drive more people to see it. Then one of the questions that Mr. Trudell, echoing others, had about the film will be answered: “Who the hell laughs at this stuff?”

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Mr. Paczynski was one of the concentration camp’s longest surviving inmates and served as the personal barber to its Nazi commandant Rudolf Höss.

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Hockey is not exactly known as a city game, but played on roller skates, it once held sway as the sport of choice in many New York neighborhoods.

“City kids had no rinks, no ice, but they would do anything to play hockey,” said Edward Moffett, former director of the Long Island City Y.M.C.A. Roller Hockey League, in Queens, whose games were played in city playgrounds going back to the 1940s.

From the 1960s through the 1980s, the league had more than 60 teams, he said. Players included the Mullen brothers of Hell’s Kitchen and Dan Dorion of Astoria, Queens, who would later play on ice for the National Hockey League.

One street legend from the heyday of New York roller hockey was Craig Allen, who lived in the Woodside Houses projects and became one of the city’s hardest hitters and top scorers.

“Craig was a warrior, one of the best roller hockey players in the city in the ’70s,” said Dave Garmendia, 60, a retired New York police officer who grew up playing with Mr. Allen. “His teammates loved him and his opponents feared him.”

Young Craig took up hockey on the streets of Queens in the 1960s, playing pickup games between sewer covers, wearing steel-wheeled skates clamped onto school shoes and using a roll of electrical tape as the puck.

His skill and ferocity drew attention, Mr. Garmendia said, but so did his skin color. He was black, in a sport made up almost entirely by white players.

“Roller hockey was a white kid’s game, plain and simple, but Craig broke the color barrier,” Mr. Garmendia said. “We used to say Craig did more for race relations than the N.A.A.C.P.”

Mr. Allen went on to coach and referee roller hockey in New York before moving several years ago to South Carolina. But he continued to organize an annual alumni game at Dutch Kills Playground in Long Island City, the same site that held the local championship games.

The reunion this year was on Saturday, but Mr. Allen never made it. On April 26, just before boarding the bus to New York, he died of an asthma attack at age 61.

Word of his death spread rapidly among hundreds of his old hockey colleagues who resolved to continue with the event, now renamed the Craig Allen Memorial Roller Hockey Reunion.

The turnout on Saturday was the largest ever, with players pulling on their old equipment, choosing sides and taking once again to the rink of cracked blacktop with faded lines and circles. They wore no helmets, although one player wore a fedora.

Another, Vinnie Juliano, 77, of Long Island City, wore his hearing aids, along with his 50-year-old taped-up quads, or four-wheeled skates with a leather boot. Many players here never converted to in-line skates, and neither did Mr. Allen, whose photograph appeared on a poster hanging behind the players’ bench.

“I’m seeing people walking by wondering why all these rusty, grizzly old guys are here playing hockey,” one player, Tommy Dominguez, said. “We’re here for Craig, and let me tell you, these old guys still play hard.”

Everyone seemed to have a Craig Allen story, from his earliest teams at Public School 151 to the Bryant Rangers, the Woodside Wings, the Woodside Blues and more.

Mr. Allen, who became a yellow-cab driver, was always recruiting new talent. He gained the nickname Cabby for his habit of stopping at playgrounds all over the city to scout players.

Teams were organized around neighborhoods and churches, and often sponsored by local bars. Mr. Allen, for one, played for bars, including Garry Owen’s and on the Fiddler’s Green Jokers team in Inwood, Manhattan.

Play was tough and fights were frequent.

“We were basically street gangs on skates,” said Steve Rogg, 56, a mail clerk who grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, and who on Saturday wore his Riedell Classic quads from 1972. “If another team caught up with you the night before a game, they tossed you a beating so you couldn’t play the next day.”

Mr. Garmendia said Mr. Allen’s skin color provoked many fights.

“When we’d go to some ignorant neighborhoods, a lot of players would use slurs,” Mr. Garmendia said, recalling a game in Ozone Park, Queens, where local fans parked motorcycles in a lineup next to the blacktop and taunted Mr. Allen. Mr. Garmendia said he checked a player into the motorcycles, “and the bikes went down like dominoes, which started a serious brawl.”

A group of fans at a game in Brooklyn once stuck a pole through the rink fence as Mr. Allen skated by and broke his jaw, Mr. Garmendia said, adding that carloads of reinforcements soon arrived to defend Mr. Allen.

And at another racially incited brawl, the police responded with six patrol cars and a helicopter.

Before play began on Saturday, the players gathered at center rink to honor Mr. Allen. Billy Barnwell, 59, of Woodside, recalled once how an all-white, all-star squad snubbed Mr. Allen by playing him third string. He scored seven goals in the first game and made first string immediately.

“He’d always hear racial stuff before the game, and I’d ask him, ‘How do you put up with that?’” Mr. Barnwell recalled. “Craig would say, ‘We’ll take care of it,’ and by the end of the game, he’d win guys over. They’d say, ‘This guy’s good.’”

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UNITED NATIONS — Wearing pinstripes and a pince-nez, Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy for Syria, arrived at the Security Council one Tuesday afternoon in February and announced that President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to halt airstrikes over Aleppo. Would the rebels, Mr. de Mistura suggested, agree to halt their shelling?

What he did not announce, but everyone knew by then, was that the Assad government had begun a military offensive to encircle opposition-held enclaves in Aleppo and that fierce fighting was underway. It would take only a few days for rebel leaders, having pushed back Syrian government forces, to outright reject Mr. de Mistura’s proposed freeze in the fighting, dooming the latest diplomatic overture on Syria.

Diplomacy is often about appearing to be doing something until the time is ripe for a deal to be done.

 

 

Now, with Mr. Assad’s forces having suffered a string of losses on the battlefield and the United States reaching at least a partial rapprochement with Mr. Assad’s main backer, Iran, Mr. de Mistura is changing course. Starting Monday, he is set to hold a series of closed talks in Geneva with the warring sides and their main supporters. Iran will be among them.

In an interview at United Nations headquarters last week, Mr. de Mistura hinted that the changing circumstances, both military and diplomatic, may have prompted various backers of the war to question how much longer the bloodshed could go on.

“Will that have an impact in accelerating the willingness for a political solution? We need to test it,” he said. “The Geneva consultations may be a good umbrella for testing that. It’s an occasion for asking everyone, including the government, if there is any new way that they are looking at a political solution, as they too claim they want.”

He said he would have a better assessment at the end of June, when he expects to wrap up his consultations. That coincides with the deadline for a final agreement in the Iran nuclear talks.

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Whether a nuclear deal with Iran will pave the way for a new opening on peace talks in Syria remains to be seen. Increasingly, though, world leaders are explicitly linking the two, with the European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, suggesting last week that a nuclear agreement could spur Tehran to play “a major but positive role in Syria.”

It could hardly come soon enough. Now in its fifth year, the Syrian war has claimed 220,000 lives, prompted an exodus of more than three million refugees and unleashed jihadist groups across the region. “This conflict is producing a question mark in many — where is it leading and whether this can be sustained,” Mr. de Mistura said.

Part Italian, part Swedish, Mr. de Mistura has worked with the United Nations for more than 40 years, but he is more widely known for his dapper style than for any diplomatic coups. Syria is by far the toughest assignment of his career — indeed, two of the organization’s most seasoned diplomats, Lakhdar Brahimi and Kofi Annan, tried to do the job and gave up — and critics have wondered aloud whether Mr. de Mistura is up to the task.

He served as a United Nations envoy in Afghanistan and Iraq, and before that in Lebanon, where a former minister recalled, with some scorn, that he spent many hours sunbathing at a private club in the hills above Beirut. Those who know him say he has a taste for fine suits and can sometimes speak too soon and too much, just as they point to his diplomatic missteps and hyperbole.

They cite, for instance, a news conference in October, when he raised the specter of Srebrenica, where thousands of Muslims were massacred in 1995 during the Balkans war, in warning that the Syrian border town of Kobani could fall to the Islamic State. In February, he was photographed at a party in Damascus, the Syrian capital, celebrating the anniversary of the Iranian revolution just as Syrian forces, aided by Iran, were pummeling rebel-held suburbs of Damascus; critics seized on that as evidence of his coziness with the government.

Mouin Rabbani, who served briefly as the head of Mr. de Mistura’s political affairs unit and has since emerged as one of his most outspoken critics, said Mr. de Mistura did not have the background necessary for the job. “This isn’t someone well known for his political vision or political imagination, and his closest confidants lack the requisite knowledge and experience,” Mr. Rabbani said.

As a deputy foreign minister in the Italian government, Mr. de Mistura was tasked in 2012 with freeing two Italian marines detained in India for shooting at Indian fishermen. He made 19 trips to India, to little effect. One marine was allowed to return to Italy for medical reasons; the other remains in India.

He said he initially turned down the Syria job when the United Nations secretary general approached him last August, only to change his mind the next day, after a sleepless, guilt-ridden night.

Mr. de Mistura compared his role in Syria to that of a doctor faced with a terminally ill patient. His goal in brokering a freeze in the fighting, he said, was to alleviate suffering. He settled on Aleppo as the location for its “fame,” he said, a decision that some questioned, considering that Aleppo was far trickier than the many other lesser-known towns where activists had negotiated temporary local cease-fires.

“Everybody, at least in Europe, are very familiar with the value of Aleppo,” Mr. de Mistura said. “So I was using that as an icebreaker.”

The cease-fire negotiations, to which he had devoted six months, fell apart quickly because of the government’s military offensive in Aleppo the very day of his announcement at the Security Council. Privately, United Nations diplomats said Mr. de Mistura had been manipulated. To this, Mr. de Mistura said only that he was “disappointed and concerned.”

Tarek Fares, a former rebel fighter, said after a recent visit to Aleppo that no Syrian would admit publicly to supporting Mr. de Mistura’s cease-fire proposal. “If anyone said they went to a de Mistura meeting in Gaziantep, they would be arrested,” is how he put it, referring to the Turkish city where negotiations between the two sides were held.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remains staunchly behind Mr. de Mistura’s efforts. His defenders point out that he is at the center of one of the world’s toughest diplomatic problems, charged with mediating a conflict in which two of the world’s most powerful nations — Russia, which supports Mr. Assad, and the United States, which has called for his ouster — remain deadlocked.

R. Nicholas Burns, a former State Department official who now teaches at Harvard, credited Mr. de Mistura for trying to negotiate a cease-fire even when the chances of success were exceedingly small — and the chances of a political deal even smaller. For his efforts to work, Professor Burns argued, the world powers will first have to come to an agreement of their own.

“He needs the help of outside powers,” he said. “It starts with backers of Assad. That’s Russia and Iran. De Mistura is there, waiting.”

With Iran Talks, a Tangled Path to Ending Syria’s War

The bottle Mr. Sokolin famously broke was a 1787 Château Margaux, which was said to have belonged to Thomas Jefferson. Mr. Sokolin had been hoping to sell it for $519,750.

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