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Apakah semua rangkaian haji yang merupakan wajib haji kalau ditinggalkan karena sesuatu dan lain hal boleh digantikan dengan dam?

Jawab:
Betul. Wajib haji yang tidak bisa dilaksanakan harus diganti dengan Dam yaitu memotong seekor kambing, seperti:
- Tidak Mabit di Muzdalifah atau Mina.
- Melewati Miqot Makani tidak berniat Ihrom.
- Membungkus kaki atau menutup kepala karena uzur bagi pria.
Tapi kalau melanggar larangan ihrom seperti pakai minyak wangi, memotong rambut atau kuku, memetik tumbuh-tumbuhan Damnya cukup sekitar 20 real, tidak memotong seekor kambing.

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TINGGALKAN WAJIB HAJI, BOLEH DIGANTI DAM?

Ooo .. jadi kamu galau karena semua masalah masalah kamu ...???

OK, deh Guys ... Asal kamu tahu aja, ketika masalah menggalaukanmu ... Langit bumi dan benda benda langit gak peduli tuh, mereka tugasnya berotasi .. yah muter-muter terus tuh ... Gak ada istilah "langit ikut menangis karena kalian galau". Udah lah bro .... Let's MOVE ON!

Nih dengar ya ... Kalau kalian Sedih ...

Bumi tetap berrotasi selama 23-24jam sehari dan berrevolusi 365-366 hari dalam setahun ...

Surga Neraka masih beroperasi

Alam kubur juga gak tutup

Malaikat Rokib Atid juga gak liburan mencatat amal kalian, Guys :)

Yang masih Galau Move On yuk .. :)

BTW, kalo ngomongin masalah Move on. Ternyata istilah Move on sudah ada lho dari zaman Nabi Muhammad SAW.

Mau Tau Move on Ala Rosululloh SAW ?

Jadi ceritanya gini sodarah, Nabi kita Muhammad SAW ketika menerima wahyu pertama, gak ada yang percaya selain Sang Istri tercinta Bunda Khadijah R.A dan Abah Abu Bakar Ash-Shidiq A.S bahkan dari sanak family beliau banyak yang meremehkan bahkan merintangi. Tapi, nabi Muhammad gak serta merta galau begitu saja, rintangan itu justru membuat Beliau semakin bersemangat untuk memperjuangkan kebenaran ini, Gan.

Makin lama pengikut Nabi Muhammad SAW semakin banyak, walau kebanyakan adalah dari kalangan miskin dan budak. Melihat fenomena ini, paman nabi Muhammad yang benci sekali dengan Islam melancarkan serangan serangan yang membahayakan. Bahkan, memerintahkan agar Nabi ditangkap dalam keadaan hidup atau mati.

Nah, akhirnya inilah saatnya Nabi Muhammad ber-Move on Alias Hijrah dari Mekkah ke Madinah

Dan Allahpun berfirman, " Dan orang-orang yang berhijrah karena Allah sesudah mereka dianiaya, pasti Kami akan memberikan tempat yang bagus kepada mereka di dunia. Dan sesungguhnya pahala di akhirat adalah lebih besar, kalau mereka mengetahui," ( 16 : 41 )

Nabi Muhammad SAW dan awalul mukminin Muhajirinpun berhijrah dengan niat karena Allah, seperti yang difirmankan Allah :

"(Juga) bagi orang fakir yang berhijrah yang diusir dari kampung halaman dan dari harta benda mereka (karena) mencari karunia dari Allah dan keridhaan-Nya dan mereka menolong Allah dan Rasul-Nya. Mereka itulah orang-orang yang benar" ( 59 : 9 )

Dan, apakah setelah Nabi besar kita move on menjadi tambah hina? Ohh, tentu tidak ... Bahkan pada tahun 8 H Nabi Muhammad SAW berhasil melakukan pendobrakan yang luar biasa besar pada kampung halamannya , Makkah, tanpa pertumpahan darah yang sering kita kenang dengan peristiwa "FATHUL MAKKAH" Yang mana .... :

Bangsa Quraish ketakutan menyaksikan ribuan pasukan

berbusana cinta dan akhlaq mulia

Dipimpin rosulillah Sollaullohu Alaihi wasallam

Menaklukkan Tuhan Tuhan kebatilan

Dengan membaca Al-Qur'an .... ( Firman Tuhan )

Masjidil Harom penuh manusia takut baginda

Karena telah berdosa

Namun Baginda menabur cinta

rahmat dan ampunannya ...

( H. Shobirun - Pengasuh Ponpes Mulya Abadi )

Selain itu hikmah dari Hijroh alias Move on itu adalah bersaudaranya kaum Muhajirin dan Anshor ( Hmm too tuit tekali yah ).

Buat kita ... Move on berarti berhijrah dari dosa menuju pahala, move on dari yang batal menuju yang benar, move on dari yang awalnya buruk menjadi baik daaan seterusnyaaa ....

Tapi jangan lupa ... Hijroh atau Move on harus karena Allah yaa ... seperti yang diriwayatkan Bukhori

" Dari Muhammad bin Ibrahim At Taimi, bahwa dia pernah mendengar [Alqamah bin Waqash Al Laitsi] berkata; saya pernah mendengar [Umar bin Al Khaththab] diatas mimbar berkata; saya mendengar Rasulullah shallallahu 'alaihi wasallam bersabda: "Semua perbuatan tergantung niatnya, dan (balasan) bagi tiap-tiap orang (tergantung) apa yang diniatkan; Barangsiapa niat hijrahnya karena dunia yang ingin digapainya atau karena seorang perempuan yang ingin dinikahinya, maka hijrahnya adalah kepada apa dia diniatkan"

Nah, Rosululloh kita udah cukup jadi uswatun hasanah kan buat kita ... So, whatta ya waitin' fo ? Move On forward ala Rosululloh yuk ... ( bukaaan, maksudnya bukan disuruh pindah kewarganegaraan lho ya .. )

Move on ala Rosululloh yang menghadapi cobaan, rintangan dan kegalauan hidup dengan semangat, sabar, dan pantang menyerah ^^.

Itu lhoo ... macam Abah yang punya cantolan "Barongan barongan mundur ... Anget anget maju"

( Rojo Gandul ) itu lhoo hoho ...

Kalo kalian punya rencana A dan gak berhasil .... tenang abjad kan ada 26, masih ada rencana A, B, C, D ...dst. sampe Z. hehe :P

Sumber: Dika Syahida/LDII

Editor:Liwon Maulana(galipat)

Mari Lakukan Move On ala Rosululloh

 UMRAH
.
1. Mengisi Formulir Pendaftaran
2. Paspor asli minimal 7 bulan sisa masa berlaku.
3. Nama di paspor 3 (tiga) kata, contoh: Abdullah Saleh Zuhri.
4. Pas foto
a. Ukuran (4×6) enam lembar,
b. Ukuran (3×4) enam lembar.
c. Background foto berwarna putih.
d. Tidak memakai kacamata.
e. Baju tidak berwarna putih.
f.  Muka 80% dari seluruh foto (Zoom 80%).
g.  Wanita harus berjilbab.

5. Suami-Istri menyertakan Buku Nikah asli.
6. Bagi anak-anak menyertakan KK orang tua dan Akte anak.
7. Bagi wanita berusia 45 th ke atas menyertakan FC. KTP.
8. Bagi wanita di bawah usia 45 th menyertakan copy Akte/Ijasah terakhir.
9. Membayar uang pendaftaran / DP sebesar 50 % dari harga paket.

FASILITAS
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1. Tiket pesawat Jakarta-Jeddah-Jakarta
2. Hotel Madinah & Makkah
3. Makan 3x sehari menu Indonesia
4. Ziarah Makkah-Madinah-Jeddah
5. Transportasi bus full AC
6. Zam-zam 10 liter
7. Guide / muthowif berpengalaman

BIAYA BELUM TERMASUK
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1. Airport Tax dan Perlengkapan (Rp. 900.000)
2. Kelebihan bagasi
3. Kebutuhan pribadi; laundry, telpon dll.
4.  Suntik Meningitis / Kartu Kuning

PERLENGKAPAN

1. Kopor, Tas Paspor, Tas Sandal, Payung, Kain Ihrom dan Kain Seragam (pria).
2. Kopor, Tas Paspor, Tas Sandal, Payung, Gamis dan Kerudung (wanita).
3. Buku Manasik
4. Buku Panduan Perjalanan

PEMBATALAN

1. Pembatalan satu minggu setelah pendaftaran dikenakan biaya pembatalan 15% dari harga paket.
2. Pembatalan 2 minggu dari hari keberang katan dikenakan biaya sebesar 60 % dari harga paket.
3. Pembatalan satu minggu dari keberangkatan dikenakan biaya sebesar 85 % dari harga paket.

*Program, jadwal, hotel dan harga dapat berubah sewaktu-waktu menyesuaikan situasi dan kondisi serta fluktuasi dollar.

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saco-indonesia.com, Ketika anda sudah mempersiapkan dana untuk dapat berbelanja baju, mungkin anda juga sering mengalami kesulitan ketika harus menentukan pilihan. Mungkin tips dalam membeli baju yang baik akan bisa memberikan pencerahan kepada anda. Tak heran jika semua dipersiapkan dengan sangat matang, hasilnya pun juga begitu maksimal dan juga terlihat pas dipandang mata.

Secara umum, orang juga akan sangat mudah terpikat dengan baju model terkini, yang sedang nge-trend. Sebenarnya hal itu juga tidaklah salah namun anda juga harus mempertimbangkan aspek lainnya. jangan sampai anda membeli dengan harga yang terbiang mahal tetapi hanya penyesalan yang anda dapatkan. Mungkin berbagai tips juga sudah sering anda temukan. tetapi apa salahnya jika anda menyimak beberapa tips membeli baju ini.

Berikut beberapa tips membeli baju yang baik :

tips membeli baju
1. Perhatikan bentuk tubuh anda.
Setiap orang pasti mempunyai bentuk tubuh yang berbeda-beda. Jadi, sesuaikan antara baju yang anda beli dengan bentuk tubuh anda. Mana yang paling pas dengan bentuk tubuh anda, itulah yang aling penting.

2. Cobalah
Anda juga bisa mencoba dahulu ketika anda sedang memilih-milih baju. Perhatikan dengan seksama, apakah memang sudah pas dan benar-benar sesuai dengan bentuk tubuh anda seperti tips nomor 1 diatas.

3. Tidak harus mahal
Anda juga tidak harus membeli baju dengan harga yang mahal kok. Sudah terbukti banyak baju yang harganya biasa-biasa saja tetapi sangat nyaman dan terlihat sangat elegan ketika dipakai. Jika anda memang telah mempunyai dana yang berlebih, ya silahkan saja membeli yang berharga mahal.

4. Mencari referensi
Anda juga bisa mencari referensi dulu di internet atau media lainnya. Banyak yang telah menyediakan info mengenai baju. Tujuannya adalah agar anda sudah mempunyai gambaran mengenai baju incaran anda ketika anda meninggalkan rumah untuk membeli baju.

5. Jangan tergesa-gesa
Lebih baik sabar dan santai saja ketika anda sedang memilih baju.

6. Pendapat orang lain
Anda juga bisa mengajak seseorang dan menanyakan kira-kira baju apa yang paling cocok kepada orang lain ketika anda membeli baju, misalnya saja anda mengajak  orang tua, teman, pacar bahkan designer baju sekalipun. Orang lain bisa dengan mudah menilai apakah baju tersebut cocok dan pas untuk anda.

7. Teliti sebelum membeli
Anda juga harus teliti ketika anda membeli baju. Apakah sudah benar-benar tidak ditemukan cacat pada baju yang akan anda beli.

8. Online
Jika anda memang tergolong orang yang super sibuk, anda juga bisa memanfaatkan internet untuk dapat membeli baju. Untuk saat ini, toko baju online sangat mudah ditemukan. Tentu saja anda harus lebih ekstra hati-hati dan benar-benar memperhatikan kualitas dan kredibilitas toko baju online tersebut agar anda tidak tertipu dan menyesal kemudian.

Mungkin itulah beberapa tips membeli baju yang baik yang mungkin bermanfaat bagi anda. Rambut juga berpengaruh dalam penampilan anda lho. Jadi, ketika pakaian anda sudah pas dan bagus, rambut juga harus indah.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

TIPS MEMBELI BAJU YANG BAIK

KOMPAS.com - Perhelatan Jakarta Fashion and Food Festival (JFFF) memasuki perhelatan ke-10 tahun ini. Usia satu dekade menandakan kalau perhelatan pekan fashion yang digelar Summarecon Kelapa Gading ini mendapat perhatian cukup besar dan diperhitungkan. Apa saja peragaan busana yang menjanjikan untuk disimak?

Peragaan busana "Sinergy" yang menampilkan tujuh desainer muda berbakat telah membuka parade peragaan busana pada Sabtu (11/5/2013). Dalam peragaan tersebut, Gede Yudi, Erdan, Rasyid Salim, Rini Suwardy, Paula Meliana, Soko Wijanto, dan Wira Krisna, mencoba mengeksplorasi busana wanita dari sisi warna, aplikasi, dan bahan yang digunakan.

Selain "Sinergy", masih ada sembilan peragaan busana lain yang akan berlangsung di JFFF sampai 26 Mei 2013. Selain merayakan kuliner Nusantara, fashion adalah suguhan utama dalam festival ini. Di antara peragaan busana yang dijadwalkan berjalan di runway utama di Ballroom Hotel Harris, berikut 9 di antaranya yang sayang untuk dilewatkan.

1. Mini show APPMI karya desainer Anastasia, Formalhaut Zamel, Lisa Fitria, dan Melia Wijaya, dalam sesi “Fairy Tales”, Minggu (12/5/2013) pukul 15.00.
2. Parade koleksi Nusa Tenggara Barat to Nusa Tenggara Timur oleh Stephanus Hamy, Minggu (12/5/2013) pukul 17.00.
3. Parade desainer IPMI dalam sesi “Kain Negeri”, yang terdiri atas desainer Barli Asmara, Carmanita, Denny Wirawan, Didi Budiardjo, Era Soekamto, Kanaya Tabitha, Liliana Lim, Tri Handoko, Tuty Cholid, Yongki Budisutisna, Senin (13/5/2013) pukul 19.00.
4. JFFF Awards 2013 Feat Cita Tenun Indonesia (CTI) dengan desainer Ari Seputra, Denny Wirawan, Didi Budiardjo, Priyo Oktaviano, dan Sebastian Gunawan, Rabu (15/5/2013), pukul 19.00.
5. Mini show APPMI  kedua dalam “Inorganic Ethnicity”, dengan desainer Misan, Philip Iswardono, Sugeng Waskito, Zainal Songket. Kamis (16/5/2013), pukul 15.00. Mini show APPMI  ketiga dalam “Inmost Mozaic” dengan desainer Elok Rege Napio, Handy Hartono, Jimmy Fei Fei, dan Poppy Dharsono, Kamis (16/5/2013) pukul 17.00.
6. Peragaan Universal (Poetry) M oleh Musa Widyatmodjo. Kamis (16/5/2013) pukul 19.00.
7. Peragaan busana muslim APPMI bertema “Treasure of the Sea”, dengan para desainer Alisa Listiawaty, Dian Pelangi, Jeny Tjahyawati, Lia Afif, Tuty Adib, Jumat (17/5/2013) pukul 15.00.
8. Peragaan koleksi ”Classic Blossom” oleh Defrico Audy dan Malik Moestaram. Jumat (17/5/2013) pukul 17.00.
9. Desainer Anne Avantie akan membawakan “Ramli dalam Kenangan” pada Jumat (17/5/2013) pukul 19.00.

Editor :Liwon Maulana
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9 Peragaan Busana Penting di JFFF

From sea to shining sea, or at least from one side of the Hudson to the other, politicians you have barely heard of are being accused of wrongdoing. There were so many court proceedings involving public officials on Monday that it was hard to keep up.

In Newark, two underlings of Gov. Chris Christie were arraigned on charges that they were in on the truly deranged plot to block traffic leading onto the George Washington Bridge.

Ten miles away, in Lower Manhattan, Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son, Adam B. Skelos, were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on accusations of far more conventional political larceny, involving a job with a sewer company for the son and commissions on title insurance and bond work.

The younger man managed to receive a 150 percent pay increase from the sewer company even though, as he said on tape, he “literally knew nothing about water or, you know, any of that stuff,” according to a criminal complaint the United States attorney’s office filed.

The success of Adam Skelos, 32, was attributed by prosecutors to his father’s influence as the leader of the Senate and as a potentate among state Republicans. The indictment can also be read as one of those unfailingly sad tales of a father who cannot stop indulging a grown son. The senator himself is not alleged to have profited from the schemes, except by being relieved of the burden of underwriting Adam.

The bridge traffic caper is its own species of crazy; what distinguishes the charges against the two Skeloses is the apparent absence of a survival instinct. It is one thing not to know anything about water or that stuff. More remarkable, if true, is the fact that the sewer machinations continued even after the former New York Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, was charged in January with taking bribes disguised as fees.

It was by then common gossip in political and news media circles that Senator Skelos, a Republican, the counterpart in the Senate to Mr. Silver, a Democrat, in the Assembly, could be next in line for the criminal dock. “Stay tuned,” the United States attorney, Preet Bharara said, leaving not much to the imagination.

Even though the cat had been unmistakably belled, Skelos father and son continued to talk about how to advance the interests of the sewer company, though the son did begin to use a burner cellphone, the kind people pay for in cash, with no traceable contracts.

That was indeed prudent, as prosecutors had been wiretapping the cellphones of both men. But it would seem that the burner was of limited value, because by then the prosecutors had managed to secure the help of a business executive who agreed to record calls with the Skeloses. It would further seem that the business executive was more attentive to the perils of pending investigations than the politician.

Through the end of the New York State budget negotiations in March, the hopes of the younger Skelos rested on his father’s ability to devise legislation that would benefit the sewer company. That did not pan out. But Senator Skelos did boast that he had haggled with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, in a successful effort to raise a $150 million allocation for Long Island to $550 million, for what the budget called “transformative economic development projects.” It included money for the kind of work done by the sewer company.

The lawyer for Adam Skelos said he was not guilty and would win in court. Senator Skelos issued a ringing declaration that he was unequivocally innocent.

THIS was also the approach taken in New Jersey by Bill Baroni, a man of great presence and eloquence who stopped outside the federal courthouse to note that he had taken risks as a Republican by bucking his party to support paid family leave, medical marijuana and marriage equality. “I would never risk my career, my job, my reputation for something like this,” Mr. Baroni said. “I am an innocent man.”

The lawyer for his co-defendant, Bridget Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, a Republican, said that she would strongly rebut the charges.

Perhaps they had nothing to do with the lane closings. But neither Mr. Baroni nor Ms. Kelly addressed the question of why they did not return repeated calls from the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., begging them to stop the traffic tie-ups, over three days.

That silence was a low moment. But perhaps New York hit bottom faster. Senator Skelos, the prosecutors charged, arranged to meet Long Island politicians at the wake of Wenjian Liu, a New York City police officer shot dead in December, to press for payments to the company employing his son.

Sometimes it seems as though for some people, the only thing to be ashamed of is shame itself.

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Over the last five years or so, it seemed there was little that Dean G. Skelos, the majority leader of the New York Senate, would not do for his son.

He pressed a powerful real estate executive to provide commissions to his son, a 32-year-old title insurance salesman, according to a federal criminal complaint. He helped get him a job at an environmental company and employed his influence to help the company get government work. He used his office to push natural gas drilling regulations that would have increased his son’s commissions.

He even tried to direct part of a $5.4 billion state budget windfall to fund government contracts that the company was seeking. And when the company was close to securing a storm-water contract from Nassau County, the senator, through an intermediary, pressured the company to pay his son more — or risk having the senator subvert the bid.

The criminal complaint, unsealed on Monday, lays out corruption charges against Senator Skelos and his son, Adam B. Skelos, the latest scandal to seize Albany, and potentially alter its power structure.

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Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, discussed the case involving Dean G. Skelos and his son, Adam. Credit Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The repeated and diverse efforts by Senator Skelos, a Long Island Republican, to use what prosecutors said was his political influence to find work, or at least income, for his son could send both men to federal prison. If they are convicted of all six charges against them, they face up to 20 years in prison for each of four of the six counts and up to 10 years for the remaining two.

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, of Long Island, who serves as chairman of the Republican conference, emerged from a closed-door meeting Monday night to say that conference members agreed that Mr. Skelos should be benefited the “presumption of innocence,” and would stay in his leadership role.

“The leader has indicated he would like to remain as leader,” said Mr. LaValle, “and he has the support of the conference.” The case against Mr. Skelos and his son grew out of a broader inquiry into political corruption by the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, that has already changed the face of the state capital. It is based in part, according to the six-count complaint, on conversations secretly recorded by one of two cooperating witnesses, and wiretaps on the cellphones of the senator and his son. Those recordings revealed that both men were concerned about electronic surveillance, and illustrated the son’s unsuccessful efforts to thwart it.

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Adam Skelos took to using a “burner” phone, the complaint says, and told his father he wanted them to speak through a FaceTime video call in an apparent effort to avoid detection. They also used coded language at times.

At one point, Adam Skelos was recorded telling a Senate staff member of his frustration in not being able to speak openly to his father on the phone, noting that he could not “just send smoke signals or a little pigeon” carrying a message.

The 43-page complaint, sworn out by Paul M. Takla, a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, outlines a five-year scheme to “monetize” the senator’s official position; it also lays bare the extent to which a father sought to use his position to help his son.

The charges accuse the two men of extorting payments through a real estate developer, Glenwood Management, based on Long Island, and the environmental company, AbTech Industries, in Scottsdale, Ariz., with the expectation that the money paid to Adam Skelos — nearly $220,000 in total — would influence his father’s actions.

Glenwood, one of the state’s most prolific campaign donors, had ties to AbTech through investments in the environmental firm’s parent company by Glenwood’s founding family and a senior executive.

The accusations in the complaint portray Senator Skelos as a man who, when it came to his son, was not shy about twisting arms, even in situations that might give other arm-twisters pause.

Seeking to help his son, Senator Skelos turned to the executive at Glenwood, which develops rental apartments in New York City and has much at stake when it comes to real estate legislation in Albany. The senator urged him to direct business to his son, who sold title insurance.

After much prodding, the executive, Charles C. Dorego, engineered a $20,000 payment to Adam Skelos from a title insurance company even though he did no work for the money. But far more lucrative was a consultant position that Mr. Dorego arranged for Adam Skelos at AbTech, which seeks government contracts to treat storm water. (Mr. Dorego is not identified by name in the complaint, but referred to only as CW-1, for Cooperating Witness 1.)

Senator Skelos appeared to take an active interest in his son’s new line of work. Adam Skelos sent him several drafts of his consulting agreement with AbTech, the complaint says, as well as the final deal that was struck.

“Mazel tov,” his father replied.

Senator Skelos sent relevant news articles to his son, including one about a sewage leak near Albany. When AbTech wanted to seek government contracts after Hurricane Sandy, the senator got on a conference call with his son and an AbTech executive, Bjornulf White, and offered advice. (Like Mr. Dorego, Mr. White is not named in the complaint, but referred to as CW-2.)

The assistance paid off: With the senator’s help, AbTech secured a contract worth up to $12 million from Nassau County, a big break for a struggling small business.

But the money was slow to materialize. The senator expressed impatience with county officials.

Adam Skelos, in a phone call with Mr. White in late December, suggested that his father would seek to punish the county. “I tell you this, the state is not going to do a [expletive] thing for the county,” he said.

Three days later, Senator Skelos pressed his case with the Nassau County executive, Edward P. Mangano, a fellow Republican. “Somebody feels like they’re just getting jerked around the last two years,” the senator said, referring to his son in what the complaint described as “coded language.”

The next day, the senator pursued the matter, as he and Mr. Mangano attended a wake for a slain New York City police officer. Senator Skelos then reassured his son, who called him while he was still at the wake. “All claims that are in will be taken care of,” the senator said.

AbTech’s fortunes appeared to weigh on his son. At one point in January, Adam Skelos told his father that if the company did not succeed, he would “lose the ability to pay for things.”

Making matters worse, in recent months, Senator Skelos and his son appeared to grow wary about who was watching them. In addition to making calls on the burner phone, Adam Skelos said he used the FaceTime video calling “because that doesn’t show up on the phone bill,” as he told Mr. White.

In late February, Adam Skelos arranged a pair of meetings between Mr. White and state senators; AbTech needed to win state legislation that would allow its contract to move beyond its initial stages. But Senator Skelos deemed the plan too risky and caused one of the meetings to be canceled.

In another recorded call, Adam Skelos, promising to be “very, very vague” on the phone, urged his father to allow the meeting. The senator offered a warning. “Right now we are in dangerous times, Adam,” he told him.

A month later, in another phone call that was recorded by the authorities, Adam Skelos complained that his father could not give him “real advice” about AbTech while the two men were speaking over the telephone.

“You can’t talk normally,” he told his father, “because it’s like [expletive] Preet Bharara is listening to every [expletive] phone call. It’s just [expletive] frustrating.”

“It is,” his father agreed.

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Public perceptions of race relations in America have grown substantially more negative in the aftermath of the death of a young black man who was injured while in police custody in Baltimore and the subsequent unrest, far eclipsing the sentiment recorded in the wake of turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., last summer.

Americans are also increasingly likely to say that the police are more apt to use deadly force against a black person, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds.

The poll findings highlight the challenges for local leaders and police officials in trying to maintain order while sustaining faith in the criminal justice system in a racially polarized nation.

Sixty-one percent of Americans now say race relations in this country are generally bad. That figure is up sharply from 44 percent after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and the unrest that followed in Ferguson in August, and 43 percent in December. In a CBS News poll just two months ago, 38 percent said race relations were generally bad. Current views are by far the worst of Barack Obama’s presidency.

The negative sentiment is echoed by broad majorities of blacks and whites alike, a stark change from earlier this year, when 58 percent of blacks thought race relations were bad, but just 35 percent of whites agreed. In August, 48 percent of blacks and 41 percent of whites said they felt that way.

Looking ahead, 44 percent of Americans think race relations are worsening, up from 36 percent in December. Forty-one percent of blacks and 46 percent of whites think so. Pessimism among whites has increased 10 points since December.

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The poll finds that profound racial divisions in views of how the police use deadly force remain. Blacks are more than twice as likely to say police in most communities are more apt to use deadly force against a black person — 79 percent of blacks say so compared with 37 percent of whites. A slim majority of whites say race is not a factor in a police officer’s decision to use deadly force.

Overall, 44 percent of Americans say deadly force is more likely to be used against a black person, up from 37 percent in August and 40 percent in December.

Blacks also remain far more likely than whites to say they feel mostly anxious about the police in their community. Forty-two percent say so, while 51 percent feel mostly safe. Among whites, 8 in 10 feel mostly safe.

One proposal to address the matter — having on-duty police officers wear body cameras — receives overwhelming support. More than 9 in 10 whites and blacks alike favor it.

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Asked specifically about the situation in Baltimore, most Americans expressed at least some confidence that the investigation by local authorities would be conducted fairly. But while nearly two-thirds of whites think so, fewer than half of blacks agree. Still, more blacks are confident now than were in August regarding the investigation in Ferguson. On Friday, six members of the police force involved in the arrest of Mr. Gray were charged with serious offenses, including manslaughter. The poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday; results from before charges were announced are similar to those from after.

Reaction to the recent turmoil in Baltimore, however, is similar among blacks and whites. Most Americans, 61 percent, say the unrest after Mr. Gray’s death was not justified. That includes 64 percent of whites and 57 percent of blacks.

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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.”

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