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Jimmy Carter to visit NKorea to free US man | AFP

WASHINGTON — Former US president Jimmy Carter plans to visit North Korea soon on a mission to secure the release of an American man serving eight years of hard labor there, Foreign Policy magazine said. The White House declined to confirm the trip, but a senior administration official, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said “anyone going would do ...

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American Teen Returns from ‘Peace Mission’ to North Korea

When asked about his interactions with the North Korean government officials, Jonathan said, “They seemed pretty impressed with my idea, but they said that first you would have to sign a peace treaty between North Korea and America because they are still at war with each other officially, and then you could plant a children’s peace forest after the peace ...

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Choose Between Peace Or Settlements: Palestine to Israel

The Palestinian Authority has threatened to withdraw from Middle East truce talks, which are due to start in Washington next week after nearly two years of silence. Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Israel must refrain from approving any new settlement construction projects if they are serious about restarting talks. via Palestinians Tells Israel To Choose Between Peace Or ...

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Reclaiming the humanitarian space | James Denselow | guardian.co.uk

According to Transparency International, Afghanistan is the world’s second most corrupt country and many NGOs appear to have lost themselves in it. Massive amounts of money have been lost through the incompetent subcontracting of projects, with Polman describing a $150m housing contract that eventually provided only firewood for the would-be residents. During a discussion at the Tricycle theatre in London ...

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Mordechai Vanunu released after latest 3-month sentence

Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli whistleblower who spent 18 years in jail for exposing Israel’s nuclear capabilities was released today after completing a further three-month sentence. Vanunu, 56, a former technician at a secret nuclear plant near the desert town of Dimona, was convicted after handing over details of Israel’s nuclear arsenal to a British newspaper in 1986. The revelations led ...

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U.N. Names Panel to Probe Israeli Killings on Gaza-Bound Ship – IPS ipsnews.net

Despite initial misgivings, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received the tacit approval of the Israeli government to establish an international panel to probe the widely-condemned killings of nine Turkish civilians onboard a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza last May. “This is an unprecedented development,” Ban said Monday, virtually patting himself on the back. But Phyllis Bennis, a fellow ...

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UN Declares Water, Sanitation as Human Rights

Maude Barlow, who previously served as a senior adviser to the United Nations General Assembly on the water issue, said Wednesday that the “historic” passing of a Bolivia-led resolution, on which Canada abstained from voting, has no physical impact on Canadian water supplies. “What it does do is it requires each country’s government to start implementing a program toward this ...

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Brazilian Indians take hostages at Amazon dam site

Brazilian native Indians on Sunday took 100 workers hostage at the construction site of a hydroelectric plant in the southern Amazon region, local media reported. As many as 400 Indians from several different tribes occupied a power plant they say was built on an ancient burial site. via Reuters AlertNet – Brazilian Indians take hostages at Amazon dam site.

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