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UN Speeches Underscore Need for Leadership to End Israeli-Palestinian Conflict | Americans for Peace Now

Washington, DC – Americans for Peace Now (APN) urges the leaders of Israel and the Palestinians to focus on peacemaking rather than on point scoring, and urges world leaders to help broker Israeli-Palestinian peace. As hostilities flare up in the West Bank today, APN expresses deep concern over a possible escalation and calls on Israelis and Palestinians to avoid violence. ...

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Briefing: Six months into the Syrian uprising | IRIN Middle East

DUBAI, 28 September 2011 (IRIN) – Thousands of people in Syria have been killed, injured, displaced or detained in a series of protests against the Syrian government since mid-March which have been ruthlessly quelled by the government. How is this uprising different and where are we now? Unlike Egypt and Tunisia, Syria is composed of a complicated mix of sects ...

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Israel okays new buildings in east Jerusalem | Al Jazeera English

Israel’s government has granted the go-ahead for construction of 1,100 new housing units in illegally occupied east Jerusalem, raising already heightened tensions fuelled by last week’s Palestinian move to seek full UN membership. Israel’s interior ministry said on Tuesday that the homes would be built in Gilo, a Jewish enclave in southeast Jerusalem. It said construction could begin after a ...

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Fidel Castro calls Obama U.N. speech ‘gibberish’ | Democratic Underground

HAVANA, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro accused U.S. President Barack Obama of speaking “gibberish” in his recent address to the United Nations and called NATO’s actions in Libya a “monstrous crime” on Monday in his first opinion column since early July. Read more here: Fidel Castro calls Obama U.N. speech “gibberish” – Democratic Underground. Castro quotes ...

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LETTER: 126 nations recognize Palestine | The New Haven Register

In the coverage and commentary on the Palestinian bid for U.N. membership, I find no mention of the number of nations that already recognize the statehood of Palestine. Through the website of the Guardian, a major British newspaper, I learn that it is 126 — 50 percent more than those that recognize Kosovo, which declared its independence to much acclaim ...

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Russia backs Palestinian UN bid | RT

A source from the Russian delegation at the UN General Assembly session told journalists that Russia will support Palestine’s bid for full UN membership. ­Following Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ emotional bid for membership for a state of Palestine in the United Nations on Friday, Moscow announced it will support the proposal if it comes up for a vote. “If this ...

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Hackers take over Syria government websites | Haaretz

Opposition group ‘Anonymous’, replaces homepages with interactive maps of Syria showing data on people killed in the government’s crackdown since mid-March. Some Syrian government websites were hacked on Monday by the opposition group ‘Anonymous’, who replaced the homepages with interactive maps of Syria showing data on the people killed in the government’s crackdown since mid-March. The sites, all domain names ...

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Barack Obama caught between Israel and his Palestinian ‘promise’ | guardian.co.uk

Barack Obama has good reason to ask what the present Israeli government has ever done for him. When the White House asked it to halt construction of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories to give peace talks a chance, the building went on. After Washington pressed Binyamin Netanyahu to embrace the promise of Palestinian independence within months, the Israeli prime ...

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The Middle East Turned Upside-Down: Turkey’s Turn | Counterpunch

The political world has turned upside down in the Middle East since the Arab Awakening erupted. The region has been convulsed by the most radical changes since the end of imperial occupation and the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948. One significant development is becoming evident: many Arab countries may be more democratic in future, but they will ...

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