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UN reveals Israeli plan to relocate Palestinians to build houses for settlers | MEMO

A UN organization has highlighted the plight of small Palestinian farming communities in the hills to the east of Jerusalem which are at risk of forced displacement due to a “relocation” plan advanced by the Israeli authorities. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Occupied Palestinian Territory (UNOCHA) said that the Israelis try to justify their plan ...

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Taliban Attack and Afghan Move Cast Pall on Peace Talks | NYTimes.com

Within hours of opening an office for peace talks in the Gulf emirate of Qatar, Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan launched a deadly ambush on an American convoy, and the Afghan government separately broke off talks on military cooperation with the United States. It was at best a rocky prelude to peace talks with the Taliban, which have collapsed repeatedly in ...

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Karzai announces Afghan security handover | Various sources

President Hamid Karzai has announced the transfer of nationwide security from NATO to Afghan control, a major milestone as the US-led war effort winds down after 12 years. Shortly before Karzai’s speech at a handover ceremony, the location of which had been kept a secret, a prominent lawmaker escaped a bomb attack in Kabul that killed three civilians, underlining the ...

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Fiji troops replace Austrian peacekeepers in Golan | Ynetnews

The United Nations announced Monday that 170 peacekeepers from Fiji will join the UN’s Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) stationed on the Israel- Syria border by the end of the month. They will be replacing Austrian forces who have pulled out of the area following an escalation in the fighting between Assad’s forces and the rebels. For more on this story, ...

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UN Chief Says U.S. Move To Arm Syrian Rebels ‘Not Helpful’ | Talk Radio News Service, WaPo, AP

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria and that supplying either side with weapons is not helpful. A day after President Obama announced the US would be expanding military assistance to Syrian rebels, the UN chief warned a press conference Friday that any surge in weapons transfers could further intensify a ...

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Palestinian activist Abir Kopty: Oslo should go, the peace process serves Israeli interests | Mondoweiss

Abir Kopty’s month started out with a police interrogation. The 37-year-old Palestinian activist and blogger born in Nazareth was summoned by the Israeli police June 2 and went in for questioning in Northern Israel the next day. The reason? Kopty wrote a blog post last year inveighing against a plan to recruit Palestinian Christians into the Israeli military. Kopty (a ...

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The real reason Obama is going to war with Syria has nothing to do with chemical weapons | stopwar.org.uk, RT

In war, the purpose of peace negotiations is to copy the situation on the battlefield and paste it to a treaty: the army winning the war enters negotiations from a dominant position, since its position is enforceable on the ground. The US-backed rebels would be entering peace talks broken and beaten, having been debilitated on the battlefield. The Syrian army ...

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Middle East peace talks must succeed to avoid despair, says UK minister | guardian.co.uk

Britain's minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt (left), meets the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in Ramallah. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

“Darkness and despair” was the alternative to John Kerry succeeding in his mission to revive moribund Middle East peace talks, the British foreign office minister Alistair Burt said on Wednesday. On a visit to a West Bank village, Burt acknowledged that expectations of a positive outcome were “very low”. But he urged Palestinians involved in grassroots protests against the 46-year ...

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Syria death toll at least 93,000: UN | BBC News

At least 93,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the conflict, according to latest United Nations figures.

This represents a rise of more than 30,000 since the UN last issued figures covering the period to November 2012. At least 5,000 people have been dying in Syria every month since last July, the UN’s human rights body says. But it says these statistics are an underestimate as it believes many deaths have not been reported. Over 80% of ...

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Afghan president visits Qatar to discuss peace process, no meeting with Taliban | The Washington Post

Afghanistan’s president landed in Qatar Sunday to discuss his country’s stalled peace process and the possible opening of a Taliban office in the Gulf state, officials said. Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai said President Hamid Karzai will not hold any talks with Taliban representatives now in Qatar. For more on this story, visit: Afghan president visits Qatar to discuss peace ...

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Video of Samantha Power’s 2002 Remarks on Imposing Peace on Israel Could Haunt Her, Israeli Paper Says | NYTimes.com

… Although Ms. Power subsequently disavowed comments she made in the interview, video posted on YouTube shows that when Harry Kreisler of Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies asked her, as “a thought experiment,” to explain how her support for liberal interventionism to defend human rights abroad might be applied to a situation like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, she replied: “What we ...

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