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Britain unites with smaller countries to block US bid to legalise cluster bombs | The Guardian

A coalition of countries including Britain on Friday defeated an attempt by the US, Russia, China and Israel to get an international agreement approving the continued use of cluster bombs. The weapons, which have been used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon scatter “bomblets” over a wide area, maiming and killing civilians, notably children, long after they have been dropped and ...

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US Bid to Destroy Cluster Bomb Ban Fails | Antiwar.com

President Obama’s effort to effective emasculate the international ban on cluster bombs failed today, when at least 50 nations including Britain filed objections. Human rights campaigners had been condemning the US effort, saying that it would be a major back-track from the formal ban. The US version would have simply “regulated” the manufacture of cluster munitions without banning them, and ...

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Dennis Ross Resigns | Tikun Olam

If I truly thought this meant a major change in Barack Obama’s Middle East approach I’d be rejoicing at the news that Dennis Ross was resigning as the president’s go-to guy for anything regarding the Israeli-Arab conflict. He is one of the most pernicious influences in American policy going back decades. His allegiance is clearly to the Israelis and he ...

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A Republican War on the Environment | Dissident Voice

As the nation’s attention remains riveted on the GOP attempt to downsize government by refusing to raise the national debt limit, the party is working through the back door to destroy protections for the environment. In a study that reveals the GOP pledge to protect business interests at all costs, the Center for Media and Democracy recently analyzed 800 bills ...

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A Nobel laureate challenges Obama | Concord Monitor

Tawakkol Karman, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner from Yemen, is frustrated by the “ambiguous” policies of the Obama administration toward the Arab Spring. President Obama has made speeches supporting a transition to democracy in the Middle East and appears to have backed democracy movements in Tunisia and Egypt. But the perception in Yemen, Karman says, is that the administration ...

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U.S. Looks Increasingly Irrelevant as Mideast Peace Broker | IPS ipsnews.net

WASHINGTON, Oct 21, 2011 (IPS) – While a growing number of influential voices here and in the region insist that the nearly 20-year, U.S.-sponsored “peace process” has reached its terminal phase, the administration of President Barack Obama remains committed to reviving direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). “…[M]oving forward, we want to see progress on the ...

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America’s Endless Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq | Jack A. Smith, Global Research

The 10th anniversary of Washington’s invasion, occupation and seemingly endless war in Afghanistan was observed Oct. 7, but despite President Barack Obama’s pledge to terminate the U.S. “combat mission” by the end of 2014, American military involvement will continue many years longer. The Afghan war is expanding even further, not only with increasing drone attacks in neighboring Pakistani territory but ...

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Obama promises ‘toughest sanctions’ on Iran over alleged bomb plot | guardian.co.uk

The United States will apply the “toughest sanctions” to further isolate Iran over the alleged plan to murder the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Barack Obama said on Thursday, despite growing scepticism over the amateurish nature of the plot and the apparently shambolic background of the main suspect. Obama insisted that the US had evidence to back up the allegations, as ...

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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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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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