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Why Kosovo But Not Palestine? | Counterpunch

In his September 21 speech to the United Nations, President Obama announced that he would veto U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, because its independence was not a result of a negotiated settlement with Israel. He said that “peace depends upon compromise among people who must live together long after our…votes have been tallied….That’s the lesson of Sudan, where a ...

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The humiliation of Barack Obama | Opinion – Al Jazeera English

Sooner or later, it’s going to happen. Most likely, the moment will come just before his first head-of-state meeting in New York. Or perhaps it will happen just before his first side-bar meeting with Binyamin Netanyahu. Or then again, it may come as the cumulative reaction to a series of embarrassing encounters with fellow world leaders. But the moment will ...

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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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Palestinian leader ignores US warnings on UN statehood bid | guardian.co.uk

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has said he will go ahead with a request to the United Nations security council to recognise what amounts to a unilateral declaration of independence despite warnings from the US that it will raise “dangerous” false hopes and set back real self-determination. Abbas said in a televised address the Palestinians will seek recognition next week ...

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Vets For Peace Votes to Impeach Obama for War Crimes: Victory for Rank and File | Counterpunch

Veterans for Peace (VFP), a progressive organization if ever there was one, took the courageous step of voting for the “impeachment of President Barack H. Obama for war crimes” at its annual national convention in Portland Oregon in August. The resolution, which called on Congress to immediately begin impeachment proceedings, passed with a majority vote. The resolution sounds the death ...

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Palestinians deploy Obama speech in U.N. campaign | Reuters

President Barack Obama is an unlikely participant in a Palestinian campaign to drum up support for a bid to win U.N. recognition of their statehood — a diplomatic move opposed by both his administration and Israel. But as part of an official media campaign begun this week, Palestinians have pulled from the archive some words spoken by Obama during the ...

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LIBYA: No ‘Mission Accomplished’ Claimed in Washington Yet | IPS ipsnews.net

WASHINGTON, Aug 22, 2011 IPS – While the apparent end of Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year reign over Libya was greeted with considerable satisfaction here Monday, no one was prepared to declare “mission accomplished”, particularly given the looming questions around what happens next. U.S. President Barack Obama himself stressed those uncertainties in a statement released by the White House Monday afternoon that ...

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Obama Calls for Regime Change in Syria | Forbes via RSN

resident Obama called for President Bashar al-Assad to step down as leader of Syria today, saying, “The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way.” The move is the latest in a series of increasingly forceful steps taken by the US and other nations to encourage Assad’s departure. French President ...

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James Zogby: No Standing O for Obama | CounterPunch

A few months back I had a quick exchange with President Barack Obama about the US standing in the Arab world. When I mentioned that we would be conducting a poll to assess Arab attitudes two years after his Cairo speech, he responded that he expected that the ratings would be quite low and would remain low until the US ...

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Sudan: U.S. Urges Nation, South Sudan to Fulfill Peace Agreement | allAfrica.com

President Obama’s top envoy for Sudan urged the governments of Sudan and newly independent South Sudan to “rekindle the spirit of cooperation” to resolve the outstanding issues that stand in the way of their fulfilling the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan Princeton Lyman also called for an interim agreement by the end of July on ...

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