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UN Secretary General “Alarmed” at Israel’s Announced Seizure of West Bank Land

Human Wrongs Watch United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 1 September 2014 voiced his alarm at the announcement by Israeli authorities to declare nearly 1,000 acres of land in Bethlehem as so-called “state land.” “The seizure of such a large swathe of land risks paving the way for further settlement activity, which – as the United Nations has reiterated on many occasions – is illegal under internat ...

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The War for Nothing

Human Wrongs Watch By Uri Avnery 30 August 2014 AFTER 50 DAYS, the war is over. Hallelujah. On the Israeli side: 71 dead, among them 66 soldiers, 1 child. On the Palestinian side: 2,143 dead, 577 of them children, 263 women, 102 elderly. 11,230 injured. 10,800 buildings destroyed. 8,000 partially destroyed. About 40,000 damaged homes. Among the damaged buildings: 277 schools, 10 hospitals, 70 mosques, 2 chu ...

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NO to subversive eletist TTIP

Tomorrow there are 610 events planned across the UK, from Wells to Aberdeen, central London to Orkney, Northern Ireland to Cornwall. 9,305 members of 38 Degrees are turning out to sound the alarm about TTIP - the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership  also known as the Transatlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA). 38 Degrees sent out a missive saying… “If this dangerous trade deal isn’t fixed or scrapped, ...

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U.S., Russia Trade Barbs over Ukraine as NATO Releases Satellite Imagery

Tensions continue to mount between the United States and Russia over alleged Russian military operations inside Ukraine. On Thursday, NATO released satellite images it says show Russian artillery, vehicles and troops in and around eastern Ukraine. At the United Nations, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power accused Russia of duplicity. Samantha Power: "Instead of listening, instead of heeding the demands of the in ...

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WHO issues “roadmap” to scale up international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The World Health Organization is today issuing a “roadmap” to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa. The aim is to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6–9 months, while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread. It also recognizes t ...

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Putin and Poroshenko Conclude First Face-to-Face Talks

Minsk, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Piotor Poroshenko, concluded their first face-to-face talks at midnight on Wednesday, the press advisor to the Russian head of State, Dimitri Peskov, said. The meeting started in the capital of Belarus at closed doors, after the banquet that followed the nearly-four-hour-long debates held on Tuesday by the presiden ...

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Will it hold? Israel and Hamas agree to ceasefire

Israel and Hamas appear to have accepted an Egyptian proposal for a long-term ceasefire after seven weeks of war.  According to UK's Channel 4 News "an Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said "a complete and unlimited-in-time ceasefire" had been agreed". "Israel has also agreed to open its borders to allow humanitarian aid and building materials to be sent to Gaza, as well as the widening ...

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Blowback: Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of U.S Invasion of Iraq, Destruction of Nation

Militants from Islamic State stormed an air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing it from government forces. Fighters from Islamic State have seized three Syrian military bases in the area in recent weeks. This comes as the Pentagon considers expanding its airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq to include targets inside Syria. Meanwhile, another journalist who had been kidnapped in Syria, Peter The ...

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Zim protests in Tacoma and Seattle / Oakland ship failed to fully unload

The Free Palestine Movement finds this source from within the container shipping community to be in agreement with our sources at the port of Oakland.  While Israeli consul general Andy Davis and the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Israeli ship Zim Piraeus completed its objective of unloading cargo at the port of Oakland, with confirmation from the union spokespersons, we believe that this decepti ...

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OPINION: International Relations, the U.N. and Inter Press Service

By Roberto Savio This is the first in a series of special articles to commemorate the 50th anniversary of IPS, which was set up in 1964, the same year as the Group of 77 (G77) and UNCTAD. ROME, Aug 22 2014 (IPS) - In 1979, I had a debate at the United Nations with the late Stan Swinton, then the very powerful and brilliant director of Associated Press (AP). At one point, I furnished the following figures (w ...

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