Middle East

06.10.2009

Peace and Non-violence on the Banks of the Nile

In the extraordinary place where the Nile River and the arts converge in Cairo, The World March has once again achieved its objective: more than 150 people came together in the spacious concert hall of El Sawy Cultural Wheel, the cultural epicenter of this cosmopolitan city, to issue a worldwide call for peace and the construction of a culture of non-violence. »

03.10.2009

World March in the Middle East

While the Base Team of the World March for Peace and Non-violence has begun its tour, starting from Oceania and continuing through various Asian countries until reaching Europe, the Middle East team- comprised of people of different origins- has begun actions in Tel Aviv that will continue in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, and Turkey. »

02.10.2009

Moving towards peace and nonviolence in Israel

The Nonviolence Fair, held as a kickoff event for the World March for Peace and Nonviolence, took place in Cinemateque Square in Tel Aviv, Israel. The fair was organized by the group Greenpeace and the Humanist Movement, together with the participation of 20 Israeli non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in different areas of nonviolence. »

01.10.2009

Iran nuclear talks open in Geneva

Multilateral talks on Tehran's controversial nuclear programme opened in Geneva on Thursday afternoon. Iranian representatives held discussions with representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - United States, Russia, China, Great Britain and France - along with Germany. This is the first time in three decades that US and Iranian meet. »

23.09.2009

Obama urges Palestinians and Israelis to move forward dropping the settlement expansion condition

The Obama administration has effectively abandoned a demand that Israel freeze settlement expansion before the resumption of peace talks. President Obama signaled the shift on Tuesday as he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Obama urged both sides to “move forward” and enter final-status talks. »

18.09.2009

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: We don´t need nuclear weapons

Only hours after President´s Obama policy change to abandon the missile defence shield, iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said to NBC News´Ann Curry that Iran has no need for nuclear weapons. Three times in the interview, Curry asked Ahmadinejad if there were conditions that could push Iran to have a bomb, saying that there was no need for such weapons. »

14.09.2009

Iran to negotiate on peaceful nuclear issues

Iran has agreed to negotiate with six world powers about nuclear issues, but according to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tehran will not negotiate over its right to possessing "peaceful nuclear technology". Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi also said that Tehran will not negotiate about its "undeniable nuclear rights". »

11.09.2009

Peace Square in Jerusalem to celebrate the World March

Last April, World March organizers and Meir Margalit, councilman of the Meretz´s political party, agreed to build in Jerusalem a square to celebrate the World March. In the center, a six meters "green dome" will protect from the sun and circular seats will allow the place to be a "meeting point". The square will be located between a Jewish and an Arab neighborhoods. »

07.09.2009

Unacceptable Israeli´s Plan to build 455 flats in West Bank

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Israeli plan to build 455 housing units in settlement blocs in the occupied West Bank is unacceptable. The plan approved by Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has the opposition of many countries. The proposal contravenes urgent appeals by the White House and the European Union to end construction of new houses in the West Bank. »

28.08.2009

Carter: All Israeli Settlements Should Be Removed

Former President Jimmy Carter and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited the construction sites of the Israeli separation wall in the West Bank and criticized Israel’s settlements in the region. Carter and Tutu are both part of The Elders, an organization of former global leaders trying to pressure Israel and the Palestinians to relaunch peace talks. »

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