Politics & Corruption

Iran's Ahmadinejad attacks West, prompts walk-out

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flayed the West on Thursday for a catalog of misdeeds, but his address to the United Nations passed over Tehran's nuclear program and the Palestinian statehood issue.

Bill Clinton: Netanyahu killed the peace process

Josh Rogin Foreign Policy 23.09.2011
Bill Clinton: Netanyahu killed the peace process

Who's to blame for the continued failure of the Middle East peace process? Former President Bill Clinton said today that it is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- whose government moved the goalposts upon taking power, and whose rise repr...

Barack Obama: Palestinians deserve a state but must achieve it with Israel

Barack Obama pressed the Palestinians and Israelis to resume peace talks as he made a last-ditch attempt to avert a diplomatic crisis over the Palestinian Authority’s bid for full membership of the United Nations.

Palestine Logo Suggests Elimination of Israel

The logo of “the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations” – on their website and on top of their official statements at the U.N. – shows the Palestinian Authority’s claim to a Palestine that stretches throughout the entire hi...

Israel Floats ‘Interim Solution’ Proposal At UN To Stem Palestinian Statehood Tension

There were frantic efforts at the United Nations on Tuesday to avoid a Friday face-off over Palestinian statehood. With the clock ticking toward a showdown, Israel floated the possibility of an “interim solution” to allow the Palestinians to estab...

Venezuelan president backs Palestinian statehood bid, accuses Israel of 'Palestinian genocide'

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is backing the push for Palestinian statehood in a letter released Tuesday, saying the Palestinian people have a right to be recognized as a nation.

In UN week, Saudi says to ease Palestinian crisis

Saudi Arabia will pay $200 million to the Palestinian Authority, the official Palestinian news agency said on Monday, funds that will ease a financial crisis faced by the authority as it prepares to apply for full U.N. membership this week.

Hillary Clinton, Dilma Rousseff urge greater female role in politics

Prominent female politicians including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff joined voices Monday to demand a greater global political role for women.

Protests to greet Ahmadinejad in New York

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is set to face angry protests during his visit to New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly.

New York meetings open to avert Palestinian crisis

Arshad Mohammed and Patrick Worsnip Reuters 19.09.2011
New York meetings open to avert Palestinian crisis

A last-ditch international push began in New York on Sunday to try to relaunch Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and avert a crisis over Palestinian statehood at the United Nations.

Tony Blair 'visited Libya to lobby for JP Morgan'

Richard Spencer, Heidi Blake and Jon Swaine Telegraph 19.09.2011
Tony Blair 'visited Libya to lobby for JP Morgan'

Tony Blair used visits to Libya after he left office to lobby for business for the American investment bank JP Morgan, The Daily Telegraph has been told.

Libyans fail to agree new government

Emma Farge and Maria Golovnina Reuters 19.09.2011
Libyans fail to agree new government

Libya's interim leaders failed to agree a new cabinet on Sunday and the forces that forced Muammar Gaddafi from power remained bogged down in fighting with troops loyal to the former ruler.

Turkey Predicts Alliance With Egypt as Regional Anchors

ANTHONY SHADID The New York Times 19.09.2011
Turkey Predicts Alliance With Egypt as Regional Anchors

A newly assertive Turkey offered on Sunday a vision of a starkly realigned Middle East, where the country’s former allies in Syria and Israel fall into deeper isolation, and a burgeoning alliance with Egypt underpins a new order in a region roiled...

Holy Land clerics bless Palestinian UN bid

Priests in the Holy Land used their sermons on Sunday to give their blessing to the Palestinians' bid for United Nations membership. The retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, the first Palestinian to hold the post since the Crusades...

Blackface Obama billboard sparks outrage

German comedian Martin Sonneborn is well-known for jokes bordering on the tasteless. But a satirical political billboard of him posing in blackface makeup as US President Barack Obama is sparking outrage.

Obama still highly popular in Europe: poll

US President Barack Obama's ratings have plunged at home but he remains highly popular in Europe, with 75 percent in 12 EU nations approving his handling of global affairs, a poll said Wednesday.

United States in last-ditch effort to set up Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Harriet Sherwood, Chris McGreal The Guardian 15.09.2011
United States in last-ditch effort to set up Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

The United States, Europe and the Middle East quartet are engaged in a last-ditch effort to set up a fresh round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in an attempt to head off a major diplomatic embarrassment over the looming Palestinian request for...

Palestinians Pressured to Seek General Assembly Vote on Statehood

DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK The New York Times 14.09.2011
Palestinians Pressured to Seek General Assembly Vote on Statehood

A top negotiator for the Palestinian Authority said Tuesday night that its leadership was weighing the strong urging of both the Arab states and the Europeans to turn to the General Assembly of the United Nations — and not its Security Council — i...

Former US President Carter backs Palestinian UN bid

Former President Jimmy Carter says he supports the Palestinians' effort to gain international recognition of their independence at the United Nations this month.

Arabs to push for Palestinian statehood bid

Arab states will push for a fully-fledged Palestinian state at the United Nations next week, the Qatari prime minister said on Monday, despite a U.S. threat to block such a move.

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