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Monday, October 05, 2009

Palestine's Mir Jafar, Michael Moore, Or Mir Sadiq?

Sinking the Goldstone Report (James Gundun, The Palestine Chronicle) - They had no one else to turn to. Yesterday PLO Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Ibrahim Khraishi claimed 'we have enough votes' to pass Richard Goldstone's Gaza report in the UN Human Rights Council and present it to the ICC. Israel's ambassador in Geneva, Aharon Leshno-Yaar, admitted, 'I will never have the numbers.' But all he needs is one. Today the PA withdrew its resolution to adopt the UN recommendations on Gaza. France can claim whatever credit it would like, but 'intense diplomacy' from Washington got the case dropped.

Michael Moore: For Those of You on Your Way to Church This Morning...- Friends, I'd like to have a word with those of you who call yourselves Christians (Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Bill Maherists, etc. can read along,...

Abbas helps Israel bury its crimes in Gaza - Just when it seemed that the Ramallah Palestinian Authority and its leader Mahmoud Abbas could not sink any lower in their complicity with Israel's occupation of the West Bank and the murderous blockade of Gaza, Ramallah has dealt a further stunning blow to the Palestinian people. The Abbas delegation to the United Nations in Geneva (officially representing the moribund Palestine Liberation Organization) abandoned a resolution requesting the Human Rights Council to forward Judge Richard Goldstone's report on war crimes in Gaza to the UN Security Council for further action. Ali Abunimah comments for The Electronic Intifada.

World" href="" target=_blank>Letter From Washington: A Voice Worth Heeding on Afghanistan - By ALBERT R. HUNT -
Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former U.S. national security adviser, does not want American forces to be viewed as ''occupiers'' in Afghanistan, which is why he is skeptical about a troop escalation.

To sum up, Obama has few good options. Only a grand bargain – giving Iran security guarantees and access to investment and technology in return for rigorous IAEA policing of its nuclear activities – offers a way forward. In that sense, Thursday's meeting was a sensible start. Haroon Siddiqui


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