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I DID START PUTTING THIS TOGETHER YESTERDAY, NOV 2ND, AS THERE WAS SOME INTERESTING STUFF IN FRIDAY'S UN NEWS DAILY:
LEBANON, MYANMAR, DARFUR AMONG HOTSPOTS ON SECURITY COUNCIL AGENDA – PRESIDENT
Lebanon, Myanmar and the situation in the war-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan are among the top issues to be dealt with by the Security Council this month, its president said today.
Next week, the Council will consult on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's latest report on the implementation of resolution 1559 regarding Lebanon, which supports polling free from outside influence and calls for the withdrawal of all remaining foreign forces, the disbanding of all militias and the extension of Government control over the entire country.
ALTHOUGH, 'FREE FROM OUTSIDE INFLUENCE AND DISBANDING ALL MILITIAS,' SEEMS A BIT OPTMISTIC, CONSIDERING:
Robert Fisk: Secret armies pose sinister new threat to Lebanon
Published: 19 October 2007
Lebanon is peopled with ghosts. But the phantoms now returning to haunt this damaged country –the militias which tore it apart more than 30 years ago – are real. Guns are flooding back into the country – $800 for an AK-47, $3,700 for a brand-new French Famas – as Lebanon security apparatus hunt desperately for the leadership of the new and secret armies.
What now worries the Lebanese authorities, however, is the sheer scale of weaponry arriving in Lebanon. It appears to include new Glock pistols (asking price $1,000). There are growing fears, moreover, that many of these guns are from the vast stock of 190,000 rifles and pistols which the US military "lost" when they handed them out to Iraqi police officers without registering their numbers or destination.
SURPRISING THOUGH, NO MENTION OF THE DEVELOPING HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN PALESTINE, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING:
NEWS UPDATE 28 October 2007
Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel * Gisha - Legal Center for Freedom of Movement * HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual * Physicians for Human Rights-Israel * The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights * The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel * Gaza Community Mental Health Programme * B'Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories * Al-Haq *
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
Human Rights Organizations Petition Supreme Court Demanding an Injunction against Israeli Government to Prevent Disruption to Supply of Electricity and Fuel to Gaza
The Government Openly Decides, Apparently for the First Time, to Impose Collective Punishment on 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip; Petitioners: The Decision is Illegal and will Damage the Health, Safety and Welfare of the Population of Gaza
*Hamas calls for a state of emergency in resistance of Israeli attacks on
Gaza <http://www.imemc.org/article/51244 >
The ruling Islamist group of Hamas in Gaza called on Thursday on all
Palestinian resistance factions to declare a high state of alert, in
preparation for an imminent Israeli massive offensive on the coastal region.
PS: Know any UK residents who can badger their MP's to sign these Early Day Motions?
HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN GAZA
That this House expresses grave concerns about the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the decision by the State of Israel to declare it a hostile entity; notes that this included further isolating the 1.5 million Palestinian residents of this occupied territory, 1.1 million of whom have to survive on food handouts; also notes that future Israeli measures could involve cutting off crucial supplies including food, fuel, electricity and water in response to the firing of Kassams from Gaza; and therefore calls upon the UK Government to make the strongest possible representations to the Israeli government that such measures are wholly unacceptable and tantamount to collective punishment and a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Meanwhile; Khaled, below, is just one of a number of students trapped in Gaza as:
Israel breaks promise to Gaza students
The army has broken a promise given to the High Court of Justice to renew
bus transportation for Gaza Strip students to Egypt so that they can pursue
their academic studies abroad, said Gisha - the Legal Center for Freedom of
Movement. 670 students with visas to study abroad cannot leave the Gaza
Strip because the Rafah border crossing is closed and there is no other way
for them to reach Egypt. Higher educational opportunities in the Gaza Strip
are extremely limited. Undergraduate and master's degrees are unavailable in
key subjects such as occupational therapy, medicine, speech therapy,
dentistry and physiotherapy, according to Gisha. There are no doctoral
programs in any subject. Furthermore, Israel bars Gaza Strip students from
studying in Israel or the West Bank. http://...com/34s5bm
KHALED AL-MUDALLAL AND STUDY IN THE UK
That this House is concerned at the situation facing Bradford University student Khaled al-Mudallal, who is currently confined to Gaza as a result of restrictions on his movement imposed by Israeli authorities; recognises that Mr al-Mudallal has a British residency permit allowing him to stay in the UK to study until 2010; believes that Mr al-Mudallal should be allowed back to Bradford to complete his degree in business and management; and calls on the Government to take action to ensure Mr al-Mudallal's right to education is secured.
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SO WHILE IT'S HEART RENDERING TO HEAR:
PRESIDENT OF UN COURT SAYS IT HAS CLEARED BACKLOG OF CASES
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, has essentially cleared its backlog of cases, the Court's President has told the General Assembly.
Presenting the ICJ's annual report to the Assembly yesterday in New York, Judge Rosalyn Higgins said that countries that were considering bringing cases before the Court could be confident that it would respond promptly.
I CAN'T HELP THINKING BUT THEY MUST HAVE MISSED SOMETHING; IT DON'T TAKE MUCH OF A GOOGLE TO COME UP WITH:
UN rights expert compares Israeli occupation violations to apartheid
February 24, 2007
[JURIST] An independent report [text, PDF] by UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories John Dugard [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] to be presented to the 4th session of the UN Human Rights Council [official website; JURIST news archive] in Geneva next month.... [more]
Israel treatment of Palestinian prisoners defies international law: Israeli rights group
October 26, 2006
[JURIST] Israel is breaching international humanitarian law and is violating the rights of Palestinians by placing severe restrictions on family visits with Palestinian prisoners, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied.... [more]
THAT WAS LAST YEAR, THIS WAS THIS:
PPC to launch international campaign to prosecute Israeli officials
[ 30/10/2007 - 11:47 AM ]
RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- The Palestinian prisoners' club has announced that it intends to launch an international campaign aimed at prosecuting Israeli officials accused of committing "war crimes" against Palestinian prisoners.
This announcement came after the club held an emergency meeting to discuss the successive developments in Israeli prisons, especially the last Israeli aggressions against Palestinian prisoners in the Negev prison which resulted in the death of prisoner Mohamed Al-Ashqar and injury of 30 others.
Israel high court upholds West Bank barrier
September 15, 2005
[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] ruled Thursday that the country had a right to construct the West Bank barrier [Wikipedia backgrounder] across occupied land, once again opposing a World Court ruling [text; JURIST report] against.... [more]
UN rights official condemns Israeli Gaza strikes as "war crimes"
May 19, 2004
The UN special human rights envoy for the Occupied Territories called the ongoing Israeli military strikes against a Gaza refugee camp "war crimes" in an official statement Wednesday. Envoy John Dugard also labeled the actions "collective punishment" in.... [more] http://...com/36q9k9
BUT WHAT'S THIS? THE UN HQ GETTING A FACELIFT! - TO THE TUNE OF ALMOST ONE YEARS WORTH OF THE UN ANNUAL BUDGET.
EXPEDITING HEADQUARTERS RENOVATION IN BEST INTEREST OF UN, SAYS SENIOR OFFICIAL
A senior United Nations official tasked with overseeing the renovation of the world body's headquarters complex in New York has stressed that accelerating the project will ensure that it is done faster, within budget and with the least amount of disruption to the Organization.
The renovations under the current seven-year, $1.9 billion Capital Master Plan (CMP) are expected to make the main UN Headquarters buildings more energy efficient and eliminate safety and health risks.
I DUNNO, I'M NOT SURE BUT IF THEY WANT IT DONE QUICKER AND A LITTLE BIT CHEAPER, I QUITE LIKED ARTICLE 12 OF THIS LITTLE LOT:
A Formal Summons to World States by Indigenous First Nations and Peoples
Chimoré, Cochabamba, Bolivia, October 12, 2007
From the heart of South America, on this 12th day of October, 2007, the delegates of the indigenous first nations and peoples of the world, meeting in the World Encounter "For the Historic Victory of the Indigenous Peoples of the World", to celebrate the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, hereby declare:
10. To declare water to be a human right, a vital element and social property of humanity and not a source of profit. Likewise, to encourage the use of alternative energies that do not threaten the life of the planet, thereby guaranteeing access to all basic services.
11. To solve cases of migration between countries in a mutually responsible way, adopting policies of free circulations of persons in order to guarantee a world without borders in which there is no discrimination, marginalization and exclusion.
12. To decolonize the United Nations, and move its headquarters to a territory that dignifies and expresses the just aspirations of the Peoples, Nations and States of the world.
13. Not to criminalize the struggles of the indigenous peoples, or demonize or accuse us of terrorism when we reclaim our rights and advance our ideas on how to save life and humanity.
14. To release immediately the indigenous leaders imprisoned in various parts of the world, and in the first place Leonard Peltier in the United States. http://...com/2b3hqe
Please sign the online petition US hands off Bolivia! Respect Bolivian sovereignty. http://...com/3xvk7c
AND WHEN YOU CONSIDER HOW EASY IT IS TO TRAVEL:
First Muslim minister in US airport search, Riazat Butt
"Britain's first Muslim minister Shahid Malik had his hand luggage analysed for traces of explosives as he was about to fly home from Washington DC after high level talks on tackling terrorism."
AND REALISE THAT THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE EMERGING UNITING OF NATIONS:
New Cold War: Great Game for Supremacy in the New World Order?
By Andrew G. Marshall
URL of this article:
Global Research, October 31, 2007
The Story of Iran in Recent History
There has been much talk in recent months of a return to the Cold War, as increasingly there is growing disparities and tensing relations between the West, namely the Anglo-Americans, and the Russian Federation, the former Soviet Union, as well as China. 'Is the Cold War Back?'
"Recent plans made public that the United States is building missile shields in Eastern European countries has sparked equal controversy over a revival of a Cold War. As the Austrian Defense Minister Norbert Darabos stated in late August of 2007, "That the United States are installing a defense shield in eastern Europe is a provocation in my view," and that, "The U.S. has chosen the wrong path in my opinion. There is no point in building up a missile defense shield in Europe. That only unnecessarily rekindles old Cold War debates."2 The article continued in saying, "The United States plans to deploy elements of its shield -- designed to intercept and destroy missiles from 'rogue states' like Iran and North Korea -- in Poland and the Czech Republic. Russia sees the initiative near its borders as a threat to its own security."
"Well, within ten years of writing his book, Brzezinski's predictions became quite true, as an alternative strategic bloc to the NATO countries has been set up, called the Shanghai Cooperation Organization [SCO]. It was officially founded in 2001 [after initial agreements in 1996] by Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
"As the Guardian reported in 2006, "At the one day annual summit of the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on June 15, more limelight fell on the leader of an observer country than on any of the main participants. That figure happened to be the controversial president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Despite the lowly observer status accorded to his country, Ahmadinejad went on to publicly invite the SCO members to a meeting in Tehran to discuss energy exploration and development in the region. And the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, proposed that the SCO should form an 'energy club'. While making a plea that his country should be accorded full membership of the SCO, the Pakistani president, Parvez Musharraf, highlighted the geo-strategic position of his country as an energy and trade corridor for SCO members. 'Pakistan provides a natural link between the SCO states to connect the Eurasian heartland with the Arabian Sea and South Asia,' he said."
BUT TALKING OF THE COLD WAR, THE ARMS RACE, THAT BALANCE OF POWER, YOU KNOW, INDIA'S GOT ONE, PAKISTAN'S GOT ONE AND WE ALL LIVE UNDER A NUCLEAR CLOUD AND IT WORKED SO WELL. OF COURSE ALL THIS IS INAPPLICABLE TO IRAN, RATHER THAN ASK ISRAEL TO DISARM (OR EVEN SIGN UP TO THE NPT etc), LET'S JUST BLOW 'EM OUT OF THE WATER FOR EVEN THINKING ABOUT IT! (Don't quote me on that.) AND WHILE NO DOUBT THEY'LL BE TELLING US HOW THE UN IS SO 'BANKRUPT' TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT (can't imagine why, see my blog below), WHY DON'T WE JUST PRE-EMPT THIS WAR THING, TAKE A LEAF OUT OF THE BOLIVIAN BOOK AND MOVE THE UN HQ TO EITHER COUNTRY THAT THE US WANTS TO PUT IT'S MISSILE DEFENCE SYSTEM?
AND ALTHOUGH THE UN CAN TALK A GOOD TALK, SOMETIMES:
GREATER GLOBAL PROTECTION NEEDED AGAINST 'PREDICTABLE' DISASTERS, SAYS UN AGENCY
The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) today called on governments to better protect people against more "predictable" natural hazards, especially flooding, to reduce the risk and vulnerability of local populations.
After a week in which floods have brought death and destruction to the Caribbean region and to Mexico, the Director of the UN secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, Salvano Briceño, said the world needed to find better ways to reduce the impact of these recurrent disasters.
IT IS PRETTY MUCH SKINT, SO:
'What I would change'
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I DUNNO BUT WHILE HAMAS ARE SITTING IT OUT AT ANNAPOLIS, I BET I COULD BANG OUT A FAIR SETTLEMNET IN 750 WORDS AND HAVE MY ENTRY IN, JUST IN TIME TO REMEMBER ANOTHER ANNIVERSARY. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT SAVILE ROW EITHER BUT ISN'T IT TIME THE WORLD'S POLICEMAN DONNED A LAWSUIT?
It is almost 10 years since this was published, is it not time it was enacted?
Palestine Should Sue Israel for Genocide before the International Court of Justice
by Francis A. Boyle
Author's Note: The viewpoints expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not reflect the opinions of anyone else (other than this postee!).
I would like to propose publicly here in Gaza, Palestine--where the Intifadah began ten years ago at this time--that the Provisional Government of the State of Palestine and its President institute legal proceedings against Israel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague (the so-called World Court) for violating the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. I am sure we can all agree that Israel has indeed perpetrated the international crime of genocide against the Palestinian People. The purpose of this lawsuit would be to demonstrate that undeniable fact to the entire world. These World Court legal proceedings will prove to the entire world and to all of history that what the Nazis did to the Jews a generation ago is legally similar to what the Israelis are currently doing to the Palestinian People today: genocide.
There are three steps that should be taken for Palestine to sue Israel before the International Court of Justice for genocide. First, the President of the State of Palestine must deposit an Instrument of Accession to the 1948 Genocide Convention with the U.N. Secretary General, the depositary for the Convention. This Accession would become effective in ninety days.
FAR BE IT FOR ME TO BE PUTTING IDEAS INTO PEOPLES' HEADS AND WHILE I CAN RECOGNISE THE UN DOING SOME VERY WORTHWHILE WORKS:
At UN, former female child soldiers call for action to address the scourge
2 November - Five female former child soldiers from Uganda came to the United Nations today to draw attention on the plight of the some 250,000 boys and girls who currently being used as child soldiers around the world.
Jennifer Achora, 22, Milly Auma, 29, Nighty Acheng, 28, Sarah Ayero, 28, and Maurine Akello, 18 were each kidnapped by Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Now they lead "Empowering Hands," a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Gulu, Uganda. They work to reintegrate escaped and freed abductees soldiers into their communities, and have helped at least 1,000 former child soldiers.
"I went to the Lord's Resistance Army and suffered there," Ms. Akello said today at a meeting with Rachel Mayanja, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women. "Then I came back home and, fortunately, Empowering Hands came. I got a lot from the group – counselling and friends to share experiences with." BACK TO THE TOP……
For all Fri's from the UN:
http://www.action4palestine.blogspot.com [Not sure but I think became: http://gazatoday.blogspot.com/
The new Global Peace Movement, Action4Palestine, now have their own Facebook Group.
Feel free to join & please, invite your friends:http://www.myspace.com/nikinpalestine
http://www.myspace.com/silvbird , CHECK OUT THE UN-UNITED NATIONS POST$$