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Helen Thomas First Amendment

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment prohibits making any law impeding the free exercise of religion, infringing on the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the right to petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. Does the First Amendment apply to all, including Ms. Helen Thomas? Ms. Thomas was born in Winchester, Kentucky; on August 4, 1920; to Lebanese immigrants from Tripoli, Lebanon.…

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Israel Kills Activists

Photos are from Istanbul, Turkey, showing the funeral of the Turkish activists killed by Israel on 31 May 2010 in international waters aboard the aid flotilla Liberty that was set to deliver food, medicine and emergency supplies to Gaza. We reported some of the reactions from the UN, including the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, who said “I condemn this violence”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms.  Navi Pillay, who said “nothing can justify the appalling outcome of this operation”, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation…

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Israel Attacks Aid Convoy

This morning, Israel armed forces attacked the unarmed humanitarian convoy at sea, the flotilla consisting of 6 peaceful ships, in route to deliver food aid and emergency supplies to Gaza. More than 16 civilians of different nationalities were killed by the Israeli attack on the peaceful convoy. This is yet another Crime Against Humanity by Israel. On the UN front, the UN Security Council was scheduled to meet today to discuss this massacre. The UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, said “I condemn this violence”. The UN High Commissioner for Human…

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UN Middle East Peace, 1949-1956

In our first article, UN Middle East Peace, from the perspective of the UN resolutions, we reviewed the historical highlights of Peace in the Middle East from the Balfour Declaration issued by the British Government in 1917, expressing support for the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, till the UN General Assembly Resolution 273 in 1949, admitting Israel to membership of the UN. In this article today, we will continue our review of the historical highlights of Peace in the Middle East in the period…

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Golan Heights, Gift and Honor

Mr. Theodoros Pangalos, Member of the Parliament in Greece, received three bottles of wine from the Embassy of Israel in Greece, as a Christmas gift, with the compliments of the Ambassador of Israel in Greece. Mr. Pangalos returned the gift to the Ambassador of Israel with the following letter: Dear Mr. Ambassador, Thank you for the 3 bottles of wine that you sent me as season's greetings. I wish you, your family and everybody in the Embassy a happy new year. Unhappily, I noticed that the wine you have sent…

Read more about the article أول مؤتمر قمة عربى للتنمية الإقتصادية والإجتماعية
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أول مؤتمر قمة عربى للتنمية الإقتصادية والإجتماعية

فلسطين هى قضية العرب المحورية، هى قضية حق وشرعية وعدل وأمن وأرض وسلام وهى كذلك قضية تنمية إقتصادية وإجتماعية فى المنطقة العربية، فمراجعة للستين عام الماضية تبين أنه لولا حالة الضعف والتفكك والتأخر عن ركب التقدم العلمى لما وصلنا إلى الوضع الراهن الحزين فى فلسطين، إن التقدم الإقتصادى والإجتماعى والثقافى والعلمى والتكنولوجى من أهم محاور التعامل فى قضية فلسطين مع عالم يستجيب إلى منطق القوة ولا يعبأ بقوة المنطق ولا شرعية الحق. بمبادرة مصرية كويتية عقد فى الكويت فى ينايرالماضى (2009) أول مؤتمر قمة عربى للتنمية الإقتصادية والإجتماعية. وقد تزامن…

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Obama Speech to the Mid East

USA President Barack Hussein Obama gave an important policy speech at the University of Cairo, Egypt, on 4 June 2009. The speech was addressed to the entire Middle East, it was titled "A New Beginning".  This speech is perceived by many in the Middle East as designed to deliver a set of instructs and vailed warnings to the great majority of the peoples of the Middle East. These instructions and warnings are perceived as Red Flags marking Red Lines. After 5 months and calm reflections on this speech and from the…

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Crimes Against Humanity in Gaza

The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its twelfth Special Session today after adopting a resolution that focused on the continuing violations of human rights by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian territories, in particular in East Jerusalem, and endorsed the recommendations of the Fact-Finding Mission to Gaza led by Justice Goldstone and by the High Commissioner for Human Rights. In its resolution, which was adopted by a vote of 25 in favour, 11 abstentions and 6 against, the Council strongly condemned all policies and measures taken by Israel, the occupying…

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War Crimes in Gaza

The United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict reported war crimes and crimes against humanity after investigating the 23 days of air and ground attacks by Israel Military Forces on Gaza, 27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009.  The UN mission found that there was evidence indicating "serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law were committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict, and that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity." The Mission Report, which fills 575 pages, is based on…

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UN Middle East Peace

This is the first of a series of posts addressing Peace in the Middle East and the role of the United Nations in establishing and maintaining a lasting Peace in that region.  The basic premise of this series of posts is that Justice and Respect of International Law are essential predicates and foundation for Peace in the Middle East, and indeed anywhere else as well on our Earth. The secession of hostilities, if not based on Justice and International Law, is not Peace, it is just the state of preparing…