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'We won't give up UN bid': Palestinians

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© AFPLeading Fatah official Nabil Shaath, seen here in 2010, has said the Palestinians will not be deterred from seeking United Nations membership, after reports Washington was trying to head off their bid

The Palestinians will not be deterred from seeking United Nations membership, a senior official said here Sunday, after reports Washington was trying to head off their bid.

"The Palestinians are going to the UN Security Council to ask for recognition for the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders... and there is no turning back or other choice than than this one," said leading Palestinian official Nabil Shaath.

"There is no alternative to this decision and no going back on it and if the United States vetoes it, we will continue to knock on the door of the UN Security Council seeking full Palestinian UN membership," he told AFP.

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American Campaign Seeks to Avert Clash Over Palestinian Bid at U.N.

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The United States has begun a diplomatic campaign to prevent a confrontation this month over a Palestinian plan to seek recognition as a state at the United Nations.

The Obama administration has begun a last-ditch diplomatic campaign to avert a confrontation this month over a Palestinian plan to seek recognition as a state at the United Nations, but it may already be too late, according to senior American officials and foreign diplomats.

The administration has circulated a proposal intended to be the basis of renewed peace talks with the Israelis - based on a formula that President Barack Obama outlined in May - in hopes of persuading the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to abandon the bid for recognition at the annual gathering of the U.N. General Assembly beginning Sept. 20.

The administration has privately made it clear to Mr. Abbas that it will veto any request that comes before the U.N. Security Council to make a Palestinian state a new member outright. But the United States alone does not have enough support to block a vote by the General Assembly to elevate the current status of the Palestinians' nonvoting observer ''entity'' to that of an nonvoting observer state.

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Israel Knesset Member to Clinton: 'Declare Turkey a terror-supporting state'

Following a Turkish ultimatum warning Israel to apologize for the raid of the Mavi Marmara or face snactions, Likud MK Danny Danon on Thursday sent a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling on Washington to declare Turkey a "terror-supporting state."

"Turkey has gotten closer to Iran and constitutes a direct continuation of the axis of evil. The government in Washington must answer the Turkish problem before it is too late," Danon wrote.

Danon called for economic and diplomatic sanctions against Turkey until Ankara changes its ways and abandons the way of terror.

"The Turks have crossed the line. They supported the flotilla, they support terror and they dare to ask Israel to apologize to them," Danon stated in response to the ultimatum.

Comment: Nine unarmed Turkish civilians murdered in International waters, and they 'dare to ask Israel to apologize' for it! - Pass the sick bag.


Culmination of 'civilization': British pioneer high schools where every teacher will be a soldier

Perhaps they could find these guys a job?
It conjures an image of a red-faced sergeant major hollering at the quivering boy in 3B who has forgotten his maths homework. But backers of a proposed free school that will be staffed entirely by former soldiers say parade ground humiliations are the last thing on their minds.

Instead, the Phoenix free school in Manchester would offer students ambitious academic goals, outdoor activities and a demonstration of "martial values".

In the modern army, it says, these values are "self-discipline, respect and an ability to listen". There will be high standards of behaviour - but no demands to "get down and give me 50". The new 11-18 secondary school, which has yet to find a location, is being proposed by the Centre for Policy Studies, a thinktank, and is backed by Lord Guthrie, a former chief of the defence staff.

Its intended headteacher is an army captain, Affan Burki, and it may be housed on surplus army land, such as a "disused TA [territorial army] drill hall".


More Britons Face Questions Over Links to Utøya Killer Anders Breivik

© Scanpix Norway/ReutersBlogger Paul Ray in Oslo, where he denied having any links to Anders Breivik.
Names emerged from interviews with Breivik and English anti-Muslim blogger Paul Ray, say Norwegian police

Norwegian police say they are to question several British citizens in their search for potential accomplices of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.

Officers in Oslo said the names of individuals and several far-right groups emerged from questioning of British anti-Muslim blogger Paul Ray as well as further interviews with Breivik.

Police press officer Roar Hanssen said: "We have some names and also some groups we are investigating. They came from Paul Ray, and also from Breivik and also from other things we have been investigating."

Breivik, 32, admitted killing 77 people last month when he detonated a truck bomb outside government offices in Oslo, and then went on a shooting spree at a youth camp at Utøya, 25 miles away.

He was questioned again on Wednesday and prosecutor Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby said officers focused on Breivik's manifesto, his alleged links to a group called the Knights Templar and potential ties to the UK.


Iraq 'suicide' bomb toll revealed: 12,000 innocents blown to pieces since 2003

© Mohammed Jalil/EPAIraq has seen countless suicide bomb attacks like this one in Baghdad in 2010, which have cost thousands of civilians their lives. Those responsible for these vile crimes are probably military intelligence personnel of the US, UK and Israel.
Suicide bombers in Iraq have killed 12,000 civilians and 200 coalition soldiers since war began, study finds

Suicide bombers in Iraq have killed at least 12,000 civilians and 200 coalition soldiers, according to a study.

The research paper, by Dr Madelyn Hsiao-Rei Hicks of King's College London, the London-based Iraq Body Count and others, describes suicide bombs in Iraq as "a major public health problem", killing significantly more civilians than soldiers. It is published as part of a Lancet series on the health consequences of 9/11.

Among the reasons for the high civilian death toll is the difficulty of getting victims to hospital quickly enough for emergency treatment. The study finds children are more likely to die than adults if they are injured in a suicide bombing.

Comment: Suicide Bombings - A Favourite US Counter-Insurgency Tactic

The Myth Of The Palestinian Suicide Bomber

British Government's Agent Provocateurs Exposed!

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UN Sides with Israel Against Its Victims, Flotilla Massacre Report Whitewashes Strangulation of Gaza

© ReutersHumanitarian activists from many countries, wearing life jackets, hold a news conference on board the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, before they were gunned down by Israeli butchers. The UN apparently doesn't give a damn about human rights.
Report backs Israel's right to defend itself but says assault on pro-Palestinian flotilla was 'excessive and unreasonable'

A United Nations investigation has backed Israel's naval blockade of Gaza as legal but said its military assault on a flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists last year, in which nine Turks were killed, was "excessive and unreasonable".

The report notes that Israel has not satisfactorily explained how it is that most of the dead were shot multiple times, including in the back, and at close range. But it also said the organisers of the flotilla acted "recklessly" in attempting to breach the blockade.

The report is expected to be released on Friday after months of delay because of a dispute between Israel and Turkey over its contents and Ankara's demand for an apology from Israel for the deaths of its citizens.

War Whore

Sarkozy Hopes Libya Can Boost France's Reputation - As Well As His Own

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The French president intends France to succeed in Libya where the US failed in Iraq

Libya is Nicolas Sarkozy's date with history. Behind the scenes of the Paris conference on Tripoli's future, the president was said to be revelling in his new French nickname, "Sarkozy the Libyan". In France, the intervention has been dubbed "Sarkozy's war", delighting him. By taking a leading role, the deeply unpopular leader hopes with one swoop to save the badly tarnished image of French policy in the Arab world, prove that France matters on the global stage and save his re-election battle for 2012.

Elysée observers say not since the cold war has a French leader made an international conflict such a personal obsession, poring over maps and plans, having the last word on arming rebel fighters. Many sensed a personal battle against his one-time friend turned enemy, Colonel Gaddafi. Sarkozy was desperate to undo the ill-effects of a disastrous state visit to Paris in 2007 in which Gaddafi made Sarkozy look ridiculous. The two men both claimed to have key insight into each others' personality - deeming each other utterly "mad". Privately, Sarkozy vowed to force Gaddafi "to his knees". But publicly, he hoped to rescue an election promise which had become utterly discredited: that France would be a global human rights defender, "on the side of the oppressed". He cited the massacres of Srebrenica or Rwanda as examples of what he wanted to avoid by protecting the Libyan people.


It's The Oil, Stupid: Anglo-Saxon Oil Cartel (and France) Conspired to Carve Up Libya's Oil Pie BEFORE Invasion

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Rebel leaders dismiss suggestions that firm promises have been made, but supportive countries look set to benefit

The starting pistol has been fired on bids by Britain and other western powers to secure a slice of the oil prize in Libya when France said it was "fair and logical" for its companies to benefit.

Alain Juppé, the French foreign minister, planted his flag in the sand as the Guardian was told that BP was already holding private talks with members of Libya's interim government.

Libya is a vital energy producer, and BP had previously committed itself to spending more than $1bn on exploration plans under Muammar Gaddafi's government.

Shell was also becoming active before the civil war broke out, as was Total of France, but the conflict over the past few months has brought the country's existing oil production of 1.6m barrels a day - 2% of the world's total - to a halt.

War Whore

It's The Oil, Stupid: British Government Admits Designs on Libyan Oil Precede Invasion

"So we arm the rebels and direct them to do our bidding... et voila!" 'Development' Minister Alan Duncan is the delighted psychopath on the right.
International development minister took part in meetings between officials and firm for which he had acted as a consultant

The government has admitted that the international development minister, Alan Duncan, took part in meetings between officials operating a Whitehall cell to control the Libyan oil market and Vitol - a company for which Duncan has previously acted as a consultant.

The "Libyan oil cell" involved a group of officials working in the Foreign Office since May waging a quiet campaign against Muammar Gaddafi's regime by controlling the flow of oil in the country.

It is said to have played a discreet but crucial role in the campaign in Libya by helping to enforce the sanctions regime to prevent Gaddafi importing and exporting oil while allowing oil to reach the rebels in the east. That oil came via one company, Vitol.