Human Rights

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Hamas: Abbas relinquishing Palestinian rights with UN bid

Ismail Haniyeh says Palestinian people do not beg the world for a state, and the state can't be created through decisions and initiatives; states liberate their land first and then the political body can be established. Haaretz & Associated Press, September 23, 2011 Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday of relinquishing Palestinian rights by seeking recognition for a state in the pre-1967 borders. ... Hamas

Poll: 70% of Israelis say Israel should accept UN decision

Joint J'lem-Ramallah survey questions Israelis, Palestinians on what should happen after UN bid; 80% of Palestinians support statehood. Jerusalem Post, September 21, 2011 Israel should accept the decision if the UN recognizes a Palestinian state, about 70 percent of Israelis answered in a recent Hebrew University poll. The poll, which was conducted jointly by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, also found that over 80% of the Palestinians support turning to the UN to obtain recognition of a Palestinian state. ... Poll

Tensions over Palestinian UN bid spur new patrols in West Bank

Palestinian, Israeli and foreign activists have launched a neighborhood patrol project to protect Palestinians from Israeli settler violence, rising amid tensions related to the Palestinian UN bid for statehood. Rebecca Collard, Christian Science Monitor, September 21, 2011 Aseera, West Bank - As Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas defends his bid for statehood at the United Nations, his people are defending their land. Amid rising tensions between Palestinians and Israeli settlers in the West Bank, who both lay claim to the land, a coalition of local and foreign activists have begun setting up neighborhood watch patrols to monitor key flashpoints. ...

Obama's Speech to the UN General Assembly

National Journal, September 21, 2011 President Obama delivered the following prepared remarks to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, September 21. Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: I would like to talk to you about a subject that is at the heart of the United Nations – the pursuit of peace in an imperfect world. War and conflict have been with us since the beginning of civilization. But in the first part of the 20th century, the advance of modern weaponry led to death on a staggering scale. ... Obama

Say Goodbye to the Failed 'Peace Process' as Palestine Goes to the UN

Phyllis Bennis, AlterNet, September 20, 2011 Take away the crass political motives, and what is left in the US plan to veto Palestinian membership in the UN can be summed up in one word: chutzpah. The US is threatening to veto a resolution aimed at achieving something Washington claims it supports - a Palestinian state (truncated, still-occupied, demilitarized and divided but nominally independent) side by side with Israel - because it doesn't like the venue where this particular step toward statehood is underway. It’s hardly news that the US only supports a Palestinian state created under its own control ... Say

UK labor federation reaffirms anti-Israel boycott support

Amendment to motion calls on all unions “to review bilateral relations with all Israeli organizations, including Histadrut." Jonny Paul, Jerusalem Post, September 20, 2011 London – The Trade Union Congress, Britain’s labor federation, voted to reaffirm its commitment to the boycott of Israel and to “review” its relationship with the Histadrut at its annual conference in London last week. The motion called for the TUC to reaffirm a policy adopted last year “to work closely with the ... Palestine Solidarity Campaign ... ” UK

National Building Museum Cancels Caterpillar Award Ceremony

Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, September 7, 2011 Olympia – Due to pressure from social justice groups across the country, the National Building Museum has canceled a public award ceremony to present Caterpillar Inc. with the 2011 Henry C. Turner Prize. Given in partnership with Turner Construction, the prize is awarded annually to recognize “an invention, an innovative methodology, and/or exceptional leadership ... in construction technology.” Opposition to the award stems from Caterpillar’s long history of complicity in widespread human rights violations within the occupied Palestinian Territories. ... National

Solidarity Forever!

Sandy Eaton, RN, Seachange Bulletin, September 11, 2011

Workers from eighty-six countries were murdered in the attack on the Twin Towers ten years ago. No matter what the perpetrators and their enablers had intended, objectively this was an attack on the international working class. Seachange Bulletin has always sought to promote solidarity and action for justice and peace.

In the days immediately following these foul acts, we pooled news and views from around the world which, together, reveal a tapestry of concern and hope. By not joining the inane stampede to war, Seachange Bulletin was shunned by some, even nurses, who should have known better.

Was President Bush Complicit in 9/11?

Sherwood Ross, OpEd News, September 11, 2011 Was President George W. Bush complicit in the 9/11 attacks? That’s a question that will not go away on this 10th anniversary of those terrible events. If many people continue to wonder about it, perhaps it’s because the Bush regime did not call for a prompt investigation into 9/11 and subsequently obstructed its work. There is a fresh report that some information turned up by the FBI in Florida was held back on direct orders from Mr. Bush. ... ” Was

O'Reilly and the Law of the Jungle

Francis A Boyle, September 11, 2011

On the morning of 13 September 2001, that is 48 hours after the terrible tragedies in New York and Washington, DC on September 11th, I received a telephone call from a producer at Fox Television Network News in New York City. He asked me to go onto The O'Reilly Factor TV program live that evening in order to debate Bill O'Reilly on the question of war versus peace. O'Reilly would argue for the United States going to war in reaction to the terrorist attacks on 11 September, and I would argue for a peaceful resolution of this matter.

Neo-Liberal Globalization, the Shock Doctrine and the Impacts of 9/11 on the US Economy

Comments prepared for a panel discussion entitled “September 11: Ten Years Later” on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at Purdue University. Harry Targ, Diary of a Heartland Radical, September 10, 2011 The impacts of monumental tragedies on the lives of a people are derived both from the immediacy of the tragedy in question and from the long-term historical context in which the tragedy occurs. Just to reflect for a moment on the history of American economic and political conflict before 9/11 we must recognize two essential struggles. First, from the Great Depression of the 1930s to the Fair Deal of the Truman era to Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society ... Neo-Liberal

Between Cairo and Ankara, Netanyahu’s failures are exposed

These are the most challenging times the Middle East has seen in decades, yet one couldn’t imagine a more inept government for Israel than the one that sits in Jerusalem. Noam Sheizaf, +972, September 10, 2011 Last month, Israel rejected a compromise over the flotilla incident that Israeli and Turkish negotiators reached. The American administration has been applying pressure on Jerusalem and Ankara to reach an understanding prior to the publishing of the Palmer Report. According to recent reports in the local media, both sides to the talks in Geneva had agreed that Israel would apologize for “a military failure” that led to the death of eight Turkish citizens ... Between

Some Lessons of September 11, 2001

United For Peace and Justice, September 9, 2011 In remembrance of the enormous tragedies and deaths of September 11, 2011, United For Peace and Justice extends its sincere condolences to all who lost loved ones on that awful day. No one can truly know the pain of the loss or the emotions of those who escaped death without having faced the experiences. UFPJ also marks this somber occasion by remembering countless tragedies in the wake of the US military response. We remember the horrific experiences of those tortured, the families both civilian and military who will never see their loved ones again and the millions displaced from their homes, some fleeing to other countries. ... Some

Empire of Chaos: How 9/11 Shaped the Politics of a Failing State

Arun Gupta, AlterNet, September 9, 2011 The events made my mind reel. The angry plumes of smoke, office paper raining like confetti, tumbling windows flashing in the sunlight. I could make out jumpers and watched a jet fighter whoosh by the burning towers, bank and disappear. I thought, “This is like a movie.” It upset me that my only way to comprehend the events was to reference the Hollywood imaginarium. But it was understandable. Where else would I have seen images resembling the war in my backyard – collapsing skyscrapers, gigantic fireballs and thousands of dead? The need to make sense of the events of September 11 ... is universal. ... Empire

Ten Years After 9/11

Portside, September 9, 2011 9/11 and the train of events that followed it was a calamity of historic significance. We at Portside asked a number of our past contributors for brief reflections on the significance of the event and this anniversary. In the next several days we'll present these along with a selection of readers' comments on that day and what has come after it.

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