Middle East

Palestinians Step Again Towards Nationhood

Palestinians Step Again Towards Nationhood

by Mya Guarnieri

RAMALLAH

Aug 18 2012

 

RAMALLAH, Aug 18 2012 (IPS) - A year after their bid for statehood flopped in the United Nations’ Security Council, the Palestine Liberation Organisation is again planning to seek an upgrade in UN status. On Sep. 27, the PLO will approach the UN General Assembly in hopes of becoming a non-member observer state. If their bid is successful, the Palestinians will be eligible to join various UN agencies and will also be able to bring allegations of Israeli war crimes to the International Criminal Court.

This Is Not a Test

This Is Not a Test

Robert Haddick, Foreign Policy

17 August 2012

An Aug. 15 Bloomberg article describes a grim and anxious Israeli public preparing itself for war with Iran. Citizens are filing by distribution sites at shopping malls to pick up gas masks while wondering when the Israeli air force will attack Iran's nuclear complex.

No-Fly Zone In Syria: Why Not?

No-Fly Zone In Syria: Why Not?

Huffington Post

17 August 2012

Despite the ongoing atrocities in Syria, the international community remains deeply divided over whether to institute a no-fly zone over the country.

Iran Response Huge If Targeted By Israel, Hezbollah Says

Iran Response Huge If Targeted By Israel, Hezbollah Says

Bloomberg

17 August 2012

ran’s response to an attack by Israel would be “huge,” Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said, reacting to warnings by Israeli leaders that time is running out for a diplomatic solution to the Islamic Republic’s atomic work.

Israel's debate over Iran To strike or not to strike

Israel's debate over Iran To strike or not to strike

The Economist

18 August 2012

WITH the weekend in sight, Israelis are congratulating each other: there has not been a war here this week after all. Seven days ago, they were less sanguine.

Pakistanis demand justice for Shia killings

Pakistanis demand justice for Shia killings

Al Jazeera

18 August 2012

Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the Pakistani parliament to demand the government do more to end sectarian violence.

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