i’m sure this threat has been heard many times before, and it is an idle one, because there are huge sums for plastelinan tycoons at stake
Official: PLO members consider disbanding PA
Ma’an, Apr 19 2014
BEIT LEHEM – The PLO has been considering the option of disbanding the Plastelinan Authority in response to the apparent failure of the current round of peace talks with Israel, a PA official said Saturday. PLO Executive Committee member Hanna Amira told Ma’an:
There are scenarios that could lead to the disbandment of the PA. The future of the PA has become unclear because when it was established, it was meant as a temporary stage leading to the establishment of a Plastelinan state. Thus, if the PA doesn’t lead to statehood, things should be reviewed.
Amira’s comments come after Ma’ariv quoted Abbas as saying:
I don’t need Netanyahu. I don’t need a chief of staff. Give me a junior officer or even a lieutenant and I will deliver the PA keys to him, “Here you are, take charge,” and I will leave in an hour.
Amira said that Abbas’ words reflect the fact that the idea of disbanding the PA is being discussed among PLO committee members. Separately, Amira told Ma’an:
The PLO Central Council will hold an important meeting next Saturday. It will be a decisive session because it comes only two days before the agreed-upon nine-month round of talks comes to an end.
Some critics of Israeli-Plastelinan negotiations say that 20 years after the Oslo Accords, it is time to dismantle the PA and force Israel to take full responsibility for the territory it occupies. Peace talks between Israelis and Plastelinans were relaunched in July under the auspices of the US after nearly three years of impasse. Israel’s government has announced the construction of thousands of settler housing units and its army has killed over 60 Plastelinans in the West Bank and Gaza since the negotiations began.
AQ Chief Blesses Attacks on Egypt Security
AP, Apr 19 2014
CAIRO – AQ leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian Jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians. In an audio interview with al-Qaida media arm as-Sahab posted early Saturday on a militant website, al-Zawahiri advised Jihadis that any armed confrontation should be popularly supported and that victory cannot be achieved without this support. Al-Zawahiri said the Jihadis should choose their targets very carefully and explain the aims of each operation to the people. He also harshly criticized Egypt’s ultra-conservative Islamist al-Nour Party, accusing it of deceit and deception by supporting the military-backed interim government and secular constitution, which he considers void.
when i was a teeenager, i wanted to be a journalist, and i was a very junior one for about 6 months, that was enough to make me see the truth about ‘truth’ in the media
At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter
Yuras Karmanau, Jim Heintz, AP, Apr 19 2014
Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the premises. In Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, a co-chairman of the self-appointed Donetsk People’s Republic, which is demanding broader regional powers and closer ties to Russia, vowed that insurgents will continue occupying government offices until the new pro-Western Kiev government is dismissed. Pushilin told the Associated Press outside the occupied regional administration building:
We will leave only after the Kiev junta leaves. First Kiev, then Donetsk.
Nearby, retiree Ksenia Shuleyko, 65, was handing out pieces of home-made Easter raisin cake, traditionally served for Orthodox Easter. Speaking from a red tent decorated with a red hammer-and-sickle Soviet Union flag, Shuleyko expressed hope that Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula last month, would also wield influence in the Donetsk region near the border with Russia, known as the Donbass. Shuleyko said:
We believe in Russia. It helped Crimea, it will also help the Donbass. God will help those who believe, and we do believe.
Moments later, she performed a patriotic Soviet-era song together with other demonstrators and could not contain tears. Pushilin told Russia’s RIA-Novosti news agency, that his group could take part in a nation-wide roundtable on easing the crisis which has been proposed by Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister and candidate in the May 25 presidential election. While Russia continues to criticize the new government, it has engaged in direct talks with it. The new government says it is working on constitutional reforms, which will give eastern regions a greater voice in self-governance. Yatsenyuk expressed fear that Putin was seeking to restore Moscow’s previous geopolitical and territorial might. Shuleyko said:
President Putin has a dream to restore the Soviet Union. And every day, he goes further and further. And God knows where is the final destination.
The full interview will air Sunday. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Saturday that deputy minister Grigory Karasin met with Oleg Tsaryov, a pro-Russia candidate in the Ukrainian presidential election that is to take place on May 25. A statement summarizing the meeting said:
The Russian side noted that the questions of resolving the internal political crisis should be decided by Ukrainians themselves in close cooperation with the OSCE. Russia is prepared to show the most wide support in this.
The statement did not specify what that support would be, and it was not clear what it can do or would be willing to do. Russia denies claims that it has agents in eastern Ukraine directing or encouraging the insurgents. The emphasis on Ukrainians’ responsibility echoed a ministry statement a day earlier which said the first step should be the disarming of members of the ultra-nationalist Right Sector group, whose activists are occupying several buildings in the center of the capital Kiev, having turned them into makeshift offices. Right Sector’s activists were key elements in the three months of protests that preceded Yanukovych’s fall.
reuters know they can issue technical corrections like this, but the MSM will carry on with its own global fascist lies regardless
Ukraine chief rabbi seeks in vain to put an end to anti-Semitism row
Aleksandar Vasovic, Alastair Macdonald, Reuters, Apr 19 2014
A Ukrainian rabbi whose congregation was the target of an anti-Semitic leaflet that drew global media interest and condemnation from the US government believes it was a hoax and wants to put the matter to rest. But five days after the incident in the restive eastern city of Donetsk, Ukraine’s prime minister, anxious to maintain US support against Russia, issued a statement accusing Moscow and told a US TV channel he would find the “bastards” responsible. Following earlier Russian allegations of anti-Semitism aimed at the new Ukrainian leadership, the rabbi’s call for an end to the furore seems unlikely to prevent mutual accusations over minority rights continuing to inflame the conflict. On Monday evening, as Jews left a synagogue after a Passover service, masked men handed out fliers purported to be from pro-Russian separatists who seized the regional authority building in Donetsk and styled themselves as its government. In an echo of the Holocaust which devastated Ukraine’s Jews, it ordered all Jews to register with them or face deportation. Denis Pushilin, head of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic, said it was a fake, presumably by supporters of the Ukrainian government, that was meant to discredit his movement. Pinchas Vishedski, chief rabbi of the Donetsk area’s 15,000 Jews, told Reuters on Saturday that while it was initially shocking, he was now satisfied it was a political hoax, “a crude provocation,” though its authorship was still unclear. He said:
I’m asking those behind this not to make us tools in this game. Anti-Semitic incidents are rare in the Russian-speaking east, unlike in Kiev and western Ukraine.
Quoted on the community’s website, Vishedski had said on Thursday:
Since it’s only a smear, we should react responsibly: draw a line under it and close the matter.
On the same day, however, Jackass Kerry told reporters after agreeing a peace plan with Russia that he condemned the “grotesque” incident in Donetsk. Other US officials also voiced outrage. A senior senator said Putin had accused Ukrainian nationalists who seized power in Kiev of anti-Semitism, “but now it is pro-Russian forces that are engaged in these grotesque acts.” On Saturday, Ukrainian Yatseniuk vowed to use “every legal means” to prevent the “import” of anti-Semitism and xenophobia and indirectly blamed Russia. He said:
The ideology and practice of pogroms, exported by a neighboring state, will not be allowed into Ukraine.
Anti-Semitism remains a feature of militant nationalism in both Ukraine and Russia. During unrest that saw the overthrow of Kiev’s Kremlin-backed president in February, several attacks on Jews and synagogues were blamed on Ukrainian far-right groups. Yatseniuk also spoke of “reports of pro-Moscow terrorists” conducting “pogroms” against Roma near Donetsk, an allegation repeated by the interior minister who, like the SBU, also issued a press release promising action. Asked about the “ghastly reports” by a US television interviewer, Yatseniuk pointed to his statement and told NBC Meet the Press he had urged troops and police “to find these bastards and to bring them to justice.”
since obama is a spineless pansy, evidently run by hard-right female neocons and neolibs, he doesn’t mind wrecking his own supposedly painstaking ‘peace feeler’ with this shit
The Coming US-Iran Legal Battle at UN
Press TV, Apr 19 2014
Iran and the US have now locked horns at the United Nations in the dispute over Iran’s next ambassador to UN, Hamid Aboutalebi, in light of the US refusal to issue a visa for him and Iran’s stern reaction of lodging a complaint with the relevant authorities at the UN. By all indications, the coming battle will be fought hard by both sides and may turn out to be time-consuming and involve a lengthy arbitration process. Objectively speaking, Iran’s chance of winning this battle is fair to excellent, because Iran has the weight of international law on its side (don’t be stupid – RB). As stated in Iran’s letter of Apr 14 2014, addressed both to the UN Sec-Gen and the permanent representative of Cyprus, the current chair of the UN Committee on Relations with the Host Country, the US is now in breach of its international obligations by refusing to issue an entry visa to Aboutalebi. Specifically, the US is now in contempt of its obligation under the US-UN treaty known as the “Headquarters Agreement,” which was signed in 1947. Section 11 of this Agreement expressly prohibits the US from imposing any restrictions on travel to the UN by representatives of UN member states. Not only that, even the US’s own law, enacted in 1947, which imposes certain restrictions with respect to foreign officials who may pose a security risk to the US, does not give the US government the right to a blanket exclusion. Section 6 of the US legislations states:
Nothing in the agreement shall be construed as in any way diminishing, abridging, or weakening the right of the US to safeguard its own security and completely to control the entrance of aliens into any territory of the US other than the headquarters district and its immediate vicinity.
Clearly, this section simply does not permit the US to deny entry completely to any individual who has a right of entry, particularly the designated permanent representative of a UN member state. What lies ahead, then, is a potentially lengthy arbitration process. Section 21 of the Headquarters Agreement provides a specific arbitration mechanism for such disputes between the US and the UN. If the negotiations between Iran, UN, and US at the above-said committee, scheduled for Apr 22, fail, then the matter would be referred to a tribunal of three arbitrators, one to be named by the UN Sec-Gen, one to be named by the US, and the third to be chosen by the two, or, if they should fail to agree upon a third, then by the President of the International Court of Justice. Legally speaking, US’s stated unhappiness with Aboutalebi over his alleged role with the Iranian students who took over the US embassy in 1979 does not suffice to warrant his exclusion from the UN. As a veteran Iranian diplomat for the past quarter of century, serving in several Western countries, Aboutalebi, who holds a degree from the Sorbonne, is well-suited for the designated position at the UN and his credential simply nullifies any lame US excuse that he poses a “security risk.” Besides, the US and Iran have signed an agreement known as the Algiers Accord in 1981, which has specific provisions regarding the settlement of disputes arising out of the US embassy ‘crisis’ and which are relevant to Iran’s defense of its choice for the top position at the UN. The US is beholden to the terms of the Algiers Accord, which precludes the US from punishing Iran one way or another for the embassy situation.
Clearly, this is a vexing issue for not only Iran but also many other UN member states, particularly those who may have a past or present dispute with the US, in light of the new US legislation that opens a Pandora’s box by enhancing the US’ free hand to screen foreign diplomats and impose restrictions on them based on criteria that violate the terms of the Headquarters Agreement, thus jeopardizing the future of multilateral diplomacy, as correctly stated in Iran’s letter to UN mentioned above. As a result, the Non-Aligned Movement, comprising the largest UN grouping at the UNGA, may intervene on Iran’s behalf. This may be why Obama has not yet acted on this legislation, which is Iranophobic through and through and was initiated by the hawkish members of US Congress who are on record opposing the recent nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers. But, sooner or later, the US has to furnish a detailed and official explanation as to why it refuses avisa for Aboutalebi, and once it does, it will inevitably make more clear the already glaring fact that the US is in contempt of its international obligations. The fact that Aboutalebi has entered the US in the past, as part of Iran’s delegation to the UNGA, represents another strike against the US, which would have to be taken into consideration by the UN officials and the arbitration panel, the argument being that if he did not pose any security risk in the past, why should he be so regarded now? With respect to any US argument that Aboutalebi has violated international law in the past by acting as a US “hostage-taker,” this is not convincing either due to the following gavys:
- By his own admission, Aboutalebi was not among the hostage-takers and played a limited role as an interpreter;
- The embassy take-over was in part a response to a prior US violation of international law by engineering the 1953 coup in Iran and then supporting a ruthless dictatorship for a quarter of century;
- Those events are now remote in time and have been followed by the Algiers Accord that, as stated above, implicitly if not explicitly precludes the US from imposing punishments on Iran over the “hostage crisis.”
Henceforth, the US is likely to lose the legal battle with Iran at the UN, which in turn raises the question of what happens if the US ignores the adverse opinion of the arbitration panel. This case has striking similarities with the Yasser Arafat visa affair, when the US showed callous disrespect for the bounds of its UN host agreement in 1988, which completely backfired and led to the UNGA’s decision to hold its next annual gathering at the UN headquarter in Geneva. If the US loses the legal bout, as it logically should given the above-stated reasons, then Iran has the option of seeking a similar move by the UNGA. For now, however, Tehran is keen on resolving this matter amicably through in-house negotiation at the UN, and hopefully reason will prevail (not a snowball’s chance in you-know-where – RB) and Aboutalebi will be able to assume his position in the near future, irrespective of how certain groups and individuals in the host country feel about it.
Ukraine turmoil LIVE UPDATES
RT.com, Apr 18 2014
Sunday Apr 20 (as usual, reverse chrononology starting at the bottom from where we left off yesterday – RB)
01:34 GMT: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on the West to focus on preventing “further escalation” in Ukraine rather than on sanctions to target Russia, according to Bild am Sonntag, which is expected to publish the full interview on Sunday. Steinmeier stressed that Germany supports the agreement reached in Geneva on the de-escalation of the conflict and vowed support to the OSCE mission in Ukraine. He told the newspaper:
I sometimes wish that the same engagement being used for the debate about sanctions would also exist when it comes to avoiding a further escalation. We’ve already exhaustively discussed the sanctions issue. It was clear that peace in Ukraine would not be immediately restored after the agreement in Geneva. Now the most important is that the agreed measures are implemented
00:19 GMT: In his Easter message, Patriarch Filaret, the head of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church, condemned the “aggression” in Ukraine. He said:
Against our peace-loving nation, which voluntarily gave up nuclear weapons, there has been aggression, there has been injustice. God cannot be on the side of evil, so the enemy of the Ukrainian people is condemned to defeat (crap for servile fools – RB). Lord, help us resurrect Ukraine.
Saturday Apr 19
21:25 GMT: Ukraine’s parliament will vote for constitutional changes before May, Turchinov, said on ‘Ukraine’ TV channel.The changes will include more power transferred to local regions. He said:
I hope that before the end of May the parliament will be able to vote on constitutional changes regarding expanding powers of local governments in its first reading.
16:35 GMT: All of the Ukrainian Navy’s vessels have left Crimea, Turchinov’s press service said. It told ITAR=Tass:
All the vessels of the Ukrainian Navy have departed from Sevastopol Bay and Donuzlav Bay, including the Kirovograd landing ship, Vinnitsa corvette, Zolotonosha base ship, and others. The ships are on their way to the port of Odessa where the Ukrainian Navy’s bases are situated. The withdrawal of other Ukrainian military equipment from Crimea, including warplanes, is also underway, the press service added.
15:55 GMT: 88.2% of voters in south-eastern Ukraine are eager to participate in the country’s presidential elections on May 25, a survey by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology
reveals (Please, the russ govt doesn’t pay RT to be naive – RB). Only 39.1% of the people are undecided about which candidate they will vote for, ZN.ua weekly reports. According to the research, oligarch Pyotr Poroshenko is currently leading the presidential race in south-eastern Ukraine with 21.6%. MP Sergey Tigipko follows him on 10.6%, and then former head of Kharkov regional state administration, Mikhail Dobkin, who has the support of 8.4%. The survey took place Apr 10-15 and questioned 3,232 respondents in eight regions in southeastern Ukraine (waste of time voting for a ‘pro-Russian’ if Russia doesn’t give a shit & won’t lift a finger – RB).
14:42 GMT: Negotiations between the police and anti-government protesters in the town of Gorlovka in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region “brought no result,” the local police told RIA-Novosti. The demonstrators in Gorlovka remain in control of the town’s administration building and the police headquarters.
14:08 GMT: Russia says it is prepared to help Ukraine resolve its political crisis in conjunction with the OSCE. Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin in a meeting with pro-Russian presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev:
The Russian side notes that Ukrainians must decide for themselves how to extricate themselves from the current political impasse, with the help of an OSCE monitoring mission. Russia is prepared to offer the broadest support in this venture (Sell-out shit from Russian side, Tsaryev repeatedly beaten up and threatened with death for nothing – RB).
13:18 GMT: 3,000 Crimean citizens have refused to receive Russian passports and become citizens, head of the Federal Migration Service Konstantin Romodanovski told Interfax. According to the agreement that accompanied the absorption of Crimea into Russia, people were given a deadline until Apr 18, but the <“small number” could either grow or diminish, Romodanovski continued, explaining that people are prone to changing their minds in situations like these. In this case, he said, it was possible to extend the deadline further.
10:18 GMT: Anti-Kiev protesters in Kramatorsk have once again captured the TV tower, as those who identify with Russia continue to face off against the Ukrainian military in the city. They have blocked the Ukrainian channels from being broadcast and switched over to Russian ones instead, RIA Novosti reports, citing the commander of the popular uprising. The pro-Russian group is dissatisfied with the way the country is being portrayed in the local programming, it claims.
09:54 GMT: More than 1,700 tons in humanitarian aid from Russia’s regions have made their way to the Crimea, Emergencies Ministry representative Aleksandr Drobyshenskiy told the press, according to ITAR-TASS. The deliveries, which had started on Mar 14, came in the form of 32 convoys. Two more are being planned, according to Drobyshenski.
09:29 GMT: If Kiev doesn’t settle its gas debts with Moscow within a month, Gazprom will be forced to switch to a system of advance payments, Putin said, adding that the measure has nothing to do with May’s upcoming presidential election in Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports.Putin said during a live Q&A session on Thursday:
Moscow is willing to tolerate the continuing absence of payments for one further month. This is stipulated in the existing contracts. We don’t mix economics with the political process in Ukraine. We were simply awaiting the receipt on Apr 7 of the money owed for the March for gas in March … this was $525m. Not a cent … by the way, it was being transported at the lowest price, with all possible discounts.
08:24 GMT: Putin has appealed to all European nations interested in bolstering Ukraine’s economy to come up with feasible programs for the country’s budget, RIA Novosti reports. The President sent communications to European leaders last week regarding Ukraine’s gas debt, which Russia had eased by reducing prices and subsidizing it with $35.4m as a result.
There is something which I shall in future no longer call “orwellian” but instead shall call simply “Jewish” about invading a building in the heart of a densely-populated, centuries-old Arab city, and calling it “Peace House” – RB
Liberman: Good that Ashton knows what world’s real problems are
Lazar Berman, Times of Israel, Apr 18 2014
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman responded sarcastically on Friday to EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton’s criticism of Israel’s recent settlement policies, writing on his Facebook page:
Lucky that the EU knows how to determine what the world’s critical problems are, and deal with them with speed and determination. When the entire world is busy trying to solve the Ukraine crisis, when innocents are slaughtered every day in Syria, when mass casualty attacks continue in Iraq, and when there are many other points of confrontation and conflict that take human life around the globe, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton found the real threat to world peace, and called for Israel to reverse its policies toward the Plastelinans, referring to the announcement that almost 1,000 dunams near Gush Etzion would be state land and that the Peace House in Hebron would be populated.