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U.S. watches dreams of transforming region dissolve

JIM.LOBE Report: Bush Administration was closely involved in Israel's war planning (The New Yorker, 08-14-2006)Galloway: Israel is a terrorist state - Video (08-06-2006) WASHINGTON (IPS/GIN) - Entering the fifth week of war between Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia and Israel, the George W. Bush administration’s ambitions to transform the Arab Middle East into a pro-Western, more democratic region are fading fast. Not only...

U.S. foreign policy buried in debris from Israeli bombs

- THE WHITE HOUSE (FinalCall.com) - The cloak of U.S. Middle East diplomatic leadership has been exposed as a fig leaf attempting to protect naked Israeli aggression in Lebanon. Just two days after President George Bush, with Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair at his side, praised the government of Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, Mr. Bush hastily sent Secretary of...

UN Human Rights Council adopts declaration for rights of Indigenous

UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - The new United Nations Human Rights Council at their first meeting in Geneva, June 19-30, adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which seeks to reaffirm the right of self-determination of Indigenous peoples and identifies their rights. These rights include, among others: the right to protection against actions taken without free, prior and...

So. Africa Observers: DR Congo elections Free And Fair

DR Congo: Long march from plundering to peacekeeping (FCN, 07-17-2006)Always Remember Patrice Lumumba (FCN, 07-11-2006) Democratic Republic of Congo Map/Satellite: D.R. Congo Area: 905,000 sq miles, about a quarter the size of the U.S., larger than western Europe Population: 52 million (July 2000 est.) Ethnic groups: Over 200 African ethnic groups of which the majority are Bantu Religions: Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist...

Protests against Israel’s atrocities in Middle East abound

Israeli massacre in Qana, Lebanan (Warning: Graphic images)UN Secretary Gen. Annan ‘shocked' by deadly Israeli attack on UN post (FCN, 07-26-2006)Crisis brings Rice but no peace (FCN, 07-26-2006)The Media War in the Middle East Targets the Truth (MediaChannel.org, 07-25-2006)Pro-Israel lobby dictates U.S. policy, study charges (FCN, 04-05-2006) NEW YORK (FinalCall.com) - The western media would have every one believe that...

South Africa expresses outrage at Israeli bombings

Protests against Israel's atrocities in Middle East abound (FCN, 08-31-2006)Israeli massacre in Qana, Lebanan (Warning: Graphic images)UN Secretary Gen. Annan ‘shocked' by deadly Israeli attack on UN post (FCN, 07-26-2006) CAPE TOWN, South Africa (PANA) - South African President Thabo Mbeki has joined world leaders in expressing his country's outrage at the bombings of the Lebanese town of Qana...

UN Secretary Gen. Annan ‘hocked’ by Israeli attack on UN Observer post, at least 4 dead

UNNEWS Israel repeatedly 'ignored UN bomb warnings' (Al Jazeera, 07-26-2006)Pro-Israel lobby dictates U.S. policy, study charges (FCN, 04-05-2006)Listing of U.S. Vetoes of UN Resolutions Critical of Israel (JVL)United States rushes new delivery of bombs to Israel (Al Jazeera, 07-23-2006)  A matter of Liberty - The Day Israel Attacked America (FCN, 06-27-2003)The U.S. Congress and the Israeli Attack on Lebanon: A Critical...

No agreement at UN small arms conference

UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - The first conference to review the 2001 “Programme of Action” to control the illicit trade in small arms ended without agreement on a final outcome document, thus failing to provide the General Assembly with either a mandate to conduct a further review in five years. Some 2,000 anti-gun activists descended on the United Nations from June 26-July...

U.S. conduct in terror war destroyed image abroad

WASHINGTON (IPS/GIN) - It was in 1776 that a group of British colonists living along the Atlantic seaboard of North America felt compelled to offer a public justification for their “Declaration of Independence” from their mother country out of “a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind.” That justification, a bill of particulars against King George II for a host...

Pentagon resists ban on degrading prisoners

Amnesty: Guantanamo 'the gulag of our time' (FCN, 06-08-2005)Charge them or let them go! (FCN/Min. Louis Farrakhan, 05-25-2005) NEW YORK (IPS/GIN) - As new reports detail further abuse by the U.S. military of its prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, a behind-the-scenes battle is being fought between the U.S. departments of State and Defense about whether a key section of...