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New Israeli settlements pushing peace off the table

–NEWS ANALYSIS– JERUSALEM (IPS)–It’s clear that the new government will pursue a relentlessly right-wing agenda with peace far down on the list. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz announced on a visit to the sprawling, fortress-like settlement of Ma’ale Adumim that the open space between the settlement and Jerusalem would be filled with new Jewish construction. The announcement illustrates the...

UN Report – UN members feeling heat from U.S. on Iraq war

UN launches inquiry into American spying (UK Guardian)American Corporate Media Dodging U.N. Surveillance Story (FAIR) UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com)–A London-based activist group, citing outrage over reports that the African country Angola is moving toward supporting the United States/United Kingdom resolution now being debated in the United Nations Security Council to declare war on Iraq, has called for world-wide demonstrations against Angolan...

UN Report Doctors warn UN: ‘200,000 people could die’

UNITED NATIONS (IPS)–Groups representing more than 300 international lawyers, jurists and physicians recently warned that a military attack on Iraq would not only be a blatant violation of international law but could kill over 200,000 people. The statements, issued separately by two groups, have been transmitted to the 15-member UN Security Council, which is expected to decide...

World powers ‘boycott’ Afro-Descendants Group

GENEVA (IPS)–The United States and the European Union are ignoring the work of a group of intellectuals who are studying–at the behest of the United Nations–the problem of race discrimination suffered by people of African descent, rights activists have complained. According to the International Association Against Torture (IAAT), the members of the West European and Other States (WEOS)...

South Africa rallying UN members to oppose war

JOHANNESBURG (IPS)–South Africa is marshaling developing countries in the United Nations to try and prevent war between Iraq and the United States, rather than letting the U.S. ride roughshod over the will of the majority of members of the international organization. South Africa is currently chair of the 115-strong Non-aligned Movement (NAM), which represents the majority of...

Will Bush ignore world opinion on Iraq war?

Mandela Blasts U.S. Policy Toward Iraq Hawks to Bush: Military spending is inadequate UN weapons inspectors to U.S.: 'We need more time"UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com)–In a much anticipated report on their findings in Iraq, the chief United Nations weapons inspectors were critical of Saddam Hussein’s cooperation in providing information about its programs for weapons of mass destruction but said they...

Mexican farmers protest NAFTA

MEXICO CITY (IPS)–Industrialists in Mexico recently urged the government to take a firm hand with small farmers protesting the lifting of tariffs in trade in agriculture with the United States and Canada. The farmers have threatened new demonstrations and even a nationwide strike, which may be called in February, if the government fails to accept the demands set...

African Union to hold summit in support of war-torm Cote d’Ivoire

PARIS (PANA)–South African President Thabo Mbeki said in Paris recently that an extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) would be held "in a week’s time" to consider the continental body’s support for Cote d’Ivoire. Addressing a news conference at the end of an African summit on the Ivorian crisis in the French capital, the current AU chairman stressed...

Venezuelan president stands tall for the Black and Brown

NEW YORK–There will be no civil war in Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez Frias declared during a recent press conference at UN headquarters. "What my government confronts now is a subversive movement that uses terrorism to impose its will against the national constitution," he said. Pres. Chavez was at the UN to hand over the chairmanship of the Group of 77...

Woman runs for president in Nigeria

LAGOS (IPS)–Nigeria’s first female presidential aspirant, Sarah Jubril, will challenge 29 men, including incumbent President Olusegun Obasanjo, at the polls on April 1. Ms. Jubril, a long-time politician, was unanimously adopted as her party’s candidate during a convention held on the weekend in Abuja, the administrative capital of Nigeria. Ms. Jubril, who has been aiming at the presidency since...