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West falls short on drive for new Iran sanctions

Ahmadinejad's 'wipe Israel off the map' myth debunked (05-26-2007)  Web Video: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad UN Address (09-23-2008) UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - The 15-member UN Security Council recently voted unanimously for UN Resolution 1835 (2008), which called on Iran to “fully” and “without delay” comply with the council’s demand to end its nuclear enrichment program. The Security Council agreed with the assessment...

Israeli leader lobbies America for war with Iran

JIM.LOBE WASHINGTON (IPS/GIN) - Less than a week after Republicans made major gains in the U.S. midterm elections, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on President Barack Obama to “create a credible threat of military action” against Iran. Initial official reaction was negative, with Defense Secretary Robert Gates insisting that Obama's preferred strategy of enhanced multilateral sanctions and negotiations, which...

Covid-19 origins report inconclusive: We must ‘leave no stone unturned’—WHO chief

The report from a team of international scientists assembled by the World Health Organization (WHO) to examine how Covid-19 first spread to humans was recently published, and was described by the UN health agency’s chief as a welcome start, but far from conclusive. “This report is a very important beginning, but it is not the end,” said WHO Director-General, Tedros...

Number of internally displaced in Myanmar doubles to 800,000

The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Myanmar has doubled since February of last year, now crossing the 800,000 mark, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) announced recently. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Matthew Saltmarsh said the agency was stepping up aid for the displaced as conflict intensifies. “Security is deteriorating rapidly across the country as fighting and armed...

White farmers in South Africa exploit workers, diplomat charges

HARARE, Zimbabwe (PANA)–South African Labor Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said recently that White farmers in his country grossly exploited Zimbabwean immigrant farm workers, most of whom entered the country illegally. Mr. Mdladlana was in Harare for talks with his Zimbabwean counterpart on how to harmonize labor laws between the two countries when he made the statements. An estimated two million...

Yemen: Call for independent probe into deadly prison airstrikes

Airstrikes in late January by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen that hit a detention facility in the northern city of Sa’ada, killed some 91 people and injured dozens more, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Jan. 28, citing preliminary figures.  The remand prison was run by the Ansar Allah movement, also known as Houthis, who have been battling...

Mexican Air Force documents UFOs

Video footage from Mexican Military Release (Webcast, UFOCaseBook)Mexico UFOs 2004 (Rense.com) (FinalCall.com) - The Mexican Air Force released a film taken by their pilots May 10 of “11 bright, rapidly moving objects in the skies.” Experts worldwide have said this film proves the existence of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Military officials, however, have said, “no conclusions had been reached...

Is Africa next war on terror target?

Bush dismisses Black America as he targets West African OilU.S. covets Africa's black gold NAIROBI (IPS)–As the United States gears up for possible strikes on Iraq, the Horn of Africa is emerging as the focus of its vast anti-terrorism operations. Regional political allegiances are becoming extremely fluid and the United States will have to tread carefully to avoid upsetting...

Debate over UN reform shows divide between rich and poor

UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - In 1964, the Group of 77 (G-77) plus China was formed at the United Nations, according to one of its founding fathers, Tanzanian president, Julius Kambarage “Mwalimu” Nyerere, to create an opportunity for developing nations to be prime movers of their own destiny. “The Group of 77 was created to change the status quo, which was...

Report: Military cleanup in Puerto Rico islands slow-going

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—The reopening of hiking trails and various white-sand beaches on two tiny Puerto Rican islands long used as Navy bombing ranges and now popular with tourists will be delayed more than a decade, according to a federal report released recently. Cleanup efforts in Vieques and Culebra led respectively by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S....