Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Establishing a peaceful Palestinian State next to Israel long overdue – Ban

Filed under: Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 15:05 PDT

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today led a chorus of United Nations officials in stressing the need for a just and lasting solution to the question of Palestine and achieving a comprehensive peace in the Middle East.

“The establishment of a Palestinian State, living in peace next to a secure Israel, is long overdue,” Mr. Ban said, in a message marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which is observed annually on 29 November.

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The Revolution Will Be Mediated

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation,Media and Conflict,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 14:12 PDT

Those still wondering what OWS wants, continue to miss the point. OWS is busy being born and no one asks newborns to deliver demands at the barricades or nail a couple dozen complaints on the White House gate.

Aside from reminding us of Dylan’s dictum that he who is not busy being born is busy dying, OWS is telling us that democratic processes require study and practice, not talking points.

OWS is not about having a point of view. It’s about forming a point of view after everyone’s had the chance to speak. So though many are saying OWS has changed our conversation, I believe we’ve all just begun to have one.

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Egyptians Flock to Vote in Historic Election

Filed under: Africa files,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 14:09 PDT

Long lines formed at polling stations for a second day of voting Tuesday and the head of the election commission, Abdel-Mooaez Ibrahim proclaimed that the turnout so far had been “massive and unexpected.” But he did not give figures.

The generals, who took power after Mr. Mubarak’s Feb. 11 fall, did not field any candidates. But they were clearly hoping their successful shepherding of Egypt’s freest election in living memory would deflate the wave of protests against them that erupted 10 days ago. The protests, which drew more than 100,000 people to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, galvanized growing anger among some Egyptians against the military, who they accuse of perpetuating the old regime’s autocratic rule.

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ICRC and Armed Conflict | Safeguarding health care: It’s a matter of life and death

Filed under: Humanitarian work,International Law: War,Peace and health — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 11:39 PDT

Violence against health care personnel, patients and structures prevents millions of people from receiving life-saving health care. The ICRC is submitting a resolution to this week’s 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent aimed at addressing this humanitarian challenge. The resolution aims to safeguard the delivery of health care in armed conflict and other situations of violence. Paul-Henri Arni, an experienced ICRC manager who leads the organization’s efforts to address the issue, describes what’s at stake and how the ICRC hopes to achieve its goal over the next few years.

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