North Korean funds at last released – at least partly …

Where have we heard this before? The Associated Press is reporting that “North Korea on Saturday sent a letter to the U.N. nuclear watchdog, inviting inspectors to the country to discuss procedures for shutting down its main nuclear reactor, state media reported. The letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency noted “that a working...

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Is this corruption?

The U.S. Department of State announced Friday that the winner of the World Food Prize will be announced at a ceremony at the State Department on 18 June. “Also participating in the ceremony will be World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran …” Josette Sheeran formerly worked at the U.S. Department of State, before being...

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Palestine, Oh Palestine

Here are the questions I am looking at today — (1) What about the possibility, as some in Israel are urging, of re-entering Gaza? (I note that one of the Israeli English-language papers yesterday said that wouldn’t happen, even if Hamas did take control in Gaza, if Hamas does not shoot at — or allow […]

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Haaretz ponders Israeli re-occupation of Gaza

Last update – 08:50 13/06/2007 ANALYSIS: Re-occupation of Gaza – is it the only way out? By Danny Rubinstein, Haaretz Correspondent The general collapse of government functions in the Gaza Strip Tuesday urged several senior Palestinian figures to seriously contemplate Professor Ali Jarbawi’s advice to disband the Palestinian Autho...

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Fatah is the big loser

The fighting in the miserable and awful Gaza Strip has taken a horrid turn for the worse. Hamas has reportedly given Fatah until 7 pm on Friday — that’s about 24 hours from now — to hand over its weapons, or else. Hamas has reportedly exploded a one-ton bomb under “Preventive Security” headquarters in Gaza […]

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Shashi Tharoor recovers from UN setback and hits the lecture trail

There’s still time, for those of you who are die-hard Shashi Tharoor fans, to catch his come-back as he hits the lecture trail: McCloskey Speaker Series with Shashi Tharoor – July 10, 2007 “Globalization, Terrorism and the Human Imagination,” with Shashi Tharoor, award-winning author, former United Nations undersecretary-gen...

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UN SG launches functioning of Special Tribunal for Lebanon

UN SG BAN Ki-Moon has begun taking steps to set up a Special Tribunal for Lebanon, whose aim is to prosecute the murder by a car bombing on 14 February 2005 of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The UN Security Council authorized this action in resolution 1757 of 30 May — in which it […]

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