Abu Mazen's tie

It looked better on television than in these stills – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) was wearing a beautiful, sophisticated medium blue tie with irregular white shapes on it, for his meeting in Abu Dhabi on Saturday with U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Special Envoy for the Middle East, George […...

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How Palestinian Authority politics work

Basem (Correction from comment below: Bassim) Khoury won a lot of admiration and respect when he reportedly resigned, at the beginning of October, in protest of the (later reversed) Palestinian decision to withdraw support from a resolution they (the Palestinians) had been drafting in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in support of the [&hellip...

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UNSG Ban Ki-Moon target of Israeli lobbying against Goldstone report

Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at UNHQ in New York on Friday afternoon, and afterward told the Israeli Ynet media group that the Goldstone report on the Gaza war should be “buried”, according to a report on the YNet website. According to Ynet, Shalom said, “I am more [...

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Palestinian President starts procedure for elections on 24 January

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas started the legal procedure, in Ramallah today, for presidential and legislative elections to take place in three months’ time, on 24 January 2010. In the announcement, Abbas said that the elections would take place in the West Bank, in East Jerusalem, and in the Gaza Strip which has been controlled by [&he...

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Goldstone to Washington: what's wrong with report on Gaza war

Both the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon — a cautious bureaucrat if ever there was one — and the more-willing-to-take-risks UN High Commissioner for Human Rights have backed the Goldstone report on last winter’s Gaza war that at least two (or three) and perhaps four (or all five) of the UN Security Council’s Permanent Membe...

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Abbas, in Egypt, gives another explanation of Goldstone fiasco

Today, speaking to journalists at a press conference at the presidential headquarters in Cairo (after his meeting with Egyptian President Husni Mubarak), the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave some new details about the circumstances surrounding the fiasco concerning the Goldstone report in the UN Human Rights Council on 2 October. According ...

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