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The UN said the London-born Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) recorded a rendition of the George Harrison song ''The Day the World Gets Round,'' along with the German bassist and former Beatles collaborator Klaus Voorman.The UN said the London-born Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) recorded a rendition of the... more
In An interview with Al-Arabiya U.S. President Barack Obama talks about his desire to improve ties with Muslim world.In An interview with Al-Arabiya U.S. President Barack Obama talks about his desire to... more
This article says a lot about how "nations" are invented based on an imaginary past. They are invented regardless of human beings' real experience of life, and regardless of their real history.This article says a lot about how "nations" are invented based on an... more
"Mutual Respect" were key words in Obama's talk about the US relationship with the "Muslim World." It clearly referenced to the future negotiations with the Iranian government. I am glad somebody noticed it."Mutual Respect" were key words in Obama's talk about the US... more
Thirty years ago, in the last years of the Iranian revolution, the Shah of Iran left the country. This is a video about the Shah, the contemporary history of the Middle East, and the role of the United States in the post-WWII Iran up to his departure.Thirty years ago, in the last years of the Iranian revolution, the Shah of Iran left... more
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulated U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, saying Tehran "welcomes basic and fair changes in U.S. policies and conducts," according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency on Thursday.
Relations between the United States and Iran have historically been chilly, and have been further strained in recent years over Iran's nuclear program.
Tehran insists the program exists for peaceful purposes, but the United States and other Western nations are concerned by Iran's refusal to halt uranium enrichment activities.
"I hope you will prefer real public interests and justice to the never-ending demands of a selfish minority and seize the opportunity to serve people so that you will be remembered with high esteem," Ahmadinejad told Obama in his statement, IRNA said.
"The Americans who have spiritual tendencies expect the government to spend all its power in line with serving the people, rectify the critical situation facing the U.S., restore lost reputation as well as their hope and spirit, fully respect human rights and strengthen family foundations.
"Other nations also expect war-oriented policies, occupation, bullying, contempt of nations and imposing discriminatory policies on them to be replaced by the ones advocating justice, respect for human rights, friendship and non-interference in other countries' internal affairs," Ahmadinejad said.
"They also want U.S. intervention to be limited to its borders, especially in the Middle East. It is highly expected to reverse the unfair attitude toward restoring the rights of the Palestinians, Iraqis and Afghans. The great nation of Iran welcomes basic and fair changes in U.S. policies and conducts, especially in the region."
On Wednesday, Iran's first official reaction to Obama's victory was cautious optimism, praising the end of what it termed "Bush's defeated policies."
It added that Obama "can play an important role in future relations between the U.S. and Asia and the Middle East."
CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour says that in the U.S., many former secretaries of state and other officials also believe in playing that role.
They say an Obama administration should explore the possibility of engaging with Iran and even restoring diplomatic relations as a way to help solve challenges such as Iran's nuclear program and its role in regional power politics in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East peace process.
Asked in a July debate whether he would meet leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea separately and without precondition during the first year of his administration, Obama said, "I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them -- which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration -- is ridiculous."
In September, Obama said: "Ahmadinejad is not the most powerful person in Iran. He may not be the right person to talk to. But I reserve the right, as president of the United States, to meet with anybody at a time and place of my choosing if I think it's going to keep America safe."
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulated U.S. President-elect Barack Obama,... more
For three decades, Azia Abu Ali, an Israeli Arab, would chat with her Jewish neighbors and sometimes visit their homes.
The civility was wiped out by four days of rioting earlier this month by Arabs and Jews in this northern Israeli city, which has long been touted as a model of coexistence.
Arabs smashed Jewish shop windows. Jews hurled rocks at Arab homes and burned three. By week's end, 14 Arab families had fled their homes and were unsure when, or if, they would return.
The Acre riots showed how quickly tensions between Jews and Arabs in ethnically mixed towns can erupt, at a time when such mixing is growing in a number of Israeli cities.
Arabs are increasingly moving to mixed towns like Acre, Haifa, Jaffa and Ramle and even to historically Jewish towns like Upper Nazareth, Carmiel and Nahariya.
Much of the movement is due to Israeli policies that have made life hard in Arab villages, said Mohammad Darawshe, co-director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives. He said friction can only be avoided though a national policy of coexistence that promotes equal budgeting for Arab towns, inclusion of Arabs in decision-making and education about shared living.
Arabs make up about 20 percent of Israel's population, but own only 3 percent of its land, mainly due to confiscation, Darawshe said. Arab towns on average get less state funds, and young people can't get mortgages or build new homes because of restrictive zoning plans.
While violence such as in Acre has been rare, tensions between Jews and Arabs are surfacing in current municipal election campaigns. Three Arab parties have formed a bloc in Upper Nazareth, a once-Jewish town that is now about 15 percent Arab. An Arab party is running for the first time in Carmiel, which has 400 Arab residents out of 46,000.
Right-wing Jewish parties in some towns are campaigning on keeping Arabs out.
"The far right list says look, the Arabs are invading our cities, they are going to take over, they'll change the character of the city," said Sammy Smooha, a sociology professor at Haifa University.
"And the Arabs say, this is racism. You find this in Carmiel, you find it everywhere. ... In Acre, half the children are Arab, so the Jews feel that they don't have control of the city."
One solution, he suggested, would be for the government to build new Arab cities.
For three decades, Azia Abu Ali, an Israeli Arab, would chat with her Jewish neighbors... more
IVAW members arrested while attempting to present questions to Obama and McCain
One hour before the final presidential debate of the 2008 campaign, fourteen members of IVAW marched in formation to Hofstra University to present questions for the candidates. IVAW had requested permission from debate moderator Bob Schieffer to ask their questions during the debate but got no response.
The contingent of veterans in dress uniforms and combat uniforms attempted to enter the building where the debate was to be held in order to ask their questions but were turned back by police. The IVAW members at the front of the formation were immediately arrested, and others were pushed back into the crowd by police on horseback. Several members were injured, including former Army Sergeant Nick Morgan who suffered a broken cheekbone when he was trampled by police horses before being arrested.
"Neither of the candidates have shown real support for soldiers and veterans. We came here to try and get serious questions answered, questions that we as veterans of the Iraq war, have a right to ask, but instead we were arrested. We will continue to ask these questions no matter who is elected. We believe that the time has come to end this war and bring our troops home, and we will be pushing for that no matter what happens in this election." said Jason Lemieux, a former Sergeant in the US Marine Corps and member of IVAW who served three tours in Iraq.
A total of 10 veterans were arrested during the action, including Matthis Chiroux, Kristopher Goldsmith, Adam Kokesh, Mike Spinato, Geoff Millard, Marlisa Grogan, Nathan Peld, Nick Morgan, James Gilligan and Jose Vasquez.
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All photos: Credit bill perry
So what can YOU do about it? My fellow veteran brothers need you. We need to call the NY police department and ask them why they would trample IRAQ WAR VETERANS exercising their FREEDOM SPEECH in a peaceful manner. Is this the way members of the military who don the uniform and make an oath to defend the constitution, America, and it's people are treated? We MUST NOT ONLY hold the Police Department accountable but the Presidential Candidates as well for allowing this to happen. THIS IS NOT DEMOCRACY, THIS IS A POLICE STATE.
Below are the numbers. Call now and anytime until November 10th when the court date is set for the detained veterans. Stay posted for a possible action then.
COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
Public Information Office
516-573-7138 (24 hour)
And the complaint line
Call 516-573-7000 and ask to be connected to the Desk Officer
where the incident occurred (Hofstra University).
NC Police Internal Affairs Unit: 516-573-7120
NC District Attorney’s Office, Special Investigations : 516-571-2100
NYS Attorney General, Civil Rights Division: 1-800-771-7755IVAW members arrested while attempting to present questions to Obama and McCain One... more
The head of an Israeli hospital where an Iranian boy is being treated for a brain tumor said Friday he hoped the gesture will help improve understanding between the bitterly divided countries. "We hope that with the love and affection we give these kids we are paving the way for at least some understanding between people," said Zeev Rotstein of Sheba Medical Center.The head of an Israeli hospital where an Iranian boy is being treated for a brain... more
Introduced as the nominee of the Democratic Party, Senator Barack Obama drew several standing ovations from a vastly Jewish crowd at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington on Wednesday, talking tough on the Iranian threat to Israel while also promising that he would lead in pursuing a peace settlement in Israel.
Mr. Obama endorsed a two-state, Israel-Palestine settlement, and took an implicit poke at President Bush. He was speaking, as did John McCain before him on Monday, to a policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a major lobbying organization for Israel.
“I won’t wait until the waning days of my presidency,” Mr. Obama said. “I will take an active role and make a personal commitment to do all I can to advance the cause of peace from the start of my administration.”
As president, he added: “I will work to help Israel achieve the goal of two states, a Jewish state of Israel and a Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security.”
Shortly after he spoke, his former rival, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton came a touch closer than she did last night to acknowledging that he is the nominee of the party. She vouched for Mr. Barack’s friendship and concern for Israel, but did not call him the nominee.
“Let me be very clear,” she said, “I know Senator Obama will be a good friend of Israel.”
Mr. Obama defended his stance that he would negotiate with the nation’s enemies, but coupled that with a pledge of unstinting support for Israel’s security. He also promised to send military hardware to Israel under the same conditions governing NATO nations.
He talked tough on Iran, describing it in terms suggestive of a rogue nation. He made clear that he would place the military might of the United States behind Israel in the event of an Iranian attack on the Jewish state.Introduced as the nominee of the Democratic Party, Senator Barack Obama drew several... more
They won in line with expectations after some reports suggested that critics of Ahmadinejad had been barred from running.
Opposition did gain further ground despite the elections conditions, but ultimately Ahmadinejad has maintained control of parliament.
Are these discussions of corruption in Iran double standard propaganda pieces or is it information that, in the current climate, the world needs to be aware of?They won in line with expectations after some reports suggested that critics of... more