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Challenges Await Palestine Unity Government

Apr 24 2014 / 11:54 am

By Julie Webb-Pullman Gaza

A national unity government. Elections. A new-look PLO. Community reconciliation. There are big hopes, and even bigger expectations in Palestine after representatives of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Hamas came to an agreement in Gaza on Wednesday to form a national unity government and hold elections.

The rapid progress raises doubts that constant references to Palestinian political divisions in international media have accurately described the situation on the ground. According to Hamas spokesperson, Fawzi Barhoum, past divisions were not caused by Fatah and Hamas, but rather stoked by external forces.

After the 2006 elections everyone accepted the result Fatah, Hamas and the Palestinian people, and the Palestinian Legislative Council passed to Hamas control, Barhoum told the Middle East Eye.

But after three months, the international community interfered to destroy Palestinian democracy because they didnt like the result. The United States, the European Union and the Israeli Occupation directly interfered, imposing the Quartets conditions.

The Middle East Quartet, which comprises the US, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia, in 2006 created a set of principles that must be satisfied before the diplomatic recognition of a Palestinian government could proceed.

Critics say these conditions were designed to isolate Hamas politically, financially, security-wise, and socially, and that they focused first on Gaza because both the Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and the Interior Minister were from there.

Fatah and Abu Mazen [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas] agreed to stand behind the Quartets conditions and isolate Hamas because they needed money, weapons and international support, said Barhoum.

He considers this to be a mistake which was then exacerbated by Mubaraks Egypt supporting the Quartet and Fatah, followed by the international communitys support for Fatah and Abu Mazen against any sort of resistance that might support Hamas.

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Don't Mistake a Snapshot of GOP Opposition to Gay Marriage with the Plot of the Full Movie

As Republicans at the state level start thinking about rolling back opposition to gay marriage, two conservative groups released a poll meant to demonstrate that the issue is still important to the party's base but attitudes among Republicans are shifting. The poll, conducted by conservative polling firm WPA Research, was commissioned by the groups American Values and Family Research Council …

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YMCA nearing design phase completion

Development and design of the new 73,000 square foot YMCA should be completed in the next 30 days, YMCA of Kokomo Executive Director David Dubois told the Kokomo Common Council Monday. Dubois said he hopes to begin construction on the new facility by Sept.

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Jacksonville only Florida city allowing Uber app to connect riders, limo drivers

They dont own any cars and they dont occupy a building where people can knock on their door, but if people have a smart phone and a credit card they can hire a luxury sedan. The so-called Uber application is changing the landscape for car services around the world but for now Jacksonville is the only city in Florida that allows them to operate. A bill in the state legislature (SB-1618) is trying to rewrite the rules to allow the smart phone application to exist in more Florida cities but it is running into opposition in places like Miami-Dade and Hillsborough counties.

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Globalizing World Requires Transatlantic Partnership and Leadership

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Speaker: Dr. Wolfgang Schuble, Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Germany Presider: Robert M. Kimmitt, Chairman, American Council on Germany April 14, 2014

KIMMITT: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Bob Kimmitt, and on behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations, I would like to welcome you to this conversation with Dr. Wolfgang Schauble, the finance minister of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Herr Bundesminister, willkommen in Washington. Mr. Minister, welcome back to Washington and to the Council on Foreign Relations. Today’s exceptionally large turnout is a real compliment to you.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble has given a lifetime of service to his country, half — half to West Germany and half to united Germany. He was a central member of the historic group that — under the leadership of Helmut Kohl and supported strongly by the United States — moved Germany from division to unity in fewer than 11 months in 1989 and ’90.

After service over decades in the Bundestag, the federal chancellery, and the interior ministry, he became federal minister of finance in October 2009, just as the financial crisis was moving from the United States to Europe. In these last five years, Wolfgang Schauble has become the most consequential finance minister in Europe and a leading figure in the G-7 and the G-20. Throughout, he’s been a superb representative of Germany, a strong supporter of a more unified and effective European Union, and a committed transatlanticist.

It’s my pleasure and honor to introduce Wolfgang Schauble, the minister of finance of the Federal Republic of Germany. Mr. Minister, the floor is yours.

(APPLAUSE)

SCHAUBLE: Thank you, Ambassador Kimmitt.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a great honor and pleasure for me to be here again. And I will not waste my time, but I will start immediately in saying, above and beyond all of the irritations, that the three letters in Germany, NSA stand for, this fact remains true: Like no two other actors on the global stage, the United States and Europe — what we call the Western world — share common values, common strengths, and common interests when it comes to shaping the global order of the 21st century.

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A Conversation With German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schuble

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Speaker: Dr. Wolfgang Schuble, Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Germany Presider: Robert M. Kimmitt, Chairman, American Council on Germany April 14, 2014

KIMMITT: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Bob Kimmitt, and on behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations, I would like to welcome you to this conversation with Dr. Wolfgang Schuble, the finance minister of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Herr Bundesminister, willkommen in Washington. Mr. Minister, welcome back to Washington and to the Council on Foreign Relations. Today’s exceptionally large turnout is a real compliment to you.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schuble has given a lifetime of service to his country, half — half to West Germany and half to united Germany. He was a central member of the historic group that — under the leadership of Helmut Kohl and supported strongly by the United States — moved Germany from division to unity in fewer than 11 months in 1989 and ’90.

After service over decades in the Bundestag, the federal chancellery, and the interior ministry, he became federal minister of finance in October 2009, just as the financial crisis was moving from the United States to Europe. In these last five years, Wolfgang Schuble has become the most consequential finance minister in Europe and a leading figure in the G-7 and the G-20. Throughout, he’s been a superb representative of Germany, a strong supporter of a more unified and effective European Union, and a committed transatlanticist.

It’s my pleasure and honor to introduce Wolfgang Schuble, the minister of finance of the Federal Republic of Germany. Mr. Minister, the floor is yours.

(APPLAUSE)

SCHUBLE: Thank you, Ambassador Kimmitt.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a great honor and pleasure for me to be here again. And I will not waste my time, but I will start immediately in saying, above and beyond all of the irritations, that the three letters in Germany, NSA stand for, this fact remains true: Like no two other actors on the global stage, the United States and Europe — what we call the Western world — share common values, common strengths, and common interests when it comes to shaping the global order of the 21st century.

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Mount Pleasant designing Town Hall's new front door

Quick links to other pages on this site | Still can’t find it? see Site Index MOUNT PLEASANT – The town’s most prominent government building soon will be razed and replaced by what could be one of its most prominent parks. If you go What: Workshop on a new park planned as part of the new Town Hall project

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Inverness: Screening of Occupy Love | The Council of Canadians

The film screens at 7 p.m. on November 1st at the Inverness Academy. (Suggested donation $2.) The Inverness county chapter of the Council of Canadians (COC) and Cinema Politica will be screening the documentary film Occupy Love at the Inverness Education Centre and Academy on November 1st.

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Detroit To Sue Owner Of Every Single Abandoned House In Fight Vs. Blight

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Palestinian leader sees 'paradigm shift' in peace negotiations

RAMALLAH, West Bank With the 8-month-old Palestinian-Israeli negotiations entering a state of deadlock, Palestinians spoke Monday about a “paradigm shift” in the U.S.-sponsored peace process.

The talks, which were supposed to produce a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians by the end of April, hit a stumbling block last week when Israel did not release a group of Palestinians, as promised.

The Palestinian Authority accused Israel of reneging on its agreement to release 104 prisoners in four batches in exchange for a promise that the authority would not pursue plans to join United Nations organizations. Palestinian leaders last week began the process of joining 15 international conventions and vowed to join 48 other U.N. agencies, treaties and conventions.

“Going to the United Nations is a paradigm shift,” Mohammed Shtayyeh, a former member of the Palestinian negotiating team, said Monday. “It means that bilateral talks are not the only answer to end the occupation.”

Since the setback, Palestinians and Israeli officials have held several rounds of direct negotiations in Jerusalem. One session, Sunday night, lasted six hours. But the talks, attended by U.S. special envoy Martin Indyk, failed to bridge the gap.

A Palestinian source close to the negotiations, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment during the talks, said the Israeli delegation has demanded that the Palestinians withdraw the convention documents they signed before Israel would consider releasing any prisoners. Palestinians insisted that Israel should first release the prisoners, freeze any new settlement plans and re-commit to peace talks.

The U.S. described the Sunday talks as “serious” and “constructive.”

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met last night to discuss ways to overcome the crisis in the talks,” said a statement issued Monday. “The meeting was serious and constructive and both sides requested that the United States convene another meeting today to continue the effort.”

Shtayyeh insisted that the gap between the two sides has been widening, and he called the signing of international convention documents “irreversible.”

The Palestinian Central Council will meet April 26, a few days before the end of the target date for the negotiations, to review the peace process.

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