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Palestinian President Abbas pushes statehood recognition

RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas pushed ahead Tuesday with efforts for wider recognition of Palestine as a state, saying he would pursue membership status in scores of international agencies, treaties and conventions.

The Palestinian move came after Israel did not release a group of Palestinian prisoners as previously promised in a U.S.-brokered deal that included a temporary suspension of Palestinian efforts to join U.N. agencies or treaties.

The U.N. General Assembly recognized Palestine as a non-member state entity in 2012.

Israel has released 78 prisoners in three groups, and was to release the final 26 prisoners Saturday.

“Unfortunately, and after we have been promised nine times by the Israeli government to tell us its decision … this did not happen,” Abbas said at a meeting of Palestinian leadership in Ramallah.

“We have said that if the prisoners are not released, then we will join 63 international organizations, treaties and conventions,” he added.

Members of the Palestinian leadership, who voted unanimously in support of Abbas’ move, applauded when he announced the decision to sign papers that would make Palestine an immediate member in 15 U.N. organizations.

Which organizations or treaties Abbas moved to join was not immediately known, but the International Criminal Court was not among them.

Abbas cautioned that he was not taking this step to enter into a confrontation with Israel or the U.S.

“We are not doing this against anyone and we do not want to clash with the U.S. administration,” he said. “We want to maintain strong and good relationship with the U.S., which has exerted tremendous efforts through Secretary [John F.] Kerry, whom I met for 39 times, to find a solution” to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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Concise Analysis of the International and Chinese Automotive Exhaust System Industry

DUBLIN, Mar. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/xf7st7/global_and) has announced the addition of the “Concise Analysis of the International and Chinese Automotive Exhaust System Industry” report to their offering.

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Secretary-General's message for the United Nations International Meeting on the Question of Palestine – "Engaging for …

Quito, Ecuador,25March2014 – Secretary-General’s message for the United Nations International Meeting on the Question of Palestine – “Engaging for Peace – The International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” [delivered by Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs]

It is my pleasure to send greetings to all those taking part in the United Nations International Meeting on the Question of Palestine. I thank the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People for organizing this event as well as the Government of Ecuador for hosting.

The United Nations General Assembly declared the year 2014 as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

As the conflict in Syria continues and new peace and security emergencies arise around the globe, we must not be diverted from the urgent need to find a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I am hopeful for the success of diplomatic efforts being spearheaded by the United States of America.

The United Nations remains committed to a peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine resulting in the two-State solution, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security within recognized, pre-1967 borders.

The current renewed round of peace negotiations has presented a rare and important opening to advance the two-State solution. I call on both parties to act to reach an agreement, even if it requires painful concessions. In seeking peace, we must focus also on the important efforts towards Palestinian economic revival.

I am encouraged by the commitment of Arab leaders to uphold the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, which holds the promise of normalizing relations between the entire Arab region and Israel, in return for a comprehensive and just solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

At the same time, I remain deeply troubled by Israels rapidly expanding settlement activity in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem. International law is clear: Settlements are illegal and they also risk rendering a two-State solution impossible.

The situation in East Jerusalem is of particular concern. Increasing incidents at Temple Mount/Haram Al Sharif, as well as the recent Israeli Knesset debate on a bill to impose Israeli sovereignty over Temple Mount/ Haram Al Sharif are deeply troubling. Such actions with regard to this highly sensitive issue may be perceived as serious acts of incitement in the wider region. Moreover, these actions undermine the current negotiations process, threatening the prospects for peace.

I am deeply concerned by the recent escalation of violence between Gaza and Israel and the unacceptable rocket firing into civilian areas, which seriously risks undermining the fragile ceasefire with Israel. I call for maximum restraint by all sides to allow the implementation of the Agreement on Movement and Access and Security Council resolution 1860 (2009).

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Yugoslav wars still relevant, lecturer says

The 1990s and subsequent international criminal trials may not seem like they apply to the everyday U.S. citizen, but thats not the case according to a visiting N.C. State professor.

Jelena Subotic, the 2014 Visiting Young Scholar for the School of Public and International Affairs, gave a lecture in Park Shops Thursday about the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which is a body of the United Nations that addresses genocide, ethnic cleansing and other crimes that occurred during the Yugoslav wars.

According to Subotic, who experienced the war firsthand, several military leaders on all sides of the conflict were convicted by the ICTY at the Hague in the Netherlands, but were later acquitted because there wasnt evidence that they directly ordered the acts of torture, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity of which they were originally convicted.

This isnt just about a lack of justice, this is about the hardening of the narrative of what these wars were about, Subotic said. Pardoning these leaders because we dont have evidence that they directly ordered these crimes is a strange standard and not a standard that had been applied before. This is controversial from a legal perspective as well as a political perspective.

These acquittalssome of which occurred as recently as last yearhave created a huge disillusionment in the human rights community, especially among the victims families.

Because these crimes happened 15 or more years ago on foreign soil, Subotic asked the audience throughout the lecture, Why should we care?

According to Subotic, the still-ongoing ICTY trials have major consequences internationally.

One of these consequences is the precedents being set by international political bodies.

The international policy makersthe U.S., the European Union and the United Nationshave made these legal responses to human rights abuses by the ICTY a proxy for respecting human rights, Subotic said. For example, the EU has directly tied Serbian and Croatian cooperation as ways to measure for membership.

According to Subotic, the countries involved in the Yugoslav wars simply had to arrest a few military leaders and extradite them to be tried at the Hague.

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Hitachi switches global rail business to London

LONDON: Japanese electronics giant Hitachi will move its global rail business to London, as it seeks expansion in Britain and elsewhere in Europe, it said Thursday. The group appointed London-based Alistair Dormer, the former head of Hitachi Rail Europe, as the new chief executive officer of its global rail systems business with effect from April 1, it said in a statement. Hitachi aims to bid for lucrative contracts on Britain’s new 50-billion ($82.5 billion, 60 billion euros) High Speed 2 (HS2) railway which will be built in two stages from 2016 with completion slated for 2033

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Greek teachers occupy ministry during 48-hour strike

Athens (dpa) – Greek teachers occupied the ministry responsible for administrative reform in central Athens on Thursday, during the second day of a nationwide 48-hour strike protesting planned public sector layoffs. The teachers occupied the offices of Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for several hours before being removed by riot police

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Time to target Britains Israel-first MPs

BDS must expose our MPs unnatural devotion to a foreign power that practises apartheid, defies international law and terrorises children

By Stuart Littlewood March 19, 2014 http://www.redressonline.com/2014/03/time-to-target-britains-israel-first-mps/

Last week David Cameron, addressing Israels Knesset, pledged to defeat any boycotting of Israel. Britain opposes boycotts, he said without having consulted the British people on the matter.

This should be enough to put the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) on a war footing. But when a friend suggested to one of the PSCs senior people that next years general election candidates who had joined Friends of Israel should be named and shamed, he got a sniffy response. Being a Friend of Israel, he was told, is not a totally reliable indicator of where people stand.

The enemy within

Theres no doubt where the ringleaders stand, though. Their words and actions make it perfectly clear. And with electioneering already in full swing, now would be a good time to target them. Cameron and his lieutenant, William Hague, have provided abundant ammunition, here for example, to mount a devastating campaign exposing their unnatural devotion to a foreign military power that practises apartheid and treats international law with contempt.

The pair are currently drumming up sanctions against Russia after the citizens of Crimea, exercising their right of self-determination, upset the Wests apple-cart by voting to rejoin the Bear. On the Foreign Office website Hague whined: We are witnessing a clear attempt to pave the way for the annexation of part of the sovereign territory of an independent European state, through military force and an illegal and illegitimate referendum. Yet he and Cameron continue rewarding Israel for annexing Jerusalem, large parts of the West Bank, the Golan Heights and Gazas airspace and territorial waters, at gunpoint and all without a referendum of any kind.

Hilarious Cameron was saying on 18 March: It is completely unacceptable for Russia to use force to change borders on the basis of a sham referendum held at the barrel of a Russian gun. President Putin should be in no doubt that Russia will face more serious consequences.

Hague, speaking in the House of Commons, praised the Ukrainians for their restraint in the face of immense provocation, with part of their country invaded and tens of thousands of forces massed on their border by a neighbour that refuses to rule out further intervention against them. He called it a land-grab with no respect for international law.

Cameron was asked by Paul Flynn if, while in Israel last week, he had discussed the possibility of Israel disposing of its nuclear weapons capability and joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Cameron replied: I did not discuss this issue during my recent visit to Israel. The government consistently call on Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear weapon state [my emphasis] and to agree a full scope Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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China's Largest Air Ambulance Provider's Debut Marks New Era in Life Escort Service

Zhang Ling, Chairman of HNA Tourism, Gan Yuan, Chairman of Golden Meditech, Xu Xin, Chairman of Deer Jet and Lu Haikuan, CEO of China SOS International were present and gave speeches. Commercial medical aviation emerged in the US in the 1980s, its adoption and popularity tremendously enhanced the success chance of emergency medical transports by shortening geographical distance and time-to-rescue.

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The shaman king

The writer takes a satirical look into the antics of a self-proclaimed top bomoh in unraveling the mystery of the missing MH370.


It is rather tragic that the King of Bomohs recent appearance was met with much ridicule from unbelievers in the mystical arts.

Even the Arabs had the cheek to report that Malaysia was using magic to try and find the ill-fated plane that disappeared mysteriously.

It is even worse than the kangkung debacle which went viral weeks ago. Really, what is happening to our country?

Volunteering his services with no profit in mind, the VIP bomoh, or shaman, was at the receiving end of brickbats, ridicule and condemnation from Malaysians and the international community who tried to write him off as a charlatan.

It is rather sad that there are so many disbelievers in this world on the supernatural powers of bomohs in this country, even though much of their prowess have been highlighted on the high number of Malay TV horror movies invading our TV channels.

Today, many of our bomohs have lamented that its a dying art caused chiefly by globalization and the advance of hi-tech gadgetry with many believing in their smart phones and i-Pads than the supernatural.

Many bomohs have been forced to relocate their art to the distant villages where there is still a demand for their uncanny services.

They have been known to help the unlucky ones to ward of evil, employed in the search for missing people, especially husbands who ran of with second wives, and concocting love potions so potent as to cause a person to fall in love with the person who charms them.

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Scarlett Johansson: I don't regret West Bank fall-out with Oxfam over SodaStream ads

Johansson, 29, stepped down from her role as an ambassador with the charity a month ago when it criticised her decision to sign an advertising contract with SodaStream, the carbonated drinks machine maker.

SodaStream’s headquarters are in Israel and it has a factory in a settlement on the West Bank.

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Oxfam opposes trade with Israeli settlements, saying they are illegal and deny Palestinian rights.

In an interview with the Observer, Johansson denied her deal with SodaStream was a mistake.

She said: “No, I stand by that decision. I was aware of that particular factory before I signed. And it still doesn’t seem like a problem – at least not until someone comes up with a solution to the closing of that factory and leaving all those people destitute.”

The actress said she felt the case against the factory was unclear, saying: “I think that’s something that’s very easily debatable.

“In that case, I was literally plunged into a conversation that’s way grander and larger than this one particular issue. And there’s no right side or wrong side leaning on this issue.”

Johansson said the argument by the UN, the Red Cross and the International Court of Justice that the SodaStream factory contravenes international law did not sway her, telling the Observer: “Sure, I think that’s the way you can look at it.

“But I also think for a non-governmental organisation to be supporting something that’s supporting a political cause … something feels not right about that to me.

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