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Tony Blair to warn West: Take sides against radical Islam

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to issue a stark warning to the United States on Wednesday to choose sides and draw lines in the fight against radical Islam, the Guardian reported, citing an advance copy of his speech.

Mr. Blair is due to issue his remarks in London, the Guardian reported: The important point for western opinion is that this is a struggle with two sides. So when we look at the Middle East and beyond it to Pakistan or Iran and elsewhere, it isnt just a vast unfathomable mess with no end in sight and no one worthy of our support. It is in fact a struggle in which our own strategic interests are intimately involved where there are indeed people we should support and who, ironically, are probably in the majority if only that majority were mobilized, organized and helped.

He then cautions about the need to take sides, the newspaper reported.

What is absolutely necessary is that we first liberate ourselves from our own attitude, he will say, the Guardian reported. We have to take sides. We have to stop treating each country on the basis of whatever seems to make for the easiest life for us at any one time. We have to have an approach to the region that is coherent and sees it as a whole. And above all, we have to commit. We have to engage.

Mr. Blairs aides clarified that the former prime minister wasnt calling for a widespread revolution, but was rather only asking that the West become more involved in Mideast struggles, like the one waging in Syria, the Guardian said,

On radical Islam, Mr. Blair was blunt.

The threat of this radical Islam is not abating, he is expected to say, the Guardian reported. It is growing. It is spreading across the world. It is destabilizing communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful co-existence in an era of globalization. And in the face of this threat, we seem curiously reluctant to acknowledge it and powerless to counter it effectively.

Mr. Blair also says spending on certain nations with ideologies that run counter to more democratic cultures is counterproductive, and that includes Egypt, the Guardian said.

His remarks include: [The] Muslim Brotherhood government was not simply a bad government. It was systematically taking over the traditions and institutions of the country. [There must be] some sensitivity to the fact that over 400 police officers have suffered violent deaths and several hundred soldiers have been killed.

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Palestinian factions to meet in Gaza

A delegation sent by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to arrive in the Gaza Strip for a new round of Palestinian reconciliation talks with rival political faction Hamas.

The West Bank delegation is expected to arrive on Tuesday afternoon and will have its first meeting with Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas Gaza-based prime minister.

Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, told Al Jazeera that the five-member delegation includes officials from Abbas Fatah party, leftist factions in the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Palestinian businessman Munib al-Masri.

Barghouti said Israel tried to block the delegation at Erez crossing, on Gazas northern border with Israel, but it allowed the delegates through after [they] threatened to travel through Egypt.

Hamas and Fatah, the two main Palestinian political factions, have been divided since factional fighting broke out after Hamas victory in Palestinian legislative council elections in 2006.

A year later, Hamas took control of the besieged Gaza Strip, while the US-backed Palestinian Authority rules over parts of the occupied West Bank.

Barghouti said the discussions on Tuesday would focus on implementing earlier reconciliation agreements brokered by Egypt and Qatar in 2011 and 2012. The Doha Agreement stipulated that presidential and legislative elections be held under the direction of Abbas.

In brief, there must be no selectivity in implementing the agreements we signed, Yahia Moussa, a Gaza-based Hamas official, told Al Jazeera. All the files should be tackled side-by-side.

On Tuesday, Egypt allowed a senior Hamas official, Moussa Abu Marzouk, into Gaza through Rafah crossing to take part in the discussions. Hamas also released 10 Fatah prisoners before the meeting as a goodwill gesture.

Abu Thaer, one of the released Fatah prisoners, said: This is a good step to achieve reconciliation. We hope there will be more steps as there are still other Fatah members in Hamas jails for more than seven years.

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Palestinians dig deep for economic independence

Mohammed Mustafa, the Palestinians’ deputy prime minister for economic affairs, says the Palestinians are currently seeking proposals from international firms to explore and develop oil in the northern West Bank, which is close to Israel’s Meged oil field.

The Meged was first discovered near the towns of Kfar Saba and Rosh Ha’Ayin in the 1980s but its commercially viability was really only discovered in 2004. Production began in 2010. The field holds an estimated 200 million tonnes of oil.

Much of the West Bank’s proposed 400 square-kilometer exploration area remains under full Israeli control and there’s doubt over whether or not Israel would agree to the project. So far, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has declined to comment.

Mustafa, a former World Bank official, estimates the project could generate around $1 billion for the Palestinian Authority.

He said the authority will need investment partners and will be accepting bids from potential partners until June.

Oil expert Dr Amit Mor told DW the project would need those investment partners as he calculates it could cost up to $10 million just to get to the point of exploration. And he’s certain there will need to be cooperation from Israel. “If discovered in significant quantities, it can contribute to the Palestinian economy,” he told DW.

Not getting too excited

But Mor concedes it’s still a long way off development and isn’t getting too excited just yet. Neither is the chief executive of the Palestinian Stock Exchange, Ahmad Aweidah. He says the exchange has had a buoyant few months, with better than expected financial results for 2013.

“That all changed in the last fortnight because of the latest political developments around peace negotiations.That has had a negative effect on prices on the market and the exchange so the market has not been doing that well recently,” he told DW.

There’s no denying the economic figures paint a less than buoyant picture for the West Bank and that it still relies heavily on trade with Israel.

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Anti Government Protesters Rally in Rome – Video

Anti Government Protesters Rally in Rome Thousands of Italians staged an anti-austerity protest in Rome on April 12 showing their disapproval of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's almost two-month old go… By: Ritchie Jody

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Meeting of Israeli, Palestinian peace negotiators postponed

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A meeting between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed after the killing of an Israeli in a shooting attack in the occupied West Bank.

A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the session had been rescheduled for Thursday at the request of the United States. Washington is struggling to extend the talks, on the verge of collapse, beyond an April 29 deadline for a peace deal.

An Israeli official confirmed the meeting had been delayed but declined to say who asked for the postponement or when teams would reconvene to try to breathe new life into the U.S.-driven peace process.

The killing on Monday of an off-duty police officer and the wounding of his wife in a shooting attack on their car in the West Bank as they drove to a Passover holiday dinner struck an emotional chord in Israel.

It drew calls from members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet to postpone the peace talks, at least until after 47-year-old Baruch Mizrahi’s funeral on Wednesday.

There was no claim of responsibility for the shooting. But in a statement on Tuesday, Netanyahu said the Palestinian Authority was to blame for anti-Israeli incitement that he alleged led to the attack, and he complained that President Mahmoud Abbas had not issued a condemnation.

At a meeting in his West Bank office with a group of Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday, Abbas “condemned violence and the killing of Palestinians and Israelis”, said Mohammed Al-Madani, a member of the Central Committee of Abbas’s Fatah party.

The event was scheduled before Monday’s attack. Abbas has held several meetings in the past with Israeli legislators, mainly members of the opposition in parliament.

Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Abbas, told a news conference with the head of the Israeli delegation: “We are against violence and against a return to violence.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry revived the peace talks in July after a nearly three-year hiatus with the aim of ending a decades-old conflict and establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

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Ariel Sharon's death prompts celebrations in Palestine

Residents of refugee camps among those calling occasion of former Israeli prime minister's death 'a holy day' In Israel, he was proudly known as "the bulldozer", but to Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and beyond, Ariel Sharon was "the butcher". His long record of overseeing violence, destruction and repression led many Palestinians to express joy at the news of the former Israeli leader's …

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Gaza's Hamas prime minister praises shooting that killed Israeli in the West Bank

JERUSALEM The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has praised an attack that killed an Israeli in the West Bank.

Speaking Tuesday in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said the shooting a day earlier outside the city of Hebron “brought back life to the path of resistance.” He saluted “Hebron and the heroes of Hebron.”

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which also wounded the slain man’s wife and their son as they were en route to a seder meal to mark the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Hamas and Israel are bitter enemies. The sides have engaged in frequent fighting since the Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza in 2007. Israel, along with Egypt, also has imposed a tight blockade on Gaza since Hamas’ takeover of the seaside strip.

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Former Canadian Prime Minister Confronted On Bilderberg 2014! – Video

Former Canadian Prime Minister Confronted On Bilderberg 2014!
In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with former Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin about his involvement with the Bilderberg group and why he…

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Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting

JERUSALEM (AP) The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has praised an attack that killed an Israeli in the West Bank.

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Morning Star :: Leftwingers march in Paris and Marseille against French government austerity

Streets fill with protesters after Prime Minister Manuel Valls announces spending cuts

Left-wing parties and trade unions took to the streets of Paris and Marseille on Saturday to protest against austerity measures by French President Francois Hollandes government.

New Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who replaced Jean-Marc Ayrault after the Socialists appalling showing in municipal elections last month, announced tax and spending cuts on Tuesday.

Mr Valls said that he would bring Frances annual budget deficit in line with EU targets by 2015.

But tens of thousands of people marched through the French capital on Saturday to show their disapproval, brandishing signs with slogans such as: When you are leftist you support workers.

Greek Syriza coalition politician Alexis Tsipras marched alongside Pierre Laurent of the French Communist party and the Left Partys Jean-Luc Melenchon.

French police claimed that only about 25,000 joined the protest, but the French Communist Party said the had turnout exceeded 100,000.

A parallel march was held in Marseille.

Mr Hollande announced a so-called responsibility pact earlier this year, which aimed to boost the profitability of French companies by cutting their taxes by 30 billion (25bn).

A 30bn gift to big business is something monstrous in the period of austerity we live in, Left Party leader Jean-Luc Melenchon said before the march.


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