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Israel Plans to Move Forward With E1 Settlements Despite International Outcry

via BBC News Israel says it will not give in to international pressure to halt plans for 3,000 new settler homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Israel would continue to stand by its “vital interests” and would not change its decision. The UK, France, Spain, Denmark and Sweden … Continue reading

Late Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat Exhumed In Search Of Answers

via Ariel Zirulnick, Christian Science Monitor Now that the exhumation and reburial of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is complete, the wait for results on cause of death begins. Suspicions that Israel poisoned him are widespread, and the results will put to rest eight years of questions about his rapid health deterioration and subsequent death. … Continue reading

International Energy Agency Says U.S. Will Be World’s Largest Oil Producer By 2020

via Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times The U.S. will become the world’s top producer of oil within five years, a net exporter of the fuel around 2030 and nearly self-sufficient in energy by 2035, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. It’s a bold set of predictions for a nation that currently … Continue reading

Why Europe Won’t Create The Next Apple, FedEx Or McDonald’s

via Frank Holmes, Forbes A surprising wealth of information about the world’s most prosperous people can be discovered in two new reports. The Chinese Millionaire Wealth Report 2012, put together by GroupM and the Hurun Report, found that there are now a million millionaires in China. On average, a Chinese millionaire is 39 years old, … Continue reading

U.N. Rapporteur: U.S. Drone Strikes Threaten 50 Years Of International Law

via Owen Bowcott, The Guardian The US policy of using aerial drones to carry out targeted killings presents a major challenge to the system of international law that has endured since the second world war, a United Nations investigator has said. Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, summary or arbitrary executions, told … Continue reading

NASA: SpaceX Launch ‘A New Era’ For Spaceflight

via W.J. Hennigan, L.A. Times In a pivotal moment for private spaceflight, a towering white rocket lifted a cone-shaped capsule into space early Tuesday on a mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carried the unmanned Dragon capsule into space after a 3:44 a.m. EDT launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., marking the … Continue reading

How Syria’s Tragedy Could Remake the UN

via Michael Moran, Slate The veto by Russia and China of an Arab League plan to prevent Syria’s violence from spiraling into a full-fledged massacre of those demanding to be treated with dignity will be remembered by Syrians of all stripes for a generation. The majority of the country, which has pleaded for pressure from … Continue reading

10 Reasons The U.S. Is No Longer The Land Of The Free

via Jonathan Turley, The Washington Post Every year, the State Department issues reports on individual rights in other countries, monitoring the passage of restrictive laws and regulations around the world. Iran, for example, has been criticized for denying fair public trials and limiting privacy, while Russia has been taken to task for undermining due process. Other countries … Continue reading

United States In Last-Ditch Effort To Set Up Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

The United States, Europe and the Middle East quartet are engaged in a last-ditch effort to set up a fresh round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in an attempt to head off a major diplomatic embarrassment over the looming Palestinian request for recognition of statehood at the UN. The US is leading diplomatic pressure on Israeli … Continue reading

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