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  • Dueling messages on Iran
    • @ Richard

      Don't know what you have been reading but all I have been reading the last few days has been pretty scathing of the IAEA report.

      From Robert Kelly who worked as an weapons inspector in South Africa, Iraq, Libya and was in charge of the Iran brief up until 2005 who called the report "unprofessional" and "amateurish analysis".


      To the Russian Foreign Ministry who sent out a statement saying they were "disappointed" with the IAEA report and that it contained "rumours and speculation".


      To India's former Ambassador and foreign policy bigwig MK Bhadrakumar who called the report "spin". I would say that most foreign policy circles online have been dismissing the report. Indeed when journalists and bloggers online can tear huge holes in the report you would wonder what the Intelligeance agencies around the world are able to do with it.

  • Gorenberg says a one-state solution would produce another Lebanon
    • /Agree Donald

      Alot of the One State Solution debate is just people debating its merits over the Two State Solution. It would be good to have more policy debate on what steps need to be taken to make the One State Solution workable. Also history can be a good guide on how to work these things.

      For example I think joining Gaza, West Bank, Israel into one entity would cause a similar situation to German re-unification during the 90's. You would have large under-developed cities like Gaza close to developed cities Ashdod. Certainly alot of lessons from Germany could be adopted.

      Also joining the different ethnic/religious groups shouldn't automatically led to gridlock and Lebanon style civil war. Another good comparison here would be to look at Northern Ireland which has come a great way in solving its problems of warring neighbourhoods.

  • Afternoon headlines
    • That I've been watching the Iran story break. Absolutely made up. What is the US thinking?

      Why would Iran attempt to bomb the Saudi and Iranian embassies in Washington DC knowing that such an attack would give Israel a pretext to attack? What purpose would it serve them? If Iran wanted to hit Israeli and Saudi targets why not just hit them in Middle Eastern capitals where it is easier why send a cell to Washington DC?

  • Mondoweiss liveblogs the UN General Assembly speeches
    • Was a good speech touched on all the major issues. Some highlights

      - Congratulated South Sudan on attaining a UN Seat.

      - "The colonial policy of Israel is responsible for the repeated failure of negotiations." - Abbas

      - "The occupation is racing against time to redraw the borders on our land." - Abbas

      - "This is a moment of truth ... Will the world allow Israel to continue the last occupation in the world?" - Abbas

  • Palestinian statehood and the struggle for self determination and national rights
    • Great to see you on Mondoweiss Simone !

      Indeed I fully believe this statehood vote recognising Palestine will be huge moment in the history of the struggle (that is why the US and Israel have been fighting it so hard).

      I would hope that soon Abbas and Co step down and let a younger generation take the reigns. As the Al Jaazera cables show Erekat and Abbas are too weak to lead Palestine and this UN vote is the first time Abbas has ever done anything bold and brave.

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