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  • Another stunner behind Obama's Libya doctrine (R2P- Holocaust denier helped devise policy)

    03/30/2011 9:30:07 AM PDT · by opentalk · 51 replies
    WND ^ | March 29,2011 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – A staunch denier of the Holocaust who long served as the deputy of late PLO leader Yasser Arafat served on the committee that invented the military doctrine used by President Obama as the main justification for U.S. and international airstrikes against Libya. As WND first reported, billionaire philanthropist George Soros is a primary funder and key proponent of the Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect, the world's leading organization pushing the military doctrine. Several of the doctrine's main founders sit on multiple boards with Soros. The doctrine and its founders, as WND reported, have been deeply tied...
  • Obama and the Shadow Socialist Group Behind Egypt’s Fall?

    02/03/2011 4:14:34 PM PST · by ml/nj · 38 replies
    WND ? ^ | Michael Savage and Greg Lewis
    This is an important article. Right now it appears to be pdf only so you have to go to the link I've given. Here's a pull quote: It is not out of the question that Barack Obama is actually working to insure that our allies in the Middle East, including Egypt and Jordan, follow in the footsteps of Iran in installing a radical Islamist government. It is not out of the question that Obama seeks the demise of our staunchest ally, Israel. Think about it. Which side was Obama when there was trouble in Honduras? Which side was Obama on...
  • Europe warns Obama: this relationship is not working

    07/14/2010 8:40:34 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 39 replies · 2+ views
    Times Online ^ | July 15, 2010 | Charles Bremner David Charter and Giles Whittell
    Europe’s disappointment with Barack Obama’s presidency is laid bare today as the EU’s most senior figure calls for a dramatic effort to revive transatlantic relations. The President of the European Commission told The Times that the new era at the White House was in danger of becoming a “missed opportunity” for Europe. José Manuel Barroso said that the EU-US relationship was “not living up to its potential” and was being marred by fundamental disagreements on how to deal with the economic crisis, climate change and trade reform. The feelings of a deepening rift are mutual. Senior US figures said last...
  • EU's Javier Solana: International Dhimmi of the Year

    07/13/2009 10:46:16 AM PDT · by Amerisrael · 402+ views
    When Robert Spencer starts asking for nominations for the "International Dhimmi of the Year" award, the EU's Solana will certainly be among the top nominees. The EU's Solana has got to be the worse roll-over lay down appeaser to Islamists that Eurabia has. According to this report from Jpost, Solana has said he will seek to have the UNSC recognize a "Palestinian" state even if there is no agreement between Israel and the PA Fatah islamists. Also that the UN should impose it's own solution. Clearly this is one individual that is in such willful ignorant denial of the facts....
  • Report: EU's Javier Solana says to step down in October

    07/05/2009 6:47:52 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 2 replies · 536+ views ^ | July 5, 2009 | staff
    European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said in a Spanish press interview on Sunday he will step down in October when his 10-year mandate expires.
  • Israel 'perplexed' by EU (J. Solana) meeting with Hezbollah (terrorist) MP

    06/14/2009 8:32:52 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 5 replies · 380+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | June 14, 2009 | Staff
    JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel was left "perplexed" by EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana's unprecedented meeting with an official from Lebanon's Hezbollah, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday. "This meeting left us perplexed, and we dare hope that Mr. Solana took advantage of the occassion to press for a disarming of Hezbollah and for the end of the arms smuggling between Syria and Hezbollah," Yigal Palmor told AFP.... ...Solana held talks with Hezbollah MP Hussein Hajj Hassan on Saturday during a Beirut visit.... "Lists of terrorist groups are not the same in every country," Solana told a news conference...
  • Javier Solana to the Mideast ahead of Netanyahu’s major policy address

    06/09/2009 8:23:19 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 10 replies · 515+ views
    European Jewish Press ^ | June 9, 2009 | Yossi Lempkowicz
    European Union’s foreign policy chief Javier Solana will visit the Mideast on Wednesday ....Solana will travel to Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon and Egypt. In Israel, on Wednesday and Thursday....Solana will discuss what Netanyahu plans to say in his address. On the agenda of the EU foreign policy chief talks is also the future of the process to upgrade relations between Israel and the European Union.
  • Solana says Iran’s response provides ‘new opportunity’

    04/24/2009 4:06:31 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 653+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | April 25, 2009
    TEHRAN – Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) chief spoke on phone with European Union’s top diplomat Javier Solana after Tehran released a statement announcing it was ready to hold “constructive and fair” talks with major powers, the SNSC said in a press release on Thursday. Solana who represents major powers in talks with Iran said Tehran’s statement ""contains constructive items and a new opportunity for advancement of talks."" Jalili also said the Islamic Republic’s statement ""provides a suitable approach for the advancement of talks in an atmosphere of fairness and mutual respect."" In a statement released on Wednesday Iran...
  • EU shares Iran's concerns in Middle East: Solana spokeswoman

    04/09/2009 6:49:35 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 6 replies · 426+ views
    Teharan Times ^ | April 9, 2009 | Tehran Times Political Desk
    “The EU shares Iran's concerns over the situation in the Middle East,” Gallach told the Mehr News Agency in an interview recently. She said the European bloc believes that a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be achieved through dialogue and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.... ...Gallach also said Iran and the West can “open a new chapter” in relations now that President Barack Obama has expressed his willingness to enter dialogue with Iran.
  • What Netanyahu Should Say To Solana

    03/16/2009 3:11:33 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 3 replies · 319+ views
    Other than- "go jump in a lake". Javier Solana, the EU's dhimmi representative, is making threats and engaging in a less than respectful tone toward Prime Minister-Designate Netanyahu. From Jpost: "Let me say very clearly that the way the European Union will relate to an [Israeli] government that is not committed to a two-state solution will be very, very different"-Solana Translation: "If you won't be willing to engage in the same kind of reckless irresponsible appeasement policies as your predecessors, and be willing to give up your Biblical hearland of Judea and Samaria for another Palestinian state, then the EU...
  • Ex-generals: Global warming threatens U.S. security

    04/15/2007 6:00:56 PM PDT · by RDTF · 77 replies · 1,904+ views
    CNN.Com ^ | April 15, 2007 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Global warming poses a "serious threat to America's national security" and the U.S. likely will be dragged into fights over water and other shortages, top retired military leaders warn in a new report. The report says that in the next 30 to 40 years there will be wars over water, increased hunger instability from worsening disease and rising sea levels and global warming-induced refugees. "The chaos that results can be an incubator of civil strife, genocide and the growth of terrorism," the 35-page report predicts. "Climate change exacerbates already unstable situations," former U.S. Army chief of staff...
  • UNRWA to scale back Gaza mission

    06/13/2007 7:36:40 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 2 replies · 200+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 13, 2007 17:23
    Jun. 13, 2007 13:43 | Updated Jun. 13, 2007 17:23 UNRWA to scale back Gaza mission The United Nations decided Wednesday to immediately scale back its operations in the Gaza Strip after two Palestinians who worked for a UN agency were killed in the rampant fighting there, a UN spokesman said. "In view of the increased threats to our staff, UNRWA has no choice but to scale back its operations in Gaza with immediate effect," UN spokesman Christopher Gunness said, referring to the UN agency that deals with Palestinian refugees. The agency said it would continue to provide essential medical...
  • Top EU official says Lebanon fighting "terrorists", not Palestinians

    05/22/2007 11:29:10 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 8 replies · 607+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | May 22, 2007 | Unknown
    <p>BEIRUT, Lebanon: A top European official on Tuesday defended Lebanon's military campaign against Islamic militants in a refugee camp, saying the government was fighting a "terrorist group," yet calling on the Lebanese army to respect the safety of civilians.</p> <p>"We hope that the actions of the army be in conformity with the values and high standards of protecting civilians," European Union Foreign policy chief Javier Solana told reporters after meeting with government leaders in Lebanon.</p>
  • EU's Solana to visit Mideast, urge calm amid surge in violence

    05/21/2007 7:18:02 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 3 replies · 251+ views ^ | 14:38 21/05/2007
    Last update - 14:38 21/05/2007 EU's Solana to visit Mideast, urge calm amid surge in violence By Haaretz Service and The Associated Press European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana headed to the Middle East on Monday to call for a halt to the latest upsurge in violence in the region, his office said in a statement. Solana was planning to visit Israel, the Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Egypt during his four-day trip, the statement said. There has been a significant increase in violence across the region in recent weeks, with Palestinian infighting and Israeli strikes on Gaza sparked by...
  • Larijani to meet Solana on Iran nuclear program

    04/20/2007 6:46:31 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 2 replies · 234+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 20, 2007
    Larijani to meet Solana on Iran nuclear program Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST Apr. 20, 2007 The top negotiators for Iran and the major powers seeking to halt parts of its nuclear program are to meet Wednesday for the first time since February to assess the possibility of resuming negotiations, a European Union official said Friday. "The principle for the meeting is established. It will seek to see whether we can resume negotiations," said a European Union official, on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it publicly. No further details for the meeting between EU foreign...
  • Javier Solana: G8 must be transformed into G10

    04/09/2007 7:57:14 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 15 replies · 480+ views ^ | March 23, 2007
    Javier Solana: G8 must be transformed into G10 Translated Google translator.) BRUSSELS, March 23, 2007 - RIA Novosti. G8 must be transformed into G10, including China and India, considered the Top representing of the EU for the foreign policy and safety common, Javier Solana, quoted by her service of press. The operation of G8 (Russia, the United States, Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan) is not rather any more effective and its composition must be modified, it indicated to the Brooking Institute of Washington. One could transform it into G10, where the ten principal countries of the world...
  • Solana warns Czech Republic, Poland against US missile shield

    04/01/2007 11:57:11 AM PDT · by lizol · 31 replies · 712+ views
    Earthtimes ^ | 29 Mar 2007
    Solana warns Czech Republic, Poland against US missile shield Posted on : Thu, 29 Mar 2007 08:41:01 GMT | Author : DPA Brussels - European Union foreign policy and security chief Javier Solana on Thursday warned the Czech Republic and Poland against agreeing to host a planned United States anti-missile system. While the EU treaties granted member states sovereignty on security matters, "that sovereignty has to be made compatible with the EU's general interest in security," Solana told the European Parliament in Brussels. "The EU is not a defence alliance, but it does have an external and security policy and...
  • Solana: Stage being set for 'comprehensive peace'

    03/31/2007 7:04:42 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 10 replies · 382+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar. 31, 2007
    Solana: Stage being set for 'comprehensive peace' Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST Mar. 31, 2007 Developments in the Middle East are pointing toward a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Arab world for the first time in decades, the European Union's foreign policy chief said Saturday. "The Arab League for the first time in many years has assumed the responsibility to be more active in the peace process," Javier Solana said. "If you put that together with the reaction of (Israeli) Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the two things ... are beginning to construct the dynamic that could lead to...
  • EU foreign policy chief says Iran made 'big mistake' in capture of British troops

    03/30/2007 5:25:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 64 replies · 222+ views
    Ynet ^ | 3-30-07
    EU foreign policy chief says Iran made 'big mistake' in capture of British troops The European Union's foreign policy chief said Friday that Iran made a "big mistake" in its handling of the standoff over its seizure of 15 British sailors and marines. Upon his arrival at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Germany, Javier Solana told reporters that Iran "should release the soldiers immediately." The ministers from the EU's 27 national governments planned to send a "signal of solidarity" with Britain, said Germany's foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who was hosting the meeting. Britain was looking for support from...
  • Solana urges Arabs to be flexible in peace offer to Israel

    03/28/2007 12:02:18 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 3 replies · 171+ views
    YNet ^ | 03.28.07, 18:15
    Solana urges Arabs to be flexible in peace offer to Israel EU foreign policy chief calls Arab initiative 'a general concept that has to be developed,' urges Arabs and Israel to deal with plan as starting point in negotiations rather than take-it-or-leave-it proposal Associated Press Published: 03.28.07, 18:15 / Israel News EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Wednesday urged Arab states to be flexible in their land-for-peace offer to Israel, warning that without a solution to the conflict the Mideast is at risk of "missing the train of human and economic development." At an Arab summit in the Saudi...
  • EU Backs Syria's Aim to Regain Golan Heights: Solana

    03/15/2007 11:12:04 AM PDT · by Fennie · 16 replies · 517+ views
    REUTERS ^ | March 14, 2007
    The European Union supports Syria's goal of regaining the occupied Golan Heights from Israel, the EU foreign policy chief said after meeting President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday. "We would like to work as much as possible to see your country Syria recuperate the territory taken in 1967," Javier Solana told a joint news conference with Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem...
  • Solana: Time to end occupation

    10/27/2006 5:25:16 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 4 replies · 269+ views
    Ynet ^ | 10.27.06, 00:16 | Ali Waked
    Solana: Time to end occupation EU foreign policy chief says following meeting with Abbas in Ramallah, ‘Palestinian people have suffered and suffered a lot, and it is time that the occupation that started in 1967 is over’; Abbas: Efforts in Shalit kidnapping affair continuing Ali Waked and AFP Published: 10.27.06, 00:16 The European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana said following a meeting with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah Thursday that “the Palestinian people have suffered and suffered a lot, and it is time that the occupation that started in 1967 is over.” "That is the objective of the...
  • 'Hamas doesn't want to destroy Israel' (Thus says EU Solana)

    10/27/2006 5:04:08 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 15 replies · 312+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Oct. 26, 2006 23:35 | Updated Oct. 27, 2006 5:17 | DAVID HOROVITZ
    Oct. 26, 2006 23:35 | Updated Oct. 27, 2006 5:17 'Hamas doesn't want to destroy Israel' By DAVID HOROVITZ Hamas wants to "liberate the Palestinians," not to destroy Israel, Javier Solana, the European Union's foreign policy chief, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. In an interview following his talks in Tel Aviv with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Solana insisted that it was "not impossible" for Hamas to change and "recognize the existence of Israel." History had shown that people and nations "adapt to reality," he said. "I don't want to lose hope." Solana: Reopen crossings to Gaza Pressed as to...
  • Solana to visit J'lem first on ME tour

    10/25/2006 5:24:43 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 3 replies · 172+ views ^ | Oct. 25, 2006 11:06 | Updated Oct. 25, 2006 11:16
    Oct. 25, 2006 11:06 | Updated Oct. 25, 2006 11:16 Solana to visit J'lem first on ME tour The European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, embarked on a six-day mission to the Middle East Wednesday, aiming to breathe new life into the stalled peace effort. It was Solana's first visit to the region since the full deployment of an expanded UN force in southern Lebanon following the recent fighting between Israel and Hizbullah. Following this summer's conflict, key Mideast players have been seeking to make a renewed push to restart talks between Israelis and Palestinians as part of a...
  • Speculation Mounts Over Solana Leaving Job (EU)

    10/20/2006 8:00:23 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 5 replies · 234+ views ^ | 19.10.2006 - 17:36 CET | Mark Beunderman
    Speculation mounts over Solana leaving job 19.10.2006 - 17:36 CET By Mark Beunderman EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Speculation is mounting that Javier Solana, the EU's top diplomat, will step down for health reasons with the former Swedish, Slovak and Austrian prime ministers reportedly first in line to succeed him. Intense rumours about an end to the Solana era have been circulating in Brussels for the last couple of weeks, with several reasons being cited for his possible imminent retirement. One version says it became clear to the Spaniard during the Lebanon crisis in the summer that he could never really...
  • EU members want more openness from Solana on Iran

    09/02/2006 6:44:42 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 7 replies · 205+ views
    EU Observer ^ | 02.09.2006 - 17:19 CET | Mark Beunderman
    EU members want more openness from Solana on Iran 02.09.2006 - 17:19 CET | By Mark Beunderman EUOBSERVER / LAPPEENRANTA - A number of EU member states are growing impatient with the secretive handling of the Iran issue by foreign policy chief Javier Solana and the EU's "big three," with most foreign ministers not having seen a key Iranian paper at a meeting in Finland. The Iran nuclear dispute dominated the second day of an EU foreign ministers meeting in Finland on Saturday (2 September) and saw ministers agree to mandate Mr Solana to seek further "clarifications" from Tehran despite...
  • Russia Hints It Won’t Back Any Penalties Against Iran

    09/01/2006 9:43:05 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 37 replies · 677+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 1st, 2006 | STEVEN LEE MYERS
    Russia on Friday cast new doubt on the prospects for the Bush administration’s efforts to punish Iran for refusing to suspend its nuclear program, even as European leaders expressed wariness at moving quickly to impose sanctions. In Moscow, officials expressed regret that an Aug. 31 deadline had passed without an agreement by Iran to halt its efforts to enrich uranium that could be used for building nuclear weapons, as American and European officials believe Iran intends to do.
  • Iran: Written Response To Incentives Package Later Tuesday

    08/22/2006 1:21:15 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 974+ views
    Excerpt - TEHRAN (AP)--Iran said Tuesday it intends to meet a self-imposed deadline to formally respond later in the day to a Western incentives package aimed at persuading it to suspend its uranium enrichment program, state television reported. "Iran will respond in writing today to the package of incentives proposed by the West," the station said but gave no further details. On Monday, Iran turned away International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors from an underground site meant to shelter its uranium enrichment program from attack. Its top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared Monday that Tehran will continue to pursue its nuclear...
  • EU's Solana in surprise visit to Beirut

    07/16/2006 10:42:54 AM PDT · by Blogger · 37 replies · 954+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 16, 2006 | Reuters
    EU's Solana in surprise visit to Beirut 16 Jul 2006 14:52:54 GMT (Adds detail from Brussels) BEIRUT, July 16 (Reuters) - European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana arrived in Beirut on Sunday, the fifth day of the worst fighting between Lebanon-based guerrillas and Israel since 1982. Lebanese officials said Solana was set to meet Prime Minister Fouad Siniora shortly. Solana, who will hold a news conference after the meeting, may also talk with the head of Lebanon's parliament, an EU official said in Brussels. The EU has called Israel's attacks in Lebanon, prompted by the kidnap of two Israeli...
  • Iran - Larijani's visit to Brussels cancelled due to security reason (Fear of assassins)

    07/05/2006 11:42:07 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 313+ views
    Tehran, July 5, IRNA Iranian delegation led by Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani cancelled a visit to Brussels on Wednesday for security reasons. "Following reports on formation of terrorist squads in Brussels by Israel and certain European states for assassination attempts on members of the Iranian delegation scheduled to visit Brussels on Wednesday, the Iranian delegation cancelled the visit," a security official told IRNA. He said that the European partner gave assurances about security of the Iranian delegation and the visit will take place on July 11. The official said that the European Union Foreign...
  • Iran puts off nuclear talks for fear of 'assassins'

    07/05/2006 6:27:39 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 641+ views
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | July 5, 2006
    Iran puts off nuclear talks for fear of 'assassins' by Farhad Pouladi Wed Jul 5, 2006 Iran postponed key talks in Brussels between its chief nuclear negotiator and the EU foreign policy chief until July 11 for fear of hit squads, the state news agency IRNA reported. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, meanwhile, maintained a mid-July deadline for Iran to accept an offer of incentives aimed at curbing its nuclear ambitions and warned Tehran against stalling. "After receiving some news from Brussels that there are assassins' squads..., security officials voiced concern about the safety of the Iranian delegation" led...
  • Exiled Iranian opponent says West appeasing Iran(MeK Leader problem for Solana talks)

    07/05/2006 1:43:46 PM PDT · by remuk · 2 replies · 234+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07-05-2006 | Paul Taylor
    The head of an exiled Iranian opposition group accused Western nations on Wednesday of appeasing Tehran with incentives to halt uranium enrichment that she compared to moves to placate Hitler before World War Two. Maryam Rajavi, leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said she had clear indications that Tehran would not give up its enrichment activities and that diplomatic efforts by the European Union and the United States to avert a crisis were only rewarding the Tehran government's strategies. "The further they move forward, the more concessions the West is making," Rajavi told a news conference...
  • Iran postpones EU discussions by a day

    07/05/2006 5:27:58 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 247+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | July 5, 2006
    Iran postpones EU discussions by a day By SLOBODAN LEKIC, Associated Press Writer BRUSSELS, Belgium - Iran has postponed its talks with the European Union on a package of incentives designed to defuse the standoff over Tehran's atomic program by a day, the EU said Wednesday. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who had been scheduled to meet Wednesday with Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, said he was surprised by the move. "I had made it clear to the Iranians and to Dr. Larijani that we want to proceed rapidly to examine together the ideas I put to him...
  • Iran: Time Running Out

    06/29/2006 4:55:46 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 9 replies · 420+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 29 June 2006 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    When Condoleeza Rice meets with G-8 foreign ministers in Moscow today, one item must be at the very top of her agenda: showing Iran that the United States and its partners means business. She must insist that her partners agree to send a clear message to Tehran, telling them they have until the following Monday, July 3, to answer the U.S.-backed offer. The message to Tehran’s leaders should go something like this. You have now had a full month to respond to a clear-cut, yes-no proposition concerning your nuclear program and the future of your relations with the international community....
  • EU's Solana in Iran to present nuclear proposal

    06/05/2006 6:31:16 PM PDT · by Flavius · 1 replies · 149+ views
    afp ^ | 6/5/06 | by Siavosh Ghazi
    TEHRAN (AFP) - European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana flew into Tehran to hand an international nuclear proposal to Iran's leadership, voicing hope of a "new relationship" with the Islamic republic. ADVERTISEMENT <A TARGET="_blank" HREF="*|33fc|7|a6|%2a|v%3B32787839%3B0-0%3B0%3B13004986%3B4307-300|250%3B16801007|16818902|2%3B%3B%7Esscs%3D%3f"><IMG SRC="" BORDER=0></A> The package, agreed on last week by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, offers Iran incentives and fresh multilateral talks -- involving the United States -- on condition that Tehran first suspends sensitive uranium enrichment work. That work is at the centre of fears the country could acquire weapons. "We want to start a new relationship on...
  • EU wants US pressure against convergence (Israel)

    05/18/2006 3:23:23 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 8 replies · 244+ views ^ | (05.18.06, 23:37)
    EU wants US pressure against convergence European Union opposed to unilateral withdrawal in West Bank, hoping Americans will convince Israel to renew peace talks with Palestinians during Washington summit next week The European Union is hoping the United States will persuade Israel in talks next week to resume peace talks with the Palestinians instead of carrying out a unilateral pullout from the West Bank, EU officials said Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who arrives in Washington Sunday, has been hoping that the international community will recognize the lines to which Israel would pull back as permanent borders - but...
  • UN to Punish "Blasphemers?" [of Islam]

    02/25/2006 5:44:46 PM PST · by abu afak · 62 replies · 1,741+ views
    ezineArticles ^ | David Ben-Ariel
    The European Observer reports Solana warns against EU-muslim cartoon rift. Doesn't the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana recognize the rift was already there and that the riotous cartoon episodes merely exposed it? - What is more ominous is how such inexcusable behavior of militant Muslims demanding Christian Western civilization submit to their Muslim law and primitive attitudes is now being abused as a pretext to create UN texts against blasphemy! - Javier Solana met in Saudi Arabia with the leader of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. Hypocritically, Saudi Arabia is guilty of state-sponsored terrorism as...
  • Welch reportedly promises PA that US will continue aid [U.S. envoy promises Palestinians aid)

    02/25/2006 5:01:46 AM PST · by Hannah Senesh · 9 replies · 504+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 24, 2006
    Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, who met with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and US envoy David Welch in Ramallah Saturday, said after the meeting that Welch promised him that the US would not cut off financial aid to the PA, Israel Radio reported. On Friday, US President George W. Bush said Friday that Hamas leaders have "a choice to make," and that "if [Hamas] wants the help of America and the international community to build a prosperous, independent Palestinian state, they must recognize Israel, disarm, reject terrorism, and work for lasting peace." Abbas said Friday night in an interview to the...
  • Mottaki to meet Solana, Ferrero-Waldner in Brussels

    02/18/2006 7:09:50 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 1 replies · 156+ views ^ | Feb 18, 2006
    Mottaki to meet Solana, Ferrero-Waldner in Brussels Brussels, Feb 18, IRNA EU-Iran-Mottaki EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki in Brussels Monday afternoon to discuss latest developments in the region and EU-Iran ties, Solana's office announced Friday afternoon. Mottaki will also hold talks with EU Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner. Moreover, the Iranian foreign minister will meet with his Belgian counterpart, Karel de Gucht, and later address the foreign relations committee of the European Parliament.
  • OIC Calls for Emergency Meeting on Cartoon Issue

    02/18/2006 6:03:34 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 24 replies · 448+ views ^ | 18 February 2006 | P.K. Abdul Ghafour
    OIC Calls for Emergency Meeting on Cartoon Issue P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 18 February 2006 — Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, is contacting member states for an emergency meeting of their foreign ministers shortly to discuss major issues including the repercussions of the sacrilegious Danish cartoons. Ihsanoglu has already spoken to Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abubakar Al-Qurbi and Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar to fix a date for the meeting, press reports said yesterday quoting diplomatic sources. The meeting is significant in the backdrop of the continuing...
  • President Abbas Receives EU's Solana, Otté

    02/16/2006 2:51:55 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 3 replies · 152+ views
    President Abbas Receives EU's Solana, Otté RAMALLAH, February 16, 2006 (WAFA) - President Mahmoud Abbas received Thursday in Ramallah the EU High Representative for Security and Foreign Policies Javier Solana and the EU Peace Envoy in the Middle East Mark Otté. . President Abbas briefed his guests on the Palestinian preparations for the post-elections period, pointing out that there will be a meeting for the PLC next Saturday in preparation of forming the new government. . He also briefed them on the Israeli escalations against the Palestinian people, which aim at dividing the West Bank and judaizing Jerusalem. . "I...
  • Dutch Vexed with Solana.

    02/15/2006 8:20:45 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 16 replies · 405+ views ^ | 2006-02-16 00:07 | Paul Belien
    Dutch Vexed with Solana. Europeans Quarrel over Cartoons From the desk of Paul Belien on Thu, 2006-02-16 00:07 Jozias van Aartsen, the leader of the Dutch Liberal Party (VVD) which is the coalition partner of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende’s Christian-Democrat Party (CDA) in the Dutch government, is angry with Javier Solana. Mr van Aartsen demands that the Dutch Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs both reprimand Mr Solana. The latter, a Spanish Socialist who is the EU Foreign Policy Coordinator, recently signed a common statement with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the Secretary-General of the Organisation...
  • EU, Egypt study means to protect religious beliefs (Solana meeting today w Mubarak)

    02/14/2006 8:06:07 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 6 replies · 215+ views ^ | February 14, 2006
    EU, Egypt study means to protect religious beliefs February 14, 2006 CAIRO -- EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday discussed mechanisms to protect religious symbols and beliefs, as part of efforts to defuse a row over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. On the second leg of a tour of the Middle East, Solana voiced his "profound desire to recuperate relations between the EU and the Muslim world". Solana told reporters that he had discussed with Mubarak means of implementing the principles of a joint statement issued a week ago by the European Union,...
  • EU's Solana tries to calm cartoon row in Saudi Arabia

    02/13/2006 7:09:37 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 18 replies · 412+ views ^ | Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:23 PM GMT | Souhail Karam
    EU's Solana tries to calm cartoon row in Saudi Arabia Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:23 PM GMT By Souhail Karam JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - The European Union and a major grouping of Islamic countries would back United Nations action to stop "defamation of religion" after cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad provoked violent protests worldwide. The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is lobbying for the United Nations to include language against blasphemy in the tenets of a new human rights body and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he supported the idea. "We agreed to take different measures...
  • Joint Press Availability With European Union High Representative Javier Solana, Jim Wolfensohn

    11/15/2005 1:46:58 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 4 replies · 242+ views ^ | November 15, 2005
    Joint Press Availability With European Union High Representative Javier Solana and Quartet Special Envoy Jim Wolfensohn Secretary Condoleezza Rice David Citadel Hotel Jerusalem November 15, 2005 SECRETARY RICE: Good morning. Two months ago, Israel and the Palestinian Authority took an unprecedented step on the road to peace with the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, returning control of that territory to the Palestinian people. Israeli and Palestinian leaders have been hammering out practical arrangements to gain the benefits of that withdrawal and improve conditions in the rest of the Palestinian territories. I am pleased to be able to announce today...
  • Israel and the EU: A Path to Peace (Could Israel gain peace by joining EU?)

    11/06/2005 9:14:23 PM PST · by emiller · 16 replies · 471+ views
    The Century Foundation ^ | 11-03-05 | Michael Shtender-Auerbach
    Israel's inner cabinet voted on November 1st to request the European Union to monitor and secure the Egyptian-Gaza border. Sylvan Shalom, Israel's foreign minister, told Haaretz, "Our objective is for the Europeans to have enforcement capabilities in the field, and not just a symbolic presence". That Israel would rely on the Europeans to help guarantee any dimension of a developing Israeli-Palestinian peace is a significant shift. It certainly presents a major foreign policy challenge for the EU, which has offered itself in many roles but not as an enforcer. But it also shows Israel's underlying desire for a stronger relationship...
  • Orders from Brussels: Spell Christ with a lower-case "c" (EU's Solana stays Caps of course)

    11/01/2005 5:01:11 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 10 replies · 352+ views ^ | Monday, October 31, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    Orders from Brussels: Spell Christ with a lower-case "c" By Judi McLeod Monday, October 31, 2005 It must be getting a little too close for Christmas for the chi-chi crystal palace of the pretentious European Union. Pooh-bahs in Brussels have come up with a new grammar rule for themselves and the Netherlands--making it official that the name "Christ" will soon be written with a lower-case "c". That was the stipulation in an orthography reform published earlier this month in Brussels. According to the agency, the new spelling legislation will also stipulate that the Dutch word for "jews" (joden) be...
  • CAPTION PICTURE- Condoleeza, Javier, et al.,

    09/23/2005 3:40:34 PM PDT · by Blogger · 43 replies · 2,041+ views
  • Interview: Solana says stronger China "good for world"

    09/13/2005 8:28:56 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 18 replies · 401+ views
    Interview: Solana says stronger China "good for world" European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Wednesday rejected the "China threat" hypothesis, saying a stronger China is good for the world. "Throughout history, new arrivals or new competitors have often been regarded as threats, but the reality is that a stronger and more confident China is good for the world," Solana said during an exclusive interview with Xinhua on the eve of the eighth EU-China summit slated to begin Sept. 5 in Beijing. From the beginning of this year, some Western politicians, businessmen and media have issued a new...
  • Israel to tell EU's Solana: No instant peace negotiations

    01/12/2005 2:15:11 PM PST · by anotherview · 5 replies · 358+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12 January 2005 | HERB KEINON
    Jan. 12, 2005 22:06 | Updated Jan. 12, 2005 22:37 Israel to tell EU's Solana: No instant peace negotiations By HERB KEINON Mahmoud Abbas meets with EU's Javier Solana in Ramallah Photo: AP Israel will not begin political negotiations with the Palestinian Authority simply because Mahmoud Abbas was elected chairman, Israeli officials are expected to tell visiting European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana on Thursday. "We don't want the Europeans to give off the impression that because there has been an election we can now start political negotiations. We are not there yet," one senior diplomatic official said. Prime...