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Aug 17, 2014

On the UN and war in Gaza

When Ban Ki-moon called for an "end to the violence" in Gaza last month, his call fell on deaf ears. When he urged an "end to the madness", Israel yawned. It wasn't until the UN Security Council issued a mild presidential statement urging an "immedia... #Mahmoud Abbas #Israel #U N Security Council #United Nations #Palestine #Hamas #US State Department #Benjamin Netanyahu #Ban Ki-moon

Aug 13, 2014

Irate Iraq premier backs off

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appeared to back away Tuesday from an implied threat to use force to stay in power, issuing a statement saying the army should stay out of politics. Al-Maliki had reacted angrily Monday to the Iraqi pre... #Iraq #Nouri al-Maliki #Iran #Baghdad #Barack Obama #National Security Council #Ali Shamkhani