27 July, 2006

What Are the Root Causes, Mr. Bush and Ms. Rice?

What are the root causes, Mr Bush,Ms Rice?

What Are the Root Causes, Mr. Bush and Ms. Rice? By For months and years, independent media commentators have been using the term 'root causes' to highlight the role of Israel's occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem as one of the primary contributing factors to a destabilized Middle East. At the G-8 Summit, US President Bush said, "One of the interesting things about this recent flare-up is that it helps clarify a 'root cause' of instability in the Middle East - and that's Hezbollah and Hezbollah's relationship with Syria, and Hezbollah's relationship to Iran, and Syria's relationship to Iran. Therefore, in order to solve this problem it's really important for the world to address the 'root cause.'" Prior to giving the green light to Israel to continue its bombing campaign for another week, US Secretary of State Condolleeza Rice said, "We do seek an end to the current violence, we seek it urgently. We also seek to address... Click here to read more »
By :Am Johal,
Source:Scoop.(Gaza Post)

Rice defences US over Mideast cease-fire

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Sticking to a position that has complicated relations with allies, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended the United States' insistence on a lasting Middle East cease-fire that addresses deep-seeded conflicts on the Lebanon-Israeli border. Even with the issue consuming her agenda, Rice turns her attention Thursday to a long-scheduled meeting on the other side of the globe that's certain to address another festering diplomatic problem for the United States: North Korea. Rice spent three days traveling to Beirut, Jerusalem, the West Bank and Rome, trying to convince world leaders that the Bush administration's insistence that a cease-fire on the Lebanon-Israeli border must come with terms to ensure the violence doesn't flare weeks or months later. The position isolated her from nearly all U.S. allies, who are seeking a quick end to the fighting that has cost millions of dollars and hundreds of lives. They want to stop the fighting before engaging in... Click here to read more »
Source: world news-Guardian

Ahmadinejad:Persian Culture Void Of Aggression

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, July 26--President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Islamic culture and Persian civilization are void of any oppression, injustice and aggression.
Addressing a gathering of Tajik elites and scientists late on Tuesday, Ahmadinejad said today some do not want nations to live in peace, tranquility and justice, IRNA reported.
He added that tyrants occupy other countries, escalate tension, war and terrorism, and do not let nations decide their own destiny.
The president noted that the occupying regime of Israel is “counterfeit, outlaw and devil incarnate“, stressing that this regime lacks any cultural and humanitarian values.
“Not only has the occupying regime attacked and destroyed Lebanon with the support of certain countries, it has victimized several hundred women and children while thousands of people have been displaced for escaping Israeli bombardment,“ he said.
Ahmadinejad further said the brutal acts of the occupying regime emanate from “the unjust attitude and culture“ of its heads and allies.
Turning to the Islamic culture and Persian civilization shared by Iran and Tajikistan, he said the cultural commonalities, particularly with regard to language, helped consolidate bilateral ties in different ages.
Meanwhile, the presidents of Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan met at Tajikistan’s presidential guesthouse in the capital city of Dushanbe on Wednesday.
At the meeting, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as well as his Tajik and Afghan counterparts, Imomali Rakhmonov and Hamid Karzai, discussed regional and global issues, as well as trilateral cooperation among the three countries which share a common language and culture.
Energy, transport, political and economic issues, and regional cooperation in the campaign against terrorism and drugs were on the agenda of tripartite talks.
Several cooperation agreements were also signed at the meeting.
A joint statement was expected to be released by the three presidents at the end of the meeting.
Source: Iran Daily

MidEast diplomacy shifts to Asia as Rice flies in

27 July 2006 KUALA LUMPUR - Efforts to end fighting in Lebanon move to Asia on Thursday as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flies to Malaysia for a regional security meeting. Rice, arriving from Wednesday's one-day conference in Rome where world powers called for an urgent ceasefire in Lebanon but offered no plan to end the fighting between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas, will also have talks on North Korea's nuclear plans. Israeli warplanes and artillery pounded southern Lebanon early on Thursday, with the death toll in the 16-day conflict rising to 433 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 51 Israelis. Washington backs Israel's continued assault... Click here to read more »


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