"The leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority held more than two hours of face-to-face peace talks in this Red Sea resort yesterday, delving into several of the core issues that divide the two sides but not breaking an impasse over Jewish settlements." Send a letter to the editor
"Despite prodding from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Israelis and Palestinians made little progress Tuesday toward resolving their standoff over Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank. The dispute will continue to loom over U. S.-brokered peace talks as they resume Wednesday in Jerusalem."
Vancouver Sun: Wire Services: "Peace talks continue, but no progress seen" (15/9/2010)
"Israeli and Palestinian leaders failed in talks on Tuesday to resolve a dispute over Jewish settlement building but remain convinced they can reach a peace deal in a year, according to U. S. envoy George Mitchell. No news emerged of any compromise on settlements after negotiations between U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas."
"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Jerusalem late on Tuesday for further Israeli-Palestinian peace talks aimed at narrowing the gap on Jewish settlements and tackling core issues." Send a letter to the editor
"Under pressure to compromise, Israeli and Palestinian leaders yesterday dug into the central issues blocking a peace deal, but ended the latest round of talks without visible progress on the divisive issue of Jewish settlements."
"A CTV correspondent in Jerusalem explains the role Hilary Clinton is playing in helping Israeli and Palestinian leaders getting down to business on core issues of renewed peace talks, but gave no sign they are any closer to resolving a looming crisis over Israeli West Bank settlements." Watch this report online Send a letter to CTV
“The US Secretary of State has been meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres this morning as part of the Middle East peace talks. Hillary Clinton says she believes Palestinian and Israeli leaders are now grappling with the core issues.” Click here to listen to this reportContact the CBC
“Israeli and Palestinian leaders renewed peace talks today in Egypt, but there appeared to be little progress on the divisive issue of Jewish settlements. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held an extra unscheduled session with the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She clearly laid out what she thinks is at stake.” Click here to listen to this reportContact the CBC
"Militants launched mortar shells into Israel and Israeli jets bombed targets in Gaza on Wednesday, just as Israeli and Palestinian leaders held peace talks in Jerusalem with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton." See also: Globe and Mail.ca
"The guardian of the Dead Sea Scrolls is delivering a public lecture later this month. Dr. Adolfo Roitman will deliver his lecture, ‘From Serpent to Satan: The Story of Paradise in Scripture, Literature and Art’, at Trinity Western University’s Northwest Auditorium. The lecture takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m."
“Al-Ahram, Egypt’s government-owned daily, was caught photoshopping an image of Mideast leaders at the White House summit. It’s a great example of the power of manipulating an image, and the extent of propaganda in the Arab government-controlled media.”
"There is a general feeling within many circles that the Harper government is wary or skeptical of the UN and the way it works. This distrust and frustration has been exacerbated by numerous resolutions targeting Israel for condemnation, which Canada has criticized as being one-sided; by Canada’s strong stance vis-à-vis climate change, which puts it in opposition to the much of the world body’s membership; and the bloc voting patterns that have stalled strong actions and responses to some major world problems. There are also concerns the world body gives legitimacy and a platform to regimes and despotic leaders like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."
Embassy Magazine: Minister of International Co-operation, Bev Oda, "Grade = C-" (15/9/2010)
"Ms. Oda has also lost serious points in the NGO community after reports started surfacing in the winter that groups like Kairos and Alternative had been denied a renewal of their CIDA funding, purportedly for their support of Palestinians’ rights. Although Ms. Oda said the organizations’ mandate does not match the new CIDA priorities, NGOs have started to speak out against what they call a chill on advocacy and, ultimately, the agency’s disregard for democratic practices that allow these groups to criticize the government. Worst move: Creating the sense of advocacy chill among the NGO community and flip-flopping on the abortion debate."
"Based on an Israeli film, 2007’s Ha-Hov, The Debt takes place in two time periods, following a trio of young Mossad agents in 1965 in East Berlin who are dedicated to tracking down and capturing a Nazi war criminal known as the “Surgeon of Birkenau” in order to send him to Israel to stand trial for his atrocities. But something forces them to make a decision that will alter their lives and 30 years later, they must deal with the consequences of that choice."
"The treatment of Jews in Muslim lands evolved significantly under the eighth Umayyad Caliph, Omar Abd al-Azziz, who formally codified the rules for the dhimmi status (which applies to non-Muslims governed under Shariah law)." Write a letter to the editor
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