19 Nov

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective





The (missing) American Letter

By Sherine Tadros   on November 19th, 2010.


Photo by EPA

We’ve all been warned to expect postal delays after the recent parcel bomb scare, but I’m not sure we can blame DHL for the delay in the so-called US ‘letter of incentives’ getting to Israel.

The letter is meant to formalise the offer communicated last Thursday by US secretary of state Hillary Clinton to Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister.

Israel agrees to a 90-day freeze in settlement building in return for US jets and support at the UN.  If we put aside the 20 fighter jets (now rumoured to be part of the normal yearly aid package to Israel and not scheduled to be delivered until 2015) and the promise from the US to block anti-Israeli resolutions at the UN (when have they ever not), it seems that it’s the guarantees not the carrots that’s delaying delivery of the letter.


Al-Qaeda branch warns France

AQIM demands French forces leave Afghanistan in return for the safety of French nationals kidnapped in Niger.
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2010 13:17 GMT

UN resumes Cyprus unity push

UN chief urges leaders of island’s Greek and Turkish Cypriot parts to aim for “practical plan” for reunification.
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2010 07:26 GMT

Ireland bailout talks continue

Former Celtic Tiger looking at getting billions of dollars of loans to pull itself out of its financial mess.
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2010 10:28 GMT


The religious excuse for barbarity

Johann Hari: : Why are we sitting silently while our treatment of many of our animals regresses to the standard of the sixth century?…………………………………


 China’s threats put peace prize award at risk

Nobel ceremony may be cancelled for the first time in 106 years after China threatens diplomats.


See how the land lies: Iqaluit hosted this year's UK-Canada Colloquium, at which the Arctic's future was discussed

What does the future hold for the Inuit people of Baffin Island?

Friday, 19 November 2010

As climate change makes the Canadian Arctic more accessible, it’s not only the rich natural resources that are at risk of exploitation. Stanley Johnson fears for its Inuit people……………………..


Israel condemns ‘war criminals’ list

Israeli soldiers during Gaza offensive

Names, photographs and addresses of soldiers said to have taken part in Gaza offensive put on website………………………………………

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