11 Dec

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

Peace will be a consequence of truth. Maria Montessori said: “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” Let us hope this is a turning point, and a way towards Palestinian freedom.

Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish



HSBC to pay $1.9bn money-laundering fine

Europe’s biggest bank admits wrongdoing to US regulators over transfers linked to Iran and Mexican drug cartels.
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2012 08:32 GMT

The McGlynn: But no one, no one goes to jail!

Philippine typhoon toll passes 700

Hundreds missing and thousands displaced as government struggles to cope in the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha.
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2012 14:48 GMT


Israeli army raids West Bank NGO offices

Soldiers raid offices of three civil society organisations in Ramallah, confiscating and damaging equipment….Entering before dawn on Tuesday, troops wrenched open the doors of the Women’s Union, the Palestinian NGO Network and Addameer, an advocate for Palestinians in Israeli jails….

Last Modified: 11 Dec 2012 12:38 GMT

Middle East

Is the Nobel Peace Prize losing its prestige?

Inside Story

11 Dec 2012 13:24 GMT
This year’s award to the EU is adding to growing criticism over the choice of winners and the politics behind it.

HSBC chief executive Stuart Gulliver

HSBC chief executive Stuart Gulliver even has a glowing testimonial to wave as the bank starts its probation period.  Photograph: Laurent Fievet/AFP/Getty Images

HSBC fine: what does it take for a bank to get prosecuted?

The money-laundering fine represents four weeks’ earnings – and the idea of a bank being ‘too big to prosecute’ is alarming

Is HSBC’s $1.9bn (£1.2bn) fine enormous or a drop in the ocean?

Michigan right to work protest

A protest against right-to-work legislation outside the doors of Michigan state Senate last Thursday. Photograph: James Fassinger for the Guardian

Michigan prepares for mass protests against right-to-work legislation

Supporters and protesters of the law, which curbs unions ability to collect fees, will gather at the state Senate on Tuesday

Union leaders in Michigan have been training members in “peaceful civil disobedience” methods in preparation for a protest on Tuesday against controversial right-to-work legislation.

Drought in China , artificial rains in Wuhan

Artillery soldiers at the reserve army fire shells for artificial rains in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province 09 May 2011.  Photograph: Feng Zi/EPA

US intelligence community warns of rising climate security threat

National Intelligence Council acknowledges climate change and related impacts on resources present emerging security ris

James Murray for BusinessGreen, part of the Guardian Environment Network


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Regarding “Israeli army raids West Bank NGO offices” how much of this punishment of Palestinians for their move to gain recognition from the UN are we going to take; how much are the Palestinians going to take. The Israeli government has lost its mind and its morals. No other country would be allowed to do what Israel does to the Palestinians. Where in the hell is Obama? One of his greatest failures.

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