13.03.2008 von Ronda Hauben
An article I wrote about the third set of UN Security Council sanctions imposed on Iran (S.C. Resolution 1803) was recently published in Telepolis, March 5, 2008. The url is http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/27/27434/1.html
Following is an excerpt:
“[T]he scenario of how this new set of sanctions has been passed is strikingly similar to the scenario that was employed to create the pretext for the U.S. invasion of Iraq. In December 2007, the U.S. government’s National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) was made public. It stated that there was no evidence that Iran is involved with other than the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
For a while that seemed to take the wind out of the sails of those who were promoting a new set of sanctions against Iran. Though Iran resisted implementing the requirement of the two prior Security Council resolutions (1737, 1747) that it suspend its nuclear enrichment activity, with the IAEA, it had formulated… weiter lesen
03.03.2008 von Ronda Hauben
The UN Security Council called an emergency meeting on Saturday night, March 1 over Israel’s increased bombardment of the people of Gaza. The council met for several hours until midnight. For 40 minutes in a public session, it heard a report from the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and statements from the representatives of the Palestinian Authority and from a member of the Israeli mission to the UN. (1) The public meeting was then adjourned for “consultations” which continued until midnight.
The Security Council President appeared shortly after midnight and read an informal brief summary statement that he said all the members had agreed to after their marathon session. (2) It called the different parties to “immediately cease all acts of violence.”
The Egyptian ambassador to the UN spoke briefly to the press at 12:15 am after the meeting. (3) He expressed his disappointment at the limited nature… weiter lesen