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Obviously this demand from the OIC does not apply to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, etc.
Foreign ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) have called upon the international community to make collective efforts to prevent incitement to hatred and discrimination against Muslims and to take effective measures to discourage negative stereotyping of people on the basis of religion, faith or race, according to an official source at the OIC on Sunday.
“We emphasize the need to develop, at the UN, including the HRC, a legally binding institutional instrument to promote respect for all religions and cultural values and prevent intolerance, discrimination and the instigation of hatred against any group or followers of any religion.”
US ‘military chief seeks Turkish support over Iran’:
Turkey voted against the US-backed sanctions against Iran in June, insisting that its neighbor’s nuclear program is peaceful, despite fears that Tehran might be seeking to develop nuclear arms. Turkey has, however, stated that it will abide by the sanctions.
Amid UN concerns about its legality, the United States is moving forward with the trial of Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen who was a minor when he was taken prisoner. Khadr is believed to be the first child soldier to be prosecuted for war crimes since WW2, and his prosecution would be a violation of the codes of the ICC. The judge in the case has also ruled that the confession of the young man, which the defense claims was coerced under torture, will be allowed. This is the first military tribunal under the Obama administration.
KSA and Syria talk about stability and peace in Lebanon ahead of the likely indictment of Hezbillah officials in connection with the assassination of Rafik Hariri.
I’m not clear how a man who once declared that Afghanistan was deserving of ‘rape’ by the USSR can complain about this, other than the fact that it is sheer political tribalism, but here’s Alexander Cockburn on the Iraq sanctions of the 1990s:
The war, when it came, was directed as much against Iraq’s economy as against its army in Kuwait. Key features of the bombing campaign were designed – as its principal planner, Colonel John Warden of the US air force, explained to me afterwards – to destroy the ‘critical nodes’ that enabled Iraq to function as a modern industrial society. The air force had dreamed of being able to do this sort of thing since before the Second World War, and Warden thought the introduction of precision-guided ‘smart bombs’ now made it a practical proposition. Iraq’s electrical power plants, telecommunications centres, oil refineries, sewage plants and other key infrastructure were destroyed or badly damaged. Warden, I recall, was piqued that bombing in addition to his original scheme had obscured the impact of his surgical assault on the pillars supporting modern Iraqi society.
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UN report concludes that the UK is complicit in the mistreatment and possible torture of its own citizens:
United Nations human rights investigators have concluded that the British government has been complicit in the mistreatment and possible torture of several of its own citizens during the “war on terror”.
In a report published today that will make difficult reading for ministers who repeatedly denied the UK’s involvement in torture, UN officials have indicated that there is clear evidence of the UK’s role in the secret detention overseas of several British Muslims.
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Evo Morales joins Hugo Chavez in strong protests over Gaza Massacre.
Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, says he is breaking off ties with Israel in protest against its war in Gaza, which has left more than 1,000 Palestinians dead.
Morales said on Wednesday that he would seek to get top Israeli officials, including Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, charged with “genocide” in the International Criminal Court.
The Bolivian president also dismissed the United Nations and its “Insecurity Council” for its “lukewarm” response to the crisis and said the general assembly should hold an emergency session to condemn the invasion.
“Considering these grave attacks against … humanity, Bolivia will stop having diplomatic relations with Israel,” Morales told diplomats in the Bolivian capital, La Paz.
He also said that Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, should be stripped of his Nobel Peace Prize for failing to stop the invasion.