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France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy and former British prime minister Tony Blair. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuter
Tony Blair has been holding discussions with some of his oldest allies on how he could mount a campaign later this year to become full-time president of the EU council, the prestigious new job characterised as “president of Europe”. Blair, currently the Middle East envoy for the US, Russia, EU and the UN, has told friends he has made no final decision, but is increasingly willing to put himself forward for the job if it comes with real powers to intervene in defence and trade affairs.
This comes from a mainstream New Zealand newspaper.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has begun secret talks with other world leaders on far-reaching reform of the United Nations Security Council as part of a drive to create a “new world order” and “global society”.
Brown is drawing up plans to expand the number of permanent members in a move that will provoke fears in his country that the veto enjoyed by Britain could be diluted eventually.
The United States, France, Russia and China also have a veto but the number of members could be doubled to include India, Germany, Japan, Brazil and one or two African nations.
Posted on Jan 21, 2008
|AP photo / Khalil Hamra
|Palestinians mourn over the body of Hussam Zahar, 24, son of Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar, during his funeral in Gaza City. Hussam Zahar was killed Jan. 15 in an Israeli strike on Gaza.
By Chris Hedges
The Gaza Strip is rapidly becoming one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world. Israel has cordoned off the entire area, home to some 1.4 million Palestinians, blocking commercial goods, food, fuel and even humanitarian aid. At least 36 people have been killed in Israeli strikes since Tuesday and many more wounded. Hamas, which took control of Gaza in June, has launched about 200 rockets into southern Israel in the same period in retaliation, injuring more than 10 people. Israel announced the draconian closure and collective punishment Thursday in order to halt the rocket attacks, begun on Tuesday, when 18 Palestinians, including the son of a Hamas leader, were killed by Israeli forces.
This is not another typical spat between Israelis and Palestinians. This is the final, collective strangulation of the Palestinians in Gaza. The decision to block shipments of food by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency means that two-thirds of the Palestinians who rely on relief aid will no longer be able to eat when U.N. stockpiles in Gaza run out. Reports from inside Gaza speak of gasoline stations out of fuel, hospitals that lack basic medicine and a shortage of clean water. Whole neighborhoods were plunged into darkness when Israel cut off its supply of fuel to Gaza’s only power plant. The level of malnutrition in Gaza is now equal to that in the poorest sub-Saharan nations.
A fourth Russian shipment of nuclear fuel arrived in Iran on Sunday, destined for a power plant being constructed in the southern Iranian port of Bushehr, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
The nuclear power station in Bushehr.
The report said 11 tons of fuel arrived at the Bushehr power plant, just two days after Iran received its third Russian shipment on Friday.
Russia has reportedly pledged to give Iran a total of 85 tons of fuel for the plant.
The remainder of the fuel, about 40 tons, was scheduled to arrive in four separate shipments in the coming months, the report said.
Sunday, January 20, 2008 – ?2005 IranMania.com
LONDON, January 20 (IranMania) – A senior Republican advisor says since it is ‘politically impossible’ for Bush to attack Iran, the job should be ‘outsourced’ to Israel, PressTV reported.
If Tehran does not halt its nuclear program, Israel will ‘inevitably’ wreak mayhem on Iran, wrote Norman Podhoretz in the February edition of Commentary.
Podhoretz, who is considered as one of the founders of neoconservatism, insists that Israel may even be forced to attack Iran’s Arab neighbors to prevent them from assisting Tehran if the country acquires nuclear technology.
The neocon godfather is said to have a close relationship with President George W. Bush and is now serving as the foreign policy advisor to Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.
Podhoretz stated a year ago that the current administration will strike Iran’s nuclear facilities before the US president leaves office.
However, the US National Intelligence Estimate released in December concluded that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program.
Podhoretz claimed the NIE report made it ‘politically impossible’ for the Bush administration to wage war on Iran as the international community believes Iran’s nuclear program is civilian.