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ITD Special Report – China/Iran Connection

China hopes for prompt resumption of Iranian nuclear talks

BEIJING, May 10 (Xinhua) — China hopes that the new round of talks between Iran and world powers could start at an early date, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said at a briefing that China hopes mutual trust can be strengthened through pragmatic measures.

“China has always supported the proper resolution of Iran’s nuclear issue through negotiations and dialogue,” Jiang said, pledging further contact with all sides.

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday welcomed a European Union proposal to resume talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (G5+1) on its nuclear program.

In January, the six world powers wrapped up nuclear talks with Iran in Istanbul but failed to reach any agreement.

Some Western countries suspect Iran’s uranium enrichment program is intended for producing nuclear weapons, but that claim has been denied by Iran.

Editor: Bi Mingxin
Link to xinhuanet.com’s “Iran Nuclear Crisis” page –
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The “Veto?” – Palestinian Recognition by the U.N.

An American veto would be one of the most ultimate displays of hypocrisy this world has ever seen. Think about it, we talk and talk and talk about how the peoples of the world, the entire world, deserve freedom and liberty, the very same freedom’s we enjoy…yeah…or supposedly enjoy at least. Why then do the Palestinians not deserve these very same ideals? This is the most peaceful way to do it! And the best part is, this is exactly what Israel did back in 1948! Palestine is emulating the oppressor! Good on them for the peaceful path, the path not ventured often.

SUPPORT U.N. RECOGNITION of PALESTINE…and why…

The U.S. and her allies have spent the last decades and year in particular, re-writing the Middle East. On of it’s greatest points of conjecture lies within the American promise of liberation and freedom for all people’s of the world. What then of the Palestinians? While the U.S. encouraged chaos amidst the ruins of Tunisia, Egypt and now Libya, and continues to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan, our government has turned a blind eye to the plight of the Palestinian peoples and their Israeli oppressors. By bring this petition before the U.N. Security council, the Palestinians are finally forcing the hand of the west wherein there are two choices, grant the freedoms the Palestinians deserve or display the ultimate in American/Israeli hypocrisy. If you are for peace, a truer peace, then you know what course we must take.

An incredible article you all should read –

Israel does not want a Palestinian state. Period.

On Wednesday, a coalition of Israeli peace organizations published a list of 50 reasons for Israel to support a Palestinian state. Assuming that you only accept five of them, isn’t that enough? What exactly is the alternative, now that the heavens are closing in around us?

By Gideon Levy

What will we tell the world next week, at the UN? What could we say? Whether in the General Assembly or the Security Council, we will be exposed in all our nakedness: Israel does not want a Palestinian state. Period. And it doesn’t have a single persuasive argument against the establishment and the international recognition of such a state.

So what will we say, that we’re opposed? Four prime ministers, Benjamin Netanyahu among them, have said that they’re in favor, that it must be accomplished through negotiations, so why haven’t we done it yet? Is our argument that we object to it’s being a unilateral measure? What’s more unilateral than the settlements that we insist on continuing to build? Or perhaps we will say that the route to a Palestinian state runs through Ramallah and Jerusalem, not New York, a la the U.S. secretary of state. The State of Israel itself was created, in part, in the United Nations.

Next week will be Israel’s moment of truth, or more precisely the moment in which its deception will be revealed. Be it the president, the prime minister or the ambassador to the UN, even the greatest of public speakers will be incapable of standing before the representatives of the nations of the world and explaining Israeli logic; none of the three will be able to convince them that there is any merit to Israel’s position.

Thirty-two years ago, Israel signed a peace agreement with Egypt in which it undertook “to recognize the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people” and to establish an autonomous authority in the West Bank and Gaza Strip within five years. Nothing happened.

Eighteen years ago the prime minister of Israel signed the Oslo Accords, in which Israel undertook to conduct talks in order to achieve a final-status agreement with the Palestinians, including the core issues, within five years. That, too, did not occur. Most of the provisions of the agreement have foundered since then – in the majority of cases because of Israel. What will Israel’s advocate at the UN say about this?

For years, Israel claimed that Yasser Arafat was the sole obstacle to peace with the Palestinians. Arafat died – and once again nothing happened. Israel claimed that if only the terror were to stop, a solution would appear. The terror stopped – and nothing. Israel’s excuses became increasingly empty and the naked truth was increasingly exposed. Israel does not want to reach a peace arrangement that would involve the establishment of a Palestinian state. This can no longer be covered up in the UN. And what did Netanyahu’s Israel expect the Palestinians to do in this case – another round of photo ops, like the ones with Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni that led nowhere?

The truth is that the Palestinians have just three options, not four: to surrender unconditionally and go on living under Israeli occupation for another 42 years at least; to launch a third intifada; or to mobilize the world on their behalf. They picked the third option, the lesser of all evils even from Israel’s perspective. What could Israel say about this – that it’s a unilateral step, as it and the United States have said? But it didn’t agree to stop construction in the settlements, the mother of all unilateral steps. What did the Palestinians have left? The international arena. And if that won’t save them, then another popular uprising in the territories.

The Palestinians in the West Bank, 3.5 million today, will not live without civil rights for another 42 years. We might as well get used to the fact that the world won’t stand for it. Can Netanyahu or Shimon Peres explain why the Palestinians do not deserve their own state? Do they have even the slightest of arguments? Nothing. And why not now? We have already seen, especially of late, that time only reduces the possible alternatives in the region. So even that weak excuse is dead.

Yesterday, a coalition of Israeli peace organizations published a list of 50 reasons for Israel to support a Palestinian state. Assuming that you only accept five of them, isn’t that enough? What exactly is the alternative, now that the heavens are closing in around us? Can anyone, can Peres or Netanyahu, seriously contend that the regional hostility toward us would not have lessened had the occupation already ended and a Palestinian state been established?

The truths are so basic, so banal, that it hurts even to repeat them. But, unfortunately, they’re the only ones we have. And so, a simple question to whoever will be representing us at the UN next week: Why not, for heaven’s sake? Why “no” once again? And to what will we say “yes”?