Obama calls Rouhani. First direct talks between US and Iran presidents since 1979
US President Obama announced that he spoke with iranian President Rouhani to discuss the “ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program”. It’s the first direct contact between a US President and an Iranian counterpart since 1979.
Current talks ‘last chance’ for just peace with Israel, Palestinian leader tells UN
Warning that time is running out, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the United Nations to end Israeli settlement building on Palestinian land and thus giving a last chance for renewed peace talks to resolve the Middle East conflict within the allotted nine-month timeframe.
In the Jordan valley, the inhuman-yet-human bulldozers came at dawn | Haaretz
In the Jordan valley, the inhuman-yet-human bulldozers came at dawn – A visit to the West Bank village of Khirbet Makhoul, which was demolished on the grounds that the houses were built without permits | Haaretz.
Tell us about something you think is terribly unfair.
It’s not fair that UN Security Council members that have fought (diplomatically) and therefore delayed and blocked resolutions to try to stop the war in Syria for a long time are not giving the humanitarian aid compromised to help the people affected.
UN inspectors says rockets with gas sarin were used in Ghouta attack
UN investigators says in their report that surface to surface rockets armed with gas sarin were used in the attack against Goutha in Syria, killing civilians among then many children. This is the conclusion of the report of the UN investigation team made public Monday. Read the full remarks of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the Security Council about it.
An open door for Syria
Answering a question about how to avoid an attack, John Kerry opened a door on Syria and Russia immediately put on the table a proposal to destroy Al Assad chemical weapons. Obama said that “If we can accomplish this limited goal without taking military action, that would be my preference.”
More than 100,000 in St. Peter's Square praying for peace
More than a hundred thousand people gathered in St- Peter’s Square on Saturday evening in response to Pope Francis’ appeal for a day of fasting and prayer for peace. Sunday morning the Pope urged everybody to continue praying for peace in Syria Lebanon Iraq and Egypt, condemned the proliferation of wars and conflicts and questioned whether they were wars about problems or commercial wars to sell arms on the black market.
Al Assad: "The Middle east is a powder keg, and today the flame is coming very near"
Syrian president Bashar Al Assad said to the French daily Le Figaro that “there is a risk of regional war” after the first strike on his Country.
Pope Francis calls for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria and the world
Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the entire Mideast region, and throughout the whole world to be held this coming Saturday, September 7th, 2013. He also issued a forceful condemnation of the use of chemical weapons. Read his full remarks.
Obama will wait for Congress
President Obama announced he had decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack, but that he would seek Congressional authorization for the use of force.