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World Jewish Congress welcomes European Union’s ‘long overdue’ decision to blacklist Hezbollah

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 luglio 2013

English: Word Jewish Congress President Ronald...

English: Word Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder (left) and Eduardo Elsztain, chairman of the WJC Governing Board. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NEW YORK /BRUSSELS – Monday’s unanimous decision by the foreign ministers of the 28 European Union member states to include the military wing of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah in the EU’s list of terrorist organization was hailed by the World Jewish Congress (WJC) as a “major breakthrough”. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder called it “a long overdue step that is very significant because it could help to dry up sources of funding for this organization in Europe.” Lauder said that although the distinction between a military and a political wing was an artificial one because Hezbollah had a single command structure, “it will nonetheless have a positive impact if strongly enforced by all EU member nations.”
The WJC president rejected the argument that blacklisting Hezbollah could lead to political destabilization in Lebanon. “The facts speak for themselves: It is Hezbollah that is destabilizing Lebanon by illegally maintaining a heavily armed paramilitary organization that threatens its neighbors. It is Hezbollah that is wreaking havoc in Syria by deploying thousands of fighters to support the Assad regime. It is Hezbollah that continues to plant bombs in many places around the world, including in Bulgaria last year. And it is high time that the world starts fighting these fanatics instead of placating them. The world did so with the Taliban in Afghanistan, and it has to do the same with Hezbollah in Lebanon. It is important that we stand united on this,” Lauder said.He also thanked the British, German and French governments for having overcome initial hesitations and for taking a lead in the EU on this matter: “It was critical that the three biggest nations in Europe said ‘enough is enough’. We commend them for that.”
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.

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Major Hotel in Kabul Attacked by Taliban

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 giugno 2011

Kabul, Afghanistan – Bomb explosion and gunfire reported at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel.
• Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attac
• Afghan and Western officials were supposedly holding security talks at the site before the explosion.
• Reports allege a wedding party was also being held at the hotel on Tuesday evening when gunfire broke out after the blast.
• Roughly 10 people had reportedly been killed and “a number of” policemen had been wounded from the attack by the six bombers.
• The increase in violence comes as NATO-led forces prepare to hand security responsibility to Afghans in seven areas from next month at the start of a gradual transition process that will end with all foreign troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Original sources: AP; Reuters; CNN; The New York Times; Al Jazeera; CBS News; France 24.

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Obama about the way forward in Afghanistan

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 giugno 2011

Tonight, President Obama addressed the nation from the East Room of the White House about the way forward in Afghanistan and his plan to remove 10,000 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and a total of 33,000 by next summer. The President reflected on the difficult decision he made in December of 2009 to order 30,000 additional troops into Afghanistan, and keeping his commitment to begin the drawdown of troops this summer: By the time I took office, the war in Afghanistan had entered its seventh year. But al Qaeda’s leaders had escaped into Pakistan and were plotting new attacks, while the Taliban had regrouped and gone on the offensive. Without a new strategy and decisive action, our military commanders warned that we could face a resurgent al Qaeda and a Taliban taking over large parts of Afghanistan. For this reason, in one of the most difficult decisions that I’ve made as President, I ordered an additional 30,000 American troops into Afghanistan. When I announced this surge at West Point, we set clear objectives: to refocus on al Qaeda, to reverse the Taliban’s momentum, and train Afghan security forces to defend their own country. I also made it clear that our commitment would not be open-ended, and that we would begin to draw down our forces this July. Tonight, I can tell you that we are fulfilling that commitment. Thanks to our extraordinary men and women in uniform, our civilian personnel, and our many coalition partners, we are meeting our goals. As a result, starting next month, we will be able to remove 10,000 of our troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and we will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, fully recovering the surge I announced at West Point. After this initial reduction, our troops will continue coming home at a steady pace as Afghan security forces move into the lead. Our mission will change from combat to support. By 2014, this process of transition will be complete, and the Afghan people will be responsible for their own security. President Obama also discussed the importance of focusing on nation building here at home, while upholding the beliefs and principles on which our nation was founded abroad:
In all that we do, we must remember that what sets America apart is not solely our power -– it is the principles upon which our union was founded. We’re a nation that brings our enemies to justice while adhering to the rule of law, and respecting the rights of all our citizens. We protect our own freedom and prosperity by extending it to others. We stand not for empire, but for self-determination. That is why we have a stake in the democratic aspirations that are now washing across the Arab world. We will support those revolutions with fidelity to our ideals, with the power of our example, and with an unwavering belief that all human beings deserve to live with freedom and dignity.
Above all, we are a nation whose strength abroad has been anchored in opportunity for our citizens here at home. Over the last decade, we have spent a trillion dollars on war, at a time of rising debt and hard economic times. Now, we must invest in America’s greatest resource –- our people. We must unleash innovation that creates new jobs and industries, while living within our means. We must rebuild our infrastructure and find new and clean sources of energy. And most of all, after a decade of passionate debate, we must recapture the common purpose that we shared at the beginning of this time of war. For our nation draws strength from our differences, and when our union is strong no hill is too steep, no horizon is beyond our reach. America, it is time to focus on nation building here at home. In this effort, we draw inspiration from our fellow Americans who have sacrificed so much on our behalf. To our troops, our veterans and their families, I speak for all Americans when I say that we will keep our sacred trust with you, and provide you with the care and benefits and opportunity that you deserve.

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Afghanistan: un altro morto italiano

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 febbraio 2011

E’ il tenente Massimo Ranzani. Era su un veicolo blindato Lince che formava una colonna in movimento nei pressi di Shindand (a 25 Km di distanza), nell’ovest dell’Afghanistan. L’esplosione ha avuto luogo alle 12,45 ora locale. Gli altri quattro componenti presenti nel mezzo sono rimasti gravemente feriti. Lo ha comunicato lo stato maggiore della Difesa. Berlusconi si chiede se dobbiamo ancora tollerare questo stillicidio di vittime. E’ una domanda retorica se si pensa che da tempo si sostiene la necessità di rivedere la nostra presenza militare in quell’area e che, non si è mai trattato di una missione di pace ma di una vera e propria azione bellica in contrasto con i dettati della nostra costituzione. Precedente vedere: p

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