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Us And Israel Snub Un Rights Session On Gaza Again.

24 March 2015 - 01:54 PM

Seems US will just vote down article 7 again as they always do each year. This is particularly bad considering the promises made by Bibi to the far right to secure his victory in the just passed elections, reneging on a two state solution.



Using Jon Stewart as folk more likely to watch that than read a UN report.


Here's the report in English




Below is a news item on it.


US and Israeli envoys refused to attend a UN Human Rights Council special session Monday on the situation in the Palestinian territories in the aftermath of the 2014 Gaza conflict.


The US decision will disappoint those who hoped the recent disagreement between the allies over Iran policy and the Middle East peace process would see Washington withhold diplomatic cover from Israel.

"As was the case last year, the United States will not engage in the debate. Neither will Israel. Instead, we will call a vote, and vote 'no' on Item 7 resolutions," said the US ambassador to the council, Keith Harper.

Speaking in Washington, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed that Washington had "coordinated our refusal to participate with Israel."

Israel provided no immediate explanation for missing the session dedicated overwhelmingly to a discussion of alleged abuses by its forces, but a source close to the council said its absence clearly amounted to a boycott.



Costa Rica Has Gotten All Of Its Energy From Renewables For 75 Days Straight

23 March 2015 - 10:06 AM

I thought this was interesting. Obviously this is due to favourable conditions but it does seem the way to go, especially with it lowering rates.





"Costa Rica got 100 percent of its energy from renewables for 75 days straight this year, the state-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) announced this week.

The Latin American country hasn’t had to use fossil fuels at all so far in 2015, due to heavy rains that have kept hydroelectric power plants going strong. Wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy have also helped power the country this year.

“The year 2015 has been one of electricity totally friendly to the environment for Costa Rica,” ICE announced in a press release in Spanish this week.

This reliance on renewables has prompted the country to lower electricity rates by 12 percent. ICE predicts that rates will continue to drop for Costa Rican customers in the second quarter of the year."



So I See The Uk And America Have Pulled Out Of Yemen As It Erupts Into Civil War

22 March 2015 - 06:54 AM

A couple of hundred special forces and drone programme personnel have fled Yemen as it goes tits up there too. The Houthi's have taken 9 of the 21 provinces and the President has had to move the Capital to Aden, Special forces fleeing Aden?? Deja Vu indeed.


Seems a significant increase in activity last couple of days, someone has given the faction as supply drop I think.


Not looking good loads of dead people.



F.a.o Bzzzzz

10 March 2015 - 08:52 PM

Don't say you haven't been praying for this to happen



Uci Report Into Doping Was Released Yesterday

10 March 2015 - 04:08 PM

Just read a summary of it, as a cynic i'm not surprised at all by the level of collusion and it stretches way beyond cycling in my opinion.