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Conflict Resolution 101: Talking With Hamas

By , August 8, 2014 11:02 am
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The only way to secure a long-lasting peace in Israel-Palestine is to take Hamas off the U.S. terrorist list and to give them the opportunity—and responsibility—to negotiate. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The world awaits with bated breath to see if the interim truce negotiated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will lead to a long-term ceasefire. But if U.S. mediation is to be sincere and effective, the United States government needs to take Hamas off its terrorist list and allow Hamas to be fully represented at the table.

For the past month, Secretary Kerry has been traveling around the the Middle East trying to negotiate an end to the violence. He has had ongoing discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. He consults regularly with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. He’s convened with the governments of influential countries in the region, such as Egypt, Turkey, and Qatar.

But there’s one glaring omission in his efforts as mediator: he doesn’t talk directly to Hamas, which has been on the U.S. terrorist list since 1997.

Conflict Resolution 101 says “negotiate with all relevant parties.” Senator George Mitchell, who successfully brokered the Good Friday Accord in Northern Ireland, said that serious negotiations were only possible once the British stopped treating the Irish Republican Army as a terrorist organization and began dealing with it as a political entity. The Turkish government learned this lesson more recently. After decades of fighting the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan decided to remove the PKK from the terrorist list and began direct negotiations with imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan—a move that has given new life to the peace process.

You can’t presume to be a mediator and then exclude one key party because you don’t like them. That lesson surely applies to Gaza. If the position of Hamas is only heard through intermediaries, Hamas is much more likely to refuse the outcome. Look at Kerry’s July 15 ceasefire proposal. It was negotiated with the Israeli government, and Netanyahu boasted about Israel’s willingness to accept the proposal. But Hamas was never consulted and actually heard about the “take it or leave it” proposal via the media. Little wonder they rejected it. Former UN rapporteur Richard Falk called Kerry’s efforts “a diplomatic analogue to the theater of the absurd.”

The military wing of Hamas, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, has certainly been involved in terrorist activities—from suicide bombings in the 1990s to launching rockets into civilian areas in Israel. But Hamas has a social welfare wing that has long provided social services oftentimes not provided by the Palestinian Authority. And after it won the elections in 2006, its political wing had to start functioning as a government, overseeing not only security but more mundane institutions such as the Ministries of Health, Education, Commerce, and Transportation. The more moderate members of Hamas tend to run the government agencies, oftentimes at odds with the more militant members.

On one of the CODEPINK humanitarian delegations to Gaza, soon after the horrific 2009 Israeli incursion that left over 1,400 Palestinians dead, I had firsthand experience with some of these government officials when they asked for a meeting with three members of our delegation, including two of us who had identified ourselves explicitly as Jewish Americans.

I expected the meeting to be tense, with rancor expressed toward us as Americans—after all, our government had been funding the recent operations—and as Jews. We were not only warmly welcomed by the group of about a dozen men, but told repeatedly: “We have no problems with the Jewish religion; in fact, we find it very close to Islam. Our problem is with Israeli policies, not Jews.”

I realized that Hamas, like any political organization, is made up of a variety of individuals with different political perspectives. Some are hard-line Islamists, antagonistic toward the West and bent on the destruction of Israel. Others, like the ones we met with, had earned university degrees in Western universities, appreciated many aspects of American and European culture, and believed they could negotiate with the Israelis.

The following day, the Hamas leaders we met with gave me a letter to take back to President Obama asking for his help. It was signed by Dr. Ahmed Yousef, Deputy Foreign Minister and senior advisor to Gaza’s Prime Minister Ismael Haniya. The language was free of anti-Israel rhetoric and instead infused with references to international law and human rights. It called for a lifting of the siege on Gaza, a halt to all settlement building and a U.S. policy shift that would show evenhandedness based on international law and norms. It stated that Hamas was willing to talk to all parties, obviously including Israel, “on the basis of mutual respect and without preconditions.”

I found it astonishing that these representatives of a government that had been subject to a recent and brutal assault, financed in large part with U.S. tax dollars, were reaching out to President Obama with such a well-reasoned plea to intervene. Even more astonishing is the fact that they gave the letter to me—a feminist, Jewish, American woman—to try to deliver to the administration.

Back in Washington DC, I delivered the letter. But despite my insistence, the Obama administration refused to even acknowledge its receipt, much less send a reply. It was yet another loss for the Hamas moderates and a win for those who saw armed resistance as the only way to win concessions from Israel.

Like the letter I received in 2009, the counterproposals Hamas has put forth in the last month have been very reasonable, including the following:

  • Withdrawal of Israeli tanks from the Gaza border
  • Freeing the prisoners arrested after the killing of the three youths
  • Lifting the siege and opening the border crossings to commerce and people, under UN supervision
  • Establishing an international seaport and airport under U.N. supervision
  • Increasing the permitted fishing zone to comply with international norms
  • Reestablishing an industrial zone and improvements in further economic development in the Gaza Strip

Not only are these conditions reasonable, they form the basis of a long-lasting truce that gets at the underlying, systemic problems. The only way this will happen is if Hamas is taken off the U.S. terrorist list and given the opportunity—and responsibility—to negotiate these systemic changes the Palestinians so desperately need and deserve.

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US House Passes Resolution on Protecting Religious Minorities in Iraq

By , August 2, 2014 11:52 pm

(AINA) — A resolution in the United States House of Representatives calling for the protection of minorities was passed today. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA-51) on July 24, 2014. The resolution expresses “the sense of the House of Representatives on the current situation in Iraq and the urgent need to protect religious minorities from persecution from the Sunni Islamist insurgent and terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) as it expands its control over areas in northwestern Iraq.”

Reaffirms the commitments of the House of Representatives to promoting and protecting religious freedom around the world and providing relief to minority groups facing persecution.

Calls on the Department of State to work with the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Iraqi central government, neighboring countries, the diaspora community in the United States, the United Nations (U.N.) High Commissioner for Refugees, and other key stakeholders to help secure safe havens for those claiming amnesty in Iraq.

Requests the addition of a Special Representative for Religious Minorities to be included in Prime Minister al-Maliki’s newly reconstructed government.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 24, 2014
Mr. Vargas submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the current situation in Iraq and the urgent need to protect religious minorities from persecution from the Sunni Islamist insurgent and terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) as it expands its control over areas in northwestern Iraq.

Whereas Iraq is currently embroiled in a political and religious insurrection stemming from an Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL)-led offensive that began in the Anbar province and has spread to key locations such as Mosul, Tikrit, and Samarra and continues to engulf the region in violence and instability;

Whereas ISIL is a transnational Sunni insurgency whose ideological and organizational roots lie in both al Qaeda in Iraq and the Syria-based Jabhat al Nursa and has a stated mission of establishing an Islamic state and a caliphate across the Levant through violence against Shiites, non-Muslims, and unsupportive Sunnis;

Whereas Iraq’s population is approximately 31,300,000 with 97 percent identifying themselves as Muslim and the approximately 3 percent of religious minorities groups comprising of Christians, Yezidis, Sabean-Mandaeans, Bahais, Shabaks, Kakais, and Jews;

Whereas the Iraqi Christian population is estimated to be between 400,000 and 850,000 with two-thirds being Chaldean, one-fifth Assyrian, and the remainder consisting of Syriacs, Protestants, Armenians, and Anglicans;

Whereas the Iraqi constitution provides for religious freedom by stating–

(1) “no law may be enacted that contradicts the principles of democracy”;

(2) “no law may be enacted that contradicts the rights and basic freedoms stipulated in this Constitution”; and

(3) “[This Constitution] guarantees the full religious rights to freedom of religious belief and practice of all individuals such as Christians, Yazidis, and Mandean Sabeans”;

Whereas over 500,000 people have been displaced by the current situation in Iraq and reports have surfaced of targeted harassment, persecution, and killings of Iraqi religious minorities by ISIL with little to no protection from the Iraqi Government and other security forces;

Whereas the fall of Mosul in particular has sparked enough anxiety among the Christian population that for the first time in 1,600 years there was no Mass in the city;

Whereas over 50 percent of Iraq’s Christian population has fled since the fall of Saddam Hussein, 1,100,000 people of diverse religious backgrounds remain internally displaced and the government under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has not upheld its commitment to protect the rights of religious minorities;

Whereas the United States has provided over $ 73,000,000 of cumulative assistance to Iraq’s minority populations since 2003 through economic development, humanitarian services, and capacity development;

Whereas 84,902 Iraqis have resettled to the United States between 2007 and 2013 and over 300,000 Chaldean and Assyrians currently reside throughout the country, particularly in Michigan, California, Arizona, Illinois, and Ohio; and

Whereas President Barack Obama recently declared on Religious Freedom Day, “Foremost among the rights Americans hold sacred is the freedom to worship as we choose … we also remember that religious liberty is not just an American right; it is a universal human right to be protected here at home and across the globe. This freedom is an essential part of human dignity, and without it our world cannot know lasting peace”: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) reaffirms its commitments to promoting and protecting religious freedom around the world and providing relief to minority groups facing persecution;

(2) calls on the United States Department of State to work with the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Iraqi central government, neighboring countries, the diaspora community in the United States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and other key stakeholders to help secure safe havens for those claiming amnesty in Iraq; and

(3) respectfully requests the addition of a Special Representative for Religious Minorities to be included in Prime Minister al-Maliki’s newly reconstructed government.

Assyrian International News Agency

Russia submits draft Ukraine resolution at UN

By , June 14, 2014 6:04 am

Russia submits draft Ukraine resolution at UN
By: afp on: 14.06.2014 [09:01 ] (66 reads)

Russia submitted a draft resolution on Ukraine at the Security Council on Thursday demanding that the United Nations play a greater role in resolving the crisis, and accused Kiev of using white phosphorus.

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UNITED NATIONS: Russia submitted a draft resolution on Ukraine at the Security Council on Thursday demanding that the United Nations play a greater role in resolving the crisis, and accused Kiev of using white phosphorus.

Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin said he introduced the draft at closed-door consultations that focused on Iraq, adding that it had been met with “some support” and “some suggestions.”

He said it “updated” a June 2 measure — that received a cool response from the Security Council — and called for an immediate end to the violence, a sustained ceasefire and greater UN involvement in efforts to broker a solution.

Currently chaired by Swiss President Didier Burkhalter, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe has been at the forefront of attempts to try to resolve the crisis.

In May, the OSCE drew up a plan to help bring the pro-Western Kiev authorities and pro-Moscow militants in the southeast to the negotiating table but no progress has been made in several rounds of dialogue that excluded the armed separatists.

Russia wants UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to support OSCE efforts to implement the road map and launch dialogue “involving all political forces and regions of the country,” Churkin said.

It is “important for the Security Council to play a role and for the United Nations to increase its role in trying to settle the situation in Ukraine and to stop violence,” he said.

Diplomats say Russia’s earlier Ukraine draft was at least partly partly a bargaining chip as the West scrambles to avoid Moscow vetoing a resolution on enforcing humanitarian access in Syria.

Churkin denied there was any relation when questioned on Thursday.

Moscow has accused Kiev of using prohibited munitions, but Churkin said there were “reports” for the first time that Ukraine was using white phosphorus munition in the fighting.

“We are very disturbed about it,” he said.

Russian news agencies quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying there had been attempts from Ukraine to depart from the principles stipulated in the roadmap.

“The lack of any progress whatsoever in efforts to stop the violence and halt military operations… is causing increasing concern,” he told reporters.

Lavrov also called for a probe into allegations that the ex-Soviet country was using banned weapons.

“Reports about the use by Ukraine’s armed forces of incendiary bombs and other banned non-selective weapons are a cause for special concern,” he added. “These reports should be verified as soon as possible.”

- AFP/ec

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Turkey Condemns Armenian Genocide Resolution in U.S. Senate

By , April 12, 2014 4:07 am

Turkey Condemns Armenian Genocide Resolution in U.S. Senate

(Reuters) — Turkey condemned on Friday a U.S. Senate committee resolution branding the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War One as genocide and warned Congress against taking steps that would harm Turkish-American ties.

The nature and scale of the killings remain highly contentious nearly a century after they took place. Turkey accepts that many Armenians died in partisan fighting beginning in 1915, but denies that up to 1.5 million were killed and that this constituted an act of genocide — a term used by many Western historians and foreign parliaments.

The resolution, adopted by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Thursday, called “to remember and observe the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 24, 2014?.

“The President should work toward an equitable, constructive, stable, and durable Armenian-Turkish relationship that includes the full acknowledgment by … Turkey of the facts about the Armenian Genocide,” the text of the resolution said.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said the committee had acted beyond its position, competence and responsibility by adopting a “hastily and ineptly prepared” draft resolution.

“We reject this attempt at political exploitation that distorts history and law and we condemn those who led this prejudiced initiative,” the ministry said in a statement.

“TRAGIC EVENTS”

It said Turks and Armenians could reach a “just memory of the tragic 1915 events” and that an earlier proposal from Ankara to set up a joint historical commission remained on the agenda.

Armenia did not take up the Turkish offer because it regards the genocide as an established historic fact and believes Turkey would use such a commission to press its own version of events.

“It is essential that the U.S. Congress engages in efforts aimed at strengthening our historic alliance … instead of damaging Turkish-American bilateral ties,” it added.

Last December, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made Turkey’s first high-level visit to Armenia in nearly five years, raising the prospect of a revival in peace efforts between the historical rivals which stalled in 2010.

The legacy of the killings has remained a major obstacle to reviving frozen relations between Turkey and its small former Soviet eastern neighbour.

Armenia accuses the Ottoman authorities at the time of systematically massacring large numbers of Armenians, then deporting many more, including women, children and the elderly and infirm in terrible conditions on so-called death marches.

The issue has long been a source of tension between Turkey and several Western countries, especially the United States and France, both home to large ethnic Armenian diasporas.

Assyrian International News Agency

Draft resolution on Ukraine’s entry into NATO and EU submitted to Verkhovna Rada

By , March 22, 2014 4:37 pm

Draft resolution on Ukraine’s entry into NATO and EU submitted to Verkhovna Rada
By: Voice of Russia on: 22.03.2014 [14:51 ] (150 reads)

21 March 2014, 19:13

Draft resolution on Ukraine’s entry into NATO and EU submitted to Verkhovna Rada

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A draft resolution “On Ukraine’s gaining membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union” was submitted today to the Verkhovna Rada by radical Deputy Oleg Lyashko. It is registered at the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament and sent to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Committee on the Issues of European Integration and other committees of the Verkhovna Rada.

Political section of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement signed in Brussels

The heads of state and government of the European Union’s 28 member countries and EU leaders signed the political section of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in Brussels on Friday in the presence of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. The document carries the signatures of Yatsenyuk, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and the heads of the union’s 28 nations

It was signed during the working session of the European Council, which discussed the situation in Ukraine on Thursday. The EU summit will continue after the signing ceremony.

All things considered, Kiev is building a Western-oriented policy, though, at the same time trying to keep a foot in both camps. However, the new Ukrainian government did not respond to the concerns of experts, who insist that there is the second side of the coin in Ukraine’s potential accession to the EU. The experts fear that there is a high risk of recurrence of the situation with Greece, Romania or Bulgaria, where such actions have led to a further weakening of the economies of these countries. Given the current poor state of the economy in Ukraine, such a policy could lead to an exacerbation of disturbances among the population.

EU summit participants promise Moldova, Georgia to sign association agreement by June

The European Union summit participants have promised Moldova and Georgia to sing agreements on association by June, it is said in the final statement of the summit on Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the document says nothing about the prospects for the EU membership of Ukraine, Moldova or Georgia.

The document says that the European Union confirms its goal to further strengthen political association and economic integration with Georgia and Moldova. It confirmed the EU goal to sign with them agreements on association and on a free trade zone no later than June 2014.

Ukraine to sign political association deal with EU

Ukraine’s interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is due Friday to sign parts of a highly symbolic deal on closer political ties with the European Union.

The signing of the political chapters of the association agreement is a “concrete sign of the EU’s solidarity with Ukraine,” EU President Herman Van Rompuy said, adding that it would give Ukrainians “a prospect of a European way of life they deserve.”

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Russia vetoes US-sponsored UN resolution declaring Crimea vote invalid

By , March 15, 2014 1:11 pm

Russia vetoes US-sponsored UN resolution declaring Crimea vote invalid
By: RT on: 15.03.2014 [15:28 ] (127 reads)

Russia vetoes US-sponsored UN resolution declaring Crimea vote invalid

Published time: March 15, 2014 15:20

Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council’s resolution declaring the upcoming referendum on the future status of autonomous republic of Crimea invalid and urges all states not to recognize its results.

China abstained as 13 council members supported the resolution and Russia voted against.

The draft resolution noted that the Ukrainian government in Kiev has not authorized the referendum and said that it cannot be valid.

“This referendum can have no validity, and cannot form the basis for any alteration of the status of Crimea; and calls upon all States, international organizations and specialized agencies not to recognize any alteration of the status of Crimea on the basis of this referendum and to refrain from any action or dealing that might be interpreted as recognizing any such altered status,” the documents reads.

Moscow has a veto right as one of five permanent members of the Security Council. It was “no secret that Russia would vote against the US draft resolution,” Russia’s envoy at the UN Vitaly Churkin said ahead of the voting. He added that Moscow would respect the choice of Crimeans.

On Sunday, the Crimeans are going to decide if they want the republic to remain a part of Ukraine or join the Russian Federation.

European nations and the US said earlier they would not recognize the outcome of the referendum and warned Russia of sanctions over its stance on Ukraine.

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Russia vetoes US-sponsored UN resolution declaring Crimea vote invalid

By , March 15, 2014 10:28 am

Russia vetoes US-sponsored UN resolution declaring Crimea vote invalid
By: RT on: 15.03.2014 [15:28 ] (70 reads)

Russia vetoes US-sponsored UN resolution declaring Crimea vote invalid

Published time: March 15, 2014 15:20

Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council’s resolution declaring the upcoming referendum on the future status of autonomous republic of Crimea invalid and urges all states not to recognize its results.

China abstained as 13 council members supported the resolution and Russia voted against.

The draft resolution noted that the Ukrainian government in Kiev has not authorized the referendum and said that it cannot be valid.

“This referendum can have no validity, and cannot form the basis for any alteration of the status of Crimea; and calls upon all States, international organizations and specialized agencies not to recognize any alteration of the status of Crimea on the basis of this referendum and to refrain from any action or dealing that might be interpreted as recognizing any such altered status,” the documents reads.

Moscow has a veto right as one of five permanent members of the Security Council. It was “no secret that Russia would vote against the US draft resolution,” Russia’s envoy at the UN Vitaly Churkin said ahead of the voting. He added that Moscow would respect the choice of Crimeans.

On Sunday, the Crimeans are going to decide if they want the republic to remain a part of Ukraine or join the Russian Federation.

European nations and the US said earlier they would not recognize the outcome of the referendum and warned Russia of sanctions over its stance on Ukraine.

DETAILS TO FOLLOW

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Syria Agrees to Co-operate With UN Resolution on Humanitarian Access

By , February 24, 2014 3:25 am

Damascus said yesterday it is prepared to co-operate with a United Nations call for humanitarian access as long as Syria’s sovereignty is respected. The foreign ministry also said the “root causes” of the crisis, “foreign backed terrorism” and western sanctions, must be addressed.

The comments came in response to the unanimous adoption by the UN Security Council of a legally biding resolution demanding humanitarian access to civilians and urging all parties to lift sieges of populated areas, particularly in Aleppo and Damascus.

The resolution calls on the Syrian government to allow relief agencies to operate across conflict lines and borders; condemns the indiscriminate use of barrel bombs by the air force; and denounces terror attacks staged by insurgents.

Prosecutions and sanctions To secure the approval of Russia and China, which vetoed three earlier resolutions, the resolution’s authors — Australia, Jordan and Luxembourg — excluded references to prosecutions and targeted sanctions.

Russia’s UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, said Moscow’s concerns had been “borne in mind” and the text had become more “balanced”. His Chinese counterpart, Lie Jieyi, urged “all parties . . . to implement this resolution in good faith”.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon argued that humanitarian access is mandated by international law and expressed shock that “both sides are besieging civilians as a tactic of war”. He was asked to submit 30-day progress reports.

Although there is no threat of punitive action in case of noncompliance, France and Britain have vowed to press for council action if the resolution is ignored.

In Syria, local ceasefires agreed by the government and the rebel Free Syrian Army continue to hold in the Damascus suburbs of Babila, Muadhamiya, Qudsaya, Beit Sahm, Yalda, Barzeh and Yarmouk, the location of a Palestinian refugee neighbourhood. Army sieges on these rebel-held areas have been lifted and food has been delivered. Rebels have surrendered heavy weapons and are patrolling the streets and manning checkpoints with government troops. Similar arrangements have been reached around Homs.

The army has continued bombardment of insurgent-held quarters of Aleppo and a car bomb exploded near a field hospital in the insurgent-held village of Atmeh near the Turkish border, killing 14 and wounding 70. Al-Qaeda renegade Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) has been blamed for the blast.

The faction is also blamed for the death by suicide bomb of Abu Khaled al-Suri, dispatched by al-Qaeda central chief Ayman Zawahiri to arrange a truce between Isis and rival insurgent groups.

In Lebanon, spillover from the conflict in Syria has continued to take a deadly toll. A car bomb claimed by al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra’s local branch killed two soldiers and a civilian in the pro-Hizbullah town of Hermel near the border with Syria.

In the Hague, Damascus has submitted to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons a revised plan for the export of its weapons chemicals by the end of May, missing the June 30th deadline fixed for their destruction. So far three shipments, 11 per cent of the 1,200 tons of chemicals, have left the country.

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Corrupt U.S. Congress Votes Up Resolution to Support Neo-Nazi Ukrainian Opposition

By , February 16, 2014 8:07 am

Corrupt U.S. Congress Votes Up Resolution to Support Neo-Nazi Ukrainian Opposition
By: larouchepac.com on: 16.02.2014 [06:40 ] (142 reads)

Corrupt U.S. Congress Votes Up Resolution to Support Neo-Nazi Ukrainian Opposition
February 10, 2014 • 9:32PM

On Tuesday evening, a corrupt U.S. Congress, with no concern for anything but its re-election, voted by a margin of 383 to 2 (with 50 not voting), to endorse a resolution supporting the fascist opposition in Ukraine, and therefore a nuclear war confrontation with Russia. LaRouchePAC representatives on the scene confronted particularly the Jewish members, and found them and others either ignorant, or totally craven. The two ‘no’ votes were by Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Thomas Massie (R-KY), both sponsors of H Res. 428, the resolution to release the suppressed 28 pages of the Congressional Inquiry report on 9/11.

See earlier report for further background.

In response to the prospective passage, LaRouche had the following to say Monday afternoon on the LaRouchePAC Policy Committee Show:

“They’re talking about the elections being started now for this year in the Congress. That’s what it is; that’s how corrupt it is. They’re putting themselves in the pocket with Nuland Asst Secy of State, who’s really a creep — actually violated every principle of our Constitution already. But there are many Nulands in there. Why? Because they’re running for election; this is an election year in the House of Representatives, and that’s why you find so many prostitutes are running loose up there. And I will say it; they’re running as prostitutes. They just want, they’re concerned about getting elected. They don’t give a damn about the future of the United States; they don’t even want to hear about it. And I think we ought to broadcast that clearly.

“Now, I can assure you that Obama’s ready to sign that one. He’s ready to push that part of the button. He’s already got that in mind. He’s already committed implicitly to the button. He’s got the button; and if he puts his finger on the button, his thumb on the button so to speak, if he does that in this period, you and I and the rest of them are all dead! So you can say that in effect, these members of Congress who voted for a position on this thing are as good as already dead! And it shows you how smart they are.”

See Kenric Ward’s “Up in arms: Congress considers war powers in Ukraine,” from Monday’s Examiner.

Below is the full text of the resolution.

H. RES. 447

Supporting the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 16, 2013

Mr. ENGEL (for himself, Mr. ROYCE, Mr. LEVIN, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. KEATING, and Mr. GERLACH) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

RESOLUTION

Supporting the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear.

Whereas a democratic, prosperous, and independent Ukraine is in the national interest of the United States;

Whereas closer relations with the European Union (EU) through the signing of an Association Agreement will promote democratic values, good governance, and economic opportunity in Ukraine;

Whereas millions of Ukrainian citizens support closer relations with Europe and the signing of an Association Agreement;

Whereas the Government of Ukraine has declared integration with Europe a national priority and has made significant progress toward meeting the requirements for the Association Agreement;

Whereas Ukraine has the sovereign right to enter into voluntary partnerships of its choosing, in keeping with its interests;

Whereas Ukraine’s closer relations with the EU do not threaten any other country, and will benefit both Ukraine and its neighbors;

Whereas on November 21, 2013, following several months of intense outside pressure, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych abruptly suspended negotiations on the Association Agreement one week before it was due to be signed at the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania;

Whereas this reversal of stated government policy precipitated demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens in Kyiv as well as in cities throughout the country;

Whereas the demonstrators have been overwhelmingly peaceful and have sought to exercise their constitutional rights to freely assemble and express their opposition to President Yanukovych’s decision, as well as their support for greater government accountability and closer relations with Europe;

Whereas on November 30, 2013, police violently dispersed peaceful demonstrators in Kyiv’s Independence Square, resulting in many injuries and the arrest of several dozen individuals;

Whereas on December 11, 2013, police raided 3 opposition media outlets and the headquarters of an opposition party;

Whereas on December 11, 2013, despite President Yanukovych’s statement the previous day that he would engage in talks with the opposition, police attempted to forcibly evict peaceful protesters from central locations in Kyiv; and

Whereas United States, European, and other leaders, as well as 3 former presidents of Ukraine, have urged restraint and warned against the use of violence against peaceful protesters, and have called for dialogue with the opposition to resolve the current political and economic crisis: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) greatly values the warm and close relationship the United States has established with Ukraine since that country regained its independence in 1991;

(2) supports the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear;

(3) calls on the United States and the European Union to continue to work together to support a peaceful resolution to the crisis, and to continue to support the desire of millions of Ukrainian citizens for closer relations with Europe through the signing of an Association Agreement, as well as for a democratic future;

(4) urges the Government of Ukraine, Ukrainian opposition parties, and all protesters to exercise the utmost restraint and avoid confrontation, and calls on the Government of Ukraine to live up to its international obligations and respect and uphold the democratic rights of its citizens, including the freedom of assembly and expression, as well as the freedom of the press;

(5) calls on the Government of Ukraine to bring to justice those responsible for violence against peaceful protesters, and to release and drop criminal charges against those detained for exercising their democratic rights;

(6) urges the United States and the European Union to continue to make clear to Ukraine’s leaders that those who authorize or engage in violence against peaceful protesters will be held personally accountable;

(7) states that in the event of further violence by government authorities against peaceful protesters, the United States House of Representatives may consider targeted sanctions against those who authorize or engage in this use of force; and

(8) urges all parties to engage in constructive, sustained dialogue in order to find a peaceful solution to Ukraine’s current political and economic crisis.

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Corrupt U.S. Congress Votes Up Resolution to Support Neo-Nazi Ukrainian Opposition

By , February 15, 2014 11:57 pm

Corrupt U.S. Congress Votes Up Resolution to Support Neo-Nazi Ukrainian Opposition
By: larouchepac.com on: 16.02.2014 [06:40 ] (26 reads)

Corrupt U.S. Congress Votes Up Resolution to Support Neo-Nazi Ukrainian Opposition
February 10, 2014 • 9:32PM

On Tuesday evening, a corrupt U.S. Congress, with no concern for anything but its re-election, voted by a margin of 383 to 2 (with 50 not voting), to endorse a resolution supporting the fascist opposition in Ukraine, and therefore a nuclear war confrontation with Russia. LaRouchePAC representatives on the scene confronted particularly the Jewish members, and found them and others either ignorant, or totally craven. The two ‘no’ votes were by Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Thomas Massie (R-KY), both sponsors of H Res. 428, the resolution to release the suppressed 28 pages of the Congressional Inquiry report on 9/11.

See earlier report for further background.

In response to the prospective passage, LaRouche had the following to say Monday afternoon on the LaRouchePAC Policy Committee Show:

“They’re talking about the elections being started now for this year in the Congress. That’s what it is; that’s how corrupt it is. They’re putting themselves in the pocket with Nuland Asst Secy of State, who’s really a creep — actually violated every principle of our Constitution already. But there are many Nulands in there. Why? Because they’re running for election; this is an election year in the House of Representatives, and that’s why you find so many prostitutes are running loose up there. And I will say it; they’re running as prostitutes. They just want, they’re concerned about getting elected. They don’t give a damn about the future of the United States; they don’t even want to hear about it. And I think we ought to broadcast that clearly.

“Now, I can assure you that Obama’s ready to sign that one. He’s ready to push that part of the button. He’s already got that in mind. He’s already committed implicitly to the button. He’s got the button; and if he puts his finger on the button, his thumb on the button so to speak, if he does that in this period, you and I and the rest of them are all dead! So you can say that in effect, these members of Congress who voted for a position on this thing are as good as already dead! And it shows you how smart they are.”

See Kenric Ward’s “Up in arms: Congress considers war powers in Ukraine,” from Monday’s Examiner.

Below is the full text of the resolution.

H. RES. 447

Supporting the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 16, 2013

Mr. ENGEL (for himself, Mr. ROYCE, Mr. LEVIN, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. KEATING, and Mr. GERLACH) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

RESOLUTION

Supporting the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear.

Whereas a democratic, prosperous, and independent Ukraine is in the national interest of the United States;

Whereas closer relations with the European Union (EU) through the signing of an Association Agreement will promote democratic values, good governance, and economic opportunity in Ukraine;

Whereas millions of Ukrainian citizens support closer relations with Europe and the signing of an Association Agreement;

Whereas the Government of Ukraine has declared integration with Europe a national priority and has made significant progress toward meeting the requirements for the Association Agreement;

Whereas Ukraine has the sovereign right to enter into voluntary partnerships of its choosing, in keeping with its interests;

Whereas Ukraine’s closer relations with the EU do not threaten any other country, and will benefit both Ukraine and its neighbors;

Whereas on November 21, 2013, following several months of intense outside pressure, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych abruptly suspended negotiations on the Association Agreement one week before it was due to be signed at the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania;

Whereas this reversal of stated government policy precipitated demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens in Kyiv as well as in cities throughout the country;

Whereas the demonstrators have been overwhelmingly peaceful and have sought to exercise their constitutional rights to freely assemble and express their opposition to President Yanukovych’s decision, as well as their support for greater government accountability and closer relations with Europe;

Whereas on November 30, 2013, police violently dispersed peaceful demonstrators in Kyiv’s Independence Square, resulting in many injuries and the arrest of several dozen individuals;

Whereas on December 11, 2013, police raided 3 opposition media outlets and the headquarters of an opposition party;

Whereas on December 11, 2013, despite President Yanukovych’s statement the previous day that he would engage in talks with the opposition, police attempted to forcibly evict peaceful protesters from central locations in Kyiv; and

Whereas United States, European, and other leaders, as well as 3 former presidents of Ukraine, have urged restraint and warned against the use of violence against peaceful protesters, and have called for dialogue with the opposition to resolve the current political and economic crisis: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) greatly values the warm and close relationship the United States has established with Ukraine since that country regained its independence in 1991;

(2) supports the democratic and European aspirations of the people of Ukraine, and their right to choose their own future free of intimidation and fear;

(3) calls on the United States and the European Union to continue to work together to support a peaceful resolution to the crisis, and to continue to support the desire of millions of Ukrainian citizens for closer relations with Europe through the signing of an Association Agreement, as well as for a democratic future;

(4) urges the Government of Ukraine, Ukrainian opposition parties, and all protesters to exercise the utmost restraint and avoid confrontation, and calls on the Government of Ukraine to live up to its international obligations and respect and uphold the democratic rights of its citizens, including the freedom of assembly and expression, as well as the freedom of the press;

(5) calls on the Government of Ukraine to bring to justice those responsible for violence against peaceful protesters, and to release and drop criminal charges against those detained for exercising their democratic rights;

(6) urges the United States and the European Union to continue to make clear to Ukraine’s leaders that those who authorize or engage in violence against peaceful protesters will be held personally accountable;

(7) states that in the event of further violence by government authorities against peaceful protesters, the United States House of Representatives may consider targeted sanctions against those who authorize or engage in this use of force; and

(8) urges all parties to engage in constructive, sustained dialogue in order to find a peaceful solution to Ukraine’s current political and economic crisis.

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