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I wasnt afraid to confront Clinton. I wasnt afraid to go against the U.N. What happened with the Oslo Accords? The Accords, which were ratified by Parliament. I was asked before the [1996] elections: “Will you fulfil them?” I said: “Yes, subject to reciprocity, and minimizing pull-outs.” But how can one minimize the [obliged]pull-outs? I gave my own interpretation to the agreements, in such a way that will allow me to stop the race back to the 1967 borders. Host : How did we manage to do this? Netanyahu : Nobody defined what “Military Facilities” are. So I also defined them as being ‘security zones’. The entire Jordan Valley, for me, is a “military facility”. Nobody has… Host : Yes. Like the Beit She’an valley. Netanyahu : You see, go figure. But then there was the question of who will define these “military facilities”? I received a letter from [Secretary of State, Warren] Christopher, sent to me and to Arafat at the same time, saying that Israel and Israel alone will define the “military facilities”, their locations, and size.
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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) treaty entering into force. There have been a number of previous chemical weapons treaties, including the Hague Declaration of 1899, the Hague Convention of 1907, and the Geneva Protocol of 1928. But none have had the same positive effect as the CWC. Since the CWC went into effect, over 95% of all declared chemical weapons have been verifiably eliminated. The CWC bans stockpiling, development, transfer, and usage of chemical weapons. Nearly every country has signed on to the CWC. Egypt, North Korea, and South Sudan are notable exceptions, while Israel has signed, but not ratified the treaty. The human species has truly been an innovator when it comes to killing. From the invention of the bow and arrow over 10,000 years ago, to the current nightmare of potential nuclear holocaust where literally all life on earth is threatened, our capacity to kill has developed exponentially.
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Now wouldn't it be splendid for us to be free & equal citizens–with the power of the ballot to back our hearts, heads & hands–and we could just go into all the movements to better the conditions of the poor, the insane, the criminalWouldn't we be happy mortals thus to work with power too, Anthony muses to Hooker. I can hardly waitThe good fates though are working together to bring us into this freedom & that rapidly. Alas, not rapidly enough. Anthony died 14 years before Congress ratified the 19th Amendment in 1920, granting women finally the national right to vote. Anthony's home state, New York, had done so three years earlier. Source: University of Rochester The post Lost letters from Susan B Anthony found in old barn appeared first on Futurity .
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All parties to the conflict in Iraq should respect the 1997 Ottawa (Mine Ban) Treaty, which Iraq has ratified. “The strong desire to exhume the remains of loved ones from ISIS mass graves is perfectly understandable, but hastily conducted exhumations seriously harm the chances of identifying the victims and preserving evidence,” Fakih said. “While exhuming the remains of those killed at Khafsa may be difficult, authorities should do what they can to make sure that those who lost their loved ones there have access to justice.” The Killings at Khafsa Five residents from villages near Khafsa told Human Rights Watch that on June 10, 2014, they saw ISIS fighters bring four large trucks filled with blindfolded men, with their hands bound, to the sinkhole. Two residents of al-Athba, a village three kilometers from Khafsa, two residents of Swada, a neighboring village, and a resident of Irbid, three kilometers away, who were able to see the site, described what they saw.
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The Scottish first minister says she will seek another referendum to split from Britain as London has failed to compromise with Scotland on Brexit. Nicola Sturgeon said the interest of Scotland can never be ignored and that a referendum will be held after it’s ratified by parliament. She added that the Scottish nation has the right to decide its future as a hard Brexit for Britain is inevitable. Scotland is planning to hold a second referendum on splitting from Britain between fall 2018 and spring 2019 over the British people’s decision to leave the European Union. The British government was quick to react by calling Scotland’s plan for an independence referendum as divisive. London says Edinburgh’s move to seek independence at such a time would cause huge economic uncertainly. Watch Live: http://www.presstv.com/live.html Twitter: http://twitter.
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So why is it that countries like Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan have a greater share of women in their legislative bodies than the United States? The Awakening by Henry Mayer Photo credit: Puck Publishing / Library of Congress One of the main reasons is a United Nations treaty called the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Adopted in 1979, the treaty created what was described as the “international bill of rights for women.” It consisted of 30 articles that cover a woman’s equal access to education, voting, health (including reproductive rights) and the right to hold office. It has been ratified by 189 countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. President Jimmy Carter signed CEDAW in 1980 but Congress failed to ratify the treaty, making the US one of a small group of nations that did not do so.
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And its something we dont herald often enough. Much like a concert piano tuner or an Office of Government Ethics, we dont often notice the work that the 25th Amendment does because it really only receives attention when something is going wrong. But the 25th Amendment ― which was proposed by Congress on July 6, 1965, and finally ratified on Feb. 10, 1967, thanks to Minnesota and Nevada ― has been quietly operating in the background, adding stability to our nation for half a century. Great job, 25th Amendment! As you might know, the 25th Amendment deals exclusively with presidential succession and has codified a set of procedures to follow in case the office of the president becomes vacant or the president is unable to do the job. These were all things that the Constitution endeavored to address in Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 ― but after many decades of experience, lawmakers came to believe that something more specific was necessary.
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There are almost 15,000 nuclear weapons worldwide despite previous treaties. Trump, like JFK, should pursue a complete ban on nuclear testing by supporting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (National Archives photo) Ike and JFK's efforts got a limited test ban, but still needed was the comprehensive ban which the Senate could now approve. President Ronald Reagan was another advocate for outlawing nuclear testing. It was Reagan who said, "I am committed to the ultimate attainment of a total ban on nuclear testing." Reagan sought the ratification of treaties that placed further limitations on testing, slowly building the way toward a complete ban. Barack Obama also supported the CTBT, but was unable to work with Republicans on getting the treaty ratified. Trump has the chance to complete the mission of these former presidents and get this treaty.
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As we enter the eleventh year of what future history will most certainly describe as World War Three, we need to examine the financial dimensions behind the wars. Towards the end of World War Two, when it became obvious that the allies were going to win and dictate the post war environment, the major world economic powers met at Bretton Woods, a luxury resort in New Hampshire in July of 1944, and hammered out the Bretton Woods agreement for international finance. The British Pound lost its position as the global trade and reserve currency to the US dollar (part of the price demanded by Roosevelt in exchange for the US entry into the war). Absent the economic advantages of being the world’s “go-to” currency, Britain was forced to nationalize the Bank of England in 1946. The Bretton Woods agreement, ratified in 1945, in addition to making the dollar the global reserve and trade currency, obligated the signatory nations to tie their currencies to the dollar.
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The Colombian Congress approves amnesty for members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The legislation is part of a peace deal between the FARC and the government. The law protects FARC members from persecution for minor crimes committed during the country's 52-year war. The legislation does not absolve those who committed war crimes or human rights violations. The amnesty also applies to members of the country’s military. The opposition Democratic Center party abstained from voting in protest to the legislation. Last month’s deal between the government and FARC rebels ended Latin America’s longest running conflict that killed hundreds of thousands of people. The FARC will convert into a political party under the accord and some 7000 rebels will lay down their arms over the next six months. The deal was ratified after the original pact was rejected in a popular vote.
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Bosh's alternative is to wait for the Heat to cut him, and to hope that another team is willing sign him. Even then, the NBA could conceivably block his return, setting up a potential legal battle. Bosh's intentions are unclear. He has not commented publicly since releasing theseries of videos before the season, on the "Uninterrupted" platform. Attempts to reach him for this story were unsuccessful. His agent, Rob Pelinka, declined to comment. The new collective bargaining agreement is set to be ratified by owners and players in January. Some details could change, sources cautioned. But the key points in the "fitness to play" program are in place. The program will begin with two medical panels, covering heart issues and blood clots. Each panel will have three members one appointed by the NBA, one by the players association and a third jointly selected by the first two.
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The government had no debt when the Federal Reserve Act was passed in 1913.” [Secrets of the Federal Reserve]. In case you are wondering, the never properly ratified U.S. Income Tax was also introduced by busy bankers in 1913 as the only means to finance the war and ensure perpetual profits from providing public and corporate debt. The U.S. “Federal Income Tax” is not “federal” either. According to attorney, author and federal witness, Paul Andrew Mitchell: “After much diligent research, several investigators have concluded that there is no known Act of Congress, nor any Executive Order, giving the IRS lawful jurisdiction to operate within any of the 50 States of the Union. When all evidence is examined objectively, the IRS appears to be a money laundering extortion racket, and conspiracy to engage in a pattern of racketeering activity in violation of 18 U.