Japan urges ban on nukes 65 years after Nagasaki bombing

15 August, 2010 — RT Top Stories

The Japanese city of Nagasaki has remembered those killed by the second atom bomb dropped by the US in 1945. A minute of silence was observed on Monday to commemorate the moment when the bomb wiped out most of the city.

Tens of thousands of people were incinerated instantly as the bomb nicknamed ‘Fat Man’ buried the city under an explosion, with many more dying from diseases linked to radiation ever since.

Those who survived the attack say it was unjustifiably cruel and insist on a universal ban on nuclear weapons.

Sixty-five years ago Sumiteru Taniguchi was enjoying a simple morning bicycle ride when, in a tragic instant, his life changed forever.

‘I was thrown to the ground and I heard an ear-piercing sound,’ Sumiteru recalled. ‘I thought I had been killed, but I encouraged myself not to die, that it was important to go on living.’

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 15 August, 2010:Israel to establish new West Bank settlement

15 August, 2010 — VTJP

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Hale Leaves Ramallah Following A Meeting With Abbas, P.A Officials
IMEMC – 16 Aug 2010 – Monday August 16, 2010 – 02:56, U.S envoy, David Hale, left Ramallah by midnight Sunday following a meeting with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and a number of Palestinian officials at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.

UN Committee Starts Collecting Testimonies In Gaza
IMEMC – 16 Aug 2010 – Monday August 16, 2010 – 02:22, A U.N. special committee started Sunday collecting testimonies from residents in the Gaza Strip, the process is an implementation of recommendations set by the report of Judge Richard Goldstone who headed the U.N. Committee that investigated Israel’s war on Gaza during the period between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009; 1450 Palestinians, mainly civilians, died by Israeli fire shells and thousands were wounded.

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“Russia & China cooperate much better than ever before” – RT Top Stories

15 August, 2010 — RT Top Stories

Vice Chancellor of research and international relations at the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy, Evgeny Bazhanov, spoke with RT about China’s overwhelming growth and the challenges it faces.

The Chinese economy is overheating and it has been overheating all the time, said Bazhanov, because ‘they have disproportions between the sectors of the economy which grow very fast, for example industry, and at the same time they do not have enough resources.’

As for China’s role in global politics, Bazhanov said it is crucial, and in most cases very positive, as China tries to bring peace and stability to the world.

‘They need it because they are preoccupied with internal problems, with their internal development, and they need a peaceful environment,’ Bazhanov said.

As for Russia-China relations, Bazhanov said they have never been better.

‘Even when we were allies in the 1950s, we didn’t have such cooperation as we have now and I think it’s because our relations now are based on a very solid basis. First of all, we have the same outlook as far as the international system is concerned: we want it to be multi-polar and they want it to be multi-polar, not controlled by the US or the west, but based on the UN, on international law, and on collective decisions of all countries of the world,’ he said.

‘Secondly, on most concrete international issues we have similar positions – on Korea, Iran, the expansion of NATO, the Middle East, etc. In addition to this, we did have problems left from history – all those issues were solved. Another factor is that we don’t have ideological differences which existed in the Soviet times. As I said, we were allies, but then, because of the ideological differences and geopolitical differences, and the border issue, etc., we became enemies. And to add another factor which helps to improve and promote relations between Russia and China, is the economic factor. We have economic interdependence.’

‘Some people in Russia say that China is growing too fast and it is becoming stronger than Russia, so the balance of power is changing in the Chinese favor so China can become a threat. But I reply to those people that, back in the beginning of the 20th century, there were people in Russia – quite a few, by the way – politicians, journalists, writers, who used to say that China was going to be threat number one for Russia in the 20th century. Instead of this, we did have two wars against our Christian brothers in the west and we didn’t fight with the Chinese,’ Bazhanov said.”

VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 14 August, 2010: Irish artists announce cultural boycott of Israel

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Pa To Decide On Resumption Of Direct Talks In The Coming Two Days
IMEMC – 14 Aug 2010 – Saturday August 14, 2010 – 15:26, The decision on whether to start direct talks with Israel will come out in two days, said Azzam Al-Ahmad, member of Fatah central committee on Saturday.

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Ma’an TV crew assaulted in Jerusalem
8/14/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Ma’an’s TV crew was assaulted several times on location in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday evening, as they filmed an episode of Sahour, a show detailing the pre-dawn Ramadan breakfast. The crew were in the Bab Hatta neighborhood of the Old City to meet with….

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 13 August, 2010: Rights group: Teen tortured, held by Israeli forces

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Arab Parliamentarians Enter Gaza To Deliver Supplies
IMEMC – 13 Aug 2010 – Saturday August 14, 2010 – 02:57, A convoy of Arab parliamentarians managed to cross into Gaza via the Rafah Border Terminal in order to deliver aid supplies estimated by 150 M. USD.

Eritrean Woman Wounded By Egyptian Fire
IMEMC – 13 Aug 2010 – Saturday August 14, 2010 – 02:28, Medical sources in Egypt reported Friday evening that an Eritrean woman was shot and wounded by Egyptian Border Police fire while trying to cross into Israel through a border fence, seven African immigrants were arrested in a separate incident.

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