"The opposition in the Turkish Parliament was infuriated about limitless privileges given to the Organization of the Islamic Conference's Youth Forum that will be founded in Istanbul
Meanwhile UN's GS BAn-Ki Moon praises the writer of the above poem Abdullah Jafar Ibn Mohammad Rudaki:
"The writings of Abu Abdullah Jafar ibn Mohammad Rudaki, the poet considered to have laid the foundations of Persian classical literature, should serve as an inspiration to international efforts to combat extremism and attempts to divide peoples and cultures, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
Speaking at United Nations Headquarters in New York at a commemoration ceremony on the 1150th anniversary of the birth of Rudaki, Mr. Ban said it was fitting that the world body, given its goals, should celebrate the life of a poet “who so beautifully extolled the virtues of good and justice.
“With simplicity and elegance, Rudaki pioneered a great tradition, laying the foundation for Persian classical literature,” the Secretary-General said. “He took poetry from the realm of the abstract into contemporary life. And, in the process, he shed new philosophical light on society. Rudaki is truly the ‘Sultan of Poets’.”
Mr. Ban said Rudaki’s influence is particularly important today, given the work of the UN-backed Alliance of Civilizations, “our initiative to counter extremism and heal the divisions that threaten our world...”http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=27074
Since the Religious Summit of the Arabs in begin of June (LINK)
, it looks as if the Arabs, including Shiites and Sunits found a way to come together and to unite in one front. Since then We have seen suddenly a Hamas-Israel truce...
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana called the truce "a very welcome development."
"I hope it will provide momentum for the peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians," he said.
Meanwhile, while the cease-fire with Hamas was being hammered out in Cairo, the construction of 1,300 Jerusalem housing units outside the 1967 border was authorized. The newspapers reported that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was furious with Olmert. So what if she was. She also reportedly said that expanding the settlements sabotages the peace efforts. So what if she did. Every Palestinian child knows that the Americans talk, and the Israelis act. Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Yehoshua Pollak, who holds the planning and construction portfolio, told Haaretz that he does not know what the big deal is: This is, after all, "construction within the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem." But isn't East Jerusalem now at the heart of the negotiations? Oh, please.
Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated because he insisted on continuing with the Oslo process even when buses were blowing up in Tel Aviv. He insisted on negotiating for peace as if there were no terrorism and fighting terrorists as if there were no peace talks. Ehud Barak, known as "the man continuing in Rabin's footsteps," made an agreement with the terrorist leaders this week as if there were no peace talks, and he damaged his partners in the peace talks as if there were no terrorism. Barak knows better than anyone that the peace talks are just "make-believe," and that terrorism and the occupation remain.
"on June 24, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will open an International Conference in Support of Palestinian Civil Security and the Rule of Law in Berlin, seeking a functioning Palestinian state with a profile its citizens can see. About 50 delegations, including 20 foreign ministers, are expected to attend the gathering, the DPA news agency reported, quoting its organizers Thursday. Among those attending are German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Egyptian foreign minister Abu Gheit and Arab League secretary general Amr Mussa.
The conference will be followed by a meeting of the Mideast Quartet of mediators. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, international Mideast special envoy Tony Blair, and a representative of UN secretary general will attend the high-level meeting.
A 183.6 million-dollar-fund will be raised over the next three years for EU-sponsored police training, equipment, and judicial projects in the West Bank, German diplomats said....
30 EU police advisers are already helping authorities in the West Bank to modernize or build new police stations and improve its criminal justice infrastructure and court administration. "