This Would Be Change I could Believe In
- United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon deplores an Israeli settlement plan (4 June 2008) to construct new settlement housing units in the occupied east Jerusalem, which UN resolutions consider an 'occupied land'. Ki-Moon is talking about a new plan announced this week to build 800 housing units in the Israeli settlement of Abu Ghonaim hilltop in the occupied east Jerusalem, despite Palestinian-Israeli peace talks on final settlement agreement.
- Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control: (5 June 2008): President Bush wants to push it through by the end of next month so he can declare a military victory and claim his 2003 invasion has been vindicated. But by perpetuating the US presence in Iraq, the long-term settlement would undercut pledges by the Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, to withdraw US troops if he is elected president in November. Under the terms of the new treaty, the Americans would retain the long-term use of more than 50 bases in Iraq. American negotiators are also demanding immunity from Iraqi law for US troops and contractors, and a free hand to carry out arrests and conduct military activities in Iraq without consulting the Baghdad government. Iraq's Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, is believed to be personally opposed to the terms of the new pact but feels his coalition government cannot stay in power without US boots on the ground.