GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas says it’s leaving guns at home and embracing what it considers non-violent tactics during weekly mass marches on the Gaza border with Israel. Senior Hamas officials say it’s the last card they have left to play in trying to break Gaza’s long-standing border blockade by Israel and Egypt. They also claim the movement has matured, realizing that taking on Israel militarily was a mistake. Its critics suspect the shift is opportunistic, and that Hamas can quickly revert to its old ways The border protests were the idea of grassroots activists several months ago, and the project, envisioned as non-violent, was quickly embraced by Hamas. The militant group has led the organization and been careful to contain the protests by keeping its armed men far away and out of sight. Copyright © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed. … [Read more...] about Gaza’s Hamas embraces ‘non-violence’ _ opportunism or shift?
Ambassador Duong Chi Dung, head of Vietnam's Permanent Mission to the UN, the WTO and other international organisations in Geneva The ambassador made the statement at the April 25 plenary meeting of the second session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) from April 23 to May 4, at the UN Office in Geneva. Dung stressed the importance of the balanced implementation of NPT’s three pillars, which are nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purpose. He urged countries to participate further in international treaties on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and strengthen the resolve to make progress in their nuclear disarmament and comprehensive and complete disarmament. The diplomat joined other ASEAN member states to call for nuclear powers to join the Southeast Asian … [Read more...] about Vietnam backs non-proliferation of nuclear weapons
A senior Iranian official said on Tuesday that Tehran may withdraw from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) if President Donald Trump scraps the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal. Iran has been party to the NPT since 1970.“This is one of three options that we are considering,” Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, said about the possibility that Iran will withdraw from the NPT if Trump dismantles the nuclear Iran deal. According to Reuters, Shamkhani made the statement during a news conference broadcast on state television and also stated that the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran was ready for some “surprising actions” if the nuclear deal was scrapped. Also on Tuesday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani reportedly warned Trump that there would be “severe consequences” if he “betrays the deal.”“If anyone betrays the deal, they should know that … [Read more...] about Iran Threatens to Withdraw from Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
The Griffin Theatre Company’s passionate production of “Ragtime” will go head to head with Theo Ubique’s vocally adroit “Sweeney Todd” at the Non-Equity Jeff Awards, with these two musical productions leading the annual slate of nominations announced Monday by the all-volunteer Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.The Jeff Committee also looked admiringly at the Interrobang Theatre Project’s potent production of the dystopian thriller “Foxfinder,” Steep Theatre Company’s emotionally compelling “Lela & Co,” and The New Colony’s exciting personal drama, “The Light.” Pride Films and Plays also figures prominently in the nominations across several of its productions, as does BoHo Theatre. The director Scott Weinstein and the sound designer Jesse Case enjoyed two nominations each, among nominations spread across numerous theaters and individuals.The Non-Equity Jeffs no longer divide performance … [Read more...] about Griffin Theatre Company leads 2018 Non-Equity Jeff Award nominees
THE prison holding killer Levi Bellfield served non-halal sausages to his fellow Muslim inmates. The 49-year-old monster, who converted to Islam and calls himself Yusuf Rahim, and others were given pork bangers after a labelling error. Bellfield, serving life for murdering Milly Dowler, Marsha McDonnell and Amelie Delagrange, realising they were not beef before eating any. It led to uproar at HMP Frankland, Durham. A source said: “Staff admitted the cock-up, and the prison Muslim chaplains have been told. MOST READ IN NEWSWET WARNING Met Office issues warnings for thunderstorms and flooding to follow heatwave PULL THE MOTHER ONE Evil Karen Matthews keeps a 'Best Mum' ornament on her bedside table ON THE RUN Stephen Lawrence murder suspect spotted at his Towie relative's Marbella bar SNOWED UNDER Forecasters warn of SNOW next week with tumbling temperatures after heatwave SELFISH SCUMBAG Soham killer Huntley says day he killed girls was the worst of HIS life CHIPPER AT PIPPA … [Read more...] about Fury as prison bosses served non-Halal sausages to Levi Bellfield and other Muslim lags