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$83 million diamond default: Sotheby's and Israeli war crimes

Campaigners outside Sotheby'sLast November, amid a fanfare of international publicity, Sotheby's achieved a world record $83 million for a pink diamond auctioned in Geneva. Four months later, on February 27, Sotheby's disclosed that they were forced to take the diamond, they then valued at $73 million, into their inventory when the consortium of investors led by Isaac Wolf, a New York diamond cutter, defaulted.


American feebleness in the face of the Israelis

Muhannad ZulfikarThe reaction of the United States to disparaging comments by Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon was termed by the Israeli press as "unprecedented" and "the harshest ever". Ya'alon had declared in an open gathering that the US was "feeble" in its response to the Russians and thus liable to terrorism. An anonymous White House spokesperson claimed that Ya'alon was threatening Tel Aviv's ties with Washington.


Abbas faces harsh options

Mahmoud Abbas with Barack Obama at the Oval OfficeThis week, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas, went to Washington to meet with the US president, Barack Obama. He did so under heavy pressure, as US-brokered peace talks with Israelis reach their expiration date of April, with no deal in sight.


One Year On: The campaign to end Ben & Jerry's complicity with Israel's occupation

Ben & Jerry'sOn 13 March 2013, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (VTJP) launched an international campaign calling on Ben & Jerry's, an iconic leader of the socially responsible business community, to stop marketing, catering and selling ice cream in Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.


American aid is political not developmental

Nicola NasserThe US Vice Secretary of State for Eastern European Affairs, Victoria Nuland, did not leave any room for doubt when she confirmed that America and Europe financed the popular protests demanding regime change in Ukraine. Nuland confirmed in her speech given to the National Press Club in December in Washington that the American government had "invested five billion dollars to form networks that would achieve American goals in Ukraine".