Archive: January 2009

Jan. 01

Czechs take over EU helm

Jan. 01

Solana leading EU delegation to Middle East

Jan. 01

Thank You, Supporters!

A special thanks to all our supporters.

Jan. 03

Obama will be the first U.S. president to manage an empire in decline

Jan. 03

Obama stirs fears in Israel

Jan. 03

AoC president calls on religious leaders to help end Gaza war

“Religious leaders on both sides should use their clout to call their constituencies for exercise maximum restraint.”

Jan. 03

EU statement on the situation in Gaza

Jan. 03

EU sending two Middle East peace missions

Jan. 03

New ENP PowerPoint-type presentation

Jan. 04

Syria calls Russia to pressure Israel into a ceasefire

Jan. 04

Solana travels to Middle East

“Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), is travelling to the Middle East from Sunday, 4 January to Thursday, 8 January 2009 in order to
discuss the extremely serious situation in Gaza…”

Jan. 04

EU foreign policy chief Solana calls for Gaza ceasefire

Jan. 05

U.S. inaugurates $700 million embassy in Iraq

“The United States inaugurated its largest embassy ever on Monday, a fortress-like compound in the heart of the Green Zone — and the most visible sign of what U.S. officials call a new chapter in relations between America and a more sovereign Iraq.”

Jan. 05

UNSC to meet on Gaza resolution

“The UN Security Council has scheduled a meeting for late Tuesday afternoon to discuss adoption a resolution to halt the violence in Gaza.”

Jan. 05

EU diplomats meet with Israel

Jan. 06

Sarkozy’s Middle East diplomacy ruffles a few feathers — in Europe

Jan. 06

Kissinger calls on Obama to create ‘new world order’

Henry Kissinger told CNBC reporters that the Gaza conflict provides Barack Obama with a unique opportunity to create a ‘new world order.’

Jan. 06

International Gaza ceasefire plan taking shape

Jan. 06

Korean Christian leaders proclaim ’09 as Year of Ecumenical Unity

Jan. 08

‘The Future of Babylon’

“The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce its support of a project to develop a plan for the management and preservation of the archaeological site of Babylon.”

Jan. 08

Solana to take on Gaza peace mission

Jan. 08

Solana interviewed by BBC on situation in Gaza

Jan. 08

Israel believes war won’t harm EU relations upgrade

Jan. 08

Barak tells Solana Israel won’t back down from operation’s goals

Jan. 08

EU’s Solana sees Gaza ceasefire possible soon

Jan. 09

Obama camp ‘prepared to talk to Hamas’

Jan. 09

UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

Jan. 09

Merkel and Sarkozy call for global ‘economic security’ council

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicholas Sarkozy have warned the US not to block attempts to build an international financial regulator, calling for a new economic body similar to the UN’s Security Council.”

Jan. 09

EU willing to revive Gaza crossing mission — Solana

Jan. 10

U.S. abstention said to be a warning to Israel

Jan. 10

Israel shocked at cardinal’s comments

Jan. 11

Vatican may join EU anti-terrorism body

Jan. 11

Obama climate czar has socialist ties: Group sees ‘global governance’ as solution

“Until last week, Carol M. Browner, President-elect Barack Obama’s pick as global warming czar, was listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for ‘global governance’”

Jan. 12

Chilly start for Solana’s energy adviser

Jan. 12

EP President calls for immediate end to violence in Middle East

Jan. 12

Ban to push for Gaza ceasefire during Middle East trip

Jan. 12

Solana calls for ceasefire in Gaza during visit to the Middle East and Turkey (audio)

Jan. 12

EU’s Solana hails Turkey’s efforts for truce in Gaza

Jan. 12

Gaza war shines spotlight on EU foreign policy

Jan. 12

Bush sticks with Israel until the end

“In his final press conference before he leaves office next Tuesday, US President George W. Bush on Monday strongly backed Israel in its fight against Hamas and echoed none of the international community’s criticism for the IDF’s attack on Gaza.”

Jan. 12

Why interfaith dialogue is more needed than ever

Jan. 13

Most Americans pick and choose religious beliefs

Jan. 14

9 Things to Watch in 2009

Did the 70th Week of Daniel start on Jan. 1, 2007? If so, then we should expect to see the creation of a new world political, economic and religious order. So here are the stories FP will be watching this year.

Jan. 14

Year in review: For pope and Vatican, 2008 was important interfaith year

Jan. 14

Henry Kissinger: The chance for a new world order

Jan. 15

Europe expects busy year in space

Jan. 15

Brussels freezes talks on closer EU-Israel relations

“Brussels has ‘paused’ negotiations with Tel Aviv over a planned upgrade to EU-Israel relations, as the Palestinian death toll passed the 1,000 mark on Wednesday (14 January).”

Jan. 15

Clinton affirms commitment to resolving Mideast conflict

Jan. 15

UN’s Ban launches Mideast ceasefire mission as reported Gaza death toll tops 1,000

Jan. 15

EU to launch biometric passports by summer

Jan. 16

Solana interviewed about the prospects for peace in Gaza

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he believes a cease-fire will be in place before Tuesday. “I think the latest events have proven that the sooner we get a formal agreement for permanent peace in the Middle East, all the better,” he said.

Jan. 16

European Journalism Centre to hold five-day seminar on ENP

Jan. 16

Blair lays out expansion plans for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation

Jan. 16

UN General Assembly calls for immediate cease-fire in Gaza

Jan. 16

Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair unveils Gaza peace plan

Jan. 16

Pope, JNF head agree Jews and Christians should work together for peace

Jan. 16

Avi Primor: EU essential for guaranteeing Israeli security in Gaza

“DW-WORLD.DE spoke to Israel’s former ambassador to Germany, Avi Primor, about the reasons for the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip and how the EU can help bring about peace between the Jews and Palestinians.”

Jan. 16

Christian leaders seek interfaith cooperation for peace efforts

Jan. 18

EU, world leaders pledge aid for Gaza, call for durable peace

Jan. 18

Economic experts renew calls for Mediterranean Union bank

Jan. 19

EU Big Three pledge navy patrols to prevent Gaza smuggling

Jan. 19

Young Muslim leaders meet at UNAOC-sponsored summit

Jan. 19

Obama more critical of Israel than Bush

“Israel can expect to find the incoming Obama administration unsympathetic, as its predecessors have been, to any expansion of settlements, and probably more critical than was the Bush administration as regards broken Israeli government promises to dismantle illegal outposts.”

Jan. 20

George Mitchell likely to be Obama’s pick for Middle East envoy

“Mitchell is highly regarded for his work as a negotiator in the successful Northern Ireland peace process, and his selection would put a clear stamp on the Middle East as a top priority.”

Jan. 20

Sarkozy to host global summit on Mideast peace

Jan. 21

Solana gives Obama ‘Five lessons in global diplomacy’

“Ultimately, the objective of diplomacy is to create agreed rules. Rules on political participation, demarcation of borders or movements of military equipment. Rules to end conflicts within or between states … The accumulation of rules, procedures and institutions sounds like dreary work but it is what global civilisation is built on.”

Jan. 21

EU’s Solana urges Israel to lift Gaza aid blockade

Jan. 21

Mitchell: Every conflict can be solved

Jan. 21

Day One: Obama calls Palestinian Authority president

Jan. 22

UN chief looks to new partnership with Obama

Jan. 23

Obama urges Israel to open Gaza borders

“President Barack Obama on Thursday called on Israel to open its borders with Gaza, in a powerful sign of his new administration’s break with Bush-era policy on the Middle East and the world as a whole.”

Jan. 23

EU member states divided over condemning Israeli attacks

Jan. 23

Obama vows he’ll ‘aggressively’ seek Middle East peace

Jan. 23

Clinton and Livni discuss situation in Middle East, Gaza op implications

Jan. 23

Solana says George Mitchell as Obama’s Mideast envoy is ‘good news’

Jan. 23

George Mitchell named special envoy for the Middle East

Jan. 24

Obama envoy Mitchell arriving in Israel Wednesday; NU Calls it chutzpah

Jan. 24

Israel has fewer friends than ever, even in America

“A recent Pew poll shows 55 percent of U.S. Republicans, but only 45 percent of Democrats, approve of Israel’s actions in Gaza. Given that Democrats now rule, Israel may need to worry more about the mood on Main Street than on the Arab Street.”

Jan. 24

Emerging Church movement threatens church foundation, says pastor

Jan. 26

‘Great Commission can be fulfilled in next decade’

“From the way God is moving today, even without some terrific eye of faith, I have been persuaded it will be fulfilled in our lifetimes and I personally think in the next decade,” said the president of Campus Crusade for Christ International, Steve Douglass.

Jan. 26

Assad: We’ll talk to any Israeli leader

Jan. 26

Netanyahu maintains edge in Israel election race

Jan. 26

Solana underscores China’s role in tackling the global economic downturn

Jan. 26

Solana: EU willing to help U.S. close Guantanamo

Jan. 26

Solana: Mitchell is ‘uniquely well-qualified’ for envoy post

Jan. 26

Solana: EU ‘will spare no effort’ to bring Middle East peace

Jan. 26

Solana visits the Middle East from Monday to Wednesday

Jan. 26

EU calls for Palestinian unity government

Jan. 26

U.S. Dept. of State on Mitchell’s Middle East visit

Jan. 26

Cafe Babel: ‘Solana deserves a special recognition from the new US administration’

Jan. 27

German court handed new complaint on EU treaty

Jan. 27

Obama: Mitchell in region to ‘listen’

Jan. 27

West Bank settlement growth up 69% in 2008

Jan. 27

Solana on Gaza crisis: You Tube

Jan. 27

Solana arrives in Egypt for Gaza talks

Jan. 27

EU member states increase funding of ENP

Jan. 28

Netanyahu: Obama will try to internationalize Jerusalem sites

Jan. 28

EU establishing European Criminal Records Information System

Jan. 28

Mitchell holds private talks with Solana

Jan. 28

Solana pledges continued EU role in Mideast peace

“EU foreign-policy chief Javier Solana on Tuesday pledged that Europe would continue working to secure a lasting truce between Israel and Hamas, to deliver aid to Palestinians, and to help broker a reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions.”

Jan. 29

Annan: World faces ‘crisis of governance’

Jan. 29

UN builds new global telecommunications facility in Spain

Jan. 29

A supranational approach to rescuing the global economy

Jan. 29

U.S. peace envoy rolls up his sleeves in Israel

Jan. 29

Solana softens policy towards Hamas

Jan. 31

EU foreign affairs chief raises hopes of Middle East ceasefire

“EU foreign affairs supremo Javier Solana has heralded the new US administration — and voiced hope about the prospects of a permanent ceasefire in the Middle East.”

Jan. 31

World Economic Forum’s Religious Leaders Community calls for Middle East peace

Jan. 31

Encountering Peace: Get ready for internationalization

Jan. 31

Solana optimistic about Gaza ceasefire

Jan. 31

Solana supports unity amongst the Palestinians in meetings with President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad

Jan. 31

Solana delivered the keynote speech at the EPP-ED conference on EU-US cooperation