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SPOTLIGHT: ISRAEL-PALESTINE TALKS IN PARIS, A "USELESS CONFERENCE"?

The headlines in France on the new Mideast conference are hardly inspiring. "The French initiative will fail," declared right-leaning daily Le Figaro. Newsmagazine Le Point was more succinct: "A useless conference," it noted.


As is often the case with Israel-Palestine peace talks, expectations are low at the international conference that is starting today in Paris. Israeli foreign minister Dore Gold roundly rejected it even before it started. The gathering will include representatives from 28 Arab and Western countries and organizations but the most important stakeholders will be missing: Israel and Palestine will not participate in the talks. "We don't want to act in the place of the Israelis and Palestinians but we want to help them," French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told France Info radio station this morning, underscoring that direct talks between the two do not work.


The conference will aim to be pragmatic and use a new, original approach that draws on lessons from previous failures, including that of the U.S.-led peace talks in 2014, when negotiations collapsed after an agreement deadline expired. It's important to remember that this conference is only a first step and would hopefully prepare the ground for direct negotiations in the fall of 2016.


In recent years, the Israel-Palestine situation has taken a backseat to other conflicts unfolding in the Middle East. Today's Paris talks are an attempt to bring it back into the spotlight. "We're not going to reinvent the wheel," French newspaper Le Monde quotes a negotiator as saying in Paris. But maybe it'll get the machine going — once again.

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End Of Roe v. Wade, The World Is Watching

As the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights, many fear an imminent threat to abortion rights in the U.S. But in other countries, the global fight for sexual and reproductive rights is going in different directions.

"Don't abort my right" At 2019 pro-choice march In Toulouse, France.

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PARIS — Nearly 50 years after it ensured the right to abortion to Americans, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, meaning that millions of women in the U.S. may lose their constitutional right to abortion.

The groundbreaking decision is likely to set off a range of restrictions on abortion access in multiple states in the U.S., half of which are expected to implement new bans on the procedure. Thirteen have already passed "trigger laws" that will automatically make abortion illegal.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the ruling "a tragic error" and urged individual states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

In a country divided on such a polarizing topic, the decision is likely to cause major shifts in American law and undoubtedly spark outrage among the country’s pro-choice groups. Yet the impact of such a momentous shift, like others in the United States, is also likely to reverberate around the world — and perhaps, eventually, back again in the 50 States.

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