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Geopolitics

Muslim World Reacts To Palestine's "Observer Status" Entry In UN

AL QUDS (Palestine), AL SABAH (Palestine), MASRAWY (Egypt), AL JAZEERA (Qatar), HAARETZ (Israel)

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NEW YORK – Newspaper headlines around the Arab world Friday hailed the results of a historic UN vote that grants Palestine entry to the international body as a non-member observer State. After a request submitted by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the UN’s General Assembly voted 138 nations in favor, 9 against and 41 abstentions.

As soon as the decision was pronounced, thousands of Palestinians hit the streets in the West Bank and Gaza, waving the Palestinian flag to celebrate, Al Quds reported.

Among the headlines in morning papers:

*“Thousands of Palestinians Celebrate UN membership”Al Quds

*“Palestine’s Map is Recep Tayip Erdogan’s New Facebook Cover Page”Masrawy

*UN Vote gives US Jews One More Reason To Worry About Israel's Future Haaretz

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On a more formal level, leaders from the Arab world and the Middle East expressed their satisfaction regarding this resolution. Recep Tayip Erdogan was the first to congratulate Mahmoud Abbas at the UN headquarters. The government of Jordan considered this step as a confirmation that the solution of the States is the only way to resolve this ongoing conflict. An opinion shared by Ban Ki Moon during his speech Thursday night.

The new status of the Palestine State promotes it to the same status as the Vatican. It confers it sovereignty and the right to join the International Court of Justice.

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Lex Tusk? How Poland’s Controversial "Russian Influence" Law Will Subvert Democracy

The new “lex Tusk” includes language about companies and their management. But is this likely to be a fair investigation into breaking sanctions on Russia, or a political witch-hunt in the business sphere?

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Polish President Andrzej Duda

Piotr Miaczynski, Leszek Kostrzewski

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WARSAW — Poland’s new Commission for investigating Russian influence, which President Andrzej Duda signed into law on Monday, will be able to summon representatives of any company for inquiry. It has sparked a major controversy in Polish politics, as political opponents of the government warn that the Commission has been given near absolute power to investigate and punish any citizen, business or organization.

And opposition politicians are expected to be high on the list of would-be suspects, starting with Donald Tusk, who is challenging the ruling PiS government to return to the presidency next fall. For that reason, it has been sardonically dubbed: Lex Tusk.

University of Warsaw law professor Michal Romanowski notes that the interests of any firm can be considered favorable to Russia. “These are instruments which the likes of Putin and Orban would not be ashamed of," Romanowski said.

The law on the Commission for examining Russian influences has "atomic" prerogatives sewn into it. Nine members of the Commission with the rank of secretary of state will be able to summon virtually anyone, with the powers of severe punishment.

Under the new law, these Commissioners will become arbiters of nearly absolute power, and will be able to use the resources of nearly any organ of the state, including the secret services, in order to demand access to every available document. They will be able to prosecute people for acts which were not prohibited at the time they were committed.

Their prerogatives are broader than that of the President or the Prime Minister, wider than those of any court. And there is virtually no oversight over their actions.

Nobody can feel safe. This includes companies, their management, lawyers, journalists, and trade unionists.

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