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

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

Worldcrunch

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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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

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Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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