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From Diplomat Artist Buzz – Lebanese Lydia Canaan stands out as global citizen & diplomat artist. Her world-renown music talent & spirit as ambassador for the future are where inclusiveness & peace are the answer to exclusion & conflict. Capture more of Lydia’s spirit of “artistic diplomacy” in her inspirational poem “Humanity Wake Up & Fight” & selection of her music on YouTube & SoundCloud links. — MORE —

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From Diplomat Artist Buzz: Tourism is the better looking part of globalization, constituting 10% of the global GDP and 6% of world trade. –More–


Could #Tourism Lift #Palestine Economy & Peace?
From Diplomat Artist Buzz — Building bridges for peace, hope, and livelihoods

Belgium EU Iran Nuclear
By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey
The real leverage in favor of a deal now is that the US’s European/NATO allies may no longer be prepared to continue with sanctions & certainly are not inclined toward any military response to Iran.

“The opening of the Rafah crossing for humanitarian aid provides a major opportunity to scale up aid delivery to Gaza & needs to be sustained,”
says WFP. “WFP has provided emergency relief from onset of conflict & will continue its food deliveries to Gaza to reach people affected by conflict.”


UN Envoy Urges Respect for Religious Freedom After Israeli Forces Disrupt Easter Procession

Despite earlier assurances to Palestinian Christian community in Jerusalem of unhindered access to Holy Sepulcher Church for Easter celebrations, the Israeli police refused to allow such entry claiming they had orders to that effect.

Saudi Arabia Rejects Security Council Seat in Protest Move



The 15-member UNSC has primary responsibility for maintenance of international peace & security, and all Member States are obligated to comply with its decisions. 
Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia were elected to serve, but Saudi Arabia surprisingly rejected its seat.

Music as a Universal Language

Diplomat Artist – “Arab IDOL” winner Mohammed Assaf, is UNRWA’s 1st Regional Youth Ambassador for Palestinian Refugees. UNRWA: “All Palestinians share in his success. Mohammad’s music is a universal language and speaks to all of us. How fantastic that a Palestine refugee from Gaza should bring us all together in this way.”


On 29 November, 2012, more than 130 countries (138) voted to recognize Palestine as a Non-member Observer State, a clear victory for President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.  Courtesy of a Facebook group member from “Tenth Wall Reconciliation Palestine – Israel,” yesterday’s UN General Assembly member voting record follows.

The 138 states which approved Palestine’s bid for statehood are:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, …Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives,
Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The 9 states which rejected Palestine’s bid for statehood are:

Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, Panama, and United States of America.

The 41 states which abstained from voting on Palestine’s bid for statehood are:

Albania, Andorra, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Estonia, Fiji, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malawi, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Tonga, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Vanuatu.

(Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Liberia, Madagascar, and Ukraine were all absent)

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Israel’s Prime Minister used visual props to demand UNSC draw a “red line” below which Iran’s Government would not be allowed to cross in alleged development of nuclear weapons. Much of world though is also anxious about lack of resolution to Israel/Palestine divide viewing Netanyahu’s Government as at best being tardy & worst at having crossed at least one red line in undermining “Two-State Solution”.