A step closer to Palestine

Over the past decade, Porto Alegre in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, has achieved global resonance as the site of the first World Social Forum in 2001.Israel says a vote upgrading the Palestinian status at the United Nations is “negative political theatre” that will “hurt peace”. Government spokesman Mark Regev said the move had taken Palestinians and Israelis out of a negotiating process. TheUNITED NATIONS The United Nations has voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state, but the Palestinians still face enormous limitations: They don't control their borders, airspace or trade, they have separate and competing governments in GazaOver the past decade, Porto Alegre in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, has achieved global resonance as the site of the first World Social Forum in 2001. The WSF has attracted hundreds of thousands of people who've gathered collectively to strive forThursday's overwhelming U.N. vote to elevate the status of Palestine at the world body inflicts yet another fracture in the facade of Western solidarity, exposing a divide among European Union and NATO member states over U.S. policy in the Middle East.
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