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Open letter to Obama

Posted today on White House 'comments' website

Please tell me, Mr President, why a US drone assassinated my mother Momina Bibi was a 67-year-old grandmother and midwife from Waziristan. Yet President Obama tells us drones target terrorists.

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Abbas's UNGA speech

Mr. President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, I extend my congratulations to H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremid on his outstandingly successful presidency of the previous session of the General Assembly, and I congratulate Mr. John Ashe upon his assumption of this session's Presidency and wish him all success.

Read more: Abbas's UNGA speech

   

Netanyahu's UNGA speech

Benjamin Netanyahu: Thank you, Mr. President.

I feel deeply honored and privileged to stand here before you today representing the citizens of the state of Israel. We are an ancient people. We date back nearly 4,000 years to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We have journeyed through time. We've overcome the greatest of adversities.

Read more: Netanyahu's UNGA speech

   

Iranian President Hassan Rohani's address to the UNGA

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Praise be to God, the lord of the worlds. Blessing and peace be upon our prophet Mohammad and his kin companions.

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, I would like to offer my most sincere felicitations on your deserved election to the presidency of the General Assembly and seize the moment to express appreciation for the valuable efforts of our distinguished Secretary-General.

Read more: Iranian President Hassan Rohani's address to the UNGA

   

Obama in Address to the UN General Assembly

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen:  Each year we come together to reaffirm the founding vision of this institution.  For most of recorded history, individual aspirations were subject to the whims of tyrants and empires.  Divisions of race and religion and tribe were settled through the sword and the clash of armies.  The idea that nations and peoples could come together in peace to solve their disputes and advance a common prosperity seemed unimaginable.

Read more: Obama in Address to the UN General Assembly

   

Full transcript: President Obama’s Sept. 10 speech on Syria

OBAMA: My fellow Americans, tonight I want to talk to you about Syria -- why it matters, and where we go from here.

Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad has turned into a brutal civil war. Over 100,000 people have been killed. Millions have fled the country. In that time, America has worked with allies to provide humanitarian support, to help the moderate opposition, and to shape a political settlement. But I have resisted calls for military action, because we cannot resolve someone else’s civil war through force, particularly after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Read more: Full transcript: President Obama’s Sept. 10 speech on Syria

   

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