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November 30, 1998 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yasser Arafat declared anew Sunday that he hopes to establish an independent Palestinian state--with Jerusalem as its capital--in May, despite intense opposition from Israel and pleas by the United States that he soft-pedal the issue.
The American flag hasn't been redesigned since 1959, when Alaska and Hawaii entered the union and the number of stars on Old Glory went from 48 to 50. But get ready, say a growing number of Puerto Ricans, to squeeze in "estrella" No. 51. Voters on this predominantly Spanish-speaking island go to the polls Sunday to choose between three distinct visions of the future: statehood, independence or remaining a U.S. commonwealth.
Facing the issue for the first time, the House on Sunday overwhelmingly rejected a bill to grant statehood to the District of Columbia and to give its 600,000 residents voting representation in both the House and Senate. The vote was 277 to 153. Although statehood advocates expected to lose, they said the sizable vote for the bill was a significant first step on a long road to give Washington's citizens political equality with other Americans.
September 29, 2011 | By Barbara F. Walter and Andrew Kydd
Everyone knows that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' bid for statehood through the United Nations Security Council will fail. Even if the Palestinians get the nine votes needed , the United States will veto it. And yet the strategy is brilliant. Why? Because the Palestinians win even if they lose. To understand how this seemingly doomed effort is designed to work, one has to recognize the strategic game Abbas is playing. Abbas knows that time and public opinion are on his side.
September 17, 2011 | By Christi Parsons and Paul Richter, Washington Bureau
With efforts stymied to head off a U.N. resolution on Palestinian statehood, some Obama administration officials hope to make the most of a silver lining — the chance to emphasize the president's solidarity with Israel by casting a high-profile veto in the Security Council. For months, U.S. and Israeli diplomats worked to forestall a plan by the Palestinians to present their resolution to the Security Council. Now, however, with Obama facing restiveness among some Jewish supporters, the prospect of a veto comes at a politically useful moment.
July 5, 1993 | From Associated Press
Gov. Pedro Rossello on Sunday authorized a popular vote that he hopes will result in statehood for Puerto Rico, which came under U.S. control nearly 100 years ago. The Nov. 14 vote gives Puerto Ricans the chance to say whether they want to become the 51st state of the Union, remain a U.S. commonwealth or establish an independent country. The vote is non-binding.
November 25, 1989 | From Reuters
Lithuania has taken another step toward breaking away from the Soviet Union by setting up a commission to study how to restore its statehood, local journalists said Friday. The "Parliamentary Commission to Achieve Lithuanian Independence" was formed at a meeting of the republic's Parliament on Thursday, the journalists said by telephone from Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital. The move defied Soviet President Mikhail S.
February 11, 2004
I fail to understand how "For This Palestinian Family, No Place Is Quite Home" (Feb. 6), on the Rahal family, merits front-page placement. The article attempts to cull sympathy for the members of a Palestinian family who, frankly, have aligned themselves repeatedly with the losing sides in the Middle East. According to the article, the family fled the lands of Israel during the fight for statehood, expecting the Jewish Israelis to lose; the father was a functionary of the Palestine Liberation Organization and an uncle was in Saddam Hussein's army.
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