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Land and property theft and destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Apartheid|
Acting Hebron governor slams land confiscation
(Ma'an) -- The acting governor of Hebron denounced on Saturday the
confiscation of 66 dunums of land in the Taffuh village in the district.
Samir Abu Zneid said Israeli forces delivered confiscation warrants to
the Banat Khalet Hatem area on plot number 24 in the village, which
falls under the Dura Municipality's jurisdiction, a statement read.
Israel's homeless bedouin take on the state in the face of repeated demolitions / Jerrold Kessel & Peter Klochendler
is Al-Araqib in the Negev desert. Or what remains of it. Five times,
Israeli police have demolished the village that has become a focal point
of claims and counter-claims over land ownership between the state of
Israel and the country’s bedouin communities. The battle over Al-Araqib
is worsening Jewish-Arab relations, and threatens to evolve into a
tectonic rift ...
Despite the repeated evictions, and the demolitions, most of the 35 families have returned to remake their home –
around 400 people in all. “We have nowhere else to go,” says Salem. And
so they rebuild only to face another demolition.
What's behind the demolition of Al Arakib: Netanyahu and Aharonovich's battle / Uriel Heilman
So you ask yourselves: if you send 1300 troops, regular policemen and Special Patrol Unit to demolish Al-Arakib for the first time; if so much is invested in thorough demolition of the homes ... at the order of the "Green Patrol";
if you then destroy Al-Arakib four more times – during Ramadan as well,
and at the height of the scorching summer heat, and for the fifth time –
immediately after the Muslim feast day, ‘Id al-Fitr, because there's no
time to waste: Who is behind all this? What are the politics behind
These are not the decisions of a junior clerk or the local police. There
are larger forces being called in to action by someone, to crush and
Settler activists face eviction from East Jerusalem stronghold
This time it seems the bargaining chips - both judicial and political -
have run out for the inhabitants of Beit Yonatan, a seven-story
residence in the heart of Silwan that has been a flashpoint in the
conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Ten Jewish
families living in the structure are slated for evacuation, and that
operation - put off until "after the holidays" - now seems almost
Future of vast Israeli enclave in West Bank far from settled
in 1978, is Israel's fourth-largest settlement. It is also deep inside
the West Bank, and there is no consensus about whether it should be part
of Israel or absorbed into a Palestinian state ... Palestinians
complain that Ariel isolates about seven Palestinian villages, partially
divides the northern West Bank and sits atop a coveted water supply.
Fact-checking Ethan Bronner on Israel's settlements / Alex Kane
New York Times [2 Oct], Ethan Bronner states that "built up areas" of
Israeli settlements -- which have become the key issue surrounding the
so-called "peace talks" -- "make up only 2 percent to 3 percent of the
West Bank." That’s true, but out of context and misleading. In July
2010, B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights group, published a
comprehensive report on Israel’s settlement enterprise. Here’s what the
relevant section of the report, which is titled "By Hook
and By Crook: Israel’s Settlement Policy in the West Bank" says about
"built-up" areas and how much of the West Bank Israeli settlements
actually control: -The percentage of "total builtup areas in
settlements" in the West Bank is 0.99 percent. -But the total area
controlled by the settlements in the West Bank is 42.8 percent.
Activism / Solidarity / Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions
Soldiers attack nonviolent protesters in Hebron
attacked on Saturday evening dozens of Palestinian, Israeli and
International protesters who held a march in Hebron, in the southern
part of the West Bank, demanding freedom of movement to the residents of
Hebron. The protest was held near the Al Shuhada Street, one of many
streets that are off-limits to the Palestinians in the city. Israeli
soldiers attacked reporters and attempted to move them away under the
pretext that the area is a closed military zone. Troops also topped
several homes and used them as military towers.
Artery of Life 5 arrives at Syrian shores
Artery of Life 5 solidarity ship arrived on Saturday night shortly after
midnight at a Syrian port carrying dozens of activists and humanitarian
supplies. All solidarity ships heading to Gaza will gather at the
Lathiqiyya Syrian port before sailing to Al Arish port in Egypt. The
flotilla was welcomed by thousands of residents
Egypt to issue decision over entry of Gaza-bound Lifeline 5 convoy
(PIC)-- The spokesman for the British Viva Palestina’s fifth convoy to
Gaza, dubbed “Lifeline 5”, said efforts are being made with the Egyptian
government to allow the convoy to transit through the country.
Nobel women's delegation touring West Bank
photos] From September 28 to October 5, Nobel Peace Laureate Jody
is leading a delegation of women to visit Palestinian Territories and
Israel to bear witness to the struggles of women working on the ground
in the region towards building a sustainable peace ... Accompanied by Dr
Barghouthi, on 1 October, Nobel Peace Laureate and the
delegation, visited the old city of Hebron; they witnessed how Israeli
law-enforcement authorities and security forces have made the entire
Palestinian population suffer in the process of protecting illegal
Israeli settlements established in the city. [This is the group Mairead
Corrigan-Maguire went to Israel to join]
UK charity supports Nablus
UK charity delivered a mobile optical machine to students in the Nablus
district, and provided water tankers to farmers as part of ongoing
projects to support eduction and development in the West Bank district.
Spectacular images from many years of Palestinian resistance - nonviolent and violent
Berlusconi's funny bone
weekend, in Rome, a large demonstration in support for Israel is
planned. It is promoted among others by the Jewish Settler in Residence
in the Italian parliament, Fiamma Nirenstein. I bet you didn't
know that the Italian Parliament has a settler in residence! Well, since
1996, Nirenstein divides her residence between Rome and the settlement
of Gilo in East Jerusalem. In Rome, she is a member of the "post"
fascist "Freedom Party" of Silvio Berlusconi ... On her blog she
characterizes the coming pro-apartheid rally, whose title is "For Truth,
For Israel" as a rally "against all intolerance and antisemitism".
Violence / Provocations
Jerusalem border guard kills Palestinian
A Palestinian worker from Hebron was shot and killed by Israeli border
guards on Sunday while he attempted to enter East Jerusalem near the
village of Al-Isawiya. The deceased was identified as 38-year-old Izz
Ad-Din Al-Kawazba from the town of Sa'ir in Hebron. Al-Kawzaba's cousin
Salah told Ma'an that border guards shot the victim at close range,
refuting police accounts that the shooting was accidental.
Officer: Shooting death of Palestinian infiltrator accidental
al-Din Qawezba, 38, killed during confrontation with Border Guard force
while trying to cross into Israel illegally; officer tells investigators
gun misfired, or trigger pulled accidentally. Cousin: He was killed in
Hamas: The absence of int'l justice caused Jerusalem killing
(PIC)-- Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum stated that the absence of
international justice and the American bias were the reasons that
encouraged Israeli troops to kill a Palestinian young man on Sunday
morning in occupied Jerusalem. In a statement to the Palestinian
information center (PIC) on Sunday, spokesman Barhoum added Israel
exploited the absence of international justice, and the Arab and Islamic
silence to commit further crimes against the Palestinian people.
Remembering the youth who died for our freedom / Steve Amsel
was written ten years ago: Asel is gone. After a popular, peace-loving
Israeli Arab teen is shot dead by police, his family and friends -- both
Jewish and Arab — wrestle with what his loss means for Israel ...
ARABEH, Israel -- With his die-hard optimism and winning smile,
17-year-old Asel Asleh didn’t look like a tormented teenager. Both an
Arab and an Israeli, Asel moved between the two conflicting worlds with
the ease of a talented, outgoing kid who was everybody’s best friend.
Video: Peaceful thoughts
Aseel Asleh, a 17-year peace activist [Seeds of Peace] and Palestinian
citizen of Israel,
was killed by Israeli police on October 2nd, 2000, during what became
known as "Black October." On the ten year-anniversary of his killing,
people from all over the world recorded themselves on their webcams
reading his 'Peaceful Thoughts' in their own languages
Jerusalem woman placed under arrest
Four days after ongoing interrogation, Dina Qawwas, 41, the wife of the
head of the Palestinian Prisons Society in Jerusalem, was released on a
15.000 NIS bail, and was placed under house arrest. Her husband, who was
also detained and placed under interrogation, was also released on a
similar bail. The court claims that she participated in protests in
occupied East Jerusalem, and charged her with "disrupting the peace, and
She was kidnapped by the Israeli army on Tuesday morning;
Egyptian sources tell Haaretz Shalit swap talks have resumed
to Palestinian website, Israel shows flexibility on the identity of the
Palestinian prisoners it is willing to release in exchange for captive IDF soldiers.
Siege / Restriction of movement / Humanitarian / Human rights
Israel opens 2 Gaza crossings
authorities announced the partial opening of two crossings between
Israel and Gaza on Sunday for the limited transfer of goods and fuels, a
Palestinian crossings official said.
Palestinian children betrayed by aid agencies / Eleanor Kilroy
A September 2010 report has found that Palestinian children’s rights to
life and liberty are being sacrificed, as major donor agencies fail to
challenge the Israeli state’s violations of international laws for fear
of offending influential political lobbies.
Qatar lauded in US for helping Gaza kids
The American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) on Friday paid tribute to
Qatar for its generous donation in aid of Gaza’s child refugees. Qatar’s
grant of $1m will fund ANERA’s Milk for Preschoolers programme, which
provides fortified milk and energised biscuits every day to about 20,000
Gazan refugees aged 3, 4, and 5.
Through conflict and poverty, students in the Occupied Palestinian Territory struggle to learn (UNICEF)
BANK -- Ask principal Hanan Awwad what it is like to head the Khan
al-Ahmar elementary school and she will reply that she feels "fear and
exhaustion" – but also great pride. The Ms. Awwad is afraid that her
five-room school building could be demolished at any moment. Khan
al-Ahmar – an ecologically-friendly school constructed two years ago by
the non-governmental Italian Cooperation – was built in an area of the
Occupied Palestinian Territory where building permits are rarely granted
to Palestinians. Now it has been ordered demolished unless international
pressure and court appeals can prevent its destruction. Some 75
children, all of them from nearby Bedouin encampments, carry out
daily lessons here.
IDF soldiers convicted of using 11-year-old as human shield in Gaza
Two soldiers forced Palestinian child to open bags, feared to have been
booby trapped, during Operation Cast Lead ... The conviction is the
first such conviction for what is termed in the Israel Defense Forces
'neighbor procedure' -- the use of human shields during searches and
pursuits, which has been outlawed.
Gaza mom says convicted troops traumatized her son
of a boy who was ordered by soldiers to open bags thought to contain
explosives told Ynet Sunday that her son was traumatized by the
incident, and has since demanded that the door to their apartment be
kept locked at all times ... Abed al-Hadi, a 50-year old resident of the
building in Tel al-Hawa, is the owner of the bag Majd refused to open.
"No trial can compensate for those moments. Besides, they shot my bag,
which contained a passport, money, and a little gold we were afraid to
leave in the apartment. The money disappeared and so did the gold.
Turkey set to release anti-Israeli film imagining revenge for Gaza flotilla
of the Wolves - Palestine is a spinoff from the controversial but highly
popular TV drama series Valley of the Wolves, which sparked a
diplomatic row between Turkey and Israel this year ... This time, the
hero Polat Alemdar and his team are given the task of hunting down the
raid's military commander and planner, a fictional character called Mose
Ben Eliezer, according to the film's website.
Israel's Arab helpers
Israeli army chief visits Bethlehem
military's chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi met Palestinian Authority
security officials in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sunday.
Ashkenazi arrived in Bethlehem with a delegation of senior Israeli
officers on a visit coordinated by PA security, Bethlehem Governor Abdel
Fattah Hamiyel said.
Our man in Palestine / Nathan Thrall
... Referred to by Hamas as “the Dayton forces,” the Palestinian
security services are formally under the authority of Mahmoud Abbas, the
Palestinian president and chairman of Hamas’s rival, Fatah; but they
are, in practice, controlled by Salam Fayyad, the unelected prime
minister, a diminutive, mild-mannered technocrat ... In 2009,
Palestinian and Israeli forces took part in 1,297 coordinated
activities, many of them against militant Palestinian groups, a 72
percent increase over the previous year.
Together they have largely disbanded the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a
principal Fatah militia; attacked Islamic Jihad cells; and all but
eliminated Hamas’s social institutions, financial arrangements, and
military activities in the West Bank.
'Peace talks' / Political developments
Hamas applauds PLO decision to stop talks
...Senior Hamas leader Salah Al-Bardawil told reporters Saturday that
"Hamas hopes Fatah will take a decision to stop negotiations, maintain
its decision, pay more attention to the internal Palestinian situation,
contribute to easing the siege imposed on the Gaza strip rather than
Fatah MP: Party experts to join unity talks on security
Security experts from rival movements Fatah and Hamas have been invited
to join talks to reach consensus on the last disputed point of the
Egyptian unity document, Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmad said Saturday.
Speaking with Ma'an radio, the Fatah lawmaker said security specialists
Majid Farj from his party and Imad Al-A'lami from Hamas will participate
in talks over the remaining security-related issues. "After that, the
proposal will be ratified without any problem and very soon," Al-Ahmad
Arab Peace Initiative to hold urgent session
The Arab Peace Initiative will hold an urgent meeting of Arab foreign
ministers on Friday in Sirtre, Libya over direct negotiations before
meeting for an extraordinary Arab League summit, the deputy Arab League
chief said. Ahmad Bin Hali told reporters Saturday that President
Mahmoud Abbas will
address the committee and updated officials on US efforts to save talks
from collapse in light of Israel's decision not to extend its settlement
freeze in the West Bank.
Egypt backs Palestinian position on settlements
As US special envoy meets with Egyptian president, Cairo's foreign
minister says current conditions' not favorable for peace talks to
Diplomats: Mitchell misrepresented initial success of peace talks
Netanyahu refused to hold a serious discussion on any of the core issues apart from security, Abbas reportedly told diplomats.
Palestinians want to keep peace talks alive: US envoy
-- The Palestinians want peace talks with Israel to continue, US envoy
George Mitchell insisted on Sunday, as he visited Egypt and Jordan
in a last-ditch effort to salvage fledgling direct negotiations.
UN chief: Broaden settlement building restrictions
PLO decision to suspend talks, Ban Ki-moon speaks to parties, calls on
them to create atmosphere conducive to talks; Tzipi Livni: Breakdown
will have 'serious consequences'
Not on the same page
can't help but wonder: What would former Israeli Prime Ministers Ariel
Sharon or Yitzhak Rabin have done if their foreign ministers had
delivered jaw-dropping speeches to the U.N. General Assembly
contradicting their policies on peacemaking with the Palestinians, as
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's did this week?
Will Lieberman be leaving government?
Minister close to PM says foreign minister's conduct during peace talks signals departure from coalition
Syria wants Turkey to mediate talks with Israel (AP)
DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syria wants Turkey to mediate its indirect peace
talks with Israel and any other efforts would be subordinate to the
Egypt, Iran to resume direct flights
Countries sign aviation agreement for first time since their diplomatic relations fell apart in 1979
Israel to Lebanon: Ahmadinejad visit to Israel border will be a provocation
Iran President intends to hurl stones at Israeli soldiers from Lebanese border, London-based newspaper reports.
Jordan gave 51,000 passports to Palestinians in 2010
issued over 51,000 temporary passports to Palestinians in 2010, the
head of Jordan's Passport and Civil Affairs department told Ma'an on
Sunday ... The official said Jordan has been "giving facilitation" since
1948 to enable Palestinians traveling to Saudi Arabia for the Muslim
pilgrimage of Hajj, in order to pass easily through the kingdom, adding
that "Jordan treats the West Bank and the Gaza Strip residents equally
depending on the historic national relationship between Jordan and
Palestine." The passports issued to Palestinians do not confer a
Jordanian national security number so that West Bank and Gaza Strip
residents are unable to vote in Jordanian elections.
AlJazeera English's In Pictures: Remembering the right of return
be urging Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, to continue
faltering peace talks despite refusing to renew a freeze on illegal
settlement building, but in the tinderbox Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian
refugee camp in Lebanon life is defined by an issue neither side has
ever publicly expressed any willingness to compromise over: The right of
Palestinian refugees to return home. Hugh Macleod.
Norway grants award to Rafah journalist
statement, the Norwegian committee described recipient Mohammed Omer,
from Rafah, as "a voice for the voiceless, for the population of Gaza
that has too often been forgotten by the world community." Omer runs
the website Rafah Today, and has contributed to The Nation, New
Statesman, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and Inter Press
Service, among others ... Returning from an award ceremony in 2008, in
which he collected the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism, Omer was
taken aside by Israeli security at the Allenby crossing from Jordan,
brutally beaten and seriously bruised, with complicated rib fractures
and neck injuries, the committee said.
AlJazeera English video: Ancient Gaza tunnels discovered
Archaeologists digging at a site on Gaza's border with Egypt have
discovered ancient tunnels in the same area as today's smuggling
tunnels. They are believed to be a part of a hidden city that is
estimated to be over two thousand years old. However, the excavation
work is complicated by the blockade of Gaza as there is the constant
risk of being caught in the way of an Israeli rocket strike on a modern
Israeli court sentences Jenin men for murder
An Israeli court on Sunday sentenced three men from the West Bank city
of Jenin to life imprisonment for the murder of an Israeli taxi driver,
Israeli press reported ... The report said Ouda and Khaledi claimed the
murder was revenge for a family member who had been killed by Israeli
authorities in 2007.
Report: Missing Jordanian killed by Israeli forces
informed the family of missing man that their relative was killed
during a mission against Israel, while the man's mother insists he
remains in captivity there, the London-based newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi
said Saturday ... Zaboun's mother refuted the news, telling the
paper that she had received several letters from the International Red
Cross in 1999, in addition to private letters, which said her son was
detained in Israel's Ashkelon prison, while more recent reports said he
had been moved to the Negev prison in southern Israel.
US authorities arrest Israeli journalist on drug charges
D.C. police arrest Orly Azoulay, U.S. reporter for the Yedioth Ahronoth
daily, along with husband, senior CBS reporter Howard Arenstein.
Utah residents fear 'Israeli art students' prying into NSA data center
(includes ABC4 TV video) A local ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah has caused a stir online with a report
suggesting that self-proclaimed Israeli art students, peddling their
artwork from door to door, have been asking disturbing questions about
plans to build an NSA data center in the area ...The basis for the
suspicions goes back to 2002, when a lengthy article at Salon described
how Drug Enforcement Agency field offices were reporting that "young
Israelis claiming to be art students and offering artwork for sale had
been attempting to penetrate DEA offices for over a year. The Israelis
had also attempted to penetrate the offices of other law enforcement and
Department of Defense agencies."
Israel set to start deporting foreign workers
Israelis, the phrase "after the holidays" refers to a return to
routine. For many foreign workers, however, it means living in fear of
being caught by authorities and expelled from the country. Starting this
week, families with children who don't meet residency criteria are now
in danger of being deported.
"I'm very worried about what will happen on Sunday, but I can't just
stay at home," says Erica, mother of a girl born in Israel who is just
shy of 5, the minimum age for receiving residency.
Analysis / Opinion / Human interest
A Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in prison / Gideon Levy
If the court indeed deports Mairead Corrigan-Maguire we'll know that our
court system is also tainted to the teeth ... The Irish Corrigan-Maguire
is the victim of state terror. A former secretary at the Guinness
Brewery in Belfast, she had three nephews, all
children at the time, who were killed during a British targeted
assassination in Northern Ireland ... The frightful family tragedy
turned her into a peace activist, and she began to hoist the flag of
non-violent resistance. For this she won the Nobel Peace Prize for 1976
... In recent years, Corrigan-Maguire has
tried to hoist this flag in Israel, which knows a lot about state
terror, assassinations and killing passersby, yet is now brutally
closing its gates in her face.
Robert Wright, like others, coming to understand the one-state reality / Ahmed Moor
Robert Wright recently joined
the one-state debate with a measured and well-intentioned piece in the
New York Times. Unfortunately, he mistakes the one-state solution for a
tactical cudgel instead of understanding it for what it is -- an end
unto itself. Wright clings to the atavistic (I don’t mean that
pejoratively -- just that the idea that people ought to be partitioned
this age is regressive) two-state outcome. He thinks that the one-state
can be employed as Palestinian threat against Israeli colonization.
Netanyahu humiliates Obama again / MJ Rosenberg
The Obama administration must understand that the Israeli prime minister is essentially a right-wing Republican ... The
word from Israel is that Netanyahu is counting on a huge GOP landslide
to save him from Obama. And then in 2012, there will be a Republican
president who is more likely than Obama to let him bomb Iran.
Do settlers care about us? / Yair Lapid
Op-ed from a Zionist: Yair Lapid says 4% of Israelis cannot make decisions on behalf of entire nation --
if the settlers have a problem with these Israelis, they have a real
problem. Because these Israelis, who are Zionistic, Jewish, and hold
national feelings are starting to feel that this is happening at their
expense. They are not angry at the settlers, yet gradually they are
being overcome by the feeling that the entire settlement enterprise is
costing them too much.
Book review: The way it really was / Amos Harel
Kayitz (Summer Vacation) by Yossi Berger (in Hebrew) -- Don't get caught
up in the rhetoric describing the Second Lebanon War as a success.
Yossi Berger, a lieutenant colonel in the reserves, can tell you the
truth about the war ... He describes how orders and missions changed
daily, and how the reservists found themselves ending up in the villages
of Markaba, Taibeh
and Qantara without anyone knowing their goals. He writes about the tank
company commander who refused an order to travel because all the tanks
that had preceded him into the area had been hit by anti-tank
To take up arms or not? A film joins the debate
it's by Ethan Bronner and is problematic in places, but probably worth
reading anyway just for the story of Budrus] “Budrus,” however, is not
just the story of its surprising principals playing out gritty real-time
confrontations. It raises some of the most difficult and contested
questions surrounding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, notably the
ability of each side to understand the other and the role of popular, nonviolent struggle in bringing it to an end.
Palestinian Oktoberfest lures thousands of revellers to West Bank
10,000 people were expected to attend the weekend's Oktoberfest, which
would make it the biggest since the event began in the
Christian-dominated village. It is a mark of the festival's success that
the small area around the municipality building was crammed with food
stalls doing a lively trade to Palestinian families (both Muslim and
Christian), diplomats, aid workers and tourists.
Saturday: 2 Iraqis killed, 4 wounded
Excerpt: Violence was very light ahead of Independence Day observations.
At least two Iraqis were killed and four more were wounded in new
attacks. Residents of Anbar Province reported an increasing greater
military presence since yesterday’s announcement that a Shi’ite
super-coalition is supporting Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for a
second turn as the premier. The surge risks antagonizing Sunnis, who may
feel shut out of the political process.
Sunday: 12 Iraqis killed, 14 wounded
least 12 Iraqis were killed and 14 more were wounded in the latest
violence ... In Fallujah, a policeman was killed and another was wounded
when gunmen attacked their checkpoint. Gunmen also killed an Awakening
Council (Sahwa) member when he stopped at a different checkpoint. A bomb
planted on a Sahwa member’s car killed him and wounded two companions. A
bomb killed a man, wounded his father, and damaged a number of stores in
the Khan Dhary area of Abu Ghraib...
Iraq postpones nationwide census: minister
– Iraq again postponed its first census in more than two decades
because of political wrangling over disputed areas in the country's
north, a deputy minister said on Sunday. The October 24 census has now
been delayed until December 5, the latest in a string of deferrals that
have consistently put back a count originally due in 2007.
Iraq crackdown on bombers brings silenced killings
– Militants in Iraq are resorting increasingly to guns with silencers
to attack security forces and government officials, as successes against
insurgents have made it harder for them to carry out trademark
Iraq's military flexes to deter any Sunni backlash
(TIME) Mindful that the likely return to power of Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki at the head of yet another Shi'ite-dominated government could
potentially trigger a Sunni backlash, the Iraqi military is putting on a
show of force in Anbar province - an erstwhile hotbed of insurgency. But
that plan risks inflaming hostility in a community that already feels
Key Sunni: Iraq facing 'last chance' for democracy
Iraq (AP) -- An Iraqi governor and leading Sunni politician said Sunday
that the nation's "last chance for democracy" could be derailed if the
Shiite prime minister keeps his job despite losing to a Sunni-backed
coalition in elections seven months ago.
IRAQ: Areas contaminated by cluster bomblets cleared near Mosul
cleared two areas contaminated by cluster submunitions in Kherava after
students at the local school told a Community Liaison team about the
presence of bomblets in their village. In one of the areas, submunitions
were blocking important land used for farming and grazing.
Iraq - are the Americans conspiring? / Tariq Almohayed
a belief amongst many of the Iraqi elite, as well as other Arab
politicians, intellectuals and journalists, that the U.S. is conspiring
with the Iranians on the issue of Iraq, and that there is a plot to
divide the region. The allegation is that America is concluding a deal
with its Iranian counterparts, to persuade Tehran to cooperate with
America and the West on the subject of its nuclear program [in exchange
for allowing the Iranians to politically intervene in Iraq].
U.S. and other world news
On paper, NY Islamic center looks modern, secular
...The renderings, some of which were posted on the project's website
this week, are preliminary, but they project the development team's
desire to build something cosmopolitan and fun on a site now known only
for controversy. "I don't think that once this thing gets built, anyone
will be picketing," said Sharif El-Gamal, the project's developer.
CIA backed by drones in Pakistan
is using an arsenal of armed drones and other equipment provided by
the U.S. military to secretly escalate its operations in Pakistan by
striking targets beyond the reach of American forces based in
Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.
Britain follows US, issues Europe travel alert
Britain on Sunday backed a US State Department travel alert warning of possible attacks in Europe, saying it
was "consistent" with its own assessment of the threat.
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