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17 Palestinian homes, park declared illegal
TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- Stop-work orders targeting 17 homes, a workshop,
factory and municipal park were delivered to Tulkarem-area residents on
Wednesday, village officials said, insisting that the construction was
in "Area C" and therefore illegal. "The orders said the buildings did
not have licenses from Israel," head of the Far’un municipal council
Abed Al-Karim Omer told Ma'an, calling the pretext that the homes,
factories, and park were in areas under Israeli control "unjustified."
Arab League condemns Israeli exile policy against Palestinians
CAIRO, Aug 12 (KUNA) -- The Arab League renewed its condemnation of the
Israeli exile policy against Palestinians, affirming that returning
Palestinians to their rightful lands would be on the top list of its
priorities. A statement by the League's Department for Palestinian and
Arab occupied lands Affairs said that the issue of exiled Palestinians
would be an integral part of the Arab League's draft resolution
concerning the Palestinian cause that would be discussed in the upcoming
134th Arab Ministerial meeting on December 16th.
Reut admits, Israel doesn’t want West Bank and Gaza unified
That Reut Institute report
on Israel's need to deal with the issue of Palestinian human rights in
the wake of the Gaza flotilla disaster makes it clear that it is Israeli
policy to divide the Palestinian people. Reut is close to the Israeli
gov't; and it's no wonder that the West Bank and Gaza are turning into
separate political entities, Israel has steered things that way. Reut
The borders of the Palestinian ’state’ come into focus, Ben White
An article this week in The Jerusalem Post
suggested that "when the construction freeze in Judea and Samaria ends
on September 26", Israeli PM Netanyahu intends to build mainly in the
so-called settlement blocs "Israel will likely keep under an agreement
with the Palestinians".
Besieging Israel's siege | Omar Barghouti
In just a few years the Palestinian campaign to boycott Israeli goods
has become truly global. Despite
Israel's siege of Gaza, and the escalating displacement in the Negev
and East Jerusalem, Palestinians have some reason to celebrate. In Washington a food co-op has passed a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli products,
confirming that the boycott movement – five years old last month – has
finally crossed the Atlantic. Support for the move came from prominent
figures including Nobel peace laureates Desmond Tutu and Máiread Maguire, and Richard Falk, the UN's special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories.
FAQ on Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS)
Palestinians 'adamant about continuing boycott on settlement goods'
PA economics minister says after meeting with Ben Eliezer that Israel's request to end the campaign proves that it is working.
Irish artists make BDS history, issuing the first nation-wide ‘pledge’ to boycott Israeli apartheid
Occupied Ramallah, 11 August 2010 Photo Israeli apartheid wall in
Palestine The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott
of Israel (PACBI) strongly welcomes the Irish artists’ ‘pledge’ to
boycott Israeli cultural institutions until Israel complies with
Gaza Police Disperses Peaceful Assembly by PFLP; Four Arrested and 21 Injured
approximately 8am on Tuesday 10 August 2010, the Gaza police dispersed a
peaceful protest organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine (PFLP). The event took place in the Unknown Soldier Square,
opposite the Palestinian Legislative Council in the Al Remal
neighborhood in Gaza City. The protest was organized against the
electricity cut-offs crisis in Gaza Strip.
Summing-up Sheikh Jarrah solidarity day
A year has passed since the eviction/expulsion of the Ghawi and Hanoun
families from their homes. A year in which we have struggled together,
not only in solidarity with the families, but also for the future of us
all: against the attempt to bury the possibility for a just solution for
our peoples; against the injustice and oppression, which are part and
parcel of so many in the reality we live in; and against the anti
democratic current that is taking over Israeli society.
A Pennsylvania woman bound for Gaza turns to Congress, Susan Johnson
Traveling to Gaza is a frustrating process. I'm trying to get things
right before I leave in two weeks, but tracking down the official rules
and regulations is not easy matter. If I had a dollar for every minute
I've spent searching for them. I'd have enough money to pay for the
trip. Last week I turned to the US Government for help.
Giving some love to the cultural boycott, Eleanor Kilroy
On Monday evening, Jethro Tull performed in Jerusalem with Shlomo Gronich as guest keyboardist. Gronich played riffs from Israel's national anthem,
the Hatikvah. Front man, Ian Anderson's decision to play in the
apartheid state was taken in spite of urgent calls for him heed the
boycott call. It is clear from his interview with the Jerusalem Post
that he was contacted by both pro- and anti-boycotters, but he used the
opportunity to call the Palestinian boycott call “irritating and
shallow,” and to join the chorus of contempt for Elvis Costello,
although curiously he was keen to emphasise that his decision was also
based on maintaining his 'reputation' for not cancelling shows unless he
is ill. From his statement on the band's official website
in June 2010, we learned that he made up his "own mind in light of
available facts, with my own experience and a sense of personal ethics.”
That must be why he approached former British PM and the Middle East
envoy of the risible Quartet, Tony Blair, for advice on which
'co-existence' charities he should donate his fee to for performing in
Israel. Anderson's good will is accepted unquestioningly by the Post who
are triumphant with the headline: 'Jethro Tull donates to co-existence'.
Other apologists busy celebrating on a Jethro Tull internet discussion site:
"The Jethro Tull Board proudly wishes a "yosha koach" to Jethro Tull for
not yielding to the intense pressure, intimidation and lies of the
Israel-bashing crowd. We are sure that Ian and the boys will receive
unsurpassed love and gratitude from an audience, and from a nation..."
The Siege (Gaza & West Bank)/Humanitarian and Human Rights/Restriction of Movement
Release Mordechai Vanunu
hundreds of people from around the World have signed an International Petition (http://humanrights.change.org/peti...,
calling on President Obama, Prime Ministers Netanyahu and Cameron, and
other world leaders, to ‘do all they can' to gain the release from
Israel of Mordechai Vanunu
(the Israeli nuclear whistleblower). Vanunu was released from Ramle
Israeli Prison, on Sunday 8th August, 2010, after serving almost 3
months in solitary confinement under cruel, inhuman and degrading
conditions. This further sentence was imposed on Vanunu for speaking to
foreign media. Although now out of prison he is still not allowed to
leave Israel. The draconian restrictions remain on him, and he is unable
to speak to foreigners, foreign media, or move freely within Israel
without Government permission.
Arab students: We're being kept out of TAU dorms because we didn't serve in IDF
Dozens of Arab students at Tel Aviv University were denied spots in
college dormitories for the coming academic year, due to preference
given to students with military records, students said a secretary in
the dean's office told them.
Poisoning of Gaza water puts population at risk
Beyond tarnishing Gaza's once pristine shores, the noxious consequences
of the deterioration of the wastewater treatment operation in Gaza
resulting from the closure hold much more grave implications: the Gaza
Strip is, quite literally, being poisoned.
Group: PA rejecting Gaza passport applications
-- The Palestinian Authority is depriving citizens in Gaza from
obtaining passports, a rights group said Thursday. The Al-Mezan Center
for Human Rights wrote to Ramallah-based Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in
June urging him to comply with Palestinian Basic Law and issue passports
to all citizens without discrimination. Since June, the center has
issued further complaints on behalf of citizens denied passports, none
of which have received responses from the PA, a statement said.
Israel to give Bethlehem more water for Ramadan
(Ma'an) -- Israel will furnish the Bethlehem municipality with an
additional 2,000 cubic meters of water per day for the month of Ramadan,
Israeli Civil Administration officials told Ma'an on Wednesday. Iyad
Sarhan, commander the civil administration of Bethlehem said the
decision was made following months of water shortages in the city and
its adjacent towns and villages.
EU monitoring may return to Rafah
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- European monitors will return to their posts at the
Rafah crossing at the end of Ramadan, Egyptian security sources said
Wednesday, adding that the issue was one of many discussed in relation
to the Palestinian file. A spokeswoman for the European Union Border
Assistance Mission said she could not confirm the report, adding that
"EUBAM is ready to redeploy as soon as a political solution is reached."
Photo exhibit shows Palestinians as they go about their daily lives under occupation
Born of dual heritage, a Palestinian father and an American mother,
Elena Farsakh grew up in the US and in the Middle East. Five years ago
she chose to reside in the ancestral home inherited by her father in the
West Bank town of Bir Zeit, but the Israelis refused to grant her
permission to remain. She lives in exile today, allowed, like all other
Palestinians with foreign passports, only brief visits to Palestine on a
tourist visa and is then barred from returning for a year.
Podcast/slideshow: Gaza’s trapped youth
PCBS: 29% of youth drop out of school early
-- The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics released a report on
young Palestinians on the occasion of International Youth Day. The
report revealed several unsettling figures, including statistics
indicating that 72.2 percent of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces
are between the age of 15-29. In the same age group, 29 percent do not
finish high school, and 33 percent are unemployed. The survey found only
50.9 percent of young people aged 15-17 were enrolled in classes, with
the dropout rate higher for boys (32.8 percent) than for girls (25
On whose behalf is Egypt savaging the people of Gaza?
An influx of hair-raising stories keeps coming from the Egyptian side of
the Rafah border terminal. Nearly all these stories underscore the degrading treatment meted out to Gazans.
Israeli forces arrest four Palestinians
RAMALLAH, Aug 12 (KUNA) -- Israeli forces on Thursday arrested four
Palestinians including a youth who was injured after being shot by
them. Israeli forces opened heavy fire at a Palestinian vehicle,
injuring 22-year-old Ahmad Dawlat near Fandaqumiya village north of the
West Bank, Palestinian sources said. They arrested the injured youth
and took him to an unknown location, sources added.
Israeli forces also arrested three other Palestinians including two brothers in Hebron and Ramallah, according to sources.
PA releases 8 university staffers accused of Hamas ties
Attempt by detainees to establish new university in West Bank seen as part of effort to expand Hamas’s influence beyond Gaza.
Netanyahu rejects Palestinian demand to base direct talks on 1967 borders
The Prime Minister reiterated the position in a meeting with U.S. envoy George Mitchell.
Palestinians receive U.S. approval of proposal of reference for direct talks with Israel
RAMALLAH, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- A senior official revealed on Wednesday
that the Palestinian leadership received a preliminary approval from the
United States over a proposal that the Quartet committee for peace in
the Middle East issue a statement defining a reference for direct peace
talks with Israel. Hana Amira, member of Palestine Liberation
Organization's (PLO) executive committee, told Xinhua that U.S. peace
envoy George Mitchell informed President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday that
the U.S. has accepted in principle the proposal that the Quartet
Committee issues the statement.
Abbas continues Cairo meetings
-- President Mahmoud Abbas sat with Egyptian intelligence chief
Omer Suleiman in Cairo on Thursday, following a meeting between the the
Palestinian leader and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak is
expected to join Abbas again alongside Jordan's King Abdullah II, as the
president continues to brief regional officials on the latest
discussions he held with US envoy for Middle East peace George Mitchell.
Abbas, Mubarak, Abdullah to meet in Cairo
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas, Jordanian King Abdullah II
and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, will sit for a tripartite meeting
in Cairo on Thursday, an aide to Abbas said. In a Wednesday statement
published on the governmental news agency WAFA, Abbas’ political adviser
Nimer Hammad said officials would discuss the US call to start direct
negotiations. Earlier in the day, Abbas met with Mubarak in a
one-on-one meeting in Cairo.
Mitchell, Netanyahu hold 'good, productive talks': Clinton (AFP)
AFP - US envoy George Mitchell held a "good, productive" meeting
Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to
revive direct Middle East peace talks, Secretary of State Hillary
'Direct talks only way to test Netanyahu's earnest'
Times' editorial urges Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to agree to
direct peace talks; warns him that he cannot prevail be staying
on the sidelines.
Ashkenazi: Israel failed to use enough force against aid ships
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Troops failed to use enough force when taking over a
Gaza-bound aid flotilla, Israel’s top general said on Wednesday,
admitting that the army had not factored in the deadly melee that would
'Navy prepared to handle future flotillas'
IDF chief speaks at sailors' course graduation, says, 'Flotillas aiming
to deliver weapons to enemies will be halted by Israel's defensive
shield'. Navy commander says soldiers involved in Marmara raid 'acted
swiftly, while upholding battle ethics'.
Netanyahu Testimony on Gaza Flotilla: PR over Human Rights and Security
Even seasoned pundits could not help but express dismay this week at the televised testimony
by senior Israeli officials, beginning with Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu, before the Turkel Commission charged with investigating the
Israeli military’s May 31 interception of ships bound for Gaza. As the
Israeli daily Haaretz pointed out in a scathing editorial, Netanyahu readily acknowledged
that Israel’s decisions on what to allow or prohibit into Gaza were
based not on concern for the welfare of the population in Gaza but
rather about Israel’s image in the international media.
Poland extradites alleged Israeli spy to Germany (AP)
- Polish police say the country has extradited a suspected Mossad agent
to Germany, where he faces charges over a passport that was used in the
slaying of a Hamas leader in Dubai earlier this year.
IDF ups training in Golan Heights
Military holds wide-scale exercise in northern Israel meant to accustom troops to area's terrain.
Victim's son: I have no faith in police
Samer Alkam, whose father Kheiri was murdered 12 years ago, is angered
by decision to release main suspect Haim Pearlman to house arrest.
IDF troops beat up Haaretz reporter
(Video) Soldiers resort to violence against journalists in West Bank: Troops apparently acted improperly, IDF says.
IDF bans Israelis from Palestinian villages along Rt. 443
A new IDF decree bans Israelis from entering Palestinian villages along
Route 443, despite these villages being located in Area C, which is
under complete Israeli control. The ban was announced yesterday by GOC
Central Command Avi Mizrahi. It joins other measures taken by the
Central Command as the West Bank road is prepared to be opened to
Palestinian traffic, in accordance with a Supreme Court verdict rendered
earlier this year.
Defense establishment fears riots during Ramadan
sentiment towards authorities at low point after Negev demolitions of
Bedouin village, imprisonment of Raed Salah. Concern that
potential riots on Temple Mount could spread to other towns.
Netanyahu wishes world's Muslims 'easy' month of Ramadan
Muslims mark first day of month-long fast; U.S. Jews decline Obama's
invitation to join White House Eid al-Fitr dinner as it falls on a
Ma'an to break local borders with broadcast TV
Ma’an – Programs from Haifa will be seen in Bethlehem during Ramadan,
and for the first time, several of Ma'an's programs will air across
Israel and the Middle East, via a joint initiative between Ma’an and the
Mix TV Channel. Mix TV, based in Haifa, broadcasts throughout the Middle
East, and will reach Palestinians from Lebanon to Jordan to Gaza to the
Gulf, with a series of 16 locally produced programs, including a Ma'an
produced Ramadan soap opera series, as well as morning shows and
Rabbi Amar: Stop Reform Jews
rabbi urges Israel's religious leaders to pressure government
to prevent involvement of non-Orthodox movements in state and religion
issues. 'They are sticking their claws into the people residing in Zion
and trying to dictate our lifestyle,' he says.
Report: Israeli serial killer arrested in US
American media outlets say man suspected of terrorizing three states
removed from flight from Michigan to Tel Aviv. Authorities say killer
responsible for at least 16 attacks, five of them fatal; 14 of victims
said to be black men.
Disemboweling the Right of Return, Franklin Lamb – Beirut
For months, as Lebanon's historic debate over basic civil rights for
Palestinian refugees has unfolded, the Obama administration has watched
idly along the sidelines. As hundreds of thousands of Palestinian
refugees cough and slow-bake while inhaling rancid camp air in Lebanon’s
sweltering breezeless heat, the White House has now sent Lebanon’s
Parliament a message. The United States will not support meaningful
civil, social or economic rights for the world’s largest and oldest
refugee population and it wants them naturalized anywhere except
anyplace in Palestine.
Obama’s Chinatown, Philip Weiss
An Israel connection comes in, just possibly, there but more plainly
when you connect two other dots: Nesbitt
works with the Pritzker Realty Group, and another close Obama friend is
Penny Pritzker, a scion of the family of the Hyatt fortune, which has
has been used for projects far less liberal in Israel than the
Pritzker-Nesbitt politics are in the U.S.("In 2003, Forward reported on
how he had 'been courting the pro-Israel constituency.' He co-sponsored
an amendment to the Illinois Pension Code allowing the state of Illinois
to lend money to the Israeli government. Among his early backers was
Penny Pritzker -- now his national campaign finance chair -- scion of
the liberal but staunchly Zionist family that owns the Hyatt
hotel chain. (The Hyatt Regency hotel on Mount Scopus was built on land
forcibly expropriated from Palestinian owners after Israel occupied East
Jerusalem in 1967)"--Abunimah).
people are linked through the Chicago Housing Authority and Valerie
Jarrett (chair 1992-95, Chicago Department of Planning and Development;
chair 1995-2005, Chicago Transit Board). If I were a Republican J.J.
Gittes looking for the Noah Cross among all these Mulwrays, I'd be
‘Edward Said’s critique was important in the years after Oslo’
Ali Abunimah follows up on post recalling his comment
that he had been upset when he learned of the signing of the Oslo
accords, in 1993:
That's accurate! What I would have told you is the accords were signed
on the day I was driving from NJ to Chicago (to move there), and I was
driving alone listening to it all on the radio (and then watching it on
CNN at a motel) and very upset -- as were many Palestinians of course
whose voices were subsequently silenced by the strictly-enforced
feel-good narrative. After that if you didn't support Oslo you were an
Enemy of Peace. Oslo demoralized and demobilized Palestinians, split
them, froze out the diaspora and made it much much harder to advocate
for our rights. All this for a "state" we saw then would never come,
despite the slogans and promises. Edward Said's critique was extremely
important to me in the years right after Oslo. His articles and books
chronicling its failures and betrayals were among the few voices we had
access to (remember the Internet as we know it today did not quite
exist) and his critique was really formative for me (which is why it was
also excluded from the mainstream). Everything else followed from there.
Interview with "Salt of This Sea" star before nationwide premiere in NYC
Salt of This Sea (2008), Annemarie Jacir's groundbreaking feature film,
premieres in the US this week after two years on the road and winning
over 20 awards in countless international film festivals. Nora
Barrows-Friedman interviewed the film's star, Suheir Hammad, for The
Meet the Methodist Friends of Israel, Stuart Littlewood
few weeks ago the Methodist Church’s annual conference did a very
courageous and praiseworthy thing. It voted to boycott products from
Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestine, regarded as illegal under
international law, and to encourage Methodists across Britain to do the
same. “The decision is a response to a call from a group of Palestinian
Christians, a growing number of Jewish organisations, both inside Israel
and worldwide, and the World Council of Churches,” said the press
Gaza flotilla video mashup: Internet Killed Israeli PR
Richard Cohen says that Arabs want to exterminate Jews, Philip Weiss
I get a circle-the-wagons feeling from Israel's defenders in Washington. Thomas Friedman's column the other day was unhinged,
lumping Oliver Stone with the British Prime Minister, and not
acknowledging what has changed world opinion, the slaughter of civilians
and denial of human rights to Palestinians for decades. Richard Cohen,
who wanted to sing Hatikvah when he read Walt and Mearsheimer's book, is
equally unbalanced in The Washington Post.
Ray Hanania Plays the Sectarian Card: Old Zionist Tactics And More Proof He Does not Speak Arabic
the tactics Zionists and their supporters often employ is to make a
partially accurate assertion about a reality or condition, blow it out
of proportion and then exploit both the minor truth it may contain and
the exaggerated extrapolations in order to deceive, mislead, and deflect
attention from the racism and violence of the Zionist state. Ray
Hanania, the failed comedian, Jerusalem Post (JP) columnist, and newest ADC board of directors member who does not speak Arabic, is now claiming to speak for and defend Christians Arabs and other Christians across the entire “Muslim world.”
Sayyed Nasrallah - Hariri Assasination Evidence Expose - Full Press Conference
Hariri: Sayyed Nasrallah's Revelations Important, Sensitive
12/08/2010 Three days following the exceptional press conference made by
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah in which he directly
accused the Israeli enemy of involvement in the assassination of former
Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, the revelations of Sayyed Nasrallah are
still making the headlines in Lebanon and the region… While the Lebanese
political scene seemed to be as usual divided over the evidence
revealed, Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the son of the slain
Prime Minister, broke his silence and was quoted as rejecting the
attempts to undermine the importance and the value of Sayyed Nasrallah's
revelations. Following Monday's press conference, Hariri made several
external calls with world leaders seeking to reinforce internal unity
and justice at the same time. He met with Saudi King Abdullah bin
Abdul-Aziz in Riyadh on Wednesday after holding talks with French
President Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday.
Lebanon defiant over US aid freeze
Defence minister says will not take US aid if weapons cannot be used against Israel.
Lebanon says aid to army must be unconditional (Reuters)
Reuters - Lebanon criticized on Wednesday moves by U.S. lawmakers to
block aid for the military over concerns it was working closely with
militant Shi'ite Hezbollah, after a deadly cross-border clash between
Lebanon and Israel.http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3934357,00.html
US: Lebanon military aid conditional
Following US decision to suspend military aid to Lebanon, State
Department spokesman says, 'Conditions placed on any military assistance
that we give to any country in the world in terms of how the weapons
will be used'; adds US hopes to "strengthen relationship' with Lebanon
once matter is settled.
Syria, Iran underline support for Lebanon against Israel (AFP)
AFP - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian Foreign Minister
Manouchehr Mottaki underlined on Wednesday their joint support for
Lebanon in the face of Israeli "aggression," state news agency SANA
Top US lawmaker seeks Pentagon briefing on Lebanon (AFP)
AFP - Amid rising US-Lebanon tensions, a top US lawmaker asked the
Pentagon in a letter released Wednesday for assurances that military aid
from Washington is not indirectly helping Hezbollah.
Administration to Lebanese Army: no more incidents and don't cozy up to Iran
The Obama administration has made it clear to the Lebanese government
that it should do everything in its power to avoid another border
skirmish with Israel and be careful about cozying up to Iran if they
value their defense relationship with the United States.
Judge issues arrest warrant against Karam for spying
Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda issued an arrest warrant against
retired Brigadier General Fayez Karam after interrogating him, the
state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported Wednesday.
Devoted crowds throng Hezbollah's Lebanon theme park
If you have an urge to inspect mangled Israeli tanks, toy with a rocket
launcher or explore a genuine rock-cut guerrilla bunker, Hezbollah's
multi-media theme park in south Lebanon is just the place.
Hariri's ambiguity ... & the cost of Sunni & 'Western' support
Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah confirmed rumours that the STL is
expected to indict his party, accusing the STL of working at the behest
of Israel. This unprecedented attack on the STL prompted renewed
commitment by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to the tribunal. Although
Nasrallah last month claimed that Hariri had assured him that any
Hizbollah members accused would be regarded as undisciplined elements of
the party, officials close to Hariri have denied this. It may have been
one of a number of deals Hariri was considering to persuade Hizbollah to
accept the court's decision, but which Hizbollah declined...
Hizbollah's position. Nasrallah's media appearances set the stage for a
new political controversy regarding the STL. Following his lead, the
March 8 coalition is waging a campaign against the international
tribunal, demanding its abrogation. Hizbollah's strategy is designed to
send a signal to the STL and its Western backers either to delay any
announcement or dismantle the tribunal altogether. Nasrallah accused the
STL of basing its conclusions on fabricated evidence and false
witnesses, linking the Israeli spies with the evidence gathered. He
accused Israel of Hariri's assassination, claiming to have evidence
which he will soon make public... Hariri's position. Hariri has taken
an ambiguous stance, reasserting his commitment to the STL while
claiming that the tribunal will not be a cause for a renewed civil
strife. He is aware that his government depends on the underlying
political consensus, and that Hizbollah has the means to bring it down.
More widely, he knows that an indictment of Hizbollah could destroy the
precarious social stability between Sunnis and Shia that has endured
Lebanon debates giving Palestinians rights (AP)
Mohammed al-Amin spends his days doing little more than playing
billiards and smoking cigarettes in this sprawling Palestinian refugee
camp, where gunmen roam narrow alleyways dotted with tin-roofed,
Wednesday: 21 Iraqis Killed, 9 Wounded
21 Iraqis were killed and nine more were wounded as Ramadan began
for Sunni Muslims. Meanwhile, Iraq's top army officer, Lieutenant
General Babakar Zebari, warned that the U.S. pullout is premature and
asked politicians to find a way to fill the void after 2011. Ideally, he
wants American troops to stay until 2020. Outgoing Ambassador
Christopher Hill, however, is more hopeful and thinks the political
deadlock over the premiership might break soon.
Eight Iraqi soldiers killed in booby-trapped house
BAQUBA, Iraq: Insurgents lured Iraqi troops into a booby-trapped house
early Wednesday, killing eight soldiers in coordinated blasts that
marked the start of Ramadan, when violence typically peaks.
Unknown gunmen kill Iraqi doctor
of Al Ilwiya Hospital, Dr. Intisar Hassan Mohammed, was killed by
unknown gunmen after raiding her house in Al Karrada region, central
Baghdad, police reported. Gunmen stole all the money and jewelry in the
house and kept her husband handcuffed but alive, police added.
Al Qaeda in Iraq targets Baghdad’s developing police force
Army is gradually handing responsibility for Baghdad security to Iraq's
developing police force – a transition Al Qaeda in Iraq is exploiting
with increased attacks.
Iraq's new K-9 bomb detectors
have employed a new canine security force in their fight against
bomb attacks. Up to 100 dogs will be deployed at various checkpoints
across the country with the aim of sniffing out explosives from vehicles
passing by. Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reports from Baghdad on why the
animals are proving more successful than modern technology to detect
bombs. [August 12, 2010]
Iraq 'needs US military support until 2020'
Iraqi army will require American support for another decade before it is
ready to handle the country's security on its own, Iraq's army chief of
staff told AFP on Wednesday.
U.S. commander stresses importance of funding Iraq security forces
Gen. Ray Odierno and other American officials have been urging U.S.
lawmakers to reconsider plans to substantially cut the amounts the
military and State Department have requested for Iraq initiatives next
Iraq reconstruction 'hindered by shortfall in US funds'
The reconstruction of Iraq is set to be hindered by a huge shortfall in
American funds after US troops begin leaving the country later this
month, senior officials in Washington have warned.
Ambassador hopeful Iraq will form government soon (AP)
AP - The outgoing U.S. ambassador to Iraq said Wednesday that after five
months of post-election "pushing and shoving" by Iraqi politicians,
raising concerns about U.S. troop withdrawals, Baghdad may finally be
headed to forming a new government.
Obama, national security team hold meeting on Iraq (AFP)
President Barack Obama convened his national security team Wednesday to
discuss the situation in Iraq, with just three weeks to go before the
official end of the US combat mission there.
Winning Iraq’s Political Game
Smaller parties should break stalemate by backing one of the two main parties.
Azzam Alwash Fights To Restore 'Garden Of Eden' Marshlands In Iraq
U.S.-Iraqi citizen hopes to replenish the unique wetlands in southern Iraq destroyed by Saddam Hussein.
Obama may be prepared to meet Ahmadinejad
security advisor says 'only time will tell' as far as meeting between
American, Iranian heads of state. Washington has enough 'wiggle room' to
give sanctions time to work, Jones adds.
Kuwait to get US Patriot missiles
The US says it plans to sell Kuwait its latest Patriot anti-ballistic
missile to meet "current and future threats". While the perceived
threats were not specified, analysts said the sale was part of a drive to contain Iran. Kuwait lies only a short distance from Iran across the Gulf.
Turkey backs gasoline sales to Iran despite sanctions
Turkish energy minister says will support sales to Iran; country's main
gasoline exporter: Iran more important to us than the U.S.
Brazil will back Iran sanctions
President Lula da Silva signs decree despite pushing nuclear fuel swap proposal.
What do Arabs really think about Iran?, Amjad Atallah
Are Arab governments considering yet another war? Despite the repeated
unconfirmed reports about anonymous Arab leaders urging Obama to follow
Israel's lead, the circumstances today are very different than 1979 or
1991. There is no threat from either Iraq or Iran toward any
neighboring Arab state, not real or imagined. Iran's unique blend of
western parliamentary democracy and the "rule of jurisprudents" hasn't
really gained any adherents outside Iran. The two other Shia majority
states, Iraq and Lebanon, have effectively adopted western parliamentary
forms of government without any clerical overlay. And the popularity of
Iran's leaders has been eclipsed - not by any Arab leader - but by the
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan whose ambitious and vigorous
diplomacy in the region (combined with very real economic engagement)
has made him a superstar - draining the air out of the Ahmadinejad
bubble. The final popping of that bubble for Arab states will not come
from a disastrous U.S. attack on Iran, but from resolution of the
Israeli-Arab conflict. And finally, of course, no one in the region
believes that Iran will invade any other country.
Why are the Israelis Telling Their ‘Secret’ Iran Attack Plans to Jeffrey Goldberg?, Tony Karon
first question to ask when considering how seriously to take Jeffrey
Goldberg’s latest alarmist screed about Israel gearing up to attack
Iran, is “Why do people talk to Jeffrey Goldberg?” In the course of an
Atlantic Monthly cover story that veers all over the place but whose
intended message is that if President Obama won’t bomb Iran, then Israel
will — and that everyone will be better off if the U.S. does the job
because it can do it so much better — Goldberg describes conversations
with 40 leading decision makers in Israel, including Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu. And all of them pretty much tell him the same thing;
that Israel will give the Obama Administration’s sanctions until the end
of this year to demonstrate results in forcing Iran’s surrender on the
nuclear question, after which the Israelis will take matters into their
own hands, launching an air strike on Iranian nuclear facilities without
getting Washington’s go-ahead — because most of Israel’s key decision
makers doubt whether Obama is willing to launch another war in the
You must do what we can’t, because if you don’t, we will, Paul Woodward
Worried about an Israeli attack on Iran? That’s the idea. You must do what we can’t, because if you don’t, we will.
This is how some Israelis are trying to twist Washington’s arm to get
the US to attack Iran. A more honest way of making the argument would
be to say this: If
the US won’t attack Iran, then Israel will — even though it won’t
accomplish its military objectives and it will open Pandora’s box.
Desperate nations sometimes do desperate things. You have been warned. Another name for this: blackmail.
Will Israel Bomb Iran?, Stephen M. Walt
If you are worried that the United States might be foolish
enough to attack Iran, then you might take comfort from Jeffrey Goldberg's
lengthy and alarmist Atlantic article
on the subject. Based on a flock
of mostly anonymous interviews, Goldberg has concluded that odds are better
than 50-50 that Israel will attack Iran sometime next spring. Given his track record as a Middle East
analyst -- particularly when it comes to the wisdom of using force -- you might be
justified in viewing that prediction as a sign that war was in fact quite unlikely.
Bush called Krauthammer and Kristol ‘bomber boys’, Philip Weiss
The best line from the Jeffrey Goldberg piece in the Atlantic, picked up by Think Progress:Bush
sometimes mock those aides and commentators who advocated an attack on
Iran, even referring to the conservative columnists Charles Krauthammer
and William Kristol as “the bomber boys,” according to two people I
spoke with who overheard this.
U.S. and Other World News
Reagan insider: 'GOP destroyed U.S. economy', Paul B. Farrell
We've arrived at a historic turning point as a nation that no longer
needs outside enemies to destroy us, we are committing suicide.
Democracy. Capitalism. The American dream. All dying. Why? Because of
the economic decisions of the GOP the past 40 years, says this leading
The US Arms Bonanza in the Middle East, JONATHAN COOK
Two of the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East, Israel and
Saudi Arabia, are on the brink of signing large arms deals with the US
in a move designed to ratchet up the pressure on Iran, according to
defence analysts. America has agreed to sell Saudi Arabia 84 of the
latest model of the F-15 jet and dozens of Black Hawk helicopters. The
deal also includes refurbishing many of the kingdom’s older F-15s, the
Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
British taxpayers funding US arms lobbyists
Exclusive: Government paying a secretive lobbying firm to push American
politicians to award contracts to British defence companies.
The Omar Khadr case makes a mockery of US justice
was a badly wounded boy of 15 when, in 2002, US forces captured him in
Afghanistan. As the dust settled on a suspected al-Qaeda compound
after a firefight that July, troops discovered him slumped in the rubble
among the dead, leaning against a wall.
Maher Arar: Why Is Canadian Child Soldier Omar Khadr Being Tried by a Military Court?
Was Omar Khadr captured in Manhattan trying to blow up a civilian or a
government installation? Of course not. We all know his story by now.
Canadian Omar Khadr was captured in a battlefield in Afghanistan that
was illegally invaded by the US army. He was 15 years old at the time.
He is the perfect example of a child soldier. But the US army and the
Department of Defence had another opinion, they charged Khadr with a
never-heard-of-type-of-charge called "murder in violation of the laws of
war." So if the alleged crime was done on Afghan soil, why didn't the US
officials put Khadr on trial in Afghanistan? Why did they wait for
almost 7 years to send him to a kangaroo court? Whoever has read the
story in detail perfectly knows that there is contradictory evidence
whether Khadr is the one who threw the hand grenade that killed the US
The aggression is ongoing: their maps and our destinies, Bouthaina Shaaban
Our peoples in the region have become a target for war-mongers who
spread pain, destruction, blockade and bloodshed. We have become the
West’s guinea pigs for torture and assassination. In the beginning, we
are accused of “possessing weapons of mass destruction (WMD),” “hosting
terrorists” and “endangering world peace and security” before they wage
their international wars on our cities. Then, inquiries are set up, just
for public consumption, to find out the truth but without the
possibility of restoring to our nation its lost security and future.
Change That's Not: 'Obama On Bush Route', Video Interview With John Pilger
first time in US presidential history -- it has not happened before
-- a president has taken the entire defense department bureaucracy, and
the Secretary of State for Defense, from a previous discredited
administration. We have basically Robert Gates and the same generals
running American foreign policy with a lot of help from people of like
Pentagon: Wikileaks Has 'Potentially More Explosive' Undisclosed Documents
Pentagon officials say they are sifting through 15,000 classified
Afghanistan war documents for sensitive material that could harm troops
or civilians--documents they believe the on-line site WikiLeaks has
obtained and might disclose. The records at issue contain material that
is "potentially more explosive, more sensitive" than the information in
the 77,000 Afghanistan field reports and assessments WikiLeaks put
on-line last month in an effort to shed light on the U.S. military's war
in Afghanistan, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said.
U.S. Urges Allies to Crack Down on WikiLeaks, Philip Shenon
The Obama administration is pressing Britain, Germany, Australia, and
other allied Western governments to consider opening criminal
investigations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and to severely limit
his nomadic travels across international borders, American officials
A War on Wikileaks?, MAXIMILLIAN C. FORTE
the interest of full disclosure, I am one of Wikileaks’ many financial
donors. I have downloaded their entire Afghan War Diary, and numerous
other documents in the past, and I have shared them. I am also one of
the critics of some aspects
of the Wikileaks review process. Some might rush to conclude that this
puts individuals such as myself in a difficult position. Not from our
standpoint. Instead the difficult positions are owned by the U.S. State
Department and Pentagon, whose emissions have been chock full of absurd
assertions, twisted logic, while appealing to us with as much charm as
that of a delinquent about to commit date rape: first the appeal to our
good side (ethics), then the threat of destruction (prosecution).
What They Do in Our Name, Sheldon Richman
Thanks to Wikileaks and heroic leakers inside the military, we now know
the U.S. government has killed many more innocent Afghan civilians than
we were aware of heretofore. We also know that American military and
intelligence personnel roam Afghanistan assassinating suspected bad
US -- Venezuela: The Empire Strikes Back (and Loses), James Petras
US policy toward Venezuela has taken many tactical turns, but the
objective has been the same: to oust President Chavez, reverse the
nationalization of big businesses, abolish the mass community and worker
based councils and revert the country into a client-state.
Muslims outraged as U.S. church plans to burn Koran
Florida's Dove World Outreach Center to burn the Islamic holy text on church grounds in remembrance of the victims of 9/11.
"I Fear For My Country": Muslim Leader Daisy Khan on Opposition to Ground Zero Mosque and Others Nationwide
is intensifying over the planned construction of an Islamic center and
mosque two blocks from New York’s Ground Zero—but it is not just a local
issue. Across the country Muslim groups are facing attacks over plans to
build new mosques. We speak to Daisy Khan, of the American Society for
Muslim Advancement, one of the main organizations behind the mosque
project and the wife Imam Feisal Abdul Rau; and Stephan Salisbury,
cultural writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and author of "Mohamed’s
Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland."
The Pavlov Response and the Cordoba House
Reactions to the construction of Cordoba House reveal more than
ingrained prejudice and hypocrisy; they reveal jealousy,
incomprehensible attitudes of self-importance, condescension, and
patronization, ignorance that emphasizes separation, and a possible
conspiracy that can easily pass unnoticed.
Some Comedy: Municipal Land-Use Update - Ground Zero Mosque
Wyatt Cenac fears that Muslims will take over by building mosques every two blocks until New York City is completely covered.
The Muslim Community Center at Ground Zero: a Manufactured Controversy, ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
A substantial racist uproar is taking place in conservative America,
particularly in right-wing radio and television. Reactionary pundits
are drawing increased attention to plans to build an Islamic community
center in downtown Manhattan, near Ground Zero. Republicans and
conservatives have long been known to harbor racist views of Islam,
although they’re hardly alone in this. Many on the right frame the
entire religion as radical, fundamentalist, and a threat to national
security. In light of this pattern, there’s little surprising about the
right’s most recent attack on Muslim Americans as a secret, under the
Witness - Halal on the Prairie
the largest Arab city in the Western world. Schools are bi-lingual,
with much emphasis on Islamic culture, religion and history. Despite the
battle against terrorism and the animosity surrounding the Middle East
conflicts, all of which affect the Arab community, Dearborn remains a
success story. The community shows that desegregation in the US works,
and that limited knowledge of English or wearing headscarves have little
to do with the potential achievement of minorities in a modern,
FYI: This September 11th Muslims Will Celebrate, Don’t Panic
Ramadan begins in most Arab countries today August 11 2010....a month
from then is September 11th, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist and
violent attacks on America's soil. Many talking heads and demagogues
have argued Muslims have danced on the streets in celebration. And
something tells me the same talking heads will strike again and take
advantage of this and show images of happy Muslims on September 11th
2010, the date that will be the Eid, one of two Muslim holidays. While
the majority of Muslims will join the rest of the world in commemorating
the tragic events of September 11th, they will also be partying it up
for the Eid. In other words, they will take the words of former
President George Bush to heart and do what he told the American people
to do few people after 9/11 "Go and shop", that's why the Muslim holiday
like everything in this world has been commercialized.
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