Property Theft and Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing
No compromise on settlements
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- American mediators may step in and offer a solution to the
settlements issue, an informed source told Ma'an on Wednesday. Citing
what the source called precedents in the talks in both Washington
the source said that on a growing number of occasions mediators had intervened
during crisis points, and offered median solutions to the issues at hand.
Abbas warns settlement building will end talks: Palestinians
AFP - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned new settlement construction
would end peace talks after the Israeli premier told him on Wednesday building
will continue, a senior Palestinian official said.
PM to Abbas: We'll continue building in settlements
During talks in Jerusalem, Netanyahu tells
Palestinian president his stance on West Bank
construction has not changed. PMO: No compromises on Israel's security needs.
EU to call on Israel to extend settlement halt
Draft of conclusions from EU summit calls on Israel, Palestinians 'to observe
calm and restraint,' avoid moves that could strain negotiation process.
For 27,000 Constructed During Israeli Settlements Freeze
The so-called settlement freeze in the Palestinian territories is a myth. No
freeze has ever been implemented, in fact the settlements have been expanding
dramatically during the moratorium. Additionally, another 13,000 homes have
been approved for the West Bank, together with two new colonies near Nablus and the Jordan
Settlers Take Over Palestinian Farm Lands Near Nablus
Nablus – PNN – a group of Israeli settlers took
over on Thursday more Palestinian farm lands near the northern West Bank city
of Nablus. The
30 Donoms of land ( 7.5 acres ) belongs to farmers from the village of Jaloud
local sources said that this is the second time the settlers take over
villagers lands. Earlier in the month settlers took over 3 acres of villagers
lands. Settler’s attacks increased in the past two week after Palestinian
fighters killed four of them and injured two others in two different attacks
near West Bank settlements earlier in the
month. Since May of this year Israeli settlers and military attacks on
Palestinian communities in Gaza and the West Bank has left 14 civilians killed.
Israeli authorities demolish four Palestinian homes in Negev
Israeli municipal authorities razed four Palestinian homes on Wednesday in the
Negev villages of Fara'a, Tel Arad, Bani Yacaba and Al-Sayyad, local sources
reported. [Hamas website, may not be accessible to all]
air raid destroys soap factory in southern Gaza
Israeli air raids at dawn Thursday blasted a soap factory in Khan Younis, south
of the Gaza Strip, and deserted land causing severe material damage to the
factory. [Hamas website, may not be accessible to all]
make renewed attempt on Jlem home
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Jerusalem's Qeresh family said friends and neighbors
helped them resist what witnesses described as an attempted home take over on
Wednesday. The event reportedly began in the early morning in the
As-Sa’diyah neighborhood in the old city of Jerusalem, as Israeli settlers entered a wing
of the family home and allegedly began removing furniture.
How Israeli-Palestinian battle for Jerusalem plays out in
The Israeli-Palestinian battle for Jerusalem is playing out in Silwan between
Arab residents, religious Jews, and a municipality looking to revitalize its
storied global brand.
Top 5 reasons Jerusalem is such a thorny issue
Jerusalem is considered by many to be the
trickiest issue to resolve in a two-state solution to Middle
East peace. Israelis see the city as their “undivided and eternal
capital” but Palestinians also seek to put their future capital in East Jerusalem, which is predominantly Arab.
The pharaoh of Jerusalem, Philip Weiss
In the last two days two guides have taken me through the geography of the
Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, and I’m staggered. I wonder why this
monstrous structure is not better known, even to people like me, who study the
conflict. I wonder how it is that American reporters are not describing the
racist devouring of Jerusalem
every day in our newspapers and showing it every night on our television news.
I wonder why our politicians, or our liberal Democratic ones anyway, are not
holding angry press conferences in front of the repulsive separation wall as it
lunges to separate a Palestinian village from virtually all its connections to
the outside world, so as to privilege the lifestyle, and short commute, of
Jews in the new development on the hilltop above them.
Where has the hypocrisy gone?, Amira Hass
Lieberman the non-hypocrite knows what he's talking about when he says no peace
agreement will be signed, even in another generation. A peace agreement is not
a business contract. It requires a change of values of a kind that does not
exist within the vocabulary of the democratic Jewish state, which elevates the
system of double standards to a level of virtuosity. The people of this state
are incapable of imagining themselves departing from the privileges that this
system confers. And who cares if the flip side of those privileges is dispossession,
suppression of freedoms and the risk of regional conflagration?
Plastic flowers, Gideon Levy
Yes, the settlements are no more than plastic flowers - wedged into foreign
soil and never producing anything but their own ugliness.
West Bank settlers indignant over Obama’s pressure
GEVA BINYAMIN // Penina Abitbul, a Jewish settler in the West Bank, is fed up
with the United States
telling her country what to do. “The policy of Israel
is whatever America
says,” claimed Mrs Abitbul, who moved to this hilltop settlement 19 years ago.
isn’t on the right side.” The “right” side for her, she quickly added, is “Israel’s
side”. What has arroused her ire and that of many other settlers this
week is the increasing pressure from Washington
to extend a 10-month moratorium on settlement building due to expire at the end
of the month.
Sanctions & Divestment
Prosecution Demands More Than Two Years Imprisonment for Bil’in’s Abdallah Abu
The sentencing phase in the trial of Abdallah Abu Rahmah, the coordinator of
the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, began yesterday
at the Ofer Military Court. Abu Rahmah was convicted of organizing illegal
marches and of incitement last month, but cleared of the violence charges he
was indicted for – stone-throwing and a vindictive arms-possession charge for collecting used tear-gas projectiles
and displaying them. The prosecution demanded Abu Rahmah will be sent
to prison for a period exceeding two years, saying that as an organizer, a
harsh sentence is required to serve as a deterrence not only for Abu Rahmah
himself, but to others who may follow in his footsteps as well. This statement
by the prosecution affirms the political motivation behind the indictment, and
the concern raised by EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton,
that “the possible imprisonment of Mr Abu Rahma is intended to prevent him and
other Palestinians from exercising their legitimate right to protest against
the existence of the separation barriers in a non violent manner.”
Jamal Juma: The real obstacle to peace in the Levant is the
presence of a criminal, racist state
Illegal settlements on Palestinian land are one of the biggest stumbling blocks
for these talks. The Palestinians have warned that they will walk out of talks
if a freeze on settlement construction, which is set to expire at the end of
the month, is not extended.
Nablus against return to talks
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- More than 100 Palestinians
demonstrated in Nablus Wednesday, protesting the
return of Palestinian negotiators to talks with Israel. Organized by leftist
factions including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the
Palestine People's Party and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of
Palestine, the protests were the first in Nablus,
and followed a series of calls against a return to talks hosted in Ramallah.
Million Back Biggest British Boycott
At their annual conference this week the TUC, Britain's all-encompassing trade
union coalition, announced their most comprehensive boycott policy yet. It
targets settlement goods as well as companies profiting from the illegal
occupation of Palestinian land. The motion to boycott and disinvest from these
companies passed unanimously on behalf of the TUC's seven million members. The
announcement will increase pressure on British retailers to cut ties with
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Viva Palestina; A Global Lifeline
To Gaza To Launch September 18
"The convoy will be headed by former UK legislator, George Galloway, and
will start its trip in front of the British parliament."
Artists Speak Out
Terry Jones, Annie Lennox, Thandie Newton, Alexei Sayle, Mike Figgis, Katharine
Hamnett and Jason Flemyng, voice their support for Amnesty International’s
ongoing efforts to secure justice for both Palestinians and Israelis and make
an impassioned plea for Israel to cease its illegal siege of Gaza.
Former Spanish Prime Minister José Maria Aznar launches
As the Obama administration tries to negotiate peace between Israelis and
Palestinians in the Middle East, back here in Washington a group of
international figures convened at the Ritz Carlton Tuesday night under the
banner of a new group, the "Friends of Israel Initiative."
Another great reason to boycott
Walmart: Real estate company looking to bring Wal-Mart to Israel
Minrav is not looking to hold a franchise. Rather, it wants to build stores
that would meet Wal-Mart's needs and then lease or sell them outright to the
Israeli intel firm behind Pennsylvania’s ‘terror’ bulletins
on peace, environment, LGBT groups, Ali Abunimah
What AP does not say is that ITRR is an Israeli "security" and
"anti-terrorism" company -- and like most of such companies has close
ties to Israeli military and intelligence. According to ITRR's website, the
group describes itself as "the preeminent Israeli/American security firm
providing training, intelligence and education to clients across the
The Siege (Gaza & West
Bank)/Humanitarian/Restriction of Movement/Human Rights/Racism Weekly
Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
(08-15 September 2010)
High Court: Tax benefits inequitable, discriminate against
High Court decision follows petition alleging that provision of substantial
benefits without evident criteria contravenes the right to equality.
Israeli discrimination drives kids from school
Due to the endemic poverty in occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the
occupied West Bank, hundreds of Palestinian
children are forced on to the streets by parents who are living below the
poverty level in a desperate bid to eke out a few extra dollars to help their
of the gravel
On Saturday, May 22, 2010, Hasan, 17, was shot in the leg in the now-defunct Erez industrial area
in the northern Gaza Strip: “I was collecting gravel with the other workers,
when one of the Israeli soldiers in the watchtower fired a shot which hit me in
the right leg. I immediately fell to the ground in great pain. Everyone started
running away, except for one youngster who I didn’t know, who came and tried to
help me, but he couldn’t lift me”. In the meantime, the soldiers kept firing
and the boy who came to help Hasan also had to run away. Finally, Hasan was
rushed to hospital. “My leg was in a cast for two months, and now I still can’t
walk properly and feel pain whenever I move it. I don’t know when I will be
able to walk again, even though my family needs the money, and there are no
Is No Care Here For Our Daughter At All
WHO – PNN - Eight and a half year old Ala’
Zahwahri is mentally and physically handicapped. Living in a house trapped
between Har Homa settlement and the Barrier, her parents are obliged to take
her on an arduous journey to Bethlehem,
or Beit Sahur, each time they need to access medical services.
'Our situation worsens every day'
Palestinians in the West Bank's Dheisheh
refugee camp explain why they have little faith in the talks.
Uruknet September 14, 2010 - A second round of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are taking
place under the auspices of Hillary Clinton, the US
secretary of state, in Egypt's
Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Washington says it hopes
the talks will lead to an agreement within a year.
sues Israeli firm over 8.7 shekel hourly salary
West Bank resident Nazar Fukra says he was
paid less than half the minimum wage and no social benefits from Solor Gas
police reportedly assault 2 Jerusalem residents
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police reportedly
assaulted two Palestinians from the Silwan neighborhood in East
Jerusalem, a source said. The source said Khaled Walid
Sarhan, 50, was transferred to the Hadasah
Hospital in Jerusalem for fracture wounds, while his
24-year-old son, Nidal, sustained bruises to his head and back. Nidal was
taken to the Russian compound for interrogation, according to the source, and
later released the same evening. Islamic and national factions denounced
the assault, fearing further "acts against the Palestinian residents of
Silwan." A spokesman for Israel's National Police said he
would look into the report.
jets hit Gaza tunnels
Fighters launch "phosphorous
bombs" at Israel,
IDF says, as Israeli missile kills one Palestinian.
group condemns 3 Gaza killings
(Ma'an) -- A rights group on Wednesday called on the international community to
protect Palestinian civilians after Israeli forces killed three farmers Sunday
in northern Gaza.
On Sunday night Israeli forces fired shells at a 91-year-old man and two
16-year-olds as they grazed sheep in their land. Medical teams found the dead
body of one of the teenagers and took it to hospital, but his head was not
found until the next day.
IDF to open probe into shooting deaths of two Palestinian
farmers in West Bank
State tells court family petition to investigate incident unnecessary, as probe
into whether shooting was justified already scheduled to begin next month.
Criminal Probe Into Fatal Shooting Of Two Palestinians “Unnecessary”
The Israeli High Court Of Justice had decided that a petition demanding a full
investigation into the fatal shooting of two Palestinians in Awarta village
near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, is “unnecessary” as the Israeli
army had already ordered an investigation.
detains 7 'wanted' Palestinians overnight
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Palestinian security officials
said five Palestinians were detained overnight by Israeli forces in the Nablus and Hebron
areas, while an Israeli military spokeswoman said there were at least seven
taken for questioning. Between Wednesday night and Thursday morning three
men, identified as Mustafa Kamel Shawer, 48, Sufian Hamhum, 39, and Marwan
Sarsour, 34, were detained from Hebron.
Detainees beaten over cell phones
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Detainees Center said Wednesday that a
special unit raided the Ofer prison in the occupied West
Bank, beating detainees, a statement read. The center said
the unit opened fire at prisoners and deployed tear-gas, with several younger
detainees suffering respiratory problems as a result. According to the center's
lawyer, the detainees were beaten after cell phones were found in their
Prisoner released in exchange for Shalit video remains in
Linan Abu Ghalma, 28, has been kept in solitary confinement and exposed to
other inhumane treatment in the Hasharon prison since her arrest two months
back, human rights sources said Wednesday. [Hamas website, may not be
accessible to all]
Administrative detention of Hamas officials Nasif and Asfour
The international Tadamon foundation said that the Israeli military court of
Ofer extended the administrative detention of Hamas leaders Ra'fat Nasif and
Adnan Asfour for six months. [Hamas website, may not be accessible to
to say, these are the people that claimed that the sporks found on the Mavi
Marmara were lethal...
phosphorus fired in Gaza war'
Member of one of Palestinian groups says bombs fired on Israel contained material
collected from shells which hit Strip during Operation Cast Lead.
denies Israel's claims about firing phosphorous shells at Negev region
Hamas categorically denied claims about firing phosphorus shells or any rockets
at Negev region, warning that Israel fabricates such lies in order to justify a
new military action against Gaza. [Hamas website, may not be accessible to
Israel's Arab Helpers
Arrests Continue in the West Bank
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the continued arbitrary
political arrests carried out by Palestinian security services in the West Bank
targeting members of Hamas, who are subjected to detention and maltreatment in
violation of the law.
Campaigns of Political Arrests Continue in the West Bank;
Detainees Include a Woman and Two Human Rights Defenders
Uruknet September 15, 2010 - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
condemns the continued arbitrary political arrests carried out by Palestinian
security services in the West Bank targeting members of Hamas, who are
subjected to detention and maltreatment in violation of the law.
police: Bombed tunnel for sugar transport
AL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian
authorities said officers seized three smuggling tunnels on the Gaza-Egypt
border on Thursday morning, in addition to several tons of sugar prepared for
transport into the coastal enclave. One of the three tunnels seized,
Egyptian sources added, was bombed a day earlier by the Israeli airforce. The
tunnel emerged in Egypt's
As-Sarsourya area in Rafah.
Egyptian coastguards fire at Palestinian fishing boat
Egyptian coastguards opened fire at a Palestinian fishing boat that was fishing
near the Egyptian marine borders on Wednesday morning, Palestinian fishermen
said. [Hamas website, may not be accessible to all]
Abbas, Bibi meet in Jerusalem
Palestinian leader signs guestbook, says he hopes to bring 'eternal peace' to
No alternative to peace talks, we will continue efforts
Palestinian President speaks at ceremony welcoming U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton in the West Bank.
Obama seeks Mideast normalization
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- US
envoy to the Mideast peace process George Mitchell said Wednesday that
Palestinian and Israeli leaders were tackling the tough issues up front during
talks in Jerusalem.
Mitchell spoke with reporters following a trilateral meeting between President
Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton and Mitchell himself.
First Gaza flotilla report sent to UN chief (AFP)
AFP - An inquiry panel on Wednesday handed over a preliminary report to UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Israel's assault on a Turkish activist ship
taking aid supplies to Gaza, which left nine dead and scores wounded, a UN
chief: Next wars will not be easier
Ashkenazi tells military academy cadets delegitimization of Israel around
the world unjustified because 'our army, more than any other, protects
civilians not involved in fighting'.
'Israelis unconcerned with rise in religious IDF officers'
Jeruslalem Post 15 Sep 2010 - Survey finds public not so bothered about growing
number of IDF commanders and officers who stem from the national-religious
MK: We'll stop paying taxes
Finance Committee Chairman Moshe Gafni lashes out at Supreme Court following
another ruling in Emmanuel affair, compared it to Russian czar.
enforces ban on women smoking water pipes
GAZA, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Hamas police ordered a Gaza hotel restaurant closed
on Wednesday for allowing a woman to smoke a water pipe on its premises, one of
its owners said. It was believed to be the first time that Hamas
Islamists who run the Gaza Strip have enforced their ban, announced in July, on
women smoking the traditional tobacco-infused pipes in public.
Students meet Hamas and Hizbollah for education beyond the
The National 15 Sep 2010 - Two-week summer programme in Damascus, run by a Beirut
news translation service, offers a rapid immersion in Middle East politics.
left out in the cold, Laila El-Haddad
Ask any resident of Gaza what their thoughts are on the US-sponsored "direct talks" between Israel and Mahmoud Abbas's Ramallah
government, and you're likely to hear one of three responses: 1) Surely,
you jest; 2) Something's rotten in Ramallah; 3) Negotiations?
settlers attack, Adam Horowitz
Yesterday, the Palestine Center hosted an event When Settlers Attack:
Understanding Settler Violence against Palestine's
Civilians. The description was as follows: The Palestine
Center presents an analysis of settler
violence in the West Bank. We ask what type of
violence occurs, who is most vulnerable and most targeted, where the violence
is concentrated and what motivates it. We will present the results of an
analysis spanning over 1000 events of settler violence, as well as trends in
the violence over time, to better understand how these attacks affect
Palestinians. Luckily it was recorded, you can watch Yousef
Munayyer's entire presentation:
And here's a copy of the powerpoint presentation if you want a closer look...
Jeff Goldberg [and Andrew Sullivan] defend Marty Peretz, MJ
But here's the thing. Peretz didn't slip up once or twice and spout bigotry
against Muslims and Arabs. He does it several times a week. Hating Arabs and
Muslims is primarily what he is about. How can that be forgivable? Now, I
don't know if Sullivan defended Helen Thomas who once, once, made an
offensive statement about Israel
and Zionism and that one statement cost her a job, a career and a
reputation. This despite the fact that no one has ever accused Helen Thomas of
having personal animus to Jews. She just doesn't like Israel, a
foreign country,and she gave voice to that feeling. She did not attack American
Jews as Peretz attacked American Muslims. Here is Goldberg on Thomas. Suffice it to say, he did not defend
her in any way, shape or form.
1, Oren 0, Adam Horowitz
Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren has an op-ed in today's Los Angeles Times responding to the
Time magazine article last week on whether Israelis care
about peace with the Palestinians or not. He uses the occasion to pretty much
just repeat every Israeli cliche on the peace process we've heard for the past
Washington peace talks: democracy need not apply
The image of the five men attending peace talks at the White House can easily
be dissected as the following: a dictator, a monarch, a puppet and two heads of
state responsible for the region's only military occupations -- not the best
ingredients for making world peace. Matthew Cassel comments.
Where Choosing Your Identity is an Act of Resistance, Nijim Dabbour for
One of the most contentious issues for Palestinians in this conflict is
identity, how a person sees him or herself in relation to society and the
world. This is especially true for Palestinian Arabs living within Israel, holding
Israeli citizenship. They must decide whether to be Israeli Arabs, Arabs living
in Israel, Palestinians
living in Israel,
Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, 1948 Arabs, 1948 Palestinians… Each has
a slightly different connotation and all are politically charged. The main
division, no matter the label, is whether to take part in the Israeli system or
to boycott it; to be an Israeli or a Palestinian.
Palestinians Must Start again, Stuart Littlewood – London
So criminal within itself, it flinches from upholding the rule of
law. So corrupt, it happily outsources its foreign policy to terrorists
Aviv. The idea that America
acts as an honest broker for peace between its fellow cut-throat Israel
and their victim, Palestine, on whose neck the Zionist jackboot
is firmly planted, is a joke that is only funny in the hysterical sense.
The Tides of September, George S. Hishmeh –
For many Christians and Muslims, whether American or Arab, particularly
Palestinian, the month of September brings back depressing memories that have
affected their lives and regrettably shaped their attitudes toward each other,
drastically and often negatively. Even Israelis or Jews were equally
marred by the actions of their extremists, if not their government.
America's 'Freeze' Still Favors Israel, James Gundun
- Washington, D.C.
At first glance Washington's sudden support
for extending Israel's
settlement 'freeze' in the West Bank appears
to be typical 11th hour positioning at Sharm el-Sheikh. Having delayed until the
final moments in hope of reaching a compromise with the Palestinian Authority
(PA), US officials must now rush to strike a deal before September 26th, when
the “freeze” expires and direct negotiations between Israel and the PA potentially
Abbas's Negotiations, Fahd Bahady
Hezbollah prints playing cards of top Israeli officials
targeted for revenge
The militant group has vowed to avenge the 2008 assassination of one of its
senior members, Imad Mughniyah.
Army launches mine, cluster-bomb awareness efforts
BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army launched a campaign Wednesday to raise awareness
about the dangers of land mines and cluster bombs in south Lebanon.
Plastic surgery taking off in Beirut
Plastic surgery is booming in Lebanon, where some tourism companies are
arranging 'cosmetic surgery tours' to accommodate demand from inside and from
outside the country.
Kurdish reporter killed by Islamic militants: investigators
AFP - A journalist killed in May after writing a scathing article about the
alleged corruption of Kurdish leaders was murdered by militants, authorities in
Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region said Wednesday.
slam ruling on Iraq Kurd reporter's murder (AFP)
AFP - Relatives of a journalist killed in May after he alleged corruption among
Iraqi Kurdish leaders reacted angrily on Thursday to an official probe that
ruled he was shot by Islamic militants.
U.S. and Other World
tells businessmen to boost Iran trade
ISTANBUL, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Turkey wants to triple its trade volume with Iran
within five years, Turkey's prime minister told businessmen on Thursday, at a
time when sanctions are scaring off Western investors from the Islamic
Republic. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian First Vice President
Mohammad Reza Rahimi oversaw the meeting which brought together over a hundred
businessmen, including Turkish investors eager to buy into Iran's mostly
government-owned textile, machinery and automotive industries.
cool to EU membership
Turkish enthusiasm for joining the European Union is waning as the country is
increasingly looking east, a report shows.
Iran can survive without the aid of U.S. and its allies
In interview with NBC, Ahmadinejad 'flatly rejects' IAEA demand to let nuclear
inspectors into Iran.
killed as thousands Of Afghans Stage Anti - U.S. Protest In Kabul
Police fired into the air to disperse thousands of anti-American protesters in
Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, witnesses and police said, with one person
killed and at least five wounded.
shed on US's night raids
Official figures on night raids carried out by Special Operations Forces units
indicate they have been successful in killing or capturing thousands of
Taliban. A sharp fall-off in the proportion of improvised explosive devices
being turned in by the local population suggests the raids have backfired
badly. - Gareth Porter
America, death to Obama'
As Wikileaks prepares to unveil a second batch of "Afghan War Diary"
documents, a deeper dig into the first cache unveils the real secret story of
the war - the hardships of ordinary Afghans living under foreign occupation. From
insights into the vibrant local protest movement to locals' reactions to
American military methods and cultural faux pas, much remains to be learned.
time may come for special nuke probe of Syria (AP)
AP - A U.S. envoy on Thursday suggested time was running out for Syria to
cooperate with a U.N. atomic agency probe of alleged secret nuclear activities
before the agency invokes its seldom-used authority to call for a special
inspection — a possible prelude to U.N. Security Council involvement.
IAEA pressure, Syria and Iran point to Israel (Reuters)
Reuters - Western powers pressed Syria to give U.N. inspectors access to the
remains of a suspected nuclear site in the desert, but Damascus and its ally
Iran said the focus should be on Israel, which bombed it to rubble.
set to build wings for some 800 F-35s
Israel is in talks to build
the wings for about a quarter of the United States's new F-35 stealth
fighter aircraft, an Israeli official said on Monday.
U.S. holding 324 metric tons of bomb-grade uranium, report
The Obama administration, which is urging other nations to reduce their stores
of the material, should declare part of the U.S. inventory surplus, a watchdog
New Statesman Interview with Noam Chomsky: Noam
Chomsky: “President Obama is Involved in War Crimes Right Now”
It's imperial doctrine. Stability is when the UK and US invade a country and
impose the regime of their choice. But if Iran tries to interfere, that's
Blair Should Take a Journey to Jail, Jodie Evans
I leapt up with handcuffs held high above my head. "You Liar. I was in Iraq and met
with weapons inspectors before we invaded and they said they had found no WMDs.
You are a War CRIMINAL! LIAR!"
War Crimes: Codepink Attempts Citizen Arrest of Karl Rove in
DC : Video
With handcuffs raised, they called for a citizen's arrest and read the charges
War crimes: Group offers $100,000 for ‘information leading
to the arrest and conviction of Karl Rove’
American Crossroads" groups known to many as the "shadow RNC,"
an activist organization declared that it would give $100,000 to any person who
comes forward with "information leading to the arrest and conviction of
We Are Living Through an Exceptional Moment in Human
History, Fidel Castro
We feel astonished by the images we see from the Middle East, where
Palestinians are deprived from their lands, their homes are demolished by
gigantic equipment, and men, women and children are bombed with white
phosphorus and other extermination means
The regime can fix the elections – but it can't fix the
Egyptian people | Ahdaf Soueif
Against a background of fraud and thuggery, opposition is mounting. And our
anger can defeat our divided rulers. As Egypt moves towards its
parliamentary elections in November, each day brings fresh evidence of the
profound problems now endemic in our political life. Adorning Egyptian
newsstands morning was the photograph of the MP Mohamed Abdel Alim Daoud
holding his right shoe up to the cameras with the caption: "My shoe is
more honourable than any accusation (sic) the National Democratic party or any government
official can aim at me". Daoud
is accused (with 15 others) of the misuse of 1.5bn Egyptian pounds and
illegal trading in state-funded medical treatment. He claims he's being
scapegoated for tabling a question in parliament last year that implicated the
health minister, Hatem al-Gabali (owner of some of the biggest hospitals and
health centres in Egypt), in the scandal.
Islam in the West
Burned Quran Found Outside Muslim Community Center In
A burned copy of Islam's holy book was found in front of a Muslim center in Chicago last
weekend. The charred Quran was discovered outside of the Muslim Community
Center on the city's northwest side, just one day
after the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Chicago Tribune reports. That anniversary was also
proclaimed "Burn a Quran Day" by a preacher in Florida. Rev. Terry Jones ultimately
didn't go through with his plans to hold a mass burning of Qurans at his church
in Gainesville, but it appears that someone in Chicago followed his
Mongers Among Us, Jeff Gates
Hate we’re told is the face of evil seen in plumes of smoke and ash on 911. Yet
hate also serves a purpose for those adept at catalyzing conflicts.