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forces surround Jerusalem home
Jerusalem – Ma’an – Israeli forces deployed around a Palestinian home
south of Jerusalem following fierce clashes between local landowners and
settlers attempting to expand a road in the area, onlookers said. The
settlers were using bulldozers to enlarge a street in advance of plans
to install a mobile home in Beit Safafa, witnesses said. Many
settlements in the occupied West Bank began as simple structures placed
on Palestinian land.
Beit Yehonatan residents: We will evict Arabs ourselves
the Jewish residence in Silwan claim the State discriminates against
them, give advantage to Arab residents. As such, they are threatening to
evacuate Arab families from house they claim belongs to Jews.
PCHR condemns 'ethnic cleansing' in Jerusalem
Ma'an - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights has strongly condemned
the "aggressive measures" taken by Israeli forces in occupied East
Jerusalem, describing them as "part of a series of measures aimed at
ethnic cleansing and creating a Jewish majority in the city."
France says Jerusalem's decision to raze
Palestinian homes "counter productive"
PARIS, June 22 (Xinhua) -- France considers Jerusalem's decision to
destroy 22 Palestinian houses in the controversial east of the city as
"counter productive," the French Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. "We
deplore the approval by the Jerusalem mayor of a settlement project in
East Jerusalem, which allowed the demolition of Palestinian homes," the
ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.
Egypt denounces Israeli decision to demolish 22
houses in Jerusalem
CAIRO, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Egypt denounced Tuesday Israeli government's
decision to demolish 22 Palestinian houses in Jerusalem. Hossam Zaki,
spokesman of Egypt's Foreign Ministry, said in a statement that such a
decision reflected Israel's intransigent position which violates the
Swedish dockworkers have launched
a week-long boycott of cargo to and from Israel to protest against the
raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine people last month.
About 1,500 members of the Swedish Dockworkers Union began the boycott
on Wednesday across the country's ports, which handle more than 95 per
cent of Sweden's foreign trade. Rolf Axelsson, a union spokesman, said
the blockade was launched "because of the assault on the ship to Gaza,
that we supported before they took off ... and the blockade of the Gaza
strip, which affects the civilian population".
dockworkers follow Oakland's BDS lead
Following the amazing
lead given by citizen activists and dockworkers/longshoremen in Oakland,
California at 5 a.m. on Sunday, today dockworkers
Sweden announced they will try to institute a week-long ban on
loading or unloading Israeli ships and cargoes coming to or from Israel.
at the Oakland Docks
Long before 5:30 a.m. on June 20 about 800 protesters traveled the mile
from West Oakland's BART station, near San Francisco, to Berth 57 of the
Oakland docks. The early risers were determined to block the gates and
discourage longshoremen from unloading a Zim cargo ship. Zim is an
Israeli shipping company. A second shift of more than 200 hundred
protesters kept the gates closed for the 4:30 p.m. work crew too.
Gloria La Riva organized the personal vehicle shuttle service that
transported both waves of protesters.
March in Detroit to Open U.S. Social Forum
people from across the country marched through Detroit Tuesday afternoon
to kick off the opening ceremony of the US Social Forum. The colorful,
joyous, and sometimes raucous procession down Detroit’s Woodward avenue
included social movements and community organizations struggling for
justice on everything from health care, the environment, fair trade,
labor solidarity, immigrant rights and racial profiling to Palestine
solidarity, ending the wars, police brutality, and the devastating
impact of the recession on people’s lives and sense of security.
Lebanon to UN: Israel will suffer consequences if
our ships are attacked
Israel warns it would use 'any means necessary' to stop Lebanon
Gaza-bound flotilla from breaking blockade.
Iranian, Jordanian sea and land aid convoys head to
The Iranian Red Crescent (IRC) plans to send 1100 tons of relief
material to the Gaza Strip aboard a ship dubbed "A ship for Gaza
Fatima Mohammedi gives eyewitness account of Israeli
military boarding of Mavi Marmara
Fatima Mohammadi is an
Iranian-born American citizen, lawyer & activist. Here she recounts
her experience on board the Mavi Marmara during the Israeli military's
attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.
Iara Lee: The Video Israel Doesn't Want You to See:
Smuggled Footage From the Flotilla Attack
As a passenger of the Mavi Marmara, the flagship vessel of the
humanitarian convoy that Israel attacked in international waters, I am
cautiously optimistic about Israel's announced plan of "easing" the Gaza
blockade. Easing, after all, is not the same as "complete lifting," and
it is yet to be determined what the nature of this easing process will
be. Still, I am encouraged by the fact that this small step resulted in
the first place from the Freedom Flotilla's nonviolent act of civil
disobedience. However we must never forget that nine civilian peace
activists -- including one American citizen -- were unjustly killed in
the process, and that the challenge still remains of bringing Israel to
account for its actions on May 31st.
Jewish group protests ‘Brand Israel’ in North Carolina
Jews for a Just
Peace-NC set up a "Palestinian house demolition" tableau in front of
the Durham Performing Arts Center to protest an American Dance Festival
performance by the Israel-based Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance
Company on June 17, 2010. The protesters exposed the fact that Israel's
cultural exports have become a tool to divert attention from Israel's
human rights violations. The setup of a demolished home guarded by
Israeli soldiers returns the spotlight to those violations. It
represents the more than 24,000 Palestinian homes destroyed since 1967
and symbolizes Israel's illegal occupation of the West Bank and East
Jerusalem and the collective punishment of 1.5 million Gazans under
siege due to Israel's blockade.
We Can Stop These Outrageous Congressional
Learn about Congressional resolutions justifying
Israel's attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and its illegal blockade of
the occupied Palestinian Gaza Strip, and how you can take action to
Gaza moves New York City mother from apathy to
Last New Year's Eve, Debbie Mardon did not celebrate with noise makers
or confetti -- instead, she headed to Cairo's main square to participate
in the Gaza Freedom March with her son and daughter. It was an unlikely
place to be for a previously apolitical mother who voted for George W.
Bush and as recently as three years ago relied on right-wing radio hosts
to help her make sense of the world. Alex Kane reports.
Israel Prepares for Humanitarian Convoy as if Preparing
flotillas like on eve of war
IDF examining ways of improving
non-violent siege-enforcement methods ahead of next aid sails to Gaza
while political rank holds frequent status evaluation meetings, which
some say are unnecessary.
Hamas: Abbas's militias kidnapped more than 30 of
our cadres in W. Bank
The Hamas Movement said Tuesday that Mahmoud Abbas's security militias
kidnapped more than 30 people of its cadres in the West Bank last night,
warning of the repercussions of such escalation.
Road shipments of Gaza aid begin
Israel's critics and humanitarian groups say the easing of the blockade
is 'not enough'. Road shipments of aid to the Gaza Strip are under way
following Israel's decision to change the conditions of its blockade of
the Palestinian enclave. Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnstone, reporting from
the Kerem Shalom crossing, said on Tuesday more than 100 lorries loaded
with goods had begun arriving in Gaza. Israel has said it will allow
the import of "civilian" goods, but will continue to restrict items they
say could be used to build weapons, including cement and steel rods.
patients demand an end to Gaza siege
afflicted with cancer have called for lifting the Israeli siege
on Gaza which has been in place for almost four years now and to allow
them to travel abroad for treatment.
Inspire Humanitarian Genius
Askar girls return from
representing Palestine at the Intel ISEF in America, having bagged 2nd
prize for their medical innovation which will help the blind on the
uneven streets of Askar Refugee Camp. Nicky Elliott reporting for
Turkey: Siege relief insufficient
Ankara: Easing of Gaza blockade positive step, but 'inhumane' siege
should be fully lifted.
Sha'ath: Easing the siege legitimizes it
Ramallah – Ma'an – The Netanyahu-Blair plan to ease the siege on Gaza is
meant to protect Israel from international pressure, Fatah Central
Committee member Nabil Sha'ath said Tuesday. "Easing the siege will
only consolidate Israel’s control of [Gaza's] terminals, which should be
under the control of the Palestinian Authority and international
monitors," Sha'ath said, rebuking Israel's Sunday announcement that the
siege on Gaza would be relaxed and re-defined.
Army chief: We have right to impose siege
'natural right' to inspect ships heading to Gaza, army chief says,
stresses Strip must not turn into Iranian port; addressing lethal raid
on Turkish ship, Ashkenazi says: I salute fighters, they operated
Israel opposition attacks Binyamin Netanyahu for
Tzipi Livni, leader of centrist Kadima party, said Israel has to make
decisions based on its own interests, not those of others. Tzipi
Livni, the Israeli opposition leader, today attacked Binyamin Netanyahu
for the way he eased the three-year blockade of the Gaza Strip,
following pressure from the international community over its deadly
interception last month of a flotilla attempting to break the siege.
"In the neighbourhood where we live Israel has to take decisions on the
basis of its own interests and not under pressure," she said. "Acting
under pressure signals weakness and we cannot allow ourselves to do
Lifting of Gaza blockade latest low point achieved
by Netanyahu-led government
On Monday, people in Gaza started eating coriander, sweets, pasta and
jam, while we in Israel are the only ones who continue to eat dirt. This
is the case when we have a rightist government with two left feet, a
clumsy leadership that leads us from one nadir to another; every act it
takes, which aims to rectify a previous crisis, merely pushes us into a
new low in terms of our public image and deterrence.
Blair: Raid put pressure on Israel
Tony Blair, the Middle East envoy for the UN, EU, US and Russia, has
been speaking to Al Jazeera about Israel's deadly raid last month on an
aid flotilla heading for Gaza. Blair said the attack helped push the
Israeli government into easing restrictions on the blockaded territory.
[June 22, 2010]
shirking responsibility of Gaza Strip
says Israel trying to place responsibility towards Strip on Cairo,
claims it is taking advantage of internal Palestinian division to
continue delaying peace process.
Movement/Discrimination and Racism
Israeli guides in Bethlehem, as tourists can't get
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli tour guides were ceremoniously welcomed to
Bethlehem for the first time Monday and given regular permission to
access the West Bank city unhindered. Entry and exit is not so smooth,
however, for foreign tourists using private cars and Palestinian buses,
despite a guarantee of passage promised in the same package of
"goodwill" measures that announced the admittance now enjoyed by Israeli
tour guides. On Tuesday, an American woman, who asked not to be
identified, said she was pulled off the 21 bus to Jerusalem from Beit
Jala, a town connected to Bethlehem and a central departure point for
Israeli Court Begins
Trial Against Palestinian Official For 'Illegally Praying' At al-Aqsa
Court proceedings began Wednesday morning in Jerusalem for Hatem Abdel
Qader, the Palestinian Chief of Jerusalem Affairs. He was charged with
"violating a military order" preventing him from praying at the al-Aqsa
Mosque in Jerusalem. The mosque is considered the third-holiest site in
Islam, but many Muslims are prohibited by Israeli authorities from
praying there. Israeli authorities control access to the mosque and its
grounds, which are located in the Old City of Jerusalem.
an Israeli college succeeded in shutting out Arabs from student body
In this morning’s
(June 23 2010) Yediot, Uri Misgav
reports on how the management of an academic college in northern Israel
intervened in the student body elections in a successful effort to
shut-out Palestinian-Israeli representatives.
Siege Related Deaths/Violence and Aggression
Gaza tunnel worker killed by electric shock
Gaza – Ma'an – Medics on Tuesday afternoon removed the body of a worker
killed earlier by an electric shock in a tunnel under the border between
Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip. Medical officials at the site of the
apparent accident in Rafah identified the victim as 22-year-old
Abdullah Abu Hammad of Khan Younis.
Palestinians near Bethlehem
Hebron – Ma’an – Furious after their own government demolished two
houses in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, Israeli settlers attacked
Palestinian property in the latest incident of the "price tag"
phenomenon. Dozens of residents of the illegal Israeli settlement of
Bat Ayin, in the Bethlehem Governorate, were seen throwing stones and
empty bottles at Palestinian homes in Safa, an adjacent village next to
the Beit Ummar town north of Hebron.
break into Safa area
Hebron, June 23, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) –
Israeli settlers broke into Safa area north of Hebron city,
in the West Bank, where they attacked the citizens. Mohammed Awad, the
spokesman for the Palestinian solidarity project, said that Israeli
settlers broke into Ain Al-Bida area near Bait Ain settlement and threw
stones at the citizens and opened fire at air. He confirmed that the
Israeli settlers attacked the Palestinians under the protection of the
Israeli soldiers who eased their movement.
Unlike in the case of their Jewish counterparts, when it comes to
offending Arab drivers, the Israeli Border Police would rather kill than
4 Palestinians in Ramallah
Ramallah, June 23, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces
(IOF) detained on Wednesday four Palestinians in Ramallah, in West Bank,
local sources reported. The Israeli forces roamed a number of towns in
Ramallah, raided houses and then detained the four Palestinians. IOF
carries out search operations and raids on daily basis aim to arrest
Palestinian youth under the pretext that they are wanted by the Israeli
over identity of Israel's prisoner ‘Mr X’
arrest carried out recently by Israel’s security services has renewed
condemnation from human rights groups about the country’s treatment of
prisoners and its possible infringement of press freedoms. A report last
week on the website of Israel’s biggest newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, said
that a so-called “Mr X” is being held in complete seclusion at the
maximum-security Ayalon prison, and his identity is being kept so
closely under wraps that it is not even known to his prison guards or
prisoners from studying
Palestine, June 23, 2010 (Pal
Telegraph) – The Israeli Prison Service prevents Palestinian prisoners
from completing their university study and seized their books. Yaser
Abu Baker, Palestinian leader prisoner in the Askalan Israeli jail, said
that the prisoners’ conditions in the jail are very bad as a result of
the brutal restrictions imposed by the jail administration. The Israeli
Prison Service has started a campaign of seizing the prisoners’ books
as it seized more than 300 books and only allowed the holly Quran, he
Israeli leaders at Belgium court
A group of 14 Palestinians filed a lawsuit with a court in Belgium
against 14 Israeli leaders on suspicion of committing crimes against
humanity during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. The leaders include
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and
Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni.
Hamas: Fatah isn't serious about unity deal
Gaza – Ma’an – Hamas warned Wednesday of unspecified repercussions if
the Palestinian Authority continues its ongoing detention campaign
against West Bank-based supporters and leaders of the Islamic movement.
Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is asserting that 30 affiliates
were detained overnight and at least 70 more summoned for interrogation
by the Ramallah-based PA, which has partial security control over some
Lieberman: Kadima can join gov't only if they
support populated land swap
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says coalition will not compromise on
plan to exchange populated territories with Palestinians, rather than
giving up land for peace.
FM: Coalition won't change after freeze
says end of construction freeze in September is ' real test for
country'; does not foresee changes in government. Senior source: We have
no peace partner.
Top Israeli official pessimistic about U.S.-led
Mideast peace talks
JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's national
security adviser said Tuesday that the push for Palestinian statehood
has weakened Israel's standing in the world and suggested that the
outlook is bleak for U.S.-mediated negotiations in the region.
Clinton, Barak to discuss reviving direct peace
talks: US (AFP)
AFP - US Secretary Hillary Clinton and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud
Barak will focus on reviving direct Israeli-Palestinian talks "as soon
as possible" when they meet here Wednesday, a US official said.
Malaysia seeks emergency UN session on Gaza-flotilla
Diplomatic sources say effort stems from a desire to embarrass Israel in
response to what Arab states consider a lax UN response to the raid.
Report: US upset over 'geriatric' flotilla panel
Bethlehem – Ma’an – High-ranking US officials have reportedly expressed
resentment and disappointment over the “laughable” probe appointed to
investigate Israel's deadly attack on a Turkish aid ship which was part
of the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla earlier this month. According to the
Hebrew-language Israeli daily Maariv, the US was angered that the
Israeli government appointed 75-year-old retired justice Yaakov Tirkel
to head the panel. The other two panel members are aged 93 and 89.
Israeli media outlets played up the age factor by publishing photographs
of 93-year-old Shabbtai Rozen, a member of the inquiry, in his summer
pajamas along with his Filipino caretaker.
Israel launches spy satellite
boosts space presence: Ofek 9 satellite launched from central Israel Air
Force base; security official says Jewish State now has several
satellites operating simultaneously, thereby boosting results
An Israeli tycoon, the Virgin Islands, and Africa's
Israeli diamond tycoon Dan Gertler, grandson of Israel Diamond Bourse
founder Moshe Schnitzer, recently purchased stakes in oil and mining
projects in the Congo. It's unclear where the money is going.
Hamas TV remains on air as it appeals French ban
AFP - The Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV station in Gaza said on Tuesday it was in
negotiations over a French ban and would continue to broadcast to Europe
Chutzpah: Israel slams Palestinians for lack of direct talks
22 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the
Palestinians on Tuesday for the absence of direct peace talks and
insisted negotiations should resume right away "without delay and
without preconditions". Israeli-Palestinian talks were renewed on an
indirect basis last month under U.S. sponsorship, after an 18-month
hiatus since a war in Gaza and disputes over Jewish settlement building
in occupied land.
Out damn Palestinomania
Israeli Kadima politician Yulia
Shamalov Berkovich speaking
the Knesset: Israeli academia apparently suffers from
‘Palestinomania,’ a mild psychological illness whose symptoms include
self-hatred, an affinity for Israel’s enemies, Jewish anti-Semitism
and/or anti-Zionism. “The spread of ‘Palestinomania’ demands the
immediate and painful treatment for all of our sake, and the sooner the
affairs editor on “the emergence of apartheid and fascism” in Israel
legal affairs editor, Judge (ret.) Boaz Okon,
lists a series of undemocratic events in the Israeli public sphere and
urges his readers to come to contemplate what they mean when seen
Jack Abramoff working at kosher pizzeria in Baltimore
more than three years for fraud and corruption and was released to a
halfway house this month.
NPR and Other Media
Lawrence Wright: ‘most ideal outcome of entire
flotilla episode’ would be…. release of Gilad Shalit!, Philip Weiss
The New Yorker's expert
on human rights in Gaza is interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air,
alongside Ali Abunimah and John Mearsheimer. I'm sorry, that was a joke:
the Abunimah and Mearsheimer. When it comes to Israel, the adventurous
Gross can't leave her comfort zone.
Air’ gets Gaza’s history wrong, Henry Norr
Besides the comments Phil has already posted, there are lots more things
that could be said about Terry
Gross's interview with Lawrence Wright about Gaza on NPR's Fresh Air
today. Here's the comment I sent today to Fresh Air and NPR's
ombudsman, Alicia Shepard: On Fresh Air on June 22, 2010, guest
Lawrence Wright said
"Then in 2007, there was an election in the Palestinian territories, and
to the astonishment of practically the entire world community, Hamas
won." In fact, the election Hamas won (to the Palestinian Legislative
Council) was on January 25, 2006, not 2007 (see, for example, the Linda
Gradstein report entitled "Hamas
Appears to Win Majority in Palestinian Elections" on Morning
Edition, Jan. 26, 2006).
into the US progressive left
As progressive forces
in the United States prepare to convene the second US Social Forum this
week in Detroit, Noura Erakat comments on the gap between Palestinian
and Arab dreams of an America committed to justice and the reality of
the work it would take to achieve this dream.
And what of all the other deaths?
decision to indict Staff Sgt. S. for killing two women during Cast Lead
has caused a stir. But his lawyer will rightly ask, 'Why him, and not
all the others who killed civilians?'
After escaping flotilla uproar, Israel faces new
flap over Jerusalem
A Jerusalem municipal council approved plans to install a tourist park
in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, which calls for
demolishing 22 Palestinian homes. The US warned that the plan threatens
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Ramat Hasharon schools to print Israeli flag on
uniforms in effort to enhance nationalism
Central city's Mayor says they want to encourage Zionism and national
pride; students who oppose the decision will not be forced to wear the
A History of Impunity. Yousef Munayyer
week the government of Israel announced the launch of an
investigation into the events surrounding the deadly Memorial Day
which left nine activists dead. Many international bodies including the
Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), as well as human rights groups
Amnesty International, are calling for an independent and impartial,
international investigation into the incident. In fact, The UN Human
Council has already called for an investigation and chosen a principle
investigator. Turkey too has decided to launch its own investigation.
Mahmoud Abbas-led Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah, which can in
no way be
construed as a pro-Hamas entity, also slammed the Israeli investigation.
What’s the difference between incitement and
Here you have an Israeli government minister, Vice Premier Moshe
the founder of the Stern Gang. Only a little while back,
the official Israeli/hasbara talking point du jour was to beat up on
Palestinians for incitement, which they defined as naming a
street in Ramallah after a terrorist. So how now do you
square this circle? What grade do we give Moshe Ya'alon's speech in
praise of Avraham Stern on our 'incitement report card'?
Ghetto Israel, Philip Weiss
watching the World Cup? It is amazing how many different "races,"
whatever races are, are mingled in the action, in former apartheid South
Africa. There is a piece on
Yahoo about the diversity of the American team, all the different
backgrounds. The German chancellor has praised
diversity of her country's team, immigrants from Poland, Brazil and
the astonishing midfielder Ozil, of Turkish background.
Hating Arabs and getting Murdoch to pay for it
Former Republican Presidential candidate and Fox News host Mike Huckabee
Arabs and Palestinians and believes Israel has the right to do what
it wants, where it wants. Christian Zionism in action.
Commit Yourself To The Truth: Cutting Through the
Confusion About Israel/Palestine, Richard Forer
to care about Israelis but their continued support of a brutal
occupation only demeans an entire people and perpetuates conflict for
both sides of the issue. It also paints Judaism, once known for its
commitment to ethics and justice, as a religion and culture of hypocrisy
Why this Obsession with Israel and the
Palestinians?, Robert Fowke
I'm not alone in my disproportionate interest in Israel – but why do so
many of us pick away at this conflict like it's a giant scab?
and Blockades: Policing Movement and Controlling Information
To keep some out. To fence others in. To police movement, instill fear,
uncertainty, and instability. Palestine is a land cross-hashed with
separation barriers, walls, fences and checkpoints. For many people,
these structures make one either an exile or a prisoner, barred from
returning or unable to leave. But in addition to the policing of
movement, these mechanisms correspond to a policing of information, a
control of what truths are able to travel beyond the borders of these
territories, to reach the world outside.
'Free Palestine', Not Only Gaza, Hasan Afif El-Hasan
is missing in the 'Free Gaza' movement. Activists and civil societies
and journalists who support the Palestinian cause are rightfully angry
at Israel’s murderous campaign against the aid-loaded 'Freedom Flotilla'
that was going to the besieged and starved residents of Gaza, but they
ignore the overall conditions in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the
Phyllis Bennis: Turning Points: Israel Caves Under
Turning points occur in every campaign for human rights and equality.
There are moments when, before victory is certain and whether or not the
effect is immediately felt on the ground, the discourse, the
assumptions, the terms of reference - not so much for supporters and
opponents, as for heretofore observers, all are shaken. Most often,
though not always, those turning points involve a significant escalation
of violence, whether individual or widespread.
Tuesday: 14 Iraqis Killed, 35 Wounded
At least 14 Iraqis were killed and 35 more were wounded in the latest
attacks across central and northern Iraq. Also, Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki is considering accepting the resignation of his electricity
minister, but he also praised his designee Karim Waleed and said Iraqis
should expect more years of disrupted power service.
Iraq faces 'more power shortages'
Prime minister says improvement will take at least two years as outages
Tempers flare over Iraq power outages
Iraqis in Basra, Nasiriyah and Karbala have staged protests against
Iraq's frequent blackouts over the last few days. Early-summer
temperatures in Iraq have soared above 50 degrees, but many Iraqis
receive just six hours of electricity per day. Al Jazeera's Omar
al-Saleh reports from Baghdad.
BAGHDAD, 23 June 2010 (IRIN) - In the early hours
of 18 June, gunmen broke into Faisal Hassan's west Baghdad home killing
him, his wife and their two young children. The motive was not
sectarian, political or even economic - but water-related.
Forty-year-old Hasan was an employee of a local irrigation department in
Abu Ghraib city - 32km west of Baghdad and famed in recent times for
scandals surrounding its prison.
B.C researcher probes soaring Iraq cancer rate
VANCOUVER — A researcher from Simon Fraser University is investigating
childhood leukemia in southern Iraq, where the rate of the
blood cancer in some areas is now four times that of neighbouring
Kuwait. Tim Takaro and his associates from the University of
Washington, Mustansiriya University in Baghdad and Basrah University
said in a newly published study that the rate of leukemia in children
under 15 from Basrah rose to 8.5 cases per 100,000 from three per
100,000 over the 15-year study period. The rate in nearby Kuwait is two
5 Million Iraqis Killed, Maimed, Tortured, Displaced
Is the suffering our leaders inflict on innocent civilians relevant to
deciding whether to support our present war-making in Afghanistan and
Pakistan? Would it matter if the N.Y. Times had run daily profiles and
photos of Iraqi civilian victims since 2003, as it did of U.S. victims
Hizbullah planning to sue US for instigating strife
BEIRUT: Hizbullah is considering plans to file a lawsuit against the
United States administration on charges of instigating strife among the
Lebanese. The move was announced by Loyalty to the Resistance
parliamentary bloc MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi, a Hizbullah official, during a
news conference at Parliament on Tuesday.
Ex-CIA 'spy for Hizbullah' fights to stay in US
BEIRUT: A former CIA agent accused of spying for Hizbullah has launched a
campaign to regain her United States citizenship, according to her
personal blog. Lebanese Nada Prouty, who immigrated to the US and became
an anti-terrorism spy, pleaded guilty in 2007 to citizenship fraud and
illegally accessing an FBI computer system and was accused as
working for Hizbullah as a double agent.
U.N. to remove Taliban from sanctions list - Afghan
The United Nations has agreed to remove Taliban members who renounce
ties to al Qaeda from a U.N. blacklist on a "gradual" basis, Afghan
President Hamid Karzai's office said on Tuesday.
Report: Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply
Chain in Afghanistan
After a six-month investigation, the
report exposes the circumstances surrounding the Department of Defense’s
outsourcing of security on the supply chain in Afghanistan to
questionable providers, including warlords
- Funding the Afghan Taliban
In an ironic twist of events,
US citizens have discovered that it is their tax money that indirectly
funds Taliban - the very people their troops are fighting in
Afghanistan. What are the ramifications for the strategy of the US and
its allies in Afghanistan? And how will this impact the Karzai
This man is dangerous — and in his eagerness not to appear weak, Obama
has foolishly allowed himself to be cornered. If Obama backs down,
McChrystal will be vindicated; the president is indeed a wimp. If Obama
asserts his authority and fires McChrystal, he will forever be blamed
for ‘losing Afghanistan’. The general wins either way. However, the
latter case is more worrying. Now that Petraeus is out as a potential
nemesis after fainting at the congressional hearing, it means in 2012
Obama will be running against an ambitious, telegenic, and media
savvy potential GOP candidate with all the braggadocio and machismo that
appeals to everyone from the Christian Right to Thomas Friedman.
US lifts restrictions on refugees in Mich. (AP)
AP - The U.S. State Department is changing a two-year-old policy that
limited refugee resettlement to the Detroit area because of Michigan's
As Turkish-Israeli relations deteriorate, the Obama
administration is in a bind
Congress is expressing alarm and
demanding that Turkey pay a price for its leaders’ increasingly
anti-Israel rhetoric in the wake of Israel’s interception of a Gaza aid
flotilla last month and Turkey’s recent vote against a U.S.-backed Iran
sanctions resolution. Turkey, meanwhile, is demanding that Israel
apologize for killing its citizens in the flotilla and has expressed
dismay that the U.S. did not take up an Iranian nuclear fuel swap deal
that it negotiated in May.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange breaks cover but
will avoid America
Assange appeared in public in Brussels for
the first time in almost a month to speak at a seminar on freedom of
information at the European parliament.
The Fate of the Internet. Decided in a Back Room
The Wall Street Journal just reported that the Federal Communications
Commission is holding "closed-door meetings"with industry to broker a
deal on Net Neutrality – the rule that lets users determine their own
Internet experience. Given that the corporations at the table all profit
from gaining control over information, the outcome won't be pretty.
Midwest Town Mandates Immigration Check for Renters
The ordinance aims to zero in on illegal aliens in the workplace and at
their temporary homes. Under the ordinance, renters would have to apply
for a license, which includes a police check of the applicant's legal
status. Undocumented aliens would be turned over to the federal
Surviving on a crust in Cairo’s expanding slums
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 (IRIN) - For seven-year-old Ahmed Yasser, it is
normal to have just a crust of bread to munch on throughout the
afternoon as he plays with other children in a narrow alley in the
sprawling slum of Arab al-Maasarah, 20km south of Cairo.
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