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Settlement building should restart in September
No reason why construction should not resume in major West
Bank settlements when 10-month freeze ends on September 26,
foreign minister says.
Likud hawks convene against freeze
While Netanyahu is abroad, his party's rightist camp launch campaign against
continuation of West Bank settlement building
settlers warn PM could face 'day of judgment' (AFP)
AFP - Israeli settlers warned on Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu will face his "day of judgment" if he caves in to pressure
to further limit settlement construction in the West Bank.
Settlers plan rallies to ensure construction resumes
(Ma'an) -- The settler regional council has begun planning a large rally
celebrating the end of the Israeli government's settlement building moratorium
on 26 September, Israeli media reported Wednesday.Â According to Israeli
daily Ma'ariv, several Likud party members were expected to attend what has
been coined a "bulldozer event," after which construction on homes
and private structures will begin immediately.
Ministry approves new private school in West Bank settlement
Earlier this year, controversy erupted after a West Bank
girls' school allowed separate classes to be held for Ashkenazi and Sephardi
Palestinians vow to rebuild demolished mosques
The Israeli Army said it demolished the mosques under the pretext that they
were built in the area C and without the necessary licences being obtained.
Izbet Tabib under threat
In the small village of Ezbet at Tabib near Qalqiliya in the north of the West Bank, 27 of the 55 houses have received eviction
orders from Israeli authorities. Located in Area C (following the Oslo Accords
making it Israeli civilian and militarily controlled), the village has an
extremely hard time getting building permits. Furthermore as it is situated
near both the annexation wall and several illegal settlements, villagers
experiences daily harassment and constant tension.
group concerned about house demolitions
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Since the beginning of 2010, there has been a sharp
increase in house demolitions in Area C, Defense for Children - Palestine said
in a report expressing concern about the effects such actions have on
children.Â Displacement has an acute negative psychological impact on
children, the group said in a statement issued Saturday. It called on Israel to
"cease these demolitions and to respect the rights of Palestinian children
to an adequate standard of living."
Valley Demolitions: a History of Ongoing Silent Deportation
& Maria Chiara Rioli- Alternative
- Israel has recently
recommenced a policy of demolishing houses and even entire villages in the
northern valleys of West Bank. In the
beginning of August, Israeli bulldozers came in the morning and demolished 23
small houses, structures and shacks in the Bedouin village of al-Farsiya.
Sanctions & Divestment
convicted Bilin man 'human rights defender'
Following conviction of Abdallah Abu Rahmah on charges of organizing demonstrations
against West Bank security wall, European Union's foreign affairs chief
Catherine Ashton issues statement saying 'illegal' barrier built on
'concerned' by anti-wall leader's conviction
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- EU foreign affairs and security chief Catherine Ashton
said Tuesday she was concerned by the conviction of a Palestinian anti-wall campaign
leader by an Israeli military court on charges of incitement and organizing
demonstrations.Â "The EU considers Abdallah Abu Rahmah to be a Human
Rights Defender committed to non violent protest against the route of the
Israeli separation barrier through his West Bank village of Bil'in,"
Ashton said in a statement.
Free Speech: Anti-Wall activist sentenced
August 25th, 2010-- After more than thirty hearings, on Tuesday the Israeli
military court convicted Palestinian human rights defender Abdullah Abu Rahma
of participating, organizing and incitement at Bil'in's protests.
peaceful protest: Act up for Abdallah Abu Rahmah
Help us send the message that Abdallah Abu Rahmah and the other
prisoners of the popular struggle must be protected.Â Abu
Rahmah did not find himself behind bars because he is a dangerous man.
Abdallah, who is amongst the leaders of the Palestinian village of Bilâ€™in, is
viewed as a threat for his work in the five-year unarmed struggle to save the
villageâ€™s land from Israelâ€™s wall and expanding settlements.Â As a member
of the Popular Committee and its coordinator since it was formed in 2004,
Abdallah has represented the village of Bilâ€™in around the world. In June 2009,
he attended the villageâ€™s precedent-setting legal case in Montreal against two
Canadian companies illegally building settlements on Bilâ€™inâ€™s land; in December
of 2008, he participated in a speaking tour in France, and on 10 December 2008,
exactly a year before his arrest, Abdallah received the Carl Von Ossietzky
Medal for Outstanding Service in the Realization of Basic Human Rights, awarded
by the International League for Human Rights in Berlin.
Arrested In Chicago While Challenging Israeli Segregation
In a demonstration organized by the Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago on 23
August, more than two dozen activists converged on downtown Millennium Park to
call on city leaders to sever ties with Israel and drop Petach Tikva, Israel
from the Chicago Sister Cities program. During the annual Chicago Sister
Cities' International Festival, protesters rallied outside -- and later, inside
-- the venue. One activist was arrested and released later that day.
list of items to boycott
Global boycott movement claims victories, arrests
Palestinians and solidarity activists claimed a major victory as the Norwegian
government divested from two Israeli companies involved in settlement
construction. Meanwhile, a Chicago activist was arrested days after charges
were dropped against UK activists arrested during a boycott action.
Norwegian gov't pension fund excludes more Israeli companies
The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) has divested from two
Israeli companies, Africa Israel Investments and Danya Cebus, over their
involvement in construction of illegal settlements in the West Bank.
Israeli ships not
welcome in Vancouver
Vancouver â€“ Locally-based activists, called out by the Boycott Israeli
Apartheid Coalition (BIAC), are mounting a picket line at the Port of
Vancouverâ€™s Delta Port facility at Roberts Bank, south of Vancouver, as part of
a mounting international campaign to put pressure on the government of
Israel.Â The Israeli ship Djibouti, owned by Zim, one of the ten largest
shipping companies in the world, is scheduled to land at Delta Port at 7:00
a.m. this morning.
Palestina prepares for next Gaza convoy
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- British MP George Galloway's charity Viva Palestina will
send "the largest convoy to date" to Gaza with aid on 18 September,
the group said Tuesday.Â The land convoy, named the Viva Palestina Global
Lifeline To Gaza, will travel through Europe and the Middle East expecting to
arrive in Gaza in early October. Two other convoys from Doha and Morocco will
also join the group, organizers said.
Waging Peace from Afar: U.S. Movement Uses Boycotts,
Divestment, and Sanctions Against Israeli Occupation
Phyllis Bennis, a member of our steering committee and a fellow at the
Institute for Policy Studies, gives a compelling overview of the grassroots
movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), its origin and present form,
and prospects for redirecting US policy away from a foreign military buildup
that is wasteful, harmful and illegal. Followed by critical reader comments.
The BDS Movement: Now with Plasma TVâ€™s
Sue Fisckoff writes in the JTA about the off season preparations of Team Israel, aka Hillel, the Jewish student organization. The
article highlights the very real panic the Boycott Divestment Sanctions
movement has caused and its automatic equation with anti-Semitism in the minds
On Local Boycott and Deception; Is the PA sincere in calling
for boycott of 'settlements' products?, Khalil Nakhleh
Like many thousands of Palestinians in Ramallah, I feel utterly confused by the
dishonesty of being railroaded concerning local boycott of 'settlements'
products. Because weâ€”my wife and Iâ€”are committed to the principle and act of
boycott, as a means of resistance, I decided to clarify the primary issues
involved, in order to minimize, as much as possible, daily
contradictions.Â I embarked on sorting out, systematically, methodically
and with clarity, related major issues.
Waging Peace from Afar: Divestment and Israeli Occupation
A growing grassroots movement is using the techniques of the anti-apartheid
movement to challenge U.S. support for Israelâ€™s occupation of Palestinian
ELBIT: Stop bankrolling Israeli wars and ghettos
The call to divest from Elbit Systems Ltd. has become a key element of the
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement aimed at ending Israeli
occupation, colonialism and apartheid against the Palestinian people.Â One
and a half years after Stop the Wall Campaign initiated campaigning efforts
within the framework of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) to
pressure international investors and public authorities across the world to
divest from the Israeli corporation, victories for the Bust Elbit campaign are
beginning to mount rapidly. The Bust Elbit campaign is part of the wider BDS
efforts which seek to hold Israel and its supporters accountable by pressuring
Israel on all fronts - politically, culturally, and economically.
A role in Middle East peace or in Israeli wars?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was right to describe his visit this
Monday to Greece as of â€˜historic importanceâ€™. Just like the visit of his Greek
counterpart to Israel in July this year, Netanyahuâ€™s visit was the first ever
official visit at this level. Perhaps more significantly, this apparent
strengthening of ties comes at a time when foreign ministries all over the
world are reconsidering, even downgrading, their relationship with Israel.
Israel's Arab Helpers
PA Police Attack Leftists Rally In Ramallah
Ramallah â€“ PNN â€“ the Palestinian police suppressed on Wednesday a rally
organized by leftists groups in the central West Bank city of Ramallah to
protest the direct talks slated for next month.Â Leftists groups were
organizing a press conference after the march that was attacked by the police
in downtown Ramallah. During the attack police officers attack three
journalists working for WATAN local TV and took their taps and cameras.Â
RowhiÂ Maluh, Deputy Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine, told PNN that his group and other leftists groups
wanted to show their rejection to the new round of Palestinian-Israeli direct
talks hosted by Washington slated for the 1st and 2nd of September.
PA forces detain 60 party members
BETHLEHEM (Maâ€™an) -- Hamas said Tuesday that Palestinian Authority security
services recently detained 60 party affiliates in the West Bank.Â Ismail
Al-Ashqar, a member of the Legislative Council, said that the PA's arrest
campaign "comes in the context of a religious war being waged against
Islam in the West Bank."
lawmaker slams PA arrest campaign
GAZA CITY (Maâ€™an) -- The parliament speaker and Hamas leader Ahmad Bahar on
Tuesday condemned the Fatah-run Palestinian Authority's recent escalation
against Hamas officials.Â PA security services recently detained 60 party
affiliates in the West Bank, Hamas said Tuesday.Â Ismail Al-Ashqar, a
member of the Legislative Council, said that the PA's arrest campaign "comes
in the context of a religious war being waged against Islam in the West
The new arrest campaign in W. Bank a requirement for Washington talks
Hamas slammed the PA's security militias for kidnapping dozens of its cadres
and senior officials in the West Bank, considering this campaign an urgent
requirement for the peace talks in Washington.
The Siege (Gaza & West
Bank)/Humanitarian/Restriction of Movement/Human Rights/Racism
erects military checkpoints in Hebron, Bethlehem
Hebron, August 25, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) â€“ Israeli occupation forces (IOF)
erected today military checkpoints at the north of Hebron city, in the West
Bank.Â Local sources said that Israeli soldiers stopped citizensâ€™ cars for
hours. They searched them carefully and verified their ID cards.Â In
addition to, IOF raided Bait Omer and Yonis area in Hebron, the sources
added.Â In Bethlehem, IOF erected a military checkpoint at the entrance of
Al-Jba village where they stopped the citizens for hours.Â Israel erects
more than 500 military checkpoints in the West Bank where they used to stop the
citizens and verify their ID cars searching for what they call â€œwanted
Gaza homeless charge Hamas broke its pledge
GAZA CITY â€” Thousands of homeless Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have begun to
resist the Hamas regime.Â Palestinian sources said homeless Gazan families
have sought to seize property and buildings in an attempt to return to
permanent dwellings. They said the families have blamed Hamas for failing to
re-settle the families made homeless by the Israeli war in the Gaza Strip in
January 2009.Â "It's been nearly two years and Hamas has done very
little, although it received lots of money," a Palestinian source familiar
with the Hamas government said.
could reverse Gaza fuel crisis
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Prime Minister Salam Fayyad announced plans Tuesday to
introduce increased amounts of fuel into the Gaza Strip.Â After the Gaza
Electricity Distribution Company transferred $2 million to the account of the
Ramallah-based power authority, the supplier company agreed to transfer 320,000
liters of diesel per day for five days starting Wednesday.
Supporting blood banking in the Gaza Strip
Merlin is supporting blood banking services in the Gaza Strip, helping bring
vital services to the conflict-affected population.As a result of the conflict
in the Gaza Strip, blood banks play a hugely important role in the area. The
blockade of Gaza has severely hampered these services, which lack qualified
health workers, supplies, equipment and even regular electricity. To support
the blood bank service, Merlin is providing equipment, training and emergency
"Like living in a big factory" in Gaza
"Uff, uff, uff, you can never get time to rest or sleep quietly and you
can't even work. Wherever you are, you hear sound of power generators which
makes it seem we are all living in a big factory," Ahmad al-Bar explained,
expressing the frustration of many Palestinians in Gaza at the electricity
crisis there, now going on three years.
Gaza Mall Seeks to Make Statement of Resolve, Ethan Bronner
The Gaza Mall may seek to evoke such places, but it is not one of them. At
1,000 square meters, or a quarter of an acre, it is the size of a suburban
residential lot in the United States and would fit in its entirety into a
corner of any J. C. Penney. The stairs do not move. The piped-in music is
Islamic. There are no appliances or electronics for sale, no movie screens, and
exactly one fried-food restaurant. Its first floor is almost entirely taken up
by a supermarket, a rarity in Gaza.
Israeli army escorts 500 Jewish
Israelis into controversial settlement near Nablus
500 Israeli citizens, escorted by dozens of military vehicles, drove by bus
deep into the West Bank on Wednesday in a provocative visit to a West Bank
settlement. The settlement has been the home of a number of violent attackers
of local Palestinians, and many incidents of violence originated from the
Probe troops who killed Palestinians
Yesh Din human rights group asks High Court to launch criminal investigation
into incident described by army as thwarted terror attack. Two cousins shot and
killed in incident after allegedly attacking soldiers with broken bottle,
Jihad: Gaza forces raid party office, detain 4
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Islamic Jihad accused Gaza internal security forces of
detaining four affiliates on Wednesday after breaking into one of the
movement's offices in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, an official said.Â The
Islamic Jihad official, who preferred to remain anonymous, said Gaza forces
beat the party's supporters before detaining them. Forces confiscated several
documents and ransacked the office, the official added.
prisoners "tortured" during Ramadan
The Israeli prison service "deliberately tortures" Palestinian
prisoners during the fasting month of Ramadan, it has been claimed. Reports
from "Free", the Centre for the Study of Prisoners and Human Rights,
describe prisoners in transit being forced to break their fast while handcuffed
so tightly that some were unable to move properly. The accusations have been
made against the Alnhacon Unit responsible for transporting prisoners between
prisons.Â According to the Director of the Centre, Fouad Khuffash, the
Alnhacon Unit is known for its harsh treatment of prisoners and the wide
latitude it is given to mistreat them, often for the most trivial of reasons.
Hamas: Talks with Israel fatal
Exiled Hamas leader says negotiations with Israel are a blow to Palestinian
Hamas: Direct Israeli-Palestinian talks illegitimate,
coerced by U.S.
Hamas politburo chief urges Egypt's Mubarak and Jordan's King Abdullah not to
take part in Washington-backed peace negotiations.
Hamas urges Jordan, Egypt to boycott Mideast talks launch
AFP - Exiled Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal urged the Egyptian and Jordanian
leaders on Tuesday to boycott the resumption early next month of direct
Israeli-Palestinian talks to be hosted by Washington.
will be the ghost at Mideast talks banquet (Reuters)
Reuters - It's the proverbial elephant in the room, the ghost at the banquet,
the specter no one wants to acknowledge.
U.S. warns Israel, Palestinians: Refrain from harming peace
Senior American official says U.S. views Israeli construction in West Bank
settlements as illegitimate.
US official: We want full peace deal in 1 year
Washington expects Israel, Palestinians to use timeframe given for negotiations
to overcome difficulties, strike comprehensive peace, US official tells reports
in Jerusalem. America won't accept partial deal, he said.
FM says peace deal in one year unlikely (AFP)
AFP - Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday that renewed
peace talks with the Palestinians were unlikely to get anywhere within the
one-year time frame set by the United States.
Barak says peace talks will need 'brave decisions' (AFP)
AFP - Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday that Israel's direct peace
talks with the Palestinians due to resume in Washington on September 2 will
require concessions from both sides.
Turkey sees 90% decline in Israeli tourism
Israelis have stayed away in droves ever since the Gaza flotilla incident.
say weapons found in PA officer's home
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza intelligence forces reportedly confiscated ammunition
and weapons from the home of a Palestinian Authority officer in Jabaliya,
northern Gaza.Â Jabaliya police chief Sa'eed Sha'aban said the
intelligence department received information that the PA officer, identified
only by the initials FSH, was storing weapons and ammunition in his home.
Surf Club gets delivery of 23 new surfboards
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 August, 2010 : - - U.S.-Based non-profit
Explore Corps and Surfing 4 Peace successfully delivered 23 surfboards to the
members of the Gaza Surf Club, a community-based surfing project in the Gaza
Strip.Â Since 2008, Explore Corps and the Surfing 4 Peace community have
negotiated with the Israeli Border Authority for permission to enter the boards
U.S.A. / A quest to coax Israel out of the nuclear closet
Acclaimed researcher Avner Cohen says Israel's policy of nuclear ambiguity is
past its sell-by date.
Khan - Gideon Levy on Middle East peace
The controversial Israeli columnist and author discusses the 'peace talks' that
are set to resume between Israelis and Palestinians in Washington.
Akiva Eldar / Both peace and war pose massive challenges for
new IDF chief
The next IDF chief will have to deal with the outcome of Israeli-Palestinian
talks, overseeing either a historic agreement - or the next war.
Iraq pullout makes Israeli-Palestinian peace crucial for
Timing is crucial as Obama convenes as many Arab leaders as he possibly can and
gambles on a diplomatic breakthrough.
Light Rail Racist? Of Course it is, Joharah Baker for MIFTAH
My two kids, especially my son, just love catching a glimpse of the shiny new
trains being tested these days in Jerusalem. On our way to Ramallah, if you are
"lucky" you can see the trains on a test drive along the main road,
moving up to the beginning part of Shufat. In any other country, this would be
a wonderful development - a necessary and efficient public service for all.
However, this is not any other country, this is Israel and occupied Jerusalem,
and my kids' childlike enthusiasm would be short lived if they understood the
racist ramifications of Jerusalem's light rail.
Marjai, "Photos, Representation, and the 'Banality of Oppression'"
Pictures of former Israeli soldier Eden Abargil posing in front of blindfolded and
handcuffed Palestinian prisoners have caused some controversies in the media.
Abargil did not think she had done anything wrong by posting her photos to her
Facebook site; she was genuinely surprised by the "fuss" over the
photos. Clearly her indifference is a cultural product of military rule over
occupied territories, the colonial mentality that arises from subjugation of a
displaced and dispossessed people. It is the de-humanization of the victims of
colonial force. Yishai Menuchim of the Israeli Committee Against Torture said,
"this reflects an attitude which has become the norm and consists in
treating the Palestinians like objects, not human beings." Abargil's
Facebook photos represent the banality of oppression. The transformation of oppressed
into oppressor is nothing new in history, so why do we find her Facebook photos
so disturbing? The same question struck me even more forcefully when I first
saw Abu Ghraib pictures of women guards posing with Iraqi prisoner victims, in
porno-sadistic settings used as a mechanism of domination (putting leashes on
naked men prisoners and so forth).
People That Shall Dwell Alone â€“ Israelâ€™s Attack On The Gaza Flotilla
At approximately 4am on May 31st 2010, a group of vessels attempting to deliver
humanitarian aid to Gaza were attacked by the Israeli navy in international
waters off the coast of the occupied Palestinian territories. Nine civilians
aboard the largest vessel, the Mavi Marmara, were shot dead by Israeli
soldiers and dozens more were wounded. The Israeli government claimed it was
exercising its right to self defence. Flotilla members, and much of the
international community, saw it as an act of piracy and murder on the high seas
that has exposed deep flaws in the Israeli mentality and further alienated it
from the rest of the world.
Obama Exploits US Strength, Abbas's Weakness, James Gundun â€“
You may be surprised to know that direct negotiations between Israel and the
Palestinian Authority (PA) have commenced. PA President Mahmoud Abbas was.
Multiple sources told reporters Monday that Abbas became â€œenragedâ€ after US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly announced an invitation for direct
talks without informing him beforehand. Abbas received four calls from the
State Department after rumor spread that he would decline, ultimately talking
him into agreement.
these negotiations could be useful - Yossi Alpher
The resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that is projected for
2 September in Washington serves a number of useful purposes.Â Sadly, none
of them is directly connected to the effort to "resolve all final status
issues" trumpeted last Friday in statements by the Quartet and US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Why does this peace process not excite?, Rami G. Khouri
It is hard to be excited or optimistic about the prospects for resumed direct
Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations next week, because all the important
factors comprising the diplomatic process are either politically anemic or
Four Reasons Why Americans Should Oppose Zionism
Zionism, by virtue of its exclusionary outlook and ethnocentric model of
citizenship, is on its own a purveyor of fundamental violence.
Yale conference on anti-Semitism targets Palestinian
identity, â€™self-hatingâ€™ Jews, and anyone who criticizes Israel, Philip Weiss
This is disturbing. A Yale University center that purports to study
anti-Semitism is holding a
three-day conference on "the crisis" of global anti-Semitism (ending
tomorrow) that is dedicated to the idea that any criticism of Israel is
anti-Semitic.Â The flotilla raid, anti-Semitic. Helen Thomas,
anti-Semitic. The very idea of Palestinian identity, anti-Semitic.
candidate for California state assembly claims heâ€™s Swedish
Itâ€™s too bad the vast majority of Arab-Americans will never hear about this story or the characters involved.Â It unfolds
against the backdrop of a state Assembly race in central Orange County,
California.Â The race for the 68th assembly district pits Costa
Mesa Republican Mayor Allan Mansoor against Democratic candidate Phu
Nguyen.Â Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American, but Mansoorâ€™s background is not
so clear cut and has apparently been causing him some personal anguish.Â
The district includes the city of Anaheim, home of the Disneyland resort and
adventure Park, and the Arab-Americans involved in this local squabble can be
escapees straight out of Disneylandâ€™s popular Fantasyland attractions.Â Â The Arab-American
candidate claims to be Swedish while one of his local detractors is another
Arab-American who used to claim to be Greek, which is an often believable, and
always less ambitious metamorphosis.
Nasrallah: Lebanon must build nuclear reactor
Hezbollah head says reactor similar to Iran's Bushehr solution to country's
prepared to arm Lebanon 'if it seeks military assistance'
Hezbollah leader Nasrallah vowed on Tuesday that his Iranian-backed group could
help secure aid for Lebanon's poorly equipped army.
Hezbollah: Iran can equip Lebanese army (AP)
AP - The leader of Lebanon's Shiite Muslim Hezbollah group says authorities
should formally ask Iran to help equip the country's military.
Clashes erupt in Lebanon's capital
Two people killed in "personal fight" between supporters of different
Senior Hezbollah member killed in Beirut clashes (Reuters)
Reuters - Two Lebanese men, including a senior member of Hezbollah, were killed
in Beirut on Tuesday in clashes between supporters of the Shi'ite militant
group and a Sunni faction, security sources said.
Hezbollah data on Hariri murder 'incomplete': UN (AFP)
AFP - The UN tribunal probing the murder of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri
said on Tuesday evidence Hezbollah provided allegedly implicating Israel was
incomplete and called for the remaining material to be submitted "without
Police grill new suspected 'spy' at Telecom Ministry
BEIRUT: Lebanese police probing an Israeli spy ring are quizzing an employee of
the Telecommunications Ministry, more than two weeks after another employee was
charged with spying for Mossad, a security source said Tuesday.Â â€œAn
employee at the Telecommunications Ministry is currently under interrogation by
the police intelligence unit on suspicion of spying for Israel,â€ the source
Ahmadinejad to visit Lebanon on September 11-12 - reports
BEIRUT: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will pay a two-day visit to
Lebanon on September 11-12, As-Safir newspaper said on Tuesday. As-Safir said
Ahmadinejad is expected to meet Lebanon's top officials and an array of
Lebanese political figures.
Sayyed Nasrallah: Our Freedom, Sovereignty Depend On Our
Elements of Power
24/08/2010 Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed freedom
and sovereignty can only be achieved if Lebanon possessed the elements of
power. â€œIn this country, we face may difficulties, both internal and external,
and our responsibility is to surmount the difficulties, not to fear them or to
surrender to them. No one can elude this responsibility,â€ Sayyed Nasrallah said
Tuesday during an iftar banquet organized by the Islamic Resistance Support
Organization â€ in Beirut.Â The Hezbollah S.G. addressed the urging issue
of arming the Lebanese army, which is also agreed upon by the different parties
in Lebanon, particularly after the Odaisse incident in south Lebanon last
month, in which two Lebanese army soldiers and a reporter were martyred and an
Israeli colonel was killed. â€œWhat happened in Odaisse revealed that the
Americans and the weapons they have been giving to our army are not meant to
fight Israel but for internal purposes they call â€˜fighting terrorism.â€™ Have the
weapons grants stopped or not? some Congress members even demanded an inquiry
to learn whether these weapons used by the Lebanese army against the Israeli
army were American weapons or not!â€
Mired in poverty: Palestinian refugees in Lebanon see little
hope in new law
Some employment rights have been granted to Palestinian refugees, but they will
still be unable to work in many key professions, no matter what their
killed in string of attacks across Iraq: officials (AFP)
AFP - At least 41 people were killed and almost 200 others wounded in a series
of apparently coordinated car bombings and other attacks across Iraq on
Wednesday, security officials told AFP.
Tuesday: 21 Iraqis Killed, 52 Iraqis Wounded
At least 21 Iraqis were killed and 52 more were wounded in various attacks
across the country. The U.S. military said the number of U.S. troops in Iraq
now numbers around 49,700 and will stay that way until next year's actual
withdrawal. This completes the removal of "combat troops" from the
Iraq unrest kills six (AFP)
AFP - A suicide bomber killed two policemen and a civilian at a checkpoint in
central Iraq on Tuesday, while three other people died from violence elsewhere
in the country, security officials said.
Seven workers killed in Iraq oil refinery raid
Seven employees of the Baiji oil refinery were shot dead and some 750 million
dinars (640,000 dollars) in salary payments were stolen from them, Iraqi media
Iraq judges killed in violence claimed by Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda says avenging death sentences being handed down to Sunnis in Shiite
Muqtada al-Sadr mulls relocating to Beirut - report
BEIRUT: Prominent Iraqi cleric and political leader Muqtada al-Sadr is
considering moving to Beirut to escape Iranian pressures to endorse a
second-term for incumbent Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, pan Arab-daily
Ash-Sharq al-Awsat has reported in the last few days.Â Iraqi sources told
the Saudi-owned daily that Sadr has refused all offers and suggestions by
Iranian officials to accept a second term for Maliki, adding that Sadr was
â€œseriously considering moving to Lebanon and settling in Beirut.â€Â Â
A Kurdish Village Governed by None
In a village run by Kurdish rebels, you see a life different from elsewhere in
US trains Iraqi Police
As U.S. forces draw down from Iraq, the nation's security will be in the hands
of its homegrown forces. But are the Iraqi police competent enough to handle
the multiple security challenges? The U.S state department is spending millions
of dollars helping them prepare. Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reports from
Baghdad's Police training college.
Obama to make major Iraq speech on Aug 31: W.House (Reuters)
Reuters - President Barack Obama will make a major address on Iraq on August
31, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday.
White House: Troop cut 'remarkable achievement' (AP)
AP - The U.S. troop drawdown in Iraq is a "truly remarkable
achievement" and demonstrates President Barack Obama's commitment to
responsibly ending the drawn-out conflict, the White House said Tuesday.
shortages in Iraq tell story of a ruined country, a failed superpower
One best signal of how ruinous the U.S. occupation of Iraq has been is the
story of electricity.Â The same signal can be used to assess the ruinous
policies and practices of the political factions the U.S. has helped to rule
the country.Â Practically, there is little or no electricity in Iraq while
prior to 2003 major cities used to enjoy minimum 12 hours of non-interrupted
supplies from the national grid.Â Conditions were supposed to have
improved. The former regime was under punitive U.N. trade sanctions;
nonetheless, its electricity commission was on its way to reduce outages to the
Beirut in Baghdad: Is the 'Lebanonization' of Iraq complete?
Four years after a flurry of predictions about the "Lebanonization"
of Iraq, they may be coming true. "Lebanonization" was a derogatory
term, a hint at imminent civil war, political deadlock, Iran's hand in local
militias and on many domestic levers. The columns
on Iraq's "Lebanonization" issued a collective "uh oh,"
warning the state would fall apart like Lebanon did from 1975-1991.
assured by Iran, Russia on Bushehr plant: FM
KUWAIT CITY, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Kuwait has received assurances from Iran and
Russia that technology used in Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor is of high level
and that its safety is ensured, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed al-Salem
al-Sabah said.Â Iran and Russia started on Saturday to load fuel rods to
the reactor at Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran.
Iran's strike against sanctions
Iran's uploading of nuclear fuel at the much-delayed Bushehr power plant is
tantamount to a torpedo effect on the international sanctions regime. Achieving
the goals of getting the plant operational after a 12-year delay and
replenishing fuel for a Tehran reactor would represent nothing short of
milestones and warrant fresh thinking on the thorny subject of dialogue with
Washington. - Kaveh L Afrasiabi (Aug 23, '10)
Afghan base expansion aimed at Iran?
One of the airbases is situated just north of the Afghan capital Kabul,
while another airfield and a US marine base is to be set up in the
southern province of Helmand.
Iranian sues Nokia Siemens
An Iranian journalist imprisoned since 2009 is suing telecommunications giant
Nokia Siemens in the United States.
Isa Saharkhiz says the company sold surveillance equipment to the Iranian
government , and that's what led to his capture. Tom Ackerman reports.
Goldbergâ€™s Bogus â€˜Ticking Clockâ€™ on Iran, Tony Karon
Americaâ€™s march to a disastrous war in Iraq began in the media, where an
unprovoked U.S. invasion of an Arab country was introduced as a legitimate
policy option, then debated as a prudent and necessary one. Now, a similarly
flawed media conversation on Iran
is gaining momentum.Â Last month, TIMEâ€™s Joe Klein warned that Obama
administration sources had told him bombing Iranâ€™s nuclear facilities was â€œback
on the table.â€ In an interview with CNN, former CIA director Admiral Mike
Hayden next spoke of an â€œinexorableâ€ dynamic toward confrontation, claiming
that bombing was a more viable option for the Obama administration than it had
been for George W. Bush. The piÃ¨ce de rÃ©sistance in the most recent drum roll
of bomb-Iran alerts, however, came from Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic
Monthly. A journalist influential in U.S.
pro-Israeli circles, he also has access to Israelâ€™s corridors of power.
Because sanctions were unlikely to force Iran
to back down on its uranium enrichment project, Goldberg invited readers to
believe that there was a more than even chance Israel would launch a military
strike on the country by next summer.
U.S. and Other World News
US Military 'Overwhelmed' by Mental Health Problems of
About every fourth soldier here, where 48,000 troops and their families are
based, has been in counseling during the past year, according to the service's
medical statistics. And the number of soldiers seeking help for combat stress,
substance abuse, broken marriages or other emotional problems keeps increasing.
Force-feedings At GuantÃ¡namo
The guards strap hunger striker detainees into the force-feeding chair at
US admits human rights shortcomings in UN report
Those areas include inhumane prison conditions, racial disparities in death
penalty cases, and abuses in the immigration detention system.
Blackwater Pays To Avoid Punishment: State Department details
Blackwater violations of U.S. laws
The alleged violations were spelled out in documents released Monday by the
State Department as part of a $42 million settlement with Blackwater that will
allow the company, now known as Xe Services LLC, to continue receiving U.S.
US Attack Kills 20 People In Pakistan
Four women and three children were also among the dead.
Afghanistan: Occupation forces kill 8 civilians
The district chief said that about a dozen other people, â€œall of them
civilians,â€ were injured in the raids, which he said had lasted for â€œhoursâ€.
One killed as US troops fire shots to disperse Afghan
NATO said about 300 people surrounded a patrol and attacked vehicles with rocks
and iron bars outside the massive coalition air base at Bagram, in Parwan
More Reasons Why Our Afghan Adventure is Misguided, Stephen
If you're looking for another realistic counter to the official optimism about
Afghanistan, check out Christopher Layne's op-ed from two days ago in the Chicago Tribune.Â
In a handful of sharp, short paragraphs, Layne reminds us that 1) the
"surge" in Iraq (the approach now being adapted to Afghanistan)
didn't work, 2) the current emphasis on counterinsurgency (COIN)
warfare misdiagnoses the origins of our troubles in the Middle East and Central
Asia, and 3) our current fascination with COIN "sets exactly the
wrong strategic priorities for the United States."Â
Tony Blair's new book 'is like a love letter to George Bush
The former prime minister is wheeling out his wife Cherie and their four
children to publicise the book, entitled A Journey, across the Atlantic.
New Yorker: Billionaire Brothers Charles & David Koch Have Quietly Given
More Than $100 Million to Right-Wing Causes
An article in the latest issue of The New Yorker Magazine by Jane Mayer
profiles billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, two of the richest men in
America who have quietly given more than a hundred million dollars to
right-wing causes. Mayer writes, "The [Koch] brothers have funded
opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policiesâ€“from
health-care reform to the economic-stimulus programâ€“that, in political circles,
their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus."
is backtracking on women's rights | Kamel Labidi
historical commitment to women's rights is being used by Ben Ali as a
smokescreen for the persecution they now suffer.Â Tunisia's adoption â€“ 54
years ago this month â€“ of the most protective women's rights legislation in the
Arab world is increasingly used by President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali as a veil
to hide his declining human rights record.
Islam in America
Poll: Americans believe Islam no more prone to violence than
Non-partisan Pew Research
Center poll finds,
however, that overall view of Islam has worsened over the past five years.
Republicans Twice As Likely To Voice Negative Views About
WASHINGTON â€” Americans doubt that Islam is likelier than other faiths to
encourage violence, but their overall view of the religion has worsened over
the past five years, a poll said Tuesday.Â In a survey that underlined the
complex views people have about Muslims, 51 percent agreed that a Muslim center
should not be built near the former site of New York's
World Trade Center,
compared to 34 percent who said it should be permitted.
Zaytuna College, First Muslim College In U.S., Opens In
BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) Faatimah Knight's college decision came down to eight
schools where she would have majored in English, or Zaytuna College, where she
could study Islamic classical teachings in an environment that embraces all
aspects of her Muslim faith.Â The Brooklyn native is part of the inaugural
class of what Zaytuna's founders hope will be the country's first accredited,
four-year Muslim liberal arts college -- a flagship of higher learning with an
Islamic identity yet open to all faiths.Â Knight, 18, chose Zaytuna, she
said, because she wants to grow in her faith, learn more about the religion
that inspired her parents to convert from Christianity and be able to defend
Islam during a time of stepped-up suspicion.Â Four years of college,
Knight said, "has to bring me more than book smarts."
Disney Hijab Controversy: Muslim Hostess Suspended Without
ANAHEIM (KTLA)-- A Muslim woman who is fighting for the right to wear her
religious scarf to her hostess job at Disneyland
has been taken off the schedule.Â Disney officials say they stopped
putting Imane Boudlal on the schedule during the ongoing issue.Â The hotel
workers' union claims that Boudlal, a restaurant hostess at Disney's Grand
Californian Hotel, was suspended without pay.
Yellow Cab Will Stop Running Anti-Islam Ads
Earlier this summer, the leader of the group "Stop the Islamization of
America" took out ads on 25 Chicago taxi cabs--and as of Tuesday,
all of them will be removed.Â Pamela Geller, who has been dubbed the
"Queen of Muslim Bashers" and leads the "Stop the
Islamization of America" movement, claimed the ads were directed toward
Muslim women wanting to leave Islam--but ended up offending both cab drivers
Man Mistaken for Muslim Harassed at NY Anti-Mosque Rally
An African-American man who was mistakenly thought to be Muslim was harassed at
an anti-mosque rally yesterday in New
Matthews Challenges Rick Lazio Over Mosque, Imam Ad (VIDEO)
Chris Matthews played hardball Tuesday with New York Republican Rick Lazio, the
frontrunner for the GOP nomination for governor.Â In a recent
controversial ad, Lazio came out against the proposed Islamic cultural center
near Ground Zero, calling the Imam behind the center a "terrorist
sympathizer" who called American "an accessory to 9/11."Â
Matthews challenged Lazio on the ad, saying it was an overtly political ad
indicative of Lazio's poor standing in the polls against his presumed opponent,
Democratic New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. And he took Lazio to task
for taking Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's comments out of context.
The Mosque and
the Muslim Vote, STEWART J. LAWRENCE
In recent weeks, Republicans have expressed surprisingly muted criticism of
President Obamaâ€™s handling of the Ground Zero mosque controversy. Some GOP
leaders - everyone from anti-Zionist Pat Buchanan to libertarian Grover
Norquist - have gone so far as to warn the party that it would be a
"mistake" to â€œoverdoâ€ their attacks on the current
administration.Â It's true, Obama did just hand the GOP a major unexpected
â€œopeningâ€ on national security that heâ€™d largely managed to close with his
bellicose policies in Afghanistan. And there may not be much more Republicans
can do to make the President look even more inept and indecisive than he
already has thus far.
â€œIf they build a mosque at ground zero, fly a plane into itâ€
While much the country is focused on whether or not the organizers of Park51
will change their minds and move or whether or not jihadis are in a tizzy over
the debate, some real home-grown extremism has been cropping up, and not of the
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