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Land theft and destruction/Ethnic cleansing|
Akiva Eldar / West Bank outsposts are growing 'under
the state's nose'
If the state’s claim that it is taking care of illegal building in
outposts sounds familiar, it’s because it’s just the same old pabulum
they’ve fed us before.
Razing of Palestinian homes in E. Jerusalem approved
despite 250 shortfalls in plan
Documents obtained by Haaretz suggest that the plan to raze 22
Palestinian homes in Silwan to make room for tourist center was not
ready to be approved by planning committee, but was rushed by Jerusalem
mayor Nir Barkat.
Barred from Jerusalem for crime of being Palestinian
that Palestinian Murad Al-Khalaf's roots are in Jerusalem is a serious
understatement. His family lived in the Baka district of West Jerusalem
until they were forced to leave in the war of 1948. They have since
lived – and live – in the inner East Jerusalem district of Ras al-Amud.
His family doctor father's clinic in East Jerusalem's main street of
Salahadin is opposite three shops owned by each of his uncles.
One of his brothers, also a doctor, works at one of Jerusalem's two main
(Israeli) hospitals, the Shaare Zedek Medical Centre. The city is, in
short, his home.
Master Plan To Erase Palestinian Existence From The City
Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National
Initiative strongly condemned the new Master plan, which is set to be
approved by the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee. The
document calls for the expansion of Jewish settlements in East
Jerusalem, on privately owned Arab property.
Gaza Freedom Graffiti in the Warsaw Ghetto
Yesterday, Israeli and Polish activists met in the ruins of Warsaw’s old
Jewish Ghetto. The activists sprayed ‘Liberate All Ghettos’ in Hebrew, followed by ‘Free
Gaza and Palestine’ in English on a wall of an original block in the
ghetto. The block is across the street from the last fragment of the
remaining perimeter wall of the Ghetto. They also hung Palestinian flags
from the wall. This was first time such an action took place in the
Hagit Ofran in Silwan: “This time it sounded
Hagit Ofran of Peace Now is one of the Israeli experts on the
settlements her compatriots are building in the West Bank [including
East Jerusalem]. Hearing from Silwan on Sunday evening about the
escalating clashes there, she went to see what was happening, and then
posted her account, complete with photos and a video, on her blog, Eyes
on the Ground in East Jerusalem.
Ships Heading To Gaza In Coming Months”
leader, Mahmoud Zahhar, stated that there are at least eight solidarity
ships that would be heading to the Gaza Strip in the coming two months.
organize biggest local flotilla for Gaza
A number of Islamic
activists in Yemen announced the initiation of a fund-raising
campaign to organize the biggest Yemeni fleet to break the siege on
Galloway: Lifeline 4 will participate in the world's
largest aid convoy to Gaza
Head of Viva Palestina George Galloway stated that his Lifeline 4 would
join other convoys to form the world's largest ever aid convoy that
would head for the besieged Gaza Strip in mid-September.
Call Rod Stewart to cancel upcoming concert in Israel
week, singer Rod Stewart is scheduled to perform a concert in Israel.
Nevertheless, in 2005, Palestinian civil society called for cultural
boycott of Israel until Israel respects its obligations under
international law. Santana, Elvis Costello, The Pixies and other
prominent performers have recently cancelled concerts in Israel in
solidarity with the Palestinian call. Please send an email asking Rod
Stewart to cancel his upcoming concert.
Kevin Neish was on board the Mavi Marmara
Every day people die from a preventable disease called injustice.
Innocent men, women and children succumb to the symptoms of this disease
which include poor living conditions, political persecution and war.
People who live in positions of privilege can look away, or stand by
idly and watch, or they can do something to ease or end this unnecessary
suffering. 53-year-old Canadian Kevin Neish does not look away or stand
by idly. Throughout his life this soft-spoken, middle class, retired
engineer and activist has been unable to witness innocent people
suffering without trying to do something to end it. He doesn’t enjoy the
merits that fame bestows upon political leaders or noted intellectuals
that people consider heroes, but he probably doesn’t mind much either.
of Israeli settlement goods starts to bite
Campaign to clear
supermarket shelves of West Bank settlement wares forces Israeli
factories to cut production.
Gaza: 1 killed, 3 injured in Israeli air strike
Gaza – Ma'an – One Palestinian was killed and three others were injured
in an Israeli air strike along the northern Gaza border on Monday
evening, east of a juice factory, medics said. Witnesses said an
Israeli drone fired at Palestinian fighters in the north-eastern
Israeli forces storm Ramleh prison hospital
An elite Israeli special forces unit called Masada stormed the Ramleh
hospital prison and assaulted sick prisoners and damaged their property,
the Ahrar Center said.
Palestinian Detainees: over 650,000 detained
since 1967 and counting...
Detainees, Including 300 Children, Currently Imprisoned By Israel
specialized in detainees’ affairs, former detainee, Abdul-Nasser
Farawna, stated that there are currently 6800 detainees imprisoned by
Israel, including 300 children 34 women, and 213 detainees
in administrative detention.
10 detained by Israeli forces overnight
Bethlehem – Ma'an – Overnight raids by Israeli forces on West Bank towns
and villages ended with the detention of ten men, with Israeli media
outlets claiming Nablus-area apprehensions related to a pipe-bomb
incident. Three detentions were recorded in Nablus, four from Ramallah,
two from Hebron and one from Bethlehem.
arresting campaigns in Jerusalem
Jerusalem, June 29, (Pal
Telegraph) Israeli occupation forces arrested today five Jerusalemites
from the town of ‘Silwan’, south of Al Aqsa Mosque. Local
sources said that the Israeli occupation forces have launched a wide
arresting campaign in ‘Holwa’ valley and the middle of the town.
According to the same sources, Israeli forces arrested five
Jerusalemites, including two children under the age of 12 years.
Yata, Ezna in Hebron
Hebron, June 29, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) –
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided today several neighborhoods in
the city of Hebron. Local sources said that Israeli forces raided the
towns of Ezna and Yata in Hebron. They detained Nour Al-Kharouf, from
Ezna after searching his house. The IOF daily roams and raids the
neighborhoods of Hebron under the pretext of searching for
Israel condemns Al-Aqsa Brigade member to 21 years
Nablus - Ma'an - An Israeli military court convening at the Salem
detention center sentenced a member of the Al-Aqsa Brigades from Nablus
to 21 years on Monday, sources said. Louay Taysir Barham, 23, was
handed down the sentence for affiliation with the Fatah's armed wing and
for involvement in attacks against Israel, the sources said.
Resistance: All detainees shall be freed
Gaza - Ma'an - Freeing Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails is a
religious duty, a military wing within the Salah Ad-Din Brigades said
Monday. A statement issued by the Resistance Committee said Israeli
soldier Gilad Shalit will remain captive until Palestinian prisoners are
released, and called on detainees to remain steadfast as factions work
toward securing their release.
wants us to pressure Hamas
Thousands of cellular phones
smuggled into security prisons despite Prison Service inspections.
Prisoners say Israel 'wants us to talk to our families, push Hamas to
accept Shalit exchange deal'.
treated in Israel in life-threatening cases only
rights organizations say patients prevented from leaving Gaza for
important medical procedures 'against ethical codes.' Government's
coordinator in territories: Report biased; we've approved more than
9,000 cases a year.
Thousands of Gazans trek to Cairo for medical treatment
June 29, 2010 (IRIN) - Thousands of Gazans are taking advantage of an
open border crossing with Egypt since 1 June to seek treatment for a
range of illnesses in Cairo hospitals.
opens one commercial crossings, no fuel
Gaza, June 29, (Pal
Telegraph) The Israeli occupation authorities decided today to partially
open the commercial crossings leading to the Gaza Strip. The Chairman
of Gaza’s supplies, Engineer Raed Fattouh, confirmed
that the Israeli side decided to open today the Kerem Abu Salem and
Karni commercial crossings partially to let in goods, aid and cooking
United Nations African Meeting on Question of
Palestine to Consider Boosting African Support for Just, Lasting
Solution, in Rabat, Morocco, 1–2 July
The objective of the Meeting, at this time of intensified efforts at
resuming the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, is to promote broad
international support, including by African States, for a solution of
the conflict based on a shared vision of two States, Israel and
Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. The Meeting will
discuss the current status of Jerusalem, including the religious and
cultural significance of the Holy City, and its status in international
law and United Nations resolutions. The Meeting will consider the
question of Jerusalem in the context of the permanent status
negotiations. Participants in the Meeting will also look into the
importance of building an international consensus on a just and viable
solution of the question of Jerusalem and the role of African States and
other actors in that regard.
Al-Mezan: Governments must prioritize Palestinians
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Following the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to
deliver fuel to Gaza, the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights said Monday
that the political division deteriorates the human rights situation and
“weakens the Palestinian struggle.” The organization condemned both
governments for “involving basic service sectors in the internal
disagreement,” a move it said causes “great suffering for the
civilians,” in a statement.
Children in West Bank facing worse conditions than in Gaza
the West Bank under complete Israeli control have plummeted into a
humanitarian crisis worse than Gaza, Save the Children warns. A new
report, "Life on the Edge", released today, states that an estimated
40,000 Palestinians living in Area C - the 60% of the West Bank under
Israeli control - are unable to make urgent repairs to their sewage
systems, schools, homes or hospitals under Israel's strict permit
Rival Hamas, UN summer camps compete over children
AP - Masked men trashed a U.N. summer camp Monday, tying up guards and
slashing tents and an inflatable pool in the second such attack blamed
on suspected extremists in just over a month — a sign of how, in Gaza,
youth camp is not just about crafts and volleyball.
Israel's Arab Partners
Riz Khan - Egypt's Gaza crisis
Has Gaza's humanitarian
disaster become a political crisis for Egypt? On Monday's Riz Khan we
will look at Egypt's policies towards Gaza and whether or not its
traditional leadership role is being eclipsed as a result.
Cairo bars entry of Jordanian unionists into Gaza
for 3rd day running
Jordanian trade union sources informed a PIC reporter in Amman on Monday
that Egyptian authorities continue to prevent the trade union delegation
from entering Gaza for the third consecutive day.
Israel pipeline threatened; Egypt beefs up security
tighten security around pipeline supplying gas to Israel after Sinai
Bedouins threaten to attack it; Egypt provides about third of Jewish
State's natural gas.
new partner: US Jews (Racist American Zionists)
Abbas is guest of honor at dinner with small but influential gathering
of over 30 Jewish American leaders, political heavyweights. Officials
say successful meeting reflects realization that courting American Jews
could benefit Palestinians
'Arab commandos' in Jerusalem?
A security firm that employs the veterans of elite British units will
provide instruction to 80 Palestinian security guards to be deployed in
east Jerusalem., The new Palestinian unit will be tasked with securing
European Union facilities in the eastern part of the capital and
maintaining order in the area. The 80 Palestinians to be selected for
the highly coveted job will be trained and guided by British company
Saladin Security., The project has been arranged by the EU, which
intends to train the Palestinians to serve as a highly skilled police
force to maintain the order in Arab areas in Jerusalem, and later on
across the Palestinian Authority.
finds home in California, seeks asylum (AP)
AP - Mosab
Hassan Yousef says he will be killed if he is deported from the United
States to the West Bank. The oldest son of one of Hamas' founders, he
was an Israeli spy for a decade, and he abandoned Islam for
Christianity, further marking him a traitor.
Palestinian security in Gaza discovers woman working
for Israeli intelligence
The Palestinian security apparatuses in the Gaza Strip managed to find
out about a woman who worked for the Israeli intelligence for almost
UAE freezes 41 Iran-linked bank accounts
DUBAI: The central bank of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has told
financial institutions in the Gulf Arab country to freeze 41 Iran-linked
accounts, in a move based on new UN sanctions on Tehran, a UAE daily
Invest in Israeli Farm Industry
Mustafa Sabri – PNN- A number of Jordanian investors are planning to
invest in farming business in the Israeli side of the Jordan valley.
According to media sources in Jordan, Israel has given the investors
many privileges such as low rent of land and low water costs. Israel may
charge the investors USD 200 for each acre of land while in Jordan the
cost is USD 560. Investors say that Israel will guarantee that their
products will be sold in Israeli markets with good prices and will
provide them with low cost fertilizers in addition to facilitating their
movement between Jordan and Israel. The products that will be produced
will include avocados, mango and olives. The lands will be located
mainly in the Israeli controlled side of the Jordan valley in addition
to some lands in Tiberias.
must apologize for Gaza flotilla, blockade
tells Charlie Rose that Israeli government is the single biggest
obstacle to Mideast peace, saying Turkey convinced Hamas to join talks
'to a certain extent.'
on Gaza flotilla was a premeditated 'terrorist attack', say Turkish
Report drafted by IHH, the Turkish NGO which
spearheaded the May 31 flotilla, calls says IDF deadly takeover 'an
attack against all humanity and peace'.
multiple times on Gaza ship: forensics (AFP)
AFP - All but
two of the nine Turks killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship
were shot more than once, and five died from bullet wounds to the head,
according to forensic reports.
Or Lack Of
Talking to Hamas important
After meeting with Israeli
counterpart Lieberman, Lavrov clarifies Moscow trying to convince
Palestinian group to engage in diplomacy, says 'we are witnessing
positive movements.' Russia is continuing its efforts to reach a
compromise in Iranian nuclear issue, he adds.
Erekat: Disbanding PA a possibility
New York - The possibility of disbanding the Palestinian Authority (PA)
will be on the table soon if no progress is made in negotiations with
Israel, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said in remarks
published Monday. "I will not go back on what I said; Israel cannot
possibly believe that it will remain the source of power [for the PA]
for good," he told the pan-Arab newspaper Ash-Sharq Al-Aqwsat. He
described the occupation
of the West Bank and Gaza as "deluxe occupation," as Israel does not
have to pay a high price for its presence in the territories.
Saudi king seeks Obama action on Mideast peace
Reuters - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah will press
U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington this week to take a stronger
stance with Israel over stalled peace talks with the Palestinians,
analysts and diplomats said.
Saudi king in Washington
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is
set to meet US President Barack Obama for talks in Washington DC on
Tuesday. The discussions between the two leaders are expected to focus
on Israeli-Palestinian peace negotations and stepping up trade between
the two countries. Iran's nuclear programme has also been a major
foreign policy priority for both countries. Al Jazeera's Tarek Bazley
reports. [June 29, 2010]
U.S. voices frustration with Netanyahu over stalled
PM's bureau: Israel is conducting the proximity talks very thoroughly,
on a variety of issues, in order to progress to direct talks as quickly
Yediot: In summit with Netanyahu, Obama will demand
full lifting of Gaza blockade
The lifting of the blockade on the Gaza Strip and permission for
Palestinians to leave the Gaza Strip freely through Israeli border
crossings. These are the unequivocal demands that President Barack Obama
is expected to make during his meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu in the White House in two weeks.
Israel Rules Out Palestinian State by 2012
foreign minister said on Tuesday there was no chance a Palestinian state
would be established in the next two years.
Arrested in Poland May Have Aided Alleged Mossad Hit Team
unofficial spy aficionados are still puzzled over why Israel would ruin
its previously friendly relationship with authorities in a key Gulf
emirate, and blow the identities of so many undercover operatives, just
to eliminate an obscure Hamas operative. One theory gaining support
among intelligence experts is that Mossad’s intent was to drug and
kidnap Mabhouh, and then try to use him in a trade for Gilad Shalit, an
Israeli soldier held hostage in Gaza by Hamas. But the Israelis,
according to this theory, may have overdosed their target on knockout
Mud and Hope in South Hebron
There’s a strange beauty in the viscous black mud that comes up from the
depths of the earth, from the bottom, or somewhere near the bottom, of
the well we are cleaning in Bi’r al-’Id. Bucket after bucket of it,
lifted by pulley from down below, straggles to the surface, where we
unload it and pour it out on the rocky escarpment. Its texture changes
remarkably over the long morning hours from a watery top layer to heavy,
shiny dark loam to a granular, sticky brown. It has a strong smell, like
the sulphurous mud from the Dead Sea (not very far away) that people
smear over their bodies for healing. Yehuda says the Palestinians
of Bi’r al-’Id should bottle it and sell it at the airport: “Sacred Mud
from the Sacred Desert.” There’s no end to it. The buckets go down and
up, down and up, heavier each time; the rope attached to the pulley is
now caked solid with mud, and the escarpment has turned into a mire.
Amiel, Dolev, and Danny are down in the dark recesses, filling the
buckets alongside Haj Isma’il. Suddenly Ezra arrives—he was released
from jail only a few days ago—and immediately lowers himself, like
Spider Man, down the shaft. You can’t stop him. When they emerge hours
later, they are black troglodytes, covered with mud from head to toe;
and we, too, working the buckets above ground, are splattered,
ignorant, anti-Hamas rant, Helena Cobban
We have to starve Gaza's 1.5 million people in order to save them (from
Hamas). Where does this guy get his ignorant opinions from, and why
does the WaPo pay him huge gobs of money as a staff columnist to
continue inflicting them on the reading public?
Shalit’s Case is Also Palestinian, Joharah Baker for
It’s been four years. No one, probably not even the captors themselves
thought the situation would last as long as it did. When a group of
armed Palestinians ambushed an Israeli military post near the Kerem
Shalom Crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel and captured Israeli
corporal Gilad Shalit, in all fairness, they probably thought it would
be days, months at most until the mighty Israeli army saved him.
Mearsheimer says ‘apartheid is despicable system at
odds with American values’
I love it when realists make moral arguments. At the American
Conservative, John Mearsheimer declares the two-state solution dead,
and Israel headed for apartheid, with the U.S. backing it to the hilt
and losing credibility around the world.
‘Terrorism’ is the primary bulwark through which
Zionism defends itself from scrutiny, Paul Woodward
On September 11, 2001, George Bush changed the way Americans look at the
world and the success with which he accomplished this feat is evident in
the fact that his perspective largely remains unchallenged — even among
many of his most outspoken critics. Bush’s simplistic
for-us-or-against-us formula was transparently emotive yet utterly
effective. For almost a decade, Americans have been told to look at the
world through the lens of “terrorism” and while differences of opinion
exist about whether the lens has too wide or narrow an angle or about
the extent to which it brings things into focus, those of us who say the
lens is so deeply flawed that it should be scrapped, remain in a
Blockade?, NADIA HIJAB
After locking itself up for hours on end, Israel's security cabinet
finally emerged to announce an easing of its blockade on Gaza, a move
immediately welcomed by the United States. Israel and the U.S. hope to
defuse world outrage over the collective punishment of the 1.5 million
Palestinians who live there and to prevent future flotillas from trying
to break the siege.
USS Liberty to the Mavi Marmara, Rifat Audeh
outstanding article entitled 'How Israeli propaganda shaped U.S. media
coverage of the flotilla attack', Glenn Greenwald makes the argument
that is self-evident in the title. As someone who was on the Mavi
Marmara ship and interviewed frequently after the Israeli crime, I can
attest to the accuracy of his findings, which are also applicable to the
Canadian media and other global media outlets as well, albeit to a
Peace Negotiations, Fahd Bahady
Racial Segregation Even Among Jews, by Khalil Bendib
killed in Iraq attacks, including army general (AP)
AP - A
series of bombings around Iraq Tuesday claimed eight lives, including
four policemen, a Baghdad provincial council official and an Iraqi army
general, Iraqi officials said.
Monday: 6 Iraqis Killed, 18 Wounded
At least six Iraqis were killed and 18 more were wounded in the latest
violence. Also, Turkish warplanes conducted yet another bombing run on
suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) hideouts in northern Iraq.
UN: Iraq vacuum threatens security
parliamentary elections were held on March 7, 2010 but no political
party had managed to earn enough seats to form a government alone,
rendering a political alliance a must. However, the country's main
politicial rivals have yet to agree on the formation of a new government
after months of stalled talks. In an interview to Al Jazeera, Ed
Melkert, the United Nation's special envoy to Iraq, said feuding
political leaders must settle their differences because the country's
political vacuum is threatening security throughout Iraq. Al Jazeera's
Omar Al-Saleh reports from Baghdad.
The US is failing Iraqi refugees | Sadhbh Walshe
It's old news now that the US-led invasion of Iraq has not quite gone
according to plan, assuming that the plan actually was to bring
democracy to the country. Seven years into the conflict, the dictator is
gone, but democracy remains elusive and Iraq now has a massive refugee
crisis to which the US response has been shockingly
out private schools to educate children (Reuters)
- Once banned under Saddam Hussein, private schools have flourished in
Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion as Iraqis become increasingly
frustrated with their government's failure to provide basic services.
Shepherd abducted by Israeli Army returns bruised
shepherd abducted by the Israeli Army was handed back to Lebanese
authorities on Monday, with signs of mistreatment during his detention.
According to a spokesperson for the United Nations Interim Force in
Lebanon (UNIFIL), who acted as a mediator between Lebanese and Israeli
armies, injuries were found on Imad Hassan Atwi’s body following his
transfer to Lebanon. “Yesterday, a Lebanese shepherd was apprehended by
the [Israeli Army] in the Shebaa Farms area,” said UNIFIL spokesperson
Neeraj Singh. “UNIFIL Force Commander [Alberto Asarta Cuevas] was in
contact with all the parties with a view to resolving the situation.
UNIFIL’s immediate concern was to secure the release of the shepherd.
“This afternoon the [Israeli Army] handed over the shepherd to UNIFIL.
He was examined by the UNIFIL physician and found to have some bruises
on his head and body as well as sprain in his right ankle. UNIFIL has
since handed him over to the Lebanese Army.”
Hezbollah angered over shepherd abduction
BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 28 (UPI) -- Hezbollah considers the Israeli
detention of a shepherd near the Shebaa Farms region a blatant violation
of Lebanese sovereignty, the resistance movement said. Israeli forces
during the weekend apprehended 37-year-old shepherd Imad Hassan Atwi.
Lebanese media reports suggest Israeli forces crossed the Lebanese
border and took the shepherd to the occupied Shebaa Farms region.
LEBANON: Alleged Israeli spy had access to 'most
significant segment' of cellphone network
An alleged Israeli spy arrested by Lebanese Army Intelligence last week
had access to the "most significant segment" of one of the only two
mobile networks in Lebanon, an industry expert told Babylon &
Beyond. The alleged spy, identified by officials as "Charbel Q,"
reportedly has confessed to working on behalf of the Israelis since 1996
and may have planted monitoring devices allowing the Israelis to tap
directly into the Alfa network, one of the two major cellphone companies
operating in Lebanon, according to local media reports (Arabic link).
"There is evidence that the accused, Charbel Q., had ties to Israel," a
spokesman for the army confirmed. "The investigation is ongoing, and
when it finishes, the matter will be decided according to Lebanese law."
Lebanon arrests three for alleged Facebook slander
of presidentIran Says CIA Waging Psychological Warfare against
BEIRUT — Lebanon arrested on Monday three people who allegedly used the
social networking website Facebook to slander President Michel Sleiman, a
judicial source said. "General prosecutor Said Mirza ordered the
arrest of Naim George Hanna, 27, Antoine Youssef Ramia, 29, and Shebel
Rajeh Qasab, 27, after authorities interrogated them on charges of
libel, slander and defamation against the president on Facebook," the
source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Inside Story - Iran: Dictating new conditions
Iran may be
ready to resume talks with the West, but under new conditions. Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, set out new criteria for Western
nations, highlighting what he called the Western hypocrisy. What has
triggered Iran to re-assert itself? Is Tehran in a position to dictate
new conditions? Or are the latest sanctions already biting?
Iran on Monday accused the US Central Intelligence Agency of waging
"psychological warfare" against it, saying the CIA knows the Islamic
republic's nuclear program has no military aims. Foreign Ministry
spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast dismissed CIA director Leon Panetta's
remarks that Iran could have nuclear weapons prepared and ready to
deliver by as early as 2012, saying that US intelligence knew Iran's
nuclear program was peaceful.
'Iran will retaliate if ships inspected'
"We reserve the right of retaliation for ourselves... we are able to
defend our rights," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a Monday press
conference, when asked about the possible inspection of Iranian ships
under new UN sanctions against the country.
Massive Iranian military reinforcement near the Gulf
Informed Iranian sources were quoted as saying on Monday that Tehran
reinforced the presence of the army and the Revolutionary Guards near
the coast of the Persian Gulf, following the U.N. decision to impose
tougher sanctions, including the threat of international inspections of
Israel’s Iranian Opposition?
Two days ago, I found it curious to learn of a large rally held in Paris
by the People's Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI, also known as MEK or MKO) by
reading the headlines on Ynet and on Ha’aretz. I usually follow Iranian opposition
events via various other Iranian websites, where the rally was not
mentioned. And while the Israeli press can be counted upon to have
nearly daily entries in its hysterical campaign towards a military
confrontation with Iran, it still seemed curious to find this rally by a
relatively discredited Iranian opposition group featured so prominently
on these Israeli websites. But then reading closely the matter was
clarified somewhat (from Ha’aretz): The rally by the PMOI, which
Washington considers to be a terrorist organisation, was attended by
former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and Jose Maria
Aznar, the former prime minister of Spain.
Iran recently scored a nuclear victory against
The fact that the United States was forced to assert
that Israel should consider joining the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
(NPT) is tantamount to a victory for the regime in Tehran. Ever since
the Iranian nuclear crisis emerged about seven years ago, the Iranian
leadership has accused the international community of closing its eyes
to Israel’s nuclear arsenal and focusing instead on what Iran’s leaders
defend as their country’s peaceful nuclear program.
Erdogan's 75-minute talk at G-20
intriguing description of the 75-minute meeting that Obama held with
Turkish PM Rejep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, the eve of yesterday's
G-20 meeting in Canada. It's an election year in the U.S. (as indeed it
is every other year... ) and Obama is under a lot of pressure from the
powerful pro-Israel lobby AIPAC to distance himself from longtime NATO
ally and Afghanistan war contributing nation Turkey. See e.g. this
propaganda sent around recently by AIPAC media director Josh Block.
US arrests 'Russian spies'
Two others were arrested for allegedly participating in the same Russian
intelligence programme within the United States. Ten people have been
arrested for allegedly serving as agents of the Russian government in
the United States, the US
justice department has said. Eight of the 10 were arrested on Sunday
for allegedly carrying out "long-term, deep cover assignments" in the US
on behalf of Russia.
Former UK intelligence officer talks about "Russian spy" arrests in US
have detained 10 alleged Russian spies accused of infiltrating
government policy-making circles to gather intelligence for
Moscow. The suspects, who appeared in a court in New York on Monday,
face charges of conspiring to act as an agent for a foreign government.
However, the accused have not been charged with espionage. In an
interview, Glenmore Trenear-Harvey, a former British Intelligence
Officer and editor-in-chief of the World Intelligence Review, spoke to
Al Jazeera about the significance of the arrests and charges. [June 29,
dog raid on madrassa sparks violent Afghan clash
KABUL, June 29 (Reuters) - Afghan police clashed on Tuesday with dozens
of stone-throwing protesters who had gathered at a religious school on
the outskirts of the capital to complain about arrests by foreign
forces. Reuters witnesses said police could be seen firing rounds in the
air or ground to disperse the protesters and saw what appeared to be
three lifeless bodies being carried away by a police vehicle.
The Devil Is In The Details: Department of Howeland
Security Monitoring Web
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said that in the future there will be
"increased" Internet monitoring of U.S. citizens due to the dangers of
homegrown terrorism. Napolitano remarked on how "wrong" it is to believe
that if "security" is embraced, that liberty will be sacrificed.
Five Arab leaders meet to discuss closer relations
Leaders of five Arab League countries opened a meeting on Monday in the
Libyan capital of Tripoli with the aim of discussing steps to develop
the joint action of the pan-Arab body, including a proposal to establish
a union of Arab states.
Jordan's new election law is a letdown
Abdullah II recently promulgated a new electoral law in preparation for
fall elections to replace the Parliament dissolved in November 2009. To
the dismay of local reformers and civil society groups, the revised law
maintains the controversial one-man one-vote system in which a citizen
may vote for only one candidate.
Maher Arar: The Supreme Court Can Ignore Me But My
Torture Claims Won't Go Away
Last week the Supreme Court of the United States of America refused to
hear my case. This eliminates any remaining hope for me of obtaining
justice through the U.S. judicial system against US officials who sent
me to Syria to be tortured. Let me emphasize the fact that my case is
not an isolated one. My case is unique in the sense that I was the only
person who was rendered from US soil. But hundreds of other human beings
have been rendered by the CIA and handed over to brutal regimes. No one
knows how many of these people have died under torture or completely
disappeared. Those of us who were lucky "survived" and were released,
but now live with psychological and physical scars.
UAE condones sexual violence | Nadya Khalife
the Emirates towards women may have improved, but the punishment of
those who report rape is a scandal. In the United Arab Emirates, a
country that prides itself on modernity and its willingness to advance women's
rights, the criminal court in Abu Dhabi has sentenced
18-year-old Emirati woman to a year in prison for illicit sex after
she reported that six men had gang-raped her.
Daoud Kuttab: Unable to Pay World Cup TV Fees,
Jordanians Use Ingenuity With Help From a Local Radio Station
Ingenuity and media entrepreneurship, helped out by technological
changes, provided a rare opportunity for many Jordanians to follow their
favorite teams vying for the World Cup.
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