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Land Theft and Destruction|
IOF troops bulldoze Palestinian lands
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Tuesday advanced into the northern
Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun amidst indiscriminate firing and
bulldozed agricultural lands, eyewitnesses reported.
Forced out and knocked down: house demolitions to hit the West Bank
wave of house demolition orders has been distributed across the West
Bank. The houses threatened are being issued the orders on the pretext
that they are in Area C, in which Palestinians are not allowed to
build. Inhabited and under-construction homes, storage structures and
other infrastructure face destruction in the districts of Salfit,
Hebron and Qalqilya.
Violence and Aggression
Palestinians: Border Guard officers beat Hawara youth
of Nablus adjacent village say 16-year-old teen was beaten by Border
Guard officers for no reason, cite repeated abuse by forces stationed
in the area. Border Guard Command investigating.
Israeli settlers ransack a Palestinian home in northern West Bank
A group of armed Israeli settlers ransacked on Wednesday a Palestinian
home located in Bil'a village near the northern West Bank city of
Israeli navy shoots at Gazan fishermen, no injuries
Gaza, July 15, 2009 (Ramattan) - Israeli warships shot at Palestinian
fishermen in the northern coast of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday,
Palestinian security sources said.
Three arrested during Jayyus night raid
forces entered Jayyus in the early hours of Wednesday morning, where
they broke into homes and arrested three university students.
According to witnesses at least 10 military jeeps and 65 soldiers
entered the village of Jayyus at 3am. Groups of soldiers surrounded a
number of areas and broke into family homes without warning. After
forcing families from their homes and into the street, soldiers held a
number of young men from the village at gunpoint, checking IDs and took
several for questioning.
Israeli army kidnaps five Palestinians during pre-dawn invasions of the West Bank
The Israeli army made known that it took five Palestinians from
different parts of the West Bank on Wednesday, during overnight
Campaign to release Palestinian activist arrested in Bil’in
Adeeb Abu Rahme, a leading Palestinian non-violent peace activist was
arrested in the weekly Bil’in demonstration against the Apartheid Wall
(see the video, Adeeb is the protester in the orange shirt with the
mega-phone). The Israeli military is charging Adeeb with “incitement to
violence,” a charge that could bring a serious jail term. This charge
is the culmination of a new attempt to “break” the non-violent
resistance in Palestine by targeting the leaders of the non-violent
Fourth administrative detention order for Entima
[Ramallah, 15 July 2009] – On 7 July 2009, Entima al-Lahham (UA 4/09)
was issued with his fourth administrative detention order by the
Israeli military commander in the West Bank. The order was reviewed by
an Israeli military court on 13 July 2007, and reduced from four to two
months. Entima’s latest administrative detention order is now set to
expire on 7 September 2009. Entima has been held without charge or
trial since 13 July 2008.
Israel accused of mistreating women prisoners (AFP)
AFP - A human rights group slammed Israeli treatment of Palestinian
female prisoners in a UN-sponsored report released, saying pregnant
women are often shackled on their way to hospitals to give birth.
Prison rule sees women barred from bringing small children to lawyers meetings
Gaza - Ma’an - A prison administration decision made under former Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon is being appealed by Palestinian prisoners’
rights groups as a violation of basic freedoms. The decision prohibits
mothers whose young children are imprisoned with them, from taking
their children with them during lawyers’ visits. Last week, Fatima
Az-Zak was informed she would have to leave her five-month-old son in
her prison cell during her visit with a lawyer from the group
“Jerusalem Soul.” When the lawyer learned of the reason Fatima was
unable to make the visit, he protested with the prison administration
at the Shalom facility.
Prisoners' club: Hadarim slashes bread ration to Palestinian prisoners
The Israeli prison authority in Hadarim has reduced by two thirds the
ration of bread provided for the Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinian
prisoners' club said on Tuesday.
IDF soldier: We used Gazans as human shields
Israel Defense Forces used Palestinians as human shields during
Operation Cast Lead last January despite a 2005 High Court ruling
outlawing the practice, a Golani brigade soldier says. He says he did
not see Palestinians being used as human shields but was told by his
commanders that this occurred.
Israeli soldiers reveal the brutal truth of Gaza attack
troops were repeatedly encouraged by officers to prioritise their own
safety over that of Palestinian civilians when they embarked on the
ground invasion of Gaza in January, according to the first direct
testimonies of soldiers who served in the operation.
Breaking the Silence: The full report
Video: Israeli soldiers told to 'open fire and don't ask questions'
Israeli DF: Criticism against IDF inappropriate
July 15 (Xinhua) -- Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday
that criticism on the operations of Israel Defense Force (IDF) was
inappropriate, on response to a new released report accusing IDF of
behaving without constraint in Gaza offensive. "Criticism directed at
the IDF by one group or another is inappropriate, and misdirected," the
Israeli daily Jerusalem Post quoted Barak as saying.
Israeli Injustice System
Charges dropped against settler filmed shooting Palestinians
State Prosecution said Tuesday that it was dropping charges against a
resident of Kiryat Arba who was caught on film shooting at two
Palestinians in the West Bank last December. The prosecution said it
made the decision not to try Ze'ev Braude because such a move could
expose classified information that might harm the security of the
Bedouin burglar's family: What if Jew had been shot?
Family of Khaled al-Atrash who was killed by Shai Dromi when he tried
to break into his property, outraged by acquittal verdict. 'If Bedouin
had killed Jew, he would sit in jail for many years for murder, not
manslaughter,' said burglar's brother.
Soldiers weld shut doors of Jerusalem NGO
– Ma’an – Israeli authorities shut down offices of the Nidal Center for
Community Development in the old city of Jerusalem after raiding the
offices and ordering employees to evacuate the building on Wednesday.
Fatah Corruption and Collaboration
Abbas's security forces detain 4 Hamas supporters
Security forces loyal to Fatah leader and ex PA chief Mahmoud Abbas on
Tuesday rounded up four Palestinians in the West Bank city of Tulkarem
for supporting Hamas Movement.
Palestinians ban Al-Jazeera for airing Arafat conspiracy allegations
Palestinian Authority banned Al-Jazeera television from operating in
its territory on Wednesday and said it would take legal action over its
broadcast of allegations against President Mahmoud Abbas.
Faruq Qaddumi and the Fath Conference
Of course, what you read in foreign language newspapers on the Middle
East is often in contrast with what one reads in Arabic newspapers or
media. The upcoming Fath conference is the big news and yet it is
barely getting any coverage in the Western press. This would be the
first Fath conference since I think 1989. It would be fair to say that
this has been the most corrupt conference of any movement ever--and
before it has even started.
Abbas allies hit out at party rival's "lies"
West Bank, July 14 (Reuters) - Supporters of Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas have dismissed allegations that he once plotted against
his late predecessor Yasser Arafat, calling the accusations a smear
campaign to wreck party unity. "This report is full of lies," the
Central Committee of the Fatah party said in a statement on its website
on Tuesday, referring to allegations made by Farouq al-Qadoumi, the
Committee's own general secretary.
Masri: Dahlan’s remarks verified what was revealed by Qaddoumi
Mushir Al-Masri stated that the remarks made by Mohamed Dahlan days ago
about the ability of Fatah faction to control Gaza during two hours
confirmed Farouk Al-Qaddoumi’s statement.
Hamas slams Fayyad’s remarks about protection of Israel’s security
Hamas said that Fayyad’s remarks about the need for deploying PA
security forces in the West Bank cities to protect Israel were
recognition that his arrests are aimed to liquidate the resistance.
Media sources: Egypt stop Viva Palestina aid convey from entering Gaza
Egyptian Authorities stopped trucks of the Viva Palestina aid convoy
from entering the Gaza Strip and allowed the crew 24 hours access.
In Apparent Message to Iran, Israel-Egypt Coordinate Warships in Suez
For the second time in as many weeks, two Israel Navy gunboats openly
sailed through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea Tuesday. The move, which
was apparently coordinated with Egypt, appeared to be a new signal to
Iran that Israel's reach could quickly extend to its archenemy's
Israel furious over Hamas leader's trip to Switzerland
Foreign Ministry is furious over news that Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior
Hamas official based in the Gaza Strip, recently headed a Hamas
delegation to Switzerland for talks with Swiss diplomats.
Police: Case against Lieberman solid
Investigators present AG Mazuz with findings, according to which there
is sufficient evidence to indict FM for money laundering, fraud, breach
President Obama addresses Jewish concerns
"He said, 'The United States and Israel were very, very close for eight
years, and it produced very little,' " said Abraham Foxman, national
director of the Anti-Defamation League, described as one of the more
aggressive questioners during the 45-minute session. The White House
did not release a transcript of the meeting, and participants were
forbidden to share direct quotes from the president. But at least four
participants confirmed Obama's comments, as did a White House official
present at the meeting.
Blair says West Bank "bottom-up" effort gets result (Reuters)
- Improving conditions for Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West
Bank prove that a Palestinian state can be "built from the bottom up
while it's being negotiated from the top down," Tony Blair said Monday.
Israel scuttled deal for captive soldier: Mubarak (AFP)
AFP - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak accused Israel of scuttling a
deal that was on the verge of ending the three-year captivity in Gaza
of soldier Gilad Shalit, in an interview to be published in Israel's
top-selling daily on Friday.
Undercover cops used in fence protests
a video posted on the Web site of the International Solidarity Movement
(ISM), three Palestinians wearing shirts over their heads to cover
their faces are seen using a metal cutter to dismantle part of the
chain-linked security barrier. Suddenly, two other demonstrators
approach, pull out guns and knock two of the Palestinian demonstrators
to the ground. The crowd realizes that the so-called demonstrators are
actually undercover policemen and begins hurling rocks at them. The
policemen are then seen firing several shots into the air before
herding away the two captured demonstrators. Sources in the Central
Command confirmed on Tuesday that undercover YAMAS border policemen
were used to help suppress the demonstrators at Nil'in as part of the
IDF's increasing efforts to prevent clashes between Palestinian
demonstrators and security forces. On Friday, the IDF also used its
"skunk bomb" - a foul-smelling liquid that is sprayed on protesters,
causing them to flee due to the intense odor.
IMF: Palestinian economy showing signs of growth
Monetary Fund says PA could post its strongest performance in years in
2009, but only if Israel broadens recent efforts to ease restrictions
on Palestinian trade and movement.
Gaza: At least a week until secondary exam results
Gaza – Ma’an – The Ministry of Education in Gaza will need a week to 10
days to finish scoring the Tawjihi Palestinian secondary school exams,
Minister Mohammad Askoul announced on Monday.
Arafat’s last interview forms basis for film
- It took Palestinian-Australian filmmaker Sherine Salama more than a
year to get an interview with former Palestinian president Yasser
Arafat, and it turned out to be his last before his death in 2004.
Driven by her desire to understand Arafat's "legacy", Salama made a
documentary based on that interview titled, "The Last Days of Yasser
Arafat", which was screened at the Film House in Amman on Monday
IDF soldier charged with rape
says soldier tied woman soldier to bed in his room, then forced himself
on her; defendant says he was engaged in consensual sexual relationship
British watchdog bans Israeli tourism advert (AFP)
AFP - A British advertising watchdog banned an Israeli tourism poster
that implied the West Bank and Gaza Strip territories were undisputed
parts of the country.
Israeli Hasbara Efforts
Cyber-tactics gain growing importance in Israel's warfare
from Jerusalem suggest the country's Foreign Ministry has unveiled
plans for an "Internet warfare" team. The program recruits members from
the public to write on websites in defense of Israel. The successful
candidates need to be students of law or politics who speak foreign
languages. Others will have a military background. Much of what they
will do is to write talkbacks on news sites -- the area usually beneath
a news story that allows for public comments.
That commenter on your blog may actually be working for the Israeli government
Straight out of Avigdor Lieberman’s Foreign Ministry: a new Internet Fighting Team!
Israeli students and demobilized soldiers get paid to pretend they are
just regular folks and leave pro-Israel comments on Twitter, Facebook,
YouTube and other sites. The effort is meant to fight the “well-oiled
machine” of “pro-Palestinian websites, with huge budgets… with content
from the Hamas news agency.” The approach was test-marketed during
Israel’s assault on Gaza, and by groups like Give Israel Your United Support,
a controversial effort to use instant-access technology to crowd-source
Israel advocates to fill in flash polls or vote up key articles on
social networking sites.
Activism/Solidarity/Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment
UK cuts Israel weapons contracts--and we should too
news from the United Kingdom: pressure from human rights groups to cut
off weapons shipments to Israel given the role of foreign-provided arms
in the human rights catastrophe of the December-January assault on the
Gaza Strip is starting to pay off. The BBC reports
that the "UK has revoked five export licences for equipment to the
Israeli navy because of actions during Israel's Operation Cast Lead in
Gaza this year."
activists picket Israeli consulate as part of international day of
action against house evictions and demolitions in Palestine
Monday, the 13th of July, around 35 Chicago activists picketed the
Israeli consulate in response to a call to action from Palestinian
residents of occupied East Jerusalem currently facing house eviction or
demolition at the hands of Israeli authorities. When one demonstrator
attempted to deliver an eviction notice to the staff at the consulate,
similar to ones Palestinian families receive when Israel informs them
that they are to be evicted or their homes demolished, he was prevented
from even entering the building.
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Popular Palestinian singer performs for Gazans via video
- Ma'an - After being prevented by Israeli authorities from entering
the Gaza Strip to distribute her new album, Nowar Nisan (April
Blossoms), renowned Palestinian singer Reem Al-Banna performed on
Thursday via a video link. The popular musician held the concert from
her home in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth, dedicating the
performance to the children of Jabaliya, and addressing the destruction
wrought by Israel's three-week offensive in Gaza last winter.
Hamas' Choice, By ALI ABUNIMAH
a major policy speech on June 25, 2009, Khaled Meshal, the head of
Hamas' political bureau, tried to do what may be impossible: present
the Islamist Palestinian resistance organization as a willing partner
in a US-led peace process, while holding on to his movement's political
principles and base.
Why US diplomats are visiting Israeli settlers
The Obama administration has made firm demands for Israel to halt all
settlement expansion. But political officers are making trips to talk
with settlers directly.
The Discourse It Is a-Changin': ABC News reports on Israeli plan to 'ethnically cleanse' road signs
you need any indication that the discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict is changing in the US just check out this report from ABC News
- Israel at War ... Over Road Signs?: Israeli Transport Ministry Accused of Plan to Ethnically Cleanse Road Signs. The story outlines plans the new Israeli Minister of Transportation has
to change the "the names of more than 2,500 road signs, doing away with
names and replacing them with simple translations of Hebrew names."
Some examples given would be dropping the Arabic al-Nasra for Nazareth and using the Hebrew Natsrat, and more controversially dropping the Arabic name for Jerusalem Al Quds and only using the Hebrew Yerushalayim.
Although a Ministry spokesperson says the changes are being made solely
for the benefit of drivers, a communications adviser to the Minister is
a bit more upfront, saying opposition to the changes are an "attempt by
anti-Israeli and anti-Zionist elements to annul Israel's
identity as a Jewish and democratic state. Anyone willing to refer to
Jerusalem as al-Quds is collaborating with the Palestinian propaganda."
Once Bush's poodle, now Blair is Bibi's
Rob Browne writes: The Bibi and Blair show, which was featured [credulously] by PBS's NOW show last week, resumed today in Haaretz, discussing ways to improve
one side of the Palestinian economy. Netanyahu has the nerve to tell
Blair that the West Bank Palestinians could have more economic
advantages if they were more cooperative with Israel. How much more
subservience does he want from these people before he condescendingly
gives them his Shock Doctrine neo-conservative economic "benefits"?
Here LIES Jonathan Hoffman of the Zionist Federation
late with this so apologies. Many readers will be aware of Ben White's
new book on the segregationist entity that is the State of Israel. Well
I haven't read it but it must be very good because the zios are pulling
out all the stops to rubbish it. The American Jewish Committee hosted
Jonathan Hoffman on their Z-word blog to denounce Ben as a liar and
they have so far refused Ben White space to point out the various
falsehoods in the "review".
Sotomayor for the bench, Jim Crow for the West Bank (Where does the rubber meet the road on Jewish advocacy for minorities?)
this week you will hear Jewish voices lifted on behalf of Sonia
Sotamayor as the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. No doubt all the
dozen or so Jewish senators will vote for her confirmation. Like other
minority strivers before her, Sotomayor's story resonates for American
Jews because it recalls our own struggle to come inside the American
establishment. Republican Arlen Specter praised diversity yesterday and
said that it was wrong that it took till 1967 for a president to name a black justice to the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall.
The Lede: Debate Over Israeli ‘Good Fences’ Ad
bloggers are debating a new television commercial for Israel's largest
cell phone company which seems to make the "good fences make good
neighbors" argument in favor of the controversial separation barrier
being built in and around the West Bank.
Akiva Eldar / How to apply PR spin to the settlement issue
America's best Jewish minds are wracking their brains, trying to find a
magic formula that will put the settlements close to the hearts of
Israel's supporters, not to mention its critics. A new guide to the
perplexed, disseminated by the leadership of the Israel Project, the
organization spearheading Israel's public relations efforts in the
United States, offers a glimpse into its very own internal confusion.
West Bank fence not done and never will be, it seems, By Amos Harel
Seven years after construction work began on the West Bank separation
fence, the project seems to have run aground. Work has slowed
significantly since September 2007, and today, after the state has
spent about NIS 9.5 billion, only about 60 percent of the more limited,
revised route has been completed.
Freezing Settlement Construction a Defining Test of Israel's Intentions
A year or so after the signing of the Oslo accords, I was one of a
group of Palestinian journalists who were invited by Shimon Peres to
his office at the Israel Foreign Ministry in West Jerusalem. When
questions focused on continued settlement activities, the then foreign
minister tried to deny them. When a journalist from the Jerusalem Media
and Communications Center presented documented facts about land
confiscations, he reluctantly admitted the fact, but said that
Palestinians should not worry about these issues since they will soon
have sovereignty over their own state and therefore these issues will
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Speech at Bar Ilan University
Introduction: The speech delivered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu on Sunday, June 14 at Bar Ilan University's Begin–Sadat
Center in Tel Aviv, came in the context of his attempt to respond and
deal with a new political situation created by the new US
administration and the EU. This new policy is aimed at aborting
previous double-standard approaches for dealing with certain aspects of
the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. On the one hand, the US
Administration has always demanded that Palestinians fully commit to
the Road Map and its conditions, while it did not request the same
level of commitment from Israel.
Israeli Author's Zionist Novel Creates Controversy
HERZLIYA, Israel -- The idea for Israeli author Alon Hilu's latest
novel, "The House of Dajani," came to him one day in a Tel Aviv cafe
when he began mentally stripping the city to its roots. Where he ended
was with an Arab boy in the 1890s, at his family farm near what would
become the Jewish metropolis, hallucinating about a future in which an
army invades and builds skyscrapers over the land.
Israel’s Dr. Strangelove, by Ira Glunts
Uzi "Strangeglovitch" Arad mocked proponents of a Palestinian state and
taunted advocates of an Israeli/Palestinian peace process this week in
a revealing interview published on Friday, July 10 in the Israeli daily
Ha’aretz. Arad also made provocative remarks about blockading Iran and
retaining much of the Golan Heights.
"Who will hold us accountable?"
"I will never forget the image of the elderly woman whose son was dying
in a hospital in Egypt. She only wanted to be with him. Crying, her
hand touching the glass window of the office of the Egyptian
intelligence services, she pleaded, 'Please, please. I beg you, show
mercy, let me go in.'" Natalie Abou Shakra traveled to Gaza a week
before Israel's massive attack last winter. She comments on what it is
like to be imprisoned in Gaza, with its people, banned from leaving as
Egypt works hand in hand with Israel to enforce the blockade.
Praying Next to the Dead in Gaza
I headed to the neighborhood mosque for Friday prayer here in Beit
Lahia last week. For being in a small farmers’ town, the mosque was
unusually packed. I sat down just as the sermon began. I couldn’t help
but to take a moment to look around at the mosque congregation
surrounding me. It was at that moment that I realized that I was
sitting next to a funeral casket with a dead person actually in it. I
jumped in shock the moment I realized that it wasn’t just a decoration
in the prayer hall.
The difference a "comedian, actress, activist and dancing gimp" can make - By Deema Dabis
think that the biggest difference I make is that I actually show people
that a disabled person can be members of society. "They look at me and
they go woah, she walks funny but she seems to have all this power and
she has no fear and her eyes are always looking straight ahead, she
doesn't look down," said founder of Maysoon's Kids, Maysoon Zaayid. "I
want people to think that hey, if I can do that, there is hope for my
Israeli spy rings threaten fragile peace between Lebanon, Israel
The UN Security Council has warned that the existence of a large
Israeli-run espionage network in Lebanon could threaten a fragile peace
established between the two countries following the end of the 2006
Israel-Lebanon war. Lebanon's citizens and its security establishment
have been rocked by the arrest of over 30 Lebanese military.
Lebanon demands removal of Israeli observation post (AFP)
- The Lebanese army on Tuesday demanded the removal of an Israeli
observation post set up near a disputed border area, an army spokesman
Suicide bomber kills 6 in Iraq's Anbar province (AP)
AP - A suicide bomber on Wednesday killed six people, including an
Iraqi policeman, in an attack on security forces in a former insurgent
stronghold in Iraq's western Anbar province, police said.
Tuesday: 10 Iraqis Killed, 3 Wounded
least 10 Iraqis were killed and three more were wounded. One of the
victims may have been dead since the Iran-Iraq War. Meanwhile, several
legal cases are winding their way through Spanish, British, and even
U.S. military courts. Also, vehicle bans continued in Christian areas
of Ninewa province.
IRAQ: Christian community faces new wave of violence
Source: IRIN A new wave of violence targeting Iraq's Christian
community has raised questions about the safety of religious minorities
amid concerns about Iraqi forces' ability to maintain security after
the 30 June withdrawal of US combat forces from cities to outlying
Iraqi government seeks tribes’ help to quell violence
Iraqi government wants Arab tribes to play a bigger role in fighting
the latest upsurge in violence, a senior official said. Ahmad
al-Basri, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s advisor for tribal affairs,
said Arab tribes have reaffirmed their allegiance to the government
following the withdrawal of U.S. occupation forces from Iraqi cities.
Iraq unions fight foreign oil players
are lobbying against Iraq's new oil contract with BP and China's CNPC,
but the weakened labour movement may have a hard time thwarting deals
desperately needed to revive a struggling oil sector. The Federation of
Oil Unions of Iraq and the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in
Iraq have condemned the Oil Ministry's decision to award a foreign
consortium the contract to develop Rumaila, the country's largest
Baghdad's antique shops tell city's sad story (AP)
AP - Antique dealer Riyadh al-Khafaf has so few customers he hasn't
bothered to dust his collection of fine metalware from the early 20th
century. Other dealers say they can go for days without seeing even a
'Birthright' trip provider: Iraq war was 'great for Israel'
lectures on the unsurpassed beauty of Jewish women, among other
topics,” continued Stein, “are especially risky given the trip’s
reputation as a secular option for non-religious Jews.”... "The
right-wing perspectives presented were rather unsettling, and the
indoctrination was unappealing,” said a 23-year-old 2005 Oranim trip
participant, who requested to remain anonymous due to his work at an
American Jewish organization. “[Momo] spoke to our group, saying, ‘Some
people say the Iraq war was good for Israel. Wrong. The Iraq war was
great for Israel,’ representing a rather astonishingly narrow
The Remaking of IraqU.S. and other world news
Shadid has, without a doubt, been the finest American mainstream
journalist to cover Iraq in the period after the 2003 invasion. He’s
now back in Baghdad for the Washington Post
, telling the saddest story of all (”In the City of Cement
“). Here’s part of what he wrote just after American troops largely withdrew
to the outskirts of town: “Augustus
boasted that he found Rome a city of bricks and made it a city of
marble. Baghdad was another city of bricks, and a coterie of American
generals turned it into a city of cement. Their concrete is everywhere
– from the sprawling Green Zone to the barriers and blast walls that
line almost every street – reorienting the physical, spiritual, and
social geography that for more than a millennium was dictated by the
lazy bends in
the Tigris River.
Iraqis yearn for a future without the threat of violence.
Chomsky on the elections in Lebanon and Iran
In Israel, US envoy maps peace with Syria (The Christian Science Monitor)
Christian Science Monitor - The arrival in Jerusalem of a US diplomat
with a longstanding interest in bringing about Israeli-Syrian peace is
fueling speculation that the Obama administration is trying to relaunch
negotiations between Jerusalem and Damascus.
U.S. Lobbyists With Clinton Ties Hired to Defend Honduran Coup Regime
of the coup in Honduras have begun hiring advisers and lobbyists with
close ties to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an attempt to
strengthen support in Washington for the coup. A Honduran business
group has hired lobbyist Lanny Davis, who served as White House Counsel
for President Bill Clinton. The coup government has also hired Bennet
Ratcliff, a public relations specialist with ties to former President
Behind the mind games in the Gulf
fighter aircraft equipped with bunker-busting munitions to submarines
armed with cruise missiles, Israel certainly has the hardware to make a
serious attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. Whatever the mind games
and the rhetoric, the claims and denials, it remains highly unlikely,
though, that an attack could avoid some form of direct United States
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