Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, urged the Palestinian Authority (PA) not to accept the findings of a UN report into Israel's war on Gaza because of fears it might scupper attempts to restart peace talks, Palestinian sources have told Al Jazeera. PT: Hamas officials have condemned as betrayal the Palestinian Authority’s decision to support a delay in voting on the UN-sanctioned report on Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip.
Dear Sir: When a real and final catastrophe should befall us in Palestine the first responsible for it would be the British and the second responsible for it the Terrorist organizations build up from our own ranks. I’m not willing to see anybody associated with those misled and criminal people. Sincerely yours, Albert Einstein.
Militant Resistance fighters streaming from a village and a mosque attacked a pair of remote outposts near the Pakistan border, killing eight American soldiers hired killers and as many as seven Afghan forces in one of the fiercest gunbattles of the troubled eight-year war. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack for "coalition forces" since a similar raid in July 2008 killed nine American soldiers hired killers in the same mountainous region known as a haven for al-Qaida militants Afghan Resistance fighters. The U.S. has already said it plans to leave the remote area to focus on Afghan population centers.
So, Congress and the President think that maybe if they can coax and finagle to get their sugar daddy medical industrial complex to waive the “pre-existing condition” obstruction for citizens we will all shut up about humane and affordable health care being a civil right for all rather than a privilege for the few who can afford it or who have taxpayer-sustained Cadillac insurance plans, like, say, Congress and the President?
Mr Berlusconi, 73, owns three of Italy's main television channels through his Mediaset empire and as prime minister also wields control over the three main stations of state broadcaster, RAI. He also owns a media publishing company and his family also controls Il Giornale newspaper - all of which have prompted criticism of him, with accusations of a conflict of interest. To cap it all, he is under fire for launching a series of law suits against newspapers that have reported details of his alleged relationships with a series of glamorous and much younger women. BBC: Italians rally for press freedom.
Japan's former finance minister Shoichi Nakagawa, who was forced to resign over his apparently drunken behaviour at a meeting of world powers, has been found dead at his home, police and news reports say.
"It’s long been known that Ahmadinejad’s family changed their name when they moved to Tehran in the 1950s, but it was not revealed what that name was. According to his identity card, his original family name was Sabourjian, which is a well known Jewish name in Iran." Haaretz: Report: Ahmadinejad has Jewish roots.
'There are almost no survivors' in the villages about 35 miles from Padang, where the earthquake hit hardest, an official says. As a result, the death toll of 715 is likely to grow by at least 640. Reporting from Padang, Indonesia, and New Delhi, India -- Indonesian authorities said today at least three villages at some distance from the city of Padang, the port city hardest hit by Wednesday's massive earthquake, were wiped out by landslides, suggesting the disaster will claim significantly more lives than the 715 to date.
Mmankosana Letsoela has been queuing since 5am to collect water. You would think that arriving so early at the bore-hole water pump; she would be the first in line. But she is not. There were many women ahead of her. Around the nearby village bore-hole pump, a group of young women sit patiently alongside the snaking queue of their 30 empty 20-litre plastic drums. The drums hold the place for the women, while they sit by the side, waiting their turn. At the pump a woman is busy pumping the flowing water into one of her many drums.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says corporate media has turned into a weapon of subterfuge, with the sole aim of advancing the West's political agenda. In a Saturday address to the Islamic Radio and TV Union Assembly, Ahmadinejad cited random examples of political bias in US and European media outlets. Ahmadinejad said criticism of Israel and its actions has become 'off limits' in American and European media. As a first example of biased reporting in the West, Ahmadinejad pointed to the scant media coverage of Israel's three-week attack on Gaza, which killed over 1500 Palestinians mostly women and children, earlier in the year. “Israelis easily used thousands of bombs against the defenseless population of Gaza Strip, who were stripped of medicine and their most essential needs. Now, eight months have passed and we see that the event has been already sunk into oblivion.”
Early in the morning of Friday, April 9, 1948, commandos of the Irgun, headed by Menachem Begin, and the Stern Gang attacked Deir Yassin, a village with about 750 Palestinian residents. It was several weeks before the end of the British Mandate. The village lay outside of the area that the United Nations recommended be included in a future Jewish State. Deir Yassin had a peaceful reputation and was even said by a Jewish newspaper to have driven out some Arab militants. But it was located on high ground in the corridor between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and one plan, kept secret until years afterwards, called for it to be destroyed and the residents evacuated to make way for a small airfield that would supply the beleaguered Jewish residents of Jerusalem. AlterNet: Devastating Report Documents Israeli Crimes Against Civilians in Gaza: Where's the Outrage?
"To create and deepen ethnic divisions in Afghanistan may well be the real American strategy. If the Afghans can be made to fight among themselves, it is hoped this will reduce attacks against foreign occupation troops. Regardless of how long the Americans and their NATO allies stay, ultimately they will have to leave. The civil war will then begin in earnest."
Thousands of people may have died in remote village areas when a powerful earthquake struck Sumatra last week, emergency workers and officials fear. Some villages were completely destroyed in landslides, with access roads torn apart by the quake preventing medical teams reaching the injured. Aid is now arriving in Indonesia, but hopes are fading of finding survivors in the worst-hit city of Padang. More than 1,000 people have died in the city. About 3,000 others are missing.
The Arabs ignored Afghanistan,The Arabs ignored Iraq and the Arabs are still ignoring Palestine. So tell me,what will it take for you all to stop ignoring your brethren, and what will it take for you to help?
The Irish PM, Brian Cowen, has praised the "clear and resounding" vote backing the EU's Lisbon Treaty in the Republic of Ireland's crucial second referendum. Early returns are showing clear majorities for the "Yes" campaign - just 18 months after voters rejected the treaty first time round. The EU Commission called the result a "vote of confidence" in the EU. Nearly all the EU states have ratified Lisbon. The treaty is aimed at streamlining decision-making in the 27-nation EU.
As the eighth anniversary of the US-led bombing of Afghanistan draws closer, the Obama administration continues to debate the best way to fight this ongoing war. Senate Democrats voted Thursday to delay a congressional briefing by General Stanley McChrystal, the top US commander in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, a NATO air strike on a compound in southern Afghanistan has reportedly killed a family of six. As the civilian death toll in Afghanistan continues to rise, we turn now to an excerpt from a new documentary by filmmaker Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films. It’s called Rethink Afghanistan and premieres today in New York.
The F-16 military jets that intercepted an out of control plane Wednesday were prepared to take any necessary action, including shooting it down. Michael Kucharek, a spokesman for the U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command, says the chain of command is set into motion quickly during such incidents. Kucharek says the ultimate decision to bring down a plane would be up to the Secretary of Defense or the President. "On May 30, 2001 Tom White, a former Enron executive, was appointed by the Bush administration to be Secretary of the Army, and more importantly the "executive agent for the Department of Defense". The next day on June 1st, Tom White radically altered existing DOD protocols and issued a new DOD directive placing all decision-making powers, specifically in the case of 'Derelict Airborne Objects', under the control of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Having served his purpose, White was eventually fired by Rumsfeld, allegedly for disagreeing about a weapons system.5" http://liberty.hypermart.net/Newsletter/4/5_9-11_Commission_Omissions.htm
President Obama has reaffirmed a 4-decade-old secret understanding that has allowed Israel to keep a nuclear arsenal without opening it to international inspections, three officials familiar with the understanding said.
The Goldstone Report could derail the Obama administration's hopes of a two-state solution. Unless, that is, someone can sink it. An unlikely set of allies may come together to do so: Israel, given the findings against it of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity; the United States, to defend Israel as well as its own plans for the Middle East; Egypt; and the Palestinian Authority.
It would be quite hard to sink the Goldstone Report. One reason is the team's impeccable credentials.Goldstone, a South African Jew with close ties to Israel, served as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Another member, Hina Jilani, participated in the commission of inquiry on Darfur. Israel and its supporters always complain that no one looks at other countries' abuses. Well, this team has.
The Dutch military defends a decision to order an air strike in southern Afghanistan that resulted in the loss of dozens of civilian lives pinning the blame on Taliban. 14 people, including, six children and three women were killed in the strike on Wednesday. The Dutch defense ministry said on Thursday that the F-16 bomber had been called in to provide air support to NATO troops fighting Taliban insurgents in Helmand province.
Three American troops have died in two separate incidents in southern and eastern Afghanistan, says the US-led coalition force in the conflict-torn country. One soldier was killed in a grenade attack in eastern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a Friday statement, AFP reported. The agency also quoted an ISAF media officer as saying that two other American troops were killed in 'an incident' west of Kandahar on Friday.
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili says all nations should have the right to peaceful nuclear technology. He told a press conference in Geneva that Iran will not abandon its nuclear right, urging world powers to respect each country's right to peaceful nuclear energy. "We are committed to our commitment in the framework of the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty), and at the same time we will go ahead and stick to our nuclear rights in the framework of the NPT," Jalili said after his talks with six world powers on Iran's nuclear drive. Jalili also emphasized that the world needed to get rid of nuclear warheads, adding that the Islamic Republic believes no country should have such armaments. Political Theatrics: Obama agrees to keep Israel’s nukes secret
African-American motorists are three to four times more likely to be stopped by police on Maryland roads than other drivers, yet they are no more likely to be carrying drugs or contraband. That suggests a pattern of illegal racial profiling, and in 1998 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Maryland State Police to stop the practice. The case was settled by a federal consent decree in 2003 after Maryland agreed to change some procedures and investigate drivers' complaints of racial profiling.
George W. Bush Welcoming Committee-Saskatoon on Facebook: Over 1,800 people have joined and the group is planning a rally for October 21, 2009. To join or print a “Wanted for War Crimes: G.W. Bush, poster, go to http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=130160394722
Rio de Janeiro has beaten Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo to claim the 2016 Olympic Games for Brazil, but this beautiful city has a dark side. Residents of South America's largest country often claim that God is Brazilian and, if you believe the propaganda, the 2016 Rio Olympics will be nothing short of heavenly. The city's Olympic bid document is riddled with superlatives – "vibrant" neighbourhoods, "bucolic" suburbs, "breathtaking" scenery and "legendary" sports stadiums – and yesterday thousands upon thousands of elated locals clad in Brazil's green and yellow colours crowded on to Copacabana beach to celebrate what local authorities were calling a historic victory. BBC: Live - Rio de Janeiro wins 2016 Games.
An Israeli soldier held captive for the past three years by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas smiled briefly and looked healthy in a two-minute Hamas video handed over to Israel on Friday. Gilad Shalit, abducted in 2006, was shown holding up a copy of the Arabic-language newspaper "Palestine" dated September 14, in a classic "proof of life" gesture by Hamas in return for the release of 20 Palestinian women from prison in Israel. Wearing olive fatigues and seated in a plastic chair against a white background, the 23-year-old soldier read out a statement in Hebrew. His voice was subdued but he appeared calm and healthy. He was clean-shaven and his hair was trimmed. In the video, released to broadcasters, he said he was being "treated excellently" by his captors. "I have been hoping and waiting for a long time for the day I will be released, and hope that the current government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu will not now waste the opportunity to conclude the deal," he said. He peered over the blue-bannered top of the newspaper as the camera zoomed in for a close-up to show the masthead and date. PressTV: Israel frees other captives in Shalit video swap.
The dictatorship in Honduras, which overthrew the elected government of Manuel Zelaya in a military coup on June 28, has stepped up its reign of terror. A state of siege remains in place. The most recent targets of the repression have Radio Globo and Channel 36 — the two main media outlets opposing the coup and giving the mass resistance movement in the Central American nation a voice.
This report on Israeli human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) coincides with the 9th anniversary of the al-Aqsa Intifada, which erupted following the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s provocative visit to the al-Aqsa Mosque (the Holy Sanctuary) in occupied Jerusalem. In the intervening nine years, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have perpetrated grave breaches of international humanitarian law, including war crimes, against Palestinian civilians. They have continued to killed innocent civilians, destroy and confiscate civilian property and agricultural land from the purposes of settlement expansion and the construction of the Annexation Wall, arrest Palestinian civilians and establish military checkpoint, in violation of international human rights and humanitarian law. Additionally, IOF have continued to impose a tightened closure on the OPT, especially the Gaza Strip. Economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip have deteriorated. The international community has remained silent and the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 have failed to meet their obligations to ensure respect for the Convention in the OPT and provide protection for Palestinian civilians. The international silence has served to encourage the Israeli government and its occupation forces to perpetrate more war crimes with impunity against Palestinian civilians. According to PCHR's documentation, 6,426 Palestinians have been killed by IOF (4,497 in the Gaza Strip and 1,929 in the West Bank). This figure includes a total of 4,959 civilians (3,248 in the Gaza Strip and 1,711 in the West Bank). The civilian victims include 1,210 children (875 in the Gaza Strip and 335 in the West Bank). They also include 274 women (209 in the Gaza Strip and 65 in the West Bank).
APF web page admits it runs Blackwater-controlled U.S. Training Center, proving that the two organizations are one and the same. Since Blackwater runs the U.S. Training Center, and the American Police Force stated on its own website, before it was deleted this morning, that it also runs the U.S. Training Center, there is no other conclusion to draw but that APF and Blackwater are one and the same. Or in other words, APF is a front group for Blackwater.
Sumatrans ran screaming into the street today as a second powerful earthquake hit the Indonesian island just 12 hours after a devastating tremor struck the southern city of Padang, where thousands are feared dead. Fires raged throughout the city all day, despite torrential rain, as rescuers clawed desperately with their bare hands through the rubble of homes, a seven-storey hotel and at least one hospital that were destroyed. The earthquake was so powerful that it was felt hundreds of miles away in Malaysia and Singapore, causing buildings there to sway. The second quake hit about 150 miles (240km) south of Padang, at a depth of just under 20 miles. The official death toll now stands at 770 with 294 people seriously injured, but those numbers were expected to soar as the full scale of the tragedy unfolds. Al Jazeera: Race to aid Sumatra quake survivors.
Iran emphasizes on the need for nuclear disarmaments in the first round of talks between Iran and the six P5 +1 group nations in Geneva. The Representatives from Iran and the six world nuclear powers have ended the first round of their talks in Geneva, with the second session set to begin in a few hours. PressTV: Iran, six world powers begin talks in Geneva. Al Jazeera: Iran agrees to more nuclear checks. Google/AFP: Israel gets two more German submarines: These subs can launch cruise missiles carrying nuclear warheads.
The assumptions most Americans hold about Iran and its policies are wrong. Thursday is a fateful day for the world, as the U.S., other members of the United Nations Security Council, and Germany meet in Geneva with Iran in a bid to resolve outstanding issues. Although Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had earlier attempted to put the nuclear issue off the bargaining table, this rhetorical flourish was a mere opening gambit and nuclear issues will certainly dominate the talks. As Henry Kissinger pointed out, these talks are just beginning and there are highly unlikely to be any breakthroughs for a very long time. Diplomacy is a marathon, not a sprint. But on this occasion, I thought I'd take the opportunity to list some things that people tend to think they know about Iran, but for which the evidence is shaky.
One day ahead of talks in Geneva between Iran and six major powers - the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - on Tehran's controversial nuclear program, a national poll finds that 56 percent of American Jews support a U.S. military strike against Iran. Asked whether Israel should attack Iran, 66 percent of those polled said they would support such a move. Salon: The assumptions most Americans hold about Iran and its policies are wrong: The top ten things you didn't know about Iran.
[Rising number of civilians' deaths in airstrikes has sparked outrage in Afghanistan.] At least nine people have been killed in an airstrike on a compound in southwestern Afghanistan, says a local tribal leader. Ghulam Mohammad Khan said on Thursday that a farmer, his wife and four children were among those killed in the Wednesday evening airstrike in Helmand province. Three guests at the compound also died, he added.
In the eastern province of Logar, a spokesman for the governor said villagers claimed that a US operation overnight killed an innocent shopkeeper. The villagers also complained that American forces had wrongly detained three civilians, the Associated Press reported. Din Mohammad Darwesh, the spokesman, said villagers refused to bury the shopkeeper's body, in order to prove his innocence, and demanded the release of the three men. Since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, there have been plenty of fatalities and casualties among Afghan people.
Are you ready to roll up your sleeve?
Far from being the sickly, underweight shell of man portrayed by the global media, Michael Jackson was in fact relatively healthy before his fatal drug overdose, it was revealed tonight. According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s report, the 50-year-old singer was just under 10 stone when he died, within the normal range for a man who stood at only 1.75 metres tall.
People who identify themselves as Democrats favor the public option by a margin of 81% to 12%. That's nearly 7 to 1 in favor of, yet the representatives of the Democrat party in the Senate Finance Committee only voted for the public option at a ratio of 8 to 5. Perhaps the most interesting number revealed by this poll is that Republican voters favor the public option 47% to 42%.
Thousands of people are trapped under rubble and at least 21 are dead after a strong earthquake shook the Indonesian island of Sumatra, officials say. The epicentre of the 7.9 quake was about 50km (30 miles) off the coast, near the city of Padang. There are reports of widespread destruction to buildings and bridges. Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said the death toll was likely to continue to rise sharply, as so many buildings including schools, shops and hotels had collapsed. Rustam Pakaya, head of the health ministry's crisis centre, told Reuters news agency that a hospital was among the collapsed buildings. Medical teams were on their way to Padang, capital of West Sumatra province, from neighbouring provinces, he said. Local media reported the roof of the city's airport had also collapsed. Witnesses said residents ran out of buildings in Padang - which has a population of 900,000 - and surrounding cities. Reuters: At least 21 people had been killed and "thousands of people are trapped in the rubble of buildings".
THE US design to destabilize Pakistan is becoming clearer by the day, even for the most blinkered Pakistani. As the US continues to be stalemated in Afghanistan, it has sought to move the centre of gravity of the "war on terror" to Pakistan.
Like the conventional weapons aren't bad enough, Israel has several hundred nukes as well. Allen L Roland/TPV: ISRAEL'S HIDDEN NUCLEAR WEAPONS FACTORY / VIDEO
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