by Stephen Lendman
On Tuesday, peace talks collapsed. Israel sabotaged them. It refused to negotiate in good faith. It's longstanding Israeli practice.
Straightaway fighting resumed. Hamas rockets are pinpricks compared to merciless Israeli air, ground and sea attacks.
Sophisticated weapons cause mass slaughter and destruction. Through early evening Wednesday Gaza time, at least 24 more Palestinians were reported killed.
They're mostly civilians. They include women and children. The Palestinian death toll exceeds 2,040. Over 10,200 were injured. Many seriously. Some will die. Casualties keep mounting.
Life for many thousands of Gazans won't ever be the same. Many lost homes and all their possessions. Losing loved ones matters most.
The first president of independent Algeria (1963-1965) Ahmed Ben Bella passed away on April 11th, 2012 at the age of 96. This interview was granted in Geneva on April 16, 2006.
Ahmed Ben Bella is one of the great figures of Arab nationalism. He was one of the nine members of the Committee of Algerian Revolutionaries that gave birth to the National Liberation Front (NLF). Arrested by the French occupiers in 1952, he managed to escape. Once again arrested in 1956, along with seven colleagues, he was detained in the la Santé prison until 1962. After the signing of the Evian Accord, he became the first elected president of independent Algeria. On the domestic front, he initiated a Socialist policy characterised by a vast program of Agrarian reform.
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