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Land/Property/Resource Theft and Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing
10 days after settlement freeze expires, 350 new units under construction
West Bank settlers satisfied with the momentum; council chair: Building proceeding normally, not at a heightened pace.
Settlers damage trees after harvesting olives, locals say
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers damaged 16 olives trees belonging to residents in the Nablus region on Wednesday after harvesting the olives and depriving several families of their income source, the village council chief said. Rashed Mazar, Yanun village chief, told Ma’an that residents saw settlers from the Gideonim outpost in the Itamar settlement leave nearby agricultural lands in a jeep, towing a wagon filled with olive leaves behind it.
Palestinians accuse Israel of judaizing East Jerusalem
JERUSALEM, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) — Senior Palestinian officials on Tuesday strongly accused Israel of putting the final touches of judaizing east Jerusalem for declaring the whole city as the unified capital of Israel, warning that this would escalate tensions between the two feuds. The Palestinian accusation came after the Jerusalem authorities ‘ approval of a plan to make changes to the Wailing Wall, which is called by Palestinians as al-Buraq wall, west of al-Aqsa Mosque, including digging tunnels and building Jewish synagogues and police stations near the holy site.
Report: Israeli minister threatens PA development
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan threatened on Tuesday to do his utmost to prevent construction of the new Palestinian city of Rawabi if his demands weren’t met, an Israeli newspaper reported. The Jerusalem Post, an English-language Israeli daily, reported Wednesday that Erdan, during a visit to the planned site near Ramallah, said he had demanded that the developer offer solutions for potential environmental problems.
Replanting The Saffa Valley, Palestine Monitor
In Palestine, planting trees has become a courageous act of resistance against the ever-encroaching settlements on Palestinian agricultural land. On Sunday, 3 October, farmers and international activists joined together to launch the Palestine Solidarity Project’s campaign to replant the Saffa Valley. For the first two months of the project they will prepare the land for planting trees in the winter.
Activism/Solidarity/Boycott, Sanctions & Divestment
Ma’asara Demonstration 1.10.10 Israeli Army attacks clowns and kids
Trial in killing of American activist Rachel Corrie resumes in Israeli court
Haifa, Israel – The Haifa District Court will resume hearings on Thursday, October 7 in the civil lawsuit filed by Rachel Corrie’s family against the State of Israel for her unlawful killing in Rafah, Gaza. Rachel Corrie, an American student activist and human rights defender from Olympia, Washington, was crushed to death on March 16, 2003, by a Caterpillar D9R bulldozer while nonviolently protesting Palestinian home demolitions with fellow members of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
Chicago faith leaders issue statement in support of activists targeted by the FBI
Chicago anti-war and international solidarity activists whose homes were raided by the FBI last month publicly declared their decision to resist government intimidation and harassment today in Chicago. The Chicago activists decided to invoke their Fifth Amendment right not to testify in front of a Grand jury investigation. This morning the peace and solidarity activists were surrounded by a diverse community of Chicagoans who stood outside the Federal Court building to send a clear message that FBI raids and grand jury subpoenas will not silence dissent and peace activism in the United States. Stephanie Weiner, one of the subpoenaed activists, said to the press in Chicago, “We believe we have been targeted because of what we say and who we know. This sets a dangerous precedent and endangers the rights of every person. It goes beyond this corner and those subpoenaed.”
Israel deports nobel peace laureate
RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) – Irish Nobel Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire was deported from Israel Tuesday after spending more than a week in detention at Tel Aviv Airport as she attempted to fight the deportation order.
Egypt sends positive indicators to allow Lifeline (5) into Gaza Strip
Organizers of the Lifeline (5) convoy have received positive indicators from the Egyptian government that the caravan could cross into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing point.
Sailing To Gaza – excerpt from a personal diary, Edith Lutz
I`m writing from my dirty prison cell. I do not know what kind of prison, where the prison is located. Givat what? I didn`t repeat my question to the drivers, lo ichpat li, it doesn`t really matter. What matters is that I write down what happened as soon as possible in order to save as much as possible from the images, words and impressions before they get lost or inaccurate in my memory. I`m sitting on a dirty broken plastic chair, staring at the lattice of the big blue iron door from where loud noises are coming. Go on writing, don`t get disturbed. But there is still the rocking from the waves and a strange tiredness. Lie down on your bed, rest a while. Rest and write, rest and write. I`m looking for the lines that I scrawled down during the last hours on board the ship.
Iyad Burnat – Bil’in Model of Wall Resistance
In the Occupied Palestinian West Bank, a 770 km Separation Wall weaves in and out of Palestinian towns and villages separating Palestinians from their homes and land. The construction of this wall by Israel isolates 29 Palestinian towns (area of 216,567 dunums or 54,141 Acres) from the West Bank and leaves them on the Israeli side of the wall. Within the West Bank remain 138 villages with an area of 554,370 dunums unable to access the towns that are on the other side of the Wall. The construction of this Separation wall is set to illegally isolate and fragment 12.6% of the total area of the West Bank, or 5,661 sq. kilometers of Palestinian land.
Chicago group brings campaign to end US aid to Israel to transit riders, Adam Horowitz
Beginning yesterday, the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine has posted signs like the one above in Chicago Transit Authority “el cars” for the next month.
The latest entries for the Israel Project photo contest, Adam Horowitz
We’re helping to collect photos for the Israel Project’s ‘Best Shots of Israel’ contest. Here are some more entries.
The Siege (Gaza & West Bank)/Humanitarian/Restriction of Movement/Human Rights/Racism
Israeli Siege Claims the Life Of Gaza Infant
Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported, Tuesday, that a 30-day old infant died due to sharp shortages in medical supplies and medical equipment in Gaza Strip hospitals, induced by the siege imposed by Israel.
Israel is now punishing Palestinians shamelessly, Amira Hass
What is delaying treatment of a 47-year-old Palestinian woman, if not punishment of someone who opposes her foreign rulers?
UN suspends food distribution in Gaza schools
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The UN World Food Programme is carrying out tests on fortified date bars and milk following reports of stomach problems among students at three WFP-supported Gaza schools. A number of children were taken to hospital last week, but they were later released, the Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip said. While the cause of the symptoms is not yet confirmed — the ministry suspects improper storage conditions — distribution of WFP school snacks in Gaza has been put on hold pending lab tests by food safety experts, the UN agency said Tuesday.
Humiliating Israeli video condemned
Clip of an Israeli soldier humiliating a female prisoner called illustrative of “sick mentality of occupier”.
PFLP urges family of filmed detainee to sue Israeli army
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine urged the family of the woman filmed blindfolded and handcuffed by an Israeli soldier as his colleague danced around her to file suit against the Israeli army. The PFLP said in a statement Wednesday that a legal suit was necessary to prosecute the Israeli soldiers involved in the filming and to “expose these disgraceful practices.” The video surfaced on YouTube on Monday, after controversy following the release of pictures by a former Israeli soldier on a social networking site showing her near blindfolded Palestinians. The photos prompted Israeli rights groups to release similar pictures showing soldiers humiliating Palestinians. The party called on the media to shed more light on Israeli soldiers’ conduct.
Olympics chief vows to aid Palestinian athletes
Jacques Rogge, during visit to West Bank, expresses concern over ‘obstacles’ facing Palestinian athletes, urges Israel to grant them free movement regardless of politics.
Hammad: Israel tried to decoy students into working as spies
Minister of interior Fathi Hammad stated Tuesday that the Israeli occupation made failed attempts to lure students into working as informers against the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip.
A Failing Grade for East Jerusalem Schools, Ir Amin
The opening of the school year provides an annual opportunity to turn the public gaze, if only briefly, from the boiling political arena to the education system — both for its successes and its failures. While the media spot lights will be trained on the minister of education, the president, other senior officials, the festivites at various schools around the country, and opinionated panelists debating on the status of teachers in Israel, the most neglected and marginalized sector in the jurisdiction of the Israeli education system will continue to remain outside the circle of discourse. None of these panelists, presumably, will refer to the fact that in East Jerusalem, more than half the children within the ages of compulsory education cannot matriculate into the public school system. Although they are entitled by law to free compulsory education, but in East Jerusalem the law is not the law, education is not education, and there are certainly no free rides.
Towards accountability: John Dugard interviewed
Last month, Professor John Dugard, former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, chaired a meeting on universal Jurisdiction in the Hague. Adri Nieuwhof interviewed Dugard about means of bringing Israel to account for its human rights violations, particularly the legal mechanism of universal jurisdiction.
Featured photojournalist: Muhammed Muheisen
Muhammed Muheisen is an Associated Press staff photographer based in Jerusalem. He joined the AP in 2001, covering the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel, then moved to international assignments in 2003. In this set he documents the lives of children living in refugee camps in the West Bank
Confiscating Childhood in the Occupied Territories, AHMAD BARQAWI
Thirteen is the age for a lot of things; it carries a certain significance for every boy that reaches that age with all the promises that life has to offer; it’s a time when boys get their first bike, enjoy their favorite video games, make it into the school’s football squad, it’s a time when boys begin to marvel at and appreciate the mysteries of life pre-adulthood, and for some; it’s even a time when they experience their first innocent crush; but if you’re a thirteen year old boy in occupied Palestine; you’re placed under house arrest by the Israeli authorities.
Junk Food: Israel’s Weapon of Mass Destruction in Gaza
If this research on the effects of junk food is accurate, then Israel’s decision to allow junk food into Gaza, whether knowingly or unknowingly, will be incredibly destructive on the health and well-being of the Palestinian people in Gaza. If Israel officials are purposely allowing junk food into Gaza for this reason, then the junk food should be viewed for what it really is– a weapon of mass of destruction.
Gazans battle tomato moths
Farmers in the Gaza Strip are battling an army of moths. The insects are threatening the Palestinian territory’s tomato crop that earns the impoverished area more than $60 million a year. The problem is so bad that the Israeli government has allowed traps to be especially brought into Gaza to capture as many as possible. Al Jazeera’s Nicole Johnston reports from Gaza.
1 injured in arrest raid on Hebron village
HEBRON (Ma’an) — One Palestinian was injured during a detention campaign by Israeli forces in the Hebron village of Adh-Dhahiriya on Tuesday morning, witnesses said. Witnesses said 14 Palestinians were detained during the raid after Israeli forces stormed homes, and deployed riot dispersal means, including tear gas and sound grenades. The injured was identified as Talal Azban.
Reactions to Mosque Arson
US condemns mosque arson
Washington issues official censure of Beit Fajar mosque vandalism, calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. West Bank village still reeling from incident; PA, Jordan offer assistance in rebuilding torched prayer house.
IOF rounded up 700 Palestinians in Al-Khalil this year
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained 700 Palestinians in Al-Khalil district since the start of 2010 until end of September, a report by the Palestinian prisoner’s association said.
Israel detains Islamic Jihad leader
NABLUS (Ma’an) — A prominent Islamic Jihad leader was detained at a flying checkpoint south of Nablus on Monday night, relatives said. Umm Malik, wife the political leader Yousif Al-Arif, said her husband was on his way home from a visit to the Jalud village, where a prisoner had just been released and received by his family. “Before he reached the Huwwara checkpoint, an Israeli flying checkpoint stopped his car for inspection and he was taken out of the vehicle and transported to a second location,” she told Ma’an.
Brother of lifetime prisoner detained at Ramon prison
TUBAS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces at Ramon prison detained the brother of a lifetime prisoner on Monday as the young man visited his relative, the Tubas Prisoners Society reported. Mahmoud Abu At-Tayyeb traveled to the southern Israel prison with a permit to visit his brother Younis, the society reported, and was detained without cause from the facility.
Israel’s Arab Helpers
Hamas: PA forces detain 8 West Bank affiliates
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas accused Palestinian Authority security forces of detaining eight affiliates of the Islamist movement in the West Bank and summoning dozens, a statement issued Wednesday read. Hamas said the detentions were carried out in the central district of Ramallah, the southern district of Hebron and the northern district of Qalqiliya. On Tuesday, the Islamist movement called on Fatah to end “recklessness in cooperation with Israel, which contradicts with the concept of reconciliation,” after three party members were charged with causing the death of three PA security officers in Qalqiliya in June 2009.
Palestinians hand 20-year sentence to Hamas fighter (AFP)
AFP – The Western-backed Palestinian Authority has sentenced a Hamas fighter to 20 years in prison over a deadly 2009 shootout with Palestinian police, a court official said Tuesday.
Can Palestinian police get respect through soccer clinics?
The West Bank police force has embarked on a community outreach campaign, organizing soccer clinics, town meetings, and antidrug information chats for kids. Will it bolster respect for the much-maligned police?
Bahar calls on Fatah to dissolve Fayyad government
Dr. Ahmed Bahar has called on Fatah faction to adopt a courageous decision and dissolve the illegitimate government of Salam Fayyad in the West Bank.
Hamas: The PA’s violations against our cadres make reconciliation impossible
Hamas said it is concerned about the violations committed against its cadres in the West Bank, saying this situation does not provide the appropriate conditions necessary for the reconciliation.
Bardawil: Fatah courts paid off by Israel
Hamas leader Salah Bardawil said trials against Hamas supporters in Fatah authority courts are unlawful and reflect the extent of Fatah’s cooperation with Israel.
Hamas threatens attack on Palestinian Authority officials
Despite efforts toward Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, Hamas spokesperson says group will strike PA officials if they continue to arrest Hamas members.
Rival Palestinian factions ‘to meet October 20’ (AFP)
AFP – The bitterly divided Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas plan to hold a second round of reconciliation talks in Syria on October 20, a senior Gaza-based Hamas official said on Tuesday.
No mention of settlement freeze at Israel cabinet meeting
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — During its weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, the Israeli prime minister and his seven top ministers did not discuss extending a temporary moratorium on settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories, Israeli media reported., Contrary to prior reports, the ministers only discussed Israel’s preparation for flotillas to Gaza, and the work of the UN’s Turkel committee examining a prior aid flotilla that came under deadly naval fire in May, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office announced, according to Ynet, an Israeli news site.
Livni: Netanyahu wasted two years before talking with PA
Speaking at Harvard University, Kadima leader says ending conflict with the Palestinians is a clear Israeli interest, not a favor to the United States.
Bill Clinton: Mideast peace would undercut terror (AP)
AP – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton says solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would take away much of the impetus for terrorism around the world.
Report: King Abdullah meets Israeli minister
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — King Abdullah of Jordan reportedly hosted Israeli Welfare Minister Yitzhak Herzog in his palace Tuesday. “The coming period is a moment of historic opportunity, which coming generations will judge today’s leaders by,” Abdullah said. “Therefore, we must not miss it,” he added, according to the Israeli news site Ynet.
Egypt ‘doing everything’ to save peace talks
Speaking at a ceremony marking Yom Kippur War Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says Israel, PA cannot afford to miss another chance for peace.
‘Jordan postpones appointing ambassador to Israel’
King Abudllah is reportedly waiting for the results of peace talks; Jordanian peace negotiator: Israel torpedoed talks at their outset.
Turkel summons Arab-Israelis who took part in Gaza flotilla
Head of Arab Monitoring Committee, Rahat resident who were aboard Turkish ship during command raid in late May to testify before inquiry commission.
New US consulate to open in west Jerusalem
US plans to maintain a strong presence in the eastern part of the capital, despite moving bulk of services to Arnona neighborhood.
Settlers threaten riots over synagogue sealing
Radical right gearing to fight decision to seal illegally built synagogue at Ma’ale Shomron settlement; warn they will stage protests, burn tires, set Palestinian farmland ablaze and block roads.
West Bank summer camps indoctrinate settler children in Arab deportation
PNN Exclusive -Israeli Channel 2 broadcasted a report on summer camps for settler’s children in the West Bank, focusing on building settlements and singing religious songs., ImageOne of the administrators of the camp said, “We are instituting the idea of settlements in Judea and Samaria to increase focus on building in them. The youth learn in this camp the importance of settlements and the hard work and number of hours that go into building them in the Land of Israel.”
Army and Shin Bet to step in after second Lod murder
Mayor’s efforts are ineffectual because of tense relations with Arab community; Public Security Minister steps in with plan to collect illegal weapons.
‘Talansky celebrated Sharon stroke: The country’s mine!’
Witness in corruption case claims US businessman rejoiced when former PM fell into a coma, said “I bet on the right guy!” after giving Olmert money.
Court rules gay partners are not couples under Inheritance Law
Association for Civil Rights in Israel: Ruling pushes legal field back decades, represents discrimination against same-sex couples.
Would-be historic performance of Israeli orchestra at Wagner Festival canceled
Event was planned as an act of reconciliation between the Wagner family, which has a Nazi past, and Israel, where the conductor’s music was opposed and often boycotted.
Want a child? Replace your wig
Rabbi advises woman trying to conceive for almost three years to remove ‘immodest’ wig. Shortly afterwards, she becomes pregnant.
Human Rights Watch: Yes, War Does Have Rules
In Haifa earlier this month, an Israeli colonel identified as “Yossi A.” said repeatedly that “in a war zone there are no civilians.” The colonel, who drafted operating regulations for military bulldozers, was testifying in a civil trial about the death of Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003.
Gideon Levy in NYC: Israel is ‘the only occupier in history that’s completely convinced of its own present ongoing victimhood’, Ahmed Moor
I was fortunate enough to see Gideon Levy speak on Tuesday at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. The discussion was organized to promote his new book, The Punishment of Gaza, which covers Israel’s policy and actions there from 2005 to 2009. While Levy told a number of tortured anecdotes about encounters with Palestinians, the talk was mostly about Israelis which I appreciated. I think Levy understood that many of us in the audience were aware of the situation in Gaza and Palestine more generally.
Israel Needs to Stop Playing the Victim, Joharah Baker for MIFTAH
The Palestinians are constantly being accused of “playing the victim,” an unflattering role by any standards. Many Palestinians would agree that we do not want to be portrayed as the victim so as not to delegitimize our argument or weaken our point. Not that we don’t have ample reason to call ourselves victims in the face of Israel’s oppressive occupying machine. However, putting yourself in this category necessarily means you are accepting a much weaker starting point than your opponent, a position that begs sympathy rather than rational and valid support.
Dennis Ross acts as a key channel between White House and Israeli government
Dennis Ross, a longtime Middle East expert, has emerged as a crucial, behind-the-scenes conduit between the White House and the Israeli government, working closely with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s private attorney – and also Defense Minister Ehud Barak – to discreetly smooth out differences and disputes between the two governments.
Obama faces humiliation over Middle East talks
The consequences of failure will be serious for the US president; for the region and the wider world, they are potentially disastrous.
Controlling the narrative in Israel and Palestine
This is quite possibly the most important piece of writing by a Western observer. It covers the widest territory of arguments possible and examines the various narratives brilliantly. The author was on the Mavi Marmara, and his words are stones. (ed.) Take a helicopter-view of history and the bludgeon of reality emerges.
How to raise a Jewish child: Step 1. Get Israeli flag; Step 2. Wrap child; Step 3. Repeat, Adam Horowitz
Cecilie Surasky sent along the following brochure with the note: “This was given to me by a friend, it’s from a major Bay Area Jewish Community Center (JCC). As a parent of a JCC kid myself, I’m interested in a class about raising Jewish children. Apparently it’s quite simple – just wrap them in an Israeli flag. Also note, the workshop description doesn’t even mention Israel.” Guess it’s sorta implicit.
Has Employment Become a Condition for Marriage?
Nablus – PNN –Exclusive – Samir prepared as a young boy for a just life in his thirties. He worked as a teacher in a secondary school in Nablus and moved into a new apartment after years of renting. Married for six years, Samir says of his apartment, “It’s like a dream that this has come so far. I had two choices: to marry and live as a renter, or to delay marriage until I built a house or bought an apartment. I did the math and I figured that since I was nearing thirty, building an apartment would require years I didn’t have, so I cooperated with my wife to rent this apartment.”
President Sleiman: Israel Can’t Protest Ahmadinejad Visit
05/10/2010 Lebanese President Michel Sleiman said during Monday’s meeting with cabinet that Israel does not have the right to object to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s upcoming visit to Lebanon. President Sleiman said receiving heads of states is part of every nation’s right to exercise its sovereignty and Israel has no authority to challenge Lebanon’s sovereign privileges, IRNA reported. The Iranian president is scheduled to arrive in Lebanon on October 13th to visit southern Lebanese villages of Bint Jbeil and Maroun al-Ras, near the Lebanese border with occupied Palestine. The Iranian chief executive will hold talks with senior Lebanese officials, including President Sleiman and Prime Minister Saad Hariri during his two-day visit to Lebanon. He is also scheduled to meet with Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. Tel Aviv has been trying to pressure Beirut into canceling President Ahmadinejad’s visit. Last week, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Ban at UN headquarters that Tel Aviv was “extremely worried” about the Iranian president’s visit. An article published last week in Israeli daily Ha’aretz had suggested that Israel could kidnap President Ahmadinejad when he visits Lebanon.
Najjar won’t act on Syria warrants unless laws obeyed
BEIRUT: Lebanon is set to disregard alleged arrest warrants issued by Syria against prominent Lebanese officials and figures close to Prime Minister Saad Hariri, since Lebanese judicial authorities were not informed of them officially by their Syrian counterparts.
Hezbollah, Syria seek to discredit Hariri tribunal (AP)
AP – Hezbollah and its ally Syria are mounting a campaign to undermine the U.N. tribunal investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri by raising doubts about the court’s neutrality ahead of indictments expected to accuse members of the Shiite militant group in the killing.
Nasrallah, Indonesian leader discuss Muslim unity
BEIRUT: Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah received Saeed Akil Seraj, head of the Indonesian Islamic organization Nahdatu al-Olamaa, on Tuesday to discuss current affairs in the Muslim world. The two figures met in the presence of several Lebanese Muslim experts and discussed current affairs affecting the Muslim community in Indonesia, Lebanon and Palestine.
Syrian troops fire on suspected border smugglers
BEIRUT: Units of the Syrian cavalry fired gunshots on smugglers trying to cross the border river of Nahr al-Kabir on Tuesday. The units opened fired at a number of smugglers trying to cross the river, which separates Lebanon from Syria, between the Lebanese village of Rimah and the Syrian village of Bahlawaniya, but no casualties were recorded.
Will Hezbollah defeat Israel (again!) in the coming war?, Franklin Lamb
On a clear day you can see Akka, Palestine from my favorite Lebanese village, Maron al Ras, where more than a few analysts here conjecture that the next and 6th aggression by Israel against Lebanon will begin. On any day, but particularly since 9/21/10, you can also see beefed up Zionist military patrols, assorted electronic listening posts, sundry spy devices, new Raytheon produced surveillance equipment, two new supposedly camouflaged cinder block one room shacks with Zionist soldiers peering out menacingly while talking on their, Hezbollah monitored, cell phones to girlfriends, mothers, pals and their HQ’s. They frequently glare from widows heavily screened to keep out stones that tourists on the Lebanon side of the ‘blue line’ regularly throw at them when UNIFIL guys
aren’t paying attention or shoo them away.
Tuesday: 9 Iraqis Killed, 7 Wounded
At least nine Iraqis were killed and seven more were wounded in light violence. Meanwhile, the United States wants to help Iraq reorganize its civil service into a decentralized entity that will give more authority to provincial governments.
Assassination attempt against Al Maliki thwarted
A cleaning worker thwarted a major assassination attempt against Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki and a number of security chiefs during a visit to Diyala administration building in summer 2007, Al Qaeda former leader in Diyala Abu Omar Al Azzawi told Alsumaria News.
More journalists killed in Iraq than in 2009: IPI (AFP)
AFP – More journalists have been killed in Iraq so far this year than in all of 2009, press watchdog IPI said Tuesday in a statement.
Syria’s Assad, Shiite leader call for Iraq unity govt (AFP)
AFP – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a joint call on Tuesday with visiting Iraqi Shiite leader Ammar al-Hakim for a national unity government to be formed in Iraq.
UN health agency, Iraq studying birth defects (AFP)
AFP – The World Health Organisation and Iraqi authorities are carrying out a survey of birth defects in Iraq following media reports of abnormal patterns in Fallujah, a WHO spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Iraqi politics: Breakthrough or another breakdown?, Jane Arraf
A flurry of proposals has led to considerable movement in Iraq’s seven-month political deadlock, but neither Iraqi nor U.S. officials are counting on an imminent announcement ending Iraq’s epic struggle to form a government.
Iraq a house divided
Seven months after parliamentary polls hailed as a harbinger of democracy in the region, Iraq is still without a functioning government. Breaking this deadlock requires a delicate balancing of sectarian and political interests, as well as the blessing of regional players like Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia. – Sami Moubayed
Iraqi Christians flee homeland even as war fades (Reuters)
Reuters – Bassam Hermiz has slashed prices to clear his stock of electrical appliances, close his shop and join many thousands of other Iraqi Christians abroad.
U.S. and other world news
More Nato trucks burnt in Pakistan
At least eight trucks are set on fire and one driver killed in the Pakistani city of Quetta, police officials say.
US Bases Abroad Trigger Suicide Terrorism: Are There Other Options?
Can it be that American military bases abroad, usually thought of as “stabilizers” in tough neighborhoods, are really the primary cause of radical terrorism against the US and its allies? That is what Robert Pape and James K. Feldman compellingly argue in their new book released this week titled Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It.
Late soldier’s letters tell of rapes at camp
Capt. Nichola Goddard, who in 2006 became the first female Canadian combat death, wrote to her husband that women working at bases in Afghanistan were often victims of sexual harassment or assault, and that in one week there had been six rapes at her camp.
Riz Khan – Secret CIA prisons
As Poland expands its investigation into a secret CIA prison on its soil, can the victims of extraordinary rendition who were held without charge ever get justice and will the CIA be held to account?
Want To Know If The FBI Is Tracking You? Look For One Of These
This past August, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that placing tracking devices underneath cars isn’t actually a breach of the Fourth Amendment, so long as law enforcement officials think someone is a criminal.
Prosecuting border activists for leaving water for migrants is unjust
238 people died along the Arizona-Mexico border this past year.
The (latest) Muslim-baiting ad of the season, An Ohio Republican falsely suggests in a new ad that his black (and Christian) Democratic opponent is Muslim Video, Justin Elliott
Looks like the latest Muslim-baiting ad of the season is here, this time in the Ohio state treasurer’s race. Republican Josh Mandel released an ad that ostensibly targets Democrat incumbent treasurer Kevin Boyce’s ethics. But, as you’ll see, there’s also a claim (of questionable accuracy) made about a mosque. And the ad references a lobbyist linked to Boyce who goes by Noure Alo. But in the ad, Alo’s full name – Mohammed Noure Alo — is used, Barack Hussein Obama-style.
Disneyland in veil compromise
Disneyland, the renowned theme park in the Californian city of Anaheim, has allowed a Muslim employee to wear a specially designed headscarf in a compromise after initially prohibiting her veil. Noor Abdallah sought the legal assistance of an attorney after she was told she could not wear the hijab at work because the Disney dress code does not allow for religious apparel of any kind. Abdallah, although not fully satisfied with the compromise, says the scarf approved by Disney is a “good first step” in letting her dress in compliance with her beliefs.
Ahmadinejad warns the U.S. against military attack on Iran
“The U.S. first started a psychological war in the form of financial sanctions in order to weaken our country and is blatant enough even to threaten us that the military attack option was still on the agenda,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the northern Iranian city of Gorgan.
Sanctions begin to compound Iran’s severe economic problems
TEHRAN – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government, already faced with growing opposition from competing political forces within Iran, is confronting new pressure brought on by severe economic problems, including some triggered by international sanctions.
Erdogan: First Turkish satellite to be launched in 2012
The satellite will ease Turkey’s reliance on U.S. intelligence in its operations against the separatist Kurdistan workers Party (PKK).
US firm assists in jamming probe
Maryland company pinpoints location of interference with Al Jazeera Sports’ broadcast of the football World Cup.
FEATURE-Islamic beauty: Can halal cosmetics outgrow their niche?
* Lack of unified certification body may restrict growth
* Beauty worth $500 mln of $2 trln global halal market
* Taps into wider trend for ethical beauty products