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IRIN Asia | Asia | Philippines | PHILIPPINES: UN appeals for peace as fighting escalates in south | Early Warning Conflict Refugees/IDPs | News Item

IRIN Asia | Asia | Philippines | PHILIPPINES: UN appeals for peace as fighting escalates in south | Early Warning Conflict Refugees/IDPs | News Item: "MANILA, 25 August 2008 (IRIN) - UN agencies have appealed for peace in the southern Philippines, where fighting between government forces and Muslim separatist rebels has escalated over the past two weeks and the number displaced is now over 270,000.

In a 22 August statement, the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) said civilian lives were at risk as a result of fighting between the army and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which has been attacking, and trying to take control of, civilian communities in the southern island of Mindanao.

'It is with great concern that we witness the deteriorating humanitarian situation in various parts of Mindanao as a result of the recent upsurge in conflict,' the IASC stated. 'Many civilians have lost their lives and many more are at risk.'

Aswat Aliraq

Aswat Aliraq: "DIALA, Aug. 25 (VOI) – A massive demonstration will be staged on Tuesday against the entry of Iraqi security forces into Khaneqeen district, the mayor of the district said on Monday, noting that the forces set up checkpoints throughout Khaneqeen.
“Large Iraqi army force entered Khaneqeen today and set up checkpoints,” Mohamed Mulla Hassan told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq (VOI).
“There are political reasons behind the entry of the forces because they entered in the pretext of hunting down gunmen in a region, which is considered one of the most stable regions in Iraq,” Hassan added.
“Residents, local administration and Kurdish parties reject this interference and will announce that during the protest tomorrow,” he also said.
Last July, thousands of Iraqi soldiers and police launched a major security operation dubbed as Bashaer al-Kheir (Promise of Good) in northeastern Diala province in the latest move by the government to assert its authority over militants.
Diala pro…

Joe Biden: I am a Zionist : Information Clearing House - ICH

Joe Biden: I am a Zionist : Information Clearing House - ICH: "Joe Biden: I am a Zionist

US Senator Joe Biden, candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, speaks with Shalom TV CEO Mark S. Golub on Israel and Jewish-related issues in this exclusive interview.

Shalom TV is an American Jewish cable television network carried on Comcast and Blue Ridge cable systems. Complete programming information is available online at"

: Information Clearing House - ICH

: Information Clearing House - ICH: The selection of Senator Joseph Biden as the vice-presidential candidate of the Democratic Party underscores the fraudulent character of the Democratic primary campaign and the undemocratic character of the entire two-party electoral system. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, the supposed protagonist of “change,” has picked as his running-mate a fixture of the Washington establishment, a six-term US senator who is a proven defender of American imperialism and the interests of big business.

The rollout of the Biden selection over three days of escalating media attention, culminating in the text-message announcement early Saturday and a kickoff rally in Springfield, Illinois, is a metaphor for the entire Obama campaign. His presidential candidacy represents not an insurgency from below, but an effort to manipulate mass sentiments, using Internet technology and slick marketing techniques, aided by a compliant media, to produce a p…

Air Terror: American Terrorism.

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Strike 'killed 60 young Afghans': "There is convincing evidence that 60 children and 30 adults were killed in a US air strike in western Afghanistan last Friday, the United Nations says.

The US originally said its planes had killed 30 militants in the attack in the province of Herat.

President Karzai sacked two senior Afghan army officers over the incident. The US says Afghan forces led the operation in the district of Shindand."

BBC NEWS | Europe | Russia recognises Georgian rebels

BBC NEWS | Europe | Russia recognises Georgian rebels: "President Dmitry Medvedev has declared that Russia formally recognises the independence of the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The move follows a vote in both houses of parliament on Monday, which called on Moscow to recognise the regions.

The move, in defiance of a specific plea from the US president, provoked a wave of protest from Western countries.

Russia and Georgia fought a brief war this month over the provinces, which already had de facto independence.

Analysts say the move is likely to further escalate tensions between Russia and the West."

Israel Unable To Stop Liberty: Report from SS Liberty docked in Gaza : Information Clearing House - ICH

Israel Unable To Stop Liberty: Report from SS Liberty docked in Gaza : Information Clearing House - ICH: "By Yvonne Ridley

25/08/08 'ICH' -- - 24/08/08 - Gaza-- I was too overwhelmed yesterday to put pen to paper after the magnificent welcome I and my fellow peace activists from SS Liberty and SS Free Gaza received as we entered the port of Gaza ... the first ships to sail in since 1967.

But I really want to make one thing very clear to you here and now.

Israel did not give us permission to enter Gaza - the reality is they could NOT STOP us even if they tried.

And believe me some of the tactics to scupper our historic voyage were unbelievable.

Some of us, our family and friends have received death threats by telephone, text and emails while the whole Free Gaza Movement was targetted by Zionists lawyers who tried to sink our mission beofre it even began.
We were accused of being a front for a Hamas operarted gun-running venture and even iran was accused of being party … Ethiopia: Urban Poor Finding It Harder to Get Food (Page 1 of 2) Ethiopia: Urban Poor Finding It Harder to Get Food (Page 1 of 2)
Addis Ababa

Fatuma Ali and Tieba Hussein left Hara village in Wollo, Amhara region of northeastern Ethiopia with some of their neighbours, believing that they could improve their livelihoods in the capital city, Addis Ababa.

"Our husbands decided to stay in the village with the children," Fatuma, a mother of three, told IRIN as her sister and mother of one looked on. "If rain comes, we will return to the village."

Like various villages across Ethiopia, Hara did not receive adequate precipitation in the short, or belg rainy season, which usually begins in February and ends in late April or early May.

As a result, local residents have had to endure serious food and water shortages. The situation was exacerbated by a poor harvest from the 2007 meher growing season.

Fatuma and Tieba worked hard to help their husbands try and get a good harvest. "After harvest, we sold the produce in the mark…