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كونا : Saudi forces arrest 145 Somalis, Ethiopians on borders with Yemen - الدفاع والأمن - 29/11/2009

كونا : Saudi forces arrest 145 Somalis, Ethiopians on borders with Yemen - الدفاع والأمن - 29/11/2009: "RIYADH, Nov 29 (KUNA) -- Around 145 Somali and Ethiopian nationals were arrested by the Saudi forces during operations on the Saudi-Yemeni borders, said an official on Sunday.
Undersecretary for the Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdelaziz told the press that the Saudi forces were on alert and would not allow anyone to infiltrate the Saudi borders.
Meanwhile, the official denied that the Saudi forces had received five of its soldiers from the Yemeni Army but affirmed that there were nine soldiers still missing in action within Yemen. (end) od.gta KUNA 290933 Nov 09NNNN"

How dare you criticize wasteful defense spending! - Salon.com

How dare you criticize wasteful defense spending! - Salon.com: "# The 2010 Pentagon budget means 'every man, woman and child in the United States will spend more than $2,700 on (defense) programs and agencies next year,' reports the Cato Institute. 'By way of comparison, the average Japanese spends less than $330; the average German about $520; China's per capita spending is less than $100.'
# '(The Pentagon budget) dwarfs the combined defense budgets of U.S. allies and potential U.S. enemies alike,' reports Hearst Newspapers.
# 'President (Obama) is on track to spend more on defense, in real dollars, than any other president has in one term of office since World War II,' reports National Journal's Government Executive magazine.
# In 2000, the Pentagon admitted it has lost -- yes, lost -- $2.3 trillion. In 2003, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that a subsequent Department of Defense study said it was only $1 trillion. To put such numbers …

Al Jazeera English - Europe - German army chief quits over raid

Al Jazeera English - Europe - German army chief quits over raid: "General Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Germany's highest-ranking officer, has resigned after accusations that the army withheld information about an air raid in Afghanistan in which several civilians died.

Speaking in parliament on Thursday, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Germany's defence minister, said Schneiderhan had submitted his resignation."

      US in Back-channel Talks with Afghan Taliban            : Information Clearing House -  ICH

US in Back-channel Talks with Afghan Taliban : Information Clearing House - ICH: "ISLAMABAD: After fighting a bloody war in Afghanistan for more than eight years, the United States appears to have undertaken a re-think of its policy and has started engaging the Taliban in negotiations through Saudi and Pakistani intelligence agencies, highly-placed sources told Dawn here on Monday.

‘We have started ‘engagement’ with the Afghan Taliban and are hopeful that our efforts will bear fruit,’ a source involved in secret negotiations told this correspondent.

He said that four ‘major neutral players’ were engaged with the Afghan Taliban on behalf of the Saudi leadership and the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) of Saudi Arabia and the Pakistani leadership and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI)."

53% Of Israeli's Favor Ethnic Cleansing                  : Information Clearing House -  ICH

53% Of Israeli's Favor Ethnic Cleansing : Information Clearing House - ICH: "Transfer of Arabs from the Palestinian Authority to actual Arab countries was the most popular solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, according to a poll this week by Israel National News. Of the more than 6,400 people surveyed, 53.2 said 'Transfer of Palestinians to another Arab country' when asked, 'What's the best solution for the Arab-Israeli conflict?'"

Americans OK with Muslims in U.S. Military: Angus Reid Global Monitor

Americans OK with Muslims in U.S. Military: Angus Reid Global Monitor: "Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Adults in the United States believe Muslims should continue to be allowed to serve in their country’s military, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 53 per cent of respondents agree with this notion, while 33 per cent disagree.

Afghanistan has been the main battleground in the war on terrorism. The conflict began in October 2001, after the Taliban regime refused to hand over Osama bin Laden without evidence of his participation in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Al-Qaeda operatives hijacked and crashed four airplanes on Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people.

About 3,000 of the 2.3 million servicemen and women in the army claim an Islamic religious affiliation.

On Nov. 5, 13 people were killed and 30 more were wounded when a gunman opened fire inside Fort Hood, the most populous U.S. military base in the world. The suspected gunman has been id…

Al Jazeera English - Africa - Ogaden: Seven Ethiopian towns taken

Al Jazeera English - Africa - Ogaden: Seven Ethiopian towns taken: "Ethnic Ogaden fighters in Ethiopia have launched an offensive in the southeastern Somali region and claim to have recaptured seven towns from government forces.

In a statement released early on Saturday, the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) said its attacks were launched across a broad front and had begun on November 10."

The U.S. Jew whose Iran views rile Israel intelligence officials - Haaretz - Israel News

The U.S. Jew whose Iran views rile Israel intelligence officials - Haaretz - Israel News: "WASHINGTON, D.C. - Hillary Mann Leverett and her partner and husband, Flynt Leverett, make the Iran desk staffers in the Israeli intelligence community see red. For the past two years the Leveretts, both of whom are former U.S. National Security Council and State Department officials, have preached relentlessly against using sanctions and threats against Iran.

In late September, a harsh op-ed they wrote condemning the Obama administration appeared in The New York Times. In it they argued that the lofty talk of 'openness' and the promise of 'dialogue' with the Iranians are just empty rhetoric. On their Internet site, in lectures, in interviews and in their journal articles, they present assessments and proposals for action that are different from, and sometimes nearly the opposite of, those that politicians and experts in the West and in Israel present the public. They are cri…

Huge rise in birth defects in Falluja | World news | guardian.co.uk

Huge rise in birth defects in Falluja | World news | guardian.co.uk: "Doctors in Iraq's war-ravaged enclave of Falluja are dealing with up to 15 times as many chronic deformities in infants and a spike in early life cancers that may be linked to toxic materials left over from the fighting.

The extraordinary rise in birth defects has crystallised over recent months as specialists working in Falluja's over-stretched health system have started compiling detailed clinical records of all babies born.

Neurologists and obstetricians in the city interviewed by the Guardian say the rise in birth defects – which include a baby born with two heads, babies with multiple tumours, and others with nervous system problems - are unprecedented and at present unexplainable.

A group of Iraqi and British officials, including the former Iraqi minister for women's affairs, Dr Nawal Majeed a-Sammarai, and the British doctors David Halpin and Chris Burns-Cox, have petitioned the UN general assem…

Former Ambassador Galbraith’s Kurdistan Millions -- News from Antiwar.com

Former Ambassador Galbraith’s Kurdistan Millions -- News from Antiwar.com: "Galbraith, an outspoken advocate for Kurdish secession, helped the Kurdistan Regional Government negotiate when Iraq’s constitution was being written in the Summer of 2005, and is now reportedly standing to earn over $100 million for this brief advisory role.

The rub, assuming there needs to be one, is that Galbraith was also evidently on the payroll of a Norwegian oil company called DNO and helped them negotiate an exploration deal with Kurdistan that paid off big, and he stands to share greatly in the profit of a strike he holds interest in largely because of laws regarding oil revenue distribution that he helped put into the constitution."

Afghan Red Crescent Slams NATO Raid -- News from Antiwar.com

Afghan Red Crescent Slams NATO Raid -- News from Antiwar.com: "NATO reportedly used explosive charges to break into the offices, and captured two of the group’s aid workers. The two were never charged and were released within 24 hours, according to the manager of the group’s media division.

The raid was reported by NATO on Saturday, but under very different circumstances. At the time NATO claimed it had killed a “militant” and arrested others. NATO hasn’t commented since Saturday."

allAfrica.com: Somalia: Civilians Killed in Fresh Mogadishu Clashes (Page 1 of 1)

allAfrica.com: Somalia: Civilians Killed in Fresh Mogadishu Clashes (Page 1 of 1): "At least 8 people were killed and more than 17 others injured in Heavy fighting between Somali government forces and insurgents in south and northern Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses said.

The clashes broke out late on Saturday, when the two sides exchanged heavy mortar fire, which killed at least 6 civilians in the districts of Bondhere, Karan, Yaqshid, Hodon and Abdiaziz.

According to eyewitnesses, heavily armed insurgents carried out attacks on government bases in the districts."

China executes 9 suspects over July ethnic riots | Antiwar Newswire

China executes 9 suspects over July ethnic riots | Antiwar Newswire: "The official China News Service reported that the nine were executed after a final review of the verdicts by the Supreme People's Court as required by law, but gave no specific date or other details. Earlier reports had identified those condemned as eight Uighurs and one Han.

The timing of the executions was not especially fast for China, which puts more people to death than any other country. Politically sensitive cases are often decided in weeks, especially when they involve major unrest."

Al Jazeera English - Focus - Guantanamo conditions 'deteriorate'

Al Jazeera English - Focus - Guantanamo conditions 'deteriorate': "He remembers the excitement among his fellow prisoners at the prospect of an Obama presidency. 'Everyone was very hopeful; people were saying he was going to change things, that he would close the prison,' Gharani, who was released in June, says.

'Even the guards were telling us that if he won, things would improve for us.'

They were to be disappointed. A year after Obama's election win, Al Jazeera has learnt that despite the new president's pledge to close the prison and improve the conditions of detainees held by the US military, prisoners believe that their treatment has deteriorated on his watch.

Authorities at the prison deny mistreating the inmates, but interviews with former detainees, letters from current prisoners and sworn testimony from independent medical experts who have visited the prison have painted a disturbing picture of psychological and physical abuse very much…

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Palestinians break Israel's wall

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Palestinians break Israel's wall: "Palestinians and foreign activists have torn down segments of Israel's separation wall in a demonstration marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

In the town of Qalandiya in the occupied West Bank, a group of masked activists using a lorry pulled down a two-metre cement block before Israeli security forces confronted them with tear gas grenades."

Turkey PM: Israel war crimes worse than Sudan - Haaretz - Israel News

Turkey PM: Israel war crimes worse than Sudan - Haaretz - Israel News: "Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused Israel of committing greater crimes against Palestinians during its war in the Gaza Strip than those for which Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir had been indicted.

Erdogan said he would rather confront Bashir, indicted for orchestrating crimes against humanity in Darfur, than discuss state killings of civilians with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu."

Slain Nazim honoured his word after renouncing militancy

Slain Nazim honoured his word after renouncing militancy: "PESHAWAR: It was a year back when Nazim of Adezai Union Council Abdul Malik promised in the Badaber Police Station not to support militants against the government, and he honoured his commitment till his death.

Suspected militants attacked a flag march of the Peshawar Police and Frontier Constabulary in Adezai on August 6 last year and the cops launched an operation in the area and arrested Abdul Malik for allegedly supporting the miscreants in carrying out attacks on security forces. It was alleged that the militants had opened fire on the police from the house of the Nazim."

Demolitions Continue in East Jerusalem by Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler -- Antiwar.com

Demolitions Continue in East Jerusalem by Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler -- Antiwar.com: "'This' is a court-approved demolition notice, 'No. 59.' It’s for a house under imminent threat of being torn down by the Israeli authorities because it does not have the requisite building permit.

The demolition notice is headed: 'To Unknown Addressee.'

'Now they refer to me as ‘Unknown.’ But they know my name very well – they address payment orders for all municipal and other taxes to me by name,' says Moussa Oudeh.

Moussa, father of five, is one of 78 householders in al-Bustan whose homes are slated for demolition. Since the election of a new Israeli mayor exactly a year ago, 10 other houses in al-Bustan have been bulldozed."

The Itch in Joe Lieberman’s Gitmo Finger « Antiwar.com Blog

The Itch in Joe Lieberman’s Gitmo Finger « Antiwar.com Blog: "Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut may be the most destructive politician in the United States. Combining the worst ideas of the right, the left, and the religious, he essentially seeks to punitively tax the world in order to bomb it for the sake of Israel. Despite Lieberman’s “dual” loyalty — in quotes because I suspect he’s truly only loyal to the Jewish State — the voters of Connecticut chose him to represent them in Congress even though his own Democratic Party booted him off their ticket in favor of a pro-peace candidate."

Mass Arrests Reported Around Pakistani Capital -- News from Antiwar.com

Mass Arrests Reported Around Pakistani Capital -- News from Antiwar.com: "Officials say that around 200 “suspicious persons” have been arrested in what is being portrayed as an anti-terror operation designed to root out members of the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who were able to operate in plain sight in Rawalpindi and attack a pair of high profile sites."

  Why Americans Gotta Read the "War Crimes Times!"   : Information Clearing House - ( ICH ) Keeping track of the empire's crimes

Why Americans Gotta Read the "War Crimes Times!" : Information Clearing House - ( ICH ) Keeping track of the empire's crimes: "The War Crimes Times Mission Statement

The War Crimes Times provides information to the general public, to law-makers, and to our justice-seeking allies on war crimes, war criminals, and on the necessity and means of prosecuting war criminals. When national leaders initiate hostilities they create the conditions—the extreme use of force coupled with limited accountability—for the war crimes which invariably follow. War crimes are therefore an inherent part of war. The suffering caused and the enmity aroused by war crimes must be regarded as costs of war. Since these and other costs far exceed any benefits of war, we seek to end war as a tool of international policy. Towards this goal, we believe that holding war criminals accountable will send a strong message to those currently in power to very carefully weigh all the consequences of the…

   Taliban Decline US Offer Of 6 Provinces for 8 Bases    : Information Clearing House -  ICH

Taliban Decline US Offer Of 6 Provinces for 8 Bases : Information Clearing House - ICH: "November 02, 2009 'IOL' -- ISLAMABAD – The emboldened Taliban movement in Afghanistan turned down an American offer of power-sharing in exchange for accepting the presence of foreign troops, Afghan government sources confirmed.

'US negotiators had offered the Taliban leadership through Mullah Wakil Ahmed Mutawakkil (former Taliban foreign minister) that if they accept the presence of NATO troops in Afghanistan, they would be given the governorship of six provinces in the south and northeast,' a senior Afghan Foreign Ministry official told IslamOnline.net requesting anonymity for not being authorized to talk about the sensitive issue with the media.

He said the talks, brokered by Saudi Arabia and Turkey, continued for weeks at different locations including the Afghan capital Kabul.

Saudi Arabia, along with Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, were the only states to recog…

Al Jazeera English - Focus - South Africa's legal war over Gaza

Al Jazeera English - Focus - South Africa's legal war over Gaza: "They want to investigate South African citizens who may have fought for the Israeli army during the war on Gaza in December and January, with a view to prosecuting them on South African soil for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The lawyers are representing two civic organisations, The Media Review Network and the Palestinian Solidarity Alliance. Working from a Johannesburg office, they are building a case known as the Gaza docket which seeks to bring the South African soldiers to justice for their role in the Gaza war."

Al Jazeera English - Focus - The Goldstone report: A Jewish view

Al Jazeera English - Focus - The Goldstone report: A Jewish view: "I recently spent an evening on a conference call with Judge Richard Goldstone, who headed up the United Nations fact finding mission on the Gaza conflict.

His commission authored the Goldstone report, which has been received with controversy in some quarters of the Jewish community.

On the call were 150 American rabbis and rabbinic students who wanted to hear directly from Goldstone about the process of creating the report and about its findings.

There is an old saying that where there are two Jews, there will be three opinions. This is especially true on the subject of Israel and Palestine, where passions run high on all sides."