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           Israeli Settlers Terrorise Palestinian Villagers                      �

Israeli Settlers Terrorise Palestinian Villagers �: "March 10, 2009 -- AT TUWANI, West Bank, Mar 9 (IPS) - 'I couldn't run. My pregnancy was too far advanced and there was nowhere to hide,' said Amna Salman Rabaye, 31, as she recalled the terrifying incident several months ago.

Rabaye from the Palestinian Bedouin village of At Tuwani in the southern West Bank was grazing her sheep when she was assaulted by a security guard from the adjacent illegal Israeli settlement of Ma'on.

'We saw a group of masked Israeli settlers armed with sticks and chains heading towards us. The younger shepherds ran and managed to escape, leaving me with the flock of sheep,' Rabaye told IPS.

'It was physically impossible for me to run and I also didn't want the settlers to kill or steal my sheep. The security guard pushed me over but I was not injured,' recalled Rabaye who was then seven months pregnant.

At Tuwani was established over 300 y…

          Yes, you could                             �

Yes, you could �: "Mr. President, Yes, You Could

An open letter to President Obama

March 10, 2009

From Alan Hart

Dear President Obama,

In the teeth of Zionist lobby opposition, your decision to give veteran diplomat Charles W. Freeman the responsibility for producing the National Intelligence Estimate adds substance to the case for believing that you really do want to prevent this lobby from determining (more or less) your foreign policy agenda as it relates to ending the Israel-Palestine conflict and, beyond that, winning what your predecessor called “the war against global terrorism”. The world, and not least the Jews of the world, needs you to be successful in this effort. In my assessment your chances of success will be greatly improved if you are prepared to look one Great Truth in the face. It is that Israel’s political and military leaders are not interested (and never have been) in peace on any terms the vast majority of Palestinians and m…

World Briefing - Africa - Somalia - Cabinet Votes to Adopt Islamic Law -

World Briefing - Africa - Somalia - Cabinet Votes to Adopt Islamic Law - "ISLAM The cabinet voted Tuesday to make Islam the basis of Somalia’s legal system. The move, which still must be approved by Parliament, was an attempt to isolate more extreme elements of an Islamic insurgency by agreeing to a demand supported by moderate elements and much of the population."

Charles Freeman fails the loyalty test - Glenn Greenwald -

Charles Freeman fails the loyalty test - Glenn Greenwald - "In the U.S., you can advocate torture, illegal spying, and completely optional though murderous wars and be appointed to the highest positions. But you can't, apparently, criticize Israeli actions too much or question whether America's blind support for Israel should be re-examined."

Over 250 Tamil Tigers killed in fierce fighting

Over 250 Tamil Tigers killed in fierce fighting: "Tuesday, March 10, 2009
COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan military said on Monday its troops had killed at least 250 Tamil Tigers during a weekend of fierce fighting around the rebels’ shrinking fiefdom in the northeast of the island.

Army spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said the Tigers, boxed into an area of less than 50 square kilometres, had launched a series of counter-attacks against advancing troops in the district of Mullaittivu.

The military said it had killed 100 rebels in clashes on Friday and Saturday. On Monday it said it found another 80 bodies from Sunday’s fighting. But Nanayakkara said at least 150 Tigers had been killed, calling it the bloodiest day for the guerrillas in the latest military campaign aimed at completely defeating them.

“We have killed over 150 Tigers on Sunday and that is the biggest loss for them in a single battle,” Nanayakkara said adding that troops used Special Forces, artillery guns and aircraft to pound rebel…

Why the U.S. Under Obama Is Still a Dictatorship

Why the U.S. Under Obama Is Still a Dictatorship: "Two weeks ago, when the Obama administration announced that it was bringing to an end the disturbing isolation endured by Ali al-Marri, a U.S. resident who has been held without charge or trial for seven years and two months — and who, most worryingly, has spent the last five years and nine months as an “enemy combatant” in solitary confinement in the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, South Carolina — it was clear that one of the Bush administration’s most arrogant and un-American policies was coming to an end.

President Obama clearly regarded al-Marri’s imprisonment as significant, as he issued a presidential memorandum on his second day in office ordering the Justice Department to review the Qatari national’s case, and the announcement that al-Marri was to be moved out of his seemingly endless legal limbo and into the federal court system demonstrated that, in this specific case at least, the president was sticking to his w…

ei: A public stoning in Germany

ei: A public stoning in Germany: "Events took their predestined course, and on 26 February Dierkes resigned his position within Die Linke and withdrew his mayoral candidacy. In an open letter to his party colleagues, pointing out that he had been the victim of 'a public stoning' and of a campaign that was 'a terrible mixture of the gravest insults and defamation, Islamophobic hatred, hatred of immigrants, and murder threats,' he maintained that '[t]he victims of the Shoah and the heroes of the Warsaw Jewish rising would turn away with horror [could they see] with what malice and toward what ends they are being instrumentalized in order to justify ... the undemocratic and murderous politics of the Israeli government.'

A quick perusal of the German blogosphere throws up countless repetitions of the phrase 'kauft nicht beim Juden!' -- 'don't buy from the Jew!' -- a slogan from the Nazi era that no longer serves to defame Jews but rather tho…

Freeman Withdrawal Marks Victory for Israel Lobby - by Daniel Luban and Jim Lobe

Freeman Withdrawal Marks Victory for Israel Lobby - by Daniel Luban and Jim Lobe
Amb. Chas Freeman withdrew from consideration for a top intelligence post in the Obama administration on Tuesday, following a vitriolic battle that pitted Republican lawmakers and pro-Israel hardliners opposed to his appointment against liberals and members of the intelligence and diplomatic communities who had come to his defense.Freeman's withdrawal came as a surprise to many in Washington, particularly since it came only hours after Adm. Dennis Blair, the administration's director of national intelligence (DNI) who made the appointment, issued a strong defense of Freeman during his testimony before the U.S. Senate.His withdrawal is likely to be viewed as a significant victory for hardliners within the so-called "Israel lobby," who led the movement to scuttle his appointment, and a blow to hopes for a new approach to Israel-Palestine issues under the Obama …