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Ethiopia arrests 9 on terrorism charges - Yahoo! News

Ethiopia arrests 9 on terrorism charges - Yahoo! News
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – An Ethiopian official says nine people were arrested last week on suspicions of organizing a terrorist network and planning attacks.

Government spokesman Shimeles Kemal said Wednesday that two journalists were among those arrested. He says they were involved in planning attacks on infrastructure, telecommunications and power lines. Shimeles says two other suspects are members of an opposition party.

Shimeles says the suspects were supported by Ethiopia's archenemy Eritrea and by an international terrorist group, which he did not name.

International media rights groups have been calling for the release of Reeyot Alemu, a columnist for the independent weekly Feteh, and Woubshet Taye, deputy editor-in-chief of the weekly Awramba Times newspaper.

Five Saudi women are seized for driving - Middle East, World - The Independent

Five Saudi women are seized for driving - Middle East, World - The IndependentAt least five Saudi women have been taken into custody accused of defying the men-only driving rule, an activist said yesterday.

The detentions mark the first major backlash since a campaign was launched by women nearly two weeks ago to challenge the restrictions. Dozens of women have since driven through the capital, Riyadh, and other cities.

The Saudi-based rights activist Eman al-Nafjan said that police detained one woman on Tuesday while driving in Jeddah on the Red Sea coast. Four other women accused of driving were later detained in the city.

THE DAILY STAR :: Opinion :: Columnist :: A new Palestinian strategy unfolds

THE DAILY STAR :: Opinion :: Columnist :: A new Palestinian strategy unfolds
While the Arab world is experiencing a historic series of citizen revolts against nondemocratic governments, something equally significant is happening among Palestinians in their struggle with Israel and Zionism. Very slowly, almost imperceptibly, Palestinians seem to be making a strategic shift in their mode of confrontation with Israel, from occasional military attacks toward a more nonviolent and political confrontation.

This development seems to be driven by two factors: that various kinds of armed struggle against Israel, by Palestinians or Arab armies, have had little or no impact on changing Israeli policies; and, that nonviolent political protests are more in keeping with the spirit of the moment in the Arab world, where unarmed civilians openly confront their oppressors and in most cases seem to be making headway.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Columnist/2011/Jun-29/A-new-Palestinian-st…

Senate Resolution Threatens Palestinian Aid for Seeking Statehood -- News from Antiwar.com

Senate Resolution Threatens Palestinian Aid for Seeking Statehood -- News from Antiwar.com
With 87 co-sponsors, the US Senate today passed a resolution condemning the Palestinian Authority for seeking recognition from the United Nations as an independent state, warning that it “demonstrates absence of a good faith commitment.”