AFP: “Moghniyeh Group” Claims Responsibility for Killing 2 Israeli Policemen

Hanan Awarekeh

Two Israeli occupation policemen were shot dead in an attack on Sunday near an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Read the rest of this entry »

To Gaza, With Love

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By Medea Benjamin – Global Exchange, 17 February 2009

When I traveled to Gaza last week, everywhere I went, a photo haunted me. I saw it in a brochure called “Gaza will not die” that Hamas gives out to visitors at the border crossing. A poster-sized version was posted outside a makeshift memorial at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. And now that I am back home, the image comes to me when I look at children playing in the park, when I glance at the school across the street, when I go to sleep at night. Read the rest of this entry »

Iraqi Journalist Zaidi Defiant as Trial Adjourned

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The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George W. Bush defiantly defended his actions in court on Thursday, saying he had been overwhelmed when confronted by the ex-US president’s “icy smile.”

Muntazer al-Zaidi won global fame when his footwear whizzed past Bush’s head on December 14 as the then president made a farewell visit to Iraq before leaving the White House. Read the rest of this entry »

Clashes on Anniversary of Öcalan’s Arrest

Bıa news centre – İstanbul 16/02/2009

The tenth anniversary of the arrest of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan was marked by demonstrations in several cities in the southeast of Turkey. There were clashes between protesters and police. Read the rest of this entry »

Workers Protest in Istanbul: “We Will Not Pay for Crisis”

By Emine ÖZCAN-Bawer ÇAKIR

Around 40,000 protesters gathered in Kadıköy, Istanbul, yesterday (15 February) under the slogan “We Will Not Pay the Price for the Crisis: Labour and Democracy Rally for a United Struggle against Unemployment and Poverty.” Read the rest of this entry »

Behind the violence in Gujarat, Gaza and Iraq is the banality of democracy

“The moral deviancy of our elite no longer shocks. What is dispiriting is its tacit endorsement by electoral majorities”

By Pankaj Mishra

In his memoir, Secrets, Daniel Ellsberg describes how he decided to risk years in prison by leaking the Pentagon Papers, the top-secret record of American decision-making on Vietnam, to the New York Times. Hoping that his wife, Patricia, would help him make up his mind, Ellsberg showed her a few memos on bombing strategies crafted by his former superiors at the Pentagon. She was horrified by some of the phrases in the documents: “a need to reach the threshold of pain”; “salami-slice bombing campaign”; “the objective of persuading the enemy”; “ratchet”; “one more turn of the screw”. “This is the language of torturers,” she told Ellsberg. “These have to be exposed.” Read the rest of this entry »

Erase my grandfather’s name from Yad Vashem

By Jean-Moïse Braitberg

This is a letter sent by Liliane Saltiel to Israeli President Shimon Peres in protest at the Israeli war on Gaza. She’s making a request to Israeli President Shimon peres to erase her grandfather’s name from Yad Vashem, Hebrew for “The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority.”
The letter is originally in French and it was translated into English by Aimée Kligman. Read the rest of this entry »

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