|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|In Middle Eastern elections, no one bats an eyelid when the leader gets 110 per cent of the vote || Robert Fisk - The Independent - Even the worst dictatorships - usually supported by us, the `democrats` - want to play the game ||30/4/2005|
| `Easing of restrictions - Where? Who for? When?` - Checkpoints in March||MachsomWatch Report - Together with the `easing of restrictions` and `improvements` that the IDF rushed to present to the media, the impromptu checkpoints multiplied throughout March, making the life of people travelling even more difficult and insufferable. Only a few minutes away from the large checkpoints, where they`ve already waited for hours, Palestinians must yet again present their papers and wait for checks during an unlimited period.||29/4/2005|
|US continues to torture Iraqis||Amnesty International - one year after the dramatic revelations of Abu Ghraib, US thugs continue to torture Iraqis with full government backing||29/4/2005|
|Bil`in: Protest against the wall||ISM - More on the demonstration of 28 April at Bil`in||29/4/2005|
|Blood for Oil?||Iain Boal, T.J. Clark, Joseph Matthews and Michael Watts - London Review of Books - "Retort, a group of writers and activists, considers whether oil was the reason for the invasion of Iraq"
|Checkpoint for ever||Daoud Kuttab - the Jordan Times - There is something terribly powerful about personal experiences. No matter how much one reads, hears and talks about a situation, the direct connection is often much more potent.||29/4/2005|
|Goodbye, Lebanon||Associated Press - Dozens of trucks carrying hundreds of Syrian soldiers, cannons, and rocket launchers seen heading out of Lebanon; son of assassinated former Lebanese leader Rafik Hariri declares he would run in Lebanese general elections
|Last Syrian Units Pack to Pull Out of Lebanon||Hassan M. Fattah - NYT - Syrian troops packed up their remaining equipment in Lebanon`s Bekaa Valley on Sunday, nearing a complete withdrawal days before a formal ceremony in Lebanon on Tuesday.
|Israeli checkpoints in the Occupied Teritories||Jews Against the Occupation - a link||23/4/2005|
|Checpoint Reality||Palestine Redcrescent Society - Presents a series of "Checkpoint Pictures" ||23/4/2005|
|Sick Palestinian detained for 9.5 hours and then arrested ||Hannah and Anna - ISWP - A resident of Qira was reportedly stopped at Huwara checkpoint leaving Nablus, where he had spent 7 days in a hospital due to a serious stomach infection. He was on his way home but was detained from 12:30 at noon till 10pm while the army checked his ID.||23/4/2005|
|Bil`in resists the Annexation Wall- two reports and an invitation||ISM News relay - Thursday the 21st of April, the youth of Bil`in village demonstrated against the Annexation Wall.
|`He shot me with a rubber bullet’||Ali Waked - YnetNews - Mahmad Sa’id Wahadan gets into row with soldiers at Beit Ibah checkpoint; resisting arrest, he’s shot with rubber bullet; Wahadan says he’s proud: “I later beat my son, who had begged them to leave me alone” ||22/4/2005|
|1000 Iraqis dying each month: expert||The Daily Telegraph - Despite a decrease in American deaths in Iraq, Iraqis continue to die and suffer under poor economic conditions, a foreign policy expert said today. Between 500 and 1000 Iraqis would be killed each month in the war-torn country, the Washington-based The Brookings Institution foreign policy expert Michael O`Hanlon said.
|The Arab scene||Mustafa El-Feki- Al-Ahram Weekly - The Arab world appears to have entered a new chapter in the trials and tribulations that have beset it over recent decades as it faces a sudden onslaught of regional and international developments - the election of a Republican administration in the US to a second term of office, the new phase in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the formation of a new government in Iraq raising question marks over the future of that country and the repercussions it will have throughout the region.||22/4/2005|
|Confronting present and past||Hala Mustafa - Al-Ahram Weekly - Democratisation is not only about amending constitutions or securing free elections; it is also about opening political and cultural values, indeed history, to scrutiny Hala Mustafa*
|Another Palestinian woman loses her foetus at a checkpoint||Mahsom - Ibtisam Lahham of Khan Yunis lost her baby after a one-hour delay at the Tuffah checkpoint ||20/4/2005|
|Israeli Restrictions Lead Palestinian Woman to Miscarriage||WAFA - Palestinian woman suffered miscarriage as Israeli soldiers prevented Wednesday an ambulance, carrying her, from accessing to reach a Hospital, Palestinian medicals sources said.
|What I Didn`t See in Iraq||Jim McGovern - The Nation - "Trust me when I tell you things are so much better in Iraq," said one US military official to me on my recent visit to that war-ravaged country. I didn`t know whether to scream or pull the remaining two strands of hair out of my head. ||20/4/2005|
|Jerusalem`s Armenians want Israeli recognition of `genocide`||Ezzedine Said - Agence France Presse||20/4/2005|
|Dangerous Democracy||David Hirst - The Guardian - Imperial America won`t like the free Arabia that missionary America will have helped to spawn||20/4/2005|
|Upon your walls, O Abu Dis, I have set watchmen||Navah Elisar - Mahsomwatch - an intimate look at the progress and the human cost of the Annexation Wall as it snakes its way through the Jerusalem area||20/4/2005|
|One year after Abu Ghraib, torture continues||Amnesty International - Campaign Against Torture ||30/4/2005|
|Darfur and the International Criminal Court||Eric Reeves - MERIP Online - On the ongoing crisis in the Sudan: "On March 31, 2005, the United Nations issued another response to the vast
crisis in the Darfur region of far western Sudan, referring various
conspicuous violations of international law to the International Criminal Court."
|Savage attack on demonstration||Gush Shalom - Reporting about the 28 April demonstration at Bil`in||29/4/2005|
|High court orders halt of construction of Ariel wall section - approves wall near Bethlehem ||George Rishmawi – IMEMC & Agencies - Israel has halted the construction of the wall around the settlement of Ariel in the northern West Bank, following injunctions issued by the High Court of Justice, in response to petitions against the route of the wall.
|Iraqi Alliance Seeks to Oust Top Officials Of Hussein Era||Ellen Knickmeyer - The Shiite Muslim bloc leading the new Iraqi
government will demand the removal of all top officials left over
from the era of former president Saddam Hussein, a top official
| What I Didn`t See in Iraq||Jim McGovern - The Nation - "Trust me when I tell you things are so much better in Iraq," said one US military official to me on my recent visit to that war-ravaged country. I didn`t know whether to scream or pull the remaining two strands of hair out of my head...||15/4/2005|
|Commemorating Lebanon`s War Amid Continued Crisis||Laurie King-Irani - MERIP - Laurie King-Irani, former editor of Middle East Report, lived and worked in Lebanon from 1993-1998. She is completing a book entitled Universal Jurisdiction for Humanitarian Crimes: The Belgian Experiment||15/4/2005|
|Don`t be fooled by the spin on Iraq ||Jonathan Steele - The Guardian - The US is failing - and hatred of the occupation greater than ever
|What I heard about Iraq||Eliot Weinberger - Fellowship Magazine - an excellent documentation of historical statements exposing the lies about Iraq, in the liars` own words [warning: over 15 pages long]||17/4/2005|
|Let them eat bombs; The doubling of child malnutrition in Iraq is baffling||Terry Jones - The Guardian - A report to the UN human rights commission in Geneva has concluded that Iraqi children were actually better off under Saddam Hussein than they are now.||13/4/2005|
|Israel: Rushing to harvest||Ghassan Andoni - IMEMC - Israeli foreign minister Silvan Shalom surprised his Egyptian counter part as he called on Egypt to help Israel carryout its “regional road map.” which aims at normalizing relations and establishing diplomatic relations with Arab states.||13/4/2005|
|Qatar: Collective punishment demission dispersion of whole families:||Human ights Info - Qatari government decided to withdraw the nationality from more than 5 thousands Qataris; almost all of them belong to the Ghafran branch of Al- Morrah tribe, claiming that this tripe is Saudi and they still have the Saudi nationality.
|IRAQ - US plans retreat from Iraq as Pentagon claims progress||Andrew Buncombe - The Independent - Reports suggest military commanders believe they are making
sufficient progress against insurgents and in training Iraqi
security forces that the Pentagon has starting drawing up plans to
reduce US forces from the current 142,000 to as few as 105,000.||12/4/2005|
|Al-Walaja Villagers Pledge Steadfastness to Lands||Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign - Palestinians from the village of Al-Walaja, set to see their lands, livelihoods and futures decimated by the Apartheid Wall, gathered to mark the finale of Land Week and assert their resistance to the colonization project of the Occupation Forces.
|IRAQ - Saddam may escape noose in deal to halt insurgency||Adrian Bloomfield - The Daily Telegraph - Saddam Hussein could avoid the gallows under a secret proposal by insurgent leaders that Iraq`s new administration is "seriously considering", a senior government source said yesterday.
|Soldiers` photos from Iraq||A large collection of photos taken by ordinary US soldiers in Iraq. Some are quite prosaic while others are very gruesome and disturbing. ||9/4/2005|
|The Development Report||Abdulwahab Badrakhan - Al-Hayat - Away from American intervention, often destructive, the AHDR should be dealt with as an ambitious and beneficial document. Let us say that it is a document for the governments and oppositions at the same time, but it is first and foremost for the governments, since the UN deals with them.||9/4/2005|
|Arnove on Iraq: Lecture to Brooklyn Parents for Peace||Anthony Arnove - Znet (Traprock Peace Center) - "[T]he U.S. occupation authorities passed more than 100 regulations that will outlive the occupation, imposing neoliberalism and austerity measures on whatever government comes to power. These involved opening every aspect of Iraq`s economy other than oil to 100 percent foreign ownership, retaining the anti-worker trade union laws of the Hussein regime, lowering taxes on corporations to levels only dreamed about by U.S. war profiteers, and ensuring that oil ... will be de facto controlled by private companies and dominated by the Western oil giants."||9/4/2005|
|"Iraq`s oilworkers will defend the country`s oil"||Hassan Juma`a Awad - Znet (Truthout) - "Iraqi oil reserves are the second largest in world. We asked ourselves, in a situation like that, how can it be that the workers in our industry would be getting a monthly salary of $35?"||9/4/2005|
|"Israel is the key to Bush`s Iraq strategy"||Neve Gordon - Counterpunch - The author argues that the US in Iraq is following the occupation model that Israel established in 1993, with the "Iraqi government" playing a role analogous to that of the Palestinian Authority.||8/4/2005|
|Continued Construction of the Annexation Wall ||From the PCHR report - IOF have continued to construct the Annexation Wall inside the West Bank. This week, they confiscated more area of Palestinian land and demolished a number of houses for this purpose. ||7/4/2005|
|Another Palestinian Ghetto in East Jerusalem: Israel Closes the Segregation Wall in Al Ram||Link to the Applied Research Institute: "The new construction is closing existing gaps between Al Ram and the neighboring towns of Beir Nabala and Beit Hanina and stretching around the eastern side of Al Ram. When complete, the Wall will encircle Al Ram (with a population of 25,215 inhabitants) on four sides leaving only two exits."||7/4/2005|
|Arab Human Development Report - 2004||United Nations Developpment Program ||6/4/2005|
|`Lebanese grow fearful as bombings persist`||Jessy Chanine - Daily Star - BEIRUT: `Even in our own homes, we`re not safe anymore,` said Riad Asswad, one of the seven wounded in a blast in Broumana last Friday. He added: `We had just finished dinner and were watching television in our living room, when suddenly the room just fell about our head.` ||6/4/2005|
|Attacking the Tehran-Damascus-Hezbollah Axis||Patrick Seale - Al-Hayat - Ever since the United States invaded Iraq two years ago - toppling Saddam Hussein, smashing the state, and killing tens of thousands of Iraqis - commentators have puzzled over America`s war aims. What was the strategic plan behind the carnage? What was Washington trying to achieve? If there was a master-plan, where would the U.S. strike next?||6/4/2005|
|A Constitutional Document For A New Lebanon?||Hazem Saghieh - Al-Hayat - If this is the `second independence` of the Lebanese then this independence deserves an independent historical document drafted the `founding fathers` from the opposition, or at least by the opposition`s most prominent or most powerful movements.
|Who Will Administer Reform In Egypt?||Hasan Abu Taleb - Al-Hayat - The Egyptian security forces had surrounded the parliament, established security checkpoints in the city of Cairo and created a situation which could be described by a nightmare. ||4/4/2005|
|The Quest for Democracy||Mohammad Al Ashab- Al-Hayat - The explosions of Beirut are simply attempts of standing in the way of change, but their impact cannot exceed the logic of implanting fear in people`s hearts. ||5/4/2005|
|UN report: Reforms in Arab world `are largely cosmetic` - || Roula Khalaf - Financial Times - Leading Arab intellectuals have warned against "premature" western euphoria over political progress in the Middle East, judging that reforms remain largely cosmetic and fragmented.||6/4/2005|
|Iraqi Parliament Appoints Kurd as President||Mariam Karouny - Reuters -
Parliament elected Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani
as Iraq`s president on Wednesday, breaking a political impasse and
paving the way for a new government more than nine weeks after
|Listen To Arab Voices||Marina Ottaway - The Washington Post - The third Arab Human Development Report, finally released by the
U.N. Development Program after a lengthy controversy, should be
required reading for Bush administration officials and for anyone
interested in promoting Middle East democracy. ||5/4/2005|
|Iraq Diaries: Out of Control||Cliff Kindy - CPT - The media carried the prominent story of the shooting of the Italian kidnap victim and her security guard. Also a Bulgarian soldier died as US forces opened fire from a checkpoint on Bulgarian military vehicles. These stories are in the news, but the regular incidents of Iraqis in similar situations are usually untold.
|Zarqawi Said to Be Behind Iraq Raid; Assault on Abu Ghraib May Signal New Tactics||Ellen Knickmeyer - The Washington Post - Insurgent groups led by foreigners and Iraqis
asserted Monday that guerrilla leader Abu Musab Zarqawi`s
organization was responsible for a major assault on Abu Ghraib
prison Saturday that U.S. officers called one of the most
sophisticated attacks of the insurgency.||5/4/2005|
|US Troops Battle Insurgents East of Baghdad||Reuters - U.S. and Iraqi troops battled dozens of
insurgents in a remote part of Iraq east of Baghdad on Monday and
two American soldiers and an Iraqi soldier were killed in the
fighting, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.
|Morocco`s Justice and Reconciliation Commission||Susan Slyomovics - MERIP - From independence in 1956 through the 1990s, the Moroccan state sent thousands of dissidents and political opponents to prison. During these decades, known to Moroccans as the "black years," the act of expressing an "unauthorized opinion" could earn years of arbitrary detention.||5/4/2005|
|Dahr Jamail: "Life in Falluja is a horror story"||Eric Ruder- Socialist Worker - from the EI - DAHR JAMAIL spent eight months working as an independent journalist in Iraq. As one of the few journalists not "embedded" with U.S. forces, his reports earned a reputation for being an uncompromising look at life under occupation.||1/4/2005|
|US relied on `drunken liar` to justify war; Crazy` Iraqi spy was full of misinformation||Edward Helmore - The Observer - An alcoholic cousin of an aide to Ahmed Chalabi has emerged as the key source in the US rationale for going to war in Iraq.||4/4/2005|
|Iraqi Assembly Selects Speaker, Ending Impasse||Ellen Knickmeyer - TWP - Sunni Muslim was selected as speaker of the new Iraqi parliament on Sunday, an important first step in the formation of a national unity government that follows two months of difficult negotiations.
|Popular Movement Descend on Confiscated Lands Forcing Occupation Forces to Flee from Confrontation||Stop the Wall Org. - Over 600 villagers from Azzun and Kafr Thulth in Qalqiliya gathered on lands confiscated by the Occupation Forces for its Apartheid Wall in their ongoing resistance to the theft and destruction of their lands. ||1/4/2005|
|Violence of the Occupation Forces Fails to Deter Palestinian Resistance to the Apartheid Wall||Stop the Wall - Simultaneous demonstrations on both sides of the Apartheid Wall which cuts through the area of Baqa ended in clashes with Occupation Forces, and defiant calls from the villagers that they will never accept the ghettoization of their lands.||2/4/2005|
|Protest against the Wall in various West Bank villages||ISM news relay - Israeli activist in hospital after a head injury sustained during anti-Wall protest, A-Zawiya protests isolation of their community,joint Palestinian-Israeli protest at Asira al Shamaliya near Nablus||4/4/2005|
|A Wall that destroys Life|| ||3/4/2005|
|Israeli (Yonatan Polak) hurt in anti-fence protest||Border Guard officers fire tear gas grenades at demonstrators; injured activist Yonatan Polak: "They aimed…directly at the protestors, as happens in all the demonstrations,” he said, and added that one grenades hit him in the head. “I’m hurting badly,” he said.
|Continued Construction of the Annexation Wall ||From the weekly report of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights||3/4/2005|
|We were in Bil`in today at the big demonstration against the fence||
Adi Dagan - a peaceful joint Palestinian-Israeli demonstration against the fence is infiltrated by undercover Israeli soldiers and prison guards||28/4/2005|
|Killing Freely in Iraq||Patrick Cockburn - The Independent - North American terrorists are wreaking havoc in Iraq with virtually complete immunity||28/4/2005|
|Applying consistency||Jordan Times Editorial - It is all very well to compel one set of foreign troops to leave, but useless if it is not a policy that is applied consistently. Israel still occupies land in Syria and Lebanon, in addition to East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. Let`s see some concerted international efforts to end those occupations.
| Breaking the silence on Arab rights||By Hasan Abu Nimah - The Jordan Times - Syria has just ended its military and intelligence presence in
Lebanon. This, no doubt, is a step in the right direction. It will
enable Lebanon to continue to build its political institutions and
its struggling economy away from the direct influence of foreign
|U.S. Figures Show Sharp Global Rise In Terrorism; State Dept. Will Not Put Data in Report||Susan B. Glasser - The Washington Post - The number of serious international terrorist incidents more than
tripled last year, according to U.S. government figures, a sharp
upswing in deadly attacks that the State Department has decided not
to make public in its annual report on terrorism due to Congress
|Ex-Officials Say Bolton Inflated Syrian Danger||Douglas Jehl - The NYT - According to former intelligence officials,
cntral Intelligence Agency and other experts rejected as exaggerated John R. Bolton`s warnings about Syrian efforts to acquire unconventional.
|IRAQ: Death business booms in Baghdad||Agence France Presse - BAGHDAD (AFP) - Hussein Mohammed never dreamt that roadside bombs and suicide attacks in Baghdad would make him a fortune.
|Iraqi insurgency `undiminished`||BBC News Online - Militants staging attacks in Iraq are as strong now as they were a year ago, America`s top soldier has said.Between 50 and 60 attacks are carried out each day, the same number as in 2004, according to Gen Richard Myers, chairman of the joint
chiefs of staff.
|U.S. may sell bunker busters to Israel; Proposed deal raises||Reuters -
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon notified Congress on Tuesday of a proposed
sale to Israel of 100 guided bunker-busting bombs, a move that
analysts said could prompt concerns about a unilateral Israel strike
|Swindler on a Gusher||Maureen Dowd - NYT - Ahmad Chalabi - convicted embezzler in Jordan, suspected Iranian spy, double-crosser of America, purveyor of phony war-instigating intelligence - is the new acting Iraqi oil minister.
|Amnesty: Torture continuing in Iraq||Aljazeera - Amnesty International has said there are signs of fresh torture and sexual abuse in Iraq by prison authorities.
|Iraq Reaches Landmark as Government Formed||Luke Baker - Reuters - BAGHDAD - Iraq formed its first democratically elected government in more than 50 years on Thursday, ending three months of political deadlock that has crippled efforts to end violence.
The 275-seat parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of the cabinet
proposed by Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja`afari, ending a power vacuum
that has existed since Jan. 30 elections.
|On Abu Ghraib, the Big Shots Walk||Bob Herbert - The New York Times - When soldiers in war are not properly trained and supervised,
atrocities are all but inevitable. This is one reason why the
military command structure is so important. There was a time, not so
long ago, when commanders were expected to be accountable for the
behavior of their subordinates.
|A morning at Huwwara and Beit Furik checkpoints||Matt Robson - There is a sign posted by the exit of the Beit Furik checkpoint, which looks innocent enough and possibly even multicultural with the three languages. The English reads "Exit Only" and the Arabic the same. The Hebrew, however, has been altered to the offensive "Exit Dog."
|Checkpoints Take Toll on Palestinians; Civilians Describe Abuse; Troops Lament Conditions ||Molly Moore - Washington Post - HAWARA, West Bank - At a sandbagged military checkpoint on a bleak patch of asphalt in the West Bank, an Israeli soldier yanked 29-year-old Mohammad Yousef out of a Palestinian ambulance. When Yousef`s medical papers were produced, the soldier waved them off and bellowed, "I wouldn`t let you in even if you brought God here with you!"
|Across the Middle East, a New Power Rises||Scott Wilson and Daniel Willams - Washington Post - an examination of opposition movements in Lebanon and Egypt: Pro-democracy or pro-Bush - or both? ||17/4/2005|
|An unjust war||Charley Reese - Antiwar - The North American people have been led like sheep to the slaughter in Iraq. ||16/4/2005|
|Land confiscation gather pace in South Hebron area ||The Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign - The Wall Prepares to Swallow the Land of Sammu`a and Dhahriya
|Conscription is necessary to stop the massacre||Black Commentator - Znet - a compelling argument that the US will never rejoin the family of civilized nations until universal conscription is implemented. ||19/4/2005|
|New revelations about racism in the military||Aiden Delgado, Paul Rockwell - Znet - a returned US soldier speaks of the US soldiers` intense racial hatred of Arabs. Excerpt: "I talked to the guy who did the killing. He showed me these grisly photographs ... ‘I shot this guy in the groin, he took three days to bleed to death.` I was shocked. This was the nicest guy you would ever want to meet. He was a family man, a really courteous guy, a devout Christian. I was stunned and said to him: `You shot an unarmed man behind barbed wire for throwing a stone.` He said, `Well, I knelt down. I said a prayer, stood up and gunned them all down.` " ||19/4/2005|
|The Wall: 182 Dunams annexed near Jerusalem; Wall section in northern Bethlehem started||Saed banoura and IMEMC - Tuesday afternoon, Israeli soldiers annexed 182 Dunams near Beit Sorik and Al-Jo’ba, north west of Jerusalem;
Bulldozers started erecting a section of the separation wall near the Electricity Company in the northern neighborhood of Bethlehem.
|Hattar sentenced to three-month prison term||Rana Husseini - The Jordan Times - Ali Hattar was sentenced to a three-month prison term after being convicted for slandering the government in a lecture titled "Why we boycott America", organized by the Professional Associations Council and its Anti-Normalisation Committee, which was ruled illegal in Jordan.
|Breaking the silence on Arab rights||Hasan Abu Nimah - The Jordan Times - Syria has just ended its military and intelligence presence in Lebanon. This, no doubt, is a step in the right direction. It will enable Lebanon to continue to build its political institutions and its struggling economy away from the direct influence of foreign intervention.
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