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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Osama bin Laden: Is It Him? Almost Certainly. Robert Fisk - The Independent - So why only on audio? Why no video tape? Is he sick? Yes, say the usual American "intelligence sources". It`s the same old story: Osama bin Laden talks to us from the mouth of a cave, from within a cave, from a basement perhaps, from a tape almost certainly recorded down a telephone line from far away.20/1/2006
Robert Fisk: My Challenge For Steven SpielbergRobert Fisk - The Independent/palestinechronicle - Steven Spielberg`s Munich is absolutely brilliant. I can hear readers groaning already. It won`t open in Britain until next Friday. But in the United States, Arabs have condemned the movie about the Israeli assassination of Palestinians after the 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics as an anti-Arab diatribe that dehumanizes an entire people suffering dispossession and occupation. 23/1/2006
Egypt says vote for Hamas was demand for change The Jordan Times - Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif said Friday night the overwhelming vote for Hamas was a demand for change by the Palestinian people who want jobs, services, and a better life. 29/1/2006
A vote for changeGraham Usher in Gaza City - Al-Ahram Weekly - Palestinians go to the polls in the hope that their lives will change for the better27/1/2006
Hamas victory redraws political map of Middle EastNidal al-Mughrabi - Al-Ahram Weekly - Hamas swept to victory over the long-dominant Fatah party on Thursday in Palestinian parliamentary polls, and Israel immediately ruled out talks with any government involving the Islamic militant group. 27/1/2006
Israel plans to accelerate the construction of the WallSaed Bannoura- IMEMC & Agencies 28/1/2006
Bil`in 20.1.06Professor David Shulman - Ta`ayush - a beautiful eyewitness report from the last Friday demonstration - "This Friday marks a year since the villagers of Bil`in began their campaign of non-violent protest against the Separation Wall, which robs them of most of their lands."24/1/2006
Destroying the basic fabric of life Sarah Kliachko and Susan Lourenco - MachsomWatch - bitterlemons.org - on checkpoints - "even if some strikes are prevented in the short term, the army`s behavior has severe implications for the long term. Restriction of movement completely destroys the basic fabric of life. It breeds generations of hate, undermines the value system of soldiers who serve in the West Bank, and strikes a harsh blow at any chance for dialogue and peace between the nations."24/1/2006
A morning in Qalandiya, January 21, 2006 Nina Mayorek - MachsomWatch - on how the new "border crossing" looks on the ground- "The hope of us all"24/1/2006
Rights Group Criticizes US, EU HypocrisyJim Lobe - Inter Press Service - The Bush administration`s "global war on terrorism" continued to set back the cause of human rights in 2005, according to a major U.S. rights group, which said that U.S. and European hypocrisy in carrying out that war led to a "global leadership void".19/1/2006
In Iraqi Oil City, a Formidable Foe; Airborne SoldiersAnn Scott Tyson - The Washington Post - Pfc. Robyn Houston fires bursts of bullets into the air as his Humvee swerves around a pothole and lurches over a highway median. His convoy bears down on oncoming traffic, forcing Iraqi cars to swerve onto a dirt shoulder. 18/1/2006
Human rights in Iraq `much worse`CNN - After a year of arduous political spadework by Iraqis trying to establish a democracy, a major humanitarian watchdog group has said "the human rights situation in Iraq deteriorated significantly in 2005." 18/1/2006
Iraq Tops Nations With Minorities at Grave RiskJim Lobe - Inter Press Service - Iraq tops a list of countries whose minorities find themselves most at risk of persecution and even mass killing at the start of 2006, according to a new threat index released Thursday by the London-based Minority Rights Group International (MRG). 21/1/2006
Bin Laden ReturnsJustin Raimondo - Antiwar.com - They said he was dead, or so debilitated and "on the run" that we would never hear from him again: they said he was cowering in a cave somewhere, without operational control of al-Qaeda and with no hope of ever affecting the world in the way he did on 9/11 and its immediate aftermath. 21/1/2006
From Future Television, a lesson in mobilizationRami G. Khouri - Daily Star - An important aspect of the Arab mass media - especially satellite television - that has not been sufficiently assessed, is the power to deliberately mobilize masses in order to achieve political objectives. The best example of this of late has been Lebanon`s Future Television and its role in fostering mass street action and political change in the country. 18/1/2006
Israeli troops injure wall protestersShereen Abu Aqla - Al Jazeera - More than 2000 people, including Israeli and foreign peace activists, gathered to demonstrate against Israel`s illegal separation barrier on Friday. The protest started at Bilain village where Palestinian lands have been confiscated to build the wall. 21/1/2006
MachsomWatch Summary – December 2005Checkpoints in December - MachsomWatch observations of the restriction of free movement by Palestinians in the Occupied Territories - "Huge billboards have sprung up at the entrance to the new checkpoints, proclaiming ‘the hope of us all’. Paraphrasing an Israeli song - the Occupation, like despair, is becoming far more convenient …the sight of the billboards evokes horror and evil associations; they tower over the new checkpoints, as if orchestrating people’s entrance into them – ‘the hope of us all’ indeed – a contemptuous, contemptible message. "20/1/2006
Iraq captors threaten to kill journalist Al-Jazeera - The abductors of US journalist Jill Carroll have threatened to kill her if the United States does not free Iraqi women prisoners within 72 hours, reports Aljazeera. 18/1/2006
There is no war on terrorNoam Chomsky - Znet/Alternet - "We are under a rigid doctrine in the West, a religious fanaticism, that says we must believe that the United States would have invaded Iraq even if its main product was lettuce and pickles, and the oil resources of the world were in Central Africa. ... Well, you know, if you have three gray cells functioning, you know that that`s perfect nonsense. The U.S. invaded Iraq because it has enormous oil resources"18/1/2006
God, blood, oil and IraqTariq Ali - Counterpunch - had the Shia resisted the occupation,the war would have been over long ago18/1/2006
MachsomWatch Summary – November 2005Checkpoints in November - MachsomWatch observations of the restriction of free movement by Palestinians in the Occupied Territories - "Bullying, abuse, hindering daily life, changing instructions and arbitrariness" 14/1/2006
Qalandiya new "terminal" - 3.1.06Norah Orlow and Roni Hammerman - MachsomWatch - photos and description of the new "terminal" at the Qalandiya checkpoint (pdf file)7/1/2006
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How Many Iraqis Have Died Since the US Invasion in 2003?Andrew Cockburn - Counterpunch - The Americans claim "30,000, more or less", which quite certainly is an under-estimate. The true number is probably hitting around 180,000 by now, with a possibility that it has reached as high as half a million. 9/1/2006
Israelis plan pre-emptive strike on IranIan Bruce - The Herald - Israel is updating plans for a pre-emptive strike on Iran`s nuclear facilities which could be launched as soon as the end of March, according to military and intelligence sources11/1/2006
Urgent appeal to save Iraq`s academicsBrussels Tribunal - With thousands fleeing the country in fear for their lives, not only is Iraq undergoing a major brain drain, the secular middle class - which has refused to be co-opted by the US occupation - is being decimated, with far-reaching consequences for the future of Iraq 11/1/2006
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Abramoff and the Israeli connectionJustin Raimundo - Antiwar - Washington sleazebag funneled money to Israel`s "settler" movement 11/1/2006
They humiliate us like animals - Tales from the new checkpoint Community Voice - Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign -The vast and imposing terminal built at Qalandiya, opened in December 2005, serves as one of the key checkpoints in the control of Palestinian movement. It is causing misery, frustration, and most of all humiliation for the thousands of Palestinians who pass it every day for work, education, basic services and visiting family. 7/1/2006
Identity Voting in IraqFouad Ajami - US News - A shrewd Iraqi observer, Nibras Kazimi, had it mostly right when he said, a week after the December 15 parliamentary voting, that Iraq had held a census rather than an election.9/1/2006
Bush slams Arabic TVAl-Jazeera - George Bush admitted that Americans needed to do a better job of communicating their ideals. 6/1/2006
Syrian MPs demand exile`s trialBBC News - Syrian MPs have demanded that treason charges be brought against an exiled top politician who implicated President Bashar al-Assad in a political murder. Former vice-president Abdul Halim Khaddam says Mr Assad threatened the then-Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri months before his murder in a bomb attack. 2/1/2006
Egypt: Few changes in Mubarak`s new cabinetAssociated Press - President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday swore in a new cabinet that retained major personalities of the previous government, while adding two more pro-American business figures and installing Egypt`s first woman minister to wear a headscarf, a sign of Islamic piety. 1/1/2006
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