|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|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 Spielberg||Robert 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.
|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.
|A vote for change||Graham Usher in Gaza City - Al-Ahram Weekly - Palestinians go to the polls in the hope that their lives will change for the better||27/1/2006|
|Hamas victory redraws political map of Middle East||Nidal 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.
|Israel plans to accelerate the construction of the Wall||Saed Bannoura-
IMEMC & Agencies ||28/1/2006|
|Bil`in 20.1.06||Professor 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 Hypocrisy||Jim 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 Soldiers||Ann 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
|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."
|Iraq Tops Nations With Minorities at Grave Risk||Jim 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).
|Bin Laden Returns||Justin 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.
|From Future Television, a lesson in mobilization||Rami 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.
|Israeli troops injure wall protesters||Shereen 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.
|MachsomWatch Summary – December 2005||Checkpoints 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.
|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 terror||Noam 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 Iraq||Tariq Ali - Counterpunch - had the Shia resisted the occupation,the war would have been over long ago||18/1/2006|
| MachsomWatch Summary – November 2005||Checkpoints 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"
|Qalandiya new "terminal" - 3.1.06||Norah Orlow and Roni Hammerman - MachsomWatch - photos and description of the new "terminal" at the Qalandiya checkpoint
|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.
|Israelis plan pre-emptive strike on Iran||Ian 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
| Urgent appeal to save Iraq`s academics||Brussels 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|
|Abramoff and the Israeli connection||Justin 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 Iraq||Fouad 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 TV||Al-Jazeera - George Bush admitted that Americans needed to do a better job of communicating their ideals.
|Syrian MPs demand exile`s trial||BBC 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.
|Egypt: Few changes in Mubarak`s new cabinet||Associated 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.
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