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White House denies plan to close Guantánamo Bay with executive action (Reuters) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 - Obama administration spokesperson vehemently contradicts report that president seeks to override law and Congress. The White House on Thursday denied a report that President Barack Obama is putting together options for executive action to close the controversial US military prison at Guantánamo Bay in defiance of congressional wishes. The Wall Street Journal, citing administration officials, reported that the White House was "drafting options" to close the facility by overriding a ban put in place by Congress that prohibits prisoners from being brought to the United States...

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Warmongering Hebrew University tries to muzzle Palestinian students (Yara Sa'di) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 - Back in 1969, the civil rights activist Angela Davis complained of how third-level education was being hijacked. Research grants were being awarded by the US government to "force the scholar to develop more efficient means, for example, of furthering the war in Vietnam."Speaking at the University of California, Los Angeles, Davis said: "The university has become political in a very overt sense. It has become political as far as politics are defined by the controlling political apparatus in this country."...

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Report suggests Assad’s forces committed mass rape near Aleppo (Al Arabiya News) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 - Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime took hostage 500 residents – mostly women and children – from a northern Aleppo village last week amid reports of mass rape, the opposition National Coalition has said. In a press statement, the coalition condemned the capture of women and children residing in the village of Sefat, calling it a "dirty and cowardly action," and demanded an "immediate release of all detainees."The capturing of women and children came amid news from the village of rape crimes being carried out by "Assad’s forces and the sectarian militia fighting by its side," the coalition said, quoting local activists.Reports of torture and mass rape are not uncommon in the Syrian civil war...

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Israeli Perception and Reality (By Jamal Kanj) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 -In my last column, I discussed Benjamin Netanyahu’s proclivity to deceive, cheat and lie. During my research, however, I came across an article by Israeli journalist Amira Hass, who had a different take on the issue.In her 2011 article in the Israeli daily Haartz, Hass argued that 'Netanyahu is less of a liar than past Israeli PMs.’ť She explained that unlike other Israeli prime ministers, Netanyahu 'doesn’t bother to cover the gap between words and bulldozers.’Political Zionism must have envisioned their apparent nemesis, Adolf Hitler’s quote 'If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.’ It all started with their slogan: 'A land without people, for a people without land.’..

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G.I. Resistance to the Vietnam War (by KEVIN KEATING) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 - Until 1968 the desertion rate for U.S. troops in Vietnam was lower than in previous wars. But by 1969 the desertion rate had increased fourfold. This wasn’t limited to Southeast Asia; desertion rates among G.I.’s were on the increase world-wide. For soldiers in the combat zone, insubordination became an important part of avoiding horrible injury or death. As early as mid-1969, an entire company of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade sat down on the battlefield. Later that year, a rifle company from the famed 1st Air Cavalry Division flatly refused — on CBS TV — to advance down a dangerous trail. In the following 12 months the 1st Air Cav notched up 35 combat refusals...

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The International Coalition is Fighting the Most Dangerous Enemy of Iranian Expansion in the Region (Raghida Dergham) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 - ...What the Americans do not understand are the details of the Iranian role in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, or Yemen. These are complex details for ordinary Americans, details in which they have no interest. As for decision-makers, this is another matter. Still, it would be naďve to assume that US policy is based on ignorance, naivety, or foolishness. This begs the most important question: Why has all the attention and all the priorities been focused on fighting ISIS, mobilizing a regional and international alliance for the purpose, with the disclaimer that this war is going to last for years? ...

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Yet Another Example of How Government Uses ‘Legal Process’ to Coerce Reporters to Reveal Sources (By: Kevin Gosztola) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 - In 2011, a reporter for Fox News named Mike Levine was issued a grand jury subpoena as part of a Justice Department leak investigation. The subpoena demanded Levine reveal the names of "law enforcement" sources, who confirmed details for a story he wrote on Somali-Americans being indicted on terrorism charges in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Levine fought the subpoena and lost in July. Despite the fact that the government had defeated , the government withdrew the subpoena in April 2012. That Levine had been subpoenaed had been publicly known since May of this year, however, court records in the case remained secret until yesterday. And they provide a clear example of how the government is willing to use the legal process against journalists to essentially intimidate and pressure them into revealing their confidential sources...

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Elie Wiesel and Amos Yadlin congratulate East Jerusalem settlers (By Noam Sheizaf) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 - One of the most dramatic settlement efforts in decades took place a couple of weeks ago, when 25 apartments in the Palestinian neighborhood Silwan, in East Jerusalem, were occupied by Jewish settlers. Silwan is the prize trophy for the settler movement, since it sits right on the edge of the Old City, inside the Holy Basin. The new Israeli push into the Palestinian part of the city was condemned by the international community and stood at the heart of the media coverage during Netanyahu’s visit to the U.S. The settlement effort, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, was carried out "by individuals who are associated with an organization whose agenda, by definition, stokes tensions between Israelis and Palestinians."...

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Harvard Students: US is a Bigger Threat Than ISIS (Dennis Loo) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 - The British paper, Daily Mail Online, reported on October 9, 2014: Harvard students believe that American [sic] is a bigger threat to world peace than ISIS, according to a recent survey of attendees at the prestigious Cambridge university. Campus Reform, a self-styled 'campus watchdog' for conservative students, carried out the interviews in the quad at the Ivy League school on Saturday and asked: 'Who is the bigger threat to world peace, ISIS or the U.S.?’ The students featured in the video were overwhelming in their belief that America and its interventionist foreign policy is a greater threat than the group of Muslim fanatics that have gained global notoriety in recent months through a series of video of Western hostages being beheaded.-...

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17 Civilians killed and wounded by Iraqi army's bombing in Fallujah (NINA) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 The medical sources at Fallujah General Hospital announced on Friday the martyrdom of 4 civilians, including two women and injuring 13 others, including two women & 4 kids during renewed shelling on the city of Fallujah. The source told the National Iraqi News Agency / Nina / that the mortar shelling, artillery and military helicopters focused on the neighborhoods of Al-Jughaifi, al-Shurta and al-Golan, north of Fallujah, and Nazzal, and al-Shuhadaa southern it, in addition to al-Askari area east of the city, adding that Fallujah is exposed almost daily to bombardment...

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Forgotten Atrocities, Vietnam Edition (James Bovard) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 - ...David Hackworth, a retired colonel and the most decorated officer in the Army, commented in 2003: "Vietnam was an atrocity from the get-go…. There were hundreds of My Lais. You got your card punched by the numbers of bodies you counted." American soldiers faced more legal perils for reporting than for committing atrocities. Rank-and-file whistleblowers would be threatened with criminal charges if they tried to inform higher-ups about a massacre or other abuses....

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Palestinian Christian village cancels Oktoberfest (Daoud Kuttab) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 - Sometimes the product becomes better known than the town or country of origin. This happened to the Palestinian Christian village of Taybeh, whose brew was described by Time Magazine as "the beer that made Taybeh famous." The name of the beer and the town, which means "good" in Arabic, was given to this Palestinian village by the 12th century Muslim leader Salah ad-Din al-Ayyoubi. The folk tale states that Salah ad-Din found the local Christians hospitable and generous and called them "taybeen," the plural of what the town ultimately became known as...




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Beyond Occupation
Israel and the G-Word
(by JONATHAN COOK) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 - Israeli officials were caught in a revealing lie late last month as the country celebrated the Jewish New Year. Shortly after declaring the most popular boy’s name in Israel to be "Yosef", the interior ministry was forced to concede that the top slot was actually filled by "Mohammed". That small deceit coincided with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the United Nations. He outraged Israelis by referring to Israel’s slaughter of more than 2,100 Palestinians – most of them civilians – in Gaza over the summer as "genocide". Both incidents served as a reminder of the tremendous power of a single word. Most Israelis are barely able to contemplate the possibility that their Jewish state could be producing more Mohammeds than Moshes. At the same time, and paradoxically, Israel can point to the sheer number of "Mohammeds" to demonstrate that at worst it is eradicating the visibility of a Muslim name, certainly not its bearers...

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Iraq’s Greatest Calamity (Geneva International Centre for Justice - GICJ) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 - For a long time, the international community has remained silent towards human rights violations in Iraq, as no forms of protest were made despite there being some of the most extreme and blatant violations of such laws. When the American occupiers dismantled the Iraqi judiciary system and military forces in 2003, the entire country fell into a disastrous societal vacuum that enabled the chaotic, anarchical situation we are witnessing today. Not an ounce of protests were made against these gross and outlandish violations, including the indiscriminate bombings, shelling and killings of innocent civilians; all of which that have resulted in about two million deaths ever since the invasion and occupation happened. This landscape, particularly during the years of American occupation, paved an environment that is ripe for extreme forms of human rights violations to be committed with impunity; an unfortunate legacy that remains with Iraq’s successive "democratic" governments.
The world has also turned a blind eye towards the plight of the Iraqi people when they begun to exercise their legitimate right as stipulated under the UN Charter in resisting the invasion and foreign occupation of their homeland...

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Israeli forces arrest disabled Palestinian man (International Solidarity Movement) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 - Yesterday at approximately 10 PM in the Qeitun region of Al-Khalil (Hebron), a group of 6 Israeli soldiers accused 14-year-old Amjad Taha of throwing fire crackers at them outside of his home. Amjad’s cousin, Muhammad Taha (17 years-old), was standing close by with his 2-year-old cousin when the Israeli soldiers began to aggressively grab Amjad. A few of the soldiers then grabbed Muhammad, who was still holding his baby cousin. The soldiers began to take Amjad, Muhammad, and their baby cousin away from the front of their house..

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A Murder Mystery at Guantanamo Bay (By Ray McGovern) - 24-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 - There’s more of a mystery to how three Guantanamo detainees died on June 10, 2006, than I realized when I described their deaths as suicides in a recent article about force-feeding methods at the notorious U.S. prison. Some very experienced investigators who have examined the evidence suspect the three were victims of homicides amid the torture regime employed by President George W. Bush’s underlings. Scott Horton, whose upcoming book Lords of Secrecy contains new insights into the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Tenet go-ahead on torture and other abuses, has supplied me with additional detail highly suggestive of foul play by CIA interrogators

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New prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas in sight (Ola Attallah) - 23-nov-2014

October 10, 2014 -According to Palestinian observers, it seems as though a new prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel is on the horizon after, what many suspect, have been indirect negotiation sessions between the two parties.Political analysts have not ruled out the possibility that we may witness sessions of negotiations between the two sides in an effort to reach a new prisoner deal within the coming days. During the latest Israeli attacks on Gaza, members of the Al-Qassam Brigades announced that it had captured Israeli soldier Aron Shaol during Israel's ground invasion of Gaza City on 20th July. Two days later, the Israeli army admitted the loss of Shaol although they believed that he was killed during an on-going battle with Hamas fighters...

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Syria News - October 9, 2014 (Local Coordination Committees of Syria) - 23-nov-2014

October 9, 2014 - By the end of Thursday, LCC has documented 61 martyrs inidinf 9 women, 7 children and 2 martyrs under torture. 25 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs, 11 in Aleppo, 7 in Daraa, 7 in Idlib, 5 in Hama, 4 in Homs and 2 in Qunitra...

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Suha Arraf on her "stateless" Palestinian film (Patrick O. Strickland) - 23-nov-2014

October 9, 2014 - "They want to view me as a 'good Israeli Arab director’ or a 'nice Israeli Arab,’" says filmmaker Suha Arraf, who recently came under attack by the Israeli government and its supporters for labeling her latest work a Palestinian production. "The moment you say Palestinian, though, you become the enemy," she told The Electronic Intifada. The 45-year-old filmmaker from the town of Maaliya in the Galilee region of present-day Israel has screenwriting credit for the critically acclaimed feature-length films Lemon Tree (2008) and The Syrian Bride (2004), and directed the documentary Women of Hamas (2008)...

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Coalition air strikes against Isis aid Bashar al-Assad, Syrian rebels claim (Ian Black and Mona Mahmood) - 23-nov-2014

October 9, 2014 - ..."Syrian warplanes used to shell us two or three times a week but now they target us every day thanks to the coalition forces," Faris Samir, from Harm in the northern Idlib region, complained on Thursday. "We are losing martyrs and many get injured but no one pays any attention. Now the Syrian army is taking areas bombed by the coalition forces after the Islamic factions withdraw. I have to say that the coalition military campaign is in the interest of the Syrian regime and against the Syrian people."...No coalition strikes have been made to help or relieve rebel forces where they were facing either Isis or government troops. Emile Hokayem of the International Institute of Strategic Studies said Assad has been able "to give his troops a break while surveying the landscape and looking for opportunities."..

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Gazans spirits lifted at arrival of unity government ministers (Mohammed Omer) - 23-nov-2014

October 9, 2014 - - Ministers of the new Palestinian unity government arrived in Gaza on Thursday to hold the first cabinet meeting following the 51-day war with Israel. "This is an historic visit which is the embodiment of Palestinian national unity and a real step toward ending the division," Minister of Justice, Salem al-Saqqa told Middle East Eye. "This is the first time for ministers to meet face-to-face in the house of President Mahmoud Abbas, and that has special significance as he is the president of the Palestinian people, and the head of legitimacy." While Abbas resides in the West Bank, he has an old villa in Gaza that had - until recently - laid empty, but has now been turned into a makeshift meeting space for the unity ministers...


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BBC map ignores occupation of Jerusalem (Amena Saleem) - 23-nov-2014

October 9, 2014 - The BBC has published a map on its website, which indicates that Jerusalem is not occupied by Israel. This graphic (see above) was used to illustrate at least two stories on the BBC website in recent months. It can be viewed online two thirds of the way down a story titled "Israel: Hamas 'will pay price’ after teenagers found dead." The map shows the city of Jerusalem as being wholly inside Israel. In reality, Jerusalem is under Israeli military occupation.
The false map was also used at the bottom of a story from 23 September titled "Israel kills Palestinians suspected of teenagers’ murders." ...

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Notice that ISIS Isn’t Beheading Swiss Citizens (by Jacob G. Hornberger) - 23-nov-2014

October 9, 2014 - ...Ever since 9/11, this has been the major issue facing the American people with respect to U.S. foreign policy: Did terrorism come to the United States because of the ferocity of radical Muslims who hate America for its freedom and values? Or did terrorism come to the United States out of retaliation for what the U.S. government was doing to people in the Middle East, many of whom were Muslims, including such things as the U.S. government’s partnership with Middle East dictatorships, the sanctions against Iraq that were killing tens of thousands of Iraqi children on an annual basis, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright’s statement that the deaths of half-a-million Iraqi children from the sanctions were "worth it," the stationing of U.S. troops near Islamic holy lands, the deadly no-fly zones over Iraq, and the unconditional military and financial support to the Israeli government....

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Did Israel Commit Genocide in Gaza? (Richard Falk) - 22-nov-2014

October 9, 2014 - In a special session of the Russell Tribunal held in Brussels on September 24th, Israel’s military operation Protective Edge was critically scrutinized from the perspective of international law, including the core allegation of genocide. The process featured a series of testimonies by legal and weapons experts, health workers, journalists and others most of whom had experienced the 50 days of military assault. A jury composed of prominent individuals from around the world, known for their moral engagement with issues of the day that concerned their societies, and also the wellbeing of humanity, assessed the evidence with the help of an expert legal team of volunteers that helped with the preparation of the findings and analysis for consideration by the jury, which deliberated and debated all relevant issues of fact and law, above all the question of how to respond to the charge of genocide...

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