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Archive for April 16th, 2009

West Bank a Time Bomb Waiting to Explode

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Analysis by Mel Frykberg

16 Apr 09 | IPS

Tension between Israel and Palestinians is rising sharply as reflected in a number of increasingly bloody and violent confrontations since Israel’s devastating war in Gaza at the beginning of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 April 2009 at 4:09 pm

Israel to Judaize More of al-Quds

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16 Apr 09 | PTV

Israel is to demolish some 90 houses in mainly Arab east al-Quds in a move that will deprive more than 1,500 Palestinians of their homes.


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16 April 2009 at 4:06 pm

Israel Backs Off from Attack on Iran

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16 Apr 09 | PTV

Israel has retracted a military option against Iran just after Washington refused to back up Tel Aviv’s attack to halt Tehran’s nuclear work.


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16 April 2009 at 4:00 pm

Errant Drone Attacks Spur Militants in Pakistan

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Analysis by Gareth Porter

15 Apr 09 | IPS

The U.S. programme of drone aircraft strikes against higher-ranking officials of al Qaeda and allied militant organisations, which has been touted by proponents as having eliminated nine of the 20 top al Qaeda leaders, is actually weakening Pakistan’s defence against the insurgency of the Islamic militants there by killing large numbers of civilians based on faulty intelligence and discrediting the Pakistani military, according to data from the Pakistani government and interviews with senior analysts. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 April 2009 at 3:57 pm

ACLU Demands Disclosure of Torture Memos

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16 Apr 09 | PTV and Raw Story

ACLU expresses concern that the US President might not publicly release the previous administration’s memos authorizing torture.


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16 April 2009 at 3:54 pm

Russia: No S-300 Delivery to Iran

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15-16 Apr 09 | PTV

Russia’s state arms export service has declared that the country is not delivering its advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran.


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16 April 2009 at 3:44 pm

Posted in Iran, Palestine-Israel

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Is America the New Russia?

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by Martin Wolf

13 Apr 09 | FT

Is the US Russia? The question seems provocative, if not outrageous. Yet the person asking it is Simon Johnson, former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and a professor at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In an article in the May issue of the Atlantic Monthly, Prof Johnson compares the hold of the “financial oligarchy” over US policy with that of business elites in emerging countries. Do such comparisons make sense? The answer is Yes, but only up to a point. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 April 2009 at 3:23 pm

Kenya ‘Will Try Somali Pirates’

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16 Apr 09 | BBC

Eleven pirates were intercepted on Wednesday east of the Kenyan coast.

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16 April 2009 at 3:15 pm

Russia Ends Chechnya Operation

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16 Apr 09 | AJE and RT

Russia says it has ended its 10 year military operation in the North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya. Moscow says stability has returned to the region, torn apart by two wars since the collapse of the Soviet Union. But as Nadim Baba reports, the peace between Russia and Chechen fighters is not necessarily mutually agreed (2:15):

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16 April 2009 at 3:12 pm

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Moscow Against NATO-Georgia Drills

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16 Apr 09 | RT and AJE

Russia calls on NATO to cancel or at least postpone its scheduled military exercises in Georgia (6:01):

Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, said on Thursday that the exercises were “unlikely to send the right signal to those sincerely wishing to achieve stability in the Caucasus”. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 April 2009 at 2:51 pm

Netanyahu Demands Palestinians Recognize ‘Jewish State’

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16 Apr 09 | Ha’aretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting U.S. envoy George Mitchell on Thursday that his government would condition talks over Palestinian statehood on the Palestinians first recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.


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16 April 2009 at 2:33 pm

Britain and France Criticize Sri Lanka Rebels

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16 Apr 09 | NYT

Britain and France issued on Thursday a strongly worded criticism of the Tamil Tiger rebels for preventing civilians from leaving the small conflict zone in the north east of Sri Lanka. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 April 2009 at 2:05 pm

Posted in Asia

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Afghan Women Protest Marital Rape Law

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16 Apr 09 | NYT

Women critical of new restrictions applying to Shiites demonstrated Wednesday in Kabul.

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16 April 2009 at 2:02 pm

Thailand Political Crisis

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14-16 Apr 09 | PTV and AJE

Big demonstration and violence in Thailand left people dead and injured (10:09):

Thai anti-government protesters have said they will disperse from their stronghold, where they are surrounded by soldiers, at government offices in Bangkok.

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16 April 2009 at 1:34 pm

Israel Won’t Cooperate in UN Gaza Probe

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by Jason Ditz

15 Apr 09 | AWC News

Foreign Ministry says delegation won’t be allowed into country.

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16 April 2009 at 1:13 pm

Posted in Palestine-Israel, UN

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Indians Vote in Marathon Election

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16 Apr 09 | AJE

Tens of millions of Indians have cast their ballots in the first phase of India’s month-long election.


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16 April 2009 at 1:08 pm

Posted in India

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Eritrea Becoming ‘a Giant Prison’

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16 Apr 09 | BBC

The Eritrean government is turning its country into a giant prison, according to Human Rights Watch.


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16 April 2009 at 1:05 pm

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Interpreter for F.B.I. Thinks Interrogators Beat Terror Suspect

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16 Apr 09 | NYT

An interpreter for the F.B.I. during an interrogation of a suspect in the terrorist bombing of the American Embassy in Kenya in 1998 now says that she heard sounds and pleading that led her to believe that the suspect was being beaten, and that she was so traumatized by the incident that she fled from the room, newly filed court documents show. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 April 2009 at 12:59 pm

U.S. Housing Starts Fall 10.8% in March

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16 Apr 09 | FT

New US residential building slowed sharply in March after a surprise surge the month before, dimming hopes that the real estate slump may be nearing a bottom. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 April 2009 at 12:55 pm

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US Says Iran Conditions Remain

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16 Apr 09 | AJE

The United States has said it would welcome dialogue with Iran but has not dropped its demand for it to halt uranium enrichment activities.


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16 April 2009 at 12:38 pm

Guantanamo Abuse Row Deepens

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14-16 Apr 09 | AJE

A detainee at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay is claiming that tear gas was used on him and he was beaten by guards. In a phone call to Al Jazeera, Mohammad al-Qurani said the abuse continued this year, after Barack Obama, the US president, took power and promised to end abuse at the jail. Al Jazeera’s Monica Villamizar reports (3:07):

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16 April 2009 at 12:35 pm

New Lawyer for Mumbai ‘Attacker’

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16 Apr 09 | BBC

A new lawyer has been appointed for the sole surviving suspected gunman from last year’s Mumbai attacks, after the first was abruptly sacked at the trial.


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16 April 2009 at 10:02 am

Posted in India

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