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Archive for April 2009

Letter to Secretary Clinton on Blockade of Gaza Strip

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30 Apr 09 | HRW

Dear Secretary Clinton,

I am writing in regard to your April 22 comments on Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. Your characterization of Israel’s policy greatly understates the extent and impact of the border closure, which amounts to the collective punishment of Gaza’s civilian population – a serious violation of international law. Instead of downplaying the consequences of this blockade, we ask that you use the influence of the United States and your office to press Israel to end this policy which purposefully punishes civilians as a way to pressure Hamas. We also urge you to press Egypt, which has largely cooperated with Israel’s blockade, to allow humanitarian assistance through the Rafah crossing, which it controls. Read the rest of this entry »

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30 April 2009 at 3:18 pm

Teenage Somali Pirate Charged as Adult in New York

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30 Apr 09 | NYT

The federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan is a towering presence, more than big enough to have handled such history-in-the-making cases involving a Gotti, a Madoff, and several men who have pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden.

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30 April 2009 at 3:09 pm

Peres Threatens Iran With ‘Nuclear Response’; Ahmadinejad: West Controlled by Israel Lobby

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29/30 Apr 09 | PTV and AP

Israeli President Shimon Peres says the best way to deter Iran from continuing its nuclear program is to threaten it with a ‘nuclear response’.


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Israel Moves Forth with Judaization of Palestinian Territory

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30 Apr 09 | PTV and IPS

Israel is constructing 50 more synagogues and dozens of security centers near al-Aqsa Mosque in a move viewed as an attempt to judaize Jerusalem (al-Quds).


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30 April 2009 at 7:48 am

Top Senate Democrat: Bankers “Own” the U.S. Congress

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by Glenn Greenwald

30 Apr 09 | Salon

Sen. Dick Durbin, on a local Chicago radio station this week, blurted out an obvious truth about Congress that, despite being blindingly obvious, is rarely spoken: “And the banks — hard to believe in a time when we’re facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created — are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place.”

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30 April 2009 at 7:40 am

White House Split on Drone Strikes Against Balochistan

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29 Apr 09 | AWC News and AI

Attacks on refugee camps “controversial”. Read the rest of this entry »

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30 April 2009 at 6:43 am

April Iraq’s Deadliest Month in Over a Year

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by Jason Ditz

29 Apr 09 | AWC News

Baghdad toll doubled each of last two months. Read the rest of this entry »

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30 April 2009 at 6:32 am