‘Firm sold Israel torture instruments’

A Danish-British security company has sold torture instruments to the Israeli prisons, holding Palestinians inmates, a Danish newspaper has written.

The firm, named G4s, sells the devices to the detention facilities in the occupied West Bank, which provide the necessary means for torture of the Palestinian prisoners, Berlingske Tidende reported on Nov. 23.
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The “flotilla video”: Israeli troops storm boat with aid supplies bound for Gaza Strip

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In the news today, worldwide controversy around an Israeli commando attack on a “Free Gaza Movement” flotilla carrying aid supplies to the blockaded Gaza strip. NYT story here. Varying reports on how many were killed: 10 according to Israel, and 19 or more according to the activists and some news organizations. Some 600 people were aboard the flotilla including a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor. The attacked ship was some 100km (70 miles) off the coast, in international waters. Above, video of the event.

Analysis and reactions around the web: The Wikinews article is interesting, in part for the clash of perceptions from those who condemn and those who support the actions of Israel’s military. This Jerusalem Post article touches on the resulting PR and media offensive out of Israel, and the government’s rationalization for what it maintains was a justified and defensive event (and pointed to ties with Turkey and alleged “Islamist” groups). More reading: “Why the Gaza boat deaths are a huge deal,” Blake Hounshell in Foreign Policy. Condemnation from South African Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. “A Lesson in Information Operations,” Center for a New American Security. Ha’aretz: “Israel Lost at Sea.” Top Israeli official when Gaza blockade was imposed several years ago: “The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet.”

Britain to change arrest rule

Britain’s new Foreign Secretary William Hague promises to “act speedily” to change the way arrests are ordered under international law in Britain.

“The current situation is as unsatisfactory as it is indefensible. We cannot have a position where Israeli politicians feel they cannot visit this country… and indeed this would apply to many other nations as well,” said Hague on Thursday.

Currently in Britain under the Geneva Convention Act 1957, Judges can issue arrest warrants for war crimes suspects around the world without consulting public prosecutors.

It was because of this law that Tzipi Livni, the former Israeli foreign minister, reportedly cancelled her trip to Britain in December.

Following an application by Palestinian activists, a court had issued a warrant for her arrest over her involvement in Israel’s 22-day war against Gaza Strip.

“We find it completely unacceptable that someone such as Mrs. Livni feels she cannot visit the United Kingdom,” Hague said, adding: “Be in no doubt that we will take action on it,” AFP reported.

He stated that the new coalition government would consider different options for changing the rule including the one that Labor government had proposed while in power.

Who Will Hold America Accountable for Its Crimes?

The website WikiLeaks has been garnering attention recently due to its publication of sensitive material that many in government (and elsewhere) would rather be kept private. Information on the site includes secret intelligence documents and studies commissioned by the U.S. government, which does not seem to appreciate the disclosure of such information, for fear of a public outcry over the content.

WikiLeaks was founded by human rights activists, journalists and experts in the intelligence field, with the aim of exposing intelligence agencies and governments that violate international law.

One week ago, the site published the video “Collateral Murder,” a tape whose images have since been shown on television networks around the world. It shows American military personnel in a helicopter carrying out the cold-blooded killing of twelve Iraqi civilians. WikiLeaks states that the incident occurred in 2007.

By publishing the video, the website has exposed the incident as a crime committed by the U.S. military in Iraq, as the camera mounted on a U.S. Apache military helicopter recorded the actions of the crew. Naturally, WikiLeaks has not disclosed the source that provided them with the tape, but the sound and visuals are so clear that there is no possibility of the U.S. Department of Defense refuting the fact of a crime having taken place or making skeptical remarks about the video being a fake.
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US confronts its reputation abroad

Hamas Leader Was ‘Drugged And Suffocated’

[  Succinylcholine is NOT a sedative.  It is a muscle relaxer used to induce paralysis, so the victim can die awake, while his lungs refuse to work.  Mossad also knew it would be detected. ]

The Hamas commander who was killed in his Dubai hotel room was drugged and then suffocated, police have said.

It is believe a sedative was used to relax the victim’s muscles to make his death look more natural.

Major General Khamis Mattar al-Mazeina, deputy commander of Dubai police said in a statement: “The killers used the drug succinylcholine (suxamethonium chloride)* to sedate Mahmoud al Mabhouh before they suffocated him.”

He added: “There were no signs of resistance shown by the victim.”

Mabhouh was found dead in his hotel room on January 20.

The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has been widely accused of carrying out the assassination. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied this.

See also: Interpol adds suspected Dubai assassins to most wanted list

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Interpol adds suspected Dubai assassins to most wanted list

Interpol added the 11 suspected assassins allegedly responsible for last month’s Dubai assassination of a Hamas strongman to their most wanted list, Haaretz learned on Thursday.

The individuals who were charged by Dubai police as responsible for the killing of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh were tagged with “Red Notices,” according to the Interpol’s official website.

The website also specifies that Interpol chose to publish the photos of the suspected assassins since the identities the perpetrators allegedly used were fake, using fraudulent passports to aid them in accomplishing their aim.

Also Thursday, the Dubai police chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim said Interpol should issue a warrant to help locate and arrest the head of Israel‘s spy agency Mossad if the organization was responsible for the killing of a Hamas militant in Dubai.

In comments to be aired later on Dubai TV, Khalfan Tamim called for Interpol to issue “a red notice against the head of Mossad … as a killer in case Mossad if proved to be behind the crime, which is likely now.”

Earlier, an article published in an Emirati newspaper reported that Dubai police chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim said he is 99 percent sure Israel was involved in Mabhouh’s January killing.

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Drug Smuggling At Costa Rica’s Main Airport Up 63%

Perhaps it is due to the economic crisis or just a fast way to get rich, as many more this past year have decided to take the chance and smuggle drugs out of Costa Rica by was of the country’s major airport, the Juan Santamaría International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría), in San José.

The Policía de Control de Drogas (PCD) – drug enforcement police – reports that drug smuggling at the airport was up 63% in 2009 over 2008, confiscating some 37% more cocaine than the previous year.

The majority the 35 “burros” detained in 2008 were Europeans.

During the period of January 1 to December 31, the PCD reports confiscating 88 kilos of cocaine at the Santamaría, however, the haul for 2009 was 209 kilos.

The PCD attributes the higher level of detections to better surveillance at the airport, with the support of some 61 officers of the Policía Aeroportuaria (airport police) and the Fuerza Pública (regular police) that took the time to follow up on suspected passengers.

Most of the detainees were detected moments before they were ready to board their flight, much to do with being too nervous in the eyes of the police.


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Israeli Police Arrest Nuclear Whistleblower

JERUSALEM —  Israeli police say that nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu has been arrested.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Vanunu was detained on suspicion he met with several foreigners, in violation of the conditions of his 2004 release from prison. He’s to appear in a Jerusalem court later Tuesday.

Vanunu was a former low-level technician at an Israeli nuclear plant who leaked details and pictures of the operation to The Sunday Times of London in 1986.

From the material, experts concluded that Israel had the world’s sixth-largest nuclear arsenal.

Vanunu was later kidnapped by Israeli intelligence agents in Rome and brought back to Israel to stand trial.

He served 18 years in prison before being freed.

Israel’s organ theft unforgivable: PFLP

A senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) says Israel‘s killing of Palestinian youths for their organs is an “unforgivable sin.”

Stealing organs of Palestinian martyrs is a violation of all humanitarian principles and values, PFLP executive Maher al-Taher said in a Tuesday statement.

Taher further called on human rights organizations and the international community to fulfill their professional and humanitarian commitments and bring to justice those Israeli officials involved in the criminal act.

Reports on the hideous move first surfaced in August when an article in the Swedish popular tabloid Aftonbladet quoted Palestinians as revealing that Israel returned their relatives’ bodies with their chests sewn up, which indicated the organ theft.

The article drew explosive controversy and verbal attack from Israeli officials who fiercely rejected the revelations at the time.

Israeli politician and leader of the Arab nationalist party, Ta’al (the Arab Movement for Renewal), Ahmad Tibi, said on Saturday that a medical institution in Israel harvested appendages from the bodies of dead Palestinians in the 1990′s.
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2 Mossad operatives institutionalized

One of the large mental health hospitals in Israel was recently surprised to receive a young, good-looking patient in a psychotic state who was accompanied by a personal security guard, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Sunday.

The doctors, who asked why the woman was accompanied by a guard, were shocked to learn that she was a Mossad agent and that the security guard was not assigned to her in order assure her safety or protect her life, but to ensure that she not reveal any state secrets in her shaky mental state.

The Mossad guard’s orders were clear: “It is forbidden that the organization’s secrets be passed on to those unauthorized to hear them.” The doctors, who are unaccustomed to the presence of a third party during their treatment sessions, were left with no choice but to acquiesce to their demands. In addition, the staff had to receive a security clearance before being allowed to work on her exceptional case.

To their complete amazement, another young woman, also accompanied by a secret agent charged with ensuring that the she not leak any state secrets, arrived at the institution just a short time later. The doctors learned that she, too, is a Mossad agent.

Experts said Saturday that the nature of the young women’s work was most likely the cause of their psychosis.

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Spanish EU presidency wants Palestinian state in 2010

Spain, the European Union‘s incoming president, is to orchestrate a push by the bloc for the establishment of a Palestinian state in 2010.

Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé, the country’s foreign minister, said on Friday (18 December) that Madrid sees the foundation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel as one of its main priorities under its six-month helmsmanship of the 27-country bloc, which begins in January.

“My idea, and my dream, and my engagement, is to work for having in 2010, finally, a Palestinian state that could live in peace and security with Israel,” he told reporters in Brussels while outlining his country’s plans for the next six months.

“We are all in the international community defending the two-state solution. Why should we wait for a Palestinian state?” he asked.

“We have Israel as a state, we want its neighbor, the Palestinians, to have the same status.”

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FBI Linguist Leaked Classified Docs to Blogger

An Israeli-American attorney who worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a translator pled guilty yesterday to unlawfully disclosing five classified FBI documents to an unidentified blogger last April, who then published information from the documents on his blog, the Department of Justice announced.

In a signed plea agreement (pdf), Shamai Leibowitz stipulated that he had “knowingly and willfully caused five documents, which were classified at the Secret level and contained classified information concerning the communication intelligence activities of the United States, to be communicated… to a person not entitled to receive classified information (’Recipient A’).  Recipient A was the host of a public web log (’blog’) available to anyone with access to the Internet.”

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Amendment to Israeli ‘Citizenship Law’ to Ministers on Sunday

On Sunday, the Ministerial Committee on Legislation will consider a bill alternately known as the “Human Respect and Freedom Law” and the “Amendment to the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law,” authored by Member of Knesset David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu).

Rotem says the purpose of the bill is to make a law out of decisions by large panels of the Supreme Court of Israel (Beit HaMishpat HaElyon) to prevent Arabs from using marriage to Jews to exploit citizenship rights afforded under the Law of Return.

Israel Electric Company Begins Internet Infrastructure Test Projects

Communications minister Moshe Kahlon, on Tuesday, authorized the Israel Electric Corporation to set up two pilot programs that would enable the IEC to become an internet infrastructure provider. One project would have the IEC set up an infrastructure for Fiber to the x (FTTx) connections, providing far faster internet connections than are available today in Israel, while the second project would set up a cell-based connection system.

Kachlon said that “there are already hundreds of thousands of kilometers of optical wiring around the country. The IEC has about 2,500 kilometers, with the rest belonging to the National Roads Authority of Israel and Israel Railways. I have spoken about this with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and we want to encourage this competition in the area of internet infrastructure.”

Israel confirms U.K. arrest warrant against Tzipi Livni

Senior officials in Israel confirmed reports on Monday that a British court issued an arrest warrant against opposition chairwoman Tzipi Livni for her role in orchestrating Israel’s military offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip nearly a year ago.

The request for the warrant was submitted by a pro-Palestinian organization.

British sources reported late Monday that though a British court had issued an arrest warrant for Livni over war crimes allegedly committed in Gaza while she served as foreign minister, it annulled it upon discovering she was not in the U.K.

Livni served as foreign minister alongside Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak during the Israel Defense Forces offensive in Gaza. The three figures comprised the “troika” of top decision-makers who charted the course of the war.

Earlier Monday, Arab-language media reported that Livni canceled her participation in a Jewish function in London after a warrant for her arrest was issued over part in last winter’s Israel’s Gaza offensive.

Israel’s ambassador to London, Ron Prosor, conferred with officials in the British Ministry of Justice who told him that they were unaware of any criminal complaint or arrest warrant against the former foreign minister.

Yet, further inquiries by Israeli officials revealed that a warrant had indeed been issued.
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Silence over sudden death of Jordan’s ex-spy chief in Vienna

There is widespread silence in Jordan about the sudden death of the country’s former intelligence chief, at his luxury Vienna hotel room, on Wednesday. The country’s tightly controlled press barely mentioned the news of the death of Field Marshal Said Bashir Saad Kheir, 56, whose body was reportedly discovered in bed by a maid in Vienna’s Hotel Imperial.

Austrian police representatives have ruled out foul play in Kheir’s death, which they attributed to heart failure. But there is conflicting information about the purpose of the former spy chief’s visit to the Austrian capital, which is considered the world’s largest espionage hub, with the highest density of foreign intelligence agents on Earth.

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Lebanon agrees Hezbollah right to arms

Lebanon‘s new cabinet has agreed to acknowledge the Islamic Hezbollah movement’s right to use armed resistance against the Israeli acts of hostility.

A cabinet committee commissioned with drafting a policy statement for the country’s new government met for the ninth time on Wednesday, when it reached an agreement on the issue, said Information Minister Tarek Mitri.

He added that the new statement would retain the same clause approved by the previous cabinet.

The clause states the right of “Lebanon, its government, its people, its army and its resistance [a common reference to Hezbollah in Lebanon]” to liberate all the Lebanese territory.
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South Africa busts Shin Bet operation, expels Israeli agent

The South African government has expelled an Israeli intelligence agent posing as an airline worker, after the discovery of a major Israeli undercover operation at the Oliver R. Tambo International Airport (OR Tambo International Airport) in Johannesburg. The operation was uncovered by Carte Blanche, South African television’s most respected investigative news program, based on testimony by Jonathan Garb, a former guard at El Al, Israel’s national airline, who became a whistleblower after being fired from his job.

Garb told Carte Blanche that El Al offices in South Africa and around the world have acted as fronts for Shin Bet (Sherut ha-Bitachon ha-Klali), Israel’s General Security Service, for a long time. He also told the program that Shin Bet officers in Johannesburg used their El Al employee cover status to infiltrate the airport and gather information on black and Muslim South African travelers to Israel. If true, Garb’s allegations suggest a violation of stringent anti-racial profiling laws in post-apartheid South Africa.

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Poll: US views Israel exempted from law

The US apparently views Israel as being exempted from abiding by international law, the results of a recent online opinion poll indicate.

Press TV asked in an online poll about the respondents’ opinion on a recent motion by the US congressmen against the Goldstone report (United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict), which accused Israel of war crimes during its December onslaught on Gaza which killed 1,387 Palestinians.

The report was published on September 25 by Richard Goldstone, the head of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on Gaza Conflict.

More than 56 percent of respondents said Israel was viewed by the US as exempted from abiding by international law.

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Berlin Wall: 223 dead. Wall that separates the USA from Mexico: 5.6 thousand dead

On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world lives with a number of barriers that serve to restrain the free movement of people. The wall that divides the West Bank from Israel and preventing the passage of Mexican immigrants to the United States are the best known, but there are others.

The latest example comes from Slovakia. In October, a wall 150 meters long and two meters high was erected in the city of Ostrovany, a rural community in the northeast of the country, in order to isolate a gypsy camp.

The action, approved in 2008 by local authorities and put into practice last week, is the last chapter of the growing tension between the inhabitants of the community and the Gypsies. The inhabitants of Ostrovany accuse them of stealing fruit from private gardens. Violent episodes were recorded, such as the death of a farmer by members of the gypsy community and far-right groups and events that qualify for what they call “terror gypsy”.

The mayor of Ostrovany, Cyril Revákl, told the Slovak daily SME that the measure is not racist. “I know there are many decent living among the Gypsies, but no one should go through the hell of daily clashes.” The agency that represents the Roma announced that it will investigate the construction of the wall. The official, Ludovit Galbavý, described the construction as “discriminatory.”

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Israel, US war games due off California

Israel plans military exercises at a US naval facility using its Arrow interceptor missiles in a series of drills that also deploys American missile systems.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) will ship the required hardware for the exercise to a Pacific Ocean range off the California coast later this summer, according to Reuters, quoting the head of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly.

“They are having a flight test soon this summer,” O’Reilly said Tuesday, referring to Joint US-Israeli effort.

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Cynthia McKinney Demands Immediate Release After Her Gaza-Bound Boat is Seized by Israeli Navy

Former U.S. lawmaker and Green Party leader Cynthia McKinney, a longtime activist for the Palestinians, says her boat, the Spirit of Humanity, was carrying medical supplies, cement, olive trees and children’s toys to Gaza when it was seized by an Israeli navy ship.

Former U.S. lawmaker and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, whose relief boat was seized by an Israeli naval ship Tuesday for the second time in a year, is demanding the immediate release of her and 20 other activists.

McKinney, a longtime supporter of Palestinians, said her Greek-flagged boat, the Spirit of Humanity, was carrying medical supplies, cement, olive trees and children’s toys to Gaza when it was boarded by the Israeli navy.

“This is an outrageous violation of international law against us,” said McKinney. “Our boat was not in Israeli waters and we were on a human rights mission to the Gaza Strip. President Obama just told Israel to let in humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, and that’s exactly what we tried to do. We’re asking the international community to demand our release so we can resume our journey.”

The Israeli military issued a statement Tuesday saying that the boat had attempted to break a blockade of Gaza and was forced to sail to an Israeli port after ignoring a radio message to stay out of Gaza waters.

The statement said navy personnel boarded the freighter Arion without any shots being fired, and those on board were to be handed over to immigration authorities. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Israel was planning to free the crew and passengers.

See also: Cynthia McKinney Prevented From Leaving U.S.

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‘Hezbollah’s legitimacy growing in the West’

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General
Sheikh Naim Qassem

Hezbollah says Western states should stop their support of Israel stating that the resistance movement has been enjoying increased legitimacy.

“In recent years, the Western perception of Hezbollah has changed. Even governments have started to look for reasons to communicate and have relations with Hezbollah … This indicates that the Islamic resistance has convinced the West it is a popular, authentic and important movement that cannot be ignored,” Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General, Sheikh Naim Qassem, said on Monday in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

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US absentee at UN anti-racism confab

The US reportedly decides against participating in a UN-led anti-racism conference in Geneva following hectic Israeli attempts to denounce the event.

On Friday, an unnamed US State Department official announced the decision for withdrawal from the conference which the two sides walked out on in 2001, Reuters reported.

The 2001 conference held in Durban, South Africa, was slammed by Washington and Tel Aviv for being anti-Semitic because it brought into focus Israel’s ill-treatment of the Palestinians and attempted to pass a resolution likening Zionism to racism.

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Iranians don’t “hate us because we have freedom”

Iran is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its historic Islamic revolution after three decades of siege warfare by the western powers. To understand why relations between Tehran and the West are so bitter, we must understand their historical context.

Iran’s jagged relations with the West began during World War II. In 1941, the British Empire and Soviet Union jointly invaded and occupied the independent kingdom of Persia, as it was then known. This oil-motivated aggression was every bit as criminal as the German-Soviet occupation of Poland in 1939, but has been blanked out of western history texts.

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Hamas to pay victims of Gaza war

Hamas is set to hand out money to Gazans afflicted by Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip.

The territory’s government was due to start giving out the money, expected to total about $45m, on Sunday - a day after a Hamas committee was established to oversee relief efforts.

Ahmed al-Kurd, the Hamas-appointed minister of social affairs, also heads the National High Committee for Relief which will distribute the money to those who lost family members or their homes.

See also:

Embedded With Gaza Medics

US veto blocks UN anti-Israel resolution

Israeli blockade forces Palestinians to search rubbish dumps for food

1000 Palestinian kids in Israeli jails

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How to Deal with Government Propaganda on the Web

How should we deal with the onslaught of American and Israeli government-sponsored bloggers defending those governments’ actions (see this and this)?

Well, one way is to ask bloggers who appear to be parroting pro-government propaganda without any thought the following question:

“Has the American, Israeli and/or any other government directly or indirectly instructed or requested that you write supporting any of their actions, policies or positions, or helped to organize or in any way supported you in making any writings?”

See also:

Air Force Announces “Counter-Blog” Propaganda Program

US veto blocks UN anti-Israel resolution

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US veto blocks UN anti-Israel resolution

The UN Security Council has been unable to force an end to Israeli attacks against Gaza due to the intervention of the United States.

Washington once again used its veto powers on Sunday to block a resolution calling for an end to the massive ongoing Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip.

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Israeli blockade forces Palestinians to search rubbish dumps for food

1000 Palestinian kids in Israeli jails

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Hamas News Conference on Israeli Attack

Israeli blockade forces Palestinians to search rubbish dumps for food

UN fears irreversible damage is being done in Gaza as new statistics reveal the level of deprivation.

Impoverished Palestinians on the Gaza Strip are being forced to scavenge for food on rubbish dumps to survive as Israel‘s economic blockade risks causing irreversible damage, according to international observers.

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Figures released last week by the UN Relief and Works Agency reveal that the economic blockade imposed by Israel on Gaza in July last year has had a devastating impact on the local population. Large numbers of Palestinians are unable to afford the high prices of food being smuggled through the Hamas-controlled tunnels to the Strip from Egypt and last week were confronted with the suspension of UN food and cash distribution as a result of the siege.

English version of Hamas’s Palesine Information Center (if it hasn’t been hijacked)

Another Hamas Site (in Turkish)

Islamic Resistance in Lebanon (Hizbullah English site)

Promise For the Resistance Movement Support(Hizbullah English site)

Hizbullah – the Party of God – List of links to official websites and documents (Hizbullah English site)

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Middle East Forum hires former AIPAC Policy Development Head Steven J. Rosen


Of course there’s nothing all that unusual about a spy going to work for a Washington thinktank. Ex-CIA employees do it all the time: so do all sorts of other spooks, who would otherwise be haunting the world’s darkest corners. No big deal. But what I’ve never seen, and don’t recall ever hearing about, is the spectacle of a spy for a foreign country being hired by any organization that hopes to influence U.S. foreign  policy. Well, here’s one for the record books: the Middle East Forum has hired Steve Rosen, once the head of policy development for the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Rosen is accused of stealing highly classified information from the U.S. government and passing it on to Israeli government officials.

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Cynthia McKinney Prevented From Leaving U.S.


Former Congresswoman and presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney has been prevented from leaving the country after she planned to give a speech in Damascus Syria at a Conference being held to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Iran says Israel-linked spy network arrested


Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have arrested a spy network linked to Israeli intelligence who tried to gather information on Iranian nuclear and military programmes, the guard’s chief said on Monday.”The intelligence bureau of the Revolutionary Guards Corps has recently discovered a spy network linked with the Israeli Mossad,” Mohammad Ali Jafari said on state radio.

“This network sought to gather important information from the Guards’ military section, the country’s nuclear centres and some security officials,” he said.

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Iranian ‘Blogfather’ Hossein Derakhshan is arrested on charge of spying for Israel


A prominent Iranian blogger, nicknamed the Blogfather for spawning Iran’s spectacular blogging revolution, has been arrested in Tehran and accused of spying for Israel.

Hossein Derakhshan, who was last based in London after spending several years in Canada, returned to live in his homeland a few weeks ago.

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Perris pastor draws 12-year prison term for scamming investors of some $30 million

After calling a Perris pastor and one co-defendant “economic predators,” a federal judge in Los Angeles sentenced the men to prison terms for bilking investors of almost $30 million in a Ponzi scheme.

U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson sentenced pastor Robert Jennings, 59, to 12 years in prison Monday for his role defrauding 500 people of more than $28 million, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office.

Defendant Arthur Simburg, 64, of Oregon, was sentenced to nine years in federal prison, according to the news release.

The judge also ordered Simburg and Jennings to pay $28 million in restitution to their victims.

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Spy drone ‘Predator,’ reflects what US has become


TUCSON — The bad news is that the US Border Patrol has four drones flying out of Fort Huachuca over the US/Mexico border for surveillance. One drone has already crashed near Nogales and these unmanned aerial planes, provided first by Israel’s Apartheid spy technology maker, Elbit Systems, are a risk to the lives of those on the ground in Arizona.

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