Abdel Azim and his wife’s son was gunned down by Israeli troops a day after Israel declared a ceasefire on Jan. 17, 2009. (MaanImages/HO) BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The day before his death, Maher Rajailah asked if his father could write a will for him. But he didn’t actually believe he was going to die, not [...]
Archive for January 18th, 2012
“A Cockleshell Adrift on the Ocean” Presidents Who Don’t Preside By Serge Halimi European summits come and go, and the White House and Congress bicker endlessly, to no effect. “The markets” are well aware of this, they see the elected representatives of the American people running around like headless [...]
A boy fills buckets with drinking water at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (MaanImages/Hatem Omar, File) BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The head of the Palestinian Water Authority on Tuesday said the international community must act on Israel’s “apartheid” water policy in the West Bank. In January, the [...]
Relatives of Muhammed Abu Odah mourn during his funeral in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip Jan. 18, 2012. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire on the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing two people and seriously injuring at least two others, witnesses and medics said. The health ministry in [...]
Myanmar: What is in it for the US? As US officials visit, we ask if progress is underway or if Myanmar’s president is the public face of the old junta.
There has been a flurry of recent visits to Myanmar by Western governments offering more development assistance. The US says it now wants to restore full diplomatic relations with the nation following its recent reforms. “They haven’t changed anything yet, but they saw the Arab Spring happening in the Middle East [...]
Power struggle over Afghanistan Former UN envoy says if negative trends are not reversed through better coordination, Afghanistan faces civil war.
Eide (C) served as UN envoy during a disputed election that threatened Afghanististan’s fragile system [Getty] While it is hard to say that attempts to “find” strategies and solutions are all the same in Afghanistan, that conclusion is at least becoming a grave concern. First the idea that if you look you will find of [...]
Police clear London anti-war encampment Parliament Square protest site had been continuously occupied since invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
Police and cleanup crews remove items from the anti-war protest camp in Parliament Square [Daniel Deme/EPA] Police in the UK have cleared a decade-old protest camp in central London that was first established to oppose the war in Afghanistan in 2001. Two people were arrested during Monday’s raid at the protest site, located in Parliament Square [...]
Privatizing the War on Terror: America’s Military Contractors by John W. Whitehead, January 18, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; [...]
Taliban peace talks ‘at risk’ as Obama stalls on Guantánamo Europeans fear US failing to appreciate ‘game-changing’ offer could prompt Afghan ceasefire ‘as early as 2012′
Ex-Taliban militants surrender under a US-backed Afghan amnesty in Herat. Peace moves with the Taliban appear to have stalled over the transfer of Guantánamo prisoners. Photograph: Jalil Rezayee/EPA You may wonder just how obvious it has become that Guantanamo is set to be the place where those against the idea of endless war to support [...]
Iran oil embargo Embargo could take effect on 1 July Greece, which is heavily dependent on Iranian oil, could be a stumbling block
An oil tanker leaving the dock at Kharg island, Iran. Oil provides 80% of Iran’s foreign currency revenue. Photograph: Roger Wood/Corbis A meeting of European ambassadors in Brussels on Thursday is expected to decide on an EU oil embargo on Iran to be imposed later in the year, diplomats have said. Talks have been under way over the past [...]
Military police investigate claims of British troops abusing Afghan children Two soldiers arrested over claims they abused boy and girl and showed film to colleagues, Sun newspaper reports
Two British soldiers have been arrested on allegations of child abuse, news that will harm the counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan. Photograph: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images Military police have launched an investigation into claims that British soldiers abused two children during their tour of duty in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence confirmed an inquiry had begun into two [...]
The UN must be reformed to live up to its own ideals. (UN) By Ramzy Baroud Theodore MacDonald was too ill to attend the launch of his book, Preserving the United Nations; Our Best Hope for Mediating Human Rights. Less than three weeks later, on March 7, 2011, the longtime champion of human rights [...]
Despite sanctions on Iran, India will continue buying oil New Delhi, Jan 17 2012, DHNS: Only UN sanctions acceptable, says Mathai Justifying its stance to continue buying Iranian oil despite US sanctions, India on Tuesday made it clear that the restrictions do not apply to individual nations. New Delhi has sent a [...]
Analysts: US , Pakistan collaborating again on drone strikes BY TOM HUSSAIN MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS ISLAMABAD – Two apparent U.S. drone attacks last week on militant targets in Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan very likely signal the resumption of joint counterintelligence operations by the CIA and Pakistan’s military spy agency, security analysts here [...]