An extremely rare example of the mainstream media going where few dare tread these days, revealing the lives of Palestinians imprisoned in the Gaza Strip. But heartbreaking as the beautiful Palestinian girl’s tale is, the interviewer still managed to introduce, right at the end of the interview the following voiceover, reinforcing the stereotype of the Arab as terrorist:
“I wonder how anyone can heal the despair and the pain that these children feel and how hard it would be to stop some of them from wanting to take some kind of revenge.”
The veto by Russia and China of a chapter 6 resolution at the United Nations calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to stand down has produced a loud ghashing of teeth by Hillary Clinton, William Hague and all kinds of other luminaries of the West. Syria seems to be heading for civil war. In fact arguably the civil war has already started with the formation of a rebel army from defectors from the official army and its engaging in sporadic armed conflict with the regime’s forces.
The class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Tories are in deep trouble over Lansley’s health ‘reforms’. Their class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Lib Dem coalition partners are deeply split over it, in the class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Lords Shirley Williams appears to be among those fighting hardest to defeat it. The Labour Party meanwhile, though it has capitulated on the public sector pay freeze and on the wider issue of class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>cuts, is making defeating it in class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>parliament a cause celebre.
And rightly so, as the proposals are a deadly threat to the class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>NHS, aimed at fragmenting it and allowing private health companies to virtually tear off profitable chunks of it for themselves. It also aims at integrating the class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>NHS into economic sectors governed by EU competition laws that ostensibly oppose ‘monopoly’, thus imposing marketisation and a slide to outright privatisation through extra-territorial legal fiat.
High casualty numbers in Syria are reported daily by the media, even though a blackout makes them unverifiable. Things became murkier after a human rights site, which enjoyed frequent citations, split in two and began giving conflicting reports.
The British-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) is one of the most widely-quoted sources of Syrian casualty figures. However the group is currently experiencing an ownership row, which has left media outlets wondering how reliable this source is.
Currently there are two sites, each claiming to be the official Observatory. The original one is in Arabic with an English version on Facebook. The splinter site was launched in December, with most posts in English. Both call each other impostors.
West pushes for “regime change” in Syria, further complicates crisis
[A]nalysts believe that a forced regime change in Syria would have a serious impact on the political situation in Iran, Lebanon and Palestine, and even change the political landscape in the whole Middle East.
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Statewatch launches online historical archive of EU Justice and Home Affairs documents
Statewatch today launches a unique online archive of over 4,500 official documents (rising to over 6,500 by the end of 2012) that chart the development of EU justice and home affairs policy over three decades.