spite of Israeli restrictions; celebrations kicked off in Jerusalem Sun,
22 Mar 2009 10:21:12 +0200
In spite of orders and restrictions imposed by the Minister of Internal
Security in Israel, and in spite of attacks and extensive military and
police presence in Jerusalem, the Palestinians kicked off the
festivities celebrating the city as the capital of Arab culture. ...
ordnance kills two children killed in Gaza Sun,
22 Mar 2009 09:13:13 +0200
Palestinian medical sources reported on Sunday morning that two
children were killed after unexploded ordnance, dropped by the Israeli
army during the Gaza war, exploded near them in Gaza City. ...
Jerusalem celebration begins in Bethlehem, after Israel prevents
celebration in Jerusalem Sat,
21 Mar 2009 18:14:32 +0200
The commemorative event entitled "Jerusalem: The Capital of Arab
Culture 2009" began Saturday in Bethlehem.Â Adnan Al Husseini, the
Palestinian Authority (PA) appointed governor of Jerusalem, addressed
the audience first. He thanked all those who came to Bethlehem to take
part in the the festival, saying that Jerusalem is an important city
for all Arabs and Muslims. ...
From Guangzhou to Gaza - underground
GAZA CITY Thursday, March 19, 2009 (IRIN) - The main kitchenware
supplier in Gaza, Al-Dahshan Company, last received a shipment from
Israel over two years ago through the Karni crossing.
Brief: Good and bad news for world's forests
DAKAR Monday, March 16, 2009 (IRIN) - In its biennial State of the
World?s Forests 2009 report, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) notes that climate change and economic recession present both
challenges and opportunities for the world?s nearly four billion
hectares of forest. While a protracted economic slump may increase
illegal logging in cash-strapped areas and reduce governments?
commitment to green goals, declining demand worldwide for wood products
and commercial forest-cultivated food may also save some forests ? in
the short term.
injured, including Americans, at Bil'in's weekly nonviolent
demonstration marking Al ... Fri,
20 Mar 2009 12:28:33 +0100
Bil'in / Iyad Burnat - The residents of Bil'in marched towards the wall
today after the Friday prayer. The protest was joined by Israeli and
international activists. Protesters carried a huge banner remarking the
41st anniversary of Al-Karama.Banners condemning Israeliâ€™s ongoing
racist policies and violence against civilians, especially in Jerusalem
where Palestinians are facing ethnic cleansing were also carried. The
sources: the final decision on prisoner exchange remains unsettled Fri,
20 Mar 2009 11:57:29 +0100
Cairo / PNN - Egyptian sources told the press Friday that the final
decision with respect to the exchange of some of the 11,000
Palestinians in Israeli prisons for the captured Israeli soldiers has
yet to be resolved. Sources in Tel Aviv say that the crucial decision
regarding the deal for the captured soldier Gilad Shalit deal will be
taken by the current Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the remaining days
of his mandate. The sources described Olme...
TV soon to launch in Arabic Fri,
20 Mar 2009 10:58:29 +0100
Ankara / PNN - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday
that preparations are underway for an impending launch of the Arabic
version of Turkish state-owned television.Erdogan became a national
hero when he told the Israeli President at the World Economic Forum,
You know very well how to kill. Erdogan said in a statement to the news
channel RTL TGV that preparations to launch the TV channel in question
had reached the final stage...
Jenin 2002 to Gaza 2008/9 - A commander ordered troops to kill an
elderly woman Fri,
20 Mar 2009 02:08:18 +0100
Kristen Ess - I have to say on an editorial note that these stories
from Gaza of racist writings on the walls of homes, the property
destruction, in addition to the rapid and rampant killings and beatings
of Palestinians, the use of human shields (tying children to tanks) and
the admittance of atrocities by Israeli soldiers in Gaza are
terrifyingly reminiscent of what I witnessed, and then later read in
accounts by soldiers, of the massacre in Je...
reveals the secrets of computer piracy and hacking, and how to prevent
becoming a victim Fri,
20 Mar 2009 00:59:38 +0100
PNN exclusive / Hiba Lama - It seems that the world has stopped being
as big as our ancestors once believed it to be. In fact it has become a
small village and you and I enter through its golden gates referred to
as www dot which let you in on an endless world of information, news,
images, books and entertainment. We don't even look at clocks for the
time anymore. A quick glance at one's computer is all it takes. As the
saying goes, &ld...
Al Kul TV begins series on human rights in the PA Thu,
19 Mar 2009 09:33:34 +0100
Bethlehem / PNN - Al Kul (means together in English) Television, a
partner of PNN and Holy Land Trust, is implementing a ground-breaking
project. From their televisions and radios Palestinians will now see
and hear on a weekly basis discussions and solutions on the situation
of human rights concerning, not the Israeli occupation this time, but
rather the Palestinian Authority. Generous support is coming from the
European Union.The project will c...
member of Israeli Knesset being charged with participation in
nonviolent demonstrations Thu,
19 Mar 2009 07:57:30 +0100
PNN exclusive / Fadi Yacoub — Palestinian member of the Israeli
Knesset, Mohammad Barakeh, remains under threat.On Thursday the Israeli
police conducted an investigation against Barakeh, Chairman of the
Democratic Front for Peace and Equality in the Knesset for allegedly
"disrupting the work of the police a year and a half ago," he told PNN.
He was participating in a nonviolent demonstration with the family
victims of the Israel...
targets media and youth in Jayyous village
March 21st, 2009 --, On Friday, the youth of Jayyous lead another
demonstration against the Wall that is isolating their village from its
land. The Israeli military attacked the village attempting to destroy
one home and injuring three. [
Rasha protest halts uprooting for several hours
March 15th, 2009 --, Villagers from Wadi Rasha, Ras Tira, and Daba'a
held a protest against the destruction of their olive droves and
managed to block Occupation machinery for much of the morning. Every
day, Occupation forces uproot as many as 40 mature olives trees in
their efforts to clear a path for the Wall on village land. [
Israel deceived us during Shalit talks Sun,
22 Mar 2009 21:55:56 GMT+02:00
Hamas' exiled political leader said Sunday that the Islamist group was
prepared to release abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in a prisoner
swap deal, but accused Israel of refusing its gestures and complicating
responds to Obama offer, says not shutting door to thaw Sun,
22 Mar 2009 20:43:32 GMT+02:00
Iran has responded to U.S. President Barack Obama's offer of better
relations by demanding policy changes from Washington, but added that
the Islamic state is not closing the door to a possible thaw in ties
with its old foe. ...
Jewish brother named to top post at Commerce Department' Sun,
22 Mar 2009 19:27:42 GMT+02:00
Cam Kerry, the brother of former presidential candidate Senator John
Kerry who also serves as vice chairman of the National Jewish
Democratic Council, has been named to a key post in the Obama
administration, the Jewish Telegraph Agency reported on Sunday. ...
Netanyahu may lead Israel into unprecedented isolation Sun,
22 Mar 2009 21:20:19 GMT+02:00
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday slammed Labor Party Chairman Ehud
Barak's efforts to join the government, saying that the incoming
right-wing government was likely to bring the State of Israel into
unprecedented isolation. ...
warns against joining Likud government
The rhetoric was pointedly harsh and the message had a clear address
Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ehud Barak. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert launched an assault at
Sunday's cabinet meeting against politicians leaning towards joining a
Conquer parts of Gaza
Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai called for another incursion into
Gaza on Sunday, negating the opinion of his superior, Ehud Barak, who
is generally in favor of securing a ceasefire with Hamas. "We need ...
clan claims police discrimination
Twelve members of Lod's Abu-Ktifan clan, arrested Saturday on suspicion
that they assaulted police officers, were released Sunday on restricted
parole. The clan is now claiming the police treated them with ...
rescinds orders to demolish settlement homes
Defense Minister Ehud Barak prevented the demolition of settler homes
built on Palestinian land, it has emerged from the state's response to
a High Court petition filed on behalf of the Palestinian residents. ...
protest displays caged Shalit effigy
Relatives of Palestinian security prisoners held in Israel outside
Gaza's Ministry for Prisoner Affairs on Sunday, demanding their loved
ones immediate release. Family members held up framed pictures of their
We know Olmert is bluffing
Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal accused Israel of constantly
changing negotiation conditions for a prisoner exchange deal and of
trying to bluff, in a Sunday interview to Italian daily La Repubblica,
and struggles six years after US invasion of Iraq Saturday,
March 21, 2009
Thousands of followers of anti-American Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
called for an end to US occupation of Iraq on Friday, but the
government ignored the sixth anniversary of the invasion. Death tolls
have tumbled since Iraq's deadliest days in late 2007, and in just
three months time American forces are to withdraw from major cities.
Syria patch up ties ahead of Arab summit Saturday,
March 21, 2009
Jordan's King Abdullah II and Syrian President Bashar Assad called in a
meeting on Friday for Arab leaders to patch up their differences ahead
of their summit later this month in Qatar. "The two leaders stressed
the need for a purification of the Arab climate," the palace said after
talks between the king and Assad, making a brief visit to Amman, his
first in five years.
vessels collide in Strait of Hormuz Saturday,
March 21, 2009
A nuclear-powered US submarine and an amphibious vessel collided in the
Strait of Hormuz Friday, slightly injuring 15 sailors and causing a
fuel spill, the US Navy said. "The collision between USS Hartford (SSN
768) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18) occurred at approximately 1:00 a.m.
local time (2030 GMT on Thursday)," the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said.
plays down message from Obama Saturday,
March 21, 2009
The United States has a set of next steps planned to encourage dialogue
with Tehran after the release of President Barack Obama's video message
to Iran's leaders and people, the White House said Friday. White House
spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked whether it was hoped that the message
released earlier would be the start of.
gets more time to form broad coalition Saturday,
March 21, 2009
Israel's prime minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, was granted an
extra two weeks on Friday to form a government he hopes would be as
broad as possible, the presidency said. The hawkish Likud leader wants
to avoid giving too much clout to far-right and religious parties and
will use the extra time to try to convince the center-left.
offers Iran 'new beginning' Saturday,
March 21, 2009
US President Barack Obama's landmark call for a "new beginning" with
arch-foe Iran drew international praise on Friday, with world leaders
hoping Tehran will react positively to Washington's olive branch.
Obama's statement marking Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, marked a clear
break with the policies of the previous administration of president
George W. Bush.
text of Obama's address to Iranian people and leaders Saturday,
March 21, 2009
US President Barack Obama spoke "directly" to Iran's people and leaders
in a videotaped message released Friday to coincide with the Nowruz new
year holiday, the White House said. Here is the full text of the
message: "Today I want to extend my very best wishes to all who are
celebrating Nowruz around the world.
keeps up pressure on Sarkozy to boost wages Saturday,
March 21, 2009
Opposition leaders piled pressure on French President Nicolas Sarkozy
Friday to boost low wages and cap executive bonuses after more than a
million striking workers marched in anger at the government. Factory
and white-collar workers from across the private sector joined a
million civil servants Thursday in France's second nationwide strike in
Netanhayu's threats won't terrorize us 22/03/2009
- 03:11 PM
MP Mushir Al-Masri has said that threats voiced by Benjamin Netanyahu,
the Israeli premier-designate, would not force Hamas to lower its
demands in return for freeing Shalit.
missile strikes take heavy toll on Al Qaeda, officials say Sun,
22 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
Predator drone attacks in northwest Pakistan have increased sharply
since Bush last year stopped seeking Pakistan's permission. Obama may
keep pace as officials speak of confusion in Al Qaeda ranks. An
intense, six-month campaign of Predator strikes in Pakistan has taken
such a toll on Al Qaeda that militants have begun turning violently on
one another out of confusion and distrust, U.S. intelligence and
counter-terrorism officials say.
Khamenei says Obama overture not enough Sun,
22 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
Supreme leader Ali Khamenei says Tehran seeks U.S. policy shifts, not
merely 'changes in words.' The U.S., he says, could begin by ending
economic sanctions and retracting 'hostile propaganda.' Iran's most
powerful figure dismissed President Obama's extraordinary Persian New
Year greeting, insisting Saturday that the U.S. administration's
actions must match its rhetoric before Tehran would alter its foreign
policy, in an apparent attempt to keep the political establishment
unified behind an anti-American posture.
criticizes Cheney's approach to terrorism in '60 Minutes' interview Sun,
22 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
The president also addresses the U.S. financial crisis, healthcare,
automaker bailouts, Afghanistan and Pakistan in the CBS segment, which
is scheduled to air Sunday evening. President Obama, rejecting former
Vice President Dick Cheney's contention that Obama has put the nation
at greater risk of terrorism, suggests in an interview airing tonight
on "60 Minutes" that the previous administration's stance was an
"advertisement for anti-American sentiment."
using excessive force against protesters Sun,
22 Mar 2009 12:47:16 PST
RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) - The critical wounding of a US
activist has highlighted the excessive use of force by Israeli forces.
The activist, Tristan Anderson, 38, was shot in the head by Israeli
soldiers during a protest against Israel's separation barrier in the
occupied Palestinian West Bank last week. He remains in intensive care
in Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv.
Guangzhou to Gaza -- underground Fri,
20 Mar 2009 16:09:16 PST
GAZA CITY (IRIN) - The main kitchenware supplier in Gaza, al-Dahshan
Company, last received a shipment from Israel over two years ago
through the Karni crossing. Karni, the only commercial crossing with
the facilities to allow large numbers of trucks to enter Gaza, has been
closed since June 2007 except for the conveyor belt that operates for
19: Speaking truth toÂ power
January 09 art from children at the Al Amal Centre, Khan Younis, We
were back at Faraheen this morning accompanying farmers again, eyeing
the jeeps driving along the Israeli border while our farmers removed
the irrigation pipes from one of the fields we have visited regularly.
Since Mohammed was shot in the leg, the farmer here has decided to give
up on this field, its convenient well, and its half-grown parsley crop
- 200,000 shekels worth - in ...
16: Worth no more, worth no less
Today's mural for the over 1,400 dead reads 'Gaza in my heart'., Our
Rafah ISM colleagues (both of whom worked with Rachel) invited us south
for a commemoration kite-flying today; 1 kite to comemorate ISMer
Rachel Corrie who was killed by Israel on this day in 2003, and 14
kites to commemorate the over 1,400 Palestinians killed by Israel in
Dec 08/Jan 09. They also invited local artists to paint a section of
the Israeli wall near where Rachel was...
A Third Chapter Fri,
20 Mar 2009 13:30:42 -0400
By Ramzy Baroud Though the dust has settled in Gaza, the rubble from
the untold number of demolished buildings, homes and mosques is far
from being cleared away. Graves continue to receive victims, young and
old alike, from Israel's most recent offensive. And in the midst of
this, with the hopes of some respite and recovery on the horizon,
rumors of a third Intifada swell among politicians, scholars and
everyday people alike. While the first and ...
Israeli Terror: My Friend Tristan Fri,
20 Mar 2009 13:19:13 -0400
By David RovicsI was in Olympia, Washington driving towards Evergreen
State College when I got a phone call from someone in the occupied West
Bank of Palestine. An Evergreen graduate named Rachel Corrie had been
killed a few days before by an Israeli soldier in an armored bulldozer,
and someone with an Australian accent on my cell phone named Tom was
wondering whether it was OK for the International Solidarity Movement
to use the lyrics to a song...