VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 12 December, 2010: Top 10 Wikileaks Palestine Nuggets

12 December, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Mitchell To Meet Netanyahu Monday
IMEMC – 13 Dec 2010 – Monday December 13, 2010 – 05:32, U.S. Special Middle East Envoy, George Mitchell, intends to hold a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem on Monday in an attempt to push the stalled peace talks forward.

Army: “Soldier Wounded In Gaza Was Hit By Friendly Fire”
IMEMC – 13 Dec 2010 – Monday December 13, 2010 – 03:57, The Israeli Army stated Sunday that the soldier who was injured on Saturday at night during clashes with Palestinian fighters in Gaza, was not hit by Palestinian fire as previously announced, but was shot by another soldier.

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Wikileaks News Roundup 12-13 December, 2010

13 December, 2010

Sex, Lies, Iran, Israel and WikiLeaks

13 December, 2010

WikiLeaks has given the mainstream media yet another opportunity to vilify Iran. A typical headline, from the New York Times was: “Around the world distress over Iran.” And, ironically, it is true, but not in the way the headline writer meant. Around the world there is distress over Iran, distress at the way it is being cast in the role of the Evil Doer, when all but the most ignorant observers realise that it is nuclear-armed Apartheid Israel that is the real threat to world peace, not Iran.

Sex, Lies, Iran, Israel and WikiLeaks
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Bolivia threatens court action to halt Cancun deal

13 December, 2010 — Bolivia Rising

La Paz, Dec 13 (DPA) Bolivia threatened Sunday to take court action to block the compromise deal reached in Mexico to confront the growing threat of climate change.

‘We will file a complaint with the International Court of Justice in The Hague against the text approved in Cancun,’ Boliva’s UN Ambassador Pablo Solon told the government daily El Cambio.

The deal was approved Saturday by all but one of the 194 nations who attended the international climate conference in the Mexican resort. Bolivia objected on the grounds it did not go far enough.

Despite a lack of unanimity, conference chairman Patricia Espinosa approved the comprise, which includes efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions, billions in aid to island nations faced with inundation and a 2-degree goal limit for global warming.

Solon had argued that the draft proposals were too lax to stop global warming, and he stood his ground until Espinosa banged the gavel at 3.31 a.m. after saying: ‘The objections and complaints will be noted duly.’ Espinosa’s very broad interpretation of UN rules that all agreements must be reached in harmony saved the conference. Harmony, she said, did not necessarily mean unanimity.

Solon claimed the way Bolivia’s position was overruled represented jettisoned the principle of consensus and was an ‘abuse of the framework agreement on climate protection’.

Statewatch News Online, 13 December 2010: ECCHR: Report: Blacklisted: Targeted sanctions, preemptive security and fundamental rights

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1.    UK: Student protests
2.    Council of Europe: The role of judges in the enforcement of judicial decisions
3.    EU: ECCHR: Report: Blacklisted: Targeted sanctions, preemptive security and fundamental rights
4.    EU: ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS REGULATION: European Court of Justice: Case
5.    France: Statement by Collectif Liberté Egalité Justice : LOPPSI 2: not in our name!
7.    EU: Joint Letter: NGOs’ perspective on the EU accession to the ECHR
8.    EU: Fundamental Rights Agency: proposal would extend the remit to cover polcing and criminal law
9.    EU: European Parliament: Question: “Radicalisation” and data collection
10.  EU: Issuing visas: Lists of the authorities
11.  UK: PEACE IN KURDISTAN CAMPAIGN: Kurdish community leaders questioned by MI5 officers
12.  EU Fundamental Rights Agency reports: Separated, asylum-seeking children
13.  UK: Citizens Advice Bureau report: Uncivil Recovery
14.  EU: Statewatch Analysis: Extending EU long-term resident status to refugees and persons with subsidiary protection status
15.  Norway/Italy: Wholesale seizure of activist e-communications service provider’s data
16.  EU: Statewatch Analysis: The new Directive on trafficking in persons
17.  EU: Council of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers (JHA Council)
18.  IRAQ-USA-GAO REPORT: Displaced Iraqis

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 12 December, 2010: It really is us against them

12 December, 2010 — Information Clearing House

WikiLeaks cable reveals
Italy PM said ‘not even Obama can stop Israeli attack on Iran’

By Haaretz Service
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi expressed concern that Israel might use nuclear weapons in a preemptive strike on Iran.

Israel May Have No Military Option Against Iran
By Gideon Levy
The next wars will be home-front wars. This time the Israeli home front will be hit in a way we have never experienced.

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WikiLeaks reveals how Shell infiltrated Nigeria

13 December, 2010 — The Real News Network

Al Jazeera: The petrol giant Shell has thoroughly infiltrated the Nigerian government, newly leaked WikiLeaks documents show.

The petrol giant Shell has thoroughly infiltrated the Nigerian government, newly leaked WikiLeaks documents show. The multinational corporation inserted its employees into every key government ministry to gain unparalleled influence in policy-making in the oil rich Niger Delta. Al Jazeera’s Jesse Mesner-Hage reports on how the revelation fits into the decades-long troubled relationship between Royal Dutch Shell and Nigeria.

America’s human rights rhetoric tarnished by actions — RT

12 December, 2010 — RT

62 years ago, the United Nations adopted its Universal Declaration of Human Rights, making today, International Human Rights Day. America’s first lady at the time, Eleanor Roosevelt, helped inspire the 1948 agreement – a global pledge critics say the US is failing to follow.

Which speaks louder… actions? Or words?

In September US President Barack Obama addressed the international community at the United Nations pledging America’s commitment to International Human Rights.

The 1948 document includes 30 articles, which outline basic standards of life – inalienable rights – for all people.

Article 3 says everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal: A symbol of flawed justice — RT

10 December, 2010 — RT

While American prisons overflow with prisoners, radical journalist and activist Mumia Abu-Jamal has been on death row for almost three decades with no end to his legal process in sight as he continues his fight against the US criminal justice system.

Why is this case dragging on for so long while hundreds of thousands of supporters all over the world want Abu-Jamal released, why aren’t the flaws in the system being addressed?

The United States: a beacon of justice or a system flourishing with fraud and flaws?

‘The United States essentially is an illegitimate government,’ said political activist Naji Mujahid.

Seen as a political prisoner arounf the world, an honorary citizen in over twenty cities, with a street named after him in France, Abu-Jamal has been on death row for almost thirty years.

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 11 December, 2010: It really is us against them

11 December, 2010 — Information Clearing House

US House Approves Large Increase in Military Aid to Israel
Despite freezing funding for most aspects of the US government at 2010 levels, the US House agreed Wednesday evening to increase military aid to Israel substantially.

Jailed Afghan Drug Lord Was Informer on U.S. Payroll
Central Intelligence Agency officers and Drug Enforcement Administration agents relied on him as a valued source for years, even as he was building one of Afghanistan’s biggest drug operations after the United States-led invasion of the country, according to current and former American officials. Along the way, he was also paid a large amount of cash by the United States.

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BREAKING NEWS: Edinburgh Council Boycotts Veolia!!!

13 December, 2010 — Scottish PSC

Edinburgh Council has rejected Veolia’s attempt to take over public services in the city!

A Council report published 10th Dec 2010 indicates that Veolia is no longer being considered for any contracts in the city, despite having been seen as the leading contender for its environmental services bid.

Veolia works with Israeli authorities in Occupied Palestine to provide waste and transport services to Israel’s illegal settlements. The French multinational has already lost contracts across Europe due to sustained protest over its complicity in Israel’s war crimes.

This comes on top of similar losses throughout Europe and beyond as it becomes ever more clear that it no longer pays to profit from Israel’s Occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people.

Read SPSC media release