VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 10 February 2012: Ethnic Cleansing in a Zionist Fairyland

10 February 2012VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Two Injured In Beit Lahia Blast
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported, on Friday at night, that two Palestinians were wounded in an explosion that took place in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Soldier, 2 Female Settlers, Arrested For Writing Racist Graffiti
IMEMC – Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported Friday that an Israeli soldier and two young female settlers were arrested by the Israeli Police for writing anti-Arab, Anti-Islam graffiti in the Al-Lubban Ash-Sharqiyya Palestinian village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

PCHR Weekly Report: 11 civilians wounded, 25 abducted by Israeli troops this week
IMEMC – In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 02 – 08 Feb. 2012, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights found that 11 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces this week, including 4 children. …

Netanyahu Refuses E.U. Demands to Release Detainees
IMEMC – Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, rejected demands presented by representatives of the European Union (E.U.) to release a number of Palestinian political prisoners under a confidence-building measure that would also increase popular support to president Mahmoud Abbas. …

P.A. Refuses to Resume Exploratory Talks with Israel
IMEMC – The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank renewed its rejection to resume the “exploratory talks” with Israel, and stated that the “confidence-building measures” proposed by Quartet Envoy, Tony Blair, to Israel, are not enough, the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported. …

Ma’an News

Settlers ‘raid Nablus village’
2/10/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Settlers raided a Nablus-district village overnight Thursday, sparking clashes with residents, a PA official said. Dozens of Israelis from Yitzhar settlement threw stones at a number of homes in Burin, Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an. No injuries have been reported. They….

Settlers ‘bulldoze 100 dunums’ of Yatta lands
2/10/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Ma’on settlers bulldozed 100 dunums of lands that belong to Kharoubeh village on Friday, the coordinator of the popular committee against the wall and settlement said. Rateb al-Jabour said the settlers began to bulldoze the lands early Friday in an attempt to expand the settlement. He added that Israeli….

Qaraqe: Egypt intervening to free Khader Adnan
2/10/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s prisoners affairs minister Issa Qaraqe said Friday that Egypt was intervening with Israel to free Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for 55 days. Qaraqe said there had been communications between Egyptian officials and the Israeli government based on an official request from Palestinians…. Related: UN envoy concerned about hunger-striker Adnan

PA security detains 56 in Israeli-held Hebron zone
2/10/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Palestinian security forces detained 56 Palestinians sheltering in the Israeli-controlled section of Hebron early Friday, after coordination with Israeli authorities. The dawn raid was the second Palestinian incursion into Hebron’s H2 area in recent weeks, under full Israeli control since a 1997 deal split the city. A Palestinian security….

West Bank village Qaryut clashes with settlers blocking land
2/10/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinians clashed with a group of settlers blocking them from their lands in the central West Bank on Friday, with no injuries reported. Dozens of residents of Qaryut village tried to enter lands under threat of confiscation near Shilo settlement, and a group of settlers fired on them, a Ma’….

PLO leaders discuss Sunday meet on Amman talks
2/10/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The PLO leadership met on Thursday to discuss a Sunday summit with an Arab follow-up committee after last month’s exploratory talks with Israeli envoys in Amman, President Mahmoud Abbas said. The meeting also reviewed steps to forming the unity government, agreed by Abbas and Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal in….

Report: UN confirms Israeli fence near Lebanese village
2/10/2012 – BEIRUT (Ma’an) — A UN peacekeeping official said Israeli forces have erected a barbed wire fence along its frontier with Lebanon, Lebanese media reported on Thursday. The barrier lies in a disputed area near Lebanese village Adaisseh, Lebanon’s The Daily Star reported.” On the night of Feb. 7-8 in the general…. Related: Report: Israel to build wall on Lebanon frontier

Palestine ‘seeks Arab support’ for halt to Israel talks
2/10/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul said Friday that Palestinian leaders will seek Arab support for their decision not to return to direct negotiations with Israel, after exploratory talks ended last month without agreement. PLO officials are set to brief the Arab League follow-up committee on Sunday, after Palestinian and Israeli….

Gaza ministry announces end to passport denials
2/10/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s ministry of interior called on Friday for all citizens who had been denied a passport to register for travel documents in the Gaza Strip. Fair access to travel documents was a tenet of the reconciliation deal agreed between Fatah and Hamas last May. A Gaza-based committee representing….

UN envoy concerned about hunger-striker Adnan
2/10/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process said Friday he is following “with concern” the case of hunger-striker Khader Adnan, who is held in administrative detention by Israel. In a statement, Robert Serry called on Israel “to do everything in its power to preserve the health of the…. Related: Qaraqe: Egypt intervening to free Khader Adnan

Turkey says Iran ready for nuclear talks, but skepticism persists
2/10/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Iran has agreed to resume talks on its nuclear program, Turkey’s foreign minister said Friday, but a diplomat from one of the countries seeking a diplomatic solution saw no sign of fresh talks. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters he had recently been to Tehran and sought to encourage Iran….

PLC chief: Not illegal for Abbas to head govt
2/10/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The secretary-general of the Palestinian parliament said Thursday that President Mahmoud Abbas faces no legal problems in taking on the role of prime minister, as agreed by Hamas and Fatah leaders last week. Hamas legislators and political analysts have critiqued the deal between Abbas and Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal, which will….

PA says Egypt intervening to free Khader Adnan
2/10/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority prisoners affairs minister Issa Qaraqe said Friday that Egypt was intervening with Israel to free Khader Adnan, who is on hunger strike in administrative detention…. Related: Qaraqe: Egypt intervening to free Khader Adnan

Analysis: Betting on Syria’s Assad staying in power
2/10/2012 – By Bernd Debusmann – In mid-December, the US State Department’s point man on Syria, Frederic Hof, described the government of President Bashar Assad as “the equivalent of a dead man walking”. On Feb. 6, President Barack Obama followed up by saying the fall of the regime was not a matter of if but when….

Deadly blasts rock Aleppo as Homs awaits onslaught
2/10/2012 – AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) — Twin bomb blasts hit Syrian military and security buildings in the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, killing 25 people in the worst violence to hit the country’s commercial hub in the 11-month uprising against President Bashar Assad. Mangled, bloodied bodies as well as severed limbs lay on the….

Malaysia arrests Saudi blogger over Prophet Muhammad tweets
2/10/2012 – KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) — Malaysian police have arrested a Saudi Arabian columnist who fled his country after making comments on Twitter deemed insulting to the Prophet Muhammad, prompting a surge of online outrage and calls for his execution.” It is confirmed that Malaysian police have detained the Saudi writer. This arrest was part of an Interpol….

Top photo award for Arab Spring portrait
2/10/2012 – AMSTERDAM (Reuters) — A portrait of a veiled woman cradling a wounded relative in her arms, taken in Yemen by Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda for The New York Times, won the top World Press Photo prize on Friday. The photograph captured a moment in the conflict in Yemen, when demonstrators against outgoing president Ali Abdullah Saleh….

UN rights office: Syrian officials should be sent to ICC
2/10/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — Syrian officials suspected of committing or ordering crimes against humanity should face prosecution in the International Criminal Court, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday.” We believe, and we’ve said it and we’ll keep repeating it, that the case of Syria belongs in the International Criminal Court….

Egypt security official: 3 tourists kidnapped in Sinai
2/10/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Armed men kidnapped three Korean tourists and an Egyptian guide in St. Catherine in the southern Sinai on Friday, an Egyptian security official said. Maj. Gen. Muhammad Najib, director of south Sinai security, said a group of armed Bedouins stopped a bus of Korean tourists and kidnapped three in addition….

As Syria bleeds, neighbors brace for refugees
2/10/2012 – BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon (Reuters) — When the Syrian refugees first came into his Lebanese border town, Abdullah Taseer found them rooms in people’s homes. Now, he has nowhere left to put them but garages and cowsheds.” The barns were supposed to be our emergency plan, but with the numbers coming in now we’….

Bombings, bombardments across Syria
2/10/2012 – By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Angus MacSwanAMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) — At least 28 people were killed in two bomb attacks in Syria’s second city Aleppo on Friday while in besieged Homs, opposition neighborhoods endured another day of bombardment by President Bashar Assad’s troops. The Aleppo bombings were the worst violence to hit….

ICRC says Syria access getting harder as violence intensifies
2/10/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — The deputy head of the ICRC delegation in Damascus said Friday that getting access to the growing number of casualties in Syria was getting more difficult as violence and insecurity there intensifies.” With the deterioration of the situation in the past weeks, there is increased violence that affects the ability to do medical….

International Solidarity Movement

3rd annual Global Day of Action to Open Shuhada (Apartheid) Street
2/10/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 15 January 2012, Youth Against Settlements – This year, Palestinian activists in Hebron are planning a week of activities to commemorate the Baruch Goldstein Massacre and demand the opening of Shuhada Street. The planned activities in Hebron are as follows: Monday: 20/02/2012 – Photo Exhibition about the Ibrahim Mosque Massacre and Non-violent Resistance in Palestine….

In photos: On hunger strike in Gaza
2/10/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Mya Guarnieri, 10 February 2012, Alternative Information Center – A number of Gazans have joined Khader Adnan‘s hunger strike to protest the inhumane conditions that Palestinian political prisoners face in Israeli jails. Israel often holds Palestinians in administrative detention without charges, depriving detainees of their right to due process. Adnan has been on….

Israeli military court extends administrative detention for civil rights lawyer Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq
2/10/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 9 February 2012, Tanweer Enlightenment Forum – The Israel military court has extended administrative detention for two months in addition to three months already detained for civil rights lawyer Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq, a lecturer at An-Najah National University and the Cultural Coordinator for the Tanweer Palestinian Cultural Enlightenment Forum, currently detained in Ofer Prison near….

Turtles in Aqraba
2/10/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Jonas Weber, 10 February 2012 | International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – “Hurry up you turtles!” Wael yelled in the distance. He had suddenly turned this walk into some kind of contest. We skipped across the rocky landscape of Palestine, dirty and with the sun in our eyes. We were planting trees in the small village….

The National

Fallout from UN veto exposes feud between Moscow and Doha
The National 10 Feb 2012 – Moscow-Doha relations have been rocky since the 2004 assassination of the former Chechen president Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev in Doha.

Homes gutted by fire could have been insured for as little as Dh1,000
The National 10 Feb 2012 – Low crime rates combined with the fact insurance is not mandatory means many tenants choose not to take out policies, leaving them vulnerable in case of disaster.

6,000 turn out for wrestling show
The National 10 Feb 2012 – Fans say they enjoy the storylines of the WWE event

Bombs shake Syria’s commerical hub of Aleppo
The National 10 Feb 2012 – As violence spreads, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah says the world was losing confidence in the UN after Russia and China vetoed a Security Council resolution on Syria.

Hamas prime minister Haniyeh arrives in Tehran
The National 10 Feb 2012 – However the relationship is unsteady as the Palestinian group sees Tehran’s patronage as liability after Arab Spring and Syrian uprising.

Kasabian plays their first-ever Middle East set at Sevens Stadium
The National 10 Feb 2012 – Old favourites from the UK indie band steal the show

South Korean president meets with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince
The National 10 Feb 2012 – Lee Myung-Bak tours the Gulf as pressures mount to reduce crude purchases from Iran.

In Port Said, a feeling of ostracism after riots
The National 10 Feb 2012 – Blame for the post-match violence in which 74 people died has swung from the authorities to residents of Egypt’s port city.

UAE’s breed blacklist is all bark and no bite
The National 10 Feb 2012 – Ban on certain dogs is not enforced as thousands of pet owners across the Emirates keep “banned” breeds.

Cost of special-needs care too high, father says
The National 10 Feb 2012 – A father of two girls with special needs laments the fact that he cannot afford all of the special care they require.

Runners raise funds for abuse victims
The National 10 Feb 2012 – About 2,000 people participated to raise Dh100,000

Parents of special-needs kids push for more acceptance
The National 10 Feb 2012 – Support groups for parents of children with special needs are encouraging parents who have children with disabilities not to be ashamed of them.


U.S. Syria envoy posts satellite image on Facebook to prove regime violence
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2012

Saudi Arabia circulates draft UN resolution on Syria
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2012

Russia accuses West of stoking Syria conflict by arming rebels
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2012

Turkey FM: Israeli military strike on Iran would be a disaster
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2012

Israel successfully tests Arrow 2 missile defense system
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2012

IDF soldier linked to ‘price tag’ attack in West Bank Palestinian village
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2012

Syria officials should face war crimes charges at The Hague, UN rights chief says
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2012

Hackers post anti-Assad message on website of Syria President’s wife
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2012

Arab Spring portrait scoops World Press Photo prize
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2012

Rick Santorum: Obama helping Iran obtain nuclear weapons
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2012

For members of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Gur sect, sex is a sin
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2012

Israel panel appoints Asher Grunis as new Supreme Court President
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2012

Report: Blasts rock army bases in Syria’s Aleppo, civilians killed
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2012

‘Anonymous’ hacker group threatens ‘reign of terror’ against Israel
Ha’aretz – 9 Feb 2012

Too few women lead major U.S. Jewish Federations, MK says
Ha’aretz – 9 Feb 2012

Israel’s version of ‘Teach for America’ poses cultural challenges for Anglos
Ha’aretz – 9 Feb 2012

WATCH: Oprah Winfrey gives exclusive interview on Jewish.TV
Ha’aretz – 9 Feb 2012

Russian-Israeli photographer opens a window to the unknown
Ha’aretz – 9 Feb 2012

Jerusalem Post

‘Iran vows to back Palestinian resistance against Israel’
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – Iran’s first vice president tells Hamas prime minister Haniyeh that Palestinian issue is a “red line,” adding that Israel will soon “be punished” for “plots, aggression,” AFP reports.

Syria resolution reaches UN assembly after veto
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – Saudi Arabia circulates Arab League plan through General Assembly; new draft also supports calling on Assad to quit.

Kassam explodes on Ashkelon coast; no injuries
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – IDF says some damage may have been caused to buildings; attack comes after reports that IDF wounded Gaza terrorist.

Recycling programs in new ecology push
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – Proponents of recycling say that little by little, Israelis are learning to become more conscious of their environment.

Turkey says Tehran ready for nuclear talks
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – Davutoglu says a military strike on Iran would be “a disaster”; diplomat denies Iran has responded to letter on nuclear talks.

Haniyeh arrives in Tehran for official visit
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – Hamas PM ignores reported warnings against visit from Gulf states, is expected to discuss “regional developments.”

Russia accuses West of arming Syrian rebels
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – Without specifying which nations he is accusing, Moscow’s deputy FM says Western countries are arming and advising rebels, says Russia will take “drastic measures” if West keeps pushing issue at UN Security Council.

Strike continues as talks make no progress
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – National Labor Court orders sides to continue talks, which end with no results ahead of the weekend.

Popular English word game isn’t lost in Hebrew translation
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – When his family moved to Israel, Robert August-Dalfen probably never envisioned he would wear a banana costume.

‘44% of Americans support strike against Iran’
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – New YouGov poll shows plurality of Americans support attack on Iranian nuclear facilities; Europeans, Middle Easterners more wary.

UN rights office: Syrian officials should be sent to ICC
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – Pillay to address General Assembly session; World Health Organization reports “massive increase” in wounded in Syria; UN gives up on keeping tally of Syrian dead due to high level of violence.

Saudi king slams veto of Syria UN resolution
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – King Abdullah calls Russian, Chinese veto of UN Security Council resolution on Syria “unfavorable.”

‘Hamas is more legitimate than Fatah’
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies gives his thoughts on the unity deal, Abbas’s election as PM.

Arrow missile defense system successfully tested
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – Officials say the test demonstrates Israel’s ability to defend itself in a future war.

Grunis appointed next Supreme Court president
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – Judicial Selection Committee selects Justice Asher Dan Grunis to replace Dorit Beinisch.

Hit-and-run kills female soldier
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2012 – At least two cars hit 19-year-old girl on Highway 66 near Yokne’am.

Sarkozy to Jewish group: Iran solution ‘not military’
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – French leader says Netanyahu must soften his policies towards the Palestinians.

General strike continues into third day
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – National Labor Court orders sides to continue talks over the employment status of contract workers before reporting back.

Foreign policy for Republicans, and others: Part I
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – Into the Fray: As the 2012 elections approach, the Republican Party owes America and its allies a persuasive paradigm.

Editor’s Notes: Fighting for Zionism
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – What The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference is all about

Column One: The Fatah-Hamas peace process
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – The Palestinians have destroyed officially whatever was left of the concept of a peace process with Israel.

US Affairs: Reaching for the Jewish vote Florida
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – With a Jewish population of 600,000, the Jewish vote is key in the swing Sunshine State.

Broken heart syndrome
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – A metaphorical broken heart can cause symptoms that resemble a heart attack.

A welcome change
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – The first kosher Spaghettim meat restaurant opens in Ramat Gan.

Jamming for two decades
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – Cameron Crowe’s visceral documentary about Pearl Jam traces the rock band’s well-earned rise to fame.

Arrivals: Jewish (officially) at last!
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – Moving here was easy compared to the trouble Danielle Gossman-Vitory endured trying to prove to the rabbinate she is Jewish.

A View From Israel: Whither the protesters?
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – We must battle this centuries-old mentality and continue to demonstrate that Israel has the most compassionate military in the world.

Interesting Times: Democracy in the crosshairs
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – Israel’s existence isn’t threatened by the New Israel Fund or the global boycott-Israel movement.

Consider This: A jubilee year
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – Believe it or not, despite having made aliya in 1972, I didn’t have a very clear picture of the terrible history of Britain and the Jews of Palestine.

The world’s oldest ‘yo mama’ joke
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – Researchers decipher works of Babylonian-era cut-ups, but don’t always understand them.

The Human Spirit: My cousin’s question
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – “Why isn’t the etiology ever examined of why the Arabs were friends of the US prior to when we became staunch allies of Israel?”

Off The Beaten Track: Glorious trees
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – Celebrate Israel’s greening by visiting the Lower Galilee and learning the history of a famous oak tree.

Another Tack: Sabine’s misrepresented murder
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – Communism is purportedly gone, yet Russia tenaciously clings to the wrong side of history.

Eisenbud’s Odyssey: My Brother’s Keeper
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – How is it possible that as Jews – perhaps the most discriminated-against race in the history of the world – we see fit to treat our own brothers and sisters as children of a lesser God?

Tradition Today: What Israelis believe
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2012 – But before we get upset or ecstatic that Israel has found religion, we should take a deep breath, read carefully and realize there is nothing to get excited about.

Inter Press Service

Touch of Arab Spring Comes Late to Morocco
IPS Deadly clashes between police and youth in the Northeastern town of Taza last week suggest that, far from bringing change and stability, Morocco’s new government is simply repeating mistakes of the past, stoking tensions and fuelling a spate of protests against the regime.


Video: Saadi Qaddafi tells Al Arabiya that a real uprising’ soon to happen in Libya
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – … “There will be an uprising in the most of the areas of the republic…I see it growing every day, there will be a big uprising,” Al-Saadi Al-Qaddafi said in an eight-minute phone interview. “There will be a great uprising in the south, in the east, in the center and in the west….

Al Jazeera English Doesn’t Care About Khader Adnan
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan has entered his 55th day of hunger strike. He has long passed the critical stage and is in danger of organ failure any moment now. In other words, Khader Adnan is dying. The silence from international media is deafening. Much of the publicity highlighting Adnan’s case came from…

Yemen army kills two at anti-election protest
Uruknet February 9, 2012 – Yemeni troops killed two people on Thursday when they opened fire on a rally in the southern province of Dalea calling for a boycott of an election to replace outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh, activists said. Weakened by months of protests against Saleh’s rule, the Yemeni government has lost control of whole…

Hatem Omar / Maan Images Al Jazeera English Doesn’t Care About Khader Adnan
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan has entered his 55th day of hunger strike. He has long passed the critical stage and is in danger of organ failure any moment now. In other words, Khader Adnan is dying. The silence from international media is deafening. Much of the publicity highlighting Adnan’s case came from…

Gaza prime minister Haniyeh arrives in Tehran ?for official trip ?
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – The prime minister of the Gaza Strip and leading member of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement, Ismail Haniyeh, arrived on Friday in Tehran for talks on the latest developments in the Middle East. Haniyeh is set to meet with Iranian leaders President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He is…

Clashes in eastern Saudi kill one, wound three
Uruknet February 10, 2012 – One person was killed and three wounded when security forces exchanged gunfire with “masked men” in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich east, the official SPA news agency reported on Friday. Activists and witnesses said the casualties came when security forces opened fire on a Shiite demonstration in the Qatif district of the kingdom’s Eastern…

Gaza may fall into darkness’ without fuel transfer
Uruknet February 9, 2012 — The Gaza Energy Authority announced on Thursday that if fuel doesn’t enter the coastal enclave within 72 hours the Strip will face a severe electricity crisis. “In less than 72 hours if we don’t receive fuel, Gaza will fall into darkness and disability in all aspects of life,” Kanan Obeid, president of…

Stealing Palestine’s resources is illegal, despite Israeli court ruling
Uruknet February 9, 2012 – Pillage: for some the word conjures up lawless warfare, a time before the order of nation states or the rule of international law. Indeed, in its petition to the Israeli high court, the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din argues that “pillage” belongs to “ancient times,” when justice was determined by might…

  An Update on the Plight of Former Guantánamo Prisoner Abdul Aziz Naji, Sentenced to Three Years in Prison in Algeria
Uruknet February 9, 2012 – Last week, I wrote about the plight of Abdul Aziz Naji, an Algerian, held in Guantánamo for eight years, who had been cleared for release from Guantánamo by the US authorities, but was repatriated against his will in July 2010. Three weeks ago, Naji, who is also an amputee, and in ill…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet February 9, 2012 – The number of martyrs in Syria today has reached 137 so far including 11 children. 110 martyrs in the affected city of Homs, 8 in Idlib” Jabal Zaiweh and Maarat Al-Noman”, 15 in Damascus suburbs (Madaya and Zabadany), 2 from Ain Al-Arab (Kobany) in Aleppo and one in Lattakia. These numbers were…

The ‘Water Occupation’ of Palestine
Uruknet February 9, 2012 – There are few crimes more despicable then stealing your neighbor’s water, and polluting what’s left, then watching him and his children suffer thirst, disease and ruin. Most of us would want nothing to do with the perpetrators of such evil. British Water describes itself as the voice of the water industry. It…

Act Up Against ACTA
Uruknet February 9, 2012 – ACTA’s worse than SOPA and PIPA. Net Neutrality and free expression are threatened. In October 2007, negotiations began secretly. At issue is establishing a new intellectual property enforcement treaty – the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). If adopted, fundamental freedoms will be lost. Privatized online censorship will rule. Internet actors will be copyright…

Republican for President?
Uruknet February 9, 2012 – When I opposed the wars and oppression of civil rights here at home during the Bush scandal, there was a certain segment of the population I knew I could always count on to be in solidarity with me: Liberal Democrats. While George Bush was president and Congress was primarily of a Republican…

VIDEO: Former Irish hunger striker’s message for Khader Adnan, a Palestinian prisoner 55 days on hunger strike
Uruknet February 9, 2012Khader Adnan receives message of support from former Hunger Striker Tommy McKearney. Tommy McKearney, one of the participants of the legendary 1980-81 Irish hunger strikes has sent a video message of solidarity to Khader Adnan and his family. Adnan, a Palestinian, has been on hunger strike ever since his 17 December detention…

No, Drones are Never OK!
Uruknet February 9, 2012 – If any American group should be appalled at U.S. drone policy, it is Blacks, who “have seen the unspeakable become acceptable. We should know better.” Those who send the drones deny the fundamental humanity of their targets. “There is something deeply wrong about killing someone accused of a crime before giving that…

Uruknet February 9, 2012. Chaos and violence continue, Iraq’s Parliament discusses two Iraqi military officers who are reportedly spying on behalf of the United States government, an MP’s brother turns up dead, big news for the peace movement out of Chicago, the US Congress examines who’s watching veterans benefits, and more… The executions and Maliki’s targeting of…

  Rights Group Submits Declaration Detailing Torture to Spanish Court after Judge Issues Order to Proceed with Guantánamo Torture Investigation
Uruknet February 9, 2012 – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) submitted a declaration to a Spanish court detailing the torture of Mohammed al Qahtani, who has been detained without charge or trial at Guantánamo since 2002. The submission follows Spanish Investigating Judge Pablo Ruz Gutierrez’s recent order to proceed with the probe into the U.S….

Unknown chemicals sprayed in Palestinian cars at checkpoints
Uruknet February 9, 2012 – Lately I’ve been going to Jenin every two or three weeks with family members. We usually do our vegetable shopping in the city market. Last Saturday, on our way back from Jenin to Nazareth, we were surprised to find a new technology to check “suspicious” cars at the Israeli checkpoint. The checkpoint…

Palestinian Prisoner Enters 53rd Day of Hunger Strike
Uruknet February 9, 2012 – As Palestinian organisations dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), we express our deepest concern about the critical health condition of Khader Adnan. Khader is now entering his 53rd day of hunger strike in protest at his continuing administrative detention and ill-treatment at the…

Uruknet February 9, 2012 – Summary : Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (02 – 08 February 2012): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF wounded 7 protesters, including a child and a French solidarity activist, in al-Nabi Saleh weakly protest in the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip,…

Daily Star

Brave new world for Lebanese girls’ football
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 When The Daily Star’s Sports Weekly went to watch the Girls’ Football Academy (GFA) train earlier this week, one scene stood out…

Teams battle it out for Final Eight
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 With the WABA League ensuring that Champville, Riyadi and Mouttahed Tripoli are temporarily off the Lebanese Basketball League schedule…

Nejmeh, Safa look to keep run going…
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 League leaders Nejmeh will take on struggling Mabarrah Saturday to try to extend their lead at the top of the Lebanese Premier League table…

England have no need to rush
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 Considering the media circus that surrounds Fabio Capello’s fallen reign over the England squad, it would be easy to think that Euro 2012 starts tomorrow…

Schools move into Round 2 for LRUF Rugby 10s cup
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 Brummana High School, Champville, Jamhour, Lycee Ashrafieh, a combined team of Tripoli schools, ACS and Mont La Salle move into Round 2 this weekend of the schools Rugby 10s cup…

Tanks storm district in Syria’s Homs: activists
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 Tanks stormed a neighbourhood in the flashpoint Syrian central city of Homs as soldiers launched a house-to-house sweep of the area to crush regime opponents on Friday, activists said..

Firefight breaks out in northern Damascus -activists
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 A firefight broke out on Friday in a poor district of Damascus between loyalist forces and rebels battling against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, a witness and activists said…

Access getting harder as Syria violence intensifies-ICRC
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 The deputy head of the ICRC delegation in Damascus told Reuters on Friday that getting access to the growing number of casualties in Syria was getting more difficult as violence and insecurity there intensifies. ..

Thousands of Tunisians march against Syrian regime
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 Thousands of Tunisians have demonstrated in cities across the country calling for the downfall of Syrian leader Bashar Assad, whose crackdown on an anti-government movement has killed thousands…

Explosions rock Syria’s second city Aleppo: activists
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 Three explosions rocked Syria’s second largest city of Aleppo on Friday, activists said, adding that one of the blasts was near a military intelligence building…

Egypt’s military rulers warn of conspiracies
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 Egypt’s military rulers say the nation faces conspiracies that seek to topple the state and spread chaos, one day before the one-year anniversary of the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising…

Italy widely expected to scale back F-35 orders
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 Italy seems certain to scale back its major investment in Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, heightening uncertainty over the troubled stealth jet’s future…

US visit marks 11th-hour test for China’s heir apparent
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping has travelled extensively in the last two years as vice-president, but next week’s US visit will provide the greatest test he has yet faced abroad…

Gunmen kill man known for criticising Nigeria Islamists
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 Gunmen in Nigeria’s flashpoint city of Kano on Thursday shot dead a man known for publicly criticising Boko Haram Islamists, blamed for a series of recent attacks in the area, residents said…

Qatar unveils logo of tree for 2020 Olympic bid
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 A multicolored tree was selected Friday as the logo for Doha’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics…

New Ivory Coast approach pays off
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 A narrower than expected first-round victory over Sudan set the trend for the progress of star-studded Ivory Coast to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations final against Zambia at Stade de l’Amitie Sunday…

UN rights chief to brief world body on Syria
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 The U.N. human rights chief has been invited to brief the General Assembly on Syria as countries seeking condemnation of the Assad regime’s crackdown on civilians move their efforts from the Security Council to the 193-member…

Suspected woman suicide bomber dies in Istanbul: media
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 A woman whom Turkish police suspect of having been a suicide bomber died in Istanbul late on Thursday after explosives that she was carrying went off, media reports said on Friday…

Swiss unfreeze 3 mln euros held by Assad cousin
Daily Star 10 Feb 2012 Switzerland is unfreezing roughly 3 million euros ($4 million) held in a Geneva bank by a cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to a court ruling…


US says al Qaeda leader Awlaki directed underwear bomber
YNet News, 10 Feb 2012 – ….

Qassam fired from Gaza; structures damaged
YNet News, 10 Feb 2012 – Rocket explodes in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, no injuries. Earlier, Palestinians report that IDF forces opened fire at Islamic Jihad military post in the northern Strip, injuring one ….

Qassam explodes in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council; damage reported
YNet News, 10 Feb 2012 – ….

Iranian vice president: We will defend Palestinian rights
YNet News, 10 Feb 2012 – ….

Palestinians: IDF fires at Islamic Jihad post in Gaza, injuring one
YNet News, 10 Feb 2012 – ….

Argentina takes Falklands case to UN
YNet News, 10 Feb 2012 – ….

3 tourists kidnapped in Sinai
YNet News, 10 Feb 2012 – Armed tribesmen kidnap Korean tourists, Egyptian guide in Sinai Peninsula ….

Report: PA rejects Israeli incentive package
YNet News, 10 Feb 2012 – Top Palestinian official says Jerusalem’s offer to free 30 prisoners, expand PA‘s control in Area B rejected by Abbas ….

Arrow missile system notes successful test
YNet News, 10 Feb 2012 – Defense Ministry says recent test of components used in anti-ballistic missile system proves successful; adds test ‘a milestone in system’s upgrade’ ….

Judge Asher Grunis named chief justice
YNet News, 10 Feb 2012 – Judges Selection Committee names Grunis Justice Dorit Beinisch’s successor as president of Supreme Court, High Court of Justice ….

19-year-old killed in multi-vehicle hit-and-run
YNet News, 10 Feb 2012 – Police suspect three cars involved in letal accident near Yokneam; drivers flee the scene ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hanna condemns Zionist falsification of the history of Christian holy places
PIC – Atallah Hanna, the Archbishop of Sebastia, condemned the campaign of falsification and deception lead by Zionist organisations that claim to be Christian with the help of Israeli ministry of tourism.

Egyptian Palestinian talks on Gaza’s power crisis
PIC – A responsible source at the Egyptian ministry of electricity and energy said that an Egyptian-Palestinian meeting will take place next week to discuss the power crises in the Gaza Strip.

Report: occupation violate Palestinian journalists’ rights
PIC – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media (MADA) said in a report on Thursday that the beginning of 2012 was a bad one for Palestinian journalists in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Occupation penalise captive with solitary for second time in a couple of weeks
PIC – Researcher in prisoners’ affairs, Reyadh al-Ashqar, said that the Askalan prison administration penalised Muhammad al-Rajabi (44) from al-Khalil to a seven day spell and a ban on visits for 5 months.

Occupation approves the establishment of new settlement
PIC – Israeli occupation continue with plans to grab more Palestinian land to establish Jewish colonies and push Palestinians out. Ehud Barak approved the establishment of a new settlement in Bethlehem.

IOF arrest three people in al-Khalil
PIC – IOF troops on Friday morning arrested three Palestinians after raiding a number of neighbourhoods in al-Khalil district in the southern West Bank.

Clashes between Palestinian youth and extremist Jewish settlers south of Nablus
PIC – Clashes between Palestinian youth and extremist Jewish settlers broke out late Thursday evening in the village of Burin to the south of northern West Bank city of Nablus and lasted until a late hour.


Now Britain Helps the Water Thieves
Intifada-Palestine: 10 Feb 2012 – The French have called it a “water occupation” against the Palestinians… British Water’s complicity with the Israeli occupation authorities who are not only stealing Palestinian water, but also overseeing the flooding of Palestinian fields and villages with untreated sewage from hilltop… more

Blasts Rock Aleppo as Dozens More Are Reported Killed in Syria
New York Times 10 Feb 2012 – Explosions in Aleppo, Syria, killed 28 people by official count and signaled that emboldened forces seeking the government’s overthrow can strike at the very seat of its power.

In Rare, Blunt Speech, Saudi King Criticizes Syria Vetoes
New York Times 10 Feb 2012 – The king of Saudi Arabia inserted himself directly into the Syria crisis on Friday, castigating Russia and China for vetoing a United Nations Security Council resolution.

Activists Report Death of Second Protester in Saudi Arabia
New York Times 10 Feb 2012 – The police killed a protester for the second time in two days during demonstrations in the oil-rich eastern province of Qatif.

Judge delays ruling on Khader Adnan, now in his 56th day of hunger strike
Mondoweiss – Solidarity hunger strike outside Ofer prison. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Active Stills) Yesterday, an Israeli judge postponed a decision for hunger striker Khader Adnan’s final appea l in the military court system, which was heard in his hospital room. The judge requested more documents as the reason for…

The Israel Lobby on campus in Illinois: A challenge for BDS
Mondoweiss – I only recently learned of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s  trip to Israel  this past summer (2011) for a “week-long educational mission where he sealed two important agreements and received briefings from high-ranking Israeli officials, academic experts and business leaders on topics ranging from high-tech development (read…

Norcal Activists take on Veolia
Mondoweiss – (Photo: ISM Sweden) The North Coast Coalition for Palestine   in the San Francisco North Bay are preparing to present a letter to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors opposing the county’s contract with Veolia. The French multinational company currently operates the county’s bus system and…

Fight for academic freedom continues with MESA support for Marc Ellis
Mondoweiss – Prof. Marc Ellis (Photo: Greenbelt) This week the Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America (MESA) sent a letter to Baylor University president Kenneth Starr condemning the ongoing investigation of Prof. Marc Ellis, which is largely seen as connected to Ellis’s views on Israel/Palestine. Last fall,…

Hasbara PennBDS wrap-up: Pro-Israel students are ignorant
Mondoweiss – Post-PennBDS conference, Hasbara groups and journalists described pro-Israel students as “ignorant,” and unable to defend their stance against statements such as “Israel took Arab land.” From “Lessons Learned from the Frontline,”   Lisa Hostein, executive editor of the Jewish Exponent , laments: the pervasive ignorance of young…

IDF Promotes Disgraced Commander to Prestigious New Post
Tikun Olam – Brig. Gen. Gal Hirsch (Alon Ron) Let it not be said that the IDF doesn’t learn from its mistakes and draw the proper conclusions.* The new deputy commander of Israel’s “depth command ,” designed to take the battle to the enemy far from Israeli territory, is…

Westerners looking for a “Plan B”
Voltaire Network 9 Feb 2012 – At the forefront of the international stage, Turkey has called for the creation of a group of “Friends of Democratic Syria,” modeled on the “Contact Group for Libya,” while the Italian press ruminates over the possibilities of NATO indirect intervention. However, if such action were to…

Lavrov gets hero’s welcome in Damascus, but fighting continues
Voltaire Network 8 Feb 2012 – Tens of thousands of Syrians amassed along the roads of Damascus on Tuesday morning, 7 February, to welcome Sergei Lavrov, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, in the wake of that country’s veto, in tandem with China, at the Security Council. The Russian Minister was accompanied…

Somalia: Al-Qaeda Endorses Al-Shabaab
allAfrica.com 10 Feb 2012 – [ISS] The offensive against Al-Shabaab and the complexities surrounding the quest for peace in Somalia is set to assume another dimension with the formal endorsement of the group by Al-Qaeda. According to the SITE Intelligence Group, a video message posted on jihadist forums shows Al-Qaeda leader…

Uganda: Israel to Donate Ambulances to Country
allAfrica.com 10 Feb 2012 – [New Vision] ISRAEL has offered to donate ambulances to health centres countrywide as their contribution towards improving the health sector in Uganda.

Uganda: Ekiring Off to Iran for Another Olympic Event
allAfrica.com 10 Feb 2012 – [Monitor] After missing out on honours in the Uganda International, Africa’s number one badminton player Edwin Ekiring is looking forward to collecting more points in the Tehran International Championships.

Tunisia: Ennahda Calls for Demonstration in Support of Syrian People
allAfrica.com 10 Feb 2012 – [Tunisia Live] Ennahda, Tunisia’s dominant Islamist party, released a statement on February 7, calling for a demonstration in support of the Syrian people on Friday, February 10. The statement denounced Bashar Al Assad’s oppressive crackdown, which has escalated considerably in recent months.

Interview: Ex-Prisoner Reflects on Friendship With Khader Adnan and His Hunger Strike For Justice
Palestine Solidarity Project 9 Feb 2012 – From Electronic Intifada: http://electronicintifada.net/content/interview-ex-prisoner-reflects-friendship-khader-adnan-and-his-hunger-strike-justice/10919 Mousa Abu Maria spent nearly five years, from 1999 to 2003, in Israeli prisons. He spent an additional 14 months, from 2008 to 2009, in administrative detention (without charge or trial). He, like current hunger striker Khader Adnan, was subjected to cruel…

Do Not Distort Calls for Moral Consistency
Arab American Institute 10 Feb 2012 – To be clear, the issue here isn?t the fact that the U.S. has cast a veto or two in the past that weren?t morally defensible. It?s the fact that the U.S. has used its veto to shield Israel from international criticism for its crimes against the…

Global BDS 10 Feb 2012 – Commemorating Land Day, the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) invites people of conscience around the world to unite for a BDS Global Day of Action on 30 March 2012 in solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, justice and equality and for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until…

Gaddafi son warns of Libya revolt
BBC 10 Feb 2012 – One of the sons of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi threatens to lead a revolt against Libya’s transitional government.

Koreans abducted in Egypt’s Sinai
BBC 10 Feb 2012 – Three South Korean tourists and their Egyptian guide have been kidnapped by armed Bedouin tribesmen in the Sinai peninsula, officials have said.

Armed clashes in northern Lebanon
BBC 10 Feb 2012 – There has been heavy gunfire in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, as supporters and opponents of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad took to the streets.


Where is the ‘inevitable’ Bedouin Intifada Israel guaranteed?
Mya Guarnieri, +972 Magazine 2/9/2012
      In 2004, Israeli officials were up in arms about an impending Bedouin Intifada. But the Bedouin didn’t rebel and now, despite plans to expel tens of thousands of them from their homes in the West Bank and the Negev, things remain relatively quiet. Why?
     As Israel steps up its expansionist policies both inside and outside the Green Line, the Bedouin community has come under particularly intense pressure.
     Inside Israel, the state seeks to Judaize the Negev (Naqab) desert. This “development” includes last year’s Prawer plan, which recommends that Israel relocate between 30,000 and 40,000 Bedouin citizens, ripping them from their villages and sticking them in impoverished townships, to clear the area for Jewish-only settlements.
     After the Israeli cabinet passed the Prawer plan in September 2011, Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel likened it to “a declaration of war.”
     Al Arakib could be considered an opening battle. The state first demolished the unrecognized village in July 2010—destroying homes and tearing olive trees from the ground to make way for a forest to be planted by the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF). After the Bedouin residents of Al Arakib rebuilt their village, Israeli forces returned and destroyed it again. Since then, Al Arakib has been demolished and rebuilt over 30 times.
     Israel’s policies are just as inhumane on the other side of the Green Line, where the so-called “Civil Administration” seeks to remove 27,000 Bedouin from Area C in order to expand illegal Israeli settlements. The Civil Administration’s plans will be carried out over the next three to six years. more.. e-mail

Britain helps Israeli water thieves
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 2/10/2012
      There are few crimes more despicable then stealing your neighbour’s water.and polluting what’s left, then watching him and his children suffer thirst, disease and ruin.
     Most of us would want nothing to do with the perpetrators of such evil.
     British Water describes itself as the voice of the water industry. It talks about best practice and corporate responsibility, and lobbies governments and regulators on behalf of its members. No doubt it does a good job.
     It also has international ambitions, including in the Middle East. So, presumably it knows what’s going on water-wise in the Holy Land. Apartheid Wall and water theft
     British Water should know, for example, that the 400-miles long structure known worldwide as Israel’s Apartheid Wall bites deep into the Palestinian West Bank, dividing and isolating communities and stealing their lands and water.
     If the wall was simply for security, as Israel claims, it would have been built along the internationally-recognized 1949 Armistice “Green Line”, although not even this is an official border. The wall’s purpose is plainly to annex plum Palestinian land and water resources for illegal Israeli settlements, and to that end it closely follows the line of the Western Aquifer.
     In 2004 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague ruled that the construction of the wall is “contrary to international law” and Israel must dismantle it and make reparation for damage caused…. more.. e-mail

Decoding Obama’s Iran policy
Brian M Downing, Asia Times 2/11/2012
      BOOK REVIEW: A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran by Trita Parsi
     Trita Parsi’s first book, Treacherous Alliance (2008), displayed a masterful understanding of the open and hidden dealings between Iran, the United States and Israel over the past 35 years. This impressive follow-up, a study of events since President Barack Obama came to office in 2009, is welcome and exceptionally well-timed.
     The new administration began with hopes of reaching out to Iran, but despite a promising beginning, no diplomatic breakthrough came. Parsi attributes this to inflexibility in Tehran, Washington, Jerusalem and Riyadh. Politicians and bureau consistently misinterpret signals from the other side, are loathe to show flexibility for fear of appearing weak, and ignore earnest efforts by intermediary countries. The conflict has become embedded in the thinking and institutions of all concerned countries.
     Tehran was skeptical from the start of the Obama administration. Iran had helped the US to oust the Taliban from Afghanistan in 2001 and set up a new government the following year, but the George W Bush administration remained hostile. Following the US defeat in Iraq of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Iran made a bold overture to open a wide-ranging dialogue with the US. But it was rejected; the US did not speak to evil.
     Iran, then, saw little likelihood that Obama would be able to break free of political restraints. His selection of Dennis Ross and Rahm Emanuel as key advisers did nothing to shake Tehran from its skepticism, as Tehran deemed them both pro-Israel partisans. more.. e-mail

Ethnic Cleansing in a Zionist Fairyland
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Feb 2012 – By Vacy Vlazna ‘De-Arabizing the history of Palestine is another crucial element of the ethnic cleansing. 1500 years of Arab and Muslim rule and culture in Palestine are trivialized, evidence of its existence is being destroyed and all this is done to make the absurd connection between the ancient Hebrew civilization and today’s Israel. The most glaring example of this today is in Silwan, (Wadi Hilwe) a town adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem with some 50,000 residents. Israel is expelling families from Silwan and destroying their homes because it claims that king David built a city there some 3000 years ago. Thousands of families will be made homeless so that Israel can build a park to commemorate a king that may or may not have lived 3000 years ago. Not a shred of historical evidence exists that can prove King David ever lived yet Palestinian men, women, children…more

Syria and Those Disgusting BRICS
Dissident Voice: 9 Feb 2012 – A Greek choir of the “disgusted” and the “outraged” predictably greeted BRICS members Russia and China double veto to the United Nations Security Council resolution imposing regime change in Syria. The resolution was backed by that haven of democracy, the GCC League, the organization controlled by the six monarchies/emirates of the Gulf Cooperation Council formerly known as the Arab League. United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the double veto a “travesty”. Then Clinton duly incited “friends of democratic Syria” to keep working for regime change, which was the object of the resolution. The copyright for this idea is held by the liberator of Libya, neo-Napoleonic French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who said Paris was already working to create a NATOGCC “Friends of the Syrian People Group” in charge of implementing the Arab League’s regime change plan. Right on cue, Paris puppet Burhan Ghalyun, the head of the Syrian National…more

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