VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 11 March 2013: Israeli doctors accused of collusion in torture

11 March 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Three Detainees Moved Into Solitary Confinement
IMEMC – Monday evening March 11, 2013, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported that the administration at the Ofer Israeli prison moved three hunger striking Palestinian detainees into solitary confinement. … 

Ashton: “E.U. Committed To Its Own Regulations In Dealing With Israel
IMEMC – Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, stated that the European Union is committed to the implementation of its policies and regulations in dealing with Israel, and denounced the ongoing Israeli construction and expansion of Jewish settlements in occupied Palestine. …

Army Carries Out Limited Invasion Into Gaza
IMEMC – Monday Morning, March 11, 2013, a number of armored Israeli military vehicles carried out a limited invasion into an area east of Juhr Ed-Deek area, southeast of Gaza city. …

Settlers Hurl Stones At A Palestinian Car Near Hebron
IMEMC – Sunday evening, March 10, 2013, a number of extremist Israeli settlers of the Ma’on illegal settlement, built on Palestinian lands that belong to residents of Yatta town south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, hurled stones at a Palestinian car causing excessive damage but no injuries. …

Arab Woman, Her Daughter, Verbally Assaulted In Nazareth
IMEMC – The Arabs48 news website reported Sunday that three extremist Israeli Jews in Natzeret Illit, in Nazareth, have verbally assaulted an Arab woman and her daughter. The extremists also spat at the two women and cursed at them while telling them that they should leave the city. … 

Ma’an News

Israel forces ‘order 15 families to leave homes’
3/11/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday ordered 15 families to evacuate their homes in the southern West Bank and said the area was a “closed military zone,” a resident facing eviction said. Abed Shalalda said 15 families from his tribe were told they would be evicted from their homes in al-Ganoub, east of….

PPS: Israel sends 3 hunger strikers to isolation cells
3/11/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Israeli Prison Service on Monday sent three detainees on hunger strike to solitary confinement, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said. Muhammad Najjar, Zakariyya al-Heih and Ibrahim Ash-Sheikh Ibrahim were sent to isolation cells in Ofer prison, the PPS said in a statement. They have been on hunger strike since Feb. 26….

MK Tibi: Settlers training dogs to attack Palestinians
3/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) –Israeli Knesset member Ahmad Tibi on Monday alleged that settlers in the West Bank are training dogs to attack Palestinians. Tibi told Ma’an that he obtained a videotape which shows settlers training dogs to attack Palestinians who say Allahu Akbar, or, ‘God is Great’. He described the….

Group: Israeli soldiers prevent students from entering Al-Aqsa
3/11/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces prevented female students from entering the Al-Aqsa compound on Monday, a local group said. Israeli soldiers set up a temporary checkpoint and stopped female students from entering the Islamic site, without providing a reason, the Al-Aqsa Foundation said. The students held their class in a nearby area.” We are….

Israel military court rejects appeal for jailed cartoonist
3/11/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court on Monday rejected an appeal to release jailed Palestinian cartoonist Muhammad Sabanah, a lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoners Society said. A judge at Ofer military court ordered Sabanah to be detained for a further eight days to continue interrogations, Jawad Boulous told Ma’an. The judge….

Settlers block Nablus road, throw stones at cars
3/11/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A group of settlers blocked a main road linking Nablus and Jenin on Monday, preventing Palestinian cars from passing, a PA official said. Settler-monitoring official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma’an that settlers from Shave Shomron blocked route 60, the main north-south highway in the West Bank. Settlers threw stones at….

Report: Mossad wiretapped Abbas’ office in 1993
3/11/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel‘s Mossad security service wiretapped Mahmoud Abbas’ office in Tunis when he was deputy chairman of the PLO in 1993, Israeli media reported Monday. In May 1993, months before the signing of the Oslo Accords, the Mossad chief at the time Shabtai Shavit held an emergency….

Israel army: 11 arrested across West Bank
3/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 11 people overnight Sunday, Israel‘s army said. Two people were arrested in Beit Fajjar, four in Beit Ula, two in Suris, one in Atara, one in el-Arrub and one in Beit Ummar. [END]

Dozens of settlers visit Nablus tomb
3/11/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of settlers visited Joseph’s tomb in Nablus early Monday, locals said. More than 10 buses carrying the settlers were seen by the tomb amid a heavy Israeli military presence. Israeli soldiers entered the city at 1 a. m. to provide security for the worshipers. Some local youth threw….

Palestinian youth to protest Obama visit
3/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian youth on Sunday called for demonstrations during the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama against any return to negotiations.”We call on the masses of the Palestinian people to change this path and demonstrate against receiving he who considers Israel ‘the closest ally in the region’, and….

Israeli man asks Palestinian Authority for political asylum
3/11/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — An Israeli man surrendered himself to security forces in Tulkarem on Monday, requesting political asylum in Palestinian Authority controlled areas of the West Bank. Andre Beniron, 23, told Ma’an that he wanted temporary political asylum and protection while finding a way to leave Israel. The young man said he….

Study: Jerusalem NGO ranked top Palestinian think tank
3/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) –The Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs has been ranked the number one Palestinian think tank and is among the top 40 in the MENA region, according to a recent study. Jerusalem based PASSIA, with a permanent staff of just 7, ranked 34th among top think tanks in…. Related: PASSIA

Gaza ministry allows import of frozen chicken from Israel
3/11/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza has approved the import of 50 tons of frozen chicken from Israel, an official said Monday. Tahsin al-Saqqa, director of the ministry’s marketing department, said chicken imports were usually banned in order to encourage people to buy locally. But due to the….

PA: 50,000 drug addicts in East Jerusalem, West Bank
3/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority minister of health said Sunday that there are an estimated 50,000 drug addicts in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. Hani Abdin told Ma’an that the figures have encouraged the min
istry to exert efforts to raise awareness about drug addiction and work with partner organizations….

Gaza government introduces speed radars on main roads
3/11/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Police forces in the Gaza Strip began using speed radars on Monday to monitor driving offenses, an official said. Khalil al-Zayan, spokesman for Gaza’s ministry of transportation, told Ma’an that the measure aims to reduce speeding on the main coastal road and Saladin street, where the….

Hamas provides financial support to university students
3/11/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas government in Gaza on Monday organized a charity event to provide financial support for university students, a statement said. The Gaza government donated 200 shekels ($54) to 50 university students facing financial difficulties. [END]

Hamas government pays February salaries
3/11/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas government in Gaza will pay February salaries for public sector staff on Monday, the finance ministry said. Government employees wages will be paid into the National Islamic Bank and approved post offices, the ministry said in a statement. Employees of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority threatened strike action on….

PA official: Gaza to export furniture to Egypt
3/11/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza will export wooden furniture to Egypt on Monday, a Palestinian Authority crossings official said. Raed Fattouh told Ma’an that 350 trucks with commercial and agricultural goods will enter the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom crossing, while two truckloads of wooden furniture will leave for Egypt. [END]

Israeli police arrest man over sister’s death
3/11/2013 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — Israeli police have arrested a man on suspicion of stabbing his sister, who died in hospital on Monday, Israeli media reported. Alaa Shami, 21, was stabbed in the thigh and fell from the second floor of her family home in Ibillin village in northern Israel on Sunday. She died in….

Israeli kids hurt by teachers’ name-calling
3/11/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Students at an Israeli high school were in an uproar on Monday after a teacher mistakenly sent them an internal email that spelled out what faculty members really thought about them.” Not too bright”, “Liar”, “Tactless”, “Big Baby”, “Anti-social”, “Has a thing for boys” and “Sick-o” were some of the descriptions on an….

Al-Qaida claims killing of Syrian soldiers in Iraq
3/11/2013 – Reuters) — Al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for killing 48 Syrian soldiers and state employees in Iraq last week, saying their presence proved collusion between the Shiite-led government in Baghdad and Syrian President Bashar Assad. Unidentified gunmen last week attacked a convoy of Syrians who had fled across the border into Iraq from a Syrian rebel advance….

UN: Syria govt reportedly using militias for mass killings
3/11/2013 – GENEVA (Reuters) — The Syrian government is reportedly using local militias known as Popular Committees to commit mass killings which are at times sectarian in nature, UN human rights investigators said on Monday. The uprising in Syria erupted two years ago with largely peaceful protests but escalated into a civil war pitting mainly Sunni Muslim rebels….

Lebanon says world must shoulder Syrian refugee burden
3/11/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — President Michel Suleiman called on Monday for international action to help Lebanon cope with a deluge of refugees from the war in neighboring Syria which he said threatened to set his volatile country ablaze. In an interview with Reuters at the presidential palace overlooking Beirut – and just 25 miles from the Syrian-Lebanese border….

Fighting fire with fire: Syria calls for jihad on jihadists
3/11/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — One of the pillars of President Bashar Assad’s leadership is secularism, but nearly two years into a fight which it says is spearheaded by hardline Islamist terrorists, Damascus has decided to employ its enemy’s tactic: jihad. The highest official Sunni Muslim body in Syria, closely linked to the government….

Egypt parliament to draft new law to avoid election delay
3/11/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — An Egyptian parliamentary panel decided on Monday to draw up a new election law, aiming to avoid delays after a court cancelled President Mohamed Mursi’s decree calling for parliamentary elections in April. The prospect of an election delay raised by the court ruling is something Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood and….


New Jerusalem highway threatens Arabs’ homes
AlJazeera 11 Mar 2013 – Highway project to connect illegal Israeli settlements threatens to destroy Palestinian neighbourhood in Jerusalem.

French town honours Israeli minister ‘killer’
AlJazeera 11 Mar 2013Israel condemns Paris suburb of Bezons for giving honourary citizenship to Palestinian accused of killing Rehavam Zeevi.

Palestine News Network

“Mavi Marmara Aid Convoy” on its Way to Gaza
Palestine News Network

IOF Forces Arrest 12 Palestinians from the West Bank
Palestine News Network

Israel Cuts off Water Supply of Prisoners, Bans Family Visits
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Factions to Meet in April For Unity Talks
Palestine News Network

UCI’s TABO Project Issues Title Deeds for 254 Dunums of Land in Palestine
Palestine News Network

A Call to Reject Obama’s Visit, Demonstrate Against Any Return to Negotiations
Palestine News Network

The Island – Political Drama at its Best
Palestine News Network

“Arab Israeli”: Palestinian Citizens of Israel, AIC
Palestine News Network

Is There Hope of Justice for a Palestinian Family in Israel’s Courts?
Palestine News Network

The Enemy That Lives Within
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR’s delegation of Palestinian prisoners’ families concludes international tour in Switzerland, travels to France
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

ISM activist risks jail, pledges not to answer questions if stopped under Terror laws in the UK
3/11/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Tom Woodhead, 11th March, International Solidarity Movement, Occupied Palestine – Tom Woodhead, an ISM activist who is currently being deported by Israeli immigration authorities, has pledged not to answer questions if British authorities attempt to misuse the Terrorism Act 2000 when he arrives at the airport in the UK. The British activist, is currently being deported….

Relief Web

Relief Web 11 Mar 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Mind-blowing: four months after conflict, Gaza mental health in crisis
Relief Web 11 Mar 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory Four months after the conflict in Gaza, we report from UNRWA’s health centre in Jabalia, northern Gaza, on disturbing post-traumatic stress figures from…

occupied Palestinian territory: B’Tselem to MAG: Order investigation into several cases in which soldiers’ fire severely injured Palestinians in West Bank
Relief Web 11 Mar 2013 – Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Country: occupied Palestinian territory Following the death of Muhammad ‘Asfur this morning from injuries sustained two weeks ago, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem wrote to Military Advocate General Major-General…

Syrian Arab Republic: On International Women’s Day, UNRWA fights back against violence against women
Relief Web 11 Mar 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic UNRWA celebrated International Women’s Day today by calling for an end to violence against women and girls. A…

The National

Egyptians urged to make citizen’s arrests, stoking vigilante group fears
The National 11 Mar 2013Egypt‘s top prosecutor has encouraged citizens to arrest anyone they see breaking the law following unprecedented police strike.

Sheikh Hazza looks at plans for services across Abu Dhabi
The National 11 Mar 2013 – Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed, the National Security Adviser, has inspected plans by the emirate’s three municipalities for development in residential areas.

UN to collect evidence of Syrian war crimes
The National 11 Mar 2013 – Evidence of crimes against humanity by the Syrian government to be amassed as meanwhile, it emerges that Americans, Britons and French are reportedly helping to train anti-government fighters in Jordan.

Job applications by the busload at Emirates Transport
The National 11 Mar 2013 – Emirati graduates tell of expectations, and some frustrations, as they hunt for emploment and career options to suit their qualifications.

Bahraini activist found not guilty for Twitter post
The National 11 Mar 2013 – Court acquits prominent human rights activist on charges of spreading false information via Twitter post. Elizabeth Dickinson reports 

12 more go on trial in UAE for sedition
The National 11 Mar 2013 – Twelve more people joined a group of Emiratis accused of sedition when their trial resumed yesterday at the State Security Court in the capital.

Pakistan leader breaks ground on Iran pipeline
The National 11 Mar 2013 – Work begins on cross-border leg of a much delayed gas pipeline that the US says may breach sanctions.

Syrian opposition still deadlocked over interim government
The National 11 Mar 2013 – Opposition cancels meeting to elect interim government for the second time in less than a fortnight amid continuing internal divisions. Thomas Seibert reports from Istanbul 


Obama meets Arab-Americans ahead of trip to Israel
Ha’aretz – 11 Mar 2013

Barak leaves Defense Ministry: ‘Israel is facing extremely complex challenges’
Ha’aretz – 11 Mar 2013

UN: Palestinian rocket, not Israeli strike, killed baby during Gaza war
Ha’aretz – 11 Mar 2013

‘Bush advised Livni to use Olmert’s peace plan to beat Netanyahu in election’
Ha’aretz – 11 Mar 2013

Obama to visit Church of Nativity, Iron Dome to be moved to airport for photo-op
Ha’aretz – 11 Mar 2013

Netanyahu to cut security details of government ministers
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2013

Jerusalem Post

UN peacekeepers captured by Syrian rebels arrive in Israel
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – The peacekeepers, part of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) cross the border into Israel from neighboring Jordan after they were released by rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad. 

Hungary’s Jews
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Hungary is a sorrowful example of how rampant anti- Semitism can be a surefire barometer for reactionary, antidemocratic trends. 

Fundamentally Freund: When Christians repent
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Christians supporting the Jewish state? It hardly seems like news anymore. 

No Holds Barred: Religious sexual repression and the Pope
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Great crises often bring forth great men and it is my firm hope that the new pope will, with God’s blessing, rise to the occasion. 

Peace? Follow the children
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – The need to categorize and critique each other is killing us all. Let us not fear difference, but embrace it. 

Israel Apartheid Week and Abraham’s Tent
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – A unique project emphasizes coexistence and religious freedom in Israel

Checkmating Islamists in Bangladesh
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – The citizens of India could use all the fora available today to convey to the Islamists that they better not try to tamper with freedom and democracy. 

Say no to a two-party system
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Yesh Atid, a likely coalition partner, will probably reignite the debate over electoral reform following its entry into the government. 

Lincoln a bleeding-heart peacenik? Think again
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Lincoln had no patience for terrorists, known in the Civil War as “bushwhackers,” and ordered them to be executed by firing squad. 

Senators call on Argentina to reassess bomb probe
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Kirk, Gillibrand say investigation into 1994 bombing of AMIA sends “wrong signal” to Iran, warn it may cause another attack. 

Expert: Sustainable business needs gov’t incentives
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Policies that give incentive to businesses to alter dangerous consumption habits will be critical in generating a sustainable future. 

Coalition talks held up over education battle
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Parties agree on 21-portfolio government; Kadima’s inclusion uncertain; “Settlement Ministry” may be created for Ariel. 

Hoenlein appeals to PM: Save Mount of Olives
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Orthodox American Jewish organizations band together to protest Arab desecration of ancient burial site. 

Susan Rice may be top pick for US security adviser
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013US ambassador to the UN is speculated to become the next national security adviser, sources say. 

UN: Gazan fire may have killed BBC journalist’s baby
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Report on Operation Pillar of Defense blames Palestinian rocket launchers for death after Israel said targeting civilians. 

‘Vienna orchestra musicians sent to death camps’
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – After years of criticism, Orchestra finally reveals that five musicians were sent to their deaths during World War II. 

Locusts: A plague or a blessing?
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Locusts are delicious and an excellent source of protein, insists Jerusalem chef; enjoy one of the 10 Plagues this Passover season. 

Bayit Yehudi: Put yeshiva budget in religious hands
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Bayit Yehudi is “optimistic” the NIS 1.2 billion yeshiva budget will be transferred to Ministry of Religious Affairs, sources say. 

Ministry slams teachers’ ‘unacceptable’ comments
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Insults written by teachers to students at Kfar Saba high school have “no place in education system,” Education Ministry says. 

Joan Rivers backs surrogacy for Israeli gay couple
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Jewish gay icon along with Kelly Osbourne photographed with signs supporting plight of couple in viral YouTube clip. 

Spanish town to hold first Seder since 1492
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – A town in northern Spain prepares for first Passover dinner since the expulsion of Iberian Jews during the Spanish Inquisition. 

Army of 10,000 police prepare for Obama visit
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Police Spokesman says thousands of police will take part in securing the three-day visit by US president. 

‘Syria conflict threatens to set Lebanon ablaze’
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – In interview, Lebanese president calls on world to help cope with refugees, says Assad has “more than a month” left in power. 

Cops uncover ammunition in school in Galilee
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Police discover 13 mortar shells, rifles, ammunition during elementary school raid in Abu Sinan in northern Israel

Preparing for Passover
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Sweet and Savory Brick Roast and Baby Lamb Chops with Wine Vinaigrette are simple and can be prepared ahead of time. 

Family Matters: Too much of a good thing
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Conflict resolution expert Shimrit Nothman offers advice to a wife whose husband took the hint and started helping around the house. 

UN: Syria regime said using militias for mass murder
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – World body’s commission of inquiry on Syria says mass killings have ‘taken on sectarian overtones’ 

Obama’s trip in smartphone age: PMO launches app
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013Obama adds Yacimovich, Church of the Nativity to his schedule as US Embassy in Israel launches contest for Obama speech tickets. 

Man arrested in fatal stabbing of sister
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 – Woman fell from second floor window after stabbing; in separate incident Nazareth man killed in apparent drive by shooting. 

‘Pashkevilim’ call for protests against Women of Wall
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2013 – Wall notices in Jerusalem haredi neighborhoods call for ultra-Orthodox to “save the Kotel” from the Women of the Wall. 

The Guardian

Young gun: life in the Israel Defense Forces
The Guardian 11 Mar 2013 – Like all 18-year-old Israelis, Shani Boianjiu was conscripted into the Israel Defense Forces. The recent shooting of a young female soldier brought back memories of being a teenage recruit On the second day of 2013, a…


The Obama Administration’s Latest Anonymous Leaks Aim to Justify Drone Killings of US Citizens

Egypt : Muslim Brotherhood mulls draft law granting private firms arrest powers

Three Democratic myths used to demean the Paul filibuster

Eight on Hunger Strike: Hunger Strikes are the Weapon of Prisoners in the Fight against Administrative Detention

U.S. invasion and occupation turn Iraq into failed state

True, He’s the First Black President But Obama is the Worst US President Ever

Sheriffs of the land: Meet the settlers with military authority

Rethinking Watergate/Iran-Contra

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Military Resistance: 11C5 What Tyrants Fear Most

Daily Star

Al-Qaida says it killed 51 Syrian soldiers in Iraq
Daily Star 11 Mar 2013 Al-Qaida’s Iraq branch claimed responsibility Monday for the deaths of 51 Syrian soldiers and nine Iraqis killed in a well-planned assault in western Iraq last week.

Shots fired during Iraq-Kuwait border protest – police
Daily Star 11 Mar 2013 Iraqi police said they shot in the air on Monday to disperse stone-throwing crowds protesting against the demarcation of the border with Kuwait on Monday.

Egypt Copt ‘tortured to death’ in Libya: lawyer
Daily Star 11 Mar 2013 An Egyptian Christian jailed in Libya has been tortured to death in custody, an Egyptian human rights lawyer told AFP in Cairo on Monday, with demonstrators attacking the Libyan embassy in protest.

Ukraine journalist ‘escapes from captors’ in Syria
Daily Star 11 Mar 2013 A Ukrainian journalist held for several months by kidnappers in Syria is safe in Damascus after fleeing from her captors on Monday, her family said.

UN peacekeepers held in Syria reach Israel – army
Daily Star 11 Mar 2013 U.N. peacekeepers held by rebels for three days in southern Syria and freed at the weekend crossed into Israel from neighbouring Jordan on Monday, a military spokeswoman said.

Pakistan, Iran leaders inaugurate pipeline project
Daily Star 11 Mar 2013 The leaders of Pakistan and Iran pushed ahead with a pipeline to bring natural gas from Iran despite American opposition, and the Iranian president declared the West has no right to block the project.

Insider attack kills 2 US troops, 2 Afghans
Daily Star 11 Mar 2013 A police officer opened fire on U.S. and Afghan forces at a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, sparking a firefight that killed two U.S. troops and two other Afghan policemen.

Homemade alcohol kills 51 in Libya: health ministry
Daily Star 11 Mar 2013 More than 50 people have died in Libya since Saturday after drinking cheap homemade alcohol and hundreds were poisoned, the health ministry said on Monday.

Fighting fire with fire: Syria calls for jihad on jihadists
Daily Star 11 Mar 2013 One of the pillars of President Bashar al-Assad’s leadership is secularism, but nearly two years into a fight which it says is spearheaded by hardline Islamist terrorists, Damascus has decided to employ its enemy’s tactic: jihad.

Syria jets bomb Homs as mortar strikes rock Damascus
Daily Star 11 Mar 2013 Syrian jets bombed rebel forces attempting to recapture a keenly contested district of third city Homs on Monday, as mortar shells slammed into a Damascus neighbourhood killing at least three people.

YNet News

Judge OKs ‘truth serum’ for US movie shooting suspect
YNet News, 11 Mar 2013 – ….

Racists a handful of hooligans 
YNet News, 11 Mar 2013 – Op-ed: Few acts of violence by several Jewish youths do not turn entire nation into racist, bloodthirsty people ….

New storm in Egypt over citizen arrests
YNet News, 11 Mar 2013 – ….

US seeks ‘serious’ action by China on cyber theft
YNet News, 11 Mar 2013 – ….

Obama meets Arab Americans ahead of Mideast trip
YNet News, 11 Mar 2013 – ….

Peres to Fabius: Name Hezbollah terror group
YNet News, 11 Mar 2013 – ….

The Golan and the coming troubles
YNet News, 11 Mar 2013 – Analysis: UN may leave Golan Heights amid sharp increase in violence along IsraelSyria border ….

Palestine Information Center

Doctors: Issawi facing death any moment
PIC – Doctors in the Israeli Kaplan hospital have warned of the serious health condition of detained hunger striker Samer Issawi and said he could die any moment.

Abu Zuhri: Media attempts to drive wedge between Hamas and Egypt will fail
PIC – Hamas affirmed on Monday that the media campaign of rumors and insults would not succeed in distorting the relationship between Hamas and Egypt.

Hamas: We will not allow any change affecting Palestinian refugee definition
PIC – Department of Refugee Affairs in Hamas said that it will not allow any manipulation that may affect the definition and formula of the Palestinian refugee in international conventions.

Occupation Court extends detention of Jerusalemite youths
PIC – The Israeli Magistrate’s Court in Jerusalem extended on Sunday the detention of Palestinian youths from Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Silwan, Isawiya and the Old City to “complete the investigationsâ€.

IOA accuses Palestinian journalist of throwing stones at soldiers
PIC – Palestinian human rights organization reported that the IOA have accused the correspondent of Al-Aqsa TV Tareq Abu Zeid, arrested last Friday, of “throwing stones at Israeli soldiers.”

IOF storms Section 5 in Negev jail and isolates 3 prisoners
PIC – Palestine Prisoners of Center for Studies confirmed that Israeli special units stormed on Sunday evening section 5 in Negev prison, and searched the prisoners’ rooms.

Ministry of Prisoners: loss of martyr Dawla’s body is a serious precedent
PIC – Bahaa al-Din al-Madhoun said that the occupation announcement that the body of martyr Anis Dawla is missing is a serious precedent and a new Israeli systematic crime against Palestinian prisoners.

Radwan invites Qatari Minister of Endowment to visit Gaza
PIC – Palestinian Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs, Dr. Ismail Radwan, discussed with Qatari Minister of Endowments Dr. Ghaith Al Kuwari the ways of joint cooperation between the two ministries.


Issawi Might Lose his Life at Any Moment, says Prisoner’s Club
WAFA – 11 Mar 2013

Child Injured by Israeli Settler’s Hit and Run in Jerusalem
WAFA – 11 Mar 2013


The Lede: Image of Ahmadinejad Angers Clerics, So His Supporters Turn to Photoshop
New York Times 11 Mar 2013 – Religious conservatives in Iran were outraged by an image of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad clasping hands with the grief-stricken mother of Hugo Chávez at her son’s funeral last week. 

Anhar Kochneva, Ukrainian Blogger, Escapes Her Syrian Captors
New York Times 11 Mar 2013 – Anhar Kochneva told a Russian radio station that after being held by a Syrian rebel group since October, she “just walked out and left.” 

Tamar gas will ease electricity rate hike 
Globes Energy & Water – Deliveries are due to begin on schedule in two weeks, ahead of Public Utilities Authority and IEC’s cautionary assumption of a late June starting date.

Treasury concealed Teva’s 2011 NIS 3b tax break
Globes Main News – The amended Law for the Encouragement of Capital Investment means Teva will be exempt on almost all taxes on its profits through 2020.

Gelesis near multimillion dollar obesity pill deal
Globes Main News – The start up is in advanced talks with a big pharma company over joint development of its pill to treat obesity.

Ladbrokes opens Israel digital marketing center
Globes Main News – The UK bookmaker’s Israel e-commerce and digital marketing services operation is part of its expanded collaboration with Playtech.

Mon: EZchip falls sharply on flat market
Globes Main News – EZchip fell 4.9% on a negative arbitrage gap, but Teva rose on the day’s biggest turnover.

Israel Corp’s Qoros, Tata Motors mull collaboration
Globes Main News – An Israeli-Chinese-Indian car collaboration could be realized at the technological and capital levels.

Shamir and Landau battle for energy portfolio 
Globes Macro Economics – Political sources: Yair Shamir, the number 2 man in the Yisrael Beitenu list, has priority to receive a top economic portfolio which will be offered the party.

BoI concerned over rising home prices, low supply 
Globes Macro Economics – Bank of Israel: Home prices have increased at a rapid rate in recent months. Only supply-side measures can lower prices.

Palestinian Attacked by Gang of Settler Women May be Charged with Crime
Tikun Olam – Amir Schiby’s photo collage which replaces a wall ad with a Holocaust image. An eloquent bit of artistic protest. Wonders never cease when it comes to the Israeli criminal justice system.  It manages to put people in jail, but often the wrong people.  A case in…

JVP Condemns New Wave of Islamophobic Ads
Jewish Voice for Peace – JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE CONDEMNS NEW WAVE OF ISLAMOPHOBIC ADS; CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT RESPONSE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, March 11, 2013 At Jewish Voice for Peace, we condemn the latest round of Islamophobic ads from Pamela Geller and the American Freedom Defense Initiative on the San…

Covering Hamas and Palestinian society: A response to Peter Beinart
Mondoweiss – On Friday Peter Beinart wrote a piece for his website Open Zion criticizing Mondoweiss saying we ignore human rights abuses by Hamas. Using an example of a recent story about Hamas banning women from participating in a Gaza marathon, he said we “don’t want to publicly…

Obama to visit Bethlehem (any chance of Pope Benedict’s photo opp?)
Mondoweiss –  Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Palestine  Photo:Lewis Larsson Haaretz reports The Church of the Nativity has been added to Obama‘s itinerary on the Palestine portion of his trip to the region. Haaretz : Obama is expected during his trip to pay a visit to the Church of…

‘Palestinians for Dignity’ reject Obama visit as effort to stave off pressure on Israel, placate Palestinian street
Mondoweiss – (Ed. note: We got this announcement in our inbox today. Previous Palestinians for Dignity statement here ) Occupied Ramallah: Palestinian youth groups of “Palestinians For Dignity” call to reject US President Obama‘s visit to the occupied Palestinian territory expected between 20-22 March, and to demonstrate against the…

Palestinian advocates say Harvard Crimson has repeatedly shown bias (including typical ‘nightmare’ edits on op-ed)
Mondoweiss – A beautiful and important intervention in the Harvard Political Review , alleging five recent instances of bias on the part of Harvard’s newspaper of record, carefully documented by Lena Awwad, Asmaa Rimawi, Giacomo Bagarella and Hannah Schafer of the Palestine Solidarity Committee (and Schafer is the daughter…

Ann Lewis, former Clinton adviser, dismisses concern about segregated buses in West Bank
Mondoweiss – Here is an excellent piece of reporting on the AIPAC policy conference by Nathan Guttman at the Forward, saying that AIPAC is tacking left. His piece features Democrat Ann Lewis as a key player in the repositioning. Lewis is Barney Frank’s sister, a Democratic operative and…

Barack Obama Meets Leaders of Arab-American Groups Ahead of Mideast Trip 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Mar 2013 – President Barack Obama on Monday met Arab American leaders who urged him to deliver a message of hope to the Palestinian people on his Middle East trip this month, even though he has made clear he will not use the visit to launch a new Israeli-Palestinian…

Israel School Red-Faced After Teachers’ Unvarnished Opinions of Students Go Public 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Mar 2013 – Students at an Israeli high school were in an uproar on Monday after a teacher mistakenly sent them an internal email that spelled out what faculty members really thought about them. Click here for the rest of the article…

Brooklyn Defense Lawyer Wants To Bar Jews From Terror Jury 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Mar 2013 – The lawyer for a Pakistani man accused of plotting jihadist violence is reportedly planning to try to bar Jews from the jury in his trial in Brooklyn federal court. Click here for the rest of the article…

New Swarm of Locusts Threatens Israel’s South 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Mar 2013 – Swarms of locusts have continued to cross into Israel from Egypt and the Agriculture Ministry is preparing to carry out additional spraying of the insects, which pose a threat to agriculture. Click here for the rest of the article…

Benjamin Netanyahu Bites Bullet, Inches Toward Coalition With Rivals&nb

The Forward New 11 Mar 2013 – He’s had to bite a few bullets to get there, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lead Israel’s next government. Click here for the rest of the article…

Is Sara Netanyahu the Erratic Power Behind Bibi’s Throne? 
The Forward New 11 Mar 2013 – The sheer dress Sara Netanyahu wore to the Knesset drew catty barbs. But serious critics question whether the Israeli First Lady has too much power over her Prime Minister husband. Click here for the rest of the article…

Eritrea: Imprisoned Eritreans Complain of Being Forced to Leave Israel 
allAfrica.com 11 Mar 2013 – [IRIN]Tel Aviv -Testimonies of jailed Eritrean migrants and asylum seekers (collected by a local NGO) say officials at Saharonim prison in Israel‘s Southern Negev desert are coercing them to sign “voluntary repatriation” forms.

Egypt: Egypt Seeks Middle East Free of Destructive Weapons 
allAfrica.com 11 Mar 2013 – [Egypt Online]Egypt is keen on freeing the Middle East from weapons of mass destruction, said Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs Ambassador, Hatem Seif on Friday 08/03/2013.

Eritrea: Eritrean Community Members in Riyadh City Commemorate International Women’s Day 
allAfrica.com 10 Mar 2013 – [Shabait]Asmara -The Eritrean community members in the Saudi city of Riyadh and its environs commemorated International Women’s Day with zeal.

Who Is a Liberal Zionist? 
The Magnes Zionist 11 Mar 2013 – Readers, this piece appeared today on Open Zion here . When I appealed to liberal Zionists to support the global BDS movement , I assumed that the movement called for ending Israeli control over the West Bank and Gaza and Israeli discrimination against non-Jewish citizens, primarily Palestinians, within…

UN disputes deadly Gaza strike 
BBC 11 Mar 2013 – A misfired Palestinian rocket rather than an Israeli air strike may have killed the baby son of a BBC journalist in Gaza, a UN agency says.

Libya alcohol poisoning kills 51 
BBC 11 Mar 2013 – At least 51 people have died since the weekend after drinking homemade alcohol in Tripoli, health officials in the Libyan capital say.

Ukraine reporter flees Syria rebels 
BBC 11 Mar 2013 – A Ukrainian journalist held for several months by Syrian rebels has escaped from her captors and is now safe, her family and the government in Kiev say.

Apply for Summer Delegation! Today’s Realities and Tomorrow’s Leaders 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 11 Mar 2013 – Our member groups Interfaith Peace-Builders and American Friends Service Committee are co-sponsoring a delegation to Palestine/Israel August 10-August 23. Details below. Application deadline is April 1. This delegation will explore current realities of life for Israelis and Palestinians, including settlements, the occupation, and the peace process—by…

Obsession with Chavez 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 11 Mar 2013 – Western media suffers from many severe problems in its professionalism and credibility: proximity to ruling governments is one of them. But there is another problem: there is a self-congratulatory tone to much of Western media. They regard themselves as the gold standard when their independence from…

Hanna Gharib Speaks For Me 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 11 Mar 2013 – He equally knows how to distinguish between fair demands and politically driven ones. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) He equally knows how to distinguish between fair demands and politically driven ones. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) I remember him from around a quarter of a century ago, during my first…

Promising Platform for Secularism, ‘Free Arabs’ is Shackled by Stereotypes 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 11 Mar 2013 – AILA, or Artificial Intelligence Lightweight Android, presses switches on a panel it recognizes during a demonstration at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH stand on 5 March 2013 in Hanover, Germany. (Photo: AFP – Carsten Koall) AILA, or Artificial Intelligence Lightweight Android, presses switches…

Saudi Arabia authorizes firing squads as alternative to beheadings 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Mar 2013 – Saudi Arabia has authorized regional governors to approve executions by firing squad as an alternative to public beheading, the customary method of capital punishment in the Gulf Arab kingdom, the Arab News reported on Monday. The English-language daily gave no explanation. But another newspaper, Al Youm ,…

Lebanon: Economic Committees Pay Saudi Royal a Visit 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Mar 2013 – threats by Saudi Arabia to pull out what amounts to a billion dollars worth of deposits in Lebanese banks after Lebanon’s foreign minister proposed at the recent Arab League meeting that Syria be allowed to take back its seat at the organization. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) threats…

Egypt: Qatar’s Suez Canal Bid 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Mar 2013 – Military personnel distribute T-shirts that read “In love with Egypt” to people, in Port Said, 170 km northeast of Cairo, 10 March 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Mohamed Abd El Ghany) Military personnel distribute T-shirts that read “In love with Egypt” to people, in Port Said, 170…

UN condemns violations by both sides in Syrian conflict 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Mar 2013 – Blood is seen on the ground in Kafranbel, near Idlib on 8 March 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Raed Al-Fares/Shaam News Network) The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) condemned both sides of the Syrian conflict on Monday for failing to protect civilians, as a UN human…

Saudi Arabia beheads another citizen 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Mar 2013 – Saudi Arabia beheaded on Monday one of its nationals convicted of stabbing to death a fellow Saudi, the interior ministry said. Khaled bin Hamad stabbed to death Abdul Mohsen bin Othman after a dispute between them, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state…

Saudi Arabia frees female prisoners jailed this month 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Mar 2013 – Saudi authorities have freed all but two of a group of women arrested earlier this month, police said on Monday. The women were arrested during a protest in the city of Buraida to demand the release of their relatives who have been in jail for years…

UN disputes deadly Gaza strike 
BBC 11 Mar 2013 – A misfired Palestinian rocket rather than an Israeli air strike may have killed the baby son of a BBC journalist in Gaza, a UN agency says.

Iraqi group ‘killed Syrian troops’ 
BBC 11 Mar 2013 – A militant umbrella group that includes al-Qaeda in Iraq says it was behind the killing of 48 Syrian soldiers and nine Iraqi guards in Iraq last week.

Libya alcohol poisoning kills 51 
BBC 11 Mar 2013 – At least 51 people have died since the weekend after drinking homemade alcohol in Tripoli, health officials in the Libyan capital say.

Pakistan-Iran gas link defies US 
BBC 11 Mar 2013 – The presidents of Pakistan and Iran are inaugurating the Pakistani phase of a gas pipeline linking the neighbours, despite US warnings of sanctions.

Ukraine reporter flees Syria rebels 
BBC 11 Mar 2013 – A Ukrainian journalist held for several months by Syrian rebels has escaped from her captors and is now safe, her family and the government in Kiev say.


Israeli doctors accused of collusion in torture 
Sharmila Devi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/11/2013
      Questions are being raised about the involvement of Israeli doctors in the suspected torture of a young Palestinian detainee who died in custody last month. Sharmila Devi reports.
     The death of a Palestinian prisoner in disputed circumstances in an Israeli prison has reignited a longstanding controversy over alleged physician complicity in torture as well as sparking renewed Palestinian anger over the estimated 4600 prisoners held by Israel.
     The Israeli Medical Association (IMA) denied that medical professionals were involved in torture or abuse and said that as far as it knew, torture was not approved or used by Israeli security forces or prisons. However, human-rights campaigners say Palestinian prisoners have long suffered from beatings, sleep deprivation, prolonged and painful handcuffing, humiliation, and medical neglect-considered torture under international standards.
     Arafat Jaradat, a 30-year-old petrol attendant with two children, was arrested on Feb 18 on suspicion of throwing stones and Molotov cocktails during a West Bank demonstration held last November against Israeli military action in the Gaza strip. Palestinians say his arrest, months after the demonstration, and his interrogation was part of a longstanding Israeli policy to coerce prisoners to become informants after their release.
     Palestinian leaders say some 800 000 Palestinians have been detained by Israeli forces since 1967, and Jaradat was the 203rd prisoner to die. He died after several days of interrogation by Israeli’s Shin Bet internal security service on Feb 23 at Israel‘s Megiddo prison…. more.. e-mail

Really ’understanding the settlements’: Why Gaza is still central 
Mark LeVine, Al Jazeera.com 3/11/2013
      The sooner Gaza can evolve into a Mediterranean Islamist beach paradise, the better for all (foreign) parties concerned.
     The David Project, an initiative of the American organised Jewish community that aims to spread “pro”-Israel messages to high school and college students, has just published a report on that most thorny issue – Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories.
     The pamphlet, titled “Understanding the Settlements: A Primer”, was written in the wake of the Israeli government’s declaration of its intention to build 3,000 units in the “E-1” corridor connecting Jerusalem and the Maale Adumim colony. In furtherance of the David Project’s mission to “provide students… the analytical framework, skills, tools and knowledge necessary to have an open dialogue about Israel“, it explores how Israeli settlements have “increasingly become [the source] of contention, confusion and confrontation garnering significant attention, and even outright condemna­tion, around the world”.
     Such is the state of conversation about Israel today that even the most banal statement – settlements cause trouble – is being used by liberal American Jewish leaders to prove “just how disastrous they are”, further underlining the need for Israel to address the issue with Palestinians “before it is too late”. 
     The reality, however, is that the pamphlet does no such thing. Rather, it reinforces existing misconceptions about the origins, dynamics and possible future disposition of the settlements at precisely the moment when clarity is most desperately needed…. more.. e-mail

Having the cake and eating it 
Saleh Al-naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/6/2013
      Is Netanyahu about to recognise Palestine? If he does, watch out for the catch.
     The representative of the centrist Israeli Yesh Atid Party, which came second after the Likud Party in recent parliamentary elections, was surprised when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu insisted on changing the topic of discussion with representatives of the party during consultations on the next government. Instead of focussing on the issue of drafting religious youth into the army, who are traditionally exempt from military service, Netanyahu chose to talk about the future of reaching a settlement with the Palestinian Authority (PA).
     Yesh Atid’s representative was taken off-guard by what Netanyahu described as a “creative” way to restart negotiations with the PA. It is simply based on Israel preparing to recognise the Palestinian state that the UN recognised with observer status in the General Assembly, on the condition this does not require Israel to withdraw from areas in this state or dismantle Jewish settlements there.
     Although Netanyahu’s proposal, which he is trying to quietly promote, is illogical, he claims the PA could agree to it. According to Netanyahu’s logic, the Palestinian state that his government would recognise would hold talks with Israel on permanent settlement issues, especially settlements, refugees, Jerusalem, sovereignty, security arrangements and others.
     According to leaked reports in Israel, Netanyahu believes that by making this proposal he would strike two birds with one stone. First, reviving negotiations with a “Palestinian state” would restore Israel’s international standing, which dropped because of his governme
nt’s hardline positions on the settlement process…. more.. e-mail

‘Graffiti was my education’: interview with Palestinian designer Hafez Omar 
Daryl Meador, Nablus, Electronic Intifada 3/8/2013
      Last year, Palestinian designer and activist Hafez Omar posted an illustration of an anonymous Palestinian in an Israeli prison on Facebook. Within hours, the image had spread across the Internet.
     The image was a simple one: a featureless face with a brown line through it against a green background. Its simplicity was arguably its greatest strength as it provided campaigners hoping to draw attention to hunger strikes being undertaken by political prisoners with a neat illustration.
     Based in the West Bank town of Tulkarem, Omar’s work is inspired by the popular resistance movement in Palestine.
     Omar recently spoke to The Electronic Intifada contributor Daryl Meador.
     Daryl Meador: How did you get started in design? Were you educated in it?
     Hafez Omar: I was educated in the Fine Arts School of An-Najah University in Nablus from 2000 to 2005. I originally studied interior architecture, but I never worked with it; I always worked with graphic design. In university I was part of the student movement, and I used to draw and design posters for the student political movements. This is how I started; it was part of my engagement with the situation. It was the beginning of the [second] intifada, and in Nablus it was really intense politically and a kind of warfare. Many people got really involved in politics, especially students, because An-Najah is one of the biggest universities in Palestine. more.. e-mail

Fair trade helps Palestinian farmers stay on their land
Electronic Intifada: 11 Mar 2013 – Emily Lawrence United Kingdom 11 March 2013 Giving a decent price to growers is a form of economic resistance.more

DALET: The Conspiracy to Steal the Land of Palestine
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Mar 2013 – By Stuart Littlewood I have to admit, I was only dimly aware of the Dalet Plan before reading Alan Hart’s latest article ’The green light for Zionism’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine’. The Dalet Plan, or Plan D, was the Zionist terror mob’s diabolical blueprint for the violent and blood-spattered takeover of the Palestinian homeland – some call it the Palestinian holocaust – written 65 years ago and based on three earlier schemes drafted between 1945 and 1948. It was drawn up by the Jewish underground militia, the Haganah, at the behest of David Ben-Gurion, then boss of the Jewish Agency. Plan D was a carefully thought-out, step-by-step plot choreographed in advance of the British mandate government’s withdrawal and the Zionists’ declaration of Israeli statehood. It correctly assumed that the British authorities would no longer be there. Indeed, the British had completed their departure by 15 May 1948. The Plan’s intention,…more

Ten Years on, Iraq Continues to Bleed
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Mar 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud Al Qaida-linked groups are wreaking havoc in Iraq, with deaths reported almost on a daily basis as a result of their ever-innovative killing tactics. The rise of militant violence throughout the country is happening within the framework of worsening sectarian tensions, which underlines a real national crisis that has been brewing for years. The Sunni and Shiite strife, however, also reflects a growing polarisation in the Middle East region, which was greatly exacerbated by the advent of the so-called Arab Spring. Missing from many Iraq-related political analyses is the US-led Iraq war, whose impact has devastated Iraqi society like no other event in recent Middle Eastern history. It will be greatly misleading to speak of Iraq’s current woes and ignore those who were the architects of such a crisis in the first place. Almost every news report about Iraq violence cites another news report of another violent…more

With ‘Friends’ Like Yemen’s, No Enemies Needed
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Mar 2013 – By James Gundun – Washington, D.C. In early January 2011, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed in Sana’a to manage the autocratic habits of a useful ally in the war against al-Qaeda. Having warned other allies (Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Algeria) of a youth bulge prior to the Arab uprisings, the Secretary now found herself just above the surface of a ripe volcano as she mingled with Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. U.S. policy needed his approval to facilitate an expansion of military and counter-terrorism platforms in the country, but that need required less antagonistic leadership atop the government. For Clinton, this meant walking Saleh away from a parliamentary proposal that would eliminate term limits and allow him to run indefinitely, which he eventually agreed to in return for Washington’s political and military assistance. “We support an inclusive government,” Clinton replied when asked how the Obama administration could support…more

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