VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 2 November 2013

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International Middle East Media Center

Undercover Forces Kidnap A Former Detainee In Hebron
IMEMC – The Safa News Agency has reported that undercover soldiers of the Israeli military infiltrated, on Friday evening [November 1 2013] into the Hebron city, and kidnapped a former political prisoner. …

Ma’an News

5 Broken Cameras star among those shot in Bilin by Israeli forces
11/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Iyad Burnat, star of the Oscar-nominated film 5 Broken Cameras, was among those shot by Israeli forces during the weekly protest in his village of Bilin on Friday. Israeli forces opened fire on a demonstration against the separation wall four in Bilin on Friday afternoon, injuring four individuals including Iyad Burnat and two other members of his family. Dozens of others….

Shufat residents protest home demolitions, clash with police
11/2/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out in East Jerusalem late Friday between Israeli police and young Palestinian men protesting against home demolitions, witnesses told Ma’an. Israeli police fired tear gas grenades, sound bombs, and rubber bullets at demonstrators gathered near the checkpoint at the entrance of Shufat refugee camp, locals said. Witnesses added that some of the protestors broke through the checkpoint….

Egyptian army uncovers fuel smuggling networks
11/2/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — The Egyptian army on Saturday discovered and demolished a major network used for storing and smuggling fuel through the Gaza borders in al-Barahima neighborhood of Rafah. A Ma’an reporter in the Sinai Peninsula quoted Egyptian sources as saying that secret tanks were used to store diesel before it is pumped via pipelines. Four tanks made of cement and three….

Official: Israel to imprison 4 men for alleged Hamas involvement
11/2/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli court on Thursday issued detention orders for four Palestinian men who were accused of being affiliated with Hamas, a committee official told Ma’an. Ahjad Abu Asab, the director of the Jerusalem prisoners’ families committee, said that the court ruling called for the 42-month imprisonment of Haitham Shukri Mohammad Tahaa, a 44-year-old father of five….

80-year-old Palestinian man remembers destroyed village of his youth
11/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An 80-year-old Palestinian man recalled memories of the destroyed village of his youth for the TV program, “A memory that never rusts,” describing a landscape destroyed by Zionist forces in the 1948 conflict known in Arabic as the “Nakba,” or catastrophe. Jameel Deif-Allah Sawalma offered recollections of his long lost village of al-Auja, near Jaffa, before it was overtaken and….

Gaza Palestinian Businessmen Association robbed and set alight
11/2/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Unknown assailants robbed and set on fire the headquarters of the Palestinian Businessmen Association in Gaza City on Friday night. Civil defense cars rushed to the area to put out the fire and Gaza police subsequently launched an investigation into the incident. [END]

Palestinian UN envoy urges condemnation of settlements, demolitions
11/2/2013 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour sent a letter Friday to the UN Security Council calling for international condemnation of Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and home demolitions in East Jerusalem. According to a statement from his Washington office, Mansour said in the letter that as a result of “the illegal procedures by the Israeli occupation….

Reporter: 2 Palestinians detained in Sinai
11/2/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian police forces in el-Arish detained two Palestinians without IDs on suspicion they were working in smuggling tunnels to Gaza, a Ma’an reporter said. Police arrested the two suspects who were identified Abdul Rahman, 27, and Hamada, 28. Their last names were not released. [END]

Egypt reopens Rafah crossing
11/2/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Saturday morning reopened Egypt’s border crossing with the Gaza Strip after it had been closed for more than a week. Officials at the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing said it was open at 10 a. m. in both directions. They highlighted that priority would be given on the first day to holders of foreign….

Gaza conference seeks to maintain relations with Egyptian people
11/2/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A popular conference kicked off Saturday in Gaza City seeking to reinforce relations between the Palestinian and Egyptian peoples after the rift between Egypt and the Hamas movement which rules the coastal enclave. Five Egyptian political parties will send recorded speeches to be played at the conference. Representatives of those conferences couldn’t travel to the Gaza Strip to…. Related: Egyptian army uncovers fuel smuggling networks

S. Africa losing `sleep` over growing Israeli settlements
11/2/2013 – JOHANNESBURG (AFP) — South Africa has slammed Israel’s plans to build new settler homes in east Jerusalem as pro-Palestinian activists launched an international campaign for the release of political prisoners.”That arrangement there in Palestine keeps us awake,” South Africa’s Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on Friday told members of Cosatu, the largest trade union which is a political ally of the ruling….

Analysis: Can Oslo’s failed aid model be laid to rest?
11/2/2013 – The first installment of a two-part policy brief from Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. Al-Shabaka is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law. The policy brief is co-authored by Jeremy Wildeman and Alaa Tartir. Since the signing of the 1993 Oslo Declaration of Principles, the donor community….

Women-only cafes offer new visions of Palestinian public space
11/2/2013 – Discreetly located at the foot of a staircase, the cafe offers a familiar scene: shisha pipes are stacked neatly on the counter, ashtrays dot each table, Lebanese satellite television plays in the background and steaming Turkish coffee is served to a table of regulars. Like many other cafes lining the busy avenues branching off of Ramallah’s bustling Manara Square, this is a gendered….

Woman killed in Beit Ummar family clash
11/2/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A woman died during a clash late Friday between two families in Beit Ummar north of Hebron in the West Bank, a local activist said. The victim was taken to Al-Mizan hospital, said Muhammad Awad. Helwa Mahmoud Abu Daya, 75, was killed and others were injured. 1 ) southparkbear / usa 02/11/2013 14:56in palestinians’ terms: it is easier to….

Yemen Wahhabi militants, Shiite rebels cease fire
11/2/2013 – SANAA (AFP) — Shiite rebels and Sunni extremists have stopped fighting in a northern Yemeni town after reaching a ceasefire that was urged by the Red Cross, a military official said Saturday. Three days of clashes that killed at least 11 people ended at 5 p. m. (14:00 GMT) on Friday, the official said according to the defense ministry news website 26sep. net. Troops have….

Bahrain police summons top opposition leader
11/2/2013 – DUBAI (AFP) — The Bahraini police on Saturday summoned the head of the main opposition faction for questioning, the group said, as tensions persist in the authoritarian kingdom. The summons was delivered to Ali Salman’s house in the morning, the opposition Al-Wefaq association said in a statement, adding it was not clear why he was being called in for questioning.”It is believed to….

Tunisia ruling Islamists, opposition deadlocked over PM
11/2/2013 – TUNIS (AFP) — Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party Ennahda and the opposition were deadlocked in talks Saturday to choose a new prime minister tasked with steering the country out of a months-long political crisis. Tensions have gripped Tunisia since the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and were exacerbated with the murder this year of two opposition politicians by suspected….

Palestine News Network

Israel Uses Excessive Force in Killing the Palestinian Civilian near Jenin
Palestine News Network

PA Slams Israeli Settlement Expansion, Threatens International Action
Palestine News Network

The Return of Mohammed Dahlan
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian near Jenin
Palestine News Network

Ashrawi: Israel is Flagrantly Violating International Law, Requirements of Peace
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Israeli Forces Use Excessive Force Killing Palestinian Civilian in Qabatya Village near Jenin
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Further Israeli army harassment in Tawayel
11/2/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Nablus, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Tawayel, Occupied Palestine – Today, Saturday 2nd November, a number of Palestinians supported by international activists traveled to the village of Tawayel to help rebuild a house for a family that was made homeless after Israeli forces demolished their property on Tuesday 29th October. By mid morning up to 60 people had gathered on the farm and electricity poles were replaced….

Photos: Gaza march on eve of Balfour anniversary met with Israeli tear gas
11/2/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Photo Story, International Solidarity Movement, Gaza Team, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Israeli forces fired tear gas to disperse a march in the “buffer zone” east of Gaza City, by the Nahal Oz checkpoint, on Friday afternoon. The demonstration, which began at Shujaya square in the city after Friday prayers, was organized by the Intifada Youth Coalition to protest today’s anniversary of the Balfour Declaration….

Photos: Released detainees celebrate new freedom with supporters in Gaza Strip
11/2/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Photo Story, International Solidarity Movement, Gaza Team, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Five former Palestinian detainees freed overnight Wednesday in the Gaza Strip have received a resounding welcome. Their families have erected celebration tents outside each of their homes to receive supporters and delegations. On Thursday afternoon, an overflowing bus carried several dozen well-wishers between them, from farmlands outside Khan Younis to the Shati (“Beach”) refugee camp….

The National

Pakistan may struggle to benefit from Taliban leader’s death
The National 2 Nov 2013 – Islamabad will have to weather expected wave of reprisal attacks before trying to reach out to Hakimullah Mehsud’s successor, analysts say.

Right time for Egyptian army to try new strategy
The National 2 Nov 2013 – US decision to hold back military hardware in aid package could nudge Egyptian generals to lay more stress on counterterrorism techniques, analysts say.

Pakistan says US drone strike “scuttled” Taliban peace talks
The National 2 Nov 2013 – Islamabad says drone strike that killed Hakimullah Mehsud derailed first step towards peace talks with Taliban, summons ambassador to protest.

Ha’aretz

Greeks fear more violence after Golden Dawn members shot dead
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

Abbas promises Kerry not to pull out of peace talks
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

Is it time to shut the only women’s prison in Israel?
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

Defense always wins the budget battle
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

Teaching preschoolers about the Holocaust? The stuff that nightmares are made of
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

Is Israel’s alleged bombing of Syria really necessary?
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

The Balfour Declaration and the Holocaust
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

Turkey seeks Israeli gas, but politics in the way
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

Senior Palestinian officials: Israel does as it pleases, U.S. ‘not lifting a finger’
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

Foxman confirms: Jewish groups to take ‘time out’ in Iran sanctions campaign
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

Top U.S. negotiator for Iran talks: We haven’t proposed lifting any sanctions
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

IDF gets budget increase instead of budget slash
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

Man critically injured in Ashkelon car explosion; police suspect criminal score-settling
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

On 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, German Chancellor warns of anti-Semitism
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

Home for Holocaust survivors sees last generation
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

Landmark case puts ‘anti-Semitic’ BDS on trial in Australia
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

Landmark case puts ‘anti-Semitic’ BDS on trial in Australia
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

Fearing more drone strikes, Taliban hold secret funeral for leader
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

South Africa limiting formal contact with Israel
Ha’aretz – 2 Nov 2013

Pakistani Taliban chief killed in U.S. drone strike
Ha’aretz – 1 Nov 2013

Making Le Pen seem leftist
Ha’aretz – 1 Nov 2013

Smoking marijuana isn’t a crime
Ha’aretz – 1 Nov 2013

Are there judges in Jerusalem?
Ha’aretz – 1 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

Ahead of Kerry visit, Egyptian FM says Cairo to look beyond US for arms
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Fahmy: It will take Egypt up to 5 years to have mature democracy. 

Livni calls on Labor to ‘work up courage’ to join coalition for sake of peace process
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Israel’s lead negotiator in peace talks with Palestinians says presence of Bayit Yehudi in coalition could lead to opportunity for peace agreement to be squandered; calls on Labor to join gov’t after Nov. 21 primary election. 

Health Scan: MDA app brings help through your smartphone
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – School food and TV linked to obesity; Muscle quality. 

Giving a hand
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – A disabling orthopedic condition called Erb’s palsy caused – rarely – during childbirth is becoming even rarer due to better medical teaching, methods and awareness. 

Casspi gets the better of Mekel in ‘Israeli’ NBA derby
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Houston Rockets defeat Dallas Mavericks in first-ever NBA game between Israeli players. 

Turkish FM: We would never cooperate with Israel against a Muslim country
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Jerusalem formally mum on US leaks blaming it for Thursday’s attack against Syria, but believed to be dismayed. 

Lead US negotiator with Iran: Washington hasn’t offered any sanctions relief to Tehran
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Israel’s security interests will not be dismissed during negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program, US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman tells Channel 10. 

Religious freedom group: Pe’ot shaving incidents must be prevented
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Hiddush calls on defense minister, IDF chief of staff to ensure notice is posted in barber shops informing soldiers of their right to not to shave side locks. 

The defense budget
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – We cannot afford doctrinaire tight-fistedness when our very survival prospects may be on the line. 

An open letter to President Komorowski of Poland
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Nearly a quarter-century after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Polish gov’t has not taken significant action to return formerly Jewish-owned private property that was lost during the Shoah. 

Out There: Yoga time
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Even when relaxing, I’m always thinking I should be doing something else; if I’m reading a book, I think I should be studying Torah. 

The Balfour betrayal: How the British Empire failed Zionism
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – The promises of empires and superpowers to the Jewish people often turn out to be the worst sort of perfidy. 

Herzog challenges Yacimovich to Labor leadership debate
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Labor challenger disputes polls cited by incumbent showing her ahead by 20% less than three weeks ahead of primary. 

NGO hits Israel on foreign bribery prosecution record
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Despite adequate laws on its book outlawing businesses from bribing foreign officials, Israel was among 26.9% of OECD countries that follows through with little or no enforcement. 

Rule Of Law: Judgment time for Liberman
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Former foreign minister’s fate is likely to be decided by the thinnest margin when he finally returns to court next week to face fate on charges of fraud, breach of public trust. 

Car bomb shakes Ashkelon in city’s second underworld blast in less than 10 days
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Reported mobster critically injured in explosion. 

PA officials: Palestinian peace envoys haven’t quit over Israeli settlement building
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Israeli official says instead of “playing games,” Palestinians “should negotiate seriously.” 

Tunisia handed one year Davis Cup ban after Israeli boycott order
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Tunisia suspended from 2014 tennis competition after ordering player to withdraw from match against Israel’s Amir Weintraub. 

Merkel laments need to protect Jewish sites in modern Germany
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – German chancellor speaks before 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. 

Palestinian UN envoy: Settlement construction proves Israel prefers to stay an occupying power
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Riyad Mansour calls on international community to hold Israel accountable for “war crimes.” 

ADL director: US seen as ‘weak and retreating’ on world stage
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Perception could harm American efforts to end Iran’s nuclear program, Abraham Foxman says. 

Pakistani Taliban chief killed in US drone strike
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Hakimullah Mehsud was responsible for failed bomb plot at NYC’s Times Square, killing of 7 CIA employees in Afghanistan. 

Gunman opens fire at Los Angeles airport, killing security agent
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – Los Angeles police hold suspect in custody; six others wounded from open fire in terminal. 

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks: The ‘day after’ now only 6 months away
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2013 – The only thing known on the peace talks at present is that the atmosphere is negative. What happens if the talks fail? 

South African minister defends Iran, says there will be no more SA-Israel ministerial visits
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2013 – South Africa’s Foreign Minister Nkoana-Mashabane compares map of “Palestine” to apartheid-era Bantustans. 

My street, your street and J Street
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2013 – J Street, is a virulently anti-Israel and anti-Zionist propaganda machine, founded by Jeremy Ben-Ami with money from virulently anti-Israel George Soros. 

Israel inspired: What’s so promising about the Promised Land?
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2013 – Why are we, the Jewish people, destined to live a place that is inherently so challenging? 

Hagel says US ‘clear-eyed’ on Iranian support for terror as Washington tests Tehran’s intentions
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2013 – Panetta calls to maintain skepticism of Iran’s intentions, says US may have to use military force against Tehran. 

Five-day Alyn Hospital Wheels of Love bike ride earns record proceeds
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2013 – Some 700 participants amass $2.5 for disabled children in 14th annual event. 

Inter Press Service

Iraq Retakes Washington Centre-Stage, Briefly
IPS Residents queue at a checkpoint in downtown Baghdad. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Nov 2 2013 (IPS) Ten and a half years after invading U.S. troops ousted President Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime, Iraq re-emerged here this week, if only briefly, as a major foreign policy agenda item. The…

Uruknet

Poland asks European court to hide CIA secret torture prison case from public
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 2, 2013 -Poland has asked the European Court of Human Rights to bar media and public presence during an upcoming hearing on Poland s complicity with the CIA s “extraordinary rendition” program that delivered terror suspects to secret prisons…

1,370 Killed in Iraq in October, Worst Since 2007 Death Toll Continues to Rise
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 2, 2013- Violence continues to rise month-over-month in Iraq, with the latest figures from Antiwar.com s Margaret Griffis showing 1,370 killed in October, another increase over the 1,271 reported killed in September. Both tolls were higher than the “official”…

What s Done Abroad Can Be Done at Home Too… Is NSA Spying Really About Blackmail?
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 2, 2013- A revealing page-one article in today s New York Times (“Tap on Merkel Provides Peek a Vast Spy Net”) reports on how the NSA s global spying program, dating back at least to early in the Bush/Cheney…

The political implications of the NSA exposures
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 2, 2013- Underlying the crisis that has erupted over the latest National Security Agency (NSA) revelations is a deep fear within the ruling elite over the political consequences of the continuing exposures of its global spying apparatus. Top officials…

Israel-Palestine Peace Talks: Road to Nowhere
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 2, 2013- I always liked the Talking Heads song, We re on the Road to Nowhere, because of the lyric s fake bravado and the galloping rhythm, which feels like a horse riding into a brave new world. When…

5 Broken Cameras star among those shot in Bilin by Israeli forces
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 2, 2013 – — Iyad Burnat, star of the Oscar-nominated film 5 Broken Cameras, was among those shot by Israeli forces during the weekly protest in his village of Bilin on Friday. Israeli forces opened fire on a demonstration…

Max Blumenthal responds to latest critique of his book, in the Forward 
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 2, 2013 – Picking up where Eric Alterman left off, and defending his thousands of words of error-laden invective, JJ Goldberg of the Jewish Daily Forward has turned out an indignant non-review (see the latest Alterman flubs here) of…

Israel outraged by US leak about Syrian strike
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 2, 2013 -The US intelligence leak that confirmed Israeli warplanes attacked Syrian territories has stirred considerable anger in Israel, with officials accusing the US of causing damage to Israel.Israel s Yedioth Aharonoth newspaper reports that after the US leaked…

How Canada Has Hidden the Truth About Omar Khadr: US War Crimes, Institutional Racism and Media Failures
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013 – …Omar, who was just 15 years old when he was seized in Afghanistan after a firelight with US Special Forces in July 2002, was returned to Canada in September 2012 as the result of a plea…

For Palestinian citizens, 1956 massacre is not a distant memory
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 2, 2013 – This week, Palestinian citizens of Israel marked the 57th anniversary of the Kafr Qasim massacre, when an Israeli paramilitary unit shot dead 49 Arabs (almost half of whom were children) as they returned from their farms,…

80-year-old Palestinian man remembers destroyed village of his youth
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 2, 2013 — An 80-year-old Palestinian man recalled memories of the destroyed village of his youth for the TV program, “A memory that never rusts,” describing a landscape destroyed by Zionist forces in the 1948 conflict known in Arabic…

Syria News – November 1, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013 – By the end of Friday the Coordination Committees were able to document 66 martyrs including 10 children, 6 women and 4 martyrs under torture: 15 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 15 in Damascus and its Suburbs;10…

Another Way Obama Can Control Media Coverage of His Administration: Meetings with Elite Pundits
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013 – President Barack Obama has been holding more frequent meetings with a coterie of United States pundits. The pundits are given access to the president and, in return, Obama expects his points of view will be represented…

Israel s Deplorable Human Rights Record
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013- The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) conducts Universal Periodic Reviews. It calls doing so “a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all (193) UN Member States.” It s an “opportunity for…

Ancient Palestinian village given “at risk” recognition
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013 – The struggle to save the historic landscapes of one Palestinian village located west of Bethlehem gained international recognition last month. Battir, in the occupied West Bank, had its ancient irrigation systems and agricultural terraces included in…

Introduction to Practicalities of Return – Video
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013 -The right of return for Palestinian refugees is a fundamental issue in the realization of Palestinian rights, yet it is always labeled as an unrealistic obstacle by Israel and within the international community. As a right in…

Iraq snapshot- November 1, 2013
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013 -…Torture and forced confessions take place all the time in Iraq under Nouri. They re so common, in fact, that people may forget that both are banned by Iraq s Constitution. Thursday, Nouri al-Maliki gave a ridiculous…

Snowden document reveals key role of companies in NSA data collection
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013 – The key role private companies play in National Security Agency surveillance programs is detailed in a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden and published for the first time on Friday. One slide…

US Drone Strike Kills 25, Including Pakistani Taliban Leader Interior Ministry: Latest Kill Sabotages Peace Process 
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013 – Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud has been “confirmed” killed by US drones so many times it s become a recurring joke. However the tenth (or by some counts eleventh) time may have been the…

“These Drones Attack Us and the Whole World is Silent”: New Film Exposes Secret U.S. War (Video) 
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013 – A U.S. drone strike killed three people in northwest Pakistan earlier today, marking the first such attack since Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif publicly called for President Obama to end the strikes. Just last week, Amnesty…

Drone Victims Tell Empty US House Their Story; Is America Listening?
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013 -“We do not kill our cattle the way the US is killing humans in Waziristan with drones.” – Rafiq ur Rehman .”I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer grey skies. The drones do…

Max Blumenthal on exposing hardcore racism in “liberal” Tel Aviv
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013- … That the philosophy of Zionism as applied in historic Palestine is a recipe for ethnic cleansing. And it s not just me saying that – I mean, Ari Shavit, who s like the Thomas Friedman of Israel,…

Netanyahu demands absolute acquiescence from Palestinians
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1,2013- “We want to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians … we will insist on the vital interests of the State of Israel, first of all security.” Benjamin Netanyahu s recent comments provide more than an indication of how…

Syria Protests November 1, 2013 : A Video Roundup 
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013

What Obama should tell Maliki
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013 -Earlier this year, interviewing prisoners in Shaaba Khamsa, Baghdad s death row facility, I met a 52-year-old woman, one of the thousands of prisoners the U.S. turned over to Iraqi custody when American troops left nearly two…

Blaming the Poor for Poverty
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013 – Most of the poverty in the United States is artificially manufactured. It is poverty created in the pursuit of “free market ideals,” expressed in recent times by the imposition of neoliberal economic policies – the sort…

Will US-Saudi Rift Open Oil Market to Iran?
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013 – Prior to the latest Iranian presidential election, it was firmly believed that Washington would not allow Iran to return to the international oil market, at least not in the foreseeable future. Today, however, some reports maintain…

Europe remains Israel s biggest trading partner EU s wary support for Palestine
Uruknet 2 Nov 2013 – November 1, 2013 -The EU has only just denied financial backing to Israeli entities that profit from West Bank or East Jerusalem activities. Otherwise, it pays up for the Palestinian Authority, but turns a blind eye to Israeli expansion. President…

Daily Star

Iran Guards want to keep ‘Death to America’ chant
Daily Star 2 Nov 2013 Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards say that “Death to America” will remain their slogan, regardless of signs of detente between the Islamic republic and Washington.

Pakistan summons U.S. ambassador to protest over Mehsud drone strike
Daily Star 2 Nov 2013 Pakistan summons the U.S. ambassador to protest over two recent drone attacks including the one that killed the leader of the Taliban, the foreign ministry says.

Alawites in n. Lebanon assaulted in sectarian attack
Daily Star 2 Nov 2013 At least three residents from Jabal Mohsen are beaten and wounded by gunfire after they are forced out of a bus in a predominantly Sunni area of Tripoli, in the latest sectarian attack in the northern…

Brahimi is ‘one-eyed, many-tongued’: Syria govt paper
Daily Star 2 Nov 2013 Syria’s government newspaper calls U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi “one-eyed and many-tongued,” a day after he leaves Damascus on a trip aimed at building consensus for a peace conference.

Iran newspaper editor jailed for religious article
Daily Star 2 Nov 2013 The editor of an Iranian reformist newspaper has been jailed for publishing an article on Shiite Islam deemed offensive by authorities.

Iraq oil pipeline bombed, pumping shut down
Daily Star 2 Nov 2013 Militants bomb a major oil pipeline in northern Iraq early, disabling it and forcing pumping to be suspended, security officials say.

Bahrain police summons top Shiite opposition leader: statement
Daily Star 2 Nov 2013 The Bahraini police summon the head of the main Shiite opposition faction for questioning, the group says, as tensions persist in the kingdom.

Lebanon pays Internet cable fee, rules out blackout
Daily Star 2 Nov 2013 Finance and telecoms ministries pay Lebanon’s dues toward the IMEWE, a submarine cable needed for high-speed Internet, and dismiss fears that a failure of payment would have let to service disruptions.

Warplanes strike rebel area near Damascus: activists
Daily Star 2 Nov 2013 Syria’s air force struck Sbeineh south of Damascus, as loyalists press a fierce bid to crush rebel bastions around the capital, activists say.

Tunisia banned from Davis Cup for one year
Daily Star 2 Nov 2013 The International Tennis Federation has banned Tunisia from the 2014 Davis Cup after one of its players was ordered not to compete against an Israeli opponent at a second-tier tournament last month.

Shiite rebels press attack on north Yemen town
Daily Star 2 Nov 2013 Shiite Muslim Houthi rebels press their offensive against a town in north Yemen held by their Sunni Muslim Salafi rivals, a Salafi spokesman said, bringing the total death toll in four days of sectarian clashes to…

Quarrel over woman in Lebanon’s Jbeil, four dead
Daily Star 2 Nov 2013 A quarrel between two men over a woman in Jbeil, north of Beirut, turns violent and leads to the killing of three people and the apparent suicide of the father of one of the deceased, security…

Obama to Congress: end ‘manufactured crises’
Daily Star 2 Nov 2013 President Barack Obama called for an end to “manufactured crises and self-inflicted wounds” as he urges Republicans and Democrats in Congress to approve a new federal budget.

Pakistan Taliban promote number two to replace slain leader
Daily Star 2 Nov 2013 The Pakistani Taliban votes to promote their number two commander, Khan Said, also known as Sajna, to replace leader Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed in a strike by a U.S. drone.

Cocaine from Brazil seized at Lebanon airport
Daily Star 2 Nov 2013 Customs at Beirut airport thwart an attempt to smuggle a large quantity of pure cocaine from Brazil into the country, a source at the airport says.

YNet News

LAX attack: Suspect wanted to kill at least 1 officer
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Tropical Depression churns toward Mexico’s Pacific coast 
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Warming report sees violent, sicker, poorer future
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Livni calls on Labor to enter government
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Red Sox hold parade to celebrate World Series
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Many countries, one land
YNet News, 2 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Battle between unification, division trends in Israeli society decided against ‘one nation’ idea ….

Berlin storefronts to mark Kristallnacht
YNet News, 2 Nov 2013 – Some 100 businesses in German capital to be marred by jagged pattern of broken glass to commemorate pogrom which took place 75 years ago, ‘take a stand against intolerance, racism and anti-Semitism’ ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF soldiers detained 390 Palestinians last month including 8-year-old child
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 390 Palestinians in October including 65 children, a human rights center said on Saturday.

Hamas: We will never accept surrendering Palestinian rights
PIC – Hamas movement said that the Palestinian people will always defend the Palestinian land and holy places, and will never accept surrendering any part of the land, sanctities or rights.

IOF forces an MP in administrative detention to break his strike
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces have forced a detained Palestinian MP to conduct medical tests after boycotting medicines and Israeli prison clinics as part of the administrative detainees’ protests.

Hundreds mourn al-Qassam element
PIC – Thousands of mourners walked in the funeral procession of martyr Rabee Baraket, 21, from Khan Younis southern Gaza Strip.

Prison administration threatens sanctions on administrative prisoners
PIC – Palestinian Prisoners Center said the Negev prison administration threatened the administrative prisoners to deprive them of the canteen and all their rights if they continued their protest steps.

Mansour lashes out at Israeli mounting aggressions
PIC – Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council for Nablus, Mona Mansour, condemned the attacks carried out by the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinians in different parts of the West Bank.

Jihad: Agreements between PA and Israel will not be binding to our people
PIC – Islamic Jihad Movement in Gaza warned that the Palestinian Authority might sign a final or interim agreement that will not end the occupation.

Knesset to approve a bill to divide al-Aqsa mosque
PIC – The Aqsa Foundation said that Israeli Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs will submit to the Knesset on Monday a bill to divide Al-Aqsa Mosque temporally and spatially between Muslims and Jews.

Clashes erupt west of al-Khalil
PIC – Dozens of Palestinian citizens suffered from suffocation during clashes that erupted at dawn Saturday in the south-west of the city of al-Khalil.

Qassam Brigades detect part of spy system used by Israel against resistance
PIC – The Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s armed wing, declared the detection of part of a spy system used by Israel against resistance in Gaza, particularly east Khan Younis southern Gaza Strip.

WAFA

Young Journalists Launch Initiative to Promote Palestine
WAFA – 2 Nov 2013

Newspapers Review: Israeli Strike on Gaza Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 2 Nov 2013

Soldiers Shoot Tear Gas at Homes in Hebron area Village
WAFA – 2 Nov 2013

Misc

U.S. to boost military aid to Iraq
LA Times 1 Nov 2013 – In response to the resurgence of Al Qaeda in Iraq, President Obama promises to increase intelligence support and provide new weaponry to Baghdad. The move is a notable shift for his administration. WASHINGTON — Facing a deadly resurgence of Al Qaeda in Iraq, President Obama…

At Least 55 Die as Rival Sects Clash in Yemen
New York Times 2 Nov 2013 – The death toll in four days of clashes in northern Yemen rose, one of the clans said, as the government tried to broker a cease-fire in a region that is largely outside its control. 

Surge in Iraqi Violence Reunites Maliki and Obama
New York Times 1 Nov 2013 – Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq pressed President Obama at the White House on Friday for help in fighting Qaeda terrorists in his country’s lawless west. 

Egyptian Channel Blocks Episode by TV Satirist
New York Times 1 Nov 2013 – The program, whose host is the popular satirist Bassem Youssef, has been closely watched to see how much criticism of the government would be permitted. 

The Lede: Egyptian Network Abruptly Suspends TV Satirist
New York Times 1 Nov 2013 – Bassem Youssef, who came under scrutiny during Mohamed Morsi’s presidency, had his program suspended a week after mocking the ultranationalism and pro-military fervor gripping Egypt. 

Turkey and Iran Signal a Softening of Differences Over Syria
New York Times 1 Nov 2013 – While the two countries support opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, their foreign ministers suggested that mutual concerns over rising sectarianism could bring them closer together. 

Kerry Plans Brief Stop in Egypt, His First Since Military Takeover, State Media Report
New York Times 1 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Egypt on Sunday, a day before Mohamed Morsi, the deposed president, is to make his first court appearance. 

Israeli Strikes in Gaza Kill 4 Hamas Militants
New York Times 1 Nov 2013 – Israeli forces responded after five Israeli soldiers were injured in an explosion while they were destroying a tunnel from Gaza into Israel. 

Beinart slams Stephens, Joel and Boteach for saying nothing when Adelson called for nuking Iran
Mondoweiss – Peter Beinart I tried to make hay out of this last week and got nowhere. Why did Richard Joel, president of Yeshiva University, Bret Stephens, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist, and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, America’s rabbi and Samantha Power’s too, sit there grinning like fools and say nothing…

Settler colonialism — and liberal Zionist denial
Mondoweiss – Geronimo, right, and other Apache warriors in 1886 With apologies to Emerson, appealing for “balance” in apportioning blame to “both sides” in Israel-Palestine is the hobgoblin of little minds. Yet this is the constant calling card of mainstream commentary on the conflict and its mode is,…

Max Blumenthal responds to latest critique of his book, in the ‘Forward’
Mondoweiss – JJ Goldberg This post was first published at Max Blumenthal’s site yesterday. We republish it here in full because the effort to dismiss Goliath, Blumenthal’s devastating book about Israel, has become a full-court-press even in liberal circles. –Ed. Picking up where Eric Alterman left off, and…

Self-exiled Israelis in Berlin now number 20,000
Mondoweiss – Yair Lapid More on that story that won’t go away: Israelis moving to Berlin, now 20,000 strong. A lightning rod for rightwingers like Yair Lapid, the self-exile from the Jewish state raises all sorts of questions about the reforestation of Jews in Europe and the Jewish…

Israel issues demolition orders for thousands of Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Official: Israel to demolish homes of over 15,000 East Jerusalemites JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 31 Oct — Municipality officers escorted by Israeli soldiers issued demolition warrants for thousands of Palestinian homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ras Khamis and Ras…

Whatever happened to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Mondoweiss – Secretary of State John Kerry met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome last week. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) You could be forgiven for thinking everyone packed up shop a while ago and forgot to inform you. There’s been barely a peep about it since the revival…

The NSA Killed the Radio Star and American High Tech
Tikun Olam – While I don’t pretend to be a technical expert, it seems clear to me that one of the major pieces of collateral damage regarding the NSA spying scandal is the savaging that the American technology industry has taken. Though they initially denied it, it became apparent…

Abraham Foxman Confirms ‘Time Out’ on Iran Nuclear Push 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Nov 2013 – ADL National Director Abe Foxman has confirmed that leaders of major Jewish organizations have agreed on a limited “time out” during which they will not push for stronger sanctions on Iran. Click here for the rest of the article…

South Africa Steps Up Anti-Israel Policy 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Nov 2013 – South African ministers are currently refraining from visiting Israel, the nation’s International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was quoted as stating on Friday by the Sunday Times. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israelis Omri Casspi and Gal Mekel Face Off in Basketball First 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Nov 2013 – On Friday night, two Israeli players faced off in the world’s best basketball league for the first time. Click here for the rest of the article…

Tunisia suspended from Davis Cup 
BBC 2 Nov 2013 – Tunisia is suspended from tennis’ Davis Cup for a year after player Malek Jaziri was ordered not to compete against an Israeli opponent.

Inspirational Israeli Soldier Aharon Karov Runs in New York City Marathon 
The Forward New 2 Nov 2013 – After Aharon Karov was severely wounded in Gaza, no one thought he would make it. Now, the inspirational Israeli soldier is running the New York City Marathon. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Can Sharm survive Egypt upheaval? 
BBC 2 Nov 2013 – The tourism industry in Egypt is a vital source of income for its struggling economy, but it has been hit hard by ongoing political turmoil in the country.

VIDEO: Egypt satirist’s TV show suspended 
BBC 2 Nov 2013 – Popular Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s television show has been suspended – just minutes before it was due to go on air.

Egypt: Govt Condemns Israel’s Decision to Build 1,500 New Settlements 
allAfrica.com 2 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]Egypt condemned on Thursday Israel’s decision to set up 1,500 housing units in the East Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Shlomo.

Egypt: Gafi Keen to Promote Economic Ties Between Egypt, Arab Countries 
allAfrica.com 2 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]The General Authority for Investment (GAFI) is keen on promoting economic ties between Egypt and Arab countries, affirmed GAFI’s chairman Hassan Fahmy.

Egypt: Adly Mansour Returns Home After a Two-Day Visit to Kuwait and UAE 
allAfrica.com 2 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]Interim President Adly Mansour returned home from Abu Dhabi after a two-day visit to Kuwait and UAE.

Egypt: Adly Mansour, UAE Crown Prince Discusses Boosting Ties Between Egypt and UAE 
allAfrica.com 2 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]Interim President Adly Mansour held a meeting Thursday 31/10/2013, with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Lebanon: Cockfighting Rings Spill Blood – and Cash 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Nov 2013 – The draft Animal Welfare Law, prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Animals Lebanon, would ban any bloodsport between animals, or animals and humans. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) The draft Animal Welfare Law, prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Animals Lebanon, would ban…

Iraqis in Syria: No Choice But Damascus 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Nov 2013 – Kurdish security control the flow of Syrian refugees trying to cross into northern Iraq from northeastern Syria, on October 23, 2013. (Photo: Mauricio Morales) Kurdish security control the flow of Syrian refugees trying to cross into northern Iraq from northeastern Syria, on October 23, 2013. (Photo:…

Israel Rejects Natural Gas Boundary Proposal 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Nov 2013 – Meanwhile, Israel continues its quest to tap into the European market, with the last of the obstacles to do so now cleared. (Photo: Reuters – Amir Cohen) Meanwhile, Israel continues its quest to tap into the European market, with the last of the obstacles to do…

Tunisia suspended from Davis Cup 
BBC 2 Nov 2013 – Tunisia is suspended from tennis’ Davis Cup for a year after player Malek Jaziri was ordered not to compete against an Israeli opponent.

Houthi rebels and Salafis continue fighting in northern Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Nov 2013 – Updated at 2:30pm: Houthi rebels pressed their offensive on Saturday against a town in north Yemen held by their Salafi rivals, a Salafi spokesman said, bringing the total death toll in four days of sectarian clashes to 55. Spokesman Serour al-Wadei denied a statement on the…

Brahimi pushes for Syria talks as UN warns of rising child malnutrition 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Nov 2013 – A handout picture released on November 1, 2013 by the Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra shows UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi attending a press conference in the Lebanese capital Beirut. (Photo: AFP / Dalati and Nohra) The UN-Arab League envoy to Syria has said no peace…

Tunisian crisis talks deadlocked over PM selection 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Nov 2013 – Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party al-Nahda and the opposition were deadlocked in talks Saturday to choose a new prime minister tasked with steering the country out of a months-long political crisis. Tensions have gripped the country since the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran dictator Zine El Abidine…

VIDEO: Can Sharm survive Egypt upheaval? 
BBC 2 Nov 2013 – The tourism industry in Egypt is a vital source of income for its struggling economy, but it has been hit hard by ongoing political turmoil in the country.

VIDEO: Egypt satirist’s TV show suspended 
BBC 2 Nov 2013 – Popular Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s television show has been suspended – just minutes before it was due to go on air.

Tunisia: Ansar al-Sharia Inaugurates Era of Suicide Bombers 
Al-Akhbar Politics 1 Nov 2013 – Tunisian security forces inspect a beach after a failed suicide bomb attack near the four-star Riadh Palms hotel, in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of Tunis, on October 30, 2013. (Photo: AFP – STR) Tunisian security forces…

Syria: “A Missile from the Sea” Strikes Near Latakia 
Al-Akhbar Politics 1 Nov 2013 – An Israeli soldier sleeps in a bunker in a training area in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights during a brigade Armoured Corps Exercise on October 16, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Menahem Kahana) An Israeli soldier sleeps in a bunker in a training area in the Israeli-annexed Golan…

Articles


Analysis: Can Oslo’s failed aid model be laid to rest? 
Jeremy Wildeman and Alaa Tartir, Ma’an News Agency 10/31/2013
The first installment of a two-part policy brief from Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. Al-Shabaka is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law.
Overview
Since the signing of the 1993 Oslo Declaration of Principles, the donor community has invested more than $23 billion into “peace and development” in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), making it one of the highest per capita recipients of non-military aid in the world. However, aid has not brought peace, development, or security for the Palestinian people, let alone justice. Al-Shabaka Guest Author Jeremy Wildeman and Program Director Alaa Tartir examine the origins of the present aid-for-peace model as well as its effects on socio-economic conditions and pull together the many critiques of the Oslo economic model.
The authors argue that donors are reinforcing failed past patterns associated with the so-called peace dividends model while making only cosmetic changes to their engagement. Indeed, donors do not appear ready to change an approach dominated by policy “instrumentalists” who ignore and reject outcomes that do not match their pre-determined values instead of upholding international law on Palestinian rights and international development principles that strive to “do no harm.” They underscore the alarming possibility that the Oslo aid model may serve too many interests to be dismantled and conclude with an assessment of what will be needed for change.
The Invention of the Oslo Economic Model
In 1993, soon after the first Oslo agreement was signed the World Bank laid out an economic plan for the Palestinians called An Investment in Peace…. more.. e-mail

More aware about reality 
George S. Hishmeh, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 11/2/2013
More tables are nowadays turning around against Israel in the West, and more are expected to replicate this step if the Arab world learns how to tell its side of the story better, not just to official counterparts but to all Westerners. The continued turmoil and spilling of blood in the Arab world has apparently convinced the Obama administration to “step back and reassess, in a very critical and kind of no-holds-barred way” how the US looks at the Middle East. This was spelled out by Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s new national security adviser, in a front-page interview with The New York Times last Sunday. She met with six top White House aides in July and August “to plot America’s future in the Middle East”, the paper explained. Obama was described as eager to turn his gaze elsewhere, notably towards Asia. The president’s goal, Rice told the paper, was “to avoid having events in the Middle East swallow his foreign policy agenda, as it had those of presidents before him”. The answer, the paper added, “was a more modest approach — one that prizes diplomacy, puts limits on engagement and raises doubts about whether Mr Obama would ever again use military force in a region convulsed by conflict”. In contrast, speaking a couple of days after the interview was published at an annual conference of the National Council on US-Arab Relations, Chas W. Freeman, a former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, advised that “if we are not responsive to the interests of our partners (in the Arab world) … they will neither respect our interests nor avoid contradicting them. We need to listen more and prescribe less”…. more.. e-mail

Finding unifying goals in Palestine 
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 10/31/2013
Inhabitants of a Palestinian village were told in the late 1930s that the British High Commissioner for Palestine wanted to visit them.
As news of the cause for that request was made known, the Palestinian villagers found themselves divided. Some, mostly older people, were happy about the occasion; they felt that it would put their village on the political map and will most certainly result in improved services and, possibly, a few government jobs for people from the village.
Young people were opposed, saying that the commissioner was responsible for the open immigration policy that enabled Jewish Zionists to enter Palestine and, therefore, must be boycotted.
The division between young and old quickly morphed into a much deeper division that went beyond age. Different groups took one side or another for totally unrelated reasons.
One who was angry with his neighbours for refusing to give their daughter to his son in marriage took the opposite side, others with long-forgotten troubles resurrected them and took opposite sides for social or economic reasons totally unrelated to the politics of the day.
Within days, the division turned ugly. One group started boycotting the other in social affairs; villagers stopped buying from each other, and then a stone was hurled and a chicken was stolen and the once quiet village lost its innocence, supposedly over the visit of a government official.
While the villagers were fighting each other, a few days before the intended visit, people heard the sound of vehicles.
As eyes turned to the main road, they noticed a convoy of cars that included the high commissioner, who passed through the village without slowing down. more.. e-mail

Congress versus Obama on Iran 
Stephen Zunes, Asia Times 11/1/2013
Hardliners in Tehran are not happy with the recent rapprochement between the United States and Iran and the related progress in negotiations to address Western concerns about the Iranian nuclear program. But the bigger threat may come from hardliners in the Washington, including prominent congressional Democrats.
As the first step in a de-escalation deal whose details have yet to be worked out, Iran would agree to strict safeguards to prevent the enrichment of uranium to a degree that could be used for the development of nuclear weapons. In return, the United States would agree to a partial lifting of economic sanctions. Further lessening of sanctions would be dependent on further Iranian concessions.
A bipartisan coalition on Capitol Hill, however, opposes even this modest first step. The group is pushing legislation that would make such an interim agreement impossible.
Responding to reform in IranThe election of moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s new president this summer sent a clear message that the Iranian people wanted to end the country’s isolation and improve relations with the United States by negotiating a mutually agreeable settlement. A senior administration official who has been at the center of the talks for more than two years noted how he had “never had such intense, detailed, straightforward, candid conversations with the Iranian delegation before”, adding, “I would say we really are beginning that type of negotiation where one could imagine that you could possibly have an agreement.”
Unfortunately, rather than respond positively to Rouhani’s election, the US House of Representatives – just two days before his inauguration in August – voted by an overwhelming 400-20 margin to impose punitive new sanctions on Iran…. more.. e-mail


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