VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 20 December 2013: Gaza: genocide, food insecurity, sewage flooding, and the usual IOF attacks on civilians

20 December 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Gaza Still Flooded After Storm
IMEMC – Fuel donated by Qatar [Friday, December 20, 2013] Areas of the Gaza Strip are still struggling to cope with severe flooding of homes and businesses, reports +972. …

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Palestine: Lessons in desert blooming By Jimmy Johnson

20 December 2013 — Mondoweiss

“This life as a simple citizen and laborer has its benefits not only for the person himself but perhaps also for his country. After all, there is room for only one Prime Minister, but for those who make the desert bloom there is room for hundreds, thousands and even millions” – David Ben Gurion, 1954

New at Strategic Culture Foundation 15-21 December 2013: India-Pakistan-US / Afghanistan-US / Europe-Iskander / Ukraine-EU-NATO

21 December 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

India, Pakistan Get Rare Chance to Ignore US

21.12.2013 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

The meeting of the Director-General of Military Operations [DGMO] of India and Pakistan, which is due to take place on Tuesday at the GHQ in Rawalpindi, becomes a rare event in the chronicle of the fractured relationship between the two countries. Possibly, such an exchange between the two militaries is taking place for the first time since the then Indian DGMO Lt. Gen. Satish Nambiar visited Pakistan in 1991. Gen. Nambiar is a gifted soldier-diplomat and the visit went exceedingly well. His Pakistani hosts even took him and his delegation, in an exceptional gesture, to the Khyber Pass to peep into the tangled world of Afghanistan… Continue reading

How much did NSA pay to put a backdoor in RSA crypto? Try $10m – report By Neil McAllister

21 December 2013 — The Register

Latest Snowden claims: Flawed encryption tech switched on by default in exchange for cash

The mystery of why RSA would use a flawed, NSA-championed algorithm as the default random number generator for several of its encryption products appears to be solved, and the answer is utterly banal, if true: the NSA paid it to.

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UK reneges on promised independent inquiry on rendition, torture By Paul Mitchell

21 December 2013 — WSWS

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has abandoned its promise to carry out an independent inquiry into Britain’s involvement in “extraordinary rendition”, detention”and torture carried out by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Instead, the inquiry will be undertaken by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), whose record is one of covering up the activities of the intelligence services.

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