Uruknet.info http://www.uruknet.info :: Uruknet - Information from Occupied Iraq :: E :: en-us 16-jan-2015 19:14 ECT 16-jan-2015 19:14 ECT http://www.uruknet.de/rss/ Weblog Editor 2.0 posta@uruknet.info (Paola Pisi) enzo@uruknet.eu (Enzo Viscuso) [Uruknet 110341 16-jan-2015 19:14 ECT] For the Israeli media, Gazan lives are little more than expendable http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110341 October 22, 2014 - Nearly two months after the end of Operation Protective Edge, the Israeli media refuses to ask the difficult questions. Who decided that killing entire families is now allowed? What is the justification for doing so? And why won t the army explain why it killed five members of the Joudah family? Why doesn t anyone care about the Joudah family? Nearly two months have passed since Israeli Air Force pilots bombed their yard in Gaza, killing the mother of the family and four of her children. Until today, the IDF has not published an explanation of the incident. Actually, almost no one has bothered to ask. A mother and four of her children were sitting in their yard and were killed with no prior notice, and the Israeli media doesn t deem this worthy of a story. Why?... 16-jan-2015 19:14 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110341 [Uruknet 110340 16-jan-2015 19:12 ECT] Why did Britain recognize Palestine? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110340 October 22, 2014 - ON OCTOBER 13, a remarkable vote took place in the British parliament. A motion calling on the government to "recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution" was passed by 274 votes to 12.On closer inspection, the vote is less impressive. Less than half the MPs in the House of Commons voted, and most Tories stayed away. Government ministers were ordered not to vote. The motion has no practical or direct effect on government policy. But it was still a symbolic turn of events, and as a symbol, it has several meanings and layers... 16-jan-2015 19:12 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110340 [Uruknet 110339 16-jan-2015 19:09 ECT] Blackwater Founder Remains Free and Rich While His Former Employees Go Down on Murder Charges http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110339 October 22, 2014 - A federal jury in Washington, D.C., returned guilty verdicts against four Blackwater operatives charged with killing more than a dozen Iraqi civilians and wounding scores of others in Baghdad in 2007.The jury found one guard, Nicholas Slatten, guilty of first-degree murder, while three other guards were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter: Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard. The jury is still deliberating on additional charges against the operatives, who faced a combined 33 counts, according to the Associated Press. A fifth Blackwater guard, Jeremy Ridgeway, had already pleaded guilty to lesser charges and cooperated with prosecutors in the case against his former colleagues. The trial lasted ten weeks and the jury has been in deliberations for 28 days... 16-jan-2015 19:09 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110339 [Uruknet 110338 16-jan-2015 19:06 ECT] Syria News - October 21, 2014 http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110338 October 21, 2014 - Local Coordination Committees in Syria by the end of Tuesday 21-10-2014; report 92 people martyred, including 19 children, 9 women and a martyr under torture: 37 martyrs in Dar aa, 19 martyrs in Damascus and its suburbs,9 martyrs in Idlib,9 martyrs in Aleppo,7 martyrs in Quneitra,6 martyrs in Hama,5 martyrs in Homs... 16-jan-2015 19:06 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110338 [Uruknet 110337 01-jan-2015 01:10 ECT] Video: Settlers cheer as Israeli soldiers attack disabled Palestinian child http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110337 October 21, 2014 - This disturbing footage shot by Palestinian videographer Samih Da na and published by the Israeli nongovernmental organization B Tselem documents the violent abuse of a developmentally disabled Palestinian child. As Israeli occupation soldiers abuse the child, settlers and their children cheer and shout abuse at Palestinians.Da na shot the footage on 19 October from his home in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, whose Palestinian residents are relentlessly targeted by occupation army and settler violence... 01-jan-2015 01:10 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110337 [Uruknet 110336 01-jan-2015 00:56 ECT] How the very concept of human rights has failed Palestinians http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110336 October 21, 2014 - Certain rights should be inalienable - yet Israel refuses to grant them to Palestinians and the world continues to treat the country as a rights-based democracy. What does this absurdity say about human rights as a political tool, and about the powers, entities and institutions that speak in their name?... Under the military regime, Palestinians can have their private property destroyed or confiscated at the discretion of the military commander (and in most cases don t even have the right to appeal such decisions); their freedom to travel outside the West Bank, and sometimes even within it, depends on special permits given by the military commander; they cannot build without the approval of the military commander, thousands can be deported from their homes with the stroke of a commander s pen; every political assembly or protest can be deemed illegal unless it was given the permission of the military commander, and; they can be imprisoned, tortured or even killed without trial or due process... 01-jan-2015 00:56 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110336 [Uruknet 110335 01-jan-2015 00:39 ECT] Baghdad shootout points to growing militia threat http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110335 October 21, 2104 - Shortly after midnight, when a curfew usually shrouds the Iraqi capital in silence, the thudding sounds of heavy machinegun fire ripped through the air and echoed across Baghdad.They were not the opening shots of the much-feared attack by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, which has been battling government forces a few kilometres (miles) outside Baghdad for months. Instead, they were a reminder of another kind of threat hanging over Iraq -- a rapidly expanding galaxy of Shiite militias that, while playing a significant part in the fight against IS, challenge government authority and threaten to perpetuate the country s brutal sectarian violence... 01-jan-2015 00:39 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110335 [Uruknet 110334 01-jan-2015 00:34 ECT] MASS Graves uncovered accidentally unveiling true dangers of iranian backed militias in iraq http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110334 October 21, 2014 -As officials struggle on what so say about this new crime, workers in Mahaweel a town north of Babylon province next to Mahaweel Military base uncover what is estimated to be 100 dead bodies of civilians dumped in a mass grave within a sewage treatment facility. Tens of other bodies were also found in sewage pipelines leading to the military base.This Mass grave was discovered accidentally after a child reported seeing a human hand floating on Thursday. Witnesses also stated that some IDs were found with the dead bodies adding further that victims were civilian.The bodies are thought to belong to people who live in the Jurf Al Sakhr areas where militias are highly active against the predominantly sunni population there as sectarian violence and forced migration tactics are used to change the demographics of Baghdad and ints outskirts... 01-jan-2015 00:34 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110334 [Uruknet 110333 01-jan-2015 00:29 ECT] Human Rights Defender Abdallah Abu Rahma receives guilty verdict from military court http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110333 October 21, 2014- On October 21st, Human Rights Defender Abdallah Abu Rahma was found guilty by an Israeli military court of "disturbing a soldier". "Demonstrating against the occupation cannot be a criminal offence. Finding Abdallah guilty only shows that the [Israeli] military force is a tool to perpetuate the occupation." Stated Gabi Lasky, lawyer of Abdallah Abu Rahma, to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).... 01-jan-2015 00:29 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110333 [Uruknet 110332 01-jan-2015 00:26 ECT] Will the U.S. Go to "War" Against Ebola? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110332 October 21, 2014 - As Karen Greenberg points out today, given an administration already on the ropes over its new war in the Middle East, it would be all too easy for U.S. officials, amid the usual panic, to fall back on that comfortable template of the post-9/11 years, the war on terror, when it comes to Ebola. After all, it s already enscribed in the DNA of a national security state that is, effectively, a shadow government. So no one should be surprised that Washington s first response to the Ebola crisis was to militarize it. U.S. boots are already on the ground in West Africa and preparations are underway for a possible future call-up of the reserves and the National Guard. In other words, in his initial move to contain Ebola, President Obama sent in the U.S. military, an organization as ill equipped to deal with a pandemic disease as it was to deal with "nation-building" in Afghanistan or Iraq... 01-jan-2015 00:26 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110332 [Uruknet 110331 01-jan-2015 00:20 ECT] Iran Is Forcing Poor Afghans to Fight and Die in Syria Rebels capture reluctant Afghans in Aleppo http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110331 October 21, 2014 - ...Videotaped interrogations of two of the Afghans the rebels captured in Aleppo reveal that, for them at least, the war isn t about ideology anymore.The Afghan with bandaged head says he s from Varamin, an impoverished town near Tehran. He s an illegal immigrant. Iranian authorities had apprehended him and offered him a monthly payment of $600 to fight in Syria. If he had refused, they would have sent him back to Afghanistan-which for a Shia could mean death.There are an estimated one million illegal immigrants from Afghanistan living in Iran. They and their children can t enroll in universities or work regular jobs with standard benefits and pay. Afghan immigrants tend to work in construction or as farmers.They live in the poorest neighborhoods, suburbs and villages. Afghan communities in Iran are prone to crime, mainly drug trafficking.... 01-jan-2015 00:20 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110331 [Uruknet 110330 01-jan-2015 00:08 ECT] CIA Agents Reportedly Impersonated Senate Staffers While Torture Report Was Being Produced http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110330 October 21, 2014 - CIA agents "impersonated Senate staffers" while the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was producing its report on the agency s rendition, detention and interrogation program, according to Huffington Post. "According to sources familiar with the CIA inspector general report that details the alleged abuses by agency officials," journalists Ali Watkins and Ryan Grim reported, "CIA agents impersonated Senate staffers in order to gain access to Senate communications and drafts of the Intelligence Committee investigation."... 01-jan-2015 00:08 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110330 [Uruknet 110329 01-jan-2015 00:06 ECT] Q&A with Andy Worthington After Screening of "Doctors of the Dark Side" in Balham, October 26, 2014 http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110329 October 21, 2014 - ..."Doctors of the Dark Side," directed by Martha Davis, a clinical psychologist, and narrated by the actress Mercedes Ruehl, explores the role of physicians and psychologists in the torture of prisoners in the "war on terror" - not just the ordinary personnel who served as the foot soldiers of torture, and who continue to do so in their role force-feeding hunger strikers at Guantánamo, but also the more senior individuals who recommended the torture program that was subsequently approved at the highest levels of the Bush administration - men like James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, psychologists who worked on military programs to teach US personnel to resist torture if captured by a hostile enemy, and who reverse-engineered the techniques they taught for the torture of prisoners in the "war on terror."... 01-jan-2015 00:06 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110329 [Uruknet 110328 01-jan-2015 00:03 ECT] Shaker Aamer s Abuse in Guantánamo Dismissed by British Foreign Secretary http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110328 October 21, 2014 In disappointing but predictable news, the British foreign secretary Philip Hammond, who replaced William Hague on July 15 this year, has "dismissed concerns over the abuse" of Shaker Aamer, the last British prisoner in Guantánamo, in a letter to his lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, the founder and director of the legal action charity Reprieve, as described by the charity in a press release. In August, as I explained at the time, Clive Stafford Smith wrote to Philip Hammond after he had "received a series of unclassified letters from various detainees who we represent in Guantánamo Bay," which told "a disturbingly consistent story" - of "a new ‘standard procedure " whereby the FCE team (the armored guards responsible for violently removing prisoners from their cells through "forcible cell extractions") was being "used to abuse the prisoners with particular severity because of the on-going non-violent hunger strike protest against their unconscionable treatment."... 01-jan-2015 00:03 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110328 [Uruknet 110327 31-dec-2014 23:54 ECT] Mustafa Barghouti: US-Palestinian ties strong http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110327 October 21, 2014 - ... Mustafa Barghouti serves as general secretary of the Palestine National Initiative (PNI) and is president of the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC). In an interview with Al-Monitor, Barghouti acknowledges that following the troubled relationship between the US administration and Israel, the United States has drawn closer to Abbas and the PA. Barghouti feels that the test of the relationship will come on the day that Abbas begins the process for recognition of the Palestinian state in the UN institutions. "The Israeli provocations against John Kerry and President Barack Obama are leaving their mark," Barghouti said. "I assume that the Americans can t talk much [publicly], but they [are frustrated with] the Israeli government."... 31-dec-2014 23:54 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110327 [Uruknet 110326 28-dec-2014 03:44 ECT] Gaza Strip: Attacks in the border areas and their consequences http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110326 October 21, 2014 - Following disengagement from the Gaza Strip in September 2005, Israel unilaterally and illegally established a so-called "buffer zone", an area prohibited to Palestinians along the land and sea borders of the Gaza Strip. The precise area designated by Israel as a "buffer zone" is not clear and this Israeli policy is typically enforced with live fire. The establishment of the ‘buffer zone is illegal under both Israeli and international law. Preventing Palestinians from accessing their lands and fishing areas violates numerous provisions of international human rights law, including the right to work, the right to an adequate standard of living, and the right to the highest attainable standard of health. Enforcing the "buffer zone" through the use of live fire often results in, inter alia, the direct targeting of civilians and/or indiscriminate attacks, both of which constitute war crimes. 28-dec-2014 03:44 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110326 [Uruknet 110325 28-dec-2014 03:33 ECT] Surprise: U.S. Drug War In Afghanistan Not Going Well http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110325 October 21, 2014 - A new report has found the war on drugs in Afghanistan remains colossally expensive, largely ineffective and likely to get worse. This is particularly true in the case of opium production, says the U.S. Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. In a damning report released Tuesday, the special inspector general, Justin F. Sopko, writes that "despite spending over $7 billion to combat opium poppy cultivation and to develop the Afghan government s counternarcotics capacity, opium poppy cultivation levels in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in 2013," hitting 209,000 hectares, surpassing the prior, 2007 peak of 193,000 hectares. Sopko adds that the number should continue to rise thanks to deteriorating security in rural Afghanistan and weak eradication efforts.... 28-dec-2014 03:33 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110325 [Uruknet 110324 24-dec-2014 04:30 ECT] Why We Need International Recognition of the State of Palestine http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110324 October 21, 2014 - Sweden s recent responsible decision to officially recognize the State of Palestine was quickly followed by the British Parliament s vote for similar recognition. The Swedish and British moves, clearly grounded in a desire for peace, are a last-ditch effort to save the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. These developments reflect the shift in European public opinion in favor of a free Palestine. The Swedish and British acts, which put new moral pressure on Israel to end the occupation, have created greater space to address a range of unfulfilled Palestinian rights... 24-dec-2014 04:30 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110324 [Uruknet 110323 23-dec-2014 02:05 ECT] Urgent Appeal to Palestinian President and Government: PCHR Warns of Consequences of Fuel Shortage at Gaza Hospitals and Expected Suspension of Health Services at UAE Red Crescent Hospital http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110323 October 21, 2014 -The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) warns of the disastrous and grave deterioration that may affect the Palestinian patients in the Gaza Strip due to the lack of fuel that is necessary to operate electricity generators as an alternative power supply in light of prolonged outages. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian President and government to immediately intervene to ensure the prompt supply of fuel needed for the operation of generators in health facilities in the Gaza Strip. According to investigations conducted by PCHR, hospitals, clinics and first aid centers suffer a real crisis due to the lack of diesel needed for the operation of generators, especially the UAE Red Crescent Hospital in Rafah, which may stop offering medical services within hours because it has run out of the diesel used for generators... 23-dec-2014 02:05 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110323 [Uruknet 110322 22-dec-2014 02:31 ECT] Syria News - October 20, 2014 http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110322 October 20, 2014 - By the end of Monday, LCC were able to document 41 martyrs including 5 martyrs under torture, 3 children, and one woman: 10 martyrs reported in Damascus and its Suburbs , 7 martyrs in Daraa , 7 martyrs in Idlib , 6 martyrs in Aleppo , 6 martyrs in Deir Ezzor , 3 martyrs in Homs , 2 martyrs in Hama... 22-dec-2014 02:31 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110322 [Uruknet 110321 21-dec-2014 04:34 ECT] Iraq: Alarming rise in use of death penalty - UN report http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110321 October 20, 2014 - A report published Sunday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) documents the alarming rise in executions carried out by Iraq since the restoration of the death penalty in 2005. The report documents that the number of executions carried out in Iraq rose substantially between 2005 and 2009. In 2009, 124 people were executed. Despite a drop in the implementation rate in 2010, the number of executions significantly increased between 2011 and 2013, culminating in the hanging of 177 individuals in 2013. Between 1 January and 30 September 2014 at least 60 people have been executed. Executions are often carried out in batches in Iraq - on one occasion in 2013, up to 34 individuals were executed in a single day... 21-dec-2014 04:34 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110321 [Uruknet 110320 18-dec-2014 03:10 ECT] B Tselem video: Israeli soldiers blindfold and detain 11 year old disabled child http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110320 October 20, 2014 - atch as settlers from the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron, clap, shout and cheer as an Israeli soldier binds the hands of a child behind his back and fastens a blindfold over his eyes as another soldier stands on guard before they lift the frightened boy into the back of their military jeep enclosing him in darkness as the settlers cheering continues. The boy is eleven and developmentally disabled. The scene, captured on video by a B Tselem volunteer, is another all too familiar scene of life under occupation... 18-dec-2014 03:10 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110320 [Uruknet 110319 18-dec-2014 02:56 ECT] My Father Was Killed by a Computer, Says 7-Year-Old Afghan Child http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110319 October 20, 2014 - Imal, a 7-year-old Afghan student in the 2nd grade, came to visit us in Kabul.As Imal grew up, he kept asking his mother where his father was. His mother finally told Imal that his father had been killed by a drone when he was still a baby.If you could see Imal in this video you would want to hug Imal immediately. If Imal were a white American kid, this tragedy would not have befallen his father. Which American would allow any U.S. citizen to be killed by a foreign drone? ... 18-dec-2014 02:56 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110319 [Uruknet 110318 18-dec-2014 02:42 ECT] The Dark Alliance of Media and Empire: The ‘Dissident Smear of Gary Webb http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110318 October 20, 2014 - I assume that most of the rapidly dwindling number of people who read this blog have already read Tarzie s takedown of The Intercept s curiously CIA-slanted smear of Gary Webb, who revealed the Agency s instrumental involvement in the 1980s crack epidemic that devastated America s inner cities in order to fund the illegal Contra war in Nicaragua... Anyway, in his original piece, Tarzie committed the increasingly rare sin of genuine journalism by investigating and debunking, point by point, The Intercept s ugly spin on Webb s work - work which was later confirmed by the CIA itself. Now Tarzie is back with a follow-up on the continuing disparagement of Webb s work by the Establishment media (covering its own spotty posterior for its original collaboration with CIA smears) in a new piece, with links to several other important stories on the case. Both pieces are well worth reading, if you haven t already... 18-dec-2014 02:42 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110318 [Uruknet 110317 18-dec-2014 02:39 ECT] Family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir continues to wait for justice as Israeli court again postpones trial for his killers http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110317 October 20, 2014 -Four months after the grisly slaying of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, his killers faced Jerusalem district court judges today to enter their pleas. Instead of responding to the charges, Yosef Haim Ben-David, the 29-year old settler from the Adam settlement and ringleader of the abduction, and two 16-year-old Israeli accomplices were all granted continuances. The trial was set to begin over the summer, however it was pushed back after defendants switched representation. Today, lawyers for the three accused each presented their own arguments to stymie the court again.. 18-dec-2014 02:39 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110317 [Uruknet 110316 18-dec-2014 02:28 ECT] Israeli Settlers jeapordise the fate of UNESCO heritage site http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110316 October 20, 2014 - For three weeks, Palestinian Muslims have been denied access to one of the holiest sites in Islam. Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem has become the site of frequent assaults by occupation forces and efforts to breach the complex by Zionist extremists.Clashes between unarmed protesters and Israeli forces armed with stun grenades, tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets have left dozens of Palestinians wounded, and has resulted in fires that threaten the stability of the 1300 year-old complex. Intent on destroying the mosque and rebuilding the lost Temple of Solomon, more than a thousand Zionist settlers have entered the area in the past week under the protection of the occupation army, and have been given carte blanche to intimidate and harass Palestinians worshipping at the site... 18-dec-2014 02:28 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110316 [Uruknet 110315 18-dec-2014 02:13 ECT] Israeli army shoots and kills 13-year-old Palestinian child http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110315 October 20, 2014 - Israeli military forces shot 13-year-old Bahaa Samir Badir in the chest from close range Thursday night. According to eyewitness, Ahmad (name changed for security reasons) the confrontation began after the Israeli army raided Beit Laqiya, a village on the outskirts of Ramallah. A group of boys tried block the road in an attempt to prevent the army jeeps from exiting the village.In response to stones and Molotov cocktails thrown by the group, Israeli soldiers reportedly used sound bombs and tear gas, followed by live fire. As Badir and a group of friends walked home from an after school game of football, they cut onto the main road where the clashes were occurring... 18-dec-2014 02:13 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110315 [Uruknet 110314 18-dec-2014 02:09 ECT] The Obama-Khamenei alliance http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110314 October 20, 2014 - ...President Obama and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have arranged a working relationship throughout the Middle East that effectively puts American policy at the service of Iran. Long the goal of Obama, who sent a private emissary to Tehran as early as the 2008 election campaign to tell the Khamenei regime he wanted to be their friend, there is now a de facto alliance between the two countries. Notwithstanding the often nasty rhetoric from the two capitals, the United States is very careful not to challenge Iranian interests in hot spots like Syria, Iraq and Yemen... The Obama administration officially denies it is working closely with Tehran. As Michael Doran has pointed out, the White House and State Department have jumped through very high linguistic hoops to obscure the closeness of U.S.-Iranian coordination.. 18-dec-2014 02:09 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110314 [Uruknet 110313 18-dec-2014 02:03 ECT] "The Alawite Tide Has Exploded" - A "Secular" Song For a "Secular" Regime? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110313 October 20, 2014 - When bearing in mind the allegedly "secular" nature of Bashar al-Assad s regime... It might also be worth bearing in mind that Assad s regime has utilised Alawi and Shiite sectarianism for decades (Assad s own family hails from the Alawite sect, in an attempt to shore up the regime s power base, and give it a reliable supply of cannon fodder from the minorities, fearful of repression should the regime fall. This it has done with considerable success; frightening Alawites everywhere into believing that evil Sunni terrorists will somehow slaughter them wholesale if it falls. In many Alawite villages, practically every young man has joined regime militias, which, although they ostensibly have a secular, inclusive mentality, are actually vicious Alawite militia which genuinely believe that they are fighting an existential battle, such as the "National Defense Force" or the "Syrian Resistance"... 18-dec-2014 02:03 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110313 [Uruknet 110312 18-dec-2014 01:57 ECT] Palestinian man successfully harvests olives for the first time in 14 years http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110312 October 20, 2014 - Today in al-Khalil (Hebron) Hashem Azzeh, a Palestinian man living in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood was able to successfully harvest his olives, on a certain part of his land, for the first time in 14 years. Hashem and his family live in H2 (the area of Hebron under full Israeli military civil and security control), right next to the illegal settlement in the heart of Tel Rumeida.Since the year 2000, Hashem has applied for a permit from the Israeli authorities to harvest his own olive trees but has been either denied, or received "permission", and had his olives stolen by Zionist settlers. This year, Hashem received a permit to harvest six trees today, and along with his brother and activists from ISM and Christian Peacemakers Team - Palestine (CPT), he began to work on his land. Two colonial settlers soon arrived an attempted to convince the Israeli police and army present that Hashem´s land belonged to them and that he should not be picking olives on "their land"... 18-dec-2014 01:57 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110312 [Uruknet 110311 17-dec-2014 19:26 ECT] Arab fear of the "extended arm of Iran" http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110311 October 20, 2014 - "The Islamic revolution already controls three capital cities. Very soon they will be followed by Yemen s capital; then Saudi Arabia will be next!" Does this sound like the victory announcement of a proud field officer on the brink of the successful conclusion of a military campaign? Or does it sound like the gleeful exclamation of someone who will soon be in possession of all the pieces of his puzzle? On 18 September last, the Iranian parliamentarian Alireza Zakani gathered students from the paramilitary organisation known as the Basij around him in the city of Mashhad in north-eastern Iran to explain to them the Iranian offensive in the region... 17-dec-2014 19:26 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m110311