Uruknet.info http://www.uruknet.info :: Uruknet - Information from Occupied Iraq :: E :: en-us 20-apr-2014 20:09 ECT 20-apr-2014 20:09 ECT http://www.uruknet.de/rss/ Weblog Editor 2.0 posta@uruknet.info (Paola Pisi) enzo@uruknet.eu (Enzo Viscuso) [Uruknet 106418 20-apr-2014 20:09 ECT] An area of land and an olive tree planted in Asira, in memory of Vittorio Arrigoni http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106418 April 17, 2014 - On the 16th of April, the children of the Retaj Centre for Women and Children in Asira planted an olive tree on a piece of land which has been named after Vittorio Arrigoni. This symbolic act was made to remember the Italian volunteer killed on the 15th of April 2011. Asira is located south of Nablus, and is a village that is frequently attacked by settlers from nearby illegal settlements. The children of the Retaj Center for Women and Children took part in an emotive memorial for Vittorio, gathered in the small center, joined by volunteers from ISM and other organisations. The song "Bella Ciao" is an Italian resistance song that Vittorio taught the children of Gaza before he died, and the children of Asira sang it together. The assembly also watched a short movie entitled, "Un fiore per la liberta" by Samantha Comizzoli... 20-apr-2014 20:09 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106418 [Uruknet 106417 20-apr-2014 19:58 ECT] Condemning ‘The Aggression We Ourselves Will Not Practice http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106417 April 17, 2014 - Whenever the U.S. gets outraged by the actions of another state, be prepared for elaborate displays of self-deception and hypocrisy. This has surely been on display in the case of the latest outrage in Russia s annexation of Crimea and meddling in Ukraine. At the Cato Institute s blog yesterday, Ted Galen Carpenter reiterated a point I ve made here repeatedly, that Washington s supposedly principled denunciations of Russia s actions are wildly inconsistent with the strong defense of comparable actions taken by the U.S.... 20-apr-2014 19:58 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106417 [Uruknet 106416 20-apr-2014 19:22 ECT] Israeli military courts: Masquerading as justice? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106416 April 17, 2014 - Israel s chief military prosecutor for the West Bank, Lieutenant Colonel Maurice Hirsch, declared in February that a new pilot programme would soon be implemented to provide an alternative to arresting Palestinian children from their homes at night. The pilot programme will rely on written summonses demanding Palestinian children appear for questioning at Israeli interrogation centres in the occupied West Bank. A summons process, if implemented throughout the occupied West Bank, could potentially reduce the number of Palestinian child detainees that experience violence during their arrest, transfer and interrogation. While this could lead to practical improvements to the Israeli military detention system, recent evidence suggests that it may do little to stem violence and abuse of Palestinian child detainees by Israeli forces... 20-apr-2014 19:22 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106416 [Uruknet 106415 20-apr-2014 18:43 ECT] A tree-hugging "peace" film detached from Palestine s reality http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106415 April 17, 2014 - A Palestinian and Jewish Israeli businessman start a solar panel business together - bravely confronting the bullies of the Israel boycott movement, who are the major force holding back the Middle East peace process - even when it tests their most intimate relationships. The young men s unprecedented project, with the help of Facebook, gives birth to a grassroots movement that witnesses mass protests in Ramallah and Tel Aviv, putting pressure on the Palestinian and Israeli leadership to finally sign a peace agreement....This is the preposterous plot of the European Union and UK-funded propaganda film Under the Same Sun, produced by normalization outfit Search for Common Ground, and Tel Aviv-based Lama Films. It is directed by Palestinian filmmaker Sameh Zoabi (Man Without a Cell Phone)... 20-apr-2014 18:43 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106415 [Uruknet 106414 20-apr-2014 18:38 ECT] Palestinian Prisoner s Day 2014 http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106414 April 17, 2014 - On the occasion of Palestinian Prisoners Day Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association salutes the continued struggle of the over 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners currently being held in Israeli prisons. Every year Israel arrests thousands of Palestinians in an attempt to suppress any resistance to its continued occupation and colonization, the result being the imprisonment of approximately 800,000 Palestinians since 1967. Since the beginning of 2013 12 Palestinians have been killed during arrest operations by Israeli Occupying Forces, while another three have died as a result of medical neglect and another of torture. As of 1 March 2014 there were 5,224 Palestinian political prisoners being held in Israeli prisons. These include 183 administrative detainees; 210 children; 21 female prisoners; and 11 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. The situation of the prisoners continues to deteriorate as they face a wide range of violations against them... 20-apr-2014 18:38 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106414 [Uruknet 106413 20-apr-2014 18:09 ECT] Photos of Victims of US Drone Wars in Pakistan and Yemen http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106413 April 17, 2014 Click the images to download 11" x 17" versions of the images below to hold at protests, and help bring to life the human stories behind the statistics. There are not many photos of the drone victims available for a number of reasons. Most of these drone attacks take place in remote locations. People living in these areas often don t have many photos of loved ones they can readily share after they have been killed. Maybe worst of all, journalists and rescuers are often deterred from visiting recent drone attack sites by the possibility of a second "double tap" drone strike. Thanks to those journalists, activists and family members, we make these available as enlarged PDFs. Images may be pixelated but are still recognizable at a distance... 20-apr-2014 18:09 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106413 [Uruknet 106412 20-apr-2014 14:43 ECT] Why is Israel opposed to Palestine joining international treaties? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106412 April 17, 2014 - Last week, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that he had accepted the application of Palestinians to join 13 international UN conventions. Significantly, these include the Geneva Conventions, which govern the rules of war and military occupation. Ban informed all 193 UN member states that the application, by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, was made "in due and proper order" and that it would be processed within a month. Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN, said that Palestine was ready with more applications to join UN agencies, conventions, and treaties, depending on Israel s actions.... 20-apr-2014 14:43 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106412 [Uruknet 106411 20-apr-2014 14:35 ECT] Why does the mass media ignore mass murder in Syria? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106411 April 17, 2014-I recall when the mantra of the media was "if it bleeds, it leads." That certainly isn t the case with regards to Syria. If more than a hundred people and a dozen children met with a violent end almost anywhere else in the world, it would make the morning news cycle. It happens every day in Syria without so much as a notice. It can t be for lack of visuals. We all know TV news is a sucker for graphic video. A good video will even make a story where otherwise there wouldn t be one. The Syrian conflict has produced some of the most graphic and tense, or in the case of Syrian refugee children, compelling and heart-rending, videos the world has ever seen, available for free from YouTube, and with today s HD consumer grade cameras, not bad quality. Yet very little of this video ever makes it into the evening news. The true picture of this conflict and the human suffering it is causing is being hidden from us. When the media was trying to rally people to fight Saddam Hussein, they made a big deal out of a false story that had Iraq troops throwing babies out of incubators in Kuwait, now we have Assad s planes bombing play grounds, schools, breadlines and hospitals, and mums the word. Why are they covering up Assad s crimes when they should be reporting them?.... 20-apr-2014 14:35 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106411 [Uruknet 106410 20-apr-2014 14:27 ECT] What will Gaza s Ark face from the Israeli navy as it challenges the blockade? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106410 April 17, 2014 - The heavy bang is heard clearly, and I have to resist the impulse to climb over the breakwater to try to get a view of the attack in the haze. And a new round of bangs is heard. It can t be far off the port of Gaza. Instead, I look up at the sky, squinting, and there it is, the drone that been circling around all morning. And I return to my work to completing Gaza ‘s Ark. Shall I write about this, I wonder to myself? That thought pops up every time I hear machine-gun fire, or even heavier bombardments, from the sea. We expect some influential people to sail with us to break Israel s naval blockade, and I do not want to scare them off... 20-apr-2014 14:27 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106410 [Uruknet 106409 20-apr-2014 14:13 ECT] Guantanamo s sinister re-branding of force-feeding http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106409 April 17, 2014 -The PR team at Guantanamo Bay have been engaging in a campaign of smoke and mirrors of late to try and cover up the abuse that still remains at Guantanamo Bay. Meanwhile, detainees such as our client Emad Hassan are still suffering the same abuse, at the hands of the same authorities, that they have been for the past 12 years.Rather than use a widely-recognised term that describes the peaceful protest being made by the detainees, the authorities at Guantanamo have decided to come up with (what they hope is) a sterile and innocuous-sounding term: "long term non-religious fast". This change in terminology was revealed through a Freedom of Information request for a document entitled: "Medical management of detainees with weight loss"... 20-apr-2014 14:13 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106409 [Uruknet 106408 20-apr-2014 14:09 ECT] PHOTOS: Palestinian prisoners, supporters struggle for freedom http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106408 April 17, 2014 - To mark International Palestinian Prisoners Day, which has been commemorated annually by Palestinians worldwide since 1974, Activestills brings you a look into the lives of Palestinian prisoners and their supporters struggling to obtain freedom.According to Addameer, a Palestinian prisoner support organization, there are currently 5,224 Palestinian men and women held in Israeli prisons. These include 183 administrative detainees; 210 children; 21 female prisoners; and 11 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Since the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip began in 1967, more than 700,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned by Israel. To this day, dozens of Palestinians are taken away from their homes, workplaces, schools, and from different checkpoints on a weekly basis. Some are detained for days, some for weeks, and some imprisoned for unlimited periods of time... 20-apr-2014 14:09 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106408 [Uruknet 106407 20-apr-2014 14:05 ECT] Palestinian youth say the talks with Israel are futile http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106407 April 17, 2014 - Last summer when negotiations resumed between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, hundreds of Palestinian youth took to the streets of Ramallah to protest the Palestinian Authority decrying the talks. In fact August 2013 saw a string of protests from the city center to the Muqataa, the seat of the Palestinian government. And each protest ended the same: the youth were beaten and arrested, undercover agents moved through the crowds, and some dissidents were even taken into police custody from hospital beds.Today, the April 29th deadline to produce a U.S. engineered framework looms and talks teeter toward collapse. Israeli and Palestinian officials have skirted their limited commitments. Israel is refusing, or delaying, releasing the last round of Palestinian prisoners while the Palestinian Authority (PA) signed 15 letters of accession to United Nations treaties.... 20-apr-2014 14:05 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106407 [Uruknet 106406 20-apr-2014 04:25 ECT] PLO: 800,000 Palestinians detained since 1967 occupation http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106406 April 17, 2014 -- Israeli military forces have detained over 800,000 Palestinians since the 1967 occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, the PLO said Thursday."For Palestinians, having loved ones in prison is not the exception: it is something which has affected every Palestinian family," PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement marking Prisoners Day."In the context of prolonged occupation, Israel -- a foreign military power -- has unlawfully imposed itself on the land of another people and has oppressed millions, in many varying ways. The plight of the prisoners reflects the plight of the Palestinian people as a whole."... 20-apr-2014 04:25 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106406 [Uruknet 106405 20-apr-2014 04:20 ECT] Nablus farmer detained after being attacked by settlers http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106405 April 17, 2014 -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian farmer in Nablus on Wednesday on suspicion of attempting to stab a settler after a group assaulted him and cut down his olive trees. Palestinian security officials told Ma an that settlers from Maale Levona assaulted Khalid Samih Daraghmah and his son while they were tending their trees south of Nablus near al-Lubban ash-Sharqiyah. Jalal Daraghmah, 19, was brutally beaten during the attack.The farmers filed a complaint at the Palestinian liaison department, who referred it to the Israeli office.After reporting the assault, Israeli forces arrested Samih Daraghmah after claiming he had tried to stab one of the settlers.... 20-apr-2014 04:20 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106405 [Uruknet 106404 20-apr-2014 03:58 ECT] Syria News - April 16, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106404 April 16, 2014- By the end of Wednesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 96 martyrs in Syria including 4 women, 2 children and 3 martyrs under torture: 40 martyrs were reported in Deir Ezzor; 12 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 13 in Idlib; 11 in Aleppo; 5 in Daraa; 4 in Homs and 2 martyrs in Hama... 20-apr-2014 03:58 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106404 [Uruknet 106403 20-apr-2014 03:52 ECT] Israeli forces clash with worshipers in Aqsa compound, dozens hurt http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106403 April 16, 2014 - - Dozens of worshipers were hurt Wednesday morning in fierce clashes with Israeli forces who stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound via the Moroccan and Chain gates. Witnesses told Ma an that Israeli soldiers and police officers broke into the compound and deployed in the southern quarter firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets at worshipers.Director of al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Azam al-Kahtib told Ma an that "about 1,000 Israeli officers stormed the compound." He highlighted that Israeli officers used live ammunition... 20-apr-2014 03:52 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106403 [Uruknet 106402 20-apr-2014 03:50 ECT] Israel worried about Syrian rebels advancement to the Syrian-Israeli borders http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106402 April 16, 2014- Syrian rebels have seized shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles from regime forces in spite of Israel and the Syrian regime s best efforts to prevent such strategic developments from happening, an Israeli commentator said. Yossi Melman, the Israeli commentator on security and intelligence affairs for the Israeli news website Walla, revealed that Syrian rebels seized a warehouse containing Russian and Iranian shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles.Melman affirmed that both Al-Assad s army and the Israeli army tried their best to prevent this warehouse from falling in to rebel hands. The senior Israeli journalist said Israel has detailed information about Syrian weapons and it is afraid that these weapons could fell in the "wrong hands"... 20-apr-2014 03:50 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106402 [Uruknet 106401 20-apr-2014 03:43 ECT] The real fraud about Afghanistan s election http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106401 April 16, 2014 --- THE U.S. media celebrated Afghanistan s April 5 elections as a success story. The country s Independent Election Commission reported that more than 7 million voters participated in the presidential and provincial council voting, a higher turnout than the 2009 election. But there s more to Afghanistan s election than met the eyes of the Western press.The ballots were still being counted as this article was being written, but it appeared that Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, two of the three frontrunners according to pre-election polls, were in the lead, and an acrimonious runoff election between them is likely.In reality, there was very little opportunity for Afghans to express a real choice in the election ... 20-apr-2014 03:43 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106401 [Uruknet 106400 20-apr-2014 03:26 ECT] Mariam Barghouti released on bail http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106400 April 16, 2014- Mariam Barghouti, a 20-year-old student was released from military prison this evening, nearly one week after she was arrested by Israeli forces near the village of Nabi Saleh. Barghouti was detained along with three foreign journalists and a young Palestinian citizen of Israel, Abir Kopty, as they left the village on Friday 11 April after reporting on a protest held earlier in the day. Barghouti, who holds American citizen and is a resident of the West Bank, was the only one to be arrested. She was charged with throwing stones and entering a closed military zone.... 20-apr-2014 03:26 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106400 [Uruknet 106399 20-apr-2014 02:43 ECT] Here s What Drone Attacks in America Would Look Like http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106399 April 16, 2014 - If U.S. citizens knew how it felt to be targeted by deadly flying robots, it might shape domestic attitudes toward the Obama administration s drone program. Artist Tomas Van Houtryve is using video and photography to foster that discussion by putting average Americans under drone-like surveillance. "The drone has become the preferred tool of the ‘War on Terror, " says Van Houtryve. "We live in the most media-connected age ever, and yet the American public has no visual narrative of the drone war. This is a secret war, making it easier to push to the back of our minds or only think about in abstract terms."To make the abstract real with his series Blue Sky Days, Van Houtryve mounted his DSLR on a quadcopter he bought online. He flew it over weddings, funerals, groups in prayer, and people exercising in public places-circumstances in which people have been killed by U.S. drone strikes abroad.... 20-apr-2014 02:43 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106399 [Uruknet 106398 20-apr-2014 02:38 ECT] Israeli Settler Priests Prepare to Build Holy Temple, Resume Animal Sacrifices http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106398 April 16, 2014 - An Israeli friend has found an amazing YouTube video (apologies that it is in Hebrew without English captions) of the quasi-religious ceremony at which settler paraded scores of white tunic-clad (also called "kittels") men of various shapes and sizes as the coming generation of kohanim (priests), who would assume duties when (not "if") the State destroys the Dome of the Rock and replaces it with a rebuilt Holy Temple. All this is under the auspices of the Temple Institute. In a related incident, Israeli police arrested radical settler activists attempting to bring goats to the Temple Mount for the ritual Passover sacrifice. No sooner were they released than one of them was rearrested bringing yet another goat into the Old City for sacrificial purposes... 20-apr-2014 02:38 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106398 [Uruknet 106397 20-apr-2014 02:26 ECT] Iraq: The Road to Chaos http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106397 April 16, 2014 -... In April 2013, after the shooting of an Iraqi soldier near a protest camp in Hawija, a town in the north close to Iraq s traditional border with Iraqi Kurdistan, elite security units attached to the prime minister s military office opened fire on the camp, killing fifty-one people, including old men and children. A Western diplomat described the event to me as "carnage" and "a vendetta out of all proportions."...In interviews, US officials portrayed the fight in Anbar as a battle between Baghdad and al-Qaeda, and sent hellfire missiles for Maliki to use, regardless of the consequences and of the lack of a clearly defined objective. As my Reuters colleagues and I have documented, in recent weeks Iraqi Special Forces soldiers have bragged of executing suspected militants in Anbar.... 20-apr-2014 02:26 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106397 [Uruknet 106396 20-apr-2014 02:08 ECT] Iraq snapshot -April 16, 2014 http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106396 April 16, 2014. Chaos and violence continue, Nouri s assault on Anbar continues and we take a look at these War Crimes which have taken place since the start of the year, Iraq comes in at the top of a list (for getting away with murder), and much more... In Iraq today, Nouri continued his streak of War Crimes as he continued his targeting civilians with collective punishment. NINA notes the shelling of residential neighborhoods in Falluja left 16 civilians dead and nineteen injured ....In January, Human Rights Watch issued "Iraq: Protect Anbar Residents From Abuses." And that s it for the world s attention. It s a shame other bodies and government officials can t call out these War Crimes. The White House not only can t call Nouri out, they can t stop arming him, it s like an addiction with them... 20-apr-2014 02:08 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106396 [Uruknet 106395 20-apr-2014 01:45 ECT] FBI infiltrates Guantanamo detainee s defense team http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106395 April 16, 2014- On Monday, the military trial of five 9/11 suspects was put on hold as allegations surfaced that the FBI had enlisted a member of the defense team as a secret informant. This brazen violation of basic democratic norms is a further exposure of an extra-judicial process that has been illegal from the start. Defense attorneys filed a motion late Sunday night calling for a halt to the proceedings, a review of the FBI s involvement and the appointing of new independent attorneys for the defendants. James Harrington, a civilian attorney for Ramzi bin al-Shibh, one of the five accused, told the judge, "We have an impossible situation in terms of representing our client... on any issue." Harrington added, "To say this is a chilling experience for all of us is a gross understatement."... 20-apr-2014 01:45 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106395 [Uruknet 106394 20-apr-2014 01:41 ECT] Resurrection and Israeli Restrictions: Easter in Jerusalem http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106394 April 16, 2014 - Occupied East Jerusalem is the center of Palestinian celebrations, whether Easter or Ramadan. Freedom of religion and freedom of movement are basic human rights enshrined in international law. However, since 1967, successive Israeli governments have developed a number of policies aimed at directly and indirectly force the people from their land. For billions of Christians worldwide, the holy week of Easter is an opportunity to celebrate, pray and remember Jerusalem. Easter is supposed to be a time of hope and joy. But for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Christians, the first Christian community, the reality today is one of oppression and discrimination. Of these Christians, who are the centuries-old inhabitants of this land, only a tiny minority are able to celebrate in Jerusalem... 20-apr-2014 01:41 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106394 [Uruknet 106393 20-apr-2014 00:37 ECT] The Zionist Propaganda Surrounding Sderot UK s Ed Miliband the latest Western politician "taken in" http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106393 April 16, 2014 - Ed Miliband, UK Labour Party leader and younger brother of former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband David Miliband, has just been on a visit to Israel and occupied Palestine. Ed, who is Jewish, is a wannabe prime minister. And he may succeed in taking the top job next year if Agent Cameron continues annoying the voting public. A BBC report tells us that Miliband and his wife Justine "were shown where the rockets are fired which rain down on this Israeli town of Sderot. "They visited a playgroup which looks like many you would see in the UK, until you realise the kids are playing inside instead of outside as they would not be safe under the deep blue sky and are only so under a roof of reinforced concrete." ... 20-apr-2014 00:37 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106393 [Uruknet 106392 19-apr-2014 21:53 ECT] Spanish Court Refuses to Close Guantánamo Torture Investigation http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106392 April 16, 2014 - Spain s Audiencia Nacional is continuing its investigation into the alleged torture of men formerly detained at Guantánamo prison by U.S. officials, despite recent legislative restrictions stating that Spanish courts can only investigate human rights violations committed abroad if the suspects are present in Spain. In an order issued yesterday, Judge Pablo Ruz ruled that Spain s obligations under international law to investigate any credible allegation of torture took precedence over the new restrictions, and renewed his request for information from the Obama Administration regarding any U.S.-based investigations into torture allegations... 19-apr-2014 21:53 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106392 [Uruknet 106391 19-apr-2014 21:00 ECT] Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are collapsing - for good reason http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106391 April 16, 2014 - The revival of direct negotiations last August between the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization was mainly an initiative of the U.S. government, energized by Secretary of State John Kerry, who has put relentless pressure on both sides to keep talking despite the seeming futility of such a process. Kerry proclaimed these negotiations an all-or-nothing moment, the last chance for the Israelis and Palestinians to resolve the conflict by creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel. The agreement for the current round of negotiations is set to expire on April 29, and Kerry is increasingly desperate for the parties to agree on an extension. But if the talks continue, as may well happen, that should not be misunderstood as a sign that there s any realistic chance of such a diplomatic process succeeding... 19-apr-2014 21:00 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106391 [Uruknet 106390 19-apr-2014 16:45 ECT] Time for an Accounting Obama, Monopoly Capitalism, and Global Hegemony http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106390 April 16, 2014 -We ve seen enough to know that the US is on track to push structural-ideological tyranny to a new level, not so much the reproduction of 20th century fascism (although that historical experience has created an indelible mark on the mindset of present-day geopolitical strategists in defining what might be possible in violating international law without thoroughly antagonizing the world community) as, instead, using a cloak of liberal humanitarianism to assert military power in pursuit of traditional imperialism. The same goals, different label... 19-apr-2014 16:45 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106390 [Uruknet 106389 19-apr-2014 16:36 ECT] Why Israeli Officials are Chuckling: The ‘Stable West Bank Dilemma http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106389 April 16, 2014 -Israel s deputy foreign minister, Ze ev Elkin, is a member of Benjamin Netanyahu s Likud party and his predominantly rightwing cabinet. In a recent interview with The Economist, Elkin used the familiar tone of being conceited and oblivious to such notions as international or human rights, and reaffirmed his rejection of a Palestinian state.Instead, Elkin wants Israel to annex a chunk of the West Bank. There is nothing new here, as such language is now official Israeli discourse. But one statement stood out, one that many Palestinians would find bewildering and exasperating.These days, said Elkin with a chuckle, the West Bank is "the most stable part of the Middle East".The bewilderment would stem from the fact that the West Bank is an occupied Palestinian territory... 19-apr-2014 16:36 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106389 [Uruknet 106388 19-apr-2014 14:27 ECT] What Other Torturous Measures Will They Inflict on the Tortured? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106388 April 16, 2014 -The thousands of people who arrive at Qalandiya checkpoint and its surroundings each day didn t hold their breaths when they heard Israel s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s announcement that "unilateral actions by the Palestinians will be responded by unilateral actions".What other unilateral actions could the Israeli government take against the Palestinians in a reality in which millions of human beings, from the moment of their birth and until their death, are victims of commands, regulations and laws that enable theft and torture?... 19-apr-2014 14:27 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m106388