Uruknet.info http://www.uruknet.info :: Uruknet - Information from Occupied Iraq :: E :: en-us 30-jul-2014 01:08 ECT 30-jul-2014 01:08 ECT http://www.uruknet.de/rss/ Weblog Editor 2.0 posta@uruknet.info (Paola Pisi) enzo@uruknet.eu (Enzo Viscuso) [Uruknet 108589 30-jul-2014 01:08 ECT] On the 12th Day of the Israeli Offensive: Israeli Forces Continue Ground Operation in the Gaza Strip Covered by Unprecedented Shelling; Israeli Forces Use Flechette Shells; Approximately 50,000 Palestinians Forcibly Displaced in Border Areas http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108589 July 19, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 12th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities, including houses and mosques.... 30-jul-2014 01:08 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108589 [Uruknet 108588 29-jul-2014 23:25 ECT] 2022 FIFA World Cup slave labour deaths http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108588 July 19, 2014 - Him Kumari Yongan s eyes fill suddenly with tears. "He never complained," the 25-year-old says. "At times he just said that the work was very hard." She tries to keep her composure, gently caressing her three-year-old son as she talks about the father he will never see again. "I don t know what to do now. I am alone." A few weeks ago, a formal phone call from the company her husband was working for in Qatar announced his death. According to his co-workers, Narabaj Tamang went to bed after dinner and fell asleep, only to be found dead the next morning. While the medical report ascribes his death to an "acute respiratory failure", Yongan will never know what really happened to her husband. Here in Nepal, hundreds of families have lost relatives in Qatar - men and women who have taken jobs thousands of kilometres from home in order to get the small emirate ready to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup... 29-jul-2014 23:25 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108588 [Uruknet 108587 29-jul-2014 23:15 ECT] My Grandmother In Gaza: Bury Me Under the Mulberry Tree, Not In the Cemetery http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108587 July 19, 2014 - I speak to friends and family in Gaza every day. The stories they tell tear at my soul. I ask myself if President Barack Obama, at the pinnacle of power, hears the same harrowing accounts in his morning briefs from the NSA, CIA and other agencies. Reason says no. No report can tell of the terror Palestinians are enduring - particularly now with the ground war apparently getting underway - and the heartbreak they have lived for more than 66 years. These agencies assess raw numbers and immediate risk, but are not capable of grasping the horrors in Gaza caused by American weaponry and aid to Israel. Do president Obama s morning briefs mention my friend Abeer, who told me her three children - ages four to seven - are now using diapers from the fear caused by hourly Israeli bombardment?... 29-jul-2014 23:15 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108587 [Uruknet 108586 29-jul-2014 23:10 ECT] Why No Vetoed Resolutions on Civilian Killings in Gaza? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108586 July 19, 2014 - ....Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco, told IPS just as the Russians and Chinese have blocked Security Council action regarding Syria s attacks on civilians in crowded urban areas, the United States has successfully blocked Security Council action regarding Israeli attacks on civilians in crowded urban areas. Though both involve serious violations of international humanitarian law, precedent would dictate that U.N. action on Israel s assault on Gaza would be even more appropriate because it is an international conflict rather than a civil war, said Zunes, who has written extensively on the politics of the Security Council.... 29-jul-2014 23:10 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108586 [Uruknet 108585 29-jul-2014 23:02 ECT] Mowing the Lawn in Gaza http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108585 July 19, 2014 - The Palestinians of Gaza are guilty of that new post-Cold War misdemeanor: voting while Muslim. The punishment for this crime has been eight years of economic hardship, international isolation, and periodic Israeli bombardments. Like the Algerians in 1990 and the Egyptians in 2012, Gazans went to the polls in 2006 and voted for the wrong party. Rather than supporting the secular choice, they cast their ballots for Hamas. Not all Palestinians are Muslim (6 percent or so are Christian). But by opting for the Islamic Resistance Movement-Hamas, for short-Gazans had effectively nullified their own ballots... 29-jul-2014 23:02 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108585 [Uruknet 108584 29-jul-2014 22:22 ECT] Israel Has Been Bitten by a Bat http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108584 July 19, 2014 - The news out of Israel and Palestine: relentless, remorseless, repetitively compulsive, rabid.And I am put in mind of a passage from Norman Mailer, in 1972, in which he attempted to plumb the psychopathology behind America s relentless bombing of Cambodia and Laos and Vietnam during the Nixon years: ... bombing [which] had become an activity as rational as the act of a man who walks across his own home town to defecate each night on the lawn of a stranger-it is the same stranger each night-such a man would not last long even if he had the most powerful body in town. "Stop," he would scream as they dragged him away. "I need to shit on that lawn. It s the only way to keep my body in shape, you fools. I ve been bitten by a bat!"... 29-jul-2014 22:22 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108584 [Uruknet 108583 29-jul-2014 22:13 ECT] Iran turned Hezbollah into a killing machine as bad as takfiris:Tufaili http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108583 July 19, 2014 - Hezbollah s former Secretary-General Sheikh Sobhi Tufaili, an outspoken critic of the current leadership of the Iranian backed militant group blasted the Shiite party s military role in Syria, blaming it for deepening Shiite-Sunni tension in Lebanon and across the Middle East..."We regret to say that Hezbollah has been tuned into a sectarian party and a killing machine, as bad as takfiri groups, at the hands of the Iranians," Tufaili said.He charged that Hezbollah s battle was directed against Muslims for the sake of defending "the regimes of corruption and tyranny," in reference to Syria and Iran."Hezbollah s involvement in the fighting in Syria against Syrian children and people is a main factor in igniting sectarian hostilities and animosity that only serve the Zionist enemy and its allies," Tufaili stressed... 29-jul-2014 22:13 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108583 [Uruknet 108582 28-jul-2014 00:36 ECT] International activists risk lives to protect Gaza s ambulances under fire http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108582 July 19, 2014 -- A team of international activists in Gaza acted as "human shields" this afternoon to secure medications for injured and disabled Palestinians by accompanying Red Crescent ambulances into a firing zone in Gaza City. The activists are all foreign nationals, hailing from the United Kingdom, United States and Sweden. To reach el-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital the internationals crossed heavy Israeli military shelling from the air and border area. The medical facility was destroyed beyond use by Israeli missiles Thursday evening. The Israeli military had said weapons were being launched from nearby the hospital and said Hamas had used the facility as a "human shield."... 28-jul-2014 00:36 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108582 [Uruknet 108581 28-jul-2014 00:04 ECT] The heart of the problem with Israel: The mass expulsion of the Palestinian people http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108581 July 19, 2014 - As Israeli government violence against the Palestinians in Gaza intensifies (the latest news being an aggressive ground invasion), I saw a discussion on-line about whether Israel has become more brutal or the brutality has simply become more visible to the public. I remembered listening to Benjamin Netanyahu when he was at MIT in the 1970 s. He called himself Bibi Nitai and said he was in self-exile until the Labor Party, which he despised, was out of power. He spoke contemptuously about Arabs, and predicted he would be the leader of Israel someday and would protect the Jewish state in the way it deserved. The immediate response many of us had was: "Heaven help us all if he ever gets into power in Israel."... 28-jul-2014 00:04 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108581 [Uruknet 108580 27-jul-2014 23:38 ECT] Malnutrition Hits Syrians Hard as UN Authorises Cross-Border Access http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108580 July 19, 2014 - Gaunt, haggard Syrian children begging and selling gum have become a fixture in streets of the Lebanese capital; having fled the ongoing conflict, they continue to be stalked by its effects. Most who make it across the Syria-Lebanon border live in informal settlements in extremely poor hygienic conditions, which for many means diarrhoeal diseases, malnutrition, and - for the most vulnerable - sometimes death. By the end of January, almost 40,000 Syrian children had been born as refugees, while the total number of minors who had fled abroad quadrupled to over 1.2 million between March 2013 and March 2014.... 27-jul-2014 23:38 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108580 [Uruknet 108579 27-jul-2014 22:58 ECT] A Moment to Be Seized? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108579 July 19, 2014-There was never a better moment for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement to mass-mobilise for a mega-campaign to not only impact more heavily on the lawless Israeli state but also unmask those in business and public life who shamelessly support the criminal programme that was embedded in its DNA while on the Zionists drawing board.This could include politicians, businesspeople, entertainers, sports stars, churchmen and the many organisations and fan clubs that nourish the thuggish vanity and horrendous cruelty of the Zionist regime. Zero tolerance is needed. Those who fund or support the inhuman behaviour we have witnessed, not just this week but ever since 1947 (and some would say, long before then), are not fit to be admitted into decent society let alone allowed to run our country and major institutions... 27-jul-2014 22:58 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108579 [Uruknet 108578 27-jul-2014 22:38 ECT] Studies continually show strong pro-Israel bias in western media http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108578 July 19, 2014 - CNN journalist Jake Tapper opened a recent interview with Human Rights Attorney Diana Buttu with the following two-part question: "Why is Hamas launching rockets into Israeli population centers and are any other Palestinians trying to stop them from doing so?" Tapper s question - which lays onus on Hamas and other Palestinians and ignores the enveloping context of Israel s siege on Gaza - is both telling and predictable. Mainstream western media outlets are, by and large, infused with a pro-Israeli ideological bias that colors nearly all mainstream Western reporting on Israel-Palestine... 27-jul-2014 22:38 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108578 [Uruknet 108577 27-jul-2014 22:32 ECT] Gaza City resident Amal Sarsour: ‘There is no place to go, death is around us all the time http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108577 July 19, 2014 - There is no where for Amal Sarsour to go-not when Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery fire are blanketing Gaza. The 38-year-old Gaza City resident is cooped up in her home with her brothers and their families, who left their homes after the Israeli air force targeted their neighborhood. She doesn t step outside. "It s not safe at all," Sarsour, an academic and lecturer at Al Quds and Al Azhar universities in Gaza, tells me. "We can t get out of our house...We are targeted by bombing, missiles around us." In a follow-up e-mail, she wrote: "There is no place to go, we feel that death [is] around us all the time."... 27-jul-2014 22:32 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108577 [Uruknet 108576 27-jul-2014 22:23 ECT] Expel Palestinians, populate Gaza with Jews, says Knesset deputy speaker http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108576 July 19, 2014 - Israel must attack Gaza even more mercilessly, expel the population and resettle the territory with Jews, the deputy speaker of Israel s parliament, the Knesset, has said. Moshe Feiglin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s ruling Likud Party, makes the call in an article for the Israeli news website Arutz Sheva. Feiglin demands that Israel launch attacks "throughout Gaza with the IDF s [Israeli army s] maximum force (and not a tiny fraction of it) with all the conventional means at its disposal."... 27-jul-2014 22:23 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108576 [Uruknet 108575 27-jul-2014 22:13 ECT] Suffocating indoors under the rain of Israel s bombs http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108575 July 19, 2014 - Three weeks before this attack, I had the long-awaited chance to spend a week in the occupied West Bank and the 1948 territories (present-day Israel). I wanted to write about this marvelous experience of life and laughter, but now I am writing about death and sorrow. Two days before the attack, I was supposed to travel to Geneva to participate in a summer school training program for which I have been preparing for seven months and which concludes today. I booked two flights both from Egypt and Jordan, but missed both. The Israelis never approved my permit to travel through Erez checkpoint in the north of Gaza, even though I applied three times, and Rafah crossing, the southern land border with Egypt, has been consistently sealed off. I am not attending the course, though I still receive emails related to it. Instead, I am living this war... 27-jul-2014 22:13 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108575 [Uruknet 108574 27-jul-2014 22:02 ECT] Israeli military destroyed el-Wafa hospital even though it knew there were no weapons inside http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108574 July 19, 2014 - The Israeli army targeted and destroyed the Gaza strip s only rehabilitation hospital even though Israeli authorities said they did not believe weapons were inside of the facility. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital, which treats long-term injuries and physical disabilities, was heavily shelled Thursday evening causing an emergency evacuation of all staff and patients. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital treats long-term injuries and physical disabilities. All of the patients have some degree of paralysis, require around the clock care and many are on oxygen support and feeding tubes. "We ve seen a lot of launches of rockets that came from exactly near the hospital, 100 meters near," said a spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), continuing, "Obviously the target was not the hospital."... 27-jul-2014 22:02 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108574 [Uruknet 108573 27-jul-2014 19:55 ECT] Why won t the US investigate Israeli violence against US citizens? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108573 Earlier this month, fifteen-year-old Tariq Abukhdeir, a US citizen from Tampa, Florida, was savagely beaten by undercover Israeli police in the Shuafat neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. The attack was caught on video, showing Israeli police repeatedly kicking and punching Abukhdeir in the face and head as he lay handcuffed on the ground. According to the Palestinian human rights organization Addameer, Abukhdeir was arrested without charge and denied urgently needed medical attention and access to his family for five hours. He was released on bail after three days in Israeli jail and placed under house arrest before returning to Florida on 16 July. 27-jul-2014 19:55 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108573 [Uruknet 108572 27-jul-2014 06:06 ECT] Devastated family remembers cheerful boy cut down by Israeli fire on Gaza beach http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108572 July 19, 2014 - The day before he was killed, "Ismail came home carrying fresh fish and began joking with his brothers and sisters. He seemed unusually cheerful and happy," his mother Sahar Baker told The Electronic Intifada at her home in Gaza s Beach Camp just twenty-four hours after her son s brutal slaying "I asked him, my son, why did you go to the beach while the situation is dangerous? He answered, we were playing as we wanted to play, why should we be afraid?" Sahar said.Ismail Muhammad Baker, nine years old, was killed along with his cousins Ahed Atif Baker and Zakaria Ahed Baker, both ten years old, and eleven-year-old Muhammad Ramiz Baker when Israeli fire targeted them on a beach near Gaza City s seaport on 16 July.... 27-jul-2014 06:06 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108572 [Uruknet 108571 27-jul-2014 05:25 ECT] Syria News - July 18 , 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108571 July 18 , 2014- By the end of Friday, the coordination committees were able to document 66 martyrs, including 6 women, 10 child and 3 martyrs under torture: 24 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 17 in Idlib; 11 in Hama; 7 in Daraa; 6 in Damascus and its suburbs; and 1 in Deir Ezzor.... 27-jul-2014 05:25 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108571 [Uruknet 108570 27-jul-2014 05:13 ECT] On the 11th Day of the Israeli Offensive: Israeli Forces Launch Ground Operation in the Gaza Strip Covered by Unprecedented Shelling; Dozens of Palestinian Civilians Killed or Wounded http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108570 July 18, 2014 -Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 8th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities, including houses and mosques. Last night, the Israeli government declared launching a ground operation in the Gaza Strip. In effect, Israeli forces moved hundreds of meters into Palestinian areas located along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, amidst unprecedented shelling.... 27-jul-2014 05:13 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108570 [Uruknet 108569 27-jul-2014 04:50 ECT] Edward Snowden: If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that - video interview http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108569 July 18, 2014 -....The intelligence community knows that I m not working for any foreign government at all. They anonymously stated to the Washington Post that I m not an agent of any foreign power, they don t have a warrant out on that basis. And that s because if I were providing information that I know, that s in my head, to some foreign government, the US intelligence community would be able to detect that. They would see changes in the type of information that s going through it. They would see sources go dark that were previously productive. They would see new sources of disinformation appearing in these channels and that hasn t happened.... 27-jul-2014 04:50 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108569 [Uruknet 108568 27-jul-2014 04:42 ECT] A father opens a plastic bag: This is my son, he says, killed by an Israeli shell http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108568 July 18, 2014 -The house of the Antez family in Sha af looks undamaged from the outside. But the men milling around it have the dazed faces of grief that tell a different story.Inside, the hole punched by the tank shell that hit the house, after clearing the retaining wall, is visible about 3m (10ft) off the ground.It seems a small thing - a hole the size of a toaster. But the shell travelled through four walls, scattering pieces of shrapnel that have been gathered and placed to one side. There were 60 people from three families sheltering inside, some under the stairs, some in a corridor leading to a half-finished room... 27-jul-2014 04:42 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108568 [Uruknet 108567 27-jul-2014 04:21 ECT] Israeli police ransack Tariq Abu Khdeir family home and arrest relatives in apparent revenge raid http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108567 July 18, 2014- Just hours after 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir left for Ben Gurion International Airport to return home to Tampa, Florida, Israeli police raided and ransacked the home of his family in the Shufat neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. The police arrested Abu Khdeir s uncle and cousins without charges. The Israeli motive appears to have been revenge for the family s role in publicizing CCTV footage of Abu Khdeir s brutal beating at the hands of Israeli police, and their public campaign to secure his return to the US... 27-jul-2014 04:21 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108567 [Uruknet 108566 27-jul-2014 03:56 ECT] When Reporting Becomes a Weapon of Mass Deception http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108566 July 18, 2014 - ...What is problematic about these reports is the utter lack of background information that puts Israeli and Palestinian actions in context. Reading the BBC and CNN reports, one can only see that the context of Israel s crippling siege on Gaza, where 80% of its 1.8 million population are Palestinian refugees who were displaced from their homes in historic Palestine in 1948 and since then have been facing the harsh reality of Israel s military occupation, siege and humiliation in the world s largest open-air prison. Disguising the reality of occupation as war between two equals is a stark case of problematic news framing. A BBC headline on 11 July which read, "Gaza-Israel conflict: What can Israel and Hamas gain?", and the lead paragraphs, falsely frame the situation as nothing more than a conflict between two equals trying to maximise their political benefits... 27-jul-2014 03:56 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108566 [Uruknet 108565 27-jul-2014 03:48 ECT] The Resistance Will Not Surrender: We Will Be Victorious or Die http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108565 July 18, 2014 - The blatant aggression against the Gaza Strip we are witnessing affects anyone who has a heart, as Israel s destruction and barbarism are unprecedented and worse than any I have seen in my life. The horror of today s attacks is incomparable with any of the raids and wars against the Gaza Strip over the past 50 years. The bombing raids being carried out by Israeli warplanes on the Gaza Strip, as well as the missiles being launched on the homes and farms of innocent civilians, are the latest by the "death industry" of the rogue state. With the war crimes it has committed, as well as its international law and human rights law violations, Israel has gone beyond any international condemnations, reactions and denouncements issued against its non-stop aggression. The latest of such condemnations by the UN were stated in the Goldstone Report after Operation Cast Lead in 2008/2009... 27-jul-2014 03:48 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108565 [Uruknet 108564 27-jul-2014 02:51 ECT] The terrible price the children of Gaza are paying http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108564 July 18, 2014 - ...This is not the first time that Israeli forces have struck civilians on the Gazan coastline. On July 11, an Israeli attack on the Fun Time Beach cafe near the city of Khan Yunis killed nine civilians, including two 15-year-old children, and wounded three, including a 13-year-old boy. An Israeli military spokesman said the attack was "targeting a terrorist" but presented no evidence that any of those at the cafe , who had gathered to watch a World Cup match, were participating in military operations, or that the killing of one alleged "terrorist" in a crowded cafe would justify the expected civilian casualties... 27-jul-2014 02:51 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108564 [Uruknet 108563 27-jul-2014 02:16 ECT] When Strength is Weakness Israel s Heart of Darkness http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108563 July 18, 2014 - ....A noticeable change has occurred in Israel since its bombardment of Gaza in 2008/9, what I have termed the Christmas bombing of imprisoned civilians caught in a steel net surrounding their sliver of land, a change that offers perspective on the altering mindset that guides this benumbed state. Then Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Saturday the 27th "...instructed the Foreign ministry to take emergency measures to adapt Israel s international public relations to the ongoing escalation in the Gaza strip" (Haaretz, 12/28/08). Her intent as she ordered the military to continue its devastation of the Gazan people resulting in over 1400 dead, many children, was "to explain the rationale for the expanded IDF operations in the Gaza strip." An all out call to PR personnel to mobilize was issued, including those with language proficiency in Arabic, Italian, Spanish and German, the better to muffle the voices of those finding fault with the invasion. She noted at the time that Israel expects foreign media and diplomatic figures to support Israel.... 27-jul-2014 02:16 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108563 [Uruknet 108562 27-jul-2014 01:11 ECT] As war rages in Gaza and Pakistan, drone companies gather at Farnborough to market their wares http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108562 July 18, 2014 - Against a backdrop of horrific Israeli air strikes in Gaza as well as a US drone strike in Pakistan, the Farnborough International Air show took place this week in the UK. Although billed as an air show, the event is in reality a week-long marketing event for the world s military (and some civil) aviation companies to show off their wares with an open-to-the-public air show tacked on at the end. Drones are increasingly important at Farnborough with a reported 78 companies displaying unmanned drones this year. In terms of British drones the key event was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the UK and France on the £120m ($205m) agreement to study the development of the Future Combat Air System. This funding was first announced earlier this year at the Anglo-French Summit at Brize Norton... 27-jul-2014 01:11 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108562 [Uruknet 108561 26-jul-2014 23:25 ECT] Is Israel s Operation Protective Edge Really About Natural Gas? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108561 July 18, 2014 -While many articles have debunked the myth that Israel is acting out of "self-defense," very few have attempted to establish why Israel is continuing its assault on Palestine through Operation Protective Edge, aside from the supposition that Zionists have a fanatic penchant for drawing Palestinian blood. Behind the operation, behind the mass Israeli and U.S. propaganda attempting to justify the massacre, and behind the death of every child in Gaza is a conflict rarely discussed, an imperialist conflict and a contradiction that rests on Israel s ambitions to appropriate and profit from Gaza s natural gas resources.To provide some background, the natural gas issue arose in the year 2000 when British Gas (BG) discovered what they claimed to be $4 billion worth of natural gas reserves off the coast of Gaza. The Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF) and British Gas (BG) both invested in the project, with BG holding 60% of the rights. Since then, more gas has been found in the region.... 26-jul-2014 23:25 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108561 [Uruknet 108560 26-jul-2014 22:50 ECT] Iraq snapshot - July 18, 2014 http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108560 July 18, 2014 -Over and over, Nouri al-Maliki s actions have been filtered by the press to remove his most extreme statements and actions so that US readers and audio and video news consumers will never grasp how out of control Nouri is, how criminal he is. Unlike Nouri al-Maliki s temple whores, we ve never played that game here...The western press needs to be held accountable. That includes those who hate Sunnis and think it s alright to act on their own prejudices. Amy Goodman does a two part segment on Iraq this week and never calls out Nouri al-Maliki? Never even notes the attack on the Kurds, Zebari or anything. But she does have time to let Patrick Cockburn foam at the mouth with his Saudi Arabia conspiracy talk. Patrick s Sunni hatred is widely known and documented in the Arab world. Amy Goodman wants to talk what s wrong in Iraq but, cheap whore that she is, that talk never gets to Nouri. Two segments on how awful Sunnis -- in Iraq and in neighboring countries -- are but no accountability for Nouri? The problem is not just that Nouri is a despot and tyrant in the grand tradition of Augusto Pinochet, it s that the western press has refused to be honest about who and what he is.... 26-jul-2014 22:50 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108560 [Uruknet 108559 26-jul-2014 22:20 ECT] All Governance in Libya Remains Contested http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108559 July 18, 2014 - ....So what has happened since the overthrow of Gaddafi is that different parts of Libya have been fragmented under the control of different militias who are being paid by the government as a kind of security force but are not answerable to any civilian democratic authority. The Zintan militia had controlled the area around Tripoli s main airport and in fact controlled the airport. They have been attacked really ferociously over the last five, six days by a militia--not the militia, because there are a number--a militia from Misrata, which is led by a mercurial man named Mr. Salah Badi.... 26-jul-2014 22:20 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m108559