***Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles*
*International Middle East Media Center* <http://imemc.org/>
*Erekat: Israel is responsible for collapsing of peace process*
<http://www.imemc.org/article/62327> IMEMC - Thursday October 20, 2011 - 18:55, Dr. Saeb Erekat, member of
the central committee of Fatah Movement and Palestinian negotiation
chief, held a meeting with the Portuguese former president, Goerge
Sambouo, top representative of UN-debate among civilizations, the
Palestinian News Agency, Maan, reported earlier on Thursday.
*Resident Kidnapped In Hebron* <http://www.imemc.org/article/62325> IMEMC - Thursday October 20, 2011 - 12:24, Israeli soldiers kidnapped a
Palestinian resident from the southern West Bank city of Hebron while
heading to the Israeli Liaison Office on Thursday morning, and moved him
to an unknown destination, the Palestinian News & Info Agency reported.
*Abu Marzouq: "Egypt Guarantees Implementation Of Phase 2"*
<http://www.imemc.org/article/62324> IMEMC - Thursday October 20, 2011 - 09:10, Deputy head of the Hamas
Political Bureua, Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouq, told the Hamas affiliated
Palestinian Information Center that Egypt provided grantees for the
movement regarding Israel's commitments to implement phase 2 of the
prisoner-swap deal. He added that Khaled Mashal, head of the Political
Bureau of Hamas, delayed his visit to Amman due to logistics.
*Campaigners: EU research projects support occupation*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=430915> 10/20/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian civil society groups
called on European research bodies to halt cooperation with Israeli
institutions implicated in violating human rights, in a statement issued
Thursday. The release said Israel's association agreement with the EU
gives it equal access to research funding as members, "despite Israel's
*Hamas: Egypt pledged 9 women to be freed in days*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=430956> 10/20/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said
Thursday that Egypt has assured the movement that the nine female
prisoners remaining in Israeli jail will be released "in the coming
days." On Tuesday, 27 women were released in the first stage of an
Egypt-brokered prisoner swap freeing captured Israeli soldier Gilad
*PLO plans 'other options' if UN bid fails*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431054> 10/20/2011 - RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- The PLO wants the Security Council to
decide on its bid for full UN membership soon so it can pursue "other
options", the UN envoy said, repeating charges that Washington is
procrastinating to avoid a vote. Riyad Mansour, in comments to a
Palestinian newspaper, did not say what he would do once their....
*'Israel stops wife of freed prisoner at Allenby'*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=430803> 10/20/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces have denied the wife of a
released prisoner who was exiled to Qatar permission to cross the
Allenby Bridge to ahead of her journey to meet her husband, a rights
group said. Ahmad Al-Bitawi, a researcher at the international
solidarity foundation for human rights, said Abdul Hakim Aziz Hanini....
*Oxfam: Settlers cost farmers over $500,000 this harvest*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=430878> 10/20/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers have cost Palestinian
farmers over $500,000 this year by destroying olive trees in the West
Bank, Oxfam and local organizations warned Thursday. Oxfam, the Union of
Agricultural Work Committees and the Palestinian Agricultural Relief
Committees estimated that olives collected this year would produce half
the oil of the 2010....
*Freed prisoner reflects on decades spent in jail*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431057> 10/20/2011 - RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- Nael Barghouti, released on Tuesday
after more than 33 years in an Israeli jail, says he never gave up hope
of being freed."From the first day I was detained, I always expected I
would released, that one day, someone would work to free me. Politics
failed in setting us free, but another....
*Abbas to visit Egypt, discuss reconciliation*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431074> 10/20/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas will visit
Egypt on Saturday, officials said, after a meeting of his Fatah party
said movement on a stalled reconciliation agreement with Hamas was
"necessary". Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Yasser
Othman told official news agency WAFA that the president would travel to
Egypt to discuss implementation....
*Fayyad: Time not ripe for peace talks*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=430877> 10/20/2011 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The time is not right for
meaningful peace talks with Israel, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister
Salam Fayyad said on Wednesday, saying they are only likely to produce a
blame game rather than a settlement. The so-called Quartet of Middle
East peace mediators has failed to meet its own goal of bringing the two....
*Abbas: We ended chaos but independence eludes us*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=430940> 10/20/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas measured out
his achievements but lamented the "failure" to grasp the ultimate prize
of a Palestinian state, in a TV interview that aired on Wednesday."I
managed to end the security chaos but I still can't achieve
independence," Mahmoud Abbas told Ma'an TV in....
*Egypt arrests Israeli national at border crossing*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431078> 10/20/2011 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities arrested a
Palestinian citizen of Israel at the Egypt border Thursday, saying they
discovered a weapon and large quantity of ammunition in his possession.
The Palestinian-Israeli, who was not otherwise identified, told Egyptian
security forces he worked for an Israeli tourism company and was
traveling with his wife....
*Benefits for released prisoners in Gaza announced*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431082> 10/20/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian prisoners who were
released in the prisoner deal and sent to Gaza will stay in hotels for
three weeks or until they each get a private apartment, car, and a job.
Gaza's Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh gave each of the 294 prisoners
$2,000, and future income will be....
*Shalit says heard Israeli forces near his Gaza prison*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431142> 10/20/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit heard the
sound of battle around him during a massive 2006 military operation
seeking to free him from his Gaza captors, his father said Thursday." He
was aware of the operation and everything that was going on," Noam
Shalit told journalists outside the family home in the northern Israeli....
*2 Israeli soldiers hit by car near Ramallah*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431026> 10/20/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Two Israeli soldiers were injured
Thursday after they were hit by a Palestinian-plated car south of
Ramallah in the central West Bank, an army spokesman said. The soldiers
were taken to hospital with light injuries, the Israeli official added.
A military source told Ma'an the incident was believed to....
*Iraqi Jews yearn for lost homeland*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=430899> 10/20/2011 - AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) -- Amer Musa Nasim, once one of the
last seven remaining Jews in Baghdad, says he finally had to leave
violence-stricken Iraq to live a peaceful life even though he loves his
country." I have always tried to hide my identity to avoid trouble,"
said Nasim, 38, who arrived in Jordan earlier this....
*US cannot confirm reports of Gadhafi's capture*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431005> 10/20/2011 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US State Department on Thursday
said it could not confirm that deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has
been captured." We've seen the media reports but can't confirm them,"
State Department spokeswoman Beth Gosselin told Reuters. White House
officials were not immediately available to comment. The Pentagon also
*Turkish army says launched air, ground assault in Iraq*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431012> 10/20/2011 - VAN, Turkey (Reuters) -- Hundreds of Turkish commandos
backed by helicopter gunships were attacking Kurdish militants in Iraq
on Thursday, officials said, as Ankara weighed a wider cross-border
offensive after PKK fighters killed 24 of its soldiers. Turkish security
officials estimated their forces, numbering about 1,000 inside Iraq, had
killed 21 fighters from the Kurdistan Workers....
*NATO checking Gadhafi reports, needs time to confirm*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431018> 10/20/2011 - BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- NATO said on Thursday it was checking
reports of the capture of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya and said they could
take some time to confirm." We are checking and assessing the
situation," a NATO official said."Clearly these are very significant
developments, which will take time to confirm. If it is true, then....
*NATO says aircraft struck pro-Gadhafi vehicles near Sirte*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431041> 10/20/2011 - BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- NATO said its aircraft attacked two
military vehicles near Moammar Gadhafi's last holdout of Sirte on
Thursday, but stopped short of confirming reports that these had been
carrying Gadhafi." At approximately 08:30 local time today, NATO
aircraft struck two pro-Gadhafi forces military vehicles which were part
of a larger group....
*NTC official: Gadhafi body being taken to secret location*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431052> 10/20/2011 - MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) -- The body of deposed Libyan
leader Moammar Gadhafi is being taken to a location which is being kept
secret for security reasons, a National Transitional Council official
said on Thursday. Gadhafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as
fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his
rule overran his hometown Sirte....
*NTC: Saif Al-Islam Gadhafi believed still in desert*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431061> 10/20/2011 - CAIRO (Reuters) - Moammar Gadhafi's son Saif al-Islam is
believed to be still at large in Libya's desert, a member of the
National Transitional Council said on Thursday after NTC officials said
the former Libyan leader had been found and killed. Abdelmajid Saif
al-Nasr told the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite channel that....
*Libyan NTC vice chairman confirms Gadhafi killed*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431062> 10/20/2011 - BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) -- The vice chairman of Libya's
National Transitional Council confirmed that ousted leader Moammar
Gadhafi had been killed on Friday and said the interim government would
announce the liberation of Libya "within hours". That would be a
landmark announcement, after which the interim government has said it
would begin the transition....
*West celebrates Gadhafi's end, hails own role*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431114> 10/20/2011 - LONDON (Reuters) -- Western leaders on Thursday hailed the
death of Moammar Gadhafi as a moment of liberation for Libya and held up
their own role in the downfall of the flamboyant North African
strongman. Some countries warned Libya's new leaders they still faced
tough days ahead, but the overriding sentiment was relief over....
*Gadhafi killed as hometown falls*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431117> 10/20/2011 - SIRTE, Libya (AFP) -- Ousted despot Moammar Gadhafi was
killed Thursday in a final assault by new regime forces on his hometown
Sirte, ending the last vestiges of his 42-year autocratic rule and
sparking joy across Libya." We announce to the world that Gadhafi has
died in the custody of the revolution," National Transitional Council....
*In photos: Embracing Gadhafi, the dictator and his friends*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431119> 10/20/2011 - Reuters and MaanImages - Former Libyan leader Moammar
Gadhafi died of wounds suffered in fighting as Libya's interim
government forces captured his hometown stronghold of Sirte on Thursday.
As world leaders rallied to herald his death as a new era for Libya, a
collection of images of his former friends document the dictators and....
*Gadhafi's death -- who pulled the trigger?*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431138> 10/20/2011 - SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) -- Disturbing images of a
blood-stained and shaken Moammar Gadhafi being jostled by angry fighters
quickly circulated around the world after the Libyan dictator's dramatic
death near his home town of Sirte. The exact circumstances of his demise
are still unclear with conflicting accounts of his death circulating.
But the footage....
*Iraq oil exports in September lowest in seven months*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431139> 10/20/2011 - BAGHDAD (AFP) -- Iraq's oil exports and income in September
were the lowest since February as pumping along the Ceyhan pipeline to
Turkey dropped off due to multiple stoppages, figures published on
Thursday showed. The country exported a total of 63. 1 million barrels
of oil last month at an average price of $104....
*Tunisians abroad vote in first Arab Spring election*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431146> 10/20/2011 - PARIS (AFP) -- Tunisians abroad thronged to vote Thursday
in the first post-Arab Spring free election, three days before their
compatriots at home go to the polls to turn the page on 23 years of
autocratic rule. Like many who voted on Thursday, historic opposition
figure Kamel Jendoubi, who heads the overall election organizing body
*Iran spy chief mocks 'stupidity' of US plot claims*
<http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=431148> 10/20/2011 - TEHRAN (AFP) -- Iran's spy chief Thursday mocked US claims
of a Tehran-sponsored assassination plot, saying the accusation reeked
of "stupidity" and detailed incredibly unprofessional tradecraft, the
website of state-run television reported. Intelligence Minister Heydar
Moslehi, who heads up Iran's espionage organizations, said the US
allegations -- involving an Iranian-American used car salesman....
*The Director of PCHR, Raji Sourani, Visits Germany as Part of Advocacy
Campaign for Accountability and Justice for Palestinian Victims*
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
*The Military Court in Gaza Holds another Hearing to Consider the Case
Relating to the Death of the Italian Solidarity Activist Vittorio
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
*The ongoing trial in the murder of solidarity activist Vittorio
<http://palsolidarity.org/2011/10/the-ongoing-trial-in-the-murder-of-solidarity-activist-vittorio-arrigoni/> 10/20/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International
Solidarity Movement, Gaza - The military trial of the four men charged
with the death of Italian International Solidarity Movement Activist
Vittorio Arrigoni continued in Gaza City today. The small courtroom was
packed with friends and colleagues of Arrigoni, in addition to four or
five members of the defendants' families. All four defendants appeared....
*'Gadaffi was caught alive, later beaten, killed by rebels'*
<http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Video/Article.aspx?ID=242548&R=R1> Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2011 - Libyan interim PM confirms deposed leader
is dead; images, videos of bloodied Gaddafi are released; last minute
escape attempt is stopped by French air strike; formal liberation
expected to be declared.
*Preterm babies: Do bigger brains make smarter children?*
<http://www.jpost.com/Health/Article.aspx?ID=242533&R=R1> Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2011 - Study finds the faster the rate of cerebral
cortex growth in infancy, the higher scores were on developmental,
intelligence tests as children.
*How lessons learned in Palestinian elections are informing Tunisia's
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/19/tunisian-elections-2011-tunisia> The Guardian 19 Oct 2011 - Lizzy Davies talks to Maxim Sansour, a
consultant bringing his experience of Palestinian elections to bear on
Tunisia's first free polls Ahead of Sunday's vote, the Tunisians are
welcoming journalists from all over the world, observers...
*Gilad Shalit will be allowed time with his family before debriefing*
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/19/gilad-shalit-time-family-debriefing> The Guardian 19 Oct 2011 - Israeli officials say they will establish the
freed soldier's physical and psychological health before asking about
his captors Israeli intelligence officials are planning to wait for at
least several days before beginning the delicate process of...
*As 2012 Polls Loom, Caution's the Word for Obama Foreign Policy*
<http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105548> IPS U.S. presidents seeking a second term are not known for taking risks
in foreign policy in election years.
*OP-ED: A Long and Winding Road to the End for Gaddafi*
<http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105546> IPS I came across an anti-Gaddafi demonstration for the first time in
February 2011 in Baghdad's Tahrir square.
*Doubts Shadow Egyptian Election*
<http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105535> IPS Egypt's interim government has begun accepting candidacy
applications for parliamentary polls slated to begin Nov. 21. But as the
country prepares for its first post-Mubarak elections, a number of
political parties say they are considering boycotting the contest.
*The Sirte Massacres: 42 Bodies by Muttassim's House*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82439> Uruknet October 20, 2011 - l. CNN had Dan Rivers there to report (a
Youtube posting). His crew filmed a number of bound and executed men
piled next to a wall (see image below). A rebel-affiliated "hospital
official" named Abdullah al-Manghoosh told CNN: We're here to check. We
don't know what happened. We don't know the story. But clearly...
*Libya : NATO war crimes charges* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82438> Uruknet October 20, 2011 - Is NATO using forbidden weaponry in Libya?
Below is video footage of what is purported to be attacks using white
phosphorous (as it did in Kosovo, as it did in Iraq). The graphic images
of the effects upon human beings this horrific substance has are too
horrendous for us to place here, but a...
*GADDAFI'S EXECUTION* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82437> Uruknet October 20, 2011 - The latest reports of Gaddafi's death show
that he was captured alive and likely executed. This of course should
come as no surprise. As soon as the uprising in Libya began it was a
zero sum game, and with NATO's participation Gaddafi's fate was well
nigh assured. This is a huge victory for NATO...
*Video: Gaddafi Alive when captured* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82436> Uruknet October 20, 2011 - A video has emerged which purports to show
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi captured alive by NATO-led "rebels. The
video shows a wounded Gaddafi with a blood-soaked shirt and bloodied
face leaning up against the bonnet of a truck and restrained by
"rebels". They then push him toward another car, as he shouts and
*Unguarded Guardians: The Rampant Abuses of our Prison Profiteers*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82435> Uruknet October 20, 2011 - The ACLU has just released documentation of
the rampant sexual abuse of female immigration detainees at the hands of
our enlightened guardians. The latter include the Corrections
Corporation of America, the private prison company that has parlayed its
insider poitical connections to become one of the nation's largest
profiteers of human suffering. This news...
*The Son of Africa claims a continent's crown jewels*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82434> Uruknet October 20, 2011 - On 14 October, President Barack Obama
announced he was sending United States special forces troops to Uganda
to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops
will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They
will only "engage" for "self-defence", says Obama, satirically. With
*Syria News - October 19, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82432> Uruknet October 19, 2011 - Number of martyrs today in Syria reached 19,
16 from Hom and one each in Douma, Sarghaya and Madaya in Damascus
Suburbs... Homs: Qosair: Joseyeh: martyrdom of the three sisters:
Nareman (17 years old), Rupa (11 years old), and Noor (15 years old)
from Zoghby family in Qosiar when security forces and army shelled...
*Yes, Rejoice for Precious Shalit, But ..*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82431> Uruknet October 19, 2011 - On the other hand why is there such a torrent
of sympathy for Shalit when the much-hyped thousand-for-one prisoner
swop leaves 8,000 Palestinians still rotting in Israeli jails, some of
them having languished in captivity far longer than our Israeli hero?
And for those 8,000 it's no picnic. A United Nations Human Rights Council...
*Mustafa Barghouthi: "This reminds us and the prisoners that the prison
door will not close"* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82430> Uruknet October 19, 2011- Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of
the Palestinian National Initiative, commented that yesterday's release
of prisoners is a great achievement and a day of joy for families
throughout the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Dr. Barghouthi noted that
the joy all Palestinians feel is bittersweet in light of the nearly six
thousand remaining prisoners...
*Djamel Beghal: the beginning of the War on Terror*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82428> Uruknet October 19, 2011 - Regardless, the torture of Djamel Beghal was
definitely a triggering factor of the "war on terror" in Europe as his
false and forced confessions engendered a wave of arrests in France, the
UK, Netherlands and Spain. Ten years later, we now know that the first
"Al Qaeda network" dismantled in Europe after the 9/11...
*US trainers ok after 'full withdrawal': Moqatada al-Sadr*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82427> Uruknet October 19, 2011 - ...."It has been said that the weapons (Iraq
is purchasing) are American, so the trainers should be American also,"
Sadr said in an address broadcast on Al-Masar television....Sadr's
remarks were his first public comments since returning to his movement's
home base in the holy Shiite city of Najaf in southern Iraq on Monday.
*Nizar and Ahlam; Fatah and Hamas: from an Israeli cell to a wedding
ceremony* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82426> Uruknet October 19, 2011 - He was sentenced to life in prison and she
was sentenced to 16 consecutive life terms. He is affiliated to Fatah;
she is a member of Hamas. Today, however, Nizar Al-Tamimi, 38, and his
cousin Ahlam Al-Tamimi, 31, are both free and are going to be married in
Amman, Jordan. The Al-Tamimi family from...
*Endangered Palestinian village gets int'l media attention- except from
the U.S.* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82425> Uruknet October 19, 2011 - Haj Sami Sadeq is a mayor in Palestine.
Behind him is the Jordan Valley. Around him are the lands of his little
village, Al Aqaba. The entire village is under Israeli demolition
orders. In fact, the Israeli army bulldozed the road to his village on
Sept. 15, 2 weeks before I shot this picture....
*OCHA: Israel Cuts Access to 85% of Gaza Fishing Waters*
<http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82423> Uruknet October 19, 2011 - A recent report published Tuesday by the
Untied Nation Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
showed that 35% of Gaza's farmland and 85% of its fishing waters are
totally or partially inaccessible due to Israeli military measures. The
report said that the population of Gaza is 1.6 million, with over 50%
*Iraq snapshot - October 19, 2011* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82422> Uruknet October 19, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, Turkish forces
enter Iraq, the press plays the blame game, the US Defense Dept
identifies the fallen, Nouri thinks Iraq needs to educate other
countries about how to run elections, and more....Turkey continues
attacking northern Iraq and, for years now, Turkish war planes have been
bombing northern Iraq. The latest wave...
*Unjust Libyan war far from over* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82419> Uruknet October 19, 2011 - Seven months ago the Libyan people enjoyed
free universal medical care, free education through university level,
were well housed and well nourished. The U.S. and NATO decided to wage
another unprovoked war for more direct control by western corporations
and banks of the oil wealth and financial institutions of Libya. Though
Gaddafi called for...
*Margaret Hassan: Victim of "Operation Iraqi Liberation" - 17th October
2004* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82418> Uruknet October 19, 2011 - With the passage of time and the onset of
hindsight, usually, eventually, tragedy can be pieced together, the dead
finally wept over, laid to rest, their graves marked, visited, flowers
layed. Margaret Hassan, who was kidnapped seven years ago today and shot
by her kidnappers little over three weeks later, probably on 14th
*Major Media Liars Never Quit* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82417> Uruknet October 19, 2011 - Whenever major media Libya reports appear,
truth is distorted, manipulated and falsified. For seven months, despite
daily terror bombing and ground attacks, courageous loyalists bested the
ferocity of NATO and its rebel army. As a result, they control most of
Tripoli, Benghazi and other cities across the country. Fighting,
however, still rages. Loyalists are...
*The Dale Farm Eviction: Using Planning Laws to Justify Racism Towards
Gypsies and Travellers* <http://www.uruknet.info/?new=82416> Uruknet October 19, 2011 - What a disgraceful day to be British. In
Basildon today, riot police have been leading the eviction of 86 Gypsy
and traveller families from land they own at Dale Farm, but for which
they do not have planning permission, hospitalising several residents,
tasering others, and generally creating a situation that is reminiscent
*Fayyad: Time not ripe for peace talks*
YNet News, 20 Oct 2011 - Palestinian PM says negotiations with Israel at
this time only to produce a....
*TA: 3 arrested in social protest march*
YNet News, 20 Oct 2011 - Hundreds of activists marched on Thursday from
Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard to the city's municipal headquarters,
marking 100 days since the beginning of the social ... ....
*Egypt says preparing for prisoner swap with Israel*
YNet News, 20 Oct 2011 - Egypt said on Thursday it was preparing to swap
US-Israeli dual national Ilan Grapel, who was detained in June on spying
charges, for Egyptian prisoners held in Israel. ... ....
*Report: Gaddafi to be buried in secret location*
YNet News, 20 Oct 2011 - Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will most
likely be buried in a secret location, the Saudi Arabia-based Al-Arabiya
TV reported on Thursday. Gaddafi was killed by ... ....
*Video shows Gaddafi was captured alive*
YNet News, 20 Oct 2011 - Arab satellite TV stations have broadcast a
video clearly showing that former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was
captured alive by revolutionary forces. The video ... ....
*Libya confirms: Muammar Gaddafi is dead*
YNet News, 20 Oct 2011 - A tyrant's end: Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled
Libya with a dictatorial grip for 42 years until he was ousted by rebels
in a bloody civil war, was killed Thursday when ... ....
*World welcomes 'new era' in Libya*
YNet News, 20 Oct 2011 - "The war in Libya is over," Italian Prime
Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday, using a famous Latin quote to
mark the reported death of long-time Libyan dictator ... ....
*Report: Israeli official informs Grapel of pending release*
YNet News, 20 Oct 2011 - Israeli and United States officials visited
Ilan Grapel, a dual US-Israeli national who is held in Cairo on
espionage charges, and informed him he will be released soon, ... ....
*AT-TUWANI: Israeli military fails to escort children twice in one day*
<http://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2011/10/20/tuwani-israeli-military-fails-escort-children-twice-one-day> Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine - On 16 October, the Israeli
military failed, twice, to escort the school children of Tuba and
Maghayir al Abeed past Ma'on settlement and Havat Ma'on outpost. Because
Israeli settlers have attacked and harassed the Palestinian
schoolchildren multiple times in the past, the Israeli military made a...
*Muammar Gaddafi captured and killed in Sirte*
<http://mondoweiss.net/2011/10/muammar-gaddafi-killed-in-sirte.html> Mondoweiss - link to www.wideasleepinamerica.com link to
www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk link to
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*UN Security Council to Vote November 11th on Palestinian Statehood*
<http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/richardsilverstein/ZOfh/%7E3/jPcxKJyK3oM/> Tikun Olam - Reuters is reporting that western diplomats say the UN
Security Council will vote on November 11th on the Palestinian bid for
statehood. Tantalizingly, it says the vote is very close: Diplomats
currently expect eight council members to back the Palestinians and six
to vote against or...
*Former Mujahadeen Khalq Leader Confirms Alleged Iran Terror Plot
Conspirator May Be Affiliated with MEK*
<http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/richardsilverstein/ZOfh/%7E3/9hIOJ-eOdzM/> Tikun Olam - You'll recall that the the U.S. claimed that the Iranian
alleged conspirator in the terror plot against the Saudi ambassador,
Gholam Shakuri, was a Revolutionary Guard (IRG) official. Though many
Iranians have scoured every resource they could think of, none have
found evidence of such a...
*Egypt: Govt' Efforts Garnered 133 Countries Supporting Palestine*
<http://allafrica.com/stories/201110201349.html> allAfrica.com 20 Oct 2011 - Egypt's permanent representative to the UN
Maged Abdel-Fattah announced that Egypt's efforts have succeeded in
increasing the number of countries which recognize the Palestinian state
to 133 countries.
*Americans Pay Dearly to Maintain Israel's Nuclear Secrets*
<http://original.antiwar.com/smith-grant/2011/10/19/americans-pay-dearly-to-maintain-israels-nuclear-secrets/> Grant Smith, Antiwar.com 10/20/2011
/CIA endangers NUMEC toxic waste cleanup/
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has just stopped its $170
million nuclear waste dump cleanup at a former Nuclear Materials and
Equipment Corporation (NUMEC) site in Pennsylvania. In the early 1960s,
NUMEC established a plutonium facility in Parks Township --- disposing
of waste in a large field adjacent to the plant. NUMEC's waste site was
staggeringly inappropriate. According to Atomic Energy Commission
surveys and more recent USACE studies, groundwater flows freely
throughout the dump at levels where waste resides. Further below the
surface, a warren of coal mine shafts from the early 20th century
creates the possibility of toxic seepage and sinkholes.
According to what the USACE knows, a contractor failed to inspect
the contents of a 55-gallon drum holding radioactive waste before moving
it. What nearby residents, contractors, and USACE engineers don't know
could pose an even greater hazard --- and the CIA may be in a position
to provide a remedy.
According to newly declassified FBI files [.pdf], NUMEC's venture
capitalist David Lowenthal and founder Zalman Shapiro knowingly failed
to comply with even the lax AEC standards in force in the 1960s for
handling radioactive waste at NUMEC. An FBI wiretap placed on
Lowenthal's phone picked up shocking news of a major illicit radioactive
spill on May 5, 1969. Lowenthal and Shapiro were both under
investigation for diverting enough HEU to Israel to build more than a
dozen atomic weapons. Shapiro and Lowenthal were in the midst of their
"exit strategy" --- selling NUMEC to Atlantic Richfield, which would
(along with successor Babcock & Wilcox and then American taxpayers) be
left holding the bag for massive future cleanup and health indemnity
*'I was 1-day-old when my father was jailed'*
<http://uruknet.info/?p=m82380&hd=&size=1&l=e> Shahd Abusalama, Uruknet 10/18/2011
A very confusing feeling passes through me after hearing about
the exchange of 1,027 Palestinian detainees for the only Israeli
soldier, Gilad Shalit, who was held captive by the Palestinian
resistance fighters. I don't know whether to feel happy or sad.
Gazing at the faces of the prisoners' families in the solidarity
tent in Gaza City, I see a look that I have never seen before: eyes
glittering with hope. These people have attended every event in
solidarity with our detainees, have never given up hope that their
freedom is inevitable someday, and have stayed strong during their loved
ones' absence inside Israeli cells. Thinking about those women whose
relatives are most likely to be released and seeing their big smiles
makes me happy. But at the same time, thinking about the other 5,000
detainees who will steadfastly go on with their resistance in the
prisons makes my heart break for them.
Hearts aching for those still in jail
When I arrived at the tent on 12 October, the wife of the prisoner
Nafez Herz, who was sentenced to life-long imprisonment and has been
jailed for 26 years, shook hands with me and said very excitedly that
she had heard that her husband would be freed. Then she said, "But you
can't imagine how much my heart aches for those families whose prisoner
will not be released in this exchange deal. All prisoners' families have
become like one big family. We meet weekly, if not daily in the Red
Cross, we share our torments, and we understand each other's suffering."
I grabbed her hands and pressed them while saying, "We will never forget
them, and God willing, they will gain their freedom soon."more..
*Nizar and Ahlam; Fatah and Hamas: from an Israeli cell to a wedding
<http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/2966-nizar-and-ahlam-fatah-and-hamas-from-an-israeli-cell-to-a-wedding-ceremony> al-Sharq al-Awsat, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/19/2011
When Ahlam was in her third year at Bir Zeit, both she and
Mahmoud were arrested by the Israelis. He was sentenced to life in
prison and she was sentenced to 16 consecutive life terms. He is
affiliated to Fatah; she is a member of Hamas. Today, however, Nizar
Al-Tamimi, 38, and his cousin Ahlam Al-Tamimi, 31, are both free and are
going to be married in Amman, Jordan.
The Al-Tamimi family from Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank
were looking forward to receiving their son Nizar after his release from
prison as part of the exchange deal between Israel and Hamas. He was
sentenced to life in prison for participating in an operation to kill an
Israeli settler during the nineties. Ahlam was jailed for providing
assistance to a suicide bomber who blew up an Israeli restaurant in
2001. She was the first female member of Hamas's military wing. Her
motivation to get involved developed through her growing disaffection
with the peace process and the Israeli atrocities she monitored while
working as a journalist.
Mahmoud Al-Tamimi has lived with the knowledge of the relationship
between his brother Nizar and cousin Ahlam after spending four years in
an Israeli prison himself. In an interview with the French Press Agency
(AFP), Mahmoud said, "The story of Nizar, who is a son of Fatah, and
Ahlam, who is a daughter of Hamas, is an expression of the unified
reality of the Palestinian people." The current split is an anomalous
state of affairs, he added.
Mahmoud spoke about having met his cousin Ahlam in Jordan when
Nizar was already in prison. According to AFP he said of her, "I found a
young girl with feelings completely bound up in Palestine. She had a
picture of Nizar hanging in her bedroom because, for her, he represented
the cause that she loved." He said that in 1998 she asked for his help
to enrol at Bir Zeit University; permission was given and she moved to
the West Bank to study.more..
*Gaddafi Dead: What Next?*
<http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=17191> Palestine Chronicle: 20 Oct 2011 - By Ismail Salami The report that the
evasive Libyan ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has died as a result of the
wounds he sustained during a NATO attack has flung the Libyans into a
jubilant frenzy while it has provoked mixed reactions from the political
observers who may eye the event with reasonable degree of suspicion. "He
(Gaddafi) was also hit in his head," National Transitional Council
official Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters. "There was a lot of firing
against his group and he died." Mlegta also revealed that Gaddafi had
been wounded in both legs at dawn on Thursday while he was trying to
escape in a convoy bombarded by NATO warplanes. Does this mean that the
NATO forces who were sure that Gaddafi was in the convoy did not want
him alive? If so, why would they want him dead? To the NATO forces, a
dead Gaddafi would be...more
*Britain, France , US: 'And the Winner Is ..'*
<http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=17190> Palestine Chronicle: 20 Oct 2011 - By Eric Walberg -- Cairo In the
lifestyle sweepstakes, the answer is 'none of the above'. The economic
and social experiments in the past three decades by British governments
from left to right have left the plucky Brits reeling, as this summer's
unprecedented bread and ipod riots showed all too conclusively. For a
year now, fiscal austerity and financial chaos have sent Britain's
economy into a nasty cycle of low growth and rising unemployment. But
unlike Greece, which was forced into recession by misguided EU
taskmasters, Britain has inflicted this on itself. Austerity was a
deliberate choice by Prime Minister David Cameron's ruling coalition of
Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. Britain's jobless numbers are the
highest in more than 15 years, with unemployment 8.1 per cent, as the
government continues to slash public-sector jobs -- more than 100,000
have been lost in recent months. This call to "balance the books"
*The Wrong Occupation*
<http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=17189> Palestine Chronicle: 20 Oct 2011 - By Kathy Kelly In Kabul,
Afghanistan's beleaguered capitol city, a young woman befriended me
during December of 2010. She was eager to talk about her views, help us
better understand the history of her country, and form lasting
relationships. Now, she is too frightened to return a phone call from
visiting westerners. The last time I saw her, during the spring of 2011,
she was extremely anxious because, weeks earlier, U.S. Joint Special
Operations Commandos (JSOC) had arrested her brother-in-law. The family
has no idea how to find him. Once, someone working for the International
Commission of the Red Cross called the family to say that he was still
alive and in the custody of the International Security Assistance
Forces, (ISAF). Numerous families in Afghanistan experience similar
misery and fear after night raids that effectively "disappear" family
members who are held incommunicado and sometimes turned over to Afghan
*The Plot behind Iran Plot*
<http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=17188> Palestine Chronicle: 20 Oct 2011 - By Aijaz Zaka Syed -- Dubai A great
deal of time in my adolescent years was spent with my father's books. I
was introduced to some of the finest names in Urdu and Western
literature in my dad's library. Many of them have stayed with me,
enlivening many a dull moment and showing the way when one was lost in
the face of life's complexities. One of them was Inayatulla Altamash,
the author of Dastan Iman Faroshon Ki (The merchants of faith). Woven
around Europe's Crusades to wrestle the Holy Land from the hands of the
"infidels," the five-part series is a riveting saga of endless
bloodshed, bravery, perfidy and spy games. Altamash's protagonist is
Salahuddin Ayubi or Saladin for the West, the Liberator of Palestine.
Salahuddin repeatedly faced the combined might of Christendom,
eventually succeeding in driving it out by the sheer dint of his
courage, self belief and...more