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Seymour M. Hersh · Whose sarin? · LRB 19 December 2013

The sensors had worked in the past, as the Syrian leadership knew all too well. Last December the sensor system picked up signs of what seemed to be sarin production at a chemical weapons depot. It was not immediately clear whether the Syrian army was simulating sarin production as part of an exercise all militaries […]

Israel scraps plan to uproot Bedouin – Middle East – Al Jazeera English

The Israeli government\’s Prawer-Begin plan, officially known as the Bill on the Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev, was postponed on Thursday, an advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.\”Right and left, Arabs and Jews joined forces – while exploiting the plight of many Bedouin – to heat things up for political gain,\” said […]

Drone Survivors Speak at Congressional Briefing Called by Rep. Grayson – YouTube

Streamed live on Oct 29, 2013 Brave New Foundation and Rep. Alan Grayson’s Congressional briefing on the drone crisis. Rafiq ur Rahman — a primary school teacher in Pakistan — will appear at a briefing called by Representative Alan Grayson (FL-09), along with his children Nabila and Zubair. In October 2012, Nabila and Zubair were […]

First Peoples Worldwide » Plan to Forcibly Evict Thousands of Palestinian Bedouin Underway, Despite Public Disapproval

The drafted legislation that would call for the forced relocation of 30,000-40,000 Bedouins and the demolition of 40 Bedouin villages and confiscation of 700,000 hectares of land in the Negev, entirely violates the right to free, prior, and informed consent of the Bedouin community. Though the plan, according to politicians, is meant to enhance the […]

Lebanon: Resistance Air Defense Commander Assassinated | Al Akhbar English

The perpetrators fired five shots – one of which missed – killing Laqqis after several botched assassination attempts in the past. There is no doubt that this is a Mossad operation, no matter who carried it out directly – whether takfiri groups or collaborators.The boldness of the perpetrators alone was enough to establish that they […]

Jihadists execute Iraqi cameraman in Syria: press watchdog – Yahoo News

It said Joumaili was 34 and married with three children.He was from the city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, a key battleground in the insurgency that followed the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and had previously worked for Al-Jazeera International and Reuters.In recent months, ISIL has kidnapped dozens of Syrian activists and news providers, […]

PressTV – PLO rejects French report on Arafat’s death

\”The French report is politicized and is contrary to all the evidence which confirms that the president was killed by poisoning,\” Wasel Abu Yusef, a member of the PLO’s executive committee, said on Tuesday evening.\”This report is an attempt to cover up what happened in Percy hospital,\” he said of the French military hospital near […]

‘Israel will seek to discredit Obama on Iran’ | The Times of Israel

“Everyone has his own view regarding the Geneva agreement,” an Israeli intelligence source was quoted as saying. “But it is clear that if a smoking gun is produced, it will tumble like a house of cards.”Representatives of Iran and the P5+1 nations are to meet in Geneva this week to discuss unresolved aspects of the […]

Hamas PM granddaughter ‘hospitalised in Israel’ – Yahoo News

\”Amal has crossed the Green Line border with Israel now, and I call on God to grant her health,\” Abdessalam Haniya, the premier\’s son, wrote Sunday on his Facebook page.\”I call on God to grant good health to my daughter Amal, who entered in a state of clinical death,\” he added the next day.Photographs on […]

In Israel, Canada embraces the racism it abolished at home | The Electronic Intifada

Six decades after the Supreme Court delivered this blow to racist property covenants, our Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be promoting a charity that discriminates in land use.A 1998 United Nations Human Rights Council report found that the JNF systematically discriminates against Arab citizens of Israel — who make up about 20 percent of the country’s […]

Syrian govt and opposition both confirm attendance at Geneva 2 — RT News

The complete list of participants in the talks has not yet been agreed upon. The opposition is fighting against Iran’s attendance, arguing that it must stop taking part in the Syrian war if it wants to attend.\”Iran is responsible for and takes part in the killing in Syria in a very clear way. It killed […]

Hackers Broke Into Syria’s Secret Police Computers And Found… Porn – Forbes

The computer expert was a leading member of a youth wing of the Syrian opposition, and fled to Europe in fear of his life after several of his colleagues were arrested by the Mukhabarat, Syria’s feared intelligence agency. The Syrian conflict has become increasingly bloody this year, with a number of chemical weapons atrocities and […]

Revealed: Arnon Milchan – the Hollywood producer behind hits Pretty Woman, Fight Club and LA Confidential who became a real-life James Bond – Americas – World – The Independent

Although Milchan’s clandestine career was widely known, he had never confessed to it in public until now. The Israeli investigative documentary series Uvda “Fact” will broadcast an interview next week, in which Milchan revealed that he facilitated arms deals on behalf of Israel, beginning in the 1960s. Speaking to Uvda host Ilana Dayan, he asked, […]

“‘Mercenary’ is Merely a Cover Story for Russian Soldier or Spook” | The Interpreter

In the follow-up investigation, Fontanka interviewed some of the mercenaries and told the story of the Russian fighters who, like Keystone Cossacks, deployed to Syria on false premises and ultimately abandoned their dysfunctional mission at the first sign of combat. Leaving Syria in disgrace, and having lost a backpack full of incriminating documents, the mercenaries […]

UN warns of deteriorating Gaza humanitarian situation | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

\”In fact I am sorry to report that situations for Gaza\’s 1.7 million people is worse than it was before the hostilities a year ago\” between November 14 and 21, he said.Speaking at a news conference marking the anniversary, Rawley said the fuel and energy crisis was a primary cause of the situation.Robert Turner, head […]

The Insane Story of Russian Mercenaries Fighting for the Syrian Regime | James Miller

But this is not a movie script. This actually happened in September and October, when 267 Russian mercenaries, the \”Slavonic Corps,\” were hired to fight against Syrian rebels between Homs and Deir Ez Zor. Their employer told them that the mission had been cleared by the Russian Federal Security Services FSB and they were initially […]

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