News (Last Updated – Thu. Aug. 27)

Young Afghan freed from Gitmo to take US to court
Thu. Aug. 27 – The young Afghan Guantanamo detainee who has been recently released from the notorious detention facility intends to sue Washington over his “illegal detention”.

Two Old City Jerusalem families forced to demolish own homes
Thu. Aug. 27 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – Two Palestinian families in Jerusalem’s Old City have been forced to demolish their own house after Israeli authorities threatened him with heavy fines if he did not.

Israeli Army breaks into Radio Bethlehem 2000, confiscates its equipment
Thu. Aug. 27 – Israeli soldiers broke into the Radio Bethlehem 2000 station in Beit Jala, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on Tuesday evening and confiscated its equipment.

Netanyahu greeted by angry protestors in London
Wed. Aug. 26 – The demonstrators were protesting ‘the occupation,’ waving Palestinian flags, and signs reading ‘Stop the siege on Gaza,’ ‘Free Palestine,’ and ‘Stop Israel detonators’ and hollered slogans like “Netanyahu’s a war criminal.”

Health-care workers steer clear of swine flu vaccine
Wed. Aug. 26 – While the world waits for an effective swine flu vaccine, a new study finds that the majority of health-care workers refuse to take the vaccine due to its possible side effects.

Swine flu vaccine not considered safe
Wed. Aug. 26 – Even scientists who helped develop the vaccine say they are not going to take it and urge their friends and family not to either, says Wayne Madsen, an investigative journalist and RT contributor.

The Israeli military shoots a Palestinian man in Hebron city
Wed. Aug. 26 – A Palestinian man was critically injured on Wednesday after Israeli troops shot him in the old city of Hebron, southern West Bank.

Most China transplants from prisoners: state media
Wed. Aug. 26 – More than 65 percent of all transplanted organs in China come from executed prisoners, a situation that a senior health official has condemned as improper, state media reported Wednesday.

US deficit to soar towards $1.6tn
Wed. Aug. 26 – The US budget deficit will soar to almost $1.6 trillion (£978bn) this year, the highest on record, both the White House and Congress have warned.

OCHA: “Gaza on the verge of humanitarian crisis”
Wed. Aug. 26 – A report published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed that the Gaza Strip is on the verge of a devastating humanitarian crisis due to the ongoing Israeli siege on the coastal region since more than three years.

Fraud claims mar Afghan election
Wed. Aug. 26 – Allegations of extensive fraud and vote-rigging have marred Afghanistan’s election as the main rival to incumbent President Hamid Karzai paints a bleak picture of the voting.

Venezuela mulls break with Colombia
Wed. Aug. 26 – Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez says he is preparing to break off diplomatic ties with Colombia over Bogota’s plan to give US troops access to its military bases.

U.S. helicopter accidentally dumps Afghan ballot boxes
Wed. Aug. 26 – KABUL (Reuters) – A U.S. military helicopter carrying ballot boxes packed with votes from last week’s Afghan election accidentally dumped some of them somewhere over the rugged mountains of Nuristan, officials said on Wednesday.

Israeli Settlers Push Palestinians to Sleep on the Street
Tue. Aug. 25 – EAST JERUSALEM – Israel’s continued policy of Judaizing East Jerusalem in order to establish facts on the ground before the future of that part of the city is decided has left dozens of Palestinians homeless and sleeping on the streets.

Iran discovers vast new oil reserves
Tue. Aug. 25 – Iran has discovered more than 8.8 billion barrels of oil in four layers of reserves in the country’s southwestern Susangerd oil field.

Hundreds of 9/11 first responders die of cancer
Tue. Aug. 25 – 85 per cent of them are suffering from lung diseases which they say were caused by the huge clouds of dust.

400 Gaza patients face imminent death
Tue. Aug. 25 – The Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip has announced that 400 ICU patients are facing imminent death due to the ongoing Israeli blockade.

In blockaded Gaza, Israeli troops kill again
Tue. Aug. 25 – Israeli troops have killed one Palestinian and injured two others in the north sector of Gaza in yet another violation of a truce signed after Israel’s 22-day war on the strip.

Gaza official: 3 dead, 7 hurt in Israel air strike
Tue. Aug. 25 – GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – An Israeli air strike on a smuggling tunnel between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on Tuesday killed three Palestinians and wounded seven, a Palestinian Health Ministry official said.

Amid Israel ire, Swedish author receives death threats
Mon. Aug. 24 – The Swedish author of a controversial article accusing the Israeli Army of harvesting organs from wounded or killed Palestinians says he has received several death threats.

War to escalate after Afghan election
Mon. Aug. 24 – In the wake of last Thursday’s election in Afghanistan, the US establishment is proceeding with plans for a further expansion of the war. Regardless of which candidate is ultimately installed as the president, their primary task will be to collaborate in stepped-up attempts to crush the growing armed resistance to the US-led occupation in Afghanistan and the border regions of Pakistan.

Afghan elections seen as a setback for women
Mon. Aug. 24 – KABUL – For women, Afghanistan’s recent elections appear to have been more of a setback than a step forward.

Chavez: US plans to dominate S. America
Mon. Aug 24 – Amongst growing Latin American concerns about a new military deal between Bogota and Washington, the Venezuelan president claims that the US wants to use Colombia as a power base, from which to dominate South America.

Guardian investigation uncovers evidence of Israeli war crimes in Gaza – Vid
Sun. Aug. 23 – The Guardian gathered testimony of missile attacks by Israeli drones on clearly distinguishable civilian targets. In one case a family of six was killed when a missile hit the courtyard of their house. Israel has not admitted to the use of More.. drones but military experts say their optical equipment is good enough to clearly identify individual items of clothing worn by targets.

Israel pushes for more settlements
Sun. Aug 23 – Israeli officials are reportedly reviewing plans for the construction of 104 new apartments in east Jerusalem (al-Quds).

More than 200 claims of irregularities in Afghan vote
Sun. Aug. 23 – KABUL (AFP) – Around 225 allegations of irregularities in Afghanistan’s elections have been lodged with a complaints investigator, some of which could affect the results, the body said on Sunday.

Report: No sign of West Bank settlement slowdown
Sun. Aug. 23 – JERUSALEM – There is no sign of a slowdown in the construction of homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank despite Israel’s announcement that it has stopped approving new building, the Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now said in a report issued Sunday.

Israel to sell Spyder missiles to India
Sun. Aug 23 – Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has signed a $ 1 billion deal to sell surface-to-air missiles to the Indian Armed Forces.



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