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Israeli panel’s advice on legalizing settlement outposts could hurt Mideast peace efforts | Detroit Free Press

JERUSALEM — A government-commissioned report released Monday recommended that Israel legalize dozens of unsanctioned West Bank settlement outposts, a move that would defy international opposition to settling land Palestinians want for a future nation. The report, written by a committee with pro-settler sympathies, also reaffirmed Israel’s long-standing position — which is at odds with that of most of the world ...

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Pakistani objection to US drones puts ‘nations at war’, says Kucinich | TBIJ

President Obama’s continued bombing of Pakistan, despite Islamabad’s repeated calls for the CIA to halt its attacks, means the two nations may technically be at war, says a US Congressman. Dennis Kucinich, who has represented Ohio since 1996, described the US covert drone programme as ‘vigilantism conducted by robots’. In an interview with the Bureau, Democrat Kucinich voices withering criticism ...

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Kuwait: Stateless Community Continues Protesting | Global Voices

The stateless community in Kuwait (Bedoon) has been protesting for their rights to documents and citizenship since February 2011. The community has been denied, for more than two decades, their rights to health care, education, employment, and all legal documents. Regularly, the community protests in their isolated areas in Taimaa and Sulaibiya, resulting in countless arrests despite the fact that ...

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Can Libya’s New Leaders Curb the Violent Militias? | Counterpunch

A Legacy of HatredHatred by PATRICK COCKBURN Libyans voted in their first democratic election yesterday to choose an interim national assembly to rule the country after the overthrow of Mu’ammer Gaddafi. International interest in this crucial election has been sparse compared to the wall-to-wall coverage by the foreign media during the eight-month war. via Can Libya’s New Leaders Curb the ...

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Why Russia Supports Syria | NYTimes.com

By RUSLAN PUKHOV MANY in the West believe that Russia’s support for Syria stems from Moscow’s desire to profit from selling arms to Bashar al-Assad’s government and maintain its naval facility at the Syrian port of Tartus. But these speculations are superficial and misguided. The real reason that Russia is resisting strong international action against the Assad regime is that ...

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Israel Won’t Cooperate With UN Probe of West Bank Settlements | Antiwar.com

Slams Idea of Probing West Bank on Principle by Jason Ditz Israeli officials today reiterated their “outrage” at the United Nations Human Rights Council for deciding to probe illegal settlement activity in the occupied West Bank, adding that they would never cooperate with any probes and would bar any members of the mission from entering the territory. The UN appointed ...

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Veteran Israeli soldiers speak out about service | Maan News Agency

The Israeli organization Breaking the Silence has collected testimonies from 800 veteran Israeli soldiers who served in the West Bank and Gaza. In a new campaign, it has released video testimonies of six former soldiers describing their experiences. A soldier describes an incident in which a company of soldiers, including the battalion commander, assaulted a detained Palestinian. A soldier in ...

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US Airstrikes in Yemen Kill Civilians, Survivors Vow Revenge Against America | Antiwar.com

Follow-up strikes on rescuers fleeing to the scene frequently kill and injure civilians by John Glaser The true casualty figures of US drone strikes in Yemen “don’t always match up” with “the official version of events,” according to an investigation by National Public Radio. Visiting the site of an airstrike in the southern town of Jaar that took place in ...

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Wikileaks Releases Syria Files | Global Research

Today, Thursday 5 July 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing the Syria Files – more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012. This extraordinary data set derives from 680 Syria-related entities or domain names, including those of the Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport and Culture. Over ...

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Afghanistan aid pledges hide rehashed promises and familiar corruption fears | guardian.co.uk

International donors have lined up to pledge $16bn (£10bn) in aid for Afghanistan until 2015, but the bold figure masked recycled promises and concerns over corruption. Anti-graft provisions for the world’s fourth-most corrupt country contain many demands but little to enforce them beyond a general threat to cut funds. Civil society groups said they were welcomed but their demands ignored. ...

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