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Iraq: Sunni coalition says militia-backed security forces kidnapped 50 people (midd) - 16-sep-2014

August 26, 2014 -Iraq's Uniters for Reform coalition, or Muttahidoon, a Sunni coalition led by Usama Al-Nujayfi, said on Monday that armed militias backed by security forces are active in the "Baghdad belt" where they have kidnapped 50 people in the Shakriya area near Yusufiya.Member of Parliament Ahmed Al-Massari said, during a press conference at parliament along with a number of MPs, that the kidnapped belong to the Kartan and Al-Ezza tribes.He revealed that they were kidnapped at a security checkpoint under the responsibility of Division 17, in cooperation with armed militias that he did not name. The Iraqi MP pointed out that, as of yet, he does not know the fate of those kidnapped...

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Al-Moallem: Syria at the heart of the international coalition against the Islamic State (Middle East Monitor) - 16-sep-2014

August 26, 2014 -Syria has announced its readiness to cooperate with the international effort to fight the Islamic State, after the US announced that it is considering expanding its operations against the militant group into Syrian territories. Al-Alam Online news website reported that Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moallem, whose government has been ignored by Western powers, spoke about his country as a vital partner against the Islamic State, which has seized control of parts of Syria and Iraq.In a press conference broadcast by Syrian state television, Al-Moallem said that both geographically and in terms of operations management, Syria is at the heart of the international coalition to fight the Islamic State and called on concerned countries to coordinate with his government if they are serious in the fight against terrorism...


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Syria News - August 25, 2014 (Local Coordination Committees of Syria) - 16-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 - Idlib: 1 Martyr from Kafrlata village was reported after being targeted by regime forces' snipers...Deir Ezzor: Child Ahmad Orabi Mahmoud Jomaa was martyred due to a mortar shell that landed in Abo Abed neighborhood. Hama: Lattamna: A martyr and many wounded were reported due to explosive barrels shelling on the city... Deir Ezzor: A child was martyred and many wounded were reported due to mortar shelling in Abo Abed neighborhood... Damascus Suburbs: Zabadany: Huda Abdallah and Lina Mohammad Yousof were martyred due to explosive barrels shelling on the city...


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OIC, GCC condemn Iraq sunni mosque massacre (SPA) - 16-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have condemned the heinous crime perpetrated by armed militiamen who stormed Mos’ab ibn Omayr Mosque in Diyala Province, Iraq on Friday. The attack caused the death of 73 innocent worshippers; scores of others were severely injured. The secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani, offered his condolences to the bereaved families of the victims and prayed for the swift recovery of the wounded. Madani denounced this and similar criminal acts that feed on sectarian strife..

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On the 50th Day of Israeli Offensive on Gaza:14 Palestinians, 10 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 2 Women and 6 Children, Killed and 120 Others, Including 38 Children and 31 Women, Wounded; 27 Houses, Charity, 2 Mosques, Workshop and Poultry Farm Destroyed (The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)) - 16-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 50th consecutive day in violation of the international law. They have employed their full-fledged arsenal to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, sea and land, killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians, mostly civilians, including children and women. Many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes that attacked their homes without prior warnings. Israeli forces have attacked homes and civilian facilities and property. In the past 24 hours, Israeli forces have escalated their airstrikes targeting more houses in densely populated areas in disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians. Last night, they attacked civil and service organizations clearly targeting the infrastructure of the civil society. Israeli forces have continued their threats to launch a new ground operation....

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Three Questions for Hamas (Richard Falk) - 16-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 - There is no doubt that Hamas has exhibited extraordinary resilience under the most difficult of conditions that have bedeviled its period of political leadership in the Gaza Strip that started in 2007. It also seems clear as persuasively argued by Sandy Tolan in a valuable Common Dreams article [Tolan, "Blown Chances in Gaza: Israel & U.S. Miss Many Chances to Avoid War, Aug. 13, 2014] that Hamas pursued multiple initiatives starting in 2006 designed to achieve calm and quiet in its relations with Israel, and that these initiatives, including back channel reassurance about peaceful intentions, were rebuffed without even being acknowledged by either Israel or the United States. It also seems the case that Israel acted to provoke the three most sustained military onslaughts directed at Gaza since 2008, and in each has relied on disproportionate force, inflicted numerous civilian casualties, and acted in a manner defiant of international humanitarian law. ...

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Iraq snapshot - August 25, 2014. (The Common Ills) - 15-sep-2014

August 25, 2014- Friday, United for Peace and Justice finally issued a statement on Iraq . . . and Gaza . . . and Ferguson... If you thought other organizations would suddenly find their voices, you were wrong.Let's survey the ruins of the peace movement of the '00s.CODEPINK? They called for aid not bombs -- on August 8th, they made that call. They've done nothing since. It's hard to be a faux activist, you understand.It's even harder for cowards and the spineless to call out US President Barack Obama.Which is why the so-called Iraq veterans of Iraq Veterans Against the War didn't call out Barack. The little tykes last whined and pissed their diapers back on June 19th when they ran an open letter to non-US President John Kerry. It was about Iraq. It was their last statement about Iraq. June 19th.I know John. I've still got the spine to call him out but our big brave babies of IVAW can't call out Barack. Poor little useless babies. Maybe they can change their name to Iraq Veterans Against the War Except When A Democrat's In The White House?Military Families Speak Out?Against what? Against what do they speak out? They've completely ignored Barack sending waves of troops into Iraq in the last weeks as well as the US bombings. So exactly what do they speak out against? A.N.S.W.E.R. spoke out. Back on June 23rd. Two months ago.Guess Iraq fixed itself without any need for effort on the part of A.N.S.W.E.R. which left the organization free to pursue other things -- like Hobby Lobby...

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VIDEO: 15 tear gas grenades and 5 stun grenades fired at schoolchildren (International Solidarity Movement) - 15-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 - Today in al-Khalil (Hebron), Israeli forces fired 15 tear gas grenades and canisters, as well as five stun grenades at children as they waited to go to school.Each morning and afternoon the children of al-Khalil, some as young as four-years-old, are forced to cross through a checkpoint manned by Israeli border police. This morning, the second day of school after summer break, four young teenagers threw stones at the checkpoint and Israeli forces present threw two stun grenades. An ISM volunteer who was present at the checkpoint stated, "I was standing with my fellow ISM’er next to two young boys who were both under six-years-old. We were all very close to the stun grenades...

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Guantánamo Torture Victim Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Harrowing Memoir to be Published in January 2015 (Andy Worthington) - 15-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 - In January 2015, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a prisoner at Guantánamo, will become the first prisoner still held to have his memoir published. Guantánamo Diary, which he wrote by hand as a 466-page manuscript, beginning in 2005, will be published in the US by Little, Brown and Company and in the UK by Canongate, and the date of publication is January 20, 2015. His lawyers tenaciously fought for seven years to have his diary declassified, and were ultimately successful, although parts of it remain classified. The publishers describe it as "not merely a vivid record of a miscarriage of justice, but a deeply personal memoir — terrifying, darkly humorous, and surprisingly gracious", and "a document of immense historical importance"....

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Barack Obama, Murderer (Cory Massimino) - 15-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 - In early August, US president Barack Obama authorized airstrikes targeted at artillery used by the Islamic State extremist group against Kurdish forces defending Irbil, Iraq’s Kurdish regional capital. The Pentagon explained this decision by claiming the artillery was "near US personnel." Fast forward nearly two weeks and kidnapped American journalist, James Foley, is gruesomely beheaded by an ISIS militant on video that has made its way through the Internet for everyone to see....

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Israel promises to continue the slaughter (Eric Ruder) - 15-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 - ISRAEL IS once again raining terror from the skies over Gaza. Its war machine is leveling entire apartment blocks, even as it persists in its claim that its "precision" strikes are "proportionate."nThe resumption of Israel's war on the people of Gaza follows the collapse of negotiations in Egypt between Israeli and Hamas officials, which were supposed to reach a lasting truce following Operation Protective Edge, as Israel has dubbed its third military offensive against Gaza in the last six years...

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Egypt deports Palestinian Syrians back to conflict zones (Tom Rollins) - 15-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 — Two Palestinian refugees from Syria, Youssef Farid Youssef and Hamza Issa, currently spend their days and nights at Cairo International Airport in a national security limbo furnished by fast-food chains and onlooking security guards.The Egyptian government is keeping them here with a choice, of sorts — deportation to the Gaza Strip or Syria — one week after another 13 Palestinian-Syrian refugees traveling with Youssef and Issa were forcibly deported to Damascus on Aug. 14, according to Amnesty International. Among the 13 was Youssef's father, who he says is now staying in a refugee camp in Damascus....


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Nouri's Iraq: Iraqi military just bombed and killed . . . Iraqi soldiers . . . in military headquarters (The Common Ills) - 15-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 - When Iraq's 'well trained' military officials call in strikes on 'terrorists,' there's always a strong chance -- a very strong chance -- that they're killing civilians. It's not like 100% of the time it happens, though.
Sometimes, for example, they instead end up killing other Iraqi military. Yet again, that's happened today. National Iraqi News Agency reports 2 Iraqi soldiers are dead, six more injured, as a result of a bombing "mistake" that hit, get this, the "military headquarters." Yeah. Not just soldiers on the road mistakenly bombed, but "headquarters belonging to the regiment fourth brigade." Well, they're only as good as their leader...


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The difference between children (By Gideon Levy) - 15-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 - After the first child, nobody batted an eye; after the 50th not even a slight tremor was felt in a plane’s wing; after the 100th, they stopped counting; after the 200th, they blamed Hamas. After the 300th child they blamed the parents. After the 400th child, they invented excuses; after (the first) 478 children nobody cares. Then came our first child and Israel went into shock. And indeed, the heart weeps at the picture of 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman, killed Friday evening in his home in Sha’ar Hanegev. A beautiful child, who once had his picture taken in an Argentinean soccer team shirt, blue and white, number 10. And whose heart would not be broken at the sight of this photo, and who would not weep at how he was criminally killed. "Hey Leo Messi, look at that boy," a Facebook post read, "you were his hero."...

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More bombing of Iraqi Civilians by American Occupation is not the Solution to Iraq’s Problems (by Dr. Souad Al-Azzawi) - 15-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 - Dear Friends, As you know, there have been a huge disinformation campaigns related to what’s been going on in Iraq and what ISIS has been committing in Mosul. The continuous American Bombing of villages and populated areas will not solve the problem simply because there have been too many victims among civilians associated with this bombing and - in addition - the destruction of more infrastructure and residents properties. The American forces are not a non-bias party within the context of this conflict or situation. In reality they have created this planed chaos and mess through the occupation of Iraq since 2003. The American’s have their own agenda of destroying Iraq and divide it into three or four weak Federations, begging them to keep their military basis for ever to control all oil fields and other resources....Each family opposes Maliki's Iranian policy is being accused of terrorism. In Mosul they call them ISIS. That would include areas and families of other Tribal Revolutionaries, and other resistance factions. ..

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All the Masks Have been Removed (By Tamar Fleishman) - 15-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 -During each and every one of the Fridays on the Ramadan month, the authorities of the Israeli occupation implement rules for the sake of appearances:The appearance of alleviations.The appearance of humanitarianism.
The appearance of consideration. The appearance of freedom of ritual.
This year the appearances have been removed. All the masks have been removed. During the four Fridays of the Ramadan month in Qalandiya checkpoint the occupation had been disclosed, and all its shame was made visible in the public sphere. The public sphere was in the hands of the armed thugs alone...

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Playwright Wallace Shawn translates ADL ad justifying Israeli child murder into plain English (Ali Abunimah) - 15-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 - Playwright and actor Wallace Shawn has responded to this Anti-Defamation League (ADL) ad blaming Palestinians for Israel’s mass slaughter of children in Gaza. Shawn’s brilliant "translation" of the ad into plain English is below. The ad, which appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, was signed by a number of show business executives. It quotes an infamous statement by Golda Meir, the American colonial settler in Palestine who became Israel’s prime minister, justifying Israel’s slaughter of Arab children during her time.Along with ADL National Director Abraham Foxman and National Chair Barry Curtiss-Lusher, The Hollywood Reporter identifies some of those who signed the ADL ad as MGM chairman Gary Barber, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, Nu Image/Millennium Films co-chairman Avi Lerner, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal and Saban Capital Group chairman and CEO Haim Saban...

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In last interview, Auschwitz survivor urged Palestinians "not to give up their fight" (Adri Nieuwhof) - 15-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 - I mourn the loss of Hajo Meyer, a friend who fearlessly raised his voice to combat Zionism and to express his support for the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom and equality. Hajo passed away in his sleep on 23 August, just days after his ninetieth birthday.Hajo was born in 1924 and had to flee alone from Nazi Germany at the age of 14 because the Nazis would not allow him to attend school anymore. His parents sent him to the Netherlands in January 1939. A year later, the Netherlands was occupied by Germany. In 1943, Hajo went into hiding but was captured by the Gestapo in March 1944 and deported to the Auschwitz death camp where the Nazis tattooed number "179679" on his arm....


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Is criticizing Israel worse than murder at the University of Illinois? (David Palumbo-Liu) - 15-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 - There is a very good case to be made that Cary Nelson’s inability to place discussion of Israel — particularly discussion of any strong and committed criticism of Israel — within the bounds of rational thought is merely symptomatic of the double standard the most extreme defenders of Israel employ on a regular basis. Though Nelson, a past president of the Association of American University Professors (AAUP), has been vocal in the campaign against Steven Salaita, it is also important to try to resist concentrating too much energy on someone who daily recedes into insignificance....

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Israeli occupation exterminate 90 Palestinian families in Gaza (Middle East Monitor) - 15-sep-2014

August 25, 2014 -Palestinian medical sources in Gaza have confirmed that 90 Palestinian families were completely exterminated by Israeli forces in their ongoing war on the Gaza Strip.According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, the number of fatalities on the 49th day of the war was 20 with more than 60 wounded. On Sunday, the total deaths since the beginning of the war had climbed to 2,120, including 577 children, 260 women and 101 elderly. The number of wounded also became 10,854, including 3,307 children, 2,042 women and 401 elderly....

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Syria News - August 24, 2014 (Local Coordination Committees of Syria) - 14-sep-2014

August 24, 2014 - By the end of Sunday, the coordination committees were able to document 53 martyrs including 3 women, 2 children and 2 martyrs under torture : 12 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 11 in Daraa; 10 in Raqqa; 8 in Aleppo; 5 in Idlib; 3 in Homs; 2 in Hama and 2 in Deir Ezzor...

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Sunnis in Iraq under a different kind of siege (Associated Press) - 14-sep-2014

August 24, 2014 - For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq’s many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him. In his Sunni family’s ancestral home in Fallujah it was the heavy shelling – first by the Americans in 2004 and then again this past January, when the walls shook and the roof caved in over their heads. In the Baghdad neighbourhood where they have twice sought refuge, it is the persistent fear of a late-night knock on the door by shadowy sectarian militias...The patriarch of a 13-member family says he’s afraid to let his sons leave Azamiyah because their names give them away as Sunni. "They hear Omar and Othman and right away think they are with Daesh," he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. "The [Shiite] militias want to make trouble for anyone who is Sunni."..


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Gaza and the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (by Henry Siegman) - 14-sep-2014

August 24, 2014 - The slaughter of Palestinian civilians and the Dresden-like reduction to rubble of large parts of Gaza by Israel’s military forces in the name of its own citizens’ security has exposed the hypocrisy at the heart of Israel’s dealings with the Palestinians. Israel’s claim to the right of self-defense in order to prevent its victims’ emergence from under its occupation is the ultimate definition of chutzpa. Without entering the debate over whether those rocket assaults were precipitated by Israel’s own violations of truces and cease-fire accords it negotiated with Hamas, as documented by various analysts (including Amira Hass, Peter Beinart, Nathan Thrall, Sara Roy and others), Israel’s claim to self-defense is based on a glaring falsehood...

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Why Aren’t Pseudolefts Demonstrating for “Hands off Daesh” the Way They Did #Syria 1 Year Ago? (notgeorgesabra.wordpress.com) - 14-sep-2014

August 24, 2014 - One year ago, the streets of London and Washington, D.C. were filled with hysterical demonstrators screaming "HANDS OFF SYRIA!" in response to Bashar al-Assad’s gassacre of 1,400 Syrian civilians in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. Today, the streets are empty as American airstrikes hit Daesh positions in Iraq which allowed Yazidi Kurds to escape certain genocide and Kurdish peshmerga forces to re-take a major dam near Mosul. What gives? Why the difference? Where is their principled anti-imperialist agitation? ....

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On the 49th Daye of Israeli Offensive on Gaza:7 Palestinians, 4 of Whom Are Civilians, Including Woman and Her Child, Killed and 92 Others, Including 34 Children and 19 Women, Wounded; Civilian Dies of Previous Wound; 15 Houses, Shopping Center and Mosque (The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)) - 14-sep-2014

August 24, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 47th consecutive day in violation of the international law. They have employed their full-fledged arsenal to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, sea and land, killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians, mostly civilians, including children and women. Many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes that attacked their homes without prior warnings. Israeli forces have attacked homes and civilian facilities and property. On Saturday evening, 23 August 2014, Israeli warplanes bombarded and destroyed a 13-storey apartment building in Gaza City after ordering its residents to evacuated it...

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Canadians Join IDF: Harper’s Government Silent (by Yves Engler) - 14-sep-2014

August 24 , 2014 - ...Two weeks ago Somali-Canadian Mohamed Hersi was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to join al-Shabab. Arrested at Toronto’s Pearson airport before leaving, Hersi was not found guilty of committing or plotting a specific act of violence, but according to the presiding judge, was "poised to become a terror tourist".Yet our government does nothing to hundreds of other Canadians who join a foreign military force to daily terrorize millions of people and often use explosives to kill thousands, most of whom are civilians. It’s unknown exactly how many Canadians participated in Israel’s recent attacks on Gaza but an Israel Defense Force (IDF) spokesperson said there were 139 Canadians fighting in the Israeli military in 2013....

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