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Rising Turkey Versus Receding Arabs

31 January 2010 – Political Opinion Khalid Amayreh Desert Peace   While most Arab states are basking in their impotence and bickering amongst themselves over a long list of issues, Turkey is slowly, but definitely, asserting itself as a leading power in the Middle East, besides Israel and Iran. Turkey, …

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Why does the US turn a blind eye to Israeli bulldozers?

Robert Fisk   Saturday, 30 January 2010     “Palestine” is no more. Call it a “peace process” or a “road map”; blame it on Barack Obama’s weakness, his pathetic, childish admission – like an optimistic doctor returning a sick child to its parents without hope of recovery – that …

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China attacks US for online warfare in Iran

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 04:56:14 GMT   A Chinese Communist Party editorial says the election unrest in Iran was an example of US ‘naked political scheming’ behind a facade of free speech.   The United States used “online warfare” to stir up unrest in Iran after last year’s election, the …

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Report: US weapon test aimed at Iran caused Haiti quake

(If you wondered why the US rushed to secure Haiti as if it were a military operation, the article below might be the answer)   Sat, 23 Jan 2010 10:34:46 GMT   An unconfirmed report by the Russian Northern Fleets says the Haiti earthquake was caused by a flawed US …

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Earthquake ‘swarm’ shakes Malawi

NICOLE JOHNSTON – Jan 22 2010 14:17   While the world is fixated by the horror in Haiti little attention has been paid to at least 30 earthquakes that have rocked Malawi in the past month — the largest measuring 6,2 on the Richter scale.   Scientists are calling the …

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Haiti Elderly Suffer With Help Just a Mile Away

Published on Thursday, January 21, 2010 by the Associated Press by Alfred deMontesquiou   PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – More than a week after their nursing home collapsed, dozens of elderly Haitians are still begging for food and medicine in a downtown Port-au-Prince slum barely a mile from the international airport where …

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Man gets death for 100 rapes

2010-01-20 20:03     Riyadh – A Saudi man reported to have raped more than 100 women after posing as a spell-caster to lure them into his clutches has been sentenced to death, Saudi media reported on Wednesday.   The “Qatif sorcerer” was originally sentenced to 10 years in prison …

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Israel Crushes Local Dissent, Attacks Global Criticism

Mel Frykberg    RAMALLAH, Jan 20 (IPS) – Israel is lashing out at international criticism and attempting to crush local dissent in what appears to be growing sensitivity to reproach of its policies. Several recent incidents have dominated media headlines, including the arrest of a Jewish-American journalist on the grounds …

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The Guantánamo “Suicides”: A Camp Delta sergeant blows the whistle

By Scott Horton   1. “Asymmetrical Warfare”   When President Barack Obama took office last year, he promised to “restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great.” Toward that end, the president issued an executive order declaring that the extra-constitutional prison …

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