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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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SA team sees horror in Haiti

2010-01-19 19:01   Johannesburg – The South African-based Gift of the Givers rescue team had to clear a hospital of 600 bodies in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Tuesday to bring the hospital into operation again.    Gift of the Givers chairperson, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, said the organisation’s first search and rescue …

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SA team frees 5 quake survivors

2010-01-20 10:40   Johannesburg – Five people, among them a 60-year-old woman, were pulled out alive from a destroyed hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday by SA’s Gift of the Givers rescue team, the organisation said on Wednesday.   “After 2.5 hours of intense activity, team leader Ahmed Bham together …

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The Quiet American Goes to Yemen

  By URI AVNERY    The Quiet American was the hero of Graham Greene’s novel about the first Vietnam War, the one fought by the French.   He was a young and naïve American, a professor’s son, who had enjoyed a good education at Harvard, an idealist with all the …

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The airplane bomb plot: Obama continues the cover-up

By Patrick Martin WSWS, January 8, 2010   The statement made by President Barack Obama Thursday about the Christmas Day attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight over Detroit is a continuation of a government-wide cover-up, aided and abetted by the media, of the actions of US intelligence and security …

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Welcome to the out-of-control decade

  We have seen the future, and it doesn’t belong to you   By Rik Myslewski in San Francisco Posted in Software, 31st December 2009 11:02 GMT     Back in the turbulent 1960s, the anti-establishment rabble was often derided as being “out of control.” Fast-forward 50 years to the …

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Cancer – The Deadly Legacy of the Invasion of Iraq

  New America Media, News Digest, Jalal Ghazi, Posted: Jan 06, 2010  Forget about oil, occupation, terrorism or even Al Qaeda. The real hazard for Iraqis these days is cancer. Cancer is spreading like wildfire in Iraq. Thousands of infants are being born with deformities. Doctors say they are struggling …

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Palestinians break Israel’s wall

Monday, November 09, 2009 20:43 Mecca time, 17:43 GMT           Palestinians and foreign activists have torn down segments of Israel’s separation wall in a demonstration marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.   In the town of Qalandiya in the occupied West Bank, …

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