The top leader of Hamas dared Israel on Monday to launch a ground invasion of Gaza and dismissed diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the six-day-old conflict, as the Israeli military conducted a new wave of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Palestinianenclave, including a second hit on a 15-story building that houses media outlets. A volley of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel included one that hit a vacant school.
Speaking at a news conference [...]
November 18, 2012
Gaza City: Israel pounded Gaza enclave with a barrage of missiles from land and sea for a fifth day on Sunday, killing at least three children, targeting media houses and threatening to “send Gaza back to the Middle Ages”.
At least eight Palestinian journalists were injured when air raids hit buildings housing local media offices today in strikes that have already claimed nearly 60 lives.
While the first round [...]
Not sure how accurate this news is, if its true no doubt we will soon hear of it from other sources.
I would certainly not want to be to be about in Gaza.
Palestinian fighters have downed an Israeli warplane flying over the Gaza Strip as retaliatory rocket attacks from the enclave continue to sound alarms across Israel.
According to Hamas sources, the Israeli F-16 fighter jet was shot down on Friday.
from Russia Today:
Israel says all male members of Hamas are now targets. Warplanes are dropping leaflets over Gaza, warning Palestinians to keep away from militant positions. RT spoke to a film-maker and activist Harry Fear in the embattled enclave, who says civilians are bearing the brunt of the Israeli onslaught.
BREAKING: It has been reported that Egyptian tanks backed By commandos are moving into the Sinai desert in order to fortify positions in the case of an all out war between Israel and Gaza after an Israeli operation killed the head of the military wing of the Islamist group Hamas in a missile strike on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and launched a campaign of air strikes on the enclave.
Al Arabiya English:
Turkey’s Erdogan says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his circle are close to departing from power
Deputy Head BBC Newsroom:
“TURKEY’S ERDOGAN SAYS SYRIA’S ASSAD AND HIS CIRCLE ARE ABOUT TO GO, PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR “NEW ERA”
In Syria massacres, some see signs Assad trying to carve out breakaway Alawite enclave
BEIRUT — In the recent sectarian violence in Syria, some observers see a grim pattern: Alawite fighters from President Bashar Assad’s [...]
Egypt and Tunisia agree on the importance of supporting the Syrian people until they gain their freedom, however both countries are against any foreign military intervention, the newly-elected Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi said on Friday.
Mursi made the comments at a joint press conference with the Tunisian President Moncef al-Marzouki in Cairo, aired by the Egyptian state TV.
Meanwhile, Marzouki stressed the importance of seeking diplomatic solutions in Syria.
Tunisia was the first [...]
President Obama appears to be mostly taking the week off, making a rare sojourn at Camp David through Tuesday before celebrating the Fourth of July and then heading out on the campaign trail.
Obama presumably also has his usual August vacation lined up as well, though it’s not been announced where he will be headed. It is known, though, that with an election coming up, Obama will not be restoring himself [...]
Last month, Japanese officials visited Palisades Park, a suburban enclave across the Hudson River from New York City, with a curious request: they wanted the town to remove a small plaque in front of the public library.
In 2010, Palisades Park installed a memorial to the thousands of Korean women and girls that were enslaved by the Japanese during World War II.
The town says that it is the first such dedication [...]
President Obama erred during a speech at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, when attempting to call the disputed archipelago by its Spanish name.
Instead of saying Malvinas, however, Mr Obama referred to the islands as the Maldives, a group of 26 atolls off that lie off the South coast of India.
The Maldives were a British protectorate from 1887 to 1965 and the site of a UK airbase for nearly [...]
(Reuters) – The Israeli navy on Tuesday seized a French yacht carrying pro-Palestinian activists intending to sail to the blockaded Gaza Strip and forced it to go to Israel’s Ashdod port, a military spokeswoman said.
There were no reports of violence as the marines boarded the “Dignite-AlKarama” yacht in the eastern Mediterranean, she said.
“I can confirm that the yacht has been boarded and that everything went [...]
Foreign Policy In Focus
The Obama administration appears to have given a green light to an Israeli attack on an unarmed flotilla carrying peace and human rights activists — including a vessel with 50 Americans on board — bound for the besieged Gaza Strip. At a press conference on June 24, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized the flotilla organized by [...]
6 + 4 = 1 Tenuous Existence
by Sam Quinones
Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2006
“With two teenage daughters at home and triplets still in diapers, Angela Magdaleno’s family overflowed from a one-bedroom apartment in South Los Angeles that they strained to afford.”
Diapers had to be changed 15 times a day, feedings held every three hours. One triplet, 3-year-old Alfredo Jr., needed special attention because he was [...]