A medical resident from the Druze town of Majdal Shams on the Israel-Syria border was charged Thursday with aggravated assault for attacking a public servant and disorderly conduct as part of his involvement in the Naksa Day events last week. Continue reading →
been reports of defectors) and has been cracking down brutally on civilian protests over the last few months. And, looming always in the minds of Syrians and many around the world are the memories of the 1982 Massacre in Hama, when the current president’s father leveled the entire city, killing around 40,000 Syrians. Continue reading →
From NY Times (I suppose they can be reputable occasionally):
U.S. Is Intensifying a Secret Campaign of Yemen Airstrikes
The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials.
The acceleration of the American campaign in recent weeks comes amid a violent conflict in Yemen that has left the government in Sana, a United States ally, struggling to cling to power. Yemeni troops that had been battling militants linked to Al Qaeda in the south have been pulled back to the capital, and American officials see the strikes as one of the few options to keep the militants from consolidating power.
The Cabinet of the Palestinian Authority, in its session held on Tuesday, 17 May 2011, decided to postpone the local elections which were scheduled to be held on 9 July 2011. According to the new timeline, the elections will be held on 22 October 2011.
This decision came in light of the national reconciliation agreement, and as a response to a suggestion made by the CEC on 7 May 2011 to postpone the elections for a maximum of 90 days. The reason for the postponement is to provide an opportunity for all voters and parties to be registered and nominated and to participate in free and democratic elections conducted on the same day in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
icopters and bulldozers, surrounded the village. Within three hours, the Israeli Land Authority (ILA) razed the entire village to the ground, leaving 300 people including women and children without shelter or water in the peak of summer in the desert.
In total, 46 structures (including 30 homes) were completely destroyed along with sheep pens, chicken coups, orchards and olive groves—the source of the villagers’ livelihood. More than 1,000 trees were uprooted and discarded. Residents were given no time to recover their belongings from their homes and assets such as generators, cars and tractors were seized.
“Where were you? They came a half hour ago with the bulldozers but no one was here! We were waiting for you!” the women told us when we arrived in Al Araqib on Tuesday afternoon. “We didn’t know, we’re so sorry.”
n seven months. The Israeli Green Corps that carry out demolitions in the Bedouin villages of the Negev had just been there. They had waited until the village men left to pick up the children from school,
A warning, in advance: this turned into a much larger project than I had anticipated. But the activity was far more engaging and educational than I had foreseen. Also, if someone wants to pay for the inevitable overage charge on my data plan now from all this research, I’d appreciate it.