Palestinian women throw stones at the Zionist occupiers during clashes on International Women’s Day, at Qalandia checkpoint in the West Bank, Palestine, March 8, 2014. (Photos: Majdi Mohammed / AP Photo)
Another US drone strike, the fourth since Monday morning, was launched today against northern Yemen, destroying a vehicle in the Jawf Province and killed at least four people.
The Yemeni military has been unable to confirm any of the victims, but claimed one was Ali Juraym, a local who had once fought against US occupation forces in Iraq. The others were predictably dubbed “al-Qaeda suspects.”
"Do you remember when we were people?
Homs, do you remember it?”
Mar. 6 2014
The failure of the Israeli lobby to force Congress to vote for intervention in Syria or for additional sanctions on Iran represents a significant decline in its influence, says Phyllis Bennis.
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Bethlehem, West Bank - Palestine
Muslims are being “cleansed” from the west of the Central African Republic and thousands of civilians risk of being killed “right before our eyes,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has said.
Antonio Guterres told a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday that thousands of Muslims had fled the country as violence between Christians and Muslims continues to take its toll.
His comments came as the country’s foreign minister and the head of the UN both urged the Security Council to send additional international forces to the crisis-torn country.
"Since early December we have effectively witnessed a cleansing of the majority of the Muslim population in western CAR," Guterres said.
“Tens of thousands of them have left the country, the second refugee outflow of the current crisis, and most of those remaining are under permanent threat.”
The shooting of two Palestinian teenage soccer players in the feet comes at a perilous time for Israel, as their future in FIFA will be debated this summer.
Their names are Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, 19, and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17. They were once soccer players in the West Bank. Now they are never going to play sports again. Jawhar and Adam were on their way home from a training session in the Faisal al-Husseini Stadium on January 31 when Israeli forces fired upon them as they approached a checkpoint. After being shot repeatedly, they were mauled by checkpoint dogs and then beaten. Ten bullets were put into Jawhar’s feet. Adam took one bullet in each foot. After being transferred from a hospital in Ramallah to King Hussein Medical Center in Amman, they received the news that soccer would no longer be a part of their futures.
The shooting into the feet of Jawhar and Adam has taken a delicate situation and made it an impossible one. Sporting institutions like FIFA and the IOC are always wary about drawing lines in the sand when it comes to the conduct of member nations. But the deliberate targeting of players is seen, even in the corridors of power, as impossible to ignore. As long as Israel subjects Palestinian athletes to detention and violence, their seat at the table of international sports will be never be short of precarious.
Al-Sabooli’s mother had gone to Radaa with her husband for a doctor’s appointment; they had brought their daughter along for the ride. Most of the other passengers were farmers who went to Radaa to sell their crops. They included Mabruk al-Dobari, 14, who sold qat to support his family because his father was disabled. Rescuers found Mabruk’s body torn apart.(via sukoot)
Tom Finn on the Oscar-nominated documentary about Yemen’s revolution, “Karama Has No Walls”: http://nyr.kr/1obR2ca
In 2011, a month after protests broke out in Yemen against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, an activist sent me a video that had begun to circulate widely online. Filmed from the balcony of an apartment building in the capital, Sanaa, the footage shows a throng of unarmed protesters taking shelter behind a ten-foot wall in the street below. Black smoke is rising from a pile of burning tires on the other side of the wall, where pro-Saleh thugs are crouched, firing rifles at the protesters. During a lull in the shooting, one of the protesters—a young man with a green shawl wrapped around his head—pulls himself up onto the wall. Pumping his fists in the air, the man turns to face the gunmen, then leaps off the other side. Moments later, the crowd surges forward, tears down the wall, and chases the gunmen down the street.
The symbolism was not lost on Yemenis. I asked one of the protesters, Ahmed, a forty-two-year-old grocer and father of three, why he followed the young man over the wall. He brushed the question aside. “I didn’t hesitate. I didn’t even think about it,” he said. “The wall was the regime. We had to tear it down or the revolution would have failed.” Other protesters described the experience in more personal terms. “It changed me. When I went over the wall, I felt as if I’d left a part of me behind,” Yasir, a law student who was shot in the foot that day, said. “My life was out of my hands. I wasn’t scared. I felt powerful.”
The toppling of the wall marked the end of the bloodiest crackdown in Yemen’s history, and the beginning of the revolution that would eventually unseat Saleh after thirty-three years in power. On that day, Friday, March 18, 2011, now known in Yemen as Jumaa al-Karama, or the Friday of Dignity, protesters had gathered for noonday prayers in the place they named Change Square when snipers opened fire, killing fifty-three and wounding hundreds more. The massacre prompted a wave of resignations: ministers, officials, ambassadors, and even the country’s most powerful military general defected. The protests against Saleh, which had been scattered and sporadic, swelled as thousands poured into the square in solidarity.
Israeli forces have razed down an entire Palestinian village in the Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank.
According to reports, the demolition took place in the village of Khirbat Jamal early on Thursday.
Over a dozen families living in the area have been displaced after Israeli bulldozers destroyed their homes.
The Israeli military is preventing human rights activists from visiting the area and helping the villagers.
Demolitions are commonplace in the Jordan Valley as the Tel Aviv regime continues with its policy of settlement expansion in the area. Over 90 percent of the Jordan Valley is under full Israeli military control.