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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Chinese shun Pakistan exodus, India taps US for a security boost, Rafia Zakaria, Robert Fisk: Saddam revisited

Chinese shun Pakistan exodus As security concerns and a poor economy encourage many foreigners to quit Pakistan, the number of Chinese engineers working there has more than trebled this year. Railway projects that will help link the two countries and China to Afghanistan are an important part of their work. - Syed Fazl-e-Haider

India taps US for a security boost Anti-terror ties between India and the United States are deepening, with the prime minister's complex in New Delhi given a full security revamp by American experts and India's home minister visiting Washington to meet top officials. Dismayed with Islamabad's response to last year's Mumbai attack, India is also questioning Washington's continued military aid to Pakistan. - Siddharth Srivastava

In showing the plight of an ordinary family victimised first by nature and second by racism, Eggers has brought together two of the most prominent discourses in American public life. In thus interweaving the story of American Muslims with an American storm, Eggers makes a brave attempt to rescue American Muslims from the burdens of suspicion and otherness that have weighed them down since that fateful day in September, 2001. Muslims in an American story —Rafia Zakaria

Protesters of Toronto festival's Tel Aviv spotlight saluted The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) salutes the filmmakers, artists and cultural workers who drafted and endorsed the Toronto Declaration: No Celebration of Occupation protesting the Toronto International Film Festival's City to City Spotlight on Tel Aviv. The impressive list of signatories includes long-time supporters of a just peace and Palestinian rights and newer friends, all of whom we sincerely thank.

Educational poverty in East Jerusalem (IRIN) Palestinian East Jerusalem lacks public educational facilities and many classrooms are cramped, according to a new report by Ir Amim, an NGO working in East Jerusalem, and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). About 94,000 school age Palestinian children live in East Jerusalem, said the report, which was based on municipality records and public and private schools' enrollment data, and published on 31 August.

In Damascus and Baghdad, it almost feels like the old days. Mutual abuse and recriminations, the recalling of ambassadors – and only a matter of time, perhaps, before Syria and Iraq break diplomatic relations. Iraq's Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, demands an international tribunal because Syria won't hand over a couple of Iraqi Baathists whom he blames for the suicide bombing deaths of at least 100 civilians in Baghdad. Syria snaps back that it's always been a refuge for those facing "injustice". Robert Fisk: Saddam revisited as Iraq accuses Syria of sheltering Baathist bombers

MIDEAST: NGO Reports on Gaza War Belie Israeli Claims by Helena Cobban*
WASHINGTON, Sep 11 (IPS) - This week, two respected human rights organisations - one Palestinian, one Israeli - each came out with very full reports into the extent of the damage caused by the assault Israel waged against Gaza last winter.

RIGHTS-PAKISTAN: ‘The Problem Is We All Work in Silos’ By Zofeen Ebrahim interviews NAFIS SADIK, special adviser to the U.N. Secretary General and special envoy for HIV and AIDS in Asia
BERLIN, Sep 10 (IPS) - As secretary-general of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in September 1994, Nafis Sadik had described this groundbreaking event as a "quantum leap" in reinforcing commitments to addressing infant and maternal mortality, education and reproductive health and family planning.


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