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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

UN Judicial Observer, Jaspal Singh, Israel approves settlement plans, cell phone rates,

Israel approves settlement plans In Middle EastThe Israeli cabinet backs Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to expand West Bank settlements, despite US pleas to the contrary.

Dumped cellphone rate guide made public A sneak peek at the government's scrapped cellphone rate calculator, which would have let consumers compare wireless rate plans online, has been made public.

White House Promises to Reveal Visitor Logs In Campaign Desk
Today, in a truly stunning conclusion to a long series of lawsuits, the Obama administration announced that it will begin to regularly release the vast majority of Secret Service records tracking visits to the White House. Score a big victory for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which tirelessly litigated for

Michael Kinsley vs. Factual Accuracy In Behind the News
In an op-ed published in today's Washington Post criticizing The New York Times's published corrections, columnist Michael Kinsley officially went off the deep end. He argues that publications should not worry about spelling names right or correctly identifying landmarks simply because he finds reading corrections boring. It is within a tenured columnist's rights to dismiss journalistic rigor, but...

Mr Prime Minister Will You Please Listen? by Shabnam Hashmi
An Open Letter to Honble Prime Minister of India in the light of the magisterial enquiry findings into the 2004 killing of Ishrat Jahan and three others in an encounter by Gujarat police. The magisterial report has found out that the four were gunned down in cold blood by police officers eager to get promotions and the appreciation of Chief Minister Narendra Modi

Palestinians Seriously Considering One-state By Jimmy Carter
A more likely alternative to the present debacle is one state, which is obviously the goal of Israeli leaders who insist on colonizing the West Bank and East Jerusalem. A majority of the Palestinian leaders with whom we met are seriously considering acceptance of one state, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. By renouncing the dream of an independent Palestine, they would become fellow citizens with their Jewish neighbors and then demand equal rights within a democracy. In this nonviolent civil rights struggle, their examples would be Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela

Former Gujarat Minister Writes To SIT To Probe Modi's Role Into Gujarat Pogrom By Jaspal Singh
Jaspal Singh in the letter has urged the SIT to investigate in details the communalization of Gujarat and examine the participants (officials as well as ministers) of the crucial meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the day Godhra carnage occurred. In the letter Singh named some officers who attended the meeting, and urged the SIT to examine them

UN Judicial Observer Found Lockerbie Trial A Miscarriage of Justice By Dr. Hans Koechler Statement by Dr. Hans Koechler, international observer of the International Progress Organization, nominated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the Lockerbie trial in the Netherlands (2000-2002), on the agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom and the Libyan Jamahiriya on the remaining issues relating to the fulfilment of all Security Council resolutions resulting from the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie

Lockerbie: Megrahi Was Framed By John Pilger
The governments in England and Scotland in effect blackmailed Megrahi into dropping his appeal as a condition of his immediate release. Of course there were oil and arms deals under way with Libya; but had Megrahi proceeded with his appeal, some 600 pages of new and deliberately suppressed evidence would have set the seal on his innocence and given us more than a glimpse of how and why he was stitched up for the benefit of strategic interests

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