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PFLP demands all hidden facts about negotiations be revealed to Palestinian public

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has demanded hidden information relating to the resumption of bilateral negotiations be revealed to the Palestinian public. The Front also urged the Executive Committee of the PLO to take up its responsibilities and duties toward the Palestinian people, who are being ignored, marginalized and denied information that has been kept secret about the “resumption of direct negotiations,” as the U.S. State Department defined the process.

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The Front said that the U.S. Secretary of State’s promise to the Palestinian side, and its pledge to the Israeli side that it would be recognized as a “Jewish state” negate each other, and deny the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and fundamentally deny the Palestinian narrative. This comes in addition to the fact that accepting the State Department’s pledge of “based on the 1967 borders” itself defies the decision of the PLO Central Council and the position of the national and Islamic forces.

Further, the Front warned of manipulation that links the natural and legal right of prisoners to be released, to providing new concessions and so-called “progress in the negotiations.” The Front said that Kerry’s pledges are themselves a retreat from the commitments of former U.S. president Bush, who spoke of ending the occupation that began in 1967, and is reminiscent of the earlier unheeded pledges of the rounds of Mitchell, Ross, Indyk, Condoleeza Rice, and U.S. President Obama at the beginning of his previous term at Cairo University.

This situation requires everyone to raise the voice of our people high to reject negotiations and condemn the suppression of freedoms, arrests and assault by the Palestinian Authority security apparatus against the demnostrators who marched against the negotiations, and to demand the restoration of national unity.

The Front said that relying on these pledges, based on the misleading U.S. policy, is dragging the Palestinian negotiators to continue the pursuit of a mirage of American solutions. Furthermore, it is part of a strategy of deception to cover up the implementation of the schemes of the occupation to Judaize the land and holy places, the displacement of Palestinian people, and to enable the occupying power to circumvent the growing isolation, international pressure, and the international movement for boycott and anti-normalization, while attempting to return the question of Palestine to the morass of liquidation and loss.

 

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Key Rebel Stronghold of Homs Falls to The Syrian Military

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Omar Dahi: Syrian humanitarian crisis escalates as US military mulls intervention –   July 30, 13

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More than 70 Morsi Supporters Killed As Military Clampdown Tightens

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Military carries out second major massacre of Muslim Brotherhood supporters as fears increase of escalating violence and a return of widespread political repression –  July 30, 13

 

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Zionist Saudi King paid 1$ billion to help army remove Morsi

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Saudi political activist, known as Mujtahidd, has revealed that Al Saud government has helped Egyptian defense minister with one billion dollars to topple former president Mohamed Morsi.

Mujtahid who has gathered lots of attention for his tweeter campaign against Zionist Saudi government, said in his latest tweets that Commander-in-Chief of Egyptian armed forces General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who is also country’s defense minister, received a one billion dollar aid from Saudi Arabia for removing Morsi from power on July 3.

Mujtahid wrote Saudi government is now very much concerned that Sisi has failed to establish the new setting in Egypt successfully, as millions of Morsi supporters continue their week-long protests throughout Egypt calling for his return.

“King Abdullah knows well that failure of the coup in Egypt will be a disaster for Al Saud because any new government will be stronger and will adopt anti-Saudi Arabia policies,” he wrote.

He added, “That is why Zionist King Abdullah is one of the supporters of unlimited use of force in cracking down protesters, even if it leads to killing of thousands and even tens of thousands of people”.

“King Abdullah not only supported the coup and tried to convince others to accept new changes, he also helped Sisi not to worry about his most important concerns,” Mujtahid said.

He continued, “Sisi was worried that the crisis would break down the economy and this would hurt reputation of the coup, therefore Zionist King Abdullah pledged to help him receive enough aid to crack down supporters of the law”.

Mujtahid believed what the Egyptian army has received up until now is just a small part of what has been promised by the Saudi regime and according to his findings “much more is on the way”.

He said Saudi King is using his political, financial and media powers to convince US and European officials not to adopt strong stances toward the crisis in Egypt and make as much comments only enough to persuade public opinion in their own countries.

Even though Morsi was removed from power by the force of the army, none of the Western government has recognized it as a coup.

The US administration made a technically legal move to decide not to decide if the Egyptian military’s ouster of the country’s first democratically elected president was a “coup.”

“The law does not require us to make a formal determination … as to whether a coup took place, and it is not in our national interest to make such a determination,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday.

 

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Hamas Reconsiders Alliances After Fall of Mursi

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An Egyptian watch tower is seen in the background as Palestinian Hamas security forces patrol the Rafah area in the Gaza Strip on the border with Egypt on 30 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Said Khatib)

Published Monday, July 29, 2013

There is increasing evidence that Hamas is reconsidering its alliances after having distanced itself from Iran and Hezbollah following the outbreak of the Syrian crisis.

Hamas official Ahmad Youssef revealed to the press that his movement has been conducting meetings with Hezbollah and Iran to repair their relationship. Youssef said that two prominent Hamas leaders met with Iranian officials in Beirut in the presence of representatives from Hezbollah, “in which the strategic relations between the movement and Iran were discussed.”

The news has sparked a great deal of speculation.

“Both sides stressed that their common enemy is Israel, with the understanding that each side understands the other’s position regarding areas of difference,” he added, “particularly when it comes to the situation in Syria.” He denied that the improvement in relations between Hamas and Iran was in any way connected to recent developments in Egypt.

 

A close observer of these discussions explained that earlier attempts at reconciliation – after both the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Tunisia and the emergence of strong differences over the Syrian crisis – had failed, due to the views of a substantial faction within Hamas that saw alternatives in both political and financial assistance. 

The same source added, however, that in a very short time it became clear that the new sources of aid fell short of expectations. Worse yet, Iran had simply diverted its assistance to rival resistance factions in Gaza like Islamic Jihad, the People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and an armed group affiliated with Fatah.

Sources pointed out that while Hamas insisted on their differences over the Syrian crisis, the other side raised concerns about the Palestinian movement’s growing involvement in the rise of the Brotherhood, causing the group’s neglect of its resistance activity in favor of helping Islamist movements consolidate power.

Several weeks ago – after the military wing of Hamas warned of supply shortages – a movement delegation headed by Mousa Abu Marzouq came to Lebanon and held private meetings at the Iranian embassy and with Hezbollah officials.

The meetings produced the following largely positive results: 1) resumption of Iranian financial aid to Hamas, though less than pre-crisis amounts; 2) opening direct channels of communication between Hamas and Hezbollah, particularly over the issue of keeping the Palestinian refugee camps out of the mounting Sunni-Shia tension in Lebanon; and 3) preparation for a leadership meeting between Hezbollah and Hamas, after the latter complained that Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah had not received a high-level Hamas delegation in quite some time.

(Al-Akhbar)

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Saudi women with attractive eyes may be forced to cover even them up, if resolution is passed

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  • Islamic state fears effect of ‘tempting’ eyes on men
  • Says it ‘has the right’ to issue repressive edict
  • Women must already cover their hair and wear full-length black cloak

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Women with attractive eyes may be forced to cover them up under Saudi Arabia’s latest repressive measure, it was reported yesterday.

The ultra-conservative Islamic state has said it has the right to stop women revealing ‘tempting’ eyes in public.

A spokesperson for Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, Sheikh Motlab al Nabet, said a proposal to enshrine the measure in law has been tabled.

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Women in Saudi Arabia already have to wear a long black cloak, called an abaya, cover their hair and, in some regions, conceal their faces while in public.

If they do not, they face punishments including fines and public floggings.

One report on the Bikya Masr news website suggested the proposal was made after a member of the committee was attracted by a woman’s eyes as he walked along a street, provoking a fight.

The woman was walking with her husband who ended up being stabbed twice in the hand after the altercation.

The virtue and vice committee has repeatedly been accused of human rights violations.

Founded in 1940, its function is to ensure Islamic laws are not broken in public in Saudi Arabia.

In 2002, the committee refused to allow female students out of a burning school in the holy city of Mecca because they were not wearing correct head cover.

The decision is thought to have contributed to the high death toll of 15.

They are also banned from driving by religious edict and cannot travel without authorisation from their male guardians.

In September, a Saudi women sentenced to 10 lashes for defying the driving ban was only spared when King Abdullah stepped in to stop the public flogging.

Also in September, the king announced that women would be given the right to vote for the first time and run in the country’s 2015 local elections.

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US Navy Seal Commander, Who Killed Osama Bin Laden, Commits ‘Apparent Suicide’ In Afghanistan

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– UNBELIEVABLE: ‘More Than 20 Navy SEALS From The Unit That Killed Osama Bin Laden’ Die In Helicopter Crash

– US Navy Commander who killed Bin Laden, commits suicide (The Siasat Daily, Dec 25, 2012):

Hyderabad – SEAL Team 4 Commanding Officer Job W. Price commit suicide. He was best known for finding and then killing Osama bin Laden.

Cmdr. Job W. Price, 42, died Saturday, Dec. 22, of a non-combat-related injury while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

Suicide of the Officer of this grade raises many questions among the media, as the team was best known for killing Osama Bin Laden that assaulted his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 1, 2011.

Military officials are looking into the death of Cmdr. Job W. Price as a possible suicide, but that his death remains under investigation.

Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pa., was in charge of coordinating all Team 4 missions.

Price was in Afghanistan supporting stability operations in Uruzgan Province. He was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit based in Virginia Beach, Va.

SEAL Team 4 is among eight SEAL team deployments. SEAL Team 6 is best known among them for finding and then killing Osama bin Laden.

– US Navy Seal’s ‘apparent suicide’ in Afghanistan under investigation (Guardian, Dec 25, 2012):

US military officials are investigating the apparent suicide of a Navy Seal commander in Afghanistan.

Navy Seal Commander Job W Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, died on Saturday from a non-combat-related injury while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan.

A US military official said the death “appears to be the result of suicide”. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the death is still being investigated.

“The Naval Special Warfare family is deeply saddened by the loss of our teammate,” said Captain Robert Smith, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, which manages all Virginia-based Navy Seal teams.

“We extend our condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, and NSW community during this time of grieving.”

Smith added: “As we mourn the loss and honour the memory of our fallen teammate, those he served with will continue to carry out the mission.”.

A US military official confirmed Price was from Virginia Beach, Virginia-based Seal Team 4, which is part of the mission to train Afghan local police to fend off the Taliban in remote parts of Afghanistan.

Price is survived by a wife and a daughter.

Another Must read article: Bin Laden, CIA and The Doctor.

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Ireland: The Emergence of ‘Dissident Loyalism

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Written by Eoin Gilligan

As this article was written on 14 July, during reports of a fourth day of rioting involving the throwing of a pipe bomb at police officers in Crumlin Road in North Belfast and other clashes involving the use of petrol bombs in East Belfast are starting to appear in the media.

These events follow on from extremely violent clashes on the annually July 12th parade as the Orange order attempted to defy the Parades Commission and march through a nationalist area by forcing through a police line on Woodvale Road. On a superficial level the outbreak of serious disorder and altercations between Loyalists and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) as well as reinforcements from Britain seem perverse. How could followers of an ideology based on support for being part of Britain and the crown clash with its upholders of law and order? Yet the political contradictions that belay loyalism and its changing relationship with the British state and cleavages between its rank and file supporters and official political parties are sharpening.

The Orange Order was established as a counter-revolutionary organisation with the purpose of suppressing the struggle for a united Ireland and social revolution through both violent extra-parliamentary action and consolidating a cross-class unionist coalition which would block working class unity. Its origins lie in the British state’s campaign against the United Irishmen led revolutionary movement of the 1790s, which climaxed in the 1798 rebellion. Ever since then the British state has relied on Orangeism and Loyalism more broadly to suppress and divide republican and labour movement struggles.

During the Irish war of independence hysterical loyalist mobs were mobilised in the north to suppress republican activity and enforce sectarian divisions.This was institutionalised in the ‘Orange State’ which emerged in the north from the partition of Ireland in 1921. The Ulster Unionist Party dominated official politics between 1921 and 1972 in a Gerrymandered electoral system whilst Catholics were denied basic civil rights. This was enforced through both the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and ‘volunteer’ Ulster Defence Regiment, little more than state backed paramilitaries. However, loyalism was never simply a state conspiracy it was a mass social and political phenomena with a material basis in the relatively privileged position Protestants enjoyed over catholics in the north. The monopoly on comparatively well paid and secure heavy industrial jobs male Protestant workers enjoyed alongside the stoked up propaganda of the ever present threat of the Catholic church and republicanism, both  in the south and amongst the nationalist population of the north consolidated this cross-class movement.

Yet, tensions have often been present in loyalism between its adherents and the state. During periods of acute economic, social and political crisis populist forms of loyalism utilising the rhetoric of ‘betrayal’ by the British state and professing loyalty to the crown and Protestant religion against the prevailing government in London prepared to sell-out the loyalist cause have emerged. This was evident in 1913 when the Ulster Volunteers’ Force (UVF) was established illegally, but with support of large sections of the military and Tory establishment, in opposition to the Liberal government’s proposals for Home Rule. It was also expressed in 1974 when the Ulster Workers’ [sic!] Council at the behest of both the UVF and Ulster Defence Association (UDA) led a 14 day ‘strike’ against power-sharing with republicans which involved paramilitaries killing 39 people. However, broadly through this period the British security forces continued to cooperate with loyalist death-squad paramilitaries who they saw as being on ‘their’ side against the IRA and the nationalist population more generally.

The current juncture has its origins in the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 and the dismantling of much of what was ostensibly ‘Orange’ about the Northern state. This included the highly damaging requirement that loyalists and nationalists share power, effectively forcing unionist parties to be in coalition with Sinn Fein and more broadly a symbolic recognition of nationalist ‘community’ and social rights such as official recognition of the Irish language and the expansion of large numbers of community projects in nationalist areas.

Alongside this the late twentieth century led to intensified deindustrialisation which eroded many of the privileges that Protestants had traditionally enjoyed whilst the Catholic middle class expanded and profited from the Good Friday Agreement’s provision of jobs and the ensuing property boom. In the period that has followed; the political forces of unionism have become splintered. The Ulster Unionist Party has been replaced by the more extreme Paisleyite Democratic  Unionist Party (DUP) as the main loyalist party. Some DUP members have crossed over to the far-right Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) which decries the Good Friday Agreement and dreams of a return to an idealised version of a past where the protestant population happily lorded over the north and Catholics knew their place.

Loyalist anger has recently been expressed through rioting around the annual July 12th parades. Traditionally Orangemen were able to feel like a king for the day by lighting huge bonfires the night before, topped with Catholic and republican symbols, and spent the next day marching through nationalist communities with the support of state forces.  These parades traditionally served the function of consolidating loyalism’s cross-class bloc and blowing off accumulated steam and anger against the Catholic population rather than the bosses. However, as these parades have become contentious under the post-Good Friday regime they have equally become a battleground between loyalists and the police. Early July has over the last few years seen clashes between the PSNI and loyalist youth.

However, the scale and violence of this year’s protests make clear the gulf of the escalating crisis of loyalism. The extreme nature of the efforts to force their way past PSNI lines at Woodvale Road in a protest march called by the leadership of the Orange Order against the Parades Commission’s decision to ban them from this makes this clear. 47 officers were wounded in an operation that not only involved PSNI officers but reinforcements from across Britain, reminiscent of the days of direct military occupation. Incidents included a baton being taken from officers and then used repeatedly against them and a tricolour being placed over a PSNI Landover and set alight.

We need to be clear that these actions and those that have followed are not the actions of a small minority of dissident troublemakers. Some of those involved in the second of the incidents mentioned were sash wearing official members of the Orange Order rather than merely being young hangers on. This was an official march and in its aftermath there were was an open political clash between the PSNI chief Matt Baggott and the leadership of the Orange Order who had declared the need for protests on July 11th. Baggott argued that leading the protest into a police line with nowhere to go was a failure of leadership and inevitably created the violent situation.

This clash would have been unthinkable in the past. Baggott may well be correct that a riot was the inevitable outcome of this situation, but it’s difficult to argue the Order’s leadership didn’t know this. After all the same day Mervyn Gibson, the Orange Order Grand Chaplain praised the ‘flag protests’ which happened over the winter arguing  “the flag protesters did this generation a great service by waking us from our slumber – apathy, pessimism and defeatism were walking us into a united Ireland.”<  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-23267038> He went onto state that loyalism was engaged in a “cultural war” with republicanism and that the loyalist tradition must be defended whilst the state cooperated in the erosion of its traditions.

This marks a significant step-up in the growing political crisis facing loyalism. It indicates that the flag protests were only one state of a developing situation. Then, as now, on a local level the normal workings of society, and therefore of the capitalist economy, for days and weeks on end were hampered and in some cases totally prevented. The sowing of a violent division between the Orange Order and the state it once rested on is an important development, whilst unionist politicians will struggle to maintain a balance between the Good Friday agreement they are wedded to and have personally benefited from on the one hand and an increasingly hostile population that is pushing the Orange Order into opposition.

Fightback takes no pleasure from these events. It’s not just been officers and Orange marchers but also innocent members of the nationalist community in particular who have been impacted by the events of the last few days, as they also faced the sectarian spite on display during the flag protests. But the current events are a strong expression of the political dead-end Good Friday has provided and symptoms of the deepening social and economic decline that austerity and recession have created.

They confirm that socialism cannot be constructed in the North on the basis of some sort of ‘economist’ pact with loyalism that does not mention ‘the border’ in favour of ‘bread and butter’  or as Connolly called it “gas and water” issues. They are evidence of the sectarian nature of loyalism, the history of the northern state and the highly volatile nature of its modern social and political base.  We can only overcome this by clearly arguing for a solution based on class struggle for a united socialist Ireland. This will not be a short path or an easy road but is the only one which can overcome the quagmire of the north today.

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Food Banks Not Linked With Growing Poverty, Says Millionaire Lord Freud

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Lord Freud, the millionaire Tory minister, has told the House of Lords that there is no evidence that the growth of food banks is linked to growing poverty and hunger – merely that people wish to get food for free.

Freud, a Work and Pensions minister, prompted loud jeers from the Opposition benches when he insisted that the food banks were not considered part of the welfare system.

Former investment banker Freud was responding to a question from Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer, about the issuing of food vouchers by Jobcentre Plus branches for use at food banks.

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Foodbank volunteer Pat Ammundsen gives advice to Ashley Foster after collecting essential Christmas food
 

He told the Lords that food banks were “absolutely not part of our welfare system, in which we have other means of supporting people.”

Challenged by Lord McKenzie of Luton and the Bishop of Truro, Rt Rev Tim Thornton, on the link between benefit delays and people being driven to use food banks, Lord Freud said there was “actually no evidence as to whether the use of food banks is supply led or demand led.

“The provision of food-bank support has grown from provision to 70,000 individuals two years ago to 347,000. All that predates the reforms. As I say, there is no evidence of a causal link.”

Freud said it was “difficult to know which came first, the supply or the demand.”

“Food from a food bank—the supply—is a free good, and by definition there is an almost infinite demand for a free good.”

This week, the Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest network of food banks, reported that70% of families suffering from food poverty with children in primary school education rely in some part on food supplied by schools, either through free school meals or food given out by breakfast or after school clubs.

Trussell Trust foodbanks have recently seen the biggest ever increase in numbers – almost 350,000 people received three days emergency food in 2012-13, 170 per cent more than the previous year.

“We’re meeting parents who’ve gone hungry for days in order to feed their children, and school holidays are always especially difficult with many budgets stretched to breaking point,” Chris Mould, chairman of the Trussell Trust said.

“We are concerned that Lord Freud has failed to understand the reality of hunger in the UK,” said Jonny Butterworth, director of JustFair.

“Families do not use food banks because they like free food, they use them because they are desperate.

“Many British people are forced to rely on food aid because prices for heating, food, rent and travel are rising rapidly, while incomes remain static and social security is being delayed, capped, frozen and cut.”

Liam Byrne, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, told the Independent: “These comments show just how out of touch this Government is. The welfare revolution we were promised has failed.

“Unemployment is up, the benefits bill is soaring £20bn higher than planned, and food banks are growing by the day, yet the only ones getting any extra help from this Government are millionaires.”

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