US Condones Israeli Masssacre of Palestinians---Again

Palestinians angry at U.S. veto of U.N. resolution condemning Israel - iht,africa,Palestinians US - Africa & Middle East - International Herald Tribune:

'The Palestinian government strongly condemns the American veto. This decision by the U.S. government gives unlimited cover to commit more massacres of innocent Palestinians,' said Ghazi Hamad, a spokesman for the Hamas-led government. 'This is a shame on the American administration, which says it is trying to promote human rights and democracy in the Middle East.'

The Popular Resistance Committees, a Hamas-linked militant group, made vague threats of violence against America, accusing it of backing the killings on Wednesday.

'The Zionist aggression on Beit Hanoun was supported by American officers who were supervising the killing of our children, women and elderly,' said PRC spokesman Abu Mujahed. 'Therefore America and the Zionist entity are two faces of the same cause and they are going to be treated the same way, as the occupiers of our land. And they have to be held responsible for the consequences of this.'


Italy prosecutors introduce new abuse evidence in CIA kidnapping probe

JURIST - Paper Chase:

Italian prosecutors have reportedly added an 11-page handwritten note to their compilation of evidence in the case of the alleged 2003 CIA kidnapping of Egyptian cleric Moustafa Hassan Nasr in Italy. In the note, Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, claims he was abused by his captors who allegedly issued threats of violence, electric shocks, and physical abuse. Italian judges have yet to authorize a trial in the case.

Prosecutors announced last month that they had completed their investigation into the incident and are once again pressing for the extradition of 26 Americans believed to be involved in the alleged extraordinary rendition. Nasr was reportedly seized by CIA agents with the help of Italy’s Military Intelligence and Security Service (SISMI) on the streets of Milan in 2003 before being taken to an American airbase and on to Egypt.

The Bush Crime Family: "A Reckless Government of Idiots"

The Middle East Reacts to US Elections: "A Reckless Government of Idiots" - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News:

'The US government of Republicans and neo-conservatives, which is a reckless government of idiots, will be reined in with the Democrats taking over the House,' Oraib Rintawi, President of the Al Quds Centre for Political Studies in Amman, told SPIEGEL ONLINE before it was clear that the Senate had also tipped toward the Democrats. ''The ability of the US to fuel crisis and start wars in the region will drop drastically.' The Democratic take-over of Congress 'is in the interest of all parties in the region.'"



Retribution against Bush and his puppet after seminary bombing kills 80

Suicide blast kills 35 Pakistani soldiers | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited:

A huge suicide bomb ripped through a Pakistani military camp today, killing 42 soldiers and wounding 20 more in a dramatic escalation of hostilities between President Pervez Musharraf and militant tribesmen.

Military officials blamed the attack in Dargai, 85 miles north-west of Islamabad, on extremists seeking revenge for last week's raid on a religious seminary in which 80 alleged militants died.


The attack marked the largest ever suicide bombing against Pakistani soldiers and analysts warned that it signalled an alarming escalation of violence in the troubled North West Frontier province, which borders Afghanistan. 'It's the beginning of an insurgency in Pakistan,' said Talat Masood, a retired army general and media commentator. The area around Dargai has been tense since the Pakistani military attacked a madrasa in Bajaur tribal agency, about 30 miles to the north, nine days ago. After the attack, which killed several children, thousands of tribesmen gathered for protests led by radical clerics, who called for bloody retribution against Pakistani, US and British troops. Many blamed the attack on US Predator drones despite strenuous denials by Pakistani and US officials.

Children among 19 killed by Israeli tank fire

Children among 19 killed by Israeli tank fire | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited:

At least 19 Palestinians were killed and 40 wounded when five Israeli shells hit a row of houses in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun this morning.

The dead and injured - including nine children, four women and six men - were sleeping when the first shell hit at around 6am local time. Many of the victims were taken to hospital in their pyjamas.

In response to the attack, Hamas called for attacks on the US. “America is offering political, financial and logistic cover for the Zionist occupation crimes, and it is responsible for the Beit Hanoun massacre. Therefore, the people and the nation all over the globe are required to teach the American enemy tough lessons,” the Islamist group said in a statement sent to the Associated Press.


UN judicial expert slams Saddam trial, urges international court

JURIST - Paper Chase:

UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Leandro Despouy Monday delivered his own scathing verdict on the Iraqi trial process which led over the weekend to a death sentence for ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, urging the rapid establishment of an international tribunal to either reopen the proceeding or consider an appeal process. Cataloging the weaknesses of the Iraqi High Tribunal, Despouy said in a lengthy statement from Geneva that he was especially concerned about such things as:

* Its doubtful legitimacy and credibility. The tribunal has been established during an occupation considered by many as illegal, is composed of judges who have been selected during this occupation, including non Iraqi citizens, and has been mainly financed by the United States....

* The negative impact of the violence and the insecurity prevailing in the course of the trial and in the country. Since its beginning one of the judges, five candidate judges, three defence lawyers and an employee of the tribunal have been killed. Moreover, another employee of the tribunal has been seriously injured.

* Finally, and most importantly, the lack of observance of a legal framework that conforms to international human rights principles and standards, in particular the right to be tried by an independent and impartial tribunal which upholds the right to a defence.

Bush War Criminals, Beware

War Criminals, Beware:

On November 14 a group of lawyers and other experts will come before the German federal prosecutor and ask him to open a criminal investigation targeting Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales and other key Bush Administration figures for war crimes. The recent passage of the Military Commissions Act provides a central argument for the legal action, under the doctrine of universal jurisdiction: It demonstrates the intent of the Bush Administration to immunize itself legally from prosecution in the United States, even for the most serious crimes.


An earlier case against Rumsfeld was brought two years ago in Germany by CCR on behalf of four Iraqi victims of Abu Ghraib, drawing largely on documents and photos that revealed abuse at the prison. As the case was being considered, a security conference loomed in Munich. Rumsfeld, who could have been served papers or even arrested, refused to attend unless the case was dismissed. It was dismissed February 10; Rumsfeld flew to Germany the next day.

The reason the prosecutor gave for the dismissal was that there was "no reason to believe that the accused would not be prosecuted in the United States"--notwithstanding powerful evidence that the officials who controlled prosecution were themselves part of the conspiracy to commit war crimes. The new complaint will be based on the failure of US authorities to investigate and prosecute high-level officials.


“Every Inch of Iraq Will Be Covered with US Bodies if Hussein Hangs” Say Baathists

Jihad Unspun - A Clear View On The US War On "Terrorism":

The Baath said in its statement that it “forcibly warns the American administration against the consequences of harming the President and his comrades and declares that America will pay an enormous price such as it has never paid in all its history if the President is caused any harm.”

“This is absolutely not a threat,” the Baath statement said, “it is rather a statement of fact.”

The Baath declared: “Our Party demands that the American Administration immediately and unconditionally release the President and his comrades. That is one of the fundamental preconditions for any negotiation such as America is now feverishly striving to hold with the Party and the Iraqi National Resistance.”

“Accordingly,” the Baath statement emphasized, “any [h]arm done to the President will close the door to any possible negotiations and a final resolution will be taken not to allow any American forces to leave in flight from Iraq unless thousands of bodies go out with them in plastic bags or every inch of soil is covered in their bodies strewn around the country. The world will then witness once again, but this time an even more humiliating disorganized and cowardly flight from the green earth in their aircraft amidst the intense artillery and rocket bombardments of the Resistance – a route greater than what took place in Vietnam."

The Arab world awaits the Bush War-Crimes Trial

Reactions vary on Saddam verdict - Los Angeles Times:

'The White House 'needs to justify the deaths of 3,000 American soldiers and prove that the losses were not suffered in vain,' said Vladimir Zhirinovsky, deputy speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament, Itar-Tass reported.

'Bush wanted to prove that he has achieved at least something in Iraq,' Zhirinovsky told Russia's NTV. 'They will postpone everything once the Tuesday election is over. They will postpone it until the U.S. presidential election.'

Some of the most poignant regrets came from the Arab world, where many people continue to live under the harsh dictatorships exemplified by Hussein's rule, but where outrage over the U.S. presence in Iraq runs bitter and fierce.

Ordinary Arabs lamented the trial as a slap at the dignity of the entire Arab world. 'He was the president of an Arab country and this was a political trial carried out under American occupation,' said Lebanese restaurant worker Jamal Ajoub, 42.

Lawmakers in Amman, Jordan condemned the verdict as illegitimate, calling the tribunal 'a historic farce.'

Even activists who do battle against the repressions of their own governments were quick to condemn the verdict as an American-engineered piece of propaganda.

'The whole proceeding was illegitimate,' said Magda Adli of the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence in Cairo.

'Everyone knows that the crimes and the genocides committed by the occupation during the past four years against Iraqis are equivalent to four times the crimes they claim were committed by Saddam,' she said.

¡Viva Sandinistas! Ortega poised to return in Nicaragua

Ortega poised to return in Nicaragua | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited:

The Sandinista leader, Daniel Ortega, today looked increasingly likely to be returned to power, 16 years after a US-backed rebellion helped to oust him from office.

Preliminary results after 15% of ballots had been counted following yesterday's elections in Nicaragua showed the former president had polled 40% of the vote, in what could be one of Latin America's biggest political comebacks.

Early figures indicated he had opened up a lead of 7% over his Harvard-educated rival, Eduardo Montealegre of the Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance.