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“Palestine Enters UNESCO in 107 to 14 Vote” by James Wall’

01/Nov/11

by James M. Wall

To mounting excitement and wild applause, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), voted 107-14 with 52 abstentions, to approve full Palestinian membership in the international body. The vote came on Monday.

Fully aware that the negotiations track pushed by the US and Israel does nothing but enhance Israel’s continued take over of Palestinian land,  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has chosen to enlist the Continue reading

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Kyrgyzstan erupts: Ethnic Clashes created law and order situation

by Umer Sultan

Kyrgyzstan, a Central Asian country and an ally of the United States, is facing law and order situation in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh and Jalal-Abad.

Uzbek woman Matluba at the border along with other refugees. Source: AP

The mob of ethnic Kyrgyzs, armed with guns and metallic rods stormed the city of Osh and Jalal-Abad, setting up the houses of the Uzbeks on fire, and looting and killing Uzbeks. Neither police nor the army has been able to control the situation. The Kyrgyz government requested military assistance from Russia, which is denied because of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Thousands of Uzbeks have fled to the border of Uzbekistan for safety are in presently in Continue reading

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Kyrgyzstan Part1: the Second Tulip Revolution- What just happened?

By Umer Sultan

Police officers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, were attacked by protesters on Wednesday. NY Times

Kyrgyzstan- a Central Asian country and an ally of the United States faced a public uprising yesterday on April 7th, 2010. People gathered and stormed Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. They were welcomed by the riot control forces and with live bullets from the snipers stationed at the presidential office.  Today the opposition was able to take control of the media and the parliament and thus establishing an interim government. By the end of this second Tulip Revolution, the Interior Minister was beaten to death, the President went into hiding while more than 60 people died and over 400 were wounded.

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Results Of Simulated Israeli Strike On Iran! and the left out role of Pakistan

By Umer Sultan

The National Public Radio (NPR news) ran a program on the Talk of the Nation about the Results of the Simulated Israeli Strike on Iran by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy (SCMEP), studied by Kenneth Pollack.

The official details of the simulation can be read here. The NPR program can be listen/ read here.

In brief there were 3 players of the simulation–America, Israel & Iran. The SCMEP had the players reflecting the currect policies of the US and Israeli governments. The simulation time was 8 days, in which Israel attacked the Nuclear facility of Iran without asking or notifying the United States in advance. After the attacks, the US was told by the Israel that this favor has been done by Israel and that US should help Israel in regards to this. The United States was first angry and then tried to keep Israel aside from the scene and tried to control the situation from getting any worse.

Iran, on the other hand, responded by attacking Israel, while Israel started getting hit my rockets from Lebanon and Gaza. Israel had to send a major land military offensive in order to invade Lebanon and Gaza to stop the rockets. By the end of the simulation (8th day) Iran was mining the Straight of Hormuz, Israel was in the middle of the major land offensive, Saudi Arabia got hit by Iran as well (they didn’t believe that Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with this), Syria was supporting Iran but didn’t know what to do of this sudden nuclear exchange…

Pakistan left out:

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Why do Chechans commit Suicide attacks? CPOST research reveals

Map of Chechnya- Source: Worldatlas.com

The New York Times covered a story yesterday on March 30th, 2010, on the research done by the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism on the Chechan suicide attacks, especially by the Chechan women.

Its a very important and informative read. It is also important because of the 2 recent bombings in the Subway in Russia, that Russia is calling it to be the works of “Islamic” Extremists. Even though presently, it is not known who is behind the Russian submay bombings but the article tells us the reasons of the suicide attacks by Chechans in Russia.

Chechnya’s leading rebel commanders, Doku Umarov, issued video statements warning of attacks in Russia proper. “The Russians think the war is distant,” he said. “Blood will not only spill in our towns and villages but also it will spill in their towns … our military operations will encompass the entirety of Russia.” He also made clear that his campaign was not about restoring any Islamic caliphate, but about Chechen independence:

 “This is the land of our brothers and it is our sacred duty to liberate these lands.”

Read the full article in order to understand further.

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