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22 Aug

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

Israeli army female recruits speak out

Israeli servicewomen train to become army instructors

Two former conscripts speak out in wake of controversial images on Facebook of Israeli servicewoman posing with blindfolded Palestinians……………………… “I left the army with a ticking bomb in my belly,” she said. “I felt I saw the backyard of Israel. I saw something that people don’t speak about. It’s almost like I know a dirty secret of a nation and I need to speak out.”………………………..

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Leaders fear for Netherlands’ image as anti-Islam populist turns kingmaker

20 Aug 2010: Geert Wilders’s plans to joins New York protests against Ground Zero mosque prompt confidential memo to diplomats…………………………
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UN exonerates Shell over pollution in Niger delta

Oil pipelines in Okrika, near Port Harcourt in Nigeria

Outrage after investigation says only 10% of oil pollution was caused by company negligence………………………………………..
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Photo-reportage’s thwarted potential

Photographs of disasters have become mainstream images in the media, leaving us jaded. So what can seize our minds?…………………………….

By Parvati Nair

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Assange claims ‘smear campaign’

  Wikileaks founder tells Al Jazeera that charges against him may be linked to an intelligence operation

Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, has said the now-dropped charge of rape levelled against him in Sweden was “a smear campaign”.

Assange told Al Jazeera on Sunday that while he had been forewarned by Australian intelligence on August 11 to expect a campaign against him, it was unclear who was behind it.

“It is clearly a smear campaign … the only question is who was involved.

“We can have some suspicions about who would benefit, but without direct evidence I would not be willing to make a direct allegation.”

Assange said that the accusations were completely untrue and alleged this was just one of many attempts to discredit him.

“This is the first sexual related we’ve had, but we have seen 14 fabricated
documents, for example, that have appeared in various places about this organisation which have been shown to be clear fakes. So there are significant forces pushing to percieve things in a particular way”………………………………………………

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A hardening of the Canadian heart

Is public opinion swinging against Canada’s historically fair immigration policy?…………………………………………………………………

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