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15 Oct

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The Survivors

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New settlements imperil talks

Palestinians criticise plan to build around 240 new homes in East Jerusalem, a move that could stall direct talks.

Last Modified: 15 Oct 2010 14:55 GMT

 

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Israel ‘declares war on its people’

The Bedouin village of Al Arakib has been razed five times since July, sparking cries of ethnic cleansing………………………………………………………………………………..

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A groundbreaking investigative programme, which looks at the use and abuse of power…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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Johann Hari: Obama’s robot wars endanger us all

 The drones have killed some jihadis. But the evidence suggests they create far more jihadis than they kill – and make an attack on me or you more likely with each bomb

Imagine if, an hour from now, a robot-plane swooped over your house and blasted it to pieces. The plane has no pilot. It is controlled with a joystick from 7,000 miles away, sent by the Pakistani military to kill you. It blows up all the houses in your street, and so barbecues your family and your neighbours until there is nothing left to bury but a few charred slops. Why? They refuse to comment. They don’t even admit the robot-planes belong to them. But they tell the Pakistani newspapers back home it is because one of you was planning to attack Pakistan. How do they know? Somebody told them. Who? You don’t know, and there are no appeals against the robot.

Now imagine it doesn’t end there: these attacks are happening every week somewhere in your country. They blow up funerals and family dinners and children. The number of robot-planes in the sky is increasing every week. You discover they are named “Predators”, or “Reapers” – after the Grim Reaper. No matter how much you plead, no matter how much you make it clear you are a peaceful civilian getting on with your life, it won’t stop. What do you do? If there was a group arguing that Pakistan was an evil nation that deserved to be violently attacked, would you now start to listen?

 

This sounds like a sketch for the next James Cameron movie – but it is in fact an accurate description of life in much of Pakistan today, with the sides flipped. The Predators and Reapers are being sent by Barack Obama’s CIA, with the support of other Western governments, and they killed more than 700 civilians in 2009 alone – 14 times the number killed in the 7/7 attacks in London. The floods were seen as an opportunity to increase the attacks, and last month saw the largest number of robot-plane bombings ever: 22. Over the next decade, spending on drones is set to increase by 700 per cent…………………………………………………………………… 

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The earth takes and gives back: After February's earthquake, survivors gathered in Santiago

My country Chile, reborn from the ashes

Jaime Collyer: This year’s disasters have tested a nation already suffering with the legacy of political strife. But Chile’s spirit is unbroken.

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Israeli soldiers ‘shot at children collecting gravel by Gaza border’

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

The Israeli military has been urged to investigate the recent shootings of at least 12 impoverished Palestinian teenagers and young men collecting gravel in an effort to eke out an income within 800 metres of Gaza’s heavily guarded northern border………………………….

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