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Fascists? Look who's talking
Nexis, which also surveys the Canadian press, found that newspapers owned by CanWest Global Communications, a group that owns the country's Global Television Network as well as the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen and the Montreal Gazette and several other regional newspapers, were also among the most consistent propagators of the "fascism" paradigm and ranked far ahead of other Canadian outlets in the frequency with which they used keywords such as "appeasement" and "fascist" in connection with Iraq and Iran. The CanWest Global group is run by members of the Asper family whose foreign-policy views have been linked to prominent hardline neo-conservatives in the US and the right-wing Likud Party in Israel.

Was There Really An Attack On Israeli Soldiers?

Open Letter Re US Policy in the Middle East -From People in the United States Who Believe that Only Justice Will Bring Peace
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter-Martin Luther King, Jr.Dear Sisters and Brothers Living With War,We write to you in anguish, to express what cannot possibly be contained in words. We need a new language to speak about what humanity means and still can mean, what our humanity must create in this danger.We send our solidarity, our commitment, our love. We write to let you know that many in this country are organizing, educating, protesting, and engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience to change US policy in the Middle East.

Israeli court sends captured Hamas leaders for trial
An Israeli military court on Thursday ordered 15 Hamas leaders, including two Cabinet ministers and the speaker of Palestine's Parliament, to go on trial charged with membership of an outlawed organisation. The group, 12 of them elected members of the Parliament, appeared in court at Ofer Camp on the occupied West Bank. At trial on December 12 they face a maximum jail sentence of 10 years if convicted.

Israeli police capture asylum-seeking Palestine man in UK Embassy compound
The 28-year-old had threatened to shoot himself on live television if his request was not granted. Police told Israel's Channel 10 TV that initially it was thought the man was armed, but later it was discovered he had a toy gun. Reuters said he told another Israeli broadcaster, Channel 2, "Someone should come and help me. No one wants to help me." Injaz is a police informer and feared for his life.

K.C. Peace Conference Focuses On Palestine-Israei Conflict
A Regional Peace Conference will be held Oct 20-21

Palestine Observer to UN Calls for Compelling Israel to Cease Military Attacks
"We reiterate that for all of these war crimes, State terrorism and systematic human rights violations committed against the Palestinian people, Israel, the occupying Power, must be held accountable and the perpetrators must be brought to justice," Ambassador Mansour said Thursday in three identical letters to the UN Secretary General, the President of the UN Security Council and the President of the UN General Assembly.Mansour said that as the international community remains silent, Israel, the occupying Power, continues to wage its brutal military campaign against the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, especially in the Gaza Strip.Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) has killed at least 20 citizens, including children, in the neighbourhood of al-Shajaia in an on going attack launched five days ago.

Situation in Gaza Continues to Deteriorate, with Crossing Points Closed most of the Time
Two months after the start of Israeli military operations, life for the 1.4 million people living in the Gaza Strip remains very difficult, said Friday : International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Marches In NZ Regarding Israel/Resolution 1701
Marches across New Zealand tomorrow demand Israel withdraw from Lebanon and Palestine and warn against UN Resolution 1701.
Aotearoa Jews for Justice, Wellington Palestine Group and Peace Action Wellington join with the Palestine Human Rights Campaign (Auckland) in calling on the New Zealand government to think very carefully before sending any troops to join the expanded multinational UNIFIL force in Lebanon.

CANADA SELLING AFGHANS' WATER
The Canadians and others at Camp Julien are still drinking the last of the 1.5-litre bottles of commercial spring water produced in the United Arab Emirates, for which they were paying $87,000 US a month ($115,342 Cdn). An equivalent amount of Julien-produced water, which is just starting to appear around the base, should cost a fraction of that. With the changeover, Canadian officers have told their French counterparts they want to wait until things settle down and new camp consumption rates are established before striking a deal, probably in early September. Said Doran: "If we do start selling this water outside the camp, I think it's safe to say that this will be the safest water in Kabul."