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60 New Creatures Found Living in the Mediterranean
Commenting that the effects of global warming can be seen throughout the world’s seas, Ozturk said “During our research, we determined that nearly 60 creatures living in the Indian Ocean have entered the Mediterranean and are now surviving there. Poisonous organisms are also included, giant jellyfish being one of the most interesting of these creatures. Part of our research is to analyze the effects of these new species on Turkish fisheries.”

Tension Between Ankara and Tel Aviv over Secret Meeting
The publicized reports of Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul meeting with the families of the three Israeli soldiers abducted by Hamas and Hezbollah members during his visit to Jerusalem has caused tension between Turkey and Israel.

'Israel must be Called to Account'
President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM), Mr. Bulent Arinc evaluated Israel’s offensive in Lebanon as the greatest tragedy of the 21st century and urged that it be called to account for its actions in Lebanon.

Settlers assaulting American citizens
In recent months, citizens of Western nations, including Americans, involved in pro-Palestinian volunteer efforts were assaulted and
injured in the Occupied Territories by Israeli settlers and harassed by the (Israeli army). Those taking part in demonstrations, nonviolent resistance, and direct action are advised to cease such activity for their own safety," it said.

Sweden to host conference on humanitarian situation in Palestine
Sweden, Spain and Norway will jointly host a conference in Stockholm on September 1 on the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories, focusing especially on Gaza."At the same time as the eyes of the world are rightly directed towards the ongoing crisis in Lebanon, we must not forget the situation in the West Bank and Gaza," Minister for International Development Cooperation Carin Jamtin said.

Israeli Army Cause Serious Head Injury to Israeli Lawyer at Demonstration
Earlier today, August 11, the Israeli Army and Border Police shot an Israeli demonstrator with rubber bullets from close range in the head and neck, causing serious injuries. The man, who is a lawyer, was taken by the army to Tel Hasomer hospital from where he is reported to have suffered brain damage.

Rosa Brooks: Antiwar Wackadoos Are Winning
Opposing the war in Iraq is no longer fringe -- it's American.

Nonviolent resistance continues as Israel confiscates another 100 dunams of Bethlehem
The central West Bank’s Bethlehem is going piece by piece. Israeli army Commander of the Central Region, Yair Naveh, adopted a new resolution Friday providing for the confiscation of 100 additional dunams of Palestinian land.
The Director of the Committee to Defend against Land Confiscation, Khalid Al Azzeh, told PNN today that the latest confiscation is set to take place in southwestern Bethlehem’s Al Khader Village. Israeli forces dropped leaflets in the town Friday afternoon to inform residents that they will lose more of their land.

Organic Standards At Risk
Corporate America (Kraft, Wal-Mart, & Dean Foods) along with the USDA and the not so smart members of Congress, are trying to lower the organic standards and gain control therby putting our organic standards at risk. A Bush appointee is drafting a list of synthetic ingredients that would be allowed organic production.

New Yorkers to study about Israel
City council approves curriculum on Israel initiated by Israeli Consulate in New York; curriculum to be integrated into training program for educators teaching in 1,400 public high schools

New anti-Semitism program offered to Quebec schools
One-sided and disproportionate criticism of Israel has the effect of inflaming anti-Semitism, the president and CEO of BMO Financial Group warned Monday.

Peace group under FBI surveillance
School of the Americas Watch, a faith-based peace organization that seeks to close a U.S. military school that has advocated the use of torture and assassination, finds itself under surveillance by the FBI’s counterterrorism unit.
Fr. Roy Bourgeois, a Maryknoll priest who founded the organization, recently told members of the U.N. Human Rights Committee in Geneva that the spying has been going on for years.
And he has the documents to prove it.

Monsanto Buys ‘Terminator’ Seeds Company
The United States Government has been financing research on a genetic engineering technology which, when commercialized, will give its owners the power to control the food seed of entire nations or regions. The Government has been working quietly on this technology since 1983. Now, the little-known company that has been working in this genetic research with the Government’s US Department of Agriculture-- Delta & Pine Land-- is about to become part of the world’s largest supplier of patented genetically-modified seeds (GMO), Monsanto Corporation of St. Louis, Missouri.

Information requested
A list of criteria was requested by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to Great Lakes Development in a pre-commitment letter in March. It offered incentives but required a list of specific details by June 6. The deadline passed, however, without any feedback from the company on the criteria:

Gaza worse off a year after Israeli withdrawal
On September 12, 2005, the Israeli army, after 38 years of occupation, withdrew from the Gaza Strip, taking along with it almost 5,000 Jewish settlers who lived in 21 settlements scattered across the coastal strip. On that day Gazans were relieved, believing that they will finally experience freedom of movement, international export and import, travel, and economic revival. One year later, these dreams still look more like a fantasy.

Gaza doctors encounter 'unexplained injuries'
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is considering whether there is a case for an investigation into the injuries amid suspicions by the medics that the injuries were inflicted by what they claim may have been unidentified "non-conventional" weapons.

Glacier buys stake in Alberta newspaper chain
Canadian publisher Glacier Ventures International Corp. said on Wednesday it has purchased a 50 percent stake in a chain of Alberta daily and community newspapers.
Glacier, which this year purchased most of Hollinger International's small Canadian dailies, will pay C$28.2 million ($25.2 million) for the stake in Alta Newspaper Group LP, which will also borrow C$15 million from Glacier.

General To Recommend US Missile Defense Sites In Europe Soon
The head of the US missile defense agency said Tuesday he expects to make recommendations in a matter of months on where to position interceptor missiles and radar in Europe to best protect against the threat of Iranian missiles.

Afghanistan, Inc.: A CorpWatch Investigative Report
A highway that begins crumbling before it is finished. A school with a collapsed roof. A clinic with faulty plumbing. A farmers’ cooperative that farmers can’t use. Afghan police and military that, after training, are incapable of providing the most basic security. And contractors walking away with millions of dollars in aid money for the work. The Bush Administration touts the reconstruction effort in Afghanistan as a success story. Perhaps, in comparison to the violence-plagued efforts in Iraq and the incompetence-riddled efforts on the American Gulf Coast, everything is relative. A new report “Afghanistan, Inc.,” issued by the non-profit organization CorpWatch, details the bungled reconstruction effort in Afghanistan.