Published on 29 Jan 2013 : In this episode of press TV's documentary program renowned American academic Noam Chomsky says the United States would be recognized as a leading terrorist state if international law is applied.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Published on Jan 27, 2013 : The investigation was announced in London on Thursday by Ben Emmerson -- the Special Investigator for the UN Human Rights Council. The focus -- according to Emmerson -- will be on about 25 of drone strikes conducted over the past several years in Pakistan -- Yemen -- Somalia -- Afghanistan -- and Palestine. At the UN on Friday -- a spokesman for Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon said the deadly strikes raise legitimate legal concerns. Haq added that Ban has urged relevant parties -- in this case the US -- UK -- and Israel -- to be transparent about the circumstances in which drones are used. The UK has said that it will comply -- but there are no such assurances from the US -- which has run its drone assassination program under deep secrecy -- mainly through the C.I.A. Much of the concern has to do with US strikes over Pakistani territory -- which have killed thousands -- including hundreds of civilians and nearly two hundred children. Pakistan's UN ambassador -- Masood Khan -- is the current Security Council president -- but he couldn't comment on the investigation in that capacity Friday because the Council has never taken up the subject of drone strikes.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Palestian protesters evicted from E1, West Bank.
Published on 13 Jan 2013: Israeli police have evicted around a hundred Palestinian protesters from a geographically sensitive area of the West Bank known as E1.
The activists who set up the tent outpost fear that Israeli building in E1 will kill off the possibility of a contiguous Palestinian state in future.
But Israel has earmarked the area for a new settlement.
Israeli policeman Micky Rosenfeld says: "The operation took place after the government and court order was handed out and given to those that trespassed in the area telling them it was illegal place for them to be."
Many Palestinians have been up in arms about the decision since it was announced last November and several European diplomats have warned of the threat to a future Palestinian state.
Independent Palestinian legislator Mustafa Barghouti says:
"This is a system of apartheid. They allow Israeli settlers to stay here illegally on illegal stolen land and they are arresting us, the Palestinians, who are non-violently resisting occupation and resisting settlements."
Israel's Supreme Court had ruled on Friday that the tents could stay for six days while a solution was discussed, but Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu stepped in, ordering that all the people be evacuated.