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Internal contradictions
Fatah remains rife with discord, its leaders stumbling along the road of the Palestinian cause, writes Khaled Amayreh in Israeli-occupied Ramallah

Despite numerous promises and assurances for political reform within the Fatah movement, the mainstream faction of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) is still unable to hold its long overdue Sixth Congress.

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Us offers aid to pakistanis displaced by clashes

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Picture: REUTERS/Mian Khursheed
Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf leaves the presidential house after his resignation in Islamabad.

The U.S. today offered to help Pakistanis displaced by an army operation against Islamic fighters in a northwest tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Pakistani officials say more than 200,000 have fled the Bajur tribal region, the primary focus of the nearly two-week-old offensive, and the neighboring Mohmand tribal area. Many have landed in relief camps set up by the government and political parties.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Lou Fintor says "they stand ready to offer humanitarian assistance to the government of Pakistan, if requested, in regards to the situation in the tribal regions". He would not offer specifics about the assistance that would be provided.

Nearly 500 people have been killed in the fighting so far, according to Pakistani officials. The numbers and scope of the situation have been difficult to confirm because of the area’s remote and dangerous nature.

The U.S. offer indicated American officials were watching the situation with growing concern. But it also came as the U.S. seeks to strengthen its ties to the new ruling coalition, which this week managed to force longtime American ally Pervez Musharraf to quit as president.

The U.S. also has pushed Pakistan to root out insurgents from the tribal areas, and has frowned on its attempts to seek peace deals with fighters instead of resorting to force.

Bajur is considered a potential hiding place for Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri. Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik says last week that Pakistani intelligence has reports that about 3,000 armed fighters are present in Bajur.

The fighters include Pakistanis, Afghan Taliban and Central Asians.


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Eu endorses goldstone report

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PCHR welcomes Resolution by the European Parliament  endorsing the Goldstone Report

(source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights)

On Wednesday, 10 March 2010, the European Parliament adopted a resolution that backs the findings of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the Goldstone Report) and urges its member states to “demand the implementation of the Goldstone Report’s recommendations and accountability for all violations of international law”. The resolution calls all parties to respect international humanitarian law and international human rights law under all circumstances.

In line with the UN General Assembly resolution adopted on 26 February, the European Parliament "urges both sides to conduct investigations within five months that meet international standards of independence, impartiality, transparency, promptness and effectiveness."

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Confidence games and ponzi schemes

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Confidence Games and Ponzi Schemes

By Lynn Henderson

The United States economy continues its plunge into the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, dragging in its wake the entire world’s financial system. What is the cause of this now world-wide economic catastrophe? Without a clear understanding of its root causes we will not be able to find a way out. Rather the crisis itself will be used to inflict even greater damage on its chief victims, working people here and around the world.


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