Archive for March, 2008

26
Mar
08

Should the world talk to Hamas?

A consensus to isolate the group is fraying due to the lack of political results.

By Howard LaFranchi
Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
from the March 25, 2008 edition

Washington – After Hamas won Palestinian parliamentary elections in January 2006, the international community’s reaction was swift, clear, and virtually unanimous: The extremist Islamist political party would be isolated and barred from international negotiations until it recognized Israel, renounced violence, and agreed to respect earlier accords in the Middle East peace process.

More than two years later, cracks are beginning to show in the wall of resistance to Hamas, with some Western officials (and even a few Israelis) wondering publicly if it isn’t time to engage an organization that continues to lead a large part of the Palestinian people. The question is even being posed in Washington.
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20
Mar
08

China Military Report 2008

DOD (Departement of Defense) – China Military Report 2008

Hati-hati. File pdf-nya besar, sekitar 8-9 Mb. Jangan dibuka di warnet (terutama yang slowly/lambreta). Jika ingin dibaca di rumah, klik kanan link di atas lalu pilih Save As.

20
Mar
08

Poll shows Palestinians now favor Hamas over Fatah

From the Los Angeles Times

Poll shows Palestinians now favor Hamas over Fatah

The militant group, which opposes peace talks and Israel, has reversed a two-year decline in popularity.

By Richard Boudreaux
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

March 18, 2008

JERUSALEM — During three months of foundering peace talks overshadowed by violence, the U.S.-backed Palestinian leadership in the West Bank has lost popular support and is now viewed as less legitimate than the Islamist government of rival group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to a poll released Monday.

The survey is the latest sign that the Bush administration’s effort to shore up secular Palestinian leaders and isolate Hamas is failing. That effort, part of a strategy to stabilize the Middle East through an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, includes diplomatic support and promises of economic aid to the West Bank.
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19
Mar
08

How will the Iraq war end?

On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, progress is slow but violence is down. A three-part series on the war’s effects starts today with a look at what the endgame might look like.

By Peter Grier
Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
from March 18, 2008 edition

WASHINGTON – The Iraq war might end like this:

•Iraqi Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds uneasily share power and wealth in a single state. Sectarian violence, as well as terrorism linked to Al Qaeda, are diminished but not eliminated. Overseeing all this are perhaps 30,000 to 50,000 US troops, deployed in Iraq for years, maybe decades.

•Iraq is partitioned, accompanied by a return to the widespread sectarian violence of 2006 – times two.
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17
Mar
08

Memoir Kashmir

Jauh di benua
Yang terpinggir
Rantaian kedukaan
Silih berganti
Indah tanah airnya dinodai
Kini kuceritakan
Pilu melanda
Di bumi Kashmir

Jauh di benua
Nun di sana
Yang terpinggir
Wujudnya penindasan
Dan pembunuhan
Saban hari

Mengenangkan nasib mereka
Yang tertimpa
Itulah mereka
Saudara kita di bumi Kashmir

Mereka tertindas
Tanpa pembelaan
Diburu kematian
Di halaman sendiri

Terselip sejuta harapan
Menghabis sejuta rintihan
Derita bertahun lamanya
Seolah tiada berita

Kuceritakan semuanya
Agar tersambut jeritan mereka
Lalu tersentak lamunan kita
Yang jauh dipisahkan
Antara benua berbeda

Mereka tertindas
Tanpa pembelaan
Diburu kematian
Di halaman sendiri

Tersurat hanya keindahan
Tersirat mendayu tangisan
Derita bertahun lamanya
Seolah tiada berita

Kuceritakan kisah sedih di sana
Semoga kita rasa bersama

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16
Mar
08

Untukmu Somalia

Lihat anak-anak di dukungan
Ibu yang menderita karena kelaparan
Lihatlah pula ketawa riang
Mereka yang meraih kepincangan ini

Di bawah teriknya panas mentari
Yang membakar tubuh
Membakar segala
Di rumah yang usang mereka menangis
Terpenjara hina di bumi sendiri
Hilanglah segala liku kehidupan
Dimamah sengsara tiada batasan

Somalia…
Penuh simpati
Dari mereka yang seagama
Dari mereka yang menghargai
Arti dan nilainya kemanusiaan

Somalia…
Setia menanti
Satu jawaban yang belum pasti
Satu jawaban yang diragui
Dari wajah dusta yang tersembunyi

Mungkinkah ini hanya permulaan
Kau duga iman hambamu di sana
Semoga ia tidak berkekalan
Setelah hidup dibalut duka

Sebelum bercerai hayat dari badan
Ku iringi restu penuh kenyakinan
Terhadap detik baru yang mendatang
Menghapus kenangan yang mencekam

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untukmu-somalia.doc
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10
Mar
08

How the Bush Admin Lied to Congress and Armed Fatah to Provoke Palestinian Civil War Aiming to Overthrow Hamas

Iran Contra 2.0: How the Bush Admin Lied to Congress and Armed Fatah to Provoke Palestinian Civil War Aiming to Overthrow Hamas

(www.democracynow.org)

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The Gaza Bombshell byDavid Rose

In its latest issue, Vanity Fair reports that the White House tried to organize the armed overthrow of the Hamas-led goverment after Hamas swept Palestinian elections two years ago. According to the article, the Bush administration lied to Congress and boosted military support for rival Palestinian faction Fatah in the aim of provoking a Palestinian civil war they thought Hamas would lose. Vanity Fair dubbed the episode “Iran Contra 2.0″—a reference to the Reagan administration’s funding of Nicaraguan Contras by covertly selling arms to Iran. We speak with David Rose, the journalist who broke the story.

AMY GOODMAN: As Condoleezza Rice, the Secretary of State, arrives in the Middle East, Vanity Fair published a story that raises new questions about the Bush administration’s role in the ongoing crisis. The article reports the White House tried to organize the armed overthrow of the Hamas-led government after Hamas swept Palestinian elections two years ago. According to Vanity Fair, the administration boosted military support for rival Palestinian faction Fatah in the aim of provoking a Palestinian civil war they thought Hamas would lose. Vanity Fair dubbed the episode “Iran Contra 2.0,” a reference to the Reagan administration’s funding of Nicaraguan Contras by covertly selling arms to Iran.

A former top Bush administration official said he believes Hamas’s seizure of power in Gaza last year may have likely been a preemptive measure against the anticipated US-backed coup. The official, David Wurmser, served as Vice President Cheney’s Middle East adviser until he resigned in July of 2007, a month after Hamas took over. Wurmser said, “There is a stunning disconnect between the President’s call for Middle East democracy and this policy. It directly contradicts it.”

The Bush administration is denying the story. State Department spokesperson Tom Casey called the article “absurd,” “untrue” and “ridiculous.”

We’re joined now by journalist David Rose, author of the Vanity Fair piece. It’s called “The Gaza Bombshell.” David Rose joins us from London in England.

Thanks for joining us, David Rose. Lay out what you learned.
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