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As you read through this sad report, do yourself a favor and count the number of times the word “maybe” is used to refer to a very definite event which represents a sad loss to  at least 9 families in Afghanistan.

Report by Amir Shah, associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan – A U.S.-led coalition airstrike mistakenly hit an Afghan army checkpoint Wednesday, killing nine soldiers and wounding three, Afghan officials said.

9 Afghani soldiers Killed in the war on terror

9 Afghani soldiers Killed in the war on terror

The strike hit a checkpoint in the Sayed Kheil area of Khost province in eastern Afghanistan, said Arsallah Jamal, the province’s governor.

The U.S. said its forces “may have mistakenly killed and injured” Afghan soldiers in what may have been a case of mistaken identity “on both sides.”

You can read a blog by a resident in Kabul (click the image of the location of the US killing), or more recent entries by the same blogger after she returned to the USA (wordpress.com) or continue reading this story

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Source: Inter Press Service, 29-10-2007
By Adrianne Appel
BOSTON – South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu compared conditions in Palestine to those of South Africa under apartheid, and called on “Israelis” to try and change them, while speaking in Boston Saturday at historic Old South Church. “We hope the occupation of the Palestinian territory by `Israel` will end,” Tutu said.
“There is a cry of anguish from the depth of my heart, to my spiritual relatives. Please, please hear the call, the noble call of our scripture,” Tutu said of “Israelis”.
“Don’t be found fighting against this god, your god, our god, who hears the cry of the oppressed,” Tutu said.
Tutu spoke with political activist and lecturer Noam Chomsky and others to a largely religious audience about “The Apartheid Paradigm in Palestine-`Israel`,” a conference sponsored by Friends of Sabeel North America, a Christian Palestinian group.
“Israeli” policy toward Palestine is an inflammatory topic in the U.S. and is not commonly discussed in large, public forums.
In Boston, complaints were lodged with Old South Church in the weeks prior to the event, in an effort to halt the conference. The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting complained that Sabeel is “an anti-Zionist organisation that traffics in anti-Judaic themes,” according to press reports.
“Sabeel is an organisation that seeks to demonise `Israel`. Tutu several years ago made anti-Semitic comments,” May Long, president of the group, told IPS. Long did not hear Tutu’s speech, she said.
Tutu was an inspirational leader in the South African fight against apartheid, which officially ended 13 years ago. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and today continues to speak around the globe for peace and justice, and to call for Palestinian rights.
The 76-year-old Tutu also appears to have won a battle against prostate cancer, which he was last treated for in 2000.
“Because of what I experienced in South Africa, I harbour hope for `Israel` and the Palestinian territories,” said Tutu, who invoked passages from the Christian bible throughout his talk.
Tutu drew parallels between the apartheid of South Africa and occupied Palestine of today, including demolitions of Palestinian homes by the “Israeli” government and the inability of Palestinians to travel freely within and out of Palestine.
“I experienced a déjà vu when I encountered a security checkpoint that Palestinians must negotiate every day and be demeaned, all their lives,” Tutu said.
Tutu said that Palestinian homes are being bulldozed, and new, illegal homes for “Israeli’s” built in their place.
“When I hear, ‘that used to be my home,’ it is painfully similar to the treatment in South Africa when coloureds had no rights,” Tutu said.
Tutu is a pacifist and he said only non-violent means should be used to confront the oppression at play in Palestine.
“Palestinians ought to try themselves to restrain those who fire the rockets into `Israeli` territory,” Tutu said.
Tutu said that while fighting apartheid in South Africa he drew inspiration from the Jewish struggle as the bible describes it.
“Spiritually I am of Hebrew decent. When apartheid oppression was at its most vicious, and all but knocked the stuffing out of those of us who opposed it, we turned to the Hebrew tradition of resistance,” and the belief that good will triumph over evil, and that a day of freedom from oppression will come, he said.
“The well-to-do and powerful complain that we are mixing religion with politics. I’ve never heard the poor complain that ‘Tutu, you are being too political,”‘ he said.
“I am not playing politics when it involves children who suffer,” Tutu said. “A human rights violation is a human rights violation is a human rights violation, wherever it occurs.”
Tutu recently bumped up against U.S. discomfort with discourse about Palestine, when a Minnesota university president yanked an invitation to Tutu that had been extended by a youth group.
Rev. Dennis Dease, president of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul Minnesota, said he did not want Tutu to speak because the Nobel Laureate’s position on Palestine was viewed by some as anti-“Israeli” and anti-Semitic.
Dease also fired Cris Toffolo as head of the university’s peace and justice programme, who had supported the invitation to Tutu.
Dease apologised to Tutu three weeks ago.
Tutu said Saturday that he accepted Dease’s “handsome apology”, but that he will not consider speaking at the school until Toffolo is reinstated and her record cleared.
At the conference, Chomsky said the U.S. provides heavy financial support to “Israel” and has a profound influence on “Israeli” policies, including those toward Palestine and foreign trade.
“If the U.S. doesn’t like what `Israel` is doing, it just kicks `Israel` in the face,” Chomsky said. In 2005, “Israel” wanted to sell improved missiles to China. The Bush administration halted the sale, Chomsky said.
“It blocked them and refused to allow `Israeli` officials to come to the U.S. The U.S. demanded an apology from `Israel`. It dragged `Israel` through the mud,” Chomsky said.
The U.S. began its close relationship with “Israel” after the “Israeli” victory in the 1967 “Six Day War” against Egypt, Syria and Jordan, Chomsky said.

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After his address to the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly – 23 September 2008

The official UN webcast is in Farsi.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran will feature in a show scheduled to air in full on Wednesday night in the USA.

I managed to find this short excerpt on you tube.

Show Pages – Larry King Live CNN

The entire show is posted on you tube and compiled at “wakeupfromyourslumber.com

IRIB

Ahmadinejad Arrives in New York 2008/09/22

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran had these words to say during his striking speech at the United Nations General Assembly a few hours ago.

“The time has come for the IAEA to present a clear report to the international community on its monitoring of the disarmament of the nuclear powers and their nuclear activities”

The president of the Islamic republic stated that his government was open to dialogue and claimed the right to be handled according to international law. “The Iranian nation is for dialogue but it has not accepted and will not accept illegal demands,” Ahmadinejad said. Continue Reading »

IRIB correspondent Ebrahimi reported on Thurday (May 22nd)

The Islamic Republic of Iran Foreign Ministry has summoned Swiss Charges D’Affaires to Tehran, in the absence of Swiss Ambassador, as the protector of US interests, voicing Tehran’s strong protest to activities of a terrorist anti-Iran group in the US. Throughout this summons, part of documents related to activities of the said terrorist network, which was involved in the explosion in a Husseiniyeh in the south Iranian city of Shiraz, were handed over to Swiss Charges D’Affaires for delivery to related US officials.

Following the discovery and dissolution of a terrorist network in Iran, new aspects of terrorist operations backed up by foreign elements, were revealed. The Islamic Republic of Iran Intelligence Ministry, based on the documents found from operatives, has disclosed the role played by the US, Britain and Zionist regime in organization of a series of terrorist operations in Iran. Continue Reading »