Obama signs equal pay legislation in latest break... →
Bush's 'War' On Terror Comes to a Sudden End -... →
President Obama yesterday eliminated the most controversial tools employed by his predecessor against terrorism suspects. With the stroke of his pen, he effectively declared an end to the “war on terror,” as President George W. Bush had defined it, signaling to the world that the reach of the U.S. government in battling its enemies will not be limitless.
BBC NEWS | Gaza hit by new Israeli strikes →
Three Palestinians have been killed and dozens more injured by new Israel tank fire and air strikes on the Gaza Strip, medical sources say.
Amnesty International on the Crisis in Gaza
The Israeli ground incursion into Gaza began on 3 January took fighting further into the heart of residential areas, after a week of air strikes. Since June 2007, the entire population of 1.5 million Palestinians has been trapped in Gaza, with dwindling resources and an economy in ruins.
The U.N. World Food Program, which feeds 265,000 Palestinians in Gaza - some 18...– t r u t h o u t | UN Wants to Know If War Crimes Were Committed in Gaza
Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Israel... →
Civilian injuries and casualties in Gaza continue to mount and the toll now stands at 509, with 64 killed since the ground offensive began, according to Palestinian medical authorities. Some 2,450 have been injured.
Downtown Olympia lot sold for housing →
Downtown Olympia lot sold for housing By Rolf Boone | The Olympian • Published January 03, 2009 * Comments (0) OLYMPIA – A developer has purchased a half-block-long parking lot in downtown Olympia and plans to build market-rate housing there, the first such project downtown in more than a decade.
Israeli troops 'move into Gaza' →
Israeli troops ‘move into Gaza’ Flare fired over the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military (3 January 2008) Hamas leaders have warned Israel against launching a ground offensive Israeli ground troops have started to enter the Gaza Strip, Israeli military officials have confirmed, a week after the offensive against Hamas began.
Gaza protest at Israeli embassy →
Demonstrators are gathered close to the Israeli embassy in London, following a day of protests across the UK against Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip. Up to 5,000 protesters have been involved in a stand-off with police in Kensington. Some have burned Israeli flags and thrown missiles at officers. Earlier, up to 12,000 demonstrators marched through central London, hurling shoes at the gates...
Manufacturing Falls to 28-Year Low -... →
U.S. manufacturing fell sharply in December and reports from abroad showed the same for plants in Europe and Asia, as businesses cut production and slashed product orders in response to the global recession. The Institute for Supply Management’s index of industrial production slipped by 3.8 percentage points in December compared with the month before, to the lowest level since 1980.
The families of Atif Irfan, a tax attorney, and his brother Kashif Irfan, an...– Muslim family removed from plane remains at odds with airline - CNN.com
Psalm Three by Mahmoud Darwish
On the day when my words were earth… I was a friend to stalks of wheat. On the day when my words were wrath I was a friend to chains. On the day when my words were stones I was a friend to streams. On the day when my words were a rebellion I was a friend to earthquakes. On the day when my words were bitter apples I was a friend to the optimist. But when my words became honey… flies...