Saturday, November 18, 2006

Is Israel drifting towards all-out fascism? and other news

JERUSALEM - Israel's zionist deputy prime minister on Saturday said Israel should assassinate Hamas' leadership, ignore the moderate Palestinian president and walk away from international peace efforts, the latest in a string of hard-line positions voiced by the newest member of the Cabinet. The comments by Avigdor Lieberman came as the rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, continued talks on forming a unity government. President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah hopes the coalition deal will enable him to revive peace efforts with Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert brought Lieberman into the government last month to shore up a shaky coalition government weakened by the summer war in Lebanon. The Moldova-born Lieberman enjoys tremendous support among Israel's large community of immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Recent Israeli actions and foreign policies show disturbing trends of increasing ultra-nationalism, Zionism, and open hostility towards Arabs - very similar to the fascist Germany's attitude towards Jews in 1930s.

In another news:
MOSCOW - The former head of one of Chechnya's Movladi Baisarov was shot when he resisted officers seeking to detain him on a main avenue in the capital, said Svetlana Petrenko, spokeswoman for the Moscow prosecutor's office. A prosecutor at the scene, Irina Bobinova, said he pulled a grenade when police tried to arrest him after he got out of a car. Baisarov headed a force that provided security for Chechnya's first pro-Moscow president, Akhmad Kadyrov, who was assassinated in 2004, but had been on increasingly bad terms with Kadyrov's son Ramzan, the region's powerful prime minister. Baisarov's force had reportedly worked before for the separatist Chechen leadership in the late 1990s.

HANOI, Vietnam - Lobbying world leaders, President Bush lined up support Saturday for pressuring long-defiant North Korea to prove it is serious about dismantling its nuclear weapons program. Bush used a summit of Pacific Rim countries to consult individually with leaders of the four other nations engaged with North Korea in nuclear disarmament talks, stalled for more than a year but now on the verge of resumption. Those talks were expected to win endorsement Sunday from all 21 participants in the annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Nearly two weeks after election losses weakened his presidency, Bush faced questions from summit partners about the Democratic takeover of Congress and the message of disapproval about the Iraq war.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Coalition forces raided a Shiite militia stronghold in Baghdad searching for dozens of Iraqi hostages Saturday and combed through rural southern Iraq where four American security contractors and an Austrian were kidnapped. Both efforts appeared to come up empty-handed.

P.S. apologies for not updating this for a while


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