Twitter Ordered to Disclose Account Info of WikiLeaks Associates

A Virginia district court judge has ruled the U.S. government can collect the private information of three WikiLeaks volunteers from the social networking site, Twitter. The government has subpoenaed all the account information of Icelandic lawmaker Birgitta Jonsdottir, Dutch activist Rop Gongrjip and programmer Jacob Appelbaum. Thursday’s ruling upholds a lower court judgment in March that found the subpoena does not violate constitutional protections against unreasonable searches. ( http://www.commondreams.org / 11.11.2011) Advertisements Continue reading Twitter Ordered to Disclose Account Info of WikiLeaks Associates

Is Egypt’s Revolution at risk?

Following the rather successful  conclusion of parliamentary elections in Tunisia, attention has now turned to  elections in Egypt. Coming almost a year after the toppling of the Mubarak  regime, elections will serve as a useful political barometer for the strength  of various political groups in the country. For some, though, elections will  also be an opportunity to consolidate or erode gains made during the last few  months. In particular, after the consistently strong polling results of Muslim  Brotherhood-associated groups, most of the questions being raised are about the  role that the Muslim Brotherhood is likely to play in a post-Mubarak … Continue reading Is Egypt’s Revolution at risk?

Palestinian-UN Bid Rejected

UN Admission Committee, specialized for recognizing new states’ applications, submitted its report to the UN Security Council on Friday, reading that the Palestinian-UN full membership has been rejected after discussions regarding the Palestinian bid. PA President, Abbas submitting bid to UN http://www.maannews.net The committee’s secretary, the Portuguese ambassador to the UN Gabriel Jose Blaba said that “The UNSC member states would continue their discussions regarding the upcoming Palestinian steps of the Palestinian application at the UN.” Eight members voted in favor of the Palestinian-UN bid, which are Russia, China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Niger, Gabon and Lebanon while 7 other … Continue reading Palestinian-UN Bid Rejected

Wansmakelijke soap rond Palestina

De theatrale woede van de VS en Israël over de Palestijnse demarches om eerst het lidmaatschap aan te vragen van de Verenigde Naties en vervolgens van de Unesco, de VN-organisatie voor Onderwijs, Wetenschap en Cultuur, heeft ongekende en absurde proporties aangenomen. Mediaviewer De zilveren ster in de Geboortkerk in Betlehem markeert de plaats waar Jezus geboren zou zijn. De Palestijnse Authoriteit wil twintig culturele erfgoedsites laten beschermen. © No Lands Too Foreign Het VN-lidmaatschap is hoe dan ook ijdele hoop, want de VS plaatst in de Veiligheidsraad zeker zijn veto. Maar binnen de Unesco bestaat er geen vetorecht en haalden … Continue reading Wansmakelijke soap rond Palestina

Palestine building wins statewide award

PALESTINE — After being named a finalist in the category in August, the Duncan Depot Antiques/Lucas Hardware Building in Palestine was recently named a winner in the Best Restoration category of the 2011 Texas Downtown Association (TDA) Presidents Awards Program. Winners were announced at the Texas Downtown Development and Revitalization Conference held at the Hotel Fredonia in Nacogdoches on Nov. 3. Since 1998, the Awards Program has recognized more than 150 projects, events and people that make a difference in Texas downtowns. Duncan Depot Antiques, located at 105 W. Spring St. in the Main Street Palestine District, has been under … Continue reading Palestine building wins statewide award

Israeli forces ‘stop funeral’ near Hebron, make arrests

  Palestinians attend a funeral in Saeer village near the West Bank city of Hebron  (MaanImages/Mamoun Wazwaz, ) HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces intervened in the funeral of a Palestinian woman in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, on Friday, Palestinian activists in the West Bank village said. Muhammad Ayyad Awad of the local popular committee said soldiers stopped the funeral from reaching a cemetery on the main road. The people had to go through a bypass road to reach the cemetery. He added that as soon as Palestinians arrived at the cemetery, Israeli forces shot tear gas grenades to disperse … Continue reading Israeli forces ‘stop funeral’ near Hebron, make arrests

Voorlopig geen zitje voor Palestina in Verenigde Naties

De toelatingscommissie van de VN-Veiligheidsraad bereikte geen akkoord bereikt over het verzoek tot erkenning van Palestina als volwaardig lid van de Verenigde Naties. Zo eindigt voorlopig het Palestijnse offensief voor erkenning, maar de Palestijnen tonen zich vastberaden om hun slag alsnog thuis te halen. De Palestijnse VN-gezant Riyad Mansour zei na afloop van de beraadslagingen van de toelatingscommissie dat de Palestijnse aanvraag is getorpedeerd door “een machtig land”. “Jammer genoeg is dit vandaag de realiteit, maar we laten ons niet afschrikken en zullen onze inspanningen voortzetten”, zo verklaarde hij. De Verenigde Staten dreigden ermee een veto te gebruiken tegen de … Continue reading Voorlopig geen zitje voor Palestina in Verenigde Naties