News releases sent to me from: The REAL News Network website
May 16, 2008
Did Bush attack Obama in Israel?
“Mystery shrouds” attacks on Pakistan border
May 16th 2008 – Anti-US protests emerge after Damadola is struck by drone missiles
Several people were killed in a missile strike in northwest Pakistan’s Bajaur Agency on Wednesday. The Dawn newspaper reports that local witnesses saw unmanned US drones fire two missiles on a compound where militants had gathered for dinner. The U.S. has not confirmed its involvement, but is believed to operate predator drones into Pakistan out of Afghanistan. In 2006, a drone missile killed 82 people, and a spate of strikes this March killed 25 people in the same region.
On Thursday, several thousand protesters led by Islamist political party leaders attended anti-US and anti-Musharraf rallies in response to “the U.S. aggression”, which is suspected to have been agreed to some extent by Pakistani authorities.
The US led violence is not restricted to the tribal areas of Pakistan. Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions, Philip Alston reported that following his 12 day fact-finding mission, he found that around 200 Afghan civilians have been killed this year alone by international military forces.
From Islamabad, Washington Post special correspondent Imtiaz Ali described the situation in Damadola: http://therealnews.com/web/index.php?thisdataswitch=0&thisid=1515&thisview=item&renewx=2008-05-16+01%3A49%3A18
(Also available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5h0UxeU078)
Palestinians commemorate al-Nakba
May 16th 2008 – Clashes mark Palestinian day of remembrance; President Bush delivers speech to Israeli Knesset
Sporadic clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians marked the Palestinian day of remembrance known as al-Nakba or “the catastrophe”. A day of celebration in Israel, al-Nakba, for the Palestinians marks the expulsion of about 700,000 Palestinians from their homes. Meanwhile President Bush delivered a speech to the Israeli Knesset limiting his mention of the Palestinians to just one sentence.
A Haaretz editorial stated that “the creeping annexation of parts of Arab neighborhoods will turn a political conflict into a religious struggle.” The editorial went on to state that “The United States, Israel’s greatest friend and the broker of the two-state vision, will not emerge clean either. A close friend of the Israelis is not permitted to stand on the sidelines while their government is playing with matches next to a barrel of explosives”: http://therealnews.com/web/index.php?thisdataswitch=0&thisid=1514&thisview=item&renewx=2008-05-16+10%3A14%3A57
(Also available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twboG40Ygg8)