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Saturday, September 26, 2009

US missile strike rises threefold in Pakistan.

Fri, 25 Sep 2009 05:01:53 GMT | PressTV

The death toll from a US drone strike in Pakistan's troubled northwestern tribal Waziristan region has risen to 12 after tribesmen pulled more bodies from debris.

The strike from CIA-operated spy drones was the fourth this month in North Waziristan region.
Since August 2008, nearly 60 such attacks by US spy planes have killed more than 550 people in the volatile region Earlier reports said four people were killed in the latest lethal incident which took place around five kilometers (three miles) northwest of Miransha in the North Waziristan tribal district on Thursday night.

Local residents told Press TV correspondent in Peshawar that at least a dozen people lost their lives in the attack. The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured were said to be in critical condition. The drone planes continued low-altitude flights in several towns of Waziristan region over the past weeks. The air strikes, which are common in Pakistan, allegedly target pro-Taliban militants in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.

However, Pakistani media outlets say only one-sixth of the raids have managed to target militant hideouts. The developments come at a time when Washington is expanding its embassy and deploying more 'security guards' in Pakistan. The civilian and military authorities in Islamabad publicly oppose the US missile strikes, saying they violate the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Despite the presence of over 100,000 troops in the war-torn country, Afghanistan is witnessing the highest level of violence since the 2001 invasion. Senior Pakistani officials say NATO's wrong policies were to be blamed for increasing insurgency in the troubled South Asian region.

Biography of Khattab Sayful Islam

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Uighur leader claims 10,000 'disappeared' in Urumqi unrest.

Some 10,000 people "disappeared" at the hands of the Chinese government during ethnic unrest in the city of Urumqi in July, claimed Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer , speaking from Japan. Beijing accuses Kadeer of instigating the unrest

T h e U i g h u r s of The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous R e g i o n of C h i n a,

Chinese Population According to the 1990 census:

Nationality Population Percentage
Uighurs 7,200,000 45%
Han 6,885,000 43%
Tajiks 33,000 .2%
Salar 3,000 .02%
Kazakhs 1,100,000 6.8%
Uzbeks 15,000 .09%
Russians 3,000 .02%
Hui 600,000 3.8%
Yellow Uighurs 11,000 .07%
Boan 300 .001%
Kyrgyz 150,000 .1%
Tibetans 5,000 .03%
Other non-Chinese 9,000 .06%
Ethnic Manchus 90,000 5.6%
Tartars 5,000 .3%
Dongxiang 40,000 .25%
Dawani 5,000 .3%

(Aitbayev, 1997)

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Exiled Leader Fights For Xinijang.

Police and other security forces in China are trying to maintain peace in northwestern Xinjiang province following an outbreak earlier this month of some of the worst ethnic violence in the country in decades. Chinese authorities blame exiled Uighurs for fomenting the unrest, in particular an exiled Uighur political activist who now lives in the Washington, DC area. VOA's Chris Simkins has this profile of Rebiya Kadeer, who has gained new prominence in the wake of the disturbances.

Chinese Muslims Uighurs - who cares?

The early July riots in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province in China's Far West, opposing turcophone Uighurs and Han Chinese, have been spun by Beijing as yet another "foreign interference" conspiracy organized by the Uighur diaspora in exile.

Pepe Escobar argues it's more complicated than that. All the trouble stems from the official Chinese policy of population transfer - enticing millions of Han Chinese to move to the Far West where they find limitless opportunities not available to the local population. And then there's the key strategic importance of Xinjiang province - immensely rich in natural resources.

China's spin plus heavy handed repression has been met by thundering silence all across the "international community". What a difference from the recent turmoil in Iran.

Pepe Escobar, born in Brazil is the roving correspondent for Asia Times and an analyst for The Real News Network. He's been a foreign correspondent since 1985, based in London, Milan, Los Angeles, Paris, Singapore, and Bangkok.

Since the late 1990s, he has specialized in covering the arc from the Middle East to Central Asia, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has made frequent visits to Iran and is the author of Globalistan and also Red Zone Blues: A Snapshot of Baghdad During the Surge both published by Nimble Books in 2007.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Civilians killed in NATO air strikes.

Israeli tanks invade Gaza, meet resistance

Thu, 03 Sep 2009 21:22:58 GMT| pressTV

Israeli tanks and bulldozers (photo) have invaded the eastern border areas of the Gaza Strip, destroying cultivated agricultural Palestinian land.

Palestinian fighters retaliated by firing home-made shells at the invading forces. No injuries were reported from either side in the Thursday attack, the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) reported.

Also on Thursday, Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the strip, local sources reported.

Palestinian sources said that some boats sustained some damage but no injuries were reported. Last week, a similar attack by the Israeli naval forces left one Palestinian fisherman dead and another one injured.

The Gaza Strip has been under a crippling Israeli-imposed blockade for over two years. The strip was under siege even when it was under an all-out military onslaught by Tel Aviv at the turn of the year.

British MP resigns in protest over Afghan strategies

Fareena Alam, Press TV, London
Fri, 04 Sep 2009 19:09:00 GMT

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