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Wed, 7 Jan 2009

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there was just so much in this email I'm postin the whole thing :hi:

From the editors:

The new year started with the bloodiest military assault on Gaza in decades. Some 700 Palestinians have been killed, among them 43 innocent civilians who died after Israel bombed a United Nations school being used as a shelter. That happened yesterday; even as the developments in Gaza move too fast to keep up, the cumulative story remains the same: death, destruction, an appalling humanitarian crisis -- despite claims to the contrary -- and no end in sight.

Below are only some of the stories on the horrific events unfolding in Gaza. For more coverage, including the voices of victims' family members and journalists on the ground (despite Israel's ban on foreign reporters), visit AlterNet's Rights & Liberties section.

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In the early morning hours of New Year's Day, 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot in the back by Bay Area Rapid Transit police in Oakland, CA. Grant was on the ground alongside other young men of color who had been pulled off a train after an alleged scuffle. Video footage shot by a witness -- who refused to hand over her camera to police as they confiscated others' phones and cameras -- show Grant subdued, lying on his stomach on the train platform before he was shot. He died soon thereafter, leaving behind a 4-year old daughter.

If this story outrages you, go here to find out what you can do.

Happy New Year -- and thanks for reading.

Liliana Segura

Editor, Rights & Liberties Special Coverage

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MY FATHER WAS NO MILITANT, BUT ISRAEL'S BOMBS REDUCED HIM TO A 'PILE OF FLESH'

By Fares Akram, Independent UK

What is the difference between the pilot who blew my father

to pieces and the militant who fires a small rocket?

http://www.alternet.org/rights/117377/

MY GRANDPA LIVES IN GAZA

By Laila Al-Arian, The Nation

My family has struggled to get in touch with my grandfather.

As missiles rain over his Gaza neighborhood, I can only

imagine what he is thinking.

http://www.alternet.org/rights/116846/

UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS OF AMERICANS QUESTION ISRAEL'S ACTIONS IN GAZA

By Max Blumenthal, Huffington Post

Could it be the rise of online progressive media telling the

truth about Israel, or that the public rejects the same

pundits who sold us Iraq?

http://www.alternet.org/audits/117568/

KEEPING JOURNALISTS OUT OF GAZA IS FUTILE AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE

By Robert Fisk, Independent UK

Israel is ignoring the lessons of history by banning the

press from the areas it is bombing.

http://www.alternet.org/rights/117369/

ATROCITIES IN GAZA: PIECING TOGETHER THE STORY

By Liliana Segura, AlterNet

As Europe calls for a ceasefire, Israel is accused of cruel

tactics and use of deadly white phosphorous in its

blood-soaked assault on Gaza.

http://www.alternet.org/rights/117519/

ISRAEL BOMBS UN SCHOOL, THREE KILLED; DEATH TOLL 100 ON MONDAY ALONE

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

A "large number" of Monday's casualties were civilians, and

twelve of them were children.

http://www.alternet.org/rights/117696/

HOW THE U.S. ARMY'S FIELD MANUAL CODIFIED TORTURE -- AND STILL DOES

By Jeffrey S. Kaye, AlterNet

Buried in Appendix M of the Army Field Manual, the

Guantanamo virus is spreading, and eradicating it will

require all of us to spread the word.

http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/117807/

WOMAN ASKS FOR RIGHTS, GETS ACID THROWN ON FACE

By Apostolis Fotiadis, IPS News

After standing up to workplace injustice, two men poured

sulphuric acid on Decheva Elena Kuneva, badly disfiguring

her.

http://www.alternet.org/reproductivejustice/117453/

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AlterNet Blogs:

WAR ON GAZA: MORE CIVILIAN DEATHS; OLMERT LIES: 'NO HUMANITARIAN CRISIS'

By Siun, Firedoglake

Despite Olmert's claims, reports of civilian causalities and

brutal firsthand accounts continue to pour in.

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/117404/

COP SHOOTS HELPLESS MAN ... DID HE MISTAKE HIS GUN FOR HIS TASER?

By Digby, Hullabaloo

See, the problem isn't the form of gun cops use, a stun gun

or one with bullets. It's that they use any gun on people

who are already down.

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/rights/117688/

TALKING WHILE BROWN: A LOOK AT RACISM IN U.S. AIRPORTS

By dday, Hullabaloo

No kind of profiling is more justifiable than any other.

It's all part of a creeping assault on our collective civil

liberties and it has to stop.

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/117047/

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These stories and more are available on in Rights & Liberties

on AlterNet.

http://www.alternet.org/rights


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