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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tyranny everywhere preventing freedom of choice and self determination.

Palestinian Killed as Israeli Troops enter Gaza

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24/03/2008 Israeli occupation troops killed an unarmed Palestinian and wounded another during a clash with Palestinian fighters on the border of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Monday, hospital officials and militant sources said.

They said gunmen from the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) faction fired at an Israeli bulldozer near the southern town of Khan Yunis. Occupation forces shot back, hitting two civilians, one fatally, hospital officials said.

The PRC said the Israeli bulldozer and a small infantry unit were on the Gazan side of the border at the time. Palestinians said the dead man was a 65-year-old farmer who was on his land at the time.

An Israeli spokesman had no immediate comment on the incident, which came during a relative lull in Gaza violence as Egypt tries to broker a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.

Five Afghan Deminers Shot Dead

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24/03/2008 Gunmen shot dead five Afghan mine clearers in an ambush in northern Afghanistan, their UN-funded company said Monday, in one of the bloodiest attacks on non-government workers in months. The attackers halted a convoy of workers for Afghan Technical Consultants in the northern province of Jawzjan as they drove back to their camp after clearing mines in a remote area, their director said.

The attackers opened fire on the first vehicle and shot at the others, which included an ambulance, as they turned around and sped off, director Kefayatullah Eblagh said. "Three people stopped the vehicle and started shooting at them without saying anything," he said. Some of the men were able to use demining equipment to shield themselves from the barrage of bullets, he said. "Five people were killed and seven injured."

Protesters across the World Condemn Iraq War

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16/03/2008 Thousands of protestors marched against the Iraq war in Los Angeles on Saturday as part of a global day of action that drew huge crowds in London and smaller protests elsewhere in Europe and Canada.

Police said about 2,000 people marched through Hollywood, while organizers put the figure at 10,000. They carried banners denouncing President George W. Bush and urged an end to the conflict in Iraq, where 155,000 US occupation troops are deployed.

Earlier, thousands of people gathered in London and the Scottish city of Glasgow ahead of the fifth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq on March 20, calling for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Police in London said there were 10,000 on the streets but organizers the Stop the War Coalition put the crowds at between 30,000 to 40,000.

Meanwhile in London, veteran left-winger and former Labor Party lawmaker Tony Benn said Britain's involvement in Iraq, where the country has 4,100 troops, and Afghanistan, where it has 7,800, had caused "devastation." The Green Party's member of the European Parliament, Caroline Lucas, called for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his successor Gordon Brown to be prosecuted for war crimes. "They need to know you cannot bomb your way to peace," she said.

In Glasgow, protesters were joined by the mother of a British soldier who was killed in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq, as well as left-wing groups and trade unions. The British Foreign Office described the protesters' claims as "simply not accurate," pointing to the "steady progress, particularly in terms of security" being made in Iraq and said the government had learnt from mistakes.

Elsewhere in Europe, around 500 people opposed to the US presence in Iraq marched through Stockholm city centre in freezing rain carrying banners with messages like "Yankees Go Home" and "Five years of war, one million dead."

Around 600 people also demonstrated in Sweden's second largest city, Gothenburg, the TT news agency reported, while in Norway, police said some 200 people marched through the centre of Oslo to the parliament building.

In Denmark people demonstrated peacefully against the Iraq war in the northern town of Aalborg. Demonstrations also took place Saturday across Canada, including in Toronto, where 1,000 people protested against parliament's decision last week to extend Canada's 2,500-strong deployment to Afghanistan, local TV reported.

In Montreal, about dozens of people demonstrated against both Canada's involvement in Afghanistan and the Iraq war, an AFP journalist said, while in Ottawa protestors gathered near the US embassy, according to the Canadian Peace Alliance.

About 130 Confirmed Dead in Tibet Unrest

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24/03/2008 Around 130 people have been confirmed killed in a Chinese crackdown on protests and unrest in Tibet, the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile said on Monday. "This figure is from our sources in Tibet. The verifiable number is about 130 in entire Tibet," Samdhong Rinpoche said in Dharamshala in northern India, the base of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

The figure is a jump from the figure of 99 confirmed dead given by the government-in-exile last week. China has released different figures. On Saturday the Chinese state news agency Xinhua said Tibetan rioters killed 18 "innocent" civilians and one police officer during protests against Chinese rule in the Himalayan region's capital Lhasa.

Protests which began two weeks ago on the anniversary of a failed 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule erupted into deadly violence in Lhasa on March 14. Riots then spread into other parts of China with significant ethnic Tibetan populations. China has accused the Dalai Lama of orchestrating the violence ahead of the Olympic Games in August, an allegation the Buddhist leader denies.

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