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  1. q4061Headlines for Friday, March 19, 2010 | FSRN - Free Speech Radio News
    Headlines for Friday, March 19, 2010 * Headlines Fri, 03/19/2010 - 14:26 * * Length: 6:34 minutes (6.02 MB) * Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR) Israel initiates air strikes on Gaza after rocket fire kills Thai national Israeli warplanes carried out a series of air raids on the Gaza Strip over the past 24 hours. This after rocket fire from Gaza killed a Thai farm worker in Israel. FSRN's Rami Almeghari has the latest. Local hospital sources in Gaza say recent Israeli attacks have left two civilians injured. Israeli air raids targeted three underground tunnels, a metal foundry and two open fields. Many residents here in Gaza City were enjoying a Friday holiday as the air raids began in other parts of the region. Mohammad Abu Sheira and a friend were walking the Jundi Almajhoul Public Garden. "Youth in the Gaza Strip are not afraid of a second or third war. We are going to defy Israel. What has been taken by force should be restored by force, not by negotiations, which are nonsense. What has been taken by force, should be restored by force.” Meanwhile, a Gaza-based armed faction says it launched mortar shells at an Israeli army base in eastern Gaza Strip. In the past 24 hours, Palestinian armed factions have carried out at least five rocket attacks, according to Israeli media reports. Since the 2009 Israeli war in Gaza, the ruling Hamas party in here has been calling for a ceasefire. Though, the recent actions of Israel in the West Bank have prompted armed factions in Gaza to increase the use of homemade rockets. Rami Almeghari. FSRN. Gaza. US, UN, EU and Russia condemn Israeli settlements Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a conciliatory call to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in an effort to smooth over recent diplomatic bumps. Israel announced new settlement plans during Vice President Biden’s visit last week despite US calls for a settlement freeze. The details of the call have not been released, but prompted the US to say it would attempt to restart the peace process. Today, Secretary of State Clinton is in Moscow attending the Quartet meeting on the situation in the Middle East. FSRN’s Jenny Johnson reports from Russia. The United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations concluded the two-day Quartet meeting in Moscow by condemning Israel's plans to expand its settlements. The quartet issued a joint statement calling on Israel to abandon any expansion in East Jerusalem. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon spoke to reporters after the meetings. “The Quartet believes these negotiations should lead to a settlement negotiated between the parties within 24 months that ends the occupation which began in 1967, and results in the emergence of an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel and its other neighbors.” Analysts said the statement by the Quartet displayed an unusually harsh line toward Israel regarding its affairs of state. Today's statement also calls on Israel to dismantle outposts erected since March 2001. Jenny Johnson, FSRN. Fighting in Yemen’s north possibly resolved Yemen’s President announced today that the civil war between the government and Houthi Shi’ite rebels in the northern part of the country is over, according to Al-Arabiya TV. Fighting over the past six years has displaced tens of thousands of civilians. The parties were in the midst of an uneasy ceasefire. The rebels have agreed to remove their landmines and roadside bombs, and have released pro-government fighters. The government promised to release Houthi prisoners as well. But many don’t feel the peace will last because the government still hasn’t addressed the underlying causes of the conflict. Polar Bear/Bluefin Tuna trade to continue after failed international vote Countries across the globe will not curb their trade in polar bears or bluefin tuna. This, after two proposals to ban the practice were defeated as part of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna. Delegates have been meeting four times a decade since 1975 to decide how to shape international trade in light of conservation needs. Countries voluntarily adhere to the Convention. Polar Bears are experiencing habitat loss due to climate change and the tuna have been fished to the point of population collapse. Canada led the fight to defeat the polar bear ban. Many of its indigenous groups depend on polar bear hunting and trade. During a short debate, Japan and Canada both fought the proposed bluefin tuna ban, saying that the international fishing treaty organization, ICCAT, should be responsible for regulating the industry. Japan is the world’s largest consumer of bluefin tuna. The World Wildlife Fund says that organization has repeatedly failed to sustainably manage the fishery. The WWF also says the lack of debate on the issue was “scandalous.” Report: Mercury pollution on the rise Mercury emissions at half of the nations most-polluting coal power plants increased between 2007 and 2008, according to a report released this week by the Environmental Integrity Project. The report says overall mercury emissions by the top-50 polluters did fall, but only by a quarter of a percent - despite repeated promises from the industry that it will improve. Power plant mercury emissions in at least 11 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, have increased in the past decade. Five of the top-10 polluting power plants are located in Texas, which is planning to build several new coal fired plants. The Environmental Integrity Project says these emissions could be cut significantly with the installation of modern pollution controls. Lt. Dan Choi in court after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell protest arrest Openly gay US Army Lt. Dan Choi appeared before a DC judge today after being arrested while protesting the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Lt. Choi and another officer, Lt. Jim Pietrangelo both handcuffed themselves to the fence of the White House during Thursday’s protest. Ambi of protest, Lt. Choi Speaking, police moving in. (Audio from YouTube.) Last night, supporters gathered in Fresno for a solidarity rally. Today another rally is planned in New York City. Both Lieutenants pleaded not guilty to charges.
    on 03/19/2010
    By: q4061

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