Lurching from crisis to crisis in Gaza

Following up on the situation in Gaza – fuel cuts Phase II, “mistaken” electricity cuts, and crisis of lack of spare parts… The Israeli Defense Ministry’s program to punish Gaza’s population for Qassam rocket fire into Israeli territory is apparently moving into a new phase. A second round of fuel cuts – Phase II — [&h...

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Benazir's husband refused autopsy – wants Hariri-style UN investigation

Agence France Presse has reported this afternoon that Benazir’s husband refused an autopsy, but wants a Hariri-style UN/international investigation into her killing: “Bhutto’s husband Asif Ali Zardari, demanded a United Nations probe into her assassination along the lines of the world body’s probe of the killing of former Le...

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UN Security Council negotiated statement about Benazir's assassination

Matthew Lee described on his Inner City Press blog the negotiations conducted by the president of the UN Security Council before the statement issued concerning Benazir Bhutto’s assassination: “In the hours after Benazir Bhutto was killed, the 15 members of the UN Security Council negotiated and agreed to a Presidential Statement of con...

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More Benazir post-mortem

The AP had a fuller version of comments quoted yesterday from Bhutto’s spokeswoman Sherry Rehman, who had been with Benazir when she was shot and rode with her as she was rushed to the hospital: “She was bleeding profusely, as she had received a bullet wound in her neck. My car was full of blood. […]

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Juan Cole compares Hilary Clinton and Obama on Benazir's assassination

Juan Cole has posted his comments comparing the reactions to Benazir Bhutto’s assassination by two American Democratic candidates for President, Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama, on his blog, Informed Comment, today — starting with Hillary Clinton’s comments in her interview Friday with Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s Situation Room: &...

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Preposterous

What more can be said about Benazir’s death? The statement that she died by hitting her head on the sunroof of her car is preposterous. Yesterday, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported that Benazir died from a severe wound to her left temple, from which brain matter was oozing. The American television network, ABC, showed video (now [&hell...

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Asia Times Online says caller claimed credit for Bhutto assassination

Asia Times Online reported from Karachi that, immediately after the attack in Rawalpindi that claimed the live of Benazir Bhutto on Thursday evening, “al-Qaeda’s top commander for Afghanistan operations and spokesperson Mustafa Abu al-Yazid” said in a telephone interview that ”We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed t...

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Benazir Bhutto was surrounded by security before being killed

Does it look as though there’s any laxity in the security surrounding Benazir Bhutto, as she was leaving the rally in Rawalpindi yesterday that was her last — and just moments before she was killed? The AP has just reported that “Benazir Bhutto was the target of threats from virtually all of the militant groups […]

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