Egypt to open Gaza border crossing on a permanent basis

Egypt has announced that it will open its border crossing with Gaza on a permanent basis, thereby reversing Egypt’s collusion with Israel’s blockade regime. The interim Foreign Minister, Nabil al-Arabi, has described support for the blockade by the previous Egyptian regime as “disgraceful”. While Israeli officials have responded to this […]

Housing Crash Is Getting Worse: Report

Commentary: But all this bearish news makes me bullish If you thought the housing crisis was bad, think again. It’s worse.  New data just out from Zillow, the real-estate information company, show house prices are falling at their fastest rate since the Lehman collapse. Average home prices are down 8% […]

PM: Failure to find bin Laden not Pakistan’s alone

By MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s prime minister defended his nation’s military and intelligence services on Monday and said Pakistan was not solely to blame for the failure to detect Osama bin Laden’s presence in a garrison town close to the capital. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, in […]

‘Big Fat’ father slams TVNZ promotion

Television New Zealand is marketing them in a prime-time slot as Britain’s “fattest and laziest family”. But the stars of the show – a family of four who collectively weigh almost 500kg – have lashed out at the broadcaster, saying there are fatter families in Britain. The Chawner family, from […]

Syria Government Detains Hundreds In New Crackdown

BEIRUT — Syrian security forces arrested hundreds of activists and anti-government protesters in house-to-house raids across the country Monday, part of an escalating government crackdown aimed at stamping out the nationwide revolt engulfing the country. President Bashar Assad has dispatched army troops and tanks to crush the seven-week uprising that […]

E-cigs must be tested, regulated for safety

………… E-cigs are small reusable tubes with rechargeable batteries. They contain concentrated and varying amounts of liquid nicotine, flavorings, propylene glycol (used to simulate smoke) and other chemicals. E-cigs preserve the visual, sensory and behavioral aspects of smoking, which can prolong addiction. Further, they expand the available options for nicotine […]

Arab democracy protests could threaten Israel

by Eveline Kobler in Tunis, swissinfo.ch The Swiss ambassador to Israel says the democratisation process sweeping through the Arab world could pose a threat to Israeli security. Walter Haffner also tells swissinfo.ch that the agreement aimed at uniting the main Palestinian factions is a positive development. The interview was conducted […]