discarded lies: saturday, august 30, 2014 3:10 am zst
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A spy for a killer
Israeli officials are saying that the US will free Jonathan Pollard in exchange for Israel releasing Marwan Barghouti. If this makes sense to anyone, please explain it to me as well because I don't see how a killer's release will serve as a step to peace.
According to Army Radio, Israel is set to offer the proposed prisoner swap deal in the next few months, following the unfolding anarchy in the Palestinian Authority. Seemingly, Israel intends to use Barghouti's release to strengthen the Fatah movement against the background of the much criticized rule of the new Hamas-led Palestinian government.

In 2004 Israel suggested a similar move but the initiative was rejected by the US government. Jerusalem officials predict that on this occasion the White House will accept the proposal.
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Not everyone is cut out to be a soldier
Serving in the military voluntarily is a luxury afforded only to strong and rich countries, I think. Since Greece has been at war with Turkey off and on for over 100 years now, and since even today the Greek-Turkish relations are semi-stable but consistently unreliable, Greeks have maintained a strong military force on the borders and in the Aegean which means mandatory service for all males. But what about people who don't want or are unable to serve in the Army? I thought this case was very sad:
Georgios Koutsomanolakis, 46, was sentenced to a suspended 24-month prison term for insubordination by the Military Court of Athens on 23 May 2005. He had been initially charged with insubordination in 1979, at a time when there was no alternative civilian service in Greece, because as a Jehovah's Witness he refused to serve military service on religious grounds. He fled Greece and was granted political asylum in Germany, where he has been living since then. He was arrested and detained on 12 May 2005 on the island of Rhodes while visiting his parents, and on 16 May he was transferred to Korydallos prison, Athens, where he remained imprisoned until his trial.
Conscientious objectors now have the alternative of civil service but apparently it's "punitive both in law and in practice and encourages discrimination."

Greece: Conscientious objectors -- persecution is not the solution. I wonder how conscientious objectors are treated in other countries.
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Mubarak's Organic Farm
Egypt's elites have long been totally unconcerned with the rights of Egyptians, and constantly sell them out to other Arabs; in this regard, Egyptians are the Mexicans of the Middle East. There are thousands of stories about Egyptians being cheated, robbed, killed, raped, etc in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, their government never raising even the mildest protest. There are also scores of stories about rich Saudis killing Egyptians in Egypt and running away before they can be tried, with the eager assistance of Egyptian authorities. Now, 70 million people are liable to become involuntary organ donors for rich Arabs; you can expect Mubarak to pursue his people's interest in this matter as energetically as he always does. Oh, but it's the Jews who steal Arab organs, right, Ishmael?
CAIRO (AFP) - On the back of dire poverty, legal shortcomings and religious conservatism, a new mafia is prospering in Egypt and turning the country into the regional hub for the human organs trade, experts say.

There are no official statistics but in a country where social inequality is high and a quarter of the population is believed to live under the poverty line, more and more destitute Egyptians are falling prey to the phenomenon.

The large scars slicing the sides of many Egyptians in impoverished Cairo neighborhoods most probably testify to an illegal kidney sale to a rich fellow countryman or a Gulf Arab who could not find a donor.

"A Saudi patient can pay up to 80,000 dollars split between the doctor, the donor and the go-between," says Hamdi al-Sayyed, the head of Egypt's doctors' union.

"For example, a Jordanian or a Saudi who needs a transplant comes to Egypt accompanied by a relative as an official cover and then looks for an Egyptian or a Sudanese who is ready to sell his organ," he explains.

While most donors are poor and hoping for a better life, not all are volunteers, with grisly accounts of forced organ 'donations' earning Egypt the sinister reputation of 'Brazil of the Middle East.'

Like millions of Egyptians, Abdelhamid AbdelHamid, Ahmed Ibrahim and Ashraf Zakaria were seeking better paid jobs in the Gulf but their quest cost them a kidney.

In a recent interview to the independent Al-Masri Al-Yom daily, they explained how they had been promised jobs but were requested to undergo a medical examination beforehand.

The doctor "discovered" they were all suffering from a kidney infection requiring immediate surgery. They woke up later in hospital with a missing kidney. The go-between had vanished but they feared to speak out.
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Saudi couple in Denver settle slavery suit
A disgusting Saudi couple have settled a civil suit filed against them by their former servant for peanuts:
DENVER — A Saudi Arabian couple accused of keeping an Indonesian woman as a virtual slave have agreed to pay her $64,000 in back wages, according to a court document.

If approved by the court, the deal filed on Tuesday in federal court would settle a lawsuit by the Labour Department against Homaidan Al Turki and Sarah Khonaizan and avoid a federal trial.

State and federal charges alleged the couple required the woman to cook, clean and care for the couple’s five children in suburban Aurora for little or no pay from 2000 to 2004.

Prosecutors have also alleged that Al Turki sexually abused the woman and that she was sometimes loaned out to work for other families.

A federal trial was set for October on charges of forced labour, involuntary servitude and harbouring an illegal immigrant.
The couple would still face a state trial, set for June 12, on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and extortion, and, for Al Turki, sexual assault.
After they serve their sentences, they should be deported and banned from the country.
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