'During the months since FSRN went offline, Israeli settlers have escalated their campaign against Palestinian farmers'Fri, 12/27/2013 - 19:18
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News from the West Bank is often ignored by the main stream media. FSRN's long-time correspondent from the region is Ghassan Bannourra, who hopes to bring you the news from his homeland again soon.
During the months since FSRN went offline, Israeli settlers have escalated their campaign against Palestinian farmers. During the October-November olive season, settlers uprooted nearly 500 olive trees. The olive harvest makes up 30% of farmers income in the Palestinian areas. Army attacks also escalated, in the past months with three children among those gunned down by Israeli army fire.
In December, many Palestinians mark Christmas. This year, as in years before, Israeli walls and policies that block tourists from visiting Bethlehem continue to lower incomes for local businesses who would otherwise welcome holiday tourists, resulting in another sluggish season.
Sending you Season's Greetings and wishing you a happy New Year.
Ghassan Bannoura, Bethlehem, Palestine.
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The members of the Evergreen Garden co-op are mainly people living with HIV, orphaned children, care givers, and the elderly. They have earned a small income growing vegetables on the nearly 25-acre garden since 2008. The site is on state-owned land that is administered by the Harare city council. Earlier this month, the local District Administrator's office served the co-op with a notice of eviction. Garikai Chaunza reports.
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Forty years ago today state troopers and police launched tear gas and opened fire on prisoners at the Attica State Prison in upstate New York. The prisoners had taken control of the facility on September 9, demanding basic reforms such as adequate food, shelter and medical attention. Four days later, the assault began. After the smoke cleared, New York law enforcement had killed 29 inmates and 10 hostages, Inmates had killed one guard - bringing the death toll to 40.