The stateless community in Kuwait (Bedoon) has been protesting for their rights to documents and citizenship since February 2011. The community has been denied, for more than two decades, their rights to health care, education, employment, and all legal documents. Regularly, the community protests in their isolated areas in Taimaa and Sulaibiya, resulting in countless arrests despite the fact that Kuwait’s courts have been acquitting protesters constantly. This Friday, the Bedoon protested again as riot police arrested 12 of them; an action that made the community to continue to protest on Saturday and Sunday too. http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/07/09/kuwait-stateless-community-continues-protesting/
Syria is conducting military manoeuvres simulating an invasion, in response to escalating threats from Washington and its regional allies. The large-scale exercise, which began Saturday, is based upon a response to external aggression and. It includes both air and ground forces and the firing of live missiles.
Defence Minister Dawood Rajiha said naval forces had showed “a high level of combat training and ability to defend Syria’s shores against any possible aggression. http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/jul2012/syri-j09.shtml
The Palestinian Authority has announced that it will exhume the body of Yasser Arafat, the president of the PA who died in a French hospital in November 2004. It will investigate the cause of his death, amid claims that he was assassinated with the radioactive isotope, polonium. Arafat fell ill in October 2004, but was denied medical diagnosis and treatment by Israel. The frail and elderly 75-year-old, lapsing in and out of consciousness, was flown out of the Mukata, his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. He had been under an Israeli army siege for more than two years. http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/jul2012/araf-j06.shtml