A group of British dissidents has appealed to France to invade the United Kingdom and bring about regime change. According to a spokeswomen at the Elysee Palace, French President Jacques Chirac received the request in a letter from a group of British exiles and “pro-democracy activists” calling themselves the “Free United Kingdom Movement” or FUKM, for short. BNN obtained a copy of the appeal in full. Read more about Helpless Britons appeal to France for "regime change"
Photo of the Day is a BNN feature which offers a photograph on a day, and calls it “Photo of the Day”. This is not to imply that this is a regular feature, nor that this photo is truly the mother of all photos for the day in question. Usual disclaimers apply. Read more about Photo of the Day
RAMALLAH—Besieged Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat sent a box of choclates to re-elected Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon today. The choclates were accompanied by a card on which Arafat had written “Congratulations to Arik, my peace of the brave partner, from Yasser.” Read more about Arafat sends chocolates to Sharon
RAMAT AVIV, ISRAEL—Former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres has become the first member of the defeated Labor Party to announce that he will join a national unity coalition government headed by Ariel Sharon. Peres, 79, who has held virtually every post in Israeli politics, will serve as Minister for Sewage. Read more about Peres takes sewage job in Sharon govt "for sake of peace"
During a press conference Wednesday, in Brooklyn’s All Arab Center, Naseer Al-Muharrad from the Campaign to Monitor the Media made a startling claim, asserting that, “the killing of Palestinians means something.” BNN Special Diplomatic Correspondent Roger Penaisse reports. Read more about Arab group claims that killings of Palestinians "means something"
As pro-Palestinian activists weighed how they should spend their coming weekend — writing to Congress to note the over 50 Palestinians killed in December, faxing the UN to protest the lack of action over the Israeli murder of aid worker Iain Hook with sniper scopes in broad daylight, or holding felafel bake sales to raise money to feed the Gazan children because of the Israeli starvers — many breathed a silent ‘thank fuck’ as Canadian activist Jaggi Singh was released from Israeli detention. BNN’s Najeeb Al-Anbarri reports from Qatar. Read more about Potential "Free Jaggi" Campaign thankfully averted
It’s never really as bad as it looks on TV. It could always of course be much worse. The Intifada, or uprising, against Israeli military occupation with its curfews, siege, closures and general strangulation of Palestinian society, is also being done with humour. Here are a few quips picked up from people in their daily life under occupation, compiled by Ghassan Abdullah for BNN. Read more about When truth is funnier than fiction: The resistance of humour
As a massive tornado devastated central Iowa today, causing an estimated $300 million in damage, Arabs in the state expressed relief that an Arab was not determined to be behind the events. BNN’s Najeeb Al-Anbarri reports. Read more about Arabs thankful as tornado hits Iowa
Following up on warnings issued yesterday to naturalized Canadian citizens born in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Pakistan concerning their possible harassment, arrest, detention or deportation should they enter the United States of America, the Canadian Foreign Ministry today issued the following helpful checklist. Officials strongly urge that all Canadians unfortunate enough to have begun their lives as towel heads or camel jockeys consult this list before finalizing travel plans to or through the United States of America. Read more about Canadian Foreign Ministry issues warning to naturalized camel jockeys
Klaus Wowereit, the governing mayor of Berlin, admitted today that a judge at the London Court of International Arbitration dismissed all patent claims raised by the municipality of Berlin last summer. Judge Hubert Dunn ruled that Berlin’s patent on the Berlin Wall was “generically and fundamentally different” from the wall now being constructed by Israel. Read more about Arbitration court dismisses Berlin's patent claims on Israeli wall