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Pastor who threatened to burn Korans told to pay police bill

September 20th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, Politics

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8012737/Pastor-who-threatened-to-burn-Korans-told-to-pay-police-bill.html

US pastor Terry Jones, who threatened to burn copies of the Koran, has been told he must pay $180,000 (£115,000) for security costs triggered by the controversy. The city of Gainesville, Florida said that local police agencies spent more than a month working on security plans to ensure the community close to the planned site of the burning was safe.

Kashmir riots over Qur'an 'burning' leave 13 dead

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/13/kashmir-protesters-killed-quran-row

American ambassador appeals for calm after police fire into angry crowds protesting amid Qur'an-burning controversy in US. More than a dozen people were killed and scores injured in confrontations in Kashmir today following a report on an Iranian TV channel of the desecration of the Qur'an in New York on the anniversary of 9/11. In the worst day of violence in the Himalayan valley since young Kashmiri Muslims began agitating for independence more than three months ago, dozens of government buildings were torched as protesters battled with armed police and paramilitary soldiers.

Saudi splurges on weapons ... for what?

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://blogs.aljazeera.net/middle-east/2010/09/14/saudi-splurges-weapons-what

Saudi Arabia is about to buy another $60bn worth of military hardware from the US, and even The Guardian is dutiful in parroting, without question, the accepted western narrative : The sale, under negotiation since 2007, is aimed mainly at bolstering Saudi defences against Iran, which the US suspects will achieve a nuclear weapons capability within the next few years. The transfer of advanced technology, mainly planes, is to provide Saudi Arabia with air superiority over Iran.

Tony Blair and the Great Islamic Threat

September 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26345.htm

People often wind up believing their own cover story. Former British prime minister Tony Blair, for example, is trapped forever in the rationalizations he used in 2003 to explain why he was going along with George Bush’s invasion of Iraq. He was at it again last week, telling the BBC that “radical Islam” is the greatest threat facing the world today.

Obama to Pitch $60B Saudi Arms Deal to Congress

September 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20016181-503543.html

The Wall Street Journal reports the White House will officially notify Congress in the next two weeks of a $60 billion deal to sell Saudi Arabia dozens of U.S.-made fighter jets and military helicopters. If it goes ahead, the sale of some 84 new F-15 jets and dozens of helicopter will be the largest U.S. arms deal ever.

Forgive us, good people of Gainesville

September 12th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://blogs.aljazeera.net/americas/2010/09/12/forgive-us-good-people-gainesville-0

And the sky darkened as we came, like a cloud of locusts, come to eat every last shred of your town’s reputation, we journalists and producers and cameramen of the world’s media. And we lay in waiting outside the church of a man who would compare himself to Abraham (on the "Today Show," in fact): no less than the father of the three monotheistic religions. And we kneeled before him as if to worship (but really to get out of the camera shot) and mostly asked him easy questions about if and when and how he would burn Quran (a project he has abandoned, he says, forever).

Turkey is slipping away from under America’s feet

September 10th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.eastwest-review.com:80/article/turkey-slipping-away-under-americarsquos-feet

Turkey is moving ever further away from US influence. Only half a century ago it was a devoted ally, willing to provide thousands of troops to promote America’s plans in Korea in exchange for NATO membership, and the only Muslim nation, which supported Israel’s actions during the Suez crisis. Not so long ago it was a backward agrarian country with an unstable political life, a hard life for the working class and a whole set of ethnic and religious contradictions. Just recently Turkey was known for its 60% yearly inflation rate, was legendary for its corruption and foreign debt, and as a bastion of US influence in the Middle East. The 21st century has arrived and leading American analysts are asking each other a question “What to do?” Turkey has slipped away from US control, became independent and refuses to toe the US line more and more.

Obama's Ridiculous Mid-East Summit

September 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn09032010.html

It has been impossible to read the agenda for the Oval Office summit between Obama, Netanyahu and Abbas without laughing out loud at the absurdity of its pretensions. The American plan was that President Obama would inform Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, representing the Palestinian Authority, that this is make-or -break time for a peaceful settlement. The US wants an agreement within a year, with the stipulations in this agreement to be phased in over a decade.

Major NH National Guard Deployment Announced, Deployment Largest Since World War II

September 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.wmur.com/news/24854535/detail.html

CONCORD, N.H. -- Army officials said 750 soldiers from the New Hampshire Army National Guard will be heading to Kuwait as part of Operation New Dawn. Maj. Gen. William N. Reddel III announced the deployment Thursday morning. It is the largest deployment of National Guard forces from New Hampshire since World War II.

America's Holy Crusade against the Muslim World

August 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=20818

We have reached a decisive transition in the evolution of US military doctrine. The "Global War on Terrorism" (GWOT) directed against Al Qaeda launched in the wake of 9/11 is evolving towards a full-fledged "war of religion", a "holy crusade" directed against the Muslim World. US military dogma and war propaganda under the Bush administration, was predicated on combating Islamic fundamentalism rather than targeting Muslims. "This is not a war between the West and Islam, but .. a war against terrorism." So-called "Good Muslims" are to be distinguished from "Bad Muslims":

Burn, Witch, Burn! -America Rages Against Islam

August 28th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2010/08/29/burn-witch-burn-america-rages-against-is-1

Islamophobia is sweeping the nation—and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Just when the American people were starting to become distracted with trivial issues like the potential stock market crash, the re-branding of the war in Iraq, and the ongoing environmental disaster in the Gulf—along comes a crisis of Biblical proportions, that threatens to destroy the moral fiber of America itself, and deliver its Christian population into the diabolical hands of an Islamic dictatorship ruled under the precepts of Sharia law.

Behind the Blackberry ban

August 6th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/2010/08/20108516113706244.html

It has not been a good week for Blackberry users in the Middle East. First came the news that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would ban the devices in October, then Saudi Arabia announced it would block the Blackberry instant messenger function from Friday. Days later, Lebanon said it would be conducting its own review into use of the devices, whose encrypted data transfer services have raised fears they could be used for crime, terrorism or even espionage.

The Spot-and-Shoot Game Remote-Controlled Killing

July 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/cook07132010.html

It is called Spot and Shoot. Operators sit in front of a TV monitor from which they can control the action with a PlayStation-style joystick. The aim: to kill terrorists. Played by: young women serving in the Israeli army. Spot and Shoot, as it is called by the Israeli military, may look like a video game but the figures on the screen are real people -- Palestinians in Gaza -- who can be killed with the press of a button on the joystick.

Dubai admits nuclear material being shipped through its ports

July 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/dubai/7863884/Dubai-admits-nuclear-material-being-shipped-through-its-ports.html

Shipments of illegal nuclear and weapons-building material have been intercepted in Dubai and other ports in the United Arab Emirates, local authorities have admitted.

Saudis urge US on Middle East peace - Video

June 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/06/201062951518293452.html

Saudi Arabia's king is due to travel to Washington to meet Barack Obama, the US president, to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, the nuclear standoff with Iran, and economic co-operation.

What Lies Ahead: A New Massacre or a Genocidal War?

June 25th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.kawther.info/wpr/2010/06/24/what-lies-ahead-a-new-massacre-or-a-genocidal-war

Will the Lebanese ship attempting to break the siege imposed on Gaza be the spark that ignites the fire of war in the Middle East? Whether the vessels attempting to break the siege of Gaza or any other insignificant as preposterous and contrived reasons will be the last straw that Israel holds as a justification for a bloody war against what it calls the “new alliance” (Syria, Turkey and Iran), this new Israeli war and the flood of human blood is inevitably coming. At the national, political and military levels, Israel has made sufficient effort to convince its American, European and some Arab and Islamic allies to take part in or support this dirty war. It has also completed its training and tactical planning for this new coming war.

Reports: IAF Landed at Saudi Base, US Troops near Iran Border

June 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/138231

The Israeli Air Force recently unloaded military equipment at a Saudi Arabia base, a semi-official Iranian news agency claimed Wednesday, while a large American force has massed in Azerbaijan, which is on the northwest border of Iran.

“The kin of the dead can’t forget why they hate America”

June 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.redress.cc:80/americas/pjballes20100623

Paul J. Balles says the reason why so many people in the Arab and Muslim worlds hate the United States is not envy of American wealth or power but injustice and greed. And the solution is simple: "Stop occupying their countries. Stop controlling others' land, populations, governments and resources." Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid tells of a polite Oklahoman who held a copy of his latest novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and examined the face on its cover, comparing it to Hamid’s.

US cluster bombs 'killed 35 women and children'

June 7th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/yemen/7806882/US-cluster-bombs-killed-35-women-and-children.html

Thirty five women and children were killed by an American cruise missile armed with cluster bombs which struck an alleged al-Qaeda training camp in Yemen, according to a study. The deaths, immediately prior to the discovery of Yemeni links to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged "underpants bomber" who tried to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas day, caused outrage across the country. The Yemeni government, anxious not to stir anti-American feeling, denied initial claims that the attack was carried out by the US.

Israeli commando who shot six passengers in aid convoy in line for medal

June 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Middle East

Link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7144099.ece

Six of the nine passengers killed in an Israeli raid on an aid convoy bound for Gaza were shot by a single Israeli commando, who is being considered for a medal of valour for saving his injured comrades as passengers attacked them with clubs, knives and even guns they had taken from downed Navy Seals. Fresh details of the controversial raid, which has led to accusations of “piracy” and “state terrorism” being levelled against Israel, and which wrecked its strategic partnership with Turkey, emerged yesterday. There were reports that passengers who attacked the Israeli boarding party had been dragging three captured commandos into the hold of the ship when the shooting broke out. CNN: Autopsies released for 9 activists who were killed by Israeli commandos, 5 died from head shot wounds, one shot at extremely close range.

This Says It All: Israelis kill American – Joe Biden says: "What's the big deal?"

June 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2010/06/03/this-says-it-all/

What is US foreign policy in the Middle East all about – and for whose benefit is it being conducted? In two short paragraphs, this news story says it all:

"The U.S. confirmed that an American citizen, identified as 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, was killed by multiple gunshots during the Israeli raid on a flotilla carrying activists attempting to run a blockade of the Gaza Strip. "State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said the U.S. has made no decision on a response to Dogan’s death."

Apparently official Washington is torn between issuing a mild protest, and thanking them. "Protecting the welfare of American citizens is a fundamental responsibility of our government," Hillary Clinton assured the media, "and one that we take very seriously" – but not seriously enough to issue an official protest. "We are in constant contact with the Israeli government attempting to obtain more information about our citizens." Do they want to know how many holes the IDF put in Furkan Dogan’s head before they make a decision on a response? In reality, the US already made a response in the form of Vice President Joe "Loose Cannon" Biden, who, when asked about the attack on the flotilla, said: "So what’s the big deal here?" Uruknet: Putting Names To Faces.

Blood or Treasure? Obama’s Crucial Choice in the Middle East

May 7th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/07-0

Writing about U.S. Middle East policy used to be a boring job. You'd start out with "The U.S. supports Israel's stand on..." and then just fill in the details. No longer. Many pundits claim to smell the winds of policy change blowing from the White House. Every word about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the president or his advisors is now parsed by journalists like so many soothsayers studying oracle bones.

Israel lobby presses Congress to soften Obama's tough stance on Netanyahu

March 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/30/us-israel-lobby-pressure-obama

America's main pro-Israel lobby group is mobilising members of Congress to pressure the White House over its bitter public confrontation with Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister.

Riots erupt and peace envoy cancels visit as anger grows at Jerusalem plan

March 17th, 2010
Categories: News, World, Middle East

Link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7063635.ece

Riots broke out in Jerusalem and the West Bank yesterday as Palestinians staged a “day of rage” in protest at Israeli plans to build 1,600 new homes in the disputed east of the city.

Crisis in US-Israeli relations: Barack Obama must not back down

March 16th, 2010
Categories: News, World, Middle East

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/mar/17/crisis-us-israeli-relations-barack-obama

He blinked once and he can not afford to blink again. The most serious crisis in US-Israeli relations in 35 years was not of President Obama's making. He had already climbed down a fair way from his original demand for a total halt on settlement construction.

US steps up pressure on Israel

March 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Middle East

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/03/201031553915888403.html

The United States has stepped up pressure on Israel over its plans to build more settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem, despite an apology from the Israeli prime minister over the timing of the announcement.

US: Israel undermining peace effort

March 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/03/2010310124817810475.html

Joe Biden, the US vice-president, has said that Israel's decision to expand settlement activity in occupied East Jerusalem "undermines" the trust needed for peace talks.

US condemns Israeli expansion

March 10th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/03/201031001635169740.html

The US vice-president has condemned Israel's move to build 1,600 new housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. Joe Biden had earlier on Tuesday emphasised the close relationship between the US and Israel after meeting Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, in Jerusalem.

Fate of first Arab democracy hangs in balance as Iraqis go to the polls

March 6th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article7051959.ece

There are no greater supporters of democracy in Iraq than the printers: for weeks they have been working flat out to satisfy the demand for elections posters. In Baghdad alone, 150 of them expect to earn £4 million by covering the dusty streets of the capital with man-size images of the candidates, with their promises of a better future.

Clashes over Israel heritage sites

February 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Middle East

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/02/201022213615373286.html

Israeli soldiers have used tear gas and stun grenades against stone-throwing Palestinian protesters in the West bank town of Hebron. The unrest on Monday followed a decision by the Israeli prime minister to include a shrine in the city, and another in Bethlehem, on a list of Israeli heritage sites

Walled In, Disappearing: The Story of Al-Nu'man

February 21st, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://blogs.aljazeera.net/middle-east/2010/02/20/walled-disappearing-story-al-numan

Imagine being a 5 year-old, like Sulaiman Jamal. In order for Jamal to get to school in the morning, hell – snow – or sunshine, he must walk around 4 kilometres to get to school because his school bus can't get anywhere close to his house. And since he doesn't have an Identification Card, little Sulaiman must always have his birth certificate handy; because a soldier at the gate to his village must verify it before allowing him out to school in the morning or back home in the afternoon. Now you can begin to imagine what life is like for Sulaiman and dozens of children like him who live in Al-Nu'man, a dwindling village on the outskirts of Bethlehem…

U.S. Says 200 Troops on the Ground in Pakistan

February 5th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/02/us-says-200-troops-on-the-ground-in-pakistan/#ixzz0eiIDcl0v

The U.S. military has 200 troops on the ground in Pakistan. That’s about the double the previously-disclosed number of forces there. It’s a whole lot more than the “no American troops in Pakistan” promised by special envoy Richard Holbrooke. And let’s not even get into the number of U.S. intelligence operatives and security contractors on Pakistani soil.

Bus, hospital bombed in Pakistan 2 bombs target Shiites in Pakistan's Karachi city, 25 killed

February 5th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://wire.antiwar.com/2010/02/05/bus-hospital-bombed-in-pakistan/

Suspected Sunni militants bombed a bus carrying Shiite worshippers and two hours later attacked a hospital treating the victims, killing 25 people and wounded 100 on Friday in a strike on Pakistan's largest city.

Eight Americans Died for Worthless Afghan Base

February 5th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://news.antiwar.com/2010/02/05/report-eight-us-troops-died-for-worthless-afghan-base/

An executive summary was released today regarding the October Taliban attack on Combat Outpost Keating, a Nuristan Province base. The attack was driven back, but not before eight Americans were killed.

U.S. Deaths in Pakistan Fuel Suspicion

February 5th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1960415,00.html?xid=rss-topstories

By killing three U.S. soldiers in a bomb attack in a remote corner of northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Taliban scored a political jackpot. With anti-American sentiment cresting in Pakistani public opinion, the presence of the three American trainers in a convoy passing through Koto village when it was struck by a roadside bomb has set off a flurry of questions and even wild conspiracy theories about the U.S. presence in the country.

US verdict sparks Pakistan protests

February 5th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/02/201024102050255189.html

Many in Pakistan believe Siddiqui is innocent and thousands have protested against the verdict. Thousands of Pakistanis have staged rallies against the conviction of a Pakistani scientist found guilty of trying to kill American servicemen in Afghanistan. Protests were held on Thursday in several cities in Pakistan, where many believe that Aafia Siddiqui is innocent.

Obama’s surge: killing spree on both sides of AfPak border

February 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/feb2010/afpk-f03.shtml

CIA drone missiles attacks claimed the lives of 123 civilians last month alone in Pakistan, while on the other side of the border, US Special Forces have launched an assassination campaign against alleged leaders of Afghanistan’s Taliban movement.

3 US soldiers killed in blast near girl's school in northwest Pakistan

February 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://wire.antiwar.com/2010/02/03/3-us-soldiers-die-in-blast-near-pakistan-school/

A roadside bomb killed 3 U.S. soldiers and flattened a girls' school in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday in an attack that drew attention to a little-publicized American military training mission in the al-Qaida and Taliban heartland. They were the first known U.S. military fatalities in Pakistan's lawless tribal regions near the Afghan border, and a major victory for militants who have been hit hard by a surge of U.S. missile strikes and a major Pakistani army offensive.

Washington's Refusal to Talk about Drone Strikes in Pakistan Meets Growing Opposition

February 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/02/02-7

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Criticism is mounting over Washington's refusal to say anything about missile strikes against Taliban and al-Qaida fighters in Pakistan's northwest, prompting even supporters to argue the U.S. needs to be more open to counter militant allegations that only innocent civilians are dying.

Deaths in Pakistan 'drone' attack

February 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/02/201022151350906994.html

North Waziristan is home to fighters loyal to the Taliban, al-Qaeda and the Haqqani network. Missiles fired by suspected US drones have killed at least 17 people and wounded 15 others in Pakistan, residents and security officials say. Officials said the missiles rained down on the Degan area in North Waziristan, part of Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal region near the Afghan border, on Tuesday.

Obama ups Pakistan drone strikes in assassination campaign

February 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2010/0202/Obama-ups-Pakistan-drone-strikes-in-assassination-campaign

The use of drones to assassinate Taliban and Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan has soared under President Barack Obama. Several US unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, fired a volley of missiles at houses in a village in Pakistan's northwest on Tuesday and killed roughly 16 alleged Taliban militants, news agencies reported. Information on civilian casualties, if any, was not immediately available.

Saudi: Bodies of 20 soldiers found on Yemen border

January 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://wire.antiwar.com/2010/01/23/saudi-bodies-of-20-soldiers-found-on-yemen-border/

Saudi Arabia's assistant defense minister said Saturday that the bodies of 20 of the 26 soldiers reported missing were found on the border, raising the toll for the fight against Yemen's Shiite rebels to 133.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates Confirms Blackwater in Pakistan

January 21st, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://rebelreports.com/post/346763455/defense-secretary-robert-gates-confirms-blackwater-in

In an interview with the Pakistani TV station Express TV, Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed that the private security firms Blackwater and DynCorp are operating inside Pakistan. “They’re operating as individual companies here in Pakistan,” Gates said, according to a DoD transcript of the interview. “There are rules concerning the contracting companies. If they’re contracting with us or with the State Department here in Pakistan, then there are very clear rules set forth by the State Department and by ourselves.”

US activists blast CIA's overseas drone attacks

January 19th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=116467&sectionid=3510203

Protestors said Obama's use of drones during the first six months of his presidency has surpassed that of the Bush. American anti-war peace activists have rallied against the increasing use of unmanned drones by CIA around the world — especially in Pakistan. Peace activists and anti-war advocates staged a protest rally on Sunday in the vicinity of the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia.

Yemen: Toward another US quagmire

January 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jan2010/pers-j16.shtml

All the signs point to Yemen being the next target in the US-led “war on terrorism”. The Obama administration seized on the failed attempt by Nigerian student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to set off a bomb on a US-bound flight on Christmas Day to dispatch the CIA and military trainers to the impoverished country. Pressure is being exerted on Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to intensify military operations against the organisation known as Al Qaeda in South Arabia.

US drone attacks kill 5 in Pakistan

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=116221&sectionid=351020401

US drones targeted Pakistan's North Waziristan in the northwest on Friday, killing at least five people, reports said.

US drone attack kills 15 in Pakistan

January 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

At least 15 people have been killed in the latest American drone attack in the volatile region of North Waziristan in Pakistan.

Three Guns for Every Person Only Fools Rush Into Yemen

January 11th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/patrick01112010.html

Protestors are walking confidently down a street a street in the southern Yemeni port of Aden when there is a rattle of gunfire as the security services shoot into the crowd and people run panic-stricken seeking cover. A man in a check shirt is left lying face down in the dust in the empty street, a stream of blood flowing from a bullet wound in his head.

CIA attack 'revenge for Mehsud'

January 10th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24356.htm

Al-Balawi had apparently been recruited by Jordanian intelligence before the CIA Khost base attack. The suicide bomber who killed eight people at a US base in Afghanistan said he was carrying out the attack in response to the death of Baitullah Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban leader killed by a US drone. In a video released to Al Jazeera on Saturday, Hammam Khalil al-Balawi is shown shooting a gun as he describes how the attack would target US and Jordanian intelligence agents.

US-Pakistan bickering gets ugly as ISI fingers American diplomats:

January 9th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-Pakistan-bickering-get-ugly-as-ISI-fingers-American-diplomats/articleshow/5425688.cms

US-Pakistan bickering gets ugly as ISI fingers American diplomats: The US ambassador to Pakistan publicly complained about harassment of American diplomatic personnel by Pakistani authorities and obliquely hinted that Islamabad risked losing US aid and projects if they continued to deny visas to US officials and space for the US mission to fulfill its multi-billion assistance program. Two US diplomats arrested in Gwadar

Yemen: A Closer Look at the “New Frontier”

January 9th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/01/yemen-a-closer-look-at-the-%e2%80%9cnew-frontier%e2%80%9d/

Remember, the Al Qaeda that was in a very few countries — and most specifically in Afghanistan in September of 2001 — is now an Al Qaeda that is in about 58, 59 — who knows precisely, but we sort of peg it around 60 countries. It is a global network, which it wasn’t. If recent experience is anything to go by, the mere mention of any ‘Al Qaeda threat’ is enough to signal the swift exit of rational thought and/or due regard to definition in Washington. The superior military outfit in history whose sheer …

The West is determined to turn Afghan War from Conquest to Bloodbath

January 7th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/70299

"Afghan and Pakistani civilians deaths have climbed correspondingly. They will rise even more in 2010 as the war, in its tenth calendar year, is broadened further and intensified in earnest."

PAKISTAN: War-Displaced Lament Poor Conditions

January 7th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49908

Wracked by intense violence in 2009, Pakistan has seen an unprecedented displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, which persists to this day. The internally displaced people (IDP) from South Waziristan Agency (SWA) may not be able to return home until March, said Brig. Omar Mahmood Khan, chief of staff of the Special Support Group (SSG), which was set up in May 2009 by the government to assist the people displaced by the fighting in Swat and Bajaur in the Malakand division of the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and later in the SWA.

US pushing Pakistan into the abyss of oblivion

January 7th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/70311

"When the Pakistan army and American drones kill innocent civilians, it is unrealistic to expect that people will not react. Each killing escalates resentment and stokes the urge to exact revenge, a long-established tradition in that part of the world. Victims have long memories; they do not easily forget their dead no matter how many rhetorical phrases are hurled at them. If for 3,000 American deaths on 9/11, the US can attack two countries and murder more than 1.5 million people, why is it so difficult to understand that other people will feel equally hurt and seek revenge?"

CIA takes revenge with missile strikes in Pakistan

January 6th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jan2010/cia1-j07.shtml

In an apparent campaign of revenge, at least 20 people have died in drone missile attacks in Pakistan since the December 30 suicide bombing that killed seven CIA operatives and a Jordanian intelligence agent.

ISRAEL IS DEFINITELY BEHIND THE CHAOS IN EGYPT

January 6th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/israel-is-definitely-behind-the-chaos-in-egypt/

It is too coincidental that Israeli leaders have been in constant contact with Egyptians over the past few days. It’s just too hard to believe that all these contacts and talks had to do with the release of Shalit. There is an entire nation being held hostage by the zionists versus one soldier being held by the Palestinians. Let us remember that. The old saying, “misery loves company’ comes to mind….. why should Israel take sole responsibility for the problems encountered by the Viva Palestina Convoy? Israel has more ‘friends’ that apparently are more willing to cooperate with them than meets the eye.

US warns Yemen to be focus in “worldwide” war

January 5th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/jan2010/yeme-j05.shtml

Tensions mounted Monday in advance of a widely expected expansion of US military operations inside Yemen, with the US, British, French and other embassies either closing down entirely or sharply curtailing operations.

US drone missiles slaughtered 700 Pakistani civilians in 2009

January 5th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/index.php?p=m61831&hd=&size=1&l=e

US drone missile attacks have claimed the lives of over 700 Pakistani civilians since Barack Obama took office a year ago, according to figures released this week by officials in Islamabad. The escalation of Washington’s AfPak war, now in full swing, will mean the slaughter of thousands more men, women and children in 2010.

Egypt's shameful ban on freedom marchers

January 4th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2010/01/04/egypts-shameful-ban

IN THE last week of 2009, 1,360 activists from 43 countries converged on Cairo for the Gaza Freedom March. We intended to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing, controlled by Egypt, for a display of mass international solidarity with the Palestinian people on the one-year anniversary of Israel's punishing attack that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians and injured thousands more.

Oba­ma Blames al-​Qae­da for Christ­mas False Flag, Sets Stage for Yemen At­tack

January 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War, Police State

Link: http://666survival.com/news-views/2010/01/obama-blames-al-qaeda-for-christmas-false-flag-sets-stage-for-yemen-attack.html

On Sat­ur­day, Oba­ma said the Christ­mas day non-​at­tack over De­troit was the work of al-​Qae­da in the Ara­bi­an Penin­su­la, the lat­est in­car­na­tion of the peren­ni­al boo­gie­man used by gov­ern­ment to fright­en peo­ple in­to ac­cept­ing for­eign in­va­sions and oc­cu­pa­tions and an ev­er-​grow­ing po­lice state grid at home. “We know that [Umar Farouk Ab­dul­mu­tal­lab] trav­eled to Yemen, a coun­try grap­pling with crush­ing pover­ty and dead­ly in­sur­gen­cies. It ap­pears that he joined an af­fil­i­ate of al Qae­da, and that this group - Al Qae­da in the Ara­bi­an Penin­su­la - trained him, equipped him with those ex­plo­sives and di­rect­ed him to at­tack that plane head­ed for Amer­i­ca,” Oba­ma said in his ad­dress to the na­tion.

Obama has announced the partition of Pakistan

January 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uCPx1ed-R4

According to reports, troops were looking for high value targets among both the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The one that became widely known in September 2008 was condemned as a provocation by the Pakistani government. Ethnic groups from Pakistans Belugistan province where most of the raids occurred blame the government in Islamabad for allowing these things to happen, said RT LIVE investigative journalist Webster Tarpley. He pointed out that President Obamas West point speech of December 2 is a thinly veiled declaration of war against Pakistan in the sense that it announces the intent of the US to promote the dismemberment, the partition of Pakistan along ethnic lines and in order to do that you have to create trouble on the ground. VoltaireNet: Obama Declares War on Pakistan.

UN's Falk calls for sanctions against Israel

January 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=115021&sectionid=351020202

"The UN has not been willing [yet] to give what's needed to exert significant pressure on Israel to lift the blockade that under any circumstances is unlawful," Richard Falk told Press TV on Thursday. "The only thing that could be more effective would be a move toward economic sanctions that would include military assistance" to Israel, the UN diplomat underlined. The UN independent expert on Palestinian rights has also criticized the international community for its failure to end the Israeli blockade against the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Arab MK: Barak enjoys classical music and killing Gaza children

January 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1139054.html

Some 1,000 people, among them all of Israel's Arab MKs and community leaders, gathered Thursday at the Israeli side of the Gaza border to express solidarity with the residents of Gaza, one year after Israel's offensive there. MK Taleb A-Sana relayed Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh's message to the Israeli side via a mobile phone. During the rally, Israeli Arab MK Jamal Zahalka directed harsh criticism at Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who he said enjoys "classical music and killing children in Gaza."

Allegation: Blackwater hiring youths in Peshawar to carry out attacks and suicide bombings

December 31st, 2009
Categories: News, Afghanistan, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.legitgov.org/price_obusha_afpak_war_031009.html

Just as the CLG has asserted from the get-go. Wait until Blackwater gets hold of one of Pakistan's nukes, detonates it, blames 'al-Qaeda' and plunges the US into WWIII. I am thinking the lucrative contract for Xe to 'clean up' in the aftermath of the nuclear explosion has already been drafted. Blackwater needs to be eliminated before they become as big as Goldman Sachs and Citi - 'too big' to destroy.

Jerusalem Post asks the Taboo Question

December 31st, 2009
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1261364551818&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

There's a question we Israelis won't ask ourselves about the Palestinians, especially not about Gaza. The question is taboo. Not only won't anyone ask it out loud, but very, very few people will dare ask it in the privacy of their own minds. However, I think it's time we start asking it, privately and in public. If we don't, I think there's going to be Operation Cast Lead II, then Operation Cast Lead III, and each one is going to be worse than the last, and the consequences for Palestinians and Israelis are going to be unimaginable. The question we have to ask ourselves is this: If anybody treated us like we're treating the people in Gaza, what would we do?

VANUNU: Under house arrest

December 30th, 2009
Categories: News, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/29/mordechai-vanunu-under-house-arrest

Mordechai Vanunu, who served 18 years in prison after he revealed Israel's secret nuclear programme, has been placed under house arrest pending criminal charges for allegedly breaching the terms of his 2004 release, which includes a ban on contacts with "foreigners". TPV: Israeli nukes: police arrest whistleblower Vanunu.

Video of protesters stopping Iran hanging hits Internet

December 29th, 2009
Categories: News, Middle East, Police State, Iran

Link: http://rawstory.com/2009/12/protesters-stop-iran-hanging/

Stunning footage has emerged of protesters in the Iranian city of Sirjan rescuing two men from being hanged by the regime. The video, uploaded to YouTube on Saturday, shows a brutal clash between Iranian authorities and protesters that was largely overlooked until Gateway Pundit found video footage of it. "When you see footage such as this, with anti-regime Iranian protesters losing any concern about their own safety, it's hard to imagine the current leadership hanging on," writes Joe Weisenthal at Business Insider.

Israeli nukes: police arrest whistleblower Vanunu

December 29th, 2009
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BS14K20091229

Israeli police on Tuesday arrested nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu for violating "a ban on speaking to foreigners", a police statement said. Vanunu was jailed as a traitor [Vanunu is a hero] in 1986 and served an 18-year sentence after discussing his work as a technician at Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor with a British newspaper, an interview that led experts to conclude the facility had produced fissile material for as many as 200 atomic warheads. WaPo: Israeli police arrest nuclear whistleblower Vanunu. BBC: Israeli police have arrested Mordechai Vanunu, a technician who spent 18 years in prison for revealing details of Israel's clandestine nuclear programme. AWIP: What Americans Need to Know about Mordechai Vanunu. His lawyer said he was detained over a romance with a Norwegian woman rather than for revealing nuclear secrets. "Vanunu was arrested (for) a relationship between a man and a woman, with a Norwegian citizen," attorney Avigdor Feldman told reporters. "He is not being accused of giving any secrets. She is not interested in nuclear business -- she's interested in Mordechai Vanunu (and he) is probably interested in her," Feldman said. A Jerusalem court ordered Vanunu, who was taken into police custody on Monday, put under house arrest for three days pending an indictment, police said. The Israelis murder women and children on a regular basis, arresting a man for his romantic involvement is not surprising.

Nobel Peace laureate ordered the bombing of suspected Al Qaeda camps in Yemen, killing 49 civilians, including 23 children

December 29th, 2009
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091221/GLOBALBRIEFING/912219995/1009/FOREIGN?template=globalbriefing

Following a military operation in Yemen targeting suspected al Qa'eda militants, a local official said on Sunday that 49 civilians, among them 23 children and 17 women, were killed in air strikes which he said were carried out "indiscriminately," Agence France Presse reported. Earlier it had been reported by ABC News that on orders from the US President Barack Obama, the US military had launched cruise missiles in the attacks. "According to local sources, about 3,000 people in Dhal'e province and hundreds in Lahj and Abyan provinces condemned the military operation. Angry protesters shouted anti-government slogans and demanded an investigation into the attack."

Israel Threatens Another Large-scale Gaza War

December 29th, 2009
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/94414/israel-threatens-another-large-scale-gaza-war-.html

Israeli planes have been dropping thousands of leaflets across Gaza, warning Palestinians against cooperating with the resistance fighters based in the coastal sliver. The leaflets also threaten Gazans with a new attack just ahead of the first anniversary of Israel's 22-day onslaught against the Palestinian territory. Gaza, 2008: Marco Villa: An Attack By An Israeli Drone.

Israeli op-ed compares compares settlement freeze to 1960s civil rights struggle; Palestinians still not people

December 29th, 2009
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1138414.html

Once upon a time there was a black woman; her name was Rosa Parks. There were racially discriminating laws in the United States, but she continued to sit on the bus even when she was told to vacate her seat for a white person. She was arrested, which set off a process whose end saw the abolishment of racial segregation on American buses. How is it possible that one little black woman, a dressmaker by profession, could change history simply because she remained sitting? Her protest was stronger than any demonstration, op-ed piece or Knesset vote. She opted for the natural choice; that is why she was triumphant.

85 year old Holocaust Survivor Hedy Epstein Begins Hunger Strike to Open Gaza Borders

December 29th, 2009
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://ow.ly/Qxap

Hedy Epstein, the 85 year old Holocaust survivor and peace activist, announced that she will begin a hunger strike today as a response to the Egyptian government’s refusal to allow the Gaza Freedom March participants into Gaza. Ms. Epstein was part of a delegation with participants from 43 countries that were to join Palestinians in a non-violent march from Northern Gaza towards the Erez border with Israel calling for the end of the illegal siege. Egypt is preventing the marchers from leaving Cairo, forcing them to search for alternative ways to make their voices heard.

Gaza 2009: We Will Never Forget

December 28th, 2009
Categories: News, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9mkRiGbgZg

Montage documenting the genocide commited by Isreal in "Operation Cast Lead". Desert Peace: GAZA ~~ RELIVING THE HORRORS OF THE WAR DAILY

Northwest Bomb Plot 'Oddities'

December 28th, 2009
Categories: News, Middle East, War, Police State

Link: http://www.a-w-i-p.com/index.php/2009/12/27/northwest-bomb-plot-oddities

Write a book critical of the CIA -- you cannot fly. Carry explosives (allegedly from Yemen) on board when the US is trolling for an excuse to invade and occupy Yemen for its oil -- yes you can! The US needs false flags to provide cover for illegal invasions and occupations. The 9/11 terrorist attacks (aka inside job, six ways to Sunday) worked well for the US government; the security-industrial complex made billions and US corporaterrorists were able to negotiate the wholesale theft of Iraq's oil. NWO Report: Confirmed? "Sharp dressed man" aided Northwest flight "Christmas Bomber" Umar Mutallab onto plane without passport. Who was involved, why don't we know about this other suspect?

‘They Planted Hatred in Our Hearts’

December 28th, 2009
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/27/books/review/Cockburn-t.html?_r=1

Khan Younis massacre:" The men of the town were told to line up in the main square and were then systematically shot so their bodies lay in a long row. Some who stayed in their homes were killed there." It is not only Israeli leaders who did not show empathy: it is entire Israeli public". PressTV: New Yorkers march against Israeli crimes in Gaza.

Pakistani drone kills five in the US

December 27th, 2009
Categories: News, Afghanistan, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iYkIs8AzN2l8ShYbCQicVxY4YkSA

At least five people were killed Saturday when missiles from an unmanned US aircraft hit a suspected militant compound in Pakistan's northwest tribal belt, security officials said. The missiles struck a house in Saidgi village of North Waziristan tribal district, which borders Afghanistan, "officials" said. Two missiles hit a house, five "militants" were killed, an "intelligence official" told AFP alleged.

B'Tselem: IDF may have executed unarmed Palestinian militants

December 27th, 2009
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1137753.html

An investigation into an overnight Israel Defense Forces operation in the West Bank city of Nablus early Saturday suggests that Israeli soldiers may have executed two of the three Palestinian militants who were killed, the left wing rights group B'Tselem said Saturday.

According to B'Tselem, in two of the three cases the troops behaved as if they were preparing for an execution, not an arrest. Relatives and eyewitnesses told B'Tselem that the two were unarmed and did not attempt to flee, and that the soldiers weren't trying to stop them, but rather shot them from close range once their identity was revealed. There were no witnesses to the shooting of the third man.

Egypt using 'bureaucracy' against besieged Gazans

December 27th, 2009
Categories: News, World, Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=114719&sectionid=351020202

British lawmaker and anti-war activist George Galloway says Egypt is using bureaucracy as a pretext to impede humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. Galloway and 449 other human rights activists who are part of the Viva Palestina aid convoy are currently stuck in Jordan, since Cairo has denied them permission to Egypt via the Red Sea. Galloway said "it does not seem sensible to allow hundreds of tons of medicine to go off and to be spoiled and vital equipment for ill and injured people in Gaza to be stopped just because of a bureaucratic and technical difference." The Egyptian authorities have barred the convoy from taking the most direct route into Egypt by entering the country via the Red Sea, directing the activists towards the el-Arish port on the Mediterranean coast — which is hardly accessible for the group. Viva Palestina (Homepage)

Israel on the warpath again - today's raid on Nablus the heaviest 'in 18 months'

December 27th, 2009
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8431328.stm

Palestinian leaders have condemned Israel's killing of three Palestinians in the West Bank as a "dangerous escalation" in violence. Separately, the Israeli army said three Palestinians suspected of trying to infiltrate from the Gaza Strip were killed near the Erez crossing. A security source for Hamas - the Palestinian faction which runs the Gaza Strip - said the three were shot as they collected scrap metal, Reuters reports. PressTV: War Council: Israel summons envoys from all over the world.

Israeli soldiers shoot dead six Palestinians

December 26th, 2009
Categories: News, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=114665&sectionid=351020202

Israeli soldiers have shot dead six Palestinians and left a seventh one wounded in separate incidents in the West Bank and the north of the Gaza Strip. According to a Palestinian medical source, three Palestinians were killed in northern Gaza as they were on their way to cross over a wall to work in Israel on Saturday. The source further added that another Palestinian was also wounded in the incident. Al Manar TV: 6 Palestinians Killed by Israeli Occupation Army in Gaza, W.Bank. Haaretz: Israeli Hit Squad Murders Three Palestinian Activists.

US ground attacks reported in Pakistan

December 24th, 2009
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2009/dec2009/paki-d24.shtml

Amid a deepening political crisis in Pakistan and growing popular unrest over US missile strikes and mercenaries, it has been revealed that over the past five years US special operations troops have conducted a number of clandestine cross-border raids into the country’s tribal areas.

US-Backed Yemeni Air Strike Kills 30

December 24th, 2009
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://news.antiwar.com/2009/12/24/yemen-kills-30-in-attack-on-us-born-cleric/

The Yemeni government killed at least 30 people today in an attack on what they referred to as a “suspected al-Qaeda site” but was later revealed to be the home of US-born cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi. US citizen Anwar al-AulaqiAulaqi made headlines last month when it was revealed that Fort Hood gunman Major Hasan had attempted to contact him. Aulaqi’s family said the cleric was not home at the time of the attack, which the Yemeni government credited to US intelligence.

Mr. 10%: Our Man in Islamabad

December 24th, 2009
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24259.htm

In my office hang photos of this writer with Pakistan's last four leaders. Two of them - Zia ul Haq and Benazir Bhutto - were murdered. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted in a military coup led by photo number four, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who was deposed last year by Pakistan's military. Either leading Pakistan is a job with very poor career prospects, or I'm a jinx. Take your pick.

A Day in the Life of a Palestinian Child in Gaza

December 23rd, 2009
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20MTyZN5PG0

Thanks to youtube user jihano92 for this short video about the apartheid state, Israel. Imagine never knowing one day of peace in your life, nor ever having hope..or dreams for your future. Imagine being in a constant state of terror and hunger. Welcome to the Gaza of the 21st century! Most of us just want a dry roof over our heads, food in our stomachs and health and safety for our loved ones. The Muslims and Christians in Israel are denied these simple human desires. Witness the day to day suffering, terror and murder innocent Palestinian women and children face! END THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION...FREE PALESTINE...LET THEM LIVE THEIR LIVES IN PEACE!

Danger: Popular struggle

December 23rd, 2009
Categories: News, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1137056.html

There is an internal document that has not been leaked, or perhaps has not even been written, but all the forces are acting according to its inspiration: the Shin Bet, Israel Defense Forces, Border Police, police, and civil and military judges. They have found the true enemy who refuses to whither away: The popular struggle against the occupation. Over the past few months, the efforts to suppress the struggle have increased. The target: Palestinians and Jewish Israelis unwilling to give up their right to resist [the] reign of demographic separation and Jewish supremacy. The Palestinians have a right to exist; therefore they have a right to resist. The Zionists now are dispersing demonstrations with live ammunition, late-night army raids and mass arrests. "Israel" has no right to exist whatever. The Jews as a people do have such a right, of course they have, but they do not have a right to occupy another people's territory, much less a right to terrorize its population. These essential principles are neither complicated nor "controversial". They are very, very simple. Let us keep it that way.

Israel to demolish 900 houses in Jerusalem

December 23rd, 2009
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-12/23/content_12694505.htm

Israel plans to demolish 900 Palestinian houses in Jerusalem, a Palestinian official warned on Wednesday. "The plan was given to a private firm to demolish the houses and building housing units and settlements in the Old City in Jerusalem," said Hatem Abdul-Qader, Jerusalem affairs' commissioner in President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party. "The plan is based on reducing the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem," Abdul-Qader told Voice of Palestine radio, adding that Israel "is terrified from the demographic situation 42 years after it has occupied the city."

There is no Business like Shoah Business

December 23rd, 2009
Categories: News, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/there-is-no-business-like-shoah-business-by-gilad-atzmon.html

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz , Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz will demand between 450 million to 1 billion euros in reparations from Germany on behalf of Jews forced into slave labor during the Holocaust, it emerged on Sunday. Regardless of the question of what qualifies an Israeli minister to demand money on ”behalf of Jews” or even Israeli Jews, I wonder whether it is symbolic that this happens in the same week as Auschwitz’ entrance sign was stolen.

Galloway raps Arabs over forsaking Gaza

December 22nd, 2009
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=114348&sectionid=351020202

British Member of Parliament George Galloway has leveled strong criticism at Arabs over their inaction and failure to play a role in organizing aid convoys to the besieged Gaza Strip. “It is a shame that this convoy [Lifeline 3] is coming from Europe and not from the Arab countries,” Galloway told reporters upon his arrival at Damascus International Airport. He said that Lifeline 3 charity convoy is a message of solidarity with the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip on the first anniversary of the Israeli onslaught against the coastal sliver. Aletho News: Egypt Says It Will Block International Gaza Freedom Marchers. Irish4Palestine: EGYPT TO CLOSE BORDER TO MARCHERS. IMEMC: Egyptian Officials Say They Will Not Allow Gaza Freedom March To Cross Border.

Israel admits to stealing Palestinians' organs

December 21st, 2009
Categories: News, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/20/israel-admits-harvesting-palestinian-organs

Israel has admitted that pathologists harvested organs from dead Palestinians, and others without the consent of their families – a practice that it said "ended in the 1990s", it emerged at the weekend. The admission, by the former head of the country's forensic institute, followed a furious row prompted by a Swedish newspaper reporting that Israel was killing Palestinians in order to use their organs – a charge that Israel denied and called "antisemitic". The revelation, in a television documentary, is likely to generate anger in the Arab and Muslim world and reinforce sinister stereotypes of Israel and its attitude to Palestinians. Al Jazeera: Israel admits to organ thefts. Marco Villa: Israeli Organ Harvest. There's no particular reason to believe that this nefarious practice was ended in the 1990s. -Israeli officials lie to the world as a matter of routine. We would not be surprised to find that they even carry out "experiments" on prisoners à la Mengele. Truth is never far behind.

Israeli whistleblower helped us intimidate others

December 21st, 2009
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=114269&sectionid=351020202

Former head of Israel's Atomic Energy Commission says the Israeli nuclear whistleblower has served the regime because his revelations helped Tel Aviv intimidate others. Yet Uzi Eilam, a retired army brigadier-general who ran the commission between 1976 and 1986, says the whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu did a service by alerting foes to the country's military might. Vanunu was sentenced to 18 years as a traitor in a secret trial in 1986. He was abducted at that time from Italy after revealing information about an illegal nuclear program at Israel's Dimona reactor to Britain's Sunday Times newspaper. AWIP: What Americans Need to Know about Mordechai Vanunu.

Israel stripped body organs off Palestinians: MP

December 20th, 2009
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=114201&sectionid=351020202

An Israeli Knesset member says there is evidence showing that deceased Palestinians were stripped bare of their vital organs while in police custody in Tel Aviv. Israeli politician and leader of the Arab nationalist party, Ahmad Tibi, said on Saturday that a medical institution in Israel harvested appendages from the bodies of dead Palestinians in the 1990's. According to Tibi, the body parts, which included heart arteries, bones, and corneal tissue, were used in organ transplants for Israeli soldiers. Meanwhile, the Israeli television has shown a documentary in this regard, claiming that Israeli politician and Knesset member Aryeh Eldad was the main culprit behind the bodysnatching incident. The organ theft issue was first brought to the fore in a report published earlier in August by Sweden's largest circulation daily, Aftonbladet. New Jersey Real Time News: N.J. corruption probe includes first organ trafficking case. Irish4Palestine: ISRAEL ADMITS ORGAN THEFT FROM PALESTINIANS.

Keeping Israel’s debt manageable

December 20th, 2009
Categories: News, Middle East, Economic

Link: http://kennysideshow.blogspot.com/2009/12/keeping-israels-debt-manageable.html

The official reports are that the US now is in debt for $12.394 trillion. Despite the massive criminal spending by our government, apparently without concern of the potential repercussions, we do seem to have a concern as to Israel's debt and we continue to funnel them cash for free. In addition to military aid {President Obama approved $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel, the first payment in a decade-long commitment that will reach at least $30 billion.} Irish4Palestine: 6.2 MILLION TO THE IDF CHILD KILLING ARMY.

US Drones Kill 12 in North Waziristan: Third TERROR Strike in 24 Hours in Tribal Area

December 19th, 2009
Categories: News, Afghanistan, Middle East, War

Link: http://news.antiwar.com/2009/12/18/us-drones-kill-12-in-north-waziristan/

US terrorists launched their third strike in the past 24 hours today, firing multiple missiles at a suspected “hideout” in Datta Khel village, North Waziristan Agency, and killing at least 12 suspects. The “hideout” in question amounted to a cluster of tents occupied by nomads who regularly migrate back and forth across the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan. The identities of the slain were not clear. Yahoo: NATO air strike kills three Afghan civilians. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan: Remarks of Z. Mujahid, Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Regarding the Invaders Recent Brutalities.

CIA helps PA agents torture Hamas supporters

December 19th, 2009
Categories: News, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=114113&sectionid=351020202

Palestinian security agents have been torturing supporters of the Hamas movement in their custody in the West Bank in cooperation with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a report says. Some western diplomats, together with regional officials, say that the relationship between the CIA and the two Palestinian agencies involved - Preventive Security Organization (PSO) and General Intelligence Service (GI) - is so close that the American agency appears to be supervising the Palestinians' work, according to a report published in The Guardian newspaper. "The [Central Intelligence] Agency considers them as their property, those two Palestinian services," one senior western official said. A diplomatic source added that US influence over the agencies was so great they could be considered "an advanced arm of the war on terror." AWIP: CIA working with Palestinian [security agents] torturers. Marco Villa: C.I.A. Teaching Palestinian Puppets Torture.

Jerusalem & Babylon / The story that got away

December 19th, 2009
Categories: News, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1135965.html

"Identifying Israel as a racist, warmongering apartheid state is no longer a radical view, shared mainly by anti-Semites and "Arab lovers" - it has become the mainstream opinion."

U.S. Drones Kill 15 People Near Border in Pakistan

December 18th, 2009
Categories: News, Afghanistan, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/18/world/asia/18pstan.html

In an exceptionally heavy barrage by American drones in Pakistan, five Predator aircraft fired 10 missiles at suspected militant compounds along the border with Afghanistan on Thursday. Along with an earlier attack, at least 15 people, including 7 foreigners, were killed, Pakistani security officials said. AntiWar: US Drone Attacks Kill at Least 17 in North Waziristan.

Ahmadinejad: Obama walking down Bush's road

December 18th, 2009
Categories: News, Afghanistan, Middle East, War, Iraq

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=114027&sectionid=351020101

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his US counterpart Barack Obama talks of change but in reality is 'going down the same road' as his predecessor, George W. Bush. "So far, Mr. Obama has only talked of bringing change to Washington, but US policies are not much different from before," said Ahmadinejad in a meeting with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on the sidelines of UN talks on climate change in Denmark.

Obama's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech (Graphic)

December 18th, 2009
Categories: News, Afghanistan, Middle East, War

Link: http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2009/12/obamas_nobel_prize_acceptance_speech_graphic.php#more

President Barack Obama was briefly in Oslo, Norway today to accept his Nobel Peace Prize. He gave a speech (transcript here). Below is an infographic that gives prominence to the words he used the most during his remarks.

The impunity of Israel and its allies will carry a price

December 18th, 2009
Categories: News, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/dec/17/tzipi-livni-arrest-warrant-israel-gaza

Outrage over Tzipi Livni's arrest warrant would be better directed to the suffering of Gaza and the risks of a new eruption. When evidence of war crimes is produced, you might expect states that claim to defend the rule of law to want those crimes investigated and the perpetrators held to account. Not a bit of it. The decision by a London judge to issue a warrant for the arrest of Israel's former foreign minister Tzipi Livni over evidence of serious breaches of the laws of war in Gaza has sparked official outrage in Britain. The court's behaviour was "insufferable", foreign secretary David Miliband declared. The Times called it "repugnant". Gordon Brown yesterday assured Livni that action would be taken to ensure no such thing ever happens again. AWIP: UK to review war crimes warrants after Tzipi Livni arrest row.

We don't remember British officialdom protesting when the mass murders in Gaza took place. British politicians, including Prime Minister & Poodle Tony Blair kept mum, and let 1,420 Palestinians be killed (446 of them children), 5,320 be injured (1,855 of them children), let 4,000 houses be destroyed and 16,000 houses be damaged without uttering a single word of protest, much less of outrage. -How can we now take their reactions to this British court seriously? Among modern-day hypocrites, aren't these obnoxious Friends of Israel the most contemptible and despicable? The following twelve lines of mockery do not seem at all inappropriate:

Grovel, grovel, bow and scrape:
kowtow, crawl and lick their boots.

Fawn and flatter, curry favor
from morning until late at night:

We cater to their every need,
and keenly heed their faintest call.

We excuse their cruelest deeds
and blame the victims, one and all
--even babes killed in mother's arms.

Lest we incur their righteous wrath,
we lower and demean ourselves
and keep note: always be umble.

Get The War Criminals Arrested Now

December 16th, 2009
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East

Link: http://www.politicaltheatrics.net/?p=1565

The recent arrest warrant issued in London for former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is more than justified. This woman, along with two other Israeli leaders, Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak, stood at the helm of the Israeli government that ordered, supervised and charted the genocidal onslaught against the Gaza Strip this time last year. She was a chief participant in the decision-making process who also supervised the progress of the hideous massacre from the beginning to the end. Needless to say, the decisions taken by Livni, and other suspected Israeli war criminals, did lead to the murder of more than 1440 people, including hundreds of innocent children whose lives were terminated by indiscriminate bombings from air, land and sea. This is in addition to the pornographic destruction of a huge part of Gaza’s civilian infrastructure, including tens of thousands of homes, mosques, and public buildings of every kind. The monstrous, satanic and evil lady knew perfectly what she was doing.

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