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Poll: Getting rich seen as a long shot

January 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34882970/ns/business-personal_finance/

Americans say job losses, too many bills keep them down. The Great Recession seems to have pushed Americans into a negative mindset about their prospects for getting rich. Seven out of 10 say it is harder to get rich in America today than it used to be, according to the most recent Bankrate.com survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International.

Gitmo ‘Suicides’ Linked to Black Site Cover-Up - Detainees Sent to Secretive 'Camp No' Hours Before Their Deaths

January 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://news.antiwar.com/2010/01/18/gitmo-suicides-linked-to-black-site-coverup/

Harper’s magazine cites soldiers on the scene at the Camp Delta detention facility at Guantanamo Bay as casting serious doubt on the “suicides” of three detainees in early June of 2006.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968

January 18th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/18/dr_martin_luther_king_jr_1929

Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King. He was born January 15th, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just thirty-nine years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People’s Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of US foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, which he delivered at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, “I Have Been to the Mountain Top,” that he gave on April 3, 1968, the night before he was assassinated. [includes rush transcript]

Doctors Without Borders Cargo Plane With Full Hospital and Staff Blocked From Landing in Port-au-Prince

January 17th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/press/release.cfm?id=4165

Demands Deployment of Lifesaving Medical Equipment Given Priority Port-au-Prince/Paris /New York, 17 January 2009—Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urges that its cargo planes carrying essential medical and surgical material be allowed to land in Port-au-Prince in order to treat thousands of wounded waiting for vital surgical operations. Priority must be given immediately to planes carrying lifesaving equipment and medical personnel. Despite guarantees, given by the United Nations and the US Defense Department, an MSF cargo plane carrying an inflatable surgical hospital was blocked from landing in Port-au-Prince on Saturday, and was re-routed to Samana, in Dominican Republic. All material from the cargo is now being sent by truck from Samana, but this has added a 24-hour delay for the arrival of the hospital.

CARICOM BLOCKED... as US takes control of airport

January 17th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.trinidadexpress.com/index.pl/article_news?id=161583443

THE CARIBBEAN Community’s emergency aid mission to Haiti, comprising Heads of Government and leading technical officials, failed to secure permission Friday to land at that devasted country’s aiport, now under the control of the United States. Consequently, the Caricom ’assessment mission’, that was to determine priority humanitarian needs resulting from the mind-boggling earthquake disaster of Haiti last Tuesday, had to travel back from Jamaica to their respective home destinations.

Executive Orders - The Hallmarks Of Fascist Tyranny

January 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.rense.com/general89/excty.htm

The Executive Branch of our federal government has become a 500 pound tick that's being fed by a 50 pound dog (the American people) due to presidential Executive Orders (EOs).

US Drone Strike on South Waziristan House Kills 20 Third Attack in Shaktoi in Less than a Week

January 17th, 2010
Categories: News, War

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/index.php?p=m62279&hd=&size=1&l=e

US drones fired several missiles at a house in the Shaktoi region, straddling North and South Waziristan, killing at least 20 people. 15 of them were labeled as suspected Taliban, with the others totally unknown. It is the third attack in the Shaktoi region in less than a week, with a Thursday attack in North Waziristan’s Pasalkot village killing 18 people. Officials say the Thursday strike was an assassination attempt against Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud.

The Scum of the Earth

January 17th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.truthout.org/the-scum-earth56138

Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, GOP luminaries Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh have once again waded into a catastrophic tragedy with all the care and concern of hammerhead sharks unleashed into a fish tank full of orphans. For those not yet in the know, the dynamic global response in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti was accompanied by comments from Robertson and Limbaugh that would be unutterably sickening if they were not so completely predictable.

Israel kidnaps 14 Palestinians

January 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.paltelegraph.com/palestine/west-bank/3666-israel-kidnaps-14-palestinians

Palestine, January 17, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli occupation forces kidnapped 14 Palestinians off the coast of Gaza Strip and West Bank, Palestinian witnesses and security sources said today. At dawn on Sunday, the Israeli navy stopped a Palestinian fishing boat in the waters of Rafah city, in southern Gaza Strip, and ordered the four fishermen to swim to...

FDA says it's unable to regulate BPA

January 17th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/81901927.html

As 'indirect food additive,' substance is exempt from scrutiny. Warning: Chemicals in the packaging, surfaces or contents of many products may cause long-term health effects, including cancers of the breast, brain and testicles; lowered sperm counts, early puberty and other reproductive system defects; diabetes; attention deficit disorder, asthma and autism. A decade ago, the government promised to test these chemicals. U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials say they are powerless to regulate BPA, although they have declared the chemical to be a safety concern for fetuses, babies and young children.

Medical Worker Outside of Port-Au-Prince: We Are Waiting For Patients That Have Yet To Arrive

January 17th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2010/1/17/medical_worker_outside_of_port_au_prince_we_are_waiting_for_patients_that_have_yet_to_arrive

Democracy Now! received this email from a medical worker at Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot, 75 miles north of Port-Au-Prince. From Tim Traynor at Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot: I am sitting at Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot, Haiti, 75 miles north of PAP waiting for patients that have yet to arrive. I have a 7 member trauma/ general surgery team that arrived from the States earlier this afternoon and have received only 4 people from PAP. Those that made it by USCGS helo were so septic that they would have died had they not been transported to us early this PM. We have 6 Orthopedic surgeons arriving at noon tomorrow and we have no patients for them. We have created space for one hundred people and have differed all non-emergency cases until we have handled the crisis. I am told that within three to four days all those injured in the quake will be dead and the extraordinary efforts accomplished by these generous doctors will have been wasted. What in the name of God can we do or who can we talk to in an effort to alleviate the misery and keep this tragedy from turning into one of the biggest calamities in our time.

FRANCE: Time to Pay Back Haiti

January 17th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=50007

As thousands of people filled Notre Dame Cathedral here Saturday evening in a special mass for victims of the earthquake in Haiti, the solidarity and sadness reflected the historical ties that bind France to the Caribbean nation.

Tens of thousands neglected at quake epicentre

January 17th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/17/2794190.htm

People in Leogane, at the quake's epicentre, have so far been left to fend for themselves in ad hoc squatter camps. Great concrete slabs, once roofs or second floors, have concertinaed down crushing people who had no chance of survival. Almost every concrete structure in the town is flattened, and the town is said to be more devastated than the capital, with dead bodies still littering the streets.

Relief Efforts in the Shadow of Past “Help”: Moving from crimes-as-charity to actual support for Haiti

January 17th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/297.php

Over the course of the past decade, Canada's leading officials and most prestigious commentators have learned how to approach Haiti in the spirit of cynical power politics and racist condescension (or worse) while maintaining a posture of national self-flattery. With attention again riveted on Haiti following the horrific tragedy inflicted by Tuesday's earthquake, this ugly mixture is once again on display.

Global Cooling? Tell It to the Jellyfish

January 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.truthout.org/global-cooling-tell-it-jellyfish56109

There are certain newspaper headlines that catch your eye and stop you in your tracks. Like the New York Post's famous "Headless Body in Topless Bar." Or such tabloid greats as "Evil Cows Ate My Garden," "Double Decker Bus Found on Moon," and my personal favorite, "Proof of Reincarnation: Baby Born with Wooden Leg." Along similar lines, I was startled this week when London's Daily Mail published an article headlined, "Could we be in for 30 years of global COOLING?" »

Monopolies Control Health Insurance

January 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Health

Link: http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/01/monopolies-control-health-insurance/

Like pathetic knights of another era jousting at windmills, industry shrills attack health care reform, claiming it “tramples individual liberty” and stifles “free enterprise.” Far from protecting individual liberty or promoting free enterprise, these forces uphold monopoly control of health care insurance that has a stranglehold on American consumers. And they pay huge sums to control the debate and twist legislation to their advantage.

Health Bill Can Pass Senate With 51 Votes, Van Hollen Says

January 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-01-16/health-bill-can-pass-senate-with-51-votes-van-hollen-says.html

Even if Democrats lose the Jan. 19 special election to pick a new Massachusetts senator, Congress may still pass a health-care overhaul by using a process called reconciliation, a top House Democrat said.

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.

Pay at top Wall Street firms estimated at $145 billion in 2009

January 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

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

The Wall Street Journal published an estimate Thursday that total pay at the largest Wall Street firms reached $145 billion last year. The Journal’s figure, based on preliminary figures, is more than any other year in history. JP Morgan strengthened this prognosis Friday by announcing that it paid its employees $9.3 billion in 2009, 18 percent more than in 2008. The figure sets a new record for the bank, up from $7.9 billion in 2007 and $8.1 billion in 2006.

Looters roam Port-au-Prince as earthquake death toll estimate climbs

January 16th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/15/looters-roam-port-au-prince

Hunger and thirst turn to violence in Haiti as planes unable to offload aid supplies fast enough. The death toll from Haiti's earthquake climbed to as high as an estimated 140,000, as logistical bottlenecks delayed aid and stoked looting by survivors desperate for food and water.

Gaza: what are promises of humanitarian aid worth?

January 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.redress.cc/palestine/slittlewood20100116

Stuart Littlewood takes the British government to task for failing to deliver aid it pledged to beleaguered Gaza, for the lack of any sense of urgency or determination "to actually deliver real help into the living (and dying) hell that our so-called friends in Tel Aviv have created", and for making Britain "appear complicit in prolonging the criminal devastation” of Gaza. ”... with reports coming in of Israel massing its military strength in the western Negev and elsewhere near the Gaza border, presumably for a second Gaza war as if last year’s wasn’t unforgivable, and the US storing extra ordnance in Israel presumably for the Israeli military to use against Palestinian civilians, it’s time Dogsbody Britain finally snarled a little at the bloodthirsty lunatics

How Much Obamacare Costs the Average Family

January 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Health

Link: http://www.creators.com/opinion/dick-morris/how-much-obamacare-costs-the-average-family.html

Whether or not you now have health insurance, Obama's health care bill will cost you dearly. If you don't have insurance, you will be required to buy it. The legislation specifies how much you will have to pay for the coverage before any subsidy kicks in. All during the campaign, Obama kept speaking about affordable coverage. Now it appears that his definition of “affordable” might be a bit elastic. If your household income is $66,000 a year, slightly above the national average, Obama's health care bill will require you to spend 12 percent of your income — about $8,000 a year or almost $700 a month — to buy health insurance before you get any federal subsidy. Let’s be clear about this so-called ‘Obama care’. Obama is just a stooge, a puppet like Bush was. The insurance companies and the corporate health care industry are perpetrating this health care debacle against the American people. Our so-called leaders, congressman and senators, are helping their true masters to loot America into collapse, economically bleeding and enslaving the people for generations to come. The privately owned Federal Reserve bank has already stolen some twenty five trillion dollars from the United States in the so-called ‘bail out’. Now it's the insurance companies turn to take their pound of flesh from the American people, only with this deal the looting will never end. This new corporate health care plan means a seventy billion dollar annual increase in profits for wealthy insurance company stockholders, and a grinding corporate slavery for the American people. When an individual is forced against their will to give their money to a privately owned entity, profiting wealthy stockholders and non-governmental concerns, this is slavery.

MEXICO: Journalists' Options - Silence, Exile or the Grave

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49998

Journalists are the target of such violence in Mexico that many have been forced to seek refuge in the United States, or to give up their profession. And the outlook at the start of this year is even grimmer for media workers in this country.

Push for Looser Pot Laws Gains Momentum

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704381604575005333978437228.html?mod=article-outset-box

SEATTLE—A push to legalize marijuana on the West Coast is picking up steam as Washington lawmakers and pot proponents in California and Oregon propose separate measures. The Washington state legislature will hold a preliminary vote Wednesday on whether to sell pot in state liquor stores, though even its authors say the bill is unlikely to pass. The same day in California, backers of a well-funded ballot measure to legalize marijuana are expected to file more than enough signatures to put the initiative before state voters in November

Afghan Govt. Demands Arrest of US "Death Squad" Who handcuffed, executed 8 children. US refuses

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24403.htm

Kai Eide, UN Representative to Afghanistan confirmed the Afghan government’s investigative conclusions that US troops handcuffed and then executed eight students enrolled in grades 6 through 10 in a night raid on December 27, 2009. The US military and NATO responded the troops involved were non-official. The most likely source of para-military “non-official” troops in Afghanistan is Blackwater/Xe. President Hamid Karzai demanded arrest of the US troops engaged in the break-in and mafia-style execution of their children. The US responded to the Afghan demand of January 1 by rejecting the findings of the Afghan government and UN with a vague promise of their own self-investigation at some later date.

“Bush Was Responsible for Destroying Haitian Democracy”–Randall Robinson on Obama Tapping Bush to Co-Chair US Relief Efforts

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/15/bush_was_responsible_for_destroying_haitian

We speak with TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson, author of An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President. On President Obama tapping former President Bill Clinton and former President George W Bush to co-chair US relief efforts in Haiti, Robinson says, “Bush was responsible for destroying Haitian democracy…Clinton has largely sponsored a program of economic development that supports the idea of sweatshops… but that is not what we should focus on now. We should focus on saving lives.” [includes rush transcript]

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.

Obama confidant's spine-chilling proposal

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2010/01/15/sunstein/index.html

Cass Sunstein has long been one of Barack Obama's closest confidants. Often mentioned as a likely Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Sunstein is currently Obama's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things, he is responsible for "overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs." In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-"independent" advocates to "cognitively infiltrate" online groups and websites -- as well as other activist groups -- which advocate views that Sunstein deems "false conspiracy theories" about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens' faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists. Cass Sunstein: Ban conspiracy theories

ACLU Obtains List Of Bagram Detainees

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.aclu.org/national-security/aclu-obtains-list-bagram-detainees

In response to an American Civil Liberties Union Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the Defense Department today released a list of the people imprisoned at the notorious Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Until today, the Defense Department had refused to make the list public. The list contains the names of 645 prisoners who were detained at Bagram in September 2009, but other vital information including their citizenship, how long they have been held, in what country they were captured and the circumstances of their capture has been redacted.

Consumers’ spending power tumbled in ’09 Inflation-adjusted wages fall 1.6 percent — the sharpest drop since 1990

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34876328/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/

American families were squeezed last year as their inflation-adjusted weekly wages fell 1.6 percent — the sharpest drop since 1990 while consumer inflation rose 2.7 percent.

Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan tops $1 trillion

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60E0M220100115

The cost to U.S. taxpayers of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 has topped $1 trillion, and President Barack Obama is expected to request another $33 billion to fund more troops this year.

Barack Obama bills banks for $117bn as he says: We want our money back

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://news.scotsman.com/world/Barack-Obama-bills-banks-for.5984876.jp

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama yesterday proposed Wall Street pay up to $117 billion (£71bn) to repay taxpayers for the financial bail-out, as he slammed bankers for their "massive profits and obscene bonuses". "My commitment is to recover every single dime the American people are owed," Mr Obama said. "We want our money back, and we're going to get it. "And my determination to achieve this goal is only heightened when I see reports of massive profits obscene bonuses at the very firms who owe their continued existence to the American people," the president said. Obama’s regulatory “reform” plan was nothing less than a green light for the complete and total takeover of the United States by a private banking cartel. Obama has given the privately-owned and unaccountable Federal Reserve complete regulatory oversight across the entire U.S. economy. In the past year 25 trillion- $25,000,000,000,000. has been given to the international Federal reserve bank. America is being looted into collapse, economically enslaving the people for generations to come. Obama, the ‘con artist’ president, who set up the American people with the help of his Federal Reserve cabinet members, says "Wall Street should pay up to $117 billion dollars to the tax payers." That's one trillion, seventeen billion dollars. So what about the other twenty three trillion, eighty seven billion? Its all a con, a public relations ploy to distract, misdirect and placate the people. Obama is in on it, has been from the beginning.

“Us” versus “them”: on the meaning of fascism

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.redress.cc:80/global/rtucker20100115

”Fascism ... is a social pathology and it can legitimately be considered humanity's most urgent public health problem. If enough people come to understand what the disease is and how to diagnose it, perhaps there will emerge a means to inoculate ourselves. At this point American and Jewish fascism appear to have converged into an aggressive pathological force that endangers humanity more than any such phenomenon in the past.”

Our Role in Haiti's Plight

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/296.php

Any large city in the world would have suffered extensive damage from an earthquake on the scale of the one that ravaged Haiti's capital city on Tuesday afternoon, but it's no accident that so much of Port-au-Prince now looks like a war zone. Much of the devastation wreaked by this latest and most calamitous disaster to befall Haiti is best understood as another thoroughly manmade outcome of a long and ugly historical sequence.

Haiti: 'Money is worth nothing right now … water is the only currency'

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://news.scotsman.com/world/Haiti-39Money-is-worth-nothing.5984900.jp

DESPERATE Haitians clawed at chunks of concrete with their bare hands and battered at slabs of debris with sledgehammers yesterday, trying to free people buried alive in Tuesday's devastating earthquake.

The Right-Wing Media React To Haiti

January 14th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.enewspf.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12890:the-right-wing-media-react-to-haiti&catid=88888891&Itemid=88890121

Tuesday's devastating earthquake in Haiti continues to bring grim news. Estimated death counts range from the tens of thousands to more than 100,000. Haiti's capital and largest city, Port-au-Prince, sustained massive damage: its hospitals -- all of them -- destroyed or rendered unusable, the presidential palace and a United Nations mission flattened. Damage to Haiti's airport, seaport, roads, power supplies, and other utilities has exacerbated the suffering and hindered relief efforts. Public and media reaction to the tragedy has been swift and in many cases admirable. Record-setting donations have poured into the Red Cross ... On January 13, Fox News' three top-rated programs for 2009 -- The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity, and Glenn Beck -- devoted a combined total of less than 7 minutes of coverage to the earthquake in Haiti...

The Empire Discovers Yemen

January 14th, 2010
Categories: News, War

Link: http://www.uruknet.de:80/?s1=1&p=62162&s2=15

It was another one of those Orwellian moments that have occurred so frequently over the past eight years. On January 4th Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that "… we see global implications from the war in Yemen and the ongoing efforts by al-Qaeda in Yemen to use it as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the region." As in Orwell’s 1984, one almost expected Clinton to intone "We have always been at war with Yemen" during a two minutes of hate rally held on the White House lawn. The Clinton statement was widely reported in the media as a call to arms by the Obama Administration because Yemen has become a "global threat." The White House’s identification of a new enemy was good news for those who had become concerned that the war on terror, now called overseas contingency operations, was not expanding quickly enough.

Letter of the day: Haiti suffers, and Robertson sees the hand of Satan

January 14th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.startribune.com/opinion/letters/81595442.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUnciaec8O7EyUsl

Dear Pat Robertson, I know that you know that all press is good press, so I appreciate the shout-out. And you make God look like a big mean bully who kicks people when they are down, so I'm all over that action. But when you say that Haiti has made a pact with me, it is totally humiliating. I may be evil incarnate, but I'm no welcher. The way you put it, making a deal with me leaves folks desperate and impoverished. Sure, in the afterlife, but when I strike bargains with people, they first get something here on earth -- glamour, beauty, talent, wealth, fame, glory, a golden fiddle. Those Haitians have nothing, and I mean nothing. And that was before the earthquake...

Savage police brutality revealed

January 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Horrific police beating in Springfield, Mass., caught on videotape--and the months-long inaction of police and city officials. A VIDEO released last week shows how a routine traffic stop by local police for a dragging muffler last November turned into a nightmare for Melvin Jones III. Jones, an African American and resident of Springfield, Mass., was pulled over on November 27--and ended up in the hospital with severe injuries to his face, after he was beaten by Jeffrey Asher, a white police officer with a history of brutality against African Americans.

Muffled Screams of Gaza

January 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/70545

"...convincing Israel to do the right thing and to stop establishing new facts on the ground to further complicate an already complex political issue will require more than symbolism. And nothing substantive is likely to happen till the US modifies its one-sided Middle East policy. Meanwhile, Israel will continue business as usual. It might invade Gaza again. Some opinion makers in Israel are already boasting about how “Operation Cast Lead 2” would look like with the use of “advanced Israeli-made Marakava 4 Tanks”.

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