Insanity Bubble: America and Europe - the Leaders Who Could Not Lead

March 5th, 2012

Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD

“There are the times that try men’s soul”, noted Thomas Paine in his famous “Common Sense”, the lifeline to American independence. In situations of adversity and crises, leaders represent optimism and hope for change, not egoistic agenda and confusion…………… Peace requires new THINKING and New VISIONS that American President and Israeli PM do not have except the WAR agenda. Would Peace and Security grow out of the nowhere? Threatening rhetoric of pre-emptive war strikes on Iran nuclear’s centers and the nuisance of individualistic political indoctrination do not articulate rational and responsible opportunities for rational and intelligent leaders to engage in peaceful dialogue or conflict resolution. Obama appeared confused instead of pragmatic and visionary leaders, his face and body language did not seem to correspond to his movements of lips and the air he was breathing at the AIPAC stage. There is no scarcity of proactive Jewish intellectuals and scholars in Israel and America enriched with political imagination and strong sense of interests of the global humanity and people who love peace and harmony with the Arabs and Palestinians, and likewise, American thinkers and political visionaries who could do a better job than Netanyahu and Obama’s warrior mindsets.

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Gaza Gripped by Crisis

March 5th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

Punishing years under siege, Cast Lead's devastation, and regular IDF air, land and sea attacks took a terrible toll on Gazans physically, economically and emotionally.

In 2010, Doctors Without Borders (Medicine Sans Frontiers) said over half of children under age 12 need mental health help. Moreover, one-third of cases are severe.

Gaza Community Mental Health Program PR Director Husam El Nounou blamed crisis conditions on closure and regular Israeli attacks. Begun in 1993, it stiffened markedly after the second Intifada began.

Following Hamas' January 2006 legislative victory, harsher people traffic and goods restrictions were imposed. In June 2007, siege compounded partial isolation. As a result, hopelessness, virtual imprisonment, and regular Israeli attacks affect all Gazans, especially young children and youths.

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Irresponsible Anti-Iranian Fear-Mongering

March 5th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

Irresponsible anti-Iranian political and pack journalism rhetoric sound ominously like spurious Iraqi WMD threats in the run-up to the 2003 war.

In his January State of the Union address, Obama said:

"Let there be no doubt: America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal."

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Khader Adnan Ending Hunger Strike

March 5th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

Ma'an News said Adnan will stop hunger striking following a deal to release him on April 17, according to PA Prison Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqe.

Adnan didn't confirm it, and so far his lawyer didn't comment. The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has no information to report.

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Khader Adnan: Dying for Justice

March 5th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

He's a legend in his own time. Global human rights groups, activists, and many others support him.

His extraordinary courage demands acknowledgement and recognition.

Obama and officials in his administration did nothing to help him.

Israel's media took note. American media scoundrels barely notice.

On February 17, FAIR's Peter Hart (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) headlined his Huntington Post article, "Pundits Waiting for a Palestinian Gandhi? Meet Khader Adnan," saying:

He's attracting world attention. He's Palestine's Bobby Sands. Major media scoundrels ignore him. His story begs to be told, but they're largely silent.

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Heightening Anti-Iranian Tensions

March 5th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

For months, Iran faced baseless accusations. They include:

  • the spurious US Saudi ambassador assassination plot;
  • charges about developing nuclear weapons;
  • being the "world's leading state sponsor of terror," according to AIPAC;
  • targeting Israeli officials in India, Georgia, and Thailand; and
  • planning Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak's assassination, according to The Israel Project citing Kuwait's Al Jarida newspaper.

All of the above don't pass the smell test. Charges are baseless on their face. Yet major media scoundrels headline them for days. In the process, they heighten tensions for belligerent intervention.

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We are all Khadr Adnan

March 5th, 2012

By Khalid Amayreh

Like numerous other Palestinians, Khadr Adnan epitomizes the Palestinian people's struggle for justice and freedom from the virulently evil Zionist regime that is constantly seeking to emulate and perfect every Nazi crime committed by the Third Reich.

Adnan has been on hunger strike for 64 days and there are real fears that his seriously debilitated body might succumb to death at any moment. According to his wife who visited him a few days ago, he lost as much as half his body weight. His spirit is high but his body is dying, she said.

Adnan is not trying to commit suicide or imitate famous hunger-strikers and fighters for freedom, such as the Irish activist Bobby Sand, who maintained an extended hunger strike lasting for.

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Escalating Syrian Tensions

March 5th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

For nearly a year, externally generated violence wracked Syria. Dirty Western hands planned and implemented it. Rogue regional despots were enlisted for support.

Replacing an independent regime with a pro-Western one and isolating Iran are planned. Russia and China thwarted two Security Council resolutions designed to facilitate intervention.

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Depleting the Seas of Fish

March 5th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

In November 2006, Washington Post writer Juliet Eilperin headlined, " World's Fish Supply Running Out, Researchers Warn," saying:

International ecologists and economists believe "the world will run out of seafood by 2048" if current fishing rates continue.

A journal Science study "conclude(d) that overfishing, pollution and other environmental factors are wiping out important species" globally. They're also impeding world oceans' ability to produce seafood, filter nutrients, and resist disease.

Marine biologist Boris Worm warned:

"We really see the end of the line now. It's within our lifetime. Our children will see a world without seafood if we don't change things."

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What Iran Can Do for Lebanon’s Palestinians

March 5th, 2012

by FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut

“My friends and I like Iran. Maybe they will ask their friends in Lebanon to help baba (daddy) to be allowed to work and our family allowed to own a home outside the camps.” Hanadi, a precocious youngster at Shatila Camp’s Shabiba center on learning last week from her teacher that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khameneiand President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warmly welcomed Palestinian leaders to Tehran during the33rdanniversary celebrations of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and that both committed Iran to a “religious and moral duty to alleviate the effects on Palestinian refugees of the Nakba’s ethnic cleansing.”

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