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October 26th, 2009

Steve Amsel

The timing seems too coincidental for the ‘riots’ around the AlAqsa Mosque to be the fault of the Palestinians. The ‘Second Intifada’ started nine years ago, almost to the day, when Palestinians were provoked by a visit by Ariel Sharon to the same area. Again, the Palestinians have been pushed too far to remain silent…. it is not only their nationhood that is at stake this time, it’s their very lives. Israel has chosen this period to finally proceed with their plan of ridding the land of every Palestinian and any trace that they ever even existed.

Those nations that voted against the Goldstone Commission Report last week literally gave Israel the ‘Carte Blanche’ to carry out the ‘final solution’ against Palestine which has been on their agenda for the past 61 years. Israel has seized this opportunity by attempting to provoke a ‘third intifada’, thereby being able to show the world that the Goldstone Report was total rubbish and offer proof that the Palestinians are the ones that are once again attempting to destroy everything that is sacred to Israel.

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Tariq Mehanna: Obama's Latest Muslim Target

October 26th, 2009

by Stephen Lendman

Tariq Mehanna

Post-9/11, Muslims have been victimized, vilified, and persecuted for their faith, ethnicity, prominence, activism, and charity. They've been targeted, hunted down, rounded up, held in detention, kept in isolation, denied bail, restricted in their right to counsel, tried on secret evidence, convicted on bogus charges, given long sentences, then incarcerated for extra harsh treatment as political prisoners in segregated Communication Management Units (CMUs) in violation of US Prison Bureau regulations and the Supreme Court's February 2005 Johnson v. California decision.

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“Racist” BNP leader’s public humiliation masks an ugly truth

October 26th, 2009

Stuart Littlewood

Nick Griffin

For the past week Britain, goaded by the media, has whipped itself into a frenzy over whether the leader of the British National Party, Nick Griffin, should have been allowed to appear on the BBC's flagship current affairs programme, Question Time.

The BNP is widely regarded as a racist organization. They don't like foreigners, basically. It is a whites-only party.

However, the BNP’s electoral success now entitles Griffin to a place with the state broadcaster alongside representatives of the mainstream parties. This has caused panic among the political establishment, whom many accuse of failing to get a grip on immigration and presiding over an open-door policy that has made Britain an easy touch for immigrants, asylum seekers and assorted criminals.

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‘Silly Season’ fatwa

October 26th, 2009

Stuart Littlewood

This year's traditional 'silly season' has been… well, exceptionally silly.

We've seen Netanyahu make an exhibition of himself in front of the UN with his ignorance of justice and utter disrespect for his neighbours. He may have impressed certain adoring western leaders but he didn’t fool the rest of us.

We've seen The Most Powerful Man in the World meekly cave in to Netnayahu's desire to carry on building illegal settlements and screwing up any hopes of peace. Darling Bibi must be allowed to pursue his wrecking tactics with impunity. In less than a year in office President Obama has lost all credibility in the Middle East, and for this and other blunders he is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – the ultimate daftness.

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Obama’s Iran Policy Is Misguided

October 26th, 2009

Jalal Alavi

The first day of October was the day on which six world powers (P5+1) and Iran met in relation to the latter’s controversial nuclear program.

Reports that have come out of that meeting depict the Islamic Republic as willing to concede on at least two grounds: negotiating the fate of its nuclear program with the P5+1 and holding direct high-level talks with the country the Islamic Republic has for years called the Great Satan (i.e., the United States).

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When They Say “Saudi-Backed, Anti-Iranian”, Think CIA. Think Mossad

October 25th, 2009

M K Bhadrakumar

[The White House feigns ignorance of some CIA programs, in order to maintain its deniability. There has never been even one anti-Iranian operation anywhere that was not controlled or monitored by the CIA. Even if it was true that the Jundullah outfit that attacked in Iran was really not a Pakistani group, even though it was based in S. Waziristan, the CIA knew of their actions and aims beforehand and chose to let them happen, just the way they "let 911 happen." Every Sunni terrorist outfit, especially all those described as being "al Qaida related" are CIA sponsored, using Saudi money, under ISI direction, facilitated by the Mossad. ThereAreNoSunglasses's Weblog]

Saudi-Iranian hostility hits boiling point

Conventional wisdom suggests that the terrorist strike by Jundallah in southeastern Iran on Sunday might have had the backing of the United States or Britain. But Jundallah today holds “fatal” attraction for a number of foreign powers that are interested in disorienting Iran’s policies.

Both Washington and London scrambled with unusual speed to not only disclaim any hand in the strike that killed seven senior commanders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps as well as 42 other people, but to condemn it in strong terms.

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Profit Driven Swine Flu Propaganda - Pump Up the Volume Part 1

October 25th, 2009

Evelyn Pringle

The pharmaceutical industry, with public health officials and the mainstream media acting as a mass marketing team, is about to pull off the biggest profiteering scheme in the history of the world. The swine flu hoax, perpetrated on a global level, will generate unheard of profits from a non-existent pandemic.

The Obama administration declared the spread of swine flu a public health emergency on April 26, 2009. The Associated Press reported that "Swine flu is now formally a pandemic, a declaration by U.N. health officials that will speed vaccine production and spur government spending to combat the first global flu epidemic in 41 years," on June 11, 2009.

"WHO chief Dr. Margaret Chan made the long-awaited declaration after the U.N. agency held an emergency meeting with flu experts and said she was moving to phase 6 -- the agency's highest alert level -- which means a pandemic is under way," the AP advised.

Since the "highest alert" warning was issued, the only estimation that has turned out to be true is that the drug companies are experiencing a windfall of tax dollars pouring into their coffers.

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October 25th, 2009

Allen L Roland

On rewatching George Orwell's 1984, the movie, starring John Hurt and Richard Burton ~ I was amazed, once again, at how prophetic Orwell was and could not help but compare our present endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to Orwell's Oligarchical collectivism where war is not meant to be won ~ it is meant to be continuous:

Watching the movie 1984 yesterday was an interesting and spellbinding experience ~ I just wanted to quickly review it and ended up spending the whole morning deeply engrossed in its message and astonished as to its significance as to what's happening in our world right now.

George Orwell was a master of wit and satire, critically observing the politics of his time and prophetically envisioning the future. He devoted much of his life to various causes critical of capitalism, imperialism, fascism, and Stalinism, but in the end what he “most wanted to do is to make political writing into an art” and that he did, inspiring countless authors in the process, including myself. As Orwell wrote in the preface of his other published work ( Animal Farm ) “Liberty is telling people what they do not want to hear."

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The Palestinian dilemma

October 25th, 2009

Khaled Amayreh

A Palestinian boy throws stones at an Israeli army watchtower at the
Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

While Fatah looks to use Palestinian elections as a means to destroy Hamas, it is the Israeli occupation that ultimately uses elections to control the Palestinian struggle.

Reeling from the so-called "Goldstone scandal", Fatah has been waging a fresh war of words against Hamas, accusing the Islamic movement of sabotaging chances for Palestinian reconciliation.

The decision by the Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership to seek to defer the adoption by the UN Human Rights Council of the Goldstone Report on Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip, which nonetheless the PA successfully reversed, created an unprecedented storm of criticism among Palestinians at home and in the Diaspora.

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AARP's Tradition of Betrayal

October 25th, 2009

by Stephen Lendman

Founded in 1958 for aged 50 and older Americans, AARP call itself "a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization (dedicated to) improv(ing) the quality of their lives," even though from inception it sold insurance to earn royalties - now to its 40 million members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands while claiming a mandate to:

-- deliver "value to members through information, advocacy and service;"

-- work "tirelessly to fulfill its vision: a society in which everyone ages with dignity and purpose, and in which AARP helps people fulfill their goals and dreams;" and

-- speak "with one voice - united by a common motto: 'To serve, not be served."

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