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Raising Money for Killers

December 9th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

Imagine holding a fundraiser for murder, destruction, and occupation viciousness.

On December 6, Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) held their annual gala in Los Angeles. Guests annually include high-ranking Israeli military and government officials. Well-known Americans attend.

The event raises millions of dollars annually for Israeli militarism, belligerence, and cold-blooded murder. It's shocking that anyone would contribute to what they should condemn.

FIDF says the "job" of IDF killers "is to look after Israel. Ours is to look after them." Doing so is complicity with decades of crimes of war, against humanity, and genocide.

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Obama Plans African Wars

December 8th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

Obama's warmaking appetite exceeds all his predecessors and then some. He's already waging multiple direct and proxy wars.

His rhetoric about winding them down rings hollow. He wants to make the most of the next four years.

No targeted country left behind reflects his agenda. He's ravaging the world multiple countries at a time. He's out-of-control. He governs like a serial killer.

He plans more war on Iran, perhaps Lebanon, and full-scale intervention against Syria. He has other targets in mind. He's insatiable. Africa dreaming explains what's on his mind.

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Middle East on the Boil

December 7th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

Call it the curse of oil and gas. Countries with large and smaller reserves are affected. So are some with few or perhaps none. Living in a targeted neighborhood is challenging. Independent governments are most vulnerable.

Reports suggest the worst ahead. Iran remains a longtime US/ Israeli target. Syria's very much on the boil. Washington's proxy war rages. It's been ongoing since early last year.

It was planned many years ago. Previous articles explained that America wants all independent governments replaced by pro-Western puppet ones. War is the bottom line option of choice when other methods fail.

Direct US/NATO intervention looms. Deploying attack Patriot missiles in Turkey near Syria's border comes perilously close to declaring war. Doing so may follow.

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Netanyahu's Israel

December 7th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

He's made Israel more unfit to live in than any of his predecessors. Palestinians have no rights whatever. Israeli Arabs have few. Most Jews are losing theirs incrementally. Neoliberal harshness plans destroying Israel's safety net entirely. Budget cuts target housing, healthcare, education, employment and welfare.

Labor rights are eroding. So is public education. Disabled Israelis find it harder than ever to find jobs. Regressive taxes benefit business and wealthy elites. Others least able to afford it face growing burdens.

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No consequences (again) for Israel’s hateful conduct?

December 7th, 2012

Stuart Littlewood

Civil society calls for trade sanctions but Hague says EU has ‘no enthusiasm’

Earlier this week, in a sham show of ‘get tough’ diplomacy, UK foreign minister Alistair Burt announced that the Israeli ambassador had been formally summoned to the Foreign Office following Israel’s decisions to build 3,000 new housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, unfreeze planning in the area known as E1 and withhold tax revenues from the Palestinian Authority.

“I set out the depth of the UK’s concern about these decisions and I called on the Israeli government to reverse them. The settlements plan in particular has the potential to alter the situation on the ground on a scale that threatens the viability of a two state solution.”

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Iran: Washington’s hardest case or troubled dream?

December 6th, 2012

By Ismail Salami

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recently described Iran as the hardest issue she has been dealing with as secretary of state.

In 30-minute keynote address at the annual US-Israeli forum, Clinton clearly enunciated that she has failed to find a solution to Iran issue.

“Iran is the hardest of the hard boards because of the dangers its behavior already poses and the geometrically greater danger that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose… It is an issue that has consumed a significant part of my time as secretary of state.”

What strikes fear into the heart of Washington is in fact the ever-increasing sway the Islamic Republic is gaining and that which can be used as a leverage to counter the influence of the United States and Israel in the region. In other words, Iran serves as an antidote to Washington’s venomous influence in the Middle East.

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Israel’s Doomsday E-1 Settlement

December 6th, 2012

By Nicola Nasser

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has definitely crossed an international red line to vindicate a swift and firm rejection from Israel’s closest allies when he announced plans recently to build a new settlement on a corridor of occupied Palestinian land in East Jerusalem, which will render any prospective Palestinian contiguous state territorially impossible. Daniel Seidemann, the Israeli founder of Terrestrial Jerusalem, has condemned it as “the doomsday settlement” and “not a routine” one.

Netanyahu risks a diplomatic confrontation that will not develop into a diplomatic isolation of Israel because Israel’s allies have decided to pressure him to backtrack by “incentives and disincentives” instead of “sanctions,” in the words of the British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

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Israel: Heading for a Political Cliff?

December 6th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

Middle East expert Patrick Seale knows the region well. He's covered it for over four decades. On December 4, he said:

He "rarely encountered such detestation of Israel, such thirst for revenge and such rage at its superpower patron. (It's) bubbling beneath the surface like molten lava."

How can tiny Israel "defy hundreds of millions of Arabs, Iranians and Turks and the vast Muslim world beyond? Only the United States can save Israel from the suicidal folly of its leaders."

Rage holds back only so long. Oppressed people eventually rebel. Israel's moment of truth awaits. US support delays its day of reckoning.

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Israel and Palestine: Man in Search of Humanity

December 5th, 2012

Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD

All wars are waged for profits and plunder and constitute crimes against humanity. History tells the truth that herd like passion perpetuates warmongering - killing of the same mankind. The ongoing conflicts between Israel and Palestinian people are no exception but camouflaged record of absurd lies, deceptions and failed leadership. If intelligent leaders were to come in the future, coming generations might term it absurd and utterly foolish that while Jews and Muslims had so much in common; they lived in distrust and wasted time and energies during decades-old fear of the unknown. They breathe the same oxygen so close but find themselves operative in conflicting time zones. The mankind is paying with pains to systematic conflict-making and conflict-keeping policies maintained and applauded by the leading military powers of the globe. Man and humanity are striving to survive against manipulative and highly dangerous military odds, not seen in the living history. Nobody can predict with certainty how the future will unfold for peace and co-existence, not just in the predominantly Arab Middle East but its uncontrollable consequences for the whole of the mankind.

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Venezuelans Vote Again

December 5th, 2012

by Stephen Lendman

In America, money power controls elections. People have no say. Each party replicates the other. Venezuela is different.

Voters take full advantage. They choose real democrats over fake ones. It shows in how Venezuelans are governed.

On October 7, they reelected Chavez overwhelmingly. On December 16, they'll vote again in regional elections. At stake are 23 regional governorships and 229 local legislative positions.

Currently, Chavez's United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) controls 17 of 23 states. Key opposition candidates represent the Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition.

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