Τετάρτη, 13 Απριλίου 2011

KALI YUGA REPORT 110412

PROVIDING INFORMATION NOT FOUND IN THE CONTROLLED MEDIA,
MONITORING THE AGE OF DARKNESS, IGNORANCE, GREED AND STUPIDITY,
& THE ZIONIST WAR FOR GLOBAL DOMINANCE.
SETTING STRAIGHT THE RECORD OF HISTORY


KALI YUGA REPORT 110412


Five articles by Gilad Atzmon


1 - War in Libya : Barack Obama Gets in Touch With His Inner Neocon - Doug Bandow + additional links
2 - Washington’s precious catch : the oil and the bank accounts + additional links
3 - Press Release: A New Israeli Massacre in Gaza - Haidar Eid +
BDS ROOTED IN LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS, A response to Greg Sheridan’s ‘A Party of Ignorant Extremists’- Samah Sabawi
4 - Syria: Venezuela says U.S.& Allies repeating Libya strategy
5 - Obama authorizes secret help for Libya rebels - Mark Hosenball +
European Union prepares to send ground troops to Libya - Chris Marsden
6 - Yemen : Behind Al-Qaeda Scenarios an unfolding stealth agenda - F. William Engdahl
7 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad : 'Enemies seek to wage Shia-Sunni war'
8 - RICHARD FALK: OBAMA’S LIBYAN FOLLY: TO BE OR NOT TO BE +
The division of Libya started in London +
The Truth about Libya - Stephen Goodson
9 - A Look Back At 8 Years Of War In Iraq - Medea Benjamin & Charles Davis
10- Associated Press Report on Gaza Deconstructed - Alison Weir


Glamour and the Ghost Cities of the Moon - Dog Poet Transmitting .......


11 - Judge Goldstone’s wobble sends wrong signal - Stuart Littlewood +
Goldstone’s rethink : cleansing Israel's war crimes - Jonathan Cook i +
Facebook bans pages calling for Palestinian uprising
12 - The Real Identity of Israel
13 - I AM ISRAEL / ISRAHELL & other videos
14 - Europe's Israel romance is on the wane - Daud Abdullah
15 - Israeli Embassy in Cairo Under Siege : Demands: Embassy Closure & Withdrawal from The Camp David Accords, in Wake of Renewed
Attacks on Gaza - Dr. Ashraf Ezzat
16 - PAUL FINDLEY : Obama’s Fateful Abuse of War Powers
17 - Ramifications of British imperialism on Pakistan’s polity - Asif Haroon
18 - U.S. Government Looting Social Security To Wage Wars - Sherwood Ross
19 - Lebanon – Wiki-Cables Tell of Treason & US Interference
20 - Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government


Looking for Dr. Pangloss in an Orwellian Nightmare - Dog Poet Transmitting .......


21 - A defense which deserves being called “holy” - Kourosh Ziabari
22 - PAUL BALLES : SHIFTING FOCUS
23 - 3,000 Women A Year Caught In Israel's Sex Industry - Gideon Alon
24 - Ukrainian Jewish Committee Embraces Holodomor "Denial "
25 - Book Advocates Jewish Supremacy, Ultra-Orthodox Officials Go To Bat for Anti-Gentile Book - Steven I. Weiss
26 - How Jewish Supremacism Is Destroying America - Patrick Grimm
27 - For Whom The Bell Tolls, David Irving was sent to jail for denying Jewish superiority - Israel Shamir
28 - The Real Cause of 'Anti Semitism' - Henry Makow, PhD
29 - Z Street : The New Zionist Extremist Group (Zionism is corrosive, destructive, racist, extremist, undemocratic and hateful) - Stephen
Lendman
30 - Religious Fundamentalism In Israel - Stephen Lendman


The Pending Judgment of the New World Disorder - Dog Poet Transmitting .......


31 - An Expose On Jewish Racism, Showdown At The Kol Shofar Synagogue - , Arthur Topham
32 - Rules of evidence should evenly apply (1945 autopsies ; Not one case of death by poison gas was found) - Wesley Ewers
33 - Boost mitochondrial function naturally - Dr. David Jockers


All articles are reproduced in accordance with Section 107 of title 17 of the Copyright Law of the United States relating to fair-use and are for the purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. The material presented underneath does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the editor. Then : everybody should do research of his own and check for deception or some 'agenda'. As always it is : 'Caveat Lector'!


Thanks to : Debbie Menon (http://mycatbirdseat.com/,http://www.intifada-palestine.com), Alex James, Vatic Project (http://vaticproject.blogspot.com) , "Information Clearing House'', Antiwar.com , DAILY CENSORED, VETERANS TODAY, REDRESS INFORMATION & ANALYSIS, PAK ALERT PRESS, INTIFADA PALESTINA, The European Union Times, Global Research, Electronic Intifada, Sabbah Report, RADIO ISLAM, ET AL.





Rabbi Teitelbaum : 'Zionism is an invention of SATAN !'
END of ZIONISM = PEACE






"The Israeli Lobby owns the Congress, media, Hollywood, Wall Street, both political parties, and the White House. This kind of talk will get people fired by this lobby, as we have seen recently with White House correspondent Helen Thomas and CNN anchor Rick Sanchez. However, many Americans are growing tired of the arrogance of the Israel Lobby and their bigoted attitudes toward anyone who challenges their influence-peddling and their ridiculous insistence that Israel must be supported because of some ancient fairy tales involving some tribes who wandered the deserts of the Middle East and saw and heard non-existent things because of sun stroke, drinking bad water, and smoking local hallucinogenic plants." - Wayne Madsen




I am Israel.
You want freedom? I have bullets, tanks, missiles, Apaches and F-16s to obliterate you.
I have placed your towns under siege, confiscated your lands, uprooted your trees, demolished your homes and you still demand freedom?
Don’t you get the message?
You will never have peace or freedom, because
I am Israel.




"Property owned by Gentiles (non-jews : ed) is considered public property,
like unclaimed land in the desert."
The Jewish Encyclopedia,
Vol. X, p. 621, under the heading "Gentile

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Gilad Atzmon : Inside What Job? A film review
“There is definitely a fear among certain Jews in this industry…And it’s because it’s spreading past Wall Street now. There’s a growing animosity towards the wealthy, and especially the wealthy that have made money on Wall Street and real estate and finance, as so many Jews have—some legitimately, some not so. It’s very easy to generalise that it must be the entire Jewish people.” Jewish employee with a top New York investment bank who asked that his name be withheld. Jewish Journal (October 7 2008)

“Inside Job”, The Academy Award documentary film about the current financial crisis is a worthy documentary, and it certainly delivers on many fronts. It explains the disastrous shift within the American financial industry over the last decade, exposing the elements, the decisions and the people who destabilised the global economy. In doing so, it provides an insight into the systematic, faulty structures that transformed American financial services industry markets into a risky bubble. And it also explains why the bubble eventually burst.

Charles H. Ferguson, the director of the film, managed to unveil the inherent malaise within a corrupted financial elite and within the American economy. The film exposes a chain of disastrous cases of conflicts of interest. In America, credit rating agencies had been receiving huge funds from the financial institutions that they were supposed to critically asses. Clearly, America let the cat look after the milk. The cat failed to confess a conflict of interest. Seemingly, in most cases, the cat was rather corrupted, and as it happens, it still is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzrBurlJUNk

But how has America arrived at such a disastrous state of affairs? How are we to begin to understand the origins of such ways of operating? In America, academics and academic institutions are largely funded by business interests and industries, establishing a relationship that, to a large extent, significantly determines the curriculum. Needless to mention that such a situation is having some grave consequences on American scholarship -- In the long term, America has managed to shoot itself in the foot -- It has produced generations of scholars who lack the necessary means to think theoretically and critically, let alone bring about change. America’s young economists, for instance, are more than likely to be indoctrinated by the liberal ideologies that were planted initially by the likes of Milton Friedmann, Alan Greenspan, Larry Summers and Martin Feldstein. These four were adamant supporters of zero Governmental intervention and excessive deregulation. For more than a decade American academic institutions have been producing economists who excel in speculation and risky markets -- people who know how to make money out of money -- yet they know very little about production, productivity and manufacturing.

This fact alone may mean that America is farther than it hopes to be from recovery. It simply lacks the brain to bounce back into the world economy. America is gravely stuck in its service economy phase.

“Inside Job” ends by contending that -- despite the financial turmoil and those who are culpable for an emerging global disaster -- the underlying system has not changed. The clique that turned world finance into a “Global Ponzi scheme” remain largely untouched. The protagonists who impoverished hundreds of millions around the world, have been left with hundreds of millions in their pockets; and as if this is not enough, they are still running America’s financial world.

As much as the film is brilliantly made, it has some crucial blind spots: Almost every individual or figure linked to the colossal disaster disclosed in the film is either a Jew, or a goy who worked for a company that is recognised as ‘being Jewish’. And yet, the film (probably consciously) fails to address this highly sensitive issue.

I would not suggest that Jews, as a people, are collectively responsible for the economic crisis -- I have never accused Jews as a collective -- And yet, a few questions need to be raised here. How is it that so many amongst the culprits of the current global disaster are Jews? Are they Zionists? Do they form a class -- or are they just a bunch of individuals? Is such a severe lack of ethics (which they surely so profoundly performed) imbued within ‘Jewish secular culture’?

These questions are likely to be considered by historians of the future, and I do not see any reason not to elaborate on them now. In fact Jewish media outlets have admitted that the situation and its implications might well prove to have complex repercussions -- already in 2008, The Jewish chronicle was envisaging a tidal wave of anti Semitism. The ADL too, was concerned. In 2009 the Wall Street Journal also expressed concern about the rise of anti Jewish feelings.

The film obviously fails to address the topic, but this may as well be a very clever move, since such an omission leaves these questions to the viewer.

I am convinced that Ferguson wasn’t at all blind to the disproportionate representation of Jews within his cast. Though the word ‘Jews’ or Jewish symbols are avoided, Christianity is actually clearly featured in the film -- During the film, Ferguson discloses the excessive life style of his corrupted protagonists: more than once we meet a ‘fair escort girl’, who is there to tell us about the boys in Goldman Sachs’ and Lehman Brothers’ most ‘elementary needs’. Interestingly enough, on her well endowed breast, clearly visible, hangs a substantial crucifix.

In cinematic language, this symbolism is very telling. Also towards the end of the film the camera introduces us to the victims of the ‘financial shoa’. We are taken to a tent-city built for the impoverished Americans; those who lost everything they ever had while a bunch of corrupted bankers pocketed millions. In this island of poverty we meet a volunteer for a Catholic charity who is there to introduce hope.

Whether Ferguson intended to give this impression or not is unclear, but the symbolism is devastatingly obvious; the Christians here are either prostituting themselves, or just left to pay the bill.

There is more omission. Throughout the film there is not a single mention of the war in Iraq. Yet, it is an obvious fact that at the time Alan Greenspan, Goldman-Sachs, Lehman Bros, Larry Summers and Martin Feldstein were leading America and the world economy into a total disaster, America was fighting a war that was set to demolish one of the last enemies of the Jewish state. At the time that America was led to believe in its miraculous financial boom, some bankers were manufacturing false dreams.

These two occurrences go hand in hand. While America was implementing ‘the Wolfowitz doctrine’ and fighting a Zionist war, a cabal of corrupted bankers pocketed billions, creating an economy bubble that diverted the public attention from the war in Iraq.

The film fails to address these aspects. But it may be wise to do so -- For it to reach the masses, the film rather ‘saves itself’ from telling the entire truth.

However, the truth will come out. It always prevails somehow.


Gilad Atzmon : On Jewish Intolerance
In a New Statesman article, law professor John Dugard ,who was a Judge on The International Court of Justice as well as being Special Raporteur for United Nations Commission on Human Rights, summarises the Goldstone apology saga : ‘there are no new facts that could possibly have led Richard Goldstone to change his mind about the UN-backed investigation into Israel and the conflict in Gaza.’

While Goldstone claimed that the Israeli investigations produced some results also recognised by a follow-up UN committee report chaired by Judge Mary McGowan Davis, Dugard stresses that the McGowan Davis report was actually very critical of the Israeli investigations, finding them to be “lacking in impartiality, promptness and transparency.”

According to the McGowan Davis report, the Israeli ‘probe’ has resulted in “two convictions; one for theft of a credit card, resulting in a sentence of seven months' imprisonment, and another for using a Palestinian child as a human shield, which resulted in a suspended sentence of three months.”

Dugard is clearly bewildered by Goldstone’s latest zigzag: “Richard Goldstone is a former judge and he knows fully well that a fact-finding report by four persons cannot be changed by the subsequent reflections of a single member of the committee.” What made Goldstone change his mind “remains a closely guarded secret,” says Dugard.

Dugard is clearly frustrated, and, somewhat cynical here. But I guess that we all know the answer, because for some time now, we have witnessed Goldstone being subjected to relentless measures of exclusion and abuse from his Zionist brethren.

As a matter of fact, intolerance towards critical voices is inherent within Jewish culture, identity, and politics, for Zionism is clearly a demand for ideological collectivism.

But interestingly enough, Jewish anti Zionism is also no different in its modus operandi : all too often we come across a Jewish ‘progressive’ poisonous smear campaign against one ‘Jewish self-hater’ or another.

Jewish ‘cultural heritage’ could be presented as a chain of different attempts to silence, and even eliminate dissidence: some Jews were nailed to wood; some were assassinated ; others were stoned, and a few were excluded or excommunicated. Many lost their jobs and many others were subject to endless slander.

As tragic as it may sound, Jewish identity politics is an exercise in some different variations of collective hatred; hatred towards the Goyim, but also towards Jewish dissidence.

The Goldstone saga is then, an opportunity to peep into contemporary Jewish political intolerance, and Goldstone emerges as a tragic figure: he sacrificed his professional name for the sake of just a little Jewish empathy.

Yet he clearly forgot that forgiveness is not at all a highly regarded value within the ghetto walls -- I learned yesterday that a group of American Jewish lawyers are preparing a civil lawsuit against Goldstone for libel.

I guess that revenge may as well unite them all.

As we are becoming accustomed to Zionism being the biggest threat to world peace, it is also interesting to learn how hostile Jews are towards each other.


Gilad Atzmon : Alan Dershowitz - You're Not Welcome Here
In a recent article, notorious Zionist Alan Dershowitz reveals the scale of rejection he faced on his recent visit to Norway:

Ahead of his visit to the country, Dershowitz’ lectures were offered (without any charge) at the three leading Norwegian universities. These universities, who on earlier occasions had been happy to host Harvard Scholar Stephen Walt and Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, clearly said ‘no’ to Dershowitz.

The Dean of the Law Faculty at Bergen University told Dershowitz that he would be honoured to have him present a lecture on the O.J. Simpson case -- as long as he was willing to promise not to mention Israel.

I guess that the message was clear -- while the Dean of the Law Faculty thought that his students may benefit from learning about the legal advocacy of a ‘single murder suspect’ -- he probably could not see any academic justification in educating them about the possible defense of a ‘murderous collective’ i.e. the Jewish State.

An administrator at the Trondheim school said that Israel was too ‘controversial.’ That is surely the most polite way possible to refer to a racist expansionist terrorist state -- The University of Oslo simply said "no" without offering any excuse.

But then the shekel dropped: “It was then”, writes Dershowitz, “that I realized why all this happened. At all of the Norwegian universities, there have been efforts to enact academic and cultural boycotts of Jewish Israeli academics.”

Did I miss something here? Dershowitz is not exactly even an Israeli -- he is, actually, an American Jew – so why should he regard himself as a ‘victim’ of the academic and cultural boycotts of ‘Jewish Israeli academics’?

I guess though, that Dershowitz grasps the inevitable truth here: the boycott against Israel is ethically driven -- It obviously identifies Dershowitz and other Jewish lobbyists as an extension of the Israeli crime, and vice versa.

Seemingly, humanity and humanists are making an intensive effort to purify our cultural landscape of any traces of Zionist ideology and Zionist advocates: It is not just Israeli academics that we oppose -- it is actually people who are affiliated with any form of Jewish supremacist ideology. Dershowitz can be assured that Jews and even Israelis are more than welcome in Norway -- as long as they do not represent the Jewish State and its policies.

As you may have expected though, Dershowitz could not leave the scene without trying to dig up some ‘dirt’ – he found out that Trond Andresen (an assistant professor at Trondheim who was amongst the leaders of the cultural Boycott of Israeli academics) had, on an earlier occasion, written that ‘there is something immensely self-satisfied and self-centered at the tribal mentality that is so prevalent among Jews.’

Apparently, Adresen's words were taken out of context (as he himself explains here.)

Yet the most obvious fact here is that there surely is something ‘immensely self-satisfied’, ‘self-centered’ and tribally obsessed about Dershowitz himself: and since Dershowitz insists on representing Jewish interests on every possible platform (that would be lame enough to allow him to do so), Dershowitz should also be aware of the bad impression he gives of the Jewish people as a collective.

“This line of talk—directed at Jews, not Israel—is apparently acceptable among many in Norway's elite,” complains Dershowitz.

One should remind the dull Zionist American lawyer that Israel does actually specifically define itself as the ‘Jewish State’, and therefore if Dershowitz wants others to differentiate between “Israel’ and the ‘Jews’ -- he might also be kind enough to advise us where the demarcation line between the two begins and ends: where for instance does ‘Israel’ end and the ‘Jews’ start? Or more precisely, where exactly does ‘Israel’ end, and where does ‘Dershowitz’ start?

The world we are living in is becoming increasingly aware of the destructive power of Zionism. It is also becoming more and more aware of the role of the Jewish lobbies, and of their powers within the media. The world we are living in is becoming allergic to Dershowitz, and for a damn good reason.

‘Jews you're not welcome here’ was Dershowitz’s interpretation of his rejection in Norway.

He was obviously wrong. The clear, direct and unmistakable message was, ‘Dershowitz you're not welcome here.’

But it goes further -- sooner than you think, Dershowitz won’t be welcome anywhere.


Gilad Atzmon : Jewish Math
Ynet published yesterday an exceptionally stupid review of the economy behind the Iron Dome, Israel’s new anti missile defence system. The article attempts to present the ‘reasoning’ behind the new anti missile system. Believe it or not, it compares the running cost of the system with the potential lost caused by the death of an Israeli.

“The Iron Dome system is very good for Israeli economy”, says Dr. Adam Reuter, a ‘financial risk management’ expert. “A 25 year-old Israeli citizen should yield an average of 40 years of production … In other words, the death of an Israeli citizen at age 25 could cause a potential loss of economy of some 1.2 million dollars.”

According to Dr Reuter, the economy is pretty clear; the cost of a battery of Iron Dome which includes 100 missiles is about $100 million. The cost of each missile is about 50 thousand dollars. Reuter logic is simple; if you spend $50.000 on a missile, you may save a young Israel who could potentially contribute 1.2 million dollars to the Jewish State’s economy for the next 40 years.

In the Jewish State they seem to like reducing everything into numbers. The Israeli citizens are valued according to their contribution to the Jewish capital. However, here are some points the Israeli ‘expert’ didn’t take into account:

1. Dr Reuter calculates how much it may cost to ‘save’ Israelis, yet he fails to tell his readers what is the cost of ‘peace’. Surely, ending the conflict would lead to an immediate growth of Israeli economy. I guess that peace doesn’t have a price tag in the Jewish State. Yet, war is totally commodified.

2. Home-made Palestinian missiles cost less that $500. It may be possible that the Gazans have found a very cheap method to exhaust Israeli economy. By the time Palestinians launch ten rockets that cost up to $5000, Israel would spend at least half a million dollars on Iron Dome missiles with only a limited success.

3. Palestinian militants do not seem to be interested in killing Israeli civilians, as we know, most Palestinian missiles land in open fields. I guess that militants actually regard resistance in general and the rockets in particular as a message. They are there to remind the Israelis that they are dwelling on stolen land. If I am correct here, then Dr Reuter calculation is completely superfluous for Palestinian militants (unlike Israelis) are not interested in indiscriminate killing.

4. Assuming that Palestinian ballistic technology will keep improving, every Israeli city would soon need the protection of the Iron Dome system. I guess that at least financially, it is much cheaper to build a concrete roof over the whole of Israel rather than spreading anti missile batteries around each Israeli neighbourhood.

The Jewish State already surrounded itself with concrete walls, so it may be the right time to add a concrete ceiling. They may even want to call it the Iron Kipa (skullcap).

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1 - War in Libya : Barack Obama Gets in Touch With His Inner Neocon

Doug BandowSenior Fellow at the Cato Institute
Posted: March 19, 2011 10:51 PM





Candidate Barack Obama ran for president on a platform of change. Many policies deserved reform, none more than President George W. Bush's propensity to initiate unnecessary wars of choice. Iraq was a debacle from the start; the shift from counter-terrorism to counter-insurgency in Afghanistan turned that conflict into a second disaster.

Since taking office President Obama has left U.S. troops in Iraq and expanded the war in Afghanistan. Now he has taken America into its third war in a Muslim nation within a decade -- to promote "global peace and security," he claimed, the usual justification used by presidents to enter conflicts which serve neither. President Obama obviously has found his inner Neocon and joined Washington's RepubliCrat Party.

The president received much criticism for taking so long to decide to enter the Libyan civil war. But war is a momentous decision which deserves more consideration than the length of time it takes for one of Washington's many think tank warriors to dash off a pro-war op-ed. As expected, the potential whiff of gunpowder in the air brought out the famed Sofa Samurai who pushed America into the two other wars in which the U.S. is still entangled. President Obama was right to take longer to decide.

Now he deserves criticism -- for deciding wrongly.

What is the U.S. doing in Libya? It is hard to imagine, given the dearth of American interests in that nation.

The administration's purported humanitarian concerns are charming, but curious. The Western powers knew Muammar Gaddafi was a nasty dictator a couple months ago when they were feting him for having reformed and joined the international community. Humanitarianism didn't matter much so long as the Crazy Colonel was serving allied interests.

When the popular uprising failed to quickly eject him, an extended fight became likely. Such conflicts are never pretty, as America well knows, having lost more than 600,000 people in its own Civil War. Nor has Washington worried much when its allies did whatever was necessary to resist challenges to their authority. For instance, the U.S. didn't object to the Turkish military using U.S.-made weapons to brutally crush the long-running Kurdish insurgency. Nearly 40,000 people died in that conflict, but demands to "stop the violence" never passed the lips of American policymakers.

Now Washington is standing by as the authoritarian Bahrain monarchy, backed by the totalitarian theocracy in Saudi Arabia next door,kills demonstrators and arrests opposition leaders. An embarrassed Obama administration has expressed its aversion to violence and desire for negotiation. But there have been no press conferences by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposing to pull the U.S. Navy out of its base in Manama and advance a Bahraini no fly zone resolution at the United Nations. Human rights and democracy? Well, we obviously shouldn't go overboard.

What happens if troops sent in by the Sunni monarchies of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates shoot down Shiite demonstrators in Bahrain? Will the Obama administration do anything more than clear its collective throat?

Even more dubious is the claim that Washington must intervene since the Libyan conflict is destabilizing the region. The Libyan uprising was triggered by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, not vice versa. Africa has suffered far worse conflicts for decades without affecting America or Europe. Continued U.S. support for Israel despite the latter's authoritarian rule over millions of Palestinians weighs far more heavily on the Arab Street than whether America is willing to push Gaddafi out of power. And Bahrain is today's most dangerous regional spark, with the potential of triggering a Gulf-wide conflict between Shia and Sunni.

Anyway, getting involved in someone else's civil war is a curious way to promote stability. A simple no fly zone, especially at this stage,wouldn't likely alter the balance of power on the ground. Hence the more expansive resolution and French action against Libyan ground forces. But this means the allies are taking sides in a civil war, not protecting civilians. The ultimate objective is to take Tripoli, not safeguard Benghazi.

Gaddafi is not likely to retreat, let alone surrender, however. Unless the allies are prepared to accept a stalemate they likely will have to escalate. After all, they can ill afford to demand Gaddafi's departure and deploy military force, and then fail to achieve their objective. What if air strikes aren't enough? The UN resolution authorizes "all necessary force excluding a foreign occupation force." Does that mean ground support so long as it is not intended to occupy?

In his address to the nation the president said he did not intend to send in troops, but what if doing so is the only way to end the conflict to America's satisfaction? What if the British and French say they are going in, with or without Washington's support? Outside governments would end up taking over the opposition in Libya's civil war.

What happens if Gaddafi is defeated? The winners may not be as ready to forgive and forget as Washington seems to assume: witness the mass ethnic cleansing committed by ethnic-Albanians after NATO ousted Serbian forces from Kosovo. Sporadic violence has continued against the minority Serbian population over the years. Today the U.S. is tied to a government headed by onetime guerrillas linked to regional crime networks and charged with harvesting organs for profit from Serb prisoners.

Who would triumph in a revolutionary Libya? Most American policymakers know nothing about the intricacies of the societies which they invade and occupy -- look at Afghanistan and Iraq. Libya is divided by tribe and region; the opposition ranges from Western-style liberals to terrorist-minded jihadists to onetime pro-Gaddafi opportunists. The endgame is not likely to be simple. Having ousted Gaddafi, the U.S. and Europeans could not let just anyone succeed him. Which likely means years of meddling in the politics of a fragile new client state.

No more plausible is the claim that having angered Gaddafi by ineffectively backing his ouster, the allies should not risk leaving him in power, lest he return to his old anti-Western practices. It's a shameless bootstrap argument: our approach to Libya has been entirely unnecessary, ineffectual, and counterproductive, so now we must go to war. No one making this argument should be entrusted with running American foreign policy.

Anyway, the fact that Gaddafi previously abandoned both terrorism and nuclear developments demonstrates that he responds to outside incentives. He wants to regain control of Libya. However much he may desire revenge against the West, that objective likely would be only secondary. The threat of allied military retaliation would likely keep him in check. Iraq demonstrates the practical case against preventive war: Far better to attack another nation only if it actually becomes necessary than because someone thinks there is a vague chance that some day war might possibly become necessary.

Perhaps the most foolish case for American military action is that Washington has to go to war to make friends in Libya and the Arab world. The opposition in Libya understandably wants support, but so would most any other guerrilla force around the world. For instance, the Kurds probably would have welcomed an offer of American airstrikes on Turkish military installations. Wanting people on one side of a conflict to like you is a bizarre justification for raining down death and destruction on other people, who aren't going to like you very much.

Will killing Arabs to help Arabs improve America's image among other Arabs? The answer is not clear. Although the Arab League endorsed a no fly zone, opinion throughout the Middle East appears split. Even many Arabs who favor action against Gaddafi believe Turkey should have taken the lead. Yet the United States again plans on determining the destiny of a Muslim and Arab nation.

Moreover, positive opinion today could quickly swing negative. The operation could go bad: Launching errant and deadly air strikes, arbitrarily picking winners and losers within the opposition, imposing policies on a new government, triggering a second civil war after Gaddafi is deposed. Given grievous allied blundering in Afghanistan and Iraq, there's no reason to believe that the West will do significantly better in Libya.

As the Kennedy School's Graham Allison argued, American acquiescence in the UN resolution could have been beneficial if Washington had left the campaign to the Europeans. Let them finally take on international security responsibilities commensurate with their interests and wealth. However, that isn't proving to be the case. The U.S. already has launched numerous Tomahawk cruise missile strikes against Libyan air defense installations. If the Europeans falter in their anti-Gaddafi campaign, they are likely to call on America for additional help.

Perhaps most curious are the legislators who paraded about Capitol Hill demanding action. Where is their declaration of war? The Constitution puts the decision for war in the hands of Congress, not the United Nations. Yet again American legislators have avoided political responsibility for sending young Americans into combat. If the conflict misfires, they will parade about Capitol Hill criticizing the administration.

Nevertheless, the chief blame for this unnecessary war falls on the president. He abandoned his responsibilities to the American people for yet another foolish international crusade. The long-term costs are uncertain but likely to far exceed the benefits.

Candidate Obama never claimed to be a dove. Rather, he allowed peace-minded voters to assume he was on their side because of his prescient opposition to the Iraq war. It turns out that may be the only significant, substantive foreign policy difference between him and his predecessor. President Obama apparently is a liberal hawk. He may be a little less enthused about going to war than is the Neoconservative Greek Chorus that cheers every conflict everywhere, but in practice he is no less willing to use the military.

Libya is not America's war. It is justified neither on security or humanitarian grounds. Nor can Washington, overwhelmed with current deficits and future liabilities, afford to be world's permanent 911 number. Americans should not be expected to pick up every bill and fight every war around the globe.

We need change, real change. We need a president who doesn't believe his legacy requires him to launch his own war, killing foreigners and risking American lives in return, irrespective of American interests. Now the change that might most promote peace is the defeat of Barack Obama in 2012.

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Obama's Humpty Dumpty War: Presidents Take US To War
Michael Kinsley
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-kinsley-column-war-powers-20110329,0,3811433.story

It really couldn't be clearer. "The Congress shall have power .. .. to declare war." Yet these are probably the most egregiously ignored words in the Constitution .. .. Presidents of both parties traditionally ignore the congressional war power when they feel like it. Or they wait until the troops are poised for battle - putting Congress in an impossible position - before asking permission .. .. President Obama has flip-flopped on this issue just as egregiously as Newt Gingrich (although not as quickly). He said in 2007, "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."




Obama's Confusing Rhetoric About War
John Kass -- Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-kass-0104-20110331,0,941554.column

He attacked his own people. His own people. And he showed them no mercy by sending his well-armed troops to crush them. He refused to listen to the pleas of foreign leaders who begged him to stop the relentless attacks against his people. And still, he kept killing these people. His own people. I'm talking about Abraham Lincoln, of course. And while I'm not equating our own Honest Abe with a dictator, like, say, Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, let's not forget what civil wars actually involve.




The Libyan War: Unconstitutional and Illegitimate
Michael Lind -- Salon
http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/21/lind_libya_war/index.html

There is no doubt that U.S. participation in the Anglo-French-American attack on Libya is completely unconstitutional .. .. The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. .. .. The civil war in Libya is a perfect case of "a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."




What Intervention in Libya Tells Us About the Neocon-Liberal Alliance
Stephen M. Walt -- Foreign Policy
http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/03/21/what_intervention_in_libya_tells_us_about_the_neocon_liberal_alliance

.. .. So if you're baffled by how Mr. "Change You Can Believe In" morphed into Mr. "More of the Same," you shouldn't really be surprised. George Bush left in disgrace and Barack Obama took his place, but he brought with him a group of foreign policy advisors whose basic world views were not that different from the people they were replacing. I'm not saying their attitudes were identical, but the similarities are probably more important than the areas of disagreement. Most of the U.S. foreign policy establishment has become addicted to empire, it seems, and it doesn't really matter which party happens to be occupying Pennsylvania Avenue.


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2 - Washington’s precious catch : the oil and the bank accounts

Plan to sabotage Bashar Al-Assad’s reforms / The United States and the Arab revolutions / Saudi interference in Bahrain fuels sectarianism and hypocrisy behind Arab interference in Bahrain, especially that of Saudi Arabia.

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28 MARCH 2011

From
Beirut (Lebanon)




International affairs
Editorial: Washington’s precious catch: the oil and the bank accounts

The Americans have reaped hundreds of billions of dollars after having frozen Mubarak’s, Ben Ali’s and Gaddafi’s bank accounts. This enticing sum which has become under the control of the American administration and some of its European partners met an urgent need in the ranks of the major industrial countries in these times of crisis, in which their governments are forced to issue treasury bonds to fund their growing expenses, to activate the economic wheel and resist the suffocating stalemate.

In addition to this economic and financial dimension, the availability of hundreds of billions of dollars is alleviating the industrial states’ need for Chinese help, at a time when the Chinese government is demanding costly political prices that are making the American empire feel the retreat of its international influence even further. Real gains reside in these frozen billions as they are compensating for the loss resulting from the fall of rulers who had offered major services to the American and Western hegemony over the Arab countries.

During the next few years, the new governments in these countries will find it difficult to liberate and restore these frozen assets, while the proof for that is what was seen in Iraq whose debt was multiplied by the Americans following the occupation, without them returning anything from the funds they froze throughout twenty years. In that same context, they have hijacked Iraq’s oil which is still underground for the next twenty years.

The Arab affairs
Editorial: Plan to sabotage Al-Assad’s reforms

The timing of the transfer of the infection to Syria and the fueling of the turmoil in it through the payment of funds and the mobilization of a massive Lebanese, Arab and foreign machine to serve the current campaign targeting the country, point to a blunt attempt to block the way before president Bashar al-Assad’s reform project. The proof for that is the continuation of this campaign following the announcement of the decisions of the Baath Party command on Thursday. Indeed, what is required is turmoil and the mobilization of parts of the Syrian youth to serve the project of chaos which has turned into a chapter of terrorist violence exercised by outlaws and infiltrators, some of whose sources of financing and armament were exposed following their involvement in the Daraa events.

This campaign did not undermine Al-Assad’s determination to fix the relations between Syria and Lebanon, as he adopted a series of measures including the ending of Abdul Halim Khaddam’s and Ghazi Kanaan’s control over the so-called Lebanese file, while completely turning his back on the deals offered to him by Jacques Chirac and Western envoys dispatched by Bush’s administration to trade Syrian military presence in Lebanon with the pledge to disarm the resistance.

Throughout the past years, President Al-Assad and the Syrian command placed the deterrence of the American-Israeli project in the region at the top of their list of priorities and the Syrian efforts focused on redrafting the Middle Eastern map outside the circle of imperialistic hegemony. Syria thus engaged in partnerships across the border, enhanced the alliance with Iran and secured harmony with Turkey. Al-Assad’s strategy drew up the facets if the independent Middle Eastern bloc that is cooperating economically, politically and on the security level. This consecrated the embracing of the resistance in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq on stable grounds and proved its efficiency following difficult tests in the Lebanon and Gaza wars. The plan to transfer the protests infection to Syria, aims at blocking the way before the reform project of President Al-Assad who announced his determination to implement it as a first response to the Arab popular revolutions. The denial of calm in Daraa and the attempts to give the impression that demonstrations are being staged through fabricated reports spread by Syrian dissidents abroad and adopted by Western and Arab media outlets participating in the plan to sabotage Syria, aim at saying that the situation in Syria is unstable and that the reforms are not perceived seriously, although popular protests were launched on Thursday night and Friday morning in more than one location in the Syrian capital and provinces in support of President Al-Assad and the decisions which he promised to implement.

The Arab file
Syria
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad launched a series of economic and political changes and issued on Thursday night decrees to help improve the living conditions of the citizens. Regarding the incidents witnessed in the Daraa province, media adviser Boutheina Chaaban assured that the Baath party command decided to form a committee to communicate with the citizens in Daraa, discuss the incidents and hold those who were responsible for them accountable.
It is worth noting that some media outlets intentionally pointed to the expansion of the protests to Lattakia, which is known for being the former stronghold of Refaat al-Assad’s gangs. In the past, these groups used to terrorize the citizens and carry out acts of violence and theft, which forced President Assad to oust Refaat al-Assad and his sons from the country altogether. On Friday, the city witnessed the presence of unknown snipers who randomly started shooting at the citizens and left two people dead, in the context of the plans aiming at undermining Syria’s security. In regard to Banias, it is known to be the hometown of former Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam who is obviously exploiting the funds stolen from the Syrian people to finance anti-regime operations.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a legislative decree to increase the wages and release all those who were arrested in the Daraa incidents.
Media adviser of President Al-Assad, Boutheina Chaaban, assured in a press conference that the Baath party command was planning on establishing a new and efficient mechanism to fight corruption and secure the issuance of the necessary legislations. It also planned on looking into the rapid ending of the state of emergency and issuing legislations guaranteeing the safety of the country and the citizens, in addition to the drafting of a parties law and making it the object of political and popular dialogue. Chaaban mentioned that ten people were killed since the eruptions of the incidents in Daraa, assuring there were ongoing investigations to reveal the implications of these developments. She said there was evidence proving the presence of foreign funding and hands standing behind what was happening in Daraa, indicating that the results of the investigations will be presented once they are complete.

Yemen
President Ali Abdullah Saleh ousted the government and assigned it to continue handling the daily affairs in the country, until a new one is formed. He then considered that those calling for chaos, violence and sabotage were a very small faction of the Yemeni people. The Yemeni president then warned against the eruption of a bloody civil war in case dissent is witnessed within the military institution, considering that the military commanders who had joined the young protesters were implementing a foreign agenda.

Libya
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi warned the NATO forces that are launching air raids against the security brigades against a long war in which he will eventually be the victor. He thus called on them to retreat, adding: “We will not let them enjoy our oil. We will not let the Fateh Revolution go to waste and will not allow America, France and Britain to take our oil.” He then invited those whom he referred to as the “defeated attackers” and tyrants to a land confrontation.
Gaddafi also warned the states bordering the Mediterranean Sea that their interests will be at stake after NATO’s bombing of some areas which he is controlling.

Egypt
The chairman of the judicial committee supervising the referendum over the constitutional amendments, Councilor Mohammad Attiya, announced that the results of the referendum over these amendments showed their approval by 77,2% of the overall participants and their rejection by 22,8%. For its part, the January 25 Revolution Youth Alliance announced its acceptance of the results of the poll over the constitutional amendments, as long as the elements of safety and integrity are available.

Palestine
The Israeli occupation forces continued their escalation against the Gaza Strip, thus bombing it, infiltrating it and carrying out air raids against it, resulting in the martyrdom and injuring of a number of Palestinians. The Palestinian resistance factions responded by launching rockets on the settlements and by detonating a bus in the heart of occupied Jerusalem, causing the death of one and the injuring of over thirty Israelis. In that same context, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil el-Araby, warned Israel against implementing any military operations against the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli file
The bombing which targeted a bus in the occupied city of Jerusalem, the Israeli military escalation which followed it against the Gaza Strip and the threats of Israeli military leaders – at the head of whom is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu- were the main headlines tackled by the Israeli press this past week. A few hours after Netanyahu made his threats, Israeli war planes launched a series of raids on several areas of the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian resistance launched a number of Grad missiles on the Israeli settlements.

The papers also focused on the Iron Dome system which will obstruct the missiles launched from the Gaza Strip towards the Israeli settlements.

On the other hand, the Israeli papers extensively tackled the decision to imprison former president of the Hebrew state, Katsav, against the backdrop of sexual crimes.

In regard to Libyan affairs, the papers addressed the international dispute over the nature of the participation in the military attack on Libya, the goals behind the Western intervention and the United States’ role in the military campaign.

The Lebanese file
Hezbollah secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a celebration organized to express solidarity with the Arab revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and Libya, that the new majority’s accountability started since the Bristol meeting when the March 14 forces announced they will not participate in the government. Nasrallah pointed to the presence of “massive pressures exercised on Mikati by ambassadors and states. They are saying to him: do not form a government which only includes the new majority. But how can he do that? It is a new majority which has the right to form the government. There are discussions over the color of the government, its formula, its ministerial statement and its future policies.” He added: “There are calls to summon foreign powers and I know as well as you that the Americans, the French, the West and the Arab world are being sought out to pressure the prime minister-designate. And if a day comes when we will need to reveal the details, we are ready to do that.”

Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati said to An-Nahar in response to a question about the outcome of his contacts and efforts: “There is slow progress.” Regarding the veracity of what was said about disputes between him and certain sides in March 8, he stated: “There are different viewpoints and I am seeking a government formation that will be comfortable to all the sides… Quite honestly, I have not yet lost hope. I never did.” In response to another question, he assured: “Syria has never interfered at this level,” adding he was not pessimistic.

Prime Minister of the caretaker government Saad al-Hariri said: “The other team made a mistake when it thought that we were negotiating to resolve the crisis due to our insistence on maintaining power and thus tried to annul us politically.” He added: “We do not want to annul anyone. However, we will do our best to eliminate the tutelage of the arms over the Lebanese state and people, because it is affecting the state’s action, economic development and Lebanon’s progress on all levels. It has started to pose a threat on the interests of the Lebanese abroad after it turned into a tool to export the Iranian revolution to the Arab and Islamic states.”

News analysis
The United States and the Arab revolutions
On the eve of the eruption of the revolution in Tunisia and Egypt, Obama’s administration was drowning in a major crisis due to the obstruction of the plan to contain the failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the dead end reached by the peace settlement due to the American president’s submission to the dictations of the Zionist lobby and the positions of Netanyahu’s government which rejected the minimum level of conditions allowing the Palestinian authority to save face. This happened despite this authority’s full submission to the dictations of the Americans and the Israelis to serve the occupation in the West Bank and maintain the thin negotiations line under the sponsorship of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
The status of the Israeli deterrence power had collapsed before that date and the American strategic calculations reached the conclusion that it was necessary to relinquish the illusion of war on Iran because the cost would be quite high. In the meantime, the negotiations with the Islamic republic in Istanbul had reached the threshold of an American recognition of Iran as a nuclear power and a major player in the region.
The danger which was perceived by the Americans as being a threat to their interests and to Israel’s, resided in the Egyptian case where the youth of Tahrir square toppled the attempt to appoint Omar Suleiman who was considered Americas’ and Israel’s strongman in Mubarak’s regime, but also when the calls on Tahrir square rose against the Camp David accord and in favor of restoring Egypt’s lost Arab role that draws its legitimacy from the support of the Palestinian cause and the resistance.
The American wager thus looks obstructed but the attempts will not stop. This is why the March 14 forces acted inside Lebanon and toward the Syrian domestic arena ever since Saad al-Hariri’s government resigned, as the Americans are trying to ripen the conditions of an Israeli war against Syria and Lebanon through an ongoing depletion process targeting both countries.

The American file
A few days following NATO’s launching of the military campaign against Libya and the strongholds of Muammar Gaddafi, the American papers pointed to the clear divisions in the ranks of the alliance and tackled the existing dispute over who should be running the military operations and command. Moreover, the Washington Post indicated there was no proof for the fact that the attacks launched by NATO had prevented the regime’s forces from killing civilians or had turned the balance of power in favor of the revolutionaries. As for the Los Angeles Times, it assured that President Barack Obama was facing increasing criticisms inside and outside the US due to the military campaign in Libya.

Also in the context of the Middle Eastern events, the papers talked about the retreat of the support of the Yemeni tribes toward President Ali Abdullah Saleh and about five army generals having joined the anti-regime protesters. This will further weaken the Yemeni president’s grip over the authority, the papers said, although he has been in power for over thirty years. The Washington Post thus wondered about the nature of the developments in the Arab world, but also about the nature of the revolution and whether it aimed at achieving democracy against a tyrannical rule or was a mere tribal confrontation.

The British file
The British papers issued last week tackled the repercussions of the events in Libya, NATO’s assignment to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and the dispute regarding NATO’s role in the military operation. They also addressed the renewal of the confrontations between the Palestinians and the Israelis against the backdrop of the Jerusalem explosion and the Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip.

Moreover, they talked about Saudi Arabia’s motives to interfere in Bahrain and play on the strings of sectarianism, the fears of seeing Al-Qaeda’s further infiltration in Yemen if its president were to insist on staying in power and the air campaign launched on Libya under the hegemony of American aircrafts.

Saudi interference in Bahrain fuels sectarianism and hypocrisy behind Arab interference in Bahrain, especially that of Saudi Arabia
The Guardian indicated that the “Saudi intervention in Bahrain will fuel sectarianism, not stifle it,” pointing out that the Arab “uprising began in a spirit of hopeful nationalism. But now religious divides are being exploited.”
The paper added that what was new at the level of the Bahraini uprising was the “sectarian dimension” in this small island where “A majority of the Bahrain population is Shia and they are governed by a Sunni monarchy with a long history of discrimination.”
The Guardian assured that the “The Saudis are using the threat of sectarianism as cover, insisting that urgent action was necessary to prevent what they are, in fact, fuelling.” As proof for that, the paper believed that “Provoking the fear of Shias meets domestic requirements; it inhibits the cautious Saudi version of the Arab spring – a nervous internet petition movement asking for reforms had been gathering strength.”
It added: “Highlighting sectarianism serves Saudi well with another constituency – its American allies. There have been plenty of thinly veiled references to Iranian links with their co-religionists in Bahrain; presumably, allegations of "foreign interference" in Bahrain have been poured into American ears to keep them on side.”
However, The Guardian revealed that the Saudi intervention in Bahrain will have negative repercussions, although it may appear to Riyadh and Manama that the situation is in their favor. It assured in this context: “In the last few days there have been demonstrations against Saudi intervention in Bahrain in Shia communities in Iraq, Lebanon, Iran and the crucial Saudi eastern province of Qatif, where most of its Shia live – and where Saudi oil is also concentrated.”




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The plan to target Syria and its backdrop


4 April 2011 Israel: first beneficiary from the fall of the current Syrian regime / Saud al-Faysal’s meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu / Facts confirming the implication of the Future Movement / Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and the American position / Al-Assad pledges to annul the emergency law / The Americans need Al-Assad to secure the exit of their remaining troops from Iraq.
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3 - Press Release : A New Israeli Massacre in Gaza
by Haidar Eid on Saturday, April 9, 2011
Press Release

9.April.2011

A New Israeli Massacre in Gaza

The latest round of Israeli massacres committed against the people of Gaza has resulted in the brutal killings since Thursday afternoon to sixteen, including a mother and daughter, 4 children and an elderly man. Over the last 5 days, Gaza City has been bombed by Apache helicopters and F16 and E15 fighter planes. These terrible massacres come only one day after a statement issued by the disgraced Ehud Batak, the Israeli Minster of War, in which he calls upon his generals to intensify the attack against Gaza .

The slow motion genocide itself has killed more than 600 patients far. We condemn in the strongest possible terms these heinous crimes and reiterate our call upon all civil society organizations and freedom loving people to act immediately in any possible way to put pressure on their governments to end diplomatic ties with Apartheid Israel and institute sanctions against it.

Gaza has been enduring Israeli policies of extermination and vandalism since June.2006. We equally condemn the international conspiracy of silence and impotence in the face of these continuous Israeli crimes. Not a single action against Israel has been taken by the UN. The failure of the United Nations and its numerous organizations to condemn such crimes indicates complicity. We therefore reiterate our urgent appeal, not to the United Nations and the sanctimonious international community, but rather to all civil society organizations and solidarity groups to intensify the anti-Israel sanctions campaign to compel Israel to end to its aggression against Gaza. We also reiterate our call on all Arab revolutions to compel their governments to sever their diplomatic ties with Apartheid Israel. This was the demand of thousands of Egyptian men and women who demonstrated opposite the Israeli embassy in Cairo yesterday.

We ask, how many more dead corpses of Palestinian children and women does the international community need to see in order to act? What more do Arab governments need to see to translate their words of support into action? What would convince the UN and its Security Council that Palestinians are also human beings?

One Democratic State Group

Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel

University Teachers’ Association in Palestine

Association of Al-Quds Bank for Culture and Information

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BDS ROOTED IN LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Posted: 09 Apr 2011


Learn more, visit: http://australiansforpalestine.com


by Samah Sabawi

A response to Greg Sheridan’s ‘A Party of Ignorant Extremists’.




The Australian’s unrelenting attack on the Greens and the Boycott Divestment

and Sanctions campaign continued today with Foreign Editor Greg Sheridan’s

opinion piece entitled “A party of ignorant extremists” April 7, 2011. In

this piece, Sheridan lists a number of services Israel offers the

Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank and asks if the Greens are willing to

boycott these institutions that provide health care, electricity and jobs

for Palestinians.

First of all, the services listed fall under Israel’s obligations as an

occupying power under the 4th Geneva Convention. They are offered on a very

limited basis and are paid for by the PA from International paid funds. The

insinuation that Boycotts of Israel would harm the Palestinians is at best

patronizing. The call for Boycotts came from Palestinian Civil Society, and

is supported by most Palestinians living today in the iron grip of

occupation. To try to brand the occupation as being good for the

Palestinians reflects a colonial outlook which Palestinians strongly reject.

This orchestrated campaign of misinformation and slurs launched against the

Greens in Marrickville is intended to send a chilling message to all

politicians. Speak out on the rights of Palestinians and you will be called

extreme and anti-semitic.

Anyone who has been involved in the BDS campaign knows that a growing number

of Diaspora Jews as well as Israelis from within have also joined this call

because they view it as the only way to save Israel from its path of

self-destruction. Our politicians here need to understand that as well.

Throwing around words like ‘supporting the two state solution’ is empty

rhetoric in light of the facts on the grounds today. If not boycotts, I’d

like to know what our elected officials are doing to ensure the viability of

the two-state solution?

Israel has used decades of negotiations with Palestinians only to expand

their settlements and to entrench their occupation. A look at the

Palestinian Papers Leaks provides a clear picture of how much Palestinians

were willing to compromise – including on the right of return – and how

uninterested the Israeli government was in making any head way.

It needs to be made clear that the call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions

is fully rooted in International Humanitarian Law and that the demands made

by the BDS call are fully in-line with Australia’s stated foreign policy on

the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. BDS demands an end to the systematic

discrimination against Palestinians citizens of the state of Israel, an end

to Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land as per UNSC resolution

242 and for Israel to meet its obligations under International Humanitarian

Law and UN Resolution 194. How can any of these three demands be considered

extreme or anti-semitic?

BDS activists, Israelis and Palestinians firmly reject the idea of turning

their human tragedy into a football match, with members of our government

here in Australia choosing teams, this one is pro-Israel and that one is

pro-Palestinian. Palestinians and Israelis have had enough of being used

for political gains. BDS activists want the governments of the world to

take a pro-justice and pro-human rights stand. Supporters of the BDS

amongst the Greens should be congratulated for supporting justice and

equality in Palestine/Israel and for endorsing a movement that is rooted in

International Humanitarian Law and the Universal Declarations of Human

Rights.

Samah Sabawi is the public advocate of Australians for Palestine.

LINK: http://australiansforpalestine.com/42424

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4 - Syria: Venezuela says U.S.+ Allies repeating Libya strategy



On Saturday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the United States and other nations are seeking to intervene militarily in Syria using the same strategy as in Libya.

“The supposedly peaceful movements have already begun, and then there will be some deaths and they’ll be accusing the Syrian president of killing his people. Later, the Yankees come and want to bomb the people in order to save them, imagine that,” said President Chavez.

“What shameless cynicism! It’s a new strategy they’ve invented, to generate violent armed conflicts and spill blood in a country in order to then bomb it and intervene and take ownership of its natural resources and convert it into a colony,” Chavez said.

Venezuelans “already lived through it on April 11 and 12,” Chavez said, referring to the U.S.-backed coup in 2002. On April 11, snipers gunned down pro-Chavez and opposition protestors, and the high military command released a video recorded before the shootings renouncing their loyalty to Chavez. The president was kidnapped and replaced by a dictatorship led by the country’s business elite.

Chavez also defended Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, calling him a “humanist” and pointing out that he is “a doctor educated in London, he is no extremist.”

The wave of Middle East uprisings hit Syria on Saturday as protests broke out in major cities. There were reports of protestors and state security forces dying in clashes between armed groups. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said each Arab uprising is unique and that the Syrian regime has been less brutal than the Muamar Gaddafi regime in Libya, implying the U.S. might not intervene militarily.

Meanwhile, Venezuela continues to denounce the international military operation in Libya, which has now been taken over by NATO commanders.

“These colonial powers have only one objective and it is to take ownership of the oil and riches of our brotherly people of Libya,” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro told a state-owned radio program.

Venezuela supports the African Union’s proposal for a plan for peaceful mediation, Maduro said. “The empire desperately bombs the Libyan people every night. They want to destroy Libya before arriving at a peace accord,” he said.

“All of the world is seeing are lessons that we are learning about the way the former colonial powers desperately act when presented with an opportunity. They speak of democracy and human rights, but until yesterday they flattered Gaddafi, they were really courting the oil,” Maduro said.

Before the military intervention in Libya began, Chavez proposed a multi-national commission to mediate the conflict between Gaddafi and the rebels and forge a peaceful solution.

The Chavez administration has forged unprecedented diplomatic and economic ties with Middle East and African countries to form what Chavez calls a “multi-polar world” not subject to domination by any superpower.



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5 - Obama authorizes secret help for Libya rebels



By Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON | Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:16pm EDT

Former officials say these follow-up authorizations are known in the intelligence world as "'Mother may I' findings."

In 2009 Obama gave a similar authorization for the expansion of covert U.S. counter-terrorism actions by the CIA in Yemen. The White House does not normally confirm such orders have been issued.

Because U.S. and allied intelligence agencies still have many questions about the identities and leadership of anti-Gaddafi forces, any covert U.S. activities are likely to proceed cautiously until more information about the rebels can be collected and analyzed, officials said.

"The whole issue on (providing rebels with) training and equipment requires knowing who the rebels are," said Bruce Riedel, a former senior CIA Middle East expert who has advised the Obama White House.

Riedel said that helping the rebels to organize themselves and training them how use weapons effectively would be more urgent then shipping them arms.

ARMS EMBARGO

Sending in weapons would arguably violate an arms embargo on Libya by the U.N. Security Council imposed on February 26, although British, U.S. and French officials have suggested there may be a loophole.

Getting a waiver would require the agreement of all 15 council members, which is unlikely at this stage. Diplomats say any countries that decided to arm the rebels would be unlikely to seek formal council approval.

An article in early March on the website of the Voice of America, the U.S. government's broadcasting service, speculated on possible secret operations in Libya and defined a covert action as "any U.S. government effort to change the economic, military, or political situation overseas in a hidden way."

The article, by VOA intelligence correspondent Gary Thomas, said covert action "can encompass many things, including propaganda, covert funding, electoral manipulation, arming and training insurgents, and even encouraging a coup."

U.S. officials also have said that Saudi Arabia and Qatar, whose leaders despise Gaddafi, have indicated a willingness to supply Libyan rebels with weapons.

Members of Congress have expressed anxiety about U.S. government activities in Libya. Some have recalled that weapons provided by the U.S. and Saudis to mujahedeen fighting Soviet occupation forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s later ended up in the hands of anti-American militants.

There are fears that the same thing could happen in Libya unless the U.S. is sure who it is dealing with. The chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Mike Rogers, said on Wednesday he opposed supplying arms to the Libyan rebels fighting Gaddafi "at this time."

"We need to understand more about the opposition before I would support passing out guns and advanced weapons to them," Rogers said in a statement.

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European Union prepares to send ground troops to Libya
By Chris Marsden
11 April 2011
The European Union is seeking to utilise the humanitarian cover of the fate of the besieged city of Misrata to send ground troops to Libya under its command. The operation could be mounted within a matter of days. In a reversal of previous policy, the German government of Angela Merkel has offered to play the leading military role.


The EU set up a military mission (EUFOR) ostensibly to back humanitarian aid efforts in Libya on April 1, giving the United Nations a four-month window to call on it to intervene. Misrata, or Misurata, Libya’s third largest city, looks set to be the initial focus of an operation that can then be easily expanded. The city has suffered heavy shelling for several weeks, though last week it received more than 600 tons of World Food Program food—enough to feed over 40,000 people for a month—and Turkey has already mounted efforts to evacuate civilians.


The €7.9 million EUFOR operation has its headquarters in Rome, under the command of Italian Rear Admiral Claudio Gaudosi. The EU has two battle groups, contingents of about 1,500 troops, ready to deploy at a few days’ notice.


EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has officially requested a go-ahead from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The German Press Agency DPA reported that Ashton wrote to Ban on April 7 “telling him about the EU’s readiness to act.”


“It’s an encouragement” for the UN to ask the EU to get involved, a diplomatic source said.


Another official said, “Everybody is aware that something has to be done… You can expect that there will be a mobilization of the international community in the coming days.”


A meeting of EU foreign ministers will take place as early as Tuesday in Luxembourg to discuss the plan, to be followed by a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin.


The UN has called for a “temporary cessation of hostilities” to allow it to evacuate foreign workers and Libyans who want to leave. If this does not materialise, it will likely accuse the regime of Col. Muammar Gaddafi of defying the “international community” and utilize this alleged defiance as acasus belli for military intervention.


UN Security Council resolution 1973, which authorized the US-NATO air war against Libya, bans “foreign occupation,” but it allows for military forces to be despatched by the major powers on the grounds of an asserted “right to protect” civilians from harm. It also sanctions the use of “all necessary measures” to this supposed end.


France has cited the same “right to protect” to justify its ongoing operations in the Ivory Coast, where French troops and helicopters are fighting directly on the side of Paris’s chosen leader, Alassane Ouattara, to dislodge the incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo. France played a leading role in advancing UN Resolution 1973, alongside the United States and Britain. It also secured UN authorisation and the participation of a UN force in the Ivory Coast.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference Friday that German forces would be available for such a European Union “humanitarian” mission. “If there was a request from the United Nations, we would naturally not shirk our responsibility,” Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told the Bundestag (parliament) on Friday.


Defence Ministry spokesman Christian Dienst said that if Germany did take part in the EU mission “it’s clear that German troops would then have their boots on the ground in Libya.”


The Tagesspiegel newspaper also reported that plans were in process to send German ships back to Libya. Germany is part of European Battlegroups I/2011, which is commanded by the Netherlands. It contributes 990 troops—giving it two-thirds of the manpower of the entire nominally EU combat force.


Germany had joined with China, Russia, India and Brazil in abstaining in the United Nations Security Council vote authorising military action and even withdrew its ships from the NATO mission to enforce the UN-mandated arms embargo on Libya.


What is essential in this shift is Germany’s determination not to be excluded from the re-division of oil contracts that will inevitably follow the planned installation of the opposition Transitional National Council (TNC). To date, this body is dominated by forces close to Washington and London, and Germany fears it could be deprived of a significant share of the spoils of war.


The Economist commented pointedly on the implications of German military involvement, asking, “So are we about to see the return of German troops to North Africa for the first time since the defeat of Erwin Rommel’s Afrikakorps in the Second World War?”


The magazine continued: “The EU has felt sidelined in the military phase of the Libya crisis (it has been the main forum to discuss sanctions). It has long wanted to develop more muscular military capabilities, but has been repeatedly thwarted, especially by Britain. Now it thinks that, precisely because it has a softer and less martial reputation, it may be ideally placed to help out in Misrata. ‘Until recently everybody thought European defence was dead,’ says one senior source, ‘But now it may be rising from the ashes.’”


The United States’ response to the EU initiative could be to seek direct involvement as a means of bypassing President Barack Obama’s pledge that US ground troops would not be sent to Libya. But it feels constrained in its actions and is keen not to be seen as openly dominating the war against Libya, so it can conceal its imperialist war aims.


Unlike France, Italy and Qatar, Washington has not officially recognized the opposition as the legitimate government of Libya, and has to date rejected arming it. Since transferring operational command to NATO, the US has cut its naval presence from eleven to three warships and the number of its planes involved from 170 to 90.


Last week, in his testimony to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Gen. Carter Ham, commander of the US Africa Command and leader of the Libyan military operation until it was transferred to NATO, warned of the hostility generated in Africa by the attack on Libya.


“There is an impact and there will be an impact in the region,” he said.


There is a widespread sense in Africa that the war on Libya has nothing to do with humanitarianism and everything to do with oil. Even hitherto pliant bourgeois heads of state are worried that the eruption of neo-colonial militarism in Libya and now the Ivory Coast bodes ill for their own future.


The head of the African Union, Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, has voiced open support for Gaddafi and demanded an end to foreign interference into an internal Libyan conflict.


“I believe that the problems in Libya should be resolved in an internal fashion and not through an intervention that could appear to resemble a humanitarian intervention. We have already seen this in Iraq,” he said.


Referring to the French/UN intervention in Ivory Coast, Nguema said that it should not “imply a war, an intervention of a foreign army.”


This weekend, the African Union sent a high-level diplomatic mission to meet with both the Libyan opposition forces and the government to urge a ceasefire. The mission was headed by South African President Jacob Zuma and included leaders from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania and Uganda.


The Saudi journal Arab News published a comment Sunday by Syed Rashid Husain entitled “Geopolitics Rears Its Ugly Head in Libya’s Turmoil.” The article begins: “‘So it was all about oil.’ Skeptics had a heyday, as the Liberian-flagged oil tanker departed the northeastern Libyan port of Marsa Al-Hariga, carrying one million barrels of oil. The shipment marked the first sale of oil by the rebel government since the uprising that began on Feb. 17.


“Traders said they believed that the payments for the sale will be made via an offshore bank account. ‘The value of this first shipment is around $112 million and will be made in a bank account outside of Libya that the rebels would have access to,’ one of the traders was quoted as saying.”


Recognition of the TNC by “several governments, including some in Europe” meant there “would be no legal obstacle to buying oil from it or even paying it directly,” said J. Peter Pham, Africa director of the US think tank Atlantic Council.


After noting that the first cargo from rebel-held areas is heading for China,Arab News quoted former Libyan energy minister Omar Fathi Ben Shatwan, who has since fled to Malta. Shatwan led the opening up of Libyan oil contracts to the major oil conglomerates for Gaddafi. He said that in the long term, Russia and China will have lost the chance to take part in developing oil and gas fields in Libya by not supporting the rebels. “The new democracy will be good for those who helped it,” he said, such as France and Italy.

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Appraisal prior to country uprising


6 - Yemen : Behind Al-Qaeda Scenarios, an unfolding stealth agenda
by F. William Engdahl*

On December 25 US authorities arrested a Nigerian named Abdulmutallab aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on charges of having tried to blow up the plane with smuggled explosives. Since then reports have been broadcast from CNN, the New York Times and other sources that he was “suspected” of having been trained in Yemen for his terror mission. What the world has been subjected to since is the emergence of a new target for the US ‘War on Terror,’ namely a desolate state on the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen. A closer look at the background suggests the Pentagon and US intelligence have a hidden agenda in Yemen.

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28 MARCH 2011

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Aerial view of the strait of Bab el-Mandab located between Yemen, Djibouti and Eritrea, and connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. For some months the world has seen a steady escalation of US military involvement in Yemen, a dismally poor land adjacent to Saudi Arabia on its north, the Red Sea on its west, the Gulf of Aden on its south, opening to the Arabian Sea, overlooking another desolate land that has been in the headlines of late, Somalia. The evidence suggests that the Pentagon and US intelligence are moving to militarize a strategic chokepoint for the world’s oil flows, Bab el-Mandab, and using the Somalia piracy incident, together with claims of a new Al Qaeda threat arising from Yemen, to militarize one of the world’s most important oil transport routes. In addition, undeveloped petroleum reserves in the territory between Yemen and Saudi Arabia are reportedly among the world’s largest.


"Explosive underwear" allegedly used by Nigerian "terrorist" Abdulmutallab in failed plane bomb attempt on 25 December 2009. The 23-year-old Nigerian man charged with the failed bomb attempt, Abdulmutallab, reportedly has been talking, claiming he was sent on his mission by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), based in Yemen. This has conveniently turned the world’s attention on Yemen as a new center of the alleged Al Qaeda terror organization.

Notably, Bruce Riedel, a 30-year CIA veteran who advised President Obama on the policy leading to the Afghan troop surge, wrote in his blog of the alleged ties of the Detroit bomber to Yemen, “The attempt to destroy Northwest Airlines Flight 253 en route from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day underscores the growing ambition of al Qaeda’s Yemen franchise, which has grown from a largely Yemeni agenda to become a player in the global Islamic jihad in the last year…The weak Yemeni government of President Ali Abdallah Salih, which has never fully controlled the country and now faces a host of growing problems, will need significant American support to defeat AQAP.” [1]

Some basic Yemen geopolitics

Before we can say much about the latest incident, it is useful to look more closely at the Yemen situation. Here several things stand out as peculiar when stacked against Washington’s claims about a resurgent Al Qaeda organization in the Arabian Peninsula.

In early 2009 the chess pieces on the Yemeni board began to move. Tariq al-Fadhli, a former jihadist leader originally from South Yemen, broke a 15 year alliance with the Yemeni government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and announced he was joining the broad-based opposition coalition known as the Southern Movement (SM). Al-Fadhli had been a member of the Mujahideen movement in Afghanistan in the late 1980’s. His break with the government was reported in Arab and Yemeni media in April 2009. Al-Fadhli’s break with the Yemen dictatorship gave new power to the Southern Movement (SM). He has since become a leading figure in the alliance.

Yemen itself is a synthetic amalgam created after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990, when the southern Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Yemen (PDRY) lost its main foreign sponsor. Unification of the northern Yemen Arab Republic and the southern PDRY state led to a short-lived optimism that ended in a brief civil war in 1994, as southern army factions organized a revolt against what they saw as the corrupt crony state rule of northern President Ali Abdullah Saleh. President Saleh has held a one-man rule since 1978, first as President of North Yemen (the Yemen Arab Republic) and since 1990 as President of the unified new Yemen. The southern army revolt failed as Saleh enlisted al-Fadhli and other Yemeni Salafists, followers of a conservative interpretation of Islam, and jihadists to fight the formerly Marxist forces of the Yemen Socialist Party in the south.

Before 1990 Washington and the Saudi Kingdom backed and supported Saleh and his policy of Islamization as a bid to contain the communist south. [2] Since then Saleh has relied on a strong Salafist-jihadi movement to retain a one-man dictatorial rule. The break with Saleh by al-Fadhli and his joining the southern opposition group with his former socialist foes marked a major setback for Saleh.

Soon after al-Fadhli joined the Southern Movement coalition, on April 28, 2009 protests in the southern Yemeni provinces of Lahj, Dalea and Hadramout intensified. There were demonstrations by tens of thousands of dismissed military personnel and civil servants demanding better pay and benefits, demonstrations that had been taking place in growing numbers since 2006. The April demonstrations included for the first time a public appearance by al-Fadhli. His appearance served to change a long moribund southern socialist movement into a broader nationalist campaign. It also galvanized President Saleh, who then called on Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council states for help, warning that the entire Arabian Peninsula would suffer the consequences.

Complicating the picture in what some call a failed state, in the north Saleh faces an al-Houthi Zaydi Shi’ite rebellion. On September 11, 2009, in an Al-Jazeera TV interview, Saleh accused Iraq’s Shi’ite opposition leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, and also Iran, of backing the north Yemen Shi’ite Houthist rebels in an Al-Jazeera TV interview. Yemen’s Saleh declared, “We cannot accuse the Iranian official side, but the Iranians are contacting us, saying that they are prepared for a mediation. This means that the Iranians have contacts with them [the Houthists], given that they want to mediate between the Yemeni government and them. Also, Muqtada al-Sadr in al-Najaf in Iraq is asking that he be accepted as a mediator. This means they have a link.” [3]

Yemen authorities claim they have seized caches of weapons made in Iran, while the Houthists claim to have captured Yemeni equipment with Saudi Arabian markings, accusing Sana’a (the capital of Yemen and site of the US Embassy) of acting as a Saudi proxy. Iran has rejected claims that Iranian weapons were found in north Yemen, calling claims of support to the rebels as baseless. [4]

What about al-Qaeda?

The picture that emerges is one of a desperate US-backed dictator, Yemen’s President Saleh, increasingly losing control after two decades as despotic ruler of the unified Yemen. Economic conditions in the country took a drastic downward slide in 2008 when world oil prices collapsed. Some 70% of the state revenues derive from Yemen’s oil sales. The central government of Saleh sits in former North Yemen in Sana’a, while the oil is in former South Yemen. Yet Saleh controls the oil revenue flows. Lack of oil revenue has made Saleh’s usual option of buying off opposition groups all but impossible.

Into this chaotic domestic picture comes the January 2009 announcement, prominently featured in select Internet websites, that al-Qaeda, the alleged global terrorist organization created by the late CIA-trained Saudi, Osama bin Laden, has opened a major new branch in Yemen for both Yemen and Saudi operations.

Al Qaeda in Yemen released a statement through online jihadist forums Jan. 20, 2009 from the group’s leader Nasir al-Wahayshi, announcing formation of a single al Qaeda group for the Arabian Peninsula under his command. According to al-Wahayshi, the new group, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, would consist of his former al Qaeda in Yemen, as well as members of the defunct Saudi al Qaeda group. The press release claimed, interestingly enough, that a Saudi national, a former Guantanamo detainee (Number 372), Abu-Sayyaf al-Shihri, would serve as al-Wahayshi’s deputy.

Days later an online video from al-Wahayshi appeared under the alarming title, “We Start from Here and We Will Meet at al-Aqsa.” Al-Aqsa refers to the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem that Jews know as Temple Mount, the site of the destroyed Temple of Solomon, which Muslims call Al Haram Al Sharif. The video threatens Muslim leaders — including Yemeni’s President Saleh, the Saudi royal family, and Egyptian President Mubarak — and promises to take the jihad from Yemen to Israel to “liberate” Muslim holy sites and Gaza, something that would likely detonate World War III if anyone were mad enough to do it.

Also in that video, in addition to former Guantanamo inmate al-Shihri, is a statement from Abu-al-Harith Muhammad al-Awfi, identified as a field commander in the video, and allegedly former Guantanamo detainee 333. As it is well-established that torture methods are worthless to obtain truthful confessions, some have speculated that the real goal of CIA and Pentagon interrogators at Guantanamo prison since September 2001, has been to use brutal techniques to train or recruit sleeper terrorists who can be activated on command by US intelligence, a charge difficult to prove or disprove. The presence of two such high-ranking Guantanamo graduates in the new Yemen-based al Qaeda is certainly ground for questioning.

Al Qaeda in Yemen is apparently anathema to al-Fadhli and the enlarged mass-based Southern Movement. In an interview, al-Fadhli declared, “I have strong relations with all of the jihadists in the north and the south and everywhere, but not with al-Qaeda.” [5] That has not hindered Saleh from claiming the Southern Movement and al Qaeda are one and the same, a convenient way to insure backing from Washington.

According to US intelligence reports, there are a grand total of perhaps 200 al Qaeda members in southern Yemen. [6]

Al-Fadhli gave an interview distancing himself from al Qaeda in May 2009, declaring, “We [in South Yemen] have been invaded 15 years ago and we are under a vicious occupation. So we are busy with our cause and we do not look at any other cause in the world. We want our independence and to put an end to this occupation.” [7] Conveniently, the same day, al Qaeda made a large profile declaring its support for southern Yemen’s cause.

On May 14, in an audiotape released on the internet, al-Wahayshi, leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, expressed sympathy with the people of the southern provinces and their attempt to defend themselves against their “oppression,” declaring, “What is happening in Lahaj, Dhali, Abyan and Hadramaut and the other southern provinces cannot be approved. We have to support and help [the southerners].” He promised retaliation: “The oppression against you will not pass without punishment… the killing of Muslims in the streets is an unjustified major crime.” [8]

The curious emergence of a tiny but well-publicized al Qaeda in southern Yemen amid what observers call a broad-based popular-based Southern Movement front that eschews the radical global agenda of al Qaeda, serves to give the Pentagon a kind of casus belli to escalate US military operations in the strategic region.

Indeed, after declaring that the Yemen internal strife was Yemen’s own affair, President Obama ordered air strikes in Yemen. The Pentagon claimed its attacks on December 17 and 24 killed three key al Qaeda leaders but no evidence has yet proven this. Now the Christmas Day Detroit bomber drama gives new life to Washington’s “War on Terror” campaign in Yemen. Obama has now offered military assistance to the Saleh Yemen government.

Somali Pirates escalate as if on cue

As if on cue, at the same time CNN headlines broadcast new terror threats from Yemen, the long-running Somalia pirate attacks on commercial shipping in the same Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea across from southern Yemen escalated dramatically after having been reduced by multinational ship patrols.

On December 29, Moscow’s RAI Novosti reported that Somali pirates seized a Greek cargo vessel in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia’s coast. Earlier the same day a British-flagged chemical tanker and its 26 crew were also seized in the Gulf of Aden. In a sign of sophisticated skills in using western media, pirate commander Mohamed Shakir told the British newspaper The Times by phone, "We have hijacked a ship with [a] British flag in the Gulf of Aden late yesterday." The US intelligence brief,Stratfor, reports that The Times, owned by neo-conservative financial backer, Rupert Murdoch, is sometimes used by Israeli intelligence to plant useful stories.

The two latest events brought a record number of attacks and hijackings for 2009. As of December 22, attacks by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden and the east coast of Somalia numbered 174, with 35 vessels hijacked and 587 crew taken hostage so far in 2009, almost all successful pirate activity, according to the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Center. The open question is, who is providing the Somali “pirates” with arms and logistics sufficient to elude international patrols from numerous nations?

Notably, on January 3, President Saleh got a phone call from Somali president Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in which he briefed president Saleh on latest developments in Somalia. Sheikh Sharif, whose own base in Mogadishu is so weak he is sometimes referred to as President of Mogadishu Airport, told Saleh he would share information with Saleh about any terror activities that might be launched from Somali territories targeting stability and security of Yemen and the region.


The Oil chokepoint and other oily affairs

The strategic significance of the region between Yemen and Somalia becomes the point of geopolitical interest. It is the site of Bab el-Mandab, one of what the US Government lists as seven strategic world oil shipping chokepoints. The US Government Energy Information Agency states that “closure of the Bab el-Mandab could keep tankers from the Persian Gulf from reaching the Suez Canal/Sumed pipeline complex, diverting them around the southern tip of Africa. The Strait of Bab el-Mandab is a chokepoint between the horn of Africa and the Middle East, and a strategic link between the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean.” [9]

Bab el-Mandab, between Yemen, Djibouti, and Eritrea connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. Oil and other exports from the Persian Gulf must pass through Bab el -Mandab before entering the Suez Canal. In 2006, the Energy Department in Washington reported that an estimated 3.3 million barrels a day of oil flowed through this narrow waterway to Europe, the United States, and Asia. Most oil, or some 2.1 million barrels a day, goes north through the Bab el-Mandab to the Suez/Sumed complex into the Mediterranean.

An excuse for a US or NATO militarization of the waters around Bab el-Mandab would give Washington another major link in its pursuit of control of the seven most critical oil chokepoints around the world, a major part of any future US strategy aimed at denying oil flows to China, the EU or any region or country that opposes US policy. Given that significant flows of Saudi oil pass through Bab el-Mandab, a US military control there would serve to deter the Saudi Kingdom from becoming serious about transacting future oil sales with China or others no longer in dollars, as was recently reported by UK Independent journalist Robert Fisk.


Source: Energy Information Administration (US Government)It would also be in a position to threaten China’s oil transport from Port Sudan on the Red Sea just north of Bab el-Mandab, a major lifeline in China’s national energy needs.

In addition to its geopolitical position as a major global oil transit chokepoint, Yemen is reported to hold some of the world’s greatest untapped oil reserves. Yemen’s Masila Basin and Shabwa Basin are reported by international oil companies to contain “world class discoveries.” [10] France’s Total and several smaller international oil companies are engaged in developing Yemen’s oil production. Some fifteen years ago I was told in a private meeting with a well-informed Washington insider that Yemen contained “enough undeveloped oil to fill the oil demand of the entire world for the next fifty years.” Perhaps there is more to Washington’s recent Yemen concern than a rag-tag al Qaeda whose very existence as a global terror organization has been doubted by seasoned Islamic experts.

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Related articles can be accessed on Voltaire Network’s Yemen coutry file.

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A widely discussed U.S. analyst of current political and economic developments whose articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines and well-known international websites. F. William Engdahl’s numerous books include Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order, Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century and Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation. ACentury of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order has just been reissued in a new edition. He may be contacted via his website



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7 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad : 'Enemies seek to wage Shia-Sunni war'


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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has warned against efforts by the US and its Western allies to create an Iranian-Arabian conflict and to wage Shia-Sunni war in an attempt to save a collapsing Israel.
Addressing people in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah on Thursday, President Ahmadinejad said that US claims about “the establishment of two governments” in Palestine aim to save Israel and inflict damage on the “resistance front.”

“They say one Zionist government and one Palestinian government and this slogan is aimed at saving the defeated Zionist government,” IRNA quoted the Iranian president as saying.

The Iranian chief executive noted that such “very complicated” plots intend to sow discord and modify the US face among regional countries. He also called on regional governments and nations to remain vigilant.

President Ahmadinejad pointed to efforts by the West, particularly the United States, to disintegrate Jordan and said, “Enemies intend to disintegrate Jordan. They even refuse to allocate parts of the occupied Palestinian territories to their complicated deceit.”

“You should know that the Zionist regime (Israel) is nearing its collapse and no power can save the regime from its definite death,” he emphasized.

“Zionists have no position among regional countries and nations which have become acquainted with the real face of the US and its allies.”

The Iranian chief executive emphasized that the era of “slavery, colonialism and looting” has reached an end and said the Iranian people are standing shoulder to shoulder with regional nations against bullying powers and will disappoint them in their desire to “swallow the region.”

He stressed that the Iranian nation will strongly defend its prestige, interests and territory through its prudence.

On Monday, President Ahmadinejad said that the United States and its Western allies are ramping up efforts to disintegrate Jordan and annex part of it to the West Bank in an attempt to create a “Palestinian state” with the aim of saving Israel.

He warned regional governments and nations against such plots and urged them to “remain vigilant and not be deceived.”

However, these attempts will not save Israel, President Ahmadinejad concluded.

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8 - RICHARD FALK: OBAMA’S LIBYAN FOLLY: TO BE OR NOT TO BE..
Posted: 07 Apr 2011

The outcome in Libya remains uncertain, but what seems clear beyond reasonable doubt is that military intervention has not saved the day for either the shadowy opposition known as ‘the rebels,’ and certainly not for the people of the country. It has seemingly plunged Libya into a protracted violent conflict with the domestic balance of forces tipping decisively in favor of the Qaddafi regime despite a major military onslaught managed by the American-led coalition, which in recent days has been supposedly outsourced to NATO. But since when is NATO not an American dominated alliance? The best that can be hoped for at this stage is a face-saving ceasefire that commits the Libyan leadership to a vague power-sharing scheme, but leaves the governing process more or less as it is, possibly replacing Qaddafi with his son who may offer the West the cosmetic trappings of liberal modernity, which may exhibit a genuine interest in reform.


President Barack Obama has chosen Libya as the place to draw a line in the sand, although it is a rather wavering and fuzzy line. It was finally drawn in response to what was being called two weeks ago an imminent atrocity about to be inflicted upon the people of Benghazi, although the evidence of this prospect of dire bloodletting was never present much beyond the bombast of the dictator. Obama stopped what the more ardent interventionist in his camp were derisively calling his ‘dithering.’ Heeding these criticisms Obama on March 28 came out clearly in support of military action, although carefully circumscribed in scope and nature by reference to its supposedly narrow humanitarian undertaking of protecting Libyan civilian. The futility of preventing a Qaddafi victory on the ground by establishing a No Fly Zone, even as inappropriately expanded to become a No Drive Zone, should have been obvious to anyone conversant with the course of numerous political struggles of recent times being waged for the political control of a sovereign state. What the world actually witnessed was mainly something far different than an effort to protect Libyan civilians. It was rather a an unauthorized attempt to turn the tide of the conflict in favor of the insurrectionary campaign by destroying as many of the military assets possessed by Libya’s armed forces as possible, clearing the path for a rebel advance.


The campaign and character of the opposition has never been clearly established. It is still most accurately described as a motley gathering of opposition forces mysteriously referred to as ‘the rebels.’ In contrast to the seeming failure and ineptness of its military challenge, the public relations campaign of the rebels worked brilliantly. Most of all it mobilized the humanitarian hawks inhabiting the Obama presidential bird nest, most prominently Samantha Power, Hilary Clinton, and Susan Rice, as well as the recently departed former State Department Head of Policy Planning, Anne-Marie Slaughter. Samantha Power particularly has long called upon the United States Government to use its might wherever on the globe severe human rights abuses should occur (unless in a large country beyond interventionary ambitions), apparently analogizing every humanitarian crisis to the totally different circumstances of Rwanda (1994) where a small effort to mitigate major genocide was inappropriately blocked by the Clinton White House. And in the media the celebrants of this intervention have been led by the NY Times pious stalwarts, Nicholas Kristof and Thomas Friedman. At least Friedman, the patron saint of ‘wars of choice’ was sensible enough on this occasion to acknowledge that Obama would need major help from Lady Luck if his Libyan policy would have any chance of a happy ending, which is welcome contrast with his cheerleading of the Iraq intervention. If lives were not at stake, it might be amusing to note the new cosmic humility of this most arrogant of journalists, who in the past was forever fond of addressing world leaders by their first names in his columns while dishing out his unsolicited guidance, now being reduced to treating the Libyan intervention as the equivalent to a night out in Las Vegas!


The PR full court press by the rebels, aided by that high flying French publicity seeking French enthusiast for intervention Bernard-Henri Lévy, also misleadingly convinced world public opinion and several Western political leaders that the Qaddafi regime was opposed and hated by the entire population of Libya making him extremely vulnerable to intervention. This encouraged the belief that the only alternative to military intervention was for the Western world to sit back and bear witness to genocide against the Libyan people on a massive scale. This entire portrayal of the conflict was at best premature, and likely misleadingly intended to make it appear that the only choices available to the UN and the global community was to intervene militarily or sit back and take the consequences. Among other options, diplomacy and the search for a ceasefire was never seriously embarked upon.


Even without the spurious wisdom of hindsight, the international undertaking could be criticized from another angle as having been designed to fail: a questionable intervention in what appeared increasingly to be an armed insurrection against the established government, yet falling far short of what would be needed to secure the only outcome proclaimed as just and necessary—the fall of the Qaddafi government. How can such a struggle, involving one more paternalistic challenge to the dynamics of self-determination, be won by relying on the bombs and missiles of colonial powers, undertaken without even the willingness to follow the attack with a willingness to engage in peacekeeping on the ground? Had this willingness been present it would have at least connected the dots between the interventionary means adopted and the political mission being proclaimed. Even with this more credible posture the odds of success would still remain small. If we consider the record of the past sixty years very few interventions by colonial or hegemonic actors were successful despite their overwhelming military superiority. The only ‘success’ stories of interventionary politics involve very minor countries such as Grenada and Panama where organized resistance was absent, while the failures were in the big and prolonged struggles that took place in Indochina, Algeria, Indonesia, elsewhere.


In Libya the prospects were further worsened by the incoherence, inexperience, and lack of discipline exhibited by rebel forces. This effort of a weak and unorganized opposition to induce foreign forces to secure for themselves an otherwise unattainable victory is reminiscent of the bill of goods that wily Iraqi exiles sold to neoconservative operatives such as Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz during the lead up to the Iraq War (2003). Remember those promises of flowers greeting the American troops arriving in Baghdad or regime change being ‘a cakewalk’ that would be achieved without notable American casualties or costs. As in Libya the case for intervention rested on the false assumption that the foreign occupiers would be welcomed as liberators and that the Saddam Hussein regime lacked any popular base of support. Obama sang this interventionists’ lullaby when he lauded the villager


who thanked an American pilot whose plane crashed accidentally over some rebel held territory.


Such a negative assessment of the Libyan intervention seems clear enough. Such an assessment was offered at the outset of the crisis by the most qualified high official in the Obama inner circle, Robert Gates, the Secretary of Defense. Why did Obama not heed this sensible advice? Unfortunately, every Democratic president, and none more than Obama, struggle to maintain their image as willing to use force in the pursuit of national interests whenever the occasion arises. We must pause to give credit as Obama has pursued a generally militarist foreign policy while still managing to collect a Nobel Peace Prize, something that W’s handlers could never have achieved, and likely didn’t seek. And here in Libya, the risks of inaction must have seemed too great to bear. Instead Obama attempted to have it both ways: lead the diplomatic effort to obtain a mandate from the UN Security Council and then provide most of the military muscle for the initial phase of the operation, and then hastily withdraw to the background while NATO supposedly takes over. This middle path is littered with contradictions: to convince the Security Council, and avoid a Russian or Chinese veto, it was necessary to portray the mission in the most narrow humanitarian terms as being only for the protection of civilians, while to protect the rebels (who are not ‘civilians’ as legally understood) required a much more ambitious scale of attack than is implied by establishing a No Fly Zone; beyond this, if the unconditional goal was the elimination of the Qaddafi regime, then the intervention would have to go far beyond the boundary set by the Security Council decision. It would have to tip the balance in the conflict. As has become clear, the approved military objectives have been dramatically exceeded in the flawed effort to protect the rebels and help them win, but seemingly to no avail.


Of course, the abstainers also have blood on their hands, and share some of the responsibility for what has gone wrong. These abstaining members of the Security Council went along with a mandate to use force that seemed inconsistent with the Charter assurances of refraining from UN intervention in matters essentially within domestic jurisdiction, as this struggle surely was and is. They also allowed the backers of the Securitry Council to twist enough arms to get their mission creep hopes raised by inserting the permissive clause ‘by all necessary means.’ China, Russia, India, Brazil, and South Africa should be ashamed of their posture, criticizing before the vote, abstaining so as to assure that authorization would be provided, and then resuming criticism afterwards to undertakings that should have been anticipated and precluded by much more constricted language in 1973. The vote was 10 in favor, none opposed, and five abstaining.


Such disregard of the limits of the UN Security Council authorization, awkwardly reinforced by the failure of the Security Council to play any subsequent supervisory role to ensure that its approval of force did not go beyond what had been agreed, has once again weakened the UN as a body operating within the constitutional framework of the UN Charter. It makes the UN in the peace and security area appear to be more an agent of geopolitical and neoimperial forces in the West than an objective body seeking to implement the rule of law in relation to the strong and weak alike. We all should remember that when the UN was established in the aftermath of World War II it was assigned the primary responsibility ofminimizing the role of war in human affairs. The inspirational opening words of the Preamble to the UN Charter should be recalled and solemnly reaffirmed: “We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” To allow these words to be selectively overridden by the recently endorsed norm of ‘responsibility to protect’ or R2P is to provide a selective tool that shamelessly exhibits double standards. Where were those humanitarian and paternalistic voices when the civilian population of Gaza was subjected to a murderous attack from land, air, and sea for three weeks by the Israeli Defense Forces (Dec. 27, 2008-January 19, 2009)


Throughout this period of revolutionary ferment in the Arab world, Obama’s paternalism has been pronounced. While intermittingly celebrating these popular risings, Obama has unblushingly felt entitled to pronounce on which leaders should stay and which should go as if he is indeed the first designated global chief executive. And these pronouncements lack even the pretense of coherence and consistency unless measured from an exclusively geopolitical standpoint. The White House was fine with Mubarak until the popular movement made his continued presence untenable, and then he was instructed to leave. In Yemen the leader is told to step down after he failed to quiet the protests, while in Bahrain the Al Khalifa royal family is supported by Washington although governed as an absolute monarchy, which has not only recently relied on extremely violent means to quell unarmed demonstrators, but has even inviting its stronger neighbor, Saudi Arabia, to send military forces across the border to help restore order. Restoring order in Bahrain is a matter of making further repressive moves to thwart robust popular calls for a new political order based on democracy and human rights.


Obama’s maneuvers in and out of the limelight during the unfolding of events in the Arab world reveals the two sides of the current American dilemma: it is not yet ready to shed the mantle of imperial overseer in the post-colonial regions of the world, but it is faced with the contradictory pressures of imperial decline and overstretch. This fledgling patriarch can lecture the world, and even manage a military thrust or two, but nothing is sustained, and little achieved. Obama seems to be auditioning to play Hamlet in this unfolding global tragedy.

Source; richardfalk.wordpress.com


Richard Falk , Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University is also author of Explorations of the Edge of Time : The Prospects for World Order;Crimes of War: Iraq and The Costs of War: International Law the UN and World Order after Iraq. He is the current UN’s Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.




The division of Libya started in London





Attendance at the London Conference on Libya (29 March 2011) was restricted to those States that upheldResolution 1973, plus Germany. Russia and China were not invited. The Holy See participated as an observer even though Pope XVI urged NATO, as much as Gaddafi, to put an end to the hostilities.

Participant States decided to give the Libyan Transitional National Council (LTNC) access to some of Libya’s frozen assets and to authorize it to sell Libyan oil. In addition, they considered the possibility of arming the CNLT, without however reaching a decision.

These arrangements run counter to Resolution 1973 and one can easily imagine the international outcry if Venezuela or Iran, for example, were to release frozen assets and give them to the Nasserist or Khomeinist insurgents or, worse, buy Libyan oil from them. Not to speak of a violation of the UN embargo on arms for the benefit of the "bad" insurgents.

If it were still necessary, the authorization to sell oil shows that the division of the country’s resources has begun. Thanks to NATO’s military support, the LTNC has seized control of vast swathes of the oil fields and two key refineries. The authorization extends to 400 000 barrils per day, which at current rates represents 1,4 billion dollars per month.

At the end of two side meetings that took place between State Secretary Hillary Clinton and LTNC envoy Mahmoud Jibril [see photo], the United States pondered to unlock 3,3 billion dollars belonging to the State of Libya to be funnelled to the "good" insurgents.

Qatar will be in charge of administering Libya’s oil. Turkey has been designated to administer Benghazi airport to facilitate the "humanitarian flow".







The Truth about Libya

http://www.rense.com/general93/truth.htm


By Stephen Goodson
4-1-11





Colonel Muammar Gadaffi is frequently referred to in the media as a "mad dictator" and "bloody tyrant", but do these allegations accord with the facts?



Libya consists of over 15O tribes, with the two main groups, the Meghabra living in Tripolitania in the west and the Wafallah living in Cyrenaica in the east. Previous attempts to unite these tribes by the Turkish (1855-1911) and ltalian {1911-43) colonial rulers failed and the country was split in two for administrative purposes.



Oil was discovered in Libya in 1959, but King ldris of the Senussi tribe allowed most of the oil profits to be siphoned into the coffers of the oil companies. The coup d'etat on 1 September 1969 led by Colonel Gadaffi had countrywide support. He subsequently married a woman from the royal Barqa tribe and adroitly unified the nation.



By retaining Libya's oil wealth for the benefit of all its people, Gadaffi had created a socialist paradise. There is no unemployment, Libya has the highest GDP in Africa, less than 5% of the population is classified as poor and it has fewer people living below the poverty datum line than for example in Holland. Life expectancy is 75 years and is the highest in Africa and I0% above the world average.



With the exception of the nomadic Bedouin and Tuareg tribes, most Libyan families possess a house and a car. There is free health care and education and not surprisingly Libya has a literacy rate of 82%. Last year Gadaffi distributed $500 to each man, woman and child (population 6.5 million).



Libya has a tolerable human rights record and stands at 61 on the International Incarceration Index, comparable with countries in central Europe (the lower the rating, the lower the standing - the USA occupies the no.1 spot!). There is hardly any crime and only rebels and traitors are dealt with harshly.



Anyone who has read Gadaffi's little Green Book will realize that he is a thoughtful and enlightened leader. Libya has been accused of having committed numerous acts of terrorism in the past, but many of these have been perpetrated by foreign intelligence agencies as false flag operations - the Lockerbie bombing being a prime example.



The CIA and MI6 and their frontmen have been stoking up dissent in the east of the country for almost 30 years. Libya produces exceptionally high quality light crude oil and its production cost of $1 a barrel, compared to the current price of $115, is the lowest in the world.



Riba (usury) is not permitted. The Central bank of Libya is a wholly-owned by the Libyan Government and is run as a state bank, issuing all government loans free of interest. This is in contrast to the exploitative fractional reserve banking system of the West. The no-fly zone and the bombing of Libya have nothing to do with the protection of civilians. It is an act of war ­ a blatant and crude attempt by the oil corporations and international bankers to steal the wealth of Libya.



The ZIONIST JEWS, New World Order, CIA, MI6 and their frontmen have been stoking up dissent in the east of the country for almost 30 years.



The ZIONIST JEWS are there for one reason and one reason only to STEAL THE OIL and make Military Bases in those Countries.

The ZIONIST JEWS taking over the World.




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9 -A Look Back At 8 Years Of War In Iraq
By Medea Benjamin & Charles Davis

21 March, 2011
Al Jazeera

Eight years after the US entered Iraq to topple Saddam and liberate the people, conditions are worse than ever

March 19 marks the eighth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a nation that had no weapons of mass destruction and was not involved in the 9/11 attacks.

It was sold to the American public as a war to defend our nation and free the Iraqi people.

US deputy secretary of defence Paul Wolfowitz said our soldiers would be greeted as liberators and that Iraqi oil money would pay for the reconstruction.

Vice president Dick Cheney said the military effort would take "weeks rather than months". And assistant defence secretary Ken Adelman predicted that "liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk".

Eight years on, it's time to look back at that "cakewalk".

4,400 US soldiers lost

More than 4,400 Americans have died as a result of the invasion and occupation of Iraq – more than the 3,000 killed on 9/11.

Over 32,000 US soldiers have been seriously wounded, many kept alive thanks to the miracle of modern medicine. But those numbers don't tell the half of it.

Stanford University and Naval Postgraduate School researchers who examined the delayed onset of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) found that by 2023 the rate of PTSD among Iraq war veterans could rise to as high as 35 per cent.

And for the second year in row, more soldiers committed suicide in 2010 than died in combat, a tragic but predictable human reaction to being asked to kill – and watching your friends be killed.

Bankrupting the nation

In 2008, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard University's Linda Blimes put the cost of the Iraq war at roughly $3tn, or about 60 times what the Bush administration first said the invasion would cost.

While a staggering figure, Stiglitz and Blimes now say that their estimate "was, if anything, too low".

In an update published last fall in The Washington Post, they note that the war not only drove up the federal debt, but helped drive the skyrocketing oil prices that contributed to the crashing of the global economy.

According to the National Priorities Project, the money the US government spent destroying Iraq could have provided annual salaries for 12.5 million teachers or paid the annual healthcare costs for 167 million Americans.

When elected officials tell us our nation is bankrupt, we should tell them to bring our war dollars home.

Hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis

The people who have suffered the most from the Iraq "cakewalk" are Iraqi citizens.

For an invasion sold as an act of liberation and of "profound morality" by propagandists like Jeffrey Goldberg, the US and its allies sure managed to kill a staggering number of those they were liberating.

The organisation Iraq Body Count (IBC) has documented at least 99,900 violent civilian deaths as a direct result of the US-led invasion.

But that's an extremely conservative estimate based largely on deaths reported in Western media, an approach bound to undercount the massive death toll from the invasion.

Indeed, as WikiLeaks revealed last October, the US government covered up the violent killings of more than 15,000 Iraqi civilians – killings that weren't reported by any Western paper which amounted to roughly 20 per cent of IBC's official count at the time.

Unfortunately, the number of dead Iraqis is likely a lot higher than IBC's count.

A 2006 study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University published in the Lancet medical journal found that in just over three years there were 654,965 "excess Iraqi deaths as a consequence of the war", with Iraq's death rate more than doubling due to gunfire – the leading cause of mortality – as well as lack of medicine and clean water.

Then a 2008 analysis by British polling firm Opinion Research Business estimated "that over 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have died as a result of the conflict which started in 2003".

Power still out

Thirteen years of bombings and sanctions crippled the infrastructure and basic services of what was once a wealthy country.

Then came the 2003 invasion, which destroyed electrical plants, sewage systems, water treatment facilities, hospitals and more.

Eight years later, the living conditions in Iraqi are worse than under Saddam Hussein, with the country plagued by a continued lack of electricity, clean water, medical care and security.

Iraqis wonder why - after the most powerful country in the world invaded and spent billions on reconstruction - they are still living in the dark.

Millions fled their homes

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, since 2003 "more than 4.7 million Iraqis have fled their homes, many in dire need of humanitarian care" – hardly an endorsement of life in the "liberated" nation.

Many Iraqis fled to Iran, Jordan and Syria, while roughly 1.5 million fled to other parts of Iraq, the majority of whom "have found no solutions to their plight", according to the UN.

In the aftermath, millions will never be able to return.

Forced into prostitution

Women in Iraq have been particularly hit by the invasion and occupation. The Iraqi government estimates there are up to 3 million widows in Iraq today.

Meanwhile, violence against women – including honour killings, rape and kidnapping – has increased, forcing many to remain at home and limiting employment and educational opportunities, according to a new Freedom House report.

"A deep feeling of injustice and powerlessness sometimes leads women to believe that the only escape is suicide," the report notes.

Many Iraqi women who fled to neighbouring countries have found themselves unable to feed their children.

Just to make ends meet, tens of thousands of them – including girls 13 and under – have been forced into prostitution, particularly in Syria.

"From what I've seen, 70 per cent to 80 per cent of the girls working this business in Damascus today are Iraqis," one refugee told The New York Times. "If they go back to Iraq they'll be slaughtered, and this is the only work available.

"Poisoning Iraqi society

The US military dropped thousands of bombs across Iraq laced with depleted uranium, the radioactive waste produced from manufacturing nuclear fuel.

Valued by the military for its density and ability to ignite upon impact, depleted uranium bombs continue to kill years after they've been dropped.

In Fallujah, which was bombarded more than anywhere else in Iraq, British researchers uncovered a massive increase in infant mortality and rates of cancer, with the latter exceeding "those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki," according to The Independent.

And it's not just Fallujah facing a cancer epidemic. Al Jazeera reports that in the central Iraq province of Babil, reported cancer cases rose from 500 in 2004 to 7,000 in 2008.

And in Basra, the last 15 years have seen childhood leukemia rate more than double, according to a study published last year in the American Journal of Public Health.

Trading one strongman for another

Saddam Hussein was a bad guy. Yet his worst crimes, including the 1980 invasion of Iran, came when he was backed by the US government, which was well aware of his penchant for torture and extrajudicial killings – talents American officials were fine with as as he was slaughtering Iranians.

Now, his US-backed successor, prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, is torturing and killing those who speak out against his rule. All he hasn't done is invade that other, not-yet-liberated member of the "Axis of Evil".

Inspired by the mass actions that took down US-backed strongmen in Egypt and Tunisia, thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets to protest the al-Maliki government – only to be greeted with live ammunition.

On February 27, more than 29 protesters, including a 14-year-old boy, were gunned down by the Maliki-run security forces in Iraq.

Meanwhile, four journalists in Baghdad report that they, along with hundreds of protesters, were "blindfolded, handcuffed, beaten and threatened with execution" for being insufficiently pro-regime.

The charges of abuse come after WikiLeaks revealed further evidence that Maliki has been using the power of the state – and Shia death squads – to torture and murder his political opponents.

Life in the new Iraq isn't a whole lot different than life under Saddam. Given the protests sweeping North Africa and the Middle East, it seems invasions and foreign military occupations just aren't as effective as nonviolent protest at promoting reform.

Recruitment ad for al-Qaeda

When it wasn't completely sold as a humanitarian mission, the Bush administration cast the war on Iraq as a response to the 9/11 terror attacks, scaring the American public into submission with vials of faux-anthrax and concocted tales about Iraq's ties to al-Qaeda.

Yet, as US intelligence agencies recognised after the invasion, "the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse", in the words of one American official.

Indeed, there was no better recruitment ad for terrorists than the images the Bush administration and its allies providing foreign troops who were destroying Iraqi society.

And there's no better way to create a committed enemy than to kill someone's family - or in the case of Abu Ghraib, to humiliate and torture – sometimes to death – an innocent loved one.

Rewarding war criminals

Once you get past all the rationalisations, the invasion of Iraq was just like any other war. It necessitated teaching young men and women to believe that it's morally acceptable to take kill.

And a 2007 army investigation spurred by the massacre of two dozen Iraqi civilians in Haditha said as much.

"Statements made by the chain of command during interviews for this investigation, taken as a whole, suggest that Iraqi civilian lives are not as important as US lives, their deaths are just the cost of doing business, and that the Marines need to get 'the job done' no matter what it takes," wrote Maj. Gen. Eldon Bargewell in the report.

People typically don't want to kill other human beings. They must be conditioned to dehumanise the enemy and believe that murdering is not just okay - but also just.

Basic training involves destroying a person's ability to empathise with the "other" for the good of the nation (or rather, its rulers). But that ability doesn't just suddenly reemerge when the war is over. And unfortunately, that's evidenced by the alarming incidents of domestic violence committed by returning veterans.

The invasion and occupation of Iraq continues to affect lives after veterans of the war rejoin civilian life as police officers and husbands, as foremen and fathers. The lesson that violence is an acceptable means to achieve one's ends is not one soon forgotten.

But violence isn't just legitimised at base camp; it's legitimised by the Obama administration's failure to hold accountable those who took the country into an illegal war of aggression.

Those war criminals – the likes of George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and Karl Rove – are all enjoying successful book tours and reaping hefty speaking fees, while the man who allegedly exposed war crimes, Bradley Manning, is behind bars being tortured.

There's a lesson there – one that doesn't speak well for our system of government. And it suggests that our political establishment will continue to drag us into wars of choice in the future. After all, they won't be fighting or paying the consequences of combat.

On this shameful anniversary, let's not forget that despite president Obama's promise to leave Iraq, the US still has 50,000 troops there, thousands of private mercenaries and dozens of military bases, with generals not-so-subtly hinting at a permanent presence.

We should demand the president close those bases and bring the troops home. We should prosecute those responsible for sending them. And we should apologise to the Iraqi people for the misery the US government has wrought.

The damage of war has been done. But the US must begin making amends to Iraq by leaving.

Medea Benjamin is cofounder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace and Global Exchange. Charles Davis has covered Congress for NPR and Pacifica stations, and freelanced for the international news wire Inter Press Service.



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10 - Associated Press Report on Gaza Deconstructed
Alison Weir, CNI


Friday, April 08, 2011



The Associated Press is the oldest and largest wire service in the world and is the primary source of international news for newspapers all over the country.

As we expect you're acutely aware, its reports are consistently Israeli-centric. Therefore, we are providing an analysis of today's report on Gaza, telling what actually occurred over the past week, what AP chose to report, and what it chose not to report.

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This kind of highly distorted reporting misleads Americans on Israel-Palestine, resulting in the disastrous Middle East policies we see today. We feel that exposing this situation and educating the general public -- as well as editors here in America -- on the actual situation in the region will help to bring the change so urgently needed.

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Associated Press Deconstructed
APRIL 8, 2011

Israeli army strikes Gaza after school bus hit – Deconstructed
First, let’s look at what has happened in Gaza in the past week:

§ On Friday, April 1, Israeli forces assassinated a 24-year-old member of a Palestinian resistance group in Gaza.

§ On Saturday, April 2, the Israeli air force assassinated three members of the group.

§ On Tuesday, April 5, Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian in northern Gaza, reportedly unarmed and not part of any resistance groups.

§ On Wednesday, April 6, at dawn Israeli forces bombarded Gaza in three air strikes, injuring four people, including two women (one of them pregnant) and a child.

§ On Wednesday afternoon hundreds of children in Gaza participated in a march asking the international community to protect them against ongoing Israeli raids and attacks.

§ On Wednesday night the Israeli Air Force bombarded several areas of Gaza, causing extensive damage; at least one resident was injured.

§ On Thursday morning, April 7, the resistance group that had suffered four assassinations fired mortars at a nearby Israeli town, which injured two people on an almost empty school bus, the bus driver and the one student (16) who hadn’t already been dropped off.

§ Thursday at noon Israeli forces bombarded Gaza, killing five people and injuring over 40.

§ Thursday evening Palestinian resistance forces all agreed to a ceasefire to try to prevent the violence from increasing.

§ Israel ignored this and continued its air strikes against Gaza, killing still more Gazans.

§ In all, Israeli forces killed 14 people within 24 hours and injured dozens.


§ Among those killed were a mother, her 21-year-old daughter, and an elderly man.

Following is how AP reported on this. This story is on hundreds of newspaper websites around the country:

Israeli army strikes Gaza after school bus hit

By MATTI FRIEDMAN [zionist]

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft and ground forces struck Gaza on Friday, killing two Hamas gunmen and three civilians

No mention in either the headline or the lead paragraph that Israeli forces killed a total of 14 people in the past 24 hours, including a mother, her daughter (injured another of her children), and an elderly man, and that they injured dozens of others.

in a surge of fighting sparked by a Palestinian rocket attack on an Israeli school bus the day before.

No mention that this rocket attack was sparked by Israeli forces killing five Gazans in the preceding few days.

Just over two years after rocket fire from Gaza triggered

Israel had already broken the cease fire three times, killing seven Palestinian, which is what triggered the rocket fire.

a devastating Israeli military offensive in the territory,

which killed approximately 1400 Palestinians, at least 773 of them civilians – hundreds of them children.

Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers seemed on the brink of another round of intense violence.

AP still chooses not to mention the five Palestinians in Gaza that Israeli forces had killed in preceding days.

In Thursday’s attack, Gaza militants hit an Israeli school bus near the border with a guided anti-tank missile, injuring the driver and badly wounding a 16-year-old boy. Most of the schoolchildren on the bus got off shortly before the attack.

By Friday morning, Israel’s ongoing retaliation

AP calls the Israeli action retaliation (for two injured, one with minor injuries) but fails to note that the rocket attack was retaliation (for the killing of five people).

had killed 10 Gazans – five militants, a policeman and four civilians – and wounded 45. The dead Friday included three civilians killed by Israeli tank fire and two militants killed in an air strike, both near the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis.

Still no mention of the mother and children.

Hamas, which had largely held its fire since Israel’s last major offensive, claimed responsibility for the bus attack.

Had the bus been full, broader Israeli retaliation would have been all but inevitable and the region – already destabilized by the popular revolts sweeping the Arab world – could have been drawn into another war.

It’s odd to put such speculation in a news article, especially when AP left out so many newsworthy facts.

It is unclear if Hamas was trying to provoke a new conflagration, if it was not fully in control of all of its fighters, or if it believes Israel would pull back before invading Gaza again.

Again, it’s odd to put such speculation and commentary in a news article, especially when AP left out so many newsworthy facts.

Israel was condemned internationally after the last incursion.

“Incursion” is an odd word for the massive invasion by Israeli forces that was condemned in detailed reports issued by numerous highly respected international organizations.

Hamas said the rocket attack was in retaliation for the killing of three fighters in an airstrike earlier in the week. At around midnight Thursday, with Gaza rocked by explosions, the organization announced a cease-fire.

This was actually announced earlier and included all sectors of the Gazan resistance. The announcements about this also spoke of the 21-year-old killed on Tuesday, whom AP never mentions in the report.

But the Israeli strikes continued, hitting Hamas facilities and smuggling tunnels.

And many other facilities. AP also fails to mention that the tunnels are a response to Israel’s suffocating siege of Gaza, noted by groups such as Christian Aid.

Electricity lines and transformers were damaged, causing power blackouts in some parts of the territory, according to Jamal Dardsawi, a spokesman for Gaza’s Electric Distribution Company.

While AP speculated about what would have happened if the nearly empty Israeli bus had been full, there is no mention here about what electricity blackouts are actually doing to Gazan patients on respirators, in hospital operating rooms, etc.

In Israel, studies at some schools near Gaza were canceled Friday because of concerns for the students’ safety.

No mention of schools in Gaza, whose students have been injured, one killed, and parents killed and injured.

Palestinian militants launched nine mortars and rockets into Israel, causing damage to at least one building, the military said. Israeli casualties have been kept low thanks to reinforced rooms and early warning systems.

and the fact that the Israeli military, thanks to Americans’ $8 million per day to Israel, is the fourth or fifth most powerful military in the world.

Matan Vilnai, the Israeli Cabinet minister in charge of the home front, told Army Radio that Israel was acting to deter attacks. “We are acting as we see fit so that this type of fire will not continue, and so that the people behind the fire will regret it,” Vilnai said.

Israel’s education minister, Gideon Saar, said in a briefing with reporters that any civilian casualties in Gaza were unintentional and that Israel did not target “anyone except the terrorists.”

AP fails to report that numerous international investigations have found evidence indicating that Israel has often targeted civilians.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned the bus attack and expressed concern over civilian casualties in Israel’s strikes. He called for “de-escalation and calm to prevent any further bloodshed.”

Thousands of rockets from Gaza have hit Israeli towns and cities since 2001.

AP fails to mention that these have killed a total of approximately 20 Israelis. AP also fails to mention that during the same period Israeli forces have killed thousands of Gazans, including numerous children.

Israel’s attempts to stop the rockets have included military incursions and covert operations abroad aimed at disrupting Hamas’ efforts to procure arms.

AP again gives the Israeli narrative. It fails to report that Israeli military incursions and covert operations preceded Gazan rockets.

In February, a Palestinian engineer was seized from a sleeper train in Ukraine and showed up several days later in Israel,

The normal way to report this would be to state that Israel kidnapped a Palestinian engineer in the Ukraine.

where he has been charged with masterminding Hamas’ rocket program.

Once again, AP emphasizes Israeli claims without including countering claims.

Last year a Hamas operative was assassinated in Dubai, and Israeli agents are widely assumed to have been responsible. Israel identified the man as a Hamas agent responsible for obtaining weaponry from Iran.

Again, we get the Israeli narrative, and only the Israeli narrative.

This week, Sudan accused Israel of being behind an explosion that killed two in Port Sudan. The blast was thought to be linked to arms smuggling to Gaza. Israel would not comment.

AP doesn’t bother supplying any information about the two human beings in Port Sudan who were just killed.

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Ibrahim Barzak contributed reporting from Gaza City, Gaza Strip.

Yet, the story was written and edited in Israel by Matti Friedman, a journalist who may have family ties to the Israeli military.

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In case anyone is curious about what occurred before this period, March had seen increased Israeli hostilities, including tightening the siege and a gradual escalation of Israeli military attacks that killed 15 Palestinians, including 5 children, while another 90 Palestinians, including 22 children and 6 women, were wounded.

Israel airstrike kills 1 Gaza militant – deconstructed
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip* [March 29, 2011] — An Israeli aircraft attacked a pair of Palestinian militants* riding on a motorcycle in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing one and wounding the other, the Islamic Jihad group said.

1. Although the dateline says that the story was filed from Gaza City, it is highly unlikely that it was actually written there. Most likely a reporter in Gaza phoned information to AP’s control bureau in Israel, where this story was written – probably by an Israeli journalist.

2. The writer chose to call the victims “militants.” However, another, probably more historically accurate term for Palestinian fighters against Israel would be something like “members of the Palestinian resistance.” While such phraseology might seem odd to people used to US/AP news coverage, it is actually closer to the phraseology used in other conflicts.

The Israeli military said it had “targeted and hit a terrorist squad” that had launched rockets toward southern Israel the previous day. The military said the air force carried out an additional airstrike overnight that hit a smuggling tunnel in southern Gaza.*

1. Notice that the story gives the Israeli military’s claims without any additional context.

2. For example, it doesn’t explain that the “smuggling tunnels” are used to bring in diverse goods to Gaza’s 1.5 billion men, women, and children, who have suffered from immense deprivation of medicines, building supplies, food stuffs, etc. due to Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

3. It doesn’t tell that the Israeli military is the fourth strongest military in the region, supplied with the best tanks, weaponry, and fighter jets that American tax money can buy, while Palestinian resistance fighters usually have little more than home-made rockets.

4. It doesn’t report that the “aircraft” was an unmanned drone.

5. It doesn’t report that Israeli forces have killed thousands of Palestinian men, women, and children since 2000.

Islamic Jihad said the men were on their way to a nearby mosque to pray.* The Iranian-backed* group, which has killed scores of Israelis* in rocket attacks* and suicide bombings*, vowed revenge.*

1. In a less Israeli-centric report the statement that the men were on their way to pray would have been placed far higher in the story.

2. The group may or may not be backed by Iran. This speculation has yet to be confirmed. Yet, here AP reports it as fact.

3. Notice that AP, which ignored the thousands of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, does report on the “scores” of Israelis killed by Islamic Jihad.

4. Rocket attacks have killed approximately 20 Israelis in total. Why is this fact never in AP stories?

5. The last suicide bombing by Islamic Jihad was four years ago, it killed three Israelis.

6. AP frequently reports Palestinians vowing “revenge.” It virtually never describes grieving Palestinian widows, wives, children, mothers, fathers of the fallen. Conversely, it describes all these for the far rarer Israeli victims; yet, it almost never reports their vows to kill more Palestinians.

Israel invaded Gaza, which is ruled by* the Hamas militants*, more than two years ago, in a fierce* offensive meant to end years of rocket fire*.

1. Hamas was elected in fair elections. Some Christians ran on the Hamas ticket.

2. Again, the use of the derogatory, Israeli-centric term “militant,” rather than a more normal desgination, such as “resistance movement.”

3. What AP calls a “fierce offensive,” much of the world called a massacre.

4. The rocket fire had largely stopped in the truce that began in June… Israel violated the truce three times, killing at least seven Palestinians; the rocket fire only began after that. Moreover, there is evidence that the invasion had been long planned and was merely awaiting a pretext. Finally, Israeli invasions preceded rocket attacks. The rocket launchings only began after Israeli forces had invaded and shelled Gaza, killing and maiming masses of people.

The operation inflicted heavy losses on Hamas* and brought about a period of relative quiet*, but Israel believes the group has recovered and restocked its arsenal with even more powerful weapons*.

1. Most of the victims were civilians, including hundreds of children.

2. For AP “relative quiet” means that Israelis have not died. In realilty, numerous Palestinians have been killed since that time.

3. AP says “ever more powerful weapons.” In reality, the weaponry of Palestinian resistance groups would never be called “powerful,” and largely consisted of home-made rockets launched out of the besieged, poverty stricken strip. Now some have acquired real rockets with longer range. They are still far from powerful, particularly when compared to the Israeli arsenal: nuclear weapons, F-16s, tanks, drones, etc.

Recently, there has been an escalation of violence* along the Gaza-Israel border. Both sides have indicated they do not want a repeat of the winter 2009 war* in Gaza.

1.The violence largely consists of almost daily Israeli invasions of Gazan territory and Israel declaring large swaths of farmland a “closed military zone,” creating extreme hardship for farmers whose subsistence comes from that land, and Israeli forces shooting farmers and nonviolent protesters who enter the area. Palestinian resistance fighters try to fight back, some using rockets.

There is no mention in the story that this was the the sixth member of Islamic Jihad to be killed by Israeli forces in the last ten days; no Israelis have been killed or even wounded.

2. The 2009 violence was hardly a “war.” Israeli forces killed 1400 Gazans; Gazans killed 9 Israelis (4 more were killed by Israeli “friendly fire.”)

3. There is no mention that the other victim of the Israeli strike is in critical condition.

4. There is no personal information about either victim; no mention that the one killed was 24 years old. If he had been an opponent of China or Libya, he would be reported as a fahero.

5. There is no mention that a high proportion of Gaza’s residents are refugees ethnically cleansed by Israel in its 1948 war to create a Jewish-only state.

To see how this incident was reported elsewhere view Ma’an News, IMEMC, Al Jazeera, and AFP. Interestingly, the UK Independent carried a version of the AP story, headlined

To see other newsworthy incidents that occurred during the same period see The Missing Headlines.

The Missing Headlines
To read news and analysis about the Palestinian Territories, Israel, and the Middle East not being reported by mainstream U.S. media go to “The Missing Headlines“

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Glamour and the Ghost Cities of the Moon - Dog Poet Transmitting .......

‘Dogs in the water are no match for a raccoon’.

I speak often about attractions and desires. I think the richest person in France is the lady who is the heir to the L’Oreal fortune. When you consider the commercial industry of glamour and all that it connects to, directly and indirectly, you’re looking at one of the biggest industries on the planet and it’s all about appearances. It’s all about altering and camouflaging appearances, actually.

Glamour is possibly one of the most insidious forces on Earth. Look at the things we glamorize. I don’t think I have to itemize. It’s one of the major hypnotics on the planet, along with money, power and fame. Glamour is intimately connected to all of them. The given purpose of cosmetics is to enhance beauty but its actual result is to obscure it.

I don’t know a great deal about Steven Gaskin. I’ve never heard anything bad about him but I can only anticipate someone will tell me something (grin). That’s beside the point. He once made a comment about women. I can’t remember the actual quote. He said something to the effect that it is one of the saddest things on Earth to see a woman coming into her full glory and beauty, only to cover it up with cosmetics. I can’t say too much about this because it is a product of the times in which we live. One can’t really be blamed too harshly for giving in to such a significant power to some degree.

I try to be mindful of this force in my own life. I have no jewelry. I don’t wear a watch either, because I don’t care what time it is. I don’t use any ointments or unguents for my skin or make concessions to suppress my smell, which I leave to diet to regulate. I wear common and generally used clothing that I buy from EBay; blue jeans, types of shirts and I’ve got some rock and roll outfits for that kind of thing, which is about as rare as hen’s teeth these days. The only new clothes I ever buy are sneakers and socks.

I note that there are people who can tell the brand label of clothing and measure people according to it. That amazes me. I note the near obsession that many people have with their appearance; the awful trauma of hair loss and the fear of aging, as if the currency of their being relied upon something that is going by the day. That’s by turns, tragic and amusing. I often think of Donald Trump’s hair. With all his money that was the best he could come up with?

I experience a keen sorrow when I see the things that women have to go through to make their way through the bombed out wasteland of contemporary culture. On psychedelics, it all looks like a cartoon. I watch the poses and postures and the mating games, cries for attention that go on all around me on a given day, as I make a brief trip to the store or into a larger town for one reason or another.

I was in Basel the other day. Basel is infamous for several reasons. The reader can find those out on their own, should they be curious. It’s been a glorious Spring here. I was walking along the Rhine into the main part of town and here and there I passed someone naked laying right out on the walkway. They could have positioned themselves better but maybe not, given what I intuit as their reasons for being there. You can find naked people for all sorts of reasons, once the weather permits it. A man walked by me with his shirt off, exposing his shaved and bronzed chest. He was in his fifties and extraordinarily attentive to any interest that might be shown.

I came into town and went to the library and afterwards I thought I would go to a Sushi restaurant that was on Barfusserplatz; the main drag for theaters, bars and sundry. I sat outside and then noticed a woman in her fifties, dressed up in a little girl’s party dress. She had a music box of some sort and was doing some of the worst, most awkward and comical ballet I’ve ever seen. You wanted to avert your eyes as if you were passing a roadside accident, unless you’re most people, with rubberneck syndrome.

On my way in I passed a 6 and a half foot transvestite, walking with a female companion. I’ve seen them done up to a T but this was another train wreck. Everything was surreal for me. I don’t go into large urban areas very often. What I noted was the concern for glamour everywhere and all of the shops that supported it. That was pretty much the majority of what there was, if you eliminate feeding zones. The urban Swiss can be a tad difficult in a lot of ways. Money rules the waters and the prices reflect that. Comfort and PC freedom are main areas of focus here. Should a few drops of rain fall, thousands of umbrellas go up and they DO NOT watch where they are going.

In Europe, sexual activity starts very early and they don’t make the hue and cry about it that they make in the US, where they’re also lowering the bar by the day, because of glamour. So, you tend to see a lot of teenagers with sullen faces. The force of glamour and the sexual attractive power that has generated it is possibly the most powerful force on Earth. It’s one of the perversions of this force that expresses itself in war and combat. Most things are some channeling, perversion or modification of this force. I can see that now more clearly than I’ve ever seen it in my life.

Something is happening to me, now that I’ve lost nearly all of my attractions. I’m beginning to see them for what they are. I can see the electronic nature of the male force and the magnetic attractive force of the female nature. I can also see the lies, busily at work, which are a ground zero essential to the interplay. Various forms of deception and seduction are at work all around. Sometimes you even see a form of love, in its present permutation of whatever passes for romance. I don’t mean to be cynical, because I’m not. What I see are a multitude of trapping devices; a certain relative ease going in and various degrees of difficulty getting out. When what is called Love, can be so quickly turned to anger and resentment, it’s not Love at all. It’s a glamorization of it.

Everyone is looking at themselves in the big store windows and that is their sole focus, except for the constant searching for interest in them. There’s such a controlling aspect to all of it, as if they were all contained within a limited field of programming. It fascinates me. With the falling away of attractions, I am noticing other things; the state of being for people of any particular age, the level of self obscuration. revealed in the attention of their eyes to given objects, the hunger and the way it keys on whatever is needed to satisfy it and all through the sequences and progressions is the glamour; the glamour of callow youth, the glamour of presentations in person and object and all of it taking place beneath the eternal skies, within a confined time zone that is the temporary reality, which is changing into something else as you are moving through it.

That’s not reality though. That’s what interposes itself between you and reality. It’s all serious business though. People believe in it and live their lives according to it. People lie and steal for it, die for it and kill for it. It’s possible, in a certain state of awareness, to see the whole spectacle as a progressive dance of death, among cob-webbing dreams. The princely settings at the tables of the privileged are filmed in dust. Corpses in rotting tuxedos and other ensembles sit there, engaged in animated conversation from some location on the moon. They think they’re here but they are on the moon.

The sum total of the manufactured world’s offerings is... colorful rubbish. They’ve found up to fifty pounds of waste and more in people’s colons, whose diet is predominantly meat. I’ve read where the average carnivore has seven pounds of putrefying waste in their colon by the time they are fifty. Well, it’s all a matter of personal choice here and... we’re all about personal choice and freedom. True freedom does not result in bondage. That’s what happens when freedom is seen as license. Most people don’t have to worry about being enslaved by others. They’ve already done the job on themselves which, is how the other happens anyway. You become a slave when you cease to be your own master.

Glamour is a predator that sits like a Moray eel at the mouth of a cave in the coral or wherever. It’s surrounded by color and the Moray eel I’m talking about; glamour, has all sorts of attractive features to lure you close enough to snatch. Informed divers know about the dangers of the deep; sticking your hands in dark places and so on and so forth. There's not much difference between the world you live in and the ocean. You can find parallels all day. One’s no less a dream world than the other and divers know what a dream world the ocean can be. Anyway, I’ve said enough for today. Good fortune to you all.


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11 - Judge Goldstone’s wobble sends wrong signal

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By Stuart Littlewood

9 April 2011

Stuart Littlewood explains why judge Richard Goldstone was the wrong person to head the UN fact-finding mission into the conflict in Gaza in the first place, and argues that Goldstone’s latest “wobble” could be the prelude to a new Israeli aggression against the people of Gaza.

"If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document,” says Judge Richard Goldstone in a bombshell article in the Washington Post that set Zionist champagne corks a-poppin’.

But what exactly is it Goldstone now knows that suddenly weakens his devastating findings and recommendations?

Not that his report tells us more than we already knew from the multitude of accounts by eyewitnesses and other reliable sources. It’s devastating because the evidence is so damning. Its real value, though, is in the legalistic tone and immaculate packaging, which impressed the United Nations and prodded follow-up action.

The Goldstone fact-finding mission's mandate from the United Nations was “to investigate all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law that might have been committed at any time in the context of the military operations that were conducted in Gaza during the period from 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009, whether before, during or after”.

"Goldstone, a Jew and described as an ardent Zionist, was hardly the man to head the inquiry team. You ignore at your peril the First Law of tribal membership: don't crap on your tribe’s doorstep.”


The chief violator was, and still is, the lawless Israeli regime. Goldstone, a Jew and described as an ardent Zionist, was hardly the man to head the inquiry team. You ignore at your peril the First Law of tribal membership: don't crap on your tribe’s doorstep. There are bound to be unpleasant consequences.

Goldstone blotted his copybook before he even got started. The fact-finding mission convened for the first time on 4 May 2009, but weeks beforehand three of the inquiry team – Goldstone himself, Colonel Desmond Travers and Hina Jilani – signed an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council, calling for those who perpetrated "gross violations of the laws of war", "gross violations of international humanitarian law" and "targeting of civilians" to be brought to account. The letter said: "The events in Gaza have shocked us to the core.”

South Africa's chief rabbi, Warren Goldstein, and UK columnist Melanie Phillips immediately pounced, claiming that such a statement, made before the fact-finding mission had begun its work, undermined the supposed impartiality of the inquiry.

It pains me to agree with anything Melanie Phillips says, but on this occasion I have to.

Goldstein complained that Professor Christine Chinkin, the fourth member of the inquiry team, signed a letter in the Sunday Times on 11 January 2009 – at the height of Israel’s blitzkrieg on Gaza and before the inquiry team was appointed – which stated that "Israel's actions amount to aggression, not self-defence, not least because its assault on Gaza was unnecessary ... the manner and scale of its operations in Gaza amount to an act of aggression and is contrary to international law, notwithstanding the rocket attacks by Hamas." The letter appeared under the heading "Israel's bombardment of Gaza is not self-defence – it's a war crime".

What she put her name to was undoubtedly true, but it should have disqualified her from membership of the mission.

It's almost as if the team was deliberately picked so that their indiscretions and prejudices could be shot down in flames later, at Netanyahu's convenience.

When he introduced the results of his fact-finding mission to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2009, Goldstone spoke of a barrage of criticism as well as public attacks against members of the team. He rejected the accusation that they were politically motivated. After the report was released they received a number of comments and, where relevant, inaccuracies in the final version were corrected. "We regret that the response to date of the government of Israel avoids dealing with the substance of the report," he said.

So Israel had its chance to participate and put the record straight. It cannot now snipe from the sidelines and expect to be taken seriously.

Undue emphasis on Shalit showed Goldstone’s true colours
“Hamas were entitled to resist with whatever limited weapons were to hand. It's called the right of self-defence. But all they had were AK47s, RPGs and rockets made in the garden shed, and they rode into battle on pick-up trucks, not battle tanks.”


It seemed to me that Goldstone's impartiality crumbled as soon as he accused Hamas of war crimes in the same tone as Israel. For Hamas the context is totally different. At the time of Israel’s onslaught they and their 1.5 million Gazans had been in the vice-like grip of an illegal blockade by land, sea and air for 18 months. The Zionists’ military occupied their airspace, territorial waters and airwaves and controlled their land crossings. They were bottled up in their tiny enclave with no room for manoeuvre and nowhere to hide. Hamas were entitled to resist with whatever limited weapons were to hand. It's called the right of self-defence. But all they had were AK47s, RPGs and rockets made in the garden shed, and they rode into battle on pick-up trucks, not battle tanks.

The report finds that the Palestinian armed groups

fail to distinguish between military targets and the civilian population and civilian objects in southern Israel. The launching of rockets and mortars which cannot be aimed with sufficient precisions at military targets breaches the fundamental principle of distinction. Where there is no intended military target and the rockets and mortars are launched into civilian areas, they constitute a deliberate attack against the civilian population. These actions would constitute war crimes and may amount to crimes against humanity.

Funny how the report is so very precise about the number of projectiles fired into Israel from Gaza – 3,455 rockets and 3,742 mortar shells in the period 16 April 2001 to 18 June 2008. Yet I don’t recall seeing any mention in its 452 pages of the number of Israeli shells, bombs, rockets, etc fired into the packed Gaza Strip over the same period, and how many Palestinian civilians they killed and maimed.

Hamas’s crude rockets, alas, have no guidance system so are erratic, some being lucky to clear the border fence. Perhaps if Israel and the Western powers were to lift the blockade Gazans could import – or maybe the US would like to supply (in the interests of precision targeting) – state of the art rocketry with sufficient range and some hope of hitting only the Israeli military, so that Goldstone wouldn’t complain so much.

His whinge about one Israeli prisoner, Shalit, when Israel holds 11,000 Palestinian prisoners, shows the man’s true colours. Shalit's father was allowed to appear before the fact-finding mission. Did Goldstone invite any family members of the Palestinian prisoners?

However, the report does say this:

The mission analysed information it received on the detention of Palestinians in Israeli prisons during or in the context of the military operations of December 2008–January 2009 and found those practices generally inconsistent with human rights and international humanitarian law. The military court system to which Palestinians from the occupied Palestinian territory are subjected deprives them of due process guarantees in keeping with international law... The detention of members of the Palestinian Legislative Council by Israel violates the right not to be arbitrarily detained, as protected by article 9 of ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights). Insofar as it is based on political affiliation and prevents those members from participating in the conduct of public affairs, it is also in violation of its articles 25 recognizing the right to take part in public affairs and 26, which provides for the right to equal protection under the law. Insofar as their detention is unrelated to their individual behaviour, it constitutes collective punishment, prohibited by Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Also the detention of large numbers of children and their treatment by Israel points to violations of their rights under the ICCPR and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“Backtracking” a PR prelude to Cast Lead replay?
A central finding of the Goldstone Report is that Israel’s military directly targeted Gazan civilians. Now, it seems, the Israeli regime’s own belated internal inquiries find that Gaza’s civilians and infrastructure were not targeted as a matter of Israel policy after all.

In their long history of crimes against Palestinians (and even against foreign nationals like Rachel Corrie) Israelis have never carried out a credible investigation into their own conduct. Are we to believe that their self-investigation this time meets proper objective standards?

Besides, the UN Committee of Independent Experts following up on Goldstone’s work says: “There is no indication that Israel has opened investigations into the actions of those who designed, planned, ordered and oversaw Operation Cast Lead.”

The word is that Goldstone’s in deep trouble with his tribal leaders who demand loyalty to them rather than to justice and principle. They have been able to put him under intense pressure. That’s why he was the wrong man for the job. But having taken it and been “shocked to the core”, as he put it, by what Israel did to Gaza, why hasn’t he renounced the Zionist cause as any decent man would, and put himself beyond its influence? He must by now have the measure of its evil.

Meanwhile his Washington Post remarks are hailed as a “retraction” by the joyful pro-Israel lobby. At the time of making his report Goldstone said it reflected the unanimous views of all four members of the team. Is his so-called retraction also the view of them all? In any event it is a wonderful gift to the Zionist warmongers and especially Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, who last year was moaning: "We face three major strategic challenges – the Iranian nuclear programme, rockets aimed at our civilians and Goldstone."

Now he’s crowing with delight. "Everything we said has proven to be true: Israel did not intentionally harm civilians, its institutions and investigative bodies are worthy, while Hamas intentionally fired upon innocent civilians and did not examine anything. The fact that Goldstone backtracked must lead to the shelving of this report once and for all." Netanyahu has called on the UN to immediately revoke the report, giving new impetus to Tel Aviv’s old propaganda game.

Goldstone’s “wobble certainly coincides with several Israeli ministers beating the war drums and threatening to do it all over again – launch a Cast Lead Mark 2 against the still-dazed and half-starved Gazans.”


The fix Goldstone has got himself into and the dangerous signal this send to the world’s delinquents, illustrates perfectly why no Zionist, however upstanding, should be allowed a key post in government or international affairs.

A friend of mine is sure the Goldstone wobble is an orchestrated prelude, a public relations warm-up, to something big and nasty. "There will be another assault on Gaza," she tells me, "this one more deadly than the last; and the people of Gaza will be blamed for it once again. The inept UN will call for 'restraint', the US will provide the weaponry, and this will go on until there is no Gaza left. It is the plan, has been the plan, and will continue until the objective is met ... because no one cares, no one has the courage to stand up and say, stop or else."

The wobble certainly coincides with several Israeli ministers beating the war drums and threatening to do it all over again – launch a Cast Lead Mark 2 against the still-dazed and half-starved Gazans.

I called the Foreign Office in London to ask if the British government supports Netanyahu's call for the Goldstone Report to be retracted. A spokesperson said:

No. Justice Goldstone makes clear in his recent comments that the Goldstone Report would have looked differently if it had been produced now, on the basis of fresh evidence released by a committee of independent experts, tasked to follow-up on the Goldstone Report. This latest insight into the events surrounding the Gaza conflict have come about because of the process that was set in train by his fact-finding mission.

Allegations of breaches of International Humanitarian Law made against all parties to the Gaza conflict are not limited to the Goldstone Report and have arisen from certain other credible organizations...




Goldstone’s rethink : cleansing Israel's war crimes
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By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth

6 April 2011

Jonathan Cook considers what judge Richard Goldstone may or may not have retracted from his original report on Israel’s attack on Gaza in 2008, the validity of his apparent retractions and what may lay behind his rethink.

Israeli leaders have barely hidden their jubilation at an opinion article in the 1 April Washington Postby the South African jurist Richard Goldstone reconsidering the findings of his United Nations-appointed inquiry into Israel’s attack on Gaza in winter 2008.

For the past 18 months the Goldstone Report had forced Israel on to the defensive by suggesting its army – as well as Hamas, the ruling faction in Gaza – had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during Israel’s three-week Operation Cast Lead. Some 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of women and children.

Goldstone’s report, Israeli officials worried, might eventually pave the way to war crimes trials against Israeli soldiers at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.

“Israel would certainly like observers to interpret Goldstone’s latest comments as an exoneration. In reality, however, he offered far less consolation to Israel than its supporters claim.”


In what appeared to be a partial retraction of some of his findings against Israel, Goldstone argued that he would have written the report differently had Israel cooperated at the time of his inquiry.

Binjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, immediately called on the United Nations to shelve the Goldstone Report;Ehud Barak, the defence minister, demanded an apology; andAvigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister, said Israel’s actions in Gaza had been “vindicated”.

Israel would certainly like observers to interpret Goldstone’s latest comments as an exoneration. In reality, however, he offered far less consolation to Israel than its supporters claim.

The report’s original accusation that Israeli soldiers committed war crimes still stands, as does criticism of Israel’s use of unconventional weapons such as white phosphorus, the destruction of property on a massive scale, and the taking of civilians as human shields.

Instead Goldstone restated his position in two ways that Israel will seek to exploit to the full.

The first was an observation that since his report’s publication in September 2009 “Israel has dedicated significant resources to investigate over 400 allegations of operational misconduct”.

In the past Goldstone has made much of the need for Israel and Hamas to investigate incidents where civilians were targeted, saying that otherwise his report should be transferred to the ICC. In his article he favourably compared Israel’s investigations to the failure by Hamas to carry out any probes.

“... according to both Israeli human rights groups and a committee of independent legal experts appointed by the UN to monitor implementation of the report, Goldstone’s applause for Israel’s investigations is unwarranted.”


The significance of Goldstone’s reassessment from Israel’s point of view was underlined this week by comments to theJerusalem Post newspaper from a senior unnamed legal official in the Israeli military. He said Goldstone’s professed confidence in Israel’s investigatory system would help to forestall future war crimes probes by the UN.

That will be cause for Palestinian concern at a time when, in response to renewed hostilities between Israel and Hamas, some Israeli government ministers have called for a Cast Lead 2.

Another unnamed commander told the popular Israeli news website Ynet on 4 April that Goldstone’s change of tack might lift the threat of arrest on war crimes charges from Israeli soldiers travelling abroad.

However, according to both Israeli human rights groups and a committee of independent legal experts appointed by the UN to monitor implementation of the report, Goldstone’s applause for Israel’s investigations is unwarranted.

Sarit Michaeli, a spokeswoman for B’Tselem, an Israeli organization monitoring human rights in the occupied territories, said Israel had failed to conduct a prompt, independent or transparent inquiry.

“The materials on which Israel has relied have not been made available to us, so we are not in a position to judge the quality of the investigations or the credibility of the findings.”

Likewise, the UN committee of experts, led by a New York judge, Mary McGowan-Davis, has complained that the Israeli army is probing itself and questioned the effectiveness of the investigations following “unnecessary delays” in which evidence may have been “lost or compromised”.

Human rights groups have pointed out that, despite the large number of deaths in Gaza, only three of the 400 investigations cited by Goldstone have so far led to indictments.

One of those cases involved the theft of a credit card. Another, in which two soldiers used a nine-year-old boy as a human shield, led to their being punished with three-month suspended sentences and demotion.

The second, more significant reassessment by Goldstone is that he was wrong to conclude in his report that Israel intentionally targeted civilians “as a matter of policy”.

“Strangely, he [Goldstone] appears to base his revised opinion on Israel’s own military investigations, even though no evidence from them has yet been made public.”


Despite Goldstone’s misleading wording in the article, he is referring not to an Israeli order to intentionally murder civilians but a policy in which indiscriminate attacks were undertaken with a disregard to likely casualties among civilians.

Strangely, he appears to base his revised opinion on Israel’s own military investigations, even though no evidence from them has yet been made public.

Rina Rosenberg, the international advocacy director of theAdalah legal centre in Israel, which has been monitoring Israel’s investigations on behalf of Palestinian legal groups, said Goldstone had given Israel a “gift” with this observation.

“Israel has tried to focus the debate entirely on whether it intended to kill civilians, as though a war crime depends only on intentionality. Israel knows that intention – outside a policy like targeted assassinations – is very difficult to prove.”

She pointed out that there were other important standards in international law for assessing war crimes, including negligence, disregard for the safety of civilians, and indiscriminate use of force.

Also, observers have wondered what new information has emerged since Goldstone published his report to justify a rethink on whether Israeli policy left civilians in the line of fire.

His original conclusion drew in part on public statements by Israeli military commanders that in Gaza they had applied the Dahiya doctrine – an Israeli military strategy named after a suburb of Beirut that Israel levelled during its 2006 attack on Lebanon. In his article, Goldstone cast no fresh doubt on his earlier premise that such a strategy would by definition endanger civilians.

In addition, the Israeli group Breaking the Silence has collected many testimonies from soldiers before and since publication of the Goldstone Report indicating that they received orders to carry out operations with little or no regard for the safety of civilians. Some described the army as pursuing a policy of “zero-risk” to soldiers, even if that meant putting civilians in danger.

“The timing of Goldstone’s article has raised additional concern among Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups that he may have succumbed to political pressure."


Similarly, leaflets produced by the military rabbinate – apparently with the knowledge of the army top brass – urged Israeli ground troops in Gaza to protect their own lives at all costs and show no mercy to Palestinians.

The timing of Goldstone’s article has raised additional concern among Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups that he may have succumbed to political pressure.

Late last month the UN’s Human Rights Council, which set up the fact-finding mission, recommended that the General Assembly refer the Goldstone Report to the Security Council – the decisive stage in moving it to the International Criminal Court.

It is expected that the US, which has consistently opposed such a referral, will block the report’s progress to the ICC – further embarrassing Washington after its recent veto at the UN of a Palestinian resolution against Israeli settlements.

Shawan Jabareen, director of the Palestinian legal rights group Al-Haq, said Goldstone’s article had provided Israel and the US with a “new weapon” to discredit the report even before it reached the Security Council.




Facebook bans pages calling for Palestinian uprising





Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shut down pages on his social network that were calling for an uprising in Palestine to begin on May 15, the date marked by Palestinians as the Nakba.

Since the 6th of March, several Facebook pages have called for a third intifada. They garnered up to half a million supporters.

Facebook made the decision to pull at the request of the Israeli authorities.

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12 - The Real Identity of Israel


I am Israel. I came to a land without a people for a people without a land. Those people who happened to be here, had no right to be here, and my people showed them they had to leave or die, razing 480 Palestinian villages to the ground, erasing their history.

I am Israel. Some of my people committed massacres and later became Prime Ministers to represent me. In 1948, Menachem Begin was in charge of the unit that slaughtered the inhabitants of Deir Yassin, including 100 men, women, and children. In 1953, Ariel Sharon led the slaughter of the inhabitants of Qibya, and in 1982 arranged for our allies to butcher around 2,000 in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila.

I am Israel. Carved in 1948 out of 78% of the land of Palestine, dispossessing its inhabitants and replacing them with Jews from Europe and other parts of the world. While the natives whose families lived on this land for thousands of years are not allowed to return, Jews from all over the world are welcome to instant citizenship.

I am Israel. In 1967, I swallowed the remaining lands of Palestine - the West Bank and Gaza - and placed their inhabitants under an oppressive military rule, controlling and humiliating every aspect of their daily lives. Eventually, they should get the message that they are not welcome to stay, and join the millions of Palestinian refugees in the shanty camps of Lebanon and Jordan.

I am Israel. I have the power to control American policy. My American Israel Public Affairs Committee can make or break any politician of its choosing, and as you see, they all compete to please me. All the forces of the world are powerless against me, including the UN as I have the American veto to block any condemnation of my war crimes. As Sharon so eloquently phrased it, “We control America”.

I am Israel. I influence American mainstream media too, and you will always find the news tailored to my favor. I have invested millions of dollars into PR representation, and CNN, New York Times, and others have been doing an excellent job of promoting my propaganda. Look at other international news sources and you will see the difference.

I am Israel. You Palestinians want to negotiate “peace!?” But you are not as smart as me; I will negotiate, but will only let you have your municipalities while I control your borders, your water, your airspace and anything else of importance. While we “negotiate,” I will swallow your hilltops and fill them with settlements, populated by the most extremist of my extremists, armed to the teeth. These settlements will be connected with roads you cannot use, and you will be imprisoned in your little Bantustans between them, surrounded by checkpoints in every direction.

I am Israel. I have the fourth strongest army in the world, possessing nuclear weapons. How dare your children confront my oppression with stones, don’t you know my soldiers won’t hesitate to blow their heads off? In 17 months, I have killed 900 of you and injured 17,000, mostly civilians, and have the mandate to continue since the international community remains silent. Ignore, as I do, the hundreds of Israeli reserve officers who are now refusing to carry out my control over your lands and people; their voices of conscience will not protect you.

I am Israel. You want freedom? I have bullets, tanks, missiles, Apaches and F-16s to obliterate you. I have placed your towns under siege, confiscated your lands, uprooted your trees, demolished your homes, and you still demand freedom? Don’t you get the message? You will never have peace
or freedom, because I am Israel.



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13 - I AM ISRAEL / ISRAHELL


This is the truth PASS IT ON and when watching, turn your speakers on high.



By their deeds, ye shall know the Zionists.


The true version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4gymxY2zM8



I am Israel. http://iamisrael.com/
If you knew: http://ifamericansknew.org/
The Israeli Occupation: http://www.israeli-occupation.org/
Gaza Massacre by Israel: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&um=1&sa=1&q=gaza+massacre&a...
Remember Gaza: http://gazaspeaks.com/

I am Israel. Written by Hashem Said on Feb.25.2002. Video made by Jihane Al Quds on Sept.4.2009. Hashem Said is an officer in the UW Palestinian student group Hayaat.

Italian: Io sono Israele: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhimkrKfywk

Russian : Я - Израиль: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=key2wzYfgPY

Polish : Jestem Izraelem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YrYby9-6o8

Arabic : أنا إسرائيل : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsRVMD6Zmr8

French : Je suis Israël: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOlsR4148tA

Greek : Είμαι το Ισραήλ : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv4FEsxB9uI

Spanish : Soy Israel : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwhzMxSVMCI

Hebrew : אני ישראל: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM_XGSFiSWY

German : Ich bin Israel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij1wshuI1pg

Dutch : Ik ben Israël: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFhtL4jddiE






THE SCANDAL OF THE CENTURY
When they're not flying predator drones over the US, the Pentagon hosts terrorists in the US and lets them run wild.
The biggest smoking 9/11 smoking gun. Forget Building 7. That's a side issue.
What the Pentagon knew and when they knew it and how they punished the people who tried to spill the beans.
Video: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/1079.html



Hasidic Rebbe Blames Japan Earthquake And Tsunami
On Japan's Prosecution Of Accused Hasidic Drug Smugglers
“God is landing blow after blow on the Japanese. But they’re like Egypt and Pharaoh.

Japan does not understand…only goyyim know what drugs are…"

From Behadrei Haredim (this is a loose translation):

“God is landing blow after blow on the Japanese. But they’re like Egypt and Pharaoh. Japan does not understand that it is holding the detainees [Satmar yeshiva students arrested for drug smuggling] for no reason. They think the yeshiva students know what this drug is, but from where would hasidic yeshiva students know what this is? Only goyyim [non-Jews] know what drugs are. Rather than [Japan] admitting its mistake, it continues to hold them, and for that [Japan] is punished.”



Four Videos From Gilad Atzmon
1 - South Tel Aviv Is On Fire !!!
United against everyone - Learn about Israeli xenophobia

2. Ken O'Keefe: Samouni Family Responds to Justice Goldstone Backtrack on Israeli War Crimes (must see)
3. The Rise of Israel's Military Rabbis (must watch)
Learn more about the Israelis who murder in the name of God

4. War is a Racket by Smedley Butler (must watch)
War is a Racket by Smedley Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940)) is a famous speech denouncing the military industrial complex. This speech by two-time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient exposes war profits that benefit few at the expense of many. Throughout his distinguished career in the Marines, Smedley Darlington Butler demonstrated that true patriotism does not mean blind allegiance to government policies with which one does not agree. To Hell with war.? It seems as if we've learned nothing !!!


''INFINITE MISSION CREEP''
The US is working on a 24/7 total air surveillance system to "keep everyone safe." They're already got the equipment. They just need to come up with reasons to fund and use it. Already operating in some places. Someone's gotta stop those terrorist hordes from crashing the North Dakota border. Video: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/1075.html


Israeli Minister "We always use the anti-Semitism trick or bring up the Holocaust"
Shulamit Aloni http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW3a1bw5XlE


Confessions Of A KGB Master Spy


How A Zionist-Communist Takeover Happens







Alex Jones: Revolt Against the NWO Banksters Expanding Worldwide
Max Keiser talks to Alex Jones about food stamps and financial terror on the Keiser Report.





THE VERY PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR CHEMTRAILS EXPOSED RIGHT HERE!
www.youtube.com
Meet the Scientists, the Geo-engineers/ Royal Society, responsible for poisoning our air &screwing with the Weather!
Hasn't their work proven to be just FANTASTIC with all the Chemtrails & INSANE WEATHER last Winter - all this Record Cold?



Glenn Beck Explaining the Federal Reserve
Glenn Beck’s best episode: explaining the Federal Reserve
http://targetfreedom.typepad.com/targetfreedom/2011/04/glennbeckexplainingfederalreserve.html



Three Podcasts: `The Mark Weber Report'
Voice of Reason Network
http://reasonradionetwork.com/category/programs/the-mark-weber-report

Audio recordings of the first three broadcasts of the new weekly program of the Voice of Reason network. Analysis and commentary of current affairs and historical issues by the director of the Institute for Historical Review.
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14 - Europe's Israel romance is on the waneEuropeans are losing their illusions about Israel, our survey shows. Policy is out of step with the public

Daud Abdullah
The Guardian, Monday 14 March 2011

In Europe, Israel has historically enjoyed a high level of support, not least because it was perceived as a progressive democracy in a sea of Arab backwardness. At the same time, most Europeans knew very little about the Israel-Palestine conflict: as recently as 2004, the Glasgow University Media Group found that only 9% of British students knew that the Israelis were the illegal occupiers of Palestinian land. Astonishingly, there were actually more people (11%) who believed that the Palestinians were occupying the territories.
However, according to a new poll by ICM for the Middle East Monitor, Europeans' perception of Israel has changed decisively, and their understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict, while still giving some cause for concern, has improved significantly. The survey of 7,000 people in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Britain reveals only a small minority (10%) now believe their countries should support Israel rather than the Palestinians, while many more, 39%, think they should not.

This shift in European public opinion may owe something to an improved understanding of the conflict; 49% of respondents were now able to identify Israel as the occupying power. However, 22% still didn't know. This persistence of ignorance about issues that have been long established in international law may reflect media bias, or inadequate coverage of the conflict. It could also be a result of campaigns undertaken by the Israeli public relations machinery in Europe. Whatever the cause, the shift in public opinion is clearly not mainly due to the success of a pro-Palestinian lobby.

This decisive shift appears to be primarily a consequence of Israel's violation of international law, specifically its actions in Gaza, the 2010 attack on the humanitarian flotilla, its settlement expansion programme, and the construction of the separation wall.

There is, across Europe, a growing rejection of Israeli policies. Its blockade of Gaza was said to be illegal by 53% of those polled (16% thought it legal) – an appreciation of the international legal opinion that recognises the siege as a form of collective punishment and a violation of the Geneva conventions.

While it is important to note that those polled saw fault on both sides, 31% considered Palestinians to be the primary victims of the conflict, while only 6% thought Israelis the primary victims. A third of respondents believe Israel is not a democracy, while fewer than half believe it is, and most of those surveyed (65%) agree Israel does not treat all religious groups the same, compared with 13% who believe it does.

European policy on Palestine can no longer be said to reflect the values and aspirations of the people. The survey confirms a disturbing level of disconnect between public opinion and governments' actions. Whereas the EU took a decision in 2003 to place Hamas on its list of terrorist organisations and preclude it from any negotiations, 45% of those polled said it should be included in peace talks, while only 25% said it should be excluded. (A recent survey by the Institute for Jewish Policy research also found that 52% of British Jews support negotiating with Hamas for peace.)

Similarly, a clear majority of Europeans (58%) are against changing the law to make it easier for those accused of war crimes to visit Europe – a ringing indictment of governments that have either changed or are attempting to change their laws to protect Israeli war crime suspects. The Conservatives are committed to changing the law, yet only 7% of the 2,000 Britons polled would support such a change – the lowest figure in Europe.

The results of this study coincide with the epic changes engulfing the Middle East. Given the systemic discrimination by Israel against its Arab population, it is only fair to ask what the reaction would be if it was faced with mass civil protests by its Arab citizens demanding equal rights. Europe's romantic view of Israel has long been on the wane. Its 20th-century image as the battling underdog in a hostile neighbourhood has been shattered by its actions. European governments should bring their policies into line with universally accepted human values. Anything less will be a betrayal of the democratic standards Europe claims to uphold.

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15 - Israeli Embassy in Cairo Under Siege
April 9, 2011 - Dr. Ashraf Ezzat

Demands :
Embassy Closure and
Withdrawal from The Camp David Accords
in Wake of Renewed Attacks on Gaza


“ Just when the Palestinians in Gaza thought they were facing this new Israeli attacks alone and with their backs against the wall, they found out they forgot, over the years, that they had brothers in Egypt who are willing not only to accompany them in their struggle against Israel but to protect their backs as well”


Dr. Ashraf Ezzat / Veterans Today Exclusive

From Exclusive Video Coverage of The Embassy Seige
Editor’s notes: The western press and even Al Jazeera have failed to report today’s demonstrations in Tahir Square, Cairo accurately. Thousands of Egyptians marched from the square to the Israeli Embassy, demanding that the current military government end diplomatic relations with Israel in wake of the recent assault on Gaza by the IDF.

Israel claims that a school bus was attacked with a mortar round this week and it was necessary for the army to respond with tanks, helicopters, rockets and a step-up of the nightly bombing campaign that has gone on for months.

Skeptics doubt Israel’s claim of an attack from Gaza, citing Israel’s propensity for fabricating threats and the bizarre choice of weapons. From an American intelligence source who has worked with Israel for decades:

Israel has been using the “mortar attack” story more and more. Any small explosive charge can be made to look like a mortar attack. even a hand grenade. You only need to throw a few shards of metal around, the cheapest and dirtiest “false flag” possible and Israel has done this dozens of times.


Hamas has mortars but they also have thousands of RPGs. That’s the weapon used to go after a vehicle. Saying someone shot a mortar at a bus is simply idiotic. If Gaza has the weapons Israel claims, Russian Kornet and RPG 29s which are capable of destroying Israel’s Merkava tanks quite readily, as Hizbollah proved, the “school bus” story is even more fictional.

EXCLUSIVE VETERAN’S TODAY VIDEO


YouTube - Veterans Today -Israeli embassy in Cairo sieged by angry protesters



Background, The Egyptian Anti-Israeli Backlash

Egyptians marching to the Israeli embassy in cairo, protesting over Israeli strikes of Gaza.
On this very day, April 8th since 41 years the Israeli air force struck the village of Bahr el-Baqar – an Egyptian small village near Suez Canal. The raid resulted in the total destruction of an elementary school full of school children. Five bombs and 2 air-to-ground missiles struck the single-floor school. Of the 130 school children who attended the school, 46 were killed, and over 50 wounded, many of them maimed for life. The school itself was completely demolished.

That tragic day marked the first encounter of the Egyptian people with the brutality and the indiscriminate aggression of the Israelis that targeted the innocent and unarmed civilians. This air raid demolished not only the school building but also the remains of any hopes for Israel to be seen as a friendly neighbor state.

From then on Israel was the absolute enemy in the eyes of every average Egyptian.

This terrorist attack on the innocent Egyptian school children has been deeply engraved in the memory of all Egyptians. And to make sure that no one forgot what Israel had done on that day, Egyptians made April 8th a mourning day for the killed school children of Bahr el-Bakar and to be commemorated every year for the last 41 years.
Only this year it was rather different.

Egypt-Israel relations in the last 40 years
Egypt has just emerged from its worldwide celebrated revolution which managed to topple the long lasting in power dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

So many things happened in Egypt since the Israeli raid on April 8th, 1970.

- Egypt retaliated against years of Israeli military aggression and political arrogance in the glorious October war 1973 against Israel.
- President Sadat signed – on an individual initiative- a peace treaty with Israel 1979 (based on Camp David accords) that never managed to naturalize relations between Egyptians and Israelis.
- Mubarak ruled Egypt since 1980 and began a long era of not only observing the terms of the peace treaty but to acting as the closest friend of Israel and the White House in the Middle East.
- Mubarak, through his corrupt reign, helped Israel tighten its shameful siege on Gaza and even supplied Tel Aviv with the natural gas they needed for power and electricity production with prices well under the world rates. (enriching himself in the process) But his most appreciated contribution to the Zionist regime in Israel was the complete Egyptian withdrawal from actively participating in the key issues of the Arab- Israeli conflict.
Gaza under fire again
Lately, the unrest began to resurface again at the border line between Gaza and Israel. On Friday April 8th Five Palestinians have been killed and around 45 wounded in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip following an offer of a ceasefire from Hamas after a surge in cross-border violence that was dramatically reduced by Israel and sold to the world as the usual “selective” Palestinian attack, by their most primitive handmade rockets, on a school bus – an area of specialty long mastered by the Israelis since Bahr el-Bakar school massacre.

Thus began another expected scenario of disproportionate Israeli attacks on the civilians and children in Gaza with the civilized world muted and turning a blind eye as usual.

The world has grown numb and painfully insensitive to the crimes of Israel against the Arab Palestinians in Gaza and the west bank.

And with judge Richard Goldstone bowing out and going back on his indictment of the Israeli crimes committed during the war on Gaza 2009; the world seems like a barren place for the Palestinians devoid of any free voices left to stand up against the Israeli insolence.

And just when the Palestinians in Gaza thought they were facing this new Israeli attacks alone and with their backs against the wall, they found out they forgot, over the years, that they had brothers in Egypt who are willing not only to accompany them in their struggle against Israel but to protect their backs as well.

Embassy under siege
On the very same day of April 8th and as Egyptians were protesting in Tahrir square demanding that Mubarak and his inner circle of aids to be put on trial and as the news of the Israeli attacks on Gaza made its way to the square at the heart of Cairo, thousands immediately took to the district where the Israeli embassy in Cairo is located.

Egyptians held back – by the military forces- from advancing into the building where the embassy lies practically surrounded the embassy in what seemed like a gigantic human shield. The angry protesters held flags of both Egypt and Palestine and raised big posters of al Aqsa mosque- temple mount in Jerusalem.

On a live coverage by Aljazeera of the march to the Israeli embassy- that somehow failed to make it to the news headlines- some of the protesters expressed their anger at the recent unjust Israeli attacks on Gaza and they made it clear they expected nothing less than the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador out of Egypt and taking the Israeli flag off the embassy building.

Some of the protesters went far as to demand the immediate end to the siege imposed on Gaza from the Egyptian side and a freeze of the Egyptian supply of natural gas to Israel. But the most daring request came by many protesters who called for a public referendum to allow the Egyptian people to have their say about the peace treaty president Sadat had signed 30 years ago.

Amidst that overwhelming atmosphere of antagonism to Israel and its unacceptable and inhuman war of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians the Israeli embassy at the top floor of the building on the other side of the Nile opposite to Tahrir square found no other option than to dim out the lights and keep its staff hiding inside.

While the Egyptian crowd down in the streets were still swelling in great numbers around the embassy with the intensity of their enthusiasm rising high as they chanted for eternal solidarity with Palestinians the Israeli embassy’s lights were almost turned off with the Israeli flag kept as unapparent and way out of sight as possible.

On this April 8th night, and on the very same day that witnessed the massacre of Bahr el-Bakar the Israeli embassy with all the Israeli diplomatic mission in Cairo seemed under siege.

It must have been a terrible night for the Israeli diplomats in Cairo but at least they have experienced, even it was for few hours how it feels to be vulnerable, threatened and under relentless siege.

This public display of the Egyptian anger and dissatisfaction with the Israeli aggressive policy against the Palestinians may pass unreported by the main stream media but never unnoticed by the analysts of the Arab- Israeli conflict especially in the post-Mubarak era in Egypt, for what happened on that night of April 8th, 2011 might well depict the scene of the coming Egyptian-Israeli state of affairs.

On this day of commemoration, May the souls of innocent Egyptian and Palestinian children, massacred by the Israeli criminal forces, rest in peace.

For more articles by Dr. Ashraf Ezzat visit his website.

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16 - PAUL FINDLEY : Obama’s Fateful Abuse of War Powers
April 11, 2011 posted by Veterans Today

FOREWORD BY/ ALISON WEIR

I know you are familiar with one of CNI’s distinguished founders, Paul Findley. Representative Findley served in the United States Congress for 22 years and is the author of the best-selling book They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby.


Here is a link to an opinion/editorial he wrote that was published today. His opening lines cut to the heart of the problem with America’s military excursion into Libya:
The acts of war ordered by President Barack Obama against the government of Libya violated provisions of the U.S. Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973. He also exceeded his authority by pledging U.S. combat support to the United Nations Security Council and to NATO for military measures against Libya. The United States may soon find itself entrapped in a costly civil war in that North African nation.


I recommend you read the article and circulate it among your friends and family, and send it to members of Congress and the media.
Sincerely,

Alison Weir, President
Council for the National Interest




Obama’s Fateful Abuse of War Powers
By Paul Findley

The acts of war ordered by President Barack Obama against the government of Libya violated provisions of the U.S. Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973. He also exceeded his authority by pledging U.S. combat support to the United Nations Security Council and to NATO for military measures against Libya. The United States may soon find itself entrapped in a costly civil war in that North African nation.



Congress is complicit in creating this mess, because it failed to demand presidential compliance with the Constitution and public law and neglected its own explicit constitutional duty in the exercise of war powers.

The War Powers Resolution was enacted in the wake of the Vietnam ordeal by Members of Congress, myself included, who considered that war unauthorized by Congress and a gross abuse of Constitutional war powers. Our goal was to prevent future unauthorized presidential wars. I joined other Members of Congress in overriding President Richard Nixon’s veto, and during my remaining years on Capitol Hill I maintained close vigilance on presidential compliance. Compliance was satisfactory by Presidents Ford and Carter, as well as both Presidents Bush. In recent years I find no sign of vigilance or compliance. It is a sad, dangerous state of affairs.

Mandated presidential reports are a major feature of the resolution. In the absence of a war declaration, a written presidential report must be delivered to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate within 24 hours of each order that moves substantial U.S. military forces into hostile areas. It must list reasons for the decision, military forces to be committed, and the expected duration of war measures.

It cites a constitutional way for Congress to overturn any such presidential decision. Any Member of Congress can challenge the president’s decision by introducing a bill called a concurrent resolution of disapproval. If approved by both House and Senate, this legislation requires the president to rescind his war decision. The War Powers Resolution even authorizes expedited parliamentary procedures when a disapproval resolution is introduced in either chamber of Congress.

These provisions were intended to bring Congress close to the president as he ponders war-making decisions, a role clearly intended by the authors of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution limits the time for delivery of presidential reports to 24 hours, hoping the quick deadline will cause the president to give close attention to the likely reaction of Congress. We believed it could be an important, timely restraint on a president whose decision at the moment must be reflective and wise. It would also be a strong reminder that Congress has the power to overturn the president’s decision quickly by enacting a concurrent resolution of disapproval.

In assaulting Libya, President Obama acted as if the War Powers Resolution did not exist. Instead of sending a written report to congressional leaders within 24 hours, as required by law, he did not write until five days after the assault began. The five-day lapse was a violation of law but, in a sense, it was delivered in blinding speed. In recent years, reports mandated by the War Powers Resolution for delivery within 24 hours of presidential decisions, are usually bundled and delivered semi-annually. Yes, semi-annually.

Obama had ample time to consult with congressional leaders during the weeks preceding the assault on Libya, which meant consultations were legally mandated by the War Powers Resolution. None occurred.

From the start, Obama proceeded in a cavalier, almost casual manner. In announcing war measures in Libya, he mentioned neither Congress nor the U.S. Constitution. He did not even return to Washington from a visit in South America to make the announcement. He acted as if war-making is a routine privilege a president may undertake entirely at his option, like shaving or adjusting his necktie, without even a wink or nod toward the people’s branch of government. To this day Congress has not authorized acts of war in Libya.

We must face reality: The War Powers Resolution will work only if Congress is vigilant and demands full compliance by the president. Today’s Members of Congress, like those in the recent past, unwisely see decisions on war as a prickly nettle they are content to leave to the president. They need to be reminded that war is the worst burden government can place on citizens. It becomes heavier with the emergence of massive new high-tech war instruments, each of which magnifies, rather than reduces, the necessity of congressional restraint on presidential war-making. No citizen, not even the president, should have the authority to initiate war measures.

Obama’s abuse of war powers stands the Constitution on its head. He should be ashamed, and so should our complacent Congress for letting it happen.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Paul Findley served as a Republican Representative from Illinois 1961-83 and is the founder of the Council for the National Interest and a board member of If Americans Knew. He has written six books, including the first book on the Israel Lobby, They Dare to Speak Out. His latest, Speaking Out: A congressman’s lifelong fight against bigotry, famine, and war, will be published in June by Chicago Review Press [Lawrence Hill Books imprint].

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17 - Ramifications of British imperialism on Pakistan’s polity
April 10, 2011 posted by Veterans Today

by Asif Haroon

Islam was brought into Indian subcontinent in 712 by Muhammad bin Qasim after he conquered Sindh ruled by Hindu Raja Dahir. His arrival sowed the seeds of antagonism between the Hindus and Muslims. India remained under the rule of Muslim Sultans and Mughal kings from 998 till 1858. The Mughals left behind an ineradicable impression on the political, administrative and educational psyche of the people of South Asia. Mughal Empire remained at the pinnacle of glory till the death of Emperor Aurangzeb in 1707 and thereon it began to wane. British East India Company under the guise of a trading setup took advantage of the decaying society of India under the rule of last vestiges of the Mughals and embarked upon a comprehensive strategy to take over the control of the country. The British traders got aligned with Hindus since they viewed Muslims as their biggest enemies. Over a period of time the British did shatter the political supremacy of the Muslims but they neither had the potential nor the ability to destroy the religious-cultural integrity of Muslims.


Muhammad Bin Qasim
Lord Macaulay opined that until and unless the spiritual and cultural heritage of the Muslims was broken by replacing their ancient education system and culture, it will not be possible to subjugate them in true sense. He had rated the education in Madaris matching Oxford. Taking his advice seriously, Persian language was eliminated and Persian as a medium of instruction was substituted with English in 1835 as an official language so as to stamp out culture of Muslims.

Educational system was also replaced with British oriented system in 1840 with a view to pollute Islamic religion, culture and civilization. The British established Fort William College and string of English medium schools. Notwithstanding their positive contributions towards the growth of education, their main objective was to colonize the minds of the subjects and to have a trained force to run the administrative machinery and government offices through well conceived system of administration. The cultural harmony achieved during the sanguine rule of Mughals was dissolved by the white masters.

Likewise, the Madaris which produced both jurists and administrative cadres of the government were pulverized. Demolition of Madaris and Persian language and making English compulsory for seeking jobs rendered the educated Muslims uneducated and jobless. Liberalism, secularism, western technology and British products were promoted in the name of modernism and social progress. In their bid to inculcate western ideas, the white masters allowed free entry to Christian missions into India. Those missionaries formed an important channel by which western values and western knowledge were poured into India and spread through establishment of Mission Stations all over the country.

Emphasis on English as the medium of instruction not only restricted modern education to the upper and upper middle classes residing in cities and kept the great majority of rural based people deprived, but also created a linguistic and cultural gulf between the educated and less educated. This gulf has widened and become unbridgeable in both India and Pakistan. By introducing English in India, the British colonials left behind a breed deeply ingrained with western values. That breed continues to dominate the corridors of power in both India and Pakistan till to date.

In 1908 a minister of British parliament stated, ‘As long as the Muslims are in possession of Quran, they will obstruct their path; we should endeavor to pull out Quran from the lives of Muslims’. The British wooed the Hindus to become their natural allies and to jointly undermine the Muslims and to run down Islam. Host of steps were taken to ruin the Muslims politically, economically and socially and to keep them educationally backward. It was as a consequence to shattering of Muslims, both physically and mentally that the Indian Muslims made an abortive attempt in 1857 to re-establish their lost kingdom. The Muslims who were in the vanguard of war of independence became the main targets of revenge.

In order to crush the power of Muslims once for all, the British made no distinction between the rebels and the faithful, between man and woman and old or infant. All stood condemned. Western historians have dilated upon the ghastly and grotesque acts of British Army. The soul wrenching diabolical atrocities committed are too painful to recount. The British massacred and ruined the Muslims in a manner whereby they were unable to raise their head again. They inflicted immeasurable pains on the Muslims and did everything to obliterate them from the society. They were humiliated and their cultural institutions systematically destroyed.

No reprisal actions were meted out to the Hindus although it was amply proved subsequently that the revolt was a joint Muslim-Hindu effort. It is a different matter that midway when the tide became unfavorable the Hindus backed out. The Muslims were discriminated against, debarred from all government jobs and made landless. The Muslims found their prestige gone, their laws replaced, their language shelved and their education shorn of its monetary value.

While the great majority of Muslims of India remained deprived of modern language, a tiny elite class reaped the benefits by opting to learn English. The British succeeded in creating a class of interpreters between them and the millions whom they governed; a class of persons Indian in blood and color, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals and in intellect. This class of seculars which remained beholden to former masters and now to USA has ruled Pakistan for over 63 years. Gen Ziaul Haq was the only one who espoused Islamic teachings but is censured most vehemently by secular forces.

The British rule made a deep impact on a segment of society – mostly upper and middle classes – who blindly imitated western life and culture. They copied European manners and customs and became European in every way except blood. These Europeanized Muslims got oblivious of their roots and strained their lungs to champion British reforms. It was this segment that remained at loggerheads with the Islamists after the creation of Pakistan and kept the society perpetually divided.

The British system of administration and legal system was designed to maintain law and order and to collect taxes from the people and not to protect them. Same way, the highly expensive, time consuming and complex legal system in English language added to the miseries of masses rather than providing succor and relief. This was yet another legacy to which the people of Pakistan have remained agonizingly enchained. Great majority viewed the inherited system too cumbersome, too tedious and too iniquitous to deliver cheap and speedy justice.

The British introduced democracy and parliamentary form of government based on western model through a number of legislations and conducted 1937 and 1946 elections on the basis of 1935 Act. The westernized ruling elite imposed the same system upon the Muslims of Pakistan whose outlook and ethos was essentially conservative and religious. In fact, British imperialism resulted in social, economic and moral stagnation which persists in spite of the freedom struggle and over six decades of freedom.

The British legacy has sharpened secular-Islamist divide in free Pakistan. While Pakistan has been named as Islamic Republic but there is little in practice which qualifies it for this name. We in Pakistan call ourselves Muslims but a sizeable majority neither can read Quran nor know prayers. A minority which follows the principles of Islam are dubbed as obscurantist, bigoted and fundamentalists. The ones advocating secularism belong to affluent class and monopolize government departments, lands, industries, banks and businesses.

Ultra liberals denounce two-nation theory and ideology of Pakistan based on Islam. They advocate modernism under the garb of enlightened moderation. Systems inherited from the British are stubbornly defended and presented as the best cure for all our ills. The rulers have purposely deprived the masses from availing education as a result of which 42% are still illiterate. Only 30% people are fortunate to acquire both worldly and religious education. No effort has ever been made to revive spiritualism or to stem the downslide of our morals. Our educational institutions lay no stress on morality, Islamic values and character building. Mullahs in mosques are mostly uneducated and no effort has been made to further their religious education.

Ulema and religious teachers rather than spreading teachings of Islam and creating better awareness have divided Islam into Fiqahs. They have bred intolerance and extremism in the name of Islam. Mini-mind rulers having sold their souls to the imperialist USA are neck-deep busy in loot and plunder. They are encouraging the youth to make short cuts and indulge in corrupt and immoral practices to become rich overnight. They have left the nation of over 170 millions rudderless and utterly disillusioned. Lack of education and ignorance and direction has given birth to host of diseases which afflict the body of Pakistan. Today in this unfortunate Land of the Pure, there is no leader among the seculars and Islamists to guide and show the right path and make this nation healthy and wealthy both spiritually and materially.

About the writer: Asif Haroon is a defence analyst. Email:asifharoon7751@yahoo.com

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18 - U.S. Government Looting Social Security To Wage Wars
April 9, 2011 by Sherwood Ross


“As long as the $1.2-trillion annual budget for the military-security complex is off limits (to cutting), nothing can be done about the US budget deficit except to renege on obligations to the elderly, confiscate private assets or print enough money to inflate away all debts,” Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Treasury Secretary under President Reagan warns.

In an article titled “Stealing from Social Security to Pay for Wars and Bailouts,” published in the April issue of the “Rock Creek Free Press” of Washington, D.C., Roberts says that Republicans are calling Social Security and Medicare “entitlements”—making them sound like welfare—when, in fact, workers over their lifetimes have contributed 15 percent of all their earnings to the payroll tax that funds these benefits and have every right to them.

And far from Social Security being in the red, between 1984 and 2009, Roberts writes, “the American people contributed $2-trillion…more to Social Security and Medicare in payroll taxes than was paid out in benefits” but “the government stole” that sum to fund wars and pork-barrel projects!

What’s more, under one realistic estimate, far from crashing into the red, “Social Security(OASDI) will have produced surplus revenues of $31.6-trillion by 2085, Roberts says.

Americans, apparently, are unaware of how the federal government’s illegal, foreign wars sap the economy and rob every household. The Iraq war cost alone is 20 percent of the size of last year’s entire U.S. economy. Instead of investing that sum at home, “which would have produced income and jobs growth and solvency for state and local governments, the US government wasted the equivalent of 20% of the economy in 2010 in blowing up infrastructure and people in foreign lands,” Roberts says.

“The US government spent a huge sum of money committing war crimes, while millions of Americans were thrown out of their jobs and foreclosed out of their homes,” he added. Viewed another way, the Pentagon continues to expand and put people to work to modernize its 700-800 bases abroad in order to dominate every corner of the globe while public works and public employment in America are going into the toilet.

“When short-term and long-term discouraged workers are added …the US has an unemployment rate of 22%,” Robert says. A country with that large a percentage out of work “has a shrunken tax base and feeble consumer purchasing power.”

The U.S. media, he claims, is only reporting one-third of the real cost of the wars, leaving out the sums needed for “lifelong care for the wounded and maimed, the cost of lifelong military pensions of those who fought in the wars, the replacement costs of the destroyed equipment, the opportunity cost of the resources wasted in war, and other costs.”

President Obama’s budget, if passed, doesn’t reduce the deficit over the next 10 years by enough to cover the projected deficit in the fiscal year 2012 budget alone, the financial authority writes. “Indeed, the deficits are likely to be substantially larger than forecast,” as the military-industrial complex “is more powerful than ever and shows no inclination to halt the wars for US hegemony,” Roberts says.#

About the Writer: Sherwood Ross heads a public relations firm “for good causes” and also runs the Anti-War News Service. Reach him at sherwoodross10@gmail.com

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19 - Lebanon – Wiki-Cables Tell of Treason, US Interference
April 8, 2011 posted by Veterans Today

Exclusive to Veterans Today
Interview with Franklin Lamb in Beirut on the latest Wilkileaks from US Embassy Beirut and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)


FRANKLIN LAMB / STAFF WRITER
Franklin Lamb, a former Assistant Counsel of the US House Judiciary Committee at the US Congress and Professor of International Law at Northwestern College of Law in Oregon, earned his Law Degree at Boston University and his LLM, M.Phil, and PhD degrees at the London School of Economics. Following three summers at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Lamb was a visiting fellow at the Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Center where he specialized in Chinese Law. He was the first westerner allowed by the government of China to visit the notorious “Ward Street” Prison in Shanghai. Lamb is doing research in Lebanon and works with the Palestine Civil Rights Campaign-Lebanon and the Sabra-Shatila Foundation. His new book, The Case for Palestinian Civil Rights in Lebanon, is due out shortly.



Q: Lebanon, for well-known geostrategic reasons is fixed in the cross-hairs of the conflict of the Middle East. Some analysts believe that there is more foreign intervention in Lebanon than in any Middle East country except Iraq. As tensions rise between Iran and America for influence in Lebanon, the issue of loyalty to Lebanon or Israel has entered the public discourse with new intensity. One issue hotly debated today in Lebanon is whether there were political leaders within the Lebanese government who assisted Israel in its invasion of Lebanon in 2006? Were there?

Franklin Lamb: Yes. Several members of the pro-US-Saudi March 14th “Team” regularly met with US officials during the 33-day conflict including then US Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey Feltman and then Undersecretary of State David Welch. Meetings, often secret, were also held after the 33 day conflict. At these meetings some of the Lebanaese officials tried to influence the terms of the cease fire. Some Lebanese officials wanted to delay a ceasefire in the hope that Israel would perform better and destroy Hezbollah, the political adversaries of the March 14 group.

Some Lebanese asked the US Embassy to forward advice to Israel or, in the case of Samir Geagea, asked Jeffrey Feltman to tell Israel not to bomb Christian areas as that would increase Christian support for the Lebanese Resistance but rather to instruct Israel to direct their bombings against Hezbollah areas.


MAURA CONNELLY, US AMBASSADOR LEBANON.
Today the same individuals continue to meet with US Ambassador Maury Connelly and with now Undersecretary of State Jeffrey Feltman.

Most were asked for their advice and gave it while others wanted the US and/or Israel to take certain actions that would undermine the National Lebanese Resistance lead by Hezbollah while enhancing the political position of the person and his political allies or confession

Q: Who are these people and what would possibly be their motive for this serious accusation?

Among those who have been publicly identified and have admitted the accuracy of Wilkileaks cables and media reports include Lebanese Forces leader, Samir Geagea, former Prime Ministers Fuad Siniora and Saad Hariri, current care taker Labor Minister Boutros Harb, then Minister of Defense Elias Murr, Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt, and half a dozen others.

Their common motive was to see Hezbollah defeated so that their team could continue to govern Lebanon without serious opposition. Some no doubt felt Hezbollah’s defeat would be good for Lebanon and expressed the view that Lebanon would benefit more from US-Saudi affiliation than building relations with Iran.

Q: If these men helped Israel or gave them a “green light” to commence military operations against Lebanon, what are their critics in Lebanon and the Lebanese media saying about their actions?

FL: Critics of the pro-US March 14th team are claiming that those who aided Israel have a direct shared legal responsibility for the deaths of the 1,200 Lebanese civilians who were killed in the invasion.

Q: Walid Jumblatt is head of Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party and the most prominent leader of the Druze community. Here’s an excerpt from a Wikileaks cable that suggests that he felt Israel should have continued the war.



Walid Jumblatt
Excerpt: “Jumblatt noted the heavy destruction of Lebanese infrastructure but bemoaned the irony that Hezbollah’s military infrastructure had not been seriously touched. Jumblatt explained that although March 14 must call for a cease-fire in public, it is hoping that Israel continues its military operations until it destroys Hezbollah’s military capabilities. “If there is a cease-fire now, Hezbollah wins,” said Jumblatt. “We don’t want it to stop….Responding to Jumblatt’s complaint that Israel is hitting targets that hurt the GOL while leaving Hezbollah strategically strong, the Ambassador asked Jumblatt what Israel should do to cause serious damage to Hezbollah. Jumblatt replied that Israel is still in the mindset of fighting classic battles with Arab armies. “You can’t win this kind of war with zero dead,” he said.


Jumblatt finally said what he meant; Israel will have to invade southern Lebanon. Israel must be careful to avoid massacres, but it should clear Hezbollah out of southern Lebanon. Then the LAF can replace the IDF once a cease-fire is reached.”


Q: I think most Americans would see Jumblatt’s comments as proof of treason—that he actively conspired with a foreign power in a way that assured the violent deaths of his fellow countrymen. Am I getting this wrong?

FL: No you are not, your assessment is exactly correct. Jumblatt has admitted that the leaked US Embassy cables accurately report his words. His explanation is that at that time he was a pillar of the March 14th team and wanted to see Hezbollah out of the South and out of Lebanese politics. “That’s how we play politics in Lebanon” he commented to a visiting American delegation. Today Jumblatt strongly supports Hezbollah and says that Lebanon must return to its Arab identity and commit to helping Palestinians obtain civil rights in Lebanon while declaring that only Israel is the enemy of Lebanon and that Palestine must be liberated. It is not known to what extent Jumblatt will be held accountable for his statements during the July 2006 War.

Q : How has Hezbollah responded to the release of the Wikileaks cables? Is the public more supportive of Hezbollah than before? What does the future hold for the conspirators?

FL: The Resistance expects any conspirators to stand trial and more Embassy cables are expected to provide specific details relating to a number of Lebanese officials.

Evidence continues to be gathered confirming earlier expressed suspicions of Lebanese politicians collaborating with Israel while having knowledge of, but failing to report, Mossad units in Lebanon.

Hezbollah has said that there are more revelations to come and that those who can be proven to have worked for Israel must be tried for treason. The Resistance believes that many Lebanese were killed by Israel during the July War as a direct result of March 14th collaboration with Israel and with the US Embassy which they believe functioned as a branch operations center for Israel.

Many more US Embassy and State Department memos are expected and observers here emphasize that this is why there is currently such an intense contest on the new government’s appointment to fill the Ministry of Interiorcabinet position and this has delayed government formation for the past two months. Whoever becomes Interior Minister will have a major influence over who is brought to trial for treason stemming from collaboration with Israel before, during, and following the July 2006 War.

Regarding whether the public is more supportive of Hezbollah than before, I would say the public supports Hezbollah’s domestic legislative program and its resistance to Israeli aggression. Some of Hezbollah’s achievements have been blurred a bit by the US-Israel campaign of defamation and vilification of the Resistance. Nearly daily attacks on the Resistance, its arms, accusations that it was involved in the 2/14/05 assassination of Prime Minister Hariri, US threats against Lebanese banks, cutting off aid to Lebanon etc. have taken at least a modest toll in public confidence.

Among the US Embassy-State Department cables made public this week in Lebanon are the following revelations:

Lebanese Forces head Samir Geagea informed then US Ambassador Sison on May 9, 2008 that” he has 10,000 Fighters ready and willing to fight Hezbollah but that they “may need to be provided with weapons and some more training would be good.” In addition, Geagea stressed to Sisson the need for the U.S. to pressure the Lebanese army to perform its duties because he wasn’t sure that it was capable of doing so, noting that the army failed in protecting Christian areas in Lebanon. He also suggested that Arab peacekeeping forces be deployed in Lebanon, which according to Sison was first proposed by Saudi Arabia.

Some examples of recently leaked US Embassy cables include:
In 2008 an Israeli official requested in that the United States directly support the March 14 camp instead of the Lebanese state out of fears that Hezbollah would soon take over the cabinet. This leaded US Embassy cable came to light on 4/6/11.Nimrod Barkan, then head of Israel’s Foreign Ministry Center for Policy Research, made his statements during a meeting with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman in Israel. “The March 14 camp is brave, but it has been castrated,” the Israeli official said. Feltman regularly briefs Mossad on developments in Lebanon in the run up to the next Israeli invasion. Feltman emphasized the need to support the Lebanese army against Hezbollah, to which Barkan chastised Feltman that it would be useless “because the LAF would never directly confront Hizbullah and it could eventually fall under its control.” Barkan called for a US-Saudi funded Sunni militia to be organized. Feltman replied that it was an idea worth exploring.
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat stressed in a number of leaked U.S. Embassy cables from 2006 and 2009 published on 3/6/11, Lebanon’s need for funds after the July 2006 war. A July 11, 2006, cable spoke of meeting between the MP and then U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffery Feltman during which he told him about his July 7 visit to Saudi Arabia which he said was aimed at convincing newly crowned Saudi King Abdullah to finance the March 14 camp.He told the monarch that the funding “was aimed at confronting the Shiite expansion in Lebanon and the region.” “King Abdullah was not receptive to the suggestion … his predecessor was much more generous,” noted Jumblat.
During a later cable, dated August 21, 2006, Jumblatt said that the Lebanese government should “act quickly to defeat Hizbullah’s reconstruction efforts” after the July 2006 war. Jumblat calculated that the some 200 million dollars would be needed to rebuild the 15,000 residential units Israel destroyed during the war, saying: “This is a tiny figured compared to Hariri’s capabilities!” “We currently don’t need democracy, but money,” the MP declared. A May 14, 2009, cable revealed that Jumblat and a number of March 14 officials “finally received Saudi funds.” What happened to these funds remains a mystery.
A leaked U.S. Embassy cable published on 4/8/11 revealed that Defense Minister Elias Murr had initially rejected on 12/16/08 a Russian grant of 77 tanks and 50,000 of their ammunition, saying that the Lebanese had no need for them.
Murr changed his mind and told then U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Michele Sison that he had no choice but to accept the offer because if he rejected it, he would have been labeled as a traitor who is following an American agenda. According to Sison’s cable, Murr added that the Russian equipment could be used against Hezbollah, noting that it could also bolster the March 14 camp’s chances of winning the 2009 parliamentary elections, according to the cable. “The MiG jets are the best way to combat and destroy Hezbollah”, Murr stressed. The 12/18/08 cable revealed that Sison had opposed the MiG deal because they might be used against Israel were Israel to attack Lebanon. Murr later told Sisson Lebanon would not accept the MIGS before 2040. Sison reportedly quipped that Israel might not be around in 2040.
According to a WikiLeaks cable published on 4/8/11 then Prime minister Saad Hariri said during a meeting with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Hale on 12/17/08 that the ownership of MiG jets by the army might complicate Israeli over flights but on the other hand the planes would further “weaken one of Hezbollah’s excuses to hold onto its arms.” Hariri told Hale: “Hezbollah is feeling threatened by the MiG deal and the party’s al-Manar TV station dealt with it (the issue) negatively,” he said, according to the cable. But then U.S. Ambassador Michele Sison contradicted Hariri in the cable that there was no negative reaction from the Shiite group on the MiG deal.” Sison wrote: “A Hezbollah representative has stressed in an official statement his support to arm the Lebanese military to confront Israel.” During his meeting with Hale, Hariri also stressed the importance of delivering MiG fighter jets to Lebanon to “fight terrorism in the Palestinian camps.” Ambassador Sison reportedly found this idea of Hariri’s a little bizarre.
A leaked U.S. Embassy cable published in Lebanon on 3/6/11 revealed that then Prime Minister Fouad Saniora had rejected a transfer of 500 and 300 million dollars to Lebanon aimed at rebuilding the country after the July 2006 war.The WikiLeaks cable spoke of a meeting between Saniora and then U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey Feltman on August 18, 2006, during which the former explained that he rejected the aid money from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait “because he didn’t want the money to go to Speaker Nabih Berri’s pocket given that the man is a thief.” Regarding the war, the premier said that the Israeli attacks are only strengthening Hezbollah and not weakening it. Furthermore, he rejected accusations that the Lebanese government was ignoring United Nations Security Council resolution 1701, asking Feltman: “Doesn’t your government understand that the deployment of the Lebanese army in the South is an historic achievement?”
A US Embassy cable published on 3/6/11 asserts than Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat voiced his concern over reports that the Mustaqbal (March 14th) movement was training 15,000 Sunni militias in Beirut and Tripoli. The MP stated that MP Saad Hariri’s establishment of private security companies in Beirut and Tripoli is a sign that some individuals are providing him with bad advice, especially ISF chief Ashraf Rifi.

Q: Does this derail US-Israeli plans for Lebanon? Will there now be less foreign influence on Lebanese politics?

FL: Maybe slightly in the near term these revelations may curtail US-Israel plans a bit.

But we must remember that the US-Israel axis is committed to the destruction and eradication of the Lebanese Resistance and curtailing Iranian influence in the Levant and while perhaps a dozen of US-Israel projects, including igniting a Sunni-Shia civil war in Lebanon have failed to date, we are actually seeing an intensification of foreign influence in Lebanon. One imagines there are many more pressures beyond the banks, US aid and a possible sanctions regime following any Special Tribunal for Lebanon convictions which we could see in late 2011 or 2012.

Q: What’s next for Lebanon?

FL: That is one tough question and I trust my motorbike mechanic or green grocers analysis more even though some of we foreigners here are daily asked this question by our Lebanese friends and neighbor as if we know something they don’t.

However my 2 cents worth is that there will not be a civil war here. There will not be an Israeli invasion for at least the next year but more psych warfare in various forms that we have become used to here.

Domestically, I believe that Hezbollah will solidify its power in the new government and will have the opportunity to convince a majority of the Lebanese public that its domestic program can change their lives for the better. Hezbollah has the political power to enact broad domestic reforms that will affect nearly every Lebanese life for the better, regardless of Confession.

Hezbollah will face fierce opposition from some officials, even some allies, who may have been regularly pocketing a sizable chunk of Lebanon’s GDP. Hezbollah has the political power to enact exactly the reforms being demanded around the region in the Arab Awakening we are all experiencing.

What Hezbollah can do is historically breathtaking But do they have the political will to do it? Will they make good on their pledges to grant Palestinian refugees in Lebanon the most elementary civil right to work and to own a home and thus be true to their religion, morality and politics? I think they do but the road will be tough and it will test them. If they succeed, the era of Resistance in the Middle East will have significantly matured.

Q: Before we end, could you answer a couple of questions about the rather confusing status of the so-called Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)? What is the status of the Rafiq Hariri Assassination case with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)?

FL: As you may recall the Prosecutor of the STL, Canadian jurist Daniel Bellemare has handed down a first batch of indictments to trial judge Daniel Fransen. Fransen is now reviewing Bellemare’s indictment. Fransen has to be satisfied that this is a prima facie, meaning that on the face of it there is enough substantial evidence that makes it likely that the Trial Chamber would be satisfied that the burden of proof has been met. The material presented by Prosecutor Bellemare to the pre-trial judge is not the ultimate test. It is only a pre-trial test to see if a trial is possible based on what the Prosecutor has submitted.

Pre-trial Judge Fransen raised certain questions of law with the Appeals Chamber and asked for their legal opinion. Their answers included decisions on the questions of law raised and their work amounted to 153 pages of fairly technical material. Presumably it will take Judge Fransen more time to digest it. There is no way to be sure but I would guess we might expect Fransen’s decision sometime in June.


Q: Can the new government of Lebanon stop the STL from continuing its proceedings? After all that’s why the former government collapsed.

FL: Not in my opinion. The STL was created by the UN Security Council. As the International Court of Justice has decided years ago, UNSC actions are the highest law in the international community and what the UN Security Council decides is binding on all members of the UN and I would argue on every country that is not a UN member state.

That is why jurists by and large are of the view that what the UNSC did with Resolution 1973 regarding the Libyan “no fly zone” is legal. This does not mean it’s necessarily legitimate. But for the international community it is legal because the UNSC decided it.

In addition, Lebanon signed an initial agreement with the United Nations back in 2007 but it failed to complete the process. Nothing happened in Lebanon after it was signed. It was not ratified by the parliament, The UN waited and waited until they decided not to wait any longer. The UNSC declared that it was going to proceed with the establishment of the tribunal based on the signed agreement. I believe the UN Security Council has the legal power to do so.

However, it will give the Office of the Defense an argument to challenge the legitimacy of the STL at trial by arguing that the STL was not established in a legitimate way and that therefore the STL has no jurisdiction to even hear the case. This same argument was made in the first trial of the Yugoslavia Tribunal. Once the names of those indicted are made public look for the Office of Defense to make this same argument in the Hariri assassination case

Q: If trial judge Daniel Fransen confirms Prosecutor Bellemare’s indictment what happens next?

FL: The indictment will be sent to Lebanon and Syria and anywhere else those indicted are thought to be residing. An effort will be made to serve personal copies on all those named in the indictment. If they cannot be located another method such as publication in the media might be used to give those indicted fair notice. If those indicted decide to appear at the Tribunal for trial they can have their own lawyers or use those at the Office of Defense which has great power and equal standing with the Office of the Prosecutor and the Trial Chambers.

If those indicted decide to ignore the proceedings they will be tried in absentia as though they were present and lawyers acting on their behalf from the Office of Defense will defend them.

Q: For the past couple of months we have read in the media that Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare asked the Lebanese authorities for more information. But this was after he handed in his indictment. Why does he want more information if he has completed his indictment which should have included all his evidence to support it?

FL: Actually, Bellemare has every right and arguably a duty to try to gather more evidence while he is awaiting the decision of the pre-trial judge on his submitted indictment. Bellemare is presumably doing everything he can to convince pre-Trial Judge Daniel Fransen to confirm it. He is free to file everything he can to present the strongest case he can muster. Once Bellesmare has submitted all else he has discovered that he thinks is relevant then it is up to the Trial Chamber to accept or reject his case against those he suspects of the Hariri assassination.

Veterans Today / Managing Editor: Thank you Mr. Lamb.

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20 - Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
09-11 Apr 2011
http://www.legitgov.org
All links are here:
http://www.legitgov.org/#breaking_news


Japan set to extend nuclear evacuation zone --Local media reports: Zone could be extended to 30km; authorities will stop anyone trying to return to their homes 11 Apr 2011 The Japanese government is considering extending the evacuation zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant because of high radiation levels. A 20-kilometre exclusion zone has been in place around the plant since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Japan one month ago today. But Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano, says changes are being considered.

Japan earthquake: Fukushima nuclear plant evacuated following aftershock 11 Apr 2011 A magnitude 7.1 aftershock has rattled Japan on the one-month anniversary of the magnitude 9 earthquake that spawned a deadly tsunami. Authorities issued a warning for a three feet high tsunami after today's earthquake. The quake's epicentre was in Fukushima prefecture. Workers battling to contain a crisis at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant were ordered to evacuate after the powerful aftershock, operator TEPCO said.

EPA: New Radiation Highs in Little Rock Milk, Philadelphia Drinking Water 10 Apr 2011 Milk from Little Rock and drinking water from Philadelphia contained the highest levels of Iodine-131 from Japan yet detected by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to data released by EPA Saturday. The Philadelphia sample is below the EPA's maximum contaminant level (MCL) for iodine-131, but the Little Rock sample is almost three times higher.

Tepco Says Water Level Rises in Fukushima No. 2 Reactor 09 Apr 2011 Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the water level rose in a trench at the No. 2 reactor at its Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, adding to concern the utility may have to speed up transfer of the radioactive fluid to a waste-treatment facility and tanks. Water rose 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) since yesterday, Naoki Tsunoda, a spokesman for the utility, said in a telephone interview from Tokyo today. About 60,000 tons of contaminated water lies in basements and trenches outside reactors No. 1, 2 and 3, Takeo Iwamoto, a company spokesman, said April 5.

Supreme Court declines to clarify rights of Guantanamo Bay prisoners 10 Apr 2011 The bottom line is that while Guantanamo's population has declined from around 270 at the time of the decision to 172 today because of decisions of the executive branch, not a single release has come as the direct result of a judicial order. A string of rulings has gone against the detainees prisoners... The Obama administration has fought all attempts by lawyers for prisoners to have the Supreme Court review those rulings... The court last week turned away three detainee challenges arising from Boumediene v. Bush.

Bradley Manning: top US legal scholars voice outrage at 'torture' --250 experts signed letter condemning humiliation of alleged WikiLeaks source 10 Apr 2011 More than 250 of America's most eminent legal scholars have signed a letter protesting against the treatment in military prison of the alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, contesting that his "degrading and inhumane conditions" are illegal, unconstitutional and could even amount to torture. The list of signatories includes Laurence Tribe, a Harvard professor who is considered to be America's foremost liberal authority on constitutional law. He taught constitutional law to Barack Obama and was a key backer of his 2008 presidential campaign.

Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning's treatment degrading and illegal 11 Apr 2011 The 'degrading and inhumane' treatment of Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking classified cables to WikiLeaks, has been denounced as "illegal, unconstitutional and could even amount to torture", in a letter signed by more than 250 of America’s leading legal scholars. Pte Manning, who has been charged on 34 counts, including illegally obtaining 250,000 US government cables and 380,000 records related to the Iraq war, is being held in solitary confinement in a maximum security military prison. He is shackled at all times.

Iraqis demand withdrawal of US troops 09 Apr 2011 Tens of thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets of the capital Baghdad to protest the presence of US troops in the war-torn country. Shouting anti-US slogans and calling for unity among Shias and Sunnis in Iraq, the Iraqi demonstrators on Saturday urged the “immediate withdrawal of US troops” from the war-wrecked country, a Press TV correspondent reported. The protest came after US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday that the United States would maintain troops in Iraq beyond the agreed 2011 final withdrawal date if Iraq's government asked for extra 'help.'

Big protest in Baghdad to demand U.S. leave Iraq 10 Apr 2011 A day after Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested that U.S. troops could remain here for years, tens of thousands of protesters allied with Muqtada al-Sadr, the anti-American Shiite cleric, flooded the streets demanding an end to the U.S. military presence. The protests were scheduled before Gates' comments - made Friday during a visit to troops in northern Iraq - although his statements may have fueled some of the day's fervor.

'No choice for US to stay in Iraq' --'What's happening now in Baghdad is that all of the people are saying they will not allow the Americans to stay past the end of this year.' 09 Apr 2011 Iraq's influential cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has said that resistance against US troops will increase if they do not leave the country by the end of this year. Press TV has conducted an interview with political analyst Ali al-Nashmi regarding US forces staying after 2011 and the position of the Iraqi people.

Blackwater is a busy little bee! Separate attacks kill six in Iraq 11 Apr 2011 Six Iraqis, including government employees, have been killed and four others wounded in separate attacks in the capital city of Baghdad, officials say. A water ministry employee was killed Sunday morning in the Zafaraniya neighborhood in southeastern Baghdad after a sticky bomb attached to his car blew up. An Iraqi parliament employee, Raghad Farouq, died after a similar car bombing in the Hurriya area of northwestern Baghdad.

US soldier killed in Iraq 10 Apr 2011 An American soldier has been killed in northern Iraq, bringing the total death toll to over 4,440 since it invaded Iraq in 2003, a report says. The US military has withheld the details of the soldier, who was killed on Saturday. It only said that this was the sixth death of an American soldier in the month of April, AP quoted a US military statement as saying.

Taliban takes over abandoned US base --Al Jazeera reports on the Taliban patrol unit that has taken over this strategic base. 09 Apr 2011 Pech River Valley in eastern Afghanistan, once considered by the Americans as being central to their strategy, is now under the control of the Taliban. The US troops pulled out after years of fighting for control of the area - a Taliban stronghold - that had led to mounting casualties.

Gunmen strike in Karachi 10 Apr 2011 Gunmen have killed at least seven people in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi. The attacks, which were carried out separately by unknown gunmen [aka Blackwater terrorists], took place in different parts of Karachi on Sunday morning. Gunmen have stalked the streets of Karachi in the past weeks, killing dozens of Pakistanis.

Egypt's Tahrir Square Closed as Protesters Barricade Entrances 10 Apr 2011 Cairo's central Tahrir Square was closed to traffic as dozens of protesters barricaded several entrances a day after it was forcibly evacuated by security forces and soldiers. Groups of protesters lay in makeshift tents or explained their demands to passersby in the square, which was at the heart of 18 days of protests that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.

AP: US blocks 350 suspected terrorists 11 Apr 2011 The U.S. government has prevented more than 350 people suspected of ties to al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] and other terrorist groups from boarding U.S.-bound commercial flights since the end of 2009, The Associated Press has learned. The tighter security rules -- imposed after the attempted bombing of an airliner on Christmas 2009 -- reveal a security threat that persisted for more than seven years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Milwaukee County sheriff goes to Israel to learn about homeland security --Sheriff: Israeli police, Israeli National Defense pre-eminent authorities for homeland security 10 Apr 2011 Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is going to Israel to learn more about homeland security. He's going with group of about a dozen police chiefs and county sheriffs from major American cities from Sunday through April 16. They will discuss best practices in airport security, intelligence analysis and sharing, mass casualty management, security for large groups of people and bomb disposal technology and practices.

Long Island Serial Killer May Be Ex-Cop or Law Officer --Whoever Dumped Bodies of Eight Women on New York Beach May Have Knowledge of Police Techniques, Investigators Say 09 Apr 2011 Police are considering the possibility that the serial killer who has dumped at least eight bodies along a Long Island barrier beach may be an ex-cop or other law officer, law enforcement officials familiar with the case said. The possibility that the killer could be a former law enforcement official or other person with knowledge of law enforcement techniques is being considered based on evidence that the suspect may understand investigators' procedures, they said.

Santa Monica synagogue explosion caused by unusual type of device, authorities say 09 Apr 2011 First it was believed to be a bomb, then it was dismissed as a freak industrial accident, and now authorities are again saying that the explosion last week near a Santa Monica synagogue was, most likely, deliberately planned. Part of the confusion, authorities say, was connected to the device itself: An explosive layered under hundreds of pounds of concrete poured into a trash bin is not something bomb technicians typically encounter. Thursday's blast sent a 300-pound metal pipe encased in concrete crashing through the roof of a home next door to Chabad House on 17th Street, near Broadway.

Police seek suspect in blast near Santa Monica synagogue 09 Apr 2011 A blast outside a Los Angeles-area synagogue this week was caused by an explosive device and police on Saturday were looking for a suspect, authorities said. The explosion on Thursday near the Chabad House in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica injured no one and was blamed by police that day on a mechanical failure. The blast sent a pipe hurtling through the air and crashing onto an apartment building next to the synagogue.

Report Says Coast Guard Was Unprepared for Oil Spill --The review, completed in January, was quietly made public by the Coast Guard last month. 09 Apr 2011 An internal review of the Coast Guard's performance during the BP oil spill cleanup last year has concluded that the agency was caught badly unprepared and that the response operation was dogged from the beginning by significant planning failures. The report, which was commissioned by the Coast Guard, found that the agency’s preparedness for environmental crises had "atrophied over the past decade" as the guard confronted its expanded security responsibilities in the post-9/11 world.

Forcing the F.A.A. to Fly Blind By William J. McGee 10 Apr 2011 on the very day that Southwest's Flight 812 was diverted to Yuma, Ariz., for an emergency landing, the House of Representatives passed a bill likely to make it more difficult to detect and prevent midair ruptures, metal fatigue and other serious flight risks. The bill would cut $4 billion from the Federal Aviation Administration’s $37 billion budget... Such streamlining would probably mean reduction of F.A.A. staff, including safety inspectors.

House Votes Against 'Net Neutrality' 09 Apr 2011 The GOP-controlled House of Representatives approved a measure on Friday that would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from regulating how Internet service providers manage their broadband networks, potentially overturning a central initiative of the F.C.C. chairman, Julius Genachowski. The action, which is less likely to pass the Senate and which President Obama has threatened to veto, is nevertheless significant because it puts half of the legislative branch on the same side of the debate as the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in restricting the F.C.C.'s authority over Internet service.

Third day of 'sleep-in' at Washington state capitol 09 Apr 2011 Thousands of union members from all over Washington poured into the state Capitol Friday, calling on lawmakers to "put people first" by ending corporate tax breaks and painful cuts to public programs. The protest was by far the largest of four days of boisterous demonstrations in Olympia over spending cuts legislators are considering in order to help close a looming $5 billion budget deficit for the next two-year cycle.

Obama signs short-term funding 09 Apr 2011 President Barack Obama signed a short-term funding extension on Saturday hours after Democrats and Republicans narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the federal government by agreeing on the measure and a budget deal. The new funding extension, which cuts spending by $2 billion, will last through next Friday, April 15. The Senate immediately passed the extension on a voice vote. The House of Representatives followed suit early Saturday morning.

School bosses apologise for classroom 'auction' of black elementary schoolchildren 09 Apr 2011 School bosses have apologised for a controversial classroom lesson involving the mock auction of black students. During a fourth grade teacher's lesson on the Civil War, children at a school in Norfolk, Virginia were separated by race. White students at Sewells Point elementary school were allegedly told to stand on one side of the classroom and African-American and mixed race students on the other. It is claimed the African-American and mixed race students were then offered up for sale in a mock auction.

Small western Iowa town reeling after tornado destroys about 100 homes 11 Apr 2011 A tornado a quarter-mile wide flattened a grain elevator and destroyed homes and buildings on Saturday in the small western Iowa town of Mapleton. The tornado damaged more than half of Mapleton, a town of 1,200 in western Iowa, Mayor Fred Standa said yesterday... Many of the huge, centuries-old trees that the town was named for were pulled from the ground and wrapped around houses and tossed atop cars, Standa said.
Agreement to Avert Govt Shutdown After Democrats Surrender $38.5B in Cuts --'Historic' deal to avoid government shutdown 08 Apr 2011 President Barack Obama and congressional leaders forged a last-minute agreement late Friday night on a deal to cut about $38 billion in spending and avert the first federal government shutdown in 15 years. Obama hailed the deal, a bit more than an hour before a midnight deadline, as "the biggest annual spending cut in history," and Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said that over the next decade it would cut government spending by $500 billion. "This is historic, what we've done," said the third man in the talks, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. [Yeah, no party in history - led by the biggest sell-out/prevaricator on God's green earth - has ever *bent over* as deeply as the Democrats. This is just the opening salvo by the Teabaggers - eliminating Medicare is next. No worries: Obama will cave on everything else his Koch brother/GOP overlords demand after all the brouhaha dies down. --LRP]

Deal at Last Minute Averts Shutdown; Nearly $40 Billion in Cuts Are Outlined 09 Apr 2011 Congressional leaders and President Obama headed off a shutdown of the government with just hours to spare Friday night under a tentative budget deal that would cut nearly $40 billion from current federal spending this year. After days of tense negotiations and partisan quarrelling, House Republicans came to preliminary terms with the White House and Senate Democrats over financing the government for the next six months. Although both sides compromised, Republicans were able to force significant spending concessions from Democrats in exchange from putting to rest some of the vexing social policy fights that had held up the agreement.

AP: Terror suspects held weeks in secret --The most secretive of roughly 20 temporary sites is run by the military's elite counterterrorism unit, the Joint Special Operations Command, at Bagram Air Base. 07 Apr 2011 Suspected terrorists are still being held under hazy circumstances with uncertain rights in secret, military-run jails across Afghanistan, where they can be interrogated for weeks without charge, according to U.S. officials who revealed details of the top-secret network to The Associated Press. The Pentagon has previously denied operating secret jails in Afghanistan, although human rights groups and former detainees have described the facilities. U.S. officials told the AP that detainees can be held at the temporary jails for up to nine weeks, depending on the value of information they produce.

US confirms secret jails in Afghanistan --Most secretive network of jails is based at notorious US-run Bagram prison camp and airbase 08 Apr 2011 The United States has finally confirmed the presence of secret prisons in Afghanistan, where detainees are interrogated for weeks without being charge. Afghans are held captive for up to nine weeks in secret US detention facilities, depending on the value of information they produce, and are tortured by American prison guards, according to US officials who revealed details of the detention network to The Associated Press.

'Claims RAF struck rebel oil pipeline are absolutely false,' says British leader --Nato refuses to apologise for 'friendly fire' air strike that killed 13 rebels --09 Apr 2011 Nato yesterday refused to apologise for an air strike that left 13 rebels dead and many more wounded... He also dismissed claims from the Gaddafi government that British warplanes had targeted the Sarir oilfield in Sirte, killing civilian workers and damaging a pipeline which the opposition had hoped to use to export oil to finance their uprising. In fact, it was Libyan government forces that attacked the oil facility with the aim of cutting supplies to rebel stronghold Tobruk, he said. 'I can assure you that this is absolutely false,' said the Rear Admiral. [I -- and the whole world, except for the delusional sociopaths aka US Congress/Obama -- call *bullsh*t.*]

Nato blamed for attack on rebels 08 Apr 2011 An apparent Nato airstrike has slammed into a rebel combat convoy, killing at least five fighters and sharply boosting anger among Libyan anti-government forces after the second bungled mission in a week blamed on the military alliance. The attack - outside the strategic oil port of Brega - brought fresh questions about co-ordination between Nato and the patchwork of rebel militias in a conflict described by a senior US commander as a stalemate that could eventually require [?] the Pentagon to reassert more power, and possibly even send in ground forces.

Israeli warplanes kill 3 Palestinians 09 Apr 2011 A fresh Israeli airstrike on Rafah in the besieged Gaza Strip has killed at least three Palestinians, bringing the death toll since Thursday to 18, Palestinian medics reported. Israeli warplanes fired two missiles which hit a private vehicle in the southern Gaza city of Rafah early Saturday morning, killing all three occupants, Palestinian medics and witnesses said.

Massive anti-Israel rally held in Cairo 08 Apr 2011 Over one million Egyptian protesters in Cairo's Liberation square have demanded their military rulers to abandon Israel and lift the blockade on the besieged Gaza strip. Protesters voiced their anger at Tel Aviv by burning the Israeli flag and demanding the Liberation of Palestine, a Press TV correspondent said. They promised to stand by Gazans.

US jury acquits Cuban-born ex-CIA agent --US officials have refused to extradite terrorist Carriles to either Cuba or Venezuela. 08 Apr 2011 A US jury found a Cuban-born former CIA agent, wanted in Venezuela and Cuba for several deadly bombings, not guilty on charges of perjury and immigration fraud. Judge Kathleen Cardone read the verdict after the jury deliberated for three hours after the 13-week trial of Luis Posada Carriles, a fierce opponent of former Cuban president Fidel Castro. In 1976, Carriles was jailed in Venezuela for allegedly masterminding the downing of a Cuban jet off Barbados that same year that killed 73 people.

HMS Astute shooting: Nuclear submarine guard kills officer in rifle rampage 08 Apr 2011 One Royal Navy officer was shot dead and another critically injured after a rating guarding Britain's flagship nuclear submarine “went crazy” and turned his gun on them. An able seaman held at the scene on suspicion of murder is understood to have opened fire with an SA80 assault rifle at 12.12pm after a row broke out in the control room of HMS Astute, which was berthed in Southampton. He fired several rounds before he was overpowered. The dead officer was named by sources as Lt-Cdr Ian Molyneux, the vessel's weapons engineering officer.

'Unusual event' declared at Wash. nuclear plant 08 Apr 2011 A spokesman for a Washington nuclear power plant says a small amount of hydrogen gas ignited in a six-inch flame Thursday when workers cut into the pipe. Columbia Generating Station declared an "unusual event," evacuated plant areas near the pipe for about 90 minutes, and notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Energy Northwest spokesman Mike Paoli says no one was injured in the one second-long "puff" of gas that had been trapped in the pipe in the plant's non-nuclear turbine building.

Japan's nuclear radioactivity reaches Pakistan, says PAEC 09 Apr 2011 Like many other countries, including China, United States, South Korea, UK, Scotland, very small traces of airborne radioactive iodine, believed to have originated form the crisis-hit Japanese Fukushima nuclear power plant, have been detected in Pakistan as well, says a press release issued by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) on Friday. The detection has been made possible only because of the highly sensitive surveillance systems used for this purpose by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.

Japan detects leaks at Onagawa plant 08 Apr 2011 Water leaks have been found at Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi prefecture in Japan after a new 7.4-magnitude earthquake jolted the northeastern area. Tohoku Electric, the operator of the plant, said on Friday that water leaked out of the spent fuel pools of reactors number 1 and 2 of the plant, Reuters reported.

Water leaks at Japan's Onagawa nuclear plant --Aftershock splashes water from fuel pools at 3 reactors --'Small' rise in radiation levels inside reactor buildings 08 Apr 2011 Water leaked out of spent fuel pools at the Onagawa nuclear plant in northeast Japan after a strong aftershock rocked the region late on Thursday, but there was no change in the radiation levels outside the plant, operator Tohoku Electric Power Co said on Friday. It said water sloshed out of spent fuel pools in the plant's No.1, No.2 and No.3 reactors, which had been shut down after the earthquake on March 11, and had also leaked in three other locations in the No.3 reactor complex.

Japan promotes its nuclear industry at special ASEAN summit By Joseph Santolan 09 Apr 2011 Japan's foreign minister, Takeaki Matsumoto, will co-chair a special ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Meeting in Jakarta today. The summit has ostensibly been called to discuss Southeast Asian aid to Japan in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. There is, however, a hidden agenda to the meeting. Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto will be representing the interests of the International Nuclear Energy Development of Japan Company (JINED), reassuring potential Southeast Asian clients of the safety of the nuclear power plants which JINED is marketing throughout the region.

White Powder Found At West's Office Not Anthrax --Campaign Staffer Opens Envelope Containing White Powder, Threatening Letter 08 Apr 2011 A white powder that was found in a letter at a South Florida congressman's office was determined not to be anthrax. The discovery was made at the Boca Raton office of U.S. Rep. Allen West, T-Fla. A spokesman for West said a campaign staffer received the envelope from a P.O. Box in Deerfield Beach. The envelope contained a white powder and a letter that made derogatory statements about West. The letter also mentioned anthrax.

Declassified file exposes FBI 'newsman' [Just one?] 07 Apr 2011 A once-classified FBI memo has revealed that a senior ABC News reporter worked essentially as a mole for the FBI during the 1995 terrorist bombing in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City bombing was aimed at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 which claimed 168 lives. The secret memo, published in a report by the Center for Public Integrity, showed that the 'journalist,' who worked for ABC News at the time, contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the evening of the bombing. The memo said that the ABC journalist had "multiple contacts" with the FBI between 1995 and 1996, and had been assigned an informant number.

U.S. can conduct offsite searches of computers seized at borders, court rules --Appeals Court judge reaffirms govt's authority to conduct warrantless searches of digital devices along U.S. borders 06 Apr 2011 Laptop computers and other digital devices carried into the U.S. may be seized from travelers without a warrant and sent to a secondary site for forensic inspection, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled last week. The ruling is the second in less than a year that allows the U.S. government to conduct warrantless, offsite searches of digital devices seized at the country's borders.

Oil Is Found on Dead Dolphins in Gulf --Federal scientists: Dolphins that washed up in Gulf of Mexico have oil on them from blown-out BP PLC well 07 Apr 2011 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said 293 dolphins--an abnormally high number--have washed ashore along the Gulf coast since late April 2010, when an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon, a rig drilling a BP well, sent millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf. Most of the dolphins were dead, NOAA officials said. Six of the dolphins that washed up had oil on them. Chemical tests later showed that the oil was from the BP well, said Blair Mase, a NOAA official.

S. Korea confirms additional bird flu outbreak 08 Apr 2011 South Korea confirmed an additional bird flu case at a chicken farm on Friday, 15 days after the last outbreak was reported in the country. Detailed tests showed that the 13,200 birds at an egg-laying farm in Yeongcheon, 344 kilometers southeast of Seoul, were infected with the virulent H5N1 strain of the avian influenza, the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service said.

Elections agency to review Wisconsin vote-count flip 08 Apr 2011 Wisconsin's top elections agency said Friday it would review a county clerk's 'discovery' of more than 14,000 votes in the state's photo-finish Supreme Court election, a total that appeared to decisively tip the race to the conservative incumbent and continue the partisan battles that have dominated the state for months. The challenger, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, declared victory Wednesday after the unofficial tally showed her with a 204-vote lead. Then Kathy Nickolaus, the clerk of conservative Waukesha County, said Thursday she had forgotten [?!?] to include the county's second-largest city's votes in the initial tally. The incumbent, Justice David Prosser, received a net gain of 7,582 votes.

Shades of Coup 2000: Prosser Takes Lead In Wisconsin After 'Discovery' of Lost Votes 07 Apr 2011 Today comes the news that the votes cast for State Supreme Court Justice in the City of Brookfield, Waukesha County, were never reported. Of the votes allegedly cast and omitted from the original state vote tally, Justice Prosser won 10,859 to challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg's 3,456. If these results stick, Kloppenburg’s narrowest of victories will become a 7,000 vote loss. Explaining the error lie, County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus indicated that the voter data transmitted from the City of Brookfield was, in fact, imported but that she failed to save those results to the computer database.

JPMorgan CEO sees compensation jump 1,500 per cent to $20.8million --His 2010 compensation also included $579,624 worth of perks, including $421,458 of 'moving expenses,' $95,293 to use company aircraft and $45,730 for personal automobile use. Most of the rest went toward home security. [] 08 Apr 2011 He has piloted America's second biggest bank through the financial crisis and come out the other side relatively unscathed. And now Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co, is being extremely well rewarded for his efforts. Dimon's total compensation package was a mere $1.3million in 2009 but in 2010 it jumped nearly 1,500 per cent to $20.8million, based on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's compensation formula, a regulatory filing showed.

Banks Gain Edge in Talks on Foreclosure Penalties as Fed, Agencies Settle 06 Apr 2011 Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co. and fellow mortgage servicers are more likely to dodge a threatened $20 billion in penalties for faulty foreclosures after U.S. agencies cut ahead of the states by signing deals without fines. A task force of 50 state attorneys general already was arguing internally over proposed sanctions when people familiar with the talks said the Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Office of Thrift Supervision and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. began making the deals.

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Looking for Dr. Pangloss in an Orwellian Nightmare - Dog Poet Transmitting .......

“May your noses always be cold and wet’.

Some seek to evade and appease Draconian oppression; hoping it will find their fellows before it finds them. Maybe things will change before that happens. There’s always hope. Some would rather strike blows against the empire but recognize the futility of individual action as any more than a rallying point once they’ve been dispensed with. Of course, others would prefer to become barnacles on the great ship of state, or occupy a near religious position of ‘nearer the trough to me, nearer to me’ and then there are those who are the direct practitioners of the mischief to begin with. A few choose to live outside the matter entirely, also hoping that mischance or pervasion won’t somehow sweep them up in the net.

There’s no getting around the fact that from a certain wide perspective, things have gone horribly wrong. I’m no Dr. Pangloss, but I do try to believe that everything is perfect; I just can’t see it. I don’t mean to say that everything is actually perfect; it would take a rare and enlightened mind to make that case. What I mean is that everything is outworking and in-working toward perfection, as it takes its own sweet time about it (grin). Well, you don’t have to worry about the seeming lassitude of the cosmos on that account anymore. Time is speeding up and conditions are keeping pace.

If things seem to be moving faster, it’s not because they’ve all of a sudden gained some mysterious acceleration, even if that might be true to a degree. The fact is that for a few decades now, deluded individuals and groups have been industrious about setting the stage for an Orwellian nightmare and now they are on the move. Part of that is the result of emerging powers at other points on the Earth. Part of it is the revolutionary fever that is a reaction to naked oppression and part of it is the population/resources dynamic. My take is that it’s only the cosmos driving the good, the bad and the indifferent toward their appointed destiny. The mysterious power of the universe is pressing on everyone, externally and internally, to declare the nature of their being and intentions, so that they can be sorted out for the benefit of the coming age; an age of universal brotherhood.

I’ve seen any number of people who carry on about how the unions, especially government workers, have too much of what too little there is. That is hardly the problem, no matter how you look at it, unless you actually believe the rich and powerful still don’t have enough and deserve more. Maybe you believe that anyone can be successful and rich if they just apply themselves and the reason they are not, is that they do not apply themselves. That’s bullshit. The bankers play with the money flow and create untenable conditions that make such a scenario more and more difficult by the day.

It’s not the unions and the entitlement programs and the demanding poor, along with the prosperous (snicker) middle class that is the problem. The problem is the blood sucking corporations who moved the manufacturing base into Third World sweat shops to maximize profits. The problem is the banks that squeeze every dime in fees they can get out of the population on which they feed and they are assisted in this by the outlaw, law makers who pocket their portion of the swag as a result. The problem is the media, which is an extension of the government, which is an extension of the corporations and banks and which spins transparent lies and discord among the populace. In other words, while you are getting the shit beat out of you, you hear, ‘who are you going to believe, me or your lying flesh’? The problem is insane wars for profit, which take the canon fodder and war expenses out of the lives and pockets of the people, who have little say in the matter and then the arms merchants, bankers and sundry rake in the swag and nothing comes back.

No capitalist system can prosper or endure for long without a prosperous middle class. This is what America ‘had’. Greed however, never loses its appetite and so the corporations eventually bought the governments, lock stock and barrel, even though they owned the majority shares to begin with.

The absolute disgrace of people making billions of dollars a year and ‘actually’ paying few, if any taxes, is a symptom of terminal illness. Without fair and able dealing, the table upon which it takes place is soon sold off for parts. Your system is a dead man walking and that is why perpetual war is the only reaction possible, for the people at the top. Meanwhile, a fascist police presence and constant over reaction, become the order of the day at home; grope fests at the airport to protect you from something that doesn’t exist, except when the government needs to stage it, in order to ratchet up the abuse, random highway stops for the citizens, while the given reason for them moves with impunity where it will.

It’s a simple process to stop the whole thing. The public simply agrees not to pay their taxes, in emulation of the ones who put them in the situation they are in and the public refuses to go to work, thereby bringing down the government. You don’t need guns and you don’t need tanks or airplanes, all you need is to stop contributing to the operating funds of the machine that is grinding you to powder, while it poisons the world in which you live. You can’t do this after you are dead. You have to do while you are still alive.

It’s simple. It’s extremely simple. The problem is that any movement that comes along to benefit the people is immediately co-opted by those oppressing them, who bribe and threaten the leaders. Maybe you could do without leaders for a little while and activate some kind of stadium wave, flash mob principle, except, instead of showing up somewhere, you don’t show up at all and instead of rising in sequential order, you don’t rise at all. Then perhaps the cosmos will lift you up? I don’t know. It’s worth a shot. Look at where you are now. Intimidation is the nature of the beast in these times. Intimidation is government and corporate policy. I suggest that an entire country that suddenly refuses to participate can be pretty intimidating too.

What follows this is that you very swiftly have to demand the dissolution of the central banks and a coming to heel for the corporations. Government power has to be limited and the original documents have to be brought back into operation. In order to do this you have to get rid of The Supreme Court and you have to, top to bottom, clean out the court system. You have to get rid of every politician who doesn’t support the public’s revolution and you have to put constraints on what’s left as well. Israel has to be cut loose completely, because it is an organized crime syndicate that’s taken control of the country(s). State rights need to become preeminent so that localities can live with what they want to live with and not what the majority prefers go elsewhere. Political correctness needs to go to the auto da fe.

Can America and the Crown Colonies accomplish this? They still think their real enemies come from a scorpion infested wilderness of tribal nomads, instead of being home grown. If you can’t accomplish it, you are screwed. You might as well make your funeral preparations now, unless the cosmos wants to step in and the cosmos is stepping in but that means; earthquakes, plagues, famines, wars and marauding bands of road warriors picking the bones of the carcass.

On the one hand, it looks like it all just has to come down and frontier justice needs to be extended to the predators. On the other hand, perhaps that’s all going to be taken care of. On the other hand, I don’t know. These are just things to think about and consider. In any case, the people who most need to read these things will never find their way here but, maybe the cosmos has plans in that regard too.

It comes down to what you can live with. It’s a matter of how much you can take. You’ve got to make up your own mind and so do your neighbors. These predators are not going to suddenly stop being what they are. That’s their nature too. Well, it’s actually a perversion upon Nature and Lady Nature is going to have something to say about that as well. I don’t know where the safe places are and I don’t know what shape it’s going to take. That’s not my department. Stop, look and listen.


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21 - A defense which deserves being called “holy”
April 9, 2011 posted by Kourosh Ziabari

By Kourosh Ziabari

Almost 20 years have passed since the conclusion of 20th century’s longest, most erosive war which was brutally imposed on the defenseless people of Iran by a belligerent and aggressive dictator who was finally pushed to death by the same people who had once persuaded, funded, aided and supported him in attacking and invading the new-born Iran of post-revolution days.

The expansionistic ambitions of the beloved puppet of the White House who was granted the honorary citizenship of Detroit as a reward for his unconditional subservience to the United States, transpired to be a deadly pandemic which claimed the lives of more than 400,000 innocent Iranians who witnessed the most breathtaking years the country had experienced contemporarily.

With the intention of revitalizing the forgotten pan-Arabist sentiments of the 1950s, confronting an emerging Shiite power in the Persian Gulf region and taking over some of the strategic parts of Iran including the Arab-speaking province of Khuzestan and the triple islands of Abu Musa, Lesser Tunb and Greater Tunb which were handed over to Iran 9 years earlier in a trilateral agreement between Iran, the protectorate of Ras Al-Khaimah and the representatives of British forces in the Persian Gulf, Saddam Hussein unilaterally nullified the 1975 Algiers Agreement in 1980 and attacked Iran.

At that time, he was enormously supported by the United States and its European allies who had seen the post-revolutionary Iran an ideological threat to their liberal democratic values and feared of the growing embrace of Islam by the international community that was inspired and attracted by the charisma of Iran’s revolutionary leader, Imam Khomeini.

Following the victory of 1979 Islamic Revolution which put an end to the era of U.S.-backed monarchy in Iran, White House frantically realized that it had lost its stooge in the Middle East, so it should have replaced Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi with an ambitious leader whose greed for power could serve the interests of Washington in the region. Consequently, the United States backed Saddam Hussein in bringing down President Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, as it had done the same in coup against Abd al-Karim Qasim by entrusting Hussein the mission to assassinate the Iraqi Prime Minister. The assassination plan was designed with the cooperation of the CIA and Egyptian intelligence. Although the 22-year-old Saddam failed to kill the Prime Minister on October 7, 1959, he was killed in a February 1963 Baath Party coup.

In the case of confrontation with Iran, Washington did not spare any effort to support the Iraqi dictator who was armed by the United States to the teeth. In order to strengthen Saddam Hussein in war with Iran which started in 1980, the U.S. State Department first removed the name of Iraq from its list of state sponsors of international terrorism in February 1982.

From this point onward, United States took several steps to normalize its already strained relations with Iraq. One of these steps was pressuring the Export-Import Bank of the United States to provide Iraq with financing, enhancing its credit standing and enabling Baqdad to obtain loans from other international financial institutions.

Although the United States had publicly promulgated that it would take neither sides in the Iran – Iraq war, it was revealed later that Saddam Hussein pulled the first trigger with the direct support and encouragement of the United States. United States officially announced the normalization of its ties with Iraq in November 1984, the fourth year of Iran – Iraq war, while the U.S. had previously begun providing Iraq with military support and intelligence training in accordance with the directives personally issued by President Ronald Reagan, pursuant to his March 1982 National Security Study Memorandum in which a revision of U.S. Middle East policies was sought.

In the summer of 1983, Iran lodged a set of complaints against Iraq to the United Nations, informing the international body of Iraq’s employment of chemical weapons against the Iranian civilians in violation of Geneva Convention. Influenced by the United States and its European allies, the United Nations did not heed the calls, but the secret documents of the U.S. Department of State confirmed Iran’s allegations against Iraq. Intelligence documents revealed that Iraq had used chemical weapons against Iranian forces and Kurdish insurgents as well.

In a U.S. Department of State Information Memorandum dated November 1, 1983 signed by the United States Navy Admiral addressed to the Secretary of State, it was clearly stated that Iraq used chemical weapons against Iranians: “we also know that Iraq has acquired a Chemical Weapon production capability, primarily from Western firms, including possibly a U.S. foreign subsidiary.”

Another U.S. Department of State unclassified document, an Action Memorandum signed by Jonathan T. Howe and Richard W. Murphy, the United States Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, addressed to the Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger, shows that the two high-ranking U.S. officials demand a serious and immediate action on the side of State Department with regards to the possibility of Iran’s complaint being raised in the United Nations and the Security Council. They confirm that some of the European firms are selling Chemical Weapons to Iraq and this issue should be discussed with the European governments: “In October (1983) Iran accused Iraq of using CW and on November 8, it required the UNSYG to investigate. Iran also stated it would soon submit a report providing information and evidence on Iraqi CW use, but has not yet done so. We do not know whether or when this issue will develop further at the UN. It is important to make our approach to the Iraqis on this issue as early as possible, in order to deter further Iraqi use of CW, as well as to avoid unpleasantly surprising Iraq through public positions we may have to take on this issue.”

The extent of U.S. support for Iraq during the war was so broad that needs an all-encompassing investigative research to be explained. On May 25, 1994, the U.S. Senate Banking Committee published a report in which it was stated that “pathogenic (disease producing), toxigenic (poisonous), and other biological research materials were exported to Iraq pursuant to application and licensing by the U.S. Department of Commerce.”

The Iraqgate scandal revealed that an Atlanta-based branch of Italy’s largest bank, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, which was predominantly reliant on the United States for its funding and budget, transferred over US$ 5 billion to Iraq from 1985 to 1989.

As said by the German newspaper “Die Tageszeitung”, more than 150 foreign companies, including American firms, supported Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction program during the 8-year war with Iran. Saudi Arabia dispatched hundreds of U.S.-manufactured Mark 84 general purpose bombs which entered the global service since Vietnam War.

President Reagan assigned Donald Rumsfeld as his special emissary to Saddam and conveyed to him America’s willingness and decisiveness in supporting Iraq in war with Iran. In a nutshell, the United States and its cronies all around the world came together to support Saddam and defeat the independent Iran which was defiantly resisting the arrogant powers.

Now, 20 years have gone since those bitter days and Iran is marking the conclusion of 8-year war with Iraq from September 22 for one week. This week is named the Week of Holy Defense in honor of the magnanimous, righteous and praiseworthy resistance of Iranians against a congregation of bullying powers who supported a bullying dictator to dissolve the manifestation of Iranian nation’s will. Iranians defended themselves nobly and their moral resistance against the coalition of global tyrants deserves to be called a holy defense.

Kourosh Ziabari is an Iranian journalist and media correspondent.

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22 - PAUL BALLES : SHIFTING FOCUS
April 10, 2011 posted by Paul J. Balles

David Harris and his cronies at the AJC have been working the same charade for years: when the rest of the world focuses on Israeli intransigence, Harris shifts attention to Egypt or Libya or Iran.
Paul Balles / STAFF WRITER

The incredible arrogance of David Harris of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) would pass as a sick joke if his readers didn’t take his pronouncements so seriously.

In his latest, AJC welcomed the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to appoint a special rapporteur to investigate human rights in Iran.

Harris lauds “AJC, which has called for stronger UN action on Iran, especially since the stolen presidential elections in 2009…”

What do the 2009 presidential elections have to do with human rights violations alleged by Harris?

Who does Harris think he is to decide that the presidential elections of any country other than Israel were stolen?

Harris “applauded the US administration’s role in working with other governments to approve the measure by a vote of 22 to 7, with 14 abstentions. The resolution was co-sponsored by the U.S. and Sweden.

When was the last time that the UN Security Council or General Assembly or Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling for a human rights investigation of Palestinians in Israel?

“We salute Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador Eileen Donahoe in Geneva for helping spearhead this landmark action by the UN Human Rights Council,” hails Harris.

It’s difficult to imagine how Hillary Clinton or Ambassador Donahoe sleep at night after US indulgence of Israel’s gross violations of human rights for years.

It’s a relatively recent role for women to be selectively sympathetic toward brutes and bullies. Margaret Thatcher, Madelyn Albright, Condoleezza Rice and Susan Rice, seem to have excessive testosterone acting like unbridled male thugs.

Praising the Human Rights Council for yielding to Israeli/American wishes to divert attention from Israel’s gross violations, Harris gloats:

“Following the recent suspension of Libya’s membership in the Human Rights Council, this vote on Iran conveys another strong message that the Geneva-based body is beginning to wake up from its lethargy and look seriously at some significant violators of human rights, such as Libya and Iran.”

This praise, coming from a cheerleader for a country that prides itself on murdering American peace activist Rachel Corrie with a tractor!

This celebration of human rights from a country that happily rolls its Murkava battle tanks toward kids whose defensive weapons are stones!

This arrogance from an American voice for Israel that purposely withheld intelligence of the terrorist bombing of the US marine barracks in Lebanon killing 241 Americans.

This sweeping under the carpet of the continuing human rights violations against 1,657,155 million in Gaza, capped off by Operation Cast Lead.

This pretence at ignoring the totally unwarranted destruction of Lebanon’s infrastructure with constant airstrikes in 2006.

A year ago, a number of countries walked out of the Human Rights Council when Iran had the audacity to criticize Israel.

About this latest sick gratuity to Israel, Harris boasts “American leadership has been critical to this change.”

Then Harris sneers, “The resolution on Iran marked the first time since the Council was created in 2006 that it has appointed an investigator with a mandate to monitor and report on a specific country.”

It couldn’t possibly escape Harris’s notice that the Human Rights Council should have appointed such an investigator to monitor and report on Israel years ago.

Harris and his cronies at the AJC have been working the same charade for years: when the rest of the world focuses on Israeli intransigence, Harris shifts attention to Egypt or Libya or Iran.

When Palestinians are starving or being murdered in Gaza, Harris writes about Hamas or Hezbollah as terrorist clients of Iran.

The US should appoint Harris propaganda minister, a title last held by his precursor Herr Joseph Goebbels.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Paul J. Balles is a retired American university professor and freelance writer who has lived in the Middle East for many years. He’s a weekly Op-Ed columnist for the GULF DAILY NEWS . Dr. Balles is also Editorial Consultant for Red House Marketing and a regular contributor to Bahrain This Month.Read Full Bio
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23 - 3,000 Women A Year Caught In Israel's Sex Industry

By Gideon Alon
Ha'aretz Knesset Correspondent

A special Knesset committee finds that "3,000 women are sold each year in Israel's sex industry, in transactions with an annual volume of $1 billion." Exploitation of sex workers includes imprisonment, and other forms of rank coercion."

The special Knesset committee's interim report is to be released Sunday. It describes the sex industry as a "modern form of slavery."

The report's authors charge that current law enforcement efforts against pimps and sex worker traders are inadequate. The laws provide for jail terms of up to 16 years for trafficking in humans. The courts, however, have made a travesty of these laws, the report alleges. Its authors propose two new bills which would, they believe, send a clear message indicating that pimps who traffic in sex workers will not get light punishments.

Testimony provided by sex workers and minors who appeared before the Knesset committee detailed the abusive, criminal aspects of trafficking. After the women are purchased, they have to "buy back" their freedom, and face constant threats, coercion and rape. Among other abuses, their passports are taken from them. A sex worker, the report reveals, has ten to fifteen clients a day, and earns NIS 120 from each client, with pimps taking a comparable sum for each client.

Committee chairperson Zahave Gal-On, MK (Meretz) said the panel's two proposed bills are designed both to reduce abuses in Israel, and to ensure that Israel is removed from the U.S. State Department's list of the second worst group of trafficking offenders.

In a July 2001 report, the State Department included Israel on a black list of states that fail to comply with the minimum criteria enforced by U.S. law to prevent human trafficking. Israel faced a threat of economic sanctions as a result of this ranking. Then, as a result of legislation promoted by the Knesset special committee, and by various public groups, Israel's listing on the State Department's 2002 report improved somewhat - being ranked among the second worst trafficking offenders. Members of this category do not comply with minimal criteria enforced by American law, yet have made "significant steps" to reduce trafficking abuses.

Under current Israeli enforcement procedures, most attempts to prosecute trafficking offenders end in plea bargain agreements and light sentences of public service work, or no more than two years in prison. The Knesset committee objects strongly to these plea bargain procedures - in its new report, it proposes that trafficking offenses be categorized as crimes for which the courts are required to deliver prison sentences (apart from special circumstances that might be detailed by a court).

The committee also supports the use of economic pressures to reduce trafficking. Among other measures, it proposes that any property found on a person convicted of trafficking be considered assets gained illegally and thus subject to confiscation the defendant will bear the burden of proving that the possessions were not acquired illegally.

The committee also proposes measures which would expedite the legal system's handling of trafficking cases. These measures would be designed to enable the victims of sex trafficking to return to their home countries as soon as possible.


http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=238653
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24 - Ukrainian Jewish Committee Embraces Holodomor "Denial "


The Holodomor (Ukrainian: çÏÌÏÄÏÍÏÒ translation: death by starvation) refers to the famine of 1932-1933 in the Ukrainian SSR during which millions of people were starved to death because of the Soviet policies that forced farmers into collective farms. The Holodomor is considered one of the greatest national calamities to affect the Ukrainian nation in modern history. Millions of inhabitants of Ukraine (between 7000000 -10 000000) died of starvation in an unprecedented peacetime catastrophe. If any historian or researcher in Europe dares to question any part of the accepted Holocaust story, he is subject to imprisonment and ruin, but as usual, Jewish extremist hypocrisy is rampant. Jewish supremacists don't want the world to know of their role in mass murders of Communism, much less be punished for those crimes against humanity. The Israeli Knesset won't even acknowledge the Armenian Holocaust. The new religion of the Holocaust will allow "no other holocausts before thee." -stsaff


KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) - A Jewish group in Ukraine is objecting to a criminal case brought over the "Great Famine" committed in the 1930s.

The nation's security service is pressing the case against a list of former Soviet officials accused of committing the Holodomor, which caused the deaths of millions in Ukraine in 1932-33. Most of the names on the list were Jewish.

Ukrainian lawmaker Aleksandr Feldman, leader of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, said last week that it was "a farce" to press the case.

"All organizers of the Great Famine are dead," he said.

Last July, the Ukrainian Security Service released a list of high-ranking Soviet state and Communist Party officials - as well as officials from NKVD, the police force of Soviet Russia - that essentially blamed Jews and Latvians responsible for perpetrating and executing the famine because most of the names on the list were Jewish.

The Ukrainian Jewish Committee called on the secret service to revise the list, which incited interethnic hatred, in order to clear up the "inaccuracy."

Feldman believes there is a danger that the "Holodomor Affair" materials are being used for political purposes.

In late May, security service head Valentin Nalivaychenko claimed at a meeting with representatives of the World Congress of Ukrainians that " Ukraine has collected enough evidence to bring a criminal case regarding the famine, which was artificially created by the Bolshevik regime and caused mass death of citizens ."

Through the World Congress of Ukrainians, Nalivaychenko turned to leading foreign lawyers with a request to help find out the circumstances connected with preparing and committing the genocide.



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25 - Book Advocates Jewish Supremacy


Ultra-Orthodox Officials Go To Bat for Anti-Gentile Book


By Steven I. Weiss
Forward, New York
1-22-4


A new book describing Gentiles as evil and inferior is causing controversy in the Jewish community. While some think it is a true reflection of Talmud and Torah teaching which should be expressed, others are fearful that an open statement of their shared sense of Jewish supremacy could lead to backlash among those who are not "Chosen." In this article, one Jewish newspaper describes the debate.

Is this 'hate'? If a book advocating gentile supremacy was published, would Jews demand 'hate crime' charge be filed?

NEW YORK--A leading ultra-Orthodox organization has launched a campaign to shift attention from a controversial book on Jewish superiority, choosing instead to attack the Forward's reporting on it.

Agudath Israel of America has refused to condemn the book by Rabbi Saadya Grama, published in Hebrew under the title "Romemut Yisrael Ufarashat Hagalut," which can be translated in several ways, including "The Grandeur [or Superiority] of Israel and the Question of Exile." Instead, several Aguda officials have sought to discredit the Forward's account of the work.

The Aguda's response contrasted sharply with that of the nation's most prominent ultra-Orthodox yeshiva, Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, N.J., whose religious leaders had given the self-published book a pre-publication endorsement.

Questioned by the Forward last month, the yeshiva's religious leader, Rabbi Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, issued a statement saying he had not read the book carefully before endorsing it, but was repudiating its "alleged" contents. Grama, the author, is a graduate of the yeshiva, and such perfunctory pre-publication endorsements of graduates' works are common, Kotler said.

"In looking at the specific points allegedly contained in the sefer [book], I can certainly tell you that they are not reflective of normative Jewish thought and are certainly not the philosophy of our yeshiva," Kotler said in his statement.

GENTILES 'COMPLETELY EVIL'

In its December 19 article, the Forward reported that "Romemut Yisrael" describes gentiles as "completely evil," constituting an inferior "species."

One member of the Aguda's ruling Council of Torah Sages, Rabbi Avraham Chaim Levin, publicly described the Forward article on the book as an anti-Semitic "blood libel," while acknowledging never having read "Romemut Yisrael."

Speaking January 3 at an Aguda convention near Chicago, Levin approvingly cited a critical letter sent to the Forward by David Zwiebel, the organization's director of government and public affairs. In an interview Tuesday with the Forward, Zwiebel acknowledged sending many Orthodox leaders copies of private letters that he had written to Forward editor J.J. Goldberg attacking the initial coverage of the book.

The Forward article, said Levin, a widely respected Aguda leader, "is reminiscent of the blood libel trial of Beilis, in which the anti-Semitic prosecutor researched talmudic and midrashic literature to find any hints of any statements which would be derogatory about gentiles."

"You would not expect this type of anti-Semitism from a Jewish newspaper," Levin said. A video clip of the speech was obtained by the Forward.

In his speech, Levin cited Zwiebel's letter, saying: "He says he read the book thoroughly, and [that] there is not a single passage in the book which can remotely be seen as embracing deception or duplicity to gentiles, nor any allusion to genetic superiority."

NO COMMENT

Following the speech, the Forward faxed photocopied sections of Grama's book to Levin and several other members of the Aguda's Council of Torah Sages, but by press time none had returned phone messages seeking comment.

In its initial coverage, the Forward quoted condemnations of the book by an official at the Anti-Defamation League and by Rabbi Norman Lamm, chancellor of Yeshiva Univesity and dean of its affiliated rabbinical seminary. Both based their criticisms on translated passages and summaries provided to them by the Forward.

The book was subsequently condemned by the brother of the Lakewood leader, Rabbi Aaron Kotler, who serves as the yeshiva's chief executive officer. In an interview with the New Jersey Jewish News, Kotler stated without qualification that the ideas in Romemut Yisrael are "repugnant and abhorrent."

The Aguda, however, has avoided airing any public criticisms that its officials may have of the book's content. Instead it has focused its public response on challenging the Forward's reporting.

Zwiebel originally sent letters to the Forward and asked that they not be published, a request the newspaper honored. He subsequently distributed copies to leaders of other Orthodox organizations. In his first letter to the Forward, dated December 22, Zwiebel wrote that he does not consider it his "purpose to defend the book."

'DUPLICITY AND DECEPTION' RECOMMENDED

Instead, Zwiebel wrote, he wanted to "call [the editors'] attention to the shoddy quality" of the article, which he characterized as "grossly inaccurate and misleading, perhaps libelously so." Zwiebel repeatedly claimed in his letters that Grama's actual ideas are consistent with those found in earlier Jewish texts.

Goldberg described his correspondence with Zwiebel as a "difficult exchange" between friends. He said Zwiebel's distribution of the letters was "surprising" but understandable.

Zwiebel's primary objections to the Forward's coverage of the book centered on the paper's assertion that Grama had characterized Jews and gentiles as different species, and that Grama had recommended "duplicity and deception" when dealing with gentiles.

In his book, Grama used the phrase "shnei minim nifradim," which the Forward translated as "two separate species." In an interview with the Forward, Zwiebel suggested that "two different types" would be a more accurate translation.

In a reply to Zwiebel, Goldberg argued that "min" is the standard word used in modern Hebrew for the term species, and that Grama's prose reflected a thorough grounding in modern Hebrew usage.

Scholars interviewed by the Forward said the term is generally understood the same way in earlier texts. "The definition of the term 'minim' in both Jewish thought and Halacha means biological species," said Rabbi Alan Brill, a professor of Jewish intellectual history at Yeshiva University.

'HIDE TRUE BELIEFS AND FEELINGS FROM GENTILES'

As for the Forward's description of Grama's book as urging "deception" and "duplicity," Zwiebel noted that the words do not appear in the text itself. The article's author, Allan Nadler, director of Jewish studies at Drew University in New Jersey, replied that those words were intended in the article to sum up the contents of a chapter in which Grama urged Jews to hide their true beliefs and feelings from gentiles.

Zwiebel countered that the words had an emotional charge not present in the chapter in question, making them misleading.

After reading Grama's book, Rabbi Yosef Blau, a leading rabbinic counselor at Yeshiva University, sent the Forward a letter arguing that the newspaper had accurately translated the work (please see Page 10). But, he added, Grama "is not an advocate of acting against the gentile. On the contrary, his message is the need to separate from a hostile, intrinsically anti-Semitic world."

Still, Blau wrote, the "possibility exists" that Jewish extremists in Israel could use the text to "justify horrendous behavior." He suggested that American scholars such as Grama may be unaware of the possible impact of such writings in today's charged atmosphere.

Moreover, Blau added, it is possible for traditionalists to argue for Jewish isolation "without ascribing evil to gentiles and denying that they are created in God's image. One can acknowledge the intractable existence of anti-Semitism without seeing it emanating from the essential nature of the gentile.

"Unfortunately this book does not make such distinctions. Yet it is inaccurate to place it in the category of racist tracts that call for the superior race to rule the world. This work is a call for a superior people to withdraw from the world and live in isolation while submitting to its enemies and placing trust in God."

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*ADDENDA

The following is but a tiny sampling of some of the more hateful passages to be found in the Jewish bible--both Torah and its companion Talmud--Also included are some representative remarks by those who fancy themselves as "Chosen," with a claim to rule over the Gentiles.

"And thou shalt consume all the people . . . " --Deuteronomy, Chapter 7:16
"Ye shall eat the riches of the goyim . . . " --Isaiah 61:6

"A Jew may rob a goy: that is, he may cheat him in a bill, if it be unlikely to be perceived by him." --Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Hamishpat 348

"[Property owned by Gentiles] is considered public property, like unclaimed land in the desert." --The Jewish Encyclopedia, Vol. X, p. 621, under the heading "Gentile"

"Jews are human beings, but the nations of the world are not human beings, but beasts . . ." --Saba Mecia 114, 6

"Thou shalt not do injury to thy neighbor, but it is not said, 'Thou shalt not do injury to a goy.' '" --Mishna Sanhedrin 57

"Do not have pity for them. Show no mercy unto them. Therefore, if you see one in difficulty of drowning, do not go to his help . . . it is right to kill him by your own hand by shoving him into a well or in some other way." --Maimonides, Hilkoth Akrum, X, 1

"A Jew is permitted to rape, cheat and perjure himself; but he must take care that he is not found out, so that Israel may not suffer." --Shulchan Aruch

"A heathen [Gentile] who studies the Torah deserves death, for it is written, Moses commanded us a law for an inheritance; it our inheritance, not theirs. . . . --Sanhedrin 59a

"Every goy who studies the Talmud, and every Jew who helps him in it, ought to die." --Sanhedrin, 59a, Aboda Zora 8-6, Shagiga 13

"If a Jew be called upon to explain any part of the rabbinic books, he ought to give only a false explanation. Who ever will violate this order shall be put to death." --Libbre David 37

"To communicate anything to a goy about our religious relations would be equal to the killing of all Jews, for if the goyim knew what we teach about them they would kill us openly." --Libbre David 37

"The body of a Jewish persons of a totally different quality from the body of members of all other nations of the world. Bodies of the Gentiles are in vain. An even greater difference is in regard to the soul . . .A non-Jewish soul comes from three satanic spheres, while the Jewish soul stems from holiness." --Lubavitcher Rabbi Mendel Schneerson

"Everything about us is different. Jews are ontologically exceptional." --Professional Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

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26 - How Jewish Supremacism Is Destroying America


By Patrick Grimm
3-7-8

I have updated my listing of ways that the Jewish supremacists are wrecking America. This list provides a good introduction to those neophytes just immersing themselves in the world of the anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish supremacist movement, and shows them the countless ways Jewish extremism negatively affects our country. It's a quick and handy primer to enlighten and educate gentile people, preparing them for this noble struggle for survival they must choose to fight if they are truly desirous of having a future life upon this planet for their children and grandchildren.

All supremacism is unacceptable, however, supremacist Jewry is killing us; it is killing our soul, killing our spirit, killing our will, killing our pride and killing our nation. Its policies are killing our people. We must make this clear and present the ugly reality and the unpleasant truth in an easy-to-understand format. I believe this list is a good step in that direction.

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1. They have destroyed our pride in our history, and a nation that loses its sense of history soon ceases to be a nation.

2. They have labeled our beloved Founding Fathers as "racists" and "white slavers", ignoring the great representative republic that these men constructed.

3. They have promoted multiculturalism, celebrating every culture-no matter how backward and barbaric-except for Western white European culture. As Jewish Marxist intellectual thug Susan Sontag stated in a poisonous rant "The white race is the cancer of humanity."

4. They have driven the Christian faith and heritage from the public square by utilizing their countless criminal cadres of ADL and ACLU Communist lawyers. Our children will soon grow up in a society wiped clean of any vestiges of the Bible, Christ or the cross. However, the menorah is still allowed in the White House for Hannukah celebrations. In fact, the Jewish religion is the only faith that can't be mocked openly in Hollywood entertainment.

5. They have torn our borders open, permitting, indeed cheering, the Third World dregs who will soon replace us as the majority. The Javitzes, the Lautenbergs and Cellers meticulously designed the legislation (Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965) that will genocide us. They have done all this while simultaneously-and with no sense of irony-supporting Israel's "Jews-only" immigration policy.

6. They have created, pushed and profited from pornography and perverse entertainment. The "Chosen" make up 90% of all American pornographers. The Hollywood they run has mainstreamed wife-swapping, common law marriages, pedophilia, scatology, licentious sex, drug and alcohol abuse and self-indulgence. Bestiality will be next on the list. In fact, they are already releasing a documentary portraying men who have sex with horses.

7. They have brought homosexuality out of the closet and into our faces. Sodomy is shown in their media and movies as normal, healthy, enjoyable and something to celebrate openly in as brazen a fashion as possible. They have founded, funded and fronted every homosexual advocacy group in America. To oppose the flaunting of buggery is now considered "old-fashioned" and "reactionary."

8. They have brainwashed our children. With their control of the institutes of "higher" learning, they have filled the minds of the young with Marxism, Deconstructionism, relativism, anti-white self- hatred and lies about "diversity" and non-judgmentalism. These sundry "isms" are the pernicious lies that have jettisoned the positive "isms" that once bloomed in our society: patriotism, altruism, individualism, nationalism, etc. Jewish academics like Noel Ignatiev now fearlessly call for the "death of whiteness" with nary a squeak of protest.

9. They have subverted our government. With Zionist control of media, both print and television, the two major political parties and the highest echelons of government, our foreign and domestic policy has been steered away from the interests of the European-American majority, rendering us incapable of self-preservation. The war in Iraq, the 9/11 attacks and a possible clash with Iran in the near future, are all results of the Zionist subjugation of the most powerful nation on earth, and the prioritizing of Israel's concerns over those of the United States. Our taxpayers now fork over nearly six billion dollars a year in money and weaponry to this rogue state, with little to show for it except the hatred of the entire planet and the punishment of higher oil prices from the Arab world.

10. They have force-fed the propaganda of radical feminism to American women and girls. Thanks to the steady diet of anti-male, anti-marriage and anti-family books, lectures and college courses from the likes of the Steinems, the Friedans and the Abzugs, many women now see the prospect of marriage and child-rearing as an impediment to their liberation. This has resulted in a sharply decreased gentile birthrate.

11. They have made abortion into a sacrament. Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and every other leftist pro-abortion promoter and provider in America is run from top to bottom by "the Chosen". Unlimited and unregulated abortion on demand is lauded and touted in the controlled media as a positive social good for the United States. Thirty-four years after Roe v. Wade and with over 40 million abortions under their belts, these same groups still cheer and applaud for more. And with most abortion rights organizations top-heavy with Jews and a large percentage of abortion doctors also being Jewish, they have definitely made a killing out of killing.

12. They have sold us the packaged and deliberate lies of egalitarianism. All races are equal in intelligence, morality, accomplishments and potential, except of course, for one. The Jewish "race", as their own leaders refer to their people, is declared by Jewish anthropologists to be "superior." The lies of Montagu, Gould and Franz Boas have infected and displaced true science. According to these charlatans, Jews are uniquely intelligent, uniquely moral and a group that stands above all other groups in its supremacy. They truly believe they have a God-given right to rule over us. To criticize their pernicious power is the most egregious societal taboo. It will result in the loss of reputation and livelihood and remove any individual-no matter how acclaimed they once were-from the realm of "respectable" society. "Our race (speaking of the Jews) is the Master Race. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves." - Menachem Begin. (Israeli Prime Minister, 1977-1983)

13. They have propelled forward and profited from the social experiment called "racial integration", a failed experiment that is killing European-Americans. With extremist Jews at the helm of the black civil rights movement, "headed" by their pawn, Martin Luther King, Jr., a charlatan plagiarizer and philandering minister whose speeches and writings were the product of his handler, Jewish Communist attorney Stanley Levinson, the rights of white Americans were steamrolled. This was done with the help of a pliant and gushing Jewish media bound and determined to decrease the power of Euro- Americans forever. These Jewish extremists founded the NAACP and headed it until the 1970s, not out of any benevolence toward blacks, but only to use them as a "proletariat" to finally seal Jewish hegemony over the institutions of the United States in the long run, thus guaranteeing the weakening and dumbing-down of white education and increased violence, rape and murder of the white majority. The 60% of violent crime committed in this country by "African-Americans" is then covered up or buried by the mainstream media, now firmly in Zionist hands. This, in essence, is an attempt to hide from the livid eyes of whites the abject failure and devastation of "integration."

14. They have seized our language and steered it to the purposes of propaganda, with a little help from the Zionist-controlled idiot box. A "racist" is now someone who is appalled by black crime and the brutalizing of white women and children by violent rape and murder. It is anyone who doesn't want white people to be wiped off the face of the earth forever. An "anti-Semite" is no longer someone who hates Jews, but someone the Talmudic Jews hate. Any soul who dares to mention aloud any aspect or plank of their sick and ghoulish anti- European death creed now leveled against us is likened to a Nazi goose-stepper sans the arm band and brown shirt. This would include a sizeable cross-section of the population who are now awakened and becoming hyper-aware of the reality of Jewish supremacist perfidy.

15. They have controlled our currency with the counterfeiting scheme that is the Federal Reserve, its umbilical cord of sustenance interfaced with the Jewish Rothschild banking cartel run from the financial nerve center of world Jewry located in London, England. Since 1913, and intermittently on and off again throughout US history, tribalist Jews have sunk their vampire fangs into the currency of our nation. This nexus of dominance, more than any other, must be broken, smashed, its reins handed back to the people and the government of our country, rather than a private corporation operated top to bottom by power-hungry greed-head Jewish extremist money-men and international bankers who are in all truth, globalists and internationalists, intent on robbing the American people of their livelihood and their birthright, just as our Founding Fathers warned us they would. Until we get this banking power off of our backs, we will never be free of Talmudic tyranny. We will instead be bankrupt and subservient to their evil power agenda.

And on and on it goes. Everything on this list can be easily verified. Jews, mostly Zionist in nature, have spearheaded every movement or cause that now threatens our destruction and brings us to the edge of extinction and annihilation. And now the leviathan of Zionism and Talmudic Judaism extends its tentacles into every facet of our country and indeed into almost every other nation and culture residing upon the earth. With its expansion comes the debauching and sundering of all peoples, all heritages and all traditions. What will we do to stop it? Will we fear and quake before the strawmen buzzwords of "anti-Semite" and "hater", or will we stand and battle for the survival of civilization? It is up to all of us, Christians of both the right and the left, moderate Muslims who eschew violence, anti-Zionist Jews of conscience and indeed people of no particular religious persuasion. We must rage against the dying of the light, but that is not enough. All of us must kick at the evil and the darkness of Zionism and Jewish supremacism until it bleeds daylight.

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27 - For Whom The Bell Tolls


David Irving was sent to jail for denying Jewish superiority.
His doom seals the reign of freedom that began with the fall of the Bastille.


By Israel Shamir
2-23-6

"Do not ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee," said the English poet, John Donne. A shameful Austrian verdict bodes ill not only for the English historian David Irving (sentenced to three years of gaol) but for our freedom as well. Never has our feeling of justice been insulted like this! When an occasional dissident was jailed in Brezhnev's Russia or Ne Win's Burma, there was always an uproar of protest. Now the only response to the Irving verdict is stunned silence. When they sent innocent Muslims to the living hell of Guantanamo, we could think: they are people of the Third World -- different rules apply. A Batista policeman in Graham Greene's Our Man in Havana had said: some people can be tortured, and some can not. When Ernst Zundel was kidnapped in the US and brought to trial in Germany, we could think: it is a German internal affair. Now an eminent man of letters, an author of widely read and acclaimed books, a recognized European figure was snatched from a civilised country and jailed for irreverence to the Jews.

Technically, David Irving was sentenced for so-called "holocaust denial". But the concept of Jewish holocaust being the only enforced dogma of supposedly secular Europe has little to do with the Second World War and its atrocities. It has everything to do with the Jewish claim of superiority and exclusivity. There is a Jewish prayer saying: "Bless you, Lord, that you created me a Jew, that you separated between Jews and the earth folks, like you separated between the Holy and Profane, that our fate is not like their fate". The Holocaust concept is just another form of this prayer. They say that even their death is not like the death of anybody else. We must deny the concept of Holocaust without doubt and hesitation, even if every story of Holocaust down to the most fantastic invention of Wiesel were absolutely true. Therefore the technical discussions of Jewish mortality are perfectly legitimate but superfluous, like the argument whether a whale could swallow Jonah is superfluous for an atheist.

The legal enforcers of the Holocaust want us to bow down to the idol of Jewish superiority, or else! They won't jail Deborah Lipstadt for denial of the Holocaust of Dresden, or Guenter Lewy who penned a lengthy piece entitled Were American Indians the Victims of Genocide? denying the genocide of native Americans. The Jews produced and published these denials for the same reason they published the Satanic Pictures - in order to emphasise the difference between a goy and a Jew. They want you to remember: you may profane Islam and Christianity, but not Judaism. You may discount the suffering of anybody but the Jews.

Thus, we should say: David Irving was sentenced for denial of Jewish superiority. His doom seals the reign of (albeit limited) freedom that began with the fall of Bastille. European history went full circle: from rejecting the rule of Church and embracing free thought, to the new Jewish mind-control on a world scale. Not only is Western Christian civilisation dead, but even its successor, secular European civilisation, has met its demise only a few days after its proud and last celebration by the Danish scribes. It was short-lived: about two hundred years from beginning to the end, the Europeans may once have had the illusion that they can live without an ideological supremacy. Now this illusion is over; and the Jews came in the stead of the old and tired See of St Peter to rule over the minds and souls of Europeans.

In 1962, Look magazine invited founder of the Jewish state David Ben-Gurion to picture the world 25 years into the future. He predicted that World Government would already be in place by 1987, with the Supreme Court for Mankind (the higher ecclesiastic body) would be established in Jerusalem, along with a shrine there commemorating the Jewish role in the bringing-together of mankind. He was mistaken by only a few years. The world is not fully subdued yet, but it already knows its new master.

In the 19th century, Europeans could not fully colonise China. But there was an obvious mark of their supremacy: the Settlement System. It divided the residents of China into two categories: the supreme human beings (the Europeans) and the lowly natives. A native who raised his hand against a superior European was tried by European colonial law, a European whose misdeed caused harm to a native was out of bounds of native justice. This system of "settlements" was dismantled by Chairman Mao after the Communist victory of 1949. Similar systems of colonial justice went down with the colonial empires that employed them, and for a short while afterwards, every country was sovereign over its land.

Some time ago, the Knesset of the Jewish State revived the Settlement System for the non-yet-fully-colonised world: an offender against the Jews, wherever he lives, wherever he commits his offence, can be brought to the Jewish court. The offended Jew may have no connection whatsoever to the Jewish State, the offence may be not considered an offence by the local native law, but he still can be brought to Jewish justice in Jerusalem. This law claimed supreme sovereignty of the Jews over the rest of mankind. This law denied the sovereignty of all nations save one. Such a claim had to be treated as any hostile attempt of the nation's sovereignty: as an act of war. But it passed in silence due to a marvellous Jewish invention: gradualness.

This method was explained by Amira Hass, the Haaretz correspondent in colonised Palestine. She wrote: "If you throw a frog into boiling water, it will jump out and save its life. But a frog swimming in room temperature water that is gradually heated will grow used to the heat; by the time the water boils, it's too late and the frog dies. In the development of the Israeli system of control over the Palestinian people and their land, the Israeli occupation has raised to the level of genius the use of gradualness as a means of making people grow used to something." This gradualness was used by the Jews - not only in regard to the Palestinians.

The Settlement System started small: the Long Arm of the Jews snatched Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and brought him to Jewish justice in Jerusalem. Adolf Eichmann was a bad guy who did a lot of harm to Jews in a big way, so many countries chose to disregard this grievous infringement of Argentine sovereignty. And it was just the beginning:

A few years later, the Polish court demanded the extradition of a Jewish mass murderer, Solomon Morel. This Morel tortured and killed with his own hands hundreds of ethnic Germans in a concentration camp in postwar Poland. His crimes were exposed by the late American journalist John Sack. Morel escaped to Tel Aviv, and the Jewish state replied to the Polish demand with imperial haughtiness: "What Chutzpah! These natives do not know their place!" Probably, Queen Victoria would reply like that if a native African chief were to demand the surrender of one of her officials to his justice.

Since then, every country, big and small, has accepted the notion of the Jews being above the law. The wealthy Russian Jewish crook Nevzlin escaped Russia and lives peacefully in Tel Aviv, next to Flatto-Sharon, a French-Jewish crook, not far from a murderer of a Canadian child, within a reach from many other killers and crooks. A powerful Jewish organisation called Khabad wrote in its charter: there should be no Jews in goys' jails. By bribes and persuasion they release Jewish criminals from jails and ship them to the Jewish state. The Khabad founder, Lubawitsch Rebbe's birthday is celebrated as a holiday, "Education Day," in the USA.

In property cases Jews are also above the law. Jewish property is sacrosanct. They have demanded and received back all property that once belonged to Jews in Germany, Austria, France, Baltic states. If a Jew had no heirs, his property went to World Jewry. But 90% of goys' property was confiscated by the Jewish state in 1948, and since then 50% of the lands conquered in 1967. Even last year thousands of dunams of goys' lands were taken over in Jerusalem area, for a goy has no real title to property, according to Jewish law.

A taste of Jewish justice is provided in the case of an Israeli captain who murdered a schoolgirl, 13, in full sight of his soldiers. He emptied his gun unto her body and was found not guilty by the Jewish court. Actually, none of the non-Jewish children' murderers (two hundred in the last three years) was ever punished by a Jewish court. Not many of them were even brought to justice, but whoever was got off lightly. The settler Nachum Korman murdered a 10-year-old boy, Hilmi Shusha, in the village of Hussan. He was apprehended, taken to the court and forensic evidence against him was brought by the highest Israeli forensic institution, but the judge dismissed the evidence and sentenced the murderer to six months of social work. On mere suspicion of having committed such a crime against a Jewish child, a goy gets a life sentence.

Jewish justice makes us look back at the Inquisition trials with some nostalgia. When Galileo repented, he was allowed to continue his studies unhindered. The repentance of Irving did not help him a bit. The judge said: "The regret he showed was considered to be mere lip service to the law." And "independent expert" Dina Porat, head of Tel Aviv University's Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism, said that "Irving's purported repentance is motivated by his fear of a verdict that could amount to 10 years' imprisonment."

Now, Jewish justice is being enforced on a global scale. The European Jewish Congress is set to file a complaint in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for "incitement to genocide", but all attempts to bring Ariel Sharon to justice predictably failed. The greater Jewish state, the US, also adopted its smaller sister's idea of unlimited supreme sovereignty. An offence against an American citizen can be brought to an American court wherever it occurred. Surprisingly, this Imperial claim, akin to the Settlement system of old, was also utilised mainly in the Jewish interests. Whenever Jewish settlers -- American citizens -- were killed in the course of the Middle Eastern conflict, American judges ruled against the Palestinian National Authority, Iran, Hamas and the whole world, and granted the victims' survivors multimillion dollar damages. But nobody can sue the Jews: whether they kill Rachel Corrie, the American peace activist, with a bulldozer in Gaza, or they strafe American sailors on board USS Liberty or kill and maim American Palestinians.

With the Austrian verdict, Jewish supremacy ceased to be a paranoid's nightmare, and became a fact bound in law, like the Viking supremacy in Danelaw, in East Anglia of old, with this one difference: the Jewish supremacy has religious overtones while the Vikings relied upon their swords and their dogs.

This is openly discussed in the Jewish world. "We live in the full blossom of Messiah Days, free from our political adversaries and soon to be freed from the satanic goys", Uriel Tal wrote. While Christians believe that the Second Coming of Christ will usher a completely new world of miracles, the Jewish view expressed by Maimonides is that the world in the Days of Messiah will not differ much from the world we knew, except for triumph of Jewish supremacy, Gedulath Israel (Hilchoth Teshuva 9:2). Based on this understanding, the Sanhedrin, the Jewish supreme religious court, was established a year ago to judge the world. It is led by Rabbi Adin Steinzaltz, and the goyim who observe the Noahide commandments made their obeisance to him.

Some months ago I was brought to the police station in my Jaffa and asked to answer the complaint of the French Jewish organisation, LICRA.

- "Did you write about Jewish supremacy and world dominion?" a policeman asked.

- "So what if I did?" I replied. "Every second Rabbi has expressed this view."

- "Yes, but they see it in a positive light!" said the policeman.

Thus there is no argument about the fact of Jewish supremacy, only about its assessment. If you think it is good, you may even be a US president -- if you think it is bad, your place is in jail! Meanwhile, Jewish supremacy is hard on those who challenge it as Irving did. Gradually -- oh ever so gradually, so as not to frighten the frog from heating water -- the screw will tighten.

Eventually it may become unpleasant: Jewish justice can give a handsome handicap to its nearest competitor in ruthlessness, Genghis Khan. It is partial, and proud of it. By Jewish law, a Jew vs. a Goy is always right, even if he is wrong. The Europeans will feel the tender mercy of the Jews, until now the exclusive privilege of Palestinians. There may well be poetic justice in this turn of events.

Ordinary Jews aren't going to enjoy the new-old order of things. If there is something Jewish justice likes even less than a goy, it's a stray Jew. Apostates, that is Jews who turned to Christ, should be killed, according to Maimonides. The extremely clement Rabbi Asher tore off the noses of Jewish women who had intercourse with a goy, while Jewish men were normally flogged for this transgression. Well, some obligations coming with superior status.

Christianity will probably dwindle; only its Jew-worshipping sects, similar to the US Christian Zionists, will survive. Others will be prosecuted for their antisemitism and will be disbanded. The churches will be destroyed, in accordance with the Jewish commandment. They should not be allowed to compete with the Temple in Jerusalem which will be rebuilt on the ruins of the al Aqsa Mosque. The rebuilding will be quite painless: after the forthcoming attack on Iran, Muslims will have other things to worry about -- for instance, their physical survival! This can't be guaranteed, as they were proclaimed "Amalek", and their mass annihilation is a religious duty of the Jews. The road to this future is opened by the fateful ruling of the Austrians.

Always looking for the bright side of things: now the Europeans do not have to worry about the dark prophecy of the Protocols. The rule of the Elders of Zion is already upon us, and egad! -- it is not half as bad as we feared. At least, not yet.

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28 - Makow - The Real Cause of 'Anti Semitism'
Jewish Elite Is Part Of The Governing Class
By Henry Makow, PhD
10-26-3

My Jewish mother was born in Poland in 1919. She remembered visiting her grandfather's vast "estate" as a child and riding in a big carriage drawn by four white horses.

This story contradicted my image of Jewish poverty and persecution in Poland, and I questioned her about it.

She reassured me that her family had means. (Unfortunately her rich grandfather remarried and disowned her father. No more invitations.)

On the other hand, my father's family fit my preconception. His father eked out a living as Secretary for a labor union. They lived in a two-room flat and sublet one room. Sometimes Poles threw stones at them in the park. A quota meant that he could not attend university.

The popular image of Jewish history is closer to my father's story. But we cannot have an accurate impression without my mother's.

Israel Shahak's book "Jewish History, Jewish Religion; The Weight of 3000 Years" (1994) shows how the past provides a key to understanding the present.

According to Shahak, the Jewish elite always had a symbiotic relationship with the governing class. The Jews would "administer the oppression" of the masses. In return, the governing class would force Jews to obey their "leaders." Sometimes a pogrom would do the trick.

The "Jewish" position was always strongest when the governing class was most at odds with the masses, and when there was least national feeling.

Today, specific Jews (in finance, government, education and especially the media) play a prominent role in the world elite's preparation for "globalization," which many see as a modern form of feudalism. Once again, "anti Semitism" is exploited to mobilize Jews (and Christians) to support oppression (e.g. "The War on Terror"), disarm opposition and to deflect blame.

THE TRUTH IS BITTER

History is propaganda about the past. Most historians don't tell the truth because they would be fired. Israel Shahak, who died in 2001, was not an historian. He was a professor of organic chemistry at Hebrew University, who had a scientist's respect for objective truth. He was also a concentration camp survivor, an Israeli army veteran and a campaigner for Arab human rights.http://www.wrmea.com/archives/october01/0110071.html

History repeats itself because we lie about it. Shahak believes that Jews need to re-educate themselves about their history and religion. Jews are "a closed society" that uses "anti Semitism" to quash criticism, which is considered "hatred" or "self hatred."

Shahak says Judaism is largely a primitive, materialistic, authoritarian credo. The Talmud is devoted to Jewish supremacy and contempt for Christ, Christianity and non-Jews in general. The Cabala embraces many gods including Satan. (33) See also http://www.savethemales.ca/240902.html

The following is a brief summary of Shahak's argument in the chapter, "The Weight of History."

1. In spite of persecution, Jews throughout history formed an integral part of the privileged classes. The poorest Jew was immeasurably better off than the serfs. Until roughly 1880, their most important social function "was to mediate the oppression of the peasants on behalf of the nobility and the Crown."

2. Classical Judaism (1000-1880 AD) developed hatred and contempt for agriculture as an occupation and for peasants as a class. "The supposed superiority of Jewish morality and intellect...is bound up with a lack of sensitivity for the suffering of that major part of humanity who were especially oppressed during the last 1000 years, the peasants." (53)

3. While Gentiles in general were reviled, Jewish laws made an exception for the elite. Jewish physicians, tax collectors and bailiffs could be relied upon by a king, nobleman, pope or bishop, in a way that a Christian might not. The Jewish community enjoyed autonomous status and Jewish rabbis and rich were part of the governing class. Together they oppressed the masses, Jew and non-Jewish. (53)

4. The position of rich Jews is "particularly favourable under strong regimes, which have retained a feudal character" and are disassociated from the people they rule. "But in those countries where...the nobility enters into partnership with the king (and with at least part of the bourgeoisie) to rule the state, which assumes a national character," the position of the Jewish elite deteriorates.

5. However the position of the Jewish masses moved in tandem with the peasants not their leaders. The stronger the Jewish elite, the more tyrannical its grip over the Jewish people. For example, at the rabbis' request, the state would flog or imprison a Jewish vendor for opening his stall on a minor holiday.

MODERN ANTI SEMITISM

Israel Shahak and I differ about modern anti Semitism. I believe the above themes, in different form, continue into the 20th and 21st centuries. Shahak is a "humanist" and supporter of the principles of the French Revolution who depicts anti Semitism as the reaction of "bewildered men" in opposition to the modern world.

My hunch is that in the 18th century, the Jewish elite seized the upper hand by abandoning their traditional allies. They forged new alliances with the emerging commercial elites and corrupt elements of the old aristocracy. The Jewish elite championed the French Revolution, liberalism and socialism (and Communism) as a way of destroying the old order and increasing its own power. The position of Jews improved in direct relation to the modern materialist and international movement. (See also "The Jewish Century" http://www.savethemales.ca/000028.html)

Modern conservatism and "anti Semitism" was a reaction. But the Nazis, by their barbarism, actually played into the elite Jews' international agenda. They discredited nationalism and "anti Semitism," devastated Europe, and helped Zionists gain greater control of Jews. (Think of the Holocaust as a giant pogrom.)

Israel Shahak and I agree on the last point. In Shahak's words, "Israel and Zionism are a throw-back to the role of classical Judaism, writ large on a global scale..."

"The state of Israel now fulfills towards the oppressed peasants of many countries, not only in the Middle East, but far beyond it, a role not unlike the Jews of pre-1795 Poland: that of a bailiff to the imperial oppressor. " He refers to Israel's role as a linchpin in the imperial system. It helps keep neighboring Arab regimes in power (11) and arms Third World dictators. He wonders why religious Jews are major participants in the arms trade and rabbis are silent.

Shahak believes the Jewish people need to overcome the "tyranny" of their religion. Only an "unrelenting critique" of the past will achieve a "genuine revolution." (74)

CONCLUSION

A Jewish reader wrote to me: "It is the Jewish mission to be a light or spiritual guide to the nations...We [uphold] an ethical and moral God, without which we would descend into barbarism in an instant. And it is THIS which has caused Christianity to murder Jews throughout the centuries."

I beg to differ. Far from being a "light unto humanity" many Jews (as well as so-called Christians) "mediate the oppression" for the governing class. This is the real cause of anti Semitism.

The New World Order is a revival of feudalism. The rich rule as kings and humanity is en-serfed. It is happening before our eyes. Religion, art and education are debased. Civil rights are taken away. Men are emasculated and families destroyed. Jobs and technology are shipped abroad.

The Jewish moral mission? How about "Thou Shall Not Steal" and "Thou Shall Not Kill?" Zionists have stolen the homes and land where Arabs lived for more than 50 generations. Israelis must withdraw to the 1967 boundaries, and make restitution.

I am accused of being "a self hating Jew." I believe Jews like myself, Israel Shahak and many others represent the true Jewish spirit: absolute truth, justice and love. (I also find this spirit in Christianity and Islam.)

We cannot change the truth just because we don't like it. The real cause of anti Semitism is found in the Jewish religion and in the role of the Jewish elite, their lackeys and dupes.


Henry Makow Ph.D. is the inventor of the board game Scruples and the author of "A Long Way to go for a Date." His articles on feminism and the new world order are found on his web site www.savethemales.ca He enjoys receiving comments athenry@savethemales.ca


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29 - Z Street - The New Zionist Extremist Group
Zionism is corrosive, destructive, racist, extremist, undemocratic and hateful

By Stephen Lendman
7-23-9

On July 6, co-founders Lori Lowenthal Marcus and Allyson Rowen Taylor announced: "Z Street is launched, Will end J Street Treason." More on that below.

Continuing they said: "welcome to Z street! No more appeasement, no more negotiating with terrorists, no more enabling cowards who fear offending more than they fear another Holocaust. Z STREET is for those who are willing not only to support - but to defend - Israel, the Jewish State."

Never mind that no nation threatens Israel nor has for decades. It's a regional superpower - nuclearized and defended by the world's fourth most powerful military, armed with the latest state-of-the-art weapons and technology, and not reluctant to use them.

Its only adversaries are self-made and are needed to justify oppression, a culture of violence, an ethnocracy, exclusivity, privilege, and Jewish exceptionalism over others deemed inferior, legitimate enemies, and terrorists.

Zionism is corrosive, destructive, racist, extremist, undemocratic and hateful.

-- it claims Jewish supremacy, specialness and uniqueness as God's "chosen people;"

-- espouses violence, not peaceful coexistence;

-- confrontation over diplomacy;

-- strength through militarism, intimidation, and naked aggression;

-- is what Joel Kovel calls "a machine for the manufacture of human rights abuses" led by real terrorists posing as democrats;

-- what others say is repugnant, indefensible, destructive and malignant; and

-- what author Alan Hart calls "the real enemy of the Jews;"

-- an ideology contemptuous of Judaism's moral values and ethical principles;

-- the driving force behind a re-awakened anti-Semitism; and

-- a monster that's consuming its host and threatening humanity.

That's what Z Street supports.

Its Founders Have Disturbing Resumes

Based in Philadelphia, Lori Lowenthal Marcus writes about Israel and the Middle East for media outlets like the pro-Israeli American Thinker. She's also affiliated with the extremist Zionist Organization of America (ZOA).

From Los Angeles, Allyson Rowen Taylor is associate director of the 2001-founded Stand With Us, a pro-Israeli front group calling itself:

-- "an international education organization that ensures that Israel's side of the story is told in communities, campuses, libraries, the media and churches through brochures, speakers, conferences, missions to Israel, and thousands of pages of Internet resources."

In other words, it's a pro-Israeli mouthpiece promoting Zionist extremism at the expense of truth and an equitable resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Some of Taylor's Amazon book review comments give her away:

-- on (Fox News) Sean Hannity's "Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism," she "wonder(s) if anyone other than those who respect and understand the issues of Jihad, Marxism and 'Facism' will read this book. But I recommend it....I love Sean."

-- on John Mearsheimer's "The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy," she rants about authors blaming everything on Jews. This "book should have been funded by Henry Ford, or the 'Thrid' Reich. Even Norman Finkelstein, a staunch hater of the Israeli State, found flaws in this sad excuse for a book....Give me a break, 'Anti Semites' are just 'anti Semites,' " and

-- on Jimmy Carter's "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," she calls the book "a mess....This is a work of a man who 'clarly' is in cahoots with the radical Islamofacists..it should be filed in the 'fiction' section of the library."

Taylor is also CEO and president of the August 2008-founded People Against Hate Speech, another pro-Israeli front group affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, notoriously pro-Zionist with over 300,000 global members and support from prominent figures like George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Senator Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Z Street's Charter

"Z STREET is an organization of Zionists who join together at this time of great danger to the Jewish State of Israel and, increasingly, to world Jewry.

Fact check: Israel creates its own enemies through extremism, lawlessness, wars of choice, and decades of contempt for Palestinians, other Arabs and Islam.

"I. Z STREET proudly asserts the right of the Jewish people to a state."

Fact check: Israel denies one to Palestinians, occupies their land, and expropriates it for its own use in violation of international law.

"II. Z STREET proudly reclaims the words 'Zionist' and 'Jewish State' as ones to wear with pride, in direct opposition to their recent branding as shameful or impolite terms."

Fact check: Zionism's extremist, destructive ideology is explained above.

"III. Z STREET maintains that Jews have the right to live anywhere in the world, including, and especially, within greater Israel."

Fact check: Palestinians are denied all rights, including to live securely on their own land in their own country in peace.

"IV. Z STREET is dedicated to maintaining and strengthening the Jewish State of Israel in the firm belief that there can be no compromises or agreements with, and no concessions to, any Terrorist Entity or any individual Terrorists."

Fact check: For over six decades, Israel has committed slow-motion genocide against indigenous Palestinians who want peace, not conflict; are willing to recognize the Jewish state in return for their own; and who deserve equal rights to Jews and all others, but are denied them by an oppressive occupier.

"V. Z STREET is dedicated to rejecting and refuting the condemnation of any actions taken by Israel which are not similarly condemned when taken by any other individuals or political entities."

Fact check: Israel acts lawlessly, chooses violence over peace, and calls legitimate self-defense "terrorism."

"VI. Z STREET is dedicated to constantly and consistently declaring and affirming the facts which fully support the legal, moral and historical right of the Jewish State to exist in peace and security without physical or verbal assault against its sovereignty or legitimacy. This necessarily entails adamantly opposing the dismantling of and/or handing over territory to any other entity or entities."

Fact check: Israel demands special rights as "God's chosen people" but denies any to indigenous Palestinians. In addition, its settlements and human rights abuses violate international law.

"VII. Z STREET is dedicated to constantly and consistently declaring and affirming the facts that reveal the fallacious narratives of Terrorist Entities, Terrorists, and their supporters undermining the legal, moral and historical right of the Jewish State to exist in peace and security without physical or verbal assault against its sovereignty or legitimacy."

Fact check: The "narratives" are true, and so-called "Terrorists" are, in fact, peace-loving people who by law may defend themselves when attacked.

"VIII. Z STREET insists that terrorists or other threats against Israel be unequivocally condemned, and that those members of the world community failing to actively condemn those threats also be branded as active or passive supporters of a second genocide against the Jewish people."

Fact check: Israel is the region's real terrorist threat.

"IX. Z STREET declares that Israel's respect for women's, religious and other minorities' rights, provides a welcome beacon - particularly in the Middle East - to be acknowledged and respected by all people of good will."

Fact check: Israel promotes Zionist extremism, demeans Arabs and Islam, and calls Muslims "Islamofascists."

"X. Z STREET recognizes the existence of 22 officially Muslim countries and 19 Christian countries, whose status the world does not challenge, while only Israel, the Jewish State, is demonized for asserting its legitimate right to be a religion-affiliated State, and which religion, Judaism, is the world's oldest monotheistic faith."

Fact check: Israel denies equal rights to its non-Jewish citizens, a practice found nowhere else in the civilized world.

"XI. Z STREET recognizes the value of other Zionist organizations whose activities include lobbying, producing publications, the sponsorship of scholars and scholarship centers, honoring generous donors and/or other important programs. Z STREET is not intended to supercede those other Zionist organizations. Z STREET is intended to serve as an alternative to many mainstream and other Jewish organizations that, to meet donors' requirements or for ideological reasons, cannot affirm the principles set out in the Z STREET Charter."

Fact check: All Zionist organizations are extremist, hateful, and preach Jewish supremacy over Islam and Muslims.

"XII. Z STREET has no need to, and will not negotiate with, nor seek to gain the approval from, any government, Israeli or Diaspora organization, or individuals supporting the diminution or weakening of Israel either because of ideological conviction, animosity towards a strong, Jewish State, cowardice, or the misguided belief that compromise with Terrorist Entities can lead to peace in the Middle East or global peace."

Fact check: Like Israel, Z Street is uncompromisingly hard line, extremist, militant and racist.

"XIII. Z STREET will serve as an educational force that will FIGHT WITH FACTS. Z STREET undergirds its positions with facts and provides that essential ingredient to exponentially increasing its membership ranks."

Fact check: Z Street distorts facts to fit its ideology and attract new extremist members.

"XIV. Z STREET is a new, entirely volunteer organization for those who affirm the foregoing and dedicate themselves to upholding and ensuring respect for these principles. Its primary purpose of which is to provide a proud banner for Zionists behind which to rally."

Fact check: Z Street supports Zionist extremism, militancy and racism. It demeans other views and affirms that "Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people," no others, "and must remain a Jewish state." It challenges critics as neo-Nazis and calls persons, groups, or entities defending themselves against Israeli aggression "terrorists." It champions Jewish exceptionalism and demeans Arabs as inferior Islamofascists.

It believes Jews have colonization rights to dispossess indigenous Arabs for a "greater Israel" in all Judea, Samaria, the Golan, Jerusalem and Gaza.

Z Street's Opposition to J Street

Z Street was founded to counter more moderate Jewish organizations like Americans for Peace Now and J Street, a US-based Israeli advocacy group. Founded (in April 2008) by its Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami, it calls itself "The new address for Middle East peace and security (as) the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement" and says:

"(It) was founded to promote meaningful American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts peacefully and diplomatically. (It) support(s) a new direction for American policy in the Middle East and a broad public and policy debate about the US role in the region."

It represents Jews and non-Jews "who support Israel and its desire for security as the Jewish homeland, as well as the right of the Palestinians to a sovereign state of their own - two states living side-by-side in peace and security....based on the 1967 borders with agreed reciprocal land swaps (and) resolution of the refugee issue within the new Palestinian state and in current host countries."

It supports "a new regional approach to cooperation and security;" diplomatic solutions over military ones; multilateral conflict resolution, including with Iran; an equitable Israeli-Syrian peace agreement; dialogue instead of confrontation; and for America to provide leadership to achieve it.

It "oppose(s) alliances with the religious right or any radical religious ideologues in the name of supporting Israel as well as efforts to demean and fan fears of Islam or of Muslims." It omits Zionism or Zionist goals in its Statement of Principles, Issues, Policy, and Actions.

Executive Director Ben-Ami held a number of senior positions as Bill Clinton's Deputy Domestic Policy Advisor and Howard Dean's presidential campaign Policy Director. He's also been a senior vice president at Fenton Communications and was communications director for the pro-Israeli New Israel Fund. His father was born in Israel, and much of his family still lives there.

On October 27, Z Street supporters plan a pro-Israeli White House rally at the same time J Street holds its first annual meeting in Washington - the organization it accuses of "Treason."

Co-founder Marcus said, "the presence of Z Street will ensure that the true Zionist voice will be heard: that we will not stand by quietly as apartheid is imposed on Jews in the Israeli territories, and we will not stand by quietly as the Iranians continue racing madly towards obtaining weapons to wipe whole peoples off the globe while politicians send polite letters and invitations to parties."

Co-founder Taylor added: "This grass roots effort will compete for media attention with the slick packaging of several well-funded anti-Zionist organizations (specifically J Street), and unless those of us who are committed to maintaining a strong, unified Jewish State of Israel stand up and speak out together, the weak will continue to appear strong and the strong will continue to appear weak."

In October on Washington streets, Z Street's extremism will be vocal in full public view against J Street's message of peaceful resolution and equity for all sides of the Middle East conflict.

Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. He lives in Chicago and can be reached atlendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to The Global Research News Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Monday - Friday at 10AM US Central time featuring cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on world and national issues. All programs are archived for easy listening.



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30 - Religious Fundamentalism In Israel
By Stephen Lendman
8-12-9

Israel Shahak's (1933 - 2001) "Jewish History, Jewish Religion" argued that while Islamic fundamentalism is vilified in the West, comparable Jewish extremism is largely ignored. In the book's forward, Edward Said wrote:

"....Shahak's mode of telling the truth has always been rigorous and uncompromising. There is nothing seductive about it, no attempt made to put it 'nicely,' no effort expended on making the truth palatable....For Shahak killing is murder is killing is murder: his manner is to repeat. (He) shows that the obscure, narrowly chauvinist prescriptions against various undesirable Others are to be found in Judaism (as in other monotheistic religions) but he always goes on to show the continuity between those and the way Israel treats Palestinians, Christians and other non-Jews. A devastating portrait of prejudice, hypocrisy and religious intolerance emerges."

Shahak's "Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel" picked up on the theme in explaining its pervasive, destructive influence in Israeli politics, the military and society. He noted that substituting German or Aryan for Jewish and non-Jews for Jews makes it easy to see how a superiority doctrine made an earlier genocide possible and is letting another happen now.

Shahak called all forms of bigotry morally reprehensible and said:

"Any form of racism, discrimination and xenophobia becomes more potent and politically influential if it is taken for granted by the society which indulges in it." For Israeli Jews, he believed, "The support of democracy and human rights is....meaningless or even harmful and deceitful when it does not begin with self-critique and with support of human rights when they are violated by one's own group. Any support of human rights for non-Jews whose rights are being violated by the 'Jewish state' is as deceitful as the support of human rights by a Stalinist...."

As a leading Israeli human rights activist and Holocaust survivor, Shakah reviewed Jewish fundamentalist history, examined its strains, and explained the dangers of extremist messianic ones. They oppose equality of Jews and non-Jews and destroy democratic values by espousing dogma calling Jews superior to all others.

The earlier influence of fundamentalist Rabbi Abraham Kook (1865 - 1935), or Kuk, was significant. He preached Jewish supremacy and said: "The difference between a Jewish soul and souls of non-Jews - all of them in all different levels - is greater and deeper than the difference between a human soul and the souls of cattle." His teachings helped create the settler movement, and his son, Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, founded the extremist Gush Emunim (GE) under the slogan: "The Land of Israel, for the people of Israel, according to the Torah of Israel."

Like the elder Kook, GE sees state power as a way forward to a new messianic era. It believes that God created the world for Jews. Others are lesser beings. Greater Israel belongs to Jews alone, and holy wars are acceptable to attain it.

Kook was Israel's first chief rabbi. In his honor and to continue his teachings, the extremist Merkaz Harav (the Rabbi's Center) was founded in 1924 as a yeshiva or fundamentalist religious college. It teaches that "non-Jews living under Jewish law in Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel) must either be enslaved as water carriers and wood hewers, or banished, or exterminated." It gets no more extremist than that and highlights the dangers for Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Territories. Their lives and welfare are being sacrificed for a Greater Israel for Jews alone.

Gush Emunim adherents and other Israeli religious zealots plan it. They're active in politics, hold seats in the Knesset, are Netanyahu government coalition partners (including Shas, United Torah and Yisrael Beiteinu), and are prominently represented in Israel's military throughout the ranks and rabbinate. Chief military rabbi, Brigadier General Avichai Rontzki, called Operation Cast Lead a "religious war" in which it was "immoral" to show mercy to an enemy of "murderers."

Many others feel the same way, prominently among them graduates of Hesder Yeshivat schools that combine extremist religious indoctrination with military service to defend the Jewish State.

In 1981, Rabbi Harav Lichtenstein's article, "The Ideology of Hesder: The View from Yeshivat Har Etzion," explained that:

"Hesder....seeks to attract and develop bnei torah (religious individuals) who are profoundly motivated by the desire to become serious talmidei machamim (religiously knowledgeable) but who concurrently feel morally and religiously bound to help defend their people and their country; who....regard this dual commitment as both a privilege and a duty....it thus enables them to maintain an integrated Jewish experience."

Nearly all Hesder graduates perform combat service for up to six years. Today 41 schools operate throughout Israel. In 1991, Hesder was awarded the Israel Prize (the state's highest honor) for its exceptional service to the nation.

One commander expressed how many feel in explaining the military's mission:

"We are the Jewish people. We came to this land by a miracle. God brought us back to this land and now we need to fight to expel the Gentiles who are interfering with our conquest of this holy land."

Extremist Israeli rabbis teach this ideology, and in 2003 Rabbi Saadya Grama's book, "Romemut Yisrael Ufarashat Hagalut (The Majesty of Israel and the Question of the Diaspora), argued that non-Jews are "completely evil" while Jews are genetically superior. Reform and conservative rabbis condemned it. Extremist orthodox ones endorsed it. Some more moderate ones also saying Grama advocates separating Jews from an intrinsically hostile anti-Semetic world. Rabbi Yosef Blau called the book "a call for a superior people to withdraw from the world and live in isolation while submitting to its enemies and placing trust in God."

Others in Israel teach the extremist notion that the ten commandments don't apply to non-Jews. So killing them in defending the homeland is acceptable, and according to Rabbi Dov Lior, chairman of the Jewish Rabbinic Council:

"There is no such thing as enemy civilians in war time. The law of our Torah is to have mercy on our soldiers and to save them....A thousand non-Jewish lives are not worth a Jew's fingernail."

Rabbi David Batsri called Arabs "a blight, a devil, a disaster....donkeys, and we have to ask ourselves why God didn't create them to walk on all fours. Well, the answer is that they are needed to build and clean." Extremist zealots want them for no other purpose in Jewish society.

In 2007, Israel's former chief rabbi, Mordechai Elyahu, called for the Israeli army to mass-murder Palestinians. In fanatical language he said:

"If they don't stop after we kill 100, then we must kill 1000. And if they don't stop after 1000, then we must kill 10,000. If they still don't stop we must kill 100,000. Even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop."

In March 2009, Safed's chief rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu called for "state-sponsored revenge" to restore "Israel's deterrence....It's time to call the child by its name: Revenge, revenge, revenge. We mustn't forget. We have to take horrible revenge for the terrorist attack at Mercaz Harav yeshiva," referring to an earlier incident in which eight students died.

"I am not talking about individual people in particular. I'm talking about the state. (It) has to pain them where they scream 'Enough,' to the point where they fall flat on their face and scream 'help.' "

In June 2009, US Hasidic Rabbi Manis Friedman voiced a similar sentiment in calling on Israel to kill Palestinian "men, women and children."

"I don't believe in western morality, i.e. don't kill civilians or children, don't destroy holy sites, don't fight during the holiday seasons, don't bomb cemeteries, don't shoot until they shoot first because it is immoral. The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle)."

Views like these aren't exceptions. Though a minority, they proliferate throughout Israeli society, and are common enough to incite violence against Palestinians, even when they rightfully defend themselves as international law allows.

Religious Extremism Threatens Any Chance for an Equitable Solution to the Israeli - Palestinian Conflict

Israeli extremists are a minority but influential enough to make policy, and therein lies the threat to peace and likelihood of a sovereign Palestinian state. In his book, "A Little Too Close to God," David Horovitz recalled that before Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, he attended a Netanyahu-sponsored anti-Rabin rally he described as follows:

"I felt as if I were among wild animals, vicious, angry predators craving flesh and scenting blood. There was elation in the anger, elation bred of the certainty of eventual success."

In his book, "Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence," Professor Mark Juergensmeyer compared the similarities among religious-motivated extremists, whether Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh or others.

He related a conversation with Yoel Lerner who was imprisoned for trying to blow up the Dome of the Rock, the Muslim holy site, because he believed that an ancient Jewish temple stood there before it was destroyed.

He expressed messianic Zionism in saying the "Messiah will come to earth only after the temple is rebuilt and made ready for him," so Jews must assure it's done. These views are prominent in high places and throughout Israeli society; that is, religious fervor for a Greater Israel for Jews only, a Jewish state excluding all Arabs with violence an acceptable tool to remove them, and conflict will continue until they're gone.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency's (JTA) Report on Jewish Extremists

On June 24, JTA wrote a special report on Jewish extremists in which it described "the face of radical Jewish nationalism in Israel....a movement of settler youths, rabbis, leaders and supporters determined to hold onto the West Bank at any cost." They represent a minority, but are a "vocal and increasingly violent constituency of the Jewish settler movement" rampaging against Palestinians and Israelis, confident that God is on their side, and one day a "Torah-based theocracy (will) triumph over the State of Israel."

Rabbi Yisrael Iriel is one of its adherents in preaching Jewish superiority and unwillingness to cede any part of biblical Israel to non-Jews. He's one of a "small group of (extremist) rabbis who provide the theological and ideological underpinnings for radical settlers."

The Israeli human rights group Yesh Din believes they number about 1000 but exert considerable influence nonetheless. They're an extremist fringe element, determined to use violence to achieve their goals, and are supported by other West Bank settlers. One young adherent expressed their agenda by saying "I think God chose a good and beautiful land for us," and we'll fight to keep it. If so, it makes peaceful resolution harder than ever to achieve, especially with political hard-liners in charge and most Israelis supporting them.

Hate Literature Distributed to Israeli Soldiers

Until discontinued on July 20, a booklet published by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, in cooperation with Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu, titled, "On Either Side of the Border" was given to IDF soldiers containing hateful fiction purported to be true. It suggested that the Pope and Vatican cardinals sympathized with Hezbollah's struggle and conspired with the organization to kill Jews. It claimed that the Vatican organized Auschwitz tours to teach its members how to do it, and that its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, was invited to join a delegation to tour France, Poland, Italy and the Vatican.

It also accused European politicians and journalists of conspiring against Israel. Rabbi Eliahu's aide, David Menahemov, claimed booklet material was true even though the account portrayed was preposterous. Yet one Israeli soldier said everyone in the ranks reads and believes it. Many soldiers told him, "Read this and you'll understand who the Arabs are" and why the Israeli cause is just.

During Operation Cast Lead, 10,000 mp3s were also distributed to Israeli forces with recorded extremist sermons. Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger urged soldiers to "trust in God and know that war is being waged for the sanctification of His name....and not to fear. (Soldiers) should not think of (their) wi(ves) or children or (their) mother(s) and father(s)."

Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar called the Gaza conflict "a holy mission that is being waged in the name of the entire Jewish people."

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu said "Our intention is to uplift soldiers' spirits" in battle against Hamas terrorists. The IDF Rabbinate division, Jewish Consciousness Field (JCF), also distributed a pamphlet titled "Jewish Consciousness Emphases for Cast Lead" calling military rabbis "Anointed Priests of War."

A JCF officer, Shmuel Yurman, explained the pamphlet's purpose as follows:

"This is the hour to strengthen our fighters in this heavenly commanded war that they have the merit to wage. Each (rabbi) has the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to the IDF battle spirit. Nevertheless, in order to enlighten and focus the spiritual message, JCF learned and prepared itself for this war before the operation began and as it was being fought. In meetings with soldiers and officers on the southern front we listened to the spiritual needs."

JCF's head, Rabbi Tzadok Ben-Artzi, justified the war saying:

"We, the people who contributed to the world the book of books, who want to build a society based on creativity and peace, love of mankind and faith in good, find ourselves chased by blind hatred that is motivated by 'religious' terminology and aspires to bloodshed and cruelty."

He advised IDF rabbis to say that the war's aim is "to save the Jewish people from its enemies" and eradicate evil in the world. Other extremist rabbis voiced the same sentiment, and, under Brigadier General Avichai Ronzki's command, the IDF's rabbinate theologized military missions and fed messianic dogma to young minds. Many in the ranks are already zealots enough to make spreading this gospel all the easier.

Ronzki explains it by saying that "as military rabbis, (we're) supposed to deal with helping soldiers to internalize Jewish values, spirit and consciousness as presented in Jewish sources. This is our main function as rabbis....(to) teach....what Judaism is."

Different Sides of Israel's Religious Community

Ronzki and other zealots represent one side of Israel's religious community, comprised of two major groups - religious Zionists and Charedim. Governed by their ideology, the former believe in the special relationship between God and Jews and see Israeli governance from that perspective. They comprise about two-thirds of the religious community and 8% of the population.
Representing the other third and about 4.5% of the population, the Charedim see Israel as a secular state like most others in the country.

Ethnicity also defines religious segments. Sephardic Jews originated from the Middle East, North Africa and Spain. Ashkenazi ones are from Eastern Europe and differ in religious and cultural traditions. Both communities attend separate synagogues in different neighborhoods, yet are represented in religious Zionist and Charedim camps. Israel has two chief rabbis, one Ashkenazi, the other Sephardic.

Though a minority, Israel's religious community wields considerable influence politically, in the military and society overall. Moreover, synagogues and yeshivas are popular places where people gather to discuss issues of common interest and hear the views of their rabbinical leaders.

The most extreme believe in Jewish sovereignty over all biblical Israel, so foregoing any of it is unthinkable. Thirteenth century Rabbi Moses Ben Nachman was their spiritual godfather. He wrote that Jews "should settle in the land and inherit it, because He gave it to them, and they should not reject God's inheritance." Our rabbis say it's "a mitzvah (commandment) to settle in the land and it is forbidden to leave it."

Similar dogma today holds that reclaiming Israel for Jews will foreshadow the coming of the messiah. Rabbi Avraham Kook preached it. Today's most extreme zealots believe that conceding any biblical land will delay or subvert messianic redemption, so it can't be tolerated. Palestinians are called enemies for wanting land of their own. Yielding any violates Jewish law they believe.

In contrast, secular Charedim accept land concessions for peace and want the government to make policy, not religious Zionists based on biblical law. They believe Israel should serve the interests of all Jews, not one segment over another, and feel no part of Israel is too sacred to concede (except Jerusalem) if it best serves the Jewish people overall.

They believe that the Torah promotes peaceful co-existence and, except for defense, conflict is counterproductive. Like religious Zionists, they feel all biblical Israel belongs to the Jews, yet they're willing to concede some in the interest of peace.

Most religious Israelis fall somewhere between these groups. They believe that biblical Israel was promised to Jews, yet accept compromise to one degree or another to preserve life and serve the best interests of all Jews.

How the future balance of power shifts from one side to the other will greatly influence the makeup of future Israeli governments and determine whether peaceful co-existance can replace over six decades of conflict and repression. So far it hasn't, and nothing suggests it will any time soon, not while extremist Zionists run the government, serve prominently in the IDF, and, according to critics, are gaining more power incrementally.

Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. He lives in Chicago and can be reached atlendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to The Global Research News Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Monday - Friday at 10AM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on world and national issues. All programs are archived for easy listening.



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The Pending Judgment of the New World Disorder - Dog Poet Transmitting .......

‘May your noses always be cold and wet’.

The more you watch what is going on in the world, the more you come to one of two main conclusions; this is all happening for a reason or, chaos and darkness are upon our doorstep. I’m in the former group and it’s not something I am merely inclined toward or simply believe in. It’s one of the few things I know. The question is, why?

My feeling about life in general is that it operates according to a plan and is the product of intelligence, not something it results in. We can see that it doesn’t result in that (grin). It also follows sequence, because the whole drama here is that of trial and testing. This planet is a launching pad. Unfortunately for most people, they don’t comprehend the dynamics of proper launching and so they launch themselves right back here.

Life operates according to a seasonal progression. We are in The Fall at present, culturally speaking, and… along with being the season of harvest; it is also a season of judgment. Harvesting and judgment are very similar. In order for circumstances, individuals and groups to be effectively judged, they have to be effectively observed and scrutinized. This is why there is so much bad behavior that gets worse and worse, the higher up in the ranks you go. It has to be clear to the eyes of the world, just who and what is responsible for conditions. That’s why there is so much grotesque acting out at this time. It’s all being accomplished across the most pervasive media system that this ‘present’ period has ever known. This is to make certain that everyone gets a chance to see and hear.

It should be understood that the ruling elite and their predatory engines and operations could never have been so successful, without the help of a large portion of the public and that this large portion of the public would have never allowed so much of what happened to happen, if they had anything approaching a reasonable intelligence. They’ve been dumbed down, duped and deceived, until they believe whatever they are told without even thinking about it. Those who might give it some thought, are provided with other groups who present diametrically opposed stands, so that they can run around and call each other ‘liberals’ or ‘right wingers’ all day.

Religion is a massive propaganda factory; witness the tens of millions of fundamentalist Christians, who mindlessly support the Jewish supremist myth of chosen people status, which leads to, ‘Israel can do no wrong’. This has resulted in the overflowing support that resulted in all of the recent wars in The Middle East, which were engineered by agents of Israel, who are in control of The United States and Crown Colony governments. The policies and behavior of the present day Christian Church are anathema in respect of their founder and the irony touches no one so engaged.

All these things have to be seen. Humanity has to be pressed to the desperate edge of circumstance, or they won’t awaken. The enemies of humanity have to reveal themselves so that things, like motive and means, as well as overall intent, can be revealed to all and sundry.

We’ve all heard that “the love of money is the root of all evil” and, lo and behold, we are daily seeing the bottomless depravity of the bankers, Wall Street and the corporations. We are seeing, ‘blood for oil’ in all of its gruesome detail. We are seeing politicians bent over for the money masters and money changers and we are seeing the meaning of fractal banking and global usury. We’re seeing it all. We’re seeing unctuous sanctimony and hypocrisy writ large. We are hearing the apologists for a New World Disorder …and history is leaking through cracks in the walls of suppression, to show how ancient and far reaching are the lies are upon which we have built our institutions and way of life. We’re seeing it in order to identify it and so that there will be no confusion about what happens to the miscreants; both the instigators and the lumpen meatheads who support them.

Here’s an interesting take on Fukushima and here is whathumanity is actually composed of. By degrees we are discovering our humanity on the brink of extremis. We couldn’t get there any other way. It’s a brutal learning curve is what it is. The finer senses of humanities genus ordinarus have been blunted by conspicuous consumption and the driving need for expediency and convenience. The pursuit of comfort is civilization’s reaction to the presence of pain. We insulate ourselves from a natural exposure to the conditions of existence and this makes the experience of pain so much greater when it comes. It’s like stopping the use of morphine, after a protracted period and wondering where your endorphins went.

The lack of a basic integrity, which understands our connection to timeless verities, has resulted in self-interest and the pursuit of banal pleasures and entertainments, as an end in themselves. Well, they definitely are that. This results in one’s direction, manifesting in the end result of being reborn as a dung slug. It may seem a farcical image but it’s no less true for that.

When you consider being in The Fall of any culture, you always get the same examples of various behaviors surfacing. I don’t need to itemize, read your history. Humanity is incapable on its own of dealing with the places that it winds up because of the attractive pull of its appetites and desires. These are effectively manipulated by those who make a large living from them. Humanity operates on a loop. Some things don’t change. The only thing that is effective is a shift in the light or the darkness of the age and that’s something the cosmos sets in motion. Since this is all an experiment, the responsibility for it falls on the cosmos (grin). You can simultaneously be angry about having to be involved in this and grateful that there’s something, however mysterious it may be, that understands the situation and has complete control of it.

I don’t know what day it’s going to arrive on but Fukushima will be taking a back seat soon enough and, of course, there are things like this. The cosmos never does things halfway. When it’s got a point to make, it makes it. It makes that point so that it will endure for at least a few generations, in the minds of those allowed to survive whatever form the point(s) will take.

The most important feature of your being is your mindset and where your heart is at. The effect of conditions is measured against this. One might even say that the target of conditions is determined by this. Just about everything is affected or determined according to your mindset and where your heart is. This controls the directions you take and the reactions you make. It controls the influx of information and the manner in which it is processed. It controls how you see things and defines who you are. In the properly ‘directed’, it is in a state of continuous evolution to a finer state of being. Otherwise, you are looking into the teeth of the harvesting combine. It doesn’t matter what lies you tell yourself. What matters is what is true to begin with. Our lies don’t cushion or protect us. We assume wrong when we tell ourselves, “Well, they got us this far”. Yes, they did and they did for a reason. Life is long and you can do a whole lot of bad shit before it catches up to you. You get to rise to the top of the dung heap for the purpose of providing a spectacular fall. You’re nothing more than a demonstration. You are a teaching lesson. You are an object lesson and final exams are coming up.

I show up here most days and I don’t really know what to tell you. Somehow, any number of things gets said and I hope they’re useful but I wouldn’t know. I do want you to know that existence itself, is here for the purpose of demonstration and that whatever manifested into all these unique and variable extensions of itself, is engaged in collecting them all again, across the span of long periods of time. Some of us are collected sooner rather than later and some of us spend enormous periods of time banging our heads against a wall. That’s what happens, according to what I think I’ve learned.

Anything that presents itself to you is there for a reason. If you can get the right mindset concerning that, you are going to find that most of everything that confuses, frightens and troubles you, begins to disappear and that life becomes a fantastic adventure, not what most people are experiencing at the moment, but something remarkable and fraught with meaning that unveils wonder after wonder after wonder, ad infinitum.

End Transmission .......



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31 - An Expose On Jewish Racism -
Showdown At The Kol Shofar Synagogue

Arthur Topham
1-17-9

Dear Radical Reader,

This is an unusually long post. My reason for running it will become obvious as one progresses through it.

It concerns a perspective on the current (and past) machinations of the state of Israel and the root cause for why we are seeing so much violence in Palestine and, by association, why we're also witnessing so much dis-information throughout the world wherever the Zionist-controlled media is presenting its version of this seemingly never-ending conflict.

It also introduces readers to Dave Kirsting, a name that most of you will be unfamiliar with on the net. Why he hasn't appeared thus far is a mystery to me for his ideas on political Zionism are as germane as anyone might wish for and ought to be seriously considered within the context of any debate over this ponderous and perplexing issue.

Please pass this article on to as many people as you can. Without a clear vision of the fundamental essence of this dangerous ideology we stand little chance of resisting the inherent evil that it represents. Thank you.

Shine your Light for Love & Peace & Justice for All,

Arthur Topham
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"Digging to the root of the issues since 1998"
Showdown at the Kol Shofar Synagogue

An Expose on Jewish Racism

By Arthur Topham
RadicalPress.com
January 15, 2009


The trouble with you
Is the trouble with me
You got two good eyes
But you still don't see.
~ The Grateful Dead/Casey Jones

Yet we must also respect those who simply protest anything less than full immediate denouncement of openly-declared racism, as Zionism defines itself to be, and as practiced for decades by the 'Jewish State' constantly expanding the turf of its supremacy. In all other cases of openly-declared state-racism, the ordinary, moderate response is to give the racist policies primary emphasis and absolute Zero tolerance. Delaying that frankness does perpetuate the cover-up which has managed to keep the gory Elephant of Zionist racism the best-kept secret in our living-room of ostensible egalitarianism.
~ Dave Kirsting, concerned Marin County, California resident


One of the great joys and blessings of being a publisher is the opportunity it provides for connecting up with interesting people from around the world.

Whether it's a short congratulatory note from Noam Chomsky; a friendly request for further info on Richard Warman from David Icke; a polite, personal invite from Jeff Rense for an interview; a gentle email from Layla Anwar; or a long, intensely humourous and perspicacious hand-written letter, replete with comic drawings!, from my dear American sister Carolyn Chute (author of The Beans of Egypt Maine and other exceptional books on the human condition), all of them and many more comprise a legacy of intimate contacts. It's these brief interludes with companion souls in the seemingly endless struggle to achieve peace and justice for all that help to compensate for the otherwise interminable and at times exasperating amount of energy expended in the operation of a thus far free and alternative news media.

In some respects each new day is like Christmas morning for a child raised in the belief that gifts are a result of living in harmony with a loving God and treating each other as we would like to be treated. And there is no gift so precious as that of discovering new friendships and realizing one is not alone, either in their feelings, their perspective or in the physical world that we all share.

One such gift for me was an email on Christmas day from a cyber friend who lives in Marin County, California. His name is Dave Kirsting. Dave has been a part of my Radical Press List Serve for some time and receives the assorted articles and analysis of global political events that I pass on to subscribers. On this occasion Dave was writing in regards to a short article of Layla Anwar's http://www.arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/ entitled, Jingle Bells and all that Stuff... which I had sent out on December 24th.

As this is an article about Dave and his personal experiences with political Zionism as they pertain to the Arab ­ Jewish predicament in the Middle East and how such explosive events tend to spread out over the globe like ash from an active volcano only to settle in small communities everywhere where one finds the Zionist mindset, I will let him do most of the talking (so to speak). Dave is, in my humble opinion, a very articulate, caring and astute thinker, aware of certain basic truths that I feel need to be shared with a much greater audience.

His intial email begins:

"Thank you Arthur, and Merry Christmas, and thanks for all your work.

Myself, I am so unusual as to see all discussions and arguments as pleasant gifts to me, regardless of how others may feel or how they often interpret kinds words in the fair game of dialogue. I recall once sending a comment to you regarding what I saw as perhaps a word-choice oversight, what could be called an 'error' and a 'correction,' and you responded so sensibly as to leave that lesser paradigm floating along somewhere below. This is why I always welcome emails from RadicalPress.

I am sitting here drinking my meticulously selected and brewed and consequently superb coffee on Christmas morning, waiting for my friends (including the most magically delightful woman I have ever met) to arrive in a few hours for our lascivious indulgence of lavish gift-giving, my Druidic solstice-tree all sparkling with lights and ornaments (alongside my lofty view of Mount Tamalpais, amid the blowing trees, swirling white clouds, and sparkling sunlight of Southern Marin's characteristically colliding micro-climates), to celebrate the arrival of full consciousness, a couple thousand years ago, when East met West, the discovery of a loving universe, or 'God,' the primacy of self-honesty, the proffered escape from wrathful paradigms, denials, and conceits, as it was all voluntarily embraced by the best of the Celts, wherever this new dimension of ever-returning life was superimposed over the message already inherent in their sacred evergreens.

Ms. Anwar is fundamentally correct, though a few semantic adjustments should be made, so her meaning will be clear enough for anyone willing to understand

For one thing, the truth has always been almost 100% lost in human denial, as exploited through the concerted efforts of Zionist atheists.

The Christened one always said his perfect advice could be understood by all but would be honored by terribly few. The forces that killed him, with his consent, have always remained in power and continue to try and kill his message, but they cannot do so, any more than they could even retain possession of his body, after it was dead.

The blame can't be placed on any 'leadership,' as those of us who have always struggled directly among the people can attest. Unwilling to recognize their errors and vanities, most people are willingly susceptible to the open violations of due process by which Zionists embedded in the various peace movements quash any germination of political understanding. This infects virtually everyone ­ certainly every Arab and/or Palestinian discussion-list ­ as 'leading' Zionists, like Jeff Blankfort, Jeffrey Halper, Richard Becker, and all the others pose themselves as the most 'radical' 'critics of Israel ­ with the added advantage of being 'Jewish' or 'leftist' and therefore more credible ­ and firmly prevent any pithy understanding of the flaming racism which they consistently 'overlook.' We who have won the only recorded victories against Zionism, by using the same principles taught to all children in US public schools, have been kicked off every Palestinian and Arab discussion-lists for saying unflattering ­ but meticulously logical and polite ­ things about the (mis)leading Jewish defenders of Palestine. Saying that an argument that ends with 'end the occupation' and/or 'two-state peace' is an essentially Zionist argument is reduced to 'How dare you call our brave, Jewish, media-connected hero a Zionist?!?!'

The front lines of the anti-Zionist effort are way deep inside the 'peace movement' and deep inside the ostensible 'anti-Zionist effort,' and Bush is the natural figurehead of this problem, nothing like its cause.

'The leaders' are not responsible; we get the only 'leaders' that can be elected while Zionism holds the swing votes in every contest and in every decision of every 'peace and justice' organization. Progress cannot begin anywhere until it begins in our dialogue with terminally distracted Palestinian and Arab leadership and in our efforts within the long-dormant 'peace movement.' All other blame is a mere distraction, far to the rear of the real front lines and often intentionally extracting attention from them. The worst disparagement of the real fighters comes from the 'Palestinian' and 'anti-Zionist' side of the struggle, and this is exactly what the most cynical Zionists mean when they laugh about how they 'control both sides of the debate.'

But the point of Christmas is that freedom is an individual issue. 'Narrow is the way and strait the gate that leads unto life and few there be who find it.' 'Those who have ears, let them hear.' And we who really do live at the actual center of world events and who make a good living by creating the most revolutionary changes ­ in the way children are raised ­ are also able to express the true meaning of Christmas in the sparkle and decadent pleasures of a God who truly loves all of us. It's up to us. The full luck of this perfect situation is accessible only to those who care to see it all. The Whole Truth loves us and it won't go away."

The 'illegality of the occupation'

Following this came another letter on December 30th regarding what Dave feels is the crux of the argument used by the Zionists to shift the focus of debate away from the fundamental problem onto a secondary issue, that of the 'illegality of Israel's brutal occupation'.

He states:

The Zionists love to make us think so. Because they can so easily say that they would love to 'give the land back,' and that they've been trying for decades to do so, but the bloodthirsty Palestinians aren't happy unless they're killing Jews. That's why the most active 'two-state peace' Zionists energetically propagate the slogan 'End the Occupation' ­ to make sure that the real core issue is not noticed. The real core issue is the one about the whole basic problem, from which 'the occupation' is merely an aspect. The real core issue is also the one argument that cannot be answered ­ and the one argument that clarifies the entire situation for all ordinary Americans ­ the one argument that shows the wrong of every Zionist policy, the dream argument of an anti-war lifetime ­ and the only argument the Zionists don't want to hear: THE ARGUMENT AGAINST OPENLY-DECLARED RACISM.

A Jewish state ­ any Jewish state ­ forced into multi-ethnic Palestine ­ or perpetuated in any part of Palestine ­ is violent state-racism as plain as it can ever get. All the violence ­ the racist denial of Palestinian return, the racist creation of new 'Jewish Only' settlements, the 'targeted executions,' the sharpshooting of Palestinian children who throw stones at Israeli tanks, oh, and even 'the occupation' ­ can all be AND CONSTANTLY IS explained away as a necessary response to Palestinian violence. But all of it, in all its varieties ­ including 'the [post-'67] occupation' ­ is an inherent aspect of the openly-declared racist violence of forcing an ethnic-supremacist state into a multi-ethnic region.

Invoking this reality and never straying from it ­ the actual core issue, in its full moral inexcusability ­ is essential to winning any argument or conflict with Zionism.

Saying that the core problem is the occupation plays right into the Zionists' desire to keep peace-talks stuck in the hopeless 65-year-old boondoggle of seeking peace through a 'realistic' two-state scenario. This just happens to perpetuate Jewish supremacy in most of Palestine, while making that racist violence feel more and more like a reasonable status-quo, even as the 'negotiations' toward an inherently unworkable racist 'solution' cannot begin to get off the ground, thus maintaining the perfect background for ever more 'reactions' in 'self-defense' against Palestinians, and an expanded occupation in 'self-defense.'

Playing the 'two-state peace' charade has the added benefit, for Zionists, of seducing the various 'peace movements' into 'discreetly' avoiding any 'radical' or 'rejectionist' talk about simply ending the racism. That is why Israel's openly-declared racism was not mentioned at all by any of the 'anti-war' organizations in the run-up to 'the war' on Afghanistan and 'the war' on Iraq ­ despite the fact that the racist core of the entire Middle East conflict would have been the strongest argument against those spin-off 'wars'. Protecting Zionist interests in 'ending the occupation' and 'two-state peace' required discreetly avoiding the anti-racist argument because it impinges against the whole 'two-state' concept: and avoiding that argument against the Zionists' moral Achilles Heel neutered the entire anti-war effort, thus perfectly serving Zionist interests in annihilating the still-resisting nations of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Zionist racism is the core issue; any other instance of openly-declared ethnic-supremacy would be treated as racism and would be given primary emphasis and zero-tolerance by all concerned; anyone who fails to do so in the case of Israel has already internalized some of the racist indoctrination. Overlooking or protecting the racist core issue in any of its aspects has the effect of nurturing it everywhere.

The ethnically-based Zionist violence began several decades before 'the occupation.' The REAL 'occupation' which must be addressed and which can be addressed to ordinary Americans very easily ­ is the occupation of ANY PART OF PALESTINE by an openly-declared racist-supremacist Israel.

The obvious solution ­ the one the Zionists succeed in keeping off of everyone's minds and lips ­ is to simply stop financing any and all policies of prejudice in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Every schoolchild in the US is taught the need to reject ethnic or religious prejudice. It is unconstitutional to finance it with our taxes. All we have to do is object to the RACISM, and all the derivative violence ­ including the denial of Palestinian return, the Jewish-supremacist definition of Israel, the 'Jewish Only' settlements, and of course 'the occupation' dry up naturally."

For Dave, "The question, combined with emphasis on 'the occupation,' shows confusion, but the answer is simple. Israel will stop its racist violence against the Palestinians only when Israel's OPENLY DECLARED RACISM is acknowledged for what it is ­ the core of the problem ­ and when international support for it, by people who do not mean to support racism, is correspondingly withdrawn. The 'lands and freedom' which the international community must force Israel to return must never be confined to the [post-'67] 'occupied territories.' The violence will expand until the world frankly stops financing any and all Israeli policies of ethnic or religious prejudice: racism. Peace cannot begin unless it includes far more than just 'ending the occupation.' It must also include ending the racist violence which prevents Palestinian families from returning to their lands and homes, and it must also include ending every other policy of prejudice against the non-Jewish inhabitants of Israel-Palestine.

Thanks for all your great work Arthur. Getting the exact argument organized is essential to success ­ which derives only from grabbing the racist Achilles Heel and never letting go for a moment, as the Zionists will try to change the subject to ANYTHING else, particularly 'the occupation.'"

Killing for votes

Following close on the heels of these comments in a subsequent response to Gilad Atzmon's recent article, "How Israeli leaders kill for their people's vote" http://www.gilad.co.uk Dave continues:

I would add that everything he says about 'Israelis' applies also to American Zionists ­ including those who are surprised to discover Israel's essential racism ­ and then find that this does not induce them to audibly oppose racist violence that was never really disguised in the first place.

The blindness of US Zionist support for Israel is not caused by an urgent need to support something which cannot be justified as it really is, in plain sight. That notion, like all excuses for Israel, requires 'angry' denial of reason. The cause and effect go the other way. The luxurious chauvinistic approval Israel enjoys from US Zionists is the source of the unlimited financial support provided by all US taxpayers (over eight million dollars a day) ­ wangled from us through our inability to believe the obvious truth our Zionist friends, neighbors, and mass-media want us to deny. That unlimited support, with no questions asked, is what causes Israeli policies to be determined by the psychopaths who inevitably rise to top Israeli leadership by getting the quickest, bloodiest results: the policies that take utmost advantage of unlimited money and no accountability.

The geographic distance and psychic disconnect between the complacent soccer-mom Zionists among us and the hideous results of their comfy support for Israel, is exactly the disconnect that allows unthinkable barbarism ­ 'the insanity of war' ­ to prevail in Palestine and all the spin-off wars in the Middle East, belying all our espoused beliefs. The pleasing congeniality of our Zionist friends turns to resentment and censorship if we mention the ethnic-cleansing of Palestine. And that hostile reaction, just inside the congenial surface, is the near end of the racist violence which, at the other end, slaughters perfectly innocent men, women, and children, as 'regrettably required' for the constant expansion of an officially 'Jewish' state in multi-ethnic Palestine."

The Marin Peace & Justice Coalition and the Kol Shofar Synagogue Show-down

The perspective thus far presented is the background gestalt to a culminating event which took place in the community of Tiburon, Marin County, California at the Kol Shofar Synagogue Monday, January 12th at 7:00 P.M.

The local 'Marin Peace and Justice Coalition' had issued an open invitation to all concerned residents to join the Marin Jewish community on this evening for "prayers for peace, remarks by community and faith leaders followed by an opportunity to discuss the crisis in Israel and Gaza." In addition, as the contact person, Suzan Berns Berns,sberns@jcrc.org stated in the announcement, "I strongly encourage you to attend this gathering. This is the time to listen, to learn, to speak and to be changed."

At the same time and place another contingent of protesters had also made plans to be outside the synagogue expressing their opposition to "Israel's Gaza genocidal slaughter" as organizer Bill Rothman stated."The slaughter goes on. This is chance, right in our own backyard, to show that there is strong opposition to Israel's ongoing Gaza slaughter of the Palestinians."

These two initiatives prompted Dave to write the following to some of his associates:

"Most interesting ­ It's a whole new dimension of activism, involving the 'Marin Peace and Justice Coalition,' which has been totally dominated and muzzled by its Zionist, apartheid 'two-state peace' activists ever since its creation, right after 9/11.

It seems there will be a 'dialogue' between peace activists and long-standing, hard-core Zionists, claiming to represent 'the Marin Jewish Community,' and there will also be a protest of the dialogue, both at the same time and place, this Monday, in Tiburon.

The protest is a whole new dimension of activism in Marin and in the anti-war movement.

The contact-person for the 'protest' is Bill Rothman ­ who was one of the leaders suppressing honest dialogue about Zionism in the 'peace movement' eight years ago, when the crises of the past eight years were clearly beginning. Perhaps Rothman has actually changed. Many people have. Or maybe this is yet another effort by Zionists to maintain control of anti-war energies that have been aroused more seriously than ever: by the full revelation of what Zionism has always meant, now seen all too clearly in the ongoing, extended 'Christmas Massacre' of Palestinians in Gaza.

My very well informed belief is that a friendly constructive dialogue with Jewish people and the 'Jewish Community' is exactly what is most needed: so that those in the Jewish community who are willing to audibly protest the patent racist violence of forcing an expressly Jewish state into Palestine ­ or of perpetuating the ethnic-cleansing of the past ­ can step forward and declare this commendable transformation. And those who refuse this special opportunity ­ now that there can be no possible excuse for further self-deception ­ can be specifically identified as the violent racists their refusal proves them to be.

To a real 'peace' activist, protesting a long-overdue dialogue is seen as jumping the gun, particularly in a mini-community of recalcitrant 'peace activists' which has long been the primary obstacle to polite, valid, pro-peace dialogue ­ thus playing a key role in assuring that the realities would go totally nuts, as they now have in Israel-Palestine.

Yet, there is good reason to doubt the sincerity of a 'Jewish community' dialogue when it is led by notorious Zionists. Still, I believe the offer should be accepted in good faith. Perhaps people are really changing. If this offer proves false, protests against the Zionist 'Jewish Community' and its stubbornly racist leaders ­ at their community gathering-places ­ should proceed in full confidence of having tried everything.

Yet we must also respect those who simply protest anything less than full immediate denouncement of openly-declared racism, as Zionism defines itself to be, and as practiced for decades by the 'Jewish State' constantly expanding the turf of its supremacy. In all other cases of openly-declared state-racism, the ordinary, moderate response is to give the racist policies primary emphasis and absolute Zero tolerance. Delaying that frankness does perpetuate the cover-up which has managed to keep the gory Elephant of Zionist racism the best-kept secret in our living-room of ostensible egalitarianism.

So 'dialogue' or 'protest': it's anyone's choice, at the same time and place.

I urge everyone who can make it: come to either the dialogue or the protest of the dialogue. I myself will attend the dialogue ­ with complete sympathy for the protestors ­ and with equal hopes for understanding with the Jewish community ­ and very interested to see how leading Zionists will respond to the no-longer-deniable truth: the perfectly patent racism and violence of forcing a 'Jewish' state into a multi-ethnic region.

Let's all be perfectly polite to each other. What is demonstrably racist should be described as such ­ politely. And it should politely receive no more of our massive tax-financing.

The results

On January 14th I received the results of this 'gathering', one which Dave had called 'the story of the decade'. His letter contained the details of his personal experiences plus his final 'corrective letter' to the Jewish Community Relations Council. As he said by way of introduction:

"As always, when Zionism is involved, there was a gross misrepresentation.

But the significance of what transpired remains. The conflict between the realities of Zionism and the decent standards of the world ­ and of our local neighborhoods ­ becomes increasingly stark.

My corrective letter to the Jewish Community Relations Council (to whom the original nice-sounding announcement was attributed) is necessarily long, and I never 'expect' anyone to read anything I offer ­ but this situation, the near-end of the wrongs we see in Palestine, is surely more significant than most of what is said on related subjects in the media."

Here is what happened. [the following is directed to the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) Ed.]

I live in Tiburon, just a few blocks from Kol Shofar. I have many dear friends all around here, including many Jewish friends of course. I attended the event with high expectations, based on a representation whose origin appears to be you [the JCRC Ed.] and local representatives of the 'Jewish community.' As I have sometimes attended events of this kind and have always found the Jewish community quite open to challenging ideas, for the sake of peace in Israel as well as the entire region, I came prepared with some written, one-page copies of the best position I know ­ for full equality in Israel-Palestine, in furtherance of the belief that human equality is fundamental to peace: the case for ending all US funding for any and all policies of ethnic or religious discrimination, by any side, involved in the Israel-Palestine conflict ­ what all American children are taught to expect of their communities and country.

The last time I attended an event of this kind ­ at the Osher Marin JCC ­ I found a very large and friendly group discussing my ideas with me, kindly and attentively, and a number of people had asked where they could get my ideas in written form, so I came prepared. The extensive security at the Kol Shofar event struck me as reasonable, in these times, underlined by the presence of some nearby 'protestors,' who had apparently deigned to bypass the announced opportunity for constructive dialogue. And when someone near the door asked to see what was in my (paper) folder, I was pleased to hand it to him. The exact content did not appear to matter. The person looked at the paper for no more than two seconds, apparently deemed the ideas inconsistent with his own, and immediately threatened me with violence and ordered me to leave. The man told me that 'This is private property, and you will be arrested if you don't leave immediately.'

Naturally floored at this vulgar expression of violent discourtesy from Kol Shofar, I asked 'Because I possess these ideas?' The answer was 'Yes.' I had not given any papers to anyone, nor would I have felt mistreated if someone had asked me to leave them at the door. Thinking of the genteel announcement from the JCRC, I tried to ask ­ while turning away ­ 'Are you aware that this event has been advertised as a community discussion?' Before I could finish the first three words, I was interrupted with 'No more words. Just leave.' Several Tiburon Police officers, correctly doing their duty on behalf of private-property laws, closed in to properly enforce this grotesque misuse of local law and subversion of our Constitutional free speech. The invading extremists clearly know how to misuse our society's standards and law-enforcement as a means of mere, subjective violence.

The attitude expressed by these representatives of Kol Shofar was not professional firmness; it was brute contempt for anyone outside their very narrow ethnic profile ­ quite eye-opening, coinciding as it does with the impressions we are getting from Zionist behavior in Gaza.

With wonderfully telling coincidence, I had just encountered a long-time friend of mine, a young man of the finest courtesy and reputation, who grew up three blocks from Kol Shofar and whom I have known since he was an eleven-year-old child in my kids' program ­ a member of Kol Shofar who had come to join his mother, an Israeli citizen, who was saving a seat for him inside. But, because he had been talking with me, he was threatened and ordered to leave too. His astonished 'But why are you telling me to leave?' was cut short by the same 'No more words' threat, which was directed at both of us and enforced with ominous encirclement by misused local police. Though my friend was utterly polite, quiet, and cooperative, as is his way, his dismay and severe disillusionment were perfectly obvious, so he was escorted all the way to his car by four police-officers, apparently trained in recognizing emotion. In contrast, I was trusted to walk to my car unescorted.

Another young friend of mine ­ another of the best-loved and finest young men in Southern Marin, having also lived right here all his life ­ arrived shortly after I left, expecting to see me at this 'time to listen, to learn, to speak, and to be changed.' Apparently my blonde young friend also failed to fit the preferred profile. Though cell-phones were used by various people at the event, my friend's call to me, to see if I had changed my plans, brought the same threats and violent ejection from our sadly misrepresented 'Jewish community.' (I trust you realize that total control over another person, when imposed by convincing threats of immediate violence, is properly called 'violence.')

Apparently, my other friend's Israeli mother fit the preferred profile, as she spoke on her cell-phone with her son when he failed to arrive as expected and she was not subjected to ethnic-cleansing.

This was clearly a case of an alien culture, with no concept of our constitutional principles, such as human equality and free speech, taking over a piece of local real-estate, and using our private-property laws and local police to enforce principles completely contradictory to American and local values.

Yet none of this was any inconvenience to my friends or me. As I said in my final words to the Kol Shofar people, 'This is all the information I could want.'

Though my friends, especially the Kol Shofar member, were stunned at this behavior, they found this experience corresponding all too well with what they have been seeing in the news about Gaza, their personal distress mere droplets in the ocean of horror which is ethnic-cleansing.

We had come to learn and be changed, and we certainly learned! I hope you will share in this windfall of insight.

The foremost victims of the behavior we experienced are the Jewish people, from whom the glaring truths of Zionist ethnic-cleansing ­ so unchecked and thus ever more virulent ­ and so essential to understanding the natural reasons for the world's increasing anger ­ could not be hidden by anything less than the incredible behavior that was manifest at Kol Shofar.

As a secondary matter, if you and the JCRC were misrepresented in a false announcement, you might wish to take some action against the culprits. Or, if the horrific actuality of the Kol Shofar event belies your and the JCRC's good intentions using your lovely depiction to historically camouflage what was in fact an invasive, racist war-rally ­ you will probably want to contact everyone to whom your announcement was sent, correct the record, apologize, and explain what steps you and the JCRC will be taking to repair the damage.

As for my friends and I, we greatly appreciate the announcement attributed to you, as our experience has been essential to understanding the problem of unchecked Zionism: if we had not tried to attend this event, the horrific realities just under the local surface, the near-end of what is happening in Gaza, would not have established themselves as important local history.

That manifest reality now adds to the burden of the extremists' growing and obviously desperate cover-up ­ and must awaken those interested in peace for Israel and in service to the Jewish community and its relations with the general community.

The positive aspects of Zionism must not cause a blindness to its negative potentials or allow them to continue so unchecked ­ as the world is seeing in Gaza and as we have now found violating our dear Tiburon neighborhood.
I hope you and the JCRC will take steps to represent the majority of the Jewish community, in its distance from very harmful misrepresentation by international Zionist extremism which manifested itself in Tiburon on Monday evening."

Dave's 'Corrective Letter'

Dear Ms. Berns,

I think you would wish to know that a serious misrepresentation was made and attributed to you and the Jewish Community Relations Council regarding the gathering at Kol Shofar at 7:30, on Monday, January 12.

I have copied the text of the announcement I received through the Marin Peace and Justice Coalition. [see above. Ed.]

Perhaps those words were not authorized by you and/or the JCRC, or perhaps they expressed a misapprehension.

In any case, the actual event proved to be the diametric opposite of what was described, and the effect was to create a disaster for Jewish community relations the scope of this 'disaster' determined only by the number of people who learn the truth or by the effectiveness of corrective efforts, perhaps by the JCRC.

I should add that this 'disaster for Jewish community relations' was also a valuable windfall of discovery for everyone who is actually 'praying for peace, working for justice.' While the error in the announcement of the Kol Shofar event drew people who would not otherwise have attended, there was no mistaking what we found ­ what is actually going on in our community ­ and the unacceptable realities call for a reassessment of the situation by all decent people, including you and the JCRC.

It is not so much a question of correcting an announcement, but rather an urgent need to correct misapprehensions about an illness in Zionism itself. What we have discovered is precisely the hostile and violent behavior, intruding into our dear neighborhoods at this local end, which correspond to the worst interpretations of the hostile and violent behavior we see expressed by the same organizations at the far end, in Palestine: where people don't enjoy the protections we still have here.

Within the event itself, one speaker said it was not intended as a dialogue or discussion (thus contradicting the announcement attributed to you), but merely as a gathering of a local 'congregation' at a time of crisis for the state of Israel.

The content of the speeches ­ conspicuously overlooking the most obvious explanation: the extremist racism of forcing a 'Jewish' state and 'Jewish' dominion ever deeper into a multi-ethnic region ­ was clearly meant to fool the local Jewish congregation into excessive fears of unjustified, insane violence and anti-Semitism. This deception would of course promote the alternate approach ­ the extreme folly of seeking 'security' through ethnic supremacy, with all its intrinsic slaughter ­ an approach which does, in the short run, produce enormous profits for opportunists calling themselves 'Zionists' and falsely posing as representatives of 'all Jews everywhere'.

The real effect of the Kol Shofar event was to trick decent, peace-loving Jewish people into overlooking what might very well be the best means of protecting Israel: encouraging reform ­ toward Twentieth Century ideas of egalitarianism, instead of the time-dishonored strategy of ethnic dominion. The event organizers' utterly hostile attitude even toward a Jewish member of the Kol Shofar Congregation (who evidently did not quite fit their 'profile') demonstrated a mission of promoting the most racist kind of Zionism, quite to the detriment of ordinary Jewish people ­ as well as everyone else ­ who would never knowingly approve any such thing.

To various local residents, who were impressed by the announcement attributed to you but who were summarily deemed unfit for attendance, what actually transpired at Kol Shofar conveyed an unmistakable message: an exceedingly hostile takeover of our neighborhood and community by an alien culture that treats everyone else as less than subhuman. (In our neighborhood, people treat animals with more courtesy than we found in these mis-representatives of 'the Jewish community.') It became clear that the slightest variance from a narrow ethnic or cultural profile was sufficient cause for immediate threats of violence, misrepresented as the Jewish community's way of telling people they are not welcome.

This was not a question of 'security,' as perfectly polite local residents were shown no courtesy at all: there was no 'I'm sorry but we have to observe some strict security requirements': just terse orders to leave immediately, expressed with threats of immediate violent arrest if we hesitated or even said anything. The first impressions ­ of thuggish, foreign-looking security-people in uniform dark suits and foreign accents ­ could be brushed aside in our pluralistic society, but the natural premonitions proved unequal to the realities which soon appeared: a scene like a neighborhood house that has been taken over by mafia goons or crack-dealers who exhibit nothing but utter contempt for the surrounding community.

I, myself, have operated a children's center in Southern Marin for fifteen years; I am known to nearly everyone in our community, having been entrusted with many thousands of the local children, and I certainly do not exaggerate about gross violations of our decent traditional values ­ belligerent, arrogant, invasive violations, the most extreme I have ever encountered anywhere.

I take every experience in a positive light, as a chance to learn something, and this experience provided a stunning but beautifully telling insight into attitudes which shed disconcerting light on the problem we thought we would be able to discuss in a civilized way: the dynamics behind the slaughter of 'non-Jewish' Palestinians, for the 'security' of an expressly 'Jewish' state relentlessly forcing its Zionist supremacy into a multi-ethnic region ­ much as we have now found Kol Shofar (inadvertently?) doing to our decent, friendly neighborhood in Tiburon. It was all too easy to see: if we ­ perfectly respectable neighbors of Kol Shofar ­ and even a member of the Congregation ­ could be summarily ejected ­ with no word other than convincing threats of instant violence ­ simply because we did not suit an incredibly arrogant ethnic profile ­ it is very easy to see how this alien behavior would be applied to the Palestinians who are similarly deemed unfit for human treatment and, unlike us, have no protection at all, in the areas controlled by the same international organizations that show such hostile contempt for American values and the local community, right here in Tiburon.

If the conduct of the event-organizers does not coincide with what is going on in Gaza, why would local supporters of Israel's actions subject their negatively profiled neighbors to the most extreme version of such treatment that they can legally get away with? If we try to imagine what racist invaders of Palestine might look like, or what behavior we would expect of them, if any could be found here in Marin County, we would find our worst images precisely fitting the appearance and behavior that ruled at Kol Shofar on Monday evening.

It is very alarming that these people believe they can behave that way right here in Tiburon, in an incredibly arrogant sense of total impunity and perfect contempt for any concerns about the message this sends to everyone outside the preferred profile ­ the vast majority of local residents."

Final radical commentary

Although overly lengthy for a standard internet article the import of Dave Kirsting's message is vital to gaining the required insight necessary for a full understanding of both the gravity of what has been occurring in Palestine over the past six decades and the reason why it has prevailed for such a disastrously and unacceptably long period.

Dave's thesis gives both form and substance to the undeniable fact that in order to fully comprehend the dynamics of political Zionism's imminent and deadly danger to the world at large we must frame it within its legitimate context ­ that being the crucial recognition that political Zionism is, first and foremost, a racist ideology and a mindset or paradigm which can never peacefully co-exist with any other multi-ethnic, pluralistic society anywhere upon the face of the planet. As such it cannot be allowed to continue in present form. This demands the dismantling of its fundamental ideological infrastructure for the good of the rest of humanity. If such actions do not occur within a reasonable amount of time the result may be a terminal state of chaos and destruction well beyond the already unacceptable levels we're now witnessing in war-ravaged Gaza.

As the suffering and dying continues and the horror and shock of the last twenty days of genocide casts its long and dark shadow over our world this issue of Jewish racism screams out, like the cries of the Gazan victims of Israeli genocide, for universal recognition and amelioration. For the sake of all mankind we must work to ensure the knowledge of what Dave tells us spreads across the net and into the hearts and minds of peace-loving people everywhere.

Thank you Dave Kirsting for bringing your perspictive forth. Your contribution to Life and Peace is sincerely appreciated.


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Arthur Topham is the publisher and editor of RadicalPress.com Canada's Radical News Network. He is currently being tried in a kangaroo court by Canada's Zionist-controlled Canadian Human Rights Commission and Tribunal for allegations of "spreading hatred toward Jews and citizens of Israel" because of his provocative stand against the very issues discussed in this article. The complaint against Arthur and RadicalPress.com was laid by Harry Abrams and the League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada in November of 2007. Interested persons can read about this case at the following url: http://www.radicalpress.com/?p=628

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From the April 2007 Idaho Observer:

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32 - Rules of evidence should evenly apply

Arguably, the most taboo topic of our time is questioning the "Holocaust." Those who do are stereotyped as "Holocaust deniers." Why? Political interests are being served and political agendas are being advanced by controlling the "rules of engagement" and publicly shaming dissenters. More recently, those who question the official explanation for the attacks of Sept. 11 have been labeled "9/11 deniers," an obvious ploy to lump 9/11 truthers into the same category of thought-criminal outcasts as "Holocaust deniers." But the attempt has not succeeded. Where people were forced to develop their opinions on world events by receiving information through a few tightly controlled sources at the end of WWII, today we have billions of websites, realtime global audio and visual satellite communications, email, myspace and YouTube. People are now able to informally apply the common sense rules of evidence to develop their own opinions about current events without being dependent on politically controlled sources of information. It is becoming apparent that governments are having a much harder time "spinning" world events in the quickly advancing information age. It is interesting to wonder whether or not the "official" Holocaust story would have survived millions of people applying the rules of evidence had it occurred during the information age. Below is a lucid assessment of the limited amount of "evidence" we have at our disposal to commit the ultimate taboo—question the Holocaust.

By Wesley Ewers

Many people have the improper assumption that testimony is the highest form of evidence. No, the courts must routinely void testimony when it is not in line with the physical evidence. The Bible does say that upon the testimony of two or three witnesses, so shall a matter be established, with the purpose of not having just one false accuser.

All people are biased in one way or another—economically, by kith and kin, religion, politics, to name a few of the most common biases. Physical evidence is the highest form of evidence just because it has none of these biases, although it can be incorrectly interpreted, tampered with or even planted with the purpose of putting investigators onto the wrong rabbit trail.

An example is the highly legible passport of an alleged hijacker found on the street in NY on 9/11. The passport definitely qualifies as planted evidence—unless the hijacker opened the window of the airplane just before impact and tossed the passport out, an assumption that is, of course, ridiculous. The infamous passport is just one of the many pieces of evidence that were planted that fateful day.

Then there is documented evidence. It can also be biased because it is produced by people, but it stands forever for all to see; it can be challenged or countered. Documents include court papers, diaries, official records, newspaper articles, reports, books and photographs.

The rules of evidence, logic and common sense should be applied equally to all subjects. But they are not.

I am often told to forget this subject as "taboo" and "verboten." Even alternative radio programs sometimes hang up on me when I call in—even after they are the one’s who brought the subject up by making reference to it.

Date Number Source

1933 14,000,000 Jewish World Council

1939 15,600,000 Am. Jewish Com. Bureau of Synagogue

1939 15,688,259 1947 World Almanac

1940 15,319,359 1940 World Almanac

1948 15.6 – 18.7 million New York Times

1949 15,713,638 1949 World Almanac

1951 15,300,000 Stat. Handbook Council of Churches

1996 14,117,000 1997 World Almanac

1998 14,890,000 1999 World Almanac

2004 14,551,000 2005 World Almanac

A Judeo-Christian FM radio personality makes reference to it almost every Sunday. Recently, a famous author being interviewed on alternative radio was questioned as to his position on the subject of the Holocaust and said he did not want to discuss the matter. Then, 10 minutes later, he uses the "H" word as if the alleged poison gassing of 6 million Jews were an unchallengeable historical fact! Does that not make him a hypocrite?

Were there any autopsies performed on the corpses at the concentration camps after WWII? Yes. The highly-acclaimed pathologist Dr. Charles Larson was assigned the task of overseeing the performance of autopsies on the corpses found at Nazi concentration camps by the Judge Advocate General’s Office. After overseeing thousands of autopsies he concluded that : "Not one case of death by poison gas was found."

These autopsy reports were not entered as evidence in the Nuremburg war crimes trials.

Dr. John E. Gordon, MD., Ph.D., Harvard Professor was also part of the autopsy team. He stated that: "Most deaths in the concentration camps were caused, not by starvation or maltreatment but by typhus."

Dr. David Batton entered the camps with British forces and volunteered to help the diseased survivors. Testifying under oath in a Toronto courtroom in 1985 he said: "Thousands of prisoners who died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during WWII weren’t deliberately starved to death but died from a rash of diseases."

Major Miller of the Allied Military Police HQ in Vienna signed memo/order #31/48 on Oct. 1, 1948 declaring that since the Allied Commissions of Inquiry had established that no one in the 12 German concentration camps was killed by poison gas, that any former inmate maintaining otherwise was to be arrested and charged with perjury.

This memo/order also stated that all confessions of gassings at the camps used at Nuremburg war trials were gained by way of torture. This memo/order was witnessed by a Lieutenant Emil Lachout.

I should add that the U.S. autopsy teams were not allowed into the eight USSR-controlled camps in Poland. Our buddies at the time, the Red Communists of the USSR, did not want the U.S. performing any autopsies in their camps. In fact, it was L.P. Beria of the NKVD (Soviet secret police predating the KGB), a Jew, who started the rumors of homicidal gas chambers in 1945. Also, the USSR never allowed Red Cross observers into their own concentration camps in the USSR as the Nazis did during the war.

Upon review of mountains of Nazi documents seized by the Allies, no orders to kill inmates at the concentration camps were found. Orders were, however, found from Heinrich Himmler and SS General Richard Glucks for the commanders of the camps to do everything possible to preserve the health of the detainees. Dr. Konrad Morgen of the Reich Criminal Police investigated 800 accusations of cruelty at their camps and obtained 200 convictions. Punishment included execution for Commandant of Majdanek-Hermann Florstedt and also Commandant of Buchenwald Karl Koch for unwarranted cruelty of inmates.

In 7,000 pages of memoirs by Eisenhower, Churchill and de Gaulle, there is no mention of homicidal gas chambers—horrors, yes; gas chambers, no.

In 1,600 pages of reports of the concentration camps from the Red Cross there is, likewise, no mention of homicidal gas chambers. In fact, I personally wrote to the Red Cross in Geneva and obtained a copy of its investigation of Auschwitz for homicidal gas chambers dated September 29, 1944. The Red Cross found no homicidal gas chambers.

The "Holocaust" lobby claims that, at the Wannsee Conference of Jan. 1942, the Nazis established the "final solution" for the Jewish problem was gassing them to death with Zyklon B, but these documents have proven to be a hoax and would be laughed out of any courtroom. The "final solution" always was for Jews to be forced to emigrate from Germany.

Then there is engineer Fred Leuchter, America’s foremost expert on executions, who took a team of investigators to Auschwitz in 1988 and concluded that, with no shadow of a doubt, there were no gas execution facilities operated by the Nazis at that facility.

I will let the reader decide but, for myself, I think Major Miller’s orders should be followed. To the letter. Still today.

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33 - Boost mitochondrial function naturally
by Dr. David Jockers


(NaturalNews) Every cell within our body has unique organelles within it that play a vital role in the overall function and health of the cell. The mitochondria is a unique intracellular structure that produces 95% of the cellular energy and plays a critical role in protecting the cell from oxidative stress. Lifestyle and environmental stressors can alter mitochondrial function and cause the onset of disease processes within the body.

The mitochondria are a very unique structure within the cell. They are the powerhouse of the cell and are the only intracellular organelle that has its own DNA and is able to divide and replicate on its own. The general consensus among researchers is that mitochondrial dysfunction plays a central role in nearly every degenerative disease.

The major factors involved in poor mitochondrial function include deficiencies in critical cellular nutrients, proprioceptive deficiencies, and environmental toxicity. The standard American diet, sedentary lifestyle, and ubiquitous amount of toxins in our society make today`s generation far more susceptible for mitochondrial dysfunction than ever before.

The most common dietary problems today include blood sugar imbalances, fatty acid imbalances, & nutritional deficiencies. Blood sugar imbalances create advanced glycolytic enzymes (AGE`s) that damage cell function and increase free radical formation. Fatty acid imbalances include overconsumption of processed meats & oils, man-made trans-fatty acids, and omega-6 fatty acids.

Healthy mitochondria depend on a diet that stabilizes blood sugar levels, normalizes fatty acid ratios, and provides mega-doses of trace minerals and phytonutrient anti-oxidants. This diet consists of fresh vegetables and healthy fat sources such as olive oil, avocados, coconut products, nuts & seeds. Grass-fed and free range animal products are incredibly nutritious.

Mitochondrial stability is enhanced through heavy consumption of anti-oxidants and trace minerals. This can be accomplished with the generous use of lemon/lime, pink salts, turmeric, rosemary, ginger, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, & cilantro in meals, soups, salads, and drinks.

Great mitochondrial boosting nutrients include Vitamin D, Folic acid, Pyridoxine (B6), Vitamin B12, Zinc, CoQ10, and trace minerals. Vitamin D levels should be between 60-100 ng/ml. Boost Vitamin D naturally with 20-60 minutes of sunlight every day or supplement with an emulsified Vitamin D3. A raw, whole-food multi-vitamin that supplies ample amounts of folic acid, B6, B12, Zinc, trace minerals, & CoQ10 should be consumed daily.

Every cell depends on a steady supply of neurological signals to maintain its electrochemical potential. Proprioception, otherwise known as movement information, revs up neurological flow from the brain-body and back to the brain. This is like throwing wood on a fire in that it boosts the cells' metabolic rate and creates greater cellular stability. When cells are deprived of healthy neurological flow, they become unstable and are vulnerable to oxidative stress cycles.

A sedentary lifestyle creates a proprioceptive deficit. This deprives the system of essential neurological flow. Additionally, poor spinal movement patterns create abnormal neurological impulses. This creates physical stress cycles in the body that facilitate inflammatory processes. Both neurological deficiencies and abnormal physical stress cycles create an overload of oxidative stress on the mitochondria that lead to dysfunction.

Healthy proprioceptive patterns come from an active lifestyle full of movement patterns that incorporate core stability and balance training. Chiropractic adjustments and specific physical therapy exercises correct spinal abnormalities and boost normal proprioceptive inputs to the brain and body. This reduces stress on the system and improves mitochondrial strength & stability.

Environmental toxins are now more than ever a strong player in creating mitochondrial dysfunction. Major toxins that damage mitochondrial function include heavy metals such as mercury, pesticides/herbicides, air/water pollutants, food preservatives, commercial cleaning agents, and non-stick cookware among others.

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