The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

News for 12-13-05

12-13-05 - U.N. Considers Expansion of Hariri Probe Mehlis' statements apparently did not persuade diplomats on the 15-nation council to seek sanctions against Damascus. Instead, the council was considering two Lebanese requests: to widen the probe into former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's death to include other political killings; and to form an international tribunal that would try suspects in his death

12-13-05 - US wants UN to increase pressure on Syria And bears * in the woods, news at six.

12-13-05 - Syria on the offensive over UN report "Syria has new testimony, which has not been made public, that refutes the Detlev Mehlis report," Fayez Sayegh told AFP

12-13-05 - Syria denies U.N. charge of slow cooperation To avert a showdown with the world body, Syria has allowed U.N. investigators to question five officials in Vienna

12-13-05 - UN: Hariri probe could take years if Syria stalls U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said Washington was still working out its response to sanctions but called Syria's cooperation "grudging at best" and carried out at the "lowest common denominator to see what they can get away with." "Syria is not going to get away with obstructing this investigation and it is not going to get away with the consequences,"

12-13-05 - Murder polarizes Lebanon The crisis is pitting Lebanon's Shiites, who remain deeply suspicious of Western influence in internal affairs, against other sects who seek international support against the alleged destabilizing tactics of Syria.

12-13-05 - State Dept. Rules Out Guarantee on Iran

12-13-05 - ACLU Opposes Patriot Act Provision The American Civil Liberties Union raised objections yesterday to a little-noticed provision of the latest version of the USA Patriot Act bill, arguing that it would give the Secret Service wider latitude to charge protesters accused of disrupting major events including political conventions and the Olympics.

12-13-05 - Iran could have nuke bombs in three years - Israeli army

12-13-05 - An 11th-hour drive to amend Patriot Act Within the Senate, a bipartisan group of lawmakers looking to tighten privacy protections wants to put off the vote for three months. (Parts of the Patriot Act are set to expire this month.) If these concerns aren't met, some, including Sens. Russell Feingold (D) of Wisconsin and Larry Craig (R) of Idaho, threaten to filibuster the bill. "This coalition on the conservative side and the progressive side in support of civil liberties is one of the best things that has happened since 9/11 in protecting our rights,"

12-13-05 - Police look for answers in text messages "You are getting text messages from people you don't even know," he said. "The next day I would ring the number and it was disconnected. [I have] no idea where it came from. I don't know where they're getting my number."

12-13-05 - Police seek to stop third night of Sydney unrest Racial violence erupted at Sydney's Cronulla Beach on Sunday when some 5,000 people, some yelling racist chants, attacked youths of Middle Eastern background. Police said white supremacists incited it.

12-13-05 - Australian Unrest Spreads to Other Cities The racial unrest that broke out in Sydney's beachside suburbs over the weekend has spread to two other large Australian cities, where people of Middle Eastern descent were assaulted by whites

12-13-05 - Israelis Grow Troubled by Bush Priorities In spite of their gradual decline in influence in the Bush administration since the Iraq invasion, neo-conservatives have been lobbying hard for the past two years for a policy of "regime change" in Syria....In the past year, neo-conservatives have also argued that overthrowing the Baathist regime in Syria would add momentum to U.S. efforts to spread democracy in the region,

12-13-05 - Suppose Israel were to give up nuclear weapons President Kennedy dispatched inspectors to the Dimona generating plant in Israel's south, and he cautioned Israel against developing atomic weapons. Anticipating the 1962 visit of American inspectors, Israel reportedly constructed a fake wall at Dimona to conceal its weapons production. Since then, no U.S. administration has effectively pressured Israel to either halt its program or to submit to inspections under the International Atomic Energy Agency

12-13-05 - Saudi Prince Gives Millions to Harvard and Georgetown

12-13-05 - Italian court orders Iran asset freeze A court in Italy has ordered the freezing of an Iranian government account held in a Rome bank in what lawyers say represents an unprecedented legal victory for three US families seeking compensation from Iran for its alleged support of Palestinian suicide bombings that killed their relatives. Meanwhile, Palestinian and American victims of Israeli violence get no justice or redress.

12-13-05 - Iran leader says Palestinian struggle must go on

12-13-05 - Jewish group meets with Berlusconi Anti-Defamation League officials met with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to discuss how to fight anti-Semitism and terrorism.
Italian court orders Iran asset freeze


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