The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Friday, March 31, 2006

News for 03-31-06

03-31-06 - Iran Test-Fires Missile Able to Duck Radar state-run television described the weapon as "ballistic" - suggesting it is of comparable range to Iran's existing ballistic rocket, which can travel about 1,200 miles and reach arch-foe Israel and U.S. bases in Iraq and the Persian Gulf region.

03-31-06 - Iran won't use oil as weapon: Mottaki Oil markets reacted to Mottaki's comments, with the price of U.S. light crude dropping 78 cents to $66.37 per barrel by 1421 GMT, after rallying 4 percent in course of the week.

03-31-06 - Iran's new missile shows it has an "aggressive" military program: US

03-31-06 - Iran nuclear plan 'irreversible' "However, we will not yield to pressure and intimidation and will not renounce by any means our country's legitimate right as recognised by international law,"

03-31-06 - Interview of the Vice President by Tony Snow we've never made the case, or argued the case that somehow Osama bin Laden [sic] was directly involved in 9/11. That evidence has never been forthcoming. But there -- that's a separate proposition from the question of whether or not there was some kind of a relationship between the Iraqi government, Iraqi intelligence services and the al Qaeda organization.

03-31-06 - Lebanon president clashes with anti-Syria ministers

03-31-06 - UN Security Council Resolution on Iran is a 'Good First Step', Says American Jewish Congress What is most likely is that, in the end, economic sanctions, stronger political pressure or perhaps even military action will be needed. Just remember this statement. For pro-Israeli groups have backpeddled away from their stance on the Iraq war since it has not gone as neocons had planned.

03-31-06 - Freed Reporter Expected to Go to Germany

03-31-06 - Special needs school welcomes war-scarred Iraqi children The war is hard on all of the institute's children. The simple passage of helicopters criss-crossing Baghdad's skies can spread panic and sow fear among the pupils.

03-31-06 - Tens of thousands flee conflict in Iraq: IOM

03-31-06 - Captain held after Bahrain deaths Police are questioning the captain of a boat which capsized off the coast of Bahrain, killing at least 57 people.

03-31-06 - Ex-Mossad chief: Hamas offered 30-year cease-fire in 1997

03-31-06 - Jill Carroll: finally free Across the Muslim world, voices not normally heard on behalf of an American, called for Jill's release: Hamas in the Palestinian territories, the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, and many others.

03-31-06 - House Budget Plan Ignores Bush Cuts to Medicare but Hits Veterans Health Care Veterans, many of them senior citizens, did not fair so well. The House committee cut the budget for medical care of veterans below even current levels for the rest of the decade Hideous.

03-31-06 - Actor & Director Ed Asner Shares 9/11 Concerns Asner questioned why no authority figures had been fired for their inability to prevent 9/11. Exactly. And if nobody was held accountable then, what's to stop it from happening AGAIN?

03-31-06 - Public Continues to Sour on Bush's Crusade

03-31-06 - Iraq bases spur questions over US plans

03-31-06 - In pictures: Iranian earthquake Also what Iran will look like if we bomb them?

03-31-06 - Daniel Pipes, a new kind of Israel-basher Dr. Pipes goes on to admit "a certain frustration" with the apparent unwillingness of Israelis to go out there and do the right thing: bring the Arabs to heel, by use of overwhelming force. Pipes would appear to be a supremacist/extremist whose ideologies inspired the Danish editor (Fleming Rose) to publish the anti-Islam cartoons.

03-31-06 - The Lobby Strikes Back The hate campaign directed at Mearsheimer and Walt underscores and validates the study's contention that all attempts to objectively discuss our Israel-centric foreign policy and the pivotal role played by the Lobby are met with outright intimidation.

03-31-06 - Eitan has Pollard document, spy's wife says Rafi Eitan "has in his personal possession a document, a major bargaining chip in negotiations for Jonathan's release," Esther Pollard wrote Thursday in the online version of Ma'ariv. "He has held the only copy of it for 21 years. The recovery of this document would be invaluable to the Americans, as it would permit them to finally wrap up the case once and for all."

03-31-06 - Kosher deli appeal in Abramoff sentencing One of the letters that successfully sought leniency for lobbyist Jack Abramoff noted that he ran a kosher deli, at a loss.

03-31-06 - Global Divide on Israel Lobby Study In the international online media, the 83-page study, "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy," by John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard, has attracted largely positive coverage. By contrast, U.S. and Israeli commentators have described their findings as outrageous and scandalous. Which again proves one of the points of the study.

03-31-06 - Analysis:China's Middle East agenda

03-31-06 - 'Israel lobby' critique roils academe The significance of the paper, according to those who condemn it, as well as those who embrace it, lies in the Harvard and University of Chicago credentials of the authors and in the fact that it has been presented in a high-level academic forum, in a heavily footnoted style associated with accurate, objective scholarship. This article was almost an attempt at fairness by the Boston Globe with respect to its reporting on the matter of the study of the Israeli lobby. But then they felt the need to play the David Duke card.

03-31-06 - America and Israel Judgment of the precise value of the Walt-Mearscheimer paper has been swept aside by a wave of condemnation. Their scholarship has been derided and their motives impugned, while Harvard has energetically disassociated itself from their views. Mr Walt's position as academic dean of the Kennedy School is in doubt.

03-31-06 - High Stakes at Harvard What would motivate two well recognized academics to depart so grossly from their usual standards of academic writing and research in order to produce a "study paper" that contributes so little to the existing literature while lending so much comfort to anti-Semites? Dershowitz, while playing the anti-Semite card (big surprise there), changes tack and focuses on going after Harvard next. All angles are being worked in the relentless onslaught of bilious vitriol by pro-Israelis in response to the study of the Israeli lobby. I don't think even they know where to fling the feces next. All they seem to know is that it must be flung.

News for 03-30-06

03-30-06 - Iraqi girl tells of US attack If Iman's story is true - and it has been disputed by the US military - human rights workers say it is the worst massacre of civilians by US troops in the country.

03-30-06 - Sanctions against Iran 'bad idea' Iran is not an imminent threat and sanctions against the Islamic Republic would be a "bad idea", the UN nuclear watchdog chief has warned.

03-30-06 - US presses for longer-term measures on Iran But she acknowledged that the text, which calls on Iran to abandon sensitive uranium-enrichment activities yet does not threaten sanctions, was a compromise struck after weeks of haggling, notably with Russia.

03-30-06 - Cracks show as top world powers warn Iran "The Chinese side feels there has already been enough turmoil in the Middle East and we do not want to see more turmoil introduced into the region," he said.

03-30-06 - US officials charged with lying in botched 2003 terrorism trial Two federal officials were charged with lying under oath and hiding evidence to win a conviction against four Moroccan men accused of running a Detroit "sleeper cell" in the days following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

03-30-06 - Iran Envoy Rejects Security Council Demand "Russia on principle doesn't think sanctions can achieve a settlement" that would lead Iran to compromise on enrichment and other demands backed by the Security Council, Lavrov said.
"Before we call any situation a threat, we need facts ... (and) so far they have not been provided," he said, arguing that there is no evidence that Iran is hiding a nuclear weapons program ? as asserted by Washington.

03-30-06 - World powers say Iran must curb nuclear ambitions Russia and China oppose any sanctions, let alone force, against Tehran and insisted on deleting portions of the U.N. statement that they feared could lead down that path.

03-30-06 - Fisk paints a Middle East in crisis Robert Fisk says that in his three decades of reporting from the Middle East for British newspapers, he's never seen it more dangerous, and that he's certain another major crisis, possibly even another September 11, is coming.

03-30-06 - Blair praises Indonesia's moderate Islam during visit

03-30-06 - Senate's lobby reform: strong enough? However, proposals to ban congressional earmarks and privately funded travel failed to make it into the bill Here's why.

03-30-06 - US to test 700-tonne explosive Tegnelia said the test was part of a US effort to develop weapons capable of destroying deeply buried bunkers housing nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.

03-30-06 - Making the World Safe for Christianity by Rep. Ron Paul Even given the horrendous costs of the Iraq War and the unintended consequences that plague us today, the neocons are eager to expand their regime-change policy to Iran by force.

03-30-06 - House considers university funding One directs the education secretary ?to take into account the degree to which activities of centers, programs, and fellowships at institutes of higher education advance national interests, generate and disseminate information, and foster debate on U.S. foreign policy from diverse perspectives.? This sounds like an earlier bill that was to ensure that federally-funded university curricula was sufficiently pro-Israel or the funding would be cut. Now it's been cloaked in more 'patriotic' language. Be warned.

03-30-06 - Iranian agents operating in Iraq: US commander "There are clearly Iranian intelligence agents operating inside Iraq and Iranian-produced explosives have found their way across the border," Abizaid said in an interview in Amman. "But I wouldn't go so far as to say that I could clearly point to the Iranian government as being complicit in anti-government activity," he added.

03-30-06 - US journalist is set free in Iraq Jill Carroll, who works for the Boston-based Christian Science Monitor, was abducted by unknown gunmen in west Baghdad on 7 January.

03-30-06 - Caspar Weinberger, aide to Reagan and Jonathan Pollard nemesis, dies Weinberger authored a 40-page, classified assessment of the damage Pollard's actions caused to U.S. interests. A four-page version, which was not classified, compared Pollard to other well-known spies. In the unclassified version, Weinberger said it was difficult to conceive a greater harm to national security than what Pollard had caused. He said Pollard "both damaged and destroyed policies and national assets which have taken many years, great effort and enormous national resources to secure."

03-30-06 - What Was CPT Doing in Iraq? You probably know Jonathan Kuttab he is an evangelical Palestinian, born in Bethlehem, and has been working for justice for the Palestinians in nonviolent ways for a couple decades now

03-30-06 - Immigration Bill Draws Jewish Support As the Senate struggled this week to hammer out legislation on the contentious issue of immigration reform, Jewish groups were in boardrooms and on the streets advocating for the most liberal approaches to the issue. I ask again, do these folks advocate a similar immigration policy for the state of Israel? Highly doubtful. So why is it that it should be imposed on the American taxpayers?

03-30-06 - Al-Assad's interview with PBS: Syria's position is very clear Al-Assad: I will tell you. There was something like we did. I will go back to our experience. I think both sides have to recognize the UN and the Security Council resolutions. This is the solution. According to those resolutions, you have an Israeli state and a Palestinian state. So it is a very good idea. Both of them will have a state but through Security Council resolutions. Whole interview is worth reading. I saw it as it aired on PBS.

03-30-06 - Paper on Israel lobby raises hackles, but fails to gain traction in Congress Off the record, Jewish officials here reverse that equation, saying their support for the Iraq war was necessary in order to curry favor with a White House that was hell-bent on war. In fact, the adventure unsettled many Israeli and Jewish officials because of concerns that the principal beneficiary would be Iran. Outright bullshit. These groups have only recently backpeddled from their stance on the Iraq war due to the fact that it isn't the 'cakewalk' that neocons such as Paul Wolfowitz asserted that it would be.

03-30-06 - Exposé on Jewish role in US policy is disowned After a furious outcry from prominent American Jews, Harvard has removed its logo from the study and disowned any responsibility for the views put forward in the working paper, released two weeks ago....Yesterday it confirmed that Stephen Walt, the co-author of The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, will be stepping down in June as academic dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government to become an ordinary professor. Which again proves some of the points of the study.

03-30-06 - Palestinian minister off to bad start: Bolton In a further sign of how the United States aims to isolate Hamas, Bolton said Washington had decided to redefine the duties of U.S. Major-General Keith Dayton, whoe was appointed last November to oversee Israeli-Palestinian security coordination efforts John Bolton's neocon 'strategery' earned him the job of ambassador to the UN. The only problem is, it would appear that he is doing the bidding of Israel therein, 99% of the time, thus earning the new title of ISRAEL's ambassador to the UN.

03-30-06 - ADL: Assad aids Holocaust denial The Anti-Defamation League accused Syria's president of giving "aid and comfort" to Holocaust deniers.

03-30-06 - US professors accused of being liars and bigots over essay on pro-Israeli lobby Prof Mearsheimer said the storm of protest proved one of its arguments - that the strength of the pro-Israel lobby stifled debate on US foreign policy. Indeed. When the ever-abused charge of 'anti-Semite!' is leveled, then you know you've hit on something.

03-30-06 - Imperial overreach is accelerating the global decline of America The disastrous foreign policies of the US have left it more isolated than ever, and China is standing by to take over ...Making it the central thrust of US foreign policy, in other words, had nothing to do with the al-Qaida threat and everything to do with the Bush administration seeking to mobilise US public opinion behind a neoconservative foreign policy.

03-30-06 - Israeli Electorate Rebukes Bush American neoconservatives have close, long-standing alliances with Israel's right-wing Likud Party. Like the neocons, the Likud believe in military solutions. In their policy papers, neocons set out a strategy for U.S.-Israeli hegemony in the Middle East. Many experts are of the opinion that Bush's invasion of Iraq was the opening gun of implementing this strategy.

03-30-06 - Arab Americans slam Dems "Let's say skinheads had bought a company to take over our port. I think the outcry would have been the same," Schumer said.

03-30-06 - Christians for Fair Witness on the Middle East Concerned about Report Authored by Two Prominent American Professors This organization is Christian Zionist in nature, not surprisingly.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

News for 03-29-06

03-29-06 - Iran to stage massive Gulf military maneuver Thousands of Iranian troops will on Friday start a week-long military maneuver in the Gulf to ready armed forces for warding off "threats", a senior commander announced on state television.

03-29-06 - Using force against Iran 'counter-productive': Russian FM "We are aiming for the Security Council to do what is necessary on a professional, not a politicised, basis,"

03-29-06 - Syria's Assad Calls for Better U.S. Ties Syrian President Bashar Assad has renewed his call for better relations with the United States but at the same time criticized President Bush's government, saying it does not care about peace.

03-29-06 - U.N. Demands Iran Suspend Nuke Enrichment Russia and China, both allies of Iran, oppose sanctions. They wanted any council statement to make explicit that the IAEA, not the Security Council, must take the lead in confronting Iran.

03-29-06 - Bush blames Iraq violence on Saddam's divisive 'legacy' President George W. Bush said former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's brutal divisive legacy, rather than the US-led invasion, was to blame for Iraq's current sectarian violence.

03-29-06 - US admits attack target contained a mosque Iraqi and American special forces who attacked an insurgent headquarters in Baghdad were not aware that their target contained a mosque until after the battle, America's most senior soldier said yesterday.

03-29-06 - Neocons Blocked 2003 Nuclear Talks With Iran

03-29-06 - 'If you start looking at them as humans, then how are you gonna kill them?' He claims that US soldiers such as him were told little about Iraq, Iraqis or Islam before serving there; other than a book of Arabic phrases, "the message was always: 'Islam is evil' and 'They hate us.' Most of the guys I was with believed it."

03-29-06 - West softens UN draft on Iran The text deletes language on several specific demands. Instead it refers only to the number of the resolution that contained them and was adopted by the International Atomic Energy Agency board in Vienna, the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

03-29-06 - United States Must Address Control of its Middle East Policies by Israeli Lobby by Paul Findley Former Ambassador George W. Ball said Congress behaves like trained poodles, jumping through hoops held by lobbyists for Israel. The lobby marshals great resources to defeat its critics and reward supporters. Senators Charles Percy and Adlai Stevenson and Representatives Paul "Pete" McCloskey, Cynthia McKinney, Earl Hilliard and I are among those defeated at the polls by candidates heavily financed by pro-Israel forces. With hardly a murmur of protest, Congress recently approved resolutions saluting the prime minister of Israel for building high walls and fences that keep Palestinians penned up on their own land like cattle.

03-29-06 - Hamas would win any conflict with Israel: Iran

03-29-06 - Security Council endorses UN help for Hariri murder trial The United Nations Security Council directed UN chief Kofi Annan to negotiate a deal with Lebanon creating an international tribunal to try suspects in the murder of Lebanon's ex-premier

03-29-06 - Abramoff Gets Almost 6 Years in Prison He will remain free while helping prosecutors with a vast bribery investigation involving members of Congress.

03-29-06 - The US propaganda machine: Oh, what a lovely war

03-29-06 - Putin says U.S. hampering Russia's WTO accession "We have received a list of questions from our American colleagues that require additional agreements that we thought had been settled long ago," Putin told a meeting of top businessmen Meanwhile in the neocon breakroom - 'hmm.. let me see.. how can we get Russia to back our plans for Iran.....aha!'

03-29-06 - Fasten Your Seat Belt The war in Iraq is about to escalate

03-29-06 - Pipes gets it wrong

03-29-06 - Another Iraq Memo Revealed: Colin Powell Opposed War Without Second U.N. Resolution

03-29-06 - Iran Is at War with Us by Michael Ledeen It?s time to take action against Iran and its half-brother Syria, for the carnage they have unleashed against us and the Iraqis Michael Ledeen is a resident neoconservative at the neoconservative thinktank AEI.

03-29-06 - Russia likely to sell arms to Palestine in long-term

03-29-06 - AIPAC trial delayed Judge T.S. Ellis III did not explain his order Monday postponing the trial from April 25 to May 23.

03-29-06 - FBI stopped Hezbollah smugglers

03-29-06 - Israel's Election Europe is not beholden to any individual European government?s objection to meeting with Hamas - oh, come to think of it, most of those have quietly faded away, amid continuing blather about how best to funnel ever more money to the Palestinians despite their choice of terrorists as leaders My but the folks over at JINSA have adopted an amateurish and downright immature tone in their latest article. Then, that's what one would come to expect from neocons.

03-29-06 - Man Sentenced for Bush Assassination Plot The jury in the three-week trial saw a videotaped confession Abu Ali gave to the Saudis in which he said he joined al-Qaida because he hated the United States for its support of Israel. Our support for Israel also motived one of the plotters of 911

03-29-06 - Roed-Larsen to ask for new UN resolution on Lebanon According to the sources, Larsen proposed three possible solutions to the Shebaa Farms dispute: a Lebanese-Syrian agreement, international arbitration, or an Israeli withdrawal.

03-29-06 - Ballistic Missile Defense: Israel BMD plan As with previous Israeli tenders, the U.S.-Israeli consortia participating in the SRBMD tender want their systems to be eligible for U.S. government funding for the proposed project, Globes said. The U.S. Congress has already approved $133 million for the Arrow program in the coming fiscal year, including $10 million for defense against short-range missiles.

03-29-06 - Can Turkey bridge the gap between Islam and the West? By improving ties with Iran and Syria, Turkey aims to help mediate tensions.

03-29-06 - The Iraq War is Going Very Well - For Israel

03-29-06 - A nation like ours The Boston Globe's resident Israel-apologist Jeff Jacoby's SECOND response to the report about the Israeli lobby by the two professors. Americans would NOT be so supportive of Israel if they knew the truth about Isreal's sordid history and grave human rights violations. That the American media is complicit in this is one of the POINTS OF THE STUDY.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

News for 03-28-06

03-28-06 - Halliburton overcharged for Iraq oil work: report Oil services company Halliburton Co. repeatedly overcharged taxpayers and provided substandard cost reports under a $1.2 billion contract to restore Iraq's southern oil fields, according to a new report by U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (news, bio, voting record).

03-28-06 - Rice: Iran a Menace Beyond Nuclear Issue "I think there's no doubt that Iran is the single biggest threat from a state that we face," Rice told a Senate panel...She repeated claims that Iran is meddling in Iraq, bankrolling terrorism in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories and repressing its people.

03-28-06 - West hopes for UN deal on Iran this week A senior U.S. State Department official said the Berlin meeting was aimed largely at reassuring Russia and China that sanctions and invading Iran were not the next step.

03-28-06 - Tehran Calls for Nuclear Facility in Iran The new Iranian proposal is an alternative to Russia's offer to host Iran's nuclear fuel production as a way to ease concerns that enrichment conducted in Iran could be used to develop weapons. Iran maintains its atomic program is for generating electricity.

03-28-06 - Russia demands clear reply from Iran on nuclear offer

03-28-06 - Security Council holds informal session on Iran nculear crisis Russia and China have opposed language in the proposed statement that would even hint at punitive measures against their ally and key trading partner.

03-28-06 - Syrian FM warns against Lebanon troops on Israel border Syria's foreign minister has counseled Lebanon against any decision to deploy its troops along the border with Israel, saying that could spark clashes that he suggested Lebanon might not win.

03-28-06 - Fitzgerald Will Seek New White House Indictments Although the situation remains fluid, it's possible, these sources said, that Fitzgerald may seek to indict both Rove and Hadley, charging them with perjury, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy related to their roles in the leak of Plame Wilson's identity and their effort to cover up their involvement following a Justice Department investigation.

03-28-06 - Rice asks Russia to probe leak of US invasion plans

03-28-06 - Russia's newfound clout pushes US to rethink ties The Pentagon report came amid brewing tensions between the United States and Russia on a number of issues, notably Putin's recent invitation to the Palestinian militant group Hamas to come to Moscow, his refusal to back US-led moves for UN sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, and his support of the authoritarian regime in Belarus

03-28-06 - UN Security Council 'will OK' international court The UN Security Council "will OK" the establishment of an international tribunal to try those accused for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, according to Justice Minister Charles Rizk in an exclusive interview with The Daily Star

03-28-06 - Syria's Assad meets Lebanese PM Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora have met for the first time since July, despite tensions between their nations.

03-28-06 - What Is 'Democracy'? by Patrick J. Buchanan Our neoconservatives are, of course, anxious to "liberate" and "democratize" Syria, too. If they succeed, God help the Christians there. No one else will.

03-28-06 - Treasury move seen as key step in struggle against Hezbollah TV AIPAC lobbying led 51 U.S. senators to sign a letter last August urging President Bush to name al-Manar a specially designated terrorist entity. The American Jewish Committee joined with a coalition of moderate Muslim and Christian groups to press for the designation.

03-28-06 - 'Israel Lobby' Study Attracts More Abuse The NY Sun is unrelenting in its crusade against the study of the Israeli Lobby by the college professors.

03-28-06 - Dershowitz Calls For Unbiased Talk On Israel Question Dershowitz is hardly an individual that could give an unbiased talk about Israel.

03-28-06 - Harvard Study Critical of Israel Lobby Unjustly Lambasted The article is neither ignorant nor anti-semitic. It is a review of previously published information and opinion that is familiar to all who have followed events in the Middle East. It presents a view of the US and Israel that people such as Alan Dershowitz and Ruth Wisse oppose, and for which they will go to great lengths to delegitimize, in the name of defending Israel and Jews, against unjust attacks

03-28-06 - 'We're on the eve of World War III' according to Meir Amit, a former director of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency.
....Amit urged Western nations to "unite and work together. Unfortunately, the world is not uniting. China and Russia are problems. This should be taken into consideration."

03-28-06 - Palestinian refugees in Lebanon: Long standing suffering The land area occupied by the 12 Palestinian official refugee camps in Lebanon has remained mostly unchanged since 1948 despite the Palestinian refugee population in Lebanon having swelled from an estimated 100,000 in 1949 to over 400,000 at the present time.

03-28-06 - Dershowitz pledges to defend Israeli generals Internationally renowned criminal lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, has pledged to defend
"in any court of law
" Israeli army officers threatened with legal proceedings when travelling outside their country, especially in the UK. Naturally.

03-28-06 - Iran, Mideast, Lebanon on agenda for Rice-Chirac talks Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Lebanon and Syria, are all likely to be raised when US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has talks with French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday, the foreign ministry said.

03-28-06 - Storm intensifies over Israel Lobby paper ?What was once a non-partisan policy institute is now part of the pro-Israel chorus,? the professors wrote, taking aim at Brooking?s Saban Centre for Middle East Studies and in particular its main donor, Haim Saban, an Israeli-American businessman, and its director, Martin Indyk, a former US ambassador to Israel.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

News for 03-27-06

03-27-06 - Moussaoui: White House was my 9/11 target -- Al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui told a stunned courtroom Monday that he and would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid were supposed to hijack a fifth plane on September 11, 2001, and crash it into the White House....That claim was contradicted by alleged September 11 architect Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, whose testimony was read from a written interrogation summary.

03-27-06 - US troops defend raid, say Iraqis faked "massacre" This is exactly the kind of statement that one sees Israel make in response to similar situations.

03-27-06 - Bush told Blair determined to invade Iraq without UN resolution or WMD US President George W. Bush made clear to British Prime Minister Tony Blair in January 2003 that he was determined to invade Iraq without a UN resolution and even if UN arms inspectors failed to find weapons of mass destruction in the country, The New York Times reported.

03-27-06 - MI5 tip-off to CIA led to men's rendition MI5 knew that two British residents who were seized and secretly flown to Guantánamo Bay were carrying harmless items when it tipped off the CIA that they were in possession of bomb parts.

03-27-06 - Government investigators smuggled radioactive materials into U.S. Two teams of government investigators using fake documents were able to enter the United States with enough radioactive sources to make two dirty bombs, according to a federal report made available Monday.

03-27-06 - Assad denies Syrian link to Hariri's murder: report "Nobody threatened him in Syria, me or nobody else...this is not my way," Assad, speaking in English, told PBS television's "The Charlie Rose Show."

03-27-06 - US rejects Iraqi accusations on deadly night raid The US military insisted Iraqi special forces carried out a raid on an insurgent hide-out that killed over a dozen people, rejecting accusations American troops had launched a deadly attack on civilians in a mosque.

03-27-06 - US will question Russia about Iraq leak Other information provided by the Russians, however, was wildly inaccurate.....Meanwhile, the International Herald Tribune reports that Russian spokesmen suggested the Pentagon might be trying "to increase pressure on Russia to press Iran more actively to curb its nuclear program."

03-27-06 - Military force can't destroy our atomic program: Iran Soltaniyeh said that after Israel bombed Iraq's nuclear power plant at Osirak in 1981, then Iraqi-leader Saddam Hussein bombed Iran's Bushehr plant. The Security Council then passed a resolution condemning the attacks and making it illegal for countries to strike nuclear facilities.
But Soltaniyeh said those U.N. documents were "just pieces of paper" today to the United States and Israel.
A retired U.S. Air Force colonel and well-known war gaming expert told the conference the United States was under increasing pressure to use military force to destroy Iran's atomic sites and would make a decision on this option soon.

03-27-06 - Russia calls US charge of helping Iraq 'politically-motivated' Lavrov's comments came a day after two senior US officials, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and White House National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, vowed they would take the matter up with Russian officials. Not surpringly, Hadley is a neocon.

03-27-06 - Germany investigates Russians over exports to Iran

03-27-06 - Leading church aid agency defends Norman Kember's integrity

03-27-06 - Check Point Loses Match Point With the possible exception of the Holy See, there's no country in the world less likely to attack the U.S. or aid terrorists than Israel. Evidently the author doesn't know about this incident, or perhaps this one.

03-27-06 - Shanghai's help for Jews hailed (Foxman of the ADL) added there were three reasons for the group's tour of the country....."And the last is to strengthen the relationship between China and Israel," he said.
Thus does the Israeli lobby take root in China.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

News for 03-26-06

03-26-06 - Iraqis killed by US troops ?on rampage?

03-26-06 - U.S. to Probe Russia on Iraq Intel Report Sen. Carl Levin (news, bio, voting record) of Michigan said if the report proved true, "it would be obviously plenty discouraging as well as disgusting" and the U.S. should find ways to let the Russians know "that kind of conduct is not going to be acceptable to us."

03-26-06 - PM warns against hostility to US Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned of the "madness" of European hostility to America and said there was a danger the US could walk away from world affairs.

03-26-06 - Rice predicts significant US pullout from Iraq

03-26-06 - UN does not expect Hizbollah to be disarmed by force

03-26-06 - Government gaffes shock 9/11 trial FBI agent Harry Samit for instance, testified he had warned his bosses a stunning 70 times, after nabbing Moussaoui at a flight simulator school, that he could be a terrorist planning to hijack an airliner

03-26-06 - Protests planned for Rice's visit to Britain

03-26-06 - Kuwait, Palestine Praise King Abdullah's Initiative The Palestinian foreign ministers for his part described King Abdullah's initiative as positive and expressed hope that it would contribute to improving the situation in Iraq and achieving Iraqis' interests.

03-26-06 - Parrish's planner reflects visit to refugee camp "We think of Syria as a horrible and frightening country, but the Syrians treated the Palestinians better than the other countries we visited."

03-26-06 - Saddam Asks Arab League to Back Insurgents After dividing Iraq, the United States will carve up Saudi Arabia, Syria and Sudan, then establish a Palestinian homeland in Jordan and western Iraq, the letter said. That would let the U.S. control oil in the Arab world and Israel take over the West Bank, emptied of Palestinians, it said.

03-26-06 - Conservatives' new books have Bush in crosshairs "This speech (by syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer), given almost a year after the US invasion of Iraq, treated the war as a virtually unqualified success. I could not understand why everyone around me was applauding the speech enthusiastically, given that the US had found no WMD in Iraq, was bogged down in a vicious insurgency, and had almost totally isolated itself from the rest of the world by following the kind of unipolar strategy advocated,"

News for 03-25-06

03-25-06 - Russia denies it told Saddam about US invasion moves "It is not the first time that such unfounded accusations have been made against Russian intelligence," SVR spokesman Boris Labussov told AFP.

03-25-06 - Iran only week or two away from pilot uranium enrichment - diplomats The diplomat, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue, said the cascade might be ready to begin enrichment as quickly as "within a week, maybe a week or two longer."

03-25-06 - Iran to soon access full nuclear technology: Ahmadinejad Ahmadinejad also called for a "Middle East without nuclear arms."

03-25-06 - U.N. to Inspect Iran Enrichment Program a senior agency official dropped such reservations Saturday as he called the U.S. claims that an agency briefing on the advances made by Iran on enrichment was a bombshell "pure speculation and misinformation." "It comes from people who are seeking a crisis, not a solution" to the confrontation over Iran, the official said.

03-25-06 - Fears of Iran's role in Iraq loom over Arab summit

03-25-06 - Iran, Syria blast Israel over nuclear programme Top officials from Syria and Iran, close allies under severe pressure from the international community, stood together to denounce Israel's nuclear programme as a threat to the Middle East.

03-25-06 - Details Released on Iraq Hostages' Ordeal Both Canadians are "deeply grateful to all those who worked for them and prayed for their release," David said. "Their heads are swirling."

03-25-06 - India and Iran stress need for closer ties

03-25-06 - Bush shuns Patriot Act requirement When President Bush signed the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act this month, he included an addendum saying that he did not feel obliged to obey requirements that he inform Congress about how the FBI was using the act's expanded police powers.

03-25-06 - US accuses Iran of Iraq duplicity US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad has said Iran is publicly professing support for Iraq's political process while backing militias and insurgents.

03-25-06 - Rights forum seeks removal of pro-Israeli adviser With the new post, Bethlehem, a former adviser to Ariel Sharon, will be responsible for advising Foreign Secretary Jack Straw on a host of several controversial issues such as Guantanamo Bay, the occupation of Iraq and the legality of any pre-emptive strike against Iran..."We are appalled that the Foreign Office is employing someone who has a very distinct bias in favour of Israel,"

03-25-06 - Iran to talk with US conditionally: Ahmadinejad

03-25-06 - Freed Kember thanks rescue troops

03-25-06 - Hebron Team Rejoices in the Release of Their Colleagues in Baghdad We are humbled by the statements of support from the Muslim community around the
world in acknowledging CPT's work in Palestine and Iraq and in their continual
calls for the release of our teammates.

03-25-06 - Slain American became a peace activist after 9/11

03-25-06 - Prince's call over 'God's word'

03-25-06 - Ethics reform stalling in Congress But GOP leaders are at odds over proposed limits on privately funded travel. See also Pro-Israel Activists Block Travel Reform

03-25-06 - The Israel Lobby Honestly, these things are fairly well known to Washington insiders and those who pay close attention. But the paper is significant exactly because what it says is quite true, and as a result of this it is difficult for respectable, objective sources to publish this kind of information. Because the influence of the lobby is not openly discussed the net effect is that there is a powerful and often hidden warping of both our foreign policy and news reporting.

03-25-06 - Bush makes the ultimate commitment to Israel

03-25-06 - Are the neocons losing it? by Patrick J. Buchanan

03-25-06 - Of Israel, Harvard and David Duke The Washington Post reports on the study of the Israeli lobby, albeit on page B05. Gives a fairly balanced report as well, save for the title. Evidently someone felt the need to play the David Duke card in an attempt to add negative connotations to this report before anyone even had a chance to read the article.

03-25-06 - In Dark Times, Blame the Jews Playing the anti-Semite card - again, this tactic is pointed out in the study of the Israeli lobby in its effectiveness as a tool to silence critics of this lobby and of Israel.

Friday, March 24, 2006

News for 03-24-06

03-24-06 - Pentagon: Russia Gave Saddam U.S. Intel The unclassified report does not assess the value of the information or provide details beyond citing an Iraqi document that says the battlefield intelligence was provided to Saddam through the Russian ambassador in Baghdad. Russia stands firm in its position with regard to sanctions on Iran at the UN. Looks like that may be about to change, mm?

03-24-06 - Russia says no to any Iran deal sidelining it Notice what else made the news today about Russia. "The unclassified report does not assess the value of the information or provide details beyond citing an Iraqi document that says the battlefield intelligence was provided to Saddam through the Russian ambassador in Baghdad." Coincidence? Or is someone trying to coax Russia into seeing it 'our way'?...

03-24-06 - N Korea threatens action against US Yet Iran is our 'number one threat'. Mmmm k.

03-24-06 - Lebanese ministers visit refugee camp for first time Education Minister Khaled Kabbani, who headed the group, expressed outrage about the living conditions in the camps. "What we saw in this camp is a true humanitarian drama that must shake the international consciousness," the minister said. Most Palestinians living in Lebanon are denied basic civil rights, including Lebanese citizenship, the right to work in many professions and to own property
The Palestinians are 'the Jews' of the modern-day world, as someone once said.

03-24-06 - Syrian vice president to hold Iran talks Syrian First Vice President Faruq al-Shara was to arrive in Tehran for talks with Iranian officials as both countries bid to fend off increasing international pressure, state television reported.

03-24-06 - US, Iran to discuss Iraq: Rice US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the United States will talk to Iran about its accusations that the Islamic republic is trying to destabilise Iraq.

03-24-06 - UN refugee agency fears for Baghdad's Palestinians "On Thursday, we heard from the Palestinian community in Baghdad that reportedly over 100 families had received written death threats and that many are in a state of shock and panic,"

03-24-06 - Actor Charlie Sheen Questions Official 9/11 Story

03-24-06 - Abramoff, Ex-Partner May Give Statements A judge has approved subpoenas for former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and an ex-business partner to answer questions about the mob-style slaying of the owner of a gambling fleet they bought.

03-24-06 - Google Caught Censoring Charlie Sheen 9/11 Story My website came up in the top six listings for the regular Google web search for the Israeli lobby report. One day later, my website is buried, gone. Somebody knows how to play the game with Google.


03-24-06 - UN envoy calls on Lebanon and Syria to firm up borders UN special envoy Terje Roed-Larsen called on Lebanon and Syria to agree on their respective borders in the controversial Shebaa Farms area, which is occupied by Israel.

03-24-06 - CNN poll: Do you agree with Charlie Sheen that the U.S. government covered up the real events of the 9/11 attacks? Yes 82%

03-24-06 - DeLay attorney wants court's decision quickly

03-24-06 - Harvard's Paper on Israel Drew From Neo-Nazi Sites And the smear campaign continues. Everything that the pro-Israelis have said and done thus far in response to this study - have proven the ENTIRE PREMISE OF THE STUDY.

03-24-06 - Japan vows to keep developing giant Iran oil field Japan said it will press ahead with its multi-billion-dollar oil investment in Iran, rejecting a report that US officials have pressured Tokyo to pull out due to Tehran's nuclear drive.

03-24-06 - KSG Seeks Distance from Paper Yesterday?s issue of The New York Sun reported that an "observer" familiar with Harvard said that the University had received calls from "pro-Israel donors" concerned about the KSG paper. Everything that the pro-Israelis have said and done thus far in response to this study - have proven the ENTIRE PREMISE OF THE STUDY.

03-24-06 - Neocon rag bashes Jimmy Carter for supporting real democracy, not neocon 'democracy' His latest pieces that demonstrated sympathy for the ordinary Palestinians no doubt pushed the fire-breathing neocons over the edge. They're out for blood now.


03-24-06 - Constitutional Questions Show in AIPAC Case Prosecutor Kevin DiGregory argued that the law regulates conduct, not speech, and therefore does not merit the same level of scrutiny. He also said that "the national security interests of the United States" require that the law be upheld.

03-24-06 - Security Council to okay UN help for trial of Hariri murder suspects

03-24-06 - Mass. officials attend Israeli conference MacMillan and 130 other senior US security officials attending a counterterrorism conference in Jerusalem found themselves caught up in an unfolding manhunt for a suspected Palestinian suicide bomber.
An hour later, after a dramatic helicopter and motorcycle chase through police roadblocks on the main Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, Israeli police told the Americans that the would-be bomber had been captured, with 15 pounds of explosives packed with nails and shrapnel.
Aha. This explains a lot about the dramatic chase of those 'suspected bombers' this past week.

03-24-06 - Israeli media condemn, discuss report on US-Israel ties

03-24-06 - The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc

03-24-06 - U.S. opposes depositions in AIPAC case Lawyers for Steven Rosen, the pro-Israel lobby?s former foreign policy director, and Keith Weissman, its former Iran analyst, asked the court in a motion to be considered Friday to allow three Israeli diplomats to be deposed in the case.

03-24-06 - Boehner says he won?t let anti-Israel laws through Boehner?s address Monday to 5,000 activists at the AIPAC conference in Washington was his first major foreign policy speech since his fellow Republican legislators elected him on Feb. 3. Boehner was elected after Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) stepped down in the wake of his indictment on charges related to campaign fund-raising.

03-24-06 - Jewish panel defends Israel Members of the Tulane community have brought Ahmadinejad's comments to light. The Tulane College Democrats, New Orleans Hillel and the Tulane-Israel Public Affairs Committee sponsored a panel discussion entitled "Democracy in the Middle East" to address how the United States and the international community should respond.

03-24-06 - UN envoy urges Lebanon, Syria to demarcate their borders So's we can tell which country is which when we attack (Syria) for the neocons!!

03-24-06 - Israel Lobby Paper Proving Itself True Media, pundits and bloggers will continue to make much ado of David Duke's support, which the pro-Israel Sun elicited in an interview, but not bother mentioning that a shorter version of this paper made it into the prestigious and highly intellectual London Review of Books. That is exactly the state of discourse the paper addresses.

03-24-06 - On a desert trek, former enemies form new bonds But when word was delivered to the group at 2 a.m. Wednesday that all were welcome except the Israelis, they didn't hesitate. "Muslim, Christian, Jewish, we're all one team, one body, one spirit," says Palestinian Mohammad Azzam Alarjah

News for 03-23-06

03-23-06 - U.S. Hiring Hong Kong Co. to Scan Nukes

03-23-06 - Christian Peacemakers celebrate release

03-23-06 - No more stalling on Iran: Rice Her tone contrasted with her remarks a day earlier while on a trip to the Bahamas, where she expressed confidence the UN Security Council would eventually agree on the language of a statement on Iran.

03-23-06 - China repeats it's in accord with Russia on Iran

03-23-06 - Britain pushes for military option to restrain Tehran

03-23-06 - U.S., British Forces Rescue Iraq Hostages Without firing a shot, U.S. and British forces stormed a house Thursday and freed three Christian peace activists who were bound but unguarded, ending a four-month hostage ordeal that saw an American in the group killed and dumped along a railroad track.

03-23-06 - India nuke deal meets wary Congress Bush presses for approval of a pact taking a different approach to nonproliferation. Some see it as rewarding renegade behavior.

03-23-06 - No escape for fearful Palestinians in Iraq Reports of kidnappings, murder and persecution of Palestinian refugees in Iraq have forced many to try to flee, but for most there is nowhere else to go.

03-23-06 - UN's top lawyer sees Hariri court outside Lebanon

03-23-06 - U.S. Freezes Lebanese Media's Assets The Bush administration moved Thursday to freeze the assets of several Lebanese media outlets, alleging that they helped raised money and recruits for Hezbollah's terrorist network.

03-23-06 - Prosecutors Want DeLay Charges Reinstated Prosecutors argued before a Texas appeals court Wednesday that some of the criminal charges against Rep. Tom Delay (news, bio, voting record) should be reinstated.

03-23-06 - Pace Wants Review of Propaganda Program

03-23-06 - Canadian hostages risked death for pacifist cause In 2004, he went to Gaza and the West Bank with a group that supports the Palestinian cause and sent emails about injustices against them to friends worldwide.

03-23-06 - Mubarak holds Syria-Lebanon talks

03-23-06 - Israeli warplanes illegally overfly tense Lebanon border Last week, UN chief Kofi Annan urged the leaders of Syria, Israel and Lebanon to do their utmost to prevent a new flare-up of violence, warning them of a possible "major confrontation" along Israel's northern border. These overflights of Lebanese airspace alone are a major act of provocation.

03-23-06 - Scholars' Attack on Pro-Israel Lobby Met With Silence Officials with pro-Israel organizations say that given the limited public attention generated by the new study - as of Tuesday most major print outlets had ignored it What better proof is needed of the power of the Israeli lobby in America?

03-23-06 - Professor Says American Publisher Turned Him Down John Mearsheimer says that the pro-Israel lobby is so powerful that he and co-author Stephen Walt would never have been able to place their report in a American-based scientific publication.

03-23-06 - Video: MSNBC's Joe Scarborough reports on Harvard study of the Israeli Lobby Note the tag line under the MSNBC video: 'Hate at Harvard'. They are referring to the study about the Israeli lobby. It's 'hate' only to those who seek to suppress the truth.

03-23-06 - Islamist terror threatens Europe, Israel - Germany The bomb attacks in Madrid and London are clear evidence that Europe is no longer just a recruitment and financing area but has become a target of Islamic terrorism," Uhrlau told a conference on Islamic extremism organised by the American Jewish Congress.

03-23-06 - Charlie Sheen Questions 9/11 Official Story

03-23-06 - Muslim scholars in cartoon talks BBC Islamic affairs analyst Roger Hardy says the conference is designed to show that the sense of injury in the Muslim world is still palpable.

03-23-06 - ZOA: Harvard Pseudo-Academic 'Working Paper' Attacking Contrary to what was reported in that Forward article of today's news, pro-Israeli outfits have NOT remained silent in the wake of the Harvard study about the Israeli lobby. Rather, they have evidently instructed their cohorts in the mainstream American media to do so.

03-23-06 - Rescue of 3 hostages brings joy, renewed sorrow that 1 didn't make it Pyles sat vigil with Fox's body at an Iraqi air base and accompanied 82 Palestinian Iraqis to the Jordanian border for safety before returning to Fairmont, WV.

03-23-06 - So pro-Israel that it hurts In short, if Israel is indeed entering a new era of national sanity and de-occupation, then the role of the Lobby in U.S.-Israel relations will have to be rethought, and either reformed from within or challenged from without.

03-23-06 - Israeli Software Firm Drops U.S. Deal Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. in Ramat Gan, Israel, formally withdrew its proposal near the conclusion of a rare, full-blown investigation by a U.S. review panel over the company's plans to buy a smaller rival, Sourcefire Inc. Was the conclusion going to be a bad one? Is that why they pulled out of the deal?

03-23-06 - AIPAC and American Interests: The Pushback begins.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

News for 03-22-06

03-22-06 - U.S. Ambassador Bolton indicates 'targeted sanctions' on Iran U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton has indicated the possibility of Washington imposing "targeted sanctions" on Iran if it continues to pursue uranium enrichment activities even after the U.N. Security Council adopts a statement by its president.

03-22-06 - Nations Seek to Break Deadlock Over Iran The lack of progress, which followed a decision to scrap full council discussions Tuesday, reflected just how much the United States and its European allies had failed to get Russia and China on board during a meeting of high-level diplomats in New York the night before.

03-22-06 - Russia says NPT must be kept intact in Iran crisis Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Tuesday China supported a Russian compromise proposal that would allow Iran to use nuclear fuel enriched in an internationally monitored plant on Russian soil, easing fears that Tehran could divert atomic material to develop weapons.

03-22-06 - Deadlocked Security Council puts off formal Iran meeting Diplomats in Vienna said that if the council fails to agree on the non-binding Franco-British text, the US delegation might push for a tough UN resolution invoking possible sanctions under Chapter 7 of the UN charter. The aim would be to force Russia and China either to veto the resolution or to abstain and thus allow it go through if it can get the required nine votes.

03-22-06 - US turns attention to al-Qaeda in Iran "Iran is becoming more and more radicalised and more willing to turn a blind eye to the al-Qaeda presence there," one US counterterrorism official said. Ding ding ding, we've got a winner.

03-22-06 - Iraqi civilian deaths shrouded in secrecy Hundreds of civilians have been killed during major offensives by US-led forces against insurgents in cities such as Falluja, and many others have died after lethal force was used at military checkpoints.

03-22-06 - FAA Reportedly Dismissed Moussaoui Concern During testimony Tuesday, a terrorism supervisor in FBI headquarters dismissed as "hunches and suppositions" a field agent's concerns about Moussaoui in the weeks before Sept. 11.

03-22-06 - Documents Show Saddam's WMD Frustrations Exasperated, besieged by global pressure, Saddam Hussein and top aides searched for ways in the 1990s to prove to the world they'd given up banned weapons.

03-22-06 - Harvard's Paper on Israel Called 'Trash' By Solon The NY Sun - the only other mainstream news medium in the US (besides pro-Israeli rags, and besides the Christian Science Monitor) - has offered up three or four articles since the study was put out days ago attempting to smear the authors, link them with David Duke, and otherwise try to 'discredit' this very damning report.

03-22-06 - 'AIPAC study is ignorant propaganda' Dershowitz, one of Israel's strongest defenders in the American public and academic arena, was mentioned personally in the study as an "apologist" for Israel, ....CAMERA concludes that "Harvard should remove the report from its website - and therefore remove from the report the Harvard imprimatur - until the authors fix its manifold deficiencies". Imagine, the Israeli lobby and its apologists come out AGAINST the study? Who would've guessed? The more shrill their cries, the more you know that that study hit a little too close to home for their tastes.

03-22-06 - The War Party in Disarray Another good sign is the wellspring of hysteria that has arisen in the wake of the study's publication. Already Alan Dershowitz has smeared the distinguished authors as anti-Semites, and the Usual Suspects have launched a deafening chorus of caterwauling. Among the "arguments" raised by the study's detractors: David Duke has praised it, the Washington office of Fatah is handing out copies, and the Muslim Brotherhood likes it, too. None of which proves anything

03-22-06 - RAF doctor to face Iraq court martial At a pre-trial hearing last week, Flt-Lt Kendall-Smith's defence counsel Philip Sapsford QC said the officer believed that, because Iraq had not attacked the UK or one of its allies, there was no lawful reason to enter Iraq.

03-22-06 - Press Conference of the President Q I'd like to ask you, Mr. President, your decision to invade Iraq has caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis, wounds of Americans and Iraqis for a lifetime. Every reason given, publicly at least, has turned out not to be true. My question is, why did you really want to go to war? From the moment you stepped into the White House, from your Cabinet -- your Cabinet officers, intelligence people, and so forth -- what was your real reason? You have said it wasn't oil -- quest for oil, it hasn't been Israel, or anything else. What was it?

03-22-06 - Caterpillar chief warns of US recession if trade row deepens The head of Caterpillar on Wednesday warned that deteriorating trade relations between the US and China could plunge the global economy into recession and called on Congress to back away from protectionist measures.

03-22-06 - From Dec. 2005: Bush Says Iraq War Is Good for Israel "If you're a supporter of Israel, I would strongly urge you to help other countries become democracies," President Bush declared Monday, in a major address defending American policy in Iraq and his wider vision for the region. "Israel's long-term survival depends upon the spread of democracy in the Middle East." No s%#t?

03-22-06 - Iran poses threat to dominance of the US dollar This week in the world of economics began with the opening of the international oil exchange in Iran. The intrigue of the situation is accentuated by the fact that trading will take place in the European currency. This in itself is setting a precedent: in modern history oil has been quoted exclusively in dollars.

03-22-06 - Pro-Israeli media : Harvard removes its seal from study on Israeli Lobby This 'watchdog' - CAMERA - is PART of the Israeli lobby as mentioned in the study by the two professors. It's not a surprise to see that this lobby flexed their collective muscle and put the lean on Harvard to have their seal removed from the report.

03-22-06 - N.Korean defector says disabled newborns are killed Our mad quest for 'democracy' doesn't include North Korea - which HAS nukes, and has one, if not the most atrocious human rights records in the history of the world. All countries targeted for neocon 'democracy' coincidentally are enemies of Israel. Hypocrisy.

03-22-06 - Memorial service for terror victims in Buenos Aires focuses on Iran link Israel's ambassador to Argentina, Rafael Eldad, demanded that Argentina and the international community consider the Islamic government of Iran a "global threat."

03-22-06 - Neo-Nazis threaten to massacre Muslims at World Cup

03-22-06 - A warning from America The professors' article does not deserve condemnation; rather, it should serve as a warning sign.

03-22-06 - U.S. Sets Its Sights on Iran, the world's largest online sportsbook and casino, is now offering odds on whether the US will attack strategic targets in Iran on or before April 16th, Easter Sunday this year. Odds of a strike currently sit at 10-1.

03-22-06 - Pre-emptive strike against Iran might be needed: panel Emerson, executive director of The Investigative Project, a U.S.-based centre that gathers information about Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups, was part of the panel organized by the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR) in conjunction with Congregation Chevra Kadisha B?nai Jacob.

03-22-06 - Legal fund launched for ex-AIPAC staffer Lawyers representing an indicted former employee of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee established a legal defense fund.

03-22-06 - That's Some Hard-Hitting Speculative Reporting When I see this kind of nonsense coverage, I smell the wheels of a PR machine grinding. The only intent of this story is to link Al-Qaida and the Palestinians with some vague association.

03-22-06 - Jihad denies receiving money for waging attacks in Israel Mofaz told the Israeli Yediot Aharonot daily's website on Tuesday that Iran transferred 1.8 million dollars last month to the Islamic Jihad organization in order to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel.

03-22-06 - Remarks by President Bush Mr. President, I was wondering actually how you felt about America's double standard on nuclear energy, as far as countries like Iran, India, and Israel go? Bush then ignores the Israel part of the question in his response.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

News for 03-21-06

03-21-06 - Bush: Troops to Stay in Iraq for Years President Bush said Tuesday that American forces will remain in Iraq for years and it will be up to a future president to decide when to bring them all home. But defying critics and plunging polls, he declared, "I'm optimistic we'll succeed. If not, I'd pull our troops out."

03-21-06 - Iran Leader Approves Iraq Talks With U.S. Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that he approves of proposed talks between U.S. and Iranian officials on Iraq, but warned that the United States must not try to "bully" Iran.

03-21-06 - China, Russia united on Iran China and Russia are united in pushing for more diplomacy to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue, China said on Tuesday, a day after the two deflected Western moves to authorize U.N. Security Council threats against Iran.

03-21-06 - Russia and China promise energy cooperation

03-21-06 - US dog handler found guilty of Abu Ghraib abuse A court martial has found a US soldier guilty of assaulting and maltreating detainees with his guard dog at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.

03-21-06 - Concerns for 89 Palestinians on border The United Nations has expressed concern about the fate of 89 Palestinians, nearly half of them children, who fled Baghdad and have been stuck in no man's land since Sunday after Jordan closed its border.

03-21-06 - Expanding Bases Put Focus on U.S. in Iraq Are the Americans here to stay? Air Force mechanic Josh Remy is sure of it as he looks around Balad.

03-21-06 - North Korea Touts First-Strike Capability

03-21-06 - Lebanese leaders resume push to break political deadlock Lebanese political leaders are Wednesday to resume their drive to break a deadlock on the disarmament of the Hezbollah militia and the fate of the country's pro-Syrian Also over the weekend, Fatah's chief in Lebanon said his Palestinian faction would round up weapons from refugee camps amid growing calls for militias in the country to be disbanded in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1559.President Emile Lahoud....

03-21-06 - Pakistan opposes use of force against Iran Pakistan reiterated its opposition to any use of force against Iran, just hours before the U.N. Security Council was due to discuss how to end the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme.

03-21-06 - New Documents from Saddam Hussein's Archives Discuss Bin Laden, WMDs Editor's Note: The controversial claim that Osama bin Laden was cooperating with Saddam Hussein is an ongoing matter of intense debate. While the assertions contained in this document clearly support the claim, the sourcing is questionable ? i.e. an unnamed Afghan "informant" reporting on a conversation with another Afghan "consul." The date of the document ? four days after 9/11 ? is worth noting but without further corroboration, this document is of limited evidentiary value

03-21-06 - Security Council Postpones Iran Meeting The U.N. Security Council postponed a meeting Tuesday on Iran's suspect nuclear program as the West searched for new ways to break a deadlock with Russia and China over the best way to pressure Tehran, diplomats said.

03-21-06 - Study alleges US sets aside own security interest for Israel's The Jerusalem Newswire called the paper a new example of "the centuries-old libel that the Jewish people have somehow taken control of the affairs of the most powerful nations on earth," dressed up in academic attire.

Note that CAMERA - a pro-Israeli media 'watchdog' - alleges that the study is 'lies'. But CAMERA is a PART of the Israeli lobby and is mentioned in the report by the two professors. Well no kidding. Those that are a part of this lobby are going to try to downplay and discredit this study. It's just that damaging.

03-21-06 - Palestinians 'in al-Qaeda plot' The Israeli military says Azzam Abu Aladas and Balal Hafnai, both 19 and from the West Bank city of Nablus, met al-Qaeda operatives in Jordan at least three times between May and December last year. The Israeli military says

03-21-06 - Guard runs Iran's nuclear arms program: exile An exiled Iranian has alleged that Iran's nuclear weapons program is controlled by the Revolutionary Guard and secretly led by a group of university researchers.

03-21-06 - U.S. lacks mechanism to accurately track troops wounded in Iraq

03-21-06 - Bush Proves His Harshest Critics Right The real dangers to Americans reside in the neocon Bush administration

03-21-06 - UN moves toward special court for Lebanon killings

03-21-06 - Humorless Hume Says Helen Thomas Has 'Agenda' That used to be what journalists did every day, but in the last 25 years, journalists have so gotten out of the habit of doing that, that people like Helen Thomas stand out. All journalists used to be like her. Now, she is an oddity. Bush always avoided calling on her because he knew she would ask tough questions

03-21-06 - Mofaz: Iran gave $1.8 million to Islamic Jihad Iran gave $1.8 million to Islamic Jihad last month, Israel?s defense minister said.
The money was supposed to fuel terror attacks within Israel, Shaul Mofaz told The Associated Press. 'Oh let's see. Palestinians 'tied to' al-Qaeda, Iran 'tied to' Palestinians. What other connection to US war on terror did we miss?'

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

News for 03-20-06

03-20-06 - FBI agent warned of possible hijacking before September 11 An FBI agent testified that he warned his bosses about Zacarias Moussaoui 70 times before the September 11 attacks, and raised fears he planned to hijack an airliner.

03-20-06 - Transcript of Q and A with President Bush to the City Club of Cleveland But now that I'm on Iran, the threat to Iran, of course -- (applause) -- the threat from Iran is, of course, their stated objective to destroy our strong ally Israel. That's a threat, a serious threat. It's a threat to world peace; it's a threat, in essence, to a strong alliance. I made it clear, I'll make it clear again, that we will use military might to protect our ally, Israel, Just remember this when Bush denies that Israel was a factor in any future ME wars, like he did with regard to the war on Iraq.

03-20-06 - Before and After Abu Ghraib, a U.S. Unit Abused Detainees The abuses at Camp Nama continued despite warnings beginning in August 2003 from an Army investigator and American intelligence and law enforcement officials in Iraq. The C.I.A. was concerned enough to bar its personnel from Camp Nama that August.

03-20-06 - Iranian President Wants West to Apologize President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday said the West should apologize to Iran for accusing it of trying to develop a nuclear weapons program and said his country would continue to resist international pressure to halt its nuclear energy program.

03-20-06 - Bush warns Iran on Israel US President George W. Bush said he hoped to resolve the nuclear dispute with Iran with diplomacy, but warned Tehran he would "use military might" if necessary to defend Israel.

03-20-06 - Pro-Israel lobby in U.S. under attack. "The thrust of U.S. policy in the region derives almost entirely from domestic politics, and especially the activities of the 'Israel Lobby'. Other special-interest groups have managed to skew foreign policy, but no lobby has managed to divert it as far from what the national interest would suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that U.S. interests and those of the other country - in this case, Israel -- are essentially identical," they add. The American news wire UPI picks up the story about the study of the Israeli Lobby. Nobody else has, save for some of the rightwing pro-Israeli outfits who have embarked on the expected smear campaign in response thereof.

03-20-06 - The Lobby : Why is American policy in the Middle East

03-20-06 - Bush Using Straw-Man Arguments in Speeches

03-20-06 - Russia lashes out at US national strategy Washington has also been worried about Russia's ties with Iran and its attempts to boost its diplomatic presence in the Middle East by courting Syria and radical Muslim group Hamas in the wake of its Palestinian election win.

03-20-06 - Hizbollah vows to free detainees, land from Israel Hizbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah vowed on Monday that the guerrilla group would in time free all Lebanese people held in Israeli jails and liberate Lebanese land it says is still occupied by the Jewish state.

03-20-06 - Iraqi turmoil puts Mideast on edge

03-20-06 - A Collapsing Presidency The Bush neocons are bent on war with Iran. They don't want any talks. In their books, neocons have demonized Muslims in the same way that the Nazis demonized Jews. Demonization makes talks impossible.

03-20-06 - Jordan confines Palestinian refugees from Iraq in camps Fearing that large numbers of Palestinian refugees from Iraq might seek refuge in Jordan from persecution through Shiite militia, Jordan closed its borders with Iraq tody.

03-20-06 - China hopes to enhance cooperation with Russia on Middle East issue China on Monday said it hopes to further cooperate with Russia in promoting peace in the Middle East.

03-20-06 - John Ashcroft, Lobbyist: "Let the Earnings Soar" he's begun signing up a roster of deep-pocketed clients, such as Israel Aircraft Industries International, an Israeli aerospace company going toe-to-toe with Boeing over billions in military contracts

03-20-06 - Court denies Israeli spy Pollard's appeal His case, which initially strained relations between the United States and Israel, has become a cause celebre for some Jewish groups in the United States and for his supporters in Israel, who believe Pollard passed information that Israel should have been given by the United States.

03-20-06 - Iraq war names intoned Approximately two dozen people gathered at the Reform movement´s rabbinical seminary in New York to honor those killed in the Iraq war.

03-20-06 - Emirates Aided Kin of Palestinian Militants In the last four years the United Arab Emirates has provided substantial financial support, through its Red Crescent Society, to families of Palestinians, militants as well as civilians, who have been wounded or killed by Israeli forces, according to Red Crescent documents....The documents contain no evidence that the Emirates provided direct aid to armed militant groups.

03-20-06 - Abdullah of Jordan fears Middle East religious war On the Palestinian territories the king said he was "worried over the creation of a viable state. I think that if two years from now such a state has not been created, there will be nothing left to negotiate.

Monday, March 20, 2006

News for 03-19-06

03-19-06 - In memory of those who have died in Iraq

03-19-06 - Rumsfeld warns Iraq pullout equals turning Germany back to Nazis One day after a wave of antiwar protests swept the world, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warns a quick US pullout from Iraq will result in terrorists taking it over -- and insists it would be tantamount to handing Germany back to the Nazis.

03-19-06 - Iraq in civil war, says former PM He said Iraq had not got to the point of no return, but if it fell apart sectarianism would spread abroad.

03-19-06 - Bush upbeat on Iraq anniversary US President George W Bush has given an upbeat assessment of Iraq on the third anniversary of the invasion.

03-19-06 - Selling furniture to pay the laundry bill To some economists, though, the news last week that the current account was $804.9 billion in the red in 2005 should be an alarm bell, not a stale story repeated over many months and many years.

03-19-06 - Realism pushes US and Iran a bit closer

03-19-06 - Administration Blocks Ex-Hostages' Bid for Damages From Iran

03-19-06 - Cheney dismisses Iraq civil war claim Mr Cheney attributed American action in Iraq as one of the reasons the US had not been hit by a terrorist attack since September 11 and he dismissed comments by the former Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi that Iraq had already fallen into civil war.

03-19-06 - US-Iran talks on Iraq could be diplomatic breakthrough: analysts Analysts said Iran had as much reason as the Americans to fear an all-out civil war in Iraq, where violence between Shiites and Sunnis has escalated three years after the US-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.

03-19-06 - Fatah to round up arms in Lebanon refugee camps There are believed to be 380,000 Palestinians living in Lebanon, many of them in dire conditions in 12 refugee camps.

03-19-06 - Protests mark Iraq war's third anniversary The third anniversary of the U.S.-led war in Iraq drew tens of thousands of protesters around the globe

03-19-06 - A Mullah's-Eye View of the World Khamenei called for two urgent missions. The first was to do everything possible to drive up oil prices by an additional 30 percent by the first week in April. The second was to intensify the propaganda war against the West in the same period. He stressed that it was important to compel the United States to face at least three crises by the April 8. Michael Ledeen is a staunch neocon and was implicated in the Niger uranium forgeries. The article has been indexed due to the prediction mentioned above.

03-19-06 - Iran reformists urge nuclear freeze


03-19-06 - Camps Spotlight Double Standard Disarming Palestinians in refugee camps isn't going to stop raids by armed IDF forces. It also didn't stop a wholescale massacre of Palestinian civilians in the camps of Sabra and Shatilla of Lebanon - to which the IDF, under the direction of Ariel Sharon (who was found personally responsible for this incident by an Israeli court), was a party. Now there's a difference between terrorism and self-defense. But the Israeli government does not make this distinction, as evidenced by its use of indiscriminate gunfire against the Palestinian populations in the Occupied Territories.

03-19-06 - Olmert sees deal with Russia to supply gas to Israel

03-19-06 - Eclectic Group Crosses Sahara for Peace Ex-Israeli fighter pilot Gil Fogiel rarely talked about being a prisoner of war in Syria until he sat across a campfire in the middle of the desert with people he long considered his worst enemies - Iraqis, Iranians and Palestinians.