The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

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.


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