The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

News for 06-05-06

06-05-06 - Oil prices rise on Iran's warning Oil prices have risen above $73 a barrel after Iran hinted it might cut its crude output if its ongoing nuclear stand-off with the West escalates

06-05-06 - U.S. military drills adapt amid concerns Allegations that Marines killed unarmed men, women and children in Haditha are prompting questions about whether U.S. troops get proper training for a war against insurgents who walk freely among Iraqi civilians. The military has adapted its training, but troops say no one arrives in Iraq completely ready for the complexity
Remember this?: "They are being trained by Israelis in Fort Bragg," a well-informed intelligence source in Washington said. Israel trains US assassination squads in Iraq

06-05-06 - Solana to hand Iran incentives package on Tuesday

06-05-06 - Haditha blow to new doctrine An American soldier jailed for refusing to return to Iraq has said that Iraqis were routinely called "Hajis" as the Vietnamese were called "gooks".

06-05-06 - China looks to harness wind power China will win the battle of overreliance on oil.

06-05-06 - The Persecution of the Palestinians by Patrick J. Buchanan

06-05-06 - Iran's team wants to ignore politics

06-05-06 - London bomb probe reveals communication breakdown A London Assembly report said some rescuers had radios which did not work on the underground rail network and others' mobile phones failed. Ambulances were consequently delayed or sent to the wrong place, basic medical supplies ran short and there were problems in getting some of the injured to hospital.

06-05-06 - Iran, Syria added to US blacklist of human traffickers Iran and Syria were added to a US blacklist of countries trafficking in people, a State Department report said, while raising concerns over an influx of sex workers to Germany for the World Cup soccer tournament Israel is well known for its atrocious record with respect to human trafficking (and this comes from Fox News, no less, which is a pro-neocon network). But when you have a government that is snookered by the Israeli lobby, you can be sure that they will be left off any blacklist.

06-05-06 - Iraqis say US marines shot, then framed, civilian Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports that the Pentagon has decided to omit from the Army Field Manual, its main operating guide, a key provision of the Geneva Convention that bans "humiliating and degrading" treatment of detainees, "a step that would mark a further, potentially permanent, shift away from strict adherence to international human rights standards."...The idea to drop the provision is being championed by Vice President Dick Cheney and his office

Naturally, seeing as to just what his office is teeming with.

06-05-06 - Kristol: Bush for Supreme Leader

06-05-06 - UN Should Deal with Iran, Say Americans 72 per cent of respondents want the UN to deal with the issue, while 21 per cent prefer the United States.
I bet we can figure out who the 21 percent are.

06-05-06 - Lebanese FM vows to reinforce ties with China Chinese government would like to help Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and provide equipment to the Lebanese Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Ministry, he added.

06-05-06 - Syrian opposition in exile vows Assad regime will fall The National Salvation Front, a Syrian opposition group founded in exile, ended its inaugural congress in London saying there was "no doubt" that the Syrian government would fall.

06-05-06 - Foreign Min. urges public figures not to attend UN 'anti-Israel forum' The Foreign Ministry is trying to stop a United Nations initiative to invite Israeli politicians and public figures to the International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, scheduled to be held in Moscow On June 8 and 9.

06-05-06 - Lieberman faces showdown over Iraq Lieberman acknowledges his support for the war runs counter to sentiment in Connecticut, where a recent poll found more than 60 percent of voters believe the war is wrong. Say, I wonder why Joe Lieberman, a DEM, would've supported the war on Iraq? Lieberman has a passionate attachment.

06-05-06 - Lobbying reform slow despite scandals The lobby that needs to be addressed the most, is nowhere to be found in American political discourse.

06-05-06 - All DeLay's Children As the only Jewish Republican in the House, Cantor provides a crucial link between pro- Israel donors and Christian conservatives. Through his seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, which oversees tax law and Social Security, Cantor raised more money for his colleagues than any other House Republican in the last election cycle. Like DeLay, Cantor is also tied to Abramoff, having accepted $13,000 from the disgraced lobbyist's Indian clients, written letters on behalf of tribes and held eight events at Abramoff's restaurant, Signatures. Cantor even had a sandwich named after him at Abramoff's deli, Stacks: the Eric Cantor, a "tuna-based stacker," changed by Cantor to roast beef on challah.

06-05-06 - Is America a strategic liability? According to Ram, after 9/11, and particularly after the invasion of Afghanistan, there was a "window of opportunity" for a rapprochement between the United States and Iran. Ram attributes the failure of contacts toward this end to Israeli efforts to present Iran as a dominant factor in the conflict and to internationalize the conflict in order to present it as an integral part of the "war against terror."

06-05-06 - Experts divided on how to deal with Iran Poraz said Israel took some comfort in its proximity to the Palestinian Authority territories since a nuclear weapon launched at Israel would most likely take out some Muslim Palestinians as well. The ultimate use by Israel of the Palestinians as human shields.


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