The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Friday, July 07, 2006

News for 07-06-06

07-06-06 - Ex-Soldier Pleads Not Guilty in Iraq Crimes

07-06-06 - Iran defies calls for early nuclear reply

07-06-06 - U.S. calls Iraqi rape-murder 'inexcusable'

07-06-06 - Iran stands firm in EU talks on nuclear row

07-06-06 - UN urges Israel halt 'violations' The UN Human Rights Council has passed a resolution demanding a halt to Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip.

07-06-06 - Nuking Iran Is Not Off the Table "The strategic decision by the United States to nuke Iran was probably made long ago," by the civilian leadership, which fed it to military planners and now, according to Hersh, "feels extraordinarily betrayed by the brass." They may have taken the option out of discussion, but only formally.
"civilian leadership"= Cheney and his office filled with neocons, no doubt.

07-06-06 - Putin: Russia shouldn't be U.S. opponent President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia's role should not be to counter the United States, adding that Washington was "our principal partner," with close positions on issues such as global security, nonproliferation and disarmament.

07-06-06 - Qatar resolution condemns Israel offensive The draft faced immediate opposition from the United States and France, which called it unbalanced in its criticism of Israel. France's ambassador said he would offer changes, but U.S. Ambassador John Bolton suggested that Washington opposed the resolution entirely. John Bolton gives the green light for Israel's war crimes in the Palestinian territories. How are AMERICA's interests being represented here?

07-06-06 - Pro-Israel activists conduct lobbying mission Activists from the Zionist Organization of America lobbied legislators to take action against the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

07-06-06 - No Bond For 'Liberty City 7' Alleged Terrorists Earlier in the day, the FBI admitted that two people working for the agency planted the idea of blowing up government buildings, including and FBI office in Miami, with members of an alleged South Florida terror group known as the Liberty City 7 That sounds like entrapment.

07-06-06 - Russia's Signal to Stations Is Clear: Cut U.S. Radio

07-06-06 - With only a letter, FBI can gather private data

07-06-06 - 7/7 suicide bomber's message broadcast He says: "What have you witnessed now is only the beginning of a string of attacks that will continue and become stronger until you pull your forces out of Afghanistan and Iraq and until you stop your financial and military support to America and Israel."

07-06-06 - NPR audio link: Researchers Say U.S. Policy Influenced by Israel "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" is a controversial paper written by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, professors at the University of Chicago and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. They talk to Steve Inskeep about their view of the influence Israel exerts on Washington. It's a view disputed by many. 'It's a view disputed by many' - disputed by, not surprisingly, the pro-Israelis. This is a great interview ( ~7 minute runtime) with these two professors. They lay it out for you pretty concisely. These brave men are the good guys.

07-06-06 - Swiss satisfied with UN resolution on Israel By a vote of 29 to 11 with five abstentions, the council approved a resolution decrying Israel's actions as a breach of international humanitarian law.

07-06-06 - U.S. Seen Backing Israeli Moves To Topple Hamas Support for Israel's policies is not in AMERICA'S BEST INTERESTS. Our officials, despite this, continue to support these policies.

07-06-06 - U.S. rules force Western Union to block Muslims' money transfers "Every Mohammed is a terrorist now?"

07-06-06 - Annan urges Israelis, Palestinians to 'step back'

07-06-06 - Report: Assad sought soldier's release

07-06-06 - UN sending rights' mission to Palestinian territories But it was not clear whether Israel -- whose forces on Thursday sharply stepped up their offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza -- would break with tradition and allow in the rights investigators

07-06-06 - Are Israel's actions in Gaza 'war crimes'? the US is deliberately ignoring what Israel is doing, which is especially important in light of the US Supreme Court ruling last week in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld which found that the Geneva Conventions are "indisputably part of the customary international law."

07-06-06 - Probes of links to Hizballah grow The clashing views of Muslims and U.S. authorities over Hizballah are playing out in southeastern Michigan as federal investigators increasingly target local residents purported to have ties to the group.

07-06-06 - Israel Fears High Price for US Strike on Iran As the Iranian nuclear standoff has taken its turns and twists, the initial Israeli calculation of either forcing an Iranian capitulation through U.S. political and economic pressure, or ? if worse came to worst ? by eliminating the program through clean and surgical military strikes, have all proven to be pipe-dreams, primarily due to the disastrous consequences of the Iraq war.

07-06-06 - Condemnation of Israeli violation of Syrian airspace deleted from new Arab The Arab group at the UN on Thursday weakened its draft resolution on Israel's recent incursion in Gaza by dropping its condemnation of Israel for violating Syria's airspace, offering instead a milder language in order to win more positive votes.

07-06-06 - Chicago museum, Iran fight U.S. court The University of Chicago and the government of Iran have come together in a rare alliance against a U.S. court ruling that aims to compensate victims of a 1997 Jerusalem bombing by auctioning off a rare collection of Persian tablets.


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