The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Thursday, August 31, 2006

News for 08-30-06

08-30-06 - Carter may make his peace with Khatami It is a meeting that could avert a clash of civilisations - conflict between Iran and America. If it goes ahead in the coming days, it would be a momentous and poignant encounter between two former presidents which could help Iran and the US overcome three decades of mutual hostility.

08-30-06 - Israel spewed cluster bombs over Lebanon in last days of war : UN UN Mine Action Coordination Center had assessed "nearly 85 percent of bombed areas in south Lebanon" and identified "359 separate cluster bomb strike locations that are contaminated with as many 100,000 unexploded bomblets." "What's shocking and I would say completely immoral is that 90 percent of the cluster bomb strikes occurred in the last 72 hours of the conflict when we knew there would be a resolution, when we knew there would be an end,"

08-30-06 - Officials: Iran still enriching uranium

08-30-06 - Pressure for ban on cluster bombs as Israel is accused of targeting civilians Simon Conway, director of the British charity Landmine Action, condemned Israel's "cynical" use of the weapons. He said: "The premeditated targeting of residential areas with high failure-rate cluster munitions in the final days of the conflict means that the rubble-filled villages of southern Lebanon have been deliberately turned into minefields that will indiscriminately kill civilians for years to come."....Frank Cook, Labour chairman of the Commons all-party Landmine Group, added: "These weapons are totally indiscriminate. For them to be used by Israel among a civilian population is quite outrageously inexcusable."

08-30-06 - Where's the outrage? U.S. troops have been accused of committing atrocities in Iraq. Americans should care

08-30-06 - UN denounces Israel cluster bombs The UN's humanitarian chief has accused Israel of "completely immoral" use of cluster bombs in Lebanon.

08-30-06 - Iraqi Shiite: No interference from Iran

08-30-06 - U.N. may hold off on confronting Iran "They have until the 31st of August, but we've made it very clear unless we get an unequivocal acceptance of that condition in the Security Council resolution, that sanctions would follow," Bolton said.

08-30-06 - Israel rejects U.N. blockade appeal Israel rejected a call by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan on Wednesday to lift its air and sea blockade of Lebanon, saying it would end the seven-week-old siege only when all aspects of a ceasefire were in place.

08-30-06 - Lebanese gov't to compensate war victims Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora has said his government would pay 40,000 dollars in compensation to families whose homes were destroyed in southern Lebanon during the war between Israel and Hezbollah.

08-30-06 - Americans back anti-terrorism racial profiling: poll Most Americans expect a terrorist attack on the United States in the next few months and support the screening of people who look "Middle Eastern" at airports and train stations, a poll showed on Tuesday. Neocons pleased. Mission accomplished!

08-30-06 - Lebanon refuses contact with Israel

08-30-06 - Iranian president: Sanctions won't work Iran has kept enriching uranium despite the threat of U.N. sanctions and a looming deadline to freeze such operations, U.N. and European officials said Wednesday. Iran's president, meanwhile, urged Europe against following the lead of the United States and resorting to sanctions, saying punishment would not prevent it from pursuing its nuclear program.

08-30-06 - Two Elephants in the Room - Israel and its amen corner Mearsheimer, the dean of American foreign policy "realists," and Walt, former dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a distinguished member of the faculty, are not easily brushed aside, so the Lobby resorts to a smear campaign

08-30-06 - ADL Calls Amnesty International Report "Bigoted, Biased, And Borderline Anti-Semitic Pro-Israeli outfit smears human rights watchdog for daring to tell the truth. Next someone will discover whale feces at the bottom of the ocean.

08-30-06 - Doubt about official version of 9/11 widespread What's harder to discount are the truly resilient anomalies collected by independent researchers-the factual mass of contradictions, coincidences and discontinuities that respectable media and big government have chosen to ignore. The official story of 911 does not pass the smell test, and the MSM are too cowardly to 'go there'. Regardless, there are anomalies that are based on fact, not fiction.

08-30-06 - The Enemy of My Enemy While it may not sit well with the U.S. public discourse, neither Hezbollah nor Hamas are enemies of the U.S. other than by inferred extension of their enmity with Israel.

08-30-06 - Israel sidesteps calls to end blockade Syria has said it would consider the presence of international troops on its border a hostile act and Lebanon has said it would deploy its own forces there, but bar international troops. Annan has backed Lebanon in the dispute.

08-30-06 - Lebanon war emboldens Palestinians-security chief

08-30-06 - Russian FM, Hariri discuss Lebanon ceasefire Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has reiterated Russia's call for all sides to meet their obligations under the UN-brokered ceasefire in Lebanon during a telephone conversation with Lebanese parliamentary leader Saad Hariri

08-30-06 - Led by unidentified relatives, Lebanese girl Lara Abdallah, 6, cries as she walks in the funeral procession Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006 for her mother, sister and four brothers

08-30-06 - IDF examining alternative technologies to U.S.-made laser gun

08-30-06 - Selective Prosecution of War Crimes In fact, the main difference between Saddam's war crimes and Israel's is that while Saddam denies them, Israeli officials indirectly admit them. Amnesty cites a comment by Israel's top uniformed military official that implied that Israel was trying to punish the Lebanese population and government to get them to oppose Hezbollah.

08-30-06 - Arabic T-shirt sparks airport row Mr Jarrar later told a New York radio station: "I grew up and spent all my life living under authoritarian regimes and I know that these things happen. "But I'm shocked that they happened to me here, in the US."

08-30-06 - Chavez: Venezuela, Syria united vs. U.S. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said in Damascus on Wednesday that he and Syrian President Bashar Assad shared a "decisive and firm" stance against U.S. "imperialism" and "domination."

08-30-06 - Cheney says court ruling on warrantless surveillance will be reversed

08-30-06 - Saudi urges world to help Lebanon Oil-rich Saudi Arabia, which has provided a 1.5-billion-dollar aid package for Lebanon, will present to the diplomatic missions a list of the country's needs in terms of rebuilding its infrastructure and rehabilitating its armed forces, the statement added.

08-30-06 - Ottawa pledges to help Lebanon's battered fishing industry Ottawa pledged two million Canadian dollars (1.8 million US dollars) to clean up oil spills caused by war off the coast of Lebanon and to help its fragile fishing industry recover.

08-30-06 - Jackson has plan for soldiers' release

08-30-06 - Annan to press Jordan and Syria on Lebanon truce U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan holds talks with Jordan on Thursday in a drive to cement a Hizbollah-Israel ceasefire before travelling to Damascus to press Syria to help stop arms smuggling across its border.

08-30-06 - Livni spared lawsuit Danish authorities turned down a request to prosecute Israel's visiting foreign minister for alleged war crimes.

08-30-06 - ADL blasts Annan for Iran visit The national director of the ADL, Abraham Foxman, said Wednesday that the U.N. secretary-general?s talks with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran this weekend would be akin to meeting with Hitler.

08-30-06 - Journalists blame Israel for war coverage "Journalists' access to the battlefield is controlled exclusively by the IDF," said Simon McGregor-Wood, Chairman of the Foreign Press Association, and Bureau Chief of ABC News. ....The New York Times bureau chief also said that Israelis "were not interested in whether 1,000 Lebanese civilians needed to die," adding that the question of "whether Israel fought a proportional war is not much of interest here (in Israel)." I had noticed that myself. The debate in Israel has not once covered the utter destruction that Israel did to civilian life and infrastructure in Lebanon. Some felt that Israel did not do enough damage. Preposterous.

08-30-06 - Hezbollah firm on swap Hezbollah says it won?t relent on its demand to release two captive Israeli soldiers only as part of a prisoner swap.

08-30-06 - Israeli Arabs: Israel committed war crimes in Lebanon

08-30-06 - Analysts see 'disaster' in U.S. position "It wasn't what we said" that sparked a firestorm, he said yesterday. "It was the fact that two card-carrying members of the American intellectual establishment finally pointed out the elephant in the room."

08-30-06 - Lebanese Have Little Faith in Peacekeepers 77.3 per cent of respondents think the soldiers will be unable to act as a deterrence force against a possible Israeli attack.

08-30-06 - Homegrown Terror Suspects Raise Concern Intelligence officials now fear that homegrowns pose as much of a threat to the U.S. as foreign terrorists. State and local police are being enlisted to watch for signs from people who in the past would have never gotten a second look.

08-30-06 - Source of C.I.A. Leak Admits Role, Lawyer Says Mr. Armitage did not return calls for comment. But the lawyer and other associates of Mr. Armitage have said he has confirmed that he was the initial and primary source for the columnist, Robert D. Novak, whose column of July 14, 2003, identified Valerie Wilson as a Central Intelligence Agency officer.

08-30-06 - U.S. Policies Hurt War on Terrorism, Say Americans

08-30-06 - In Mideast, remember the people The idea of Iraq as the laboratory in which all the neo conservative theories about transformational democracy could be proved has come unglued . Iraqis turned out not to be Poles , but then the actual people of the Middle East were never really considered.

08-30-06 - Hizbullah's victory has transformed the Middle East

08-30-06 - Aliases, disguises OK'd for witnesses at Chicago terror trial The ruling came in the case of Muhammad Salah, 53, of suburban Bridgeview and Abdelhaleem Ashquar, 48, of Alexandria, Va., both accused of funneling money to Hamas to pay for murders, kidnappings and other acts of terrorism aimed at the Israeli government. Here in the United States of Israel, you don't have the right to know your accuser.

08-30-06 - Other 6-year-olds worthy of coverage, too Are the uncounted 6-year-old Lebanese, Palestinian and Iraqi girls needlessly and violently killed just this year less deserving of our attention and focus than JonBenet?

08-30-06 - The Five Morons Revisited The "cakewalk" war has now lasted longer than World War II with Nazi Germany, and no end is in sight. It has cost the U.S. taxpayers $310 billion in out-of-pocket costs, with many additional hundreds of billions coming due in veterans' medical bills and other expenses yet to be paid. See last night's news (Neocon Watch) for story on Americans in poverty.

08-30-06 - More U.S. Adults See Israeli Government as an Ally or Friend Than They Do Twelve Other Middle Eastern Countries, According to The Harris Poll Good little sheepies.

08-30-06 - Has the Hegemon Been Humbled in Lebanon?

08-30-06 - Syrian group threatens abductions An obscure Syrian terrorist group threatened to abduct Israeli soldiers.


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