The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Saturday, October 14, 2006

News for 10-13-06

10-13-06 - Source: U.S. has evidence of radioactivity from N. Korea The United States has evidence of radioactivity from a site where North Korea was suspected of conducting a nuclear weapons test, a U.S. official said Friday.

10-13-06 - Pentagon rejects coroner's verdict on killing of British journalist

10-13-06 - British TV journalist 'unlawfully killed' by US forces in Iraq: coroner A coroner has ruled that British television journalist Terry Lloyd was unlawfully killed by US forces in southern Iraq in 2003 and said he would try to ensure that those responsible are prosecuted.

10-13-06 - EU to hand Iran nuclear question to UN

10-13-06 - British Army chief: Military presence in Iraq 'exacerbates security problem' The Financial Times reports that the White House, in reaction to Dannatt's remarks, reiterated its position on Iraq becoming a "beacon of hope" for the region.

10-13-06 - Former Weapons Inspector, Experts Warn Against Military Action Toward Iran ** "Iran does not today, and in my judgment will not for some time, pose a nuclear threat to the United States or the state of the (Middle East) region," Kay said......However, Kay and others, citing media reports in recent months, worry that some officials in the Bush administration may be pressing for military action and regime change in Iran

10-13-06 - S Korea demands US nuclear shield The US has formally, but only in the broadest terms, guaranteed South Korea's security from nuclear attack since 1978.

10-13-06 - US to try KSM for Pearl murder KSM was the mastermind of the attacks on 911, so why isn't the US trying him for THAT?

10-13-06 - Guantanamo guards 'admitted abusing inmates' In a sworn affidavit, Heather Cerveny, a 23-year-old Marine Corps sergeant, says she met several prison guards at a club on the base where they told her over drinks of harsh abuse of detainees, she said the guards claimed the abuse was both commonplace and justified.

10-13-06 - Nonprofits laundered cash for Abramoff: Senate panel Five conservative nonprofit groups laundered money and wrote opinion pieces for disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and sold their influence with U.S. government officials, according to a Senate report.

10-13-06 - Senate questions nonprofits' tax status Five nonprofit groups, including one of President Bush's biggest supporters, may have broken tax laws and put their tax-exempt status at risk by helping convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a Senate Finance Committee report concludes.

10-13-06 - British presence in Iraq 'exacerbates' security problems: army head The continued presence of British troops in Iraq "exacerbates" Britain's security problems and they should be withdrawn "sometime soon", the head of the country's army said in an interview

10-13-06 - An Indian al-qaeda operative stuns UK A British Hindu convert to Islam of ethnic Indian origin has admitted ? and been convicted by a London court for plotting to detonate a radioactive "dirty" bomb and other explosive devices to commit mass murder in Britain and the US.

10-13-06 - Olmert urges Moscow to boost Middle East role Olmert said that Russia will no longer have a one-sided policy to the Middle East as the Soviet Union did. "But Israel does not expect that a turn in this direction will cause damage to relations between Russia and the Arab countries,"

10-13-06 - American Prison Camps Are on the Way Kellogg Brown & Root, a Halliburton subsidiary, is constructing a huge facility at an undisclosed location to hold tens of thousands of Bush's "unlawful enemy combatants." Americans are certain to be among them.

10-13-06 - A New Kind of Neocon? as realists and conservatives in the Republican Party are hoping to challenge the dominance of the neoconservatives over their party's foreign policy, many leading Democratic activists and liberal intellectuals seem to be calling on their party to embrace an even more "pure" or radical version of the neoconservative ideology

10-13-06 - Attacks on Muslims rise after veils row Islamophobic attacks have surged in the past month in the wake of controversial remarks by ministers about British Muslims, say campaign groups.

10-13-06 - Documents Reveal Scope of U.S. Database on Antiwar Protests

10-13-06 - UK minister urged Aljazeera bombing

10-13-06 - 3 more Canadians alleging torture seek Arar-style inquiry

10-13-06 - Mexico probes alleged Hezbollah financing: reports Mexico started the investigation three months ago on a request from the United States, which is helping in the probe, the daily El Universal said.

10-13-06 - British MP: Israel employed Nazi tactics in Lebanon "Those were the tactics of the Nazis in 1939 and 1940 - attacking fleeing civilians from the air," he said. Turner then turned to Jewish MP Louise Ellman, saying, "I know this offends the honorable Member for Liverpool, Riverside, but I must tell the truth."

10-13-06 - U.N. picks Ban He met with a number of Jewish groups and leaders in recent weeks in his quest to win Friday afternoon's vote, and was favored by the United States and Israel.

10-13-06 - Senate cites 'Toward Tradition' A report by U.S. Senate investigators cited a Jewish group for possible fraud in its dealings with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

10-13-06 - Rove 'described fundamentalist Christians as nuts' Efforts by the Republican Party to rally grassroots support for next month's mid-term elections were knocked yesterday by a new book suggesting that right-wing evangelical Christians are regarded with contempt by the White House's top strategists and courted strictly for their votes.

10-13-06 - IDF: Only US operation can stop Iran **

10-13-06 - New U.N. head may make body fairer to Israel, groups hope Ban has said he would make reforming the United Nations - a cause close to the hearts of Jewish organizations who say the world body treats Israel unfairly - a top priority. The terms 'fair' and 'balanced' to pro-Israelis translate to: Israel is not to be blamed for anything.

10-13-06 - Israel punishes civilians There are plenty of things wrong with Mr. Masse's article. I happen to think so thoroughly misrepresenting Israel's human rights record is the most odious. In perpetuating this myth, Mr. Masse has taken a page from one of the most infamous twentieth century leaders: "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it."

10-13-06 - Ignatieff planning trip to Israel Liberal leadership front-runner Michael Ignatieff says he'll travel to the Middle East next month in the wake of comments that have enraged Canada's Jewish community and members of his own party.

10-13-06 - New Calls by Hamas Militants to Target the U.S. With reporting by Jamil Hamad/Bethlehem and Aaron J. Klein/Tel Aviv Reporter for World Net Daily - a magazine run by a Christian Zionist, Aaron Klein - now providing reports for TIME magazine. If any 'reporter' can get 'facts' from Palestinians that serve the Israeli position - and conflate the US-Israel 'war on terror - it would be Aaron Klein.

10-13-06 - Cleric Pleads Guilty In Secret Court Case The imam of a mosque pleaded guilty to providing material support to the militant group Hamas in a case in which the agreement, charges and even the plea hearing were handled in secret. More US prosecutions of Palestinian terrorism. Where are the US prosecutions of Al Qaeda? For whom is our government working?

10-13-06 - Suicide bomber who finds a welcome in the living room

10-13-06 - Joan Rivers: Mel Gibson Should Die

10-13-06 - Poll: Most Lebanese see war as attempt to remake region A Jordanian poll published Thursday showed that 84 percent of Lebanese believe that the recent war on Lebanon was a premeditated attempt by the United States and Israel to impose a new regional order in the Middle East.

10-13-06 - The role of public opinion ** The United States is up to its neck in Iraq and Afghanistan, and cannot open another front. The U.S. weakness and the fact that even Japan and South Korea reject the use of force against North Korea - thereby accepting its nuclearization - encourages Iran to accelerate its own nuclear project. The "soft" sanctions on Iran, if they are imposed at all, will not bring forth salvation.
Translation: "we may have to fight our own battle, and so we must prepare".

10-13-06 - Mel Gibson Blames Anti-Semitic Remarks on 'Passion' Criticism The 50-year-old Gibson said his tirade also may have been triggered by Israel's war in Lebanon. The Middle East has troubled him for a long time.
"I remember thinking when I was 20, man, that place is going to drag us all into the black hole, you know, just the difficulty over there," he said. Asked by Sawyer what Jews are responsible for, Gibson replied: "What are they responsible for? I think that they're not blameless in the conflict. There's been aggression and retaliation and aggression. It's just part of being in conflict, and being at war. So, they're not blameless."


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