The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Saturday, November 18, 2006

News for 11-17-06

11-17-06 - Former Iran leader urges Bush on 'axis' Rafsanjani also warned the U.S. not to consider military intervention in Iran, saying Washington's "iron fist policy" has failed.

11-17-06 - Russia, U.S. disagree on Iran sanctions

11-17-06 - Iran dismisses U.N. report on uranium Iran on Wednesday dismissed a U.N. report that inspectors found new traces of enriched uranium and plutonium at a nuclear waste facility, saying it had already explained that discovery.

11-17-06 - Iran leader offers talks with Rome on Iraq, Mideast Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi in a letter that he is willing to consult Rome on working for peace in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

11-17-06 - Russia doesn't want Iran punished in nuclear stand-off: Lavrov Russia does not want to see the UN Security Council punish Iran over its refusal to freeze sensitive nuclear work, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

11-17-06 - Blair accepts 'disaster' in Iraq

11-17-06 - US soldier jailed for life A US military judge has sentenced a soldier to life in prison with possibility of parole for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and her family.

11-17-06 - Invasion of Iraq was Blair's 'big mistake', says Hodge

11-17-06 - Dutch military in Iraq abuse row

11-17-06 - Syria denies arming Somali Islamists Syria denied sending weapons to Somali Islamists in violation of the arms embargo imposed on Somalia since 1992, rejecting the conclusions of a United Nations report.

11-17-06 - Iran says had no role in 1994 bombing of Argentina Jewish group "We can prove with documents that Iran had nothing to do with the attack. I am talking concrete proof," Iranian Trade attache Moshen Baharvand said in an interview published in the daily Clarin.

11-17-06 - The New Media Offensive Against Withdrawal I'll tell you why the media is now against Iraq withrawal.

11-17-06 - Pentagon wants to build mini-city for terror trials To anybody it would beg questions: . . . 'What are we doing here? Why are we doing it this way? What is the requirement? Why is it going to cost that much?' These are routine oversight questions and we will do this,''

11-17-06 - Italy welcomes Iran's offer for dialogue on Mideast issues

11-17-06 - Road to peace in Iraq is through Jerusalem and Beirut For American neo-conservatives, the toppling of Saddam Hussein was supposed to put other adversaries like Iran and Syria on notice, spread democracy throughout the region, and ultimately lead to peace with Israel on the Jewish state's terms.

11-17-06 - U.N. calls on Israel to end operation The resolution passed Friday by a vote of 156 to 7, with six abstentions. The U.S., Israel and Australia voted against the document, while all the European Union members supported it after last-minute changes were made to soften the tone.

11-17-06 - French UN troops prepare guns against Israeli jets in Lebanon He said "UNIFIL observed and reported 14 Israeli air violations this morning, on November 17, 2006, and 11 of these violations occurred in the area of operation of the French battalion with UNIFIL." Israel will not stop violating Lebanon's airspace and menacing both the Germans and the French who are there to keep the peace. Ingrates.

11-17-06 - Pastor's trip to Syria draws criticism A trip to Syria that U.S. megachurch pastor Rick Warren says was inspired by a backyard chat with a Muslim neighbor has triggered criticism and questions that highlight the potential risks when preaching meets international politics.

11-17-06 - Carter Discusses New Book on Israel and the Middle East I?ve seen the coverage given to Israel?s activities in Europe and in Israel itself ? a highly contentious debate over (Israel). There is no such debate in the United States. There?s not any debate in the Congress. There?s not any debate in the White House, at least since George Bush Sr. and I were there, and in the news media of the United States there is very rarely any editorial comment that would criticize some of the practices of Israel which I consider to be deplorable ? and that is the persecution of the Palestinians, and the occupation and confiscation and the colonization of Palestinian land.

11-17-06 - UNIFIL protests about Israeli flights over Lebanon

11-17-06 - Israel's July attack on UN post in Lebanon 'error': leaked document An Israeli attack on a UN base in Lebanon that killed four peacekeepers in July was the result of "severe professional errors" due to poor planning, according to a leaked army document. How to get away with murder - join the IDF, blame it on 'error', 'technical problem', etc etc etc.

11-17-06 - Groups Side With Bush on Bolton Bolton is viewed as a strong supporter of Israel, and exercised the American veto last week on a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. While American support for Israel at the U.N. is unlikely to change with a new ambassador and a Democratic Congress, Bolton had cultivated especially close personal bonds over the years with all major Jewish groups

11-17-06 - UN General Assembly set to slam Israeli offensive in Gaza Strip The text expected to be overwhelmingly endorsed by the General Assembly would condemn the Israeli killing of 19 Palestinians, mainly children and women, in Beit Hanun last week, as well as Palestinian rocket firing into Israel.

11-17-06 - Israeli-Arab activist in mission to tackle Iran over Holocaust A text on the wall of his museum declares: "The Palestinians are the only people in the world who for the sake of providing shelter to the Jews have paid their homeland as a price for the sins and the deeds of the Nazis."

11-17-06 - PM uses al-Jazeera to target Mid East

11-17-06 - Mid-East peace 'crucial' - Blair

11-17-06 - Oil stabilises after 17-month low US light, sweet crude settled down 45 cents to $55.81 a barrel in New York, while Brent crude gained ground up 45 cents to $58.99.

11-17-06 - Israel's Elbit unit get $51 mln U.S. army deal

11-17-06 - Former Lebanese Army sergeant brings torture suit against 2 ex-Syrian officers

11-17-06 - Leak case judge denies motion Prosecutors asked for an exemption from having to prove that the leaking harmed U.S. interests. In denying their motion Thursday, Ellis exhibited exasperation, because his earlier decision, rejecting a defense motion to dismiss the case, had favored the prosecutors overall

11-17-06 - Al-Arian Gets 18 More Months For Contempt

11-17-06 - FBI agent, defense clash over 1993 meeting

11-17-06 - On Iran, U.S. may have to differ with Israel ** For the past six years there has not even been a sliver of light between the positions of the United States and Israel. It's safe to say that no administration has been as supportive of Israel's policies as the administration of President George W. Bush..... Gary Sick, an Iran expert at Columbia University, says it might be too late to stop Iran from developing weapons-grade nuclear fuel. But he says it could well be another decade or more before Iran would actually have a deliverable nuclear weapon; we are not in a crisis now, and we shouldn't be acting as if we were.

11-17-06 - GOP House leaders remain the same Both men have strong Jewish community ties and Blunt, who is married to a Jewish woman, has led numerous congressional delegations to Israel.

11-17-06 - Britain dragging its feet on treaty to ban cluster bombs, say activists

11-17-06 - 'Blue Dogs' endorse Harman Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is set to become speaker now that Democrats have won the House, opposes Harman, who is Jewish, partly because she's incensed that Harman solicited lobbying for the post from top Jewish donors to the Democrats. Harman has been the top-ranked Democrat on the committee for four years. Harman is under investigation by the USDOJ because she "agreed to pressure the administration to "go lighter" on two former AIPAC lobbyists facing trial on classified information charges" according to TIME.

11-17-06 - From June: Alleged AIPAC informant promoted The Bush administration promoted David Satterfield, an alleged informant for a former AIPAC lobbyist facing trial in a classified information case.

11-17-06 - Pelosi drops the ball - AIPAC takes all What a line up - AIPAC couldn't ask for anything more. It matters not if Dems or Repubs won the elections. AIPAC still wins. It always does.

11-17-06 - Political Blogging as Hate Crime


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