The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Saturday, December 02, 2006

News for 12-01-06

12-01-06 - Powell says U.S. should talk to Iran, not attack ** Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell does not believe the United States will attack Iran and says Washington should speak to Tehran and Syria.

12-01-06 - Panel calls for 2008 withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq

12-01-06 - Despite compromise, Iran sanctions measure elusive One of Russia's key objections has been to any mention in the text of the $800 million Bushehr light-water reactor it is building on Iran's Gulf coast.

12-01-06 - Russia ready to back some Iran sanctions: Lavrov Now isn't that interesting. See yesterday's news batch.

12-01-06 - Every visitor to US to be assessed as 'risk' secretly Starting Monday every person entering and leaving the United States will be evaluated as terrorist threats without their knowledge, and the results will be held for 40 years, according to the US Department of Homeland Security.....Travellers may not review -- or challenge -- their scores for the next 40 years, according to the November 2 notice We are all just prisoners here
Of our own device ....You can check out any time you like
But you can never leave ..

12-01-06 - Gates, Hadley: More of the Same Gates' position on Iran's nuclear weapons plans suggests he will not put up much resistance to importuning by Vice President Dick Cheney and the neocons ? not to mention the Israelis ? that Iran's fledgling nuclear program must be nipped in the bud.

12-01-06 - Iran strengthens ties with Afghanistan

12-01-06 - Corruption: the 'second insurgency' costing $4bn a year According to a Sigir review published in October, Kellogg, Brown and Root (a subsidiary of Halliburton, Vice President Dick Cheney's former company) was awarded an oil industry repair contract in February 2004 but "direct project activity" did not begin until November 19. In that time KBR's overhead costs were nearly $53m. In fact more than half the company's $300m project costs from 2004-06 went on overheads, the audit found. Iraq also represented a grey zone beyond the reach of the US civil courts. KBR was found to have overcharged the US military about $60m for fuel deliveries, but that did not stop it winning more government contracts.

12-01-06 - Assad: Syria to challenge U.S. efforts

12-01-06 - 'Litvinenko laughed off my warning. He said it was like the plot of a film'

12-01-06 - Look who owns U.S. debt now Many developing nations buy treasury bills not because they are deemed to be the best investment, but to support their own monetary polices. The Chinese, for instance, do so as part of a strategy to keep their currency artificially low against the dollar. This holds down the cost of Chinese goods, helping the Chinese economy but making U.S. goods less competitive. Not neocon-related, but important all the same.

12-01-06 - Analysis: High bar set in AIPAC case "The Court imposed the requirement that the government prove that the defendant knew the information ... would harm the United States," Judge Thomas Ellis told the Nov. 16 hearing, though prosecutors had asked that this requirement be lifted...."This was a counter-espionage investigation," said one retired veteran, pointing out that it had been conducted by the counter-intelligence unit at the FBI's Washington Field Office. Well, they tried. And thanks to those that gave their best shot.

12-01-06 - Halliburton Unit to Pay $8 Million for Overbilling A Halliburton subsidiary agreed to pay the government $8 million to resolve accusations of overbilling related to the firm's work for the Army in the Balkans, the Justice Department said yesterday

12-01-06 - Democrats Reject Key 9/11 Panel Suggestion with control of Congress now secured, Democratic leaders have decided for now against implementing the one measure that would affect them most directly: a wholesale reorganization of Congress to improve oversight and funding of the nation's intelligence agencies.

12-01-06 - Bush tries to strengthen 'Sunni bulwark' to contain Iran Bush has been less personally involved in the Arab-Israeli dispute than any American president since Israel's creation in 1948 Not true. It is why we invaded Iraq in the first place - to remove Israel's then-primary threat.

12-01-06 - UN starts mapping disputed Shaba Farms on Lebanon border Another problem facing the mapping experts is the fact that much of the ownership evidence comprises deeds from the Ottoman era, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, which is causing delays in effective translation.

12-01-06 - Marines return from Beirut evacuation Helping evacuate Americans from Beirut when fighting erupted between Israel and Hezbollah earlier this year felt like being "a part of history," said a North Carolina-based Marine scheduled to return home this weekend.

12-01-06 - Huge protest brings Beirut to a standstill

12-01-06 - Report: Lebanon bombing could be war crime Israel?s use of cluster bombs during the Lebanon war could be considered a war crime, according to a U.N. report.

12-01-06 - Israel demands proof soldiers are alive

12-01-06 - Annan finds 13 incidents of illicit arms in Lebanon Still, his envoy, Terje Roed-Larsen, said earlier this month he had evidence of the smuggling but was unable to reveal his sources....At the same time, Annan said Israeli aircraft entered Lebanese airspace, in violation of the ceasefire agreement, on almost a daily basis since his last report on September 12.....And Annan said that Israel had yet to provide the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, with detailed data on cluster bombs.

12-01-06 - France stands by US refusal to engage Syria France and the United States agree there is no point in talking to Syria because the conditions for an honest dialogue do not exist, President Jacques Chirac said on Wednesday. His comment came as US President George W. Bush is under strong domestic pressure to talk to Syria and Iran in an effort to reduce sectarian violence and avert civil war in Iraq.

12-01-06 - Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel The following ratings are based on point system designed by the organization. Points were assigned for actions either in support of or in opposition to the organization's position.

12-01-06 - Murdered ex-spy criticized anti-Semitism Goldfarb also claims that Litvinenko?s assassination by poisoning, which Goldfarb blames on the Russian government, was partially motivated by his association with a number of influential expatriated Russian Jews, including businessman Boris Berezovsky Strange how this is really the only mention being made on this website that I've seen of this case. And it was down bottom of the page on the right.

12-01-06 - Witness testifies on Shin Bet torture In a boost to Mohammed Salah's claims he was forced to make incriminating statements about connections to Hamas, a prosecution witness testified Thursday his own cousin was tortured by agents of Israel's Shin Bet security service.

12-01-06 - Israel lobby sets its sights on academe This dispute over academic balance in relation to Israel has been simmering for years on Australian campuses but it is the war in Lebanon that has brought it to a flashpoint. It is a clash that raises raw and sensitive questions about the freedoms and the responsibilities of academe as well as the power of the pro-Israel lobby.


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