The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Saturday, December 09, 2006

News for 12-08-06

12-08-06 - They were napalmed in an attack by air and by sea that lasted for 75 minutes. Israel sought to sink their ship, and it was due to the sheer heroism and bravery of the men on board - some of whom didn't make it - that that ship stayed afloat. These men and their families have sought and have been denied justice for nearly 40 years. Please support their efforts.

12-08-06 - Rep. McKinney's parting shot: Bill to impeach Bush Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, has made clear that she will not entertain proposals to sanction Bush and has warned the liberal wing of her party against making political hay of impeachment.

12-08-06 - Panel: U.S. Underreported Iraq Violence U.S. military and intelligence officials have systematically underreported the violence in Iraq in order to suit the Bush administration's policy goals, the bipartisan Iraq Study Group said

12-08-06 - Council given new draft over Iran

12-08-06 - Iraqis say U.S. raid killed 32, including 6 children

12-08-06 - Report: Private Saudi citizens funding Iraqi insurgents

12-08-06 - Dueling Views Pit Baker Against Rice Aides to the 52-year-old Ms. Rice say she is acutely aware that there is little percentage in getting into a public argument with Mr. Baker, the 76-year-old architect of the first Bush administration?s Middle East policy. But Thursday, as President Bush gently pushed back against some of Mr. Baker?s recommendations, Ms. Rice?s aides and allies were offering a private defense, saying that she already has a coherent, effective strategy for the region.

12-08-06 - Iraqi official accuses Iran of hypocrisy

12-08-06 - Kurds brand report 'unrealistic' The leader of Iraq's Kurdish region says the US Iraq Study Group report is "unrealistic and inappropriate".

12-08-06 - Iraq marine to face murder trial

12-08-06 - Radiation contamination theories emerge in Russian spy case

12-08-06 - Speaking frankly about Israel and Palestine By Jimmy Carter The many controversial issues concerning Palestine and the path to peace for Israel are intensely debated among Israelis and throughout other nations - but not in the United States. For the last 30 years, I have witnessed and experienced the severe restraints on any free and balanced discussion of the facts. This reluctance to criticize any policies of the Israeli government is because of the extraordinary lobbying efforts of the American-Israel Political Action Committee and the absence of any significant contrary voices....It would be almost politically suicidal for members of Congress to espouse a balanced position between Israel and Palestine, to suggest that Israel comply with international law or to speak in defense of justice or human rights for Palestinians. Very few would ever deign to visit the Palestinian cities of Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron, Gaza City or even Bethlehem and talk to the beleaguered residents. What is even more difficult to comprehend is why the editorial pages of the major newspapers and magazines in the United States exercise similar self-restraint, quite contrary to private assessments expressed quite forcefully by their correspondents in the Holy Land.

12-08-06 - U.S. says trade friction with China could escalate The United States sees potentially escalating trade friction with China next year as Beijing is stepping up restrictions on foreign investment and recent U.S. Congressional elections create uncertainty, a U.S. trade official said on Friday.

12-08-06 - The neocons have finished what the Vietcong started

12-08-06 - Arab League damns Baker report as US face-saving The Arab League has damned a report calling for a shift in US policy on Iraq, calling it a face-saving effort, but its chief commended it for urging redoubled efforts to end the Israeli-Palestininan conflict.

12-08-06 - Israel is a Liability for U.S. we are still a long ways away from the end of the U.S. hegemony in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Israel unfortunately is still a domestic issue in the U.S. and AIPAC's strength hasn't weakened despite attempts by U.S. academics to expose them.

12-08-06 - Israel frets over Iraq report, dispatches FM to Washington Israel's foreign minister has arrived in the United States amid worries that the Jewish state's main ally could shift course after a report urged Washington to redouble Mideast peacemeaking efforts. Israel worried that the US might fall out of line.

12-08-06 - We Can't Wait for 2008

12-08-06 - Olmert chastises German FM for Syria visit

12-08-06 - Palestinian PM in Tehran nods to Iranian support Iran, like Hamas, refuses to recognize the state of Israel and has sent $120 million so far this year to the Palestinian Authority toward a shortfall caused by a Western financial blockade on the Hamas-led government. The irony - the Israeli-led US policy of imposing a seige on the Palestinians due to the election of Hamas has driven them right into Iran's arms. Another stroke of genius.

12-08-06 - Bush rejects Iraq report's key proposals, unveils Mideast initiative "I don't think Jim Baker and Lee Hamilton expect us to accept every recommendation," he said. "I know they expect us to consider every recommendation; that we ought to pay close attention to what they advise."

12-08-06 - Bush meets with top Republicans, Democrats on Iraq US President George W Bush is pledging to work with both Republicans and Democrats to come up with new tactics in the war in Iraq.

12-08-06 - How Israel lost to the Iranians There are three separate litigations, which are taking place simultaneously in several European countries, all of them pertaining to a complex legal and business entity called Trans-Asiatic Oil Limited, and relating to one of the biggest secrets between Israel and Iran: the past oil connections between the two countries. Three years ago one of the arbitrations ruled that Israeli fuel companies have to pay the Iranian National Oil Company tens of millions of dollars. Interesting.

12-08-06 - Analysts: U.S. at root of effort to topple Lebanese government Many in Beirut say that U.S. failure to stop Israel's onslaught against Hezbollah last summer crippled the Lebanese government - a U.S. ally - while strengthening Hezbollah - a U.S. enemy. That created an environment in which the Shiite Muslim militia could call for overthrowing Sunni Muslim Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and his Cabinet.

12-08-06 - A "Grand Settlement" Versus the Jewish Lobby There are several cases of notorious Phalangists being murdered just prior to their scheduled testimony in Brussels before a case brought by Palestinian survivors against top Israelis involved in the notorious massacres in Lebanon, especially at the Palestinian camps of Sabra and Shatila in September 1982. On January 24, 2002, Elie Hobeika, a Phalangist warlord directly involved in the massacre, was blown up in his Beirut neighborhood along with 3 bodyguards just two days after agreeing to testify against the Israelis on behalf of the Palestinian survivors. Hobeika, who was the Phalangist chief liaison with the IDF during their occupation of Beirut, claimed to have worked with the Israeli Mossad in orchestrating the massacre.

12-08-06 - Protests blow to Beirut economy

12-08-06 - Saudi warns of Mideast arms race "The fact that Israel has nuclear weapons is the most dangerous threat against Gulf security," Intelligence chief Prince Muqrin bin Abdul-Aziz told a security conference in Bahrain.

12-08-06 - Al-Zarqawi Said Shiites Most Dangerous Al-Zarqawi accuses Nasrallah of being two-faced in his opposition to Israel and suggests it is not an accident that Israeli aircraft have not killed him as they have killed several leaders of the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

12-08-06 - Lawyer testifies on goal to steer money from Hamas Defense attorneys have claimed U.S. prosecutors were goaded into charging Salah by the powerful Israeli lobby

12-08-06 - With military options limited, it's time for Plan B: Diplomacy The group pointed out a truth rarely heard by Americans (even as it is front and center in the Arab world and Europe): U.S. disengagement from Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts is a huge source of tension and anti-Americanism, like a raging toothache inflaming everything else. U.S. allies in the region, including the powerful Sunni leadership in Saudi Arabia, say that it underlies other Mideast problems and that rancor from the impasse makes them harder to solve.

12-08-06 - Germany summons Iranian diplomat over Holocaust conference The German government summoned the Iranian charge d'affaires in Berlin to express its opposition to a planned conference on the Holocaust in Tehran next week.

12-08-06 - Hezbollah chief 'plotting coup'


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