The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Friday, December 15, 2006

News for 12-14-06

12-14-06 - Diplomat's suppressed document lays bare the lies behind Iraq war He also reveals that British officials warned US diplomats that bringing down the Iraqi dictator would lead to the chaos the world has since witnessed.

12-14-06 - Bush to seek $100 bln more war funds-US House report

12-14-06 - Wolfowitz Clashes With World Bank Staff and Mideast Chief Exits Three directors, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they are concerned governments might be less willing to contribute because of unhappiness with Wolfowitz.

12-14-06 - Protest against U.S. Iraq Study Group report held in Iraq

12-14-06 - Could Iran help the US stabilize Iraq? Iran sent an unprecedented secret letter to the White House, offering to talk about everything from its controversial nuclear program to support for Hizbullah and Hamas militants. But the Bush team dismissed the offer, and even scolded the Swiss ambassador in Tehran at the time for passing the message on

12-14-06 - Groups Charge Big Oil With More Than $2 Billion in Consumer Fraud: Hot Motor Fuel Pumps Less Energy

12-14-06 - Federal judge says foreign Guantanamo detainees may not sue But US District Judge James Robertson also ruled that the law's attempt to deny that right to legal US immigrants was unconstitutional.

12-14-06 - White House appeals to keep VP records secret The government was responding to an October order, by U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina, to release two years of White House visitor logs to The Washington Post. The newspaper, researching the access lobbyists and others had on the White House, sought Secret Service records for anyone visiting Cheney, his legal counsel, chief spokesman and other top aides and advisers.

12-14-06 - Pope lauds Syria on promoting dialogue, urges efforts to counter terrorism

12-14-06 - Saudi divisions on Iraq could strain U.S. ties The tension in the region is straining Saudi relations with the United States, despite both countries' assertions that all is fine.

12-14-06 - Support for Israel in Congress is Based on Fear I can tell you from personal experience that the support Israel has in the Congress is based completely on political fear -- fear of defeat by anyone who does not do what Israel wants done. I can also tell you that very few members of Congress -- at least when I served there -- have any affection for Israel or for its Lobby.

12-14-06 - Ahmadinejad says Zionists are criminals Ahmadinejad said not all Jews are Zionists, and called for "a referendum in order to determine the type of regime the Palestinians prefer, with the participation of all Palestinians -- including Jews, Christians and Muslims," Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported.

12-14-06 - Is James Baker a Match for AIPAC? Obviously not, since Bush has refused to implement the relevant recommendations by the ISG.

12-14-06 - US: We won't compare Israel to Iran US State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack responded Tuesday evening to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert 's slip of the tongue on the nuclear issue. There is no change in Israel 's policy, he said "...It leads also to concessions to the favourite Nation of priviledges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the Nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained; and by exciting jealousy, ill will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom eql. priviledges are withheld"

12-14-06 - Two Old Friends at Center of Poison Mystery Kovtun and Lugovoy both have ties to the Russian security services that Litvinenko said were out to kill him on President Vladimir Putin's orders. Yet they also have long-standing bonds with Putin's exiled enemies, who are seen in Moscow as likely suspects.

12-14-06 - Putin signals end to overseas ownership of Russian energy

12-14-06 - OPEC to cut oil output by 500,000 bpd in February This move was made to stop a 25 percent drop in prices over 10 weeks in a row. It is called PRICE GOUGING. And it is outrageous BS.

12-14-06 - They Only Look Dead What won?t be dropped is the neoconservatives? attachment to Israel and the tendency to conflate the Jewish state?s interests (as defined in right-wing Israeli terms) with America?s. So one can look forward to neoconservative agitation on two fronts: a powerful campaign to draw the United States into a war to eliminate Iran?s nuclear potential and an equally loud effort in support of maintaining Israeli dominance over the West Bank and denying the Palestinians meaningful statehood

12-14-06 - US scientists reject interference

12-14-06 - New Publishing Rules Restrict Scientists

12-14-06 - US releases Saudis from Guantanamo Bay

12-14-06 - Dec. 14 1982: THE GOLAN HEIGHTS ANNEXED BY ISRAEL IN AN ABRUPT MOVE The annexation was greeted with jubilation by Jewish settlers on the heights, who number about 6,000 and have been pressing for this move for a long time. It was regarded, in part, as a Government effort to mollify militant settlers in Sinai, who have vowed to resist physically when Israel returns the final strip of the desert peninsula to Egypt next April 25, as required by the peace treaty.

12-14-06 - What Syria Would Say Syria has already begun implementing some of the Baker-Hamilton recommendations for Iraq, Moallem said

12-14-06 - Ahmadinejad accused of incitement to genocide A group of prominent lawyers, politicians and Jewish leaders are attempting to have Iran?s president indicted on charges of incitement to genocide. Let's say that he really did commit incitement to genocide, what do you call what Israel has done to the Palestinians (starting with this)? And what of Avigdor Lieberman's comments calling on Israel to transfer the Arabs out of that country, hmm? He was just put in a very powerful position in the Israeli government. Can you say HYPOCRISY.

12-14-06 - Rice lying low at the Middle East crossroads A new low was plumbed in the US's international standing when, on the 10th day of Lebanon's summer war, with civilian casualties mounting from Israeli attacks, Ms Rice declared the world was witnessing the "birth pangs of a new Middle East".

12-14-06 - Attitudes of Arabic people toward U.S. more negative The poll, conducted by Zogby International in mid-November in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Saudi Arabia, showed that a majority of people in the countries had an unfavorable opinion of the United States

12-14-06 - UPI Poll: Israeli lobby's U.S. influence With 47.5 percent of the 6,296 U.S. respondents saying there is a significant level of pro-Israel influence with 33.3 percent saying it has a "moderate" level of influence. Some 80.8 percent said there is some pro-Israel influence My fellow Americans, in light of the poll results, I would say that half the battle is won. Now then, what do you propose we do about this influence?

12-14-06 - Neturei Karta defends Holocaust denial conference Asked on Israel Radio how he could rub shoulders with those who say the Holocaust was fabricated or exaggerated, Deutch said, "For the sake of saving Jews from Zionism, you have to do these things sometimes."

12-14-06 - More Evidence That Mearsheimer and Walt Are Largely Right This New York Times article quotes no one at all in support of Carter's position, only critics. Since when does the Times write in its news pages about controversies entirely from one side of the controversy, particularly when it's about someone who was president of the United States?

12-14-06 - Still Jews only The concept of a state having any rights is not only strange but also alien to international law. People have rights, not states. And that is precisely the point: when Israel demands that its "right to exist" be recognised, the subtext is that we are not speaking of recognition of Israel as a normal nation state but as the state of a specific people, the Jews.

12-14-06 - Art becomes yet another victim of war

12-14-06 - Ahmadinejad tells West to 'pack up' Israel

12-14-06 - New U.N. chief blasts Iran?s Holocaust denial The incoming United Nations secretary-general said it was unacceptable for Iran to deny the Holocaust and threaten Israel.

12-14-06 - Hezbollah still operating in Canada Using freedom-of-information legislation, Post reporter Stewart Bell has amassed what is probably the largest collection of terrorism-related Canadian intelligence documents in private hands.


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