The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Friday, June 22, 2007

News for 06-21-07

06-21-07 - Four Decades of Twisting Facts About Israel?s Attack on the USS Liberty By James Ennes as preparations were being made to abandon ship, they machinegunned the ship?s empty life rafts which had been lowered into the water awaiting survivors?a clear violation of Geneva conventions.

06-21-07 - US terror charges against Iran are 'lies': top official Iran rejected as "lies" Thursday US allegations that it is arming Shiite extremists in Iraq, and alleged that some NATO powers are supplying weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

06-21-07 - Iran threatens 'longer stride' for nuclear drive

06-21-07 - Iraqi orphans moved to better facilities

06-21-07 - Iran says talks, not sanctions, only way in atom row Iran's chief nuclear negotiator told major powers on Thursday that talks, not more sanctions, offered the only way forward for resolving an escalating standoff over Tehran's disputed nuclear program.

06-21-07 - Bush, Senate head for showdown on domestic spying The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the subpoenas in a 13-3 vote following 18 months of futile efforts to obtain documents related to Bush's contested justification for warrantless surveillance begun after the September 11 attacks.

06-21-07 - US-IRAN: New Arms Claim Reveals Cheney-Military Rift ** The use of the phrase ?irrefutable evidence? suggested that the Burns statement was scripted by the office of Vice President Dick Cheney. The same phrase had been used by Cheney himself on Sep. 20, 2002, in referring to the administration?s accusation that Saddam Hussein had a programme to enrich uranium as the basis for a nuclear weapon......Given the very small scale of the arms in question, Cheney?s interest in the issue appears to have much less to do with Afghanistan than his aim of ensuring that President Bush goes along with the neoconservative desire to attack Iran before the end of his term.

06-21-07 - Iran 'unable to take Australians' Iranian naval forces in the Gulf tried to capture an Australian Navy boarding team but were vigorously repelled, the BBC has learned.

06-21-07 - Waxman decries Cheney security exemption

06-21-07 - Is WP's Cohen Dumbest Columnist? Cohen accuses special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald of violating longstanding Justice Department guidelines on when to bring a case; he denounces the trial ? over Libby?s lying about his role in unmasking covert CIA officer Valerie Plame ? as ?a mountain out of a molehill?; he asserts that there was no ?underlying crime?; he even pokes fun at Americans who thought the invasion of Iraq might have been a bad idea. Sounds to me to be a part of the Israel lobby that includes neocons such as Libby. The WP, like so many other rags, gives ample airtime to neocons, and has allowed Fitzgerald to be viciously attacked therein, in the not so recent past. It's why I no longer link to it. The WP is on the wrong side of justice.

06-21-07 - Cheney Power Grab: Says White House Rules Don?t Apply to Him

06-21-07 - Brazil to resettle Palestinian refugees who fled Iraq About 100 Palestinians who fled Iraq more than three years ago and lived in squalid conditions at a refugee camp will be resettled in Brazil, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said.

06-21-07 - Nihilism and Neoconservatism With the presidential primaries of both parties effectively rigged against the possibility of a credible antiwar candidate arising to wrest the nomination from the pro-war front-runners, and the War Party's propaganda machine revving up its motors for another go, this time at Iran, we are in for a very explosive next couple of years. The reason is because the political system lacks any effective safety valves: there is no way for ordinary people to have any real impact, and therefore the special interests ? and the War Party is just a collection of very special ideological and corporate interests ? have taken over.

06-21-07 - Lebanon army 'wins camp battle'

06-21-07 - Who runs American Foreign Policy?

06-21-07 - ZOA lobbies to isolate Iran, Abbas More than 300 ZOA activists from 20 states had almost 200 meetings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, and leading lawmakers -- including Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), a long shot contender for the Republican presidential candidacy -- addressed the group. The lead item for the ZOA delegates was strengthening sanctions against Iran, the signature issue for many pro-Israel groups now that Israel assesses the Islamic Republic may be less than two years away from a nuclear weapon.

06-21-07 - Netanyahu pushes Iran isolation Netanyahu met Thursday with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), a leading candidate for her party's presidential candidacy, and Fred Thompson, a former Tennessee senator who is set to announce his bid for the Republican candidacy, as well as Vice President Dick Cheney.

06-21-07 - Lebanon: Rights group calls for probe into Palestinian abuse claims "It would be unfair to say all Palestinians who leave the camp are being beaten up, but there are enough cases to cause us to be very alarmed," said Nadim Houry of Human Rights Watch, as he gathered testimony in Badawi camp.

06-21-07 - The End of Dissent? With Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Washington to ramp up the Lobby's ferocious campaign to get the US to attack Iran ? or at least credibly threaten to ? the pro-Israel forces on Capitol Hill were out in full force, herding their congressional supporters into a massive display of obedience with a whopping 411-2 vote in the House.

06-21-07 - Family: Ex-professor to remain imprisoned for refusing to testify Nahla al-Arian said her husband will not bow to pressure to testify, and showed his resolve with a two-month hunger strike earlier this year.

06-21-07 - Slain activist's legacy fulfilled as refugees from Iraq reach Ottawa Two Palestinian families fleeing war-torn Iraq via a Syrian refugee camp are finding refuge in eastern Ontario, fulfilling one of the last requests from a humanitarian worker taken hostage and slain in the Middle East more than a year ago

06-21-07 - US does not want Syria involved in Mideast peace: VP Syrian Vice President Faruq al-Shara charged on Thursday that the United States and Israel do not want Syria or the Palestinians involved in any Middle East peace settlement.

06-21-07 - Jewish spectrum of issues on display in meeting with Democratic senators Howard Kohr, executive director of the pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, who spoke about the threat that Iran and its nuclear program posed to the region;


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