The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Friday, July 13, 2007

News for 07-12-07

07-12-07 - Bush denies al-Qaeda has renewed US President George W Bush has denied that al-Qaeda is as strong as it was at the time of the 9/11 attacks.

07-12-07 - US House votes for troop pullout

07-12-07 - Bush again links Iraq violence to 9/11 It was the second time in two weeks that Bush has made the link in an apparent attempt to transform lingering fear of another U.S. terrorist attack into backing for the current buildup of U.S. troops in Iraq.

07-12-07 - Iranian forces, Kurdish guerrillas clash Iranian artillery shelled near Iraqi Kurd villages Thursday as Iranian troops clashed with Kurdish guerrillas making an incursion across the border, officials in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan said.

07-12-07 - German firms smuggled nuclear material to Iran: prosecutor German prosecutors on Thursday said they are investigating some 50 companies suspected of smuggling technology to Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant via Russia.

07-12-07 - US Commerce Dept. blacklists Iranian energy, industrial groups

07-12-07 - Homeland Security chief warns of 'increased risk? "I believe we are entering a period this summer of increased risk," Chertoff told the Chicago Tribune's editorial board in an unusually blunt and frank assessment of America's terror threat level. The homeland isn't really secure if all of our troops are overseas fighting a nation that had nothing to do with 911. Ironic, ain't it?

07-12-07 - UN positive on Iran nuclear talks The UN nuclear agency says talks with Iran on its controversial nuclear programme have been constructive and will continue in the coming weeks.

07-12-07 - US May Cut Navy Presence in Persian Gulf

07-12-07 - Bush refuses to explain Libby order President Bush refused to explain to Congress on Wednesday why he commuted the prison sentence of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

07-12-07 - Libby Ordered to Begin Serving Supervised Release Libby, freed by Bush from his 2 1/2-year prison sentence in the CIA leak case, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton to report to the probation office in Washington by the end of the day tomorrow......Walton also wrote that if Libby violates any of the required conditions of his release, which ''this court has no reason to believe will occur,'' he could be ordered to spend the term in prison.

07-12-07 - Americans Still Peeved at Libby Commutation Few adults in the United States believe U.S. president George W. Bush acted properly in the case of Lewis Libby, according to a two recent public opinion polls. In a survey by Gallup released by USA Today, only 13 per cent of respondents think Bush was right to commute the former vice-presidential aide?s prison sentence.

07-12-07 - U.S. Senate panel moves to cut off funding for Cheney in flap with Dems over executive order

07-12-07 - Britain raises pressure in Litvinenko row

07-12-07 - Disregard Subpoenas, Justice Dept. Says In a broadly worded legal opinion, the Justice Department has concluded that President Bush?s former top lawyer, and possibly other senior White House officials, can ignore subpoenas from Congress to testify about the firings of U.S. attorneys.

07-12-07 - Dem calls for Special Prosecutor to investigate Gonzales' lies to Congress Tuesday's Washington Post reports that Gonzales was given at least a half-dozen reports detailing FBI abuses of power in the three months before testifying to Congress where he sought to renew the Patriot Act. In front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on April 27, 2005, he claimed he knew of no wrongdoing or abuse of power, and that the Patriot Act was free of problems, despite the reports of numerous violations of the law and FBI protocol.

07-12-07 - Lebanon army shells refugee camp

07-12-07 - 4 Lebanese soldiers killed near camp

07-12-07 - Israel's Livni rules out resuming talks with Syria Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni rules out resuming talks with Syria and believes Damascus poses a problem which must be tackled by the region, she said in a French magazine published on Thursday.

07-12-07 - Giuliani, the Likud Candidate?

07-12-07 - Worsening turmoil in Lebanon likely to hurt Hariri murder probe: UN

07-12-07 - SHOCK AND HORROR IN AUGUST / IRAN ATTACK ** and Bush will give Israel the OK to attack Iran and when Iran retaliates ~ we will attack Iran.

07-12-07 - Oil prices touch $77 per barrel Global oil prices have briefly touched above $77 a barrel, an 11-month high, lifted by supply concerns in the US and large buys by speculators.

07-12-07 - Syria may be flexible on key Israeli demand: UN Syria has signaled to the U.N.'s Middle East envoy a willingness to change its relationship with Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas if progress were made towards a peace deal with Israel.

07-12-07 - Amnesty seeks UN probe on Lebanon Amnesty also urged Israel to turn over maps of areas in southern Lebanon which it targeted with cluster bombs.

07-12-07 - New envoy to U.K.: Jews must do more to put Iran on the agenda The Israeli ambassador-elect to Britain, Ron Prosor, said Tuesday that the Jews around the world and the global community should do more to focus attention on Iran and its nuclear aspirations.

07-12-07 - Hariri panel 'has found suspects' In his latest report, Serge Brammertz said he now knew the names of people who bought the van used in the 2005 assassination in Beirut.

07-12-07 - Wolfowitz: Return to Sender? From her position as an AEI fellow, Kirkpatrick promoted the policies pushed by the Project for the New American Century, described by RightWeb as "a letterhead group" based in the same office building as AEI and headed by several neoconservative notables, including Irving Kristol's son William. Both before and after the 9/11 attacks, PNAC played an aggressive role encouraging the Bush administration to invade Iraq.

07-12-07 - Lebanon war was a success, says Olmert "We had great achievements in this war," Israel killed roughly 1000 civilians, and destroyed mostly civilian infrastructure. THey then fired off a million cluster bomblets 3 days before a ceasefire was to be implemented (which they knew about). People are still being killed to this day by those bomblets. Israel has refused to provide UN officials with detailed maps of the areas it targeted with those bomblets. My guess is because they then would be caught redhanded targeting civilians.

07-12-07 - Iran's Jews reject cash offer to move to Israel The incentives - ranging from £5,000 a person to £30,000 for families - were offered from a special fund established by wealthy expatriate Jews in an effort to prompt a mass migration to Israel from among Iran's 25,000-strong Jewish community. The offers were made with Israel's official blessing and were additional to the usual state packages it provides to Jews emigrating from the diaspora.

07-12-07 - U.N. probe IDs some links to Hariri slay Brammertz also said investigators had determined that the suicide bomber was not Ahmed Abu Adass, a Palestinian living in Lebanon who appeared on a videotape claiming that he would carry out the attack that killed Hariri. He didn't say how they reached that conclusion. He said it was possible that Abu Adass "was forced or duped" into recording the video and then killed or that he "willingly recorded the video together with individuals belonging to a wider extremist group" involved in the assassination.

07-12-07 - Jews slam Kucinich on Iran Jewish leaders slammed Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich for denying that Iran's president seeks to destroy Israel.

07-12-07 - Southern Lebanon's slow recovery


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