Sunday, September 30, 2007

Headlines for 09-29-07

US Politicians, Not Ahmadinejad, Have Blood on Their Hands How American politicians can call Iran a dangerous country and claim that it poses a threat to the U.S. is a mystery. On second thought, it is not a mystery. It just tells you that the politicians think you and I are so stupid that we will fall for the exact same parade of lies and exaggerations that was used to justify the war against Iraq.

Ex-Cheney Adviser Denies Trying To Stir War With Iran Keep in mind that the NY Sun is a staunchly pro-Israel news outfit.

US military 'regrets' civilian deaths in Iraq The US military said on Saturday it regrets civilian deaths, as it announced a new surge of strikes against Al-Qaeda in Iraq in which six militants were killed and a child was hit in the crossfire.

Wounded vets also suffer financial woes "The wounded and their families no longer trust that the government will take care of them the way they thought they'd be taken care of," says veterans advocate Mary Ellen Salzano.

Iranian lawmakers label U.S. troops and CIA as "terrorist" "They (the U.S. army and the CIA) support Israel's state terrorism in its crackdown on Palestinian and Lebanese people, trained Al-Qaida and Taliban and established secret prisons in Europe, torture prisoners in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib," added the statement.

Official: Iran Ordered Terrorist Bombing in the Americas Making the case for war.

Syria's Assad backs Iraq 'unity'

Bush, Oil ? and Moral Bankruptcy I disagree that it was about oil. Why are we paying nearly 3 dollars a gallon still, 5+ years on? And if you think we're paying a lot now, wait until we attack Iran. It will jeopardize the economy of the world.

Debunking the Neocons' Iran War Measure ** The Lieberman-Kyle amendment has just passed the Senate overwhelmingly after two sections were removed to satisfy Democrats that it will not serve as a backdoor authorization for war against Iran, using U.S. forces operating in Iran.

Anti-Iran Hawks Win Partial Victory in Congress ** its huge margin of approval, which some observers said was boosted by this week's controversial visit to New York by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, helped demonstrate once again how responsive members of both major parties are to the so-called "Israel Lobby," which has made the sanctions bill its top legislative priority this year......the first call for cross-border attacks on Iranian targets was made by the Senate's "independent" Democrat, Joseph Lieberman, who is regarded as particularly close to the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)......As introduced, the amendment, which, according to several Capitol Hill sources, was drafted by AIPAC, actually went considerably further, deploying language that some senators argued could be interpreted as authorizing war against Iran.

Democrats signal capitulation on Iraq ? and Iran

Arabs criticize U.S. Senate resolution on Iraq The Arab League and an Iraqi vice president criticized on Thursday a U.S. Senate resolution advocating the division of Iraq into federal regions.

The Man Behind the Iran Curtain When asked for a one-word answer ? "yes or no" ? as to whether his government desired the "destruction of Israel as a Jewish state", Ahmadinejad responded: "And then you want the answer the way you want to hear it. Well, this isn't really a free flow of information... I'm asking you, is the Palestinian issue not an international issue of prominence or not? Please tell me, yes or no." His answer received laughter and applause.

Liberty Survivors Reply to Cristol's Arizona Republic Screed of July 17, 2007

Syria sees warmongering in Israeli sortie Syria accused Israel of staging a strategic air raid to prepare international opinion for a future war between the countries.

The Teflon Alliance with Israel In their book on the lobby, Mearsheimer and Walt provide overwhelming evidence for an Israeli link to the war that completely undermines the public myths revived by Wilkerson's and Greenspan's statements, and they build a convincing case against the notion that the war was "all about oil." They are the first who have done the extensive research necessary to bring the mountain of evidence together. KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON are former CIA officials.

Why Did Israel Attack Syria? ** before an attack on Iran could be countenanced, Hezbollah in Lebanon had to be destroyed and Syria at the very least cowed. The plan was to isolate Tehran on these two other hostile fronts before going in for the kill. Israel's attack on Lebanon was a prelude to an attack on Iran.

U.S. gives anti-terror funds to mostly Jewish non-profit groups That Jewish organizations received the bulk of the funding does not mean there are new or heightened threats against Jewish Americans, the department said. ....."It is no secret that Jewish communities are targets, whether in the United States or in Israel," said a former FBI agent who works in counterterror. He spoke on condition of anonymity, because he is not authorized to speak publicly in his new government post.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Headlines for 09-28-07

Iran invites Bush to speak at university The comments were aired on state TV Friday and signaled an unusual readiness by Iran to receive an American president after more than a quarter century with no diplomatic ties

Iran sanctions decision delayed

France to propose European sanctions against Iran at EU meet France will propose to discuss sanctions against Iran outside the UN framework at a meeting with its European Union partners next month, its foreign minister said here Friday.

Jewish community in Iran slams US protest against Ahmadinejad's visit

US: Missile defense will avert Iran war ** The chief U.S. missile defense negotiator defended plans to place anti-missile sites in Eastern Europe, saying Wednesday that the system could prevent a war with Iran by building an effective deterrent.

US missile defence system scores intercept in test A US missile intercepted a mock warhead launched into space over the Pacific on Friday, in a successful test of the US missile defence system, a defence spokesman says.

Iraq Will Have to Wait By Scott Ritter **

US accused of killing women and children in Baghdad raid

Attack on Iran Said To Be Imminent ** "It's not at all clear where Brown is at," Mr. Bolton told the Sun. "The question is, ?Will Britain follow in the footsteps of France?'" Either way, Mr. Bolton said he did not invest too much hope in Security Council diplomacy.

Revealed: Saddam 'ready to walk away for $1bn'

Turkey-Iraq agree security pact Iraq and Turkey have signed a security agreement aimed at curbing the activities of the Turkish Kurdish separatist group, the PKK.

Radical Syrian cleric 'shot dead' A Syrian cleric suspected of recruiting foreign militants to fight in Iraq has been shot dead in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, his aides have said.

Weak dollar holds oil prices firm Oil prices broke the $83-a-barrel mark in Asian trade on Friday and approached their record level, as a weak dollar and supply fears boosted buying.

Saying the unsayable The links between the Israel lobby and US foreign policy are a Washington taboo. But a controversial new study is opening up a long-stifled debate

Jets scrambled toward Syrian aircraft For the second time in less than a week, IAF fighter jets were scrambled to the northern border on Thursday after radar systems picked up Syrian helicopters making their way towards Israel. Israelis seem to be looking for a fight.

Palestinians prepare return to devastated refugee camp

US pledges funds for Hariri court The US has pledged $5m towards the UN-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murder of Lebanese ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Headlines for 09-27-07

Russia against immediate sanctions on Iran On the eve of major power talks on Iran's nuclear ambitions, Russia's foreign minister on Thursday made clear new sanctions would have to wait until U.N. inspectors had surveyed Tehran's activities.

Soldier tells of shooting unarmed Iraqi A U.S. soldier cried Thursday as he told a court-martial that his staff sergeant ordered him to shoot an unarmed Iraqi. He said the sergeant then laughed and told the trooper to finish the job as the dying man convulsed on the ground.

Hunt oil deal creating tension in Iraq: US A US official on Thursday criticised an oil deal between Texas-based Hunt Oil Company and Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), saying it had "needlessly elevated tensions" in Iraq.

Iran says French FM 'apologizes' over portrayal of war remarks French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has apologized to his Iranian counterpart over a media "misportrayal" of his recent warning about bracing for war with Iran over its nuclear programme, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported Thursday.

Columbia Fights Off Threats; Silver Qualifies De-funding Vow One day after issuing a threat, state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver narrowed and qualified his vow to review capital funding of Columbia University in reaction to its hosting of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this week.

Kuwait says would not take part in any Iran attack Kuwait said on Tuesday it would not allow its territory to be used for any attack on Iran.

Access Denied

Senate Neocons Provoke Iran

Dress Rehearsal for War

Tucker Carlson, Pat Buchanan: "Ron Paul won the debate"

French FM cancels meet with Syria over Lebanese MP's killing

Clinton supports Israeli 'strike' on Syria

Why Does Norman Podhoretz Hate America? by Michael Scheuer Podhoretz hates every American who does not support the neoconservatives' views, the foreign policy they have devised, and the military and national security disasters to which they are leading America. Michael Scheuer is a former CIA counterterrorism official.

Newsweek Senior Editor Says 'Israeli Lobby' Is Shaping U.S. Policy Toward Iran

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Headlines for 09-26-07

2 Patriot Act Provisions ruled unlawful U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as amended by the Patriot Act, "now permits the executive branch of government to conduct surveillance and searches of American citizens without satisfying the probable cause requirements of the Fourth Amendment." Score one for the good guys.

Iran condemns US House over Guards blacklisting Iran angrily condemned on Wednesday as "worthless and invalid" a vote by the US House of Representatives branding its elite Revolutionary Guards force as a terrorist organization.

US Senate votes to support dividing Iraq on sectarian basis The US Senate approved Wednesday a Bosnia-style plan to divide Iraq on ethnic and religious lines, touted by backers as the sole hope of forging a federal state out of sectarian strife.

Saudis worried Iran nuclear issue headed to 'confrontation' "Definitely what we are seeing is a confrontation in the making,"

Ahmadinejad lauded in Iran for "Lion's Den" visit President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have faced ridicule in the United States by suggesting there were no homosexuals in Iran, but he won praise at home on Wednesday for taking his country's case to "the Lion's Den."

Pentagon seeks $190bn war funds US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has asked Congress for nearly $190bn to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Senate to vote on Iraq division plan The US Senate is expected to vote as early as Tuesday on a Bosnia-style plan to subdivide Iraq on ethnic lines, touted by backers as the sole hope of forging a federal state out of sectarian strife.

Downer flags Iran sanctions "I'm not saying that the end result of this is going to be war," he said.

Russia defends weapons sales to Syria "We are doing exactly what many other arms producers are doing," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in New York.

Webb: Lieberman And Kyl?s Hawkish Iran Amendment Is 'Cheney?s Fondest Pipe Dream' ** On the Senate floor today, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) made an impassioned appeal to his fellow senators, declaring that the Lieberman-Kyl amendment on Iran should be "withdrawn" because the "proposal is Dick Cheney?s fondest pipe dream." Webb cautioned that the "cleverly-worded sense of the Congress" could be "interpreted" to "declare war" on Iran

Peace Churches Host Dialogue with Iranian President and 100 Religious Leaders More than 100 religious leaders today participated in an hour-long, interfaith encounter with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Church Center for the United Nations

Turkey, Iraq in 'Kurd rebel deal'

Homeland Security leaders meet Jewish reps On Tuesday, the directors met with Secure Community Network , a group that provides safety and security training to Jewish organizations. Representatives of the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and many major synagogues attended.

Iranian President: If Holocaust happened, why must Palestinians pay? In an address before students and faculty at Columbia University in New York on Monday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that if the Holocaust really happened, the Palestinian people mustn't be forced to pay the price.

Paul not welcome at RJC event There was time only for leading candidates; and Paul's record of consistently voting against assistance to Israel and his criticisms of the pro-Israel lobby.

Merkel harsh on Iran, anti-Semitism Angela Merkel delivered a stern rebuke of Iran and promised to stay vigilant in confronting anti-Semitism.

Evangelical Split Seen Fueling Giuliani Bid "It's a win-win for him," said a longtime Jewish Republican who is supporting another GOP contender. "The more hawkish he is on Israel, the better he does with some important Evangelicals, despite his views on their other big issues. And it doesn?t hurt him with Jewish Republicans either, although it could prove to be more of a problem if he wins the nomination and then has to appeal to a wider group of Jewish voters."

Congress Throws Covert Israeli Attack on Syria Out Into the Open Ranking minority member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen also took on the issue of the Israeli attack on Syria, which according to reports was aimed at nuclear devices that Syria received from North Korea.....According to Wexler, who is a strong backer of Israel and a member of the foreign affairs committee, congressional support for the Israeli attack is needed, since it will pose ?an obvious contrast? to the lack of action on behalf of Congress when Israel attacked an Iraqi nuclear reactor near Baghdad in 1981, effectively putting an end to the Iraqi nuclear program.

Syria said ready to cede disputed area to U.N. Syria has indicated it is willing to allow the United Nations to take custody of the disputed Shebaa Farms area claimed by Lebanon but which is under Israeli occupation, a Spanish diplomat said on Wednesday.

House committee congratulates Israel on U.N. gain It also backs Israel's efforts to join the Security Council, the U.N.'s only body with powers of legal enforcement, by 2019. The resolution will now be considered by the full House.

Children are also casualties in world's wars Those children in Palestine and Iraq and all those other "trouble spots" around the world know little, perhaps nothing, about such childhood adventures. What they do know is that big people don't get along and killing each other is a perfectly normal thing.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Headlines for 09-25-07

Iran leader defiant in UN speech Iran's president has criticised "illegal" UN Security Council sanctions against his country, in a speech to the General Assembly in New York.

Scornful Ahmadinejad says issue of Iranian nuclear programme closed

What World War III May Look Like by Philip Giraldi ** That's former CIA counterterrorism official Philip Giraldi.

Top neocon urged Bush to bomb Iran during private White House meeting ** One of the few remaining neoconservatives in America was recently granted a private audience in the White House to deliver a 45-minute sales pitch to convince President Bush, accompanied by political deputy Karl Rove, to bomb Iran.

Iran shuts border with north Iraq Iran has closed its major border crossings with the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, in protest at the arrest of an Iranian by US forces there.

Nuclear Iran could cause war: Sarkozy

Bush at U.N. calls out 'brutal regimes' President Bush called on the United Nations to uphold the fight for freedom and decried "brutal regimes" such as Syria and Iran.

Iran warns foreign banks over US pressure

Iran bails last US dual national

Infantile Nation by Patrick J. Buchanan Why does Iran want nuclear weapons if it doesn't want to use them? For the same reason Israel wanted them: deterrence.

Ahmadinejad adresses U.N. General Assembly "The era of darkness will end," he concluded. "Prisoners will return home, the occupied lands will be freed, Palestine and Iraq will be liberated from the dominion of the occupiers and the people of America and Europe will be free of the pressures exerted by the Zionists."

House votes to sanction Iran The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee strongly praised the bill's passage as a step toward discouraging Iran's suspected nuclear weapons ambitions.

Israel seeks exemption from atomic rules Israel is looking to a U.S.-India nuclear deal to expand its own ties to suppliers, quietly lobbying for an exemption to non-proliferation rules so it can legally import atomic material, according to documents made available Tuesday to The Associated Press.

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP Transcript for 09/21/07 ** MR. BUCHANAN: Everything you read about Cheney is he's saying, "Condi Rice has failed. Let's get on with it." I think the Israelis are pushing it. We don't know what that strike in Syria was about. The neoconservatives are pushing it; the AEI. They're holding their little sessions there, promoting this idea. It is the biggest issue in D.C. right now.

Rabbis Say Iran Seeks Peace, Respects Judaism - Calls for True Dialogue With Ahmadinejad

Israeli air strike did not hit nuclear facility, intelligence officials say Vincent Cannistraro, Director of Intelligence Programs for the National Security Council under President Ronald Reagan and Chief of Operations at the Central Intelligence Agency's Counterterrorism Center under President George H. W. Bush, said Sunday that what the Israelis hit was "absolutely not a nuclear weapons facility."

Israeli in Lebanon jail not a spy-family

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Headlines for 09-24-07

UN nuclear officials hold new talks in Iran

Talk of war is 'propaganda': Iranian leader ** President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Monday dismissed talk of war against Iran as "propaganda" and combatively took on US critics who accuse him of denying the Holocaust and backing terrorism.

Iranian 'Ground Zero' visit would be travesty: Rice

Brzezinski: U.S. in danger of 'stampeding' to war with Iran ** "I think the administration, the president and the vice president particularly, are trying to hype the atmosphere, and that is reminiscent of what preceded the war in Iraq," Brzezinski told CNN's "Late Edition" on Sunday.

Weapons left by US troops 'used as bait to kill Iraqis' US soldiers are luring Iraqis to their deaths by scattering military equipment on the ground as "bait", and then shooting those who pick them up, it has been alleged at a court martial. The highly controversial tactic, which has hitherto been kept secret, is believed to have been responsible for the deaths of a number of Iraqis who were subsequently classified as enemy combatants and used in statistics to show the "success" of the "surge" in US forces.

Ahmadinejad attacked as 'petty dictator' In a sometimes testy question-and-answer session, Mr Ahmadinejad told the moderator: "You ask the questions but you ant the answers the way you want to hear them. This is not a free flow of information. In Iran when you invite a guest, you respect them, that is our tradition."

Cheney mulled luring Iran into war with Israel: report ** the weekly said the steady departure of neoconservatives from the administration over the past two years had helped tilt the balance away from war.

Ahmadinejad: No attack on Israel Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country would not launch an attack on Israel or any other country.

Turning Ahmadinejad Into Public Enemy No. 1 The neoconservatives are even claiming that the United States has been at war with Iran since 1979. As Glenn Greenwald points out, this assertion is absurd. In the ?80s, the Reagan administration sold substantial numbers of arms to Iran. Some of those beating the war drums most loudly now, like think-tank rat Michael Ledeen, were middlemen in the Reagan administration?s unconstitutional weapons sales to Tehran.

Syria set to reject peace talks offer Syria is expected to rebuff an invitation from the US to attend a grand Middle East peace conference later this year because it does not believe that either the Bush administration or Israel wants to reach a comprehensive regional settlement.

Just How Powerful is the Israel Lobby?

IAF dispatches jets as Syrian plane disappears from radar The Israel Air Force dispatched several fighter jets toward Syria Saturday, after a Syrian airplane disappeared from the Israeli radar screens, army sources said.

Former Syrian official: Report on IDF commandos is psychological warfare

Monday, September 24, 2007

Headlines for 09-23-07

UN envoy doubts U.S. assertion Iran arming Afghan insurgents A top United Nations diplomat is rejecting repeated claims from the Bush administration that Iran is supplying weapons to the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

Military chief: 'No war' with Iran ** Mm k.

US starts late manning Iran-Iraq border

Iran doesn't need the bomb: Ahmadinejad

Iran confirms shelling Kurdish militants in Iraq The militant Kurdish separatist group PJAK - linked to Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - is believed to be behind a string of deadly attacks on security forces in north-western Iran in recent months.

Secret US air force team to perfect plan for Iran strike **

Ahmadinejad's US visit overshadowed by campus furore Before leaving Tehran, Mr Ahmadinejad said the American people had been denied "correct information" and his visit would give them a chance to hear a different voice.

Iran says no obstacle for French FM visit Iran said on Sunday there was no obstacle for French Foreign Minister to visit Tehran to clarify his comments that raised the specter of war over the country's atomic work, which the West fears is a cover to obtain atomic bomb.

Iran smuggling missiles into Iraq: US military Making the case for war.

Generals Opposing Iraq War Break with Military Tradition In op-ed pieces, interviews and TV ads, more than 20 retired U.S. generals have broken ranks with the culture of salute and keep it in the family. Instead, they are criticizing the commander in chief and other top civilian leaders who led the nation into what the generals believe is a misbegotten and tragic war.

Cheney seeks pretext for war as US reestablishes elite Air Force wing ** The group is led by Brigadier-General Lawrence Stutzriem, and assisted by a former Israeli military officer and cyberwarfare expert.

Ron Paul is blowing up real good The rambunctious GOP candidate wants to drag the U.S. out of Iraq, can the war on drugs, and overturn the Patriot Act. No wonder Republican power brokers want to boot him off the stage.

Progress on Mideast talks, Iran vital: Miliband The world must act now to keep alive the prospects of a two-state solution in the Middle East or see the opportunity disappear, Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Sunday.

Haniya discusses lifting siege with Iranian President

Is Steve Clemons Right? ? Will Bush Bomb Iran? **

?The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy? Excerpted from The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John J. Mearsheimer Stephen M. Walt ....This situation, which has no equal in American history, is due primarily to the activities of the Israel lobby. While other special interest groups-including ethnic lobbies representing Cuban Americans, Irish Americans, Armenian Americans, and Indian Americans-have managed to skew U.S. foreign policy in directions that they favored, no ethnic lobby has diverted that policy as far from what the American national interest would otherwise suggest. The Israel lobby has successfully convinced many Americans that American and Israeli interests are essentially identical. In fact, they are not.

Snatched: Israeli commandos ?nuclear? raid ISRAELI commandos from the elite Sayeret Matkal unit ? almost certainly dressed in Syrian uniforms ? made their way stealthily towards a secret military compound near Dayr az-Zawr in northern Syria. They were looking for proof that Syria and North Korea were collaborating on a nuclear programme. The point being here that Israeli commandos are quite capable of impersonating and mixing in with Arabs in that part of the world.

US feared N Korea-Syria link before Israeli strike Universities have larger nuclear programmes than Syria.?Most experts have suggested that Israel was much more likely to have targeted some a facility related tofor conventional weapons or missiles, over which North Korea and Syria have co-operated in the past.

Israel's Right of Self-Defense Raw foreign "intelligence," withheld from our zillion-dollar multi-agency intelligence community, chock-full of skilled professionals who evaluate satellite imagery for a living, stovepiped directly to the White House where "some" members of the Cheney Cabal ? proven neophytes when it comes to evaluation of satellite imagery of any industrial process ? have concluded the facility under construction could be used to produce material for nuclear weapons.

Americans warned on travel to Syria The department has urged Americans to stay away from Syria amid threats of Islamic insurgency attack. Officials said the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad might be unable to stop attacks on Americans in the country.

Attacks by Israeli commandos dressed as Syrians?....

Israel discussed by Scheuer and Garofalo Realtime 9/21/07 Whoa. Minute 4:00 on for the next few seconds. Former CIA counterterrorism official Michael Scheuer will now get reamed (for being a true patriot). And minute 05:00 on the dot. Garafolo at the end was spot on. Must watch.

Israeli army launches 'early warning' website The Israeli army unveiled a new website on Sunday that will be used to warn Israelis of impending attacks after the "lessons learned" from the 2006 war in Lebanon.

Israel raises alert level in north after electronic alarm activated

From 2004: No End to War By Patrick J. Buchanan Fear is what Perle and his co-author David Frum are peddling to stampede America into serial wars. Just such fear-mongering got us into Iraq, though, we have since discovered, Iraq had no hand in 9/11, no ties to al-Qaeda, no weapons of mass destruction, no nuclear program, and no plans to attack us. Iraq was never "the clear and present danger" the authors insist she was.....The neocons do not want to narrow our list of enemies. They do not want to confine America's war to those who attacked us. They want to expand our list of enemies to include Israel?s enemies...... if we allow the neoconservatives to morph our war on al-Qaeda into Israel's war for Palestine, our war will never end. And that is the hidden agenda of the neoconservatives: permanent war for their permanent empowerment......because Israel is a friend does not mean that the Sharonites have preemptive absolution to settle or seize Arab lands or permanently to deny Arab peoples the rights we preach to the world. In our own national interests, we must say so?in the clear......With the end of the Cold War, an alliance with Israel has ceased to be central to U.S. interests. Indeed, our reputation as armorers and allies of Israel only damages us as Sharon rampages through the West Bank and Gaza walling off Arab land and denying to Palestinians that very right of self-determination we Americans espouse. Sharon is making hypocrites of us, and we are cowards for permitting it. Powerful truth by the venerable Patrick J. Buchanan.

Come clean on nukes, Rice tells Koreans

At State Dept., Blog Team Joins Muslim Debate The postings, are an effort to take a more casual, varied approach to improving America?s image in the Muslim world. Want to improve our image? Get Israel out of our government (foreign policy).

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Headlines for 09-22-07

Iran leader warns West over perils of attack ** "Military aggression against Iran is no longer a case of 'you hit and you run away,'" said supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. "Anyone who launches an aggression will seriously suffer the consequences of this aggression."

US dismisses Iranian pledge to help unite Iraq Iran pledged at UN talks Saturday to help national reconciliation in Iraq but the assurance was immediately brushed aside by the Islamic republic's archrival the United States.

Two million displaced inside Iraq since US invasion: report Nearly two million Iraqis have fled their homes for other parts of Iraq since the US invasion, creating a "unprecedented human tragedy," the country's Red Crescent said in a report.

US, Iranian ministers have no contact at Iraq talks

US urged to free Iranian 'guest' US officials said the man belonged to Iran's Revolutionary Guards and that he was involved in smuggling explosives. Both the Iraqi Kurds and Tehran insist the man was an Iranian trade official in Iraq on the invitation of the Kurds.

Kurds denounce U.S. detention of Iranian the Kurdistan Regional Government in a statement called the arrest "illegitimate," said the man was a member of a trade delegation that had been invited to Sulaimaniyah by the local government and demanded that he be released.

Report says longterm troops in Iraq would cost more than $10...

Ahmadinejad: How Is WTC Visit Insulting?

Iran shows off new missile, taunts Israel

Argentina asks Iran to help in 1994 bombing probe

US security firms warned of Iraq risks months ago The official concern that tense encounters could easily escalate into lethal exchanges emerged amid a row over the conduct of the American PSC Blackwater, after 11 Iraqis were killed when its guards opened fire in a Baghdad square last Sunday.

Jewish groups expect thousands to protest Iranian's visit to N.Y.

Janeane Garofalo: 'Bush is a War Criminal,' 'O'Reilly Can Kiss My Fat A**' Our support of Israel to the detriment of the Palestinian people and the American people is not wise, and it's been responsible for a lot of problems. And the way the mainstream media portrays the Palestinians is totally unfair...Our Israeli policy is very dangerous for us, and for them. I don't think the Knesset, the rightwing of the Knesset, represents the Israeli people any more than the rightwing of this government represents the American people.

Israeli Raid on Syria Fuels Debate on Weapons Mr. Bolton wanted to include information in a public speech about a Syrian nuclear program that could not be corroborated by intelligence agencies. In recent interviews, Mr. Bolton has suggested that the Israeli strike may have partly vindicated his view.....It is unclear to what extent the secrecy about the Israeli strike has been motivated by American doubts about the intelligence or by an effort to protect sources and classified information. Was Bolton vindicated, or was Israel's intel that they supplied to our government as evidence, bogus?

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Headlines for 09-21-07

U.S. commander: Iran supplying Taliban Making the case for war.

Bush and Sarkozy demand new Iran nuclear sanctions

Powers to discuss Iran sanctions The US is hoping to persuade the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany of the need for more sanctions against Iran.

Is terrorism really a mortal threat? by Patrick J. Buchanan ** For all the blather of a restored caliphate, the "Islamo-fascists," as the neocons call them, cannot create or run a modern state, or pose a mortal threat to America. The GNP of the entire Arab world is not equal to Spain's. Oil aside, its exports are equal to Finland's. .......And why would Tehran, which has not launched a war since the revolution in 1979, start a war with an America with 10,000 nuclear weapons? If the Iranians are so suicidal, why have they not committed suicide in 30 years by attacking us or Israel?

Bush may bypass UN with tough sanctions against Iran

Iran cleric hears "death knell" for Mideast peace plan A senior Iranian cleric said on Friday the "death knell" had sounded for a U.S.-sponsored Arab-Israeli peace conference, which has drawn skeptical remarks from some Arab countries that are expected to take part.

Egypt hits at EU for U.N. nuclear vote abstention Egypt criticised the European Union on Friday for failing to support a U.N. atomic watchdog resolution calling on all Middle East nations to renounce atomic weapons ? a clear reference to Israel's undeclared arsenal.

Syria strike: US shared intelligence with Israel However, there is considerable scepticism of the intelligence that prompted Israel's attack, with some proliferation experts querying whether Syria is even attempting to acquire nuclear weapons. The quality of the Israeli intelligence is also unknown, as is the extent of North Korean co-operation. Some people have suggested that a North Korean ship merely unloaded items it no longer needed.

Israel consulted US before Syria strike, report says ** We are getting much closer to another Middle East war that's going to involve several countries. And if you think the price of gasoline is high NOW...

Iran and Israel face off over nuclear weapons Iran called for UN inspectors to be dispatched to verify whether Israel has nuclear weapons, in a heated showdown with the Jewish state at a meeting of the UN atomic agency Friday.

US, Israel shared intel before Syria raid: report

Palestinian plight in Lebanon worsens

Crowds attend Lebanese MP funeral

Friday, September 21, 2007

Headlines for 09-20-07

US to push for support on new Iran sanctions The US and European states are preparing to consider additional sanctions against Iran to punish Tehran for failing to comply with UN demands to allow more time for negotiations on a possible third round of UN measures, diplomats said.

Iranian officer 'seized in Iraq' "This individual has been involved in transporting improvised explosive devices," the American military said.

Iran after nukes, but we don't want war: Sarkozy President Nicolas Sarkozy insisted Thursday that France did not want a war with Iran over its nuclear programme, while directly accusing Tehran of seeking to develop atomic weapons.

Making a killing: how private armies became a $120bn global industry A high-ranking US military commander in Iraq said: "These guys run loose in this country and do stupid stuff. There's no authority over them, so you can't come down on them hard when they escalate force. They shoot people."

Pressure to arrest Ahmadinejad Israel's friends are calling for the arrest of Iran's president in advance of his arrival next week in New York City

Israel can beat any enemy: defence minister "We can win in every situation, even when the sound of war comes from Syria or when Iran readies its weapons," he said.

Arabs push through U.N. watchdog vote against Israel

Carter: Iran No Threat to Israel Now "Iran is quite distant from Israel," said Carter, 83. "I think it would be almost inconceivable that Iran would commit suicide by launching one or two missiles of any kind against the nation of Israel."

Giuliani says NATO should admit Israel, Japan Giuliani for President...of ISRAEL!

'Dozens died in Syria-Iran missile test' This 'report' sounds like more propaganda in the effort to include Syria when the US attacks Iran.

Fury as Netanyahu confirms Syria strike An anonymous official said to be close to Mr Olmert was quoted in the Haaretz newspaper as saying: "Bibi's slip of the tongue borders on national irresponsibility. Once again Netanyahu couldn't restrain himself and he ran to tell the guys."

Brazil offers hope to Iraq refugees It is the second time in 60 years that they and their families have been refugees. They fled British-mandate Palestine after the formation of Israel and eventually ended up in Iraq, where they were welcomed by the former government and given generous financial support

Moran Should 'retract His Remarks' About Israel Lobby, Hoyer Says Moran, a Virginia Democrat, got himself in hot water last week telling a Jewish magazine that the pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, was enormously influential in pushing for war in Iraq. He also said AIPAC's "ties to certain newspapers and magazines and individuals in the media are substantial and intimidating."

Iranian visit to Ground Zero denied Jewish leaders welcomed a decision to deny Iran's president a visit to Ground Zero.

Bush warns N. Korea on nuclear export In a press conference Thursday, Bush refused four times to comment on allegations that Israel struck deep into Syrian territory two weeks ago, targeting nuclear material shipped to Syria by North Korea. However, the president said he was willing to comment in general on allegations that North Korea exports its nuclear know-how, contrary to an emerging agreement in its talks with the international community.
Israel to Bush: "Bark like a dog". Bush: "Woof!"

U.S. talking about isolating Iran "The reason why is, is because it's very important for us to take the threats coming out of the mouth of the president of Iran very seriously," Bush said, adding that Mahmoud Ahmedinejad constantly talks about using force on Israel, "and Israel is our very firm and strong ally."

MIDEAST-US: The Long Propaganda War Wittes suggests that the U.S. use the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as an opportunity to build a coalition to counter Iranian clout that would include Israel and moderate Arab states allied or friendly with the U.S. Again, the current administration's bumbling efforts to hastily set up a meeting for mid-November between Israel and some Arab states is already mired in doubt about what specific progress will be made, dimming hopes for a lasting and effective coalition

NY university urged to cancel Ahmadinejad speech

Jewish congressmen slam Moran Sixteen Jewish Democrats in Congress slammed a colleague who blamed AIPAC for the Iraq war.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Headlines for 09-19-07

US Senate rejects anti-war bill The US Senate has blocked the latest bid by anti-war Democrats to derail President George W Bush's Iraq strategy, rejecting a bid to limit the numbers of troops available for deployment.

Bush calls for expansion of spy law President Bush said Wednesday he wants Congress to expand and make permanent a law that temporarily gives the government more power to eavesdrop without warrants on suspected foreign terrorists.

State Dept. in crisis mode after Blackwater accused in deaths The 15-minute call came after Iraq's Interior Ministry said it had revoked the license of the firm, Blackwater USA, to work in the country, a move that could severely curtail the ability of U.S. diplomats to operate outside the heavily fortified "Green Zone."

Iran leader denied on WTC wreath request "President Ahmadinejad intended to lay a wreath at the site of ground zero in order to pay tribute to the victims of the terrorists attack of Sept. 11, 2001. We are hopeful that we can still work something out with the police department,"

The Iran offensive builds **

Iran issues Israel attack warning Iran has drawn up plans to bomb Israel if it launches an attack on Iranian soil first, military officials say.

US vows 'serious' Mid-East talks This is a dog and pony show to get the Arab countries to support another war in their neighborhood - this time, Iran.

China, Russia spying in US 'at Cold War level'

US military inspect Russian radar in Azerbaijan A team of US military experts have inspected a mammoth Soviet-era radar station in Azerbaijan that Russia is pushing as an alternative to contentious anti-missile defence sites in central Europe.

Egypt opposes military action against Iran

Russia says no progress on U.S. missile shield Moscow and Washington are no closer to resolving their differences over U.S. plans for a missile shield in Europe despite talks on a compromise, a senior Russian diplomat said on Wednesday.

Egypt, Syria press for IAEA resolution against Israel Egypt and Syria urged the UN nuclear watchdog on Wednesday to pass a resolution condemning Israel for possessing nuclear weapons.

Oil hits new high at $US82 Oil struck a new record over $US82 overnight as falling US inventories and the threat of a storm gathering near Florida renewed supply concerns in the world's biggest energy consumer.

Act won't allow domestic spying Jewish organizations were among those that had expressed concerns about the law passed this summer with vague language that could be interpreted as allowing searches without warramts of U.S. individuals and organizations in communication with suspected spies and terrorists overseas.

Netanyahu says Israel carried out Syria air raid, he backed it Opposition leader and former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said that the Jewish state had carried out an air strike in Syria two weeks ago and that he had backed it.

Anger at new Lebanon MP killing World leaders and Lebanese politicians have condemned the bomb attack that killed an anti-Syrian Lebanese MP in a mainly Christian suburb of Beirut

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Headlines for 09-18-07

Adm. Fallon presses case against Iran ** The top U.S. military commander for the Middle East is pressing Arab allies to form a more united front against Iran, seen by Washington as the region's long-term threat.

Petraeus not seeking military operations in Iran **

Egypt and Iran to hold talks on renewing ties

Marine cleared of Haditha charges The US military says a marine corps officer accused of failing to properly investigate the alleged massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha has been cleared of wrongdoing.

Drift into war with Iran out of control, says UN **

Russia, China worried by Iran attack talk **

US to give Jordan 78 mln dlrs in extra aid The US government will give Jordan 78 million dollars in extra aid to help its ally accommodate hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees and fight terrorism, the US embassy said on Sunday.

Israel, Iran cooperate in crash probe

Bolton: U.S. backs Israeli pre-emption The United States would stand behind any pre-emptive attack by Israel on neighboring countries believed to have nuclear weapons programs, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said in an interview published Tuesday in the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot.

Report: Israel to launch satellite India Defense magazine reported this week that by month's end, Israel will launch a TechSar satellite from the Indian air base of Sriharikota.

N Korea denies Syria nuclear ties Syria has formally complained to the United Nations about the alleged raid by Israeli aircraft over its territory.

'Israeli warplanes raid' Lebanon It was reportedly the first time that Israeli planes have flown at supersonic speeds in Lebanon's airspace, causing sonic bangs. More psyops.

'Ground forces were operating in Syria' According to the report, at a rendezvous point on the ground, a Shaldag air force commando team waited to direct their laser beams at the target for the approaching IAF planes. The team had arrived a day earlier, taking up position near a large underground depot. Soon the bunkers were in flames. I wonder how often Israeli commandos have been inside Lebanon conducting ops in the past few years? ....

Neocon hawks go all-out for Giuliani Many of its leaders now see Giuliani as the made-to-order candidate, or at least the best chance to perpetuate their influence, experts say By coincidence (not really), Israel has him pegged in first place in terms of his support for that nation.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Headlines for 09-17-07

Journey's end for a paralyzed soldier One of Jensen's last actions in life was to look out for other wounded soldiers at the VA Hospital in Seattle. Before his death, he designated that a $10,000 fund established in his name should go to help offset the housing costs of other families who travel far to be near their wounded loved one's bedside. One heartbreaking story of many.

Abizaid: World could abide nuclear Iran ** "Iran is not a suicide nation," he said. "I mean, they may have some people in charge that don't appear to be rational, but I doubt that the Iranians intend to attack us with a nuclear weapon.".....Abizaid suggested military action to pre-empt Iran's nuclear ambitions might not be the wisest course. Neocons and the rest of the Israeli lobby will now attack Abizaid.

Britain cannot fight a new war in the Gulf ** General David Petraeus may be heading an American push to get Britain's forces more engaged along the Iraq/Iran border, but any major shift of British military priorities is effectively out of the question. The British may likely fall into a trap there on the border in order to draw them into a conflict with Iran.

IAEA Chief Warns Against Striking Iran ** Saying only the U.N. Security Council could authorize the use of force, ElBaradei urged the world to remember Iraq before considering any similar action against Iran.

Iran convinced West will not attack

Iran scorns French warning of war

Ban Iran's President from UN : 'O8 Republican Romney US Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Monday called for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be banned from the UN General Assembly next week and indicted for genocide.

'War' talk heightens Iran nuclear dispute France followed up a warning that the Iran nuclear crisis could lead to war by calling on Monday for European sanctions against Tehran.

US contractors in Iraq shootout Officials are investigating a shooting incident in Baghdad in which at least eight civilians were reported killed by private US security contractors.

Ron Paul NH Straw Poll Win

Alan Greenspan claims Iraq war was really for oil Red herring. Whose War?

Iran threatens Israel, U.S. interests Iran threatened to fire hundreds of missiles at Israeli and U.S. targets if its nuclear facilities are attacked.

Still Alive but PNG?d at AEI

Orthodox Jew tapped to replace Gonzalez Mukasey's Jewishness became an issue when a defendant in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing filed a motion to remove the judge, arguing that his allegiances to fellow Jews and Israel would create a bias against Muslim defendants. The motion was dismissed as "utterly irrelevant."

Olmert: I respect Assad Ehud Olmert voiced respect for Bashar Assad and reiterated Israel's desire for peace with Syria. Umm, they say this right after they buzzbombed the place?

Lawmaker prods Olmert over Syria An Israeli lawmaker demanded Ehud Olmert provide an accounting of Israel's alleged airstrike inside Syria.

Israelis vacation in Golan Heights despite tensions with Syria

Syria reopens Lebanon border posts

Experts: Syria may have violated non-proliferation treaty Hey pot, this is the kettle calling..

Monday, September 17, 2007

Headlines for 09-16-07

Bush setting America up for war with Iran ** Pentagon and CIA officers say they believe that the White House has begun a carefully calibrated programme of escalation that could lead to a military showdown with Iran.

US says 'all options' on table with Iran, but prefers diplomacy The United States will stick to diplomatic and economic pressure to force Iran to halt its nuclear drive, but "all options are on the table," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday.

Iran's Ahmadinejad wants Bush debate, 'global referendum' Ahmadinejad confirmed in an interview with Iranian television he would be visiting Iran's arch enemy the United States for the third time to take part in the General Assembly next week.

France warning of war with Iran **

Iranian weapons intercepted in Afghanistan: report Citing unnamed officials from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the newspaper said the shipment seized on September 6 included armour-piercing bombs, which have been especially deadly when used as roadside bombs against foreign troops in Iraq.

Israel says deterrent ability recovered after Syria strike

Shock and Horror The U.S. government always discourages publication of the full text of bin Laden's messages. That's because what bin Laden says does not match the lies American politicians utter ? to wit, al-Qaeda hates us because we are rich or free. Bin Laden's complaints are quite specific.

Syria raid a 'clear message to Iran' An air strike Syria accuses Israel of staging on its territory was a warning both to Damascus and to Iran, former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton said.

The Bully of the Middle East Mearsheimer and Walt have written an excellent exposition of the Israel Lobby, both in articles and in their most recent book. But they have had to spend a great deal of words and time assuring their readers that they are not anti-Semites, an accusation that has been the main force of the attack on them by the Israel Lobby.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Headlines for 09-15-07

Proxy war could soon turn to direct conflict, analysts warn ** Hawks led by the vice-president, Dick Cheney, are intensifying their push for military action, with support from Israel and privately from some Sunni Gulf states.......Vincent Cannistraro, a former CIA counter-terrorism chief who is now a security analyst, said: "The decision to attack was made some time ago.

Talks with Russia on atom plant row progress:Iran The fuel is ready for Iran's first atomic power plant being built by Russia and talks with Moscow to resolve a dispute that has held up work are moving forward, Iran's foreign minister said on Saturday.

Protesters in Washington demand end to Iraq war

Bush rallies troops to avert revolt in Congress Hours after a televised address in which Mr Bush offered the American public updated reasons for a prolonged military commitment in Iraq, the president took to the road to try to build support for a plan that will pass on the responsibility of the war to the next US president.

Russia rejects tougher stance on Iran

'We Can?t Go Back Until the Shells Stop' A long-running battle in Kurdistan's hills flares up. Will it trigger a larger conflagration between the U.S. and Iran?

Bush administration dogged by NKorea-Syria nuclear links The reports, citing unnamed sources, were based on intelligence information supposedly from Israel's flyover and apparent raid last week on targets inside Syria. There's your problem right there.

Was Israeli raid a dry run for attack on Iran? ** The opaqueness surrounding the nature of what may have been hit in Operation Orchard has been compounded by claims that US knowledge over the alleged 'agricultural site' has come not from its own intelligence and satellite imaging, but from material supplied to Washington from Tel Aviv over the last six months, material that has been restricted to just a few senior officials under the instructions of national security adviser Stephen Hadley, leaving many in the intelligence community uncertain of its veracity. Red flag.

Long Division The brewing confrontation with Iran isn?t just about nukes or neoconservative ambition. It?s about regional hegemony.

Palestinians in Lebanon are haunted by history 'Sep 16 marks a black day for us Palestinians in Lebanon. It is today 25 years, but we still live in fear that something like this massacre will take place again after the recent clashes in north Lebanon,' he said.

Lebanon seizes fugitive militants Lebanon's military says it has captured four Islamist militants two weeks after the army stormed a Palestinian refugee camp, ending a bloody 105-day siege.

Syria won't go to war with Israel, Kassem says

Giuliani Advisor: Raze Palestinian Villages Daniel Pipes?who, as I first reported here, has signed on as a foreign policy advisor to Rudy Giuliani?s campaign?essentially argued for war crimes against Palestinians, and there was no cry of protest from the media or anywhere else.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Headlines for 09-14-07

Stopping the next war by Patrick J. Buchanan ** As for the "cakewalk" crowd that accused opponents of the war of lacking in patriotism, they never repented of their demagoguery. Despite the pre-invasion propaganda they pumped out about Saddam's awesome weapons and ties to 9/11, or their assurances that U.S. troops would be welcomed with candy and flowers, like Paris in '44, and their prediction that a democracy would arise in Iraq to which Islamic nations would look as a model, they have never been called to account. Now they are back with a new enemy for America to attack.

Franco-German split emerges on Iran sanctions "Germany is ready, if necessary, to take the necessary steps against Iran," Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said. But as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Germany was also open to "giving Iran a chance to recover the international community's lost confidence in its nuclear program," Jaeger said at a regular news conference.

Iranian supreme leader slams Bush Speaking at Friday prayers, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he was sure President Bush would be tried in an international court for what had happened in Iraq.

Rice says U.S. needs to keep Iraq safe from Iran The United States wants to ensure Iraq's territorial integrity, including from "very troublesome neighbors" like Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday. Talk about spin.

Dollar's retreat raises fear of collapse

War Against Iran and the Logic of Dominance ** Tom Donnelly was the main author of the neoconservative September 2000 blueprint for military policy in the Bush administration, "Rebuilding America's Defenses" which involved four prominent figures on the neoconservative right who would take prominent positions in the administration: Libby, Wolfowitz, Stephen A. Cambone, and John Bolton.

U.S.: Syria on Nuclear Watch List ** Thus will Syria be added to the US's hitlist based on dubious Israeli intel. Syria will get whacked when we hit Iran.

Powell shares advice with students "People around the world know the Declaration of Independence better than we do," he said, "and they keep looking to America to see that we haven't turned away from those words."

China emerges as leader in cyberwarfare an expert with the SANS Technology Institute, pointing to Israeli hacks against the US, and French hacks against European Union partners

US claims Hezbollah still smuggling arms through Syria

UNHCR lays on free meals for Iraqi refugees during Ramadan "It is so good to see this large number of people gathered to share food. We are all brothers ? Palestinian, Syrian and Iraqi, and we all help each other. Solidarity is our strength, our tradition. When Iraqis eat this meal at home, it is with a message that we welcome and support them,"

Mystery deepens over Israeli strike on Syria Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported this week a US official as saying that recent satellite imagery, mainly provided by Israel, suggested that Syria may building some form of nuclear facility with the help of material unloaded by North Korea. The operative words here being "provided by Israel".

Articles of faith "We were surprised by how nasty it got," says the Harvard professor. "The David Duke reference, the neo-Nazi websites - these were intended to smear us and swing attention on to us rather than to what we were saying. It wasn't pleasant, but it never made me doubt what we had written or doubt myself." Standing tall in the face of attack is one thing; to raise your head above the parapet for a second round is quite another. But that is what the Mearsheimer/Walt double act are doing: they have gone on the offensive with the publication of a book-length version of their original treatise. "When you know the truth, the truth makes you a soldier" - Gandhi

Syria denies U.S. media reports on Israeli warplanes attack

The Israel Lobby: Mearsheimer & Walt on Tour

Friday, September 14, 2007

Headlines for 09-13-07

Pentagon Censors 9/11 Suspect's Tape "It was determined that the release of this portion of the spoken words of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would enable enemies of the United States to use it in a way to recruit or encourage future terrorists or terrorist activities," said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman. "This could ultimately endanger the lives and physical safety of American citizens and those of our allies." In a word, bullshit. This was censored to prevent Americans from learning the real reason why these terrorists attacked us on 9/11.

China welcomes Iran-IAEA nuclear plan

West puts Iran in dock at U.N. rights forum

INTERVIEW-US says talk of strike against Iran is nonsense ** The State Department's Iraq coordinator said on Thursday that Washington is studying how to push back against Iran over its atomic program and its actions in Iraq, but dismissed talk of military action as nonsense.

Paul Poses Serious Threat to Hillary Clinton in a General Election Match up Ron Paul sets himself apart from other Republicans by being decidedly antiwar. In a general election this may actually put Paul at a decided advantage over Hillary Clinton and most of her Democratic rivals. Paul will likely steal the thunder from Clinton?s antiwar rhetoric since he voted against the Iraq war that Hillary Clinton voted for.

BADIL Survey of Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons 2006 ? 2007 Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP) are the largest and longest-standing unresolved case of refugees and displaced persons in the world. In 2006-2007, there were appoximately 7 million Palestinian refugees and 450,000 internally displaced Palestinians representing 70 percent of the entire Palestinian population worldwide (10.1 million

Ron Paul tells Bill O'Reilly US policy, not Iran, is the real problem "This has been the plan by the neoconservatives, to have this major overhaul, this revamping of the whole Middle East -- precisely the reason the al Qaeda is growing. ... Our national security is threatened because of our policy." Though they berate and ridicule him every chance they get, the mainstream media is grudgingly giving Ron Paul some airtime. Ron Paul is a true candidate of the people - putting the genuine interests of the American PEOPLE above all else. He is the only one that I would vote for.

Israel urgers tougher sanctions on Iran

Was a Covert Attempt to Bomb Iran with Nuclear Weapons foiled by a Military Leak? ** Consequently, there is considerable circumstantial evidence to argue that the nuclear armed B-52 was part of an apparent covert operation, outside the regular chain of constitutional military command. The alleged authority responsible for this was Vice President Cheney. He very likely used the Secret Service to take charge of a contrived National Special Security Event involving a nuclear armed B-52 that would be flown from Minot AFB. The B-52 was directed to Barksdale Air Force base where it would have conducted a covert mission to the Middle East involving the detonation of one or more nuclear weapons most likely in or in the vicinity of Iran. This could either have occurred during a conventional military strike against Iran, or a False Flag operation in the Persian Gulf region. Or the leak may have been psyops aimed at Iran in order to further their cooperation with the nuclear inspections.

Ron Paul for President 2.0?

Russian envoy describes ties with Syria as "very good" On the Palestinian issue, Sultanov said he discussed with the Syrian leaders means to accomplish the basic aim in this regard, which is establishing a Palestinian state.

Hit and Myth: Poll Shows 1 in 3 Americans Still Believe Saddam Involved in 9/11

Antiwar March in DC Saturday - Ron Paul Supporters Contact Info

Two Cheers for Putin Let?s take it from the top. When communism collapsed, a few smart crooks?now they go by the name oligarchs?grabbed most of the state assets and moved their ill gotten gains to Britain and Israel, where they laundered their billions by buying football teams, palaces, yachts, planes and what have you. (Ninety percent of the oligarchs are Jewish). They charge that Putin has appealed to voters through tacit anti-Semitism. This is a blatantly false accusation, but it plays well among the neocon crowd

Turkish intelligence assisted IDF in attack on Syria ? report Turkish intelligence provided Israel with information on the Syrian targets allegedly attacked by the Air Force last week without the Turkish government's authorization, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jareeda reported Thursday

Chile accepts 100 Palestinian refugees displaced from Iraq

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Headlines for 09-12-07

2 soldiers who wrote op-ed died in Iraq Two sergeants who helped write a New York Times op-ed article sharply critical of the Pentagon's assessment of the Iraq war were killed in a Baghdad crash this week, and one grieving mother wants the Army to explain their deaths.

Brown faces domestic pressure over 'proxy war' ** Gordon Brown faces anger over the deployment of UK troops to Iraq's border with Iran and warnings that the strategy could drag Britain into confrontation with Tehran.

Iranian FM, Russian nuclear chief hold talks on Bushehr

Iran dismisses US Iraq report and wants serious talks Iran on Wednesday dismissed the latest US strategy report on Iraq as "unrealistic" and warned it would not take part in future talks on Iraqi security unless Washington was serious.

U.S. Officials Begin Crafting Iran Bombing Plan ** A recent decision by German officials to withhold support for any new sanctions against Iran has pushed a broad spectrum of officials in Washington to develop potential scenarios for a military attack on the Islamic regime, FOX News confirmed Tuesday. Thus does the neocon-led administration attempt to extort European support for more Iran sanctions.

EU and U.S.: Iran's IAEA deal may be recipe for delay

Iran warns nuclear cooperation at risk if sanctions Iran warned on Wednesday that its policy of increased cooperation with the UN atomic watchdog would be at risk if a third set of UN sanctions were imposed on the Islamic republic.

US accuses Iran over Iraq attacks US President George W Bush is due to address the nation on Thursday evening.

GOP's Ron Paul wants all troops home "We should only send U.S. forces abroad when our security is directly threatened. Right now, nobody threatens our national security."

U.S. urges Iran to cooperate with probe The U.S. urged Iran on Monday to cooperate with a probe into past suspicious nuclear activities but said even full compliance would not be enough to ease international concerns over Tehran's possession of bomb-making technology.

Powers to hold Iran nuclear talks

Baghdad residents protest at wall Many Iraqis reacted angrily in April when US troops began building a barrier around the Baghdad Sunni enclave of Adhamiya to prevent it being attacked by Shia militants.

Oil hits record on supply fears Oil prices have risen above $80 a barrel for the first time, a day after Opec moved to boost its output of crude in an effort to ease cost pressures.

Daily Telegraph: US Officers Have Regular Meetings with PKK Terrorists

Surging Toward Iran ** A proxy war is being fought in Iraq, but it isn't one pitting the Iranians against the Iraqis: the U.S. is the proxy, fighting on behalf of Israel against Iran and Syria.

US Govt mislead Americans over Sept 11 attacks: Castro

Chertoff: We're Preparing for Nuclear Attack

Kurds Launch Secret War In Iran

U.S. officials confirm Israel strike on Syria "They saw a weapons flow," one official said, referring to weapons caches intended for Hezbollah, which fired thousands of rockets into Israel during a 36-day conflict last year.

Israel keeps up blackout on mystery Syria air strike

UN experts enter Lebanon battle camp The group visited Nahr al-Bared refugee camp to assess damage to buildings of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) inside the shantytown still off-limits to civilians and the media, Hoda Samra said.

Whose Human Rights Matter? NYT on Hezbollah and Israeli Attacks On Civilians The Times' news judgment also fails to reflect the civilian death toll on each side. Human Rights Watch estimated that Israel killed about 900 Lebanese civilians, out of about 1,200 total Lebanese deaths, while Hezbollah killed 43 Israeli civilians along with about 80 Israeli military personnel. It is difficult, then, to avoid the conclusion that Israeli lives are considered significantly more important by the Times than Lebanese lives.

Advocacy Corner the Jewish Policy Center has organized a panel of experts -- including Daniel Pipes, Cliff May and David Horowitz, and moderated by radio commentator Michael Medved -- to address "The Fight Against Radical Islam and the New Anti-Semitism on Campus." The event will take place at 7 p.m.Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El in Wynnewood.

AIPAC lobbies for Iran sanctions About 100 top AIPAC activists lobbied Congress to pass Iran sanctions bills.

The 25th Anniversary of the Massacre at Sabra-Shatilla I am sorry to report that today in Lebanon, the families of the victims of the Massacre daily sink deeper into the abyss. No where on earth do the Palestinians live in such filth and squalor. ?Worse than Gaza!? a journalist recently in Palestine exclaims.

Remembering Sabra and Shatila We might have accepted evidence of a few murders; even dozens of bodies, killed in the heat of combat. Bur there were women lying in houses with their skirts torn torn up to their waists and their legs wide apart, children with their throats cut, rows of young men shot in the back after being lined up at an execution wall. There were babies - blackened babies babies because they had been slaughtered more than 24-hours earlier and their small bodies were already in a state of decomposition - tossed into rubbish heaps alongside discarded US army ration tins, Israeli army equipment and empty bottles of whiskey. ......When is a massacre not a massacre? When the figures are too low? Or when the massacre is carried out by Israel?s friends rather than Israel's enemies?

Israel, China form strategic forum

Report: Israel spots nuclear installations in Syria Washington official says Israeli surveillance shows possible Syrian nuclear installation stocked by North Korea, Israeli Arab newspaper claims target of alleged raid last week was Syrian missile base financed by Iran Suurrre.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Headlines for 09-11-07

Thousands of GIs cope with brain damage The war in Iraq is not over, but one legacy is already here in this city and others across America: an epidemic of brain-damaged soldiers.

Report: VA distorts record on wait times The Department of Veterans Affairs repeatedly understated wait times for injured veterans seeking medical care and in many serious cases forced them to wait more than 30 days, counter to department policy, an internal investigation shows.

New York - and Bin Laden - remember 9/11

The 'proxy war': UK troops are sent to Iranian border ** British forces have been sent from Basra to the volatile border with Iran amid warnings from the senior US commander in Iraq that Tehran is fomenting a "proxy war". In signs of a fast-developing confrontation, the Iranians have threatened military action in response to attacks launched from Iraqi territory while the Pentagon has announced the building of a US base and fortified checkpoints at the frontier.

UN nuclear chief walks out on EU speech on Iran: diplomats UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei walked out on an afternoon session Tuesday of his IAEA to protest an EU speech which did not fully support his deal for new inspections in Iran, diplomats told AFP.

Iran warns over 'US weak points' in Iraq, Afghanistan The new head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned the United States Tuesday that Tehran has identified its "weak points" in Iraq and Afghanistan and would launch a crushing response to any attack.

US general's plan means 10 more years of war: Democrats

Russia tests superstrength bomb, military says

Bush 'to announce Iraq troop cut' President George W Bush will this week announce he plans to reduce US troops in Iraq by about 30,000 by next summer

Iranian Raises Possibility of an Intrusion Into Iraq In a sharp escalation of a dispute over border fighting, an official Iranian delegation at a diplomatic conference here warned Sunday that if the Iraqi government could not stop militants from crossing into Iran and carrying out attacks, the Iranian authorities would respond militarily.

Reports Iranian arms reaching Taliban worry U.S. The United States is concerned over reports that Iranian-made weapons are crossing the Afghan border and reaching Islamist Taliban insurgents, a top U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday.

New bin Laden video shows 9/11 hijacker A new Osama bin Laden videotape released today on the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks shows one of the suicide hijackers speaking his last will and testament into the camera as his image is superimposed upon an image of a burning World Trade Centre.

Lieberman blames Iran for Iraq attacks, asks if invasion should be authorized ** Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, who is among the Senate's fiercest hawks, blamed Iran for the deaths of "hundreds of American troops," and claimed the US has evidence that Iran is training insurgents outside Tehran before sending them to Iraq. He asked whether the US should expand its invasion into Iran.

9-11, Six Years Later Contrary to popular belief, we were not attacked because of our freedoms, because we're 'infidels' or because of our lifestyle/clothing. Our unconditional support of Israel's policies against the Palestinians was the primary motivation behind the attacks of September 11.

Retreat of the anti-war Democrats by Patrick J. Buchanan

Anti-Iran hype reaches fever pitch ** With strong links to US Vice President Dick Cheney's office and the White House, Washington-based AEI has, since the attacks of September 11, 2001, enjoyed unparalleled influence in shaping US interventionist policy in the Middle East. The think-tank helped lead the drive to war in Iraq, and more recently has assumed a prominent role in rallying for regime change in Iran.
These neocons are the biggest threat to this nation.

Rally to protest Ahmadinejad visit

Opec agrees to raise oil output

The Mystery of al-Qaeda Perhaps bin Laden knows whereof he speaks when he raises the overlapping interests of the neocons and the world's most wanted terrorists. This odd parallelism was noted in a BBC documentary made a couple of years ago, The Power of Nightmares, and bin Laden himself adds a whole new dimension to this in his recent video. He is, it seems, quite aware of his ideological doppelgängers and their power in the U.S

US says Israel jets struck Syria ** Israeli jets carried out an air strike in Syria last week, a US defence official has said. Dry run.

Local people against rebuilding of Palestinian refugee camp problems of unexploded ordnance, unsafe buildings and the danger of disease inside the devastated camp will take many months to overcome before reconstruction can even begin, and the government is now facing a growing chorus of anger from local residents such as Rawa Fiyad, who say they do not want to see Nahr al-Bared rebuilt at all.

Democratic Party Arm Calls Walt & Mearsheimer's Ideas 'Downright Dangerous' According to the JTA (my favorite wire service), the National Jewish Democratic Council has said that Walt and Mearsheimer's ideas are "irresponsible" and "downright dangerous."

'War was Israeli-Iranian'

Israel tried to attack ground targets in Syria, says Bishara "This could also have been an attempt to expose a breach in Syrian radar, allowing somehow to make way to Iran. This, of course, was impossible without Turkey's cooperation which the Israelis didn't seem to have. Either that or Turkey was flustered when IAF fuel tanks were found in its territory, prompting it to ask for an official explanation.

Syria struggles with Iraqi influx what the United Nations calls the biggest refugee crisis in Middle East since the flight of the Palestinians is still getting little attention from the outside world. Western (including Israeli) policies have made millions of Arabs refugees.

Syria complains to U.N. Syria filed a complaint with the United Nations over Israel's apparent violation of its airspace.

German official downplays Iranian threat ?The key interest of Iran is not destroying Israel,? said Roland Koch, president of the German state of Hesse. ?They want to be a respected member of society.?

Obama: Walt-Mearsheimer 'dead wrong' "Although Mr. Obama had not read the book, he was familiar with its arguments and disagreed with them," a statement from the campaign said, referring to the book "The Israel Lobby" by John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard University. What an utter ass-kisser.

CNN: U.S. pleased by Israel's Syria flyover The United States reportedly is pleased by Israel's alleged incursion of Syria last week.

U.S. Supports Israel Because Of Americans, Not Lobby The Lobby is crying long and hard over the new book by Messrs. Mearsheimer and Walt.

Chile and Brazil to receive Palestinian refugees UNHCR welcomes a decision by the Chilean government to receive 100 Palestinian refugees who had been living in Iraq, and who have been forced to live in destitute conditions on Iraq's borders over the past few years.

Henry Kissinger: Realist, or Neocon? by Philip Giraldi One of the most disturbing attributes of the neoconservatives is their willingness to subordinate the United States' national interests to those of Israel. To be sure, the attempt is frequently made to demonstrate that the two nations' interests are identical, but a careful analysis of the impact of Israel's domestic and foreign policies can only conclude that the relationship has been detrimental to the United States.

Wife of Islamist chief in Lebanon insists he is dead The wife of Fatah al-Islam chief Shaker al-Abssi insisted on Tuesday that her husband is dead and that a body she viewed at a morgue was his, despite DNA tests that have proved otherwise.

Jimmy Carter steps into the Hollywood spotlight Taking part in the film festival's first geo-political talk, taped for television, Carter called for Washington to hold "direct talks" with Iran, laid out his vision for Mideast peace and lamented the "unwarranted and unprecedented" religious fundamentalism that has crept into US politics. In a stinging attack on US President George W. Bush and his Christian supporters, he said: "I worship Christ who was the prince of peace, not pre-emptive war."

Syria visas 'halt fleeing Iraqis'