Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Headlines for 10-29-07

Secret move to upgrade air base for Iran attack plans ** The US is secretly upgrading special stealth bomber hangars on the British island protectorate of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in preparation for strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities, according to military sources.

US differs with UN nuclear chief on Iran Naturally.

IAEA findings on Iran dismissed

Two VA hospitals forced to turn away patients Two Tampa Bay veterans hospitals turn away critically ill patients for huge chunks of the year because of an overloaded veterans? health care system.

Top UN nuclear official in Iran for talks

Senators refuse to rule out Iran attack ** Appearing on CBS News' "Face the Nation," Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said, "A military engagement with Iran is a very dangerous thing, and nobody wants to go down that road."

Rumsfeld Charged with Torture in French Court Donald Rumsfeld, the former U.S. secretary of defense, is facing criminal charges in France for ordering the torture of prisoners in Iraq and at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Iran Sanctions, Bush Administration Rhetoric Worries Lawmakers

Bush Budget Plans for Iran Attack ** An item buried in President Bush?s latest request for $190 billion in emergency war funding offers telling evidence that the U.S. could be preparing an attack on Iran.

The Fruitcake Trade During his stay in the US, the Kadima minister has also been active in helping to lay the groundwork for the upcoming Annapolis summit as well as addressing the annual convention of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs

Livni to China: Get tough on Iran

'Mystery' US base causes confusion among Lebanese according to a report in Beirut newspaper As-Safir published last week, Edelman - who during his visit met with Premier Fouad Seniora, Defence Minister Elias Murr and Lebanese Army Commander General Michel Suleiman - not only discussed the Lebanese Army's training and equipment needs but also put forward a draft agreement that would see US naval, air and land bases set up on Lebanese territory. So's we can continue to fight Israel's enemies in the area.

Essen Jews to boycott Kristallnacht ceremony At issue is a flyer that an employee in the city's office for intercultural projects signed and circulated last year in which she called Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert "Adolf Olmert" and used the phrase "Holocaust in Lebanon."

What will happen after Bush? Another context is the continuing erosion of Israel's standing in the United States. This does not manifest itself in public opinion polls and in votes in Congress, but rather in the loss of the "moral horizon," the change that has occurred in the standing of Israel, which used to be regarded as an attractive and just state. A clear expression of this is the recent reception of Jimmy Carter's book and of the book written by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt about the Israeli lobby, which not only expressed criticism of Israel's policy but also questioned its legitimacy. Despite the criticism to which they have been subjected, these books are making waves and their authors are appearing throughout the United States. The "letter of the eight" is another link in this chain. If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

Inside Israel's Military Courts We have adopted Israel's tactics in many venues, which is where the term 'Palestinian hanging' came from. Their influence is overarching.

The cost of American bellicosity toward Iran Israeli officials have welcomed this American escalation of pressures on Iran, apparently considering it a foreign-policy achievement for Israel, as well as for the formidable array of pro-Israel US pundits who push for a combative policy against Iran.

Israel, IAEA spar "If countries have information that the country is working on a nuclear-related program, they should come to us," ElBaradei told CNN's "Late Edition." "But to bomb first and then ask questions later, I think it undermines the system and it doesn't lead to any solution to any suspicion."

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