Thursday, July 29, 2010

Headlines for July 15 - July 21

A Stand For Justice

Army suicides hit record number in June
Tim Embree of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America testified Wednesday before the House Veterans Affairs Committee that many soldiers fear seeking help.

Ex-MI5 spy chief: No link between Iraq and 9/11
The ex–spy chief, giving evidence in a public session, said she had been asked by the British government after the invasion to persuade deputy U.S. Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz to ditch his plan to disband Iraq's army. She said she found she had "not a hope" of changing Wolfowitz's mind.

Obama official assures on Israel defense aid
An Obama administration official committed to sustaining a 10-year defense assistance program to Israel, saying that advanced technology is endangering Israel. Did you see what's going on in America lately? More Americans face foreclosure the economy has not yet fully recovered from the recession, and yet OUR PRIORITY IS TO MAKE SURE THE CRIMINAL STATE can continue to plunder and pillage in the Middle East?

We will continue to shield Israel, militarily and diplomatically, U.S. official says
The United States will continue to maintain Israel's military advantage as well as protect it in the diplomatic arena, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said Wednesday, adding that the American commitment to Israel's security was "not negotiable." Disgusting. It's treason; our support of Israel gravely endangers our national security. It's why we were attacked on 911, according to the 911 Commission Report.

Poll: Most Americans would back Israel attack on Iran
This is what happens when my fellow Americans get their news from our mainstream media. They are lying to us. Iran is not a threat to the USA, nor has it threatened us in the absence of any threats we've made. This whole Iran scare, just like during the runup to the war with Iraq, has been put forth by Israel and its lobby here in America. THE LATTER are the REAL threat to America. They should be sent packing to teh country to which they are loyal: Israel.

Our troops are sitting ducks when Iran retaliates after any Israeli strike on their country. No American would ever support that. But you won't hear about the fallout in our mainstream media, who all cower in fear of the Israeli lobby.

Israel re-arms ready for war with Iran
While much of the concern in the Middle East and South West Asia is with the post-election problems in Iraq and the worsening conflict in Afghanistan, much more attention needs to be paid to Iran, and the thoroughly dangerous consequences of yet another war in the region.

Paul Rogers is Global Security Consultant to Oxford Research Group and Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University.

Iron Dome success excites, but army balks at the bill
The U.S. Congress passed last week the Obama administration's initiative to provide Israel with a $205 million grant to procure Iron Dome batteries As millions of Americans go hungry.

Iranian Scientist Amiri Told CIA Iran Has No Nuclear Bomb Programme
Contrary to a news media narrative that Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri has provided intelligence on covert Iranian nuclear weapons work, CIA sources familiar with the Amiri case say he told his CIA handlers that there is no such Iranian nuclear weapons programme, according to a former CIA officer.

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA counterterrorism official, told IPS that his sources are CIA officials with direct knowledge of the entire Amiri operation. Really now? Pay particular attention to the last two paragraphs.

'Abducted' nuclear scientist returns to Iran
Flashing a victory sign, an Iranian nuclear scientist who claims he was abducted and abused by U.S. agents a year ago returned Thursday to his homeland and into the heart of the latest crossfire between Washington and Tehran.

'Israel convinces US with credible military plan on Iran'
Have Israel’s efforts to convince the US to threaten Iran with a credible military option paid off? According to recent media reports, the answer might be yes.

Iran blames West, Israel for bombings
Iran blamed the West and Israel on Saturday for twin suicide bombings which killed at least 27 people, despite condemnation of the attack by the European Union, United Nations and United States.

Clues Suggest Amiri Defection Was an Iranian Plant

Iran Guards warn U.S. of "fallout" over bomb attack
"Jundollah has been supported by America for its terrorist acts in the past ... America will have to await the fallout of such criminal and savage measures," said Jazayeri, deputy head of the dominant ideological wing of Iran's armed forces.

Report: Russian military confirms no S-300 missile for Iran

Israel's nuclear program implicated in U.S. investigation
It is worth mentioning that in the 1980s, regardless of Jonathan Pollards' espionage activities for Israel, Israeli companies and individuals were involved many cases of technological espionage, steeling U.S. secrets, technology and equipment.

The most outstanding case involved Milco, a U.S. based company owned by Israeli tycoon Arnon Milchan, which bought and shipped equipment with which could have also been used as triggers for nuclear weapons. These people are not our allies, not even close.

The U.S. Middle Class Is Being Wiped Out
Hey, I know, let's give Israel a few more billion dollars in US taxpayer aid, and how about we fight another of their wars too?

Study: Attack on Iran would be ‘start of long war’
An Israeli attack on Iran would fail to stop Tehran's alleged nuclear weapons program and would lead to a "long war" that would be marked by economic instability and mass civilian casualties, says a study from British think tank

A hidden world, growing beyond control
* An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances. How many Israeli spies are in that group?

Iran FM: Nuclear fuel talks to commence in September
Talks between Iran and western powers over a plan to supply fuel for a Tehran nuclear reactor should start late September, the Bloomberg news network quoted Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki as saying on Thursday.

Demands for Release of Nuclear Whistleblower as Israel Holds Vanunu in Solitary Confinement

Iranian Scientist Would Not Play Curveball
The facts beneath the competing narratives permit a key conclusion; namely, that U.S. intelligence has learned nothing to change its assessment that Iran halted work on the nuclear-weapons related part of its nuclear development program in the fall of 2003 and has not restarted that work......hold onto your hats. I’m waiting for arch-neoconservative Ken Adelman, erstwhile clone of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, to arise from – and dust off – the ashes of Iraq to reassure us that attacking Iran, too, will be a “cake walk.” Ray McGovern is former CIA.

4 Reasons Israel Hasn't Bombed Iran

Democracy Depends on Diverse Media, Senators Say
Today, a bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski reminding him that the Senate continues to be concerned about the dangers of media consolidation. They did something right for a change, something that actually benefits Americans, not Israelis. Imagine. But yet it still won't prevent our mainstream media from being so totallly biased in favor of Israel as it is today.

New sanctions crimp Iran's shipping business as insurers withhold coverage
Just weeks after the United States and the United Nations imposed new rounds of sanctions on Iran, Tehran's ability to ship vital goods has been significantly curtailed as some of the world's most powerful Western insurance companies cut off Iranian shippers out of fear that they could run afoul of U.S. laws, the insurers say.

Sayanim - Israeli Operatives in the U.S.
When the “con” is clearly seen, “the mark” (that’s us) will see that all roads lead to the same duplicitous source: Israel and its operatives. The secret to Israel’s force-multiplier in the U.S. is its use of agents, assets and sayanim (Hebrew for volunteers). A great piece by Veterans Today.

Karl Rove Strikes Back
Karl Rove devotes his latest WSJ column to settling scores over the Iraq war. Calling “shameful” charges by Democrats that Bush exaggerated the evidence underlying the case for war, Rove accuses them of “hypocrisy and cynicism” and intones that they have “lost their honor and blackened their reputations.”

US told to review terrorist list
THE State Department must review its designation of the People's Mujahedin Organisation of Iran, or PMOI, as a foreign terrorist organisation, a US appeals court ruled on Friday.

Iran Tells Lawmakers to Respond to Fuel Sanctions
Tehran: Iran's parliament approved a law yesterday calling on the government to retaliate against any countries that inspect the Islamic state's ships and aircraft or refuse to provide fuel to its aircraft as part of foreign sanctions, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Iran urges US to drop 'cowboy logic' over nuclear issue
Mr Ahmadinejad added that the US's real concern was not that Iran may make a bomb, but its rise as a regional power. Israel is behind that concern.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Headlines for July 8 - July 14

A Stand For Justice

Petraeus, Palin, Boot and the Power of Israel

Obama says Israel unlikely to surprise US with Iran attack
"I think the relationship between the US and Israel is sufficiently strong that neither of us try to surprise each other," he said, when asked if he was concerned Israel could catch the US off guard with an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
Israel didn't give us any warning when they attacked USS Liberty.

'US will attack Iran if it must'
There is wide support in Congress for using all means to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear power, “through diplomatic and economic sanctions if we possibly can, through military actions if we must,” visiting US Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) said Wednesday in Jerusalem.
These traitors must be stopped.

U.S. Congress United in its Support of Israel, says Republican Minority Whip
U.S. Republicans and Democrats differ on nearly every issue in the U.S. Congress but are united in their support of Israel, Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA) told a congregation of U.S. Jews on Saturday. Behold the treason.

Netanyahu doubts Mideast peace deal possible by 2012
"There's only been one time that Iran actually stopped the program and that was when it feared U.S. military action," Netanyahu said.

"So when the president [Obama] says that he's determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and that all options are on the table, I think that's the right statement of policy."

Netanyahu: Only US military threats can stop Iran from making nukes

U.S. conservatives form new pro-Israel lobby group
The Emergency Committee for Israel presents a potent combination of Republican Party neoconservatives and Evangelical Christians. The new group’s board includes Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol and Gary Bauer, a former Republican presidential candidate who leads the group American Values, as well as Rachel Abrams, a conservative writer and activist. The neocons are back in full force.

Iran scientist heading home from US, vows to tell all
Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri, who surfaced in Washington after going missing for more than a year, left for home Wednesday vowing to reveal details of his claimed abduction at gunpoint by US spies.

Russia says Iran moving closer to nuclear weapons
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday that Iran was moving closer to having the potential to create nuclear weapons.

Afghan Corruption Doubled Since 2006: Survey

Britain 'Did Not Believe Iraq's Weapons Programme Was A Real Threat'
"This process of exaggeration was gradual, and proceeded by accretion and editing from document to document, in a way that allowed those participating to convince themselves that they were not engaged in blatant dishonesty.

"But this process led to highly misleading statements about the UK assessment of the Iraqi threat that were, in their totality, lies." To date, no one in America has been held accountable for deliberately deceiving the American people into going to war with Iraq.

Economic recession to bring down American Empire?
The US is overextended in multiple wars and its economy is continuing to falter; is the American Empire beginning to fall?

Thank the neocons for getting us into Iraq, a nation that had nothing to do with 911, had no WMDs, and was not a threat to the United States of America.

Stirrings of a New Push for Military Option on Iran
a familiar clutch of Iraq war hawks appear to be preparing the ground for a major new campaign to rally public opinion behind military action against the Islamic Republic. Guess who? The neocons are back. That means more war for Israel.

Why Are We in Afghanistan?

'Iranian surrogates' preparing attack on US troops
General Odierno said it was unclear whether the Iranian government was directly involved in the plot, but he said the people getting ready to conduct the attacks had gone back to Iran for training and that experts had come from Iran to help plan the attacks in the last month or so. Sounds like someone is making the case for war.

U.S. Casualties to Mount as Afghan War Widens, General Says
U.S. troops deaths in Afghanistan, which reached record highs in the last two months, will continue climbing, a top U.S. military commander warned Wednesday because the military is trying to oust the Taliban from places they've never been challenged before.

critics US too low-key on Islamic radicalism talk
President Barack Obama has argued that words matter, and administration officials have said that the use of inflammatory descriptions linking Islam to the terror threat feed the enemy's propaganda and may alienate moderate Muslims in the U.S.
By the way, the WINEP, mentioned in this article, is part of AIPAC, the Israeli lobby. Notice the Associated Press laps up this puff piece largely drawing from WINEP. THe AP is often a mouthpiece for the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Hezbollah says it has list of targets in Israel
A senior official with the militant Hezbollah group said Sunday they have a list of military targets inside Israel to strike in any future war.

Israel is waiting for Palin
Look at what’s happening: The prime minister of Israel is holding the president of the United States at bay, bending him to his will, because he’s got the Republicans behind him.

Russia to Continue Energy Cooperation with Iran

Prices Soar as Sanctions Hit Ordinary Iranians

Wealthy Reap Rewards While Those Who Work Lose
Apart from the newly unemployed, about 39 million people in the U.S. are chronically poor and do not have enough food to eat, according to the U.S. Census and U.S. Department of Agriculture. And yet, we continue to pour billions of dollars to Israel to fund its state based on religious supremacism - a state which by the way has not suffered the same economic fate from which America is suffering.

Obama: 'I Have Met Israel and It Is "Us"'
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu set up another illegal Jewish settlement, this time on the White House lawn. And, it appears, President Obama has agreed to serve as its armed guard. And again.

The Israel-Turkey Imbroglio

The Unchallenged Power of the Israel Lobby
I quote Mr. Tenet here:

“All this weighed heavy on my mind as I walked beneath the awning that leads to the West Wing and saw Richard Perle exiting the building just as I was about to enter. Perle is one of the godfathers of the neoconservative movement and, at the time, was head of the Defense Policy Board, an independent advisory group attached to the Secretary of Defense. Ours was little more than a passing acquaintance. As the doors closed behind him, we made eye contact and nodded. I had just reached the door myself when Perle turned to me and said, 'Iraq has to pay a price for what happened yesterday. 'They bear responsibility.' (Italics added).
Perle is one of the neocons responsible for deliberately deceiving Americans into going to war with Iraq.

Scott Horton Interviews Lawrence Wilkerson
"I think there’s a very clear-cut case that Wurmser was not only working for Rumsfeld and Feith and the Pentagon, but he was also working for Israel. I think Feith was working for Israel too." Several more neocons who deliberately deceived Americans into going to war with Iraq.

Castro: War on Iran 'Imminent'
Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro warned on Monday that a US-Israeli attack on Iran is "imminent" and predicted that this could trigger a global nuclear war

CNN fires veteran editor for Mideast over Tweet
CNN has fired a senior editor for Middle East news after she published a Twitter message that said she respected a Lebanese Shi'ite cleric branded a terrorist by the United States, U.S. and British media said on Thursday.
Have sympathy for Israeli Jewish terrorists (such as Begin, Sharon, and more), and you'll get accolades and opportunities.

Neocons, Likud Conquer DC, Again
The clout of Washington’s neoconservatives and the political fear induced by Israel’s Likud hardliners were on display again with recently released e-mails in which Gen. David Petraeus grovels before a key neocon and in White House meetings at which President Obama pandered to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel’s Nukes Harm US National Interests by John Mearsheimer
there’s no accountability for Israel on any issue. You don’t need opacity. If I went to the Middle East, and visited Israel, and I was killed, somebody shot me, do you think there would be any accountability? Seriously. If any of you went to the Middle East and were killed, do you think there would be accountability? There wouldn’t be. This is how outrageous this situation is. Just think about the [USS] Liberty, think about Rachel Corrie, think about this Turkish-American who was just killed on the flotilla.

Obama Should Keep Bush's Word, But Bibi Needn't Keep Olmert's?
In effect, the Israeli right doesn’t want Israel to have negotiate its relations with its neighbors on its own. It wants America to impose a solution. Of course JINSA wouldn’t put it that way. JINSA is a neocon (pro-Israel) 'thinktank'.

Syrian secularism a model for the Middle East

World powers mull Brazil, Turkey's presence in Iran talks

Passing of Shiite cleric Fadlallah spells trouble for Lebanon
Notwithstanding his fiery Friday sermons targeting Israel and the United States, the Iraqi-trained Fadlallah opposed the concept of velayat-e-faqih, which puts an Iranian mullah at the pinnacle of Shiite theology and politics. He also condemned Al Qaeda and so-called honor killings of Muslim women, stances that led many Westerners to see Fadlallah, a man Washington labelled a terrorist, as a kind of moderate.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sean Hannity Displays His True Colors - Blue and White (Israeli Flag) When Caller Mentions USS Liberty

A friend told me that a week ago today on June 25th, Sean Hannity had a caller on his radio program that brought up the USS Liberty. Sean Hannity evidently went full throttle into 'defend Israel' mode and proceeded to repeat the Israeli propaganda regarding that incident, rather than stick up for the AMERICAN (sailors) that were viciously attacked.

I Googled around and found some forum posts that referred to this Hannity program, but they have since disappeared.

Here is the audio clip and you can decide for yourself.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Headlines for July 1 - July 7

A Stand For Justice

Iran to halt 20% enrichment if uranium swap implemented

Americans Are Hanging on by Their Fingertips
"Will Washington tell my constituents and people like them, all over America, ‘We have money for war but no money for the unemployed? We have money for military contractors but no money for the unemployed? We have money, billions, for corrupt foreign governments but no money for our unemployed in the United States? We have money for tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans but no money for the unemployed? Hundreds of billions for Wall Street but no money for the unemployed?'

Sen. Lieberman: US ready to strike Iran if it must
Although US officials often say no option should be taken off the table in relation to Iran's nuclear program, this is one of the few times an official of Lieberman's standing has explicitly used the term "military action" while in Israel.
Lieberman is one of Israel's top agents on Capitol Hill.

Iran warns EU of "dire consequences" over sanctions

China denounces new unilateral U.S. sanctions on Iran
China denounced the United States on Tuesday for imposing its own sanctions on Iran, saying Washington should not unilaterally take such steps outside of U.N. resolutions.

Iran Planes 'Refused' Fuel in U.K., Germany, United Arab Emirates
The unilateral U.S. action and other measures planned by the European Union go well beyond a fourth round of UN Security Council sanctions against Iran approved on June 9.

Report: Secret document affirms U.S.-Israel nuclear partnership
According to Army Radio, the U.S. has reportedly pledged to sell Israel materials used to produce electricity, as well as nuclear technology and other supplies, despite the fact that Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Lawmakers ask for Afghanistan exit strategy
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, joined other House members in calling for President Obama to provide Congress with "a clear commitment and plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan" before a vote expected later this week that would provide $58 billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iranian planes can still refuel in Dubai: airport spokesman

Pakistan and Iran 'backing Afghan attacks on British troops'

Iran 'has proof US kidnapped missing scientist'
The evidence, the contents of which have not been disclosed, has reportedly been given to the Swiss embassy, which represents US interests in Iran.

US Cuts Aid After Millions Siphoned Off to Dubai
Billions of dollars are being secreted out of Kabul to help well-connected Afghans buy luxury villas in Dubai. Amid concerns that the money could be the result of corruption, American politicians have temporarily cut off aid to the Afghan government.

Blair 'exaggerated' Iran support for al-Qaida, says former ambassador
As international pressure continues to ratchet up over Tehran's alleged efforts to acquire nuclear weapons, Dalton warned that military action against Iran would be illegal unless there was evidence it posed an "imminent and real" threat to another country.

Growing Consensus: Israel Abusing Its Status as ‘Indispensable’ US Ally

Obama backs Israel on nuclear conference
Obama also agreed to work with Israel to oppose any efforts to single out the Jewish state at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference in September.

Despite Rift, Israel Gets More U.S. Aid Than Iraq
More than any other nation, including war-torn Iraq, Israel gets the most U.S. aid, according to the Feds.

Sen. Lieberman says force may be needed in Iran
U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman says there is a broad consensus in Congress that military force can be used if necessary to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Lieberman = agent of Israel.

Military official: Iran did not send radar to Syria

Executive Privilege by Philip Giraldi
the right of Americans to associate freely, guaranteed by the first amendment, can be limited by Congress and the White House if they disapprove of or criminalize the group you are associating with. The Supreme Court is curiously siding with the executive and legislature and denying that it has any right to uphold the constitution, which becomes, by that standard, truly just a piece of paper. The government can call anything a security threat and can proceed without restraint. Libertarians were dismayed by the ruling, but the Israel Lobby’s Anti Defamation League called the ruling "right on target.".....Lieberman, of course, has a particular passion for Israel and it is reasonable to assume that his ultimate intention might be to use the cyberwarfare justification combined with anti-terror legislation to shut down internet sites that provide news and commentary critical of the Benjamin Netanyahu government. Note Giraldi's comments on the bill to 'shut down the internet' in the face of 'danger' proposed by one of Israel's top agents, Lieberman.

'Israel trying to block U.S.-Saudi Arabia defense contract'
Israel, however, hopes that if the deal goes forward, Saudi Arabia will receive fewer advanced versions of the F-15 than those possessed by Israel, which seeks to maintain its air force's superiority. "Today these planes are against Iran, tomorrow they might turn against us," the source said.

US questions its unwavering support for Israel
"This is starting to get dangerous for us. What you're doing here undermines the security of our troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. That endangers us and it endangers regional peace," Biden told Netanyahu. Americans need to get Congress back from chokehold of the Israeli lobby.

The General, the Journalist, and the Power of Israel
It indicates that Gen. David Petraeus, who just replaced Gen. McChrystal as commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, has frankly assessed that the intimate U.S. relationship with Israel is costing U.S. lives in the Middle East. But he’s concerned that his views may cost him politically and so uses buddies in the media to conceal them.

What to read this Fourth of July weekend by Stephen M. Walt
This year, I recommend you spend a few minutes reading George Washington's Farewell Address, originally published in September 1796. Read the whole thing. Our first president has many wise things to tell us today, but none is more telling than his trenchant advice on the conduct of foreign policy Beware of the evils of the passionate attachment (in present times, this would be the attachment to Israel).

Senators Raise Prospect of US Attack on Iran
Sen. Graham was even more blunt in his support for launching the war on Israel’s behalf, saying that “the Congress has Israel’s back.” Passionate attachment, right there.

Palestinian who planned Munich attack dies in Syria
A former leader of the Black September Palestinian guerrilla group, Abu Daoud said he planned the Munich hostage–taking in which 11 Israelis died. But Abu Daoud, who did not take part in the attack, said he was not directly responsible for the deaths. "I didn't kill anybody and I didn't order anybody's killing," Abu Daoud told Reuters 1999 after publishing memoirs in which he boasted of planning the abduction.

Israel: Hezbollah storing weapons inside villages
The rare publication of what seemed to be detailed intelligence material appeared aimed at demonstrating Israel's reach and preparing public opinion for possible strikes inside villages and the attendant civilian casualties if a future round of fighting erupts.

Iran moves radar to Syria: US official
Iran has moved radar to Syria that could provide early–warning against a possible surprise Israeli air attack against Tehran's nuclear sites, a US defense official said on Friday.

Petraeus emails show general scheming with journalist to get out pro-Israel storyline
Very interesting.

Heinonen Pushed Dubious Iran Nuclear Weapons Intel
Olli Heinonen, the Finnish nuclear engineer who resigned Thursday after five years as deputy director for safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was the driving force in turning that agency into a mechanism to support U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran.

Big push begins for war on Iran

Views now acceptable
In the face of the neocons calling for Steele’s resignation, Rep. Paul stepped up and defended Steele and it paid off, Steel will survive the brouhaha still RNC Chairman unless he bumbles into another crisis (entirely possible knowing his track record) he can’t escape from

The War on Michael Steele by Patrick J. Buchanan
What the War Party is up to here is a naked attempt to impose its orthodoxy, about the threat of “Islamofascism” and the Long War, on the entire GOP, 28 months before a presidential election.

Republicans of all persuasions should recoil at such arrogance.

For whence does it come, if not the same hawks and neocons who beat the drums for a unnecessary war on Iraq that cost 4,000 U.S. dead, 35,000 wounded and $700 billion, while making widows and orphans of half a million Iraqis? And what was that all about? Invading and occupying a country that never attacked us — to strip it of weapons it did not have.

U.A.E. denies backing use of force against Iran

IRAQ: Turkish, Iranian shelling displaces villagers in north
Militants from the Turkish Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Iranian Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PEJAK) have used northern Iraq as a springboard for hit-and-run attacks on Turkish and Iranian targets since 1984. Both are fighting for autonomy in the predominantly Kurdish areas of southeastern Turkey and northwestern Iran. More than 40,000 people, mainly Kurds, have died in the intermittent war.

Obama’s New Iran Sanctions: An Act of War
Iran must import the majority of its oil from foreign corporations and nations, since it does not have the technology needed to refine the fuel that it pumps from its soil. By cutting this refined oil off, the U.S. will be causing massive, irreparable damage to the Iranian economy — equaling an act of war.

Israel and the Infinite Limits of US Patience : No Woodshed for Netanyahu
It may be in the interests of the US to restrain Israel but this is almost certainty not going to happen. The reason why is shown by the strange story of the attempt by General David Petraeus, now commander in Afghanistan, previously head of Central Command and America's most prestigious general, to put on the record the fact that US support for Israeli actions in the Middle East was endangering the safety of US troops. He reiterated this in written testimony before Congress in March.

But no sooner had General Petraeus done so than he was swiftly rowing back. The explanation for General Petraeus's swift turnaround suggests that he wants to keep open the option of running for the presidency as Republican candidate in 2012 and does not intend to alienate Jewish voters or militant neocons

Terrorism: Why They Want to Kill Us

Me, General Petraeus & The Lobby
Why the panic? Why the rush to consult neocon Max Boot? Why the nervousness?

Why West Lost Afghan War by Michael Scheuer

The War That’s Not a War by Rep. Ron Paul
The sad story is, this war is against ourselves, our values, our Constitution, our financial well-being and common sense. And at the rate we’re going, it’s going to end badly.

Sean Hannity Displays His True Colors - Blue and White (Israeli Flag) When Caller Mentions USS Liberty
Sean Hannity evidently went full throttle into 'defend Israel' mode and proceeded to repeat the Israeli propaganda regarding that incident, rather than stick up for the AMERICAN (sailors) that were viciously attacked.

Bill Kristol Must Resign! by Justin Raimondo
The entire political Establishment, from the right-wing neocons at the Weekly Standard to the left-neocons at The New Republic, is uniting around a “hate Michael Steele” campaign. I’ve never been a Steele fan until now, but anyone who can provoke such enmity from such a wide variety of creeps and cretins deserves to be supported to the hilt. Here here.

Bibi's Trifecta: Reach Out to Turkey, Boost Fuad, Diss Lieberman
some influential American Jewish organizations are following Yvet’s lead on Turkey. They’re giving its envoys a cold shoulder and flooding the internets with bad stuff about Turkey, including sophomoric nastiness as well as criticism of behavior that they used to be the first to defend. This could be a case of American Jewish freelancing, using a sledge hammer while Israel approaches it with a scalpel. Or it could be that Bibi is using them as his own sledge hammer, getting them all worked up against those mean Turks as a little show of force while he quietly negotiates.

Neocons, Likud Conquer DC, Again
The clout of Washington’s neoconservatives and the political fear induced by Israel’s Likud hardliners were on display again with recently released e-mails in which Gen. David Petraeus grovels before a key neocon and in White House meetings at which President Obama pandered to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

General Petraeus’s leaked emails about Israel
In a gaffe that hasn't yet attracted the same amount of press as Stanley McChrystal's bizarre interview with Rolling Stone, Petraeus accidentally leaked an email exchange of his -- with the belligerent, neoconservative, pro-Israeli columnist Max Boot -- to an activist named James Morris, who then passed it on to the blogger Philip Weiss:

Total CEO calls Iran oil embargo'an 'error'
The CEO of French energy giant Total on Friday criticised sanctions against Iran, saying an embargo on petrol products was an "error" that would harm ordinary people.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Headlines for June 24 - June 30

A Stand For Justice

Sinking Ship - The attack on the Gaza relief flotilla jeopardizes Israel itself. By John J. Mearsheimer
It is easy to see why. Because the United States gives Israel so much support and U.S. politicians routinely laud the “special relationship” in the most lavish terms, people around the globe naturally associate the United States with Israel’s actions. Unfortunately, this makes huge numbers of people in the Arab and Islamic world furious with the United States for supporting Israel’s cruel treatment of the Palestinians. That anger in turn helps fuel terrorism against America. Remember that the 9/11 Commission Report, which describes Khalid Sheik Muhammad as the “principal architect of the 9/11 attacks,” concludes that his “animus toward the United States stemmed not from his experiences there as a student, but rather from his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel.” Osama bin Laden’s hostility toward the United States was fuelled in part by this same concern.

An absolutely superb piece by Mearsheimer. If you're American (like me), please read it.

G-8 'fully believes' Israel will attack Iran, says Italy PM

Is Benjamin Netanyahu Rational? by Philip Giraldi
Israel appears to have little concern about doing whatever is necessary to drag the United States down with it if that is what is required. It is we Americans who should be fearful. Each American should be very concerned about what Bibi is actually thinking, particularly as our Congress and media have already been bought and occupied and we have a president who is so unsure of the support of his own party that he is afraid to face down an Israeli prime minister. I encourage my fellow Americans to heed (former CIA) Philip Giraldi's words.

Iran cancels aid ship to Gaza: report
"In order to deprive the Zionist regime of any excuse, the aid collected for the oppressed people of Gaza will be delivered to them by other means without mentioning the name of Iran."

Kucinich: We Are Losing Our Nation to Lies About the Necessity of War
"Today, we learned that suitcases of $3 billion in cash have openly moved through the Kabul airport. One U.S. official quoted by the Wall Street Journal said, ‘A lot of this looks like our tax dollars being stolen.' $3 billion. Consider this as the American people sweat out an extension of unemployment benefits.

US Military Chief: Doesn’t Trust Iran but Israel, US “in Synch”
Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of U.S. Joint Chief of Staffs, returned home from Israel and said that although he has “no reason to trust” Iran, Israel knows that attacking the Islamic Republic's nuclear sites would be "incredibly destabilizing.”.....Mullen’s visit to Israel Sunday was the 15th time he has met with IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi since taking office in 2007. He said that he considers Chief of Staff Ashkenazi a “personal friend” and that he always tries to share Israel’s view of threats against the country.

Chronic Pain Often Follows U.S. Soldiers Home: Study
About nine in 10 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who registered for care with the Department of Veterans Affairs are experiencing pain, and more than half have significant pain, according to a study presented in May at the American Pain Society's annual meeting. Significant pain is a 4 or greater on a scale of 1 to 10.

War Makes Us Poor

US Approves New Iran Sanctions
The pro-Israel lobby American Israel Public Affairs committee (AIPAC) praised the sanctions, saying they “provide the best hope that political and economic measures can peaceably persuade Iran to end its illicit nuclear program before it is too late.”
AIPAC is pulling the strings.

Questions for Supreme Court Nominee Kagan by Ralph Nader
Does a Congressional delegation of the war-making discretion to the President in the form of a war resolution meet the test of Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution?

If CIA has new info on Iran’s nuclear plans, RF interested in details – Lavrov

Russia complains about German seizure of Iran items
Russia complained to the Security Council on Monday about what U.N. diplomats said was Germany's seizure of items bound for a nuclear power plant in Iran, saying such moves were "not in line" with U.N. rules.

Russia alarmed by CIA view of Iran's weapons
Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta told ABC's "This Week" television program that the agency thinks Iran has enough low–enriched uranium now for two weapons, but that Tehran would have to further enrich the material first.

"As to this information –– it needs to be checked," Medvedev told reporters in Toronto, where he was attending the Group of 20 summit of rich and emerging nations.

Congresswoman Raises Red Flag on Hezbollah-Cartel Nexus on U.S. Border
AIPAC is no doubt behind this effort..

Hezbollah not interested in dialogue with US
Hezbollah's deputy chief said Monday his group is not interested in a dialogue with Washington until the U.S. changes its Mideast policy, which he said is totally biased in favor of Israel.

Congress faces grim numbers in new Gallup poll

Here's something that might help President Obama feel better about his dismal poll numbers: The public is even more unhappy with Congress. A new Gallup poll finds just 20 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, among the lowest ratings ever recorded for the House and Senate ahead of a midterm election. Maybe they ought to try representing OUR interests for a change.

CIA's Panetta: Iran has enough uranium for 2 bombs
Asked about a potential Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, Panetta said he thinks Israel is giving the U.S. room on the diplomatic and political fronts.

Chavez: Israel and US 'empire' are enemies
"Someday the genocidal state of Israel will be put in its place, in the proper place and hopefully a real democratic state will be born," Chavez said Saturday. "But it has become the murderous arm of the Yankee empire – who can doubt it? – which threatens all of us."

Sen. Kerry in Israel: Praise for Israel, Worried over Iran
. Kerry previously has visited Syria and Gaza in an effort to win backing for a regional peace summit, even though the United States considers Syria a country that supports terrorism.

Venezuela's Chavez meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad, vows to fight US 'imperialism'

Iran says Egypt barring Gaza aid ship from Suez Canal
The Iranian Red Crescent said on Sunday that in addition to restrictions imposed by Israel, Egypt had barred a Gaza-bound aid ship from entering the Suez Canal, leading to the trip being postponed.

Chances of Israeli Bombing Increase

Preparations are underway to launch the military attack from Azerbaijan and Georgia, reports our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej, quoting military sources.

Palin: Obama administration selling out Israel
Who chooses to take the side of a foreign nation over their own? It's treason.

Punishing Turkey by Philip Giraldi
The Gaza flotilla has been handled by the mainstream media in precisely that fashion – blaming the victim with a unanimity that overwhelms both justice and fairness. No humanity, no mention of the deliberate attempt to starve Gaza most recently endorsed by alleged United States Senator from New York Charles Schumer who said "strangle them economically." Or, if one prefers the wisdom of Representative Eliot Engel, also from New York, the flotilla was "filled with hate-filled provocateurs bent on violence." Punishing Turkey - all because of Israel.

Infrastructure Minister warns Hezbollah: Israel will fight for its gas fields
Lebanon parliament speaker Nabih Berri earlier this month urged his government to start exploring its offshore natural gas reserves, claiming that otherwise Israel would claim the resources.

Report: US warships stationed off Iranian coast
The chart, published by Stratfor and obtained by the Zero Hedge financial blog, shows that over the last few weeks a naval carrier -- the USS Harry S Truman -- has been positioned in the north Indian Ocean, not far from the Strait of Hormuz, which leads into the Persian Gulf. The carrier joins the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which was already located in the area. The chart is dated June 23, 2010.

a man called into Hannity’s radio talk show on Friday June 25th, and politely informed him he was disappointed that Hannity showed a bit too much biased obsequiousness, often referring to Israel as “Americas greatest ally” and refusing to admit any inequities. The caller pointed out that it was Israeli fighter jets which bombed the U.S.S Liberty and killed American sailors, and that nearly all, if not all, those aboard the vessel claimed it was an obviously intentional act.

However, Hannity would not even consider the man’s statements as objectively inquisitive and instead began insinuating that the caller was a “conspiracy theorist.” The sober disappointment could be heard in the caller’s voice as he respectfully requested that Hannity just research the incident.

Obama meets Saudi King Abdullah at White House

Jewish Groups Turn a Cold Shoulder To Turkey, as Turks Refuse To Budge
Jewish groups, who until recent months defended the Israeli-Turkish alliance, are now taking on the task of portraying the Erdogan government as supporting terrorist and extremist regimes. As the Jewish groups turn, so too does the US Congress.

How Many Americans are Targeted for Assassination?

G8 leaders welcome Turkish, Brazilian efforts for solution to Iran's nuclear issue

10 alleged Russian secret agents arrested in US

A Wasteland Called Peace by Philip Giraldi
the US Central Command is expanding clandestine operations "to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region." The new directive also permits "reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran."

Congresswoman Fears Hizbullah ‘Israel-Like Bombings’ in US
Federal government documents have shown that that the United States apprehended two Syrians and 17 Iranians over a 12-month period ending this past April. Also nabbed at the border were dozens of others from other Muslim countries, including Sudan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Panetta Right or Wrong by Philip Giraldi
If CIA Director Leon Panetta is correct and al-Qaeda has been reduced to a tiny remnant why are we spending nearly a trillion dollars a year on defense, intelligence, and homeland security

Petraeus Holds Obama Hostage by Patrick J. Buchanan
If Obama has not noticed, the neocons, who want a “long war” in the Islamic world and a new war with Iran, are celebrating the Petraeus appointment with far greater unanimity than Obama’s own staff. Interesting.

'The U.S. will have to confront Iran or give up the Middle East'
Amitai Etzioni, professor of International Relations at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., believes the only option available to contain Iran's atomic ambitions is a series of assaults on its non-nuclear facilities. Amitai Etzioni naturally has ties to Israel (he served in the Haganah, the Jewish terror organization).

Friday, July 2, 2010

Headlines for June 17 - June 23

A Stand For Justice

Long Island Rep. Pete King says House Dems forced to choose between Israel and Obama -
Rep. Pete King says President Obama's weak Mideast policy is forcing House Democrats to make the difficult choice of either supporting Obama or supporting Israel.

"I hope they put our relationship with Israel above their relationship with Obama," King (R-LI) said yesterday. Do Americans fully understand the treason within that statement?

Gates: 'Reasonable chance' for UN's Iran penalties
He gives new U.N. penalties a "reasonable chance" of persuading Iran's clerical leadership to end what the U.S. claims is its drive to build a bomb. Iran denies it is seeking a weapon.

Iran says UN sanctions show double standard
The Supreme National Security Council said that U.S. and other nuclear–armed powers have punished Iran with the sanctions even though it doesn't have nuclear weapons, while at the same time they support Israel, which is widely believed to have a sizable nuclear arsenal.

Report: Lebanon forbids launch of Gaza-bound flotilla
Earlier Sunday, Haaretz reported that Israel had initiated diplomatic efforts designed to prevent the departure of at least one vessel, carrying 50 to 70 Lebanese women and food aid. Israel has been in touch with the UN, United States, France, Spain and Germany. It has also been speaking with the Vatican because the ship is expected to include several dozen Catholic nuns.

Israel to UN: We reserve the right to stop Lebanon Gaza-bound flotilla
Earlier Friday the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah said that it would not take part in Gaza-bound aid missions so as not to give a pretext for Israel to attack Lebanon.

Reports: IAF Landed at Saudi Base, US Troops near Iran Border
The Israeli Air Force recently unloaded military equipment at a Saudi Arabia base, a semi-official Iranian news agency claimed Wednesday, while a large American force has massed in Azerbaijan, which is on the northwest border of Iran.

Al-Qaida warns of new attacks deadlier than before

Investigators probing US money flow to insurgents

US envoy cautions Pakistan over Iran gas deal
The U.S. warned Pakistan that a recently signed gas pipeline deal with Iran could run afoul of new sanctions being finalized in Congress, the U.S. special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan said Sunday.

EU leaders approve fresh sanctions against Iran

Rowley, McGovern and Ellsberg -- Statement on Wikileaks
In April, Wikileaks released the "Collateral Murder" video showing U.S. soldiers in Iraq killing civilians including a Reuters photographer and then shooting at people, including children, in a van attempting to rescue the wounded.

Strong Support For Attack On Iran
(Israeli) propaganda really does work.

Turkey vows to press forward with Iran nuclear fuel swap

Iran could fire 'hundreds' of missiles at Europe: Gates
US intelligence has shown Iran could launch an attack against Europe with "scores or hundreds" of missiles, prompting major changes to US missile defenses, Pentagon chief Robert Gates said on Thursday.

More than twelve United States Naval warships and at least one Israeli ship crossed the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on Friday, British Arabic Language newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday.

Gas deal with Iran: US warns Pakistan
The U.S. warned Pakistan that a recently signed gas pipeline deal with Iran could run afoul of new sanctions being finalized in Congress, the U.S. special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan said Sunday.

U.S. Tax Dollars Fueling Afghan Insurgency
Committee investigators found that private contractors in Afghanistan have been paying local warlords, criminals, government officials and a list of others for security on Afghanistan's roads, to get much needed supplies to U.S and NATO bases. But even worse, anecdotal evidence indicates that U.S. tax dollars are also going into the hands of the Taliban, who own many of the roads and areas through which the trucking convoys have to pass, reports CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan.

Atomic chief says Iran has 17 kilograms of enriched uranium

Russia 'schizophrenic' on Iran: US defense chief
Russia appears to have a "schizophrenic" approach to Iran, viewing Tehran as a security threat while pursuing commercial deals with the country, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday.

U.S. targets bank, shipping in new Iran sanctions
U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman said he expects Congress to finish shortly legislation tightening U.S. sanctions on Iran that will include provisions affecting the supply of refined petroleum products to Tehran, and add to sanctions on its financial sector.
Lieberman is one of Israel's main agents in Congress.

Peter King Calls For U.S. Removal From UN Human Rights Council
Though Congressman King does not have an exceptionally large identifiable Jewish constituency, he nevertheless has been a most outspoken and passionate defender of Israel and the role it plays as America’s greatest ally....Today, Mr. King introduced, the America Stands with Israel Act. This legislation reaffirms America’s support for Israel by calling for the removal of the U.S. from the United Nations Human Rights Council and prohibiting the use of American taxpayer dollars to fund a U.N. investigation into the flotilla incident. King is a traitor to America.

The Critic of My Friend is My Enemy Stephen M. Walt
The fact that the ADL was in effect protecting another country against the charge of genocide is more than a little ironic, but who ever said that political organizations had to be ethically consistent? Once relations between Israel and Turkey began to fray, however -- fueled primarily by Turkish anger over Israel's treatment of the Palestinians -- the ADL and AIPAC withdrew their protection and Congressional defenders of Israel began switching sides, too. .......The neocons have turned from friends of Turkey to foes for one simple reason: Israel.....whether a state is democratic or not matters little for the neocons; what matters for them is whether a state backs Israel or not Great article.

Report: U.S., Israeli warships cross Suez Canal toward Red Sea
According to the report, thousands of Egyptian soldiers were deployed along the Suez Canal guarding the ships' passage, which included a U.S. aircraft carrier.

YouTube - Ron Paul Exposes Israeli Agent Nancy Pelosi

Lebanon permits Gaza-bound ship to sail to Cyprus
Lebanese Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi said the ship named "Julia" is now docked at the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli and can set sail once it is cleared by port authorities there. He said it would be allowed to sail to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus and not directly to Gaza because Lebanon and Israel are technically in a state of war and Lebanon views Gaza as Israeli controlled.

Israel warns UN over Lebanon to Gaza aid bid

Obama Admin.: Don’t Question Torturers’ Sincerity
The Canadian government has publicly apologized to Arar for providing false information to the U.S. government about Arar’s suspicious connections. The U.S. government has refused to admit it did anything wrong in shipping Arar to the Middle East to be tortured at U.S. behest.

Report: Egypt refuses to stop Iranian ships
Egypt rejected Israel's request not to assist the Iranian ships slated to sail to the Gaza Strip in the coming days, Kuwaiti paper al-Dar reported on Friday. The report was not confirmed by any official Egyptian elements.

Global Poll Shows Muslims Leery of US and Obama
The surveys were taken before Israel's deadly May 31 clash with a flotilla of boats trying to break the blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza, which sparked widespread condemnation of Israel.

Lebanon: Israel fully responsible for any attack
Israel's ambassador to the United Nations warned the world body last week that the Jewish state was entitled to use "all necessary force" to stop the Lebanese activists' boats.

Iran warns against cargo inspections
In response to a US-sponsored sanctions resolution imposed by the UN Security Council against Iran, Tehran threatens to retaliate if its cargo ships come under inspection.

Report: Hezbollah prepares retaliation for potential Nasrallah assassination

Giving Peace Advice to Terrorist Can Be Illegal
Civil liberties advocates said they also feared repercussions for U.S.-based critics of the Israeli government, who might be charged with aiding Hamas, which Washington has designated as a terrorist group. One such critic is former President Jimmy Carter, whose private Mideast diplomatic efforts have included contact with Hamas.

The ruling "threatens our work and the work of many other peacemaking organizations that must interact directly with groups that have engaged in violence," said Carter, whose organization filed arguments with the court.

White House Moved Quickly to Replace McChrystal
The president said that while he admired McChrystal's military career, comments in an article in Rolling Stone magazine simply crossed the line.

Ex-Mossad Chief Strike Iran Now
Israel should launch a pre-emptive strike to prevent arch-foe Iran from going nuclear, a former head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency said on Monday.

Canada imposes Iran sanctions

What Price Afghanistan? by Patrick J. Buchanan
saying the U.S. can succeed in the next 12 months in what we have failed to accomplish, at a rising cost in blood and money, for the last eight years, is not credible.

Senate Bill Would Give Obama Internet ‘Kill Switch’
The bill, proposed by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I – CT) claims the entire Internet, the whole global computer network and everything on it, as a “national asset” of the United States, and seeks to give President Obama the power to seize control over broad swaths of it with no oversight during a “National Cyber Emergency,” which would itself be something the president would be able to declare at any time.

Syria: Israel raid on Gaza flotilla raises risk of Mideast war
Syrian President Bashar Assad said Thursday that Israel is being run by a "pyromaniac government", warning that its raid on a humanitarian aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip had increased the risks of war in the region.