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Iran 193

'Bush's Iran/Argentina Terror Frame-Up
Gareth Porter

Research for this article was supported by the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute.

Although nukes and Iraq have been the main focus of the Bush Administration's pressure campaign against Iran, US officials also seek to tar Iran as the world's leading sponsor of terrorism. And Team Bush's latest tactic is to play up a thirteen-year-old accusation that Iran was responsible for the notorious Buenos Aires bombing that destroyed the city's Jewish Community Center, known as AMIA, killing eighty-six and injuring 300, in 1994. Unnamed senior Administration officials told the Wall Street Journal January 15 that the bombing in Argentina "serves as a model for how Tehran has used its overseas embassies and relationship with foreign militant groups, in particular Hezbollah, to strike at its enemies."
This propaganda campaign depends heavily on a decision last November by the General Assembly of Interpol, wh…

De Volkskrant 62

Op haar weblog fileert Anja Meulenbelt de analyse van de pro-Israel lobby bij de Volkskrant:

'Neem het redactionele commentaar in de Volkskrant van gisteren. Over wat al in een nieuw cliché de Gaza-crisis heet. Lees eerst zelf, voordat ik het ga fileren.

Oplossing Gaza-crisis vergt durf alle partijen…

Okee? Gaan we.

Toen Ariel Sharon drie jaar geleden aanstuurde op eenzijdige ontruiming van Gaza, gloorde de hoop dat de anderhalf miljoen bewoners van de verpauperde landstrook eindelijk uitzicht op een beter leven zouden krijgen. Of in elk geval een leven dat ze goeddeels in eigen handen zouden kunnen nemen.

Bij wie gloorde die hoop? Niet bij de Palestijnen, want die wisten wel beter. Dit is wat Sharon het westen wijsmaakte: ‘we zijn Gaza aan het ontruimen, we geven Gaza terug aan de Palestijnen’. Dit was de werkelijkheid: de nederzettingen, die te veel kostten, werden ontruimd, het leger werd in plaats van binnen de grens net buiten de grens gestationeerd. Voordeel voor de Gazanen: een…

Iran 192

'Iran and Bush's crisis of truth Iran may not be run by saints. But Iran has never threatened the U.S. Nor has Iran ever invaded another country.
By Peter Dyer
“Iran is a threat to world peace.” Iran is “the world’s leading sponsor of terror.” So declared President Bush in his recent trip to the Middle East. Iran, he said, is seeking to “intimidate its neighbors with ballistic missiles and bellicose rhetoric.”
By now most of us are familiar with the President’s feelings and rhetoric concerning Iran. They have a familiar ring. They sound a lot like the buildup to the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Recently the Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit investigative reporting institution, published a report: “Iraq: the War Card.” The report documented 935 false statements made by President Bush and seven top administration officials in the two years following September 11, 2001 concerning the national security threat posed by Iraq to the U.S.
The top liar was the President. He made…

De Israelische Terreur 313

' Gagged while Gaza is crushed

Is there an Israeli influence over the British gov't that prevents it from taking a stand on Israeli rights violations?
By Stuart Littlewood
The British government has maintained a strict silence on the cruel blockade of Gaza and efforts by Israel and its Western allies to crush the civilian population and eliminate their democratic choice, Hamas.
Not a word of criticism has been heard from the great and the good about this wickedness.
In the meantime, some 20 surgeons, academics and others, with knowledge of Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territories, have written urging Britain’s corruption watchdog, the Committee on Standards in Public Life, to examine whether there is undue Israeli influence at the heart of the British government.
One of these, David Halpin of, is a trauma surgeon who has advised the Hamas government on how they should investigate the use of illegal weapons by Israel and last year led a team of s…

The Empire 349

'America’s middle classes are no longer coping
By Robert Reich

It is an election year and the US economy is in peril of falling into recession or worse. Not surprisingly, Washington is abuzz with plans to prevent it. President George W. Bush has proposed a $150bn stimulus package and all the main presidential candidates are offering similar measures, including middle-class tax cuts and increased spending on infrastructure.
Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve have reduced interest rates another three-quarters of a point. But none of these fixes will help much because they do not deal with the underlying anxieties now gripping American voters. The problem lies deeper than the current slowdown and transcends the business cycle.
The fact is, middle-class families have exhausted the coping mechanisms they have used for more than three decades to get by on median wages that are barely higher than they were in 1970, adjusted for inflation. Male wages today are in fact lower than they were t…

Hillary Clinton 3

'Eight More Years?

By Ralph Nader
30/01/08 "Commondreams" -- -- For Bill and Hillary Clinton, the ultimate American dream is eight more years. Yet how do you think they would react to having dozens of partisans at their rallies sporting large signs calling for EIGHT MORE YEARS, EIGHT MORE YEARS?
Don’t you have the feeling that they would cringe at such public displays of their fervent ambition which the New York Times described as a “truly two-for-the-price-of-one” presidential race? It might remind voters to remember or examine the real Clinton record in that peaceful decade of missed opportunities and not be swayed by the sugarcoating version that the glib former president emits at many campaign stops.
The 1990’s were the first decade without the spectre of the Soviet Union. There was supposed to be a “peace dividend” that would reduce the vast, bloated military budget and redirect public funds to repair or expand our public works or infrastructure.
Inaugurated in January …

Nederland en Afghanistan 157

Et voila:

'(30 januari 2008 - Bericht van Advocatenkantoor Steijnen, Olof & Stelling)

OM wijst aangifte tegen Nederlandse schending humanitair oorlogsrecht af
Zeist/Den Haag, 30 januari 2008 -

Alsof hem de gifbeker werd toegediend, zo snel heeft het OM
de ingediende aangifte, tegen de Nederlandse militaire en
politiek-ambtelijke top wegens hun verantwoordelijkheid voor
ernstige schendingen van het humanitair oorlogsrecht in
Afghanistan meteen weer uitgespuwd! Deze aangifte was
ingediend door een tweetal advocaten, mr. M.J.F. Stelling en
mr.N.M.P. Steijnen, gespecialiseerd in het internationaal
humanitair recht.
Reeds vandaag, 30 januari 2008, kwam de mededeling
binnen het dat hun aangifte wegens
1. het onvoldoende inachtnemen van de
internationaalrechtelijke beschermingsverplichtingen jegens
de Afghaanse burgerbevolking,
2. de schending van het Anti-Folterverdrag vanwege de
overdracht van Afghaanse krijgsgevangen aan de Afghaanse
autoriteiten, en
3. de schending van het verbo…

De Pro-Israel Lobby 65

En ook bij de Republikeinen staan de Pro-Israel lobbyisten bovenaan. Zodra het over Israel gaat is er in de westerse democratie geen andere keuze dan Pro-Israel. Haaretz bericht:
'Why lovers of Israel should vote for McCain
(according to Joe Lieberman) In an interview with Haaretz, Lieberman says he believes McCain is the candidate most likely to thwart a nuclear Iran. By Shmuel Rosner, Haaretz Correspondent 30/01/08 "Haaretz." -- -- FORT LAUDERDALE - Joe Lieberman was a busy man this week, and the week before, and the one before that. Almost as busy as a candidate for the 2008 election. So busy that he did not even have the time to go back to Washington for the State of the Union address. So busy that he was trying to squeeze some interviews while driving from one event to another. One of them was with Haaretz. He has a horse in this race. Not the horse Barack Obama was talking about yesterday. Lieberman's is a Republican horse: Senator John McCain. Last week he was w…

Nederland en Afghanistan 156

'NATO Genocide in Afghanistan
By Ali Khan
30/01/08 "ICH" -- --

Ali Khan argues that the internationally recognized crime of genocide applies to the intentional killings that NATO troops commit on a weekly basis in the poor villages and mute mountains of Afghanistan to destroy the Taliban. Sloganeers, propagandists and politicians often use the word "genocide" in ways that the law does not permit. But rarely is the crime of genocide invoked when Western militaries murder Muslim groups. This essay argues that the internationally recognized crime of genocide applies to the intentional killings that NATO troops commit on a weekly basis in the poor villages and mute mountains of Afghanistan to destroy the Taliban, a puritanical Islamic group. NATO combat troops bombard and kill people in Taliban enclaves and meeting places. They also murder defenseless Afghan civilians. The dehumanized label of "Taliban" is used to cloak the nameless victims of NATO operati…

Nederland en Afghanistan 155

'West will never beat Taliban, Rudd warned By Matt Wade Herald Correspondent in Islamabad and agencies 30/01/08 "SMH" -- - A FORMER head of Pakistan's military intelligence says Australia's troop deployment in Afghanistan is doomed to failure and has urged the Government to withdraw its forces as quickly as possible.Hamid Gul, the retired general who was the director-general of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate when it supported Afghan militias against the Soviet occupation of their country, believes Western troops will be forced to leave Afghanistan by the end of next year."There comes a time in every war when the scales start tilting," Mr Gul said. "I think the foreign presence in Afghanistan is at a tipping point now. Even if they are able to stretch it out, next year will be the last campaign year of the occupying forces. Then they will go - they will have to go."Mr Gul said it was not "wise" for Australia to m…

Wijsheid 19

"Here the ways of men part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire." Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

="A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming." - Ralph Waldo Emerson:

="He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, science for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable an ignorable war is; I would rather be torn to s…

Irak 237

'Iraq's Anatomy—Triage at a Baghdad Hospital

Interview: An Iraqi doctor-turned-journalist takes us into a rarely glimpsed Iraqi war zone—the ER.
By Casey Miner
January 28, 2008
If you need a blood transfunsion at Baghdad’s Al Yarmouk hospital, you can get one—so long as someone's there to donate blood on your behalf. If you need an operation, you can have one of those too—though your only anesthetic might be your friends and family holding you down. One big explosion can dry up the hospital's saline supplies for a week, leaving the next explosion's victims without the necessary treatment. And where triage is within a war zone doctors and ambulance drivers are regularly threatened and harassed.
Instead of respites from the chaos outside, hospitals in Baghdad are some of the city's most dangerous places. They have also been mostly closed to journalists. Until now. Iraqi filmmaker and former doctor Omer Salih Mahdi spent six weeks filming life inside Al Yarmouk and ou…

The Empire 348

'Dear Friend,
Last week, the Center for Public Integrity announced the release of its latest investigative report, Iraq: The War Card - Orchestrated Deception on the Path to War.
The Center's analysis showed that top Bush administration officials — by making false statements about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq — were part of a calculated campaign to galvanize public opinion that ultimately led to the war in Iraq under false pretenses.
The Center for Public Integrity relies on the support of friends like you to help fully realize this project and others in the works like The Buying of the President 2008. Please support the Center today with a generous gift of $50 or more and receive the Iraq: The War Card exclusive, limited-edition poster.
ee what others are saying about the project:
The New York Times: the Center's Iraq project is "remarkable for its scope..."
AFP: "Top U.S. Officials Declared War on Truth When It Came to Iraq: …

De Israelische Terreur 312

'Security Council Loses Credibility Over Iran, Israel
by Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS - The 15-member U.N. Security Council (UNSC) is set to lose its credibility once again as it prepares to impose a third set of sanctions on Iran while failing to pass any
strictures on Israel for its continued heavy-handed repression of Palestinians in Gaza “Many ask whether the UNSC still has any credibility left,” says Mouin Rabbani, contributing editor to the Washington-based Middle East Report.
But the more pertinent question, he pointed out, “is whether it should have any — after its consistent failure to ensure either peace or security, and of turning a malignantly blind eye to so many threats to peace and security and the basic rights of many millions.”
“Indeed, the UNSC’s continued obsession with Iran’s apparently non-existent nuclear weapons programme, and its dogged determination to do nothing of consequence to address Israel’s very real occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip — to the poi…

11 september 2001 (37)

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful . . . and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. George Orwell, 1946

'Commission Confidential
By Max Holland

In a revelation bound to cast a pall over the 9/11 Commission, Philip Shenon will report in a forthcoming book that the panel’s executive director, Philip Zelikow, engaged in “surreptitious” communications with presidential adviser Karl Rove and other Bush administration officials during the commission’s 20-month investigation into the 9/11 attacks.

Shenon, who led The New York Times’ coverage of the 9/11 panel, reveals the Zelikow-Rove connection in a new book entitled The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation, to be published next month by Twelve Books. The Commission is under an embargo until its February 5 publication, but Washington DeCoded managed to purchase a copy of the abridged audio version from a New York bookstore.

In what’s termed an “investigation of the investigation,” Shen…

The Empire 347


Across the Middle East Bush's "war on terror" has led to a rolling catastrophe.

The administration is settling in to permanent occupation of Iraq while one-third of Iraqis need humanitarian aid and four million have been forced to flee their homes. Washington sends 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan as civilian deaths from U.S. bombs turn Afghans against the West. Top officials of the U.S.-backed dictatorship in Pakistan admit that their secret service has "lost control" of insurgents it trained and financed. In response to Israel's "collective punishment" residents of Gaza blew up and surged across the Gaza/Egypt border wall in the largest prison break in world history. Arab newspapers - including mouthpieces of pro-U.S. regimes - call Bush's warmongering against Iran "sad and depressing" while Arab governments normalize relations with Tehran.

It's a reprise of Pete Seeger's anthem…

ABC Treehouse


The American Book Center is pleased to invite you to the Opening Reception, with artists in attendance, of: Palestine: the Art of Survival, ”Hunger and Work in a Savage Tribe” Collected works of Ramallah Underground Opening: February 3, 4-6PMThe exhibit runs February 01 to 24, 2008 How does art survive in a land that suffers under occupation , in a conflict situation already lasting a half century? How does art help people survive violence? How do Palistinian artists use art to hold on to their own culture and identity? Although Ramallah Underground is a musical group it actively strives to promote Palestinian visual artists through their website and now for the first time in an exhibition, with the intention of exposing the current voices giving expression to the complexities of the Palestinian condition and experience.The body of work presented is a collection of pieces from these different artists who each in their dist…

Irak 236

'Bombs Away Over Iraq By Tom Engelhardt

Looking Up: Normalizing air war from Guernica to Arab Jabour.
A January 21st Los Angeles Times Iraq piece by Ned Parker and Saif Rasheed led with an inter-tribal suicide bombing at a gathering in Fallujah in which members of the pro-American Anbar Awakening Council were killed. ("Asked why one member of his Albu Issa tribe would kill another, Aftan compared it to school shootings that happen in the United States.") Twenty-six paragraphs later, the story ended this way:
"The U.S. military also said in a statement that it had dropped 19,000 pounds of explosives on the farmland of Arab Jabour south of Baghdad. The strikes targeted buried bombs and weapons caches. "In the last 10 days, the military has dropped nearly 100,000 pounds of explosives on the area, which has been a gateway for Sunni militants into Baghdad."
And here's paragraph 22 of a 34-paragraph January 22nd story by Stephen Farrell of the Ne…

De Israelische Terreur 311

Waarom zou de Independent wel grote artikelen van de Israelische historicus Ilan Pappe plaatsen en de Volkskrant of NRC niet? 'Genocide In Gaza, Ethnic Cleansing In The West Bank
By Ilan Pappe
The Indypendent
Not long ago, I claimed that Israel is employing genocidal policies in the Gaza Strip. I hesitated before using this very charged term and yet decided to adopt it. The responses I received indicated unease in using such a term. I rethought the term for a while, but concluded with even stronger conviction: it is the only appropriate way to describe what the Israeli army is doing in the Gaza Strip.On Dec. 28, 2006, the Israeli human rights organization Betzelem published its annual report on Israeli atrocities in the occupied territories. In 2006, Israeli forces killed 660 citizens, triple the number of the previous year (around 200). Most of the dead are from the Gaza Strip, where Israeli forces demolished almost 300 houses and have slain entire families. Since 2000, almost 4,000…

De Pro-Israel Lobby 64

Daar rechts bovenaan, black and beautiful, all dressed up and nowhere to go. Zo dat levert veel geld en steun op van de pro-Israel lobby, en ook mevrouw Clinton staat op de betalingslijst van deze lobby, zodat de democratische stemmers geen alternatief hebben behalve een kandidaat kiezen die de Israelische terreur zal steunen. Van de democratie is een farce gemaakt, presidenten worden gekocht in de VS, de hoogste bieder wint. AIPAC dus, het Amerikaanse CIDI als het ware.

'Obama: Israel was forced to close Gaza

The letter from the Senator to the Ambassador speaks for itself:

Dear Ambassador Khalilzad,

I understand that today the UN Security Council met regarding the situation in Gaza, and that a resolution or statement could be forthcoming from the Council in short order.

I urge you to ensure that the Security Council issue no statement and pass no resolution on this matter that does not fully condenm the rocket assault Hamas has been conducting on civilians in southern Israel...

All of…

De Israelische Terreur 310

Ik kreeg deze oproep van Vrouwen in het Zwart: 'lees ook onze nieuwsbrief onder de oproep houden een wake op vrijdag 1 februari 2008 vanaf 12.45 uur op het SPUI in AMSTERDAM (Lieverdje) 40 jaar bezetting is meer dan genoeg! ISRAEL: Stop de invasies in Gaza en landconfiscaties in Palestijns gebied. The wall must fall - Weg met de annexatie muur Beindig de bezetting van de Westoever, omsingeling en uithongering van Gaza Ontruim alle sinds 1967 gestichte nederzettingen Jeruzalem, hoofdstad voor twee volken
‘ Wij lijden aan een ongeneeslijke ziekte: Hoop ’ Mahmoud Darwish

De afgelopen dagen kregen we op onze beeldschermen iets te zien, waar we allemaal broodnodig aan toe waren, maar niet meer in geloofden en wat de bekende Palestijnse dichter Mahmoud Darwish zo goed verwoordde: hoop !

Uit de grootste openlucht gevangenis ter wereld zien we de grootste uitbraak aller tijden. De gevangenen zijn vrij, maar we weten niet voor hoe lang.

De Muur kwam naar beneden, omdat de toestand zo onhoud…

De Israelische Terreur 309

Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews in London, New York and Washington DC demonstrated in protest of the atrocities in Gaza.....

URGENT LETTER TO THE ESTEEMED SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS, THE HONORABLE BAN-KI MOON FROM ORTHODOX JEWS IN JERUSALEM AND WORLDWIDE ABOUT THE CURRENT ZIONIST ONSLAUGHT AGAINST THE PALESTINIANS IN GAZADear Hon. Secretary-General:It is with a heavy heart that we write you from the city of Jerusalem. For sixty years the authorities of what is mischaracterized as the "Jewish State" have been undertaking a vicious campaign of oppression and ethnic cleansing against millions of Palestinians who currently still live in historic Palestine and who are refugees from Palestine in other countries. And they have been committing all these crimes in the name of the ancient and holy Jewish religion! For sixty years the State of Israel been desecrating and violating our sacred religion! For sixty years the State of Israel has been flaunting international law and …