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Lean Cuisine: Counting Calories On the Checkpoint Diet
Chris Floyd
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:: Italiano
Remember, no matter what the facts say, just keep repeating to yourself: This is not a ghetto. This is not a
ghetto. This is not a ghetto.... A West Bank checkpoint managed by a private security company is not allowing
Uruknet on Alexa Palestinians to pass through with large water bottles and some food items, Haaretz has learned.... The private
security company Modi'in Ezrahi...stops Palestinian workers from passing through the checkpoint with the :: Uruknet for your
following items: Large bottles of frozen water, large bottles of soft drinks, home-cooked food, coffee, tea and mobile phone:
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Salva i Blog !
Michael Hudson's "Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of Imperial America"
by Stephen Lendman :: Motore di
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First written in 1972, it was updated in a 2003 edition that's every bit as relevant now - thus this review Engine
focusing on Hudson's new preface, introduction, and detailed account of the book's theme. He revisited it in his
End Gaza Siege 2008-09 Project Censored award- winning article titled: "Economic Meltdown - The 'Dollar Glut' is What
Finances America's Global Military Build-up" in which he explains the following - the "inter-related dynamics"
of: -- "surplus (US) dollars pouring into the rest of the world for yet further financial speculation and corporate
takeovers;" -- global central banks "recyl(ing) these dollar inflows (into) US Treasury bonds to finance the
federal US budget deficit; and most important (but most suppressed in the US media),"-- "the military uruknet
character of the US payments deficit and the domestic federal budget deficit.".. the web
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onation helps us keep Babil Province Human Rights Commission president Fawziya al Jashami revealed that detainees in Babil Hussein to the
p with costs. Thanks. Province have been subjected to tortures and sexusal abuses. In her press release Fawziya said the members American People
of the commission have revealed during their visit to Hilla city prisons especially in Big Crimes Prsion that
detainees are subjected to tortures under so-called investigation processes...
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: ONU - XX A Secret History of Dissent in the All-Volunteer Military
ssemblea Generale Tom Engelhardt & Dahr Jamail
1965):
On May 1st at Fort Hood in central Texas, Specialist Victor Agosto wrote on a counseling statement, which is
actually a punitive U.S. Army memo: "There is no way I will deploy to Afghanistan. The occupation is immoral
a XX Assemblea and unjust. It does not make the American people any safer. It has the opposite effect." Ten days later, he
Generale dell’ONU refused to obey a direct order from his company commander to prepare to deploy and was issued a second
1965) dichiara "la counseling statement. On that one he wrote, "I will not obey any orders I deem to be immoral or illegal."
egittimità della lotta Shortly thereafter, he told a reporter, "I'm not willing to participate in this occupation, knowing it is completely
a parte dei popoli wrong. It's a matter of what I'm willing to live with."..
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oloniale, per
sercitare il loro
iritto all' autodeter-
minazione e L'Impero si è fermato
ll'indipendenza". a Bahgdad, by Valeri
noltre, l'Assemblea Poletti
nvita "tutti gli Stati a
ornire assistenza Modulo per ordini
morale e materiale ai
movimenti di
berazione nazionale
ei territori coloniali".
“ARE YOU A SUBVERSIVE?”
Desertpeace
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...Little did that Immigration Officer know, but in the United States I WAS considered a subversive…. in fact, I
carried with me a ten page document of allegations against me from Army 'Intelligence’ which ended with the :: Comments
words "Your entrance into any branch of the Armed Forces at any time would be detrimental to the security of
our nation." How much more of a ’subversive’ can one hope to be? It would be ’safe’ to say that I owe my life
to the FBI. The document I mentioned above was full of information provided by them. Their 'planted’
informants knew the exact date and time that I joined the Communist Party of the United States. They knew
: ONU - Risoluzione
every move I made during all my years of activity...
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Haq Agency

L'Assemblea
Generale dichiara
he: la soggezione dei
opoli a dominio
traniero, conquista e
sservimento
ostituisce una
AMSI
egazione dei diritti
mani fondamentali,
contraria alla Carta
elle Nazioni Unite ed
un impedimento alla
romozione della pace
della cooperazione
mondiali.
utti i popoli hanno
iritto all' autodeter-
minazione; in virtù di
ale diritto essi
evono liberamente
eterminare il loro
tatus politico e
beramente
erseguire il loro
viluppo economico,
ociale e culturale".
: Convenzione di Free Gaza Movement: Advice for people in USA from Donna Baranski-Walker
Ginevra, Protocollo Free Gaza Team
ddizionale I (1977):

a lotta armata può
ssere usata, come
ltima risorsa, come
mezzo per esercitare
diritto all'
utodeter-
minazione.
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nternazionale Yesterday, the Israeli Navy boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, SPIRIT OF HUMANITY and kidnapped the
21 human rights activists, humanitarian workers and activists on their way to Gaza. As of today, none of them
have had the right to see an attorney even though they came to the detention center to see them. The Free
Gaza Movement is calling for their release and the release of our boat, seized in international waters off the
n base allo Statuto
coast of Gaza as our SPOT locator clearly shows. But more importantly, twenty-one internationals can get
del Tribunale penale
headlines. What about the 11,000 Palestinians who languish in jail, many of them tortured. We will update you
nternazionale, sono
on the status of our kidnapped passengers and our impounded boat, but who will do the same for the
definiti “crimini di
Palestinians and their boats?...
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contro popolazione
civili in quanto tali o
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civile, e lesioni a civili Amnon Kapeliouk (1931-2009) Est Mort Thanks.
o danni a proprietà
civili ovvero danni
An extraordinary Journalist
Franklin Lamb
diffusi duraturi e gravi
all’ambiente naturale
che siano Israeli jounalist Amnon Kapeliouk was my kind of Journalist and my kind of Jew. Sadly, he died the other day
manifestamente and was buried near his birth place in West Jerusalem. For more than 40 years Kapeliouk reported on
eccessivi rispetto Palestinian and Arab affairs for half a dozen newspapers and was an old school Robert Fisk- Janet Stevens’s
all’insieme dei type journalist for whom reporting meant getting to the scene fast and carefully scribing with pencil and note
concreti e diretti i pad. I knew Kapeliouk mainly through his writings and a dozen or so path crossings over the years following
vantaggi militari our first improbable encounter during the infamous Beirut summer 1982. Those months of US-armed Israeli
previsti. carnage, which continue to shape the region, left him with an indelible scar. He once told me: "I can’t forget. It
doesn’t fade. I don’t think it ever will." I understood what he meant. In his last communication he said he
would try to attend the 27th Anniversary Memorial to the victims of the Sabra-Shatila Massacre set for this
coming September 16-18 at Beirut’s Shatila Camp...
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We are NOT the “Story”, It’s Not Just Our 21 Kidnapped Passengers
Free Gaza Team
:: If you find this site :: All events
informative, please
donate - every On June 30th 2009 Israeli Occupation Forces forcibly boarded the Free Gaza boat, SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, and
onation helps us keep kidnapped 21 human rights workers and journalists who were on their way to deliver much needed
p with costs. Thanks. humanitarian and reconstruction supplies to besieged Gaza. Those abducted by Israel include Nobel peace
prize laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Since their kidnapping,
tens-of-thousands of people around the world have mobilized to demand their immediate and unconditional
release. The Free Gaza Movement would like to thank everyone who has made a phone call, sent a fax or
email, written a letter, or organized a demonstration on behalf of our 21 imprisoned friends...
continua / continued [55604] [ 01-jul-2009 15:12 ECT ]

Israeli naval abductions and shooting at Palestinian fishermen: it’s routine
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza

"They told us 'go west or we will shoot you’," says Ashraf Sadallah. "Initially, we refused, so they began
shooting very close all around our boat." At 6am on Jun. 16, Sadallah and his brother Abdel Hadi Sadallah, in
their early twenties, went roughly 400 metres out to sea off the coast of Sudaniya in Gaza’s northwest. "We
wanted to bring in nets we had left out the night before," says Sadallah. Their small fishing boat, known as a
hassaka, was in Palestinian fishing waters when three Israeli navy boats approached the brothers...
continua / continued [55607] [ 01-jul-2009 15:19 ECT ]
THE PIRATES OF ZION: OBAMA MISSES THE BOAT!
By Alan Sabrosky*

Israel’s boarding and capture in international waters of The Spirit of Humanity, an unarmed boat carrying relief
supplies to the suffering people of Gaza, shows that state-sponsored piracy is a real peril today. It is just one
more breach of international law added to the global "rap sheet" of a rogue state that, as Netanyahu remarked
a few weeks ago, is not like other countries. But Israel’s capture of this boat was also Netanyahu’s test of
Obama’s resolve – a test Obama failed, to his shame and discredit...
continua / continued [55602] [ 01-jul-2009 14:38 ECT ]

A United Opposition
Hezbollah After the Elections
FRANKLIN LAMB

...Party members unanimously express the view that Hezbollah will stay far away from any power struggle
between an Ahmaddinejad/Khameni group and a Mousavi/Rafsangani faction, and some members interviewed
recently expect that Iran’s leadership, after perhaps "some reshuffling of portfolios and accommodations" will
come together for the good of its people. They explain that Hezbollah has nothing to do with Iran's internal
affairs and that it does not take sides in internal matters and that the June 12 election was solely an internal
Iranian issue. "What is happening there has nothing to do with our situation," Naim Qassim told the Beirut
media on June 25, 2009...
continua / continued [55601] [ 01-jul-2009 14:12 ECT ]
Zionist narratives of Palestinian land
Marcy Newman, body on the line

Navigating Palestine can be a difficult task given that the land has been so judaized so that villages are
covered up with forests and colonies and the names altered so as to cover up the crimes committed by
Zionists over the years. One of the people who has eased this process is Salman Abu Sitta whose book the
return journey: a guide to the depopulated and present Palestinian towns and villages and holy sites is an
indispensable tool. This book, which has all the necessary place names in Hebrew, Arabic, and English maps
Palestinian villages onto a Zionist colonist map to aid people in finding the remnants of Palestinian villages as
well as navigating Zionist roads....
continua / continued [55600] [ 01-jul-2009 14:06 ECT ]

Foreign forces "losing" in Afghanistan
Reuters

The United States and its NATO allies are losing in Afghanistan because of a lack of coordination and broad
commitment, one of Britain's top diplomats and defence experts said on Tuesday. Paddy Ashdown, the former
British representative for Bosnia and once tipped to be the U.N. special representative in Afghanistan, said the
U.S.- and NATO-led coalition faced defeat unless operational changes were made. "We're losing," Ashdown told
an audience of defence experts at the launch of a new British security strategy in London...
continua / continued [55599] [ 01-jul-2009 14:02 ECT ]
A letter to the world:what will you do to sprouts germination?
Saeed Valadbaygi, Revolutionary Road...

I am writing this letter on behalf of a starred (prohibited from studying) PhD student. I am writing this letter
on behalf of a flogged worker on first of May. I am writing this letter on behalf of a sentenced to death
teenager. I am writing this letter on behalf of a sentenced to death by stone woman.I am writing this letter on
behalf of Saeed Valadbeygi...

continua / continued [55598] [ 01-jul-2009 13:57 ECT ]

Advice for people in USA from Donna Baranski-Walker
Free Gaza Team

Within the past hour the Free Gaza boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, was boarded by the Israeli Navy, and
according to Free Gaza's Tweet, http://twitter.com/freegazaorg, the Israeli military has issued a statement
saying they have taken over the boat. My contact at the U.S. State Department returned my call 40 minutes
ago to say that they are in touch with the Israeli government and have been since the boat was surrounded
some 6 hours ago. Overall, our State Department seeks to assure the safety of all on board and would like to
see the boat get through as it is carrying humanitarian relief and cement to the people of Gaza, specifically
aiding non-governmental organizations...
continua / continued [55597] [ 01-jul-2009 13:44 ECT ]

Final toll of Kirkuk blast reaches 126 - medic
Aswat al-Iraq

The final toll of the blast that occurred earlier today in a vegetable market in northern Kirkuk has reached 126,
according to a local medic. "A total of 33 persons were killed and 93 others were wounded according to a final
count," Dr. Sabah Ameen al-Dawdi, the director of the Kirkuk health department, told Aswat al-Iraq news
agency. "Twenty out of the 93 wounded were rushed to hospitals in Kurdistan region," he added...
continua / continued [55596] [ 01-jul-2009 13:25 ECT ]
Inhumane treatment of Palestinian prisoner
International Solidarity Movement

The 23 year old Palestinian women, Somod from Nablus, was recently released after having been imprisoned
in Israel for four and a half years. Despite her young age, she suffered from inhumane treatment such as
rape-threats, isolation, and denial of access to basic sanitation facilities. She went to court as many as 18
times before she was released...
continua / continued [55595] [ 01-jul-2009 04:32 ECT ]
$2,000 for a Dead Afghan Child
$100,000 for Any American Who Died Killing it
Jay Janson

After Obama apologized for the strike which the Afghan government claimed killed well over a hundred
ordinary country folk, came the report that the families of those killed, and subsequent Afghani dead falling in
harms way of the US military, continuing as before, can apply to receive up to $2,000 compensation. This is
the price the great United States of American puts on an Afghan or Pakistan human being, while awarding
$100,000 to families of Americans who die while fighting and killing wherever...
continua / continued [55594] [ 01-jul-2009 04:21 ECT ]
US general in Iraq will not say how many troops remain
AFP

As US forces completed a withdrawal from Iraqi cities Tuesday six years after the US-led invasion, the top US
commander General Ray Odierno refused to spell out how many would be left behind. "June 30, 2009 marks a
significant milestone for Iraq as the Iraqi security forces assume responsibility for security within the cities
across the country," Odierno told US journalists in a video-briefing from Iraq. "In accordance with the security
agreement between the United States and Iraq, US combat forces completed the withdrawal. A small number
will remain in cities to train, advise, coordinate with Iraqi security forces, as well as enable them to move
forward."...
continua / continued [55593] [ 30-jun-2009 22:40 ECT ]

Group points to “horrific” rights violations in Iraqi prisons
Azzaman

Iraqi prisoners are being tortured and sexually abused, said a senior human rights official. Fawziya al-Jashami
said she had seen "horrific traces" of torture during a visit to a prison in the southern Province of Babel of
which Hilla is the capital. "I saw types of torture which are so vicious and horrific that I cannot describe them
as a woman. "It is a kind of sexual torture which one is ashamed to talk about and occurs for the first time in
Iraq," Jashami, who heads the Human Rights Committee in the province, said...
continua / continued [55592] [ 30-jun-2009 21:47 ECT ]
Iraq's "National Sovereignty Day" is U.S.-Style Hallmark Hype
Jeremy Scahill

The puppet government in Iraq has named June 30 as "National Sovereignty Day," and—without mentioning
the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis maimed, killed, tortured or made refugees by the U.S. invasion and
occupation—thanked the occupiers for placing them in power. "President" Jalal Talabani termed today "a
glorious day," saying, "While we celebrate this day, we express our thanks and gratitude to our friends in the
coalition forces who faced risks and responsibilities and sustained casualties and damage while helping Iraq to
get rid from the ugliest dictatorship and during the joint effort to impose security and stability."...In a
grotesquely symbolic move, the Iraqi government marked "National Sovereignty Day" by "open[ing] up some
of its massive oil and gas fields to foreign firms...
continua / continued [55591] [ 30-jun-2009 21:22 ECT ]

Human Rights Watch: Israeli drone-launched missiles indiscriminately killed civilians in
Gaza
Katherine Orwell

A new report brought out by Human Rights Watch on Tuesday reveals that Israel violated international laws of
war during the recent Gaza war, by carrying out attacks on civilians with guided missiles from aerial drones.
"The attacks, with one of the most precise weapons in Israel's arsenal, killed civilians who were not taking part
in hostilities and were far from any fighting", the report stated...
continua / continued [55589] [ 30-jun-2009 21:05 ECT ]
4 US soldiers killed during Iraq cities pullout
PATRICK QUINN, AP

Four U.S. soldiers were killed in combat shortly before the American military completed a withdrawal from
Iraq's cities, and the prime minister assured Iraqis that government forces taking control of urban areas on
Tuesday were more than capable of protecting the country. Nouri al-Maliki said in a televised address that
"those who think that Iraqis are not able to protect their country and that the withdrawal of foreign forces will
create a security vacuum are committing a big mistake." The streets of Baghdad were relatively quiet, as the
Iraqi government named June 30 National Sovereignty Day and declared it a public holiday...

continua / continued [55588] [ 30-jun-2009 17:35 ECT ]

Israel's navy seizes 'Humanity' ship off Gaza
Ma'an News

Israeli naval forces intercepted and boarded, and took control of a converted ferry bound for Gaza, towing its
passengers, crew, and cargo to Israel’s port of Ashdod on Tuesday afternoon. Activists aboard the ship, dubbed
the 'Spirit of Humanity" denounced the action as a violation of international law. "This is an outrageous
violation of international law against us. Our boat was not in Israeli waters, and we were on a human rights
mission to the Gaza Strip," said Cynthia McKinney, a former US Congresswoman who was on board, according
to a statement relayed through compatriots in Cyprus, where the boat left on Monday...
continua / continued [55587] [ 30-jun-2009 17:28 ECT ]
ISRAEL ATTACKS JUSTICE BOAT; KIDNAPS HUMAN RIGHTS WORKERS; CONFISCATES
MEDICINE, TOYS AND OLIVE TREES
Free Gaza Team

Today Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF
HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire
and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (see below for a complete list of passengers). The
passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel. "This is an outrageous violation of international
law against us. Our boat was not in Israeli waters, and we were on a human rights mission to the Gaza Strip,"
said Cynthia McKinney, a former U.S. Congresswoman and presidential candidate. "President Obama just told
Israel to let in humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, and that's exactly what we tried to do. We're asking
the international community to demand our release so we can resume our journey."...

continua / continued [55586] [ 30-jun-2009 16:08 ECT ]

Obama’s Quiet War
Jeremy Scahill

In a new interview, Obama said he has "no intention" of sending US troops into Pakistan. But US troops are
already in the country and US drones attack Pakistan regularly. Three days after his inauguration, on January
23, 2009, President Barack Obama ordered US predator drones to attack sites inside of Pakistan, reportedly
killing 15 people. It was the first documented attack ordered by the new US Commander in Chief inside of
Pakistan. Since that first Obama-authorized attack, the US has regularly bombed Pakistan, killing scores of
civilians. The New York Times reported that the attacks were clear evidence Obama "is continuing, and in some
cases extending, Bush administration policy." In the first 99 days of 2009, more than 150 people were
reportedly killed in these drone attacks. The most recent documented attack was reportedly last Thursday in
Waziristan. Since 2006, the US drone strikes have killed 687 people (as of April)...
continua / continued [55585] [ 30-jun-2009 15:39 ECT ]

We Do Not Seek a Confrontation
Free Gaza Movement

(At Sea, 60km off the coast of the Gaza Strip) - Human Rights activists aboard the Free Gaza ship, the SPIRIT
OF HUMANITY, today demanded that the Israeli Navy immediately stop threatening them. "This aid is
desperately needed by the people of Gaza," said Mairead Maguire, winner of the Noble Peace Prize and Pacem
in Terris Award for her work in Northern Ireland. "President Obama has called upon the Palestinians to
abandon violence but Israel is denying them the right to non-violently resist the siege of Gaza."...
continua / continued [55584] [ 30-jun-2009 15:36 ECT ]
Jewish settlers burn Palestinian crops
Palestinian Information Center

Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian homes in Assira Qabalia village, south of Nablus city, and set fire to their
crops on Monday night, local sources reported. They said that dozens of settlers from the nearby Yitzhar
settlement, established on lands of the village along with other nearby villages, threw firebombs and stones at
the houses under the protection of Israeli occupation forces who fired bullets and gas canisters to disperse the
citizens who tried to repel the settlers' attack. A number of citizens were treated for suffocation and injuries
from flying glass, the sources said...

continua / continued [55583] [ 30-jun-2009 15:33 ECT ]

Israeli doctors colluding in torture
… while world’s medical ethics chief turns blind eye
Jonathan Cook

Israel’s watchdog body on medical ethics has failed to investigate evidence that doctors working in detention
facilities are turning a blind eye to cases of torture, according to Israeli human rights groups. The Israeli
Medical Association (IMA) has ignored repeated requests to examine such evidence, the rights groups say,
even though it has been presented with examples of Israeli doctors who have broken their legal and ethical
duty towards Palestinians in their care...
continua / continued [55582] [ 30-jun-2009 15:13 ECT ]
Oil and the Iraq “withdrawal”
James Cogan

It is fitting that today’s deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq’s cities coincides with a meeting in
Baghdad to auction off some of the country’s largest oil fields to companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron and
British Petroleum. It is a reminder of the real motives for the 2003 invasion and in whose interests over one
million Iraqis and 4,634 American and other Western troops have been killed. The Iraq war was, and continues
to be, an imperialist war waged by the American ruling elite for control of oil and geo-strategic advantage...
continua / continued [55581] [ 30-jun-2009 15:08 ECT ]

Rising casualties in the buffer zone
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza

"There was an explosion, maybe 20 meters away. Then another immediately after. I realized I had been hit,"
said Saleh Ahmad al-Medani, pulling aside the collar of his T-shirt to show one of three places where he was
punctured by the metal darts known as "flechettes." The razor-like flechettes are dart-shaped bits of metal
packed by the thousands into a single shell that are approximately two inches long. At just after midnight on 3
June, the 17-year-old was walking home from a friend’s house in Umm al-Nassir, a collection of tents and
dilapidated houses in the northwest Gaza Strip, just more than 1 kilometer from the northern boundary with
Israel...
continua / continued [55580] [ 30-jun-2009 15:03 ECT ]
Israel permits new settlement homes
Aljazeera.net

Israel has approved the construction of 50 new homes in a West Bank settlement and announced plans to
expropriate more Palestinian land. The move comes just hours before Israel's defence minister, Ehud Barak,
visits the US in a bid to defuse tensions over Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. The land grab
and new permits come despite a demand from Barack Obama, the US president, for a complete freeze to all
Israeli settlement activity, and could exacerbate a rare public spat between the allies...
continua / continued [55578] [ 30-jun-2009 14:59 ECT ]

U.S.-built bridge is windfall — for illegal Afghan drug trade
By Tom Lasseter | McClatchy Newspapers

In August 2007, the presidents of Afghanistan and Tajikistan walked side by side with the U.S. commerce
secretary across a new $37 million concrete bridge that the Army Corps of Engineers designed to link two of
Central Asia's poorest countries. Dressed in a gray suit with an American flag pin in his lapel, then-Commerce
Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said the modest two-lane span that U.S. taxpayers paid for would be "a critical
transit route for trade and commerce" between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Today, the bridge across the muddy
waters of the Panj River is carrying much more than vegetables and timber: It's paved the way for drug
traffickers to transport larger loads of Afghan heroin and opium to Central Asia and beyond to Russia and
Western Europe..
continua / continued [55577] [ 30-jun-2009 14:38 ECT ]
URGENT ALERT - Israeli Navy surrounding
SPIRIT and threatening to open fire
Free Gaza Team

At 1:40 am, the Israeli Navy surrounded the SPIRIT while in international waters off the coast of Israel as it is
on its way to the Gaza Strip. We got a call from the boat saying that they were being threatened, told to turn
back or they would be fired on. Huwaida Arraf, one of the delegation leaders, was on the phone with the Israeli
gunboats, and we could hear her saying, "You Cannot Open Fire on Unarmed Civilians" several times. At this
writing, they are surrounded by several ships shining bright lights into the SPIRIT...
continua / continued [55575] [ 30-jun-2009 14:35 ECT ]

Iraq snapshot - Monday, June 29, 2009
The Common Ills

Monday, June 29, 2009. Chaos and violence continue, the US military announces another death, one media
outlet prepares to offer indepth coverage of the targeting of Iraq's LGBT community, June 30th play day frenzy
builds, uh-oh-Gordo, he's in trouble again, and more....
continua / continued [55572] [ 30-jun-2009 02:29 ECT ]
Iran's Do-It-Yourself Revolution
Stephen Zunes

...Yet scores of leftist bloggers are trying to convince people that all this was something planned and organized
by Americans over the past few months. There is something profoundly ethnocentric in arguing that civil
insurrections and other pro-democracy campaigns have to be launched from Washington and that Iranians
(like Eastern Europeans) are incapable of organizing a popular movement on their own. This argument simply
adds weight to the neocons' insistence that democracy can only take hold in Middle Eastern countries through
U.S. intervention. The future of Iran belongs in the hands of the Iranians...
continua / continued [55571] [ 30-jun-2009 02:17 ECT ]

Pro-Israel Lobby Alarmed by Growth of Boycott, Divestment Movement
Art Young

The movement to call Israel to account for its crimes against the Palestinian people is growing. It is "invading
the mainstream discourse, becoming part of the constant and unrelenting drumbeat against Israel." It could
eventually threaten the existence of the Jewish state by undermining the support it receives from its strongest
backer, the U. S. government. That was the message of alarm delivered by the Executive Director of the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Howard Kohr, to the AIPAC Policy Conference on May 3...
continua / continued [55570] [ 30-jun-2009 02:13 ECT ]
US troops will not sleep in Iraqi cities anymore.. That is the withdrawal
Roads to Iraq

Al-Akhbar called the American military withdrawal: "in name only", which means they will not sleep in the
Iraqi cities anymore, but the forces will continue to operate in and out the cities. Nikola Nasir on Al-Arab Al-
Youm says: What we see right now is redeployment of the American forces in Iraq, which means the American
forces will stop plying the policeman in the Iraqi streets, but the occupation still exists....
continua / continued [55569] [ 30-jun-2009 02:04 ECT ]

$2.775 billion in US aid supports Israeli nuclear weapons program
Grant F. Smith

President Barak Obama’s fiscal year 2010 budget request for $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel is
proceeding smoothly through the Congress. On June 17, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State,
Foreign Operations, and Related Programs held a "mark-up" session on the budget. The subcommittee came
under pressure from an antiwar group that sought to suspend or condition foreign aid over Israel’s use of US
weapons which left 3000 Palestinians dead during the Bush administration. The subcommittee held its session
in a tiny Capitol room denying activists and members of the press access. The budget quickly passed and is
now before the full House Appropriations Committee...
continua / continued [55568] [ 30-jun-2009 02:01 ECT ]
UN rights mission hears of Gaza children's suffering
By Sakher Abu El Oun, AFP

A UN human rights mission listened to testimony about the suffering of children in the Gaza Strip on Monday
before wrapping up two days of public hearings into alleged Israeli war crimes. Around 20 percent of children
in Gaza suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome brought on by witnessing violent acts, child psychologist
Dr Iyad Sarraj told the panel. "The amount of killing and blood that they have seen or that their relatives have
suffered from... it's a huge amount, and this leads to negative psychological feelings, to radicalism and a cycle
of violence," he said. More than half of Gaza's population of 1.5 million is under 18 years of age...
continua / continued [55567] [ 30-jun-2009 01:53 ECT ]

Mohammed El-Gharani, Guantánamo’s youngest prisoner, speaks to al-Jazeera
Andy Worthington

Speaking for the first time since his release from Guantánamo after seven years’ imprisonment without charge
or trial, following a successful habeas corpus appeal in January, Mohammed El-Gharani, now a free man in
Chad, told Mohamed Vall of al-Jazeera, in an exclusive interview, how he felt about being imprisoned from the
age of 14 to the age of 21. "Seven of the most beautiful years of youth were lost in prison," he said. "I
couldn’t learn or work. Seven years were just lost — for nothing." Recounting the torture he experienced,
which I reported last April in my article, "Guantánamo’s forgotten child: the sad story of Mohammed El-
Gharani," Mohammed also revealed, for the first time, that the interrogators in Guantánamo tried to force him
to spy on his fellow prisoners...
continua / continued [55566] [ 30-jun-2009 01:15 ECT ]
EGYPT: Police shut down Iran solidarity march
Amro Hassan

An attempt by Egyptians to march in solidarity with Iranian protesters and to honor Neda-Agha Soltan --
whose death earlier this month made her the icon of Iran's opposition movement -- was halted by security
forces in Cairo over the weekend. The Cairo rally was called by democracy activist and opposition leader
Ayman Nour and was scheduled to be held in Talaat Harb square in the Egyptian capital's downtown. But
dozens of security vehicles surrounded Nour and his fellow protesters upon their arrival at the square. Police
arrested four protesters belonging to Nour's party and prevented reporters from covering the event. "It is very
ironic how Egyptian authorities, who earlier expressed their dismay against the Iranian regime's oppressive
means of handling protesters, are now banning us from a march that shares the same perspective," Nour said
at a news conference at his party's headquarters...
continua / continued [55565] [ 30-jun-2009 00:44 ECT ]

A Few Thoughts on the Coup in Honduras
Jeremy Scahill

There is a lot of great analysis circulating on the military coup against Manuel Zelaya in Honduras. I do not see
a need to re-invent the wheel. (See here here here and here). However, a few key things jump out at me.
First, we know that the coup was led by Gen. Romeo Vasquez, a graduate of the US Army School of the
Americas. As we know very well from history, these "graduates" maintain ties to the US military as they climb
the military career ladders in their respective countries. That is a major reason why the US trains these
individuals. Secondly, the US has a fairly significant military presence in Honduras. Joint Task Force-Bravo is
located at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras...
continua / continued [55564] [ 30-jun-2009 00:40 ECT ]
Iran and Leftist Confusion
Reese Erlich

When I returned from covering the Iranian elections recently, I was surprised to find my email box filled with
progressive authors, academics and bloggers bending themselves into knots about the current crisis in Iran.
They cite the long history of U.S. interference in Iran and conclude that the current unrest there must be
sponsored or manipulated by the Empire. That comes as quite a shock to those risking their lives daily on the
streets of major Iranian cities fighting for political, social and economic justice. Some of these authors have
even cited my book, The Iran Agenda, as a source to prove U.S. meddling. Whoa there, pardner. Now we're
getting personal...
continua / continued [55563] [ 30-jun-2009 00:30 ECT ]

One dead and three injured as war-damaged
house collapses in Gaza
Katherine Orwell

A house in Eastern Gaza, that had been damaged by shelling during Israel's offensive in Gaza in the beginning
of this year, collapsed on Monday killing one Palestinian and injuring three others. According to witnesses the
house collapsed while workers were doing repairs. It has been reported that there might have been three more
people missing in the house...
continua / continued [55562] [ 30-jun-2009 00:26 ECT ]
Iran's Guardian Council confirms vote results
PressTV

After the conclusion of the partial vote recount, Iran's electoral watchdog, the Guardian Council has confirmed
the result of the June 12 poll.After the announcement of the result of Iran's presidential election, which saw
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad re-elected to a second four-year term, provoked major protests in the
country, the Guardian Council set up a special committee to do a partial vote recount...

continua / continued [55561] [ 29-jun-2009 19:38 ECT ]
GI Special 7F17: The Asterisk President [ 28 June 2009 ]
Thomas F. Barton

A Public Appeal From Iraq Veterans Against The War: "While The Occupation In Afghanistan Is Being Escalated,
The Occupation Of Iraq Is Far From Over". "This Summer’s Convention Is Going To Be A Critical Component Of
Our Re-Tooling Process, And We Can’t Do This Without Your Support".

continua / continued [55574] [ 30-jun-2009 09:55 ECT ]
June 29, 2009 Lies & Illusions: UPDATE on The Iraqi Charade.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues

This is a detailed update on the Iraqi charade or you may also call it - HOW THE PROPAGANDA DISCOURSE IS
CONSTRUCTED. In that other post I argued the following : - the puppet government will market 30th of June -
day of "withdrawal" of American troops as a victory day for national sovereignty. When there is NO Sovereignty
in Iraq. - I also said the Al-Qaeda/insurgents argument will pop up over and over again - And I asked the
reader to pay notice to the usage of words in this propaganda set up. I now want to illustrate my points in bold
red ink and/or in capital letters by cutting and pasting extracts from an article that just appeared and that will
confirm the points I tried making...
continua / continued [55560] [ 29-jun-2009 19:26 ECT ]

Red Cross: '1.5 Million Palestinians living in
despair in Gaza'
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC

The International Red Cross reported Monday that six months after Israel's offensive in Gaza, 1.5 million
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are still living in poverty, despair and are unable to rebuild their lives and
structures. The Red Cross added that the strict Israeli siege and restrictions on the Gaza Strip are blocking the
international efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip although 4.5 million US dollars are allocated for reconstruction
efforts. It also stated that the Gaza Strip lacks basic medications, its basic infrastructure is ruined, and that
the water supplies are irregular, while sanitation is collapsing...
continua / continued [55559] [ 29-jun-2009 16:57 ECT ]
Following in Bush’s footsteps
Obama administration preparing order for indefinite detentions
By Tom Eley

The Obama administration is drafting an executive order that would give the US president the power to arrest
without charge, and imprison indefinitely without trial, foreign nationals it accuses of being terrorists,
according to several senior government officials who spoke with the Washington Post and a reporter for non-
profit news source ProPublica on condition of anonymity. The order, should it be released, would likely reuse
arguments made by the previous administration of George W. Bush that the laws of war allow the executive
branch to disregard the established judicial system and domestic laws and rights, such as those guaranteed in
the Bill of Rights...
continua / continued [55558] [ 29-jun-2009 16:52 ECT ]

Sunday's Protest March Broken Up; Rafsanjani Defers to Khamenei
Juan Cole

...In a bad sign for Mousavi, his ally former president Akbar Hashimi Rafsanjani appeared to desert him on
Sunday....Rafsanjani has clearly decided to defer to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on handling the outcome of
the elections, and has come out as critical of the crowd politics and occasional turbulence they produced. As a
multi-billionaire and man of the establishment, he may well have been frightened that the massive street
rallies for Mousavi a week ago signalled a danger to the status quo, which he is attempting to preserve
continua / continued [55557] [ 29-jun-2009 16:47 ECT ]
Free Gaza Boat "Spirit of Humanity" Departs Cyprus
Free Gaza Team

The Free Gaza boat the "Spirit of Humanity" departed Cyprus at 7:30am on Monday, 29 July. Twenty-one
human rights and solidarity workers representing eleven different countries were aboard. The passengers
include Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The ship also
carries three tons of medical aid, children's toys, and rehabilitation and reconstruction kits for twenty family
homes. Over 2,400 homes were destroyed in Gaza during the Israeli massacre in December/January, 490 of
them by F-16 airstrikes, as well as 30 mosques, 29 educational institutions, 29 medical centers, 10 charitable
organizations, and 5 cement factories...
continua / continued [55556] [ 29-jun-2009 16:44 ECT ]

REALITY CHECK; ILLEGAL CHECKPOINTS IN PALESTINE NOW OPERATED BY PRIVATE
COMPANIES
Desertpeace

FOOD is now confiscated by those operating these sites. FOOD!!!! Anyone that has ever visited a Palestinian
village or city knows that mealtime is not necessarily just a family event, it is a community event. Especially
on Fridays, it is not unusual to share your meal with relatives from both sides of the family, their children, and
neighbours. It is a way of life in Palestine, a way of life that the Israelis apparently have a problem with…. a
way of life that Israelis do not want us to know about...
continua / continued [55555] [ 29-jun-2009 16:27 ECT ]
East Africa: Is Obama Following in the Disliked
Footsteps of Bush in East Africa?
Africom to Continue Under Obama

With the Obama administration set to oversee significant increases in US security assistance programmes for
African countries, Daniel Volman examines the US government's plans for its military operations on the African
continent over the coming financial year. Stressing that the US president is essentially continuing the policies
outlined under his predecessor George W. Bush, the author considers the proposed funding increases for
initiatives like the Foreign Military Financing programme and the International Military Education and Training
(IMET) programme. Pointing out that the administration is yet to offer any public explanation of its policy,
Volman concludes that it would be a mistake to assume that there will be no US military action if the situation
in Somalia deteriorates....
continua / continued [55554] [ 29-jun-2009 16:20 ECT ]

The scramble for Iraq's 'sweet oil'
By Nicole Johnston, Al Jazeera correspondent

With proven oil reserves of around 112 billion barrels and up to another 150 billion barrels of probable
reserves, Iraq is the greatest untapped prize for international oil companies. To put that in context, if Iraq does
turn out to have around 300 billion barrels of oil, it will rival the world's biggest producer Saudi Arabia - which
has around 160 billion barrels of proven reserves. So it is little wonder that giant international oil companies
are lining up to get back into Iraq after the industry was nationalised in the 1970s and the oil majors were
kicked out. On June 30 major companies - including Exxon, Shell, BP and Total - will gather at Iraq's oil
ministry in Baghdad for a two-day meeting to take part in the first bidding round for oil service contracts...
continua / continued [55553] [ 29-jun-2009 16:00 ECT ]
Selling Iran: Ahmadinejad, Privatization and a Bus Driver Who Said No
by Billy Wharton

A creeping assumption lies just beneath the surface of arguments concerning the disputed election in Iran.
Incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is cast as an anti-US populist crusader resisting the materialistic advances
of the West. His opponent, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, as his foil — a Western-backed liberal intent on implementing
free-market policies. Violent street battles have been presented as a re-enforcement of the Western disposition
to see the two idealized positions as the limit of what is politically imaginable. Such arguments conveniently
avoid a third force — the people of Iran, whose street politics threaten to move well beyond the confines of the
electoral campaigns. Questions remain. Is Ahmadinejad really a populist — the only force preventing a wave of
pro-market policies in Iran? Does Mousavi’s campaign mark the limits of the reform movement? Since his
election in 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, under the guidance of the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei,
has overseen a regime dedicated to the privatization of state-controlled industries...
continua / continued [55552] [ 29-jun-2009 15:37 ECT ]
CIA Crucified Captive In Abu Ghraib Prison
By Sherwood Ross

The Central Intelligence Agency crucified a prisoner in Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, according to a report
published in The New Yorker magazine. "A forensic examiner found that he (the prisoner) had essentially been
crucified; he died from asphyxiation after having been hung by his arms, in a hood, and suffering broken ribs,"
the magazine’s Jane Mayer writes in the magazine’s June 22nd issue. "Military pathologists classified the case
a homicide." The date of the murder was not given. "No criminal charges have ever been brought against any
C.I.A. officer involved in the torture program, despite the fact that at least three prisoners interrogated by
agency personnel died as a result of mistreatment," Mayer notes...
continua / continued [55547] [ 29-jun-2009 14:42 ECT ]
Video: Israeli incursion in Faraheen
International Solidarity Movement

Israeli forces have entered the village of Faraheen this morning and are still currently there using bulldozers to
destroy farmland. According to local villagers there are now 2 graders, 4 tanks, 2 tanks armored with canons,
2 tractors and 4 bulldozers on the farmland. The army has also ignited a fire...
continua / continued [55550] [ 29-jun-2009 15:12 ECT ]

Thousands of Pakistanis hold anti-US rally
‘Go America Go’ rally demands end to US interference
Regional Times

A mammoth 'Go America Go’ rally organized here on Sunday by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chapter
lambasted the USA for interference into Pakistani affairs and asked local rulers to shun toeing the US agenda
and keep supreme the interests of Pakistani nation and country. In a resolution, passed at the end of the Go
America Go rally, the participants demanded immediate end to the US interference in the internal affairs of
Pakistan. They said the root cause of all the problems facing Pakistan is this unwanted US meddling. The US
has even violated the sanctity of territories of Pakistan and killed thousands of innocent men, women and
children in drone and missile attacks, but the rulers instead of raising voice against this hegemony are playing
role of silent spectator...
continua / continued [55551] [ 29-jun-2009 15:24 ECT ]
Israeli soldiers poisoned well in West Bank village, say local officials
Ma'an News

Israeli soldiers poured dirt, stones and toxic chemicals in the only well in the hamlet of Khirbat Makehl near
the village of Ya’bad in the northern West Bank overnight on Saturday, according to Palestinians in the
community. The village’s official representative, Walid Hamdan, said soldiers riding in three military jeeps
entered the community overnight and sabotaged the well. The chemicals caused the water to change color and
taste, he said. The 80 cubic-meter well is the only source of water for the village of 70 to 80 families, Hamdan
said..
continua / continued [55548] [ 29-jun-2009 14:47 ECT ]
FREE AHMAD SA'ADAT AND ALL
PALESTINIAN PRISONERS!
A Letter to Ban Ki-Moon
The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, call upon you to immediately take action in defense of the
lives, health and rights of the over 11,000 Palestinian political prisoners held inside Israeli occupation jails.
This number includes numerous elected members of Palestinian Legislative Council, among them Ahmad
Sa'adat, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine; Marwan al-Barghouthi, Fateh
leader; Abdel-Aziz Dweik, Hamas leader and President of the Council, just freed after three years in prison,
and dozens of other elected political leaders, in addition to thousands of other Palestinian activists, union
members, community organizers, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters...
continua / continued [55549] [ 29-jun-2009 15:03 ECT ]
More Palestinian lands annexed for settlement construction
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC

The Al Quds newspaper reported that the Lands Registration Department at the Maaleh Adumin settlement in
East Jerusalem published advertisements in Israeli papers declaring intentions to annex nearly 139.000
Dunams claimed to be 'unregistered’. The announcement stated that the officials at the so-called State Lands
Department submitted a request register the 139.000 Dunams in the Dead Sea area under 'abandoned lands’
registry in preparation to assume control over them and use them for settlement construction...

continua / continued [55546] [ 29-jun-2009 14:09 ECT ]

An Iraqi Charade...
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues

It's well past midnight here and I am very tired...but I feel this urgency to write this post as I think it is very
important. At first I was torn between writing this post on the Iraqi charade that is due to take place on the
30th of June 09, torn between that and that of writing an equally important post on the current Iranian
charade... But I have learned to get my priorities right and since both are very much interlinked, I will start
with the most important one - Iraq. There are HUGE misconceptions surrounding U.S troop withdrawal on the
30th of June...
continua / continued [55545] [ 29-jun-2009 13:44 ECT ]
Video: Calm ends
in Iran; protesters
gather again in
streets AP

Several thousand protesters — some chanting "Where is my vote?" — clashed with riot police in Tehran on
Sunday as Iran detained local employees of the British Embassy, escalating the regime's standoff with the
West and earning it a stinging rebuke from the European Union. Witnesses said riot police used tear gas and
clubs to break up a crowd of up to 3,000 protesters who had gathered near north Tehran's Ghoba Mosque in
the country's first major post-election unrest in four days...

continua / continued [55544] [ 29-jun-2009 03:56 ECT ]
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