Posts From The Saker

Turkish Troops Chase Kurd Guerrilla into Iraq

The Turkish Incursion By PATRICK COCKBURN Several thousand Turkish troops crossed into northern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish guerrillas early Wednesday. The incursion, though limited in scope, gives the crisis in Iraq a new twist. “It is not a major offensive and the number of troops is not in the tens of thousands,” said an official in south-east Turkey where there has recently been an upsurge in activity by the

al-Sadr: US behind all of Iraq’s woes

Al-Manar TV reports that the head of Iraq’s Sadr bloc, Sayyed Moqtada al-Sadr, has said the US is responsible for all of Iraq’s woes, calling on Arab nations to help end Iraq’s suffering. In comments during an interview on Iraqi state television, Sadr said the US is behind the sectarian violence in Iraq, the schism between Iraqi ethnic groups and the country’s economic hardships. He called for a “cultural resistance”

Sunni insurgent group agrees to cease-fire with al-Qaida

Iraq New Monitor reports that a Sunni insurgent group said Wednesday it has reached a cease-fire with al-Qaida in Iraq. The claim comes as the conflict between the Islamic Army in Iraq and al-Qaida in Iraq, which is also Sunni, has intensified in recent months. Last week, the two groups were believed to have clashed in the Baghdad neighborhood of Amariyah.“This agreement is based on a cease-fire between the two

Iraqi Lawmakers Pass Resolution That May Force End to Occupation

By Raed Jarrar and Joshua Holland, AlterNetPosted on June 5, 2007,http://www.alternet.org/story/53230/ While most observers are focused on the U.S. Congress as it continues to issue new rubber stamps to legitimize Bush’s permanent designs on Iraq, nationalists in the Iraqi parliament — now representing a majority of the body — continue to make progress toward bringing an end to their country’s occupation. The parliament today passed a binding resolution that will

To bomb or not to bomb – two views

The Case for Bombing Iran: I hope and pray that President Bush will do it. BY NORMAN PODHORETZWednesday, May 30, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT Although many persist in denying it, I continue to believe that what Sept 11, 2001, did was to plunge us headlong into nothing less than another world war. I call this new war World War IV, because I also believe that what is generally known as

Neocon “crazies” endorse tactical nuclear strikes against Iran

Here is an excerpt from the latest Republican Presidential debate: ——-BLITZER: If it came down to a preemptive U.S. strike against Iran’s nuclear facility if necessary, would you authorize as president the use of tactical nuclear weapons? HUNTER: I would authorize the use of tactical nuclear weapons if there was no other way to preempt those particular centrifuges. When the Osirak reactor was hit in ’86, when the six F-18s

CIA running black propaganda operation against Iran, Syria and Lebanon, officials say

RAW STORY EXCLUSIVE REPORT: by Larisa Alexandrovna Published: Monday June 4, 2007 Some intelligence sources more wary of covert Pentagon operations The Central Intelligence Agency has received approval at least twice in the last several years to conduct an “information war” against several countries in the Middle East, including Iran, Lebanon and Syria, according to current and former intelligence officials. In addition, the Bush Administration has been running operations out

Turkey denies Web site claim of N.Iraq invasion

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s Foreign Ministry and military General Staff on Wednesday denied a Web site report that 50,000 Turkish troops had crossed into northern Iraq to crush Kurdish rebels hiding there. “This report is not true,” a Foreign Ministry source told Reuters. A General Staff official described the report as “disinformation”. The report, carried on the DEBKAfile Web site, sparked jitters among foreign investors who fear Turkish military action

Another Middle East war erupts Wednesday as 50,000 Turkish troops invade N. Iraq to strike rebel Kurdish PKK bases

June 6, 2007, 3:41 PM (GMT+02:00) DEBKAfile The official Turkish news agency Cihan reports the force, backed by armored vehicles and combat aircraft, is targeting rebel strongholds in 11 provinces in southeastern Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan Wednesday, June 6. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that this is only the first wave of Turkish invaders, with more to come. A Turkish force of 90,000 troops has been massed at the sourthern town

Kuwait opposes any military strike against Iran

US ally Kuwait said on Sunday it opposes any military strike against its Gulf neighbour Iran, and called for a negotiated settlement of the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear programme. “We are against any military strike against Iran,” National Security Agency chief Sheikh Ahmad Fahd al-Sabah told reporters. “We hope the issue will be resolved through dialogue.” He said Iran had the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, but

IAEA warns of Neocon agression plans

Did the IAEA really say that the Neocons are planning to attack Iran? Almost. The word “Neocon” was not used but was replaced by a well-known euphemism. Actually, here is what happened: IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei recently said to the BBC “I have no brief other than to make sure we don’t go into another war or that we go crazy into killing each other. You do not want to

The only thing which can prevent a Fascist President in 2008

As I have written in a previous post, the “election” of an openly Fascist President in 2008 is almost certain. The USA already has an Imperial Presidency (the politically correct term for which is “unitary executive”) and this trend will only get worse no matter which Neocon puppet gets elected in 2008. Only two candidate – Ron Paul and Mike Gravel – are real democrats (small “d”), and neither of

Keep Ron Paul in!!

“Keep Ron Paul in!” is the initiative of conservative bigwig Richard A. Viguerie who created a special website with a petition to demand that Ron Paul not be excluded from the Presidential debates. While this initiative originates from conservatives, the petition itself has options for being a concervative, liberal, moderate, libertarian or “other” and for various motives – including keeping a real, pluralistic, debate to sign the petition. Thus, this

Former Sephardi chief rabbi calls for the carpet bombing of 1.4 millions Palestinians living inside the 135 square miles of Gaza strip

Many observers critical of Israel, Zionism or Judaism point out that the object of their hostility is not the Jewish ethnicity (in fact – many of these critics are Jews themselves: Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Michael Neumann, Israel Shahak, Amy Goodman, Israel Shamir, Gilad Atzmon are just some of the better known ones), but the ideologies of Zionism or Judaism which are deeply hostile to all non-Jews. There is plenty

The truly staggering costs of US unconditional support for Israel

An increasing number of US public figures are breaking the old taboo and openly discussing the huge cost the US is paying for its unconditional support of Israel. From Michael Scheuer, to President Carter, from John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt’s to Scott Ritter, to the recent Republican Presidential debate in which Ron Paul dared to openly say that US policies in the Middle-East had something to do with the “blowback”

Don’t We Have a Constitution, Not a King?

By Marjorie Cohn, AlterNet As the nation focused on whether Congress would exercise its constitutional duty to cut funding for the war, Bush quietly issued an unconstitutional bombshell that went virtually unnoticed by the corporate media. The National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive, signed on May 9, 2007, would place all governmental power in the hands of the President and effectively abolish the checks and balances in the Constitution.

Israel’s house of horrors

Ali Abunimah writing from Chicago, USA, Live from Palestine, 30 May 2007 Debris litters the streets of Ramallah after an undercover Israeli death squad shot a 22-year-old man 24 times at close range, an event which was not reported by the mainstream press. (Elias Khayyo) Reading an account of an Israeli cabinet meeting in Ha’aretz is like a trip through a House of Horrors. Here are some choice excerpts: “Ministers

“Wiped off the Map” – The Rumor of the Century

by Arash Norouzi Across the world, a dangerous rumor has spread that could have catastrophic implications. According to legend, Iran’s President has threatened to destroy Israel, or, to quote the misquote, “Israel must be wiped off the map”. Contrary to popular belief, this statement was never made, as the following article will prove. BACKGROUND: On Tuesday, October 25th, 2005 at the Ministry of Interior conference hall in Tehran, newly elected

Rude awakening to missile-defense dream

By Scott Ritter DELMAR, N.Y. – On Christmas Eve 2004, the Russian Strategic Missile Force test fired an advanced SS-27 Topol-M road-mobile intercontinental ballistic Missile (ICBM). This test probably invalidated the entire premise and technology used in the National Missile Defense (NMD) system currently being developed and deployed by the Bush administration, and at the same time called into question the validity of the administration’s entire approach to arms control

Cindy Sheehan speaks out on Democracy Now!

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan has announced she is stepping back from her role as a leading campaigner against the Iraq war. We take a look back at how she helped galvanize the antiwar movement over the past two-and-a-half years following the death of her son Casey in Iraq. Democracy Now! looks back at Cindy Sheehan’s antiwar activism after her son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004 Cindy Sheehan has

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