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A Boycott Of Israel: Something Has Changed

by John Pilger From a limestone hill rising above Qalandia refugee camp you can see Jerusalem. I watched a lone figure standing there in the rain, his son holding the tail of his long tattered coat. He extended his hand and did not let go. “I am Ahmed Hamzeh, street entertainer,” he said in measured English. “Over there, I played many musical instruments; I sang in Arabic, English and Hebrew,

No land, by law, to the Arabs

By Michelangelo Cocco, Translated for Axis of Logic by Diego Traversa and revised by Mary Rizzo, Tlaxcala “This will be a powerful propagandistic weapon in the hands of those forces trying to de-legitimize Israel by accusing it of being an apartheid, racist system,” an internet-surfer, whose signature is Jbb, writes. Another one, Kol, instead is persuaded that “Israel is under no condition a democracy,” since “too many things carry a

Hillary The Republi-neo-Con And The Inner Party Push

by Daniel McAdams Although other bloggers have been cited elsewhere on the Barbour, Griffith PR firm move to replace Maliki with Allawi, they have all missed the point: This is NOT a Democrat plot to undermine Republican policy in Iraq, dude: This is “The Party” shifting tactics toward open conflict with Syria and Iran. Anything else is diversionary propaganda. Case in point: Barbour, Griffith is a Republican firm. No doubt

A Warning from Beirut’s No Bluff Zone

Nasrallah’s Surprise By Rannie Amiri “If you, the Zionists, are considering attacking Lebanon, I am reserving a surprise for you that will change the fate of the war and the region.” – Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, in a speech marking the end of last year’s war with Israel. “We have to take Nasrallah seriously. He has never lied.” – Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, infrastructure minister and member of Israel’s security cabinet, in reference

Saudi Arabia’s true role in the insurgency in Iraq

Saudi Arabia’s Myth of Moderation By Barbara Koeppel Almost daily, the Bush administration ratchets up the war-like rhetoric about Iran’s alleged role in destabilizing Iraq. Eerily, like the pre-Iraq War drumbeat, the U.S. press repeats the accusations with little skepticism and Congress marches in lockstep, as a new Middle East villain is marked for punishment. On Aug. 15, front-page stories in the New York Times, the Washington Post and other

Nearly 10% of the House of Representatives visiting Jerusalem in the past two weeks

From the Jewish daily Forward: Jerusalem – The summer tour season to Israel for American politicians reached its peak this month, with nearly 10% of the House of Representatives visiting Jerusalem in the past two weeks. Forty Republicans and Democrats met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in two separate rounds of intensive touring mixed with high-level policy meetings. This year’s tours came at a crucial moment, as Congress is considering

Interview of Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem

Source: Al-Ahram, 16-22/08-2007 Hizbullah`s Sheikh Naim Qasim speaks to Omayma Abdel-Latif about the resistance movement one year after the US-backed “Israeli” war on Lebanon. Sheikh Naim Qasim: There will be no fresh war in the near future between Hizbullah and “Israel”, according to the Islamic resistance movement`s deputy secretary-general. Speaking to Al-Ahram Weekly from his office in Dahiya, Beirut, Sheikh Naim Qasim said Hizbullah does not expect an imminent “Israeli”

CIA-backed Jondollah’s Iranian hostages in Pakistan released

Pakistani security forces have secured the release of 21 Iranians taken hostage by gunmen, and arrested 18 terrorists in armed clashes. Armed bandits opened fire at vehicles in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province on Sunday and took civilians hostage, according to a report by Pakistan’s private TV One from Quetta, the capital of Pakistan Baluchistan province. Pakistani security forces managed to secure the release of the Iranian hostages early Monday in

Iran preparing for war with the U.S. via Lebanon

Tehran – Iran is threatening to strike the U.S. with “stronger punches” while Hezbollah vows it is ready to become “dismembered limbs to keep Iran strong and dignified.” This will likely leave Lebanon in the crossfire. The Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Gen. Rahim Safawi (left in picture), who met Hizbullah’s deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem (right in picture) at a religious conference in Tehran, has threatened the United States

Al-Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech at Rayah Stadium on Divine Victory Festival

The full text of the victory speech given by Hizbullah Secretary General, his eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on August 14, 2007, at al-Rayah stadium. I take refuge in God from Satan the outcast, in the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, peace and prayers be upon our Lord and Seal of the Prophets Abu Kassim Mohammad the chosen and upon his infallible household, his chosen

Russia, China, Iran warn U.S. at summit

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) – The leaders of Russia, China and Iran said Thursday that Central Asia should be left alone to manage its stability and security — an apparent warning to the United States to avoid interfering in the strategic, resource-rich region. The veiled warning came at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and on the eve of major war games between Russia and China. The SCO was created

Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard says Iran wants peace

ESFAHAN, Iran, Aug 17 — The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard said Friday that his country is after the establishment of peace and stability in the Middle East.“We trust on our strong military power but Iran has a defensive strategy and we are after the establishment of peace and stability in the Middle East”, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said. The US has launched a fresh round of war-on

US Envoy Speaks Against Pullout

BAGHDAD, Aug 17 –Washington’s envoy to Iraq has claimed that pulling US troops out of the country could open the door to a “major Iranian advance” that would threaten US interests in the region. Ambassador Ryan Crocker also accused Tehran of seeking to weaken the Iraqi government so that it could “by one means or another control it”. Crocker’s allegations clash head-on with Tehran’s public support for Iraq’s government. Washington

How Jose Padilla was treated while in the Empire’s custody

US citizen Jose Padilla has been found guilty of plotting to kill people overseas and supporting terrorism. His two co-defendants, Lebanese-born Palestinian Adham Amin Hassoun and Jordanian-born Kifah Wael Jayyousi, were convicted on the same counts. Below is a detailed report from Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! news show describing what has been done to him: In a Democracy Now! national broadcast exclusive, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Angela Hegarty speaks for the

Neocon Empire torture policies before the US Supreme Court

A pending court case could expose the administration’s torture regime. by James Bovard From the first days after the Abu Ghraib photos hit the airwaves, the torture scandal has epitomized the worst of the Bush presidency. A timid media, a cowardly opposition party, and a refusal by most Americans to face the grisly facts has contained the damage since 2004. But the web of lies and lawlessness is rapidly unraveling.

One day in the “surged” Iraq

Tuesday: 572 Iraqis Killed, 6 GIs; 412 Iraqis Wounded Updated at 5:21 p.m. EDT, Aug. 15, 2007 At least 572 Iraqis were killed and 412 more wounded in the latest round of attacks, which included a major triple bombing in northern Iraq. Also, six GIs were killed and three more were wounded in separate events. One American servicemember was killed and three others were wounded during combat operations in western

Nasrallah vows colossal surprise if “Israel” attacks, Hizbullah doesn`t want another war with “Israel”

BEIRUT: Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned “Israel” on Tuesday against launching another war on Lebanon, saying any attempt to attack the country “will be faced with a colossal surprise likely to change the fate of the war and the region.” “You might say I am exercising a war of nerves … This is true yet my war of nerves is based on truthful facts and aims at avoiding any

Bush Warns Puppets Not to Praise Iran

By GARY LEUPP Hamid Karzai, hand-picked by Washington to pose as president of the broken country of Afghanistan, says his government has “very, very good, very, very close relations [and] will continue to have good relations with Iran.” He declares on CNN, “So far, Iran has been a helper” in fighting terrorism. Nuri al-Maliki, favored by Washington as the most viable prime minister to pretend to lead the bleeding country

Full Text of Sayyed Nasrallah`s Speech at Divine Victory Celebration at Baalbeck

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful Salam (Peace) be upon you oh most honorable of people, who made the glory of the nation, you were the makers of the victory, heroes of the resistance, the meaning of sacrifice and symbols of steadfastness. I bless and congratulate you for the recorded victories and those yet to come in the course of mankind’s history and that of

Neocons vs Neoliberal – is there any difference at all?

Neolibs and Neocons, United and InterchangeablePhilip Giraldi When it comes to foreign policy, particularly as it relates to the Middle East, there is not a whole lot of separation between the Democratic and Republican Parties. Republicans tend to be more bellicose in their statements, but Democrats have more than made up for that with their steely resolve to take the fight to the enemy wherever he might be. Both Republicans

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