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Will Israel release Marwan Barghouti from jail?

Big news this morning: according to Ha’aretz, Abbas will ask the Israelis to release Marwan Barghouti from jail to help Fatah struggle against Hamas. If so, that would be a rather daring but smart move by the Imperial High Command: Marwan Barghouti is a ‘next generation’ secular Palestinian leader with far more credibility that imperial stooges like Abbas. Immensely popular among Palestinians, well-spoken and articulate with the press, Barghouti has

My conversation with Scott Horton about the Middle-East

Yesterday I had the true honor and pleasure of being interviewed by Scott Horton, the fantastic Libertarian radio talk show host from Austin, Texas. His shows for Radio KAOS 95.5 in Austin are also streamed live the Internet through Antiwar Radio and are available on Scott’s excellent blog. I highly reccommend Scott’s show (his list of guests is simply fantastic) and his blog to all those who want to listen

You thought that all ADL/AIPAC-type of crazies where in the USA? Think again!

Jewish outrage over Christian sisterly plan with Bethlehem-Palestine A SYDNEY council`s decision to form a sister city relationship with Bethlehem has outraged members of the Jewish community, who say the move is akin to supporting terrorism. Marrickville Council, in Sydney`s inner west, has had an in-principle agreement since 2001 with the Palestinian city believed by some Christian scholars to have been the birthplace of Jesus Christ. The agreement is due

The bigger picture for the Middle-East

While Imperial politicians are still entertaining hopes that loud denounciations will make a difference, a “new Middle-East” (to use Condi Rice’s expression) is definintely being created by the recent events in Gaza even if it is not at all the Middle-East envisioned by the USA. The following are the main changes which have, and are still, taking place: The Arabs are not afraid of the Empire any more. Robert Fisk

American Orthodox Jew donates 1,5 million dollars to rebuild Palestinian home

by Tovah Lazaroff for the Jerusalem Post An Orthodox American Jew has donated $1.5 million to fund a campaign against the demolition of Palestinian and Beduin homes throughout Israel and the territories, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions announced on Monday. The committee plans to use those funds to rebuild as many as 300 Palestinians homes it expects to be demolished this year either by the Interior Ministry, the Jerusalem

Palestinian Affairs: Fatah’s final death blow

A commentary by Khaled Abu Toameh for the Jerusalem Post Why did the Gaza Strip fall so easily and quickly into the hands of Hamas? How come Fatah, which has more than 40,000 armed men there, was defeated despite the millions of dollars and the large amounts of weapons that it received over the past year and a half? These are only some of the questions that decision-makers in Washington

Former World Bank executive appointed Palestinian PM by Abbas

No, this is not a joke. The BBC just reported that Abbas appointed a new prime minister, Salam Fayyad, as Prime Minister of Fatah-controlled Palestine. The BBC helpfully adds that “a former World Bank executive, Mr Fayyad is a well-respected figure internationally” thereby using the code words indicating that this appointment has received the approval of Abbas’ bosses in the Imperial High Command. Wikipedia says that “he is seen as

Panic seizes clueless Imperial leaders

Looks like the Imperial High Command has been totally caught off guard by the events in Gaza. Now, a former Israeli IDF Intelligence Deputy Chief – General (ret) Yaakov Amidror says that “Hamastan in Gaza” would endanger all of Israel while the IHT reports that the Bush Administration is considering “accepting the Hamas takeover of Gaza“. While this might lead a naive person to conclude that the White House is

The myth of the so-called ‘Jewish’ Lobby laid to rest by Shmuel Rosner Chief U.S. Correspondent for Ha’aretz

(I originally posted this elsewhere on the Internet but since the I just posted an article about an investigation by the Jewish Chronicles revealing that the anti-Israeli boycott in the UK was organized by Jews, I thought I would repost this information on my blog) A ‘Jewish Lobby’ in the USA? Most definitely not one representing American Jews. Read this fascinating article from Ha’aretz: ——– Why do American Jews oppose

UK Jews and Israelis behind anti-Israel boycott

Jewish Chronicle investigation reveals Jewish, Israeli academics justify their activity as part of struggle for Palestinian rights, ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories: Named: boycott ringleaders By By Bernard Josephs and Nicole Hazan The JC today identifies the key players in the escalating British campaign to boycott Israel. Our investigation shows that many are Jewish or Israeli, and that they justify their stance as part of the struggle for Palestinian

Will the Israelis invade Gaza?

Will the Israelis invade Gaza? Knowing how utterly stupid Olmert and Peretz have proved to be, everthing is possible. But from a military point of view invading Gaza achieves nothing: you get some Israelis killed, you get lots of Palestinians killed, and then you withdraw and you leave Hamas even stronger than it was before. Besides, after the whopping the IDF took in South Lebanon I presume that the troops

The US sufffers another crushing defeat in the Middle-East

The list of US military and diplomatic defeats in its self-declared GWOT (Global War on Terror) in the Middle-East is getting longer and longer. Nobody seriously doubts that the war in Iraq is totally lost. Likewise, the war in Afghanistan is going nowhere and the CIA groomed puppet “President” Karzai can, at best, claim to be the mayor of Kabul. In fact, this is what he is called in Afghanistan.

Jerusalem: Congress Endorses the Right of Conquest

Jerusalem: Endorsing the Right of Conquest by Stephen Zunes In a flagrant attack on the longstanding international legal principle that it is illegitimate for any country to expand its territory by military means, the U.S. House of Representatives, by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, passed House Concurrent Resolution 152 congratulating Israel for its forcible “reunification of Jerusalem” and its victory in the June 1967 war. The resolution, passed by a voice

The fictional feel-good vision of the United States and its role in the world

Reinventing Terrorism for Prime Time That politicians might misrepresent their own views for reasons of expediency and to create a false, more electable persona should not surprise anyone. Senator Hillary Clinton’s uncharacteristic revelation on June 4th that she prays every day might be regarded as one such self-serving fiction, only slightly less ridiculous than her assertion that she was a Yankees fan while growing up in Chicago. At least she

509,000 names on the FBI’s “terror watch list”

ABC News report: FBI Terror Watch List ‘Out of Control’ June 13, 2007 8:55 AM A terrorist watch list compiled by the FBI has apparently swelled to include more than half a million names. Privacy and civil liberties advocates say the list is growing uncontrollably, threatening its usefulness in the war on terror. The bureau says the number of names on its terrorist watch list is classified. A portion of

The USAF’s tactics prove that the ‘Surge’ has failed

US Military Riding the Perfect (Sine) Waveby William S. Lind Looking idly at the front page of last Wednesday’s Washington Post Express as I rode the Metro to work, I received a shock. It showed a railroad station in Iraq, recently destroyed by an American air strike. So now we are bombing the railroad stations in a country we occupy? What comes next, bombing Iraq’s power plants and oil refineries?

The Neocon Threat to American Freedom

The War on Truth and Liberty By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS The Bush/Cheney White House, which told the American people in 2003 that the Iraqi invasion would be a three to six week affair, now tells us that the US occupation is permanent. Forever. Attentive Americans of which, alas, there are so few, had already concluded that the occupation was permanent. Permanence is the obvious message from the massive and fortified

Top Shia leaders in consultations

Moqtada al-Sadr visits with Ali al-Sistani (Voices of Iraq) – Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr visited, on Sunday night, top Shiite cleric ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in his office in Najaf and both discussed the latest security and political developments in Iraq, a source from Sistani’s office said. “Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr visited, today at 9:30 pm, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and both leaders discussed the political and security situation in the country,”

Secret UN report condemns US for Middle East failures

The Guardian: Envoy’s damning verdict revealed as violence takes Gaza closer to civil war The highest ranking UN official in Israel has warned that American pressure has “pummelled into submission” the UN’s role as an impartial Middle East negotiator in a damning confidential report. The 53-page “End of Mission Report” by Alvaro de Soto, the UN’s Middle East envoy, obtained by the Guardian, presents a devastating account of failed diplomacy

The Americans and Saudis are Behind Attacks in Lebanon

Reading the tea leaves: The tune being played by Westerners and their allies in the region under the guise of preserving international justice is enflaming internal dissention in the land of the Cedar [Lebanon]. Beirut: Since last Thursday, the day that the United States, France and Great Britain filed a motion at the U.N. to ensure the setting up of an international court to judge the assassins of former Lebanese

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