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Thursday  3/29/2007

British Marines Captured by Iran: Fake Maritime Boundaries  3/29/2007 Global Research 

Bush's long history of tilting Justice  3/29/2007 LA Times: "By Joseph D. Rich, JOSEPH D. RICH was chief of the voting section in the Justice Department's civil right division from 1999 to 2005. He now works for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law."

Wednesday  3/28/2007

Bush’s New US Attorney a Criminal?  3/28/2007 Greg Palast: "But the Committee missed a big one: Timothy Griffin, Karl Rove’s assistant, the President’s pick as US Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Griffin, according to BBC Television, was the hidden hand behind a scheme to wipe out the voting rights of 70,000 citizens prior to the 2004 election."

Saturday  3/24/2007

A shameful campaign by Taner Akçam  3/24/2007 Znet: "For the last year—most recently on Christmas Eve, 2006—my Wikipedia biography had been persistently vandalized by anonymous “contributors” intent on labeling me as a terrorist. The same allegations had been repeatedly scrawled, like gangland graffiti, as “customer reviews” of A Shameful Act and my other books at… The well-meaning American customs official could hardly have known the extent of the problem. Wikipedia and Amazon are but two examples. Allegations against me, posted mainly by the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA), Turkish Forum, and Tall Armenian Tale, have been copy-pasted and recycled throughout innumerable websites and e-groups ever since I arrived in America. By now, for example, my name in close proximity to the English word “terrorist” turns up in well over 10,000 web pages."

Friday  3/23/2007

topExplosive New Vote Fraud Developments Continue To Rock Ohio and Florida  3/23/2007 Common Dreams 

Thursday  3/22/2007

topUS struggles to avert Turkish intervention in northern Iraq  3/22/2007 Guardian: "But a Milliyet journalist, Kadri Gursel, said: "The US attitude has really pissed off the government and the army. The US really doesn't understand how exhausted and fed up they are.""

Tuesday  3/20/2007

topBlowback from Ohio's 2004 Stolen Election is Escalating  3/20/2007 Common Dreams: "In a bold move "to restore trust to elections in Ohio," Ohio's newly-elected Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner, has requested the resignation of all four members of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. The two Democrats and two Republicans were formally asked to resign by the close of business on March 21. Cuyahoga County includes the heavily Democratic city of Cleveland. Brunner is a Democrat who was elected to be Ohio's Secretary of State in November, 2006."

Sunday  3/18/2007

topISOG (Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group) In a Nutshell  3/18/2007 Enisen 

Iran-Syria Operations Group  3/18/2007 Sourcewatch 

Iran to hit back at US ‘kidnaps’  3/18/2007 Times, London: "“This is no longer a coincidence, but rather an orchestrated operation to shake the higher echelons of the Revolutionary Guard,” said an Israeli source. Other members of the Quds Force are said to have been seized in Irbil, in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq, by US special forces. “The capture of Quds members in Irbil was essential for our understanding of Iranian activity in Iraq,” said an American official with knowledge of the operation. One theory circulating in Israel is that a US taskforce known as the Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group (ISOG) is coordinating the campaign to take Revolutionary Guard commanders. The Iranians have also accused the United States of being behind an attack on Revolutionary Guards in Iran last month in which at least 17 were killed."

Saturday  3/17/2007

topIsrael's Last Chance by Gabriel Kolko  3/17/2007 AntiWar: "Never before has Israel been wracked by so many demoralizing scandals. The president of Israel just resigned because of rape charges against him, Prime Minister Olmert is being investigated by the comptroller’s office on four charges of corruption, the new chief of police was once accused of accepting bribes and fraud and his appointment has created an uproar, and other sordid cases too numerous to cite. Israel is "stewing in its own rot," a Haaretz writer concluded; the police, retired judge Vardi Zeiler commented after heading a committee to investigate the state’s operation, were like Sicily and the state was on its way to becoming a mafia-style regime."

Wednesday  3/14/2007

topSilence of the Lambs? Proof of US orchestration of Death Squads Killings in Iraq  3/14/2007 Global Research 

Tuesday  3/13/2007

topAl-Maliki tells aides U.S. benchmark deadline is June 30 or his ouster possible  3/13/2007 AP: "Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki fears the Americans will withdraw support for his government — effectively ousting him — if parliament does not pass a draft oil law by the end of June, close associates of the Iraqi leader told The Associated Press on Tuesday."

Colombia paramilitary scandal widens  3/13/2007 LA Times: [But no one talks about the declassified Defense Intelligence Agency memo that called Uribe a narcosenator in the 80's, a close friend of Pablo Escobar.]

Naked, bound and drunk Israeli diplomat loses job  3/13/2007 Toronto Star: "Israel has recalled its ambassador to El Salvador after he was found naked, bound and drunk, according to Israeli media reports confirmed yesterday by a government spokesperson. Long-time diplomat Tsuriel Raphael has been removed from his post and the foreign ministry is searching for a replacement, said ministry spokesperson Zehavit Ben-Hillel. Two weeks ago, El Salvador police found Raphael in the yard of his residence, tied up, gagged with a ball and drunk, Israeli media reported. He was wearing sex bondage equipment, media said."

Monday  3/12/2007

topIraq: the hidden cost of the war  3/12/2007 New Statesman: "America won't simply be paying with its dead. The Pentagon is trying to silence economists who predict that several decades of care for the wounded will amount to an unbelievable $2.5 trillion."

Bloggers vs. the Lobby - Israel’s propaganda fortress faces a surprising new challenge  3/12/2007 The American Conservative: "For within a day or two, one could read in the blogs some surprising assertions that amounted to a truth defense of Wes Clark. It seemed to come primarily from young, or comparatively young, Jewish bloggers. Observations that had been bandied about for years in private seemed to burst forth where many people could see them. This was welcome and suggests a broadening and deepening of the peace movement that so notably failed to stop the Iraq War. Suddenly there were Jewish voices talking about the Israel lobby as an established fact and, to be frank, as a bit of a problem. Significantly, these were not voices from an older and more alienated Chomskyian Left but from an American Prospect-like liberal mainstream."

Saturday  3/10/2007

topThe crumbling Hugo Chávez power equation  3/10/2007 Petroleum World 

Friday  3/9/2007

topA catalogue of errors in Afghanistan  3/9/2007 Asia Times: "Also suggesting this connection are the successful efforts to share expertise across the two theaters, with Iraq war skills in suicide attacks and improvised explosive devices being brought to bear in Afghanistan, while the Afghans' well-honed skills in attacking helicopters are emerging as part of the Iraqi insurgents' toolkit."

Thursday  3/8/2007

topHouse of Death  3/8/2007 Dallas Observer: "This is a big deal, a very big deal because of the scope and duration of the activity. For six months, you had members of the U.S. government who knew that a person on their payroll was engaging in murder, and they did nothing to stop it," says Bill Weaver, a University of Texas at El Paso law professor who has closely followed the case. "As much as they deny it, they had prior knowledge."

Wednesday  3/7/2007

topHigh-Fivers and Art Student Spies - What Did Israel Know in Advance of the 9/11 Attacks?  3/7/2007 Counterpunch 

New Mexico Measures Impact of Domenici’s, Wilson’s Calls to Prosecutors  3/7/2007 CQ Politics: "But the sudden eruption of what might be the biggest controversy of Domenici’s political career — involving reports that he tried to pressure a federal prosecutor to speed up a corruption probe of a prominent Democrat during last year’s midterm election campaign — has put Domenici’s legacy in doubt and could drastically alter New Mexico’s political landscape. Domenici is dealing with allegations that he and another New Mexico Republican, Rep. Heather A. Wilson, pressured U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias in late October to produce an anticipated indictment of former New Mexico Senate President Manny Aragon. The fact that Iglesias was one of eight U.S. attorneys fired by the Bush administration after the 2006 elections has added fuel to the political brush fire."\

Monday  3/5/2007

topTwo FBI Whistleblowers Confirm Illegal Wiretapping of Govt Officials, Support Sibel Edmonds Claims  3/5/2007 Daily Kos: "Sibel worked for this particular agent when she was at the FBI - so this illegal spying uncovered all of the criminal activity that Sibel knows about "large-scale drug deals and of selling classified military technologies to the highest bidder" - and to top it off, no action has been taken, no arrests, no idictments, and they buried the enitre case by gagging Sibel, and congress - by claiming 'national security.'"

The Redirection - Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?  3/5/2007 New Yorker: by Seymour Hersh

Sunday  3/4/2007

topWhite supremacist gang gaining clout  3/4/2007 AP: "Police say the gang has compiled a "hit list" targeting five officers and a gang prosecutor — a sign of just how brazen Public Enemy has become. "They make police officers very, very nervous," said Cpl. Nate Booth, a gang detective with the Buena Park Police Department in Orange County."

Monday  2/26/2007

topTHE REDIRECTION - Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism? by SEYMOUR M. HERSH  2/26/2007 New Yorker: "The key players behind the redirection are Vice-President Dick Cheney, the deputy national-security adviser Elliott Abrams, the departing Ambassador to Iraq (and nominee for United Nations Ambassador), Zalmay Khalilzad, and Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi national-security adviser. While Rice has been deeply involved in shaping the public policy, former and current officials said that the clandestine side has been guided by Cheney. (Cheney’s office and the White House declined to comment for this story; the Pentagon did not respond to specific queries but said, “The United States is not planning to go to war with Iran.”) The policy shift has brought Saudi Arabia and Israel into a new strategic embrace, largely because both countries see Iran as an existential threat. They have been involved in direct talks, and the Saudis, who believe that greater stability in Israel and Palestine will give Iran less leverage in the region, have become more involved in Arab-Israeli negotiations."

Sunday  2/25/2007

topPost 9/11, Islam flourishes among blacks  2/25/2007 AP: "Islam is growing fast among African Americans, who are undeterred by increased scrutiny of Muslims in the United States since the September 11 attacks, according to imams and experts. Converts within the black community say they are attracted to the disciplines of prayer, the emphasis within Islam on submission to God and the religion's affinity with people who are oppressed. Some blacks are also suspicious of U.S. government warnings about the emergence of new enemies since the 2001 attacks because of memories of how the establishment demonized civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Malcolm X."

US generals ‘will quit’ if Bush orders Iran attack  2/25/2007 Sunday Times: "SOME of America’s most senior military commanders are prepared to resign if the White House orders a military strike against Iran, according to highly placed defence and intelligence sources. Tension in the Gulf region has raised fears that an attack on Iran is becoming increasingly likely before President George Bush leaves office. The Sunday Times has learnt that up to five generals and admirals are willing to resign rather than approve what they consider would be a reckless attack."

US funds terror groups to sow chaos in Iran  2/25/2007 Telegraph 

Saturday  2/24/2007

topWhy US Shields Japan's WWII Denials  2/24/2007 Consortium News: "Together with his fellow racketeer and Class A war criminal Ryoichi Sasakawa, Kodama underwrote the creation of two Japanese political parties that later combined to form the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Except for a brief hiatus when voters had had their fill of corruption, the conservative LDP has ruled Japan ever since. According to sources cited by the Seagraves, the LDP secretly contributed to the 1960 presidential campaign of Richard M. Nixon. The LDP was not the only organization which Kodama and Sasakawa bankrolled, that lavished the gangsters’ ill-begotten wealth on American politicians. They also underwrote the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, which owns the right-wing daily, the Washington Times. When Gen. Park Chung Hee staged a coup and installed himself as South Korea’s dictator in 1961, he designated the Unification Church to be his political arm. Successive South Korean leaders have used it to influence U.S. foreign policy."

U.S. takes harder line on talks between Jerusalem, Damascus  2/24/2007 Haaretz: "The United States demanded that Israel desist from even exploratory contacts with Syria, of the sort that would test whether Damascus is serious in its declared intentions to hold peace talks with Israel. In meetings with Israeli officials recently, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was forceful in expressing Washington's view on the matter. The American argument is that even "exploratory talks" would be considered a prize in Damascus, whose policy and actions continue to undermine Lebanon's sovereignty and the functioning of its government, while it also continues to stir unrest in Iraq, to the detriment of the U.S. presence there."

Thursday  2/22/2007

topGlobal Warming: South Pacific More Vulnerable Than Thought  2/22/2007 Common Dreams 

GOP, Global Warming & Dinosaur Farts  2/22/2007 Consortium News 

Texas Congresswoman Urges Bush to Reconsider Venezuela Arms Ban  2/22/2007 Venezuela Analysis: "U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat, told reporters that she was making the first U.S. congressional visit to Venezuela since President Hugo Chavez's December re-election with the message: "I want an immediate repairing of the relations between the United States and Venezuela." Jackson Lee described Venezuela as a friendly nation that the U.S. should cooperate with and said that the F-16 jets, which are built in Texas, was an issue of concern to her constituents in Houston… She said her fact-finding mission to Venezuela was part of an effort by a new Democrat-controlled Congress to show that "Venezuela has many friends in this new Congress.""

Wednesday  2/21/2007

topMcKibben, The Real News about Global Warming  2/21/2007 New York Review of Books 

Climate Science from Climate Scientists  2/21/2007 Real Climate 

Step It Up, Climate Change Action  2/21/2007 Step it Up: This April 14th, tens of thousands of Americans will gather all across the country at meaningful, iconic places to call for action on climate change. We will hike, bike, climb, walk, swim, kayak, canoe, or simply sit or stand with banners of our call to action: Step it Up, Congress, Cut Carbon by 80% in 2050.

Monday  2/19/2007

topOne Great Big Plastic Hassle  2/19/2007 Alternet 

Iran - Ready to attack  2/19/2007 New Statesman: "Any US general planning to attack Iran can now assume that at least 10,000 targets can be hit in a single raid, with warplanes flying from the US or Diego Garcia. In the past year, unlimited funding for military technology has taken "smart bombs" to a new level. New "bunker-busting" conventional bombs weigh only 250lb. According to Boeing, the GBU-39 small-diameter bomb "quadruples" the firepower of US warplanes, compared to those in use even as recently as 2003. A single stealth or B-52 bomber can now attack between 150 and 300 individual points to within a metre of accuracy using the global positioning system. With little military effort, the US air force can hit the last-known position of Iranian military units, political leaders and supposed sites of weapons of mass destruction. One can be sure that, if war comes, George Bush will not want to stand accused of using too little force and allowing Iran to fight back. "Global Strike" means that, without any obvious signal, what was done to Serbia and Lebanon can be done overnight to the whole of Iran."

Sunday  2/18/2007

topCheap solar power poised to undercut oil and gas by half  2/18/2007 Telegraph 

Saturday  2/17/2007

topMoon/Bush 'Ongoing Crime Enterprise'  2/17/2007 Consortium News: "Benefiting from relationships with the Bush family and other prominent Republicans, Moon’s Unification Church slips away from one illegal scheme after another – despite overwhelming evidence and first-person admissions about the systematic pattern of the criminality. Somehow U.S. authorities never put two and two together. Even Moon’s 1982 felony conviction for tax evasion arising from an earlier money-laundering scheme and public confessions from his ex-daughter-in-law and other church insiders about later financial conspiracies don’t clue in the feds to the bigger picture before them. So, while prosecutors mostly look the other way, Moon continues to pour an estimated $100 million a year into his influential Washington Times newspaper and other pro-Republican media outlets. Additional millions have gone to fund right-wing political conferences; to pay speaking fees to world leaders, such as former President George H.W. Bush; and to bail political allies out of financial troubles."

Percussion bomb explodes in Iranian city where 11 Revolutionary Guards killed  2/17/2007 Raw Story: "The electricity in the residential complex was cut following the explosion and the clashes, the agency said, without giving a reason. It was not clear if all the suspected militants were arrested. It has a substantial Baluch community, a minority Sunni Muslim group. According to unconfirmed website reports, Wednesday's attack was claimed by a shadowy Sunni militant group, Jundallah, which has been blamed for a string of armed incidents in the volatile province."

Thursday  2/15/2007

topDid "Bogotá Connection" Embassy Leaks Doom U.S. Spy Plane in Colombia?  2/15/2007 Narco News 

Saturday  2/10/2007

topISRAEL AND IRAN – AND THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION  2/10/2007 Defense and the National Interest: "The only security Israel can have will be a result of its signing peace accords with the Palestinians and the neighboring countries. It is no more likely than the U. S. to defeat its enemies on the field of battle and its arms have been neutralized. The war in Lebanon was only an augury of the decisive limits of its military power. It is this context that secret Israeli talks with Syria have enormous significance. They began in January 2004 in Turkey with the approval of Sharon, moving on to Switzerland, where the Swiss Foreign Office played the role of intermediary. By August 2005 they had reached a very advanced form and covered territorial, water, border and political questions. Details remained to be ironed out but they were a quantum leap in solving one of the region's crucial problems. When the Baker-Hamilton Study Group filed its recommendations last December, negotiations with Syria were especially stressed – a point he reiterated when he testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations last January 30th. Baker undoubtedly knew about the secret talks and Syria's explicit statements it wished to break with radical Islamic movements and was ready to discuss its ties with Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas. These nominally secret talks were made public on January 8, 2007 when Egypt president Hosni Mubarak accused the United States in an interview with an Israeli paper of obstructing peace between Israel and Syria. Ha'aretz' Akiva Eldar then published a series of extremely detailed accounts, including the draft accord, confirming that Syria 'offered a far reaching and equitable peace treaty that would provide for Israel's security and is comprehensive – and divorce Syria from Iran and even create a crucial distance between it and Hezbollah and Hamas. The Bush Administration's role in scuttling any peace accord was decisive. C. David Welch, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, sat in at the final meeting, and two former senior CIA officials were present in all of these meetings and sent regular reports to Vice President Dick Cheney's office. The press has been full of details on how the American role was decisive because it has war, not peace, at the top of its agenda."

Friday  2/9/2007

topIran, Venezuela to begin direct flights  2/9/2007 AP 

"If We Have to Die For Our Lands, We Will Die" - Bombing Venezuela's Indians  2/9/2007 Counterpunch: "During the indigenous protest in Caracas, Cesáreo Panapaera, a Yukpa leader, declared, "We want the government to hear us: we don't want coal. Here are our bows and arrows, and we will use them against the miners if they come to our lands. And if we have to die fighting for our lands, we will die." "

Thursday  2/8/2007

topVenezuela to help finance Bolivia's coca production  2/8/2007 LA Times 

Tuesday  2/6/2007

topA troubled U.S. military presence on Ecuador’s coast  2/6/2007 AP 

Monday  2/5/2007

topInsurgents may have new anti-aircraft weapon  2/5/2007 Guardian: "American military commanders in Iraq have been forced to adopt new security tactics in the wake of a fresh threat from insurgents after it was confirmed that all four US helicopters that have crashed there in the past two weeks were brought down by ground fire. The crashes raise concerns that insurgents, who have proved highly innovative in warfare, have acquired new weaponry. Twenty Americans, including 16 soldiers and four civilians working for a security company, died in the crashes."

Sunday  2/4/2007

topMethane Burps: Ticking Time Bomb  2/4/2007 Energy Bulletin: published 12/04

Oceans and climate  2/4/2007 Energy Bulletin: published 7/06

Saturday  2/3/2007

topEuless tries to block Santeria lawsuit  2/3/2007 Dallas Morning News: "The city of Euless has asked a federal judge to dismiss a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by a Santeria priest who wants to sacrifice animals at his home. The priest, Jose Merced, sued the city in December after police and permit officials told him he couldn't kill goats for an initiation ceremony."

The “Scooter” Libby Trial and Uranium from Africa, Part 3: Show Me Your Accord and I’ll Show You Mine  2/3/2007 FireDogLake 

Thursday  2/1/2007

topMahdi Army gains strength through unwitting aid of U.S.  2/1/2007 McClatchy: "The U.S. military drive to train and equip Iraq's security forces has unwittingly strengthened anti-American Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia, which has been battling to take over much of the capital city as American forces are trying to secure it. U.S. Army commanders and enlisted men who are patrolling east Baghdad, which is home to more than half the city's population and the front line of al-Sadr's campaign to drive rival Sunni Muslims from their homes and neighborhoods, said al-Sadr's militias had heavily infiltrated the Iraqi police and army units that they've trained and armed."

Wednesday  1/31/2007

topUS 'victory' against cult leader was 'massacre'  1/31/2007 Independent: "There are growing suspicions in Iraq that the official story of the battle outside Najaf between a messianic Iraqi cult and the Iraqi security forces supported by the US, in which 263 people were killed and 210 wounded, is a fabrication. The heavy casualties may be evidence of an unpremeditated massacre. A picture is beginning to emerge of a clash between an Iraqi Shia tribe on a pilgrimage to Najaf and an Iraqi army checkpoint that led the US to intervene with devastating effect. The involvement of Ahmed al-Hassani (also known as Abu Kamar), who believed himself to be the coming Mahdi, or Messiah, appears to have been accidental. The story emerging on independent Iraqi websites and in Arabic newspapers is entirely different from the government's account of the battle with the so-called "Soldiers of Heaven", planning a raid on Najaf to kill Shia religious leaders."

Iran May Have Trained Attackers That Killed 5 American Soldiers, U.S. and Iraqis Say  1/31/2007 NYT: "The Karbala operation involved 9 to 12 armed militants and at least five sport utility vehicles, the American military has said. The initial attack on the compound killed one American soldier and damaged three Humvees, the military said. But what has caught the attention of investigators is the way the convoy of S.U.V.’s was able to give the impression that it was American and slip through Iraqi checkpoints unchallenged. An American military official said all possibilities were being explored, with the focus on whom the United States can trust, even among senior Iraqi officials, in the Karbala area."

Three US rap stars denounce the September 11th lie  1/31/2007 Voltaire Net 

Tuesday  1/30/2007

topAnd Most Americans Don't Know - An Iron Curtain is Descending  1/30/2007 Counterpunch: "It is clear from my experience--as well as that of U.S. Green Party and peace activists barred from entering Canada during anti-globalization demonstrations two years ago, that a million or more former peaceniks and other radicals will now see more and more attempts to keep them at home… Aside from the expense of passports, which puts the usual strain on low-income people, having to have passports even to go and come from Canada or Mexico will limit a very large number of Americans from international travel, period. With the passport requirement, several huge new segments of the American population will be unable to travel abroad, even on day-trips from Detroit to Windsor, Buffalo to Niagra Falls, or Calexico to Mexicali."

Sunday  1/28/2007

topMinutemen Suspected in Border Shootings  1/28/2007 IndyMedia LA: published 7/05

America ‘poised to strike at Iran’s nuclear sites’ from bases in Bulgaria and Romania  1/28/2007 Sunday Herald 

The Strategy of Tension - NATO’s Hidden Terrorism  1/28/2007 Voltaire Net: "Daniele Ganser, professor of contemporary history at Bale University (France) and chairman of the ASPO - Switzerland, published a landmark book about "NATO’s Secret Armies." According to him, during the last 50 years the United States have organized bombings in Western Europe that they have falsely attributed to the left and the extreme left with the purpose of discrediting them in the eyes of their voters. This strategy is still present today, inspiring fear for the Islam and justifying wars on oil."

Thursday  1/25/2007

top2 election workers convicted in '04 tally  1/25/2007 Plain Dealer: "A jury found two Cuyahoga County elections workers guilty Wednesday of charges that they skirted Board of Elections procedures to thwart a countywide ballot recount after the divisive 2004 presidential election. The jury convicted Kathleen Dreamer, 40, of Cleveland and Jacqueline Maiden, 59, of Richmond Heights on one felony and one misdemeanor each. They each had been charged with seven counts and were exonerated on five apiece, including all charges that they knowingly conspired to break the law and violate their duties. Instead, they were found guilty of being criminally negligent."

Wednesday  1/24/2007

topIran Must Get Ready to Repel a Nuclear Attack by General Leonid Ivashov  1/24/2007 Global Research: "Today, the probability of a US aggression against Iran is extremely high. It does remain unclear, though, whether the US Congress is going to authorize the war. It may take a provocation to eliminate this obstacle (an attack on Israel or the US targets including military bases). The scale of the provocation may be comparable to the 9-11 attack in NY. Then the Congress will certainly say “Yes” to the US President."

Sunday  1/21/2007

topMoves Toward War with Iran: We Must Stop This  1/21/2007 Common Dreams: "Once again, the public case for war is bogus. The CIA's best estimate is that Iran could not develop a nuclear weapon for another ten years, assuming it wants to. No evidence that Iran is providing support to Iraqi insurgents has been made public. And now it has been reconfirmed that Vice-President Dick Cheney dismissed an Iranian offer of peace in 2003, with the Iranians offering the same concessions that the White House now claims to be seeking. Iran is not like Iraq was before the 2003 invasion. Iraq had been stripped of any ability to defend itself through war and 12 years of regular bombing and sanctions. (Those sanctions also killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis by devastating public health infrastructure.) Iran could defend itself. Any attack from the U.S. or Israel would consist of bombing and missile attacks, rather than ground troops. The immediate number of people killed would certainly be in the thousands. Iranian retaliation could increase that number and create economic shockwaves throughout the world."

The Unthinkable: The US- Israeli Nuclear War on Iran Selected Global Research Articles  1/21/2007 Global Research 

Friday  1/19/2007

topBush Orders More CIA Activity in Venezuela  1/19/2007 Venezuela Analysis: "During a briefing before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Intelligence, current CIA chief General Michael V. Hayden revealed President George W. Bush had requested his agency “pay more attention” to the activities of President Hugo Chávez and his government in Venezuela."

Wednesday  1/17/2007

topPedophile Inc.  1/17/2007 Cleveland Scene: "Two months later, a Mexican television station received tapes of phone calls between Nacif and top Mexican officials -- including the governor of Puebla -- discussing plans to have Cacho raped. In one, the governor of Puebla is heard telling Nacif that "I finished nailing that fucking bitch yesterday. I told her that in Puebla the law is respected . . . I sent her a message; now let's see how she responds." Nacif responds that "a beautiful bottle of cognac" is on its way as a thank-you present. When the tapes aired, Mexico's federal government intervened, charging Nacif and other government officials with crimes against the state… The U.S. didn't bother to wait for Cacho's trial before sending Succar back to Mexico. Last July, U.S. District Judge David Duncan ordered his extradition. It's hard to tell how much Duncan knew before making his decision, since he declined comment for this story. Prosecutor Reid Pixler is currently in Iraq. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Arizona said he was unavailable for comment. In an e-mail sent to Cikraji in March of 2004, Pixler assured the professor that the Department of Justice was working hard on the case. Trying to find out what happened to the children allegedly sent to the States is a "great deal like trying to find a needle in a haystack," Pixler warned. But the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children doesn't know anything about the case, says spokeswoman Barbara Petito. "Law enforcement might still be investigating it," she suggests. To this day, however, no U.S. agent has ever contacted Caamel, Cikraji alleges. After Scene repeatedly questioned government officials, the FBI declared two weeks ago that it would launch a probe."

Saturday  1/13/2007

top14 Carter Center Board Members Resign  1/13/2007 AP: "Fourteen members of an advisory board to Jimmy Carter's human rights organization resigned on Thursday to protest his new book, which has been attacked as unfairly critical of Israel and riddled with inaccuracies."

Thursday  1/11/2007

topThreat to scrap Bolivian constitutional body  1/11/2007 FT: "Bolivia’s leftwing government is threatening to scupper an assembly to rewrite the country’s constitution and has lent its support to violent street protests aimed at forcing out an elected opposition regional leader, renewing concerns over President Evo Morales’s reform programme."

Did the President Declare "Secret War" Against Syria and Iran?  1/11/2007 Washington Nore: "Washington intelligence, military and foreign policy circles are abuzz today with speculation that the President, yesterday or in recent days, sent a secret Executive Order to the Secretary of Defense and to the Director of the CIA to launch military operations against Syria and Iran."

Wednesday  1/10/2007

topDisasters in Iraq, Haiti and Jamaica  1/10/2007 Black Agenda Report: "On Thursday I was the keynote speaker at an assemblage of Maroons convened by the Council of Overseas Maroons – COOM. The conference was attended by Maroons from here and abroad and by distinguished scholars, foremost among them Dr. June Besson, a ‘brown’ Jamaican, Reader in Anthropology at Goldsmith’s College in London. Dr. Besson has been studying Accompong Maroon culture for nearly two decades and she has written and is writing about what she has found. She is a fierce defender of Maroon autonomy and the principle that they have a culture which should be respected and made known to the world."

The Profits of Escalation - Why the US is Not Leaving Iraq  1/10/2007 Counterpunch 

Tuesday  1/9/2007

topVenezuelan Plan Shakes Investors  1/9/2007 NYT 

Monday  1/8/2007

topBush's Rush to Armageddon  1/8/2007 Consortium News: "George W. Bush has purged senior military and intelligence officials who were obstacles to a wider war in the Middle East, broadening his options for both escalating the conflict inside Iraq and expanding the fighting to Iran and Syria with Israel’s help."

Israelis denounce reports of plan to strike Iran  1/8/2007 Telegraph 

Sunday  1/7/2007

topDemocrats: Nuclear Iran unacceptable  1/7/2007 Jerusalem Post: "Iran with nuclear weapons is unacceptable, new House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told The Jerusalem Post hours after entering the party leadership position. The Maryland Democrat said the view is shared by his party, rejecting assertions that the Democrats would be weaker than the Republicans on Iran. He also said that the use of force against Teheran remained an option. Hoyer, second only in the hierarchy of the House of Representatives to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is charged with articulating and strategizing on party policy. He spoke to the Post on Thursday, the opening day of the 110th Congress, after making an appearance at the National Jewish Democratic Council reception honoring the six new Jewish members of Congress."

Revealed: Israel plans nuclear strike on Iran  1/7/2007 London Times: "Israeli and American officials have met several times to consider military action. Military analysts said the disclosure of the plans could be intended to put pressure on Tehran to halt enrichment, cajole America into action or soften up world opinion in advance of an Israeli attack. Some analysts warned that Iranian retaliation for such a strike could range from disruption of oil supplies to the West to terrorist attacks against Jewish targets around the world."

Saturday  1/6/2007

topIsrael's Bad Influence  1/6/2007 AntiWar: "Scott Ritter, a former U.N. arms inspector in Iraq, has written a book, Target Iran, in which he accuses the Israeli government and its American lobby of pushing the U.S. into attacking Iran. Ritter writes, "Let there be no doubt: If there is an American war with Iran, it is a war that was made in Israel." He accuses some members of the lobby of dual loyalty and urges that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee be required to register as a foreign agent. He also blasts the Israeli lobby for its use of the Holocaust and for crying anti-Semite every time Israel is criticized. "This is a sickening trend that must be ended," he writes."

Friday  1/5/2007

topOrigin of pingo-like features on the Beaufort Sea shelf and their possible relationship to decomposing methane gas hydrates  1/5/2007 American Geophysical Union: discusses methane hydrate release in the ocean.

Beltway Insiders Versus Neo-Cons - Clash of the Elites  1/5/2007 Counterpunch: "A titanic power struggle is being waged within the policy elite or power elite, or more simply the U.S. ruling class. The clash is taking place over the war on Iraq, U.S. policy toward Israel--and ultimately over the best way to run the U.S. empire. The war on Iraq is shaping up as such a disaster for the empire that it can no longer be tolerated by our rulers in its present form. The struggle is as plain as the nose on your face; nevertheless it draws little comment. One reason is that we are taught to view matters political through the prism of Democrat versus Republican, whereas this struggle among our rulers cuts across party lines. On the "Left," few so much as allude to this internecine war, much less use it to good effect. This is apparently due to a very rigid, very dogmatic view of how empires function, indeed how they "must" function, and due to a fear of being labeled anti-semitic and thus running afoul of the Israeli Lobby. In many cases this silence reflects an actual sympathy among "liberals" for neocon foreign policy, either out of a latter day do-gooder version of the White Man's Burden, or an attachment to Israel."

President of Venezuela Fires Deputy and Interior Minister  1/5/2007 NYT: "President Hugo Chávez abruptly fired his vice president and his interior minister on Wednesday night, issuing a rare public acknowledgment that violent crime and prison killings were severe problems. Mr. Chávez, who announced the dismissals in a telephone call to a talk show on state television, cited grisly prison melees and an inability to prevent a rapid increase in killings as reasons for the removal of Jesse Chacón as the minister of the interior and justice. Mr. Chávez did not give a reason for firing José Vicente Rangel, long one of his closest confidants, as vice president. “There are failings in internal security and infrastructure,” Mr. Chávez said, referring in particular to the clashes this week between rival gangs at Uribana Prison in western Lara State that left 16 inmates dead. An additional six inmates from Uribana were killed after being transferred to another prison in Portuguesa State. Twenty-five inmates have been killed this week in prisons across Venezuela. Mr. Chávez also cited “violence in the streets” in dismissing Mr. Chacón, who was presiding over an effort to reform Venezuela’s police forces. Violent crime ranks in polls as the top concern of Venezuelans amid an increase in kidnappings and killings. Homicides are up 67 percent since 1999, when the Chávez presidency began, and the country has one of the highest rates of gun-related deaths in the world, according to Unesco."

Thursday  1/4/2007

topThe New Top Spy Negroponte's likely replacement makes civil libertarians nervous.  1/4/2007 Newsweek: "Still, some of McConnell's longtime associations may cause him headaches during Senate confirmation hearings, especially with the Democrats taking over Congress. One such tie is with another former Navy admiral John Poindexter, the former Iran-contra figure who started the controversial "Total Information Awareness" program at the Pentagon in 2002. The international consultancy that McConnell has worked at for a decade as a senior vice president, Booz Allen Hamilton, won contracts worth $63 million on the TIA "data-mining" program, which was later cancelled after congressional Democrats raised questions about invasion of privacy. McConnell will be named by week's end to replace John Negroponte, who will move on to become Condoleezza Rice's deputy secretary of State, according to a White House official who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. While his role in the TIA program is unlikely to derail McConnell's nomination, spokespeople for some leading Democratic senators such as Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Ron Wyden of Oregon, say it will be examined carefully. McConnell was a key figure in making Booz Allen, along with Science Applications International Corp., the prime contractor on the project, according to officials in the intelligence community and at Booz Allen who would discuss contracts for data mining only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. "I think Poindexter probably respected Mike and probably entrusted the TIA program to him as a result," said a longtime associate of McConnell's who worked at NSA with him."

W pushes envelope on U.S. spying  1/4/2007 NY Daily News: "President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant, the Daily News has learned. The President asserted his new authority when he signed a postal reform bill into law on Dec. 20. Bush then issued a "signing statement" that declared his right to open people's mail under emergency conditions. That claim is contrary to existing law and contradicted the bill he had just signed, say experts who have reviewed it."


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