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Friday  9/14/2007

Despite Backlash, Many Jews Are Questioning Israel  9/14/2007 AntiWar 

La Historia de Venezuela plagada de ideas racistas  9/14/2007 Aporrea 

McCain To MoveOn: Get Out - Senator Blasts Anti-War Group In New Hampshire  9/14/2007 CBS 

North Korea-Syria nuclear ties: déjà vu all over again?  9/14/2007 Foreign Policy 

Israel and Censorship at Harvard  9/14/2007 Harvard Crimson: [by J. Lorand Matory ’82, professor of anthropology and of African and African-American studies.] "In my country, people tremble in the fear of losing their friends, jobs, advertising revenues, campaign contributions, and alumni donations if they question Zionism or Israeli policy—despite the billions of our tax dollars paid annually for Israel’s defense and sustenance. Even the Israeli military hosts freer debates about this issue than any U.S. university does. One result: Israel has now withdrawn from Gaza, an action that Summers slammed Harvard and MIT professors as anti-Semitic for even contemplating."

The Octopus in the Cathedral of Salt  9/14/2007 Virginia Quarterly Review: [The Octopus is United Fruits, renamed Chiquita Brands to avoid the connotations of its monstruous history, some of which is discussed in this article. The Cathedral of Salt is a famous cathedral in Bogota.] - "Although the FARC is involved deeply in the business, it is the right-wing AUC that worked closely with the cartels to organize the smuggling system. Coca growers, who are usually poor peasants or campesinos, earn the least of all… In a front-page deal reached with the US government this year, Chiquita pleaded guilty to making millions of dollars in payments to a group on the State Department list of foreign terrorist organizations: the AUC. Lawyers for the company argued that they were forced into the making payments out of fear for the safety of its workers. Chiquita also admitted that they had a similar arrangement with the FARC. The result of the plea deal was a $25 million fine for a business that earned $3.9 billion in revenue in 2006, and there were no charges filed over the weapons shipment. It is not surprising that Chiquita Brands was forced to make protection payments to armed groups operating around their plantations, but that is not the entire story."

Wednesday  9/12/2007

topFox analyst: Germany's actions leave us 'no choice' but to bomb Iran  9/12/2007 Global Research 

USAID in Bolivia and Venezuela: The Silent Subversion  9/12/2007 Venezuela Analysis: by Eva Golinger

Monday  9/10/2007

topSeptember 11: What You “Ought Not to Know”  9/10/2007 Greg Palast: "The secret memo released agents to hunt down two members of the bin Laden family operating a “suspected terrorist organization” in the USA. It was dated September 13, 2001 — two days too late for too many. What the memo indicates, corroborated by other sources, was that the agents had long wanted to question these characters … but could not until after the attack. By that time, these bin Laden birds had flown their American nest. Back to the high-level agent. I pressed him to tell me exactly which investigations were spiked. None of this interview dance was easy, requiring switching to untraceable phones. Ultimately, the insider said, “Khan Labs.” At the time, our intelligence agencies were on the trail of Pakistan’s Dr. Strangelove, A.Q. Khan, who built Pakistan’s bomb and was selling its secrets to the Libyans. But once Bush and Condoleeza Rice’s team took over, the source told us, agents were forced to let a hot trail go cold. Specifically, there were limits on tracing the Saudi money behind this “Islamic bomb.” Then we made another call, this time to an arms dealer in the Mideast. He confirmed that his partner attended a meeting in 1995 at the 5-star Hotel Royale Monceau in Paris where, allegedly, Saudi billionaires agreed to fund Al Qaeda fanatics. We understood it to be protection money, not really a sign of support for their attacks. Nevertheless, rule number one of investigation is “follow the money” — but the sheiks’ piggy banks were effectively off-limits to the US agents during the Bush years. One of the men in the posh hotel’s meeting of vipers happens to have been a Bush family business associate."

A Zionist Boy Reads the Prophets—How I came to critique the Israel Lobby  9/10/2007 Tikkun: long article by the editor of Tikkun

Saturday  9/8/2007

topU.S. Staging Nukes for Iran?  9/8/2007 Global Research: "Barksdale Air Force Base is being used as a jumping off point for Middle East operations. Gee, why would we want cruise missile nukes at Barksdale Air Force Base. Can’t imagine we would need to use them in Iraq. Why would we want to preposition nuclear weapons at a base conducting Middle East operations? His final point was to observe that someone on the inside obviously leaked the info that the planes were carrying nukes. A B-52 landing at Barksdale is a non-event. A B-52 landing with nukes. That is something else. Now maybe there is an innocent explanation for this? I can’t think of one. What is certain is that the pilots of this plane did not just make a last minute decision to strap on some nukes and take them for a joy ride."

L’US Army et Tsahal forment l’armée colombienne à la torture  9/8/2007 VoltaireNet: "Les forces armées colombiennes sont assistées de conseillers militaires israéliens et états-uniens pour réprimer la rébellion marxiste-léniniste des FARC a indiqué Juan Manuel Santos, ministre de la Défense, au quotidien Semana [1]. Il s’agit principalement de la sous-traitance et de la formation aux « techniques spéciales d’interrogatoires », c’est-à-dire à la torture. Ce contrat a été négocié par l’ancien ministre travailliste israélien Shlomo Ben Ami, actuel vice-président du Centre international de Tolède pour la paix (CIT Pax), un think tank qui prétend aider à la résolution des conflits en Colombie. Dans les années 60, le Pentagone avait créé deux écoles de torture, l’une à Taiwan (Political Warfare Cadres Academy), l’autre à Panama (School of Americas), rendue célébre par le film de Constantin Costa-Gavras, État de siège. Fermées par le président Clinton, ces institutions ont été reconstituées par l’US Army à Bagram (Afghanistan) et Guantanamo (Cuba). Outre des cours sur place, elles proposent maintenant des assistances à l’étranger en partenariat avec des officiers israéliens ayant développé leur savoir-faire en Palestine occupée."

Traffickers Infiltrate Military in Colombia Officers Provided Secret Information On U.S. Navy Ships  9/8/2007 WaPo: "An investigation by the Colombian Defense Ministry has found that drug traffickers and rebels from the country's largest guerrilla group infiltrated the U.S.-backed military here, paying high-ranking officers for classified information to help elude capture and continue smuggling cocaine. The information obtained by the powerful Norte del Valle drug cartel included the secret positioning of U.S. naval vessels and aircraft in the Caribbean early last year, part of a carefully coordinated web designed to stop cocaine from reaching the United States, according to high-ranking Colombian military officials. The cartel is headed by Diego Montoya, who is on the FBI's list of most wanted fugitives… Colombian authorities have passed on their findings, particularly the navigational charts, to the Drug Enforcement Administration and other U.S. agencies. The Colombian military does not track the coordinates of U.S., Dutch or British ships on patrol, suggesting there had been a breach in American security… The investigation into the activities of rogue officers in the Third Division has shed light on a murky episode from 2006 that angered Colombian officials and raised questions among U.S. lawmakers. On May 22, a platoon of troops ambushed and killed 10 members of an elite, U.S.-trained team of policemen that was on a counter-drug operation in the town of Jamundi. Authorities now say that army Col. Bayron Carvajal and several soldiers -- all of whom were arrested last year -- were probably in the pay of the Norte del Valle cartel. "You can presume that Jamundi is connected to the penetration of the Third Brigade," Santos said, "because of where it happened, because of the ties to narco-trafficking."

Friday  9/7/2007

topOuting the 'Israel Lobby'  9/7/2007 AntiWar: "They also argue that the lobby acts on its own, and sometimes even against the express interests and policy of the Israeli government. That may be due, in large part, to the fact that the institutional leadership of the lobby is comprised of individuals and organizations whose views are more closely associated with those of the right-wing Likud party in Israel."

Bush Supresses "Impeach Bush" Press conference  9/7/2007 Global Research: "Less than 18 hours ago, National Park Service Police turned a September 15 Press Conference, held in front of the White House, into a chaotic scene. On the pretext that there was no permit for a three foot long folding table that the media placed their microphones on, the police intervened in the middle of the press conference to announce that it was an unpermitted activity. Three people were arrested and are still being held in jail. They include Adam Kokesh, an Iraq war veteran; Tina Richards of Grassroots America; and Ian Thompson an ANSWER Coalition organizer. The Parks Police even rode a horse directly into the crowd of reporters and shocked onlookers. The National Parks Police is an agency in the Interior Department whose Secretary is a member of George W. Bush's cabinet. In recent weeks September 15 organizers have been fined more than $30,000 for putting up posters promoting the September 15 March on Washington."

Bin Laden says Bush repeating Soviet mistakes  9/7/2007 Reuters: "So in answer to the question about the causes of the Democrats' failure to stop the war, I say: they are the same reasons which led to the failure of former president (John F.) Kennedy to stop the Vietnam war. Those with real power and influence are those with the most capital," bin Laden said. "And since the democratic system permits major corporations to back candidates, be they presidential or congressional, there shouldn't be any cause for astonishment -- and there isn't any -- in the Democrats' failure to stop the war," he says."

Tuesday  9/4/2007

top'Poll win' for Jamaica opposition  9/4/2007 BBC 

Sunday  9/2/2007

topChavez says he could govern until 2027  9/2/2007 AP 

Will President Bush bomb Iran?  9/2/2007 Telegraph, UK: "In the meantime, administration officials are studying the lessons of the recent war game, which was set up to devise a way of weathering an economic storm created by war with Iran. Computer modelling found that if Iran closed the Straits of Hormuz, it would nearly double the world price of oil, knock $161 billion off American GDP in a single quarter, cost one million jobs and slash disposable income by $260 billion a quarter. The war gamers advocated deploying American oil reserves - good for 60 days - using military force to break the blockade (two US aircraft carrier groups and half of America's 277 warships are already stationed close to Iran), opening up oil development in Alaska, and ending import tariffs on ethanol fuel. If the government also subsidised fuel for poorer Americans, the war-gamers concluded, it would mitigate the financial consequences of a conflict. The Heritage report concludes: "The results were impressive. The policy recommendations eliminated virtually all of the negative outcomes from the blockade.""

Pentagon ‘three-day blitz’ plan for Iran  9/2/2007 Times Magazine: "THE Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert. Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for “pinprick strikes” against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military,” he said."

Saturday  9/1/2007

topForeign Agents: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee from the 1963 Fulbright Hearings to the 2005 Espionage Scandal By Grant F. Smith  9/1/2007 American Council on Middle East Policy: "Grant F. Smith's new book, Foreign Agents, decisively pushes this debate forward and shows just how brazen and criminal the lobby has acted since its beginnings. Smith traces the development of AIPAC from its early days under founder Si Kenen, who in 1947 registered with the US Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act as an employee of the American Zionist Committee for Public Affairs. He was representing himself then as an agent working for Israel. He continued to register as a foreign agent during the late forties and fifties, working for various organizations funded by the Israel government, but in 1959, the name of the American Zionist Committee was changed to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to better reflect, as Kenen said, that it "raised its funds from both Zionists and non-Zionists." Its focus of work never changed, which was to promote the cause of Israel in both the executive and legislation branches of government, yet the organization no longer filed as a foreign agent. AIPAC eventually developed an extensive grassroots national network of organizations that engaged in all manner of illegal activities, from transgressing federal elections laws, to economic and industrial espionage, to flouting congressional laws regarding the use of arms exported to foreign countries, and passing classified and secret information to the Israeli government via the Israeli embassy in Washington. In 2005, after a nine-year investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, two of AIPAC's top officials were arrested for espionage, and the role that AIPAC played over the years as a covert agent for Israel was given unusual light. The book uses as a primary source the historic and remarkable hearings that Senator William Fulbright held in 1963 to investigate the "activities of agents of foreign principals in the United States." The Committee's aim was to look at the work of all organizations working on behalf of foreign countries, but in the process it discovered that the American Zionist Committee (AZC) was funded by the Jewish Agency, an arm of the Israeli government, and by the Israeli embassy, although its principals were not registered as foreign agents. The hearings disclosed the secret world of the AZC and the Jewish Agency, finding a pattern of money laundering that became a hallmark of AIPAC in the years to come. Both the Agency and the embassy typically hid the support that they provided by using private foundations and individuals as fronts so that it would appear the AZC was funded by American, not foreign, sources. Thus they bypassed the terms of the Foreign Agent Registration Act and sought to obscure their aim, which was to represent the interests of the Israeli government."

Ex-US diplomat pleads not guilty to threatening Lebanese, Arabs  9/1/2007 Daily Star, Lebanon: "This is Patrick Syring," he said in a voicemail to the AAI on July 17, 2006, at around 11:17 p.m., according to the indictment. "The only good Lebanese is a dead Lebanese. The only good Arab is a dead Arab. Long live the IDF. Death to Lebanon and death to the Arabs." - [like many Americans, this person cannot get beyond US Indian Wars, despite the very different demographic circumstances.]

Benazir’s threat breathes new life into talks  9/1/2007 The News: "The threat from Pakistan People’s Party Chairperson Benazir Bhutto that she would return to Islamabad on September 20 is believed to have saved the ongoing negotiations between her and the aides of President Pervez Musharraf for a power-sharing deal from collapse."

Friday  8/31/2007

topNAACP challenges Louisiana voter purge  8/31/2007 Anniston Star: "The NAACP filed a civil rights lawsuit challenging a purge of Louisiana voters believed to have registered in other states following Hurricane Katrina. In the federal court action, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People contends that the purge has already begun without the necessary pre-approval of the U.S. Department of Justice."

Thursday  8/30/2007

topSerious. Cold. Stunning. Walt and Mearsheimer Arrive in Hard Covers  8/30/2007 MondoWeiss: "The revision of Israeli history is stirring. The ways that the lobby has diminished the suffering of the Palestinians and enabled the occupation and settlements are starkly and even emotionally described. Most stunning is the argument that Remnick accepts: the authors' description of the Iraq disaster as arising from the lobby's pressure. I study this issue, and yet I turned the pages of this chapter with my mouth open, especially the pages dealing with the manipulation of intelligence, and evidence of Israel's hand in the WMD lies. It is this section that should and must stir national debate, and now."

Tony Judt on Harry Lyme and Other Intellectuals  8/30/2007 MondoWeiss: published 12/07 - "Tony Judt is a great scholar and a man of conscience. Most people don't know that he is a former Zionist who dropped out of Cambridge to aid Israel in the Six Day War."

The Lobby  8/30/2007 New Yorker: critique of Mearsheimer and Walt. -- "The duplicitous and manipulative arguments for invading Iraq put forward by the Bush Administration, the general inability of the press to upend those duplicities, the triumphalist illusions, the miserable performance of the military strategists, the arrogance of the Pentagon, the stifling of dissent within the military and the government, the moral disaster of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo, the rise of an intractable civil war, and now an incapacity to deal with the singular winner of the war, Iran—all of this has left Americans furious and demanding explanations. Mearsheimer and Walt provide one: the Israel lobby. In this respect, their account is not so much a diagnosis of our polarized era as a symptom of it."

A Rigged Report on U.S. Voting?  8/30/2007 WaPo: "We said that our preliminary research found widespread agreement among administrators, academics and election experts from all points on the political spectrum that allegations of fraud through voter impersonation at polling places were greatly exaggerated. We noted that this position was supported by existing research and an analysis of several years of news articles. The commission chose instead to state that the issue was a matter of considerable debate. And while we found that problems of voter intimidation were still prevalent in a variety of forms, the commission excluded much of the discussion of voter intimidation. We also raised questions about the way the Justice Department was handling complaints of fraud and intimidation. The commission excised all references to the department that might be construed as critical -- or that Justice officials later took issue with. And all of the suggestions we received from political scientists and other scholars regarding methodologies for a more scientifically rigorous look at these problems were omitted. Once these "revisions" to the report were revealed this spring, there was an uproar among voting rights advocates. I was eager to set the record straight, but the commission would not allow me to speak about the report because of a broad "confidentiality provision" in my contract. The EAC finally released me from the gag order this summer, and, under pressure from Congress, it has publicly released 40,000 pages of revealing documents and e-mail. What was behind the strange handling of our report? It's still unclear, but it is worth noting that during the time the commission was holding our draft, claims about voter fraud and efforts to advance the cause of strict voter identification laws were at a fever pitch in Congress and the states. And it has been reported that some U.S. attorneys were being fired because they failed to pursue weakly supported voter fraud cases with sufficient zeal. We have learned that several Republican officials, including a state official, a former political appointee at the Justice Department and current Federal Election Commission member (Hans Von Spakovsky), and a Capitol Hill staffer complained about our project, particularly about my role in it. Officials at Justice were actively involved in the report throughout the process and even exerted some degree of editorial control over the new report. And it is evident from the commission's "document dump" that its Republican general counsel assumed primary control over the rewriting of the report."

Yes, It’s Anti-Semitic  8/30/2007 WaPo: published 4/06, critique of Mearsheimer and Walt.

Wednesday  8/29/2007

topPot Growers Are New Target in "War on Terror"  8/29/2007 Alternet: "We have kind of a reefer blindness," Walters explained during a Redding press conference on the ONDCP's Operation Alesia, a cannabis-eradication program coordinated by the California National Guard's Counterdrug Taskforce and the Shasta County Sheriff's Office. Walters followed that clever turn of phrase with the reliable terrorist designation to describe the armed growers cultivating cannabis in Shasta County. "These people are armed; they're dangerous. [They're] violent criminal terrorists." He even went so far to argue that the "terrorists" growing weed in Shasta County, as the Redding Record Searchlight reported, "wouldn't hesitate to help other terrorists get into the country with the aim of causing mass casualties."

Tuesday  8/28/2007

topStudy: US preparing 'massive' military attack against Iran  8/28/2007 Raw Story: "The United States has the capacity for and may be prepared to launch without warning a massive assault on Iranian uranium enrichment facilities, as well as government buildings and infrastructure, using long-range bombers and missiles, according to a new analysis."

Considering a War with Iran  8/28/2007 School of Oriental and African Studies, London: text of the report

Monday  8/27/2007

topWere the Spies "Journalists"? The ADL Snoops  8/27/2007 Counterpunch: published around 1999 - "The organization's main "fact-finder" was doubling as a spy for the white South African government while his buddy, a San Francisco cop who had tutored El Salvadoran death squads on the finer aspects of torture, was providing its officials with personal information on the organization's putative enemies when the story broke in San Francisco in December, 1992. The organization was the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL claims to be the nation's leading defender against prejudice and bigotry but in this instance its targets were members of the African National Congress and its supporters, and apparently everyone, Arab and non-Arab, who had the temerity to criticize Israel. This included some who drove to Arab community events where the ADL's "fact-finder," Roy Bullock, and the cop, Tom Gerard, took turns writing down their license plate numbers, which Gerard turned into addresses thanks to his access to California motor vehicle records."

WHO WATCHES THE"WATCHDOGS"?  8/27/2007 Foods not Bombs: published 4/01 - "For decades the ADL routinely compiled dossiers on left wing organizations, trade unions, journalists, anti-apartheid and pro-Palestinian activists and admits to supplying reports to law enforcement entities including the FBI. Between 1985-1993, Roy Bullock, a San Francisco "art dealer" and Tom Gerard, an S.F. cop and CIA "contract employee" tasked to El Salvador, ran a "private" spy operation reminiscent of the FBI's murderous COINTELPRO program. Some of the information gathered by these clowns was sold to the South African apartheid state as well as to Israel and El Salvador's death squad regime. According to sworn testimony, much of their operation was coordinated from ADL's national headquarters in New York."

War-torn region gets a lift from Armenian exiles  8/27/2007 Reuters 

Spy vs Spite  8/27/2007 SF Chronicle: scroll down for this story published 2/02 - "The Clinton administration has praised the Anti-Defamation League for helping shield kids from Internet hate. But should a group that spied on thousands of Californians be allowed to police the Web?"

The Ugly Truth about the ADL  8/27/2007 TEI: "The EIR points out the inter-reliant nature of the ADL and organized crime. A strong link between philanthropy and gambling, labor racketeering, money laundering and narcotics has been established while the ADL was coming into prominence, and resulted in them obtaining the expansive power they wield today. This particular period of ADL activity was marked by the involvement of the infamous Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky and partner Mo Dalitz. "When Lansky moved into Cuba to open his first offshore gambling, narcotics and money laundering haven, Dalitz was brought in as a privileged partner. When Lansky and the other directors of the National Crime Syndicate decided that his long time partner Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel had be come a liability and had to be assassinated, it was Dalitz who assumed the lion’s share of Siegel’s Las Vegas casino interests…" Mr. Dalitz has been a recipient of the coveted "Torch of Liberty Award" awarded by the ADL in an attempt to sanitize their image by sanctimoniously claiming to be a human rights organization when in fact they are on the forefront of censorship in defiance of human rights.The EIR provides information on ADL involvement in the drug war, Iran-Contra, Michael Milliken’s junk bond scandal. Additional information is provided on the ADL compliance with the intimidation tactics of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) and the Jewish Defense Organization (JDO) including assassinations and bombings. The FBI knew about these activities, however continued to rely on ADL supplied information regarding other "extremist groups." "

United States trying to derail nuclear talks, says Iran  8/27/2007 The News, Pakistan: "Iran accused the United States on Sunday of trying to derail its talks with the UN nuclear watchdog that aim to defuse a row over Tehran’s atomic plans, which Washington says are ultimately directed at making bombs. Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held two-days of talks last week about a plan for more transparency. A senior IAEA official described their agreement as a “milestone” but Washington said the deal had “real limitations”. “There was nothing else to be expected from America other than this (response) ... The trend (of talks) between Iran and the agency was successful, other countries welcomed it as well. Americans are making efforts to harm this trend,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said."

Sunday  8/26/2007

topIran seeks to tame wild border province  8/26/2007 AFP: "The province has a well-earned reputation for instability and has been the scene of kidnappings, shootouts and bomb attacks in the past years blamed both on rebel groups and armed drug traffickers. In a bid to increase security through economic development, Ahmadinejad has allocated 50 trillion rials (over five billion dollars) to Sistan-Baluchestan for infrastructure projects in the two years since he came to power. "This province has a lot of unexplored potential," provincial governor Habibollah Dahmardeh told an AFP correspondent. "But it has many problems, most notably water shortages and drugs."

Taliban Raise Poppy Production to a Record Again  8/26/2007 NYT: "Afghanistan produced record levels of opium in 2007 for the second straight year, led by a staggering 45 percent increase in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand Province, according to a new United Nations survey to be released Monday."

Saturday  8/25/2007

topDeep Politics III  8/25/2007 History Matters: several extracts from Peter Dale Scott's new writings on the assassination of President Kennedy

Questions From Le Monde on Franco-American Anti-Terrorist Cooperation - Alain Chouet Interview  8/25/2007 Unanswered Questions: published 3/07 - "Since the 1980s, the CIA from the Maghreb to the Philippines has played the card of fundamentalist Sunni Islamist movements to counter Soviet or Iranian influences - local Communist or “progressive” parties - to assure a cordon sanitaire around Saudi Arabia, etc. We disagreed with this strategy, which led to deep disagreements… For various reasons, many specialists on this issue are persuaded that Osama bin Laden was, at least until 1998, a GID agent manipulated at the highest level by Prince Turki. OBL, in fact, stepped in everywhere that Saudi strategic interests were in play (Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and finally, Afghanistan). His forfeiture of Saudi nationality was a farce for gulls. It goes without saying that when one has a “complicated and sensitive” agent, one does not spend one’s time proclaiming that he is your best friend in the world. Quite the contrary."

Friday  8/24/2007

topGreg Palast: Hurricane George: How the White House Drowned New Orleans  8/24/2007 Buzzflash: "Why on earth would the White House not tell the state to get the remaining folks out of there? The answer: cost. Political and financial cost. A hurricane is an act of God -- but a catastrophic failure of the levees is an act of Bush. Under law dating back to 1935, a breech of the federal levee system makes the damage -- and the deaths -- a federal responsibility. That means, as van Heeden points out, "these people must be compensated." The federal government, by law, must build and maintain the Mississippi River levees to withstand known dangers -- or pay the price when they fail. Indeed, that was the rule applied in the storms that hit Westhampton Dunes, New York, in 1992. There, when federal sea barriers failed, the floodwaters wiped away 190 homes. The Feds rebuilt them from the public treasury. But these were not just any homes. They are worth an average of $3 million apiece -- the summer homes of movie stars and celebrity speculators. There were no movie stars floating face down in the Lower Ninth Ward nor in Lakeview nor in St. Bernard Parish. For the 'luvvies' of Westhampton Dunes, the federal government even trucked in sand to replace the beaches. But for New Orleans' survivors, there's the aluminum gulag of FEMA trailer parks. Today, two years later, 89,000 families still live in this mobile home Guantanamo -- with no plan whatsoever for their return. And what was the effect of the White House's self-serving delay? I spoke with van Heerden in his university office. The computer model of the hurricane flashed quietly as I waited for him to answer. Then he said, "Fifteen hundred people drowned. That's the bottom line.""

Thursday  8/23/2007

topDubai buys big into US casino firm  8/23/2007 Al Jazeera 

Feared clan who made themselves at home in Britain  8/23/2007 Guardian: published 3/06 - "The Baybasin gang were not coy about their drug smuggling or violence. They also had political and intelligence links."

The Secrets Behind ‘State Secrets’: How Turkey's Mafia-like 'Deep State' (and its Neocon Friends) Penetrated the American Government  8/23/2007 Just a Citizen: published in 2006 - "French filmmaker Mathieu Verboud is set to release a new documentary for European television this fall, which will reveal important new insights into the case of former FBI translator and president of the National Security Whistleblower’s Coalition Sibel Edmonds. Edmonds, a Turkish-American whose wrongful termination lawsuit was suppressed by the government’s invocation of the all-too-common “state secrets privilege”, reported to her superiors espionage and deliberate mistranslations on the part of fellow Turkish translator, Melek Can Dickerson. It seems Ms. Dickerson had relationships with targets of FBI investigation working at the Turkish Embassy and the American Turkish Council, a fact which meant that anything she translated was likely to be false. However, instead of receiving a promotion for bringing Ms. Dickerson’s’ espionage to the attention of her bosses, Edmonds was fired after she went in frustration to the U.S. Senate. The FBI refused to investigate Edmonds’ claims, at least in part, because the contract linguist had discovered quite a messy scandal: the content of the mistranslated documents revealed that some very powerful people in the U.S. government, including House Speaker Dennis Hastert, were connected to foreign organized crime. Even worse, these foreign criminals connected to the high and mighty in the U.S. were also connected internationally, through the heroin trade and associated money laundering, to international terrorist organizations like al Qaeda."

Major Jewish group recognizes Armenian genocide  8/23/2007 LA Times 

Jews in US let the cat out of the bag  8/23/2007 New Anatolian, Turkey: "It is meaningless to try to push the Anti-Defamation League to reverse its position again. What we need is do crisis management and prevent American Jewish groups to follow the ADL line and accept the events of 1915 as an act of genocide against the Armenians. We have to work on Jewish lobby in the U.S. and on Israel."

Echoes of 1927 flood seen in Katrina  8/23/2007 Toronto Star: "Canadian filmmaker shows similarities in appalling treatment of black residents"

Wednesday  8/22/2007

topDark Side of Rev. Moon  8/22/2007 Consortium News: extensive archive on the notorious narcoterrorist and owner of UPI & the Washington Times

Abe Foxman's Genocide Denial Road Show  8/22/2007 Counterpunch: "But there are over 8000 Armenian-Americans in Watertown, and the ADL has long denied that the Turkish massacre of 1.5 million Armenians from 1915 to 1923 amounted to genocide. Turkey is of course an ally and arms purchaser of Israel's, but the denial antedates this alliance. A good friend of mine, an Israeli expatriate, tells me that when he went to school in Israel, mention of the Armenian genocide was verboten so as not to detract from the "uniqueness" of the Jewish genocide under the Nazis and to maintain a "monopoly on suffering," as he puts it. Shoah business does not like the competition."

Former CIA officer says U.S ready to strike Iran within 6 months  8/22/2007 Global Research 

Antarctic ice thawing faster than predicted  8/22/2007 Reuters: "A thaw of Antarctic ice is outpacing predictions by the U.N. climate panel and could in the worst case drive up world sea levels by 2 meters (6 ft) by 2100, a leading expert said on Wednesday. Millions of people, from Bangladesh to Florida and some Pacific island states, live less than a meter above sea level. Most of the world's major cities, from Shanghai to Buenos Aires, are by the sea. Chris Rapley, the outgoing head of the British Antarctic Survey, said there were worrying signs of accelerating flows of ice towards the ocean from both Antarctica and Greenland with little sign of more snow falling inland to compensate. "The ice is moving faster both in Greenland and in the Antarctic than the glaciologists had believed would happen," Rapley told Reuters during a climate seminar in Ny Alesund on a Norwegian Arctic island 1,200 km from the North Pole. "I think the realistic view is that we will be nearer a meter than the 40 cm" in sea level rise by 2100, Raply said. The U.N. climate panel in February gave a likely range of 18 to 59 cm this century, for an average around 40 cm."

Tuesday  8/21/2007

topJewish groups pressure the ADL - Urge recognition of genocide  8/21/2007 Boston Globe: "Nancy K. Kaufman, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, e-mailed a letter yesterday to some 40 prominent Jewish leaders in Massachusetts, asking them to support the ousted director and to recognize the genocide against Armenians. "We must never forget the Armenian genocide and maintain our guard against those who deny its occurrence," the letter said. Within hours of sending the letter, Kaufman said that 11 groups had signed and that more were expected to do so shortly. "I have never gotten such unanimous support for any position by the JCRC as I have in the last few days on this one," Kaufman said. "It doesn't matter where people are on the political spectrum -- left, right, middle -- people are really standing behind this because it strikes at the core of what it means to be a Jew and never again means never again.""

Monday  8/20/2007

topYou can help Food Not Bombs feed the survivors of Katrina  8/20/2007 Food Not Bombs: "PLEASE CONTINUE TO HELP! The people of New Orleans need drinking water. This is an emergency! Since the storm swept through the gulf we have been one of the only hot meals shared on a daily bases in New Orleans. We still need volunteers, tools and food to help the people displaced by Katrina. We need people to help us repair homes and cook meals for people volunteering to rebuild New Orleans. It's been difficult to locate our kitchens after the city kicked us out of Washington Square Park. We are now asking everyone to go to the Common Grounds in Algers. They can help you find Food Not Bombs. We also have a meeting place the Common Grounds 9th Ward Center off the Claiborne Ave exit on I-10 at the corner of N. Claiborne and Pauline in the 9th Ward."

Kurds flee homes as Iran shells villages in Iraq  8/20/2007 Guardian: "Jabar Yawar, a deputy minister in the Kurdistan regional government, said four days of intermittent shelling by Iranian forces had hit mountain villages high up on the Iraqi side of the border, wounding two women, destroying livestock and property, and displacing about 1,000 people from their homes. Mr Yawer said there had also been intense fighting on the Iraqi border between Iranian forces and guerrillas of the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK), an armed Iranian Kurdish group that is stepping up its campaign for Kurdish rights against the theocratic regime in Tehran. On Saturday the Iranian news agency Mehr said an Iranian army helicopter which crashed killing six Republican Guard members had been engaged in a military operation against PJAK. Iranian officials said the helicopter had crashed into the side of a mountain during bad weather in northern Iraq. PJAK sources said the helicopter had been destroyed after it attempted to land in a clearing mined by guerrillas. The PJAK sources claimed its guerrillas had also killed at least five other Iranian soldiers, and a local pro-regime chief, Hussein Bapir… Analysts believe PJAK is the fastest growing armed resistance group in Iran. As well as the 3,000 or so members under arms in the mountains, it also claims tens of thousands of followers in secret cells in Iranian Kurdistan. Its campaigning on women's rights has struck a chord with young Iranian Kurdish women. The group says 45% of its fighters are female. Iranian authorities regard the group as a terrorist outfit being sponsored and armed by the US to increase pressure on Iran. On a recent visit to PJAK camps in the Qandil mountains the Guardian saw no evidence of American weaponry. The majority of its fighters toted Soviet-era Kalashnikovs. In an interview Biryar Gabar, a member of the leadership committee, said the group had no relations with the Americans, but was "open to any group that shares our ideals of a free federal democratic and secular Iran.""

Sunday  8/19/2007

topArmenian genocide brings firing  8/19/2007 Press TV, Iran 

Saturday  8/18/2007

topJFK, 9/11 and War  8/18/2007 by Peter Dale Scott - "In American history there are two types of event: ordinary events which the information systems of the country can understand and establish. There are also deep events, or meta-events, which the mainstream information systems of the country cannot digest. I mean by a “deep event” an event in which it is clear from the outset that there are aspects which will not be dealt with in the mainstream media, and will be studied only by those so-called “conspiracy theorists” who specialize in deep history. The events I shall discuss today exhibit continuities with each other and with other deep events, notably the Iran-Contra affair of the mid 1980s and the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. But the three I shall discuss today – the JFK assassination, the initial Watergate break-ins, and 9/11 – are outstanding in this respect: that while they were attributed to insignificant and very marginal people, they had momentous impact, far more than most daily events by more important people, in redirecting American history. 1 If history is what is recorded, then deep history is the sum of events which tend to be officially obscured or even suppressed in traditional books and media. Important recent deep events include the political assassinations of the 1960s, Watergate, Iran-Contra, and now 9/11. All these deep events have involved what I call the deep state, that part of the state which is not publicly accountable, and pursues its goals by means which will not be approved by a public examination. The CIA (with its on-going relationships to drug-traffickers) is an obvious aspect of the deep state, but not the only one, perhaps not even the dirtiest."

ADL local leader fired on Armenian issue  8/18/2007 Boston Globe: "The national Anti-Defamation League fired its New England regional director yesterday, one day after he broke ranks with national ADL leadership and said the human rights organization should acknowledge the Armenian genocide that began in 1915. The firing of Andrew H. Tarsy, who had served as regional director for about two years and as civil rights counsel for about five years before that, prompted an immediate backlash among prominent local Jewish leaders against the ADL's national leadership and its national director, Abraham H. Foxman."

Turkey’s pivotal role in the international drug trade  8/18/2007 Le Monde Diplomatique 

How deep is the deep state?  8/18/2007 SoL: "After he returned from Ethiopia, Erdogan went on his comments about the subject in a television program and said that the “deep state” dates back to the time of the Ottomans, but it should be minimized and eliminated if possible. Erdogan’s remarks defending that this structure exists in all countries was resembled to the speeches of the ninth President of the Republic, Suleyman Demirel. It is stated that Erdogan, who didn’t make any steps to solve the problem of illegal structuring within the state since he came to power, has been trying to blur the vision and create an impression that the subject is unsolvable. The Prime Minister’s description of the “criminal organization within the state” seems to aim hiding the real reasons of Dink’s assassination and the US intervention in Turkey."

Prelude to an Attack on Iran  8/18/2007 Time Magazine: "Strengthening the Administration's case for a strike on Iran, there's a belief among neo-cons that the IRGC is the one obstacle to democratic and a friendly Iran. They believe that if we were to get rid of the IRGC, the clerics would fall, and our thirty-years war with Iran over. It's another neo-con delusion, but still it informs White House thinking. And what do we do if just the opposite happens — a strike on Iran unifies Iranians behind the regime? An Administration official told me it's not even a consideration. "IRGC IED's are a casus belli for this administration. There will be an attack on Iran."" — [Author Robert Baer, a former CIA field officer assigned to the Middle East, is's intelligence columnist and the author of See No Evil and, most recently, the novel Blow the House Down]

Deep State  8/18/2007 Wikipedia: "In Turkey, many people believe in the existence of the "deep state" (Turkish derin devlet), an influential and informal anti-democratic coalition within the Turkish political system, composed of high-level elements within the Turkish military, security and intelligence services, the judicial branch, and important commanders of organized crime.[1] The ideology of the "deep State" is seen by leftists as being anti-worker or islamist; by islamists as being anti-islamic and secularist; and by ethnic kurds as being anti-kurdish. The theory of the "deep State" has been widespread in Turkey since the early 1970s. At the beginning the discussion on a secret formation within the State focused on the term Counter-Guerrilla (in Turkish: kontr-gerilla). Drawing on the analogy with Italy, the name Gladio is sometimes used as well."

Operation Gladio  8/18/2007 Wikipedia: "Gladio (Italian, from Latin gladius, meaning sword) is a code name denoting the clandestine NATO "stay-behind" operation in Italy after World War II, intended to counter a Warsaw Pact invasion of Western Europe."

Strategy of tension  8/18/2007 Wikipedia: "A strategy of tension (Italian: strategia della tensione) is a way to control and manipulate public opinion using fear, propaganda, disinformation, psychological warfare, agents provocateurs, as well as false flag terrorist actions (including bombings). According to historian Daniele Ganser, "It is a tactic which consists in committing bombings and attributing them to others. By the term 'tension' one refers to emotional tension, to what creates a sentiment of fear. By the term 'strategy' one refers to what feeds the fear of the people towards one particular group" [1]. The term was coined in Italy during the trials that followed the 1970s and 1980s years of lead, during which terror attacks and assassinations committed by neofascist terrorists (such as Ordine Nuovo, Avanguardia Nazionale or Fronte Nazionale) were committed. Some claim that the terrorists were backed by the CIA and other Western intelligence agencies, the P2 masonic lodge and Operation Gladio, a NATO secret "stay-behind" army officially set up to perform guerilla and resistance activities should Italy be successfully invaded by the Soviet bloc (there were equivalent armies in most Western states). Unmonitored by civilian agencies, Gladio members began to pursue their own right-wing anti-communist agenda using violent means, which included false flag bombings, blamed on extra-parliamentary left-wing militant organizations. Examples include the 1972 Peteano bombing, long thought to have been carried out by the Red Brigades, but for which the neofascist terrorist Vincenzo Vinciguerra has been imprisoned, the attempted assassination of former Interior Minister Mariano Rumor on 17 May 1973 or the 1980 Bologna massacre."

Susurluk scandal  8/18/2007 Wikipedia: "Abdullah Çatli was a convicted fugitive, who had been wanted for drug trafficking and murder. Evidence seized at the crash site indicated that he had been carrying: a special diplomatic credentials, given by the Turkish authorities; a government-approved weapons permit; six ID cards, each with a different name; Lucy Komisar writes that "At the scene of the Mercedes-Benz crash, Turkish investigators found Çatli with a fake passport. "The person on this photo, Mehmet Özbay, serves as a specialist for the police directorate and he is allowed to carry guns." Mehmet Özbay was an alias -- the very same alias that Mehmet Ali Agca had on his own passport. " several handguns, and silencers; and a cache of narcotics. thousands of US dollars."

Stefano Delle Chiaie  8/18/2007 Wikipedia Español: "Stefano delle Chiaie (13 de septiembre de 1936) es un terrorista neofascista internacional, de nacionalidad italiana, cercano a la logia P2 de Licio Gelli. Participó en la Operación Gladio, y también en la Operación Cóndor. Stefano Delle Chiaie empezó como miembro del Movimiento Social Italiano (MSI). Su oposición a la política de entendimiento con la Democracia Cristiana que impulsó el secretario general del MSI, Arturo Michelini, llevó a Delle Chiaie a promover la corriente integrista Ordine Nuovo . Ayudó a Junio Valerio Borghese en su fracasado golpe de 1970, y participo en la estrategia de la tensión que Gladio estaba implementando con la ayuda de la P2 de Licio Gelli y el SISMI, los servicios secretos italianos. Pero tuvo una carrera internacional. Después del golpe fallido, huyó a la España franquista (como Vincenzo Vinciguerra con la protección de los servicios de inteligencia italianos, que le permitieron la huida. Allí continuará organizando su grupo Avanguardia Nazionale, y conoce a Léon Degrelle."


The Susurluk Accident  8/18/2007 World History Archives 

Friday  8/17/2007

topIn 2006 Lebanon War, Most Crimes Were Israeli  8/17/2007 AntiWar: "The evidence so far indicates that Israel: * established legitimate grounds for Hezbollah's attack on the border post by refusing to withdraw from the Lebanese territory of the Shebaa Farms in 2000; * initiated a war of aggression by refusing to engage in talks about a prisoner swap offered by Hezbollah; * committed a grave war crime by intentionally using cluster ombs against south Lebanon's civilians; * repeatedly hit Lebanese communities, killing many civilians, even though the evidence is that no Hezbollah fighters were to be found there; * and put its own civilians, especially Arab civilians, in great danger by making their communities targets for Hezbollah attacks and failing to protect them. It is clear that during the Second Lebanon war, Israel committed the most serious war crimes."

Commerce, Treasury funds helped boost GOP campaigns  8/17/2007 McClatchy 

Thursday  8/16/2007

topToxic FEMA Trailer Manufacturers Target of Lawsuit  8/16/2007 News Infermo 

CIA, FBI computers used for Wikipedia edits  8/16/2007 Reuters: "People using CIA and FBI computers have edited entries in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia on topics including the Iraq war and the Guantanamo prison, according to a new tracing program. The changes may violate Wikipedia's conflict-of-interest guidelines, a spokeswoman for the site said on Thursday. The program, WikiScanner, was developed by Virgil Griffith of the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico and posted this month on a Web site that was quickly overwhelmed with searches. The program allows users to track the source of computers used to make changes to the popular Internet encyclopedia where anyone can submit and edit entries. WikiScanner revealed that CIA computers were used to edit an entry on the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. A graphic on casualties was edited to add that many figures were estimated and were not broken down by class. Another entry on former CIA chief William Colby was edited by CIA computers to expand his career history and discuss the merits of a Vietnam War rural pacification program that he headed. Aerial and satellite images of the U.S. prison for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were removed using a computer traced to the FBI, WikiScanner showed."

U.S., Israel sign record-high military aid deal  8/16/2007 USA Today: "The United States signed an unprecedented $30 billion military aid package with Israel on Thursday, bolstering its closest Mideast ally and moving to secure Israel's military edge over its neighbors long into the future. Nicholas Burns, the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, said in a signing ceremony in Jerusalem that the package was meant to back peace-seeking countries like Israel and moderate Arab states in the region and counter U.S. adversaries such as Iran."

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