In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
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Saviours in a strange world : Heroism of Arabs saved Jews during Holocaust: UK Times
Many Jews had a lucky escape during the Holocaust – when Arabs risked their own lives to rescue them. Deirdre Fernand reports
Anny Boukris was just a child when the soldiers came knocking at the door. The year was 1942, and German troops were occupying her town and her homeland of Tunisia. Boukris lived with her parents, Jacob and Odette, in the seaside town of Mahdia, along its eastern shore. She and her brothers and sisters wanted for nothing. Jacob, a Jewish businessman, was doing well; they could even afford a maid.
A few weeks later came another knock at the door. This time the caller was no German but a local man, the son of a wealthy landowner. “You are all at great risk,” he told them. “You must leave straight away.” In the middle of the night he drove them to his farm, about 20 miles away. There they stayed hidden for four months, until the Germans had been driven out of the country and they could return home. It was only then that Anny came to understand the significance of the rescuer in the night.
The man was 32-year-old Khaled Abdelwahhab, a prominent and well-connected Arab from Mahdia, who made it his business to fraternise with German officers so he knew what was going on. Handsome, sophisticated and educated in the West, he made an agreeable companion and would sit drinking with them into the early hours. He knew, for instance, which brothels they frequented, which females they lusted after. He had also heard tales of local girls, many of them Jewish, being abducted for sex and never being seen again.
A Muslim’s Response to Tony Blair’s December 8th Multiculturalism Speech
“Now let us examine some of Mr. Blair’s assertions. He talks about values of ‘the rule of law, tolerance, and equal treatment for all’. It is the propagation of these values that has led to the deaths of nearly three-quarters of a million civilians in Iraq. It is these values of his that have legitimised torture, rendition and detention without trail. It is these values that make him support the tyrant rulers of the Muslim world and it is these values of his that support the existence of illegal state of Israel and its murder and torture of the Palestinians. What sort of values does Mr. Blair hold that allows him to raze a country some 3,000 miles away that never threatened Britain? Having done this Mr. Blair expects the British people to remain silent and dutifully aqueous like the media. The British (including Muslims) are not ignorant.”
9/11 : Swiss Spy in a War of Words
An ex-informant who became a Muslim says his handlers wanted him to frame an Islamic scholar.
GENEVA — Along with banks and chocolates, this placid lakefront city has another claim to fame: It is full of spies.
Claude Covassi, a broad-shouldered, gray-eyed martial arts expert, was one of them. He became an informant for Swiss intelligence in early 2004, converted to Islam and infiltrated fundamentalist circles here in his hometown. He followed the trail of holy warriors all the way to mosques in Syria where aspiring foreign “martyrs” are groomed for Iraq.
9/11 : WAS MOHAMED ATTA “CLOSE ASSOCIATE” IN FLORIDA A CIA PILOT?
Wolfgang Bohringer, the German pilot who was one of Mohamed Atta’s closest associates in Florida as well as the subject of an FBI terror alert in the South Pacific, was apprehended two weeks ago and taken into custody, but then was almost immediately released after he told authorities responsible for his capture that he works for the CIA.
9/11 : Bush’s Torture Ticking Time Bomb: Sins of Commissionl
Bush endlessly reminds listeners that “the U.S. does not torture” and that “torture is not an American value.” But “What is torture?” is the Bush version of the Pontius Pilate question. Bush appears to be using the definition of torture crafted by Justice Department official John Yoo: if detainees weren’t maimed or killed, they weren’t tortured. And the Justice Department acts as if, even if detainees are killed during interrogations, it is best to treat the deaths as harmless errors.
9/11 : WTC witnesses to explosions
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Explosions on 911
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9/11 : Government refuses to authenticate bin Laden “confession video”
One can only assume that the interfere with enforcement proceedings segment means that if the truth were to be revealed to the world regarding the circumstances and authenticity of the December 13, 2001 Osama bin Laden confession video, the neo con would have a one dickens of a time enforcing its current policies – both foreign and domestic. The truth is all hell would break loose if it was widely reported in the mockingbird mainstream media that the December 13, 2001 Osama bin Laden confession video was a fabrication.
See The Fake bin Laden Video Tape
650,000 Iraqi dead given voice in Congress
The briefing was to discuss the October 2006 study Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: a cross-sectional cluster sample survey, which appeared in the British medical journal The Lancet. This study estimated that 655,000 more Iraqis had died (”excess deaths”) since the invasion than would have died if the prewar rate of death (mortality) had continued. It further estimated that about 600,000 of these had died from violence.
The Americans don’t see how unwelcome they are, or that Iraq is now beyond repair
Manipulation of facts was often very crude. As an example of the systematic distortion, the Iraq Study Group revealed last week that on one day last July US officials reported 93 attacks or significant acts of violence. In reality, it added, “a careful review of the reports … brought to light 1,100 acts of violence”.
History will not treat us kindly
We will be remembered as the Americans who insulated themselves from reality and remained self-absorbed, concerned with their own personal comfort and privilege while our government wrecked havoc on the world and destroyed our own culture.
Iraq as a Living Hell
The situation in Iraq has reached such a point of degradation and danger that I’ve been unable to return to report — as I did from 2003 to 2005 — from the front lines of daily life. Instead, in these last months, I have found myself in a supportive role, facilitating the work of some of my former sources, who remain in their own war-torn land, to tell their hair-raising tales of the new Iraq. While relying on my Iraqi colleagues to report the news, which we then publish at Inter Press Service and my website, I continue to receive emails from others in Iraq, civilian and soldier alike.
MEDIA ALERT: THE BBC BURIES THE TRUTH WITH THE DEAD IN IRAQ
Giving Headline Billing To Military Spin. Last week, yet more innocent civilian lives were claimed by a US air attack in Iraq. How many times this tragedy has been repeated across that country is completely hidden from public view – a second, deeper tragedy.
Marauding militia butcher families as troops look on
Residents from the Hurriya District in Baghdad say they were attacked by militias of the so-called Mahdi Army who killed several women and children and forced more than 200 families to flee.
The attack took place in the presence of units from the new Iraqi army. The troops did not even interfere to save the victims, the residents said.
Shiite militias forcing Sunnis to abandon their Baghdad homes
Since Saturday Sunni residents have been displaced or voluntarily left the northwest Baghdad neighborhood of Hurriyah after police said three Sunni families were killed. Those who fled voluntarily said they did it because they did not trust the government forces to protect them. On Sunday, they continued fleeing, moving into schools or strangers’ homes, the best immediate refuge they could find.
Bush Still Looking For A ‘Way Forward’ In The Face Of His Iraq Failure
Bush may have received the ISG report with the politeness of a condemned man before his executioners, but he really has no intention at all in voluntarily changing course in Iraq and bringing our soldiers home. In his radio address this weekend, Bush tried to paint the highly critical report as a validation of his Iraq strategy, instead of the accurate portrait of the stunning failure of the invasion and occupation the rest of the country and the world immediately recognized as a rare truth about the consequences of our nation’s involvement there.
Prominent Saudi Muslim clerics urge Muslims to support Iraqi Sunnis against Shiites
Over 30 prominent Islamic clerics from Saudi Arabia on Monday called on Sunni Muslims around the Middle East to support their brethren in Iraq against Shiites and praised the insurgency.
Sunni and Shiite Resistance Remain Mystery to U.S., Iraq Report Charges
Nearly four years after the invasion of Iraq, the United States still does not understand the enemy that American troops are fighting, according to last week’s report by the Iraq Study Group.
‘Iraq “insurgent” attacks to rise
A British military commander has warned that “insurgent” attacks on multi-national troops in Iraq would rise ahead of the planned security handover to local forces in the Basra area next year.
Britain stops talk of ‘war on terror’
A Foreign Office spokesman said the government wanted to ‘avoid reinforcing and giving succour to the terrorists’ narrative by using language that, taken out of context, could be counter-productive’. The same message has been sent to British diplomats and official spokespeople around the world.
Sunday: 127 Iraqis, 4 GIs Killed; 47 Iraqis, 3 GIs Wounded
Four American soldiers were killed today and another three injured when they were blasted by separate roadside bombs in or just west of the capital. This brings the total for December to 42 American servicemember deaths. One death was reported late Sunday night and the other three early the next morning. Also, at least 127 Iraqis were killed or found dead and another 47 wounded.
Iraq bomb attacks kill 4 US occupation soldiers
Roadside bombs have killed four more American occupation soldiers in Iraq, three of them in a single attack in north Baghdad, the US military said Monday.
Roadside bomb kills 3 U.S. soldiers, wounds 2 in Baghdad
The three U.S. deaths raised to 46 the number of American troops who have died this month. At least 2,934 members of the U.S. military have died since the war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
Three Iraqi soldiers killed by US friendly fire
Baghdad- US troops mistakenly shot dead three Iraqi soldiers during a raid in Dolouiya, 80 kilometres north of Baghdad, early Saturday. As the US soldiers were performing a dawn raid on a house north of the city, the Iraqi soldiers approached them. Mistaking them for insurgents, the US troops shot them dead.
18 injured as biggest US chopper comes down
Heaviest chopper in US military comes down in Anbar province, cause still is under investigation.
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 10 December 2006.
- Shi’i sectarian attacks drive 1,000 Sunni residents out of Baghdad neighborhoods as effort to split Iraq along sectarian lines continues in accordance with Zionist and US schemes.
- the Shi’i sectarian gunmen and puppet government troops used loudspeakers to declare: “To the children of Mu’awiyah the infidel and ‘Umar the homosexual, you have just half an hour to leave your houses or we will burn them over your heads.”
- Local residents said that half of the weapons being carried by the Shi’i sectarians were Iranian made and new.
- Jaysh al-Mahdi gunmen attack western Baghdad’s al-Ghazaliyah neighborhood.
- Battle rages Sunday between Jaysh al-Mahdi attackers and Sunni residents in Baghdad’s al-’Amil neighborhood.
- Resistance men ambush Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen near Balad Saturday.
- US soldier reported killed in Samarra’ Saturday.
- Resistance sharpshooter reportedly kills two US soldiers Bayji Saturday.
- US troops kill three of their allies, the puppet “Iraqi National Guard” by mistake near ad-Dulu’iyah on Saturday.
- Resistance blasts US base in Rawah with Grad rockets Saturday evening.
- Resistance fighters ambush US patrol in southwestern al-Fallujah Saturday.
- Resistance bomb damages US Humvee; Resistance mortar blast US base in al-Fallujah.
- Resistance bomb rips through puppet “National Guard” patrol in al-Fallujah Saturday night.
- Resistance fighters gun down Iraqi puppet soldier on leave in al-Mawsil Saturday.
Taliban and Allies Tighten Grip in North of Pakistan
The militants, the officials say, are openly flouting the terms of the September accord in North Waziristan, under which they agreed to end cross-border help for the Taliban insurgency that revived in Afghanistan with new force this year.
The area is becoming a magnet for an influx of foreign fighters, who not only challenge government authority in the area, but are even wresting control from local tribes and spreading their influence to neighboring areas, according to several American and NATO officials and Pakistani and Afghan intelligence officials.
Taliban ‘Mini-State’ In Pakistan?
Peace deals between Islamic militants and Pakistan’s government have created a virtual Taliban mini-state near Afghanistan, giving militants a “free hand” to recruit, train and arm for cross-border attacks, a think tank reported Monday.
IT’S OFFICIAL! OLMERT CONFIRMS ISRAEL HAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS!
This is not news to anyone who has been following Israel’s history for any length of time, but it is a major problem for the Israel-firsters in the US, who justify the billions sent to Israel on the need for poor little Israel to defend itself against those mean ol’ Arabs.
But now it is confirmed, Israel isn’t defenseless. It has nuclear weapons, not subject to any controls at all, with which to threaten their neighbors.
Remember the invasion of Iraq? Remember the REASON we were told we had to invade Iraq, because Iraq had NOOKULAR BOMBS! Of course, as it turned out, they didn’t. The nukes are down in Israel, where the Arab nations, Mordecai Vanunu, and assorted bloggers have been telling you they were all along.
So, Olmert has just exposed the total hypocrisy behind the invasion of Iraq.
US Zionist Media and International Human Rights Day
Today is International human rights day. It is a start of a new week after a week of rabid racist and anti-human rights rhetoric and work carried around the US by the usual suspects (joined by a few others who finally outed themselves as racists). The US media has had little coverage of human rights issues. Instead the vicious attacks on Jimmy Carter continue even though many of us consider his book far too leaning and accommodating to racist Zionism (see below). Behind the scenes and with no debate allowed, a a bill passed in Congress to apply draconian sanctions on Palestinians, collective punishment, until they “elect” (I put quotes because people under occupation do not have full freedom to engage in modalities of elections as International and Human Rights laws require) more acceptable leaders who will agree to Israeli and US demands of surrender.
ISRAELI SPY RING PROBE WIDENS
While two executives of the powerful Israeli lobby group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) await trial on charges of spying against the United States, the FBI has now broadened its investigation to look at whether the group tried to strike a deal with a leading member of Congress. In particular, federal investigators wish to know if AIPAC tried to reach a shady arrangement with Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
A rogue 51st state
Israel already looks to be intent on scuppering the Iraq Study Group plan for Middle East peace
FLASHBACK: American Ambassador Recalls Israeli Assassination Attempt-With U.S. Weapons
Picked up by Lebanese security, the anti-tank canisters had made-in-America markings. After unanswered telegrams to the State Department and all but silent responses to his telephone inquiries, Dean eventually learned that the anti-tank weapons were sold and shipped to Israel in 1974. Dean apparently mused to himself on the irony of an American ambassador being subjected to an Israeli assassination attempt with American weapons supplied to Israel for defense.
FLASHBACK: Israel’s Failed Assassination Attempt on U.S. Ambassador Documented
Had Mossad, Israel’s secret intelligence organization, succeeded, it would have been the perfect crime-the crime of the century. The plan was breathtaking in concept: to assassinate the American ambassador to Lebanon, in Lebanon, with American weapons, intended for Israeli’s defense only. Everything about it would point to Lebanon as the culprit.
Occupied Gaza: 3 Children Killed: Mourners storm Gaza parliament
The children, sons of a Palestinian intelligence official loyal to Mahmoud Abbas, the president, were shot dead in a car outside their school in occupied Gaza on Monday.
Threat of Palestinian Civil War Looms
By threatening to ignite a Palestinian civil war, the killing of three children in the Gaza Strip on Monday has jeopardized Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s efforts to restart long-stalled peace talks. As the violence intensified, Palestinians moved further away from their hoped-for national unity government – seen as a precondition for renewed negotiations with Israel.
Tutu: Israel Refused Visas to Fact-finding Mission to Gaza Strip
“We find the lack of co-operation by the Israeli government very distressing,” Tutu told reporters after UN officials said Israel had blocked his UN fact-finding mission from entering the Palestine Authority-controlled Gaza Strip
Full Text: Draft of speech in which U.N. secretary-general criticizes Bush administration
The U.S. government hates democracy
As far as I’m concerned, we can’t put forward enough reminders of how the U.S. government-and the corporations that own it-do business. Platitudes about peace, freedom, justice, etc., aside, the land of the free is not even remotely interested in spreading democracy. There is an abundance of evidence to back up this assertion. For now, I offer the example of post-World War II Italy. Mussolini was gone but the U.S. elites had no intention of letting Italy slip through the cracks.
Against Torture : LATIN AMERICAN INTELLECTUALS PRESENT A MANIFESTO “AGAINST TORTURE”
The militarily organized practice of torture, the sexual abuse, and all other abuses of men and women, clandestine incarcerations and forced disappearances, are not new in the history of the Third World, and of Latin America in particular. It has been instead an historical constant of colonial, neocolonial and neoliberal domination.
Ohio Rep. Kucinich to run for president
The Ohio congressman said he was inspired to run because he disagrees with the way some of his fellow Democrats are handling the war, including approval of a proposal to spend $160 billion more on the conflict.
Inquiry Sought Over Evangelical Video
A military watchdog group is asking the Defense Department to investigate whether seven Army and Air Force officers violated regulations by appearing in uniform in a promotional video for an evangelical Christian organization.
BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW