In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
=== News Update ===
Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? More Than 655,000
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2942
The War in Iraq Costs $350,659,549,751 – See the cost in your community
9/11 : Global Action against Guantanamo
With Yesterday US Court decision of no jurisdiction to hear cases involving the remaining 435 prisoners challenging their detention at the US military base in Cuba.
Amnesty International declared today 16 December as a global campaign against Guantanamo.
Guantánamo detainees must be released immediately unless they are to be charged and given a fair trial.
The funny thing is: It is the US is same country who condemning others for lack of human rights, as new statement put it:
How can the US condemn torture in Argentina, political murders in Russia and censorship in North Korea when it promotes “kangaroo courts” at Guantanamo Bay?
9/11 : Guantanamo Detainees To Be Held Even Without Evidence
WASHINGTON – The hard core of detainees held at America’s Guantanamo Bay detention camp will be held indefinitely even if there is insufficient evidence to bring them to trial, a senior Bush administration official said.
Of the 435 detainees being held at Guantanamo, only 10 have so far been charged with terrorism-related offenses. A further 14 detainees – the so-called high value detainees such as the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – are also expected to face trial now that the U.S. Congress has passed the Military Commission Act, which will finally enable America to commence trials of Guantanamo detainees next year.
9/11 Video : Evidence that the U.S. Government Planned & Executed 9/11
9/11 : Criminalizing Compassion in the War on Terror
Muslim Charities and the Case of Dr. Rafil A. Dhafir
Iraq : ‘We’re Going to Win’
Now Bush is ready to gamble his presidency on a last-ditch effort to defeat the Sunni insurgency and establish a sustainable democracy in Iraq. He is prepared to defy the weary wisdom of Washington that it’s too late, that the war in Iraq is lost, and that Bush’s lone option is to retreat from Iraq as gracefully and with as little loss of face as possible. Bush only needed what his press secretary, Tony Snow, called a “plan for winning.” Now he has one.
Let us remember a few facts that Bush is ignoring :
1. There were no WMDs in Iraq.
2. The American people know this.
3. Both Bush and Blair KNEW there were no WMDs in Iraq before the invasion even started.
4. The American people know this, too.
5. Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11.
6. Iraq was not aiding Al Qaeda.
7. The American people know all this as well.
Britain never thought Saddam was threat – diplomat
The British government never believed Saddam Hussein posed a threat to British interests and warned the US that toppling him would lead to “chaos”, according to a Foreign Office diplomat closely involved in negotiations in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.
Evidence shows no case for Iraq war
British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s case for attacking Iraq has been dealt a new blow with the release of once-secret evidence from a former British diplomat who dismissed the threat of weapons of mass destruction.
Army chief accused of lying about Britain’s readiness for Iraq war
An inquest into the death of a British tank commander killed in Iraq has heard a tape he recorded three days before his death, in which he accuses the Army of telling “a blatant lie” by saying that British troops were ready for war, and tells his wife, “I just want to come home.”
John Major leads calls for inquiry into conflict
Sir John Major led calls for an independent inquiry into Tony Blair’s decision to go to war in Iraq after the revelations by a former British senior diplomat that contradict the Prime Minister’s case for the conflict.
Iraq is a disaster: old warriors have their say
SOME of the nation’s most senior military figures from the past two decades have delivered a blistering assessment of the US-led coalition’s strategy in Iraq, saying Australia must urge the Americans to change course.
Eight former military chiefs and the present RSL president said the coalition strategy had failed and must be overhauled.
America Loses Another War
Maybe you don’t agree. Maybe you say wait wait wait, it’s not over at all, and we haven’t lost yet. Isn’t the fighting still raging? Can’t we still “win” even though we’re still losing soldiers by the truckload and thousands of innocent Iraqis are being brutally slaughtered every month
Stop the Funding of the War!
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Bush ready to send more troops to Iraq
President George W Bush is poised to increase troop numbers in Iraq as part of a dramatic new strategy designed to regain control of Baghdad and suffocate the Sunni insurgency
U.S. preparing surge of forces into Iraq?
The 2nd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division is expected in Kuwait shortly after the new year, a senior Defense Department official told The Associated Press on Friday. The official requested anonymity because the plans had not yet been announced.
Iraq War : They saw the uniforms and knew to run
Iraqis at a Baghdad market had expected this day, when gunmen swept in, opened fire and took people away.
“They’re here! They’re here!”
The panicked cry rose from the crowd of shoppers and businessmen, sending them into a stampede past storefronts and shocked onlookers. Men, women and children fell over handcarts and folding chairs, knocking one another down, hiding behind buildings and seeking shelter in shops.
None knew who “they” were: uniformed men firing weapons in the air and herding people into trucks, just a few hundred yards from the edge of the U.S.-guarded Green Zone.
But most had suspected such a day might come to the Sinak market of downtown Baghdad. All knew to run at first sight of the uniformed gunmen who have become signature elements of the all-too-common mass kidnappings in the Iraqi capital.
Video: Casual acts of resistance to American Occupation
Video: The Iraqi resistance destroying american vehicle west Bagdad
Video: Iraqi resistance blow door off humvee
Video: Jaami attacks BlackHawks
U.S. military deaths in Iraq at 2,942
As of Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, at least 2,942 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,359 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.
Three U.S. troops killed in Iraq fighting, December among deadliest months of war
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Three more U.S. troops died in fighting this week, the military said Friday, raising to 54 the number of Americans killed in Iraq in December – nearly half of them in Anbar.
The month is shaping up to be one of the deadliest for Americans since the war started, especially for those trying to tame the Sunni-led insurgency in the volatile province west of Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 15 December 2006.
- American casualties reported after two Iraqi Resistance bombs blast US column south of al-Hadithah Friday morning.
- Resistance car bomber blasts into joint US-Iraqi puppet army checkpoint in al-Fallujah leaving one US soldier, three Iraqi puppet army troops reported dead.
- US launches campaign to install spy cameras around al-Fallujah to try to combat escalating Resistance attacks against US forces in the city.
- Resistance sets fire to US headquarters in Samarra’ with powerful mortar barrage Thursday evening, following American abduction of children of tribal Shaykh.
- Resistance bomb reportedly kills US soldier in al-Latifiyah Thursday afternoon.
- Resistance blasts joint US-Iraqi puppet army camp near ‘Anah Friday morning.
- Resistance forces mount two attacks on US headquarters in Hit railroad station Thursday evening.
- Resistance bomb blasts puppet police patrol in Kirkuk Friday morning.
- Resistance fighters ambush puppet police patrol in eastern al-Mawsil.
- Resistance bomb targest puppet police patrol in al-Mawsil.
- US troops blow up electronics repair shop in al-Mawsil, arrest proprietor on “suspicion” of helping the Resistance.
Deadly Militia Attack Against Palestinians in Baghdad Sparks Appeal
At least nine people, including several children, were reportedly killed and many others were wounded when local militia shelled the Al Baladiya area of the Iraqi capital for three hours yesterday, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
(< “http://www.unhcr.org/news/NEWS/4581863b4.html” >UNHCR).
Shot in the Head for Throwing Stones : Twilight Zone / Death sentence
What is now going through the mind of the soldier who fired a loaded weapon at a boy on the Sunday before last – and killed him? What was he thinking when he aimed at the boy’s head? Is he still thinking about his victim? Why does live ammunition have to be used against children, even if they are throwing stones at a armored vehicles? Don’t the soldiers have other means of punishment? And what about the security cabinet’s decision to promote calm in the West Bank, too?
“When There’s No One Left to Blame What Are You Going to Do Now, Israel?”
Now that three small boys have been killed by assassins’ bullets, and a Hamas judge dragged from his car and murdered, perhaps you are pleased. The Palestinians are finally succumbing to your plots, you think. The long-planned bottle has finally been sealed, in which the “drunken cockroaches” can only crawl around, shooting each other.
Different narratives in the Middle East
No, Israelis are not Nazis. But it’s time we talked of war crimes
John Berger and 93 other authors, film-makers, musicians and performers call for a cultural boycott of Israel
THAT’LL teach ‘em!
Abbas calls for early Palestinian elections
Abbas said parliamentary and presidential polls should be held at the earliest opportunity, but appeared to leave the door open to the ruling Hamas by saying renewed efforts should be made to form a government that could lift Western sanctions.
Poll call a ‘risky political move’
As president, however, Mr Abbas does not have authority to order the new elections and he has referred the matter to the Palestinian election commission to see whether or not they can be held.
Israel says it supports Abbas on poll
ISRAEL said today it supported moderate Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas after his call to hold early presidential and parliamentary elections.
U.S. welcomes call for early Palestinian elections
The United States on Saturday welcomed a call by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for fresh elections, expressing hopes it would quell violence in the Palestinian territories and pave the way for a unity government that could work toward peace with Israel.
Blair, backs Palestinian president’s call for new elections
Blair, on the Egyptian leg of a Middle East peace effort, backed Abbas’ announcement of new elections as a way of breaking the political impasse between rival Palestinian groups — a call immediately condemned by his rivals in the militant Hamas
AXIS OF EVIL WELCOMES CALL FOR NEW PALESTINIAN ELECTIONS
Bush and Blair have both done such a marvelous job of running their own countries, they are now advising the Palestinians how to run theirs as well. If they hadn’t meddled from the day Hamas was elected and hadn’t sabotauged every efffort of theirs to try to form a government and rule there most likely wouldn’t be the strife we see today.
What on earth makes them think that the Palestinians will change their votes this time? What on earth makes Abu Mazan think the same? All three might be in for a big surprise and all three might just find themselves on the job market very soon along with their buddy Olmert.
The political situation in the Occupied Territories is a mess at the moment, an early election just might be what is needed to get rid of the rivalries involved and see what happens if Hamas gets a total majority in the election… that is the outcome I predict. Following is a Reuters report about the situation….
US, UK welcome call for early Palestinian elections
DICTATORSHIP : Academic to be Tried for Attending Holocaust Conference
If the holocaust is a fact ‘supported by mountains of evidence’, why are they throwing historians in prison to prevent them from speaking?
66% Think U.S. Spies on Its Citizens
Two-thirds of Americans believe that the FBI and other federal agencies are intruding on privacy rights as part of terrorism investigations, but they remain divided over whether such tactics are justified, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released yesterday.
Aussie Man Wearing Anti-Bush T-Shirt Not Allowed To Board Flight
An Australian man was denied permission to board a connecting flight within Australia unless he removed the T-shirt titled “World’s #1 Terrorist” with a picture of U.S. President George W. Bush.
The Real Culprit: Corpocracy
The Democratic tide in the recent elections is, potentially at least, a force to be reckoned with. Now, citizens-who-care can watch to see if these new members of Congress will squander their mandate in hopelessly fruitless witch hunts on the so-called “issues,” while the real culprit continues to bedevil them. That real culprit? – corpocracy[i] (rhymes with “hypocrisy”).
Come 2008, Will Kucinich and the “New Democrats” Fool Us Again?
Democrats, worried about not appearing “hawkish” enough-that is willing to invade small countries and slaughter large numbers of innocents-are attempting to out-neocon the perfidious neocons.
“If you think a new wind is blowing in Washington in terms of security issues because the Democrats are going to take over Congress, you probably have another think coming,” Christopher Hellman of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation told OneWorld, according to Aaron Glantz.
BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW