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Hanging Saddam will only make him more popular

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 13, 2006

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Hanging Saddam will only make him more popular

Khalid Taha

From the recent demonstrations against his death sentence, it has become very obvious that Saddam has an increasingly large number of supporters in the country despite his downfall, says Khalid Taha.

November 12, 2006

It is unbelievable how short sighted the US administration can be. Don’t advisers inform the President and his staff of the mess they have caused in Iraq and of the negative counter effect their policies are having on US interests?

Is it possible that their ambassador to Baghdad and their CIA men in Iraq are not telling them how dangerous the whole situation is on the ground? Shouldn’t the US take advice from Britain on Iraq instead of the other way round? After all, the British seem to know the country better and they are certainly facing less trouble in the south.

From the onset of the invasion, mistake followed mistake: the dismantling of the Iraqi army and ministries, the unnecessary destruction of the country’s infrastructure, the excessive bombings that killed innocent civilians and destroyed their houses – all of those actions had a strong effect on the reaction of the people of Iraq.

In dealing with the angry response of the Iraqi people, the US forces have committed further atrocities. Haphazard shootings at civilians, humiliating and terrorising arrests and detentions (mostly based on suspicions) and later torture, have all added further fuel to an already blazing situation.

These actions, followed by scandals like that of Abu Ghraib prison, have greatly dented the already vulnerable reputation of an invading country. It became hard to maintain that the United States is interested in the welfare of the Iraqi people and in the promotion of democracy.

Iraqis have seen worse days from the US forces in 3 years than what they had endured under Baath rule for 30 years. Many of them do not see justice in Saddam’s trial, where he is to be hanged for executing 128 Iraqis following an assassination attempt on his life, yet today’s Iraq, the Iraq of Prime Minister Al Malliki under foreign occupation, witnesses the death of around 300 people a day. In fact, many point out that at least those 128 people had some sort of a trial where as now people are getting killed in horrid ways without even knowing why.

In fact, many of those who once were fervent critics of Saddam Hussein are beginning to miss the ‘good old days’ under his rule whenever comparisons with post-Saddam Iraq are made. Whatever their view of Saddam may be, almost all Iraqis agree that the situation now is incomparably worse than it was prior the US-led 2003 invasion. Never before did the people of Iraq face such a level of atrocities.

This has certainly brought great disillusionments to their ‘freedom and democracy’ expectations. In post-2003 Iraq basic requirements like water and electricity have become very scarce. Even the slight superficial improvement in the economical situation could not be credited to the US; it was the US, after all, who pushed for severe UN sanctions against the country which only harmed the people of Iraq.

There is also a growing wide mistrust of the current Iraqi government who is perceived as ultra corrupt, an image which they share with their US backers. One day, they blame all misgivings on the insurgents, branding them as ‘terrorists’, while the next day they are seen seeking negotiations with their representatives in Amman and elsewhere.

The fact there is such a strong resistance reflects the high level of rejection to the presence of foreign occupying powers. Not all of the ever increasing resistance is pro-Saddam, however the court’s handling of Saddam’s case will certainly increase sympathy towards him from ordinary people and insurgent groups that never originally liked him to begin with.

From the recent demonstrations against his death sentence, it has become very obvious that Saddam has an increasingly large number of supporters in the country despite his downfall. In fact, despite the Chalabi sponsored ‘de-baathification’, Saddam’s party has remained strong even after being outlawed, and its followers are making a strong comeback to the scene.

There is no questioning the motives behind key governmental figures to insist on Saddam’s death penalty; they vary from taking personal vengeance to appearing to have a say in today’s Iraq. However, they all fail to see that by insisting on the death penalty, they are only increasing Saddam’s popularity inside and outside Iraq.

Khalid Issa Taha is Chairman of Lawyers Without Borders, and vice president of the British Iraqi Lawyers Association. He can be reached via e-mail at: tahaet@yahoo.co.uk

source:
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International poll ranks Bush a threat to world peace

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 13, 2006

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=== News Update ===

International poll ranks Bush a threat to world peace

The Associated Press

Published: November 3, 2006

TORONTO: A majority of people in three countries with close ties to the U.S. — Britain, Canada and Mexico — consider President George W. Bush a threat to world peace, ranking the U.S. president right up there with the leaders of two countries he has labeled part of the “axis of evil” — North Korea’s Kim Jong Il and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“It is striking that these are America’s closest allies and the populations are going, ‘Whoa, this guy is a danger to the world,'” said Paul Adams, executive director of Ottawa-based EKOS Research which released the poll results Friday.

“These are allies and if the populations of their countries are saying George Bush is a threat to peace, that’s a pretty damning statement about Bush’s public diplomacy in the world.”

Al-Qaida terror network leader Osama bin Laden was viewed as the greatest threat to world peace among those polled in Britain, Canada and Mexico. In Israel, respondents viewed Ahmadinejad, who has called for their country to be wiped off the map, as the biggest threat.

In Britain, 91 percent said they considered bin Laden a great or moderate danger to peace, while 78 percent said that about Bush, the poll found. Kim, whose country tested an atomic bomb last month, was considered a danger by 82 percent, Lebanese Hezbollah militia leader Hassan Nasrallah by 78 percent, and Ahmadinejad by 74 percent.

In Canada, bin Laden was seen by 88 percent of the people surveyed as a great or moderate threat, followed in order by Kim (86 percent), Ahmadinejad (77 percent), and Bush and Nasrallah tied at 74 percent. Eighty-three percent of Mexicans ranked Bush as a great or moderate threat, putting him behind only bin Laden at 88 percent.

Bush fared well only in Israel where just 23 percent of those polled saw the U.S. president as a great or moderate threat. Ahmadinejad was perceived as a great or moderate threat by 92 percent of Israelis surveyed, slightly ahead of bin Laden (89 percent).

Majorities in Britain, Canada and Mexico — 69 percent, 62 percent and 57 percent, respectively — said U.S. foreign policy has made the world more dangerous since 2001, according to the poll. In Israel, only 36 percent said Bush’s actions had made the world more dangerous.

Most Mexicans (68 percent), Israelis (60 percent) and Canadians (57 percent) believe the United States will “intervene militarily” in Iran or North Korea in an effort to block the proliferation of nuclear weapons. British respondents were not asked the question.

“George Bush has developed a very bellicose image abroad,” said EKOS President Frank Graves. “Immediately after September 11, attitudes were almost universally supportive. Today, Bush is seen as a sorcerer’s apprentice on the world stage, bringing calamity wherever he goes.”

The survey reaffirms the results of recent polls conducted in the United States, which indicate a majority of Americans oppose Bush’s Iraq policy.

“As we approach next week’s midterm elections in the United States, the polls show pretty clearly that many Americans are dissatisfied with the Bush foreign policy, particularly in Iraq,” Graves said. “Now we have a clear confirmation that Bush’s policies are even more unpopular abroad among the citizens of countries with very close ties to the United States.”

In Britain, where Prime Minister Tony Blair’s popularity has been hit hard by the Iraq war, 71 percent said the conflict was not justified. Eighty-nine percent of Mexicans, 73 percent of Canadians and 34 percent of Israelis agreed. Fifty-nine percent of Israelis said the 2003 invasion was justified.

The poll, commissioned by the Toronto Star and La Presse in Canada, The Guardian in Britain, Reforma in Mexico and Haaretz in Israel, surveyed 1,000 people in each country at the end of October. The margin of error was 3 percentage points.

source:
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/11/03/america/NA_GEN_World_Views_of_Bush.php

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Western media parrots Israeli narrative on Beit Hanoun Massacre

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 13, 2006

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Western media parrots Israeli narrative on Beit Hanoun Massacre

Khalid Amayreh, thepeoplesvoice.org

12 November, 2006 – Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem

On Wednesday, 8 November, the Israeli army committed another grisly massacre in the Gaza Strip, killing and maiming scores of innocent civilians, mostly sleeping women and children.

The new massacre is added to a long list of Israeli crimes against innocent Palestinians whose only “crime” is their enduring determination to rid themselves of decades of a demonic and dehumanizing Nazi-like military occupation that seeks to annihilate and expel them from their ancestral motherland.

Following the carnage, and as they usually behave in such circumstances, Israeli leaders from the prime minister downward switched into the damage-control mode, telling western news agencies and TV networks that they “regretted” and were “saddened” by the death of innocent civilians.

Ehud Olmert, who just a few months ago was quoted as saying rather brazenly that “Jewish lives are more important” was quoted ad nauseam, nearly by every major western media outlet, that the killing was the result of a “technical error” and that some ‘errant artillery shells” caused the bloodbath in Beit Hanoun.

Interestingly, nearly none of these news media, “the voices of the free world, ” bothered to ask or even wonder why “mistakes” and “technical errors” and “errant artillery shells” are invoked whenever Palestinian (and Lebanese) children and women are killed in the streets of their neighborhoods, while on vacation along the Gaza beach, while fleeing bombardments, as in Mirwaheen in southern Lebanon, or, indeed, while sleeping in their beds as were the latest victims of Israeli savagery.

Unfortunately, most western reactions to the massacre didn’t go beyond the usual platitudes and routine statements such as calling on both sides to show restraint.

Here are some examples, which show the extreme flaccidity with which the West treats Israeli criminality.

A statement issued by the White House on 9 November “regretted the deaths and urged both sides to show restraint.” Another wantonly depraved statement came from the outgoing US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, who had the chutzpa to blame the killings in Beit Hanoun on Hamas’s refusal to recognize Israel. You see the moral depravity of these people, the brutal ugliness of their mentality!

Bolton on Saturday, 11 November, vetoed a draft UNSC resolution that would have created a UN mechanism to provide protection of Palestinian civilians from repeated Israeli attacks.

Even the conceivably more civilized European Union, while denouncing the massacre as a “profoundly shocking event,” had to dutifully remind us that “Israel had the right to defend itself,” thus giving the pornographically mendacious impression that nuclear Israel, not the nearly decimated Palestinians, was being under attack. Well, when will EU ever say that the Palestinians, too, are human and have the right to defend themselves? Probably when kosher pigs fly?

Similarly generally weak statements were issued by European officials, such as British Foreign Office Secretary Margaret Beckett who was quoted as saying that “it is hard to see what this action was meant to achieve and how it can be justified. Israel must respect its obligations to avoid harming civilians.”

Well, Bekett and her clearly duplicitous boss, Tony Blair, must be truly certain that Ehud Olmert, Amir Peretz, Dan Halutz and now this Avigdor Lieberman will take her words to the heart and immediately stop harming Palestinian civilians once and for all.

Parroting the Israeli story

While western reactions to the massacre remained within the “normal routine,” much of the western media outlets sheepishly and unsuspectingly parroted the Israeli narrative that the bloodbath was unintentional and caused by some errant artillery shells.

For example, CBS News reported on 9 November that “Tens of thousands of grieving Gazans, weeping in anguish and screaming for revenge, crammed into a cemetery on Thursday to burry 18 civilians killed by an errant Israeli artillery barrage.”

Similarly, Richard Boudreaux, writing in the Los Angles Times, Nov. 10, 2006, parroted the same mendacity:

“It took 15 minutes of errant Israeli artillery fire into a row of apartment buildings to kill 16 members of the clan and push surviving relatives, once aloof toward armed struggle, into vengeful fury.”….yes, “errant fire” from Israel and “vengeful fury” on the Palestinian side!

The same pattern of reporting, where the Israeli account of the massacre is taken at face value, was adopted by the bulk of the American press, except for the Christian Science Monitor, which attributed the statement to Israeli military and political officials but without endorsing it itself.

Well, how could the writers of such reports, including the Associated Press whose Jerusalem Bureau is staffed with fanatical American-Israeli Zionists, who always seek in their reports and dispatches from Palestine to portray Israel in good light as much as possible and portray the Palestinians in bad light as much as possible, find out that the artillery shells were “errant”?

Did they carry out an independent investigation to establish the truth of their claims? Did they consult third-party experts to corroborate these claims? Is taking Israeli army claims for granted in such circumstances compatible with professional journalistic ethics?

In truth, this is a highly-biased reporting since the writers of such reports and especially their editors back in New York and California readily volunteer to exonerate the killers of any malicious intent.

Yes, news writers have every right to voice their views whenever they like, but they have no right as journalists to print Israeli propaganda and mendacity as “hard news” and “indisputable facts.”

Unfortunately, it is such tendentious, irresponsible and unethical reporting by most of the American and some of the European media of Israeli atrocities and Nazi-like treatment of Palestinians that keeps the bulk of the American and much of the European peoples in the dark about the scandal of the Palestinian plight.

Even the BBC, which often seeks to portray itself as the paragon of objectivity and truth, always makes sure that the Israeli “view point” is prominently featured even at the risk of creating an intended or unintended impression of symmetry between the murdered and their murderers.

Indeed, in its report on the burial of the massacre’s victims in Beit Hanoun on 9 November, BBC News devoted hundreds of sound-bites (six paragraphs in the report’s printed form), see www.news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6131860.stm, to Israeli claims that the bombardment was carried out by mistake.

The report, among other things, quoted Olmert as claiming that the killings were the result of “technical failure,” that he was “uncomfortable with the event” and “very distressed,” that he “checked and verified it” and that “it was not the policy.”

Well, where is the balance in this kind of reporting? Where is the “other view,” namely that the shelling was likely to have been carried out deliberately since the Israeli army knew quite well that it was bombarding a densely-populated area? Besides, doesn’t this view, that the killing was deliberate, merit reporting by the BBC especially in light of the hundreds of Palestinian civilians, including dozens of children, the Israeli occupation army has killed since its so-called “withdrawal” from Gaza in August, 2005.

Or, does the BBC believe that the Israeli army is not capable of committing atrocities and massacres, knowingly and deliberately and Israeli leaders and officials are not capable of lying to cover up or extenuate the savagery of their crimes.?

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November 12, 2006 © Copyright November 12, 2006 by Khalid Amayreh – amayreh@p-ol.com This article originates on http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org – Permission is granted for reprint in print, email, blog, or web media if this credit, © By Khalid Amayreh, for thepeoplesvoice.org, is attached and the title and text remain unchanged. ‘Western media parrots Israeli narrative on Beit Hanoun Massacre’, posted here: http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blogs/voices.php/2006/11/12/western_media_parrots_israeli_narrative
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U.S. Vetoes of UN Resolutions Critical of Israel (1972-2006)

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 13, 2006

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

U.S. Vetoes of UN Resolutions Critical of Israel

(1972-2006)

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/UN/usvetoes.html


Vetoes: 1972-1982

Subject Date & Meeting US Rep Casting Veto Vote
Palestine: Syrian-Lebanese Complaint. 3 power draft resolution 2/10784 9/10/1972 Bush 13-1, 1
Palestine: Examination of Middle East Situation. 8-power draft resolution (S/10974) 7/2/1973 Scali 13-1, 0 (China not partic.)
Palestine: Egyptian-Lebanese Complaint. 5-power draft power resolution (S/11898) 12/8/1975 Moynihan 13-1, 1
Palestine: Middle East Problem, including Palestinian question. 6-power draft resolution (S/11940) 1/26/1976 Moynihan 9-1,3 (China & Libya not partic.)
Palestine: Situation in Occupied Arab Territories. 5-power draft resolution (S/12022) 3/25/1976 Scranton 14-1,0
Palestine: Report on Committee on Rights of Palestinian People. 4-power draft resolution (S/121119) 6/29/1976 Sherer 10-1,4
Palestine: Palestinian Rights. Tunisian draft resolution. (S/13911) 4/30/1980 McHenry 10-1,4
Palestine: Golan Heights. Jordan draft resolution. (S/14832/Rev. 2) 1/20/1982 Kirkpatrick 9-1,5
Palestine: Situation in Occupied Territories, Jordan draft resolution (S/14943) 4/2/1982 Lichenstein 13-1,1
Palestine: Incident at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. 4-power draft resolution 4/20/1982 Kirpatrick 14-1, 0
Palestine: Conflict in Lebanon. Spain draft resolution. (S/15185) 6/8/1982 Kirpatrick 14-1,0
Palestine: Conflict in Lebanon. France draft resolution. (S/15255/Rev. 2) 6/26/1982 Lichenstein 14-1
Palestine: Conflict in Lebanon. USSR draft resolution. (S/15347/Rev. 1, as orally amended) 8/6/1982 Lichenstein 11-1,3
Palestine: Situation in Occupied Territories, 20-power draft resolution (S/15895) 8/2/1983 Lichenstein 13-1,1

Security Council Vetoes/Negative voting 1983-present

Subject Date Vote
Occupied Arab Territories: Wholesale condemnation of Israeli settlement policies – not adopted 1983
S. Lebanon: Condemns Israeli action in southern Lebanon. S/16732 9/6/1984 Vetoed: 13-1 (U.S.), with 1 abstention (UK)
Occupied Territories: Deplores “repressive measures” by Israel against Arab population. S/19459. 9/13/1985 Vetoed: 10-1 (U.S.), with 4 abstentions (Australia, Denmark, UK, France)
Lebanon: Condemns Israeli practices against civilians in southern Lebanon. S/17000. 3/12/1985 Vetoed: 11-1 (U.S.), with 3 abstentions (Australia, Denmark, UK)
Occupied Territories: Calls upon Israel to respect Muslim holy places. S/17769/Rev. 1 1/30/1986 Vetoed: 13-1 (US), with one abstention (Thailand)
Lebanon: Condemns Israeli practices against civilians in southern Lebanon. S/17730/Rev. 2. 1/17/1986 Vetoed: 11-1 (U.S.), with 3 abstentions (Australia, Denmark, UK)
Libya/Israel: Condemns Israeli interception of Libyan plane. S/17796/Rev. 1. 2/6/1986 Vetoed: 10 -1 (US), with 4 abstentions (Australia, Denmark, France, UK)
Lebanon: Draft strongly deplored repeated Israeli attacks against Lebanese territory and other measures and practices against the civilian population; (S/19434) 1/18/1988 vetoed 13-1 (US), with 1 abstention (UK)
Lebanon: Draft condemned recent invasion by Israeli forces of Southern Lebanon and repeated a call for the immediate withdrawal of all Israeli forces from Lebanese territory; (S/19868) 5/10/1988 vetoed 14-1 (US)
Lebanon: Draft strongly deplored the recent Israeli attack against Lebanese territory on 9 December 1988; (S/20322) 12/14/1988 vetoed 14-1 (US)
Occupied territories: Draft called on Israel to accept de jure applicability of the 4th Geneva Convention; (S/19466) 1988 vetoed 14-1 (US)
Occupied territories: Draft urged Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention, rescind the order to deport Palestinian civilians, and condemned policies and practices of Israel that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied territories; (S/19780) 1988 vetoed 14-1 (US)
Occupied territories: Strongly deplored Israeli policies and practices in the occupied territories, and strongly deplored also Israel’s continued disregard of relevant Security Council decisions. 2/17/1989 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
Occupied territories: Condemned Israeli policies and practices in the occupied territories. 6/9/1989 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
Occupied territories: Deplored Israel’s policies and practices in the occupied territories. 11/7/1989 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
Occupied territories: NAM draft resolution to create a commission and send three security council members to Rishon Lezion, where an Israeli gunmen shot down seven Palestinian workers. 5/31/1990 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
Middle East: Confirms that the expropriation of land by Israel in East Jerusalem is invalid and in violation of relevant Security Council resolutions and provisions of the Fourth Geneva convention; expresses support of peace process, including the Declaration of Principles of 9/13/1993 5/17/1995 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
Middle East: Calls upon Israeli authorities to refrain from all actions or measures, including settlement activities. 3/7/1997 Vetoed 14-1 (US)
Middle East: Demands that Israel cease construction of the settlement in east Jerusalem (called Jabal Abu Ghneim by the Palestinians and Har Homa by Israel), as well as all the other Israeli settlement activity in the occupied territories 3/21/1997 Vetoed 13-1,1 (US)
Call for UN Observers Force in West Bank, Gaza 3/27/2001 Vetoed 9-1 (US),
with four abstentions
(Britain, France, Ireland and Norway)
Condemned acts of terror, demanded an end to violence and the establishment of a monitoring mechanism to bring in observers. 12/14/2001 Vetoed 12-1 (US)
with two abstentions
(Britain and Norway)
On the killing by Israeli forces of several UN employees and the destruction of the World Food Programme (WFP) warehouse 12/19/2002

12-1 (US)

with two abstentions

(Bulgaria and Cameroon)

Demand that Israel halt threats to expel Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat 9/16/03 Vetoed 11-1 (US)
with three abstentions
(Britain, Germany and Bulgaria)
Seeks to bar Israel from extending security fence 10/14/03 Vetoed 10-1 with four absentations (Britain, Germany, Bulgaria and Cameroon)
Condemns Israel for killing Ahmed Yassin 3/25/04 Vetoed 11-1 (US)
with three absentations
(Britain, Germany, Romania)
Calls For Israel To Halt Gaza Operation 10/05/04 Vetoed 11-1 (US)
with three absentations
(Britain, Germany, Romania)
Calls For Israel To Halt Gaza Operation 7/13/06 Vetoed 10-1 (US)
with four absentations
(Britain, Peru, Denmark and Slovakia)

Source: U.S. State Department; UN, various news sources

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Poll: One-third of American voters believe in Christian Zionism

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 13, 2006

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=== News Update ===

Poll: One-third of American voters believe in Christian Zionism

The Question: Which of the following best explains your belief in Christian Zionism, which is defined as a belief that Israel must have all of the promised land, including Jerusalem, to facilitate the second coming of the messiah?

Method: Conducted by Zogby International of 1,036 likely voters from 10/10/06 through 10/12/06.

The Results:

Strongly believe 16% Believe 31%
Somewhat believe 15%
Do not believe 33% Do not believe 53%
Strongly do not believe 20%
Not sure 16%

Comments:

The Council for the National Interest has just conducted a Zogby International poll that reveals that nearly a third (31 percent) of likely American voters believe in Christian Zionism, as defined as “a belief that Israel must have all of the promised land, including Jerusalem, to facilitate the second coming of the messiah.” More than half (53 percent) of American voters do not believe in Christian Zionism, while sixteen percent are not sure.

Those living in the east (66 percent) are the most likely to say they do not believe in Christian Zionism, while those living in south (35 percent) and in the central Great Lakes region (36 percent) are the most likely to believe. Protestants (40 percent) are significantly more likely to believe than are Catholics (19 percent). African Americans (40 percent) are more likely to believe in this than either Hispanics (33 percent) or whites (29 percent). Republicans (37 percent) are more likely to believe in Christian Zionism than are Democrats or independents (28 percent each).

source:
http://www.cnionline.org/learn/polls/czandlobby/index.htm

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US Terrorize The World – 21 Syawal 1427 H (13.11.06)

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 13, 2006

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

List of U.S. Vetoes of UN Resolutions Critical of Israel – (1972-2006)

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/UN/usvetoes.html

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4 Minute Video: Scott Ritter describes Israel’s role in shaping U.S. Foreign policy

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15591.htm

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In case you missed it: Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: Video

How Israel manipulates and distorts American public perceptions
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14055.htm

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Poll: One-third of American voters believe in Christian Zionism

The Council for the National Interest has just conducted a Zogby International poll that reveals that nearly a third (31 percent) of likely American voters believe in Christian Zionism, as defined as “a belief that Israel must have all of the promised land, including Jerusalem, to facilitate the second coming of the messiah.”
http://www.cnionline.org/learn/polls/czandlobby/index.htm

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Beware: George Bush’s secret agents can now arrrest us in our own country

The Government last week cravenly surrendered control of the independence of our criminal justice system to the United States.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/newscomment.html?in_article_id=415877

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Open letter: Attacks on Muslims

We express our solidarity with all people in Britain of the Muslim faith, affirm their right to dress as they please and live their lives in peace and security.
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/new/Straw_Veil.htm

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International poll ranks Bush a threat to world peace

A majority of people in three countries with close ties to the U.S. – Britain, Canada and Mexico – consider President George W. Bush a threat to world peace, ranking the U.S. president right up there with the leaders of two countries he has labeled part of the “axis of evil” – North Korea’s Kim Jong Il and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/11/03/america/NA_GEN_World_Views_of_Bush.php

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Hanging Saddam will only make him more popular

>From the recent demonstrations against his death sentence, it has become very obvious that Saddam has an increasingly large number of supporters in the country despite his downfall, says Khalid Taha.

It is unbelievable how short sighted the US administration can be. Don’t advisers inform the President and his staff of the mess they have caused in Iraq and of the negative counter effect their policies are having on US interests?
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m28207&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Confession of Chalabi’s top assistance

An American Army colonel, Ted Seal, was assigned to be with Chalabi and his fighters as a liaison officer, and every day he would get on the phone and report back to CENTCOM the status of Chalabi’s fighters, unvetted. A lot of them were from Iran, by the way – Iraqis who had fled to Iran.
http://www.roadstoiraq.com/2006/11/12/confession-of-chalabi-top-assistance/

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Somber analysis of Iraq’s future

The situation in Iraq is “even worse than we thought,” with key Iraqi leaders showing no willingness to compromise to avoid increasing violence, said Leon Panetta, a member of the high-powered advisory group that will recommend new options for the war.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15583.htm

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Iraq: More Than 160 Killed as Bloody U.S. occupation Grinds On

Four British occupation force troops were killed in the southern city of Basra. Three U.S. soldiers died on Saturday from wounds suffered in combat in the western Anbar province
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L12872205.htm

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Suicide Bombs Kill 35 Iraqi Police Recruits

At least 33 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack Sunday morning in occupied Baghdad and police fear the toll will rise.
http://www.channel3000.com/news/10302040/detail.html

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Forget democracy and bring home troops, Bush will hear

A commission of experts appointed by President George W Bush will advise him to abandon his dream of cementing a new democratic system in Iraq and instead tackle the security crisis so that the withdrawal of American troops can begin.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/11/12/wirq212.xml

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ACLU Applauds Rumsfeld’s Resignation

The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation from his post as Defense Secretary, and called on Congress to investigate the gross abuse of power committed under his watch.
http://www.aclu.org/safefree/torture/27325prs20061108.html

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Mortars hit U.S. office in Iraq – Conflict in Iraq – MSNBC.com

The U.S. government’s office in central Iraq came under mortar fire early Saturday, an attack that touched off a blaze in part of the complex, Iraqi police said. There was no immediate word on damage or casualties.

This story is still in the MSNBC archives but has been erased from their main pages. Indeed, Google still has an entry for “Mortars strike U.S. office in Iraq” bu7t the link now goes to a different story.
http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:Z-LY1VTlsxQJ:www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15665032/%20Mortars%20hit%20U.S.%20office%20in%20Iraq&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=1&client=safari

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Four British troops killed in Iraq

FOUR British servicemen have been killed and three were left badly wounded after their boat was hit by a home-made bomb in southern Iraq. “We can confirm that there has been an attack on a Multinational Forces boat patrol on the Shatt Al-Arab waterway in Basra city,” said a statement from the Ministry of Defence. “Four servicemen have been killed and three have sustained either very serious or serious injuries.” The injured were evacuated to a nearby logistics base by helicopter. Captain Tane Dunlot told the BBC by telephone from Basra that the troops were attacked using an improvised explosive device, but it was not clear where it was placed…
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m28208&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Three U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq’s al-Anbar province

Three American soldiers have been killed in Iraq’s volatile al-Anbar province, the military said in a statement on Sunday, raising to 30 the U.S. troops’ death toll in Iraq this month. The three assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division died on Saturday from wounds sustained due to “enemy action” while operating in al-Anbar province, the statement said. The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, the statement added…
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m28205&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 11 November 2006.

  • Five US troops reported killed in Iraqi Resistance car bomb attack in at-Tarimiyah Saturday afternoon.
  • Resistance men seize fuel from pro-American sectarian militia, distribute it free to local residents in Bayji.
  • Four powerful Iraqi Resistance bombs rip through US supply convoy in al-Mawsil Saturday night.
  • Resistance bomb rips through US Humvee in western Hit Friday evening.
  • Resistance sharpshooter kills Iraqi puppet “National Guard” soldier in Abu Ghurayb.
  • Resistance men kill puppet Iraqi intelligence officer in southern Baghdad Saturday.
  • Resistance mortars blast puppet “National Guard” checkpoint in Balad.
  • Resistance bomb targets puppet “National Guards” in Ba’qubah Friday.
  • Resistance blasts US consulate in al-Hillah with mortars on Friday.
  • Resistance men kill puppet army soldier in northern Kirkuk Friday evening.
  • Resistance bomb targets puppet police patrol in Kirkuk Saturday morning.

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../en_articles_2006/1106/iraqiresistancereport_111106.htm

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Afghan violence up sharply

Afghanistan suffers more than 600 cases of terrorist or insurgent-related violence a month, a fourfold increase from last year, according to a report released Sunday.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/11/12/asia/AS_GEN_Afghan_Violence.php

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Veto shows U.S. complicity in Israeli crimes

TEHRAN, Nov. 12 (MNA) — The international community once again witnessed the United States’ complicity in Israel’s crimes when Washington vetoed a United Nations draft resolution that condemned Tel Aviv for killing innocent Palestinians.
http://www.mehrnews.ir/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=406026

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Nightmare in Beit Hanoun: How Gaza Offends Us All

An opened jaw with yellowed teeth gaped out of its bloodied shroud. The rest of the head parts were wrapped in a plastic bag placed atop the jaw and nostrils, as if to be close to the place to which it once belonged. The bag was red from the pieces that were stuffed inside it. Below the jaw was a human neck slit open midway down: a fleshy, wet wound smiling pink and oozing out from the browned skin around it, the neck that was still linked to the body below it. Above him, in the upper freezer of the morgue lay a dead woman, her red hennaed hair visible for the first time to strange men around her. More red plastic wrapped around an otherwise absent chin. She was dead for demonstrating outside a mosque in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza where more than 60 men sheltered during the artillery onslaught by Israeli tanks and cannons.
http://counterpunch.org/loewenstein11092006.html

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Beit Hanoun: Massacre or Technical Error?

Video: Israel killed 19 civilians, including 7 children. And like in Cana, Lebanon, in August, where 28 civilians died, and after it killed 4 unarmed UN observers, it is claiming a “technical mistake”
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15589.htm

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Israelis guilty of the Beit Hanoun massacre.

Uri Avnery argues that the entire Israeli chain of command, from the prime minister to the army chiefs who, having lost their honour in Lebanon, are eager to flex their muscles with impunity, must be blamed for the massacre in Beit Hanoun.
http://www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/uavnery180.htm

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Ahmed Amr: Listen Carefully to Condi’s Silence on Beit Hanoun

Collective punishment is the law of the land in the occupied territories. Israel does it because Israel gets a license to do it from the great white father in Washington. Gaza has lived in darkness for an entire summer on account of the IDF’s malicious destruction of its power plants. The pitch-black nights are perfect cover for nightly raids by Israeli death squads.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15581.htm

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Western media parrots Israeli narrative on Beit Hanoun Massacre

On Wednesday, 8 November, the Israeli army committed another grisly massacre in the Gaza Strip, killing and maiming scores of innocent civilians, mostly sleeping women and children.

The new massacre is added to a long list of Israeli crimes against innocent Palestinians whose only “crime” is their enduring determination to rid themselves of decades of a demonic and dehumanizing Nazi-like military occupation that seeks to annihilate and expel them from their ancestral motherland.
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m28211&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Arab Nations To Lift Financial Blockade On Palestine

Arab nations on Sunday decided to lift the financial blockade on Palestine following the US veto on a U.N. Security Council draft resolution on Saturday
http://www.nasdaq.com/aspxcontent/NewsStory.aspx?cpath=20061112\ACQRTT200611121303RTTRADERUSEQUITY_0045.htm&selected=9999&selecteddisplaysymbol=9999&StoryTargetFrame=_top&mkt=WORLD&chk=unchecked&lang=&link=&headlinereturnpage=http://www.international.nasd

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Arab to lift financial blockade on Palestinians

Top Arab diplomats on Sunday decided to lift the financial blockade on Palestinians in response to a US veto on a UN Security Council draft resolution condemning Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

“We decided not to cooperate with it (the blockade). There will no longer be an international siege,” said Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1162378382607&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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A Dissenting Note on the Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917

On the Anti-Semitism of the Present Government: As the one Jewish Minister in the Government I may be allowed by my colleagues an opportunity of expressing views which may be peculiar to myself, but which I hold very strongly and which I must ask permission to express when opportunity affords.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15584.htm

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How Israel put Gaza civilians in firing line

Israeli military commanders drastically reduced the ‘safety’ margins that separate artillery targets from the built-up civilian areas of Gaza earlier this year, despite being warned that the new policy risked increasing Palestinian civilian deaths and injuries, The Observer can reveal.
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,1945798,00.html

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Palestinian killed by Israel fire, another dies of wounds

Israeli occupation troops on Sunday fired a land-to-land missile and killed a Palestinian young man north of Beit Lahia, in the Gaza Strip, while another Palestinian succumbed to serious wounds suffered in the Israeli shelling of Beit Hanun on 8/11.
http://www.albawaba.com/en/countries/Palestine/205702

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Nixed Signals: When Hamas hinted at peace, U.S. media wouldn’t take the message

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2974

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Number of Jewish lawmakers worldwide reaches record high

The United States is still only in third place worldwide for the number of Jewish legislators, after Israel and Britain.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/785642.html

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True Lies About U.S. Aid to” Israeli ” War Machinery – Cost of Israel to U.S. Taxpayers

For many years the American media said that “Israel receives $1.8 billion in military aid” or that “Israel receives $1.2 billion in economic aid.” Both statements were true, but since they were never combined to give us the complete total of annual U.S. aid to Israel, they also were lies—true lies.
http://palestinefreevoice.blogspot.com/2006/11/true-lies-about-us-aid-to-israeli-war.html

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White House calls Iran, Hezbollah a `global nexus of terrorism`

White House spokesman Tony Snow issued a statement saying the Islamic republic was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians as the world’s “leading state sponsor of terrorism.” It gave no specifics.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/786565.html

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Vietnamese court convicts three U.S. citizens, on terrorism charges

It said the scheme was hatched by the “Government of Free Vietnam,” a Garden Grove, California, organization that the Vietnamese government considers a terrorist group.
http://news.lp.findlaw.com/ap/p/56/11-10-2006/1edb003151e307d2.html

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Lockerbie trial was a CIA fix, US intelligence insider claims

THE CIA manipulated the Lock erbie trial and lied about the strength of the prosecution case to get a result that was politically convenient for America, according to a former US State Department lawyer.
http://www.sundayherald.com/59005

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Outrage at London sting by US spies

Undercover American agents are staging secret ‘sting’ operations in Britain against criminal and terrorist suspects they want to extradite to the US.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15590.htm

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The Republicans Took a Dive

What explains the curious decline from the high–powered Republican machine that could snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in 2000, 2002 and 2004 to the broken down jalopy of 2006 that blew control of both houses of Congress?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15585.htm

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US elections in the 21st century: Voting rights and voting wrongs

Does this election vindicate the US political system as protecting our basic democratic interests?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15586.htm

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