Thursday, 18 March 2010

News For March 18, 2010

U.S. Tough Love is the Kind Israel Needs

By Gideon Levy

Israel - addicted to the occupation, and showing symptoms of overdose and accumulated damage - has finally found a savior to rescue it from its plight. Israel's redeemer hasn't just stood idly by for 40 years, but has even facilitated the habit. However, it seems that change may at last be in the air. Continue

UnPACking AIPAC’s White House Slam, Israeli style

By Marsha B. Cohen

According to AIPAC, all responsibility for the disharmony between Israel and the US lies with the misguided American administration, and none with any of the politicians on the Israeli side. Continue

Obama Won't Restrain Israel - He Can't

By Rupert Cornwell

Power lies in the perception of power, and no organisation in Washington is perceived to wield more power than AIPAC, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. For proof, look no further than January 2009, when most of the rest of the world was horrified at the Israeli offensive in Gaza. At that moment the US House of Representatives, by a vote of 390 to five, chose to blame the entire crisis on Hamas. Continue

US Department of Justice Asked to Regulate AIPAC as a Foreign Agent


Espionage related FBI investigations in 1984 and 2005 reveal AIPAC's ongoing stealth foreign agency activities. Declassified FBI files released on the Internet last week reveal that in 1984 AIPAC and the Israeli Ministry of Economics were investigated for jointly obtaining and circulating classified US economic data to obtain favorable trade benefits for Israel. Continue

US Has Iran in Its Sights
American Naifs Bringing Ruin to Other Lands

By Paul Craig Roberts

The next step will be a staged "terrorist attack," a "false flag" operation as per Operation Northwoods, for which Iran will be blamed. As Iran and its leadership have already been demonized, the "false flag" attack will suffice to obtain U.S. and European public support for bombing Iran. Continue

I'd Kill For a Peace Prize

By Timo Cerantola

What would it take to get most Americans to give away their freedoms? A full-scale military attack from the combined forces of China and Russia (?) An interplanetary invasion by aliens with advanced weaponry (?) No. It takes only one nut-job (with a bomb in his underwear) to send the people of the most powerful nation on the planet into a paranoid fit of fear. Continue

"This Bill is a Death Sentence"

By Michael Moore

Filmmaker Michael Moore gives his take on whether financial and health care reform could be successful. Continue

The Last Hope

By Fred Reed

Washington is out of control. - The feds read our email and track the web sites we visit, make us hop around barefoot in airports at the command of surly unaccountable rentacops. They search us at random in train stations without even a pretense of probable cause. We have no influence over them, no way of resisting. Continue

We Are The Disease:
Zero Point of Systemic Collapse

By Chris Hedges

We stand on the cusp of one of humanity’s most dangerous moments. Continue

There Is Another Way

By Garda Ghista

Here are the concrete facts and signs indicating America's collapse into third world nation status. It is painful to read about. It is even more painful to watch.Continue

Six militants killed in NW Pakistan: The clash took place when the militants attacked a security checkpoint in Akhoral area of Kohat, North West Frontier Province (NWFP), the private TV ARY News reported.
US kills 10 people in Pakistan attacks: Ten more militants were killed and two others sustained injuries in two separate US drone attacks on Hamzoni and Mezar villages in North Waziristan on Wednesday.
US drone strike in Pakistan 'killed key al-Qaeda man': He was believed to have helped plan an attack on a base in Khost in December in which a suicide bomber killed seven CIA agents and a Jordanian officer.
Iraq: Five people killed in fresh violence: Armed men stopped two off-duty Iraqi security officers north of Baghdad, abducted them, and beheaded them, police told the German Press Agency dpa on Thursday.
US occupation force soldier dies in combat in Baghdad: A statement by the military says the soldier from the U.S. Central Division was killed in combat on Thursday in the Iraqi capital.
Iraq PM back in lead in vote count: Partial results based on the ballots from the March 7 vote gave al-Maliki's group, the State of Law (SOL), about 40,000 more votes than Allawi's Iraqiya bloc.
Gaza rocket kills Thai farm worker in Israel: Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing a Thai farm worker, Israeli medics said, in the first death from such an attack since the Gaza offensive last year.
US, Russia clash over Iran nuclear plant: The United States says Russia's claim that Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant should go online this summer is 'premature.'
Israel is empowering al Qaeda, Petraeus warns: Gen David Petraeus, testifying before the US Senate Armed Services Committee today, gave a grave warning about the wider impact of a conflict that has been the epicenter of Middle East hostilities ever since the creation of Israel
Obama: No crisis in U.S. ties with Israel: "Israel is one of our closest allies, and we and the Israeli people have a special bond that's not going to go away," Obama said in an interview with Fox News.
Netanyahu’s Brother-in-Law: Obama’s an Anti-Semite: "The time has come to tell the truth.” Dr. Ben-Artzi told Arutz-7 radio (Hebrew). “I understand the Prime Minister’s reaction to me, but the truth must be told. Obama is an anti-Semite.” He said that Israel is dealing with “a president who was educated by anti-Semitic preacher Jeremiah Wright.”
Lula criticises Israeli policies: Brazil's president has criticised Israeli policies towards the Palestinians, warning that Israel's separation barrier, its blockade of Gaza and its continued settlement building was extinguishing "the candle of hope".
Yemen-American imam calls for US Muslim revolt: "I eventually came to the conclusion that jihad against America is binding upon myself just as it is binding on every other Muslim," he said in his American-accented English.
The Gay Terrorist: A new story about the run-up to 9/11 has emerged—a previously undisclosed, covert C.I.A. effort to recruit a spy to penetrate Al Qaeda a year and a half before the planes crashed into the towers.
Pentagon Sees a Threat From Online Muckrakers: To the list of the enemies threatening the security of the United States, the Pentagon has added, a tiny online source of information and documents that governments and corporations around the world would prefer to keep secret.
Documents Detail Law Enforcement Collection of Data From Social Media Sites: EFF has posted documents shedding light on how law enforcement agencies use social networking sites to gather information in investigations.
Cuban police break up protest march: Cuban police have prevented the mothers and wives of detained dissidents from marching on the outskirts of Havana, the capital, forcing them into buses and taking them away, witnesses say.
Walgreens: no new Medicaid patients as of April 16: Effective April 16, Walgreens drugstores across the state won't take any new Medicaid patients, saying that filling their prescriptions is a money-losing proposition — the latest development in an ongoing dispute over Medicaid reimbursement.
*uck You Dennis Kucinich: What did you REALLY GET for Selling us out: The worst part of all this is the fact that this bill is just a pleasant fiction… it’s the Privitization of our entire healthcare system in a pleasant little package. Just like Dennis said the other day, this bill will be the next big step in privatizing Medicare, Medicaid, and all the rest.
Judge orders banks to trial over Milan bond deals: "JPMorgan, Depfa, Deutsche Bank and UBS have been ordered to stand trial for fraud along with 11 of their managers and two former Milan city officials," said Alfredo Robledo, a prosecutor at the Milan court.
Mayor puts hold on Toledo police layoffs: The 30-day layoff notices issued this week to more than one-fifth of the Toledo police force have been put on hold by the mayor.
Protesters rally against L.A. Court layoffs: A loud protest on the streets of downtown a day after 329 L.A. County Superior Court employees lost their jobs.

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