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Sanctions Won't Work Against Iran .... Force could!

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Bolton in the WSJ, here

"... Accordingly, President Obama is readying two alternatives. One is to characterize "freezing" Iran's nuclear program at existing levels as a "success." However, this less than complete termination of Iran's nuclear program would run contrary to years of determined clandestine efforts. Such a freeze is utterly unverifiable and amounts to surrender. This will result in a nuclear-armed Iran........... Adopting tougher economic sanctions is simply another detour away from hard decisions on whether to accept a nuclear Iran or support using force to prevent it." Posted by G, Z, & or B at 7:40 PM

Review: Erasing the borders in "A Map of Home"

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Robin Yassin-Kassab, The Electronic Intifada, 31 August 2009






Randa Jarrar's A Map of Home is a beautifully achieved coming of age novel which follows a clever girl through a war, a domestic battlefield, and repeated forced migrations. For our heroine, these events are aspects of normal everyday life (because everything's normal when it happens to you), like school, friends, family and shopping. Despite the geographical and cultural particularities of the story, the themes -- of awakening sexually, of learning how to love a parent yet firmly say no, and of struggling for independence and a place in the world -- are universal, and the book will appeal to all but the most easily shocked readers.

At the novel's center is a family. The father, Waheed, is a Palestinian from Jenin exiled to a string of temporary residences. Resentful of his failure to develop a career as a poet, he projects his ambition onto his daughter, about whom Waheed is convincingly self-conflicted: he w…

Why Not Crippling Sanctions for Israel and the US?

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Why Not Crippling Sanctions for Israel and the US?

By Paul Craig RobertsIn Israel, a country stolen from the Palestinians, fanatics control the government. One of the fanatics is the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Last week Netanyahu called for “crippling sanctions” against Iran.The kind of blockade that Netanyahu wants qualifies as an act of war. Israel has long threatened to attack Iran on its own but prefers to draw in the US and NATO.Why does Israel want to initiate a war between the United States and Iran?Is Iran attacking other countries, bombing civilians and destroying civilian infrastructure?No. These are crimes committed by Israel and the US.Is Iran evicting peoples from lands they have occupied for centuries and herding them into ghettoes?No, that’s what Israel has been doing to the Palestinians for 60 years. What is Iran doing? Iran is developing nuclear energy, which is its right as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Iran’s nuclear energy program is subject …

US Audacity of Hope Falters

Link By Ramzy BaroudThe US has decided to be 'flexible' regarding its once touted call for a total Israeli freeze on the expansion of its occupied territories' settlements, all illegal under international law. A senior official spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity on August 27. “It was more important that the scope of a settlement freeze was acceptable to the Israelis and the Palestinians than to the United States,” Reuters reported, citing the senior official. This means that peace negotiations can resume while Israeli bulldozers are carving up Palestinian land, demolishing homes and cutting down trees.It also means that the Israeli rejection of the only US demand, which has thus far defined President Barack Obama’s relations to the Middle East conflict, has prevailed over the supposed American persistence. In other words, the US has officially succumbed to Israeli and pro-Israeli pressures, in Tel Aviv and Washington.Those not familiar with the connotation of cert…

A free Alawite state might even be a natural ally of Israel for the same reasons the Middle East’s Christians and Kurds tend to be"

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From the 'never-failing-to-be-idiotic' Michael Totten in Commentary, here
" ... I don’t know for sure whether Syria’s Sunni Arabs — who make up around 70 percent of the population — would actually accuse Assad of treason and seriously threaten to remove him from power if he signed a peace treaty. But that’s how many Alawites see it. As “infidels” they don’t feel they have the legitimacy to force Sunni Arabs to make peace with Israel. That is a risky business even for Sunni Arab leaders, as the assassination of Egypt’s Anwar Sadat shows.Most of Syria’s Alawites live along the Mediterranean coast, away from the Sunni heartland. They could, at least theoretically, be separated from Syria into their own Alawite nation. The Middle East would probably be a safer place if they were. They did have their own semiautonomous government under the French Mandate between 1930 and 1937, and again from 1939 to 1944, but their Latakia region has been a part of Syria ever since.Such a n…

"US on the road out of Iraq"

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"The U.S. military is packing up to leave Iraq in what has been deemed the largest movement of manpower and equipment in modern military history .........The goal is to withdraw tens of thousands of troops and about 60 percent of equipment out of Iraq by the end of next March ..... The nearly 300 American bases and outposts currently remaining in Iraq will shrink to 50 or less by the president's deadline ..... the independent Government Accountability Office reported to Congress earlier this year that the withdrawal would be a "massive and expensive effort" that would likely increase war costs by billions. It also estimated an additional $12 billion to $13 billion a year would be needed for two years following the withdrawal for maintenance, repairs and replacement of equipment returned from Iraq. ..........."We are going to use every means necessary: air, Iraqi railroad, the roads. Whatever it takes, ...." Posted by G, Z, & or B at 9:43 AM

" ... escalation against Syria is a warning from Tehran ..."

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LinkA "Good piece" of Shit for TONY:Asharq Alawsat, here
"... Syria is trying to arrange its political situation in the Arab world and internationally, and has taken steps in Lebanon. Some would describe these steps as being insufficient, however they are concessionary, particularly to those who follow the Syrian line. Confirmed information also indicates that there is a considerable disagreement between Syria and Hezbollah, .....It would also not be rational for Damascus to allow the Baathists to attack from within Syrian territory, especially as the Americans have now opened up channels of negotiation with the Iraqi Baathists via Turkey, which is now Syria's most important ally. .......This would only serve to put Syria in a dangerous international predicament. Even if Syrian interests call for the end of any pro-Iranian regime in Baghdad, because Damascus does not want to find itself surrounded by [pro-Iranian] Iraq on one side, and Hezbollah's Lebanon on the …

Hamas Refusing to Budge on Terms for Shalit Deal

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Al manar

31/08/2009 Hamas has rejected every Israeli request to exile some of the Palestinian detainees due to be released as part of a deal for captured Israeli occupation soldier Gilad Shalit, a senior official in the Islamic resistance group said Sunday.

Osama al-Mzainy, the Hamas official in charge of the Shalit affair, also insisted that no quick agreement over the captured soldier is in sight.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, al-Mzainy said every prisoner should be allowed to return home. "All the statements about optimism and expectations - that the deal will soon be sealed - all these statements are exaggerated," he told the television station. "We still need some time in order to overcome the obstacles put up by the Israelis."

He said Israel's demand that some of the released detainees be deported is what caused the talks to fail when Ehud Olmert was prime minister, and if Israel continued to insist on this point, the current negotiations would fail as we…

Once upon a time......in the West

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Once upon a time in the West ,
somebody decided to incriminate Libya
for the Lockerbee bombing

It was difficult , because Libya was innocent
so they imposed a boycott for a decade
until a suspect was created , produced and indited.

I call this blackmail... .......
( or guilt by exclusion )

20 years later the Libyan-Regime
exchanged their Oil for that same "guilty-person "

I call this " paying a ransom for the hostage takers"


When hypocrisy is practised by governments,
it is called : " for humanitarian- reasons"


SherlockHommos
first day at the office !!!
31st of August 2009


Posted by Тлакскала at 1:14 PM

ISRAEL: REWRITING HISTORY IN THE MIDST OF NEW SCANDAL

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LinkAugust 31, 2009 at 7:44 am (Censorship, Corrupt Politics, Education, History, Israel, Palestine, Uncategorized)

Leave it to the zionists to rewrite history. It’s reminiscent of the final years of the Soviet Union when the name Stalin miraculously disappeared from history books.
Now, the term ‘Nakba’ will be removed from Israeli textbooks. Heaven forbid a new generation of Israeli schoolchildren should know the truth about the creation of their country….. and at whose expense it was at.
Just imagine the outroar if the holocaust was removed from German textbooks… but, we know that won’t happen….. Israel would find a way to stop such a move.
Education minister: Word ‘nakba’ taken out of lesson plans
Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar briefed the cabinet on plans for the start of the school year, and announced that the word “nakba” will be taken out of lesson plans.
“It can be said with certainty that Arab Israelis experienced a tragedy in the war, but there will be no use of the word ‘nakba,…

The Grand-father of the Terrorism

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Double standards
are no-standards .

and
No-standards
are Injustice.

and Injustice
breads more injustice
that then ,
it breads the Terrorism .

conclusion :
The Double Standards
are the grand-father of Terrorism


Sherlock Hommos
Back from the vacations !!
30.08.2009

Posted by Тлакскала at 1:16 PM

Bahar calls on resistance not to change their demands regarding swap deal

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Bahar calls on resistance not to change their demands regarding swap deal

[ 31/08/2009 - 11:54 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- Dr. Ahmed Bahar, the first deputy of the Palestinian speaker, appealed to the Palestinian resistance factions to uphold their demands for the release of prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

During his participation in the weekly protest held by prisoners’ families outside the Red Cross headquarters in Gaza, Dr. Bahar deplored Israel for prosecuting Palestinian children under age 18 and establishing special courts for them.

He said that these courts violate all international laws and the Geneva conventions, calling on the international community to intervene to terminate these courts.

In another related context, the family of prisoner Ra’ed Darabya, who is suffering from bone cancer, appealed on Monday to the Palestinian resistance factions and all officials in Gaza to include the name of their son in any prisoner swap deal.

The family said in a statement to t…

BOYCOTT ISRAEL – Stopping the Apartheid State

LinkPosted on August 27, 2009 by Antievil



Israeli newspapers this summer are filled with angry articles about the push for an international boycott of Israel. Films have been withdrawn from Israeli film festivals, Leonard Cohen is under fire around the world for his decision to perform in Tel Aviv, and Oxfam has severed ties with a celebrity spokesperson, a British actress who also endorses cosmetics produced in the occupied territories. Clearly, the campaign to use the kind of tactics that helped put an end to the practice of apartheid in South Africa is gaining many followers around the world. Not surprisingly, many Israelis — even peaceniks — aren’t signing on. A global boycott inevitably elicits charges – however specious – of anti-Semitism. It also brings up questions of a double standard (why not boycott China for its egregious violations of human rights?) and the seemingly contradictory position of approving a boycott of one’s own nation.
It is indeed not a simple matter for me a…

Resolving the Displaced Persons Problem

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Link By Dan Lieberman

Negotiators have continually debated the Middle East crisis without regarding the elephant in the room - the Palestinian displaced persons. Rather than being portrayed as victims, these dispossessed persons are often perceived as perpetrators, as if they caused their own ordeal and should shoulder the responsibility for their fate. It's time to pay attention. The solution of the Middle East crisis starts with those who have suffered the most, continue to suffer and should be relieved of their suffering. The solution of the Middle East crisis starts with the Palestinian displaced persons. No matter how far 'negotiations' go, the displaced person solution will be the show stopper. Overcoming the problem at the beginning permits the show to continue. Saving it to the euphoric 'end' predicts neglect or a severe compromise that will endanger all previous agreements.

Place the refugee situation in its proper context.

Israel did not permit Palestinians w…

Gilad Atzmon - Organ Donation and Theft in Contemporary Jewish Folklore

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LinkBy Gilad Atzmon • Aug 30th, 2009 at 21:59 • Category: Analysis, Culture and Heritage, Gilad Atzmon, Gilad's Choice, Israel, Newswire, Our Authors, Palestine, Religion, Zionism

Donation According to Larry David
In his highly acclaimed TV satire ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, LA screen writer and comedian Larry David engages courageously with subjects to do with American Jewish identity. In his fifth season (2005) David tackles the subject of organ donation (1). Performing an American eccentric and egotistical Jew David is confronted with a serious dilemma. His best friend Richard Lewis (another Jewish comedian) happens to suffer an acute kidney failure. His survival is dependent on an urgent kidney donation and as one may expect Larry David is the perfect donor. David, who comes across as the ultimate selfish persona in American popular culture is obviously reluctant to donate his Kidney. He procrastinates, finds excuses and playsgames. He even tries to make friends with a wealthy Orth…