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".........I am not a neocon ........."

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Michael Young's sorry piece of "Denial-mea-culpa" as he is pissed at Nick Noe's last piece in the Guardian

In theDaily star/ here "..... I happened to welcome the war (on Iraq) because it overthrew a brutal regime responsible, directly or indirectly, for the death of some 1 million people. In 2005 I also approved of American and international efforts to end Syrian hegemony over Lebanon (read: rollback a regime that supported Israel's foes in the region!). Among “progressives” who identify with Arab issues, these positions earned me and other Arabs sharing my views a “neocon” label.
I am not a neocon, though I have found myself on their side on occasion....... .... Take Lebanon’s emancipation movement against Syria, following the murder of the former prime minister, Rafik Hariri. The US played a key role in forcing the Syrians out by working multilaterally, through the United Nations. Even administration neocons endorsed this strategy, showing the discrepancy…

IDF jeep hits, kills Palestinian youth

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Efrat Weiss YNet News
30 September 2009A 17-year-old Palestinian high school student was injured after being hit by an IDF jeep in the village of Yabed near Jenin, and died shortly later of his wounds.The IDF said the youth was injured during a riot in the area, but his relatives claim he was intentionally run over.The IDF said the incident occurred during a routine tour of soldiers and representatives of the Mekorot water company, meant to improve the infrastructure in the village.A violent riot reportedly broke out, and residents began throwing stones at the force. The military vehicle drove backwards and fatally hit the youth. He was evacuated to hospital in Jenin, where he died of his wounds.The IDF is investigating the circumstances of the incident.Meanwhile, Palestinian sources in Jenin said the youth, Fouad Naif Turkman was hit by the IDF jeep intentionally. The youth’s uncle, Muhammad Naif, told Ynet, “The students that were with him told me the j…

House measure on Qom facility ....

LinkA former senior US Intelligence Official said it so well: "the Iranians don't understand that we are not interested in 'chess games' ..." In the Cable/ here

"One day ahead of talks between Iran and the Western powers, Congress is weighing in on the disclosure of Iran's newest secret nuclear facility near the city of Qom.A bill was introduced Tuesday in the House that would call on Iran to allow "unfettered access" to the Qom enrichment facility and disclose the existence of any additional facilities under its control. The legislation is one of those non-binding items that doesn't actually force action, but its introduction with 33 cosponsors from both parties indicates the rising tide of congressional angst over the Iranian developments..."


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The Lying Game

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by Habib Haddad
By John PilgerSeptember 30, 2009 “Information Clearing House”– In 2001, the Observer in London published a series of reports that claimed an “Iraqi connection” to al-Qaeda, even describing the base in Iraq where the training of terrorists took place and a facility where anthrax was being manufactured as a weapon of mass destruction. It was all false. Supplied by US intelligence and Iraqi exiles, planted stories in the British and US media helped George Bush and Tony Blair to launch an illegal invasion which caused, according to the most recent study, 1.3 million deaths.Something similar is happening over Iran: the same syncopation of government and media “revelations”, the same manufacture of a sense of crisis. “Showdown looms with Iran over secret nuclear plant”, declared the Guardian on 26 S…

Existence is Resistance!

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Quote: "all Pls need in order to win is to survive." Gilad Atzmon - comment 27

Israeli Arabs to launch strike against discriminatory policies

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By Jean ShaoulWSWS- 30 September 2009Israel’s 1.4 million Arab citizens are to stage a one-day general strike on October 1 to oppose the openly racist and discriminatory policies of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s government.Jafar Farah, director of the Mossawa Center, the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel, cited “ongoing police violence, cuts in the state budget that will detrimentally affect local Arab councils, the deepening of social and economic discrimination, the huge amount of bills introduced which would increase legal discrimination against the Arab community, political incitement against both the Arab community and its leaders and the atmosphere since the election of the new government.”“Somebody has to say stop it, that’s it, it’s enough,” he warned. “Otherwise it could lead to civil…

" ... Obama has blinked ..."

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WPR's Judah Grunstein, here

"Let's face it, the meme that's currently taking shape is that President Barack Obama is weak and vascillating....

Is it a fair characterization? It leaves out a number of policy positions where he has taken bold initiatives and followed them up well. His nuclear nonproliferation agenda, for instance, which I initially dismissed but have since come to appreciate, offers promising openings on a number of fronts. His handling of the much-needed U.S. image makeover, too, has been effective. His initial handling of China and India have been quietly consistent with precedent, if not without some (unavoidable) bumpy patches. His reset of the Russia relationship was necessary, and the concessions made -- inevitable because it entailed walking back previous overreach -- were kept to a minimum.

But on Israel-Palestine, Afghanistan and Iran -- that is, the inherited conflicts, as opposed to the inherited engagements -- there definitely seems to be a…

Lebanon's cluster bomb lessons

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Cluster bomb victim
By Andrew Wander in southern Lebanon, Al Jazeera
September 30, 2009“He was picking grapes when he died,” says Khalil Kassem Terkiya, glancing at his wife as he recalls the day their son was killed by a cluster bomb in southern Lebanon.Greying and slight, Terkiya looks older than his 46 years: “A cluster bomb was caught in the vine and it exploded. It was the day after the war finished. He was 19.”His wife walks away without speaking, her head bowed. The couple’s son, Ali, was one of the first post-war victims of the estimated one million cluster bombs fired by Israel into southern Lebanon during a month-long conflict with Hezbollah in 2006.Because so many of them failed to detonate on impact, Ali was not to be the last victim.Since the end of the war, more than 350 people in Lebanon have been killed o…

Our Intelligence, and Theirs: Iran, nukes, and geography

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by Justin Raimondo, September 30, 2009, source Ron Rosenbaum, journalist (the New York Observer, Slate.com), author, and one of the few liberals to sign on to the ill-fated Pajamas Media fiasco, is damned mad:“Will all the pundits who relied on the discredited 2007 NIE on Iran now admit that they were wrong? That they bought into and kept citing, without any serious questioning, the now clearly politically skewed analysis in the so-called National Intelligence Estimate of that year? You remember: the considered consensus wisdom of the entire U.S. intelligence community, which misled the world into believing there was nothing to worry about Iran’s nuclear program, that it had virtually ceased.”Bring in the “congressional intelligence committees”! Heads must roll! Someone call 911 – because those shifty-eyed spooks who gave us the NIE […

.....to throw the First-Stone !!!

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Jesus ,the Palestinian, allowed
"those without a sin , to throw the first stone"


Iran has missiles
Iran might have ,also,
long range missiles.


but
Cyprus has no missiles
Panama has no missiles

while
Israel has a multitude of missiles
and
the USA, France and UK
have all kind of long range missiles.


So ,why
Cyprus and Panama are not complaining about Iran ??
while
the UK,USA and France do complain !!!


If having a missile is a sin
why are those sinners louder
than the innocents ??


Sherlock Hommos


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IOA to build 14,000 housing units in OJ, threatens more demolitions in WB

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IOA to build 14,000 housing units in OJ, threatens more demolitions in WB

[ 30/09/2009 - 10:22 AM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSSALEM, (PIC)-- The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) is planning to build 14,000 new housing units in occupied Jerusalem, a Hebrew paper reported.

Ma'ariv said that the IOA is to endorse the project in Walaja village south of occupied Jerusalem within the few coming weeks.

It noted that the new suburb would stretch over 3,000 dunums and is expected to accommodate 40,000 settlers to serve as one of the biggest settlement projects in the holy city similar to Gilo, Pisgat Ze'ev and Har Homa.

The daily pointed out that the new suburb would extend outside the municipal border of occupied Jerusalem into the West Bank, and claimed that a group of investors had bought the land around Walaja village a few years ago.

In the West Bank, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Tuesday handed memos to eight Palestinian citizens in Azun village, Qalqilia district, notifying them that …

Israel’s propagandists shoot themselves in the foot as they shoot off their mouths

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LinkBy Guest Post • Sep 30th, 2009 at 7:27 • Category: Hasbara Deconstruction Site, Israel, Newswire, Palestine, Zionism

WRITTEN BY GREG FELTON
Canadian Arab News
September 30, 2009If you have ever visited a blog or on-line discussion group on the Middle East you have doubtless had the misfortune to run into them.They are known by the language they use: depraved sexual insults, bile, bigotry, threats, disinformation and character assassination. That’s right: I’m talking about “hasbarats,” Zionist trolls who infect the Internet with hasbara, pro-Israel propaganda. Of course, mainstream media hasbarats have been around for decades, as have “hasbaratchiks,” fifth-columns in foreign governments who subvert national policies to serve Israel. The Internet, though, is the latest, some might say the greatest, propaganda playground, and Israel cannot cope with factual, passionate, well-documented stories that expose its war crimes and unrepentant criminality.If you’ve come across a hasbarat, on-l…

Breakthrough in prisoners exchange deal

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Breakthrough in prisoners exchange deal

30-09-2009,11:38

Al Qassam Website – Ezzedeen Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic resistance movement Hamas, confirmed that in the framework of the Egyptian & the German efforts to release the Palestinian prisoners from all the Palestinian factions, an agreement was done to release 20 Palestinian female prisoners from the Zionist jails in the next few days in exchange to clarify the status of Shalit. The Brigades indicated at a press conference for Abu Obeida, the spokesman of Al Qassam Brigades, on Wednesday in the courtyard of the Unknown Soldier in Gaza City that the prisoners will be as the following: Four prisoners from Hamas. Five prisoners from Fatah. Three prisoners from the Islamic Jihad. One prisoner of the Popular Front. According to the geographical distribution, they are:
Three prisoners from Hebron.Eight prisoners from Nablus. Four prisoners from Ramallah. Three prisoners from Bethlehem. A captive and one of the Je…

'We Will Continue to Seek Legal Action against Israeli Officials'

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'We Will Continue to Seek Legal Action against Israeli Officials'
30/09/2009 Attorney Ali Tayeb, who orchestrated the court petition asking British authorities to arrest Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak for war crimes allegedly perpetrated during the Gaza war, said Tuesday he will continue to pursue legal action against any Israeli official who arrives in the UK.

Earlier, the London Court rejected the petition, saying Barak enjoys diplomatic immunity and therefore cannot be prosecuted.

Tayeb, a British-Pakistani, prepared the motion which Attorney Michel Massiah then filed with the court. He told Ynet that Israeli officials "must realize that we will be relentless in pursuing legal action against them."

His office, which specializes in human rights, will continue to try and have the British court issue arrest warrants against any Israeli official arriving in the UK, he said.

"I have nothing against Israel personally. My political views have nothing to do with thi…

Aqsa Foundation: IOA accuses Sheikh Salah of rioting

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Palestinian gov't : The Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem are both a red line

[ 30/09/2009 - 06:15 PM ]


GAZA, (PIC)-- The Palestinian government headed by premier Ismail Haneyya warned Tuesday that the Aqsa Mosque and the occupied city of Jerusalem are both a red line and any harm inflicted on them may generate unprecedented reactions.

In a statement following the government’s weekly cabinet meeting, its spokesman Taher Al-Nunu called on the countries which love security and stability to immediately intervene to stop the aggressive Zionist policies against the Islamic holy places in Jerusalem, or else Israel has to bear the consequences of its own actions.

Spokesman Nunu described what is happening in Jerusalem as a well-prepared Zionist scheme to control the Mosque and Judaize the holy city and an attempt to get the Arab and Muslim mentality accustomed to such break-ins in order to impose them as a fait accompli as happened in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil.

The spokesman reiterated the ca…

Ministry of prisoners deplores Abbas’s militia for kidnapping Hamas spokesman

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Ministry of prisoners deplores Abbas’s militia for kidnapping Hamas spokesman

[ 29/09/2009 - 08:16 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- The Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs on Tuesday strongly denounced Mahmoud Abbas’s militias for kidnapping ex-detainee Abdelbasit Al-Haj, a Hamas spokesman in Jenin, only few days after his release from Israeli jails.

The ministry said that Al-Haj spent in Israeli jails more than nine years, mostly in administrative detention without any charge or trial, noting that one of his brothers died eight months ago in the preventive security’s jails as a result of his exposure to severe torture at the hands of Abbas’s militias.

The ministry called on Abbas to release all political prisoners especially the ex-detainees from his jails and stop all forms of coordination with the Israeli occupation, as this would help to achieve the national reconciliation.

In another context, Hamas lawmaker Huda Naim said in a press release on Tuesday that her Movement dealt positively with…

Racism - scourge of the Arab world

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Tribalism and nationalism still plague the Arab world, 1400 years after the Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) message of unity to the world through Islam. This time its in Iraq, where Black people are being discriminated against:
"Black Iraqis are still seen as slaves although engaged in different sectors of the society and there isn't a law that guarantee our rights as citizens," SalahHashimi, 38, told IslamOnline.net. "The government says that they don't discriminate and that we are all Iraqis, however, those of us who face daily discrimination know otherwise."The article is interesting in that it reveals new information to me, for example I didn't know there were 2 million black people in Iraq and I didn't know that the term 'zenji' was a racist word, then again in Palestine we used to call this desert here......'raas el-abd' which means 'head of the slave'. So the issue of racism in the Arab world has no borders, some say…

Hamas: Britain should apologize to Palestinians

Hamas: Britain should apologize to Palestinians

[ 30/09/2009 - 10:05 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- Britain was directly responsible for the events that led to the Palestinian refugees' problem and should apologize for its role, the head of the refugees department in Hamas Movement Hussam Ahmed said.

He said in a press release on Tuesday that the British foreign secretary David Miliband's statement that the Palestinians should offer concessions in the issue of the refugees raised anew his country's role in creating this problem through supporting the establishment of the "Zionist entity (Israel)" on the land of Palestine and in the resultant expulsion of the Palestinian people from their homeland.

Ahmed expressed surprise at the fact that Miliband described Israel as a "peace loving country" in absolute disregard of its use of internationally banned weapons in targeting unarmed Palestinian civilians.

The Hamas official said that the British government should apologize …

Photo history of Abbas's collaboration

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UPDATE: Looks like Abbas has capitulated to US pressure on settlements:
According to Haaretz, the meeting signaled that Abbas has significantly weakened his negotiating stance. The newspaper states that under massive US pressure, Abbas has dropped the demand for a settlement freeze as a precondition for talks.
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