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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Putting the 'Tribunal' on ice" (Yup. It conveniently can be done!)

Via Friday-Lunch-Club

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Classified By: Political Minister-Counselor Josiah Rosenblatt, reasons
1.4 (b) and (d).

Lebanon: Putting the Tribunal on Ice

¶2. (S) The Ambassador hosted French NSA-equivalent Maurice Gourdault-Montagne (MGM) for breakfast on January 22. MGM cheerfully reviewed preparations for the January 25 Lebanon Conference, saying France would announce a contribution of 500 million euros,....

¶3. (S) MGM said he saw little chance of resolving Lebanon's domestic political crisis prior to the Lebanese presidential election in November 2007. Consequently, some had raised the   we (neither he nor Chirac) are not advocating this idea," MGM stressed at several points. Nevertheless, he continued, the  
the tribunal on ice, in part because Siniora would need the  
opposition's help in order to deliver the economic reforms
that the GOL is promising at this week's conference. The only other option, MGM continued, would be to change the scope of the tribunal itself -- something France found unacceptable. When pressed on why the French were contemplating a change in their approach to the tribunal at this point -- especially when it was unclear that Lebanon's opposition had the upper hand -- MGM made another (and somewhat jumbled) reference to the need to obtain the opposition's support for economic reform...."
time, in hopes that a delay in setting up the tribunal would 

aid PM Siniora to break the political deadlock. "Of course, 

Lebanese themselves might ask the French and the U.S. to put  
idea of "putting the tribunal in the freezer" until that 
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Wikileaks [8]: "Siniora advises the US 'not to give any rewards to Syria', and asks the US to 'exploit' cracks in Iran... "

Source Here

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Classified By: Ambassador Michele J. Sison

for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

1. (C) Caretaker Prime Minister Fouad Siniora told visiting Commander General of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) General David Petraeus and the Ambassador June 30 that he was "quite satisfied" with the outcome of Lebanon's June 7 parliamentary elections. Siniora said that the Lebanese had voted for the state and its institutions and confirmed that Lebanon could practice its democracy without outside interference -- if given the opportunity. He also thanked the United States for sustained military assistance. General Petraeus congratulated Lebanon on the peaceful conduct of the elections and expressed hope that a cabinet would be formed soon. Siniora continued that Lebanon was encouraged by and supportive of President Obama's efforts to reach a comprehensive Middle East Peace, but cautioned that Palestinian resettlement should not come at the expense of Lebanon. Siniora encouraged the U.S. to push Syria to respect the sovereignty of other states (namely Lebanon) as a way to bring Syria back into the Arab fold, rather than continuing to align itself with Iran.


General Petraeus hoped that the obvious cracks in the Iranian system (illustrated by the demonstrations that followed the Iranian elections) would distract Iran from malign ambitions in the region. He also briefed Siniora on U.S. military assistance in Pakistan and Afghanistan. End summary. 2. (SBU) Meeting General Petraeus at his downtown Beirut residence, Siniora was accompanied by his senior advisor Rola Noureddine. General Petraeus and the Ambassador were accompanied by Colonel Bjarne (Michael) Iverson, Executive Officer; Colonel Mike Bell, Director - Commander's Initiatives Group; Sadi Othman, Cultural Advisor and Translator; Ali Khedery, Advisor; Lieutenant Colonel Dave Wilson, Lebanon Desk Officer, Embassy Defense Attache

Lieutenant Colonel James Lantz, Office of Defense Cooperation Chief Colonel Joshua Berisford and an Embassy notetaker.

LEBANON: A "MODEL" FOR THE REGION-----------------

3. (C) Caretaker Prime Minister Fouad Siniora welcomed the one-day visit of the Commanding General of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) General David Petraeus to Beirut on June 30. Siniora expressed his thanks for sustained U.S. military assistance to Lebanon and asserted that U.S. security assistance had contributed to the positive outcome of the June 7 Lebanese parliamentary elections. Siniora said he was "quite satisfied" that the majority March 14 coalition had shown that its majority was decisive and not "fictitious," as it had been described by others after the previous elections in 2005. He described the electoral outcome as vote for the state and its institutions. Siniora said that although Lebanon was not the most important country in the world and despite minor irregularities in the conduct of the elections, Lebanon had shown that it could be a model of diversity and democracy -- without outside interference -- in the region. 4. (C) General Petraeus congratulated Siniora on winning his own electoral campaign and the Lebanese people for conducting peaceful elections. In addition, he expressed hope that the new cabinet would be formed soon. Siniora predicted the government formation would likely "take some time" because of debate about "blocking third" veto power for the opposition.


5. (C) Siniora said that Lebanon was encouraged by and supportive of President Obama's commitment to achieving a comprehensive Middle East Peace. He said the U.S.
administration's recognition of the centrality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was an opportunity to push the Arab Peace Initiative forward and to finally achieve a resolution. The Israelis, however, were being uncooperative, he accused. In his June 14 speech, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu had said "yes" to a two-state solution with but added "a thousand no's," Siniora analyzed. The ultimate fate of Palestinian refugees, could not come at the expense of Lebanon, Siniora cautioned. (Note: Lebanon has 12 Palestinian rfugee camps. The GOL maintains that the Palestinins should have the "right of return" and is agaist permanent resettlement ("tawteen") in Lebanon. End note.)


6. (C) Syria, Siniora said, has geopolitical significance.

....... Siniora commented on the signs of increased U.S. engagement with Syria, but he advised the United States to be careful not to give any rewards to Syria without Syria taking action first. Most importantly, the U.S. should not allow Syria -- or other states in the region -- to use Lebanon as a platform or battleground; engagement with Syria should not come at the expense of Lebanon, Siniora said. 7. (C) General Petraeus assured Siniora that the U.S. administration understood Lebanon's concerns. He told Siniora that Syrian President Bashar Asad had invited him to visit several times, but the time was not yet appropriate. Syria, he added, continues to allow Al Qaeda-affiliated
facilitation networks to operate from its territory and allow the transit of suicide bombers into Iraq. General Petraeus added that the U.S. would like to see Syria return to the Arab world and develop closer ties to the western world, rather than continue to align itself with Iran.

8. (C) On Iran, General Petraeus said that the crisis following Iran's June 12 presidential election had revealed significant cracks in the Iranian system. He said the announced outcome of the election and subsequent demonstrations showed that the "urban street" and the "young street" were not supportive of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Candidly, the U.S. would like these events to distract Iran for awhile from its other ambitions, such as pursuing its nuclear program, General Petraeus said.

Although, it was too early to determine whether the current crisis had any significant impact on Iran's ability to support Hamas, Hizballah, or limit its ability to train and support foreign fighters in Iraq, he added. Siniora agreed that there were definite cracks in the Iranian system and the internal divisions should be exploited. However, Siniora warned against Israel taking any military action against Iran saying such action would only make the regional situation worse....

12. (U) CENTCOM Commander General Petraeus has cleared this message.


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Gaza Photo Exhibition Attacked by the Jewish Defense League in Paris

Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 4:01PM Gilad Atzmon
Members of "The Jewish Defense League" attacked earlier this week a photo exhibition of the German photojournalist Kai Wiedenhöfer "depicting the massacres in the Gaza strip during the Israeli Operation Cast Lead" offensive. The exhibit is being held at the the Modern Art Museum of Paris.
Gaza exhibition (photo from Euro Palestine)
Gaza exhibition (photo from Euro Palestine)

The employees of the museum explained that a group of people equipped with masks and motorbike helmets tried to reach the gallery to sabotage the exhibition, when museum security blocked their access.

However, the extremists also attempted to vandalize many works displayed alongside the Museum, including paintings by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and Marc Chagall, witnesses reported.

After the attempted attack, the group disrupted the visitors' entrance, chanting slogans against museum, and affixed stickers that read: "Anti-Zionism=Anti-Semitism policy", "Down anti-Semitism from which it comes" and "Palestinianism asset is the anti-Jewish activism."

Since the photo exposition was opened at the beginning of November, many French Jews groups, such as CRIF (Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions) have been asking for its closure, putting pressure on Museum officials, and the city Council, an issue that pushed exhibition organizers to consider closing it before the official closing date in December 5.

Several French human rights associations have been mobilized asking the authorities not to cave under pressure, and demanded extra security measures to avoid another attack.

Wiedenhöfer, who has been retracting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 1989, has brought 85 realistic and raw photographs to the exhibition, focusing on two major themes;destruction inflicting on Gaza and Palestinians wounded during the Israeli offensive on Gaza in the winter of 2008–2009 that was dubbed by Israel as "Operation Cast Lead".
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'Vote rigging' mars Egypt election

Low turnout, isolated protests, clashes and claims of vote rigging mark opening of country's parliamentary election.

Slow voting, isolated protests, clashes and claims of vote rigging have marked Egypt's parliamentary election, which is expected to strengthen the ruling National Democratic Party's (NDP) grip on power and further weaken the opposition.

The NDP is expected to win a solid majority of the 508 elected seats and to make further gains when Hosni Mubarak, the president, fills the 10 remaining seats with his appointees.

The Muslim Brotherhood-  the only serious organised opposition, is predicted to win far fewer seats than the fifth of parliament it secured in the last election in 2005.

The group, which registers its candidates as independents to avoid a ban on religious parties, has 130 members on ballots after more than a dozen were disqualified.

Polling stations opened at 8am (0600 GMT) on Sunday across the country's 254 districts, with around 41 million Egyptians eligible to vote.

Initial indications showed a low voter turnout and protests and skirmishes have been widely reported.

Ayman Mohyeldin, Al Jazeera's correpondent in Cairo, said that Egypt's High Election Commission had ordered 16 polling stations across five governorates across the country closed due to reports of violations and violence.

In one of Cairo's key districts, the candidate from the Taggammu party told Al Jazeera that more than 2,800 voters were allowed to cast their ballot twice, in two separate polling stations, because they were voting in favour of the ruling NDP candidates.

Meanwhile, witnesses said armed men dispersed a crowd outside a polling station in the city of Mansoura, before a local NDP candidate falsified 150-300 ballots.

Mohyeldin said there were reports of casualties across the country.

"In the city of Mena there are reports that voters in support of the Muslim Brotherhood were attacked by unidentified assailants," he said.

"We also heard a report of supporters of a National Democratic Party candidate and supporters of an independent candidate exchanging gunfire in an area south of Cairo."

'Entry denied'

Mohyeldin said there were also reports that several independent candidate representatives, affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, were being denied entry to polling stations.

"One of the people we've been speaking to, who is an officially licensed monitor to go in on behalf of one of the candidates, went to the school where he was supposed to be a monitor and was turned back," he said.
In Suez, witnesses said hundreds of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition candidates demonstrated outside police headquarters to protest at not being allowed to enter the polling station.
Police said they used teargas to disperse clashes between supporters of rival candidates outside polling stations in Qena, 475km south of Cairo.

Witnesses said teargas was also used to clear supporters of independent candidates in Gharbiya, in the Nile Delta, after their delegates were prevented from entering polling centres to monitor voting.

More than 1,000 of its supporters have been arrested while campaigning or in clashes with police in past weeks.

Eleven of them were sentenced this week to two years in jail for handing out the group's leaflets and campaigning.

Egypt bans using religious slogans in campaigns.

Fraud accusations

Rights groups say Egyptian elections, which consistently reproduce NDP-dominated parliaments, are routinely spoiled by fraud at the ballot box, a claim denied by the government, which has pledged to hold a fair vote.

Local civil society groups have complained that the authorities rejected requests for thousands of permits to monitor the vote and the count, but the electoral commission says it granted more than 6,000 permits.

Only 10 per cent of observers who applied were granted permits to watch the voting and those who got them will be under tight restrictions, said rights activist Bahey-eldin Hassan.

Local monitors are not allowed to question election officials or voters.

The government has barred international observers as an infringement of its sovereignty.

"The elections are already fatally compromised," Tom Malinowski, part of a delegation from the New York-based Human Rights Watch, said.

"It is not going to be a fair and free election," he said.

The NDP is running about 800 candidates. Legal opposition parties, the majority of which have no representation in the outgoing parliament, are running about 450 candidates.

The election is being closely watched for an indication of how the government will conduct the more important presidential election in 2011.

Mubarak, 82, has not yet said whether he will run in the next election. But the former air force chief's eventual successor will most likely come from his ruling NDP or the military.

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Hajo Meyer on Jews and Palestine (must see)

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:00PM Gilad Atzmon

Gilad Atzmon: I think that this film is very effective, the message is clear and transparent.
I salute Dr Hajo Meyer and the person behind this short video.

However, Dr  Meyer whom I admire says, “Jews were pioneers of inter-human ethics”

Though I agree and support Meyer’s stand against Israel I also think that Meyer may be  slightly wrong here. The Old Testament certainly  contains some isolated patches of ethical insights. However, the vast majority of Jewish teaching, the Jewish Bible and the Talmud are anti humanist, non ethical, racially supremacist and tribally orientated.
I could agree with Meyer that Jesus Christ can be seen as the last Jewish prophet, and yet Christ's attempt to universalize Judaism was rejected by the Jews of his time. The rabbinical authorities have also rejected Jesus and his teaching since then.

As devastating as it may be, Israeli brutality is consistent with a very unfortunate yet common interpretation of Judaism and the spirit of the Old Testament.

Meyer ends up saying that “Israel destroys the Jewish world and the Jewish heritage.”

Again, unlike Meyer  I think that Israel is actually consistent with Jewish heritage. Within this very heritage, the voices of reason and universal ethics are always silenced by a brutal call for conformity. We do not know whether Israel is going to succeed in "destroying the Jewish world", however, we certainly witness an Israeli attempt to destroy the Palestinian people (in particular) and the Muslim world (in general).

I guess that it is the Palestinians we should care for rather than the Jews or their heritage. 
I am sure that Dr Meyer would agree with me about that.

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Via IP
28. Nov, 2010

From a fake Lady Gaga CD to a thumb drive that is a pocket-sized bombshell – the biggest intelligence leak in history

US soldier Bradley Manning, left, who is accused of stealing the classified files and handing the database to the WikiLeaks website of Julian Assange, right. Photograph: Associated Press/AFP/Getty Images

by: David Leigh The Guardian

An innocuous-looking memory stick, no longer than a couple of fingernails, came into the hands of a Guardian reporter earlier this year. The device is so small it will hang easily on a keyring. But its contents will send shockwaves through the world’s chancelleries and deliver what one official described as “an epic blow” to US diplomacy.

The 1.6 gigabytes of text files on the memory stick ran to millions of words: the contents of more than 250,000 leaked state department cables, sent from, or to, US embassies around the world.
What will emerge in the days and weeks ahead is an unprecedented picture of secret diplomacy as conducted by the planet’s sole superpower. There are 251,287 dispatches in all, from more than 250 US embassies and consulates. They reveal how the US deals with both its allies and its enemies – negotiating, pressuring and sometimes brusquely denigrating foreign leaders, all behind the firewalls of ciphers and secrecy classifications that diplomats assume to be secure. The leaked cables range up to the “SECRET NOFORN” level, which means they are meant never to be shown to non-US citizens.

As well as conventional political analyses, some of the cables contain detailed accounts of corruption by foreign regimes, as well as intelligence on undercover arms shipments, human trafficking and sanction-busting efforts by would-be nuclear states such as Iran and Libya. Some are based on interviews with local sources while others are general impressions and briefings written for top state department visitors who may be unfamiliar with local nuances.

Intended to be read by officials in Washington up to the level of the secretary of state, the cables are generally drafted by the ambassador or subordinates. Although their contents are often startling and troubling, the cables are unlikely to gratify conspiracy theorists. They do not contain evidence of assassination plots, CIA bribery or such criminal enterprises as the Iran-Contra scandal in the Reagan years, when anti-Nicaraguan guerrillas were covertly financed.

One reason may be that America’s most sensitive “top secret” and above foreign intelligence files cannot be accessed from Siprnet, the defence department network involved.

The US military believes it knows where the leak originated. A soldier, Bradley Manning, 22, has been held in solitary confinement for the last seven months and is facing a court martial in the new year. The former intelligence analyst is charged with unauthorised downloads of classified material while serving on an army base outside Baghdad. He is suspected of taking copies not only of the state department archive, but also of video of an Apache helicopter crew gunning down civilians in Baghdad, and hundreds of thousands of daily war logs from military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

It was childishly easy, according to the published chatlog of a conversation Manning had with a fellow-hacker. “I would come in with music on a CD-RW labelled with something like ‘Lady Gaga’ … erase the music … then write a compressed split file. No one suspected a thing … [I] listened and lip-synched to Lady Gaga’s Telephone while exfiltrating possibly the largest data spillage in American history.” He said that he “had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months”.
Manning told his correspondent Adrian Lamo, who subsequently denounced him to the authorities: “Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public … Everywhere there’s a US post, there’s a diplomatic scandal that will be revealed. Worldwide anarchy in CSV format … It’s beautiful, and horrifying.”

He added: “Information should be free. It belongs in the public domain.”

Manning, according to the chatlogs, says he uploaded the copies to WikiLeaks, the “freedom of information activists” as he called them, led by Australian former hacker Julian Assange.

Assange and his circle apparently decided against immediately making the cables public. Instead they embarked on staged disclosure of the other material – aimed, as they put it on their website, at “maximising political impact”.

In April at a Washington press conference the group released the Apache helicopter video, titling it Collateral Murder.

The Guardian’s Nick Davies brokered an agreement with Assange to hand over in advance two further sets of military field reports on Iraq and Afghanistan so professional journalists could analyse them. Published earlier this year simultaneously with the New York Times and Der Spiegel in Germany, the analyses revealed that coalition forces killed civilians in previously unreported shootings and handed over prisoners to be tortured.

The revelations shot Assange and WikiLeaks to global prominence but led to angry denunciations from the Pentagon and calls from extreme rightwingers in the US that Assange be arrested or even assassinated. This month Sweden issued an international warrant for Assange, for questioning about alleged sexual assaults. His lawyer says the allegations spring from unprotected but otherwise consensual sex with two women.
WikiLeaks says it is now planning to post a selection of the cables. Meanwhile, a Guardian team of expert writers has been spending months combing through the data. Freedom of information campaigner Heather Brooke obtained a copy of the database through her own contacts and joined the Guardian team. The paper is to publish independently, but simultaneously with the New York Times and Der Spiegel, along with Le Monde in Paris and El País in Madrid. As on previous occasions the Guardian is redacting information likely to cause reprisals against vulnerable individuals.

Source: The Guardian

Wikileaks: Yemeni President Agreed To Cover up US Attack in Yemen Cables Shine Light Into Secret Diplomatic Channels


“We’ll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours,” Mr. Saleh said, according to the cable sent by the American ambassador, prompting Yemen’s deputy prime minister to “joke that he had just ‘lied’ by telling Parliament” that Yemeni forces had carried out the strikes.
Saudi King: US Should Plant Chips in Gitmo Detainees.
By Full US Embassy Cable
The King, proposed implanting detainees with an electronic chip containing information about them and allowing their movements to be tracked with Bluetooth. This was done with horses and falcons, the King said.

Pakistan – China – Iran
Wikileaks Cables: Key Issues

Pakistan stand-off: The cables show the US has been attempting to remove highly enriched uranium from a research reactor in Pakistan since 2007.

US Embassy Cables Leak Sparks Global Diplomacy Crisis
By David Leigh
More than 250,000 dispatches reveal US foreign strategies · Diplomats ordered to spy on allies as well as enemies · Hillary Clinton leads frantic ‘damage limitation’

WikiLeaks Under Attack; No Comment From State Department
By Chris Good
Scanned front page of Monday’s Der Spiegel quotes officials calling Ahmadinejad ‘Hitler’.

Israel Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran
WikiLeaks: Netanyahu Warned U.S. Iran ‘Months Away’ From Nuclear Bomb

By Haaretz Service
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed in 2009 that Iran was months away from achieving military nuclear capability, classified documents released by WikiLeaks on Sunday quote a State Department official as saying.

Oceans of Blood and Profits for the Mongers of War
By Robert Fisk
Coming soon to a war near you; oceans of blood, bodies torn to shreds, of course. But bring your credit card. Or a cheque book. It’s big business. And there may be profits.

FBI Thwarts Own Car Bomb
Will Americans recoil in yet more contrived fear?

By Tony Cartalucci
The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) claims to have thwarted their own car bomb Friday, November 26, 2010 at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.

The Day the Dollar Died
A hypothetical look at how the collapse of the US dollar may affect the world.

The American Ruling Class

This “astonishing,” “coruscating” satire poses the question: Is it better to rule the world, or to save it?

NATO soldier, 12 Afghan police forces killed in blasts:
At least 12 Afghan policemen were killed Saturday when two suicide bombers wearing police uniforms attacked their headquarters in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.

Senior provincial official, three others killed in Afghanistan:
A senior member of a provincial council and three others were killed in separate attacks in eastern and northern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said.

US Kills 3 People In Pakistan: :
The drones struck a vehicle in Hasan Khel village, about 20 miles east of Miranshah in the North Waziristan tribal district, Geo News reported.

Airport worker shot dead by US soldiers:
US troops killed an Iraqi airport employee today as he drove near a military convoy on his way to work.

Iraqi leader: No need for U.S. troops after 2011:
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saturday that an agreement requiring U.S. troops to leave by the end of 2011 will stand because Iraqi forces are capable of taking care of the country’s security.

South admits firing first shells in row with North Korea :
South Korea has admitted it fired artillery shells that triggered an early morning clash with North Korea.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran:
Saudi Arabia urges US attack on Iran to stop nuclear programme:
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme, according to leaked US diplomatic cables that describe how other Arab allies have secretly agitated for military action against Tehran.

Wikileaks: Intelligence Directives Blur Lines Between Diplomacy and Spying: -
The United States has expanded the role of American diplomats in collecting intelligence overseas and at the United Nations, ordering State Department personnel to gather the credit card and frequent-flier numbers, work schedules and other personal information of foreign dignitaries.

US embassy cables: browse the database:
Use our interactive guide to discover what has been revealed in the leak of 250,000 US diplomatic cables. Mouse over the map below to find stories and original documents by country, subject or people

Der Spiegel: US officials called Ahmadinejad ‘Hitler’:
According to the German daily, while French President Nicolas Sarkozy is the emperor who has no clothes. The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, is “motivated by paranoia”, the report says.,7340,L-3991029,00.html

UK fears for citizens in Muslim countries over WikiLeaks:
Britain has expressed its fear for the wellbeing of its citizens in Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and other Muslim countries following “anti-Muslim” comments expected to appear in documents slated to be published Sunday evening by the WikiLeaks website, the Sunday Times reports.,7340,L-3990917,00.html

How 250,000 US embassy cables were leaked:
From a fake Lady Gaga CD to a thumb drive that is a pocket-sized bombshell – the biggest intelligence leak in history

The job of the media is not to protect power from embarrassment:
It is for governments – not journalists – to guard public secrets, and there is no national jeopardy in WikiLeaks’ revelations

FBI apparently set up US teen blamed for fake car bomb:
Teenager was apparently set up by federal law enforcement officials who posed as radical Islamic fighters and lured the young man into a plot he believed would lead him to detonate a car bomb at an Oregon Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Court asked to order probe of Gitmo psychologist:
A court was asked Wednesday to force an investigation into whether an Army psychologist developed abusive interrogation techniques for detainees at Guantanamo Bay and should be stripped of his license.

A billion people will lose their homes due to climate change, says report:
British scientists will warn Cancún summit that entire nations could be flooded

Thousands protest against Irish bailout:
More than 100,000 people gather in Dublin to demonstrate against four-year austerity plan to reduce debts

Iceland Is No Ireland as State Free of Bank Debt, Grimsson Says:
Iceland’s President Olafur R. Grimsson said his country is better off than Ireland thanks to the government’s decision to allow the banks to fail two years ago and because the krona could be devalued.

China, Russia Quit Dollar: -
China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced

FDIC’s Bair fears federal debt will be ‘next crisis’:
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairwoman Sheila Bair would seem to have enough to worry about, with 149 bank failures so far this year and 860 more banks on the agency’s “problem” list.

U.S. new-home sales down 8.1% for October:
Sales fell in most regions, declining by 23.9% in the West, by 20.4% in the Midwest and by 12.1% in the Northeast. In the South, the month’s sales increased 3.1%.

The American Ruling Class: Video -
This “astonishing,” “coruscating” satire poses the question: Is it better to rule the world, or to save it?

“Let us be peace and joy”
Tom Feeley
Source: Information Clearing House
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Getting shot at by Israelis in Beit Hanoun, Gaza

Ken O'Keefe

Getting shot at by Israelis in Beit Hanoun, Gaza

Today is the International Day of Solidarity with the People of Palestine. So today we expressed our solidarity by painting messages of support on a wall in Beit Hanoun and demonstrating against the ongoing siege of Gaza.

Despite this entire event being completely peaceful on our end, Israelis shot at us and bullets whizzed by within feet of us.

You can clearly hear one bullet whizz by myself (Ken O’Keefe) and several others in my area.

Protesters: Israeli forces fire on Gaza march

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IOA orders temporary exile of Silwan inhabitant, expels Palestinian families from their homes in OJ

IOA orders temporary exile of Silwan inhabitant

[ 29/11/2010 - 04:50 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- The Israeli police in occupied Jerusalem delivered a notification to Adnan Ghaith, an activist in defense of Silwan lands, ordering him not to approach occupied Jerusalem and its environs for four months.

The occupation police contacted Ghaith over the telephone on Sunday and handed him the order, to which he has 14 days to appeal.

Ghaith, for his part, said that he would combat the order with all available legal means, describing his banishment from Jerusalem as "oppressive".

Ghaith was repeatedly detained lately by the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) and held under house arrest for many times.

The popular committees in Silwan, south of the Aqsa Mosque, denounced the decision, charging that it violated the international law.

A Silwan inhabitant expressed concern that the decision might herald the start of large-scale demolition of Silwan property.

IOA expels Palestinian families from their homes in OJ

[ 29/11/2010 - 03:35 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) forcibly evicted a number of families from their apartments in a building in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem, media sources in the holy city reported on Monday.

They said that Israeli occupation police and soldiers stormed the building and forced around 50 individuals out of their homes and threw their furniture in the street.

Um Hafez, one of the owners of those apartments, told Al-Arab website that police officers blocked her from entering her apartment as she was in Ramallah during the incident and rushed back to her home.

She warned Palestinians living outside occupied Palestine and have real-estate property in Jerusalem not to file eviction complaints as the real-estate are then automatically transferred to the jurisdiction of the IOA according to the law of the absentees' property, which means their eventual confiscation.

Israel to build 130 new housing units in Gilo

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Gilad Atzmon: WikiLeaks’s Document suggests that Mossad Chief wanted to topple Iranian regime

Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 10:11PM Gilad Atzmon

I have learned tonight from Ynetnews that Secret US embassy cables leaked by WikiLeaks suggested  that  Mossad chief, Meir Dagan, advised the US make use of local fringe groups to try and topple the Iranian regime.

“According to a memo from August 2007, Dagan described to Under-Secretary of State Nicholas Burns the five pillars of Israel's Iran policy, among them the desire to spark a revolution.

The memo, says Dagan, wanted to enlist the student unions supporting democratic views in order to undermine the government's rule.

The Mossad chief also wanted to enlist local ethnic minorities to the task, including the Kurds and Balochis. These groups – especially the Balochis – have carried out terror attacks in Tehran for which the Islamic Republic has consistently blamed Israel. Seemingly, the Iranian regime was telling the truth all along.

As we all remember, last year thousands of Iranian students took to the streets to protest against the ‘falsification of polls results’. I guess that by now the smoke starts to clear, we see who stood behind the riots in Iran.

We also learn once more who are the real enemies of democracy.
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Wikileaks [4]: "Siniora,.. 'he is a courageous man', Dagan said..."

Source Here Via Friday-Lunch-Club

Friday, 31 August 2007, 12:45


Classified By: Ambassador Richard H. Jones. Reasons: 1.4 (b)(d).
17. (S) Dagan urged caution with respect to Lebanon, noting that the results of efforts there to bolster the Siniora government would impact Syria and Iraq. The U.S. and Israel, he said, are on the edge of achieving something in Lebanon, and so cannot afford to drop their guard. What is necessary is finding the right way to support PM Siniora. "He is a courageous man," Dagan said. Syria, Iran and Hizballah are working hard against him. Dagan noted that much of what is animating the leadership of Lebanon to take on Syria is personal: "Hariri, Jumblat and others had their parents executed by the Syrians." This anti-Syrian sentiment has forged an alliance based on personal and national interests. Siniora has worked well with the situation, but Dagan suggested that the odds are against him. Under Secretary Burns replied that the U.S. is trying to give PM Siniora as much support as possible, and that we would continue to consult closely with Israel on Lebanon. He noted that he would return to Israel in October.
18, (SBU) Accompanying Under Secretary Burns in the meeting were: -- Ambassador Richard H. Jones -- Acting PM Assistant Secretary Stephen Mull -- Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Mary Beth Long -- NEA/IPA Deputy Director Nicole Shampaine -- Embassy Tel Aviv Counselor for Political Research -- Embassy Tel Aviv Political-Military Officer (notetaker)
19. (SBU) Accompanying Mossad Chief Meir Dagan in the meeting were: -- Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Salai Meridor -- Advisor to Foreign Minister Livni Omer Caspi -- Two unidentified Mossad officials
20. (U) Under Secretary R. Nicholas Burns cleared on this cable.
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