High ranking Future Movement official arrested in Lebanon for spying for Israel

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By Cherifa Sirry in Egypt
Axis of Logic
Saturday, May 16, 2009

This is really interesting news! Ziad al Humsi was arrested today by the Lebanese army intelligence forces for spying for Israel.  Mr. al Humsi is a member of the Future Movement (headed by Saad al Hariri…);  he heads the Future Movement’s election headquarters in the Bekaa of Lebanon, is mayor of Saadnayel and previous spokesman for the slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic al Hariri!!   It is not Hezbollah that arrested him, it is the Lebanese army.  Watch however how Israeli and Zionist-controlled media will present this item of news as though Hezbollah had themselves arrested him because he was “anti-Syrian” (oh my God!!)…. with hardly any mention of his spying activities for Israel!

- Cherifa Sirry in Egypt



16/05/2009

Al-Manar
Future Movement Official in Saadnayel Arrested For Spying For Israel
by Hanan Awarekeh

Lebanese security sources revealed on Saturday to Al-Manar Channel that Ziad al-Homsy, the regional media officer for the Future movement electoral campaign in Central Beqaa and Saadnayel’s deputy mayor has confessed of collaborating with the Israeli enemy after the army intelligence broke into his home and found advanced equipments there.

A huge picture of Homsy was hanged on a building in the Bekaa town, with a comment saying “The most honest of all.”

The sources added that within the spy networks arrested during the last month, there were more than one evidence that lead to Homsy’s involvement.

Saadnayel, a Future movement stronghold in Bekaa, witnessed recently tension and in some cases clashes with the neighboring town of Taalabaya. The clashes led to the killing and injuring of several people. Commentators said that the person behind these security incidents was no one but Homsy. Security sources told Al-Manar that Homsy had confessed to collaborating with the Mossad since before the 2006 war on Lebanon and that one of his missions was to collect information about the resistance. He also confessed to having received large amounts of money from his Israeli operators.

The security sources also said that investigations with Homsy centered on the nature of the information he provided Israel with, particularly that he confessed that following the dismantling of several spying networks recently he destroyed a significant number of documents.

The Lebanese army issued a statement on Saturday saying that a number of Saadnayel – Beqaa residents tried to cut off the Zahle-Chtoura main road after the Lebanese army intelligence arrested al-Homsy.

Meanwhile, informed political sources stressed that senior officials and politicians including the head of the Future Movement MP Saad Hariri contacted the Lebanese army command to acquite information regarding the circumstances that led to the arrest of Homsy. For its part the army command advised the Future Movement to call on their supporters to withdraw from the Saadnael highway which they blocked in protest at the arrest.

Security sources confirmed that the case was linked to sensitive security issues, noting that other arrests have taken place in other regions, however they were not faced with such reactions. In contrast, the sources added, the residents of those areas have shown full support for the Lebanese army responsible for protecting the country’s security.

The Army statement added that the situation calmed down soon after the citizens realized that the man was arrested as part of an investigation into a security issue.

FUTURE MOVEMENT DENIES ANY ORGANIZATIONAL ROLE FOR HOMSY

For its part, the coordination unit of the Future Movement released a statement Saturday saying that Ziad al-Homsy has no organizational role in the movement.

“Some media said that Homsy is the regional media officer for the Future movement electoral campaign. The truth is that he is the publisher of one of the local magazines, and he contacts all the electoral campaign offices in his region,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, Homsy’s lawyer Khaled Hsheimi told LBC TV that the Saadnayel’s deputy mayor “is a Future Movement cadre and responsible for its electoral campaign in the region.”

The Future Movement statement urged all political forces and citizens to “support the security services that have made remarkable achievements recently.” The statement also called for not making early judgments and wait until Homsy is tried.

Source Al-Manar

Exactly As We Predicted; Deadly NY Terror Cell Are Semi-Retarded Potheads

Exactly As We Predicted; Deadly NY Terror Cell Are Semi-Retarded Potheads

As in ever other major case, terror group hyped by media turn out to be low IQ bums radicalized by federal provocateurs

Paul Joseph Watson
Propaganda Matrix

Of course, it was only after an FBI informant radicalized these bums and provided them with weapons that they became any kind of threat, providing the feds the opportunity to swoop in, declare a victory in the war on terror and use the case as a poster child for Americans to accept police

Exactly as we predicted in our headline story yesterday, two of the ringleaders in the “deadly” New York terror plot salaciously hyped by the media and government officials have turned out to be semi-retarded potheads.

“The men will likely turn out to be semi-retarded dropouts,” we stated in our article yesterday, basing our forecast on the fact that in every other major terror sting in the west given so much prominence by officials and the corporate media, the poor suckers rounded up by the feds always turn out to be low IQ petty criminals down on their luck, provocateured and armed by federal agents.

We already knew that the men were provided with an inert rocket launcher and fake C4 explosives by an FBI informant, and now as more details emerge, our original summation of the case is proving accurate.

According to an Associated Press report, the four men charged with planning to blow up synagogues and military planes, “Were amateurs every step of the way. They had trouble finding guns and bought cameras at Wal-Mart to photograph their targets. One was a convicted purse snatcher, another smoked marijuana the day the plot was to be carried out.”

The report continues,”Relatives said the defendants were down-on-their-luck men who worked at places like Wal-Mart, a landscaping company and a warehouse when they weren’t behind bars. Payen’s lawyer said he was “intellectually challenged” and on medication for schizophrenia. Marilyn Reader said he has “a very low borderline” IQ.”

tate measures and believe the hype surrounding “domestic terrorists” in the wake of controversy surrounding the MIAC report.

As the AP article concedes, “Some have criticized informants’ roles in such cases, saying they egged on and ensnared suspects who weren’t dangerous.”

As we reiterated yesterday, this same scam is played out every single time, but the media very rarely makes a big deal out of it when the suspects turn out to be retarded bums who couldn’t even have achieved whatever the provocateur prodded them into advocating without direct help from the feds. The original hyped story about the foiled deadly terror plot remains in the memory while the truth surrounding the case is buried near the back of the newspaper.

Nowhere was this more evident than in the case of the ‘Liberty City 7′, a group out of Miami that supposedly planned to “wage a full ground war against the United States” and bomb the Sears Tower, but who actually turned out to be “a bunch of dipshits living in a warehouse,” as The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart described them.

Major terror plot in Karachi foiled By Salis bin Perwaiz

Major terror plot in Karachi foiled

By Salis bin Perwaiz

KARACHI: The Special Investigation Unit (SIU), Karachi, has foiled plans for major terrorist activities in the city by capturing six militants belonging to al-Qaeda and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from an inn in Sohrab Goth, sources said on Friday.

During a raid on a tip-off, five suicide bombing jackets, more than 10 kilogrammes of C-4 explosive material, several guns, a large quantity of ammunition and electronic items were also recovered, the sources added.

There were reports that after the military operation in Swat, Buner and Dir, the militants, belonging to al-Qaeda and the TTP, came to Karachi to disturb the peaceful environment of the city by launching suicide attacks on Ulema, Imambargahs, important installations and killing personnel belonging to the Karachi Police and intelligence agencies.

The sources said Capital City Police Officer Waseem Ahmed, taking note of the presence of militants in the city, directed SSP Raja Omer Khattab of the SIU Karachi to dismantle the network of terrorists.

Intelligence sources said during the investigation, SSP Khattab was tipped off that the militants were present at an inn near a petrol pump situated near New Sabzi Mandi, Sohrab Goth. The police raided the area and after a brief encounter arrested Abu Huzefa, Hafiz Saeed, Haris and others.

The militants were shifted to an unknown location for interrogation. During the course of investigation, it was uncovered that the militants belonged to al-Qaeda and the TTP and had received training in Afghanistan to carry out bombings and other terrorist acts.

The intelligence sources said after the military operation in Swat and elsewhere, the militants, belonging to various outfits, came to Karachi from South Waziristan, Swat, Miranshah and Buner. They were directed to generate funds for organisations fighting in the tribal areas by robbing banks, moneychangers, jewellery markets and kidnapping millionaire businessmen for ransom.

They added the police found a list of Ulema who were on their hit list. The militants had gathered information about the Ulema and their addresses. The police also found a list of police officers who were to be their targets — SSP Mohammad Farooq Awan, SSP Raja Omar Khattab, SSP Khurram Waris, SSP Mohammad Fayyaz Khan, DSP Chaudhry Amir Hameed, DSP Chaudhry Safdar and others.

The militants had also gathered information about addresses and vehicles of officers belonging to the Sindh Police and intelligence agencies, as they had made a crackdown against their organisations in the past. Senior police officials will hold a press conference in a few days to announce details obtained during the investigation.

Baitullah’s hideouts pounded in S. Waziristan

[FREAKING UNBELIEVEABLE!!  After word leaked-out yesterday that Maulvi Nazir would not join Mehsud in any attack upon the Army, the Army arranges for a Mehsud tribal jirga with the Taliban leader and begins shelling the tribal leaders as the meeting is being held. Obviously, the Army has been itching to fight in Waziristan.   By attacking the non-combatant tribal leaders they are attacking the tribal system and all the Pashtuns whom they represent.]

Baitullah’s hideouts pounded in SWA

Saturday, May 23, 2009

By Mushtaq Yusufzai & Irfan Burki

PESHAWAR/WANA: As feared by the Mehsud tribesmen, security forces on Friday launched military offensive in the South Waziristan Agency (SWA). The action came a year after a secret peace deal with Baitullah Mehsud, official and tribal sources told The News.

According to sources, security forces rained artillery and mortar shells on suspected locations of the Baitullah Mehsud-led Taliban militants in the Mehsud inhabited areas of the South Waziristan tribal region. There were no details about any loss of life in the shelling.

When reached by telephone, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director-General Maj-Gen Athar Abbas, however, denied launching of military operation in South Waziristan right now. He said the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) had taken some action but he had no further details.

On the other hand, official and tribal sources said security forces at Jandola and Manzai military camps began artillery shelling on the Taliban’s suspected positions in Srarogha, Kotkai and Spinkai Raghzai villages of Mehsud tribal people.

A security official on condition of anonymity told The News the artillery shelling was a reaction to the Thursday’s suicide attack near Jandola FC camp, in which 12 people were killed and several others injured.

According to sources, the shelling was started at a time when a 15-member Jirga of the Mehsud tribal elders and Ulema were holding talks with Baitullah Mehsud and his key commanders near Makeen.

The Political Agent of the South Waziristan Agency, Shahab Ali Shah, had convened a meeting of the Mehsud tribal Jirga in Tank a day earlier and sought their assistance in opening the Tank-Jandola and Jandola-Wana road.

The tribesmen have been avoiding travelling on the road due to insecurity caused by frequent terrorist attacks and growing loot and murder incidents. Security forces also restricted their movements on the usually busy Tank-Wana road due to likely terrorist attempts by the militants in the region.

The Jirga, led by Senator Maulana Saleh Shah, returned Bannu later in the night after a meeting with Baitullah Mehsud and his key commanders.Saleh Shah accused the government of deteriorating the situation by violating peace accords. He said it was the government that sent them to the Taliban for negotiation and then started artillery shelling on the Taliban’s positions.

“This practice by the government humiliated our position before the Taliban. There was no justification for the Jirga when the government believed in use of power,” the cleric-cum-parliamentarian remarked.

Also, he said, Baitullah Mehsud denied his involvement in the suicide attack near Jandola FC camp[Isn't it possible that an anonymous outside group attacked the Army positions as a means of setting-off the kind of exchange we are seeing today?] Shah said he noticed that the Taliban militants were preparing themselves for likely military action against them.

Another noted tribal elder said during a meeting with the political agent, they felt that the government had already made up its mind to launch a full-scale military operation in the South Waziristan Agency. He said 80 per cent Mehsud tribesmen had shifted to downtowns in Tank and Dera Ismail Khan districts in the past few days due to fears of military operation.

Tension grips part of Karachi as 13 vehicles set ablaze

Tension grips part of Karachi as 13 vehicles set ablaze

KARACHI, May 22: Two persons including a woman were killed and eight others injured during violent incidents in different parts of Karachi. Unknown persons in the rumpus set eleven passenger buses, a tractor and loading truck on fire. Heavy contingents of Police and Rangers have been deployed at sensitive points in the metropolis.

Over 11 million people displaced in central and east Africa

Over 11 million people displaced in central and east Africa

afrol News, 18 May The UN Humanitarian Agency has said that the number of internally displaced persons and refugees in 16 countries in Central and East Africa driven by armed conflict and natural disasters has surpassed 11 million.

According to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) statistics, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Sudan continue to be the countries with the largest displacements of people. “Sudan has over 4 million displaced people while DRC and Somalia have over 1.3 million each,” OCHA said.

The agency said that the number had risen from 10.9 million in December last year, to 11 million attributing much of the increase to conflicts in the eastern DRC.

The agency also said that among the causes of the displacement were repeated attacks by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) on civilians in the north-eastern DRC and renewed fighting in the eastern North Kivu province related to the joint DRC-Rwanda military operation in January and February against armed rebel groups.

“Also, ongoing hostilities in Somalia have resulted in an influx of refugees to the north-eastern Kenya, where the three camps in the Dadaab complex are congested with a population of some 258,000 refugees,” the OCHA report said.

OCHA said other causes of high numbers of displaced people was also triggered by natural disasters such as floods and droughts, creating large in-country and cross-border population movements in east and central Africa.

It further said lack of access to displaced people due to insecurity and targeting of humanitarian workers is an ongoing challenge to those who provide aid in countries such as CAR, Chad, DRC, Somalia, and the Darfur region of Sudan.

The refugee hosting countries are Burundi, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Djibouti, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Insurgents crossing into Pakistan: US general

Insurgents crossing into Pakistan: US general

BAGRAM AIR BASE: The top United States general in eastern Afghanistan said on Friday he saw “some very interesting movement” of insurgents across the border into Pakistan this spring, possibly to join Taliban battling government troops.

Maj Gen Jeffrey Schloesser’s comments come amid concern in Washington and Islamabad that the build up of 21,000 additional US forces in Afghanistan may push the Taliban into Pakistan, further destabilising the border region in that country.

The Obama administration has declared eliminating Taliban havens in Pakistan vital to its goals of defeating Al Qaeda and winning the war in Afghanistan. Fighters have historically moved back and forth across the border to back Taliban insurgencies in both countries.

But Schloesser’s remarks suggested a larger transfer into Pakistan than has been seen previously, as the fighting between Pakistan’s troops and the Taliban has intensified.

He suggested that most of the movement in the past had been from Pakistan into Afghanistan, calling the new development “an interesting movement backward”.

He did not provide details or numbers of those heading toward Pakistan.

Obama to “Tweak” Bush’s UnConstitutional Assault on Bill of Rights

President’s Detention Plan Tests American Legal Tradition

Published: May 22, 2009

President Obama’s proposal for a new legal system in which terrorism suspects could be held in “prolonged detention” inside the United States without trial would be a departure from the way this country sees itself, as a place where people in the grip of the government either face criminal charges or walk free.There are, to be sure, already some legal tools that allow for the detention of those who pose danger: quarantine laws as well as court precedents permitting the confinement of sexual predators and the dangerous mentally ill. Every day in America, people are denied bail and locked up because they are found to be a hazard to their communities, though they have yet to be convicted of anything.

Still, the concept of preventive detention is at the very boundary of American law, and legal experts say any new plan for the imprisonment of terrorism suspects without trial would seem inevitably bound for the Supreme Court.

Mr. Obama has so far provided few details of his proposed system beyond saying it would be subject to oversight by Congress and the courts. Whether it would be constitutional, several of the legal experts said in interviews, would most likely depend on the fairness of any such review procedures.

Ultimately, they suggested, the question of constitutionality would involve a national look in the mirror: Is this what America does?

“We have these limited exceptions to the principle that we only hold people after conviction,” said Michael C. Dorf, a constitutional law professor at Cornell. “But they are narrow exceptions, and we don’t want to expand them because they make us uncomfortable.”

In his speech on antiterrorism policy Thursday, Mr. Obama, emphasizing that he wanted fair procedures, sought to distance himself from what critics of the Bush administration saw as its system of arbitrary detention.

“In our constitutional system,” Mr. Obama said, “prolonged detention should not be the decision of any one man.”

But Mr. Obama’s critics say his proposal is Bush redux. Closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and holding detainees domestically under a new system of preventive detention would simply “move Guantánamo to a new location and give it a new name,” said Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates suggested this month that as many as 100 detainees might be held in the United States under such a system.

Mr. Obama chose to call his proposal “prolonged detention,” which made it sound more reassuring than some of its more familiar names. In some countries, it is called “administrative detention,” a designation with a slightly totalitarian ring. Some of its proponents call it “indefinite detention,” which evokes the Bush administration’s position that Guantánamo detainees could be held until the end of the war on terror — perhaps for the rest of their lives — even if acquitted in war crimes trials.

Mr. Obama’s proposal was a sign of the sobering difficulties posed by the president’s plan to close the Guantánamo prison by January. The prolonged detention option is necessary, he said, because there may be some detainees who cannot be tried but who pose a security threat.

These, he said, are prisoners who in effect remain at war with the United States, even after some seven years at Guantánamo. He listed as examples detainees who received extensive explosives training from Al Qaeda, have sworn allegiance to Osama bin Laden or have otherwise made it clear that they want to kill Americans.

Other countries, including Israel and India, have had laws allowing indefinite detention of terrorism suspects, said Monica Hakimi, an assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan who has written about the subject. But, she said, few provide for essentially unending detention, and several European countries have restricted preventive detention to days or weeks.

Mr. Obama’s proposal, Professor Hakimi said, appears to be “an aggressive approach that is not commonly taken in other Western developed countries.”

In a letter to the president on Friday, Senator Russ Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, said he was not sure Mr. Obama’s idea would prove constitutional, and added that “such detention is a hallmark of abusive systems that we have historically criticized around the world.”

Some critics of the Bush administration, who have become critics of Mr. Obama as well, have long said they are skeptical that there are detainees who are a demonstrable risk to the country but against whom the government can make no criminal case.

But some proponents of an indefinite detention system argue that Guantánamo’s remaining 240 detainees include cold-blooded jihadists and perhaps some so warped by their experience in custody that no president would be willing to free them. And among them, the proponents say, are some who cannot be tried, in part for lack of evidence or because of tainted evidence.

Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said Mr. Obama’s proposal was contrary to the path his administration apparently hoped to take when he took office. But that was before he and his advisers had access to detailed information on the detainees, said Mr. Wittes, who in a book last year argued for an indefinite detention system.

“This is the guy who has sworn an oath to protect the country,” he said, “and if you look at the question of how many people can you try and how many people are you terrified to release, you have to have some kind of detention authority.”

Civil liberties lawyers say American criminal laws are written broadly enough to make it relatively easy to convict terrorism suspects. They say Mr. Obama has not made the case persuasively that there is a worrisome category of detainees who are too dangerous to release but who cannot be convicted. The reason to have a criminal justice system at all, they say, is to trust it to decide who is guilty and who is not.

“If they cannot be convicted, then you release them,” said Jameel Jaffer, a lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union. “That’s what it means to have a justice system.”

It’s not a war, Pakistan

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[SEE: Scenes from the Swat Front]

[Kayani and the rest of the generals better figure-out pretty quickly just what they plan to do when Obama figures-out that it's not really a war in Pakistan, or not the war that Petraeus and Mullen wants.]

It’s not a war zone, Pakistan army says

An air tour of the Swat Valley shows few scars from Pakistan’s fight against a Taliban ally.

McClatchy News Service

From the window of a Pakistani army helicopter, the Swat Valley looked serene and inviting, not at all like a battlefield in the country’s self-described fight for survival against Taliban extremists.

Some of the 1.5 million refugees who’ve fled Swat have told of destroyed villages and burning countryside under massive Pakistani army bombardment. Two weeks into the offensive, however, the military felt confident enough Friday to take foreign reporters on a guided tour of Swat to rebut those claims.

A helicopter flight along the vast Swat Valley, the site of the government’s stand against a brutal Islamist militia that had overrun the northwestern district, seemed to support the military’s contention that it’s been waging a counterinsurgency operation, not a massive offensive to level the place.

Swat’s orchards, wheat fields, forested hills and neat little towns appeared mostly unscathed.

At Baine Baba Ziarat, a hilltop near the town of Khwazakhela in upper Swat that was captured from the Taliban two days earlier, a panoramic view of the valley revealed little sign of active engagement.

Aside from occasional distant rumblings, apparently fire from a helicopter gunship, there was no sign of fighter jet sorties or artillery fire, no smoke rising from towns or hillside hide-outs and little to signify that a war was on against thousands of heavily armed and battle-hardened guerrillas.

Several areas said to be still under Taliban control could be seen, including the towns of Charbagh and Mingora, the resort of Malam Jabba and, far off, the Peochar Valley, the center of the extremists in Swat.

”Civilian collateral damage is very, very low, not even in double figures,” said Maj. Gen. Sajjad Ghani, who’s leading the army operation in the northern half of Swat, referring to the civilian death toll in the area under his command. “We don’t use air force, artillery, mortars on built-up areas.”

The military account, however, is at odds with the stories told by residents who escaped the war zone, who had tales of the army shelling houses and streets and whole families being wiped out. Patients from Swat at the nearest major hospital outside the battle area, in the town of Mardan, suggested a civilian toll many times greater than the army thinks.

In Matta, the biggest town in Swat so far to be cleared of extremists, the army said, it hadn’t damaged a single home. From the air, Matta looked intact. The army underlined Matta’s significance just ahead of a planned assault on the Taliban in Mingora, the major town in Swat, where thousands of civilians are thought to remain.

”Matta was the first town cleared by an infantry operation. It’s a test case,” said Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, the army’s chief spokesman, who accompanied reporters. “But zero collateral damage can never be achieved.”

The army said that it had surrounded the Taliban in their remaining major strongholds, including Mingora and Peochar. Ghani pledged to move troops to the rescue of towns in the far north shortly: “It’s just a question of days.”

76 of the 100 senators press Obama to toe Israel’s line

Senators press Obama to toe Israel’s line

bageri_d20090520020340593As President Barack Obama is said to be asking Israel to accept some kind of Palestinian state, US senators are urging him not to deviate from Tel Aviv in any negotiations.

In a letter to Obama, 76 of the 100 senators said that the US “must take into account the risks it will face in any peace agreement.”

The letter came a day after Obama met with the Israeli prime minister in Washington where Benjamin Netanyahu tried to divert the US focus on the stalled Middle East ‘peace process’ and shift it to the issue of Iran.

Netanyahu dismissed the US president’s ‘concerns’ over Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Jewish settler leaders also shrugged off Obama’s call for Israel to halt settlement building in the occupied West Bank.

“Without a doubt, our two governments will agree on some issues and disagree on others, but the United States friendship with Israel requires that we work closely together as we recommit ourselves to our historic role of a trusted friend and active mediator,” senators wrote Obama.

“While the obstacles are formidable, we agree with you that every effort should be made to realize that peace,” AFP quoted the lawmakers as saying.

Under a 2003 US-backed peace “road map”, Israel is obliged to stop settlement construction in the occupied territories. President Obama reportedly raised this issue with Netanyahu during their talks at the White House.

However, as in the past, Israel remains contemptuous of all calls to halt the expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories.

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wah fkirRecalling the facts.


Obama’s prostrating at AIPAC , and his sermon alike speech( virtual hand
raising on the Talmud) proves his engagement to invest all his powers in the
service of jewish interests over and above anyone else’s.This should have
demonstrated to every observer that the office he was going to conduct would be,
compared to the real stealth governement, of less importance than that of a
backseat opposition leader in the Knesset.
One must feel sorry for US naive
citizens for their electing such a puppet president unable to air the smallest
opposition to the arrogant Israeli war criminal visiting their capital,the
center of the “Free World”.
As a legacy of the treason of successive
corrupt American presidents, who sold the honor and dignity of their country to
the ennemy within, the jewish banking system, the actual White House occupant
carries on
a century-old tradition of total submission to this so called
“lobby”,whose public forefront figurants coached his ascent to the
highest US office !
The jewish tyrany flooding the American and world audiences
with its arrogance and its comtempt of all recognized universal laws,
signals
a turning point in Human History.
At first sight, in favor of the selfish
judaical tyrants conspiring secretly and during ages, to the destruction and
enslavement of whom they call Goyims.
But books of all religions teaches us that
God forbids such outcome and fallen empires testify to this fact.The illusion of
invulnerability that temporal power yields to its beholder is in itself a sign
of his imminent downfall.
So people of good faith and decent endeavour,
don’t be
affraid !
All powers held by this evil race are passing by,only deceitful to
their holder and gatekeeper.Truth will prevail, for this is God’s oath.And God
never breaks His promise !
Keep telling this holy truth,for victory
over Evil
is not far !

Israel unleashes new war upon Gaza ghetto

[The Israeli psychological need to inflict suffering upon the descendents of Abraham.]

Israel unleashes new war upon Gaza ghetto

ahmadi-amar20090520074821359As Gazan survivors of the latest Israeli onslaught piece together what is left of their lives, Israeli warplanes return to the skies of the territory to unleash fresh air strikes.

In the most intensive attacks in recent weeks, Israeli jets carried out at least four bombing runs on the Gaza-Egypt border on Tuesday night, medics and witnesses said.

The planes also hit a metal workshop and a police post in Gaza City and another workshop in central Gaza. The buildings were severely damaged but no injuries have been reported as of yet.

Another raid targeted a Gaza government outpost near a border fence with Israel, marking the first attack on a government position since the January 18 ceasefire ended three weeks of Israeli aggression against the territory.

Witnesses said that one of the missiles fired by the Israeli air squadron struck a moving car in Yafa Street in northern Gaza City.

Medical teams arrived at the scene and carried one casualty to Shifa Hospital. The Israeli military has declined to comment on the matter.

The nearly seven bombing missions carried out in the impoverished ghetto on Tuesday injured at least 5 Palestinians and damaged several houses. The full extent of the damage, however, is yet unknown.

The new attacks come as the United Nations has demanded that Tel Aviv end its sixty years of US-advocated oppression against the Palestinians and allow the creation of a viable Palestinian state.

The Israeli government claims that the bombings were in response to alleged Palestinian rocket fire from the Gaza Strip several hours before the attacks.

Resistance fighters in Gaza have been using rocket fire as a retaliatory measure against Tel Aviv for its hostilities against the Palestinian nation — which is native to the land.

The Gaza Strip has been under a blockade from land, sea and air by Israel and Egypt for nearly two years. Critics have described the territory as the word’s largest open-air prison camp in which nearly 1.5 million people struggle to survive on a daily basis.

The last carnage wrought on the strip in January and December killed around 1,350 Palestinians and injured nearly 5,450 people — mostly civilians.

In addition to the lost lives, the onslaught cost the Palestinian economy at least $1.6 billion, destroying some 4,000 residential buildings and damaging 16,000 other houses.

Israel is also under pressure for its use of the flesh-eating white phosphorous weapons against civilians and UN positions in densely populated areas of Gaza during the war.

Hamas security forces on Tuesday began carrying out maneuvers for what they predicted to be a new war on the territory. Speculation that military operations against Gaza would take a new face emerged when hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gained control over Tel Aviv affairs.

While Netanyahu sat down with President Barack Obama on Monday for the first time since taking office to settle the differences between the two administrations, the American leader voiced opposition to the Israeli policies against Palestinians.

The new government in Tel Aviv has nevertheless sparked controversy with its contentions that the administration of US President Barack Obama would under-no-circumstance show opposition to Israeli policies.

“Believe me, America accepts all our decisions,” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, a centerpiece in the controversy, said in April in his first interview on foreign policy.

Scenes from the Swat Front

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Pakistani military shows off captured Taliban base

BANAI BABA ZIARAT, Pakistan – A Pakistani flag now flies over army troops dug in on a strategic ridge that until two days ago was held by the Taliban, a base where militants trained fighters, built tunnels and equipped caves with electricity and air vents.

The takeover of the highest Taliban stronghold in the Swat Valley by troops who stormed up its jagged, rubble-strewn slopes is evidence of the success of Pakistan‘s month-old army offensive. The action has been welcomed by the United States, which fears the nuclear-armed country is capitulating to the militants.

But much of the region still remains in the hands of the militants, including Buner — a district just 60 miles from the capital Islamabad and the focus of intense air and ground operations in recent weeks, according to witnesses and police officers who spoke to an Associated Press reporter in its main town Friday.

Several residents pointed to the mountains and warned that the Taliban were not far away.

Police were still too frightened to enter parts of Buner and the town of Dagar, 12 miles away, which the military said was “liberated” from the Taliban.

“We have been destroyed by the Taliban,” said white-bearded Ayub Khan, as army trucks rumbled past a ruined market and a charred gas station where a suicide bomber had killed four soldiers in the early days of the battle.

The Obama administration has declared eliminating militant havens in Pakistan vital to its goals of defeating al-Qaida and winning the war in neighboring Afghanistan. U.S military officers say insurgents use Pakistan as a base to launch attacks over the frontier in Afghanistan.

But Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, the top U.S. general in eastern Afghanistan, said there was evidence that insurgents were crossing into Pakistan, possibly to join the fight in Swat and other regions of the northwest where militants are holed up.

His comments come amid concern in Washington and Islamabad that the ongoing buildup of 21,000 additional U.S. forces in Afghanistan may end up pushing Taliban militants into Pakistan, further destabilizing its border region.

The Swat offensive has triggered an exodus of nearly 1.9 million refugees, more than 160,000 to sweltering camps, while the rest have been taken in by relatives, friends or in rented accommodation. Foreign countries and the United Nations are donating money to relieve the crisis.

Unlike other campaigns against Taliban and al-Qaida militants, the current offensive has broad political and public support in Pakistan, but some fear that could drain away if the refugees are seen to be neglected or the fighting drags on.

The army claims to have killed more than 1,000 militants, but said Friday the Taliban control the main town of Mingora; Piochar, a side-valley farther north that is a Taliban base; and several other districts. The army said those areas are increasingly surrounded by Pakistani troops.

“The noose is tightening around them,” Maj. Gen. Saajad Ghani, the commander of operations in Upper Swat. “Their routes of escape have been cut off. It’s just a question of time before the Taliban leadership is eliminated.”

He and another senior commander estimated the operation could last another two or three months.

The army took more than a dozen reporters to the camp after flying them to the valley by helicopter from Islamabad. The scenic region that once attracted honeymooners and skiers has largely been off-limits to the media since fighting broke out.

While foreign governments are praising the Swat operation, they will be looking closely to see whether the country expands the offensive into other parts of the border region, especially Waziristan, which has been hit by repeated strikes by U.S missiles since last year.

Critics say the Pakistani army does not have the will or capability to completely take out the militants, given its close historical links to extremist groups it fostered for use as proxies in Kashmir, a region disputed with longtime foe India.

Previous operations in the northwest have resulted in widespread damage to property and significant civilian casualties.

The army has not given any tolls for civilians killed, but say there have been very few. Refugees have reported several examples. The militants have largely been unavailable for comment since the fighting began.

Flying over the valley, there was no major damage visible in several towns and cities — a sign, perhaps, that the military is making good on its promise not to use artillery and airstrikes in urban area or where civilians could be hiding.

The facilities at the Taliban camp on the ridge point to a disciplined and well-funded adversary, which is believed to have about 4,000 fighters.

At 7,500 feet, the complex was about the size of two soccer fields, with panoramic views of the valley on all sides.

Ghani said it was an operational, communications and training center for the Swat insurgency that had been there for several years.

“They wanted to retain it at all costs,” he said at the base, where a dozen Pakistani army soldiers are dug in, wary the Taliban may return. “This was symbolic for them.”

The heights were first bombed by jets and helicopters, leaving several large craters, before troops stormed it earlier this week.

Ghani said four soldiers had been wounded and that 200-300 fighters had been killed, but there was no evidence of this, such as graves or blood. Capt. Kamal Butt, who led the final assault, said there were no bodies when he arrived, suggesting the insurgents had fled. There was no explanation of where the bodies might have gone.

The cave mouths and bunkers were made with brick walls several feet thick and topped with large tree trunks, dirt and leaves. Flies buzzed in and out of the cave housing the kitchen, outside of which stood a bullet-scarred wheelbarrow filled with lentils.

The caves and tunnels had electricity and rudimentary ventilation systems. A system of pipes and tanks ensured those staying at the camp had water from several faucets.

Officers laid out text books belonging to pupils who, according to the headings in them, underwent guerrilla training. One was dated May 2, 2009. They said many of the students were forced to attend. They also showed reporters three sacks of chemicals used for making bombs, wires and detonators.

The offensive was launched after the militants abandoned a peace deal widely criticized in the West and moved into Buner. Coupled with a video showing the insurgents whipping a women, the advance seems to have galvanized politicians, the media and members of the public into supporting the war.

“Fighting an insurgency in your own country is hell,” said Col. Abdul Rehman. “But when the whole country is behind you, you feel better.”

Obama: From anti-war law professor to warmonger in 100 days

Obama: From anti-war law professor to warmonger in 100 days

Alexander Cockburn

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May 21, 2009

How long does it take a mild-mannered, anti-war, black professor of constitutional law, trained as a community organiser on the South Side of Chicago, to become an enthusiastic sponsor of targeted assassinations, ‘decapitation’ strategies and remote-control bombing of mud houses at the far end of the globe?

There’s nothing surprising here. As far back as President Woodrow Wilson, in the early 20th century, American liberalism has been swift to flex its imperial muscle and whistle up the Marines. High-explosive has always been in the hormone shot.

The nearest parallel to Obama in eager deference to the bloodthirsty counsels of his counter-insurgency advisors is John F. Kennedy. It is not surprising that bright young presidents relish quick-fix, ‘outside the box’ scenarios for victory.

Obama’s course is set and his presidency is already stained the familiar blood-red

Whether in Vietnam or Afghanistan the counsel of regular Army generals tends to be drear and unappetising: vast, costly deployments of troops by the hundreds of thousands, mounting casualties, uncertain prospects for any long-term success ­ all adding up to dismaying political costs on the home front.

Amid Camelot’s dawn in 1961, Kennedy swiftly bent an ear to the advice of men like Ed Lansdale, a special ops man who wore rakishly the halo of victory over the Communist guerillas in the Philippines and who promised results in Vietnam.

By the time he himself had become the victim of Lee Harvey Oswald’s ‘decapitation’ strategy, brought to successful conclusion in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, on November 22, 1963, Kennedy had set in motion the secret counter-insurgency operations, complete with programs of assassination and torture, that turned South-East Asia and Latin America into charnel houses for the next 20 years.

Another Democrat who strode into the White House with the word ‘peace’ springing from his lips was Jimmy Carter. It was he who first decreed that ‘freedom’ and the war on terror required a $3.5bn investment in a secret CIA-led war in Afghanistan, plus the deployment of Argentinian torturers to advise US military teams in counter-insurgency ops in El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Obama campaigned on a pledge to ‘decapitate’ al-Qaeda, meaning the assassination of its leaders. It was his short-hand way of advertising that he had the right stuff. Now, like Kennedy, he’s summoned the exponents of unconventional, short-cut paths to success in that mission.

Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal now replaces General David McKiernan as Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan. McChrystal’s expertise is precisely in assassination and ‘decapitation’. As commander of the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) for nearly five years starting in 2003, McChrystal was in charge of death squad ops, his best advertised success being the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, head of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

The phrase ‘sophisticated networks’ tends to crop up in assessments of McChrystal’s Iraq years. Actually there’s nothing fresh or sophisticated in what he did. Programmes of targeted assassination aren’t new in counter-insurgency. The most infamous and best known was the Phoenix Program in Vietnam, designed to identify and eliminate cadres of Vietnam’s National Liberation Front, informally known as the Viet Cong, of whom, on some estimates, at least 40,000 were duly assassinated.

In such enterprises two outcomes are inevitable. Identification of the human targets requires either voluntary informants or captives. In the latter instance torture is certain, whatever rhetorical pledges are proclaimed back home. There may be intelligence officers who rely on patient, non-violent interrogation, as the US officer who elicited the whereabouts of al-Zarqawi claims he did.

But there will be others who will reach for the garden hose and the face towel. (McChrystal, not uncoincidentally, was involved in the prisoner abuse scandal at Baghdad’s Camp Nama. He also played a sordid role in the cover-up of the friendly-fire death of ex-NFL star and Army Ranger Pat Tillman.)

Whatever the technique, a second certainty is the killing of large numbers of civilians in the final ‘targeted assassination’. At one point in the first war on Saddam Hussein in the early 1990s, a huge component of US air sorties was devoted each day to bombing places where US intelligence had concluded Saddam might be hiding. Time after time, after the mangled bodies of men, women and children had been scrutinised, came the crestfallen tidings that Saddam was not among them.

Already in Afghanistan public opinion has been inflamed by the weekly bulletins of deadly bombardments either by drones or manned bombers. Still in the headlines is the US bombardment of Bala Boluk in Farah province, which yielded 140 dead villagers torn apart by high explosives, including 93 children. Only 22 were male and over 18.

Perhaps ‘sophisticated intelligence’ had identified one of these as an al-Qaeda man, or a Taliban captain, or maybe someone an Afghan informant to the US military just didn’t care for. Maybe electronic eavesdropping simply screwed up the coordinates. If we ever know, it won’t be for a very long time. Obama has managed a terse apology, even as he installs McChrystal, thus ensuring more of the same.

Obama is bidding to be as sure-footed as Bush in trampling on constitutional rights

The logic of targeted assassinations was on display in Gaza even as Obama worked on the uplifting phrases of his inaugural address in January. The Israelis claimed they were targeting only Hamas even as the body counts of women and children methodically refuted these claims and finally extorted from Obama a terse phrase of regret.

He may soon weary of uttering them. His course is set and his presidency already permanently stained the ever-familiar blood-red tint. There’s no short-cut in counter-insurgency. A targeted bombing yields up Bala Boluk, and the incandescent enmity of most Afghans. The war on al-Qaeda mutates into the war on the Taliban, and 850,000 refugees in the Swat Valley in Pakistan.

The mild-mannered professor is bidding to be as sure-footed as Bush and Cheney in trampling on constitutional rights. He’s planning to restore Bush’s kangaroo courts for prisoners at Guantanamo who’ve never even been formally charged with a crime! He’s threatening to hold some prisoners indefinitely in the US without trial.

He’s even been awarded a hearty editorial clap on the back from the Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Obama deserves credit for accepting that civilians courts are largely unsuited for the realities of the war on terror. He has now decided to preserve a tribunal process that will be identical in every material way to the one favoured by Dick Cheney.”

It didn’t take long. But it’s what we’ve got ­ for the rest of Obama-time

Settlers burn barley harvest belonging to Nablus-area farmer

Settlers burn barley harvest belonging to Nablus-area farmer

Ma’an News

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May 22, 2009

Nablus – Ma’an – Israeli settlers from the illegal Yitzhar settlement south of Nablus set fire to bales of harvested barley in a large field owned by a Nablus farmer Friday morning.

The owner, 37-year-old Muhammad Rida, had harvested half the crop on Thursday and stacked the grains to dry in the field near Khallat As-Siwar south of Nablus.

When he arrived to the field Friday morning to finish harvesting the crop he saw dozens of settlers setting fire to the bales.

“This is not the first time they have done this,” Rida commented. The entire crop was burned.

It’s Midieval–Israel Laying Waste to Palestine

Israel destroying Gaza’s farmlands

Eva Bartlett

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A farmer holds crops destroyed by Israeli troops.

May 22, 2009

On the morning of 4 May 2009, Israeli troops set fire to Palestinian crops along Gaza’s eastern border with Israel. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) reported that 200,000 square meters of crops were destroyed, including wheat and barley ready for harvest, as well as vegetables, olive and pomegranate trees.

Local farmers report that the blaze carried over a four-kilometer stretch on the Palestinian side of the eastern border land. Ibrahim Hassan Safadi, 49, from one of the farming families whose crops were destroyed by the blaze, said that the fires were smoldering until early evening, despite efforts by the fire brigades to extinguish them.

Safadi says he was present when Israeli soldiers fired small bombs into his field, which soon after caught ablaze. He explained that “The Israeli soldiers fired from their jeeps, causing a fire to break out on the land. They burned the wheat, burned the pomegranate trees … The fire spread across the valley. We called the fire brigades. They came to the area and put out the fire. But in some places the fire started again.” According to Safadi, he lost 30,000 square meters to the blaze, including 300 pomegranate trees, 150 olive trees, and wheat.

In the border areas it has long since become nearly impossible to work on the land due to almost daily shooting from the Israeli soldiers. The crops that were burned on 4 May were dried and ready to harvest, meaning that they were extremely flammable.

“It took only three minutes for the fire to destroy 65,000 square meters,” said Nahed Jaber Abu Said, whose farmland lies a few kilometers down the road from Safadi. He added that “It was nearly 9am. I was here when the Israeli jeeps came. An Israeli soldier at the fence shot an explosive into our field of wheat. It went up in flames immediately.”

Safadi said that the arson attack was the third major time his farm has suffered from an Israeli attack. In previous attacks over the last decade, he explained, Israeli soldiers bulldozed his land, razing his lemon, olive and clementine trees as well as demolishing greenhouses.

“We’ve suffered great losses. The Israeli soldiers have destroyed so much of our land, trees and equipment. They’ve cost us a lot of money,” he said, citing cumulative losses of $330,000 since 2000 when the heightened invasions began. In the last attack, Safadi said that $130,000 worth of crops, trees and irrigation piping was destroyed.

A wheat field destroyed by fire.

On top of the destruction, Safadi complains of not being able to replace destroyed items like the plastic hosing used to irrigate his fields. These, along with fertilizers and machinery replacement parts, are banned from entering Gaza due to the Israeli-led and internationally-backed whole-scale siege of the territory.

Abu Said reports losses of $2,000 on one patch of his land alone. “This isn’t including the land closest to the border fence,” he said. “I’m so sad now, what can I do?”

His experiences also extend beyond the 4 May attacks, and beyond the loss of land. In 2008, Israeli soldiers shot and killed 11 of his sheep and seriously injured a 15-year-old cousin, Jaber, by shooting him in the mouth.

Attacks by Israeli soldiers occur on a near-daily basis along Gaza’s borders with Israel. Nearly a decade ago, Israel unilaterally imposed a “buffer” or “no-go” zone solely on the Gaza side of their shared borders. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee, the initial 100-meter “off-limits” area has now extended to one kilometer across much of Gaza’s eastern border and two kilometers along the Strip’s northern border. FAO further reports that roughly one-third of Gaza’s agricultural land lies within the confines of the “buffer zone.”

Since the 18 January ceasefire, three Palestinian civilians, including one child, have been killed in the “buffer zone” area from shooting and shelling by Israeli forces. Another 12 Palestinians have been injured, including three children and two women, due to Israeli fire along the border.

In addition to the physical threat and the destruction of agricultural land and equipment, Gaza’s farming sector is further devastated by the destruction of what is believed to be hundreds of wells and sources of water and the contamination of farmland due to Israel’s invasion of Gaza at the beginning of the year. As reported by the Guardian newspaper in February 2009, these attacks have left nearly 60 percent of Gaza’s agricultural land useless.

The consequences of the active destruction of Gaza’s farming sector are amplified within the context of Israel’s siege and the stagnant state of rebuilding efforts since the ceasefire. With only a trickle of aid entering Gaza and poverty and malnutrition rates soaring, the ability to produce food is all the more vital to Palestinians in Gaza.

All images by Eva Bartlett.

Eva Bartlett is a Canadian human rights advocate and freelancer who arrived in Gaza in November 2008 on the third Free Gaza Movement boat. She has been volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement and documenting Israel’s ongoing attacks on Palestinians in Gaza. During Israel’s recent assault on Gaza, she and other ISM volunteers accompanied ambulances and documenting the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.