Khalid Khawaja, the Connection Between Daniel Pearl and Omar Sheikh

“Before coming to Karachi, Pearl was reportedly in E-mail contact  with  one Khalid Khwaja, a retired officer of the Pakistani Air Force who had served in the ISI in the late 1980s.” The contact who connected Pearl to Omar Saeed Sheikh.

Mansoor Ijaz…a prominent Pakistani-American who came recommended by Indian spooks to get to Muslim militants…”shoe-bomber,” Richard C. Reid, and a virulently anti-Semitic Muslim militant, Mubarak Ali Shah Gilani,…Ijaz made introductions to three sources: Shaheen Sehbai, editor of The News, Pakistan’s largest English language daily; a jihadi activist he declines to name; and — most fatefully — Khalid Khawaja, a Muslim militant and a onetime agent with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) who counts among his very best friends Osama bin Laden…was in the capital, Islamabad, 700 miles to the north, for a several-hour session with Khalid Khawaja…when it came to Muslim militancy, he was the real deal, having acquired his credentials during the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, where, as an air force squadron leader, Khawaja was serving with the ISI, which was distributing C.I.A.purchased munitions to mujahideen. The more radically Islamist the fighter, the more weapons he got, including Osama bin Laden, who formed an instant bond with Khawaja. It deepened when Khawaja was forced out of the ISI in 1988 after criticizing military strongman Zia ul-Haq for not doing enough to Islamize Pakistan…

Khawaja was sufficiently broad-minded in his allegiances that he got the Taliban to agree to receive Ijaz and ex-C.I.A. director Woolsey.

Khawaja, in short, was a source to kill for, and Danny charmed him. Describing the reporter to Ijaz as “competent, straightforward,” and not given to asking “inappropriate questions,” Khawaja agreed to steer Danny to leading jihadis and to be a sounding board during his time in country.

Blackwater ‘hired’ Pak’s intelligence, army officers: Khwaja

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Lahore, Dec 29 (PTI) Controversial US private security firm Blackwater, accused of carrying out secret operations in Pakistan, has hired services of army officers and former employees of intelligence agencies of this country for “handsome” salaries, a retired ISI official has claimed.

Khalid Khwaja, who has been at the forefront in raising the issue of “missing persons” or people detained without charges by Pakistani security agencies, said that ex- intelligence personnel hired by Blackwater had been asked to “pick up people with alleged connections to Taliban or al-Qaeda.”

The Supreme Court “has directed the Pakistan government to produce some 1,000 or so missing persons. The Pakistani (intelligence) agencies have expressed inability to comply with the order (on the ground that they do) not have knowledge about the missing persons,” he told PTI.

Israel to issue gas masks to population

Israel to issue gas masks to population

by Tina Redlup on December 28, 2009

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Israel will begin distributing its entire population with gas masks in two months, though no reason has officially been given by the Israeli government.

No indication or threat has been made against Israel from any country that an attack is planned. No country in the Middle East is believed to be likely to engage in chemical or biological warfare with Israel, either.

The gas mask distribution has, however, raised questions as to Israel’s potential plans to launch an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Such an attack could cause an unconventional response from Iran. Iran’s chemical and biological weapons capabilities are currently not known.

Rumors in the Middle East abound that Israel is preparing to rein in Hezbollah through another war on Lebanon. Hezbollah, however, is also not believed to hold any chemical or biological weapons.

The only country in Israel’s region currently believed to have access to a major chemical or biological weapons program is Israel itself, though the country unlikely to utilize them in an attack.

Despite the lack of a viable threat, Israel will begin issuing the gas masks to each of its residents in February. The Israel Defense Forces will manage the distribution. The IDF have engaged the Israel Postal Company to aid in the distribution, a departure from the use of Home Front Command for previous distributions.

In addition to the gas masks, children eight years and younger will receive, for the first time, the Mamtek gas mask.

“We are the only country in the world that produces gas masks for children, and the children’s gas mask we produce is the only one in the world that supplies prime defense for this age group,” Col. Yosi Sagiv,head of the Gas Mask Administration of the Home Front Command, told bacelonanews.net. “All that is left is to hope that it will not be necessary to experience first hand how well these gas masks work,” he said.

Grinding a Greater Axis of Evil

Grinding a Greater Axis of Evil

Daniel Martin Varisco

SOURCE: Tabsir.net (12-28-09)

[Daniel Martin Varisco is Chair, Anthropology Department at Hofstra University.]

Terrorism takes a toll far beyond the lives lost everyday, even when a plot is thwarted. On Christmas day a 23-year-old Nigerian named Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab attempted to set himself off as a human bomb on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. On the surface he hardly fit the profile of a crazed militant fresh out of a training camp in the hills of Pakistan. His father was a recently retired chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and he is an engineering student at University College London. But it now seems that his father was so concerned about his son’s politics that he warned the U.S. embassy about him just a month ago. Initial reports indicate that the explosives were said by Mutallab to be provided by al-Qaeda in Yemen. Based on this claim certain U.S. politicians, most notably Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, have called for Yemen to be added to the growing terrorist axis of evil. “So I leave you with this thought that somebody in our government said to me in the Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. Iraq was yesterday’s war. Afghanistan is today’s war. If we don’t act preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war. That’s the danger we face.” Lieberman told Fox News.

Lieberman is actually calling for Yemen to become today’s war, but the key to his thinking is best summed in another line from the same interview: “We’ve got to constantly be thinking like the terrorists here.” Well, Joe, this is the problem. You are thinking like the terrorists when you suggest going into a country you know nothing about and dropping bombs. Unfortunately, it appears we have already started doing that. The Yemeni government’s attacks last week on a suspected al-Qaeda hideout in Abyan are reported to have left as many as 82 civilians killed and more than 213 injured, according to local estimates. The government claimed that it had eliminated at least 34 al-Qaeda fighters. President Obama even sent a message of congratulation to President Salih for his success in fighting terrorism. So as far as the media is concerned, whether the go-get-’em mantra of Fox News or we-must-be-the-mainstream New York Times, a preemptive propaganda strike has already been made. “With fears also growing of a resurgent Islamist extremism in nearby Somalia and East Africa, administration officials and American lawmakers said Yemen could become Al Qaeda’s next operational and training hub, rivaling the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan where the organization’s top leaders operate,” reports the latter.


“Locals covering the bodies of civilians whose death was war causality in the government’s raid on Al-Qaeda camp in Al-Mhfad district in Abyan governorate south of Yemen.” Photo from UAE Al-Bayan newspaper by Mohammed Al-Ghubari

So is Yemen the new terrorist haven, the latest forwarding address for the international conspiracy branded al-Qaeda? Let’s take a reality check. While Americans have been fed a steady diet, much with distorted fatuous reporting and fearmongering, about Iraq and Afghanistan, most people do not have a clue about Yemen, nor even where it is located on a map. It is a lot easier to paint and tarnish a clean slate the way you want it to look, since there are no annoying ground facts to check the tendency to draw enemies lurking behind every bush. The internal strife in Yemen has little to do with the international terror network we are supposedly ridding the world of in Iraq and Afghanistan, unless we make the Yemenis believe that should be the issue. The problem is a struggling economy of an over-populated country precariously united a little less than two decades ago. This misunderstanding is demonstrated in the caption provided to the New York Times article noted above. The implication is a bunch of angry terrorism sympathizers no doubt shouting “Death to America.” In reality, these protests are part of a much wider expression of frustration in the former South Yemen over the hegemonic intrusion of the north. Their anger is at their own government, one which the United States is encouraging to further deny rights to its citizens. If you want to understand why there are protests, which have been ongoing, look at the corruption, high-handed violations of human rights and outright poverty in a part of Yemen that had once seemed prosperous under a socialist regime.

Another point is lost in the frenzy of blame. As noted in the same New York Times article, the surge of al-Qaeda in Yemen is not just a home-grown phenomenon but due to individuals who have fled from Saudi Arabia. While Yemen is not the wild no-man’s land of northern Pakistan, it is easier to find a hiding place or blend in than it would be in Saudi territory. The Yemeni government, under a President now in power over three decades, has never controlled the entire country, but it has managed to keep a relative peace with local tribes. This de facto semi federation political context has recently come unglued with the rebellion in the north around a firebrand named al-Houthi. But this began as a local battle against government policy and not a training camp for anti-American or pro-Iranian sympathizers. The pressure by our government on the Yemenis to get the bad guys allows the government to crack down on its political opponents. In the process it is likely that sympathy for al-Qaeda will take root. Sentiments such as those expressed by Senator Lieberman do more for recruiting terrorists than any online firebrand sermons. Instead of grinding out raw meat for an ever expanding axis of evil, the best way to mitigate terrorism is, contrary to the advice of Lieberman, to stop acting like terrorists. At this point anyone who has any kind of grievance can jump on the al-Qaeda bandwagon because we have made a loose knit ideal into an icon. The people of Yemen are not the enemy, but we can certainly make them want to be our enemies.

I speak not simply as a talking head, but from personal experience. In 1978 I arrived in Yemen for ethnographic research, spending over a year in a rural valley where all the men were armed. This was tribal Yemen, where few people trusted the weak central government, but who pulled together as a community to build local roads, schools and even health clinics. Not once did I ever feel threatened because a code of honor was still in force and I was a guest, not a threat to anyone there. At that time the United States was admired as a God-fearing country, unlike the communists on the other side of the warming Cold War. During the 1980s I returned numerous times to Yemen as a development consultant and saw Yemeni professionals, many newly returned from advanced degrees in the United States, eager to improve living conditions in their poor country. In 2005 I sat in a diwan with several men I had known on a day-to-day basis over 25 years earlier. They were shocked at the U.S. invasion of Iraq and asked me what I thought of it. I noted that I personally did not think the war was right and thought it would only bring more problems. At one point a friend turned to me and said, “When you first came here we liked America because it stood for something we did not have, now we know your country is as corrupt as our own.”

New Russian crude could be game-changer in Asia

New Russian crude could be game-changer in Asia

By James Topham and Judy Hua
TOKYO/SINGAPORE: Russia’s Espo Blend crude is just starting to hit the market, but as output ramps up it is expected to change the rules of the oil game in Asia at the expense of Middle East rivals.

Exports of the diesel-rich, medium-heavy sweet grade could rise to 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) in the next few years from 250,000 bpd in the first quarter, targeting refineries in China, Japan and South Korea, traders and analysts say.

The crude will move by pipeline to the Russian Far East coast, placing it close to Asian markets for shipment by tanker, fitting into Asia’s aim to diversify oil imports and limit dependence on the Middle East.

Provided refiners are content with the grade’s quality, the new supply may force Gulf producers to review their export strategies, crude pricing and even consider offering a competing grade blended from different crudes to match the Espo quality.

“It could change the demographics of the region’s crude buying. I mean how can Venezuelan crudes compete with an Espo that is directly pumped in when they have to be shipped halfway across the world?” said Al Troner, President of Asia Pacific Energy Consulting.

“It could force Gulf producers to lower their prices to Asia to stay competitive and not lose market share.” Asia is struggling with declining domestic output of lower-sulphur crude while supplies of sour grades from Opec producers have been curbed since end-2008.

This has helped Russia to boost its oil exports, led by cheaper Urals crude, as the country seeks to secure markets in the energy-hungry region and rely less on the West amid often frosty relations with the European Union.

The East Siberian-Pacific Ocean (Espo) pipeline offers the perfect vehicle for Russia to further increase oil exports to the growing economies in Asia, especially when the link to China comes online within two years.

“China particularly values crude that does not require waterborne transit as this has certain logistical advantages as well as better supply security attributes,” said John Vautrain, Senior Vice President of Purvin & Gertz Inc.

Competitive, but rough edges remain

Espo Blend, named after the pipeline, flows from East Siberian oilfields to a new terminal in the sea port of Kozmino, near Vladivostok, where it can be exported tax-free to Asia.

Russia, the world’s top oil producer as Saudi Arabia keeps to Opec-led supply curbs, plans to export 3.1 million tonnes (250,000 bpd) of Espo Blend via Kozmino in the first quarter of 2010.

Espo’s initial API gravity is around 34 degrees, with sulphur content of up to 0.6 percent, lighter than Urals and similar to Middle East benchmark Oman crude, traders say.

Its quality is still evolving as more Russian producers pump oil via the pipeline, making the grade unstable for some time, which could initially limit its popularity among Asian refiners.

“Nobody knows the final quality. The only known factor is that it will not be stable for a while,” said a Western trader.

Analysts say Espo Blend will eventually be ideal for Asian refiners because of their ability to handle higher amounts of sulphur and for the grade’s exceptional yield of middle distillates, based on initial assessments.

Medium-heavy sweet crude is not available in large volumes on the spot market. So, any new market share carved out by Espo Blend could force Gulf producers to blend their existing crudes to match the grade so as not to lose out, analysts said.

“These qualities, combined with the pipeline to China and the fact that Asian buyers are looking to diversify their crudes, mean Espo could be a game-changer for the region,” Troner said.

China has loaned $25 billion to Russia in return for supplies of Siberian oil for the next two decades.

The first stage of the pipeline has the capacity to move 30 million tonnes a year (600,000 bpd) from the town of Taishet to Skovorodino, from which a spur will run to the Chinese border, where half of the oil is projected to go by 2012.

The other half will be sent to Kozmino, where the second phase is due for completion in 2014. Till then, the oil will be moved by rail to the Pacific coast before being put on tankers for Northeast Asian ports.

Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft last month sold the first cargo of Espo Blend for late-December loading to Finnish trader IPP Oy at a premium of 50 cents a barrel to regional benchmark Dubai crude. New crudes often trade at discounts to entice buyers to test them, and some traders said the Espo premium was good compared with rivals such as Oman. But for now, Espo’s unstable quality may not yet attract refiners as the first cargo might had been resold at a discount to Trafigura, traders said.

The European trader also bought a January cargo from TNK-BP after taking another from Gunvor, bringing its total to 300,000 tonnes, stirring talk that Trafigura is building up a big stockpile of the new crude. But the brunt of the eventual impact could be felt by Oman – a medium-heavy grade like Espo – and Abu Dhabi’s Murban crude, as well as arbitrage barrels of African and Mediterranean crudes that are increasingly shipped to Asia.

China is a big buyer of Oman, which is among the most actively traded on the spot market in Northeast Asia, where an average 389,000 bpd of the crude has been shipped this year.

Lower demand for Oman would send sellers such as equity holder Shell scrambling for new markets. Big traders such as Vitol, Total, Sinopec and Chinaoil who are active buyers and sellers of Oman would also be affected.

Perhaps to meet this competition, which will affect its Arab Light crude markets, Saudi Arabia will put “millions of barrels” in commercial storage in Japan, in a deal that will place its oil near its major customers in Northeast Asia.

Exports from Kozmino are set to leap to 900,000 tonnes in January, a loading schedule showed this month, primed to make the Pacific port Russia’s No.3 seaborne oil outlet.

“Long term, when in full flow, it will displace the most expensive arbitraged barrels of Urals, then Oman, and possibly lighter barrels depending on quality,” said the Western trader.—Reuters

Lebanese army fires on Israeli fighter planes: military

Lebanese army fires on Israeli fighter planes: military

HASBAYA: Lebanese anti-aircraft guns opened fire on four Israeli fighter planes that were violating its air space on Tuesday, the military said.

“The army’s anti-aircraft guns fired in the direction of four Phantom-type enemy Israeli planes that had been overflying the (southeastern) Hasbaya region at low altitude since this (Tuesday) morning,” an army spokesman said.   [If the IDF was trying to obtain intel on Hezbollah movements within Lebanon it would use drones or more capable aircraft.  The fact that it is flying these ancient dinosaurs over Lebanon is indication that they are there to hopefully be shot down.]

By mid-morning the planes were still conducting their exercises in the region, he added. The army publishes almost daily reports of Israeli violations of Lebanese air space. But it rarely opens fire unless the Israeli planes fly within range of its guns.

Israeli infringements of Lebanese airspace are a breach of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 which ended the devastating 2006 war between Israel and Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

Israel argues that the overflights are necessary to monitor what it says is massive arms smuggling by Hezbollah in breach of the same resolution.

Detroit jet terrorist attack was staged

The recent failed attack on a US passenger jet traveling from Amsterdam to Detroit was a set-up provocation controlled by US intelligence, author and journalist Webster Tarpley stated to RT.“[The terrorist’s] father, a rich Nigerian banker, went to the US embassy in Nigeria on November 19 and said ‘my son is in Yemen in a terrorist camp, do something about this.’ Nevertheless, the son is allowed to buy a ticket in Ghana, paying cash, $2,800, for a one-way ticket,” Tarpley said.After that, a mentally deficient young man who doubtfully could make it from one gate to another managed to illegally enter Nigeria and get on a plane to Amsterdam.“There was a well-dressed Indian man who brought him to the gate and said, ‘my friend does not have a passport, get him on, he is Sudanese, we do this all the time – that is impossible!”

An International Crime Called Gaza

An International Crime Called Gaza

By Dr. Elias Akleh

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December 28, 2009

A fully pre-meditated international crime of genocide has been taking place during the last 62 years in the heart of the Arab World. The victims are the Palestinian people especially those in the Gaza Strip. The assassin is the worst ever terrorist group deceptively called the Israeli Defense Forces under the leadership of the theocratically most racist “god’s chosen” deceitfully self-proclaimed “democratic Jewish-only” Israel. Israel had been created, financed, armed, and politically protected by, mainly, British and American rapture-vision-obsessed Talmudist power elites consisting of profit-seeking financiers and military-industrial complex.

In December 2008 this Israeli Terrorist Forces added another war crime to its long list of war crimes against the Palestinians since 1948. One more time the international political community had become an accomplice to one more Israeli war crime either by being a passive silent witness or by becoming an active participant and protector of Israeli war criminals. One more international war crime had been perpetrated against the Palestinians. It is an international crime since multi political regimes; Israeli, American, European and even Arab governments, had joined in this crime that is STILL GOING ON up to this very minute.

For almost the last three years Israel had subjected Gaza to an illegal economic siege, which in itself constitutes a crime against humanity. Israel had, and still is, preventing the entry into Gaza of vital life sustaining products such as food stuff, fuel, medicine and needed medical equipment, water purification equipment and many building materials. This is a genocidal crime using hunger and thirst as weapons.

Starting late December of 2008 and for continuous 22 days Israeli terrorist army had perpetrated a genocidal war crime against Gaza Palestinians. The Israeli army, known to be the fourth powerful army in the world, attacked unarmed civilian Palestinians of Gaza comprising mostly of children, women, and old people. There was no regular army in Gaza to face the well equipped, well trained to murder Israeli army. Only few male civilians, who took it on themselves to carry the light arms they could obtain to resist the Israeli war criminals in order to protect their own families.

The Israeli military radio station announced that half of the Israeli air force had conducted 2500 air sorties dropping a total of 1,000,000 KG of explosives on the civilian families of Gaza. This is not counting the shells fired by the artillery and tanks. They had used high precision GPS-guided bombs to destroy vital locations such as the UN food warehouse and schools, government buildings, hospitals and medical clinics, religious buildings and civilian institutions.

From his observation of the video taped explosions in Gaza, the British weapons expert Dy Williams concluded that the Israeli army had used DIME bombs to guarantee murder of victims, Phosphorous bombs producing 900 centigrade degrees of heat, and DU bombs producing 5,000 centigrade degrees of heat, that is equal to the heat of the sun surface.

The Israeli soldiers, themselves, had admitted and boasted to “Breaking The Silence” organization of committing war crimes in Gaza. These included, among many, the deliberate murder of civilians including women and children, using civilians as human shields, shelling homes after hording groups of civilians inside, destroying and vandalizing properties and civilian homes, and writing hate and racial graffiti on walls.

Israeli criminal leaders were not satisfied with mere destruction of Gaza infrastructures, contaminating agricultural land and water, and murdering some 1500 Palestinians. They had carefully chosen the most lethal weapons of mass destruction (WMD) that will cause the death of Palestinians, who survived the attack, and the death of their future born generations. Besides their devastating environmental contamination effects the Israeli bombs were found to have long lasting reproductive toxic, carcinogenic, genotoxic, fetotoxic and pathogenic effects on humans.

A study titled “Craters Gaza 2006/09 and respectively WP Bomb Gaza 2009″published on www.newweapons.org was done by Prof. Mario Barbieri CNR, Rome, Prof. Maurizio Barbieri, University of Rome, and Prof. Paola Manduca, University of Genova. They analyzed dirt samples from four bomb craters in Gaza, and residual components of spent Israeli bombs. Their analyses found unusual concentrations of Molybdenum (male sperm toxicant), copper, nickel, cadmium and Mercury (carcinogenics), Tungsten (genotoxic and fetotoxic), Zinc and Manganese (carcinogenic and fetotoxic) Aluminium (fetotoxic and pathogen affecting nervous system and kidneys), and Cobalt (DNA repair inhibitor and mutagenic).

Even now, after a year of the Israeli barbaric war crimes against Gaza, the Israeli air force bombards life vital centers, while the Israeli army use bulldozers to raze fertile farm lands, destroy crops, and shoot farmers. The Israeli attack boats have become worse than the Somali pirates. They attack and sink Palestinian fishing boats. They fire at, kidnap, and confiscate international humanitarian aid materials loaded on boats of “Free Gaza” organizations.

In a blatant violating of all international laws and a disdain to all humanitarian appeals the terrorist Israeli state had severely tightened its military siege against the Gaza Strip after the end of its last onslaught in January 2009. Palestinians in Gaza are living without clean drinking water, bare minimum food, without electricity, and without the necessary medical supplies. This is a real holocaust. A holocaust is the premeditated plan to exterminate masses of people (such as the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza), whether through gassing, incendiary phosphorous, DU and WMD bombs, hunger and thirst, or any other means leading to mass death.

Instead of coming to the aid of Palestinians the UN reverted to its old tactic of blaming the Palestinian victims and Ban KI-moon requesting a permanent cease fire. In its meeting the UN had totally ignored the Palestinian elected Hamas government; a major part of this conflict. Rather it listened to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who humiliatingly begged the UN for help, promising to do “everything” to secure peace. In an indirect way he blamed Hamas government and did not even criticize Israel’s aggression.

The UNSC issued Resolution 1860 that ignored realities of Israeli genocide of Palestinians, exonerated the Israeli terrorists, blamed the Palestinian victims (as usual) and equated them with the Israeli terrorist army. It stressed the urgency of and called for an immediate durable ceasefire leading to full withdrawal of Israeli forces. It called for efforts to prevent alleged illicit trafficking of arms into Gaza (but not the sale of arms to Israel). Thus denying the Palestinians any means of defending their lives against terrorist Israel. It misrepresented the conflict as a humanitarian crisis by calling the international community to provide humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of Gazans. This is not a humanitarian crisis; an Israeli occupation. It is a political conflict with grave humanitarian consequences. This is a genocidal holocaust of 1.5 Palestinians through thirst, starvation and use of WMD. THIS IS BLATANT NAKED WAR CRIMES.

Ban Ki-moon was sent to visit Gaza after the Israeli onslaught. He cared only to check the bombed UN warehouse and schools but not the civilian sufferings. He cared more about buildings than humans. He later expressed his “pleasure”that Israeli leaders had agreed to meet with UN representatives to discuss precautions that further “accidental bombing” of UN facilities could be avoided. Thus meeting with Israeli war criminals has become a UN pleasure. He stated, further, that he would close any investigation into Israel’s war crimes.

Whatever Israel bombs and destroys Western donors volunteer to pay for. These donor countries pledged $4.5 Billion for Gaza reconstruction on the condition that such money is paid to Abbas’ Palestinian Authority and not Hamas. After a whole year of the onslaught, Gaza Palestinians had never received one cent of that money, and no reconstruction had even started. Most of the money had gone into the private pockets of Abbas’ gang and to his security forces.

After the failure of Israeli siege of Gaza and its onslaught on the Strip to destroy the democratically elected Hamas government The Western countries stepped in to produce harsher measures. In February 2009 experts from nine Western countries (US, UK, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Norway) met in Copenhagen to discuss ways of combating alleged weapons smuggling into Gaza. Their main concentration was to use Egypt as a land front to further tighten the siege against Gaza, specifically to target the underground tunnels Gazans use to smuggle in food stuff, goods, and fuel. They also decided to send NATO warships into the Mediterranean, Red Sea, and Persian Gulf to intercept alleged weapon smuggling from Iran to Gaza.

At the end of January 2009 French President Nicolas Sarkozy sent a frigate with helicopters to the waters off Gaza to combat arms smuggling into Palestinian territories. He ordered his Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner to coordinate closely with the US and EU to come up with more effective ways to fight arms smuggling on land and sea. Sarkozy said: “We have pledged to help Israel and Egypt with all the technical, military, naval and diplomatic ways to help end the smuggling of weapons into Gaza.”

British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, issued an order to deploy the British Navy to the region to help fight weapons smuggling. “We’ll send Royal Navy to help fight weapon smuggling” He stated courageously. Latest British scandal came this month when its Foreign Office Minister Ivan Lewis said that UK is urgently looking into reforming its laws to protect Israeli war criminals, such as Tzibi Levni, from being arrested.

Germany sent end of January border police exports and equipment to detect and destroy tunnels in Gaza Strip. German Deputy Interior Minister, August Hanning, claimed that Egypt had requested the detection equipment and the technical skills.

The newly elected American President at the time Barak Obama had also sent American vessels into the region to board all suspected vessels of smuggling weapons. He also had asked the Gulf States, especially Saudi Arabia, to help combat arms smuggling. The US had sent surveillance cameras and underground sound sensors to Egypt to be installed on the border with Gaza. Recently the US Army Corps of Engineers had constructed treated steel plates and is helping Egypt install them as an underground wall on the Gaza border to prevent tunnel digging.

While denying Palestinians acquire any arms for self defense the US and EU member states are major arms exporters to Israel. According to figures from Brussels the European Union member states authorized the export of €200 million in arms exports to Israel in 2007, with France far and away the Israel’s biggest European weapons supplier. According to the EU’s 2008 report on arms export licenses, published in December for the 2007 calendar year and consolidating the accounts that member states must annually submit, 18 member states authorized a total of 1,018 such licenses to Israel worth €199,409,348.

The US is the largest arms exporter to Israel. Successive American Administration had sold Israel the latest and most technologically and most devastating weapons. According to Amnesty International the US had provided Israel with $8.3 Billion worth or weapons between 2004 and 2007. In 2002 the US granted Israel $21 Billion worth in military aid. Israel’s 2006 war against Lebanon and its 2008/09 war against Gaza were carried using American weapons. Still Obama’s administration had delivered late last January 14,000 tons of weapons to Israel delivered by the German cargo ship, Wehr Elbe, to Israeli port of Ashdod. Recently, peace prize winner, President Obama has signed off $2.775 Billion in further defense aid for Israel, a part of the $30 Billion over 10 years. Last Monday 12/21 Obama has approved a defense spending bill that includes $2.2 Million in funds for Israel’s missile defense program, more than double what was approved last year. All this while American economy is collapsing, housing crisis is exacerbating, and unemployment rate is rising. It seems for Obama administration the Israeli citizen is more important than the American tax payer. Also refer to my article“Arming Terrorist Israel”.

EU and US don’t mind breaking their own laws for the sake of arming terrorist Israel. Under Criterion 2 of the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports, Member States are supposed to “deny an export license if there is a clear risk that the proposed export might be used for internal repression, or be used in the commission of serious violations of international humanitarian laws”. Israel is proved to commit both offenses.

The US breaks three of its own arms export laws; US Arms Export Control Act (P.L. 80-829), Foreign Assistance Act (P.L. 97-195), and the Leahy Law (Foreign Ops Appropriation Act).

With such extraordinary consorted international efforts and the use of such amassed technical and military powers one would imagine that Israel, EU and US are fighting a war against a great global enemy not impoverished and starved civilians trying to survive on a small and narrow war-scorched strip of land. The reality is that this international power is fighting the resisting spirit of these people against colonial occupation. They are afraid that such spirit may spread over and impede their own occupation in the region. To destroy this spirit these Western governments are willing to unconditionally support terrorist Israel financially, militarily and politically, on the expense of their citizens tax payers despite their own economic crises and joblessness.

The worst accomplices in this international crime are the Arab governmental regimes, who are supposed to protect their Palestinian brothers from such a holocaust. Rather than united in one nation, one government, one military, and one economy Arab leaders had, instead, asserted the division of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. Thus they keep themselves weak and vulnerable to foreign occupation, interference and control that can be overtly and covertly seen in almost every Arab state. The Arab League is just a tool to keep the leaders in a chaotic disagreement unable to make any national decision. For the last 61 years they have watched Palestinian land gradually gobbled by the Zionist occupation and had not taken any significant action to free Palestine. Rather they spend their Billion oil money in buying obsolete weapons to rust in the desert. Finally they stopped financing Palestine freedom fighters and surrendered the penniless Palestinian Authority to the merciless manipulation of the pro-Israeli Western donor countries. While some had completely withdrawn from the Arab/Israeli conflict, others like Jordanian and Egyptian regimes had actively contributed to the suppression of all forms of Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation.

During the Israeli 22 days onslaught on Gaza Arab leaders kept coming up with unreasonable excuses for not convening an urgent summit meeting. When they finally did meet, they, as usual, agreed to disagree on how to deal with the Israeli aggression. They finally begged the UN to interfere. Such delay gave Israelis longer time to murder more Palestinians and destroy more homes.

The Arab League, later on, issued a resolution calling for breaking Israel’s siege of Gaza, yet they donated money to Abbas’ security forces, controlled by American general Dayton, to oppose the democratically elected Hamas government. Instead of feeding the starving Palestinians in Gaza the League is spending $50 Million to protect the lives of endangered marine turtles on 8000 square meters coast land off Al-Arish in Egypt. What a humanitarian gesture!

Like all colonial puppet local regimes, the present Palestinian Authority, under the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas and his thugs, had hijacked the Palestinian leadership and offered Palestine and its people on the Israeli alter to glorify a genocidal god and his chosen people. My previous articles ( here and here) discuss the betrayal of the present Palestinian Authority. This betrayal was recently exposed by Israeli audio and video recording of these so-called Palestinian leaders urging the Israelis to attack Gaza to finish off the elected Hamas government regardless of any Palestinian casualties. Abbas and his PA had also tried to muffle Goldstone’s Report about Israel’s crime.

Besides crushing dissidents and any form of pro-Palestinian solidarity, Jordan has become a training campground for Abbas’ security forces under the supervision of the American General Keith Dayton. Dayton had established a twin sister of the American School of Assassins to suppress Palestinian resistance. It was reported that about four thousands trainees of this School were ready to enter and control Gaza after the anticipated destruction of Hamas government.

Besides suppressing and robbing its own citizens for the last 28 years, Hosni Mubarak’s Egyptian regime has played the most active role, second to Israel, in opposing elected Palestinian government and in the destruction of Gaza and starving its people. To ease Mubarak’s conscious for participating in such genocide of his Arab brothers his regime is paid a handsome $2 Billion in the form of American Aid.

Mubarak’s regime has committed crimes against humanity by fully participating in the Israeli siege against Gaza. Rather than helping the next door homeless and hungry Arab brothers of Gaza Strip the Mubarak’s regime preferred to send, last May, an airplane full with humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka on the opposite side of the globe. This regime was a stubborn obstacle in the face of every international solidarity movement and organizations, who tried to break the siege against Gaza. The regime blocked the entry of thousands of tons of badly needed food aid to Gaza; letting them rot in the desert heat, and finally burn them as spoiled food. Under the deceptive banner of “fighting arms smuggling into Gaza” it erected the most sophisticated surveillance equipment to detect and prevent life-sustaining materials delivered to Gaza through tunnels.

This month, December 2009, Egyptian Mubarak’s regime, with the help of American Army Corps Engineers, is building an underground steel wall to block tunnel digging, and is running underground pipes to flood the existing tunnels with sea waters.

Egyptian regime has opposed the elected Hamas Palestinian leadership and sided with the Western puppet Abbas, whose presidency has expired. It has sabotaged all reconciliation attempts between the two Palestinian factions by imposing harsh conditions against Hamas government and altering the text of agreements before signature.

The Egyptian policy towards their Palestinian brothers in Gaza, many of whom carry Egyptian citizenship, was reflected in the confession of its Foreign Minister, Ahmad Aboul-Gheti, in 11th of November 2008 when he stated that Egypt was closing Rafah Crossing with Gaza to punish a Palestinian faction (Hamas). Opening the Crossing, in his opinion, constitutes recognition of Hamas’ legitimacy.

Unlike the silence over the Holocaust during WWII conscientious citizens of these same international criminal governments are actively mobilized to act against terrorist Israel and the genocidal policies of their governments. Through Breaking Gaza Siege Campaigns many of them, such as Viva Palestina and The Hope convoys, are delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza. They have also organized boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns to boycott companies that sustain Israeli occupation on Palestine such as Motorola and Caterpillar, as well as academic and cultural boycott of all Israeli academic and cultural institutions, all of them are supported by the Israeli government. The effects of these campaigns had penetrated the blindly pro-Zionist American congress, where on December 18th Representatives Jim McDermott and Keith Ellison are seeking signature on a “Dear Colleague” letter to President Obama criticizing Israel’s siege of Gaza. Representatives Jim Moran and Bob Inglis are also seeking signatures on another “Dear Colleague” letter to Secretary of State Clinton urging her to pressure Israeli government to end the ban on student travel from Gaza to the West Bank.

This week protests are organized in major countries around the world in US, UK, France, Turkey, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, Poland, Denmark, Greece, Jordan, and occupied Palestine (Israel), commemorating the first anniversary of the Israeli onslaught against Gaza.

Under the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction we are witnessing Western courts issuing arrest warrants against Israeli leaders (Tzibi Livni) and army generals (former military chief Moshe Yaalon and General Doron Almog) for committing war crimes. International lawyers are filing for more arrest warrants against more Israeli war criminals. Soon Israeli leaders will be chased across the globe as war criminals the same way Israel had chased German Nazis as war criminals.

Xe, Formerly Blackwater, Poses Biggest Threat to Pakistan’s Nukes

Xe, Formerly Blackwater, Poses Biggest Threat to Pakistan’s Nukes

Dr Shahid Qureshi

December 28, 2009

Is America out to hurt her trusted ally?

Blackwater
Main photo of Blackwater courtesy:opinion-maker.org

(LONDON) – Lawyers from the local bar associations protested outside the ‘secret base’ of US mercenaries (Xe/Blackwater) inside the ‘Sehala’ Police Training College, a few miles from the Kahuta Nuclear Plant. Why did Pakistani media ignore the story?

Kahuta Nuke Plant

As the propaganda that Pakistani nukes are likely to fall into the hands of the Taliban continues in the American press, one wonders what might be the U.S. intent.

Seen in the light that American mercenaries have become overt operationally, it appears that the intent is to use them to ‘lift’ the Pak Nukes using the threat from the Taliban as an excuse.

It is a most ridiculous statement that the Taliban are going to walk into Pakistani nuclear sites and take control. Are nuclear weapons toys that can be taken away from an errant kid?

It is common knowledge that different sections of the system are stored in different places; “how can Taliban take over all sites and put them together” was my response to a question by Adam Brooks, BBC’s Washington correspondent, in a live program on BBC World Service TV on 23rd December 2009.

Tehrik Taliban in Pakistan,
face covered, holding AK-47

Some analysts believe that Blackwater is a bigger threat to Pakistan’s nuclear sites than real Taliban. There are reports that (TTP) ‘Tehrik Taliban Pakistan’ is co-sponsored by CIA-Raw-Mossad and perhaps some other interested parties.

In fact TTP is created to fight Taliban in Afghanistan and may be entrapments. The attacks on Pakistan’s sensitive institutions are serving the purpose of the enemies of Pakistan including India.

The Al-Qaida threat is like a ‘swine flu’ which can be used anywhere from Yemen, Somalia, Saudi Arabia and FATA depending on the aims, purpose and objectives of the Neoconic emerging policies in the concerned areas.

Al-Qaida is a trump card in the hands of the defence contractors and war profiteers, main benefactors of Global War on Terror and of 9/11 terrorism. Pakistan’s spy chief Lt. General Shuja Pasha reportedly gave proof of the CIA’s involvement into destabilising/terrorist activities in Pakistan.

According to some assessments U.S. mercenaries with support of ‘locally recruited agents’ are behind the targeted killings of senior Pakistani military officers in the past few months.

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In the current scenario it is irrelevant who gave permission, freedom of movement and a base in the Police Training College a few miles from the “Kahuta Nuclear Plant” to US private mercenaries (Blackwater/Xe) in Pakistan. The most important question is what Rehman Malik and Zardari are doing about it?

According to reports, four U.S. nationals, who were dressed in Taliban clothes, speaking Pashto, were arrested by the police approximately 1.5 miles from the Kahuta Nuclear Plant. They were carrying explosives and dozens of hand grenades in a 4×4 jeep with some kind of spying and jamming equipments.

When they were brought to the police station, people from Rehman Malik’s Interior Ministry and allegedly Salman Faruqui Zardari’s NRO partner and beneficiary got these criminals released without charge and handed over to the US embassy.”

Lawyers from the local bar associations protested outside the secret base of US mercenaries (Xe/Blackwater) placed inside ‘Sehala’ Police Training College. Even the head of the college, a senior DIG, was not allowed in the US facility.

That reminded me of the reported incident where military dictator General Ayub Khan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs – none other than Zulifkar Ali Bhutto, father in law of President Zardari, wanted to visit a U.S. Base in Peshawar.

His request was turned down by the base commander and he was turned away from the canteen. Soon after, a U.S. spy plane U2 was shot down in the Soviet air space and the pilot was taken into custody. Which obviously resulted in shutting down of the base as well as daily U2 flights.

General Ayub Khan

In the current scenario without making corruption a moral or political issue, Pakistan is facing two major internal threats from two individuals. Asif Zardari and Rehman Malik are two major threats to Pakistan’s security and sovereignty.

Rehman Malik is responsible for providing safe passages to Blackwater mercenaries via corrupt police officials day in day out. When there is overwhelming evidence that Blackwater/Xe are involved in terrorism and anti-state activities against Pakistan’s armed forces, nuclear program and assassination of Benazir Bhutto, according to former Army Chief General Aslam Baig (whom she awarded with a medal).

Rehman Malik should be tried in open court for aiding, abetting and procuring for all the incidents when foreign mercenaries, who were released on the orders of his interior ministry. In mid September 2009 a senior police officer Nasir Aftab was sacked by Rehman Malik because he arrested and apprehended armed Blackwater agents. The incident took place in Islamabad when Superintendent intercepted some officers of an intelligence agency and marines of a powerful country riding in a vehicle. He took them to the Margala police station where a brawl took place.

The SP later lodged an FIR against some officials of the intelligence agency. The Acting Chief of Islamabad Police DIG (Operations) Bin Yamin said, “reasons of officers’ removal were not mentioned in the letter”. So the responsibility comes down to Mr. Rehman Malik. He should be questioned. There is a dire need to identify ‘local collaborators’ and ‘enemies of the state’ in Pakistan.

According to a report filed by Fawad Ali of ‘The Nation’ on 14th December 2009, “17 Top Pakistani officials are protecting US interests in (NWFP) province neighbouring Afghanistan. Seventeen officials serving in NWFP on various important posts are active members of the notorious American Khyber Club (AKC) that is believed to be a hotbed of conspiracies against Pakistan; highly placed sources informed The Nation. These officials are facilitating American diplomats, operatives of CIA and mercenaries of Blackwater in their activities stretched across the province and FATA. In reciprocation, the local officials get full support in getting lucrative postings, transfers and getting away with inquiries, etc, sources disclosed and added they are taken care of by Americans who have tons of money at their disposal.”

“Those who stand out in serving US interests are posted on the posts of their own choice despite lapse of tenure, and this speaks of increasing American influence in our internal matters,” an official said.

Their nominees get U.S. visas in no time and the children as well as siblings of some officials are getting free educations in prestigious institutions abroad.

“These days serving American interests is more fruitful for anyone than serving interests of Pakistan,” an official who was made OSD for an unforgivable crime of non-cooperation with foreigners told The Nation.

The top 17 officials who have made American Khyber Club their second home include nine from the District Management Group (DMG), six officers representing the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP), while two are in the Office Management Group (OMG). The PSP officers who take pride in having personal relations with American operatives hail from Peshawar, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Waziristan and Kohat.

They have been spotted roaming around with foreigners in their bulletproof cars and holding secret meetings with them in their offices, which is an open violation of rules and regulations, sources informed.

The DMG officials who are protecting U.S. interests in the region hail from Peshawar, Nowshehra, Swabi, Mardan and Charsadda. They also use the American Khyber Club as their unofficial secretariat.

The officials belonging to OMG and PSC Executive Group hail from Waziristan and Shabqadar. Orders have been repeatedly circulated that government officials can’t meet foreigners (Americans) without prior approval from the authorities concerned but no one seems to be interested in abiding by the rules.

On the other hand, those who are not in the good books of the American Consulate have been given insignificant posts or have simply been made Officers on Special (Spiritual) Duty (OSDs). The sources informed that Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency has reported the matter to the highest authorities in Islamabad.

While talking to the writer the above-mentioned senior journalist, Mr. Fawad Ali confirmed that he has “been threatened by the notorious Blackwater,” which forced him to go public to save his life. It looks likes a failed attempt to recruit him? So what did Rehman Malik do as all the police service officers are accountable to his ministry?

Rehman Malik is toeing a “U.S. Plan of using minorities” which is becoming more and more visible – which Iranians clearly understand. The questions one should be asking Mr Malik are:

(a) Why majority of the people and companies hired by Xe/Blackwater are Shias?

(b) Why he always names Sunni sectarian groups/organisations minutes after the incidents.

(c) Is he settling scores for someone in the name of counter terrorism?

(d) Why he never mentioned Indian Raw after the attack on a Sri Lankan team in Lahore, when Punjab CID warned of India’s plan long before the incident?

On the one hand they are supporting Shia minority elements in private security agencies business, but on the other making majority Sunnis realize that less then 5% Shias of Pakistan are ruling the country from Presidency, State Bank, and media.

The so called Shia left pseudo intellectuals have jumped on the U.S. bandwagon everywhere, both Pakistan and Iran should be careful with them. The US strategy of creating sectarianism failed in Iraq and it was allegedly Blackwater and private mercenaries bombing both Sunnis and Shia mosques.

The Obama Administration must bring to justice those ‘friendly spies’ arrested in the U.S., who were releasing information about U.S. troop movements in Iraq as IED’s were planted on those routes.

A senior based in the region told me that sometimes these private mercenaries establish fake checkpoints, take people away for search, plant remote control bombs in their cars, tell them to collect their papers from the place where explosion is intended, when vehicles get there, devices are exploded.

These people did not know that they were carriers. Private mercenaries are terrorizing people with the help of the locals. The people who killed senior Pakistani military officers were allegedly re-trained by Xe/Blackwater.

It is a fact that soldiers and officers retire at a young age due to type of profession and need to join other professions. Exposure of these snakes in the grass, aiders and abettors of these foreign mercenaries is important.

Blackwater in Pakistan for “Targeted Killings”

According to a report, “The security company of Ikram Sehgal, MD of Pathfinder and Security Management Services (SMS) was brought into the spotlight for being security providers of American embassy, and the strength of 20,000 plus security guards employed in that organization armed with sophisticated weapons and armoured vehicles were discussed.”

The cause of frustration is solely based on suspicious activities of foreign agencies and their agents in Pakistan with local backing. It is important to analyze what owners of these agencies are up and to and where they are going. For Example as reported in the media, Mr Ikram Sehgal’s statement, “No harm in recognizing Israel”, is not only treacherous but against the state of Pakistan. Mr Ikram Sehgal, chief editor of the Defence Journal, said on Saturday that there would be no harm in Pakistan’s recognition of Israel if Tel Aviv could be pursued to refrain from a pro-Indian policy.

In a lecture at the Department of International Relations at Karachi University, he said if Jordan and Egypt could recognize Israel, why not Pakistan? He does not understand the legality of the issue and historical stands of the father of the nation on the issue. Should this man be allowed to continue run his ‘private army’ which could be converted into Israeli army at any time? A few years back Brinks USA was also among those who jumped into the local security business, but a major cause of panic is the recent recovery of weapons during a raid on the residence of Capt. Zaidi of InterRisk security agency and the discovery of illegal prohibited weapons. It was recently reported that an international company SkyPlan is delivering NATO supplies via Sialkot airport. Why has this matter not been fully investigated as to who is behind these activities?

Did Pakistan Armed Forces train Black water/Xe’s local recruits to work against the national interests of the state? As far as Zardari and Rehman Malik are concerned, they have converted Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples Party into (PPPP) Pimping, Pleasuring and Profiteering Party.

Source: opinion-maker.org

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(Dr Shahid Qureshi is an award winning journalist and writer on foreign policy & security based in London)

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The Gaza Bombshell (for those who missed it)

Condoleezza Rice and George W. Bush

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and President George W. Bush, whose secret Palestinian intervention backfired in a big way. Photo illustration by Chris Mueller; left, by Debbie Hill/Sipa Press; right, by Issam Rimawi/ApaImages/Polaris; background by Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters/Corbis.

The Gaza Bombshell

After failing to anticipate Hamas’s victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle: part Iran-contra, part Bay of Pigs. With confidential documents, corroborated by outraged former and current U.S. officials, the author reveals how President Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Deputy National-Security Adviser Elliott Abrams backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off a bloody civil war in Gaza and leaving Hamas stronger than ever.

by DAVID ROSE
April 2008

The Al Deira Hotel, in Gaza City, is a haven of calm in a land beset by poverty, fear, and violence. In the middle of December 2007, I sit in the hotel’s airy restaurant, its windows open to the Mediterranean, and listen to a slight, bearded man named Mazen Asad abu Dan describe the suffering he endured 11 months before at the hands of his fellow Palestinians. Abu Dan, 28, is a member of Hamas, the Iranian-backed Islamist organization that has been designated a terrorist group by the United States, but I have a good reason for taking him at his word: I’ve seen the video.

To hear an interview with David Rose and to see documents he uncovered,click here.

It shows abu Dan kneeling, his hands bound behind his back, and screaming as his captors pummel him with a black iron rod. “I lost all the skin on my back from the beatings,” he says. “Instead of medicine, they poured perfume on my wounds. It felt as if they had taken a sword to my injuries.”

On January 26, 2007, abu Dan, a student at the Islamic University of Gaza, had gone to a local cemetery with his father and five others to erect a headstone for his grandmother. When they arrived, however, they found themselves surrounded by 30 armed men from Hamas’s rival, Fatah, the party of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. “They took us to a house in north Gaza,” abu Dan says. “They covered our eyes and took us to a room on the sixth floor.”

The video reveals a bare room with white walls and a black-and-white tiled floor, where abu Dan’s father is forced to sit and listen to his son’s shrieks of pain. Afterward, abu Dan says, he and two of the others were driven to a market square. “They told us they were going to kill us. They made us sit on the ground.” He rolls up the legs of his trousers to display the circular scars that are evidence of what happened next: “They shot our knees and feet—five bullets each. I spent four months in a wheelchair.”

Abu Dan had no way of knowing it, but his tormentors had a secret ally: the administration of President George W. Bush.

A clue comes toward the end of the video, which was found in a Fatah security building by Hamas fighters last June. Still bound and blindfolded, the prisoners are made to echo a rhythmic chant yelled by one of their captors: “By blood, by soul, we sacrifice ourselves for Muhammad Dahlan! Long live Muhammad Dahlan!”

There is no one more hated among Hamas members than Muhammad Dahlan, long Fatah’s resident strongman in Gaza. Dahlan, who most recently served as Abbas’s national-security adviser, has spent more than a decade battling Hamas. Dahlan insists that abu Dan was tortured without his knowledge, but the video is proof that his followers’ methods can be brutal.

Bush has met Dahlan on at least three occasions. After talks at the White House in July 2003, Bush publicly praised Dahlan as “a good, solid leader.” In private, say multiple Israeli and American officials, the U.S. president described him as “our guy.”

The United States has been involved in the affairs of the Palestinian territories since the Six-Day War of 1967, when Israel captured Gaza from Egypt and the West Bank from Jordan. With the 1993 Oslo accords, the territories acquired limited autonomy, under a president, who has executive powers, and an elected parliament. Israel retains a large military presence in the West Bank, but it withdrew from Gaza in 2005.

In recent months, President Bush has repeatedly stated that the last great ambition of his presidency is to broker a deal that would create a viable Palestinian state and bring peace to the Holy Land. “People say, ‘Do you think it’s possible, during your presidency?’ ” he told an audience in Jerusalem on January 9. “And the answer is: I’m very hopeful.”

The next day, in the West Bank capital of Ramallah, Bush acknowledged that there was a rather large obstacle standing in the way of this goal: Hamas’s complete control of Gaza, home to some 1.5 million Palestinians, where it seized power in a bloody coup d’état in June 2007. Almost every day, militants fire rockets from Gaza into neighboring Israeli towns, and President Abbas is powerless to stop them. His authority is limited to the West Bank.

It’s “a tough situation,” Bush admitted. “I don’t know whether you can solve it in a year or not.” What Bush neglected to mention was his own role in creating this mess.

According to Dahlan, it was Bush who had pushed legislative elections in the Palestinian territories in January 2006, despite warnings that Fatah was not ready. After Hamas—whose 1988 charter committed it to the goal of driving Israel into the sea—won control of the parliament, Bush made another, deadlier miscalculation.

Vanity Fair has obtained confidential documents, since corroborated by sources in the U.S. and Palestine, which lay bare a covert initiative, approved by Bush and implemented by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams, to provoke a Palestinian civil war. The plan was for forces led by Dahlan, and armed with new weapons supplied at America’s behest, to give Fatah the muscle it needed to remove the democratically elected Hamas-led government from power. (The State Department declined to comment.)

But the secret plan backfired, resulting in a further setback for American foreign policy under Bush. Instead of driving its enemies out of power, the U.S.-backed Fatah fighters inadvertently provoked Hamas to seize total control of Gaza.

Some sources call the scheme “Iran-contra 2.0,” recalling that Abrams was convicted (and later pardoned) for withholding information from Congress during the original Iran-contra scandal under President Reagan. There are echoes of other past misadventures as well: the C.I.A.’s 1953 ouster of an elected prime minister in Iran, which set the stage for the 1979 Islamic revolution there; the aborted 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, which gave Fidel Castro an excuse to solidify his hold on Cuba; and the contemporary tragedy in Iraq.

Within the Bush administration, the Palestinian policy set off a furious debate. One of its critics is David Wurmser, the avowed neoconservative, who resigned as Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief Middle East adviser in July 2007, a month after the Gaza coup.

Wurmser accuses the Bush administration of “engaging in a dirty war in an effort to provide a corrupt dictatorship [led by Abbas] with victory.” He believes that Hamas had no intention of taking Gaza until Fatah forced its hand. “It looks to me that what happened wasn’t so much a coup by Hamas but an attempted coup by Fatah that was pre-empted before it could happen,” Wurmser says.

The botched plan has rendered the dream of Middle East peace more remote than ever, but what really galls neocons such as Wurmser is the hypocrisy it exposed. “There is a stunning disconnect between the president’s call for Middle East democracy and this policy,” he says. “It directly contradicts it.”

Preventive Security

Bush was not the first American president to form a relationship with Muhammad Dahlan. “Yes, I was close to Bill Clinton,” Dahlan says. “I met Clinton many times with [the late Palestinian leader Yasser] Arafat.” In the wake of the 1993 Oslo accords, Clinton sponsored a series of diplomatic meetings aimed at reaching a permanent Middle East peace, and Dahlan became the Palestinians’ negotiator on security.

As I talk to Dahlan in a five-star Cairo hotel, it’s easy to see the qualities that might make him attractive to American presidents. His appearance is immaculate, his English is serviceable, and his manner is charming and forthright. Had he been born into privilege, these qualities might not mean much. But Dahlan was born—on September 29, 1961—in the teeming squalor of Gaza’s Khan Younis refugee camp, and his education came mostly from the street. In 1981 he helped found Fatah’s youth movement, and he later played a leading role in the first intifada—the five-year revolt that began in 1987 against the Israeli occupation. In all, Dahlan says, he spent five years in Israeli jails.

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Alleged “Al Qaida” Allegedly In Lebanon (again)

[Every time that Israel, the Saudis and the US hatch a new plan to destabilize Lebanon, as a way to get to Hezbollah, there is an "al Qaida" sighting, just like Bigfoot.  Has it been so long since the last episode, which was the opening act for the new "Qaida" linked group Fatah al-Islam, that they forget its linkage to the Zionist gang?  SEE: The Gaza Bombshell.]

Qaida Reportedly Mobilizing Militants in Lebanon and Plotting Attacks against UNIFIL

Al-Qaida militants are plotting terrorist attacks against state institutions and foreign missions in coordination with Fatah al-Islam and wanted Palestinian fighter Abdel Rahman Awad, a well-informed security source told An Nahar daily.
The source said that Lebanese security agencies have also received information about the infiltration of al-Qaida militants into the country from Pakistan via Turkey, Greece and the Lebanese-Syrian border. The militants are seeking refuge in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, the source told An Nahar.

The militants are residing in apartments in the north and Mount Lebanon pending their infiltration into the refugee camps, according to the security source.

Al-Qaida members are also training other militants in the refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh to carry out attacks against U.N. peacekeepers stationed in southern Lebanon, the source said.

He added that two weeks ago Jund al-Sham received financial assistance from a top al-Qaida official for the purpose of activating sleeper cells in the camp.

Putin: Russia must counter US missile defences

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok. Photo: 29 December 2009

Mr Putin has criticised the original US missile shield plans

Russia needs “to develop offensive weapons systems” to counter US missile defences and maintain the strategic balance, PM Vladimir Putin says.

Otherwise, the United States would feel “completely protected” and able to “do whatever they want”.

The US this year dropped controversial plans for missile defence bases in the Czech Republic and Poland, but said it would develop other defensive systems.

Mr Putin said such plans were hindering nuclear arms reduction talks.

Russia and the US are yet to find a successor to the Cold War-era Start I treaty, which expired on 5 December.

The 1991 treaty led to deep cuts in nuclear arsenals on both sides.

Both sides have agreed to continue observing Start I until they reach a new agreement.

Under a joint understanding signed in July, deployed nuclear warheads should be cut to below 1,700 on each side within seven years of a new treaty – a huge cut on Soviet-era levels.

Nonetheless, between them the two countries will retain enough firepower to destroy the world several times over.

‘Correct and brave’

“To preserve the balance, we must develop offensive weapons systems, not missile defence systems as the US is doing,” Mr Putin said during a visit to Russia’s Far East.

“The problems of missile defence and offensive arms are very closely linked.

“By building such an umbrella over themselves our [US] partners could feel themselves fully secure and will do whatever they want, which upsets the balance,” the Russian premier added.

Mr Putin did not say what kind of offensive weapons Russia was seeking to develop.

Earlier this month, President Dmitry Medvedev said Russia would continue to develop new nuclear missiles and launchers despite the disarmament talks, describing this as “routine practice”.

In September, Mr Putin described as “correct and brave” a decision by US President Barack Obama to shelve controversial missile defence bases in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Mr Obama did, however, say Washington would develop new ballistic missile defences elsewhere, including a sea-based system.

He said the US still needed a programme to defend the US against missiles from “rogue states” like Iran.

Moscow had long objected to plans by the administration of former-President George W Bush to base a missile interceptor system close to its borders, calling it a threat to its security.

Thousands mourn after bomb rattles Pakistani city

Thousands mourn after bomb rattles Pakistani city

Faisal Aziz
KARACHI

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KARACHI (Reuters) – Several thousand mourners attended funerals on Tuesday for victims of a suicide bombing that killed 43 people in Pakistan’s commercial capital, an emotional reminder of a raging Taliban insurgency.

Coffins were carried through throngs paying their respects to people blown up on Monday at a procession at the climax of Ashura, one of the most important events in the Shi’ite calendar.

Earlier, Pakistan’s interior minister appealed for calm in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi, where shopowners surveyed gutted premises a day after the attack triggered a city-center riot.

The bombing underscored multiple security challenges facing nuclear-armed U.S. ally Pakistan at a volatile time for President Asif Ali Zardari, who could be weakened further if corruption charges against his close aides are revived.

His political troubles are accompanied by heavy pressure from Washington to root out militants it says use sanctuaries in Pakistan to cross over and attack U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan.

The government launched a security crackdown last October against al Qaeda-linked Taliban militants in their tribal strongholds in northwest Pakistan and retaliatory bombings since have killed hundreds of people across the country.

Although the government blamed militants for the Karachi attack — the third in as many days — some mourners expressed disbelief that fellow Muslims were capable of such carnage.

“I am one hundred percent sure that the United States and its agents are behind this attack, and all other such attacks in the country,” said Syed Kausar Hussain Zaidi, a Shi’ite lawyer.

“There aim is to destabilize Pakistan. The so-called religious extremists spreading this terror are nothing but U.S. puppets.”

SECTARIAN BLOODSHED

The attack in Pakistan’s biggest city may have been a bid to ignite sectarian bloodshed to create new security crises.

Pakistani security forces patrolled nearly empty streets.

“I appeal to the people of Karachi to stay peaceful. This is the economic hub of Pakistan,” Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters after attending the funeral of a paramilitary soldier who authorities said pounced on the suicide bomber.

In a sign of growing anxiety, trading at Karachi’s stock market ended 75 minutes ahead of the normal 1030 GMT close due to safety concerns, said one of its officials.

Investors have factored in the violence. But sustained trouble could hurt financial markets in an economy in virtual recession. The index ended 0.12 percent lower at 9,410.66 points amid thin trade.

Mourners expressed anger, shouting confusing slogans.

“Down with America. Down with the Taliban. Down with Israel.”

Religious scholars urged people to remain peaceful.

The provincial government declared a public holiday. Public transport was out of service and most shops were shut.

“Our office and the whole building is completely burned. Everything has been destroyed,” said Saleem Khan, who runs a car rental business along what is normally a busy road.

Karachi police chief Waseem Ahmed told Reuters initial investigations showed the suicide bomber was aged between 18 and 20, and that he used 8-9 kg (18-20 lb) of explosives. He said at least 500 shops had been set ablaze.

“It is clear that the terrorists are very well organized. They want to destabilize the country,” said Anjum Naqvi, who was part of the bombed procession.

Provincial health secretary Hashim Raza Zaidi said the death toll had risen to 43, while 52 people were still in hospitals.

“It’s a huge loss for the families of those killed. But what about our families? We are alive and have lost everything,” said Mohammad Shams, owner of a shop that makes plastic.

A teeming city of 18 million, Karachi has a long history of ethnic and factional violence, although it has been spared the brunt of Taliban attacks over the past couple of years.

Quicksilver Messenger Service – What About Me?

Obama, what are you going to do about me and the million or more like me?

America, my home, what has become of you?  You were once the land of the free, the defender of the oppressed children of the earth…now you have become Shiva, Destroyer of the world.  My heart grows weary from the fight against frustration…I want to let it all just be, however it is to be…but I cannot.   The world must grow, yet you stifle it at every occasion.  My God has told me of a better way, how things could one day be, if only….

If we could only glimpse the better way that some of us have seen, then there would be no resistance to the idea of laying down all the arms in the world in a single motion, a single statement that we all see what the Prophets have tried to pound into our little closed minds.  There is a better way, The One True Religion, The Way of Moses, Mohammed and Jesus, a common path tread by all the Prophets.  Our worth is measured in how we treat the least and the most wretched among us.  There is no room for war when one child suffers without cause; it is a disgrace to the human race.

This song by Quicksilver Messenger Service gives a glimpse of the great question that will decide all of our fates–What will we do about those who are different, the refuse of society, the rejects locked-away in prisons and psych wards?  How many of those of us who are different, those of us who cannot accept things the way they are, are needlessly set-apart from society because no one has the time or the desire to understand our conditions or the moral dilemmas that confound us, or cares to get involved with the freaks of society?  It is far easier to separate the freaks from society, once they have been identified or diagnosed, than it is to show human concern, compassion or generosity of spirit.

We wage war upon ourselves, before we wage it upon the world.  This is why our prisons are filled with mostly minorities and other victims of the class war, why we are a world leader in executions.  America is a very sick society, with a great need for healing.

You poisoned my sweet water.You cut down my green trees.The food you fed my childrenWas the cause of their disease.My world is slowly fallin’ downAnd the airs not good to breathe.And those of us who care enough,We have to do something…….(Chorus)Oh…….oh What you gonna do about me?Oh…….oh What you gonna do about me?Your newspapers,They just put you on.They never tell youThe whole story.They just put yourYoung ideas down.I was wonderin’ could this be the endOf your pride and glory?(Chorus)I work in your factory.I study in your schools.I fill your penitentiaries.And your military too!And I feel the future trembling,As the word is passed around.”If you stand up for what you do believe,Be prepared to be shot down.”(Chorus)And I feel like a strangerIn the land where I was bornAnd I live like an outlaw.An’ I’m always on the run……………………..An Im always getting bustedAnd I got to take a stand……..I believe the revolutionMust be mighty close at hand…………………..(Chorus)I smoke marijuanaBut I cant get behind your wars.And most of what I do believeIs against most of your lawsI’m a fugitive from injusticeBut I’m goin’ to be free.Cause your rules and regulationsThey dont do the thing for me(Chorus)And I feel like a strangerIn the land where I was bornAnd I live just like an outlaw.An’ I’m always on the run.

Another Day, Another Israeli War Crime

[More proof that the settlers colonizers run the Zionist regime.   The US and the rest of the Zionist West are guilty of aiding state terror in every Israeli war crime.]

Israeli military constructs new roadblock in West Bank village, crippling farmers’ economy

International Solidarity Movement (ISM)

December 28, 2009

The Israeli army erected a giant earth mound across a crucial agricultural road in the northern West Bank village of Madama this week. The road block severely limits hundreds of farmers’ access to their lands, making transport by vehicle all but impossible. The intentional crippling of the village’s chief economy comes as settler violence continues unabated in the region.

Four Israeli military jeeps and one Caterpillar bulldozer entered the village on Wednesday night to construct the road block. The targeted dirt road cuts directly underneath the speedy settler road leading west from Yitzhar settlement, where a tunnel was constructed to allow the road’s continuation to farmers’ land. The bulldozer quickly moved massive mounds of earth across the road underneath the bridge, entirely blocking it and removing the possibility of access to cars and tractors by village farmers.

ISM activists visited Madama to witness families clambering over the earth mound on foot and herding, with great difficulty, donkeys and flocks of sheep and goats across the blockage. The prevention of tractor access is critical now especially, as Palestine enters its wet season and land must be ploughed to become fertile for the new year. Approximately 500 of Madama’s farmers hold land on the other side of the road block, whose economic livelihood is severely threatened by this senseless impediment.

The road overhead, linking Israeli settlers effortlessly with their homes and work outside the settlements, cuts deeply through Madama’s land, as it has done since it was built 10 years ago. Two homes, belonging to Yasser Taher’s family, are now isolated on the other side of the highway, marking them as prime targets for settler and military harassment, leaving children traumatised and inevitably forcing the majority of the family to move to a safer home within Madama.

Madama resident Abed Al-Aziz Zeiyada became the latest victim in an endless series of settler incursions as he drove his taxi home on Friday night. Settlers of Yitzhar settlement, waiting on the side of the road, hurled rocks at his car and destroyed the windscreen. When Zeiyada reached Huwara, now without a windscreen in his car, he was stopped by Israeli forces at a flying checkpoint. Showing them the unmistakeable damage, Zeiyada was refused assistance by Israeli soldiers. He returned to Madama and paid a 700 shekel bill for the window to be fixed the next day.

Residents of Madama always have one eye fixed on the settlements that loom over the village; Bracha to the north, and Yitzhar to the south. Yitzhar alone is built on 1000 dunums of Madama’s land, including all of its water wells. Villagers are forced to spend vast amounts of their income on water, a 90-litre tank costing a crippling 125 shekels. Settler incursions also occur frequently, wrecked upon homes on the edge of the village, if not from the settlers then from the military, whose base next to Bracha send jeeps careening through the streets of Madama and neighbouring villages by night.

Israeli settlements, illegal under international law, and their network of Apartheid roads, in addition to Israeli government and military suffocating policy and presence in occupied Palestine culminate in a devastating effect on the everyday lives of Palestinians, such as residents of Madama village, whose voices all too often go unheard.

:: Article nr. 61559 sent on 29-dec-2009 05:11 ECT
www.uruknet.info?p=61559

Link: palsolidarity.org/2009/12/10066

The American people face a serious moral dilemma

Inside the Military-Industrial-Media Complex: Impacts on Movement for Social Justice

By Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff

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Lists of Iraqi dead. (Photo: Zen / Flickr)

The American people face a serious moral dilemma. Murder and war crimes have been conducted in their name. Yet most Americans have no idea of the magnitude of deaths and tend to believe that they number in the thousands and are primarily Iraqis killing Iraqis.  Corporate mainstream media are in large part to blame. The question then becomes how can this mass ignorance and corporate media deception exist in the United States and what impact does this have on peace and social justice movements in the country?[iv]

Truth Emergency and Media Reform

In the United States today, the rift between reality and reporting has peaked. There is no longer a mere credibility gap, but rather a literal Truth Emergencyin which the most important information affecting people is concealed from view. Many Americans, relying on the mainstream corporate media, have serious difficulty accessing the truth while still believing that the information they receive is the reality. A Truth Emergency reflects cumulative failures of the fourth estate to act as a truly free press. This truth emergency is seen in inadequate coverage of fraudulent elections, pseudo 9/11 investigations, illegal preemptive wars, torture camps, doctored intelligence, and  domestic surveillance.   Reliable information on these issues is systematically missing in corporate media outlets, where the vast majority of the American people continue to turn for news and information.

Consider these items of noteworthy conditions. US workers have been faced with a thirty-five year decline in real wages while the top few percent enjoy unparalleled wealth with strikingly low tax burdens. US schools, particularly in the west, are more segregated now than half a century ago. The US has the highest infant mortality rate among industrialized nations, is falling behind in scientific research and education, leads the world as a debtor nation, and is seriously lacking in healthcare quality and coverage, which results in the deaths of 18,000 people a year. America has entered another Gilded Age. Someone should alert the media.[v]

The Free Press or Media Reform Movement is a national effort to address mainstream media failures and the government policies that sanction them. During the 2008 National Conference for Media Reform (NCMR) in Minneapolis, Project Censored interns and faculty conducted a survey, completed by 376 randomly selected NCMR attendees out of the 3,500 people registered for the conference. This survey was designed to gauge participants’ views on the state of the corporate news media and the  effectiveness of the media reform movement. The survey also sought to determine the level of belief in a truth emergency, a systematic hiding of critical information in the US. Not surprisingly, for a sample of independent media reform activists, majorities in the 90% plus range agreed on most criticisms of mainstream media, that corporate media failed to keep the American people informed on important issues facing the nation and that a truth emergency does indeed exist in the US. Regarding the reasons, 87% of the participants believed that a military-industrial-media complex exists in the US for the promotion of the US military domination of the world and most agreed with research conclusions by Project Censored, and others, that a continuing powerful global dominance groupinside the US government, the US media, and the national policy structure is responsible. What was clear from our survey is that media democracy activists strongly support not only aggressive reform efforts and policy changes but also the continuing development of independent, grassroots media as part of an overall media democracy movement.

While most progressive media activists do not believe in some omnipotent conspiracy, an overwhelming portion of NCMR participants do believe the leadership class in the US is dominated by a neo-conservative group of some several hundred people who share a goal of asserting US military power worldwide. This Global Dominance Group (GDM) continues under both Republican and Democratic rule.  In cooperation with major military contractors, the corporate media, and conservative foundations, the GDM has become a powerful long-term force in military unilateralism and US political processes.

The Global Dominance Group and Information Control

A long thread of sociological research documents the existence of a dominant ruling class in the US, which sets policy and determines national political priorities. C. Wright Mills, in his 1956 book The Power Elite, documented how World War II solidified a trinity of power in the US that comprised corporate, military and government elites in a centralized power structure working in unison through “higher circles” of contact and agreement.[vi] This power has grown through the Cold War and, after 9/11, the Global War on Terror.  (read full article HERE)

Lift the Siege on Gaza Now–Solidarity Events Near You

Lift the Siege on Gaza Now!

PLEASE FORWARD FAR AND WIDE, TELL YOUR FRIENDS IN OTHER CITIES
Find an action near you!
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/424/p/salsa/event/common/public/index.sjs?distributed_event_KEY=548
OR:  www.gazafreedommarch.org click on Solidarity actions.

We’re calling on activists around the globe to organize an action between December 27th through December 31st to send your elected officials a message to pressure the Israeli government to Lift the Siege on Gaza Now!



Dec 31 12:00
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 94956
San Francisco , CA 22 attendees 100 max

Dec 27 12:30
Plaza Sant Jaume de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona

Dec 27 18:00
101 Alter St. Philadelphia, PA 19147 IMPORTANT YOU MUST RSVP, THIS IS A PRIVATE RESIDENCE
Philadelphia, PA 6 attendees 20 max

Dec 30 19:30
Cafe Bohemia 937 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 3 attendees 75 max

Dec 31 13:00
Castonguay Square (downtown, adjacent to City Hall and across the street from Rep. Mike Michaud’s office).
Waterville, ME 5 attendees 1000 max

Jan 06 17:37
UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 3 attendees 100 max

Dec 28 17:00
In front of Northampton, Massachusetts City Hall, 5-6:30 p.m.
Northampton, MA 2 attendees 1000 max

Dec 28 11:00
Chapel Hills Mall 1710 Briargate Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 1 attendee

Dec 31 18:00
First Unitarian Church 1400 Lafayatte St. Denver, CO 80218
Denver, CO 3 attendees 200 max

Dec 28 16:00
601 Locust Street, Dubuque Iowa The southeast corner of Washington Park
Dubuque, IA 1 attendee 2000 max

Dec 29 17:30
REIMS Place d’Erlon (la Fontaine de la Solidarité), France
REIMS 1 attendee

Dec 28 16:30
daily from 16.30 to 19.00 at Heilggeistkirche
Bern, Switzerland

Dec 28 16:30
Limmatquai
Zurich, Switzerland, 1 attendee

Dec 27 13:00
Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 2 attendees 2000 max

Dec 30 19:00
Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown 1041 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 14 attendees 100 max

Dec 31 09:00
Connect Café Unternehmen MITTE Gerbergasse 30
Basle, Switzerland

Dec 30 17:00
Corner of Division and Main
Spokane, WA 1 attendee

Dec 27 13:00
180 Bloor Street West, Toronto Israeli Consulate to Dundas Square
Toronto, ON 4 attendees

Jan 01 12:00
Pratt and Light Sts. in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Baltimore, MD 2 attendees 50 max

Dec 27 12:00
Federal Building,410 West Michigan Avenue Kalamazoo, MI 49007.
Kalamazoo, MI 1 attendee

Dec 29 15:00
Hamburg Reesendammbrücke / Jungfernstieg /Alsterarkaden Center in the near of the Town Hall
Hamburg

Dec 27 19:00
Immanuelskyrkan, Kungstensgatan, Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm 1 attendee 800 max

Dec 30 17:30
Grace Place, 2nd floor Sanctuary 637 S. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 1 attendee 200 max

Dec 29 17:30
Dearborn City Hall, Michigan Ave. & Schaefer & Lebanese Heritage Club, 4335 Maple Street
Dearborn, MI 3 attendees 250 max

Dec 27 19:00
Grand Ave. and Lindell Blvd.
St Louis, MO

Dec 27 14:30
rt 9 Northamoton MA. parking can be found for free on weekends anywhere in town, but closest and most accessibly in the lot accross the street from the courthouse, behind the trendy clothes store.
Northampton, MA

DAVID HEADLEY AND JEWS

DAVID HEADLEY AND JEWS

David headley and his mother. (Ex-Khyber Barkeep Charged in Mumbai Attacks)

“He was absolutely gorgeous.

“He was over six feet tall and looked liked a typical American college student (he was enrolled at Princeton, but rarely went to classes)…

“Daood was a babe-magnet at Khyber Pass.

“He had a very young and pretty girlfriend, and also had a stunning 40-year-old mistress who sat alone in a booth waiting for him to get off work and cried bitter tears because of the sweet young thing.” (A description of David Headley -Ratbang Diary: Well, I Am SHOCKED! )

According to family friends, David Headley’s mother, Serrill Headley, was involved in heavy drinking and multiple sexual relationships, and David Headley engaging in the same behavior. (DOG EAT DOG – IN INDIA)

David Headley’s father worked for Voice of America, which is used by the CIA. (Pak PM’s PRO admits he is Headley’s half-brother.)

David Headley enrolled in the Valley Forge Military Academy.(Terror suspect was drug dealer, then informant Philadelphia …)

Was he recruited by the CIA?

Main Indian Jewish communities. David Headley’s father’s ancestors migrated to Pakistan from Jastarwal in India’s Punjab state and Etawah.
Is David Headley Jewish?

David Headley’s mother, allegedly, was an American Jewish lady. (according to a comment here:Cached )

David Headley visited various Jewish sites in India.

He claimed to be Jewish when he reportedly stayed at the Chabad centre in Mumbai in July 2008.

The American FBI found a book in his bag in Chicago entitled ‘To Pray as a Jew’. (Cached )

According to Israeli and Indian officials, between 40,000 and 60,000 young Israelis have either permanently moved or established long-term residence in India. (Karma Kosher Conscripts in New-Age Diaspora Seek Refuge in Goa. )

In 2008 and in 2009, Israel issued temporary travel warnings for its citizens thinking of visiting Goa, in India. (Anti-Terror Bureau warns Israelis not to travel to Goa – Haaretz …)

Goa

Mumbai bombing suspect David Headley reportedly has a link to Goa and an American in Goa. (David Headley’s Goa link traced with US terror suspect 12Kerala.com)

The Indian officials investigating the 26/11/08 Mumbai attacks claim to have traced David Headley’s Goa connection.

The officials claim that Headley was in constant touch with an American who has been living in Goa for the past nine years.

Reportedly the American in Goa has been running several business including bear bars and massage parlours in Goa.

Anjuna beach in Goa has a Chabad House, a Jewish prayer home, which is frequented by Israelis during the tourist season.

Israeli tourists, who form a sizeable portion of the foreign tourists in Goa, visit Goa in the months of October to February. (No central input on Headley’s stay in Goa: police)

Mumbai

Mumbai’s Chabad House is suspected of having been used as a base for the Mumbai attacks of 2008.

Starting in March 2009, David Headley is reported to have visited a Chabad House in Delhi, a hotel in Pushkar near a Jewish centre, a guest house in Goa, and an office of El Al. (The Hindu : News / National : Headley planned synchronised attacks …)

One theory about Chabad is that the Chabad Jews have been anti-Zionist and in favour of cooperation with Putin’s Russia. The Eliyahoo Synagogue, the most important synagogue for Mumbai Jews, located near the Apollo port and the Hotel Taj Mahal, was untouched in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. It was built by the Sassoons. (The Riddle of Mumbai)

Another theory is that Chabad is being used by Mossad for terror attacks in India.


David Sassoon, whose grandson Edward Albert Sassoon, married Aline Caroline de Rothschild, the grand-daughter of Jacob (James) Mayer Rothschild. (www.iamthewitness.com/…/1878-1919.htm)

India has many connections to top Jews.

Lieutenant General JFR Jacob (Jacob-Farj-Rafael Jacob) is a former governor of the Indian state of Goa.

His family were Baghdadi Jews originally from Iraq who settled in Kolkata in the middle of the 18th century. 6

David Sassoon (1792 – 1864) was the treasurer of Baghdad between 1817 and 1829 and the leader of the Jewish community in Bombay (now Mumbai).

The British government gave Sassoon “monopoly rights” to the manufacture of Opium.

Sassoon expanded his opium trade into China and Japan. (Hong Kong, the Land Built on Opium )
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aangirfan: HEADLEY, THE CIA, NARIMAN HOUSE, FALSE FLAG OPS

aangirfan: HEADLEY INTERROGATED MORE THAN ONE MUMBAI SUSPECT – REPORTS

aangirfan: HEADLEY, LIKE DAWOOD IBRAHIM, LINKED TO 1993 BOMBINGS …

aangirfan: DAVID HEADLEY, MUMBAI SUSPECT, WORKED FOR THE DRUG …

aangirfan: MUMBAI SUSPECT DAVID HEADLEY INTRODUCED HIMSELF AS A CIA AGENT…

aangirfan: “KASAB WAS INTERROGATED BY HEADLEY”

aangirfan: DID US SPECIAL FORCES CARRY OUT THE MUMBAI ATTACKS?

aangirfan: Mossad increases its control of India

aangirfan: BRUCE REIDEL, DAWOOD IBRAHIM and the BOMBAY ATTACKS

The Riddle of Mumbai–29th November 2008

The Riddle of Mumbai

By Abdollah Shahbazi

Written: 29th November 2008

Translated: 11th December 2008

I was very busy Wednesday night and Thursday morning and consequently away from news. On Thursday evening I was awaken by a call from one of my friends. He told me about massive explosions and terror in Mumbai. Since then I have been following this strange event closely.

Details of the event can be studied in news websites. It can be summarized as such:

Around 21:30, Wednesday 26th of November, a number of men armed with automatic weapons landed from boats in front of the Gateway of India, located at the beach of Mumbai and in front of the Taj Mahal Hotel, as reported by CNN and the police. These people, as if following a Hollywood action movie style, separated into different groups. They start shooting and killing people and take possession of a number of cars, including a police van. They then go to the Taj Mahal Hotel, Hotel Oberoi Trident and Café Leopold; all three being centers of tourist’s residence and gathering. Their other targets included the CST train station (Victoria station), Cama & Albless Hospital and the synagogue of a Jewish sect called CHABAD. They kill people and take hostages.

Reports mention around 200 killed and 300 wounded and rising. The most notable of the victims is the former rabbi of CHABAD of New York’s Brooklyn and his wife. This event has particularly affected the New York Jews of all sects and has turned Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, into symbols of victims of terrorism. Zionists and the government of Israel have also become the hosts of mourning and are using the blood of Rabbi Holtzberg and his wife and other Jews killed in the CHABAD synagogue of Mumbai to gain sympathy and advertise in favor of Zionism.

Who were the attackers? This is the question that The Christian Science Monitor has asked in its edition of Friday 28th of November.

Street fighting was still going on and the event was not yet over that Indian officials accused “foreign elements”, meaning the government of Pakistan. Naturally, Pakistani officials immediately denied the allegations. The Hindu, apparently craving a new war between India and Pakistan, followed the same and again in the middle of an ongoing event and without any proper evidence announced that the terrorists are members of the “Lashkar-e-Taiba” (The Pure Army), a militant group based in Pakistan.

The Washington Post, quoting “US counterterrorism experts” wrote “the attacks appear to be well coordinated, indicating that the attackers received foreign terrorist training and support.”

These “experts” had “hidden knowledge” as well and called the attackers “Muslim” and called their act “Jihad”. This newspaper, the most circulated in Washington, D.C., has been owned since 1933 by the Jew plutocrat family of Meyer- Graham. They are the descendants of Eugene Meyer, the first head of The World Bank. This newspaper added, quotingBruce Riedel, a former South Asia analyst for the CIA and National Security Council and author of The Search for Al Qaeda, “This is a new, horrific milestone in the global jihad.” Roger W. Cressey, a former White House counterterrorism official in the Clinton and Bush administrations also said: “This group had to receive some training or support from professionals in the terrorism business.

The New York Times, The largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States, owned since 1935 by the Jew plutocrat family of Sulzberger, made things much simpler for us and without any evidence or reason suggested that the “gunmen could easily be members of India’s Muslim minority”. Adding “There are a lot of very, very angry Muslims.”

The Guardian reported that “the gunmen were more likely to be homegrown Indian terrorists, rather than foreigners.”and laid its suspicion on an unknown group called the “Deccan Mujahideen” and certain others; who all happen to be Muslims. Their reason was certain emails sent to the media signed by this group.

3-What is the result of my research?

Counterterrorism expert’s ideas are correct. The attackers were definitely professionals and there is definitely a “foreign hand” in the event. It was fully organized to the last detail. Even the target locations were chosen in detail and with particular objectives. Those choices needed specialized historical and political knowledge.

4- Choosing the Taj Mahal Hotel as the main target is worth some thought. Millions of people worldwide watched the historic and majestic view of the Taj Mahal Hotel burn for two days. This was in effect very similar to the fate of the Twin Towers of New York on September 11th 2001Both were important symbols of the two cities: the Twin Towers were symbols of New York as the commercial and financial centre of the western world. The Taj Mahal Hotel was the best known symbol of Mumbai, a city which until the first half of the twentieth century was the commercial and financial centre of the East.

This hotel was opened in 1903. It coincided with the reign of Mozaffar Al Din Shah of Qajar of Iran and shortly before the beginning of the Constitutional revolution in Iran. Once opened, it was the grandest eastern hotel. In our time it was one of the most beautiful historical buildings of Mumbai and India. I have seen this hotel. Though very grand and beautiful, it was aged and in need of repair and restoration. This restoration can and will take place now; quite possibly from the pocket of the Indian government.

The Taj Mahal Hotel belongs to the Tata family. They are a family of the Parsis of India; native Zoroastrians of Indian origin claiming an ancient Persian origin. They are considered one of the richest families of the world. This family, like other plutocrat Parsis of India, gained its initial wealth from the Opium trade of the 19th century. The 6th Volume of my Jew and Parsi Plutocrats, which is still to be published, deals with the “Parsi oligarchy of India” and their partnership with Jew, American and English plutocrats. This was a relationship that made history. The Tata family, like the rest of the Parsi plutocrats, has deep Masonic and Zionist connections and old partnership and relations with Jew plutocrats. An important portion of India’s industry and trade belongs to this oligarchy.

Me in front of the Gateway of India (1993)

This monument, similar to the triumphal arches of Europe, was constructed between 1911 to 1924 in commemoration of The King of Britain and Emperor of India, George the Fifth’s, visit to India

Me in front of the Hotel Taj Mahal (1993)

5- Can such an attack on the synagogue of the Jewish CHABAD sect in Mumbai, exactly when the former Rabbi of Brooklyn and his family were there, be considered a coincidence? If the attackers were “anti-Jewish”, shouldn’t they have occupied the great synagogue of Mumbai Jews, the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, which has 150 years of history, and taken its residents hostage? This is the synagogue that Sir Jacob Sassoon built in 1886 and named it after his father, Elijah Sassoon. Elijah Sassoon was the second son of David Sassoon, a famous Jew plutocrat and founder of the “Sassoon Empire” in the East, and brother of Sir Albert (Abdullah) Sassoon. I have written extensively about the Sassoon family, their connections with the Rothschilds and their role in the formation of new Imperialism. Therefore my detailed research about this family, and their great role in India and Iran, will be published in the later volumes of my book.

Isn’t the important and historical Eliyahoo Synagogue, the most important synagogue of Mumbai Jews, located near the Apollo port, Hotel Taj Mahal and the Museum of Prince of Wales? Why should the small and unknown building of the CHABAD sect, with its small number of members, have been occupied? This building is located further away from the “centre of operation” (Hotel Taj Mahal and Apollo port) and is harder to find.In satellite pictures, you can easily see that the Eliyahoo Synagogue (The main synagogue of Mumbai) is quite close to the Hotel while the “Nariman Building”, the location of the small synagogue of the CHABAD sect, is quite far. These pictures make it clear that occupying the CHABAD sect’s synagogue, killing Rabbi Holtzberg, one of the main leaders of CHABAD, together with his wife and other CHABAD members present in the mentioned synagogue was one of the main objectives of the operation. This was not an accidental and random hate killing of Jews.

The main old synagogue of Mumbai, the Eliyahoo (Sassoon) Synagogue, near Hotel Taj Mahal and Cafe Leopold.
It was not attacked
.

The far off and little known building of the CHABAD sect, which was attacked

1- Hotel Taj Mahal (The main target of the terrorist operation)
2- Cafe Leopold (Attacked)
3- Hotel Oberoi Trident (Attacked)
4- The grand and historic Victoria train station (Attacked)
5- The Kama hospital (Attacked)
6- The small and far off synagogue of CHABAD sect (Attacked)
7-The Eliyahoo (Sassoon) synagogue near Hotel Taj Mahal, Cafe Leopold and on the way from Hotel Taj Mahal to the Victoria station. This is the main synagogue of Mumbai Jews. It is run by supporters of Zionism and the State of Israel
(Not attacked)

The very close distance between Hotel Taj Mahal and the main synagogue of Mumbai (The Eliyahoo Synagogue) is evident in this picture. If the terrorists were truly anti Zionists or anti Jewish, why didn’t they occupy this synagogue, which was on their way? Why did they take the long way to occupy the small and little known building of the synagogue of the CHABAD sect? Would it be far fetched to assume that the planners of the Mumbai tragedy removed the historical building of the Eliyahoo synagogue from their operation, perhaps due to personal affection or some debt to that place?

1- Hotel Taj Mahal
2- The Prince of Wales Museum and the Natural History Museum
3- The Eliyahoo synagogue (the main and historical synagogue of Mumbai)

6- The attackers did not take “Zionist Jews” or even “ordinary Jews” hostage and they did not brutally kill their known Rabbi. They chose distinguished members of CHABAD.

CHABAD is a sect of Hasidic Judaism. Hasidim are orthodox Jews who consider themselves pious and that is the reason they have chosen this name. Hasid means piety and Hasidim means the pious. CHABAD is a 250 years old sect that originated in the town of Lubavitch, a small town in Tsarist Russia. Therefore it was named “CHABAD-Lubavitch”. Today, this sect is known as one of the largest sect of Orthodox Jews and has about two hundred thousand followers. The name of this sect is made from the three Hebrew words of “Chochmah” (Wisdom), “Binah” (Understanding) and “Da’at” (Knowledge). Actually the name should be pronounced “HABAD”. The CHABAD is a sect of pious Jews who neither have anything in common with “Political Judaism” nor accept religious and political Zionism. They do not recognize the State of Israel.

One website displayed a letter from the fifth leader of the CHABAD and wrote this about them:

CHABAD leaders in recent years have shown sympathy to cooperation with Putin and the Russian government. This has caused worry among the Zionists leaders and Israel.

The policy of Putin’s government is similar to that of the Tsarist Russia’s, which empowered Karaite Judaism against Talmudic ones (Rabbinical Oligarchy). Now they empower CHABAD against Zionist Jews. An example of following this policy was Putin’s giving of a golden medal to Mendel Pewzner, a CHABAD Rabbi, in 2003. In 2005, the great Rabbi of Russian Jews, Pinkhas Goldschmidt, was prevented from entering Russia after his trip to Israel and was replaced by Berel Lazar as the new Chief Rabbi of Russia. Zionists called this act of Putin “Stalinist”.

Meeting of Berel Lazar, the Rabbi of CHABAD, with Vladimir Putin

7- The attack on the small synagogue of CHABAD Jews in the “Nariman building” of Mumbai, taking the 29 year old CHABAD rabbi and his wife and children hostage and their brutal killing and the consequent cry the blues of the Israeli official and Zionists, reminds me of the massacre of the Karaites of Al Qods (Jerusalem) during the Crusades at the hands of the Crusaders; Those bloodthirsty knights who Zionists today generously keep their memory alive in their Hollywood blockbusters, and their corrupt leader, Jacques de Molay, who occupies a saintly place in Freemasonry. In the second half of the Eleventh Century, a group of crusader knights, led by Godfrey of Bouillon, were influenced by Rabbinical Oligarchy to imprison Karaites in their synagogue and burn the building down. In the official history of Jews, this event is portrayed as another oppression of the “Jews”. It is hardly ever mentioned who influenced the crusader knights, who were partners with opportunist Jew Oligarchs, to create this horrendous tragedy.


Notes:

Karaites in Persian Qarai’un, in English Qara’ism; meaning Readers [of Scripture]): In the Second century Hijri/ Eight century AD, the authoritarian rule of Rabbinic- Talmudic oligarchy (Hakhamim, Hakhams) caused opposition amongst Jews and led to the creation of a powerful movement against them. Leading this movement was Annan ibn Davoud (Anan ben David). Annan lived around 135- 159 Hijri (754- 775 AD) in Baghdad, during the time of the Abbasid Caliph Al Mansur. His followers were initially known as “Annan’ie” and later were named “Karaites”. Other Jews called them “Bani Mikra” or “Beile Mikra” (The tribe of Mikra). “Mikra” (מקרא) means “reading” or “that which is read”. This was because they recognized the original and early scriptures as the only valid source of religious wisdom and denied the oral tradition that the Rabbinical- Talmudic Jewish had spread in recent centuries. As written in Karaite documents, Hakhams first tried to gain support of Annan, but were unsuccessful. Annan was later imprisoned on orders of Caliph Al Mansur (Quite possibly due to the conspiracy of Jewish leaders). Abu Hanifa, one of the great Muslim Scholars, advised him in prison to talk about similarity of his views with Islamic ones in front of the Caliph and he was forgiven by doing so. Annan took some of his ideas from Islam and was influenced by Abu Hanifa. He was especially against the closed society of Jews and the forbiddance of relation with non-Jews. In the second half of the Ninth century AD, the ideas of Annan ibn Davoud were taken by Benyamin ibn Moosa (Benjamin ben Moses) Nahawandi and were formulated into an influential sect. (Nahavand is a city in Persia/ Iran.) His role in the sect was to such an extent that Arabic sources mention the sect as the “followers of Annan and Benjamin”. Between Eight to Eleventh century AD, the Karaites centre of activity was in the Arabian Peninsula and was later spread further among the Jews of Asia Minor. Among the Jews, Karaites were the most serious threat to the Hakhams (Hakhamim) and Rabbinical Oligarchy up until the coming of the European movement of Haskalah (enlightenment) in the late 18 century. The Encyclopaedia Judaica (1971, vol. 10, p. 764) mentions “the tremendous religious, political, and economic fermentation in the entire East, resulting from… the collision of Islam with world religions; and the social and economic grievances of the poorer classes of Jewry” as the main reason for founding of the Karaite sect. From the Fourth century Hijri/ Tenth century AD, a group of distinguished scholars came to being amongst the Karaites who wrote in Arabic and this sect became a powerful force among the Jews, seriously challenging the Rabbinical- Talmudic version of Judaism. At this time, the main centers of Karaites were in Persia (Iran), Mesopotamia, Al Qods (Palestine), Egypt and North Africa. It was at this time that Jewish Hakhams started writing books against Annan and Karaism. It is interesting to know that both the writings of the Karaites and those written against them by the Hakhamim were in Arabic. At the time of the Crusader oligarchy of Europe’s attack on Al Qods (second half of the 11th century AD), Crusader knights destroyed the centre of Karaites in Al Qods (Jerusalem) in the horrible fashion that was mentioned earlier. This was a heavy blow against the Karaites. From then until the 15th century AD Egypt became their main refuge. In the 14th to 16th centuries some of the Karaites were in the Asia Minor. In the 17 and 18 centuries their main centre was moved to Crimea and Lithuania. At the end of the 18 century these lands were added to the Russian Empire. At first, Russian rulers did not distinguish between Karaites and Talmudic Jews and treated both in the same fashion. It was from the time of Catherine the Second (The Great) that the difference between the Karaites and other Jews was discovered. Thereafter more attention was given to them and they received special treatments. At the time of Nicolai the First, Karaite leaders went to the Tsarist officials and announced that they are different from Rabbanites; that they are good citizens, industrious and politically loyal. Russian officials understood their distinguished position more and in 1863 gave them full Russian citizenship and rights. In 1932 their number was reported as ten thousand and they lived mostly in Crimea. At this time around 2000 Karaites lived outside of Russia in Poland, Constantinople, Al Qods (Palestine), Egypt and Mesopotamia (Iraq). In January of 1932 the government of Germany announced that it does not consider the Karaites Jewish. Therefore they were not harmed from Germany’s attacks during World War II. In 1970 the number of Karaites residing in Israel was reported as seven thousand, who mostly lived in Ramleh, Ashdod and Beer- Sheva.

Knights Templar: The Order of the Poor Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon was at first name of a group of French knights which was formed in Al Qods (Jerusalem) in 1118 AD by the Crusaders. This group was gradually expanded and was formed into a mercenary military force that sold its services to the Crusader rulers. They rose greatly in military power and took charge of the transport of gold and other looted treasures from the East to Europe. After the end of the Crusades in 1291 they returned to Europe. Having got used to years of killing, caravan raiding and piracy, they naturally felt restless in their new surroundings. Therefore they kept their organization, chose for themselves a leader with the title of “The Grand Master” and continued their operations in a secret fashion. Their continued operation was considered a threat to the security of France and in 1304, Philip the 4th, King of France, ordered their arrest. Many of them were imprisoned and were tried in Papal and French courts. In 1312, Pope ordered the order to be closed down and King Philip publicly executed a number of the leaders of the group, including Jacques De Molay, the last “Grand Master” who was from the nobility. The remaining Templars fled to Portugal and created a new order called the “Knights of Christ”. This group had the main role in Portugal’s colonial activity in North Africa and the East and the later founding of Portugal’s colonial Empire. The flag of this group was the same as the one of the Knights Templar: a red cross on a white background, which today happens to be the flag of International Red Cross. In our time, the Knights Templar are an important branch of Freemasonry with their own special orders and conducts. For example, the Grand Master is called “The Grand commander”. In all Masonic sects, the name and memory of Jacques De Molay is greatly venerated and Philip the 4th is extremely hated.

Abdollah Shahbazi (b. 1955) is author of The Jew and Parsi Plutocrats: British Imperialism and Iran, 7 vol. in Persian:

Vol. 1 in two parts: 1- Overseas Plunder and the new Western Civilization, 2- Jews and the Jewish Oligarchy (543 pp.)

Vol. 2: The Jewish Oligarchy and the Formation of Global Plutocracy (625 pp.)

Vol. 3: Aristocracy and the new West (553 pp.)

Vol. 4: Early History of Freemasonry (586 pp.)

Vol. 5: Financial Aristocracy and the collapse of the Traditional Order (448 pp.)

Vol. 6 and 7 are about the Parsi sect, Parsi Oligarchy of India and the role of Global Plutocracy in the contemporary history of Iran (to be published).

abdollah.shahbazi@gmail.com

Iran: Revolution versus Revolution

Iran: Revolution versus Revolution

Professor As’ad AbuKhalil

the Angry Arab Website

Yesterday, I was expecting to be mad at Aljazeera. I was expecting that the relations between the Qatari Emir and the Iranian government would produce lame reports that would downplay the significance of the protests in Iran. Aljazeera–yet again–pleasantly disappointed me. It is not in any way covering up what is going on in Iran, and it is even citing–in the tradition of the journalistic standards of the New York Times–opposition websites. Al-Arabiyya TV (the private station of King Fahd’s brother-in-law which now is largely run by the entourage of Prince `Azzuz) is going crazy. The propaganda work of AlArabiyya is out of all bounds now: there is no attempt even of covering news anymore: not in Iran, not in Yemen, and not in Palestine. It is really naked and vulgar House of Saud propaganda all day long, 24 hours a day. Aljazeera’s coverage has been straightforward although it would have liked more discussion and lengthy reports. What can I say: many Arabs like Ahmadinad because he is the opposite of their leaders in standing up for Palestinians and sounding defiant against Western governments. But people–if you believe the trends in social science–follow the analytical recipe of Rational Choice Theory. They decide their own self-interest, first and foremost on the basis of what they know, or what they think they know, and based on their estimate of their own self-interests. I am quite impressed with the courage of the Iranian people: these are people who were courageous against the Shah dictatorship, and they are now being courageous against the clerical dictatorship. In fact, I was so impressed with the courage of the Iranian people that I felt most jealous. Why can’t we see those scenes in Damascus, Cairo, Riyadh, Amman, etc? Have Arabs become that numbed and that tranquilized and that domesticated by their oppressive regimes? Or is that a sign of hope, and you need a measure of hope to rebel and protest? Or is this the impact of more than 300 TV satellite stations approved by the House of Saud? But the Iranian people will not take no for an answer, and it does not matter anymore whether Ahmadinajad won or did not win the election. People are rightly fed up with the lousy Revolution itself, and with those stale slogan, and with that Guardianship of the Jurisconsult (as Hamid Enayat translated in that excellent chapter on it in James Piscatori’s edited book, Islam in the Political Process) doctrine, which should be opposed, whether it appears in Iran or in Lebanon. At least in Lebanon, Hizbullah read the writings on the wall a few years ago, and the party has become largely embarrassed by the doctrine–or so it seems to me. Guardianship of the Jurisconsult is sectarianism within sectarianism. I remember as a college student being frustrated with the enthusiasm that some leftists like Adonis (yeah, he was a leftist, believe it or not back then), Anour Abdel Malik, and Michel Foucault. And of course many Arab nationalists and fake Arab liberals (like Hazim Saghiyyah) were praising the "authenticity"—don’t you hate that word?–of the Islamic Revolution. If Ahmadinajad has any sense or respect for people he would resign. Hell, if there is any respect for people on the part of the leaders, the Supreme Leader would submit a Supreme Resignation. Of course there are creeps who are trying to hedge their bets and see how things turn: I really worry that corrupt Khumayniyite, like Rafsanjani or Moussavi, would seize power and betray the aspirations and dreams of the young. I saw footage of the demonstrators and they were very young, although I noted the absence of women among them. But then again: it would not surprise me if a sexist revolution is replaced by a sexist revolution. But the people may now be leading Moussavie and other lousy leaders, and not the other way round. Personally, I find it hard to not applaud the protests by the young against a corrupt and oppressive revolution, which carries the banner of religion to boot. The Iranian government now is at a crossroad: it can either cracks down more and more, and arrests and kills as Khumayni was fond of doing, or it can open it and submit concession. The latter course is the Gorbachev course would eventually lead to the dismantlement of the regime. So I am hoping for the worst for the regime, while I have no hope for next government in Iran, if the regime is overthrown. I can see the situation descending into civil wars of sorts: there are basis of support for the regime and those can get the support of the regime to go against their rivals in the streets. But I saw an interview with deputy chief of Tehran police and I was struck by his defensive and subdued tone. When the elements of the regime start to backtrack or start to change tone, it is a sign that people are scrambling for cover. And for any supporter of the Palestinians and their support for their protest against savage Israeli occupation, can’t but extend sympathy to the students who simply want to remove the heavy hand of the government from their lives. Having said all that, it is just dumb at this point, as I read about Obama’s new war in Yemen in the New York Times, to discount the dirty hand of US/Israel/Saudi Arabia in Iranian affairs. This does not stigmatize the protesters but it stigmatize their leaders and some members. Just read All the Shah’s Men and know what I mean. Of course, Abbas Milani in his article in the New Republic–what a choice to write about revisionism of Iranian history–now absolves the US government of responsibility for the coup and blames Khumayni for the coup. For him, Roosevelt of the CIA was working for Iranian cleric. Now let us go to the coverage: now while I respect the practice of the New York Times to cover Iran from Toronto, I believe that we don’t have a clear picture of what is happening. This is why I am not sure that we can announce the death of the regime. And I read in the first section of the Iran article in the paper edition of the New York Times (from Toronto of course) a reference to witnesses cited by website. So the New York Times relies in its coverage on its correspondent in Toronto who relies on Websites who rely on unnamed witnesses in Iran. That is called journalism. Can you imagine the New York Times following that formula in covering Israeli crimes against the Palestinians? And to my surprise, the New York Times added this today (not in the paper edition but in the web version): "Foreign journalists have been banned from covering the protests, and the reports could not be independently verified." It is time for that caveat, and it should be added to every article on daily basis. Now let us turn to another element of the coverage. Let us face it, the protest movement in Iran is no more peaceful. Yet, I don’t see those Western liberals calling on Iranians to stick to peaceful protests the way they hector Palestinians on a daily basis. Look at this: "In some parts of Tehran, protesters pushed the police back, hurling rocks and capturing several police cars and motorcycles, which they set on fire. Videos posted to the Internet showed scenes of mayhem, with trash bins burning and groups of protesters attacking Basij militia volunteers amid a din of screams. Onevideo showed a group of protesters setting an entire police station aflame in Tehran. Another showed people carrying off the body of a protester, chanting, “I’ll kill, I’ll kill the one who killed my brother.”" I don’t know about you, but that does not sound like the Gandhi style protest that Palestinians are requested to emulate. Also, can you imagine the reactions of the US government is such protests are mounted against the Saudi or Egyptian government? Just two weeks ago, Jeffrey Feltman (the fanatic and rabid Zionist who runs the Middle East at the US Department of State, and who assumes that sampling of Middle East food is all that training in Middle East studies that one needs) said in Bahrain that his government supports the ugly war by the Yemeni government against rebels in the South AND in the North because he said that a government can’t stand by while a protest movements takes place within its borders. Just two weeks ago. And did you read the statement by the White House yesterday? Nauseating. Of course, no one believes that US government cares one bit about the people of Iran, except of course those who are eager to appear on CNN to see their faces while they praise Obama and hail his leadership and expect him to liberate Iran for them.

James Petras-on No Lies Radio

Tuesday 12/29: James Petras, analyst & critic of Zionist power in the USA


Tuesday, December 29th, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Pacific (noon – 1 pm Eastern) on Fair and Balanced,http://www.noliesradio.org, archived a few hours later here: James Petras, Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghampton University, New York.
James Petras is the author of the brand-new article "Bended Knees: Zionist Power in American Politics." He has authored more than 60 books published in 29 languages, and over 560 articles in professional journals. His recent books include Rulers and Ruled in the US Empire, The Power of Israel in the United States,Zionism, Militarism, and the Decline of US Power, and Global Depression and Regional Wars.
In "Bended Knees" Petras writes: "The key to the power of the Zionist Power Configuration is that it is a mass grassroots organization, bolstered by the financial support by scores of millionaires and dozens of billionaires and a complicit mass media." Maybe the FEMA camps, built to house opponents of the Zionist wars, should instead be filled with the roughly 500,000 hardcore members of this "grassroots organization" (Petras’s estimate) as well as the scores of millionaires, dozens of billionaires, and hundreds of media decision-makers who should all be prosecuted as unregistered agents of a foreign power?
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(Note: Truth Jihad Radio will be on vacation Saturday 12/26 and 1/2, rebroadcasting earlier shows with John Cobb, Richard Falk, Webster Tarpley and Jonathan Elinoff.)