Olmert Asks Cabinet for More Troops


Olmert Asks Cabinet for More Troops

Tel Aviv – Israeli caretaker Prime Minister Ehud Olmert asked his cabinet late Tuesday to approve the call-up of an additional 2,500 reserve soldiers, Israeli media reported.

The cabinet, in its weekly session Sunday, had already approved the call up of some 6,700 reserve troops.

Olmert ordered the cabinet’s secretary to conduct a round of telephone calls to the

government’s 25 ministers to ask for a green light for the additional 2,500 troops.

The Israeli military has refused to comment on how many total troops have been mobilized.

IDF DECLARES WAR ON BLOGGERS (way too much truth on Internet)


Israeli Military Declares Online Media ‘Another War Zone’

Journalists Kept Carefully Away From Gaza as Israel Tries to Restrict Coverage

Across the world, mainstream journalists are expressing increasing disquiet at the way the Israeli government is trying to manage international coverage of its war on the Gaza Strip. Journalists have been barred not just from the strip itself, but the government is now prohibiting journalists from going to parts of Israel near the Gaza Strip.

The Foreign Press Association is petitioning the Israeli Supreme Court to overturn the ban, which is limiting the ability of media outlets to cover the attacks, and forces them to rely on second and third hand reports from Israeli military and Hamas spokesmen regarding the situation on the ground.

As the media struggles to get up-to-date information, television news coverage is narrow, and often relies on interviews with Israeli

government officials explaining why the killings are righteous and legitimate expressions of democracy and freedom, more and more people are turning to online news sites (like Antiwar.com) for their war coverage.

The Israeli military has therefore announced that online media and the blogosphere are another warzone for the military to manage. To that end, the military is launching its own Youtube channel to bring the viewing public footage of “precision bombing operations” in the strip.

In ensuring that the only footage of their military operation is provided directly from them, the Israeli military is another step closer to completely managing public perception of the ongoing attacks. The military says the footage will allow the public to “know that people killed did not have peaceful intentions toward Israel,” which presumably means coverage of the killing of five children in their beds in a refugee camp last night, and the scores of other civilian deaths, will be carefully omitted from the official coverage.



Israeli Defense Force Gets YouTube Channel

Posted by Sinden Lee – Tuesday, December 30, 2008 10:05 AM

You have all heard about the air assault on Gaza going on right now in an effort to shut down Hamas by the Israeli air force.

So it’s no coincidence that the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has launched its own YouTube channel to show footage of “precision bombing operations in the Gaza strip.”

IDF Foreign Press Branch head Major Avital Leibovich believes that “the blogosphere and new media are another war zone [and] we have to be relevant there.”

The IDF want to use outlets like YouTube to defend its military initiatives against media attacks and international criticism, as well as avert potential failure that can occur from such intense scrutiny.

With live IDF YouTube footage that some may consider too graphic and perhaps even distressing, is this just gratuitous violence being shown to the public in the name of news? Is it really necessary?

One footage allegedly show men — after loading rockets onto a truck — getting hit by an Israeli Air Force strike.

However, Maj. Leibovich is convinced that “the intelligent audience watching the footage will know that people killed did not have peaceful intentions toward Israel. I don’t believe they’ll be disturbed.”

Or will it incite more violence by the opposition who see footage such as this?

Hindu religious leader admits involvement in Malegaon blasts

Hindu religious leader admits involvement in Malegaon blasts

NEW DELHI: Dayanand Pandey a Hindu religious leader has admitted his involvement in the Malegaon blasts, officials said.

Media reports quoting Additional Commissioner of Police (Anti-Terrorism Squad) Parambir Singh in Mumbai on Tuesday said Pandey has confessed to his involvement in the Malegaon blasts.

All precautions have been taken to ensure that his confession is admissible in court, Singh said.

Pandey was arrested from Kanpur on November 12. He was charged with conspiring with prime accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Colonel Prasad Purohit to conduct the blasts outside a mosque in Malegaon in which eight people were killed.

Pandey had attended several meetings with other accomplices for planning the blasts.

Purohit had helped Pandey in getting weapons and explosives for the blasts. The police said they had recovered a pen drive and laptop from Pandey that contained audio and video clippings which revealed his meetings with his accomplices. app

Blood for Balochistan

Blood for Balochistan

By Ghazanfar Hyderi* in Pakistan. Exclusive to Axis of Logic

Over the past few months, the whole world has been concentrating on issues and events that are occurring on the so-called Greater Middle Eastern region. The issues include the Lebanese political scene, the Iranian Nuclear matter, the war in Iraq, oil prices, Israeli aggression in occupied Palestinian territories and the list goes on and on.

But one area which is not being given the attention it deserves, both in the media and the global political arena, is Balochistan, the largest province (in terms of area) of the federation known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It is a region rich with mineral resources, especially natural gas. It also has the strategic port of Gawadar; a port which could decide the fate of two world powers i.e. the United States vs. China.

The situation worsened after the killing of Pro-Federation Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, by the Pakistani security forces, which led to the killing of Chinese Engineers in the port cities of Gawadar and Saindak. It has been claimed by the Pakistani intelligence community that the insurgency is receiving aid from India’s RAW (Research & Analysis Wing) and some have also gone as far as to implicate the CIA and the FSB.

There are four reasons for the United States interest in the Baloch scenario:

Balochistan’s natural resources which would benefit the world’s largest oil/gas guzzling economy.

Balochistan borders southern Afghanistan,where US and NATO are taking a pounding from the Taliban insurgency. Both would certainly appreciate having their own satellite state in the south to support their operations in Afghanistan and problems related to those operatoins. A case in point is the prison break incident in Kandahar on 14th of June, 2008 near Pakistan’s tribal belt and Eastern Iran.

The region of Balochistan can provide the U.S. with the strategic depth which it has always sought in the sub-continent in order to contain China and secure its near absolute hegemony over the Persian Gulf. (the United States has thus far secured the Pacific rim through Guam, Philippines and Okinawa).

Balochistan would provide a platform for the elimination of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal by the U.S.

The Balochs, after being betrayed time and again by the Federation of Pakistan, are one step away from OFFICIALLY initiating their movement for independence. The recent elections in Pakistan have resulted in a Provincial Assembly which, if it decides to declare independence, can do so by passing a resolution alone. Should this happen, the 1971 Bengal break-away scene would be repeated. The main tribes of Balochistan; the Bugti, the Mengal and the Marri tribes, have immense animosity against the Pakistani government which is why the nationalist insurgency is accelerating significantly. Despite President Zardari’s efforts (who himself is a Sindh-based Baloch), nothing has materialized in the path of peace, thus far.

Besides the Baloch nationalist insurgencies in Pakistan, there’s another player which is trying to do the same in Eastern Iran in order to form a greater Balochistan and it is known as Jundullah. The name might rhyme with Hezbollah but it’s anything but because it is a nationalist movement, supported by the CIA and former President Musharraf’s crony, Ghulam Haider Raisani, MPA of PML-Q. Raisani was awaiting extradition to Iran on charges of terrorist activities through Jundullah. It is ironic, that the Bush administration and Musharraf’s government were actually allowing Balochistan to be used as a platform against Iran as was claimed by Seymour Hersch in 2006.

With the release of Sardar Akhter Mengal (leader of Balochistan Nationalist Party-Mengal Group) by the PPP Government came more bad news for those who seek to continue with the Federation. Mengel is also voicing an Anti-Establishment and Pro-nationalist stance.

The stakes have never been higher and one can expect a lot of blood being spilled in the region, all in the name of U.S. Imperialism, the so-called War on terror and Baloch Nationalism.

India’s war-hysteria is at an all-time high while the Obama promises to increase US troops in Afghanistan and continuing “surgical” strikes in tribal areas of Pakistan have already begun. Meanwhile, these areas are being pressured by the Indians on their Eastern borders. Surely, this can be termed as the “Last Great Game” as its consequences will demolish the US Economy by taking it to new lows. This would also have a direct effect on the EU and would allow more than 60 insurgencies in India to aggressively challenge the Indian government on a higher scale.

I agree with Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Ralph Peters of the US Marines on one thing: borders will be re-drawn. But we disagree on the fact that this time around, neither the sub-continent nor the Greater Middle East’s borders will be re-drawn according to the desires of current imperialist powers (US, UK  & NATO). In my opinion, the cycle of hell about to be unleashed will be beyond anyone’s controll, especially if Israel keeps on wreaking havoc on Gazans and if, God forbid, another theater of war opens in the Levant. The effects would be felt as far as Iran and the entire region would be in turmoil for years to come.

©Copyright 2008 by AxisofLogic.com




Hundreds of Palestinians are now throwing shoes at the all Jewish Israeli armed forces guarding the construction of Israel’s beloved ghetto wall. The Palestinians are imitating the courageous journalist that took off his shoe and threw it at George Bush in disgust at his answers to questions at a news conference
Gather up your dirty, stinking, smelly old shoes and sneakers and send them, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, to:
800 2nd AVENUE
William C. Carlotti
December 26, 2008

Arab Connivance In The Gaza Massacre

Arab Connivance
In The Gaza Massacre

By Alberto Cruz

31 December, 2008

With the connivance, acquiescence and approval of the United Nations, Europe the United States and reactionary Arab governments, Israel is engaged in a campaign of extermination, a holocaust against the Palestinians. Israel has never wanted peace, only surrender. The Israeli vision of any peace process is based on a list of “no’s” : no to the right of return, no to a recognition of the historic and political rights of the Palestinians in Jerusalem, no to the dismantling of settlements, no to a sovereign Palestinian State.

With the final objective of dictating its own vision of peace, Israel is fully prepared to degrade the lives of Palestinians, limiting their freedom of movement by means of murders and arrests, blockades, destruction of homes, universities, mosques, hospitals and agricultural and fishery resources. The siege of Gaza is self-evident proof of the behaviour of 21st century nazis : the Zionists. The massacre of Gaza is self-evident proof of the new SS : Zionist soldiers. The alternatives to the Palestinians are clear : abandon Hamas or die, either by military means or by “civil” means like blockade and siege. A lesson in democracy in the purest form by the “Middle Eastern democracy” par excellence

For that purpose it can count on its best allies, who are not, despite appearances, the United States or the European Union, but the reactionary Arab regimes. Saudi Arabia and Egypt were informed in advance of the attack, as the daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported in its edition of Sunday December 28th. As proof that they could hardly care less: one hour before the attack started, Saudi communications media were already blaming Hamas for what happened while their London newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat published an interview with Shimon Perez saying that Israel was not going to attack Gaza and that the Israelis were “ready for peace”. Obviously, an interview that has to be regarded as one of the Zionist decoy manoeuvres so as to allow the massacre to be as complete as possible, a measure clearly explained by the reporter for Ha’aretz, the Israeli daily, in its edition that Sunday.

For days, Israeli newspapers had been reporting the “green light” given by reactionary Arab regimes for the elimination of the main leaders of Hamas. Just as they did during the Lebanon war in the summer of 2006, the reactionary Arab regimes feel a cold chill along their spine when political -military movements like Hizbollah defeat the omnipotent Zionist army or when political military movements like Hamas win democratic elections and are able to resist a siege lasting over a year and a half. The reactionary Arab régimes can endure one defeat (which Hizbollah dealt them, since one should not forget that thanks to that defeat they dusted off the Peace Plan approved by the inoperative and inefficient Arab League in 2002) but not two. And Hamas is not Hizbollah. It is much weaker and that fact has permitted and encouraged this massacre. The most obvious case is Egypt, which reinforced the closure of the Rafah crossing just a week prior to the Zionist massacre.

Hizbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallá is right when he accuses these regimes of collaboration and of acting in this way so as to defeat “the least glimmer of resistance” to the neo-colonial project advanced by imperialism in the Middle East. He knows what he is talking about because it had already been done to them in 2006. And so that no one forgets that Israeli arrogance has no limits and that the UN lets the Zionist regime do what it likes, on Sunday December 28th, while the Gaza massacre was in progress, five Zionist war planes again violated Lebanese air space, flying over Nabatiye, Marjaoun, Jiam and Arqoub. What did the UNIFIL troops do? As usual : nothing. They are there to protect the Israelis, not the Lebanese.

The reactionary Arab regimes are there to protect themselves, not the Palestinians. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have managed to put back until December 31st the “urgent meeting” of the inoperative and inefficient Arab League. Just as they did in Lebanon, they prefer to make time for Israel to finish off or weaken Hamas. For them that political military organization is the problem, not the Zionist regime.

Egypt has never forgotten that Hamas refused to accept bringing forward elections as Egypt had suggested so as to reinforce Abbas. Nor was it pleased when Hamas withdrew from the “national dialogue” talks overseen by Cairo until the Mubarak regime opened the Rafah frontier crossing. Egypt could not accept that and it has been the reason for its approval of the massacre carried out by Israel.

But the most wretched of all the Arab leaders is Mahmoud Abbas, who styles himself, “President of the Palestinian Authority” at the same time as he accuses Hamas of responsibility for the massacre for refusing to give in, as he himself has done, to Zionist and Western designs. Taking advantage of the bloodletting, he has already said he will take over the administration of Gaza if Hamas is defeated. We are faced with a Vichy-style West Bank regime, with Abbas as its Pétain, serving the 21st Century nazis, Israel.

Dumping such individuals into history’s dustbin is a duty. Overthrowing the reactionary Arab regimes is a right. Solidarity with Arab people’s movements and especially with Egyptian trades unionists (1) ought to be a leading priority for the world anti-imperialist movement.

And the same could be said as regards the European and United States governments. The Greek flame, like the Olympic one, should not just be allowed to go out but rather spread in the cause of peace and social justice. Capitalism offers only one kind of peace, the truly democratic one of the cemetery.


(1) Hossam El-Hamalawy: “La resistencia en Egipto” http://www.nodo50.org/ceprid/spip.php?article265

Centro de Estudios Políticos para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Desarrollo (www.nodo50.org/ceprid)

Alberto Cruz is a journalist, political analyst and writer, specializing in international relations – albercruz@eresmas.com