IT’S AGREED! Whoever Wins the Feb 10 Election Is Kicking Gazan Ass.

Israel’s Livni, Netanyahu vow to topple Hamas


By Adam Entous

JERUSALEM, Dec 21 (Reuters) – The two leading candidates to become Israel’s next prime minister vowed on Sunday to topple Hamas’s government in the Gaza Strip, ratcheting up tensions after a six-month-old ceasefire ended in violence.

The threats by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and right-wing Likud party chief Benjamin Netanyahu followed a cabinet meeting in which outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert cautioned against rushing into a large-scale operation in the Hamas-ruled enclave in response to escalating rocket fire by militants.

Such an operation could result in heavy casualties on both sides, fuel a major humanitarian crisis in the aid-dependent Gaza Strip and spark an international outcry against Israel.

If elected premier in a Feb 10 election, Livni, who heads the centrist Kadima party, said her government’s “strategic objective” would be to “topple the Hamas regime” using military, economic and diplomatic means. She did not set a timetable.

Netanyahu, Livni’s main rival for the premiership, called for a more “active policy of attack”, accusing the current government of being too “passive”.

“In the long-term, we will have to topple the Hamas regime. In the short-term, … there are a wide range of possibilities, from doing nothing to doing everything, meaning to conquer Gaza,” Netanyahu said during a visit to a house in the southern Israeli town of Sderot that was hit by a rocket.

Palestinian militants have fired nearly 60 of the makeshift rockets and mortar shells at Israel since the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Hamas ended on Friday, the Israeli army said. Over the weekend, an Israeli air strike killed one militant and at least one person in Israel was injured by a shell shrapnel.


Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas’s government in Gaza, brushed aside Israeli threat: “Nothing can finish off our people.”

Hamas official Ayman Taha said the Islamist group, which took over the Gaza Strip in June 2007 after routing rival Fatah forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, predicted Hamas’s rule would outlive Livni’s.

Olmert had cautioned his cabinet against making “bold statements” about an operation in the Gaza Strip and suggested that he favoured a wait-and-see approach.

“A government doesn’t rush to battle, but doesn’t avoid it either,” Olmert said. “Israel will know how to give the proper response at the right time in the right way, responsibly.”

Underscoring the military challenge facing Israel in the densely-populated Gaza Strip, Defence Minister Ehud Barak said even an incursion involving two-to-three divisions, or more than 20,000 troops, may not be enough to stop rocket fire.

Government ministers promising to topple Hamas “do not know what they are talking about”, Barak said.

But pressure on the government to act is mounting.

Yuval Diskin, head of the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency, told ministers on Sunday that Hamas has longer-range rockets that could strike the city of Beersheva, a major population centre some 40 km (25 miles) from the Gaza Strip.

“It needs to be clear. A strike in Gaza will come, and it will be hard and painful,” cabinet minister Isaac Herzog said.

Polls show a tightening race between Livni and Netanyahu to replace Olmert as prime minister, and both candidates have stepped up anti-Hamas sabre-rattling in recent days.

Since the ceasefire ended on Friday, the Islamic Jihad group has claimed responsibility for most of the rocket fire at Israel, which launched air strikes against rocket launchers and kept border crossings closed, preventing the passage of humanitarian supplies.

The ceasefire had been eroding since early November when a deadly Israeli raid prompted militants to step up rocket attacks, most of which cause no injuries and little damage. (Additional reporting by Ari Rabinovitch in Jerusalem and Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; Editing by Sami Aboudi)


Bush’s Terrorist Pals Getting the Boot From Iraqi Government


Iraq says Iranian opposition exiles must leave

By Michael Christie

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The Shi’ite-led Iraqi government told nearly 3,500 opposition Iranians living in exile in Iraq on Sunday that it planned to close their camp and they had to leave the country.

A delegation headed by National Security Adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie told the Iranians, who have lived for two decades at Camp Ashraf north of Baghdad, that the government was taking over responsibility for their security from U.S. troops.

They told the Iranians the government “…is keen to execute its plans to close the camp and send its inhabitants to their countries or other countries in a non-forcible manner, and that staying in Iraq is not an option for them,” the government said in a statement.

The Iranians, who include members of the exiled opposition People’s Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI), have lived in the sprawling township 70 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad for around 20 years.

The Iraqi government, which is friendly toward Shi’ite Iran, regards the Iranians as terrorists. The PMOI is also listed as a terrorist group in the United States and in Europe.

U.S. forces have protected the exiles since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 after persuading the Iranian group, also known as the Mujahideen e-Khalq, to disarm.

The U.S. military seized and destroyed more than 2,000 tanks, armored personnel carriers and other weaponry at the time. The group had been protected by Saddam Hussein, who welcomed them as fellow enemies of the Iranian ayatollahs.

The PMOI began as a leftist-Islamist opposition to the late shah of Iran but fell out with Shi’ite clerics who took power after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Its leaders fear many of them will be executed if they are forced to go back to Iran. Tehran has long demanded they be expelled from Iraq.

The United Nations has had trouble finding other countries to accept the Iranian exiles as refugees because of their militant background but has urged Iraq to respect their rights.

In the statement released on Sunday, the Iraqi government said people in the camp had been told that carrying out activities whether legal or illegal “against any neighboring country, is a dangerous issue.”

Iraq will treat those in the camp “in accordance with Iraqi law, Islamic values and international order,” the statement said.

Amnesty International has urged Iraq and the United States to regard members of the rebel group as “protected persons” under the Fourth Geneva Convention. The 1949 pact bans the extradition or forced repatriation of people who could face torture or persecution.

OPEC announces unprecedented output cut

OPEC announces unprecedented output cut
By Agence France Presse (AFP)

ORAN, Algeria: Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) ministers on Wednesday approved a record output cut of 2.2 million barrels a day and looked to non-member producers Russia and Azerbaijan to make reductions of their own. Combined with the cuts Russia and Azerbaijan said they were prepared to implement, the OPEC move could take about 2.8 million barrels per day (bpd) off the market at a time of dwindling prices.

OPEC President Chakib Khelil, asked about the cut following a ministerial meeting here, said: “It’s 2.2 [million].”

Officials had earlier said the reduction would be on the order of 2 million barrels a day from the current output target of 27.3 million. “We did better than what you were expecting,” Khelil told journalists. “I hope we have surprised you.”

The OPEC action, designed to prop up prices, had the opposite effect on the market.

The price of New York crude oil sank to the lowest point in four and half years, nearing $40 per barrel. In late afternoon trade on the New York Mercantile Exchange, light sweet crude for delivery in January tumbled to $40.20 a barrel.

On London’s InterContinental Exchange, Brent North Sea crude for February slid $0.83 to $45.82 a barrel. The January contract had expired Tuesday at $44.56. OPEC ministers called the meeting here to block a steady slide in oil prices, which are now 70 percent off their high points of $147 in July, as demand dries up in recession-hit industrialized consuming nations.

Just before talks opened, Russia, which attended the session, and Azerbaijan said they were ready to cut their own oil production by about 300,000 barrels a day each.

OPEC officials had earlier appealed to nonmember producers to help them stabilize the market. OPEC Secretary General Abdalla Salem al-Badri said on Tuesday he wanted to see a cut of 500,000-600,000 barrels a day by nonmembers.

The appeal was renewed in the official statement.

“The Saudis are traditionally the moderates or ‘doves’ within the cartel and this call for so severe a cut is bad news for global consumers – unless any higher prices ultimately lead to fresh exploration and drilling,” said Cameron Hanover analyst Peter Beutel.

“The big problem with a production cut of 2 million barrels per day or more is that it will mean that OPEC will have cut nearly 4 million bpd this year, an amount unparalleled in history,” added Beutel.

Global economic momentum since July, when oil rates were at their highest, has all but collapsed as financial sector turmoil, brought on the by US subprime mortgage crisis, spread to the broader economy.

With some of the world’s leading industrialized oil consumers – notably the United States, Germany and Japan – already in recession and others such as China experiencing sharp growth slowdowns, demand for crude has plunged, taking prices with it.

The Paris-based International Energy Agency has said it expects global oil demand to fall this year for the first time since 1983 and OPEC officials themselves have voiced deep concern about the world’s dwindling appetite for their crude.

The price fall is already placing significant financial strain on several OPEC producers – Nigeria, Ecuador and Venezuela for example – that are heavily dependent on oil exports.

But OPEC’s ability to influence prices depends on whether the market believes the group will actually limit production. Its effectiveness is contingent on members’ obeying quotas and when prices and revenues are falling there is a particular need for discipline. Some producers cheat at the expense of others by failing to implement cuts, thereby increasing their revenues.

The main problem facing OPEC is that whatever steps it takes to reduce supply to shore up prices risks dampening demand further. – AFP

Mumbai Carnage: The Police Story stands shattered

Mumbai Carnage: The Police Story stands shattered

By Amaresh Misra

By ghulammuhammed

Mumbai Carnage: The Police Story stands shattered

By Amaresh Misra

Today, 18th December 2008, is a historic day. It marks the beginning of a process wherein my `theory’ about the Mumbai attack might just turn out to be true. But there is no joy. There is just an emptiness, a sadness at Karkare’s death and the killing of hundreds of innocents by the Hindutva-Mossad-CIA combine using factions in the ISI and International/Israeli mercenaries.
The Minorities Affairs Minister AR Antulay was once a firebrand leader. But he has been quiet for long–too long; today he spoke and questioned directly Karkare’s killing in the Parliament. Antulay is a cabinet Minister; he is not known to speak out of line. Despite Abhishek Singhvi’s remark distancing the Congress from what Antulay said, the latter, it seems, definitely has the sanction of the Congress High Command at some level. Anyone supposing something else is deluding himself/herself.
Here is the text of the Times of India report:

Maintaining that “there is more than what meets the eyes”, Antulay said Karkare was investigating some cases in which “there are non-Muslims also”, an apparent reference to the Malegaon blasts case in which sadhvi Pragya Thakur and a Lt-Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit were among the 11 persons to be arrested.
“Unfortunately his end came. It may be a separate inquiry how his (Karkare’s) end came,” he told reporters outside Parliament.
Antulay said “Karkare found that there are non-Muslims involved in the acts of terrorism during his investigations in some cases. Any person going to the roots of terror has always been the target, he said.
“Superficially speaking they (terrorists) had no reason to kill Karkare. Whether he (Karkare) was victim of terrorism or terrorism plus something. I do not know,” he added.
When he came under attack in Lok Sabha on the issue, Antulay sought to wriggle out saying he had not talked about who killed Karkare but about “who sent him in the direction” of Cama hospital, outside which he was killed.
“Who had sent them to Cama hospital (a lane opposite which he and two other officers were killed by Pakistani terrorists on Nov 26). What were they told that made them leave for the same spot in the same vehicle.
“I repeat what I had said. I had not said who had killed them but only questioned who had sent them there (Cama Hospital) in that direction,” he said in Lok Sabha where BJP and Shiv Sena members attacked him for his remarks.
Anant Geete of Shiv Sena accused him of “misleading” the house and sought Chidambaram’s clarification.
Earlier in the day, describing Hemant Karkare as a very bold officer having great acumen and vision, Antulay asked “How come instead of going to Hotel Taj or Oberai or even the Nariman House, he went to such a place where there was nothing compared to what happened in the three places?”
“Why all the three (Hemant Karakre, Vijay Salaskar and Ashok Kamte) went together. It is beyond my comprehension,” the minister said.
The minister’s remarks came under immediate attack from BJP which asked the prime minister to clarify whether his remarks are an “individual misdemeanour or the collective wisdom of the Cabinet”.
“The remarks are obnoxious and deserves a clarification from the prime minister,” BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters.
Reacting to Antulay’s remarks, Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi they should be treated his “personal views” and Congress party does not agree with them and does not support such a formulation.
To a question, he said there was no question of embarrassment to the party.
Samajwadi Party MP Amar Singh, who himself was in the centre of a controversy when he had raised doubts over the killing of a Delhi police official in an encounter recently, said a senior leader like Antulay should before issuing any statement uphold the cherished tradition of collective wisdom of the cabinet.
Not completely disapproving the remarks, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said Antulay must be having “more information” since he hails from Maharashtra.
The issue came up when the house was discussing two bills brought in by the government to tackle terror against the backdrop of Mumbai terror attacks.
Geete said the prime minister and several senior union ministers have gone on record to say that Karkare was killed by terrorists.
Not satisfied with Antulay’s reply, Geete charged the union minister with “misleading” the house, which he “did not “expect”.

The basic evil/criminal intent of BJP-Shiv Sena politics along with their pathetic `soft’ and `hard’ supporters, stands exposed; the questions here are vital: a cabinet minister, not an Independent analyst, has questioned the Police theory about Karkare’s death. Note what Antulay is saying: WHO sent them there (Cama Hospital); how come they were traveling together?
This is exactly what we have been asking—Antulay’s statement means that that he is hinting at the role of some top functionary WHO SEND THEM THERE–(TO THEIR DEATHS)! Now put this in context with proceedings that have begun against AN Roy, the Mumbai DGP, Hasan Ghaffoor, the Mumbai Police Commissioner and the Maharashtra Home Secretary.
What do you get? That the entire Police story put forward by the likes of Rakesh Maria is suddenly under suspicion–so much for those savvy journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai and Barkha Dutt. Rajdeep in fact quoted Maria as his source and a reliable, honest officer–if he had to sell himself I am sure he could have found a better buyer. He should have learnt from Javed and Teesta.
This means that the entire police version might be wrong! Which means that there is a question mark over Kasab and Ismail killing Karkare, Salaskar and Kaamte. Which means that Kasab and Ismail might not have killed the three; which then raises the question: who killed them? Was it the Mumbai Police top brass? Or the Gujarat ATS under Narendra Modi? Or a combination of the two–again–WHO SENT THEM THERE?
This means that there is sufficient doubt over Kasab’s version! Which means that Kasab’s entire story of how he killed the three officers, plus the entire thing that he is a Jehadi etc, is a plant, something which our Police excels in! Which means that the so-called CCTV grabs etc showing the footage of Kasab and Ismail were all fake! Aziz Burney of the Rashtriya Sahara Urdu and the Marathi Press has said this in so many words!
The Mumbai and the Indian Police has been known for keeping informers, ex-militants and Pakistani spies in illegal confinement or on their payroll. And then planting them in situations where either Police or the corporate-politician-bureaucrat nexus or foreign powers or Hindutva forces have carried out attacks and bomb blasts. This happened on numerous occasions say, in 2006 when the RSS Headquarters in Nagpur were attacked allegedly by `terrorists’, who then died in an encounter with the Nagpur Police. It later turned out, and this was proved by Jusice Kondse Patil’s report on this issue and by Suresh Khairnar, a veteran socialist and human rights activist, that these `terrorists’ were in fact people who had been killed by a non-Maharashtrian Special Crime Branch Police in a fake encounter and then brought and placed before the RSS Headquarters. The Nagpur chief of Police in fact went on record to say that his Police actually did not engage in any encounter!
Now comes a report that Kasab was actually kidnapped by RAW officials in Nepal in 2006. In fact a PIL has been filed in a Pakistani court and the Times of India carried a report on this in its 17th December Mumbai edition.
In my last piece I had mentioned the Red Fort case. Indians, including some leaders of so-called secular parties are so ill informed that they do not even remember there was a Red Fort attack! They only know of the Parliamentary attack, which was again a fake drama staged by the Delhi Police–the best part is that our wily parliamentarians know this! That is why they did not turn up to commemorate the `martyrdom’ of Police personal who died defending the Parliament!

Kasab is a fake; the real terrorists who came to Mumbai wreaked their mayhem and went back safely–some of them, as testified by eye-witness near Nariman House were definitely Israeli. The main aim of the entire operaiton was to eliminate Karkare and to create something so big that the Malegaon blast investigation pales in comparison.
But Karkare killers and Hindutva forces had the backing it seems of Manmohan Singh. Why else would Advani meet Singh before 26th November on the issue of `torture’ of Praggya Singh? Has anyone heard of a leader of the opposition meeting the Prime Minister on such an issue?
Apparently a deal was struck between them; and remember Advani could not have met Singh like this, without American mediation.
Was Sonia in the knowhow? Probably not–the Sonia angle is very important–there are reports that probably she was unaware of what happened on 26th November and that depite throwing in her lot with the Manmohan Singh lobby on other issues, she saw that their plan included upstaging her!
Karkare’s killing is the result of the larger fight between Hindutva-pro-Israeli, pro-American lobby which is now deeply entrenched in India and whatever is left of Congress’ old legacy in the establishment. Both these factions often unite, as they did against the Left on the nuclear deal issue. But the `old legacy’ faction does not realize that pro-US, pro-Israel lobby is planning to overthrow it–and maybe sink Sonia and Rahul as well!



Traditional Abuse Patterns of Native Americans Still Prevails- lie to them, cheat them, then drive them back

Last resort: Natives stand up

Canadian government plays divide and conquer with Algonquin indigenous people over logging:

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The indigenous Algonquin community of Barriere Lake has been fighting with the provincial government of Quebec and the federal government of Canada for nearly twenty years over their land. Blockades they have set up in the late 1980s stopped illegal logging on their land and led them to sign a Trilateral Agreement with the two governments. Today, the community claims the agreement and all others that followed have not been honored, while logging companies plan to resume operations. In an effort to exert pressure on the government and the logging industry, the community has set up several blockades in protest. In response, the community’s spokespeople and leaders have been arrested. Benjamin Nottoway, Barriere Lake’s customary chief has been arrested at the last blockade and sentenced to two months in jail.

Russia May Build Long-Planned Nicaragua Canal to compete with Panama Canal

Russia May Build Long-Planned Nicaragua Canal to compete with Panama Canal

By News Bulletin

Dec 20, 2008, 23:51

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Several routes have been proposed for a canal in Nicaragua that would compete with the Panama Canal. File photo

A Nicaragua Canal which would compete with the Panama Canal by cutting off time and several hundred miles from the trip from China to Europe or North America. It would also carry larger ships.(BBC map)

Novinite (Bulgaria) – As relations between Moscow and Nicaragua are getting warmer, Russian media report that President Dmitry Medvedev is interested in the long-planed project for a Nicaraguan canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

The canal, plans for which exist since the early colonial era due to the favourable geography of the area, would compete with the Panama Canal and is supposed to carry bigger ships than the existing route.

Several possible routes have been proposed for a canal in Nicaragua, all making use of Lake Nicaragua, the second largest lake in Latin America.

If built, the Inter-Oceanic Nicaragua Canal would cut time and several hundred miles off the route from China to Europe or North America.

The idea for Russian participation in the project was reportedly discussed on Thursday as Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega began an official visit to Moscow, his first for 23 years, to discuss trade and economic issues as well as regional projects in Latin America with President Dmitry Medvedev.

Nicaragua was the second country, after Russia, to recognise last August the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two pro-Russian breakaway provinces of the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

In September, Ortega received Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin in Managua to discuss a Nicaragua-Russia economic cooperation programme, which was an end to the long-term virtual freeze in relations between the countries.

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