Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Solidarity protest on Jerusalem Day, Wednesday 6 June 

- In the past few weeks we have witnessed the attempts of the Israeli Government to annex East Jerusalem, being intensified. These growing attempts are seriously jeopardizing any possibility for future agreement ... As if this is not enough, Jerusalem Municipal authority, together with Jerusalem’s police and the settlers, decided to move, for the first time, the traditional Jerusalem day’s march of the settlers to the East part of the city.

The March will take part mostly in Sheikh Jarrah. Tens of thousands of settlers will arrive, this Wednesday to the Palestinian neighborhood -- an act of pure provocation. We will be there standing in protest -- ‘Solidarity’ activists and residents of East Jerusalem -- as we did in Ras El-Amud!

Soldiers play loud music, porn to disturb Palestinians

During the day of Wednesday, May 25, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance of Beit Ommar played music and audio from pornographic media over speakers at high volumes. The audio assault was intended to disturb and repulse Palestinian villagers.

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Knesset speaker working to boost recognition of Armenian genocide


Arthur Shaw // If Bouterse thinks US imperialists won't try to snatch him again...

Bouterse himself noted in Havana that in July this year he will assume the presidency of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and in 2013 that of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). Both international organizations, especially CARICOM  are major players in regional politics."I'm visiting countries in the region, with the purpose of exploring possibilities,"� Bouterse said while in Cuba.US imperialists have already ... but unsuccessfully ... tried (1) ... that is, an arrest by a third country and extradition to the Netherlands..

On Jan. 27, 2011, Guyana's President Bharrat Jagdeo said that he had rejected a request from a foreign mission that had asked him to arrest and extradite the Suriname president during an upcoming visit. Pres. Bharrat Jagdeo said that the foreign mission made the foul request the previous Monday, Jan. 24. 2011. "I said to him no, I said maybe you can get some other countries to do this," the Guyanese president stated. Guyana's president quickly alerted Bouterse about what the US imperialists were up to. 

Bouterse is not today in a Dutch jail or an US concentration camp in Europe because of the exemplary integrity of Guyana's president and Bouterse's good luck. The US Ambasador John Nay provokes roaring laughter every time the imperialist ambassador denies that his embassy was the "foreign mission" that made the request to Bharrat Jagdeo.

"Obama Has Joined Likud" - How Zionist Fanatics Undermine U.S. Credibility

The illegal Israeli settlements being built on Palestinian land are the crux of the matter at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The official U.S. policy is that the right-wing Likud policy of building Israeli settlements on occupied land is illegal and must be stopped. This is exactly what President Obama told the world when he gave his key speech on the Middle East in Cairo in June 2009.

"Israelis must acknowledge that just as Israel's right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine's. The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop." - President Barack Obama, 4 June 2009

Hillary Clinton's ties to lobbyist concealed by State Dept.

While members of America's Fourth Estate appear to be taking an extensive hiatus from conducting investigative news gathering regarding the current Administration, Internet journalists, bloggers, talk radio hosts and public-interest groups have been uncovering numerous cases of government corruption, fraud and unethical behavior in Washington, D.C.For example, a legal watchdog group that investigates and prosecutes government fraud and corruption is probing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's alleged connections to lobbyists, according to a report released on Friday.


 The US may soon classify major cyber attacks as acts of war, which may face possible military retaliation.Classifying computer sabotage, coming from another country as constituting an act of war is likely to be unveiled in Pentagon's first ever cyber strategy, the Wall Street Journal reported, quoting from unclassified portions of the strategy expected to become public next month.

The threat of military retaliation, the paper said, was to serve as a warning to foes not to mess with or sabotage US nuclear reactors, subways, country's electricity grid and pipelines."If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks," said a military official.

[The empire will now attempt to justify its military agressions on flimsy excuses of cyber war hard would it be for US to attack itself thru its network of hackers ,then declare it was Iran,or Venezuela or China or Pakistan?


Iran plans to invest a sum of $150bln in its oil and gas sector during the next five years.Iranian Oil Ministry official Mohsen Khojasteh-Mehr said the investment in the upstream oil and gas sector will bring in $179bln in five years' time.He pointed out that around $100bln of the total $150bln investment will be funded through foreign investments and local bank loans, and added that the remaining $50bln will be provided by Iran's Oil Ministry. "$32bln (of the total sum) will be set aside for maintaining production and logistics, $4bln for oil and gas exploration, $34bln for the development of oil fields, $75bln for the development of gas fields,

and $5bln for the development of the midstream sector," the official told the Islamic republic news agency.He also reiterated that if the projected investment is realized, Iran's crude oil production will reach 4.7mln barrels per day, natural gas production will climb to 1.47bln cubic meters a day, and daily production of gaseous condensates will stand at 1.2mln barrels.Khojasteh-Mehr pointed out that investment can pave the way for purchasing modern technologies and tapping into new management skills as well as technical knowhow. 

The top Iranian Oil Ministry official also underlined the need to boost productivity in all arenas.Meanwhile, some 35,000 tons of fuel oil will be offered on the international trade hall of the Iranian Mercantile Exchange in the Persian Gulf island of Kish.According to an MNA report, the base price for fuel oil will be 621.35 dollar per ton and payment would be made through Euro or Dirham accounts overseas under the supervision of the National Iranian Oil Company. Iran, having the world's second largest gas reserves and third largest oil reserves, is trying to play a more active role in oil and petrochemical transactions in international markets. Recently Iran started offering gasoline in the Kish island oil bourse.

Dubai-based German diplomat detained for role in human trafficking

A German diplomat assigned to the consulate general in Dubai is being kept in pre-trial detention in Berlin for his role in human trafficking, press reports said here Tuesday. The unidentified 40-year-old head of the visa section of the German diplomatic mission in Dubai is accused in at least eight cases of helping human trafficking bands which smuggled people from Afghanistan via Dubai to Germany.  Last December, Germany's foreign ministry was reportedly rocked by a major bribes-for-visas scandal.

Several German embassies were suspected of having accepted bribes from human  trafficking rings in exchange of issuing visas. German diplomatic missions in Africa, South America and the countries of the former Soviet Union were reportedly affected in the latest scandal. 

The accused were local employees based in the consular section of German diplomatic missions in the respective country.They were suspected of systematically issuing visas dating back to 2008 based on wrong information. The local consular employees who were fired from their jobs, were accused of having received several hundred euros in cash in exchange for issuing visas, according to Berlin prosecutors. The German foreign ministry was also at the center of a similar scandal in 2005 after it was revealed that the German embassy in Kiev had issued thousands of visas for Ukrainian crime figures and prostitutes.

UK lecturers reject Zionist definition of anti-semitism

British lecturers and academics have rejected attempts to ban speakers and prevent free speech at universities on Israel by equating anti-Zionism with anti-semitism.At their annual congress in Harrogate, north England, the Universities and College Union (UCU) voted overwhelming for a motion to disassociate lecturers and academics from the 'so-called EUMC (European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia) working definition of anti-semitism'. 

The UCU, which represents over 120,000 academics, lecturers and administrators, will now 'campaign for open debate on campus concerning Israel's past history and current policy, while continuing to combat all forms of racial and religious discrimination', the motion said. Sue Blackwell, member of the union's national executive council, said that the definition, while not formally adopted by the EU or the UK government, was “created by Zionist organisations in order to conflate anti-Zionism with anti-semitism.” 

“The people who defend its use want us to believe that any support for boycotts of Israel is anti-semitic. I am proud that UCU has become the first British trade union to speak out against this nonsense. This marks the beginning of the end for this pernicious definition,' Blackwell said.

After Tunisia and Egypt: Palestinian Neoliberalism at the Cross-roads

Curiously however, just at the moment when neoliberalism is being rejected by widening popular movements in the region and by developments elsewhere in the global economy, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is stepping up its neoliberal state-building program entitled ‘Ending the Occupation, Establishing the State’. The program was launched by PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in 2009 amidst unprecedented internecine political divisions and a historic crisis of legitimacy, indeed survival, of the national liberation movement. While it promises to build ‘good governance’ institutions to garner local and international support for the PA’s statehood plan, a more critical reading reveals that the PA has embarked on a path that seems to be trading off national liberation for neoliberalism.

Spook, Terrorist or Criminal? America's Mysterious Files on Netanyahu by Neve Gordon

"Netanyahu--the person who in 1982 left his job as a furniture salesman to be a policy adviser at the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC, and...became prime minister--is still in many ways a conundrum....Netanyahu is not only a right-wing politician in the Israeli context—opposing peace with Israel’s neighbors—he is also right-wing in an economic and neo-conservative sense. Like a small child who sneaks into his parents closet, dons a pair of daddy’s shoes and begins walking around the house, Israel’s recently elected Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is attempting to mimic his U.S. and British progenitors—Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher."

A Haggadah for AIPAC
Egypt's 'orderly transition'? International aid and the rush to structural adjustment

This article argues, however, that a critique of these financial packages needs to be seen as much more than just a further illustration of Western hypocrisy. The plethora of aid and investment initiatives advanced by the leading powers in recent days represents a conscious attempt to consolidate and reinforce the power of Egypt’s dominant class in the face of the ongoing popular mobilisations. They are part of, in other words, a sustained effort to restrain the revolution within the bounds of an "orderly transition" –to borrow the perspicacious phrase that the US government repeatedly used following the ousting of Mubarak.

At the core of this financial intervention in Egypt is an attempt to accelerate the neoliberal program that was pursued by the Mubarak regime. The IFI financial packages ostensibly promote measures such as "employment creation", "infrastructure expansion" and other seemingly laudable goals, but, in reality, these are premised upon the classic neoliberal policies of privatization, deregulation and opening to foreign investment.Despite the claims of democratic transition, the institutions of the Egyptian state are being refashioned within this neoliberal drive as an enabling mechanism of the market.

Egypt is, in many ways, shaping up as the perfect laboratory of the so-called post-Washington consensus, in which a liberal-sounding "pro-poor" rhetoric – principally linked to the discourse of democratisation – is used to deepen the neoliberal trajectory of the Mubarak era. If successful, the likely outcome of this – particularly in the face of heightened political mobilisation and the unfulfilled expectations of the Egyptian people – is a society that at a superficial level takes some limited appearances of the form of liberal democracy but, in actuality, remains a highly authoritarian neoliberal state dominated by an alliance of the military and business elites. 

Arab Spring Wary of Economic Lifelines

Governments and international institutions that once bankrolled the authoritarian regimes of Tunisia’s Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak have begun floating aid packages to speed up the economic recovery and transition to democracy in these countries. Arab revolutionaries have reason to be wary."To accept foreign aid with strings attached would betray the martyrs whose blood was spilled in the revolution," says Egyptian activist Mohamed Mansour. "Thank you Obama, but we’ll manage ourselves."

His position is understandable. Many Arabs blame Western governments and lending institutions for the decades of political repression and intolerable economic conditions that necessitated their revolts. They observed, for instance, how Washington shelled out 2 billion dollars a year in military and economic aid to Mubarak’s regime, and how European donors propped up Ben Ali’s feared security apparatus.    

Their criticism of the World Bank and IMF goes beyond the perception that these agencies use their lending clout to promote projects and policies that funnel wealth to creditors and large corporations. Some accuse them of complicity with authoritarian regimes for promoting policies that widen the income gap for the benefit of a few."There have been outcries in Egypt that our interim government has no business locking us into any lending arrangement," says Hassanein. "The parliament should agree on any decision to institute loans, and we don’t have a parliament yet."


Tunisia's democratic transition and economic recovery just received a multi-billion euro boost from the G8. The goal of the "Deauville Partnership" plan is to "foster economic and social reforms to meet the aspirations of the people", the Group of Eight announced Friday (May 27th) from its summit in France. 

"We met with the Prime Ministers of Egypt and Tunisia, and decided to launch an enduring partnership with those countries engaging in a transition to democracy and tolerant societies," the G8 statement said. The group promised 14 billion euros for Tunisia and Egypt over a two-year period. The funds will come from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the AfDB, the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other financial institutions.





WORLD BANK IMF PLANS FOR NORTH AFRICA   EU-ACP Parliamentary Assembly calls for the suspension of debt repayments of "Arab Spring" countries   A recent Rabat forum spotlighted the ways young entrepreneurs could work with civil society groups to create jobs in Morocco  


NEOLIBERALISMWATCH- Tunisia seeks foreign investment  Libya: It’s Not About Oil, It’s About Currency and Loans By John Perkins’s-not-about-oil-it’s-about-currency-and-loans France offers Tunisia aid 

Spain To Recognize Palestinian State Before September

Spanish Consul General in East Jerusalem, Alfonso Manuel Portales, has announced Spain will recognise a Palestinian state before September.

Israel's PR victory shames news broadcasters

The propaganda battle over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has reached a new level of intensity. In 2004 the Glasgow University Media Group published a major study on TV coverage of the Second Intifada and its impact on public understanding. We analysed about 200 programmes and questioned more than 800 people. Our conclusion: reporting was dominated by Israeli accounts. Since then we have been contacted by many journalists, especially from the BBC, and told of the intense pressures they are under that limit criticism of Israel.

They asked us to raise the issue in public because they can't. They speak of "waiting in fear for the phone call from the Israelis" (meaning the embassy or higher), of the BBC's Jerusalem bureau having been "leant on by the Americans", of being "guilty of self-censorship" and of "urgently needing an external arbiter". Yet the public response of the BBC is to avoid reporting our latest findings. Those in control have the power to say what is not going to be the news.


The Netherlands is ready to help Tunisia and meet the needs expressed by the transitional government, says Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal.He told TAP after a meeting with his opposite number, Mouldi Kéfi, here Monday that the meeting had discussed the latest developments in Tunisia. "We will endeavour to intensify business to business contacts and assure private investors of the role of Tunisia as an economic development pole," added Rosenthal, who is paying a two-day visit to Tunisia.He also expressed his country's determination to boost bilateral co-operation, especially in matters of training young diplomats.

Rosenthal is visiting Tunisia after attending the summit of the Group of 8 (G8) most dveloped nations in France, last week "to pay tribute to the Tunisian Revolution and reaffirm the political, technical and logistic support of the Netherlands to the current process of democratic transition due to lead to the election of a constituent assembly and to the reinforcement of public liberties and human rights", according to the Foreign Ministry here.

The Foreign Minister and his Dutch counterpart exchanged views on prospects to revive bilateral co-operation both on the economic plane, with support to the private sector and the opening of the European market to Tunisian farm produce, and at the technical level through the training and further training of young staff in the fields of agronomics, journalism and diplomacy.



The World Russian People's Council has expressed solidarity with Syria and Libya against US and European measures.In a statement issued on Monday, the Council said the G8 countries seek to re-impose neo-colonialism, justifying for themselves the role of arbiter in the internal affairs of countries.During their meeting in Beijing, Dr. Mikdad affirmed that the ongoing attack against Syria aims to undermine its stability and weaken it in the face of the conspiracies and challenges targeting the Arab nation.

He reviewed the events that took place in Syria which consisted of extremist groups committing terrorism, violence and destruction, with these groups that are promoted by external parties taking part in burning of public and private properties, killing innocent civilians and attacking the army and security forces, all of which was accompanied by a misguiding media campaign that aims to cause sedition, encourage violence and distort facts.

Pakistan gets Chinese military aid in the face of US threats by Webster G. Tarpley

 By multiplying its military attacks on Pakistani territory and accusing Islamabad of having harbored Osama Bin Laden, the Obama Administration aims to encroach into China’s sphere of influence. However, Beijing promptly supplied Islamabad with an air arsenal and delivered an ultimatum to Washington: any attack on Pakistan would be considered as an unfriendly act against China.

FASCISM-How Our Government Has Merged With Corporations

'The 20th century was the bloodiest and most violent in human history. This led some countries to fascism - a system characterized by the state and large business becoming almost indistinguishable. The first decade of the 21st century suffers from that anti-democratic legacy.The government of the United States, for example, is largely rented to corporations. Big business sends multiple thousands of lobbyists to Washington, DC, to buy favors and get their point of view across in Congress and the executive branch: The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the new war in Libya have been a boon to munitions manufacturers, "security" companies and private mercenary armies. They are part of a permanent war economy, making the US the world's sheriff.'

Parroting the Obama Administration's Line on Iran and Syria by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett
Envoy Reiterates Palestinian Refugees' Right of Return

Palestinian Ambassador to Tehran Salah al-Zawawi reiterated that Palestinian refugees sheltered in the neighboring countries would never give up their right of return to their homeland. "We do not withdraw even from a single span of our soil and the refugees' right of return," Zawawi told FNA on Tuesday, and stressed that Beit-al-Moqaddas (Jerusalem) will certainly be the capital of the future independent Palestinian state.He also reiterated that Palestinian people and government believe that all the Jewish settlements built in Beit-al-Moqaddas and other parts of the occupied Palestinian territories are illegitimate. 

Earlier this month, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili reiterated that the uprising of the Palestinian refugees in the neighboring countries paved the way for the return of in-exile Palestinian citizens to their homeland. He said the uprising of Palestinian refugees in the neighboring countries paved the road for the return of in-exile Palestinian community and the ouster of the Zionist regime from the occupied territories.Jalili also said that Palestinians marked the second chapter of Islamic Awakening on the Day of Nakba (catastrophe) (May 17). 

In Lebanon, at least 10 people were killed and some 30 injured during protests on Nakba Day marking the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland Palestine by Israel.The Israeli forces on the "Blue line", the withdrawal line of the Israeli army in the year 2000, fired at the protesters who marched towards the bordering fence which is still not an internationally recognized border. Legal experts say that they have enough judicial evidences for a case, and the victims have decided to go all the way. 

Many western activists who took part in the Nakba protests blamed the western powers' support for Israel. They say this support is allowing Israel to continue with such aggressive behavior. Over 14 Palestinians were killed during the protests to mark the 63rd anniversary of Nakba Day in Lebanon and Syria.

MP: West Trying to Force Syria to Give up Support for Palestinian Resistance

A member of the Syrian parliament said that the West is seeking to spark and support unrests in Syria in a bid to force Damascus to put an end to its support for anti-Israel resistance in the region."Most of the conspiracies and plots hatched against the people of the region have always been designed and implemented by the foreign powers, but in the recent unrests a number of Arab countries have collaborated in designing and implementing the US-Zionist plots against the people of the Middle-East," Movaffaq al-Habashi told FNA. 

"These plots have targeted Syria which is one of the key supporters of resistance in the region," Habashi added. He further reminded Damascus's support for Palestine, Palestinians' right of return to their homeland and establishment of a Palestinian state, and noted, "The West wants Syria to withdraw its support for the Palestinian cause and cut its ties with friendly countries like Iran."Elsewhere, the Syrian lawmaker blasted the western media's biased attitude to developments in Syria, and said they are seeking to portray Syria as an unstable country. 

"Now, Syria is stable and secure and there is no problem in the country as claimed by the western and some Arab media outlets." Meantime, reports from inside Syria had disclosed that the western countries and media outlets are doing their best to spark tension in the Arab country in an attempt to topple Bashar al-Assad's government and push pro-western figures to power. In one of such reports, 25-year-old Zakaraiya Mitleq from Syria's Homs province revealed how he was recruited as an eye witness to appear on some biased satellite channels to falsify facts and fabricate stories and news with the aim of distorting the truth in Syria and harming the image of the Syrian security forces.  

Syria slams West over meddling

A top Syrian official has accused Britain, France and the US of interfering in Syria’s internal affairs in a bid to bring the country back to the colonial era.Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad said on Monday that Western powers are trying to dominate Syria with the support of the United Nations Security Council.The Syrian official also denounced the Western countries’ efforts in the UN Security Council to condemn Syria’s response to the current unrest in the country, Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported. 

“It is about imposing hegemony on Syria and using the United Nations as a way of re-establishing colonialism and to justify interference,” Miqdad said in Beijing during talks with his Chinese counterpart, adding that the recent unrest in Syria was “an attack on Syria that is aimed at destabilizing and weakening the country.” He also accused “extremist groups with foreign backing of spreading violence, terrorism and destruction… and murdering innocent Syrian citizens.”

[also see...SYRIAWATCH-FALSE FLAG EXPOSED AGAIN--Syria becomes centre of struggle for regional influence  Many of the more prominent opposition spokesmen are associated with Washington, London and Paris  


Democrophobia in Arabia

Why did Saudi Arabia invade Bahrain?Does the House of Saud have some great affection for the Al Khalifa royal family of Bahrain?Of course they don’t.They are just afraid that their own citizens might get some ideas.The fact that the absolute monarchy system in Bahrain is in danger and may be abolished very soon and replaced by a constitutional monarchy or a republic has scared the daylights out of the House of Saud.They are terrified that these ideas are contagious.And thus the invasion of Bahrain is an attempt to nip things in the bud.Saudi Arabia invaded Bahrain out of fear of democracy.

And this democrophobia is a serious problem in Saudi Arabia and the entire Arab world.It even goes beyond this, since it could also be said that the Arab rulers are also suffering from demophobia, which means fear of the people.Indeed, democrophobia and demophobia are pandemic in the governments of the Arab world.And as a matter of fact, most of the Westerners who claim to be promoting democracy in the Arab world are themselves suffering from democrophobia and demophobia.After all, there is no real democracy in the Western world.The Western countries are run by the global ruling class, and they organize sham elections from time to time to create the illusion of democracy.

They even pick the candidates and the winners ahead of time.And it is this fake democracy that the West wants to import to the Islamic world, not real democracy.The so-called Western liberal democracies are neither liberal nor are they democracies.And then they have the nerve to say that Islamic civilization and democracy are incompatible.Yet, from the advent of Islam, Muslims have believed in the concept of establishing governments through shura, which means consultation or council.

It is true that the Islamic world has rarely had Islamic shura democracy governments, but the concept exists in Islamic ideology and it is a lie to say that Islam and democracy are incompatible. Islamic shura democracy will eventually come to the Arab world and the entire Islamic world. It is only a matter of time.  The rulers of the countries of the Arab world must understand that the Arab spring has arrived and will soon be in full bloom and there is no turning back the clock. You can’t hold back the tide of history, no matter how hard you try.

Call for march to Israeli embassy in Jordan

The 15th May youth in Jordan announced, in a statement on Saturday, their intention to march to the Israeli embassy in Amman next Friday and called on all civil society organisations and trade unions to participate in the march which will mark the 1967 Israeli aggression.The group also rejected the idea of Jordan being an alternative home for the Palestinians as some Zionists have been calling for. The group further stressed that instead of transferring Palestinians from occupied Palestine to Jordan,

Palestinian refugees should in Jordan and all over the world should be able to return to their homes in Palestine.They also said in the statement that when they tried to express their belief in the right of return practically by marching towards the borders of occupied Palestine on Nakba they were faced with repressive measures, beating and firing in the air by the security forces.

The group also criticised the “peace agreement between Jordan and the Zionist which violates traditions, religious and Arab thought,” adding that closing down the Israeli embassy in Amman and the cancellation of the Wadi Araba peace agreement is the least Jordan can do to support the Palestinian people in the struggle for their rights.

In photos: Friday demonstration in Silwan

The following are more photographs from the Friday 27 May demonstration in Silwan against Israeli settlements. Seven people were arrested, including both Palestinians and Israeli activists. Israeli forces, aided by armed settlers, applied violence against protesters including using tasers.

US Drug-War Policy Planting the Seeds of Civil-Society Destruction

Rising Murder Rate Is Byproduct of Decades of Legal and Covert US Arms Shipments to Latin America.Plumlee testified under oath that there was close cooperation between Mexican and U.S. government personnel in drug smuggling (there is other evidence in later testimony from XXXXXX. which confirms sections of Plumlee's testimony). This defies comprehension. Plumlee described his undercover activities to this Committee, including the practice of the Mexican police and its military protecting drug traffickers, something that will be described in considerably more detail in later testimony.

Mr. Plumlee provided the Committee with various documents relating to the drug trafficking by U.S. forces, one of which was marked DEA, Secret, dated February 13, 1990, which stated in part:“… The reporter form Vera Cruz’ (FNU) Valasco, before his death (1985) was allegedly developing information that,

using the DFS [a former Mexican intelligence agency] as cover, the CIA established and maintained clandestine airfields to refuel aircraft loaded with weapons which were destined for Honduras and Nicaragua.“… Mr. Plumlee raised several issues including that covert U.S. intelligence agencies were directly involved in the smuggling and distribution of drugs. He provided my staff with detailed maps and names of alleged covert landing strips in Mexico, Costa Rica, Louisiana, Arizona, Florida and California where the alleged aircraft cargoes of drugs were off-loaded and replaced with Contra [Nigaraguan insurgency forces supported by the U.S.] military supplies....

[ALSO SEE..Top Mexican Drug Lord: I Trafficked Cocaine For The U.S. Government The Wall Street and Drug Cartel Partnership Imperialism: Bankers, Drug Wars and Genocide by James Petras US-FAKE WAR ON DRUGS-Consumers and Guns, Assassins and Money: Mexico’s Transnational Violence’s-transnational-violence


Sinaloa Drug Cartel Controlled and Protected by Both Mexican and U.S U.S.-Backed Programs Supplying the Firepower for Mexico’s Soaring Murder Rate Felipe Calderón's Drug War Has Become Hot Market for U.S. Arms Trade

Monday, May 30, 2011

How Green Is the Jewish National Fund? by Sylvia Schwarz

Colonizers, for all their vaunted "superiority" of their "modern" agricultural methods, often failed at their own projects. Still, their condescension to the colonized knows no end. Jesse Benjamin's essay "Orwell's 'Green Patrol' and the Relentless Racialized Illogic of Ethnic Cleansing in the Name of Environmentalism" shows stark examples of the distain in which indigenous peoples are held by their colonizers. As we read this eBook, similarities between the ethnic cleansings in Israel and in the Americas begin to stand out.

Coya White Hat-Artichoker sums them up in her "First Nations-Palestinian Solidarity Statement": "As a First Nations person, I believe I can call genocide when I see it."The ethnic cleansing of Palestine, begun in the early part of the 20th century, continues today. Photographic evidence of that is seen in "Canada Park: Canadian Complicity in a War Crime" by Ismail Zayid. His article reminds us of the fact that this project of ethnic cleansing is a multinational enterprise: contributions to the JNF are tax deductible in 50 countries around the world.  

The JNF may not be a friend of environmentalists, but it is certainly a friend of accountants in service of the rich looking for tax savings.The JNF has been thus far successful in leading people around the world to believe they are part of a grand scheme to "redeem the land" and to "make the desert bloom." But, for how long will it be able to continue ethnic cleansing while posing as a tax-exempt Green charity? There is now a new campaign, Stop the JNF, to challenge the fund's propaganda, including its greenwashing.

UK training Saudi forces used to crush Arab spring in Bahrain

Britain is training Saudi Arabia's national guard -- the elite security force deployed during the recent protests in Bahrain -- in public order enforcement measures and the use of sniper rifles. The revelation has outraged human rights groups, which point out that the Foreign Office recognizes that the kingdom's human rights record is “a major concern”.In response to questions made under the Freedom of Information Act, the Ministry of Defense has confirmed that British personnel regularly run courses for the national guard in “weapons, 

fieldcraft and general military skills training, as well as incident handling, bomb disposal, search, public order and sniper training”. The courses are organized through the British Military Mission to the Saudi Arabian National Guard, an obscure unit that consists of 11 British army personnel under the command of a brigadier. The MoD response, obtained on Saturday by the Observer, reveals that Britain sends up to 20 training teams to the kingdom a year. Saudi Arabia pays for “all BMM personnel, as well as support costs such as accommodation and transport”.

French lawyers to sue Sarkozy for crimes against humanity in Libya

Two French lawyers said they planned to initiate legal proceedings against French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday for crimes against humanity over the NATO-led military campaign in Libya.Jacques Verges and Roland Dumas offered to represent the families who fell victims of the NATO bombing campaign. Dumas, a former socialist minister, said the NATO mission, which was meant to protect civilians, was in fact killing them. 

He denounced what he described as 'a brutal assault against a sovereign country' and said he defends victims of NATO bombings. IRNA reporter in Paris said that Dumas and Verges, who visited Libya, were impressed with violence and brutality against innocent people perpetrated by NATO. Despite Western denial of civilian casualties caused by the two-month-old bombings,

Dumas said he had seen several civilian victims at a hospital and had been told by one of its doctors that there were as many as 20,000 victims. 'At the moment we have been retained, we have a mandate on behalf of the victims of the military bombardment of NATO, who carried out their military action against civilians with the artificial -- very artificial -- cover of the United Nations,' Dumas said.

Two Powerful Explosions Rock Afghanistan's Western City

Two explosions rocked the city of Herat, in Western Afghanistan, on Monday, an afghan police spokesman said, adding that one of blasts took place in the vicinity of a foreign military base."The blast took place near an Italian military base minutes ago," spokesman of Herat police department Nourkhan Nikzad told FNA.  Shortly after the blast, military choppers intensified their security flights over the city, A second bomb exploded in front of the Herat Central Bank.

MIDEAST Settlers See New Support from Obama

Israel and its settlers, encouraged by what they see as U.S. support, are getting down to business with more illegal settlement building. A new Israeli settlement in the Ras Almud neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem was inaugurated on Wednesday. One hundred illegal settlers are slated to move in shortly. The same day Israel’s Minister of the Interior Eli Yeshai and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat signed a plan to expand the southern part of Jerusalem municipality’s jurisdiction by expropriating more Palestinian land.

The illegal settlement of Ramat Rachel will be expanded by 1,600 new housing units.As peace talks remain frozen the daily abuses against Palestinian civilians in the occupied Palestinian territories grinds on with few having hope of an end to the occupation any time soon. Israeli security forces continue to target non-violent Palestinian activists involved in organising peaceful protests against the continued expropriation of Palestinian land. 

On Monday Israeli intelligence raided the Palestinian hamlet of At-Tuwani near Hebron in the southern West Bank. At gunpoint homes were ransacked, personal details taken and the villagers warned not to continue their resistance."Do you want to become the father of a martyr?" one of the village leaders was asked as the soldiers and intelligence agents hinted that they might retaliate against one of his children. 

US Security Firm Caught Training Mexican Police in Torture Techniques Is Working in the Caribbean

Security forces who are tearing down makeshift tent camps inhabited by Haitians displaced in last year’s earthquake were trained by Risks Incorporated, a US private security firm involved in torture trainings in Mexico, a Narco News investigation has found. Three camps in Delmas, a district in central Port-au-Prince, have been destroyed in the past week, sending families fleeing into the street with nowhere to go.

Mass Incursion Of Israeli Worshipers To Jospeh's Tomb Spirals Out Of Control

200-300 Israeli settlers infiltrated Nablus and called for the Israeli military to re-establish control in the area after they broke free from the Israeli security forces accompanying them. The group were part of some 1,500 Israeli who were visiting nearby Joseph’s Tomb.50 of the same part barricaded themselves into the religious site and refused to leave. The group stayed into dawn and clashed with Israeli military forces that tried to remove them. One military driver sustained injuries during the clashes.

The PA is to bring legal proceedings due to property damage caused by the settlers during the incident. The incident happened during a visit by 1,500 Israeli’s to Josephs Tomb on Sunday night under protection from the Israeli military. The Huwwara checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah was closed by the Israeli military to Palestinian drivers and flying road blocks established to allow for the visit. Nablus residents told Maan news agency that around 50 Israeli military vehicles were used in transferring the settlers to and from the site between 1am and 5 am.

“Yankees, Go Home!” by Cindy Sheehan + Zelaya Returns to Honduras

Another reason the sanctions appear now is because as the US wanes in the region, China ascends—according to an editorial in the right-wing Miami Herald: The share of U.S. exports to the region has dropped from 55 percent of Latin America’s total imports in 2000 to 32 percent of the region’s imports in 2009, says a new report from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).Meanwhile, China’s trade with the region has soared, the study shows.

In my opinion, the announcement of the new sanctions against Venezuela, while no doubt a very hostile act, is nothing but the US flexing its increasingly weak and flabby muscles. The over-extension of the US military combined with its plunging credibility over such continuing programs as torture and illegal regime change, has turned us into a big international laughingstock—still feared, because the US is nothing but a big imperial bully—but a joke, nonetheless.

Venezuelan protest US oil sanctions

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Another Zionist Attack on Academic Freedom by Daniel McGowan

This is an attempt, admittedly futile, to remove some of the slime thrown at me in a letter addressed to President Gearan and circulated to over 250 people on October 3, 2009. It was written by Jim McKinster and five other faculty members and allegedly signed by 32 people in all. I heard about it by happenstance soon after it was circulated, but neither the President nor any of the six who circulated it was willing to provide me with a copy. That is a typical cowardly response employed by those who use this smear method to accuse, try, and censure someone who dares to speak truth to power. 

Terrorist ‘Pre-Crime’ Detector Field Tested in United States

Planning a sojourn in the northeastern United States? You could soon be taking part in a novel security programme that can supposedly ‘sense’ whether you are planning to commit a crime.Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST), a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programme designed to spot people who are intending to commit a terrorist act, has in the past few months completed its first round of field tests at an undisclosed location in the northeast, Nature has learned.

Like a lie detector, FAST measures a variety of physiological indicators, ranging from heart rate to the steadiness of a person’s gaze, to judge a subject’s state of mind. But there are major differences from the polygraph.

FAST relies on non-contact sensors, so it can measure indicators as someone walks through a corridor at an airport, and it does not depend on active questioning of the subject.The tactic has drawn comparisons with the science-fiction concept of ‘pre-crime’, popularized by the film Minority Report, in which security services can detect someone’s intention to commit a crime. Unlike the system in the film, FAST does not rely on a trio of human mutants who can see the future. But the programme has attracted copious criticism from researchers who question the science behind it


Our New Iraq-Afghanistan War National Holiday by David Swanson

"Word to the wise: you can care about the people put through the horrors of our wars, including the 95% who are not Americans (how about a holiday for them?), and including the members of the U.S. military, and the mercenaries, and the contractors, and the warmongering presidents and senators and congress members, and the weapons profiteers, all without ceasing to denounce what they are doing. The best way to honor veterans is to stop creating more of them."

Federal judge strikes down ban on corporate donations to candidates

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Thursday struck down [opinion, PDF] a campaign finance law which bans corporations from making contributions to federal candidates, citing the controversial Supreme Court decision in Citizens United [opinion; JURIST report]. Judge James Cacheris dismissed a criminal count against two men charged with illegally reimbursing individuals for almost $200,000 in contributions [WP report] to Hillary Clinton's 2006 senate and 2008 presidential primary campaign.

In dismissing the count, Cacheris stated that Citizens United had dissolved the legal underpinnings for the federal ban against direct contributions from corporations to a candidate:For better or worse, Citizens United held that there is no distinction between an individual and a corporation with respect to political speech. ... Corporations and human beings are entitled to equal political speech rights. ... Thus, if an individual can make direct contributions within [the law's] limits, a corporation cannot be banned from doing the same thing.

Obama, financial war and the elimination of DSK by Thierry Meyssan

It is impossible to understand the downfall of Dominique Strauss-Khan without linking it to his project for the creation of a new international reserve currency, which was to be launched on 26 May 2011 at the Deauville G-8 summit. The project was paradoxically anticipated as much by the Emerging States as by stateless capital, but rejected by the U.S.-Israeli military-industrial complex. Thierry Meyssan exposes the chicanery of the Obama administration to dodge its commitments.

Nor do the French know anything about DSK’s close links to Israel. Within the Socialist Party, he steers the Cercle Léon Blum, named after a former Jewish prime minister. The role of this discreet and powerful lobby is to eject from the political scene any individual who is likely to criticize the Zionist project. Thus, it can make heads roll, like that of political scientist Pascal Boniface who highlighted the electorally counter-productive implications of supporting Tel-Aviv in a country where 10% of the population is of Arabic culture.

Yet, DSK is very open about it. Without beating around the bush, he asserted: "I deem that every diaspora Jew must support Israel. For that reason, it is important for Jews to take up political responsibilities. In short, in my functions and in my everyday life, in everything I do, I endeavor to make my modest contribution toward the construction of Israel." It’s rather disconcerting from someone who aspires to become president of France. But who cares? He’s so jovial!

Zelaya Returns-

Almost two years after having been forced into exile by SOA graduates who overthrew the democratically elected government of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya has returned to Honduras.Zelaya arrived by plane from Nicaragua together with a small group of human rights advocates and political leaders, including SOA Watch's Lisa Sullivan and SOA Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois. 

Click here for the coverage of Manuel Zelaya's return by Democracy Now

To listen to Amy Goodman's interview with Father Roy Bourgeois(SOA WATCH) in Managua click here.

Soldiers Detain Palestinians, Abduct International Peace activist Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers detained on Saturday evening five several Palestinians, including women and children, and kidnapped an international peace activist near Safa village, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.The residents were working in their farmlands before extremist settlers of the Bait Ayin illegal settlement attacked them and uprooted olive trees and vineyard.Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene and, instead of removing the settlers, detained more than twenty Palestinians, including women and children, and an international activist, under the pretext that they entered a closed military zone.

Gaza Journalism Forum Slams Israeli Police For Attacking Journalists in Jerusalem

The Palestinian Journalists Forum in Gaza issued a statement denouncing the Israeli police for attacking Palestinian journalists reporting on clashes that took place in Ras Al Amoud neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem.The residents, accompanied by Israeli and international supporters, were protesting the planned construction of another Jewish-only settlement in the neighborhood.

In its statement, the Forum said that the police used excessive force against the nonviolent protestors and the journalists, and used foul language while trying to force the reporters out the area to prevent them from performing their duty. The forum called on the international community, human rights groups, and media institutions to practice pressure on Israel to stop its ongoing violations and assaults against the journalists.

SYRIAWATCH-FALSE FLAG EXPOSED AGAIN--Syria becomes centre of struggle for regional influence

Many of the more prominent opposition spokesmen are associated with Washington, London and Paris, which seek to draw Syria away from its alliance with Iran in favour of an openly pro-Western orientation. Not a few are regime defectors and CIA operatives. A number have been funded or sponsored by Washington, including the Damascus Declaration Group, a coalition of Syria’s splintered opposition parties including the Muslim Brotherhood.

The leaders include Dr. Kamal al-Labwani, who was invited to the White House, Michel Kilo and Riad Seif, a wealthy businessman and former legislator.Another oppositionist is the former Syrian vice president and wealthy businessman Abdul Halim Khaddam, who has close links to the slain former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, his son Saad Hariri, and the Saudi regime, and now lives in exile in Paris.

Khaddam’s armed supporters and Islamists were involved in the protests in the coastal town of Baniyas that sought to overthrow Assad, a plot foreshadowed in the leaked US cables. The social website Syrian Revolution 2011, which has played a prominent role in calling the protests and posting news of the unrest, is operated from Sweden and has close links with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups.The US and other major powers maintain grave reservations over any open call for Assad’s ouster for fear of destabilising the region, of which Syria is the linchpin. Nevertheless, their attitude has hardened.




UN: ‘Iran humiliates US-Canada’

On May 26, 2011 – Islamic Republic was re-elected to the 47-member United Nations’ Commission on Population and Development with a majority vote for the next four-year-term despite feverish anti-Iran campaign at United Nations by Washington and Ottawa. The two pro-Israel governments lead by Barack Obama and Stephen Harper used a number of diplomatic maneuvers to try to persuade the member states of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to vote Islamic Republic out of the commission but failed miserably as was the case last time.

American envoy, Zionist Susan Rice, said that his country was “deeply disappointed” that the UN Economic and Social Council voted to extend Iran’s membership in the council’s Commission on Population and Development. Tehran terminated its diplomatic relation with Washington after 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird issued a statement on Iran’s re-election, saying, “Canada deplores the election of Iran to a seat on the United Nations Commission on Population and Development. Canada remains extremely troubled by the outrageous human rights abuses committed by Iran against its own citizens, and by Iran’s threats and actions to undermine the safety, security and stability of its neighbors (read Israel)”. Tehran maintains token diplomatic relation with Ottawa.

EU Campaign slams Ki-moon UN statements

The European Campaign to end the Siege on Gaza denounced recent statements made by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in which he called for preventing the Freedom Flotilla 2 from heading to Gaza to deliver humanitarian supplies. The Freedom Flotilla 2 will be sailing to Gaza in June to deliver essential medical and humanitarian supplies, and to break the illegal Israeli siege on the coastal region.  Ki-moon issued an official letter calling on Mediterranean countries that have citizens boarding the flotilla, to practice pressure on their citizens, and to stop the ships before they set sail to the Gaza Strip.He believes that stopping the flotilla will help in avoiding potential clashes between the non-armed peace activists and the Israeli army, similar to last year’s Israeli attack against the Freedom Flotilla while it was in international water. The attack led to the death of nine Turkish peace activists.  The European Campaign said that it was surprised by the statements of the UN Chief, especially since the UN Security Council issued resolutions in 2008 and 2009 demanding Israel to lift its deadly siege that led to the death of more than 300 Palestinians who needed urgent and specialized medical care. The Campaign stated in an official release that its flotilla is civil and humanitarian, and that the international law requires action against the illegal siege.

Karbala sends letter of denunciation to US Embassy

The deputy chairman of Karbala's Provincial Council disclosed that a letter of denunciation shall be handed to the U.S. Embassy due to the U.S. Army's airborne landing north of Karbala, calling on the central government to exert pressures on the U.S. army to cease its violations.Nisayif Al-Khatabi told Aswat al-Iraq that "the U.S. forces carried out an airborne landing on house to arrest a citizen without any coordination with the local government or security forces." 

"We have informed the Cabinet about this case and demanded the reasons behind this operation. We will send a letter of denunciation to the U.S. embassy, expressing our rejection for such acts, which are in violation of the security agreement between the two countries," he added.Earlier, a security source said that the wanted citizen had died four days prior to the operation.U.S. forces withdrew from the city on 15 May in preparation for full withdrawal at the end of the year.The U.S. headquarters were handed to the Iraqi army in a special ceremony.Karbala city, center of Karbala province, lies 108 km south of the capital, Baghdad.

Report: Lebanon Salafis behind Syria unrest

Informed sources in Lebanon blame Salafi extremists and elements associated with the country's al-Mustaqbal party for direct involvement in the recent unrest in Syria.The Lebanese sources say former Mustaqbal MP Mustafa Hashem has rented a large number of gas stations in the northern border region of Wadi Khaled, where the nomad residents on both the Lebanese and Syrian sides of the frontier are engaged in widespread smuggling.This would bring Hashem cheap oil that smugglers steal from the pipelines stretching from the Homs refinery to the one in Baniyas and later put him in close contact with traffickers. 

An attempt by Syria to stem the flow of smuggled oil drove the perpetrators into the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. Some of the perpetrators were later hired as bodyguards for radical Salafi leaders, who are mostly from the Syrian city of Talkalakh. The Lebanese army also launched a similar campaigned against the traffickers and arrested a head of a village in Wali Khaled, who was soon released thanks to the political unrest in Lebanon. The elements in question stepped up their activity under a religious disguise. 

According to the sources, the Salafis in northern Lebanon are led by Mustaqbal lawmaker Khaled al-Daher and his brother Rabi, who are considered as the link between the US-backed Mustaqbal party and the Salafis scattered in the region spanning Tripoli and Sunni majority regions in Syria.The Lebanese Salafi movement is also accused of direct involvement in an attack on Syrian border security station in al-Hajana and the kidnapping of three people from the post. 

Moreover, the extremists have repeatedly attempted to spark border tensions between Lebanese and Syria by opening fire on the Syrian army personnel stationed near the border, and thus drawing backfire to forge a border clash.  The Lebanese sources blame a retired general in charge of Mustaqbal's maintenance and leaders of al-Qaeda-linked Fatah al-Islam militia for distributing arms and cell phone lines among rioters in northern Syria. 

Major Salafi clerics in north Lebanon have, meanwhile, engaged in providing refuge to terrorists operating in Syria, and issuing provocative decrees. Salafi mosques in the region are reportedly being used as weapons storage.  The Lebanese army has significantly stemmed the outflow of arms to Syria by identifying and arresting some of the main trafficker elements, but blood links and political affiliations across the border has left them short of putting a halt to the transactions.

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An Official Document Certified the Dismissal of Bahraini Employees + Arabic

An anonymous source leaked an official document –Attached- issued by Council of Representatives “Parliament” on the dismissal of employees from the Council. The Document is a formal dismissal letter of one of the employees.The employee was accused of:1-Attend the funeral of “Ali Mushaima”2-Participated in the funeral march.3-Participated in the Pearl Roundabout.Ali Abdulhadi Mushaima: The first person died because of the protests.Died on February 14 because of Bird shotgun wounds.

On the 2 of May 2011, Head of the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) Mr. Ahmed Al-Zayed stated in the media that ” The CSB denies the dismissal of employees in the public sector” (Ref: ) Civil Service Bureau (CSB): Institution responsible for public sector employment.

On the 23 of May 2011, the Minister of Social Development, and the Minister of Health Mrs. Fatima Al-Balushi stated in an interview with “LBC- T.V Channel” that “Dismissal were not due to participating in the protests”.Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) is deeply concerned about the freedom of opinion and expression in Bahrain.The right of the employee in the public sector to adopt a political opinion must protected by local laws.