Archive for December, 2011

Stephen Lendman: Netanyahu Rejects Peace

December 27, 2011

by Stephen Lendman, Veterans Today, Dec 27, 2011

Sham Israeli peace negotiations were stillborn from inception. Writer Henry Siegman once called them “the most spectacular deception in modern diplomatic history.”

Netanyahu once said they’re “a waste of time.” Previous Israeli officials called occupation and status quo conditions “permanent.”

Republican presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich calls Palestinians an “invented” people. Decades ago, former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (a transplanted Ukrainian American) said:

“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people. It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn’t exist….How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to.”

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The Bush/Obama War Against Truth

December 26, 2011

The harsh treatment of alleged leaker Bradley Manning is part of a broader campaign to silence government whistleblowers, a pattern that began with Vice President Dick Cheney’s outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame but has expanded under President Obama, says ex-CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman.

By Melvin A. Goodman, Consortiumnews.com, Dec 21, 2011

When Pvt. Bradley Manning appeared in a military courtroom at Fort Meade, Maryland, last week, it was his first public appearance in more than 19 months. Manning has been held without trial for the past year and a half; only now is a hearing being conducted to determine if there is sufficient evidence to refer his case to a general court martial.

During this period, Manning, who is charged with transferring classified information to an unauthorized source, has been treated as an “enemy combatant,” subjected to solitary confinement in a maximum-security cell as well as harassment day and night.

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Israeli FM: No Peace in Next Decade

December 26, 2011

Palestinians Only Obstacle to Peace, Insists Lieberman

by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, December 25, 2011

In a Christmas press conference attended by a number of top ambassadors, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman lashed those critical of Israel’s position on the peace process, while insisting no peace could be achieved within the next decade.

“In the next decade, this will be the situation and we need to know how to deal with it,” insisted Lieberman, saying that ambassadors should focus on “managing” the conflict instead of trying to solve it.

Lieberman also reiterated his condemnation of the European Union for criticizing settlement expansion, saying that the only obstacle to peace with the Palestinians is the Palestinians themselves and that construction would continue.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to support the notion that the Israeli government has abandoned the idea of peace, insisting that his government will no longer negotiate with the Palestinians under any circumstances once they form a unity government, something expected within the next few months.

Jesus 2011

December 25, 2011

By Badri Raina – Delhi, Dec 24, 2011

 

Jesus of Nazareth, I tell you

You remain much in my heart.

In moments when the world disappears,

I have sight of you in  tattered white robe

And matted shoulder-length hair

Walking the  desert towards the sea,

Turning your back on us

Who are now money changers all.

But listen to my short little wish:

May those that are destined to go in 2012

Do so quickly and quietly,

Without pain or regret.

And, may those that last the year

Cease to give to Caesar

What is never Caesar’s,

And  may Caesar be obliged to    

Yield to them all that Caesar has stolen.

Assure me that much,

And your divinity shall be mine as well.

Smile, O wise one, and  be born tonight

Afresh into  an innocence timelessly bright.

 

The Warped Morality of a Warmonger

December 21, 2011

MWC News,  20 December 2011

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Why Alan Dershowitz is Wrong on Israel’s ‘Rights’

Renowned torture enthusiast and perennial Israel apologist Alan Dershowitz is in Tel Aviv this week attending an annual business conference sponsored by Globes and, as usual, has been busy equivocating for Israeli espionage, defending war criminals, and warmongering about Iran.

During a speech he delivered on Sunday December 11, Dershowitz opined, “Israel has the right morally and legally to strike Iran just as it did on [the Osirak nuclear facility] in Iraq in 1981.

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Pvt. Manning and Imperative of Truth

December 21, 2011
by Ray McGovern, CommonDreams.org, Dec 21. 2011

When I was asked to speak at Saturday’s rally at Fort Meade in support of Pvt. Bradley Manning, I wondered how I might provide some context around what Manning is alleged to have done.

(In my talk, so as not to think I had to insert the word “alleged” into every sentence, I asked for unanimous consent to using the indicative rather than the subjunctive mood.)

What jumped into my mind was the letter Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote from the Birmingham City jail in April 1963, from which I remembered this:

“Like a boil that can never be cured as long as it is covered up, but must be opened with all its pus-flowing ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must likewise be exposed, with all of the tension its exposing creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.”

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US Blocks UN From Condemning Israeli Settlement Expansion

December 21, 2011

14 UN Security Council Members Issue United Statements Slamming US

by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com,  December 20, 2011

In a move Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin termed “historic,” all 14 other members of the United Nations Security Council united today to offer statements slamming the United States for its decision to block a UN Security Council resolution on Israel’s settlement expansion.

Israel announced the latest in a long line of such expansions on Sunday, and it has been roundly criticized by virtually every nation on the planet, with European Union officials in particular warning the move harmed the prospect of peace talks.

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Gary Younge: The US is blind to the price of war that is still being borne by the Iraqi people

December 20, 2011

Every effort must be made to thwart those who seek to embellish and distort America’s lamentable legacy in Iraq

Toby Morison 19122011

Illustration by Toby Morison

On 19 November 2005 a US marine squad was struck by a roadside bomb in Haditha, in Iraq’s Anbar province, killing one soldier and seriously injuring two others. According to civilians they then went on the rampage, slaughtering 24 people. They included a 76-year-old man in a wheelchair and a three-year-old child. It was a massacre. “I think they were just blinded by hate … and they just lost control,” said James Crossan, one of the injured marines.

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Manning Hearing Moves Into ‘Secret’ Sessions

December 20, 2011

Almanza: Protecting Classified Info Outweighs Open Proceeding——————————————————————————————————————–

by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com,  December 19, 2011

With the prosecution pushing to introduce “secret” evidence against Pfc. Bradley Manning, the presiding officer in his preliminary hearing has moved the session behind closed doors, insisting that “protecting classified information is an overriding interest that outweighs the value of an open proceeding.”

The decision removed the public and press from the courtroom, though the Army did say that certain “other government agencies” which they did not identify would be allowed to remain and follow the hearing.

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Video: John Pilger answers Obama’s claim that US military is “finest fighting force in history”

December 20, 2011

Uruknet.info, Dec 18, 2011

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Announcing the Iraq war was ended, Barack Obama told US troops on 14 December 2011, “The United States military is the finest fighting force in the history of the world.” What he didn’t say is that since 1945 the US military has been directly responsible for the deaths of over 10 million people and that America has in that time overthrown 50 governments, including democracies, and intervened in at least 30 more. John Pilger has something to say about that.


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