Monday, July 31, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
"I love the people of America. It's the government I hate. Tell the American people that we received their gift. The missile that they gave to Israel - we have received it, and this is the result," he says, motioning to the coffins.
I thank him, but he says nothing to me - just glares, turns abruptly and walks away.
QANA, Lebanon, July 30 — Israeli missiles hit several buildings in a southern Lebanon village as people slept Sunday, killing at least 56, most of them children, in the deadliest attack in 19 days of fighting.
Sheik Khafaji intertwined the bloodshed in Iraq and Lebanon, calling it a design by Christians and Jews to defeat the Muslim world.
He criticized al-Maliki's speech before the U.S. Congress and asked: "What forced you to eat with the occupiers? Is that your reward? You know more than anybody else that the car bombings, terrorism, explosions and bloodletting in Iraq are under the protection of Zionist-American plans."
"Meanwhile Israeli forces pulled back from positions on the outskirts of the Hizbullah stronghold town of Bint Jbeil and returned to the border town of Maroun al Ras, captured on July 23, security officials said."
"On the diplomatic front, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was scheduled to arrive in Israel Saturday to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. She is bringing with her a package of proposals aimed at ending the violence in Lebanon."Via Informed Comment
Saturday, July 29, 2006
The agreement — reached after a heated six-hour Cabinet meeting — was the first time that Hezbollah has signed onto a proposal for ending the crisis that includes the deploying of international forces.
The package falls short of American and Israeli demands in that it calls for an immediate cease-fire before working out details of a force and includes other conditions.
But European Union officials said Friday the proposals form a basis for an agreement, increasing the pressure on the United States to call for a cease-fire.
"How did it become, 'Well, now we have to rebuild this place from the ground up'?" Fulcher asked.
He kept talking. "They say we're here and we've given them freedom, but really what is that? You know, what is freedom? You've got kids here who can't go to school. You've got people here who don't have jobs anymore. You've got people here who don't have power," he said. "You know, so yeah, they've got freedom now, but when they didn't have freedom, everybody had a job."
Steffey got up to leave the porch and go to bed.
Via News from Iraq
"Meanwhile, the feckless Kofi Annan is scampering away as fast as possible from his bombed-out outpost on the Lebanese border. The UN’s humiliating retreat is bound to be the final nail in the coffin for the toothless organization. The UN has done nothing to defend Lebanon’s civilians just as it did nothing during Israel’s 18-year reign of terror from 1982 to 2000. While innocent people are being cut down in their homes and cars and the country’s infrastructure is being reduced smoldering heaps of twisted iron and rubble; the so-called "international community" is breezily debating how to punish Hezbollah."
"What a farce. Some one should remind the Secretary General that the Daisy Cutters, cluster-bombs and napalm descending hourly on Beirut are not the work of Hezbollah, but their marauding neighbor to the south."
"The UN is powerless to stop the fighting and Kofi Annan is too frail to call for an emergency meeting of the General Assembly to eject the US from the Security Council. Thus, the institution continues to slip further into disrepute lacking the moral authority to be effective and quickly becoming a "rubber-stamp" for US/Israeli aggression."
Saturday, July 29, 2006
President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Friday rejected calls for an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon, saying that today's violence will lead to a better future for the Middle East.I love the headline on the article:
Yeah, just like they stand behind the troops in Iraq. Way behind.
Bush, Blair stand behind Israel
"Here in the south, Hezbollah is not just a militant group, it is a political party with deep roots in the community. It provides social services, such as schools and clinics. Together with the Shi'ite Amal party, it is the de facto authority here."
"And so it is no surprise that support for what locals call "the resistance" is strong. An elderly woman named Husna expressed a common view as she described the conditions her family is living under."
"The situation is non-existent for us," she said. "We are living in the bunkers, taking cover. We have no food." Then she says, "We are with Nasrallah, and we are with the resistance, even if it means total destruction."
"At a local vegetable market, a man who did not give his name said he thinks Israel is trying to turn Lebanese people against each other."
"And this war, this war is not dividing us," he said. "It's actually quite the contrary, it's uniting us against Israeli terror, against Israel's barbaric actions. When this happens to us, it unites us, it doesn't divide us."
"And to a degree, that is true. Shiite refugees from the south are sheltering in Christian, Sunni and Druze villages to the north. This outpouring of support for their plight has been a remarkable show of cross-sectarian unity in a country that fought a 15-year civil war along religious fault lines."
Via Informed Comment
"I came to Byblos from south Beirut since my home was bombed, yet even
here two nights ago the Israelis bombed an Army radar nearby. The same
one they bombed two weeks ago."
The tourist beaches off the coast of Beirut stand empty as well. Pools
of oil slosh up with the waves, staining the beach and the rocks.
"If we tried to fish, the Israelis would kill us," said Hafez, a
Palestinian fisherman. "But nobody would eat the fish anyway even if we
could fish.. Now we wait for a miracle, something to take this oil away
and stop this war."
"Doron Barkat, 29, in Jerusalem, spends long nights trawling the web to try to swing the debate Israel’s way. “When I see internet polls for or against Israel I send out a mailing list to vote for Israel,” he said. “It can be that after 15 minutes there will be 400 votes for Israel."
Via Angry Arab
Friday, July 28, 2006
"I think Orwell got it right in this passage from Nineteen Eighty-Four, a tale of the ultimate empire: "'And in the general hardening of outlook that set in . . . practices which had been long abandoned - imprisonment without trial, the use of war prisoners as slaves, public executions, torture to extract confessions . . . and the deportation of whole populations - not only became common again, but were tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves enlightened and progressive.'"
Thursday, July 27, 2006
"Senator Chafee started off reading a Bolton statement that he made in the past where Bolton essentially blamed terrorism as the fundamental problem in the Middle East. Chafee said to Bolton: "You are a brilliant man. Terrorism is a device. Your statement makes no sense. Explain it."
"Bolton gave a long and convoluted response but also stated: "There is no basis for peace in the Middle East now." He suggested that one of the reasons why the U.S. has resisted calls for immediate cease fire in the region is that it wants to generate a "comprehensive solution". He said "we need to use current circumstances as a fulcrum to move towards a more stable, longer term solution."
"Chafee jumped back: "Can't you go any deeper? This isn't just terrorism. What about the history of terrorism in the region? What are the root causes?"
"Chafee asked John Bolton if he thought that one of the root causes of our problems in the Middle East is our failure to make progress on a viable, contiguous Palestinian state existing peacefully, side-by-side next to Israel."
Later in article:
"Support for the president’s staunch backing of Israel goes only so far: 39 percent indicated they approved of it, but 40 percent said the United States should avoid saying anything at all about the conflict (Only 7 percent said the United States should criticize Israel, though many respondents cast blame for the conflict on both sides)."
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Found on Democrat Watch via Cursor.org--Author highlights Barney Frank's involvement, but what about John Lewis (former member of SNCC)?
"Clinton went to Waterbury, Conn., Monday to campaign for embattled Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is trailing anti-war insurgent Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary. Clinton campaigns for lots of Democrats, only in this case he was speaking up for a Democrat who is despised by his party's pacifist, anti-war forces because of his support for President Bush's war.
"But Clinton's appearance at a packed rally in the Palace Theater had to do with more than just saving Lieberman from a looming defeat. It also had to do with his party's weakened posture on national security and fighting terrorism and, by proxy, with helping his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, who, like Lieberman, thinks the United States must continue to support the Iraqis in their struggle for democracy and is opposed to a withdrawal until that mission is accomplished. Like other pro-war Democrats, Sen. Clinton has felt the wrath of anti-war activists who will be an obstacle to her ambitions to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.
Bill Clinton does not mince words about what his party's now-dominant antiwar wing wants to do to any Democrat who supports the war -- calling the attempt by leftist ideologues like MoveOn.org to oust Lieberman "the nuttiest strategy I ever heard in my life."
"I think the Democrats are making a mistake to go after each other," he said earlier this month at a conference at the Aspen Institute -- lecturing his party's rank and file not to "allow our differences over what to do now in Iraq ... divide us instead of focusing on replacing Republicans." Clinton is not the only Democrat chastising his party's left. Leon Panetta, Clinton's White House chief of staff, also took Democrats to task for going after Lieberman.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
A simple phone call to the State Department could have stopped the Secretary from landing in Lebanon. How much courage does that take?
If you were a brave man you would have placed the Secretary and her entire entourage under “house arrest” demanding that Israel stop its “scorched earth” campaign before releasing Rice and her people. But, we do not expect you to do the “courageous thing”, just the “decent thing”.
No one expects you to join the resistance and fight the butchers who have invaded your country from the south. No one expects you to risk your life to show your love for Lebanon or your willingness to die for your countryman. But why would you humiliate yourself by posing with the very people who have devastated your homeland and killed your country’s children? Is your dignity worth so little that you would grovel at Israel/America’s feet for a villa in the Riviera and a pocket full of silver?
"Your failure to condemn Hezbollah's aggression and recognize Israel's right to defend itself raises serious questions about whether Iraq under your leadership can play a constructive role in resolving the current crisis and bringing stability to the Middle East," said the letter obtained by The Associated Press. It was signed by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Sens. Richard Durbin of Illinois and Charles Schumer of New York."
"Al-Maliki has condemned Israel's offensive and has said he plans to tell Bush personally that the United States and the international community have not done enough to stop it.
Democrats also asserted Monday that the fierce fighting between Israel and Hezbollah militants was turning attention of Americans away from the fact that conditions continue to deteriorate in Iraq."
Via Angry Arab--read Angry Arab to break your heart
"'The Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, called for a freeze on all arms export licences after government figures showed that British arms sales to Israel more than doubled last year to £22.5m.'"
"That was five months ago. That was before this June, when the Baghdad morgue alone received 1,595 bodies that month. That was before a recent UN report, released last week after gathering data from the Iraqi Ministry of Health (which tracks deaths recorded in hospitals around Iraq) and the Baghdad morgue, reported that in March, 2,378 Iraqis were killed, 2,284 in April, 2,669 in May and 3,149 in June."
"Even in a war which has turned the roads of south Lebanon into killing zones, Israel's rocket strike on two clearly marked Red Cross ambulances on Sunday night set a deadly new milestone."
"Six ambulance workers were wounded and three generations of the Fawaz family, being transported to hospital from Tibnin with what were originally minor injuries, were left fighting for their lives. Two ambulances were entirely destroyed, their roofs pierced by missiles."
From Ali Abunimah--Electronic Intifada
Monday, July 24, 2006
Via Angry Arab Newservice
From NYT via WTF Is It Now.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Later in article:
The switch of American and British media attention to Lebanon and away from the rapidly deteriorating situation in Baghdad is much to the political benefit of Mr Blair and Mr Bush.
"Maliki's trip to Washington is all part of the US domestic agenda to put a good face on things for November," a European diplomat in Baghdad was quoted as saying.rom invaluable Patrick Cockburn off Angry Arab
NEW YORK -- An Algerian man believed to be the last domestic detainee still in custody from a national dragnet after Sept. 11 -- and who was cleared of links to terrorism in November 2001 -- was set free this week, his lawyer said Friday.
Benemar Benatta, 32, went to Ontario, Canada, where he is seeking political asylum, after being released from a Buffalo, N.Y., immigration lockup Thursday, attorney Catherine Amirfar said. "After five years, he had become all but hopeless," she said. "Now he's cautiously optimistic."
Analysis: Staunch support for Israel hinders diplomacy
By TOM RAUM
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's uncompromising support for Israel in its battle with Hezbollah, a stance now backed by Congress, is threatening to isolate the United States even further from the international community.
It is also putting the administration at odds with fragile democratic governments in the Middle East that it is simultaneously trying to prop up, and sowing increasing anger across the Arab world.
what remains of their land, and due to their higher birth
rate, Palestinians are once again becoming the majority
population. Their struggle draws support across the Arab
world, including from groups like Hezbollah."
"For the first time since the 1948 expulsions accompanying
Israel's foundation, Jews no longer form the absolute
majority in the territory they control."
"Israeli and Palestinian official statistics count 5.3
million Jews living in Israel-Palestine and 5.6 million
non-Jews (this does not include millions more Palestinian
refugees outside the country)."
"Israeli leaders understand what this means. Prime minister
Ehud Olmert said in 2003: "We are approaching the point
where more and more Palestinians will say 'There is no
place for two states between the [River] Jordan and the
[Mediterranean] sea. All we want is the right to vote'.
The day they get it, we [Israeli Jews] will lose
"Olmert added: "I shudder to think that liberal Jewish
organisations that shouldered the burden of struggle
against apartheid in South Africa will lead the struggle
Also included is an attempt at defending Israel.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Lebanon 7-20-06: 300 dead, 20,000 wounded, 500,000 displaced by Israeli aggression; vast swathes of the infrastructure in complete ruins; including airports, the highway grid, electrical power stations, sea-ports, factories, housing units and apartments, and all major bridges and highways. The Los Angeles Times reports, "Civil structure appears to have broken down almost completely. Ambulances have not been able to operate. The dead are rotting in the rubble of smashed homes. Food and clean drinking water are running out."
The destruction of Lebanon is a completely man-made catastrophe orchestrated in Tel Aviv and rubber-stamped in Washington. The death and suffering are now on a scale that rivals the Asian tsunami.
From Uruknet. Article ends well:
The sacking of Lebanon should rouse the world from its terminal state of apathy. The nut-jobs are on the loose and they don’t care who gets killed in the process. The United Nations, the U.S. Congress, and the Arab League have proved utterly worthless in slowing the prospect of an all-out, regional conflagration. The Bush-Olmert juggernaut will continue to lurch uncontrollably through the Middle East until it is stopped in its tracks.
What alternative is there but resistance?
Found on Left I on the News
Found on Angry Arab Newsservice
Friday, July 21, 2006
"In all three respects, the war has been a resounding success. US oil companies have taken charge of Iraqi oil. In the future it is through them that Japan, China, EU and any other competitors will have to buy oil from the region, something that gives the US formidable leverage. The oil market continues to transact in dollars, fragile as it is as a global reserve currency. Iranian experiments with the Euro Bourse have not taken off.
Later in article:
"Among those who know, the accepted view is that Iraq has suffered two assaults, the military and the corporate , both filling the coffers of Washington’s patron corporations at the expense of epic human misery. Reviewing the enormous corruption and the no -- bid contracts handed out to companies like Halliburton and Bechtel, The Boston Globe recently suggested that the American involvement “amounts to two invasions. First the bombs. Then the banks. This is robbery, not reconstruction.” To add insult to these injuries, all US oil corporations operating in Iraq have been granted total legal immunity from prosecution for any crime -- involving labor, human rights or environmental law or any other violations -- under an Executive Order issued by the President a few years ago. For all that the “international community” cares about human rights and the environment, Exxon -- Mobil or Chevron -- Texaco could use slave labor or spill their oil off the coast of Basra without having to worry about any sort of prosecution whatsoever. Rule of law in the new, democratic Iraq."
Thursday, July 20, 2006
"Faced with almost daily reports of sectarian carnage in Iraq, congressional Republicans are shifting their message on the war from speaking optimistically of progress to acknowledging the difficulty of the mission and pointing up mistakes in planning and execution. '
"Rep. Christopher Shays (Conn.) is using his House Government Reform subcommittee on national security to vent criticism of the White House's war strategy and new estimates of the monetary cost of the war. Rep. Gil Gutknecht (Minn.), once a strong supporter of the war, returned from Iraq this week declaring that conditions in Baghdad were far worse "than we'd been led to believe" and urging that troop withdrawals begin immediately. 'Of course, it's probably this (from Downing Street site):
"Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney listed a few recent news headlines to illustrate that even the Supreme Court and the Pentagon are now admitting that the opponents of the president's policy in Iraq have been right all along."
"But Congresswoman Barbara Lee warned, "Our efforts will be in vain if we're not vigilant ... Politically motivated, cosmetic troop draw-downs may begin as the November election approaches."
"As of Saturday, I fear every city or region will be cut off from the rest of the country. Maybe they won't bomb us. Maybe they will just leave us in our cities and villages to starve and rot to death. Maybe they will do both."
"Worse than not knowing what will happen is knowing that whatever the Israelis decide to do, nobody wants or can stop them."
"Our first duty is to tell the truth to each other. We must combat among ourselves the bogus historical narratives which permit indifference to US policy in the Middle East in general, and support of Israeli apartheid in particular. The churchgoers among us urgently, publicly and repeatedly must confront and debunk the nonsense which holds that “wars and rumors of wars” are something predestined to happen in the biblical holy land for what they are – bad scripture and fake history. We need to interrupt, correct and school everyone who talks to us about a “cycle of violence” in the Holy Land, as though some raggedy fool with a suicide belt, or a few hundred fighters with small arms are or ever have been equivalent to the devastation wrought by the established gulags, checkpoints, airborne firepower, economic strangulation, house demolitions and nuclear armed might of the Israeli state. The two sides do not have access to anything like equal means of inflicting violence, and so cannot be equally culpable or equally responsible for stopping that violence."
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I heard Robert Fisk naming Seattle as the place where Boeing makes some of the weapons Isreal is using on the Lebanese this morning. Shame on us.
End Usreal's Barbarism Now.
“'I think it’s a wash,'” said Representative Joseph Crowley, whose district includes parts of Queens and the Bronx. “'I think both Democrats and Republicans consistently support the state of Israel.'”
How craven can you get? "[N]o partisan gain" in uttering a word even to stop Isreal's slaughter in Lebanon.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
You have to be either ignorant or foolish or both to consider the US interested in ending the current conflict. The US has clearly endorsed an unconditional Israeli aggression on Lebanon and Palestine. The US will leave it to Israel to decide not only the manner of killing of Arabs, but even to determine the number of Arabs that Israel wishes to kill.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Yeah, you wondered why they asked Syria to leave Lebanon and why they put the Hamas government in jail a couple weeks ago?
Now you know.
"Brian J. Foley, a professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, sums up the situation this way: "It looks as if the Administration has 'cut and run' on its alleged effort to bring democracy to Iraq -- though I don't think the Administration was ever serious about giving freedom to regular Iraqis. If so, there would be a referendum for Iraqis to vote on whether U.S. troops should leave -- the debate would not be limited to discussion among U.S. leaders. Creating a government would be an Iraqi initiative, not a US-controlled one. Unfortunately, after the unnecessary invasion and all of the unnecessary death, destruction, and disorder, and the failure to provide services such as electricity and water in a timely manner, U.S. leaders are probably now afraid to let the Iraqi people have any real control over their own country and destiny."
in its entirety, from Leftionthenews: Feingold on USreal's attacks on Lebanon--Liberal watch
Judging from the support from sites like Daily Kos, Sen. Russell Feingold seems to be the current "liberal hope" for the next Presidential election. Here's what this "left" Democrat has to say about what's going on:
U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold today defended Israel's right to protect itself amid the escalating conflict along its borders, saying, "I don't think any country is going to let their soldiers be kidnapped, transported, killed ... without a serious response."Any questions?
Feingold said he would not second-guess "whether that response was exactly as it should be."
Said Feingold: "My hope would be that Israel would use as much restraint as possible .... It's in Israel's interest and the interests of peace. But I do think Israel has not only a right but also a responsibility to respond to the Hezbollah attack."
Feingold posted a statement on his Web site Friday saying, "I stand firmly with the people of Israel and their government as they defend themselves against these outrageous attacks."
The Democrats, every bit as much as the Republicans, are the party of imperialism. They may at times advocate different tactics, or even different strategies, but their goals are for all intents and purposes identical.
Bush thanked Blair for the gift of a sweater and joked that he knew Blair had picked it out personally. "Absolutely," Blair responded, with a laugh.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
"Meanwhile, more than 20 years removed, the corporate media spin of Israeli mass murder in Lebanon, undoubtedly supported by the Israeli people, continues unabated. Early this morning, I switched on the brainwashing tube, only to catch Andrea Mitchell [AN NBC REPORTER I BELIEVE] calling in to Don Imus’ MSNBC show. As to be expected, Mitchell whitewashed Israel’s murder campaign, and Imus, chewing gum with a cowboy hat pulled low over his brow, muttered: "We’d do the same."
"In fact, Don, we are doing the same, only worse in Iraq. 100,000 and more Iraqis have paid the ultimate price for our delusions engineered by a gaggle of pro-Likudite neocons."
"My question is: how the hell does the average American sleep at night?"By Kurt Nimmo of Another Day in the Empire on Uruk.net
"The rape of Abeer, the rape of Iraq. The part contains the whole. An American soldier imposes his will on an Iraqi girl. The American military imposes its will on Iraq society. Both acts are motivated by the same wretched morality which bestows the same feeling of entitlement."
"Steven Green is no "bad apple". He's typical fruit of a bad society, one morally indifferent to what is being done in its name in Iraq."
Found on Uruk.net
Friday, July 14, 2006
found on Electronic Intifada
"The Mearsheimer-Walt thesis – that U.S. foreign policy has been hijacked (kidnapped, if you will) by what they refer to as "the Lobby" – has so far been confirmed by the events of the past few days. The United States is giving what appears to be unconditional support to phase two of the "Clean Break" plan, targeting Syria and Iran, albeit while cautioning the Israelis on Lebanon."
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Also on Iraq:
"According to author Antonia Juhasz, “Prior to the first Gulf War in 1991 and even after eight years of war with Iran, Iraq was ranked 15 out of 130 countries on the 1990 United Nations Human Development Index. Before the first Bush invasion, Iraq had the highest percentage of college-educated citizens in the Middle East and above average overall literacy rates. According to the World Health Organization, prior to 1991 health care reached approximately 97 percent of the urban population and 78 percent of rural residents, while the infant mortality rate was well below average for developing countries. “
From Dahr Jamail's website
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
For Swift's 22nd birthday Saturday, her family and supporters are urging a national day of action on her behalf. A rally and vigil are planned for noon outside Fort Lewis at Exit 119 off Interstate 5. Another in her hometown, Eugene, is planned for noon at the Federal Building.
ANNOUNCEMENT COMING ABOUT BANNERING FOR SUZANNE SWIFT ON SATURDAY AT FT. LEWIS.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Mike Whitney will be speaking at or about 5 p.m. at the Lake Forest Park Snow Chataqua on Saturday. It's at: July 15 - at 17840 40th NE in beautiful Lake Forest Park -
Monday, July 10, 2006
"Gaza is in serious trouble, ruled by death, horror and daily difficulties, far from the eyes and hearts of Israelis. We are only shown the Qassams. We only see theQassams. The West Bank is still under the boot of occupation, the settlements are flourishing, and every limply extended hand for an agreement, including that ofIsmail Haniyeh, is immediately rejected. And after all this, if someone still has second thoughts, the winning answer is promptly delivered: "They started." They started and justice is on our side, while the fact is that they did not start and justice is not with us."
"When Lieutenant Watada refused to deploy to Iraq, he struck a blow against the Iraq war. Since the Supreme Court decision in the Hamdan case, he may also have become the point person in the effort to restore the rule of law in America. It took the civil rights movement to overcome massive resistance and realize the promise of equality made in the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision. So today it will take a movement for checks and balances and against war crimes to overcome Bush administration resistance and realize the promise of constitutional restoration proffered in the Hamdan decision. Lieutenant Watada may represent the emergence of that movement."
Originally found on antiwar.com
Sunday, July 09, 2006
"The $18.2 million Nike paid William Perez in 2005 made him the highest-paid chief executive in the Northwest last year, according to The Seattle Times' annual calculation of how the region's public companies compensated their leaders."
"In Perez's case, it would be hard to argue he earned it."
"During his one-year tenure, Nike's stock price fell by more than $7 per share and The Swoosh lost nearly $2 billion in market value."
"Nike's board did not demand a refund when it asked the underperforming Perez to leave in January. Just the opposite. On top of his 2005 compensation, Nike gave Perez $8.3 million in severance pay, including $150,000 to cover moving expenses."
from another friend in Baghdad:
/ Maybe this is the last message I am going to send ... really I don't
have anyone here. I am like a foreigner in my own country. I am really
feeling very afraid. I am living next to Al Sadr City and the Al Sadr
militia is killing anyone who is Sunni, especially when any explosion
attacks the Shia. They come to our zone and take Sunni people from their
houses and kill them. They killed one of my relatives. They killed my
neighbor, who was only 26 years old. My friend, the situation now in
Baghdad is very bad. Do you know that there is no work and no safety,
even in my own house? I'm very sad to tell you that I am very tired from
changing my house. My family and I leave the house every month for three
weeks and we run away like some one who did a crime. What is our crime?/
/ We are in a very bad situation. It is so bad now. Please help, is all
that I ask as we need help now. We are living, just waiting for our turn
to die ... Please help us if you can ... I don't have any one to ask but
"So while Iraqis are being killed or fearing death as they suffer through
the daily hell that is the US occupation, Cheney, the real force behind
this "administration," tells CNN, "No matter how you carve it - you can
call it anything you want - but basically, it is packing it in, going
home, persuading and convincing and validating the theory that the
Americans don't have the stomach for this fight."
"Guess what, Dick - moral and sane Americans "don't have the stomach for
this fight" because this fight should have never taken place. And anyone
with a soul, let alone a conscience, should be more than happy to see US
troops in Iraq "packing it in."
From a email dispatch from Dahr Jamail. He is asking for support there to return to Iraq.
"In his 1905 dissertation for Columbia Teachers College, Elwood Cubberly—the future Dean of Education at Stanford—wrote that schools should be factories "in which raw products, children, are to be shaped and formed into finished products...manufactured like nails, and the specifications for manufacturing will come from government and industry."
Found on Marxmail.org
Found on Marxmail.org
Saturday, July 08, 2006
"Since 2000, about 40,000 troops from all branches of the military have deserted, the Pentagon says. More than half served in the Army. But the Army says numbers have decreased each year since the United States began its war on terror in Afghanistan."
"Those who help war resisters say desertion is more prevalent than the military has admitted."
Found on News from Iraq
The advice part (probably a waste of breath, but worth a try):
"The best thing the United States can do now is to support the push for a recount and to refrain from calling on Mr. López Obrador to concede. Then, no matter who finally wins the election, the White House should renegotiate Nafta, allowing Mexico to set its own policy in support of its rural economy. If the Bush administration does otherwise, it might help begin yet another season of Mexican upheaval — just as the Aztecs might have predicted."
Friday, July 07, 2006
"He thought for a moment, then said: "It's not that we want to fight. It's because they are killing us and we need to defend ourselves and we are helpless."
"He said he did not believe Israeli leaders when they promised that Israel would "provide quiet for quiet," saying that the Israelis had broader aims to control the Palestinians and take their land. "They need to understand that there are people here," he said. "Peace doesn't come through violence, but understanding."
"But Israel withdrew from Gaza last summer. How did he feel then? Mr. Eid smiled broadly. "A year ago we were very happy, it was like a festival," he said. "We went to the sea, where we couldn't go, we felt like free people." There was another burst of gunfire. "And now they're back," he said, "and our children are clutching at us."
"The destruction of Gaza's power plant and loss of electricity to some 700,000 people; the consequent scarcity of water, build-up of sewage that cannot be disposed of, and inevitable spread of disease; the shortages of fuel and threats to the running of vital services such as hospitals; the sonic booms of Israeli aircraft that terrify Gaza's children and unpredictable air strikes that terrify everyone; the inability of Palestinian officials to run bombed ministries and provide services; the constant threat of invasion by massed Israeli troops on the "border"; and the breakdown of law and order as Fatah and Hamas gunmen are encouraged to turn on each other. All these factors are designed to one end: the slow demand by Palestinians, civilians and militants alike, to clear out of the hell-hole of Gaza."
"The traffic through the tunnels that once served Gaza's smugglers will change directions: where once cigarettes and arms came into Gaza, the likelihood is that soon it will be people passing through those underground passages to leave Gaza and seek a life outside."
"If this experiment in human despair works in the small Gaza Strip, its lessons can be applied to much bigger effect in the West Bank ghettoes left behind after convergence. This is how ethnic cleansing looks when it is designed not by butchers in uniforms but by technocrats in suits."
Thursday, July 06, 2006
"She is the 18th person shot and killed in Northwest Miami-Dade this year."
"Nearly all of the victims have been children."
Found on Cursor.org
"my [Dr. Mona El-Farra] main concern now is to find away to get medications and medical supplies through the borders ,into Gaza , the hospital medical resources is exhausted, the borders are completely sealed,some very crucial medications are lacking.,"
"the Rafah borders in the south ,was opened today for 3 hours , there are at least 2000 Palestinians on the Egyptian side ,waiting to enter Gaza , they have been waiting since last Sunday , when the summer rain operation started,internationals were asked to leave Gaza,via Eretz checkpoint , that was opened for 2 hours only(for us here in Gaza this is alarming sign),karni checkpoint (the commercial checkpoint) was opened to let in some stuff for 4 hours,may be to let in more candles , transistors and torches,"
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
JERUSALEM -- The father of a captured Israeli soldier called on the government Thursday to consider releasing Palestinian prisoners in exchange for his son, despite the government's refusal to negotiate with the captors.
Cpl. Gilad Shalit was captured in a cross-border raid last week, prompting Israel to launch a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.
"Everything has a price. I don't think there will be some sort of move to free Gilad without a price. That's not the way it works in the Middle East," said Shalit's father, Noam.
He said the government already had been considering a prisoner swap before his 19-year-old son was captured.
"There is no reason not to consider this after this incident in order to free someone who was sent by the state to the front lines," he said.
The Hamas-linked militants holding the soldier have demanded a large-scale release of Palestinian prisoners. Israel has rejected the demand and called for the soldier's unconditional release.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
From Black Commentator (via Cursor.org)
"There may come a time when we in America must accept that some Iraqis believed they were fighting for their country against foreign invaders."
"Its ruthless leader notwithstanding, Iraq was a sovereign nation before it was invaded and occupied by a U.S.-led coalition of nations."
"There are about 200,000 homeless vets in the United States, according to government figures. About 10 percent are from either the 1991 Gulf War or the current one, and about 40 percent are Vietnam veterans."
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
increase as diarrhea spreads. There is a limited supply of good clean
water and high rates of food contamination; diarrhea is expected to
rise by 15% as an outcome of lack of clean water and good hygiene.
6. Premature babies on life support machines are awaiting death
sentences and the number of deaths for preterm deliveries will
increase as well.
7. Children are lacking proper sleep and proper recreation. They are
feeling insecure all the time and have to live with the non-stop
sonic booming and artillery shelling. A number of those children will
continue to suffer from different psychological problems or drawbacks.
(Source: Palestinian Statistics Bureau)
This is from a Gaza physician's blog, From Gaza with Love
"The press would need several special editions or have to add 60 more pages to each edition in order to superficially report the names, which they have; their faces, which are real; and the agonized and despairing families of those 12,000 cadavers who have no mourners nor headlines, no history, for whom no one organizes anniversary masses or tributes. These 12,000 little ones dead each day at the hands of a rotten economic order sold to us as progress, whose laws protect the solidity of its immune building, and which terrorizes via its monetary gangs the deposed government of life."
From Granma--Cuba, LeftI on the News. Eli has more to say on the subject.
(CBS) CHICAGO Anti-war activists were competing with deep dish pizza and fried catfish at the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park this weekend.
Six people were arrested while trying to pass out leaflets on Sunday near military recruiters.
The flyers were entitled, “Bitter Taste of the Military.”
The activists were part of multiple peace organizations, including Code Pink, the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism, and the American Friends Service Committee’s Chicago Committee Opposed to the Militarization of Youth and Contra Antimilitaricion, according to a news release.
The activists arrested included one senior citizen and one juvenile. Police arrested them when they refused to leave.
(© MMVI, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)Found on Antiwar.com
"Since January, we have seen the particularly shocking spectacle of the entire world collaborating in the openly declared destruction of a democratically elected government at the behest of the United States and Israel. It cloaked itself transparently in the language of the “war on terrorism,” even at a time when Hamas was not carrying out attacks and indicating willingness for serious negotiations with Israel, and was implemented with shocking speed, even though the collateral damage would be the Palestinian people."
"Perhaps Israel’s “Summer Rains” will wash away that cloak and someone somewhere will stand up for democracy once again."
"By arresting government officials, we can see that Palestinian democracy only exists when it suits Israel’s interests. It is a complete sham."
"The reality of occupation is evident by the facts on the ground and in the photos now appearing from Gaza of bombed-out buildings, traumatized children, bereaved parents and utter hopelessness."
"Israel has robbed the Palestinian people of their freedom. The elections were a fraud. The issue continues to be occupation, and occupation alone."
Monday, July 03, 2006
They have now charged a 21-year old ex-soldier (so too late for the above strategy, says Chris Floyd)
A state that takes such steps is no longer distinguishable from a terror organization. The harsher the steps, the more monstrous and stupid they become, the more the moral underpinnings for them are removed and the stronger the impression that the Israeli government has lost its nerve. Now one must hope that the weekend lull, whether initiated by Egypt or the prime minister, and in any case to the dismay of Channel 2's Roni Daniel and the IDF, will lead to a radical change.
Gideon Levy in Haaretz
Everything must be done to win Gilad Shalit's release. What we are doing now in Gaza has nothing to do with freeing him. It is a widescale act of vengeance, the kind that the IDF and Shin Bet have wanted to conduct for some time, mostly motivated by the deep frustration that the army commanders feel about their impotence against the Qassams and the daring Palestinian guerilla raid. There's a huge gap between the army unleashing its frustration and a clever and legitimate operation to free the kidnapped soldier.
"By continuing to support Israel the EU/USA are creating an environment conducive to the rule of jungle not the rule of law. They have brought the rules of Bin Laden – not the rules of international humanitarian law. Thus, anyone who qualifies as a protected person under international humanitarian law is at a serious risk in the current environment."
From Electronic Intifada
Sunday, July 02, 2006
FROM SPECIAL EDITORIAL TO SEATTLE TIMES:
"It was a beautiful Saturday. My family was looking forward to meeting Javier Carrera, the son of the Spanish family that will be hosting our daughter this school year. Javier landed in Seattle Thursday night. But he was the wrong color and the wrong age to be allowed into the U.S. as a tourist, because of the Patriot Act."
"Javier Carrera is 22 years old and he speaks very little English. On his arrival in Seattle, he was immediately pulled out by the Customs police and asked his intentions. When he said vacation, he was pulled aside for intense questioning."
"Javier Carrera, tourist, was interrogated, thrown in a detention center, and sent back to Spain the following morning. The Shoreline family that had invited him to stay for the summer was never even allowed to see him."
OUT OF IRAQ NOW!
"UNICEF has begun discussions with the ministries of labour and social affairs to address the issue. "The protracted and escalating civil unrest in Iraq is having an extremely adverse impact on Iraqi civilians," said UNICEF-Iraq Child Protection Officer Patrizia Di Giovanni. "On a daily basis, Iraqi children are directly and indirectly affected by ongoing violence."
END THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ!