Editor’s Note: Nafeez Ahmed recently launched a crowdfunding drive in order to support his great journalism and with the hopeful aim of creating his own investigative journalism collective. Please support him in any way you can. You can find links to more of his work here.
‘Abby Martin interviews investigative journalist, Nafeez Ahmed, about what was not discussed in the torture report and his claims of censorship at the Guardian newspaper, where he used to work.’ (Breaking the Set)
‘Israel continues to interact with Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights and allow them to cross the border, according to a new UN report corroborated by a VICE News team that visited the area in November, uncovering additional incidents beyond what has been described by the UN.
Israel has occupied the Golan Heights since the Six-Day War in 1967, when it captured it from Syria. In 1974, a UN peacekeeping mission, known as UNDOF, was established to police a 50-mile-long disengagement zone between the Israeli “Alpha” and Syrian “Bravo” lines. At the disengagement zone’s narrowest southern points, the distance between the two lines can be less than a kilometer.’
‘Syria has filed a formal complaint with the United Nations about the attack [in and around Damascus airport], saying they believe the Netanyahu government attacked to try to distract attention from the early elections. Syria’s Foreign Ministry is pushing for immediate sanctions.
What was attacked is still a subject of no small speculation, as the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) said it was conceivable the sites were Hezbollah arms dumps, though they appeared to have no evidence supporting that.
By contrast, Lebanese TV was reporting that the sites hit were “crucial intelligence-linked locations” that Syria’s military was letting Iran use. Syrian state media said Russian anti-aircraft defenses were attacked, and Israel is refusing to either confirm or deny the attacks.’
- Syria: Israeli jets bomb army facilities near Damascus airport
- Suspected Israeli war jets strike near Damascus airport
- Israel’s air strikes hit Russian top-line air defense missiles sent to Syria & Hizballah
- Syria to UN: Israel struck targets to distract from coalition breakup
- Israel strikes against Syria may be linked to Iranian activity
- Israel bombs Syria in attacks probably aimed at Hezbollah
- Blamed for Syria strikes, Israel vows to stop arms to ‘terrorists’
- Russia demands Israeli explanation of air strikes in Syria
‘Israel and the United States were the only two countries to vote against a UN resolution calling for the prevention of an arms race in outer space.
The resolution was among several dealing with international disarmament passed by the General Assembly on 2 December, including one calling on Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and bring its rogue nuclear program under international supervision.
China and India, which both have space programs, along with the member states of the European Space Agency, voted for the initiative aimed at keeping space free of weapons.
The US and Israel were also the only two countries to vote against a separate UN resolution calling for a prohibition on the development and manufacture of new types of weapons of mass destruction.
That resolution passed with 174 countries voting in favor and a single abstention, Ukraine.’
- Outer Space Treaty
- UN Resolution: Prevention of an arms race in outer space
- UN Report: Prohibition of the development and manufacture of new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons
- UN Report: The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East
- UN resolution: Israel must renounce nuclear arms
- The truth about Israel’s secret nuclear arsenal
- Israel flunks nuclear safety test, but ranks above Iran and North Korea
‘Palestine is not an environment story’: How Nafeez Ahmed was censored from The Guardian for writing about Israel’s war for Gaza’s gas
Editor’s Note: Nafeez Ahmed recently launched a crowdfunding drive in order to support his great journalism and with the hopeful aim of creating his own investigative journalism collective. Please support him in any way you can. You can find links to more of his work here.
‘After writing for The Guardian for over a year, my contract was unilaterally terminated because I wrote a piece on Gaza that was beyond the pale. In doing so, The Guardian breached the very editorial freedom the paper was obligated to protect under my contract. I’m speaking out because I believe it is in the public interest to know how a Pulitizer Prize-winning newspaper which styles itself as the world’s leading liberal voice, casually engaged in an act of censorship to shut down coverage of issues that undermined Israel’s publicised rationale for going to war.
I joined the Guardian as an environment blogger in April 2013. Prior to this, I had been an author, academic and freelance journalist for over a decade, writing for The Independent, Independent on Sunday, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Scotsman, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Quartz, Prospect, New Statesman, Le Monde diplomatique, among others.
On 9th July 2014, I posted an article via my Earth Insight blog at The Guardian’s environment website, exposing the role of Palestinian resources, specifically Gaza’s off-shore natural gas reserves, in partly motivating Israel’s invasion of Gaza aka ‘Operation Protective Edge.’ Among the sources I referred to was a policy paper written by incumbent Israeli defence minister Moshe Ya’alon one year before Operation Cast Lead, underscoring that the Palestinians could never be allowed to develop their own energy resources as any revenues would go to supporting Palestinian terrorism.’
- Israel’s bridge to the Arab world: Palestinian natural gas?
- IDF’s Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis
- Gaza: Israel’s $4 billion gas grab
- Israel, US, UK carve up the spoils of Palestine’s stolen gas
- Read more of Nafeez Ahmed’s work…
- Jonathan Cook: The Dangerous Cult of the Guardian
- Jonathan Cook: Language that disappears the Palestinians
- A profile of Jonathan Cook
- But Where Are the Angels Now?
- Disenchantment: The “Guardian” and Israel: The “Guardian” and Israel (Book)
‘After more than a year of negotiations between the United States and Iran, the two sides have failed to reach an agreement by the agreed deadline in July. They have agreed to continue negotiating, but the failure to meet the deadline was clearly not caused by the lack of time.
To understand why the talks have remained deadlocked, it is necessary to review the Obama administration’s stance on diplomacy with Iran in the context of the long US history of favouring “coercive diplomacy” over traditional negotiations in managing conflicts with adversaries.
Reliance on coercive diplomacy is deeply imbedded in the strategic culture of US national security institutions. It has evolved over decades of US military and economic dominance in international politics, which has allowed the United States to avoid genuine diplomacy repeatedly.’
Editor’s Note: The below interview with Gareth Porter, author of “Manufactured Crisis:The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare,” begins at around 16:05.
- Khamenei: We are not Opposed to Nuclear Talks, Will Accept Just Deal
- Iran Hardliners Slam Extension of Nuclear Talks, But Khamenei Approves
- Is there a hidden agenda in the Iran nuclear talks? (includes Patrick Clawson)
- Pro-Israel Hawks Take Wing over Extended Iran Nuclear Talks
- AIPAC Leads Call for Sanctions to Sabotage Iran Talks
- Former CIA analyst: The Risks of No Iran-Nuke Deal
- Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Through June of 2015
- Endgame: the United States and Iran
- Iran says will double oil exports in two months if sanctions end
- Iran to resist ‘excessive’ demands in push for nuclear deal
- Iran will do a deal with the west – but only if there’s no loss of dignity
- Iran eyes tighter spending, more tax to offset lost oil revenues
- China said to double Iran energy investment
- Report: Iran opens gold plant to fight nuclear sanctions
- Why Is the IAEA Getting Iran Wrong?
- Gareth Porter: US Sanctions Relief Fails, Threatening the Nuclear Talks
- Top 5 Disasters If GOP Senate Derails Iran Talks
- Republican Senators Fail to Push Iran Sanctions Aimed at Killing Talks
- Russia’s Pivitol Role in the Iranian Nuclear Agreement: Interview with Gareth Porter
- Iran President: US Must Stop ‘Excessive Demands’ in Nuclear Talks
- Iran’s Non-Existent Nuke Program: Interview with Gareth Porter
- Russia, Iran Sign Major New Nuclear Power Plant Deal
- Who Leaked the Obama-Khamenei Letter?
- On Iran Policy, America Is Not ‘the World’
- Is the Justice Department Shielding an Anti-Iran Smear Campaign?
- Israeli policy on Iran is the biggest threat to its ‘special relationship’ with America
- How a US and International Atomic Energy Agency Deception Haunts the Nuclear Talks
- Does Iran Have Legitimate Nuclear Energy Needs? Interview with Mehdi Sarram (Part two)
‘U.S. and Israeli companies have been selling surveillance systems to Central Asian countries with records of political repression and human rights abuse, according to a new report by Privacy International. The U.K.-based watchdog charges that the American firms Verint and Netronome enable surveillance in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Verint’s Israeli arm provides those countries with monitoring centers “capable of mass interception of telephone, mobile, and IP networks,” the report says, as does the Israeli company NICE systems. Verint also enlisted California-based Netronome to give Uzbek agents the ability to intercept encrypted communications, Privacy International says, though it’s not clear whether the program was carried out successfully.
The report provides a broad picture of surveillance in a region that is marked by repression. Kazakhstan has been condemned for laws restricting free speech and assembly, flawed trials, and torture. As for Uzbekistan, Human Rights Watch bluntly characterizes the country’s human rights record as “atrocious.”
- Privacy International uncovers widespread surveillance throughout Central Asia, exposes role of Israeli companies
- Human Rights Watch Report on Kazakhstan
- Human Rights Watch Report on Uzbekistan
- Shady Companies With Ties to Israel Wiretap the U.S. for the NSA
- U.S., Israeli companies supply spy gear to repressive regimes, report says
- Secret Manuals Show the Spyware Sold to Despots and Cops Worldwide
- Leaked Files: German Spy Company Helped Bahrain Hack Arab Spring Protesters
- EU Scrutinizes Spyware Exports To Sketchy Regimes
‘As the world marks the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s collapse Sunday, Palestinians knocked a hole through an altogether different wall this weekend.
Palestinian activists affiliated with local popular resistance committees broke through the West Bank separation barrier Saturday, the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported.
“No matter how high walls are built, they will fall,” the popular committees said in a statement cited by Ma’an. “Just as the Berlin Wall fell, the wall in Palestine will fall, along with the occupation.”‘
Editor’s Note: Gareth Porter is an investigative journalist and historian who specialises on the Iranian nuclear issue. His latest book is ‘Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare‘. The below interview was recorded over two weeks ago.
- Obama says P5+1 gave Iran ‘a framework to re-enter the international community’
- Obama Won’t Discuss Secret Letter to Ayatollah Khamenei
- Iran Hardliners Hope for Nuclear Deal Without US Rapprochement
- If Nuclear Negotiations With Iran Fail, US Will Be Blamed
- Role for Russia Gives Iran Talks a Possible Boost
- Is an Iranian Nuclear Deal in the Works?
- The Iran-US Tango
- Why Obama Rejected Peace With Iran
- US negotiator: Some want talks with Iran to fail
- Former Weapons Inspector Skeptical Over Claims Iran Hiding Nuclear Weapons Tests
- Iran offers ‘compromises’ in nuclear talks, West unmoved
- Iran: Suspected spies arrested near Bushehr nuclear plant
- Nuclear Deal with Iran 95% Complete: Interview with Larry Wilkerson
- History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery
- When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes
- U.S. proposes Iran keep nuclear infrastructure but reduce ability to make bomb
- US Denies Plans to Extend Iran Nuclear Talks, But Progress Is Slow Going
- Iran’s president says nuclear deal with West ‘certain’
- ‘Obama took Netanyahu’s threats to attack Iran seriously’
- Netanyahu: Iran Worse Than ISIS, ISIS Equal to Hamas
- Rouhani sees more cooperation with neighbours after nuclear deal
- Russia ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Iran nuke deal
‘On October 31, a new United Nations General Assembly First Committee resolution on depleted uranium (DU) weapons passed overwhelmingly. There were 143 states in favor, four against, and 26 abstentions. The measure calls for UN member states to provide assistance to countries contaminated by the weapons. The resolution also notes the need for health and environmental research on depleted uranium weapons in conflict situations.
This fifth UN resolution on the subject was fiercely opposed by four depleted uranium-shooting countries — Britain, the United States, France and Israel — who cast the only votes in opposition. The 26 states that abstained reportedly sought to avoid souring lucrative trade relationships with the four major shooters.
Uranium-238 — so-called “depleted” uranium — is waste material left in huge quantities by the nuclear weapons complex. It’s used in large caliber armor-piercing munitions and in armor plate on tanks. Toxic, radioactive dust and debris is dispersed when DU shells burn through targets, and its metallic fumes and dust poison water, soil and the food chain. DU has been linked to deadly health effects like Gulf War Syndrome among U.S. and allied troops, and birth abnormalities among populations in bombed areas. DU waste has caused radioactive contamination of large parts of Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo and perhaps Afghanistan.’
- US will use depleted uranium in Iraq again ‘if it needs to’
- Iraqi Doctors Call Depleted Uranium Use “Genocide”
- Iraq calls for global treaty ban on depleted uranium weapons
- World Health Organization Covers Up Iraq War Crimes
- How the World Health Organisation covered up Iraq’s nuclear nightmare
- Still dangerous after 30 years: Uranium particles from DU weapons
- We’ve moved on from the Iraq war, but Iraqis don’t have that choice
- Ten Years Later, U.S. Has Left Iraq With Mass Displacement & Epidemic of Birth Defects, Cancers
- In a State of Uncertainty: impact and implications of the use of depleted uranium in Iraq
- Study: Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009
‘The Republicans took control of the Senate in Tuesday’s elections, but much more important than which party took control is the nature of the incoming Senators from the new ruling party.
It’s not an influx of Tea Party members, reluctant to waste US funds on overseas adventures and suspicious of federal power, but rather a series of hawks in the model of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – SC) that seized the reins of power last night.
The new senators are typified by Jodi Ernst (R – IA) and Tom Cotton (R – AR), who campaigned heavy on escalating the ISIS war in Iraq and Syria, as well as being more hawkish at essentially every opportunity.”
- Obama foreign policy faces new challenge
- Obama faces new Congress critical of his foreign policy
- The rise of Joni Ernst — and the return of the Bush-era GOP
- The GOP sweep is no victory for Netanyahu
- Obama Seeks War Authorization for ISIS Conflict Before New Congress Takes Over
- Turkish Media: Democrat losses in Senate might be good news for coping with crisis in Syria
‘The problem of special interests or lobbies was one of the foremost concerns of the Founding Fathers of the United States. In their day they were called factions. James Madison, who is considered the architect of the U.S. Constitution, devoted the entire tenth Federalist Paper (1787) to the problem. He defined a faction as “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority … actuated by some common … interest, adverse to … the aggregate interests of the community,” and believed that within the context of liberal republicanism, they could never be eliminated. However, he did feel they could be controlled. To this end he sought to create representative bodies with high numbers of delegates and a wide diversity of interests in the hope that they would counterbalance each other.
When George Washington delivered his famous Farewell Address in 1796, he too noted the problem. Washington warned of “combinations and associations” which attempt to “direct, control, counteract and awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities” and thereby substitute their own desires for the “delegated will of the nation.” As Washington’s continued concern implied, James Madison’s approach to controlling special interests or factions never proved adequate.’
‘Israeli officials were unsuccessful in their attempts to condition the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, badly damaged during the summer Israeli invasion, on a full disarmament of Hamas and other factions within the strip.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly demanded the precondition, but it was ultimately sidelined, as the donor nations pledged $5.4 billion for reconstruction, solely on the condition that the ceasefire with Israel hold.’
- Norwegian FM: ‘Only half of donated funds to go toward Gaza reconstruction’
- Lieberman: US will not make demands of Israel on Gaza reconstruction
- Israeli minister: World may be wasting its money on Gaza
- Despite pledged $2.7B, challenges ahead for Gaza
- Qatar To Provide $1 Bln For Gaza Reconstruction
- Kerry pledges more U.S. aid to rebuild Gaza
- Palestinian PM: Rebuilding Gaza top priority
- Palestinian official: Israel to allow import of building material to Gaza next week
- Palestinian unity gov’t seeks to signal that aid won’t go to Hamas
- US: Israel must play role in rebuilding Gaza
- In Gaza’s Rubble, Shelters Symbolize the Challenge Ahead
‘The British parliament voted Monday in favor of a non-binding motion to recognize the state of Palestine, in a majority vote of 274-12.
The vote, which followed a debate that lasted nearly five hours, has no practical significance since it does not oblige the British government to change its current policy of recognizing Palestine only after a peace deal is reached between Israel and the Palestinians. The vote passed thanks to the Labour Party’s mobilization, as well as the Conservative Party’s virtual absence from the vote.
Outside the Palace of Westminster over the course of the debate, a small group of Pro-Palestinian demonstrators held a banner saying “Time to start giving back what we had no right to take” – a reference to the 1917 Balfour Declaration in which the British government committed itself to establishing a “national home” for the Jewish people in Palestine. Inside, many of the speakers in the debate, in which over 50 members of parliament asked to participate, mentioned the Balfour Declaration as well, and with it what they saw as Britain’s special responsibility to solving the Israel-Palestine conflict.’
- MPs’ vote on Palestine state recognition is part of growing international trend
- Israel decries UK vote on Palestinian state; PLO rejoices
- Labour split on vote over Palestine state
- George Galloway to Abstain as it ‘Accepts Recognition of Israel’
- Swedish PM’s recognition of Palestine violates law, says legislator
- Christian clerics to Europe: Recognize Palestinian statehood
- EU set to reassess ties if Israel doesn’t move on peace
- UK-Israel trade hits record high despite Gaza carnage
- Sweden: Israel is not being singled out
- Israel to Summon Swedish Envoy Over Palestine Recognition
‘The tiny and very rich Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar has become a hostile target for two nations with significant influence in the U.S.: Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Israel is furious over Qatar’s support for Palestinians generally and (allegedly) Hamas specifically, while the UAE is upset that Qatar supports the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (UAE supports the leaders of the military coup) and that Qatar funds Islamist rebels in Libya (UAE supports forces aligned with Ghadaffi (see update below)).
This animosity has resulted in a new campaign in the west to demonize the Qataris as the key supporter of terrorism. The Israelis have chosen the direct approach of publicly accusing their new enemy in Doha of being terrorist supporters, while the UAE has opted for a more covert strategy: paying millions of dollars to a U.S. lobbying firm – composed of former high-ranking Treasury officials from both parties – to plant anti-Qatar stories with American journalists. That more subtle tactic has been remarkably successful, and shines important light on how easily political narratives in U.S. media discourse can be literally purchased.’
‘Member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency rejected on Thursday an Arab resolution criticizing Israel over its assumed atomic arsenal, in a diplomatic victory for Western states that opposed the initiative.
Arab states had submitted the non-binding resolution – which called on Israel to join a global anti-nuclear weapons pact – to the annual meeting of the 162-nation UN nuclear agency, in part to signal their frustration at the lack of progress to move towards a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.’
‘Saying a nuclear Iran would be a “thousand times” greater threat to the world than the Islamic State, Israel’s ambassador to the United States warned against including Iran in any coalition to derail the jihadist group.
Ron Dermer, speaking Wednesday to guests at a pre-Rosh Hashanah reception at his residence in suburban Maryland, also cautioned the US against accommodating Iran during the current effort to degrade IS.His urgent tone was the latest sign of a split between the Obama and Netanyahu governments over how to deal with Iran’s role in stopping IS, which is seizing swaths of Iraq and Syria.’
‘In Moscow this summer, while reporting a story for Wired magazine, I had the rare opportunity to hang out for three days with Edward J. Snowden. It gave me a chance to get a deeper understanding of who he is and why, as a National Security Agency contractor, he took the momentous step of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents.
Among his most shocking discoveries, he told me, was the fact that the N.S.A. was routinely passing along the private communications of Americans to a large and very secretive Israeli military organization known as Unit 8200. This transfer of intercepts, he said, included the contents of the communications as well as metadata such as who was calling whom.
Typically, when such sensitive information is transferred to another country, it would first be “minimized,” meaning that names and other personally identifiable information would be removed. But when sharing with Israel, the N.S.A. evidently did not ensure that the data was modified in this way.’
- Veterans of Elite Israeli Unit Refuse Reserve Duty, Citing Treatment of Palestinians
- Israeli intelligence veterans refuse to serve in Palestinian territories
- NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans’ data with Israel
- Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit ‘Radicalizers’
‘”There is a taboo,” said the visionary Edward Said, “on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free.”
For many people, the truth is out now. At last, they know. Those once intimidated into silence can’t look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone, is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider, the United States, the cowardice of European governments, and the collusion of others, such as Canada and Australia, in this epic crime.
The attack on Gaza was an attack on all of us. The siege of Gaza is a siege of all of us. The denial of justice to Palestinians is a symptom of much of humanity under siege and a warning that the threat of a new world war is growing by the day.’
‘Gideon Levy is preaching in the wilderness. Week after week, the columnist for Haaretz newspaper tells his compatriots what they do not want to hear: that the siege of Gaza and the occupation of the West Bank are immoral and counter-productive; that the continued seizure of Palestinian land and the construction of settlements is a “criminal enterprise” intended to foil any chance for peace.
[…] Levy is grateful to Amos Schocken, the third-generation owner of Haaretz, for standing by him. Some 2,000 readers cancelled subscriptions because of his July 14th column criticising Israeli air force pilots who bombed Gaza… During the war, Levy was threatened, heckled and spat upon. Haaretz hired bodyguards to protect him. Yariv Levin, the leader of the Likud Yisrael Beiteinu coalition in the Knesset, said he should be tried for treason, which carries the death penalty in time of war.’
‘Teachers in Jerusalem say they are concerned about facing more racism than ever before in the capital’s schools, especially following Operation Protective Edge. As the school year opens, the Education Ministry has published lesson plans on racism to be taught during the first two weeks, but many teachers say that is not enough.’
- Activists wage vigilante efforts against racism in Jerusalem
- Signs of fascism in Israel reached new peak during Gaza op, says renowned scholar
- Jews and Arabs in Israel more estranged after war
- Israeli Teens Gripped by Virulent Racism
- Israel ‘coercing Eritreans and Sudanese to leave’
- Education Ministry plans teaching children to be ‘Jewish fighters’
- Likud MK caught on tape calling Jerusalem police chief ‘a coward’ for handling of Arab riots
- Bill seeks to give Israeli Arabs official national minority status
- ‘Arabic out': Right-wing MKs aim to make Hebrew Israel’s only official language
- Joan Rivers: ‘Low IQ’ Palestinians ‘Deserve to Be Dead’
- Israel’s New Generation of Racists
‘Netanyahu’s war-turned-genocide in Gaza has backfired badly – his strategy has helped resurrect Hamas, the very movement he tried desperately to crush
Aside from being a major military setback, Israel’s war on Gaza has also disoriented the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like never before. Since the announcement of a ceasefire on 26 August, his statements appear erratic and particularly uncertain, an expected outcome of the Gaza war.’
‘Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said he supports largely increasing defense spending in the upcoming 2015 budget in opposition to the stance of the finance minister, which may lead to the collapse of his political coalition.
“The billions we’ve invested in Israel’s defense in recent years saved the Israeli economy … Due to the threats in our area we need a substantial increment of billions in the defense budget, and we must do so in a responsible way without a great deficit,” Netanyahu said at the fourth international cyber convention held at the Tel Aviv University.’
- Israeli DM: Gaza War Cost Over $9 Billion
- Ya’alon: It’s ‘expensive’ to fight terror, Gaza war cost $9bn
- After Gaza war, poll finds support for Hamas rises
- Poll: Massive drop in support for Netanyahu
- 50 days of war in Gaza likely to cost Israel dearly
- Gaza War Could Push Slowing Israeli Economy Into Contraction
- Netanyahu slams ministers criticizing his handling of Hamas war
- Opposition to cease-fire comes from across political spectrum
- Poll: Overwhelming majority of Jewish Israelis say Gaza op justified
- Gaza War Devastates Israeli Tourism Revenue, Points to Fragile Apartheid Future
‘As the world gears up to finance Gaza’s $6bn reconstruction after Operation Protective Edge, an EU source has revealed that Israel will earn billions of euros by making sure that all the steel, concrete and other materials and other aid are sourced in Israel and benefit Israeli companies.
At least 65,000 people in the Gaza Strip are homeless after the recent seven-week conflict. Infrastructure ranging from water desalination centres to power plants lies in ruins.
No formal Israeli ban prevents the import of reconstruction materials that were not made in Israel, but EU sources speaking on condition of anonymity say that in practice, Israeli security demands present them with a fait accompli.’
- Gaza: Life amid the rubble in Shejaiya (includes aerial footage)
- Palestinian migrants fleeing Gaza Strip drown in Mediterranean Sea
- Post-war counselling awaits Gaza children going back to school
- Israel denies Palestine education minister entry into Gaza
- Lost Homes and Dreams at Tower Israel Leveled
- Gazans move into mobile homes donated by UAE
- Venezuela sends more aid planes to Gaza
- World Bank: Israel curbing growth of Palestinian business
- Senior EU officials warn Gaza despondency could lead to more violence
- Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says
- Destroying Gaza’s Water System
- Palestinian donors wary of funding Hamas-run Gaza
- Palestinians put Gaza reconstruction cost at $7.8 billion
- Wounded Gazans struggle to find treatment after war
- Top Army Official: Israel underestimated Gaza militants
- Netanyahu threatens reoccupation of Gaza Strip
- UN: Over 50,000 people remain in shelters in Gaza
- Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war
- Qatar says ready to rebuild war-battered Gaza
- Journalist Mohammed Omer on Ceasefire Deal and Rebuilding
- Gaza war: It’s about keeping the Palestinians under control
‘Some thirteen years after the event, the shadow of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan and the Pentagon still darkens our world. The legacy of that terrible day has impacted not only our foreign policy, bequeathing to a new generation an apparently endless “war on terrorism,” it also has led directly to what is arguably the most massive assault on our civil liberties since the Alien and Sedition Acts. Getting all the information about what happened that day – and why it happened – is key to understanding the course we have taken since.
This was supposed to have been the purpose of the 9/11 Commission, whose massive report is now looked to as the primary source on the subject. Yet there is another, far more specific investigative report, the one issued by the intelligence committees of both houses of Congress, entitled “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.”
If you actually take the time to read the report, all goes along swimmingly (except for occasional redactions) until you get to p. 369, whereupon the text is blacked out for the next twenty-eight pages.
What is in the twenty-eight censored pages? You aren’t allowed to know that, but members of Congress can read them provided they write to the heads of the Senate and House intelligence committees and get permission. If such is granted, they are escorted into a soundproof carefully guarded room in the company of various spooks, where they get to read the material: they aren’t allowed to take notes.
Do you get the impression someone has something to hide?’
- It’s Time to Declassify Those 28 Pages
- Campaign Mounts to Declassify 9/11 Report’s References to Alleged Saudi Involvement
- Senator Bob Graham On Bush-Saudi-9/11 Coverup
- Rep. Massie on the Experience of Reading the 28 Pages
- New questions about FBI probe of Saudis’ post-9/11 exodus
- Shocking cable: US says Saudi donors are chief financiers of al Qaeda
- Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission (Book)
- Report: Netanyahu says 9/11 terror attacks good for Israel
- The Israeli “art student” mystery
- What Did Israel Know in Advance of the 9/11 Attacks?
- 60 Israelis on Tourist Visas Detained Since Sept. 11
- Suspicious Activities Involving Israeli Art Students at DEA Facilities
- The ‘Israeli Art Student’ Files
‘Threatening a borderless conflict between “extremist Shi’ites,” funded by leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and equally extreme Sunnis— a soft “alliance” between ISIS and al Qaeda— the Israeli prime minister suggested the United States should largely stay out of the fight, and instead allow the parties to weaken one another.
“Don’t strengthen either of them. Weaken both,” Netanyahu said.’
Editor’s Note: What Netanyahu suggested is something a lot like the eight year blood bath that was the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980’s, a war which cost Iraq 500,000 lives and Iran over 750,000. Israel played a secret role by selling $75 million worth of weapons to Iran during Operation Seashell in 1981. The following year the United States started providing Iraq with weapons after Ronald Reagan removed them from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Everyone remembers the famous when Rumsfeld met Saddam moment from 1983. It’s a very dirty game and clearly the same kind of thinking still exists today, let your enemies kill each other while you sit back and enjoy the show. You can watch a documentary on the Iran-Iraq War here.
‘[…] The group’s leader, Helbrans was born in 1962 as Erez Shlomo Elbarnes. He was raised by secular parents in Jerusalem, but “found religion” during his teens and left to study at yeshiva.
After moving between different ultra-Orthodox schools, he found himself in the Satmar sect. He also adopted the anti-Zionist Satmar ideology, which is why he changed his name to Shlomo Helbrans, shedding the Zionist name Erez and taking a more diaspora spelling of his last name.
In the late 1980s, Helbrans began to attract a following in Jerusalem, mostly among secular Jews converted to the ultra-Orthodox lifestyle. By the decade’s end he was preaching the destruction of the evil State of Israel, based on biblical prophesies.’