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Sat Sep 6, 2008 2:31 pm (PDT)


BIPARTISAN WAR — AND ANTI-IMPERIAL RESISTANCE — WILL GO ON

Americans will continue to kill and die — and suffer and inflict terrible injuries — in the U.S. war in the Middle East, regardless of who is elected president, well into the next administration and beyond. . . .  It has been a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy since the Second World War that the U.S. must control the energy resources of the Middle East. Not because we need them here at home. . . . but because control of energy gives the U.S. a strangle-hold on our corporations’ major economic competitors, the European Union and northeast Asia (Japan, China and South Korea). Whether we call them al-Qaida, Taliban, insurgents, terrorists or militants, the people whom we’re trying to kill in the Middle East are those who want us out of their countries and off of their resources.
http://counterpunch.org/estabrook09012008.html


AFGHANISTAN/PAKISTAN

AFGHANISTAN

UN HAS EVIDENCE AIR STRIKES KILLED 90 AFGHAN CIVILIANS
“90 civilians were killed, including 60 children, 15 women and 15 men.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/26/AR2008082600884.html

U.S. KILLS MORE AFGHAN CHILDREN
“Are these two children al Qaeda?” an angry resident asked as the bodies were taken for burial.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-afghan-violence.html

NUMEROUS OCCUPATION STRIKES KILL AFGHAN CHILDREN
Western troops killed three Afghan children and wounded seven other noncombatants in an errant artillery strike Monday. . . . Fueling Afghan anger, two other children and a man were killed in a separate incident Monday involving foreign troops near Kabul. . . . In the other fatal incident. . . . Afghan TV showed the corpses of two children and reported that a woman, apparently their mother, was injured. The man was killed.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghan2-2008sep02,0,2374381.story

US ATTACKS ON CIVILIANS WILL CONTINUE AS LONG AS THE OCCUPATION
Last Saturday, a US air strike was responsible for the deaths of more than 90 Afghans including women and children. . . . Tragic incidents like this have been repeated over and over again. Almost every time, the military perpetrators attempt to cover-up their mistakes and this occasion was no exception. . . . Let the Afghans have their country back and do with it what they will. Let the foreign troops come home on their own two feet rather than in body bags.
http://www.gulfnews.com/opinion/columns/world/10240101.html

HEARTBROKEN AFGHAN GROOM WILL NEVER FORGIVE U.S. MURDER OF HIS FAMILY
I thought American forces were in Afghanistan for our security,” said Attiqullah, his voice trembling. “I could never have imagined that they would bomb my wedding party. They killed my entire family. I will never forgive them”. . . . “Oh my God!” Attiqullah was now sobbing uncontrollably. “I saw my bride and my family members; I saw the pieces of their bodies scattered all over the place.”
http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/09/03/1330613.aspx

AFGHANS FED UP WITH GOVERNMENT, US
Ordinary Afghans are deeply bitter about American and NATO forces because of errant bombs, heavy-handed searches and seizures and a sense that the foreigners do not understand their culture. . . . “(U.S. troops) are not making one mistake, but they are making one thousand mistakes and they are killing many people.”
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080905/ap_on_re_as/angry_afghans;_ylt=AoG.wCyKA1F.wdQRX8mtbkDlWMcF

US PROVOKES AFGHAN RESISTANCE
Heavy-handed bombing raids and house raids, which are seen as culturally unacceptable by many Afghans who guard their privacy fiercely, and the detention of hundreds of suspects for years without trial at the Bagram air base and Guantnamo Bay, Cuba, have stirred up Afghans’ strong independent streak and ancient dislike of invaders.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/world/asia/26afghan.html?ref=world

AFGHAN PUPPET FORCES WON’T FIGHT
If we did not have foreigners here, I don’t think the Afghan National Army or police would come out of their bases.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/27/world/asia/27kandahar.html?hp

PLAN WOULD SHIFT FORCES FROM IRAQ TO AFGHANISTAN
[A]n Army brigade and a Marine battalion would be sent to Afghanistan by early next year, adding about 4,500 troops to American forces there.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/05/world/middleeast/05military.html?hp

PAKISTAN

NATO GUNSHIPS KILL 15+ PAKISTANI CIVILIANS
NATO helicopter gunships attacked three houses near a stronghold of the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Pakistan’s South Waziristan region early Wednesday, killing at least 15 people, including women and children.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/04/world/asia/04attack.html

U.S. MISSILES KILLED AT LEAST SIX PAKISTANI CIVILIANS
It was the first of what American military officials said could be more raids. . . . [O]n Thursday, a pilotless American aircraft struck a large house in another village, Chaar Kehl, about 16 miles west of Miran Shah. . . . “Only innocent civilians, including women and children, have been targeted.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/06/world/asia/06pstan.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin

AT US BEHEST, PAKISTANI AIR WAR TERRORIZES CIVILIANS
The Pakistani military. . . . has used jet fighters and helicopter gunships in the past three weeks to strike at insurgents who pour over the border to attack American forces in Afghanistan. . . . [A]s a result of the air campaign, more than 200,000 civilians have fled their homes.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/31/asia/pakistan.php

U.S. ATTACKS ON PAKISTANI CIVILIANS GENERATE RESISTANCE
By killing civilians, General Abbas said, there was now a great risk of an uprising by the tribesmen who supported the Pakistani soldiers in the border area. . . . Sher Khan, a phone company employee in Angoor Adda, said in a telephone interview that 19 people were killed in the raid. He said most of the dead were women and children.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/04/world/asia/04attack.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

IRAQ

JURY ACQUITS FORMER MARINE IN KILLING OF IRAQIS
A former Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi detainees was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday in a first-of-its-kind federal trial.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Marines-Fallujah.html

U.S. DEATH SQUADS ECHO VIETNAM WAR’S OPERATION PHOENIX
The assassination program in Iraq is a collaborative effort between the British SAS and the American Delta Force. It is called “Task Force Black.”
http://www.infowars.com/?p=4248

U.S. “SUCESS” DUE TO DEATH SQUADS, NOT SURGE
Rather, Woodward reports, “groundbreaking” covert techniques, beginning in 2007, enabled U.S. military and intelligence officials to locate and kill insurgent leaders and key individuals in extremist groups.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-na-iraqbook5-2008sep05,0,4542815.story

TERRIBLE TOLL OF U.S. WAR ON ANBAR
More than 1,000 American marines and soldiers have died. . . . The fighting devastated much of Anbar. Falluja was razed; whole neighborhoods in Ramadi were likewise flattened.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/02/world/middleeast/02anbar.html?ref=worldspecial

U.S. EVEN KILLS ITS IRAQI COLLABORATORS
A member of the Iraqi army in Tarmiya said it was “unbelievable” that the Americans would not have known there was an Iraqi security force checkpoint at the bridge, which sits at a strategic location. . . . There have been several Sons of Iraq fighters killed by U.S. forces in the last year.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-fg-iraq4-2008sep04,0,908498.story

U.S. DETAINS SECOND IRAQI CAMERAMAN THIS WEEK
The American military says the U.N. mandate authorizing its presence in Iraq allows it to hold anyone it deems a threat indefinitely.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-iraq-cameraman-detention.html

“IRAQ FOR SALE: SEE MALIKI”
Though Mr. Maliki seemed to be referring to all foreign troops in his statements, Iraqi negotiators have said recently that an agreed-upon 2011 date is for combat forces only, and that “training and support” forces could remain after that if invited by the Iraqi government. On Monday, a senior Iraqi official said he understood that even a departure date for combat troops would be “conditions driven”. . . . Graffiti can be seen on the walls in Shiite districts of Baghdad saying, “Iraq for sale: See Maliki.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/world/middleeast/26iraq.html?ref=worldspecial

NEXT PRESIDENT WILL HAVE MORE TROOPS
[T]he next president will inherit a force in Iraq that has slightly more troops than in January 2007, when President Bush announced his troop reinforcement plan.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/05/world/middleeast/05military.html?hp

PETRAEUS: DELAY IRAQ TROOP CUTS
Army Gen. David H. Petraeus has recommended that President Bush postpone sharp troop cuts in Iraq until next year, delaying a large-scale shift of combat forces to Afghanistan and reflecting concerns that widespread violence could return to Iraq.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-na-troops5-2008sep05,0,5083304.story

OBAMA PRAISES THE SURGE
In a much-anticipated interview with conservative nemesis Bill O’Reilly, Sen. Barack Obama said Thursday that the troop surge in Iraq had “succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated” and “beyond our wildest dreams.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-na-oreilly5-2008sep05,0,4005976.story

OBAMA AND CLINTON: UNITED FOR WHAT?
[O]n every vote but one since Obama joined Clinton in the Senate, they voted the same way on the war–including continuing to fund it.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/08/29/united-for-what

PALESTINE/LEBANON

SHARP INCREASE IN SETTLEMENT ACTIVITY
Israel has nearly doubled its settlement construction in the occupied West Bank in violation of its obligations under an American-backed peace plan.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/27/world/middleeast/27mideast.html?ref=world

JIM CROW ALIVE AND WELL IN HEBRON
The occupied West Bank today is like walking through a page from a different era — part Wild West, part Jim Crow — with one set of laws for Palestinians and another set for Israeli settlers.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9804.shtml

NILIN VILLAGERS HEMMED IN
For the past four months, the people of Nilin, aided by Israeli and foreign campaigners, have been protesting against the barrier the Israelis are planning to build across their land.
http://www.economist.com/world/mideast-africa/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12059326

VILLAGER’S NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE FACES ARMY REIGN OF TERROR
“When we started our demonstrations, maybe 50 soldiers showed up. Now there are hundreds stationed permanently around us. Israel is treating us like a major war zone, even though we are using non-violence.
http://counterpunch.org/cook09022008.html

ROADBLOCKS CHOKE DEFIANT NABLUS
Nablus, once the West Bank’s commercial center and during the uprising a militant stronghold, remains hard hit by travel restrictions.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-palestinians-blair-interview,1,6361905.story

U.S. “CHARITABLE” ORGANIZATIONS FUND SETTLERS
[A]t least 13 American organisations have been claiming charitable status as they have pumped more than US$35 million (Dh129m) into the settlement enterprise over the past five years.
http://www.thenational.ae/article/20080831/FOREIGN/772525596/1011/SPORT

COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT OF GAZA STUDENTS GENERATES HATRED OF ISRAEL
Anyone with any leverage — a Western government’s backing, or high-level connections in Cairo or to the Fatah-run Palestinian Authority in the West Bank — is using it to get out. . . . “Whatever animosity Gazans feel, it’s not being directed at Hamas. It’s being directed at Israel.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-students31-2008aug31,0,4422136.story

ETHNIC CLEANSING LEAVES PALESTINIANS LITTLE TO LOSE
The policy was described to me by a local activist as “ethnic cleansing by stealth”, with the ultimate aim being to make life so tough for the Palestinians that they hold their hands up in despair and relocate elsewhere. . . . “Never fuck with a guy who ain’t got nothing to lose”; his mantra could be the motto of Palestinians the length and breadth of the Occupied Territories.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/04/israelandthepalestinians.humanrights

ISRAELI POLICEMAN SENTENCED TO ONLY 6.5 YEARS FOR KILLING APALESTINIAN
Abu Hamdiyya was kidnapped and placed in a military jeep and as the jeep sped away Lazla and three other policemen threw him out. . . . “He fell to the ground, I heard his head hitting the ground, I heard his head cracking.”
http://www.imemc.org/article/56850

RENEWED CAMPAIGN TO ELIMINATE PALESTINIAN WORKERS IN ’48 AREAS
“We want to create a situation where there is no interest in hiring Palestinianworkers instead of Israeli ones.”
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9794.shtml

AP’S SELF-CONTRADICTING SETTLER-EDITORS
Not a day goes by in which editors like Josef Federman and bureau chief Steven Gutkin do not perpetrate a fraud on their readers for the sake of minimizingPalestinian suffering and Israeli culpability therefor.
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2008/08/aps-self-contradicting-settler-editors/

“WE REFUSE TO SERVE IN THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION”
We, high school-graduate teens, declare that we shall work against the Israeli occupation and oppression policy in the occupied territories and the territories of Israel. . . . We cannot hurt in the name of defense or imprison in the name of freedom, therefore we cannot be moral and serve the occupation.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9791.shtml

ISRAEL: ANYONE BUT PALESTINIANS
[Both secular and religious Zionists] believe that at a time when the number of Arabs living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is poised to surpass the number of Jews, Israel needs all the converts it can get.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/29/AR2008082903594.html

WHY DON’T ZIONISTS ADOPT GANDHI’S METHODS?
It takes a special kind of nerve to embark upon a project — Zionism- – that can be fulfilled only through the violent destruction of another people, and then criticize the people you are destroying for their failure to adopt non-violence. . . . Gandhi himself was very opposed to Zionism.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46900&hd=&size=1&l=e

REFUGEES’ SUPPORT FOR RETURN AND BOYCOTT
[D]escendants of 1948 refugees have not forgotten and will not forget our towns and villages, and that we still know that those are the places to which we truly belong. . . . [T]he central aim of Israeli political and military strategy in Gaza is to eliminate the resistance and the existence of Palestinian refugees struggling to return. . . . The one path that we have all called for as Palestinians to stop, not just the genocide in Gaza, but the implementation of apartheid, colonialism and occupation throughout Palestine is boycotts, divestment and sanctions on Israel.
http://www.badil.org/al-majdal/2008/summer/commentary.htm

APPLICABILITY OF THE CRIME OF APARTHEID TO ISRAEL
[I]t is necessary to support the shift of the struggle from the limited focus on the occupation of the OPT back to its roots as a struggle against apartheid and colonialism and occupation in all of mandate Palestine.
http://www.badil.org/al-majdal/2008/summer/articles02.htm

ISRAELI OUTPOSTS SEAL DEATH OF PALESTINIAN STATE
Over the past four decades, Israel has declared nearly two-thirds of the West Bank as “state land”, seizing it on a variety of pretexts and transferring much of it to the jurisdiction of settler councils.
http://counterpunch.org/cook08252008.html

ONE-STATE RISING
The more Palestinians feel they have nothing left to lose, the more likely it becomes that they will press for “one person, one vote”, returning in essence if not rhetoric to the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s pre-1988 advocacy of a “secular democratic state” in all of pre-1948 Palestine.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JI05Ak02.html

EVAPORATION OF PALESTINIAN SUPPORT FOR 2-STATES
Even among the most moderate Palestinians, the credo of a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is beginning to erode.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/04/world/middleeast/04state.html

ONE STATE IS ANTIDOTE TO APARTHEID
Once Jews or Europeans in South Africa or a particular group says, this is our country exclusively, we have more rights than other people, that’s what leads you to apartheid. And so the only way out of Apartheid is to reconcieve this whole country as one country that belongs to all of us.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9796.shtml

ISRAEL REARMS THE PA
Israel allowed Palestinian security forces in the West Bank to receive a shipment of about 1,000 Kalashnikov rifles and tens of thousands of bullets in a step aimed at bolstering the moderate Palestinian government there.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/05/AR2008090500955.html

PA FAILS DARWISH’S LEGACY
Abbas spoke of Palestinian unity but in actuality, the PA has complied with Israel and the US’s attempt to further fracture Palestinian society by isolating Gaza from the West Bank. . . . And if there is a common current throughout [Darwish’s] oeuvre, it is his challenging of injustice whatever its source or perpetrator.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9774.shtml

FATAH’S “POLITICAL STRIKES” AFFECT GAZA’S HEALTH, EDUCATION SECTORS
“These are political strikes [dictated by] Fatah in Ramallah to spoil Palestinian life in Gaza by attacking the health and education sectors.”
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9805.shtml

PA THREATENS ITS TEACHERS WITH CUTTING SALARIES IF THEY RETURN TO WORK
[T]the union of teachers, after extensive consultations, decided to refrain from the strike and return to schools, pointing out that there was an obvious PA threat to cut the salaries of all cadres of the union if they resumed teaching in Gaza schools.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/en/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7zHGrLL35EGRqrlICWmeyp0F8FHAYY2ilhBgozMRoKg4UpkXcgCCfY0dVLGHduuG%2bOXl1SvPd0HWtQqGfrQaCLW4jh7g6SeRq6y4nEqTHSn0%3d

PA TEACHER STRIKE ON BEHALF OF US-ISRAEL.1
The most recent example of the power struggle and the most tangible proof of the drive to annex the PLO to the PA, which derives its authority wholly from the Israeli occupation’s military governor, is the PA’s decision that its approval, and that of President Abbas, is a necessary condition for the paying of salaries to its employees. . . . The government’s economic agenda is set by donors who hold the purse strings that pay civil service salaries while its security agenda is set by the three-member committee of American generals consisting of William Frazer, James Jones and Keith Dayton. It is this committee that is the PA government’s real frame of reference and its priorities are to eliminate all opposition to the US-Israeli vision for a solution to the conflict, starting with the ranks of Fatah and the PLO and, of course, Hamas.
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2008/913/op111.htm

PA TEACHER STRIKE ON BEHALF OF US-ISRAEL.2
[T]he PA is very much a police state without a state, an entity that is first and foremost responsible to Israel and the United States. . . . A classical or rather scandalous example of how the security agencies are corroding Palestinian civil life is the refusal of the PA government to pay the salaries of some 3000 teachers hired in 2006 under the democratically-elected government led by Hamas.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46975&hd=&size=1&l=e

DESPITE PA THREATS, TEACHERS LISTEN TO HAMAS
The Ramallah government told teachers that they wouldn’t be paid unless they stopped going to work. . . . The Palestine Teachers’ Union (PTU), a non-elected body controlled by the PLO, called the strike. Palestinian factions in the past accused the PTU of being a “pawn” in the hands of the Ramallah government. A year ago, elections were held to form a rival labour union, the Palestine Teachers’ Syndicate (PTS). Hamas candidates won and are now in control of the PTS.
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2008/913/re1.htm

HAMAS CALLS ON ARAB DONORS TO STOP TRANSFERRING FUNDS TO PNA
“Abbas and Fayyad are using this money to practice policies of blackmail and pressure on large sectors among the Palestinian people to achieve personal political and factional interests.”
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-08/24/content_9683257.htm

ISRAEL-EGYPT-FATAH ALLIANCE
“Egypt is completely biased towards Fatah, which itself has a close relationship with Israel.”
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9784.shtml

ISRAEL THREATENS ANOTHER LEBANON WAR, BUT RESISTANCE IS STRONGER
Israeli leaders have issued warnings that they would carry out a more devastating attack than the 2006 war if Hezbollah were to lead Lebanon’s government. . . . “I came here to teach my kids the culture of resistance,” said a visitor who gave his name only as Ahmed, as he stood with his wife and two children. “I want them to see what the enemy is doing to us, and what we can do to fight them, because this enemy is not merciful.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/03/world/middleeast/03lebanon.html?ref=world

HEZBOLLAH LESS ABOUT RELIGION, THAN RESISTANCE
Hezbollah. . . . has dramatically shifted its political rhetoric away from religious politics since the 2006 conflict with Israel and now often depicts itself as a universal movement fighting Israeli domination.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-hezleft30-2008aug30,0,6229513.story

NO WAY FOR ISRAEL LOBBY TO LOSE THIS ELECTION
“AIPAC is pleased that both parties have selected four pro-Israel candidates.”
http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/110192.html

ZIONIST TERRORISTS ORGANIZE IN NYC
The group’s Facebook page has a photo of young men wielding rifles in front of an Israeli flag, while its MySpace page blared: “Keeping Jews safe, when no one else will!” Brown said the organization – whose name means “preparedness team” in Hebrew – wants to work as an adjunct to Homeland Security and the NYPD.
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/brooklyn/2008/08/28/2008-08-28_jewish_group_holds_training_camp_hopes_t-2.html

GEORGIA

NO EVIDENCE THAT RUSSIANS ATTACKED FIRST
Republicans and Democrats alike have signaled strong support for Georgia. . . . To date, however, there has been no independent evidence, beyond Georgia’s insistence that its version is true, that Russian forces were attacking before the Georgian barrages.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/03/world/europe/03georgia.html?ref=world

CHENEY BACKS NATO MEMBERSHIP
“[The Georgian regime] can count on continued support and assistance from the United States. . . . Georgia will be in our alliance. NATO is a defensive alliance. It is a threat to no one. . . . Appreciate everything you’re doing for us.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/05/world/europe/05cheney.html?hp

ISRAEL OF THE CAUCASUS
In a secret agreement between Israel and Georgia, two military airfields in southern Georgia had been earmarked for the use of Israeli fighter-bombers in the event of pre-emptive attacks against Iranian nuclear installations. . . . The Tel Aviv-Tbilisi military axis was agreed at the highest levels with the approval of the Bush administration. . . . Georgia, as Saakashvili saw his country’s role, was the “Israel of the Caucasus.”
http://www.metimes.com/Security/2008/09/02/commentary_israel_of_the_caucasus/f5e1/

COLOMBIA

GENERATIONS OF US-FUNDED TERRORISM
[I]llegal paramilitary gunmen, often working closely with army units, killed thousands of people in their war against leftist insurgencies and, in most cases, disposed of them in shallow, unmarked graves. . . . “We cut people’s heads off, we dismembered. . . . We had to spread terror.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/26/AR2008082603154.html

GI LIFE AND DEATH

WAR VETERANS’ CONCUSSIONS OVERLOOKED
As many as 300,000, or 20 percent, of combat veterans who regularly worked outside the wire, away from bases, have suffered at least one concussion. . . . “The Army was raking these guys over the coals.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/us/26tbi.html?ref=us

SOLDIERS’ SUICIDE RATE ON PACE TO SET RECORD
Suicides among active-duty soldiers this year are on pace to exceed both last year’s all-time record and, for the first time since the Vietnam War, the rate among the general U.S. population.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/04/AR2008090403333.html

ARMY OPENS PREP SCHOOL FOR DROPOUTS
”There’s no jobs out there, nothing. It’s just horrible.”
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Army-Prep-School.html

TORTURE

SCIENTIST TORTURED, HER CHILDREN DISAPPEARED
Siddiqui’s family contended that the young mother and children were imprisoned during at least some of that time at a secret site, possibly by Afghan or Pakistani officials working in concert with the CIA. Her two younger children, who are also U.S. citizens and were 6 months and 5 years old when they disappeared, are still unaccounted for. . . . Her nose has been broken, her lips and skin are deeply chapped, her face has a deathly pallor, and she is only periodically lucid, they said.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/25/AR2008082502835.html

MILITARY SENDING FOREIGN FIGHTERS TO HOME NATIONS
“[T]the U.S. wants to get all the Saudi prisoners to Saudi Arabia because the Saudis know how to deal with them.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/28/washington/28detain.html?ref=world

WAR AT HOME

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS: HUNDREDS OF WORKERS HELD IN RAID
“They’re creating their own terrorism by going after workers.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/us/26raid.html?hp

LABOR: 2D WALKOUT AT BOEING IN 3 YEARS
“If the company wants to talk, they have my number. . . . They can reach me on the picket line.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/business/07strike.html?ref=business

POLICE VIOLENCE: ACTIVISTS ASK CONGRESS TO INVESTIGATE INGLEWOOD POLICE KILLINGS
Civil rights activists alarmed by the fourth officer-involved fatal shooting in Inglewood since May called Monday for congressional and local inquiries into the use-of-force policies of the Inglewood Police Department.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-inglewood2-2008sep02,0,1684436.story

POVERTY: NY POVERTY GAP WIDENS
New York’s gap between rich and poor, already the highest of any state, grew from the previous year.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/27/nyregion/27poverty.html?ref=nyregion

RACIST VIOLENCE: FBI HAS BROUGHT NO RACIST MURDERERS TO TRIAL
”Are they waiting on everybody to die? What else do you need?”
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Cold-Killings.html?_r=1&oref=login

SCHOOLS: BOYCOTT PROTESTS EDUCATIONAL APARTHEID
“It is totally separate and totally unequal. . . . The children of the rich get a different education than the children of the poor. We continue to fight that battle every way we can.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/04/AR2008090403398.html


ANTIWAR MOVEMENT

DNC

DEMOCRATS PARTY, WHILE HOMELESS ARE HIDDEN
To hold this four-day extravaganza, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent by corporations and government to amuse, pamper, and protect the visitors. Not a nickel will find its way to this soup kitchen. The only attention these homeless men received was from police shooing them back into the shadows.
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/08/29/just_blocks_away_the_party_was_far_out_of_reach/

POLICE, PROTESTERS CLASH AS DEMS CONVENE IN DENVER
[O]fficers charged the protesters with no warning. . . . “There’s a powerful police presence here. The chill of 1968 is in the air of Denver.”
http://www.star-telegram.com/667/story/859668.html

VIDEO SHOWS UNPROVOKED POLICE ATTACK ON PROTESTER
The video shows an officer quickly shoving Forrest with the length of his baton, forcing her to the ground, where she lands with a scream and a loud smack.
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/aug/27/rocky-video-shows-officer-shoving-protester-to/

IVAW: BOTH PARTIES ARE RESPONSIBLE
[I]t’s both parties’ fault we got into this war. It’s both parties’ fault that we’re still there. So we need to hold them both accountable.
http://i1.democracynow.org/2008/8/28/iraq_veterans_against_the_war_lead

IVAW: DON’T DEPEND ON THE DEMS
Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats are the savior,” said IVAW member Eli Wright. “But since Obama’s inspired people for change, when he gets elected, people will see him not coming through. And his failures will inspire people that they need to fix it themselves.”
http://socialistworker.org/2008/08/29/voices-outside-the-convention

IVAW: HOLD DEMOCRATS ACCOUNTABLE
“We voted them in to end this war. They’ve not done that. . . . We want our brothers and sisters to come home now, not later. Now”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-na-protest28-2008aug28,0,238178.story

IVAW: WHY WE’RE HERE
I’m here at the Democratic convention, because the Democrats have shown absolutely no initiative in getting the troops out of Iraq.
http://i3.democracynow.org/2008/8/26/iraq_veterans_against_the_war_descends

DEMOCRATS IGNORE IVAW
The Iraq Veterans Against the War, combat veterans whose courageous efforts our government has no problem invoking in their political stump speeches, were basically ignored yesterday by Democratic politicians for the soothing melodies of Melissa Etheridge.
http://www.examiner.com/x-447-Denver-Young-Democrats-Examiner~y2008m8d28-The-Real-Action-in-Denver

OBAMA AIMS TO REASSURE WALL STREET
Obama needed Wall Street to understand that you don’t have to be white, a “war hero,” super rich, or a Republican like John McCain to wage war.
http://www.workers.org/2008/us/obama_0911/

DEMOCRATS’ ELECTION TO LOSE.1
[I]f Obama put as much daylight between himself and McCain, he would be at least twenty points ahead.
http://www.democracynow.org/2008/8/25/anti_war_protests_begin_in_denver

DEMOCRATS’ ELECTION TO LOSE.2
Obama has been so busy convincing the U.S. business and political elite that he would be a better manager of American imperial interests, McCain is getting a pass. . . . When you strip away the rhetoric, the Democrats share much more in common than they differ with the Republicans–on every issue.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/08/26/rhetoric-and-reality

WHY ISN’T OBAMA WAY AHEAD?
While continuing to market himself as a candidate of change, Obama has spent the summer assuring the movers and shakers of American politics that he is committed to a status quo hardly different from what we have known since at least the end of the Cold War. Thousands of his most fervent supporters have expressed their disgust with Obama’s moves.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/08/28/why-isnt-obama-way-ahead

DEMOCRATS’ WEAKNESS BOOSTS NADER
Nader’s antiwar, anticorporate message is resonating in some quarters. On the third day of the Democratic convention in Denver he held a rally attended by 4,000 and plans another on Sept. 4 in Minnesota during the Republican convention in St. Paul.
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/100/story/51172.html

OBAMA HASN’T CHANGED — HE’S ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THIS
Disappointed as some progressives may be, Obama has not made a dramatic shift to the center: He’s always been more centrist, cautious and compromising than many of his supporters — and critics — have wanted to admit.
http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/18590

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM FOR OBAMA
The Democrats, who promise to end the war in Iraq, create jobs and provide universal health care, ignore these promises once election cycles are over. And we never make them pay.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080831_curb_your_enthusiasm_for_obama/

LIBERALS’ FEAR OF ISLAM
[F]or American Muslims and progressive allies, both eager to see an end to the vilification of Arabs and Muslims in the United States, Obama’s mantra of hope and change barely set in before it expired.
http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/alam270808.html

A CALL FOR BLACK UNITY, ACTION
We call for a National Black Agenda for democracy. . . . These demands should be promoted inside the trade unions, mass organizations and social movements comprising large numbers of the Black working class and other oppressed sectors throughout society. They should be promoted throughout the many mass activities aligned with the Obama campaign and by the McKinney/Clemente campaign.
http://www.workers.org/2008/us/black_unity_0911/

RNC

NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYED AGAINST PROTERERS
As the protests grew, scores of National Guard troops in riot gear and gas masks fanned out around the Xcel Energy Center, where the convention is being held, and set up a blockade about three blocks away. Police helicopters buzzed over St. Paul throughout the day. Humvees painted in fatigue green ferried water to police officers working in the 88-degree heat, and city dump trucks were used to block traffic on some streets.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/02/us/politics/02protest.html?ref=us

IVAW, FATHER OF FALLEN MARINE LEAD PROTEST
Leading the throng of up to 10,000 marchers was Carlos Arredondo of Boston. He pushed a flag-draped coffin bearing the uniform, dog tags, and Purple Heart of his 20-year-old son Alexander, a Marine lance corporal who was killed in Iraq in 2004. . . . Along with the Arredondos, dozens of Iraq veterans marched at the front of the crowd.
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2008/09/02/boston_father_of_fallen_marine_leads_protest/

UP TO 50K MARCHERS DEFY INTIMIDATION
The crowd of at least 20,000 — march organizers estimated the crowd at as many as 50,000 — was made up of antiwar activists, veterans and military families, students, immigrant rights supporters, unionists, welfare rights activists and many more. . . . The turnout was in defiance of heavy-handed repression and intimidation by police, who carried out eight or more preemptive raids and roughly 100 arrests after filling the media in the days leading up to the protest with warnings about “violence and chaos” that “anarchist” protesters planned to unleash.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/09/02/marching-on-the-rnc

PROTESTERS PERSEVERE
Dozens were pepper-sprayed and tear-gassed. . . . “Nobody was trying to cause destruction or violence. . . . . The idea was to just block the streets. We were just trying to disrupt the delegation, and I think we succeeded.”
http://www.startribune.com/politics/27736044.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiUeyD8_o8cyaiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

PROTESTERS CHARGED WITH “TERRORISM”
If convicted, the suspects could each face up to five years in jail, a $10,000 fine, or both.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-terror4-2008sep04,0,7911659.story

POLICE REPRESS CONVENTION PROTESTS
[A]t a press conference the following day, march coordinator Jess Sundin was quick to point out that any rage displayed by activists in the streets is completely justified and pales in comparison to the state violence committed on a daily basis by U.S. forces at home and abroad.
http://www.workers.org/2008/us/rnc_0911/

ARRESTS MARK LAST ANTI-WAR MARCH OF CONVENTION
Percussion grenades, tear gas and nearly 400 arrests marked the final anti-war march during the Republican National Convention.
http://wcco.com/local/protests.arrests.rnc.2.810694.html

MOB ATTACKS PROTESTERS DURING MCCAIN SPEECH
One of the livelier moments of the evening came when Mr. McCain was interrupted by several antiwar protestors who had infiltrated the hall. Their signs were quickly ripped from their hands, and they were carried out of the arena as the crowd shouted, “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/05/us/politics/05repubs.html?bl&ex=1220760000&en=911c9604f792c501&ei=5087%0A

LOCKDOWN IN ST. PAUL
The real conspiracy was a plot by 30 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to repress dissent and protests under the rubric of “national security” and the “war on terror”. . . .  A member of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) who witnessed some of the violent police attacks told reporters that police were “treating [U.S.] civilians like you would Iraqis.”
http://socialistworker.org/2008/09/05/lockdown-in-st-paul

MILITARY RESISTANCE AT THE RNC
“It’s amazing to me,” he observed, “how little soldiers know about their government and politics in their own country, not to mention the people they’re going to blow up.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200809u/veterans-against-war

WHY WE WERE FALSELY ARRESTED
Here on the streets of St. Paul, the press is free to report on the official proceedings of the RNC, but not to report on the police violence and mass arrests directed at those who have come to petition their government, to protest.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080903_why_we_were_falsely_arrested/

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE DEFIES BOTH PARTIES
Many contemporary musical acts have lined up behind the Democratic candidate for president, Senator Barack Obama, while the McCain campaign has put some country music firepower behind it, but Rage Against the Machine and its legions regard donkeys and elephants as the same species. . . . “[Police at the RN] blocked us from even approaching the stage, saying they’d arrest us if we played. So we went into the middle of the crowd and began to improvise.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/06/arts/music/06rage.html?ref=us

WIDESPREAD REPRESSION ECHOES RNC 04
[M]ore than 800 people were arrested in St. Paul and Minneapolis over the last week, and dozens of others were detained, handcuffed, photographed and searched without arrest. . . .  [M]any people have said they were stopped on flimsy pretexts, or in some cases arrested on peaceful marches that were blocked by heavily armored police officers who used pepper spray and flash bangs.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/06/nyregion/06about.html?ref=nyregion

NYCLAW Antiwar Digest

New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)

NYCLAW Antiwar Digest

 

Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:39 am (PDT)


AFGHANISTAN

US BOMBS KILL CIVILIANS DURING PRAYERS
“Last night, around 2 a.m. some people were attending a holy Koran recitation in Shindand district when Americans started bombing. Tens of civilians were killed.”
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-afghan-violence.html

OCCUPATION AIRSTRIKE KILLS 95 CIVILIANS
[I]ncluding 50 children — in a village in western Afghanistan. . . . one of the deadliest airstrikes on civilians in nearly seven years of war. . . . “[T]here were no Taliban.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/24/world/asia/24afghan.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

IN WAKE OF US MASSACRES, AFGHANS ATTACK PUPPET FORCES
[F]ollowing the deaths of scores of civilians in an air attack by US-led coalition forces on Friday. . . . [h]undreds of angry villagers have reportedly attacked Afghan soldiers with stones who were bringing aid to the families of those killed in the attack.
http://www.euronews.net/en/article/24/08/2008/anti-us-demonstrations-in-afghanistan/

RESISTANCE ASSAULTS U.S. BASE
Taliban insurgents mounted their most serious attacks in six years of fighting in Afghanistan over the last two days, including a coordinated assault by at least 10 suicide bombers against one of the largest American military bases in the country, and another by about 100 insurgents who killed 10 elite French paratroopers.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/20/world/asia/20afghan.html?ref=world

RESISTANCE TO EMPIRE IS A NATIONAL TRADITION
[T]his looks increasingly like a city under siege as the Taleban start to disrupt supply routes, mimicking tactics used against the British in 1841 and the Soviets two decades ago.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article4592765.ece

SOLDIERS’ DEATHS GENERATES FRENCH ANTIWAR SENTIMENT
“There are families suffering who must be cursing Sarko for having sent young guys out there to act the big guy in front of his friend Bush.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/20/afghanistan.france

RESISTANCE KILLS 12 AT U.S. BASE ON AFGHAN INDEPENDENCE DAY
The first attacks came on Afghanistan’s Independence Day, commemorating liberty from the British Empire in 1919.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/19/world/asia/19afghan.html?ref=world

WAR ALREADY LOST
“The U.S. is now losing the war against the Taliban.”
http://wiredispatch.com/news/?id=312542

12,000+ ADDITIONAL US TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN — WITH BOTH CANDIDATES’ SUPPORT
The Pentagon will be sending 12,000 to 15,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, possibly as soon as the end of this year, with planning underway for a further force buildup in 2009. . . . Both major U.S. presidential candidates have called for putting a greater military emphasis on Afghanistan, and it now appears that whoever wins the election will inherit a growing war already underway.
http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/iraq/2008/08/19/pentagon-plans-to-send-more-than-12000-additional-troops-to-afghanistan.html

US PROPS UP WARLORDS
If the USA leaves, the warlords will loose power because they have no base among our people. The people of Afghanistan will deal with these warlords once US troops leave Afghanistan.
http://counterpunch.org/sulehria08182008.html

AFGHAN WOMEN JAILED FOR BEING VICTIMS OF RAPE
Two-thirds of the women in Lashkar Gah’s medieval-looking jail have been convicted of illegal sexual relations, but most are simply rape victims — mirroring the situation nationwide. . . . [V]iolent attacks against women, usually in a domestic setting, are at epidemic proportions.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/the-afghan-women-jailed-for-being-victims-of-rape-900658.html

IRAQ

US-BACKED RAIDS INFLAME DIYALA
Since late July, Diyala has been the focus of a major security operation, involving 30,000 members of the Iraqi security forces, backed by American troops, which has resulted in hundreds of arrests.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/20/world/middleeast/20iraq.html?ref=world

ACCORD ISN’T REALLY ABOUT WITHDRAWAL
Even if the goal of withdrawing combat troops by 2011 is realized, the accord does leave open the possibility that American military trainers and support forces could remain in Iraq after that time. It is unclear whether the accord provides for semipermanent military bases in the country, and what role the United States would play in providing air and naval support for Iraq.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/22/world/middleeast/22baghdad.html?hp

SADRISTS DENOUNCE U.S.-IRAQ DEAL
They held up banners reading “The dubious agreement means a permanent colonization of Iraq” and “Iraq is not a U.S. colony.”
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2008-08-22-Iraq-deal_N.htm

IRAQIS CRITICIZE PHONY “WITHDRAWAL” PLAN — WANT US OUT NOW
“The government that came with this occupation does not represent us,” said a woman who gave her name as Um Mohammed, adding that her father was detained by U.S. forces for a year before being released without charge. “We don’t want any financial agreement, any political agreement, any security agreement with them. We don’t want anything to do with them.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraq23-2008aug23,0,1996062.story

IRAQIS: AND TAKE YOUR OIL COMPANIES WITH YOU
After the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, many Iraqi and U.S. officials, along with many Iraqi oilmen, pushed for opening the fields to competitive bidding. . . . Since the invasion, however, several attempts at inviting foreigners in have withered. After wresting control of its oil resources from Western powers decades ago, many Iraqis are still loath to see foreign companies back.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121859029778435427.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

BIDEN: IT’S NEVER TIME TO CUT WAR FUNDING
“The power of the purse is useless because it presents us with a Hobson’s choice,” Biden cautioned on Oct. 10, 2002. “We have our fighting men and women in place, and we are told, by the way, the president will not take them home, so let’s cut off the support for them so they have no guns, no bullets, no ability to fight a war. And no one is willing to do that.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/24/AR2008082402149.html

ON IRAQ, BIDEN IS WORSE THAN MCCAIN
More than the Blackwater killings, more than US efforts to forcibly privatize Iraq’s oil, it was the Biden idea of splitting Iraq into three pieces that galvanized Iraqi Arab nationalists. . . . Obama makes it impossible for himself to criticize McCain’s pre-2003 Iraq bloodlust by selecting a bloodthirsty Democrat as his running mate.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46640&hd=&size=1&l=e

BIDEN: ANTIDOTE TO HOPE
[Obama has] invited one of the Democrats who jumped on the pro-war bandwagon to be vice president. . . . Joe Biden is Obama’s latest offering to show that he might talk a good game, but he won’t put a toe outside of the Democratic Party mainstream.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/08/25/the-antidote-to-hope

PALESTINE

WEEKLY REPORT ON ISRAELI HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
http://www.pchrgaza.org/files/W_report/English/2008/21-08-2008.htm

RIGHTS ADVOCATES DEFY ISRAELI BLOCKADE OF GAZA
The human rights advocates, ranging in age from 22 to 81 and coming from about a dozen countries, set sail from Cyprus on Friday morning to make a symbolic stand against what they called Israel’s “illegal” and “immoral” siege of Gaza. . . . At the seaport, Naama Abu Hamda, 59, said she had come to thank the activists. “We are encouraged by their courage,” she said, “unlike the Arab governments,” who she said had cooperated with the Israeli embargo.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/24/world/middleeast/24mideast.html?ref=world

HUGE WELCOME FOR GAZA BLOCKADE RUNNERS
As the boats docked in Gaza City’s tiny port, children swarmed around the vessels and leaped into the water in joy, while thousands of cheering people looked on from the shore. Palestinian flags on one of the boats snapped in the wind, activists waved to the crowd, and the slogan “End Occupation” was written in large letters on its side. . . .  “They are very brave, they are very strong, I am proud of them,” said Samira Ayash, a 65-year-old retired school teacher who came to watch.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1219218618084&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

RELEASE LEAVES 11,000 POLITICAL PRISONERS BEHIND
About 11,000 Palestinians will remain in Israeli prisons. . . . Ghazi Hamad, a Hamas official in Gaza, told Al Jazeera that he welcomed the prisoner release but criticised Israel was using it as a political tool by only releasing Fatah supporters from the West Bank.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2008/08/200882565115301249.html

ETHIOPIANS FEEL BRUNT OF ISRAELI RACISM
The Israeli government’s decision to halt immigration from Ethiopia prompted angry scenes in Jerusalem. . . . “There’s racism everywhere [in Israel] — against Filipinos, and against Yemenis”. . . . [Ethiopians] complained of their lack of prospects in a country that simply “sees us as no better than the Arabs”.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/19/judaism.middleeast

US MISSILES AND TROOPS WILL BE DEPLOYED IN ISRAEL
American military personnel are expected to man the new radar system which will be based in the Negev desert in southern Israel.
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=1.0.2419169923

BIDEN: I AM A ZIONIST
“Imagine our circumstance in the world were there no Israel. How many [US] battleships would there be? How many troops would be stationed?”. . . . He also called comments about Israel’s connection to the war in Iraq “insulting”.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3586542,00.html

TRUCE BARELY EASES GAZA EMBARGO
Since the ceasefire began, the fighting with Israel has died down, but the strict sanctions remain. Most of the one-and-a-half million people living in Gaza are now reliant on food aid, and are unable to enter or leave the strip.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7570605.stm

WORKERS PROTEST DAILY STRIP SEARCHES NEAR JENIN
Dozens of Palestinian workers, who go to work in Israel every morning and come back in the afternoon, rallied on Sunday near the checkpoint where they are strip-searched by Israeli border security each morning before work.
http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=31496

FATAH IS MAIN SOURCE OF INTRA-PALESTINIAN REPRESSION
Fatah’s efforts to eradicate Hamas’s political influence in the West Bank are more systematic than anything done by Hamas against Fatah in the Gaza Strip.
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2008/911/re1.htm

US-EU-ISRAEL-PA COORDINATE JOIN REPRESSION
The continuous illegal raids by the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian Authority are coordinated by the US air force criminal Lt. Gen. William Fraser and Lt. General Keith Dayton, the US coordinator for the genocide against Palestinians. . . . The role of the Israeli military is to arrest the political opponents of the PA and to close their charities.
http://palestinethinktank.com/2008/08/20/kawther-salam-charity-raids-coordinated-by-the-us-and-financed-by-the-eu/

EGYPTIAN WORKING CLASS KEY FOR PALESTINE TOO
[Striking Egyptian workers] were confronting Mubarak’s police and Mubarak’s tanks and Mubarak’s troops, using rocks. And all throughout, people can always draw parallels between what’s going in Egypt and what’s going on in Palestine.  If Egypt falls, the entire Middle East is gonna fall. We have the biggest working class in the region with a long, militant history of industrial struggle.
http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/hamalawy180808.html

FROM A PALESTINIAN PERSPECTIVE
[F]rom where the Palestinians are sitting, under the yoke of occupation, the picture looks very different from the one Zionism’s supporters would have the world believe.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/21/israelandthepalestinians.middleeast

A POET FOR THE PEOPLE
During the 1948 war, the seven-year-old Darwish and his family had been driven from his birthplace, the village of al-Birwa. Birwa has long been forgotten by the rest of the world. Like more than 400 other Palestinian communities, it was destroyed by the Israeli army to prevent its inhabitants from returning to their homes inside the new Jewish state. Judeidi, one of a few dozen survivingPalestinian villages inside Israel, was as close as the Darwishes could get. Today Birwa lies beneath two Jewish farming communities, Yasur and Achihud.
http://www.jkcook.net/Articles2/0326.htm#Top

PALESTINE POPULAR CONFERENCE MEETS IN CHICAGO
Under the slogan “Reclaiming Our Voice, Reasserting Our Narrative,” hundreds of Palestinians living in the U.S. gathered in Chicago Aug. 8-10 for the first Palestine Popular Conference.
http://www.workers.org/2008/us/palestine_0828/

JEWISH YOUTH JAILED FOR REFUSING TO SERVE ON ‘MORAL GROUNDS’
Udi Nir, 18, of Herzliya, was arrested on Tuesday, the day after his draft date, in a quick response from the army to his refusal to enlist on “moral grounds.” Appearing before a military judge on Thursday, Nir was sentenced to 21 days in prison.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1219218613527&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

EASTERN EUROPE

RESISTANCE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN BLOCKED US IN GEORGIA
The United States, bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan, has little appetite for an armed confrontation with Russia either, as demonstrated by the swiftness with which the Bush administration ruled out a military response to the Georgia-Russia fighting.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/20/world/europe/20diplo.html?ref=world

NATO IN GEORGIA WOULD HAVE MEANT BROADER WAR
It’s a sobering thought that, if George W Bush had had his way and Georgia had been a member of Nato, we would now be at war with Russia.
http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/featuresopinon/display.var.2427410.0.Why_the_west_has_got_it_so_wrong_over_Georgia.php

PUPPET MASTERS BEHIND GEORGIA PRESIDENT SAAKASHVILI
Saakashvili was brought to power in a US-engineered coup run on the ground by US-funded NGO’s, in an application of a new method of US destabilization of regimes it considered hostile to its foreign policy agenda.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46586&hd=&size=1&l=e

CANDIDATES AGREE WITH U.S. POLICY IN GEORGIA
[T]he anti-Russian views of presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain hardly differ from those of Bush.
http://counterpunch.org/kagarlitsky08222008.html

DEAL FOR US MISSILES AND TROOPS IN POLAND
[A]n American Patriot missile battery is to move from Germany to Poland, and at least temporarily this would be operated by American military personnel. Under the agreement, Poland would host 10 missile interceptors, intended to shoot down a small number of ballistic missiles.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/21/world/europe/21missile.html?ref=world

NATO’S BRUTAL RECORD IN YUGOSLAVIA
The Nato attack had been fraudulent. . . . At a 1999 Kosovo “peace” conference in France, the Serbs were told to accept occupation by Nato forces and a market economy, or be bombed into submission. It was the perfect precursor to the bloodbaths in Afghanistan and Iraq.
http://www.newstatesman.com/europe/2008/08/pilger-kosovo-war-nato-serbs

BIDEN PUSHED US WAR IN YUGOSLAVIA
He has called his new adversary, presumed Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a “personal and close friend”. . . . In 1998, he worked with McCain on a resolution to push the Clinton administration to use all available force to confront Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, a move designed to force the president to use ground troops if necessary against Serb forces in the former Yugoslavia.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-foreignpol24-2008aug24,0,698094.story

WHY NOT SIMPLY ABOLISH NATO?
In the United States, both the Republicans and the Democrats see the old NATO transformed into this new offensive military alliance as a good (neocon) idea to promote American interests around the world, as well as those of its close allies, such as Israel.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20561.htm

SOMALIA

US-BACKED FORCES KILL CIVILIANS
Ethiopian forces in Somalia have killed at least 46 civilians after a roadside bomb ripped through their military convoy, residents said.
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/08/16/somalia.shootings/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

US TERRORISM GENERATES RESISTANCE
[S]ome worry a more radical agenda in Somalia has been aided by U.S. counter-terrorism efforts during the last two years, including half a dozen airstrikes against suspected terrorist targets that often killed civilians. . . . “I’m telling you, the more Americans move against us, the more popular we become.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-shabab25-2008aug25,0,1932841.story

COLOMBIA

US-BACKED MILITARY ATROCITIES SOAR
The number of civilians killed by the Colombian armed forces has soared, activist groups allege, with many of the abuses committed by army units that had been vetted by the State Department. . . . [and] [b]acked by more than $4 billion in U.S. military aid since 2000.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-abuses21-2008aug21,0,2705496.story

WAR AT HOME

FBI PLANS BROADER POWERS

A Justice Department plan would loosen restrictions on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to allow agents to open a national security or criminal investigation against someone without any clear basis for suspicion.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/21/washington/21fbi.html?_r=1&ref=us&oref=login

NATIONAL GUARD SENT FROM IRAQ TO NOLA
“We’re not here to make friends”. . . . The sergeant, for example, constantly looks left and right. “I’ve been doing that ever since Iraq.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/25/us/25land.html

ONE PROTEST, 52 ARRESTS AND A $2 MILLION PAYOUT
The city has agreed to pay $2,007,000 to end a lawsuit brought by 52 people who were swept up in a mass arrest along a Midtown sidewalk during a protest against the invasion of Iraq.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/20/nyregion/20about.html?ref=nyregion

BLACKS DEBATE CIVIL RIGHTS RISK IN OBAMA’S RISE
“If Obama becomes the president, every remaining, powerfully felt black grievance and every still deeply etched injustice will be cast out of the realm of polite discourse.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/25/us/politics/25race.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

GI RESISTANCE

SOLDIER WHO DESERTED TO CANADA DRAWS 15-MONTH TERM
[A]about 200 American troops had fled to Canada because of moral objections to the war. About 40 troops who left their units after refusing to fight in Iraq have been sentenced to military prisons as a result.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/23/us/23resist.html?_r=1&ref=us&oref=slogin

IRAQI WAR VETS’ GROUP IN OKLAHOMA CITY TO PUSH FOR WAR’S END
Several members of Iraq Veterans Against the War called Monday for the immediate withdrawal of American troops in Iraq, full benefits for returning veterans and reparation for Iraqis. Their national tour will take them to eight military installations and to next week’s Democratic National Convention being held in Denver.
http://newsok.com/iraqi-war-vets-group-in-oklahoma-city-to-push-for-wars-end/article/3285471/?tm=1219116745

INKED UP AT CAMP LEJEUNE, AND A NEW CHAPTER ON THE WAY
The night ended on a high note as we announced the formation of the new Camp Lejeune chapter of IVAW– the second chapter that’s been created during this tour.
http://ivaw.org/node/3963

SUPPORT IVAW’S 2008 BASE TOUR
The costs for IVAW’s State of the Union Base Tour are substantial. You can help out with donations to cover some of the expenses below.
http://ivaw.org/basetour/support

IVAW’S PROUD HERITAGE
The members of the IVAW house are the newest incarnation of a long tradition of anti-war activism by US military veterans. They are the tattooed, web-savvy descendents of the Spanish-American war veterans who decried US torture of Filipino rebels at the turn of the 20th century, and the shaggy-haired Vietnam vets who tossed away their medals in protest.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/20/iraq.usa


ANTIWAR MOVEMENT

LATINO PLATFORM CALLS TO END IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN WARS
A coalition of Hispanic groups offered its recommendations for both party’s platforms Thursday, including calls to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
http://www.kentucky.com/676/story/497888.html

THE ANTIWAR MOVEMENT AND THE “GOOD WAR”
Those forces in the antiwar movement that don’t include opposition to the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan are at risk of being made irrelevant by the dedication of increasing amounts of U.S. military firepower and personnel to the “good war”. . . . But during the last year, UFPJ has done very little to rectify this “silence”. . . . If IVAW doesn’t address the despair, anger and disillusionment of U.S. soldiers deployed to Afghanistan, vets and active-duty troops will go elsewhere for a way to express their antiwar views.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/08/22/antiwar-movement-and-afghanistan

REPORT FROM DAY 1 @ THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
Today, thousands of activists from across the country rallied at the State Capitol and marched through the streets of Denver to kick off a week of protests during the Democratic National Convention.
http://dncrnc.wordpress.com/

IN DENVER, SOME PROTESTERS ALSO OPPOSE AFGHAN WAR
“The Democrats are an imperialist party, too.  The war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan are both the wrong wars. . . . If the US wants to stop terrorism, they should stop participating in it.”
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/articles/2008/08/25/in_denver_opposition_to_iraq_war_binds_demonstrators/

MASS PROTESTS SET FOR BOTH POLITICAL CONVENTIONS
Massive demonstrations on the most important issues affecting the people of this country and the world will coincide with, and in some cases directly challenge, these conventions.
http://www.workers.org/2008/us/conventions_0828/

NYCLAW Antiwar Digest

New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)

NYCLAW Antiwar Digest

Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:21 am (PDT)


AFGHANISTAN

GREEN BERET SAYS LEADER SHOT, MUTILATED AFGHAN MAN
“Don’t worry, nothing will come of it. If it does, I’ll just say I was attacked.”
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080812/NEWS07/80812084/1009/NEWS07

NATO FORCE DENIES AFGHAN CIVILIAN CASUALTY REPORT
Twelve civilians were killed and 18 wounded when NATO-led forces carried out an airstrike on suspected Taliban militants in Kapisa province on Saturday.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/12/AR2008081200252.html

U.S. COALITION KILL 8 AFGHAN HOSTAGES
A series of clashes and an airstrike in southern Afghanistan killed 25 militants and eight civilians held hostage by insurgents.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghan12-2008aug12,0,5607454.story

BRITISH KILL 4 CIVILIANS IN AFGHANISTAN
The force “deeply regrets the tragedy.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/18/world/asia/18afghan.html?ref=world

INSURGENCY’S SCARS LINE AFGHANISTAN’S MAIN ROAD
“Dissatisfaction of the people is growing, anger is growing, people are joining the opposition groups”. . . . “The Americans are not looking at us like human beings, but we are also human beings.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/14/world/asia/14highway.html?ref=world

ROADSIDE BLAST KILLS 10 POLICE IN AFGHANISTAN
Afghan and NATO officials insist that the nearly seven-year effort to bring stability to Afghanistan is progressing.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Afghan-Violence.html?ref=world

RESISTANCE SURGE IN AFGHANISTAN
Once a population turns against an occupation (or just decides to stay neutral) there are few places in the world where an occupier is going to come out on the winning side. Afghanistan, with its enormous size and daunting geography, is certainly not one of them.
http://counterpunch.org/hallinan08142008.html

IRAN

A WAR OF SELF-DESTRUCTION
An attack on Iran, which Israeli and Bush administration officials appear set to carry out if Iranian uranium enrichment is not halted, would ignite a regional war in the Middle East and lead to economic collapse and political upheaval in the United States.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080804_a_war_of_self_destruction/

IRAQ

US SAILORS ‘ABUSED IRAQI PRISONERS’
The incidents allegedly took place in May at Camp Bucca, a vast desert camp where the US military houses 18,000 of its 21,000 prisoners in Iraq.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2008/08/20088150425646611.html

SURGE IN IRAQI FEMALE SUICIDE BOMBERS
One need only recall the famous scene of Algerian women altering their attire to plant bombs among French colons in the astonishingly prescient 1966 film The Battle of Algiers to understand the historical precedents.
http://counterpunch.org/niva08152008.html

SADRISTS ARE TOLD TO JOIN UNARMED WING
Thousands of supporters. . . . chanted “No, no to America” and “No, no to occupation.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/09/world/middleeast/09iraq.html?ref=worldspecial

U.S AND IRAQI TROOPS FAIL TO ‘SUBDUE’ DIYALA
Despite repeated offensives and presence of tens of thousands of U.S. and Iraqi troops, the Province of Diyala still remains a major rebel stronghold in Iraq.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46416&hd=&size=1&l=e

WASH. HEIGHTS G.I. KILLED IN IRAQ BLAST
“We’re all so sad. . . . I don’t see any good coming from this war. We just lose more and more people.”
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2008/08/12/2008-08-12_wash_heights_gi_killed_in_iraq_blast.html

AS MANY U.S. CONTRACTORS AS TROOPS IN IRAQ
The U.S. has about the same number of private contractors in Iraq as uniformed service members.
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/08/military_contractorstroops_iraq_081208w/

USE OF IRAQ CONTRACTORS COSTS BILLIONS, REPORT SAYS
“I don’t think there have been any credible cost numbers for the Iraq war. There was so much money spent at the beginning of the war, and nobody knows where it went.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/12/washington/12contractors.html?hp

WALLS DON’T STOP RESISTANCE
While U.S. forces say the recent battles have helped “decapitate” the Mehdi Army in Sadr City, they acknowledge that many fighters have simply fled to northern parts of the capital, which are controlled by Iraqi forces.
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/U.S._and_Iraqi_forces_wall_off_0810.html

STOP LAUGHING AT YOURSELVES WITH YOUR CLAIMS OF ‘DEMOCRACY’ IN IRAQ
It is the democracy of bombardment, shelling, indiscriminate killing, massive prisoner abuses, turning millions of people into refugees, attacking with warplanes and heavy armor major cities, towns and villages and dividing a unified nation along ethnic and sectarian lines.
http://www.azzaman.com/english/index.asp?fname=news%5C2008-08-14%5Ckurd.htm

OBAMA’S NON-PLAN FOR ENDING THE WAR IN IRAQ
His promise to “end this war now” amounts to little more than propaganda in light of claims that U.S. combat operations will continue for at least the next five years, perhaps indefinitely.  It is difficult to see how substantively different this is from Republican presidential front-runner John McCain.
http://counterpunch.org/dimaggio08122008.html

INDIANA SENATOR OFFERS OBAMA RISKS AND REWARDS
“The antiwar people cannot define the Democratic Party,” said Al From, a founder of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, of which Mr. Bayh was chairman for four years.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/12/us/politics/12bayh.html?em

PALESTINE

OLMERT REJECTS RETURN OF ANY PALESTINIAN REFUGEES
Some 700,000 people, half the Arab population of Palestine in May 1948, fled or were driven from their homes when Israel was created. Letting them and their families live in Israel now would undermine its nature as a Jewish state, Israel argues.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-palestinians-israel-refugees.html?ref=world

STATE OF DENIAL: ISRAEL, 1948-2008
For many years, the term Nakba seemed a satisfactory term for assessing both the events of 1948 in Palestine and their impact on our lives today. I think, however, it is time to use a different term: the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.
http://imeu.net/news/article008140.shtml

NO FORCE COULD ELIMINATE THE PALESTINIAN RIGHT OF RETURN
“The issue of the [Palestinian Right of Return] is the hard rock that no negotiator could displace simply because it is the issue of two-thirds of the Palestinian people, and no political force, despite its size, could overcome the will of the Palestinian people.”
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s73HtAkfehcrX8ORKso%2b6ABG9Ztl2gDqWYiPl3ulcRJ%2fATFoTsjyCw7X95EHytC2s205SiwdDUA%2fvIvwvwSnZnxARiRe3X388RbwJM%2biuBj64%3d

POET’S VILLAGE LIVES ONLY IN MEMORY
Darwish was only too aware that he would not be allowed by the Israeli authorities to return to his village — even in death. http://www.thenational.ae/article/20080812/FOREIGN/842627580/1011/NEWS&Profile=1011

TRAPPED — COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT IN GAZA
The blockade imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip over a year ago has left the entire population of 1.5 million Palestinians trapped with dwindling resources and an economy in ruins.
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/feature-stories/trapped-collective-punishment-gaza-20080812

ISRAELI VIOLENCE ENJOYS IMPUNITY
Only six percent of probes into offenses allegedly committed by Israeli soldiers and settlers against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank yield indictments.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9750.shtml

THE WEST IS HELPING PA TORMENT PALESTINIANS
We all know that the Raison d’être behind the very existence of the PA security apparatus is to repress Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation. . . . [T]here is a reign of terror being fostered all over the West Bank under the pretext of “fighting Hamas.”
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46420&hd=&size=1&l=e

CAMPAIGN TO SILENCE DISSENT IN WEST BANK, GAZA
The U.S. and Europe have said little about violations in the West Bank, even as they’re spending millions of dollars on police training to help lay the foundations of a democratic Palestine.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Palestinians-Suppressing-Dissent.html

PA CONTINUES ITS WEST BANK ARREST CAMPAIGN OF HAMAS SUPPORTERS
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the attacks on private and civil society organizations and the continued arrests by Palestinian security forces of Hamas members in the West Bank.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9755.shtml

ISRAEL CRITICISM OF CHINA — BEYOND CHUTZPAH
[T]he more important question in this context is really whether Israel, a state that has been murdering, enslaving and tormenting another people for the past sixty years, is in a position to lecture or criticize China or any other country on the subject of human rights. http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46323&hd=&size=1&l=e

DEREK SUMMERFIELD: APARTHEID REVISITED
[T]he Israeli army has killed “more unarmed Palestinian civilians [between September 2000 and 2004] than the number of people who died on 11 September 2001.”
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=797_0_1_0_C

‘ALL CITIZENS MUST BE EQUAL’
“All citizens must be equal,” agreed Ismail. “It doesn’t need to be a Jewish state; nor must preference be given to the Jewish people. It just needs to be our country; [a country belonging to both Jews and Arabs].”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jul/30/israelandthepalestinians.middleeast

ONE STATE WITH EQUAL RIGHTS
Either the Zionist project is defeated by the victory of one secular state for all, or the logic of Zionism slowly starves and kills Palestinians out of their land.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/08/08/one-state-with-equal-rights

GEORGIA

FOR SOUTH OSSETIANS, BITTERNESS FOLLOWS ATTACKS
“It was inhuman to bomb us”. . . . The scale of the destruction is undeniable; some streets summon iconic images of Stalingrad during World War II or Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, which was leveled in two wars between Russian and Chechen separatists.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/16/AR2008081602253.html

DECLARATION OF THE GEORGIAN PEACE COMMITTEE
The Georgian army, armed and trained by American instructors and using also American armaments, subjected the city of Tskhinvali to a barbaric destruction. . . . The entire responsibility for this fratricidal war, for thousands of children, women and elderly dead people, for the inhabitants of South Ossetia and of Georgia falls exclusively to the current President, to the Parliament and to the Government of Georgia.
http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/georgia120808.html

RATTLING THE CAGE: SYMPATHY FOR THE AGGRESSOR
So what we’ve got here is a bloody war started by Georgia against a small, pro-Russian province it wants to rule — against the will of the people who live there.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1218446195149&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFul

THIS IS A TALE OF US EXPANSION NOT RUSSIAN AGGRESSION
[U]nderlying the conflict of the past week has also been the Bush administration’s wider, explicit determination to enforce US global hegemony and prevent any regional challenge, particularly from a resurgent Russia.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/14/russia.georgia

CONFLICT NARROWS OIL OPTIONS FOR WEST
The latest struggle over Caspian oil started in earnest in the 1990s under Bill Clinton, after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/14/world/europe/14oil.html?ref=world

OIL LINE IN THE SAND

Already, the Pentagon had established its presence in Georgia and Azerbaijan. It posted its officers to these Caucasian republics to train Georgian and Azeri forces to guard the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/11/georgia.russia3

BI-PARTISAN US SUPPORT FOR GEORGIA
Since 1997, the U.S. military has spent approximately $277 million in military aid to Georgia. . . . Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama . . . supported the administration’s initiatives in Georgia.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-usrussia14-2008aug14,0,7890950.story

U.S. TROOPS STILL IN GEORGIA
There are still 127 U.S. trainers in Georgia, where the American forces had been preparing the Georgian army for operations in Iraq.
http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=56704

GEORGIA PRESIDENT MIKHEIL SAAKASHVILI’S ‘CALCULATED GAMBLE’
Saakashvili has been the Bush administration’s poster child for pro-Western movements.  . . . The United States supplied him with military aid to build his army and he, in turn, sent Georgian troops to Iraq to support the U.S. mission there.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-saakashvili12-2008aug12,0,6671058.story

AFTER MIXED U.S. MESSAGES, A WAR ERUPTED IN GEORGIA
The United States took a series of steps that emboldened Georgia. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/13/washington/13diplo.html?ref=world

ON SLOG TO SAFETY, SEETHING AT WEST
“The biggest problem here is [the U.S.], your country. You said that the Soviets were an evil empire, but it’s you that are the empire. Not you personally, of course. But your government.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/11/world/europe/11scene.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

HOW THE U.S. INVITED A WAR IN SOUTH OSSETIA
This is yet another made-in-the-USA war. . . . But it’s also yet another made-in-Israel war.
http://counterpunch.org/walberg08122008.html

GEORGIAN MP LAUDS ISRAELI MILITARY TRAINING
Georgian Integration Minister Temur Yakobashvili told The Jerusalem Post Monday he “felt proud as a Jew,” thanks to the training Israelis had provided to units in the Georgian military.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1218446175084&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

ISRAELI HAS $1 BILLION INVESTED IN GEORGIA
The Jewish state and private investors have provided military assistance and advisors to Georgia, where pipelines pump oil destined for Israel.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/151211

ARAB WORLD SEES BUSH’S RESPONSE TO GEORGIA-RUSSIA CRISIS AS HYPOCRITICAL
The Iraq war, the sense of drift over the Palestinian question, and Washington’s perceived failure to pay more than lip-service to promoting democracy and human rights have all undermined American standing. It is also widely noted here that Washington stood by uncritically during Israel’s military incursion into southern Lebanon in its 2006 war with Hezbollah.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-react17-2008aug17,0,2584755.story

PAKISTAN

US BEHIND PAKISTAN ATTACKS
There is increasing pressure from the West on Pakistan’s government to act against Taliban and al-Qaida strongholds in its frontier region with Afghanistan.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Pakistan.html

9 SUSPECTED INSURGENTS KILLED IN US MISSILE STRIKE
A spokesman for the American military denied that it was behind the four missiles. . . . However, past strikes are believed to have been conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency using Predator drones. . . . Separately on Wednesday, Pakistani forces backed by helicopter gunships pounded militant positions in the Bajur tribal region in an operation that has displaced thousands of people.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/14/world/asia/14pstan.html?ref=world

REPRESSION BREEDS RESISTANCE
The air attack had turned him against the government, Mr. Shah said. “I am now one of them,” he said of the Taliban. “I have lost my nephew, I have no fare to get back. I hate the government very much.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/13/world/asia/13pstan.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

GI RESISTANCE

U.S. DESERTER TO APPEAL CANADA DEPORTATION ORDER
“It’s our government acting as an enforcement agent for the Pentagon.” http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-deserter.html

EMUULATING VIETNAM GI RESISTANCE
We see what helped end the Vietnam War was that all these soldiers said, “No. We’re not going to do this anymore. This is screwed up.” That’s what we want to do.
http://www.warresisters.org/node/410

‘WE’RE TRYING TO REACH OUT TO SOLDIERS’
“Ultimately, what’s going to stop it is the GIs standing up and saying, ‘We’re not going to fight anymore’.”
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/373649_gicoffee06.html

ANTIWAR GROUP BRINGS MESSAGE
Hurd said it was important that members of the military and veterans understand it’s OK to oppose the war. “Look, you’re not alone,” Hurd said. “We’re with you and we’re here to support you.”
http://www.fayobserver.com/article?id=301245

VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR RAIL AGAINST GAME
“Hey, stop taking our money and using it for stupid sh**.”
http://play.tm/story/20207


CIVIL LIBERTIES, IMMIGRANT RIGHTS AND CRIMINAL INJUSTICE

WAR CRIMES SYSTEM IS STILL ON TRIAL
The verdict and the five-and-a-half-year sentence may not have been as severe as the government had hoped for, but it was a green light for a tribunal that the Pentagon plans to use to prosecute as many as 80 detainees, including five men charged as the plotters and coordinators of the Sept. 11 attack.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/10/washington/10gitmo.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

ATTORNEY: TERROR DEFENDANT WITH NY TARGET LIST TORTURED
The attorney for a Pakistani woman arrested on terror charges and accused of possessing a list of New York landmarks to attack said her client had been tortured soon after she was apprehended in Afghanistan on charges of trying to kill U.S. soldiers.
newsday.com/news/local/newyork/ny-literr0814,0,6818152.story

PSYCHOLOGISTS CLASH ON AIDING INTERROGATIONS
“American psychology really grew up with the military. It was barely considered a science before the collaboration began, and the entanglement goes very deep.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/16/washington/16psych.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

U.S. MAY EASE POLICE SPY RULES
“It turns police officers into spies on behalf of the federal government.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/15/AR2008081503497.html

ILL AND IN PAIN, DETAINEE DIES IN U.S. HANDS
[T]wo days after his 34th birthday, he died in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a Rhode Island hospital, his spine fractured and his body riddled with cancer that had gone undiagnosed and untreated for months.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/13/nyregion/13detain.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

IMMIGRANTS’ SPEEDY TRIALS AFTER RAID BECOME ISSUE
“The entire process seemed to presume and be designed for fast-track guilty pleas.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/09/us/09immig.html?ref=us

LOUISIANA: CHARGES AGAINST OFFICERS THROWN OUT
Survivors of the Sept. 4, 2005, shootings have said the officers fired at unarmed people crossing the Danziger Bridge to get food at a grocery store.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/14/us/14brfs-CHARGESAGAIN_BRF.html?ref=us

WEALTH AND POWER

PELOSI CLASHES WITH PROTESTERS OVER IMPEACHMENT
The Speaker made it clear she would not support any effort to hold impeachment hearings against President Bush.
http://www.pubrecord.org/nationworld/1-nationworld/255-pelosi-clashes-with-protesters-over-impeachment.html

BOTH CANDIDATES FOR SALE
The truth is that the campaigns of both Barack Obama and John McCain are being inundated with cash from more or less exactly the same gorgons of the corporate scene.
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/22210615/candidates_for_sale

MOST COMPANIES IN US AVOID FEDERAL INCOME TAXES
Collectively, the companies reported trillions of dollars in sales.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/12/AR2008081200390.html

OBAMA WATERS DOWN TAX CHANGES
[Obama] said he “certainly would not go above what existed under Bill Clinton, which was 28 percent” and that “my guess would be it would be significantly lower than that.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/16/us/politics/16obama.html?ref=us

HOUSE TO RETHINK DRILLING, PELOSI SAYS
Dropping her opposition to a vote on coastal oil exploration, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Saturday that the House would consider expanded offshore drilling as part of broad energy legislation when Congress returns next month.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/17/washington/17pelosi.html?ref=us

ANTIWAR MOVEMENT

ACTIVISTS DEMAND: ‘HANDS OFF IRAN!’
Under the leadership of the Stop War on Iran Campaign, anti-war activists in 100 cities voiced their opposition boldly in the streets despite the short notice in which the initial call was made, the difficulty of organizing during the summer and the sometimes paralyzing effects on organizing during a presidential election.
http://www.workers.org/2008/us/iran_0814/

STOP WAR ON IRAN
Considering the rain and the lack of endorsement from the nation’s largest peace group, United for Peace and Justice, the demonstration was a success in bringing together a broad coalition of activists and calling attention to Iran.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/08/13/stop-war-iran

BUYERS REMORSE OVER OBAMA
[T]here is no way to change Obama by begging as the letter does. There is plenty of carrot, in fact downright ass kissing, in the letter — but no stick. Ambitious pols understand sticks.
http://www.counterpunch.org/walsh08142008.html

SHEEHAN QUALIFIES TO CHALLENGE PELOSI
She says Pelosi (D-Calif.) has failed the country by refusing to cut off funding for the war after Democrats reclaimed the majority in the 2006 elections.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/11/AR2008081102729.html

MOVEON EXCUSES BAYH
Eli Pariser, the executive director of the antiwar group MoveOn.org, said that Mr. Obama had a variety of factors to weigh in making a choice and that he was not ready to say that Mr. Bayh should be ruled out because of his views at the start of the war.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-sirota/the-difference-between-mo_b_118494.html

THE DEMOCRATS’ ELECTION TO LOSE
If we want to win our demands, we have to organize independently of either of the pro-business and pro-war parties. We have to refuse to tailor our demands to what “hurts” or “helps” the Democrats in the election.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/08/13/democrats-election-to-lose

DENVER’S DNC: MOVEMENT SETS MARCHES, RALLIES TO RAISE KEY ISSUES
The protests are designed to show the Democratic Party’s complicity with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. . . . The real struggle is in the streets. Those who are able should go to both DNC and RNC protests and express the will of those who dream of a better world.
http://www.workers.org/2008/us/dnc_0831/

RAGE TO ROCK DURING DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION
In conjunction with the Iraq Veterans Against the War and Tent State University, Rage Against The Machine will play a free show Aug. 27 at the Denver Coliseum during the Democratic National Convention. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003839122

DNC PROTEST, SPLIT, AND THE PRINCIPLED STAND OF CYNTHIA MCKINNEY
[T]he Alliance for Real Democracy’s denunciations of the right to self-defense and denunciations of Recreate ’68 as “violent” creates a ready made excuse for the police and government that may actually cause police violence.
http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2008/08/99234.html

ANTHONY J. RUSSO, 71, PENTAGON PAPERS FIGURE, DIES
From Mr. Russo’s perspective, the ordeal — even the beatings he claimed to have endured after being imprisoned for refusing to testify to a grand jury — was worth it.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/09/us/politics/09russo.html?ref=obituaries

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Fri Aug 1, 2008 10:35 am (PDT)


AFGHANISTAN


CANADIAN SOLDIERS KILL 2 CHILDREN
Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan opened fire on a speeding car, which they feared was about to attack their convoy, and killed a 2-year-old boy and his 4-year-old sister, officials said Monday. . . . NATO commanders have said they take reasonable precautions to prevent civilian deaths and have blamed militants for endangering innocents.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/world/asia/29afghan.html?ref=world

BOMBS AND STARVATION GENERATE RESISTANCE
“My husband and son were killed by the American bombs in Helmand province and I brought my daughter in law and grandchildren to Kabul since radio programs were talking about humanitarian programs but we found none and are stranded begging to survive. My granddaughter age 7 starved to death last week. I hate these people.”
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46002&hd=&size=1&l=e

CIA BLOWBACK KILLS US TROOPS

It was the ISI, backed by millions of covert dollars from the C.I.A., that ran arms to guerrillas fighting Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s. It is now American troops who are dying in Afghanistan.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/30/world/asia/30pstan.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

OCCUPATION = PIPELINE PROTECTION TROOPS
As the perceptive writer Kevin Phillips notes, U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan — and Iraq — have become “pipeline protection troops”. . . . [W]e are not fighting “terrorists” but a medieval tribal people who just want to be left alone. This is an ugly little war about oil and gas, not freedom, democracy, or woman’s rights.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-margolis/lets-speak-the-truth-abou_b_115591.html

SHOALS AHEAD FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA
No one has ever gained long-term control over this crucial zone of transit. . . . U.S. policy also at the same time spawned both Al-Qaeda and the Taliban — a classic case of blowback for the United States.
http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/wallerstein310708.html

IRAN

U.S. TALKS TO IRAN TO LEGITIMIZE ATTACK
“This way they will be able to say they tried everything,” one official speculated. “This increases America’s chances of gaining more public support domestically as well as the support of European nations which are today opposed to military action.”
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1215331116435&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

DEMOCRATS BACK ATTACK
[C]ongressional leaders authorized up to $400 million for increased efforts to destabilize Iran’s government. . . . [H]ow in the world does the representative of perhaps the most antiwar city in the country sign off on the United States doing this to another nation?
http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?entry_id=6829&catid=4&volume_id=317&issue_id=389&volume_num=42&issue_num=44

DESPITE THE EVIDENCE, ISRAEL STILL WANTS TO ATTACK
Israeli officials were concerned in December when a key U.S. intelligence report concluded that Iran had abandoned an effort to build a nuclear bomb.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-usisrael30-2008jul30,0,625643.story

ISRAEL IS THE REAL DANGER
Thanks to unlimited US support, Israel is two full military generations ahead of its enemies, and even further advanced in electronic warfare and command and control. . . . Given these facts, we can see how false are claims trumpeted by the west that Iran is a dangerous military power that is about to eradicate Israel. The facts are quite the reverse.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20376.htm

LIES AND BLUSTER ABOUT NUKES
Israel possesses between 60 and 80 nuclear bombs. . . . Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s insistence that Iran enriches its own fissile material, and the guessing game he is playing with Israel, the atomic energy agency and the UN security council is irresponsible and staggeringly dangerous. But if I were in his position I might be tempted to do the same.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jul/29/nuclear.defence

IRAQ

MILITARY COVERED-UP ATTACK ON CIVILIANS
The American military admitted Sunday night that a platoon of soldiers raked a car of innocent Iraqi civilians with hundreds of rounds of gunfire and that the military then issued a news release larded with misstatements, asserting that the victims were criminals who had fired on the troops.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/28/world/middleeast/28iraq.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

AIR FORCE ESCALATES CIVILIAN CASUALTIES
For the first time in Iraq, the Air Force is flying missions this month with the new Reaper, a large remotely controlled vehicle that carries not only advanced surveillance sensors, but also bombs and missiles comparable to those on top-of-the-line piloted fighters. . . . Aerial bombardment increases the risk of accidental civilian casualties, however.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/world/middleeast/29military.html?ref=world

U.S. KILLING MORE CIVILIANS
The American military said Thursday that soldiers had killed three unarmed people during an operation northwest of Samarra on Wednesday, and injured a fourth. . . . The killing is part of a spate of American military shootings of Iraqi civilians in recent months.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/01/world/middleeast/01baghdad.html?ref=world

100 CITIZENS ARRESTED IN NEW OFFENSIVE
[M]any Iraqis believe that this campaign has no difference from others that targeted and harmed ordinary civilians.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46101&hd=&size=1&l=e

U.S. HOLDS REUTERS CAMERAMAN WITHOUT CHARGES
No charge has ever been filed against the cameraman. . . . The military contends that under the U.N. mandate governing the presence of foreign forces in Iraq it can detain anyone considered a security risk indefinitely.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-iraq-cameraman-reuters.html

DE-HYPING THE SURGE
No, sorry, AP. The US toll was at an “all-time low” before the invasion, when the number was zero. Unfortunately for the Iraqis, even then their toll wasn’t zero, since the decade-long embargo, not to mention the continued bombing in the “no-fly” zones, took lives by the tens of thousands every month.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46107&hd=&size=1&l=e

DEMOCRATS SAY IRAQIS MUST PAY

Democratic leaders in Congress are pushing the administration to pressure the Iraqi government to fund its own infrastructure projects through rising oil revenue.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-na-usiraq30-2008jul30,0,1276409.story

BUSH-OBAMA CONVERGENCE
The sectarian civil war between Sunni and Shia, which was at its height between the end of 2005 and the first half of 2007, has ebbed. This is not so much because of the surge, but because there is nobody left to kill. . . . Obama’s foreign policy remains committed to the pursuit of U.S. interests in the Middle East and beyond, in collaboration with allies when possible and without their approval whenever it’s deemed necessary.
http://counterpunch.org/ruder07292008.html

BIPARTISAN WAR
There is only one way to achieve genuine “force protection” for the American soldiers in Iraq: withdraw them, all of them, and end the war crime they have been sent to perpetrate. Neither Barack Obama nor John McCain will do this. The Democratic-controlled Congress will not do it. The bipartisan foreign policy establishment will not do it. All of them are happy to swallow — and repeat — the lies they are told about the war.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46058&hd=&size=1&l=e

CONSPIRACY TO KILL IRAQIS?
These men and women in Washington knew that their war and occupation would kill Iraqis. In fact, they counted on this fact in the hope that they would achieve their goals of destroying the government of Saddam Hussein and replacing it with one willing to do Washington’s bidding.
http://counterpunch.org/jacobs07302008.html

CAMPAIGNS’ IRAQ STANCES ARE SIMILAR
In recent days, McCain has said he could support withdrawal over 16 months — the timetable proposed by Obama — provided “conditions” were right. Obama has said that he would “adapt” his withdrawal timeline should “things drastically worsen as we’re drawing down.” Both advocate leaving a residual U.S. force in Iraq, although neither has specified the size of such a force or where it would be based.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/01/AR2008080102966.html

LET’S NOT GET OUT AND SAY WE DID
A “flexible timeline” is not a timetable. Redeployment of some or even all “combat troops” is not withdrawal. Limited Iraqi sovereignty is not sovereignty. Continuing the occupation is not ending it.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/08/01/lets-not-and-say-we-did

PAKISTAN

ARMY KILLS MORE CIVILIANS
As in the past, the army sought to subdue the militants by raking the area with fire from helicopter gunships and shelling suspected insurgent positions, a tactic that local officials say is putting civilians in grave danger. The seven-member family, including women and children, was killed before dawn Thursday in the village of Deolai, police said. Nearly three dozen other civilians were reported hurt, including a group of about 25 workers who were harvesting peaches in an orchard, according to residents.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-pakistan1-2008aug01,0,828008.story

PALESTINE

ISRAELIS KILL PALESTINIAN BOY AT PROTEST
Ahmad Hussam Musa, 12. . . . was resting under a tree after the demonstration when he was shot in the head. . . . Also on Tuesday, an Israeli battalion commander suspected of ordering a soldier to shoot a rubber bullet in the foot of a bound and blindfolded Palestinian in the Naalin area three weeks ago was placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the military police. Israeli military officials said the episode, which was captured on video, indicated a command failure.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/30/world/middleeast/30mideast.html?ref=world 

SECOND PALESTINIAN TEENAGER SHOT BY ISRAELI ARMY WITHIN HOURS
It is the third incident this month in which Israel’s military appears to have deliberately targeted a resident of Ni’ilin, where protests against Israel’s West Bank barrier and violent clashes occur almost daily. . . . However, the border police will not investigate. “It’s not our responsibility to investigate things like that,” the spokesman said.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/31/israel.palestinians

ISRAELI ATTACKS ON WALL PROTESTS HAVE KILLED BEFORE
At least 11 other Palestinians have died protesting against Israeli’s apartheid wall. Their names are:
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46066&hd=&size=1&l=e

PALESTINIANS OCCUPATION’S VIOLENCE ON VIDEO
In a graphic and hard-hitting film Peter Beaumont speaks to Palestinians filming abuse from settlers and Israeli armed forces.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/30/israelandthepalestinians

TEAR DOWN THE WALL
Palestinians do not fight to re-route the Wall but to tear it down.
http://stopthewall.org/latestnews/1700.shtml

AT 45%, GAZA UNEMPLOYMENT IS HIGHEST IN THE WORLD
Nearly 95 percent of all factories operating in Gaza have been closed down in recent years, says the report. Israel’s year long economic blockade on the coastal territory and repeated closure of electricity and fuel sources have also contributed to the humanitarian crisis.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1006282.html

SAILING AUGUST 5 TO BREAK GAZA SIEGE
Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein is one of those who has courageously agreed to go aboard. . . . Naim Franjieh, survivor of the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe), will join Hedy on the boat : “My parents fled Palestine in 1948 when I was three years old,” he says  “I want to be there, on the boat, to tell the people of Gaza they are not forgotten by those of us who have left.”
http://www.palestinecampaign.org/index7b.asp?m_id=1&l1_id=4&l2_id=25&Content_ID=145

BREAKING THE GAZA SIEGE, BY BOAT
One way or another we intend to open Gaza to unrestricted international access. If we are unable, we will demonstrate that Israel still occupies Gaza despite its claim to the contrary. We will no longer be idle while those in power continue to blame the victim.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9719.shtml

P.A. ‘TSUNAMI’ HITS HAMAS AND ALLIES
With almost the entire West Bank leadership of Hamas in jail, the PA and Israel have now taken aim at what is widely seen as a crucial source of the group’s political strength: the tight network of schools, orphanages, clinics, charities and businesses run by the Islamists.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/42f0d16e-5cc4-11dd-8d38-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1

P.A. ACTS ON BEHALF OF U.S./ISRAEL
European donor governments as well as Lieutenant-General Keith Dayton, the US officer overseeing security sector reform for the Palestinian Authority, is aware of what’s happening. . . . [M]any in Nablus see Fatah’s relationship with the Israelis as one of collusion more than competition. . . . “They’re trying to turn the PA into a security sub-agent like the Vichy government (in occupied France).”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/29/israelandthepalestinians.humanrights1

DOES P.A. STAND FOR JUDENRAT?
The Palestinian people. . . . never dreamt of a ‘Judenrat’ of quislings and collaborators that would arrest, torment, torture and even murder Palestinians in order to receive a certificate of good conduct from the occupiers of our country and their guardian-allies in Washington.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46109&hd=&size=1&l=e

WHY A CULTURAL BOYCOTT IS NECESSARY
It is clear that even cultural dialogue with the Israeli establishment has only proven to normalize the occupation. Tutu once declared, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Now is not the time to be neutral, nor the time to be reticent; it is the time to act.
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=751_0_1_0_C

LETTER TO MERCEDES SOSA
Don’t let your voice be sullied with collaboration with this oppression! Don’t sing in Israel! Don’t fail the struggle for freedom and equality in Palestine! Don’t betray the people whose struggle echoes so closely the struggles of the people of Latin America!
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=793_0_1_0_C

BOYCOTT THREAT PROMPTS ISRAELI ACADEMICS TO SPEAK UP
One prominent Hebrew University professor has warned that the regulations — which include barring Palestinian students from courses “that could be used against the State of Israel” — will help campaigners in Britain and elsewhere seeking to impose a boycott of Israeli academia.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/academics-protest-at-army-bar-on-palestinians-880323.html

WHAT DOES THE ISRAELI “PEACE CAMP” REALLY STAND FOR?
Members of the Israeli peace movement, including “Peace Now” and many scholars, have criticized Israel’s conduct in the occupied territory seized in 1967, but they do not accept the position that Israel was responsible for the refugees’ suffering, and they do not criticize the essence of Zionism. They support the government policy of denying the Palestinian refugees’ right of return.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46112&hd=&size=1&l=e

THREE DIMENSIONS OF FREEDOM
At its core, Israel’s oppression of the people of Palestine encompasses three major dimensions: denial of Palestinian refugee rights, including their right to return to their homes; military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), with massive colonization of the latter; and a system of racial discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel, partially resembling South African apartheid. A just peace would have to ethically and practically redress all three injustices as a minimal requirement of relative justice.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9591.shtml

END OF THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION
Negation, denial and imprisonment have run their course. The future should be built on affirmation, cooperation, and the constitution of a democratic and secular state that guarantees the rights of Israelis and Palestinians, of Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jul/28/israelandthepalestinians.middleeast

 

MEXICO

US TEACHES TORTURE

Called the Merida initiative, or Plan Mexico, the move follows a similar blueprint to the widely criticised, and ultimately failed, Plan Colombia.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20390.htm

 

ZIMBABWE

MUGABE’S BIGGEST SIN
[F]or Washington there are always “good dictators” and “bad dictators.” The difference is whether the given dictator serves US national interests or not. Mugabe clearly is in the latter category.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m46093&hd=&size=1&l=e

 

MONEY FOR WAR

WHITE HOUSE PREDICTS $482 BILLION DEFICIT
The deficit . . . does not reflect the full cost of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the potential $50 billion cost of another economic stimulus package, or the possibility of steeper losses in tax revenues if individual income or corporate profits decline.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/washington/29budget.html?ref=business

 

WAR AT HOME

SUCKING UP TO THE BANKERS: A BIPARTISAN LOVEFEST
[B]oth of our leading presidential candidates are scrambling to enlist not only the big-dollar contributions but, more frighteningly, the “expertise” of the very folks who advocated the financial industry deregulations at the heart of this meltdown.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080729_sucking_up_to_the_bankers/

GUANTANAMO: IT ONLY LOOKS LIKE A TRIAL
“Where else in the world is someone being prosecuted for a crime who is already serving a life sentence and will continue to serve one if he’s acquitted?”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/us/29gitmo.html?hp

IMMIGRANTS: COERCED INTO CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS
Advocates, immigration lawyers and translators question the deal offered to the Postville workers, who were told they could either plead guilty to aggravated identity theft, with a minimum two-year sentence, or accept a reduced charge and spend a year or less in jail. The lesser charge also would require the workers surrender more of their legal rights.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-immig1-2008aug01,0,7416056.story

POLICE VIOLENCE: NYPD COP SHOWN CLUBBING CUFFED VET, TAKING CALL, THEN GOING ON THE ATTACK AGAIN
Harvin said he told the cop he served 3 1/2 years in the 101st Airborne Division, including six months in Iraq. . . . It didn’t matter to him. He said I was a disgrace.”
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2008/07/30/2008-07-30_cop_shown_clubbing_cuffed_vet_taking_cal-1.html

VETS: BANK WON’T PAY DEATH BENEFITS
Just days after their son was killed by a Taliban rocket while serving in Afghanistan, Steve and Joy Retmier went to Downey Savings and Loan in Hemet to deposit two government bereavement checks to help pay for his funeral. But once inside, they said, a teller put a hold on the checks for 10 days until they could be authenticated. The funeral was in five days.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-me-retmier1-2008aug01,0,3748409.story

 

GI RESISTANCE

HIS FATHER’S HERO
“I think my son is a hero,” Erich continued. “There are many Iraqis who were not killed because of what he did, and many GIs whose lives were saved because of it. He made a tremendous service to his country by standing up and bearing witness to the ‘bait-and-kill’ war crimes.”
http://www.workers.org/2008/us/military_resister_0731/

WHY HE RAN
“I’d be willing to go to prison because I know I did the right thing, and I can sleep at night and my conscience is still good.”
http://www.boiseweekly.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A315781

ACTIVISTS WANT PORTLAND TO BE A SANCTUARY FOR AWOL SOLDIERS
15,000 servicemen and -women are AWOL.
http://wweek.com/editorial/3437/11296/

ANTI-WAR VETERANS NOT DOWN WITH MCCAIN/OBAMA WAR PLANS
[IVAW] is pushing for a complete withdrawal, not the ones advocated by presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, which would leave troops in or around Iraq to fight al-Qaida.
http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080731/NEWS/807310326

WHY THEY SPEAK OUT
[B]ecause of what they’ve experienced, they believe staying silent would make them complicit in a war that has killed some 4,100 U.S. soldiers and as many as 1.2 million Iraqis.
http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080731/NEWS/807310340



ANTIWAR MOVEMENT

STOP WAR ON IRAN: AUGUST 2 MASS MARCH IN NYC
Assemble 12 p.m. at Times Square
http://stopwaroniran.org/aug2.shtml

WHERE OBAMAISM SEEMS TO BE GOING
“Well, that’s what they all have to do to get elected,” reflect nothing better than denial of the grim reality that we can’t expect anything from them or make any demands of them. After all, how can we hold them accountable once they’re in office if we can’t do it when they’re running, when we technically have something we can withhold or deliver?
http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=697&Itemid=1

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AFGHANISTAN

OBAMA, THE PRINCE OF BAIT-AND-SWITCH
That [Obama] is a smooth operator and a black man is irrelevant. He is of an enduring, rampant system whose drum majors and cheer squads never see, or want to see, the consequences of 500lb bombs dropped unerringly on mud, stone and straw houses.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m45954&hd=&size=1&l=e

 

MAKE WAY FOR FIELD MARSHALL OBAMA
[I]t is up to Obama to point out why it’s more acceptable to kill a man who is fighting for his country in Afghanistan than it is in Iraq. If he can’t answer that question, then he deserves to lose.
http://www.counterpunch.org/whitney07062008.html

 

NEW US AIRSTRIKES KILL DOZENS
More than half of those killed in the three recent U.S.-led airstrikes  .  .  .  were women and children, according to Afghan and Western officials. In one case, about 47 women and children in a wedding party were killed.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/24/AR2008072403465.html

 

IS AFGHANISTAN A NARCO-STATE?
Sure, Karzai had Taliban enemies who profited from drugs, but he had even more supporters who did.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/27/magazine/27AFGHAN-t.html?hp

 

 

IRAN

OBAMA PUTS FRESH PRESSURE ON IRAN
Obama said that. . . . the world must send “a clear message to Iran to end its illicit nuclear program”. . . . [T]here’s a wonderful tradition in the United States, that’s not always observed, but I think is a good one. Which is that you don’t spend time criticizing a sitting president when you’re overseas.”
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/obama-puts-new-presure-on-iraq-877714.html

 

IRAQ

 

FORCED TRANSFER OF BASRA UNION ACTIVISTS
“Those activists, through their hard work, are well known for fighting corruption and corrupt-ministry gangs in the oil sector”. . . . [T]he transfer amounted to a “human rights crime”.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/25/iraq.oilandgascompanies

 

HOW MANY US TROOPS WILL REMAIN IN IRAQ?
[I]f the end of the surge left 16,000 troops behind, how many troops would a so-called complete U.S. withdrawal leave behind?. . . . “Once we redeploy our combat brigades, we’re still going to retain a capability to protect our personnel, to target terrorists and to train Iraqi security forces, if there is political progress,” Obama said.
http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-07-24-voa10.cfm

 

SUICIDE ATTACKS ON COLLABORATORS SEEK REVENGE
The bomber targeted a Sahwa or Awakening patrol of Iraqi forces — former insurgents recruited to fight Al-Qaeda in Iraq and paid by the US military. . . . “One of the reasons for women to kill like this is a desire for vengeance,” said Captain Kevin Ryan, commander of a US base in Baquba. “Often, they have lost parents, brothers or children in the fighting.”
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hb0G8vokARTUIFw0A2QwSeAh45tA

 

MILITARY AND MEDIA SUPPRESS IMAGES OF US COMBAT DEATHS
[A]fter five years and more than 4,000 American combat deaths, searches and interviews turned up fewer than a half-dozen graphic photographs of dead American soldiers. . . . Most newspapers refuse to publish such pictures as a matter of policy.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/26/world/middleeast/26censor.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

 

PAKISTAN

$10 BILLION U.S. MILITARY AID SINCE 9/11
The United States has given more than $10 billion in military aid to Pakistan since the Sept. 11 attacks, when President Pervez Musharraf agreed to become an ally in the campaign against terrorism.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/24/world/asia/24pstan.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

 

OBAMA: ESCALATE WAR
[I]ntelligence and military officials described a counter-terrorism campaign in Pakistan that has lost momentum and is beset by frustration. . . . Democratic Sen. Barack Obama has said that U.S. forces should “take out” top militants if Pakistan did not act on firm intelligence.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-uspakistan27-2008jul27,0,7917426.story

 

PALESTINE

ISRAELI MILITARY CHIEF RECEIVES DECORATION FROM US ARMY
[T]he award was given to the IDF chief for his year long contribution to the war on terror, his work for Israel’s security and his contribution to improving the security dialogue between the two armies. . . . the IDF chief’s talks with the Americans focused on the Iranian threat and possible military solutions. . . . We have no disagreements. The cooperation is very good.”
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3573024,00.html

 

OBAMA: WRONG IN EVERY WAY
[Obama] has rejected the Palestinians’ demand for the right of those who left Israel to return. He has said the U.S. shouldn’t negotiate with Hamas, the Islamic Palestinian group that the U.S. and the European Union consider a terrorist organization, unless it recognizes Israel’s right to exist.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080722_obama_on_the_brink/

 

OBAMA: JERUSALEM WILL NOT BE CAPITAL OF PALESTINIAN STATE
The press conference was held with Israeli foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, who said, “Israel and the USA have a common understanding of what must happen in the region.”
http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=30771

OBAMA (AND BIG MEDIA) TURN BLIND EYE TO ISRAELI APARTHEID
How can Barack Obama, himself the son of an American mixed marriage remain an apparently uncritical supporter of Israeli apartheid. . . . Why should the US support a heavily militarized, nuclear armed, white-dominated apartheid Jewish state in the Middle East rather than a non-racial and secular democratic one-person one-vote government for all that state’s inhabitants?
http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=714&Itemid=1

 

PALESTINIAN FAMILY IN JERUSALEM DENIED EVEN HALF A HOUSE
[T]he Sheikh Jarrah evictions are part of a much bigger goal being pursued by shadowy settler groups, backed by the Israeli government, to establish wedges of Jewish settlement around the Old City.
http://counterpunch.org/cook07262008.html

 

ISRAEL TO BUILD NEW WEST BANK SETTLEMENT
Israel’s Defense Ministry has revived a plan it had shelved under U.S. pressure to build a new Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-palestinians-israel-settlement.html

 

POVERTY WORSENING IN GAZA
Aid granted to Gaza has failed to stop more than half of the population in the territory from sliding below the poverty line.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2008/07/2008724105341256363.html

 

ISRAEL HAS KILLED 801 PALESTINIANS THIS YEAR
Of the 801 Palestinians killed by Israelis, 107 were children and 33 were women. . . . More than 11,000 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli jails.
http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3240&Itemid=1

 

IDF VETS TRAIN NY JEWISH PARAMILITARIES
Kitat Konenut New York is modeled on the rapid response teams in the West Bank settlements. . . . The group claims to be “well-connected with the New York police and fire departments.”
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1215331093729&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFul

 

REFUGEES HAUNT ISRAELI SOCIETY
Consciously or not, Israeli society is haunted by the ghosts of the Naqba, and the brutality—domestic violence as well as the violence directed toward its Arab surroundings—of Israeli behavior, is the result of a permanent fear. Not the fear of the Arab armies, nor the fear of the alleged Iranian nuclear armament, but the fear of the ghosts of 1948, the refugees.
http://www.alternativenews.org/blogs/michael-warschawski/the-Palestinian-return-and-right-of-returnno-deal-20080702.html

THE PALESTINIAN RETURN AND RIGHT OF RETURN—NO DEAL
 [T]he core of our discussions should not be about solutions and models, but values and rights. In that perspective, one has to unequivocally reject the very idea (and existence) of a Jewish state, whatever will be its borders. For a Jewish state (in the demographic sense of the concept) necessarily implies the drive for exclusion and expulsion.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m45381&hd=&size=1&l=e

 

“OCCUPIERS CANNOT ALSO BE LIBERAL”: AN INTERVIEW WITH ILAN PAPPE
Israel has to be de-Zionized before peace is possible, and peace has to include the return of thePalestinian refugees, otherwise it would be a futile exercise.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9634.shtml

 

PALESTINE IN THE MIDDLE EAST: OPPOSING NEOLIBERALISM AND US POWER
[I]t is impossible for any progressive movement to develop in the region that is not centrally concerned and linked with the Palestinian struggle. All popular struggles across the region are soon intertwined with the question of Palestine.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m45778&hd=&size=1&l=e

 

 

ANTIWAR MOVEMENT

 

IS OBAMA’S CAMPAIGN STIMULATING OR UNDERMINING THE ANTIWAR MOVEMENT?
Is [Obama’s] candidacy encouraging the social power of the antiwar movement, for example? Or is it just siphoning off the movement’s independent energy and activism for the sake of a candidate’s future promises to end one war and now, start another?
http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/18271

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Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:10 am (PDT)

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AFGHANISTAN

U.S. CONSIDERS INCREASING PACE OF IRAQ PULLOUT – INTO AFGHANISTAN
The desire to move more quickly reflects the view of many in the Pentagon who want to ease the strain on the military but also to free more troops for Afghanistan and potentially other missions.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/13/washington/13military.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

47 AFGHAN CIVILIANS KILLED BY US BOMBS, GROUP SAYS
Shinwari said that 39 of those killed in the airstrike were women and children, including the bride. . . . More than 2,100 people — mostly militants — have been killed in insurgency-related violence in Afghanistan this year. More than 8,000 people died in attacks last year, according to the U.N., the most since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-afghanistan,1,4366144.story

MORE AIR POWER FOR AFGHANISTAN
Unnamed “defense officials” tell CNN that the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln “has moved from the Persian Gulf into the Gulf of Oman so its warplanes can fly missions over Afghanistan.”
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m45549&hd=&size=1&l=e

OBAMA

OBAMA NEVER, EVER SAID NO TO BUSH ON IRAQ
Once in the Senate. . . . [h]e promptly voted for four separate war appropriations that totaled more than $300 billion. . . . But money and votes aren´t the only issue in which Obama sent a different message then the impassioned get out of Iraq now speeches he still thundered before audiences. The other issue was when to withdraw.
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/67401

IS OBAMA FOLLOWING BUSH ON IRAQ?
Democrats and Obama supporters will be loathe to admit it, but Obama stands poised to adopt the three major elements of the Bush-administration foreign policy – staying the course in Iraq, endorsing the doctrine of preventative war and the strategic expansion of executive power to fight the war on terror.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/07/opinion/main4237311.shtml

SENATE APPROVES BILL TO BROADEN WIRETAP POWERS
But on Wednesday, [Obama] ended up voting for what he called “an improved but imperfect bill” after backing a failed attempt earlier in the day to strip the immunity provision from the bill through an amendment. . . . Support from key Democrats ensured passage of the measure.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/10/washington/10fisa.html?ref=us

IRAQ

OIL AND TROUBLED WATERS
July could be crucial for Iraqi trade unions. The Iraqi government is pressing ahead with plans to hold elections – which could see the state choose workers’ representatives and funnel the country’s diverse trade union federations into one state-managed federation.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jul/09/iraq.tradeunions

IRAQ SOLDIER DISCUSSES HIS “KILLS” (VIDEO)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/27/iraq-soldier-discusses-hi_n_103698.html
PALESTINE

CONGRESS DELIVERS PROMISED ISRAEL AID BUMP DESPITE BUDGET DEADLOCK
The first indication of the special maneuvers came at the annual conference of Aipac, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the podium. . . . Bipartisan support for bypassing legislative hurdles was apparent in the June 27 Senate vote, which tallied 92 supporters and only six senators opposing the bill.
http://www.forward.com/articles/13709/

KNESSET EXTENDS RACIST LAW AGAINST PALESTINIAN FAMILIES
The law was mainly meant to break up Palestinian families as it disallows Palestiniancouples of uniting with each others if one of the partners was a resident of the 1948-occupied lands, and the other resides in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s76pB4Ut49ZMhIARiS%2ftSEb8Dvx4ChP6Sgt%2fBJXFpBB%2beewNZl6nNDWAnKB1D7w838AAL8jueSPRoEnwoZWYe2bIcNdpHPTm0i5h5cFFw0ieE%3di

POPULAR PALESTINIAN NATIONAL CONFERENCE VIDEO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nJFvg6Uits

ANTIWAR MOVEMENT

LINKING THE IRAQ WAR AND THE OCCUPATION
The program of the National Assembly to End the Iraq War and Occupation recognized Palestine as not just as a worthy cause to be embraced from time to time as long as no one objected, but declared it was intertwined with the War at the root. It also overthrew years of Left dogma and recognized the Israel lobbies as a force not only in influencing policy on Israel/Palestine, but also on Iraq and Iran as well. . . . USLAW needs to be won over to a good position on Palestine.
http://www.counterpunch.org/heller07092008.html

DEFAULT REPORT FROM CLEVELAND ANTIWAR CONFERENCE
Our task now is to implement the resolution and raise as forcefully as possible the demand of “No War, No Sanctions, No Internal Interference in Iran!”
http://www.politicalforum.com/political-blogs/40156-report-cleveland-antiwar-conference.html

WHICH WAY FORWARD FOR THE ANTIWAR MOVEMENT?
The Winter Soldier hearings captivated the entire antiwar movement and projected a new and hopeful GI and vet resistance. The ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) strike on May 1 represents a huge development where workers in an historic union are striking against the war to shut down all the ports of the West Coast, one of the busiest areas of trade in the world. We will need such class power to liberate Iraq from U.S. occupation.
http://www.counterpunch.org/smith06262008.html

ANTI-WAR ACTIVISTS MEET IN CLEVELAND
The conference in Cleveland drew approximately 400 anti-war activists and major leaders of the anti-war movement. Holmes’ talk focused on linking the anti-war movement to the growing economic crisis.
http://www.workers.org/2008/us/cleveland_0710/

VIETNAM BLUES
Joe Allen’s recently published Vietnam: The (Last) War the US Lost. . . . is a reasoned and researched description of the US involvement in the French attempts to maintain its empire, the eventual assumption of the French role by Washington for its own reasons, and the development of the largest and most effective movement against war in US history.
http://www.counterpunch.org/jacobs06212008.html

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Fri Jul 4, 2008 2:17 pm (PDT)
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AFGHANISTAN

U.S.-LED AIR RAID KILLS 22 AFGHAN CIVILIANS
“The civilians were evacuating the district as they were told by the U.S.-led troops to do so because they wanted to launch an operation against the Taliban,” he said.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-afghan-violence.html

2,200 MARINES’ AFGHAN TOUR EXTENDED
The Pentagon has extended the tour of 2,200 Marines in Afghanistan, after insisting for months the unit would come home on time. . . . In the last two months, the violence in Afghanistan has led to more U.S. and coalition casualties there than in Iraq, and June was the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the war began in late 2001.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghan4-2008jul04,0,4406004.story

US VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFGHANISTAN
The war on terror has led to widespread civilian deaths, often at the hands of unaccountable units led by the CIA and other foreign intelligence agencies. These foreign intelligence units “operate” with “impunity” in Afghanistan.
www.mainstreamweekly.net/article779.html

 

ANTIWAR LABOR

SHIPPING COMPANIES FILE CHARGES OVER MAY DAY ANTI-WAR STRIKE
The longshore action on International Workers Day was the first ever US strike against war, closed all 29 West Coast ports and inspired a solidarity stoppage in the Iraqi Port of Basra. The PMA claims it constituted an “unlawful secondary boycott”.
http://libcom.org/news/shipping-companies-file-charges-over-may-day-anti-war-strike-02072008

 

IRAQ

OBAMA MAY CONSIDER SLOWING IRAQ WITHDRAWAL
Sen. Barack Obama raised the possibility of slowing a promised gradual, 16-month withdrawal from Iraq if he is elected president, saying that Thursday he will consult with military commanders on an upcoming trip to the region and “continue to refine” his proposals. . . . Obama’s comments on Thursday capped a shift in tone that has been occurring since June, and it fit with his broader efforts to appeal to moderate and independent voters. Throughout the past week, Obama has been stressing values as he journeyed through conservative regions of swing states: patriotism in Independence, Mo.; faith-based social services in rural Ohio; and service in Colorado Springs.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/03/AR2008070303919.html

THE REAL STATE OF IRAQ
By now, summer of 2008, excess deaths from violence in Iraq since March of 2003 must be at least a million. . . . Only, the US is 11 times more populous than Iraq, so 310,000 Iraqi corpses would equal 3.4 million dead Americans. So proportionally it would be like firebombing to death everyone in Chicago.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20157.htm

NYT IRAQ WAR ‘DEBATE’ EXCLUDES CRITICS
The New York Times’ “Week in Review” has now offered two panels of opinion on the Iraq War—one on March 16 pondering the fifth anniversary of the invasion, the other on May 4 commemorating George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech—that completely excluded the views of those who opposed the war in 2003.
http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3567

THE ERA OF OIL WARS
The US maintains 737 military bases in 130 countries under cover of the “war on terror” to defend American economic interests, particularly access to oil. The principal objective for the continued existence and expansion of Nato post-cold war is the encirclement of Russia and the pre-emption of China dominating access to oil and gas in the Caspian Sea and Middle East regions. It is only the beginning of the unannounced titanic global resource struggle between the US and China, the world’s largest importers of oil (China overtook Japan in 2003).
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jun/29/oil.oilandgascompanies

 

IRAN

AUGUST 2: DEMOS IN NYC AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO STOP WAR ON IRAN
From the anti-war movement and all movements for social change, to religious and grassroots organizations, unions and schools, let us join forces to demand “No war on Iran, U.S. out of Iraq, Money for human needs not war! ”
http://stopwaroniran.org/aug2.shtml

EX-AGENT SAYS CIA IGNORED IRAN FACTS
A former CIA operative who says he tried to warn the agency about faulty intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs now contends that CIA officials also ignored evidence that Iran had suspended work on a nuclear bomb.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/30/AR2008063001940.html

 

PALESTINE

FLIGHT: PALESTINIAN GROUP ASKS SNOOP DOGG TO CANCEL ISRAEL CONCERT
How can an artist whose name is prominently associated with this form of popular and freedom based musical expression, rap, be apathetic to the monstrosity of Israel’s current war crimes in Gaza, its Apartheid Wall, declared illegal by the International Court of Justice at the Hague, or it’s continued violation of fundamental Palestinian rights?
http://www.pacbi.org/boycott_news_more.php?id=782_0_1_0_C

10-YEAR-OLD SUBJECTED TO TORTURE BY ISRAELI SOLDIERS
A 10-year-old boy was subjected to physical abuse amounting to torture for 2.5 hours by Israeli soldiers who stormed his family’s shop on 11 June, seeking information on the location of a handgun. The boy was repeatedly beaten, slapped and punched in the head and stomach, forced to hold a stress position for half and hour, and threatened. He was deeply shocked and lost two molar teeth as a result of the assault.
http://www.dci-pal.org/english/display.cfm?DocId=811&CategoryId=1

PALESTINIANS WHO APPROACH GAZA FENCE WILL BE SHOT, SAYS IDF
Earlier this week the United Nations sources reported eight cease-fire violations by Israel. Most of these violations apparently consisted of Israeli troops firing at people who approached the fence. The information relies mainly on Palestinian accounts. . . .  Throughout the second intifada Israel declared areas along the fence as “security zones.” Soldiers were instructed to fire warning shots at people approaching the fence, and for certain periods were allowed to shoot even at unarmed people.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/997897.html

ISRAELI DOCTORS COMPLICIT IN TORTURE -RIGHTS GROUPFIGHT
Palestinian prisoners undergo medical examinations before, during and after their interrogation, but doctors in detention facilities fail to report such symptoms, making them complicit in “prisoner torture”, the PHR said in a statement.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L26620681.htm

DISMANTLING ISRAEL’S RACIST INFRASTRUCTURE IS THE KEY TO PEACE IN MIDDLE EAST
Separation will always require threats or actual violence; a genuine peace will come not with more separation, but with the right to return to a land in which all can live as equals. Only a single democratic, secular and multicultural state offers that hope to Israelis and Palestinians, to Muslims, Jews and Christians alike.
http://www.redress.cc/palestine/smakdisi20080626

Invitation of Israeli Ambassador to Meet with Members of the National Assembly for Wales (NYCLAW)

To: Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, AM and Speaker of the National Assembly for Wales
Cc: Mr. Mohammad Asghar, AM
From: New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)
Re: Invitation of Israeli Ambassador to Meet with Members of the
National Assembly for Wales

Dear Lord Elis-Thomas:

We believe that it is shameful that Mohammad Asghar, or any other
British public official, would call for a meeting with a
representative of the Israeli state. Thirty-one Palestinians have been
killed and eighty-five have been wounded by Israeli attacks over the
past month in Gaza alone, where the Israeli-imposed siege has resulted
in catastrophic shortages in fuel, food, clean water, medicine and
other basic human needs. In the West Bank, Israel’s colonial policies
of land theft and strangulation targeting the indigenous Palestinian
population continue unabated, as Israeli illegal settlements continue
to expropriate and colonize Palestinian land; as the apartheid wall
and Israeli-only roads encircle and imprison Palestinian communities;
and as hundreds of Israeli military checkpoints choke the remaining
life out of Palestinian society under occupation.

This year is also significant in that it marks sixty years since
Israel was established through the ethnic cleansing of over 750,000
Palestinians out of their homes and off of their lands, also marking
sixty years of Israel’s forcible denial of the basic human right of
these Palestinians to return to the places from which they were
expelled, and sixty years of institutionalized racial discrimination
against the Palestinians who managed to stay and who, as citizens of
Israel, have been touted as a sign of Israeli “democracy.” The Israeli
apartheid reality faced by Palestinian citizens of Israel has been
repeatedly compared to its South African predecessor by prominent
South African, Palestinian and even Israeli figures.

As a career diplomat who holds the rank of Major (Reserve) in the
Israeli Occupation Forces’ Artillery Division, Ron Prosor is no
regular ambassador. His job is to hide and legitimize Israel’s daily
war crimes and crimes against humanity to the British government and
the British people. It is important to remember that it is this same
army that recently murdered two British citizens who dared to stand on
the side of justice. Palestine will never forget Tom Hurndall and
James Miller.

Prosor’s role as chief Israeli propagandist in the UK was made clear
in the past weeks when, amidst the carnage in Gaza, Prosor dared to
accuse British society of becoming a hotbed of anti-Israel extremism.
Responding to a principled and historic decision by the University and
College Union (UCU) to”consider the moral and political implications
of educational links with Israeli institutions,”Prosor addressed the
British public saying that British academics “have seen their union
held hostage by radical factions, armed with political agendas and
personal interests.”

Your decision to boycott the meeting with Mr. Prosor is a clear
indication of your respect for international law, and the rights of
human beings to live in freedom and dignity. We commend your courage,
and hope that many more will follow your lead, and that of respectable
British institutions like the University and College Union, UNISON,
National Union of Journalists, and the Church of England as well as
notable personalities like Ken Loach, John Berger and Roger Waters in
making their principled positions known to the world. When the
powerful states of the world turn their backs on the downtrodden and
oppressed, it is up to the people of the world, people like yourself,
to stand with the truth in the face of all odds. History will not
forget those who speak truth to power, nor will it forgive those who
were willfully blind to the horrors that power commits.

New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)

Palestine: Nakba Digest (NYCLAW)

Palestine: Nakba Digest

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    REMEMBERING THE NAKBA

    BEN-GURION: WE STOLE THEIR COUNTRY
    David Ben-Gurion, the first Israeli prime minister, once confessed that he, too, would wage perpetual war with Israel if he were a Palestinian. Morris quoted Ben-Gurion as saying:  ”Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: We have come here and (have) stolen their country.” No one can deny the victimhood of the Jews through the ages. But that does not entitle them to take it out on the Palestinians.
    http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_9274693

    ONGOING NAKBA

    BUSH ASSAILS ‘APPEASEMENT,’ OBAMA LIKED DESERT STORM
    President Bush used a speech to the Israeli Parliament on Thursday to liken those who would negotiate with “terrorists and radicals” to appeasers of the Nazis — a remark widely interpreted as a rebuke to Senator Barack Obama, who has advocated greater engagement with countries like Iran and Syria. . . .  As for Hamas, Mr. Obama’s aides said his position on engagement was not different from that of the administration; the group would have to renounce terrorism, recognize Israel and agree to abide by all pre-existing Palestinian treaties with Israel. . . . Mr. Obama has likened his foreign policy approach to that of the so-called pragmatists in the administration of the first President George Bush, which carried out the first American invasion of Iraq, in 1991, and he has shared those sentiments recently as he has sought to woo independent voters in swing states.  “I have enormous sympathy for the foreign policy of George H. W. Bush,” he said. “I don’t have a lot of complaints about their handling of Desert Storm. I don’t have a lot of complaints with their handling of the fall of the Berlin Wall.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/16/us/politics/16obama.html?ref=us

    “WHAT A WAY TO MARK INDEPENDENCE DAY”
    Today one in four Palestinian citizens of Israel is either a refugee or descended from one. Not only have they been denied the right ever to return to their homes, like the other refugees, but many live tantalisingly close to their former communities. The destroyed Palestinian villages have either been reinvented as exclusive Jewish communities or buried under the foliage of national forestation programmes overseen by the Jewish National Fund and paid for with charitable donations from American and European Jews.
    http://counterpunch.org/cook05162008.html

    AL KHADER VILLAGE PROTESTS THE ISRAELI WALL
    Over the last sixty years, thousands of homesick Palestinians have attempted to cross Israel’s barriers, just to see their homes one more time; and thousands have died on Israeli fences, their homes still waiting for them. Between 1948 and 1951 alone, the Israeli army killed 3,000 Palestinians as they tried to cross the border. Nowadays, Israeli soldiers are instructed to shoot Palestinians who attempt to cross the separation wall, a wall that is being built, day by day, on private Palestinian land.
    http://www.imemc.org/article/54892

    FILM REVIEW: “SHADOW OF ABSENCE”
    Weaving elements of his own story of dislocation into the Palestinian collective narrative, filmmaker Nasri Hajjaj reverses the usual focus of Nakba documentary by exploring the denial of the Palestinian right to death in the homeland. Why can a Jew from any part of the world decree that their body be brought for burial in Israel while a Palestinian even a few kilometers away in the West Bank or Lebanon cannot choose eternal rest in the homeland?
    http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9548.shtml

    ISRAEL TAKES FIRM LINE AGAINST REFUGEES’ RIGHT OF RETURN
    Israel ruled out all debate on letting Palestinian refugees return in any peace deal, as U.S. President George W. Bush ended a visit on Friday that left Arabs dismayed by his outspoken support for Israel’s “chosen people”. . . .  As Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and in camps abroad held protests on the 60th anniversary of their exile from cities and farmlands that are now in Israel, Bush spoke of European Jews in 1948 “arriving here in the desert”. . . .  [Olmert’s spokesman said,] “The so-called right of return is antithetical to a two-state solution … I would question someone’s commitment to peace and reconciliation if they believe that the so-called right of return must be implemented.”
    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L1617257.htm

    ISRAEL PROTESTS UN CHIEF BAN KI-MOON’S USE OF TERM ‘NAKBA’
    Danny Carmon, Israel’s deputy ambassador to the UN, told Israel Radio that the term “‘nakba’ is a tool of Arab propaganda used to undermine the legitimacy of the establishment of the State of Israel, and it must not be part of the lexicon of the UN.” Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Thursday said that the Palestinians will be able to celebrate their independence day on the same day that the word “nakba” or catastrophe is erased from their lexicon. Livni was referring to the Palestinians’ “Nakba Day” which is commemorated on May 15, the day Israel was founded in 1948.
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/984009.html

    IOF TROOPS SHOOT AT PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS AT BIET HANON
    At least nine Palestinian children and a woman were wounded on Thursday after IOF troops stationed at the Beit Hanon (Erez) crossing point north of Gaza Strip opened their fire at thousands of Palestinian citizens demonstrating near the crossing to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba and protest against the Israeli economic siege on the Strip. . . .  IOF troops stationed at the border crossing opened fire at the Palestinian demonstrators and Palestinian youth replied with stones. There were a number of casualties and . Palestinian ambulances were dispatched to the clashes scene, and immediately rushed the wounded Palestinians to nearby hospitals.
    http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m44075&hd=&size=1&l=e

    MASS RESISTANCE WON’T SURRENDER RIGHT TO RETURN

    LARGEST DEMONSTRATION SINCE THE START OF THE SECOND INTIFADA ACROSS PALESTINE Over 50,000 people filled the streets of Ramallah today, marking the 60th anniversary of the Nakba with the largest protest since the start of the second Intifada. Other actions were held across Palestine and in Palestinian communities in Jordan and Lebanon.
    http://stopthewall.org/latestnews/1653.shtml

    “THEIR INDEPENDENCE IS OUR NAKBA”
    An Nakba (the catastrophe) commemorations continued in Nablus on Thursday 15th May, with approximately 500 people gathering in the main square of the city to demand their right to return home. Organised by the National Committee to Commemorate the Nakba at 60, in conjunction with many Nablus organisations, the official statement of the demonstration was “There can be no alternative to our return to our homes and properties” . . . .  Speakers emphasized the refugees’ connection to the land, with statements such as: “I am Palestine; I am Jaffa; I am Haifa; I am Lid,” and reaffirmed their determination to continue to fight for their rights. As the Nablus coordinator for the Nakba Committee reiterated: “Ay adoun, ay adoun, ay adoun” — We will return; we will return; we will return.”
    http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/2008/05/16/%e2%80%9ctheir-independence-is-our-nakba%e2%80%9d/

    GENERAL STRIKE, PROTEST AND COMMEMORATIONS OF THE NABKA IN JERUSALEM
    Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, their political and social leaders conducted a general strike in the occupied city of Jerusalem in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of the Nabka, while Israeli soldiers and policemen were intensively deployed in the area. . . . The residents stated that the participation of Bush and other leaders violate the Palestinian right and all international legitimacy resolutions. They confirmed their steadfastness and determination to return to their homeland and land of their fathers and forefathers.
    http://www.imemc.org/article/54886

    OR SETTLE FOR “TWO-STATE” APARTHEID

    ISRAEL’S TWILIGHT YEARS
    With Israel continuing the process of annulling whatever prospects still remaining for a viable Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, many Palestinians are quietly turning to the one-state option. In reality, the one-state solution has been the Palestinians’ unconscious and undeclared baseline for years. . . . This week, the Palestine One State Forum formulated a manifesto for the one-state solution, which calls for the creation of a unitary democratic state in all of mandatory Palestine from the Mediterranean to the River Jordan, and where Israelis and Palestinians would live as equal citizens. . . . “An entity created on any part of the territories, even if called a Palestinian state, will simply be a dependent unviable entity whose purpose is to prolong Israel’s life. There is the possibility that unilateral withdrawals by Israel from here or there will leave the Palestinians with no option but to emulate statehood, but that prospect can never be a viable state.”
    http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m44055&hd=&size=1&l=e

    NAKBA AT 60
    Israel’s discriminatory practices, within its borders and in the Palestinian territories, are not accidental, nor are they justified by security. Rather, they flow from the goal of creating a Jewish state in a land that was not, and is not, exclusively Jewish. . . . The Nazi holocaust -unspeakably cruel as it was – did not grant Israelis a permanent license to discriminate against and oppress another people. Rather, Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews must live together under a regime of equal rights for all.
    http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m44052&hd=&size=1&l=e

    SKEPTICISM GROWS OVER TWO-STATE MIDEAST SOLUTION
    It’s not just the checkpoints. Palestinians and U.N. officials complain that continued expansion of Jewish settlements, the wall and barrier Israel is building in and around the West Bank — what Israel calls the security fence — and the checkpoints continue to slice the West Bank and villages around Jerusalem into separate cantons that undermine chances for a viable two-state solution. . . . “There is no basis for the two states now. Gaza is divided from the West Bank. The wall, the settlements and the economic situation here means there is no opportunity for the two states to live together,” he says. . . . As Hazem Kawasmi, an economist and former Palestinian Authority official, puts it: “The one-state solution is the solution, and the two-state solution is a dream.”
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90474343

Palestine: Nakba Digest (NYCLAW)

Palestine: Nakba Digest (NYCLAW)

The following digest is in connection with worldwide commemoration of the Nakba. It supplements previous NYCLAW postings on Palestine, located at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/messages

REMEMBERING THE NAKBA

ARAB-ISRAELI RECALLS ETHNIC CLEANSING IN 1948
“One morning in September 1953 we heard the explosions. We thought a new war had started. We climbed a hill to see what was happening,” Maghzal says. “They bombed our village. I cannot describe the sadness and anger on the faces of our people.”  As the state of Israel celebrates six decades, the elderly Arab Christian says he still holds on to the hope of the right to live again in his village. “For us Biram is holy land,” Maghzal said, “more sacred than Jerusalem.”
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=91781

ISRAEL’S ARAB MINORITY NOT CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY
A monument in Kufr Qassem’s center commemorates the events of 1956 when nearly 50 villagers – unaware that a curfew had been imposed on Israeli Arabs on the eve of Israel’s Sinai Campaign – were shot to death by Israeli border police as they returned home after the deadline. Every year, thousands of Arab Israelis gather at the monument, and local residents frequently refer to the massacre by way of emphasizing that they will stay in their village, regardless of what happens.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3540821,00.html

FALLING FROM HEAVEN: ETHNIC CLEANSING OF PALESTINE
Today, as Israel celebrates “60 years of independence”, the Al Nakba of the Palestinian people continues. On May 5, the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz published a report which noted that since the creation of the Israeli state 60 years ago, there have been 1,634 Israeli civilians killed and 14,000 injured by “acts of terror”. What the article did not mention, however, was that in the much shorter period of 7.5 years (from September 2000 to March 2008 since the beginning of the Al Aqsa intifada) that more than 3615 Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli state “acts of terror” and 25,650 Palestinian civilians had been wounded. The Haaretz article, also failed to mention that since its creation 60 years ago, the Israeli state has continued the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people via a war of attrition and in the name of “security”.
http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=13781

PALESTINE: THE CRIME OF PARTITION
The past and current Israeli dispossessions of Palestinians represent grave violations of human rights. However, it is arguable that the U.N. partition resolution was an even greater crime. In a misguided effort to atone for the horrific human tragedy of the Holocaust, the U.S. led the effort that forced Palestinians to pay the price for atonement.
http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=13794

PALESTINIANS MOURN 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF ‘THE CATASTROPHE’
While Israelis celebrated the 60th anniversary of their nation’s birth with fireworks and barbecues, sirens wailed across the Palestinian territories today in mourning. It was a day of grief for Palestinians, who refer to the founding of Israel as the Catastrophe, or al-Nakba. Thousands took to the streets to commemorate those exiled or killed in the conflict that followed the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. More than 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled, their property was expropriated and they have not been allowed to return.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/may/15/israelandthepalestinians
Slideshow: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2008/may/15/israelandthepalestinians.photography?picture=334155195

NAKBA FOR THE THIRD GENERATION
[F]or me the Nabka is more than fleeing your homeland and losing your identity; it is, in point of fact, not having one single memory of the homeland from where your grandparents and your parents came from. It is not having anything to tell your children about the taste of your land’s fruit, the smell of its sand, the times spent with the people there.
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/LSGZ-7EMD44?OpenDocument&RSS20=02-P

FOR PALESTINIANS, MAY 14 MARKS THE DAY MANY WERE TURNED OUT OF THEIR HOMES
The Israeli Jewish woman of Austrian origin who let her in was surprised by how my grandmother quickly found the bathroom with no directions.”This is my home, where my children were born and where I planted the fruit trees whose fruits you now arrange in the bowl on the kitchen table,” explained my grandmother. Defensively, the woman replied, “This is a sad story but the same thing happened to us in Austria. In any case, I bought this house from the Israeli government.” My grandmother replied, “Madam, you bought stolen property that should be returned to its rightful owner. And given what you have suffered in Austria at the hands of the Nazis, you should be the last ones to do this to us.” My grandmother left her home in tears.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080513.wcomment0514/BNStory/International/home

ONGOING NAKBA

BLAST KILLS GAZA TEACHER IN FRONT OF HER CHILDREN
Wafer Shaker al Daghma, 34, a teacher at a local UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) elementary school, was killed last Wednesday as she stood preparing to open the wooden door of her home to the troops. According to UNRWA and relatives who found her body, the military used an explosive device on the door which blew most of her head from her body. They then confined the traumatised children — aged from two to 13 — for five hours while the body lay outside the door of the room where they were held.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/blast-kills-gaza-teacher-in-front-of-her-children-826265.html

GAZA LIVES BEING PUT AT RISK
As the grueling Gaza fuel crisis continues, so does the strain on local public transport services, including ambulances, across the Gaza Strip. Approximately 15 percent of local public services are operating across Gaza, whilst up to 90 percent of private cars remain off the roads, and all of Gaza’s 450 fuel stations remain closed. For ambulance drivers, the situation is particularly fraught, as demands for their services have soared over the last two months due to an almost complete lack of alternative transport to hospitals.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9540.shtml

SLIDESHOW: INSIDE A PALESTINIAN REFUGEE CAMP
Sixty years ago many Palestinians fled or were forced to leave their homes in what is now Israel and some of those people found their way to refugee camps such as Shatila in Lebanon.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7398071.stm

ID CARDS SPLIT PALESTINIAN FAMILIES
All Palestinians hold ID cards that essentially dictate where they can live, work and move.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/70166EA0-93E8-47F6-AF75-CF5B7AF61C8A.htm

PALESTINIANS ON THE VERGE OF A MAJORITY
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is reported to have believed while in office that “the bantustan plan was the most suitable solution to [Israel’s] conflict.”15 Yet Israeli leaders rarely speak publicly of Bantustans, instead using euphemisms like “separation,” “disengagement” or “convergence.” While emphasizing their goal of a “two-state solution,” they continue to support construction of walls, Jewish-only settlements and roads and other infrastructure across the West Bank that are incompatible with full withdrawal, viable Palestinian statehood or territorial contiguity.
http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/images/informationbrief.php?ID=192

PALESTINE: 20 QUESTIONS ABOUT ISRAEL
The ethical choice, surely, is a single state with Jews living alongside their Arab neighbours as equal citizens and sharing the land within a common legal and democratic framework. That, after all, was the original intention, and the developments of the last 60 years are a gross perversion and betrayal. Only the Palestinians themselves have had the courage to resist it.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m42547&hd=&size=1&l=e

ISRAEL’S ANXIETY AS JEWS PREFER GERMANY
[M]any Jews who once might have considered emigrating to Israel – making their Aliya – have in the past few years been choosing to head to Germany instead. . . . Israel lobbied hard – and ultimately successfully – to persuade Germany to end its generous immigration laws for Jews which encouraged hundreds of thousands to head to the reunited European state after the collapse of communism.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2008/05/14/do1406.xml

OBAMA’S PANDERING TO ISRAEL
Praising Israel in a speech about racism is like praising the history of White South Africa in a speech about civil rights. Has the fact that Israel is a Zionist state completely escaped the minds of all the Obamakins?
http://counterpunch.org/mowrey03262008.html

PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE TODAY

HAMAS SUPPORTERS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST ISRAELI BLOCKADE
Thousands of Islamic Hamas movement’s supporters demonstrated on Thursday against the ongoing Israeli blockade near Erez crossing on the border between northern Gaza Strip and Israel. Witnesses said that several dozens of demonstrators tried to reach the crossing area of Erez, adding that Israeli soldiers stationed at the crossing opened warning shots to prevent them from approaching the crossing area. Paramedics said that several teens were shot and wounded by Israeli soldiers’ gunfire, adding thatPalestinian ambulances present at the area took them to nearby hospitals in northern Gaza Strip.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-05/15/content_8180102.htm

THOUSANDS DEMAND RIGHT OF RETURN IN RAMALLAH DEMONSTRATION
Thousands of Palestinians converged in the center of the West Bank city of Ramallah under the midday sun on Thursday for a demonstration to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba and to demand the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in what is now Israel. . . . . A press release sent to media before the demonstration predicted “the largest demonstration in the West Bank since the outbreak of the Second Intifada.” Jamal Juma’, coordinator of the Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign and organizer with the National Committee to Commemorate the Nakba said, “The enthusiastic mobilization in the last week among Palestinians all over their homeland and in the Diaspora has shown that 60 years of ongoing Nakba, massacres, assaults and repression have not been able to subdue the Palestinian call for their rights. Ben Gurion’s expectation that ‘the old will die off and the young will forget’ has been proven wrong.”
http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=29311

WEST BANK DEMONSTRATES IN UNISON FOR RIGHT OF RETURN
The National Campaign to Implement the Right of Return organized nonviolent marches throughout the West Bank on Wednesday in memorial of Al Nakba. All began in the morning and headed for the demarcation lines. . . . Jericho marched, as did Ramallah and Al Bireh, and Hebron in the south. As most of these cities are surrounded by checkpoints or the Wall, they did not have far to go. But a massive demonstration taking place throughout the entire West Bank at the same time sends a message. “It is our right and we will not give it up, nor will we be deterred,” the organizers wrote.
http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2775&Itemid=1

ARAB LEADER: ISRAEL CAN’T DESTROY PALESTINIAN PEOPLE
Thousands of people attended a rally marking 60 years since the Palestinian Nakba in the village of Kfar Qana on Friday. The event was organized by the Islamic Movement’s northern branch. . . . According to the sheikh, the fact that the Holocaust failed to destroy the Jewish people should serve as proof to Israelis that their attempt to “perpetrate genocide of the Palestinian people” was bound to fail.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3541373,00.html

60 YEARS ON, REFUGEES VISIT LOST JERUSALEM HOMES
Some 300 Palestinians marked 60 years since Israel’s founding in May 1948 with a protest walk through affluent Jewish parts of west Jerusalem that were once home to many Arabs. They wore black T-shirts with “This is my House” printed on the back. . . . The demonstrators pointed at houses, many decorated with Israeli flags marking the 60th anniversary of independence, and recalled their former Palestinianowners: “This is the Dajani house. That is the Nammari house. This is the Halaby house.”
http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSL11222279

THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE TO THE RIGHT OF RETURN
To the People of Palestine, Whether you live within the “Green Line,” in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, or in exile, you shall return, there is no doubt that you shall return.. . .  [W]e refer to the Palestinians who managed to stay within the part of Palestine occupied in 1948 as the “Palestinians within the Green Line” or the “Palestinians in 1948 occupied Palestine” when referring to them, instead of phrases that deny them their Palestinian identity. Also to refer to “Historic Palestine” when referring to the Palestine’s borders during the British mandate, as well as stressing that the right of return is to the refugees’ “original homes and properties”. . . . [A] person or organization’s stance on the right of return as the litmus test that determines our relationship with Israeli institutions and entities, and a measure for differentiating between projects as ones aimed at normalization or not.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9542.shtml

A SHARED LAND AS ONE STATE THE WAY TO PEACE
Palestinians are commemorating the start of our ongoing tragedy this Thursday, but we are also looking forward. We are at an important turning point, where two things are happening. First, despite ritual declarations of international support, the prospect of a two-state solution has all but disappeared as Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are caged into walled reservations by growing Israeli settlements and settler-only roads – a situation that resembles the bantustans of apartheid South Africa. Second, despite Israel’s efforts to keep Palestinians in check, the Palestinian population living under Israeli rule is about to exceed the 5 million Israeli Jews. . . . [M]ore Palestinians, recognising statehood is unrealistic, debate and adopt the one-state solution, offering Israelis and Palestinians equal rights in the land they share.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/a-shared-land-as-one-state-the-way-to-peace/2008/05/12/1210444334547.html

LABOR SOLIDARITY

U.S. LABOR AND GAZA
Yes, the Israel lobby seeks to silence opponents of Israeli Apartheid. All the more need for trade unionists to break that silence by speaking out against Israeli military occupation, for the right ofPalestinian refugees to return, and for the elimination of apartheid throughout historic Palestine.
Endorse: http://www.petitiononline.com/Gaza/petition.html

MAY DAY: ON THE CURRENT CONDITIONS OF THE STRUGGLE OF THE PALESTINIAN WORKING CLASS
This May Day, we call upon the workers of the world and the international labor movement to supportPalestinian workers in our struggle for liberation. The solidarity of working class forces around the world, particularly the workers of the United States, is needed. The Histadrut, a racist arm of the Zionist state that has done nothing but aid in the exploitation of Palestinian workers, should be boycotted and unwelcome at all labor functions. Israel Bonds are not a fit investment for a labor organization – they are an investment in a racist, colonial state. The U.S. labor unions hold billions of dollars in such bonds; now is the time to divest from Israel Bonds and make it clear that racism is the common enemy of all workers, around the world. In addition, the labor unions of Europe have key roles to play in fostering solidarity withPalestinian workers.
http://www.pflp.ps/english/?q=may-day-current-conditions-struggle-palestinian-wo

ANTI-ZIONIST JEWS

NO TIME TO CELEBRATE: JEWS REMEMBER THE NAKBA
As North American Jews, we stand together with Palestinians in mourning 60 years of al-Nakba and in honoring 60 years of vibrant resistance. We will celebrate when Arab and Jew live as equals in a peaceful Middle East.
Endorse at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/notimetocelebrate/

WE JEWS WILL NOT BE CELEBRATING
We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state founded on terrorism, massacres and the dispossession of another people from their land. We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state that even now engages in ethnic cleansing, that violates international law, that is inflicting a monstrous collective punishment on the civilian population of Gaza and that continues to deny to Palestinians their human rights and national aspirations.
Endorse at: http://www.thestruggle.org/not_celebrating.htm

ISRAELI GENERAL’S SON: THERE IS HOPE IN GAZA
Israel’s assault on the people of Gaza is so horrendous that it will not soon be forgotten. This vicious attempt by Israel to destroy an entire nation has tipped the scales for good and Zionism will forever be remembered as a blemish in the history of the Jewish people. The people of Gaza, however, give us hope and they will forever be remembered for their courage and resilience during these trying times.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9510.shtml