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Archive for the ‘Middle East’ Category

Israeli Double Speak Propaganda

March 30, 2012

The Israeli government was in a rage at a comment made by the European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton relating to the killing of three Jewish children in Toulouse France. Ashton decried the killing but then tied it in to equally unfortunate deaths of children in other places, including Gaza. Her comment caused Israeli […]

Droning on about American Drones

March 26, 2012

A commentary on Medea Benjamin’s new book, Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control: Killing individuals (and whoever is near them) via drones (“unmanned aerial vehicles”) has become the primary substitute in U.S. public policy for capture/imprisonment/torture. As Medea Benjamin documents, the United States has avoided detaining people, only to murder them with a drone days […]

United States officially on a war footing concerning Iran

March 23, 2012

On March 16, President Barack Obama may have quietly placed the United States on a war preparedness footing, perhaps in anticipation of an outbreak of war between Israel, the West, and Iran. A newly-propounded Executive Order, titled “National Defense Resources Preparedness,” renews and updates the president’s power to take control of all civil energy supplies, […]

FBI Informant describes how he pretended to be a radical Muslim

March 21, 2012

Craig Monteilh describes how he pretended to be a radical Muslim in order to root out potential threats, shining a light on some of the bureau’s more ethically murky practices. Monteilh told the Guardian of his year as a confidential FBI informant sent on a secret mission to infiltrate southern Californian mosques. It is an […]

Mossad CIA and Blackwater involved in Syria

March 12, 2012

Baba Amro is now under the control of the Syrian army… and around 700 Arab and Western gunmen surrendered there, well-informed sources told Al-Manar website. For his part, Syrian expert in strategic affairs Salim Harba pointed out that “the captured gunmen held Arab nationalities, including Gulf, Iraqi, and Lebanese… among them were also Qatari intelligence […]

The US position on Palestine and Israel

February 22, 2012

The US position on Palestine and Israel, as explained by Noam Chomsky: [To Washington’s way of thinking] it is understandable that Palestinian rights should be marginalized in U.S. policy and discourse. Palestinians have no wealth or power. They offer virtually nothing to U.S. policy concerns; in fact, they have negative value, as a nuisance that […]

Khader Adnan a Palestinian Gandhi?

February 21, 2012

For years prominent corporate media pundits have told us that the world — and the media — would embrace a dramatic, non-violent Palestinian resistance movement. If only such a movement — perhaps led by a Gandhi-like figure — were to finally emerge, we are told, the media coverage will come, and sympathy from across the […]

Violence lessens in Iraq as fighters shift to Syria

February 21, 2012

The departure of al Qaeda-affiliated fighters from Iraq to join the rebellion against Syrian President Bashar Assad in Syria has had one benefit, Iraqi officials say: Violence has dropped in Iraq, in some areas by as much as 50 percent in just a few months. Iraqi officials declined to provide precise figures for the drop-off […]

The al-Qaeda Islamist Spring behind the Libyan Rebellion

February 18, 2012

Yesterday was the official one-year anniversary of the “February 17th Revolution,” the Libyan rebellion against the rule of Moammar Qaddafi, with a massive helping hand from NATO. Although the rebellion was initially presented in the Western news media as a “protest movement,” it is clear from both video evidence and firsthand accounts that the “protests” […]

Will Iran Kill the Petrodollar?

February 17, 2012

The official line from the United States and the European Union is that Tehran must be punished for continuing its efforts to develop a nuclear weapon. The punishment: sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, which are meant to isolate Iran and depress the value of its currency to such a point that the country crumbles. The […]