Thursday, August 24, 2006
RECENT HEADLINES - MIDDLE EAST NEWS
The army is back, but don't expect it to disarm Hizbollah
By Robert Fisk
Now you see them, now you don't. Hizbollah weapons? None to be seen.
And none to be collected by the Lebanese army. For when this august body
of men crossed the Litani river yesterday, their officers made it
perfectly clear that it would not be the army's job to disarm the Hizbollah.
Nor was anyone in Lebanon surprised.
"Mass murder on an unbelievable scale"
The timing is political
By Craig Murry
One of the alleged terrorists had made a bomb. None had bought a plane
ticket. Many did not have passports. It could be pretty difficult to
convince a jury that these individuals were about to go through with
suicide bombings, whatever they bragged about on the net.
Why Do We Hate Them?
By Jason Miller
Western corporate media shamelessly serve the Neocons by perpetuating a
virtually endless cycle of hatred and violence. They incite and feed
Islamophobia and they fabricate a plethora of false justifications for
the malevolent actions of Israel and the United States. But then in a
fascist nation, corporations are wedded with the state, militarism is the
state’s primary focus, scapegoats and enemies are essential, and the
function of the Fourth Estate is to provide the propaganda to control the
Why Democracies evolve into Dictatorships
By James Cooke
Liberal commentators continue to respond with hysterics or
dumfoundedness at the ability of Conservatives to destroy civil liberties while
thus far waging three preemptive wars (yes Lebanon is a U.S. war). It
should have been clear by now— with the media and Democrats suppressing or
supporting the most blatant atrocities engineered by the Republicans—
that larger forces are at play.
Why America Needs Hezbollah
By Ted Rall
Who cares if Hezbollah is a State Department-designated terrorist
organization? Unlike our worthless government, it gets things done!
10 killed as violence hits restive Iraq province :
On Thursday, six people were killed in a string of shootings in and
At least 7 Killed in another day of violent occupation:
Three men were killed in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad,
including one believed to be a member of the Kurdish Peshmerga militia,
Colonel Karin Khalef said.
First female suicide bomber attack kills at least 7 in Iraq:
At least seven were killed and more than another 20 wounded, including
civilians and military personnel, al-Dar said. The US and Iraqi
military did not specify the number of casualties inflicted upon their forces
in this attack.
Iran shells Iraq's northern frontier :
Scores of Kurds have fled their homes in the northern frontier region
after four days of shelling by the Iranian army. Local officials said
Turkey had also fired a number of shells into Iraqi territory.
Iraqi govt announces two-day vehicle ban in Baghdad:
The Iraqi government announced a two-day vehicle ban in parts of
Baghdad starting on Friday night as thousands of Shi'ites converged on the
capital to mark the martyrdom of a revered 8th century Imam.
Tampering With Evidence Is Possible In Haditha, Rape - Murder Case:
It has been known that Marines who carried out the killings made false
statements to investigators and that senior officers were criticized
for not being more aggressive in investigating the case, in which most or
all of the Iraqis who were killed were civilians. But this is the first
time details about possible concealment or destruction of evidence have
‘Staying the Course’ In Iraq Would Increase Deficit By $1.3 Trillion
Over Next Decade :
A phased withdrawal would save $416 billion on the deficit over the
next four years and $1.28 trillion over the next decade. On the other
hand, a strategy of “stay the course” will increase the deficit by $313
billion over the next four years and $1.3 trillion over the next decade.
All-night queues as Baghdad runs out of petrol :
Iraq has the third largest oil reserves in the world but yesterday
drivers were forming mile-long queues outside petrol stations, knowing that
they would spend the night in their cars before they could fill up.
16 killed as Afghan president condemns U.S. airstrike :
President Hamid Karzai condemned a U.S. airstrike Thursday that Afghan
officials said killed 10 border policemen. Sixteen other people died in
violence around the country, including an American soldier slain by a
Soviet-era land mine.
Coalition soldier killed in occupied Afghanistan :
A coalition solider was killed and another injured in the eastern Kunar
province of Afghanistan, coalition forces said in a press release on
Lebanon: The stench of death awaits people returning:
Behind a destroyed school, Nabil Chrara sat on a pile of rocks, crying
his heart out as he watched a tractor dig up the bodies of four members
of his family. "They refused to leave the house," he said.
UN scrambles for troops after Paris disappoints:
U.N. officials scrambled to put together a beefed-up peacekeeping force
for southern Lebanon on Thursday after France sent planning into a
tailspin by offering only a token number of troops.
Lebanon army reaches Israel border:
Villagers throwing rice and Hezbollah supporters holding banners have
welcomed the country's army to the south after a nearly 40-year absence.
Uncensored News Reports From Across The Middle East:
Hezbollah Supporters Answer their Critics - Jumblat Sharply Criticizes
Assad - Future TV, Lebanon - NBN TV, Lebanon - Israel’s Military Morale
in Jeopardy - IBA TV, Israel
Hizbollah stumps up cash for Lebanese war victims:
Hizbollah handed out bundles of cash on Friday to people whose homes
were wrecked by Israeli bombing, consolidating the Iranian-backed group's
support among Lebanon's Shi'ites and embarrassing the Beirut
US tries to counter Hizbollah rebuilding efforts:
Concerned that Hizbollah has an early advantage in rebuilding shattered
south Lebanon, the Bush administration is trying to speed up aid and
encouraging Arab states to step in quickly, U.S. officials said this
Hizbullah has achieved what Arab states only dreamed of :
The sixth Arab-Israeli war, as some have called it, has ended in the
first real setback for Israel's deterrent power
Israeli occupation troops kill three Palestinian resistance fighters:
Israeli occupation soldiers have killed two Palestinians in the West
Bank, after a standoff there, and a third Palestinian in Gaza.
Israel to expropriate 275 acres near Hebron:
The Israeli government issued a military order on Thursday to
expropriate some 275 acres of farmlands that belong to Palestinian farmers near
Hebron, Palestinian sources reported.
Israel: Olmert to be investigated for alleged benefits in apartment
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his wife, Aliza, will soon be summoned
for questioning by the State Comptroller's Office on suspicion of
receiving benefits worth some half a million dollars.
Israeli Justice Minister Ramon to be tried on indecent assault charges:
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz decided Thursday to indict Justice
Minister Haim Ramon on charges of indecently assaulting a female employee
in his office.
In case you missed it:
Charges of sexual harassment swirl around Israeli president :
Israel's president is being dogged by allegations of sexual harassment,
and the spiraling scandal has pushed the country's violent standoff
with Hamas over a kidnapped soldier off the front pages.
Iran To Launch Large-Scale Military Maneuvers:
State television quoted army deputy commander General Mohammad Reza
Ashtiani as saying that the upcoming maneuvers "aim at introducing Iran's
new defensive doctrine."
Cheney receiving suspect briefings :
Intelligence officials doubt Iran uranium claims
Former Iranian President Says US Should Not Confront Iran on Nuclear
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Tehran Friday he hopes the United
States has learned enough and will not enter a new conflict which would
unsettle the Middle East region.
Iran is going to satisfy 30%-50% of Europe’s gas demand:
Iran and Turkey have agreed to jointly finance a number of energy
Sources: U.K. terror plot suspect forced to talk:
Rauf allegedly taken to Pakistan-Afghan border to point out training
Mass murder in the skies: was the plot feasible?:
Were these guys for real, or have they, and the counterterrorist
officials supposedly protecting us, been watching too many action movies?
Be skeptical ... be very skeptical:
Wild stories of new plots in the making are in circulation. The latest
was the "breaking news" regarding the emergency landing of an aircraft
in Boston on Wednesday due to the tantrums of an "unruly" woman
passenger. Last weekend, Michigan police locked up three hapless
Palestinian-Americans for allegedly plotting an act of terrorism. The three
"terrorists" were caught red-handed purchasing 80 cell phones from a Wal-Mart
Alleged Crazy woman wrote anti Bush column :
There are new details emerging about a Vermont woman’s bizarre behavior
that forced a trans-Atlantic flight to be diverted to Logan Airport
UK: Ryanair threatens government over airport security :
Michael O'Leary, the outspoken chief executive of Ryanair, described
the new restrictions as "farcical Keystone Cops security measures that
don't add anything except to block up airports", as he issued the