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The images you are not supposed to see: the wounds of Tskhinvali August 26, 2008

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US and Israel will soon be isolated from the rest of the world August 25, 2008

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Ian Brockwell

At first glance, the title of this article may sound too incredible to imagine and many (in the US and Israel) will dismiss it as pure fantasy. But is it?

In the last couple of weeks we have seen changes taking place that suggest the balance of global power is beginning to move in a different direction.

Despite the “valiant” efforts of the Mainstream Media (mostly controlled by those supportive of the Bush administration and Israel), in trying to “brainwash” their readers into believing that Russia is now the “bad guy” again. It is encouraging to see that their tactics are not working quite as well as they have done in the past, and people are starting to ask questions.

But what has caused this sudden change? This can be answered in two words: Greed and Stupidity!

Once upon a time, America was a great country, it really was the land of opportunity and everyone wanted to go there to make their dreams come true. Many other countries tried to copy their success and developed a more western style. Unfortunately, some time between then and now, America stopped leading by example and decided that it should “force” its lifestyle on others (whether they wanted it or not).

At some point, America abandoned its belief in “freedom and democracy” and became an “enforcer”, a country that bullied others and dictated terms to them, the very thing that the American people have been brought up to despise.

Sadly, this change in tactics has been accepted by many Americans as the “correct” thing to do and some truly believe that America has a right to impose its beliefs on others. However, if the situation was reversed, would American citizens consider this acceptable? We have already seen the reaction of some to the increase in immigrants from Mexico and the growing use of Spanish in the United States. There is also a growing fear that Islam may play a more active part in the religious make-up of the country. How would Americans feel if they were taken over (by force) by one of these groups and told that it was in their best interests? There are many who still haven´t noticed that Israel has more influence over their country than any other group in the USA.

Since Bush was “elected”, Russia has had to listen to his insults (and those of Cheney, Rice and others), but has made every attempt to respond in a diplomatic way. However, there is always a limit to what people can accept and that line has well and truly been crossed now.

Even though the Bush administration have illegally invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, and recently carried out attacks within the sovereign territory of Pakistan (killing many civilians), you do not see reports in the Russian press with headlines like “Russia demand that the US pullout of Iraq” or “The US must be punished for their invasion of Iraq”. Maybe we should, but you don´t. Russia has preferred (at least until recently) to use diplomatic methods (talk) to resolve situations. But how can you “talk” with a country that does not want to listen and seeks your destruction?  [read more]

Russia considers recognising Georgian separatists August 25, 2008

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..more bad news for US and Israel, read on…

MOSCOW (AFP) — Russian lawmakers were set Monday to consider recognising Georgia’s two breakaway regions as independent, a move that would pour fuel on the fire in simmering relations with the West.

Both houses of Russia’s parliament were to convene emergency sessions to examine appeals for recognition from South Ossetia — where fighting this month prompted Russia to send in tanks and troops — and Abkhazia.

Recognition would mean crossing a threshold for Moscow, which has backed the separatists in Abkhazia and South Ossetia since their break with Tbilisi in the early 1990s but stopped short of declaring them independent from Georgia.

The regions are internationally recognised as part of Georgia and a move to declare them independent countries would further dent relations with the West, which have plunged to their lowest point since the end of the Cold War over Russia’s intervention and insistence on maintaining positions deep inside Georgia.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who negotiated on behalf of the European Union the peace plan which ended nearly a week of fighting, on Sunday announced a special European summit on the crisis in Georgia will be held September 1.

The summit in Brussels will discuss the future of relations between the EU and Russia and on aid to Georgia, Sarkozy’s office said.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner had warned that Sarkozy might convene the emergency EU meeting if Russia failed to pull back its forces from positions in the former Soviet republic.  [read more]

A New Cold War Looms August 24, 2008

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The Russia-Georgia conflict has brought to the surface a long-term U.S. strategy – shared by Republican and Democratic foreign policy experts alike – to encircle Russia and prevent its reemergence as a rival power.

In hitting back against Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia, Moscow was, in effect, declaring that the post-Cold War pattern of Russia acceding to American encroachments had gone too far.

Now, as foreign policy analyst Pepe Escobar reports, a new Cold War looms with hawkish Republican John McCain taking the lead in denouncing Russia, but with Democrat Barack Obama tagging along.

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Making Money on a New Cold War August 24, 2008

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The Russia-Georgia clash has generated heated anti-Moscow rhetoric from John McCain and U.S. neoconservatives about a new Cold War, a prospect that most people might see in a negative light but which many military contractors surely view as a financial plus.

One unstated reality about revived tensions between Washington and Moscow is that it will mean a bonanza in military spending – billions of additional dollars for anti-missile weapons systems, larger armies, construction of new bases in Eastern Europe, etc.

Indeed, the spending on Cold War II could dwarf what military contractors are now making on the “war on terror” – and the prospect of spending on both conflicts simultaneously should make arms industry executives drool.

Others who stand to profit grandly from a new East-West showdown include tough-talking politicians and their friends in Washington think tanks – like Heritage, AEI and CSIS – that have long fattened up on contributions from the defense industry and related corporations.

There would be losers, too, like taxpayers who would see more of their dollars go to “national security” and less to domestic needs, from repairs to the crumbling infrastructure to the costs of health care, education, the environment and Social Security.

But, in many ways, the exploitation of Cold War fears – to divert money away from domestic needs to the coffers of what Dwight Eisenhower dubbed “the military-industrial complex” – is nothing new.

Arguably, the original Cold War ended under Eisenhower’s former Vice President, Richard Nixon, who as President returned from Moscow in 1972 carrying a strategic agreement that he had reached with what was already a rapidly decaying Soviet Union.

“In Moscow, we witnessed the beginning of the end of that era which began in 1945,” Nixon said. “With this step, we have enhanced the security of both nations. We have begun to reduce the level of fear, by reducing the causes of fear, our two peoples, and for all the peoples of the world.”

Nixon unveiled a new era of realpolitik cooperation between Washington and Moscow that he called “détente.”

However, while reducing fears and lowering tensions might be good news for many people, it wasn’t welcomed by the corporations that profited from the fears and the tensions, nor by the intellectual hired guns who had built lucrative careers in politics, media and academia by exaggerating those fears and exacerbating those tensions.

Sabotaging Détente

So, Nixon’s era of “détente” was short-lived. After his ouster over the Watergate scandal in 1974, a new batch of Cold Warriors – some operating from conviction and others from expediency – returned to the old patterns of hyping threats and stoking paranoia.

In 1975, with President Gerald Ford confronting an internal Republican challenge from Ronald Reagan on the Right, many key figures associated with “détente” were purged, while hard-liners were given key jobs.

The so-called Halloween Massacre saw Henry Kissinger, the chief architect of détente, stripped of his post as national security adviser to be replaced by Gen. Brent Scowcroft; James Schlesinger was out as Defense Secretary while Donald Rumsfeld was in; CIA Director William Colby lost his job to George H.W. Bush; and Dick Cheney was promoted to Ford’s White House chief of staff.

Soon, alarming rumors began spreading around Washington about a new Soviet secret weapon, a nuclear-armed submarine that was undetectable to American technology. These Soviet subs could be lurking off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts ready to launch a nuclear attack without warning, a frightened public was told.  [read more]

Expose the identity of the criminals responsible for 9/11 – Israel. August 23, 2008

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Two hours of astonishing and shocking facts that not only confirms Israel links to 9/11, but also their unlimited control of America and American Life.

I feel sad for Americans more than my sadness feeling of being one of Israel the victims. Maybe we (Middle Eastern’s) are remote controlled by them, but Israel’s first hand control of America is probably unmatched in the mankind history.

Bring a lot of popcorn along with your favorite beverage then sit and watch this MUST SEE documentary.

Missing Links from Prothink on Vimeo.

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Israel and US be scared. August 23, 2008

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What is Russia’s Navy doing in Syria, if not threatening Israel?

Continuing on from my previous posts, it was brought to my attention by morris108 that Syria are dedicated in hosting Russia in Middle East.

The significance of Russia sending her Navy to Syria.

It is a tit for tat for the Americans / NATO presence in the Black Sea.

Israel is the crown Jewel of the US & NATO’s endeavors. To threaten Israel is to threaten the current raison d’etre of the West.Israel has never faced so much potential hostile firepower in its vicinity ever!Presumably the more the West (through NATO) ups the ante in or about Georgia, the more the Russians can counter by supplying the Syrians (and therefore) Hizbollah.

It would appear that political manoeuvring, like suggesting the Americans convene another Middle East peace conference, prior to Russia’s in October is all hot air when compared to arms on the ground.

There must be alarm bells going off in Israel. A flotilla of advanced Russian ships arriving next door to Israel.
One response has been a behind the scenes effort to cool the US / Russia relationship.

The dust has hardly settled on the Georgian conflict, this show of force by the Russian Navy needs to be seen as part of that conflict. From a Russian perspective, Israel armed, nurtured and possibly triggered the killing of Russian soldiers and citizens.Russia’s intelligence agency the FSB is very clear in the extent of Israeli involvement. The Israeli Navy fared very badly in Lebanon in 2006. Presumably they are now monitoring every detail.

Syria is lapping it all up and showing support for Russia. The President of Syria was the first foreign head of state to visit Moscow since the Georgian conflict ended. Not a moment was wasted. Syria has been nurturing Russian ties at all times and this year has reportedly already purchased Mig 31s, a very advanced fighter aircraft, billed as ‘defensive’  [read more]

Time magazine. One big loser in the Russian-Georgian war was Israel August 22, 2008

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How is it if you stand up to bully like Russia that makes you a loser

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It is important that the entire world understands that what is happening in Georgia now will affect the entire world order,” Georgian Cabinet Minister Temur Yakobashvili said last weekend. “It’s not just Georgia’s business, but the entire world’s business.” Such sentiments would have been unremarkable but for the fact that Yakobashvili was expressing himself in fluent Hebrew, telling Israeli Army Radio that “Israel should be proud of its military, which trained Georgian soldiers.”

However, the impression that Israel had helped bolster the Georgian military was one the Israeli Foreign Ministry was anxious to avoid. Last Saturday it reportedly recommended a freeze on the further supply of equipment and expertise to Georgia by Israeli defense contractors. (Israel doesn’t supply foreign militaries directly, but its private contractors must get Defense Ministry approval for such deals.) The Israelis decided to refrain from authorizing new defense contracts, although those currently in effect will be fulfilled. Israel stressed that the contracts are to provide equipment for defensive purposes. But if the Israelis were looking to downplay the significance of military ties, they weren’t helped by comments like Yakobashvili’s — or by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s enthusing at a press conference earlier this week that “the Israeli weapons have been very effective.”

Nor did the Russians fail to notice. “Israel armed the Georgian army,” grumbled General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of staff of the Russian military, at a press conference in Moscow earlier this week. An Israeli paper had, last weekend, quoted an unnamed official warning that Israel needed “to be very careful and sensitive these days. The Russians are selling many arms to Iran and Syria, and there is no need to offer them an excuse to sell even more advanced weapons.” As if on cue, on Wednesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrived in Moscow hoping to persuade Russia to sell him sophisticated air-defense systems — and reportedly offering the Russian navy the use of one of its Mediterranean ports. Late on Wednesday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry announced that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev had spoken on the phone to clear the air over the Georgia conflict and Russian arms sales to Syria.

The extent of involvement in Georgia by Israeli defense contractors may be overstated, and most of the equipment used by the Georgian military comes from the U.S. and other suppliers. Still, Israeli companies had been sufficiently involved in supplying specialized equipment and advanced tactical training to the Georgian military that the connection — and Russia’s perception of it — created a ripple of anxiety in Israeli government circles. Israeli officials say that, in anticipation of a showdown between Georgia and Russia, Israel began to scale back the involvement of Israeli companies in Georgia as early as the end of 2007. Georgia’s Yakobashvili charged this week that Israel, “at Russia’s behest,” had downgraded military ties with Georgia, a decision he branded a “disgrace.”

Israel’s weapons sales, just like Russia’s, are driven by the commercial interests of domestic arms industries. Israeli military exports to Georgia are driven more by the logic of business than by a strategic choice to back Tbilisi against Moscow — indeed, the Israeli response since the outbreak of hostilities is a reminder that, on balance, even a relatively cool friendship with Russia may be more important to Israel than a close alliance with tiny Georgia. Despite Israel’s pecuniary imperative, Georgia has used these commercial military ties to press closer ties on Israel.

President Saakashvili has noted that both his minister responsible for negotiations over South Ossetia (Yakobashvili) and his Defense Minister, Davit Kezerashvili, had lived in Israel before moving to post-Soviet Georgia. According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, the Georgian leader this week enthused that in Tbilisi, “both war and peace are in the hands of Israeli Jews.” Working through the Georgian Defense Ministry (and with the approval of its Israeli counterpart), Israeli companies are reported to have supplied the Georgians with pilotless drones, night-vision equipment, anti-aircraft equipment, shells, rockets and various electronic systems. Even more important than equipment may have been the advanced tactical training and consultancy provided, as private contractors, by retired top Israeli generals such as Yisrael Ziv and Gal Hirsch, the man who commanded Israeli ground forces during their disastrous foray into Lebanon in 2006. (Never one to resist an opportunity to mock his enemies, Hizballah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah quipped in a speech this week, “Gal Hirsch, who was defeated in Lebanon, went to Georgia, and they too lost because of him.”) Not necessarily: Russia applied overwhelming force against the tiny Georgian military, which, according to Israeli assessments, still managed to punch above its weight.

The Russians were piqued by Israel’s military trade with Georgia even before the latest outbreak of hostilities — Moscow expressed its annoyance over the pilotless drones supplied by an Israeli company to the Georgians, three of which were downed by Russian aircraft over South Ossetia in recent months. Obviously mindful of the need to avoid provoking Russia, Israel declared off-limits certain weapons systems the Georgians had asked for, such as Merkava tanks and advanced anti-aircraft systems. “We have turned down many requests involving arms sales to Georgia, and the ones that have been approved have been duly scrutinized,” a Defense Ministry official told the Israeli daily Yediot Ahoronot amid concerns raised over a possible fallout from the Israeli ties to the Georgian military. The extent of damage to the Israeli-Russia relationship — if indeed there is any — remains to be seen. Despite General Nogovitsyn’s comments, Israeli officials say they have received no formal complaints from Russia over ties with Georgia.

Israel’s strategic priority now is countering the threat it sees in Iran’s nuclear program, and on that front, Russian cooperation is essential. If the Israelis are to achieve their objective of forcing Iran to end uranium enrichment through diplomatic coercion, they will need Russian support for escalating U.N. sanctions — a course of action for which Russia has thus far shown little enthusiasm. And if Israel were to opt for trying to destroy Tehran’s nuclear facilities through a series of air strikes, then the presence of the sophisticated Russian S-300 missile system in Iran would considerably raise the risk to Israeli pilots. Unfortunately for Israel, however, there may be little it can do to shape Moscow’s Iran policy for the simple reason that Israel is not a major factor in Russia’s strategic outlook. Moscow’s actions on Iran are less likely to be determined by Israel supplying a few drones to Georgia than they are to be shaped, for example, by the deployment over extreme Russian objections of U.S. interceptor missiles on Polish soil.

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Shimon Perez “Dont place Russian Missiles in Syria” August 22, 2008

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Israel Expresses Concerns Over Possible Russia-Syria Arms Deal

(RTTNews) - Israel’s President Shimon Peres and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Thursday expressed concerns over a possible Russia-Syria arms deal, saying it would destabilize the Middle East.

Earlier, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had offered to let Russia deploy surface-to-surface Iskander missiles in its territory to counter the US missile shield program in Eastern Europe.

Israel’s Prime Minister Shimon Peres expressed concerns over the possibility of Russia deploying missiles in Syria and warned that such a move would destabilize not only the Middle East, but the entire world as well.

“Weapons of mass destruction are less dangerous without a means for launching them, but once a launching system is developed, the situation will be terrible,” Israel’s Army Radio quoted Peres as saying.

Meanwhile Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni also expressed her concerns about the possibility of a Russia-Syria arms deal, saying that it would destabilize the entire Middle East.

“It is a mutual interest of Russia, of Israel and of the pragmatic leaders and states in the region not to send long-range missiles to Syria,” she said, pointing out Syria’s alleged links with Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah.

Their remarks came after Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier on Thursday that Moscow is prepared to supply Syria with defensive weapons that would “not disturb the strategic balance in the region.”  [source]

New arms deal between Syria, Russia threatens Israel August 22, 2008

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LONDON — Syria is expected to conclude a massive arms deal with Russia later this month that strategic analysts assert will significantly erode, though not actually destroy, Israel’s qualitative military edge.

The deal, estimated to be worth $2 billion to $3 billion, has been in the works for two years and is expected to be sealed when Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlas leads a high-level Syrian delegation to Moscow for 10 days of intensive talks in late February.

Among the Russian weapons systems Syria is reportedly seeking are Sukhoi-27 fighter aircraft, T-80 tanks, S-300 anti-aircraft and anti-missile Sam systems. The Sams are said to be equivalent to U.S. Patriot missiles.

According to one strategic analyst, the negotiations hit two snags before agreement was reached: The first was Syria’s residual debt — estimated at some $12 billion — to the former Soviet Union; the second was its inability to finance fresh arms purchases.

Moscow signaled its willingness to find a solution to the debt problem when it approved the sale of 1,000 anti-tank missiles to Syria last year, a $200 million contract that has been described as “an appetizer” compared to the upcoming deal.

This latest agreement will be significant for Syria on several counts, according to leading Arab strategic analyst Kassem Mohammad Jaafar.

On one level, he told the London-based daily newsletter Mideast Mirror, it would constitute the first major military deal Syria has concluded with Russia since the demise of the Soviet Union, marking the resumption of strategic cooperation between Damascus and Moscow.

On another level, the acquisition of state-of-the-art weapons by the Syrian armed forces would greatly enhance Syria’s military capability, Jaafar said. He added that the Sukhoi-27 aircraft is regarded as equivalent, if not superior, to the U.S.-made F-15 fighter jets that Israel currently has in its arsenal.

Moreover, the T-80 is one of the newest generation of tanks, while the S-300 system would enable Syria to defend itself against both missile and air strikes.

Equally important are other aspects of the deal, which involve the supply of spare parts, the upgrading of weapons systems and the support and modernization of Syria’s armed forces.

Moreover, the deal will return Russia as a major player in the Middle East, an ambition that is believed to have been accelerated since the appointment in September of pro-Arab Yevgeny Primakov as Russian prime minister.

In a related development, British intelligence sources reported that sophisticated Russian technology is being transferred to Damascus to aid Syria’s chemical weapons project.

Quoting the intelligence sources, the London Times reported that unofficial secret links have been found between Russian technical experts and Syria aimed at helping Damascus produce advanced chemical weapons.

“It is now feared that sophisticated Russian technology has been passed to Syria by former members of Moscow’s chemical weapons project,” the article said.

Through unofficial exchanges with these experts, Syria is thought to have acquired the technology for dispersing chemical agents, including VX nerve gas, via bombs from aircraft and warheads on surface-to-surface missiles.

The Syrians have also reportedly shown interest in acquiring more lethal chemicals that were developed in Russia in the 1980s.

Until the mid-1990s, Syria focused on the production of sarin nerve gas, but Damascus is now developing VX independently and is believed to have test-fired missiles armed with this agent. One test was reported to have been conducted near Damascus in May.

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Fear of new Mid East ‘Cold War’ as Syria strengthens military alliance with Russia August 22, 2008

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Syria raised the prospect yesterday of having Russian missiles on its soil, sparking fears of a new Cold War in the Middle East. President Assad said as he arrived in Moscow to clinch a series of military agreements: “We are ready to co-operate with Russia in any project that can strengthen its security.”

The Syrian leader told Russian newspapers: “I think Russia really has to think of the response it will make when it finds itself closed in a circle.”

Mr Assad said that he would be discussing the deployment of Russian missiles on his territory. The Syrians are also interested in buying Russian weapons.

In return Moscow is expected to propose a revival of its Cold War era naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus, which would give the Russian Navy its first foothold in the Mediterranean for two decades. Damascus and Moscow were close allies during the Cold War but the Kremlin’s influence in the region waned after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Yesterday’s rapprochement raised the possibility that Moscow intends to re-create a global anti-Western alliance with former Soviet bloc allies.  [read more]

Israel retracts war on Iran threats August 21, 2008

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Israel’s Interior Minister warns Tel Aviv against attacking Tehran saying such an attack would be a ‘megalomaniacal reckless’ idea.

“Israel must on no account attack Iran, speak of attacking Iran or even think about it,” said Meir Sheetrit, who is contending for Kadima’s leadership, Ha’aretz reported Wednesday.

The US and Israel, both possessors of nuclear weapons, accuse Iran of pursuing a covert military nuclear program. Tehran, however, rejects the allegations as baseless.  [read more]

Russia sends aircraft carrier to Syria – and yes, get ready for world war. August 21, 2008

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The Russian aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” is ready to head from Murmansk towards the Mediterranean and the Syrian port of Tartus. The mission comes after Syrian President Bashar Assad said he is open for a Russian base in the area. The “Admiral Kuznetsov”, part of the Northern Fleet and Russia’s only aircraft carrier, will head a Navy mission to the area. The mission will also include the missile cruiser “Moskva” and several submarines, Newsru.com reports.

President Assad in meetings in Moscow this week expressed support to Russia’s intervention in South Ossetia and Georgia. He also expressed interest in the establishment of Russian missile air defence facilities on his land.

The “Admiral Kuznetsov” also last year headed a navy mission to the Mediterranean. Then, on the way from the Kola Peninsula and south, it stopped in the North Sea where it conducted a navy training exercise in the immediate vicinity of Norwegian offshore installations.  [read more]

If the Polish could accept the US missile deal and increase their presence in the area, then why can’t Russia do a deal with Syria or other Muslim nations.

All is fair in love and war…

‘The dog ate my medal’: Top 10 excuses for Israel’s poor showing in Beijing August 19, 2008

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10) Delila Hatuel, fencing:
“I guess I lost because of the pressure.”

9) Arik Ze’evi, judo:
“In the days before the competition, I cried too much, like a pregnant woman.”

8 ) Itai Magidi, hurdles:
“I hurt my knee, and my preparation wasn’t good. Even now, I’m limping and can barely stand on my left leg.”

7) Tomer Or, fencing:
“Udi, my coach, told me something, but I didn’t feel confident about it so I did something else and lost. It suits me; leading but not winning.”

6) Yoni Erlich, tennis:
“There’s a lot of pressure in the Olympics, it’s not just Andy [doubles partner Andy Ram] and Yoni – there’s an entire country behind you.”

5) Alexandr Shatilov, gymnastics:
“This is the first time I’ve fallen like that.”

4) Alex Ashkenazi, judoka Gal Yekutiel’s coach:
“Gal had a mental problem. Even if he had made the quarterfinal he would have only taken fifth place. It’s not the first time he’s lost the battle for the bronze.”

3) Niki Palli, high jump:
“After I hit 2.20, my leg suddenly started to hurt.”

2) Guy Starik, shooting:
“Right as I was shooting a gust of wind came. I knew right away it would be ninth place. What can you do?”

1) Sergei Weisbrod, Shatilov’s coach:
“It’s all politics. It’s because of the Korean judge – he wants the Asian guy in the final.”

My favourite is number 10, what’s yours?

The Gaza concentration camp: ancient colonialism through a Nazi filter August 18, 2008

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When you approach the Erez frontier post to enter Gaza from the north, you notice a concentration camp straightaway even if you may never have seen one like the ones turned into museums or educational centres, or like the ones that appear in documentaries or photographs. Patrolling closely about the ten or so people waiting under a scorching sun before a guard post in the middle of open ground about a built-up area, various soldiers and plain clothes police, with state of the art machine guns at the ready, make very clear the people had better keep very still. At the end of a long wait, by loudspeaker, the soldier in the armed guard post lets them through into the built-up precinct. It is like a warehouse, unexpectedly high, air conditioned and with various control posts inside, although only one is in use, since not enough people go through to warrant operating the rest. One is subjected to more waiting despite the absence of movement. For the Zionist mentality everyone who does not cooperate with the system must pay a price.  [read more]

Bush Fulfills His Grandfather’s Dream: to install a fascist dictatorship in US August 16, 2008

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It’s remarkably common for a grandson to take up his grandfather’s major project. This occurred to me when I read recently of Thor Heyerdahl’s grandson taking up his mission to cross the Pacific on a raft. But what really struck me was the BBC story aired on July 23rd, 2007, documenting President George W. Bush’s grandfather’s involvement in a 1933 plot to overthrow the U.S. government and install a fascist dictatorship. I knew the story, but had not considered the possibility that the grandson was trying to accomplish what his grandfather had failed to achieve.

Prescott Sheldon Bush (1895 to 1972) attended Yale University and joined the secret society known as Skull and Bones. Prescott is widely reported to have stolen the skull of Native American leader Geronimo. As far as I know, this has not actually been confirmed. In fact, Prescott seems to have had a habit of making things up. He sent letters home from World War I claiming he’d received medals for heroism. After the letters were printed in newspapers, he had to retract his claims.

If this does not yet sound like the life of a George W. Bush ancestor, try this on for size: Prescott Bush’s early business efforts tended to fail. He married the daughter of a very rich man named George Herbert Walker (the guy with the compound at Kennebunkport, Maine, that now belongs to the Bush family, and the origin of Dubya’s middle initial). Walker installed Prescott Bush as an executive in Thyssen and Flick. From then on, Prescott’s business dealings went better, and he entered politics.

Now, the name Thyssen comes from a German named Fritz Thyssen, major financial backer of the rise of Adolph Hitler. Thyssen was referred to in the New York Herald-Tribune as “Hitler’s Angel.” During the 1930s and early 1940s, and even as late as 1951, Prescott Bush was involved in business dealings with Thyssen, and was inevitably aware of both Thyssen’s political activities and the fact that the companies involved were financially benefiting the nation of Germany. In addition, the companies Prescott Bush profited from included one engaged in mining operations in Poland using slave labor from Auschwitz. Two former slave laborers have sued the U.S. government and the heirs of Prescott Bush for $40 billion.

Until the United States entered World War II it was legal for Americans to do business with Germany, but in late 1942 Prescott Bush’s businesses interests were seized under the Trading with the Enemy Act. Among those businesses involved was the Hamburg America Lines, for which Prescott Bush served as a manager. A Congressional committee, in a report called the McCormack-Dickstein Report, found that Hamburg America Lines had offered free passage to Germany for journalists willing to write favorably about the Nazis, and had brought Nazi sympathizers to America. (Is this starting to remind anyone of our current president’s relationship to the freedom of the press?)

The McCormack-Dickstein Committee was established to investigate a homegrown American fascist plot hatched in 1933. Here’s how the BBC promoted its recent story:

“Document uncovers details of a planned coup in the USA in 1933 by right-wing American businessmen. The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush´s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression. Mike Thomson investigates why so little is known about this biggest ever peacetime threat to American democracy.”

Actually, if you listen to the 30-minute BBC story, there is not one word of so much as speculation as to why this story is so little known. I think a clue to the answer can be found by looking into why this BBC report has not led to any U.S. media outlets picking up the story this week.

The BBC report provides a good account of the basic story. Some of the wealthiest men in America approached Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler, beloved of many World War I veterans, many of them embittered by the government’s treatment of them. Prescott Bush’s group asked Butler to lead 500,000 veterans in a take-over of Washington and the White House. Butler refused and recounted the affair to the congressional committee. His account was corroborated in part by a number of witnesses, and the committee concluded that the plot was real. But the names of wealthy backers of the plot were blacked out in the committee’s records, and nobody was prosecuted. According to the BBC, President Roosevelt cut a deal. He refrained from prosecuting some of the wealthiest men in America for treason. They agreed to end Wall Street’s opposition to the New Deal. [read more]

Want more proof Western media is desperately trying to cover up truth on Georgia Russia conflict? Here you go. August 15, 2008

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Message From Russia – Bush, Why Don’t You Shut Up? August 15, 2008

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In the world of geopolitics ~ never look for the obvious but do look at the big picture. If the Cheney/Bush administration’s War on Terror was losing traction in an election year ~ why not recreate the Evil Empire by supporting Georgia’s preemptive attack and ethnic cleansing of South Ossetia and label Russia’s rightful response as belligerent and a threat to world peace.  [read more]

Israel ‘worry’ at settler attacks August 15, 2008

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..They forgot to mention, acts of terrorism committed by Jewish migrants in Palestine..

Israeli security officials are reported to have raised concerns about an increase in violence by Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

The Israeli Haaretz newspaper said officials had found an increase in incidents of settlers causing harm to Palestinians and to Israeli soldiers.

There were 429 incidents in the first half of 2008, against 551 in 2007.

There are frequent reports of settlers harassing Palestinians, with two attacks recently captured on video.

These have been widely broadcast and have brought the issue to greater prominence.

Haaretz said police, army and security services had also discussed allegations that some police and soldiers were deliberately ignoring violence by settlers against Palestinians, because they preferred not to get involved in difficult issues.  [read more]

on Poland over US misRussia threatens nuclear attack sile shield deal August 15, 2008

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Russia threatened a nuclear strike against Poland after a landmark deal to site American global anti-missile shields in the country.

Only 24 hours after the weapons agreement was signed Russia’s deputy chief of staff warned Poland “is exposing itself to a strike 100 per cent”.

General Anatoly Nogovitsyn said that any new US assets in Europe could come under Russian nuclear attack with his forces targeting “the allies of countries having nuclear weapons”.

He told Russia’s Interfax news agency: “By hosting these, Poland is making itself a target. This is 100 per cent certain. It becomes a target for attack. Such targets are destroyed as a first priority.”

Russia’s nuclear rhetoric marks an intense new phase in the war of words over Georgia. The Caucasus conflict has spiralled into a Cold War style confrontation between Moscow and Washington in less than a week.

The stand off between the two cold War powers was underlined by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, who dismissed US claims that the silo is a deterrent against ‘rogue states’ like Iran as “a fairy tale”. He told reporters at the Black Sea resort of Sochi: “The deployment of new missile defence facilities in Europe is aimed against the Russian Federation.”

President George W. Bush in a brief but pointed statement earlier in the day said: “The Cold War is over… Bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the 21st century.”

Mr Bush, who is demanding an immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from Georgia now that that a ceasefire deal has been signed, added: “Only Russia can decide whether it will now put itself back on the path of responsible nations or continue to pursue a policy that promises only confrontation and isolation,”

Russia’s deteriorating relationship with the West was strained further when US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday visited Georgian capital Tbilisi and concluded a ceasefire deal with Russia. It was the highest profile gesture of American political support for Georgia’s embattled government since the conflict began.  [read more]

UNIFIL: Israel violating resolution 1701 August 15, 2008

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..What more does the world expect from iSRAEL (the illegal state), read on:

Fri, 15 Aug 2008 13:06:57 GMT

The head of UN forces in Lebanon accuses Israelis of unilaterally violating a UN resolution that ended the 33-day war against the Lebanese.

Head of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Major-General Claudio Graziano criticized continued overflight of Israeli aircraft in Lebanon’s airspace, and the refusal to provide a map of the zones riddled with Israeli mines and cluster bombs, a Press TV correspondent reported from Beirut.

Graziano said Israel is turning a blind eye to the UN Security Council Resolution 1701 -which demands Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon in parallel with the deployment of UNIFIL and Lebanese soldiers throughout the South- and refuses to pull out its troops from the Lebanese part of southern al-Ghajar village.

Speaking in the UN headquarters in New York, Graziano warned Tel Aviv of handing over any Israeli pilot whose plane crashes in Lebanese territory to Beirut authorities.

He, however, reclined to comment on whether Lebanon had the right to down Israeli war planes in its airspace.

The UN peacekeeping chief in Lebanon said Hezbollah recognizes the resolution 1701 and stressed that the UN has enjoyed excellent cooperation with Hezbollah and with the local Lebanese.

Graziano asserted that apart from UN troops, Lebanese soldiers and hunters no one was armed south of the Litani River.

The Italian general said that the UN mission had been successful in carrying out its mandate in maintaining the ceasefire that went into effect in 2006, stressing that the mission’s presence was vital in ensuring stability in the area.

He denied plans for changes in UNIFIL’s mandate which he said was due to be renewed by the end of August.

This sums it all up: Hezbollah: War with Israel not ended August 15, 2008

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Hezbollah leader says the war with Israel has ‘not ended yet’ as Israel has not halted its ‘aggressions’ against Lebanon and the region.


Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks as Lebanon marked the Hezbollah victory over Israel in the 33-day war.

The aftershocks of the war are still reverberating in Israel. More than 100 Israeli soldiers were killed in the 33-day war.

Nasrallah said it was a ‘historic and divine victory’ in Arab-Israeli conflict which shattered the invincibility of the Zionist regime’s occupation army and changed the political face of the Middle East and ‘foiled the US-Israeli New Middle East project’ for breaking up regional countries.

Israel killed more than 1000 Lebanese civilians by bombarding Lebanon.

Nasrallah said the cluster bombs dropped on Lebanon are still taking the lives of innocent people.

General Claudio Graziano, the UNIFIL commander, accused Thursday Israel of violating the UN resolution 1701 especially in the area controlled by the United Nations Interim Emergency Force in Southern Lebanon.

According to Lebanese Army, Israeli jets have violated Lebanese airspace more than 1,660 times between May and July 2008.

Lebanese Islamic resistance forced the Israeli army out of Southern Lebanon in 2000.

Nasrallah said Hezbollah defeated Israel in 2000 and 2006 and put an end to ‘political life’ of Israeli regime.

He said Israel is on the verge of collapse and therefore it is seeking conspiracies to ‘disarm Lebanese resistance and isolate it.’

Nasrallah slammed some Arab states who have been attempting to ‘distort the image of Hezbollah,’ saying some Arabs try to ensure Israel’s superiority “because their stability is dependent on Israeli supremacy.”

The Hezbollah chief went on to say that the ‘culture of resistance’ is expanding as polls show 70% of Muslims support it.

He added Hezbollah proved it is very strong as its fighters resisted the most powerful army in the Middle East for several weeks.

Nasrallah said Israel is facing the worst crisis of leadership in its history as a result of its defeat in the war.

He said the strategic, political and militarily repercussions of the war are still continuing, especially after the “resignation of the majority of the first row of the Israeli army.”

Israel will see the “end of the ruling of Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert” in the next September, Nasrallah predicted.

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