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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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New Films Related to Palestine June 21, 2008

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It’s been brought to my attention that there are few films available (or in the near future), which highlight the brutality in which the Palestinians (living in true Palestine) are subjected to.  We all should remember, what is right is right and what is wrong is wrong.

Occupation101

American Radical

To all visitors (and bloggers) if you truely believe these films need more publicity then please do what ever is in your power promote the truth.

‘Killing Muslims, blowing up mosques’ – Nazi’s plan for race war June 20, 2008

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A Christian terrorist plot un-covered, but you won’t hear this on the national news medium..

A Nazi fanatic with a terrorist’s armoury in his flat was preparing to wage a race war to stop Britain becoming a multi-ethnic society, a court heard today. Martyn Gilleard, 31, was a white supremacist who idolised Adolf Hitler and urged sympathisers to “stop talking and act” or the “purity of the white race will be lost forever”.

When police raided his flat they found a terrifying arsenal of weapons, including four nail bombs hidden under his bed, bullets and an assortment of bladed weapons including swords, knives and a machete, Leeds Crown Court heard. They also discovered DIY bomb manuals, a guide to how to make your own sub-machine gun and internet instructions on “how to assassinate people and get away with it by using poison”.

Detectives found a document in his flat which was a “blueprint” for the formation of an extremist group with its own “mobile strike force”. In a notebook they found a speech aimed at racist sympathisers. He wrote: “Be under no illusions, we are at war. It’s a war we are badly losing. I am sick and tired of hearing nationalists talking of killing Muslims, blowing up mosques and fighting back only to see these acts of resistance fail. The time has come to stop the talking and start to act.”  (click here to read more)

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WARNING – IF YOU LOVE iSRAEL THEN DO NOT READ THIS.. June 19, 2008

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OR IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENS, THEN…

iSRAEL’S VERY OWN GUANTANAMOS

The “death ride” — welcome to 21st century torture, says Khalid Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem

Israeli maltreatment of Palestinian captives and political prisoners has reached unprecedented levels of brutality, according to lawyers, human rights groups and newly-released prisoners.

There are currently as many as 12,000 Palestinian detainees languishing in Israeli detention camps, many of them without charge or trial. They include hundreds of university professors, engineers, school teachers as well as religious and civic leaders, students, resistance fighters and women activists.

Two years ago, the Israeli occupation authorities abducted hundreds of democratically- elected officials, including mayors, members of local city councils, law-makers, and cabinet ministers, many associate with Hamas’s political wing.

Israel employs a set of draconian laws, some dating back to the British mandate era, to torment Palestinian prisoners. The same laws are also used to lend a façade of legality to other harsh treatment of Palestinians, such as house demolitions, land confiscation and deportation.

Normally, the harsh treatment meted out to Palestinian detainees starts in earnest with crack Israeli soldiers raiding a given Palestinian home in the quiet hours before dawn. There, the undisciplined soldiers normally ransack the house, vandalise property and furniture, smash house appliances and terrorise the entire family, before blindfolding and handcuffing their victim and dragging him away to a military truck that takes him to one of the dozens of interrogation centres all over Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Upon arrival at the interrogation centre, the detainee is instantly subjected to an array of harsh treatment techniques designed to shock him and destroy his psychological immunity. These include sleep deprivation and solitary confinement as well as sporadic beating.

Then the victim is made to go through the routine technique called shabh whereby he is forced to sit on a 25cm high stool, with his hands tied to his back. He can be kept in this extremely uncomfortable position for weeks or even months except for short periods to go to the toilet and eat.

The main purpose behind the harsh treatment is ostensibly to extract confessions from the victim. On many occasions, the victims confess to having committed fictitious violations only to escape the harsh and intolerable torture. Eventually, however, if no confessions are extracted, the detainee is sentenced to administrative detention, or open-ended captivity without being charged or tried.

Torture, which the Israeli judicial authorities euphemistically refer to as “moderate physical and psychological pressure”, is officially sanctioned by Israel’s law. Indeed, several Palestinian detainees have recently died in Israeli jails either due to torture or medical negligence. According to the Palestinian Prisoner Club, which monitors Israeli treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, 167 Palestinians have died in Israeli custody since 1967.

However, while torture was normally performed on detainees mainly in order to extract confessions, the Israeli prison authorities have been using torture for the purpose of simply tormenting and humiliating Palestinian detainees.

“Their goal is to make us suffer, to torment us, to humiliate us. They want to punish us further for our survival, for refusing to die and disappear as a people, for refusing to collapse. Perhaps they think that by tormenting us, they get the feeling that they are avenging the holocaust, at least vicariously,” said Mohamed Abu Zneid, from Dura, who was released recently from an Israeli detention camp near the Egyptian borders. “But I can say that such behaviour can only come from a sick people, a sadistic people. Otherwise, why would normal people behave this way?”

“Administrative detention” which is a mere euphemism for prolonged and mostly unlawful captivity as punishment for one’s political thoughts and attitudes has become of late the modus operandi of Israeli treatment of Palestinian prisoners. Today, Israel is detaining hundreds of mostly innocent Palestinians in detention camps all over Israel, such as the notorious Kitziot concentration camp in the Negev desert.

A few years ago, Mustafa Shawar, a detainee at Kitziot, informed this writer that on several occasions he had appealed to the Jewish military “judge” at the Treblinka-like facility to tell him why he was being incarcerated so that he wouldn’t commit the same violation again once he was released. Shawar, a senior lecturer at the University of Hebron, said the judge paid no attention to his just request. “He told me that he wouldn’t grant me the privilege of knowing why I was in jail because, as he said, the Jews are the masters and non-Jews are the slaves and the chosen people are under no moral or legal obligation to explain to the inferiors why they are being mistreated.”

Today, Shawar is still languishing at Kitziot for the fourth successive year, not knowing why he is being tormented by a state that claims to be a “light unto nations” and the “only democracy in the Middle East”.

Shawar is not an exceptional case. He epitomises the fate of thousands of Palestinian detainees and hostages languishing in Israeli detention camps, mostly for harbouring ideas and thoughts that the Ashkenazi establishment deems too dangerous.

Similarly, Azzam Salhab, professor of comparative religion at Hebron University, has been languishing in the same desert concentration camp for eight years on vague charges such as “constituting a danger to the safety and security of Israel and the Jewish people.”

According to the Nafha Society, a human rights group defending Palestinian prisoners’ rights, the Israeli occupation authorities issue dozens of administrative detention orders per month.

Earlier, this week, the Israeli army renewed the “administrative detention” for Radi Sami Al-Asi for additional six months. Al-Asi, a journalist from the northern West Bank town of Nablus, was arrested on unspecified charges. However, when it became clear that there was no evidence indicting him, the Israeli military judge decided to sentence him to six months in jail, renewable for as long as the occupation authorities deem fit. So far, Al-Asi has spent more than 38 months in administrative detention without knowing why.

Farhat Asad, a 40-year-old father of three children from Ramallah, was sentenced to a sixth term of administrative detention on 16 June. All in all, Asad has spent more than 100 months in administrative detention.

According to Tawhid Shaaban, a prominent lawyer from East Jerusalem, some detainees have spent nine years in Israeli captivity without charge or trial. “Yes, this happens in a state that claims to be the only democracy in the Middle East.”

The so-called “death ride” is one of the most agonising and nightmarish experiences a detainee undergoes. It starts with a sudden raid of a given ward by the notorious Nahshon squad, which is specialised in repressing Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Then a prisoner or several prisoners are ordered to board an extremely filthy, hot and nearly hermetically sealed white vehicle, allegedly in order to appear before a judge several hundred kilometres away. The hateful vehicle would move very slowly from one prison to the other to carry additional prisoners, including dangerous Jewish criminals. The car would stop every hour for refreshment, while the inmates are sweating in the back chamber.

The nightmarish journey, which could last for 24 hours, is first and foremost meant to make the prisoners suffer as much as possible in the oven-like metal chamber where there is very little oxygen. The prisoners are barred from using toilets for close to 16 hours, and some are forced to urinate and defecate inside the lock-up car.

Saed Yassin, a human rights activist describes the “death ride” as “an intolerable and unbearable form of torture. They don’t treat you as a human being but as cattle or a piece of luggage. People are left to rot and suffer in these oven- like chambers for up to 24 hours without food, without water, and with very little oxygen. And if they want to torment a given person, he is forced to undergo this nightmare every few days.”

In addition to the death ride, the Israeli Prison Authority has been introducing additional forms of punishments, aimed at breaking the prisoner’s will. These include barring family visits for an extended period of times for the slightest and pettiest violation of outstanding instructions.

Moreover, the Israeli occupation authorities have been barring family visits for more than 900 Gazan prisoners in Israeli jails under the pretext of the 18-month harsh blockade which Israel has been imposing in Gaza. The Red Cross asked Israel on several occasions to allow Gazans to visit their beloved ones, but to no avail.

Israel recently resorted to “unorthodox tactics” to harass Palestinian prisoners, including raiding and vandalising their homes and mistreating their wives and children, imposing hefty financial fines on them, and carrying out surprise searches usually after midnight.

Last week, lawyers and newly-released prisoners reported that the Israeli Prison Authorities have naked Jewish women, probably prostitutes, harass prisoners, especially religious inmates, through sexually suggestive behaviour. A spokesman for the prison authorities refused to confirm or deny the revelation.

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Boycott Denmark June 14, 2008

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Arab Countries to use OIL as a tool in bringing Denmark into submission

Allah in the name of the most beneficent, the most merciful.

Assalamualaikum

Dear Brothers & Sisters (and readers)..

The Prophet (peace be upon Him) said:

“If one of you sees something evil he should change it with his hand. If he cannot, he should speak out against it, and if he cannot do even that he should at least detest it in his heart, this being the weakest form of faith” [Muslim]

Many of you are aware, that Denmark (and its faithless people) are continuously and intentionally insulting Islam and our beloved Prophet (pbum) in many ways including cartoons and now videos. The reality is that these people are not just insulting Islam or the Prophet (pbum) but are calling for and inviting the wrath of the Muslims from around the world.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Taking into consideration what the Prophet (pbum) said (mentioned above), the very minimum you can do is to boycott all known products made in Denmark. There are reports available that due to the boycott of products from Denmark around the world by Muslims, some Denmark companies are loosing more than 1 million pounds of business per day.  (Please check regular updates at the bottom of the this post, as more information is available it will be updated towards the end of this post)

Danish-Swedish dairy giant Arla Foods says the ongoing boycott of Danish products in the Middle East had so far cost it between £40m and £50m. As the Muslim world refuses to buy Danish goods in protest over cartoons published in a Danish newspaper, Arla is losing £1m a day. [BBC]

So for those who are sceptical in taking part in boycotting Denmark products, the news above should assure them that if all Muslims individually take part and do their little bit, then no doubt Denmark will be on their knees asking Allah (swt) for forgiveness inshAllah.

Below is a list of products that are made in Denmark, the information was taken from a website www.boycott-denmark.com I will try keeping this list updated as I continue finding products made in Denmark. If anyone as more information then please comment with reference and I will update this post as soon as.

For Muslims information:
There is a list of Danish companies down here please print this list or read once and check which product you are using made by them.

 

Food:
Arla Foods is Europe’s second-largest dairy company and the leading Danish exporter to Saudi Arabia, where it sells an estimated 328 million dollars worth of products every year
Brands
Rosenborg
Lurpak
Dofino
Denmark’s Finest
Mediterra
Danish Crown (meat)
Emborg
Beautiful Denmark (Butter Cookies)
Famous Dane (Butter Cookies)
Danish Bacon
Thor Fish
Danisco Food
Candy:
Toms (chocolate)
LAgermann
Galle & Jessen
Ingeborgs Chocolate
     

 

 

 

 

 

Beverages:
Tuborg Beer
Carlsberg Beer
Aalborg Aquavit (snaps)
Danish Distillers (Swedish Company some products produced in Denmark)     

 

 

 

 

 

Medicine:
Novo     

 

 

 

 

 

Audio Equipment/Home Theater
(Theatre for those across the Pond):

Audio Vector
B&O (Bang & Olufsen)
Cilo
Dali
DynAudio
Eltax

Jamo
Tangent
Vifa
Cigarettes:
Prince (Do not start smoking because of this fire!)     

 

 

 

 

 

Clothing:
H2O
Hummel
Per Reumert
Munthe plus Simonsen
Bruuns Bazaar
IC Companies
In Wear
Matinique
Noa Noa
Sand     

 

 

 

 

 

Shoes:
Ecco (USA Site)
Jaco
Dansko     

 

 

 

 

 

Software:
EarMaster (for musicians)
http://www.one.com (hosting and domain registration)Toys:
Brio (oops Swedish will remove this weekend)
Lego (toys)
Furniture:
Fritz Hansen     

 

 

 

 

Other:
Danish Yarn
Nexo Fireplaces
Nilfisk Vacuum Cleaners (USA site since I do not speak Danish)
Watco Danish Furniture Oil
Leitech (USA Site)

Leitech (Danish Site)
Grund Foss ( Pump solution maker)
Dan Foss ( Valve manufacture )
GN ( Hearing aid, headsets and mobil headsets )
X-Yachts
Special “thread gage” used in quality control in the following areas of manufacturing; automotive, aerospace, medical, hydraulics, small and large engine manufacture.
Danish Design:
B & G Porcelain
Georg Jensen
HTH- kitchen
Morsoe (Fireplaces)
Lindberg (Glasses)
PH-lamps
Pipes
Raadvad (knives etc.)
Royal Copenhagen
Royal Danish Porcelain

Skagen
Stelton
Trip Trap
Vesta (Windmills)
(Watches)     

 

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UPDATED 16/06/2008

 

A good tip for identifying the products to boycott from Denmark, Israel, Netherlands, France, Norwary and German. Every bar Coded product in the market contains its country code included in barcode digits. Please check the barcode of any product before you buy.

Check the first 3 digits from the LEFT.

Example, an Israeli product will have barcode like:

729 3453459070

The following list is given according the priority as the worst at top and then second worst is next.

729 Israel

570 – 579 Denmark (i.e. 570, 571… 579)

870 – 879 Netherlands (i.e. 870,871… 879)

300 – 379 France

700 – 709 Norway

400 – 440 German

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Israel probe finds 2006 war ‘failure’ & "large and serious" failure January 31, 2008

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Or to put it in simple word “SHIT”, israel is SHIT and don’t we all know this.

 

srael’s 2006 war against Hezbollah in Lebanon was a “large and serious” failure, according to an Israeli government-appointed inquiry.

Military and political leaders had no clear strategy, which meant Israel was “dragged” into an inconclusive ground operation in Lebanon, the report said.

PM Ehud Olmert has insisted he will not step down despite the findings.

However, public pressure could grow on partners in his governing coalition to pull out, analysts say. [source]

 

israel IDF (Israel Defeated Force) cry

that’s not all, they are still crying:

more israel IDF (Israel Defeated Force) cry and cry aloud, no brave faces here

but that’s not all, their crying never ends, just like their illegal occupation of Palestine:

Take a look at the second IDF (Israel Defeated Force) from the right, please someone call his ma’ma, his having a bad(ass) time.

The following picture speaks a million words, the IDF experience the real SHOCK AND AWE

IDF (Israel Defeated Force) experience the real SHOCK AND AWE.  Their faces say it all (for the illegal nation)

 

I guess the Party is still not over.

Freedom for Palestine, If you have it so can they….unless January 28, 2008

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..unless the Jews and Zionist have something to do with it..

I guess the Palestinian Flag explains it all:

The Colours of the Flag say it all:

Green: Is for the Land of Palestine

White: is for the peace in which the Palestinians lived before they were made refugees

Red: is for the blood they spilled in trying to liberate their land, and

Black: is for life their life under occupation and oppression

sensitive data for 25 Million Britons is lost by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs November 21, 2007

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No doubt you must have by now read/heard and seen the news in which the Government has admitted losing sensitive personal data for half of the UK’s population, 25 million Britons.

Surprised? (but just wait, there is more to come):

Any family in the UK who has a child under the age of 16 are officially at risk of ID fraud for decades.  The information that has gone missing includes:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Name, Address and Date of Birth,
  • Partners Details,
  • Name, Sex and age of Children
  • Bank and savings account details

It’s Britain’s worst personal data security lapse, second only to the US government losing data on 26.5 million former servicemen last year. And it comes at a politically sensitive time; the British government is preparing to further centralize data as it roles out national ID cards next year.

The worst and scary part is:

At Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, a junior member of staff has a level of access to data such that they can transfer the entire data set for 25,000,000 individuals to their workstation and burn it onto a couple of CDs.

Can you imagine that, the level of access given to a junior staff at HMRC is the worst crime.  How many other staff at HMRC lower than a junior level had access to it?

No doubt this is just a tip of the ice burg, more will be revealed………

…and this government was scaring the whole nation into submission and into accepting the new ID cards with the excuse of protecting everyone from terrorism.  But who has just aided terrorism….

 

The mouse that shook the world November 3, 2007

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It can run for hours at 20 metres per minute without getting tired. It lives longer, has more sex, and eats more without gaining weight. Could the science that created this supermouse be applied to humans?

By Steve Connor, Science Editor
Published: 02 November 2007

Scientists have been astounded by the creation of a genetically modified “supermouse” with extraordinary physical abilities – comparable to the performance of the very best athletes – raising the prospect that the discovery may one day be used to transform people’s capacities.

The mouse can run up to six kilometres (3.7 miles) at a speed of 20 metres per minute for five hours or more without stopping. Scientists said that this was equivalent of a man cycling at speed up an Alpine mountain without a break. Although it eats up to 60 per cent more food than an ordinary mouse, the modified mouse does not put on weight. It also lives longer and enjoys an active sex life well into old age – being capable of breeding at three times the normal maximum age.

American scientists who created the mice – they now have a breeding colony of 500 – said that they were stunned by their abilities, especially given that the animals came about as a result of a standard genetic modification to a single metabolism gene shared with humans.

They emphasised that the aim of the research was not to prepare the way to enhance the genes of people. However, they accepted that it may be possible to use the findings to develop new drugs or treatments that could one day be used to “enhance” the natural abilities of athletes.

The professor of biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University at Cleveland in Ohio, Richard Hanson, said that the physical performance of the supermouse can only be compared to supremely fit athletes like the cyclist Lance Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005. The genetic alteration to a gene involved in glucose metabolism appears to stimulate the efficient use of body fat for energy production. At the same time, the mice do not suffer from a build up of lactic acid – which causes muscle cramps – a feature also seen in the best endurance athletes.

Professor Hanson said yesterday: “They are metabolically similar to Lance Armstrong biking up the Pyrenees. They utilise mainly fatty acids for energy and produce very little lactic acid. They are not eating or drinking and yet they can run for four or five hours. They are 10 times more active than ordinary mice in their home cage. They also live longer – up to three years of age – and are reproductively active for almost three years. In short, they are remarkable animals.

“On the downside, they eat twice as much as control mice, but they are half the weight, and are very aggressive. Why this is the case, we are not really sure.”

Professor Hanson, who led the 15-strong team of researchers, said that the first supermouse was created about four years ago by injecting a highly active form of a gene for an enzyme called phosphonenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK-C) into a mouse embryo. The results of studies on the mice are published for the first time today in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Professor Hanson said: “We humans have exactly the same gene. But this is not something that you’d do to a human. It’s completely wrong. We do not think that this mouse model is an appropriate model for human gene therapy. It is currently not possible to introduce genes into the skeletal muscles of humans and it would not be ethical to even try.”

However, it may be possible for pharmaceutical companies to use the findings to develop new drugs that enhance muscle performance, which may benefit certain patients. Professor Hanson accepted that it was possible athletes might misuse any future drug developed in this way.

He said: “It’s very possible. It’s a different approach to putting a gene into a human. I would only do that to help anyone who suffers from disorders such as cystic fibrosis.”

The aim of the research was to gain a greater understanding of the PEPCK-C enzyme, which is present mainly in the liver and kidneys. As a result of the genetic modification, the mighty mice have up to 100 times the concentration of the enzyme in its muscles compared with ordinary mice.

Professor Hanson said: “The purpose of our experiment was to study energy metabolism in the mice and the role that a single, metabolically important enzyme might play in a tissue in which it is not normally expressed at high levels.”

He said that the physical and behavioural changes in the modified mice were completely unexpected. Usually, scientists have to carry out blood tests to see if there has been any effect of altering the genes, but these mice were noticeably different at a very early age.

He said: “We could spot them at just a few weeks after birth. They popped around the cage like popcorn. We found that they were about 10 times as active as ordinary mice.”

Further research on the mice could shed light on the link between high-calorie diets and cancer, and low-calorie diets and longevity. He said: “Our animals live longer and eat almost twice as much as ordinary mice – this is a model to study.”

A risky business: previous attempts at genetic modification
Genetic modification is a 30-year-old technology that has been used extensively on a range of animals for basic research and the production of agricultural or pharmaceutical products. It involves inserting an extra gene or modifying the expression of an existing gene within the DNA of the animal. Famous examples of GM animals include:
The Beltsville pig
An early experiment involving the insertion of a gene for human growth hormone into pigs to make them grow faster. They suffered severe bone and joint problems and could not walk properly without pain.
Oncomouse
Created by scientists at Harvard. Engineered to develop cancer, it enabled researchers to use it as a model of the disease. It was involved in one of the earliest patent applications on an animal.
Knock-out mice
Probably the most common use of genetically modified animals. The mice have a gene modified or destroyed so that scientists can study the outcome. Has created a revolution in the understanding of mammalian genes.
Spider-silk goats
Spider-silk protein gene is inserted into goats to extract the substance from their milk. The silk is stronger than steel, so could be used in industry.
Spinach pigs
Japanese scientists have created pigs with an added gene from spinach. They say it cuts fat – making them healthier to eat.
Humanised cattle
A range of experiments have tried to introduce important human genes into cattle so that pharmaceutical proteins can be extracted from their milk.
The green pig
Scientists are trying to introduce a bacterial gene into pigs that will make their faeces less toxic, cutting farm pollution.

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UK spies seen trying to damage Russia November 3, 2007

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – The man wanted by Britain for the murder of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko says British secret services are trying to destabilise Russia.

Former KGB officer Andrei Lugovoy, speaking exactly a year after meeting Litvinenko on the day he fell ill, said he had been caught in a web of intrigue that senior figures in Britain were using to damage Russia.

“For the past 15 years in particular, they have been doing everything they can to abase Russia and discredit her on the world stage,” Lugovoy told reporters on Thursday.

Lugovoy met Litvinenko at a London hotel on November 1 last year with another Russian, Dmitry Kovtun. Later that day, Litvinenko complained of feeling ill. He was admitted to hospital and died on November 23 from polonium 210 poisoning.

In a posthumous letter, Litvinenko accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being responsible for his death, a charge the Kremlin has repeatedly dismissed as nonsense.

Litvinenko’s wife, Marina, said Lugovoy should be brought to justice for killing her husband.

“I will not speak about Sasha today, this is not his day. This is the day of his killers,” she said in a statement.

“The President of Russia, who has been named by Sasha as the instigator of his murder, is obstructing the investigation and backing the suspect with the full clout of Russia’s statehood.”

Lugovoy again denied any involvement in the murder. Russia has refused to extradite him to Britain citing its constitution, which bans handing over its own citizens.

BRITISH SPIES

Lugovoy repeated allegations that Litvinenko, a former FSB officer, had been working for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, known as MI6, after working for Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky. Lugovoy once also worked for Berezovsky.

“LitvineNko had serious material problems, stemming in large part from Berezovsky having sacked him. And Litvinenko was trying to earn money any way he could,” Lugovoy said.

He said he was using his role as a parliamentary candidate for the nationalist Liberal-Democratic party to draw attention to what he called the abasement of Russia by foreigners.

“I felt that I have to demonstrate to the entire Russian government what can happen to a Russian citizen, what may happen to the whole country, if we allow anybody to smear the Russian people any further,” Lugovoy said.

Litvinenko’s wife said Lugovoy’s rise to prominence shed a bad light on modern Russia.

“Presidential support has turned the accused murderer into a national hero,” she said. “He is about to become a member of the Duma. With heroes, presidents and a parliament like that, Russia is destined to a sad future.”  [source]

IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THE LOBBY LIED TO US ABOUT ISLAM November 3, 2007

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‘They’ tell us that ALL Muslims are bad. ‘They’ tell us that ALL Muslims are terrorists. ‘They’ point their fingers at all of them… without exception, humiliating them, dehumanising them…
BUT… Right here, right now, just a week after the infamous Islamo-Fascist Week ‘celebrations’ sponsored by the Lobby in America, a group of Jewish Israelis honoured Muslims that saved their lives during the nazi occupation of Albania.

Yes, Muslims…. believers in ISLAM….. Hmmmm… what else has the Lobby been lying about??

Yahoo News carried the following

Exhibition honors Muslims who saved Jews

JERUSALEM – Tears welling in his eyes, an elderly Holocaust survivor on Thursday embraced the son of the Albanian man who saved him from the Nazi death camps, highlighting the little-known role played by European Muslims in helping Jews during World War II.

The two met for the first time at a photography exhibition at Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust memorial, honoring Albanians who sheltered Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution. Albania, a tiny European country with a Muslim majority, sheltered about 1,000 Jews who, except for one family, survived Nazi occupation, according to officials.

“This is a very unique story,” said Yehudit Shendar, the exhibition’s curator. Though Islam has an anti-Jewish image, these were “Muslims who endangered their own lives to save Jews,” she said. Six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War II.

Albanians sheltered between 600 and 1,800 Jewish refugees, risking death or imprisonment, officials said. At the end of the war, Albania was the only European country with a larger Jewish population than before the war.

Yoshua Baruchowic, 84, wore a grim smile as he retold the harrowing story of his rescue. He stood next to Enver Alia Sheqer, the Albanian whose father saved him.

For decades, Baruchowic exchanged letters with Sheqer, 50, and his father, Ali Sheqer Pashkaj, who died in 2004. They often sent family photos, and he called Sheqer his “brother.”

Despite many invitations, Baruchowic, who moved to Mexico after the war and became a dentist, refused to visit Albania while the communists were in power, and later because of political turmoil.

Meeting Sheqer on Thursday, he said, “It’s glorious. It’s something I waited to do all my life.”

In 1941, a Nazi convoy transporting Jews passed the Sheqer family’s general store deep in the Albanian mountains. Sheqer’s father offered the soldiers food and wine. When they became drunk, he handed a message — hidden in a melon — to one of the prisoners, the 18-year-old Baruchowic.

Though they had never met, Baruchowic agreed when Ali Sheqer urged him to flee to the woods. The young Jew hid while Sheqer’s father feigned ignorance as he repeatedly stared down a Nazi gun barrel. He held out until the Germans left and then retrieved Baruchowic, hiding him for three years.

“My father was a devout Muslim,” Enver Sheqer said. “He believed that to save one life is to enter paradise.”

He said his father had to help Baruchowic because of the Albanian code of “Besa,” which means “to keep the promise.”

The exhibition is named after that code and features black and white photographs of Albanians holding family photos and awards honoring their heroism. Israel has honored 63 Albanians as “Righteous Among the Nations,” a title granted to non-Jews who helped Jews escape Nazi persecution.

The photo exhibit is the product of five years of “headhunting” by American Jewish photographer Norman Gershman, who said he was inspired culling the archives at Yad Vashem. Working through several organizations, Gershman spent four years in and out of Albania tracking down survivors.

“It started at Yad Vashem and now it’s going to take off from here,” he said. The exhibition is next going to the United Nations headquarters in New York for a display on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27, he said.

At the exhibit Thursday, Baruchowic and Enver Sheqer stood beneath a photo of Sheqer sitting at the foot of a statue of the Albanian national hero Skanderbeg, a resistance general who led the fight against the Muslim Ottoman Empire in the 15th century.

In the picture, Sheqer delicately clutches his chest while a furrowed brow looks poised for tears. A similar look covered his face as he struggled to the find words to describe meeting Baruchowic for the first time.

“I have such a good feeling,” Sheqer said. “I can’t begin how to describe.” [read more]

Iran, World War III, and the Madness of President George November 3, 2007

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Put a straight-jacket on them. That seems to be Los Angeles Times columnist Rosa Brooks’s position on President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney.

As she explains, “We’re in the middle of a disastrous war in Iraq, the military and political situation in Afghanistan is steadily worsening, and the administration’s interrogation and detention tactics have inflamed anti-Americanism and fueled extremist movements around the globe.” Yet Bush and Cheney appear to want another war, this one against Iran.

It does seem mad. Iran has more territory, a larger population, bigger GDP, and more effective military than did Iraq. Tehran possesses missiles capable of hitting Israel and is aligned with America’s client government in Iraq. If any regime is capable of destabilizing Arab regimes allied with the U.S., it is Iran. A cakewalk such a war would not be.

In contrast, being concerned about a nuclear-armed Iran is not mad. Tehran unsettles the world for obvious reasons. It is hard to find anyone anywhere who believes that a nuclear-empowered mullocracy would be a good thing. Although the Islamic republic has behaved as a rational actor for three decades and seems subject to deterrence like other, more normal, states, a residue of doubt remains.

But concern about an unlikely future threat is not the same as a clear and present danger. The former certainly does not justify the kind of rhetoric tossed around by President Bush and Vice President Cheney. They might not be mad in a clinical sense, but they are pretty nutty if they really believe their rhetoric.

First, the vice president said the administration would not stand by in the face of “the Iranian regime’s efforts to destabilize the Middle East and to gain hegemonic power.” This is, to coin a phrase, a hoot. It has been more than two centuries since Iran, or a nation resembling Iran, attacked anyone. The last war in which Tehran was involved was started by Iraq – which was supported in its aggression by America and several American allies.

Second, the administration, through its invasion of Iraq, has destabilized the Mideast. If Iran is poised for regional hegemony, it has that opportunity only because Washington was kind enough to take out both of its principal enemies: the Taliban in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Washington also urged Israel on in its botched war against Lebanon, which weakened Israel and strengthened Iran’s ties to Hezbollah. [read more]

Bahrain to re-open "israel boycott office" November 3, 2007

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Manama: A parliamentarian committee has sidestepped requests by the foreign minister to uphold international agreements and called for the reopening of the Israel boycott office.

“Now that the committee has agreed on reopening the office, we request the foreign ministry to support the decisions by the representatives of the people and to put an end to all forms of contact between Bahrain and the Zionist entity,” Adel Al Mouawda, the chairman of the foreign affairs, defence and national security committee in the lower house, said yesterday.

“The authorities should also allow the reopening of the Israel boycott office and ban any form of communication with the Zionist entity,” he said in a statement to the press following a meeting with Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa.

The minister has been facing a barrage of criticism after he said that he met his Israeli counterpart Tzipi Livni last month on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. [read more]

Call for Jews to stop calling Jesus a bastard October 7, 2007

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Jew’s calling Jesus a Bastard and the Christians are where?  down the pubs and club celebrating.  Keep it up as Jesus died for your sins, so sin as much as you want and let Jesus pay for it.

Ben Martin – Telegraph.co.uk October 6, 2007

A senior American cardinal has asked Jews to reconsider descriptions of Jesus as a “bastard” in exchange for a softening of traditional Catholic prayers calling for Jews to be converted to Christianity.

The controversial comments, by Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago, concern a prayer said during Easter celebrations by the small number of parishes or priests who celebrate a particular form of Good Friday mass.

Those version of Good Friday prayers calls for the congregation to pray for Jews to be converted to Christianity.

But Cardinal George said this prayer should be amended to ensure it did not offend Jews.
“I suspect (the amendment) probably will be (made), because the intention is to be sure that our prayers are not offensive to the Jewish people who are our ancestors in the faith,” Cardinal George said in an interview with the National Catholic Reporter.
“We can’t possibly insult them in our liturgy … not that any group has a veto on anybody’s prayers, because you can go through Jewish texts and find material that is offensive to us. But if we’re interested in keeping the dialogue strong, and we have to be, we should be very cautious about any prayer that they find insulting.”

But this should mean that Jews, in turn, consider amending their own religious texts, he said.

“It does work both ways. Maybe this is an opening to say, ‘Would you care to look at some of the Talmudic literature’s description of Jesus as a bastard, and so on, and maybe make a few changes in some of that?'”

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Police ban London antiwar march October 7, 2007

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New attack on democratic rights

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)
6 October 2007

The Metropolitan Police have banned a demonstration by the Stop the War Coalition in central London. Police spokesmen have indicated that this is in response to pressure from the Labour government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The march is planned to coincide with the reopening of Parliament on Monday October 8. This is a major attack on the freedom of speech. It must be condemned and opposed by all workers, young people and socialist-minded intellectuals.

The ban marks an escalation of the Labour government’s 10-year assault on democratic rights. Not content with the mass of recent legislation to curb the right to free speech, it has turned to anti-democratic legislation dating back to the 19th century.

The march has been banned under a little-known law dating from 1839, at the time of the Chartist movement—a period that was to encompass class conflict at home and colonial insurrections abroad. It was a time when the British ruling class believed they were on the brink of social revolution—a fear which was to be confirmed by the 1848 revolutions that toppled thrones in Europe and gave birth to the Marxist movement.

The bourgeoisie weathered a storm that lasted from 183,7 when the Charter was published and launched the first working-class movement, to 1858, when the “Indian Mutiny” or first War of Indian Independence was bloodily crushed. By a combination of violence and economic concessions, the capitalist class was able to maintain its hold on power.

The use of such legislation indicates that the representatives of capital once again fear a threat to their rule. In today’s economic climate, the ability of British capitalism to make the kind of economic concessions it made when it exercised undisputed world hegemony is severely limited. All that is left is its monopoly of violence, which it will not hesitate to use if it faces opposition to its fundamental interests.  [read more]

So Who’s Afraid of the Israel Lobby? October 7, 2007

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by Ray McGovern

“The government is pretty jumpy about Israel…the State Department even asked the Israeli ambassador if his government had any objections to McGonagle getting the medal.”

Adding insult to injury, those of the Liberty crew who survived well enough to call for an independent investigation have been hit with charges of, you guessed it, anti-Semitism.

I found myself looking out at 400 blank stares. The USS Liberty? And so I asked how many in the audience had heard of the attack on the Liberty on June 8, 1967. Three hands went up; I called on the gentleman nearest me.

Ramrod straight he stood:

“Sir, Sergeant Bryce Lockwood, United States Marine Corps, retired. I am a member of the USS Liberty crew, Sir.”

Common Dreams

Who’s afraid of the Israeli Lobby? Damn near everyone of our bought and paid for Congress.

To ask Israel if it’s “OK” to award an American the Medal of Honor is beyond disgraceful.

Above: Bush requesting permission from Israeli Lobby to go to Toilet on Live TV

Do you think Bush asks the Israeli lobby if he can go to the toilet?  Place your bets!!

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Islam: The Next American Religion? October 4, 2007

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Fastest-Growing Religion Often Misunderstood
By Barr Seitz, of ABCNEWS.com

 

Can you guess the location of these People praying?

NO NEED TO CLICK ANYWHERE, I’LL TELL YOU:

Muslim men bow in prayer on Madison  Avenue in New York at the start of the United Muslim Day Parade. Experts agree Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in America.  (Emile Wamsteker / AP Photo)

Aaron Cambel was an American kid who used to hang out with friends cruising the local mall,  picking up girls, checking out the latest fashions and getting in trouble. “I was realized if I took the same path, I would have ended up the way they did, wasting my life away,” says Cambel, who lives in Washington. So he converted to Islam. “It was the most simple and direct to understand of the religions I looked into,” says Cambel, who converted four years ago. “It taught about moral character, and ethics and the way people should be treated.”

The American Muslim birthrate is about 4.5 children per couple, versus the 1.9 child per couple national average.

Islam Liberates Black Americans

Cambel, 23, has joined one of the fastest growing religions in the United States. Experts agree Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in America. As many as five million Muslims live in the United States and in the last five years, the number of mosques in this country has increased from 843 to about 1,300. Most of the growth has come from immigration, but much of it is home-grown. For many black Americans, Islam has become the religion of choice and some one million—mostly men—have converted. “It is an American phenomenon, which started in the ghettoes of the north,” says Yvonne Haedad, a professor of history of Islam and of Christian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown University. “It is a response to racism…it is seen as the religion of liberation.” Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam has become the most prominent black Islamic group in the United States. Black men in bow ties and dark suits emphasize the strict discipline of the order, which emphasizes empowerment, a key theme of the Million Man March on Washington in 1995. But Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic remarks—calling  Jews “bloodsuckers” who took from the community to build their own—have brought controversy and publicity to the group. “It’s very visible, because Farrakhan is very visible,” says Fahhim Abdulhadi, spokesman for the American Muslim Council. “Muslims in mainstream have lots of problems with Farrakhan.”

Muslims Battle Prejudices

Many mainstream Muslims also have a problem with the tide of misunderstanding in the United States. “We always need to explain so many issues, “ says Hassan Qacwini, Imam of the Islamic Center of America in Detroit. The most common misunderstanding, according to Qacwini,  is that Islam fosters violence, a perception reconfirmed whenever extremist groups set off suicide bombs or massacre tourists in the Middle East.

“Islam is a peaceful religion,” says Qacwini. “Some would try to connect terrorism to Islam, which is wrong.” Many Americans looked for a Muslim scapegoat when the Alfred P. Murrah building blew up in 1995. “After the Oklahoma City bombing, people said it was Middle East terrorists,” says Abdulhadi. Several Middle Eastern men were briefly detained, and there were reports of harassment against Muslims, including beatings and a mosque burning. Some Muslims point out that when Timothy McVeigh was arrested, no one accused him of bombing the federal building for religious reasons. “Nobody talks about McVeigh as Christian terrorist,” says Haedad.

Hostility Breeds Assertion

The role of women is another area of misunderstanding. For  example, while some non-Muslims see the veil as a tool of oppression, many Muslim women see it as a reinforcement of  their identity in a culture that is hostile to Islam. “It’s empowerment,” says Haedad. “Women say ‘I’m going to wear it and you’d better to put up with it.’” While many   Muslims assert their identity in a society they perceive as hostile, most have followed the pattern of practically every other ethnic and religious group in America: blending and assimilating. “Most Muslims, you wouldn’t pick them out,” says Abdulhadi. “They’re just going to work and getting along.”

“Islam is a peaceful religion. Some would try to connect terrorism to Islam, which is wrong.”  – Hassan Qacwini, Imam in Detroit

There is an estimated 1.6 Billion Muslims currently around the world today!