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Oct 02 15:01

It was very sad that Quran was burnt: Craig Blomberg

One of the most distinctive and important teachings of Jesus was love for one’s enemies. Muslims as a whole are not Christians’ enemies, but even if a few Christians think so, that gives them no reason to violate their Lord’s teaching on loving the people they think are their enemies.

Oct 02 14:20

US may issue warning on public places in Europe

The Associated Press has learned the Obama administration is considering a broad warning for U.S. citizens to avoid public places in Europe due to new al-Qaida threats.

Such a move could have significant implications for European tourism.

U.S. officials told the AP on Saturday that the State Department may issue a travel warning as early as Sunday advising Americans to stay away from European tourist sites, transportation hubs and other facilities because of new threat information.

---oOo---

The economy in Europe is not bad enough yet!

Oct 02 08:18

First World War officially ends on Sunday

The First World War will officially end on Sunday when Germany pays off the last of the enormous debt which was set by the Allies 92 years ago.

Gaby Leslie --Yahoo News UK

The final £60 million instalment is part of a £22 billion debt imposed for starting one of the bloodiest conflicts in history will be cleared on what will also be the 20th anniversary of German reunification.

The Allied victors - primarily Britain, France and America set the reparations in 1919's Treaty of Versailles - a peace agreement - as both compensation and punishment for waging the four year war, which left 10 million soldiers dead, and European towns and cities devastated.

Sep 30 16:39

Ireland reveals full horror of banking crisis

Ireland revealed the full horror of its financial crisis on Thursday, saying massive debts run up by Anglo Irish Bank had threatened to sink the country.

The Central Bank warned that the state rescue of Anglo Irish could cost as much as 34.3 billion euros (46.6 billion US dollars) and will help push the public deficit to a record 32 percent of gross domestic product this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why are the Irish being strangled and starved to save the bankers from their own greed and stupidity?

Sep 30 15:27

Engdahl on Austerity Anger: Demand to foot the bill for banks' corruption

Spain has been gripped by a 24-hour general strike against the government's plans to slash its budget. Thousands of passengers were left stranded in Madrid with two thirds of flights grounded due the actions by transport workers. A wave of anti-austerity demonstrations is expected all over Europe with tens of thousands marching on Brussels.

Sep 30 11:24

Austerity Protests Rock Europe: Check Out Explosive Photos From Spain

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Government and bankers created this mess without our permission; they can fix it without our help!

Sep 30 09:59

SPAIN - Large demonstrations bring the General Strike to an end

The day of Spain’s General Strike ended with large rallies in both Madrid and Barcelona.

Sep 30 09:37

Europe rallies to stop workers' pay assault

Union-led rallies in defence of working peoples' hard-won rights and against pay freezes rocked cities the length and breadth of Europe on Wednesday.

The popular ETUC-led protests in countries including Greece, Portugal, Slovenia, Poland, Italy, Serbia and Ireland complemented a massive protest in Brussels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Europeans have balls Americans can only dream of!

Sep 30 09:31

Thousands rally in opposition to austerity

DEMONSTRATORS MARCHED through Brussels in their tens of thousands as trade unionists throughout Europe staged protests against the austerity measures being planned across the continent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The bankers and government created this mess without our permission, they can clean it up without our help!

Sep 30 08:06

Massive Protest Across Europe

Sep 30 06:43

Massive Protest Across Europe

Sep 29 20:45

Americans are NOT Stupid

"Ok. I'm a little mixed up over the Palestinians and the Israelis . . . which one is throwin' the rocks?"

Sep 29 16:02

'Euro teetering on the edge, austerity measures inevitable'

People in countries across Europe are protesting in anger at a swathe of cuts to jobs, wages and pensions. There's a general strike in Spain while tens of thousands are gathered in Brussels to voice their opposition to the austerity measures that have gripped the EU. RT talks to David Campbell Bannerman, a member of the European Parliament from the UK Independence Party.

Sep 29 15:47

Austerity on Fire: Video of street battles in Spain as protests heat up

Airlines cancelled flights, picketers blocked trucks from delivering produce and police clashed with protesters as Spanish workers staged a general strike on Wednesday to protest against austerity measures imposed by a government struggling to slash its budget deficit and overcome recession.

Sep 29 09:15

European cities hit by anti-austerity protests

"We didn't cause this crisis. The bill has to be paid by banks, not by workers," Etuc said.

Workers in many EU countries are frustrated that they are paying for the mistakes of the banks and the financial sector, the BBC's Christian Fraser in Brussels reports.

Sep 29 08:28

Gilad Atzmon: Roger Waters and the Bombs of David


May I suggest to Foxman and his notorious ADL that the rest of humanity also has a wish : we want to see an end to the terror imposed by the Jewish state, in the name of the Jewish people, Foxman included. We also want to see an end of Jewish institutional pressure being exercised on so many Western political groups, parties and governments.

Sep 29 08:21

EU asserts power over France, takes legal action over Gypsies

Raf Casert
Associated Press

BRUSSELS — The European Union decided Wednesday to launch legal action against France over its expulsions of Gypsies, or Roma, to poorer EU nations but said it lacked proof that Paris acted in a discriminatory way.

Sep 29 07:54

Unions plan massive austerity protests across Europe

Tens of thousands of workers are expected to march in the EU capital of Brussels, as well as in other European cities, in protest at a wave of austerity measures backed by national governments across the continent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, it's either get the economy going again by getting the money back into circulation, or give the money to the bankers, and, well, we had to make a choice here!" -- Eeyeew

Sep 29 05:48

Europe hit by austerity protests

Demonstrations and strikes are taking across Europe in protest at deep public-spending cuts being introduced by debt-laden national governments.

Labour leaders from across the continent called workers onto the streets to take part in the largest protest of its kind in more than a decade to oppose so-called austerity measures.

Europe lost millions of jobs during the financial crisis, and more look set to vanish as public sectors across the region are shrunk by governments eager to save money.

Up to 100,000 people were expected to descend on Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the European Union, on Wednesday, with other protests planned in Spain, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal and Serbia.

Sep 28 11:08

Iceland MPs vote to send ex-PM to court


Icelandic lawmakers on Tuesday voted to send former prime minister Geir Haarde to a special court over his role in the crisis that crippled Iceland's economy at the end of 2008.

Sep 28 05:51

Cancel all your European travel and vacation plans – carbon trading extortion is here

This is idiotic. The EU carbon trading cabal has decided to extort the rest of the air travel world starting in 2012. In a nutshell, they’ll ban flights from landing if the airlines don’t engage in carbon trading.

Sep 27 22:14

Gilad Atzmon: Jewish Boat On its Way

9 Jews will participate in this brave mission: amongst them is Rami Elhanan, an Israeli peace activist whose daughter Smadar was killed in a suicide bombing in 1997. Elhanan rightly maintained that it was his moral duty to act in support of the Palestinians in Gaza because reconciliation was the surest path to peace.

Sep 27 13:35

Fast Money, Big Bust - Iceland

Sep 26 18:17

AFTER THE JOURNEY— A UN MAN’S OPEN LETTER TO TONY BLAIR

By Hans von Sponeck — UN humanitarian co-ordinator from 1998-2000, demands answers from the former prime minister to a simple question: Why is Iraq in such a mess? Tony Blair.

Dear Mr Blair,

You do not know me. Why should you? Or maybe you should have known me and the many other UN officials who struggled in Iraq when you prepared your Iraq policy. Reading the Iraq details of your “journey”, as told in your memoir, has confirmed my fears.

Sep 26 13:48

Euro Doom: Germany wants Deutschmark back

In spring indebted nations such as Greece, Portugal and Spain nearly dragged the Euro zone into the abyss. It was only a seven hundred and fifty billion Euro bailout package that maintained the shaky balance. But many experts still believe what we've witnessed, is the beginning of the end. Some of them have gathered in Berlin. RT's Laura Emmett talks to Jurgen Elsasser, one of the organizers of the Euro conference.

Sep 25 17:32

PRESS TV — TALKS TO IRAN’S ENVOY AND JAMES MORRIS ABOUT THE ANTI-ISRAEL IAEA RESOLUTION

Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency Ali Asghar Soltanieh discusses the rejection of the 51 mostly Western countries of a resolution urging Israel — reportedly the sole possessor of a nuclear arsenal in the Middle East — to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and allow UN inspections of its covert nuclear facilities

Sep 24 19:45

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Speech at the United Nations

Iran’s president sparked a mass walk-out by US delegates yesterday after telling a UN summit that most people believe the American government was behind the 9/11 attacks.
Sep 24 16:01

Jews will be at center of new multi-cultural Europe!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And of course, if you don't go along with the Jews having a leading role in reshaping Europe, you are just being an anti-semite! Don't take my word for it! Pay particular attention from 0:48 to 1:25

Sep 24 05:42

UN REPORT: Israel Flotilla Raid ‘Broke Law’

How could it be otherwise? Piracy is still an offence as is pre-meditated murder, both of which were committed in this instance. What is disgraceful is that such a horrific international crime has been turned into yet another fiasco when swift and decisive action should have been taken from the very beginning – a naval escort provided for the flotilla to complete its journey to Gaza, and the killers responsible arrested under international warrants and brought to trial outside of Israel.

Sep 23 06:43

Italy To Abandon Airport Body Scanner Project

AFP - After a six-month test, Italy's government will drop the use of full-body scanners for security checks in airports, judging them slow and ineffective, Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported Thursday.

The scanners in the airports of Rome, Venice and the southern city of Palermo are no longer in use, and Milan's airport is likely to stop using the machines in the near future.

Sep 23 05:48

RNN Video: Gaza-Bound Land Convoy Leaves UK


More at The Real News

The fifth land convoy en route to Gaza left the United Kingdom on Saturday. Its aim is to break the closure on Gaza. In July the Israeli government eased its siege on the strip following massive international pressure due to Israeli commando's attack on the Freedom Flotilla. According to Israeli government spokesperson, Mark Regev, the ease means there are no restriction on the flow of civilian items anymore, however Sari Bashi of the Israeli NGO Gisha, says that even after the lifting of restrictions only 40% of imports actually enter. Bashi also says exports are still prohibited from leaving the Gaza strip, continuing the crippling of the Gazan economy. The Real News' Lia Tarachansky reports the latest on the status of the Gaza closure and the international attempts to break it.

Sep 21 23:15

Swedish Anti-immigration Party Claims Seats

Sweden became the latest European nation to see a breakthrough for populist right-wingers Sunday, when the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats won their first parliamentary seats in elections that failed to produce a clear outcome.

Sep 21 15:00

BBC under fire after removing video of Greek shoe protest from its website

BBC's Greek correspondent said to be 'furious' after his story on protest against Greek PM was removed

Malcolm Brabant, an award-winning BBC correspondent, filmed the shoe-throwing incident involving the Greek prime minister, George Papandreou, earlier this month.

The incident happened when Papandreou was visiting the city of Thessaloniki, where approximately 20,000 protesters were demonstrating against his government's swingeing austerity cuts.

The corporation took the footage down from the website after what it described as "supporters of the [Greek] government" complained about the video and made allegations about its authenticity.

The film was taken down despite, it is understood, protests by Brabant. Since the Guardian made inquiries, the BBC has put the video back online.

Sep 21 14:32

Nationalists would outlaw denial of ‘Gypsy criminality’

The far-right party Jobbik has called for legislation that would make the denial of “inherent criminality” among the country’s Roma minority punishable by up to three years in jail, five for politicians and other public figures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is how it started in Nazi Germany.

Sep 21 08:43

'It won't be long before Sweden Democrats show true anti-Semitic nature'

It will not be long before the true anti-Semitic nature of the far-right anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats (SD) party - which won an unprecedented number of seats in Sunday’s elections, is revealed - a leader of the local Jewish community there warned on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Swedish voters kicked out their Israel-firsters and Israel does not like it one damned bit.

The Swedes have balls Americans can only dream of!

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

No government can serve two masters, and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people. A friend to Israel is no friend of America, especially after the attack on American aid workers in international waters!

Sep 21 06:37

Webster Tarpley - Sarkozy: Tax the banks!

Sep 20 07:34

Netherlands cancels visit by Israeli delegation including settlement heads

AMSTERDAM, (PIC)-- The Netherlands has cancelled a tour of its country by an Israeli delegation including representatives of Israeli settlements in the West Bank set to take place next month.

The tour was designed to educate Israelis on local governance in the Netherlands and exchange intelligence.

The Dutch foreign ministry decided to cancel the visit after learning that council heads of some Israeli settlements in the West Bank would participate.

The Netherlands, like the European Union, has publicly rejected Israeli settlement activity in the "Palestinian territories".

Israeli authorities were outraged by the Netherlands’ decision, claiming that the move is a step into domestic affairs.

Sep 20 07:28

Basel III: The Global Banks at The Edge of The Precipice. Trillions of "Toxic Waste" in the Global Banking System

The first indication that the game is up is when US treasuries are increasingly purchased by the FED to make up for the shortfalls by foreign creditors and to finance the ballooning US deficits.

All of a sudden, some entities may start to get real nervous and unload the treasuries, and the FED steps in to shore up treasuries. Then, the tipping point is reached and Hell breaks loose!

China is also part of this confidence game.

But, contrary to IMF and other renowned economists who are betting on China’s and Asia’s so-called economic strengths, I take the view that when US treasuries collapse, faith in all fiat monies will likewise evaporate and there will be massive capital flight to commodities, especially gold, silver and oil.

Sep 19 18:51

GORDON DUFF: ISRAEL’S WAR WITH ITSELF

THE VICTIM GAME –

It is easy to spot a liar if you are willing to take an honest look. When the American press quoted President Ahmadinejad of Iran saying, “I am going to wipe Israel off the face of the earth” we had our own gullibility thrown in our faces. We, if willing to look honestly at ourselves, were being humiliated, played for fools.

It is one thing if a spokesman for Bibi Netanyahu’s Likudist government had tried this, but it was all the networks and newspapers in America, all carrying the same story, a story, not only inaccurate but an outrageous lie. The story, the translation, was so false, that it should have been a joke were it not being used to try to convince America to attack Iran to “defend” Israel. This is what Ahmadinejad actually said:

Sep 19 09:41

European Jewish aid ship bound for Gaza ready to sail

Kate Katzenstein-Leiterer, a leader of the German Jewish Voice organization, said the trip being managed by Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), a British group. The Jewish activists were already on board, she said, but would not reveal their port of departure.

An organization of European Jews that wants to sail an aid ship to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza said Wednesday its ship was ready to go, but its port of departure remained a secret.

Kate Katzenstein-Leiterer, a leader of the German Jewish Voice organization, said the trip was being managed by Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), a British group. The Jewish activists were already on board.

Sep 19 09:24

Big Pharma Scores Big Win: Medicinal Herbs Will Disappear in EU

It's almost a done deal. We are about to see herbal preparations disappear, and the ability of herbalists to prescribe them will also be lost.

Big Pharma has almost reached the finish line of its decades-long battle to wipe out all competition. As of 1 April 2011—less than eight months from now—virtually all medicinal herbs will become illegal in the European Union. The approach in the United States is a bit different, but it's having the same devastating effect. The people have become nothing more than sinks for whatever swill Big Pharma and Agribusiness choose to send our way, and we have no option but to pay whatever rates they want.

Big Pharma and Agribusiness have almost completed their march to take over every aspect of health, from the food we eat to the way we care for ourselves when we're ill. Have no doubt about it: this takeover will steal what health remains to us.

Sep 18 22:54

AMERICA’S “JUSTICE” IN OCCUPIED IRAQ: WHY TARIQ AZIZ SHOULD BE RELEASED

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

The appearance on August 5 of an interview with former Iraqi diplomat Dr. Tariq Aziz in the Guardian was a minor bombshell, whose repercussions were to be felt worldwide. Like an underground explosion, the interview sent waves throughout international waters, rocking many boats and reaching far distant shores. It was not only what the former top Iraqi diplomat said — although his brief statements were of utmost relevance — but the mere fact that he was allowed to speak out in public, which sent eerie signals across international diplomatic circuits.

Why?

Who Is Tariq Aziz?

Sep 18 21:12

JAMES PETRAS: IMPERIALISM AND IMPERIAL BARBARISM

Excerpts from Petras thesis:

Imperialism, its character, means and ends has changed over time and place.

Under pressure from nationalist and socialist anti-imperialist movements and regimes, colonial structured empires gave way to new nationalist regimes. Some of which restructured their economies, diversifying their productive systems and trading partners.

Sep 18 11:05

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban: When they shout: “We strongly condemn …”

The lack of Western reaction towards this rise in the number of crimes against Palestinians reflects the conviction in the West that ‘violence has receded in the Middle East’, as if killing the Arabs is not ‘violence’, while killing these settlers is the only ‘violence’ in the Middle East

Sep 15 08:42

Portugal legalizes drugs. Crime/Usage falls.

"The apocalypse never happened" as some predicted when the country of Portugal decriminalized ALL illegal drugs eight years ago. The country did NOT become a haven for drug use, and drug abuse & drug crime actually FELL.

Sep 14 07:37

Ex-CIA Agents Confirm Torture at Polish Black Site

Former CIA agents have confirmed for the first time that the agency tortured prisoners at a "black site" detention center in north-eastern Poland at the height of the war on terror. According to the Associated Press, a former CIA agent identified only as "Albert" tortured the terror suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri multiple times with an electric drill at the converted Stare Kiejkuty military base near Szymany in the Masuria region of Poland.

Sep 14 07:36

Kenneth O’Keefe: Veto power is an insult to the international community

The hypocrisy of Israel having undeclared nuclear weapons in the hundreds while an open nuclear program in Iran is grounds for war is beyond absurd.

"The Zionist regime will not survive any more than the Nazi regime or the South African Apartheid regime. The Zionists will go the same way."

Sep 14 06:03

Geert Wilders' ties to the Israeli mob

In 1991, in a drunken mood, Geert Wilders' tongue slipped tremendously.
The remarks he made were made public by members of his former party, the (right-leaning) VVD, just before the elections in the Netherlands in june, 2010.
The following (unprofessional) translation may shed some light on his so-called neo-fascist *wackiness* as mentioned by Justin Raimondo in his article "Gunning for Islam".

Sep 11 08:07

Merkel ally Steinbach quits in row over blame for WWII

Erika Steinbach said Poland had mobilised its troops months before the Nazis invaded in September 1939.

Her remarks were criticised by senior politicians including Mrs Merkel.

Mrs Steinbach heads a conservative body representing Germans who were expelled from Eastern Europe after the war.

Sep 10 11:04

High-ranking Georgian Defense Ministry official arrested in Pankisi Gorge

A high-ranking official of the Georgian Ministry of Defense has been arrested in the Pankisi Gorge as a result of a special operation. Soso Guzarauli, is suspected of arms trafficking.

He was arrested by the military police, not the regular police, so this sounds like it could be a control measure in anticipation of what the Russians are going to do over the supply weapons to various groups in other regions of Russian by these established networks.

Sep 09 03:14

Kourosh Ziabari: Who pays for the loss of life in Iran?

Salem-News.Com – Since the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979 which toppled the U.S.-backed regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran has been faced with devastating and agonizing financial sanctions of the United States and its European allies who didn’t favor the post-revolutionary Iran’s doctrine of confrontation with the superpowers and its denial of [...]

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Sep 08 10:35

Kourosh Ziabari: Who pays for the loss of life in Iran?

The United States and its European allies who boast of themselves as being the harbingers of human rights and liberty have obliviously forgotten that they are simply human beings who lose their lives as a result of the sanctions which they've devised. The civilian passengers who are destined to die in the insecure flights of Iran's aviation fleet are the victims of those who have long trumpeted in our ears that they're the sole defenders of human rights.

Sep 08 06:38

The Criminalization of Justice at The Hague: Former Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte Faces Charges of Witness Intimidation

The fact that the ad hoc tribunal of The Hague deems it necessary to take this case into consideration in one way or another is in itself remarkable. After all, the tribunal’s manner of conduct cannot be called impartial: the methods The Hague employs to reach their desired convictions range from the denial of the right to self defence, to silencing the microphone when the accused speaks out on facts that are embarrassing to the prosecution or, as already mentioned, the intimidation of witnesses.

Sep 08 05:35

Back on TV due to popular demand…… ‘The Peace Industry’

By Joseph Glatzer –

The Nobel Prize award winning show, “The Peace Industry” comes back for its 19th season on September 2nd, after an almost 2 year hiatus. It is one of the longest running and most popular shows in TV history.

Some humour for a change!

CONTINUE READING HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/back-on-tv-due-to-popular-demand%e2%8...

Sep 08 04:14

German banker hits nerve with anti-immigration book

BERLIN (AFP) – Politicians have rushed to condemn a board member of the German central bank for a new book tackling immigration, but his views have found considerable support among the population at large.

Thilo Sarrazin's book "is not convincing, but it has convinced many people," said the influential Spiegel magazine, which this week has the Bundesbank executive on its cover, calling him a "people's hero."

His publisher is rushing to print more copies of "Germany Does Itself In" to meet demand. Online retailer Amazon.de has a massive 207 reader reviews on its website, with the average score 4.4 stars out of a possible five.

Sep 07 15:29

US takes steps against European-Iranian bank

WASHINGTON — The United States has slapped sanctions on a German-based bank it accuses of helping Iranian institutions involved in illicit nuclear trade.

The Treasury Department announced Tuesday that it had taken steps against Europaeisch-Iranische Handelsbank that would isolate the bank from the U.S. financial system.

Sep 06 09:55

GERMAN JEWS FEATURE LATUFF’S LATEST WORK

Cover art for October issue of German progressive Jewish magazine “Der Semit”: http://dersemit.de

Sep 05 08:11

EU austerity policies risk civil war in Greece, warns top German economist Dr Sinn

Greece’s austerity measures cannot prevent default and will lead to a breakdown of the political order if continued for long, a leading German economist has warned.

Sep 05 02:20

Hamas, don’t blow this chance

By Stuart Littlewood –

Can the resistance exploit the fake talks, re-position itself and finally “come good”?

Hamas “vows to step up attacks on Israel”, say reports in the western media.

Reading further, we learn that this escalation is either “a natural response to the crimes of the occupation” or a spiteful reaction to being left out of the talks.

Either way, Hamas surely knows better than to let such crude impressions be formed.

This is their golden opportunity. The eyes and ears of the world are focused on the Israel problem, and will re-focus every two weeks.

Sep 04 14:30

The Cloud Mystery 6/6


If you do not have the time to watch this documentary from start to finish.
Please have a look at the sum up...

Presenting the linkage between solar magnetic field and the degree of cloud cover on Earth, which influences temperatures. Note in part 2 how the IPCC slammed their research as a threat to the human-caused global warming agenda.

Sep 04 11:44

Arrests made at Blair booksigning in Dublin


And of cause, it wasn't the REAL villain that was booked.
Just some fool thinking that UN and international laws apply to all of us.

Sep 04 10:38

Tony Blair unscathed after eggs and shoes thrown ahead of book signing protest


This wanker should be euphoric about the fact he ain't getting the same treatment as all those he sent to a die in a illegal war.

Sep 04 04:08

ALAN HART — Obama has signalled his coming complete surrender to Zionism and its lobby

He did it with seven words. “Ultimately the U.S. cannot impose a solution.”

The next question asks itself. Why won’t Obama be the president to call and hold the Zionist state to account for its crimes, even when doing so is necessary for the best protection of America’s own interests?

He was speaking at the White House the day before the start of the new round of direct talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, after he had met with them and Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. (In my last post I anticipated Obama saying at the point of his complete surrender that “America can’t want peace more than the parties.” He also said that – ahead of schedule!)

Sep 04 01:33

Stop the War Talk

ED NOTE: NEVER thought I would seriously consider an op-ed piece in the NYT for My Catbird Seat, but here it is today:

A key quote:

"This drumbeat [to war with Iran] must be silenced, and only President Obama can silence it."

"An Israeli attack on Iran would almost certainly precipitate a devastating regional war with unforeseeable global consequences."

Not perfect, to be sure, but considering the source....

Stop the War Talk

By REZA ASLAN and BERNARD AVISHAI

Sep 04 00:24

Jeffrey Goldberg — The Point of No Return

GOLDBERG'S empty rhetoric plays on...

For the Obama administration, the prospect of a nuclearized Iran is dismal to contemplate— it would create major new national-security challenges and crush the president’s dream of ending nuclear proliferation. But the view from Jerusalem is still more dire: a nuclearized Iran represents, among other things, a threat to Israel’s very existence. In the gap between Washington’s and Jerusalem’s views of Iran lies the question: who, if anyone, will stop Iran before it goes nuclear, and how? As Washington and Jerusalem study each other intensely, here’s an inside look at the strategic calculations on both sides—and at how, if things remain on the current course, an Israeli air strike will unfold.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE & MORE HERE:

Sep 03 22:51

Charles Freeman: Stifling debate on Israel has deadly consequences

The "other half" of Amb. Freeman's very recent public utterances.
The interviewer Malsin was very competent in asking the right questions

By Jared Malsin

New York – When it comes to the normally stultified American debate on Middle East issues, Charles Freeman, the former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, is one of the most outspoken US officials.

His pronouncements, by his own admission, break established taboos against criticism of Israel, against skepticism about the two-state solution, against supporting engagement with Hamas. And the central taboo, he argues, which underpins the others, prohibits discussion of the role of right wing organizations lobbying for Israel, such as AIPAC.

Sep 03 22:44

Fisking Blair’s chapter on Iraq

Another "FACT" Buster:

By Mehdi Hasan–

Our ex-prime minister is still the best Bliar in the business.

I’m knackered and sleepy, hungry from all the Ramadan fasting and — officially — on vacation. But I couldn’t go to bed without commenting on Tony Blair’s new book, A Journey, extracts of which have been published online here.

Much of the instant attention from the chattering classes in the Westminster village has been on the Gordon Brown (GB) chapter, and on Martin Kettle’s pre-publication interview with Tony Blair (TB) in the Guardian, in which the latter says he always believed GB would be a “disaster” as prime minister.

Sep 03 05:15

JOHN PILGER — Flying the flag, faking the news

Loud noises from Washington about a US pull-out from Iraq are a poor disguise for America’s determination to keep waging war. And the same sort of spin is at work here in Britain

Sep 03 02:11

Southern Russia hit by forest fires

Forest fires have flared up again in Russia, this time in the south, forcing hundreds of people to leave their homes. 20 villages in the region of Volgograd have been affected so far. Temperatures here have topped 40 degrees celsius in recent days.

This is a local disaster with potentially global consequences.

Officials now say Russia’s embargo on the export of wheat will not be lifted before next year’s harvest.

Sep 02 19:35

CHAS FREEMAN — America’s Faltering Search for Peace in the Middle East: Openings for Others?

Ambassador Charles W. (“Chas”) Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)

Remarks to staff of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, separately, to members of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs –

You have asked me to speak to current American policies in the Middle East, with an emphasis on the prospects for peace in the Holy Land. You have further suggested that I touch on the relationship of the Gulf Arabs, especially Saudi Arabia, to this. It is both an honor and a challenge to address this subject in this capital / at this ministry.

Sep 02 06:29

White House News Release on Mideast Peace Negotiations

While the democratically elected government of Palestine is left out of "Peace" negotiations between Israel and Palestine, yes they still call it "Peace negotiations", the Jordanian and Egyptian governments have been invited to partner the negotiations as has been going on every two years, with no results. The name of the game is: “Waltz Me Around Again, Willie.” Have these men no shame ?

--Debbie Menon

Salem-News.Com

President Obama with leaders of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan & Egypt, White House Photo, Pete Souza, 9/1/10

Remarks by President Obama, President Mubarak, His Majesty King Abdullah, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas Before Working Dinner?. East Room 7:05 P.M. EDT

Sep 01 17:27

JEFF GATES — When Will We See the Next Mass Murder?

Here’s a news flash for Tel Aviv: it’s not a sign of respect when the bulk of humanity views you as psychopathic.

The concerns of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are misplaced. The legitimacy of Israel is no longer threatened. It’s already lost. Long gone. Kaput.

Nation states are shared states of mind. The mindset in Iceland differs from India. Israel is the most unlike of all. Founded by extremists and terrorists, it’s been downhill ever since.

Psychopaths want to be loved. That’s why they’re so charming, albeit only superficially. They’re also pathological liars, egocentric, callous and remorseless.

Sep 01 03:56

A moment of reckoning but for whom? America or Zionism?

By Alan Hart — My Catbird Seat

I never thought a day could come when I would agree with anything stated by Moshe Arens (three times an Israeli minister of defense, a one-time foreign minister, a former ambassador to the U.S. and, in my opinion, Zionism’s in-Israel equivalent of Richard “Prince of Darkness” Perle in America). But the day came.

On 31 August, in article for Ha’aretz with the headline Blame game on the horizon. Arens wrote the following about the nakedness of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as he was making his final preparations for the start of direct negotiations in Washington DC.

Aug 31 21:29

JAMES PETRAS — The State and Local Bases of Zionist Power in America

Any serious effort to understand the extraordinary influence of the Zionist power configuration over US foreign policy must examine the presence of key operatives in strategic positions in the government andlocal Zionist organizations affiliated with mainstream Jewish organizations and religious orders.

There are at least 52 major American Jewish organizations actively engaged in promoting Israel’s foreign policy, economic and technological agenda in the US (see the appendix).

Aug 31 17:49

VIEW VIDEO: How to foster Islamophobia in America

A YouTube video of Maidhc Ó Cathail’s article on the “radical Muslims” behind the South Park controversy shows just how easy it is to foster Islamophobia in America…

Like the contrived Danish cartoon controversy, the much-hyped Times Square car bomb incident provided an ideal opportunity for those who seek to make Islam look bad in the eyes of the world.

Before the arrest of Faisal “The Fizzler”...

Go here to view and read the the full article:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/view-video-how-to-foster-islamophobia...

Aug 31 11:59

GORDON DUFF: CLEANSING HISTORY OF THE HITLER-ZIONIST NEXUS

History is subjective, though it was never meant to be. Real history has never been in danger as it is today. World War II wasn’t the “clean war” we purport it to be but as dirty as World War I. Everything in its aftermath has required a mythology, from misrepresenting, not only the war but the bases of our remaining conflict, what we call the “war or terror.” Hollywood is a major tool in this process. No, Italians didn’t start organized crime but partnered with Jewish crime organizations long in existence as “junior brothers.” Is Osama bin Laden a terrorist mastermind running the world from a cave in Pakistan or is he a long dead former CIA asset and Al Qaeda a dream created by military and intelligence groups?

Aug 31 09:50

Swedish policeman dancing


Well, THIS is scary!!!

Aug 31 06:52

Islamophobia–Israel’s Most Cherished Weapon of Mass Destruction Destined to Destroy The West If Not Stopped

Everything taking place today viz a viz Israel and the Jewish people is about turning back the clock and undoing history. While the rest of the world has moved forward, they are a people who have remained frozen in time, back when a jealous, vindictive God supposedly promised them the world and everything with it. As such, they are holding on to a lottery ticket they say has all the winning numbers on it, even though it is for a lottery that does not exist, and they are out to collect every cent of what they say is theirs.

Aug 31 06:31

The Ground Zero Synagogue – Lebanon

By Gus Bridi (Sabbah Report)

“There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.”- Newt Gingrich

Has Lebanon officially become more tolerant and progressive than the United States?

Let’s talk about Lebanon’s Ground Zero and you can decide for yourself.

One must first understand what “Ground Zero” means to most Lebanese.

Aug 31 04:56

PHILIP GIRALDI– Mossad pretends to be U.S. Intelligence

Antiwar.com radio

Among nations considered to be friendly to Washington, Israel leads all others in its active espionage directed against American companies and the Defense Department. It also dominates two commercial sectors that enable it to extend its reach inside America’s domestic infrastructure: airline and telecommunications security. Israel is believed to have the ability to monitor nearly all phone records originating in the United States, while numerous Israeli air-travel security companies are known to act as the local Mossad stations.

Aug 30 22:34

Putin: U.S. Rearming Georgia

"There would have been no aggression and blood if not the rearmament of Georgia two years ago; we had been telling this to our partners, including to our European friends; and everyone kept silence; and how did it all ended? It led up to the war. This rearmament continues today," Putin said.

This is Russia's escape clause in the flawed 6-point ceasefire agreement which Sarkozy screwed up while he was so busy looking in the mirror at himself on the world stage.

Aug 30 14:49

What’s the difference between President Ahmadinejad and Rabbi Yosef?

By Alan Hart for My Catbird Seat

Short answer. Iran’s President Ahmadinejad did NOT call for Israeli Jews to be annihilated. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of Israel’s Shas party, HAS called, more than once, for the Palestinians (and, in fact, all Arabs) to be exterminated.

As reported by the mainstream Western media, Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be “wiped off the map”. What that meant, it was asserted, was the destruction, the driving into the sea, of Israel’s Jews.

Aug 29 19:54

ALI ABUNIMAH: Hamas, the I.R.A. and Us

This superlative op-ed, which I read at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29abunimah.html, provides ample evidence to justify my great respect for Ali Abunimah. He’s fearless, uncompromising, articulate, knowledgeable in both historical and current facts, and right: right for our America, right for Palestine, and, yes, right even for Israel, if only it were capable of regaining its sanity and applying norms of morality, law and justice commonly accepted by the community of man. If right were to take hold and to prevail in our country, Ali Abunimah would be on the evening news as an analyst/commentator every night, every channel.

Thanks to the New York Times for (unexpectedly, to be sure) offering space to him.

– Robert H. Stiver
Pearl City, Hawaii

Aug 29 06:26

Make Sure the Bunker is Well Stocked

By Mike Whitney ( Information Clearing House)

– Robert Herz was forced to resign from his job as chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) because he insisted that the banks assign a fair value to their assets. That’s not what you’ll read in the papers, but it’s true just the same. Herz was a major proponent of mark-to-market accounting, a simple means of determining the value of a bond or security by comparing the price of similar assets sold at market. In other words, Herz is a defender of universally-accepted accounting principles, which is why he was terminated, er, I mean, resigned. According to the Wall Street Journal:

Aug 29 04:53

WHY AMERICA MUST HAVE AN ANTI-WAR UPRISING

By Gordon Duff

IS THE SILENCE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COMPLICITY IN WAR CRIMES?

I am not against war. I am a combat veteran. I sit on my tail, watch TV, go to restaurants and have fond delusional memories about Vietnam. In my bedroom closet, I have a trash bag. It is never opened, it has been there for years. It has, along with other “military mementos,” a small green “government issued” address book. Marines, long ago, scrawled their names in it. Half of them never came back from Vietnam, never had children, grandchildren, got to finish college or even high school. Many, maybe most, had never had sex, owned a car or traveled more than 50 miles from home.

Aug 29 00:25

Send in the clowns: More pointless talks with Israel?

By Stuart Littlewood

The Palestinians’ champion – their White Knight – is preparing to ride forth next week and do battle at the negotiating table with the racist regime’s Black Knight and his minder, the Great Satan.

The rules of chivalry don’t apply, so the outcome is not in doubt.

However, the White Knight is not quite as white or brave as he seems. Eager to do his lord’s bidding, Mahmoud Abbas is a willing fall guy. On this occasion Obama has imperiously snapped his fingers and announced he wants direct talks started “well before” the Black Knight (aka Israeli prime minister Netanyahu) ends the partial freeze on illegal settlements in a month’s time.

And, by the way, US mid-term elections are coming up in two months’ time and Obama has to look good.

So Abbas jumped.

Aug 27 08:56

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: Victory in Iraq??

Dr. Lawrence Davidson
We invaded a country and overthrew its dictator. Americans might take pride in that accomplishment if it were not for the fact that we did so on false pretenses. In other words, we initiated war on the basis of lies rather than actual self-defense. Such an action constitutes the most serious of international crimes. It is the one for which the Nazi leaders were tried at Nuremberg.

Aug 26 21:12

Bishop Donald Corder: Gaza, Zionism and World Domination: The Fall of Zionism

Bishop Donald R.Corder
Now we are faced with reports of Zionist participation in blowing up the World Trade Center on 9/11. Articles are circulated throughout the Internet and alternative media channels, elaborating upon the Israeli government’s fabrication of intelligence and the subsequent war in Iraq, the subsequent execution of their rightful sovereign Saddam Hussein and murdering of hundreds of thousand of Iraqi civilians

Aug 26 01:16

The World According to Gordon Duff

Interviewer Peter B. Collins

LINK TO PETER B. COLLINS INTERVIEW

"THE WORLD ACCORDING TO DUFF"

Aug 25 09:03

The Capture of Saddam Hussein by Richard Falk [Poetry Video]

MyCatbirdSeat –

Remarkable in its sense of human sensibilities and awareness. This poem reaches beyond the understanding of most westerners, who have been fed on the poison of the White Man’s burden, but it will, someday, when it is all over, be treasured as an everlasting gem of light, a spark in the period of the darkest darkness.

William Blake, another poet of Universal humanitarian dimensions was once imprisoned for his poetry in the narrow cell of his own culture.

–MCS

Watch the video here:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/the-capture-of-saddam-hussein-by-rich...

Aug 25 08:59

One Democratic State in Palestine

By Gilad Atzmon –

Introduction by Gilad Atzmon:

Living in a world dominated by relentless Zionist lobbying, I am far from being captivated by the current state of Western democracy. I am not impressed at all by the lethal enthusiasm to democratize the World in the name of ‘moral interventionism’.

I am sickened by the murderous zeal that led the USA and Britain into a criminal war that left already more than 1.5 million Iraqi fatalities….

Aug 25 08:56

Alan Hart: Do most Israelis and many other Jews NEED to feel persecuted?

By Alan Hart (My Catbird Seat)

I have written and often say that very many if not most Jews do not want to know the truth of history as it relates to the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel. (An essential element of the truth being that Israel was created, mainly, by Zionist terrorism and ethnic cleansing).

Read the full article and more here:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/do-most-israelis-and-many-other-jews-...

Aug 25 07:07

Gaza, Zionism and World Domination: Origins of Zionist Ideology

by Bishop Donald R. Corder
Senator William J. Fulbright fought to force the American Zionist Council to register as agents of a foreign government. The Council eluded registration by reorganizing as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. AIPAC has since become what Fulbright most feared: a foreign agent dominating American foreign policy while disguised as a domestic lobby.

Aug 25 03:04

Review of Justin Vaïsse, Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement

By Stephen J. Sniegoski (My Catbird Seat)

The mainstream media acclaim Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement as the best book on neoconservatism—the definitive account—and portray its author, Justin Vaïsse, a French specialist on American foreign policy and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, as a veritable Alexis de Tocqueville for his masterly insights.

The mainstream’s high praise of this book, however, would seem to be due in large part to its minimization of two taboo issues—neoconservatism’s Jewish nature and its focus on Israel. Where the book breaks through what was heretofore largely blacked-out in the mainstream media is its discussion of the major role played by the neoconservatives in bringing about the war on Iraq.

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE:

Aug 24 16:30

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: Netanyahu & Abbas: What are the Possibilities?

"Despite the fact that Obama and the Europeans act like Abbas is the head of a Palestine government, he represents almost no one but a largely corrupt cabal armed and financed by the Americans and the European Union"

Aug 24 01:16

Review of Justin Vaïsse, Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement

By Stephen J. Sniegoski

The mainstream media acclaim Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement as the best book on neoconservatism—the definitive account—and portray its author, Justin Vaïsse, a French specialist on American foreign policy and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, as a veritable Alexis de Tocqueville for his masterly insights. The mainstream’s high praise of this book, however, would seem to be due in large part to its minimization of two taboo issues—neoconservatism’s Jewish nature and its focus on Israel. Where the book breaks through what was heretofore largely blacked-out in the mainstream media is its discussion of the major role played by the neoconservatives in bringing about the war on Iraq.

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