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mercredi 3 décembre 2008

La politique à gogo et le terrorisme économique

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Émission de L'Autre Monde du 4 décembre 2008: La politique à gogo et le terrorisme économique


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L'Autre Monde 4 décembre 2008
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Cette semaine sur L'Autre Monde:

- On se pose des questions à savoir ce qui se passe avec les élections au Québec, le cirque à Ottawa et de la hausse de plus de 10% de la dette nationale sans personne ne soit consulté. La nomination de Hillary Clinton par Obama est aussi remise en question sur L'Autre Monde.

- Les attaques à Mumbai - l'autre facette de l'histoire que les grands médias ne vous rapportent pas. Nous allons en profiter pour faire le tour de la situation avec le Pakistan et le siège médiéval que Israël impose sur les Palestiniens de la bande de Gaza qui se résulte en crise humanitaire sérieuse. Nous y reviendrons la semaine prochaine plus en détail.

Soyez au rendez-vous le jeudi à 11h sur les ondes de CHOQ FM!

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As Crisis Mounts, Ecuador Declares Foreign Debt Illegitimate and Illegal

Amidst the spreading global financial crisis, a special debt audit commission released a report charging that much of Ecuador's foreign debt was illegitimate or illegal. The commission recommended that Ecuador default on $3.9 billion in foreign commercial debts--Global Bonds 2012, 2015 and 2030--the result of debts restructured in 2000 after the country's 1999 default.


Obama confirme les choix de Hillary Clinton et de Robert Gates


Hillary Should Quit!

Politics surely makes for strange bedfellows. President-elect Barack Obama will officially announce on Monday his choice of New York Senator Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State, a position that will make her the nation's, and the world's, top diplomat. It's an appointment that for some comes as no surprise, as some sort of Obama/Clinton marriage always seemed inevitable. But to others, this decision is sure to be truly unfathomable.

Webmaster's Commentary:

No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.

Essentially, you cannot take a job if the salary was increased during your current congressional term. And the salary for cabinet officials has gone up in the past year. Even if it is lowered back down, constitutional scholars say that may not be enough to fix the problem.

The question is whether this would be an issue at confirmation - if Clinton is nominated to the post - and who would raise it. Senators traditionally grant their colleagues some deference and it could be considered politics at its worst if Republicans try to block her nomination with this argument. But senators may be loathe to vote for something scholars tell them is unconstitutional.

But the moment Obama makes the nomination, he violates the Constitution.


The Death of Vincent Foster

This is the story that nobody dares touch.

Despite having reported the discovery of Dr. Haut's signed report confirming the existence of a second wound to Vincent Foster's neck, radio host Rush Limbaugh to this very day refers to Vincent Foster's death as a suicide.

Even Matt Drudge, when presented with the FBI records proving that the FBI fraudulently manufactured Lisa Foster's recognition of the gun found at Fort Marcy Park, refused to get involved, opting instead for a story accusing Sidney Blumenthal of domestic violence (for which Drudge was then sued).

Webmaster's Commentary:

Relinked in light of Hillary Clinton's nomination for Secretary of State.

The Crimes of Mena

http://lesnouvellesinternationales.blogspot.com/2007/11/lautre-monde-liens-pour-lmission-du-11_16.html


~The Clinton Chronicles


The Crimes of Mena


ALLEGATIONS OF CONNECTIONS BETWEEN CIA
AND THE CONTRAS IN COCAINE TRAFFICKING
TO THE UNITED STATES (1)
(96-0143-IG)

Volume II: The Contra Story




GLOSSARY OF TERMS

INTRODUCTION

QUESTIONS PRESENTED

FINDINGS

What were CIA's legal and regulatory responsibilities during the Contra program regarding the reporting of potential drug trafficking crimes?
What policies and guidelines governed CIA's contacts during the Contra program with persons and organizations alleged to be involved in drug trafficking?
What do CIA Headquarters and field personnel recall regarding alleged drug trafficking by the Contras?

CONTRA ORGANIZATIONS

What drug trafficking allegations was CIA aware of, and when, involving Contra organizations? How did CIA respond to this information, and how was this information shared with other U.S. Government entities? 15th of September Legion--Justiniano Perez/Manuel Porro/Juan Francisco Rivera/Hugo Villagra/Fernando Brautigan/Felix Alcides Espinoza/Edwin Hoocker

SOUTHERN FRONT CONTRAS

Central America and the Caribbean Map

What drug trafficking allegations was CIA aware of, and when, involving Southern Front Contras? How did CIA respond to this information, and how was this information shared with other U.S. Government entities?
The Southern Front Trafficking Reports
Adolfo Jose Chamorro
Roberto Jose Chamorro
Marcos Antonio Aguado
Gerardo Duran
Alfonso Robelo
Octaviano Cesar
Edmundo Jose Chamorro
Fernando Jose Chamorro
Sebastian Gonzalez
Carol Prado
Jenelee Hodgson
Alfredo Cesar
Jose Davila
Harold Martinez
Rene Corvo
Carlos Alberto Amador
Jose Orlando Bolanos
Moises Nunez
Gustavo Quezada
Felipe Vidal

NORTHERN FRONT CONTRAS

What drug trafficking allegations was CIA aware of, and when, involving Northern Front Contras? How did CIA respond to this information, and how was this information shared with other U.S. Government entities?
Adolfo Calero
Enrique Bermudez
Mario Jose Calero
Juan Ramon Rivas
Stedman Fagoth
Roger Herman
Sebastian Pinel
Arnoldo Jose Arana
Jose Francisco Cardenal/Bergman Arguello/Eduard Jose Sacasa-Urouyo/Rolando Murillo/Juan Savala (or Zavala)/Renato Pena/Roger J. Ramiro

OTHER INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN THE CONTRA PROGRAM

What drug trafficking allegations was CIA aware of, and when, involving other individuals supporting the Contra program? How did CIA respond to this information, and how was this information shared with other U.S. Government entities?
Ivan Gomez
A CIA Independent Contractor
A Second CIA Independent Contractor
A Third CIA Independent Contractor
John Floyd Hull

PILOTS, COMPANIES, AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS WORKING FOR COMPANIES USED TO SUPPORT THE CONTRA PROGRAM

PILOTS, COMPANIES, AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS WORKING FOR COMPANIES USED TO SUPPORT THE CONTRA PROGRAM
What drug trafficking allegations was CIA aware of, and when, involving pilots and companies supporting the Contra program? How did CIA respond to this information, and how was this information shared with other U.S. Government entities?
Frigorificos De Puntarenas/Ocean Hunter
SETCO
DIACSA
Vortex/Universal
Hondu Carib
Allegations Involving Other Companies Associated With the Contras
Southern Air Transport
Markair
Alan Hyde
Allegations Involving Air Crew Members of Companies that Provided Services to the Contras Under Contract or Subcontract with CIA
What was the nature and extent of CIA's knowledge of allegations of Contra drug trafficking at the Ilopango Air Base?
To what extent did CIA disseminate "finished intelligence products" that included information about drug trafficking on the part of individuals, organizations, and independent contractors associated with the Contras?
To what extent did CIA share information with Congress regarding allegations of drug trafficking on the part of individuals, organizations, and independent contractors associated with the Contras?

APPENDICES

Appendix A -- Jack Terrell
Appendix B -- Frank Castro
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E

EXHIBITS

March 2, 1982 DoJ-CIA Memorandum of Understanding regarding "Reporting and Use of Information Concerning Federal Crimes"
[1] - [2] - [3] - [4] - [5] - [6] - [7] - [8] - [9] - [10] - [11] - [12]

February 11, 1982 Letter to DCI William Casey from Attorney General William French Smith regarding DoJ-CIA Memorandum of Understanding
[1]

February 8, 1985 DoJ Memorandum to Mark Richard from A. R. Cinquegrana, "CIA Reporting of Drug Offenses"
[1]


Israel Hails Takeover Of US Congress

Even more perplexing is that while Israel is facing the worst crisis facing its existence since its establishment by the United Nations in 1948 it is, nevertheless, celebrating the record number of Jews elected to the US Congress where they now control over 10 percent of a government in a Nation where they comprise only 3 percent of the population and where next week President Bush will meet with Prime Minister Olmert to plan their military attacks upon Iran


Urgent Statement From Neturei Karta Palestine (PDF)

Please see attached important appeal letter for people of Gaza. for wide distribution.


UNRWA chief: Gaza on brink of humanitarian catastrophe

Karen AbuZayd, commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said the human toll of this month's sealing of Gaza's goods crossings was the gravest since the early days of a Palestinian uprising eight years ago.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Memo to UNRWA Commissioner-General Abuzayd: what you are seeing on the ground in Gaza is precisely the outcome Israel wants to have happen.

Gazan Palestinians are, Commissioner-General, literally being "softened up" by malnutrition for "the kill'; and by that, I mean that they are being starved so they cannot resist a massive Israeli invasion which will leave no Palestinian standing, if Israel thinks they can get away with it.

Make no mistake: this siege, and the outcomes Israel is creating by it, are clear, and completely unambiguous.

And this impending invasion of Gaza isn't a question of if; it is a question of when.


Gaza power plant shuts down

Gaza's sole power plant has shut down because Israel will not allow the importation of replacement parts needed for urgent repairs, an official in the impoverished Palestinian territory's energy authority said on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary:

This virtually guarantees that many of the medically fragile in Gazan hospitals will die.


Barak closes crossings and health disaster in Gaza due to chlorine depletion

Israeli war minister Ehud Barak decided late Monday to retain the Gaza crossings closed on Tuesday at the pretext of Palestinian rocket attacks, while the popular committee against the siege warned of an imminent health disaster due to the depletion of chlorine used to disinfect drinking water.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Look for water-borne diseases like cholera to start running rampant through the Gazan population.

Of course, the Israeli government understands precisely that this will be the outcome without chlorine to purify the water.

Knowing this outcome, and doing nothing to prevent it, means that the Israeli government wants this to happen.


Essential health facilities at the Al Shifa medical center stopped functioning

Dr. Hussein Ashour, head of the Al Shifa medical center in Gaza, one of the biggest medical centers in the Gaza Strip, stated that main facilities at the center stopped functioning due to the lack of fundamental equipment and tools.

Ashour added that the Oxygen Department, the Heart Unit, Physical Therapy Unit and the main laboratory completely stopped functioning as they lack fundamental equipment and tools.

Webmaster's Commentary:

The Siege: Israel's "final solution" for sick Palestinian Gazans, including the infants and children.


Gaza's hospitals struggle to save lives amid Israeli siege

Virtually no food, medicine or other vital supplies have been allowed in to the territory that is home to 1.5 million people. The impact of the siege is most directly observed in Gaza's health sector.

Dr. Zaki Azzaq Zouq, an oncologist, explained, "There is a widespread shortage of essential medicines which we used to give to patients prior to the blockade. Currently, there are no tools for physicians to treat patients who suffer from lung, stomach, colon or brain cancers."

Webmaster's Commentary:

So much for the Israeli government's much-vaunted lie about not wanting to create a humanitarian crisis in Gaza.


Hungry Gazans Resort to Animal Feed as U.N. Blasts Israel

Half of Gaza's bakeries have closed down and the other half have resorted to animal feed to produce bread as Israel's complete blockade of the coastal territory enters its 19th day.

Karen AbuZayd, commissioner-general for the U.N.'s Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which supports Palestinian refugees, warned that a humanitarian "catastrophe" loomed if Israel continued to prevent aid from reaching Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Memo to Ms. AbuZayd: my dear lady, don't you get it? This is precisely the outcome Israel wants, to literally "soften up" Gazan Palestinians for the coming invasion.

The siege, and lack of necessities, is not an accident, but a very carefully thought out strategy to achieve very specific outcomes.

These include death for medically fragile Gazans who are denied treatment outside of Gaza which could save them,
death by water-born diseases, like cholera, because the water pumping and filtration units won't work, and severe malnutrition in children.

Ms. Abu Zayd, there is absolutely nothing accidental in what the Israelis are doing here. They know precisely what will happen as the siege continues, and that is what they want to see continue to happen.


Israel Creates Humanitiarian Crisis In Gaza

Israel has cut off fuel to Gaza and has illegally instituted collective punishment on 1.5 million Palestinians. Raw sewage runs in the streets, hospitals have no power and the world stands silent and MSM does not cover the story.


El Khoudary: Civilians will nonviolently march to Israel on Ghandi style

The direful situation of Gaza strip reached the peak in last two days. More people are joining the harmed classes of Palestinians living under siege. Popular Committee against Siege PCAS warned today of decisive popular mass towards Israeli borders.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Let us hope that the Palestinian people remember Gandhi's edict to his followers: no violence, even if violence is done to you.

Many of Gandhi's followers were beaten and shot by the British.

And let us also hope that the governmental and military infrastructure of Israel understands that shooting into a crowd of unarmed civilians will be a pr catastrophe.

It will be caught on camera, no matter what Israel has done recently to prevent journalists into Gaza, and the footage of this march, and the Israeli response, will be seen around the world.


Deaths and no dinner

Fadiya Al-Zaher, 55, was supposed to return last Thursday to her house following routine kidney dialysis at Shuhada Al-Aqsa Hospital in the centre of the Gaza Strip. She used to go three times a week. Her son Amin, was with her when the power supply to the hospital was cut off and the backup generators, short of fuel, failed to kick in.

Amin was running up and down the corridor leading to her room, not knowing what to do. His sister, Tahani, suggested that they take their mother to another hospital in Gaza. Amin phoned the hospital and was told that it wasn't ready to take in more patients. Then a nurse came and told Amin that his mother had gone into a coma. An hour later, she was pronounced dead.


Fadiya's story illustrates the fate awaiting hundreds of people diagnosed with chronic illnesses in Gaza.

Khalil Al-Koreimah, 59, nearly died in similar circumstances. An asthma patient, Khalil keeps an electrically operated oxygen pump at home that he uses in emergencies. When Khalil needed to use the pump recently, there was no electricity in the entire neighbourhood.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Imagine, for one moment, that this woman was your mom, your auntie, your cousin, a dear friend of the family.

Imagine your knowing that her death was completely preventable at that moment: it was a matter of failed power to the generator which made her dialysis machine work.

Imagine understanding that her death was part of Israel's "final solution" for sick and medically fragile Gazan Palestinians.


Libyan aid ship blocked from Gaza

Israeli boats have obstructed the path of a Libyan cargo ship en route to the Gaza Strip.

The ship was said to be carrying about 3,000 tonnes of goods for residents of the Strip in defiance of an Israeli sea and land blockade of the territory.

Monday's scheduled docking was the first attempt by a foreign government to break the blockade.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Where is the outrage?

If this were Muslims starving Jews slowly to death, the howls and screams of anger would be deafening!

Why is it seemingly okay for Israel to treat Palestine the way the Nazis treated the Warsaw Ghetto?


Assad urges EU to help lift Gaza blockade

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad held talks with two French envoys on Sunday and urged Paris and the European Union, currently headed by France, to work to lift the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Every nation on Earth reacted with horror at the Mumbai attacks, 9-11, South Africa's Apartheid, Darfur, etc.

Yet for some reason, Israel can treat Palestine worse than the Nazis treated the Warsaw Ghetto and escape criticism.

Upon what meat doth this our Israel feed that it has grown so great?


Israel reopens Gaza border to journalists, aid workers

Israel on Thursday reopened its border crossings with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to journalists and international aid workers, lifting a month-long ban that has been vocally protested.

Webmaster's Commentary:

One has to wonder how long the borders will stay open this time.

But this gesture demonstrates that Israel recognizes that what they are doing, regarding humanitarian aid and not allowing reporters in Gaza, is getting noticed with a great deal of alarm internationally.


Breathless in Washington

On the day that Americans turned out in near record numbers to vote, another record was being set halfway around the world. In Afghanistan, a US Air Force strike wiped out about 40 people in a wedding party. This represented at least the sixth wedding party eradicated by American air power in Afghanistan and Iraq since December 2001.

American planes have, in fact, taken out two brides in the past seven months. And don't try to bury your dead or mark their deaths ceremonially either, because funerals have been hit as well.


FCC Banned Clip: NYPD Blue Shower Scene

Here's the scene that got ABC fined $1.43 million by the FCC. It's
from NYPD Blue five years ago. The scene, which the FCC branded
'indecent,' has been posted on the Internet and has become a viral
hit.

Webmaster's Commentary:

So, our national morality is that it is okay to bomb women (and children) in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we cannot let you see them naked!

Is this a screwed-up nation or what?

I would prefer it the other way around.


US drone strike kills 12 in Pakistan

A pre-dawn missile strike by a US drone on a suspected militant hideout in Pakistan’s volatile north Waziristan tribal region has killed at least 12 people.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Aerial strikes guarantee two things, and two things only; the killing of a lot of innocent civilians (and I would almost be willing to bet real money that the strike killed far more people than reported here), and the radicalization of those left standing even further against the government.

One almost has to wonder if the US is hell-bent on creating the level of destabilisation necessary to make conditions ripe for another bloodless coup, a la Musharraf, to bring a yet another military dictator to the fore who will be far more pliable to US demands than Zardari has appeared to be.


Pakistan and U.S. have tacit deal on airstrikes

The United States and Pakistan reached tacit agreement in September on a don't-ask-don't-tell policy that allows unmanned Predator aircraft to attack suspected terrorist targets in rugged western Pakistan, according to senior officials in both countries.

Civilian deaths remain a problem, Zardari said. "If the damage is women and children, then the sensitivity of its effect increases," he said. The U.S. "point of view," he said, is that the attacks are "good for everybody. Our point of view is that it is not good for our position of winning the hearts and minds of people."

Webmaster's Commentary:

Was this part of the deal for the IMF loan to Pakistan, which was spiraling on the brink of complete insolvency before the loan was given?


Truck halt on Pakistan pass may hurt U.S.

Pakistan temporarily suspended oil tankers and trucks with sealed containers from using a key passage into Afghanistan, an official said Sunday, a move that will likely impact supplies heading to U.S. and NATO troops.

The suspension came just days after a band of militants hijacked around a dozen trucks whose load included Humvees and other supplies headed to the foreign forces in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary:

One has to wonder if the ambush is the "real reason" for the suspension of truck deliveries, or if Pakistan is sending a message to the US and NATO that they do have a way of making life more difficult for US and NATO troops in retaliation for the strikes inside their territories.


Olmert orders plans drawn up for massive offensive against Gaza

At the weekly Cabinet meeting, Olmert said he had ordered security chiefs to draw up action plans against Hamas' 17-month-old rule in Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary:

So this is really what the siege of Gaza has been all about: literally "softening up" the Gazan people for the kill, to destroy a democratically elected government (through a process generally viewed as having been free and fair election.)

This is the classic Israeli pattern. Kill Palestinians, and when there is a response, claim that the response is the initiating cause and "retaliate."


Israeli tanks rumble into Gaza

Israeli tanks forged into the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, drawing rocket and mortar fire from Palestinian militants, militant groups said, intensifying violence that has chipped away at a tenuous cease-fire.

Israel and Hamas have been trading fire for two weeks after nearly five months of relative quiet. The June 19 truce is due to expire next month, and both sides might be trying to dictate more favorable terms in anticipation of the agreement's renewal.

Webmaster's Commentary:

The media is going to feed you a load about how this is all because of rockets fired into Southern Israel a few days ago, and never mention that the rockets were a RESPONSE to an Israeli attack on November 5th.


Gaza Power Plants totally off

Al Khodary stated in a press conference in Gaza that since the Power Plant is not functioning, hospitals and medical centers would not be able to function. Other basic services, including drinking water wells, will also be out of order.

The power shortage would also disrupt critical water and sanitation services, this endangering the health and life of the residents.

Webmaster's Commentary:

The term "collective punishment" is becoming increasingly more synonymous with the name of the country "Israel".

Hospitals and medical centers non-functional? Looks like those in political power in Israel have their very own "final solution" for the medically fragile in those institutions.

Collective punishment is a war crime.



UN to suspend food distribution in Gaza

The United Nations will suspend its food distribution to half of Gaza's 1.5 million people on Thursday after Israel failed to allow emergency supplies into the Palestinian territory, a spokesman said.

Israel initially said it would allow 30 trucks to deliver supplies to Gaza on Thursday after it sealed off the Gaza Strip on November 5, but later said mortar fire by Gaza militants made it impossible to do so.

Webmaster's Commentary:

In future dictionaries, when the entry "Israel" is placed, there will be a side-note indicating "see: collective punishment".


Support urged for Israeli stand on Gaza

ISRAELI foreign minister Tzipi Livni has told her visiting British counterpart David Miliband she expects the international community to support the Jewish state's tough stand in Gaza.

"Israel cannot just watch its citizens being attacked... The international community cannot turn a blind-eye," Ms Livni said today during talks with Mr Miliband.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Memo to FM Tzipi Livni: this time, the world will not be turning a blind eye to the devastation Israel is causing in Gaza.

It is apparent that you haven't taken a look at the Red Cross Report, issued last week, about the effects of malnutrition on children, and how medically fragile Gazans who could be saved by appropriate medical intervention are being denied treatment outside Gaza.

But of course, FM Livni, these are precisely the outcomes the Israeli government wants to see happen in Gaza. The world knows that Olmert has ordered plans for a massive military action against Gaza, and the Gazan people are literally being "softened up for the kill" by the siege.

This slaughter will include children, women, and the medically infirm.

And I can guarantee you; this time, there will be cameras rolling, real footage of the carnage smuggled out, and the world will know precisely what the Israeli government has done in the name of its "security". The Israeli government will not be able to stop some of it getting out, in all its gory details, no matter how hard it tries.

This potential assault against Gaza guarantees the destruction of the Israel's image as "the only true democracy in the region", consistently seeking better relations with its neighbors.


Israel Seals Off Gaza, Expresses Outrage Over UN

The UN was able to resume food distribution with the small number of admitted trucks, it won’t be able to maintain them for long. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned the blockade for denying 1.5 million Palestinian civilians of “their most basic human rights” and said it was a “direct contravention of international human rights and humanitarian law.”

Webmaster's Commentary:

Israel is so adept at blaming the victims.


GAZA: On Top of Humanitarian Disaster, A News Blackout

Israel has imposed a virtual news blackout on the Gaza Strip. For the last ten days no foreign journalists have been able to enter the besieged territory to report on the escalating humanitarian crisis caused by Israel's complete closure of Gaza's borders for the last two weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary:

What is Israel so terrified reporters will see in Gaza?

Are things so horrendous in Gaza that they don't want any information getting out?

The problem for Israel is that the information about what's going on in Gaza will get out, one way or another.


Israel Bans International Media from Gaza, Arrests Human Rights Activists

Israel has banned foreign journalists from entering Gaza to cover the deteriorating humanitarian situation there as the country 's complete closure of the territory enters a third week.


Foreign Reporters’ Group Fights Israeli Prohibition on Entering Gaza

An association representing international news organizations is campaigning for an end to an unusual Israeli policy barring foreign reporters from entering Gaza that has lasted for almost two weeks.


URGENT: Kidnapped by the Israeli Navy

Fifteen Palestinian fishermen along with three internationals have been kidnapped in Palestinian waters by the Israeli Navy. They were fishing seven miles off the coast of Deir Al Balah, clearly in Gaza fishing waters and well within the fishing limit detailed in the Oslo Accords of 1994.

The fishermen and the human right's observers were transferred from 3 separate boats to the Israeli warships. Other Palestinian fishermen reported that the 3 boats were seen being taken north by the Israeli Navy.


UN envoy urges Gaza blockade end

The UN's top human rights official has said Israel's blockade of Gaza deprives Palestinians of the "most basic human rights" and should end immediately.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"What's a UN?" -- Israel

United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Israel (the vast majority of which have been ignored by Israel)

1. Resolution 42: The Palestine Question (5 March 1948) Requests recommendations for the Palestine Commission

2. Resolution 43: The Palestine Question (1 Apr 1948) Recognizes "increasing violence and disorder in Palestine" and requests that representatives of "the Jewish Agency for Palestine and the Arab Higher Committee" arrange, with the Security Council, "a truce between the Arab and Jewish Communities of Palestine...Calls upon Arab and Jewish armed groups in Palestine to cease acts of violence immediately."

3. Resolution 44: The Palestine Question (1 Apr 1948) Requests convocation of special session of the General Assembly

4. Resolution 46: The Palestine Question (17 Apr 1948) As the United Kingdom is the Mandatory Power, "it is responsible for the maintenance of peace and order in Palestine." The Resolutions also "Calls upon all persons and organizations in Palestine" to stop importing "armed bands and fighting personnel...whatever their origin;...weapons and war materials;...Refrain, pending the future government of Palestine...from any political activity which might prejudice the rights, claims, or position of either community;...refrain from any action which will endager the safety of the Holy Places in Palestine."

5. Resolution 48: The Palestine Question (23 Apr 1948)

6. Resolution 49: The Palestine Question (22 May 1948)

7. Resolution 50: The Palestine Question (29 May 1948)

8. Resolution 53: The Palestine Question (7 Jul 1948)

9. Resolution 54: The Palestine Question (15 Jul 1948)

10. Resolution 56: The Palestine Question (19 Aug 1948)

11. Resolution 57: The Palestine Question (18 Sep 1948)

12. Resolution 59: The Palestine Question (19 Oct 1948)

13. Resolution 60: The Palestine Question (29 Oct 1948)

14. Resolution 61: The Palestine Question (4 Nov 1948)

15. Resolution 62: The Palestine Question (16 Nov 1948)

16. Resolution 66: The Palestine Question (29 Dec 1948)

17. Resolution 72: The Palestine Question (11 Aug 1949)

18. Resolution 73: The Palestine Question (11 Aug 1949)

19. Resolution 89 (17 November 1950): regarding Armistice in 1948 Arab-Israeli War and "transfer of persons".

20. Resolution 92: The Palestine Question (8 May 1951)

21. Resolution 93: The Palestine Question (18 May 1951)

22. Resolution 95: The Palestine Question (1 Sep 1951)

23. Resolution 100: The Palestine Question (27 Oct 1953)

24. Resolution 101: The Palestine Question (24 Nov 1953)

25. Resolution 106: The Palestine Question (29 Mar 1955) 'condemns' Israel for Gaza raid.

26. Resolution 107: The Palestine Question (30 Mar)

27. Resolution 108: The Palestine Question (8 Sep)

28. Resolution 111: " ... 'condemns' Israel for raid on Syria that killed fifty-six people".

29. Resolution 127: " ... 'recommends' Israel suspends its 'no-man's zone' in Jerusalem".

30. Resolution 162: " ... 'urges' Israel to comply with UN decisions".

31. Resolution 171: " ... determines flagrant violations' by Israel in its attack on Syria".

32. Resolution 228: " ... 'censures' Israel for its attack on Samu in the West Bank, then under Jordanian control".

33. Resolution 237: " ... 'urges' Israel to allow return of new 1967 Palestinian refugees".

34. Resolution 242 (November 22, 1967): Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area. Calls on Israel's neighbors to end the state of belligerency and calls upon Israel to reciprocate by withdraw its forces from land claimed by other parties in 1967 war. Interpreted commonly today as calling for the Land for peace principle as a way to resolve Arab-Israeli conflict

35. Resolution 248: " ... 'condemns' Israel for its massive attack on Karameh in Jordan".

36. Resolution 250: " ... 'calls' on Israel to refrain from holding military parade in Jerusalem".

37. Resolution 251: " ... 'deeply deplores' Israeli military parade in Jerusalem in defiance of Resolution 250".

38. Resolution 252: " ... 'declares invalid' Israel's acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital".

39. Resolution 256: " ... 'condemns' Israeli raids on Jordan as 'flagrant violation".

40. Resolution 259: " ... 'deplores' Israel's refusal to accept UN mission to probe occupation".

41. Resolution 262: " ... 'condemns' Israel for attack on Beirut airport".

42. Resolution 265: " ... 'condemns' Israel for air attacks for Salt in Jordan".

43. Resolution 267: " ... 'censures' Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem".

44. Resolution 270: " ... 'condemns' Israel for air attacks on villages in southern Lebanon".

45. Resolution 271: " ... 'condemns' Israel's failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem".

46. Resolution 279: " ... 'demands' withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon".

47. Resolution 280: " ... 'condemns' Israeli's attacks against Lebanon".

48. Resolution 285: " ... 'demands' immediate Israeli withdrawal form Lebanon".

49. Resolution 298: " ... 'deplores' Israel's changing of the status of Jerusalem".

50. Resolution 313: " ... 'demands' that Israel stop attacks against Lebanon".

51. Resolution 316: " ... 'condemns' Israel for repeated attacks on Lebanon".

52. Resolution 317: " ... 'deplores' Israel's refusal to release Arabs abducted in Lebanon".

53. Resolution 332: " ... 'condemns' Israel's repeated attacks against Lebanon".

54. Resolution 337: " ... 'condemns' Israel for violating Lebanon's sovereignty".

55. Resolution 338 (22 October 1973): cease fire in Yom Kippur War

56. Resolution 339 (23 October 1973): Confirms Res. 338, dispatch UN observers.

57. Resolution 347: " ... 'condemns' Israeli attacks on Lebanon".

58. Resolution 3379: "...'establishes' Zionism as a form of racism and racial discrimination". Repealed by Resolution 46|86.

59. Resolution 425 (1978): " ... 'calls' on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon". Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon was completed as of 16 June 2000.

60. Resolution 350 (31 May 1974) established the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, to monitor the ceasefire
between Israel and Syria in the wake of the Yom Kippur War.

61. Resolution 427: " ... 'calls' on Israel to complete its withdrawal from Lebanon".

62. Resolution 444: " ... 'deplores' Israel's lack of cooperation with UN peacekeeping forces".

63. Resolution 446 (1979): 'determines' that Israeli settlements are a 'serious obstruction' to peace and calls on Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention".

64. Resolution 450: " ... 'calls' on Israel to stop attacking Lebanon".

65. Resolution 452: " ... 'calls' on Israel to cease building settlements in occupied territories".

66. Resolution 465: " ... 'deplores' Israel's settlements and asks all member states not to assist Israel's settlements program".

67. Resolution 467: " ... 'strongly deplores' Israel's military intervention in Lebanon".

68. Resolution 468: " ... 'calls' on Israel to rescind illegal expulsions of two Palestinian mayors and a judge and to facilitate their return".

69. Resolution 469: " ... 'strongly deplores' Israel's failure to observe the council's order not to deport Palestinians".

70. Resolution 471: " ... 'expresses deep concern' at Israel's failure to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention".

71. Resolution 476: " ... 'reiterates' that Israel's claim to Jerusalem are 'null and void'".

72. Resolution 478 (20 August 1980): 'censures (Israel) in the strongest terms' for its claim to Jerusalem in its 'Basic Law'.

73. Resolution 484: " ... 'declares it imperative' that Israel re-admit two deported Palestinian mayors".

74. Resolution 487: " ... 'strongly condemns' Israel for its attack on Iraq's nuclear facility".

75. Resolution 497 (17 December 1981) decides that Israel's annexation of Syria's Golan Heights is 'null and void' and demands that Israel rescinds its decision forthwith.

76. Resolution 498: " ... 'calls' on Israel to withdraw from Lebanon".

77. Resolution 501: " ... 'calls' on Israel to stop attacks against Lebanon and withdraw its troops".

78. Resolution 508:

79. Resolution 509: " ... 'demands' that Israel withdraw its forces forthwith and unconditionally from Lebanon".

80. Resolution 515: " ... 'demands' that Israel lift its siege of Beirut and allow food supplies to be brought in".

81. Resolution 517: " ... 'censures' Israel for failing to obey UN resolutions and demands that Israel withdraw its forces from Lebanon".

82. Resolution 518: " ... 'demands' that Israel cooperate fully with UN forces in Lebanon".

83. Resolution 520: " ... 'condemns' Israel's attack into West Beirut".

84. Resolution 573: " ... 'condemns' Israel 'vigorously' for bombing Tunisia in attack on PLO headquarters.

85. Resolution 587 " ... 'takes note' of previous calls on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon and urges all parties to withdraw".

86. Resolution 592: " ... 'strongly deplores' the killing of Palestinian students at Bir Zeit University by Israeli troops".

87. Resolution 605: " ... 'strongly deplores' Israel's policies and practices denying the human rights of Palestinians.

88. Resolution 607: " ... 'calls' on Israel not to deport Palestinians and strongly requests it to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention.

89. Resolution 608: " ... 'deeply regrets' that Israel has defied the United Nations and deported Palestinian civilians".

90. Resolution 636: " ... 'deeply regrets' Israeli deportation of Palestinian civilians.

91. Resolution 641: " ... 'deplores' Israel's continuing deportation of Palestinians.

92. Resolution 672: " ... 'condemns' Israel for "violence against Palestinians" at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.

93. Resolution 673: " ... 'deplores' Israel's refusal to cooperate with the United Nations.

94. Resolution 681: " ... 'deplores' Israel's resumption of the deportation of Palestinians.

95. Resolution 694: " ... 'deplores' Israel's deportation of Palestinians and calls on it to ensure their safe and immediate return.

96. Resolution 726: " ... 'strongly condemns' Israel's deportation of Palestinians.

97. Resolution 799: ". . . 'strongly condemns' Israel's deportation of 413 Palestinians and calls for their immediate return.

98. Resolution 1559 (2 September 2004) called upon Lebanon to establish its sovereignty over all of its land and called upon Syria to end their military presence in Lebanon by withdrawing its forces and to cease intervening in internal Lebanese politics. The resolution also called on all Lebanese militias to disband.

99. Resolution 1583 (28 January 2005) calls on Lebanon to assert full control over its border with Israel. It also states that "the Council has recognized the Blue Line as valid for the purpose of confirming Israel's withdrawal pursuant to resolution 425.

100. Resolution 1648 (21 December 2005) renewed the mandate of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force until 30 June 2006.

101. Resolution 1701 (11 August 2006) called for the full cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.


Palestinians: Aid boat en route from Libya to Gaza

A boat loaded with humanitarian aid has left Libya and will try to reach Gaza despite an Israeli naval blockade, a Palestinian lawmaker in Gaza said Wednesday, raising the possibility of a confrontation between an Arab vessel and Israeli sailors.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Let's hope these folks make it through without an incident.

And a short note to the Israeli government: you are risking a monumental PR fiasco if one of these people gets hurt, or if these humanitarian supplies don't get through.


Study: Bank Leumi not obliged to return cash to Holocaust victims' heirs

The company asked the bank in March for money in 1,299 accounts belonging to Holocaust victims, totaling some NIS 147 million. The company later asked for NIS 250 million more, from some 1,000 additional accounts in the bank. Most of the sum consists of revalued accounts, after adding accumulated interest and linkage until 1960, when the bank passed them on to the Custodian General.

Webmaster's Commentary:

So, the bank got to use the money belonging to holocaust victims, loan it out at interest, but when they are finally forced to return that money to the heirs of the victims, the bank claims that since the original holocaust victims could not be paid the accumulated interest, then their heirs should not be allowed to collect the additional monies either!


Mafia kingpin killed in massive car explosion


Gale force winds and snow hit NSW

Weather conditions across Australia's south-east appear to be easing after the region was battered over the weekend by gale force winds, flooding and snow.

Webmaster's Commentary:

... one week before the start of the Australian SUMMER!


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