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L'Autre Monde 8 avril 2010: Les sadiques en Irak, le terrorisme d'État et le Québec se fait voler

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L'Autre Monde 8 avril 2010: Les sadiques en Irak, le terrorisme d'État et le Québec se fait voler



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L'Autre Monde 8 avril 2010

90 min / Radio de l'UQAM, CHOQ FM


Diffusion en direct : Jeudi à 11:00h
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Au programme cette semaine, 8 avril 2010:


- Actualité: Les sadiques en Irak, l'Iran, l'Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine et Israël. Nous discutons aussi du terrorisme d'État et des services secrets, de la Russie sous les attaques terroristes, Amérique du sud, les bases militaires US dans le monde, le dossier des abus sexuels par les prêtres catholiques, notre génocide canadien contre les Amérindiens et beaucoup plus, sans oublier de la bonne musique!

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***Hyperliens vers les sources des informations discutées sur l'émission d'aujourd'hui:


Irak:


Un site Internet diffuse les images d'une bavure américaine en Irak

http://www.lemonde.fr/ameriques/article/2010/04/05/un-site-internet-diffuse-les-images-d-une-bavure-americaine-en-irak_1329166_3222.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbnwJHywc0Q

Un site Internet diffuse les images d'une bavure américaine en Irak

LEMONDE.FR | 05.04.10 | 20h46 • Mis à jour le 05.04.10

12 juillet 2007. Deux hélicoptères Apache de l'armée américaine survolent Bagdad. Un groupe d'hommes marche dans une rue déserte. Deux d'entre eux sont visiblement armés. Depuis l'un des hélicoptères, un soldat demande l'autorisation de tirer. Permission accordée. En moins de cinq minutes, plusieurs salves balaient la rue. Deux enfants sont blessés et une dizaine de personnes tuées. Parmi elles, deux employés de l'agence de presse Reuters : Saeed Chmagh, chauffeur de 40 ans, et Namir Noor-Eldeen, photographe de 22 ans.

Extrait de la vidéo classifiée que s'est procurée WikiLeaks.

Les faits Un site Internet diffuse les images d'une bavure américaine en Irak

Capture d'écran de la page d'accueil de Wikileaks.

Les faits Le plan de l'armée américaine contre Wikileaks publié... sur Wikileaks

La scène a été entièrement filmée de l'un des hélicoptères. A l’époque, un porte-parole de l’armée américaine déclare que les victimes ont été tuées dans un combat opposant l’armée américaine et des "insurgés". La vidéo classifiée que s'est procurée le site WikiLeaks, spécialisé dans la publication anonyme de documents confidentiels, prouve qu’il n’en était rien. Il s'agit bel et bien d'une bavure. Et l'armée américaine a tout fait pour la garder secrète.

Le 16 juillet 2007, Reuters a réclamé l'ouverture d'une enquête sur la mort de ses deux employés. Les autorités militaires avaient refusé, estimant que les soldats engagés en Irak avait respecté les lois de la guerre et leurs règles d'engagement. Au nom du Freedom of Information Act, loi qui autorise les citoyens à consulter tout document édité par l'Etat, l'agence de presse a essayé, en août 2007, de se procurer une copie de la vidéo. Une fois encore, l'armée s'y est opposée.

"CES IMAGES N'ONT JAMAIS ÉTÉ DIFFUSÉES..."

"Ces images n'ont jamais été diffusées... jusqu'à aujourd'hui", note WikiLeaks. Le site avait annoncé via Twitter, le 20 février, qu'il avait "finalement réussi à décrypter le fichier vidéo de l'armée, dans lequel des journalistes, parmi d'autres, se font tuer". Les documents ont été transmis par des informateurs (whistleblowers, littéralement "lanceurs d'alertes") au sein de l'armée. WikiLeaks précise qu'ils ont été analysés et recoupés avec les récits de témoins et de journalistes directement impliqués dans l'incident.

Le site n'en est pas à son premier fait d'armes. Depuis sa création, en 2006, il affiche un impressionnant palmarès. Rapports gouvernementaux, projets de loi, comptes divers... Si une grande partie du million de documents rendus publics n'ont pas fait la "une" de la presse, WikiLeaks a été à l'origine de nombreux scandales politiques et financiers. Il a notamment publié une liste des adhérents du BNP, le parti d'extrême droite anglais, des documents de travail sur les négociations secrètes autour de l'accord commercial anticontrefaçon (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, ACTA), de nombreuses informations concernant le krach bancaire islandais de 2008 ou encore plus de 500 000 messages texte échangés le 11 septembre 2001.

Victime de sa popularité, le site a fait l'objet d'une centaine de procès et attiré l'attention de plusieurs agences de renseignements. En mars, il a diffusé une note du service de contre-espionnage de l'armée américaine étudiant le fonctionnement du site et concluant que WikiLeaks représente "une menace potentielle". Depuis l'annonce de la diffusion de la vidéo de la fusillade, le site a fait l'objet d'une surveillance accrue. Une pression, qu'il s'est empressé de relayer sur Twitter : "S'il nous arrive quoi que ce soit, vous savez pourquoi : c'est le film du 5 avril. Et vous connaissez les responsables."

Elise Barthet


Neo-Cons Defend Massacre Of Iraqi Journalists, Children

Bloodthirsty neo-cons who would defend barbecuing Arab babies on the White House lawn if they were told it was part of the “war on terror” are disgracefully scrambling to defend a shocking video released by Wikileaks which shows U.S. Apache helicopters massacring Iraqi journalists and children in Baghdad while laughing about it.


After waiting a day, CNN finally reports on the Wikileaks video showing US attack on Reuter's journalists.

Webmaster's Commentary:

And it appears my comment on yesterday's radio show was accurate; what the Apache pilots claimed were AK-47's were cameras with telephoto lenses.

“A military investigation concluded that the ‘RPG’ was really a long-range photography lens and the camera looked like an AK-47,” reports Sky News.


Collateral Murder

5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff.

Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

The military did not reveal how the Reuters staff were killed, and stated that they did not know how the children were injured.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Short version

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0&feature=player_embedded

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Full version

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is9sxRfU-ik&feature=player_embedded


Maliki Orders Elected Sunni MPs Detained as Vote Dispute Turns Ugly

It is only one day after the results were announced, and already the battle to form the next government in Iraq is turning ugly, as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki seems intent on eating into rival Ayad Allawi’s two seat plurality any way possible.

Earlier today it was revealed that Maliki had quietly sought a ruling from the Iraqi supreme court just before the election results were released that would allow him to bypass Allawi’s plurality through recruiting new bloc members after the election.

Webmaster's Commentary:

We may well be looking at the beginning of a new civil war here in Iraq.


Maliki Backers Threaten ‘Escalation’ Over Lack of Recount

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki today reiterated calls for the full manual recount of the votes cast earlier this month, though the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has insisted repeatedly that it will not allow political pressure to affect its decision to refuse it.

Webmaster's Commentary:

This refusal to honor the election results on the part of al Maliki could result in riots, or worse.


75 Killed, Hundreds Wounded in Baghdad’s Bloody Weekend

With violence already steadily rising over the past several months, Iraq is now reeling after a pair of very high profile attacks in Baghdad over the weekend have left at least 75 people killed and several hundred others wounded. 11 others were killed and scores of others wounded outside of Baghdad as well.

Webmaster's Commentary:

More "progress" in Iraq, I see.


Former IAEA chief: Iraq war killed “a million innocent civilians”

The former head of the UN’s chief nuclear agency, Mohammed ElBaradei, said in an interview with the British newspaper Guardian Wednesday that those who launched the war in Iraq were responsible for killing a million innocent people and could be held accountable under international law. He was clearly referring to US President George Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and their top military and security aides.



Pakistan:


CIA may face prosecution for drone's raids in Pakistan

The US government's refusal to offer legal grounds for CIA's drones bombing raids in Pakistan may result in CIA officers facing prosecution for war crimes.

"Prominent voices in the international legal community" were increasingly impatient with Washington's silence on the CIA's bombing raids in Pakistan and elsewhere, Kenneth Anderson, a law professor at American University, told a congressional panel on Tuesday, AFP reported.

Lawyers at the US State Department and other government agencies were concerned the administration has "not settled on what the rationales are" for the drone strikes, he said.
The drone attacks, which have so far taken the lives of many civilians, have sparked outrage among the Pakistani nation amid Washington's claims that they are aimed at "Taliban militants."


Administration Says Drone Strikes Are Legal and Necessary

Last night, the State Department's legal adviser, Harold Koh, delivered a keynote address to the American Society of International Law's annual meeting in Washington.

The bottom line was this: Lethal strikes against terrorists, including those involving unmanned drone aircraft, "comply with all applicable law, including the laws of war," Koh said.

...[I]t is the considered view of this administration...that targeting practices, including lethal operations conducted with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), comply with all applicable law, including the laws of war....As recent events have shown, al Qaeda has not abandoned its intent to attack the United States, and indeed continues to attack us. Thus, in this ongoing armed conflict, the United States has the authority under international law, and the responsibility to its citizens, to use force, including lethal force, to defend itself, including by targeting persons such as high-level al Qaeda leaders who are planning attacks....[T]his administration has carefully reviewed the rules governing targeting operations to ensure that these operations are conducted consistently with law of war principles...

Webmaster's Commentary:

Apparently, Harold Koh didn't get the memo.

1. The US has never declared war against either Pakistan or Afghanistan. Only congress can declare war, which didn't happen with either country. Hence, we are not legally at war with either country.

2. Therefore, what is happening with the use of US drones is extrajudicial assassination; no judge, no jury, no due process, just assassination, pure and simple.

PS: Everything Nazi Germany did was considered "legal and necessary."


'At war' US justifies drone attacks in Pak as act of 'self-defence'

"What I can say is that it is the considered view of this administration, and it has certainly been my experience during my time as legal adviser that the US targeting practices, including lethal operations conducted with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, comply with all applicable law, including the laws of war," he said justifying the strikes, a topic which has remained off-limits of US officials.

Koh, who remained a fierce critic of former President George W Bush's policies, said the drone strikes can not be considered as 'assassination', as it is an act of 'self-defence' by Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Characterizing the drone attacks as "self defense" is an insult to the intelligence of every thinking person on the planet; these are targeted assassinations, period, end of discussion, and not even the most copious amount of weasel-wording is going to change that.


The United States Takes the Matter of Three-headed Babies Very Seriously.

One could fill many large volumes with the details of the environmental and human horrors the United States has brought to Fallujah and other parts of Iraq during seven years of using white phosphorous shells, depleted uranium, napalm, cluster bombs, neutron bombs, laser weapons, weapons using directed energy, weapons using high-powered microwave technology, and other marvelous inventions in the Pentagon's science-fiction arsenal ... the list of abominations and grotesque ways of dying is long, the wanton cruelty of American policy shocking.



Iran:


Israel could use tactical nukes on Iran: thinktank

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/26/AR2010032601354.html

Deeply concerned as it is by the risk of a nuclear-armed Iran, Israel has never even hinted at using atomic weapons to forestall the perceived threat.

But now a respected Washington think tank has said that low-radioactive yield "tactical" nuclear warheads would be one way for the Israelis to destroy Iranian uranium enrichment plants in remote, dug-in fortifications.

Despite the 65-year-old taboo against carrying out -- or, for that matter, mooting -- nuclear strikes, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) says in a new report that "some believe that nuclear weapons are the only weapons that can destroy targets deep underground or in tunnels."

Webmaster's Commentary:

One wonders if we are supposed to thank CSIS for their magnificent grasp of the obvious; but if Israel attacks Iran with nuclear weapons, then what?!?

1. There is no such thing as a "clean" nuclear strike.

2. The Iranian military is well-armed and well-supplied. The counter-attack would be fierce.

3. Israel may well be able to initiate such an attack, but most likely cannot end it without US military assistance.

4. Russia and China may well come into the fray on the side of Iran.

5. Russia and China do have nuclear weapons.

World War III, anyone?!?


Israel to focus on key Iran nuclear targets in any strike

Should Israel attack Iranian nuclear facilities, it would probably carry out precision strikes while making every effort not to hit the oil sector or other civilian sites.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Like they did in Gaza?


Canada reassigns warship to fight al Qaeda attacks

Canada has cancelled a visit to India for one of its warships and assigned it to counterterrorism operations in the Gulf of Aden because of risks of al Qaeda attacks, an officer on the ship said on Wednesday.

Two weeks ago, the U.S. government warned ships sailing off Yemen's coast of the risk of al Qaeda attacks similar to a suicide bombing of the U.S. warship Cole in 2000, which killed 17 sailors.

Webmaster's Commentary:

As reported on 17 March, 2010, in:

http://republicbroadcasting.org/?p=7457

"Iran is assisting al Qaeda by facilitating links between senior terrorist leaders and affiliate groups, the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East told Congress on Tuesday."

One has to wonder if Washington and its allies are in the process of conjuring up some kind of "false flag" operation to be blamed jointly on al Qaeda and Iran, and this will be the bloody shirt waved as the reason for an immediate attack against Iran.



Afghanistan:


US Special Forces 'Tried to Cover-up' Botched Khataba Raid in Afghanistan

April 05, 2010 "The Times" -- US special forces soldiers dug bullets out of their victims’ bodies in the bloody aftermath of a botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened, Afghan investigators have told The Times.

Two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a police officer and his brother were shot on February 12 when US and Afghan special forces stormed their home in Khataba village, outside Gardez in eastern Afghanistan. The precise composition of the force has never been made public.

The claims were made as Nato admitted responsibility for all the deaths for the first time last night. It had initially claimed that the women had been dead for several hours when the assault force discovered their bodies.

“Despite earlier reports we have determined that the women were accidentally killed as a result of the joint force firing at the men,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Todd Breasseale, a Nato spokesman. The coalition continued to deny that there had been a cover-up and said that its legal investigation, which is ongoing, had found no evidence of inappropriate conduct.

The Kabul headquarters of General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of US and Nato forces, claimed originally that the women had been “tied up, gagged and killed”.

A senior Afghan official involved in a government investigation told The Times: “I think the special forces lied to McChrystal.”

“Why did the special forces collect their bullets from the area?” the official said. “They washed the area of the injuries with alcohol and brought out the bullets from the dead bodies. The bodies showed there were big holes.”

The official, who asked not to be named until the results of the investigation have been made public, said that the assault force sealed off the compound from 4am, when the raid started, to 11am, when Afghan officials from Gardez were finally allowed access to the house.

At least 11 bullets were fired during the raid, the investigator said, and the shooting was carried out by two American gunmen positioned on the roof of the compound. Only seven bullets were recovered from the scene.

“I asked McChrystal, ‘why did the Americans clean some of the bullets from the area?’ They don’t have the right to do that,” the official said.

Haji Sharabuddin, the head of the family who were attacked, told The Times last month that troops removed bullets from his relatives’ bodies, but his claims were impossible to verify. The hallway where four of the five victims were killed had been repainted and at least two bullet holes had been plastered over.


U.S. Admits Role in February Killing of Afghan Women

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/05/world/asia/05afghan.html?ref=world

KABUL, Afghanistan — After initially denying involvement or any cover-up in the deaths of three Afghan women during a badly bungled American Special Operations assault in February, the American-led military command in Kabul admitted late on Sunday that its forces had, in fact, killed the women during the nighttime raid.

The admission immediately raised questions about what really happened during the Feb. 12 operation — and what falsehoods followed — including a new report that Special Operations forces dug bullets out of the bodies of the women to hide the true nature of their deaths.

A NATO official also said Sunday in an interview that an Afghan-led team of investigators had found signs of evidence tampering at the scene, including the removal of bullets from walls near where the women were killed. A senior NATO official later denied on Monday that any evidence tampering occurred.

The disclosure could not come at a worse moment for the American military: NATO officials are struggling to contain fallout from a series of tirades against the foreign military presence by the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, who has also railed against the killing of civilians by Western forces.


No joke: Karzai threatens to join the Taliban

By Agence France-Presse

Karzai also warned that the Taliban insurgency could become a legitimate resistance movement if foreign meddling in Afghan affairs continues, the Journal said, citing participants in the talks.

During the talks, Karzai, whose government is supported by billions of dollars of Western aid and 126,000 foreign troops fighting the Taliban, said he would be compelled to join the insurgency himself if the parliament does not back his bid to take over Afghanistan's electoral watchdog.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Should this happen, it would be the ultimate, bitter irony, almost 9 years and counting, with all the blood and money which has been spent here, essentially for private profit.

American and NATO diplomats might dismiss this as grandstanding, but I wouldn't necessarily bet that it is.


Tighter Rules Fail to Stem Deaths of Innocent Afghans at Checkpoints

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/27/world/asia/27afghan.html

American and NATO troops firing from passing convoys and military checkpoints have killed 30 Afghans and wounded 80 others since last summer, but in no instance did the victims prove to be a danger to troops, according to military officials in Kabul.

“We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat,” said Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who became the senior American and NATO commander in Afghanistan last year.


Obama aux troupes américaines: "nous l'emporterons" en Afghanistan


Visite surprise en Afghanistan: Obama promet la victoire

Barack Obama a promis dimanche de défaire les talibans lors d'une visite surprise en Afghanistan, la première de sa présidence, dont il a profité pour demander à son homologue afghan Hamid Karzaï davantage d'efforts pour lutter contre la corruption.


Barack Obama visits Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary:

Obama just finished a speech live from Afghanistan, talking about blah blah blah 9-11 blah blah blah terror blah blah blah 9-11 to thunderous applause, which is weird because the speech was live and looking at the clock, they woke those poor soldiers up in the middle of the night to sit in that audience and listen to the boss pretend to explain why they have to go on getting blown into bloody bits.


Comment la CIA tente de manipuler l’opinion des Français sur l’Afghanistan


Leaked CIA Report: "Public Apathy Enables Leaders To Ignore Voters" In Waging Endless Wars

A leaked CIA report says:

Public apathy enables leaders to ignore voters.

The report is discussing apathy among the French and German people to their countries' involvement in the war in Afghanistan, but the same is true to the apathy of Americans towards the Iraq and other wars as well.

This classified CIA analysis from March, outlines possible PR-strategies to shore up public support in Germany and France for a continued war in Afghanistan. After the Dutch government fell on the issue of dutch troops in Afghanistan last month, the CIA became worried that similar events could happen in the countries that post the third and fourth largest troop contingents to the ISAF-mission. The proposed PR strategies focus on pressure points that have been identified within these countries. For France it is the sympathy of the public for Afghan refugees and women. For Germany it is the fear of the consequences of defeat (drugs, more refugees, terrorism) as well as for Germany’s standing in the NATO. The memo is an recipe for the targeted manipulation of public opinion in two NATO ally countries, written by the CIA. It is classified as Confidential / No Foreign Nationals.


WikiLeaks to release video of civilians, journalists being murdered in airstrike

Whistleblower Web site WikiLeaks is planning to release a video that reveals what it's calling a Pentagon "cover-up" of an incident in which numerous civilians and journalists were murdered in an airstrike, according to a recent media advisory.

The video will be released on April 5 at the National Press Club, the group said.

Webmaster's Commentary:

That is probably why Obama is in Afghanistan right now trying to stammer his way through a speech without his teleprompters and using what sounds like a pre-recorded applause track (they are in a tent, yet the applause has hard-wall echoes in it).


CIA paper reveals plans to manipulate European opinion on Afghanistan

Out-of-the-box' CIA think tank proposes concerns over women's rights, fear of terrorism as ways to boost support for Afghan war

Evidently spooked by the collapse of the Dutch government over the country's involvement in Afghanistan, the CIA has put together a strategy proposal to prevent what it fears could be a "precipitous" collapse of support for the war in Afghanistan among European allies.

A document marked "confidential / not for foreign eyes," posted to the Wikileaks Web site, suggests strategies to manipulate European public opinion on the war, particularly in France and Germany.

The document doesn't propose any direct methods by which the CIA could achieve this -- there are no references to planting propaganda in the press, for example -- but it does lay out what it sees as the key talking points to changing hearts and minds on the war. Among its proposals, the policy paper suggests playing up the plight of Afghan women to French audiences, as the French public has shown concern for women's rights in Afghanistan.

For the German audience, the document suggests a measure of fear-mongering about the possible fallout of NATO failure in Afghanistan. "Germany’s exposure to terrorism, opium, and refugees might help to make the war more salient to skeptics," the document asserts.

Read the report here, courtesy of Wikileaks.

GET OBAMA INVOLVED

The CIA Red Cell points out that President Obama continues to enjoy popular support in Europe at levels he has not seen in the US in months. The report suggests getting the president involved in selling the Afghanistan war to Europeans.

The report notes that "when [opinion poll] respondents were reminded that President Obama himself had asked for increased deployments to Afghanistan, their support for granting this request increased dramatically, from 4 to 15 percent among French respondents and from 7 to 13 percent among Germans."


NATO rejects Russia's demand to destroy Afghan poppy fields

Afghan opiates led to the death of 1 million people by overdose in the last 10 years, and that is United Nations data. Is that not a threat to world peace and security?' Ivanov asked journalists after the meeting.

Webmaster's Commentary:

OF course, the indelicate question will not be put to NATO leadership, which is: who is really profiting from the sale of these drugs?!?

It sure as heck is not the typical Afghan opium farmer.


NATO won't destroy Afghan poppy fields

NATO has rejected an appeal made by Russia for eradication of opium fields in Afghanistan, arguing that the sole source of income in the region cannot be removed.

Addressing a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on Wednesday, head of Russia's Federal Drug Control Agency (FSKN) Victor Ivanov said "Afghan opiates led to the death of 1 million people by overdose in the last 10 years, and that is United Nations data. Is that not a threat to world peace and security?"


U.S. & NATO Are Supporting Afghan Drug Industry

The US military says it is using a new approach to fight drug production in Afghanistan, but Julian Mercille, lecturer at University College, Dublin, believes both they and NATO have in fact been supporting the industry.

“The bulk of the income from drugs is captured by other players like traffickers and the police and people in the government. So the problem is that the US and NATO have empowered a lot of people who are involved in drugs in government and the police forces,” says Mercille. “That is one reason why the US and NATO have directly caused the drastic increases in drug production in Afghanistan.”

Webmaster's Commentary:

Control of the drug trade means controlling where the drugs ultimately wind up, like the cheap heroin to which many young Russian people have become addicted.


Afghanistan Is The World's Top Hashish Producer

Afghanistan is not only the world's largest supplier of opium, it also is the global leader in hashish production, the United Nations said Wednesday.

"While other countries have even larger cannabis cultivation, the astonishing yield of the Afghan cannabis crop ... makes Afghanistan the world's biggest producer of hashish," UNODC chief Antonio Maria Costa said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"Hey, they've got to lead the world in something!" - official white horse souse.


The Afghan Ant Hole:The New US-NATO Offensive will run into Trouble

Will these campaigns in Marja, Kandahar and Kunduz subdue the Taliban and bring them to the negotiating table, the newly professed strategy of the occupiers? It should not be forgotten that Karzai himself was a member of the Taliban government from 1995-98, before Unocal hired him as an insider to try to clinch an oil pipeline deal. His effortless transition to US protege suggests he was probably already on the US payroll, along with his less reputable colleague Osama bin Laden. Though Karzai sees negotiations as the only way out, comments by other ex-Taliban officials who have cast their lot with the occupiers, however reluctantly, are not encouraging.



Palestine:


Israeli planes and helicopters mount Gaza attacks

Reuters - GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli planes and helicopters mounted at least seven missile attacks on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Friday, destroying what a military spokesman described as Palestinian munitions sites.


Thirteen Israeli air strikes hit Gaza Strip


Israeli planes and helicopters bomb Gaza targets


Israeli warplanes bomb Gaza Strip


Israel pounds Gaza with missiles

The Israeli military said it had targeted weapons storage facilities in the central Gaza Strip, in Gaza City in the north and the southern Gaza Strip, all in response to rockets fired from Gaza.

Late on Thursday and just two hours before the air strikes, the military said a Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza had landed in an open area of southern Israel.

There was no claim of responsibility for the rocket, which caused no casualties.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Okay folks, here is a question: Do you really think that in 20 years the Palestinians haven't figured out a way to have these rockets actually hit something useful? (And by the way there was only one rocket last Wednesday.) And if the Palestinians have a rocket (a firework really) that doesn't hit anything useful and does not cause any damage, why would they even fire it, knowing that this will give Israel the excuse to come in with all their modern weapons (paid for by the US tax payer) and start blowing up what little the Gazan people have left to live on?

Or does it really make much more sense that these totally useless and ineffective rockets are just a propaganda device by Israel's agents-provocateurs to justify a renewal of the military efforts to push the Palestinians off of what is left of their lands?


Israel destroys Gaza dairy for second time

It was not a chemical plant, nor a nuclear facility, nor a manufacturer of weapons of mass destruction. But almost all the rubble of the entirely destroyed factory was covered in white, with white chunks everywhere. These were pieces of cheese, butter and yoghurt — some of the products made by the Dalloul dairy factory in southern Gaza City.

Israeli warplanes bombed the factory shortly after midnight last Thursday through Friday night, 1-2 April, leaving the building, all its equipment and the distribution van completely destroyed.


Israelis quit Gaza after worst clash in over a year

Israeli troops and tanks left the Gaza Strip on Saturday, witnesses said, after the bloodiest clash in the Hamas-ruled enclave in 14 months killed two soldiers and a Palestinian.

The violence underscored the deadlock in U.S.-mediated contacts between Israel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose peacemaking bids have been sapped by Hamas hostility along with continued Israeli settlement construction on occupied land.


Israeli Tanks, Bulldozers Move Into Gaza After Deadly Clashes

For the first time in 14 months Israeli forces are moving against the Gaza Strip, and Israeli tanks and armored military bulldozers are advancing on the town of Khan Younis.

But whether this remains an exception to the relative calm between the two sides over the past year or portends a new upswing in violence remains to be seen. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, for his part, vowed there would be “ramifications” on Hamas for the latest fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Watch for a massive escalation of violence, most probably provoked by Israel.


Israeli minister talks of new war on Gaza

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=121844&sectionid=351020202

A senior Israeli minister has threatened that Tel Aviv will "liquidate" Hamas sooner or later, adding that Israel may even launch a new offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Israel's Finance minister Yuval Steinitz said Tel Aviv has not set a timetable for when it will eliminate the Palestinian movement, but he underscored that it would happen sooner or later.

He said Israel cannot tolerate the movement becoming stronger. Steinitz did not rule out the possibility of a new invasion of Gaza, saying Tel Aviv had no choice, but to take such action.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Memo to Israeli Minister Yuval Steinitz; let's see now; so a mass extermination of the Palestinian people in Gaza will be your answer to Hamas, which legitimately won the last election?!?

In the last century, I remember very clearly a mass extermination of innocent people in Germany; it is described as the "the Holocaust".

And such a slaughter should never happen again to any people on this planet, particularly to the Palestinians.

IF you think, sir, in your hubris, that the world will just stand around and watch this happen, you had better well think again.


Israeli Army Invades Khan Younis, Israeli Leaders Weigh Resumption Of Assassinations

http://uruknet.com/index.php?p=m64585&hd=&size=1&l=e

The latest developments came as Israel’s military and political leaders are weighing the possibility of a massive attack against the Gaza Strip in addition to weighing the possibility of resuming Israel’s illegal assassinations policies.

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We are looking at a potential extermination of Gazan Palestinians by Israel, if this assault moves forward.


PA: 20,000 could lose homes in Jerusalem

More than 20,000 Palestinian homes in Jerusalem could soon face demolition orders, according to Ahmad Ruweidi, a legal advisor on Jerusalem affairs within the Palestinian President's Office. March 28, 2010.

Ruweidi said Israeli courts will soon accuse homeowners of having violated construction restrictions over the past 10 years and issue demolition orders on the pretext that they needed renewable licenses.

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Forced demolitions, followed by homelessness, followed by...forced deportations?

One has to wonder what ultimately will happen with these displaced Palestinians, and where they will ultimately wind up.


By the Maps: Understanding Israel's Increasing Grip On Jerusalem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v-Tpg9xN5k&feature=player_embedded


Report: IDF strikes militant targets in Gaza

Israeli war jets and tanks struck several targets in the Gaza Strip Friday night, wounding at least five people, witnesses and medical sources said.


EAST JERUSALEM …. A NEVER ENDING STORY

The short video clip was filmed during the summer of 2008, in the houses of Sheikh Jarrah, not long before the eviction of the Al-Kurd family from their home. Two teenagers who knew English became the ambasadors of the entire neigborhood, and gave us a guided tour around it. They tell about the neighbourhood life before the eviction, in the shadow of settlers’ violence (including violence towards children), which is backed by the Israeli police force.


Israel to raze 200 Palestinian homes in Jerusalem

Jerusalem’s mayor threatened last week to demolish 200 homes in Palestinian neighbourhoods of the city in an act even he conceded would probably bring long-simmering tensions over housing in East Jerusalem to a boil.

His uncompromising stance is the latest stage in a protracted legal battle over a single building towering above the jumble of modest homes of Silwan, a deprived and overcrowded Palestinian community lying just outside the Old City walls, in the shadow of the silver-topped al Aqsa mosque.

Beit Yehonatan, or Jonathan’s House, is distinctive not only for its height – at seven storeys, it is at least three floors taller than its neighbours – but also for the Israeli flag draped from the roof to the street.


Testimonies of Israeli Female Soldiers Regarding Violations Against Palestinian Civilians

Part of the testimonies is regarding “extra efforts” that female soldiers should conduct in order to be recognized and accepted by the fellow male soldiers.
Another soldier said that she saw a fellow female soldier humiliating Palestinian residents “in a way that cannot be described by words”, and added that “you have to see it to realize how she behaves, how she humiliates the Palestinians without caring about anything”.

“Everybody is doing that”, the soldier added, “Soldiers and senior officers, nobody objects”.


Israel to Allow First Shipment of Clothes to Gaza in Nearly Three Years

For the first time in almost three years, Israel will soon allow a shipment of clothes and shoes to be delivered to Palestinians living in Gaza. Palestinian officials said ten truckloads are scheduled to arrive on Thursday.



Israël:


La Judée déclare la guerre à Obama


Judea declares War on Obama by Gilad Atzmon

Last week we read about AIPAC’s assault against President Obama. It was reported that the Jewish Lobby in America took its gloves off. In the open, AIPAC decided to mount pressure on the American leadership and President Obama in particular.

Webmaster's Commentary:

I am not so sure. Yesterday the United Nations Human Rights Council passed three resolutions condemning Israel over its policies in occupied Palestinian and Syrian territories.

However, the United States voted against them all.

Doesn't sound to me like there is really a split between Israel and the US. Israel is merely having the US strain against its slave-chains in front of the TV cameras to give Israel deniability when the US attacks Iran.


ONLY ISRAEL CAN MAKE FUN OF THE HAITIAN DISASTER

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The Holocaust Industry: All about money?

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Holocaust Exploited

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U.S. official: No plans to withhold veto on a Jerusalem UN resolution

A U.S. State Department official has denied an earlier report saying the United States will consider abstaining if the the United Nations votes on East Jerusalem.

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All this pretense3 a a split between the US and Israel is just for show. The US Government is still Israel's bitch!(Apologies to the real bitches out there)


UN chief says Israeli settlement activities illegal

UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon said Israeli settlement activities are illegal and against the international law, stressing that they should come to an end.

In a speech at the opening session of the 22nd Arab Summit, the UN chief addressed that the significance of Jerusalem should be respected as a capital for both Israel and the future Palestinian state.


Signatories to Hoyer-Cantor Letter Reaffirming the U.S.-Israel Alliance

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Save this file! These are the treasonous members of the US Congress who have sworn eternal support to Israel no matter what war crimes Israel commits in the future.

Come November, please remind these people that America needs leaders who put America, first, second, and third!


Israel Threatens Lebanon: A New Middle East War?

When Israeli Minister without Portfolio Yossi Peled said recently that a war with Lebanon’s Hezbollah was “just a matter of time” and that such a conflict would include Syria.

The Lebanese are certainly not treating it as Likud bombast.

“We hear a lot of Israeli threats day in and day out, and not only threats,” Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri told the BBC. “We see what is happening on the ground and in our airspace…during the past two months—every day we have Israeli airplanes entering Lebanese airspace.”


Lebanese bracing for the worst as Israel threatens to unleash the dogs of war


Israel will widen any future Lebanon conflict into Syria

The Israeli state must take into account Syria’s role in supporting Hizbullah in any future war with the Lebanese group, an Israeli security analyst said on Friday. Renewed hostilities could also see Israel launch a ground invasion of the Bekaa to cut Syrian supply routes to the Shiite group, Jonathan Spyer, senior research fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs Center, wrote in the Jerusalem Post. Hizbullah officials contacted by The Daily Star declined to comment on the story.

“The logic of confrontation in Lebanon suggests that Syria may find it hard to avoid direct engagement in a future Israel-Hizbullah clash,” Spyer said. The “point of no return” would be if Damascus provided anti-aircraft devices to Hizbullah to use during Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary:

A regional war in this area will spiral into a potential world war very quickly.

And Israel is itching for a way any, which way they can, and are currently doing illegal overflights of Lebanese airspace right now on a consistent basis.

When at some point, the Lebanese military strikes back, that will be the excuse Israel will use for going to war against it, to gain both territory and the water of the Litani river.

I am hoping that the adults in the room in the Lebanese government will not give the Israelis the luxury of getting such a war going, because that may definitely spiral from a regional confrontation to a world war.


Is Another Israeli War Looming?

That's what Lebanon's Prime Minister, Saad al-Harir, claimed may be in the works today in an interview with the BBC in which he accused Israeli aircraft of repeatedly violating Lebanese air space on a daily basis.


'I was stabbed in the back,' says soldier who used human shield in Gaza

The trial began on Wednesday for two Israel Defense Forces soldiers suspected of using Gazan children as human shields during Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip in 2008, according to Channel 10.

The soldiers, who breached the army's rule against using civilians as human shields during war, are tried for violating IDF authority and for inappropriate conduct.

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Notice that this soldier is not repentant for having done something fundamentally, repugnantly morally wrong; he is angry because he got caught and prosecuted for doing it.


Despite row, U.S. and Israel sign massive arms deal

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Washington this week absorbing the full wrath of the Obama administration, the Pentagon and Israel's defense establishment were in the process of sealing a large arms deal.

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I keep telling you; this "row" is just political theater for the masses.


A stark truth: Israeli arms, U.S. dollars

The third "ask" that AIPAC supporters will make of Congress on Tuesday is to once again pass the $3 billion in U.S. aid provided annually to Israel. "It's a very tough ask this year," [AIPAC lobbyist Steve] Aserkoff admitted, noting the U.S. domestic budgetary and economic challenges. Among other major purchases, the Israeli government has announced plans to replace its aging fleet of F-16 fighter jets with new, American-made F-35 fighters, a major cost that Israel hopes will be substantially born for [sic] by American taxpayers.

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The short answer is, Americans shouldn't be expected to bear these costs for Israel.

But there is a far more deep, insidious problem here that Greenwald doesn't touch.

According the the Symington Amendment, under US law, the US government is forbidden to provide monetary or military aid which does have nuclear weapons, but refuses to sign the NNPT and have its sites inspected.

As we know from the revelations of Mordechai Vannunu in the late 80s, and confirmed by both former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert and former US President Jimmy Carter, Israel has nukes.

Unlike Iran, Israel refuses to sign the NNPT or have its nuclear sites inspected.

So every dime of taxpayer funded dollars given to Israel is given to Israel in direct violation of US law.

What's wrong with this picture?!? EVERYTHING!!


More than 250 Congress members declare commitment to 'unbreakable' U.S.-Israel bond

More than 250 members of Congress have signed on to a declaration reaffirming their commitment to "the unbreakable bond that exists between [U.S.] and the State of Israel", in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Every congresscritter who signed that letter needs to be deported to the Israel they clearly love above their own constituents.


The Crisis That Wasn’t

The propaganda spewed at the current AIPAC conference makes it equally clear that Israel and its supporters are the leading advocates of an attack on Iran and their victory over Obama will only embolden them. Israel can trigger a war by bombing Iran and provoking retaliation that will draw the United States in and there is nothing Washington can do to stop that. When war happens and the awful consequences become clear Obama and Hillary will wish that they had stood up to Israel and AIPAC this week and stopped the madness. But by then it will be too late.


UN Human Rights Council adopts 5 resolutions against Israel

Five resolutions have been adopted against Israel, amounting to the greatest number of condemnatory resolutions on a single country:


Israel told to pay Gaza damages

The UN Human Rights Council urged Tel Aviv on Wednesday to pay reparations to the Palestinian people for the loss and damage it inflicted on them during last year's bloody invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Pakistan tabled the motion, which also suggested that the Red Cross should investigate Israel's use of incendiary white phosphorus weapons during Operation Cast Lead.

It passed by a majority of 29 to five at the UNHRC heaquarters in Geneva, with 11 abstentions.

The resolution was opposed by the US, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovakia.

Britain, Belgium and France were among the countries that abstained.


U.N. rights council condemns Israel, U.S. opposes

U.N. rights council condemns Israel, U.S. opposes

GENEVA (Reuters) — The United Nations Human Rights Council passed three resolutions on Wednesday condemning Israel over its policies in occupied Palestinian and Syrian territories, but the United States voted against them all.A further resolution, calling for a fund to compensate Palestinians who suffered losses during Israel’s offensive in Gaza 14 months ago, is expected to be passed on Thursday.

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Despite 'row,' US seals military deal with Israel

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=121660&sectionid=351020202

The US gives written consent to generously boost the Israeli military despite Washington's alleged dissatisfaction with Israeli settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Upon agreeing on a relevant deal, the United States agreed to hand over roughly 250-million-dollars worth of Hercules C-130J aircraft to the Israeli army, the Israeli Haaretz newspaper said on Thursday.

Later in the day, the US Defense Department is to issue a formal announcement on the deal, which is to be financed by the American foreign assistance funds.

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There is no "row" between the US and Israel; this taxpayer paid-for deal demonstrates that very clearly.


Obama approves aid to Israel, PA

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0%2C7340%2CL-3821976%2C00.html

US President Barack Obama this week signed the 2010 foreign aid budget law which includes $2.775 billion in security aid to Israel. This is the second year the budget is transferred to the Jewish state as part of understandings that the American assistance to Israel in the coming decade will total $30 billion.

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30 billion dollars over the next decade...to a country which spits in the US's face and tells us it's raining; while homeless American Vets sleep in our streets, kids don't have enough to eat, and one person in 8 in the US is on food stamps?!?

Unflipping believable.


Obama grants Israel billions of dollars in aid

The Israeli Ynet news website

US President Barack Obama has signed the foreign aid budget law for 2010 which includes the granting of $2.775 billion in security aid to Israel.

The Israeli Ynet news website reported that the budget signed by Obama, for the first time, also grants $500 million to the Palestinian Authority.

The aid also includes $100 million to be used by US General Keith Dayton, who is in charge of training the Palestinian security forces in the West Bank.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Obama must love the process of having a country spit in his face and telling him it's raining.

He's forking over your taxpayer dollars to an Israeli government which has dissed him on the settlement issue, refuses to lift the siege of Gaza, and is, in general, stealing what land they can from Palestinians through killings, evictions, and IDF/settler-caused destruction of what crop lands exist for the Palestinians.

And that $100 million for the use of US General Keith Dayton, in charge of training the Palestinian Security Forces in the West Bank?

As reported on 18 December 2009 in

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/435

"Palestinian security agents who have been detaining and allegedly torturing supporters of Hamas in the West Bank have been working closely with the CIA, the Guardian reports. Human rights activists say the abuses would end promptly if US pressure was brought to bear on the Palestinian authorities. A diplomat in the region said "at the very least" US intelligence officers were aware of the torture and not doing enough to stop it."

This is a tactic much beloved by the IDF, to keep Fatah and Hamas from ever reconciling, and that is why the CIA is continuing to torture Hamas members.

Nice to know how your tax dollars are being used here, isn't it?!?


U.S.-Israeli Arms Cooperation Quietly Growing

http://uruknet.com/index.php?p=m61256&hd=&size=1&l=e

"We came to the Obama administration and said, 'Listen, we have a problem here,’" Oren, told a gathering of the National Jewish Democratic Council. "The administration’s reaction was immediate: we are going to address this issue, we are going to make sure that we maintain your QME [qualitative military edge]."

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While homeless Vets sleep in our streets; while our kids can't get enough to eat; while one in 8 Americans are barely surviving on food stamps, there isn't anything the Obama Administration isn't prepared to do for Israel!


Senate passes $636 billion defense spending bill

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/12/19/senate.defense/index.html

The Senate passed a $636 million defense spending bill Saturday by an 88-10 vote.

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That is about $6000 per American household.


New FBI Files Alleging AIPAC Theft of Government Property and Israeli Espionage Released

Declassified files detailing an FBI investigation targeting the American Israel Public Affairs Committee are now available on the Internet. AIPAC was investigated after it acquired and circulated classified government information provided in strict confidence by US industry and worker groups opposed to AIPAC sponsored economic legislation.

The 50 pages now available as portable document files (PDF) include:

FBI reports of Israelis circulating classified documents in the US Congress, "compromising" the authority of the U.S. President. http://irmep.org/ila/economy/06201984.pdf

US Trade Representative concerns that AIPAC was tactically "divulging" classified information supplied by US industries opposed to AIPAC lobbying initiatives. http://irmep.org/ila/economy/06211984.pdf

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"Holocaust. HOLOCAUST! Oh, Holocaust, Holocaust, Holocaust, Holocaust, Holocaust, Holocaust, Holocaust, Holocaust Holocaust Holocaust Holocaust HolocaustHolocaustHoloCAUST!!!!!" -- Official Israeli Response


THE “MOST MORAL ARMY IN THE WORLD”

Many Israelis like to believe, and the cliché is repeated regularly in Israel, that their army is the “most moral army in the world.”

However, following the Gaza war which left 1,400 Palestinians dead, most of them civilians, some Israelis have begun to question this.

Furthermore, the fatal shooting of four Palestinian teenagers in the course of 24 hours over the weekend, in highly questionable circumstances, has forced the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) to investigate the incident amidst contradictory statements issued by the soldiers involved.


PALESTINIAN STUDENT ACTIVIST BEATEN, BROKEN, BATTERED ….. THEN RELEASED

The initial beating of Omar on the face and head made his mouth bleed and his head hurt and he was not able to speak to the soldiers and this only made them beat him more for not answering their questions. Omar told our friend Sevtap that one of the soldiers told him "do you think the international solidarity will protect you".


Palestinian organizer tortured in Israeli jail

Omar Alaaeddin from the village of alMa’asara was nabbed from the Container Checkpoint on Sunday the 14th. He was released yesterday with no charges pressed against him. Alaaeddin reports having been tortured in the Israeli Russian Compound Jail in Jerusalem.

Alaaeddin was beaten repeatedly, both by the soldiers who detained him, and later, in the Israeli Russian Compound jail in Jerusalem. He reports to have been kicked, punched and even electroshocked with a taser by the soldiers and his jailers.

Webmaster's Commentary:

So this is how the allegedly "greatest democracy in the Middle East" behaves:

1. It lies about the reasons for arresting a Palestinian who did absolutely nothing wrong, and files absolutely no charges against him.

2. It then tortures that Palestinian who has done absolutely nothing wrong.

3. It refuses to provide any medical care for this Palestinian who has done absolutely nothing wrong after he is tortured.

4. It then releases this Palestinian after having tortured him for having done nothing wrong, except for having had the temerity to organize peaceful protests.

This has happened on countless other occasions, without much comment. But this case does, and will continue, to shine an unblinking light on Israel's atrocities against the Palestinians.

Israel can no longer hide what it is doing, and what it is doing to Palestinians should be as morally repugnant to every thinking Israeli as it is to thinking, moral people around the world.


New Israeli Law Forbids Palestinians From Mourning Or "Showing Signs Of Sadness"

A new law in Israel makes it a crime to commemorate what Palestinians call the "Nakba", the "catastrophe" of their dispossession by the creation of the Zionist state in 1948. The Knesset, Israel's parliament, has passed "The Nakba Draft Law" after just one reading. Penalties will be imposed on anyone showing signs of sadness and mourning within the (undefined) borders of Israel on 15 May; Palestinians remember on that day the creation of the refugee crisis that remains after 62 years.


Toronto Restricts Academic Freedom: ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ Not Permitted to Take Place

Last week, Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Director of Education Chris Spence announced in a statement that "'Israeli Apartheid Week' and its activities are not permitted to take place on school or Board property, or as part of any activity under the jurisdiction of the TDSB." Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) considers this announcement a clear attempt to discourage rational discussion of the constellation of issues addressed by Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), and therefore considers it an unacceptable restriction on the academic freedom that should be enjoyed by the TDSB's community.


Critiquer Israël: un acte criminel?

Si Gaza est une zone contrôlée d’où rien ne peut entrer ni sortir, des efforts sont faits pour que le Canada devienne de même. Un groupe composé de membres venus des quatre partis parlementaires, cherchent à criminaliser les critiques envers l’État d’Israël. Il s’agit de la Coalition parlementaire canadienne de lutte contre l’antisémitisme (CPCCA). L’inspiration de former cette coalition vint d’une conférence tenue en février 2009 à Londres, où 125 délégués de plus de 40 pays, des parlementaires du monde entier, ont participé à deux journées de présentation et de débat sur le “problème croissant de l’antisémitisme”. Une délégation de 11 députés était venue du Canada, sous la direction de M. Jason Kenney, ministre de la Citoyenneté et de l’Immigration, et de M. Irwin Cotler, enseignant et président du comité directeur international. Au terme de cette conférence il fut produit une résolution, la Déclaration de Londres sur le combat contre l’antisémitisme” qui demande à tous les gouvernements de se pencher sur ce problème, et particulièrement sur ses manifestations
dans les médias et les milieux universitaires.”
Il ne s’agit pas d’attaquer les voix marginales qui veulent suspendre les droits d’individus appartenant à un groupe particulier, mais bien de s’en prendre à ce que le CPCCA appelle le “nouvel antisémitisme” qui consiste à attaquer Israël. Sur son site ont peut lire: “Tandis que des accusations de meurtre rituel et des cas de menu vandalisme demeurent problématiques pour la communauté juive, de nouvelles peurs ont émergé, principalement chez les défenseurs de l’État d’Israël.” Il enchaîne en évoquant les intimidations dont seraient victimes les étudiants juifs sur les campus universitaires. Il est connu pourtant que sur ces derniers, des groupes de défense d’Israël, Hillel par exemple, mènent des campagnes contre toutes formes de critiques d’Israël, souvent ressenties comme de l’intimidation.
Pour conserver un semblant de légitimité intellectuelle, il faut bien reconnaître la possibilité de critiquer Israël. Mais ces critiques se doivent d’être que superficielles. Si les desseins de cette organisation sont réalisés, attaquer la nature juive d’Israël (alors que tout état démocratique devrait accorder des droits égaux à tous ses habitants) sera jugé antisémite; comparer le traitement des Palestiniens à l’Apartheid sera jugé antisémite; supporter les campagnes de boycotte contre Israël pour faire changer les comportements de cet état sera jugé antisémite. Ironiquement, il sera possible de critiquer les agissements du Canada, mais pas d’Israël sur des questions pourtant similaires, faisant d’Israël le seul état au monde que l’on ne peut critiquer.
Des audiences publiques ont été tenues depuis le 2 novembre dernier et un rapport sera produit et présenté au gouvernement du Canada. Celui-ci devrait agir au plus tard en automne 2010, pour réaliser les vœux de ce regroupement selon toute vraisemblance.
http://www.cpcca.ca/anotresujet.htm

Cause noble ou dérapage ?

Texte de Chantal Hébert:

http://www2.lactualite.com/chantal-hebert/category/politique-canadienne/

Radio-Canada rapportait la semaine dernière que 500 artistes québécois, dont Gilles Vigneault et Richard Desjardins, avaient signé une pétition prônant le boycottage des produits israéliens et réclamant des sanctions internationales contre l’état hébreu. Sous le titre 500 artistes québécois contre l’apartheid israélien, l’organisme Tadamon, qui pilote la pétition en fait état sur son site internet.

La nouvelle coïncide avec “la semaine contre l’apartheid israélien 2010“, qui se déroule actuellement dans plusieurs campus universitaires québécois et canadiens, un événement auquel Tadamon est également associé.

Dans le brouhaha olympique, la pétition n’a pas fait de vagues dans un sens ou dans l’autre. Mais en Ontario, le mouvement en question est très controversé et la semaine anti-apartheid vient de faire l’objet d’une rare condamnation unanime de l’Assemblée législative. Actualité, Chantal Hébert

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This is like saying that criticism of the Nazis should be banned because it is "Anti-Germanism".


Anti-Semitism: Zionism’s indispensable alibi

Maidhc Ó Cathail considers the symbiotic relationship between Zionism and anti-Semitism – real or imagined – and how Israel and other Zionists have at times faked instances of “anti-Semitism” in order to promote their cause.


Canadian opposition leader reverses his earlier stand that Israel practices apartheid

As Ignatieff pointed out in 2002, Israel is an Apartheid State.

It appears that since then, Ignatieff's mental faculties have become somewhat muddled. For in 2010, he is now condemning himself. Since in Canada we benefit from Medicare coverage (at least as of this week), I suggest Mr. Ignatieff consult with a medical professional to get to the root of his disorganized thinking.


Israel is An Apartheid State and That is Why They are Losing Legitimacy

Last week the Ontario Legislature unanimously passed a resolution denouncing Israel Apartheid Week submitted by PC Peter Shure who said calling Israel an apartheid state was "close to hate speech." While there were only 30 MPP's in the Legislature at the time, NDP MPP Cheri di Novo was one of them and spoke in favour of the resolution. This week a Conservative MP is introducing a resolution calling IAW anti-Semitic.

South African apartheid had three pillars of apartheid and Israel shares all three.


European Parliament endorses Goldstone Gaza report

The European Parliament on Wednesday urged its 27-member states to monitor the Israeli and Palestinian probes into alleged war crimes committed during last year's late-winter conflict in Gaza.

The resolution backed the findings of a UN-appointed expert panel chaired by South African Judge Richard Goldstone, which concluded that both sides committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during the war that began in December 2008 and ended in January 2009.

The parliamentary move, which would give the EU an unprecedented role in evaluating the progress of Israel's war crimes probe, was sharply criticized by Israel.


ALLEGED GENOCIDE IS NOT A WAR CRIME

The claims of alleged war crimes committed, according to the Goldstone report, during fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas in late 2008 and early 2009 will not reach the International Criminal Court at the Hague, a former ICC official told Haaretz on Sunday.

Legal attorney Nick Kaufman, who had served as a senior prosecutor at the ICC and a senior district attorney for the Jerusalem prosecution, said Israeli officials were likely safe from war crimes suits as the U.S. would probably veto such a move.

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Making the US Government an accessory to those war crimes.



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Investigation reveals numerous bogus claims on Obama resume

http://www.examiner.com/x-37620-Conservative-Examiner~y2010m4d3-Investigation-reveals-numerous-bogus-claims-on-Obama-resume

According to a special report issued by 'the Blogging Professor,' the Chicago Law School faculty hated Obama. The report states that Obama was unqualified, that he was never a 'constitutional professor and scholar,' and that he never served as editor of the Harvard Law Review while a student at the school.

The real truth is that Barack Obama was merely an 'instructor' at Chicago Law School, not a professor. Commonly, instructors are non-tenure-track teachers hired by colleges and universities to teach certain courses for a salary that is well below that of Associate Professors or full Professors.


RCMP apologize to Dziekanski's mother for death of son

The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER, B.C. - The RCMP have settled with Robert Dziekanski's mother, but most of the compensation package will remain confidential in a case that has drawn international outrage.

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Bill Sweeney told a Senate committee hearing in Ottawa last May that the force was "very sorry" for Dziekanski's death, but stopped short of admitting the Mounties made a mistake.

In his apology, Bass said "the RCMP could have could have done things better. We have learned from this situation."

"The RCMP had a part to play in the sequence of events that went on for many hours that night," he said of the incident that resulted in Dziekanski's death at Vancouver's airport on Oct. 14, 2007, after he was jolted five times by an RCMP Taser.

Dziekanski's death was caught on videotape and touched off a storm of outrage after the video showed a scene markedly different from the RCMP's description of what happened.

An exhaustive inquiry into what happened that night is underway and former judge Thomas Braidwood is expected to complete his final report by May 31, after which it will be made public.


POLICE STATE - Cops Taser 10-Year-Old Boy At Day Care Center


L'électricité coûtera plus cher

· Hélène Baril

(Québec) Même si l'opinion publique était farouchement contre, le gouvernement a décidé d'augmenter les tarifs d'électricité et de consacrer ces revenus supplémentaires à la réduction de la dette.

Le dégel des tarifs du bloc patrimonial d'électricité se fera graduellement et seulement à compter de 2014. Il se traduira par une augmentation de 3,7% par année pour tous les consommateurs, à l'exception des entreprises énergivores comme les alumineries, qui en seront exemptées.

En conférence de presse, le ministre des Finances a expliqué que ces entreprises sont vitales pour l'économie des régions du Québec. «Nous avons décidé de ne pas y toucher», a-t-il dit.

En revanche, celles qui bénéficient des tarifs très bas des contrats secrets conclus avec Hydro ne pourront pas les renouveler à l'échéance, entre 2014 et 2016. Elles paieront alors le tarif grande entreprise (tarif L), ce qui permettra à Hydro-Québec de récupérer des revenus supplémentaires de 160 millions.

Les entreprises épargnées sont seulement 150, ce qui a fait dire au porte-parole de la Fédération canadienne de l'entreprise indépendante que l'effort de réduction de la dette a de quoi laisser sceptique plus d'un dirigeant de PME. «L'augmentation des tarifs d'électricité épargnera 150 entreprises énergivores mais nuira aux 200 000 PME qui paient déjà de 20 à 30% plus cher», a dénoncé Richard Fahey.

Le tarif patrimonial augmentera de 1 cent entre 2014 et 2018, et il sera par la suite ajusté au rythme de l'inflation.

Les revenus supplémentaires provenant de la hausse de 2,79 à 3,79 cents le kilowattheure du bloc patrimonial seront versés Fonds des générations créé pour rembourser la dette. C'est 1,6 milliard, qui s'ajoutera aux redevances hydrauliques versés par les producteurs d'électricité (Hydro-Québec, Alcan et les autres producteurs privés).


Timed-use hydro rate lifts price 7 per cent

As Toronto Hydro switches its customers to time-of-use rates – which mean higher prices at peak periods – 92 per cent have seen the energy portion of their bill rise by about 7 per cent, said Toronto Hydro chief executive Anthony Haines. The average jump was $2.38 a month.


CIA can withhold records on Oklahoma City bombing

A federal judge in Utah says the Central Intelligence Agency can withhold documents on the Oklahoma City bombing investigation and prosecution, agreeing that the records were properly withheld for national security and other reasons.

Webmaster's Commentary:

This is as much as admitting that you have not been told the whole truth about what happened that day!

See "The Oklahoma City Bombing"


Earth Hour participation down

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Earth+Hour+participation+down/2754312/story.html

Canadian interest in Earth Hour waned this year, according to a poll by Ipsos Reid.

The poll, conducted on behalf of Canwest News Service and Global Television, showed that fewer than half of Canadians participated in Earth Hour this year, either by turning out their lights (39 per cent) or by contributing in another way (eight per cent). In comparison, 60 per cent of Canadians participated in 2009.

Participation was highest in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, but much lower in other provinces. Nowhere in the country did participation increase significantly from last year.

The survey shows:

- in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 33 per cent participated in Earth Hour this year, compared with 57 per cent last year;

- in Ontario, 54 per cent participated, compared with 74 per cent last year;

- in Alberta, 46 per cent participated, compared with 63 per cent last year;

- in British Columbia, 52 per cent participated, compared with 62 per cent last year;

- in Atlantic Canada, 50 per cent cent, compared with 59 per cent last year;

- and in Quebec, 36 per cent participated this year, although that's up one per cent from last year.

The poll was conducted between March 29-31. A sample of of 1,010 adults across Canada were interviewed online. The poll is considered accurate within 3.1 percentage points 19 times out of 20.


Prosecutor: Undercover FBI agent infiltrated militia

An undercover federal agent infiltrated a Christian militia group that authorities say plotted to incite violent revolt, and the agent built explosives under the direction of the group's suspected ringleader, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary:

So, the FBI informant actually built the bombs, without which there is no crime.


Mumbai Terrorist Was US Agent

After terrorist conspirator and “former” U.S. government agent David Coleman Headley received promises of leniency and extradition protection from American prosecutors for his role in the 2008 Mumbai massacre, speculation about his true masters was set ablaze as outrage erupted across India.

Headley — a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent and the son of a Pakistani diplomat — pled guilty to various criminal charges on March 18 in connection with his terrorist activities in India, Pakistan and Denmark. He is reportedly “cooperating” with investigators.

Department of Justice Press Release

http://chicago.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel10/cg031810.htm?utm_source=co2hog

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For Immediate Release
March 18, 2010

United States Attorney's Office
Northern District of Illinois
Contact: (312) 353-5300

Chicago Resident David Coleman Headley Pleads Guilty to Role in India and Denmark Terrorism Conspiracies
Admits Conducting Surveillance for Lashkar e Tayyiba in Planning 2008 Mumbai Attacks


Moscow Terror: CIA-Saudi-Mossad Operation?

The terror attacks seemed to have achieved their political & strategic objectives.

But firstly let us analyse the terror attack itself. The Moscow Subway terror occurred on the 29th of March, a very significant day, which is the eve of the “Palestine Land Day” & the “International Week for the Boycott of Apartheid Israel”. Last year on the 30th of March, there was a high profile terror attack on the Manavan Police station near Lahore in Pakistan, which captivated the International media & their audiences, thus successfully relegating the global “Boycott Israel” mobilization to the background.

Thus, firstly this attack has well has been timed to counter the growing worldwide ‘Israel Boycott Movement’. The strategic period & the timing of the terror attacks are a pointer to the powers behind the perpetrators.

And there are no coincidences in Politics!!

Soon after the terror attack, fingers of suspicion pointed towards terrorists from the ‘North Caucasus’ & Chechen terror groups were suspected. The attacks are believed to be the handiwork of two women suicide bombers of North Caucasian origin, called as the ‘Black Widows’. Someone as ridiculous as the ‘Russian Bin Laden’ also cropped up. More than a 100 false terror alerts were received, a suicide belt was ‘found’ near the FSB office (Federal Security Bureau, former KGB) & this continued to unsettle the Muscovites.

Soon the internet was raging with stories & animated chat room discussions of the possible hand of the CIA-Saudi Intel & the Mossad.

Thereafter, on the 31st of March Doku Umarov, who is supposedly the ‘Emir of the North Caucasus’, claimed responsibility for the attack.

There was also a denial by Shemsettin Batukaev, a spokesman for the ‘Caucasus Emirate’ organization who said that “We did not carry out the attack in Moscow, and we don’t know who did it. (Reuters)

On searching for the obvious & deep links that Chechen terrorists have with the CIA, one will find that Doku Umarov’s links to the CIA have been removed from the Internet!!

Shades of David Headley & Ken Haywood in India, I must add.

But fortunately Umarov’s links to the Saudis are even deeper!!


Moscow metro: 19 black widows could launch fresh attacks

Nineteen "black widow" female suicide bombers trained by an Islamist terrorist known as "the Russian Bin Laden" remain at large and may launch fresh attacks on Moscow, Russian investigators have warned.

Why do I get the feeling this is Israel's doing in response to Russia not going along with sanctions against Iran?


Russia: two suicide bombers kill 12 in Dagestan

Two suicide bombers including one impersonating a police officer have killed at least 12 people and injured 18 others in the southern Russian province of Dagestan on Wednesday, officials said.

Why do I get the feeling this is Isreal's doing in response to Russia not going along with sanctions against Iran?


Chechen rebel Doku Umarov claims responsibility for Moscow blasts

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article7083501.ece

A Chechen militant leader claimed responsibility last night for sending “Black Widow” suicide bombers into the Moscow Metro as the head of Russia’s Security Council accused Georgia of backing terrorism in his country.

Doku Umarov said that he had personally ordered the attacks at Lubyanka and Park Kultury stations that killed 39 people on Monday. In a video posted on a Chechen separatist website, he warned that more were planned.


Mongolia: The Pentagon's Trojan Horse. US-NATO Partner Wedged Between China And Russia

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=18423

Mongolia, however remote it is and previously inaccessible it may have been, is no exception to the wave of worldwide U.S. military expansion.

NATO now has a military partner squeezed between Russia and China.

With its vast expanse (over 600,000 square miles) and its sparse population (less than 3 million people with almost 40 percent living in the capital), Mongolia is the optimal location for U.S. military surveillance (ground, air and satellite) to monitor China and Russia simultaneously. The nation’s new U.S.-educated head of state is not likely to deny Washington’s requests in that regard.

In the last decade alone the U.S. has acquired bases and other military installations and stationed its armed forces throughout parts of the world that it had never penetrated during the Cold War era, including:

Africa: Approximately 2,000 troops and the Pentagon’s Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

Black Sea: Seven new air and training bases in Bulgaria and Romania and the de facto control of air, navy, infantry and surveillance bases in Georgia.

Baltic Sea: The activation in April of a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 theater interceptor missile battery in Eastern Poland with an initial contingent of 100 troops to run it.

Middle East: Air bases, forward operating bases, base camps, weapons storage facilities and troops transit centers in Iraq, Jordan and Kuwait and a long-range (2,900-mile) interceptor missile radar facility in Israel staffed by 120 U.S. military personnel.

Central Asia: An air base in Kyrgyzstan through which 35,000 U.S. and NATO troops transit each month for the war in Afghanistan and plans for a new special forces “anti-terrorist” training center in the nation.

South Asia: A proliferation of infantry and air bases in Afghanistan, including the mammoth Bagram Air Field with 25,000 military personnel and contractors. The Bagram military complex has been more than tripled in size since the 2001 invasion and is currently undergoing yet further large-scale expansion.

East Asia: The return of the U.S. military to the Philippines after being ordered to leave by the country’s Senate in 1991 with at least 600 troops and two permanent structures in Camp Navarro in Mindanao where the U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) is based.

South America: Seven new military, including air and naval, bases in Colombia agreed upon last summer.

Central America: In addition to the U.S. retaining the use of the Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras for its 550-troop Joint Task Force-Bravo after the military coup d’etat of last June 28, a report surfaced in September of 2009 that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had reached an agreement with new Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli for the opening of two new American naval bases, one each on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts.

Indian Ocean: U.S. Africa Command deployed lethal Reaper “hunter-killer” drones, spy planes and over a hundred service members to Seychelles late last year.

South Pacific: A secretive military satellite base in Western Australia was approved in 2007. The massive expansion of the Andersen Air Force Base and construction of barracks for 8,000 Marines on Guam is underway.

New bases on every inhabited continent outside the Pentagon’s own.

Mongolia, however remote it is and previously inaccessible it may have been, is no exception to the wave of worldwide U.S. military expansion.

On March 29 NATO announced that the nation had become the 45th country to contribute troops for the North Atlantic military bloc’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. The 44th nation to be formally dragooned into NATO’s first ground and first Asian war was Montenegro, the world’s newest (universally recognized) state.


Attack derails goods train in Russian Caucasus

An explosive device placed on a railway line derailed a goods train early Sunday in the troubled North Caucasus region of Dagestan, Russian news agencies reported.

Webmaster's Commentary:

If the Us/Israel attacks Iran, and Russia decides to support Iran, those shipping routes through the Caucasus will be vital resupply routes.


U.S. and Colombia Cover Up Atrocities Through Mass Graves

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-kovalik/us-colombia-cover-up-atro_b_521402.html

This scandal revolves around the Colombian military, most recently under the direction of Juan Manuel Santos, knowingly murdering civilians in cold blood and then dressing them up to look like armed guerillas in order to justify more aid from the United States. According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pilay, this practice has been so "systematic and widespread" as to amount to a "crime against humanity." And sadly, when Ms. Pilay made this statement, she literally did not know the half of it.

The biggest human rights scandal in years is developing in Colombia, though you wouldn't notice it from the total lack of media coverage here. The largest mass grave unearthed in Colombia was discovered by accident last year just outside a Colombian Army base in La Macarena, a rural municipality located in the Department of Meta just south of Bogota. The grave was discovered when children drank from a nearby stream and started to become seriously ill. These illnesses were traced to runoff from what was discovered to be a mass grave -- a grave marked only with small flags showing the dates (between 2002 and 2009) on which the bodies were buried.

According to a February 10, 2010 letter issued by Alexandra Valencia Molina, Director of the regional office of Colombia's own Procuraduria General de la Nacion -- a government agency tasked to investigate government corruption -- approximately 2,000 bodies are buried in this grave. The Colombian Army has admitted responsibility for the grave, claiming to have killed and buried alleged guerillas there. However, the bodies in the grave have yet to be identified. Instead, against all protocol for handling the remains of anyone killed by the military, especially those of guerillas, the bodies contained in the mass grave were buried there secretly without the requisite process of having the Colombian government certify that the deceased were indeed the armed combatants the Army claims.

To date, not factoring in the mass grave, it has been confirmed by Colombian government sources that 2,000 civilians have fallen victim to the "false positive" scheme since President Uribe took office in 2002. If, as suspected by Colombian human rights groups, such as the "Comision de Derechos Humanos del Bajo Ariari" and the "Colectivo Orlando Fals Borda," the mass grave in La Macarena contains 2,000 more civilian victims of this scheme, then this would bring the total of those victimized by the "false positive" scandal to at least 4,000 --much worse than originally believed.

That this grave was discovered just outside a Colombian military base overseen by U.S. military advisers -- the U.S. having around 600 military advisers in that country -- is especially troubling, and raises serious questions about the U.S.'s own conduct in that country. In addition, this calls into even greater question the propriety of President Obama's agreement with President Alvaro Uribe last summer to grant the U.S. access to 7 military bases in that country.


Catholic Abuse Hotline Overrun Amid New Allegations

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,686985,00.html

A hotline set up by the Catholic Church in Germany to counsel victims of sexual abuse was overrun on its first day, with almost 4,500 calls.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"Welcome to the Catholic Sexual Abuse Automated Hotline.

"If you were sodomized by a priest, press 1."

"If you were sodomized by a Bishop or above, press 2."

"If you were forced to engage in oral sex, press 3."

"If you have photos, please stay on the line and the next available lawyer will be negotiating a settlement with you as soon as possible."


Vatican: Pope has immunity in sex abuse trials

Pope Benedict, accused by victims' lawyers of being ultimately responsible for a cover-up of sexual abuse of children by priests, cannot be called to testify at any trial because he has immunity as a head of state, a top Vatican legal official said on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Nonsense. Bill Clinton was forced to testify in his sex crimes case while still President!


Put the pope in the dock

Legal immunity cannot hold. The Vatican should feel the full weight of international law.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Saddam was the sovereign head of a nation. He was still hung, and apparently for far less than the Catholic church has done!


Pope claims legal immunity; Vatican, Bishops, defend cover-up

Pope claims legal immunity; Vatican, Bishops, defend cover-up. The never ending tragedy of the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy and the cover-up of that abuse by top Church officials continues to dominate the headlines.


Best New Catholic Church Defense: It's Not Pedophilia If the Boys Were Post-Pubescent

On Larry King Live last night, professional overzealous defender of the Catholic Church Bill Donohue explained to Sinead O'Connor that it's not pedophilia if the victim is 12 or 13.


Prominent Catholics Say Problem is Homosexuality, Not Pedophelia ... Does that Mean Molesting GIRLS Is Okay?

Some prominent Catholics have said that the problem is not pedophelia so much as homosexuality. Does that mean that molesting underage girls is okay?

The Vatican has also said that the storm of criticism regarding sex abuse by priests is akin to anti-semitism. There is of course a big difference. Anti-semitism (which is wholly different from anti-Zionism or criticizing Israel) is a form of hatred based on someone's race - rather than that person's actions. In other words, it is hating someone based on something that the hated person can't do anything about.

In contrast, people are angry at the actions of the Catholic Church. Specifically, the Vatican has known of child abuse by priests and bishops for many decades, and yet has failed to defrock the abusive clergy and has covered it up.

Note 1: While the agent of consent in Vatican City is 12 years old, when there is a relationship of dependence (like teacher/student/ etc.) the age of consent is 15 years.

Note 2: I strongly believe in freedom of religion, and this is in no way meant as an attack on the Catholic faith, only on criminal activity and cover-ups.


1963 letter indicates former pope knew of abuse

A 1963 letter to then-Pope Paul VI indicates the Vatican was aware of clergy abuse in the U.S. nearly five decades ago.

In the letter, obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday, the head of a Roman Catholic order that oversaw treatment of pedophile priests tells the pope he recommends removing pedophile priests from active ministry.


Navarro-Valls on the Abuse Crisis

The Holy See press office director under John Paul II, Dr. Joaquin Navarro-Valls, has today criticized the media for “a raging phobia” against the Church over pedophilia while ignoring the problem in the rest of society which he says is widespread.

Webmaster's Commentary:

This is the "everyone fucks children - get off our back" defense.

Catholics have spared no pains to flood my mailbox with emails reminding me that the Talmud condones sex with children. There is also an organization, NAMBLA, which also has an agenda favoring sex with children.

Now, it occurs to me that all three entities, Talmudists, NAMBLAns, and Catholics might be screwing little children, but only two of them, Talmudists and NAMBLA, are honest and up front about what they want.

What is fueling the rage against the Catholic Church is that they are saying one thing but doing something entirely different, and when caught breaking not only their own declared rules but the civil laws as well, held themselves to be above the laws and covered up the scandals for decades.

It's that "Holier than thou" attitude and the hypocrisy it conceals that has really pissed people off. And the Pathetic spin being put forward is only making matters worse.


Satan behind media attacks on the Pope, asserts Italian exorcist

Noted Italian exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth, commented this week that the recent defamatory reporting on Pope Benedict XVI, especially by the New York Times, was “prompted by the devil.”


Pope's preacher compares abuse criticism to anti-Semitism

By Victor L. Simpson, The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI's personal preacher on Friday likened accusations against the pope and the Catholic church in the sex abuse scandal to "collective violence" suffered by the Jews.

The Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa said in a Good Friday homily with the pope listening in St. Peter's Basilica that a Jewish friend wrote to him to say the accusations remind him of the "more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism."


Pope willing to excommunicate Catholic Priests accused of pedophilia, turn them over to authorities

In a surprising, yet reassuring turn of events, Pope Benedict XIV, the head of the Catholic Church has announced that he is willing to excommunicate any and all Catholic Priests who have been rightfully accused of pedophilia while in service to the Catholic Church.

"It is my sworn duty to uphold the tenets of the faith which rest securely on the never changing, holy scripture, which speaks succinctly, yet passionately, against sexual sin within the body of Christ." Pope Benedict wrote in a letter addressed to "Fellow Catholics, Christians, and citizens of this great planet."

Webmaster's Commentary:

Well, it sounds wonderful, and yes child molesters should go to jail. But this flip-flop, in which the same guy who covered up priestly sexual crimes for thirty years is now throwing same to the wolves to save himself, demonstrates that the church does change, which means there are no "eternal tenets"; only what is expedient for the moment.

In other words, the Pope just showed the world that the Catholic church, far from being an eternal and unchanging moral standard for the world, are just ordinary guys, a bunch of dirty old men doing what they please until they got caught.

Yes, throwing the priests into jail will possibly curtail the problem for the moment, but the real principle here is that if indeed the church represents some kind of divine moral authority, the problem should have never happened in the first place. The Pope may escape lawyers, but the church has destroyed its own image as a moral authority.


Catholic church reluctant to release residential schools records

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/catholic-church-reluctant-to-release-residential-schools-records/article1524204/

The Roman Catholic Church is balking at the release of Indian residential schools documents that name individual church members, insisting its concern is purely about respecting Canada’s privacy laws and not an attempt to cover up new allegations of abuse.

But the research director for Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission says the denominations involved in residential schools are being unco-operative, and suggests the Catholic church in particular fears more abuse stories will come out against living members.

The Conservative government and the churches that helped run Canada’s Indian residential schools are sitting on mountains of archived material, but not a single page has yet been turned over to the commission.

For years, the churches, Ottawa and representatives of former students have negotiated behind the scenes over how to release the documents while respecting Canada’s privacy laws. All the churches say they are being co-operative.

There now appears to be broad agreement that names of individual students will be released only with their permission, but it remains undecided whether the names of church members – whether dead or alive – will be revealed.

Pierre Baribeau, the lawyer who speaks on behalf of 54 Catholic entities involved in the agreement, said Catholics are the ones waiting on the commission to produce a clear policy for how documents can be released while respecting federal and provincial privacy laws.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Remember that in this case, we are talking about more than just sexual and physical abuses; we are talking about outright deaths at the hands of the Catholic staff.


SOUTH PARK - RED HOT CATHOLIC LOVE!

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No embedding, so you have to go to their site to see this. Tell 'em I sent you!

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