Mittwoch, 19. Mai 2010

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Not another war, Mr. President!

by Justin Raimondo


Nothing, but nothing, is going to get in the way of this administration’s path to war with Iran. This was brought home in a dramatic way when the Brazilians and the Turks announced Iran had agreed to implement the nuclear exchange deal proposed by the US some seven months ago: the Iranians agreed to turn over most of their fissionable material in exchange for fuel rods and technical assistance that would enable them to produce medical-grade materials. Peace seemed to be breaking out all over — but not if the US government and its allies on the UN Security Council could help it. They refused to take yes for an answer, and promptly announced they were proceeding with the sanctions campaign...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Take the Deal, Mr. President


U.S., Brazilian officials at odds over letter on Iranian uranium

"It was a letter that was responding to something they were doing, in which we were pointing out that what you are doing falls well short of what we are seeking before," he said.

Obama's Letter to Lula Exposes Forked Tongue On Iran

By Steve Hynd

President Lula of Brazil has released the full text of Obama's 20th April letter to Brazil about the proposed TTR fuel swap deal.

Brazil, Turkey sharpen tone with US over Iran

Brazil and Turkey lashed out at the United States Friday in a deepening confrontation over Iran, saying it and other nuclear powers lacked credibility in demanding Tehran hobble its atomic program.

From Information Clearing House

Obama Myths and Realities

Greg Guma, Truthout: "It was a fairy-tale premise: Once upon a time, a charismatic prince appeared magically and gave an inspiring, instantly famous speech. Four years later, he was leading the most powerful kingdom in the world from the brink of disaster."


President should nominate justices who respect the Constitution

Liberty For All
by Brian Irving


The bitter battles now routine for every U.S. Supreme Court nomination go beyond the issue of the qualifications or political views of the specific nominee. They expose a more fundamental problem with the federal government: the legislative and executive branches simply refuse to take the Constitution seriously...

Time to save the middle class

In These Times
by US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)


Now is the time for President Barack Obama and Congress to take the bold steps necessary to reverse our economic decline and to strengthen and expand the struggling middle class. As part of this effort, we need to pass a strong financial reform bill and a robust jobs bill that puts Americans back to work at decent-paying jobs. We must never forget that this economic crisis was caused by the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior of a handful of executives on Wall Street. If we are going to get the economy back on track, we have to fundamentally change the way Wall Street does business. Wall Street must invest in the job-creating productive economy instead of engaging in the casino-style risk-taking that led to the largest taxpayer bailout in U.S. history...

Obama and the myth of the public opinion excuse

by Glenn Greenwald


Presidents often insist on polices which public opinion rejects. Bush continued and even escalated in Iraq when large majorities opposed the war, and Obama has done the same in Afghanistan (with less pervasive though, at least at times, substantial majoritarian opposition). Obama fought for passage of a health care reform bill in the face of overwhelming public sentiment against it, and he favored the Wall Street bailout under the same circumstances. Obama has strongly condemned, and threatened to take action against, the Arizona immigration law despite widespread public support for it. Clearly, when a President believes a policy is sufficiently important, he’ll insist on it (often successfully) despite public opposition; conversely, when he genuinely opposes a policy, he’ll reject it despite public sentiment in favor. That, I believe, is called leadership. … if Presidents do nothing more than slavishly follow public opinion, then what difference do elections make? If majority sentiment dictates policy outcomes, then who cares who does the implementing?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Fact vs. Fiction on Today’s Economy

Science in the Age of Obama

How to Break Up the Banks, Stop Massive Bonuses and Rein in Wall Street Greed

Zach Carter, AlterNet: "New York University economist Nouriel Roubini is the author of, most recently, 'Crisis Economics: A Crash Course In The Future Of Finance.' He is considered one of the most prominent and respected economists in the world. When both Wall Street bankers and Bush administration policymakers were insisting that everything was just fine, Roubini was warning about the most dire financial crisis since the Great Depression. In 2007, the financial elite laughed him off, but Roubini was vindicated by the crash of 2008."

Rage Against the Machine

Randall Amster J.D., Ph.D., Truthout: "It's morning in America, and the nativists are getting restless. Often cited amidst the moderate chagrin over rightwing rampaging in recent weeks is the dubious proposition that these factions are openly rebelling against 'business as usual' in US politics. While social movement activities in general are worthwhile, we ought to distinguish between those that actually challenge power and those that are supported by it. In the case of the Tea Party and their ilk, we are witnessing a unique posture whereby people are raging against the system even as they epitomize it."

White Wealth and Black Debt Shot Up in "Growth" Years

Kai Wright, ColorLines: "The wealth gap between Blacks and Whites has grown by fourfold over the course of Generation X's lifetime, exploding to $95,000, a study released today found. And the debt burden among African American families has nearly doubled."

Ordinary Workers Would Be Fired in a Second If They Screwed Up Anywhere Nearly as Bad as the Bankers Have

Dean Baker, Alternet: "The world is suffering from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. The crisis has left tens of millions unemployed in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere. The huge baby boomer generation in the United States, now on the edge of retirement, has seen much of its wealth destroyed with the collapse of the housing bubble."


Govt employee tells the truth


Credit Storm in Europe; Politics on Capital Hill

By Mike Whitney

Wall Street has won this round. The window for real reform has closed, and now it's "business as usual" until the next catastrophe.

The Cult of Subprime Central Bankers

By Dean Baker

People don't need economists to tell them that times are bad. However, what the public may not recognize is that the same people who caused this disaster are still calling the shots.

Cooking The Books?

Banks Trim Debt, Obscuring Risks


The practice, known as end-of-quarter "window dressing" on Wall Street, suggests that the banks are carrying more risk most of the time than their investors or customers can easily see.

US money supply plunges at 1930s pace as Obama eyes fresh stimulus

The M3 money supply in the United States is contracting at an accelerating rate that now matches the average decline seen from 1929 to 1933, despite near zero interest rates and the biggest fiscal blitz in history.

The War is Making You Poor

Next year's budget allocates $159,000,000,000 to "contingency operations," to perpetuate the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. That's enough money to eliminate federal income taxes for the first $35,000 of every American's income each year, and beyond that, leave over $15 billion that would cut the deficit.

Both parties packing pork into war-funding bill

The bill has grown into a nearly $200 billion grab bag of unfinished business that includes $1 billion for summer-jobs programs, $1.5 billion in aid to farmers who had crops damaged and $4.6 billion to settle two long-running lawsuits against the government, one by black farmers claiming discrimination and one by American Indians over the government's management of their land.

From Information Clearing House

Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds

Beverly Bell, Truthout: "'A new earthquake' is what peasant farmer leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) called the news that Monsanto will be donating 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds, some of them treated with highly toxic pesticides. The MPP has committed to burning Monsanto's seeds, and has called for a march to protest the corporation's presence in Haiti on June 4, for World Environment Day."

Haitian Farmers Resist GM Crops

Beverly Bell, Truthout: "In part II of an interview, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste discusses the role that agriculture can play in Haiti in addressing both the environmental and food crises. Jean-Baptiste is the executive director of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP by its Creole acronym) and the spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay (MPNKP)."

Groups Around the US Join Haitian Farmers in Protesting "Donation" of Monsanto Seeds

Beverly Bell, Truthout: "'We're for seeds that have never been touched by multinationals. In our advocacy, we say that seeds are the patrimony of humanity. No one can control them,' said Doudou Pierre, national coordinating committee member of the National Haitian Network for Food Sovereignty and Food Security (RENHASSA), in a recent interview. 'We reject Monsanto and their GMOs. GMOs would be the extermination of our people.'"

Killing Our World

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "'I wanted to destroy everything beautiful I'd never have,' wrote Chuck Palahniuk in his novel, 'Fight Club.' Burn the Amazon rain forest. Pump chlorofluorocarbons straight up to gobble the ozone. Open the dump valves on supertankers and uncap offshore oil wells. I wanted to kill all the fish I couldn't afford to eat, and smother the French beaches. I wanted the whole world to hit bottom ... I wanted to breathe smoke. I wanted to burn the Louvre. I'd do the Elgin Marbles with a sledgehammer and wipe my a... with the Mona Lisa. This is my world, now."

Drones and Democracy

Kathy Kelly and Joshua Brollier, Truthout: "On May 12, the day after a US drone strike killed 24 people in Pakistan's North Waziristan, two men from the area agreed to tell us their perspective as eyewitnesses of previous drone strikes. One is a journalist, Safdar Dawar, general secretary of the Tribal Union of Journalists. Journalists are operating under very difficult circumstances in the area, pressured by both militant groups and the Pakistani government."


"A Bomb is a Bomb is a Bomb"

When Will the Real Terrorists Stand Up?

By Saul Landau

I propose President Obama end the war against terrorism and admit the phrase means "Muslims should scare you!".

1,000 Dead Americans in Afghanistan

$33 Billion More for Afghan War

Extreme Energy Addiction: The Oil Rush to Hell

Ignoring Calls for Moratorium, Shell Seeks to Drill in Arctic Seas This Summer

BP's Moby Dick?

BP's Haste Lays Waste to Gulf Waters

BP's Nuke-Powered Liability Cap


How Bush's DOJ Killed a Criminal Probe Into BP That Threatened to Net Top Officials

Jason Leopold, Truthout: "Mention the name of the corporation BP to Scott West and two words immediately come to mind: Beyond Prosecution. West was the special agent in charge with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) criminal division who had been probing alleged crimes committed by BP and the company's senior officials in connection with a March 2006 pipeline rupture at the company's Prudhoe Bay operations in Alaska's North Slope that spilled 267,000 gallons of crude oil across two acres of frozen tundra - the second largest spill in Alaska's history - which went undetected for nearly a week."


Are Americans addicted to oil?

Foundation for Economic Education
by William L. Anderson


The American political elite tell us we are addicted to oil. Whether it’s from former President George W. Bush or the present administration, Americans for years have been admonished to break the oil habit and use alternative fuels that meet Washington’s approval. An online dictionary defines ‘addiction’ as ‘the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Help Stop the Arctic Offshore Oil Disaster


Tell Secretary Salazar to Just Say "No" to Shell's Alaska Drilling

US-Luftwaffe baut Einheit für den Cyberwar auf

30.000 Soldaten sollen für die Luftwaffe den Cyberspace verteidigen oder Angriffe führen, angeblich soll auch jeder einen Avatar erhalten.

Drastische Vermögensunterschiede: Kluft zwischen Weißen und Afro-Amerikanern hat sich stark vergrößert

Uneinholbar reich

Breakup Of U.S. Is Inevitable

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

I say again, the American empire is not sustainable; the breakup of the United States is inevitable. It is only a matter of time. The real question is not IF the US will breakup, but WHEN and HOW? Globalists are already planning America's breakup. Indeed, their plans for the future global economy DEMAND that America fracture. So, all of those who want to parade around and pontificate about the "unconstitutionality" and "impracticality" of secession can do so to their hearts' content. It changes nothing. The breakup is.........

The Greek Tragedy Is Just a Sneak Preview of What's Coming to Washington

Britain Is the New Greece


The Greek People are the Victims of an Extortion Racket

By Olivier Besancenot and Pierre-François Grond

What is happening in Greece concerns all of us. The people are paying for a crisis and a debt that are not their own. Today it is the Greeks, tomorrow it will be others, for the same causes will produce the same effects if we allow it.

The Heresy Of The Greeks Offers Hope

By John Pilger

The crisis that has led to the "rescue" of Greece by the European banks and the International Monetary Fund is the product of a grotesque financial system which itself is in crisis. Greece is a microcosm of a modern class war that is rarely reported as such and is waged with all the urgency of panic among the imperial rich.

The Financial Crisis As A Game Of 3 Card Monte

By Danny Schechter

We live in a three-card monte world. Follow the money as it moves from one shell to another. Now guess where it is. Most of us don't know the hand can be quicker than the eye. That's why mostly everyone who has ever been suckered into playing ends up losing except those who are allowed to win to keep the hustle going.


Crashing the markets for fun and profit


Taking giant steps towards becoming Greece

by Rossputin


The economics are relatively obvious. There are fewer and fewer taxable privately-earned dollars being used to fund more and more handouts, unemployment benefits, food stamps, and socialized medicine. There is a maxim in economics (which applies equally well to many other things) which is utterly appropriate here: If a trend can’t be sustained, it won’t be. Just ask Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Zimbabwe...

Informant: Thomas L. Knappçois+Grond

The Trouble With Representative Democracy

Forget Sarah Palin: It's Rand Paul's Moment and Ron Paul's Opportunity

The Death of Aiyana Jones: 'Showtime Syndrome' Claims a Child

The Keynesian Race to Bankruptcy

As US proceeds on sanctions path, France calls Iran-Turkey-Brazil deal 'positive step'

Brazil & Turkey to be punished for intervening in P5+1 Iran diplomacy

Iran sanctions resolution as possible casus belli for West

'Israel is now a lunatic state'


U.S. Citizen Was Among the Dead on the Gaza Flotilla

From ufpj-news

Informant: Ashley Smith


Call for an international inquiry into activist killings


Giving the Finger to Iran

Humiliating Turkey and Brazil

By Gary's Choices

It turns out that this lifted middle finger was not limited to Iran. Only hours before Clinton's announcement, the foreign minister of Turkey held his own press conference. Obviously unaware of what was about to happen, he described in some detail not only the tortuous negotiation process with Iran, but his perception that he was acting directly on behalf of the United States.

The Iran Nuclear Deal and the New Premier League of Global Powers

By Simon Tisdall

Brazil and Turkey are determined to pursue diplomacy and compromise - even if it means upsetting Washington.

Erdogan questions UNSC 'credibility'

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the UN Security Council lacks the "credibility" to deal with Iran's nuclear issue.

Newspaper ad calls for Israel to bomb Iran

An advertisement on Israel's Haaretz website is calling on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to make good on his (alleged?) promise to bomb Iran in two weeks' time. If he doesn't, says Israel Uncensored News, "the entire Middle East will be up in arms. In nuclear arms."

US/Israel Challenged on Iran

By Ray McGovern

The times may be a-changin' - at least a bit - with the United States and Israel no longer able to dictate to the rest of the world how crises in the Middle East must be handled, though the new reality has been slow to dawn on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her neocon friends in Congress and the U.S. media.

Brazil: Iran is willing to talk, other countries must do the same

Brazil President says Iran has been 'sold to the world as the devil' but now would like to see others live up to conditions they imposed on Iran.

Iran 'may cancel uranium swap deal if UN imposes sanctions'

"If [the West] issues a new resolution against Iran, we will not be committed to Tehran's statement and dispatching fuel outside Iran will be cancelled," prominent lawmaker Mohammad Reza Bahonar was quoted as saying by Iran's Mehr news agency.

'No chance for new Iran sanctions'

Mottaki said that his Turkish and Brazilian counterparts have briefed him on their negotiations about the declaration, which the three foreign ministers signed in Tehran on Monday, adding that they believed that there is no chance for a new UN Security Council resolution against Iran.

Take the Deal, Mr. President

By Pat Buchanan

If Barack Obama is sincere in his policy of "no nukes in Iran - no war with Iran," he will halt this rude dismissal of the offer Tehran just made to ship half its stockpile of uranium to Turkey. Consider what President Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollah himself have just committed to do.

Turkey defends its attempt to resolve Iran nuclear standoff

In letter to Obama, Turkey PM Erdogan says that the uranium swap deal announced on Monday has opened the door for a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear issue.

India snubs US, hails Iran's N-plan

The growing policy rift between India and the US on how to deal with Iran's nuclear enrichment plans has come out in the open with foreign minister S M Krishna disagreeing with the American position to welcome Tehran's decision to send its low enriched uranium stock to Turkey.

Russia to Sell Iran Missiles Despite UN Sanctions

A senior Russian lawmaker says proposed United Nations sanctions against Iran will not affect Russia's plans to sell Tehran surface-to-air missiles.

Former CIA Officer on Iran: Brazil and Turkey are Vital Checks and Balances

By Graham E. Fuller

Shouldn't the world welcome the actions of two significant, responsible, democratic, and rational states to intervene and help check the foolishnesses of decades of US policy on Iran?

U.S. Moves Goalposts On Iran And Changes Uranium Details


I believed Obama was ready to think anew on Iran. It seems not. Presidents must lead on major foreign policy initiatives, not be bullied by domestic political considerations, in this case incandescent Iran ire on the Hill in an election year.

Turkey blames US in Iran row, urges support for swap deal

Turkey insisted Thursday that rejecting a nuclear swap deal with Iran would be "unreasonable" and said that a US push for fresh sanctions on Tehran was creating an "absurd situation."

The Brazilian/Turkish Initiative: Rebalancing The World

By Richard Falk

Outside of Western diplomatic circles it is already widely appreciated that the May 17th agreement reveals the exciting reality of a new geopolitical landscape in which the countries of the global South are now beginning to act as subjects, and no longer content to be mere objects in scenarios devised in the North.

Turkish PM says West unfair, insincere in Iran row: report

Turkey's prime minister Saturday accused Western powers of lacking a "fair and sincere" approach on Iran in a mounting row over a nuclear swap deal with Tehran, Anatolia news agency reported.

Turkey vows response to Israeli attack

"It should be known that we will not stay silent and unresponsive in the face of this inhuman state terror," he was quoted as saying by AFP on Monday. - "International law has been trampled underfoot," Erdogan argued.

Turkey seeks Security Council meeting, condemns Israel

Turkey canceled joint military exercises with Israel and called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council after pro-Palestinian activists were killed when Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza.

Live coverage: Israel's flotilla raid

We'll be live-blogging the aftermath of this incident throughout the day; keep checking back for international reaction, news from our correspondents on the ground, photos and video.

Turks rally against Israeli attack

Around 10,000 people marched from the Israeli consulate in Istanbul towards the city's main square shouting slogans and waving banners saying "Killer Israel".

Rage in London at Israel's killing of peace activists

Protesters in London have blocked traffic from moving along Whitehall. People are continuing to join the demonstration.

How many remember the hijacking of the Achille Lauro?

By Yvonne Ridley

One cannot attack a ship and then claim self-defence if the people on board resist the unlawful use of violence.

U.S. Blocks Security Council Criticism of Israeli Raid

The Salt Lake Tribune

The Obama administration refused to endorse a statement that singled out Israel, and proposed a broader condemnation of the violence that would include the assault of the Israeli commandos as they landed on the deck of the ship.

Obama's Timidity and Deaths at Sea

By Ray McGovern

A chief lesson to learn from President Barack Obama's recent unwillingness to stand up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Lobby is that such timidity can get people killed.

Western Leaders are too Cowardly to Help Save Lives

It is ordinary people, activists, who now take decisions to change events

By Robert Fisk

You only have to read the gutless White House statement - that the Obama administration was "working to understand the circumstances surrounding the tragedy". Not a single word of condemnation.

Israel lost at sea

By Bradley Burston

We are no longer defending Israel. We are now defending the siege, which is itself becoming Israel's Vietnam.

Govt warns Israel to 'exercise restraint' on Irish aid ship

The Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin has discussed the ship's approach with the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland.

Martin demands return of citizens

Irish Foreign Affairs minister Michael Martin has demanded that Israel allows Irish humanitarian ship the MV Rachel Corrie through its military blockade of Gaza.

'Next time we'll use more force'

Israel will use more aggressive force in the future to prevent ships from breaking the sea blockade on the Gaza Strip, a top Navy commander told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Turkish fleet will sail to the eastern Mediterranean - Statements Turkish commander

Turkey has recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv, and the threat of outside support for the next ship, and threatened to "unprecedented immense reprisals.

Eye witness accounts of Israeli attack

Speaking on their return to Germany, Greece and Turkey on Tuesday, the activists said that commandos had administered electric shocks and beaten passengers during the assault.

Former US ambassador on Gaza aid ship seized by Israelis heading home, wife says

Edward Peck, 80, of Chevy Chase, Md., was among activists in the flotilla trying to get humanitarian aid to Gaza, said his wife, Ann Peck.

No weapons on stormed Turkish ship: Report

"Allegations that there were weapons aboard the Turkish ship are baseless," Fevzi Gulcan, the head of customs at the Mediterranean port city of Antalya, told Anatolia.

Gaza aid convoy killings: "Those responsible must be held criminally accountable" - UN expert

"Israel is guilty of shocking behavior by using deadly weapons against unarmed civilians on ships that were situated in the high seas where freedom of navigation exists, according to the law of the seas," Mr. Falk said.

American, 19 Among Those Killed By Israeli Troops

Furkan Dogan Was Shot Four Times in Head


A Canadian on board, Farooq Burney, described watching an elderly man bleed to death. The head of a Turkish charity that organized the aid flotilla said an Indonesian doctor was shot in the stomach and a photographer was shot in the forehead.

Biden: Israel right to stop Gaza flotilla from breaking blockade

By Natasha Mozgovaya

In contrast to the barrage of condemnations all over the globe, many in the U.S. Congress expressed support for Israel.

Aid Ship Sailing Towards Gaza, Prefers U.N. Escort

By Reuters

Israeli Foreign Minister, "No ship will reach Gaza. The Rachel Corrie will not reach Gaza," he told Israel Radio.

Call to Defend the Rachel Corrie

By Robert Naiman

Former UN Assistant Secretary called on Irish-Americans to lobby the Obama Administration: "We also feel there is a role for the Irish diaspora here, in the US and elsewhere to lobby politicians over this continued illegal blockade of Gaza, which is causing such hardship to the Palestinian people."

UN Orders Israel to lift Gaza Blockade

By NineMSN

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has demanded that Israel lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip immediately in the wake of a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Israeli commandos ready to board the 'Rachel Corrie'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear late Thursday that the ship will not be allowed into Gaza but will be boarded and brought to an Israeli port.

When hands across the sea are tied

The argument that outsiders should not be allowed to criticise countries is being used more and more to thwart human rights campaigns.

From Information Clearing House


Can a Security Council 'Coalition of the Unwilling' Defy Washington's Sanctions Crusade?

US Media Censors US Support of Iran Fuel Swap

Israelis Opened Fire Before Boarding Gaza Flotilla, say Released Activists

Israel's Carnage At Sea: Shouts Are Not Enough

Obama Must Join Global Condemnation of Israeli Flotilla Assault

Obama's Timidity and Deaths at Sea

Israel Reveals Its True Face

NGOs Gathered in Kampala Call for End to Impunity Crisis Following Israeli Attack on Aid Convoy


U.N. Security Council meets on Israeli raid



Israel faced condemnation and questions Monday at an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting called by Turkey on the Israeli military’s storming of a six-ship flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists headed to Gaza with aid supplies. At least nine activists died in clashes that injured seven Israeli soldiers. Israel contends the flotilla intended to break its blockade of Gaza, while Palestinian leaders and allies said Israel launched an unprovoked military assault on civilians...

The Mediterranean Massacre

by Justin Raimondo


In understanding how the Israelis justify killing sixteen civilians in international waters — and kidnapping hundreds — we have to look at it from the viewpoint of a savage. Now I don’t mean by that term someone necessarily wearing animal skins, and wielding a club: savages can wear Armani suits, and wield nuclear weapons, as the history of the twentieth century attests. In the West, however, the culture and especially religious belief prevents the celebration of savagery as civic virtue: when we commit atrocities, we justify it as a proportionate use of force in retaliation for previous acts of aggression by the victims of our wrath. Hiroshima and Nagasaki — and the arguments used to buttress the case for killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians — come to mind. The death of innocents is explained away as ‘collateral damage.’ The savage mind, however, works differently. Shorn of what we would recognize as a moral sense, the savage glories in his capacity for pitiless violence...

America’s complicity in evil

by Paul Craig Roberts

As I write at 5pm on Monday, May 31, all day has passed since the early morning reports of the Israeli commando attack on the unarmed ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, and there has been no response from President Obama except to say that he needed to learn ‘all the facts about this morning’s tragic events’ and that Israeli prime minister Netanyahu had canceled his plans to meet with him at the White House. Thus has Obama made America complicit once again in Israel’s barbaric war crimes. Just as the US Congress voted to deep-six Judge Goldstone’s report on Israel’s war crimes committed in Israel’s January 2009 invasion of Gaza, Obama has deep-sixed Israel’s latest act of barbarism by pretending that he doesn’t know what has happened...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Show your solidarity with Gaza Flotilla victims


Israeli Attack on Flotilla Sparks Wave of International Protests

Nora Barrows-Friedman, Truthout: "Rami al-Meghari watched the news unfold from live video feeds monitoring international waters 65km off the coast of the Gaza Strip Monday morning, one of Gaza's 1.5 million residents anticipating a shipment of wheelchairs, prefabricated homes, crayons, raw construction supplies, dental surgery equipment and reams of paper brought by international humanitarian activists on board a flotilla of boats."

US Navy Veterans Continue to Seek Justice for Israeli Attack

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "The Israeli military has attacked a flotilla of international peace activists, killing as many as 19 innocent civilians while they were carrying ten tons of aid to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. This is not the first time the Israeli military has attacked a nonthreatening entity in international waters."

Obama Must Ask Netanyahu the Right Questions

Ira Chernus, Truthout: "Debate rages around the world about the Israeli attack on the humanitarian flotilla headed to Gaza. And it should rage. As Martin Luther King Jr., said, an injustice to one is an injustice to all. But the debate that matters most - the one that will decide the fate of Palestinians and Israelis alike - is going on inside the Oval Office."

Human Rights Organizations and Bar Associations Condemn Israeli Assault

Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: "On Sunday, Israel murdered human rights workers who were attempting to deliver 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, because Gaza has been virtually cut off from the outside world by Israel. At least 19 people were reportedly killed and dozens injured when Israeli troops boarded the 6-ship Freedom Flotilla convoy in international waters and immediately fired live ammunition at the people on board the ships."


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