Saturday, December 25, 2010
ضمن هذا الوضع الجديد الذي تشكلت فيه القضية الفلسطينية، لم يكن هنالك من قانون حاكم غير قانون الغاب، قانون "الحق للقوة"، ولكن كان لا بد من تغليفه بقرارات دولية من هيئة الأمم المتحدة، ومن دبلوماسيات دولية تتزعمها الدول الكبرى لتحويل الصراع من جانب الفلسطينيين إلى صراع يرتكز إلى المطالبة بتنفيذ القرارات الدولية، رغم ما حملته من تكريس لعملية دعم ما أحدثته القوة من نتائج، ثم الاستناد في العقدين الأخيرين إلى ما يسمى المفاوضات والعملية السياسية أو التسوية السلمية.
هذا التحويل يستهدف أول ما يستهدف نزع أي تفكير في امتلاك القوة فلسطينيا وعربيا وإسلاميا لمواجهة قانون الغاب أو قانون "الحق للقوة". وذلك بالإيهام بأن من الأفضل ومن الأعقل ومن الواقعي التخلي عن إستراتيجية المقاومة فلسطينيا وإستراتيجية الحرب عربيا وإسلاميا. ومن ثم الركون إلى المفاوضات والتسوية والرهان على أميركا
هذا التحويل لمجرى الصراع أو لمواجهته من جانب الفلسطينيين والعرب كان متعارضا تعارضا شديدا مع طبيعة الصراع مع المشروع الصهيوني في فلسطين، وهي الطبيعة القائمة على أساس إحلال "شعب" مكان شعب آخر أي صراع وجود، ومتعارضة مع الأهداف الحقيقية لإستراتيجية الكيان الصهيوني والإستراتيجية الأميركية الذاهبتين -رغم بعض المواقف- إلى التكريس الكلي لما حدث من اغتصاب لفلسطين، وصولا إلى اغتصاب حتى الحق في فلسطين خارج قانون "الحق للقوة".
وذلك عبر إرساء ما يسمى "يهودية الدولة" بما يمس أصل الحق في فلسطين. وهنا التفاصيل كثيرة في ترجمة هاتين الإستراتيجيتين على أرض الواقع، تحت غطاء المفاوضات والعملية السياسية، ويكفي ما جرى ويجري من توسع استيطاني في الضفة الغربية وشرقي القدس
المهم أن من تبنوا هذا التحول أو تغزلوا به حتى الغرق، وشربوا كأسه مترعة حتى الثمالة، وإذا بالتجربة الواقعية التي لا تدحض أثبتت أن طريق المفاوضات والعملية السياسية متناقض 180 درجة مع طبيعة الصراع، ومع طبيعة المشروع الصهيوني وإستراتيجيته وأهدافه كما مع الإستراتيجية الأميركية، خصوصا بعد أن أصبح اللوبي اليهودي الأميركي جزءا عضويا في تقرير سياساتها من داخل مراكز القوى الأميركية القائدة نفسها.
الأمر الذي دحض كل ما قيل من تنظيرات حول المفاوضات والعملية السياسية ومواجهة الصراع.
"Despite threats of violence against their community, Iraqi Christians have gathered at a church where less than two months ago dozens of parishioners were killed by armed gunmen.
Religious leaders have advised worshippers to celebrate Christmas only with prayer out of fear for their safety.
Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reports from Baghdad. "
With John Pilger
"On the show this week we interview renowned filmmaker and journalist, John Pilger about his new film, The War You Don't See, Iran and Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks...."
".........The prime constant factor in American politics across the past six decades has been a counter-attack by the rich against the social reforms of the 1930s.
Twenty years ago the supreme prize of the Social Security trust funds – the government pensions that changed the face of America in the mid-1930s - seemed far beyond Wall Street’s grasp. No Republican president could possibly prevail in such an enterprise. It would have to be an inside job by a Democrat. Clinton tried it, but the Lewinsky sex scandal narrowly aborted his bid.
If Obama can be identified with one historic mission on behalf of capital it is this – and though success is by no means guaranteed, it is closer than it has ever been.......
Right now Obama’s job approval rating, as measured by Gallup, is running at about 46 per cent, as against the disapprovers who are around 48 per cent, having dropped back from an early autumn high of over 50 per cent. He’s now fairly set upon the right-wing course Clinton embarked on after 1994: wars abroad (Yugoslavia for Clinton, Afghanistan for Obama); a war-on-terror policy worthy of Bush-Cheney, as exemplified in the abandonment of pledges to shut down Guantanamo and the swift drafting of new and repressive espionage laws in the wake of WikiLeaks. Last Thursday Bill Quigley and Vince Warren had an ominous piece on this site, Obama’s liberty Problem.....
Clinton, the self-proclaimed ‘Comeback Kid’, took the same turn with his 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act., which was Act One of the Patriot Act. Clinton launched his successful onslaught on welfare in his second term, also the attack on Social Security which Obama now aims to consummate.
As with Clinton, we have an opportunistic, neoliberal president without a shred of intellectual or moral principle. We have disconsolate liberals, and a press saying that Obama is showing admirable maturity in understanding what bipartisanship really means. Like Clinton, Obama is fortunate in having pwogs to his left only too happy to hail DADTell as the rationale for continuing to support this spineless slimeball. The landscape doesn’t change much, as evidenced by the fact that Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and George W’s brother, looks as though he’s ready to make a bid for the Republican nomination. "
"This week marks the second anniversary of the horror inflicted on the people of the Gaza Strip. Nothing has changed! Gaza has returned to its pre-invasion state of siege, confronted with the usual international indifference. Two years after the Israeli assault that lasted 22 long days and dark nights, during which its brave people were left alone to face one of the strongest armies in the world, Gaza no longer makes the news. Its people die slowly, its children are malnourished, its water contaminated, and yet it is deprived even of a word of sympathy from the President of the United States and the leaders of Europe.....
Today, there is a growing grassroots struggle inside Palestine, much as there was inside apartheid South Africa. An intensified international solidarity movement with a common agenda can make the struggle for Palestine resonate in every country in the world. Our goal now, as civil society organizations, is to lift the siege against Gaza. To accomplish this, many activists, Palestinian and international, have launched a boycott campaign modeled on the global South African anti-apartheid campaign. This campaign is a democratic movement based on the struggle for human rights and the implementation of international law. Our struggle is not religious, ethnic, nor racial, but rather universalist; it is a struggle that guarantees the humanization of our people in the face of a dreadful Israeli war machine.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, a staunch supporter of Palestinian rights, has said, "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." While the Israeli armed forces were bombing my neighborhood, the UN, EU, Arab League and the international community remained silent in the face of atrocities. Hundreds of corpses of children and women failed to convince them to intervene......."
"BAT YAM, Dec 25, 2010 (IPS) - Emotions are running high in this working class town on the Mediterranean adjacent to Tel Aviv, the Israeli metropolis that has long been the symbol of liberal laissez-faire Israel. Principally, anti-Arab emotions: Racism is on the march.
A number of small, yet vociferous, anti-Arab demonstrations have taken place here recently in the wake of a national uproar triggered by a religious ruling signed by 50 rabbis forbidding the renting of homes by Jewish Israelis to "non-Jews". The signing rabbis are from all around the country and from Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Their target is Israel’s Arab citizens who number 1.3 million, about a fifth of the Israeli population.
Bat Yam Mayor Shlomi Lahiani said that the latest demonstration by rightwing activists, that included members of the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, and where there were calls to "keep Arabs out of our town", amounted to "inciting hate and racism.".....
For now, official Israel has managed to keep a lid on a potentially explosive situation.
But many of the rabbis are unrepentant. "Racism originated in the Torah," Rabbi Yosef Scheinen, who heads a religious seminary in Ashdod, a port town south of here, told Israel Radio. "The Land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel. This is what the Holy One, Blessed Be He, intended."....."
By Lamis Andoni
"On Christmas Eve, Christian pilgrims from all over the world flock to the birthplace of Jesus Christ, while millions more remember it in prayers and carols. But the Palestinian inhabitants of Bethlehem remain virtually invisible to most Christians, who treat the tiny city as an almost mythical place that somehow exists beyond the realm of the real world.
Friday, December 24, 2010
"..... It is against this background, that two contradictory developments are to be found that will be discussed in more detail in subsequent articles: the waging of an all out Legitimacy War against Israel on behalf of the Palestinian struggle for a just peace and a backlash campaign against what is called 'Lawfare' by Israeli hardliners. A Legitimacy War strategy seeks popular mobilization on the basis of nonviolent coercion to achieve political goals, relying on the relevance of international law and the accountability of those that act on behalf of states in the commission of crimes of state.
Legitimacy vs. Lawfare
The Goldstone Report illustrates this interface between a Legitimacy War and Lawfare, reinforcing Palestinian contentions of victimization as a result of Israel’s use of force as in the notorious Operation Cast Lead (2008-09) and driving Israel’s top leaders to venomous fury in their effort to discredit the distinguished jurist, Richard Goldstone, who headed the UN mission responsible for the report, and the findings so convincingly reached.
With Israeli impunity under growing threat there has been a special pressures placed on the United States to use its geopolitical muscle within the UN to maintain the mantle of impunity over the documented record of Israeli criminality, and to make sure that the UN remains a selective sanctuary for such outrageous grants of impunity. These issues of criminal accountability are on the front lines of the Legitimacy War, and provide the foundation for efforts throughout the world in relation to the growing BDS Campaign (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions).
The Lawfare counterattack at one level acknowledges the strength of civil society efforts, but it is also cynically and polemically undertaken to discredit reliance on international law by those who are victimized by abusive and oppressive uses of military and police power.
The Palestinians have been victimized in these respects for more than 62 years, and their efforts to end this intolerable set of realities by an innovative reliance on nonviolent resistance and self-defense deserves the support of persons of conscience throughout the world.
Whether this reliance on a Legitimacy War can finally achieve justice for the Palestinian people and peace for both peoples, only the future can tell, but there is no doubt that this struggle is the best contemporary instance of 'a just war'."
By Johann Hari
(Currently the most read comment)
"Who did we under-appreciate in 2010? In the endless whirr of 24/7 corporate news, the people who actually make a difference are often trampled in the stampede to the next forgettable news-nugget like Lady Gaga's meat-dress. So in the final moments of this year, let's look at a few people who deserved more of our attention.
Under-Appreciated Person One: Bradley Manning. While we were all fixated on Julian Assange, the story of the young American soldier who actually leaked the classified documents passed almost unnoticed. If Manning was mentioned at all, it was to be described as an impetuous, angry kid who downloaded the documents on to a CD and leaked them as a result of a "grudge" or "tantrum".
Here's what really happened.....
Under-appreciated Person Three: Senator Bernie Sanders. In 2010, the hijacking of American democracy by corporations and the super-rich became almost complete. Almost no politician in the US runs for office without begging and scrounging huge campaign funds from the rich – so when they are elected, they presumably feel they must serve their interests, not those of ordinary Americans.
You can see the results everywhere. In the middle of a recession, there was a massive tax cut for millionaires and billionaires – and a tax rise on the poorest Americans. Bill Gates pays less; a family living in a cold trailer-park with no health care pays more – with Obama stitching up the deal with Republicans.
But one American politician, more than any other, showed that there can still be a different, democratic way of doing politics in America......
Under-Appreciated People Four: The Saudi Arabian women who are fighting back. Women like Wajehaal-Huwaider are struggling against a tyranny that bans them from driving, showing their face in public, or even getting medical treatment without permission from their male "guardian". The streets are policed by black-clad men who enforce sharia law and whip women who express any free will.
Saudi women are being treated just as horrifically as Iranian women [Actually much, much worse.] – but because their oppressors are our governments' allies, rather than our governments' enemies, you hear almost nothing about them......"
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 23 December 2010
"This is the start of a regular weekly look at the Middle East, focusing on some of the issues and stories that you may have missed......
As it turned out, the report on Israel didn't get a lot of media coverage, probably because it only confirmed what most people know already. The US state department, for example, noted: "Many of the issues covered in the HRW report are also covered in great detail in the state department's annual Human Rights Report."
But one important point from HRW's report has been largely ignored. This concerns the way illegal settlement activity is subsidised by American taxpayers through tax-exempt charities. The report urges Congress to investigate and "ensure that tax-exempt status is not granted to organisations that facilitate human rights violations or violations of international humanitarian law"......
No Saudi celebrations: And a miserable New Year to you all. That's the seasonable message from Saudi Arabia's religious police, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.
Bang on cue, they have warned that anyone caught celebrating New Year in public will be punished – along with any shops selling "items symbolising the occasion".
Now, I know they don't like Valentine's Day or Halloween (though, judging by a recent WikiLeaks document, they have trouble keeping the damper on that), but what exactly is wrong with New Year? Where in the Qur'an does it say you can't have a party at midnight on 31 December?......"
Ana Carbajosa in Bethlehem
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 23 December 2010
"If an "angel of the Lord" were to appear in the sky over Bethlehem today, there would be scarcely any shepherds keeping watch over their flocks to witness the scene.
Spending nights and days in the fields herding sheep has become an almost impossible task for the fast-diminishing community of shepherds in this biblical Palestinian town.
Jewish settlements, Israeli army checkpoints, closed military zones and the West Bank separation barrier have reduced the grazing area to such an extent that a growing number of Bethlehem shepherds have been forced to give up their traditional livelihoods. "I miss the freedom of the wilderness. Everything is different now. We can barely move," says Adel Alsir, a 35-year-old Palestinian who herds his flock less than 100 metres from a biblical site known as the shepherds' fields......"
"Every year, rape increases at an alarming rate within American military institutions – and even males are victims of the cycle.
In fact, due to raw demographics, one can roughly surmise that most victims of sexual abuse in the military are male.
Regardless of gender, reports of victims of military sexual assault have been increasing. In 2007, there were 2,200 reports of rape in the military, whilst in 2009 saw an increase up to 3,230 reports of sexual assault.
Many of the victims suffer from Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and are shamed into silence, with numerous cases not even reported.
A disturbing trend, however, is how military officials seem to be sweeping this damaging issue under the rug and deflecting blame.......
She is putting together a class action suit against the DOD for failure to protect service-members from MST, aims to file it in February, and hopes the case will bring significant and lasting reform in the DOD’s stance on MST.
They’ve been saying for years that they just need more time, that they’re getting their act together," Burke adds, "You can’t expect to have a properly functioning military without discipline problems being addressed, and if you can’t address rape, you have a real problem.""
contributed by ipk
Closing Document of the Palestine solidarity conference
“Separated in the past – together in the future”.
Stuttgart, 26-28 November 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
"A number of churches in the West Bank have remained hidden from view, which Palestinians blame on Israel's monopoly over tourism.
Called the forgotten churches, the Christian sites are not found on most operated tours of the Holy Land. But some operators are trying to change that.
Christian pilgrims are now able to get a look at some of the previously hidden historical sites.
Al Jazeera's Nour Odeh reports. "
Hosted by Marwan Bishara
Featuring Oliver Stone, Chris Hedges and Michael Moore
"Empire examines the symbiotic relationship between the movie industry and the military-industrial complex."
With Amy Goodman
"The FBI’s probe into antiwar activists is growing. In September, FBI agents raided the homes and offices of activists in Chicago and Minneapolis. Subpoenas that were withdrawn have been reactivated, and a new subpoena was served to a Palestinian solidarity activist in Chicago. We speak with two of the people targeted and two former FBI agents....."
By GARETH PORTER
"This week's leak to the New York Times of a proposal for U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) raids against Afghan insurgent sanctuaries in Pakistan may be intended to put more pressure on the Pakistani military to take action against those sanctuaries....
And the position of the Barack Obama administration on the necessity of attacking insurgent safe havens in Pakistan appears to be in line with the proposal for cross-border raids.
Carrying out such raids would probably provoke a new level of anti-U.S. sentiment in Pakistan, with dangerous political consequences in that country, according to experts on Pakistan, but the behaviour of the national security organs of the United States in the recent past suggests that such dangers are being rationalised....
But the Obama administration has painted itself into a corner by refusing to acknowledge publicly that the Petraeus war strategy is not working, despite obvious scepticism about it in the White House. A Dec. 16 story in the Washington Post reported that senior officials had already decided to base the administration's arguments for a "significant drawdown" of troops to begin in July 2011 not on the obvious failure of the Gen. Petraeus's strategy but on his claims that the strategy is succeeding.
They consider that course "less politically dangerous" than arguing that the Petraeus strategy hadn't worked, according to the Post story. "It's always better to call it success as opposed to failure," a senior official was quoted as saying....."
Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 23 December 2010
(Left: Cnaan Liphshiz)
"Haaretz has an international reputation as Israel's most liberal and reliable newspaper. But The Electronic Intifada has discovered that one of the newspaper's regularly-featured reporters, Cnaan Liphshiz, used his news reports for the publication to promote the agenda of an extreme pro-Israel group with which he was also employed.
At the same time, Liphshiz appears to have made efforts to conceal his work with the Dutch Zionist group CIDI (Centre for Documentation and Information on Israel), an undisclosed conflict of interest which calls into question the reliability of his reports and the editorial standards of Haaretz.....
While reporters and journalists may have affiliations to, and may advocate for political and activist groups in accordance with basic freedoms of association and expression, the essence of ethical practice is disclosure of these relationships whenever relevant, especially if they could be seen as affecting the reporter's work or judgment. In this case Liphshiz has been passing off his advocacy for CIDI as "news" reporting under the banner of Haaretz.
Perhaps Liphshiz sees his "journalism" work as a mere continuation of his time "as an intelligence corps researcher in a unit monitoring the intelligence apparatuses of hostile and rival entities" -- in which case disclosure would of course be a problem.
If Haaretz wishes to rescue its journalistic reputation it would be well-advised to ensure that it does not become a mere vehicle for political smear campaigns conducted by extremist organizations and their operatives."
".....The resolution in question was – surprise, surprise – on the Middle East, another expression of the will of Congress and the American people that Israel should be able to do anything it wants and the Palestinians should be grateful that they have not been completely exterminated. House Resolution 1765 "Supporting a negotiated solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict and condemning unilateral measures to declare or recognize a Palestinian state, and for other purposes." The resolution was drafted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and sponsored by Congressman Howard Berman, currently Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. There were 53 co-sponsors.
House Resolution 1765, in spite of its title, has little interest in any solution and is more concerned with stopping Palestinians from taking unilateral steps....
I would like Frank and all the other clowns in Congress who sponsored and voted for HR 1765 to experience just one tiny bit of the reality that the Palestinians live with every day at the hands of the Israelis enabled by the United States of America. Does Frank really wonder why nearly all the world hates us and why we are confronting a growing terrorist threat? You have created that evil, Frank, you and all your buddies in Congress who line up to do AIPAC’s bidding and pass shameful pieces of paper like House Resolution 1765, which do terrible damage to the United States and its interests on behalf of Israel. Dante’s Ninth Circle of Hell, the lowest level, was reserved for those who betray their own country. If God truly exists and will someday mete out justice, I expect to learn that you and many of your colleagues from the 111th Congress someday will be doing hard time there."
Good that Al-Manar is showing some independence.
"23/12/2010 The founder of the whistle-blowing WikiLeaks site, Julian Assange, says his website had not yet begun to publish the majority of the information it has on Israel. In an interview with Al-Jazeera [I posted the Arabic story yesterday], Assange said that what has been published on Israel till now constitutes just "1-2%" of the information, which includes intelligence on the Mabhouh assassination and the Second Lebanon War.
Assange, who is in Britain after having been released from custody, added that of the 3,700 documents on Israel in his possession, some 2,700 came from within the Zionist entity.
He also promised to reveal high-level communications on "the assassination of a Syrian official by a sniper", apparently referring to Muhammad Suleiman, who was a top aide to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The process of revealing all this paperwork is scheduled to take around six months, the website founder said.
But Assange categorically denied rumors that have surfaced recently, regarding a possible deal between WikiLeaks and Israel. "We have had no direct or indirect contact with the Israelis," he said, adding, however, that the Mossad and other intelligence agencies were closely monitoring the website.
In addition, Assange said, publications of various documents depended on the various newspapers and their interest in different subjects. However no deal had been struck with Israel not to publish detrimental findings on the state, he said."
Interview with former CIA officer Philip Giraldi
"Washington has not yet commented on the issue. Pollard's case has been a source of tension between the two allies for a quarter of a century.
The following is the transcript of Press TV's interview with former CIA officer Philip Giraldi on the issue.
Press TV: Israel has been trying relentlessly in the past 25 years to secure the release of Jonathan Pollard. Why is Pollard so important for Israel?
Giraldi: There have been various reasons for that at various times but in the current situation it is because some of Netanyahu's partners in the government, some of the more extreme right-wing parties, believe that Jonathan Pollard is a hero and they have as a major issue in their policy platforms… the desire to have him set free… So Netanyahu is basically doing this as something to gain more support from his own allies.
Press TV: Mr. Giraldi, you have said "Pollard is just one symptom of the asymmetrical relationship that makes many mutter “wag the dog” whenever the subject of Israel comes up." Can you expand on that?
Giraldi: Well, Pollard is actually kind of an anomaly, Pollard is the only Israeli spy that has been arrested and really punished for doing what he does. There have been many Israeli spies that have been arrested at one time or another and none of them have seriously been punished. The significance of Pollard is that he is the exception to the rule. His crime was so outrageous, he stole so much secret information, much of which did not go to Israel alone, it went to places like Russia, which was an enemy of the US at that time. So his crime was so egregious that he was actually punished for it, and that is what makes him so interesting to me, because none of the others are.
Press TV: How likely is it to see him being released?
Giraldi: That is a very good question. Obama is obviously in a very weak situation and he might feel that there might be some gain for him, politically speaking, to do it, a number of democratic congressmen recently wrote a letter calling for the release of Pollar, so this is an idea that is out there among supporters of Israel in the government and outside it. I don't know, there will be strong pressure from the intelligence community, from the Pentagon not to release him. "
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
More allegations of illegal behavior from Israel's military, more theft of Palestinian homes and property...
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh and others were arrested for non violent protest against the destruction of Palestinian land by Israeli military bulldozers.
(BETHLEHEM) - This afternoon at around 2:30 p.m. Salem-News.com writer Mazin Qumsiyeh learned that the Israeli military was preparing to illegally raze another Palestinian village. He told his wife that they had to go to Al-Walaja immediately.
After arriving at the scene , this esteemed Professor who has taught at both Duke and Yale Universities, was arrested again by the Israeli military. His only 'crime' was vocally objecting to more inhumane treatment of indigenous Palestinian citizens. This account is by his significant other, J. Qumsiyeh:
He said he just got a call from the villagers that Israeli bulldozer was clearing an area in a different side of the village (the villagers were still trying to figure out the legal situation) than the familiar site where illegal Israel wall construction has been going on for the past year.
Watch a video segment (Arabic)
"نفى مؤسس موقع ويكيليكس جوليان أسانج ما راج مؤخرا بشأن اتفاق سري قد يكون عقده مع إسرائيل مقابل عدم نشر أي شيء عنها في سلسلة الوثائق الدبلوماسية الأميركية المسربة التي ينشرها موقعه.
وقال أسانج في برنامج "بلا حدود" على قناة الجزيرة مساء أمس الأربعاء إنه لم يعقد أي اتفاق مع إسرائيل، وكشف أن موقعه سينشر المئات من الوثائق المتعلقة بها في الشهور القادمة، مؤكدا أن بحوزته حوالي 3700 وثيقة في هذا الشأن، 2700 منها فقط مصدرها إسرائيل.
وتابع "لم تكن لنا أي اتصالات مباشرة ولا غير مباشرة مع الإسرائيليين، ولكن الاستخبارات الإسرائيلية (الموساد) وغير الإسرائيلية تتابعنا وتحاول توقع ما سنقوم به. وأنا متأكد من أن الاستخبارات الإسرائيلية مهتمة بنا ولكنها لم تتصل بنا، قد تكون لها اتصالات بأفراد كانوا ينتمون لمؤسستنا ولكن في الوقت الحالي لا توجد أي اتصالات بيننا وبينهم".
وأضاف أن ما نشر عن إسرائيل حتى الآن يمثل 1% أو 2% من الوثائق المتعلقة بها، لكنه أكد أن الصحف العالمية التي اتفق معها على نشر الوثائق هي التي تختار ما تنشره حسب اهتمامها، وقال إن ذلك قد يعكس "انحياز" بعض هذه الصحف، وأن الموقع سينشر كل الوثائق التي لديه عن إسرائيل.
وكشف أسانج أن هناك وثائق حساسة ومصنفة على أنها سرية وتتحدث عن حرب إسرائيل على لبنان في صيف 2006، وأخرى تتناول موضوع اغتيال القيادي في حركة المقاومة الإسلامية (حماس) محمود المبحوح في دبي، وأن هناك حركة برقيات دبلوماسية حول موضوع الجوازات التي استعملها الموساد في هذه العملية.
وقال إن هناك برقية مثيرة للاهتمام حول شبكة اتصالات حزب الله في لبنان، تتحدث عن ألياف بصرية مرّ أحدها قرب جدار السفارة الفرنسية ببيروت، مشيرا إلى أن هذه المسألة "تقلق واشنطن لأن السيطرة على الاتصالات مهمة".
وأوضح أن هذه الوثائق السرية تتضمن أيضا إشارات إلى الموساد معظمها سري وتتحدث عن اتصالات رفيعة في قضية اغتيال شخصية سورية برصاص قناص، مشيرا إلى أن عملية نشر هذه الوثائق المتعلقة بإسرائيل وبعض الدول العربية قد تستمر ستة أشهر."
"The WikiLeaks founder talks about secrets, leaks and why he will not go back to Sweden. "
"As millions around the world prepare to celebrate Christmas, a small Syrian Orthodox community in East Jerusalem is trying to survive against the odds.
The community is shrinking amid Israel's occupation, which it says makes even the most basic tasks difficult.
Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros reports from Jerusalem's old city."
In the transcript, Yadlin told the US Ambassador that he would be “very happy” if Hamas formed a government in Gaza “as long as they have no (air or sea) port.” He added that Israel would then work with the rival Palestinian political party, Fateh, to form a government in the West Bank and work to undermine the Hamas government in Gaza.
That is exactly what took place, just after the meeting between Yadlin and Ambassador Jones, as Hamas created its government in Gaza and Israel launched a massive siege, and the largest-ever assault on Gaza in late December 2008...."
Imperial impacts are largely determined by the kinds of imperial states (predominantly economic or military and the sub categories of each), the kind of “targeted” or “host” state (neo-liberal run by collaborators, bourgeois nationalist “partners”, nationalist-statist adversaries) the kinds of policies on foreign capital inflows (sectors open, content and joint-venture rules, technology transfers, financial controls) as well as on capital and profit outflows (tax on profits, time constraints on buy and sell of stocks/bonds).
The issue of imperial domination is not based so much on how much capital flows from imperial countries. Rather it is based on class relation: between imperial and domestic classes....."
"Seduced by visions of a "stabilizing" pipeline cutting through huge swathes of Afghanistan and Pakistan, US President Barack Obama now has a hot war on in both countries. This will keep his spooks busy remote-controlling mayhem from the air. Take cover - the Year of the Drone is upon us....
This implies a key Pipelineistan chapter - the never-ending saga of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline, which has been at the very core of the troubled Washington-Kabul marriage since the mid-1990s.
The TAPI inter-government agreement was finally signed in mid-December. Make no mistake; this is Washington in overdrive. The Washington-backed Asian Development Bank is to come up with the bulk of the $7.6 billion (and counting) financial package. The 2,000 kilometer-long TAPI - to be built by an international consortium - should snake through a very dodgy 735 kilometers of Afghanistan and 800 kilometers of Pakistan.
Hype apart, there's no hard evidence that TAPI will "stabilize" Afghanistan or contribute to India and Pakistan trading kisses instead of insults. AfPak in this case are both transit countries. Most of the Afghan stretch will be underground - much as the US-supported BTC from Baku in Azerbaijan to Ceyhan, Turkey. In theory, local villages will be paid to guard the pipeline. But that still does not guarantee security to a steel serpent crossing western Afghanistan and then going east through Kandahar....."
"BRUSSELS (IPS) - Arms traders are seeking to convince the European Union that publicly-funded scientific research grants should help develop weapons for future wars.
In a series of secret discussions, Brussels officials and representatives of the arms industry are examining if the EU's multi-billion euro "framework program" for research can be used for projects of a military nature....
Although Israel is not formally a member of the European Union, it has been a participant in the EU's science activities since the 1990s. A recent paper by the Quaker Council on European Affairs noted that Israel "appears to be standing out" in its ability to receive funding earmarked for security research. The Quakers expressed concern about how companies that have supplied weapons used against Palestinians and provided services to illegal settlements in the West Bank are among the recipients of EU research grants. The report said: "Israeli industries that profit from the occupation in Palestine should not be eligible to apply for EU funding.""
Officials Insist Detention Part of Plan to 'Close Gitmo'
By Jason Ditz
"In the latest indication yet that the Obama Administration has no intention of ever allowing most of the detainees at Guantamao Bay to see the inside of a courtroom, the president is said to be preparing an executive order formalizing their permanent detention without trial.
Even though the primary objection to the Guantamao Bay detention center was the administration’s insistance on holding people there without formal charges or actual trials, one official with the administration insisted that the move to continue doing so was “part of the plan” to close the facility.
Which is an overt lie on a number of fronts, but doubly galling in that the claim comes just days after the House formally banned the closure of the detention center and at least a year and a half after the last time the Obama Administration did anything to indicate they intend to close the facility....."
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"Could US Special Forces make a lunge across the Pakistan border in pursuit of the Taliban just as American and South Vietnamese troops briefly invaded Cambodia in pursuit of the Vietcong and North Vietnamese forces in 1970?
The precedent is not good. What US officers have in mind for the Pakistan border regions is much smaller in scale than President Nixon's venture, but is unlikely to be any more successful. Possible military gains are limited, while the danger of a political backlash is acute....."
"In a move that would stir intense Pakistani anger, US military chiefs in Afghanistan are pushing the Obama administration to expand cross-border commando raids against Taliban and al-Qa'ida militants hiding in Pakistan's remote tribal areas.
The plan, if implemented, would be a significant escalation in the nine-year war, and a bold gamble to create conditions that would allow US combat forces to leave Afghanistan by the target date of 2014, with an initial draw-down starting next summer.
But it also would place a heavy new strain on Washington's delicate and sometimes fraught relations with Pakistan....."
"The CIA has launched a taskforce to assess the impact of 250,000 leaked US diplomatic cables. Its name? WikiLeaks Task Force, or WTF for short.
Extreme Hypocrisy of the Empire: While Pushing Sweden to Charge Assange with Fictitious Rape...Rape is rampant in US military
By Dahr Jamail
The department of defence reported that in fiscal year 2009, there were 3,230 reports of sexual assault, an increase of 11 percent over the prior year.
However, as high as the military’s own figures are of rape and sexual assault, victims and advocates Al Jazeera spoke with believe the real figures are sure to be higher....."
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The smoking cable: Israel said it had ’secret accord’ with U.S. over expanding settlements even as Obama said in Cairo they must stop!
"This is why Wikileaks is so crucial: A June 2009 cable from France, days after the great Cairo speech of Obama, in which the Israelis are said to claim a secret deal with the US for settlement growth. I'm running. More to say later. And note too where Sarkozy says, Israel, the horse of history is galloping past the window. Jump now or you are finished. The Palestinians are stronger than you think. Beautiful. Europe is taking Palestine's side now because of this understanding."
".....There’s only one problem. America’s big businesses are less and less American. They’re going abroad for sales and employees. That’s one reason they’ve showed record-breaking profits in 2010 while creating almost no American jobs.
Consider one of most popular Christmas products of all time – Apple’s iPhone. Researchers from the Asian Development Bank Institute have dissected an iPhone whose wholesale price is around $179.00 to determine where the money actually goes.
Some shows up in Apple’s profits, which are soaring.
About $61 of the $179 price goes to Japanese workers who make key iPhone components, $30 to German workers who supply other pieces, and $23 to South Korean workers who provide still others. Around $6 goes to the Chinese workers who assemble it. Most of the rest goes to workers elsewhere around the globe who make other bits.
Only about $11 of that iPhone goes to American workers, mostly researchers and designers....."
The demonstrators explained that they wanted to show their concern about the 'Arabs who are taking our daughters', referring to the relationships between local Jewish women and Arab men.
During the rally, the speakers remarked that they were "just Jews," not racist, but the protesters repeatedly insulted Arabs and Islam's holy figures. One of the demonstrators also exclaimed "Any Jewish woman who goes with an Arab should be killed; any Jew who sells his home to an Arab should be killed," Israeli new source Ynet quoted.
The rally was also a platform to support the recent letter signed by about 50 municipal rabbis, in which they urged Jewish not to rent apartments to Arabs.
The protest was harshly criticized by human rights associations, left-wing parties and Arab residents, who defined it at as a racist act......
According to Ynet, the organization behind the protest is Lehava, which strongly opposes interfaith marriage in Israel. The right-wing activists Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel participated in the rally and claimed that Bat Yam "has been taken over by hostile elements and is suffering from assimilation."
During the past week, several posters were placed on the streets of Bat Yam, calling for the protest: "I will not allow them to hit on my sister! What would you do if an Arab hit on your sister? Put an end to it! Recently we have learned of a grave phenomenon: Hundreds of girls from Bat Yam and the center get together with Arabs, they are integrated amongst us, their confidence rising. Put an end to it! Lower their confidence!"
"Keeping Bat Yam Jewish. Arabs are taking over Bat Yam, buying and renting apartments from Jews, taking and ruining Bat Yam girls! Around 15,000 Jewish girls have been taken to villages! Jews, come on, let's win," was the theme of another poster. "
"Over the past two weeks, Palestine solidarity activists across the US launched holiday-themed actions encouraging shoppers not to buy Israeli-made products. Others demonstrated against an Israeli lobby group in California and the Jewish National Fund in New York.
Meanwhile, boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists in Scotland claimed a major victory when the Edinburgh city council rejected a bid by French urban contracting company Veolia to take over public services in the city. The activists asserted that Veolia is complicit with Israel's violations of international law. And in Australia, a sister city to Bethlehem voted to support the growing BDS movement...."