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Hillary clintons latest lies

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By Paul Craig Roberts

(source: The Wisdom Fund.org)

The BBC reported on July 4 that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the US ballistic missile base in Poland was not directed at Russia.  The purpose of the base, she said, is to protect Poland from the Iranian threat.

Why would Iran be a threat to Poland? What happens to US credibility when the Secretary of State makes such a stupid statement?  Does Hillary think she is fooling the Russians?  Does anyone on earth believe her?  What is the point of such a transparent lie? To cover up an act of American aggression against Russia?

In the same breath Hillary warned of a “steel vise” of repression crushing democracy and civil liberties around the world. US journalists might wonder if she was speaking of the United States. Glenn Greenwald reported in Salon on July 4 that the US Coast Guard, which has no legislative authority, has issued a rule that journalists who come closer than 65 feet to BP clean-up operations in the Gulf of Mexico without permission will be punished by a $40,000 fine and one to five years in prison. The New York Times and numerous journalists report that BP, the US Coast Guard, Homeland Security, and local police are prohibiting journalists from photographing the massive damage from the continuing flow of oil and toxic chemicals into the Gulf.

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Britain should approach hamas

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Britain ‘should approach Hamas’

(source: BBC NEWS)

The UK government has come under rising pressure from MPs to start making contact with Palestinian group Hamas.                                  

A Foreign Affairs Committee report also said it was "regrettable" UK-supplied military items were "almost certainly" used by Israel in the Gaza conflict. The cross-party group, which monitors foreign policy, called on the EU to make relations with Israel conditional on its peace-making efforts. Hamas was also criticised for its use of rockets on Israeli civilian targets.

‘Ineffective strategy’

But committee chairman Michael Gapes said the committee saw "few signs that the current policy of non-engagement with Hamas" was effective. He added that the government "should urgently consider engaging with moderate elements within Hamas" as it had with the political wing of Hezbollah in Lebanon earlier this year. The wide-ranging report condemns Israel for the continuing growth of settlements and for its blockades around the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip.

It was unacceptable, said Mr Gapes, to deny unrestricted access for humanitarian assistance. And the report also called for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to declare whether it considered war crimes had been committed during the December 2008 to January 2009 conflict in Gaza and southern Israel.

Hamas came into criticism for its rocket attacks, but MPs concluded that Israel’s military action in Gaza was "disproportionate".

Mr Gapes said: "Rocket fire from Gaza by Hamas and other Palestinian groups on civilian targets in Israel is unacceptable. "It generates the risk of a renewed escalation in violence, and constitutes a central obstacle in the way of Israeli willingness to move forward towards a two-state settlement."

The report welcomed the endorsement by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of a two-state solution to the conflict.The committee added that the split between Hamas in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank was a central obstacle to creating a united and democratic Palestinian state, and called for elections that could be accepted by all parties.

Former prime minister Tony Blair, who is now a Middle East peace envoy, was commended for "making an important contribution to Palestinian economic and institutional development". But movement, access and administrative restrictions on the West Bank continued to represent a "major obstacle to further Palestinian economic development," it added.

Hamas takes its name from the Arabic initials for the Islamic Resistance Movement. Designated a terrorist organisation by Israel, the US and the EU, it is seen by its supporters as a legitimate fighting force defending Palestinians from a brutal military occupation.

 

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Blair cornered opts for more aggressive defense

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By Ghulam Muhommed

(source: author)

The public enquiry in UK, about the whole gamut of the British going to war with Iraq, is taking its toll on the main characters in UK, who poodled their way to an illegal and unnecessary war indulged into by a crazy US President and his equally diabolic Vice President’s personal tiff with Iraq’s former dictator, Saddam Hussein.

The enormous price in human sufferings and hundreds and thousands killed in this illegal and most destructive war, has people both in UK and US rising in unison to question the validity and legality of this wanton act of abusing public trust and spending billions of dollars of public fund, that in no measure was the prime cause behind the collapse of the world system of mindless expansion of international credit and the sudden loss of confidence in war economies of the West. War not only destroys the victimized nation, but the aggressors too.

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