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Aipacs proxy war on Obama

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by James Zogby

Jmes Zogby

President of the Arab American Institute- Washington,DC

(source: Media Monitors Network)

"Despite the harshness of these attacks, and the hurt, no doubt, they have brought to Ms. Robinson, I am convinced that this entire episode had less to do with her than it does with the President. And the charges against this distinguished Irish leader though not only wrong headed, hurtful to her, and unfair, were also a case of political misdirection."
On August 12, 2009, President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor, to 16 individuals whom he described as “agents of change”. Among the awardees were: Senator Edward Kennedy; former Congressman and Cabinet Secretary, the late Jack Kemp; and Grameen Bank founder Muhammed Yunus.

One of the recipients, Mary Robinson, Ireland’s first woman President and world renowned advocate for human rights, was singled out for attack by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and AIPAC. They argued, on the flimsiest of grounds, that Robinson was biased against Israel (though for the ADL and AIPAC, anything short of effusive praise for Israel is seen as evidence of bias).

The case they built against her was based largely on her chairing the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, in her capacity as High Commissioner of the UN Human Rights Commission. The Durban Conference has been criticized by supporters of Israel for its harsh criticism of Israeli policies. There is, however, clear evidence that Robinson played an important moderating role in tempering the language of the conference, especially when it came to upbraiding those conferees who crossed the line into anti-Semitism.

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A crime for sa jews to serve in idf COSATU

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A crime for SA Jews to serve in IDF: Cosatu

While a British MP recently made strong calls for all British Jews currently serving in the Israeli DefenCe Force (IDF) to be recalled, in South Africa the situation is very different. While civil societies have condemning South African Jews who serve in the IDF, not much is being done to enforce this law that prohibits South Africans from taking part in any mercenary activities abroad. But the biggest problem, said South African Trade Union (COSATU), International Secretary, Omgabongani Masuku, is with Jewish South African’s who hold duel citizenship with Israel.


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Us intel chiefs shocking warning

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U.S. Intel Chief’s Shocking Warning

Wall Street’s disaster has spawned our greatest terrorist threat

by Chris Hedges

We have a remarkable ability to create our own monsters. A few decades of meddling in the Middle East with our Israeli doppelgnger and we get Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaida, the Iraqi resistance movement and a resurgent Taliban. Now we trash the world economy and destroy the ecosystem and sit back to watch our handiwork. Hints of our brave new world seeped out Thursday when Washington’s new director of national intelligence, retired Adm. Dennis Blair, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He warned that the deepening economic crisis posed perhaps our gravest threat to stability and national security. It could trigger, he said, a return to the "violent extremism" of the 1920s and 1930s.

It turns out that Wall Street, rather than Islamic jihad, has produced our most dangerous terrorists. We will see accelerated plant and retail closures, inflation, an epidemic of bankruptcies, new rounds of foreclosures, bread lines, unemployment surpassing the levels of the Great Depression and, as Blair fears, social upheaval.

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A dozen books for americans that tell it like it is

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by Sherwood Ross

If newspaper readership is plummeting, maybe it’s because readers have to turn elsewhere to catch a glimpse of the causes behind the official story. Recognizing this, some book publishers courageously are using their printing presses to get interpretive reporting to the reading public. Among those books that paint an unvarnished picture of how the U.S. government’s policies are causing widespread foreign and domestic suffering are:

"Legacy of Ashes:  The History of The CIA" (Anchor) by New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winner  Tim Weiner, contains some sweeping, but accurate, generalizations, such as this one: "By 1970, the CIA’s influence was felt in every nation in the Western Hemisphere, from the Texas border to Tierra del Fuego." Weiner spotlights how the spy agency’s operatives exerted more influence than the State Department. "In Mexico, the president dealt exclusively with the station chief, not the ambassador, and he received a personal New Year’s Day briefing at his home from the director of central intelligence. In Honduras, two successive station chiefs had privately pledged the support of the United States to the military junta, in defiance of the ambassadors they served." Weiner doesn’t mince words about how President Kennedy, who once said he was proud to be a liberal, "first approved a political-warfare program to subvert (Salvador Allende) more than two years before the September 1964 Chilean elections’ when the Agency pumped $3 million into the pockets of his political opponent.


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