Chomsky on Torture

On Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 in News.

By Noam Chomsky The torture memos released by the White House elicited shock, indignation and surprise. The shock and indignation are understandable. The surprise, less so. For one thing, even without inquiry, it was reasonable to suppose that Guantánamo was a torture chamber. Why else send prisoners where they would be beyond the reach of the law–a place, incidentally, that Washington is using in violation of a treaty forced on Cuba at the point of a gun? Security reasons were,


I told the French Ambassador at that time: Extend my regards to your Premier and tell him that our Resistance in Lebanon is more civilized, humane and moral than the French Resistance because you held field courts and -without trial at times- killed tens of thousands of French agents for collaborating with the Nazi Army; whereas we haven't killed even a chicken in the Antoine Lahd Army." —Shaykh Nasrallah

On Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 in News.

In His Name The Speech delivered by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during the 21st annual University Graduation Ceremony – Ridwan Class- held by Hezbollah educational branch in Sayyed Ashuhada (pbuh) Compound in Rweiss in Beirut’s Southern Suburbs. In the Name of Allah, The Compassionate, The Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, The Lord of the world. Peace be on our Master and Prophet –The Seal of prophets – Abi Al Qassem Mohamad Bin Abdullah and on His Household.


Gaza, Meet Afghanistan

On Saturday, May 16th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Patrick Seale U.S. President Barack Obama has chosen to adopt a high-risk counter-insurgency strategy against the Taliban militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The choice is itself a pointer to the gravity with which Washington views the deteriorating situation in this vital theatre of war. A clear signal of the new strategy was the sacking this week of General David McKiernan, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan considered too conventional, and his replacement by a counter-insurgency expert, Lieutenant General Stanley


Oh sinner man,/Where are you going to run to?

On Friday, May 15th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Dear WMA Council Chair Dr Edward Hill and the Council We the undersigned 719 physicians represent both academic medicine (114 professors) and clinical practice in 43 countries. A matter of grave concern to us, and a threat to the public reputation of the World Medical Association, has brought us together in this perhaps unprecedented medical initiative. We wish to publicly protest and appeal against the recent appointment of Dr Yoram Blachar, longstanding President of the Israeli Medical Association, as President


More of the same. (Musa Abu-Hashhash is a dear friend and comrade.)

On Friday, May 15th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Gideon Levy Mohammed Abu Akrub returned from school one afternoon and stood in the street with a few friends, doing nothing, according to him. Six Israel Defense Forces jeeps appeared suddenly and announced a curfew in the village. That was the start of the abuse of Mohammed and his five friends – abuse that continued until dawn, when the six were tossed out of the jeeps, wounded and battered. During the beatings, the kicks, the curses and the sleep


An important initiative

On Thursday, May 14th, 2009 in News.

Press Release: Israeli Organizations Call on Norway to Divest from the Israeli Occupation Twenty different Israeli organizations send an appeal to the Norwegian people to withdraw Norwegian national pension fund’s investments in all Israeli and international corporations which are involved in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. “We, Israeli organizations …, call upon the Norwegian people to join us in our efforts and to stop investing in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.” (see the full letter in attachment and


Avnery on the Israeli prostitution

On Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Uri Avnery First of all, I want to apologize to all the good women who are engaged in the world’s oldest profession. I recently described Shimon Peres as a political prostitute. One of my female readers has protested vigorously. Prostitutes, she pointed out, earn their money honestly. They deliver what they promise. Israel’s president, on the other hand, only tells the truth by accident. He is a political impostor and a political sham. To him, too, apply Winston Churchill’s


Nasrallah Speaks! (An informative speech especially on the wretched Ban ki-Moon.)

On Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

During this meeting and through this message – as was previously announced – I wanted to handle several topics: the current crisis with Egypt, the release of the four generals and the issue of the international investigation and the Special Tribunal foe Lebanon (STL), the Israeli military maneuvers and the developments in this domain. But later it became clear to me that time won’t be enough to cover the three topics especially that the Israeli topic, the Israeli maneuvers, what



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