Poodle Barks

On Thursday, July 27th, 2006 in News.

By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent Relations between Britain and America worsened yesterday when Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary, accused Washington of being “seriously at fault” for using a British airport to transfer bombs to Israel. Following a report in The Daily Telegraph that two cargo planes filled with 5,000 lb GBU-28 bunker-busting bombs had refuelled at Prestwick, near Glasgow, Mrs Beckett said on Channel 4 News that she was “not happy about it”. She originally sought out Condoleezza Rice, the


Democrats Torn: Hold a new election or bomb the presidential palace?

On Thursday, July 27th, 2006 in News.

By BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press Writer Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean on Wednesday called Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki an “anti-Semite” for failing to denounce Hezbollah for its attacks against Israel. Al-Maliki has condemned Israel’s offensive, prompting several Democrats to boycott his address to a joint meeting of Congress and others to criticize him. Dean’s comments were the strongest to date. “The Iraqi prime minister is an anti-Semite,” the Democratic leader told a gathering of business leaders in Florida. “We


Connecting the dots can be costly

On Thursday, July 27th, 2006 in News.

Senior military personnel requested a widespread call-up of reserve soldiers for a two-month long ground operation to “cleanse” the area south of the Litani River of Hezbollah infrastructure. – Amos Harel and Aluf Benn, “Security cabinet convenes to discuss expanding Lebanon operation” (Haaretz, 27 July 2006) full text, last updated – 02:51, the “cleanse” paragraph was removed from the website. By Amos Harel and Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondents, Haaretz Service and Agencies The security cabinet on Thursday authorized the mobilization


HRW to Condi: Please tell Israel to Clear Roads Before Cleansing Lebanese

On Thursday, July 27th, 2006 in News.

Dr. Condoleeza Rice Department of State 2201 C St. NW Washington, DC 20520 Dear Secretary Rice, We understand that you plan to visit Israel in the coming days to address current fighting between Israel and Hezbollah and between Israel and Palestinian armed factions in Gaza. You have recently spoken out on the need for all parties to these conflicts to protect civilians and do their utmost to shield them from harm. Nevertheless, civilians – Lebanese, Israelis, and Palestinians – have


Of the people, By the People and For the People: Hezbollah's Crime

On Thursday, July 27th, 2006 in News.

by Charles Levinson A gentle tap on his right arm from a bearded man who said he was an Islamic charity worker was all it took to warn Samir Asaad to quiet down. Hezbollah, Asaad had been saying, is providing food and other aid to people trapped in the Lebanese village of Bassuriyeh, the hometown of the Shiite movement’s leader Hassan Nasrallah. Then came the nudge. Asaad, who is overseeing a shelter for displaced women and children here, quickly shut


Human Rights Watch: No Israeli War Crimes in Lebanon

On Thursday, July 27th, 2006 in Images, News.

informationclearinghouse.info What exactly do our politicians mean when the say we support Israel in its action against Lebanon? What is it that they support? Surely not this carnage? WARNING: Graphic images depicting the reality and horror of Israel’s Invasion and destruction of Lebanon. * Washington Post: Congress Is Giving Israel Vote of Confidence, 07.19.2006 * Washington Post: Bush Supports Israel’s Attack On Lebanon, 07.19.2006 * NY Times: U.S. Rushes Bombs to Israel, 07.22.2006


Truth "went beyond free speech"

On Thursday, July 27th, 2006 in News.

Israel’s ambassador to Norway has complained to press regulators about a cartoon showing Israeli PM Ehud Olmert as a Nazi concentration camp commander. [this one?] Miryam Shomrat told the BBC the caricature in Oslo’s Dagbladet newspaper went beyond free speech. Ms Shomrat said it would be open to prosecution in some European countries. Dagbladet’s editor said the caricature was “within the bounds of freedom of expression,” according to Norway’s NRK state broadcaster. Ms Shomrat made the official complaint to the


Another hour, another "accident"

On Thursday, July 27th, 2006 in News.

By Steve Farrell and Nicholas Blanford UN monitors made ten phone calls to military commanders before the air strike that killed four of them PEACEKEEPERS spent six hours begging Israeli commanders to halt multiple air bombings near a United Nations observation post before a missile killed four unarmed observers there, it emerged last night. UN officials said that the monitors made ten phone calls to the Israeli army between 1.20pm on Tuesday — when an Israeli aircraft dropped a bomb


The Cracks Widen

On Wednesday, July 26th, 2006 in News.

By Meron Benvenisti (former deputy mayor of Jerusalem) No one can predict when the reversal will come, when all the experts will begin competing for first place in revealing the failures of the war: mistaken strategy, political dilettantism and shooting from the hip; the weakness disguised as courageous determination; the illusions, arrogance and boasting; the addiction to an impulse of revenge; the cruelty and the lack of moral inhibitions. But the manipulators and the self-declared heroes should not delude themselves,