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  • Defying US, Sweden to Recognize Palestine (First in Western Europe)
    • About bloody time that a country recognized the Palestinian State. More interesting is the wording of the announcement by this Arab zine for its English speaking readers.

  • In Iraqi Classrooms, Sunni Muslim Extremists Ban Evolution, Patriotism And Literature
    • Look up tzniut and ask what is the difference in practice between Arab and Jew where women are concerned?

  • Palestine goes to UN Security Council to Demand Israeli Withdrawal by 2016
    • Why wait until 2016 to take Israel to the ICC? Abbas has had plenty of opportunity to do just this since at long last Palestine to the belated step of becoming an observer state at the UN. There will be no change in Israeli policy towards the occupied territories unless it is forced to do so. I suspect this is a stalling tactic on the part of Abbas until the next "election" in the occupied territories which he hopes to win by appearing at last to be proactive before lapsing once again into complicity with Israel in their ongoing crimes against the Palestinians.

  • Palestine Pres. Abbas will urge Int'l Boycott of Israel if US vetoes UN Resolution
    • I'll believe that when I see it. He has had years to implement "political war" on Israel and only when pushed by the population's realization that Hamas defends them and Abbas co-opts them has he decided to "act". Why wait three more years to take Israel to the ICC when this could have been done years ago?

  • Natural Gas Battle: Ukraine vs Russia - An Animated History
    • Somewhat lacking in historical background and therefor somewhat biased. How about mentioning that the US violatd an agreement with Russia not to its expand its "missle defence" into old Soviet bloc nations and that the Ukraine owed Russia a few billion dollars from past gas deliveries at a greatly subsidised price from previous years, and that the US has been attempting to cut off Russian gas delivery to Europe to destroy the Russian economy and that controlling the Ukraine and therefor gas delivery to Europe is only part of the plan. Ignoring of course that the US is not going to freeze in the dark but the Europeans probably will but who cares about them.

  • Israel's blockade on civilians of Gaza - no signs of loosening
    • Surprise, surprise. Israel has never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Hopefully the general population world wide will force governments to BDS Israel (and in the future the US if it continues unconditional support for Israel) or face problems in future elections.

  • Gaza needs UN Peacekeepers, Now! How to Break the Israel/Palestine Stalemate
    • Shame on you to suggest that an Israeli is worth far more than many Palestinians. To put your comment in reverse - many thousands of Palestinians killed by Israel, more thousands imprisoned by Israel and many thousands ethnically cleansed by Israel don't count? Shame on you.

  • Dutch Lawyer who saved Jewish Boy in WWII returns Medal to Israel over Bombing of his Family in Gaza
    • "Zanoli seems to realize that the two-state solution is no longer plausible, given the hundreds of thousands of Israeli squatter settlements on the Palestinian West Bank and the physical isolation and siege of Gaza."
      Zanoli has said no such thing. This is your incorrect interpretation. Zanoli asked only that the Palestinians be granted the same rights as the Jews as he believed were entitled to in Europe. He did not ask for a 1 or 2 state solution but for the same rights..
      Why is it that the illegal squatters in the west bank are deemed to have more rights to the land they have stolen than the rightfull owners... the palestinians. There is no reason on earth why they cannot be moved back into Israel behind the original line of division of1947... never mind 1967.

  • Unlike Iraq, Iran, Libya, N. Korea, Israel has Impunity from Defying UNSC (Gaza Ceasefire)
    • So let us (the rest of the world) BDS the US. No more tourism, buying of good/services produced by/in the US or by US multinationals, and BDS politicians of your own country that buy US made goods (such as munitions, planes, weapons etc.,). Money talks to US citizens, and that will get their attention.

  • And the Walls Come Tumbling Down: Israeli PM Netanyahu on Notice from both Left and Right
    • Nonsense. The Israelis have no intention of ever giving up the occupied territories. If Abbas had really been serious he would have applied to join the ICJ, and disolved the PA and then the wall would have come tumbling down instead of continuing to act as a police force for the Israelis on international monies at no cost to Israel.

  • Egypt, Syria, Libya . . . . What is the Appeal of Phoney Elections in the Middle East?
    • As opposed to the US which of course must be better because it is lilly white and pure unlike the "evil empires of Russia and Iran".

    • Much like the electoral system in the US which is now courtesy of the Supreme Court of the US owned by the 1% who can buy all the votes they they need to make and apply what ever laws are the most profitable to them.

  • Did a Karzai No-Show Spoil Obama's announcement of end of Afghanistan War?
    • Perhaps Afghanistan and also Iraq should sue the members of "the coalition of the willing" for war crimes and resulting damages. I don't remember Saudi Arabia (from whence the "terrorist" perps of Sept 11 came, not Afghanistan or Iraq as the US press would have you believe) being attacked or unsupported financially at anytime since by any members of "the coalition of the willing". These wars were and are still all about oil and the fiat dollar.

  • Ariel Sharon's Legacy for Israel and the Middle East
    • It was intended simply to make Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands more economical, in terms of Jewish blood and money, so that taxes could be cut even further and liberalization of the economy could proceed to even greater heights.
      Only the US public would swallow that reason. The rest of the world is better informed however. The real reason is off shore.... off the shore of Gaza. "In recent years, Israel's state-owned utility company Israel Electric Corp has embarked on a large-scale program to shift its power generation from oil and coal to cleaner burning natural gas. The Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructure's plan is to increase the share of natural gas in power generation from 20% last year to around 40% in 2012. The decision was controversial primarily due to the unreliable nature of gas supply versus that of coal and oil as well as the insufficient natural gas pipeline and power generation infrastructure. Israel is in the process of constructing a system of 12 natural gas power stations and a network of pipelines connecting them with import gas terminals. Upon completion of the construction project 4 of the 12 stations will be located in areas which are covered by Hamas' current range of fire. (See a map of Israel's Natural Gas Transmission System at link to mni.gov.il)" Journal of Energy Security, Feb. 2009.
      Israel has no offshore gas reserves. Lebanon and Gaza do however.

  • The American Quagmire in Afghanistan by the Numbers (21,565 US Troops Dead or Wounded)
    • You forget conveniently of course that it was Saudi Arabians who flew planes into the World Trade towers and not Afghanis. I haven't seen any talk of bombing Saudi Arabia in the past 10 years. It is much easier to bomb a country with no armed forces and no defense. However this war like the Vietnamese war is being won by those without money and high tech equipment. The US has created enough enemies by overthrowing governments, bombing, and invading countries, as well as supporting dictators that few will have sympathy for your country when the dollar is not longer the worlds fiat currency and your debts come due.

  • Top Ten Ways the US and Iran could avoid a Catastrophic War
    • Hear, hear!!!

    • Who cares what the US and Israel want. The days of the US being able to call any shots are almost over.

      "China announced that it has discounted the value of US Treasuries held as collateral against futures trades, and China and the European Central Bank have arranged a currency swap in preparation of a US default." Instead of honoring its duties as a responsible leading power, a self-serving Washington has abused its superpower status and introduced even more chaos into the world by shifting financial risks overseas, instigating regional tensions amid territorial disputes, and fighting unwarranted wars under the cover of outright lies.

      "The solution, for Beijing, is to “de-Americanize” the current geopolitical equation – starting with more say in the International Monetary Fund and World Bank for emerging economies and the developing world, leading to a “new international reserve currency that is to be created to replace the dominant US dollar”"."As for the move away from the US dollar, it’s also already on, in varying degrees of speed, especially concerning trade amongst the BRICS group of emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, Indonesia, China and South Africa), which is now overwhelmingly in their respective currencies. The US dollar is slowly but surely being replaced by a basket of currencies".

      Bloody well about time!

  • Two Kinds of anti-Muslim Racism in the Netherlands (Wertheim)
    • Exploitation Racism combined with Competition Racism sounds very much like the Israeli attitude(s) toward the Palestinians both in Israel and the Occupied Territories.

  • Are Chemical Weapons use in Syria really Obama's Red line? (Feaver)
    • Why Meir Javedanfar is this a very sensitive issue for the US? Please enlighten me. "it must ensure that Assad stops any further (or new) use of Chemical weapons. Because if he did use Sarin and was not punished because of the small quantity, he may then see this as a loophole and use it on more occasions to his advantage". What has all of this got to do with the US? Who appointed the US as the policeman of the Middle East or anywhere other than within it's own borders for that matter? Is that not what the UN is for?

  • Can the Boston Bombings increase our Sympathy for Iraq and Syria, for all such Victims?
    • Not one of the commenters including Prof. Cole has called for a change in US foreign policey. Empathy does not heal wounds, reunite families, inprove economic conditions, nor bring back people killed. Empathy is cheap when what is called for is action.

  • Ahmadinejad: US must Cease Militarily Targetting Iran before Direct Negotiations
    • I agree with Christine about the US desire to control oil supplies but I also believe that the Iranian use of currencies in oil trade other than US dollars in more important. Why else would they have interferred in the BIS (which is supposed to be an independent organization but not from US interference which does not bode well for any other miscreants of US policy/control. Should the US dollar not remain the fiat currency of commodity trading, all the US debt will come due over time with no way for the US to pay and the dollar will tank as will also what remains of the US economy.

  • The Tesla S and World Peace: Can American Green Energy End the Gulf Oil Wars?
    • Control over the world's petroleum is certainly a US goal as maintaining the US dollar as the world's fiat currency is the most important goal. In the cases of Iraq and Iran, their use of currencies other than the US dollar in oil trading is/was far more relevant. Anyone paying attention would have noticed that as soon as the US took control of Iraq, Iraqi oil trading was switched back to being denominated in US dollars. If and when the US dollar stops being the world's fiat currency, all the outstanding US debt then becomes a huge issue as the US will no longer be able to print dollars with impunity.

  • Ring of Iranian Bases Threatens US
    • Some think that the US is the terrorist nation here. Iran has not attacked another nation in well over 200 years; something that cannot be said about the US. How would the US feel if Canada and Mexico were nuclear armed by China and maintained Chinese basses which flew drones at will over the US as well as having fleets of warships in it's territorial waters.

    • This is true. The US does find the independence of Iran and thus lack of control over it's oil more than irritating; but more immediate than that of the independence of the now up and running Iranian Oil Bourse which is selling Iranian oil in currencies other than US petrodollars: gold, rubles, euros, yuan, etc.. The escalation of the sale of oil here and then probably elsewhere in currencies other than the petrodollar will have serious consequences in the short and long run to the US economy.

  • Active Nuclear Arsenals and Iran's Absence
    • This whole fear mongering about Iran and it's nuclear capabilities is just a smoke screen for what is really bothering the US. Iran has instituted an oil bourse and is selling oil in denominations other than the US petrodollar: gold, rupee, yuan, euros, rubles etc. The US is petrified (pun intended) that this trend will escalate and the petrodollar will be discarded and the US will no longer be able to print money at will with no domestic consequences. Saddam Husein (remember him) was selling oil in other than US petrodollars until Iraq was controlled by the US and then the sale of oil was returned to the petrodollar. There were no weapons of mass distruction unless you consider selling oil in other than petrodollars a weapon of mass distruction (of the US economy) which the US might have considered it to be.

  • Arab World Mourns Whitney Houston
  • Syria: Crimes Against Humanity in Homs
    • The Telegraph (UK) has put the word “genocide” in its headline as a description of what has been going on in Syria.
      When will the Telegraph (UK) or any newspaper in the US and its poodles print the same headline as applied to Israel wrt the occupied territories.

      Article 7 can be applied as well to Israel and its Palestinian population in the occupied territories.

  • The Way Forward in the Middle East -- Peled & Peled
    • So why would the Palestinians even want to get into bed with the Israelis based on their experience with the Jews of the area over the past 80 or so years: - ethnic cleansing, occupation, targeted extermination, martial law, stealing of resources and land, collective punishment, bombing, imprisonment without charge, etc.? Do you really think the Palestinians are stupid enough to think that the Israeli behaviour will change over the next 55 years?

  • Three Republican Bears and none Just Right
    • Come now. The US could give a hoot about S. Korea or Japan, where they also have bases. Containing China is the game. North Korea, with whom the US has never signed a peace treaty since the end of the Korean War ie they are still at war with N. Korea, thus has every reason to want to acquire nuclear arms given the US propensity to bomb non compliant countries without them. The past 60 odd years has only been an armistice for the express purpose of allowing the US to invade at will should China prove to be difficult to control.

  • 60 Dead in Baghdad Bombings; Iran and Al-Maliki
    • "Al-Maliki has his own reasons for what he is doing. But it is possible that he is being pressured by Iran to do something about some Iraqi politicians." So what. If it wasn't the Iranians pressuring Al-Maliki to do something then is sure as hell would be the US or perhaps Britain or the EU who have pressured Iraq to comply with their dictats for the past 20 odd years by bombing the hell out of Iraq and destroying it's economy and infrastructure as well as murdering 100s of 1000s of it's peoples in a totally illegal war.

  • Obama and the End of Al-Qaeda
    • In December of 1979 Soviet dictator Leonid Brezhnev, perhaps baited by the Carter administration, sent in Soviet troops and began a brutal 8-year occupation of among the least developed and most poverty-stricken countries in the world.

      In 2002 the US administration sent in US troops and began an ongoing brutal occupation of among the least developed and most poverty-stricken countries in the world.

      The US occupation is ongoing and is about two things: surrounding Russia and China with US bases, and oil.

      The USSR left, the USA has not.

  • Green Energy in 20-40 Years?
    • How about free education and free healthcare. That alone will lower the birth rate. And how about vasectomies and an ipod for all males who will agree to be sterilized.. certainly cheaper and safer than a tubal ligation. But as you are a neanderthal......

  • Iran's Oily Revenge on US Drivers, US Troops
    • "President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad must enjoy sticking the West with this winter’s high prices, as a little revenge for the sanctions" and "Another petty act of revenge". Come on Jaun. Give me a break. The US has been wreaking revenge on Iran since the overthrow of their installed puppet.. the Shaw of Iran..in 1979.

  • Movement for Palestinian State gains International Momentum, to Dismay of US Congress
    • "The Obama administration tried to do the right thing, but has little leverage with Netanyahu". No it has not tried to do the right thing. I agree that it has little leverage with Netanyahu because it has never tried to leverage Netanyahu. The Obama administration has lain prostrate on the floor so Natanyahy can walk all over it and kissed Netanayahu's rectum and repeatedly since elected.
      "only a bilateral Israel-Palestine agreement is probably viable". Nonsense. Israel does not want an agreement as it is not in it's interests to have one and the occupier is supported to the tune of billions of dollars by the US who does nothing but support what ever Israel wants to do to the occupied and surrouding countries. The end of the occupation of the Occupied Territories by Israel needs a peace process forced on it by the UN and monitored by UN troops in Israel with rules of engagement orders allowing them to controll the Israel armed forces.

  • Fox Management Ordered Reporters to Spin Global Warming
    • "But what happens the day when America is proven wrong and everyone who isn’t American understands that?"

      We ( the rest of the world) have understood this for years. The US has been wrong since it's founding. The day of reckoning is comming for the Excited States. What goes around, comes around.

    • Not much difference between Fox and CNN as far as mis-informing the US sheeple is concerned.

  • The Karzai Problem in Afghanistan: Wikileaks
    • Before Sept 11, 2001, U.S. government's main objective in Afghanistan was to obtain access to the oil and gas reserves in Central Asia. Until the preceeding August, the U.S. government saw the Taliban as a regime that would enable the construction of an oil pipeline across Central Asia from the oilfields in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, through Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the Indian Ocean. When the Taliban's refused to accept U.S. conditions, "either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs" the US government decided to go to war. Bin Laden and Sept 11, 2001 was a most convenient excuse, not the raison d'etre.

    • "And here is the moral question: Is it right to ask US warriors to fight and day to prop up the administration of Hamid Karzai?"
      Come on Juan. The moral question should be: When is the US admin going to be charged with war crimes? as it attacked a country that had not and could never be a threat. It seems you have forgotten that Afghanistan offerered to turn over bin Laden (the supposed mastermind) if the US provided proof of his involvement in the terrorist attack on the US on Sept 11, 2001; an offer which the US chose to ignore: fifteen of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, two from the United Arab Emirates, one from Egypt (Atta), and one from Lebanon. I had not noticed that Saudi Arabia, UAE, or Egypt had been attacked by the US but the US indeed supported Israel in the 2006 attack on Lebanon. Karzai is a puppet of the US (free and fair elections in an occupied country at war for 9 plus years my ass) and is now exhibiting the characteristics of the puppetmaster, corruption. Surprise, surprise. It is really all about oil/natural gas and surrounding China and Russia with US client states and US controlled missiles.

  • Wikileaks on Israel, Iraq and the Iranian Specter
    • So, the Jews of Israel do not want their children to grow up next/near to a nuclear armed Iran now but from 1953 (after a made in the USA, CIA backed coup) to 1979 that would have been ok as the US was giving Iran nuclear power. So what has changed? Iran is no longer a US client state however Iran has not attacked/threatened Israel or any other country for that matter but did defend itself against Iraq. Nor does Iran have nuclear armaments unlike Israel which has had them for a number of years. On the other hand Israel has threatened and attacked and occupied for years at a time a number of it's middle east neighbours and is still occupying Palestinian territory and has been for 60 plus years. Sounds like transference to me.

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