11/28/06 "Information Clearing House" -- - - “People do not forget. They do not forget the death of their fellows, they do not forget torture and mutilation, they do not forget injustice, they do not forget oppression, they do not forget the terrorism of mighty powers. They not only don’t forget; they also strike back.” Harold Pinter, Nobel Laureate
"The central tenet of American foreign policy hasn’t changed since the early 1980s when Secretary of State Henry Kissinger summarized our involvement in the Iraq-Iraq War saying, “I hope they kill each other.” Kissinger’s dictum reveals the basic racial and religious odium which animates the current policy and has become the organizing principle for maintaining the global empire.
Now that the Muslim world has been systematically ravaged from the southern-most part Gaza to the northern tip of Afghanistan, we can see that the application of the Kissinger Doctrine is an effective method for decimating societies …
"Mr. Editor, you and the cowardly cabal behind you can ban and vilify me, but as long as I have breath I will continue to protest against Israel's fascist-style brutality and declare 'Not in my name' in the interest of the true values of Judaism and humanity and in support of justice and security for all Christians, Jews and Muslims in the Middle East and further afield."
"Stand like one man ... and cut their (Shi'ites') throats, spill their blood, burn the ground underneath them, and rain bombs on them," said the speaker, who said he was the official spokesman of "the Islamic state in Iraq"
"I believe that stabilizing the region from the Eastern Mediterranean to Afghanistan is very much an American interest, one we share with all our allies as well as with several other countries, especially, China, Russia, and India."
"It seems everywhere that there is corruption to a certain degree. Before the government tries to tackle the issue, it is much wiser to identify the root causes of the problem. In a city where 100 kgs of Teff is costing 530 Birr, it is unrealistic to assume a government officer to live with a 400 Birr salary, feeding himself and his family. In order to feed his family, it is expected that the officer will do anything to cover the skyrocketing living costs. So, before a government employee steals materials from his office or a police officer or judge drugs himself to a corruption the government should try to balance employee’s salary with the living costs. It is important to tell you a real story that has happened to a police officer that tried to free a convicted driver after receiving some sums of money. When he was confronted by the high ranking officials that were inside the car and who were also familiar to the police officer, he didn't apologize for what he did, ins…
"Once again, it's the oil. The Bush-Cheney system by all accounts went to Iraq to grab those fabulous reserves. The only way for an overall solution to the Iraqi tragedy would be for the Bush administration to give up the oil - with no preconditions, turning the US into an honest broker. Realpolitik practitioners know this is not going to happen. "
"OSLO: Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus received the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday, and promptly urged world leaders to get on with the fight against poverty and stop wasting money on wars such as the Iraq conflict."
"The assassination of Orlando Letelier and his American assistant two miles from the White House prompted demands for explanations and helped expose what President Nixon, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and a series of CIA officials tried for years to conceal: U.S support for a military dictatorship that was killing thousands of its own citizens."
"The premier of Ethiopia in his part to rationalize his tyrannical attitude accuses the U.I.C. of Somalia as “terrorist,” because it is an Islamic organization. He blames Somalis for being friends with Eritrea; blames Somalis for the opposition he is facing from the vast majority of his own population; He blames Somalis for the armed struggle of the “ONLF” the “OLF” the “EPPA” “CUD” etc… "
Another important sign of growing isolation of both Zenawi and Yusuf is neither man controls his country’s capitals in real sense. Zenawi lost the capital to the opposition in the May 15 parliamentary elections and is reportedly spend most of his times out side the capital as a security precaution. Yusuf have avoided even going to his country’s capital to establish his government there after he was selected by the interim parliament convened in Nairobi, another country’s capital. The leaders of the UIC have taken the capital of Somalis, restored the airport, public services, law and order, and other basic services while both Yusuf and Zenawi become isolated from their populations and deeply relying on their army forces and international support to sustain their rules. Such political bases the two leaders are relying are unsustainable and do not last governments in any event for a foreseen future in a bloody conflict they are initialing.
Whether you think it’s pandering to xenophobes or a rallying cry for Christian patriots, a series of attacks against Muslims and Islam in the U.S. have been rebuffed by the attackers’ compatriots on the right. Many of these attacks have centered on Minnesota’s Representative-elect Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to U.S. Congress, and on Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., a rising star in the Democratic caucus whose middle name is the only manifestation of his father’s Muslim background
Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) issued a letter to constituents earlier this month in which he declares, “I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States” if we do not adopt “strict immigration policies.”
Condi Rice , yesterday in an interview , said that American "investment" in Iraq was worth it in terms of lives and dollars. An eerie reminiscence of M.Albright famous quote "The price was well worth it." Chilling ! But I really need to laugh out loud here... What an amazing people ! You have been royally defeated . It is as clear as day light. Yet you are adamant about hanging in there. Just a little bit more , just a little longer. Send more troops, send more mercenaries, pump more of "our" petrodollars in - You are still defeated. Torture, rape, steal, kill, massacre - You are still defeated. The writing is on the wall . What is it about D.E.F.E.A.T you can't understand? The beast in his last throes , struggling for breath ? Let me laugh some more...
It is not simply a question of saving face. This is only one level of the Truth. It is not only about Oil . You are so hooked on the Oil theory, you will be drinking the damn thing soon. It is not only about geo-s…
"Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric withheld support Saturday for a U.S.-backed plan to build a coalition across sectarian lines, Shiite lawmakers said, jeopardizing hopes that such a show of political unity could help stem the country's deadly violence.
Members of the United Iraqi Alliance, the Shiite coalition that dominates parliament, met with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf after traveling to the holy city over the past few days. Al-Sistani holds no political post and rarely emerges from his home and adjacent office, but he has strong influence over Shiite politics."
"See how easy it is to make a problem go away? When Congress started asking questions about FBI malfeasance exposed by whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds, the administration retroactively classified congressional briefings on the subject. When it looked like lawyers representing Guantanamo detainee Majid Khan might make a fuss about the abusive "alternative" interrogation methods he had undergone in secret CIA prisons, the administration announced that Khan couldn't meet with his lawyers to tell them about his treatment because his treatment was itself classified top secret."