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“Saddam Hussein's cousin told Iraq's High Tribunal on Monday that it had no right to try him for war crimes because he had the same kind of immunity from prosecution that U.S. forces enjoy in Iraq.”
Then the puppet prosecutor answered ( Munqith al-Faroon) that U.S. troops “have immunity in Iraq only. There were soldiers who were tried and received harsh punishment."
So according to this lunatic the punishment of the criminal George is staying safe in Washington DC? Who got punished by death for murders of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis? and Rapes of Iraq and Iraqis? and Destruction of Iraq?
The murderer George (the Coward) W. Bush knew why and how the invasion of Iraq should happen. One of the how’s is manipulation of intelligent reports. Here the main man of the CIA in Europe telling us the manipulation of the regime of George.
"The former chief of the CIA's Europe division, Tyler Drumheller, discusses the United States foreign intelligence service's cooperation with Germany, the covert kidnapping of suspected terrorists and a Bush adminstration that ignored CIA advice and used whatever information it could find to justify an invasion of Iraq."
read the story

US 'victory' against cult leader was 'massacre'

By Patrick Cockburn in Baghdad
Published: 31 January 2007
There are growing suspicions in Iraq that the official story of the battle outside Najaf between a messianic Iraqi cult and the Iraqi security forces supported by the US, in which 263 people were killed and 210 wounded, is a fabrication. The heavy casualties may be evidence of an unpremeditated massacre.

A picture is beginning to emerge of a clash between an Iraqi Shia tribe on a pilgrimage to Najaf and an Iraqi army checkpoint that led the US to intervene with devastating effect. The involvement of Ahmed al-Hassani (also known as Abu Kamar), who believed himself to be the coming Mahdi, or Messiah, appears to have been accidental.

The story emerging on independent Iraqi websites and in Arabic newspapers is entirely different from the government's account of the battle with the so-called "Soldiers of Heaven", planning a raid on Najaf to kill Shia religious leaders.

The cult denied it was involved in the fighting, say…
As Iran’s Nuke Program Stands in Shambles, Neocons Press Onward with Shock and Awe Campaign
Saturday January 27th 2007, 10:23 pm
It doesn’t matter because “Iran’s efforts to produce highly enriched uranium … are in chaos and the country is still years from mastering the required technology,” according to Guardian. “Iran’s uranium enrichment program has been plagued by constant technical problems, lack of access to outside technology and knowhow, and a failure to master the complex production-engineering processes involved,” writes Peter Beaumont, citing “a number of Western diplomats and technical experts close to the Iranian program.”

ANOTHER DAY IN THE EMPIRE

Myth and Reality

Myth

Bush said Tuesday night that if the United States withdraws, the result will be an "epic battle" between Sunni and Shiite extremists and the creation of a haven for oil-fueled al Qaeda terrorists. Out of the chaos, Bush said, "would emerge an emboldened enemy with new safe havens, new recruits, new resources and an even greater determination to harm America. To allow this to happen would be to ignore the lessons of Sept. 11 and invite tragedy."

Reality

"If we get run off, there's no reason to say it would be a positive thing, OK?" said retired Gen. William Nash, U.S. commander in Bosnia from 1995 to 1997. "But just think of the dire predictions that were made in 1975 when the helicopters were leaving the embassy grounds of Saigon and everybody thinking that the dominoes would begin to fall. Lo and behold, the dominoes not only didn't fall, but a number of the regional actors started taking some responsibilities for some things."

What we know and don’t know about 9/11

NOTE: This article appeared in ICH web site


Paul Craig Roberts

08/16/06 "Information Clearing House" -- -- I received a number of intelligent responses from readers of my August 14 column, “Gullible Americans,” The letters deserve a reply. Moreover, some contain important points that should be shared with a wider audience. Pundits such as myself are not the only people who have interesting things to say. Considering the number of letters and the time it would require to respond individually, I am replying instead in this column.

Most readers from whom I heard understand the difference between loyalty to country and loyalty to a government. They understand that to support a political party or a government that is destroying the US Constitution and America’s reputation in the world is, in fact, an act of treason. Therefore, I did not have to read the usual drivel about how doubting “our government” is un-American.

Among the issues raised are:

How could the complicity of the US g…

Sickened Iraq Vets Blame Depleted Uranium

"(AP) NEW YORK It takes at least 10 minutes and a large glass of orange juice to wash down all the pills — morphine, methadone, a muscle relaxant, an antidepressant, a stool softener. Viagra for sexual dysfunction. Valium for his nerves.

Four hours later, Herbert Reed will swallow another 15 mg of morphine to cut the pain clenching every part of his body. He will do it twice more before the day is done."

U.S. Troops in Iraq: 72% Say End War in 2006

"An overwhelming majority, 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the year. Among Reserves 90% favor withdrawal compared to 83% of the National Guard, 70% of the Army, and 58% of the Marines. Moreover, about three-quarters of National Guard and Reserve units favor withdrawal within 6 months."
THE NEWS WAS FROM OCTOBER 2006.
Anbar Picture Grows Clearer, and Bleaker

By Dafna Linzer and Thomas E. Ricks
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, November 28, 2006; A01



The U.S. military is no longer able to defeat a bloody insurgency in western Iraq or counter al-Qaeda's rising popularity there, according to newly disclosed details from a classified Marine Corps intelligence report that set off debate in recent months about the military's mission in Anbar province.
Americans in Denial about 9/11

By Matt Taibbi

09/14/06 "Rolling Stone" -- -- So, why did they hate us after all?

We sure blew off that question nicely. As with everything else in this country, our response to 9/11 was a heroic compendium of idiocy, cowardice, callow flag-waving, weepy sentimentality (coupled with an apparently bottomless capacity for self-pity), sloth, laziness and partisan ignorance.

We dealt with 9/11 in many ways. We instantly dubbed everyone who died in the accident a hero and commissioned many millions (billions?) in mawkish elegiac art. We created a whole therapy industry to deal with our 9/11-related grief, made a few claustrophobic two-star Hollywood movies about the bombings, read Lisa Beamer's book and bought that DVD narrated by Rudy, watched Law and Order entertainments about sensational murders committed that morning and left for Jerry Orbach to solve, made bushels of quasi-religious references to "hallowed ground." We made many care…

Six Lessons from the London Airline Bombing Plot

By John Tirman, AlterNet. Posted August 12, 2006.

"The foiled bomb plot in the UK offers us and the Bush administration some pointers about the true nature of terrorism and its causes.

What we now know about the London-based plot to destroy ten civilian airplanes points to six conclusions.



First, what stopped this plot was law enforcement. Law enforcement. Not a military invasion of Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, or Iraq. Old-fashioned surveillance, development of human sources, putting pieces together, and cooperation with foreign police and intelligence services."
How Prescription Drugs Are Poisoning Our Waters
By Elizabeth Royte, OnEarth Magazine
Posted on October 23, 2006, Printed on January 28, 2007
http://www.alternet.org/story/43242/

"Norman Leonard moved to Heritage Village, a sprawling retirement community in western Connecticut, 11 years ago. Its green-gabled condominiums and Capes were well maintained, and the landscapers hadn't skimped on the rhododendrons. A retired CPA, Leonard considers himself, at age 80, to be in pretty decent shape: He plays platform tennis on the grounds and hikes often in nearby forests and reserves. But still, he takes five different drugs a day to manage his blood pressure, acid reflux, and high cholesterol. Heritage Village is home to about 4,000 residents with similar medical profiles, who take an average of six drugs a day."
............When residents of Heritage Village and two other nearby retirement communities flush their toilets, wastewater laced with traces of prescription drugs rushes thro…
Al-Jazeera and the Truth

by Charley Reese

"The British Broadcasting Corp. had a man watch the first day's broadcast (it's being distributed in Europe) and gave it a rave review: accurate, but grim.

Since American politicians have involved us so deeply in the Middle East, the American public is entitled to see the truth of what's going on over there. The public can't get that from American television, which sanitizes its reports. Al-Jazeera shows you the grim reality. When the Israelis kill children, they show you the bodies and the weeping mothers. They show you all the ugly truth about Israeli and American policies and actions in the Middle East. They show you what war looks like."
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2006
US army 'seized Iraqi homes'
A leading Iraqi lawyer has accused the US army of throwing 211 families, including his, out of their homes.

Rabah al-Alwan, 36, head of the Union of Lawyers in al-Anbar governorate in western Iraq, said that the US army has occupied his family's house and those of with dozens of other families in al-Ramadi, the capital of al-Anbar governorate.

Why Is America Terrorizing Muslims?

"When people and nations live in darkness, they lose sense of direction. In an information age, knowledge–driven global culture of reason, ignorance is no longer a requisite to learn from the living history. The previous Empires knew their geography and limits, but the newly articulated American Empire in its infancy, is challenging to the limits of the Laws of God and appears obsessed with “fear” of being replaced by the new emerging nations of Asia and South America. President Bush invoked the “War on Terrorism”, as a dictum of power, not reason and wisdom, to camouflage the prospective future with acts of barbarity and to dispel the notion of accountability in global affairs. Historically, people and nations pursuing this path of behavior have ended up in self-defeat and self-destruction.

The 9/11 attacks and religious doctrines have no common ground. Hourly paid intellectuals turned guardian of approved truth, allege that Islam breeds terrorism. The Western mass media compleme…
A blueprint for leaving Iraq now

SPEECH OF HON. JAMES P. McGOVERN OF MASSACHUSETTS
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2006

"Staying in Iraq not an option. Many Americans who were among the most eager to invade Iraq now urge that we find a way out. These Americans include not only civilian ``strategists'' and other ``hawks'' but also senior military commanders and, perhaps most fervently, combat soldiers. Even some of those Iraqis regarded by our senior officials as the most pro-American are determined now to see American military personnel leave their country. Polls show that as few as 2 percent of Iraqis consider Americans to be liberators. This is the reality of the situation in Iraq. We must acknowledge the Iraqis' right to ask us to leave, and we should set a firm date by which to do so."
September 20, 2004
From the Streets of Little Beirut
Glen Yeadon

As more documents concerning 9-11 surfaces, it is becoming increasing clear the top officials in the Bush administration were at least complicit if not an active participants in the attacks. There is enough evidence now to bind George W. Bush, big oil companies and 9-11 into a trinity of evil. By allowing the 9-11 attacks to take place unhindered Bush and all of his top advisers are guilty of the mass murder of over 3000 innocent people
A Jewish Hitler?
The rise of Avigdor Lieberman
"Lieberman's views are notoriously racist, and his rhetoric is invariably violent. He called for the execution of Israeli Arab members of the Knesset who met with Hamas or didn't celebrate Israel's Independence Day. His party, Yisrael Beytenu ("Israel is our Home"), accuses Israeli Arabs of "dual loyalty" on account of their ethnicity, and advocates the complete separation of the Jewish and Arab populations in Palestine – in effect, forced transfer. Lieberman and his followers vehemently oppose the peace process, support the militant settlement movement, and are proud partisans of ethnic cleansing."
poor Ethiopian troops who invaded Somalia now couldn't sustain the occupation in just one month since they invaded Somali.

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in July 2006 50 percent of U.S. says Iraq had WMDs
"Half of Americans now say Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the United States invaded the country in 2003 -- up from 36 percent last year, a Harris poll finds. Pollsters deemed the increase both "substantial" and "surprising" in light of persistent press reports to the contrary in recent years."
Shame on them.
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Today Americans and their puppets killed 250 “insurgents.” When I read that kind of news it reminds me of Americas war against the population of the occupied in October 2006, they slaughter 85 people in Afghanistan too.
“ Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) reported yesterday tha…
A lot of people in the Western World will never know why there are so many immigrants’ dies to get to Europe from West African countries. Today, I have watched on al Jazeera on a program called Witness the Malian refugees’ ordeal to go to Spain. Many dead and some made it to Spain. All that sacrifice was (for those who made it) to send remittance home to help their folks. The cameraman who witnessed and recorded this important story is an immigrant from Argentina who lives now in Spain understand why people immigrant to another countries leaving behind their roots to where they come from.

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Why American occupation would ends? It is for the good of almost all people; for the good of peace in the world; it is not right to occupy weak countries because they happen to have oil; it is wrong because the Middle Eastern countries will oppress their people to please America; it is wrong because it does bankrupt…

Fresh Air from WHYY, January 25, 2007 · Army Lieutenant Ehren Watada is the first American officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq

"Fresh Air from WHYY, January 25, 2007 · Army Lieutenant Ehren Watada is the first American officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq on the grounds that he thinks the war is illegal. He is joined by one of his lawyers, Eric Seitz, a civillian. Watada is now being court-martialed for his refusal, and for statements he made opposing the war and the Bush administration's leadership."
GO TO THE NPR PAGE TO LISTEN THE INTERVIEW
Saudi king: Spreading Shiism won't work. What does work? Spreading Wahabism? They can believe whatever they can believe but criticizing Iran for “spreading Shiism” is outrageous. The Wahabi’s are very aggressive. They are intolerant of other Muslims who don’t adhere to their brand of doctrine. I have never heard the Shiites spreading Shiism at all. If Iranians chose to do it, it is their right. People have a right to believe Wahabism, Shiism or any isms. What is the big deal? People like me don’t identify themselves to any isms. I dislike intolerance. I am not a judge nor could be anyone. Allah is the judge. No one knows who goes to heaven or hellfire. But my believe is such that intolerant people like the Wahabis are wrong; not because of what they believe in “puritanical Islam”, but because they are pointing others will go to hell unless they follow them. They support the corrupt kings and see women as unequal with men hence not even qualified to drive cars. Yet, they are procl…
At least 73 frightened Palestinians have arrived in El Waleed, at the Iraq-Syrian border, after fleeing Baghdad earlier this week following the detention and release of 30 Palestinian men on Tuesday. This is an ongoing problem. Palestinians are getting killed by Shia militias I would assume with the help of Americans and Israelis. Where could Palestinians live? Their country was taken by racists Zionists? America's war against Palestinians has been a long one. They must have been cheering from the sides while they are getting killed and driven out of their adapted country by the Shiites.
Death squad chieftains flee to beat Baghdad surge. I don’t believe this news at all. Why would the death squad leaders flee Baghdad? American troops are their friends in eliminating the Sunni population. Sadirists have the same aim as the Americans have. Besides, Isn’t Sadir City big enough to accommodate terrorist leaders who are sending peasant Shiite militias to terrorize the Sunnis? These leaders are cowardice who never faced their master rapists Americans anyways? Why fear their compatriots? The “government” of Iraq shields them, they control the security and the police forces, they have thousands of militias, they are supported by foreign sponsors like Iran and many hidden hands who like to see Iraq to cease altogether. There is no credibility to this news at all. None!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Rightwing Smearers of Obama Don't know a School from a Madrasa
Very few Americans can dispel that kind of rumor but few listeners can be found. Who ever heard of Juan Cole? Americans don’t like experts. They have ugly tradition of blaming one religion, hating because one has darker skin or supporting their leaders knowing they are committing ugly crimes. Barack Obama lived few years in Indonesia predominantly a Muslim country and went to school there, Obama’s attending a school (Madrasa in Arabic) in a foreign country was a ground for white people to dismiss him as a legitimate American who could run for the presidency! America is way, way behind this kind of stuff: first they said his middle name (Hussein) might discourage people from voting for him now this. To be a friend of a Whiteman will cause you nothing but pain. But on the other hand being critical of the criminality of the establishment of the United State of America and how it came about will fre…
When corrupt PLO led occupied Palestine, Hamas never wage a war against PLO and Fattah. Now Hamas won the election and the premiership a year ago; Fattah waging an open war against the legitimate government elected to lead the occupied nation through tough struggle. The worst thing is Fattah now accepting money and weapons from the enemies of Palestinians to take back the power by force which it has lost through the ballot box.
After terrorizing the Sunni population and participating in America’s terror against Iraqi Sunni population and the resistance forces, Moqtada is now capitulating to Americans. My feeling is that the terrorist occupiers sending more troops to go after the resistance more so than before and his self declaration to disarm the Mahdi Army without confronting the terrorist occupiers which have been fighting its’ dirty war will not go after the Mahdi Militia or any anti resistance groups. Moqtada and other terrorists are making a big mistake intensifying the killings and expulsion of the Sunni population which is the sole resistance movement in Iraq. While the resistance is making in roads to make sure the rapists wouldn’t get that cheap oil they were craving, Moqtada and his terrorist army abducts, torture and kill any Sunni they can get their hands on. Moqtada ragtag army lost twice in 2004 to American forces. Knowing his powerbase will be destroyed completely if he resists the rapists, …
America has almost always led by warmongers. A few times the nation’s leaders went to find solutions to solve conflicts in order to avoid wars. But few of those Vice Presidents have a power to do what Richard Cheney does. He has shown again how ruthless criminal and a naked tug he is. If you see Iraqi war, it is he, who led the neocon’s ideology flat-out lies the threat Iraq poses. This story a page out of many should be read by many.
Vice President Dick Cheney's spokeswoman testified Thursday that she told Cheney and his chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, that a prominent war critic's wife worked for the CIA days before Libby said he learned it from a reporter.
More about the criminal gang and his aid Libby.
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Herminia Ramos died in Iraq for nothing.

Herminia Ramos died in Iraq for nothing. he might have killed Iraqis who are raped and brutalized by American's; he has had helped them in their quest to free Iraq from Iraqis. He was sent to Iraq by pro Bush government of his. The Irony is his countryman also brutalized and raped by America the same way Iraqis were albeit in covert operations.
the dead soldier's mother has said about the rape of Iraq, “I got through our war without losing any family,” she said of El Salvador’s civil war, which took an estimated 75,000 lives. “And now my son was sent to fight in someone else’s war.”
Salvadorian’s known this is a Whiteman’s war “It’s the gringos’ war,” said one critic, Olga Serrano, who is executive secretary of a group of wounded veterans from the war in the 1980s. “What are we doing over there?”
America not only led the rape of Iraq but also dragging other countries like Salvador through financial assistance, To say that El Salvador and the United States are joined at the h…

One man's story of American terror

America Won, Americans Lost

by Robert Higgs

War kills the innocent, strengthens the state, supports dictatorships, and stirs up hatred. How can anyone be considered a winner?

Of course, it invariably justified these assaults on liberty by characterizing them as necessary, merely temporary means of preserving the people's liberties in the longer run — in General George C. Marshall's words, "sacrifices today in order that we may enjoy security and peace tomorrow."26That claim was either a mistake or a lie, because the U.S. government did not need to go to war, not even in the world wars, in order to preserve its people's essential liberties and way of life: neither Kaiser Wilhelm's forces nor Hitler's — and certainly not Japan's — had the capacity to deprive Americans of their liberties, "take over the country," "destroy our way of life," or do anything of the sort. This country has always contained persecuted minorities, and it still does; but since 1789, the on…

Jimmy Carter Apologizes for Telling the Truth

Thursday January 25th 2007, 9:20 am

Jimmy Carter, who caused himself a world of hurt by writing truthfully about the “Israeli-Palestinian issue,” that is to say more than a half century of Israeli brutality against Palestinians, was almost dis-invited from a speaking engagement at Brandeis University. You’d think his status as a former president would trump the political correctness of the ADL and the “American Jewish community,” many of them frankly sayanim. Carter made it by the skin of his teeth.

“Despite two months of a highly publicized campus debate over whether Carter would or would not be invited to campus, sparks did not fly at Tuesday’s event,” reports the Jewish Telegraph Agency. Carter used the event to backtrack one of his main claims. “In response to a question criticizing a section of his book that appears to justify the use of terrorism, Carter admitted it was a mistake…. Calling the wording ’stupid,’ Carter said, ‘I apologize to you personally and to everyone here.’ He…

Ten Super-Wealthy Anti-Estate Tax Families Listed on Forbes 400

FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE
September 27, 2006 Contact: Bob Keener
(617) 423-2148 x120
bkeener@faireconomy.org


Forbes magazine’s 2006 list of the 400 wealthiest people in America includes individuals from ten of the 18 wealthy families exposed as stealthily funding efforts to repeal the estate tax, the nation’s only tax on multi-million dollar inheritances.

The April 2006 report, “Spending Millions to Save Billions; The Campaign of the Super Wealthy to Kill the Estate Tax,” by Public Citizen and United for a Fair Economy (UFE) showed that, if successful, the effort would save these super wealthy families about $71.6 billion dollars, and cost the federal government $1 trillion over ten years.

The ten anti-estate-tax billionaire families on the Forbes 400 list include the Cox family, the DeVos family, the Dorrance family, the Gallo family, the Harbert family, the Johnson family, the Koch family, the Mars family, the Sobrato family, and the most wealthy of all, the Walton family. Of the 24 ind…
THE ROVING EYE
Ahmadinejad be damned
By Pepe Escobar

It's all over the Iranian press: President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, self-described "street cleaner of the people", is in deep political trouble at home, subjected to crossfire from conservatives and reformers alike. All the more ironic considering the biblical tsunami of Washington spin portraying Ahmadinejad as the newest "new Hitler" (Saddam Hussein, after all, fell victim to a lynch mob).

An Ethiopian maid died in Lebanon

An Ethiopian maid was found dead in Ba`aqlin in Lebanon (a Jumblat stronghold) at the house of her employer. She hanged herself, said the police report. As usual, Lebanese police will not investigate deaths of foreign domestic workers in Lebanon. On the same crime page, the racist anti-Syrian Hariri rag, reports a rape of a Sri Lankan maid by "two Syrians." The same rag never notices the regular mistreatment and abuse of Sri Lankan maids by Lebanese.
Syria helped Americans’ rape of Iraq through promises such as closing borders arresting resistance forces and torturing Muslims transferred by America all to please their masters. Now they are openly supporting the occupation. They are calling the resistance terrorism; yet, American rapists are not pleased with them. The Syrian dictator is not only oppressing his people, but also helping the rape of Iraq to stay in power one more day. In the mean time America is looking forward to that day where Bashar could be dropped from the gallows just like they have done to Saddam.
First there is Ethiopia. This nation, which is second only to Nigeria in African population, is landlocked. This frustrates its economic growth as its exports leave the nation mostly via air, which is extremely expensive, or via road which is very dangerous and unreliable. Ethiopia wants a seaport and has fought its neighbor Eritrea throughout the decades trying to seize the beautiful seaport capital of Asmara. The Eritreans have proven themselves to be fierce fighters and have resisted every attempt, with the last conflict ending in 2000. Lately, Ethiopia has turned its attention to war-torn Somalia which has a very attractive and extensive coastline on the Horn of Africa, viewing sea lanes to and from the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.

Israel's Dark Future

by Jonathan Cook

Recent polls also reveal how fashionable racism has become in Israel. A survey conducted last year showed that 68 per cent of Israeli Jews do not want to live next to a Palestinian citizen (and rarely have to, as segregation is largely enforced by the authorities), and 46 per cent would not want an Arab to visit their home. For more go there

Officials: Billions in US Iraq Reconstruction Money Wasted

http://www.globalsecurity.org/
By Dan Robinson
Capitol Hill
19 January 2007

Bush administration officials have told U.S. lawmakers that as much as $3 billion of the $22 to $25 billion Congress appropriated to rebuild Iraq has been wasted through fraud and abuse by private contractors. VOA's Dan Robinson reports from Capitol Hill.

Since 2003, the U.S. Government Accounting Office, and inspectors general in the State Department and Department of Defense, have intensified efforts to determine how much reconstruction money has been wasted.

Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein, members of Congress have been outraged by reports of corruption in contracting, and investigations have led to a number of convictions.

However, with the U.S. military effort in Iraq facing difficulty, and Democrats in control on Capitol Hill, the issue is being placed under a magnifying glass by congressional committees.

Coming up with exact figures has been difficult, a problem made worse by the diff…

The Meles regime unleashed state-sponsored terror against Oromo refugees in Somalia

OLF Statement

Jan 19, 2007



The Tigrean People Liberation Front (TPLF) regime of Ethiopia is unleashing its malignant instinct of death and destructive horror on Oromo refugees in Somalia. It is committing a planned and systematic genocide on the Oromo people by mislabeling Oromo’s struggle for self-determination and democracy as terrorism. The truth of the matter is it is the TPLF-led tyrannical regime that is unleashing state sponsored-terror against our people.



Recent reports by human rights groups and governments are bearing witness that there are grave violations of the human rights of the Oromo people by the TPLF regime. These include extra-judicial killings, disappearances, illegal arrests, torture, gang rape and detention for a long period without charge or trial. Disappearances are systematically, incessantly and relentlessly committed against the Oromo people.



As a result of these gross human rights violations and to escape state-sponsored terror, thousands of Oromos have fled an…

Iran's President Did Not Say "Israel must be wiped off the map"

By Arash Norouzi
01/18/07 "Information Clearing House" -- -- Across the world, a dangerous rumor has spread that could have catastrophic implications. According to legend, Iran's President has threatened to destroy Israel, or, to quote the misquote, "Israel must be wiped off the map". Contrary to popular belief, this statement was never made, as this article will prove.

BACKGROUND:

On Tuesday, October 25th, 2005 at the Ministry of Interior conference hall in Tehran, newly elected Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech at a program, reportedly attended by thousands, titled "The World Without Zionism". Large posters surrounding him displayed this title prominently in English, obviously for the benefit of the international press. Below the poster's title was a slick graphic depicting an hour glass containing planet Earth at its top. Two small round orbs representing the United States and Israel are shown falling through the hour gla…

Palestine 2007: Genocide in Gaza, Ethnic Cleansing in the West Bank

By Ilan Pappe

01/18/07 "Electronic Intifada" On this stage, not so long ago, I claimed that Israel is conducting genocidal policies in the Gaza Strip. I hesitated a lot before using this very charged term and yet decided to adopt it. Indeed, the responses I received, including from some leading human rights activists, indicated a certain unease over the usage of such a term. I was inclined to rethink the term for a while, but came back to employing it today with even stronger conviction: it is the only appropriate way to describe what the Israeli army is doing in the Gaza Strip.

Terror and starvation in Gaza

Pilger on the genocide that is engulfing Palestine as bystanders silently look on

By John Pilger

"When I was last in Gaza, Dr Khalid Dahlan, a psychiatrist, showed me the results of a remarkable survey. "The statistic I personally find unbearable," he said, "is that 99.4 per cent of the children we studied suffer trauma. Once you look at the rates of exposure to trauma you see why: 99.2 per cent of their homes were bombarded; 97.5 per cent were exposed to tear gas; 96.6 per cent witnessed shootings; 95.8 per cent witnessed bombardment and funerals; almost a quarter saw family members injured or killed." Dahlan invited me to sit in on one of his clinics. There were 30 children, all of them traumatised. He gave each a pencil and paper and asked them to draw. They drew pictures of grotesque acts of terror and of women streaming tears."

Housing Bubble Bloodbath

By Mike Whitney
01/13/06 "Information Clearing House" -- - I wonder if Alan Greenspan takes a copy of the business page along with him on the chair-lift at the Aspen, so he can read about the plummeting housing market before swooshing down the well-groomed bunny-slopes at his favorite ski resort. After all, no one played a larger role in inflating (what the “Economist” called) the “biggest equity bubble in history” than the retired Fed-master. His low interest-rate bonanza triggered a stampede of speculation in the real estate market sending prices through the stratosphere and setting the stage for the biggest economic bust in American history.

Are Democrats Turning A Blind Eye to Civil Liberty?

by Paul Craig Roberts

"Judging by Democrats' statements in the flush of their electoral victory, Democrats have little, if any, awareness of this critical fact. Democrats are anxious to get on with their agendas and have shown no recognition that the first order of business is to repeal the legislation that permits torture, warrantless detention, and domestic spying."

Crusade Number Four

"Thus begins President George Bush’s fourth war against the Muslim World. Invading dirt-poor Somalia is Bush’s last stab at military glory and a final effort to convince disgruntled American voters the so-called "war on terror" is a success. So also continues Washington’s preference of only invading small nations that cannot offer much initial resistance by conventional forces: Grenada, Panama, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq and now Somalia. Afghanistan has only 29 million wretched people; Iraq about 26 million – two-thirds of them in rebellion."

Lawsuit over Quran oaths to continue

By GARY D. ROBERTSON, The Associated Press

RALEIGH -- A lawsuit filed by the ACLU and a Muslim woman over the use of the Quran and other non-Christian texts for courtroom oaths in North Carolina should be allowed to go forward, the state Court of Appeals ruled today.
A three-judge panel voted unanimously to reverse a trial court decision that had dismissed the challenge to state law and policy. Currently, only the Bible can be used by witnesses when swearing or affirming truthful testimony.

Muslims: Northwest barred us from flight

Gregg Krupa / The Detroit News
DEARBORN -- About 40 Muslim Metro Detroiters say they were stranded at an airport in Frankfurt, Germany, and given a series of differing explanations about why they could not board their Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

A spokesman for Northwest Airlines said this morning that the travelers, who were returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, reported to the gate about 20 minutes before their connecting flight was to take off. They were barred from making the trip by airline and international flight rules, he said.

But the Muslim travelers, including two imams, and their advocates -- the Council on American Islamic Relations -- adamantly rejected the airline's statement at a press conference today, saying flight rules are at least the third reason given for why the pilgrims could not board the Jan. 7 flight. They say they believe Northwest discriminated against the Muslims and left them on their own to find accommodati…

ETHICS OF WAR in Islam

Even in a state of war, Islam enjoins that one deals with the enemy nobly on the battlefield. Islam has drawn a clear line of distinction between the combatants and the non-combatants of the enemy country. As far as the non-combatant population is concerned such as women, children, the old and the infirm, etc., the instructions of the Prophet are as follows: "Do not kill any old person, any child or any woman"[1]. "Do not kill the monks in monasteries" or "Do not kill the people who are sitting in places of worship."[2] During a war, the Prophet saw the corpse of a woman lying on the ground and observed: "She was not fighting. How then she came to be killed?" Thus non-combatants are guaranteed security of life even if their state is at war with an Islamic state.
The Ethiopian government continued the heavy-handed suppression and punishment of any form of political dissent as reintroduced following the 2005 elections. While most international attention focused on events in Addis Ababa, security forces and civil officials continued campaigns of repression and brutality in many parts of the country. International donors protested human rights abuses but took no meaningful action.

Several boys die copying Saddam hanging

Watada is a military hero who refused to participate in the rape of Iraq, but his disappointment on American public to stand up to the rape of Iraq is misplaced. Americans always help their troops even when they rape.
"Could it be that ... many people don't care about the illegality of this war?" Watada asked students and others who packed a hall at Seattle Central Community College. "It is my belief that the American people have relinquished their responsibility."

Who condemned terrorism?

Muslim organizations around the world condemned terrorism for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack; did American organizations condemned American terrorist attack around the world which killed almost a million people and made refugees of more than two million peoples? Does a Whiteman think a blood of Muslim less red than that of white people and their slaves in America or around the world? Terrorism need to be condemned and fought by people of all faiths and people who don’t believe in God or gods. This has nothing to do with religion. Whiteman established a system based on superiority of a white man and later on the superiority of Americans in general (racism and hatred of ethnics is still rampant in America though.) manifest destiny where white Americans used to rape other nations as well as native Americans, blacks and Hispanics and others here in the United States is still used. That is why American terrorism is acceptable against other people and not being condemned. The Whit…