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ei: The next intifada

ei: The next intifada: "With his latest statements and unrestrained violence, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, has once again confirmed that the occupation, the oppression and the slow genocide of Palestinians by the Israeli war machine he heads will not stop. Any talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders are meaningless he says, and as far as he is concerned there will be no relief for the Palestinians, not even symbolic relief for people trying to cross the checkpoints. After all, even a short delay at the checkpoint can put an end to the life on an innocent Palestinian. Barak who has earned the dubious distinction of Israel's most decorated soldier, by killing mostly unarmed Palestinian civilians, will do nothing that might hinder the liquidation of Palestinians, young or old. With Barak in control of Israel's security apparatus Israelis and Palestinians can expect more violence and more losses of innocent lives."

Indian guru makes peace angels of Iraqi youths | Top News | Reuters

Indian guru makes peace angels of Iraqi youths | Top News | ReutersAn Indian spiritual guru is teaching yoga and meditation to a group of war-weary Iraqis, whom he hopes will extend their new-found inner peace to their nation.

The 55 men and women -- chosen by the Iraqi government -- live on an expansive spiritual retreat in southern India and will follow an intensive meditation and rhythmic breathing regime for a month to learn about an alternative lifestyle.

Waking up at five every morning, they participate in yoga classes, meditate, help in the kitchen and take part in spiritual discussions, public speaking classes and spiritual singing as part of their physical, mental, emotional and social development.

allAfrica.com: Eritrea: State TV Editor Goes Missing While Trying to Flee Across Border Into Ethiopia (Page 1 of 1)

allAfrica.com: Eritrea: State TV Editor Goes Missing While Trying to Flee Across Border Into Ethiopia (Page 1 of 1): "Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the fate of Johnny Hisabu, an editor with state-owned Eri-TV, who disappeared in late May after trying to flee across the border into Ethiopia. There are unconfirmed reports that he was arrested and has been held ever since in a detention centre in the southwestern town of Barentu. 'Forced to function as a cog in the official propaganda machine, Johnny was one of the hundreds of Eritreans who each month try to flee the hell on earth created by one of the world's most authoritarian regimes,' the press freedom organisation said. 'The regime's only reaction to this exodus, which includes journalists and media technicians, is more cruelty and intolerance.'"

AKI - Adnkronos international Somalia: Displaced people branded "terrorists" by Mogadishu mayor

AKI - Adnkronos international Somalia: Displaced people branded "terrorists" by Mogadishu mayor: "Nairobi, 23 August (AKI) - (Source - IRIN) - Allegations that humanitarian operations fuel insurgency in the Somali capital Mogadishu by the city's mayor have been slammed as 'irresponsible' by a minister in the fragile transitional government as analysts expressed concern. Mayor Mohamed Umar Habeb (better known as Mohamed Dheere) told the local media on 20 August that the international community was feeding what he termed as “terrorists” and warned that they would have to deal with the consequences. "

The Utter Uselessness of the Petraeus Report | The American Prospect

The Utter Uselessness of the Petraeus Report | The American Prospect: "Just a few weeks from now, the most eagerly anticipated premier of the year will finally be here, complete with fierce disagreement among the critics and relentless hype by the producers, cameras furiously clicking when the starring players emerge in public. That premier is the report coming in mid-September from U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and, more importantly, Gen. David Petraeus, commander of American forces there. If you're expecting a surprise ending, you shouldn't hold your breath. "

Gareth Porter: Bush's "Killing Fields" and the Real Lesson of Vietnam - Politics on The Huffington Post

Gareth Porter: Bush's "Killing Fields" and the Real Lesson of Vietnam - Politics on The Huffington Post: "The heavy-breathing right-wing crowd has long blamed the anti-war movement, Congress and anyone else who supported the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam for the unnumbered dead in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime. That argument has been used as an ideological cudgel to keep intellectuals and the media in line, so the next time the United States goes to war and it turns sour, they would be afraid to demand an end to it. Now it's time to drive a stake through it once and for all. "

Bush’s Next Invasion: Vietnam?Following the president’s logic, our best move is to repeat a huge mistake. - CommonDreams.org

Bush’s Next Invasion: Vietnam?Following the president’s logic, our best move is to repeat a huge mistake. - CommonDreams.org
It’s hard to be precise (as is the case in Iraq today, no one kept careful count of Vietnamese civilian casualties, and all sides in the conflict had an incentive to fudge the true figures), but somewhere between 1 million and 4 million civilians died as the war needlessly dragged on, many killed by U.S. weapons. Millions more were displaced.

But those are details.

Bush went on to assert that “another price to our withdrawal from Vietnam” was the rise of “the enemy we face in today’s struggle, those who came to our soil and killed thousands of citizens” on 9/11.

Yup — it’s so obvious! The U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam caused the rise of Al Qaeda — and, by extension, “our withdrawal from Vietnam” ultimately turned Iraq into “the central front” in “the war on terror.”