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It’s not only Iran an Syria, Meir Dagan, Mossad boss, told
but it is also Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Arabs want nukes and you
know what Arabs with nukes will do to Israel. Dagan didn’t
say Egypt and Saudi Arabia would necessarily nuke Israel. But
he did say Iran is urging “Hezbollah to carry out terror
attacks in Israeli territory, and giving assistance to Palestinian
terror organizations,” in other words organizations resisting
Israeli occupation. As for “Israel territory,” we
can only assume Dagan is talking about the Shebba farms area,
part of Syria until the Israelis stole it. Last week Hezbollah
blew up an Israeli bulldozer near Shebba farms and the Israelis
responded by bombing villages in southern Lebanon, an obvious
violation of that nation’s sovereignty, although it was
not framed that way in Haaretz.
Shimon Peres chimed in on the Israeli broken record mantra. “Iran
is the problem of the Middle East,” Peres said. “It
is a group of people who have freed themselves from speaking the
truth, who think that the means justify the ends, and who hide everything
they do,” he told Army Radio. “It is the center of terrorism
in the Middle East. It is trying to create a nuclear option with
a religious coloration.”
Never mind that Israel’s nukes—numbered
between 200 and 400 and ready to go—have both a religious
and nationalist coloration. Israel is a weapons of mass destruction
state, the only one in the Middle East with the exception of Pakistan,
and is not shy about using them. In
1948, specialized Israeli military units sabotaged water wells with
typhoid and dysentery bacteria in Acre (near Haifa), a rather vicious
war crime. Israel is not a signatory to the Biological and
Toxin Weapons Convention and it has signed but not ratified the
Chemical Weapons Convention. As James
Brooks points out, Israel has used chemical warfare against
Palestinians demonstrating against the apartheid wall. “What
the army used here [in the West Bank village of al-Zawiya] yesterday
[June 10th, 2004] was not tear gas,” wrote Gush Shalom, an
Israeli peace group.
We know what tear gas is, what it feels
like. That was something totally different…. When
we were still a long way off from where the bulldozers were working,
they started shooting things like this one (holding up a dark
green metal tube with the inscription “Hand and rifle grenade
no.400″ - in English). Black smoke
came out. Anyone who breathed it lost consciousness immediately,
more than a hundred people. They remained unconscious for nearly
24 hours. One is still unconscious, at Rapidiya Hospital in Nablus.
They had high fever and their muscles became rigid. Some
needed urgent blood transfusion. Now, is this a way of dispersing
a demonstration, or is it chemical warfare?
Further evidence of Israeli development of chemical weapons surfaced
on October 4, 1992, when a Boeing 747 airliner of the Israeli airline
El Al crashed into apartment blocks at Bijlmermeer, near Schiphol
Airport, south-east of Amsterdam, en route from New York to Tel
Aviv. “At least 47 people were killed and over a thousand
local residents fell ill to respiratory, neurological and mobility
ailments and experienced a rise in cancer and birth defects,”
Sammonds. In 1998 the Dutch daily Handelsblad revealed that
the Israeli plane not only carried depleted
uranium, but “10 tons of chemicals, including hydrofluoric
acid, isopropanol and dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP) —three
of the four chemicals used in the production of sarin nerve gas.”
In 1998, the London
Times reported Israel has conducted research
into “ethnic bombs,” a “biological weapon that
would harm Arabs but not Jews, according to Israeli military
and western intelligence sources. …
In developing their ‘ethno-bomb’, Israeli scientists
are trying to exploit medical advances by identifying distinctive
genes carried by some Arabs, then create a genetically modified
bacterium or virus. … The programme is based at the
biological institute in Nes Tziyona, the main research facility
for Israel’s clandestine arsenal of chemical and biological
Not surprisingly, the biological studies were first initiated by
the racist South African Apartheid regime, a natural ally of the
equally racist and vicious Israelis. “The
idea of a Jewish state conducting such research has already provoked
outrage in some quarters because of parallels with the genetic experiments
of Dr Josef Mengele, the Nazi scientist at Auschwitz.” The
claim Israel is developing ethnic weapons was confirmed by the Foreign
Report, a Jane’s publication that closely monitors security
and defense matters. “It reports unnamed South African sources
as saying Israeli scientists have used some of the South African
research in trying to develop an ‘ethnic bullet’ against
In short, Israel is “the center of
terrorism in the Middle East,” not Iran, Syria, Egypt, and
Saudi Arabia. It has more weapons of mass destruction than all of
the countries Dagan mentioned—and it has used them against
Palestinians. Considering this, it
is perfectly natural for Iran to build a nuclear program in response
to Israel’s use of WMD and its non-stop threats issued against
the Iranian government and the people of Iran. It has little
to do with “religious coloration” and everything to
do with making sure Israel does not attack, something they continually
urge the Americans to do.
Obviously, tiny Israel, barely capable of containing Palestinian
resistance to occupation, is unable to take on Iran. “Peres
cautioned against Israel taking on the burden of confronting Tehran,”
notes Haaretz. “The Iran issue is a global one. Let the world
conduct the war. How much do we need to take upon ourselves,”
said Peres. “In any event, Peres continued, diplomatic solutions
must be explored by Washington and others before any decision for
military action should be taken.”
“Pentagon hardliners,” i.e., Strausscons in the Pentagon,
are mulling “the use of air and special operations attacks
against Iran’s suspected nuclear facilities” in order
to “stop the ruling clerics in Tehran [from] acquiring warheads,”
Borger and Ian Traynor. “Washington has stood aside from
recent European negotiations with Iran, and Pentagon hardliners
are convinced that the current European-brokered deal suspending
nuclear enrichment and intensifying weapons inspections is unenforceable
and will collapse in months.” In other
words, the Strausscons and the Likudites are waiting for the European
negotiations to fail before they attack Iran, telling the world
it will be a last ditch effort to get rid of Iran’s phantom
nukes of “religious coloration.”
This is scary business. Iran’s Shahab-4 and Shahab-5 missiles
are more than capable of striking Israel with conventional explosive
payloads. If Israel or the United States attack
Iran—as they will most assuredly do after the Europeans give
up on negotiations—Iran will undoubtedly respond by attacking
Israel and U.S. forces in Iraq and the Persian Gulf. If this happens,
all hell will break loose and Israel will respond with its weapons
of mass destruction. It will be the first chapter of World War IV,
as envisioned by the Strausscons.
You can almost hear the exuberant salivation of the “civilians”
over at the Pentagon in response to the prospect of waging “total
war,” a quote apparently misattributed to Michael Ledeen.
In fact, the quote is attributed to Adam
G. Mercurial, a National Review columnist. Mercurial wrote:
if we are going to win a total victory in the war on terrorism
while deterring other major wars around the globe, we will first
have to rid ourselves of our aversion to total war. By ‘total’
war, I mean the kind of warfare that not only destroys the enemy’s
military forces, but also brings the enemy society to an extremely
personal point of decision, so that they are willing to accept
a reversal of the cultural trends that spawned the war in the
first place. A total-war strategy does
not have to include the intentional targeting of civilians, but
the sparing of civilian lives cannot be its first priority…
The purpose of ‘total’ war is to permanently force
your will onto another people group… [T]octal war
pits nation against nation, even culture against culture.
It is “total war” the Strausscons want to wage against
the Iranians, Arabs, and the Muslims of South Asia. How better to
do this than to nuke them, or unleash an “ethno-bomb”
to decimate them because “sparing of civilian lives cannot
be its first priority"? For as Ledeen has said, “There is
every reason to believe we will succeed in revolutionizing the Middle
East, for we have always excelled at destroying tyrannies…
We wage total war, because we fight in the name of an idea—freedom
—and ideas either triumph or fail.”
“Freedom,” or rather “a reversal of the cultural
trends that spawned the war in the first place” (because Likudites
and Strausscons hate Muslim culture) through bunker-buster, cruise
missile, depleted uranium, and possibly nukes and ethno-bombs is
what the Strausscons are all about, as Iraq and Afghanistan make
Bush has his “political capital,” plans to spend it,
and the Strausscons are “ascendant,” as the corporate
media reports, so we can expect perpetual bombing campaigns, invasions,
and occupations in the near future. It is, after all, what the Strausscons
have promised for more than a decade now. Surprise in response to
the unleashing of World War IV will be inappropriate.
The Coronation Viewed from Israel
| January 24, 2005
By URI AVNERY
When King George V died, we got a day off from
school as a sign of mourning. Palestine was then a part of the British
Empire, which ruled the country under a League of Nations mandate.
To this very day, a central street in Tel-Aviv, not far from my
home, bears the name of King George.
George V was followed (after a brief interlude) by George VI,
who was until recently the last George in our life. Now we have
a new King George, not British but American.
The relationship between the United States and Israel is difficult
to define. The USA has no official mandate over our country. It
is not a normal alliance between two nations. Neither is it a relationship
between a satellite and the master country.
Some people say, only half in jest, that
the USA is an Israeli colony. And indeed, in many respects it looks
like that. President Bush dances to Ariel Sharon's tune.
Both Houses of Congress are totally subservient to the Israeli right-wing
- much more so than the Knesset. It has been said that if the pro-Israeli
lobby were to sponsor a resolution on Capitol Hill calling for the
abolition of the Ten Commandments, both Houses of Congress would
adopt it overwhelmingly. Every year Congress
confirms the payment of a massive tribute to Israel.
But others assert the reverse: that Israel is an American colony.
And indeed, that is also true in many respects. It is unthinkable
for the Israeli government to refuse a clear-cut request by the
President of the United States. America forbids Israel to sell an
expensive intelligence-gathering plane to China? Israel cancels
the sale. America forbids a large-scale military action, as happened
last week in Gaza? No action. America wants the Israeli economy
to be managed according to American precepts? No problem: an American
(circumcised, to be sure) has just been appointed as Governor of
the Central Bank of Israel.
As a matter of fact, both versions are right: The USA is an Israeli
colony and Israel is an American colony. The relationship between
the two countries is a symbiosis, a term defined by the Oxford Dictionary
as "an association of two organisms living attached to each
other or one within the other" (from the Greek words for "living"
Much has already been said about the origins of this symbiosis.
American Christian Zionism preceded the founding
of the Jewish Zionist organization. The American myth is almost
identical with the Zionist Israeli myth, both in content and symbolism.
(The settlers fleeing from persecution in their homelands, an empty
country, pioneers conquering the wilderness, the savage natives,
etc.) Both are countries of immigration, with all that this implies
for good or ill. Both governments believe that their interests coincide.
On Independence Day in Israel, many American flags are to be seen
next to the Israeli ones - a phenomenon that is without parallel
in the world.
The inauguration of George Bush last week therefore had a special
significance for Israel. The state-controlled TV channel broadcast
it live. In many respects, the President
of the United States is also the King of Israel.
George Bush is a very simple, very violent
person with very extreme views, as well as being very much an ignoramus.
This is a very dangerous combination. Such people have caused
many disasters in human history. Maximilian Robespierre, the French
revolutionary who invented the reign of terror, has been called
"the Great Simplifier" because of the terrible simplicity
of his views, which he tried to impose with the guillotine.
The ideologues who govern the thoughts and deeds of Bush are called
"neo-conservatives", but that is a misleading appellation.
Actually they are a revolutionary group.
Their aim is not to conserve but to overturn. Mostly Jewish, they
are the pupils of Leo Strauss, a German-Jewish professor with a
Trotskyite past who ended up developing semi-fascist theories and
propagating them at the University of Chicago. He illustrated
his attitude towards democracy by citing the story of Gulliver:
when a fire broke out in the city of the dwarfs, he put the fire
out by urinating on them. This is the way,
in his view, the small elite group of leaders must treat the ignorant
and innocent public, which does not know what is good for them.
In his coronation speech, Bush promised to bring freedom and democracy
to every corner of the world. No less, no more. He cited the two
countries in which he has already achieved this aim: Iraq and Afghanistan.
Both have been devastated by American planes that dropped the message
from their bomb doors. Recently, the American soldiers wiped a large
city from the face of the earth in order to convince the opponents
of "American values". Now Falluja looks as if it had been
struck by a tsunami.
It is no secret that the Neo-Cons intend to "bring democracy"
to Iran and Syria, thereby eliminating two more traditional enemies
of the USA and Israel. Dick Cheney, the Vice-President (certainly
no Virtue-President), has already prophesied that Israel may attack
Iran, as if threatening to unleash a Rottweiler.
It could have been hoped that after the total debacle in Iraq
and the less obvious but equally serious failure in Afghanistan,
Bush would shrink from more such actions. But as almost always happens
with rulers of this type, he cannot admit defeat and stop. On the
contrary, failure drives him on to more extremes, vowing, rather
like the captain of the Titanic, "to stay the course."
There is no way to guess what Bush may perpetrate, now that he
has been re-elected by his people. His ego has been blown up to
giant proportions, reaffirming what the Greek fabulist Aesop said
some 27 centuries ago: "The smaller the mind the greater the
He has kicked out the hapless, feeble Colin Powell (as David Ben-Gurion
eliminated Moshe Sharett in preparation for his 1956 onslaught on
Egypt) and appointed Condoleezza Rice, his personal servant (as
Ben-Gurion replaced Sharett with Golda Meir.)
Now the order is "clear the deck for action". On
this deck, Bush is a loose cannon, a danger to everyone around.
The results of these elections may be viewed by history as a worldwide
In domestic affairs, he may cause similar disasters. In the name
of "American values", he is about to destroy one of the
foremost American values: the separation of Church and State. His
is the religion of a "born again" convert, a primitive
religion without morality and compassion. Imposing this religion
on all fields of life - from the prohibition of abortions and same-sex
marriages to the revision of schoolbooks - may push society centuries
back and void the constitution. After four more years of this, America
may be a very different country from the one we loved and admired
in our youth.
A friend of mine asserts that there are
two souls residing in the American nation, a good and a bad one.
That may be true for every nation, including even Israel and Palestine,
but in America it is much more extreme. There is the America
of Thomas Jefferson (even if he liberated his slaves only on his
death), Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt
and Dwight Eisenhower, the America of ideals, the Marshall Plan,
science and the arts. And there is the America of the genocide perpetrated
against the Native Americans, the country of slave traders and the
Wild West myth, the America of Hiroshima, of Joe McCarthy, of segregation
and of Vietnam, the violent and repressive America.
During Bush's second term, this second America may reach new depths
of ugliness and brutality. It may offer the whole world a model
of oppression. I would not want my country, Israel, to be identified
with such an America. Any advantage we can derive from it may well
turn out to be short-term, the damage long-lasting, and perhaps
One of the advantages of the US constitution is that Bush cannot
be re-elected for a third term. As the popular Israeli song goes:
"We survived Pharaoh, we shall survive this, too." Perhaps
this could become an anthem for the whole world.
Uri Avnery is an Israeli writer and peace activist with Gush
Shalom. He is one of the writers featured in The Other Israel: Voices
of Dissent and Refusal. He is also a contributor to CounterPunch's
hot new book The Politics of Anti-Semitism.
Israeli bulldozers have resumed work on one
of the most controversial sections of the illegal separation wall
deep in the northern West Bank.
The work began on Monday after an eight-month pause when the construction
was halted by a court order.
Palestinian security sources in Salfit town, which lies just to
the south of the Jewish settlement of Ariel, said three bulldozers
began work in the late morning, clearing land belonging to Salfit
and to the neighbouring village of Iskaka.
A spokeswoman for the Israeli defence ministry confirmed that
work had been renewed on a section near the Ariel settlement after
it was approved by Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz.
"The decision to recommence work on the security fence (in
the Ariel area) was approved by the attorney-general," she
said without giving further details.
Court ordered halt
A spokeswoman for the justice ministry was unable to provide any
information about Mazuz's decision or the reasons behind it.
Work on the Ariel section of the vast barrier was halted on 25
June by order of the Israeli supreme court following an appeal lodged
a month earlier by Salfit mayor Shaher Eshtieh.
In the appeal, Eshtieh warned construction of the Ariel section
would confiscate some 170,000 dunams of land (17,000 hectares) belonging
to Salfit and 19 other villages in the area.
In October 2003, the Israeli government decided to include Ariel
and a number of other settlements inside the wall's route by building
a series of horseshoe-shaped fences which would later be linked
up to the main section.
Construction of the Ariel section, which started
last June, is particularly contentious as it is situated very
deep inside the West Bank.
Some 16,000 people live in Ariel, one of the largest of all Jewish
Although the Hague-based World Court ruled in
July that parts of the barrier built on Palestinian land are illegal,
Israel has insisted it will complete the project, which is eventually
expected to stretch some 700km.
Incidentally, the Palestine Society at London University's
School of Oriental and African Studies School recently organised
a seminar and photo exhibition on the impact of the West Bank wall
on Palestinian lives.
The seminar concluded that the wall will prevent
the establishment of a viable Palestinian state, create a real humanitarian
crisis, and deny Muslims and Christians access to holy sites.
The participants deemed the advisory ruling of the Hague-based
World Court as very significant, despite the fact that it was not
adopted by the United Nations due to the US veto.
Speaking at the seminar, Azmi Bishara, Arab member of the Israeli
Knesset, said construction of the barrier wall will continue, but
one day it will be removed.
He regretted that there were no Palestinian or Arab initiatives
aimed at enlightening the international public about the grave implications
of the barrier wall.
An Israeli man has been arrested for allegedly
contaminating 40,000 litres of milk on a mid-Canterbury dairy farm.
Anbiotics were discovered during a routine test carried out on
all milk which is collected by Fonterra tankers.
Ashburton police say the 30-year-old man, who is in New Zealand
on a work permit, is charged under new provisions in the Crimes
Amendement Act with contaminating food, crops or water intended
for human consumption.
If found guilty the man could face up to 10 years in jail.
He will appear in the Ashburton District Court on January 31.
Police fear al Qaeda terrorists using NZ passports
following arrest of 2 men in Thailand and seizure of fake NZ passports.
There are fears al Qaeda terrorists may be roaming the world, passing
themselves off as New Zealanders.
It follows the arrest of two men in Thailand, and the seizure of
11 fake New Zealand passports.
Police picked up the Thai and his Pakistani accomplice in an undercover
raid in Bangkok on Monday.
The forged New Zealand documents are among 23 fake passports found
in their apartment.
The arrests followed the arrest last month of another Pakistani
suspect, found with 12 fake New Zealand passports.
The Bangkok Post newspaper says the passports might have been used
by al Qaeda-linked terrorist suspects or human traffickers.
The documents have serial numbers beginning with N379, which allows
visa-free entry to several countries.
Thai police say terrorist suspects arrested in Europe have travelled
to several nations carrying fake passports with such serial numbers.
demands Israel return any bogus passports
New Zealand Herald – April 19, 2004
The Government called in an Israeli diplomat over suspected Mossad
spies arrested in New Zealand and demanded the Israeli
Government return any bogus New Zealand passports it might have.
man entered NZ using Canadian passport, court told
New Zealand Herald April 22, 2004
Documents produced at the Auckland District Court show an Israeli
man who allegedly tried to obtain a false New Zealand passport
previously came to this country on a Canadian passport.
in passport case show their disguise talents
The New Zealand Herald
April 24, 2004
Zealand vows "strong response" to alleged Israeli bid
to get passports
AFP – Saturday April 17, 2004
AUCKLAND – New Zealand vowed to make a strong response
after two Israelis reported to be Mossad spies
were arrested and charged with attempting to obtain New Zealand
UNITED NATIONS - Israel's foreign minister
Silvan Shalom warned at a special UN General Assembly session against
a resurgence of anti-Jewish sentiment that was developing in Europe
and elsewhere around the world.
"Today, once again the plague of anti-Semitism is raising
its head," Shalom said at a historic UN General Assembly meeting
observing the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi death camps.
"Who could have imagined that less than 60 years after Auschwitz
and Bergen-Belsen, the Jewish people and Israel would be the targets
of anti-Semitic attacks -- even in the countries that witnessed
the Nazi atrocities?" Shalom said. "Yet this is exactly
what is happening."
He paid homage to the victims and liberators of World War II's
Nazi death camps, urging world leaders to fight against the "delegitimization
and dehumanization" of any group of people.
"By convening here today in this historic special session,
we honour the victims, we pay respect to the survivors, and we pay
tribute to the liberators," said Shalom said at the event --
-- the first ever UN session commemorating the Holocaust.
"Today once again we are witnessing against Jews and other
minorities that same process of delegitimization and dehumanization,"
he warned at the meeting attended by Holocaust survivors and the
foreign ministers of Israel, Germany and several other countries.
Speakers at the event were to include Nobel Peace Prize laureate
and author Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Auschwitz, Buna and Buchenwald
"Let all of us gathered here pledge never to forget the victims,
never to abandon the survivors, and never to allow such an event
ever to be repeated," Shalom said.
Few writings have created so much controversy
and argument than ‘The Protocols of the Learned Elders of
Zion. Towards the end of the 19th. century, this remarkable and
disturbing manuscript came to light. Originally in French, but subsequently
appearing in Russian, Italian, Arabic, Japanese and ultimately in
English around 1920, it can best be described as a blueprint for
world domination. Written, it is claimed, by a shadowy secret group
at the highest echelons of world Jewry, it is signed: “the
representatives of Zion of the 33rd. degree.”
Despite widespread claims to the contrary,
this is not, repeat not, evidence of a plot on the part of the Jewish
people as a whole. The title itself and the contents make
that absolutely clear. Jews are not synonymous
with Zionists -- Zionism is a political movement which, although
largely made up of Jews, is only actively supported by a minority
of Jews and actually opposed by many Jews. It also has powerful
and influential non Jewish supporters as well. It emerged publicly
in Europe towards the end of the 19th century, at a time when nationalism
generally was becoming a potent force throughout Europe. Central
to it has been the creation of a racial and national identity for
adherents of the Jewish faith, which previously hadn’t existed.
Over the years diverse ranges of peoples have adopted the Jewish
faith. There are those who are descended
from the original Jews who inhabited 2000 or more years ago and
though many would not admit it, these people of middle eastern stock
are basically Arabs through a common ancestry with the Arabs.
On the other hand about 90% of modern Jews have no ancestral links
with ancient Judea. These are the so called Ashkenazim – European
Jews, who are descended from the Khazars, a race of Turkish origin,
who converted en masse to Judaism in the 8th century and subsequently
settled in parts of Russia and northern Europe . It
is amongst this group of Jews that the core of the Zionist movement
is to be found and who, today, form the ruling elite in Israel.
Zionism’s appearance coincided with the emergence of the Protocols,
suggesting there may be much more to it than merely the establishment
and subsequent enlargement of a Jewish state as was the original
publicly stated objective. Many Jews today are very much opposed
to the continued expansionist aims of Zionism and it is very likely
that today the majority, including many supporters of Zionism, know
nothing of the Protocols. Since the first appearance of the Protocols,
there have been vigorous claims that the document is “a forgery”.
But if so, of what?
It is generally claimed to be an attempt emanating from Russia
falsely to accuse world Jewry of a plot to rule the world, as a
means of promoting and justifying the persecution of Jews. It is
quite understandable how this came about, because the Protocols
were widely circulated and promoted in the 1920s and 30s in such
a way as to create the impression of a massive conspiracy by world
Jewry and that is how many people reacted to them. Indeed the covers
of some published editions were emblazoned with the additional words
“the Jewish Peril”. The document inevitably came to
the attention of Hitler and the Nazis, and it was used by them as
added justification for their persecution of the Jews. Furthermore
there was considerable spin off in the form of a number of fanatical,
scurrilous and outrageous articles and publications directed against
Jews as a whole. Some of these originated in pre revolutionary Russia
whilst others appeared elsewhere in Europe. Some plagiarised parts
of the Protocols themselves and falsely claimed to be of Jewish
origin, as Professor Norman Cohn reveals in his book “Warrant
for Genocide – the myth of the Jewish World Conspiracy and
the Protocols of the Elders of Zion” .
However, this extreme reaction has to be seen in the context of
the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, which sent massive shock waves
across Europe, with fears that the whole of Europe might succumb
to a Communist take-over. As it became known, and as we will see
later, that Jewish financial interests had largely funded the revolution
and that many of the leading participants were Jews, one begins
to see why some people reacted to the Protocols in the way that
they did. Yet the truth of the matter is
- and it is made abundantly clear in the document itself - this
is NOT a plot by Jews as a whole. Nonetheless,
the danger signals are clear - the document may well be the work
of a small Jewish elite, but it is the majority that can end up
getting the blame and suffering the terrible consequences.
Origins of the Protocols?
The Elders of Zion are thought to be the successors of the Pharisees
who made up Great Sanhedrin – the highest Jewish authority
around the time of Jesus, which continued to exist until at least
the 15th century, moving from Jerusalem to Galilee following the
destruction of the Jewish temple by the Romans around 70 AD and
thereafter being based in Constantinople for 1000 years or more.
Some suggest that they are the so called “Illuminati”
said to be at the highest level of initiation in freemasonry. The
reasoning behind the Protocols is based on the concept of the Jews
being God’s chosen people. This belief is still held by many
Jews today. For centuries, it has set the Jews apart, and sadly
nothing has done more to cause conflict, suffering and persecution
than this piece of misguided religious indoctrination.
The concept of “the chosen people” has its origins
in the old testament of the bible, which also constitutes the Jewish
bible or Tanach. This is the foundation of the Jewish “Torah”
which is the axis around which the whole of Judaism revolves. “Torah”
is also the name sometimes given to the first five books of the
Old Testament which, in traditional Judaism, are considered to be
a faithful and exact record of the word of God to the prophet Moses.
However, in the fifth book, Deuteronomy, this “god”
of the Israelites (otherwise known as Yahweh) is portrayed as wrathful,
tyrannical and demanding unquestioning obedience. The Israelites
are told that they are a superior chosen race. In return for the
“promised land”, they are ordered to destroy without
mercy all other tribes living there. This is graphically set out
in Deuteronomy chapters 7 and 20. They are told that carrying out
these instructions will bring great material rewards, but failure
to obey will entail terrible consequences (Chapter 28).
Large sections of Deuteronomy are blatantly racist, blood thirsty
and a license to plunder and pillage – yet this is still part
of a so called holy book central to Judaism and Christianity as
well. The Promised Land is described as stretching from the “western
sea” (the Mediterranean) to the Euphrates river (present day
Iraq) . Some ultra orthodox Jews today, particularly in Israel,
still take this seriously, and it certainly helps to explain why,
since 1967, Palestinians in the Israeli occupied territories of
the West Bank and Gaza have had their land and property expropriated
by the Israeli authorities, as Jewish settlements have continuously
expanded into these areas. Indeed this concept of the promised land
was the rationale behind the Zionist declaration in 1906 of intent
to re-establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine after 1,900 years,
which in turn led to mass Jewish emigration into Palestine and the
establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948.
In the Protocols, the Jewish people other than those belonging
to an elite caste are referred to as “the lesser brethren”.
Everyone else is referred to as “the
Goyim”, a thoroughly derogatory term meaning cattle.
The Goyim are seen as inferior, ignorant, stupid and totally unfit
to govern and look after world affairs. They
therefore need to be covertly controlled by intellectual superiors,
whilst the lesser brethren are to be
used unwittingly as part of the plan for global domination, and
are considered expendable in attaining it. Those who insist
that the Protocols are a faked document designed falsely to accuse
world Jewry of a plot to dominate the world, fail to address the
fact that the agenda of this document makes victims out of most
Jews as much as anyone else. Those who promoted the Protocols in
the 1920s and 30s seem to have been just as blind to this fact as
well. What is also not addressed by the same people, is the possibility
that the Protocols are the latest updated manifestation of the racist,
supremacist themes in Deuteronomy mentioned above - themes which
are repeated in many other parts of the old testament, and which
can also be found in the Jewish Talmud. In particular Professor
Cohn looks at none of these issues in his book “Warrant for
Genocide” referred to above.
Turning to the Talmud, this means literally “the teaching”.
It contains some 4500 pages compiled between the 3rd and 5th centuries
with later additions in the 11th century and further commentaries
added in the 12th and 13th centuries. It is basically an edited
record of discussions and debates of leading rabbis of the time.
It contains an extraordinarily detailed mass of laws, regulations,
rituals and requirements governing every aspect and detail of Jewish
life. It also includes many noble teachings, aspirations and ethical
guidelines, which are clearly an important focus for most religious
Jews today, and it is very important not to lose sight of this fact.
However as Professor Israel Shahak reveals in his devastating critique
“Jewish History, Jewish Religion – the weight of 3000
years” , the fact is that parts of the Talmud also develop
and reinforce the highly destructive and racist themes found in
parts of the old testament. These sections were clearly written
by fanatics and are still followed by fanatics today.
For example Gentiles (non Jews) are regarded as inferior and are
despised and referred to in the most derogatory terms. They have
been created to serve Jews and are equated with dogs. They are regarded
as satanic creatures and liars, in which there is no good. Gentile
women are equated with prostitutes. Gentiles are to be exploited
and Jews should avoid any situation where Gentiles have authority
over them. A remark by one of the rabbis of
the extremist Gush Emunim (Block of the Faithful) movement in Israel,
that “the life of a thousand Gentiles is not worth the toenail
of a Jew” summarises the attitude of hatred and scorn directed
at non Jews that is to be found in parts of the Talmud .
These attitudes are also reflected in parts of the Halakhah, which
was the legal system of classical Judaism from the 9th to the 18th
centuries, adopted by the tightly knit Jewish communities in Europe
at that time, and which survives today in some quarters of ultra
orthodox Judaism. Under this legal code for example it is a capital
offence to murder a Jew punishable in a court of law, but the murder
of a Gentile requires no punishment and is left to God’s judgement
. It was because of sentiments like these and also highly derogatory
remarks about Christianity and Jesus, that the Talmud was banned
and destroyed in parts of Europe during the middle ages. These sentiments
also must have fuelled the demonization and persecution of Jews
by many Christians in mediaeval Europe - the belief that Jews were
devil worshippers, demons in human form, and took part in ritual
child sacrifices. The Talmud subsequently reappeared with the offensive
sections toned down or removed altogether and it is these much more
moderate versions that are in general use and circulation today
Nevertheless the racist supremacist sections have never disappeared
altogether – they have reappeared in more recent years generally
amongst the ultra orthodox communities of Hassidic Jews (pious ones)
in parts of the USA, particularly New York, and especially in Israel
itself, where fanatics have felt safe within the security provided
by the Jewish state, to publish and circulate these ideas. Often
what is really being promoted is concealed by translations and commentaries
into English from the original Hebrew, which hide the true nature
of the Hebrew texts, so that outsiders with no knowledge of Hebrew
do not understand what is actually being said and taught .
This is illustrated by the fact that amongst this Jewish theology
can be found references to the redemption of the individual soul
and of the Jewish people which will be achieved with the arrival
of the “Messiah” once Jews govern the entire world…
(my emphasis) . Add this to what appears in the book of Exodus,
the second book of the old testament Chapter 23, verse 22 where
“god” promises to his chosen people “If thou shalt
indeed do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies
and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come…”
- then it becomes ever more clear that there may indeed be some
fanatical Jewish elite hell bent on some kind of global domination,
and the Protocols are the latest in a line of edicts and declarations
to that effect.
1 See “The Thirteenth Tribe” by Jewish
author Arthur Koestler, and also at www.khazaria.com
2 Eyre & Spottiswoode 1967, Pelican Books 1970 and republished
3 See Deuteronomy, Chapter 11 verses 24 & 25.
4 Pluto Press 1994 – it is a short clear and concise account
which cannot be recommended too strongly. It is also accessible
in full at http://abbc.com/islam/english/books/jewhis/jewhis1.htm
5 See “A Spectre Haunting Jerusalem” Red Pepper - June
2002. Red Pepper is a monthly socialist magazine. Not one for seeing
the bigger picture, but really excellent for details in particular
areas e.g. the scam of so called new Labour, corporate power, private
finance initiatives and more . Also good on the conflict between
Israel and the Palestinians. Available from 1b Waterlow Road London
N19 5NJ www.redpepper.org.uk
6 Whilst today no state including Israel makes such a distinction
in its criminal law, it undoubtedly explains why in practice extremists
in Israel are dealt with so leniently when apprehended for killing
Arabs and Palestinians – e.g. 10 weeks in jail for killing
a Palestinian in his shoe shop – see article mentioned in
note 61 above.
7 For a look at traditional mainstream Judaism, try www.torah.org
a very extensive website set up by a Canadian Rabbi, Boruch Clinton,
which includes a lot of easy to follow introductory material.
8 More on this in Prof. Shahak’s “Jewish History Jewish
9 See “ Zionist Ideology, non-Jews and the State of Israel”
- report by Ur Shlonsky based on a talk given at Geneva University
MOSCOW - A group of nationalist Russian lawmakers
called Monday for a sweeping investigation aimed at outlawing all
Jewish organizations and punishing officials who support them, accusing
Jews of fomenting ethnic hatred and saying they provoke anti-Semitism.
In a letter dated Jan. 13, about 20 members of the lower house
of parliament, the State Duma, asked Prosecutor General Vladimir
Ustinov to investigate their claims and to launch proceedings "on
the prohibition in our country of all religious and ethnic Jewish
organizations as extremist."
The letter, faxed in part to The Associated Press by the office
of lawmaker Alexander Krutov, said, "The negative assessments
by Russian patriots of the qualities and actions against non-Jews
that are typical of Jews correspond to the truth ... The statements
and publications against Jews that have incriminated patriots are
self-defense, which is not always stylistically correct but is justified
The stunning call to ban all Jewish groups raised concerns of persistent
anti-Semitism in Russia.
Jewish leaders have praised President Vladimir Putin's government
for encouraging religious tolerance, but rights groups accuse the
authorities of failing to prosecute the perpetrators of anti-Semitic
and racial violence.
Russia's chief rabbi, Berel Lazar, said lawmakers were looking
for support "by playing the anti-Semitic card."
The prosecutor general's office could not immediately be reached
for comment on the letter, which the Interfax news agency said was
signed by lawmakers from the nationalist Rodina and Liberal Democratic
parties as well as the Communist Party.
Krutov, a Rodina member, is deputy chief of the Duma's Committee
on Information Policy.
With Putin planning to join events this week commemorating the
liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by Soviet troops,
Russia's Holocaust Foundation head Alla Gerber said it was "horrible
that as we're marking the 60th anniversary of this tragic and great
day ... we can speak of the danger of fascism in the countries that
While the Russian state itself is no longer anti-Semitic, there
are "anti-Semitic campaigns that are led by all sorts of organizations,"
"The economic situation is ripe for this. An enemy is needed,
and the enemy is well-known, traditional," Gerber said.
Echoing anti-Semitic tracts of the Czarist era, the letter's authors
accuse Jews of working against the interests of the countries where
they live and of monopolizing power worldwide. They
say the United States "has become an instrument for achieving
the global aims of Judaism."
"It is possible to say that the entire democratic world today
is under the monetary and political control of international Judaism,
which high-profile bankers are openly proud of," the letter
Along with outlawing Jewish organizations, the lawmakers call for
the prosecution of "individuals responsible for providing these
groups with state and municipal property, privileges and state financing."
|BAGHDAD : Gunmen shot dead a top Iraqi judge as
charges that Iraqi forces were torturing suspects brought a grim reminder
of Saddam Hussein's regime just days before elections are due to usher
Accusations that Iraqi troops are using electric
shocks on captives' genitals and earlobes and that male and female
Iraqi detainees are subject to forced sodomy, cigarette burns and
beatings, came from two civil rights groups.
And a US official, whose troops' behaviour in Abu Ghraib prison
shocked the world, said that the embassy in Baghdad was concerned
enough to raise the problem with the Iraqi government.
"Their record is not spotless on human rights," the
official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
With the national elections now only five days away, Sunni militants
raised the temperature in the streets of Baghdad.
In a daylight ambush, assailants gunned down a senior Baghdad
judge and his brother-in-law and then danced in the street, shouting
"this is what will happen to the traitor Shiites".
Judge Qaiss Hashem al-Shamari, 32, the secretary of Iraq's council
of judges, who was driving with his brother-in-law, died in a hail
"When they shot them, they jumped out of the car and started
shouting 'this is what will happen to the traitor Shia'," a
fellow judge told AFP.
Earlier this month, the governor of Baghdad and the capital's
deputy police chief were gunned down as insurgents escalated their
efforts to sabotage next Sunday's national election.
The latest killings followed a chill warning
from Iraq's most-wanted man, Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, who said snipers
would take out Iraqis who try to vote in the elections.
"Trained snipers will be ready to
kill the apostates who go to the electoral lairs," said
a statement signed by Zarqawi's Al-Qaeda Group in the Land of Two
Rivers, handed out in the town of Al-Dur.
"The coming days will be the worst for those involved in
the operation to establish the principles of apostates in the land
of Islam," added the text. [...]
| The Israeli army has decided to
activate a special unit skilled in waging information warfare and
influencing Israeli and Palestinian public opinion, reports say.
The Psychological Warfare Unit (PWU) will also disseminate "disinformation"
and "carefully manipulated information" about Iran and
other hostile and potentially hostile countries in the Middle East.
According to Israeli press sources, the unit, which was disbanded
nearly five years ago, is staffed with dozens of mostly Arabic-speaking
officers as well as Shin Bet (Israel's domestic intelligence agency)
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Tuesday that the unit,
headed by a veteran intelligence officer holding the rank of a colonel,
will be mainly involved in "the battle for the consciousness".
Last year, Israeli Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon spoke of the need
to "sear into the consciousness of the Palestinians" that
resistance to the Israeli occupation was futile and would earn them
The Israeli occupation army did try to implement Yaalon's recommendation
in the sense that it launched deadly incursions into Palestinian
population centres, killing and maiming hundreds of civilians and
destroying thousands of homes.
The Jenin camp blitz of 2002 and the destruction of the bulk of
the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip in 2003 apparently
came in this context.
However, the Israeli army's forays, for all the graphic images of
death and destruction they managed to produce, seem to have failed
to break the will of Palestinian political factions or undermine
public support for armed resistance.
According to Haaretz, the intention behind the activation of the
PWU is to conduct "awareness operations" in order to influence
Palestinian public opinion, mostly through propaganda and disinformation.
The unit reportedly lately was active in the Gaza Strip spreading
the message that ordinary Palestinians, not the occupation and Jewish
settlements in the area, were suffering because of the resistance.
This week, the unit put up large posters at the Mintar (Karni)
crossing between Gaza and Israel proper, which has been closed for
more than two weeks now, printed with the words "Closed because
The purpose of such posters is apparently to make ordinary Palestinians
redirect their bitterness and indignation from the Israeli occupation
and Jewish settlers to Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian resistance
But Palestinian political analyst Hani al-Masri believes Israeli
psychological war has had only a limited impact on Palestinians.
"I think most Palestinians, including myself, don't believe
and don't even listen to the Israeli media. We know they are first-class
liars. The continuation of the resistance and the strong public
support it enjoys testifies to Israeli mendacity," he said,
speaking to Aljazeera.net.
"Israeli propaganda won't succeed. Israeli criminal actions
on the ground have a greater effect than any PR efforts."
According to al-Masri, in actual fact it is Palestinians who have
been able to "influence Israeli public opinion".
"We have been able to sear into their consciousness that the
occupation is futile and will have to come to an end and that there
can be no peace and security for Israel as long as the occupation
is not dismantled," he said.
Whatever the truth, the PWU reportedly has had a definite "working
relationship" with Israeli journalists and media.
In October 1999, the noted Israeli journalist Aluf Benn said members
of the unit used the Israeli media to play up stories conceived
by it and successfully planted by it in the Arab media.
Benn said the stories focused on Iranian and Hizb Allah involvement
in Palestinian resistance activities.
According to Amos Harel, author of the latest Haaretz report on
the PWU, the Israeli media did publish and circulate reports originating
from the Israeli army's propaganda department.
"Psychological warfare officers were in touch with Israeli
journalists covering the Arab world, gave them translated articles
from Arab papers (which were planted by the Israeli army) and pressed
the Israeli reporters to publish the same news here," he writes.
The purpose of the disinformation is to strengthen the Iranian threat
as perceived by the Israeli public, Harel says.
Baghdad — Militants handed out flyers
in Baghdad Tuesday promising that rebels would wash the streets
with the blood of voters and shower polling stations with bombs,
mortar fire and rockets.
The leaflets, which didn't bear the name of any particular group,
warned that “those who dare to stand in the lines of death
to participate in the elections will be responsible for the consequences
that will be heavy.”
“He will not be able to imagine what will happen to him
and his family for taking part in this crusaders' conspiracy to
occupy the land of Islam,” the flyers said.
As armed men distributed the flyers in the capital's eastern Rashad
neighbourhood, Iraqi police fired on them, setting off fierce clashes
that left at least 11 policemen dead.
Insurgents have pledged to disrupt the first election since Saddam
Hussein was toppled in March 2003.
Sunday's vote is for a 275-seat National Assembly that will choose
a new government and write a permanent constitution. Voters will
also chose legislatures in each of the 18 provinces. In the Kurdish-ruled
area of the north, voters will elect a new regional parliament.
“We have prepared car bombs, rockets, mortars in addition
to roadside bombs for every polling centre,” the flyers read.
“We promise to wash the streets of Baghdad with the blood
The government has announced severe security measures to protect
voters on Sunday, including closing Baghdad's international airport
for two days, putting many parts of the country under a nighttime
curfew and banning cars from the roads.
The flyers said the measures by U.S. and Iraqi
forces will not protect voters “because these forces were
not able to guarantee the safety of their soldiers and bases.”
The leaflet also said interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's “promises
will not protect you because he will not be standing with you in
the lines of elections, lines of death, and his main aim is to fill
his pockets and satisfy his Jewish and American masters.”
The flyers warned residents to stay at least
500 metres away from polling centres to avoid getting hurt.
A US Marine Corps helicopter has
crashed in western Iraq killing 31 people, military officials said.
The military said in a statement on Wednesday: "A US Marine
Corps transport helicopter crashed on 26 January at approximately
1.20am (2220 GMT Tuesday) near al-Rutbah while conducting security
and stabilisation operations."
The marines declined to provide the cause of the crash.
It said a search-and-rescue operation was under way. The statement
said casualties would be confirmed later.
In a separate incident, four US marines were killed in the western
province of Al-Anbar on Wednesday, the military said in a statement.
If confirmed, the single-day number of US fatalities would reach
35, bringing to 1416 the number of US military personnel killed
in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion.
The crash came as US-led forces, Iraqi national guardsmen, interim
government offices and other election targets were hit around the
| The lawyer for two of the four Britons
freed from US custody in Guantanamo Bay has said they are victims
of torture needing treatment and rehabilitation.
Moazzam Begg, Martin Mubanga, Feroz Abbasi and Richard Belmar were
held for three years, accused of al-Qaeda links.
Clive Stafford Smith, who represents Mr Begg and Mr Belmar, said
they had been interrogated by MI5 in Cuba and should now be allowed
to go free in Britain.
"I can guarantee you we will sue the American government,"
But Mr Stafford Smith said the men wanted a "simple apology"
and would give any money won through the courts to charity.
The four men, who returned to the UK on Tuesday, are being held
at London's Paddington Green police station and are expected to
be questioned by anti-terror police later.
If there is no evidence against them they will be released.
Mr Stafford Smith said that once freed, the men should not be subjected
to surveillance in Britain.
"It's wrong that we take a British national and follow them
around without them being convicted of any crime," he said.
"These people have been tortured by the Americans and abused
for three years and they need, not more interrogation, they need
Police have said they have a duty to investigate the men, who landed
at RAF Northolt, west London, late on Tuesday afternoon. They were
immediately arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000
and were later visited by their lawyers.
Louise Christian, who represents Mr Mubanga and Mr Abbasi, has
also said that after the men were "tortured and abused"
at Guantanamo Bay, their arrest in the UK was unfair and inappropriate.
She told BBC News she remained very concerned about their psychological
Washington has claimed all four were "enemy combatants"
who trained at camps run by al-Qaeda.
The Pentagon says they were freed after the UK government promised
they would not be a threat to the national security of the US or
any of its allies.
MEXICALI, Mexico (AP) -- A suspected Mexican
human smuggler who was detained and then released told officials
he reported a fake terror threat against Boston as a joke, state
and federal officials said Tuesday.
In Boston, the FBI released a statement also saying that the threat
''There were in fact no terrorist plans or activity under way,''
it said. ''Because the criminal investigation is ongoing, no further
details can be provided at this time.''
Mexico's federal Attorney General's office released a statement
late Tuesday saying that Jose Ernesto Beltran Quinones, 34, who
is suspected of smuggling illegal Chinese migrants into the United
States from Mexico, had admitted calling
911 about 9 p.m. on Jan. 17 from a cell phone to report the fake
terrorist threat. Beltran was under the influence of alcohol and
drugs at the time, the statement said, and he insisted the call
''was only a joke.''
Beltran also denied being a migrant smuggler and was released
because of a lack of evidence against him, although the investigation
into the matter will continue, the statement said. The news release
did not indicate when Beltran was detained. [...]
Beltran allegedly called into the California Highway Patrol on
Jan. 17, claiming that four Chinese nationals _ two men and two
women _ and two Iraqi nationals entered the United States from Mexico
and were awaiting a shipment of nuclear material that would follow
them to Boston.
Concern that the group was plotting to detonate
a radioactive ''dirty bomb'' led to federal warnings and a hunt
for the suspected illegal migrants.
But since news of the tip first broke, officials had stressed
that they doubted the credibility of the terror claims.
''While we questioned the credibility of the source information
from the very beginning, we were determined to run this out, as
we always do, to ensure there was no threat,'' Massachusetts U.S.
Attorney Michael Sullivan and Boston FBI agent in charge Kenneth
Kaiser said in a statement.
Katie Ford, a spokeswoman for Massachusetts' Public Safety Office,
said authorities were concerned that unfounded
terror alerts would make it look like investigators were ''crying
''We are keenly aware that in situations like this, government
and the media are in a no-win situation,'' she said. ''We don't
want to desensitize the public to potential terror attacks.''
The Council of Europe passed
a resolution on Tuesday questioning the legitimacy of the arrest
and prosecution by Russian authorities of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and
other managers of the disintegrating Russian oil giant Yukos, Radio
Free Europe reports.
The resolution questions the fairness, impartiality, and objectivity
of the authorities, who, it said, appeared to have acted excessively,
disregarding fundamental rights of defense.
| A major diplomatic and political
conflict has exploded between Colombia and Venezuela after the revelation
of a Colombian government covert operation in Venezuela, involving
the recruitment of Venezuelan military and security officers in the
kidnapping of a Colombian leftist leader. Following an investigation
by the Venezuelan Ministry of Interior and reports and testimony from
journalists and other knowledgeable political observers it was determined
that the highest echelons of the Colombian government, including President
Uribe, planned and executed this onslaught on Venezuelan sovereignty.
Once direct Colombian involvement was established, the Venezuelan
government demanded a public apology from the Colombian government
while seeking a diplomatic solution by blaming Colombian Presidential
advisers. The Colombian regime took the offensive, launching an
aggressive defense of its involvement in the violation of Venezuelan
sovereignty and, beyond that, seeking to establish in advance, under
the rationale of "national security" the legitimacy of
future acts of aggression. As a result President Chavez has recalled
the Venezuelan Ambassador from Bogota, suspended all state-to-state
commercial and political agreements pending an official state apology.
In response the US Government gave unconditional support to Colombian
violation of Venezuelan sovereignty and urged the Uribe regime to
push the conflict further. What began as a diplomatic conflict over
a specific incident has turned into a major, defining crises in
US and Latin American political relations with potentially explosive
military, economic and political consequences for the entire region.
In justifying the kidnapping of Rodrigo Granda, the Colombian leftist
leader, the Uribe regime has promulgated a new foreign policy doctrine
which echoes that of the Bush Administration: the right of unilateral
intervention in any country in which the Colombian government perceives
or claims is harboring or providing refuge to political adversaries
(which the regime labels as "terrorists") which might
threaten the security of the state. The Uribe doctrine of unilateral
intervention echoes the preventive war speech, enunciated in late
2001 by President Bush. Clearly Uribe's action and pronouncement
is profoundly influenced by the dominance that Washington exercises
over the Uribe regime's policies through its extended $3 billion
dollar military aid program and deep penetration of the entire political-defense
Phnom Penh - A 4.5kg suspected
meteorite has landed in rice fields in northwestern Cambodia, narrowly
avoiding a nearby village, police said on Wednesday.
"The rock fell on a harvested rice field from the sky on Monday
morning," said Sok Sareth, police chief of Banteay Meanchey
province, which borders Thailand.
"According to the villagers who live nearby, it came very
quickly from the sky and made a noise like a bomb exploding. It
dug about 40 centimetres into the ground," he said.
"The rock is a little bit black and was hot, and looks strange
compared to other rocks... It was lucky that it did not land in
the village or people could have been killed," he said, adding
experts would examine the rock.
Pictures of the lump were splashed across the front pages of local
newspapers on Wednesday.
Sok Sareth said some villagers reportedly wanted to turn it into
"Nobody has asked for it yet, but I have been told some villagers
said that they want to put it on a shrine to pray to it, but we
won't allow them to do that. It's useless," he said.
Cambodians, particularly in rural areas, are typically superstitious.
NEW DELHI - At least 200 Hindu pilgrims are
believed dead and injured hundreds more, following a stampede at
a religious festival in western India.
The deaths occurred during a pilgrimage to a temple near the town
Officials say a short circuit near the temple may have caused a
fire in some roadside stalls, and created panic among the pilgrims,
resulting in the stampede.
The exact cause is still being investigated.
The religious event is held to mark the sighting of the first
full moon of the year and usually draws 150,000 to 200,000 devotees.
Many pilgrims were crushed and burned to death as the fire forced
crowds into a narrow winding path leading to a temple, situated
on a hill, near the village.
The situation grew worse as pilgrims jammed the narrow passageways
trying to escape the flames.
More than 300,000 people were on a pilgrimage to the temple, dedicated
to the Hindu goddess, Mandhara Devi.
At least seven people were killed, including
four foreign tourists, and 17 people were missing after an overloaded
speedboat capsized Tuesday off Thailand's Koh Samui, officials said.
The boat was returning to the southeastern island of Samui from
the famous all-night full moon party on the neighbouring island
of Koh Phangan which attracts thousands of travellers and ravers
from around the world.
A Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) official told AFP that an
earlier police toll of eight had been revised downwards to seven.
"We have revised down the death toll to seven, including
four foreign tourists and three Thais due to confusion over one
patient surviving in hospital," a TAT spokeswoman from Samui
"We can confirm only two victims' nationalities: one American
and one Israeli," she said, adding that 17 remained missing,
including 13 foreign tourists, and that search operations were ongoing.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) - A fire raged in
Indonesia's tsunami-battered Banda Aceh city Tuesday, with strong
winds fanning the flames across a debris-strewn area spanning at
least three kilometers (1.5 miles).
The flames were approaching a power generator, raising fears gas
and oil inside the machine might explode. The generator is on a
barge that the tsunami washed three kilometers (1.5 miles) inland.
Destroyed and battered vehicles in the ruins began to catch fire,
while gas cylinders strewn in the debris were exploding.
Firefighters at the scene said they were running out of water.
In one area, debris blocked three fire trucks from getting closer
than 200 meters (yards) to the flames and firefighters were dragging
dry wood away from the blaze to prevent it from spreading.
No one was known to be living in the area of the blaze that had
spread to the Ulee Lheu, Surien and Blang Cut districts in Banda
Aceh, the provincial capital. Much of it was flattened by the Dec.
26 tsunami and detritus is stacked about 3 meters (10 feet) high.
About 100 former residents were in the area late Tuesday night,
trying to salvage their belongings and find relatives still missing
from the tsunami. [...]
BAKUN: The Penans here are bewildered over
the measles outbreak that has killed 14 of them and put 35 in hospital.
“Rasa sangat panas, sangat sejuk, kuat sakit, kanak-kanak
mati. Tak tahu kenapa (Feel very hot, very cold, great pain, kids
dying. Don’t know why).”
That was the simplistic response from the Penans in Sungai Urun
in Belaga district, central Sarawak, some 200km from Bintulu town.
Among the dead, were 13 children.
Ata Bayong, 24, a Penan who works in a logging camp in Sungai
Urun, lives in Rumah Baya, one of the worst hit longhouses. Bayong
being looked after by his wife Badi at their Rumah Baya longhouse
in Belaga on Monday as his daughter Jennifer looks on.
Burning with fever and wrapped up in towels when he was interviewed
on Monday evening, he remains puzzled.
“Tidak tahu apa berlaku. Banyak orang sakit teruk tiba-tiba.
Budak-budak mati. Pertama kali ini macam,” he said in halting
(Don’t know what happened. So many suddenly fell very sick.
His 10-door longhouse is now virtually deserted, with many of
the residents hospitalised at the Bintulu Hospital.
Bayong said those infected did not recognise the symptoms of the
disease that had afflicted them.
He said some residents of the longhouse went to seek medical help
a week after the outbreak. [...]
Wash. - Dramatic video released by the U.S. Geological Survey on
Tuesday shows just how fast the lava dome that has been growing
inside Mount St. Helens crater has been growing.
The lava dome, nicknamed the 'whaleback' for its long, oblong shape,
is now half the size of the old lava dome, which took five years
to build. This one has grown to its massive size in just four months.
Scientists are now releasing video showing time lapse pictures
taken on the crater's ridge between October and early January, as
well as digital images looking down into the crater.
The new images also show scientists using a helicopter to deploy
the latest gas monitoring equipment near the base of the new lava
There is also an audio representation of earthquakes rumbling under
Mount St. Helens as magma pushes its way up into the dome.
As for the current status of Mount St. Helens, the mountain remains
at Alert Level 2, which is a Volcano Advisory.
Scientists report that the lava dome is continuing to grow and
there are low rates of seismicity, low emissions of steam and volcanic
ashes, as well as a minor amount of ash being produced.
VANCOUVER — The rock was
at least the size of a man's head, and geologist John Pallister
cradled it as he would a newborn — which, in a manner of speaking,
As little as a month ago, this beefy slab was in liquid form, a
pulsating 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit and working its way up from five
miles below Mount St. Helens to form a chunk of the region's most
For Pallister, a research geologist at the Cascades Volcano Observatory,
evidence of how quickly Mount St. Helens is evolving doesn't get
"It's hard to believe that several weeks ago this was lava
flow in the middle of the Earth," he said.
Four months after the volcano stirred back to life, drawing curiosity
seekers from across the country, the bulging new oblong dome inside
the crater has ballooned to 350 feet high, with nearly a 50-degree
slope in places.
The dome now contains enough solid material to fill KeyArena more
than 100 times. At the peak of the flow, molten magma was being
transformed into new rock pushing skyward at a rate of 11 yards
Then earlier this month, an unexpected and significant explosion
— the biggest since October — caught researchers by
surprise and appears to mark some sort of transition on the sleeping
giant's path to regrowth.
"It makes me think a lot differently about the range of possibilities
for the future," Pallister said. "We were anticipating
a different event.
"Figuring out what it means will take some time."
At 3:18 a.m. on Jan. 16, just 36 hours after geologists had walked
along the surface of the new dome dodging vents emitting loud, hot
blasts, a release of gas blew rocks and debris several hundred feet.
It spread ash 8 inches or more thick inside portions of the crater
and destroyed a few thousand dollars worth of instruments researchers
had put there during their visit.
In its aftermath, the tremors at St. Helens have slowed, as the
movement of rock creating the new dome slowed. As the sticky, newest
sections of the dome are protruding, they are being scraped so hard
against the existing surface they are turned white as the friction
wears down its surface.
"We would have anticipated a different event," said Seth
Moran, a U.S. Geological Survey seismologist.
Volcanologists would not have been surprised if there had been
a significant rockfall, a continuing hazard as sections of the new
dome jut higher and stretch more than a thousand feet to the side.
The explosive release of gas suggested that St. Helen's plumbing
is more finicky than first believed, that even slight changes in
gas, or moisture below the surface, can trigger a new scenario.
"The question is, why now?" Pallister asked.
He wondered aloud if there was a more gas-rich flow farther below
trying to push its way to the surface.
In fact, one of the most predictable things about Mount St. Helens
has long been the volcano's unwillingness to act conventionally.
It's a reminder, said Jon Major, a research hydrologist at the
observatory, that "we've learned an awful lot about what we
don't yet understand."
PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY,- An earthquake measuring
4.5 points on the Richter scale occurred in Kamchatka Peninsula
Its epicentre was located 20 kilometres from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
at a depth of 170 kilometres, the Kamchatka-based research-methodological
seismic crew specified.
The earthquake was not felt in the regional centre and nearby
populated localities. There have been no casualties or damage.
The earthquake took place at 09:21 am, local time (00:21 am, Moscow
| At least two people were killed
and 22 injured after an earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale
struck south-eastern Turkey on Tuesday.
A man and his niece died after their mud-brick home collapsed in
a rural area in remote, mountainous Hakkari province, the state-run
Anatolian news agency said.
Most of the injured were hurt after jumping from windows or balconies
in panic after two earlier quakes and at least five aftershocks
rocked the province.
The Kandilli observatory in Istanbul said the aftershocks ranged
from 3.8 to 5.5 in magnitude on the Richter scale.
| AUSTRALIA could be hit by an earthquake
measuring seven on the Richter scale because the plate we are on is
breaking up, research has found.
Scientists from Melbourne University have discovered that the Indo-Australian
plate is under considerable stress from its neighbouring plates
in Indonesia and Asia.
The energy generated from the connection points between plates
at Sumatra and Java are transferring back into our plate, causing
immense tectonic stress. "This stress can produce earthquakes
up to magnitude seven about every 30 years," said Prof Michael
Sandiford, from the university's School of Earth Sciences.
"And magnitude seven is a big earthquake, considering the
Newcastle earthquake was a 5.6."
Prof Sandiford said Australia was considered fairly stable because
we did not sit on the border of plates, as did Indonesia, Japan
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Flash floods have
killed 29 people in the area of the holy city of Medina, the local
governor has reported.
But the floods, which follow two days of heavy rains, have not
affected the thousands of pilgrims that came to the city after completing
the annual hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca and Mina, said the governor,
Prince Moqrin bin Abdul Aziz, on Monday.
Pilgrims often stop at Medina, Islam's second-most sacred city,
to visit Prophet Muhammad's mosque and tomb, before heading home.
The newspaper Arab News has reported that more than 400 buses
of pilgrims left Mecca for Medina after the hajj, which ended on
Prince Moqrin said most of the 29 people killed by the floods
had underestimated the danger of walking or driving down Medina's
valleys after heavy rains.
More than 20 cars were swept away by the floods.
CHAMBERY, France - At least four skiers died
Tuesday in avalanches in the French Alps as hopes faded for a Canadian
couple missing since Sunday while snowboarding in Switzerland, emergency
French authorities said four avalanches were triggered in the
Alpine locations Val Thorens, La Plagne, Les Arcs and Val d'Isere,
killing three, including a woman, and injuring a fourth who later
One snowboarder skiing off-piste was buried when a slope collapsed
A Swedish man was among the dead, officials in Stockholm said,
adding that he died in Val Throens.
Authorities issued a warning of increased avalanche danger following
recent heavy snowfall, as a cold snap gripped much of western Europe
with temperatures dipping below zero and snow and ice affecting
traffic in many areas. [...]
BEIJING : China plans to send a scientific
team to Mount Everest this year to remeasure the height of its peak
and track the impact of global warming, state media said on Tuesday.
The team, jointly organised by the Chinese Academy of Sciences
(CAS) and the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (SBSM), will
work on the world's highest mountain from March 20 to June 20, China
Central Television reported.
It will be China's fourth such expedition following others in
1959, 1966 and 1975.
This time, the scientists will focus on the damage caused to the
area by global warming over the past 30 years, CCTV said.
Mount Everest, which straddles the border of
Nepal and Chinese-controlled Tibet, is believed to have shrunk by
as much as 1.3 metres due to global warming and the melting of glaciers,
The mountain's official height is currently 8,848 metres.
Chinese state media last year reported that a staggering seven
percent of the country's glaciers are vanishing annually under the
sweltering sun, including those covering Everest.
Leading glacier expert Yan Tandong said that as many as 64 percent
of China's glaciers may be gone by 2050 if current trends continue.
OVER THE ABBOTT ICE SHELF, Antarctica - From
an airplane at 500 feet, all that is visible here is a vast white
emptiness. Ahead, a chalky plain stretches as far as the eye can
see, the monotony broken only by a few gentle rises and the wrinkles
created when new sheets of ice form.
Under the surface of that ice, though, profound and potentially
troubling changes are taking place, and at a quickened pace. With
temperatures climbing in parts of Antarctica in recent years, melt
water seems to be penetrating deeper and deeper into ice crevices,
weakening immense and seemingly impregnable formations that have
developed over thousands of years.
As a result, huge glaciers in this and
other remote areas of Antarctica are thinning and ice shelves the
size of American states are either disintegrating or retreating
- all possible indications of global warming. Scientists
from the British Antarctic Survey reported in December that in some
parts of the Antarctic Peninsula hundreds of miles from here, large
growths of grass are appearing in places that until recently were
hidden under a frozen cloak.
"The evidence is piling up; everything fits," Dr. Robert
Thomas, a glaciologist from NASA who is the lead author of a recent
paper on accelerating sea-level rise, said as the Chilean Navy plane
flew over the sea ice here on an unusually clear day late in November.
"Around the Amundsen Sea, we have surveyed a half dozen glaciers.
All are thinning, in some cases quite rapidly, and in each case,
the ice shelf is also thinning." [...]
For most parts of Antarctica, reliable records go back less than
50 years, and data from satellites and overflights like the ones
going on here have been collected over only the past decade or so.
But that research, plus striking changes that are visible to the
naked eye, all point toward the disturbance of climate patterns
thought to have been in place for thousands of years.
Q. My sister and I saw strange lights moving
along a ridge, too low for a plane and darting from one place to
another. What could that have been? — L.D., Niumalu, Kaua'i
A: There's a sturdy tradition in Hawaiian folklore about ghostly
lights seen drifting over the land.
They drift along fence lines, across pastures, float in the woods,
and so on. One Hawaiian term for them is "akua lele,"
which can translate to "flying god."
Some bounce. Some drift. Some dart around. Some sit offshore when
viewed from land. They are occasionally described as luminous spheres,
like aerial jellyfish.
But there is nothing uniquely Hawaiian about mysterious lights
in the atmosphere, even leaving aside discussions of flying saucers
and luminous, big-eyed space beings.
Science stretches to understand the sightings, but generally doesn't
deny them. They take on terms like ball lightning, lightning sprites,
ghost lights, fairy lights, will-o'-the-wisp. A Latin term, ignis
fatuus, or "foolish fire," refers to a glow sometimes
associated with swampy ground, believed to be associated with the
combustion of marsh gas.
One recent report is that the space shuttle Columbia, before it
was destroyed on re-entry in early 2003, detected in the atmosphere
south of Madagascar what scientists in the Journal of the American
Geophysical Union have now named a "transient ionospheric glow
emission in red," or TIGER.
That event doesn't appear to fall into any previously known category
of such things, and scientists simply call it a possibly new kind
of "transient luminous event."
Some floating lights appear to be associated with rain, some with
lightning. Some seem to be linked to extreme weather events, such
as tornadoes and thunderstorms. Some show up near railroad tracks
and metal fence lines, some close to power lines, some around swamps.
Some follow trails.
New Zealand scientists recently suggested they appear after lightning
strikes the ground, but often the globes are seen without lightning.
The drifting ghostly lights seen in the Islands and elsewhere
are distinct from the phenomenon known as St. Elmo's Fire. Authorities
say these lights are associated with an electrical discharge and
always remain attached to an object, like a ship's mast, steeple
or flagpole. St. Elmo is the patron saint of sailors, and his fireworks
are considered a sign of good luck for folks in boats.
It isn’t known whether
Enrique Canchola, 42, really thought he would get away with it,
because he didn’t. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
Service sprung the Mexican national disguised as a car seat as he
was trying to cross the border from Mexico into California.
Enrique apparently said he agreed to the car seat idea after learning
that immigrants were often treated like furniture.
Neb. -- A Web-page designer who auctioned off the use of his forehead
for advertising space is cashing in. Andrew Fischer, who put his
forehead advertising space for sale on e-Bay, received $37,375 to
advertise the snoring remedy, SnoreStop.
Fischer will display the SnoreStop logo on his forehead for one
"I look forward to an enjoyable association with Andrew --
a man who clearly has a head for business in every sense of the
word," SnoreStop CEO Christian de Rivel said.
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