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Signs of the Times for Mon, 04 Dec 2006

James Petras
December 2006

Chances for a change in the direction of US Middle East policy are extremely unlikely.  The reason is the growing power of the Jewish Lobby in Congress, the massive Zionist propaganda campaign in all the mass media, Olmert's 'nose leading' of Bush, and a host of related activities.  The end result is that Congress will not withdraw or reduce US troops and war funding for the Iraq War.  Bush, with the support of McCain and Clinton, Liebermann, Reid and Hoyer, will push for more troops in pursuit of an all-out blood bath in Baghdad.  The Baker Iraq Study Group under siege from the Zioncons and Zionlibs will be unable to deal with Israeli violence against Palestinians or enter into a dialogue with Syria and Iran on any but the most narrow and unpromising terms.

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December 1, 2006
The Wisdom Fundby M. Shahid Alam
It is tempting to celebrate the creation of Israel as a great triumph, perhaps the greatest in Jewish history. Indeed, the history of Israel has often been read as the heroic saga of a people marked for extinction, who emerged from Nazi death camps - from Auschwitz, Belzec and Treblinka - to establish their own state in 1948, a Jewish haven and a democracy that has prospered even as it has defended itself valiantly against unceasing Arab threats and aggression. Without taking away anything from the sufferings of European Jews, I will insist that this way of thinking about Israel - apart from its mythologizing - has merit only as a partisan narrative. It seeks to insulate Israel against the charge of a devastating colonization by falsifying history, by camouflaging the imperialist dynamics that brought it into existence, and denying the perilous future with which it now confronts the Jews, the West and the Islamic world.

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Donald Hunt
Signs of the Times
December 4, 2006

Oil shot up 7.5% last week and the dollar fell again. Gold rose too, but only slightly against the euro. According to the New York Times, Treasury Secretary Paulson is encouraging the drop in the dollar. The problem, given the massive triple deficit in the United States is that, as in Iraq, there are no good options. Letting the dollar drop risks Asian central banks pulling out of the dollar and a currency collapse followed by sky-high interest rates and complete economic collapse. On the other hand, keeping the dollar high exacerbates the massive trade deficit.

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William Hughes
On Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, Mohammed Omer, a 22-year-old Palestinian journalist/photographer, shared his eyewitness account of living and working in Israeli-Occupied Gaza, a densely population area that 1.4 million people call home.

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by Stephen Lendman
4 December 2006
The Bush family has been characterized in various ways including the Bush dynasty, crime family or syndicate. George Bush is just the latest in a line of unsavory characters but clearly the bad or worst seed and, in the eyes of most honest observers, the least worthy of an unworthy lot. He was supposed to be the latest in the Bush family line chosen to lay another golden egg for the dynasty but turned out instead to be an ugly duckling who's just been an embarrassment and much worse because of the course he chose and his rigid ideological obstinacy to change even in the face of failure.

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Congratulations, Hugo!

flower.png Venezuela And The Bolivarian Dream

smiley-face.png Venezuelans return Chávez to power by a landslide

attention_sign.png Chavez says opposition planning another coup

flower.png Nobody Afraid of Socialism, Chavez

flower.png FM spokesman: Iran welcomes results of Venezuela election

smiley-tongue-out.png The Spirit of Resistance in Mexico City

The Lobby (that doesn't exist)

reptile_eye.png Letter from James Abourezk, former US Senator from South Dakota to Jeff Blankfort on the Israel Lobby

reptile_eye.png Israel is on freshman lawmakers' to-do list

reptile_eye.png Israel lobby sets its sights on academe

reptile_eye.png Oregon delegate inspired by AIPAC Summit, young UO colleague

reptile_eye.png Jewish Groups To Challenge Ethics Reform

reptile_eye.png Input or Intrusion?

The War on YOU

u-s-flag.png U.S. government quietly rates millions of travellers for terrorism potential

u-s-flag.png The House of Death

u-s-flag.png U.S. gov't terror ratings draw outrage

blue_questionmark.png California Police admit planting evidence

u-s-flag.png CIA Torture Victim Speaks Out

u-s-flag.png Video is a window into a terror suspect's isolation

The Reich's Wars

vader.png Iraq worse than civil war: Annan

stormtrooper.png Bush considering major changes in Iraq policy

pie_chart.png World's youth believe 'war on terror' counterproductive

stormtrooper.png U.S.-trained Afghan police force is failing, report says

stormtrooper.png The White House Can't Put Out The Mideast Fires It Ignited

Jockeying for Position

money.png China nearing deal to develop huge Iran field

vader.png French jets pound the Central African Republic

reptile_eye.png Royal blasted for 'simplistic' ideas on Middle East

speaker.png International network France 24 to hit airwaves

vampire.png Coup begins despite denials

pie-chart.png Dion win puts Liberals ahead of Tories, poll finds

Business as Usual

reptile_eye.png Analysis: High bar set in AIPAC case

u-s-flag.png How Many Votes Were Stolen Or Suppressed In 2006?

u-s-flag.png The Christian Right Goes Back to Bible Boot Camp

u-s-flag.png Boeing Accused of Running Torture Travel Agency

money.png Forget shopping, this could turn into a crash

Squeezing Palestine

reptile_eye.png Israeli Arabs seek right to return to villages abandoned in 1948

reptile_eye.png Report: Arab, Jewish birthrates in Jerusalem equal for first time

reptile_eye.png Israel decides to maintain policy of restraint in Gaza

reptile_eye.png Truce deal falters following Israeli operations in West Bank

The Rabid State

reptile_eye.png William Fletcher: "Israel is a Rabid State!"

alarmclock.png UN General Assembly Reaffirms Palestinian Statehood

vader.png U.S. ambassador to the UN resigns

reptile_eye.png North and south


chess.png Ex-spy's death probe widening beyond Britain

blue_questionmark.png Poisoned Former Agent Litvinenko Asked for Muslim Burial - Father

chess.png Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov Warns Against "Politicizing" Litvinenko Affair

chess.png Jailed Russian Security Officer Eager to Testify in Litvinenko Case, Pledges Help to Scotland Yard

Protecting War Criminals

reptile_eye.png Damage Control: Noam Chomsky and the Israel-Palestine Conflict

reptile_eye.png Government approves creation of Ministry of Strategic Threats

reptile_eye.png NZ Government overrules war-crimes arrest order for Israeli General

Mother Earth's Revenge

volcano.png Volcano erupts on Russia's Kamchatka peninsula

asteroid.png Bubbly meteor hints at seeds of life

fireball.png Frequent Fireballs

The Pathocrat-in-Chief

cowboy_boot.png Is President Bush Sane?

cowboy_boot.png He's The Worst Ever

bargraph.png Psychopaths' brains 'different'

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