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Israeli gallery gives up plans to take part in Russian art fair due to Russia's support for the Palestinian declaration of independence

© RIA Novosti. Dmitry KorobeinikovThe 5th International Art Fair "Art Moscow" in 2010. At the exhibition hall.
Israel's N&N Aman Gallery was forced to give up its plans to participate in Russia's largest contemporary art fair Art Moscow due to political reasons, Art Moscow reported on Saturday.

The fair organizers say the reason for this is Russia's support for the Palestinian National Authority's initiative to ask the UN to recognize an independent Palestinian state.

"Because Russia supports this decision, the Israeli government banned Israeli companies from participating in all international projects, all the more so Russian ones," a statement from the Art Moscow organizers said.

Star of David

Israeli flag replaced with Egyptian at Cairo embassy

© Reuters/ Mohamed Abd El-GhanyPeople near Israeli embassy in Cairo
A demonstrator who replaced the Israeli flag with the Egyptian one on the roof of the Israeli embassy in Cairo early on Sunday was hailed as a hero by other protesters, eyewitnesses reported.

Five Egyptian policemen were reportedly killed by Israeli helicopters on Thursday. Egypt demanded an official apology, but there was none.

© Reuters/ Mohamed Abd El-GhanyPeople near Israeli embassy in Cairo
Egyptian authorities on Saturday said they would recall the country's ambassador to Israel but later canceled their decision, saying they would limit themselves to inviting the Israeli ambassador to Egypt for consultations at the Foreign Ministry in Cairo.


Months Later - Al-Qaida in Iraq: 100 attacks to avenge bin Laden

© AP/Karim KadimIraqi police officers are seen as one search a motorbike at a checkpoint in central Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011.
Baghdad - Al-Qaida in Iraq has vowed to carry out "100 attacks" across the country, starting in the middle of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, to exact revenge for the death of Osama bin Laden.

The terror group's statement was released on militant websites late Friday. It said the attacks will avenge bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan in May, and other slain senior al-Qaida leaders.

"By God's will, the campaign starts in the middle of the fasting month (of Ramadan) and ends by God's will after 100 attacks exactly," it said.

The statement said the campaign would include "varied attacks, including raids, martyrdom operations (suicide attacks), roadside bombs, silenced guns and snipers, in all cities, rural areas and provinces" across Iraq.

Comment: A War on Terror, or a War of Terror?

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What website - "statement was released on militant websites late Friday"?
"..the campaign starts in the middle of the fasting month (of Ramadan).." Why during a religious time?

Heart - Black

US Has New Catastrophic Killing Machine

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High-Density Reactive Material (HDRM) missiles increase the chances of a "catastrophic kill," according to US military scientists.
The US Office of Naval Research has successfully tested a new type of high density substance for use in missiles with the ability to drastically increase their impact.

The new type of explosive material tested on Friday mixes metals and polymers -- oxidizers -- to create a chemical explosion on impact, is as strong as aluminum and is as dense as steel, but is "less likely to kill innocent bystanders," the state-run BBC quoted US Navy scientists as saying.

High-Density Reactive Materials (HDRM) combine and explode only when the projectile hits the target, and are very durable, significantly enhancing the explosive effect, which increases the chances of a "catastrophic kill," according to the military scientists.


Propaganda Alert: Iran and Saudi Arabia Helped Al-Qaeda Carry Out 9/11 Attacks, Claims New Book

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© Reuters/Corbis9/11: A new book asserts that Iran and Saudi Arabia were involved in the attacks, in which nearly 3,000 people lost their lives
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, two authors who've analysed thousands of documents relating to the attack conclude that both Iran and Saudi Arabia helped Al-Qaeda carry it out.

In the aftermath, both countries publicly stated that they'd fight terrorism and expressed their condolences, but The Eleventh Day, by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, produces a compelling argument that they were actually complicit in the attacks.

The book also questions whether George W Bush deliberately withheld evidence linking foreign countries with the attack on the Twin Towers.

The official U.S investigation into the attacks - the 9/11 Commission - found no evidence that Iran was involved, but Summers and Swan beg to differ.

They point to a court document called the Havlish memorandum, which was produced during a civil action brought against Iran by Fiona Havlish, the widow of an insurance consultant who worked in the World Trade Center and was killed when the planes struck.

Comment: For information on Israel's influence in the 911 attacks see: 911 The Ultimate Truth.


'Israel Prepares for War in Sinai Desert'

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An Israeli military convoy along the Egyptian border (file photo)
The former head of Israel's National Security Council (NSC) urges military action by the regime in the Sinai Peninsula, following growing tensions with Egypt.

Uzi Dayan told Israel's Channel 7 on Friday that Israeli military and security forces should prepare for a period different from the past in dealing with the new Egyptian government.

He claimed that the military effort would aim to target those that represent a threat to the Israeli regime.

"This is the time for the Israeli army to prevail its control inside Sinai," Dayan went on to say.

Bad Guys

Unexplained Gaza communications "blackout" highlights Israeli control of networks

On Tuesday, Gaza disappeared from the world's telecommunication networks for between 12 and 18 hours. This was an anxious time for both Gaza's residents and those trying to contact friends, colleagues and loved ones from the outside.

The Gaza Strip, home to 1.6 million Palestinians, the vast majority of them refugees, depends on telecommunications to maintain a tenuous link to the outside world, from which it has been physically isolated due to five years of Israeli siege and blockade. The sudden cutoff also sparked fears of an imminent Israeli attack.

Though there was relief when communications were re-established, there has been no satisfactory explanation of the blackout, who was responsible for it, and whether or not it could happen again.

What happened to Gaza's networks last week?

Ma'an News Agency was the first to report the problem, and a few Twitter users in Gaza remained online because they had BlackBerry service or were able to connect to the Orange network via its towers on the Israeli side of the boundary with Gaza.

Bad Guys

Iraq Withdrawal? Don't Take it to the Bank

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Since coming to Washington, Barack Obama has won a Nobel Prize for Peace, but he hasn't been much of a peacemaker. Instead, he has doubled down on his predecessor's wars while launching blatantly illegal ones of his own. But, as his supporters would be quick to point out, at least he's standing by his pledge to bring the troops home from Iraq.


That's certainly what America's latest war president has been saying. Speaking to supporters this month, he was unequivocal. "If somebody asks about the war [in Iraq] . . . you have a pretty simple answer, which is all our folks are going to be out of there by the end of the year." Obama's statement was a welcome reaffirmation of what he promised on the campaign trail. "If we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am President, it is the first thing I will do," he thundered in the fall of 2007. "I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank."

But don't count on cashing that check. The Washington Post brings the unsurprising news that Iraqi leaders have agreed to begin talks with the U.S. on allowing the foreign military occupation of their country to continue beyond this year - re-branded, naturally, as a mission of "training" and "support." The move comes after an increasingly public campaign by top White House and military officials to pressure Iraqi leaders into tearing up the Status of Forces Agreement they signed with the Bush administration, which mandates the removal of all foreign troops by the end of 2011.

Comment: For more reading on Obama's broken promises, check out:

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'US imposes news blackout on lawmakers' junkets to Israel'

Alison Weir, Executive Director of "If Americans Knew" criticizes news blackout in the United States about confirmed reports that 81 members of the U.S. Congress went on AIPAC-funded junkets to Israel.

Wall Street

Bank of America's Dead Drop To Rick Perry: "We Will Help You Out"

Should we be surprised, frightened, disgusted or simply say "we knew it", that in the informal mixer just after Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry spoke at a Politics and Eggs breakfast in Bedford, New Hampshire, an unknown gentlemen approaches a casual Perry like an Ian Flemming character, and proceeds to dead drop the following: "Bank of America... We will help you out"... and silently moves on. At least we know now who is funding what, and whose interests potential future president Perry will be paid to defend.

Fast forward to precisely 40 minutes into the blow clip (full event can be found here).