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Israel go-ahead for West Bank settler homes dents peace hopes

Illegal housing Jerusalem
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Israel has approved the building of 277 homes in Ariel, defying criticism of continued construction on lands the Palestinians claim for a state.
The Palestinians accuse Ehud Barak of contempt for peace talks by giving approval for building of 277 homes in Ariel

The Israeli government has authorised the construction of 277 homes in the West Bank settlement of Ariel, a move that will diminish the prospects for a resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians.

An announcement from the defence ministry said approval for the scheme was given last week. The government also backed the building of 1,600 homes in the East Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Shlomo. Further announcements are expected in the coming days.

Ariel, home to almost 20,000 Israelis, extends 12 miles (20km) inside the West Bank. Its future under any agreement on borders with the Palestinians is uncertain.

Israel is determined to annex such a large settlement, but the Palestinians and many in the international community argue that it would cut the West Bank nearly in two, making a contiguous Palestinian state almost impossible.

The housing units had been in the planning process for several years before being approved by the defence minister, Ehud Barak. One hundred homes will be reserved for settlers evacuated from Gaza in 2005; the remainder will be sold on the open market.

The Palestinian Authority said the approval "makes clear to the world Israel's contempt for a negotiated two-state solution". Israel, it said in a statement, was "racing against time to make the two-state solution harder and harder by building on the land that is supposed to be the Palestinian state. The international community must ask Israel how it can pretend to be ready to negotiate while expanding Jewish settlements in the West Bank?"

Comment: The hypocrisy of the Israeli government is once again on display.


As Texas Gov. Rick Perry Enters GOP Race, New Exposé Reveals His Close Ties to Radical Evangelicals

Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is expected to announce his entry into the 2012 presidential race. Perry will make the announcement Saturday at a conference in South Carolina organized by Erick Erickson's RedState.com. Early backers of Perry's presidential run have heralded him as being behind the so-called Texas economic miracle. However, many have questioned Perry's economic claims in Texas. Questions have also arisen over Perry's close ties to the radical wing of the Christian evangelical movement. Last Saturday, Perry helped organize and spoke at a controversial seven-hour Christian prayer rally in Houston titled "The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis." While the prayer session drew 30,000 participants and received national press, little attention was paid to the Christian evangelicals Perry worked with to organize the event. The Texas Observer has just published an explosive article titled "Rick Perry's Army of God." It exposes how a group of radical Christians and self-proclaimed prophets from a little-known movement known as New Apostolic Reformation have been quietly pushing for Perry's presidential bid. We speak with the Texas Observer's Forrest Wilder.

Rush transcript below.

Comment: For more information on the Seven Mountains and Dominionism see:

America's own Taliban

The Terrifying Christian Right

Hijacking The Holy - C Street, Dominionism and Sarah Palin

America's Dirty Secret: How a Psycho-Sexual Cult Holds America Prisoner

Star of David

Black, White and Zionist Brownshirts in the UK Riots

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EDL provokes Muslims and helps create an enemy
Zionist 5th Column Deployed - Inventing A Clash of Civilizations

Football teams in England provide the ruling class with useful vehicles to divide and rule the working class.

As part of the "social" side of football working class people are encouraged to get excessively drunk (i.e. kill their brain-cells to prevent them interpreting the world) and to fight each other which precludes them from uniting to fight their class oppressors.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (aka "Spurs") is an interesting football team to focus on in light of the ongoing UK riots, the epicenter of which is in the Tottenham area. In a 2007 article in The Guardian's Seth Freedman referred to...
"Tottenham's long-held reputation as a 'Jewish' team" which he called "a title which, while not particularly politically correct, is still an understandable epithet to apply to the club.


'Protecting Civilians'? NATO Allows Libyan Refugees to Drown in the Mediterranean

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Libyan refugees near the Italian island of Lampedusa
According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR, 1,500 Libyan refugees have died while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe since the beginning of the war against Libya in March. On August 4, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported a death toll of 1,820 since the beginning of the year.

The victims are people from Libya and other African countries trying to flee economic hardship, political persecution or escape the war, risking their lives in the process. Penned into small, unseaworthy boats by unscrupulous traffickers, they drown or die of thirst at sea.

The distance between the Italian island of Lampedusa, the goal of most refugee boats, and Tunisia, the nearest point on the African coast, is just 130 kilometers. The distance to the Libyan coast is about twice as far.

This relatively small area of sea is currently filled by one of the largest navies in the world. About 20 warships from 10 NATO countries, including several aircraft and helicopter carriers, are supporting the assault on Libya. They are equipped with radar and other advanced technology and can easily detect any movement on the sea. The region is also constantly monitored by NATO AWACS aircraft, which can detect minute vessels.

Red Flag

Bin Laden met with CIA at American Hospital in Dubai, July 2001

Red Flag

Breivik called Norwegian police several times offering to surrender, but was ignored

Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik has been taken back to the island of Utoya to stage a reconstruction of the massacre which left 69 people dead there three weeks ago and showed "no remorse".

The 32-year-old confessed killer was shackled and on a leash as he toured the site of the mass slaughter on Saturday detailing his actions to police.

"He was not unaffected by being back at the scene," reported the police prosecutor in charge of the case. "But he didn't show any remorse."

Police said the killer retraced his steps during an eight-hour visit to Utoya, providing insight into the shooting spree that would be used as evidence in the case against him as well as showing survivors and relatives exactly what happened.

"He provided us with a lot of new information which we didn't have before, despite 50 hours of (previous) interrogation," said Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby, prosecutor.

"We feel we now have a fairly good overview of how everyone died or was shot, even though there are still details to fill in," he said.

Bizarro Earth

56 Killed as Wave of Violence Rolls Across Iraq

Iraq War
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Bomb blasts ripped through more than a dozen Iraqi cities Monday morning, killing 56 people - most of them in the southern city of Kut - in a wave of violence that shattered what had been a relatively peaceful holy month of Ramadan.

The violence struck from the northern city of Kirkuk to the capital of Baghdad to the southern Shiite cities of Najaf, Kut and Karbala, and emphasized the persistent ability of insurgents to wreak havoc at a time when Iraqi officials are weighing whether they are able to protect the country without the assistance of American troops.

The blasts were coordinated to go off in the morning and included a combination of parked car bombs, roadside bombs and a suicide bomber driving a vehicle that rammed into a police station.

The scope of the violence - seven explosions went off in different towns in Diyala province alone - emphasized the still dangerous ability of insurgents to coordinate and carry out attacks despite repeated crackdowns by Iraqi and U.S. forces.


US: White House: Need to monitor online 'extremism'

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A White House terrorism strategy released today says Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks aid in "advancing violent extremist narratives" and should be monitored by the government.

The 12-page strategy (PDF), which outlines ways to respond to violent extremism, promises that: "We will continue to closely monitor the important role the Internet and social-networking sites play in advancing violent extremist narratives."

President Obama said in a statement accompanying the report that the federal government will start "helping communities to better understand and protect themselves against violent extremist propaganda, especially online."

While much of the White House document is focused on al Qaeda--which The Washington Post recently reported is on the "brink of collapse"--it also talks about domestic terrorists, neo-Nazis, anti-Semitic groups, and a broad "range of ideologies" that promote radicalization.

Bad Guys

Monsanto's 5 Most Dubious Contributions to the Planet

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When Monsanto wins, the rest of the planet loses.
Oh, Monsanto, you sly dog.

You keep trying to make us believe you are "committed to sustainable agriculture" with your canny advertisements on American Public Media, even as you force-feed farmers your lab-grown Frankenseeds that expire every year (which are, let's be honest, opposite of sustainable).

But we shouldn't be surprised by the mixed message, should we? After all, you've been doing this for decades. With long-running corporate sponsorships, like Disney's Tomorrowland, building reserves of goodwill as you spray us with DDT, it's clear you're entitled to send out products into the world with nary an environmental or health concern - just as long as you spend a bit of that hard-earned cash convincing us otherwise.

On that note, let's take a quick look at some of the biotech giant's most dubious contributions to society over their past century in business.


Egypt to charge Israeli 'Mossad agent' with espionage

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Egyptian police.
Egyptian media reports that the Attorney General referred a Jordanian and an Israeli Mossad agent to an emergency court for spying and 'harming Egyptian interests.'

Egypt's Attorney General on Sunday referred a Jordanian and an Israeli to an emergency court on charges of "spying for a foreign country with the purpose of harming Egyptian national interests," Egyptian media reported.

Bashar Ibrahim Abu Zeid, a Jordanian telecommunications engineer, was detained in Egypt last April after intelligence information allegedly showed he was spying for the Mossad, Israel's intelligence body. According to reports, Ofir Herari, who was named as a Mossad officer, is to be tried in absentia.